* Posts by Gerhard Mack

383 posts • joined 4 Apr 2007

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Computer Misuse Act charge against British judge thrown out

Gerhard Mack

Re: Black and white or various shades of grey?

That is a really dangerous definition since it can be overly broad. Now imagine you view some website via deep link from google but it was unintentionally posted and you were not authorized to access that data. According to your definition, you should be charged. Your definition would be similar to charging someone with burglary because they read the wrong file in a cabinet they had keys to.

A better way to think of it would be if she had to guess a password or borrow someone else' access to get that info. She didn't do that, she simply used the login she used as a part of her job to browse data the system saw no problem in giving her.

If she should not have accessed the data the system was fine with giving her then that is an administrative problem between her and her employer, or a breach of some other regulation since she never misused the computer.

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Smart bulbs turn dumb: Lights out for Philips as Hue API goes dark

Gerhard Mack

You can change the colour as well. My flatmate loaned me a pair of bulbs that I have set to mimic a sunrise in the morning. I find it much better than an audible alarm for waking up in the morning.

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Adobe acquires Magento to go B2B2C and beyond

Gerhard Mack

Re: Adobe and eCommerce...

Magento is some of the most bloated memory hungry software I've ever seen. They should fit right in at Adobe.

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OK, this time it's for real: The last available IPv4 address block has gone

Gerhard Mack

Re: Its the business case, stupid.

It is less work than going CG-NAT. For customers, it makes no difference. That's the beauty of dual stack. I have a techie friend whose ISP switched to IPv6 and he didn't notice until I pointed it out. ISP updated the router firmware, assigned a IPv6 IPs, and his computers picked them up and started dual stacking.

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Chrome 66: Get into the bin, auto-playing vids and Symantec certs!

Gerhard Mack

Re: Security Certificates

"Not if you have any kind of certificate pinning. Welcome to several years ago."

Certificate pining has turned out to be an unmaintainable mess and was deprecated in Chrome last year.

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Windows Admin Center: Vulture gets claws on browser-based server admin

Gerhard Mack

Re: DC

It all sounds like a way for MS to sell more licenses.

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Fresh docs detail 10-year link between Geek Squad informers and Feds

Gerhard Mack

Re: Wouldn't he have some pictures?

"(RE: the "empty recycle bin" thing - surely that removes the files from window's inodes? So the data is still there but it doesn't show in directories? Or does "unallocated" refer to a partition that was deleted or something?)"

You are correct. It very much sounds like they ran a raw scan on the drive for anything that looks like image data and found something that had been deleted but not overwritten by another file yet.

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Gerhard Mack

Re: Wouldn't he have some pictures?

"It's very non-specific, like did they find one weird picture, search and happen to find *actual* child porn or was it just stuff about undescended testicles and such?"

If you think a gynecologist needs pictures of undescended testicles you may need to go back through your biology notes.

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Reg man wraps head in 49-inch curved monitor

Gerhard Mack

Re: Hand it back?

"the implication being that they were simply more fashionable for being a "tech" company, even though his company actually operates in exactly the same way, in similar locations and has a longer, better track record of profitability."

They are more fashionable because that's what they put effort into. The "Micro ground" coffee, the fruity water that it takes the girl 15 minutes to prepare because the fruit has to be artistically arranged in the sides and held in place with ice before the water gets added, the art in the common areas, the social events etc.

This is literally the most hipster place I've ever been. The valuation is high for the same reason Apple's is: People like the whole experience.

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Gerhard Mack

Re: Hand it back?

"I don't know how serviced offices like WeWork, erm, work. I presumed they mostly provided a desk, power, toilets, heat, networking."

My employer has had me in a temp office at WeWork for the past couple weeks so I can tell you they do offer lockable offices that you can rent by the month since I'm in one. Also, the included items are: desk, power, toilets, heat, networking (speedtest.net says 780 MBPs here in Montreal), mouthwash, fruity water with the fruits arranged artistically, tea, "microground coffee", and a beer tap loaded craft beer that gets unlocked at 11 am every weekday.

