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Submission + - Stargate Universe cancelled cast told via Twitter ( 3

Torino writes: So SGU has finally been cancelled with the remaing 10 seasons to air in Spring. Apparantly the cast learned of the cancellation via twitter which is not th ebest way to to save the show. SGU has had its number of problems even spawning a community of people who dislike the show. Can this show be saved via fan support, considering it never had more than 500,00 viewers? Did the show have potential and would it have radically improved?

Comment Re:Why I, Torino, do not use Opera (Score -1) 301

Whatever gave you that idea? Opera was build from the ground up to handle real sites with non-standard code. It support all kinds of non-standard crap. If Opera had really refused to render sites that are not 100% standards compliant, no sites would be working at all.

So there is no "nazi like adherence to standards", nor are they trying to force changes. They are being pragmatic and building the browser to work with real sites.

Yet, they often dont display pages correctly that work fine in firefox, i.e., chrome and even safari. If this isnt because opera is being too strict by enforcing standards(as they have often stated), what is it? I also find it funny that you completely ignored my second point, regarding their shitty implementation of features, and jumping to a political defence. Is this b ecause the technical defence is nigh impossible?

Once again you seem to fail miserably at reflecting reality in your comment. The problem wasn't that Microsoft shipped a browser with Windows. It was that Microsoft abused its OS dominance to destroy the browser market.

Of course, your comment also ignores the fact that Google, Mozilla and several other companies backed the complaint, but for some reason, you are only whining about Opera...

Opera started the complaint. Opera was the main party. The others took advantage after the fact, and did not list the same reasons as opera.

Also, Microsoft including IE did absolutely nothing to destroy the browser market. Back when netscape existed, yes. For the last 5 years, no, not a chance. People have always been free to use whatever browser they like, the fact that IE is included with windows is not forcing you to use it.

And now you have broken up my paragraph to take things out of context. Why? Make your points as a cohesive whole, and they will give you your argument that much more credibility.

Why? As long as it doesn't affect the browsing it's irrelevant for you. You won't even notice that it's there unless you actually activate it.

Imagine if they worked on fixing their rendering engine instead.

Most of the world is still on shitty connections. In fact, huge parts of the US is still on shitty connections. This is especially true if you use public wifi, for example. Most of the world will definitely benefit from Opera Turbo, so now you are just being narrow-minded.

Oh, bullshit. If web accelorators were such a godsend, then we would be using them. No, Opera took a feature from the days of dialup and reintroduced it, and it really isnt necessary, at all.

Faster than what? It's noticeably faster than Firefox.

Well, why ask a question when I already answered it in my original sentence? See, another reason not to try and be smart and take things out of context.

And no, its not faster than firefox.

Opera's tab handling has always been superior to that of other browsers. Opera had proper tabbed browsing back in 2000 or so.

1. Your definition of better is subjective. 2. Youre wrong. 3. Opera did not have tabbed browsing in 2000 or so. They had an MDI. Firefox was the first MTI browser.

Opera did invent or pioneer most of the things you see in modern browsers. Popup blocking, tabbed browsing, address bar searches, sessions, full page zoom, speed dial/top sites, memory cache, private data management, etc.

Fucking revisionist bullshit.

1. Addons for internet explorer had popup blockers before opera ever did. 2. They did not pioneer tabbed browsing, they had an MDI. Firefox pioneered tabbed browsing as we know it today. 3. I'll give you address bar searching, depening on how you mean it. Firefox has had keyword support for a mighty long time AFAIK. 4. Not so for sessions, that again goes to addons for existing browsers or firefox with its very basic session restore functionality. 5. Maybe, but a minor improvement is not an innovation. 6. I guess you can call speeddial an innovation. Graphical bookmarks....yay. 7. opera did not innovate the memory cache. Are you serious? 8. Nor did they innovate private data management. Again, that would be various addons.

Who implements it better is a matter of taste. Who implemented it first or pioneered it is not.

On that we agree. Opera has pioneered maybe two things which are not directly related to the browsing experience. well done guys.

Comment Why I, Torino, do not use Opera (Score -1) 301

1. The Nazi like adherence to standards. Opera has a 100% adherence to standards. In an ideal world, this would be a good thing. However, Opera has no market share to try and force these changes. With all the big browsers making compromises so sites display correctly, the proper standards dont get enforced. With opera taking their noble approach, the user loses out.

