* Posts by Trevor_Pott

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systemd free Linux distro Devuan releases second beta

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"Lennart isn't some cartoon devil. He's a guy who writes code. He's a perfectly nice guy"

No, he's not. He's an asshat.

Maybe Lennart is nice to his family. Maybe he even draws that circle around him just large enough to accommodate close personal friends. What he doesn't do is draw that circle large enough to encompass users. To them, he's an asshat.

Lennart isn't just hated because he wrote some code. People write bad code all the time. Most of the time we hate the people that constrained their resources and prevented them for writing something better, or saddled them with stupid requirements.

Lennart is hated - personally - for the lack of care, consideration and respect he has towards users. Especially those with valid grievances. His condescension, arrogance and overall public-facing demeanor have earned him the bile and vitriol he receives.

Lennart has set out to be more than just a developer. He's set himself up to be a moral guardian of what are the right and wrong ways to do things. When you put on that mantle, climb up in front of your congregation and damn the heathens, don't be shocked and shaken when those very same heathens get all bolshy in turn.

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You do realize Lennart's a real person, right?

No he's not. He's a homunculus, made out of disdain, arrogance and evil. A golem, animated by his own sense of self importance.

Blimey, I think he's got a real chance of being the next president of that miserable country.

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Doctor AI will see you now: US military vets will be diagnosed by deep-learning bots

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"xkcd really isn't that funny"

Jealous much?

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Super Cali goes ballistic, considers taxing Netflix

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Re: Tax what?

"Uncle Sam is very keen to repatriate foreign earnings, I would expect Trump to go after Apple and Microsoft"

Trump is the ass cancer that killed Uncle Sam.

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Re: VAT

Why would Netflix need to know where I live? Rechargeable credit cards are easy to obtain. Even ones based in other jurisdictions.

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Canadian cops cuff 11-year-old lad after Grand Theft Auto gets real

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Re: Sorry to sound like an old grumpy.. ..

"Guns & violence ok but not sex ??? I am happy to reference almost any cartoon; it is the same content, just the art form used is different."

You mean American cartoons, the ones that perpetuate their cracked view of the world?

Pass.

Just because it's on the TV doesn't mean it's a good plan to base your morality, ethics or culture on it. Same goes with listening to them as thump a holy book and preach obedience to their interpretation of words written by dead men long ago.

There's nothing at all wrong with sex.

There's a fuck of a lot wrong with violence and killing.

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Re: Sorry to sound like an old grumpy.. ..

"Guns and killing are okay, but sex is the devil!"

You make me physically ill.

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Creaking Royal Navy is 'first-rate' thunders irate admiral

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Re: Duh? Wuh?

You missed India and Pakistan. Last I checked, they had pretty well developed militaries, albeit mostly preoccupied with killing each other. China likely has strike capability in the middle east as well, as they have allies in Africa and the ability to put boats with things that fly on them out there.

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The Internet Society is unhappy about security – pretty much all of it

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There was never an era where all hats were white

Though there certainly were some where all the people in positions of power were.

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Geo-boffins say 'quake lifted bits of New Zealand by 8 metres, moved at 3km/second

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Yikes!

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Integrator fired chap for hiding drugs conviction, told to pay compo for violating his rights

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@David Pearce

Your country is fucked up.

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Make Christmas Great Again: $149 24-karat gold* Trump tree ornament

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Re: Conclusive proof

"Name one politician in the last 50 years that wasn't corrupt? I can't think of any."

I can think of about a dozen, off the top of my head, but they're all Canadian. In the US? Sanders, probably. Maaaaayyyyyyyyyyybe Wyden. Maybe.

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FYI: The FBI is being awfully evasive about its fresh cyber-spy powers

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Re: As opposed to...

In the US, they'll just torture you until you tell them whatever they want to hear. *shrug*

Australia is the US of the east. Both countries are run by ****ing barbarians.

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Re: As opposed to...

Bullshit. In the US they threaten you until you take a plea bargain, even though you're innocent. There is no justice in the United States.

