* Posts by bri

57 publicly visible posts • joined 25 Dec 2012


OnePlus minus 40,000 credit cards: Smartmobe store hacked to siphon payment info to crooks


Re: Are European cards vulnerable?

Short answer? No.

That security relies on opt-in, which in EU companies usually do (Amazon is an outlier - they are too big to be coaxed probably), but outside it's more of a mixed bag, because credit card companies don't have the power there to tell the merchant to upgrade security or else.

IDK if it's possible for yourself to block any transactions without 3DSecure process on your bank side (that would prevent you from purchasing anything from Amazon, mind), but otherwise credit card processors tend to pass through any payment that meets the criteria, as they are set for that particular merchant. Many banks also apply some behavioral risk models, which actually stop some frauds. However, primarily they don't want to block legitimate payment (which is far more likely event, event in crime-ridden areas).

Still, if it's a fraud and you are not part of it and you didn't do anything really, really stupid, banks usually foot the bill (I know for a fact that my bank does at least).

Hey, you know what Samsung is also burning after the Galaxy Note 7 fiasco? $2.3bn


Has been the root cause already identified?

El Reg casually informs us in this fine article that the problem lies with batteries, but IIRC this hasn't been established as a cause yet. There may be problems with charging cicuitry outside the battery pack, for instance. So, where is the source for the claim?

'Daddy, what's a Blu-ray disc?'


Re: quality.. (@AC)

Warmer sound through digital? You can't be... You can't be ... You can't be ... You can't be serious!

BTW vinyl itself has a physical DRM in place, built-in (or pressed-in?). It has practical limits on number of replays.

Stimulates the imagination though. You have to imagine the original sound when listening to well-worn favourite LP. It sounds so warm that it is completely unintelligible for someone who doesn't know it from heart. It follows that vinyl is best for music you hate :D

Modular phone Ara to finally launch


Too complicated

In theory a fine idea, in practice it means carrying all the small extensions somewhere in a bag (and losing them all the time) or adding a planning phase to the morning routine.

"Am I going to photo someone, or do I want an hour longer battery life? Or am I going to need speakers for showing that cat and my baby video? But I need the battery... And I shouldn't change things often, or else retention mechanism will wear out" Choices, choices... Kill me.

I am really not enough of a nerd to like it.

Intel's XPoint emperor has no clothes, only soiled diapers


Re: Is the author just trolling? @DougS

Well, in my book "10x faster" is a different term from "identical". Especially in 1st gen tech.

Although I do share the broad view of the article about somewhat misleading overstatements , I too find the tone and indeed the contrast between presented facts and conclusions of the article as jarring.

FBI, Apple continue cat-and-mouse game over iPhones in New York


@ Ole Juul

Too optimistic a view. Software community can overcome reasonable problems within 'the game'. However, legislature defines its rules and what is defined as 'breaking'.

This must be stopped cold ASAP (or massively watered down), this is a disaster in making.

Tesla books over $8bn in overnight sales claims Elon Musk


Re: @ bazza (@TechnicalBen)

"...4 years seems more than enough to get some increase in grid capacity..."

Some maybe, in special cases or in countries where some mandarin comes and just makes land owner sign off the deal or else. Certainly not in Europe, with property transactions, EIA processes, pressure groups negotiations and so on and on taking years. I guess it's the same all over (democratic) world.

In the free world you have to take into account the fact that despite everyone agrees on some infrastructure being necessary, no one wants it in their backyard. And if they agree, they usually want something for it and on top some concessions that take time to negotiate. Sorry if it sounds patronising (that's not the intention), but I really want to show that things really do take time, often longer that people appreciate.

As a side note - I don't believe in biodiesel (unless from food production waste, which is only miniscule amount). It is more damaging to the environment than the normal one. It results in destroyed soil, erosion, requires massive amount of fertilisers. This is a brutal, dirty business violating nature. Actually, top soil would need many decades to naturally recover from such (ab)use.


@ bazza

Actually, I'd wager that even stronger statement, such as "No country in the world has got the capacity...", is true.

However, Teslas, Nissan Leafs etc. are only a miniscule percentage of total car numbers, so grids will have a few decades to adapt. In infrastructure terms this isn't a lot though - Germans for example adopted abruptly their Energiewende in 2010 and in 2016 there is almost zero progress in critical north-south power network extension to accomodate massive influx of energy from northern wind parks. And from the "Go" it will take additional ten, fifteen years to actually build something useful. Also, I don't believe that actually anyone understands in full what it means to have really massive increase in electric power consumption. Smart grid demos are always nice, but in practice they don't work (yet).

