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1) Message boards : Politics : Linux hits the world (cont #2) (Message 1579688)
Posted 11 hours ago by Profile ML1
... You should think more of that...

I agree, you win your trolling.

All a game of IT is it?...
2) Message boards : Politics : Linux hits the world (cont #2) (Message 1579674)
Posted 11 hours ago by Profile ML1
Think it's time you popped down to Bath as you're in the UK. A good session in a health spa might just wake you up to face the real world.

+googolplex factorial.

LOL! Farcically pathetic! :-)

There's a lot more to IT than massaging your desktop... ;-)

IT is what we make it...
3) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects: DENIAL (#3) (Message 1579670)
Posted 11 hours ago by Profile ML1
... No concept that more than 50% of the world's population will be out of their present job if his cuts are implemented. How much work with human muscle will be required to farm the plot...

You sound like you are really enjoying yourself with the scaremongering!

There is the more realistic consideration that without the parasitic subsidies and pollution of the Fossils Fuels, and without the environmental damage from the big Agribusiness bad practices, we would all profit from greater healthier efficiencies.

Note that most of the first "going green" tech is all about replacing our existing dirty tech with similarly capable tech that doesn't cost us our own planet.

Might that be why the Fossils are playing so foul and putrid dirty with their FUD and dirty tricks. Or are you enjoying that as fun also?

... After all he is asking us to do this on a planet wide basis...

After all, we are all suffering the existing pollution on a planet-wide basis...

Can we try better? There is a great deal of scope yet!

All still on our only one planet,
4) Message boards : Politics : Linux hits the world (cont #2) (Message 1579658)
Posted 12 hours ago by Profile ML1
In the Linux world, the first fix and then the follow-on fix were available within hours. For some proprietary vendors, the fixes are yet to roll out...

That maybe, but it shows that *nix is not all it's made out to be. Regardless of proprietary software, how many fixes is that now for *nix?

Two hit the headlines vs many hundreds including many more than just two "could allow remote code execution" as seems to be typical most months for Windows...

Perhaps we even have some very healthy publicity from this for how Linux has unobtrusively been so widely used for so long to now suddenly be seen to be so significant...

(I sometimes wonder if Microsoft has been deliberately using CERT for free monthly publicity from all the security alerts to remind you that Microsoft was still there...)

IT is what we make it...
5) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects: DENIAL (#3) (Message 1579649)
Posted 12 hours ago by Profile ML1
... Now, when I say 'yes Martin, there IS a problem (as you have been saying), but it is WORSE than you thought, and there is NO easy fix.' he has a conniption, and calls me a Denier. Go figure.

Wow, how the MajorKong and Gary doth cackle and tripe!

So all your arguments thus far are doomed and dust and so you must now resort to the last resort old argument that we are all doomed in any case?...

Yer got no backbone to wish to enjoy the world around you and to strive to continue to enjoy our blue and green pleasant only one planet?

There is indeed the Gary option to pollute at the same levels as we do at present and to save the world by selfishly 'reducing' the population to lazily reduce pollution.

We also already have the option to live better and cleaner. The next pollution problem to solve next will indeed likely be to improve the culture and education for everyone to remove the need for continued growth until destruction...

We have a way to go. Ideas other than DOOM welcomed to overcome the various selfish corruption plaguing the planet...

It is the only planet we have...
6) Message boards : Politics : Linux hits the world (cont #2) (Message 1579644)
Posted 12 hours ago by Profile ML1
It seems that recent patches for Shellshock have been ineffective and hackers (especially Russian 1's) have been making hay at exploiting those Bash bug vulnerabilities claims Fireeye and Trend Micro.

Thanks for that one. As variously mentioned, such silliness hits the headline news for *nix. Rather unexpected though to see TWO big headlines in the year after years of nothing untoward! Whereas such silliness seen for a certain other system is such an everyday occurrence that the news has gone stale for such continued silliness there.

The closing remark is apt:

... While Google and Amazon both issued statements announcing the steps they've taken to contain the vulnerability, Apple, whose Mac OS X operating system is one of the potential targets of the exploit, characteristically played down the risk to consumers.

