* Posts by Long John Brass

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Why your gigabit broadband lags like hell – blame Intel's chipset

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Re: Other Intel Chip

> So have Intel a problem writing drivers right now?

Intel driver have always been crap. If you ever tried to do anything slightly out of the ordinary with the display setup it would shit the bed at semi regular intervals; Assuming it ever worked at all.

Caveat: My experience was with shitsets 810 thru 945 on Linux systems

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'Toyota dealer stole my wife's saucy snaps from phone, emailed them to a swingers website'

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Wouldn't it be funny if...

Toyota INC/CO/LTD ended up on a sex offender registry

I mean companies are people now right?

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Tobacco giant predicts the end of smoking. Panic ensues

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@Grunchy

Plenty of "Starter kits" from various Vape shops

That's how I made the switch from tobacco

The trick I used that seemed to work the best was the following rule

If I wanted a smoke then I would have a couple of puffs from the eCig, if I still wanted a smoke then I would. Within 3 months I had stopped smoking tobacco without really noticing it. No pain, no muss, no fuss.

I think that is one of the reasons why the anti-smoking crowd simply HATE eCigs the migration from tobacco to a cleaner safer alternative doesn't come with enough suffering for the user.

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systemd free Linux distro Devuan releases second beta

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A pox on systemd and all things poettering

I delayed judgement until I had more experience with systemd

Some of the core ideas weren't terrible & it might have made things better.

I'm now pulling it off all my machines. It just makes thing to unstable & unpredictable

I don't really give a flying shit if my server boots in 20 seconds or 45 seconds

I'll happily eat the extra boot time for a more stable system overall

Add the scope creep & bloating binaries; Nope, just Nope.

Back to Sys-V scripts for me; My machines are stable now & I'm much happier

What really burns my balls is that they are fixing things that aren't actually broken. I don't get the it's newer so it MUST be better mantra.

Exile Poettering back to MS land or Apple-andia where he belongs.

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Has Canadian justice gone too far? Cops punish drunk drivers with NICKELBACK

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Lightweights

A continuous loop of jingle bell rock will make them repent

If that don't work a round or two of crazy frog will sort the buggers out :)

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Confirmation of who constitutes average whisky consumer helps resolve dispute

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Got hooked on Scotch with...

Glenmorangie. Glen Livit passable as are some of the Irish Whiskeys :)

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LAKE OF frozen WATER THE SIZE OF NEW MEXICO FOUND ON MARS – NASA

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Re: Wow

> B-52's are still flying (*) in anger.

This not the joke you are looking for

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WTF?

Wow

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_B-52's are still a thing?

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MP Kees Verhoeven wants EU to regulate the Internet of S**t

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Re: Useless.

Not that hard; When a device falls out of its support window the platform MUST be opened up for 3rd party firmware. No more lock in.

Maybe force them to open-source the firmware & software payloads too?

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NASA trying to rein in next-generation super-heavy lifter costs

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Re: James Hansen will be furious

> Everyone knows the real reason for every natural and unnatural disaster is not enough virgins to throw into the volcanoes!

Have you tried finding a virgin these days? And do you think throwing IT geeks into volcanoes will appease the gods?

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Re: James Hansen will be furious

OK I'll byte

If you are correct about AGW being a hoax, what happens? Cleaner air, a diversified energy production portfolio more efficient electronics etc...

And if you are wrong? What then?

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Kids' Hour of Code turns into a giant corporate infomercial for kids

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Teaching kids to code is easy...

Just tell the little blighters that the school computer has their grades already loaded. If they want an A they can change it themselves.

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Put down the org chart, snowflake: Why largile's for management crybabies

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Re: Today's omnishambles...

> You may take comfort in the fact that it was the same 5, 10, 15, 20 yrs ago. The jargon may change but the end result is always the same.

Preach it brother; Same recycled shit almost the same recycled bucket.

*sigh* I'm too old for this shit, but I have a mortgage & bills so .... back to the coal face :/

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Re: Agile in a safety critical environment...