Hasn't been for a long, long time. Maybe ever.

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Stay out of my server room!

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Re: Ahhh...

Wait, have we worked together? That's my story. At least 5 different times.

Man, this industry is depressing.

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Re: The headline image...

It was int he way of my rockstar hair!

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Who's in Peter's file? Moneybags Thiel hits up Silicon Valley brains to join his Trump think tank

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It's nice to see the valley doesn't have too many collaborators.

There's only one thing to be done with collaborators.

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Why I just bought a MacBook Air instead of the new Pro

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Re: Surface is nice and all

"And how many of the users in your clients would you trust with 'full control' Trevor?"

Every single one. I serve my clients. I don't control them. The question is how many of my clients trust me with full control of their IT?

Their equipment. Their software. Their business. They make the decisions. I give recommendations. They live with the consequences of those decisions.

If you can't understand that concept, then please state your real name and employer so that I can avoid both like the plague.

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Surface is nice and all

...shame about the operating system.

Wake me when someone is shipping an OS where I, as the end user, actually have full control. Until then, I'll keep buying Eurocom and using Linux. It's an awful experience, but it's ever so slightly better than the rest of the festering shitpile that's on offer.

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Forget 'shadow IT' – it's 'self-starting IT' now

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That is one of those situations for which man weaponized fire.

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The case for a police-civilian cyber super-agency in Australia

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You need redundancy so you can have the various agencies investigate eachother. If you just have a single agency what you end up with is a bunch of out-of-control and untouchable witch-hunters.

Or maybe that's the intention?

We live in a shitty timeline.

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NetApp's regeneration could be deep surgery or anti-wrinkle cream

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I don't suppose NetApp has considered making (or buying) solutions people actually want to buy? Additional question: have they thought about making (or buying) solutions people will want to buy tomorrow, instead of solving the problems of nine years ago two years from now?

Just thoughts...

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NVMe SSD? Not yet, says Pure, but promises to deliver it

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Re: Upgrade

"Pure just swaps controllers, with no downtime. Find someone else that does that."

Uh...lots of companies? Especially the pure SDS ones.

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Aw, snap: Independent disk drive failure rates from Backblaze

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Re: This is very helpful.

I'd love to do that sort of testing. Sadly, the drive manufacturers don't seem keen on giving me hundreds or thousands of free drives...

Open to practical ideas of how to get hold of enough units to do proper testing. I'm sure I could come up with something to fill them all with...

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'Ultimate Team' scheme: EA hackers charged for stealing in-game coins

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Re: Viewed logically

But with bitcoin, stealing the bitcoin deprives the owner of use of the original. It's not just making a copy.

If you download an image off my website, you are making a copy. You are not depriving me of the ability to use the original. If you download an image off mywebsite *and then delete the file from my webserver*, you are depriving me of the ability to use the original. You have "stolen" it, effectively. (Ignoring backups.)

This is the difference. They convinced a server to emit copies of a digital currency that is effectively unlimited. If the owner of the algorithm wants more currency, they can push a button and generate as much as they want. Nobody is deprived of the ability to use that digital currency.

At worst, it's digital counterfeiting. It is emphatically _not_ theft.

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I would be okay with using the term digital counterfeiting to describe the activities of the miners. But counterfeiting is not STEALING. Stealing deprives the owner of the ability to use the original.

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If you convinced my bank to give you a COPY of my money, without depriving me of my money, go hard! Why would i care about that?

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Explain how you "steal" something by convincing a computer to emit copies of some code. "Steal", my ass.

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Cheer up, world! AWS instances just got cheaper

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Re: Your move Microsoft?

Why would they? So long as the cost to migrate is higher than the price delta...

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The sharks of AI will attack expensive and scarce workers faster than they eat drivers

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"Now, how about someone creates WebLawyer ? How long do you think it will be before people are logged in by the millions to search how to divorce (continuously trending topic), how to write their will, etc ?"

http://www.lawdepot.ca <-- this site has functionally been my lawyer for years now. What do you mean "when"?

