Debian on Mac mini 7,1

Dear lazyweb, last week, I managed to make a Mac mini 7,1 unbootable by trying to install Debian on it. While I have to commend Apple on the built-in restoration process which allows you to reinstall OS X without anything usable on disk, I still happen to prefer Debian. I ysed the weekly testing image to install, the Mac’s firmware is up to date, and I did keep the EFI partition.

Tor-enabled Debian mirror part 2

Well, that was quite some feedback to my last post; via blog, email, irc, and in person. I actually think this may be the most feedback I ever got to any single blog post. If you are still waiting for a reply after this new post, I will get back to you. To handle common question/information at once: It was the first download from an official Tor-enabled mirror; I know people downloaded updates via Tor before Yes, having this in the Debian installer as an option would be very nice Yes, there are ways to load balance Tor hidden services these days and the pre-requisites are being worked on already Yes, that load balanced setup will support hardware key tokens A natively hidden service is more secure than accessing a non-hidden service via Tor because there is no way for a third-party exit node to mess with your traffic apt-get etc will leak information about your architecture, release, suites, desired packages, and package versions.

Tor-enabled Debian mirror

During Jacob Applebaum’s talk at DebConf15, he noted that Debian should TLS-enable all services, especially the mirrors. His reasoning was that when a high-value target downloads a security update for package foo, an adversary knows that they are still using a vulnerable version of foo and try to attack before the security update has been installed. In this specific case, TLS is not of much use though. If the target downloads 4.

Do what I want

Sesse just gave me the most useful piece of information of this week:

To zoom in/out in Android, you double tap and then drag your finger. All of a sudden, you can use Google Maps in one-handed operation again!

A quick search turned up this gem: Touch mechanics on Android.



On SourceForge

You either die a hero or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain. And yes, we all know that that SF decided to wrap crapware around Windows installers ages ago and then made it opt-in after the backlash. Doing so for stale accounts makes sense from their PoV, which makes it all the worse. And no, I don’t know how stale that account actually was, but that’s irrelevant in this context either way.

Visiting Hongkong and Shenzhen

TSDgeos had a good idea: Lazyweb travel recommodations. So, dear lazyweb: What are things to do or to avoid in Hongkong and Shenzhen if you have one and a half week of holiday before and after work duties? Any hidden gems to look at? What electronic markets are good? Should I take a boat trip around the waters of Hongkong? If you have any decent yet affordable sleeping options for 2-3 nights in Hongkong, that would also be interesting as my “proper” hotel stay does not start immediately.

100g for deleting

On the assumption that the post titled “Delete file when you have more than 100g for deleting” on the “ - Content Feed” is not an elaborate joke, it’s not unlikely that it will be deleted so I will conserve it here: Hello Linix community members, Today I would like to share a simple script for deleting files when you have more than 100g for deleting and when you try to delete using rm -rm /path/fo/files failed.


Even if you disregard how amazing this is, this quote blows my proverbial mind: *The test rig is carefully designed to remove any possible sources of error. Even the lapping of waves in the Gulf of Mexico 25 miles away every three to four seconds would have showed up on the sensors, so the apparatus was floated pneumatically to avoid any influence. The apparatus is completely sealed, with power and signals going through liquid metal contacts to prevent any force being transmitted through cables.