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Comment: Wikipedia the vector (Score 1) 61

by Bruce Perens (#48386659) Attached to: Researchers Forecast the Spread of Diseases Using Wikipedia

Like others I found the headline confusing. I read it as "Researchers are predicting the use of Wikipedia as a vector for the spread of disease". This may mean that:

  • Disinformation and ignorance are diseases.
  • Memes and computer viruses are diseases.
  • Wilipedia contains information that leads to depression.
  • Instructions on Wikipedia lead to substance abuse.
  • This is getting entertaining, fill in your own reason here.

Comment: Re:Not a good week... (Score 1) 445

by Bruce Perens (#48298059) Attached to: Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo Crashes

One of the definitions I found was:

One who makes great sacrifices or suffers much in order to further a belief, cause, or principle.

I am sure that fits. While SpaceShip II is mainly intended for a non-exploration purpose, the program has resulted in some significant advances in rocketry and White Knight II has significant non-tourism use. These pilots have been involved in other space efforts, I remember the one who was injured from the Rotary Rocket test flights. There are lots of safer ways for these folks to make as much money as a test pilot is paid. They do what they do to advance our progress in aeronautics and space.

Comment: Re: don't use biometrics (Score 1) 328

No argument on guantanamo. It is illegal and a disgrace. My point is that if the cops are looking to "solve" something for the public spectacle, they can and will use all of that shit to put you away. As anyone should know by now most of it is theatre, to look like they are doing something to keep people safe. You happen to be the unlucky guy in the wrong place at the wrong time? Too bad. "We got him guys, it's all good!".

Comment: Re:Thank you! (Score 2, Interesting) 125

by Anon E. Muss (#48289669) Attached to: OpenBSD 5.6 Released

... check out OpenBSD before checking out FreeBSD, and I cannot stress this enough. FreeBSD developers don't use their own operating system; they run it in a Virtual machine on their Macs, and it shows.

Citation needed.

Suspend/resume has been broken there since 2008, and drivers for any recent Intel graphics adapter will not run (you cannot switch from Xorg to a console and back) properly.

Yeah, it can suck to run a server-focused OS on a desktop/laptop.

FreeBSD devs do not care about their OS

This is objectively false. Any devs working for free must care, of they'd hack on something else. Any devs being paid must have an employer who cares. The problem is that the people hacking/funding FreeBSD don't care about the same parts of the system that you do.

Comment: Re: don't use biometrics (Score 1) 328

So how many people in Guantanamo have had their day in court yet? If you're linked to someone who is linked to terrorism, you're a suspect. If you have discussed things in sms or email that are critical of the government, you're a suspect. If you have been in close proximity with suspected terrorists, without even knowing it, you may be a suspect. You want to take a punt on whether or not you can be declared an unlawful enemy combatant?

Comment: Re:Why not allow the update into the repos? (Score 4, Informative) 126

by smash (#48227919) Attached to: OwnCloud Dev Requests Removal From Ubuntu Repos Over Security Holes
There are patches to fix the vulnerabilities, they just haven't been backported by the developer to the old version of owncloud. The official owncloud path is to upgrade to the supported release. If Ubuntu want to support the old version, it is up to them to backport fixes to the old version(s) themselves, as the FreeBSD ports team often do with the ports tree.

Comment: Re: Why not allow the update into the repos? (Score 2) 126

by smash (#48227913) Attached to: OwnCloud Dev Requests Removal From Ubuntu Repos Over Security Holes
I don't think you understand how software gets included in a distro. The developer doesn't ask for it to be included generally, it is often packaged by some third party who likes the software and wants a debian/redhat/etc. package for it. The developers distribute via source, if a distro wants to include their own custom package for it, that's their own doing.

Comment: Re:Why not allow the update into the repos? (Score 1) 126

by smash (#48227909) Attached to: OwnCloud Dev Requests Removal From Ubuntu Repos Over Security Holes
The developer may have nothing to do with Ubuntu, packages for distributions are often developed by a third party who takes the official sources and packages it up themselves. The developers often do not package anything directly and have no interest in maintaining packages for other people's operating systems. They distribute via source.

Comment: Re: Packages can't be removed? (Score 1) 126

by smash (#48227897) Attached to: OwnCloud Dev Requests Removal From Ubuntu Repos Over Security Holes
It is up to the package maintainer to backport security fixes if they want them. If they don't want to remove the package fair enough, but they should be popping up copious warnings, and maybe push a package update that alerts via script (even if it doesn't secure the package) that "THIS PACKAGE IS INSECURE AND UNMAINTAINED - it is recommended you deinstall and upgrade via original sources" or similar. This is similar to how FreeBSD ports work.

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