* Posts by Rick Giles

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How an Amazon engineer's slip-up started a 20-hour Netflix cock-up

Rick Giles
Linux

Now that I know

Netflix is using Amazon's cloud I may just have to drop them. This is the kind of shit that is going to happen more and more as these idiots give up control of their data and infrastructure.

Besides the fact that Netflix doesn't have a Linux app is probably the main reason I want to drop them.

UK cops: How we sniffed out convicted AnonOps admin 'Nerdo'

Rick Giles
Coat

@harmjschoonhoven Re: AC@13:46

Nah. You want the good low voltage with that high chunky current. Not the other way 'round.

Your smartphone browser: A ZOMBIE in password-crunching botnet

Rick Giles
Trollface

There was a title, but I lost it to the cloud because someone was mis-using the HTML rendering farm

Looks like I awoke a CIO trying to get upper manglement to buy off on his cloud idea...

Rick Giles
Pirate

And yet...

They want you to believe your data is safe(r) in the cloud. Once you let someone else manager your data, it is no longer your data. Build your own "cloud", even though you probably already have it. They're called servers for those of you blinded by marketing.

Microsoft's anti-Android Twitter campaign draws ire, irony

Rick Giles
Pirate

Re: Hackers would go after Windows phones...

You are sadly mistaken. There is a lot more Linux out there than the MS fanbois want to admit. I have 2 personal machines at home that run a MS OS and both of those are for the children so they can play the games that they like until the game makers can perform a cranial rectal extraction from MS and write for a better platform. Everthing else in the house, the 2 servers, mine and the wife's laptops, the Tivo's,the Blueray and the TV all run some form of Linux.

I'm currently working on a POC at work to show that we can use Linux to conduct our business to free ourselves from the MS license shackles and have better control over what our data is doing.

Ten Linux apps you must install

Rick Giles
FAIL

Re: Normal people don't use Linux

>>With the above, is it any wonder no one takes Linux seriously?

>M$ FUD is why no one takes Linux seriously. Remember the troll that bought the Dell computer preloaded with Windows and then got U.S. National news attention because she could do her college course work? That was all a setup.

$h1t... I screwed the pooch on this one...

She got a Dell with *Linux* pre-installed...

http://www.wkow.com/Global/story.asp?S=9667184

or this more slanted article

http://www.inquisitr.com/15383/worlds-dumbest-woman-blames-ubuntu-for-college-failure/

Rick Giles
Trollface

Re: Most important thing any Linux user needs to install:

"Most important thing any Linux user needs to install:

Windows 8, and join the 21st century. Innovation beyond compare, it's what Linux will be doing in 5 years after all the ideas have been copied."

Jerk alert! - Mouth (the Goonies)

Rick Giles
FAIL

Re: Normal people don't use Linux

>>"It quite likely has new device variants requiring updated drivers which aren't available in existing distro releases."

This is because M$ has most of the hardware vendors by the short and curly's.

>From the horse's mouth - Linux doesn't support new hardware.

I'm not going to make any analogies on the other end of the horse...

>>"Of course, if you're too much of a muppet to realise any of this, you should stick to buying pre-installed kit."

>And insults.

Nope. That is a true and accurate statement. That's the difference between buying a new car or one that needs a little work to keep running. Most people don't want the challenge/reward of understanding the thing they are using.

>With the above, is it any wonder no one takes Linux seriously?

M$ FUD is why no one takes Linux seriously. Remember the troll that bought the Dell computer preloaded with Windows and then got U.S. National news attention because she could do her college course work? That was all a setup.

Rick Giles
Linux

Re: Only 2: GParted and Libre Office

"Normal people don't use Linux"

You're right. Intelligent people use Linux because they want to figure things out on their own so they can understand what they are doing and not be spoon fed by the man.

Rick Giles
Linux

Re: Only 2: GParted and Libre Office

"Windows users survive without one..."

They don't survive as musch as they go from one near disaster after another...

Rick Giles
Linux

Re: I've been using Linux since mid-late 1993 (Slackware).

"where they could do some real damage to the industry."

Which industry? The one that Microsoft has enslaved everyone with?

IBM insider: How I caught my wife while bug-hunting on OS/2

Rick Giles
Facepalm

"I wish to make it clear that I’m not saying IBM had the worst HR of any firm in the world, merely that my 28 years in technology and banking have never exposed a worse one to me."

So far, banking was the worst for me, technology wise. They want everything to run on the latest OS (XP at the time) on a machine that would barely handle Windows 2.0. They also wanted you on call but would provide a laptop or a VPN connection if you had your own PC/Laptop. Then they would get pissed at you when it would take about an hour to get to where you could look at the problem.

Good times.

BOFH: Hasta la Vista... luser

Rick Giles
WTF?

Re: You do IT for a living? ... Could you ....

WTH is a Windows KVM?

