* Posts by Guus Leeuw

213 posts • joined 27 Mar 2008

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Science contest to get girls interested in STEM awards first prize to ... a boy

Guus Leeuw

Re: To Be Fair

Dear Sir,

That is exactly what gender-based political correctness is all about: tilting tables in favor of the seemingly under-represented people.

I am all for giving everybody equal opportunities, but that must indeed mean equal to everybody. Not "equal to everybody except those who are in the majority".

Regards,

Guus Leeuw

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Medical data experiment goes horribly wrong: 950,000 records lost

Guus Leeuw
Headmaster

Re: Ya'll left out one biggie

Dear Sir,

"You will left out one biggie"?

Regards,

Guus

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Outage outrage: Banks need clear targets for improving IT systems

Guus Leeuw

Dear Sir,

"IT risks need to be accorded the same status as credit, financial and conduct risk. They are every bit as serious a threat to customers and to overall financial stability"

while I applaud the sentiment in those sentences, I think it would be wholy incorrect to create one group that will provide guidelines for IT Security. Who should be in that group? GCHQ? NSA? Google? HPE? IBM? End-users? FSF? Why not also Microsoft?

An ITSecurity/Resiliency Regulator... What a waste of money. What have the romans ever done for us, eh?

Creating laws that make it unlawful for a technology-driven company (any really, not only banks)

* to have outages that take longer than 24 to fix (public SLA)

* to have systems that can be hacked into

* to not report such (also) illegal hackingly acquired access

Make the amount of fines payable to the court depending on how life-necessary the technology service is, and/or how many records were stolen and/or how many (wall-clock) hours of illegal access were achieved and/or how many hours of DDoS caused systems to be unreachable for their intended purpose. I.e. facebook can pay the amount of (£|$|€)0.001 if unavailable for 1 year, whereas for example a national news service (paid by TV licenses) might attract fines of half a million in case their online services are unreachable for half a day, possibly payable by budget cuts from then on in (ie lower TV license cost).

To me, that should be part of the Computer Misuse Act. Yes, I understand that IoT and Cloud Computing require responsive and dynamic compute resources... That in itself does not mean one can foresake a firewall, a bastion host, or a FortiNet device (oh wait...), or any IT Security measures that common sense dictates should be implemented.

Best regards,

Guus Leeuw

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Blocking out the Sun won't fix climate change – but it could buy us time

Guus Leeuw
Headmaster

Re: Refreeze the poles?

Dear Sir,

"In the early-mid 1960's I was a deep sea trawlerman fishing the arctic, small bergs were called 'polar mints', penguins are called, 'waiters-in-tail-coats'."

I doubt, somehow, very much that you've seen a lot of waiters-in-tail-coats, somehow.

Regards,

Guus

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Rejoice, Penguinistas, Linux 4.4 is upon us

Guus Leeuw

Have an up-vote for the German rant... Completely agree: software that wants to be a cure-all for a problem that hardly exists is not good enough...

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Smartphone hard, dudes, like it’s the end of the world!

Guus Leeuw

Re: misc.

Dear Sir,

"-My 2-yo Galaxy S5 is nearly a burner phone at this point, albeit with better specs: The value is depreciated, it is my main phone, and it doesn't break easily."

Do you find as well, that the S5 gets quite hot sometimes, almost turning itself into a burning phone rather than a burner phone? Well, mine does sometimes...

Regards,

Guus

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Periodic table enjoys elemental engorgement

Guus Leeuw

What? New direction at The Reg?

Dear Sir,

"Doubtless readers will suggest ..." Why does the author think that his readers are doubtless? I, for one, doubt that the author actually means what he wrote.

So, El Reg, what about that stone editor, now that the site is going to undergo a dramatic change in direction?

Also, while you're at it: How about HTTPS?

Regards.

Guus

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UK police cuff suspect over VTech toy hack

Guus Leeuw

Dear Sir,

If the perpetrator did do anything harmful with the data, other than gaining access to it, then sure use the Computer Misuse Act against him/her.

