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Comment: Re: It freakin' works fine (Score 3, Informative) 652

by jones_supa (#48278647) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Can You Say Something Nice About Systemd?

I have used Linux for 15 years without any problems.

Think again. For example, do you remember in the past 15 years you experiencing any of the following while using Linux?

- the desktop is tearing (vsync problem)
- suspend or hibernate is not working properly
- you get a blank screen when X.org starts
- making manual modifications to the system as a workaround for a bug
- a power management issue has bitten you, such as the system consuming too much power, overheating, or fan spinning constantly

I am not making comparison to Windows or Mac here, because they have their similar bag of problems. Your claim was about using Linux without any problems.

Comment: Re:For all the idiots (Score 1) 84

by jones_supa (#48276595) Attached to: Vulnerabilities Found (and Sought) In More Command-Line Tools

... to the masses of sarcastic "I though Open Source was more secure!" crowd: in an Open Source forum, when vulnerabilities are found, they are patched. Since it's a public forum, the vulnerabilities are disclosed, and patches / updates made available. The poor, sorry state of the first cut gets rapidly and openly improved.

With closed source, the vulnerabilities merely stay hidden and undisclosed, and you have no ability to know about it, or fix it yourself. the poor, sorry state of the first cut never improves. Yes, there are some cultures that take security seriously. You have no way of knowing.

This, right here, is what "more secure" looks like: public notification of the vulnerabilities and patches to distribute.

Except when they are not fixed.

There are various serious bugs lingering on bug trackers, which have been known for a long time, but no one takes the responsibility to fix them.

For example, in addition to Heartbleed, OpenSSL had another bug which had been unfixed for 4 years and even had a CVE record in place.

Comment: Re:But I thought Linux was invulnerable! (Score 3, Insightful) 84

by jones_supa (#48276391) Attached to: Vulnerabilities Found (and Sought) In More Command-Line Tools

All the eyes ... they do nothing! Arrrrrg.

Linus's Law worked better back in the day when the projects were smaller, but these days most people do not have the time or inclination to go through hundreds of thousands of lines of source code. You really want to be paid for that kind of work, in other words professional code audits.

+ - Tim Cook: "I'm Proud to be Gay"->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Apple CEO Tim Cook has publicly come out as gay. While he never hid his sexuality from friends, family, and close co-workers, Cook decided it was time to make it publicly known in the hopes that the information will help others who don't feel comfortable to do so. He said, "I don’t consider myself an activist, but I realize how much I’ve benefited from the sacrifice of others. So if hearing that the CEO of Apple is gay can help someone struggling to come to terms with who he or she is, or bring comfort to anyone who feels alone, or inspire people to insist on their equality, then it’s worth the trade-off with my own privacy."

Cook added that while the U.S. has made progress in recent years toward marriage equality, there is still work to be done. "[T]here are laws on the books in a majority of states that allow employers to fire people based solely on their sexual orientation. There are many places where landlords can evict tenants for being gay, or where we can be barred from visiting sick partners and sharing in their legacies. Countless people, particularly kids, face fear and abuse every day because of their sexual orientation.""

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+ - Apple's Tim Cook is gay. Seriously, he is.->

Submitted by rodrigoandrade
rodrigoandrade (713371) writes "What seems at first to be the pinnacle of Apple fanboy trolling is actually true. Tim Cook has publicly come out of the closet. "Being gay has given me a deeper understanding of what it means to be in the minority and provided a window into the challenges that people in other minority groups deal with every day. It’s made me more empathetic, which has led to a richer life. It’s been tough and uncomfortable at times, but it has given me the confidence to be myself, to follow my own path, and to rise above adversity and bigotry. It’s also given me the skin of a rhinoceros, which comes in handy when you’re the CEO of Apple."
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+ - Dangerous Vulnerability Fixed in Wget

Submitted by jones_supa
jones_supa (887896) writes "A critical flaw has been found and patched in the open source Wget file retrieval utility that is widely used on UNIX systems. The vulnerability is publicly identified as CVE-2014-4877. "It was found that wget was susceptible to a symlink attack which could create arbitrary files, directories or symbolic links and set their permissions when retrieving a directory recursively through FTP," developer Vasyl Kaigorodov writes in Red Hat Bugzilla. A malicious FTP server can stomp over your entire filesystem, tweets HD Moore, chief research officer at Rapid 7, who is the original reporter of the bug."

+ - Windows 10 to Feature Package Management->

Submitted by jones_supa
jones_supa (887896) writes "Windows is finally being carried closer to the packaged management goodness that Linux users are familiar with. A PowerShell tool called OneGet will appear in Windows 10, which allows one to install thousands of applications, including third-party ones such as Firefox and VLC. There is also search functionality and a way to manage package repositories. OneGet uses the same package format as Chocolatey, one of the most popular third-party package managers for Windows, and you can add the Chocolatey repo to OneGet if you so wish. OneGet was originally rolled out as part of the Windows Management Framework 5.0 preview for Windows 8.1, and it's being actively worked on to try and ship it as a standard tool. Anyone can try it out in the current build of Windows 10 Technical Preview."
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Comment: Re:What difference will it make? (Score 1) 123

by jones_supa (#48258943) Attached to: 16-Teraflops, £97m Cray To Replace IBM At UK Meteorological Office
Hmmm. I wonder if you are just confirming what the parent comment said. The sheer linearity of that graph indeed hints that the improvements have mostly happened by just throwing more and more raw CPU power into the task, without breakthroughs in making the algorithms more accurate or efficient.

+ - OpenBSD Drops Support For Loadable Kernel Modules

Submitted by jones_supa
jones_supa (887896) writes "Interestingly the OpenBSD developers have decided to remove support for loadable kernel modules from the BSD distribution's next release. Several commits earlier this month stripped out the loadable kernel modules support from OpenBSD. Phoronix's Michael Larabel has scoured around but has not yet found an official reason for the operating system dropping the support. He wagers that it is due to security or code quality/openness ideals."

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