* Posts by asdf

6451 posts • joined 7 Apr 2007

Salesforce supremo Benioff buys Time magazine for $190m

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Re: Fire Sale?

Or how about AOL buying it for 165 billion (more than Time magazine obviously but still).

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Card-stealing code that pwned British Airways, Ticketmaster pops up on more sites via hacked JS

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>Sadly too many web "devs" are far too wedded to JS.

Yep running Dillo as your daily driver is not a whole lot of fun.

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No D'oh! DNS-over-HTTPS passes Mozilla performance test

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Re: DNSSEC ?

Run DNSSEC through unbound on my home router but DNSSEC is not an ideal solution for grandma imo. Too easy for her to assume her internet is broken instead of there being a misconfigured domain or her ISP doing some MITM shenanigans (insert ads, etc). Granted you or I would want to know but many people don't care and just want their internet to always work. DNS not resolving can be frustrating even if you are an IT nerd (ie try using dnsmasq to do dnssec back a few years ago, aka bring the pain). Terrifying to the normals.

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Game over, machines: Humans defeat OpenAI bots once again at video games Olympics

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Re: As a regular Dota player...

So then like a pretty good PuG team minus the bong rips and screaming kids.

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hmm

Yay for machine learning unless your job is easy to do I guess.

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OpenAI bots smashed in their first clash against human Dota 2 pros

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Re: The humans won because strategy - no surprise there

>The key thing is we went in with a game plan, and we were coordinated.

For whatever reason this story makes me think of Emmet in the Lego Movie basically saying the exact same thing lol.

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Net neutrality freaks furious over lack of fury at FCC hearing

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Re: second worst telecom

>Everyone thinks that they have the worst or second-worst telecom provider

They mostly do suck here in the US and people really hate mine (CenutryLink) but honestly can't complain myself. Sure I only get 20Mbps ASDL but have consistently got it for under $40 a month for years now not bundled with any other services and except for maybe one outage caused by some 3rd party yahoo installer in the neighborhood (took me offline for a day or so) can't complain. Of course I don't deal with their customer service basically ever.

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Distro inferno: Debian's still rocking at 25

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Re: Sadly

>and supported by moaning pensioners.

I think you find they are more into proprietary UNIX or VMS. Linux is pretty much all same to those of us who have used proper UNIX so seeing distro slap fights is fighting over the window dressing. Do have Mint at home (still use ksh) but I use something a bit more robust and POSIX compliant at work for our production machines.

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Congresscritters want answers on Tillerson's rm -rf /opt/gov/infosec

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F**k Tillerson.

Tillerson deserves the derision for years to come. So much for the myth about CEOs being supermen at everything. His boss undercutting him was a symptom not the disease. Only good thing about the guy was his reign of incompetence was short. Still did plenty of damage to the state dept.

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Clap, damn you, clap! Samsung's Bixby 2.0 AI reveal is met with apathy

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you can clap now

He didn't ask with a please like Jeb Bush did.

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Microsoft's Azure Kubernetes Service mucked my cluster!

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Totally irrelevant but ..

Dumpster fires are beyond nasty no doubt but Microsoft deserves more of a tire fire picture imo. Dumpster fires don't burn for months or years even.

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ZX Spectrum reboot latest: Some Vega+s arrive, Sky pulls plug, Clive drops ball

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Re: As with all these cases, eveyone out for themselves, the customer comes last

>It has its place.

Perhaps but the wonderful thing about this capitalist wonderland is there are plenty of tangible easy to buy things I can find to spend my money on to entertain myself today instead of pie in the sky stuff in the future on a wing and a prayer. More power to others to spend their money how they wish but Gen Xers like me are big on money in the bank (we tend to save like our grandparents not our less responsible parents generation) or in viable sensible investments with a track record of delivering. Idealism isn't always high on the list. But sure go on change the world. YOLO.

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Re: Give it 10 years

Kind of like a Microsoft Kin.

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Re: What we need

>> "Obviously emacs is better than vi."

>Well, it's certainly more fully-featured. About the only thing it lacks is a decent text editor...

And who doesn't want a bunch of GNU libraries on their proper UNIX machine instead of you know just running a binary that has come with virtually every single *nix system since Reagan was inaugurated. Bring on the GNU bloat. ln -s /usr/local/bin/bash /bin/sh baby

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Re: As with all these cases, eveyone out for themselves, the customer comes last

Crowd funding proves not only can get you millennials to work for cheap with no benefits by calling something sharing but you can get them to pony up the venture capital as well without having to deal with pesky things like having to give out company shares for the cash.

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BlackBerry claims it can do to ransomware what Apple did to its phones

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Sometimes a quote and an icon is enough

>BlackBerry claims it can do to ransomware what Apple did to its phones

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Microsoft devises new way of making you feel old: Windows NT is 25

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Re: 25 years and still a PITA

Meant to say 9 pin serial com port as the USB to serial nonsense is the dog's breakfast and not worth the hassle especially when diagnosing comm issues with old equipment where want less variables not more. Went W2K instead of XP due to less memory usage which before I increased laptop memory was an issue sometimes.

