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A book on systemd, that’s what’s missing

Two years ago, I ranted on Google plus that there still is no book on systemd (actually, on systemd + journald + cgroups/namespaces and the assorted things that come with it if you are doing it right).

There are writeups such as various Getting Started articles, and there is collections to the writeups on PID Eins, but there is no book.

A book would be good, though, because it should contain stuff like this.

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Revisiting the UNIX Haters handbook…

Unix Haters Handbook (PDF)

Back in the day, when I was a very little Kris, trying to understand this Unix thing, there have been quite a number of pointers to the UNIX Haters Handbook (PDF, print) by Garfinkel et al.

The uninteresting part of the book complains about the world not adopting the Symbolics LISP machine and development environment as a standard (obviously a nonsensical and short-sighted idea), the other pointed to a number of shortcomings and inconsistencies in the Unix concept and implementation.

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The cost of winning…

Tech.co has an article titled Artificial Intelligence Startups Are Winning the Cybersecurity Race. The claim is basically first that old, pattern and signature based malware recognition is useless, and second, that new, behavior based malware recognition employing mystery AI technologies fixes things. The article closes with

In the near future, we predict that AI will be able to effectively fight against hackers by easily detecting repacked viruses. It’s just a matter of time. That’s why, more than resources or experience, companies who actively apply AI, especially cybersecurity companies, will ultimately be successful.

That will be interesting to see. Here is a data point:

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Vault 7 and what it means

So, Wikileaks has been publishing a bunch of documents from the CIA, regarding hacking tools and working with tech and crypto under the headline of Vault 7.

In their words,

Today, Tuesday 7 March 2017, WikiLeaks begins its new series of leaks on the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency. Code-named “Vault 7” by WikiLeaks, it is the largest ever publication of confidential documents on the agency.

The first full part of the series, “Year Zero”, comprises 8,761 documents and files from an isolated, high-security network situated inside the CIA’s Center for Cyber Intelligence in Langley, Virgina.

Much has been made about the timing of this release, with regards to Trump’s Russian connection or other political context. That may or may not be true, but it’s actually relatively unimportant.

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