Re: How bad is Torvalds?
> Add to that the doors it has opened...
What? The Sirius Cybernetics Corporation uses Linux?
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> Add to that the doors it has opened...
What? The Sirius Cybernetics Corporation uses Linux?
Ahhhhhh. Glad to be of service...
What? That's the way the UK as well as the US has worked for years. No wonder UKIP wants us out - good grief. Whats next? Teling us Baroness MLF wasn't democratically elected?
They probably are cheap and cheerful, but the number of snouts in the miltary industrial trough means a piece of perspex ends up as a "stealth pilot/environment ocular interface device".
Meanwhile in the UK we've got pointless £6billion aircraft carriers with no aircraft to carry. Should have bought a fleet of Rafales instead.
Some very telling comments in the article, especially regarding BTs unwillingness to embrace the connected era, doing everything negative that monopolies do, but somehow managing not to be called a monopoly.
My Internet connection was first via Compuserve's walled garden in 1990. Then we were on a small Southampton-based ISP whose name I can't recall connecting using Trumpet Winsock in the mid 90s. Connected with a Mac Classic too. Later Demon's 0800 access allowed the connection effectively to remain up (although I once had BT disconnect my second, modem line, because they needed it for a new customer in the neighbourhood...) Home Highway was good, but the lack of compression on ISDN meant it often appeared slower in use than a good modem. And while connection was quick, negotiating the link once the connection was made was just as slow.
Re the 21CN, this always meant much more to BT marketing droids than to anything else. I recall a boring discussion when I finally managed to liven up a 10Mb/s fibre connection via a competitor, the BT droid carrying on about the wonders of 21CN, and how moving to the competitor would leave us left behind, while he was offering overpriced megastreams. It was always, and still is, jam tomorrow. In every company I have been with, moving from BT or keeping them at arms length via a 3rd party made life easier.
Yes, looking back, we have had to fight every step of the way to a connected world, rather than being led by companies who should be offering us leading options.
If some other critical business resource was subject to subjective interpretation and intrusive and threatening conditions, auditors would flag the issue as a business risk that needed addressing. Astonishing that MS software in particular, or any other FAST affiliate, avoids this.
In our rural area, millions were on offer to roll out a fibre loop a couple of hundred miles long. That's being installed at the moment. Only there are no plans to use it for exchanges, even the ones the cable actually passes through. One small village through which it passes actually has no ADSL at all. Still, the usual suspects have pocketed their millions, the MP can claim that there's fibre everywhere, and we're all still on edge-of-range copper ADSL.
A mainframe destined to encrypt in real time? Only terrorist supporters do that, don't they Dave*
* - Dave should probably be DAVE - some acronym describing who really pulls the strings of these idiots
The Beeb reports that Cameron is off to get his orders from Obama - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-30766106 Dutifully they also report that the discussions will centre around these issues, so expect Cameron to return all enlightened, and give yet more power to GCHQ as we head to more war.
> but the same treaty will mean that European financial
> companies can sue the US government
Hahahahaha - oh, were you serious? Better chack the text of TTIP carefully, then. I think you'll find it works both ways as much as UK-US extradition is two way, ie, not at all.
That'll be their excuse, because as soon as the UK government signs TTIP, which they're wetting themselves to do, their corporate overlords will be able to sue them for cutting off that lovely senstive data stream that opening up NHS health records and other sources will allow them if explict consent is required
Yes, me too. In particular I have a stack of Wheezy servers that will amost certainly take advantage of their promise of upgrading directly to Devaun 1 rather than Jessie.
While the headlong rush to the non-init parts of systemd are of concern, the main reason I wish Devuan well is to retain diversity among linux distros, and the further systemd creeps into aspects beyond init, the less this appears likely.
There's probably a reason you're not using a Stalwart or similar clutch, but the reason I mention it is that I once got the chance to drive a Stallie on Salisbury Plain. I sat at the steering position ad the owner said "Put it into gear." "Which gear," says I "Any one" says he. He was right too.