> Agile looks like a plausible way of generating an "actual requirements spec"

Back when I were a lad we called that an "Engineering Prototype"

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'Post-truth' beats 'chatbot' to Word of the Year Crown

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I want to barf now

Today it was announced that the alt-right working tirelessly with the regressive-left has synergised a new paradigm shift and released the post-truth to market

1+1=potato

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Bong: Let me talk to Trump

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Re: disappointed || appalled

@Duffy Moon

"it's Britain, a place even more left than New York City."

You *do* know that we have a right wing government in the UK?

Yes but right-wing elsewhere in the world == raging commie in the US

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Twitter rolls out troll controls

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Re: Good

@Throatwarbler Mangrove

not being able to communicate in a reasonable, thoughtful, considerate fashion and instead resorting to epithets of hate and abuse

Quite right! But holding differing views does not a hate speech make! And therein lays the problem, people tend to end up living in their own little filter bubbles / echo chambers

As a result they scream blue bloody murder anytime they encounter an idea that runs counter their ideology. Its not always about people calling you a twat.

you twat :)

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Top of the bots: This AI isn't a cold, cruel killing machine – it's a pop music hit machine

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I for one welc.....

Oh hell, no I don't; I think I would vastly prefer the flesh bag hunting variety of killer AI

This is just... just.... *EVIL*

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We're going to have to start making changes or the adults will do it for us

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You are ALL wrong

<Disclaimer>

Code should be indented as K&R wrote in the holy book of C.

3 Spaces for an indent, not 2 or 4 and TABS just are right out

For though I walk through the /dev/null I will fear no Windows(tm)

For VI is the editor and lead us not unto EMACS

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The problem is NOT tab vs space or braces on an new line (The right way). The problem is the editors! A good editor should be able to re-flow the source code depending on the preferences of the coder. I believe 4coder is getting this facility shortly.

That just leaves us with the variableNamingWar :)

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Look out, SpaceX et al – China's Long March-5 rocket blasts off

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I wonder what they call thier MechJeb

And if that thing is Onion staged :)

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Twitter trolls are destroying democracy, warn eggheads

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Re: It is a sytemic problem

>>> Pre-web, people were forced to interact with whoever was nearby physically.

>> Pre web? Did you never see/use Usenet?

> I consider Usenet part of the web. If it isn't, what is it?

I'm old enough to remember the promise of a "Computer in every home" then it was "The information super highway" will make the world a global village and unicorns will piss rainbows and shit gold

I was running a dialup BBS in the 80's and even in that little community there were trolls; Mind you the trolls at least tried to be funny in those days, then I got a Fido net connection and oh my god ... (It's full of stars arseholes)

The upside of the internet is that anyone with a niche hobby, no matter how obscure can find like minded individuals , if your thing is making scale replicas of historical sites using paper matches then there will be a group out there for you

Downside is that every loony tune, mouth breathing, window licking, paint chip eating retard also has a forum for their particular brand of stupid.

Problem is that if you try and shut down the latter you also kill off the former leaving only corporate sponsored socially responsible content is its wake; Which it quickly kill off anything vaguely useful

The trolls will always be with us, we just need to grow up & learn to ignore em. otherwise it will be endless rounds of ... Whaaaa someone said something mean in the interwebs ... Whaaaa ban them mommy.

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Thanks, IoT vendors: your slack attitude will get regulators moving

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Now, here's the million dollar question: Whyinhell does a baby monitor, home security camera or fridge need to be on a DMZ? I'll not even go into routers with standardized username/password combinations.

Becuz cloud bruv. Its good innit. Its got wot plantz crave. Cus electrolytes intarwebs

*sigh*

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Yahoo! begs! US! spymaster! Clapper!: Spill! the! beans! on! secret! email! snooping!

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Simple solution

You broke it you bought it. NSA and friends killed Yahoo, so they use some of their massive budget to buy the company.

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Mercedes answers autonomous car moral dilemma: Yeah, we'll just run over pedestrians

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Won't be a problem

on the bright side, once it becomes widely known that stepping out in front of an autonomous car will result in death or serious injury; pedestrians will become a lot more alert when crossing roads.

