* Posts by Pirate Dave

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Uptown func: Serverless types Nuweba trouser $4.8m as investors eye faster FaaS

Pirate Dave
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Re: Admins are increasingly looking to serverless computing

Yeah, my first thought was "we used to call those people "programmers""...

Now, hold on. This may shock you... Oracle allegedly juices its cloud sales with threats and shoddy on-prem support

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Re: Reap What You Sew

I confess to giving you the downvote, not for a technical reason, but because I have that damn song in my head now. Is it Beer-o-clock yet?

Oh Snapd! Gimme-root-now security bug lets miscreants sock it to your Ubuntu boxes

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Re: Who the hell uses Linux

"For desktops and laptops use Windows unless you're a Mac fan in which case go ahead. "

"For servers use FreeBSD or a Solaris or similar as you need an operating system <snip>"

You, sir, are the worst systemd apologist I have seen yet. Please, begone! Back to your mother's basement, and your life of HotPockets and Facebook "likes". Trouble us no further.

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Re: This talk, on youtube, is worth a watch.

"but are either ‘it’s change’ or ‘Poettering is an arse’"

You act as if those two are mutually exclusive...

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

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Re: Not Unique...

Remember the Minuteman rackmount UPSes that had their sexy round power button on the front of the faceplate, sticking out proud(ly) in the center? A button that only needed the merest brush to immediately and ungracefully shutdown the UPS. Only took twice before I decided to act. Went to the local hardware store, bought a cheap can of bright yellow spray paint. Threw the spray can away, duct-taped the yellow plastic cap over the power button. Problem solved.

Go big (with our bandwidth) or go home, Verizon: Texas mulls outlawing 911 throttling after Cali wildfire fiasco

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Odd

It seems odd that the Fire Dept (or the County commission) in Cali didn't have a dedicated account rep that they could call up and get things worked out in about 5 minutes. I used to deal with Verizon at a previous University job, and I had the number to my account rep for problems like this. I didn't have to dial *611 and wait for the first available CS rep. It would seem reasonable that a local government group would get even better service from their rep than some nerd at a small University.

Amazon throws toys out of pram, ditches plans for New York HQ2 after big trouble in Big Apple

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Re: This happens all the time

"I'm assuming they're going to pick Dallas or Atlanta."

I'm hoping it's Dallas. I live just outside of Atlanta, and the place is already a 50-mile wide rolling mess, and spreading its palsied grip further every year. We've got enough here in Georgia, thanks. I hear Texas is nice this time of year. (P.S. - buy UPS and take them with you).

Help us sniff out 50 neutron star collisions so we can calculate universe expansion, cosmoboffins plead

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Plea?

The headline promised a plea for help, but I missed seeing such in the body of the article. Perhaps it was eaten by a blackhole?

I erroneously assumed these astro-boffins were going to start up some type of "SETI@Home" processing farm-out project to look for wiggles in large data sets, buuuut perhaps not.

Only plebs use Office 2019 over Office 365, says Microsoft's weird new ad campaign

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Re: Nothing like having your work day extended a few more hours

"site licenses can cost serious $$$, even for educational institutions"

Nah, the EES volume licenses are fairly cheap - around $10/user per year. That was for the plan that only offers students Office365 to use at home (which Microsoft says is "free" as part of the base Windows licensing). It does cost a bit more to include WAH for standard Office 20xx for students, maybe double the price? We dropped that where I used to work when MS came out with the "free" Office365 back in 2012 or so. Microsoft wants to make it as easy as possible for schools (especially universities) to push MS software out to the future Microsoft customers...

Forget snowmageddon, it's dropageddon in Azure SQL world: Microsoft accidentally deletes customer DBs

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Re: The fabulous cloud strikes again

What makes this a whole magnitude more funny is that Microsoft apparently (according to diodesign's comment above) outsourced their _internal_ DNS to CenturyLink. So even Microsoft doesn't fully rely on Microsoft to provide Microsoft services to Microsoft systems that support Microsoft users. If MS doesn't even eat their own dog food, why should we?

You heard the latest Chinese CRISPRs? They are real: Renegade bio-boffin did genetically modify baby twins

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Re: But that's not how it works

Maybe the HIV stuff was just a bunch of handwaving to throw-off the scent. What he _really_ did was create the first humans who can fly...