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The hated Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal will soon be dead. Yay?

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@Doctor Syntax

You should feel that way about CETA. Canada was trying to fuck you hard, and you should have told us to go the hell home.

Harper was obeying orders, sneaking in the nasty provisions the US wanted in TTIP into CETA, "because Canadians are nice, and they won't screw the EU, promise". It was a shit deal for you, and a shit deal for Canadians. It was great for American corporations. That's all CETA was ever supposed to be.

I'm super bummed that our dancing monkey of a Prime Fuckwit actually signed it. That spineless coward hasn't kept a damned one of his promises to actually benefit Canadians in the past year, but he's sure managed to proliferate Harper's vision of a corporatist hellhole that crushes ordinary workers (of all nations) under the heel of the elite.

That's what Canada gets for electing a human sock puppet. *sigh*

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@jamesb2147

How fortunate that we have entire organizations dedicated to explaining exactly that! Rather than flood with propaganda, I'll leave you with this rather concise summary from one of the world's leading experts in intellectual property: http://www.michaelgeist.ca/2015/06/why-canadians-have-good-reason-to-be-wary-of-the-tpp/

There, nop you can probably ignore the rest of this post.

Really short version: at a minimum, Canadians would end up paying significantly more for medicine, and any laws we put in place to protect our environment, or retain control of our resources would be struck down by corporations.

Outside of medicine and IP, the big one that does it for me is fresh water. Without fresh water, we're fucked. Any of us. All of us. Everywhere on the planet. Already, too many of Canada's fresh water reserves are polluted beyond the ability to use for human consumption. The toxins spread into those waters bio-accumulate, making the reasonably significant portion of our population that still rely on hunting and fishing unable to maintain their traditional lifestyle. That might not matter to some, but it matters to me.

Beyond the lovey-dovey feels portion, however, is that fact that even though Canada is one of the most water-rich nations in the world, we suck hard core at managing it. MY home province of Alberta is already seeing subsidence and other nasty effects of our severe drain on underground aquifers.

Right now, today, that maybe doesn't matter so much; we have spectacular amounts of water coming down out of the mountains, and we can divert rivers and other fun things. The problem is that even 10 years from now, the amount of water coming down off those mountains will be a lot< less. The glaciers are shrinking, most of them are almost gone.

Canada's potable and accessible freshwater reserves are something that I believe we need to manage. We need to manage it in order to provider for our own people. We need to manage it because of the raw economic reality that it fresh water is the oil of the 21st century.

In my opinion we simply can't enter into agreements that would treat access to our fresh water as something the government isn't allowed to regulate, tax, or otherwise get a piece of. We can't let a bunch of Americans waltz into our country, pollute and/or export all our fresh water, and stick us with the bill.

I don't give a rat's ASCII if it means we're left out of some oogly-boogly trade bloc. In 30 years, over half the world is going to be begging for access to our water, and we need to maintain the ability to milk them for every last rotten cent. Saudi Arabia created a financial empire on the back of oil, and we need to retain the ability to do the same on the back of water.

It's not like we have the manpower or military to otherwise defend ourselves. Controlling access to our resources and what's left of our environment is the only card we have to play.

And I, for one, am 110% against handing that to the Americans. Not for a trade deal. Not for anything.

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The TPP is a bullshit trade deal that would fuck Canada and Canadians hard, and I, for one, will cheer its demise.

The exportation of American law to other countries is cracked, pure and simple. We don't want your insane approach to intellectual property, your lack of environmental protection or any of the other corporatist fuckwittery.

Death to the TPP and all other attempts to bypass national law. Trade deals are okay, but using trade deals as an end run around parliament to destroy the ability of the people to control their own laws, protect their own environment or strike their own balance on things like copyright is simply not okay. Lock that shit hard.

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We're going to have to start making changes or the adults will do it for us

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Re: Tabs != n*spaces

Excuse me sir, do you think in fractals? I've heard such people exist, but I've never met one. You strike me as someone who might fit that description.