Although given that this is already the case & many people still wander blindly into traffic, I won't be holding my breath

As long as the car doesn't rev up and actively try to run me down I think it's all good

Autonomous cars should always do the simplest most obvious thing. Complex moral computations are IMHO a bad idea; you want these systems to always make the choice of least surprise; that way everyone has a reasonable chance of being able to predict what the damned thing is going to do next.

I don't want my car to decide that my life is less valuable than someone else, even less I don't want it to decide that as a pedestrian that I'm expendable; Sure hit the brakes and stop as fast a practicable but I don't want to try and dodge a 2 tone Mercedes on the sidewalk

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Zilog reveals very, very distant heir to the Z80 empire

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Linux

Just scored some Z80's not so long ago

Are they still being made? or old new stock I wonder

Got some of the new WDC 6502's as well :)

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Turing, Hauser, Sinclair – haunt computing's Cambridge A-team stamping ground

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Linux

The Z1 was a mechanical computer designed by Konrad Zuse

A tad before ESDAC no?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Z1_(computer)

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Re: Indeed....

Byte? Luxury. We had a bit. And we were lucky.

Bits! BITS! you were lucky all we 'ad were nought(s)

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Security man Krebs' website DDoS was powered by hacked Internet of Things botnet

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Pirate

besides keeping the firmware up to date, ...

derived from its MAC address or serial number (Which it'll stuff into every outgoing packet

MAC addresses are stripped by whatever gateway forwards the traffic

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Zombie Moore's Law shows hardware is eating software

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Re: The software is still there

@Boltar

Any complex modern computer processor requires microcode to operate. Microcode is software.

It kind of is and it kind of isn't

Microcode is a series of bit patterns that enable/disable/connects the various chunks of logic blocks in the CPU "fabric" although fabric is probably not the right word

So while its updateable microcode is not really what you would consider a program or software

Caveat: I'm not a CPU designer but I play one on the internet :)

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Pluto's emitting X-rays, and NASA doesn't quite know how

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Re: There was nothing in my horoscope about this this morning.

And while we're on the subject, I think they made a mistake with 'dwarf planet', midget planet surely!

The Politically Correct backed up with SJW's would tell you it's a "little planet".

Hey!

That's Mr Mass Challenged Oblate Spheroid to you!

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Non-big IT vendors: Trying to understand where startups fit in tech

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Missing the bacronym

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'senior vice president of product inflammation'

How about 'senior vice president of product inflammation systems & software'

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HP Inc's rinky-dink ink stink: Unofficial cartridges, official refills spurned by printer DRM

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HP ain't the only ones

Used to love and trust Epson for their printers

They are now doing exactly the same thing WRT their printers

To the point where the fricking scanner on my all in one style printer won't go unless ink carts are "good"

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Dear sysadmin: This is how you stay relevant

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Re: There really is a change afoot...

increasingly it's possible for developers to bypass the admins and deploy their own stuff.

Yep and the story goes something like ....

Dev: Hey Mr Sysadmin, the new-foo.bar isn't working all our clients are complaining

Sys: New-foo.bar? I thought we were running bar.baz for our clients

Dev: Yeah we did a dev-ops implementation & migration last night and now it doesn't work anymore

Sys: it's 8am ... When did you test it?

Dev: Last night, it worked fine from my desktop

Sys: Just cut back to the old system

Dev: We can't we migrated all the data in the DB the schema's aren't compatible

Sys: Ok ... where is all this running and where is the documentation

Dev: In the cloud????

Sys: Fuck

the end.

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The next Bond – Basildon or Bass-Ass? YOU decide

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Re: Here is an idea

Hmmm how about this for continuity....

Dan Craig as an outgoing Bond ... Only really see him in the last 5 min of the flick

Mark Strong as the bad guy(tm) and at the end becomes the "new" Bond

To cheesy?

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Here is an idea

What about a bond movie from the PoV of the bad guy(tm)

Henchmen disappearing left & right

betrayed by your favourite wench

That sinking feeling as the remorseless Bond moves in for the kill

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Mark Strong

Seems to have the appropriate menacing air about him.

Bond is a killer the only thing that should separate him from the people he hunts is who his employer is

IE: He works for Her Maj therefore good guy

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PCI Council wants upgradeable credit card readers ... next year

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Why not ask the l33t h4x0rs

They seem to be able to upgrade this kind of kit at will :/

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Google's AI finds its voice ... and it's surprisingly human

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Our AI overlords

I always thought they would have a female English RP accent.