At any rate, and based on VTech's apparent statement, make sure the Computer Misuse Act is used against VTech. All the way from the top to the idiot who decided that security was too expensive...

Regards,

Guus

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PETA monkey selfie lawsuit threatens wildlife photography, warns snapper at heart of row

Guus Leeuw

Re: The day a monkey decides to bring it's own lawsuit

vice versa: with the main items in the preceding statement the other way round...

not: negating the main items in the preceding statement...

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Guus Leeuw

Re: Joke suit

B12 can be found in animal products, meat being one. vegetarians should be largely ok: eating eggs, drinking milk gives them enough B12. Vegans are not so lucky, they need some form of supplement, or dish the vegan diet every so often, and eat some animal product...

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IBM kills Hack A Hair Dryer women-in-tech vid after backlash

Guus Leeuw

Re: Shocking!

Gollum!

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Putin's Russia outlaws ECHR judgments after mass surveillance case

Guus Leeuw

Re: This could get all rather interesting ..

Hardly anybody these days follows up on rules they make... That's in a large part why so many people get away with so many things... Cyclists + red lights, cars + red lights, people throwing rubbish on the ground...

Responsibility can only be taught by enforcing the threat that is part of the rule... Follow the rule or else xyz will happen... Once you omit to make sure "xyz will happen" even though there is a violation of the rule, every sane person on the planet will understand that you're not serious, and rules will be bent, sometimes past breaking point.

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Guus Leeuw

Re: This could get rather interesting ..

Since when did France and / or Germany allow the membership talks with Turkey to re-opened?

Don't forget the whole Cyprus mess that is upholding any negotiations around Turkey joining the EU...

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Man goes to collect stolen-car court docs found in stolen car in stolen car

Guus Leeuw

Re: Oxymoron List

Here, have a downvote for that one... ;)

There's no apparent contradiction in the terms "Project" and "Manager", unless the "Manager" is a "Project"...

I know, because I am earning my livelyhood as a Project Manager at the moment.

Guus

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Microsoft's CRM chief defects to Salesforce

Guus Leeuw
Headmaster

Speel corrrrecttionnssss are optionally optional

Dear Sir,

F7?

Stone Editor?

Write -> Self Correct -> Peer Correct -> Editor Approve -> Publish?

Fire -> Forget?

Pick one, but use it consistently, please... And not only spelling errors this time... Whose, Who's, hose? Just to name one.

Regards,

Guus

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US Presidential race becomes Wi-Fi password snark battle

Guus Leeuw
Headmaster

Simon Simon ... and El Reg El Reg ...

Dear Sir,

I'm not the first, and surely not the last, but:

1) "From a technical standpoint, the Democratic password is more secure: it's longer and mixes numerals and letters, getting it a little closer to the correcthorsebatterystaple ideal."

2) "changes are not popular there are they are seen as deliberately "

El Reg really needs to hire a stone editor who will ensure that articles are proper in contents and grammar!

Regards,

Guus

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Brace yourselves. Huawei’s launching an HCIA product

Guus Leeuw
Headmaster

Also...

Dear Sir,

"and also virtualised servers – VDI for example"

Virtual Desktop Infrastructure... The clue is in the meaning of VDI...

Regards,

Guus

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Your taxes at work: Three hours driving to turn on politician's PC

Guus Leeuw

Re: Why fucking green and fucking orange Arrrggghhh!!!!

Dear Sir,

I was taught that two lots of X chromosones cannot produce red/green colourblindness in people, hence women are actually not reg/green colourblind... I would have hung up on that person and would have told to spin her lies elsewhere.

Blue/yellow for sure, because that's not a sexe-chromosone...

Just my two cents,

Guus

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Time Lords set for three-week battle over leap seconds

Guus Leeuw
Pint

Re: And we have...

you are indeed, Sir. Your respondent mentioned memorial, not grave.

Friday an' all that. Beer time!