Electric cars however, have to overcome additional ideological issue (at least for the time being) - they don't produce exhalations directly, but electricity they use is supplied largely by burning carbon fuels, such as coal and natural gas. In California for example, such sources comprise over 50% of power mix (according to the source of all wisom, Wikipedia). And California is quite a "green" state.

With sufficient electric car subsidies however, people won't be bothered by such irrelevant technicalities, though.

Calm down, dear: Woman claims sexism in tech journalism


Re: Call back (@ Roq D. Kasba)

No, he's a bloke.

Anyway, it's written perfectly in order for people to actually read it through without implied 'agenda filters' and think about the issue. Well done.

Dodgy software will bork America's F-35 fighters until at least 2019



This is a bit harsh. Design of an airplane (esp. combat one) is a decades long process. DoD designed specifications in an era when we have oohed and aahed over Windows 95. F35 has been first flown in an era when smartphone meant either Nokia Communicator or some barely functioning, overcomplicated (from today's perspective) Windows contraption and tablet meant 2kg hulk with a stylus and Windows XP Tablet edition.

I don't think anyone could have predicted the current state of technology and security challenges. However, from conflicts in the past they knew that not investing is even more callous thing. Still, they have two decades of experience of how not to do it, so maybe this will be useful in designing better development frameworks and processes. So hopefully not everything is wasted.

Enterprise revenues power Red Hat past $2bn barrier


@ac confusion

Linux is free, SLAs aren't. End of story.

Apple fires legal salvo at FBI for using All Writs law in iPhone brouhaha


Re: Completely pointless anyway (@Crazy Operations Guy)

Well, MDM is quite often used to deploy policies and enable provisioning/wiping company data (its own apps for instance). It can thus enforce locking and other security policies, but it can't unlock your phone per se (well, they can factory reset/wipe it if so configured, but it wouldn't help in this case, quite the contrary) - they need PIN IIRC, not MDM password (which could be remotely reset).

Or it can for instance monitor phone's location, but FBI has better data from cell phone operator, so such a feature is not that useful here either, IMHO.

I can't see how even reasonably configured MDM could possibly help here. Having said that I completely agree with your first paragraph.

Cook moves iPhone debate to FBI's weak ground: The media


The actual matter

If I understand it correctly, this is in fact about Apple being forced to do a forensic instrument. And this is completely different stuff than is usually presented.

FBI personnel committed blunders in handling the evidence (they changed access codes), thus making it impossible to get to content via usual means (eg. iCloud backup). In order for the content of the cracked iPhone to be admissable in court, Apple would have to create forensics tool, where they have the obligation of *proving* the method, i.e. they have to make code, methods, weaknesses to be fully available to FBI and courts, everything nicely wrapped and documented.

And we know that the US government can be trusted to do the right thing and not abuse it, right? Or at least they can protect it like the most sensitive data about their employees within OPM. Oh wait...

Coding is more important than Shakespeare, says VC living in self-contained universe


Re: Success myopia - like it! (@Matthew Taylor)

I see. However, when you actually achieve something, it's OK to be happy about it, which may look as smugness from the outside. It's natural.

On the other hand, if you want to learn something (and there are quite a few things I wouldn't know without viewing some TED talks), it really helps to have an open mind. Either one's learning or judging. I prefer the former as usually I view talks outside my expertise, so I don't have the chops for the latter. But if the idea looks sound I don't care about the messenger.

which brings me to the original article - Mr. Khosla's ideas seem deeply flawed, biggest of which is the idea that you can model society without actual data (life experience, humanities) and that those models are sufficient (cf. the paragraph with Kafka mentioned). This is grotesquely arrogant. Even journalists in the Economist he so likes (me too) obviously draw many of their ideas and comments from liberal arts background. This solitary fact shows Khosla doesn't know what he is talking about.


Re: Success myopia - like it!

I find a lot of TED talks quite interesting. I don't think that it deserves such a disparaging view.

Yes, they may be sometimes myopic (or boring), but it so happens that people broaden their views by slowly crunching through the myopic (or intensely specific) stuff. No one has 10 000ft high view from start.

