Re: There is nothing wrong with kernel 4.4
Damn, you beat me to it. I'm running various CentOS 6.x which are still using the 2.6 series. Still work just fine, as far as I can see. Oh, and no systemd garbage to litter things up...
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Damn, you beat me to it. I'm running various CentOS 6.x which are still using the 2.6 series. Still work just fine, as far as I can see. Oh, and no systemd garbage to litter things up...
Just a guess here - these DVRs are for shops who DON'T have a DVR specialist on staff, so the passwords are for the hired-in CCTV contractors (who, in my experience, generally only have the slightest of ideas about how networks work to start with). So instead of rolling a truck for every call, the CCTV guys can remote-in and check on things or fix/change things in the DVR. Fairy-magic it is.
It's not like Rosie the Florist can figure out how to change the admin password in her DVR every time she needs Joe Bob's Fire Alarm and CCTV Shop to login to her DVR and update the camera names.
But like I said, that's just my guess. I could well be wrong. I'm not saying you're wrong, just that these may be aimed at a lower-tech target audience.
@Rich 11: Thanks, sunshine, what a heart-warming story. Geez, now I need a beer.
"But what if those Galactic empire bastards build another... only bigger?"
But,um, we'd need to go into the future so we can see into that part of the past to find out. We need a Compressed Forward Time Travel device, because Standard Forward Time Travel is a real drag.
"There will be exemptions for “the most popular sites which rely on Flash today”, so as not to displease large advertisers"
yep, same here. I used to theorize that the smallest measurable time division in the Universe was that ultra-brief instant of time between when the BES server went down and when the President darkened my doorway asking when his Blackberry would start getting emails again.
We got a BES because said President was given a BB for Christmas by his wife so they could "keep in touch" while he was at work. And it just so happened that was right after Blackberry and Novell teamed-up to give away 10-user BES licenses for free to Groupwise shops, which we were at the time. So I got to spend a week near lovely Cleveland, OH learning how to install and run BES from an actual BB employee/trainer. A year later, our BES user count was up to 4, most of which were VPs. A year after that (after the iPhone came out), it tumbled down to just one VP. I kept that BES going until 2014 when we migrated from Groupwise to Office365, and told that remaining VP that we could no longer support her BB after that.
It was a fun ride at times. I gotta admit, BES was decently reliable software.
The trick to BES was to go take one of the admin classes that RIM/Blackberry offered. Once they explained how all the parts fit together and worked, and you got to play with it a bit in the lab, it wasn't too hard to setup and run a BES server back home.
Without the class, and with only the manuals and forums to guide you, yeah, that would be daunting.
I did get our phone guys to create extension 6666 and set this as the announcement. I've used it probably a dozen times since the summer, and never once have any of the sales callers dared to call back. Although...maybe they're still on hold. I should go check.
Anybody know what the pin count is for the upside-down chip in the picture? Wow, what a sea of pins.
I admit, I haven't removed a CPU since the early P4 days, so maybe that crazy bunch of pins is fairly normal these days
"Been on 2012R2 just this afternoon.
It's a playground of crazy. "Notepad"? "My videos"? "Windows Explorer"? Click Click Bing Bing???"
If you beat it enough, you can get it into something that resembles a usable desktop. Add some missing shortcuts for things, and copy some EXEs (Notepad, Paint, HyperTerm, etc) from earlier versions of Windows, and you'll get something that will only make you sick to your stomach every other Thursday. The lack of a real Start Menu is still a PITA, no matter what the M$ apologists say.
OTOH - not sure why we have to go to these lengths to get something we like and can use in 2016. Hell, Windows Server was more malleable and user-friendly in 2000. Logic would imply it should be getting better, not worse...
"Nicotine is a bitch of a drug to kick and is on par with heroin for addiction, don't ever do it in any form."
Amen. I took up dipping snuff (aka "smokeless tobacco") as a teen. "Just a pinch between cheek and gum" is like shooting nicotine straight into your brain. I've quit a few times for a year or two, but always wind up back at the Cancer Altar, cursing myself for my inherent weakness of will, wondering which morning it's going to be that I wake up and find a lump in my neck or jaw. It's all downhill from there.
I was asthmatic into my 20's, so smoking was never really an option for me, and not sure if vaping would be any better. Wife wants me to try it, but, eh, I dunno.
I agree, AC, but like Nate posted, the whole chart for Nutanix is there, and every quarter has been a loss for them so far. So I feel kind of funny telling my VP that I want to buy $100k worth of equipment from them. Unless their stuff is like super good, stable as a rock, and can be managed over lunch hour by an intern...
