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#Microsoft contributes to #OpenBSD!
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So that's how he did it. How would he getting Plutonium though from the Thorium decay chain? That's a bit far fetched.
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+Tristan Lund Technically it's a breeder fission reactor as you could also have breeder fusion reactors. Still, the isotopes can only follow the decay chains that it's possible for them to follow, breeder or not. Plutonium isn't in Thorium's possible decay chains ergo far fetched. 
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This week’s election simply affirmed the tilt to the left of the past decade, says the former Wildrose leader
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Why is the new Microsoft Windows jumping straight from 8.1 to 10?

Because Windows 7 8 9! Badum bum bum, bish! 
During its Build 2015 developers conference in San Francisco, Microsoft revealed what happened to Windows 9, but it's taken until now for most of us to
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One of of the most epic replies from Theo that I've ever seen on @misc to a random poster. In addition to verbally spanking the poster for the presumptuous ignorance, Theo does a pretty good job explaining how firmware, free and less-free, are actually incorporated into OpenBSD. I actually learned something reading this.

//> Hello,

Hello Mr. Whoever you are,

> It has come to my attention that OpenBSD does not included non-free
> drivers, dubbed "blobs" - which is excellent. However, you still
> include non-free firmware in the kernel and some packages.

That is false.

The kernel includes a few minor firmwares which are FREELY PROVIDED
by the vendors of that hardware, since those vendors chose to not put
those firmware onto ROMS on their cards.  Those firmwares are FREE.
Please indicate a single vendor who wants MONEY for that firmware.
They don't want money.  They want people to use the hardware which
they skipped on adding a ROM to.  That is why the firmware is free.

A few other firmwares are slightly less free.  Meaning they are free
for money, but they try to stipulate subtle rules we do not want to
impact the freedom of our source tree with.  To solve this specific
problem, a few creative developers in the group have found a way to
package those up and make them available on the internet.  OpenBSD
has a tool built in which will download those, so that our base source
tree remains full of freedom.

Those are treated the same.  If the hardware exists, we load it onto
the hardware.

The firmwares are NOT RUN BY THE HOST CPU.

They are running on the network or other such hardware which you
foolishly purchased!

> With spying revelations, it is well-known that non-free firmware can
> contain backdoors. ( just one recent example:
> )

You are speaking in riddles.  Non-free firmware can contain backdoors
just as well.

99% of the hardware we run on contains firmwares IN ROM.  Those
could contain backdoors.  You use such machines.  You sent your email
from a machine containing ROM firmwares.  Quite often, those are not
in true ROM, either, but rewriteable using tricks that the vendors
know, but which we don't know.

> I would feel a lot safer if the kernel and packages were fully free,
> containing no non-free drivers nor non-free "firmware".

That's nice.  Then don't run hardware which needs those firmwares.

See, your problems are solved so easily!

> At the very least provide a separate branch of known "clean" 100%
> free packages and kernel. For example the non-free athn and rsu
> firmware are currently in the repository, and I would suspect other
> non-free firmware is into the kernel.

You are so full of BS!

The firmware for the athn driver is NOT IN THE REPOSITORY!

     For USB devices, the driver needs at least version 1.1 of the following
     firmware files, which are loaded when an interface is attached:


     A prepackaged version of the firmware can be installed using

There is Makefile somewhere in the ports tree which KNOWS where to find
that firmware on the internet.  That's it.  Your definition of free is
so clouded!

Same with the rsu firmware. WHERE in the source repository do you see
the bytes that came from the vendor?

> Offering a stripped kernel and separating those few packages only
> increases the security of OpenBSD.

That is BS.  If you don't want to run those firmware, don't buy and insert
those particular USB devices.

> Also, We can probably find replacements for most all the non-free
> firmware.

You are quite a persistant idiot.  Find replacement of a firmware that
a vendor wrote for their specific undocumented chip; which runs on the
custom processor and hardware on the athn USB device?  That runs on the
rsu hardware, which is probably some kind of crappy vendor-modified ARM
or MIPS or 8085 derived cpu attached to a blob of Verilog logic they
designed in their own lab?

You don't know jack shit about computers or electronics, that much
is obvious.

> Taking for example this replacement for some of the athn
> firmwares:

That is not a "device firmware". Those Atheros devices contain no
cpu, only gate array logic to do their work.  As a result, a driver
has been written which runs on the NATIVE HOST CPU, meaning, inside
Linux or OpenBSD.  Same as our ath(4) driver.

That is a non-firmware designed chipset.

Once again you show that you don't know shit.

> All we'd need is a driver to load those instead of the blobs.

Good luck with that buckeroo.  Looking forward to your complete
rewrite of the Broadcom NetXtreme II 10/100/Gigabit firmware, by
the way.  There are about 25 versions of this product, and they
have 4-6 MIPS 64-bit cpus running different firmwares on them.
Total size, around 260K.  It's like a bunch of independent operating
systems running on propriety hardware!

Please remember to send your new firmware source for that hardware
nicely indented; we like the tabs + 4-space mode described in our
style(9) page!

Fact is, modern hardware simply "is what it is".  Telling people
that OpenBSD should not run on such hardware is a gigantic illusion.

You come off like a child, demanding freeeeeeedom.

I hope your next mail goes straight to Linus Torvalds.  He is also
encouraging people to use the hardware they accidentally bought in
exactly the same way!!  The nerve of him.//
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OMG, I hear "you know" one more time I'll shot myself. You know. 
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Dammit +knightofdreamz​, now I have to make good on my word. FFS!

/me shoots himself.

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OMFG! I remember Psalty and all that Maranatha Kids crap. 
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Solar Freak'n Roadways!

The recent solar roadway test in Netherlands performed better than expected, by a difference of 0.5 of the predicted result. So while the road performed better than expected it wasn't by a very large amount and is, in fact, not significantly different.

In addition, the solar roadway only performed at about 50% of non tracking rooftop solar.

#ActOnClimate but beware the #hype.
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The disturbing part of the Alberta provincial elections
Rachel Notley, Alberta's new leftie premier. (Image courtesy Wikipedia ) On 5 May, the NDP won a decisive victory in Alberta . While left-leaning folks like me are quite satisfied, there is a disturbing feature of the election that ought to overshadow our e...
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The #PC Minister of Justice finds his ignorance enshrined on a T-shirt. #abpoli #abvote #cdnpoli #Canada #Alberta #NDP

// Johnston had sold about 20 T-shirts as of Thursday morning. She is selling them for $26.99 at She plans to donate the profits to the Stollery Children’s Hospital.

Social media reacted swiftly and with much sarcasm to Justice Minister Peter MacKay's comments on the results of the Alberta election.//
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