* Posts by jake

7190 posts • joined 7 Jun 2007

Torvalds: decisions, decisions, top up sun tan or release Linux 4.1?

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@CFWhitman

Yes.

But those of us already running Slackware didn't really care.

Version numbers are about marketing, not usability.

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Re: One of the rare times on The Register...

"So, either there is a 'Jake', or (more likely) usernames are case insensitive for signup purposes"

Incorrect. I'm "jake" in this forum. See:

http://forums.theregister.co.uk/user/4800/

For "Jake", see:

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

Computers are literal. Get used to the concept. '01010100' is not '01010110'.

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Re: One of the rare times on The Register...

One of all the times on ElReg that nobody gives a rat's ass about AC commentardery.

Hint and a half for your happy ass: "Jake" is not me.

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Typing as a two+ decade Linux user & contributer ...

... Turn off all your connectivity[0], and focus on your family for a bit.

The next kernel release isn't exactly an emergency.

Family is far more important than code. Always.

[0] That includes cell phones. Kill all of them for the duration. Trust me.

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Creationist: The Flintstones was an accurate portrayal of Dino-human coexistence

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Earth to Ken Ham ...

Which version of biblical creation do you believe in?

The one described beginning at Genesis 1:1, or the one beginning at Genesis 2:4?

They are clearly different. Methinks your .fav Book has issues ...

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Maserati Ghibli S: Who cares what Joe Walsh thinks?

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Looks & drives like a 1992 Ford Taurus SHO.

Except it has "Italian" design cues; Example: faux Buick exhaust ports on the fenders.

Far to heavy, too many bells & whistles, and not enough motor to make up for it.

Want a boot to smuggle people around in? Try a 1962 Buick Invicta ... You can easily fit a "California King" box-spring & mattress for the comfort of about 6 smugglees. Or 8, if you are heading for the drive-in movies (Hey, I was a teenager in the 1970s). 0-60 in about 4.5 seconds.

As a side-note, I personally watched a 1969 Ghibli SS do 205 MPH at Bonneville (204 out, 206 back) in about 1977. Factory stock ... with better-than-street tires, and about[0] a 200HP shot of nitrous in the top-end. So yes, Maserati's could do 185 in 1978. Maybe not STOCK cars, but what flamboyant multi-millionaire owns a stock car?

[0] Nitrous tech was in it's infancy back then ...

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Mobiles at school could be MAKING YOUR KID MORE DUMBER

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Back in the day ...

... we learned "the three Rs". And we invented TehIntraWebTubes.

Today? Folks "in the channel" (whatever the fuck THAT means) have zero idea how it all works, and the teenagers are drastically being left behind when it comes to how technology works at a ones&zeros level.

Suggestion: Lose anything more complicated than log tables, sliderules, the dewey decimal system, dictionaries and encyclopedias until the kiddies are ~18 years old.

Why, exactly, does a 6 year old need a so-called "smart phone"?

Seriously. If you don't know how transistors work, you'll never really understand computers.

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Manchester car park lock hack leads to horn-blare hoo-ha

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About a billion years ago ...

... in Internet time, anyway, call it roughly 1985 ... a friend of mine & I applied a 10Mhz digital storage scope to a simple Garage Door opener. After eyeballing the output, we managed to build a Universal garage door opener from parts in my garage. One push of a button would open most garage doors within a couple minutes. It was basically a war-dialer, but at the right radio frequency.

I learned to pick locks before I was a teenager. It's not exactly rocket science ... and a handy skill to add to your tool collection. It's not illegal, either, contrary to popular belief (nor are the tools!), unless you use the skill for nefarious purposes.

Locks are built to be opened. If you don't want it opened, don't make it openable.

Note that I'm not condoning breaking the law. I have never used what I know to illegally break & enter, nor will I ever. I'm just pointing out the obvious.

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Hackers pop submarine cable operator Pacnet, probe internal networks

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There's that "pop" meme again ...

Can anyone please point me to where this "cracked" variation originated?

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KFC's new secret ingredient is a bluetooth keyboard on your tray

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KFConnoisseurs?

I think you mispleled "KFC common sewers".

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Milking cow shot dead by police 'while trying to escape'

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Gawd/ess.

