* Posts by John Hughes

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Vodafone: Dammit Britain, your emergency services need 4G!

John Hughes

Is there any 4G in the UK?

I just spent a week in London and Dumfries and Galloway and I don't actually remember seeing a 4G signal anywhere.

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Does Linux need a new file system? Ex-Google engineer thinks so

John Hughes

Re: @ Martijn Otto - You mean btrfs, surely

"perfectly free and usable by everyone"?

No, the CDDL was explicitly written to be incompatible with the GPL.

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Ubuntu phone on sale to world+dog ... but will it work on your network?

John Hughes

Re: Americans ... don't be concerned... just step away from the phone...

And the Jolla does 4G as well.

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Thirty five Flash Player holes plugged (and there's one quick fix)

John Hughes

Re: So they fixed a lot of holes..

I̶f̶ ̶y̶o̶u̶ ̶a̶l̶r̶e̶a̶d̶y̶ ̶h̶a̶v̶e̶ ̶A̶v̶a̶s̶t̶/̶A̶V̶G̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶n̶ McAfee is the last thing you want to add.

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'Sunspots drive climate change' theory is result of ancient error

John Hughes

Re: Here we go again

I really don't know of another science that goes around changing data on the basis "it's faulty" to prove a computer model!
The science in question being astronomy?

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John Hughes

Re: @RIBrsiq

all the atmospheric increase is us.

Let's assume for the sake of argument that was a proven fact. It isn't, but we'll just assume for now that it is.

It is a proven fact. We do know how much CO2 we're emitting -- all you have to do is know how much oil, coal and gas is being bought and how much CO2 is emitted when that oil, coal and gas is burned. One is a matter of public record, the other is simple chemistry. (Simplification -- you also have to add the CO2 emitted by concrete construction, but that is also calculable).

When you check the numbers you find that our emissions are more or less exactly twice the observed increase in atmospheric CO2.

Emitting zero carbon is beyond our ability as a species - things we eat rot and the air we expel during breathing contains elevated CO2.

Are you a moron? The CO2 in our food comes from the atmosphere -- we, "as animals" are like all other animals carbon neutral. Unless you are suggesting that we eat fossil fuel.

As vehicle propulsion currently means hydrocarbons, we can only target coal/gas/oil fired power stations for replacement with nuclear.
Been there, done that. I live in France.

Trains are still powered by coal
Mine aren't. Mine are nuclear powered.

Things like the CRU hack and all the crying wolf just discredit the 'science' more each year.
Ah, you're a conspiracy theorist. End of conversation.

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John Hughes

Re: How much temps will rise due to CO2?

1.5C is the low end of current thinking:

there is high confidence that ECS is extremely unlikely less than 1°C and medium confidence that the ECS is likely between 1.5°C and 4.5°C and very unlikely greater than 6°C
-- AR5

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John Hughes

Re: The Earth is getting warmer.

You silly boy, you've picked the wrong cherry. Even the dodgy RSS dataset gives positive warming if you go back to 1995.

Anyway, since 2015 is likely to break the 1998 record the whole "no warming since" thing is going to need a reset. "No warming since 2015". You heard it here first.

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John Hughes

Re: Wow, people get worked up over this...

stellar output MUST have a lot to do with our climate. While I certainly believe that we are harming our world and need to stop, denying old Sol's involvement is like blaming the chef because the soup is too cold or hot and he's been seen stirring the pot, while not noticing someone is also turning the stove burner up and down.

Any argument that starts "scientists haven't considered..." is bollocks.

Of course solar output influences our climate.

The only thing is solar output isn't changing. It wobbles up and down a bit, introducing noise into the system but there is no trend over the timescales we are looking at.

P.S. I use Maemo and Sailfish, not iOS or Android.

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John Hughes

Re: it is getting cooler

Why are botanists never asked to comment on global warming?
Why do you think botanists are never asked to comment on global warming?

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John Hughes

Re: @RIBrsiq

While that point is debateable, what is not debateable is that "pretty much all" CO2 emissions are not attributable to humans.

What we know is that human CO2 emissions are about 200% of observed the rise in CO2.

I.E. about half what we emit is going into carbon sinks (plants, ocean acidification) and the rest into the atmosphere and all the atmospheric increase is us.

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John Hughes

Re: Deniers?

The reason I am sceptical is because we are told it is all mankind's fault and yet nuclear power is not embraced
A total non-sequitir.

"I don't believe in global warming because if I believed in global warming I'd be for nuclear power and the greenies aren't for nuclear power so I don't believe in global warming".

Which aside for being illogical is wrong. James Hansen is for nuclear power, George Monbiot is for nuclear power, I'm for nuclear power.

