* Posts by Kiwi

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Sinclair is back with the Spectrum Vega ... just as rubbish as the ZX

Kiwi
Boffin

Re: RCA? Pah. Young 'uns know nothing

The original Speccy used an RF modulator (analogue TV signal), not RCA.

As someone below pointed out, the connected for the modulator was RCA..

But...

The feed into the modulator was composite. You could tap into that quite easily (especially if you had the "Saga 1" (IIRC) top case and keyboard - much nicer keyboard than the original!) and no more having to tune the TV into the damned thing.

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Pint

Re: calendar check....

if it is a clone - wouldnt the shipping date be may the 4th?

Very well done :)

(Surprised no one else has picked up... )

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systemd row ends with Debian getting forked

Kiwi

Re: Hasn't this happened already with Upstart?

It also has a great viewing tool for the logs,

Can I do that over ssh or telnet or whatever other method I use on a poor connection (I'm out on the road, 2g only signal at best, some problem with the web or email server needs immediate attention...)

Honest question. Haven't yet looked at SD, hoping not to have to but seeing it already has a death-grip on Mint on this machine (ie if I remove it the system pretty much dies) I guess I'll be forced to deal with it long before I have the time and other critical resources (eg inclination) to research it properly.

(Put me in the "I'm not sure it's a bad thing but it sure as hell looks like it, especially with "Kay S"'s (surname escapes me) attitude to what are clearly either quite serious bugs or extremely stupid programming decisions. If their attitude to people having a problem with the way they handle kernel debug commands is any indication on how they code, then their code is not something I would ever want on my machine - the attitude is NOT what I am willing to tolerate even in my small shop!)

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Re: This is gold

What "manners of hardware support"? its broken nothing on my machines, maybe you need a training course on systemd.

So whereas most systems the hardware just works, now we have this wonderful piece of software that we may have to do a course on if it breaks our hardware?

Why not stick with the systems where most things just work, out of the box? That's why I use Linux - I'm a fat lazy slob who can't be arsed looking for drivers etc and just want my machines to work. I don't want to fight broken hardware and missing drivers. If I did I'd use Windows.

I'm already deeply disappointed that I have to use Pulse Audio for Skype (thanks Microsoft - and you wonder why people have a dislike of you!), and may just cut off contact with those few people I do talk to on Skype (or encourage them to use something better) so I can go back to Alsa. (Maybe I should see if I can figure out how to set things so only Skype uses PA and everything else works much better.. See? Now I am having to get off my arse and do something.. Look what that bunch behind Systemd has made me do!!!)

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Re: Boot speed @Jim 59

At home I use Linux Mint, which contains systemd. I am happy to have systemd slice 10 seconds off the boot time.

Just took a look at this machine (thanks to your post), which runs Mint on some fairly decent (for my budget!) hardware - Core I7, 8G RAM, 64bit Mint Mate (16). It has systemD in it. And it does boot slooooowly, like 2-3 mins after post. Compare to my Dell D630 at work, running Mint KDE (17).. That's up in a little over a minute (maybe 1:30) including post - running a barely dual-code CPU with IIRC 2G of RAM, much more ancient hardware. Have an even more ancient machine running Ubuntu 10.04 still that's up in under 45 seconds.

So the new stuff isn't necessarily faster. If SystemD is making this machine faster, I'd hate to see it with SystemD removed.. Which I just tried.. It's pretty tightly tied into a few items which are tied into a lot more. If I decide I want to remove it, it's not going to be easy.

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Kiwi

Re: This is gold

try looking at the advantages for admins who administer VMs - VMs get created and destroyed a lot of times so boot time is important

I reboot my systems rarely* - so why should I be disadvantaged for others?

The VM's I run (typically Windows ones ) maybe could stand to boot faster, but then I start them before doing other work anyway. If I was waiting on them often it might be nice to be able to wait a bit less, and I can understand and empathise with that, but as stated - I run servers and don't boot them often enough that even adding a few minutes to the boot time is a problem.

* Well, the servers anyway - the work desktop gets turned on before I turn the jug and other important things in the office on so it's ready when I am.

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Kiwi

Re: Off to a bad start @AC

HTF can they be a 'requirement' if they are optional?

Reading for Comprehension. A skill I suggest you look up..

-> You do realize that binary logs are there because for some systems they are a requirement?

"If you are using this system for XZY, you must set your logs to be binary. If you don't require binary logs, you can set them to...."

Wearing an appropriate space suit is a requirement for surviving a "space-walk". I assume you're not currently on a space-walk, so probably wearing a space-suit is optional for you right now.