My cows wander off, occasionally, when some idiot (read: "tourist") leaves a gate open. They all get lead home by the neighbors. Cops & guns? For a domestic cow or cows? Especially one that needs milking at 6AM and 6PM? Really?

And I thought us Yanks were gun-happy.

The Northumbrian coppers should be ashamed of themselves. They obviously have absolutely zero concept of the jurisdiction they are employed to keep an eye on.

(Funny thing: Mozilla wants to translate "Northumbrian" to "Humanitarian". ::heh::)

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Didn't buy a tablet in Q1? You're not alone

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Frankly ...

... I've never seen the point of "tablets" and "smart phones".

Except watching people wielding them walk into telephone poles, of course.

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Lightbulbs of the future will come with wireless extenders and speakers

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Uh ...

Am I the only one who remembers programming early home computer "speaker" circuitry to turn them into microphones?

Do you really want a microphone everywhere you have a light?

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IN YOUR FACE, Linux and Apple fans! Oculus is Windows-only for now

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Serious question ...

... is there any adult on the planet that gives a rat's ass?

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Back to the Future: the internet of things as imagined in 1985

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In the mid 1980s, I was using X10 kit.

I am still using X10 kit. It just works.

::shrugs::

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Nuage Networks tacks SDN to underlay

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Network Equipment Technologies ...

... was doing this exact same thing in the mid 1980s.

Nothing to be seen here, move along.

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Election? Pah. Here's the REAL question: Who’s the SEXIEST MP?

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Gag me with a backhoe.

Enough said.

(Seriously, what kind of idiot lusts after celebretards?)

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Self-STOPPING cars are A Good Thing, say motor safety bods

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The mind boggles.

If you can't actually drive ... don't try. All you are going to do is kill someone.

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OpenBSD 5.7 released

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Re: @ 1980s_coder (was: "But I need the stickers")

"directly into VI "

That's "vi", dude/tte. HTH.

"totally immune"

Keep telling yourself that. vi has bugs, too.

"How do you browse El Reg forums?"

Lynx. Which also has bugs. But at least I'm aware of the vectors.

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@ 1980s_coder (was: Re: "But I need the stickers")

Security by obscurity as a stand-alone is asking for trouble.

As part of a total security package, it's an easy zero cost no-brainer.

Your copy/paste display error betrays your lack of security knowledge.

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"But I need the stickers"

Badges? We don't need no stinking badges. Besides, displaying your OS's operating system for all to read on the physical hardware is (potentially) a line of attack.

Out of curiosity, does your BrowserOfChoice[tm] report the actual User-Agent to the remote server? How about your FTP client and/or server? eMail? telnet? USENET? etc.? If the answer is "yes" ... Why? Do you enjoy exposing your system's internal details to potential attackers? Or do you not know how to change the simple text strings?

I'm not paranoid ... but I'm getting there. Hazard of being paid to do penetration testing ;-)

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Re: OpenBSD 5.7 released

Or simply download an ISO from one of the mirrors, it's not exactly a huge download:

http://www.openbsd.org/ftp.html#mirrors

Been there, done that, have it running.

Had it running, actually, I have one test server that runs -current. I've also ordered the CD. I always support the cause. (Same applies to the other BSDs, and Slackware Linux.)

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A loud, confusing, exciting jumble of the great and the gregarious

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So, a CES (née CMS) re-hash.

Good luck with that, and I mean that in all sincerity. CES has been fscking useless since roughly 1995 ... there is room for this kind of thing, if done right.

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NSA spying is illegal? Then let's make it law, say Republicans

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@AC"14 hrs" (whatever that means, ElReg) Was: Laughable

"No one cares about you unless you are a criminal."

This is a variation on "If you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear".

Might I point out that you don't have a plate glass exterior wall in your shower, and you do have drapes over the windows in your living room & bedroom ... and hopefully there is a door between your toilet and the rest of your house. What are you hiding? Are you a criminal?

Privacy isn't always covering something illegal.

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This mass surveillance of US civilians is clearly illegal ...

... according to the 4th Amendment of the US Constitution.

The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 Amendments Act of 2008, allowing the .fed to apply ECHALON to the entire population of the US WITHOUT THE $TELCO IN QUESTION GETTING SUED does NOT automagically make the practice constitutionally legal.

