97 posts • joined Thursday 12th April 2007 12:14 GMT
Ummm ... yes actually; For many years
Although I will admit; as my day job is Linux/Unix admin I don't spend a lot of time doing spiffy power-point presentations. Most people are happy if my e-mails contain less than ~10% spelling errors :)
I bet MS would change their mind if Mark Shuttleworth did a press piece saying
"Hey China, we will help you out!" Mass installfest in PRC everyone :)
GNU/Linux + Libre Office + Wine should cover 80-90% of most use cases no?
Re: My little pony
Finally a valid use for a 3d printer?
you could knock out a my little knackers yard or a happy fun time re-education camp in no time :)
An idea for google
Instead of plastering advertising all over the web
When you use their search engine, it mines for bitcoins or whatever
Could this finally be a business model for the likes of twatter?
Re: Reality check
For the most part I agree; "Most people neither want nor care about making their houses intelligent"
No .... most people don't give a shit one way or the other
What people care about is simpler & easier. I don't want to HAVE to program each and every bloody light bulb in the house, I want a smart system that can figure out for itself... when he walks in the door at night he normally turns on these lights, so the system would then start doing that automatically
What I don't want is a system where I have to talk to a thrice damned speech recognition system,
<me> Ok House turn on lights,
<house> Do you mean turn on living room lights? Yes to proceed, no to cancel
<Me> *sigh* YES,
<House> Ok cancelling selection,
<House> OK turning off heating.
Until you can improve on the UI of a simple light switch, these things are doomed to fail
Was pondering purchasing some kit from http://routerboard.com/; pity there doesn't seem to be many/any ADSL options for the miniPCI slots.
If they make this thing modular; say PCI-104 or some-such then I'd probably buy
It would be nice to be able to pick & choose say base + adsl + wifi or base + extra switch ports
Re: The nanny state minding people's own business again?
> likely to scare people into radical unnecessary treatment
Right, so who is going to carry out said radical unnecessary treatment?
It's not like you are going to get the test results; nip off into the kitchen for a quick DIY mastectomy
No you would visit a honest to dog sawbones & one would hope they would set you straight before anything tragic happens.
Now I'm going to have to setup a transparent outbound proxy to filter all outbound http(s) traffic
Yay; whackamole with all the devices I purchased that are trying to spy on me :(
Re: The post-stuff age
> However they will never be a 1-per-home item.
Can can very clearly remember when they said the same of computers :)
Re: Yes, a "solution looking for a problem"
Last board I made I used the following
Laser print the layout to std paper
"Iron" layout to the PCB
Carefully in a sink "dissolve" away the paper, leaving the plastic behind
etch the copper board using a solution of
Hydrogen Peroxide (~5% stock from the store)
The etch is slow as hell; it took an hour or two, but other than the hydrogen peroxide ... no dangerous chemicals (and at 2-5% the peroxide ain't that dangerous)
That this will for the most part resolve itself
Currently if a young'un does something stupid, which then gets posted to FaceBork etc al then the biggest risk is a future employer harrumphing about bad behaviour of the young'un in question. Not that the old fogey did do that shit themselves, Just that FaceBork etc didn't exist in the stone ages
As the working population ages more and more managers will themselves been featured in the various social media websites doing stupid shit; Attitudes towards youthful indiscretions will I suspect ease.
Perhaps in the future a sparkly clean social profile will looked upon with suspicion
Then again, perhaps not; people in general are somewhat stupid
+1 from a southaner.
I say, steady on old chap; No need to get vicious :)
He just says what most of us think/mutter under our breath
Be honest, how many time have you been tempted to LART someone?
Re: X window system
Agreed ... The single most usefull feature of X11 is the ability to run a remote graphical front end.
Some retarded installers are GUI only & when you are installing on a remote server you need to be able to forward the remote session. VNC/RDP are nice, but overkill for most things.
Asterisk for the win
I've installed Asterisk and a ATA for the house land line
It answers, plays a ringing tone then one of the standard messages (Blue eyed polar bear)
It stops telemarketers dead in their tracks :)
If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face—forever.