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John Hughes

Re: Deniers?

Is there any solid, proven evidence for anthropogenic global climate change? Serious question.
Yes.

Atmospheric CO2 has been increasing.[1]

The extra CO2 is anthropogenic.[2]

Without some mysterious unknown effect an increase in CO2 will produce an increase in temperature.[3]

To avoid quibbles:

[1] The first person to point out that Mauna Loa is a volcano please go and stand in the corner.

[2] We know how much CO2 we're putting into the atmosphere using this complicated mathematical technique known as double entry book keeping. It turns out to be about twice the amount of the increase in atmospheric CO2.

[3] Fourier, 1820. Arrhenius, 1879.

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John Hughes

Re: Deniers?

To say that big star in the sky has no effect is questionable... It's output does change and that is always discounted.
Nonsense. Solar output is always considered when looking for causes of warming. The simple fact is that there is no trend in any solar parameter that correlates with the observed warming.

(Every time someone says something like "scientists haven't considered..." they are wrong. Thats what scientists spend all their time doing).

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Three floats Jolla in Hong Kong: Says Sailfish is '3rd option'

John Hughes

Re: Good luck to 'em but...

Mind you, once they sort that out, the easily replaceable battery and microSD slot do sort out a couple of the biggest gripes I have with the last true Nokia smartphone.

Beware -- the battery is replaceable, it's also unobtainable.

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Kamikaze Rosetta probe to ram comet it's chased for billions of miles

John Hughes

Re: "and later we will have to try and determine where on the surface we can have a touchdown"

Another NASA?

Another ESA, surely.

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Climate change alarmism is a religious belief – it's official

John Hughes

Re: When are you even going to see?

Splendid.

Niow explain why the CO2 we know we are adding to the atmosphere has no effect, and explain why there is a trend in methane release that matches the trend in temperature.

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So why the hell didn't quantitative easing produce HUGE inflation?

John Hughes

Re: No inflation?

Consumer prices doubled? You are insane

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John Hughes

Re: Pratchett

Not joining the euro?

(well I think that was a mistake, but I bet most of you lot think it wasn't )

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The 'echo chamber' effect misleading people on climate change

John Hughes

Re: Anyway

When the actual boffins release their data, and/or code then I might believe them.

That you are unable to use google is your problem, not climate scientists.

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John Hughes

Re: but..

Large volcanic eruptions have a short term cooling effect on climate, true.

Volcanic action emits a bit less CO2 than Turkey, true.

But so what? There is no trend in volcanic activity, so it has no effect on climate trends, it's just noise.

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John Hughes

Re: but..

Ignore the volcanoes?

What on earth are you blathering on about?

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DARPA's made a SELF-STEERING 50-cal bullet – with video proof

John Hughes

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You don't have permission to access this page on this server.

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World loses John Nash, the 'Beautiful Mind'

John Hughes

John Nash, Ladia Diana, when will it end.

Wear your bloody seatbelts you pillocks.

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Grab your pitchforks: Ubuntu to switch to systemd on Monday

John Hughes

Re: oh well

The trouble I have with systemd, is that finding and installing a distribution without it is becoming more and more difficult.

Uh, it's pretty easy. It's called Debian.

systemd is the default init process for Debian Jessie. It is not the only init process. If you don't want use systemd you can use sysvinit, upstart or maybe even openrc.

But then, I knew it was coming, which is why I'm sending money to devuan.

Beware -- you can't send money to Devuan, they have no "official" existance. You can send money to Dyne.org, but some people consider then scammers.

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John Hughes

Secondly Poettering and co. seem to have taken a liking to the Windows registry and are hell bent on imposing that way of working. i.e. the binary logs and so on.

Do you know the difference between your arse and your elbow?

If so, why don't you seem to be able to understand the difference between a log file and a configuration file.

systemd does not have a binary registry. All its configuration files are simple text.

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John Hughes

Re: Clean install or upgrade

I would be interested to hear from those that have tried a distribution version upgrade in .deb land
The only effect I noticed is that laptop suspend started working better.

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John Hughes

it'll make booting a little faster because it uses an optimized and centralized binary configuration in lieu of the old init scripts and runlevels
Purest nonsense. The systemd configuration files are all plain text.

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John Hughes

Re: More research needed

"Debian uses it"

At present only in testing. Anyone who is using the current Debian is still using SysV.

Not actually true.

Systemd (and even upstart) have been available since at least Debian Wheezy (stable). It's just the default that changes in Jessie. (You can run Jessie with sysvinit or upstart if you want).

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'Fry-OS 8' iPhone BLEW UP MY PANTS wails roasted Johnson

John Hughes

It's French

Defenestrate comes from the same language that brings you the verb revolveriser - to shoot someone with a revolver.

