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Comment: Unintended consequences? (Score 4, Interesting) 117

by marciot (#49040897) Attached to: Live Patching Now Available For Linux

Maybe I’m old school, but this sort of bothers me. One of the nice things about rebooting is that it clears out old crud and gives you a reassurance that the system can bring itself up by its bootstraps. I can imagine live patching giving rise to a scenario where you have a machine that hasn’t been rebooted for years and when a power glitch finally brings it down, you find that what is on disk is different than what was in RAM and your kernel is corrupt or not bootable.

I think live patching would make sense if we had non-volatile system RAM (i.e. universal memory), but until then, it seems like rebooting is a pretty good sanity check that things are alright.

Comment: The devil is in the details... (Score 5, Insightful) 303

by marciot (#48746809) Attached to: FBI Says Search Warrants Not Needed To Use "Stingrays" In Public Places

So if I should happen to live next to a public place, and their signal penetrates my walls into my private residence, can I sue them for trespassing and for intercepting my calls in a place where I would have an expectation of privacy?

Of course not. *sigh*

Comment: Re:Grammar police alert (Score 1) 129

by marciot (#48707981) Attached to: Google Researcher Publishes Unpatched Windows 8.1 Security Vulnerability

So this is good. This vulnerability was previously disclosed, but they undisclosed it. The undisclosure was done by the NSA using their version of the neuralizer, the existence of which was disclosed by Snowden last year, but has since been undisclosed (which is why you don't know about it).

Nothing is finished until the paperwork is done.