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Re: What an awesome read

For the record, you should have used "it's".

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Re: Sonar

I got me a rope made out of tangible hatred, let's do this!

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I'm on the spectrum. ADHD. No aspergers or direct autism here, though I can reach stimulus overload at a conference. (Or a really crowded shopping mall.)

The weird part is, I'm the functional ASD fellow in my group of evil compatriots. Most that I know are on the ASD side of the serotonin spectrum. We don't mix well with those on the schizophrenia side of the spectrum.

And yes, there are a LOT of ASD people in tech. The ASD side of the serotonin spectrum was for a long time naturally attracted to tech. It never seemed to appeal as much to the schizophrenia side.

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TO ARMS, MEN! REPEL THE INTRUDERS!

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Re: Tabs != n*spaces

Anyone who edits sendmail.cf by hand is several orders of magnitude more pee-in-jars than I could ever work with. I wouldn't know how to communicate with such a person. It would be like talking to a circuit board.

I'll stick with the M4 editor, thanks. Sendmail.cf...what the blinking...that's like writing an e-mail by first coding a new mail client in assembler!...

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Re: Because they are the most important things in your life, today.

I'm going to build a wall and make spaces pay for it!

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Re: Of to argue about spaces vs tabs is to miss the point of the article. However… (Bruce Hoult)

"though tab-using heathens should burn like the vermin they are"

I'll fight you! :P

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Since when are all votes cast equally? And the mechanism by which they manage to force tabs on me is somewhat irrelevant. The end result is what I fear, not the means.

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Think GitHub and Git but for data – and you've got FlockerHub and fli

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Re: GitHub for Data

<Lurch>You boinged?</Lurch>

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Microsoft flips Google the bird after Windows kernel bug blurt

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Terry Myerson: "boo hoo hoo"

Who gives a rat fuck what Endpoint Antichrist thinks? He is the most customer hostile non-Oracle executive on the planet!

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20 years to get Amiga Workbench 3.1 update, and only a fortnight to get first patch

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Re: We should take bets...

Windows has hostages.

Amiga has users.

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In its current state, Ubiquiti's EdgeSwitch won't have much of an edge on anyone

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Re: @Trevor_Pott FAIL?

Except I don't buy that vendor-service axiom at all. We can all of us name plenty of instances in which the cheaper gadget was the superior one. We can all equally name plenty of instances in which you end up paying a fuckload for a brand name, getting nothing better than the competition, because they're both selling the same damned thing.

You don't get what you pay for. In fact, everyone is trying to screw you and you pay whatever people can scam out of you. Some times the cheaper stuff is the shit choice, and some times it not. But there is little evidence whatsoever that increased price provides a superior product.

That's why reviews are important. To share knowledge, and to hold the feet of vendors to the fire.

Vendors can scam some of us some of the time, but so long as free speech exists, they can't scam all of us all of the time.

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Re: Ubiquiti Rep

Thank you for posting some cables you believe work. Will Ubiquiti certify their functionality corporately? Also, a few nits to pick:

1) It would maybe help if these were on your "community list" of supported cables. And, you know, publicly listed as supported on a per-model basis.

2) This cable you recommended, a 2.5m DAC is $50, which compares pretty poorly to it's $20 counterpart, especially in bulk.

3) Your products page lists no transceivers or cables for sale. That you sell such things is not mentioned on the community-supported list that your help reps point people to as "the list of things supported". I can find no mention of them in the official help documentation.

4) In selling your own modules, I fear you may be engaging in giving away the razors at cost and squeezing customers on the cost of blades. If that is the play...

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I whitelist infrastructure that I work on. I don't whitelist public web sites. For security reasons.

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Re: FAIL?

I don't have any sort of Ubiquiti vendetta, and will continue to buy and use their UniFi equipment. But the EdgeMax stuff is now three for three on "not working out of box" for me. I think that's worth letting people know about.

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Musk outlines plans for Mars

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Re: In other words

"The first humans sent to Mars won't be coming back"

Who'd want to?

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