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Comment Re:you're free to have unlimited services (Score 1) 423

What a coincidence... me too! Only I don't go around lumping FDR in with Hitler (Godwin) and casual crapping on indigenous cultures. That just makes you a Randroid shit who shills for privilege -- noticed your habit for calling people names, BTW.

Lots of women are against a woman's right to choose; Their gender doesn't make them any less deluded... like those Hispanic Americans who supported Trump and are now shocked they live in "Papers Please!" hell. Similarly, your blinkered view of history and misplaced reverence may lead you to a very rude awakening.

Comment Re:I'll bet (Score 1) 130

The thing you're missing is that the rate of change is a primary factor in how damaging global warming has become. Deniers say "we'll adapt", and aside from ignoring all the other life on this planet, downplay the fact that ecosystems we rely on are getting slammed.

Most complex life forms can only adapt so far and so fast.

Comment Re:Please explain (Score 1) 80

The main reason who Unity (and Gnome 3) are hated so much by experienced users is they both mis-interpreted the Mac OS X launch bar interface. With the later, the user always had a definite list of apps (in the Applications folder) to fall back on. But Unity and Gnome sought to force you to use search and force you to pin regularly-used apps to their launchers. In a typical Gnome setup, this means you have to type some very odd words to find what you want.

Search-and-pin makes a nice supplement to a heirarchical menu/list. However, it sucks badly as a wholesale replacement. I used to think that Canonical was good at understanding and imitating Mac features (like launchd), but I no longer think so.

Comment Re:Breaking out of VMware (Score 1) 83

Tha's an interesting paper... I'm sure their 'nexen' approach will lead to some good things.

Xen's vuln reporting is an umbrella for the core Xen hypervisor, plus a large codebase including QEMU functionality. Most of what gets reported as Xen vulnerabilities is QEMU or fall under minor or DOS...Some Xen project members realize this creates an inaccurate perception. However, secure Xen configurations do not utilize QEMU without isolating it in a stub domain.

So far, there have been only 3 vulns that could cause a privilege escalation in Qubes OS. And its worth remembering that for years Xen was considered unblemished by serious vulns until ITL (Qubes' "parent" company) reviewed their code. The next major release of Qubes will undertake a shift toward HVMs as the standard domain type, since PVMs are now understood to have uncertainties that may eventually lead to security issues---so, yes, Rutkowska et al are vigilant about Xen's potential weaknesses and do dry to avoid them.

Comment Re:I'm sold for better or for worse. (Score 1) 121

Sad to see that the Intel marketing department is such a shadow of its former self.

Its an improvement, even so. They used to tell vendors Intel chips had to be 90-100% of their business, cheat on benchmarks, and rig their compiler to turn off optimizations when AMD was detected.

Comment Re:Umm... just WMVs? (Score 1) 150

Running code isolated by a bare-metal VMM like Xen is much better than running it in bare-metal Linux from a security standpoint. Comparing Linux and Xen vulns, there is a stark contrast. And that is even before one subtracts DOS and vulns in superfluous Qemu components.

So, yes, VM breakout "is a thing", but mainly on hypervisors that were designed to run on top of a complex OS and dedicated foremost to administrative convenience.

Tails has the drawback that its vulnerable to DMA attacks, i.e. if your NIC or USB controller is compromised, then it can do anything and even has a chance to install malware in the BIOS, drive firmware, etc. Qubes uses the IOMMU to isolate risky hardware, so this type of attack is prevented.

Comment Intel a chronic cheater on benchmarks (Score 1) 217

And they were found guilty of bribing vendors not to use AMD chips.

Intel partners with software companies, and gets them to use their compiler that switches off optimizations on non-Intel CPUs 'just because...' regardless of capabilities.

And now they're pushing Trump's deregulation pro-pollution agenda. That's the last straw from these crooked people.

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