* Posts by s2bu

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Sliced your submarine cable? Fill in this paperwork

s2bu

Wow

"As usual, the two Republican commissioners voted against the proposal and issued statements explaining why. Somewhat less usually, their arguments were valid."

How about you reserve biased comments for editorials and not for news stories?

I personally don't get why the FCC itself cares about outages. Surely the users of the services care much more than the bureaucrats.

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Linux devs open up universal Ubuntu Snap packages to other distros

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PBI

Snaps seem to be basically the same thing as PBIs in PC-BSD. Except PBIs were discontinued.

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Apple quietly launches next-gen encrypted file system

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Snapshots

I'm hoping they meant that the snapshots will be used to make the backups. I HOPE!

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Adobe

Adobe products are the only ones that I had fail with case sensitive. So I call BS on it being an XCode issue.

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ZFS

They had started working on ZFS for OS X a long time ago. It got removed, however. The rumor was that Oracle wouldn't grant patent indemnification.

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Java API judge tells Oracle to suck it up, quit whining about the jury

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Linux?

There's no "Linux" in iOS. It's all XNU (Mach + BSD) in the kernel, and the userland is a mix of BSD and Apple/NeXT. OS X has a smattering of GNU in the userland, but I don't believe iOS itself does.

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Comcast slapped with eight-figure tax bill after package fails to impress

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I pay more than that $383/mn for 500Mbps business FiOS!

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$10bn Oracle v Google copyright jury verdict: Google wins, Java APIs in Android are Fair Use

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Re: Is it actually over now?

RTFA: they're appealing. So no, it's not over.

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Re: Google must have paid big bucks...

It's been a while since I've used MySQL, so I'm sad to hear that it has open sores these days. Is Oracle too poor to provide it with decent healthcare?

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Hack probing poodle sacrifice cuffed for public crap

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The ironic thing is, the guy used to play for ASU. Their mascot is the Sun Devil. So I wouldn't be completely surprised if her shirt was for his own former team!

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Re: He's lucky

I know of no state where you could legally be shot for doing this.

Most states have some version of castle doctrine, but the guy was outside. They could probably threaten to shoot him, but not actually do it.

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Hold on a sec. When did HDDs get SSD-style workload rate limits?

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SAS

This is why I made the jump to SAS. For HDDs, the increase isn't that much, and the MTBF and the unrecoverable sector rates are much better.

For SSDs though, SAS is sadly $$$

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'I thought my daughter clicked on ransomware – it was the damn Windows 10 installer'

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Re: Forgive me for not understanding how this happened

That would be me. UAC gets disabled immediately and the "Administrator" user gets reenabled and renamed to me. It's my internal BOFH.

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Re: 300 million .... big deal

I don't find 8.1 to be half bad... After you put Classic Shell on it!

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A perfect marriage: YOU and Ubuntu 16.04

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Re: Would be nice if it didn't hang on boot

I'm sorry, but how is a DRIVE too new? That makes no sense.

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While HPe still owns OpenVMS, they licensed development of it out to VMS Software. VMS seems to have hired a lot of the original VMS devs.

Too bad they didn't do the same for Tru64...

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Here's a great idea: Let's make a gun that looks like a mobile phone

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Re: need to?

How does being prepared make you less of a man, exactly?

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Re: "Absolutely no one can make sense of the United States' infatuation with firearms."

So what you're saying is that people who get upset immediately turn to murder?

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Re: Top Gear

You forgot explosives too. Soo much fun wrapped into one!

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Microsoft will rest its jackboot on Windows 7, 8.1's throat on new Intel CPUs in 2018 – not 2017

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Re: "One solution is to boot a Linux USB stick ..."

I had to down vote just for the abuse of apostrophes. Sorry, it's a personal pet peeve...

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Re: "One solution is to boot a Linux USB stick ..."

Windows 8.1 + Classic Shell will give you until 2023, so an extra 3 years. I finally went from 7 to 8.1+CS and I'm not regretting it at all. Now without CS, that's a whole other story...

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'Millions' of Android mobes vulnerable to new Stagefright exploit

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@ TheVogon

That's called security through obscurity.

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Outsourced Virgin Media techies botched this infosec bod's Poodle fix

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Re: did not meet our usual high standards

I'd sure hope that they didn't meat their people out! That's pretty low standards!

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Cisco's purple princesses gush workplace joy

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Ad

How much did Cisco PR pay El Reg for this "native advertisement"? :(

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Docker bags unikernel gurus – now you can be just like Linus Torvalds

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Re: Isn't This All Getting A Bit Crazy?

With Xen (like a lot of hypervisor platforms), the "NICs" and "storage devices" are just message passing drivers back to the hypervisor. There is no emulation overhead, just overhead of the message passing (eg, context switches).

This also isn't just about fixing TCP/IP by a long shot.

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iOS 9 kludged our iPhones, now give us money, claims new lawsuit

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Re: The masters of enforced obsolescence...

Monoprice and Amazon Basic cables are both MFi verified and much less than $12!

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Microsoft halts downloads of new PowerShell power-up

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Re: Too big to fail?

Technically both OS X/Darwin/XNU and Tru64 aka Digital UNIX aka OSF/1 used a hybrid kernel, just like NT does.

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Oracle beefs up container credentials with Five Guys buyout

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Java is horrible, but using .NET and HTML 5 as better examples, wow.