Rick Giles
Linux

Re: I'm so glad we run an all-Linux shop here

Are you in the States? Do you have any job openings???

I wish they would switch to Linux where I'm at. They would be so much better off.

I up-voted you as some Wintard fanboi must have down voted you.

Lawyer sues Microsoft rather than slot an SD card into his Surface

Rick Giles
Linux

Re: MS should just post him a free sdcard

> Nope. Your "64K" Commodore 64 had the full 64K available to programs. What you are confused with is the "38911 BASIC BYTES FREE" message you got. Anything written in basic could only use 38911 bytes but other programs could use the full 64K.

Nope, you are wrong. The 64K (65535) was the amount of addressable memory locations for an 8 bit CPU. Now those memory locations might be the ROM where the video memory was, kernel, I/O, etc. The amount of available to the user space was 38911 bytes.

Now, everyone shut and put Linux on your Surface. You'll get more free usable storage space that way and those pesky tiles will be gone.

Star Wars VII: The Disney Movie signs Toy Story III script genius

Rick Giles
Coffee/keyboard

@Efros Re: As long as they show Jar-Jar-Binks being evicerated.............

...Jar-Jar gets donkey punched by a Rancor...

You sir, owe me a keyboard!

BOFH: Can't you just ... NO, I JUST CAN'T

Rick Giles
FAIL

Re: F***ing brilliant

Wrong analogy there Ian.

Rules and procedures in IT are in no way comparable to medicine.

Never been through an IT audit have you?

Go troll elsewhere.

Rick Giles
Linux

Up until the end

it sounded like one of my regular work days. I was starting to get bored.

BOFH: Tenacious B and the Printer of Destiny

Rick Giles
FAIL

Re: @Dan Paul @perlcat

"So those units reach their end of lease..."

You were doing good until you missed that one little statement there perlcat.

We have the same problem here. Our Xerox MFCs get replaced on occasion as their lease is up and the new one ends up needing a new print driver that breaks this in-house program that we have to get the developers to fix for freaking everyone just because 5 people can't print from the program now.

Although, now we have some XP machines running legacy software that doesn't play well in a VM and the vendor is nowhere to be found.

Rick Giles
Thumb Up

Re: All the "meaningful text" in the world won't help.

That is the elegant and simple truth, perlcat!

LARGEST BELCH EVER SEEN devastates gassy GIANT Saturn

Rick Giles
Happy

Re: Monoliths?

From the "Silent Running (1972)" wiki page:

"Trumbull had been involved with creating effects for 2001: A Space Odyssey. Director Stanley Kubrick wanted the Stargate sequence of that film to be centered around Saturn, but there were technical difficulties in getting the special effects for it finished in the limited timeframe. The Saturn idea was scrapped, and Kubrick substituted Jupiter instead. Trumbull developed the sequence after production, and it was recreated for Saturn in Silent Running"

Pilfering sysadmin gets four years and $2.3m fine for kit theft

Rick Giles
Joke

So....

Does Verizon and Cisco get to cop a feel in lieu of reimbursement?

Politico's locked room mystery Linux install crime solved

Rick Giles
Linux

Re: Pay An MCSE

"MCSEs earn more on average than Linux admins..."

Must be hard doing that point and click method of admining.

Rick Giles
Joke

Re: Still weak explanation!

"I say someone was told to install it, but put it on the wrong machine and is now hurriedly covering their arse."

Are you saying that the boys were paid to chuck the concrete blocks through the (wrong) Windows?

Don't panic: Arctic methane emissions have been going on for ages

Rick Giles
Joke

Re: Every new discovery is a victim to Uestani type xenophobia.

"Anyone know what fear of science is called?"

Uh, organized Religion?

AMD engineering another Opteron-like leap

Rick Giles
WTF?

Re: I used to love AMD CPU's

WTF were the downvotes for?

Rick Giles
Linux

I used to love AMD CPU's

Then Intel pulled a Microsoft and got several game companies to have special optimizations in the game that relied on pieces that the PIII processor had (Battlezone II was one game I know) that seemed to make the games play slower or unreliably on AMD processors.

Torvalds bellows: 'The GNOME PEOPLE are in TOTAL DENIAL'

Rick Giles
Joke

@Eadon Re: Torvalds is turning out to be

You've got a little something brown on your nose you need to wipe off...

Mystery virus attack blows Qatari gas giant RasGas offline

Rick Giles
Linux

Yawn

When are people going to wise up and dump Windows?

Facebook shoves your face in Microsoft's Bing thing

Rick Giles
Pirate

Re: Why don't these f*ckers tell us when they are sharing OUR SHIT ...

"Why don't these f*ckers tell us when they are sharing OUR SHIT" - "But you agreed to the terms!" - Steve Jobs ala Southpark.

Rick Giles
Linux

Re: Iv've been contemplating it any way...

"Does your pengiun have an allergy to all things MS then?" (sic) - not really, it just doesn't like them a whole helluva lot.

