Research is not QA. Finding bugs would be the QA department's job, preferably with some input from users who may also be able to reproduce it.
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Not sure if it is in the US, but if you go around calling yourself an engineer, it helps to be one before a real engineer appears and makes you appear to not only be untrustworthy but full of yourself. Nothing worse than a liar, except one that's arrogant as fuck about lying. I know a family of actual Engineers (combat/sapper, civil, and watershed engineering) back home, and I strongly doubt they'd be too happy with someone trying to pass themselves off as a member of their profession to get in some woman's panties or some man's boxers.
I also have a feeling that Engineers in IT wouldn't feel as strongly about someone tacking engineer onto their job title as they deal with people like the PHB calling themselves engineers and in a position to actually cause a great deal of pain for everyone else from not knowing what they're doing along with the title.
Plus, lets just be honest, calling yourself a "solid waste sanitation engineer", "water based excretion technician" or "protein spill specialist" when you spend your time mopping the floor of a shitter, chucking sanitizer into urinals, or cleaning up puke only makes you sound like a pretentious dolt.
Re: Copied? Fair Use? Not the point.
And the only people who stand to gain from any of it are lawyers. Imagine that.
Its got a figurative and literal meaning. Literally it is when you try to hurt someone intentionally in a contact sport (rugby, aussie rules, American football, etc).
Figuratively its when you bitch at someone, usually a bit forcefully.
Re: That's the entire problem in a nutshell ...
BSD ain't bad on desktops either. PC-BSD and GhostBSD are actually rather good. And its closer to "real" UNIX.
Re: Get me Hennimore!
I think they mean that unless the process is nohupped it should be getting killed at logout, as that's what hup does.
As Ken pointed out above though, its been reverted so its a non-issue now.
It won't last unless Lennart and Co. decide its a feature, not a bug.
Re: Cue the pain in 2.0001 years
And have fun backing up 8 TB with consumer backup software to avoid that pain.
Re: Too little too late
>>Every one I know hates Microsoft software
Such a representative sample. You know maybe 300 people at the most. There's a population of over 7 billion. Lowballing it and assuming that there are only 7 billion people and assuming you actually know 300, you know a grand total of 4.28571429e-8 of the population.
Yeah, I'm from Orlando, I know exactly what you're talking about, actually in both regards, Florida and Illinois.
My grandmother had to pick between her deceased husband's railroad pension and her pension from the State of IL, she's lucky that she gets anything at all out of them.
Spoken like a true Floridian, Eva Longoria's movie about the Orange workers is something everyone oughta see if they're not familiar with it.
What is it? Like 850 kids that DCF's missing?
Sometimes I miss the hell out of the place, but other times I'm happy as fuck that I got out last year.
Judge Campbell dismissed Gawker's motions to reduce damages and a new trial. They're done. And trust me, the State of Florida will collect.
Maybe when your editor says stupid shit in the courtroom, such as the only time they wouldn't post a sex tape is if the star is four years old, in the jurisdiction that pretty much loves the plaintiff anyway, you done fucked up.
Re: National Treasure
Who says that Lucy and Verity are not one and the same? I've never seen it disproven. Or even better, maybe Verity is Craig Wright, inventor of the Hoveround?
Because I always do what GNU and FSF tell me to. Since they know better than everyone else of course. I can't wait til Hurd finally ships so we can abandon the Linux kernel and force everything over to GPLv3, the best license ever created.
Who needs actual freedom when we can be told what to do by our betters?
(I hope its obvious but I'm being sarcastic)
A nightmare scenario
Shit, think about this Doug, Microsoft would be the least bad of the players that would be strengthened, and thats saying something. But imagine IE 6 forever, the only reason IE went further was because Mozilla presented such a major threat in the mid-00's.
But imagine a much more powerful Oracle. As well as a non-gutted IBM. Without open source they would likely be more powerful than they would have been otherwise.
Then again, maybe OpenVMS wouldn't be (virtually) Itanic only and have more marketshare, and its probably my favorite proprietary OS so maybe it wouldn't be that bad, but then again thats only one tool whereas with open source there are literally thousands. And if you don't like one (like for me, what people call "Linux" [not the Kernel, kernel's great and so is a great deal of the team that works on it]) you can pick something else (again in my case, FreeBSD) that works just as well, if not better for whatever use case.
Re: Adobe Flash player bugs
39 single spaced pages or so for one of the two articles and 54 for the other, without the code.
Re: So having found a bad design pattern they then proactively looked for other copies of it.