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Re: Init freedom @Andrew van der Stock

Systemd has a completely orthagonal administration model, which eliminates guesswork. This is critical for servers and reduces the chances of admins stuffing it up.

When something does get screwed up (or I want to change something or just check or whatever), I often have to log in via SSH because I don't have any other real option. Often I am on connections where speed is not an option either. So I need basic text, as little as possible. Can SystemD be completely managed from a text-only interface, including all logs, all output (for trouble-shooting or otherwise) and all other input/output? if yes, well, it has some bits I might be interested in. If no, then please keep it off my systems. I won't willingly install it, I hope no one decides it should come with an update somewhere down the line.

Systemd boots in a fraction of the time taken by any init. This is critical for servers where taking a 4 minute reboot holiday basically means losing any chance of 99.99% uptime that year.

I don't gaurantee uptime, I don't need to. My web server also takes around 2 mintues to re-boot should I need to (last time was a few days ago, big upgrade from Squeeze to Wheezy). Email server (last rebooted a few weeks back) is 5-6 minutes - it's on much older hardware that will soon-ish be replaced. Previous uptime for each server was in excess of 260 days. That's probably pretty close to 99.99% there and then.

If I did gaurantee up time I'd have a 2nd server (actually the email server carries the same data and config as the web server, so I could just change the DNS entries before rebooting the web server, wait a few hours, reboot, then change back - or run them from the same location in which case things get even easier! :) (don't ask, setup is mildly unusual :) ). Anyway, reboot times would not often affect uptime as most places would run a redundant server and switch from one to the other as needed, right?

TL;DR : A couple of my servers take a few minutes to boot. Which probably will only happen once per year. If I was really interested in 99.99+% uptime I'd run redundant machines to help.

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How HAPPY am I on a scale of 1 to 10? Where do I click PISSED OFF?

Kiwi

@sjsmoto

."But what if you *had* to choose one?"

Had a surveyor some years back put it into a life-or-death (as in "The only way to save my life is for you to pick one".

My response was the (rather obvious I guess) "Then you're gonna die, 'coz there's no way I am ever picking either one"

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Holmes

Re: All You Need to Know aboutSurvey Results @Wensleydale Cheese

These are known in the trade as "lie detectors".

They often fail due to poor wording though. I have seen many where what I guess might be the same question worded differently is actually using words that can have significantly different weightings.. As an example (and not something I've yet seen in a survey) question one I might interpret as "Would you feel uncomfortable a person you trust came up behind you with a razor in hand and offered to shave your back" and q2 might read more "Would you be alarmed if some person ran towards you weilding a large butchers knife screaming 'die you....'?"

That's how I've often read so-called lie detector questions, simply because the way the author interprets/weighs words is quite different to how I interpret or weigh them.

Another example might be that I have lived with chronic pain since before I started school, so naturally my tolerances to pain are higher than people who don't experience it. It's hard for me to rate pain on a normal person's scale because what others would rate as a "7" (10 being extreme) to me is normal background noise.

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Kiwi

Re: Such surveys are invented by marketards. @Vociferous

You don't have to mix with economy class plebs like me at the security checkpoint or passport control anyway.

Don't worry. Not long until wholesale bans on private planes start to come in, then he'll suffer more than the rest of us. After all, the alledged 12/9 attackers supposedly learned to fly in light planes, as did a few others.

With so many attacks by light planes over the last few years (0 since 2002?) they must be about due to make new laws about them (just like the recent 'passed under urgency' laws in NZ that will address things that've never been a threat and almost certainly never will - and even if they were the new laws would neither detect nor prevent).

/sarcastic rant

(Oh, Jake - I bear you no ill will and hope to join you in private plane ownership before much longer :) )

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Megaupload overlord Kim Dotcom: The US HAS RADICALISED ME!

Kiwi

Re: Kiwi AC I assume this was their intention all along... @Matt Bryant

"....When Uncle sam points the finger at us, we should all admit our guilt and never dare to resist. We cannot be innocent if US says we're guilty!...." <Yawn> K.C has had and still has every opportunity to defend himself in the U.S. courts

Why should he have to? What crime has he comitted there? What crime has he comitted here? To date he's not been accused of anything illegal against NZ law (although you can bet that Shon Key and his bunch will soon re-write laws to fix that - when it was found that those conducting the raid on KDC's place acted in an illegal and even criminal manner, the government passed new laws under urgency to make sure that they could not be prosecuted (ie in NZ now if cops commit a crime while at work, that's fine)

and had in no way at all already been found guilty.

You really are that dense aren't you? The legal process in the US can take a very long time, all the while he would be sitting in custody. Again, for something that was not a crime in either country?

