* Posts by Long John Brass

662 posts • joined 12 Apr 2007


IBM servers crashed in Q4 – just sales, not the mother of all outages

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Read something a short while ago discussing why modern companies are so obsessed with growth; The argument was the way that taxes were calculated for Dividends .vs Capital gains. Maybe it's time to rethink tax structures such that this idiotic driver for ever bigger ever faster growth in share value gets taken behind the wood-shed...

Meet YouTube-linked games-streaming Stadia, yet another thing Google will axe in two years (unless it kills Twitch)

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Who the hell would trust this...

Pay for games & hardware that might get dropped at any time?

Pay for games that might get yanked off the service or censored at any time?

Sorry but no, a NetFlix style service for games and a really bad idea IMHO.

If I can't buy physical media or download the installer to run on my hardware I'm not interested.

Back to ASICs: Nvidia coughs GPU-uge $6.9bn to scoff Mellanox

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What marketroid came up this this little lot

<marketing_wank>Addressing this demand will require holistic architectures that connect vast numbers of fast computing nodes over intelligent networking fabrics to form a giant data centre-scale compute engine.</marketing_wank>

Wow; Just wow.

/Mines the one with the large shit shovel next to it

You've been dying to know. Here's the answer: The Milky Way tips the cosmic scales at '1.5tr' times mass of the Sun

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Re: MOND ?

The problem is that ugly truths often molest beautiful theories. Not trying to comment about MOND in any way; Just pointing out that the universe is under no obligation to work in a neat pleasing manner.

"There is always an easy solution to every human problem--neat, plausible, and wrong."

SpaceX Crew Dragon: Launched and docked. Now, about that splashdown...

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a bit of gravity

No; We have lots and lots of places to do Science where there is a bit of gravity. ISS is the lab where we can do science where there is "no" gravity.

Lenovo kicks down door of MWC, dumps a stack of sexy new ThinkPads

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Re: Two words that just do not sit well together are 'sexy' and 'thinkpad'

They are ummmm errr orthopaedic; But I quite like them :)

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Flinger print scanner? Really?

Real Linux using men can remember passwords and type!

/me runs for the hills, chased by angry mob

Where's Zero Cool when you need him? Loose chips sink ships: How hackers could wreck container vessels

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Oh God No. No God why oh why did you...

Hey I liked that movie :)

"There are worse things than death; And I can do *ALL* of them"

Twilight of the sundials: Archaic timepiece dying out and millennials are to blame, reckons boffin

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Re: I'll Bite.... Yes, I know he was trolling

The ancient Greek philosophers were very much of the 'thought experiment' mould - very uninterested in practical mechanics[1]

So the Greeks were the Scientists and the Romans the Engineers?

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Re: I'll Bite.... Yes, I know he was trolling

If you are interested in the Antikythera Mechanism this might appeal :)


You know the drill: SAP has asked Joe Public to name Munich arena so go forth and be very silly

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Re: Erm...

No no no...

It's an areas so it has to be SAPpy McSAPlace

What did turbonerds do before the internet? 41 years ago, a load of BBS

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Fido *woof*

Ran a Maximus BBS + gateway to a couple of Fido networks(Including the real thing) and many many door games.

I seem to recall BRE-2000[?] was really popular as it hooked into the Fido dialer allowing raids on other BBS systems

Was the bulk forum/mail/fido mail thingie BlueWave?

I clearly remember zone mail hour & the songs the MFM drives + modem made as mail went in and out of that system :)

Ahhh the good bad old days :)

Crash, bang, wallop: What a power-down. But what hit the kill switch?

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Re: Not Unique...

Did the Turbo-Button really change the clocks on the ISA bus? The VLBus I could believe, but the ISA one as well?

RIP Dr Peuto, Zilog and Sun's bright SPARC

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Re: Z-8000 not a Z-80 after inflation.

DataPoint - Don't hear that name much anymore... Spent a few years as a code monkey on RMS and later RMS/XA systems/networks

Dear god I'm old :)

It's OK, everyone – Congress's smart-cookie Republicans have the answer to America's net neutrality quandary

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Re: I've always wondered...

