* Posts by Pirate Dave

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Dying for Windows 10 Creators Update? But wait, there's more!

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Misleading title

I thought maybe the Windows 10 creators had started dying. Got my hopes up, you did.

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'I'm innocent!' says IT contractor on trial after Office 365 bill row spiraled out of control

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Re: Based on assumptions...

"Not the U.S. Government, its a local municipal government. "

No, iI don't think it's even a municipal government, it's a Chamber of Commerce, which is maybe, at best, quasi-governmental, but not really. It's an economic development group of local business leaders. AFAIK, they have no governmental authority over anything, although they may be "officially" recognized by the local government and included in parades and such.

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Finally, a use for your mobile phone: Snapping ALIEN signal blurts

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SETI@home was a bit of an obsession for me 17 or so years ago. I had ~30 old motherboards at home in the crawlspace under the kitchen running it - each mobo hanging from a floor joist by a screw through the standoff hole, along with it's attendant hard drive and power supply held on by strands of Cat5 wire. Everything from 25 MHz 486DX's to 600 MHz P3's. All running the Linux client under RedHat 6.2 (the ORIGINAL 6.2, not the renumbered Fedora stuff). Those were the days. The wife finally got fed up with the power bills and told me to take it all down. :(

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As someone who once slipped the SETI@home client into the ghost image for our lab computers, I can say that there was once a herd of "compromised" machines here running SETI@home. But, hey, it got me into the Top-500 list for academics.

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Get it while it's hot: NASA's Space Poo contest winners wipe up $30k

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wrong way around

don't worry about the space suits and pampers. Just build multi-storied spaceships so they can have a poop deck. Problem solved.

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SQL Server on Linux? HELL YES! Linux on Windows 10? Meh

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Re: CYGWIN

I admit, my memories on this are fuzzy after 7 years, so you may be right about requirements for AD. I do remember that permissions were a big factor in getting NFS to run, so perhaps I have confused "permissions" with a requirement for AD. However, I do remember thinking at the time that it seemed byzantine and horribly complicated the way Microsoft needed things setup, compared to how it "just worked" on Linux with a minumum of fuss. I never could find a simple way to just mount a NFS share without jumping through what seemed to be an inordinate amount of hoops.

(oh, and the downvote was not from me.)

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Re: Back-asswards

"That would be Windows with a Linux kernel."

I've always thought of it as Linux with a Windows GUI. I admit, I've never been a fan of X, so this always had a special appeal to me, and might even convince me to give up my CLI lifestyle and use a GUI on my Linux boxes. Microsoft would just have to limit themselves to only putting graphics on the screen, and I don't foresee them ever putting on such a tight straight-jacket. OTOH, doing so would greatly free-up internal personnel resources - with no further need to maintain Cutler's kernel, they could re-focus their resources on the GUI and speed-up their upgrade treadmill release schedule to match Firefox.

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Back-asswards

"actually building tools that run Linux in Windows"

If they'd do it the other way, they might be on to something. Get the Windows GUI to run directly on Linux. Let Linux be the "O/S" that does the heavy lifting of memory and I/O management, network stacks, etc, with Windows being just a GUI that sits on top and gives us pretty icons to click on. THAT is something that might be interesting.

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Re: CYGWIN

I remember looking at Microsoft's NFS client several years ago as a way to shuttle files from Windows servers to Linux backup targets. I soon realized I'd rather shoot myself in the nuts than try to get it working. If memory serves, it was heavily reliant on Active Directory, which we didn't have at the time as we were a Novell shop. And I don't recall ever finding a way to get it to use "local" (non-AD) accounts.

Cygwin saved the day for me. I ended up using Rsync to copy the files, and didn't have to worry about mounting or mapping the Linux drives. To this day, that's still how I get the backup files from my Windows boxes to the Linux boxes. It has proven to be very, very robust over the 7 or 8 years I've been using it.

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Is it the beginning of the end for Visual Basic? Microsoft to focus on 'core scenarios'

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Re: Meh

Agreed. Classic VB made Windows programming bearable, even if us VB guys did have to hang our heads in shame and be cruelly mocked by the Visual C++ guys. At least we were keeping our kids fed. VB.NET was a stretch too far for me, so I've just stuck with VB6. I'm an admin now, not a programmer, so any coding I do is for my own use. And in truth, I don't use VB6 much these days, since I learned Powershell (which is its own form of purgatory, and is in no way a programming language, but is handy for doing admin work on Windows boxen). But every now and then, I have to tweak one of my old VB6 tools, so I fire up the XP VM and have at it.