Connecting the TTIP trainwreck to the recently reported VAT MOSS issue, it's hard to understand how the EU can require non-EU businesses, which are commonly US business, to charge VAT at individual member state rates, but do away with data protection requirements. In fact, an acquantance of my SO says she has checked with her congressperson who confirms that personally identifiable information can now be held on US systems. Now it could be bravado, but it seems the US already think the deal is done. I suppose it is as far as the UK is concerned, as that toffs in government seem gleeful to bend over, but maybe, just maybe, this can also be defeated by democratic oversight.
> but it makes me mad
Ah, is that what it was....
Presumably the Indian givernment has to get your and other Daily Fail readers' approval for any long term programme of technological development to establish their economic future? Or wa sit only the US, and others on its coat tails that could use a space programme for long term econopmic good?
My wife is in the same position. She's doing her best to keep up with this issue, but virtually daily HMRC's position changes. That idiot Cable said at opne point that it wouldn't afffect many businesses! The latest from HMRC is indeed that if you receive an order and then send the pattern by email rather than an automated donwload, then the new regs don't apply to you. But they'll change their minds in a few days time. It's a fiasco. HMRC also claimed they;ve been making businesses aware of this for 18 months. They have, but only the big businesses which are already in the VAT schemes.
Oh, Cable also suggested that small businessed would have to sell through intermediaries who would in turn be liable under the new regs. For pattern sellers, for example, at a couple of quid a time, and a low turnover, how exactly will that be feasible?
Re the VAT reg comment, that's no use at all. ANYONE selling into the EU is liable for this, including non-EU sites, for example, US sites. So VAT registration has nothing to do with it.
At these times flightradar24,com makes for interesting browsing. Looks like the 14:15 LHR-JFK has just taken off. A flight from Oslo to LHR made two huge circles in the north sea off Lowestoft (you can see the track if you click on a plane) while two Falcon 900s are at high altitude (40k feet) approaching the Thames. Guesses as to what they're up to on the back of a black helicopter...
>That guy felt neglected. He was uncomfortable with neglect / had ADHD.
>And it personifies someone so unfamiliar with the reality around him that
>he is unable to deal with it.
He's now CEO, so you're right on all counts ;-)
Real life example. Early one morning. Phone rings. Exec at airport, waiting in lounge.
Exec: There's something wrong. I've been here an hour and no email's come through. There must be something wrong.
QL: Get a life <CLICK>
(And no, there was nothing wrong with the email system or his phone, but the pressure he felt he was under always to be accessed and accessible meant it was a genuine concern of his, poor sop.)
> You could do a breach of contract claim in the small claims court
Interesting, and worth researching. As it happens, a neighbour moved to Zen, and they are taking the issue seriously. They asked for pings to be enabled on a few of our routers and claim to be building a case to take to BT wholesale.
No fibre in our area, and no plans either. That whole "market" thing that's supposed to sort all the arrogance of a residual monopoly just doesn't seem to be working.
PlusNet used to be great for support - you could easily speak to real people who knew what they were talking about and knew what to do about it, and when you needed support, you'd get it quickly and in an unpatronising manner. But my latest support call is a classic - I logged a call about poor upload speed, which for what I use my ADSL connection for is important, very poor latency, up to 250ms at times and dropped packets - over 10% on occasion. I got a response containing boiler plate links and saying my download speed was within acceptable levels. I replied patiently, saying that my download speed was not the issue, and repeating the issue. Eventually I got a response saying that it's not a problem they can do anything about and they;re not prepared to raise a call against BT wholesale (the problem is almost certainly our local exchange. 4 neighbours, on different ISPs all have the same problem) I will definitely be leaving PN after 12 years with them, at the earliest I can. They seem to have forgotten that it takes more than telly marketing to run an effective ISP.
