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Grab your pitchforks: Ubuntu to switch to systemd on Monday

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Re: read around...

journalctl gives you pretty much what catting the log file gives. It also has various options for filtering the output, or printing in reverse.

Well, that stuff could be useful occaisionally. Something to bring the relevant sections of various logs into order could also be nice (trying to track down a problem with the mail server, but is it the imap server, firewall, authentication or something else that is wrong? Would be cool to read the logs in one sequence! :)

However, what I know of it so far (and what I've read from it's main promoters own hands), Systemd (does the "D" stand for "disrupt" or "destroy" or somesuch?) still makes me quite nervous. Over the years many things (and people) have done that. Sometimes I've been proven right, others wrong. if it turns out to be good then my thanks to the writers. If not, then may the whole thing blow up in your faces ending your careers in computing, but not doing any real harm to anyone else.

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Re: Can't there be a simple and effective Linux distribution?

LP? Vision? Same sentence?

Sure. People who use hallucogenic drugs have all sorts of visions.

(If Pulse Audio is anything to go by, I think LP is far from the only one using mind-screwing substances!)

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Re: read around...

"My complaint is the opaque logs" I think this is most peoples problem but they invent lies about loads of other things around systemd to try and make the issue bigger. i've not got a problem with binary logs, if a file is corrupted, its unreadable no matter what format its in. The journal viewing program is brilliant.

Unless the corruption is significant, text files are easily readable up to and after the corruption. You can corrupt 20% of a text file and easily read the remaining 80% (perhaps unless the corruption involves numbers you actually need - but the remaining 80% is still readable). You could corrupt 90% and still read it.

But a single bit being flipped in many binary files is enough to throw the whole thing out.

Another issue with the binary logs - where I live I don't currently have a landline. I have an ancient cell phone that is my main source of internet at home (tethered), so connection speeds are down. Much better at work of course. I maintain a small number of headless web, email and file servers - no graphical displays or anything like that - such probably would be a hinderance (scuse spelling, for some reason spell checking isn't working in FF for me on here!) as I do find it a lot easier to work without clutter. I also fix Windows systems for a living so I am well familliar with gui-based systems.

Being on a poor connection and not being able to easily read and search logs or configs would be a problem, and re-drawing the screen with large amounts of graphics is a waste even with todays bandwidth - what if the system that has a graphical interface has a runaway process that either is chewing up the CPU or the desktop is locked? At least with CLI on most Linux systems even if the keyboard is locked you can get in over the network with SSH in my experience.

(The logs and config may not be an issue with systemd if it has a decent text-mode viewing program - I honestly don't know!)

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Lenovo shipped lappies with man-in-the-middle ad/mal/bloatware

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Re: I recently found a company nearby

I recently found a company nearby that will build a laptop to my specs for a very reasonable price AND you buy the OS separately. No bloatware, nothing you did not ask for.

Mind telling? I get lots of requests for laptops "without the windows tax".

Thanks

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Re: simples...

The first thing I do when I get a new computer/laptop is reformat it and install a vanilla copy of the OS.

As do I ;)

BTW Lenovo actually makes some decent kit - my last two laptops have been Lenovo and I've been very happy with them. No reason not to buy them, just wipe the disk.

It probably won't be long (if not already the case) that removing such item voids the warranty. Even if the pre-installed trial barely-AV crapware (or decent AV as a few companies do) finds and removes the rubbish.

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Re: Lenovo software now matches their build quality

Open any MSI G-Series laptop, and smile watching the build quality smiling back at you.

Actually, I was laughing when I opened a MSI gaming laptop. I can't remember the series but while the ease of working with it was great, the quality of the plastic wasn't. The hinge design was one that needed repair after a few months, and anyone who knows anything about leverage (the mechanical moving stuff kind, not financial/blackmail etc) would instantly see that it would break very quickly - huge amounts of stress on very small areas of plastic. I reinforced it with fibreglass as one side was gone and the other was on it's way.

For the price my customer paid, I would've expected a hell of a lot better product. MSI may have some much sturdier machines, and as far as other repair work/disassembly goes, and as far as the laptop itself goes - it was a great machine. But the build quality of the case was quite shite. I still would probably buy one if I had the $$$ to splash.

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Some questions..

Firstly, is this the same "Superfish" that I've seen come pre-installed on some Compaq/HP machines (although IIRC back in the Vista days, maybe not so recent)? It certainly seems a lot worse than the "Wild Tangent" stuff that many firms still push.

(Could anyone involved in advertising please see my last paragraph)

Forum administrator and Lenovo employee Mark Hopkins said following dozens of angry posts that new laptops will no longer be sold with Superfish. The company has also asked the company behind the program to issue an update squashing pop-up ads.