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Coming to the big screen: Sci-fi epic Dune – no wait, wait, wait, this one might be good

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Re: Make something new

"Or the Chronicles of Thomas Covenant?"

That could be cool, if done properly. Giants, Bloodguard, rock ships, and leprosy, all in the same movie. What's not to like?

Anti-hero stories might be a hard sell to the general public, though. There's nobody to cheer for...

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Imagine a ChromeOS-style Windows 10 ... oh wait, there it is and it's called Windows Cloud

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"a simpler, lighter, allegedly safer, more affordable version of Windows 10."

So, it's Windows 3.0 with no network stack? That would definitely hit the "simpler, lighter, allegedly safer" parts. Just make sure these new cloud-based Windows machines have a floppy drive...

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PDP-10 enthusiasts resurrect ancient MIT operating system

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Re: How should the history of computing be recorded? Discuss.

" Historians of AD2100 will realize there is a giant void starting in around 1990 where no historical records survive. "

When they figure out how to read the last extant copy of the Internet Archives (on a stack of DVDs, found in a janitor's closet at the Field Museum in Chicago) , they will quickly understand why no written history was kept. Porn, cats, and the fall of Western civilization, that's all there was.

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If nothing else...

that diagram of Arpanet from 1977 is worthy of printing and hanging on the wall in my office with the caption:

"This used to be the ENTIRE INTERNET."

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Happy Friday: Busted Barracuda update borks corporate firewalls

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Re: Why even use hardware firewalls in the first place?

"500Mbit is of course plenty for most internet connections."

Maybe in 2005, but not anymore. Bandwidth is cheap now - a full Gig (over fiber) runs less than $5k/month even way out in the boondocks where I am, and is much, much cheaper in the big cities. So a 500 Mbit firewall won't cut it.

Besides, most of the "hardware" firewalls are just vendor-labelled white-box 1U Intel servers from China anyway. Most that I've seen don't have anything particularly special or esoteric in them as far as hardware (although I think my sonicwall NSA boxes supposedly have MIPS processors in them). Maybe Cisco, Foundry, F5, and the other "big iron" switch and router guys put some special-sauce hardware in their firewalls, but things like Barracudas, Sophos/Astaro, and Sidewinders are all just Intel boxes running somebody's hacked-up Linux or BSD.

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Penguins force-fed root: Cruel security flaw found in systemd v228

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Re: The Inevitable

"With systemd taking on a huge and privileged role in the OS, and with it's significant source code volatility, can we honestly say anything positive about the security of Linux/SystemD based OSes at the moment? I'm not sure we can."

Don't paint us all with the same brush - some of us are sticking with sysvinit systems until we either retire, or until certain vendors wearing rouge chapeaus pull their heads out of their asses and send systemd packing. This security issue is not necessarily a "Linux" problem, this is a "systemd" problem, which IS NOT LINUX.

(OTOH - the new acronym for systemd could be STINX - SysTemd Is Not linuX...)

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Re: Systemd

My bad. Fingers were outrunning brain...

Wikipedia (for what it's worth) says the E is related to Elm, not EMACS

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pine_%28email_client%29

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Systemd

the worst recursively self-referencing acronym in history.

Linux - Linux Is Not UniX

Pine - Pine Is Not Email

Systemd - Systemd Is Not Windows

Nope, I don't see how they got that.

Oh, and before I go: Fuck systemd.

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Nuclear power station sensors are literally shouting their readings at each other

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Phreaks

I guess at least it's good they aren't operating in the 2600 HZ range... would give a whole new meaning to "whistle while you work".

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College fires IT admin, loses access to Google email, successfully sues IT admin for $250,000

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Re: It is not so much the companies as the idiot management.

@ecofeco - sorry I can only give you one upvote. In spirit, you have my entire quota of upvotes for the day.

If you're going to fire the one guy who knows how to use the IT magic wand, then you'd damned sure better have another Wizard with all the passwords waiting in the wings before you call him into your office. Because once you say "You're fired", his only required response after that is "Fuck you!". If you think you can live without his contributions going forward, then you have to live without his contributions going forward. Simples, no?

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Avaya files for bankruptcy

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Eh...

"The company blames “lower demand for unified communications hardware”"

Isn't this more or less what killed Nortel to start with? Although, in Nortel's case, part of the problem was that their old-school phone switches were built so well that they could run for years and not need to be replaced, other than the occasional board/module sourced from eBay for 1/10th what Nortel wanted for a new board...

