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Windows on ARM: It's nearly here (again)

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turns out "native" code is portable

Its amazing how portable 20 year old C code is. Compared to languages that claim a common runtime as a goal like Java and .Net.

I just wrote a lot of new C code on a fairly new framework and to my surprise it compiled and ran with minimal tweaks on ARM (on an rpi).

Meet the open sorcerers who have vowed to make Facebook history

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Re: Uhm, pushing your own agenda much?

Personally I am way up for this.

Pretty much always want chat with email and always want to separate work and play accounts. Happy to pay for the imap server (already have dovecot)

Happy to build an app to access it it too.

Faster I can take Facebook out of the loop the better.

App-y now? UK health secretary spammed with pics of flowers that look like ladies' private parts

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Re Smear test check for cancer. You test for a virus and treat that which massively reduces the chance of getting cervical cancer. If you dont do the tests and wait till you get cancer you are on chemo and fingers crossed.

Not had a smear test for ten years is risky.

I think you should get a second opinion.

Buffer overflow in Unix mailer Exim imperils 400,000 email servers


@teknopaul: Current recommendation

I'd start with Postfix if you've never managed a MTA before. Simple doesn't seem to be a possibility in this space, but Postfix is relatively easy to setup if you just want to receive and relay for local mailboxes and handle transactional email from local webapps. If your human users want IMAP/POP3 you probably want Dovecot also.

Apache releases new OpenOffice build, promises faster upgrades

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i still find it hard it believe how badly Oracle handled aquisition of sun assets.

a lot of damage to the world of open source that dark day.

i for one have libre office installed. alongside Windows office since LO can often open word docs created by Windows office that for some me reason Windows office cannot open anymore. Yey, go Microsoft.

Inside Internet Archive: 10PB+ of storage in a church... oh, and a little fight to preserve truth

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Re: Loophole

You have to listen to robots.txt some links are like /delete and other links that website owners dont want followed by spiders not necessarily because it is hidden pages. If you want to hide data from spiders there are easy ways to do it that dont use robots.txt. breaking robots.txt would be a bad idea.

How are we going to search our hard disks now?

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locate + grep are essential I never search with anything else. both available for Windows too . invent a file extension for you personal stuff and if you do have to scan file contents you can feed grep a shortlist. if you have to search you whole drive to find something you should sort out your bad habit of sticking stuff in silly places!

We translated Intel's crap attempt to spin its way out of CPU security bug PR nightmare

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Re: Questions

Not 100% but I dont think that is correct analysis, if its a hardware bug patched in hypervisor software, you dont need to patch virtual servers built on top. unless the virtualization software has the same bug as the hardware.

Ie if the hypervisor flushed the data that was speculativly executed, its not there for the vm to abuse either.

PowerShell comes to MacOS and Linux. Oh and Windows too

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binary pipelines

A shell with binary object pipelines, merely shows what we already knew. That Microsoft do not grok the power and simplicity of text based protocols and that "everything is a file" approach.

Very clever, but pointless if you grok unix.

If you really want object pipelines in shell in linux use jq, without breaking the unix philosophy.

Fun fact of the day: Voice recognition tech is naturally sexist

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Re: Bullshit and bollocks

A crap sexist joke doesn't stop being a crap sexist joke because you downplay it in advance.

Try this...

Before making crap sexists jokes try replacing it with a crap racist joke and see how it stands.

In this case you probably deserve a few more down votes than you got because tech-bro.

UK watchdog dishes out fines totaling £600k to four spam-spewers

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Have a look at Oracle

The amound of crap I get from big name companies is unbelievable.

Of course with Oracle you know its low paid handspamming. Kind of feel sorry for them knowing that I will never ever buy anything of big red and their CRM systems are so shite they cant even tell that other reps have tried lots already and been given the finger.

Is Google purposefully breaking Microsoft, Apple browsers on its websites? Some insiders are confident it is

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Re: Brittle software?

SPDY was pretty close to that. Made all browsers comparatively slow if they were following standards.

I know we have HTML/2 but Google over chrome implemented SPDY way before anyone else was able to do it.

I'm for reulation of some sort that creates a level playing field. The internet is not just a product these days, it is the market.

'Moore's Revenge' is upon us and will make the world weird

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In sailing you always keep course and one predefined party averts collision. Entering motorways works the same way. Problem with walking is we have not decided who moves. We have decided which side to cross which will usually suffice. Occasionally you do a little hopscotch with peeps that have forgotten the rules.

Its interesting how one person's logical thought process produces different results to another.

Two words, Mozilla: SPEED! NOW! Quit fiddling and get serious

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writing a browser is not hard

clearly you dont write all new code. Apple used KDE code, Google used webkit.

a browser is a network stack, a renderer and chrome.

you can build as much or as little as you like.

a browser minus stupid features like pocket would take a couple of days to knock up.

start with firefox and then hit delete a lot.

