Tag Archives: linux

GnuTLS: Just because people can read the source, doesn’t mean that they do

I don’t want to spend too much time on this topic… Just want to get this out there. As you may have heard, a vulnerability was discovered in GnuTLS, because of sloppy coding: http://blog.existentialize.com/the-story-of-the-gnutls-bug.html I want to stress two points … Continue reading

Posted in Software development, Software news | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 10 Comments

Hand of Thief: commercial linux malware kit

I hate to disappoint those who thought linux was an extremely secure OS for which no malware exists. There is indeed malware for linux, and in fact, some of it is being sold, and is out there in the wild, … Continue reading

Posted in Software news | Tagged , , , , , , , | 15 Comments

Speak of the devil… Ubuntu forums hacked

I had only done a blog on Linux yesterday, and there is already some more news of obvious incompetence in the Linux world. The forums of Ubuntu, the most popular Linux distribution, have been hacked. Currently there is an announcement with … Continue reading

Posted in Software news | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 14 Comments

Linux, the Dunning-Kruger OS

Over the years, I’ve seen a pattern emerge. I have documented this on various occasions. Such as the time when Jed Smith thought he knew about Windows security features such as ACLs. Or that time when Linus thought he had … Continue reading

Posted in Direct3D, OpenGL, Software development, Software news | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 13 Comments

The myth of linux/open source security

I have tried to warn about the myth that is security in the open source world before. Today there is another big security issue in Linux: http://arstechnica.com/security/2013/05/critical-linux-vulnerability-imperils-users-even-after-silent-fix/ As the article points out: the problem is not just the vulnerability itself, … Continue reading

Posted in Software news | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 13 Comments

What is a platform anyway?

After the previous blog, I figured I wanted to add something on people’s interpretations of OSes, platforms and API’s. Starting with OpenGL, I have already blogged about the PS3 in the past, where people think it uses OpenGL. At best … Continue reading

Posted in Direct3D, Hardware news, OpenGL, Software development, Software news | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

OS and platform wars, why even bother anymore?

Unigine has recently released a new Valley benchmark, which runs on Windows, linux and OS X. The Windows version can run in either OpenGL or Direct3D. They have also released version 4.0 of their Heaven benchmark. I thought this, as … Continue reading

Posted in Direct3D, OpenGL, Software development, Software news | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 19 Comments

A little knowledge can be a dangerous thing

That is something I found out in a ‘discussion’ (don’t think it really deserves that name) earlier this week. Some guy was talking about the fact that it took a long time for 32-bit OSes to catch on, after the … Continue reading

Posted in Hardware news, Software news | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

More thoughts…

Shortly after I wrote the previous blog, someone pointed out another programming blog, similar in nature to Mike Taylor’s. This is “Programming in the twenty-first century” by James Hague, a ‘recovering (games) programmer’, as he describes himself. In a similar … Continue reading

Posted in Software development, Software news | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 24 Comments

Random thoughts on programming, culture and such

I recently stumbled upon the blog of Mike Taylor, The Reinvigorated Programmer. He touches on various subjects that I can identify with (such as retro-computing and sushi), and some of which I have wanted to write about for a while … Continue reading

Posted in Software development, Software news | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 12 Comments