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6701 posts • joined 7 Jun 2007

Sysadmin with EBOLA? Gartner's issued advice to debug your biz

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@ IDoNotThinkSo (was: Re: OH KNOWS!)

Of COURSE we're all going to die, eventually!

Did you bother trying to read mine for comprehension?

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@ Titus Technophobe (was: Re: OH KNOWS! - quivering ??)

I'm not "off the beaten track", I'm in the Sonoma Valley.

The only "military hardware" I have are a couple of small "civil war"[0] cannons[1], handed down from my Great Grandfather. The rest of the bits and pieces are tools necessary to remove varmints from a functional ranch, and/or to put food on the table ... except the Barrett .416, of course, which is a meditation tool.

Technophobe indeed, it seems.

[0] There is nothing civil about war. Ever.

[1] 10 Pound Parrott & 3" Ordinance Rifle.

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@DAM: (was: Re: OH KNOWS!)

Party van? We have hundreds of them all over Sonoma & Napa counties. No, please, do NOT send another party van. The locals are fucking sick of them. Thank gawd/ess that tourist season[1] is (nearly) over ...

I'm still not quivering in my boots.

[1] If it's tourist season, why is it illegal to shoot them?

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OH KNOWS!

IT'S TEH RADIATION! IT'S TEH AIDS! IT'S TEH CELLTOWERS! IT'S TEH TERRORISTS! IT'S TEH GLOBAL WARMING! IT'S TEH IS/ISIS/ISIL/(::yawns:: whatever)!

And now IT'S TEH EBOLA! We're ALL GONNA DIE!!!!!!111!!!!11

Earth to the .gov and .news: I'm not going to become afraid of your scare stories when they are based on scientifically inaccurate principles and/or logistically impossible scenarios.

I am not quivering in my boots.

HTH, HAND.

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Computer misuse: Brits could face LIFE IN PRISON for serious hacking offences

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"Serious Crime Bill"?

Is there a "Not Very Serious Crime Bill"?

How about "Not Serious At All Crime Bill"?

Or perhaps "Not A Crime, But We've Riled Up The Proles, So Let's Make It A Crime Bill".

Just wondering.

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Most cloud apps flout EU data protection rules – study

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Gee, you think?

This is what happens when marketing & management try to take on the role of "technology experts". Things are going to get worse before they get better, mark my words ...

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UNIX greybeards threaten Debian fork over systemd plan

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Whatever.

Slackware on the desktops, BSD on the servers.

It's been that way for 20+ years, at least here.

Everything else is chasing shadows, near as I can tell.

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STONER SHEEP get the MUNCHIES after feasting on £4k worth of cannabis plants

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"after the drugs were ditched"

Drugs? Plural? Really?

And here I thought it was just a simple herb hated by .govs world-wide, and much loved by the terminally lazy over roughly the same range.

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'LulzSec leader Aush0k' found to be naughty boy not worthy of jail

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"Australia's intelligence agencies"

Finally, a plural for "oxymoron".

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'Hmm, why CAN'T I run a water pipe through that rack of media servers?'

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"30 per cent creating the media."

Really?

What tools have you "created" to store and/or deliver information or data?

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Ploppr: The #VultureTRENDING App of the Now

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::shakes head::

Farmers have been trading fertilizer for thousands of years.

Farmers also know bullshit when they see it.

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Torvalds CONFESSES: 'I'm pretty good at alienating devs'

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Re: Sigh

Apparently, Will Godfrey, you don't know what "a knockoff" means.

MWC's "Coherent" was a knockoff of the *nix paradigm ... but it was entirely hand-coded in assembler, with absolutely zero Bell Labs code. Just like Minix. Linus followed up on this concept.

I've been happily using Linux for 20+ years. It's still a knockoff.

Not that that's a bad thing. Running code trumps all.

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Re: "it would surprise if they're talking,"

He's not a "Fin", he's a "Finn".

But he's not, not really, he's Swedish.

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@Donkey Molestor X

Actually, Donkey Molestor X(sic), Linus built a knockoff of Minix, which was in turn a BellLabs knockoff. Regardless, ken & dmr and Tanenbaum don't condone idiocy, any more than Linus does.

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Who gives a fuck? The Corporate marketard universe?

