* Posts by JEDIDIAH

2446 posts • joined 26 Jan 2009

IoT botnet Linux.ProxyM turns its grubby claws to spam rather than DDoS

JEDIDIAH
Linux

Re: do not ask for whom the monkey masturbates

You don't need a PhD or a fancy title to know to avoid the kind of obviously bad things Microsoft tends to embrace despite being burned repeatedly by them. Even a VMS kernel won't help you if you do obviously stupid things in userland.

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Facebook, Twitter sucked into US Senate's Russian meddling probe

JEDIDIAH
Linux

Re: ad words?

> there is a difference between Schmidt or the Koch brothers trying to influence their election for their country and foreign governments trying to influence through social media.

Only a slim one. It ultimately doesn't matter what language oligarchs or wannabe Kings speak. It's all ultimately the same problem.

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Behold iOS 11, an entirely new computer platform from Apple

JEDIDIAH
Linux

Re: "Hazy watercolor memories... Of..."

> Your Amiga had a tiny resolution screen in comparison to people running stuff on 4k monitors that have to scale.

That should actually point to vector based visual elements that actually can scale rather that something that is merely oversized to the point where enlarging it won't pixelate it too much. The former should take up less space rather than more.

Vector based graphics go back to the Amiga days.

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JEDIDIAH
Linux

Re: Innovation? We've heard of it

Since it's a single platform, there is plenty of room for optimized assembly. An obvious example of this is in multi-media libraries.

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JEDIDIAH
Trollface

Oh Really?

I think that aspect of the Dock is about the LAST thing I would knock Macs or MacOS for. Also never really heard anyone complain about this either.

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Big Tech slams Trump on plan to deport kids

JEDIDIAH
Devil

Re: This is about the DACA; these are some facts

So NOT children then? So everyone can put away their "but think of the children" branded violins.

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JEDIDIAH
Mushroom

Re: Then and now...

You mean that there is no MEDICAID?

Sure. What other tall tales do you want to tell?

Liberals are funny. They whine about socialized medicine and then conveniently forget about the government programs we already have.

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JEDIDIAH
Linux

Re: What will the next president do?

It takes far more than shifting priorities at the Migra to create a condition where undocumented aliens are able to work at Microsoft or are immune from deportation.

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JEDIDIAH
Boffin

Re: Who started this ?

Except illegal labor isn't just about farm workers. I also know people that have done some of that work. To claim that NO ONE would do it otherwise is a little disengenious. The farmers would just have to pay real wages and costs would increase (the same as paying "living wages" to burger flippers).

Although that's not the end of it. Illegals have been pushed in other industries (like meat packing) helping to drive down working conditions. When you lot get hysterical about American chicken over at the Guardian, labor abuse is part of that picture.

I also have relatives that have been meat packers. So you can't say that job wouldn't ever be done by "white as sour cream" Americans. The same goes for construction.

The real problem is that the illegal labor pool creates an underclass ripe for exploitation and helps drive down labor standards for everyone.

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JEDIDIAH
Boffin

Re: anonymous coward

I would imagine that it would suck for any kid anywhere. At least the US has birthright citizenship. Some places don't even allow for that.

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JEDIDIAH
Devil

The problem with stupid short cuts

Well, this is the problem with stupid short cuts. I am sure we've all seen the engineering and IT version of trying to skirt the rules and ignore policies and procedures. If this came about due to a dubious abuse of executive authority, then that's it's own bag of stupid.

Each party has it's own way of whining and moaning and saying it doesn't want to pay attention the rule of law.

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JEDIDIAH
Linux

Not quite.

These aren't "immigrants". They're illegal aliens. They sneaked into the country and have ignored any and all rules and regulations. Also, the hostility is not constant and universal. There have be multiple amnesties (usually in Republican administrations) that many of these people have also ignored.

Until they actually naturalize, they're aren't "immigrants". They're just visitors.

Some people that can blow this off to at their own peril. (Thus the "they're only visiting" remark).