ISPs are already able to sell different level of services restraining available bandwidth

Yes exactly and one of the solutions ISP/Telcos sell is called MPLS. If $corp wants guaranteed bandwidth/latency they can buy a VPC/MPLS style circuit that delivers exactly that!

WeWork restructuring bites El Reg hacks where it hurts as afternoon brew delayed

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Re: Perhaps a corporate rebranding is in order

Collect the joss sticks, cook the vegan barista... BBQ is served!

Accused hacker Lauri Love to sue National Crime Agency to retrieve confiscated computing kit

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Not sure I'd trust...

Anything that came back. Treat the kit & drives as potentially radio-active. Dog knows what nasties have been dropped on the drives and firmware.

Sysadmin's three-line 'annoyance-buster' busts painstakingly crafted, crucial policy

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Re: “headend”

Usually you don't have your DNS master serving traffic. You have multiple DNS slaves that serve traffic to the great unwashed. The master is the place you make edits that are then pushed to the slaves.

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Re: Putting dates in names

No, don't put dates in names. That just makes the names harder to understand. If the files are called "system_restart"

No no no

you copy system_restart to system_restart_YYMMDD_<Your initials here>

Then edit system_restart

Core blimey... When is an AMD CPU core not a CPU core? It's now up to a jury of 12 to decide

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Keep lawyers out of engineering please

If I build a CPU that executes 8 simultaneous execution streams at once, but shares a *large* pool of integer, FP, move store units such that any given execution path can get any execution unit or units; then is that eight "cores" or one? I not talking hyper threading here I'm talking 8 simultaneous threads.

If you then add out of order into the above mix it gets real interesting. You can argue that a given CPU doesn't have enough FP units or wastes load/store units.

But then modern CPUs already do a lot of what I described above, where do you draw the line?

Especially as the line keeps bloody moving :)

Keep the lawyers out of it otherwise we all and up as buggy whip makers

Stalk my pals on social media and you'll know that the next words out of my mouth will be banana hammock

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Re: Clearly bollocks.

Hopefully enough to keep my data away from prying scumbag eyes

Yes; Yes; You have completely hidden your tracks online. Well done you :)

Oh BTW your are out of toothpaste and also need more tin foil; Don't forget to pick some up on your way home!

Dear humans, We thought it was time we looked through YOUR source code. We found a mystery ancestor. Signed, the computers

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Re: Many mysteries

Hmmmm; While true, it also means that Neanderthal, Denisovians & H-Sapiens are the same "race" because they are able to interbreed. But we don't consider Dogs & Wolves to be the same "race" but they can interbreed too... No?

I agree talking about humans in terms of race is stupid. We are all just walking bags of mostly water :)

World's first robot hotel massacres half of its robot staff

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Re: The room doll was removed

> No, silicone. With an E on the end. Totally different stuff. You really wouln’t want to get frisky with a lump of silicon.

Is that where I've been going wrong. Explains a few things :)

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Re: The room doll was removed

The inflatable ones are strictly bargain basement models these days. Good quality one are made out of TPE. And the really good ones Silicon.

Spektr-R goes quiet, Dragon splashes down and SpaceX lays off

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Re: Stainless Steel?

I think it was Scott Manley that suggested the reason maybe that Stainless Steel would make for a good reflector of the heat from the plasma generated by re-entry

Where is my Stainless Steel Rat icon damnit!

The D in SystemD stands for Dammmit... Security holes found in much-adored Linux toolkit

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Devuan user here

Sits back and gloats :)

Smug_Mode = ON;

Bish, Bash... gosh! Good ol' Bourne Again Shell takes a bow as it reaches version five-point-zero

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Re: Bourne Again Shell (Bash – geddit?)

Ahhh yes the good old combo...

$ stty sane

$ stty erase ^?

A Christmas classic: Cloudera founder asks staff to stay another day

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Of course I'll stay ...

As a contractor; My rate is really unreasonable :)

Supernovae may explain mass extinctions of marine animals 2.6 million years ago

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Re: A bear of little brain asks...

