* Posts by Denarius

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FTP becoming Forgotten Transfer Protocol as Debian turns it off

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meanwhile, back in the coporate world

FTP chugs along feeding data from unices, Windows, whatever relics like VMS lying around to the organisations mainframe. Not something one uses outside of a couple of firewalls, but I can think of multiple government sites where FTP gets data from A to B quietly and reliably if one scripts decent post transfer log analysis. FTP use is fading as ssh takes over. Somehow I do not see Kermit coming back either.

As for hard to use argument, BH. Download WS-FTP or equivalent, read instructions, configure, compile and install or download existing compiled package if lazy and trusting. It is simple to set up an anonymous FTP server. Simpler than NFS even. Throughput I find better than http. Don't know about caching. Given the size of the files I transferred or their contents, non-caching is desirable. Perhaps this is another sign of the dumbing down of IT as the lowest common denominator consumer experience sets standards.

Agreed ftp is not secure. Once can add a little security by using Franceso Rosales shell compiler or using the equivalent in ksh93 that hides the account details from causal snooping.

Given the lack of use, decommissioning FTP is logical for Debian. Whether it will fade away or become another "Death of COBOL predicted" meme is debatable. Meanwhile, back to Devuan install

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Astro-boffinry breakthrough: Loads of ingredients for life found on Saturn's Enceladus

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Re: From the article...

other way round Voyna. From sample size of about 4000 which is big enough to be statistically significant. No other solar system resemble this one, so far. Most exoplanet stars are like Sol. Only 18% of G3 stars resemble Sol in element distribution. Milky Way aka home galaxy seems to be a big barred spiral. Most unusual. And don't get me started on the irrelevance of a sample size of one known planet having life. Too small for any conclusions. Further, mere forming of organic chemicals does not make life possible. It only demonstrates carbon chemistry, which is way simpler than simplest life. Water destroys RNA and DNA unless very carefully buffered, which is unlikely in a submarine vent. This raises an interesting point. if the water is heated by flexing of rock core which suggests sulphuric acid or relatives, why is there free ammonia in the jets ? Is this an indicator of a very different silicate core ?

BTW, what has size got to do with anything ? Ancient knowledge how big the universe is.

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Re: "Earth's Missing Geothermal Flux" at FauxScienceSlayer

no idea to why one would bother with hydrogen fission theories when various groups suggest the Earths core has an iron moderated fission reactor of sorts or heat derived simply from presence of heavy metals like uranium and other radioactives. For that matter, we have what seem to be mantle samples but zero core samples to have an idea of exactly what is down there. Not disputing mostly iron but what concentrations of other elements is unknown.

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back to article

However, seriously good technology sensing what was found in totally unexpected phenomena. Well done. Lets hope the documents survive until the next outbreak of civilisation and learning

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Re: From the article...

exceptionalism: units of measurement. Perhaps because what else do we use ? Alternatives like using powers of ten for frequency and length have been suggested. And rapidly ignored. Who wants to redefine and rewrite the textbooks, as well as that modern sacred cow, culture (so long as it is not traditional tolerant Western)

No good reason ? You gotta to be kidding. Unusual planet in so, far, unique solar system, with very unusual star, in unusual location in not standard galaxy in very quiet galactic cluster. Only one with a prior commitment to one of the various fundamentalist materialisms would insist there is nothing unusual about Earth and life.

As for Enceladus, hydrogen and ammonia in water plumes is anomalous. This suggests either very weird ocean vents or a lot of ammonia in ice shell. On Earth, these are acidic from the sulphur derives acids in vent water. This alone suggests vent theories for biogenesis are a desperate guess. Living organisms are much more than collections of amino acids.

Simplest hypothesis is that NASA need headlines for funding as the West willingly returns to barbarism with its zero sum economics and non-stop tribal warfare.

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Q. Why is Baidu sharing its secret self-driving sauce? A. To help China corner the market

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Re: "exploiting cloud services as much as possible"

@jmch. Don't live in rural OZ do you ? travel 40 km from a large town and its maybe level connectivity from one dominant telco, probably not from the other excuses for comms. Granted it is a small market, but devices that demand connectivity wont work in much of the world. Biggest issue for me is do you want a vehicle that can be remotely managed ? If it can, the Bad Guys will use that control backdoor.

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Base specs leak for Windows 10 Cloud – Microsoft's wannabe ChromeOS assassin

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Elephant in room ?

given the inbuilt "monitoring" in Win10, would clued educators want school work to be data mined ? I believe some countries have laws against stalking children and a few may even enforce them. There is also the minor detail of budget strapped schools getting fed up with huge data upload fees and network capacity exhaustion. Unless M$ can demonstrated its' spyware is removed, getting any mind share may be difficult. If done for the school OS, it would then raise the question of why it can't be done for ordinary users. <snark> Perhaps Windows 95 with Outlook express and internet exploder removed might do job ? For cynics, win98lite had a free script to do this effectively. </snark>

In meantime, is there any interest in the open source version of QNX ? Linux bloat is getting me down. Seems crazy that modern OS require so many resources to produce the same level of user functionality that 20 year old HW and SW gave.

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Oh my Microsoft Word: Dridex hackers exploit unpatched flaw

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Thank $DEITY 4

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China emerges as digital rights champion with new info privacy law

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wow

a government telling multinationals what they can do ! who'd a thunk that was possible.

