* Posts by John Sanders

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City of birth? Why password questions are a terrible idea

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"""Two things: one, as a species, we humans remain pretty stupid while simultaneously believing ourselves to be very clever."""

Google (and other large companies) love to smell the aroma of their own farts.

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If IT isn’t careful, marketing will soon be telling us what to do

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Re: Huh!

""It has always been a balancing act between IT and the business.""

The business (the majority) refuses to acknowledge IT as part of the company, we are seen as in-house electricians in most places. A cost that doesn't add any value.

Not all companies are like that, but many see IT that way.

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Re: Huh?

"""Well until they want it integrated..."""

And do not forget managed, outside IT the same people who jumps IT to make shitty decisions is incapable of managing anything but the most basic services**.

** Sharing files they should not be sharing.

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Robots.txt tells hackers the places you don't want them to look

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My robots file ever since:

# go away

User-agent: *

Disallow: /

# That's all folks.

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It's the end of life as we know it for Windows Server 2003

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Microsoft support...

Used them 3 times in ~15 years

1) Bug in Windows 2k Terminal Services, after a month of back and forth with people in USA, got MS ti admit what was clear from day one, I got told that the bug will get fixed in the nearby future, bu should not wait and instead deploy NT 4 Sp6 terminal services.

MS fixed the bug in Win2k SP3.

2) Bug in XP telephony components, got told by MS USA they will not fix it ever, no, no, no. Weeks of talking to guys in India.

MS fixed it in XP SP2, never bothered to tell us they fixed it, never got any explanation.

3) Licensing issue in Windows 2k8r2 TS, weeks of calls, shocked no one had ever encountered our issue, MS representatives kept telling us we could not do what we were doing, simply because the software did not allowed it. We showed you could to several, in the end we (I) found an explanation for the issues on one oreily book.

In the three cases, the three different companies had support contracts and were large organisations.

MS support is expensive rubbish except for basic things most of the time.

People got a strange idealised image of MS IMHO.

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Mad Max: Fury Road – two hours of nonstop, utterly insane fantasy action

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Hyped to the max!

Everybody swears it is the real deal... Will watch with wifey this weekend.

(Will lie to wifey and say we're watching some drama, otherwise wifey refuses)

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Windows 10 to MELT YOUR BRAIN and TAKE OVER YOUR LIFE

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Re: And you wondow why Windows 10 will be free

"""Insufficient gems to launch "Anti-Virus" would you like to go to the store to purchase more?"""

Genious!

Pint winner comment of the day

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Reddit: Gonna SCRUB these TROLLS right outa my hair

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All I can say to all the harrased people online

Grow some skin.

Grow up.

Stop using something that you do not find enjoyable. IDIOT

etc.

I give the same advice to my children each time they come with some internet crap.

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World of the strange: There will be NINE KINDS of Windows 10

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Re: how many? @Mr. Coward

"""then you pull this Home/Pro/Enterprise/Education/Mobile shit yet again."""

The MS PR machine, isn't it incredible?

One of these days you will also discover that none of MS' supposed open software is actually any open.

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Re: "and they're losing faith.'

"""I'm not going to pretend you can have a 1:1 Autocad replacement in Linux"""

Draftsight aims to be a clone of AutoCAD, you can even run Lisp macros on it, perhaps is not 1:1 but very close.

Some versions run in Wine quite well, AutoCAD 2000 runs almost perfectly.

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Re: "and they're losing faith.'

"""AutoCAD I'll give you though, CAD software is a bit of a pain to find on Linux. """

Draftsight: https://www.3ds.com/products-services/draftsight-cad-software/

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Re: "and they're losing faith.'

"""What are you Pro at exactly? Wheelbarrow maintenance?"""

And you sir deserve a slap.

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Re: "and they're losing faith.'

"No Office, and Photoshop, or AutoCAD"

I did an install of "AutoCAD 2000" (Hey I still have a license for it, and I do not need to exchange drawings with anybody else) a few days back on Wine and to my surprise it works 99.9% (Only the MS help menu doesn't work 100% because of missing functionality) Spent hours on it drawing and no crash no single problem.