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Trolls prevail because good men do nothing: boffins

John Hughes

No, it's a crap el ref headline

The report described in the article doesn't seem to say that victims do nothing, it says bystanders do nothing.

Kitty Genovese could tell you that.

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Cable guy, Games of Thrones chap team up to make Reg 'best sci-fi film never made' reject

John Hughes

A lot of the science was interesting

The great thermodynamics fail?

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Sweden orders TWO PETAFLOP supercomputer

John Hughes

Fluid dynamics, eh?

So Sweden wants an H bomb.

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Tor de farce: NSA fails to decrypt anonymised network

John Hughes

Re: really is a good meme candidate

Have you never seen their buildings -- in both cases the notable feature is the huge parking lots.

Not many bus riders there I guess.

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Blind justice: Google lawsuit silences elected state prosecutor

John Hughes

Re: Current google motto: All your attentions is belonging to US

Google censoring you?

How, where?

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YEAR of the PENGUIN: A Linux mobile in 2015?

John Hughes

Re: Will it .. could it..

I'm looking forward to a phone that can run as an X server with an attached monitor & keyboard.

You can do that with an n900.

The monitor output is composite TV, so you actually get lower resolution than on the built in screen :-)

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'Turn to nuclear power to save planetary ecology from renewable BLIGHT'

John Hughes

Re: There is no such thing as "renewable" energy.

We don't live in a closed system you nit-picking fool.

No, of course there is no such thing as renewable energy -- the sun will run out of fuel one day.

But we won't be around to see that, so who gives a fuck?

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John Hughes

Re: Nuclear expensive? Are you joking?

Of those 3 two were scheduled to be taken out of service in 2015 and one was sabotaged.

Belgium possibly even more fucked up in its long term power planning than the UK. Maybe governments are sometimes useful?

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John Hughes

Re: How convenient...

Its because for PWRs Areva is the only game in town.
Really? APR1000 doesn't exist?

It's true that the EPR is the only new reactor type-approved for the UK, but that's just because Areva decided to do the work and spend the money.

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Brit mobile firms in FOURPLAY TUSSLE – how very French of them

John Hughes

Re: Free facts

Free did try selling people Wifi/SIP handsets before they bought their 3G/4G license.

Look up Freephonie.

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US Navy's LASER CANNON WARSHIP: USS Ponce sent to Gulf

John Hughes

Re: Bangers?

No, they strapped the traditional chickens into cardboard tubes.

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John Hughes

Re: Really?

Yup, it seems it can take out a wide variety of strapped down chickens.

Very helpful when you're being attacked by strapped down chickens.

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Linux software nasty slithers out of online watering holes

John Hughes

Re: What does this really mean?

They do say that a regular user with limited privileges can launch it, and it can intercept traffic and run commands.

That's what they say, however the advisor says:

The module statically links PCAP libraries, and uses this code to get a raw socket, applies a filter on it, and captures packets, checking for a specific condition

And, as Alan Jenkins points out in a comment:

my understanding was you can’t capture packets / open raw sockets without root. Surely that’s big news? Are you going to elaborate on it?

Seems fishy.

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systemd row ends with Debian getting forked

John Hughes

Re: It's all about CHOICE

Notice also that Gentoo doesn't provide systemd-shim, so if you want to use Gnome 3 you have to use systemd.

So Gentoo has two packages that depend on systemd (Gnome3 and gummiboot). Debian has only one.

Starting to feel that Debian offers more choice than Gentoo, :-)

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John Hughes

Re: Binary logs? Ugh.

There is no way to recover a log corrupted by a crash,

Wrong.

The way to read a corrupted log is to just run journalctl.

There is no way to "fix" a corrupt log because there is no need to do it.

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John Hughes

Re: What is systemd

That may be the case. However some have, including myself. I switched back not for theological reasons but because it made a lot of things work unreliably (and some reliably not work).
Bug reports? What actually didn't work?

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John Hughes

Re: pfft... re: Kids Kids

oh look i got thumbs down because I was too out-spoken about OMAP and ARM..
No, you got a thumbs down because you're a raving loon.

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John Hughes

Re: Kids! Kids!

Do you seriously think Redhat is going to release a system where you access the disk via D-Bus?

What do you think they are, Tandem or something?

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John Hughes

Re: About switching to BSD

The Debian/kBSD port also proves pretty conclusively that systemd is an optional part of Debian.

It is, however, a pretty poor way to learn BSD. You're not using the BSD init system for example :-)

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John Hughes

popcorn

Just you wait, Lennart's next plan is to port systemd to Windows. You'll soon be laughing on the other side of your face.

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