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Re: Sympathy? Not a lot here

@RatX - amen. At least on the switch side, Avaya is still deeply entrenched in the old Nortel way of dealing with customers. We got on the Avaya bandwagon 5 years ago, and I honestly can't say I'm happy with it. We've got an IPOffice which does fine for our moderately sized VOIP needs, but I'm beginning to hate the ERS (ex-Nortel) switches I put in to connect it. It's nearly impossible to find a knowledgeable Avaya guru to help when I run into switch problems I can't figure out (other than Michael McNamara's site - I hope Avaya is at least sending him a fruit basket every Christmas for his efforts...), and trying to fix "big" problems by opening tickets with Avaya Support is, ehh, less than optimal. I wish I had gone with HP or Cisco switches so there would be more than a handful of people I could ask for help.

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Lord of the Dance set to deliver high kicks at Trump’s big ball

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Re: Other theories are available

Q: Why don't Baptists have sex standing up?

A: They are afraid someone might see them and think they are dancing.

Dancing is the work of the Devil.

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Boffins link ALIEN STRUCTURE ON VENUS to Solar System's biggest ever grav wave

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So, errrr...

Has anyone ever actually SEEN an illudium Q-35 explosive space modulator "in the wild"? Is there any chance one might look like a gravity-wave-induced bulge on Venus?

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Oi, Mint 18.1! KEEP UP! Ubuntu LTS love breeds a laggard

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Re: There is nothing wrong with kernel 4.4

Damn, you beat me to it. I'm running various CentOS 6.x which are still using the 2.6 series. Still work just fine, as far as I can see. Oh, and no systemd garbage to litter things up...

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Digital video recorder installers master password list 'leaked' – claims

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Re: I ran a payrolll system

Just a guess here - these DVRs are for shops who DON'T have a DVR specialist on staff, so the passwords are for the hired-in CCTV contractors (who, in my experience, generally only have the slightest of ideas about how networks work to start with). So instead of rolling a truck for every call, the CCTV guys can remote-in and check on things or fix/change things in the DVR. Fairy-magic it is.

It's not like Rosie the Florist can figure out how to change the admin password in her DVR every time she needs Joe Bob's Fire Alarm and CCTV Shop to login to her DVR and update the camera names.

But like I said, that's just my guess. I could well be wrong. I'm not saying you're wrong, just that these may be aimed at a lower-tech target audience.

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You know how cop cars pile into each other in old comedy movies? That's how the Moon was built, say boffins

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Re: Momentum Transfer!

@Rich 11: Thanks, sunshine, what a heart-warming story. Geez, now I need a beer.

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Puny galaxy packs a big punch: A gazillion joules' worth of radio bursts

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Re: The only plausable explanation...

"But what if those Galactic empire bastards build another... only bigger?"

But,um, we'd need to go into the future so we can see into that part of the past to find out. We need a Compressed Forward Time Travel device, because Standard Forward Time Travel is a real drag.

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Microsoft's Edge to flush Adobe Flash in Windows 10 Creator’s Update

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Correction

"There will be exemptions for “the most popular sites which rely on Flash today”, so as not to displease large advertisers"

FTFY

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The Dread Server BlackBerry Enterprise is no more

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Re: Pirate Dave Not too fearful

@defiler

yep, same here. I used to theorize that the smallest measurable time division in the Universe was that ultra-brief instant of time between when the BES server went down and when the President darkened my doorway asking when his Blackberry would start getting emails again.

We got a BES because said President was given a BB for Christmas by his wife so they could "keep in touch" while he was at work. And it just so happened that was right after Blackberry and Novell teamed-up to give away 10-user BES licenses for free to Groupwise shops, which we were at the time. So I got to spend a week near lovely Cleveland, OH learning how to install and run BES from an actual BB employee/trainer. A year later, our BES user count was up to 4, most of which were VPs. A year after that (after the iPhone came out), it tumbled down to just one VP. I kept that BES going until 2014 when we migrated from Groupwise to Office365, and told that remaining VP that we could no longer support her BB after that.

It was a fun ride at times. I gotta admit, BES was decently reliable software.

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Not too fearful

The trick to BES was to go take one of the admin classes that RIM/Blackberry offered. Once they explained how all the parts fit together and worked, and you got to play with it a bit in the lab, it wasn't too hard to setup and run a BES server back home.

Without the class, and with only the manuals and forums to guide you, yeah, that would be daunting.

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Must listen: We've found the real Bastard Operator From Hell

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Working great so far

I did get our phone guys to create extension 6666 and set this as the announcement. I've used it probably a dozen times since the summer, and never once have any of the sales callers dared to call back. Although...maybe they're still on hold. I should go check.

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What can we use to hit Intel between the eyes, thinks Qualcomm – a 10nm ARM server chip

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Curious

Anybody know what the pin count is for the upside-down chip in the picture? Wow, what a sea of pins.

