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Comment: Re:IN OTHER WORDS? (Score 1) 764

by ultranova (#48195269) Attached to: Systemd Adding Its Own Console To Linux Systems

This is one time me and the FOSSies are actually on the same page, as just like windows 8 was forced from on high and gave the users a big fat greasy finger so too is systemd being pushed by corporate with exactly zero fucks given about what the end users want.

Most end users don't care about the init system one way or another, since most end users don't ever mess with it. On the other hand, every end user was forced to mess with Metro. That's the difference.

Comment: Re:you deserve neither (Score 1) 171

by ultranova (#48194625) Attached to: 3D-Printed Gun Earns Man Two Years In Japanese Prison

you're an idiot

I acknowledge your feelings of inadequacy. But it would be more effective to improve yourself than attack random strangers online, especially since your ad hominems are less than impressive, too. Might I suggest learning basic reading comprehension as a start?

just because some asshats are screening new hire's facebook page doesn't mean we should surrender all privacy rights

I didn't propose we do.

really, everything about your post is upside-down...

Try adjusting your system configuration.

Comment: Re:In Japan (Score 1) 171

by ultranova (#48193813) Attached to: 3D-Printed Gun Earns Man Two Years In Japanese Prison

One beer? You're an idiot. Who'd want to live in a society where job loss and de facto permanent unemployment occurs at the slightest infraction?

Driving drunk is not a slight infraction, and many (most?) companies screen their employees for off-hour drug use nowadays - heck, I've heard that having Facebook pics of yourself drinking beer can get you disqualified from a job. We already have all the worst sides of authoritarianism, so why not get what few good things there are, too?

Comment: Re: Why? (Score 1) 95

by phantomfive (#48193113) Attached to: China Staging a Nationwide Attack On iCloud and Microsoft Accounts

The CCP knows they are living on borrowed time and are going to do everything in their power, including perhaps returning to the days of the cultural revolution if it finds it necessary.

The CCP uses fear of the cultural revolution as a way to stay in power. That's what all the talk about 'Harmony' means. Not many people in China want to go back to that. They understand it made no sense to have red stoplights mean go,for example.

Comment: Re:What? (Score 1) 457

by sjames (#48192885) Attached to: Debian's Systemd Adoption Inspires Threat of Fork

Your point seems to be, "new stuff requires new debugging methods on failure, avoid new stuff."

My point is new things should HAVE an effective debugging technique.

I am fine with replacing or greatly updating SysV. I simply don't see systemd as an improvement on the balance. Its wrongs outweigh its rights.

As an aside, most competent admins wouldn't be "resorting" to the kludge you describe, and will probably just stare and you and blink rapidly when told doing so is supposed to be a good thing.

I guess they think the answer is to stay down while they do a total re-install without understanding what was wrong then?

Comment: My infringement warning notice (Score 0) 96

The code is implemented for people to be able to play with an insecure algorithm, to test it's weaknesses. If I were the author of the library, I would have added a warning like this:

This code is known insecure. If you ship on a real device to customers, you are such a moron that........imagine every insult Linus Torvalds has ever spoken or written, and that it applied to you. Would you want that? That's what would be the case if you used this in production code.
Furthermore, even if you're the dumbest person on earth, shipping this code on real devices could expose you to threats of lawsuits. I don't know if those threats are real, but don't let it get to that point.

Comment: Patent infringement (Score 5, Informative) 96

He is not being threatened for copyright infringement, he's being warned about patent infringement. Here is the link to the patent in question (there's also a European patent). Furthermore, it seems the lawyers have determined that he has not committed infringement himself, but users of his library may use it to infringe. Therefore, the letter does not even threaten any legal action at all. It's just a friendly request.....or as friendly as lawyers ever get.

Below I will paste the specific patent's independent claims. I don't think this can actually cover generic software written for the PC, because of the 'secret memory' and the fact that they have patented the device implemented in hardware, not a software implementation of the algorithm (and how many computers actually have a pseudo-random shift register?)

1. Method of producing an authentication code (CA), comprising cycles for reading binary words (Mn) out of a secret memory (21) comprising a plurality of binary words, wherein, at each cycle, the address for reading a word out of the secret memory (21) is generated from an address generating binary word (GA) forming the result of a combination operation (Fc, ) of words (M1 to Mn) read out of the memory during previous cycles, characterised in that it comprises a transform operation of the address generating word (GA) consisting in logically combining at least one bit (g'0, g'1, g'2) of the address generating word (GA) with at least one bit (r1, r4, r6) of a pseudo-random shift register (26).

8. Logic machine (20, 20-1, 30) clocked by a clock signal (H), comprising a secret memory (21) in which a plurality of binary words read out at clock rate are stored, wherein the output of the memory (21) is applied to a first input (A) of a logic circuit (22) whose output (C) is fed back to the second input (B), the logic circuit (22) performing a combination (Fc, "+") of its two inputs (A, B) and producing an address generating binary word (GA) supplied to the address input (ADR) of the memory, characterised in that it comprises a pseudo-random shift register (26) and logic means (25-1, 27) for combining at least one bit (r1, r4, r6) of the shift register (26) with at least one bit (g'0, g'1, g'2) of the address generating word (GA).

Those who do things in a noble spirit of self-sacrifice are to be avoided at all costs. -- N. Alexander.