i look forward to the next slashdot article, "newspaper involved in class-action lawsuit for harm done to reputations of thousands of forum users"...
If the community get's behind systemd, it works and is/becomes usable and apps start relying on it being there - so what?
by taking over and forcing out all other options, it becomes a monoculture. and that, as we know from decades of experience where monoculture OSes have created cartels and monopolies, is incredibly dangerous.
i dedicated three years of my life - without proper financial recognition - to breaking the NT Domains monopoly, saving companies world-wide billions of dollars in the process. it is also not very well-known that i dedicated another year reverse-engineering the Exchange 5.5 protocol.
this dedication gave people a choice: they could choose to remain on monoculture monopolistic insecure proprietary and expensive per-seat-licensed servers, or they could choose to move over to software libre on any number of POSIX-compliant OSes including HPUX, AIX, Solaris, BSDs and GNU/Linux OSes - the *exact* opposite of a monopolistic monoculture. they could also choose to move to any number of proprietary solutions from companies such as Tarantella, Honeywell, Network Appliances and many more - all companies who got together because i pioneered the reverse-engineering (and wasn't murdered for doing so) which forced Microsoft to start doing proper documentation, and to sponsor CIFS conferences.
now i am witnessing a process by which everyone in the GNU/Linux community, by working in a totally dedicated way in "their corner" that has to be respected precisely *because* it is so dedicated, yet as a whole *all* of us have gone "hmmm, i'm working in my corner, the global problem isn't my problem: i'm making local decisions, here, which make my life easy and i'm doing what i think is best", totally forgetting that the overall consequences are like a shoal of fish: EVERYBODY has "flipped" - all at once - and the direction is a dangerous one that no one person has any responsibility or control over, because we are *not* a company, we do *not* have a "Board of Directors who can give us orders that we are required to follow or be fired", we are a bazaar - a self-organised group of self-organised individuals with independent free will and highly-focussed responsibilities.
the "flip" is to a dangerous monoculture position with, as we are now witnessing, absolutely zero choice (bad choices are no choice at all) - which i've warned about well over a year ago, and was told, basically, to "fuck off". well... now we begin to see the consequences.
i am running fvwm2 - i have been for 20 years - and i am using angband.pl's recompiled versions of critical dependencies (udevd and others) all of which have "--no-systemd" in the configure.ac files. so i will not be concerned about trojans that attack vulnerabilities in systemd, exploiting the new features such as allowing the firewall to be disabled and much, much more. but you - all you who trust the systemd authors and the desktop environments that now operate exclusively on systemd? you should be concerned.
... y'know... it has to be said, this is precisely why thinkpenguin (and other FSF-Endorsed hardware) do wipe-it-down-to-the-bedrock products, even to the extent of replacing the standard BIOS with coreboot, and why the purism librem laptop exists (and was successfully funded last year). but even there, the problem is that for the past 15 years all intel processors have to have an RSA-signed bootloader that goes into EEPROM on-board the processor, where there's absolutely no chance of obtaining the source code for that proprietary firmware blob. you have absolutely no idea what goes into that bootloader, but it's already been demonstrated that your laptop - and your desktop - can be woken up by external network signals - without your consent or knowledge - *even when you powered them down*.
the only possible solution here is... to not use intel (or AMD) processors. and that opens up a whole can of worms, which is why i've been sponsored to make an upgradeable laptop. if any one CPU is ever found to have problems, the whole CPU Card can be popped out and replaced... *without* having to throw away the entire laptop.
designing a laptop from the ground up so that its main CPU module can be replaced... only two years ago that could have been said to be "total paranoia". now we have the kinds of stunts being pulled by Dell, Lenovo and the NSA which were only previously believed to *potentially* be carried out...
wow, man. terrorists love the chaos and publicity that they receive. they love the reactions, the outrage, the responses that they get, because they don't need to do anything other than kill a few people, and the rest of the damage people - and governments - do *to themselves*. trying to "crack down" on anonymous payments all in the name of "terrorism"... it's amazing. i look forward to a time when people - and governments - understand that terrorising *ourselves* with the knee-jerk after-reactions often does far more lasting damage than the actual atrocities carried out by the killers.
