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UNIX greybeards threaten Debian fork over systemd plan

Mad Chaz

Re: the "fun" part about systemd

Having spent the last 10 years supporting Windows machine(server, desktop, you name it), I know entirely too much about it for my own taste.

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Mad Chaz

Re: the "fun" part about systemd

You make it sound like installing gnome is a must. If you want gnome, yea, you are stuck with systemd. That's systemd and gnome's fault, not gentoo. A lot of people who run gentoo are also likely to use something else then gnome (if they have a GUI) and the default installation manual still recommends using openRC.

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Mad Chaz

the "fun" part about systemd

Is how much it wants to do. Explain to me why an init system needs (yes, it's required) an http server running?

Systemd is basically trying to take over the entire software stack. The attitude of the devs speaks volumes about this too. You find a lot of gems in the kernel mailing lists. The Gentoo Linux forum as been rather alive about this topic, as the maintainers of the distribution refuse to make systemd the default (it's an option, but not default) and a lot of the users agree with the choice.

Systemd is a lot like the windows registry. Lots of binary blobs you can't read or fix if things go wrong. Most linux users would rather the system took 10 more seconds to boot and be sure they can fix it if something goes wrong. It's not like we reboot our machines all the time.

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Nadella's Karmagate howler was response to MICROSOFT BOARD DIRECTOR – report

Mad Chaz

Re: Is he a bit out of touch?

“That might be one of the initial ‘super powers,’ that quite frankly women [who] don’t ask for a raise have,” came the jaw-dropping reply. “It’s good karma. It will come back.”

Works for men too. What karma does when it comes back is land you with more work, more responsability and not a single cent more, because if you aren't asking for a raise, you must be happy with your salary!

It's like he's drinking the "trickle down" economy kool-aid.

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Prez Obama backs net neutrality – but can't do anything about it. Thanks, Obama

Mad Chaz

Re: We know that

I think it's more ''Please don't hand the next election to the republicans by pissing the electorate off, our finances can't afford it right now" is how I'm reading it.

But I'm not from the US, so what do I know?

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Slap for SnapChat web app in SNAP mishap: '200,000' snaps sapped

Mad Chaz

Re: A question

Another nail in the "security by obscurity" myth's coffin I guess.

Probably did something stupid like use a hard coded key in the app anyone with a compiler can extract.

But even then, anyone stupid enough to use an un-official site to save snapchat pictures is stupid enough to not have understood the point of snapchat, nevermind the fact that giving your password to a third party is dumb in the first place.

The good book as something about this too.

" A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools."

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WOMEN, your 'SUPERPOWER' is ... NOT asking for a RAISE: Satya Nadella

Mad Chaz

"He still has a long way to go before matching his predecessor, however. Former boss and publicist's nightmare Steve Ballmer had a history of behaving rather erratically in front of cameras."

What's fun is when you find yourself with a boss that think that is the proper way to talk with employees ...

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Apple, Google mobe encryption good news... for TERRORISTS – EU top cop

Mad Chaz

“In any democratic society we need to provide law enforcement with a right to obtain information authorised by a judge, based on a clear suspicion, in cases involving serious crime or terrorism. This applies to the offline world and should also apply to the online world."

And that is why encryption is a good thing, as it forces the law enforcement to actually, you know, ask a judge for a warrant. Once you're actually doing that, we can talk. For now, go back into the hole you crawled out of.

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PORTAL TO ELSEWHERE scried in small galaxy far, far away

Mad Chaz

Re: Doorways / Portals

you're starting to sound like amanfrommars ....

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Mad Chaz

Re: Black Hole belongs in Alice in Wonderland

To continue with stereotypes, crackpots are also always quick to refuse other's opinions.

Your mistakes, and you made 2, are as follow.

1: you expected that a IT tabloid and it's comment forum were good places to discuss dense implementations of physics developed by people who, while brilliant, didn't have all the facts we have now about quantum mecanics. (remember, Einstein didn't believe in QM. We also find something very much like his biggest mistake (his words) accelerating the universe when we look out)

It's the wrong forum because at best you'll start a troll war. At worst, you'll get laughed into Oblivion.

2: That if experts ignore a paper or think it's not worth taking into account, they generally know what they are talking about.

If you know better, write a paper, prove it, and they will listen to you.

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Re: Also, that title!

"Yes, quite likely directly into the universe's best implementation of blend-it-all Moulinex."

You, sir, are a genius. You also now have to send me a new keyboard.

well played.