I admit, I haven't removed a CPU since the early P4 days, so maybe that crazy bunch of pins is fairly normal these days

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Re: One thing's for sure

"Been on 2012R2 just this afternoon.

It's a playground of crazy. "Notepad"? "My videos"? "Windows Explorer"? Click Click Bing Bing???"

If you beat it enough, you can get it into something that resembles a usable desktop. Add some missing shortcuts for things, and copy some EXEs (Notepad, Paint, HyperTerm, etc) from earlier versions of Windows, and you'll get something that will only make you sick to your stomach every other Thursday. The lack of a real Start Menu is still a PITA, no matter what the M$ apologists say.

OTOH - not sure why we have to go to these lengths to get something we like and can use in 2016. Hell, Windows Server was more malleable and user-friendly in 2000. Logic would imply it should be getting better, not worse...

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Tobacco giant predicts the end of smoking. Panic ensues

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Re: Vaping isn't cool

"Nicotine is a bitch of a drug to kick and is on par with heroin for addiction, don't ever do it in any form."

Amen. I took up dipping snuff (aka "smokeless tobacco") as a teen. "Just a pinch between cheek and gum" is like shooting nicotine straight into your brain. I've quit a few times for a year or two, but always wind up back at the Cancer Altar, cursing myself for my inherent weakness of will, wondering which morning it's going to be that I wake up and find a lump in my neck or jaw. It's all downhill from there.

I was asthmatic into my 20's, so smoking was never really an option for me, and not sure if vaping would be any better. Wife wants me to try it, but, eh, I dunno.

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Nutanix makes thundering great loss, stock market hardly blinks

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Re: So

I agree, AC, but like Nate posted, the whole chart for Nutanix is there, and every quarter has been a loss for them so far. So I feel kind of funny telling my VP that I want to buy $100k worth of equipment from them. Unless their stuff is like super good, stable as a rock, and can be managed over lunch hour by an intern...

I guess I could roll my own with HP, VMWare and Citrix, but, mmph, that's a lot of work (and reading. Oh, and probably money, too). But at least I'm relatively sure all three will be around in 5 years. I do tend to run things until the bearings wear out around here, so I'm not much for the "here today, gone tomorrow" companies if I can avoid it.

But I do appreciate the input so far.

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So

is Nutanix considered a safe-bet for end users? I ask because we're looking to buy some of their gear next summer when we (finally) start moving some things (mostly computer labs and other public-use computers) to VDI. I'm not a stock-market guru, but, eh, it seems strange to want to give a hundred thousand bucks of my meager IT budget to a company that lost $162 million in 3 months.

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Outlook.com is still not functioning properly for some Microsoft punters

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Re: Microsoft will fix it

"I think you should change it a little to 5050"

I think 5150 would be much more descriptive...

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Microsoft's cmd.exe deposed by PowerShell in Windows 10 preview

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Does this mean

that MS is going to ease-up on the silly security requirements that Powershell currently has? I've had dozens of use cases in the past 5+ years where Powershell could have done something far easier than a batch file could, but the thought of "waking up" Powershell on 500+ computers, and getting the execution policy set, and jumping through all the other hoops to get Powershell to run PS1 files from our fileserver, well, that was daunting, and time is money, so I just bunged together batch files to do it. CMD doesn't need so much hand feeding to get things working, which is both good and bad. Maybe there's a way to make Powershell behave in a useful way using GPOs, I can't say I've looked into that to a large extent.

As to having CMD launch Powershell instead of command.com, I wonder if MS goes down this dark path, if they will let us overwrite the CMD.EXE with older versions that DO run command.com by default. Or even just rename CMD.EXE to BADCMD.EXE and create a CMD.BAT that launches command.com. I never type the EXE extension in the Run box anyhow...

It is somewhat worrisome that MS is still ratting around with these old ways of doing things and changing what we've all grown deeply accustomed to. I would think 99% of normal users never use CMD anyhow, unless they're following a How-To, and if they DID need PowerShell, how much harder is it to type "powershell" at the command prompt and hit Enter? So is MS futzing around with this to "help" the average user, or are they trying to (slowly, gradually) force us old-timers away from the last remnants of DOS so they can eventually get rid of it altogether?

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Microsoft just got its Linux Foundation platinum card, becomes top level member

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Re: Great news!

I'm glad somebody finally got it...I was beginning to worry that I'd been too subtle.

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Great news!

It is wonderful that Microsoft is finally embracing Linux, and shows their faith in Linux as a competent operating system worthy of sharing rack space with Windows.

I'm sure as things progress, Microsoft will gladly assist Linus and the rest of the fine folks working on the kernel to improve interoperability between the two systems - possibly by extending things in the kernel to work better under Azure.

