* Posts by Frumious Bandersnatch

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Hey, Facebook – these are the new Like buttons you should have used

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HP boss hopes MS Surface Book will jack up notebook prices

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I was given free reign

I think you'll find that it's "free rein". It's a horsey thing.

(oh God, how many times have I had to explain that to someone?)

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Trio take Nobel Prize in Chemistry for ‘pioneering’ DNA repair study

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Re: Hopefully

DNA repair could assist me with re-igniting the other half of my wit

Sorry to say, but DNA is dead and he's not coming back. So no new hitchhiker or dirk gently books to inspire us, unfortunately.

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Apollo 15 commander's lunar timepiece goes under the hammer

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"carried as a backup"

Gha. What an idiot. Any fule kno that if you're going to wear more than one watch then you should at least have three of them on you.

Otherwise, if one is wrong, how are you supposed to know which one is right?

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Linux kernel dev who asked Linus Torvalds to stop verbal abuse quits over verbal abuse

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another analogy comes to mind

Back in the early days of the "sudden enlightenment" schools of Zen, it wasn't uncommon for a master to whack a student over the head, resulting in the student finally "getting it". I guess these days we might talk about a metaphorical "clue stick", though modern sensibilities simply wouldn't condone the actions of the master at all. Does that make it wrong, though?

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So is this all about a clash of personalities?

Or is this genuinely about improving the culture of kernel development so that it attracts and retains more high-quality volunteers?

Not being privy to what really goes on in kernel dev circles or what has gone on before between these two, I can't really say for sure. All I can say is that it seems that this is more about personalities and egos than the other option.

Remembering the great George Carlin, I'd compare Linus to Joe Pesci. To quote: "he looks like a guy who can get things done. Joe Pesci doesn't fuck around. In fact, Joe Pesci came through on a couple of things that God was having trouble with."

Basically, with Linus, you know what you're getting. It's not his job to make you a fulfilled and happy person. At worst, that attitude shows when he berates someone in public for what he thinks is sloppy work. Is that excessive? I don't know, but on the whole I think he's "harsh but fair".

Sarah Sharp, on the other hand, is pretty much an unknown quantity. She seems to be quitting on some sort of principle, that the inner circle of kernel developers "spew whatever vile words they needed" to "maintain radical emotional honesty". I don't know what's so bad about "radical emotional honesty" (whatever that's supposed to mean), but whatever her real reason, she's painting it as her struggle to make things better for everyone.

Honestly, though, I don't buy that. I really think that what's playing out here is a sort of power struggle. I think that Sarah wants to be on top, but that job is taken. She wants recognition and validation of her ego, but instead of admitting that (and also that this particular job simply can't fulfil her in the way she wants), she just hides behind the passive-aggressive strategy of claiming that she's doing it for everyone, so that the kernel devs won't be mean to anyone.

So I don't know her and maybe I'm judging her to harshly, but I'm only basing this on what she has said. She's not complaining that anyone is bullying her personally or making snide comments behind her back. On the face of it, she does claim to be doing what she's doing for other people. I'm not unsympathetic to her role as a crusader against some institutionalised "bad behaviour" (been there), but I'm siding more with Joe Pesci on this one and I think that she could do with a touch more (not less) "radical emotional honesty."

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WIN a 6TB Western Digital Black hard drive with El Reg

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Desiderata

Tread carefully between the trees

And remember to pack spare batteries

Speak truthfully to all, and listen

Like the trees, for they too have ears

Avoid moany gits, who would compare

their gifts unfavourably to an X box

Enjoy your disposable income

and spend it as you see fit

Be careful where you tread,

unless it conflicts with keeping your chin high

Be yourself. No matter how bad things get,

You will always have the forest. It does not judge.

Yield to the impetuousness of youth

When the path ahead is narrow and treacherous

Never mind the ears you saw,

for they are probably due to the hallucinogenic mushrooms.

You are a child of the universe no less than the trees and the ears;

you have a right to be here.

And whether or not you understand the game,

Believe that you are making progress.

