Archive for February, 2007

Plus c’est gros, mieux ça passe

This french phrase is one of the favourites of our (not for much longer) president, Jacques Chirac.

It could be translated as ‘The taller the tale, the more likely people will believe in it’.

It fits perfectly to Microsoft’s latest F.U.D.

2007-02-21 21:17:05+0100

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VMDK open specification

Dear lazyweb,

A while ago, there was a PR announcing that VMware was opening its VMDK specification with GPL compatible licensing. While anyone can get the specification document, provided they fill a form, I haven’t seen any note, on the document itself or anywhere else than the PR that this indeed allows an open source implementation.

The only thing that remotely ressembles licensing of the document could be

To ensure that readers of this specification have access to the most current version, readers may download copies of this specification from www.vmware.com and no part of this specification (whether in hardcopy or electronic form) may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted, in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or otherwise, without the prior written permission of VMware, Inc., except as otherwise permitted under copyright law. Please note that the content in this specification is protected under copyright law even if it is not distributed with software that includes an end user license agreement.

This specification and the information contained herein is provided on an “AS-IS” basis, is subject to change without notice, and
to the maximum extent permitted by applicable law (…)

But this is more about the document itself than about the use of the specification. IANAL, but without more terms, the point of being able to read this specification is moot. It could even be patented and enforced…

Anyone with a better clue ?

2007-02-17 10:14:16+0100

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Security oddities

Sun recently fixed a pretty interesting in.telnetd vulnerability. 24 hours to deal with the bug. Kudos.
A week before that, Sun fixed a (okay, local) vulnerability … discovered in 2002… hum.

2007-02-15 08:18:04+0100

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kqemu is free !

The QEMU Accelerator version 1.3.0pre10 is available in Open Source under the GNU General Public License. A detailed technical specification and API description is available.

That is great news. Now what I’d like to see is an unification of /dev/kvm and /dev/kqemu interfaces, so that the same frontend could be used for VT-supporting and VT-less architectures.

2007-02-06 09:37:55+0100

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Google Keywords

I’ve done this exercise a long time ago, but I think last time was before the first post with WordPress. So here it is: my improbable (or not) best of search engines keywords for january (provided by webalizer).

“新年おめでとう” – 明けまして !
“debian fundamentalism” – where ?
“asa dotzler troll” – did Blake Ross post here ?
“could have agree with you anymore” – all your opinion are belong to you
“do i need firefox if i have iceweasel” – firewhat ?
“your name in firefox 2″ – I know
“lifelike androids” – paranoid ones are better
“dumb ass” – still ?
“blitzer blog” – wrong address
“a lot of horse facts” – i don’t know what to say
“damage harddisk instantly” – drop your laptop from the 10th floor
“iceape vs iceweasel” – none of the above
“do you like the american accent” – no
“facts about the horse” – what is it with the horse ?
“feliz año nuevo happy new year 明けましておめでとう” – Bonne année !
“free mozilla firefox” – as in beer ?
“icebrowser community edition” – nice one
“normal life” – what is it ?
“shake laptop crash hard drive” – shake it the other way
“trademark versus copyright”, “trademark vs copyright”, “trademark vs copyright vs gpl”, “trademark vs reserved”, “trademarked and copyrighted logo”, “registered trade mark vs copyright” – ask mozilla, they are knowledgeable
“what should stop working” – you
“what is a patent” – something I hate (I’ll tell you stories about that soonish)
“why does debian call firefox iceweasel”, “why does debian name firefox iceweasel”, “why iceweasel debian instead firefox” – because we can’t call/name it firefox
“will flashplayer work with iceweasel” – why not ?

2007-02-05 22:12:45+0100

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