DNS resolver will check requests against IBM threat database

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Re: 'no snooping on your requests'

I'm with you, its amazing how little respect the peeps on this forum have for the old bill.

Police run DNS, the only positive thing I can see coming out of this is a whisleblower leaking stats on police use of banned p0rn n wareZ sites. Noone other than the police are going to use this.

Until they make it obligatory.

You've come a long way, Inkscape: Open-source Illustrator sneaks up

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Re: Context

Don't forget about graphics professionals on Windows using gimp and inkscape. In Web development, Gimp and Inkscape are lifesavers. I moved off photoshop and corel draw years ago and never looked back. Tried illustrator once didn't like it.

It's convenient to be able to use the same toolset on Windows and Linux.

Just for the stats, I'm not a mermaid.

What's going great for Oracle? Cloud. What's not great? Just about everything else

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Re: Oracle is actually good

Forgot to mention the fact that after Oracle pruchase lots of OS effort changed from Java to nodejs, as run by the Linux Foundation. Node now has the biggest OS library of code of any ecosystem. Bigger than Java.

I dont know how many devs stopped working on OS Java when Oracle got involved and move to node. But I certainly did.

Microsoft touts real-time over-the-network pair programming in Visual Studio, GitHub ships it

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been there done that

Setup a graphic devenv on a remote VM and share destop with Skype.

One person leads generally, can take over occasionally and when you want you can swap roles.

Used to do this as a matter of course for non trivial merges, so the author of any bit of code can always merge in their own bit if there are conflicts.

No magic tools required.

Revealed: The 25 most dangerous software bug types – mem corruption, so hot right now

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Re: Unfair C++ bashing

You have to remeber when these languages were written. They allow things to happen because checking is slow. Not all abstractions are zero cost. Java designers presumed that synchronized would be fast enough in the future and made core classes like Vector synchronized. Many years later perf in a single thread still matters. I think there will always be a place for unsafe code in any language.

NPM is Not Particularly Magnanimous? Staff fired after trying to unionize – complaints

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Re: How do they make money?

Way wrong. $7 a month is the going rate for non OpenSource cloud. They'll sell you on prem too.

If you use nodejs its very hard to avoid NPM.

NPM make money and they seem to have a bad habit of taking wrong stance ethically speaking and ending up in the press.

We really need an open source npm

Looking forward to Solaris 11.next this year? Whomp-whomp. Check again in 2018

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Seems like decisions taken when its too late to do anything but can the project.

Sometimes it seems like big red can't be bothered to manage Java. I still don't get why they bought Sun that being the case. Hardware and Solaris were clearly a burden.

Perhaps to stop a competitor doing something cool with the platform that they were not a part of.

The story so far: How's that Autonomy High Court battle with HPE looking at half-time?

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Re: popcorn???

I'm lovin it. Nothing like reading about overpaid execs spanking billions. It probably easy to justify the cost of autonomy if you measure it in CEO wages.

Autonomy cost about 1000 crap CEOs,

~100 good CEOs.

When you buy a company the important thing is what it is worth to you, not what it is worth to the current owners.

Budget Surface 'spotted' in Microsoft's crystal ball

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Re: RT reborn?

After years of reading paper magazines with that anoying curvy dip in the middle of the two pages... Apple produce an electronic magazine that has a flat screen.

Microsoft years later patent the electronic magazine reunited with annoying unreadable bit in the middle.

Seems likely they will be ahead in this segment until Apple's notch reaches the bottom of the screen.

Meltdown/Spectre week three: World still knee-deep in something nasty

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3 weeks of work

I started an unplanned upgrade cycle the moment I read the reg article.

What with all the broken patching going on and general probs you always see when upgrading to the bleeding edge its been a fun 3 weeks. Saw Linux crash for the first time in as long as I can remember and unplanned, highly annoying, Windows reboots in the middle.

Thankfully nothing bricked.


Slack smackback: There's no IRC in team (software), say open-sourcers

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email sign up?

One of the best things about IRC is you don't have to sign up at all.

Low barrier to entry.

That and the fact that creating bots is as easy as

echo hi > ~/irc/host/in

All this hype about slack is trying to cover up what OS devs have known for years.

Chat should be text.

Group video == boring meetings

Samsung's Galaxy 9s debut, with not much other than new cameras

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Re: Saturated

Agreed on all counts.

Check the dex thing tho. Could be a game changer.

Phone tech has for the first time roughly caught up in specs with desktops, Dex starts to be more relevant. I.e. "Lugging" a phone around instead of a monitor and keyboard.

No laptop bag on a plane would be a winner.

