Feeds

* Posts by Vic

3438 posts • joined 7 Dec 2007

We have a winner! Fresh Linux Mint 17.1 – hands down the best

Vic
Silver badge

Re: Upgrades

Plus, a little git-managed directory with all those nasty configfiles (generally somewhere in /etc)

Have you seen etckeeper?

Vic.

0
0
Vic
Silver badge

Re: Upgrades

I've got a box at home that started on OpenSuSE 10.3 and it's been upgraded (over the network) to 13.1 via all the releases in between. No re-install required

My two primary machines both started life as RHL7.0. I've done several in-place upgrades on those over the years, without the need to re-install...

Keeping your /home on a separate partition helps.

Yes. This is always good advice.

Vic.

1
0

DEATH by COMMENTS: WordPress XSS vuln is BIGGEST for YEARS

Vic
Silver badge

Re: Well....

However, surely blogging as the admin account is a complete no-no?

That's not the way this works.

Injected data will be emitted (i.e. executed) in the admin panel - which will generally be used by a logged-in adminstrator. Thus dangerous things will occur...

Vic.

0
0

'Snoopers' Charter IS DEAD', Lib Dems claim as party waves through IP address-matching

Vic
Silver badge

It's childs play to spoof a MAC address you know.

It's also largely pointless when you're connected with PPPoA...

Vic.

0
0

Renewable energy 'simply WON'T WORK': Top Google engineers

Vic
Silver badge

Re: Consommation???

What, pray, is "consommation?"

Don't ask - just be thankful he didn't say "consummation"...

Vic.

3
0

Two driverless cars stuffed with passengers are ABOUT TO CRASH - who should take the hit?

Vic
Silver badge

Re: To those advocating programmed selfishness

You are driving on a confined road, an out-of-control lorry rumbles towards your car and the only space you can evade it is currently occupied by 20 philosophers. Do you want your car to drive through them?

You are driving on a confined road, an out-of-control lorry rumbles towards your car and the only space you can evade it is currently occupied by 20 lawyers. How many times do you back up for another go?

Vic.

0
0
Vic
Silver badge

Re: I don't buy the premise

Yes, but collision detection systems can't currently see around corners.

The Roadcraft Rule : "Always make sure you can stop on your own side of the road within the distance you can see to be clear".

Vic.

2
0

Nexus 7 fandroids tell of salty taste after sucking on Google's Lollipop

Vic
Silver badge

Re: Not running terribly well

Linux-based OSs don't do well with patches.

Eh?

I've been patching Linux systems oif one sort or another for over 15 years now, and they do just fine...

Vic.

1
0

Space Commanders rebel as Elite:Dangerous kills offline mode

Vic
Silver badge

You should also check out oolite

I tried it - it did strange things to my display...

I'll give it another go sometime & see if I can get it working.

Vic.

0
0
Vic
Silver badge

I backed Elite: Dangerous on Day 1

I ... errr ... meant to. I forgot. Sorry.

But given what's happened, I'm quite pleased about that - I've no intention of playing multiplayer, and whilst I could cope with having an open Internet connection to do so, I'd rather not, for all the reasons stated elsewhere.

But I downloaded the full Elite game from the link posted elsewhere in this thread, and threw it at beebem[1]. And now I can play Elite.

Is it modern? No. Is it sexy? No. Does it dazzle the viewer with awesome graphics? No. Is it Elite? Fuck, yeah.

So I am transported back to 19<coughty><cough>. I'm having a really good day today[2].

Vic.

[1] Installed through my distrbution repo, and it works just fine...

[2] I did my first 4 night-time landings tonight. And whilst that has nothing whatsoever to do with the thread, I'm still chuffed :-)

0
0
Vic
Silver badge

Re: Standard mistake to make

even with the cleaver split screen technique reducing graphics memory

That wasn't about reducing memory - it was about doing something very clever indeed.

The high-resolution mode used for the main viewer display could only display monochrome. They needed colours for the instrumentation display beneath it.

So the split-screen thing was to change graphics modes on the fly to get high-res at the top and colour at the bottom.

Vic.

2
0
Vic
Silver badge

Re: Pity!

No! That would only turn snappy old 8-bits lovelies into sluggish monsters

Perhaps my favourite game of all time is Defender. The graphics on that are - by modern standards - utter crap.

But those graphics do not detract from the game. I suspect that improving them would not enhance it, either...

Vic.