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To save mobile web, we must destroy JavaScript, HTML and CSS

Guus Leeuw

Re: Dumb, dumb, DUMB.

Dear Sir,

Isn't this what the new breed of techsavvy kids are supposed to fix? They should know all about software programming from primary school, and if that fails, they can later go on a 18 month course that teaches them all about coding...

Ok ok ... I'm removing the tongue from the cheek.

Regards,

Guus

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The ONE WEIRD TRICK which could END OBESITY

Guus Leeuw

Re: Obesity is a reflection of societies illhealth

Dear AC,

define "healthier".

How does one do that, when:

1) Natural fatty have been successfully replaced by low-fat products. Take fat out of any food, and you get a taste problem. Sugar makes that go away... So you have tons of low-fat products that have some form of sugar. You do know that sugar is addictive, right?

2) The general assumption is that eating meat three times a day is actually acceptable. Looking at where we're coming from as a race, eating crops is by far easier than eating meat. Also, growing meat as is done today on an industrial level is not helpful at all for sustainable agriculture. Growing meat costs a lot of water; much more than growing crops....

Regards,

Guus

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Will IT support please come to the ward immediately. Weeeee have a tricky problem

Guus Leeuw

Re: Excuse me...

Dear AC,

You have a hobby. That hobby appears to be IT related. It doesn't mean you understand it to a deep professional level, or to a level that you could actually make money out of it.

I have hobbies too... Making cakes and breads, for one... Cycling, for another... I am not a professional and would be very limited in my abilty to keep living, if I were to do these things professionally...

I agree with the rest of your statement about inadequate acquisition processes. That's the bane of IT, though... Deals are made at the golf course, not so much because it makes sense to the people who have to deal with the acquired stuff.

Regards,

Guus

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Croc country cops' mobile facial matching a festival party pop

Guus Leeuw

hmmm.... title....

Dear Sir,

"Alzheimer's or other similar health issues to assist police in getting them the care they need"

I thought the job of the police was/is to uhm how-do-you-say police! Not to put innocent poeple in lock up, which sounds like another phrase for giving them the care they need.

Also, journo, you seem to be awefully fond of shortening words and sentences... I know it's the fashionable thing to do these days, but by God, language was defined for one purpose: make communication easier, not more difficult... and as a journalist, it seems to me, one should uphold such standards...

Regards,

Guus

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Google robo-car suffers brain freeze after seeing hipster cyclist

Guus Leeuw

Standardization of intra car comminucation would come in handy here...

Also, there are exceptions even when all cars come to the intersection at the same time:

1) Those that do not go straight have to wait for traffic to clear

2) Amongst those that go straight, the ICCP (Intra-Car-COmmunication Protocol) can determine who goes first

After that, the nearside rule applies, and every cars goes in turn.

Regards,

Guus

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Guus Leeuw

Re: @AC - @ElReg!comments!Pierre = @Hugh Pumphrey - Track Stand? Bah.

But what ground do we ordinary people have if the police (Gardai here in Ireland) are upsetting the rules of the road by stopping with their motorcycles and cars in a bike box... I asked one officer so as to whether the bicycle icon on the ground meant anything to him. His reaction: A shrug and he drove off through the red light...

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Guus Leeuw

Re: Joined up thinking

It works on a Monday morning / lunch time as well!

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Guus Leeuw
Joke

Dear Sir,

the US does not make you drive on the right... In fact, for some people the US advices that they drive on the left...

Regards,

Guus

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Guus Leeuw

Re: Maybe you "Entitled" cyclists....

Dear Sir,

Might I kindly remind you that Rules of the Sea *do not* apply to the Road?

If you were so kind and to actually open you eyes and mind you would see all kinds of traffic rule violations by drivers of all kinds of vehicles (and I include shoes in the term vehicle for the purpose of this reply).

And I'm speaking for Dublin.