I guess I could roll my own with HP, VMWare and Citrix, but, mmph, that's a lot of work (and reading. Oh, and probably money, too). But at least I'm relatively sure all three will be around in 5 years. I do tend to run things until the bearings wear out around here, so I'm not much for the "here today, gone tomorrow" companies if I can avoid it.
But I do appreciate the input so far.
is Nutanix considered a safe-bet for end users? I ask because we're looking to buy some of their gear next summer when we (finally) start moving some things (mostly computer labs and other public-use computers) to VDI. I'm not a stock-market guru, but, eh, it seems strange to want to give a hundred thousand bucks of my meager IT budget to a company that lost $162 million in 3 months.
"I think you should change it a little to 5050"
I think 5150 would be much more descriptive...
that MS is going to ease-up on the silly security requirements that Powershell currently has? I've had dozens of use cases in the past 5+ years where Powershell could have done something far easier than a batch file could, but the thought of "waking up" Powershell on 500+ computers, and getting the execution policy set, and jumping through all the other hoops to get Powershell to run PS1 files from our fileserver, well, that was daunting, and time is money, so I just bunged together batch files to do it. CMD doesn't need so much hand feeding to get things working, which is both good and bad. Maybe there's a way to make Powershell behave in a useful way using GPOs, I can't say I've looked into that to a large extent.
As to having CMD launch Powershell instead of command.com, I wonder if MS goes down this dark path, if they will let us overwrite the CMD.EXE with older versions that DO run command.com by default. Or even just rename CMD.EXE to BADCMD.EXE and create a CMD.BAT that launches command.com. I never type the EXE extension in the Run box anyhow...
It is somewhat worrisome that MS is still ratting around with these old ways of doing things and changing what we've all grown deeply accustomed to. I would think 99% of normal users never use CMD anyhow, unless they're following a How-To, and if they DID need PowerShell, how much harder is it to type "powershell" at the command prompt and hit Enter? So is MS futzing around with this to "help" the average user, or are they trying to (slowly, gradually) force us old-timers away from the last remnants of DOS so they can eventually get rid of it altogether?
I'm glad somebody finally got it...I was beginning to worry that I'd been too subtle.
It is wonderful that Microsoft is finally embracing Linux, and shows their faith in Linux as a competent operating system worthy of sharing rack space with Windows.
I'm sure as things progress, Microsoft will gladly assist Linus and the rest of the fine folks working on the kernel to improve interoperability between the two systems - possibly by extending things in the kernel to work better under Azure.
And as things continue moving forward, we'll come to a future where problems and conflict between Microsoft and the Linux community will be extinguished.
"I know! I'm still not touching Quantum, Maxtor, IBM or Micropolis hard drives! "
Don't forget PrairieTek - that was the first IDE drive I bought in 1991, and I'll never buy another one. (although to be honest, I still have that drive here in my desk drawer as a memento of the Good Old Days, when plugging in the laptop connector backwards meant a fried drive).
"live in the moment, realise that you don't need photographic evidence of everything,"
But, but... how are the people on Facebook going to know what you had for lunch unless you provide photographic evidence of said lunch? I mean, those people are your "friends" and need to know exactly what you ate so they can Like it and comment on it. Life without hundreds of Likes and snarky comments just isn't a Life worth living.
>It takes longer than 4 seconds for Firefox to do anything
Ah, point taken.
"It took four seconds for Flash to fall."
Interestingly, that seems to be slightly longer than it takes for Firefox to start complaining that Flash is outdated after I've just upgraded Flash...
"Try getting a /24 it is pretty painful."
Unless you're a college/university. I got one in 2013 and it was way easier than the tech guru at my ISP had warned me about. ARIN didn't really even ask for justification, they just saw I worked for a university and said "Here you go..". Sometimes it's nice to get an unexpected break...
"Anyway, I like dotted quads. They're kind of friendly, and the dots are there to separate number groups, which are always there."
"I'm not opposed to IPv6 <snip> But I think they tried to do too much with it, muddied the waters, and made it unfriendly."
IP6 is just too unwieldy for mortal use. Sure, it's the cat's meow in a fully automated, integrated, updated network where the network admins get to stare at a wall of 70" screens in the NOC. But for those of us who still frequent dusty closets where network switches share space with electrical breaker panels and old phone line splice boxes, it seems like far too much overkill for our simple needs. Honestly, IP4 with 1 or 2 added octets would seem like a far better answer while still being relatively easy to remember. Everybody says "oh, that's what DNS is for." Yeah, because we know DNS never breaks or goes down. Until it does go down and you can't remember what the frikking 16-octet IP6 address is for the DNS server to connect to it. Buggers.