However, IMHO, going on the evidence so far presented, he is a crook, and I'm pretty sure that is the legal advice he has received, hence his desperate attempts to avoid justice.

What evidence? Aside from very minor petty stuff (NZ is quite a hard country to get in to if you have any relevant criminal history - so any alledged "crimes" he did commit would mean he was gone once they were discovered)

If you are unhappy with your elected officials and wish for a more 'liberal' interpretation or rewriting of the laws,

Not interested in more liberal laws (at least not in this context). I am, however, intersted in the government following the laws currently on the books. It should not be something citizens even need to consider asking - that our government (including organisations like the police) follow our laws.

then I suggest you form a political party [..]Oh, hold on a sec - Kim-dot-Dim already tried that and the NZ public told him to fuck off. Does that truth upset you?

I never would have voted for him or his party simply because their views are not my views. Had IP stood alone it may have been a different manner. His two biggest mistakes were to go in too late (barely any time to gain traction), and to side with Mana (disliked by the majority of Kiwi's).

I'm not exactly a fan of KDC. But that does not mean I should stand by and watch my country's government act in an illegal manner over someone who's only offences were "civil" in nature. If you could present any reliable evidence of any crime against NZ law that he committed before he arrived here, I would perhaps consider him being deported (it would depend on the crime, how long ago, time served and so on). But whatever the case, I would expect our government to follow our rules, not prostitute themselves for some yankee scumbags.

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Re: AC I assume this was their intention all along... @Matt Bryant

K.C could have saved his money (and that of the US and NZ taxpayers)

yes of course. When Uncle sam points the finger at us, we should all admit our guilt and never dare to resist. We cannot be innocent if US says we're guilty! We must not fight!

As one of those NZ tax payers, I wish my government would man up and tell the US to fuck off. Sadly, the criminal Shon Key is too busy re-writing laws to make any act comitted by his friends "not a crime after all" while making it easy for others to be put behind bars.

KDC, Wish you well. Wish I had a few more millions to put into your legal fund so at least someone would stand a chance.

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Webcam hacker pervs in MASS HOME INVASION

Kiwi

Re: Err? @ Asylum Sam

Found this site I think through an El Reg comment some weeks back.

Actually, in interests of accuracy and belatedly replying to my own posts for a change, I actually found the site as a result of a look through my web server logs or web stats. Spent a while a) letting people know and b) trying to ID those places local to me.

I also see it seems to be back up again, although th enumbers are much lower than I recall.

Good luck to him.

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IT Angle

Re: Hmm.

And, to be blunt, IT is a really bloody boring hobby.

I've been an IT hobbyist since childhood, and subsequently an "IT professional", and I actually find it very interesting!

I used to be a hobbiest. Then I became a pro. Now I wish I'd never heard of computers.

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Kiwi

Re: Err? @ Asylum Sam

Yea but tracert is pants, , ,give this a try in ffox (click the ''test the location service by clicking here'' link) and see if you're still located near virgins HQ

http://samy.pl/mapxss/

Well... Interestingly close... Only a few streets away.

Oh, and I used the company IP, with the company address plastered all over the web server (the web server is located within the company's building).

Close enough that I might know someone in the area (I don't), but far enough away I probably wouldn't even hear of an armed offenders callout in the area.

No where near close enough to worry about.

Found this site I think through an El Reg comment some weeks back. Have looked closely at cameras in my area, identified and notified those I can, some have taken notice some haven't. Many I don't have a clue where they are, even where I can see some of the surrounding countryside.

It is a risk, but it is not as great a risk for some as some would have you believe.

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BOFH: Everyone deserves a little DOWNTIME

Kiwi
Go

That's why...

That's why I ride a motorbike (well, aside from it just being so much fun :) ), that's why I get as much time out in the country as I can (far away from cell towers - or so people believe ;) ), and that's why the smartest phone I'll ever own is my V3 RAZR. Next phone will be as dumb as I can get.

Generally can't be reached. If I can, nothing I can do about it anyway.

Like the icon.. Go.. Go far. Go fast :)

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I need a password to BRAKE? What? No! STOP! Aaaargh!

Kiwi
FAIL

You're kidding, right?

The weird thing is that I have occasionally accepted short-term loans of BMWs from wealthier colleagues over the years and I can personally attest to the high quality of the vehicles.

Seriously, are you high or something Alister?

A friend of mine purchased one of these to make up for a lack in 2 areas of his anatomy (one, obviously, is the brain). I've had the mis-fortune of helping maintain it since.

The materials quality is shit, to put it extremely nicely. How many other models of car have a metal bracket in the drivers door handle break as a result of normal use? Every few years?

