* Posts by Teal Bee

14 publicly visible posts • joined 24 Dec 2021

Version 256 of systemd boasts '42% less Unix philosophy'

Teal Bee

Re: It's the only way to be sure.

We've gone full circle!

I suspect that sudo (the Linux command) will end up like its poweroff and shutdown contemporaries – just a symlink to some systemd binary, and most users won't even notice that it's gone unless they actually need some advanced feature.

Three cuffed for 'helping North Koreans' secure remote IT jobs in America

Teal Bee

Re: Laptop Farms?

It has to be a real device because many companies install some form of device management and endpoint security on employee laptops, and those will pick up a VM and may raise an alert.

It is not mentioned that she purchased any of those laptops, I suspect most of them have been sent to her address by the employers themselves.

Nix forked, but over politics instead of progress

Teal Bee

Re: Home directories

>I can 'cd' into one directory and the C and C++ compiler automatically change to the version required for that piece of software.

direnv is a wonderful program that does just this for bash. It needs an .envrc recipe in any such directory, or at least one of its parents, for it to work.

I don't know if Nix uses direnv, but it sounds very similar.

Teal Bee

Re: familiar

This is an accurate analogy.

I guess the downvoters only know git from web interfaces and never actually interacted with it directly.

JetBrains is still mad at Rapid7 for the ransomware attacks on its customers

Teal Bee

>Publishing this information was just malicious.

The only malicious party here is the one that added a severe vulnerability to its product. No matter how you spin it, Rapid7 have not added any vulnerabilities to any product.

TrueNAS CORE 13 is the end of the FreeBSD version

Teal Bee

Re: Limited Exposure To BSD ...

>Is it ifconfig, or ip today? devfs or udev? oss or alsa?

ip, udev, and alsa have been around for 24, 20, and 25 year respectively.

If anything, Linux changes at a glacial pace.

InfluxData apologizes for deleting cloud regions without performing 'scream test'

Teal Bee

Re: DBA's priorities

Well said. No matter what the contract says, the data owner is always responsible for the continuity of their data.

Not the database service provider.

Not the backup service provider.

The owner.

Rocky Linux details the loopholes that will help its RHEL rebuild live on

Teal Bee

Re: Quick Sanity Check

One of the few comments worth reading.

Indeed, getting access to a program does not automatically make somebody a recipient of the program. If an employer installs Linux on servers, then employees logging into those servers do not get any rights to programs found there, irrespective of licence.

The fact that so many software vendors make source code freely available to the public has blurred the distinction between recipient and user in people's minds.

WAN router IP address change blamed for global Microsoft 365 outage

Teal Bee

Re: Why

My guess is general housekeeping or network consolidation. Since networks are allocated in blocks, perhaps Microsoft engineers allocated a block that was too large for that network, then realized that less than half of those IPs are used and decided to allocate a smaller block and free up a portion of those IP addresses.

With the current deficit of IPv4 addresses, it makes sense to optimize their usage.

Strong support for Snap and Ubuntu Core as Canonical meet IRL

Teal Bee


You have conveniently decided to ignore the part where Snap predates Flatpak, but don't worry – it looks like you're not the only one.

Version 252 of systemd, as expected, locks down the Linux boot process

Teal Bee

Great news

The missing pieces for truly secure boot on Linux are finally starting to appear one by one.

Now distributions need to start bundling a basic initramfs with the kernel image and sign the resulting file, then offer loadable initramfs extensions for situations where the basic initramfs is not sufficient.

With the added TPM functionality we should be able to implement passwordless (from users' point of view) disk encryption like every modern OS offers.

Finally, no more waiting minutes for GRUB to unlock a disk in multi-user environments!

Court papers indicate text messages from HMRC's 60886 number could snoop on Brit taxpayers' locations

Teal Bee

Re: This is how SMS works

>How else can the call/text be routed to wherever the phone happens to be today?

The same way a Skype message gets delivered to the same phone without revealing anything about its location, not even the country.

Microsoft blocked TSO Host's email IPs from Hotmail, Outlook inboxes and no one seems to care

Teal Bee

Re: But, but, I'm too important to care!

Hetzner do have an abuse form (https://abuse.hetzner.com/) and they are vigilant when it comes to following up on complaints. I know because I've complained to them in the past.

Fisher Price's Bluetooth reboot of pre-school play phone has adult privacy flaw

Teal Bee

The difference of course is that walkie-talkies were't transmitting unless you held a physical button down.

They were also less likely to end up paired to an adult's phone, where private conversations may be taking place.