Everybody who uses the road these days seems to be tempted to go on an egoistic type of trip: taxi drivers jumping through orange (which is the color that signals: Clear the intersection), busses starting to accelerate while the light is still red (which is the color that signals: Stop), pedestrians crossing on a whim and without looking, cyclists stopping between the lines used for pedestrian crossings. Nobody ever uses any signalling anymore these days, and the use of hand signals by cyclists go largely unnoticed by cars. Oh and what's the story with all sorts of vehicles stopping inside the bike box so that there's actually no room left for a bike in that box?

It is not just cyclists that need going after. The police (Gardai) should do what they're paid for: Fine / Arrest people for violating the laws, which includes traffic. And in terms of registration: Cyclists / pedestrians should not need to be registered, instead their fines should be paid on the spot, no arguing.

Kind regards,

and please do read up on the Highway Code,

Guus

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175 MILLION websites still powered by Windows Server 2003

Guus Leeuw

Re: oh come on

Now where did you get the notion that these are online banking supporting systems?

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Compromised SSH keys used to access Spotify, UK Govt GitHub repos

Guus Leeuw

Why ?

Dear Sirs,

why should github do more to stop users hurting themselves?

Github is code repository service, not a security service. How the repos are accessed is entirely up to the users.

It's like saying that Chris Boardman should make saver bikes so that users are saver on them.

Nannystatism, that. If you yourself are not clever enough to use github in a secure manner, maybe you shouldn't be accessing it to begin with... Why always state that problems are somebody else's fault? Is this what society is coming too? Is this what happened with society and why we ended up in these nannystates? Because nobody is man enough to put there balls on the table any more? What about standing tall and admitting that you made a mistake, that the fault is all yours... Your balls will be busted, but you can leave the room with integrity and be proud and respected for your actions!

Just my 0.02,

Guus

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Rivals feel power of EMC's storage software bite

Guus Leeuw

Correction?

Dear Sir,

"As for Big Blue, it does not have an equivalent back-up product range that EMC or Symantec ..."

How is TSM not equivalent in terms back-up product range?

Regards,

Guus

PS: Please issue a webpage / forum where one can upload corrections...

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REVEALED: Apple fanbois are 'MENTALLY UNSTABLE' - iShop staff

Guus Leeuw

To be fair, we don't... For one, I don't!

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Smartphones, iTunes and the White House on Vulture News

Guus Leeuw

Sound mixing is not optional!

Dear El Reg,

it is quite hard to hear Regina over the music background... Can you please remix, and lower the volume of the music?

Regards,

Guus

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UN: Fossil fuels should be TERMINATED 86 years from now

Guus Leeuw

Quoting ad infinium

Dear El Reg,

you quote: "There are multiple mitigation pathways that are likely to limit warming to below 2°C relative to pre-industrial levels. These pathways would require substantial emissions reductions over the next few decades and near zero emissions of CO2 and other long-lived GHGs by the end of the century."

The linked report states this:

"There are multiple mitigation pathways that are likely to limit warming to below 2 °C relative to pre-industrial levels. Limiting warming to 2.5 °C or 3 °C involves similar challenges, but less quickly. These pathways would require substantial emissions reductions over the next few decades, and near zero emissions of CO2 and other long-lived GHGs by the end of the century."

The sentence that was removed actually is the reference for the words "These pathways"... Even though they are similar, the removed sentence makes the whole quoted report less juicy (because IPCC foresees that less warming might start later)...

Now, in the whole I don't think the report or the setup of the IPCC is perfect, as there are a lot of areas that would require clarification for the report to be of proper scientific use or origin, however the quote put forward by El Reg seems a bit unfair as well...

Regards,

Guus

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Forget eyeballs and radar! Brits tackle GPS JAMMERS with WWII technology

Guus Leeuw

Dear Detective,

this goes to show that Britain is still leading the world...

Regards,

Guus

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Curious to know if the UK's Tory-led government is a MEGA SPY? Answer: Yes

Guus Leeuw

Re: I say good

Dear Phil,

Dude.

"Bay guys will do bad things no matter what laws you pass - that's why they are outlaws...

The easiest way to catch them is to the fact that they are often not very bright, which should be self evident."

