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Computer security, hacking, coding and mayhem

Six months without Adobe Flash, and I feel fine

As documented on /., six months ago I de-installed the Adobe FlashTM player on all my browsers. This provoked some shock and incredulity from others. After all, Flash has been an essential content interpreter for over a decade. It filled the gap between an underdeveloped JavaScript and the need for media content like animation, video and so on. It also fit a nice political niche. It allowed browser manufacturers to avoid the complexities.. Read More

Using relativity to encrypt data

Bob Way has a great post up about his brainstorm for a file-sharing system that technically does not include the actual data it shares, but can reconstruct it from a relative measurement of it, which is stored. This is much like coming up with a mold for a part and using relative vectors to describe it, so that when needed, it can be re-created using some seed data and thus used to create.. Read More

Pre-review of Windows 8

So I tried installing windows 8 in vmware. The first time I got to the windows logo, then a black screen with a mouse cursor and it would not go further. I deleted the VM ware image and started over, this time getting about half way into the install before I got a blue screen with a sad face on it saying that it ran into a problem and had to reboot. Upon.. Read More

Is Linux bloated?

Linux creator Linus Torvalds says the open source kernel has become “bloated and huge,” with no midriff-slimming diet plan in sight. “Uh, I’d love to say we have a plan,” Torvalds replied to applause and chuckles from the audience. “I mean, sometimes it’s a bit sad that we are definitely not the streamlined, small, hyper-efficient kernel that I envisioned 15 years ago…The kernel is huge and bloated, and our icache footprint is scary… Read More

Yet Another Reason to Hate FreeBSD

http://lists.freebsd.org/pipermail/freebsd-security-notifications/2008-June/000111.html If you notice, our dear Colin sent out this email on the third to announce these EOLs that went into effect on the first. Good call, guys. It is this kind of lackadaisical behavior that is driving people to Linux.

BSD Magazine Publishes First Issue

BSD Magazine has published their first issue. Articles include: FreeBSD 7.0 installation & configuration… FreeBSD’s bsnmp… Pushing BSD as an open source desktop… PC-BSD overview… Sguil 0.7.0 on FreeBSD 7.0… How to Dual-Boot Vista with BSD – a step-by-step approach… Keep smiling, waste spammers’ time… Defense in Depth and FOSS… BSD 1/2008 NetBSD on the NSLU2… OpenBSD pf – the firewall on fire… Instant Messaging with Jabber/XMPP…Interview with FreeBSD developer… I have currently.. Read More