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Comment: Re:Simple solution (Score 1) 416

by ron_ivi (#48896149) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Where Can You Get a Good 3-Button Mouse Today?

why get excited for having a button for ctrl-v? do you also have a button for ctrl-c and ctrl-x? you make no sense.

At least here, "copy" (I assume that's what you mean by ctrl-c) happens automatically when you select a region of text by clicking and dragging the mouse. In that sense, the left button *is* the button you're looking for.

And "delete whatever is selected" (is that what you mean by ctrl-x) can be done by pressing 'delete' -- or if you're goint to replace it with something else, just typing that something else -- so it doesn't need a button or keyboard shortcut.

Comment: Re:libressl-2.1.3 (Score 3, Insightful) 96

by ron_ivi (#48896119) Attached to: OpenSSL 1.0.2 Released

NOT portable .... Forget about building on Windows using Microsoft's C compiler.

Just because one compiler for one platform fails to support a popular C extension doesn't mean the library isn't portable.

You can always choose to complie on that platform using one of the compliers that *does* support the extension.

Comment: If Microsoft would unlock the boot loader now... (Score 4, Interesting) 157

by ron_ivi (#48885511) Attached to: Surface RT Devices Won't Get Windows 10
If Microsoft would unlock the boot loader now, heck, even I (who dislike most microsoft products except their keyboards and mice) would probably be happy to buy a Surface RT.

Seriously - I like the form-factor of the device - and the price. The only thing that stopped me from buying one when they came out was the OS.

Request for Microsoft --- now that you're abandoning it --- please unlock the boot loader.

Space

Rare Astronomical Event Will See Triple Moon Shadows On Jupiter 53

Posted by Soulskill
from the pretty-pictures dept.
hypnosec writes Stargazers are in for a treat: they will be able to witness a rare astronomical event early tomorrow morning (January 24, 2015) where shadows of three of Jupiter's largest moons — Io, Europa, and Callisto — will fall upon Jupiter simultaneously. Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles will provide a live online broadcast on its Livestream channel. It will begin on January 24 at 0430 GMT (January 23 at 11:30 PM EST, 8:30 PM PST) and end at 0700 GMT (2:00 AM EST, 11:00 PM PST). They've also posted a short animated video of how the event will appear.
Security

Doxing Victim Zoe Quinn Launches Online "Anti-harassment Task Force" 683

Posted by Soulskill
from the life-free-of-swat-teams-and-unordered-pizzas dept.
AmiMoJo writes: On Friday, developer and doxing victim Zoe Quinn launched an online "anti-harassment task force" toolset, staffed by volunteers familiar with such attacks, to assist victims of a recent swell of "doxing" and "swatting" attacks. The Crash Override site, built by Quinn and game developer Alex Lifschitz, offers free services from "experts in information security, white hat hacking, PR, law enforcement, legal, threat monitoring, and counseling" for "victims of online mob harassment."

They have already managed to preemptively warn at least one victim of a swatting attempt in Enumclaw, Washington. As a result, the police department's head e-mailed the entire department to ask any police sent to the address in question to "knock with your hand, not your boot."

Comment: Re:Encryption = same as an envelope for real mail. (Score 1) 35

by ron_ivi (#48852105) Attached to: Microsoft Outlook Users In China Hit With MITM Attack
It's not a billion dollar opportunity so long as people think email privacy is secured adequately by policies and legislation.

I think the best thing in the world for internet privacy/security would be if the laws were changed to state: "You have no expectation of privacy in any plain text email (other other communication) on the internet. Any such content can be freely used by your ISP, email hosting service, governments, ad-agencies, spammers, etc. If you want your email private, encrypt it.".

With such laws, it would be a billion dollar opportunity overnight, and the internet would be much safer for it.

But instead, corporations trust policies and laws to keep email private - even though those policies can and do change on a whim (or a Patriot act).

Comment: Encryption = same as an envelope for real mail. (Score 2) 35

by ron_ivi (#48850997) Attached to: Microsoft Outlook Users In China Hit With MITM Attack
Totally agree encryption (PGP/GPG, S/MIME) is the right answer here.

Instead of relying on policies/laws to keep email confidential, I wonder if the internet would be a much safer place if the laws said that any unencrypted email has no expectation of privacy.

Unencrypted email should be thought of as more like a post-card -- where governments routinely scan them all for law enforcement.

If you want anything private in email, encrypt it.

And if it were widely thought of that way, corporations would insist on encrypted emails, so the email client vendors would make encryption easy instead of the pain in the neck it is today.

Comment: Re:Where's this desire for "nice" coming from? (Score 2) 359

by ron_ivi (#48841051) Attached to: Linus On Diversity and Niceness In Open Source

Often I wish the E stood for English, usually that thought occurs when I am reading status reports and documentation from Engineers.

If you're having difficulty communicating with Engineers and part of your job is reading their status reports and documentation, I'd argue that the problem is on your side.

Their job is to do engineering well. Your job sounds like translating between their attempt to translate technical nuances into stuff that upper management can understand. Perhaps you need to spend more time learning more about what they do.

Comment: Re:I agree with Lennart (Score 0) 551

by ron_ivi (#48840273) Attached to: Systemd's Lennart Poettering: 'We Do Listen To Users'
None of that speaks to why systemd needs to suck in everything under the sun that has a server mode (like the gimp and open office examples above).

And just because something's launched often doesn't mean it has to be sucked into systemd. Angry Birds is launched on Linux more often than most stuff the systemd guys play with -- but that doesn't mean all games need insane dependancies on an init system.

Your container example seems to be taking the wrong approach too.

Lightweight containers like Docker seem to suggest it's best to run a single service within a container --- so the last thing such a system needs an init system -- let alone the most bloated init system in the world. A it turns out, it's quite a pain in the neck to run systemd in a docker container.

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