* Posts by John Hughes

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Ireland's international tech sector bumps up against language barrier

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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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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

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

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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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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

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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'

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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

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Link?

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

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'Bring back xHamster', North Carolina smut watchers grumble

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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

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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

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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

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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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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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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

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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

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

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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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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

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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

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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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Eurovision Song Contest uncorks 1975 vote shocker: No 'Nul point'!

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Nul points.

The UK has scored nul points once.

Meanwhile Norway and Austria have racked up four, Germany, Switzerland Spain and Finland 3...

Let's face it, the UK isn't even good at losing.

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Re: Somehow

You ignore it so much that you are forced to make the first comment on any article that mentions it.

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Women devs – want your pull requests accepted? Just don't tell anyone you're a girl

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Re: @Pascal

That is of course assuming that the study results were on the mark, and I have some doubts.
Yes, of course you do, dear.

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TTIP: A locked room, no internet access, two hours, 300 pages and lots of typos

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Re: Who knows? Really?

At the moment, if I write to my MP about TTIP, he treats me like a green ink nutter.

Why are you writing to your MP? You should be writing to your MEP -- he's the person who's going to have to accept or reject TTIP.

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Re: the backers of these deals are

But that can't have happened because all the kippers tell us that the EU parliament has no power and the commission controls everything.

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Clueless do-gooders make Africa's conflict mineral mines even more dangerous

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Re: Maybe

Remember what happened to the crew of the "A Ark". They all died, for want of a skill possessed by the "parasitic drones" on the "B Ark".

(Also, remember that *you* are a descendant of the crew of the "B Ark").

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Silent Nork satellite tumbling in orbit

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Re: What goes up

The same (or less) energy that was expended to shoot it up.

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You should not underestimate a piss poor crappy little dictatorship that can get enough out of its short resources to put a satellite into orbit.

After all, they've now launched more satellites than the UK (although Prosero worked better than this one).

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Re: " Soviet SS-1 "Scud" powerplants"

When a meeting of the British interplanetary society was interrupted by the explosion of a V2 they cheered, realising that they had just heard the beginning of the space age.

http://www.tor.com/2009/06/01/francis-spuffords-backroom-boys-the-secret-return-of-the-british-boffin/

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French say 'Non, merci' to encryption backdoors

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Told you so

NKM is a moron

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2015 was the Year of the Linux Phone ... Nah, we're messing with you

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Re: Moving on up!

And of course the headline is wrong, too.

All those Android phones? They all run Linux.

You could claim that glibc has failed to take the phone market, but claiming that Linux hasn't is just ignorant.

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Server retired after 18 years and ten months – beat that, readers!

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substantial rework

I don't understand this bit:

the original code was so tightly bound to the operating system itself, that later versions of the OS would have (and ultimately, did) require substantial rework.

Unix is Unix. A newer BSD or Linux system should have no problem at all running a program written for an antique version of FreeBSD.

You might have to recompile it but that should be all.

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Sigh ... c'est la vie: France mulls mandatory encryption backdoors

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Who proposed it?

présenté par:

Mme Kosciusko-Morizet, M. Martin-Lalande, M. Cinieri, Mme Duby-Muller, M. Sermier, Mme Rohfritsch, M. Straumann, M. Abad, M. Salen, M. Morel-A-L'Huissier, M. Ginesy, M. Mathis, M. Degallaix, M. Hetzel, Mme Grosskost, Mme Lacroute, Mme Genevard et M. Saddier

It's an opposition ("Les Republicans") amendment -- it'll never pass.

Kosciusko-Morizet is a grade-A idiot.

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Old jet bits, Vader's motorbike gear, sonic oddness: Hats off to Star Wars' creative heroes

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Re: The guns

And the Stormtrooper's guns actually fired blanks in the film
I don't see how -- none of them had any magazines.

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The guns

Imperial Stormtroopers are mostly armed with Lewis guns, MG 42's [no, MG 34's, sorry] and Sterling submachine guns.

Han Solo carries a broomhandle Mauser.

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Mozilla: Five... Four... Three... Two... One... Thunderbirds are – gone

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It would need a new RFC to extend the protocol if you want end-to-end encryption.
S/MIME and PGP don't exist in your universe?

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Re: I just hope...

Thunderbird light weight?

WTF.

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Huh?

They already have Evolution, why would they want Thunderbird?

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Randall Munroe spoke to The Reg again. We're habit-forming that way

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One for El Reg

1379

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AMD sued: Number of Bulldozer cores in its chips is a lie, allegedly

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Re: Reread the Article

So AMD "cores" are like Intel "threads".

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80286?

Or maybe a 1904?

Kids of today, no historical perspective.

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Has Voyager 1 escaped the Sun yet? Yes, but also no, say boffins

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Re: @1980s_coder

You think BASIC and FORTH are obscure? You think VAX is "vintage".

Get off my lawn.

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