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Pay a tax on every gigabyte you download? Haha, that's too funny. But not to Hungarians

Long John Brass

Re: So how long....

I like your idea! You could also surround Hungary with a forest of Wifi Antenna's & sell access to the poor impoverished Hungarians. That way you don't have to run in the fibre, which the H-Govt could "accidentally" dig up with their tanks^H^H^H^Hractors.

EU rules forbid anti-competitive behaviour no? Hungarian ISP's go belly up, H-Govt looses what little Corporation tax the ISP's deigned to pay

Win win really :)

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Back to the ... drawing board: 'Hoverboard' will disappoint Marty McFly wannabes

Long John Brass

The device emits a loud buzzing and crackling sound during operation.

How is that a downside?

Seems like a must have feature to me!

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UNIX greybeards threaten Debian fork over systemd plan

Long John Brass

Some good ideas in systemd ... but

I really don't like the one large monolithic monster app approach

I also miss being able to just tweak an init script to make it do what I want

I'd be willing to give that up if the flexibilty was provided some other way

Like many others I've only started looking at systemd

Like a new Doctor Who, I'm not sure if I'm going to like it or not, time will I guess tell

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Space exploration is just so lame. NEW APPS are mankind's future

Long John Brass

Badges? .... We don't need no stinking badges!

Mainly cos I ain't got one :(

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Ada Lovelace Day: Meet the 6 women who gave you the 'computer'

Long John Brass

Utter rubbish

> Anyone these days can get access to a degree in software engineering

It was never ever about gender. It has always been about money

If you were a well off 18th century type, you got an education, otherwise not so much. If you were male you got to go to work (Yay weren't they lucky)

The systemic male oppression you speak of never really existed. It was rich vs poor and still is.

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Martha Lane Fox: YEUCH! The Internet is MADE by MEN?!?

Long John Brass

Re: Compulsory voting ...

I've always wondered what would happen if I started a "None of the above" political party

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Greedy datagrabs, crap security will KILL the Internet of Thingies

Long John Brass

The evil already walks among us.

Lot internet connection a week or two ago, and while the lnterwebs were down I tried to print from my phone(Android) to my Brother printer. Didn't think much of it as It's something I do from time to time, without much fuss

What I realised due to my net downtime, was the Brother app needs the internet to do it's thing!

Anything I print makes it's way out to Brother, gets rendered, then gets sent back to the printer

Cue much wailing and gnashing of teeth ... App deleted.

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Something ate Google's 8.8.8.8 at about eight in Asia's evening

Long John Brass

Re: I'm never buying Belkin network equipment ever

Hehe ... Initially read that as "Voodoo firmware tends to suck and Belkin is especially stupid."

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Philip Morris seeks pay-per-puff patent to help you STOP smoking

Long John Brass

Re: Once again the drug dealers attempt ...

@Elmer Phud

Mate ... Given the magnitude of your arsehole-ness; Don't go out when it too windy, you may well invert.

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Want to see the back of fossil fuels? Calm down, hippies. CAPITALISM has an answer

Long John Brass

Here is what I don't understand

We spend money on oil, that money goes to people who spend it on trying to kill us

If we placed say 5c tax/litre of fuel and spent it on getting industrial scale Thorium-MSR + Haber process

We would, cut the cash going to the people who fund the people who are trying to kill us

provide electricity, provide a locally made alternative to petrol, diesel & oil etc

Also means no retro-fit for our exiting vehicle fleet

Cheaper than another war; No?

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Oracle: What's the X4-4? In-memory monster slams jaws down on 3TB, for starters

Long John Brass

Re: Connect 100x86 servers

> BTW, there are no larger Linux servers than 8-sockets on the market

Linux will run on IBM Z series; No?

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Long John Brass

There is some really big tin being shipped these days

Got a couple of these at work http://www-03.ibm.com/systems/x/hardware/enterprise/x3850x5/specs.html

Apparently there is an interconnect that allows you to single image two chassis together (I assume NUMA)

So that is 4TB of ram & 160cpu threads

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A moment of brilliance? UPnP for Internet of Stuff lightbulbs

Long John Brass

Halloween Fun

Imagine being able to detect when the neighbour is facing the TV and slowly opening & closing the curtains, fridge door, cat flap etc .... Drive them mad/scare em shitless; fun for Halloween, not so much the rest of the year.

