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Comment Re: Wrong /etc/hosts (Score 2) 47

Note that settings files are not overlaid by GoboLinux's virtualization tool. Runner only creates customized views of bin, lib, include, share, libexec, and sbin -- your typical /usr tree. So, unless somebody borrows this idea and apply it poorly on another distro, there is no chance this particular discussion will take place in 5 years from now. :-)

Submission + - GoboLinux 016 released, featuring its own filesystem virtualization tool

paranoidd writes: GoboLinux announced today the availability of a new major release. What's special about it is that it comes together with a container-free filesystem virtualization that's kind of unique thanks to the way that installed programs are arranged by the distro. Rather than having to create full-fledged containers simply to get around conflicting libraries, a lightweight solution simply plays with overlays to create dynamic filesystem views for each process that wants them. Even more interesting, the whole concept also enables 32-bit and 64-bit programs to coexist with no need for a lib64 directory (as implemented by mostly all bi-arch distributions out there). The announcement page brings some more interesting pieces of work coming from the 15-years old project.

Submission + - $300 Device Can Steal Mac FileVault2 Passwords (bleepingcomputer.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Swedish hardware hacker Ulf Frisk has created a device that can extract Mac FileVault2 (Apple's disk encryption utility) passwords from a device's memory, before macOS boots, and anti-DMA protections kick in. The extracted passwords are in cleartext, and they also double as the macOS logon passwords.

The attack requires physical access, but it takes less than 30 seconds to carry out. A special device is needed, which runs custom software (on GitHub), and uses hardware parts that cost around $300. Apple fixed the attack in macOS 10.12.2. The device is similar to what Samy Kamker created with Poison Tap.

Comment It can get more scary than that (Score 1) 349

In Brazil there's an agency called ECAD which already does that. However, the fees can get much higher than those mentioned in the article. Sometimes agents from ECAD show up at weddings and charge a fee based on the number of people attending it, or based on the physical size of the room, or as a percentage of the price paid for the rental of the place where the wedding is happening. It's common to see couples having to pau more than US$ 1k on that.

There are many cases of people who didn't have cash to pay when ECAD agents shown up on their wedding, and who were then ordered to stop the music and the event. They are very frequently sued, but yet they continue to charge that (and get richer).

Hopefully the same won't happen in Canada.

Comment IBM Long Term File System (Score 2, Informative) 228

IBM recently announced LTFS (Long Term File System), which allows one to operate LTO-5 tapes as if they were a normal file system.

That's a very exciting technology which allows for the standardization of tape formats -- its specs are freely available in the LTO Consortium website and the implementation has been released under the GNU LGPL (see the LTFS website for links).

Tapes are not dead, certainly!
Operating Systems

Submission + - After the Fireworks, GoboLinux 014 is Released (gobolinux.org)

paranoidd writes: "After one year of work, the GoboLinux team announces the new major release of the distribution that features a rethought file system structure. By keeping applications self-contained in a '/Programs/App/Version'-like tree, the management of every program becomes simple and free of a database such as RPM in the backend. GoboLinux 014 is available as a single ISO for the i686 family of processors."
Operating Systems

Submission + - After the Fireworks, GoboLinux 014 is Released (gobolinux.org)

paranoidd writes: "After one year of work, the GoboLinux team announces the new major release of the distribution that features a rethinked file system structure. By keeping applications self-contained in a '/Programs/App/Version'-like tree, the management of every program becomes simple and free of a database such as RPM in the backend. And since the installation disc also serves as a Live CD, having a taste of such a different approach could never be so easy!"

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