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Microsoft ends notifications for Win-Phone 7.5 and 8.0

Gerhard Mack

The sheer arrogance from Microsoft and the FUD campaign didn't help. If Microsoft had taken a less antagonistic approach, not declared the death of the iPhone and not tried to brand Android an unsafe virus ridden mess, I don't think most of us would have been so hostile.

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Yes, Assange, we'll still nick you for skipping bail, rules court

Gerhard Mack

A better link is this one: http://www.government.se/government-of-sweden/ministry-of-justice/international-judicial-co-operation/questions-and-answers-about-extradition-from-sweden/

It clearly states:

"If the person has been surrendered from another EU country to Sweden under a European arrest warrant, Sweden must obtain the consent of that country to be able to extradite the person to a country outside the EU."

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Gerhard Mack

"I agree that she said that but it is patently nonsense. If he were to hand himself in and serve out a sentence for skipping bail, and was then extradited to Sweden, the UK authorities would have no further control whatsoever: he wouldn't be on UK territory and he is not a UK citizen. The idea that the UK would be consulted and asked to approve any subsequent extradition request made to Sweden by the US is nonsense."

That is not how extradition works in the EU. If a person is extradited from one EU country to another, the first country must agree before the person can be sent elsewhere. To happen the way you describe, he would have to serve out his sentence in Sweden, return to the UK then return to Sweden again on his own free will.

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Gerhard Mack

"You are right: her business is Law. And her response to Assange's argument that if he were sent to Sweden he would be subject to the risk of extradition etc was to fob him off with "the US have done nothing so far". That's not a proper response, in law or otherwise.

If the court's view is they don't care about what might happen in the future then she should say so. My complaint is with her sidestepping the question. That's for politicians not judges."

You have somehow missed the rest of what she said. The point was also that if he were sent to Sweden and the Americans requested his extradition, the UK would have to agree to it before it could happen.

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Hitchcock cameo steals opening of Oracle v Google Java spat

Gerhard Mack

Re: Well, it's clear infringement

"Compaq beat IBM by rolling their own BIOS through Clean-Room Engineering."

While keeping complete compatibility with the API. Now imagine where we would be if the API itself had been copywriteable.

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Gerhard Mack

Re: Well, it's clear infringement

If that logic had been in place decades ago there would never been a clone of the API provided by IBM's PC BIOS so no PC clones. There would have been no MSDOS (CP/M) clone, no Linux or BSD (used AT&T's API) and no SQL servers.

Oracle is aiming a giant cannon at it's own foot with this argument and if they win, they will also lose more than they gained and damage the entire foundation the software industry has been built on until now.

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IT buyer? Had enough of pesky resellers cold calling? You aren't alone

Gerhard Mack

I have a policy

If you want me to listen to a sales pitch. There had better be free food, drinks or other random gifts provided.

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Tesla reveals a less-long-legged truck, but a bigger reservation price

Gerhard Mack

"Haulage companies aren't in the business of buying new fad toys. They want something that will work reliably and if it does go wrong they can sort out quickly. The Tesla doesn't do any of that, not right now anyway. Which presents a catch 22 situation for Tesla. They need people to buy the trucks to prove their reliability and worth, but people won't buy the Tesla until they see it's reliability and worth."

Loblaws here in Canada just ordered 25 to test them. As far as I can tell, the short haul trips plus the fact that they own all of the endpoints make them the perfect use of electric since they can recharge while loading/unloading. Not to mention happier neighbors who don't have to listen to truck noise.

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China plots new Great Leap Forward: to IPv6

Gerhard Mack

Re: RFC 2460..

"It is my go to example of over-enthusiastic engineering and justification for evolution over revolution. IMO an IPv6 address should have been 128-32=96 bits optionally tacked onto an IPv4 address. Technically ugly, but would have been good enough to fix the actual address space depletion problem."

