* Posts by John Hughes

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Debian putting everything on the /usr

John Hughes

So, finaly catching up with SVR4 eh?

It's been what, 20 years?

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What should the Red Arrows' new aircraft be?

John Hughes

Biased poll.

The only sensible answer is the alpha jet. (Which is why El Reg readers will vote against it).

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Eric Raymond revisits his biggest mistake, updates 'Pilot' language after 20 years

John Hughes

Software luminary?

He "maintained" the Jargon file and wrote an article or two, but "Software luminary" is a bit much.

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US Marine Corps to fly F-35s from HMS Queen Lizzie as UK won't have enough jets

John Hughes

Re: They should save time...

US Navy have their own planes and carriers. US Marine Corps doesn't.

They bloody well do. Who do you think bought all the RAF Harriers?

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John Hughes

Re: They should save time...

USN != USMC.

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John Hughes

Re: US Marine Corps will be flying F-35Bs

Its really not President "Lets focus on the US at home and not be world police anymore" Trump the rest of the world has to worry about.

Oh? Not Donald "why do we have nukes if we don't use them" Trump?

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John Hughes

Re: US Marine Corps will be flying F-35Bs

Don't worry, if it's the USMC they can use Harriers if th F35B's don't work.

An Italian, a Frenchman and a German woman get together on an aircaft carrier to stitch up brexit. What's the punchline? The Garibaldi has AV-8B's and the QE2 doesn't.

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Google scraps its Project Ara modular smartphone wheeze

John Hughes

Re: FIgures

You smart phone guys probably have a heat gun on standby to change a cracked screen at a moments notice.
Well, I just undo a couple of clips and slide the broken screen off.

Of course, that's because it's a modular smartphone -- a Fairphone 2 to be exact.

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Systemd adds filesystem mount tool

John Hughes

Re: I've forgotten...

Was it just that init scripts were human readable?

Init scripts are readable? What planet are you writing from?

Have you ever seen a systemd unit file? This is unreadable?

[Unit]

Description=OpenBSD Secure Shell server

After=network.target auditd.service

ConditionPathExists=!/etc/ssh/sshd_not_to_be_run

[Service]

EnvironmentFile=-/etc/default/ssh

ExecStart=/usr/sbin/sshd -D $SSHD_OPTS

ExecReload=/bin/kill -HUP $MAINPID

KillMode=process

Restart=on-failure

RestartPreventExitStatus=255

Type=notify

[Install]

WantedBy=multi-user.target

Alias=sshd.service

I'm not going to include the 174 line shell script this replaces (that sources various other shell scripts).

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John Hughes

Re: re: 1970 thinking.

The fact that you think computers can do more than one thing at a time, rather than spend a tiny amount of time doing one thing then swtiching to another one, shows a staggering lack of understanding.

Uh...

$ cat /proc/cpuinfo | grep processor

processor : 0

processor : 1

processor : 2

processor : 3

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Death of 747 now 'reasonably possible' says Boeing

John Hughes

Brussels to Kinshasa, in SABENA economy class, sat in the middle of the cabin next to a Belgian couple with a small poodle entirely covered in diamonds. Just in time to arrive for the outbreak of GW1.

(Fight back much better, on a Swissair 737(?) in daylight with a window seat -- fantastic views of Africa from mount Cameroun to the Sahara, then the med and swiss Alps to Geneva).

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Avoiding Liverpool was the aim: All aboard the world's ONLY moving aqueduct

John Hughes

Ironbridge Gorge in England is worth a visit. The eponymous bridge over the Severn was built in 1779 from cast iron sections - like Lego.
One of my brothers stuck his head between the railings on the iron bridge and got stuck. We told him that as it was a listed monument the fire brigade would probably chop his head of rather than cut the railings. Luckily he managed to pull his head back out.

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Friends with benefits: A taxing problem for Ireland in a post-Brexit world

John Hughes

Re: "reject the referendum result"

Won't happen -- many EU countries (e.g. France) have said that there will be no renegociation after the referendum -- the UK votes in or out based on what is on the table -- that is it.

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Brexit: UK gov would probably lay out tax plans in post-'leave' vote emergency budget

John Hughes

Re: You can't make any accurate predictions,

All I need to know that once again, scratch a Brexiter it turns out they're also a climate change denier. Odd, that.

