* Posts by Richard 33

56 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009

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Soz, web devs: Google snatches its Wallet off the table

Richard 33
FAIL

Re: Made paypal look good

This isn't true actually. When I recently had a problem with Google Wallet, I was able to get through to a human pretty quickly - they emailed me back within an hour. Unfortunately they told me I had to fax them copies of my passport and birth certificate in order to continue with my task (buying a Nexus tablet). At that point I abandoned my GW account and bought it through Amazon instead.

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Google extends app refund window to two hours

Richard 33
Megaphone

Distance Selling Regulations

I purchased a copy of GTA for Android. After a lot of trying to get it to work at all, it couldn't download its data files, so it was useless. I couldn't even start the game. I asked for a refund, and was refused. Reopened the case, mentioning the Distance Selling Regulations, and was given an immediate refund.

Know your rights.

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Is that a 64-bit ARM Warrior in your pocket? No, it's MIPS64

Richard 33
Linux

Proprietary?

I wonder if like everything else coming from Imagination, you'll have to offer your first born children as sacrifices even to get access to basic programming details?

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VMware hangs with the cool kids in the Containers gang

Richard 33
Happy

Re: HUH??

Hey, I was using chroot back in the late 80s!

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Red Hat rallies hardware makers with 64-bit ARM server partner program

Richard 33
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Re: Would be really interested in...

The tie in is that Red Hat's early access program runs on AMD hardware (as well as the other vendors mentioned in the press release).

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Would it be BAD if the Amazon rainforest was all FARMS? Well it WAS, once

Richard 33
FAIL

The rest of the world was heavily forested

The rest of the world was heavily forested, so the Amazon didn't matter that much. Now it does.

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New MH370 search zone picked using just seven satellite 'handshakes'

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Re: Ughh... bad news

I urge people to actually read the report, not the news articles. If you had read it, then you would see that underwater sonar equipment which is installed to detect nuclear weapons tests (who knew?) DID hear the plane going down. Unfortunately the information from this doesn't really add anything to the satellite information already being used.

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Docker blasts into 1.0, throwing dust onto traditional hypervisors

Richard 33

Re: Still don't get it

Docker is basically LXC (aka chroot on steroids). However it does have a fast git-like way to tag, build and share containers, so I would say the advantage is mainly in ease of use.

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Red Hat: We CAN be IaaSed about OpenStack cloud

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Re: If

Red Hat has been the largest single contributed to Open Stack for some time, and has around 30-40 employees working on it full time. This graph is nearly a year old and shows Red Hat way ahead in terms of contributions:

http://blog.bitergia.com/2013/04/04/companies-contributing-to-openstack-grizzly-analysis/

Some people at Red Hat working on Open Stack.

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TomTom GO 6000 satnav chews on smarties and tablets

Richard 33

Avoid costly speeding camera updates / fines

... by not speeding.

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IBM proffers $1bn for Linux development on Power

Richard 33

Hardware

Does this mean we might be able to buy ppc64 hardware. All my ppc64 development is done on an 8 year old Apple G5 (very reasonable at just £150), because that is the only hardware you can buy that has a Power-related chip in it. That I'm aware of anyway ...

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Tape's NOT dead. WHOMP: This 8.5TB Oracle drive proves it

Richard 33
Happy

Re: All day and then some for backup

Hey, I'm from the NSA you insensitive clod!

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Top tools for junior Linux admins

Richard 33
Go

virt-sysprep

http://libguestfs.org/virt-sysprep.1.html

virt-sysprep (included in RHEL 6.3 and later) can reset network configuration in cloned VMs (and much much more).

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BBC iPlayer downloads BORKED by Adobe Air update

Richard 33
FAIL

Re: Sigh

Or for people who don't know how to use get_iplayer ...

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Facebook says it's LOSING money in the UK ... pays hardly any tax

Richard 33
FAIL

Let me guess

It may make no money in the whole of the UK, but on the bright side it's Bermuda operations are making money hand over fist.

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UN agency didn't break North Korea tech embargo

Richard 33
FAIL

Patents?

Why don't they just download them from google.com/patents? Given that patents are usually written in deliberately obscure language, I think trying to read patents is more likely to set them back than be of any help.