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Italy's High Court orders HP to refund punter for putting Windows on PC

Mad Chaz

Re: What are Apple buyers going to do.

Actually, while I do not like apple, you are wrong there. You can install any OS on a MAC. From windows to linux to bsd. They even provide drivers for windows and facilities to do it with bootcamp.

As for OS X elsewhere, that's not the same thing either.

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Mad Chaz

Re: I want a Mac and iPad without OSX/iOS preinstalled... and an Android without Google software

Actually, OS X is now free if you own a MAC. It just won't run if you don't. You aren't charged for iOS or Android, it's given away with the device.

That's the difference.

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Smart meters in UK homes will only save folks a lousy £26 a year

Mad Chaz

Re: not smart

have a look at just how MUCH information they are able to get from a smart reader. It can even go down to what movie you are watching by being able to analyse the fluctuations in usage from your TV.

It's seriously scary stuff.

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Mad Chaz

Re: How do these thing save money?

They save money for the utilities, because they no longer have to pay someone to go read it.

Don't expect it to show on your bill however.

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CIA infosec guru: US govt must buy all zero-days and set them free

Mad Chaz

Actually, code re-use is a good argument FOR the measure.

If your cold is old enough you aren't willing to support it, then why are you still using it in the newer product?

In truth, the whole idea is to force software compagnies to do something all other compagnies have to do, take responsability for the products they offer. By forcing them to re-internalise a lot of the costs of the crap they put out, you make it financially worth it for them to fix it.

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DAYS from end of life as we know it: Boffins tell of solar storm near-miss

Mad Chaz

Re: Ouch

GPS wouldn't survive. The satelites would get fried. Also, most electronic that isn't shielded would also fail as induction currents from the magnetic storm we'd get from the CME hitting fries all the delicate components. So no more computers even if they aren't plugged.

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NASDAQ IT security spend: $1bn. Finding mystery malware on its servers: Priceless

Mad Chaz

Re: Security

That's what happens when the only measure of "effort" is how much you spend.

I can spend 100 000$ on a 20 000$ car, I'm sure I could find someone who'd be willing to sale it to me for that price. Does that mean I have 100 000$ worth of car?

Paying someone a million to write a nice report saying "everything is following best practice" isn't getting a proper security audit with penetration testing by people who actually know what they are doing. But that requires hard work and actual costs, yet doesn't look as good on paper to the board.

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Want to legally unlock your phone from its network? The US Senate says that's A-OK

Mad Chaz

Re: DrBob

That one you got backward. The trick here is they sale you a box that's useless on any other service and sale you 100 channels you don't want in a bundle with the 4 you do want, but that are all mysteriously in different "packages".

The cellphone gig is different. How they did it is they add a small lock code that allows them to claim better "security" for your calls. But due to the DMC's stupid language, that makes changing the code in that illegal. This way, it means you have to pay off your phone if you leave, but can't use it elsewhere. if nothing else, think of all the garbage bags full of fully functional phones. It's basically a way to trap you in.

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Bezos house 'on FIRE': Amazon in-app kiddy megabuck charge storm

Mad Chaz

Just remember apple didn't put it there by choice. They went to court to keep that function from happening and lost. Heck, they are STILL fighting it.

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Running Cisco's VoIP manager? Four words you don't want to hear: 'Backdoor SSH root key'

Mad Chaz

Re: Hang on a minute…

Article basically says that yea, that's exactly what they did.

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HOLD THE FRONT PAGE: US govt backs mass spying by US govt

Mad Chaz

"We take very seriously the board’s concerns regarding privacy and civil liberties, and we will review the board’s recommendations with care."

He forgot to add "and then do absolutely nothing to change how it works unless we get our arm twisted somehow"

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Yahoo!: Yes you, YouTube content-maker. GET IN MAH BELLY!

Mad Chaz

Re: And another company is about to hit the toilet/loo

I never understood why it wasn't Yahoo! that got AOL when it went on sale. They seamed made for one another ...

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Who gives a F about privacy? New scorecard rates US pols on spying

Mad Chaz

Re: Greenpeace Blimp?

They are afraid of what'll happen when all the internal memos about where the next big stunt is going to happen get read by the NSA and they get labeled terrorists?

It was another chance to protest something while polluting the environment themselves?

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Code Spaces goes titsup FOREVER after attacker NUKES its Amazon-hosted data

Mad Chaz

On the contrary, it is a good example. An internal data center wouldn't have had an easy to use WEB ACCESSIBLE front end you could use to cause all that damage.

All the crook needed was a single username/password to get in.

