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Old 07-25-2022, 06:57 AM   #1
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I found this in the selection of articles that firefox presents on a new tab


I think it's called the "pocket". I often find interesting articles there. But this one looks to me like M$-inspired FUD.

What do people think?
 
Old 07-25-2022, 07:33 AM   #2
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I think the biggest threat to Linux is the ability to run non-registered (stealth) processes...

Check out top of the iceberg: symbiote

Calling threats to Linux FUD is imho not the proper approach, as the kernel/Linux is not infallible or invincible.

We could all be "infected" as there's no way to verify we're not. How's that for FUD?
 
Old 07-25-2022, 07:51 AM   #3
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Compared to most people I know, I protect my privacy substantially more and part of the means by which I know my effectiveness is that I very much enjoy Pocket exactly because it has yet, after a few years, been apparently unable to gather enough info to apply an identity algorithm, so Pocket is a window on events, people, places and things not "in my wheelhouse". So I "dismiss" a lot, for example I have almost zero interest in organized competitive sports and I still get lots of sports related suggestions, but I also get stuff that seems new, different and fascinating.

After following the above link my impression is that it needn't be necessarily MS nor FUD, it's just an understandable POV different from mine. Linux is a hugely important underpinning of what is very likely the most influential, possibly apocryphal, invention of all time - Computers along with it's spawn, The Internet. It's of little wonder that Old Guard sees this as potentially threatening. After all it is actually unimaginably powerful since we really don't know how it will all play out, thus the full meaning of the term, "apocryphal". Also it is utterly commonplace that the greatest strengths of things are also their greatest weakness. Personally, I'm betting that the transparency will ultimately insure a net beneficial outcome for all Humanity... emphasis on "ultimately".
 
Old 07-25-2022, 08:14 AM   #4
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The usual argument for the security of free software is that its code is constantly scanned by a thousand eyes. If there's anything suspect, someone will notice it. Interestingly this article doesn't engage with that claim at all.

On the other hand they do have a point when they say that the Linux kernel underlies the whole internet. It runs on all the servers, all the routers and most of the smartphones. It's practically the same sort of monoculture as Windows has on home desktop machines. So it's an obvious point of vulnerability.
 
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^^ That, and DARPA certainly implies a mindset that is wary of "loose cannons" since they prefer things within their control.
 
  


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