All companies end up in the Open Source Internet Beam Of Hate at
some point or another, not always for good reason. I've felt that
heat myself a few times in the last few years, I know all too well
what it's like to be hated by the people you're trying to help.
One of the properties that π is conjectured to have is that it is
normal, which is to say that its digits are all distributed evenly,
with the implication that it is a disjunctive sequence, meaning
that all possible finite sequences of digits will be present
somewhere in it. If we consider π in base 16 (hexadecimal) , it is
trivial to see that if this conjecture is true, then all possible
finite files must exist within π. The first record of this
observation dates back to 2001.
From here, it is a small leap to see that if π contains all
possible files, why are we wasting exabytes of space storing those
files, when we could just look them up in π!
— The π filesystem
We seem to have reached the point in kernel development where
"security" is the magic word to escape from any kind of due process
(it is, in fact, starting to be used in much the same way the
phrase "war on terror" is used to abrogate due process usually
required by the US constitution).
It's disturbing to me that there are almost as many addresses from
people like Lockheed Martin, Raytheon Missile, various govt
agencies from various countries with access to the coverity db as
there are people who actually have contributed something to the
kernel in the past. (The mix is even more skewed when you factor in
other non-contrib companies like anti-virus vendors).
There's a whole industry of buying/selling vulnerabilities, and our
response is basically "oh well, we'll figure it out when an exploit
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