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Comment Re:When everything you do (Score 1) 538

In fact, I don't feel systemd generates many complaints. Surely it does generate complaints. By many? I think we're dealing with a very vocal minoroty here. And of course bugs, like any orther package. Around me (I'm a professional Linux sysadmin) I hear everybody to be very happy with systemd in general. It solves so many problems in such a nice way.

I however do understand the complaints. Traditionally a sysadmin keeps his systems stable. Change is never good in the eyes of the sysadmin. Change always is the enemy of stability.

However in a modern world of ever faster change, such sysadmins are growing obsolete, fast. And they're getting increasingly frustrated with the world around them, which they understand less and less. I don't care how your systems worked a decade ago. I want to work how your systems will work next month. Please don't live in the past.

Wayland suffers from the same category of nay-sayers. Please, install Slackware and be content with your obsolesence. And don't come shouting at the people and software you don't understand any more.

Comment Sigh. (Score 1) 184

You guys at that side of the pond still use magnetic strips?

Just use standard PKI. It's secure, it's easy and it's standard.

Create a key pair for each customer. The private key is protected by a pass phrase (also known as a PIN code). Distribute the key pairs along with the bank's public key on a chip which does the encryption/signing.

Now go the the ATM or POS. Enter the card with the chip. Unlock the private key with the PIN. Let the card encrypt a message to the bank using the bank's public key and signed by the customers private key.

It's not rocket science. And to the end user it works exactly the same as before. It's cheap too.

Comment It defeats the purpose (Score 2) 95

Doing more damage than strictly necessary defeats the purpose: opinions will turn against the hacker. Now the hacker is the bad person, in stead of the company with bad security.

Another commenter already brought up Snowden. Snowden did exactly the same thing wrong: Snowden exposed way too much classified information. In doing so, he compromised national security and turned public opinion against him. Now the message of Snowden is mostly lost to the general public, which is a shame. The general public now thinks to know stricter laws are necessary in order to protect information. Stricter laws are needed to ban encryption. Stricter laws are needed to penalize hackers. Thanks Snowden. Good job.

Comment Re:If we're going systemd, we should go full throt (Score 3, Informative) 785

Systemd never was, and never will be, just an init system. The init system is just a small part of systemd. The init system isn't the part the desktops are depending on. It's the interfaces to other subsystems the desktops are depending on, such as the power management interface and the hotplug interface.

Comment Re:Try not to be misguided (Score 0) 47

Posting sensitive data to an unauthenticated server is very bad. For instance, when your online banking environment suddenly uses a self signed certificate, you should notice. This is a very bad situation, and should fall within the "dangerous" category and certainly not in the "weak" category.

Comment Re:Open-source tool to read Chip and Pin cards (Score 1) 317

I'm not entirely sure on how the chip works, but I imagine the chip contains a keypair for the customer and a certificate for the bank. The customer's key is protected with a password (AKA the pin) and used to encrypt messages to the bank. The customer's certificate is used to sign the messages. The bank's certificate is used to establish a secure channel between chip and bank. Am I anywhere close to reality?

Comment Re:Getting rid of cookies is okay (Score -1) 499

Speak for your self.

I like free websites. Websites like slashdot. If the ads on slashdot would lose effectiveness because advertisers can't target any more, slashdot will lose revenue. So maybe then they'll try to find an alternative revenue stream. Advertorials. Paywalls. Whatever.

It costs real money to operate a serious website. If you make advertisements ineffective by rejecting third party cookies, then the website owner will try to find another revenue stream. Maybe sell all account data to the highest bidder?

Believe me. Ads are annoying, but the alternatives are evil.

Comment Re:still debian. (Score 2) 627

Erhm. Package management in Debian is far from superior. You're confusing good packages (which Debian has) with good package management (which apt isn't). Nowadays the yum and zypper package managers are *far* superior to anything debian has to offer. Arguably, if Debian switched to either of them, Debian would become a better distribution.

Comment Re:A Green Light to all Hackers (Score 2, Informative) 114

No, this is completely normal. For example, governments have a monopoly on violence (see wikipedia). Citizens don't have the freedom to shoot each other, for example. A police officer does have the right to shoot under certain circumstances.

This isn't something from the past few years. Governments have reserved certain rights to itself for many centuries, in order to maintain civil order and sovereignty.

So, it's also completely normal that the government reserves the right to hack into computers under certain circumstances. For example, permission from a judge is needed. You can compare this to a search warrent for a private home, also the exclusive right for the government.

Comment Re:why is this release announcement buried? (Score 1) 124

Facebook, Microsoft, Amazon, Apple and Oracle all have a whole lot more users than NetBSD. To most people, NetBSD brings absolutely nothing that Linux doesn't bring. NetBSD may run in some routers, but Linux probably runs in a *lot* more routers. Even FreeBSD may run in more routers than NetBSD (JunOS is FreeBSD based..).

So, to most of us, NetBSD is "meh, don't care". Sorry.

Comment Apple (Score 1) 460

Apple is heading fast into the direction Microsoft went in the nineties. Even today news came out that Apple spends more on patents than on R&D. Now my question: what are your feelings towards Linux developers and users buying Apple hardware in order to run Linux on it? Do you feel they are in a way approving the way Apple operates nowadays?

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