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John Hughes

I'm not sure that's accurate, as I understand it MEP's only get to vote on laws that are proposed by the EU Commission/Council/Whatever
MEPs get to amend, accept or reject laws proposed by the Commission.

It is indeed unfortunate that MEPs can't directly propose legislation, but then again, in practical terms neither can back bench MPs.

even opposition MP's can bring a private member's bill to be voted on.
The only private members bills that get passed are the ones that get government support, and include such gems as the Knives Act 1997.

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John Hughes

Re: A few observations

Well we don't have a trade deal with the US now and yet it's our biggest single trading partner, so how does that work?
You pay customs duties on every item exported to or imported from the US, that's how it works.

Also some service companies have limited access to the US market, and US law reserves certain government contracts to US countries.

Not having a trade deal doesn't make commerce impossible, it just makes it harder, more expensive and potentially unfair.

Notwithstanding that, TAFTA or whatever it's called at the moment is shit, and with a bit of chance France (among others) will veto it, with the EU parliament as a backstop if no country can quite work up the courage.

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John Hughes

Re: A Novel Voting Approach

Now you're claiming fourth largest economy in the world? When do you think you passed Germany?

If your claiming to be a man maybe you'd like to learn to add up first.

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Inside Electric Mountain: Britain's biggest rechargeable battery

John Hughes

Re: Don't gloat yet awhile...

That's how they fixed the difference between 240V in the UK and 220 in Europe. They both moved to 230.

In fact nothing changed but the labels as 220V ~= 230 - 10% and 240V ~= 230 + 10%. Everyone is happy.

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John Hughes

Re: I have my summer house at a similar facility

My summer house in Eastern Europe is at a similar facility built at about the same time. Bigger too.

Where? The Wikipedia page for pumped storage only gives 7 bigger installations than Dinorwig, in France, China, Japan and the US.

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Landmark computer hacking archive deposited at TNMOC

John Hughes

How do you prove malice?

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Gillian Anderson: The next James Jane Bond?

John Hughes

in this clip he's generic transatlantic

Last man Standin'

Generic transatlantic?

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John Hughes

Firstly, Bond has to be English and posh.
Scottish, actually.

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Ireland's international tech sector bumps up against language barrier

John Hughes

Not only is the official team song for Euro 2016 in English, so is the French entry for the Eurovision song contest.

Well, the French entry (sung by an Israeli dentist) is actually in English and French.

Bizarrely the Austrian entry is in French, too.

Eurovision is great!

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John Hughes

Re: Ireland & languages....

When you travel the Eurozone...
Uh, Ireland is in the Eurozone.

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Japanese artist fined for virtual vagina files

John Hughes

I mean - China just banned erotic Banana eating.
as well they should. After all bananas are dangerously radioactive.

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John Hughes

Re: c****

Penises are not good either.

Japan, maker of high definition television devices insists that certain parts of the human body be represented at 32x32 pixels.

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Linux greybeards release beta of systemd-free Debian fork

John Hughes

Re: "tcp6 0 0 :::9090 :::* LISTEN 1/systemd"

I've done a bit of network programming and one of the things I've learned is that you should never use your master process to talk to the network.M
Then you'll be happy with systemd -- the master process doesn't talk to the network, it only listens to it.

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John Hughes

Re: Mostly they're just lying trolls. (@Ken)

Ok, that sounds frightening.

What's the bug report#, I'd like to see what was happening.

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John Hughes

Re: Also systemd is the svchost.exe for Linux

And, if you read that screed you find that the similarity is "I don't like systemd, svchost is bad, therefore they are the same":

While systemd has succeeded in its original goals, it's not stopping there. systemd is becoming the Svchost of Linux -- which I don't think most Linux folks want.

A totally unsupported fact-free assertion.

What is the similarity of design between systemd and svchost.exe?

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John Hughes

Re: Bootloader?

Both, it's a mistake in the article -- systemd isn't a bootloader, and yes, systemd has it's own EFI bootloader, the package formerly known as gummiboot.

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John Hughes

Re: Init freedom

Devuan claim that their system, which does not allow you to install systemd, gives more freedom than Debian, which allows you to install systemd, upstart or sysvinit.