Frankly, I just want the OS to work, not get in the way, and make me blissfully unaware that it even exists.

Linus & PV have not made me upset about the OS for the couple decades that I have been running (and advocating!) Slackware. Without advertising. Can you say that about your OS of choice?

Screw corporate OSes ... Too much cruft, not enough useful capability.

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Damage control (noun): When Microsoft's CEO kickstarts diversity plan after women pay gaffe

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Uh ... Noun-verb pair ...

... Shirley.

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Starting out in OSX.

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Re: Starting out in OSX.

Take some courses in BSD. Seriously. You are not prepared for the admin v.s. user reality, nor the filesystem, much less the system utilities.

Or you can buy into Apple's "all stars, rainbows, and my little pony" mythos, and probably fail miserably.

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Sign off my IT project or I’ll PHONE your MUM

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Basically, Dabbs says:

Piss on UAT. I concur.

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Arab States make play for greater government control of the internet

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Which of the so-called "Arab States" will police this option?

Serious question ... Seems that none of 'em agree on much of anything. Ever.

::wanders off, muttering::

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Bono apologises for iTunes album dump

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@ Will Godfrey (was: Re: My thought.)

So you are in your mid sixties?

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Spam, by any other name, is still spam.

Nice to see Apple approves of spam. One more reason to ignore Apple.

U2 has always been ignorable.

::shrugs::

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Martha Lane Fox: YEUCH! The Internet is MADE by MEN?!?

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Re: can we be absolutely clear here

"And had there been more women in the US defence industry and CERN then"

Berkeley, Stanford, UCLA and Utah grad students were hardly "the US defence(sic) industry". And trust me, there were a lot of the female set at all four Unis participating in the early phases of what we now call "The Internet". Later phases, too.

CERN was a late-comer to the party. Saint TBL arrived much later.

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'Theoretical' Nobel economics explain WHY the tech industry's such a damned mess

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@ CCCP (was: Re: The tech industry is in a mess for one simple reason:)

You are probably right. "Jake" hasn't posted since 7 Nov 2008.

c.f. http://forums.theregister.co.uk/user/26670/

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The tech industry is in a mess for one simple reason:

It is run by marketards with absolutely zero tech savvy.

Regulation, when it comes to technology, is meaningless.

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Need to switch from Windows Server 2003? Here’s a workshop just for you

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Or just stick with *nix.

Nearly half a century, and no major long-term headaches as time passes.

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ONE MILLION people already running Windows 10

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Re: Oh good...

I seriously doubt it. (Yes, I grok the irony ... ex-DEC dude here.)

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Rebellion sees Chromium reverse plans to dump EXT filesystem

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Re: £30 a MB ?

My first 32K (yes, K!) RAM set me back around US$2,000 in 1978. I think that was the price, might have a trifle more. Lot of water under the old bridge ...

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Re: Surplus

Concur. But then the gooverse is surplus to my requirements.

The silly-ass kids in charge are apparently clueless.

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Here's your chance to buy an ancient, working APPLE ONE

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"can't even send a tweet?"?

Even thought Saint Jobs tried to eradicate them, Serial Ports[0] still have uses. Including connecting dumb terminals to more functional systems that can be used by twits to send tweets. Unfortunately, the twits have no concept of this reality.

Yes, an Apple-1 can drive a serial port.

Is the Apple-1 a useful tool today? Nope.

Is it a good bit of history, assuming accurate provenance? Yep.

I'd happily pay ~US$3,000 for one in functional condition. No more. I could easily make a reproduction that would fool "experts" for under US$4,000[1][2]. It's not like the technology is a big secret or anything, all the OEM parts are readily available, as is the board layout. Not saying this particular example is a reproduction, just stating facts.

[0] Siri, what is a serial port?

[1] Probably quite a bit less that half that, if you don't include my time ...

[2] Note that there are HUGE gaps in the records of original production ... the systems were not serialized, although some re-sellers added second-party numbers.

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Philip Morris seeks pay-per-puff patent to help you STOP smoking

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Re: Brought to you

"Yeah, but their car stinks (badly), and makes you look like an idiot ..."

There, I fixed that for you.

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Once again the drug dealers attempt ...

... to legally make more of a profit from the addicted and the "recreational" user.