Broken Money Waster, Barely Manages to Work, Broke My Wallet (my friend's own one), and all the other nasties about the lack of quality in construction and materials in BMW's are well-earned, and tend to be exceedingly polite. Having worked on one, I would never own one. Any other "friend" who wants one knows not to bother talking to me again if they ever make the purchase.

That said, I did see a very nice looking 2010 BMW the other day. It was a crumpled pile in the local wrecker's yard. About to get the ultimate face-lift for any car, a car crusher!

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BOFH: WHERE did this 'fax-enabled' printer UPGRADE come from?

Kiwi

Re: Had a boss like this at G.U.S. (Kay&Co) back in 1992

BTW, he had a degree in Electrical Engineering, but managed to wire his desk lamp with the earth and neutral swapped.

I know a few people in that same boat. "Degree" != "Knows how to do it".

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Two driverless cars stuffed with passengers are ABOUT TO CRASH - who should take the hit?

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Happy

Re: Okay... @ Richard 12

simply engineer to ensure it cannot occur.

Yes, that always works out so well :)

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Mozilla, EFF, Cisco back free-as-in-FREE-BEER SSL cert authority

Kiwi

Re: Sni limitations.

Yes, but SNI is supported on IE7+ for all versions of windows later than XP (and in case you missed the news, Microsoft has discontinued support for XP).

MS has discontinued support. Yet XP use still outweighs Fista and H8 (and H8.1) combined. Somewhere about 20% (or one in 5) of all desktop installs IIRC.

Dropping out 20% of your audience is something few companies could afford to do.

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Kiwi

Re: Be nice if you could get multipart certificates

> Do you trust that these guys aren't feeding the keys to the feds?

You mean your cert's private key? That should never be known to them in the first place. A CA only needs your CSR to sign the certificate.

The problem here is, this software does it all for you with one command, from generating the private key on (at least as far as it appears in their text). And if it has enough access to your system to configure your web browser for you, it sure as hell has enough access to siphon off your privates.

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@ crackerjacks12345

Nobody needs to touch your server for this.

From the article and the linked pitch (https://www.letsencrypt.org/howitworks/), "enabling HTTPS for your site will be as easy as installing a small piece of certificate management software on the server:"

Their software manages all sorts of stuff - the certificates (providing them, replacing them when they're due to expire, configuring your system to handle them...)

From their site :

The Let’s Encrypt management software will:

Automatically prove to the Let’s Encrypt CA that you control the website

Obtain a browser-trusted certificate and set it up on your web server

Keep track of when your certificate is going to expire, and automatically renew it

Help you revoke the certificate if that ever becomes necessary.

On your computer/server you generate a Private RSA key. Then you generate a certificate signing request for the Private key. You send the CSR to the certificate authority you are using. Then they verify the information in the CSR like your domain name and that your authorized to issue it. Then they digitally sign your Public certificate with their Private certificate and send you the signed Public certificate.

And your earlier line of For most keys they just send a verification email to the registered owner of the domain name to verify you.

From them : No validation emails, no complicated configuration editing,

This is a program that will supposedly manage the lot for you. You install the program and run the command "lets-encrypt example.com" (again, from their site) and it's done. It does the key management and generation, it does the server config, manages getting the key signed.. It does it all.

For someone who wants to get a "proper" cert but lacks the funds, very tempting. But I sadly see "USA" and a couple of other parties I tend to flag as "untrusted" involved, so doubt I'd be willing to risk them.

Oh, can someone tell me how to get some preceeding whitespace/tabs in front of lines in Reg comments? I've tried various tricks without luck.

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Patch NOW! Microsoft slings emergency bug fix at Windows admins

Kiwi

Re: MS, please help me understand

Besides, no 3/6/9/15 or whatever reboots required, except for a select few packages - certainly NOT for userland stuff, and never for browser, productivity suites, calculator, clock.exe

Actually, it's never more than one reboot IME (several distros over the years), and no 40+minute shutdown followed by a 40+minute start to do them.

WTF is up with 7 atm? We've had a number of customers complaining about massively long shut down and restart times while updates are done, day after day after day (have seen one 7 machine that has done over 100 updates (many "important") in the 24hrs it's been here - and the customer has automatic updates fully on!). While I'm in mini-rant mode.. Why the hell do updates stop to wait for further confirmation that you want to continue, like stopping part way with a "Do you really want to update this program" when I already selected the update?

Bout time MS learned something about usability of computers. Still, their updates are helping win people over the the Blessed Light Side :)

Love the Linux world. Updates all done in the background. At most one reboot, only if critical core stuff udpated. No slow shutdown or startup.