Er, Lenovo.. It should be YOU who provides the removal tools, and takes out a few million $ worth of ads in TV/Radio/Newspaper/YouTube etc ads to alert your customers (who brought your machines in good faith trusting in your name for quality and the security that implies) that they have this malware that must be removed.

We at DLIT will now recommend that people never trust your company again, and even take any Lenovo products back to the shop they got them from and demand a refund on the grounds that the machine has malware on it by design that compromises their banking sessions. I'm fairly confident that NZ consumer laws would make this easy, and maybe machines going back to the start of Lenovo could be covered since they never were "fit for purpose". (If a computer comes with software that messes with security certificates, when users buy them expecting to be able to safely do online banking and purchases...)

"Due to some issues (browser pop up behavior for example), with the Superfish Visual Discovery browser add-on, we have temporarily removed Superfish from our consumer systems until such time as Superfish is able to provide a software build that addresses these issues," Hopkins said.

The recommendation I am making to my customers as of this morning is that "Once is too much, never trust Lenovo again". You knowingly installed this software, you set it up and promoted it as trustworthy.

But had it not been for this quote - that you would only temporarily remove it - we might not be quite recommending "never trust Lenovo again" (screwing up massively is normal - what you do to fix it is what counts). However, since you are willing to trust such a company (who, later, through an update, could try to mess with things again - you're not so naive to expect otherwise I hope?). Since you haven't cut all ties with them, I must advise my customers to cut all ties with you.

Burn me once... Part of my job is to help my customers avoid being burnt ever.

As to those in advertising, perhaps you should be looking at any breaches of contracts caused by this? You know, where site owners have exclusive advertising deals with certain sponsors - perhaps people have been looking for "refreshing beverage" and this malware has been injecting Pepsi ads into a Coke fansite or something like that? Perhaps Lenovo should be facing some lawsuits over this?

(Oh, and FTR, until today I was the proud owner of a Lenovo Thinkpad tablet).

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$10,000 Ethernet cable promises BONKERS MP3 audio experience

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Re: Casting the first stone n'all

But is there anyone here who hasn't used a gold plated connector "just in case"?

Or not engaged in cargo culture "just in case" Or not bought a more expensive product (paint? after-shave? a car?) "just in case"?

Yes,. I can say that. I have not purchased products based on being more expensive, I buy based on doing what I need at an acceptable price/quality level - I'd rather buy D-Link than Cisco for example, because the D-link does wha I need. I don't shave, my only car was given to me and I spend as little on it as possible (I do look for things that will last but I know that cheap doesn't always mean nasty and expensive doesn't always mean good). Paint, I put my money and effort into the prep work. Purchasing is done with "NZ Made" being a very significant part of the equation (ie if it ain't made here, I ain't using it).

And I haven't done any of the "cargo culture" in programming that I can recall (althought I have only known of the term for maybe 5 minutes :) )

Oh, and if I do have any gold audio connectors, it's because they're on cables I found or was given, not one on a cable I purchased. Unless my phone's headset has them, in which case I did not deliberately purchase them. The phone had features I wanted at a price that suited me, the headset is still in the box.

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The Pirate Bay clambers back online after cop raid sunk site for 7 weeks

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Re: Obligatory Oatmeal

Oh and that 2nd link reminds me, I must check out this "Game of Thrones" thing everyone on the internet seems to praise...or take the piss out of.

I suggest you check out the South Park pisstake first. Might be a warning or few in there you need to know about...

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SCIENTIFIC CONSENSUS that 2014 was record HOTTEST year? NO

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Re: Well

Its wonderful that your short trip was so productive of hard scientific data, and that your childhood memory was so precise.

You do realise that realise that water tends to leave marks on things, like where tides come up to? You also realise that certain sea-born life forms cling to structures, giving a good indication of usual tidal heights? Do you also realise that engineering of warves and the like hasn't much changed for a long time, ie what was built for a certain size ship last century holds true for the same size ship today? High tide still reaches the same place today as it did when that structure was built. You can see that with one visit at low tide.

As to isostatic rebound, is that what they're using to explain away why we haven't had the tens or hundreds of meters sea level rises we were promised in the 90's? We're in 2015 now. Weren't we all supposed to be drowning by now? Amazing how isostatic rebound so closely matches the exact rate of gw-based sea level rise!

Don't take my word for it. Visit some of these places and have a good look and think for yourself. I know it's hard to do with all that screaming about how only stupid people look at the evidence and make up their own conclusions themselves (with appropriate levels of study involved), and really scary to stand up to the agw bullies for some, but it can be done and you'll soon see how much is truth, and how much really is fear-mongering.