Agreed if the prejudices are your own, but what if they're someone else's, in particular, auditors or other box-tickers? I recall replacing a ludicrously expensive Sun+Checkpoint firewall (nearly £20k, if I recall with a generic multi-ethernet mini-ITX debian box as a firewall, and having to spend ages with an auditor to explain why it was better. Later, at a pan-Euro company, I used IBM pizza box desktops in the same role and for OpenVPN, but one French company we bought, they were horrified that we didn't supply them with a PIX or similar. They were convinced that the box would fail, so I ended up giving them two, one of which, years later, was still in its box above the system rack.
The perception is that the safe, meaning insurance against fear of retribution and comeback, option will remain well-marketed "enterprise" brands. Cynics and realists would call this lunacy and uncreative, MBAs and PHBs would call it "business sense."
The number of IT techies I've come across who are also Landie owners, which implies continual fettling, is surely statistically significant. And I thought Landie fettlers were a daft lot, but this lot take the biscuit.
By the way, I found that modern Bentley owners don't take too well if you ask how their Volkswagen is going... ;-)
> government is by Mega-Corps
And Cameron is wetting himself to sign TTIP which legislates that laws must be made for mega-corps benefit.
> can I make the following suggestions
Oh sure, but what colour should we paint it?
The BBC reports that the lander is the size of a washing machine. Now is it a fridge, or is it a washing machine? This is the type of sloppy standards problem that lead NASA's Mars probe to land on Jupiter, you know.
There's nothing to be smug about here. This story, that happens to be in Italy, is simply an extension of the "Something Must Be Done" and "Someone Must Be Blamed" culture that's now endemic. :-(
In my part of the world, in an area of 200 sq miles, there are about 1500 people living. Exactly how much does the writer think that the big phone companies are "competing" for 1500 people? The only reason there are masts here at all is because it was mandated. Some networks don't bother with any service at all from some masts. Even in the main village, you really need three networks to get service all through the mile or so of the village. To people like us, where the rules of the city simply don't apply, the gov's idea sounds just wonderful.
As I understood the proposal, it's not a universal concept, just areas like our which are badly provisioned by the magic "market".
"Among the 414 websites shut down were those selling weapons and drugs, and advertising contract killers"
So they shut down government websites?
> filesystems are a thing of beauty and tragedy-about-to-occur
Amen to that. Over the last 17 years of as a Linux user, I've lost data with the all the ext's, reiserfs, and xfs, jfs being the only honourable mention, which I still use by choice on Debian servers. I know I should be trying it, but potential data loss is not something that you choose, and btrfs seems very complicated. Glad it's here and maturing, though.
Any indication that the gov think that this is about service provision and not about shovelling money to a post-parliamentary career directorship would be an interesting observation.
> link it with the mobile sized fusion reactor that Lockheed are proposing
Aha, so it's really a pie-in-the-sky gun?
I had a Range Rover 3.5 V8 auto for some years, which I loved dearly. It returned 18.6mpg over the years I had it, dropping to a worst of 12mpg in deep winter snow, along with frequent stopping to pull lesser cars from snowdrifts. The best was just over 25 mpg. This was achieved on a run from Winchester to Birmingham (the old Networks shows) with four hefty techies on board, on a hot summer's day, air con on full blast, and a fastish motorway run all the way. I concluded that the engine was being run inefficiently when you tried lighter loads, etc, and that it actually preferred to be dong some hard work, but otherwise have never been able to understand that result.
(PS - This Rangie was the cause of the most delightful bit of English I've heard. I was planning to fit a stainless "sports" exhaust system, which apparently improved fuel consumption, but was concerned that the V8 would roar, when I preferred understatement. I phone Rimmer Bros, and asked about any change of exhaust tone. The bloke thought for a moment and said, "No, it's not louder, just a little more..... urgent." I thought that was a delightful way of describing it, meaningless and poetically meaningful at the same time. He was right too.)
> That earned Almunia a telling-off from MEPs.