PhotoShop CS3/4/5/6 is almost working in Wine now. (Application runs but has some issues) , PhotoShop CS and CS2 run almost perfectly now.

Different versions of Office works to different degree. I run Visio 2003 on Linux regularly.

For a while I have had the feeling that in some time Wine will be the best way of running some of windows' old applications.

Take Autocad 2000, a perfectly capable professional grade CAD software made obsolete because it can only run in Windows 2000, and Autodesk's greed. Revived thanks to Wine.

Also of course you can always run an XP VM on Virtualbox if one becomes desperate for some piece of windows software.

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Foxconn joins the Cyanogen investment party

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Is this new open system...

Open GPL style?

Or

open and closed MS style?

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Scale Computing: Not for enterprise, but that's all part of the plan

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KVM keeps getting better all the time

"""I always thought of KVM as the poor country cousin of hypervisors, but I was clearly wrong."""

And it is nowhere nearly feature complete, wait until it is a bit more developed :-)

Depending on the kernel version KSM takes care of the memory de-duplication.

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Microsoft's run Azure on Nano server since late 2013

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"""But Britt said that running the server on Azure has also taught Microsoft that what works in the cloud wont work on-premises. In Azure bit barns, he explained, Microsoft just shifts workloads to another server in the case of any hardware glitch. While businesses will build some redundancy into their systems, Microsoft's tweaked Nano server and the Cloud Platform System converged hardware rigs it announced last year to recognise that businesses can't just throw hardware at a problem."""

Well done Microsoft, you have discovered that people in-house run a variety of workloads that do not correlate or have an equivalent to an ISP's workloads.

One can only hope that in the process they have also discovered that for them anything redundancy oriented is cheaper as licensing does not cost them a dime nor effort.

Am I the only one who thinks that MS wants to hyper-converge everybody into what they see as their next cash cow and they do not know how to make it look cooler?

How long once they begin making windows more expensive if you run on someone else's platform?

So many questions...

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You say you want a musical revolution. Actually, have three

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I hate rap and hip-hop

I tried to like it, but ultimately I could not shake the impression that it is the type of music someone without talent can make.

One of the reasons I learned to use Adobe Audition & Audacity is so I could cut rap pieces of perfectly good songs.

The best example I can think of is "Dirty Harry" from Gorillaz. Suddenly it is a good piece of music.

Also my daughter asked me once to give the treatment to one of Katy Perry's songs "Black Horse".

I'm not alone on this, plenty of people do that online these days.

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'Android on Windows': Microsoft tightens noose around neck, climbs on chair

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Re: Times change, business does not

What?

What phones have you used? Mate, I have had Samsung's, Sony's, and LG's all of them running stock, nightlies, and the version that came with the phone, never had the phone freeze or crash more than on a handful of occasions and always my own fault for flashing the wrong stuff to the phone.

As per Android being unintuitive it can be improved that is for sure, but I have never encountered anyone that could not get familiar with it after a short while.

The same can not be said about Winphone can it: http://forums.theregister.co.uk/forum/1/2015/04/20/windows_design_reddit_ama_jon_bell/

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Re: Why stop there?

Do you even run any systemd based distro?

Just asking.

Troll.

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SOD TABLETS, if you want to get anything done travelling get a ... yes, a LAPTOP

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"""So I have been forced to concede that tablet computers are utter crap for everything except playing games, reading books and magazines, and watching TV shows. They certainly aren’t any use for work, and they are pretty shit at browsing websites too."""

Some of us realized that years ago even without having to buy the kit :-)

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Relax, it's just Ubuntu 15.04. AARGH! IT'S FULL OF SYSTEMD!!!

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Systemd

I run really complicated set-ups, and all the "scripts work", "systemd is going to eat your babies use bsd" rhetoric is just that, rants coming from people who has never had to write any of those scripts, and whom have barely touched systemd if at all.

