* Posts by Vic

5921 posts • joined 7 Dec 2007

Oracle Linux honcho 'personally hurt' by Red Hat clone claims

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Re: Oracle Might Save Linux In The End

> Oracle may be positioning themselves when RHEL stumbles with the release of RHEL 7

You're presuming that Oracle won't jkust pick up the RHEL sources and do exactly the same - which is kinda what they've been doing so far...

> grub2 is the fubar version of grub. It is not an improvement nor is it user friendly.

That depends on how you define "improvement"; grub2 is far more extensible in the long term, so you won't be painted into a corner. That said, it is *supremely* user-unfriendly, and I hate it with a passion.

> systemd is an ego trip

No. systemd can give you much, much faster boot times. It is actually rather good.

Where systemd falls down IMHO is that it would be a trivial matter to wrap the systemctl start/stop in a SysV-like script, which would keep everyone happy, but no-one wants to do that :-(

> And gnome 3, OMFG

Yep. With you on that one.

> You don't have to agree.

For the most part, I don't.

> Oracle Linux just might save Linux by giving people what they want

It won't. Oracle is just a RHEL rebuilder, just like I am. Oracle is bringing nothing at all to the party.

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> When Red Hat obscured their documentation

Red Hat did no such thing. Their documentation is still available at no cost to everyone, and is still of a remarkably high standard.

What RH did was to roll up the kernel patchsets so that Oracle would have to do their own homework when cherry-picking the patches they wanted to use.

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LOHAN plugs into some hot LiPo treatment

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> All suggestions welcome...

http://forums.theregister.co.uk/post/1529878

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Archaeologists resume Antikythera Mechanism hunt

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Re: Aliens done it.

> It's uncanny how XKCD already has an answer to anything - http://what-if.xkcd.com/14/

...But not necessarily the *right* answer to everything. The discussion of HPNS on that page is ... somewhat awry...

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Whopping supersonic-car rocket rattles idyllic Cornwall

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Re: pandering

> paranoid about a metric changeover meaning they were going to be cheated at the gas pump.

It's not necessarily paranoia when it's true...

We changed our petrol pumps from Imperial to Metric, and sure enough, fuel prices soared :-(

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Re: Massive testicles

> Andy's nickname on the ThrustSSC project was Dead Dog.

There is an apocryphal story that the bookies were giving him a 75% chance of dying on ThrustSSC. He is reported to have said he'd take those odds...

True or not, the guy's a smooth operator.

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Re: Makes me sad

> I fear the vehicle may migrate from "manned" to "oozing bloody pulp" in seconds.

You think they haven't calculated the peak acceleration?

Richard Noble does a lot of fast car stuff. Andy Green is a jet pilot. They have many boffins around them who also have experience in this area.

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HP's Whitman: 'I will turn this company around – by 2016'

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Re: Oh Meg

> Meg is viewed with far more positivity than Leo the Joke was.

Isn't that rather damning her with faint praise?

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Paul Allen: Windows 8 'promising' yet 'puzzling'

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Re: Ah horseshit

> Efficiency of an interface has to be evaluated on a task by task basis

It's all about bandwidth. Touchscreens and OSKs are very low-bandwidth.

If you've got a lot of data to pipe through an interface you probably want the opposite...

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Re: Its a new paradigm

> Who are you to say

Food ---> Troll

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Re: "flaming monkey fuck"

> You know, vodka is a very nasty thing in bulk

Only if you drink cheap & shitty vodka :-)

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US court lifts ban on Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1

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Re: walled garden

> Basically your choice is pr_o_scribed for you by Apple

I thought that was a typo at first - then realised it might be exactly what you meant :-)

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Pastafarians: Get your noodly appendages off that Facebook suspect

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Re: An answer to the Jesus Fish

> http://www.amazon.com/Flying-Spaghetti-Monster-Car-Emblem/dp/B000ER24EY

Bah. Amazon.co.uk hasn't got any :-(

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Ye Bug List

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Re: Three more (probably).

> what kind of sad person marks down posts specifically trying to help the staff

As I've said elsewhere, there are certain individuals who will downvote anything they find in your posting history.

