* Posts by asdf

4091 posts • joined 7 Apr 2007

Red Hat CFO reaches for eject cord after Street-beating performance

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Re: mission accomplished

Yes I will admit they have done quite a bit for Linux (less so for other *nix). Its just a shame that a lot of that support contract money is now being used for nefarious purposes.

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mission accomplished

Once udev became dependent on systemd it was all gravy for Red Hat. The more OSS that is Linux only the better after all. Just watch those dependencies pile up. As soon as dbus gets into kernel space in most distros the GPL can pretty much be ignored as well. Good times for Red Hat ahead by cashing in other's work so blatantly even Google is jealous.

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Brit GUN NUT builds WORKING SNIPER RIFLE at home out of scrap metal!

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Re: asdf Funny sizes?

Yeah now you mention it I remember him talking about them using lots of tear gas as well and how he got used to it so it didn't bother him near as much as when he first got gassed.

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Re: Funny sizes?

LOL can't resist. The FAMAS is a good weapon. I know with my COD experience that its fire rate is amazing even if its recoil is a bit high. In CS GO though its not as impressive.

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Re: Funny sizes?

>So all that's important is to be able to spray as much random lead down range as possible in the hope that something gets hit or keeps their head down.

Often the keeps head down is the most important thing for many roles (not everyone gets to be Rambo). My dad was medievac in Vietnam and if they actually hit enemy soldiers they often had to fly back under fire to pick them up. He did things like use a Thompson machine gun but loaded with a certain percentage of tracer rounds to match that of a M60 firing one every 5 just to keep heads down while they picked up the wounded. He said he was also a real big fan of grenade launcher with smoke.

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my 2 cents

Truly the only thing I remember/know about 7mm was remembering in the hunter safety class materials how they had just about the longest accidental kill range (ie. shoot up in air randomly) of any major common hunting rifle. Don't remember exactly but want to say it was 5 miles or something ridiculous like that.

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NASA asks world+dog to name Mercury's craters (back off, 4chan)

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hmm

Kama Sutra position names?

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Apple WINS iPod antitrust fight, jury nixes BILLION-dollar payout bid

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hmm

Nice to see the courts are keeping up with the technology in the marketplace. If they would have taken a few more years the media would have had to explain what an iPod was to the younger readers. Of course longer cases mean possibly more billable hours. That is what law is really about.

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Senator: Backdoor for the Feds is a backdoor for hackers

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Re: This sucks....

>Mostly by talking to people.

Bah the US sucks as that in general but especially outside the country because of our arrogance. It so much easier and lucrative to push for high tech signal intelligence and listen in on everyone's business. All about the contracts.

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Re: This sucks....

>They provide every one with a warm fuzzy feeling, poke their noses in everywhere, and have results that are at best, iffy.

Long sentence to say two words - security theater.

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>Unless you want to give me some real life examples...

It was said tongue in cheek but if you want some examples there are plenty of examples of one party waiting until right before an election to drop a bomb shell concerning embarrassing private information about a candidate from another party. Mark Foley being a more recent example. Granted you don't always know how they come about the information but been plenty of shenanigans done inside government over the years including the Pentagon papers (black balling), Watergate, Iran Contra, and even the whole silly Monica Lewinsky business (on both sides). The ultimate example though of the CIA and intelligence apparatus bringing down a president was when they got pissed at Carter and arranged for the Iranians to bargain directly with Reagan to not release the hostages until after he was elected. Granted though Carter wasn't winning that election anyway.

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Re: This sucks....

Moral of the story: Don't try to engage in a national debate when Sony gets hacked and masses are getting their Hollywood gossip fix from the leaks. Wasn't it great of the FCC to allow three companies to own our media?

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>It also creates a weakness in equipment used by citizens of other countries that the USA government can exploit.

Whole argument seems a bit like chemical warfare and praying the wind doesn't shift.

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Re: Hooray for progress!!

But you see its smart for the US to build back doors because our 3rd world enemies are so much more vulnerable to cyber infrastructure damage than the US is right? Ask Sony if it wants to see more backdoors (though they created plenty of their own). Such idiots.

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hmm

Bets here in the next six months poor Ron Wyden is going to find himself in some type of an embarrassing scandal? Noble stand but unless it directly benefits Wall St. financially (actually does but they won't see it) its not going to get passed.

