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Comment Mod parent up? (Score 1) 235

It's hard to know for sure because the account that posted the parent comment seems to be new and it's unclear who the commenter is in real life but this seems to be a well written complaint about the outcome of WebAssembly. I did a quick search and it doesn't immediately look like a copy/paste of critique from elsewhere so it seems a shame to see this slip below the waves. Sadly, I suspect few will see it because this story has passed the "breaking news" point...

Comment OT: Skype Linux Desktop Alpha has group call (Score 1) 74

Does "works well" include handling group calls (or whatever Skype calls them)?

Yes but not in the Web version - currently only the Linux desktop version (with caveats). See (Calling and call troubleshooting):

Does this fix the incoming group call issue I have on Skype for Linux today?
Yes, the problem with receiving incoming group calls is fixed in Skype for Linux Alpha. Make sure the people you're calling or receiving calls from are using the latest version of Skype.

Comment Isn't this mutation testing? (Score 1) 73

I thought this was already called mutation testing in Computer Science. At least in that you create variants of the original program with subtle changes so you can see which mutants are "killed" (aka detected) by your test cases. The more mutants you kill the better the test suite. It seems strange the paper doesn't reference that research at all...

Comment Re: Might "lose" more if ZFS spacemaps corrupted (Score 1) 295

The BSD Now show "ZFS in the trenches" talks about how different developers have different opinions on whether you must use ECC RAM with ZFS but all recommended ECC if possible (so that part is not in debate). Around the 56:30 mark of the episode, Josh Paetzel of FreeNAS explains that if the ZFS spacemaps were corrupted due to memory errors you could be in a worse situation compared to less sophisticated filesystems that have an fsck. This is because with a corrupt spacemap ZFS would refuse to let you access any data whereas the fsck would "just" (irreversibly) decopule or delete chunks of data in an attempt to allow access to the rest. It's not a great situation - inaccessible data versus data loss and/or corruption but it is a difference.

Comment Might be fixed when Xcode is updated in June? (Score 1) 184

Sounds like this won't be resolved until Apple releases its next Xcode update (or Command Line Tools for Xcode if you aren't using the IDE). Looking at previous release dates it seems that Apple releases new versions every three months and the previous version was released 21st of March 2016.

Comment More than Debian and Fedora/Red Hat (Score 1) 110

Debian is definitely a popular root but I'd dispute I'd argue that it isn't Fedora that's a major root, rather it's Red Hat/RHEL. Even then, there are large numbers of popular distros not derived from those sources. From the GNU/Linux Distribution Timeline:
  1. Slackware has spawned lots of distros (including SUSE)
  2. Enoch spawned the Gentoo line of distros (and Gentoo is the current base of ChromeOS).
  3. The Arch family started independently
  4. The on-the-rise Alpine Linux was independently started

So by lineage alone I'd argue there are more than two major categories.

Comment Forced to click through (Score 4, Informative) 47

My experience of these changes is that you'll be forced to click through a warning in your browser even if you installed the certificate (or the root CA signing the certificate). The Microsoft page about no longer trusting SHA1 certs is confusing in this respect because it includes information about signing Windows binaries but it does say

Windows [...] will no longer trust any code that is signed with a SHA-1 code signing certificate and that contains a timestamp value greater than January 1, 2016

That document also says it only applies to certs that are in the Microsoft Root Certificate Program so ones you've manually installed might not be affected.

This is slightly different to the Mozilla's SHA-1 deprecation information:

After January 1, 2017, we plan to show the “Untrusted Connection” error whenever a SHA-1 certificate is encountered in Firefox.

Perhaps this isn't the override you were thinking of but it doesn't sound like a total block.

Comment Corporate deployments? (Score 1) 182

I think it could be possible for Chromebooks to be successful without having a significant home market share. If business with all their software online start finding them acceptable the fact they don't run all possible software locally could be seen as advantage (corporates are in a position to make things like Chrome's remote desktoping work). I could see Chromebooks working well for telesales or even places like libraries which are typical homes for existing thin clients...

Comment The chrony web page has some nice comparisons (Score 3, Informative) 157

The Chrony comparison page compares ntpd, Chrony and OpenNTPd. Another yet to be finished alternative is ntimed (which seems to currently be around 6000 LoC). On some Linux's if you don't care about accuracy or trying to weed out false time you can always use an client such as systemd-timedated.

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