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Linux

Re: MS, please help me understand

why not have a good look around the codebase in GNU or even just the Kernel and report back here all the bugs that you find

And while you're at it, do the same for the Windows code base..

Oh.. Wait...

(I agree, there's likely many more of these bugs to be found as humans invent ingenious ways of doing things no one else though would be tried, but at least with OSS you can look around!)

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Are you a gun owner? Let us in OR ELSE, say Blighty's top cops

Kiwi
Linux

Re: Legal Guns

Er. How exactly would the silencer slow the bullet down?

I perhaps should've clarified... Having a silencer on a gun with a supersonic bullet kinda defeats the purpose of having the silencer.

It is my understanding (again, largely through reading some Lee Childs stuff during a time of weirdness I won't go into :) ) that sniper rifles are designed so that the bullets travel at sub-sonic speeds simply to prevent any sonic boom.

I could entirely be wrong, but it does seem to pass the basic logic test :) )

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Kiwi

Re: Legal Guns

The thing is... If a silencer allowed the bullet to travel at super-sonic speeds, thus giving a sonic-boom, I think it would kinda defeat the purpose wouldn't it?

For transparency - I am not a gun owner, but someone with a fairly small amount of interest in them. And I've read (here goes my credibility!) some Lee Child's stuff so basing much of what I write here on that (IIRC). Yes it is fiction, but I believe what he writes about firearms is based on fact even if the characters doing the shooting are based on fantasy.

(Anyway, most members of the public have been bleaten by the general media into equating "high powered rifle" with a mere .22!)

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Kiwi

Re: Oh, we have a full on, media driven, breakdown in the rule of law @lotus49

There are no and should be no "gun rights". What sort of a society is it that puts owning deadly weapons on a par with the right to liberty, free speech or a fair trial?

I don't own a gun.

I own a car, several motorbikes, dozens of knives. I have in my possession baseball bats (I don't play), golf clubs (again I don't play). I have readily available to me anywhere at any time a number of deadly weapons ranging from vehicles to stabbing weapons to blunt objects. Statistically, I believe you will find that any one of these on their own kill more people than all guns.

I have some skills with computers and with the English language. I also speak miniscule amounts of a few other languages. I could use these skills to drive someone to suicide if press reports are to be believed. Same with my phones, my most used one of which is an ancient Motorolla V3 Razr (even just mentioning it has probably caused more deaths than all the worlds guns combined!)

All of these things can be used as deadly weapons. And all can be used in the fight to maintain our freedoms - a fight which it seems is getting closer to requiring blood (see some US "founding father" speech re "Tree of Liberty" or somesuch) with each passing day.

Do we need guns? I hope not. But I'd feel a lot happier about the NZ government if we had a much more armed population. Governments should fear their citizens, not the other way round.

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Kiwi

Re: Biting the hand that feeds what?

*sigh* why do I even bother engaging with this sort of thing...

See my rantpost to Hogg.

But.. Thanks for your article.

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Stop

Re: Biting the hand that feeds what? @Hogg

Not a gun owner, not likely to be. Did some hunting back in my youth - more than 25 years ago. Have shot since 3 but no real firearms for a long time.

As the name suggest, I live in New Zealand, not the UK or the Useless Shithole.

This story has zero to do with IT and I can't imagine that anyone outside of the gun lobby care

What makes you think you can presume to speak for me? I care. I am quite thankful to El Reg (and Gaz :) ) for the article.

I see an alarming trend away from "rule or law" and general civil rights all around the world, not just in the UK but here as well. Those things my granfathers fought for? Those things they suffered horrendous conditions for, watched mates and loved ones die to protect? My grandfathers fought against this sort of stuff that's going on. Not just the various gun laws (how many actual crimes would this prevent? (I don't mean the "crime" of leaving a partly disassembled gun in bits on a table while you answered an urgent call of nature, with ammo and firing pin or other important bits locked up) but actual real crimes. Most likely 0. "Human rights abuses"? Lots. Cops screwing up from being dumbfucks? Lots. Innocent law abiding citizens abused and hurt? Lots. Real crimes prevented or solved? Not one)

We're seeing labour laws destroyed (in NZ lunch breaks etc are about to be removed by the government, so if an employer wants to they can make someone work a 14hr shift without breaks - it is of course "by agreement" but in such a depressed labour market as this, try telling your boss you don't want to perform required dutiesdon't want to skip lunch and keeping your job afterwards), basic civil rights removed (in many "western" countries you can now be locked up indefinitely without charge or access to legal counsel on a whim by the local copsunder suspicion of terrorism), all sorts of extra "spying" powers and equipment.