Rick Giles
Linux

Iv've been contemplating it any way...

I think it's about time to cancel the FB account. If there is one of those annoying "exit sruveys" I'll let them know tat it was mostly due to the MS bullshite.

Cloud 'destroys time' and fracking is great innovation

Rick Giles
Big Brother

Re: Who are these people?!

"Dude, MS are way behind in Cloud-land."

True. But, they are the ones that had the TV ads that people will remember

With out the use of The Google, who is Elisha Gray?

Rick Giles
Linux

Who are these people?!

They all have an agenda to push because the Cloud will make them all money. The Cloud is probably the second largest scam being foisted on people. Savings & Loan was the first.

Microsloth started their whole "To the Cloud" nonsense to get the idea into peoples brains so that when the go to a business that is going to or is using the cloud, they don't give it much thought. IT people know what kind of shite it really is.

Keep your servers under your control.

1 MILLION accounts leaked in megahack on banks, websites

Rick Giles
Linux

Re: Apoplectic

True.

Now change my down vote using your scripts.

Rick Giles
Pirate

Apoplectic

Sweet Jesus, I figured El Reg would get it right, but noooo.... It is Cracker not Hacker. Just like they don't call them safe hackers. Be a trend setter by doing something right.

As for the CRACKERS, they aren't really hurting banks in so much as they think, if they are leaking the banks customer info. That hurt s the average person that they should be helping to protect from the banks. If they want to do some good they need to expose the banks for the scam they are.

Hotel keycard firm issues fixes after Black Hat hacker breaks locks

Rick Giles
Pirate

@Blain Harmon

"Signed, an ex tow-truck driver who used to slim-jim his car open because it was quicker than going back to the house for keys."

How did you start the car? Hot wire it?

Rick Giles
Joke

In these tough economic times....

I see a possible avenue for an additional revenue steam.

"Wanna by a laptop that was just, er, given to me?"

We're raising generations of MUTANT KIDS, says Icelandic study

Rick Giles
Coffee/keyboard

@Yet Another Anonymous coward Re: historical data

My cow-orkers are looking at me funny. I must be slap happy, but that was frikkin' funny.

Don't get sued or cuffed on Twitter: Read these top 10 pitfalls

Rick Giles
Linux

Re: Can someone please explain this sentence?

No, no, no. Your account was cracked. Prove it wasn't.

Linux, because no one cracks Linux.

Booth babes banned by Chinese gaming expo

Rick Giles
Coat

Re: Why does the indusrty... @Oliver Mayes

His wife must read El Reg too.

Mines the one with my walking papers in the pocket....

BIG BOOBS banished from Linux kernel

Rick Giles
Coffee/keyboard

Re: Sweet Jesus in a chariot driven sidecar...

You sir, owe me a keyboard...

US flags from the 1970s SEEN ON MOON

Rick Giles
Linux

Just like Microsoft and tablet computing...

The US will wait 'til someone else gets (back) there and then it will be a mad dash for us to build some space worthy vehicles.

The reason we haven't gone back isn't because of the cash, it's because the Zionists want us all in one place.

IT departments are BRATTY TEENAGERS

Rick Giles
Coat

What's a schedule?

I've worked break/fix for many years and it always galled me when some jack wagon in manglement would come in and say we needed to have a schedule for what we were doing/going to do. Then they would get mad at us when we deviated from the schedule. It all came to a head when something of import broke and I schedule the repair in the next open slot... two weeks out.

Needless to say, they left us alone after that.

-mines the one with the USB flash drive loaded with my resume (CV for you none Americans) in the pocket.

Microsoft unfurls patent lasso, snares Linux servers

Rick Giles
Mushroom

Re: @Rick Giles

And you suffer from being a cowardly git.

Rick Giles
Linux

"Horacio Gutierrez, corporate vice president and deputy general counsel for Microsoft's Intellectual Property Group – said this time that Microsoft's licensing programme "ensures respect for its world-class intellectual property portfolio while at the same time making available to others the result of its multi-billion dollar annual investment in research and development"."

Translated as "Since we can't defeat Linux in a fair fight, we will use Dark Magic to ensure that we have money coming in even if we don't sell a single piece of crap software again."

Rick Giles says, "Horacio, nut up or shut up."

Translated as "Show us the 'infringing' patents so that we may eradicate it's supposed existence and get on with the rest of our lives. And by the way, %@#~ off."

Rick Giles
Alert

Holy crap! I predicted this two years ago....

In forum SCO rises from the dead (again)

Submitted on Thursday 8th July 2010 22:15 GMT

Posted Thursday 8th July 2010 23:17 GMT

Rick Giles

Linux

This is a forshadowing of what Microsoft will be someday

At the hands of StevieB. They'll constantly be suing all and sundry that have dumped them to cut their costly license fees to Microsoft for products that are inherently better and give them more control of their servers and workstations.

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