* Posts by Bronek Kozicki

1730 posts • joined 6 Sep 2007

Boring SpaceX lobs another sat into orbit without anything blowing up ... zzzzz

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For a little bit of excitement

Two tweets from Elon Musk

Rocket landing speed was close to design max & used up contingency crush core, hence back & forth motion. Prob ok, but some risk of tipping.

Crush core is aluminum honeycomb for energy absorption in the telescoping actuator. Easy to replace (if Falcon makes it back to port).

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They do have NASA contract for ISS supplies, 3 in this year, of which the nearest is planned on 16th July. Seems like perfect opportunity to test Falcon 9 reusability :)

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HR botches redundancy so chap scores year-long paid holiday

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Re: The rest of the story...

Better than original story, have one on me

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Mars' poles shrink during ice ages, boffins say

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This could be related to the fact that Martian Poles do their plumbing with CO2 , not with water.

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Euro Patent Office prez's brake line cut – aka how to tell you're not popular

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It is worth explaining that EPO has been granted sovereignty status by the European Comission, hence no local laws apply and its president has status almost equal to that of a head of state (totalitarian one). More on this here

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Bank in the UK? Plans afoot to make YOU liable for bank fraud

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Re: Grey area

first direct gives out OTP token to normal account users.

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Dropbox gets all up in your kernel with Project Infinite. Cue uproar

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first thing first

Copy Hook Handlers are never called by Windows kernel, they are in-process libraries called only in user mode by Windows Explorer (i.e. what purports to be shell under Windows).

The whole uproar seems to be about bastardization of BSD-derived kernel of OSX. In which case, let me be allowed to cite from a comment above "What's wrong with fuse?"

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Stone me! Pebble bags $7m

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Re: How to get in on these scams

I do not know what you are referring to above, but definitely not Pebble. They have a history of delivering solid smartwatches and on time. This is why they were the most popular smartwatch vendor before Apple joined this game. They also make better products than Apple, which 1) do not require constant charging 2) show time no matter whether you move your wrist or not.

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CentOS Linux 6.8 lands

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Yay, new release based on the oldest kernel there is! The funny thing there are actually tons of enterprise environments where they fear new kernels (and new major releases) like fire, and may like to jump to this release. On the other hand, they fear any change so much, might ignore this release as well.

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E-Ink goes full colour

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According to Business Wire, this display can be seen today and tomorrow at Moscone Center in San Francisco, booth #521, more information at conference website

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Lost containers tell no tales. Time to worry

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Here is an idea: garbage collection of containers. Randomly shutdown (do not remove the data, for at least one year) containers which have not been monitored by appropriate application monitoring tool for extended period of time, then wait until someone starts complaining. Of course, some application monitoring needs to be in place, so if your organization is only monitoring the infrastructure but not the applications, that is not enough to instantiate such policy (and also part of the reason why you might not know what-the-hell-is-that-thing-doing)

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The underbelly of simulation science: replicating the results

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Re: and this is called chaos theory...

It's amazing how many scientists haven't got the first clue about Floating-Point Arithmetic. FTFY.

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Modular phone Ara to finally launch

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Re: What happens if you drop it?

I am pretty sure there will be large market of covers for these things

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Microsoft .NET Core update asks developers: How you doin'?

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Re: This is interesting

I am referring to ASP.NET Core running on .NET Core and I am aware of the difference.

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This is interesting

I used .NET some 10 years ago, before I moved to writing other things mostly on Linux. Even in early versions, it showed more promise than the rat's nest called PHP. It will be welcome addition to web platforms available on Linux. Yes there is plenty already, but they all have their faults (of course, .NET has different faults, so there is something for everyone).

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Help! We're being crushed, cry billionaire cable giants

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Re: Bah!

I think "tectonic" is meant as a compliment to federal agency, finally doing its job. Of course they dress it as a complaint, but endless experience demonstrated that these companies easily confuse these two :)

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Nuisance caller fined a quarter of a million pounds by the ICO

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Few years ago, companies like this one basically forced me to change home phone number - initially it was one call a week, and after few months it was more like every second day. I regret I have not filled complaint with ICO.

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Work begins on Russian rival to Android

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Yes. Yes, they do.

