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Re^11: Time::HiRes sleep does not always work

by zentara (Archbishop)
on Aug 21, 2008 at 12:10 UTC ( #705770=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re^10: Time::HiRes sleep does not always work
in thread Time::HiRes sleep does not always work

And if even the US military fail to secure them properly, how do you expect the average non-geek to do so?

You knew this was coming, with a setup like that...:-)

By using a linux/unix type OS. You will notice that mission-critical military systems, do NOT use Windows....i.e. nuclear subs, etc. The use of Windows in the military was purely a political choice, because of heavy lobbying by Microsoft advocates to boost sales to the governement. The fact that they would risk the safety of soldiers, by relying on Microsoft security, is criminal in my opinion.

And don't give me that argument that non-geeks can't do linux....it's just as easy as Windows, and installing is very easy nowadays. New Windows users go thru a heavy period of learning to point and click in the right places......linux is the same thing now.

About the only argument Windows has going for it, is the ease of new driver installation, like Bluetooth, etc. But the reason for that is the sweetheart deals Microsoft makes with manufacturers, to prevent linux drivers from being released.


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Re^12: Time::HiRes sleep does not always work
by BrowserUk (Pope) on Aug 21, 2008 at 12:49 UTC
    You knew this was coming, with a setup like that...:-)

    Yup! :)

    And don't give me that argument that non-geeks can't do linux....it's just as easy as Windows, and installing is very easy nowadays.

    But with windows they don't have to install. And yes, there are OEMs that will preinstall some flavour of Linux. So why is the take up so low?

    The first part of the problem is:

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    And that's without really trying.

    If the geeks can't decide on what Linux is or should be, how do you expect nanny to?

    Another part is all those incompatible application installation tools: APT, DEB, RPM, Portage, pkgtools, URPMI, SMART, YUM, YaST...

    Then there are the forks, instabilities and developer infighting...


    Examine what is said, not who speaks -- Silence betokens consent -- Love the truth but pardon error.
    "Science is about questioning the status quo. Questioning authority".
    In the absence of evidence, opinion is indistinguishable from prejudice.
      I'm sure Walmart would love a government a contract to supply the military with pre-installed linux laptops. They all would get a certain set of programs, depending on their standardized needs. They would have a central server, (like Lindows used), to provide updates and new programs if authorized. Login via https, enter your passwords, and get a tgz package. They could even have a Perl script to auto-install the tgz. Military computers shouldn't be open to their users installing anything they want, so the red herring of all those linux programs available confusing soldiers, is moot. They don't install or upgrade unless ordered to, and then only from the special server.

      Let me ask you..... if you had your own military, would you tell them to use Windows? You probably would choose a specially designed distro, based on Security Enhanced Linux The desktop would be a very simple menu system, with standard icons for map reading/writing, photo/video shooting, connections to radar display, howto's for various weapons, and 1 click ammo ordering. :-)

      But, there is also the problem of the intelligence of the military, so linux may not benefit them in terms of security...... the general would probably proclaim that all root passwords be set to the name of his dog, to ensure that all laptops be accessible by any soldier. But even if that occurred, at least there would be no viruses spreading.


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      Oh please! I've been working with Linux professionally for almost a decade now and think I've kept pretty much on top of the interesting distributions out there. I haven't even heard of less more than a percent of the names you mention and many of the names you list (OpenBSD, FreeBSD, GNUstep, OpenSolaris) are as much Linux as Windows is a BSD-ripoff. Just where did you conjure that list from?

      And that's without really trying.

      Maybe you should have tried.

      If "nanny" wants to decide which Linux distribution she wants to use she's got about a half-dozen good candidates to choose from, and the decision should be a lot easier than choosing between preinstalled XP and Vista (one will run the software I want to use, the other will work on the hardware I just bought...).

      I'm no apologist for MS...

      Yeah right.