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Barnes & Noble Nooks bound for Blighty

Richard 33

Re: Nook Color vs Nexus 7

Well the Nook Color has an LCD screen too (a much worse one than the Nexus 7) so it's not really an issue. Of course a Nook with e-Ink would be a different matter, but I thought they'd stopped producing those since the original Nook.

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Richard 33
Stop

Nook Color vs Nexus 7

I have a Nook Color (bought from the US about a year ago) and a Nexus 7, and the Nexus 7 wins in every conceivable way, including reading ebooks. Even if I'm generous and assume the new Nooks are twice as powerful and will be half the price of the Nexus, it'd still be the Nexus for me.

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HotLink's SuperVisor hooks deeper into VMware

Richard 33

Re: libvirt

Perhaps instead of your silly ad hominem attack, you could explain the difference?

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Richard 33
Linux

libvirt

libvirt is a mature open source library that has done this for ages (well, since 2007 according to http://libvirt.org )

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Ten... mono laser printers

Richard 33
WTF?

HP LaserJet 5M

I got a refurb HP LaserJet 5M for £80 including next day delivery. There are places you can get it cheaper.

This is an HP printer built to last. It has an ethernet port, native PostScript, and you cram in up to 66MB (sic) of RAM for almost nothing assuming you can find old 72 pin DIMMs at a boot sale.

Refurb toner cartridges are also cheap as chips, giving it an unbeatable price per page.

Very simple to configure with a static IPv4 address, and the output (though obviously only mono) looks brilliant.

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Red Hat signs giants to anti-VMware open-source project

Richard 33
Go

No Citrix or Xen

No, it is KVM only, because we KVM is architecturally better and faster than the alternatives.

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Microsoft milks Casio for using Linux

Richard 33
Linux

Oh wikileaks, where art thou now

Someone really needs to leak the terms of one of these contracts.

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Ultra-cheap HP TouchPads to hit UK at 6pm

Richard 33
Unhappy

Re: Reserved

As predicted, my "reserved" HP Touchpad mysteriously disappeared from the system when I got to the store this morning.

A rush of Currys employees flogging Touchpads on ebay in 3 ... 2 ... 1 ...

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Richard 33
Alert

Reserved one ...

Although the chances of it actually being there when I go and pick it up tomorrow 10am seems about 50/50.

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Is Facebook worth more than Google?

Richard 33
Facepalm

Drivel

What an utter load of drivel. I suggest Matt Asay buys a book about valuing companies, available at just about any high street bookshop.

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Blighty gets gold-dispensing ATM

Richard 33
Coat

I don't understand it

How many bitcoins is £40?

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Red Hat: 'Yes, we'll break $1 billion this year'

Richard 33
Linux

Re: ehoffman

Red Hat do not "obfuscate the source code". CentOS 6 is delayed entirely down to problems with CentOS and the CentOS team. Scientific Linux managed a release of 6.0 ages ago.

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US plan to hold EU passenger data for 15 yrs 'unlawful'

Richard 33
Facepalm

Don't give it to them

It's highly likely they're keeping it for as long as they like anyway. What are we going to do? Send in the EU swat team to check? Of course not.

So the only solution is don't give it to them in the first place. If they don't want anyone going there, let's see how long that lasts before their tourist industries lobby Congress to change the rules.

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Kindle Store awash with auto-generated crap 'books'

Richard 33
Go

Amazon can fix this

Just hold on to the customer's money for a week or two (Amazon will love that), and if too many customers complain about a seller, boot the seller off and return the money to the customers.

Even better, require the seller to escrow some modest amount of money (eg. £5), and keep that money if they turn out to be a spammer.

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What a mix-up: using different hypervisors

Richard 33
Linux

libvirt

And you can use libvirt to do lifecycle management for most hypervisors too.

For instance if you've got a Linux machine, you can try managing a local ESX server by yum/apt-get installing libvirt and doing:

virsh -c esx://esxserver/ list --all

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Mozilla ships first security update for Firefox 4

Richard 33

ASLR

It's not clear from your article, but ASLR has been available on "other platforms" (specifically Linux and OpenBSD) since 2005, and is routinely used when compiling all programs including Firefox. Microsoft were late to the game.

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How is SSL hopelessly broken? Let us count the ways

Richard 33
FAIL

Firefox?