Whilst I like the idea of voting, I'd also like to see a public list of who voted for what; a "put yuor money where your mouth is" approach...

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Conroy wants telcos to wear undies on heads

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Re: Power-mad despot

> This just proves he's a total cock on top of that.

I'm really surprised our Antipodean cuosins put up with him - aside from being a complete tosser, he's a pommie to boot...

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Microsoft releases JavaScript alternative

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Re: free software guidelines

> "free beer" + open source != free software

True, but this is APLv2...

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Re: What...

> If I can let Microsoft take care or a translation system

And that's the big "if"...

On the face of it, this seems to be a Good Thing(tm) for all the reasons you state. The worry I would have is whether the cross-browser stuff actually works properly - will MS write stuff the works as well for Firefox as it does for IE, or will one platform get a little extra love?

If MS do a good job on the browser-neutrality front, TypeScript could be a really god thing. If it produces borked code for anything except IE, it is worse than useless. I'll wait until I've actually tried it before drawing any conclusions...

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US said to designate Assange 'enemy' of the state

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Re: @John 104

> it was Russia having finally overcome Germany with great help of USA, Britain and other allies

ITYF it was the Russian winter, without much help from anyone...

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Portugal’s prosecutor punts P2P case

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Re: I'll bet money this decison is over turned.

> Not hard is it?

It is very hard to convince a man of something when his income depends on him believing the opposite...

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Politico's locked room mystery Linux install crime solved

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Re: someone in possession of such a thing

> The first owner sure. The second?

The owner.

You don't leave disks like that lying around. Once used, any remote config is destroyed or neutered, and the disk itself is destroyed.

THis isn't something that gets passed around...

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Re: Are you sure?

> I have never seen a Linux install disk, Live CD or Alternate, that didn't ask at least twice

I have created just such disks. They can make life a lot easier in certain circumstances.

But it's not easy to create such things, and they'll *always* be marked "dangerous" or suchlike by the originator. And they'll invaariably only do the installation on a specified machine...

> I doubt "autorun" wiped the box

I'm quite certain it didn't.

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Re: It's a kind of magic

> Unless it was a linux install with an automated set up script - a la Redhat/kickstart...

You still need to answer a number of questions unless you have a specific, tailored auto-install. And if you've set that up, the installation isn't accidental...

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McFlurry McMisdemeanour costs Welsh lass McJob

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Re: Fast Food Franchises

> That stuff never goes off.

Do you also have a quantity of dogs' milk? Dogs' milk lasts longer than any other type of milk...

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Re: McBarf's allegedly only uses the finest ingredients

> specifications which permits amounts of faeces, hair, bone-chips, etc.

Try working in the food industry for a while. Contaminants are a fact of life. Everything you eat contains something you don't want to eat. Usually, you just don't know about it.

> And they throw in veins, ears, lips, etc. - all beef, you know.

If you don't want to eat MRM, buy somehting else. It's available, but ti costs more.

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Google spikes old MS file formats

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Re: Download =/= upload

> Not if I lock my PDF's against editing. Which I do.

Please tell me that's a joke...

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Re: Download =/= upload

> Anyone who sends me their CV in ANY editable format gets a downvote from me.

Ii take it you're not in the recruitment business.

Recruitment reptiles want editable formats because that enables them to excise bits they don't want employers to see (usually contact details, but sometimes they just decide to change the text that is there...)

I'm thinking of shipping *only* PDF copies of my CV because I'm getting to the point where I see agencies as nothing but an impediment to finding a client.

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Chip strip reveals 'handmade' Apple A6

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> the spacing lowers hot spots.

It's been a while since I was anywhere near CPU design, but back then, whitespace was indicative of a rushed design; less exacting florplanning requirements meant you could get the chip our quicker, at the cost of a larger (= more expensive) die and the commensurate lower yield...

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Eric Schmidt: Ha ha, NO Google maps app for iPhone 5

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Re: What's in it for GOOG?

> Trawl the net and you'll see tons of pro-WP articles and comments.

Indeed you will :-(

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Scientists: 'Castration is the key to a longer life'

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Re: "Removing the testicles ... will in most cases also make you unable to perform"

> Vasectomy is no different to complete removal of the testes so far as hormone production goes

Errr - yes it is.