2. They dont do features well. Ad blocking, addons, firebug equivalent etc....everything is better on firefox. Even the user interface is a bit awkward...I get that it is subjective, but honestly the toolkit is just a bit ugly....and the whole thing feels a bit....retarded? When there is a torbutton extension, decent adblocker, decent firebug equivilant and when it is anywhere near as customizable as FF, maybe it can be considered.

3. This is more of an ideological reason than technical....but them tattling to the EU because microsoft ships a b rowser with their OS. In this day and age every OS should have a browser, and MS was not preventing anyone from using any other browser. It was a bitch move by Opera to try and get more market share because they have an inferior product.

4. They try to do too much. Webserver in a browser? Overkill. I like my webbrowsers for browsing, thanks. A torrent client kind of makes sense, but as with many things like that when they are integrated, you lose the control a proper torrent client provides, so not a useful feature really. Opera Turbo? Cant see it being that much faster with the prevalance of broadband these days. Maybe if everyone was still on dialup.

5.They are not faster. Slashdots shitty fucking javascript kills opera just as much as firefox. pages DO NOT load faster. It may be slightly faster to start, but so what? From a practical point of view, it is not faster in any meaningful way.

That about sums it up. Oh, and one more thing. Opera did not invent most of the features first. It did not have tabbed browsing, it had a shitty albeit innovative MDI, as opposed to a tabbed MTI. Thing office 97 versus current versions of IE and firefox. It did have mouse gestures, which no one uses. Pretty much everything else fanbois like to claim opera invented were either not invented by opera at all, or were implemented far better by the competition.

Comment Why such low quotas? (Score -1) 173

I understand Australia is quite far away from the rest of the world and may not have as many cables and such, but why such lwo download limits? It seems like there would be a natural limit that would be the capacity divided by consumer and business needs, and that ISPs are artificially lowering this limit to increase profit. Australia only has a few big ISPs right, with the rest buying their internet from the few large ISPs, so they inherrit these limits? Is this not akin to pricefixing or so? Why is this not illegal? Why are ISPs allowed to hold back the communication technology of a country like this?

Comment Re:The Insecurity of OpenBSD (Score -1) 143

Wow, what article did you read?

The article does address "PID randomization, ASLR, and extensive support for chroots" as well as secure levels. There is a whole section devoted to these technologies. The whole point is that are all aimed at preventing attacks from happening, and that there is no way to sufficient lock down a system in the event someone does get in.

An EACL at the kernel level is not any more of a bolt on solution than rewriting Apache to have privielge sepration or adding in executable space protection. OpenBSD is only useful as long as you don't stray outside the tiny base system of audited code. If you run 3rd party software which has a hole that gets exploited, then you're FUBAR

You may not agree with the article, but don't say the author did not address the protections available already within OpenBSD when he clearly did.

Comment Re:Got my CD in the mail a few days ago (Score 1) 143

I understand that any MAC implementation for OpenBSD must of course be compatable and meet OpenBSD guidelines. IMO, that is a secondary problem at the moment. The first problem is that the team of developers are outright hostile and do not understand MAC.

Until that is resolved, no one in their right mind would try and write anything MAC related for OpenBSD. I suspect the developers don't wish to resolve it however, and are happy with their stance.

I agree there may be FUD on both sides, but having too much faithe in MAC is hardly FUD, while dismissing it without understanding it certainly is. I could understand the project not wanting to implement MAC as not being useful to their target audience...but to dismiss and attack it is just stupid.

Anyway, I thought systrace was not in the base system, but in ports? Are you saying that if I do a fresh install of OpenBSD 4.7 and don't install any ports, I will have systrace available to use?

Comment Re:The Insecurity of OpenBSD (Score 1) 143

This sounds a lot like what securelevel(7) already does.

Nope. Not at all similar in terms of capabilites. Securelevels are a pale imitation of what you can do with MAC, not even close.
If you really think securelevls are at all close to MAC, then you really don't understand MAC.

There is absolutely no reason to put up walls so the sysadmin can't do anything, rather than fix the bugs that let an attacker gain root in the first place.

It's not putting up walls, it's enforcing secure policy and good practice, and sometimes the law.

Sepeartion of duty, read up on it.

Comment Re:Got my CD in the mail a few days ago (Score 1) 143

Hi, I really appreciate your reply. Thanks.

