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Comment Re:It's 2016 and I can't even easily run Wayland y (Score 1) 154

Is Fedora 23 a "modern Linux distro"? If so, to use Wayland on a modern distro, click on the little gear under your name on the login screen and choose "Gnome on Wayland". It's so easy I've done it by accident. (Synergy still has no Wayland support, so I don't want it as my default, but GDM remembers what desktop you chose last time.) This is a "real pain in the ass"?

My current complaints are that Synergy doesn't work, which isn't really a Wayland failing at all; lack of an xrandr equivalent that I've found in a couple days of casual looking; and that I can't middle-click to paste anymore in native Wayland applications. (That last actually does still work between applications running on XWayland.) The availablility of XWayland also should mean that you can still use ssh -X from a desktop running Wayland and forward remote X applications. Still, I'm happy to see networks transparency developed for Wayland, because eventually X won't cover everything graphical I want to run from a remote VM.

Wayland already handles multiple monitors with different DPI much better than X, which is why I went ahead and tried it for a while recently. Other than the items mentioned above, the experience was barely noticeable. If I can find a replacement for xrandr to use in my screen rotation script, I'll probably switch my convertible laptop from X to Wayland by default, since I don't use it with Synergy and I do plug it in to a variety of external displays. My work laptop and desktop systems will probably stay on X until there is Wayland support in Synergy, or a Synergy replacement for Wayland. For my use, I don't even care if such a replacement supports any non-Wayland displays, since I could switch everything at once and non-Linux OSes are confined to VMs in my life.

Comment Re:Sounds like a lawsuit waiting to happen (Score 1) 448

It's supposed to increase the odds that the original card is physically present. That magnetic stripe read could have been encoded onto a used hotel key. Many brick and mortar stores actually instruct the cashier to look at the last four themselves, which would catch such things if they did. In my experience, most of them are happy to simply ask you to read it to them, which doesn't help much of anything that I can think of.

Comment Re:Currently searching - some Brother ref (Score 1) 381

I don't use the Brother software with my MFC at all. My solution is to set up an FTP drop box on my desktop, and use the scan-to-ftp function. My MFC-9970-CDW kindly drops a nice PDF(several sub-types available)/JPEG/XPS file into the FTP drop box and I work with it from there. I haven't tried it, but it claims to have the ability to scan to Windows file shares as well, which would probably be easier to set up for Windows users. My wife doesn't even bother with scanning to her PC - she just plugs in a USB disk to the front port and has it scan to that. No big deal in her mind, since she has to walk up to it to put the paper on the scanner anyway.

For printing, of course, I just extract the PPD from the Brother driver package and feed it to Cups. Works like a charm, all printer features available.

Faxing might possibly be a reason to use the client tools, if you care about that. I haven't had an old-style land line in so long that I never had a chance to find out if the feature even works.

Comment Re:Customized resumes?????! (Score 4, Insightful) 113

If you are looking for some job, any job, this attitude may make some sense. Say, because you are unemployed or because you are truly miserable in your current position. Even with a pretty crummy employment market at the moment, this is not most people.

If you are looking for a next position, say because you have a big life change coming, want career advancement, or just plain feel like it's time for a change, this doesn't make sense at all. Spewing uncountable copies of your resume to the four winds and hoping might land you a job. If so, my guess is at some company you have no connection to, no passion for, and likely no reason but the pay check to keep going. This is not a recipe for happiness OR success in the new job.

I frankly can't imagine being willing to leave my current position for another one unless it was more than sufficiently exciting to justify customizing a resume and cover letter. Heck, the last time I did that it was for an internal transfer. Probably the next time, too. Red Hat is an excellent fit for me. Of course, I also find the whole idea of finding jobs through any form of job add rather improbable. I've literally never been hired for a job that I had seen an add for before I had talked with the hiring manager. Do people really get jobs that way in statistically significant numbers?

Comment Re:Data has an afterlife. (Score 1) 532

I routinely recover partial and entire lost files. With magnetic media: Even with multiple rewrites before deletion you are not guaranteed that the disk didn't swap out that sector before it was overwritten. SSD is a different beast...

Different indeed. With solid-state drives, wear leveling makes it reasonably likely that the sector got swapped, rather than merely impossible to be sure it didn't.

Comment Re:THIS IS A FARCE (Score 2, Informative) 510

There is one other case where disk encryption on a server could be useful, though it is not widely applicable: if you have a need to be able to rapidly destroy data, say in the event of a physical security breach. Having data stored on encrypted storage devices can mean that to render the data on the drives unrecoverable only requires wiping the header region of the encrypted block device. That, in turn, means wiping at most a few KB instead of several GB, and thus the difference between many passes in mere seconds and hours for a single pass.

Having said that, this is probably primarily of significance to military, intelligence, and criminal organizations. Few others are likely to be faced with the need to destroy large volumes of data on very short notice.

(If you care about why, this is because most/all disk encryption systems use a randomly-generated master key to encrypt the data on the disk. A copy of that master key is then stored in a header, encrypted with the password or passwords known by the user. No plaintext copy of the master key exists, so to access the data you have to provide the user-known password and use it to decrypt the master key. Changing the password can then be done simply by re-encrypting the master password, rather than by re-encrypting the entire drive. If the encrypted copy of the master key is destroyed, then it doesn't matter how many people you torture to get the password, it's still useless for decrypting the data on the disk.)

Comment Re:go for it (Score 1) 77

2.0 is still supported in several Linux distros, including Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4, which is still in support. If you truly need 2.0.x, Red Hat (and I assume other distro maintainers) can be expected to continue providing basic security fix updates to the 2.0 series as long as RHEL4 is still in support. I don't see much reason to expect an upstream project like to do that.

[Yes, I work for Red Hat. But I only represent myself, not my employer nor my colleagues.]

Comment Re:English, and regular traveller (Score 1) 1095

If you're bringing a laptop, forget the transformer and just bring a plug adapter - they cost only a couple bucks, and they're small. Then charge everything else off the USB ports. Heck, I do this for my regular domestic travel, too, just without the plug adapter. Works for everything I need on my perpetual business trips except the iron and the coffee/tea equipment, and any decent hotel provides those.

Comment Re:Virtually Here (Score 1) 119

As I understand, Xen is the operating system and hypervisor all rolled into one, whereas Vmware is an additional layer on top of the host os.

More or less the case with regard to Xen, as I understand it. I know on my machine, Grub boots Xen, not Linux, and then Xen boots Linux. With VMWare I think it actually varries by product. VMWare Workstation doesn't work that way, but some of their server products do.

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