We all love bonking to pay, but if you bonk with a Windows Phone then Microsoft has bad news

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Wait...

I've not been paying attention. You mean Microsoft is killing the entire Windows mobile ecosystem at the end of the year? What happened to SatNad's "Mobile First" edict? It's all getting Zuned?

US prosecutors: Hey, you know how we said 'net gambling was OK? LMAO, we were wrong

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"The Bible belt may come into play though and try to fight it."

The same Bible Belt that overwhelmingly voted for The Fearless Leader? Don't count on it.

If at first, second, third... fourth time you don't succeed, you're Apple: Another appeal lost in $440m net patent war

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You'd think...

with the $200 million win from Microsoft, Virnetx could afford to drag this out for quite a while. It's not like they have to worry that their inventory is rotting on the shelves while this court battle continues.

It does sort of bring back memories of SCO, doesn't it...

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

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Snoring?

"that the robo-doll interpreted snoring as a request it couldn’t understand,"

Ah, they forgot to train the female room robots to understand lewd requests while drunk.

Oracle exec: Open-source vendors locking down licences proves 'they were never really open'

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I guess if an Executive VP says it, it's gotta all be true, right? And he's in no way trying to steer people's thinking or opinions about Oracle. No, he's just pointing out things, and those things just happen to make Oracle look better. In a better light. Less like a 1200-pound troll, more like a dainty little fairy, floating about granting wishes and making the world a generally better place. That's Oracle. Oracle is good. Oracle would really like you to understand Oracle. Once you understand Oracle, you will understand that Oracle is good. Don't you want to love Oracle now? Oracle loves you. Oracle loves everyone. Oracle is love. All you have to do is say it - "I love Oracle". Can you say that? Can you? For me? For Oracle? Good. Don't you feel better now?

Creepy...

The Large Hadron Collider is small beer. Give us billions more for bigger kit, say boffins

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Re: Living in a black hole?

Maybe it's the AManFromMars post-bot, Version 3? It has a neural-net processor and learns exponentially the more it interacts with humans.

Does he even come around here anymore?

Germany has a problem with the entire point of Amazon's daft Dash buttons – and bans them

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Re: @doublelayer -- A simple idea

"... and can be researched."

True, Google has made that relatively easy. But at the same time, Facebook et al, have made "my favorite things" not that much harder to data-mine. And really, if someone were to cold call and ask my favorite color or my favorite cake flavor, I'd be less suspicious than if someone called and asked my Mother's maiden name. So why are these companies putting their trust into info that we don't consider "confidential"?

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Re: @doublelayer -- A simple idea

"a limerick about "Boris Johnson and Sheep Abuse" is not the actual answer to who my "Best friend in 3'rd grade" was."

I don't disagree, but the problem comes 3-5 years later when I've forgotten the password to the site, and have to remember which pile of steaming dung I used for my BS answers so's I can get the password reset, or "authorize" my login on another computer, etc. That's when the "made up" answers come back to bite me in the behind. And if I had sat and thought out a "real" answer, well, in three years, would I still choose the same real answer for something that I only vaguely remember from 35 years ago?

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"Is there a list somewhere of evil companies?"

Yes, Fortune magazine puts out a list of the top 500 every so often.

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Re: @doublelayer -- A simple idea

"web programmers"

Like the 20 year-olds who think those of us in our fifties can still remember who our favorite 3rd Grade teacher was, or what our Grandfather's favorite color of necktie was, or who our "best friend" was in 8th Grade, or what we had for lunch on the third Thursday of September in the 10th Grade? Those little annoying bastards who seem to be writing all of the "Secret Questions" that websites use nowadays to prove you are you. For them it was only 5 years ago or so, but for the rest of us, it's measured in decades. Hey, Skippy, I don't remember whether my middle-school Principal parted his hair to the left or the right, nor do I remember what my favorite song was in 1981. And why do the questions mostly seem to be about "opinions" - Best or Favorite? Why not stick to facts - mother's maiden name, mother or father's birthday, anniversary, number of siblings, etc. Those things don't change and DIDN'T REQUIRE ME TO REGISTER AN OPINION OF THEM AT THE TIME.

Sorry, old man getting cranky here...