1
0

Samsung turns off lights on LEDs worldwide – except in South Korea

Vic
Silver badge

Re: Hey Vic

You should really have another look at the latest TVs

I did - a few *hours* after posting, my CRT TV died - it took on a bright yellow cast :-(

I now have a 40" Samsung LED unit. The blacks aren't wonderful, but I'll get used to it, I guess. But it plays directly form my USB drive, so the benefits are quite good :-)

With OLED black IS the new black.

Yeah, but OLED is more money than I want to pay right now...

Vic.

0
0

Anonymous ‪hacks the Ku Klux Klan after Ferguson‬ threats

Vic
Silver badge

I find it hard to believe that the KKK is still "a thing" in the tail end of 2015.

Maybe they won't be - we'll have to wait and see...

Vic.

2
0

Samsung, Apple soap opera drama: Korean giant WILL churn out chips for iPhones, iPads

Vic
Silver badge

Re: @Vic

Leakage tends to dominate at smaller nodes

Only when the device is idle. If it's switching - you're charging/discharging capacitors (since that's what a FET gate is), and the Vf2C thing dominates.

If your leakage current is greater than your switching current, your process is useless.

Vic.

0
0
Vic
Silver badge

Re: 14nm versus 16nm

There are a lot of dimensions to measure transistors aside from gate length, and it is well down the list when it comes to power draw.

Errr - not really.

P ∝ f2C

C is pretty much determined by the gate dimensions - there's little you can do to the dielectric that leaves the gate tenable. So your power draw is determined by voltage, clocking frequency[1], and gate dimension. For a given performance, there's a limit to how far you can reduce the voltage, so power draw for a given task is pretty much determined by gate size.

Vic.

[1] This is naturally the averaged clocking frequency, integrated wrt time across the device and divided by gate count; a static module that isn't changing state consumes only leakage power.

2
0

Ofcom tackles complaint over Premier League footie TV rights

Vic
Silver badge

Re: No option?

the BBC's excellent but 50%-of-races-as-highlight-shows-only

The BBC's coverage would be much better if it had less of the Eddie Jordan Self-Promotion Show in it.

Although it is occasionally amusing watching David Coulthard desperately trying not to use the word "twat" on air...

Vic.

1
0

WinShock PoC clocked: But DON'T PANIC... It's no Heartbleed

Vic
Silver badge

Re: @Vic

In what world is source patching the only form of patching?

Ultimately, it is pretty much the only form of patching - veyr few people still do direct hex-editing these days...

Windows Update is two clicks and forget.

Ah. So getting someopne else to do your pathcing is easy. Well, it's just as easy in any environment where you can pull down someone else's code. That's my "at best, as easy to patch as Heartbleed" comment - if all you're doing is pulling down someone else's binaries, there is no difference whatsoever in ease of correction (thus proving the original statement of the SChannel bug being "[e]asier to patch in most cases" entirely incorrect).

But if you don't *have* someone else's binaries, Heartbleed is still trivial to patch, whereas SChannel is not. Thus proving the original statement of the SChannel bug being "[e]asier to patch in most cases" entirely incorrect.

If you ever look into it, I think you'll find that building a copy of DD-WRT is significantly more painful than changing one line of code, despite having the source. Then come back about how trivial it is.

Got a patch for Windows XP? Nope, of course you haven't. Patching is much harder if you get no support from upstream. But if you've got an old copy of - as per your example - DD-WRT with the Heartbleed bug, you can still patch it...

Vic.

1
0
Vic
Silver badge

Re: Easier to patch?

Easier to patch in most cases

No, I don't get that at all.

Heartbleed was a very serious bug, but it was *trivial* to patch. Mind-numbingly simple.

The SChanell bug can only be, at best, as easy to patch as Heartbleed - and that implies that you have the source to patch (i.e. you are Microsoft).

Vic.

1
0

THERE it is! Philae comet lander FOUND in EXISTING Rosetta PICS

Vic
Silver badge

Re: First landing on a comet?

I don't think even airports are greedy enough to charge for multiple landings if you bounce...

A buddy of mine had a particularly poor landing at Compton Abbas a few weeks back - they threatened to charge him 3 landing fees :-)

Vic.

1
0
Vic
Silver badge

a replacement battery that may cost five times what even Halfords would dare to charge but does come with a slightly extended guarantee

The batteries are all the same.

I briefly worked for a parts distribution company[1]. When we had batteries to deliver, the order sheet would specify which guarantee the customer had ordered. We would then stick the guarantee sticker for that to the battery of the appropriate shape/size/capacity spec, and deliver it to the motor factor.

Vic.

[1] ADS, in case you were interested. They're gone now...

