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* Posts by Gert Leboski

43 posts • joined 16 Feb 2013

UFO, cosmic ray or flasher? NASA rules on Curiosity curiosity

Gert Leboski

Re: Caesar's Commentaries on Marco Polo's Dinner with Prestor John

I can roll with that. Makes perfect sense to me and it's good to know that Mars has a quantifiable population of sluts. Billy Shatner is our only hope!

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GitHub probes worker's claims of hostile, sexist office culture

Gert Leboski
Trollface

This is terrible...

It is always sad to see somebody lose, or feel forced to resign from, their job.

I wish her well for the future.

Doesn't she look a bit like Jen from the IT Crowd.

I wonder if she can do the voice?

It would be nice to see her back in gainful employment soon.

If she can do the voice and doesn't mind a bit of role-play, maybe involving some 'dressing up', then I have a position that she might want to consider taking up..... ;-)

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Boffin dreams up smart battery gizmo for Raspberry Pi fiddlers

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"This is the worst episode of Dragon's Den ever."

Genius!

Have an upvote.

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Google invades videoconferencing market with Chromebox for Meetings

Gert Leboski
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Re: Why pay for Google?

Personally, I like Google a lot. I use their search and gmail products mostly, but also put the charity I work for onto Google's Grants, now Google for non profits, scheme to get free google adwords ads. Yeah, I'd imagine Google get a lovely tax break for this, but it also opens up advertising for us, where we otherwise couldn't afford to. This is one example of a genuinely good thing they do, that their competitors, namely Bing, categorically do not do. I know, I've enquired.

Regarding my gmail use, I own numerous domains of my own, one or two of which I use for 'serious' emails. The gmail account is used for the trivial stuff that has no financial or career ties or anything I would regard as serious. I wouldn't imagine Google can get much of a profile on me from what passes through that account and if they can, then good luck to them and it makes even bigger suckers of those willing to pay for that information for marketing purposes.

Yeah, they're frighteningly huge and minted now and have the potential to have grave effects on society, mainly in the online / digital arena, but maybe naively, I don't see that happening in mine or my children's lifetimes. Not from Google, at least.

Am I missing something big here? Why do so many have such a dark and grave view of the chocolate factory? I'm really rather keen on them and feel we have a lot to thank the company for. I genuinely feel it would be a poorer world if Google had never been conceived, if not for what they have given us themselves, but for the innovation and competition that they have created, directly and indirectly.

I would love to hear why my view on them is so wrong, if that be the case.

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CEO Marissa Mayer puts on brave face as Yahoo! shows another loss

Gert Leboski

That is a lot

... of shoes.

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WHEW! OpenBSD won't CloseBSD (for now) after $100,000 cash windfall

Gert Leboski

Re: Citrix

Can you point me in the direction of anything that shows OpenBSD being the base for Citrix NetScaler? I've built firewalls/routers/web-filters/gateways using OpenBSD for several years now, it being the very best tool for the job, in my opinion.

I'd be very interested to read about it being used in such high end kit. I believe Checkpoint's Firewall 1 was built on an OpenBSD base, also.

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Gert Leboski

Re: Other possibilities for support

OpenBSD intentionally doesn't play well on a virtual platform, mainly for security reasons. It's the same in reverse, OpenBSD makes a terrible host for VMs.

Get OpenBSD on bare metal, configure it right and you've got one hell of a secure, stable server. A lot of that security is thanks to its comparably simplified architecture. Putting it into a virtual environment where it doesn't have direct control of physical hardware is maybe seen as just the top of a long, very slippery downward slope away from the project's fundamental principles.

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Now THAT'S a sunroof: Solar-powered family car emerges from Ford labs

Gert Leboski
WTF?

Re: "concept vehicle"

So they make, what at least I see as, significant progress towards making electric vehicles really viable and you respond with a yawn?

There really is no pleasing some people.

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Vietnam tightens noose on web freedoms with new decrees

Gert Leboski

'Nam is one of many hostile net countries.

In order of the number and severity of probes and attacks that I see on my home firewall, I have blocked the following countries by IP ranges.

China

Russia

Ukraine

Vietnam

Latvia

Korea (South)

Okay it's not an exact science but it has decreased the number of IP addresses appearing in my adaptive bruteforce block tables by 90-odd percent.

So, I have little sympathy for the "citizens" of these countries.

The other frequenters of the aformentioned bruteforce block tables are generally Amazon AWS instances. AWS lets any dodgy so-and-so rent compute power with bent credit cards, it seems.

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The micro YOU used in school: The story of the Research Machines 380Z

Gert Leboski

Ahhh, the nostolgia.

I too experienced the 380Z in 1982, my first year of comprehensive secondary school.

Before that, I had cut my teeth on Sinclair ZX81 and Spectrum. It was really quite unimpressive to me at that young age, but did feel like a "real computer" and the 5 /14" disks were a bit of a novelty at the time.

I remember rewriting some BASIC that had been put to the class as an example, to perform the same function in about half the code. My Computer Studies teacher used to thoroughly detest me.