If you want a picture of the present, imagine a boot stamping on a human face—forever.
Our beloved PM (NZ) has recently tried to invoke Al-Qaeda in trying to get the latest snooping bill though
1984 was supposed to be a warning not an instruction manual.
I wonder how long it will be before the sheeple get pissed off & demand changes
“WAR IS PEACE, FREEDOM IS SLAVERY,IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH”
Evil idea #21
A website that plays quiet random sounds *skritch* *scratch scratch* *skuttle*
I'm thinking of something similar to some of the sound effects from Doom II
spherical cows in a vacuum
No battle plan survives contact with the enemy.
Cheap, fast, reliable; Pick any two
My favourite solution to the DR problem is to use the DR systems as part of the QA or integration testing cycle.
That way you know that the DR rig actually works; DR then involved switching out the QA/Int DB's for the Prod copy & running a few scripts that swap any configs that need to be changed
Actually managed to convince one client to implement the above & they even agreed to live DR test once a year. Once a year for a week or two Prod would migrate over to DR & run there for a week or so then migrate back. First time was hairy & scary ... got easier after that :)
Old prod kit would move to DR(Qa/Int Test) then to the dev/test racks. I believe the dev systems should be slow (Keeps the Dev's honest)
Re: "The boat was last heard from on June 4"
Yep a month without contact is bad. But boats have been missing longer than that & still turned up with crew still alive.
The Tasman sea is a very shitty place to have problems, very rough, very windy
But as long as all the hatches were closed; even getting rolled shouldn't have killed the boat
Yachts have large chucks of lead on the bottom of the keel to help them right themselves
Depending on the design the two easy way to kill a boat of that vintage is to either loose the keel completely or if the mast steps through the deck then breaking a mast can rip up said decking letting in vast amounts of water
If the keel is the bolt on type they can fail & let water in that way, if the keel is integrated into the structure that should happen.
Haven't seen anything discussing the design of the boat so the various failure modes are just pure speculation
Personally I hope they all turn up safe & sound, but as you say a month has gone; It isn't looking good :(
Could be a GSV accelerating away from us?
We really need to keep an eye out for a signal that increases in frequency; indicating something heading our way
Nothing new under the sun
This problem isn't new, I remember the paranoid freak-outs everyone had back when I was running a BBS back in the early 80's. the NSA/GCSB etc are watching us, recording our BBS sessions .... *sigh*
There is no such thing as 100%; 100% safe?, Nope; 100% secure? Nope.
Secure your data by putting it in a safe, wrap that in concrete & dump it in the middle of the ocean?
Someone could still get at your data, wouldn't be easy, but it could in theory be done.
So what is to be done? As many have already suggested, it's all a matter of cost vs ease of access, complexity
SSL/TLS covers many session based encryption problems not just https; pops, imaps & smtps all come as standard on most servers & clients even if they aren't always enabled/allowed by $yourVendor
If you don't want Yahoo or Google handing over your e-mails, set-up & run your own , Yeah I know that's beyond most home users, but surely not most el Reg commentards :)
The problem really comes down to this...
Every time $badThing happens people scream and yell that $someOne should have done something to stop $badThing
This is why the work at large is going from free -> police state
The other problem is the lie we tell ourselves and our children
"What to $otherPeople want?" ... well they are "just like you" they want what you want
This is why politicians are deathly afraid of everyone around them; they assume that everyone is a power hungry socio-path, "Just like them"
Mines the one with the keys to the Faraday shielded bunker in them
Re: Can't even get into my router to monitor it as its locked down by the ISP....
Then treat the router as part of the internet.