0
1

Are MPs smarter than 5-year-olds? We'll soon find out at coding school – Berners-Lee

Vic
Silver badge

Re: MP Coding

while ($monthly_expenses < $little_guy_wages) {

I think your while clause terminates too early...

Vic.

0
0
Vic
Silver badge

MP's should take drugs to legislate for erm drugs

Do you believe they don't?

Vic.

0
0

Fasthosts goes titsup, blames DNS blunder

Vic
Silver badge

Re: We are affected :(

I've never in those 10 years heard anything good about Fasthosts.

I use Fasthosts as a registrar for some of my domains.

When I was doing my IPv6 training, I had to get them to apply some glue records. The girl I spke to was completely upfront about the fact that she had no idea what I was talking about, but was happy to be guided through it.

Between us, we got the records in properly at the first attempt. I don't care that she didn't understand what I wanted - most people don't, even now - but I was impressed that I got through to someone who was willing to try with minimal effort.

They later posted me a questionnaire about my experience - I put down that they had exceeded my expectations, because I expected them to be utter numbskulls, and instead I got someone who could sort things out for me...

Vic.

1
0
Vic
Silver badge

Re: Useless

You'll also need DNS hosting to switch over to.

Hurricane Electric are rather good...

Vic.

0
0

Post-pub nosh neckfiller: The MIGHTY Scotch egg

Vic
Silver badge

Re: Morcilla de Burgos

I thought Blighty's could never be bettered. However, try morcilla de Burgos

Should have made it a Kickstarter reward...

Vic.

0
0
Vic
Silver badge

Re: I was a little dis-heartened to read they were pre-hard-boiled

Still more cooking projects, please.

The pub I frequent has taken to having cooking projects presented of an evening. It makes for a particularly homely feel, with the whole pub getting fed on grub cooked by volunteers (contestants).

I've only been disqualified once :-)

Vic.

0
0

I'M SO SORRY, sobs Rosetta Brit boffin in 'sexist' sexy shirt storm

Vic
Silver badge

Re: Your comments confirm misogynist attitudes in IT

ODFO...

Vic.

2
0
Vic
Silver badge

Re: I would suggest...

Never apologise for being yourself.

Rule #32 – Enjoy the Little Things

Vic.

[Yes, it's just been on the telly]

0
0

The Toyota Aygo is PARKtastic ... but it is very much a City slicker

Vic
Silver badge

Re: A new El-Reg unit perhaps?

The only car I've owned/leased that would pass this was the Citroen XM.

The XM is a proper beast.

I was once given a large fridge-freezer, on condition I could take it away that night.

The XM swallowed it :-)

Vic.

2
0

BOFH: An UNHOLY MATCH forged amid the sweet smell of bullsh*t

Vic
Silver badge

we are running legacy systems on RedHat4

Ha! And I though it was just me...

"rpmbuild -ba" ftw...

Vic.

1
1

Rare Stegosaurus skeleton moves into plush London pad

Vic
Silver badge

Re: That's Natural History Museum

isn't it 'carked it' rather that carped it"?

That might depend on whether or not you're a Perl programmer...

Vic.

1
0

Lights OUT for Philae BUT slumbering probot could phone home again as comet nears Sun

Vic
Silver badge
Joke

It's a shame it didn't have a small nuclear battery

It has a very large nuclear battery, a mere 300M miles away, and coupled via PV cells...

Vic.

16
0

Why did men evolve map-reading skills? They were PAID BY BONK - study

Vic
Silver badge

Re: Additional explanation?

everything else could be social/cultural

Not entirely true.

Women tend to be a little shorter, and thus make better jet fighter pilots - the distance between head and brain is a little less, so they can pull more G for the same atrial blood pressure.

Vic.

1
0
Vic
Silver badge

An old friend of mine used to (for a laugh) always give people directions to the M6 no matter where they wanted to go.

I tend to tell people to get off the M27 at J6 if they piss me off...

Vic.

0
0

Oi, Europe! Tell US feds to GTFO of our servers, say Microsoft and pals

Vic
Silver badge

Re: It's not Europe's problem to fix

I currently work for lawyers - don't hate me

You do realise you're asking the impossible, don't you?

Vic.

0
0

Walmart's $99 crap-let will make people hate Windows 8.1 even more

Vic
Silver badge

Re: Hmm, it's small

It's $99 at the retail level. You guess how hardy it is

I bought a £43[1] Android tablet a couple of months ago. It's surprisingly good...

I bought it purely to trial SkyDemon - it works just fine.

Vic.