Though your life may be no more than sham, drudgery and broken dreams,

You will always have the forest (and the ears)

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The hipsters were in for a "soylent surprise" when they got back to camp.

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<obscure>Ironically, the two were watching "Matango" when the Cordyceps attacked.</obscure>

<ps>I love the way you can make up fake HTML tags in the comments system</ps>

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Say, this "alone time" with the son isn't actually so bad. Maybe next week I can skip all the outdoors stuff and just log on from home...

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Umm Dad.... why is a cougar nibbling on me leg?

Your mother?

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The Elfin Safety Pixie looked out in horror from behind her tree and tutted loudly as she noted a string of hazard factors in her enchanted clipboard.

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Bear with it just a little bit longer, son---we're about to meet the Pope!

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I don't get this article. Where's the technology angle?

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Ironically, the two were playing "The Last of Us" when the Cordyceps attacked.

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See, son, it's just as good as the real Disneyland and a fraction of the cost! Son? Son?

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Dad? Are you sure Rodents of Unusual Size aren't real?

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Oculus Rift meets Auricular Graft

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Dad... I, um, have something to tell you. I'd, eh, really rather have the smart bra from two weeks ago.

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The jungle---where men are real men and do manly stuff like ... Wait, what the hell are those two doing?!

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Chuang Chou could not say whether he was a man dreaming of being a butterfly, or a butterfly caught up in some seriously weird shit.

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Remember, Grasshopper, all that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream.

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Taking off the peril sensitive goggles so close to the lair of the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal will turn out to be a fatal mistake for one of our protagonists.

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Sorry, just got to take a break for a mo. Feeling nauseous :(

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Is this the real life?

Is this just fantasy?

Caption the photo?

No escape from earality.

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God, look at those silly humans. They think they're so clever and "with it". Don't they know that us Fungi invented virtual reality millions of years ago?

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After passing through the Uncanny Valley, users face the Eerie Forest.

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Virtual Reality---The final front ear? Discuss.

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If a tree falls in the forest, would it hit these guys? I sure hope so.

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Using VR gear in a completely inappropriate environment? A giant unexplained ear? Some sort of butterfly creature attached to one guy? Nah, I got nothing.

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While most agreed that Occulus Rift's choice of venue for this year's annual outing was pretty dumb, at least there were fewer fatalities compared to last year's trip to the Grand Canyon.

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After failing to secure rights to "The Hills Have Eyes", Oculus Rift brings out "Trees Have Ears" VR game.

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Well that's one way to completely miss the most spectacular specimen of Auricularia auricula-judae ever!

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Is the world ready for a Raspberry Pi-powered Lego Babbage Engine?

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Re: Waste of time

re: Pi stuffed in a Lego box=pointless

But sometimes being completely pointless is part of the charm

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not proper Victorian

The legs on the engine are bared for the whole world to see. Needs some nice lace doilies to preserve their modesty.

/Victorian Dad

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Boffins: We know what KILLED the DINOS – and it wasn't just an asteroid

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Re: Alternatively...

Oi! My car resembles that comment!

And that joke is way older than your Beetle. Not that it's a bad one, mind.

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Dodgy amphetamines drive drug-crazed man on to pub roof

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"Possession of Class-B goodies" plus

"Sgt Pete Latham asked anyone with info on the bad narcotics to get in touch"

Always kind of a problem asking for witnesses to come forward when they're technically guilty of a crime punishable by "up to 5 years in prison, an unlimited fine or both"

Time to decriminalise yet? You never know, it might even help prevent people getting fake drugs like this if they could go somewhere and get them tested without getting banged up.

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Mars water discovery is a liberal-muslim plot, cry moist conspiracy theorists

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Re: Just goes to show

The downvotes you collected are further proof, should it be needed, that your thesis is correct.

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AF-FIR-MAT-IVE: Second suspension for robot-voice helldesker

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Re: Working for them since 1976

Wanting him to jump ship before they have to give him retirement or redundancy.