Its easier to make Iron-60 from something heavier like Nickel or Cobalt - you hit it with radiation and it creates an isotope than then decays to Iron-60 - not sure of the route yet!

Not a NukeE but as far as I know hitting anything with radiation won't do a damned thing about/to its atomic number. For that you need something heavy like a Neutron

The internet is going to hell and its creators want your help fixing it

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liberal impulses

I wonder to what extent this happens in reverse - western cultural hegemony projected towards those nations (and others) as 'liberal impulses'.

What part of current western cultural hegemony is liberal? We have had the the right wing authoritarian won't someone think of the children in the name of common decency. 1/2 time change side now its the left wing authoritarian bastards with, Diversity, inclusivity & hate speech.

Nothing liberal in the efforts and mind sets of either crowd as far as I can see. They both want to shut you up, and will think nothing of destroying you if you don't.

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To be fair, The internet provided all the things that were hoped for and much much more.

You can watch training videos and find reference texts for anything from Blacksmithing or Plumbing to Compiler and Language design. Fancy some history or Nuclear Physics the net has you covered. It has amplified our abilities to communicate and collaborate in ways never heretofore dreamt of.

It also created the "global village" for those old enough to remember that lovely piece of marketing wank; Turns out that is a bit of an issue for some, never mind the inevitable culture clashes and language issues. But it exposes people of one mindset to people of radically different mindsets and people have a bad habit of loosing their shit when that kind of thing happens

It will take a while for human social norms to adapt to this new way of doing/dealing with things.

I find it equally horrifying and funny that the same clowns that moan about Chinese censorship will in the very next breath demand protection from the "trolls". (Diversity and hate speech)

What a meth: Woman held for 3 months after cops mistake candy floss for hard drugs

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Sue for say 500 million. You don't do it expecting to win, you do it to generate a media frenzy. Then things will very quickly change.

Linux lobby org joins with RISC-V bods to promote open chip spec

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Re: There is Another Open Source CPU...

MIPS too; Or is MIPS part of the Power family. Also SPARC is open hardware these days too no?

Australia's 'snoop minister' wants crypto-busting law probe wound up, proposals back into parliament

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Re: Evolutionary backwater

Cuz! Been a while :)

Germany pushes router security rules, OpenWRT and CCC push back

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Re: Both sides

Laws and regulation aren't necessarily the same thing. Most of the time the laws states that manufacturers of X must comply with regulation a, b and subsection 12 of c.

I'm not a big fan of government and/or bureaucracy, but it does have it's place. Minimum standards of safety in the goods & services offered to the public are one where it is appropriate in my opinion. Leaving everything up the the court system just doesn't work in all these cases.

Behold, the world's most popular programming language – and it is...wait, er, YAML?!?

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Re: Makes me pine for the days of XML...

The problem is not XML per se; The issue was that every bell end and his mutt, trying to use it for things it was never a good fit for; Case in point config files. Yes I'm looking at you SUN.

Transferring data between complex systems in a machine portable fashion, yes. As a config file for ${foo}? oh dear god no :(

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Re: everything YAML-fied? [just, no]

Remember back in the day when "expert" systems and 4-GLs would render programmers obsolete?

Hahaha good times :)

Oh no I've run over by the hype-train! Never mind here comes the Magic Bus :/

Another Meltdown, Spectre security scare: Data-leaking holes riddle Intel, AMD, Arm chips

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Re: And in other news

Bugger! sorry; Must have missed that one :(

My bad

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And in other news

Apparently there is a new form of this attack call "Port Smash"

I seems to work by timing the use of the various LU blocks in modern Hyper-threaded CPUs

Open the pod bay doors: Voice of HAL 9000 Douglas Rain dies at 90

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Re: just in yime then...

I loved it.... but my now, my girlfriend won't ever go with me to see another movie...ever again...

So it's win win then :)

Bomb squad descends on suspicious package to find something much more dangerous – a Journey cassette

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Re: Crimes against music

Icon reflects the total lack of real relevance to IT for this article

I take it you've never used audio cassettes to load programs into your computer?