I thought CMM was a purely Military thing? I didn't know that they'd borrowed from NASA.
Can't say that I'm too impressed either as an outsider to the world of development, I thought you were always supposed to make sure new code didn't break existing stuff, and test it before deployment in the first place. I mean you're always going to have something unexpected happen, but having new code break the part that's actually selling something like in the example sounds like a piss poor QA/testing regime.
I think I figured it out. aManfromMars is Craig Wright, who just might happen to be Satoshi Nakamoto. Otherwise, the answer is 42.
Re: Curious Results
>>Sounds like Windows 1 0...
Sounds like Windows up until NT 4 really.
Re: Japanese programming culture
How was Fukushima recoverable?
Preventable, yes, but it was far from recoverable after the generators were destroyed and the coolant stopped flowing, even after they reconnected the coolant systems to the external power grid to get the pumps moving it was too late. About the only thing they could have done was connect them faster, that may or may not have stopped the meltdowns, but as noone's entirely sure about just how much damage there really is to the cores noone's sure about just how fast they would have had to have moved.
Now if what you mean is that it was preventable, you are absolutely correct. They could have mitigated by not building reactors on a coastline prone to earthquakes and by making damned sure electrical power would always flow to the plant's pumps no matter what, but aside from that I don't think it was a recoverable situation, unless they had ripped the vessel heads off the reactors to pull the fuel manually (a death sentence for anyone involved after about 3 to 5 minutes inside the containment building at reactor 3) which isn't realistic at all.
Re: Going to stop reading El Reg
Been here since 2004 myself, and I'm quite tired of it too. Its too bad "articles" like this dont still have ratings like they used to a few years back, because they'd probably have the dishonor of the collective lowest scores possible.
Re: Yay Capitalism!
I know for a fact that Miami-Dade also has American Theft and Thoughtlessness, who will rip you off way worse than Comcast will and play games with your billing. I had them for two months and they did their utmost to ensure I'll never do anything with AT&T again. They sure as hell aren't the old school death star anymore.
They also have a local company called Atlantic Broadband but I'm pretty sure they're limited to Miami itself, Miami Beach and Miami Shores.
Re: I would have expected...
I'm surprised they didn't mention that at all, plus the fact that you can't manually install it either
You mean OpenIndiana? I guess you could, but unless you're already familiar with Solaris' quirks, why bother? Its not impossible to learn obviously, its just another damned unixlike, but I'd argue its a waste of time on an older niche OS that even Oracle doesn't seem to care that much about. Sort of like OpenVMS and HPE, sometimes I wonder if HPE even remembers that they own it.
Anyway, If you want ZFS and DTRACE, and a great deal more support, try FreeBSD. Its really not that much different than Gentoo. If you don't care that much about ZFS but still want DTRACE with no fuss, use OSX.
I'm late on this one, but Linux isn't UNIX. *BSD is not UNIX, even though its close. Solaris, AIX, z/OS, and HP-UX are UNIX. OS X is UNIX. If it meets the Single Unix Specification, its UNIX. If it doesn't, its not UNIX. And while POSIX compatability is part of the SUS, it is not everything in it.
Someone's not strokin' it right.
Re: I use ZFS every day.....
>> FreeBSD, NAS4FREE, PC-BSD. It isn't hard.
No it really isn't. ZFS works pretty damned well too, I've used it and btrfs (as well as NTFS which there's no avoiding if you use MS products at all, and I do) and I much prefer ZFS. The only area that I'm not convinced of its utility is through lack of experience as I haven't used it with any of our SSDs yet, but it does work exceptionally well for complex drive arrangements with regular ol' HDDs.
I use ZFS every day as well. I don't use NAS4FREE but I do use FreeBSD and PC-BSD daily. While Linux chases its tail yet again because of people bitching and moaning we've been using ZFS for what, like 12 years now?
Its actually kind of sad really, ZFS is not a new technology at this point by any means but Linux still doesn't/can't ship with it. I hope Canonical does do this and gets away with it, and its immense popularity convinces other distributions to push Oracle to change the license to 3 clause BSD so everyone can use it and it'll still make GPL zealots cry themselves to sleep. Everyone wins.
Re: Do they?
Well if you really want continuity and resiliency, you're going to have multiple encrypted copies and multiple providers with a wide geographic separation and distribution in case shit happens as a matter of course, not just as leverage with your vendors come negotiation time. Disaster happens a lot more often than people seemingly would like to think.
Re: Who uses FreeBSD in preference to Linux and why?
The community for me.