And as things continue moving forward, we'll come to a future where problems and conflict between Microsoft and the Linux community will be extinguished.

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Midi-archive box from WD stops at 19PB

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"I know! I'm still not touching Quantum, Maxtor, IBM or Micropolis hard drives! "

Don't forget PrairieTek - that was the first IDE drive I bought in 1991, and I'll never buy another one. (although to be honest, I still have that drive here in my desk drawer as a memento of the Good Old Days, when plugging in the laptop connector backwards meant a fried drive).

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Pythons Idle and Cleese pen anti-selfie screed

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Re: Shouting at clouds

"live in the moment, realise that you don't need photographic evidence of everything,"

But, but... how are the people on Facebook going to know what you had for lunch unless you provide photographic evidence of said lunch? I mean, those people are your "friends" and need to know exactly what you ate so they can Like it and comment on it. Life without hundreds of Likes and snarky comments just isn't a Life worth living.

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Google Pixel pwned in 60 seconds

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Re: Four Seconds

>It takes longer than 4 seconds for Firefox to do anything

Ah, point taken.

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Four Seconds

"It took four seconds for Flash to fall."

Interestingly, that seems to be slightly longer than it takes for Firefox to start complaining that Flash is outdated after I've just upgraded Flash...

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IPv4 is OVER. Really. So quit relying on it in new protocols, sheesh

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Re: Exhaustion? and yet...

"Try getting a /24 it is pretty painful."

Unless you're a college/university. I got one in 2013 and it was way easier than the tech guru at my ISP had warned me about. ARIN didn't really even ask for justification, they just saw I worked for a university and said "Here you go..". Sometimes it's nice to get an unexpected break...

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Re: Where I am working right now

"Anyway, I like dotted quads. They're kind of friendly, and the dots are there to separate number groups, which are always there."

Amen!

"I'm not opposed to IPv6 <snip> But I think they tried to do too much with it, muddied the waters, and made it unfriendly."

Double Amen!

IP6 is just too unwieldy for mortal use. Sure, it's the cat's meow in a fully automated, integrated, updated network where the network admins get to stare at a wall of 70" screens in the NOC. But for those of us who still frequent dusty closets where network switches share space with electrical breaker panels and old phone line splice boxes, it seems like far too much overkill for our simple needs. Honestly, IP4 with 1 or 2 added octets would seem like a far better answer while still being relatively easy to remember. Everybody says "oh, that's what DNS is for." Yeah, because we know DNS never breaks or goes down. Until it does go down and you can't remember what the frikking 16-octet IP6 address is for the DNS server to connect to it. Buggers.

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Fleeing Aussie burglar shot in arse with bow and arrow

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Re: It will be a shame if the Archer gets charged

"The worst we would see is losing the ability to purchase new assault rifles"

That's something I've been pondering recently - I know Hillary has a boner for banning sales of the AR platform, but considering how "modular" the AR is, what exactly are they planning to ban? Are they only wanting to ban completely assembled rifles, or completely assembled rifles and lowers (the serialized part), or ban complete rifles, lowers, and assembled uppers, or ban everything related to the AR platform? I bought two stripped lowers 2 months ago just so I'd have some outlet if The Worst does come to pass, and I've been stockpiling 30-round mags like they're going out of style.

"A bigger problem for gun owners is sites like Craigslist won't take gun ads making private sales a little more difficult."

With sites like Gunbroker.com, there's not much need to sell guns on Craigslist, eBay, etc. It's all guns, all the time. If the folks at Craigslist don't want to list guns, well, fine, it's their servers, we don't need them.

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Re: It will be a shame if the Archer gets charged

" don't vote for Hilary as she will make sure that no-one will defend their home ever again"

I think you seriously underestimate the number of firearms we have here. Unless Hillary is planning to force the cops to do door-to-door search-and-seizures of weapons, we (us gun-toting rednecks, that is) will still have hundreds of millions of guns, even if she starts banning the manufacture and sale of certain of them (AR's, AK's). Not to mention the billions of rounds of ammo we have stored up for the impending zombie apocalypse.

I did find it humorous that the Aussie cops said "Do not confront a person in your house." As a Merican, the idea of that is completely foreign to me and runs counter to the basic instinct of "protect the house". But since Oz is mostly disarmed now, that's probably good advice, since the intruder may actually be armed - when they outlaw guns, only outlaws will have guns, right?

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We're going to have to start making changes or the adults will do it for us

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"heathens who use camel case also like to write sentences as their variable names,"

That's because VB doesn't mind long variable names. ;)

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