It was nothing personal Mr. Archer, you should have stuck to just being Head of Maths (or swallow your pride) and there wouldn't have been a problem. ;-)

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Bloke named 'human' demands 'COPSLIE' licence plate

Gert Leboski

Now there's a name

"New Hampshire Associate Attorney General Richard Head, representing the DMV"

New Hampshire have a Dick Head in the position of Associate Attorney General?

How's that working out for him and them, I wonder?

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Rorschach test suggested as CAPTCHA replacement

Gert Leboski

Weird

All I can see in that pattern is a clown being buggered by the horned beast thing on the cover of Donnie Darko.

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Royal Mail FAIL as web brokerage Hargreaves Lansdown struggles with investor demand

Gert Leboski

HL

As a long suffering Bristol City supporter, this utter lack of foresight is no surprise to me.

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Apple tackles iPhone lock-up cockup with iOS 7.0.2

Gert Leboski

Re: Battery life?

Like you, I had never seen and difference in battery life with previous upgrades, when I saw others complaining about it.

However, it has hit me hard, on this occasion.

iPhone 4S owner here.

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Gert Leboski

Battery life?

What about battery life, which I have seen decrease significantly since iOS 7 landed on my phone and pad.

Well Apple? Where's my firkin' battery going?

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Google goes dark for 2 minutes, kills 40% of world's net traffic

Gert Leboski

It was Snowden what did it

He'd only gone and synch'd his mailbox for offline reading, hadn't he?

He had a LOT of email waiting for him.

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Yahoooo! - Activist! investor! leaps! overboard! jingling! with! cash!

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Re: Marissa...

I concur.

Hottest woman in big business by a long way. A pleasure to have her in the tech industry.

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Asperger's and IT

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Aspergers and IT

I have worked with people at various levels on the autistic spectrum, from supporting somebody who is highly autistic and has complex needs, to working alongside people with Aspergers and in the higher functioning levels of the spectrum. I currently work for a learning disabilities and autism support charity and see the full range of the spectrum in colleagues and the people we support.

As SAP have found, people in the higher functioning autistic spectrum range are often very good in IT roles, can develop the interpersonal skills, usually if the lack of these skills is presented with solutions using logic. It is often a comforting environment to be in, based on logic as most IT systems essentially are.*

People who might struggle to hold down a job in other industries can excel in tech roles.

* IT that doesn't involve convoluted GUIs and endless bloat, a la Microsoft. (In memory of Eadon) ;-)

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What's the most secure desktop operating system?

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Re: OpenBSD

I concur. Secure by default and surprisingly easy to administer. In fact, a lot of its security stems from its simplicity. Mainly use it for servers, but makes a great desktop for serious work.

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Sony sucker-punches Xbox on price, specs, DRM-free gaming

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Well done Sony.

Didn't think I'd say that.

Just because MSFT want to exercise absolute control of the hardware and legitimate software that you pay your hard earned money for, it doesn't mean it is right to follow suit, 'because others are doing it'.

I have an Xbox 360 and a PS3. Like the PS3 more and am far more likely to get the PS4 than the Xbox One.

As Eadon might put it, MSFT FAIL!!! **froth froth**

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Police 'stumped' by car thefts using electronic skeleton key

Gert Leboski
FAIL

Only a matter of time.

Some things are best left to the old fashioned, manual way that involves physical contact.

Physical access to properties and vehicles.

In-person card purchases.

Networking.

Password storage in a well guarded, coded book, instead of password vaults on a computer.

To name but a few.

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Minty fresh Linux: Olivia hits the virtual shelves

Gert Leboski

Re: Mint is really getting there.

meant "can't upgrade 14 to 15", not 13 to 14.

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Gert Leboski
Linux

Mint is really getting there.

I've been a Linux and OpenBSD user for probably ten years now. Still use Windows where I have to, but have always opted for Linux on my daily-use machine(s).

Ubuntu have lost the plot with Unity and that drove me to Linux Mint after a long, long time of using it.

Mint just seems smoother, more logical and is very stable. I get the odd glitch, as often as I would on Windows, but the difference is I can rectify them without a full reboot required.

It just has that feel of a distro that has been designed in the one true way of do only what is needed and do it well. It doesn't pretend to be anything it's not and isn't trying to break boundaries to come up with the next big thing. It's just an easy to use, not asthetically unpleasant, solid distro.

I'm a little disappointed that I can't upgrade 13 to 14, but have backed up my home folder and will do a clean install. It's usually good practice from time to time, for any power user, anyway.

Linux Mint, in my opinion, is THE user friendly, user focused Linux distribution for the desktop that is suitable for the masses. Give it a few more years and maybe a bit of financial backing and, if they stick to their principles, it could be a viable market leader for non-Windows desktops.

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First sale doctrine survives US Supreme Court

Gert Leboski
WTF?

Do my eyes deceive me?

Is this... Surely not?

Is this some common sense being used in a U.S court, dealing with a copyright case?

WOW!

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Weev gets 41 months in prison for exposing iPad strokers' privates

Gert Leboski
Trollface

Nasty piece of work, that Weev.

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/03/magazine/03trolls-t.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

Well worth a read. This is from a few years back now, but I doubt he's changed for the better.