Place a router of your choosing between your and the ISP supplied one and harden that
Any config management system should be on a management only subnet & not visible to the world or even to the local infrastructure
Still ... looks like I'll be doing a round of systems patching today :)
Re: If God had meant us to use C++
Count yourself lucky
I taught myself basic back in the day (when an 8k machine was big)
Then at Tech I learned COBOL, RPG-II & second year PL/1, Pascal & PDP-11 assembler
I think the COBOL & RPG-II stuff did me real harm :)
First job was working with DataBus from DataPoint (Imangine a cross between COBOL & Assembler, combining the worst elements of each)
I liked PL/1 though; But once I started playing with C my life started to detox; Never managed to fall in love with C++, the Syntax was too much like a TECO command line
Pity they won't open source it
I guess VMS will join the ranks of the departed
RMS/XA, AOS/VS, RSX, RSTS
There should be a rule that once support for these old OS's is dropped that the source code gets released
Some sort of software escrow
Re: @Rampant Spaniel
vi for the win!
vi has saved my life a few times for the same reason
vi will run on even the most ancient systems, over the oldest crustiest dumb terminal
nano gives me the shits & I hate that Debian now makes it the default editor
First thing I always do is purge nano from every machine
I will admit that vi is a shit to learn; but once you've come to grips with it you won't want anything else :)
Ever seen a chainsaw start first time? I haven't
Chainsaws also run outa gas
Axe for the win!
Re: Needs to be simple ...
This is just the fail-safe option right?
If the primary ignition fails for any reason then the SPB could make it's way back to base under auto pilot control for another attempt
Needs to be simple ...
How about rigging the parachute strings so that when the parachute opens, the truss is angled in the other direction. That way the SPB would simply slide down the greasy pole?
Fuck the miracle ... what's needed is every cancer researcher, replacement organ boffin & geneticist on the planet to get their shit together to solve this.
What I would like to see
Is Mr Fry provided an account here on the dear old Reg.
He would need to understand the the Reg is a hive of scum & villainy; That asbestos undergarments would be a requirement.
But the thought of the esteemed Mr Fry eviscerating the commentards here fills me with a feeling of delight and evil glee
Perhaps he would consider the post of moderatrix?
Old ARCnet jocky here
I kinda miss ARCnet sometimes
Most of the benefits of token-ring and most of the benefits of early Ethernet
Still remember soldering up 4-way passive hubs *sniff*
Everything old is new again
How long before the rack holding the main compute nodes in a data centre is called the "Main Frame" :)
Re: Antisocial much?
In fact it's the exact opposite.
In a city the size of London and given the number of people
You cannot say hello to everyone you meet; you would go mad & hoarse very quickly
Giving people a little privacy & personal space by "ignoring" them, is in fact a form of politeness.
A polite smile & nod to people I saw on my regular commute always seemed well received though
I love puppet, but it can at times be a little like playing high stakes kerplunk with your servers
First there was the abomination that is toffurkey, never was a big turkey fan; so I said nothing
But if Toffu-Bacon is the only thing left to me than the world is definitely coming to its end times
Where will I get my Bacon & Egg Pies from now?
We're doomed I tells ya, DOOOMED
Re: AT Powerswitches
I remember years ago showing my GF at the time how to build her very own PC
She looked me in the eyes & asked "there's nothing in here that can hurt me?"
I said no; Cue a very LOUD Zzzzattt and one very unhappy GF
She had managed to short the PWS switch in the front of the case to the case itself
The screwdriver took most of the damage
I took the rest as she tried to beat the living daylights outa me while was laughing my arse off
Ahhh, the good old days
Been using MythTV for a few years now
I find it hard to imagine having to work my schedule around TV viewing habits anymore
Would be to make the little darlings completely computer controlled
I'm thinking of the vids of the swarm of quad-rotors
Think of it; A swarm of Computer controlled roaches, all governed by a game AI
Make for a good AR game ;)
Re: Barbie says...
it's Vi & Meccano
I miss Meccano ... The set I got as a kid slowly evaporated into various project & ad-hoc repairs
Cars, Computers etc... all ended up with various Meccano hacks in them :)
Lets be honest
Most of us got into computers & engineering with the dream of building ourselves killer robots
I know I did :)
Igor! Pull the lever ....
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