Security is going to be the issue when they finally get all this crap to talk amongst themselves.

I'd love to be able to get home & say "house lights on", but when the phone can't even get "ok google" right 50% of the time, I don't hold out much hope

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Long John Brass

Re: Making things simple....not

> My God! You see that as "progress"? If electronic equipment tracks me, hounds me, and nags me to do things, what will my wife find to do with her time?

The postman?

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That glass of water you just drank? It was OLDER than the SUN

Long John Brass

Well that explains

Budweiser

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Bracelet could protect user herds from lurking PREDATORS

Long John Brass

I wonder when

The bastards will give up all pretence and just chain their bloody workers to their desk like the boss wants

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Brocade's Vyatta gets OpenDaylight controller

Long John Brass

Re: Vyatta and open source

Dunno ... but I'll be doing a vyatta --> VyOS migration in my home network shortly :)

vyatta was an ok product, I just hope VyOS does what it says on the tin (Kinda like vyatta did); and yes, I realise VyOS is a fork of the vyatta code base

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Moon landing was real and WE CAN PROVE IT, says Nvidia

Long John Brass

Re: Mirrors, Reflectors

Never argue with idiots

They will drag you down to their level & beat you with experience

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Long John Brass

Re: Nowadays it's just targeted to the glorious new ADHD squirrel-brain generation...

***Squirrel***

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Drones CAN'T deliver goods ... oh. Air traffic control system backed by NASA, you say?

Long John Brass

What about

I've seen a lot of to and fro about van vs drone and the problems of each

How about using the van as the refuel/docking station?

No issues with long loiter times in a given location, no more problems with range

Just my 2bits

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'There is no downside – unless you count the total bath you take moving your stuff'

Long John Brass

Re: Came back down under after 11 years in England

As a kiwi who spent 10 wonderful/horrible years in London your post seems very familiar

It's odd how many of us come home to OZ/NZ & buy a lifestyle block (a mate did the very same thing)

I had a very love/hate relationship with London. I will miss the pubs, restaurants etc, I won't miss the bloody tourists who suddenly stop in the middle of Victoria station & gawk mindlessly about themselves. I used to get pedestrian rage :(

The oddest thing about working in IT shops round London was that the pom's seemed to be a bit on an endangered species... More often than not there were only a few token poms (usually manglement), I loved the united nations aspect my co-workers presented. Oddly enough now that I'm back in godsown country the workforce is much more diverse than when I left.

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Why Apple had to craft a pocket-busting 5.5in Plus-sized iPhone 6 (thank LG, Samsung etc)

Long John Brass

May I humbly suggest

:%s/wristslabs/wristable/g

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VMware updates vSphere, recommends new security fixes

Long John Brass
Mushroom

"vSphere 6 fixes all this."

As does Citrix XenServer

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TV techies proudly display their MIGHTY BENDERS in Berlin

Long John Brass

Re: While a few men may think this is a good idea

... Next morning the spider has hacked the tracked dyson M1A1, using it as a mount, it begins to prowl the living room looking for fleshy mammalian prey

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OwnCloud: Fiddly but secure host-from-home sync 'n' share

Long John Brass

Another happy ownCloud user here

Been very very surprised how slick it is...

Being able to "mount" up SMB/CIFS shares or NFS is great

Hooked up DropBox & GoogleDrive to it as well

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Alien Ninja Fembot Pirates vs the Jedi SAS Chuck Norris startroopers: RUMBLE

Long John Brass

Re: Missing?

Wasn't the existence of the Pak Protectors one of the reason Niven gave for the distinct lack of numbers of alien species ... IE: They hunted em down & killed most of them?

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SHIP OF FAIL: How do we right capsized institutions we thought would NEVER go under?

Long John Brass

I saw an episode of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. He floated the idea during the last financial crash, that instead of bailing out the banks etc ... The govt should have guaranteed everyone's savings & bought up any debt & just let the institutions fail. I suspect they would have spent the same amount of cash.

