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Submission + - Multiple Linux Distributions Affected by Crippling Bug in systemd ( 1

An anonymous reader writes: System administrator Andrew Ayer has discovered a potentially critical bug in systemd which can bring a vulnerable Linux server to its knees with one command. "After running this command, PID 1 is hung in the pause system call. You can no longer start and stop daemons. inetd-style services no longer accept connections. You cannot cleanly reboot the system." According to the bug report, Debian, Ubuntu, and CentOS are among the distros susceptible to various levels of resource exhaustion. The bug, which has existed for more than two years, does not require root access to exploit.

Comment Re: Torn (Score 5, Insightful) 405

So what? The Magna Carta was written 800 years ago, and we still value many of the principles it contains. Much of the beauty of the Constitution is how well engineered it is, and how much of its framework still works and applies today, including the 4th and 5th. The fact that the founders couldn't foresee our technology is irrelevant. What you don't seem to understand (most people, actually) is that the Bill of Rights doesn't grant people rights.


Whether we are to be secure in papers in our houses, our strongboxes, or letters, or text messages is simply a game of semantics. These are all communications we intend to hold privately ... and therefore the government has no right to them.

Comment Re:Some of this has already been said, but my top (Score 3) 1839

Sorry to reply to myself, but just after I posted, I recalled one of my pet peeves - please don't allow any autoplaying ads. I promise I'll allow you guys through adblocker (hell, you guys need to recoup your investment somehow ... ) if you'll just get rid of those damn things.

They are nothing but disruptive bandwidth wasters. I actively avoid companies who use them.

Any ad network exec that wants to inflict those on someone should be kicked squarely in the crotch.

Comment Re:Some of this has already been said, but my top (Score 3, Interesting) 1839

I can't believe I'm saying this, but yeah, what AC said.

I've seen a couple comments requesting no downmods, eliminate trolls, get rid of AC. All have some valid reason for saying so, but to give in to that would be detrimental to preserving one of the more important features of /. - the opportunity to come here and not be too coddled. I get that we want to favorably alter the signal to noise ratio, but I don't think that's the way to go about it.

When I hear someone say "Get rid of AC," I interpret that as "Children should be seen and not heard,' where adults == people who have taken the time to register, and who have some form of local reputation on the line. You're not wrong, but you're missing out on some priceless truth from time to time if you do that.

You will never eliminate trolls as long as you have the internet. Wasting too much energy in that regard is unwise.

Think carefully before tweaking the mod system. It ain't perfect, but it has achieved a remarkable balance.

"Slashvertisements", articles buffing some *amazing-cool-new-product-service-thing*, need to be reduced. There is a big difference between a new technological discovery or application for said discovery, and the latest gizmos that somehow involve technology.

Get the polls the hell out of the main article feed.

I've seen whipslash respond to the Unicode and HTTPS requests, so no need to drum on those.

Submission + - A nostalgic look at 1995 home PCs, games, & peripherals compared to 2015's (

An anonymous reader writes: I recently stumbled upon a computer science project I did in high school (back in 1995) entitled “Technology in Society”. We were tasked with finding newspaper articles that demonstrated technology in various work spaces. Discovering a gem like this – especially after two decades have passed – is eye opening and mind boggling.

Reading through it, I drifted back to my teenage years and recalled my earliest experiences with a PC: the excitement and surprise when reading through Compton’s Encyclopedia; playing DOOM and Wolfenstein with a newly installed sound card; and browsing a primitive Web 1.0 Internet on Netscape Navigator. These experiences would form the foundation for my future career in the online, interactive space...


Submission + - Feds decrypt Images from California Terrorists (

An anonymous reader writes: MSNBC is reporting that Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik, the terrorists in the San Bernardino attack, considered a number of targets. The evidence? Images retrieved from encrypted electronic media, from which other data has not yet been retrieved. While it is possible that this is simply a case of leaks or writing by nontechnical people, one wonders if the patterns in an image file assisted with decryption.

Submission + - Windows 10's privacy invading features aren't gone in Threshold 2 (

Mark Wilson writes: Since the launch of Windows 10, there have been various concerns relating to privacy. Some would dismiss this as little more than paranoia, but a lack of transparency about what was happening in the background broke a lot of people's trust. Many hoped that the release of the Threshold 2 update this month would address this, but in lots of cases it was actually a backward step.

In the RTM release of Windows 10, there was a service running in the background called Diagnostics Tracking Service (also known as DiagTrack), and people concerned about privacy — who were in the know — disabled it. In Threshold 2, this service is gone. A cause for celebration you might think; but think again. The service is still there, just under a different guise.

Submission + - The Presidential Candidate With a Plan to Run the US on 100% Clean Energy

merbs writes: Thus far, no other candidate has said they're going to make climate change their top priority. Martin O'Malley has not only done that, but he has outlined a plan that would enact emissions reductions in line with what scientists say is necessary to slow global climate change—worldwide emissions reductions of 40-70 percent by 2050. He's the only candidate to do that, too. His plan would phase out fossil-fueled power plants altogether, by midcentury.

Submission + - Barclays to introduce Bitcoin technology in UK finance (

An anonymous reader writes: British banking group Barclays is set to become one of the first multinational finance bodies to introduce bitcoin technology. The bank has reportedly signed a deal with Safello – a Swedish startup incubated in the Barclay’s fintech accelerator program in London. Safello is an online Bitcoin exchange platform, which allows users to buy and sell Bitcoin using traditional currency. The Stockholm-based company already counts over 20,000 registered users in Europe. The deal will involve a close working relationship creating “proof of concepts”, testing traditional banking methods in blockchain to prove their efficacy. The blockchain trials will be among the world’s first in a financial services environment. Many industry experts believe that blockchain holds the potential to significantly advance financial transactions, as it presents a faster and more cost-efficient alternative to legacy systems currently used for banking.

Submission + - D-Wave shatters the 1000 qubit quantum computing barrier (

hypnosec writes: D-Wave Systems Inc. has announced a new technological and scientific achievement wherein it has managed to break the 1000 qubit quantum computing barrier through a new processor about double the size of D-Wave’s previous generation and far exceeding the number of qubits ever developed by D-Wave or any other quantum effort. The company says that this new breakthrough will enable its customers to solve more complex computational problems than was possible on any previous quantum computer.

Comment Re:They need to be more upfront about the length (Score 1) 292

I used to answer these phone call polls, and then I'd harangue them for over half an hour with a detailed explanation of my political opinions. I never asked to have my name taken off their list, but somehow I stopped getting calls. Must be a coincidence.

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