* Posts by HmmmYes

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Quiet cryptologist Bill Duane's war with Beijing's best

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Re: Easy fix

No it wont. But Linux will help.

Its easy to run a stripped down version of a Linux system - less software running then the less attack space.

And its easy to audit all files on a machine.

Christ, you could recompile the system and use your own ELF ID if you must.

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Id like so more detail on this too.

I found:

http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/04/02/the-rsa-hack-how-they-did-it/?_r=0

The lines:

'In the attack on RSA, the attacker sent “phishing” e-mails with the subject line “2011 Recruitment Plan” to two small groups of employees over the course of two days. Unfortunately, one was interested enough to retrieve one of these messages from his or her junk mail and open the attached Excel file. The spreadsheet contained malware that used a previously unknown, or “zero-day,” flaw in Adobe’s Flash software to install a backdoor. RSA said that Adobe had since released a patch to fix that hole.'

Im truley boggled that a secutiry company would have a network that is open to a dumb user opening a dodgy email and running Flash. I mean, FFS.

Sure, have a network connected to the internet for your employees to watch cacts on FB. But FFS dont connect the secret stuff to it FFS.

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$10bn Oracle v Google copyright jury verdict: Google wins, Java APIs in Android are Fair Use

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Re: I haven't downvoted a post in a long time...

Java on the server is pretty good - CLI + socket - Great.

Its the rest of the garbage that comes lumbered with Java and the problem that so many poeple and companies have been burned by Java incompatibilities and securities snafus in the past make Java a very hard sell these days.

Java's problem has and always - wheres the revenue model to maintain it?

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Re: Hoooray! The death of the GPL!!

No. ZFS on Linux is fine from a legal/un-sueable point.

Its the GPLer getting uppity about CDL or whatever license open ZFS flies under.

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That naked picture on my PC? Not mine. The IT guy put it there

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Re: When I was in a similar position...

Ahh yes. I can see IT - Things called 'Women' exist. And they have boobs - bigger than our moobs!

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World goes SIM-free, leaving Sony and HTC trailing behind

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Re: I just bought a £45 phone...

'shockingly, some Android phones are still sold with less than 1GB of RAM which is just asking for frustration'

1Gb RAM!

Wierd isn't. Times change and all that.

30 years ago I started learning C on a Prime minicomputer, shared by ~40 people, which had 16M of RAM.

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Inter-bank system SWIFT on security? User manual needs 'revamp’

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Re: ~8 months ago, I interviewed with SWIFT. . . .

Ah ... what could go wrong with an organisation where, over time, the management start recruiting to top up heir rugby or golf club membership with other, non-skilled, minor public school boys.

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Sysadmin paid a month's salary for one day of nothing

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How did he carry it all?

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Re: Yep, we got that too!

rm -rf / ?

You could have got another few months out of it.

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BT to splash £550m integrating EE. Firm shrugs: Cheap!

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Re: Sod the pensioners

Err, teachers - be they public sector or private - tend to join the TPS, which is independent of any school.

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'Feature-complete' Windows Server 2016 preview 5 lands

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I'll have a bash with my MSDN subs version.

I was quite liking Windows Server. Peaked with WS2008R2.

Just confusing GUI now.

Still not sure about Powershell.

You know the French joke about managing a country with 1000s of cheeses?

I seem to have the same problem - admining WS with a 1000 versions of powershell.

Look,s its shell FFS. Get the first version right and dont change the bastard.

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Another failed merger, Carly? Ted Cruz to bring in ex-HP boss Fiorina as running mate

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Carly and Ted?

Im going to build wall. A fucking reallt big, high wall - this high.

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Why has Microsoft stopped being beastly to Google?

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Because MS is a little bitch now?

Its a bigger, badder world than when MS started swing its dick around in the early 90s.

Also, MS see to be really struggle of employing SW bodies. As far as I can work out its seriously down on heads. Yes, its not short of employees but it does seem sort of the SW bodies who make a difference and get things done + shipped.

Or maybe its become a nice ,respectable company?

Yeah, I dont believe the last one either.

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30 years on, Chernobyl wildlife still feeling effects of nuke plant catastrophe

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Have they though about twinning with Norfolk?

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Docker hired private detectives to pursue woman engineer's rape, death threat trolls

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What a sad bunch of cunts.

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A perfect marriage: YOU and Ubuntu 16.04

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I want ZFS because its great and it works.

Yes, it eats memory but when 16G costs me ~£100 - who cares FFS.

When I was young I spent £100 (~£250 in todays money) 512K - yes thats K, not M, not G!