If the manglement & share holders get burned by bad business practices they will start demanding better ones.

As for oil ... Been reading lately about molten salt thorium reactors; If the hype is to be believed, they may supply the energy our technological & mobile society requires. An interesting idea is to look at the amount of energy available per head of population, historically as that energy supply has gotten larger & cheaper societies flourish

There seems to be a large amount of Armageddonism going around lately (might just be my perspective) not sure it's entirely warranted. We have problems to be sure, but nothing that we shouldn't be able to solve. We are the thinking ape after all :)

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The IT kit revolution's OVER, say beancounters - but how do they know?

Long John Brass

In the dark ages

When dinosaurs ruled the earth, most companies couldn't afford computers or the tech priests who ran them.

So they went to what (in this part of the world) they called "consultancies" who would run a couple of big iron dinosaurs & a flock of smaller "mini-computers" (A minicomputer fitted into a single rack, disks were a separate rack) you could buy time of the gear to run payroll, or stock control or whatever, the consultancy operation would be a one stop shop for all your computing needs.

Then as the costs came down and tech priests were more abundant, more & more companies started to run their own gear. They especially liked the fact that the consultancies would no longer have them by the short & curly's ... they would be masters of their own destinies :)

The PC revolution (as stated earlier in the thread) then the networked PC fad of the 90's meant the death of the consultancy model, queue a round or two of in-sourcing & outsourcing and now the trend is cloud computing & managed services, which I'm having a hard time differentiating between and the older "consultancy" model (other than the truly VAST scale of these operations)

So the answer to your cyclical change/structural change question is yes, it's both

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CNN 'tech analyst' on NAKED CELEBS: WHO IS this mystery '4chan' PERSON?

Long John Brass

Re: Misuse of Word

Hacking is the process of making ANY system(computer or otherwise) do something interesting/novel that it was not intended to do. A hacker is someone who works such magic.

Cracking is the bypassing/breaking of security.

Thus a hacker may well crack the security on a door, safe or computer system

A hacker also invented the steam, petrol, diesel engine, hackers invent lots of things

A hacker that makes a lot of money is sometimes called an entrepreneur or when in the company of less monied hackers, a wanker

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GitHub.io killed the distro star: Why are people so bored with the top Linux makers?

Long John Brass

Re: You may not want to read this

If I read that right you looking to run a VNC server on your Linux box?

If so this is what I use http://guac-dev.org/

The only gotcha I found was that I had to use kdm instead of gdm(v3) as gdm broke xdcmp :(

Client can be any html5 (canvas) enabled web browser, which also means you can expose your desktop via https if you feel so inclined

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Long John Brass

App store?

> The app store model that Apple pioneered has yet to really take off in the Linux world

Ummm apt-get and it's kin has been around way longer than any of these so called app stores

Apples only "innovation" was to hook a payment system up to the repo manager, and I wouldn't be at all surprised if someone else beat em that that idea too.

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Long John Brass

Re: Does a lack of search=lack of interest?

Agreed ... A far better metric would the bandwidth stats of the various distribution repo server + mirrors

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Oz biz regulator discovers shared servers in EPIC FACEPALM

Long John Brass

Re: You've got to give them a little credit

Or perhaps...

they were found out & had to write a report to central govt explaining what went worng

Obviously junior bureaucrats, they didn't try to pass the buck or blame someone else

They'll do better next time, don't you worry

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IT blokes: would you say that LEWD comment to a man? Then don't say it to a woman

Long John Brass

Some people are dicks

> so as he could shove a photo of a penis in front of my face

It even says so on their business cards

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The agony and ecstasy of SteamOS: WHERE ARE MY GAMES?

Long John Brass

Re: No thanks

Have a +1 for KSP

Personally I'd love to see the SPB PixHawke renamed MechJeb

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Munich considers dumping Linux for ... GULP ... Windows!

