* Posts by Alistair

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Lenovo denies claims it plotted with Microsoft to block Linux installs

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Re: "To improve system performance, Lenovo is ... adopting RAID on the SSDs..."

Thats the first rule of the downvote.

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Samsung intros super-speedy consumer SSDs, 'fastest M.2s ever'

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Has to be said:

Those are blazing fast .......

*cough*

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World+dog to get retro classic Commodore 64 for Christmas

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Likely lineups for those

..... to rival the line ups at the apple stores this time round.

might even find me there.

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Apple iPhone 7 launch hysteria? Not in Viking land

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Sad comment on the iPhone 7 -> I'm on a second tier provider and they've already offered me one for a free upgrade.

And I'm non contract.

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Spoiler alert: What Oracle is going to announce today

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Corrections:

Oracle Database 12c Release 2 is going to be first made available via the tech goliath's cloud beta testing service.

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Radar missile decoys will draw enemy missiles away from RAF jets

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@JaitcH

Oh, that agreement's already been written.

<what, me, cynical bastard? hell no, I'm full on tinfoil>

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Linux 4.8 probably needs rc8

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must be fake email from someone else

Its Not All Sweary and Loud.

Its not calling someone nasty names.

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BSODs of the week: From GRUB to nagware

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@ timmies

Hang around and watch that after someone hits the restart. Its using a chainloader, and I'm fairly sure that its chainloading a windows variant.

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Pramworld admits mailing list breach

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has to be done.

Apparently the folks over there misread it.

Its the *toys* yer supposed to toss out.

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Google: There are three certainties in life – death, taxes and IPv6

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Hrmph

A long time ago I read an item written by some nutbar who insisted that IPV6 wasn't sufficient, and who had written up (I think it was) a *very* light framework for IPV8.

Some folks are like Donald Rumsfeld, and should not be allowed near technology. (unknown unknowns being what they are)

I've played with IPV6 at home, and even have set up a few boxes in (lab) territory that do IPV6. While I'm a huge fan of the ease of deployment and setup, I do see huge issues in the management of resources frame of reference that will keep many IT groups from using it in large enterprise networks. Looking at the coding differences at the firewall line there are several additional levels of knowledge required to correctly understand the changes in process and deployment. Most of this is learning curve, and the larger the organization, the longer it will take to make it up that curve.

It will make anonymity somewhat more difficult, but, due to size of the address space, far from impossible.

Interestingly I've found out that the VPN system we use supports it and does some sort of internal 6to4 and 4to6 NATting. Mind you, that rings a bell somewhere, and I was asked not to do that again.

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BOFH: The case of the suspicious red icon

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suspicious red icons

....... when corporate colours are all red.......

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Trump website server config snafu left interns' CVs exposed

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pyvenrix:

This is along with several missing consonants in the article body. I'd say that the CIA has been renditioning non-vowels from ElReg at this rate.

Or someone's TTS microphone needs a thorough brushing.

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Google's become an obsessive stalker and you can't get a restraining order

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All things considered:

I have to wonder what Google's Law Enforcement Services Team has on their plate.

Yesterday?

Now?

Three years from now?

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Using a thing made by Microsoft, Apple or Adobe? It probably needs a patch today

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Re: iPatch

@PeterG.

I have the same reaction every time someone fires up the "Has apple copyrighted iPatch yet?" question.

The only time they get a different reaction is on "Talk like a pirate day".

<nice to know I'm not the only old fart that got to play with AT&T nix in the day.>

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'We already do that, we’re just OG* enough to not call it DevOps'

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point in fact.

12 years in operations.

why am I now a solutions developer, for stuff that *no one* wants to touch?

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New Skype for Linux Alpha

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Re: I wouldn't have thought...

Damn, I remember those things. Screamed along they did (for the time at least).....

<old bugger, reminiscing>

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VW Dieselgate engineer sings like a canary: Entire design team was in on it – not just a few bad apples, allegedly

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VW Dieselgate engineer sings like a canary

........in a coal mine.

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Airbag bug forces GM to recall 4.3m vehicles – but eh, how about those self-driving cars, huh?

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Re: Process is far too slow

"t would have taken the risk of losing more money through potential lawsuits than the cost of the recall to actually make any company take action"

I do believe that is referred to as "The Pinto point" in the auto industry.

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Double-negative tweet could be Microsoft Surface Phone hint

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Re: Bury Surface Phone

Actually, Bury does sort of resemble Microsoft. Just with .... more honesty.

(is friday, have one if you get the reference)

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Assange returns to Earth

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ITT

Paul is bored.

Leek. Half Leek.

Mushroom, Leek and Chicken soup.

Dammit, now I have to go shopping so I can get cooking. Good thing is friday.

<need fryingpan icon>

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What's up, Zuck? FTC to probe Facebook for WhatsApp phone number mega-slurp

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Re: Bright Side

@ Mage

........................... yet.

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Kaspersky to 1337 haxors: take down our power grid. We dare you

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Oh, wait,

You need an invitation?

Sorry Kaspersky, I missed that bit.....