I want Dtrace as its fantastic for debugging.

I want it on Linux as I use Dtrace on FreeBSD and Solaris - open + larrys versions.

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ZFS. Ace.

Now DTRACE please.

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Stop using USB sticks to move kids' data, auditor tells Education Dept

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Re: Stop leaving spare USB ports active on machines that handle sensitive data.

Er a 'professional' does not copy personal data on a USB stick esp. after being told not to.

What you're describing is an unprofessional environment.

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Easy fix.

If someone is found with personal dat on a USB then sack them and fine them 50k.

What is sort hard about that FFS?

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Microsoft's Azure and Office 365 growth slows

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Re: Office 365 stinks.

All the crap + trouble of Office, running on MS's cloud, with all its crap and trouble.

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BlackBerry is pivoting from phones to enterprise software

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Thats a good strategy. A little late but better than never.

Phone software is a fcking multi-headed security risk.

Anyone that gets a secure environment on a phone is going to do well.

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Red Hat bets on RHEL to sell its OpenStack elastic enterprise

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I genuinely do not understand why MS is top on that list.

I mean, plannign for cloud stuff, MS just does not appear.

At the mo. its looking like Docker and why in fuck sake do I want to run that on Windows server?

Ill give them AWS - it can still piss money away giving away stuff for free.

Have JP Morgan not heard of a scrappy little company called Google FFS?

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Intel literally decimates workforce: 12,000 will be axed, CFO shifts to sales

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Re: here we go again

Thats very true.

Bought in a 80k headcount. Let go at 110K headcount.

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Re: Makes one wonder...

True I have to go out of my way to get PCs with Win 7 on them - normally 2nd hand.

No prpbmes buying new. I have a problem with buying new, taking Win8 upwards off, and then buying a Win7 OEM as well.

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Re: What was the Plan

Israeli - Yes. Super duper impressed with the core arch.

Indian? Nope. Ill be on the web somewhere but Intel did try and start an Indian silicon development centre quite a few years ago. A proper one bot just a pretend one to get government sales.

Staffed it with loads of Indians from the States. Big plans. Big ambitions.

(The following is hearsay from other employees and leaks)

After a year of so they went native (return to their naitve state??)

Fraud everywhere. People were charging everything against Intel - houses, cars, dumb nephews et etc.

Intel were royally ripped off, from the top to the bottom of the Indian site.

It was all shut down and everyone sacked. Big dark cloud.

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Re: Profits over a billion and they cut staff?

Depsite being caught up in a (shortish) 'bought by Intel, booted out by Intel' period, it is down to Intel to call the shots. Thats how companies work.

Saying all that ... Intel are their own worse enemy. The company was - and probably still is - stuffed to the gills with seat warmers. You have the fabrication people/site which, whatever you think about Intel, are very very good at what they do - them and TSMC best in world. However the cost of fabs is almost getting exponential and Intel no longer have $$$$$ from operating at 80% margins to keep those fabs in capital.

Im never sure whether Intel chip designers (who they buy in) or Intel chip tester are crap. One or both is. Intel fckup a lot of designs. You'll never hear of that as they either tell the person to foff or stuff them with money.

Which then leads me to ask - what do 60% of Intel employees actually do? I know bits and bos of what happened in Swindon but Id be fcked if knew what 80% did. Go to meetings, check their diversity and such like.

Cringely reckoned big techs companies vastly overemploy to keep te government off their backs and to have some meat to throw to the Wall street EPS lions. I think hes right.

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Furious customers tear into 123-reg after firm's mass deletion woes

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Did he use MS Access?

All CEOs nephews use MS Access!

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Universal Credit at high risk of cyber-attack, fraud from the outset

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Re: Why this does not surprise me

Just a thick ex-Army Captain.

Forces are full of then. Bunch of morons.

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Bundling ZFS and Linux is impossible says Richard Stallman

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Re: Simpler solution.

No, dont split effort doing the same thing for multiple implementations.

ZFS is all the (enterprise/large) file system you need - bar a simple one for small RAM devices.

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Britain is sending a huge nuclear waste shipment to America. Why?

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I always thought this stuff was going to get shoved down Boulby mine after they finished mining Potash.

Borrowing waste in the UK only earthquake zone is a bit daft. Mind you, so was building a nuckeur power station.

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Linux is so grown up, it's ready for marriage with containers

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Re: Out of passing interest

Or poured all the money going into Docker and the like into OpenIndianna and getting a good, solid, cmdline-only version of Solaris-11 (x86) going.

The Solaris zone tools do need a better cmdline. PITA to do somestuff.