Plus, cloud pushes you to do everything on it, even when it's a bad idea. (See backups in the above article). This creates a single point of failure.

Sure, the administrators were idiots NOT to have backups elsewhere, but cloud helped push them in that position.

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FCC launches probe into Verizon/Netflix spat

Mad Chaz

Re: Verizon are a mess.

ISPs here in Canada are not any better. The issue is usually that they buy the crapiest router around and load it with a custom firmware that's anything but good. So you end up with a connection that's effectively trottled by the router's lack of capacity.

And you forgot the part where they blame your computer being slow.

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Mad Chaz

Re: Of Course They Did

The situation you describe is pretty much how things were here in early 2000s.

ADSL was more or less not an option anywhere yet and cable was the only way to get high speed. You had very strict transfer limits with high penalty for going over.

ADSL came along and couldn't compete on speed, but you could get no transfer limit.

ADSL managed to catch up due to cable sitting on it's ass, then ADSL started putting limits on as well. For a long time, for most people, even if you did have a choice, it was basically the same price for the same thing. Not only that, but then both choices started imposing HUGE penalty if you broke your automatically renewed contract outside something like a 2 weeks window in a 2 years period.

What litle competition was left was ADSL reselers that usually managed to differentiate by offering no transfer limits. Most of it unknown by 90% of the population.

Then the big players got so greedy that they somehow convinced the CRTC (Canada's FCC) to make no transfer limit connections illegal.

That finally got the mainstream media's attention.

Inside a few weeks, the federal gov got so deeply embarrassed the CRTC got forced into action.

The end result is that now we're getting fiber to the home deployed by the combined bells. It'll basically make phone/tv/internet a duopoly everywhere. For now, that means we're getting much faster connections in the near future.

Netflix still isn't that big a thing in Canada, but it's slowly comming. How the ISPs will react to it when they realise people will cut off TV is another story.

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UK govt preps World War 2 energy rationing to keep the lights on

Mad Chaz

Re: Power storage?

In one word, yes.

Energy storage right now is crap. You end up loosing almost half the energy as heat in the storage and re-release.

So you'd need to produce about double the energy you'll be using. Hard to make that make economic sence.

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Ukrainian teen created in lab passes Turing Test – famous nutty prof

Mad Chaz

Re: Pot - Kettle

He still did better then any politician at pretending to be human.

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Evidence of ancient WORLD SMASHER planet Theia - FOUND ON MOON

Mad Chaz

Re: Add to the theory of collision and technoology

This happened 4.5 billion years ago. No humans around back. No anything other then maybe some microbes, if they were (un)lucky.

Humans weren't around 1 million years ago, much less 4.5 billions.

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Security stock slinger Symantec speeds up with latest Backup Exec

Mad Chaz

True, but that would require the article actually telling up what the metric is. As it does not, the stated improvement of 100% meaningless.

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Mad Chaz

100% performance improvement is not pretty dramatic, it's a lie. Unless they somehow managed to take backup jobs and run them in 0 seconds flat.

Why?

Say a job takes 2 hours to run.

Improve that 100%, you reduse by 2 hours. So the job took 0 seconds to run. Same for backup jobs that took 10 seconds or 3 days.

Gota love mathematically illiterate marketing bods.

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Windows XP fixes flaws for free if you turn PCs into CASH REGISTERS

Mad Chaz

Re: Personally I think

You make it sound like software should be held to the same standard of quality physical goods have to follow.

Like that'll ever happen.

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New XSS vuln hits eBay as rubbish passw0rds persist

Mad Chaz

Re: eBay and password problems

It's called a crapy `all case the same` plain text comparison.

In other words, they don't encrypt passwords or they don't do it right.

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Bing's the thing in Microsoft's push for cheap Windows devices

Mad Chaz

Re: Who sucks more

Doesn't yahoo use bing now?

The people this will suck for however are local stores and techs.

Imagine the waves after waves of "I had office with this when I got it and now it says I have to pay for it! I want my money back!"

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Disney plans standalone Star Wars movies to go with the main trilogy

Mad Chaz

Yoda's life story. You get 10 films and probably 20 or 30 seasons of a TV show with those 900 years training Jedi ...

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Congress guts law to restrict NSA spying, civil liberty groups appalled

Mad Chaz

Re: Obviously time to turn the tables, then...

Because the people who decide who gets charged with treason are those committing it.

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US giant NBC 'leaks' PRIVATE Amazon keys in Github Glenn gaffe

Mad Chaz

Re: Compared to losing your house keys?