It's something you should be thanking Gaz and El Reg for bringing to your attention, and taking some sort of a stand to stem the flow. The world is quickly heading towards those very things that our ancestors fought to prevent, and only a few seem interested in stopping it this time round. "This is how democracy dies - with thunderous applause" or words to that effect.

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UNCHAINING DEMONS which might DESTROY HUMANITY: Musk on AI

Kiwi

Re: An optimist?

Late to the party again... I know...

So I suspect it'd take something quite a bit more serious than the 1918 pandemic to actually "collapse" civilization.

One thing that strikes me that has happened over the last decade or few.. In 1918 most people would've produced at least some of their own food - most homes would have a garden of some sort out the back. Some had a decent supply of various fruit trees. Sure you'd be hard-pressed to feed a family for a long time from any normal back yard garden, but at least there was something there. Today? Who has time for a garden today? I'm feeling tired just thinking about digging a big enough hole to plant a single seed, let alone rows and rows and rows.. Besides, the supermarket down the road has everything in one convenient location!

These days, so few people can grow their own food (or fix their own vehicles or...) that any significant % of the food producing population (especially among transport workers!) being taken out then we could have some major "shortages" very quickly. Knock out people who can fix stuff, and you have even more problems. "Self-sufficiency" is a largely dead art.

Take care...

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Microsoft warns of super-sized Patch Tuesday next week

Kiwi

Re: IE

And save the rest of us time, effort, and money!

Not really.

I make my living from cleaning up these messes. If MS got their act together, I'd be out of a job!

Glad they're doing this just before Christmas. Hate the slump in work we get this time of year.. Hey MS, do us a favour and have an even bigger round next month, please? I could use another pile of broken Windows boxes to get me a Chrissy Bonus!

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Amazon: Put our ALWAYS ON MICROPHONE in your house, please. WHAT?

Kiwi

Re: Lunacy @JDX

Seems to me one problem is simply the mic won't hear you unless you're in the right room.

I had an IRiver for a great many years (actually, it's charging system finally died last week, brought it back in '06 or '07 and damn near daily use, only one battery replaced), and it had the ability to record sounds. Microphone was behind a few pinholes in the case and can't've been much larger than a pinhead.

It could quite clearly record voices from a couple of rooms away even with doors closed. Too quiet for the human ear but this thing was able to pick them up enough for you to follow the conversation.

Something with some real money into the development, and I'm sure it'll get creepy sensitivity. And if your phones etc are hooked into it via bluetooth, then (although BT's range is rather small) that gives it more potential mics.

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US court SHUTS DOWN 'scammers posing as Microsoft, Facebook support staff'

Kiwi

Re: Oh yes...

...hopefully a judge orders that they cannot start a similar business in the future.

That always works so well with burglars, drug dealers etc etc etc.... :)

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Windows 10 feedback: 'Microsoft, please do a deal with Google to use its browser'

Kiwi

Re: Expensive advice

nothing should ever start full screen on a desktop

It should be optional. If I want a program (say browser or picture viewer or whatever) to open full screen then that's how it should open. If I want it to open 1 pixel wide, that should also be my option. Just remembering how it was last time would be a start.

Some people will like everything opening in full screen, or somethings, or nothing. Give us the option (there's that horrible "give users options" thing again!)

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Kiwi

Re: Actually mixed search results ARE THE IDEAL WAY to get an all-powerful search feature...

How is having all this stuff in one place going to be helpful? So when I want to search for a specific email, I have to wade through a ton of irrelevant search results (gauranteed to be rubbish if Bing is the default, but sadly the same can be said for google these days!), irrelevant reults from programs and documents and whatever else winds up in there.

If I want to search for an email, I'll use my email program. I'm intelligent enough to figure out where my emails are most likely to be found. And if I want to find a program or document, I'll search on the file system. Web results? Well I use a web search engine for that.

Me smart. Me got brain. Me know what me want look for. Me no need be treated like dumbfuck by MS. Or any other OS provider for that matter.

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Google+ goes TITSUP. But WHO knew? How long? Anyone ... Hello ...

Kiwi
Holmes

Re: With the aforementioned AdBlock...

With the aforementioned AdBlock......there's no revenue for the site and it'll end up titsup

Adblock allows basic static ads, just for that reason.

I've stated it here a few times now. If it wasn't for constanttly looping and quite distracting animated ads, I never would've discovered Adblock. If they would play once and stop, I would let them through. But they don't, so I don't.