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Linus Torvalds releases Linux 4.6

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Re: Noise?

Noise usually refers to a bunch of apparently (and quite possibly, actually) unrelated small commits which fix a thing here, and there, and there. When you read the commit log, it just looks like "noise".

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Windows 10 build 14342: No more friendly Wi-Fi sharing

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Re: Adblock on Edge

I dislike GUI of Firefox, Chrome and family, but am tempted to try Vivaldi . Not version 1.0 though

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Re: Intriguing...

... it would be very surprising if they could use much of Linux's code even if they were inclined to be naughty.

Yes, it would be surprising, but that's besides the point.

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Re: @djack symlink support for Linux subsystem

junctions do not work on files (only on directories), IIRC

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Re: Intriguing...

No, open sourcing this code would help troubleshooting any weird issues that user mode Linux application might have when running on top of it. Besides, it would provide evidence that their implementation of Linux system calls is indeed "clean room".

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Windows will definitely not turn into a Linux distribution - Microsoft is keen to maintain its own user land APIs and its own kernel. However I do allow the possibility that they will invite more and more Linux user land into Windows, perhaps even open source the Linux subsystem (that would be nice). It is good politics for them, given that Azure is running lots of Linux instances. I won't be surprised if at one point they will use this technology to support Linux containers on top of Windows kernel (I am not suggesting that this would be such a great idea).

You need to remember that "cloud" is a cash cow for Amazon, and Microsoft badly needs a new cash cow since the current ones are turning little ... old. In this light it makes sense investing money into any technology that will make Azure more competitive.

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symlink support for Linux subsystem

"A range of improvements to Bash on Ubuntu sees Symlinks within Windows Subsystem for Linux now work on the mounted Windows directories."

I won't use Linux subsystem under Windows 10 much (my Windows 10 is running in a virtual machine, and I run separate Linux VM too) but I know that symlinks under Windows were always tricky. It is nice to see commitment on the side of Microsoft to this subsystem, with them having implemented support for symlinks (even if only sufficient to make Linux subsystem work).

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Re: Good

Yes, seeing the back of this "feature" is a nice surprise.

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Compression tool 7-Zip pwned, pain flows to top security, software tools

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yeah, that's my favourite kind of change log ...

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'Dirty Page Logs' coming to future vSphere release

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VMWare catching up with kvm

PML was supported in Linux kvm since version 4.0, over 1 year ago. Which is not a surprise, since without the support Intel would have no means to test this feature in real use cases and obviously it cannot rely on VMWare implementing features in timely manner.

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Cyber-moolah boss gets 20 years' porridge for money laundering

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Re: expressly?

actually no. Most financial institutions institute "know your customer" policy.

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French duck-crushing device sells for €40k

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say "as soft as a duckling"

... while making gesture with your left foot as presented on the picture

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SS7 spookery on the cheap allows hackers to impersonate mobile chat subscribers

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Interesting

EFF gives Telegram (secret chats) all green points, I wonder whether EFF missed something or the problems reported do not affect "Telegram (secret chats)", only "less secure" Telegram

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Chipzilla veteran joins IBM's OpenPOWER

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I wish her well

The market needs viable alternative to Xeon in the data centres, and even though I am usually cheering ARM team, OpenPOWER should hopefully help to release the iron grip that Intel holds on the market at this moment.

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SWIFT 'blamed' in bank heist

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From report

"technicians set up a wireless connection so they could access computers in the locked SWIFT room from other offices inside the bank"

I don't know, but to me this smells not even like "criminal negligence", more like "criminal intent". I expect these technicians are now being investigated for the connections to the heist.

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Researcher arrested after reporting pwnage hole in elections site

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Re: Breaking into computers you don't own..

Ah, but that's Lincolnshire

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UK govt admits it pulled 10-year file-sharing jail sentence out of its arse

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Re: Facepalm

oh? More details please.