Don't forget Firefox's counterproductive handling of self-signed certificates. Why have a ridiculous multi-step process for those when unsigned/unencrypted connections don't deserve any warning at all?

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Natty Narwhal with Unity: Worst Ubuntu beta ever

Richard 33
Flame

"Worst"?

You might want to save up adjectives like "worst" until you've had a chance to review the GNOME 3 distros coming out soon ...

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London's Olympic clock claps out

Richard 33
Pint

The only "Olympic tickets" I'm buying ...

... will be a 2 week holiday plus a few days either side, somewhere a very long way away from London.

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BBC accused of coming out for porn opt-in?

Richard 33
Megaphone

Please no more

I really hoped after the last election that we'd never have to hear from "wacky" Jacqui Smith and her half-baked primary-school teacher theories again. If we just stop talking about her, hopefully she'll go away.

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O2 chops away at middle-aged spread

Richard 33
FAIL

Not more spam txts please

Their current focus seems to be on sending irrelevant txt messages and absolutely refusing to obey the "STOP" order.

I guess the new "customer" focus will be more of the same.

Luckily my contract runs out in a month.

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Yorks cops bust Bradford guinea pig farm

Richard 33

Just make it legal already

Because it being illegal has obviously not worked.

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UK.gov relaxes patent application process

Richard 33

Reducing cost?

Certainly reducing the cost for the businesses filing patents. Massively increasing the cost for everyone else who has to think about whether their existing, older, independently created invention infringes.

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MySpace employees face uncertain 2011

Richard 33
FAIL

1100 workers doing what exactly?

Maybe to write creative error messages when the web servers break (seemingly all the time)? To recommend the really terrible colour combinations to users? Inquiring minds want to know ...

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Novell keeps Unix copyrights from Microsoft

Richard 33
Linux

What do Unix copyrights have to do with Linux?

If something had been copied, I'm sure the SCO farce would have uncovered it by now.

Unix is of historical interest for some Linux users, but the Unix copyrights have nothing whatsoever to do with Linux.

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RHEL 6: serious Linux built for growth

Richard 33
Linux

Re: two00lbwaster

Red Hat doesn't just release RHEL 6 and then do nothing. There are upgrades every 6 months, so by the time 2015 comes around we'll be on roughly RHEL 6.8, and if > 128 core systems are common you can be sure that it will support far more cores by then.

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Plastic plod used police database to find dates

Richard 33
Coat

And that is why ...

You don't put it all on one big database.

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Microsoft gives F# an Apache 2.0 boost with code drop

Richard 33
Happy

OCaml has always been open source

That's where the best F# ideas came from. OCaml has been open source and around in one form since 1985. Still welcome to the party Microsoft, glad you could join us after 25 years.

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No refunds for ID card pioneers

Richard 33
Flame

Ha ha ha ha

Let me give them this tiny violin. With a little camera inside it to track them.

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RHEL 6 - your sensible but lovable friend

Richard 33
Alert

Ubuntu LTS ... let's not joke

RHEL is properly supported for 7-10 years, Ubuntu LTS maybe for 5 years if they've not got better things to do. Red Hat employs many key developers, Ubuntu hardly any. Red Hat actively backports new features into older releases, while keeping the same ABI guarantee for OEM software, Ubuntu doesn't do any of that.

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DVLA off-road system seriously off-message

Richard 33
Unhappy

Passport

They lost my passport!

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Fedora 13 - Ubuntu's smart but less attractive cousin

Richard 33
Go

Tech-savvy?

Fedora encourages people willing to contribute. That does not only mean programmers, but artists, documentation writers, translators and anyone with a talent to contribute and make the whole ecosystem around open source better. You can find out more at http://join.fedoraproject.org/

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UK.gov invests £4.3m in cyber-scam crackdown team

Richard 33
Go

About bloody time

Scams are legion on gumtree (try the London housing section some time), and the police don't care.

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Mozilla becomes latest to dump Mac OS X 10.4 support

Richard 33
Unhappy

Panther rules

Shame really because 10.3 (panther) was the peak of Mac OS X. Before Panther there were many issues with optimizations. After Panther it gained a flavor-of-the-month-but-useless search tool and lots of bloat.

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