Robert Pogson

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Daily Archives / Friday, December 7, 2012

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technology

Greg Kroah-Hartman Shows UEFI Booting Unsigned Kernel

The UEFI interface can enroll the hash of the Linux kernel to be booted securely and he has no need to sign anything…

see Discussion on Google Plus

Let’s hope that behaviour is widespread. One still has to find a way to get the kernel onto the hard drive. Perhaps one can install on one machine and copy/move to another or turn off “secure boot” temporarily. This is good news, at least for x86/amd64 systems. On a similar note, Intel now claims it is not abandoning socketed CPUs

  • Dec 07 / 2012
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technology

Florida Tries Culling an Endangered Species

Florida is offering rewards on Burmese Pythons found in the wild in certain places to see whether the numbers can be controlled using the public. This is despite the fact that the Burmese Python is endangered in its native range. Really folks, capture them and deport them. Make the world a better place. If it’s worth $1000 to inspire killers, would it not be worth $25 or so to return one to Asia?

“Earlier this year, researchers at Virginia Tech University, Davidson College and the U.S. Geological Survey reported that populations of rabbits and foxes have disappeared and numbers of raccoons, opossums and bobcats have dropped as much as 99%.”

see Florida tackling python problem with hunting contest – CNN.com.

Certainly, it would be very difficult to capture some pythons but offering a bounty greater for live specimens than dead ones would be a flexible way to handle that. One could also promote the population of prey-species with breeding programmes or create natural barriers around protected areas for prey-species to make the “problem” disappear. Eco-tourism for pythons could more than pay for the costs of saving the pythons.

When I was a boy on the farm there was a “problem” with a shortage of hares, our prey. My father cut firewood in the forest and instead of scattering brush began piles of brush/tree-limbs. The “problem” disappeared as the hares had an abundance of tender shoots for food all winter and a hiding place from foxes, coyotes, owls, their predators. We had so many hares, I used to harvest 4-6 every day before school to feed my family. As the pythons can swim and climb and pass through small openings, protecting prey-species would be challenging but not impossible. Design enclosures for feeding/breeding that prey-species could exit but pythons could not enter. One could even create python-detectors that would repel the pythons along some perimeter.