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As Hurricane Irma grows, Earth now lashed by SOLAR storms

JEDIDIAH
Devil

Re: People who link global warming to sunspots are wankers

I'm just waiting on someone to blame the solar storms on global warming.

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Climate-change skeptic lined up to run NASA in this Trump timeline

JEDIDIAH
Mushroom

Re: I don't mine a skeptic. I prefer a skeptic in this position

> This isn't an open question and rejecting or misunderstanding an overwhelming body of evidence doesn't make you a skeptic.

You probably have no means to really evaluate that comment. The best you can do is just blindly follow your local priest. He just happens to wear a lab coat or call himself a scientist.

Your entire comment is nothing more than an article of faith from a layman.

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MongoDB quits Solaris, wants to work on an OS people actually use

JEDIDIAH
Mushroom

Re: Mongo db is in OpenIndiana and has a portability issues even on Linux

So this is a MongoDB induced cluster-f*ck? Got it. I've worked with companies that had their own custom tools and didn't have this kind of problem. Those tools were more robust and didn't cause extra problems.

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JEDIDIAH
Linux

Re: Welcome to commercially driven open source...

I've never run a business but I have worked in cross platform development shops. This decision is technically short sighted on their part. The alleged "complexity" is very manageable. The benefits of testing on another (even obscure) platform is well worth the overhead.

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JEDIDIAH
Linux

Re: Cross platform

Early versions of x86 Solaris were a dog with limited support. Later when it got better, it had been displaced by Linux already.

Been there. Did that.

I can't see any serious corporate user going with anything that wasn't officially supported by Sun or Oracle. That means an official build of the OS on Sun/Oracle hardware with a support contract.

Anyone willing to compromise on those points would be just as likely to run Debian.

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JEDIDIAH
Linux

Re: Cross platform

This nonsense sounds like the same argument you would have with Linux.

Of course Linux has a similar obvious answer. You target the variants that are most likely to be deployed on. Perhaps you could even take a cue from Linux and target the Solaris equivalent RHEL and SUSE.

Pick something. Declare what that is.

It's not rocket surgery.

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JEDIDIAH
Linux

Re: Cross platform

Proper testing needs to be done on the target architecture. That means SPARC boxes for testing. It's not a great burden though.

Cross platform QA is GREAT for finding bugs in your base code. It doesn't matter if the Unix variant in question is half dead. A greater mix of QA scenarios help finds bugs you might not trigger otherwise.

This is why money fixated corporations do cross platform testing.

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Western Digital hauls out weighty tome with 20TB external storage

JEDIDIAH
Linux

Re: I would cry if i lost that much pron

Re-ripping 2000 plus disks would be painful and unpleasant. I would rather not do that. That's why I have 2 arrays.

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Can North Korean nukes hit US mainland? Maybe. But EMP blast threat is 'highly credible'

JEDIDIAH
Linux

Re: neo-nazi's marching?

There were a variety of groups attending.

That's why it was called "unite the right".

Compare that picture to an actual Nazi rally where you've got an entire crowd in uniform all with matching armbands.

Although the news media doesn't even need this much to brand your a Nazi. They will happily do so without any effort to identify who you are or what you're actually saying.

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JEDIDIAH
Linux

Re: The main point is this :

If anything, an united westernized Korea that's not a total basket case would be much less of a security problem for them.

The current state of NK is about the WORST possible option for China. NK doesn't even resemble China as it currently exists now.

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JEDIDIAH
Mushroom

Re: Only the naive and the gullible believe war propaganda

Libya was attacked by the US at the request of the Arab League.

Obama didn't just randomly decide to bomb Khdaffi one day.

People like to forget the little details when it suits them (not that I am an Obama apologist by any stretch).

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JEDIDIAH
Mushroom

Re: Mother Nature?

Sure. That's JUST the thing when a Hurricane of biblical proportions is coming your way.

"Let's get in our boats!"

How do people like you come up with that stuff?

It's a good thing that STUPID of that magnitude was dispersed, even if those of us in surrounding states get contaminated with that.