My experience so far with systemd is 99.9% possitive, I have managed to turn 100+ lines scripts into 20 lines ini files that do not require 15 Year+ of shell and bash scripting experience to understand.

Systemd is a positive step in the right direction, and yes, if you install Debian 8 all your logs are still available as text files in /var/log.

The sad truth is that albeit systemd is not perfect, both upstart and sysv are bad jokes, but the truth that some aspects of "*nix" is less than perfect is hard to swallow for some.

To the trolls out there, claiming that systemd is like svchost.exe is a bad taste out of place joke. Systemd is GPLv2, go fork it and create a better init system. (I understand that most of you are misinformed and confused)

To the regular folks who have been scared of systemd as if it was the 7 plagues of Egypt, do not be scared, most of what people write about systemd so far is B******t. Notice that the people making a fuss about systemd do resort to arguments that are difficult to measure.

systemd reads your /etc/fstab file, it will use your /etc/init.d/ scripts, and on top of that will do lots of more useful things like tell you straight away what happened during boot, what services are available, which ones are disabled, which ones failed, how long did take each component to boot, what are the dependencies of a given service, has proper child process management, etc.

systemd only does away with things like text logs if you choose to, 99% of the time you do not notice is even there.

It took me minutes to adapt some of my old scripts and for the first time in years I'm truly confident that daemons will be restarted properly if they die unexpectedly.

X.org is the last pile of old cruft to be replaced now, expect the same people complaining about "systemd is going to eat your babies" to complain that wayland kills X net transparency without even noticing that it has its own X server and by definition it still does 100% what X.org does.

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Windows 10 bombshell: Microsoft to KILL OFF Patch Tuesday

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Re: "Advanced Threat Analytics"

"""ATA constantly scrutinizes your office network, and uses basic machine learning techniques to identify suspicious behavior by devices and users, and raise the alarm if necessary."""

Lets translate:

ATA is yet another service (YASATA!) that will check your AD registered computers against an internal list of ideal configurations and file versions, once it finds a computer which doesn't conform to this it will take corrective measures to bring the computer back into compliance.

As there is not such a thing as "basic machine learning" (one wonders why they wouldn't use the advanced one) what the software does is a more or less clever pattern building and matching, bear in mind no complicated stuff, just techniques like what kids in the 90's were doing in self-made videogames and demos in the late 90's

It is quite funny that MS can not write its own security software and prefers to buy it from a third external party (a young start-up).

If only MS had a deep understanding of their own OS and access to the source code...

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Re: Just like Windows Phone

And this is why Android sub-systems keep being decoupled more and more from the core AOSP.

Obviously this doesn't make some in the Android community happy as they will scream Google is making Android closed source.

Some days one can't just win.

By the way I am still awaiting to find a single one of the millions of hacked Android phones that seem to be circulating around according to Apple, MS and friendly press.

However, I keep finding lots of Windows XP, 7 and 8.1 PCs infected with crap every other week.

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Yow! It's the HOT NEW 'Collections' from Google! Oh wait ... it's a Google+ thing

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Google+

Should have been this non-intrusive not pushed down-your-throat social thing on the side of Gmail, from there it could have been grown organically.

But someone at Google thought that going all full steam against the farcebooks of the world was a good idea.

All they fostered was user contempt.

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iOS and Android apps on Windows 10: How is this supposed to work?

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I just love it

They could just add an Android environment to their phones, and save all the hassle, then convince you that their platform is better through the sheer MS superiority code & platform facilities.

But noooo, it has to be our own branded piece of C***.

What?, an Android environment where you easily drag .apks onto the phone is bad for MS?

So?

wasn't this about making the consumer's life easier?

Oh no, this is like everything MS does, to entrap unsuspecting/naive users.

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Ha! Win 10 preview for Raspberry Pi 2 pops out of the Microsoft oven

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Re: love the hope here.

"""Win10 is probably going to address a lot of your concerns such as increasing use of standards, being free to use (admittedly with the hope of you using their cloud backend)"""

I do not know even how to begin to address this. Either you are very naive or you do not know who MS is.