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Re: 25 years and still a PITA

>I'd go back to W2K.

I did for one of my old laptops (very old Thinkpad) since I needed a true 9 pin com port I could lug around easily on site. Since software also needs the vb6 run time double the reason not to upgrade. Of course that laptop is used for instrumentation testing only and never goes on the real network. Still runs like a champ and even shoe horned an old version of cygwin on there.

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Oracle Database 18: Now in downloadable Linux flavour

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Re: Long live Windows production servers

>That's not a problem with Windows that a problem with your AV vendor / your testing and rollout process.

IE corporate security who gets the last say. News flash many on here might nod their heads at when you are in manufacturing the corporate headquarters IS doesn't always have the 24/7/365 mindset. As for Linux being good enough perhaps but exist in a space where I care 100x more about reliability than performance or latest wiz bang features (yes yes you can go super redundant with Linux and BSD which I would probably be all for in a new non legacy system). The software I am running minus the occasional enhancement hasn't changed in a decade. Luckily corporate is letting me migrate to Itanium HP-UX instead of Linux but even dreading that some. I will also be honest and say we do most of our new development with software running on Windows boxes because it is at least an order of magnitude quicker to develop with. 90%+ of the support calls I do get when its on my side and are general server issues are on the Windows boxes (or corporate network or oracle dbs problems but I digress) though. The future may not be big iron UNIX but hoping it can carry some ways towards retirement at least :P I don't need HPE any more (for at least another 5 to 10 years) really because luckily people there in the past got it right.

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Re: Long live Windows production servers

You never got me down Ray (me as the bean counters force Linux on me because duh its free). More than half of what makes commercial UNIX better though is the insane quality of the hardware and features they put out as well. PA RISC just keep trucking long after its obsolete.

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Long live Windows production servers

What is really choice about Windows production servers is requiring an antivirus program that somehow gets its its new definitions stuffed up and voila you have a hung 2gig Symantec process you can't kill because it has its hooks deep into the OS. Just reboot it and it will fix it like all Windows problems security guys tell me because if there is one thing you want to do often with production servers is reboot them. Meanwhile my HP-UX server only has been rebooted once in five years for patches scheduled well in advance. For the record I consider Linux closer to Windows server wise than a real UNIX. Linux posix fap motion. ln -s /bin/bash /bin/sh fail.

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Spectre rises from the dead to bite Intel in the return stack buffer

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rome wasn't built in a day

Product design cycles are a lot longer than a year especially when you have to balance the fix against the tremendous performance increases the vulnerability gave your product. Not excusing Intel or chip makers in general especially since they spent billions acquiring McAfee which was supposed to increase their security (so showed they at least gave it lip service) but not surprised new products don't have the fixes yet.

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It's 2018 so, of course, climate.news is sold to climate change deniers

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A fool and his money. Ethics or morals are certainly not going to get in the way of someone taking people's money they are begging to be taken. That's the thing rarely discussed about fake news. Its not the case it exists only to fool people. Some people actively seek it out (and will even pay for it) to comfort them about their own world views.

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Python creator Guido van Rossum sys.exit()s as language overlord

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Re: Actually, this has already been said about Python. Many times over.

>It looks good enough to get the job done.

Probably true for vast majority of use cases out there. You wouldn't want to use it say for embedded systems development though. It does have some JIT capability IIRC but horses for courses.

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Re: reflecting opinions more than best practice

Most languages that have been around as long as Python have advantages and disadvantages. Bloat and performance have always been the knock against Python as is to be expected for what Python does, was designed for and what it gives you. As always horses for courses. Still glad its around as choice is always good and hope the community picks up the pieces well.

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AAAAAAAAAA! You'll scream when you see how easy it is to pwn unpatched HPE servers

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Re: MS did it with NT too

Yeah those kind of problems were a bit more understandable two decades ago.

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Tintri terminates 200 staff, cash set to run dry in a couple of days

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Re: Soo...

Wow 6 to 1 reverse split before an IPO and anybody bought after. Fool and his money.

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Re: Soo...

Yes a company going into administration so soon after an IPO pretty much highlights what is wrong with our current financial system. Something stinks.

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BlackBerry KEY2: Remember buttons? Boy, does this phone sure have them

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Re: Phone cameras

Then again to be fair the use case for this phone is not myself as no way do I buy an ugly ass phone with buttons on it. Mid 2000s might have been a good vintage for wines (not sure was it?) but not phones. Had a Treo back in the day and don't miss it a bit. BB was better sure but low bar.

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Re: Phone cameras

>They'd sell maybe five units worldwide - if they're lucky.

Yeah the luddite Boomer market isn't particularly big or with fat margins for sure. Get disgusted with the selfie culture as much as the next middle age person but do take pictures of my kids from time to time and have zero desire to carry both a work and personal phone.

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A pretty and helpful user interface? Nahhh. Is that really you, Samsung?

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Re: Form over function

That is the main reason the only Samsung phone I ever owned was the Galaxy Nexus was because as a general rule I am only going to buy a phone from the company responsible for the OS itself. I am sure the Android ecosystem has gotten much better about updates but if putting out big dosh I want one company responsible for everything.

