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Comment: Patches. (Score 1) 666

by petard (#37890376) Attached to: How Can I Justify Using Red Hat When CentOS Exists?

By definition, Centos lags behind Red Hat on patches. They work very hard to make that window as small as they can, but sometimes it drags out longer than you'd like it to for a critical system. Some researchers will wait for Red Hat to release a patch before posting about a vulnerability. Not so many will wait for Centos. So the window where there's an announced flaw without a patch is, necessarily, larger with Centos than Red Hat.

Comment: Arguing about "worth" is difficult (Score 2, Insightful) 503

by petard (#34097396) Attached to: Is the ISS Really Worth $100 Billion?

Especially on any kind of absolute scale, when the amounts get so large. It's easier if you consider it in relation to other large governmental expenditures. Fox News (which tends to under-estimate war cost, IMO) has estimated the cost of the Iraq war at >$700B. How does the ISS stack up to that in terms of value to the world? Is it worth about 1/7 of that? More? Less? I'm not sure it stacks up as well against every other possible use of $100B, but I'd personally much rather have another 6 space stations than what we've gotten in exchange for our other $600B spent on war.

Microsoft

Microsoft Takes Responsibility For GPL Violation 364

Posted by Soulskill
from the owning-up dept.
An anonymous reader writes with an update to the news we discussed last weekend that a Windows 7 utility seemed to contain GPL code: "Microsoft has confirmed that the Windows 7 USB/DVD tool did, in fact, use GPL code, and they have agreed to release the tool's source code under the terms of GPLv2. In a statement, Microsoft said creation of the tool had been contracted out to a third party and apologized for not noticing the GPL code during a code review."

Comment: Re:The #1 Lesson (Score 1) 316

by petard (#29953848) Attached to: An Inbox Is Not a Glove Compartment

Then when your email gets to google, it's stored unencrypted, google reads the contents of the email and displays advertising based on those contents. (Aside: that bit of the OP was funny. Because while google's customer service reps don't read email themselves, the system does, and you often get ads on your gmail pages that say "you could be doing better than ...") At that point a rule in your intended recipient's gmail configuration could, accidentally or intentionally, forward that message to another server, to which google will make an unencrypted connection and where the message will, a second time, be stored unencrypted.

Though they're improvements over the old status quo, https and POP/IMAP/SMTP-TLS are not substitutes for encrypted email.

Comment: Bullshit. (Score 2, Informative) 136

by petard (#26132959) Attached to: Realtek's Wireless Driver Drives Thoughts of an Apple Netbook

The driver is not specifically for the wind. That's the same chip used in cheap USB wireless adapters like this one and RealTek has been providing their OS X driver for some time. The driver and associated utility do not work very well, FWIW, and I don't suggest trying to use them with a Mac unless you really have no other option.

Security

+ - Apple Patches Flaw That Lets Sites Photograph You

Submitted by Gruber Duckie
Gruber Duckie (666) writes "Apple's security update 2006-008, posted yesterday, is a little more interesting than it sounds. According to information (and a demo!) posted at Macslash the "information leak" mentioned in Apple's advisory actually makes it possible for a web site to send whatever your (isight) web cam sees up to the server. I'm glad they fixed this quickly."

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