Why wasn't windows using standards before? Why Windows being free (that remains to be seen) stops what is bad about Windows?

And as for windows on the PI, I said it before this is just an expensive PR exercise.

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Paranoid about the NSA? The case for dumping cloud's Big 3

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Re: @Vimes

Some of us trust OpenSSH way, way more than any proprietary VPN solution, thank you very much.

OpenSSH is not perfect, but close ;-)

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Your new car will dob you in to the cops if you crash, decrees EU

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The EU will not let this opportunity go to waste.

As soon as they enable this they will be pushing for GPS tracking and now that there is GPS tracking, there will be new taxes depending where you go.

Here comes big brother a little more.

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Top Spanish minister shows citizens are thick as tortillas de ballenas

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Re: The Spanish Inquisition

The Moors pillaged Spain for aprox 500 years, the "la convivencia" is an invented leyend from people who haven't read much, people who for example do not know that "The Spanish inquisition" as the killing machine they know it, was a only a mere propaganda image made by the protestants of the time.

And yes, the moors were so "Civilized" as to conquer the Spanish peninsula by the force of their armies, impose the Jizya on all non-muslims, the usual rape of anything female and killing as many Jews as they could.

The majority of the "old culture" and heritage in Spain came from the Romans and the later Wisigoths, the number of monuments and Roman vestiges in Spain is enormous, in its majority civil engineering, roads, bridges, irrigation infrastructure, etc. The Arab heritage is barely a few dozen palaces and their corresponding little bridge.

The majority of the Spanish language is of Latin origin except for a handful of words and the names of a few places.

Famous Spaniards (Spain as such did not exist, Hispania was its name)

Spanish by birth, Marcus Ulpius Trajan was the first Roman Emperor of a non-Italian origin, he became one of the most outstanding emperors of ancient Rome.

I'm afraid that I do not know much about the middle-age Visigoths kingdoms to tell you any names.

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Welcome, stranger: Inside Microsoft's command line shell

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Powershell

Behaves more like a base scripting language (a summary of the worst of bash, php and perl)

Then you get application extensions to provide extra functionality for the base scripting language to be of any use.

In Unix you have scripting languages and anything that you install/add to the system is already available to anything else that you can call from the shell, or anything that can start a shell, regardless of the language.

Say whatever you want about PowerShell object oriented usage, you will not do much with Exchange objects feeding them to VMWare unless vmware adds support for them, nor you would be able to use those objects on tomorrows latest fart without MS's intervention.

As I said to a Windows colleague once, "Relax; you just have discovered scripting, I was as excited as you when I discovered what you could do with .bat files back in the late 80's"

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Who was downloading smut in the office while eating ice cream?

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Who cares about porn....?

When I was on-call none of the guys in the rota were supposed to go to the pub, yet we were all drunk pretty much all the time while we were on-call.

Irresponsible? Yes of course, those were more civilized times, before the empire... :-P

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Microsoft: Profit DECIMATED because you people aren't buying PCs

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Re: Everything they've done since the Ribbon was terrible.

You are forgetting homoeopathy...

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Ubuntu 15.04 to bring 'Vivid' updates for cloud, devices this week

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VNC

"""The N9 even had VNC builtin - so you could share the phone with your desktop."""

I struggle to understand why Google rather than changing the bloody interface every odd day doesn't spend some time adding something like a VNC server to the stock OS, or someone else for that mater (Are you listening CyanogenMOD?, don't you want a distinctive feature? Give us VNC via ADB/Network)

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The unified menu in the Amiga's Workbench

Was hundreds times better implemented and polished than any unified menu on any Linux desktop, and had features still not found today on most desktop environments.

I'm not implying that Linux Desktops are wrong by any means.

Ah the happy Amiga memories.

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Spotty dwarf Ceres BARES ALL in NASA's SHINY CLOSEUPS

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Re: the good stuff

If only we had another couple of spacecraft orbiting "Uranus" or "Neptune" this would have been the best 20 years ever for space/solar system exploration.