.NET's compatibility is slightly better, but you still need 1.1, 3.5, and 4.6.1 installed to cover all the bases. MS also has pushed out a few security fixes to .NET also.

As for HTML 5, I think there still isn't a universal video format yet, and there has been numerous JavaScript security issues in the various browsers!

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'Unauthorized code' that decrypts VPNs found in Juniper's ScreenOS

s2bu

More than likely it was just a false positive from your AV app, seeing as the AV probably doesn't grok the binaries (they're probably ELF vs Windows PE).

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Press Backspace 28 times to own unlucky Grub-by Linux boxes

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Re: I Don't Think This Feature is Used Much

It's mainly used on "appliances" (along with a BIOS password) as an attempt to keep people from easily getting root on the machine and poking around (eg by adding "init=/bin/sh" to the command line).

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Windows XP spotted on Royal Navy's spanking new aircraft carrier

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Re: how is this news?

Now if somebody would just revive Tru64 aka Digital UNIX aka OSF/1, all would be right with the world again. Oh, and Alpha too, of course, although I guess China is already doing that...

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Aurous shutters for good, will pay $3m damages

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Re: I spy...

You must be new here...

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Is ATM security threatened by Windows XP support cutoff? Well, yes, but …

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Re: Could they just move them back to OS/2?

I wish! The OS/2 ATMs were so much faster than these damn XPe ones. They're so crazy slow it's aggravating!

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The gear I use in my test lab: A look at three Trident+ switches

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Re: Quotes

Trevor,

One thing I did notice that you listed prices for the others, but I don't recall seeing a price for the Supermicro?

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How to get 10Gbit/s home broadband in the US: Step 1. Move to Chattanooga, TN

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NICs

10GE/40GE NICs are fairly reasonable, actually. 10GE switches are a little pricey though, and 40GE ones are highway robbery....

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Job alert: Is this the toughest sysadmin role on Earth? And are you badass enough to do it?

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Re: User Friendly

UF still exists? I stopped reading it over 18 years ago!

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Windows 10 preview on death row, will be executed on Thursday

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Re: XP

8.1 w/ Classic Shell is just as good, if not better, than 7 IMHO.

However 10 is just a huge mess for me. On one of my Acer laptops, 7 & 8.1 work fine, as soon as I go to 10 (either clean install or upgrade), the 2nd HDD and DVD drives both stop working. I've tried all kinds of workarounds, registry edits, hacks, etc. I've just given up and gone back to 8.1. Next step, Mac!

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Hewlett Packard Enterprise CEO Whitman slams EMC/Dell deal

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Re: Dell? R&D?

Did Matt Bryant start posting as an AC?

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PHONE me if you feel DIRTY: Yanks and 'Nadians wave bye-bye to magstripe

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PIN

Not all. My Target credit card not only doesn't have a magstripe at all, but it's only chip+PIN. No signature accepted at all.

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Strike one – First net neutrality gripe against an ISP is nixed by FCC

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Re: As A Consumer, I Should Not Be Forced to Pay Twice

That's not at all what's going on here. They wanted free peering, yet they're not a "peer", aka another network provider.

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Fed-up sysadmins beg Microsoft to improve pisspoor Windows 10 update notes

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Re: EULAs vs the law

I'm sorry, but HP-UX is horrible crap too. Tru64 was much much better until HPaq took it behind the shed...

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World finally ready for USB-bootable OS/2

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ATMs

Man I miss the old OS/2 ATMs. The new XP Embedded ones are so slow and buggy (you can hear the "device disconnected" and "device connected" tones when it resets hardware on it). They're so slow I swear that they purposely add more prompts to the damn things just to make them "feel" like they're responsive!

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3D printer blueprints for TSA luggage-unlocking master keys leak online

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Easy fix

Just check a gun with your bag. Then you're actually required to use a real lock!

http://deviating.net/firearms/packing/

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Native hypervisor coming to OpenBSD

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Re: KVM?

KVM is GPL, so I'm not sure they'd go for that. FreeBSD has the BSD-licensed bhyve though, so I'm not sure why they don't just port that.

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Blueprints revealed: Oracle crams Sparc M7 and InfiniBand into cheaper 'Sonoma' chips

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Re: Phil 4

Last I checked Matt, Solaris runs fine on Intel. I wouldn't call it slow either.

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SourceForge goes TITSUP thanks to storage fault

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Re: don't want to scare folks but...

I'm pretty sure the only use for Flash on GitHub is the copy URL-to-clipboard button for people that are too lazy to select+copy for themselves.

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HSBC takes Twitter tongue-lashing over failure to offer Apple Pay

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Re: Don't see the point

I don't get why people can't comprehend this.. There is nothing for retailers to do except enable NFC on their POS systems. If NFC works (eg, your NFC-based credit card), then Apple Pay already "just works".

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Windows Server 2003 support deadline is TOMORROW – but thousands don't care

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Re: What was meant by the final paragraph?

No, WS2012 *R2* is the current offering.

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Google says its AI will jetwash all traces of malodorous spam from your box

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Re: Gmail spam filtering

Lucky you. The false positives on mine have been horrendous lately! Even from places I've received mail from for years!

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Killer ChAraCter HOSES almost all versions of Reader, Windows

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Re: Baffled

Have you not heard of KMS?

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