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Comment: Re:Fedora fork too (Score 1) 551

by thue (#48189559) Attached to: Debian's Systemd Adoption Inspires Threat of Fork

postfix.server from https://github.com/vonSchlotzk... :

[Unit]
Description=Postfix Mail Daemon
After=network.target

[Service]
Type=forking
ExecStart=/usr/sbin/postfix start
ExecStop=/usr/sbin/postfix stop
Restart=always

[Install]
WantedBy=multi-user.target /etc/init.d/postfix :

266 lines, too long to print here, and just as ugly as sendmail.

So the postfix sysv init script is 113 lines LONGER while the .service file is 4 lines SHORTER than the sendmail example.

Comment: Re:Not quite sure I get the argument. (Score 1) 354

by thue (#47851135) Attached to: DMCA Claim Over GPL Non-Compliance Shuts Off Minecraft Plug-Ins

> And if that's the case, why would Mojang EVER feel obligated to release their serve source code because a guy who literally stole it anyway is demanding they do so?

Because the bukkit project which released the decompiler/disassembled portions was owned by Mojang. And Mojang knew full well it was happening while they owned the project. So it was essentially Mojang who released it.

Comment: Re:Still relevant nowadays? (Score 2) 58

by thue (#47190209) Attached to: Mesa 10.2 Improves Linux's Open-Source Graphics Drivers

My impression is that basically all Linux distributions install the open source drivers by default. And in my experience, installing the proprietary drivers is messy.

And most distributions uses 3D in the window manager by default.

So I imagine that many more Linux users use the open source drivers (which in turn use Mesa) than uses the proprietary drivers.

The Courts

FCC Orders Comcast To Stop Labeling Equipment Rental a Service Fee 97

Posted by timothy
from the getting-mugged-is-just-a-toll dept.
An anonymous reader writes "The FCC denied an appeal by Comcast, which argued that its practice of charging customers separately for a DTA (digital terminal adapter) -- a converter box that allows cable subscribers with older televisions to receive digital channels, which the company said would be provided at no charge -- is not subject to rate regulation, because it is a service fee. The ruling was issued on March 19." Also from the article: "In an e-mail last week to the Star Tribune, Comcast vice president of corporate affairs Mary Beth Schubert said the case “involved a relatively minor dispute about the way certain items are presented on the rate card but has no effect on overall pricing.” But, [Michael Bradley, an attorney whose firm represented Minneapolis-area franchising authorities in the dispute] argued the FCC’s decision sets a strong precedent for transparency within the cable industry."

Comment: Re:FIPS 140-2 4.9.2. The Other Back Door. (Score 1) 168

by thue (#46624775) Attached to: NSA Infiltrated RSA Deeper Than Imagined

> 2^128 - 2^112 [...] it's significant, especially if you have a huge data center in Utah.

But 2^128/2^112=2^16=65536

As an upper limit, assume that you remove 100*2^112. But that will still only eliminate 100/65536=0.1% of the search space. Any key that is brute-forceable by NSA with those 0.1% removed is also brute-forceable without those 0.1% of the search space removed.

> What may be worse (I don't know) is the simultaneous equations that it creates that are invariant for keys from such a source. Maybe they could be used in a cryptographic attack to help solve the sorts of attack that try to build big systems of simultaneous equations to attack the key schedule.

Something like this seems slightly more likely. But assuming the bits were perfectly random before the removal of repeated blocks, for finite keys it still doesn't generate anything that couldn't have been generated by chance without the removal of repeated blocks.

Comment: Re:FIPS 140-2 4.9.2. The Other Back Door. (Score 1) 168

by thue (#46623443) Attached to: NSA Infiltrated RSA Deeper Than Imagined

I agree that the output is not random by the standard definition. And obviously a bad RNG.

But making a practical attack based on that seems unlikely to me.

> For the record, RdRand doesn't do this because I refused to put it in because it's a back door in the spec.

Wait what - you designed Intel's RdRand hardware RNG?

So, since there is a lot of paranoia about backdoors in that, is there a backdoor? :P

Cobol programmers are down in the dumps.

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