The Linux community is fucking awful, especially to newcomers. It didn't get any better during the 10 years I used it daily, if anything, it got worse and I really doubt it is ever going to improve at this point.
The FreeBSD community is really helpful and much less prone to people throwing fits over bullshit. I've been using FreeBSD for about two years now and it works, solidly, with no systemd (which I didn't mind but some people seem to really hate) if you can bother to follow directions. OpenBSD is good if security is your thing. Honestly, its been years since I heard anything about NetBSD, I didnt even know they were still making releases. PC-BSD is also pretty good for a unixlike desktop, its easy to use FreeBSD for all intents and purposes, with KDE or GNOME its basically indistinguishable from Linux using one of those two DEs unless you're in the terminal.
ZFS was the reason I tried it in the first place, the community was the reason I stayed.
Re: Too little, too late in this house...
>>Yes, it works well, but I got fed up
I see what you did there, even though I think that they call it something different now with DNF.
And didn't we all? I'll never forget fighting with fedup to get F21 to install and then fighting with yum to sort out a bunch of broken bullshit. Then when F22 or 23 came out and the maintainer of the kmod for the AMD proprietary driver threw a fit and no one picked it up, which is the same sort of situation that AMD users on Ubuntu are facing now apparently.
I have no idea if anyone ever did eventually pick it up because I gave up trying to play games or do anything else graphically intense on Linux and use Windows for that, and for my servers I switched to using FreeBSD, it may not be flashy but it works.
Ancient game debugging, pt.2
Your comment reminded me of something. Awhile back I read a really good article about a guy who put himself through figuring out what was wrong with Atari's (in)famous E.T. : The Extraterrestrial game for the 2600. Since you put yourself through debugging an Oric game, you'd probably like it.
Apparently its not that hard to make the game playable, granted that you have a hex editor.
Check it out here.
Some of us still do....
Thought admittedly its a lost battle in that regard.
Re: because GCHQ et al
Since when is Law Enforcement an intelligence agency's job?
Don't forget that networking infrastructure was straight out of BSD. I'm not a Windows hater, if anything I can't stand Linux anymore (not the Kernel, I love the Kernel, the distributions killed it for me. Been using PC-BSD and FreeBSD since early 2014 along with Windows 7 and now Windows 10 and I couldn't be happier when it comes to my UNIXlike or with Windows for that matter) but it likely wasn't Microsoft's idea, if anyone it was probably whoever was doing networking for Open, Free or NetBSD at the time.
I'd have still figured it was Flash.
Re: Oh, and another thing...
Quite agreed. They haven't even retargeted the Tridents yet, the Navy made a big deal when they de-targeted so I'd imagine they'd say something if they retargeted them. They're still actively downsizing the cruise missile and bomber fleets, and the B-1s haven't been re-nuclearized.
As soon as they do the opposite of any of that, we can say that its the Cold War again, til then its Russia willingly getting itself into the Middle Eastern quagmire, which isn't very Soviet like. The Soviets were never stupid enough to openly fight in the Middle East. They always had proxies do it for them. If anything, it shows the lack of political clout that Russia possesses anymore.
They could be trying. Its a hell of a lot harder with fiber optics than with the copper cables that were being used by the Soviets during the Cold War though. I mean it could be possible, but I don't know of any "weird" boats that the Russian Navy uses, which isnt to say they don't have any, I just don't know if they do or not. You can't just use a stock attack sub or boomer for it, its gotta have some specialized equipment.
The US Navy used to do it all the time though, check out the histories of the USS Halibut (SSN-587) after 1965 and USS Seawolf (SSN-575) post-1971. They were what we used to tap their cables. That is, until the Soviets figured out what was going on. Anecdotally (I've heard this from NSG Spooks with CT* ratings and a guy with an Intelligence Specialist rating who were all in the Navy at the time) because some cookie pusher at the State Department fucked up and asked a Politburo Central Committee member about something she couldn't have known about unless we were listening to them over a Submarine cable, this politician went and reported it to the KGB, which a couple of months later had the information stolen by the GRU who immediately had the Soviet Navy banging away at their cables with active sonar looking for the collection devices. The Soviets didn't bother encrypting anything sent over the cables because the Imperialist running dog pirates had no way of intercepting them, or so they had thought.
In reality, John Anthony Walker ("Johnnie Walker Red") probably found out about it and told the Soviets, as his son who was a member of the spy ring was stationed aboard the USS Simon Lake (AS-33) and the tenders were privy to things that the rest of the Pac and Lant fleets weren't, like what the individual boats were doing, where and when. When even the toilet paper order goes through the same supply system that missile and reactor parts do, really mundane shit ends up with an exceptionally high classification, and the Walkers were selling as much as they could to the GRU.