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JEDIDIAH
Linux

Re: US Nuclear Retaliation Posture

That's all fine and dandy, but nuking North Korea is simply impractical even if all other legal and military consequences could be ignored. Seoul is simply too close to the action. Japan would probably get a nasty whiff of the fallout too.

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JEDIDIAH
Devil

Re: Where?

Fortunately this isn't the 80s. We aren't trying to deal with the Soviet Union and thousands of warheads. Decades old SDI tech that was woefully inadequate for dealing with mutual assured destruction with a comparable superpower should be more than good enough to deal with what North Korea has.

The news media wants to pretend that North Korea is much more threatening then they really are.

Desperate for ad revenue I suppose.

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JEDIDIAH
Mushroom

> Hopefully, American generals will have enough moral fibre left to refuse to follow an insane order from a deranged commander-in-chief, so we won't ever go there.

You sound like the unhinged Congresswoman who allegedly was whining about Trump dragging us into a nuclear war after a North Korean attack.

If NK decides to lash out then there's really no other option than to deal with them. Otherwise we're just betraying all of our friends in the region.

Is that really how you think? Things get tough so you abandon your friends. Sucks to be your friend then.

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No time for nap, update your QNAP: RAIDed NAS data corruption bug squashed

JEDIDIAH
Linux

Re: This article should be a you should never buy a qnap array again.

Sure. They definitely deserve a tarring and feathering over this.

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JEDIDIAH
Linux

Re: Let's not rush into this. Unless you're impacted.

Whatever. I needed to do a firmware update anyways. It will probably be done before I finish here. =P

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JEDIDIAH
Linux

Re: "There is never a case when RAID5 is the best choice, ever!"

I don't need to "do the math". I have been using this stuff for years. I have been hearing the stupid fear mongering for years too and I have yet to be impressed.

Proper backup strategies apply regardless of what your primary storage type is. As long as you avoid pretending that RAID is a backup strategy, it's all good.

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You'll soon be buying bulgur wheat salad* from Amazon, after it swallowed Whole Foods

JEDIDIAH

Re: Tesco : it's actually got quite good.

That could really go either way. Amazon could be the one to get bought out.

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JEDIDIAH
Linux

Re: Horrible store

I had very good luck with Tesco's evil twin (Walmart) when I was still in bubble boy mode and I needed a way to get my shopping done. I was even pleasantly shocked at the quality and selection of their produce. Their pickup service saved me from the clutches of a well meaning carer that really can't fend for herself inside a grocery store.

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JEDIDIAH
Holmes

Re: Horrible store

Not entirely. You can certainly view it that way. You can also view it as a slightly upscale general grocery. How much you get fleeced by them is really up to you.

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H-1B visa applications from India plummet (and Trump can't claim credit)

JEDIDIAH
Devil

Re: I'm leaving cause of Trump + general craziness

There is also the odd Indian doctor that acts like you are an untouchable or a college Professor that thinks he's part of the cast of Mad Men. Mrs Jedi almost publicly castrated one of those during her days in Engineering School.

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JEDIDIAH
Devil

Re: Thanks, Trump

Jobs like mine were already being outsourced to India long before this. Long before Obama even. My first personal experience with it was right before 9/11.

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Media players wide open to malware fired from booby-trapped subtitles

JEDIDIAH
Linux

Re: There are legitimate uses for movie downloads

I have my own copy of old Trek episodes because Netflix mutilates them much like those cut rate independent broadcast channels we have over here that just show re-runs.

Providers and publishers can't seem to avoid screwing around with the aspect ratio of old content. Wide screen stuff gets panned and scanned and 4/3 stuff gets mangled into wide screen.

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JEDIDIAH
Linux

Re: "Freetard" is an incorrect name for a user of open-source software

That's utter bullshit. You can be more than a mindless bootlicking sheep without being a thief or criminal.

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JEDIDIAH
Linux

Re: "Freetard" is an incorrect name for a user of open-source software

I still have some divx files laying around from back before transcoding into h264 was a practical thing to do with the available hardware.

Early adopters curse.

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JEDIDIAH
Linux

Re: Will they ever learn?

Only very basic subtitles are plain text. Anything you are likely to see on a UK DVD is going to be an image based subtitle.