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LOHAN's Plucky Playmonaut touches down at Spaceport America

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Re: You sure must love driving

>That is some of America's finest boring wasteland you had to drive through.

Would much rather drive through it than Jersey. Less smog and get to see more than urban decline and the guy in front of you's bumper stickers. Also I think you are thinking more of Kansas, Nebraska or Oklahoma than the mountain west.

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Re: No food or beer comments?

Frito pie (yes technically Texmex but saw more in NM than anywhere else) ftw.

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Re: You sure must love driving

>greatest views on the planet

Hardly its maybe top ten even in the Rockies. Pretty lame compared to say the Grand Teton, Banff, or Zion National Park.

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Re: Fast Food Recommendation

Blake's motto: like Whataburger but nastier.

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Heyyy, you seem to be trying to post a DRUNK PICTURE. You know your boss looks at this?

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only a millenial

Who the hell logs into Facebook (could end comment there) being 3 sheets to the wind? That even tops drunk dialing an ex at 3 in the morning on the loser scale.

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We are never getting back to... Samsung's baking Apple's 14nm 'A9' chips?

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Re: TSMC and semiconductor bsing in general

Ack I meant 100nm not 1 micron. Although I wouldn't be surprised if there are still even some 1 micron stuff out there. My point is you hear alot more about the cutting edge but what's out in industry isn't always so sexy.

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TSMC and semiconductor bsing in general

In my experience foundries tend to only be a really viable option if you are an 800lb gorilla with massive orders (obviously Apple) or the stuff you are ordering is hardly time sensitive at all. The issue tends to be consumer demand hits all at once for everyone and the little guys are naturally at the back of the line. There are other issues as well but needless to say its not surprising even in the first world how many little 200mm mom and pop fabs are still around due to it being hideous expensive to build a new fab and foundries at times being mirages. Also a remarkable amount of the semiconductors today are still fabbed at above a micron process (granted not so much in phone SoC though).

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El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

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Re: El Reg Redesign - leave your comments here

What I have to say has already been said for most part. Basically the new site redesign is total dog shit. Its distracting and makes it harder to get to what I care about, the information in the articles. I hate UX preaching webbies.

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Microsoft: Hey, don’t forget Visual Basic! Open source and new features coming

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Re: Performance?

> C and C++ are still slower than writing in assembly anyway.

May have been true in the early 1990s but unless you are Rainman a modern compiler is going to own your ass efficiency wise for all but the most trivial of programs (assuming of course the C/C++ code is well written) especially with all the constant extensions to virtually every modern instruction set.

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US Congress in cash freeze bid to DERAIL global DNS handover

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Re: groan

>current US form of government is the one put together by their Founding Fathers.

I can agree with that but then again many of them also held slaves and didn't think women were good for anything but babies so even their vision was somewhat lacking.

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Re: groan

Depends on who you are. If you are a billionaire the US is greatest land in the history of human kind. For your average Prol though depending on the quality of life index there are usually anywhere between 5 to 15 countries ranking higher in Scandinavia, Alp countries, NZ and even Canada. That's not all down to government obviously but again we succeed in spite of our government. As for the well why don't you move there retort I did live in Europe for awhile and the one thing we do much better than them is integrate foreign born people. Sadly in many of these countries if you were not born there you will never really belong. Oh well enough complaining. The US is still better than %90 to %95 of the world. Pretty much if your culture is not completely broken and self destructive you will be considered a developed country. That is how messed up the 3rd world is.

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groan

And the saddest thing of all is that there are lot of clueless merkins that actually think the US form of government is the best and the only truly free one in the world. Never mind it has failed everywhere else it has been tried and the US even setup a Parliamentary system in Japan after WW2. Sometimes its not always an advantage to be the first one to implement something especially something so complex. Its a wonder it has taken this long to collapse in on itself. The US has succeeded since WW2 largely in spite of not because of its broken government.

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Skinny Ubuntu Linux 'Snapped' up by fat Microsoft cloud

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Re: OS size

Oh kk never had one myself. Went straight from an Atari XL jobby to a 286/386 (can't remember which now, getting old sucks).

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Re: Still too big

Says more about the cloud than anything. A big puffy inefficient bloaty bag of hurt.

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Re: A bit whiffy?