Really, this is amateur league; the EU should look to the UK for what unelected politicos are able to do. Their lordships would never stand for a ticking off by the other house, even for the most banal soundbites..
Must agree. In fact, how many CEOs or CIOs do you know who would be happy to talk about their perceived weaknesses, or the things they would prefer to put right in hindsight? These are the remarks of someone with human foibles but with the humility to admit them. His style has proven effective.
The cultural aspects of moral stances, as has been pointed out, should also not be underestimated. In one transnational for which I worked, there were two countries (I'll not say which) with whom the British contingent really disliked working, largely because their cultural norm appears confrontational to us. I do not believe it was - it was just a style, along with language barriers, but meant making allowances for others for behaviour at which we've become accustomed rather to take offence.
In a begrudging way, you have to admire this attempt. MS typically engages in catch-ups like this by adding yet more layers to their products, and sometimes somehow gets them to work after a fashion. This contrasts with Linux's ability to strip down for purposes such as running containers, which really is a far easier achievement. I know which I'd prefer if I could think of a use case for containers, which I suspect is more limited than the hype would suggest, but from a application vendor's point of view, I suppose it sounds attractive.
For military applications, please see the Dashing White Sergeant..
Is the tech community reeling because when the vulnerability was announced they all said "Oh, fox-trot."?
For full cover, make sure you strip the Window(s)
Strictly not IT, but it's that kind of day - a tweet this morning from RPi said "I'd tell you a joke about UDP but you may not get it" so blame them.
I wonder how much personal data Tesco collects via these devices, or is my modern-era derived cynicism getting the better of me?
I would have thought the ballistic phase started when the satellites ended up in the wrong orbit...
Oddly enough, before the grindstone of IT appeared against which to rasp my nose, I actually trained in PR and practised for a while, before getting better. We were taught always to provide information your target journo wanted, always to make life easier for the journo and so on. This worked so well, I once walked through the foyer of an hotel in which a journo I knew was interviewing David Essex. When he saw me, the journo actually interrupted the interview to ask me something. Can't recall what it was, as the occasion got the better of me, but the style must have been about right.
>If I was looking for people to blame for the current state of affairs in Syria and Iraq, I'd start with
> the US and UK governments.
Indeed. A repeat on Radoi4Extra today was priceless. A comment from Linda Smith, during Blair and Bush's war, saying something like "It's all the fault of the Iraqi leadership being so sneaky they put all their civilians into residential areas."
This was the Physics Prize, not the economics one, so the narrow understanding suggested by the article may not be the entire picture.
Also, take the context. In the 80s and 90s, companies like BP were producing vast amounts of simple 70w solar panels, which along with a lead acid battery, and a fluorescent light tube with built in inverter, were installed throughout Southern Africa in rural areas. Areas like these previously either did without light, or use paraffin lamps. Paraffin for cooking and lighting often spelt disaster. Flourescent lamps were better than nothing, but they buzz, are prone to failure, and the cost of the entire shebang is quite high, even discounting the PR for which undoubtedly the exercise was done.
Now take the potential of LEDs for enabling sight during the hours of darkness You can go to a tat store in the west and buy half a dozen "garden lights" for a fiver. These are mere trinkets to us, but in the rural third world are transformative, providing safety in flammable dwellings and general night-time safety too. A few offcuts of solar panel material, a few NiMH AA batteries, a few LEDs with diffusers are now all that's required, at hugely reduced cost, no high voltages to cause danger, no buzzing or flickering to cause headaches, no lead acid to cause more danger and much longer lasting.
Yes,I would say the prize is very well deserved, but maybe not so much from a narrow, western economic viewpoint.
> 'acting minutes secretary'
Mmm, serious AI required for this. An example of valid minuting may be simply "Vigorous discussion ensued, the outcome being an agreement to declare Pimlico independent." A transcript of an hour of various people talking, often over each other, do not minutes make.