And for the record, I am very much pro cutting pollution, very much pro renewable and nuke (truly green energy if you take the time to look and think), and extremely pro looking after this planet. But that means making the right choices, not the ones some in the gw lobby wants to waste money and resources on.

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Re: you're idiot doubters

The fossil fuel industry is the main culprit and the have spent a fortune sending out propaganda which you digest and regurgitate to your readers.

Just once I'd love to see some more this so-called propaganda. I'm nearly 42 (and proud of it!) and I'm yet to see anything like it.

Can you point me to some please? Or stop spouting this stuff because if no one can show it, how can it be real?

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Re: Why is the Reg so into this?

Not a single soul that reads this rag will be put out more than a dollar or two.

Really? I'm not rich, but with the "carbon tax" type increases in taxes on fuel, electricity, and all sorts of other things, I am out by several thousand dollars over the last few years. And I am very very far from "rich".

(And just for the record, I would much rather use totally renewable energy, and would love to not have to buy one drop more in fossil fuel or oil - not even for lubrication, and would love to cause no pollution (carbon is not necessarily pollution as it is a very important bit of plant food, and more carbon means plants can grow larger and faster)

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Re: The stupid. It BURNS.

given his track record on the topic.

An AC, talking about credibility and track records?

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Re: Picking ever shorter time periods to deny climate change

Building enough wind turbines to provide all the electricity we need all of the time would be an interesting thing to hear about.

You might want to have a really good look at that. How many turbines would you need - and don't forget that when the wind drops you need another turbine to cover the stopped one (yes I know, they have quite a lot of momemtum once moving...). Also look at how much energy and resources are required to make one turbine, how long it lasts, what it's limits are (how many times can it turn before needing to be replaced, and how much energy could it generate).

No idea where to find these numbers, but it could well be worth a look. Are large wind farms anything more than an expensive joke? Can they really generate more energy than the resources that went into making and maintaining them? I've known some small-scale operations that work well, but do they scale up?

Is it worth the loss of landscape, birdlife, and peace for those who live near them?

(Me would much rather some nice green nukes!)

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Re: What is it with the registers coverage of global warming.

Where "adapt to changes" means possibly abandoning coastal cities

Scary thought.. Auckland is a effectively a coastal city.. Last thing we want is them abandoning their city and spoiling the rest of the land!

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Re: Well

Personally I have been visiting the same jetty for the last fifty years, and the average water level has not changed in that time. I know because I scratched my name in a post at the high water mark.

Cool. Nice to see the comment I made a little while ago supported by yours some time much further back. Wonder why you got a downvote for posting provable, observale fact though? (bet the same person will downvote me :) )

How many other areas can you see where the sea level hasn't changed, and how many changes are because as you say land rises and falls/erodes?

Oh, and isn't the idea not "because we think it should be rising/falling" but "well, we don't think they knew how to read their instruments so we'll make it up as we go along, er, I mean correct their readings, because they didn't know what they were doing!" :)

Beer, coz hopefully In a few months you'll be able to sit down and have one in your summer (unless you're this side of the equator, in which case have it tomorrow - I hear it could be the warmest day this week.. SHIT! GLOBAL WARMING MUST BE REAL! RUN FOR YOUR LIVES!!!

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Re: Well

other overwhelming observable evidence like the on-going sea level rises every year, and that the oceans were the warmest on record too...

Like many Kiwi's, I live in coastal areas. I've spent my entire life a few hundred metres to a few K away. Right now I am actually about 7 k from the nearest shore.

Over Christmas I visited Opunake beach (very near where I grew up) for the first time in decades. I observed, quite plainly, that the sea was in the same place as last time I was there. If there were "observable" sea level rises over the last few decades, then I should've "observed" that, right?

I also visited other beaches along the Taranaki coast, including Patea beach; areas I spent almost every summer day (and many non-summer ones) during my childhood and teens. Areas with ancient wharfs which were built many decades ago, some even before electricity was common (and Patea was IIRC the 5th place in NZ to have electricity!). I observed that the water still reached the same levels in these places as when I remembered them, and indeed looking at the design of the wharfs, the same level as when they were built.

I recently visited Petone. Same thing with their wharf, built just a wee while ago (1907). Other beaches are the same as they were a long time ago, with the notable difference of the "shoreline 1840" markers a fair way inland on Wellington streets. These mark the old shoreine in 1840, but note it wasn't "global cooling" that moved the sea so far from where it used to be. it was largely (if my memory of history serves me right) a rather large upthrust of land from an earthquake that significantly altered the area, and a bit from "reclaimed land" as well. Mostly from the quake though.