AMD sued: Number of Bulldozer cores in its chips is a lie, allegedly


Re: Reread the Article (@Sproggit)

You are a bit incorrect there - if OS sees 8 runnable threads, 8-core Intel CPU will execute them all in parallel and all cores will run on advertised clock rate. The trick with sleeping some cores in order to pull up clock rate of others (up to "Turbo" speed specific for the CPU and number of running threads) is applicable only when there are less runnable threads than the number of cores.

This feature doesn't support your argument, nor does your mentioning of Hyperthreading. What were you aiming at?

Oracle's Hurd mentality: We (and one other) will own all of cloud by 2025


Re: Nope

Well, from data ownership / data security PoV of company there is no tangible difference between outsourced IT on leased HW and cloud. And as companies outsource like there's no tomorrow, such externalized IT running on someone elses HW is almost a norm today.

It's like with office buildings. Nobody actually owns an office building unless he is in the rental business, physical security is usually external hired company and we can go on and on. And physical security is THE barrier. We are past that one either, for a long time and nobody in IT wonders (which is odd, 'cause when you have physical access, you effectively own it).

In this regard cloud is only a little step further. The only question is how to use it as securely and dependably as possible, with emergency procedures, redundancy, multiple vendors and hedging in place. Business as usual.

Millions of people forget to cancel Apple Music subscription


Re: Satisfied Customer @ Geoffrey W

YMMV, it really depends on what you listen to and how. For instance, I listen to the music all the time and even very good things get pretty boring fast. So I like to listen to new music (new for me, not necessarily released recently), I like to explore different genres. With traditional approach, it gets expensive while with streaming it is flat rate. I like it. Whether the provider is Apple, Spotify or Deezer, is fairly immaterial. And when I really like something, I buy a CD for that quality time.

Granted, when you stop paying, then the service goes and so does everything you haven't explicitly purchased. But if you have trouble paying USD10-15 a month, you have really different kind of problems and music obviously isn't high on your priorities list.

As for quality, streaming is usually of lower quality than physical medium (OK, Deezer is little different). The same goes for video (there are more artifacts on streamed video). However, if you don't listen to the music in a quiet room, with good noise dampening, some sensible hifi, then it is nigh impossible to really appreciate the added quality of physical medium, not mentioning that only handful of releases are mastered well. Listening to Deezer or FLAC while on the go is complete waste of bandwidth/storage.

Top VW exec blames car pollution cheatware scandal on 'a couple of software engineers'



Au contraire, you do step down to appease shareholders and other relevant parties, when such a massive loss of value occurs. And I don't believe that Winterkorn wanted to clean up the mess created under his watch, with everyone questioning his every move.

Horn is in full corporate damage control mode, as minimizing fallout is crucial to future survival of the company. I don't believe a word he said, but I fully understand why he said it. He also has no other choice. Unless he wants to endanger hundreds of thousands employees. The are no good choices for VW now.

Does Linux need a new file system? Ex-Google engineer thinks so


Nobody forces you to use it

When Red Hat goes to XFS (!) as their primary system it shows that in this space Linux sorely lacks. Development of complex POSIX FS takes long time and the best hope (as of today) is btrfs. Which has some fundamental problems of its own. It will take time, maybe even major redesign to make it work. If something takes ten years to develop and we are not limited in number of people, then what's wrong with pursuing multiple strategies?

Kernel is fairly modular. You can turn off features, you know?


@Six_Degrees - You mean btrfs, surely

Oh come on. Even Oracle Linux doesn't come with ZFS as supported standard. And they should be able to ship and support it.

One thing is hobby, where ZFS may be gold, you can bolt it on Fedora or whatever, other thing is production, where only supported configurations or at least widely used stable combinations with major distros count. ZFS on Linux is neither (sorry but home & hobby doesn't count).



Where do I say that it is? OTOH it still *may* achieve production-level readiness faster. 'May' is the word, but until either of them is production ready, no one knows which is ultimately better way. So it is beneficial to pursue development of both of them.

And that was my point, which is not shared by the initial poster in this thread.


@ Martijn Otto - You mean btrfs, surely

Did Oracle release ZFS under GPL in full? As far as I am concerned, ZFS doesn't exist as it's not supported in any major Linux distro. And if I wanted something proprietary, I'd go GPFS (I prefer IBM to Oracle).