In the Linux world, the first fix and then the follow-on fix were available within hours. For some proprietary vendors, the fixes are yet to roll out...

And for whatever systems left abandoned, they will only get noticed when they fail or cause a nuisance that is noticed...

Still watching for how this one unfolds...

IT is what we make it...
7) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects: DENIAL (#3) (Message 1579362)
Posted 20 hours ago by Profile ML1
... So whilst that get's worked out by our prevarication-free boffins :) there should be nothing stopping us cleaning up the rest of our polluting act in the meantime. Yay! :)

Thanks for the post MK! :)

And thanks Anniet for a very good reply!

Far far more sweetly put than I could put considering the Fossils-fueled unwholesome selfish foul stench of corruption being forced upon us all.

Amazing how the Fossils sponsored Marketing and 'lobbying' is so good that it grabs so many gullible people to follow along! Or is it something like how hydrogen sulphide gently smells like rotten eggs until the stench builds to get so strong that you then lose your senses and then a little more then kills you?

Note for the nay-sayers and disbelievers and denialists: Note how that happens at around a mere 300–350 ppm. By random coincidence, about the same level of concern as we have for industrial CO2 pollution pushing us 'over the edge'...

Anniet, thanks again for your extreme patience and restrained eloquence!

Even so, will the Denialists really see what is happening around them? Or are they forever doomed to their greed and Marketing and determined to drag everyone else to hell?

We have an easy way and a hard way for all of this... Hopefully OUR politicians are not so corrupt as to make all this silly hard...

All on our only one planet,
8) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects: DENIAL (#3) (Message 1579169)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile ML1
I was expecting more than just a pun.

Well, since a Pun is the lowest form of Humor--I apologize profusely.

Would a Pu-ti-n do?

He's by far one of the worst offenders for promoting world destructive pollution...

Unfortunately, that's no joke :-(

All on our only one planet,
9) Message boards : SETI@home Science : Detecting Alien Radar Signals? (Message 1578765)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile ML1
... So the question is, which of the SETI approaches, MultiBeam or Astropulse, is best suited to detect a long-range radar signal? It would seem at first glance to be Astropulse, but I am not at all familiar with the details of either, so maybe someone who is could comment on that. Also a consideration of whether the present SETI receivers cover a suitable frequency range would be useful. Finally, could a better approach be developed with the foregoing in mind?

So far, unfortunately, none.

We are searching in what is called the "water hole" area of the spectrum. Whereas you can expect radar to utilize other parts of the spectrum and so not be seen by our present searches. The Allen Array could be funded and expanded to search more widely. The under construction SKA could also search more widely if that was funded for that task. Otherwise, s@h, The Planetary Society, and SETI Institute are all individually all at vanishingly low cost the only searches we have.

With our present resource and tech available, we have to assume that whatever ET is deliberately trying to second-guess what we can do so as to make the search easy and obvious for us. The diagram in my profile should give a few clues...

Meanwhile, there is also a lot of other science being done due to various other unexpected things to be found in the data.

As a bonus, we may determine whether or not we are alone at this time in our galaxy or even for the visible universe.

Keep searchin',
10) Message boards : Number crunching : WARNING for MAC OSX & LINUX (Message 1578576)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile ML1
Reports on the news about a virus called SHELLSHOCK has been found affecting MAC OSX and LINUX it is recommended that people with these systems upgrade now...

As already mentioned:

That's no virus. It's an exploit (and rather an old previously unnoticed exploit at that).

There should be little concern if you are using recent good server software, or if you're not running anything as a server in any case.

However... Bash is in such widespread use for so very many years that updating in any case is a very good idea!

I would expect all the current distros to have the updates ready by now. (There are too many eyes watching them not to! ;-) )

The Linux distros I'm using were all updated with fixes on the day. There was also a second update that quickly followed for a full fix.

There's a long statement from the FSF for GNU bash:
Free Software Foundation statement on the GNU Bash "shellshock" vulnerability

Note the comment:

... Free software cannot guarantee your security, and in certain situations may appear less secure on specific vectors than some proprietary programs. As was widely agreed in the aftermath of the OpenSSL "Heartbleed" bug, the solution is not to trade one security bug for the very deep insecurity inherently created by proprietary software -- the solution is to put energy and resources into auditing and improving free programs...