The Soviets located and then hauled one of the collectors up to the surface. The geniuses at the NSG or maybe even the NSA itself forgot to pull the riveted metal "Property of US Government" tabs off of them, at least on that one. The game was up at that point.
So much for plausible deniability eh?
Re: My Seagate has excellent encryption
Two of my 2010-ish 1 TB Seagates had that same "feature". Both failed spectacularly within a matter of months.
Do you work for BBC's legal department or something? You keep saying the same old shit over and over again like it makes it okay for them to do this or something. You don't address any of the issues that are raised by blocking VPNs. I live in the US and I don't pay a license fee, I shouldn't have access. But someone using a VPN from inside the UK who does pay should have access.
Re: BB death greatly exagerated
All Most US governmental agencies use them.
I can think of two entire departments that do not and use either Samsung handsets with KNOX instead or whatever MS calls their preferred MDM and Security solution for WinPho. The Congresscritters and Justice are still hung up on BB though, as are parts of DHS, and as I recall CIA was as well as recently as two years ago. So there's plenty of BlackBerry usage in the Federal Government still, but its by no means universal any longer.
Re: US readers still have power over ICANN for a little while
The date's been set and has been for quite awhile.
I don't know there's much anyone can do, outside of persuading the President, the JCS, Secretary of Homeland Security and DNI letting ICANN take over is a threat to National Security, which would be a tough sell.
Ask the chinese?
Uh no. We're not going to be asking China to do something we don't want them doing, ASAT is one of those things we (and the rest of the world) really don't need to be doing with any kind of frequency.
Especially not when its something the Navy itself can do if they have to shoot it down.
An Aegis-equipped cruiser or destroyer can shoot the damned thing down with a Standard Missile 3, its just where do we do it? It might be a real issue to destroy this thing if there are other satellites, especially those owned by other countries, sharing the same orbit, and there probably are. The Army could also probably bring it down with the Missiles in Alaska or a THAAD battery, but I doubt the Navy would let them.
The X-37B's actually the better idea, if (and that's a big damned if) its capable of doing anything to fix or disable it. The Air Force won't say what it can do so no one really knows. And the people who do know are in a Top Secret - Secure Compartmented Intelligence measured Special Access Program that probably has an SI and COMINT caveat. They're probably not gonna say.
I agree, the bitching about Windows 10 out of the writers here is getting very old. I've been using it for two months and have had no problems. The one thing I'll agree with is Mozilla's complaint about changing default programs, it is kind of a pain in the ass and its not just for browsers.
And keep in mind what they're not telling you about Matt Asay's background, he's a FOSS evangelist, which they used to make very clear on his articles when he was a regular writer here. So much for disclosure anymore, eh?
Just like HP right?
That kind of thinking reminds me of the Army. To quote Colonel Charles Alvin Beckwith, the man who fought with the US Army for years after he'd been with the SAS on an exchange program to create something like the SAS here, which eventually became Delta Force (or whatever you wanna call em, Delta, Task Force Green, 1SFOD-D, CAG, The Fort Bragg Bicycle club, etc. It must be nice to not exist.): "The problem with officers is that they worry about pissants while elephants are stomping them into the ground". And its true.
Save a sinking ship with a tie and jacket, yeah right.
Best post I've seen on El Reg in awhile Stevie, creative, funny, and above all, true.
You should get a Gold Badge for it, IMHO.
Re: not possible
Creative Commons has something like this. CC-BY-NC.
You spend a lot of time here, Destroy All Monsters, so you surely know about xkcd, whether you like Randall's artwork or not. He licenses his stuff under it, and his description of it is pretty good, you're free to use it and share it, but not sell it.
Since Hacking Team were selling this guy's product, which they're free to do as long as they follow the terms of the GPL and include the source, he could license it under CC-BY-NC to prevent anyone from selling it. It might dissuade people from wanting to use your software in other projects, but it does prevent someone fucked up from selling your code at least.
It may sound stupid but...
CC BY-NC would work for what he's after, it allows the source to be used freely, but with attribution and not at all in a commercial product. Since I don't think he's selling the code, it would stop for-profits from taking his code and selling it. CC was mostly designed for artwork, but there's no reason you couldn't use it for software that I can see anyway.
I don't think FSF would think too highly of it, but really, who gives a shit about them if you're really that concerned and outraged about a for-profit that does some unethical shit using your tools in their software to make money.