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Comment: Re:That's kind of curious (Score 3, Interesting) 580

by styrotech (#46762509) Attached to: How Does Heartbleed Alter the 'Open Source Is Safer' Discussion?

I think the grandparent was right. MS now is hugely better than the MS of 10-15 years ago. I'm not going to try and objectively prove that as I don't care enough about MS and probably couldn't anyway.

But the NT4 to XP/2003 era was appalling security wise - but they changed that. IIS went from swiss cheese to one of the tougher web servers to break. You just don't hear any more about the kinds of problems they used to have. If you endured those days or just laughed from the sidelines, you don't need any hard data to see that they have improved a lot.

I found this paper from Theo de Raadt illuminating though. He steps through 10+ years of OS hardening techniques OpenBSD has put in place to prevent badly written applications misbehaving. Towards the end he summarises how other platforms do this stuff - the only other platform that did it all by default was Windows (yikes!).

Comment: Re:Security is hard. Encryption is even harder. (Score 1) 580

by styrotech (#46762333) Attached to: How Does Heartbleed Alter the 'Open Source Is Safer' Discussion?

All this episode does is to remind us that security is hard. Encryption is even harder.

In general maybe. This issue had nothing to do with encryption though (or hard security stuff even).

It was a very basic input checking error in a massively crusty overly obfuscated and badly written/documented codebase that all kinds of people have been tacking 'kitchen sink' style features onto for years. It's almost as if the codebase is actively trying to counteract the 'many eyes' effect.

OpenBSD has already taken on their fork and started stripping out cruft - who knows that fork could end up having a portable version that everyone else starts using (like with OpenSSH).

Companies like Google and RedHat etc are presumably going to be putting some extra resources into OpenSSL to help clean it up. It's importance means they would be crazy not to. Hopefully they also put some resources into funding/helping the OpenBSD fork too as a better longer term option.

Comment: Re:Don't bother. (Score 1) 509

by styrotech (#46657557) Attached to: The Problem With Congress's Scientific Illiterates

Climate change is to actual environmental science while Jenny McCarthy is to Vaccines. The real truth is being subverted by the Al Gore et al bs that serves no one but a few corps.

So... are you saying that climate change claims that actual environmental science causes autism?

Nah, that can't be it - I'm not sure climate change actually claims anything itself. Although Anthropomorphised Global Warming does have a nice ring to it.

Hmmm... thinking about it some more, I suspect you are cleverly using autism as more of a metaphor here (or is that a simile?).

So you must really be saying that the only research that ever backed climate change was a fraudulent discredited study by Al Gore and his corporate conflicts of interest? And a significant percentage of the public is swayed by misguided celebrity followers of Al Gore all the while ignoring the existing research from actual environment science that can't find any evidence of climate change?''

Is that more like it?

Comment: Re:Sadly for Canonical... (Score 1) 155

by styrotech (#46587385) Attached to: Canonical's Troubles With the Free Software Community

Am I the only one who LIKES Unity?

Nope. I hated it at first, and held off really using it until 12.04. But it has steady improved and as I've got used to it I've come to like (most of) it.

I'm not emotionally invested in it though - every now and again I'll think I need to switch to something else and I'll go back to Debian with some other desktop, but the others just seem less polished and I end up back on Unity again.

It's not just me either - recent Ubuntu releases have meant the small software company I work for have gone from 5% Linux and 95% Windows to 80% Linux and 20% Windows over the last couple of years. Of the Linux desktops, they are all *buntu and about 80% Unity, 10% KDE, and 10% Gnome3.

Comment: Re:this new interface... (Score 1) 61

by styrotech (#46569347) Attached to: Cisco Plans $1B Investment In Cloud

"Why do people bitch about the NSA and still put their data in "the cloud"

Maybe because it won't matter. If the NSA wants it, they will just compromise your network and the desktops of your sysadmins and managers to get it.

I think I'd rather them just grab the data from the source without installing rootkits in my network ;)

(Yes I know they'd do both either way)

Comment: Re:sugar (Score 4, Informative) 703

by styrotech (#46559861) Attached to: IPCC's "Darkest Yet" Climate Report Warns of Food, Water Shortages

Not only that, but contrary to the impression given by popular map projections if you move some optimal band towards the poles you will lose more area than you gain.

And as for the southern hemisphere, there's no new land in that direction anyway. Well not until Antarctica thaws out at least.

This place just isn't big enough for all of us. We've got to find a way off this planet.