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Apple: Crisis? What innovation crisis? BTW, you like our toothbrush?

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Re: 1200+ for a ceramic???

Mr Cheese:

Thanks for correct link.

5 Hours? thats not even one full OMGITBROKEFIXITNAO conference call.

And.. and... is that not a 3.5mm jack opening on the bottom of each of those ..... weirdly shaped phallic objects?

Lord knows what they'll charge for those things.

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Tesla driver dies after Model S hits tree

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go see the pictures

See links in Tom Dial's post (Thank you sir)

I seem to recall that the Netherlands is left hand drive by default. ( could be wrong I guess, but even so the damage in the photo is clear)

See pictures. Driver was dead. even from that picture. There is nothing remaining of the left side of the vehicle from the front of the bonnet through to the B pillar region.

See pictures - Driver exceeding 100Km/h on a road that would better be termed a woodland foot path.

Issue here? Were the first responders overly cautious in their response and should they have been more agressive?

Looking at those pictures, NO.

I'll believe that the responders did what they should have done, surveyed the scene thoroughly, determined that there were no lives in immediate danger, and proceeded according to known parameters. If the determination that the driver was already dead is in question, that is best left to a forensic post mortem. I rather guess that there will be some effort to get one done. If the electrical systems were still alive enough in those circumstances to warrant the F.R. calling in Tesla, that is precisely the correct action. Both the technical people from Tesla need to know, document and fix the issue, and the F.R. folks need to have 1st class technical advise on what to do in future when this happens.

This looks more like a case of 'this one is new, possibly dangerous, and there is no immediate threat, we need to document, detail and create new knowledge.'

Most stunning here is that on ElReg we see so many ill advised folks *debating* the situation. Effectively, they are approaching the event the same way any air accident investigation board would. Personally, considering the way most traffic accidents get ignored, I'd rather have the approach used by the Dutch F.R. team.

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Re: standard operating procedures

@d3vy

That right there is an electrifying headline. You work for buzzfeed don't you?

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Publishing military officers' names 'creates Islamic State hitlist'

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Re: Also the Police

The balaclavas are because civilians have cellphones. Not hiding from terrorists on another continent.

Same as the fallen bodycam issue.

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Meet Deliveroo's ‘bold and impactful’ new logo. No, really

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perceptions

DOS CERVESA SENORITA!

in a terrible midwestern mangling of the language, said quite SLOOOOOOOOWLY and at FULL VOLUME.

<Shrug>

at least thats what I got out of it.

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BA check-in system checks out: Staff flung back to cruel '90s world of paper

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Re: BA FLY Software

The suggestion that one needs CUPS in the processing path is a pretty good hint about where the print is coming from. I'll quietly note that MS print queues (at least post win2k3) and CUPs don't play nice. I've usually solved that by routing around the windows print server, and having cups send directly to the physical printer.

This involves setting up a linux (box|VM) with minimal ram and cpu, with sufficient disk to store print queues, integrating with AD (if your printers are secured with AD Identies) and finding the printer's best access method. The most difficult bit is getting printer queue names to at least *resemble* one another.

At least BA Fly isn't sending documents in excess of 1.84Gb to your print servers. Then you'd *really* be happy with them.

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Kaspersky 'terminates' deal with security reseller Quadsys

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"We are awaiting comment from Quadsys."

Might be a while before that shows up, I'm guessing there'll be some management changes there.....

(monopoly board direction for management at Quadsys)

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Dwarf planet Ceres has a watery secret: An 11 mile wide ice volcano

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Re: planet?

I've two texts (for the youngest) that refer to it as a dwarf planet.

So, planet, albedo a small one.

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Water, Water

Everywhere, and not a drop of it <where nestle can bottle it and make a profit>

(I'm sure they're gonna try sometime)

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Hewlett Packard Enterprise in talks to offload software, asking for '$8bn to $10bn'

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Re: neat idea, but...

"Otherwise it'd play out in the usual manner, which would be good only for generating juicy headlines"

.......

And substantial legal fees............

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SETI searchers: We still haven't found what we're looking for

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Re: It's a conspiracy!

AMFM has hacked DAM's account!

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A plumber with a blowtorch is the enemy of the data centre

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plumbers, torches and DC's

Underfloor moisture sensor chirps.

DC staff inspect, under chiller transfer unit.

(we're over cap, as one should) turn off transfer unit, crank the manual valves closed, call service.

Service shows up, checks out the unit, finds tiny leak on input side of the chiller. Right down on the bottom. Under the floor line. Inches away from the sensor bundle attached to the bottom edge of the chiller.

Goes, gets torch, solder etc. Forgets a) buckets b) to inform DC staff that he's about to fire up a torch in a Tier rated DC.

Five minutes later, fire alarms, and the power in the area safeties off, and huge puddle of water under the floor to boot.

Only hit about 20% of the DC, but that only made the cleanup (IT level) a ton worse.

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Crash test dummy? Love the excitement of breaking an OS? Fedora 25 Alpha has landed

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I've had a hate on problem with GNOME since I first met linux, and live with KDE (it was hell for a while) or *box or LXDE when the resources aren't there.

