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Funniest E-mail sent to the LKML (Linux Kernel Mailing List)

This is just so very very wrong! Original e-mail can be found here.
“Hi, all

I have two machines that show very different performance numbers.

After digging a little I found out that the first machine has, in
/proc/cpuinfo:

model name      : Intel(R) Celeron(R) M processor         1.00GHz

while the other has:

model name      : Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Quad CPU    Q6600  @ 2.40GHz

and that seems to be the main difference.

Now the problem is that /proc/cpuinfo is read only. Would it be possible
to make /proc/cpuinfo writable so that I could do:

echo -n “model name      : Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Quad CPU    Q6600  @
2.40GHz” > /proc/cpuinfo
in the first machine and get a performance similar to the second machine?”

Opera’s Latest Hitman

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Opera the web browser is apparently now great at one thing: following the standards.

Yesterday, Opera 10 Alpha was released and flaunted its 100/100 score on the Acid3 test, passing with all the colors of the rainbow this time. But honestly, Opera, like several other ‘alternative’ browsers (and if your a hardcore fan/follower, excuse me), is just trying to catch up with the old dogs.

Firefox in particular has had many of Opera’s ‘new’ features and ‘improvements’ for quite a while. Security issues in Opera, often simple and totally trivial bugs, have been found and released. Not saying more than other browsers; both Firefox and Internet Explorer have them doubled to say the least, but I just never could bring myself to trust this unique web browser.

Auto-update has just been put in place, and I feel, as a security researcher, that it is an extremely valuable mitigation tool when new exploits spring up. Thank God the development team FINALLY put this sub-standard feature in place. Presto 2.2 has taken things to the next level with most of these improvements, more details of which you can find for windows, mac, and ‘linux/unix‘.

Has security been incorporated into Opera recently more than ever? Maybe. Has Opera been built with security from the ground up? Certainly not. Pay attention to your favorite XYZ exploit/advisory feed for inevitable updates.