Month: June 2010

Does Every Serious Mailing List need a Non-Serious Counterpart?

One practice that seems relatively common is for an organisation to have two main mailing lists, one for serious discussions that are expected to be relatively topical and another for anything that’s not overly offensive. Humans are inherently incapable of avoiding social chatter when doing serious work. The people who don’t want certain social interactions […]


Is the PC Dying?

I just read an interesting article about the dispute between Microsoft and Apple about types of PC [1]. Steve Jobs predicted a switch from desktop PCs to portable devices, while Steve Ballmer of Microsoft claimed that the iPad is just a new PC. Defining a PC I think that the defining characteristic of the IBM […]


Bugs in Google Chrome

I’m currently running google-chrome-beta version 5.0.375.55-r47796 on Debian/Unstable. It’s the fastest web browser I’ve used in recent times – it’s the first time that I’ve run a browser that feels faster than my recollection of running IBM WebExplorer for OS/2 on a 486-66 system! It has a good feature set, and it’s the only browser […]


Securely Killing Processes

Joey Hess wrote on Debian-devel about the problem of init scripts not doing adequate checks before using the data from a PID file under /var/run to determine which process to kill [1]. Unfortunately that still doesn’t quite solve the problem, there is still the issue of a race condition causing a process to die while […]


Can SE Linux Implement Traditional Unix Users and Groups?

I was asked by email whether SE Linux could implement traditional Unix users and groups. The Strictly Literal Answer to that Question The core of the SE Linux access control is the domain-type model where every process has a domain and every object that a process can access (including other processes) has a type. Domains […]