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Monster Cloud and an angry customer wanting a refund: A Love Story

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I am a software developer. And God help me if I ever need to speak to client directly. Not because I would say 1) or 2) , but more likely:

1) I might use the language they do not understand

2) or even worse, language they think they understand (while in fact they understand wrongly)

3) or put marketing in bad light

4) or make something seem easier than it actually is (from deployment PoV)

5) or give away internal stuff they need not to know

6) or (most likely to happen) imply the above

So, the rule is I DO NOT SPEAK TO CLIENTS, full stop. The lost time this might cause is not worth it.

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Linux greybeards release beta of systemd-free Debian fork

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Re: Consider yourself lucky.

... which is why Devuan is such a bloody good idea - simply do not let the f*er in. At all. As in "you have a choice of init, as long as it is not actively damaging the whole system". And that's why I support this distribution.

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Re: @jerky_rs read the documentation

Right, systemd init takes the role of inetd. As "an employer of admins for over 30 years", now please explain why do you think this is actually good idea

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Re: Init freedom

@Doctor Syntax - exactly.

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Re: Init freedom

Well, to me it is news - I regularly give money to Devuan and it is good to see the fruit of this work.

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AWS outgrows its own resource numbering scheme

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17 characters, bah

such an odd number

if 15 or 16 was used

it would be much nicer

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The EU wants you to log into YouTube using your state-issued ID card

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“for every consumer to have a multitude of username and password combinations is not only inconvenient but becomes a security risk.”

That's a good one. Presumably using single set of credentials for many unrelated purposes is not a security risk?

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Windows 10 handcuffs Cortana web search to Bing and Edge browser

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Re: Cue the hackers in 3, 2, 1...

I don't quite see why they would bother. It is not as if real hackers used Cortana, right?

Although on the other hand, they might do it just for the fun of it, and possibly as a public service.

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Re: Get used to it.

Blimey, all this to get the OS to do what you want.

well, an OS without application is not much use, so you need to install these too. Windows (version 10 especially so) comes with toy apps, but there is little of real use.

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The case for ethical ad-blocking

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well ok, so this is in the context of music streaming services

... but still, I wholeheartedly support the idea. I pay Deezer a monthly fee, so I can listen to whatever I want, from vast catalogue (was Spotify, until I decided I no longer like them). I also check YouTube for songs I want to learn playing, but I feel uneasy not knowing if artist is happy to have his songs there. I think mostly they do, the kind of songs I'm looking for wouldn't be in streaming catalogue anyway, since they are rarely, if ever professionally recorded. Anyway I would be happier, and I hope artists would be too, if this piratical gambit under the name of "add-supported streaming" died. Either streaming is free (e.g. promotion) or is included in some catalogue I subscribed to.

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A perfect marriage: YOU and Ubuntu 16.04

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Oracle Solaris is dead, it was dead since Oracle bought Sun. There is Illumos for fans of Solaris who are not stuck with closed source - which happens to be upstream for OpenZFS, which is the same ZFS as used by Linux.

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Ad-blocker blocking websites face legal peril at hands of privacy bods

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Re: One way online advertising might change?

And who says I read his drivel? Still, it would be more convenient if I did not have to scroll through it :D

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Re: One way online advertising might change?

@F22 you are clearly on your way to claim the title of the most downvoted commentard. Shame really that El Reg does not give an option to hide the posts from such like you, but perhaps your boneheaded stubbornness will give them the motivation to implement such feature. In this spirit - keep up the good work!

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Ubuntu 16.04 LTS arrives today complete with forbidden ZFS

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Re: Thought Experiment

@AC all good points, but there is one more thing. License of Linux kernel does not apply to "combined work", since this term has only been added in GPL version 3, and Linux kernel is only distributed under GPL version 2 (without the option to upgrade license to GPLv3). In this version of GPL, the relevant terms apply to "derived work" which, arguably, is a different thing from "combined work". In particular, an external module not making use of any functionality which is very specific to Linux, can be argued to not constitute a "derived work". It is still an open question whether the whole distribution, or its part, can be called "derived work", and if so, what implication does it have for Ubuntu 16.04.

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Re: Thought Experiment

Actually you need to have a binary zfs module for rescue image, i.e. CD or USB that you would use to boot your computer when there is a problem, and the computer happens to use zfs for crucial files, such root filesystem with /etc. Currently the only way is to make this rescue image yourself, but it is not practical solution for a popular distribution such as Ubuntu.

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