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More security issues in X.Org and Xwayland revealed and new releases live
5 April 2024 at 5:39 am UTC

Had some Xorg updates come through on my Manjaro machine earlier tonight.

XZ tools and libraries compromised with a critical issue
31 March 2024 at 6:37 am UTC

Quoting: Purple Library Guy
Quoting: PublicNuisanceLet's apply some logic. You get caught not paying your ticket. They ask you to but you refuse. They call the police. The police tell you to but you refuse. The police issue you a ticket or straight out arrest you and you refuse to comply. They go to take you by force and you resist. They end up killing you in the struggle.

You think that is bogus because you yourself follow the law and comply with law enforcement but not everybody does.
Not everyone complies with law enforcement, but people not complying with law enforcement really rarely results in anyone dying, especially when it comes to white collar offences, and especially especially civil ones. Even criminal ones--how often have the cops ever killed anyone over embezzlement? Most laws don't result in stereotypical interactions with cops in your car or whatever. And of course, in nearly all developed countries other than the US and to a much lesser extent Canada, the police don't kill people.

But sure, if all the worst possible chances add together, a death could result. So you're saying that if something goes fantastically wrong, any given law could kill someone, therefore you have to never pass a law unless you're willing to imagine it carries the death penalty. No, that's silly. Sure, it's possible, but all kinds of actions could result in death. Saying "As soon as you make a law you have to be willing to have have people killed to enforce it" is roughly equivalent to saying "As soon as you upload a 3d printer design you have to be willing to have people killed to manufacture the plastic it uses." After all, there are factory fatalities, not to mention people working in chemical plants that make the plastics have higher cancer rates. If people start using that design, the additional manufactured plastic could cause death, which by your logic means you have to assume it's going to.

The 3D printer argument isn't really the same thing. I'm talking about having government introducing a law that will bring people into contact with law enforcement. What is more likely to bring you into contact with law enforcement: making a law that people will be expected to abide by or uploading a document that they are not ? The easy way to avoid this line of thought is to not have the knee jerk reaction of making more laws and trying to force your views down other people's throats. We need less laws not more, especially when it concerns soemthing as trivial as whether people use FOSS software or not. Let's not forget it is that which prompted this debate, someone trying to control what software other people use. The hilarity of that is that many if not all people on this site use hardware that is not FOSS and play closed source games with it. If you try to allow the government to control what software you use don't be surprised one day when they use that precedent to try to force you to use Windows. But go ahead and proceed to try to lock people up for using Github or something else like it.

XZ tools and libraries compromised with a critical issue
31 March 2024 at 3:02 am UTC

Quoting: Purple Library Guy
Quoting: PublicNuisanceAs soon as you make a law you have to be willing to have have people killed to enforce it. If you aren't then you can't have the law.
You're an American, aren't you? Just a wild guess.

Canadian.



Quoting: benstor214
Quoting: Purple Library Guy
Quoting: PublicNuisanceAs soon as you make a law you have to be willing to have have people killed to enforce it. If you aren't then you can't have the law.
You're an American, aren't you? Just a wild guess.
Last week, I stationed my car at a parking spot without paying for a parking ticket. I was therefore shot by a cop five minutes later.
Advisory: Pay for your parking tickets!

Let's apply some logic. You get caught not paying your ticket. They ask you to but you refuse. They call the police. The police tell you to but you refuse. The police issue you a ticket or straight out arrest you and you refuse to comply. They go to take you by force and you resist. They end up killing you in the struggle.

You think that is bogus because you yourself follow the law and comply with law enforcement but not everybody does. When they don't that leads to violence and can end in death. As soon as you have any law at all you involve law enforcement and you have to be willing to accept that some people have the potential to die in the law being enforced. This goes for any law no matter how big or small. It doesn't mean we can't have laws but it does require to have adult conversations and accept that some people are not going to act rationally or peacefully.

Squad-based online shooter Enlisted: Reinforced now on Steam with Linux support
30 March 2024 at 2:59 pm UTC

From store page:

"Incorporates 3rd-party DRM: Easy Anticheat"


Killed any interest I may have had.

EA anticheat arrives for Battlefield V in April, will break it on Linux / Steam Deck
30 March 2024 at 2:58 pm UTC

I had enough reason to not buy the game before, this just adds to the pile. I'll stick with DRM free games.

XZ tools and libraries compromised with a critical issue
30 March 2024 at 2:50 pm UTC

Quoting: ElectricPrismHaving read and reflected more, I feel like there are at least 2 points to drive home.

1. Why in the hell is anyone still using Github for FOSS? Projects should go independent or literally anywhere else.

2. This really drives home the point that __BINARY CANNOT BE TRUSTED__ -- we really should hammer this idea in HARD.

If you can't see the source, how are you going to verify (I) A Signature, and (II) What the software does and does not do.

I could see it being Legally Mandated that ALL SOFTWARE is required to publish their source code to ensure that malicious foreign actors haven't hidden things in the software.

__BINARY CANNOT BE TRUSTED__ -- of course most of you already know this -- Easy-Anti-Cheat? What does it really do? Denuvo? What does it really do? How do we know that it's safe? How can be verify that software is safe?

Binary Cannot Be Trusted. Fuck GitHub.

I agree with most of what you say. It's why I am trying to use my system with the libre kernel as much as possible to try to limit my closed source footprint from binary blobs that can be updated on a whim, and include who knows what from the kernel. Using the law is not a solution in my eyes though. I don't feel like I have the right to kill someone in order to enforce FOSS which is exactly what you're asking if you want to create laws. As soon as you make a law you have to be willing to have have people killed to enforce it. If you aren't then you can't have the law. Now i'm fine with that for things like rape and murder but do I want it to happen over someone wanting to use software that I don't agree with ? No. How about we as people support projects that use the ideals we want to further and we as people actually put our money where our mouth is.

System76 release upgraded Lemur Pro laptop, plus a desktop sale now on
23 March 2024 at 2:07 am UTC

One could do worse as far as Linux laptops go. That being said I've never been crazy about having 8GB of the RAM soldered on. The wifi doesn't look like it would work with the libre kernel which is an issue for me. The GPU also seems to be at best on par with the Iris XE, maybe even a bit worse, at least on paper. I'd still count the Nova Custom NV41 as my top choice for a new laptop.

GOG revives Alpha Protocol along with a Spring Sale
21 March 2024 at 3:42 pm UTC Likes: 2

I remember the day Alpha Protocol came out. I had the day off work and I played through the entire campaign over the course of nearly fifteen straight hours minus food and bathroom breaks. It was janky in spots, as many Obsidian games are, but it was so much fun.

Manjaro and Slimbook team up for the Slimbook Hero Linux gaming laptop
21 February 2024 at 4:48 pm UTC

I'm glad to see more options to have Linux preinstalled but i'm not interested. Coreboot support is a must for me. Also I don't touch Nvidia GPU's except to run them in Nouveau. I'm more interested in the NovaCustom NV41 if I were getting a new laptop.