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Comment Use an alternative? (Score 1) 492

Have you considered using something other than BitLocker? https://alternativeto.net/software/windows-bitlocker/?license=opensource&platform=windows

And I'm gonna say it - why not use disk-encrypted Linux and put Windows in a VM for those one or two programs that are Windows-only? This way you have full control of your system, the whole disk is encrypted, and you can stick to Windows 7...

Comment Linux for the .... middle? (Score 1) 189

So two thoughts come to me after reading the summary and the comments

1/ This clearly demonstrates that Linux is the right technology to use when supporting business syetms with legacy hardware (I'll second the opinions that enterprise keeps hardware around the longest - I supported users on obsolete AS/400s which, whilst not as old as what some people here talk about, still mean we're frequently learning old technology in Support); and the point that the leadership (Linus right now, hopefully the same with whomever comes to replace him eventually!) can be more ameanable to keeping up support for old hardware is great. I dream of desktop uptake, but enterprise and research are where it's at.

2/ However I also wonder - isn't this an offshoot problem of the fact that Linux is a monolothic kernel? Can this kind of interface-specific support not be modularized? Say, an API/ABI (in-kernel)standard that allows the kernel to plough on with currently evolving requirements, whilst maintaining a stable interface for previously integrated kernel features that have been split off into modules...?

(and no, I'm not at all familiar with the ins and outs of kernel development and architecture - I just read newsposts and Wikipedia ...)

Comment It makes sense but.... (Score 1) 54

So the major players want to bring some order to the bazaar. So be it - they can try. There are small projects that will probably decide to cooperate, and will because they are a one- or two- person effort - but the projects that truly behave like a bazaar will remain as coordinated or uncoordinated as they still are.

I don't see this effort being capable of shoving an agenda down anybody's throats - if you don't care for the agenda, don't. Submit your code to the project as and when you see fit, and work on the bits you want to. If tomorrow they want to address what they see as glaring issues in GNU's netcat, they'll be able to throw resources at it collectively - but I doubt they'll be able to tap GNU's shoulder and say "hey, give us some of 'your' devs to fix this."

In the end, if the effort results in a pooled selection of developers, incentivized directly and collectively (read: employed) by the companies, to work on aspects of open source projects they have communal stake in, to common goals and specification, that is probably going to be a good thing.

If they fork any of the technologies that is fine too - that's exactly what GNU GPLv3 was meant to allow them to do. They just can't expect to fork the maintainers and community too.

If however there is a scenario in which volunteers can be coerced into their way or the highway, that scenario must be understood and countermeasures prepared by those who would stand to lose from it. Don't take it too seriously, but don't take it in any way lightly either.

Submission + - Haiku debates kernel switch to Linux... or not.->

taikedz writes: A very interesting discussion is taking place in the Haiku mailing list. A developer has created a working prototype implementation of the BeOS API layer on top of the Linux kernel, and he is wondering if the project is worth pursuing.

Both 'sides' make a lot of compelling arguments, and it gives a lot of insight into decisions that went into the Haiku project, both past and present.

Link to Original Source

Comment Insufficient (Score 1) 79

The "highly restricted" spec is meant to catch suspicious combos like in the mybank example - but does not catch full-ascii (which is an even more restrictive level) trickery like tvvitter.com (notice the two "v" chars). that combo in particular is now known, but goes to demonstrate that trickery does not need charsets larger than 7-bit... some people simply get caught by hsbc.net...

Comment various (Score 3, Informative) 85

From a user's perspective, three sources: the Linux Action Show podcast highlghts fun/useful items once a week.

Then there's tuxmachines.org which talks about.... well pretty much anything, you'll have to sift through the deluge...

Then just following what's generally popular, and using alternativeto.net to find open source counterparts...

Comment She chose to not have a lawyer, and to not defend (Score 3, Informative) 424

In the original article an ArretSurImages.fr, the blogger details in her interview that she decided not to hire a lawyer, instead simply complied immediately and did not defend her position. She was not required by the court to remove her post, but she did so of her own accord.

A commenting lawyer interviewed for the article indicated that the case shows more the necessity of getting legal advice, rather than any evolution of rights on the Internet.

Yes it's sad that she was attacked for her criticisms, but it's sadder that she did not take responsibility, or stand her ground.

Comment Re:Who has the big red button? (Score 1) 137

Hm. I would say "there goes my preference for not associating my phone with an online account" but that would actually be incorrect. Though I would indeed prefer not to have to have an account to install apps.

I guess I still treat my phone like a computer in many respects and I'm trying my darndest to keep it away from any form of remote kill at all for the sake of a "no remote please" blanket stance...

Still, I'm pretty sure I prefer to be slightly on the neurotic side.

Comment Who has the big red button? (Score 4, Interesting) 137

Whilst all this may be valid and true, how are we going to prevent the "wrong people" from using this kill switch? Will it be hardware based, in which case, how will we be sure it won't be triggered/used remotely if we install a different OS on the device? Or if some script kiddie found a way of activating it by exploiting an insecure app?

(new hollywood armaggedon scenario: terrorists threaten to detonante a phone bomb that would activate kill switches around the world, bringing down entire civilizations)

Yes, a technological solution might exist for the problem; question is, is this one the right one? Are we going to stop looking for alternatives?

Comment Re:Just no. (Score 0) 162

The main thing that is wrong with the Internet is that it's still an academic plaything.

It was invented for use in a lab, and extended for use by trustable peers across the country. Then someone opened the floodgates.

What we need is a base infrastructure that is paranoid by design, not trusting by nature.

Oh and one that is capable of handling bazillions of entities on it.

Comment The Guardian article is not accurate (Score 5, Informative) 477

Reading the original article on Les Echos.fr, it seems to me this is not law but an agreement between a coalition of enterprise owners and the unions - they've signed an agreement to implement this.

La semaine dernière, après six mois de négociation, le patronat des sociétés d’ingénierie et de conseil et des bureaux d’études (Syntec et Cinov) a signé avec la CFDT et la CGC (56% de leurs salariés à elles deux) un avenant à l’accord de 1999 sur les 35 heures qui pourrait avoir valeur d’exemple.

"Last week, after six months of negotiation, [ a union of ] bosses of engineering, consulting and design departments (Syntec and Cinov) signed with CFDT and CGC [workers' unions] (56% of their joint workforce) an ammendment to the 1999 agreement on the right to 35 hour working week which could set an example [to the rest of the country?]."

A third union that didn't sign, the CGT, is actually deploring the fact that it still has a loophole allowing it to be ignored, and a previous agreement between the two camps to try and improve working conditions was struck down by a court of law:

Cela suffira-t-il à convaincre les juges? L’avenant est un nouvel épisode du feuilleton juridique, que les signataires espèrent être le dernier dans leur profession. En avril 2013, la Cour de cassation avait invalidé le précédent dispositif, jugeant le contrôle de l’amplitude et de la charge de travail insuffisant.

Will it be enough to convince the judges? The amendment is a new episode in this jurisdiction saga, which the signatories hope to be the last in their profession. In April 2013, a high court rejected their last attempt, judging that the control of the amplitude and amount of work insufficient.

French journalistic style is not as easy to decipher as English-language journalism -- the French style is very fond of appearing as literary as possible. I'll post extra translations at some point if anybody wants.

"The hottest places in Hell are reserved for those who, in times of moral crisis, preserved their neutrality." -- Dante