man that is one F'ed up site that i can not get past the ADVERTISING 3 second countdown
that is royally F'ED UP
you get an advertising countdown? all i get is a redirect to a URL with the word "welcome"... that's then completely blank. this isn't the first time it's happened, either. y'know what? i'm going to resurrect a tag that i haven't seen used in a looong time - i'm going to mark this artlcle as "slashdotted". yes, in 2015, that's an indictment of a site as big as forbes. in 1997 it used to be fine (and funny) that the 15 minutes of fame from a slashdot focus would overwhelm a web site link.
yeah i got something similar, i researched the chipset a bit in advance, to see what frequencies it could do. i found one that could go from i think it was... like... 100 mhz through to almost 1900mhz, with a bandwidth of something like... 2.8m-samples/sec. it only had an 8-bit ADC resolution but that was ok. i then used it with some software i was working with, at the time (passive GSM scanning software), and actually managed to find a couple of frequencies, which was amazing.
going beyond that would have been tricky, because at the limit of 2.8 million samples per second of I and Q data @ 8 bit, it was pushing the limit of what the hardware could actually do: there were quite a few drop-outs. i'm sure the proprietary driver could handle that data rate, but the reverse-engineered gnu/linux one simply couldn't.
anyway yes absolutely! $12 plus shipping for something that will handle a huge range of frequencies, FM radio, TV frequencies, GPS satellites, GSM 850 and 900mhz, and even some of the higher-end GSM frequencies @ 1800mhz... maan, what more could you ask for?
Red herring. Efast didn't arrive to people's computers via official channels. Linux is just as vulnerable to malware when stuff is being installed via unofficial channels.
... which means that you didn't read the full contents of what i wrote before posting. in paragraph (5) i made this exact point. so you not only didn't read what i wrote, but you then detracted from the *actual* point being made, by criticising what was written without proper thought and consideration on your part.
you then go on to conclude that i must be on a "high horse", but at the point at which you clearly didn't read each and every paragraph, i lost interest in reading further because you clearly demonstrated that it was more important to you promote *yourself* (by way of denigrating others) than to actually provide a service to readers of the article.
please be more careful next time, eh?
Last time I installed Chrome (not Chromium, but actual Chrome) on Ubuntu I still had to download it from Google trusting Google's process rather than Canonical's. So no, it didn't go through some encryption protected carefully managed central repo. And, obviously, if someone can install software from Google via downloads, they can install other software via downloads, including malware.
... and you end up being tracked, and have advertising pushed at you, and your privacy is invaded through data sharing - yes, we know. that's why the Debian GNU/Linux team took the (libre-licensed) source code for the chrome browser, did a full source code audit, *REMOVED* all of the spy-tracking, *REMOVED* all of the privacy-violating code, compiled that and released it through the standard Debian packaging system [which includes the audit trail]
if the ubuntu team are actually bothering to properly follow this process, then you should be able to [use synaptics if you are not comfortable with command-line] just do "apt-get install chromium-browser". you will get *exactly* the same source code, minus the privacy-violating code, with the added guarantee that there is, as i described in the post, the audit trail that is near-impossible to violate.
i note that this post has been tagged "education". can someone please explain how it is "education" that teachers - and students - must *pay* to have boards *designed for them*, using a processor which you *still* cannot view videos without paying for proprietary CODECs  and you *still* cannot boot it without a proprietary bootloader.
i remain deeply unimpressed that people have had the wool pulled over their eyes by the "low, low price" of $25.
 don't tell me that it's patented. enshrined into patent law is the right for inventors to create an implementation of absolutely any patent, as a means to *EDUCATE* themselves about making further improvements to the original work.
well i'd _like_ to tell you but it would be unwise of me to describe the setup in a public forum. but i can say that the only reason i have a TV is because i am in a rented apartment which is set up nominally as a "B and B", and that i love tennis and you really have to have like Eurosport to get it. i did have USB-TV dongles as an experiment (an SDR one) but they're a bit of a pain.
It is your destiny. - Darth Vader