(I was going to write a robot probe on Uranus, but somehow it sounds bad)

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Ex-Windows designer: Ballmer was dogmatic, Sinofsky's bonkers, and WinPho needs to change

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Yes, yes...

"""But do you know what was a thousand times worse? Going on site, handing someone a Windows Phone,and watching them universally struggle with it…"""

In my village we call that FAIL.

Anyone can come with a GUI that doesn't look like anything else, but what's the F***** point if it will just confuse people. Change for the sake of being different is only good if it is way better than what we had before.

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Sysadmins, patch now: HTTP 'pings of death' are spewing across web to kill Windows servers

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Raise your hand...

All those who think that is a good idea, to make a driver receive HTTP data from the network into kernel space...

At the end of the auditorium all Microsoft engineers raise their hands and it can be heard chatting animatedly: "yeah! with this we will teach how to make things fast to those unix types"

(That was a while ago, in a MS conference I think it was the one for Windows 2008)

Regardless... Obviously this is not a problem, hardly anyone in the press will talk much about it, if it was Apache crashing Linux we'll be hearing for months to come, MS will pitch it in their marketing crap, and it will have a funny name like "Dead Web Server Pass".

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Operation Redstone: Microsoft preps double Windows update in 2016

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Re: Subscription model?

""" All you need is to be able to trust Microsoft. """

Big HA!

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Torvalds' temptress comes of age: Xfce 4.12 hits the streets

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Troll cut the FUD

Please easy with the systemd FUD, you could lose some fingers there...

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Google takes ARC Welder to Android, grafts on Windows, OS X

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Re: When in Rome...

There are APIs with dummy data for testing purposes me thinks...

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Locally Integrated Menus back on Vivid Vervet’s menu

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I can not wait

A) For people making posts about how terrible systemd is because a detail that only affects them is buggy and systemd is the worse thing ever.

B) The majority of the people who criticised systemd without having even seen it realizing that systemd is not only not going to eat their babies, but also it is quite a few steps forward.

How do you check your logs on a systemd system:

less /var/log/<whatever>

How do you mount stuff:

vim /etc/fstab

How do you... you get it,

Starting and stopping things is perhaps the biggest change for most people, instead of:

/etc/init.d/<service> restart

you do:

systemctl restart <service>

Some of the things systemd does are a dramatic improvement over sysv, like tracking processes IE:

systemctl status firewalld

firewalld.service - firewalld - dynamic firewall daemon

Loaded: loaded (/usr/lib/systemd/system/firewalld.service; enabled)

Active: active (running) since Wed 2015-04-01 14:15:22 BST; 7s ago

Main PID: 3463 (firewalld)

CGroup: /system.slice/firewalld.service

+-3463 /usr/bin/python -Es /usr/sbin/firewalld --nofork --nopid

Apr 01 14:15:22 nsa00systemd.willeat.your.babies.com systemd[1]: Starting firewalld - dynamic firewall daemon...

Apr 01 14:15:22 nsa00systemd.willeat.your.babies.com systemd[1]: Started firewalld - dynamic firewall daemon.

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Microsoft dumps ARM for Atom with cut-price Surface 3 fondleslab

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Re: Bob, Zune, Clippy, and Steve Ballmer

Yes, how about 92% of the world's office desktop computers and laptops?

Poor poor Microsoft...

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Re: MS is trapped

"""Users don't buy machines to run the OS, they buy them to run their applications."""

Thank you! I have been saying that for years and no one seems to get it.

