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Courtesy of the Pog Blog.

This one beggars belief. There is something seriously wrong with these people.

Hackers are masochists.

No they’re not. Masochists are masochists.

Almost by definition, hackers push hardware and software (and themselves) beyond breaking point to find out, once and for all, whether something is possible or not.

If you’re into circular definitions, then, yes, I suppose so.

Grinberg, obviously not a fan of excess bits, has successfully booted Linux with an ATmega1284p, 8-bit RISC microcontroller clocked at 24MHz and equipped with no less than 16KB of SRAM and 128KB of flash storage.

Assuming ...

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Not a FUD. Crosspost from Techbroil.com. Apparently a five year old exploit in samba was just fixed.

“ You know what beats “many eyes”? Paid eyes. Paid eyes that are looking at the code from 9 to 5 because that is their job. I don’t care if the code is open to the public or not, as long as someone’s paycheck is tied to looking at the code then I’m fine with it.”

Oh, the best bit from the zdnet article:
“Samba is also included on many UNIX-based devices like network printers, network storage, as well as ...

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Here are the important numbers. If you go beyond the almost comical fact that 98% of Flashback infections were of Macintoshes at its height, 0.06% of Flashback infected machines were Windows machines while 1% of them were running FreeBSD or Linux. If you paid close attention to those numbers in that last sentence, you may have noticed something curious — more FOSS or Linux computers were infected than Windows computers. Remember this as you go read Robert Pogson furiously try to rebut this article by Tony Bradley, which is a more restrained rebuttal than the one I penned to Katherine ...

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Funny how things change over the years, isn’t it? I found this as I was browsing around for Shuttleworth’s latest self-aggrandising predictions; it’s intended as a sort of appendix to “Dream Big,” below.

I’m not even sure I’d have posted it, but the comments are so toe-curlingly dreadful that it would be a shame not to do so.

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Dream big, dream bold. It’s what I always say. Well, it’s something someone said somewhere.

Mark Shuttlesworth dreams big. How big? Twenty million Ubuntu PCs big.

He wasn’t talking about 20-million new copies of Ubuntu being installed. That’s easy to believe.

No it’s not.

True, desktop Linux has only a fraction of the total desktop market, but there are certainly tens of millions of Linux users.

That’s why not. Two of those tens of millions would be a significant percentage of all Linux users.

Mind you, there are hundreds of millions of Mac OS ...

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“Hello, I’m Katherine Noyes, and I’ve heard you’ve may have been infected by Flashback. I’m so sorry about that, but I’m here to help. Have you tried Linux?”

Yes, the door-to-door charlatan is here.

Stocking up on security software is one approach to the problem, but a better one, I’d suggest, would be to consider switching to Linux instead.

I’d suggest switching to a typewriter or a telegraph. You’d be just as productive.

Both Microsoft and Apple rely at least in part on “security through obscurity,” and it’s increasingly clear that ...

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I’m just posting this because it is a great rant. It includes the following analogy:

I can’t even say what’s wrong with PHP, because— okay. Imagine you have uh, a toolbox. A set of tools. Looks okay, standard stuff in there.

You pull out a screwdriver, and you see it’s one of those weird tri-headed things. Okay, well, that’s not very useful to you, but you guess it comes in handy sometimes.

You pull out the hammer, but to your dismay, it has the claw part on both sides. Still serviceable though, I mean, you ...

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Not a Linux FUD, but a display of obnoxious fanboyism nonetheless:
“Instagram on android is mad dirty it used to be special now it’s just gross”

What intelligent, thoughtful, articulate users. At least Linux fanboys generally have a vocabulary greater than that.

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This is a bit of anti-FUD. (Or maybe it is FUD to those who evangelize Linux But the thing is, it is still true.) By and now, this man is still a Linux fanatic. ( LinuxFountainOfYouth™? Check. LinuxIsMalwareProof™? Check. SynapticRules™? Check!) But the BiannualForcedDeathMarch™ has started to get him down, as the smooth walkway of Linux has given way to a more rocky one where pebbles are sneaking into his shoe, making things uncomfortable for his feet, cutting it up, wrecking his shoes, etc.

Each upgrade (which has to be done clean on Linux Mint) introduces more random bugs and ...