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Re: Out of passing interest

Yes. Anyhting can be emulated. Wether someone can be arsed to do it is another thing.

Yes. Have a go at running containers.

Have a go at Docker.

Also have a go at installing OpenInidanna and giving Zones and the network spoofing a spin.

Docker will get more like (Solaris) Zones and crossfire as it evolves.

Daft really. They should have just ported ZFS, Zones + Crossfire.

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Windows server really?

Corps do seem to have clustered around VMware for virtualisation. VMware were first, good and have delivered execellent products.

But Windows Server? Our corp server is all Windows. None host VMs.

Hyper-V does look promising but the need to run WS20xx is a hurdle.

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Inside Nvidia's Pascal-powered Tesla P100: What's the big deal?

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Re: Great if you've got a suitable problem

Yeah but ... what happens when you need 1024 strong oxen?

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I remember when graphics cards with just dual-port RAM framebuffers with a blitter shoved on top ....

Stunning isnt it.

Who knows, give it 20 years and there'll be one in your toaster.

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FreeBSD 10.3 lands

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Re: Who uses FreeBSD in preference to Linux and why?

You forgot DTRACE.

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Microsoft cracks open Visual Studio to Linux C++ coders

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I checked on MSBuild. Its been out since 2006.

The code I maintain was started around 1998.

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Oh and MSBuild uses XML.

I have a 'not with a barge pole' policy for XML.

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Ahhh but ....

I have a large number of products, which use a large number of nmake makefiles from 10+ years ago.

MSbuild is (relatively) new. The Windows stuff I have is in sustaining and Im looking to spend as little time as possible on maintaining them.

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I wish they'd sort out the Visual studio build tools first.

One - update nmake so itll work with powershell.

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Bash on Windows. Repeat, Microsoft demos Bash on Windows

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Re: Stealing VMS

I did have an early version of NT - pre 4.0 - and I did go through the Inside NT books as they evolved.

The NT kernel is pretty well designed.

Its a bit slow on spawning processes but Id guess thats due to where it comes from.

I just have a problem with the services that run on top of he kernel.

I know it was possible to strip stuff away but these days I cannot be arsed.

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Oracle v Google: Big Red wants $9.3bn in Java copyright damages

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As I backed away, I did not keep the license.

However, a quick googles comes up with:

Java can be freely used for General Purpose Desktop Computers and Servers.

Thats what I stumbled on. I was looking to do something on a specific lights out box. I did not want to enter the Sun (at the time) legal vortex to work out General Purpose meant.

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One of the non-technical reasons I have for not using Java is that I could never work out the revenue model.

I did dig thru the license and found some weasel words about 'only being free on desktop computer'.

The fact that I had to wade thru a large license document and sill not come away with a clear idea what or who Id be paying put me off totally.

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Gov to take axe to big IT contracts soon, will hand chunks to SMEs

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Why do people always assume that the Civil service/public sector are only crap at IT?

I'm sure they are just as bad at any other of their supposed core skills - legal, operations, facilities management, planning.

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Microsoft sets date for SQL Server on Linux

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Re: This is actually largely irrelevant

PostGresql offer pretty good replication.

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Yep.

Dont roll out that FreeBSD/PostGreql box yet. We've got a Linux/SQLServer ofering just round the corner .... wait a bit.. a bit more ... keep waiting .... we can offer you a cheap WS2012/SQLserver in the meantime .... nearly there ..... almost done ......

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Flying Scotsman attacked by drone

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Reporter: Would you feel scared is the drone had a machine gun on it and was being flown by ISIS? Only a commie would not be scared. Are you a Commie?

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Western Digital spins up a USB disk just for the Raspberry Pi

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Hmm, bitch bitch.

The first hard disk I ever came across was in 1987, when I was roped into moving a 200MB winchester disk (I think). Size and weight of a large fridge.

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Microsoft SQL Server for Linux is a brilliant and logical idea

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I think MS thinks that the there is a very large market for DBs operating in the cloud.

I think the cloud will be dominated by Docker - or something like Docker - i.e. cluster of disconnected apps. Each cluster needs a DB.

At the moment, MS is nowhere to be found.

MS has 0% of doing something Docker-like. You may not have noticed, but MS struggle to recruit and maintain SW bodies. Just like everyone else.

Port SQLserver to Linux is a relatively pragmatic idea.

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Why I'm regulating the 'sharing economy': An Italian MP explains

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Not sure.

I have some experience of how italian business operates - are all cliques and scams.

If an italian business man does not like something then itll be good for the consumer.

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