It's going to get worse, as fewer & fewer kids become addicted in the first place, and more and more adults manage to kick their Jones.

Lobbyists are a lower form of scum than the lawyers that feed on them.

(e-cigs are just a nicotine delivery system, and not an answer ... )

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

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The mind boggles.

Apparently Redmond STILL doesn't have politically correct mentors for the upper management. I'd be appalled if I were pushing MS kit ... but at the moment, I find it a bit of a giggle :-)

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Sh** just got real: Amazon to open actual shop in New York City

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New York City?

Get a rope ...

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Tesla's Elon Musk shows the world his D ... and it's a MONSTER

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Charging issues? Range?

National Grid meltdown if everybody has one?

These things clearly don't scale, and never will.

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Crims zapped mobes, slabs we collared for evidence, wail cops

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Gee, you think?

Enacting laws when you don't actually understand the problem ALWAYS makes the law-makers look like the completely technologically clueless idiots that they are.

More laws aren't working/helpful! Clearly we need more laws to fix this!

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Intel 'underestimates error bounds by 1.3 QUINTILLION'

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A couple dozen in a quintillion ...

... is unlikely to affect me & mine.

That said, shame on Intel. That's an 'orrible documentation error.

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Malware analysts tell crooks to shape up and write decent code

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They "tend not to care" because ...

... seven nines of the general population are totally clueless about computers & networking, and six nines are more gullible than a retriever chasing a "ghost" tennis ball.

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Will we ever can the spam monster?

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Idiots abound.

Spammers take advantage of that fact.

Until we rid the world of idiots, spam will continue.

Note that I'm not very happy about it, but at least I know how to filter most of the crap out of the networks that me&mine use for day-to-day life.

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Man brings knife to a gun fight and WINS

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Hmmmm ...

"The two truisms stated above"

Assumes facts not in evidence ...

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Mind-blowing! You'll totally believe what Google is now calling its Cloud Platform previews

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The "geniuses" at google ...

... might want to actually learn something. The thing they are calling "EAP" has a world-wide, industry standard naming convention. It's more properly called "pilot build".

HTH, HAND :-)

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Something will happen in Google 'dominance' probe. Just don't ask me what - EU antitrust chief

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The only thing google "dominates" ...

... is clueless idiots.

How is this different from any other bit of marketing?

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Google ordered to tear down search results from its global dotcom by French court

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@Pisartis

The middle finger? Wrong gesture. Two fingers, Shirley? We are discussing the French, after all. (Y,y,y I know ... )

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These Gauls are crazy.

c.f. Asterix.

Hint to the French: Once it's posted, and online, the cat is out of the bag. There is absolutely nothing you can do to sweep the worms back under the open stable door.

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You don't have to be mad to work at Apple but....

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This is news?

It's been that way since the year dot ... except the Pepsi years, of course.

Burnout is high in that camp.

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Take THAT, hated food! It's OVER, tedious chewing! Soylent strikes back with version 1.1

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Why do people[1] continue to insist ...

... that trying to remove the good things from life is a good idea?

[1] For sub-human values of "human", of course ... religions, governments, marketing, insurance companies, etc.

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OMG!! With nothing but MACHINE TOOLS, STEEL and PARTS you can make a GUN!!

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Gun control is easy.

A good sight picture, a steady hand, proper breathing and squeeze not pull.

Loony control is unfortunately a lot harder in this society, alas.

Violence control is a wetware issue, not a hardware issue.

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So long Lotus 1-2-3: IBM ceases support after over 30 years of code

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RIP, Lotus.

Was a long, fun roller-coaster in the 1980s & 1990s.

"DOS isn't done until Lotus won't run."

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A moment of brilliance? UPnP for Internet of Stuff lightbulbs

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I've been using X10 since ... what, 1986?

Seems to work just fine :-)

As always, YMMV.

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Atlas plugged: Facebook hooks ads to profiles, smears 'em over the web

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@ Rick Giles (was: Re: Thank gawd/ess ...)

"Aren't management and marketing synonyms for 'technologically impaired'?"

Thus the strategically placed phrase "or otherwise".

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Into the compute era ...Your data centre for the next 25 years

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Re: Hmmmm

I tried to post something similar, but more succinct.

::shrugs::

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