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Comment Compiling KDE 2.0 on Sparc (Score 4, Interesting) 127

I remember compiling KDE 2.0 on a Sparcstation 5 when I was an intern. Solaris came with CDE, which is a POS. Took several days to compile and resulted in a poorly performing DE, but no longer suffering from the ugly unfriendly CDE :)

Been using KDE since before 1.0 came out on x86 though. Man, what an upgrade over things like fvwm it was.

Now the developers seem to have lost their way a bit. Currently I'm on some frankenstein mixup of kde4 and kde5 with bits and pieces missing or inaccessible. And still barely different from KDE3.x. Sure, they created a lot of stuff like "activities". Still don't know what those are though...

Comment Re:systemd (Score 1) 78

Honest question: in what use case does systemd bother you? Or do you even so much as notice what system is running?

I mean, passion for a desktop environment, that I get. Or text editors. That's where your interaction with the system is. But such a low level thing as an init system / device manager / login manager?

Comment Re:Tor exit node = child sex offender (Score 1) 241

Yes you are. It's a well known fact that besides dissidents and abuse victims also criminals use Tor. So yes, running a Tor node means you're intentionally concealing activity, including illegal activity. Claiming you don't know that is just not believable. It just means you think the end justifies the means. And as with every opinion, everybody is entitled to their own, even if it conflicts with yours.

Comment Re:When everything you do (Score 1) 541

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?

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