      All dogma is stupid.
        I've been working with Linux professionally for almost a decade now and think I've kept pretty much on top of the interesting distributions out there. I haven't even heard of less more than a percent of the names you mention

        Well. I guess you aren't the expert that you think you are. Every single one of those is a freely available, downloadable, current, *nix-like distribution. If you do not believe me, then go to google and type in "Linux XXXX download" and follow the links.

        The fact that you, a self-proclaimed expert haven't heard of them doesn't mean they don't exist, or that they aren't worthy of consideration. And petty distinctions that half a dozen of the aren't "linux" distributions doesn't dilute the point at all.

        Maybe you should have tried.

        If I had tried, that list would have been two or three times longer. Most of those distribution are available in LiveCD, "normal", "enterprise" and any number of other variants.

        If "nanny" wants to decide which Linux distribution she wants to use she's got about a half-dozen good candidates to choose from

        Fine. Your 3 part challenge, should you choose to accept it (which I know full well you won't), is:

        1. Go through that list above, and justify why each is not worthy of consideration until you arrive at your mythical "half-dozen" remaining.
        2. Construct the decision tree that "nanny" should use to chose between that half-dozen.
        3. And now the toughy: Get 10 acknowledged *nix experts to agree with your choices.

        I eagerly await the results of your research and expertise should you choose to accept this challenge.

        But either way, before you respond, please try to raise the Level of Disagreement above say, DH4, because, as my tagline notes; In the absence of evidence, opinion is indistinguishable from prejudice.

        Update: In other words: You dismiss the 99% (along with all their hardworking, selfless OSS developers and user base) that you haven't heard of, in favour of the 1% you have heard of, on the basis of what criteria?


        Examine what is said, not who speaks -- Silence betokens consent -- Love the truth but pardon error.
        "Science is about questioning the status quo. Questioning authority".
        In the absence of evidence, opinion is indistinguishable from prejudice.
Re^12: Time::HiRes sleep does not always work
by tilly (Archbishop) on Aug 21, 2008 at 21:40 UTC
    There was actually a fairly good legal case that they were criminal. Many Windows machines were purchased for purposes that, by law, you needed C2 certified machines for. Small problem, only Windows NT 3.5 service pack 3 was so certified.

    That they pulled this with Windows NT 3.51 was illegal but not that bad since it was the opinion of the person who got the first certification (Ed Curry) that 3.51 would have an easy time getting certified. However this was around the time frame that Windows NT 4.0 came out. And there were architectural changes (specifically moving graphics drivers into ring 0) which made NT 4.0 impossible to certify to the C2 standard. Yet Microsoft so-advertised 4.0 machines, and sold them to government offices that by law required that certification.

    And this was not just in roles where security didn't matter. For instance in 1998 the USS Yorktown was left stranded dead in the water and needed to be towed to port because its Windows NT based control system BSODed. If that ship, and ships like it, had been in a battle situation, how many lives would have been lost?

    Ed Curry pointed this out, and Microsoft destroyed his company in one of the nastiest displays of corporate politics that I've heard of. For example after his company had folded he got a job as a security expert. Before he started work they called his boss to be and said, "How much do we have to pay you to make you fire him before he starts?"

    A legal case against Microsoft for their lies about C2 certification was getting under way when Ed Curry died from a heart attack. Certainly the stress of his mistreatment by Microsoft contributed to that. Without Ed to serve as a witness the case petered out.

    I knew Ed online and considered him a friend. Yet another reason I don't like Microsoft. As far as I am concerned they literally drove a friend to his death for daring to question their illegal business practices.

      Yikes!! More ammo for the campaign. ;-)

      a fairly good legal case that they were criminal.

      But in Amerika, that dosn't matter if you own the politicians who appoint the judges. I remember when George W. stole his first term, it was just as Judge Jackson was going to find Microsoft guilty of anti-trust and was ordering it's breakup. Low and behold, Judge Jackson was removed, and his verdict was overturned, as soon as Bush got in. Later, the Supreme Court lackeys who ordered Bush to be president, just said "get over it". It sure destroyed any faith I had in the American political system.


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