[I'd love to give more support to El Reg's advertising dept but, sorry people, the ads you play were quite annoying last time I looked. Maybe I'll try again in a few months time (or if someone tells me that you've fixed them :) ) - but that damned "dancing Jesus" gif you had on recently was almost enough for me to block all images from El Reg and certainly I am weary of trying again anytime soon!]

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Happy 2nd birthday, Windows 8 and Surface: Anatomy of a disaster

Kiwi

Re: Doing it wrong

And Windows doesn't get MULTI-DECADE OLD ZERODAY EXPLOITS

You mean like...

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/08/20/oi_rip_van_winkle_patch_already/

Or this one from 1993 which affected everything up to and including Win7 (despite how we're told they're complete re-writes!). That's almost longer than I've been using PC's!

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/01/19/microsoft_escalation_bug/

Damned truth.. Always ruining things..

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Kiwi
Linux

Re: How to get wide Windows 10 adoption

Another little issue around that too.. Win XP-7 the "Files and Settings Transer"/"Easy Transfer Wizard" program gave you the option of "This is my Old PC" and "This is my new PC". H8 only gives "New PC".

Er, what if I want to transfer to a new machine, or am about to do a re-install, or....? There's no way to go from 8-8 using FAST/ETW, unlike on XP-7.

Come on MS. Want to keep customers? Make their lives easier, NOT harder! The more sucky you make your OS, the more people are going to leave..

Er, on second thought.. Come on MS, make Win10 even worse than h8!

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Kiwi

Re: Next up, Jony Ives?

but faulty internal SATA cables are a surprisingly frequent problem with some non-Retina models.

I have seen this in some slighlty older models. Weird because the cables are screwed and taped into place, very unlikely to move.

They can do some weird things when they start to fail.

I have been told (but have yet to test!) that you can wrap the SATA cable in tin foil where it passes under the drive, and that can bring them back to life (whether by sheilding from some form of interference or just moving things enough to make a broken connection work I don't know - or even whether it is reality or something else I don't know!)

HTH someone.

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Kiwi
Joke

Re: Windows 10 is fugly

One of the most requested features by the W10 test community is Aero.

Given how MS reportedly handled user requests for the ability to choose to have a start menu in the Win 8 previews, I'd suggest a slightly different tactic - demand that they don't ever consider putting Aero back in.

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CONSUMERISM IS PAST ITS SELL-BY DATE: Die now, pay later

Kiwi
Linux

Re: never forget though @Asylum Sam

That appliance can't be as cheap as it is now if you can't produce it by the millions, and you definitely can't produce it by the millions if you only get the occasional sale of replacing a terminally busted unit.

How often do you replace the oven in your home?

There are new homes, new families - new sales. There are few replacement ovens sold due to replacing a dead one or just for an upgrade. I often go into 20-30 year old homes and see that they have have the same unit that went in when the house was built. I even see places with re-done kitchens and the same old oven that went in a couple of decades back.

Same for water heaters, window glass, the buildings themselves.. There's little repair work and even less outright replacement done (even speaking as someone in NZ), and yet the related trades survive and thrive (depending on your definition of "thrive"). Things intended as "one off" purchases can be done, and your company can do well.

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Kiwi

Re: never forget though

Is it only me who has noticed that compact florescence bulbs last longer than incandescent and that LEDs last longer still; That TV repair men went out of business because TVs don't break down much. That my 12 year old car is not a patchwork of rust and is still on its first exhaust.

I have a 40year old bike that needs a new piston - due to my screw up, and more parts than I have $ for right now because a "secure storage" turned out to be "very very wet and corrosive storage". I can do ALL the mechanical and electrical work on it. (The frame and other parts only need minor work, but things like the front forks and once really gorgeous chrome bits need re-doing). My 28yr old classic bike. OTOH, is a nightmare of electronic parts which are a pain to find replacements for, and which I am learning a fair bit about how to repair :)

I work in computer repair and one thing is obvious - the ONLY thing of real value on a machine is the data. Photos, documents, and so on. A replacement (and newer/better machine) can often be had for around $500NZ - there's not a lot of hours or parts needed to get up to that price.

A new and often bigger/better TV can be purchased starting around $250, 32" semi-smart full HD. Do a couple of hours diagnoses and repair, and a few parts, you're well above the cost of replacement. Don't forget that with surface mount components, much more skill and equipment is needed. I worked in the TV/Video etc repair trade in the early 90's and a couple of screw drivers, basic multimeter, $30 soldering iron was enough tools for most repairs. And TV's cost a fair bit more compared to today (unless you're looking at some $20K one that in 2-3 years will be less capable than a $1k model). It was worth spending a bit on it to keep it going, and even 20yr+ old TV's were quite repairable and worth repairing.

