* Posts by Martijn Otto

358 posts • joined 20 Oct 2007

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Tight-wad Apple repair techs swapped our damaged iGear with used kit – lawsuit

Martijn Otto
Joke

You're clearly looking at it wrong.

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Looking good, Gnome: Digesting the Delhi in our belly

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Funny that Gnome Maps is being lauded so much

When it stopped working two days ago because MapQuest stopped allowing direct tile access.

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'We shall overcome' net neutrality, sing Euro telcos in the key of 5Gs

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They're just worried about net neutrality rules preventing them from successfully sucking the customer dry. WIthout net neutrality companies (like netflix or spotify) will have to pay them which not only drives up their prices but also makes it harder for competitors to take off (they don't have the cash to buy off the telco cartels).

Bad for consumers and bad for the market in general. Then again, we always knew these people were shady.

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Obi Worldphone MV1: It's striking, it's solid. Aaaand... we've run out of nice things to say

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Joke

Good value for money

For £119. That's like what? 3 dollars at the current exchange rate?

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Time to re-file your patents and trademarks, Britain

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Joke

10% inflation

You mean that in a single stroke the UK achieved what the E.U. has been trying for many years now: Increase inflation. This is the magic bullet everybody has been waiting for.

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GoToMYPC attacked

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And that is why

you should never use goto!

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Malicious Android apps slip into Google Play, top third party charts

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The most annoying thing about this is the fact that Android does not allow disabling the internet access on a per-app setting. Most other permissions can be blocked but ads require internet to work, so this cannot be blocked.

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MongoDB on breaches: Software is secure, but some users are idiots

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MongoDB is very secure

because whenever you try to use it in any serious kind of capacity it will just stop working. If it doesn't handle requests it's hard to exploit it.

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Restaurant booked, flowers ordered ... Microsoft has a hot date for SQL Server 2016

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Who'd want SQL server

when PostgreSQL is faster, better and available for free?

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Bundling ZFS and Linux is impossible says Richard Stallman

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You can say many things

about Richard Stallman, but the guy has a magnificent beard!

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Half of people plug in USB drives they find in the parking lot

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The real issue

is organisations that allow mounting USB drives without suitable mount options (think noexec, nosuid et al). Avoiding malware this way is super easy

- Home folder is mounted with noexec and nosuid

- Automount configured to do the same.

Users can only execute system binaries and are unable to infect the system.

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Linux is so grown up, it's ready for marriage with containers

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Re: Succinct

init and a few basic services don't add much overhead either. That's the way I prefer it. Container with its own virtual network interface and an ssh daemon. Easy to ssh into and manage.

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BMW complies with GPL by handing over i3 car code

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The source code should have been available somewhere on their website from the start. Employees not understanding software licenses is not an excuse.

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Here's a great idea: Let's make a gun that looks like a mobile phone

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And to think this is all based on a misunderstanding

In the time when christianity basically ruled the country and wanted everyone to be fully clothed for "decency", the founding fathers wanted everyone to have the right to "bare arms".

Someone must've written it down wrong and hundreds of years later this is the result.

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Microsoft hits the gas in drive to recruit autistic techies

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I'm very surprised

Autists would want to work at Microsoft. Some of the defining traits of this "disability" are that they can have a very rigid, linear and logical way of thinking.

Anyone who has ever worked with a Microsoft product knows that they get most stuff completely backwards. I can only assume how hellish it must be to use for someone with autism.

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France joins India in telling Facebook to just Zuck off

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Mostly agree, except on the password rules. It is never a good idea to create complex rules to which a password must adhere. Requiring funny characters only makes it difficult for a human to remember but not actually more difficult to crack.

Using a long sentence of words in some weird order (still much easier to remember) is much, much harder to crack.

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WTF? Been seeing a lot of recommendations for Mint Linux to newcomers, why?

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Re: WTF? Been seeing a lot of recommendations for Mint Linux to newcomers, why?

