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Comment: News at 11!!! (Score 4, Informative) 172

by sl3xd (#48557913) Attached to: Just-Announced X.Org Security Flaws Affect Code Dating Back To 1987

Anybody who's really looked at security around X11 has known for decades that it isn't that great.

I even remember that as recently as a year ago, ATI's drivers specifically tell you to use "xhost +" to enable GPU compute jobs using ATI devices, which resulted in a lot of "LOL NOPE" in the HPC industry. (It's trivial to root a machine that has had "xhost +" executed inside an X11 session.)

X11 having critical security holes should surprise no one. There's a reason internet-facing servers don't have X11, and it's not just because you don't need a GUI sucking up resources.

On the other hand, I'm thoroughly grateful that somebody decided to do something about it.

Comment: Re:Can't be true (Score 3, Insightful) 136

by sl3xd (#48388007) Attached to: 81% of Tor Users Can Be De-anonymized By Analysing Router Information

Citation, please? Where are you getting the idea that exit nodes have huge bandwidth bills?

For example: run a mac mini colo as an exit node, with unmetered bandwidth. $55/month, with 100 Mb of bandwidth, 24x7.

Or some guy in Korea with 3-5 gigabits of bandwidth at their home for ~$40 USD/month?

Or a university club running an exit point using approved university resources? (I know my alma matter does)

Tor exit nodes are often just people hosting them on their own nickel, often at home. You can throttle the tor server to 56 Kib/s, and leave the rest for your own usage.

Comment: Re:Until we upgrade the dumb bunnies (Score 1) 384

by sl3xd (#48200181) Attached to: Ebola Does Not Require an "Ebola Czar," Nor Calling Up the National Guard

In fairness, some people do feel better when they see something being done by some sort of authority figure. Even a scrawny 19-year old rent-a-cop armed with a radio can make a substantial difference to people's feeling of well being (in one way or the other...)

Comment: Re:Politics (Score 5, Informative) 384

by sl3xd (#48200149) Attached to: Ebola Does Not Require an "Ebola Czar," Nor Calling Up the National Guard

If they had just stated the truth, that Ebola is hard to spread with proper controls, and can be contained...

For the public, notions of safety went out the window after the clusterfsck in Texas.

- A patient went to the ER with symptoms, and was sent home
- People in government-mandated quarantine didn't honor the quarantine, and went to public places. It took armed guards to enforce the quarantine.
- Two nurses, wearing the recommended protective equipment became infected, and are being treated now.
- One of the nurses went on an airline flight after treating the Ebola patient, in violation of a number of CDC policies
- Personnel treating the first ebola patient were in constant contact with hundreds of others, including other hospital patients

Restated facts (or "truth") about how difficult it is to transmit can no longer combat the fear that has brewed up.

A pattern of mistake after mistake has emerged - things that should have never happened did. People who knew better didn't do the right thing, over and over.

It's a PR disaster, pure and simple. Any goodwill or trust the public had was burned up in Texas.

Comment: Re:Some things are beyond the pale (Score 3) 993

by sl3xd (#48078841) Attached to: Lennart Poettering: Open Source Community "Quite a Sick Place To Be In"


Pottering comes off as an arrogant jerk, but the guy's trying to make Linux better.

Sure, many disagree with his vision, and he definitely could have been less of an ass in a number of documented situations... But he hasn't done anything to warrant the sort of things he's describing.

Some people carry on like he's demanding primae noctis.

Comment: Re:The Internet of Things, aka (Score 2) 50

by sl3xd (#48042085) Attached to: Factory IoT Saves Intel $9 Million

It's just a toilet seat that reports when somebody's on it. Everybody poops! There's nothing to worry about!

Until you realize that it's able to find usage patterns, and your insurance rates go up because they think you may be getting colon cancer.

Everything's connected, and I don't want every facet of my life being reported to some corporate overlord.

Comment: Re:Yet another out-of-control govt agency (Score 1) 299

by sl3xd (#48003871) Attached to: Forest Service Wants To Require Permits For Photography

Dogs have been eugenically engineered by humans for tens of thousands of years, and are therefore an artificial life form. They usually eat food that comes from a factory, and is artificial. Since you have an artificial life form eating artificial food, it's excreting artificial poop. Its urine is water that has been polluted by artificial processes. Hence the impact study.

By some definitions, anything created by a human is artificial, so all of our bodily wastes are artificial.

The trouble with being punctual is that nobody's there to appreciate it. -- Franklin P. Jones