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HGST floats helium for low power, MASSIVE capacity HDDs

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Re: praos

> At room temp it's perfectly inert,

Are you insane?

Hydrogen is most certainly *not* inert at room temperature. It is very ert indeed.

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Re: Leakage, Helium v. Hydrogen - Correct me if I'm wrong...

> Isn't the Helium atom smaller than they Hydrogen atom

No.

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> Helium which is already so expensive it makes deep diving a seriously expensive hobby.

You want an Inspiration, matey :-)

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Microsoft drives German patent tank into Google's front room

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> I can imagine twenty years ago, having a virtual keyboard on a touch-screen seemed an amazing idea

...But not a *new* idea. We were doing such things with light-pens in the '70s. And I very much doubt it was novel then.

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The Jupiter Ace is 30

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Re: Get one

> extended to allow words to be redefined

Indeed. You can use that stunt to write recursive words too - although that's not necessarily a good idea if you've only got 3KB of RAM...

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Re: I still have mine

I've still got mine, too. And it works.

It was not quite my first foray into Forth, but probably took more pounding than the Tiny Forth I started with.

And 30 years later, I'm still writing Forth. And getting paid for it these days :-)

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Re: Childhood 2.0

> if only there was a similar 8-bit Forth computer you could buy today

Well, not exactly 8-bit, but you can do 16.

My customer gave me a couple of MSP430 Launchpads this week. Apparently[1], they can run Forth. And they're four quid a pop.

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[1] I've not actually had a chance to turn on one yet...

Made for each other: liquid nitrogen and 1,500 ping-pong balls

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Re: Interesting point

> I hypothesise flex in the bottom of the bin

...Or perhaps it was on a wooden floor which is not infintely inelastic.

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Hapless Kate topless, toothless law useless

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Re: Star Wars holiday special

> access to it has been completely blocked by UK ISPs.

Not all UK ISPs. Mine seems to have been unable[1] to block it.

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[1] Which kinda matches their ability to do anything, really...

NASA working on faster-than-light drive capable of WARP TEN

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Re: no need for ftl

> the problem with that

The *real* problem with stasis travel is that, when you get there, you find some bugger has shaved off one of your eyebrows and drawn a cock on your forehead. In permanent marker.

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Re: Let's do that again?

> then a jump to the right!

Surely "a step to the right" ?

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Report: Microsoft to cop it from Brussels in Browser Choice affair

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Re: Fine

> I'd still like to know where this money goes.

Greece and Spain, I shouldn't wonder...

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Governments block YouTube over that video

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Re: Jesus-H-Christ

> Wars are fought over money in one form or another

ITYF it's power, rather than money. Money is merely one of the trappings of power...

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ABC sends lawyers after iView freeware

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Re: Prison will do him good

ODFO.

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Freeview kit to require retune tomorrow

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Re: Get rid of the +1 channels please

> Never seen a movie denied +1 broadcasting rights

Interestingly, the adverts betwwen movie segments often cannot be rebroadcast on the +1 channels "for legal reasons".

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Re: re: Why Not

> they do get enough responses to make a profit and keep going

Keep going?

Channels like QVC are the big earners...

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Re: re: Why Not

> who on Earth would watch them?

STB development engineers.

The shopping channels are transmitted in the clear, with plenty of power, plenty of bandwidth, ES transmitted such that A/V sync is barely needed, ...

In short, the shopping channels are the first thing you watch when bringing up a new decoder. And you'll tend to keep watching them for a few weeks as you get the rest of the stuff working. And before you know it, various members of the team are getting their credit cards out :-(

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Ballmer: Win8 'certainly surpasses' Win95 in importance

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Re: Gee, revisionist much?

> a security model actually somewhat in advance of *NIX (ACLs not just group, user, universe)

*nix also has ACLs.

It's just that most people don't want to use them.

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Re: He can't use an MacBook Air

> I think the reason is religious

There's an awful lot you can tell from a poster's history...

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Smack your phones up, says Microsoft

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Re: That's actually pretty clever.

> The HTC one is not this

It is on the Desire.

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