"The worst we would see is losing the ability to purchase new assault rifles"
That's something I've been pondering recently - I know Hillary has a boner for banning sales of the AR platform, but considering how "modular" the AR is, what exactly are they planning to ban? Are they only wanting to ban completely assembled rifles, or completely assembled rifles and lowers (the serialized part), or ban complete rifles, lowers, and assembled uppers, or ban everything related to the AR platform? I bought two stripped lowers 2 months ago just so I'd have some outlet if The Worst does come to pass, and I've been stockpiling 30-round mags like they're going out of style.
"A bigger problem for gun owners is sites like Craigslist won't take gun ads making private sales a little more difficult."
With sites like Gunbroker.com, there's not much need to sell guns on Craigslist, eBay, etc. It's all guns, all the time. If the folks at Craigslist don't want to list guns, well, fine, it's their servers, we don't need them.
" don't vote for Hilary as she will make sure that no-one will defend their home ever again"
I think you seriously underestimate the number of firearms we have here. Unless Hillary is planning to force the cops to do door-to-door search-and-seizures of weapons, we (us gun-toting rednecks, that is) will still have hundreds of millions of guns, even if she starts banning the manufacture and sale of certain of them (AR's, AK's). Not to mention the billions of rounds of ammo we have stored up for the impending zombie apocalypse.
I did find it humorous that the Aussie cops said "Do not confront a person in your house." As a Merican, the idea of that is completely foreign to me and runs counter to the basic instinct of "protect the house". But since Oz is mostly disarmed now, that's probably good advice, since the intruder may actually be armed - when they outlaw guns, only outlaws will have guns, right?
"heathens who use camel case also like to write sentences as their variable names,"
That's because VB doesn't mind long variable names. ;)
"Um, sorry, for a minute there I thought I was reading an excerpt from a ST:TNG episode."
I kept expecting to read :
and the Librarian replied "Ook! Ook!!"
So in light of the mass confusion over where MH370 went down, has there been any change in policy - either with the airlines themselves, or with government aviation authorities - to require airplanes to use some sort of GPS that sends their coords to a ground-based logging system somewhere? I mean, some trucking/freight companies here in the US track their trucks via GPS 24 hours a day, know exactly where the truck has been, how fast it's been going, etc, etc. And this is for a $75,000 truck carrying $20,000 worth of freight from China.
When MH370 went down, I was surprised that they couldn't pinpoint the path their multimillion dollar airplane full of people had taken - I thought for sure they'd be tracking such things. Is there a reason, other than normal corporate cheapskateness, that they don't track airplanes?
I was thinking they could use it to send you an SMS telling you it's time to bend over and buy a replacement toner cartridge.
or Gentoo? Not that I use it anymore, but that and Slack are the two old kings of DIY Linux. Gentoo was cool, it just took too long to install for my ADHD personality. ;)
obviously the Martians haven't worked-out this physiology-of-long-distance-space-travel part either, or we'd already be pwned and covered in red vines!
"The main thing VMs are missing is something like Intel's trusted platform module (TPM)"
On the list of things VMs are missing, I don't see TPM anywhere on said list. Smaller hypervisor memory footprint - check. More efficient I/O - check. Lower licensing fees - check. TPM - nope.
our VAR sent us an email about Server2016 licensing last week, and as I understand it, if you are going to run Server2016 in a VM, you have to license every physical core in the server, you can't license per-CPU anymore. So even if you only want to give the VM 2 vCPUs with 2 cores each, you still have to license all of the other cores as if you're running Windows on them. If you've got an older box with dual 4-core Xeons, you aren't going to be $$hurting$$ as bad as with a new box with dual 8-core Xeons.
(although, apparently, we Educational volume licensees CAN still license per CPU, with a minimum CPU count still at 2. I think...)
"Just a quick slap," I urge the Boss. "Then really put the slipper in when he goes down. It's the only thing he understands."
Thanks, that made me chuckle. Our Helldesk guy is kinda like that. Always yapping, yapping, yapping, and taking 4 times longer to explain something than need be. Not fitting behavior for a nerd.
I'm going to disagree. I think one of the good points of VB6 was that it was single-sourced but immensely extendable. If it gets opensourced, then there will wind up being several competing variants of it, all using different weirdo-libraries (probably open-sourced and highly version-dependent) to build themselves, and none of them 100% compatible with each other.
I just wish MS would give up on VB.NET and update VB6 a bit. Although, maybe that's a worse idea considering Microsoft's moves regarding the Office Ribbon, the Windows 8 interface, and Cortana. There surely are a lot of people at MS who have lost the plot...