Can I freely conclude that you are an outlaw? The number of typos make me think that you're not all that bright yourself... but heyho, that's just my gut feeling...

:D

Regards,

Guus

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Sony borks fanboi funboxes with dodgy PS4 update

Guus Leeuw

Yeah, but what is forgotten is that PS4 is essentially a known platform. There's no PS4 with this graphics or that disk, or such operating system patch level...

Therefore the number of regression tests is fairly well defined, and should be possible to automate...

I don't get why so many walled-garden-software has to be soo buggy these days...

Regards,

Guus

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Keep up with the fast-moving world of flash array storage

Guus Leeuw

Dear Chris,

"existing disk array suffer from latency". Really? Sure, if the cache is full and no intelligent pre-fetching is implemented. Ie not very often...

"Virtualising servers and threading application software makes the servers much better at keeping their cores busy processing application code than the old inefficient multi-tasking operating systems such as Windows NT and Unix." The same old inefficient multi-tasking algorithms that live nowadays within the same old operating systems such as Unix are now performing far better, due (in large) to the way modern CPUs are designed and implemented. Virtualising a server does nothing towards making that server run faster. In fact, virtualising a server vs putting that server on the same physical hardware as the hypervisor would logically dictate that the latter will outperform the former!

"Effectively, a two-socket, 12-core server has 24 cores running in parallel" - How is it that a two-socket 12-core server has 24 cores running in parallel? The fact that there is a socket doesn't mean that there is a CPU which may have 12 cores... Be precise, and you will see that in your own head things all of a sudden actually make sense... It has been said before: Don't use one word to mean something else than its very definition. Socket != CPU...

"and imposing a storage array access burden that is roughly 24 times greater overall." In the past we had 24 single CPU single core servers running those applications. Inefficiently, but still the workload was there. The fact that this workload is now centralised on one server that has 24 cores doesn't make a difference in terms of workload for the storage array... The workload may come to the array more densely, but just saying that a 24-times more powerful machine will request 24 times more data is cutting the corner a bit too finely, Chris!

"CPUs access data from main memory in nanoseconds" CPU access data from a storage array in nanoseconds as well, Chris. What you mean to say is that internal memory is accessed far faster than external memory. Accessing external memory that sits on mechanical drives and is accessed directly (by by-passing caches on the way) is slower still.

"In the time it takes for a disk array access, say 7 milliseconds, a waiting CPU core could execute 7 million instructions." 7 milliseconds = 7000 microseconds = 7000000 nanoseconds. Gigaherz stands for the number of cycles in billions per second. so 3 Ghz executes 3 billion parts of instructions per second. Therefore in one millisecond, 3 thousand parts of instructions are executed. Thusly, in 7 milliseconds, 21 thousand parts of instructions are executed. Why "parts of instructions": not every assembler instruction takes just one cycle to complete. 1 nano = 10^-9, 1 milli = 10^-3, one GHz = 10^9, one Mhz = 10^6... just dropping or adding 10^3 is a bit of a leap, IMHO.

quoting Flash array supporters: "and that means your servers can do more"... No, it actually means that your servers do less waiting for data than when compared to traditional storage arrays. Why would one want to put the word "can" in there? "Can" is a statement of uncertainty: they can, but they also cannot... "coulda woulda shoulda; didn't"...

"as you move up the list" - you mean, as you move down the list?!!

"applications such as financial trading and mass online sales" - Please clarify, what are mass online sales? amazon-mass, where a billion people by one product each? resulting in tiny storage transactions, but a whole lot of them, and where each transaction is "old" after 1 month? How is financial trading stacking up against flash-only? Is it jusitified?

What you see a lot of the time, and flash unfortunately helps in this regard, is that people write bad software, that uses a badly designed (and sometimes worse implemented) database, all of which sit on a number of servers not designed for the job at hand, all of which want storage.

