Hackers have attacked America’s defense establishment, as well as companies from Google to Morgan Stanley to security giant RSA, and fingers point to China as the culprit. The author gets an exclusive look at the raging cyber-war—Operation Aurora! Operation Shady rat!—and learns why Washington has been slow to fight back.
20 years ago today, Linus Torvalds released the first version of his “hobby” operating system. He made this rather nonchalant announcement to the Minix community:
Hello everybody out there using minix -
I’m doing a (free) operating system (just a hobby, won’t be big and professional like gnu) for 386(486) AT clones. This has been brewing since april, and is starting to get ready. I’d like any feedback on things people like/dislike in minix, as my OS resembles it somewhat (same physical layout of the file-system (due to practical reasons) among other things).
I’ve currently ported bash(1.08) and gcc(1.40), and things seem to work. This implies that I’ll get something practical within a few months, and I’d like to know what features most people would want. Any suggestions are welcome, but I won’t promise I’ll implement them :-)
PS. Yes – it’s free of any minix code, and it has a multi-threaded fs. It is NOT portable (uses 386 task switching etc), and it probably never will support anything other than AT-harddisks, as that’s all I have :-(.
It’s kinda crazy how what he thought would only ever run on one architecture is now run on almost everything imaginable.
Here’s a quick infographic the Linux Foundation put together about Linux the way it was in 1991 and the way it is now now:
“On Facebook the user options are notoriously obscure and subject to change, but most users share with “friends”, the word having been captured and drained bloodless.”—How Google Dominates Us (well worth the read, by the way)
“Anonymity is the refuge for all literary and journalistic rascality. It is a practice which must be completely stopped. Every article, even in a newspaper, should be accompanied by the name of its author; and the editor should be made strictly responsible for the accuracy of the signature. The freedom of the press should be thus far restricted; so that when a man publicly proclaims through the far-sounding trumpet of the newspaper, he should be answerable for it, at any rate with his honour, if he has any; and if he has none, let his name neutralise the effect of his words. And since even the most insignificant person is known in his own circle, the result of such a measure would be to put an end to two-thirds of the newspaper lies, and to restrain the audacity of many a poisonous tongue.”—Arthur Schoepenhauer, 160 years ago
I’m a 15 year old tech enthusiast1 and as such, I read numerous tech blogs, product reviews, and thousand-page hardware reference books, I use Linux, my mom calls me “techy”, and I get excessively frustrated with crappy electronics. I’m a hardcore geek. But I’m not standard issue. No, I’m a purist, and by that, of course, I mean that I have no job. Yes, you’re jealous. Yes, I love free computers. Yes, I love open source. Yes, I’m a Mormon.2
Unfortunately, being an underage enthusiast with no job puts me in an uncomfortable position. I find that I have the same desire for $600 phones as anybody, except that I don’t have $600 for a phone. I have the same desire as any sane person to use Google+, but I don’t have sufficient ages to register. I have equal passion for technology, but lack ways in which to act on that passion. The best I can do is blog about things that I don’t have. I’ll say it like it is: being an underage consumer is hipster, but it’s hell.
To prevent others from experiencing these unfortunate circumstances, I propose a new, 11th commandment: “Thou shalt not know about technology until thou art of age.” On second thought, I’m pretty sure it already exists. That’s an alternate translation3 of the old, already existing 10th commandment.
So until I get a job, a few years, and a life: free stuff & open source for the win.
Why pluck one string… what good is just one note? Oh, one string sounds fine, I guess… but we were once ‘one notes’, We were lonely wheat quietly ground into grain… What light and momentary pain! So why the safe distance, this curious look? Why tear out single pages when you can throw away the book? Why pluck one string when you can strum the guitar?