That was apparently a bit of a thing in Japan for a while. Employers wanted to axe older staff, but couldn't do it directly, so they gave them a "window seat" job. That is, given nothing to do all day but look out the window or do some patently useless tasks as making an inventory of paper clips or somesuch. I guess a western version would involving writing TPS reports about TPS reports.

A short article about the “window ledge tribe” (madogiwazoku – 窓際族) phenomenon is here

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It's BACK – Stagefright 2.0: Zillions of Android gadgets can be hijacked by MP3s, movie files

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RMS not looking so nutty now

Let's face it, Android is not a proper open system. All the actors including hardware chip, SoC, sensor and radio part vendors, phone/tablet manufacturers to Google itself along with software vendors and carriers have direct interests vested keeping their parts of the platform protected from everyone else in the industry. By extension, that means that users are basically in thrall to various companies and cabals. With everyone fighting to protect their own "intellectual property" and business models, it's no wonder that the whole ecosystem produces a product that is basically insecure by design.

By way of contrast, I've been a Debian user for a long time. One of the things I like most about it is that I can be running older versions of it and any major security updates still get back-ported. There's a clear understanding that users rely on the platform for stability and security. Keeping up to date with security is usually a trivial matter. Barring a few non-free components, I'm not beholden to hardware manufacturers or the people who sold me the system to fix defects or being stuck with Hobson's choice of either living with can't fix/won't fix problems or going through a painful migration to the next iteration of the platform. (Or worse: having to replace my hardware because there is no software upgrade path).

I like Android for the semblance of openness it has, but really the whole thing is rotten to the core.

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Microsoft sabotages own Lumia smartmobe flagship launch

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What do they want £X pounds for?

Expences, obviously.

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Containers everywhere! Getting started with Docker

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much more seriously ...

From official Docker docs here:

Running containers (and applications) with Docker implies running the Docker daemon. This daemon currently requires root privileges, and you should therefore be aware of some important details.

First of all, only trusted users should be allowed to control your Docker daemon. [...]

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Re: Containers, otherwise known as installing apps for dummies.

re: completely cuts you off from the normal security updates

Apparently the correct way to do this would be to create a new container that has the most recent version of the software and to (somehow) migrate the old data to it. That link makes the point that updating the software in a container is bad practice.

I think that there's a bigger issue around trusting someone else's docker recipe for encapsulating something. The page here recommends "only trusting docker images you build yourself". I think that's very good advice.

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Share-crazy millennials spaff passwords ALL OVER the workplace

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Re: I put passwords all over my monitor on post-its

re: P4m$lp23

Although I can't speak for their security(*), there are plenty of random password generators out there that produce (somewhat) phonetic passwords like 'rotranott', 'eblinecs' or whatever. A lot easier to remember and type than those with lots of meaningless punctuation, caps, etc. Might be worth a shot in lots of cases.

* They're obviously less secure, but the question is whether they're so predictable or have such a small key space as to make a dictionary attack with them feasible. Assuming you know (or can guess) what generator is being used, of course. Obviously, using any online generators is as bad as not having passwords at all.

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Smuggle mischievous JavaScript into WinRAR archives? Sure, why not

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Re: WARNING: Executable code may execute code

Well yeah, but no, but yeah.

It all depends on whether the routine to display the sfx text is only called when running the output exe program or if it's called in the normal run of displaying the archive contents. Both the article and the vulnerability description just mention "opening" the archive and it's ambiguous what's meant by this.

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MACAQUE ATTACK: Monkey plunders Florida resident's box, gobbles contents

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Re: Love the alliteration....

re: "It's certainly consonance"

Or maybe certainly assonance (the vowel sounds being more consistent across the whole phrase than the k sounds)

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"wrought havoc?"

I'm not posting this via the corrections link because I'm not 100% sure it's wrong and I'd like to see what other commentards think of the phrase.

I'd always say "wreaked havoc" because I associate the verb with unleashing destruction. "Wrought" puts me in mind of constructive acts, like something being wrought (worked) in a foundry or how a jeweller might work (or fashion) metal into some sort of intricate shape. Or like, "Oh, what a brave new world social media has wrought?" (actual example from the net)

Just thinking out loud, really.

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