Long John Brass

Re: Can't say I blame them

If you really felt you had to re-install the OS for a graphics card change; then son you doing it wrong

Have fun is MS land, don't let the door hit you in the arse on the way out

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Long John Brass

Re: Personally I use Kontact + Citadel

http://citadel.org/doku.php/faq:generalquestions:how_do_you_base_your_claims_that_citadel_is_powerful_and_scalable#how.do.you.base.your.claims.that.citadel.is.powerful.and.scalable

http://citadel.org/doku.php/faq:generalquestions:maximum_store_size#what.is.the.maximum.size.of.a.citadel.message.store

To be fair, I've never set it up & run it in that large an org. Most outfits are heavily invested in Outlook+Exchange.

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Long John Brass

Personally I use Kontact + Citadel

works a treat

Even has a web interface for when I'm away from my desktop

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Intel's Raspberry Pi rival Galileo can now run Windows

Long John Brass
Coat

Re: No trust

I am "The Man" and I also stick with the Rasberry PI, and Linux

yes, yes .... I'm going

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Time to ditch HTTP – govt malware injection kit thrust into spotlight

Long John Brass

Re: Well, but in this case HTTPS wouldn't help

Would it?

If a session is encrypted via a given CA-Chain, will that allow another CA chain into the encrypted stream?

so..

EvilGovt CA --> PKI --> TargetSiteCert --> Session

Other CA --> PKI -- Read SiteCert --> Session

Don't see how you would be able to insert malware into the Real Site session

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You! Pirate! Stop pirating, or we shall admonish you politely. Repeatedly, if necessary

Long John Brass

Derivative works

When I bought my sony eBook reader a few years back; It came with a bunch of preloaded ebooks, all public domain, out of copyright kinda stuff

All had a brand spanking new Sony copyright on em. From what I understand they altered the text just enough to allow them to legally put a new copyright on it. They splattered around a bunch of "th e", "hte" type change plus random punctuation changes.

If it's a crime to misuse other peoples copyrighted works, then it should a crime to re-copyright works that has matured into the public domain

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Can it be true? That I hold here, in my mortal hand, a nugget of PUREST ... BLACK?

Long John Brass

Black space craft? Whatever could go wrong

"It's the weird color-scheme that freaks me. Every time you try to operate one of these weird black controls, which are labeled in black on a black background, a small black light lights up in black to let you know you've done it!" -Zaphod/Mark Wing-Davey (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy)

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LOHAN seeks stirring motto for spaceplane mission patch

Long John Brass

B5 Ref

Ugly, but well hung

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Watch: DARPA shows off first successful test of STEERABLE bullet

Long John Brass

Re: Use a sword

> since to get in melee range, you have to MOVE into melee range -- by that point you'll have been raked several times over

Which is why the rule is; kill the Mage FIRST! Kill it now! Focus fire, kill it, kill it, kill it

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What is it with cloud computing? Engage VM, disengage brain?

Long John Brass

Cheap, Fast, Reliable

Pick any two.

I was taught this many years ago, by a very smart & very grizzled SysAdmin/Mentor.

He was also the guy who pointed out that you can hire any cheap monkey to baby-sit multi million dollar systems; But when it hits the fan you really do need someone who knows his/her shit.

I've been in meetings with bosses & vendors, and calling the vendors out when they start to spin bullshit. "Yes we can move your entire estate in 6 weeks". <expletive deleted>. I was asked by my manglement no to turn up to any further meetings as I was too negative.

I get why companies want cloud/outsource/snakeoil vendors to white knight in and save them from IT. Tech is hard and most don't want to be tech companies, they want to focus on "core business"; problem is when IT goes away so does their core business. How many clerks, typists etc would it take to run even small businesses today?

Grumble, mutter, get off my damned lawn

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Facebook didn't infringe Dutch inventor's patents: Jury

Long John Brass

US patent court? Shabby??

Umm Mr Pott please meet Mr Kettle

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So, what exactly defines a 'boffin'? Speak your brains...

Long John Brass

Re: A positivist pragamatic view on the epistemology of boffins.

No ... quacks are the anti-boffin

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Calxeda co-founder unleashs 48-core ARM SoC

Long John Brass

I want one

No, make that two; Yup Two dual socket machines stuffed to the gills with that sweet sweet DDR3/4

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