* Posts by Long John Brass

641 posts • joined 12 Apr 2007


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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Seriously though

That CoC is a load of wank

Roughly 30 years after its birth at UK's Acorn Computers, RISC OS 5 is going open source

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Re: I see butt plug, i upvote...

11 down-votes, I see the puritan I'm offended by that crowd are out in force again today

F***=off, Google tells its staff: Any mention of nookie now banned from internal files, URLs

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Convenient switch hides an inconvenient truth

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Re: a bit thin?

A real Canadian is someone who knows how to make love in a canoe. The secret starts by finding a nice romantic spot under a tree to put the canoe down...

Is that when they get eat (out) by a bear?

OK ok I'm going

Redis does a Python, crushes 'offensive' master, slave code terms

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Re: I just got back from a rather large data center.

Like, oh, I dunno, CODE, maybe?

If they could code they wouldn't be complaining. They would be too busy doing something actually useful!

Here is the problem; The people who complain will never ever be satisfied. If you give in to them once, they will just come back for another byte of the "I'm offended pie". It's all they know and it's all they can do; They have no other use, skill or ability.

The one and only solution is to starve them of their oxygen by simply ignoring them. Don't answer or respond in any way (just send all comms they spurt to the wast-bin)

Python joins movement to dump 'offensive' master, slave terms

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not being a jerk

I do wish the "I'm offended by that" crowd would learn this lesson

Register-Orbi-damned: Netgear account order irks infosec bods

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Imagine if you had to check-in with Toyota or BMW

Don't image; That's already happening! A few EL-Reg articles ago they were talking about the problems de/re-registering connected cars with the mother-ship.

This kind of stupid is everywhere now. I think I'll be hanging on to my '94 Civic until the wheels fall off. Unfortunately that could be any day now :(

A boss pinching pennies may have cost his firm many, many pounds

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Re: Developer PC

[1] Silly question in this forum: of course half of you remember that!

X11 from scratch from sunsite.unc.edu - 4 days.

NASA 'sextortionist' allegedly tricked women into revealing their password reset answers, stole their nude selfies

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Re: Is there anyone who ISN'T...

I used to; Had to take them down.

Various animal protection agencies wanted to prosecute me for animal cruelty. Something to do with the mange ridden, starving, blind, lame, overweight, rabid animal I was keeping.

Not very flattering.

European nations told to sort out 'digital tax' on tech giants by end of year

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Re: taxation vs economic activity


Yes taxation depresses economic growth. However if $BigCorp doesn't pay their share, then the slack must be picked up by others. Roads, Police, Military, Water, Power infrastructure there are many things that taxes pay for that we all use. You end up in a tragedy of the commons type of situation if some players don't pay their share.

Now the question becomes how do you encourage (force) entities to play fairly? I don't know the answer, don't think anyone does; If they did there would be a well established protocol for that. The fact that everyone is banging around trying everything and anything in hopes of stumbling across the right answer is proof of that.

The argument "are the taxes here or there too high or too low" is moot until we can find a way to make sure that in a globally interconnected world that at least the majority of players either can't cheat or won't cheat for $reasons.

Trainer regrets giving straight answer to staffer's odd question

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Cheap tools

My policy is similar... Buy the cheapest that will actually do the job (Really cheap tools cause more problems than they solve). If you use it enough to kill it buy a "good" one.

Heads up: Fujitsu tips its hand to reveal exascale Arm supercomputer processor – the A64FX

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Makes me feel old. No love for Doom any more.

Imagine a Beowulf cluster of these things :)

Fire chief says Verizon throttled department's data in the middle of massive Cali wildfires

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Unlimited; that word does not mean what you think it means

This customer purchased a government contract plan for a high-speed wireless data allotment at a set monthly cost. Under this plan, users get an unlimited amount of data but speeds are reduced when they exceed their allotment until the next billing cycle

To be fair if the fire department only pays for the cheapest plan available then what do they expect to happen? And reading closer I see "data allotment at a set monthly cost".

Corporate double speak ... do you want a unlimited limited plan or a limited unlimited plan?

Still bit of a dick move on Verizons' part.

Security MadLibs: Your IoT electrical outlet can now pwn your smart TV

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Re: Low Impact - Really?

Surge current is a thing. You may well damage the "smart" switch, the device that connected to it and possibly trip the breaker. Depending on the design I wouldn't put it past the "smart" switch to catch fire either :(

Use Debian? Want Intel's latest CPU patch? Small print sparks big problem

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Re: Shrug

Personally I support the Atheist Alliance League.

The future of humanity: A Bluetooth ball hitting your face – forever

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squash racket

Should take care of the little bouncing buggers :)

On the other hand; Getting the couch potatoes out into the big blue room should be a cause for celebration no?

/icon Paris cuz she likes to play with balls; or so I'm told.

Kids are more likely than adults to submit to peer pressure from robots

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Human bloody nature...

Anyone with eyes in their head and a brain between their ears that has seen kids interacting with each other will quickly realise they are pack animals; and with good reason! Children are small weak and vulnerable, as such the bigger the heard the safer they are.

The robots in question are very "childlike" it's no surprise that kids would be swayed by them.

Australia's Snooper's Charter: Experts react, and it ain't pretty

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Watch em squeal...

Once facebook, google, amazon, netflix etc suddenly block all Australian subnets/routes. Doesn't AWS have a couple of big DCs there?

It's official: TLS 1.3 approved as standard while spies weep

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Re: no-brainer for sysadmins

I don't see why you can't just park a reverse proxy in front that speaks TLS1.3 (or better, as time passes) on the user side, and whatever outdated version of SSL/TLS on the server side

That's what I'll probably have to end up doing; But not all middle-ware etc type systems play nice with proxies. Hell... I'm *still* trying to convince some particularly broken ugly nasty server side stuff to play nice with TLS1.2.

It's nice that TLS1.3 looks like a drop in replacement (probably via openSSL) but to think that solves all problems everywhere is not reflected in reality. Hopefully the libs get backported to CentOS/EL 6 & 7

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no-brainer for sysadmins

Yeah right...

Except for crusty old appliances that the vendors will never release updated firmware for

Except for crusty old systems that are running on decades old OS/application stacks that the business has no budget for but are business critical.

Except for crusty old load balancers, firewalls etc that will need to upgraded/replaced that there is no budget for but are business critical.

I agree that it's a no-brainer for sysadmins, but manglement have no brains!

What do a meth, coke, molly, heroin stash and Vegas allegedly have in common? Broadcom cofounder Henry Nicolas

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Other than...

The spiking of other peoples drinks; Who the hell cares about what they were spending their money on?

Hookers & blow? So what! I'm guessing the stash was personal use based solely on their hungover mugshots!


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