Oregon can't stop people from calling themselves engineers, judge rules in Traffic-Light-Math-Gate

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Oregon Engineers

Even though he's now an "Engineer", he still can't pump his own gas at the gas station. If memory serves, Oregon is one of a handful of states that doesn't trust its own populace to put gasoline into their cars. That dangerous act must be done by a professional.

Mark Zuckerberg did everything in his power to avoid Facebook becoming the next MySpace – but forgot one crucial detail…

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My Facebook story

A couple of weeks ago, was in Home Depot with the Mrs., looking at counter tops and kitchen sinks. It was a spur-of-the-moment stop. We didn't talk to any sales reps, just browsed around in the store. We didn't make any purchases. For all intents and purposes, we weren't customers that day. She had her iPhone in her purse, but didn't use it at any time. My phone stayed in the car out in the parking lot.

On Facebook the next day, several of the ads I saw were for kitchen sinks at Home Depot. I can't recall seeing many Home Depot ads on FB before, and most certainly never saw an ad for kitchen sinks before, nor had ever posted anything about kitchen sinks. But somehow those bastards knew we had been in Home Depot and had been looking at kitchen sinks. Not sure who's the bastard in this case - Apple for tracking via the iPhone, Home Depot for providing location data to within a few feet even though we never touched any WiFi (if they even offer it?) or agreed to be tracked in their store, or Facebook for weaving all of those strands together to desperately try to make a few potential pennies off a click for something their algorithms said my wife had been perusing.

That really hammered-home the point that these fuckers are tracking our every move. If I were in the tin-foil hat brigade, I would say the gubermint doesn't need to build an Orwellian tracking and control system, the corporations have already built most of it for them.

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I'm in some groups on MeWe. It has a cruder interface than FB, but is usable. Practically no "policing" of group content or online sales - most of my groups are firearm-related, which FB takes a dim view to. Actually, I think most of my groups migrated to MeWe from Facebook.

Dev's telnet tinkering lands him on out-of-hour conference call with CEO, CTO, MD

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Re: About a billion years ago in internet time (call it 1986) ...

"I do remember reading in a "how to repair PC" type book about RAM errors caused by cosmic particles."

I remember seeing that several times back in the 90's as well. If memory serves (heh), they all said the useful lifetime of most RAM was 10,000 years, by which time cosmic rays would have caused too much damage to the crystalline structure of the memory for it to still be reliable. I guess any deep space probes would be subject to this, mostly because they'll be the only things to survive for 10,000 years.

Doom at 25: The FPS that wowed players, gummed up servers, and enraged admins

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Re: All credit to iD games...

Yes, Doom didn't need a math-co, but Quake did. I know because at the time Quake came out, I was using a NexGen NX586, which (for reasons that elude me) didn't have a math chip in it. So I missed the early Quake bus until I saved up enough for a real Pentium. I had to while away my time playing Doom Eternal, Final Doom, etc...

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Re: Doom II

The Arch-vile alert sound remains to this day the only game sound that stands up the hair on the back of my neck. Cyberdemon? Pah, just mecha-noise. Spider-mother? Just a bug to squash. But the arch-vile meant I were about to have a minute or two of a hard time, and possibly get killed.

iddqd

idkfa

idbehold

I miss the old days...

LG's beer-making bot singlehandedly sucks all fun, boffinry from home brewing

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Cranky

I have to wonder why almost every comment here, made more than 20 minutes ago, has at least 1 downvote. Did anyone check under the bridge? Has corporate sent an emissary to monitor threads about their product?

Maybe I'm just being too sensitive...

Customers baffled as Citrix forces password changes for document-slinging Sharefile outfit

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Re: An email...

I had a similar thought. I wonder if the spammers are already using the confusion to dupe users into providing their new credentials. Just a simple "Dear user, please reset your password again. The one you did earlier was lost by our server" email, followed by a relatively official looking login page, might trick far too many users. Never underestimate the gullibility of the user base.

Tumblr resorts to AI in attempt to scrub itself clean from filth

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Re: I understand for the Coprophilia forums,....

That's the turd time I've heard that joke today.

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Re: But...

I always thought Tumblr was basically a soft-porn site masquerading as a blogging platform for moody teens. Seems like if they kick all the pr0n out, they'll be bereft of content. Yeah, like MySpace, but without all the crappy music.

Blockchain study finds 0.00% success rate and vendors don't call back when asked for evidence

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Re: FWIW

"What are all the miscreants who have been devoting their energy to "mining" cryptocurrencies with other folk's resources going to switch their efforts to if the cryptocoin markets collapse?"