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Bottomless, unsatisfied Xbox widow cuffed after boyf flees nookie

Gert Leboski
Unhappy

Ewww the horrors.

Just look at her will you?

He ain't no oil painting, but give him a break.

Picture it, stood next to a bin, with her love triangle obscured by her over-hanging gut...

Would you? *shudders*

"Finally, consider your own prejudices. If the genders were reverse and it was a naked man chasing a woman around the neighbourhood and demanding sex would you still feel the same way?" ~ The Spectacularly Refined Chap

Good point.

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On International Woman's Day we remember Grace Hopper

Gert Leboski
Joke

Great article

A pioneer, no doubt about it.

International Women's Day yesterday, Mother's day tomorrow. A good few days for women!

I better get a sammich brought to me today though!

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Microsoft backs law banning Google Apps from schools

Gert Leboski
WTF?

Re: I rarely criticize microsoft. I do it for the first time.

WTF??? That read like some kind of pidgen English (obviously due to Google translate) Anonymous 'broadcast'.

Did it have a point, at all?

Just curious.

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Oklahoma woman cuffed with loaded .22 in pork holster

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Pork holster.

Brilliant. Lester, I salute you. :)

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Farewell, Reg: This hack is hanging up her Apple jacket

Gert Leboski
Pint

Ta'ra chick.

Good luck at the WSJ and thanks for all the hard work.

Your legendary status will go on for ever, thanks to "Acer pulls out Wang, thrusts its wealth at Ho"

I still remember the keyboard I had, prior to reading that on the day it was published. It was a good keyboard, but a small sacrifice.

LEGENDARY!

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'Million-strong' zombie army devours Raspberry Pi's crunchy base

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Re: Open Letter

Botti Boi

Brilliant! Now added to my vocabulary.

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Banged-up Brit hacker hacks into his OWN PRISON'S 'MAINFRAME'

Gert Leboski
Joke

Re: Why was whatever computer they used not air gapped?

He probably managed to run Minesweeper, DESPITE the fact that the IT people had deleted ALL of the shortcuts!

That's hacking, by Daily Mail standards, isn't it?

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Storage glitch sends Curiosity into safe mode

Gert Leboski
Alien

It's a cover up.

The flash memory actually contains footage performing the Martian equivalent of one of Earth's Internet dance phenomenon.

They needed to have an excuse for 'loss of video'.

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Tito's Mars mission to use HUMAN WASTE as radiation shield

Gert Leboski
Linux

@Eadon Re: If crap stops radiation in its tracks

WTF was that all about? I'm a staunch Linux and FOSS believer and evangelist and I REALLY do not like Microsoft, but your post just made me cringe.

C'mon, sort it out, you're not helping with that kind of frothing-at-the-mouth outburst.

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Linus Torvalds in NSFW Red Hat rant

Gert Leboski
Linux

Quite frankly.....

Linus Torvalds is quality! The coding world needs more highly opinionated lead programmers like this.

He's on the money with this rant, as he usually is.

Tux, naturally.

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Google takes Chromebook upmarket with touchy-feely Pixel

Gert Leboski
Linux

This will become more.

http://www.engadget.com/2013/02/23/chromebook-pixel-linux-unverified-bios-slot-custom-bootloader/

According to Engadget, Google are pretty much encouraging the install of Linux on these machines.

This could be the start of a lot of growth in market share for Linux, if there are easy upgrade paths and full hardware support, which will both evolve in time.

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Microsoft secure Azure Storage goes down WORLDWIDE

Gert Leboski
Linux

Hahaha

Mwuhuhuhahahahaaaaa!!!!

That is all. :)

Couldn't have happened to a nicer company.

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Official: More than 7 million Brits have NEVER accessed the interwebs

Gert Leboski
WTF?

Re: Not surprising, but nice to see some stats

I work in the disabilities sector and find the reference to disabled people being hooked on drugs, prescription or otherwise, so be a crass over-generalisation. Care to elaborate?

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Ubuntu? Fedora? Mint? Debian? We'll find you the right Linux to swallow

Gert Leboski
Linux

Re: Mint is the best distro at the mo

Well put Eadon. I use Mint for the same reasons.

Also have Windows 7 PC, iOS on iPad and iPhone, Android on ASUS TF101 and a WinPhone HTC. I have to use Windows 7 at work too.

Linux is by far my preference. Normal 'end user' stuff can all be achieved through the GUI. I'm a power user so I choose to work in the shell a lot, as I get things done quicker or better automated. Funnily enough I have CygWin on my Windows 7 box, to get the same toolset on there as I have with Linux.

Security, stability and efficiency are the reasons I'm a penguin.

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Obama says patent trolls 'extort money', pledges reform

Gert Leboski
Meh

I wish...

Sounds too good to be true, in my opinion. It would be great if he delivers on this, but I won't hold my breath.

Clearly what he is saying is absolutely right, but as has been said, there is so much money in that area that I can see there being no real change.

We can wish though.

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Dev preview of Ubuntu for phones touching down February 21

Gert Leboski
Happy

Re: Losing focus

I'm gonna get my own multi-platform operating system, with Blackjack and hookers...

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