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John Hughes

Other people claim to have run into problems getting systemd to handle logging 'n whatnot. I dunno what they're doing,
Mostly they're just lying trolls.

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John Hughes

Re: Perhaps you were downvoted

I knew that Ubuntu were the reason that systemd got forced into Debian,

But that is the opposite of the truth. Ubuntu (as represented by Ian Jackson) wanted Debian to use upstart. When Debian chose systemd that forced Ubuntu's hand.

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John Hughes

Re: Also systemd is the svchost.exe for Linux

Title says that you don't understand what systemd is.

Please give one feature that is the same between svchost.exe and systemd.

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John Hughes

Specifically, my biggest gripe is the lack of feedback/console logging after issuing a service start/stop/restart/reload action.
It gives the same or more feedback as sysvinit.

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The EU wants you to log into YouTube using your state-issued ID card

John Hughes

Re: Risk to who?

Both wrong and right.

Yes, it's a horrible idea.

But no, it doesn't need websites to verify your id with a central dabase -- the just check that your certificate has been signed by the Estonian government.

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Miguel de Icaza on his journey from open source to Microsoft: 'It's a different company'

John Hughes

Re: open source people universally hate Miguel.

He single handedly destroyed the open source community's first and best hope of a unified desktop environment by creating the KDE/GNOME schism.
Whatever you think about Miguel this is just bollocks.

It was Trolltech that caused the "schism" by licensing Qt with a non GPL compatible license.

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At last: Ordnance Survey's map wizardry goes live

John Hughes

Link?

So you somehow managed to review it without providing a link.

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'Bring back xHamster', North Carolina smut watchers grumble

John Hughes

Re: Shaft them up the arse where it hurts..

Yes, but how many of those NC homophobes will turn out to have a "wide stance"?

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'Panama papers' came from email server hack at Mossack Fonseca

John Hughes

Re: yeah yeah

The Russians got a whiff off the leak 2 weeks ago.
By which you mean the ICIJ called 'em up and asked for comments.

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Brexit: Time to make your plans, UK IT biz

John Hughes

Re: ...an addendum to the above...

The main problem with the ECHR is that it is drafted from a completely different tradition of law at odds with our own.
No it isn't. It was largely drafted by the UK.

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Here's a great idea: Let's make a gun that looks like a mobile phone

John Hughes

Re: Meh

Two countries in the world are obsessed with guns.

The US and the UK.

The rest of us just get on with life.

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John Hughes

Re: How pathetic is this?

Aren't boffins taught about the English Bill of Rights any longer?
Some of us aren't protestants.

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John Hughes

Old idea

There was a Donald E Westlake (I think) book set in the late 19th century which had a running gag where the hero keeps finding guns disguised as other things.

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Apple's fruitless rootless security broken by code that fits in a tweet

John Hughes

Re: No magic bullet

Apples idea.

Rip off from AEGIS on Nokia N9.

Boring.

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French publishers join Swedish 'Block Party' to pester ad refuseniks

John Hughes

HOSTS files are the way to go.
AKP, is that you?

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John Hughes

Re: I don't care

But it isn't "coordinated". Liberation are not on board with this suicide pact.

www.liberation.fr

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John Hughes

Re: This hard on the news that students are protesting...

All except the French branch, where laying people off takes 6-9 months, and the layoff comes with a lump sum, a package of 6-9 months retraining, a year's health care, and at least one month's salary for each year of seniority. all paid by the company.
Total bollocks. Learn what a CDD is.

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Linus Torvalds wavers, pauses … then gives the world Linux 4.5

John Hughes

Re: PS/2 Mice

I see no reason why an optical PS/2 mouse might not have a usable lifetime of 20 years or more,
In my experience they never live that long -- the wires break where the cable enters the mouse body. (It's fixable of course, but mice don't cost very much these days).

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E-borders will be eight years late and cost more than £1bn

John Hughes

Re: People tracking? Leave it to the experts.

Google are entirely the wrong people to do it -- all their services are for unreliable delivery of partial results. If e-borders is to be any good it has to do reliable delivery of full results, a much harder job.

Someone who deals with real money, like Amazon or PayPal would be much better at it than Google.

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