Anyway, btrfs still doesn't feel production ready, so bcachefs may be interesting option (license permitting).

Biggest security update in history coming up: Google patches Android hijack bug Stagefright


Oranges, apples, information, lack of

It's funny how fast people resort to calling others ignorant while doing errors on their own.

1) This article is about Stagefright. This component is as device independent as it gets. So "variability", "different SKUs" play a very minor role. Updating some backend for widgets however, that would be a different matter

2) Each model of every vendor comprises of multiple SKUs, often with different innards (to cater for different standards, frequency bands and so on)

3) It is fairly possible that iOS is on more than billion devices as they have longer useful life (maket share in number of sold devices != market share in devices in operation). Coupled with the fact that iOS runs not only on iPhones, but on iPads and iPods as well, billion devices is fairly reasonable. I can still get update for device over three years old.

AMD looks at sinking sales, gulps: It's worse than we thought


Re: Pity

'Good enough' doesn't cut it anymore. In custom builders market they focussed on, only the best is important. 'Good enough' is fine for lowcost OEM, but this doesnt earn money without large numbers. And if they want to play in this business, they have to provide unique business relevant features on all final products, such as those Intel has with AMT/vPro (while there are not many companies actively using it, those functions make Intel 'better for business'). OPMA is just a fantasy no one offers in volume and they don't have anything else in this segment Intel can't trump.

They focussed on declining markets such as traditional home DIY PC, so now they have even less money for development. And it shows. Before, at least in GPUs they had fiercely competitive cards in top end, which is a must from marketing perspective. Today, they are lagging. They are nowhere to be seen in ultramobile, server, compute acceleration. In their major PC related markets they compete almost exclusively on price. This won't end well for them. They need to find their long lost competitiveness and find new markets or they'll end like many others - either part of bigger company, or pure SoC player in OEM business. Or even worse.

Apple's iPhone 7 to come loaded with depth-sensing camera, supply chain spies claim


Re: It's not all about the pixels...

The magic in 808/1020 was really sensor size, not massive pixel count - the information that both had bigger then usual mobile-phone sensors was somehow lost in the noise. Actually, 1020 had far smaller sensor than 808 to fit optics into the body and its quality suffered for it, but it still managed to beat everything else into submission, when you had the patience and photographed static scene (it was woefully slow due to wholly inadequate CPU).

That's also why they had to do such an enormous protruding optics - bigger sensor, bigger optics. The pixel count only means that reading and processing requires more energy (power and time).

How much info did hackers steal on US spies? Try all of it


Re: Dear US of A

Who said it was on external-facing network? They could get there through multiple hops - it's perfectly sufficient for another government body to have connections both to OPM and external network.

Having seen some large networks and their defenses I don't believe that such hacks are *that* straightforward. But granted, it would be even more tragic that way.

Boeing 787 software bug can shut down planes' generators IN FLIGHT


This assumes the problem is understood, which would be a tall order before this notification and that there is sufficient height to lose while solving the problem. Would be a bummer when on final approach.

Ex-Microsoft man takes up arms for Red Hat's open-cloud crusade


@boatsman: Re: more talk, less code

The problem is that (broadly speaking) opensource is better for developers and service providers as they have no upfront costs, but it doesn't directly benefit end user that much (it does, but indirectly in other fields through new services etc.). The only thing it brings to the table, is more choice. Which is good and dandy until you have thousands of things to choose from, which bewilders CIO and normal user alike. You need aggregators who package that choice. You need such Red Hats.

When you have an unruly heap of OSS offerings with all manner of strings attached (projects for fun without any semblance of longterm sustainability etc.) and two, three nicely wrapped-up commercial ones, it is no contest. Pure free as a freeedom as well as beer OSS loses. Marketing, packaging and support simplicity is hugely important. And engineers totally s*ck at marketing. They need marketers and sales people to keep them employed. So it is just natural that Red Hat, whose success stems from old fashioned marketing and sales and a small number of packaging and engineering ideas, has such ratios of marketing and engineering personnel. Marketing and sales are mission critical for them. Engineers are 'only' very important.

Want that awesome new Apple TrackPad? Don't get a MacBook Pro



Glue keeps things in place, the whole structure is firmer, doesn't bend as easily, doesn't sqeak, it's less likely to fail. Soldering everything has the same benefits - connectors are frequent points of failure. It's fairly understandable that company specializing in selling spare parts doesn't like it.