I saw a demo, it looked a far better desktop env that windows 8 :)

Power meltdown 'fries' SourceForge, knocks site's servers titsup

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Re: Same everywhere

I remember on of our staff doing a pull the plug test they were specifically told not to do and doing 10 grands worth of damage to test systems. Test had been done before.

Trouble with disaster recovery tests is you don't want to test what would happen to your datacenter if someone took a baseball bat to the cage on the left by actually doing it.

TRAPPIST-1's planets are quiet. Quiet as the grave, in fact

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Looking at this all wrong...

Trying to find planets in the goldilocks zone is not working out. Soo take an ice planet and push it in to the goldilocks zone. Bingo Earth 2

Eric Wolf has clearly never read Feersum Endjinn.

He's presuming the planets currently around TRAPPIST have been there for a very long time. I see no reason to discount the 7 planet sized alien space vehicles theory.

China trade tariffs? Fuhgeddaboudit, say Cisco execs. We, er, shifted some production

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Another impact is that Chinese tat is 30% more expensive in the US making some buisness 30% more expensive for US corps. Resulting in moving production that uses tech outside the US to anywhere else in the world that is convenient.

E.g. infra for outsourcing centers just cost just got comparativly 30% cheaper.

You cant win a trade war unless there are only two sides.

Huawei website ████ ██████ security flaws ██████ customer info and biz operations at risk: ███████ patched

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Re: "... any CVE numbers for the flaws, ... have all been omitted"

Yeah but this sounds like some infosec bod finding flaws in their _website_, not their products. You wouldnt get a CVE because some bod reports an XSS in your website. The vulnerability is not common.

You would fix it and ask bod not to report it till its fixed.

Bit Clickbaity if you ask me.

Ubuntu 15.10: Wily Werewolf – not too hairy, not too scary

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grrr 15.10 killed both my laptops

Not much features in it, but plenty problems. Spent all weekend recovering from 15.10. Four failed installs, xen borked, lxc borked, graphics driver problems in both laptops.

I usually click upgrade as soon as it's offered. With remarkably few issues in years. 15.10 is going to make me more cautious.

I think Canonical are guerrilla advertising snappy core.

LulzSec hacker Sabu: Murdoch emails 'sometime soon'

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Every email has a sender and a receiver.

So Mr black hat got one side. Now anyone with the other side can now validate the claims without fear of being found dead the next day.

If you got the emails from NI directly what are the chances you get them un-doctored?

I for one am much more interested in seeing what LulzSec have to publish than what news corp does.

Jammy dodgers: Boffin warns of auto autos congesting cities to avoid parking fees

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It will be a long time before automated vehicles are permitted to drive without a human in charge. Plenty of tesla drivers think their cars are automatic including some dead ones.

Automated taxis service will have a backoffice 24hr and a towing system for breakdowns.

Tesla owners wont so they wont be allowed to circle their cars with no one responsible for it actions or lack therof.

Death notice: Moore's Law. 19 April 1965 – 2 January 2018

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Starting to think el reg is drinking too much of its own coolaid?

Google say with reptoline they rolled out fixes to their cloud before el reg broke the news and no one noticed the changes.

Everyone else took a massive hit. But they had to react now.

Google had months and fixed it. Implies others will do similar given time.

Project zero is paying off for its investors.

He's coming home, he's coming... Hutchins' coming home: British Wannacry killer held in US on malware dev rap set free by judge

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Re: Hear, hear! @werdsmith

If you wrote software and then the guys that use target the US without you knowing. Has the software _author_ comited a crime against the US?

If you illegally sell arms you dont get tried for a list of murders.

I agree they should pass info to local law enforcement.

I think lost of people involved believe they have a right to police the world.

If Microsoft made laptops, it'd make this: HP Spectre x360

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Re: Can you run Linux on it @teknopaul

"USB Lan adapter, can you even install Linux on it?"

It's unlikely that you can install Linux on the LAN adapter. ;-) However, It is likely that the LAN adapter itself is supported under Linux. There are plenty of LAN adapters on the market, you wouldn't have to buy an HP one...

You GNOME it: Windows and Apple devs get a compelling reason to turn to Linux

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I tried Gnome JavaScript

The JavaScript api sounded like a good idea. I tried the hello world and got no further.

No docs, just a autogenerated api dump.

And none of your existing nodejs code works so basically everything you would have to rewrite.

Gtk native front end with node io and networking might be interesting: gtk's undocumented networking is not about to be the next big thing.

Torvalds schedules Linux kernel 5.0, then maybe delays 'meaningless' release

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Only if you explicitly use semver or similar.

Linux does not.

"You have been warned" i believe is in reference to other problems in the kernels lifetime caused by people trying to apply meaning to major and minor version numbers.

Linus is just reiterating that this is a bad idea in the case of Linux

Its probably a bad idea to assume numbers move forward, given the number of forks.