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Re: MS is trapped

This is how systemd is destroying Linux:

- I wonder what the status of my cluster is...

systemctl status pcsd.service

pcsd.service - PCS GUI and remote configuration interface

Loaded: loaded (/usr/lib/systemd/system/pcsd.service; enabled)

Active: active (running) since Tue 2015-03-31 18:20:38 BST; 18h ago

Main PID: 577 (pcsd)

CGroup: /system.slice/pcsd.service

├─577 /bin/sh /usr/lib/pcsd/pcsd start

├─593 /bin/bash -c ulimit -S -c 0 >/dev/null 2>&1 ; /usr/bin/ruby -I/usr/lib/pcsd /usr/lib/pcsd/ssl.rb

└─594 /usr/bin/ruby -I/usr/lib/pcsd /usr/lib/pcsd/ssl.rb

systemctl status corosync.service

corosync.service - Corosync Cluster Engine

Loaded: loaded (/usr/lib/systemd/system/corosync.service; enabled)

Active: active (running) since Tue 2015-03-31 18:20:47 BST; 18h ago

Process: 1558 ExecStart=/usr/share/corosync/corosync start (code=exited, status=0/SUCCESS)

Main PID: 1652 (corosync)

CGroup: /system.slice/corosync.service

+-1652 corosync

Mar 31 18:20:46 nsa00.systemd.willeat.your.babies.com corosync[1652]: [VOTEQ ] Waiting for all cluster members. Current votes: 1 expected_votes: 2

Mar 31 18:20:46 nsa00.systemd.willeat.your.babies.com corosync[1652]: [QUORUM] Members[1]: 1

Mar 31 18:20:46 nsa00.systemd.willeat.your.babies.com corosync[1652]: [MAIN ] Completed service synchronization, ready to provide service.

Mar 31 18:20:46 nsa00.systemd.willeat.your.babies.com corosync[1652]: [TOTEM ] A new membership (192.168.56.31:68) was formed. Members joined: 2

Mar 31 18:20:46 nsa00.systemd.willeat.your.babies.com corosync[1652]: [VOTEQ ] Waiting for all cluster members. Current votes: 1 expected_votes: 2

Mar 31 18:20:46 nsa00.systemd.willeat.your.babies.com corosync[1652]: [QUORUM] This node is within the primary component and will provide service.

Mar 31 18:20:46 nsa00.systemd.willeat.your.babies.com corosync[1652]: [QUORUM] Members[2]: 1 2

Mar 31 18:20:46 nsa00.systemd.willeat.your.babies.com corosync[1652]: [MAIN ] Completed service synchronization, ready to provide service.

Mar 31 18:20:47 nsa00.systemd.willeat.your.babies.com corosync[1558]: Starting Corosync Cluster Engine (corosync): [ OK ]

Mar 31 18:20:47 nsa00.systemd.willeat.your.babies.com systemd[1]: Started Corosync Cluster Engine.

Great, systemd is giving me way more information and control than ever before, and it is modernizing the painful daemon/service management in Linux I must oppose it vehemently!

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Re: MS is trapped

You do not know what you are talking about, clearly not a clue on the Windows side, and on the Linux side even less so.

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Smart meters are a ‘costly mistake’ that'll add BILLIONS to bills

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Re: IT disasters...

I have a bridge over here to sell you... comes with a smart meter for the toll.

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Why Feed.Me.Pizza will never exist: Inside the world of government vetoes and the internet

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Some people

Wonder why the new TLDs are a fiasco my dear Watson... oh yes they wonder.

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Tim Cook: I'll give just a THIRD of what Gates gave to charity last year

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Re: Charity?

"""I would love to know why you disagree"""

I think you suffer from a case of "mental mess" that's how I personally disagree.

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Hey, Microsoft, we can call Windows 10 apps anything we like – you're NOT OUR REAL MOM

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Care to elaborate...

As to why do we have to pay attention to Microsoft each time they fart?

Seriously. This was funny the first few times.

They should stop this universal crap nonsense once and for all. There is a reason no other vendor tries, in the end it doesn't work.

Jokes aside ElReg (or someone else for that matter) should stop producing articles about MS Bob and compile a list of all "programming things" MS has pitched as the next best thing and later abandoned, leaving a trace of dead bodies on their path.

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VMware tells partners, punters, to pay higher prices (probably)

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They need money

To pay the lawyers' expenses in their coming GPL court case.

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