And we all know how that ends.

http://www.dilbert.com/strips/comic/2014-05-20/

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Customer sues Nimbus Data for 'breach of contract' over arrays

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Urinating teen polluted 57 Olympic-sized swimming pools - cops

Mad Chaz

Some math

Lets do some math.

Webmd says the average human bladder's maximum capacity is between 400ml and 600ml.

For argument's sake, let's imagine our perp had a very large bladder and really, REALLY needed to pee. So 600ml

a quick conversion says 600ml = 0.158503 US gallons.

Now 0.158503 of piss in 38 000 000 gallons of water.

This gives us a piss to water ratio of 1 gallon of piss per 239 743 096 gallons of water, or 1 part piss per 239743096 part water.

I suspect that kind of contamination level is surpassed over 100 folds by the amount of piss and shit wild animals like birds drop in that reservoire will naturally drop in it.

So, knee jerk reaction by squeamish idiots who'd rather waste resources then understand what they are doing.

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IBM accidentally invents new class of polymers

Mad Chaz

Re: "Self-healing"

Not quite. It's not just sticky. If you place bits togeter and heat them, it forms a solid bit with the same properties as if you'd never riped the bits from one another in the first place. This is what makes metal such a usefull material and something plastics have a VERY hard time doing, because they just get sticky, as you say.

Still, another nail in the coffin of the wish bosses have that boffins should never ever concentrate on anything but exactly the usefull stuff the boss wants.

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Adobe blames 'maintenance failure' for 27-hour outage

Mad Chaz

Cloud is the label they stick on anything that requires the internet now. I think subscription services like this are a really bad idea for a single reason. No SLA. All those software compagnies used to dishing out software and not caring if it crashes on 5% of the install base when they update is fine when they can externalise the cost (let the client deal with the issue), but if you force people to use your servers, people will need to start requiring garanteed uptime.

I'm sure a lot of studios that got hit by this are not looking into that.

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ARRAY WITH YOU! Storage is growing... but you'll have to make way for new tech

Mad Chaz

Re: Synchronous replication over distance !

What you need to do is have your servers move at relativistic speed and that way time will pass slower for them and they can get the data `quicker`

Of course keeping the data cables stationary and connected might be a problem ...

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Latest IE flaw being actively exploited

Mad Chaz

Re: Tell me it ain't true!

define fewer please. Do you mean fewer patches? Fewer security issues? Because the 2 are FAR from the same thing, especially when speaking MS.

I'm pretty sure IE as had as many security issues fixed as chrome or any other browser in the last few years. It's just you don't always get told about all the flaws that get fixed in 1 patch for IE.

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HP: OpenStack's networking nightmare Neutron 'was everyone's fault'

Mad Chaz

Re: What's with all the Xen is obsolete talk I hear?

I agree vmware is easy to configure, but you do need a windows machine to do the administration for ESX and the likes. No proper linux admin client.

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Botched SAP billing system helps Npower reach No 1 on gripes list

Mad Chaz

Re: Pull their fingers out

Not sure what the law is like there, but here in Canada, no bill, no money. If you don't send me my bill, you can stuff getting payed and if you complain, we'll have fun in court cause I can't pay a bill I never got.

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Microsoft blinks, extends Windows 8.1 Update deadline for consumers

Mad Chaz

The amusing part?

What makes me laugh is how they absolutely require that you be 100% up to date before you can do the upgrade. Then, it goes and basically does a complete re-install anyway, including the previous version being left in windows.old

So, why exactly did I do the whole get up to date thing again?

And it's not a 2GB download. It's more like 30GB. That's actually more then enough to completly blow the cap on a lot of cheaper "high speed" connections around here. The kind used by grand-ma that doesn't have a lot of cash and no understanding of what a GB is anyway. I'll let you imagine how much fun that was to explain at the shop I used to work at ....

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Laser deflector shields possible with today's tech – but there's one small problem

Mad Chaz

Re: "spin and a highly-reflective coating"

And that would be Dave's confidence talking. Gave him an upvote too

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Cortana, remind me to patch Windows, IE, and Adobe gear next Tues

Mad Chaz

Well, as IE is part of the OS that are burried deep enough into it that removing IE will bug the OS' I think we can say it was an XP patch.

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Bill Gates: Sell off Bing? Nah. Xbox? Maybe...

Mad Chaz

Re: It's not about the money

And that's why systems that handle that kind of database have a lot more then a single CPU. Those I've worked on had 16, but we were looking at either 32 or 64 on the new system (we were looking to refresh the hardware). And of course close to 1T of ram to keep it app happy.

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