I have recently used Android speech recognition to fairly good effect when a group of elderly people in our community were supposed to bring in some reminiscences to a meeting. Three brought word processor files which we uploaded to an Xwiki. The fourth brought a hand written note, which I simply read into my Cyanogenmod Samsung. It had trouble with local Scottish place and people names but was generally good enough for a one-pass proof read.
The fear must exist that the traditional online data slurpers (MiApGle) get juicy amounts of info about you when using their speech recognition systems. I know that Android's system is tied to downloading the Google Search app. Not sure about this, mind you. but that's the style of these companies.
> Kinda weird seeing such a naive comment emerge from Bruce. He must have been asleep in the 80s, 90s and 00s.
Quite. I wonder what exact audience he had in mind, as he's usually more thoughtful than this. As long ago as 15 years we regarded recovery as more important than discovery, but you do still get views that the militaristic adversarial approach of "keep 'em out" is still prevalent, as indicated in comments below. But that means that any intrusion means strategic failure, and almost certain subsequent paralysis.
The big problems with Bruce's statement, though, are the decisions regarding the severity of attack. Rather like disaster recovery being used in instances short of full scale disasters, at what point to you kick in recovery processes.
Not so much re-arranging the deckchairs on the Titanic as sawing the Titanic in half in mid-ocean and hoping the engine room powers both halves
At least give it to us in mega-campbells - some measurement we can imagine anyway. I make that about 420 million elephants stacked end-to-end. African elephants, mind, not including trunk/tail contact points.
If all these companies are involved in this, why not just add one more step which is to free the use of the codec. That way, everyone wins. That 20c will only just pay admin and lawyer fees, so the companies are almost certainly not gaining financially from the arrangement. Go on, corps, let the codec go.
I don't want to belittle this issue, but a lot of reports from security firms have spoken about "actively exploiting" but what does that mean? Is it that they have seen network traffic or honeypot attacks, or that the attacks have succeeded? It still seems to me that while the potential for shellshock to be severe is great, the actual typical implementations of how bash is used reduces that potential significantly.
Definitely not belittling the issue, but it would be interesting to see info on successful attacks rather than traffic attempts, and interesting to see data from relatively dispassionate security researchers rather than companies with magic bullets to flog.
> I lived the day,
Yeah, I'm also feeling my age... In its heyday, Lotus123 WAS personal computing. I eventually ceased to be amazed to find beancounters writing their letters in 123, using rows as lines, all done because 123 was their universe. You messed with this at your peril, and 2.1 was the absolute pinnacle, with reasonable memory demands and a wealth of add-ins. I recall the wonder of seeing for the first time the rows and columns populated from an Oracle database running on a Sequent, a miracle of integration at that time.
Then came the dog that was version 3. A half hearted attempt to be graphical, a memory hog and oh, so slow.
It was also a time when others were trying to get in on the act. There was a brilliant shareware clone of 123 called "As East As" which was equally fast, used less memory at a time when every byte of the 640 in the machines was important. But it didn't say "Lotus 123" so was unacceptable. Borland tried with Quattro, again, technically superior, in my opinion, but Lotus could do little wrong, so the users rejected these.
We were heavily invested in 123, but then we thought that Windows was looking like the future. My boss and I set up meetings with Lotus development and Microsoft to develop our own strategic approaches - this in the days when mere users really could set up meetings with software companies. We came away from those meetings with the understanding that Lotus was going to wait to see how things panned out, and had no real Windows strategy, while Microsoft said "Yes, we know we need to catch up, but here's what our plans are." To a large extent, they did what they said they would do. Lotus simply thought they'd be able to control the future and dropped the ball. After those meetings, we went to Excel and Word in spite of a very shaky start, and really never bothered with Lotus after that.
The one exception was Lotus Agenda. It's still available for download. It was a hard-to-describe piece of brilliant personal management software which Lotus thought they'd put into Notes, but never did.
I miss my youth....
Is it true that they modelled the water drop algorithms by studying the accuracy of FourEcksian dropbears?