* Posts by Jonathan Knight

5 posts • joined 11 Jan 2008

Microsoft SQL Server for Linux is a brilliant and logical idea

Jonathan Knight

Re: Why

Because Linux is a more stable and more feature rich environment for sys admins to work in. Many small scale apps (and some big ones too) run on MS SQL server so being able to put that in docker on a linux guest is very tempting compared to running up another windows server box.

As MS have just offered MS SQL 2016 for free if you migrate from Oracle then there's a significant short term cost benefit as well.

If MS can win over some linux sys admins to viewing MS SQL server as a well behaved and low impact solution then that may lead to a long term market share gain.


This is why copy'n'paste should be banned from developers' IDEs

Jonathan Knight

A zero byte executable file will (by default) be run by the shell, which returns 0 (true). Old versions of unix (version 7 et al) would have /bin/true as a zero byte executable file.


German ATM displays bank’s network config data to infosec bod

Jonathan Knight

Has the Euro been replaced?

I notice that this German ATM machine appears to be handing out $100 bills. Has the Euro crashed completely while I've been at work?


Jobs' 'incredibly stupid' prattlings prove ebook price-fix plot, claim Feds

Jonathan Knight
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Talking of e-book prices...

...I'm always a bit irritated when I get charged VAT for an e-book and not for the dead tree version. A quick look on the governments petition site reveals someone else has already had the same idea



Beeb's iPlayer reaps streaming traffic dividends

Jonathan Knight

Re: But still the BBC don't listen

"Because Adobe do not and will not provide a 64bit flash plugin for linux."

I'm on a 64 bit Linux system and have adobe flash working fine. The trick is to run a 32 bit version of firefox, in fact I've removed the 64 bit version so I can run flash, java, mplayer (for quicktime and wmv) and all the other 32 bit plugins.

There is also a tool to allow 32 bit plugins to run under a 64bit firefox but I can't see the point at the moment. I'm not sure why I would need a 64 bit web browser.

Flash movies are an excellent way for the BBC to stream content as it does run on most platforms.