This concept hasn't been eyeballed by SCotUS yet, alas.

I voted for Obama because I thought he was a Constitutional lawyer. My bad.

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

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@Dan Paul (was:Re: @ 's water music (was: systemd? Do not want.))

No, I meant "Cretan". Really.

But I don't disagree with your comment in any other way, other than the fact that I am "jake", not "Jake". "Jake" is an entirely different commentard.

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@qtcoder (was:Re: systemd? Do not want.)

"So how is Steam working on your BSD?"

Evaporated before birth. I use computers as tools, not time-wasting toys.

"And how is your Slackware phone doing?"

For mobile use, I use a 15 year old Nokia 5185. Likewise, the telephone at my elbow as I type is a 1950s Western Electric model 500. All I want a telephone to be is a telephone.

(The Nokia is about to permanently lose service, alas. Not sure where I'll go after that. The WE will last until $TELCO decides to kill pulse dialing ...)

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@ Jim 59 & Linker3000 (was: @ Re: systemd? Do not want.)

"Pics or it didn't happen."

The LSI-11 is running in emulation. Today, the Heath is sitting on a plinth in a place of honor in a corner of the office, and my one major dust-catcher. She's the first "modern" computer I built from the bare copper-covered fiberglass boards, complete with an actual GlassTTY. She still runs on power-up, which happens rarely. I've heard quieter dragsters ...

"'sabout now the EPROMs (if any) start dropping the odd bit."

I have an EPROM burner, and know how to use it.

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Re: systemd? Do not want.

"30-year old electronics."

No. These days, it's run by an aging[1] headless Slackware laptop running a CP/M emulator. The original control code has mutated slightly, as I've had to replace hardware in the trenches over the years. I have the original hardware, it might still boot, but I'm planning to bring it up gradually in a restoration.

[1] HP hardware, circa 2003. Pre bad-capacitor HP.

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@ 's water music (was: Re: systemd? Do not want.)

You are obviously not a Cretan, and can't read hieroglyphics.

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@Niel 44 (was:Re: systemd? Do not want.)

Nope. It was Version 7.

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Re: systemd? Do not want.

One of my greenhouses runs on CP/M. Has for three decades or so. It works, so why change it?

The messaging system at the barn has been running on a Heath H11A since 1979.

Inventing stuff purely to invent stuff is good. Foisting it off on clearly deluded, technology impaired consumers as "this is the newest, bestest, holy cow you have to have it NOW!" is exploitation.

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systemd? Do not want.

I'm sticking with BSD and Slackware ...

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Mars needs TRAFFIC COP to stop probe prangs, says NASA

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@AC "7 mins"" (whatever that means, ElReg) Re: Americans, Indians and Europeans....

"I expect the American's will have guns on theirs"

I think you mean the Soviets. See: Nudelman-Rikhter NR-23. Nice little rifle round.

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Serious question ...

What kind of dumb-ass space program would spend megabucks trying to get into orbit around another rock, other than the Earth, without checking with other space programs about the current state of the orbit situation on that other rock?

I mean, really? Are they that stupid? The mind boggles.

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House of Cards UI central to Mozilla's plans for Firefox on tellies

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Do. Not. Want.

Unlike Hydras of myth/legend, modern-day Hydras die when one head is removed. First major commercial example? The printer/scanner/fax machine. Awful, nasty bits of kit.

I can't wait to hear the howls of the masses when crashing the browser kills DearOldTelly. House of cards indeed.

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OMFG – Emojis are killing off traditional 'net slang

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Hey, instagram ...

... PDFO. Ta.

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Meet the man who inspired Elon Musk’s fear of the robot uprising

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@ The lone lurker (was: Re: I may have missed something here...)

Rumor has it that we have never seen a galaxy possibly composed entirely of paperclips, nor anything that COULD have been possibly been composed entirely of paperclips.

The Universe has been around for a long time. Occams Razor & all that.

To say nothing of the fact that machines that make paperclips are purely mechanical, with no actual machine intelligence involved outside of simple SCADA, controlled by stand-alone machines, usually powered by nothing more powerful than PC-DOS 2.x ...

Daft argument by a computer-illiterate commentard (Bostrom). IMO, of course.