I understand your point, and that OpenBSD is not a dictatorship and that there are some interested in MAC, but just skeptical, and I have to disagree.

I am quite sure without exception, on the mailing lists on the big debate in 2007 and that insecure article that without exception every lead developer stated that MAC is at best does not offer any additional security, and at worse is false security actually making things worse.

It is such a poor understanding of such an import security technology that it makes me sad for the project that is meant to be focused around security.

Not a single lead developer...Theo, Bob Beck, marc Espie etc...they were not skeptical, they outright acctacked it and dismissed it...just spreading FUD.

I understand that someone would be heard if they were to actually contribute and show something rather than whining or discussing it, but if this is the episode given by the representative developers and the user community, why would anyone even begin such a thankless task?

Let us not forget, they have the trustedbsd project at their disposal, as well as other software like apparmor and rsbac which is meant to be portable. The problem is not the lack of an implementation, but an outright fear and rejection of MAC for bringing unneccesary complexity to the table.

Just look at systrace, most of the lead developers attacked it, despite some of the users finding it useful/interesting. Given the cold reception minimac got, I would hae to see the reaction someone attempting to port TrustedBSD or so would receive.

It would be pretty funny though if someone were to fork OpenBSD as SecureOpenBSD with MAC...

Until the developers and to a lesser extent the suers bother to understand MAC and stop outright attacking and dismissing it, I can't imagine anyone even considering writing a MAC framework for OpenBSD. It truly does seem a thankless task, which is a shame as it would significantly enhance OpenBSD's capabilities and usefulness to outside of the firewall/router scenario.

Comment Re:Got my CD in the mail a few days ago (Score 1) 143

MAC will most certainly keep an exploit from destroying users permissions. You can think of it as permissions not being based on users, but perr application/objects.

Lets say a user exploits would think the exploit would have full access to the users files right? Nope, not so. With MAC, there could be only write access to a downloads directory, no execute access except for a whitelist of files, and only append access for the rest. If the exploit tryied to delete anything, it would fail. Can OpenBSD do anything remotely similar?

Unfortunatly for the examples you gave, neither OpenBSD nor MAC can do much to protect against something like a database, where it is a program that handles storing records outside of the filesystem, and thus scope of the OS and MAC.

Comment Re:The Insecurity of OpenBSD (Score 0) 143

Hi, I should have been clearer. When I say it is a story slashdot should have ran, I meant ran as well, certianly as a seperate story.

I do think the issue is interesting and deserving of its own discussion though.

(I think there are about 200 comments, but only the initial comment is counted)

I also think the article is more than just pointing out the lack of access controls, it is also against the secure by default policy, strl calls, lack of ways to lock down a system, lack of auditing etc...

The reason access controls are needed for a secure system is because access controls are about more than containing external intruders....

Comment Re:Got my CD in the mail a few days ago (Score 0) 143

How so? They limit their auditing to the base system. Securelevels and DAC are not sufficient to lockdown a system, as where MAC can prevent damage from being done in most cases. I'm not ignorant of OpenBSD and Unix security, and use OpenBSD quite a bit and agree with the article in general.

Comment Re:The Insecurity of OpenBSD (Score 1) 143

1. The fact that the OS code is audited is nice, but can't protect against other insecure software. If you run postfix which isn't audited, and it has a hole and the attacker gets root, then there is nothing to stop them.

2. An example from a commenter on the blog is that he needed to prevent root from reading users files. OpenBSD is almost the only OS left that can't meet this requirement.

3. Auditing, along the lines of what OpenBSM provides. This isn't related to MAC, yet the team still doesn't implement it...

Comment Re:The Insecurity of OpenBSD (Score 1) 143

It isn't unusable to start with, your just attacking it because you personally don't like it. Additionally, an argument for MAC is not bolting features on after the fact. If it is properly implemented, it is in the kernel to start with. Unlike, say, rewriting Apache over 10 years to have privilege separation, which is adding it on after the fact.

Comment Re:The Insecurity of OpenBSD (Score 0) 143

Ahh, so nothing is incorrect, you just don't understand MAC

The archaic UNIX security model is exactly that, archaic. There are needs it cannot meet, and something like MAC is needed.

It does provide increased security by enforcing proper separation of duty and privilege correctly, not adding it in later as OpenBSD has done.

I love OpenBSD, but to dismiss MAC as a waste of time just serves to discredit yourself.

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