How exactly do you tack on an additional 96 bits to a fixed 32 bit portion of the header with other defined items on both sides without completely breaking the protocol?

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BOFH: Do I smell burning toes, I mean burning toast?

Gerhard Mack

Re: !!!!!!

"I worked somewhere that thought about that scenario during a major rebuild - generators on roof; tick."

Had my servers in a place like that. Then the power went out on the coldest night of the year and unfortunately the diesel in the fuel line was frozen....

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Fresh chips from Intel (yay?) at 14nm (awww)

Gerhard Mack

Re: AC

"Yeah, you do remember when everyone was saying the original Core series were dead because AMD's Bulldozer had more cores, right?"

Don't remember anyone saying that. I skipped the bulldozer when it's 8 core was benchmarking slower than my previous generation AMD 6 core.

But really, even if you don't buy AMD, the latest resurgence is good for you considering Intel is going to be forced to compete again.

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Linux 4.14 'getting very core new functionality' says Linus Torvalds

Gerhard Mack

Re: Pointing people at the right forum reduces cobwebs

Last I checked, my RHEL subscription came with access to a working forum populated by RedHat staff.

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Gerhard Mack

Re: Pointing people at the right forum reduces cobwebs

The reason both do, is that they get money from licensing their respective software. They aren't actually free, it's just that you already paid.

Distros like Mint, Debian etc. do not have revenue streams to pay people to sit on the forums and so they are populated by volunteers who have varying levels of skill and temperaments.

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Gerhard Mack

Re: Pointing people at the right forum reduces cobwebs

Whoever they payed. For example, Ubuntu offers desktop support contracts. What I object to, is wanting professional support for free. You don't get that with Windows or OSX, I don't see why they should expect it in Linux. The people in the forums are donating their time for free and are not paid to be there.

Not all roses in the Microsoft world either. I've had Microsoft support people hang up on me because I asked them why they should be allowed to just terminate a license I paid for without any explanation.

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Gerhard Mack

Re: Pointing people at the right forum reduces cobwebs

"People who know what to look for are in the great minority. Most users see computers as an appliance and will treat is as such. If you're going to keep people on, you have to cater to idiots."

Those people call the manufacturer for support, not look for it for free on the forums.

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Memo to Microsoft: Keeping your promises is probably a good idea

Gerhard Mack

Re: We don't care...

"Maybe someone WILL get fired for buying Microsoft products. We can only hope."

Wasn't the migration to Microsoft the reason Clara Furse resigned from the LSE? They replaced it with a Linux based system not long after her departure.

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Oracle has to pay top sales rep stiffed out of $250,000, US court rules

Gerhard Mack

Re: I wonder if...

"It bugs me that sales people are still paid big commissions, even in companies bidding for government work. The government's procurement rules mean that the "sales" input should be minimal to none."

It might seem high and it is, but trying to limit the commission runs into the law of unintended consequences. You need your sales people to push through as many deals as possible. Putting too small of a percent means sales reps only chase large deals since the smaller sales won't be worth their time, and capping the total commission means sales people only chase the smaller deals since the larger the deal, the more work it is to get it.

A 10 million dollar deal would have taken many months of work to push though. Not that long ago, I had a sales rep spazzing on the phone about how long it was taking to push through a deal with our parent company and that deal was a fraction of this size.

Keep in mind that once you subtract her commission, she brought in over 9 million dollars of revenue for Oracle.

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Gerhard Mack

@Anonymous Coward Re: I wonder if...

Now you are making the opposite mistake. Most sales people I know can't really manage the technical side either. That is a skill in itself, just like sales.

This sales vs technical debate is annoying.. A company with only techs has solid products and few people to tell them to. A company with only sales people would have nothing to actually sell.

If you don't pay your techs well, they quit and your product quality suffers. If you don't pay your sales reps well, they quit and there are not enough sales to pay everyone's salaries.