Canonical's biggest sin was losing the battle with RedHat over the future of LInux.

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calling out nostalgia

Do you also remember having to set monitor timings by hand to get X windows to show all the while praying you didn't FUBAR your CRT? Do you remember what a bitch it was to get PPP setup for dial up internet back in the day especially if you were dumb enough to buy a winmodem (at least I didn't make that mistake)? Slackware even today is generally not the distro for you if don't have serious vi skills (yes yes emacs or nano instead for you kids). Still kudos for them for resisting the freedesktop.borg. For the record not defending the garbage windows was until at least windows 2K.

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Re: Still too big

Who needs a floppy? Again to toot Slitaz horn a bit (neat little distro for ancient computers) you can actually web boot the OS just using the rom in your network card if you change a few lines your router's dhcp config. Who needs floppies and hard drives lol.

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Re: OS size

Do you also remember when Windows 3.x would randomly crash several times a day due to one misbehaved app running the OS out of memory (or for no reason at all) and quickly teach you to save in your word processor after every paragraph?

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Re: Is it really still Ubuntu?

>what makes a distro a distro?

If RedHat has their way the name will be the only difference between most of them.

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Re: OS size

Still waiting for the Amigatards to pipe up how they could not only boot an OS with a floppy but one with a GUI and modern features like preemptive multitasking, etc.

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Re: Still too big

>Is it all networking and multi-tasking?

Nope libraries to support unnecessary crap like JSON.

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110 meg is bloaty

110 meg will very little functionality? Hell with a 40 meg iso with Slitaz you get a full desktop environment that is surprising complete. Amazing how small and efficient linux can be without systemd and all the other freedesktop bloat.

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Satyam Computing Services founder jailed over $1.4 BILLION fraud

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Re: In his defence...

Certainly looks like India takes the kid gloves to the white collar country club buddy criminals just like their US counterparts for the most part as well.

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'I don't NEED to pay' to watch football, thunders EU digi-czar

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Re: I would not watch sport if they paid me.

Live sports are becoming more and more loved by media companies because its one of the forms of entertainment that loses the most value when its time shifted, so less people remove the commercials later and some of their $$$.

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Re: Bone of Contention

Well those insane transfer fees and salaries for the players have to come from somewhere. At least here in the states a pretty sizable chunk of the pro sports pie (forget corrupt college sports) does goes to the players as it should (dirty unions the owners say).

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'We're having panic attacks' ... Sony staff and families now threatened in emails

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IT industry

Guess in a sad way this is good news for people (outside Sony) in the IT industry (at least if they are competent). My guess is after a few more near collapses of corporations due to lax security and crap management outsourcing, IT people will get less of the lecture off how they are just a cost and are of little benefit to the business as a whole. More important hopefully IT salaries start increasing more as seems to be the case recently at least in the US.

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'Why do Register commentards get so frothy-mouthed?' Thus started WW3

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Re: lol glad he didn't mention anything SUN related as well

Gee let me guess who downvoted both of us lol.

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lol glad he didn't mention anything SUN related as well

>why someone would get so froth-mouthed so quickly about an off-the-cuff musing and so I took a look at your post history.

Had to look. Yep of course it was Matty B. he was talking about.

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Oracle refreshes RAM-crammed ZFS array line

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Re: its still ZFS

Lots of reasons to criticize this but picking ZFS as one just shows your ignorance.

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Oh dear, traders: Banker bosses are monitoring your smoke breaks

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Re: To Paraphrase Revd Niemoller

Its one thing for monkey jobs like call centers but in my experience companies that are making it obvious they are micromanaging employee behavior in the white collar world have high turnover and almost never are actually growing significantly. Never worked in finance but in IT in a variety of other industries with the boomers starting to retire the smart companies are starting to get their shit together it seems and trying to retain talent. Ask Sony how much having a shitty IT department can cost.

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IBM's ownership of x86 biz comes to a bloody end

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>amid the “still glacial decline” of Unix demand.

I wouldn't call the decline of non x86 Unix glacial because even with the worst projections of climate change to glaciers (please no comments on that) in Africa that is being too generous to their sales trajectory.

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Apple deliberately wiped rivals' music from iPods – iTunes court claim

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Re: "Unexpected files"

Shut up and keep buying your music collection over and over each time a new technology comes out (that the music industry will fight against even).

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