"Yet Microsoft still support VB6 programming until at least 2024. And it installs and runs on Windows 10."
Does it? I tried with Server 2012 and never could get it to work properly. Wound up installing XP in a Hyper-V VM just so I could install VB6. I can't remember what wasn't working under 2012, but it was a show-stopper in my case.
"still fine for running the mail server, just like the 486 box in the corner was..."
What do you mean, "was"...?
"But you CAN buy the optional iOpener"
Err, I've had my iOpener for 15 years now, didn't know I was waiting for an iBag to put it into. Not that I can do much with a 180 MHz Geode these days...
"10-second hijack hole could kill any Facebook profile"
Come on, El Reg, you had my hopes up that this might be a way to actually KILL a Facebook account to the point that the account and everything associated with it disappears completely from the Internets as if it never existed.
Ah, thanks for the explanation. That makes sense.
Here's a dumber question (from a guy who learned a little assembly on the 8088) - why does the OS clear the CPU's cache? I thought the CPU was supposed to be in charge of stuff like that. But I admit my knowledge is quite dated.
I wouldn't rush to nationalize anything as important as network access. That seems a dark path to a dim future.
But it would be nice if Congress would weigh-in and maybe pass a Federal law to pre-empt the state laws that the Monopolies bought 20-30 years ago that forbid this sort of thing. I'm usually dead-set against the Feds dictating to the States, but in this case, the state laws are just a racket designed to keep the fat-cats fat, not to help their citizenry.
"The other issue is shooting somebody with a 22. The victim might get very angry, grab the wannabe assassin, and then tear them to shreds with their bare hands."
I saw a quote similar to that about the .25 recently, can't remember exactly where. Something along the lines of:
Never carry a .25 pistol. If you absolutely have to carry a .25, never load it because then you might shoot it, and if you shoot it you might hit someone by mistake, and if he finds out about it, he's likely to be very angry at you.
I want one. And a spare. And a box full of jacks. Unless it's stupid expensive, it looks like a good idea.
Not sure about the plugs though. meh.
"The HP unit's idea is that network admins shouldn't be called upon to do this sort of thing if it can be avoided, but should be happy to oversee a library of API-addressing recipes cooked up by developers."
Soooo...in HP land, the network admins don't admin networks, they, eh, errr, ummm, play Solitaire? Write software? Watch TV?
And sorry, but the fucking developers should NOT be allowed to mess with switches, VLANs, or routers. Nothing fucks up a good network architecture like someone saying "hey, let's try this and see if it works. Oi, where'd the Internet go??? OMG!!! now I can't get to StackExchange to figure out how to unfuck this mess I've made." There really are lots of OTHER PEOPLE in the company who rely on the network to function properly so they can do their jobs.
Downvote away, dev-op fanbois. I know you want to.
"OpenText hopes to sell its existing products into those customers, putting it in new markets."
I'm not a customer of Documentum or Opentext, just a nerd reading a story here on El Reg. So my question is: is OpenText really paying $1.6 billion just so they have new fields of potential customers to harass? Are they likely to let Documentum's product(s) wither on the vine? Or is this a semi-fire-sale like when Novell sold it's good stuff to Attachmate a few years ago?
My lackadaisical work ethic, and skinflint hatred of spending money, has FINALLY PAID OFF!
" Whilst I've never gotten on with powershell it's got an awful lot of nice structured features that make the standard Unix shells looking like what they are - a 1970s solution in need of update."
It does, until you get neck deep into it and realize it's still full of sharp edges and half-baked ideas. While there are things that make it LOOK like a true programming language, you eventually realize that's just shiny-shiny, and it's really just an overly complicated shell, or worse, just a bunch of loosely bound together common commands with a bit of looping, branching, and variables thrown in. And, in truth, it is relatively restrictive. You can only do the things that Microsoft thinks you need to be able to do, and (mostly) in the ways Microsoft thinks you should do them. At first, you don't notice these walls so much, but get further into it, and they become much more apparent.
It is an improvement over the venerable DOS shell, however. Import-CSV is worth its weight in gold and is the primary driver for using powershell at all, IMHO.
I'm sure the clean-shaven MS fanbois will apply the appropriate number of downvotes to this post. Fire away, guys.
"Finally, referring to XBT as "newfangled fad-inducing social crap" is just revelling in ignorance."
In my own defense, I was referring to the OPs question about why us old guys use the Internet, not Bitcoin in general. My limited understanding of Bitcoin is that it's mostly popular with uber-nerds on whom anything "social" is completely wasted.