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Comment Hostname leaks and internal CA (Score 5, Insightful) 62

1) Hostnames leak all the time. A client will make a DNS request and the name becomes known even if it is not resolvable on the public Internet.

2) If you really care that much, run an internal CA. Lots of ways to do it, most server OS's have built-in or easily available internal CA software.

Keeping a hostname out of the certificate log is pretty much pointless security by obscurity.

Comment Old stuff "discovered" by the ignorant (Score 5, Informative) 519

I am an economist. Economists have already extensively studied this kind of approach. It's called an Input/Output Model. Communist countries used it in their approach to central planning during the 1970's. It failed miserably for two reasons:

1) It assumes zero substitutability between inputs. E.g., to make a car you need exactly 1.35 tons of steel, 52.7 kg of rubber, 217 kg of glass, 1.73 KW of electricity, 29.4 hours of labor, etc. No other formula is possible, you can't use more energy and less labor, for instance. For reference, the production function is known as a Leontief production function. To be fair, adding any kind of substitutability between inputs results in a completely intractable problem. However, without substitutability this is a lousy way to actually model an economy.

2) It assumes perfect information on the part of the central planner. While this is an oft-used simplification in economic models, it's a lousy reflection of reality. It's simply impossible for a central planner to gather and correlate sufficient information to make it work.

Yet another piece-of-crap opinion article written by someone who couldn't be bothered to do an hour's research on Wikipedia.

Submission + - Asian Americans use Google Docs to Fight Prejudice

plsuh writes: Little-known outside the Asian American community there is a strong strain of racism against blacks, especially among the older generation. As reported in the Washington Post, in the wake of the shootings in Louisiana and Minnesota Christina Xu and a group of online contributors used the joint editing capabilities of Google Docs to create an open letter about the significance of the Black Lives Matter movement. The letter is addressed to "Mom, Dad, Uncle, Auntie" — the first generation of immigrants who may not understand and harbor prejudices of their own from the old country. Translations into Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Vietnamese, and tens of other languages are in progress.

Submission + - Fedora 24 Now Generally Available, Delivers New Cloud and Container Features (businesswire.com)

An anonymous reader writes: The Fedora Project, a Red Hat, Inc., sponsored and community-driven open source collaboration, today announced the general availability of Fedora 24, the first 2016 release of the fully-open Fedora operating system. As with previous Fedora releases, Fedora 24 comprises a set of base packages that form the foundation of three distinct editions: Fedora 24 Cloud, Fedora 24 Server, and Fedora 24 Workstation.

At a foundational level, Fedora 24 now includes glibc 2.23 for better performance and improvements to POSIX compliance and GNU Compiler Collection (GCC) 6. All base packages have been rebuilt with GCC 6, providing better code optimization across all Fedora 24 editions and improving the overall stability of each addition.

While enhanced features and bug fixes have been delivered for all editions, Fedora 24 emphasizes new tools and capabilities for developers seeking to better leverage Linux containers and orchestration technologies, like Kubernetes. This is highlighted through the inclusion of OpenShift Origin, a Kubernetes distribution for application development and deployment, with Fedora 24 Cloud to help create an overall smoother experience for Fedora Cloud users building and launching containerized applications.

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Red Hat and Microsoft Partner On Azure (redhat.com) 130

An anonymous reader writes: Satya Nadella has made some interesting reforms to Microsoft. Today, Red Hat and Microsoft announced that they will partner to deliver Red Hat's product suite in Azure. Red Hat will also support .NET core in RHEL. Additionally, Red Hat's CloudForms product will now work with Hyper-V/Azure, RHEV, VMware, and AWS. Microsoft has certainly come a long way from the Halloween Memos. Here are Red Hat's blog post and Microsoft's blog post about the announcement

Comment A good idea (Score 5, Interesting) 674

I totally support something like this, and believe in the future, a basic income system will be inevitable in most modern societies. The current welfare systems are too complex, shaped by special interests, people exploiting loopholes, or gaming the system for benefit. There is too much abuse, wastage and a large chunk of the population feels a sense of resentment.

Shift to a basic income for all, and you now have a level playing field. It is more efficient, it is harder (or impossible?) to abuse, and no one can argue that laziness or poor health decisions or poor financial decisions are being rewarded. All, from CEOs to Rockstars to unemployed alcoholics are being given a basic income.

The two downsides to something like this :

1) It will be much harder to find individuals willing to do certain categories of high risk or menial labor. You would end up having to pay a LOT more.
2) Inflation for certain goods and services could eat away any gains that a system like this could bring. It is similar to how lowering interest rates does not increase house affordability or put more people in homes, instead it just causes house prices to go up and affordability to remain the same.

Comment Re:Last Fedora released on time? (Score 1) 65

This is basically due to a misconception around the Fedora release policy. Some projects work on a strict calendar basis; others work on "release when ready". Fedora has always had a hybrid approach. We aim for a certain target, but we're integrating a huge amount of upstream software over which we mostly have little control, and it's almost inevitable that something isn't up to standards at that time.

PS: We're slipping a week for F23. :)

Comment *yawn* (Score 5, Informative) 13

This is a second-order attack that only affects MDM clients, and then only if they've installed a rogue app AND the MDM is pre-provisioning with sensitive data. It's also already patched. It's easy to check the OS version on iOS devices tied to an MDM so that the IT department knows which ones need updates.

Nice catch on the security side, but not a real humdinger.

--Paul

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