Same for Titahi Bay, the Centenial Highway, the Pauatahinui Inlet - sea levels unchanged for as long as I've known them, and looking at the placements of very old boat sheds, boat ramps, and other constructions, the levels change with the tides, but no more. What his high tide today was high tide a hundred years ago.

So "observable" evidence is that the sea level has had no appreciable change in over 100 years. If you don't believe me, get on a plane and come over here. Plant a tree or two to offset the carbon of your flight like a good wee AGW-type, jetting around to prove how bad jetting around is... Er, anyway... If you want to observe it for yourself, get your arse over here and look for yourself.

I take most "global warming" stuff with a grain of salt, and given the observable levels of rise around me, a grain of salt would probably be enough to raise the sea much more than it has done in recent decades.

(One Wellington councilor did supposedly change his mind after a significant slip took out a chunk of the Hutt-Wellington rail line last year - but then I've always lived coastal, and I know that land erodes anyway, sometimes you get a big bit go in one storm (or even without the storm), sometimes you go decades without slips in a particular area - a slip during a storm is NOT proof or even evidence of global warming - I've been seeing them happen since the early 70's (when they were conclusive proof we were about to enter an ice age!).

</midnight rant>

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Doomsday Clock says 3 MINUTES to MIDNIGHT. Again

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Re: I don't understand it

Carbon sequestration is a bad joke due to its appalling overall energy efficiency and a severe lack of very long term guaranteed non-leaking storage.

This should make you feel a bit happier. Carbon is quite safe to handle and doesn't need any special storage. You can touch it and eat it if you want with no harm (unless you eat too much). If you want to put it somewhere try in your garden, you might get some interesting results with plant growth that way :)

No serious attempts at producing enough low or zero carbon energy, such as desert-based solar-electric or thorium nukes, to replace our current sources are evident

I love the idea of renewables and nukes, but I think desert solar could be a serious environmental disaster for the area - blocking natural sunlight from large parts of that eco system (yes, even deserts have life!) can't exactly be good for it. Nukes will be much better.

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Hollywood vs hackers: Vulture cracks Tinseltown keyboard cornballs

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@AndrueC

But for me the big annoyance is the way Hollywood still insists on having people stay on the line for at least half a minute so that the call can be traced. I don't think that's been needed in the Western world since before the turn of the century.

It probably goes way back before that. Telco's have been able to bill up-to-the-second for decades (even if the billed in 6-minute blocks!), and you can bet that the moment 2 phones were connected, they knew exactly who and where (unless someone had been watching Hackers (or H2) and connected 2 phones together... :) ), so I've always been pretty sure that they've been able to know pretty much instantly where a connection was. I'm also sure in cases like kidnapping, they'd be quite willing to co-operate with the cops.

I've though for years that probably, it's a ploy to keep the un-enlightened on the phone for a critical 59-seconds in the hopes that they can get a local patrol car to the location. But then I probably watch far to many movies :)

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It's 4K-ing big right now, but it's NOT going to save TV

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Re: 4 screens vs 1

Or the tmux user

Yes... Whoever a) invented and b) "told" me about that, thanks to you. Gone are the days of having half a dozen separate shells into a server to a) work and b) monitor. Now I can do much more with one or two :)

But I do need more lines! If you want to punish your eyes, try tmux on a small smartphone... :)

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FBI fingering Norks for Sony hack: The TRUTH – by the NSA's spyboss

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Re: You see what you want to see

I don't see why it isn't possible for a computer in North Korea to have been hacked and used as a proxy just as easily as anywhere else.

When I'm having a sneaky look at a competitor's website and don't want to tip them off, I'll fire up tails or whonix to make sure that I don't leak.

I'm not even close to being a hacker, but I know how to reasonably make sure others can't trace me.

Once the basic infrastructure is in place, it should be quite hard to accidentally leave it.

If, OTOH, I was to be using a bot-net or similar to attack someone, I'd certainly "accidentally" let some "direct connections" through.

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Microsoft patch batch pre-alerts now for paying customers ONLY

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Re: Maybe trying to cut down on zero-days?

You could be cynical and say Microsoft is just trying to get companies to sign up for Premier Support (which is not cheap but very necessary in a complex MS environment.)

When you're talking about vulnerability hunts at the scale of nation-states and organized crime, could even telling them that there's a bug in this component be too much information?

they might just be adjusting to the fact that vulnerabilities aren't generally found by people living in their parents' basements anymore...they're found by companies, governments and criminal gangs first.

But kid hacker in mom's basement won't have the finances to pay for the premier support, whereas nationstate and gang not only can afford that, they maybe can afford to bribe some MS employees as well.