I really wonder what you consider to be Ubuntu "goodness". I am forced to use Ubuntu at my workplace and it works about a gazillion times worse than my Debian 8 setups at work. It's not nearly as stable and the LTS versions actually have older software than Debian (their libstdc++ has annoying bugs preventing c++14 compilation).

All the "goodness" in Ubuntu is the stuff they got from Debian and didn't manage to mess up (yet). Everything they touch turns sour.

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Thought you were safe from the Fortinet SSH backdoor? Think again

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Even worse

Is the fact that you need to have a support agreement with them in order to get the update that gets rid of all these backdoors. I can understand wanting customers to pay to get new features, but getting them to pay to be safe from serious security flaws in your product - a firewall nonetheless - seems absolutely unacceptable.

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BOFH: I want no memory of this pointless conversation. Alcohol please

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One can only wonder

Why the pub doesn't open before 11 AM.

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Boffins: There's a ninth planet out there – now we just need to find it

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Planet 9 3/4: The magical planet.

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UK energy minister rejects 'waste of money' smart meters claim

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Re: He,y meter manufacturers.....

To be fair: They do use a *lot* of electricity.

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Martijn Otto

In the Netherlands they're also forcing these so-called "smart meters" through your front door. They pose a lot of problems. First is the remote monitoring: If someone gets access to that system they just have to look for houses that suddenly use less energy to know who is on holiday (good candidates to break in!). The functionality cannot be turned off. Well you can tell them to "turn it off", which means they'll set a flag somewhere in their system telling them not to remotely read your meter.

A friend of mine did this, then put an aluminum cage around his meter. Two weeks later he got a call from the network company saying they couldn't read his meter.

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SpaceX makes rocket science look easy: Falcon 9 passes tests

Martijn Otto
Joke

They better hope to make delivery within 30 minutes.

Otherwise the pizza will be free.

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Does life as a hostage change your attitude to life as an IT contractor?

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It may be an interesting video

But since el reg still has one foot firmly planted inside the past and insists on using plugins to show said video I will not be able to watch it.

Surprising, especially for a tech site.

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Windows for Warships? Not on our new aircraft carriers, says MoD

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Re: Ah joke wallpaper ...

Yes, a classic example of Redmond humor. The only problem was that one had to reboot the machine to switch off the screensaver.

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Microsoft steps up Windows 10 nagging

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Re: I'm waiting until it goes to 11.

Did you mean: "Break it during Christmas"?

Would add the Joke Alert, but it's not really a joke anymore.

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Lenovo reveals its Nutanix hyper-spawn

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Does this come with preinstalled root certificates or have they found a new way to spy on users?

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Hillary Clinton: Stop helping terrorists, Silicon Valley – weaken your encryption

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It's already known that the attacks in Paris were initiated after communication over an unsecured channel: SMS. This is already monitored (don't believe for a second that there isn't some shadowy, secretive government agency storing all those messages).

They didn't act on this information because the amount of data they have is way, way too big to do anything meaningful with it. Yet, somehow, we must know all stop using secure communication so that those unreliable secret agencies can gather even more data they won't know what to do with.

As usual - she is a politician after all - she is talking out of her behind.

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Kids' tech skills go backwards thanks to tablets and smartmobes

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Re: The "shrink wrap" era?

The gas pipe should still work. It seems to be even more reliable than the electric grid. I don't know about the UK, but in the Netherlands almost everybody cooks on gas. The few times I've had to cook on an electric furnace have been a hell. Why do people do it?

Besides the gas, we have a wood heater that can be used to cook on. Also great when the power fails, because that means the end of the heat pump as well. This way, we're never in the cold. Keeping a few candles ready for power outages and you're set for a while.

If you're prepared kids tend to like these situations because it gives them the chance to really learn something new - and something which is simple enough to completely understand.

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Cat discovers GNOME desktop bug

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Re: I wish they'd get rid of that sliding screen lock thing

What shortcut do you need? You just start typing the password and it will slide automatically.