(Yes, we've had a lot of "new" features since then, like.. er.. Well, can't really think of anything that really would justify a new TV)

I'm surprised my current TV has lasted for 7 years.

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Want a more fuel efficient car? Then redesign it – here's how

Kiwi

Re: Cruise control

On a side note, will someone at el-reg please disable that 'Dancing Jesus' animation, it's driving me crackers!

I'm a great fan of the Real Jesus (tm), and was thanking Him profusely for AdBlock (right-click annoying animation, AdBlock -> Block image...) when I was able to consign it permanently to /dev/nul on my system :)

Things like that are the reason AdBlock is around. It's quite jarring when I work on a machine without AB and see a page loaded with ads..

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Kiwi
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Re: DWB

I'm a home mechanic, and have been for the past 20 years. I know my limits well enough, and am prepared to spend any amount of time to get the job done right.

Much the same. Classic bikes are my favourites, and I seem to fall in love for bikes that have very hard-to-find parts.

But I was lucky. A chance meeting in a library more than 20yrs ago led to a 20yr friendship with a guy who could literally add "Rocket Scientist" to his list of skills (which I found out after he sadly passed a couple of years back) but was simply an awesome engineer. So, thanks to him, I learned hugely valuable (and all-but-dead) skills in making tools and parts. I pride myself on being able to fabricate parts and tools as needed (assuming I have the necessary tools and materials stock available).

I've had some truly awful workmanship from apparently trained professionals - the kind of standard that makes graduate code look good!

I had to laugh a bit at a friend's mis-fortunes recently.A few months back he had a part of his steering mechanism replaced by a professional, picking his car up well after the professional firm closed for the night. One hair-raising drive home and he was at my door asking me to re-work it. Steering wheel was only some 70-odd degrees out of alignment.

Last week he had his front brake pads replaced by a "specialist". They now owe him a considerable amount of $$$$ for car repairs because said "specialist" forgot to tighten up the calipers. made quite a mess when he started to brake from motorway speeds, and the calipers came undone. This guy is my best friend and I love him to bits. I would've made absolutely certain that the car was put back together properly. Don't give a damn about the car, I'm a motorcyclist through-and-through and have a passionate dislike of cages - but my friend likes his car, and that's more valuable to me than my desire to see all cars melted down (preferably by firing them (and many of their owners) into the sun!).

You hit it right on the head with :

My incentives to keep it safely are a little higher than my local garage.

Mine are different, but as valuable. If I have a passenger on my bike then they're someone I value far more than the hunk of steel under us (much as I love the bike). If I work on a car, it's because the person is someone I am willing to give that amount of time and sweat to.

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Apple SILENCES Bose, YANKS headphones from stores

Kiwi
Joke

RE Crappy sound @ TheOtherHobbes

>What does a cone made iridium plated panda hymens look and sound like?

Justin Bieber?

You're thinking of the wrong hole.

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

Kiwi
Joke

Re: Watch his answer for yourself

You BASTARD!

How DARE you bring facts and reality into such a discussion!

I must say I felt there's a lot more to it than the media was saying. Probably the guy was relatively innocent (he still works for MS so probably deserves a slow painful death) and the media was taking things out of context, twisting them, and then putting their own bullshit spin on it.

Thanks for giving me a reason to believe less nasty things about this guy! Now I just have to believe them because he's the MS CEO.

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Take CTRL! Shallow minds ponder the DEEP spectre of DARK CACHE

Kiwi

Re: CTRL-C

...then I would choose CTRL+C for break.

Never gave it a thought before this thread.

I often use a terminal, various things from remote server admin to simply being easier to do some things in a shell (come on MS, it's 2014, why doesn't Windows have a decent shell by default? (and yes, I do use "elevated command prompts" in Windows several times a day for repairs - there's certain things that are unavailable through a GUI)).

Anyways... I hadn't thought about it, but for me using ^C there to abort something is automatic. I don't need to think about it. ^C is the obvious abort command. Has been since DOS days at least (IME). Can't recall ^Z for suspend, but I do recall using it in Dos often.. Or maybe in a compiler or something.

Just like.. When editing text with a word processor, ^C is the shortcut for Copy and ^V for paste (although the use of V has never made sense other than close to C). Thank God Nano's writers haven't made ^C do something nasty :)

And don't always need to use the mouse - ^A grabs everything :) (so often I'll do ^a ^C ALT-TAB ^V ^X (or ALT-F4) and a couple of spaces or enters depending on the program and the desired result.

Just realised something else.. I've wasted my life with these bloody machines when I could've been out riding!

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