Canonical and Spain's BQ team to put Ubuntu on a tablet

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Re: The problem with this is that it's trying to be like the rest

BQ are famous for stock android with a pleasant lack of junk software. Ubuntu are famous for their occasional digressions, but in the big scheme of things put a lot less restrictions on the software you run than any other big software provider.

Seems apt-get works on touch if you want it to.

What do sexy selfies, search warrants, tax files have in common? They've all been found on resold USB sticks

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Re: Photorec

Some work has been done recently into hacking sd card firmware. This is done by legitimate retailers to indicate a drive manufactured as 32gb sd with lots of bad blocks is only 16 gb in size. Miscrecreants can increase the size. I suspect with similar software tools you could get access to data on bad blocks that would never be presented to the OS for deletion or wiping running standard firmware.

Transport for London Oyster system pulled offline after credential-stuffing crooks board customers' accounts

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Sites keep email address only for SPAM.

To use email as a username they could keep a hash instead of the plain text. This would work for login and password resets and not risk exposing it if the db gets nicked.

If everyone did that credential stuffing would be a thing of the past.

And of course it would be impossible for them to send you unsolicited email.

Developers dread Visual Basic 6, IBM Db2, SharePoint - survey

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Re: Diversity?

"Diversity should never be a priority"

it is not a "priority", lack of it is idicative of a problem.

If 90% of devs are men, it impies stongly that there is bias in the system.

This raises the concern that intelligent female minds are not taking up the the profession and stupid white men are filling roles that could be filled by people who grok stats.

We need to talk about SPEAKERS: Sorry, 'audiophiles', only IT will break the sound barrier

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The ear can't hear square waves.

Speakers cant produce them, and the air cant transfer them. The fact that mp3 represents sine waves well and square waves badly is by design. The fact that you can draw a square wave on a computer screen does not mean you will ever hear one.

Just like you wont see a square wave on the ocean

IT systems still in limbo as UK.gov departments await Brexit policy – MPs

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Re: Who smashed up the house?

Maybe they'd do better getting some...

Honestly. Crap racist jokes like this are the _cause_ of your woes.

Replace East-European with black or women in that sentence. reevaluate your "joke" and realise its unacceptable now. And always.

Were it unacceptable two years ago uk would not be where it is now. If you lose your anti-european racism you might be allowed back in one day.

Microsoft Bing is 10: That thing you accidentally use to search for Chrome? Still alive and kicking

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my pa

That would include my dad if somehow google chrome hadnt managed to installal horizontal search bar on his desktop.

I find it highly distastefull when these fuckers abuse my old folks.

Microsoft play the same games. My father "could not open solitaire" after a bit of investigation it turns out he was being shown sneaky game adverts by Microshaft in the prelude to opening solitaire for so long he figured his "pc was broken".

What can we use to hit Intel between the eyes, thinks Qualcomm – a 10nm ARM server chip

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Re: People don't buy x86 because of Performance or anything

Everything Linux works on Arm. Its really no hassle to swap to arm linux for almost everything.

all Java, python, perl, ruby, C/C++ just needs recompiling usually.

The platform is definitely there. And tested and running for years thanks to Android and rpi and domestic routers and switches.

The platform is not x86 for most code the platform is linux.

More ad-versarial tech: Mozilla to pop limited ad blocker into Firefox

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Make it wotk

Mozilla should focus on making things work; not making things not work.

Lots of bugs get 'close no fix' because security.

Mozilla act like the only thing you do with your browser is surf dodgy porn sites on the Web.

Chrome defaults to secure, and has command line switches to be able to develop.


Make it work.

None of their new features have brought in customers. When will they learn.

Finally, that tech fad's over: Smartwatch sales tank more than 50%

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add a watch battery

Why did no one in the smart watch market think to put a watch battery* and a watch in their smart watches? Then the bloody thing would never be worse than your current watch, which all current smart watches are.

not rocket science.

Can I patent the idea of putting a watch in a watch?

* or solar cell, or kinetic charger, or spring, or any thing else that keeps the clock ticking.

A developer always pays their technical debts – oh, every penny... but never a groat more

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if it works

One measure of technical debt is unittest coverage and closeness to full ci cd.

However bad code is, if it works its ok until you need to change it. If it has full unittests and can be trivialy deployed. It can be changed. Therefor its debt can be paid off.

Just a metric. But test coverage + cd readiness is imho a good one.

Microsoft's Teams lights solitary candle, hipsters don't notice


Re: Text

@teknopaul you can opt out of mails on those groups quite easily actually, and you can do so while remaining in the group so will still have full access to the content if you so wish.

You can also easily remove yourself from these AAD groups and leave the team completely. There's nothing stopping an admin scripting it to add you back in, but your dumb admin is not Microsoft's fault!

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