Spinning this up in a vm later this week to play.

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IBM swings axe through staff, humming contently about cloud and AI

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Re: Enabling fraud and looting ...

@<Poughkeepsie AC>

Was he dumping off a couple of employees?

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UK nuke warhead builders shift IT gear into public cloud

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Well perhaps :

This cloud provider has awesome security!

*cough*

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Now the Olympics is over, Theranos is withdrawing its Zika test application

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I've known about this disastrously unethical gold digging dilettante for a while. This is but one in a long line of the CEO's personal ego strokes. I'm stunned that it has not yet been shut down, dismantled and sold off to scrappers for recycling. (no, I'm not that vile, just the company not the CEO). It is however worth noting that the pharmaceuticals industry in the US is *finally* starting to get raked over the media coals in the US for some of the more outrageous pocket lining that has been happening.

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Suspicious DNS activity runs rife

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notorious dns tunnelling devices

*cough*

Google.

If you have google cache nodes for your websites, guess what they *require*. Not far behind are a couple of cloud appliances.

There are (reasonably) legitimate reasons for DNS tunnelling. Few, but they exist.

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Phoney bling ring pinged by Tolkien's kin

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@LDS

I is a little rusty, thanks for confirming that .....

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Our pacemakers are totally secure, says short-sold St Jude

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Re: Two points

+++++

TRIANGULATION DATA FOLLOWS:

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Uber lost $7m a DAY in the first half of this year

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Uber’s goal is to achieve a monopoly, at which point it can reduce discounts to drivers and increase rates to passengersmake everyone pay it all back.

FT.

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A partial de-cloaking of Samsung's mystery Z-SSD

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Re: Hmm

Actually, they'd rather not provide the start or stop details.

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New booze guidelines: We'd rather you didn't enjoy yourselves

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Yeesh. wicky stickets in your gummint over there.

Dunno about units (I'm sure there is somewhere a calculator that would tell us), but the occasional indulgence by *most* of us is not about to precipitate a failure of modern civilization, or immediate death.

There are those that cannot indulge due to their own internal circumstances (either biological or other), there are those that can drink like fish on a daily basis and keep functioning rather well (I've a relative who's made it into their 80s who stays pickled fairly constantly and one wouldn't know it). I'm not a huge drinker, and certainly don't *need* it to make my social interactions viable. I do know however that the idea of banning it or trying to remove alcohol from our society will only result in more criminal activity, violence, and death than allowing it. I'm sure there are those that can look up the real costs of prohibition in the few instances where its been implemented. That said there are states that have it implemented. But you can still pick up really decent booze for amazing prices in the duty free shops in the airports. **stop and think THAT one over for 5 minutes**.

Me, once, perhaps twice a month I'll have a tasty one from http://5paddlesbrewing.com/ or a wee dram or two. Or just a rum and Dr Pepper. Its because I try to *enjoy* life, not blot it out. Now, let me go get my bbq steak sammich with onions and mustard and swiss setup for lunch. Its Friday, I have my quart of coffee for the day, and about 2500 lines of shell to write and implement before 6 pm.

After all that I'm off to a concert of (old farts) and a fine meal and perhaps a wee dram or two with an old friend.

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Corbyn lied, Virgin Trains lied, Harambe died

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Hmmm.

On ElReg, techie news site.

In bootnotes (where it belogs)

2 days

154 comments.

I'd say trains are a bit of an issue for the right pondians.

Much of what is written above covers as many permutations of the arguments involved as one might want to consider.

Over here, I'll note that the public transit operations are finally getting some structural improvements (god knows they need them) but our governments keep spreading out the privatised transport bits. The public transit manages to piss folks off by changing routes and forms, but has to go through two layers of government to up the fares. Private transit operations *really* piss folks off because they raise the fares, but don't announce it until 3 days before hand. And they'll juggle routes at the drop of a hat, frequently only leaving small notes taped to the signs.

Politicians over here tend to avoid taking about pubic transit because they generally get hit by the bus after the fact.

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Your wget is broken and should DIE, dev tells Microsoft

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Re: Nothing new

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fine

for standalone machines and single users as a client.

I have lingering headaches in an AD environment trying to run it as an SSH server.

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Data-viz biz Tableau Software brings ex-AWS exec to the table

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Give him a day or two

And he'll have a spectacular visual diagram of the cost/benefit analysis for you.

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'NSA' hack okshun woz writ by Inglish speeker trieing to hyde

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NSA budget cuts.

Auctioning off old stock!

Cheap bidding war!

wat? Flag? there aint no flag?

who me?

Paranoid? cynical? naaaaaaaaaah.

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Chocolate Factory exudes Nougat as Android 7 begins rollout

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Re: Bullshit, Nexus 5 can't run Android 7..

motog 2015 here. I'm pretty sure the Eg1 is supported in 13.

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Snowden says Russia ‘probably responsible’ for NSA hack

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@Dave126

Both the wife and I are heavy readers. Ended up in (local instance of overpriced global book warehouse) the other day. Picked up his latest and lost almost two hours, just previewing.

The wife loved it.

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