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Why OH WHY is economics so bleedin' awful, then?

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"Economics" is awful for one simple reason.

It's a term used primarily by marketards.

Those of us in the realworld tend to exist by sharing, not exploiting.

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Election Alternative ideas

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@1980s_coder (was: Re: Lottery with a veto vote)

"Eh? So the replacement MP is just chosen at random?"

Why the hell not? IMO, no politician should actually WANT the job. The world would be a better place over-all, and stuff would actually get done. Think about it.

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OpenStack Kilo arrives with an Ironic twist (no, really)

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Lovely.

Instead of cool-aid, it's a kilo.

Something tells me that it's around the back, and there is a lid in the car ...

(Apologies to Firesign Theater.)

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Goldman Sachs gives Spotify its mixtape. And by mixtape, we mean a suitcase with $350m in it

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But what does Spotify actually do?

I listen to all the music I need/want to listen to without the "help" of such online "services". How the hell can it be worth $8bn? That's just daft ...

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Facebook serves up shaved, pierced, tattooed 'butterfly' as CAPTCHA

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::heh::

http://www.songlyrics.com/cramps/mama-oo-pow-pow-lyrics/

http://www.songlyrics.com/the-cramps/daisys-up-your-butterfly-lyrics/

Clearly, the kids at farcebook can't see before the year 2000.

Rest in peace, Lux. Thanks for the entertainment over the years, Ivy.

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Intel has ambitions to turn modems into virtual servers and reinvent broadband

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What is being modulated & demodulated, exactly?

Remember back when "broadband" meant frequency division multiplexing, not "as many bits per second as I can personally get"? Kids these days ...

Or should I say "marketards need to be taken out behind the barn & horsewhipped until they actually have half a clue as to what they are talking about"?

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Welcome, stranger: Inside Microsoft's command line shell

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Re: @ Alan Sharkey

"On the _original_ IBM PC (5150 Model A) it would only support 256Kb max"

You never piggy-backed RAM, Richard Plinston?

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@ Alan Sharkey

I just fired up my 1988 386sx16, math-co, 8megs, 40meg, 1meg on VLB video card ... DOS 5.0 (mouse driver loads high automatically! [was HUGE back then ...]), DESQview, QEMM, Windows 3.0, Lotus, dBaseIII+, WP ... Still runs nicely, is pretty snappy, even. Windows ran nicely under DESQview, but it seemed rather pointless ...

The "640K should be enough" attributed to Bill Gates is a myth. On the original IBM PC, MS/PCDOS could use 760K(ish) of so-called "low-mem", before it ran into IBM's built-in hardware stoppage. Which was an IBM hardware issue, not a Microsoft coding issue. Eventually, we figured out how to use nearly 950K of low-mem.

The real "should be enough" quote was from Steve Jobs, when demoing the original Apple Macintosh at the Home Brew Computer Club, a couple weeks before the official unveiling. He said, and I quote, "256K should be more than enough for home users" ... and he had a point. We had flight simulators running in 64K of RAM back then.

EasyEdit? I've been using vi from time immemorial ...

Sometimes I look at the modern world and despair over the sheer waste ...

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Funny thing is ...

... those of us who were already using UNIX[tm] in the early-mid 1980s found MS-DOS's command.com to be a brain-dead command interpreter. To this day, Microsoft hasn't really figured the concept out. IMO, of course.

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Ruskie hackers nab unclassified Obama emails

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Re: Keyword: Unclassified.

"If you don't understand why Russia (or China or Iran) would have a great deal of interest in the schedule of the President of the United States"

The PotUS's schedule is classified. Minutia is not. Thus my question.

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C++ Daddy Bjarne Stroustrup outlines directions for v17

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Re: C++ haters: What about performance?

"OS development"

Define "OS". Do you mean the kernel/monitor, or do you mean the massive amounts of shovel-ware that Cupertino and Redmond seem to think makes up an Operating System?

"real time systems, network software and drivers"

All K&R and/or assembler, not C++.

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@Brewster's Angle Grinder (may I call you BAG?) was: Re: Whatever.

K&R is, to all intents & purposes, assembler. It's just easier to type/read across multiple platforms. Which is/was kind of the point of the language.

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