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International Space Station astros prepare to rejoin us Earthlings

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Re: Honkin big engines

> You've done that deliberately haven't you?

Yes

But seriously, there seems to be a trend for "Oh it's not efficient enough" or "how do we protect the crew during a 6 month flight", "We need a new set of ultra light, ultra strong materials"

How about a MSR style rector(s) driving a VASMIR style set of engines, bolt on more until you hit the ability to make 2 Gravity's, then run the damned thing at 50%

Sometimes the right answer is in fact a bigger hammer

and MechJeb, cuz you always need a Jeb on board :)

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Honkin big engines

Don't understand what all the faffing about trying to solve all the medical issues WRT low-G space travel. Strap on some humongous engines and drive there at 1G; at halfway point start braking at 1G

Simples

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Having offended everyone else in the world, Linus Torvalds calls own lawyers a 'nasty festering disease'

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Linus is GOD

And I wish I could be more like him

The number of times I have wished I had the leeway to tell other parts of $ORG I work in to pull their fucking heads out their arses and do their fucking jobs ....

These $diots are the reason we can't have nice things as a species.

But; I have a mortgage, bills to pay etc .... So I play nice, and things slowly keep getting worse

Because the shit flinging monkeys outnumber me :(

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Microsoft has open-sourced PowerShell for Linux, Macs. Repeat, Microsoft has open-sourced PowerShell

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Re: Have you used Powershell?

There was also a REXX for windows

*Sniff* I also used to use REXX back in the days of nt3.5.1; Nice thing was that REXX also had a linux port at the time.

Just checked ... seems like the REXX interpreter is still there!

$ apt-cache search rexx

regina-rexx - Regina REXX interpreter

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Re: "On Linux we’re just another shell"

I feel your pain ...

<tinfoilhat>

Systemd is a Microsoft plot to destroy Linux, along with the abhorrent abortion that is akonadi which makes modern mail clients about as reliable as a wet paper tissue in a tornado, recently kmail/akonadi decided to upgrade my e-mail data to /dev/null, not corrupted, not moved ,empty fucking directory! :(

</tinfoilhat>

I read the Systemd whitepaper and some of the ideas there were not that bad; But oh my god the implementation is crap, bloated and pure fucking evil

Colour me sad :(

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Google's brand new OS could replace Android

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Re: Lost my interest and lunch at C++

FWIW, not all OOP is necessarily as bad as that aspect of C++

Quite right; It's often worse; See Java

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Lost my interest and lunch at C++

Because we all know that a big dose of OOP always makes things better and faster

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300 million pelicans? Pah. What 6 billion plastic bags really weigh

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Re: Niche scenario - but annoying regardless

Am I the only person who can't understand why we can't just have truly disposable bags free of charge? E.g. recycled paper bags. In this day and age it can't be beyond our technology or economics to provide a bag that won't murder a million turtles if it ends up in landfill by mistake?

When I were a lad I can clearly remember my teachers at school haranguing us to remind our parents to always ask for the new plastic bags instead of the old paper ones. The idea being that plastic is recyclable and doesn't murder trees

Funny how the world turns eh :)

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Get yer gnashers round 64-layer 3D NAND, beam WDC and Toshiba

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Re: Layer limit?

My guess is thermal limits will start becoming the issue after a while.

Integrated Inter-layer Cooling solutions anyone?

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Smartphones aren't tiny PCs, but that's how we use them in the West

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Re: Cool... err say what?

So all I have to do is to live on slave wages, give up any ridiculous notions I may have of human dignity, the right to a fair trial or even the right to read a book of my choosing and I can use QR codes?

They use QR codes in the USofA?

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Kotkin on who made Trump and Brexit: Look in the mirror, it's you

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Re: Really?

Apart from workers rights, human rights, a free trade bloc, a free travel zone, a more stable Europe, and who could forget... cheaper roaming charges! Then there was the (arguably) greater economic stability. And intangibles such as being part of a European community.

Yeah but apart from that what have the Romans EU ever done for us?

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