Keeping all your data in live tablespaces, and not having appropriate indices, and not managing existing *and* minimising the impact of slow queries, not appropriately paging answer sets, etc etc all make it look as though faster storage is the solution. But let's not forget that faster storage in 80% of the cases will only ever give a 20% better performance for the end-user (if that...)! And for the 20% where faster storage actually makes a big impact: well, that's very often to do with over-saturation at the storage end, so badly managed capacity and system usage...

Flash helps, but let's not just throw flash at a badly written application and make it run faster... It's better to get a good team of people to write and operate good software/databases/servers, than to just chuck millions at a randomly generated problem because some dope forgot to put an index on a textual column somewhere...

I don't quite agree with your conclusion. Flash arrays are good, for sure, but should be implemented where justified, and just across the board because somebody doesn't want to actually fix the software...

Just my two cents,

Guus

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The 'fun-nification' of computer education – good idea?

Guus Leeuw

Re: Why shouldn't coding be for fun?

DrXym,

how would you teach them to move a zombie / hamster? It would be necessary to have one at the ready. Which basically means that you'd have one set of people preparing all the class material. Which is exactly what the quangos hope to get out of this... Is it good? No not at all. The teacher is not interested in the subject, so (s)he will not teach it well... Result: meeellions of minions even less interested in whatever could give them a job...

Education standards driven by politcal connections are a *bad* idea, no matter what...

Also bad is to make the guy who hated maths head of maths education standards...

Passionate people at the fore.. And I mean really deeply passionate people.. Them for whom it hurts in their brains when they are not allowed to do it... Those are the best, because they know why something is fun... why they love it so much, why it gives back so much... Stuff that nobody else understands... :) Because passion is not a job! :)

Guus

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Forget passwords, let's use SELFIES, says Obama's cyber tsar

Guus Leeuw

Re: Works a treat!

petur,

That's rather weak, auto-unban after an hour...

My system: You're stupid enough to get auto-banned after 3 failed attempts, you have to explain why you failed, what went wrong etc etc, before I manually unban your IP and un-deactivated your account...

Just saying,

Guus

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Microsoft, Docker bid to bring Linux-y containers to Windows: What YOU need to know

Guus Leeuw

Hi,

it largely depends on the job at hand... If it is a user-land application you're developing, a container would be OK. If it is some sort of driver / kernel module / whatnot, a virtual machine would be much better...

Regards,

Guus

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Uber, Lyft and cutting corners: The true face of the Sharing Economy

Guus Leeuw

Re: Not to be left out...

Dear Sir,

Hailo can hate it all they want, but they can't actually do anything about.

They can maybe make the taxi driver keep the app switched on and be logged in. Hailo cannot force the taxi driver to accept jobs.

"Ok, you didn't accept my last 5 jobs I sent you... So you're out of Hailo..." Doesn't sound like a good idea for Hailo.

Hailo is a free-for-all type service: They correctly use a free app for the passenger. They correctly use percentage-of-the-fare to get money from the drivers who use their systems. Nobody is obliged anybody anything. Nobody is out anything either...

It will be hard for Hailo to start demanding things.

Driver: "You think I should switch on my app / be logged in in the weekends? OK, you have to provide me with 10 jobs each night then"

Hailo: "In that case you need to pay a subscription fee."

Driver: "In which case you need to also guarantee a minimum amount of fare, so that I can be reasonably assured that I can pay my subscription fee."

The End...

Hailo can start hiring taxi drivers directly... In which case they become a private hire firm, and will have to abide by local arcane-ish regulations no matter where they operate...

Or, as happens at least in Dublin on Saturday&Sunday morning around 04:00AM: You get no response from Hailo... It sucks as there are no cars to hail on the street either... But then again: they didn't guarantee me a car for everytime I need one. No, Hailo guarantees nothing, promises to contact a number of close-by cars, but even then, it is up to the driver to accept / refuse the job... So I can be all upset about not being able to Hailo a car, but hey... The app / Hailo does what it says on the tin.