Maybe NASA should restart the SETI@Home project.

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Re: There's a non filler talk on that topic

"It seems like there are even whole conferences devoted to nothing but filler material designed to take up space and to make you look innovative even though it's extremely low on content."

So... "Management school" then.

Sysadmin’s plan to manage system config changes backfires spectacularly

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Re: Why use a revision control system?

I use an RCS to backup my switch configs weekly via script. That way, if I dork something up, or have to replace a switch, I've got a recent config file to fall back on for each switch.

BOFH: Is everybody ready for the meeting? Grab a crayon – let's get technical

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Re: New Episode?

"There should be a Christmas or New Year Episode coming in the next 6 or so weeks"

I'm beginning to think that would be a true Christmas miracle. Boys on crutches getting to walk? Pfft, simples.

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So you run and you run to catch up to the BOFH, but he's sinking,

racing around, to come up behind you again.

The BOFH is the same in a relative way, but you're colder,

Shorter of breath, already taken by Death.

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New measurement of time between BOFH articles - how far your hairline has receded since the last one.

I do believe this is the longest gap in BOFH articles since I started reading them here in like 2005. I remember several years ago, Simon took off for like 3 or 4 months. This time, it seems ages longer.

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

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"Next manager along didn't understand any of it, so ordered it ripped it out in favour of..."

The mark of a truly gifted Manager is that they can come into a new job and immediately decide to rip out systems that have been reliably ticking over for 10 years. All because they read a "Best Practices" article on a forum somewhere. That's why they get the big money.

Me, bitter? no...

PC version of Linux 4.19 lands with PC version of Linus Torvalds: Kernel handed back to creator

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"By providing a document in the kernel source tree that shows that all people, developers and maintainers alike, will be treated with respect and dignity while working together, we help to create a more welcome community to those newcomers, which our very future depends on if we all wish to see this project succeed at its goals."

Aw, man, Linux is turning beige... Bummer. I always liked LT's rants, they are some of the more entertaining and colorful aspects of this otherwise boring industry. Time for "safe spaces" and singing Kumbaya.

Can't get pranked by your team if nobody in the world can log on

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"The old take-a-screenshot-of-the-desktop-make-the-image-the-wallpaper-turn-off-icons trick was a good one back in the day :)"

As was the BSOD screen-saver when it came out. Ah, the gallons tears that one caused over the years...

Microsoft points to a golden future where you can make Windows 10 your own

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Re: What about the stuff that we really don't want...

"Well many were quite happy with XP and moved to 7 with some reluctance."

I still miss Win2k. Such a nice, clean UI, with things where they should be.

Convenient switch hides an inconvenient truth

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I don't get why they used 115 VAC for a signal circuit instead of low-voltage DC. Button-On, Button-Off reads the same at 12 VDC as at 115 VAC.

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"A man carrying a foot-high piano walks into a bar. <EOF>"

AND??? come on, don't leave us hanging after you've taken us this far...

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Similar has happened to me twice in the past two months. Both times it was in HR. Ah well, I like the easy calls...

US mobe owners will get presidential text message at 2:18 pm Eastern Time

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Re: Test report

No, they're just monitoring the replies to this story on El Reg.

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WWJD???

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Yep

just got it. It even sounded like the old ones on TV.

Not sure why it needed to be called the "Presidential" warning test. That part is kind of spooky.

100,000 home routers recruited to spread Brazilian hacking scam

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Re: MokroTik

I used a small MicroTik router at a previous job. Nice little box for $30. Was handy as a "cheat" to let me get to equipment in an otherwise isolated VLAN. I was amazed at how many different ways that thing could molest an IP packet. The GUI interface was a bit rough, though, since it had so very many little knobs and buttons.

Microsoft: You don't want to use Edge? Are you sure? Really sure?

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"isn't that going to be a problem in the EU?"

Probably, but not before Microsoft has made 3 times more money than they'll have to pay in fines. So it's still a Microsoft win, sadly.

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Re: Dear Microsoft -- You Did It To Yourself!!!

"IE wasn't even still a thing when these devices were made!"

Not the devices, no. But when the original firmware was written, it was 2002 and Life Was Better With IE6. No need to patch code that's Known To Work, even 15 years later, right?

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