As Jan 0 pointed out, this is just normal progress. Tinkerers' pleasure stems from the fact that their skill is useful. And where nothing breaks (or specialist equipment is needed), their skill is irrelevant and they can't prove their worth. They have to find something else to do. C'est la vie.

Tim Cook chills the spines of swingers worldwide


Re: OH RLY? (@ Warm Braw)

This is not a good example as selling customer data is a very different industry from making a gadget. It's like they started to sell heavy machinery. Especially if the major selling point of your device is that the owner of the said device is a customer, not a product. Change of this policy is very unlikely and rather foolish from business perspective (until they start to lose money - if they start to lose money, all bets are off, of course).

Two reasons:

1) It is one of key reasons why they can command such a high price for their product. Once they choose to ignore it, they start to see eroding price very quickly as there is no compelling reason from not buying from either Microsoft (which has the same mantra and is cheaper still) or Google.

2) Monetization of data is another thing - the value of customer data depends on how you package them and how you sell them. As far as I know Apple has very little experience there, whereas Google is the Daddy. Apple would get pummeled by Google in this area and they know it.

For pity's sake, you fool! DON'T UPGRADE it will make it worse


Re: surprise- a translation company doesn't understand IT (@Bassey)

Although I wholeheartedly agree that many companies are highly IT dependent, hence should upgrade their capabilities in that area (for instance in UAT or vendor cooperation), they are not IT companies, their business lies elsewhere. It's like we don't call air lines aircraft manufacturers, although bigger ones have often significant say during the airplane development and they have large service departments full of aircraft engineers.

On the other hand IT vendors often pose as 'solution providers', but then you find out that they don't understand the problem their solution purports to solve. Because part of the problem is often in areas of usability and company culture, which are areas where IT really does not shine.

The problem is of bridging the gap.

Interstellar sci-fi WORMS its way into spinning black hole science FACT


Re: Proof?

What proofs are you talking about regarding empirical science, such as physics? The best you can do is to find out that your model/hypothesis is not in conflict with current observations and possibly that the alternative model is indeed in conflict. You can't mathematically/logically prove anything of consequence though.

The empirical knowledge may change (and often does change) with more thorough observation. In real world, proofs are useful only within models which give them constraints, something to hook up to. We don't live in an idealized model however.

Lollipop licked: KitKat still king in Android land


Re: Android upgrades

Well, JLV, you raise a few valid points, but they are rather theoretical.

Firstly, as a case in point, iOS 8 works on over 3 year old iPhone 4S fairly well, thank you very much. It's not a speed demon, but features are there (where possible) as, most importantly, are there security fixes. Iphone 4s user could update its system the same day as iPhone 5s user, no waiting (well, apart from Apple's inability to keep their servers up, but that's another matter).

Secondly, it is Android failure as the *possibility* of such behaviour enabled manufacturers to do exactly that. It is fairly similar to approach Microsoft took with their Windows platform in the 90's - when you make something possible, inevitably someone will take advantage of it and the result is a mess.

Thirdly, you forget the other side of mass market: niche needs are ignored, they are too costly. Majority of Android users don't upgrade, they don't care, they just want cheap smartphone and they want that only because it has a bigger display than featurephones and there are more games for it and they are told that this is the technology to buy. Power users are a minority and they are expected to shell out bigger money (i.e. bigger margin) for their phone, they are ignored if buying cheaper device. There just isn't enough cash in those cheap phones - manufacturers have razor sharp margins and they will stay afloat only when you buy from them phones as often as possible. Why should they entice you to buy them less? When you buy it anyway 'cos it's cheap? It would be dumb. No one cares for a few thousand geeks out of 20 million batch.

Apple on the other hand has a reason to provide upgrades - they milk users for cash even when they don't buy devices as often, they just need you to stay hooked-up to their services and not leave for WinPho or Android. In contrast, apart from Google, Android phone manufacturers don't see a penny from Google Play content purchased on device they have manufactured. And that's a fundamental difference.


Android upgrades

It's one of those things Android platform fails at: manufacturers cannot be budged to provide upgrades for their obsolete models (save for some top-end phones/slabs/... of upmarket brands and even there somewhat reluctantly) as they earn money on selling new ones. Providing upgrades is pure expense without added value for them; customers will buy it anyway as they are cheap (or at least perceived as such).