If Hailo would start using unlicensed drivers, I would immediately stop using it. Simply because a rape/kidnapping/murder by a "cab" driver hasn't happened in God knows how many years, doesn't make it so that it never happened... The arcane-ish rules about needing a license to taxi driver are there for good reasons, as fellow commentard pointed out: Somebody always pays the price... It's just so sad if that were a person ending up dead...

And do they not warn about dodgy minicab drivers? Don't get in a car where you can't know / trust a person... Sure, Uber uses rating systems... Never had a bad rating from anybody... Sure some rides weren't rated, but yeah feck how could they... Poor unfortunate gobshite ended up dead before rating the driver...

Guus

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BOFH: The current value of our IT ASSets? Minus eleventy-seven...

Guus Leeuw

Re: This is actually true...

Are you suggesting, Travis, that CAPS is actually your first name then?

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We need less U.S. in our WWW – Euro digital chief Steelie Neelie

Guus Leeuw

Dear Sir,

would you care to dig out which actors are pushing those radical changes, and which radical changes these are?

I would like to propose radical changes to the way acting is performed as well. Less of the multi-million dollar payouts (so that I can go to the cinema for a fiver rather than a tenner) and more time spent in class while not acting (so as to keep these people off the streets). I have no notion whatsoever about acting. I am assuming that actors have no notion about governance of the world wide web or internet.

Regards,

Guus

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Banking apps: Handy, can grab all your money... and RIDDLED with coding flaws

Guus Leeuw

@LatinWanker:

It does, but only in the quick and cheap parts...

It even fecking said to pick just two...

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The police are WRONG: Watching YouTube videos is NOT illegal

Guus Leeuw

Re: They've got you...

Dear Sir,

under section e) I would mount the defence that the user is not transmitting it, but rather requesting somebody else to transmit it to his/her computerised-viewing-equipment-of-choice via whichever technologically available means... Therefore it is YouTube (Google) who falls foul of the law, and hence they want to remove / are removing / have removed the referred contents.

I wholeheartedly agree with the sentiment of the <opinion> piece. Well done.

Regards,

Guus

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e-Borders fiasco: Brits stung for £224m after US IT giant sues UK govt

Guus Leeuw

Re: Fings ain't what they used to be

Dear Admiral,

if that statement were indeed made by Government, it would have been a quote and should have appeared in quotes.

The mentioned proof-readers / editors / stone editors / whatsits would have caught the error and would have requested a retype.

Henceforth, it is indeed time that Internet newspapers start to be more intellectual and actually use language rather than just make things up as they go along.

Just my two cents,

Guus

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Govt control? Hah! It's IMPOSSIBLE to have a successful command economy

Guus Leeuw

Success of the iPhone?

Dear Sir,

May I take this opportunity to indicate that any rational planner would have not been aware / capable of coming up with new gizmos? His/her area of expertise is optimising that what the economy is taught to deliver, not adding to the uncounted factors that alter the outcome of the predictions!

Effectively planned / command economy means and is largely equivalent to stagnism: if it takes us a hundred years to built a computer capable of calculating and commanding today's economy, then we must not alter *anything* to said economy lest we need longer to build a computer that can model our changes. Also, once that computer is there, it is geared to one task: raise the efficiency of the economy that existed 100 years ago...

Just saying,

Guus

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Password manager LastPass goes titsup: Users LOCKED OUT

Guus Leeuw

Re: Lastpass

Uhm, noshitman, KeepAss' software is perfectly open: one can download the source code right from their website...

Or, maybe I'm mistaken, and you mean something with "KeePass keeps the data locally but the software is closed so as you say you're boned."

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Today's Facebook fury: Coppertone-like baby pic ban baffles US mom

Guus Leeuw

Why extreme?

Hi Bristol,

why is the original commenter's comment a bit extreme? I seem to remember a case where such pictures were printed and made available online by a newspaper in Denmark. Journalist / Editor etc could have been beheaded by mentioned operatives.

Similar happened to a Mr Bin Laden in Afghanistan....

Just saying...

Regards,

Guus

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