On a related note: This article should have been posted on a caturday!

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BOFH: We're miracle workers. But you want us to fix THAT in 10 minutes?

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Re: Sorry, must have missed it.

*** DUMMY MODE ON ***

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Use Skype if you want to report a crime, say cops

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Requiring closed-source, buggy applications in order to report a crime

Wow, just wow!

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Top cops demand access to the UK's entire web browsing history

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They won't share this data with their friends at the NSA of course! We'll behave well on our own, we don't even need oversight!

Trust the force.

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Shocker: Adobe patches critical Shockwave remote hijack hole

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Time to pull the plug

Nobody uses flash any more. It's only ever used for annoying adverts. Removing the flash plugin results in a faster, more enjoyable browsing experience. I can recommend it to anyone.

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Shoebox-sized satellite enters orbit packing 3Mbps radio

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Multiple small satellites will also be much harder to avoid up there. Space junk is already an issue.

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By the numbers: The virtualisation options for private cloud hopefuls

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How exactly does an application need to be compatible with containers? If you simply install a full OS inside the container almost any application can run in it. The only exception I can think of is applications that load and unload kernel modules on-the-fly. The number of these is very limited and most of them you can get away with loading these kernel modules on the host.

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Martijn Otto

Why throw away your performance on virtualisation when you can simply use containers and get full performance. Switched about a year ago and never looked back.

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Let's NUKE MARS to make it more like home says Elon Musk

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Not the way to start

Before trying to release greenhouse gases we should be looking at restoring the magnetosphere. Without it it will only escape to space. With a magnetosphere we could also build up some pressure, maybe even avoid some of the clunky pressure suits that would now be necessary to move on Mars.

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Cuffed Texan woman holsters loaded gun IN VAGINA

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What's the point?

Did she carry the gun for "protection"? How would that work in practice?

  • Women is threatened by a robber
  • Women: "Give me a moment, just need to fetch something
  • Women unzips, gun slides out
  • Robber runs away screaming like a little child

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Is John McAfee running for US president? 'My campaign manager told me not to comment'

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First rule of business:

McAfee anti-virus is now a mandatory purchase with every new computer.

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Sexy sock puppets seduce security suckers

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I don't have a LinkedIn

But why would you add somebody you don't know?

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Does Linux need a new file system? Ex-Google engineer thinks so

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Ah, so it's like ZFS but unfinished.

Let's reinvent the wheel!

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Spotify climbs down on new terms and conditions

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"Spotify is a social platform"

No it's not, it's really not. However much you may want it to be, it's a music streaming service that has some social cruft bolted onto it.

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NASA dismisses asteroid apocalypse threat

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Paul Chodas, head honcho at the Near-Earth Object office of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, said: "There is no scientific basis - not one shred of evidence - that an asteroid or any other celestial object will impact Earth on those dates."

He forgot to mention that the wanton destruction is scheduled to occur sometime in October.

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Microsoft will explain only 'significant' Windows 10 updates

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Moot point

It's a moot point, since you anyway don't have the luxury of deciding whether or not to install a certain update.

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One in eight mobile calls in India drops out __ ___ middle of your chat

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Joke

Singling out black spots?

It's racism, pure and simple!

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Indian mobe networks don’t want 700MHz – because they're too poor

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Well, after getting scammed by the government, by having their licenses, that they paid for, cancelled, it's no wonder that they are not willing to pay money now.

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MOM: CHEAP Mars ship got it right first time. Nice one, India

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Re: Go MOM...

I'm sure the people employed by the ISRO, that wouldn't have the job they have now will concur wholeheartedly.

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Are ALIENS hiding on Jupiter's Europa? Let's find out, cry NASA bods

Martijn Otto
Mushroom

Re: Eww...

You leave my sweet Nan out of it!

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From the picture it looks as if there's veins running over the surface. I don't think we have to look for aliens hiding there. I think it is one big giant alien.

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