This is by design and unless Google does something about it licensing-wise, unlikely to change. Well, I am happy the platform I use has a different approach.

Was ist das? Eine neue Suse Linux Enterprise? Ausgezeichnet!


Re: Isn't the whole thing about systemd...

Oh c'mon, this is not a religion. We are technicians/engineers. We get tools, we do stuff. Tools evolve, change as requirements change. All this is under GPL, you can scan the source code for Big Brotherly things, you can even do your own patches if you are so inclined. Today you are "forced" to use systemd, before you were "forced" to use init. Frankly, it is a symmetrical situation. Do you think init was somehow democratically chosen from bunch of alternatives by large plenum of opensource developers and users? No.

Before with init, it was complicated to create dependencies and this created unholy mess of script-fu with init (especially in real world where there are more services than smtpd and httpd), today with systemd it is slightly more complicated to do "trivial" things such as running single purpose server, but more complex things that were almost unmanageable before, are possible to manage again.



Change is difficult

Well, I too hated systemd with passion, till I learned it a little. I am not a fan exactly, but I understand that there are some real benefits to it when your application infrastructure is a little less static, but YMMV.

If your application is just a single service running on a few dozen or hundreds of servers, then systemd is a big, unwelcome impact, but if you already have to work in a complex heterogenous environment with myriad of dependent services, systemd complexity is peanuts and you can use it to actually make things more robust and simple. Um, yes, I did say that.

Now bring torches, I have already prepared the stake for me :)

Yes, yes, Steve Jobs. Look what I'VE done for you lately – Tim Cook


Define innovative

Frankly, with some definitions you can argue that there never was any innovative stuff right through to the discovery of fire - others have burned themselves with friction, so this was derivative and no real innovation, yet alone breakthrough :)

For consumer device, the whole mix of packaging, usability, capability and content is achievement in itself. Whether it is innovation by your definition, I don't know, but in my book, it really was.

Apple's SNEAKY plan: COPY ANDROID. Hello iPhone 6, Watch


Re: That side-on picture of the phone looks just like... (@ cambsukguy)

...you mean Nokia N9, surely?

Apple 'sapphire glass' fronts for iPhone 6? It's NEWS to SUPPLIERS


Re: who more anal, the analyst or the analyst who analyses him?

We'll see in September. I really don't know what the fuss is about. Speaking of research - what research had he done, pray tell? I still see some remains of dried tea leaves...

THUD! WD plonks down SIX TERABYTE 'consumer NAS' fatboy


Re: Bays (siblings question)

I'd say it has to do with superposition of vibration modes and resonance you get in an enclosure and getting (and maintaining) head over the track as well as meeting average seek times they claim (ie getting lock...).

The more vibration the slower performance due to rereads etc. it has followup impact on buffers/caches etc.

In other words it makes it slower under these conditions. And in some particularly badly engineered enclosures, it may shorten lifetime.

Attack of the clones: Oracle's latest Red Hat Linux lookalike arrives


Re: No mention of CentOS?

Exactly, the difference is in their kernel version (they take newest one from kernel org, apply patches and then claim that everything is compatible with RHEL which validates against its own kernel). Which is fine and dandy, but I am not so sure that for instance the kernel has the same reliability on, say, HP servers... And ksplice (the only potential benefit) isn't really worth the risk for majority of usecases. And that java abomination that is OEM for management? No, thanks.

Without paid support you don't have access even to patches, which makes CentOS better value for money as you get patches for free. And 100% compatibility with RHEL as a bonus.

'I don't want to go on the cart' ... OpenSSL revived with survival roadmap


They are not weird, but different :)

Anyway, the reason is probably the fact that FOSS is heavily used also on Windows (really), there is for instance large installed base of Apache on Windows (the inroads of IIS is probably due to conversion of these sites, but I digress).

FOSS that is multiplatform and works also on Windows usually uses OpenSSL if it needs SSL functionality, because developers want as much OS independent code there as possible. From security and performance POV this is not optimal, but such is the situation.

ABANDON CLOUD! Docker Linux containers spring a security leak


Single level of security boundaries is always bad

Best practice for deploying Docker containers is with SELinux (or similar technology), deploying without it is just poor design, period.