/Mines the one that goes Sweeeeerrrrkk Skwick Swick

And get the hell off my lawn you damned whippersnappers

GitHub lost a network link for 43 seconds, went TITSUP for a day

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Re: re: Why did GitHub take a day to resync

DB replication can be a bastard. Think monotonically increasing ID style keys. If both nodes have different data records for the same primary key entry for ID 12345 that are then linked into other data records, then you have to untangle the mess. In dual node systems you can do odds & evens, but in multi node clusters it gets a lot uglier

Not a DBA, but I pretend sometimes when the real DBAs are away.

50 ways to leave your lover, but four to sniff browser history

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Re: A whiff of the websites you've visited

My guess would be yes. It appears to be a browser based attack and therefore unlikely to be OS specific.

The D in Systemd stands for 'Dammmmit!' A nasty DHCPv6 packet can pwn a vulnerable Linux box

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Re: Meh

Yes, but not really the problem in this case. Any DHCP client is going to have to run at least part of the time as root. There's not enough nuance in the Linux privilege model to allow it to manipulate network interfaces, otherwise.

Sorry but utter bullshit. You can if you are so inclined you can use the Linux Capabilities framework for this kind of thing. See https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/capabilities

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Re: The gift that keeps on giving (systemd) !!!

Finally got all my machines cut over from Debian to Devuan.

Might spin a FreeBSD system up in a VM and have a play.

I suspect that the infestation of stupid into the Linux space won't stop with or be limited to SystemD. I will wait and watch to see what damage the re-education gulag has done to Sweary McSwearFace (Mr Torvalds)

Pirate radio = drug dealing and municipal broadband is anti-competitive censorship

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Slippery slope; And not the fun kind

The events have further strengthened the argument that online discourse needs some kind of controls for the worst kind of speech – that which incites violence

Most civilised countries already have laws on the book for that. The problem with "hate" speech laws is who decides what is hate speech? Calling for violence is easy and specific. Hate? I am X and I don't like Y, is that hate speech? Be careful what you wish for, the weapons you build to de-platform & banish from polite society then tar 'n feather *will* be turned against you down the road.

Welcome to fear and self-loathing in the internet age

Yes but it's not just the Right doing this; The Left has been de-platforming people too. Doesn't matter who is doing it; Silencing dissenting opinions is never good. We teach children not to lash out with their fists, we teach them "use your words"; what happens then when you take people words from them? How do you think that story ends?

For the record, I'm not on the right politically, I'm centre left. It sickens and saddens me that the Left has abandoned the free expression of words and ideas for an ideology of repression. As an old fart I remember when the god fearing right were the ones dictating words, thoughts and actions in the name of common decency; Now it appears its the lefts turn at the pulpit, this time under the guise of inclusion, diversity & words that hurt feelings.

♫ Dickheads to the right of me, arsehole to the left; Here I am ... ♫

Californian chap sets his folks' home on fire by successfully taking out spiders with blowtorch

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@Muscleguy: Not many dangerous species here in NZ. However the the Avondale Spider is fearsome to behold. It was featured in the Movie Archnaphoobia. Further reading here https://www.landcareresearch.co.nz/science/plants-animals-fungi/animals/invertebrates/systematics/spiders/avondale-spider

However Orcland has other issues :)

Official: IBM to gobble Red Hat for $34bn – yes, the enterprise Linux biz

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More some sort of purply colour, I'd have thought

Big Purple?

DXC share price tumbles on El Reg bombshell of Americas boss ejection

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Halloween story

Now gather round little ones...

There exists a tribe called the PHBs whose grasp on facts reason and reality is very thin

They believe that the most important thing for companies is efficiency and profit

They calculate this by money payed by in customers / money spent on techies

They reason that as they reduce the number of techies the more money they make from the customers

So if you reduce the number of techies to zero you have *infinite profit*

SQLite creator crucified after code of conduct warns devs to love God, and not kill, commit adultery, steal, curse...

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Re: Seriously though

Yeah 15 down-votes thus far.... I guess they don't like a CoC up their pun


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