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Linus Torvalds pens vintage 'f*cking' rant at kernel dev's 'utter BS'

Gerhard Mack

"Can you point me to an instance of Linus making a mistake?"

Yes, and I can point to a kernel dev calling him on it and him backing down.

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User filed fake trouble tickets to take helpful sysadmin to lunches

Gerhard Mack

Re: Apologized to? Sure.

True, but then it is best to make sure one's employer is informed so they can decide if it's worth it.

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Gerhard Mack

Re: Apologized to? Sure.

It depends on who is paying for the support call.. If it were costing my employer money, I wouldn't do it. If, on the other hand, the guy buying lunch was the one paying the bill (per hour charge and he is the signer) then it's all good.

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Nest security camera captures landlord's romp on tenants' bed

Gerhard Mack

Re: cops?!

That is only the case when they had lawful access in the first place.

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FreeRADIUS fragged by fuzzer – by invitation – and fifteen fails found

Gerhard Mack

Re: C is a [value judgement of choice] language for security

"So, don't wait around for somebody else to do this simple stuff for you: just do it."

In addition: GCC has a ton of new sanity checks for you to enable.. Use them.

If your compiler provides a way to annotate varargs. Use them (ex GCC: __attribute__ ((format(printf, 2, 3)));"

If your compiler lets you annotate parameters as allows NULL/must never be NULL etc. Use those too.

Always make sure your code compiles without warnings.. Warnings are often the C language telling you that what you are doing is undefined and even if you leave the safe warnings in place they will hide the important warnings in the noise.

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Wikibon drops bomb, says Intel's Optane could be a flop...tane

Gerhard Mack

I wouldn't mind

Right now SSD is the premium options on workstations and servers with the 3x price markup to match on the server side. If Optane took that spot instead, and dropping SSD into the standard spot on everyone's price list,I would be much happier.

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Microsoft boasted it had rebuilt Skype 'from the ground up'. Instead, it should have buried it

Gerhard Mack

"We've switched to Signal, but we mostly do one-to-one conversations"

And now you have a new problem. Signal only works on phones making it and most of it's competition useless for most of Skype was good for. And then we have hangouts, which chokes on my 1080p webcam (worked great with Skype even on Linux).

Only thing I have found that looks promising is Ring.cx but no one uses that and it's still in Beta.

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Linus Torvalds slams 'pure garbage' from 'clowns' at Grsecurity

Gerhard Mack

Re: Grumble

"You might be able to download an Ubuntu ISO for free, but in a production environment Linux has costs just like Windows or OS X (unless your techies work for free in some kind of medieval serfdom, which I very much doubt).

How much are RHEL support subscriptions these days?"

Where I work, I maintain a mix of Windows, RHEL, Centos, Debian and pfSense. Of all of those Debian (completely free) is the one I spend the least amount of effort maintaining and Linux servers in their entirety require less tech time than the Windows servers to maintain despite the fact that we have more Linux servers than Windows.

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You're all too skeptical of super-duper self-driving cars, apparently

Gerhard Mack

Re: Shills ignore Public Transit

"Meanwhile, public transportation has its own issues such as uneven access and tax burdens on the public (not one is self-sustaining)."

I don't know very many countries that have self sustaining roadway systems either. You pay for your own car but usually the road is paid with taxes.

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Microsoft officially hangs up on old Skype phones, users fuming

Gerhard Mack

Re: The usual story

you forgot Sidekick.

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Did someone say server sales are crappy? Yes, nearly everyone

Gerhard Mack

I wish the place I worked would. I checked Supermicro and their retail prices are far less but management won't go for it because they don't offer 3 hour onside like Dell does.

Sadly, my explanation that everything runs in a VM with hot failover so we can just buy an extra server so a dead machine can be down all month while still being cheaper, go on deaf ears.