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JEDIDIAH
Mushroom

Re: didn't read it

I recently got some old UK TV reruns because they have a classic Doctor in them. They were a cheap crap product that didn't include any subtitles. You would accuse me, A PAYING CUSTOMER, of being a "freetard" for using 3rd party subs to deal with a shoddy product.

This is why the use of "freetard" is a pretty good "douche detector".

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SSD price premium over disk faaaalling

JEDIDIAH
Linux

Tech marches on...

A couple of years ago I bought a huge monstrosity of a laptop so that I could have 2.5TB storage space. That included standard "large" form factor drives both SSD & HDD.

Now a mere 2 years later for the same price I can buy from the same vendor a similarly equipped machine that looks more like a MacBook than an 80s luggable. It's all smaller form factor SSD.

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JEDIDIAH
Linux

Re: 160 GB is probably more than enough for 99% of people

The actual footprint on real consumer desktops is considerably larger with 10 than 7. Even rube consumer users manage to notice this themselves.

Corporate systems that are curated by professionals really are quite irrelevant here.

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JEDIDIAH
Linux

Re: Unused capacity

Storage capacity on consumer desktops goes underused in general. I would not expect a switch to SSD to alter this.

The bigger drive will always be chosen by the consumer PC vendor. They want to sell a bigger number. The cheapest way to achieve that will be chosen. Because the consumer market is all about pushing the cheapest piece of crap they can manage.

The only people that would care to pick the smaller SSD are also those more likely to need more capacity than SSD can handle.

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JEDIDIAH
Linux

Re: Most/many of us

> Your needs are not everyone else's needs.

Except you are just the pedestrian consumer. You don't drive any of this.

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EU ministers approve anti-hate speech video rules

JEDIDIAH
Holmes

Re: My child ...

Not only would they come under the heading of "anti-bullying" law but they have squat to do with the kind of attempts at censorship that characterize any attempt to address "hate crimes".

Things like assault, battery, sexual assault are all real crimes that have their roots in ancient common law. You don't need a special new class of laws to address those things.

You don't need to define something new like "double plus murder".

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Huawei missed memo that PC's dead – so here are three new notebooks

JEDIDIAH
Linux

Re: Why the 15in screen cop out? @Steve Davies 3

My main Linux machines are not cheap. They're overpowered monsters. I actually do stuff with my computers.

I have a number of Linux based appliances that use cheap kit because the task allows it. I wouldn't put much power in a device that's a glorified terminal either.

Something should be no more or less expensive than the task requires. Quality should win out over cheapness. Many of us dumped other options not because Linux is cheap but because the other options were crap.

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Project Gollum: Because NHS Caring means NHS Sharing

JEDIDIAH
Devil

Re: Am I the only one appalled that an attack like WannaCry can happen to the NHS?

>> and yes, the backup media is stored off site.

> Yes; In the boot of a car, parked on a <shady> street. I have seen this done :(

Yeah. On the other hand I've seen Iron Mountain destroy backups before. All you can really do is ensure that you've got more than one backup. Even the most robust DR plan using "reputable vendors" can run into problems.

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8 out of 10 cats fear statistics – AI doesn't have this problem

JEDIDIAH
Mushroom

Re: The purpose of statistics

My favorite bit of statistical nonsense is a study that went out of it's way to obscure any relevant information that might be meaningful to a normal person seeking information on the topic in question. They basically cooked the numbers in order to make any useful distinctions disappear.

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US healthcare under siege: Got good insurance?

JEDIDIAH
Devil

Disraeli and Clemens walk into a bar again.

I file this under "fake news". Numbers meant to create a result and further an agenda.

The funny thing here is that you're citing numbers that also put the UK on the bottom.

You shouldn't be snickering. According to that propaganda, you're in the basement with us Yanks.

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JEDIDIAH
Devil

Disraeli and Clemens walk into a bar.

Those same metrics put the NHS just above the US. Those metrics also don't correlate between the "quality" and "outcome" metrics.

There are also more than 11 industrialized countries.

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