Virtual Machines, though now undeniably more secure, are also not as bulletproof isolation as the article purports to suggest, and doubly so when the tech started (bursting out of VM into hypervisor was a fairly common bug considering its impact). On some CPUs the solution was even to buy new ones, as the flaw was in the HW. So even with VMs administrators should harden hypervisors as much as possible.

Snowden: NSA whacks US in the WALLET, slurps millions of contacts books


It's not so easy

Many big corporations are actually making profit off of it, those losing are usually those of the "new economy" - pure cloud providers, which try to sell to international customers. Their voice however is not so loud yet as they don't make that much money. Traditional companies however (Oracle et al.) are actually better off, as they don't have any compelling cloud offering, so this situation benefits them. The only big corporation in some quandary, seems to be Microsoft with their Azure and Office 365 and even for them cloud is rather strategic bet than money making enterprise.

Other companies making money off of cloud services, are often doing almost the same as NSA (Google/Facebook anyone?).

US Republican enviro-vets: 'Climate change is real. Deal with it'


Re: The problem is approach

That's the reason I wrote about demographic facts in *time* - in the context of climate we are talking about 20, 30 or 50 years' timeframes. This is not a matter of 5 years...

A few years ago there were almost no cars in China. Look there now. What about India and other fast growing countries? Subsaharan Africa is a poverty poster child and I completely agree that they are incomparable to the US for instance. Still, there are some fast growing economic powerhouses that are playing catch-up vigorously while having population many times larger in total than US and Eurpe combined.

People there are feeling the progress, they are better off now than before. This whets their appetite for more. This is only natural and we should acknowledge the fact and plan accordingly.



Well, everything today is marketing, global warming as well as anti-global warming, there is shrill hysterics in both camps. There is too much emotion and too little honest science and engineering.

What you have failed to observe is that what I said is we need to refocus on infrastructure and make it more resilient and adaptable (while still pursuing ways to prevent global warming as a hedge). Extreme weather incidents are more and more expensive as we grow more prosperous, so even if the global warming alarmism of today is unfounded, we'd benefit from this (on the contrary, from the CO2 curbing alone we'd benefit very little should that be the case).

However, the climate is ALWAYS changing. Granted, usually on far longer timescale, but it IS changing. We've had spells of cold as well as of warm in our history and it usually had profound effect on the wellbeing of the affected society, changing rain patterns, cold weather causing famine ... If we are to live in prosperity, we need to invest in resilience and flexibility.


The problem is approach

It is with great level of certainty evident that the planet (well, its surface and atmosphere anyway) is warming up. We can bicker whodunnit, but this is going to solve nothing.

At best there are people who are eager to 'do their part' in curbing emissions with some often hysterical actions. But climate has enormous, enormous inertia. The same applies to the global society (not to be confused with western society). Westerners are small minority now with unfavourable demographics. We and our actions are starting to be less and less relevant.

Biggest green leap has been achieved in many western countries by outsourcing to China and India with net loss for global environment. We tend to think that when we do something 'green' , it will have some real impact. Well, there are 6 bn people who beg to differ and want the same level of comfort we have, regardless.

Even if majority of westerners climb back up trees, it will be only a blip in the global society given the cold demographics facts and time.

All in all what we do now in prevention etc. is fairly likely not going to cut it given the scale and inertia. And I feel that this is also a fact.

We have to focus on developing technologies that will enable us to adapt and transform our environment to be more resilient in the face of violent weather, disruptions of energy grids, draught here and flood there with at least the same zeal as the one manifested today in 'prevention'. Otherwise there will be violent weather AND violent turbulences in society. We can still prevent the second from happening.

Tick-tock, Apple: Obama has just days to stop US iPhone iPad sales ban

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Stop trolling man

Samsung is still selling its S II in large quantities. Even older / lower spec phones have their buyers and this is true especially for those from well known manufacturers. Apple is no different (pun intended).

SkyDrive on par with C: Drive in Windows 8.1


Microsoft forces new paid-for services

Plain and simple. They see only mobile and single-purpose devices, they forget everything else. I suppose that they resigned on a traditional multipurpose PC platform altogether thinking that people will buy lightweight devices with their data on cloud or on NAS.

What follows is a strategy of essentially competing against NAS box and other cloud providers with price of their sky drive while creating a new revenue stream in the process (NAS is more expensive upfront, but they also have a finger in this pie, just to be sure). But they have to kill the desire for data local to the device first. 8.1 suits that purpose.