[1] Yes, including delivery

6
0

Mastercard and Visa to ERADICATE password authentication

Vic
Silver badge

Re: Start with the basics

That's the one, though I thought it was an eight character limit

My password has >10 characters in it.

Still a crap system, though - the choice of characters is very limited, and the whole system is trivially walked around (as mentioned elsewhere).

Vic.

1
0
Vic
Silver badge

Ahhhhh, loading your banks website in an iframe... What could possibly go wrong?!

VnV is even worse than that - it's loading an iframe that is most definitely not your bank's website, which then asks you for information...

Whoever thought that up must have had a really bad hangover an hour or two later...

Vic.

0
0

Dark side of the DUNE: Probot snaps shadowy comet surface selfie

Vic
Silver badge

Re: LMFAO

You really are a nasty little twat, aren't you?

Vic.

0
0

Microsoft .NET released from its Windows chains... but what ABOUT MONO?

Vic
Silver badge

Re: Licence

this licence only covers the code "as part of either a .NET Runtime or as part of any application designed to run on a .NET Runtime".

If it is MIT-licensed, then that restriction is not possible.

The MIT licence is here. Note the phrase "without limitation"...

Vic.

0
0

Microsoft: It's TIME at LAST. Yes - .NET is going OPEN and X-PLATFORM

Vic
Silver badge

Re: Will there be a Redhat of Linux .NET?

I'm quite honestly struggling to see what Microsoft's DotNet is going to offer that Mono didn't already.

If it's released under the Apache 2.0 Licence, as implied in the article, then what this offers is an explicit patent licence grant.

Mono always seemed to come with threats of patent prosecution if you didn't get it from Suse...

Vic.

3
0
Vic
Silver badge

If they wanted to make a real impact, they'd release the .Net stack under the GPL.

LGPL would be more appropriate than GPL, I suspect...

Vic.

3
1

My HOUSE used to be a PUB: How to save the UK high street

Vic
Silver badge

Re: Is there room for workshops and small businesses?

WTF were you doing in Bodge & Quodge? Is there no Screwfix, Toolstation or what have you in the vicinity?

Not that side of town, AFAIK. And if I'd have come home without the Right Sort of paint, I would have been in more trouble than I care to consider...

Vic.

1
0
Vic
Silver badge

Commercial properties don't always make good residential ones

Commercial properties are generally intended to get people coming in - residential properties are quite the opposite.

My mate bought the old Post Office in Exbury. It was very disappointing - they ended up living behind closed curtains, because people kept trying to peer through the windows at all hours...

Vic.

0
0
Vic
Silver badge

Re: Is there room for workshops and small businesses?

to the extent of refusing to use automated checkouts

That's usually my position, too.

I was forced to use one in B&Q last night - there were *no* manned checkouts open :-(

Vic.

1
0

Cry Havoc and let slip the dogs of Patent WAR! Samsung strikes back at Nvidia

Vic
Silver badge

Re: Lawyers win

but do you work for free?

Frequently.

To really cut out all lawyers, you would really have to get rid of all laws

But we're not really worried about lawyers - we're worried about Lawyers.

I watched David Boies putting SCO's case against Novell, for example. He was supposed to be an Officer of the Court, with a primary responsibility to the truth. The arguments he advanced implied at leat one of the following possibilities :-

  • He was so ignorant of the situation as to be considered negligent
  • He was promoting his case to the detriment of what he knew to be the truth

Any lawyer doing his sworn duty would have done differently - but BSF charged[1] a vast sum of money for doing somthing that was immoral, probably illegal, and certainly detrimental to all parties involved in the case. And this is why we hate Lawyers, with a capital "L".

Vic.

[1] I'm not sure if they ever got paid, what with SCO declaring bankruptcy when they did. I fucking hope they got nothing,

0
0

'Tech giants who encrypt comms are unwittingly aiding terrorists', claims ex-Home Sec Blunkett

Vic
Silver badge

Blunkett was the worst home secretary in modern times

Worse than Wacky Jacqui?

Vic.

0
0
Vic
Silver badge

Re: The sweeney...?

They both had Jags.

Jags?

They had a Granada...

Vic.

0
0

This 125mph train is fitted with LASERS. Sadly no sharks, though

Vic
Silver badge

Re: Good, but not good enough

"You don't need X-rays for finding cracks in rails, eddy current detection is far easier."

At line speed?

I'm surprised they don't use TDR. That wouldn't even need the train[1]...

Vic.

[1] You'd need some cleverness to ignore all the points, and to make sure you run tests at appropriate times to ensure coverage of all the switched bits - but that's the sort of problem easily fixed with a moderate confuser and a big database.

0
0