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Re: I am glad.

But in the Linux and OSS realms, bugs are often freely and publicly discussed. Still no malware of any note there.

(Cue comments from AC about the Morris worm in 3.. 2.. 1...)

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Stuck on a coding problem – should you Bing it?

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Re: nGoogle

It's the "and more besides" that we're worried about! :)

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Kim Dotcom vows to KILL SKYPE with encrypted MegaChat

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Re: Damn the torpedoes...I welcome the Dotcom Chat

Microsoft wrecked Skype enough that I welcome all alternatives.

Agreed. Loved being able to have ringing on the speakers and the actual call on the headset (y'know, so I could hear an incoming call while afk but others couldn't hear the call)

Then MS brought in their wonderful "new features" and we got some crippled crapware that isn't close to what it used to be.

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Reg man confesses: I took my wife out to choose a laptop for Xmas. NOOOO

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Re: Not so hard

Aesthetics and technical excellence in one beautiful package.

We've had to dismantle a few over the recent weeks, a couple of Macbooks and various AIO models as well.

I've seen some quite neat engineering solutions which, sadly, had to be created to get around totally effing ridiculous design solutions. Life would've been so much easier had Apple got some intelligent designers in for a change.

And please don't get me started on some of their idiotic error reports and other such things,

A few months back I quite liked the idea of Apple stuff - sure, walled garden, but because they were anal about limiting what hardware and software was allowed then logically the must have an easier time with support etc.

Now I realise they're only so anal because they're full of...

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Re: Sometimes the reason OsX doesn't work

Was that a sideswipe at the poor and under-utilised El Reg Web Design Team?

Probably wasn't, but if they ever get near my car they might find one! :)

The site is j^ia4i9*()REF4fpt [ACCOUNT TERMINATED]

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Lizard Squad gang moves from PlayStation, Xbox Live attacks to Tor

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Re: the tablets will save us...

Cloud computing providers don't care what VMs are used for as long as there is a credit card to go with each one.

Not 100% true.

My servers recently came under an attack of some sort that I suspect was from a botnet. Not DOS levels by any means but several thousand more attempts to get in to SSH and other services than normal, ie rahter than the odd one or two per hour I was seeing hundreds, and all the same few login names (before security software closed the door on them) from many different ISP's.

These included some cloud providers. Often their IP's would show up in a close bunch as well, light I might get a dozen hits from one cloud company in a few mintues before things went back to random.

Anyway.. I made contact with several ISP's. A few responded, but a couple responded very well. I'm not sure if I should name one but I can say that from shortly after their people responded to my message, their IP's disappeared from my logs. Not just the IP's I'd identified either. (The NZ ISPs were appallingly unwilling to help! - yes, looking at pretty much al of you! Shame on you, if I could get my internet from another country I would. NK or China or Redmond would probably be more secure!)

Anyway.. Some at least will help, and it looks like certain ones will go to some good lengths to secure their systems (they won't tell me what they did sadly, I'd love to know even the basics).

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Brit GUN NUT builds WORKING SNIPER RIFLE at home out of scrap metal!

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Re: Scrap metal? @ Grease Monkey

Built - Nope assembled from parts. To say you "built" a machine to me means you actually fabricated significant parts or at least did some serious work in making those parts fit. Assembly - sticking stuff together that was intended to go together. Building - fabrication or at least serious adaptation.

You mean like where the writer talks about doing serious fettling and so on to get things to fit? :) Sure, it is largely assembled, but he did resort to hand-tools to re-shape stock materials.

As to the scrap.. As a former metal finisher, and previously a worker in a foundary and other related parts of that factory, and also time in a few other places where engineering skills (including various metal working skills that would put my metalwork teachers to shame) were required - and with a few "significantly repaired" cars and complete bike rebuilds behind me, I add my vote to those saying "it's scrap". In farming, a weed is "an unwanted plant". A rose is a weed if it's not wanted in that area, as is cabbage or tulips or whatever. Much the same for for metal.

A friend of mine got a new never-used stainless sink and benchtop a few years back for the price of the scrap metal (and a little extra - had to be nice). Perfectly functional, hours spent making it, beautifully done, and it was scrap. Because the builder gave the wrong dimensions, so the maker put it out for scrap. I brought it and friends of his built a bench to suit. It's not scrap now, but if I hadn't been there at the right time to see it being loaded on the scrap truck (and had a friend needed some kitchen improvements), it would've been melted down shortly afterwards.

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

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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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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

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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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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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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?

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@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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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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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!

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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

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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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BOFH: Everyone deserves a little DOWNTIME

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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!

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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?

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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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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

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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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