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The Linux cloud swap that spells trouble for Microsoft and VMware

Gerhard Mack

Re: The real reason for VMs on x86?

"We have multiple Oracle and Mongo instances all running happily on one machine"

We do the opposite of that, not for technical reasons, but because it was the saved us money by being the most effective way to deal with per core licensing.

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SSD price premium over disk faaaalling

Gerhard Mack

Re: Most/many of us

Your needs are not everyone else's needs. For myself, I realized that neither my desktop nor my laptop were actually using the 1 TB drives they had and downsized trading the wasted space a very noticable speed increase. Same goes for things like my home firewall, it didn't need anything more than the 64 gb drive I gave it. I still keep two spinning drives in my home NAS (video collection is large) but I have more SSD drives than spinning in my home.

At work, it's pretty much the same story, I have a lot of wasted space on my servers and when they get upgraded, I will downsize the space and trade in for SSD.

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Linus Torvalds stops personally signing Linux kernel RC tarballs

Gerhard Mack

Re: Linus has a mother? Must be one of all inventions

She is a Karate champion.

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Mozilla to Thunderbird: You can stay here and we may give you cash, but as a couple, it's over

Gerhard Mack

Re: yeah, right

"Are you a member of the goldfish tribe (a.k.a. the new generation)? You know, those with the attention span of less than 5 seconds? How on Earth you boarded the tube without knowing where you'd get off?"

Get on transfer, transfer again, forget where I was going to get off, easier to forget when Spanish names are harder for me to remember.

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Gerhard Mack

Re: yeah, right

"IMAP has the same problem. And if you never downloaded the e-mail onto your device BEFORE going into a not-zone, you're screwed no matter what. Otherwise, what happened to SAVING the e-mail before heading out?"

Most IMAP clients solved that problem over a decade ago by downloading the email and only deleting it if the server said the email is gone on the next synch. These days, I use K-9 and have it synch all of the mail to my phone so I can read it regardless if I have a data connection or not.

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Gerhard Mack

yeah, right

"Because most of the world has gone to webmail, especially Gmail. You don't need an e-mail client then. Fewer programs to maintain, fewer potential exploit avenues and/or points of failure."

Yeah, works great until you are somewhere without cell service service and need to consult your email. I had this happen when I was underground on the metro (subway/tube for you Americans/brits) and needed to find the email that told me what stop I needed to get off of.

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Cisco patches switch hijacking hole – the one exploited by the CIA

Gerhard Mack

Cisco treated SSH like a premium feature for the longest time. Even just a few years ago enabling the SSH v2 protocol required the Advanced encryption pack licence.

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Michael Dell? More like Michael in-Dell-nial: No public cloud, no future

Gerhard Mack

Re: Simplifications in server hardware might beat cloud offerings

Cloud providers save money by chopping each server into many little pieces. I've done the math, doing on premises VM cluster is cheaper when looking at lease monthly payments than cloud even if I use expensive servers and brand name networking gear.

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Partners? With them? No way, says HPE of Nutanix

Gerhard Mack

@MikeR

"actually we have a few and they are all rather good, helps us to help our customers put their technology on the right platform, which could also be Converged or 'build your own'"

Yes, I know, your people stopped by my workplace and treated me to roughly 2 hours of presentations on the topic. Your president of Converged systems really likes to talk.

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Gerhard Mack

Actually, Dell has their own HCI offering.

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Microsoft sparks new war with Google with, er, $999+ lappies for kids

Gerhard Mack

Re: Skydrive?

"Is it 2014 again? Now it's OneDrive."

Still stuck in my head after their paid product placements on NCIS LA,

"I put the file on Skydrive"

Next episode "I put the file on Skydrive"

Third episode in a row "I put the file on MICROSOFT Skydrive"

After that, I gave up watching NCIS LA.

To this day, I've never used Skydrive/Onedrive/whatever they rebrand it as next to get the numbers up when people still can't be bothered to use it.

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