Indeed that freedom has allowed a pair of fixes to be released within hours of disclosure of the problem. All in stark contrast to the much longer scenarios more usually seen for proprietary obfuscation...

This one is going to be interesting to watch for all the systems that use the GNU bash. As widely found on various other systems in addition to Linux. How long for those others to be updated?

Also interesting will be how the news develops. And amazing it hit headline news so quickly!

IT is what we make it,
11) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects: DENIAL (#3) (Message 1578545)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile ML1
Wow! What a wonderful recent flurry here of Denialist twisting and turning and squirming! All any-which-way except the simple truth.

And then there is the one outlier where supposedly we should nuke the population down to a mere few thousands. Are they the 'chosen few' who are busily profiting from polluting the rest of us to hell?...

We have the tech already to clean up our act and do that cost effectively. The only problem there is that opens up new groups to profit where the old dirty fossils can't.

More of a question is do we have the politics and culture to change our present race from destruction to something sustainable? And in time? And for much less cost than crash and calamity?

Can we sustain a balance of the juxtaposition of natural green and industrial concrete?

All on our only one world,
12) Message boards : Politics : Linux hits the world (cont #2) (Message 1577881)
Posted 4 days ago by Profile ML1
...& he more you continue with your "fanfare for Linux" the more dumb users will continue to use Apple/Microsoft.

Or is that not more a case of the dumb being blinded by the triumph of Marketing?

Think you need Moses to bless you with long life so that you can outlast the "Apple/Microsoft" mortals as that's the only way Linux will achieve world domination.

Unfortunately, we already have the world domination of Google riding on the back of the power of Linux.

Even more unfortunately, there is noone else as good at what Google are doing.

Meanwhile, hopefully FLOSS ideals will hang around for a lot longer than me. You never know, the ideals of FLOSS and the GPL may grow into a worldwide cult... ;-)

IT is what we allow it to be...
13) Message boards : Politics : Linux hits the world (cont #2) (Message 1577862)
Posted 4 days ago by Profile ML1
... Maybe it's time for MS & Apple fanboys to turn the tables on *nix fanboys for the cause of all the Trojans, Malware, Spyware, Adware caught from accessing servers on the Internet which as you so correctly point out to us are operated using some form of Linux and as seen, possible due to a 20 year old bug.

Except that "20 year old bug" has not hit the news for those 20 years and has been fixed in a matter of hours by those that care.

Meanwhile, I think everyone can agree that it was Microsoft that ushered into existence the age of viruses/trojans/malware on a scale never before seen. Note that I see that still remains on a scale still not seen for any other operating system...

We have too many examples of how going proprietary and secretive is too bad a recipe for hiding all the warts and insecurity behind an overly hopeful cloak of obfuscation... I think we've seen too much of how that doesn't work well.

Sorry, you need to cast your Auditors eyes on the festering pile that continues to be proprietary with the sell your-soul-EULAs all-with-no-comeback. There are an awful lot more than just 'two incidents' in there! Unfortunately, I still waste far too much of my time with that proprietary silliness...

IT is what we make it...
14) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Black Holes part 2 (Message 1577854)
Posted 4 days ago by Profile ML1
I'll bet her math is flawed somewhere.

Possibly, and possibly not... ;-)

That all depends on what assumptions are made.

Also, everyone always seems to forget about the effects of time...

There may well be no 'singularities' in our universe in that there is not enough time for any to form. Note how the old description for a black hole was that of a "frozen star". That is an assumed star so massive that by its very own gravity, time appears so slowed as to be frozen.

Hence, as a large mass collapses in on itself due to gravity, by that very same gravity time slows to slow the apparent collapse. You then get the competing effects of how quickly the mass evaporates across the event horizon and also for how quickly the surrounding universe evolves in the meantime...

All a question of time?

Keep searchin',
15) Message boards : Politics : Linux hits the world (cont #2) (Message 1577841)
Posted 4 days ago by Profile ML1
The systems I run are already updated and none had bash exposed externally in any case and certainly not on the various web servers.

Are you sure?
NOTE: this vulnerability exists because of an incomplete fix for CVE-2014-6271.