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Microsoft loves Linux so much its R Open install script rm'd /bin/sh

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Re: Remember the rule

Uggh as a grey beard just seeing the command ln -s /bin/bash /bin/sh depresses me.

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Platinum partner had 'affair' with my wife – then Oracle screwed me, ex-sales boss claims

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Re: Employment law, huh!

Its all a balance I suppose. In some places in Europe strict labor laws are partially responsible for youth unemployment being astronomical for example. We are the other side of the coin where our whole culture is built to the advantage of corporations. Not sure maybe the UK has a nice balance.

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Internet engineers tear into United Nations' plan to move us all to IPv6

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Re: Mapping plan

>You're on TalkTalk aren't you?

Nope CenturyLink. Wrong continent. Probably the equivalent in that they are one of the slower options with crap customer service but also only choice for getting decent standalone internet for $40 a month (no bundling garbage).

>you can do it with a 6in4 tunnel.

Completely indifferent to ipv6 so if it doesn't autoconfig then I can't be bothered. Network engineers care a lot more about it than end users at this point.

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Re: Mapping plan

In my case my router is all ready to go with IPv6 I believe and does assign it on the local network but my router can't seem to pull an v6 ip from my ADSL ISP. Should just work when ISP start supporting it I believe.

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Re: Mapping plan

(Edit: my earlier comment was incorrect, here is the correct quote) - So we could assign an IPV6 address to EVERY ATOM ON THE SURFACE OF THE EARTH, and still have enough addresses left to do another 100+ earths. It isn’t remotely likely that we’ll run out of IPV6 addresses at any time in the future.

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ISP popped router ports, saving customers the trouble of making themselves hackable

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amen

Yep even have LEDE on my DSL modem but alas did have to find a dsl binary blob from a reputable source as the one that comes with LEDE is garbage for my model. Still beats trusting my ISP and their fail hardware for sure.

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Astroboffins find most distant source of oxygen in the universe

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Re: LIFE

Has a shit ton of methane though.

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Re: tangent time

Except the universe is not contracting and looks like it never will so always leary of supporting some cyclical theory that says this time its unique. Plus anything with string theory is pretty much a no go as with that whole brane collision crap. General relativity already allows for white holes and they think they might have even seen one https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GRB_060614 .Makes sense because time's arrow in reverse can't go past the moment of the white hole which is pretty much the definition of a white hole. Of course Hawking was about a billion times smarter than me and he leaned towards the quantum tunneling explanation IIRC so yeah that is probably it. Still bubbles of universes forming out of existing universes nearly infinitely is mighty tempting and doesn't require ours to be unique in any way.

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I got 257 problems, and they're all open source: Report shines light on Wild West of software

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Re: "every closed source software vendor has their own license usually with onerous restrictions"

>With closed source only the vendor can make changes to the code.

Generally its more expensive but paying the vendor to support the code has many advantages in the real world. Plenty of bad open source and good closed source and vice versa. Horses for courses.

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You love Systemd – you just don't know it yet, wink Red Hat bods

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Re: Poettering still doesn't get it... Pid 1 is for people wearing big boy pants.

SystemD is corporate money (Redhat support dollars) triumphing over the long hairs sadly. Enough money can buy a shitload of code and you can overwhelm the hippies with hairball dependencies (the key moment was udev being dependent on systemd) and soon get as much FOSS as possible dependent on the Linux kernel. This has always been the end game as Red Hat makes its bones on Linux specifically not on FOSS in general (that say runs on Solaris or HP-UX). The tighter they can glue the FOSS ecosystem and the Linux kernel together ala Windows lite style the better for their bottom line. Poettering is just being a good employee asshat extraordinaire he is.

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Industry whispers: Qualcomm mulls Arm server processor exit

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Re: RISC-V is the future

>Perhaps the downvoters could explain to us just why RISC-V is not the future?

Vested interest in either their employer or their big bad geek game rig powered by X at home?

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JEDI mind tricks: Brakes slammed on Pentagon's multibillion cloud deal

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Re: Oracle lobbying in action?

Wouldn't be surprised to suddenly see someone partnered with Boeing who is usually the one to get these Pentagon procurements cancelled mid stream.

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Windows Notepad fixed after 33 years: Now it finally handles Unix, Mac OS line endings

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Re: Is this the end of unix2dos?

No because Geany on windows can't handle some exotic encodings unless you do a unix2dos first. Of course now you can just open it in Notepad and resave it as well (do actual work in Notepad not so much). Still prefer to drop into a cygwin command line to fix it than open through UI.

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Zombie Cambridge Analytica told 'death' can't save it from the law

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Re: Fob off is a very polite way of describing it

>he has no more right to his data than a tale an in a cave in Afghanistan.

Huh? Get and agree with your general gist and usually not pedantic but that sentence is a WTFer.

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Warren Buffett says cryptocurrency attracts charlatans, AI won’t change investing

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Re: I do like that they admit to (some) mistakes.

When you have generated as much wealth as they have over such a long period easier to cop to mistakes. They are long past having to pump up and sell their brand (name, company, etc) day to day.

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