You sure love to poke and gloat... You sure you're not one of those... Ya know... Those unmentionables... One of those ... Auditors?


Sorry to disappoint you:


... security bump for CVE-2014-7169 (bug #523592)...
... Security bump (bug #523592). Fixed environment handling command injection (CVE-2014-6271)...

Now... With your Auditor's nose and claws:

What do you find for such as the server software for Microsoft and Apple?...

IT is what we allow it to be,
16) Message boards : Politics : Linux hits the world (cont #2) (Message 1577827)
Posted 4 days ago by Profile ML1
OMG! A 155mm just hit! I'm shellshocked!! Is today April 1st by chance?


100% of *nix machines can be taken over. My, *nix is just like doze.

This flaw has been around for as long as 20 years.

20 years?!!! Where are those millions of eyeballs!!!

All BS and the truth comes out. *nix is just like every other computer program ever written. Buggy and full of fatal flaws.

OMG! Another 155mm. I'm shellshocked! Who would have thought this from the unhackable operating system that hit the world? ...

Hilarious comment! Thanks for the guffaws!!

And also an interesting hysterical hit on the news! Linux hits the world news big time!!!

For some of the numbers being quoted of there being some impending meltdown for as many as 500 000 000 servers and total calamity for the internet... How did Linux make it so big so quietly?!

And for the reality?

That is rather a bad old bug, but also one where there has to be other vulnerabilities exposed first. For the huge expanse of attack surface that bash exposes, I've never knowingly left it exposed for any of my systems. To open up bash to the untrusted internet is simply foolhardy!

Hence... This one will be interesting to see unfold. Hopefully there is more bluster than actual blow-up.

The systems I run are already updated and none had bash exposed externally in any case and certainly not on the various web servers.

Regardless, a good wake up and some fantastic publicity!

Linux hits the world indeed!!

IT is what we make it...
17) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects: DENIAL (#3) (Message 1577207)
Posted 5 days ago by Profile ML1
The word Troll is differently connotated here:)

What? They've hit some sort of accolade of distraction with that?

18) Message boards : Politics : Against ALL women - Infanticide, Slavery, Rape, Trafficking... (Message 1577206)
Posted 5 days ago by Profile ML1
A very sad twist to Twitter and silly (non-)security and non-privacy and male ignorance:

... trying to silence Emma Watson by leaking naked photos - but they only made her voice louder

It’s amazing how quickly your Twitter feed can turn...

... it says everything about the minds of these people that they assume the most humiliating thing any woman can experience is public nudity...

All a very sad silly cultural thing and a pathetically impoverished view from some. Bad education? Bad religion? Or too impoverished an existence?...

How longer yet for more enlightened times for all?...

All in our only world,

So... Also some very bad crass Marketing stupidity at the expense and disruption to others.

There should be a claim for fraud and extortion for that nasty bit of Marketing trash. Hope they get shut down.

All in our only one world,
19) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects: DENIAL (#3) (Message 1577186)
Posted 5 days ago by Profile ML1
Hence all the recent demonstrations around the world to overcome the Fossil-fuel lobbying?

Are they demonstrating inside China? Are they demanding China STOP their vast increase...

Oooer... Such an old distraction.

This is where technology and politics come into play.

China already leads the world in Wind power and Solar power. So much so that the USA is feeling the home lobbying pressure to put "import tariffs" on importing such high tech from China!

Also note that the rampant pollution China is suffering is now turning around at least some of the rampant corruption in their system that has allowed such pollution. There has even been for China the unheard spectacle of demonstrations against the worst of the pollution...

We may well already be seeing the start of China going green and cleaner...

We have a long way to go. However, this is one where there must be a political lead to overcome the present entrenched Fossils 'corrupt' lobbying.

All on our only one planet,
20) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects: DENIAL (#3) (Message 1577181)
Posted 5 days ago by Profile ML1
Major, Martin seems to have ...


Gary C: You are getting very personal there in that you claim to know my thoughts the best...

Very sorry, but you're not my type ;-)

You could try the opening gambit of trying to have:

A Conversation?

You can then build up to the heady heights of:

A Discussion?

Only then may you progress from being a Troll.

Good luck,

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