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How's that for a remote login? NASA puts New Horizons probe to sleep 3.5 billion miles away

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the data speed

2Kbs. Can they do my internet ? I wish I was being sarcastic.

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nbn™ trials 10 Gbps fibre tech most of you will never see

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Inconceivable !

Oz get same pricing as every one else ? Impossible. Our wise leaders know Oz is a colonial outpost of current great power de jure and must be grateful for any crumbs left over for us. We should feel privileged to pay higher prices for most goods and services because it shows our loyalty. About time our leadership cults experienced a real independence day when the citizens demand the country is run for its citizens, not every multinational or crackpot foreign government who demands and gets taxpayer subsidy for its tax dodging mining pits or its futile wars </rant>

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Subpostmasters prepare to fight Post Office over wrongful theft and false accounting accusations

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Pom PO and Oz centerlink

do they have same management or did they go to same school ?

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Ombudsman slams Centrelink debt recovery system

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Re: Predictable

Oengus, been in both, been there, dome that. I believe it is other way round, with possible exception of Defence. Oz PS is catching up to the imported diseases of merkinland organisational management. As others have pointed out, for over a decade now the PHB class/managers have acquired significant contempt for technical knowledge of any kind. Causes of this destructive snobbery is debatable IMHO. Blameability is now chief unspoken criteria in all project management manglement. Not the PMs necessarily, but those above them.

Nothing will change until the idiot idea of constant cost cutting being related to efficiency is abandoned and total value for money over a defined lifetime is enshrined in culture, not just ignored legislation. Jack Welshs' comment of the stupidity of share holder value is still worth a read.

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The beast is back: Reborn ekranoplan heads for the Arctic

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In the Antipodes

many many years ago when Oz had industry, the was talk of using a big WIG as a freighter so the Japanese could get their live crayfish (lobsters to foreigners) faster. Never happened. 747 freighters existed.

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Re: Bah!

also though Dutch had interest to use it as sea taxi in coastal regions. Had a max alitude of 1500 feet at full power.

As for inventor of WIG vehicles, ITIRC Willi Mecherschmidt had prior art circa WW2. Found a reversed delta wing was most efficient and safer as centre of lift in ground effect did not move much, unlike a conventional wing. First aircraft that circumnavigated the planet used it to get range. Douglas seaplanes ?

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Manchester pulls £750 public crucifixion offer

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Re: Ridiculous

nijam, how old school. This is the 21st century, not 17th. It is disagreeing with established authority. eg, expressing any opinion that contradicts culturally accepted beliefs. So blasphemy can be performed today by expressing an informed disbelief in the foundational doctrines of materialism. The effect is the same on a heretics professional life. Expulsion from the groves of academe, work or professions. Not got to burning at stake yet, but give the snowflakes and soft marxists a few more years of PC and probability will rise. All for good of society and freedom of expression of course. I won't mention which subjects can cause blasphemy because this august publication expresses its dislike of one occasional blasphemy.

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Re: No nails required

@Charlie, yes. Skeleton found 20+ years back that Romans had crucified. One nail through ankles (legs crossed) and each wrist. Have a vague feeling some testing was done on this 30 + years ago, reported on BBC (who else) that showed body weight would tear through palm of hand quickly. Aside from that the idea was for victim to stay alive for as long as possible as a warning example. Three days "survival" was not unknown, probably in benign weather. YMMV

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Australian Tax Office stays schtum on whether HPE outages report is complete

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you forgot

the new hybrid corporation doing ATO outsourcery now. Wait for document saying "During the company changes staff were re-assigned or documents were misplaced.... We regret the delay."

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nbn™ to offer 100Mbps fixed wireless service

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Who needs the F35 ?

when you have supersonic pigs going overhead...

Given the arrogant pr**ks response to my request for access to fixed wireless I was told that being 1 Km outside defined users are meant use satellite. Yeah, the one two months old or less and already overloaded, which as anyone who did back of envelop calculations could tell was going to happen just to catch up to previous satellite demand. When I offered to buy or build my own high gain antennae, same response. So as usual, if one is 4 km from town site , maybe fine. Otherwise hope that two major telcos exorbitant fees and crappy service actually work a bit more reliably.

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Goodbye, cruel world! NASA's Cassini preps for kamikaze Saturn dive

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over 20 years ?

and phones last for 3... Just don't make them like they used to. Like my Sun pizza boxen and AIX MCA sandpits. Yeah I know, not even wanted for museums. Jeesh, leave us old geezers alone, OK ?

Well done all round. Real science. Now if only the original Orion nuclear rockets, (not recent mini Saturn V) or the Russian equivalents were built, there might have been humans out there taking local samples.

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Astroboffins stunned by biggest brown dwarf ever seen – just a hop and a skip away (750 ly)

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Re: It's quite a small object

@Voyna. It also the cause of psych analysis as to why theologians are more inclined to believe anything but the Bible. It also explains why absolutist belief systems that do not compromise are gaining adherents while evolving western belief systems are now indistinguishable for slightly old socialist waffle.

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Re: It's quite a small object

Para two is the point. If dark anything was just mass, well and good. So far it seems to be very special mass. Invisible, not normal matter, gravitationally affected a bit, capable of forming structures but not capable of making its own "black holes". Very special mass. More "novel" than Carmelli with treating the expansion of space time as another dimension. So it fails the Razor even more so. As for recent detection of gravitational waves, there have been how many definite detections ? One ? Not a significant sample size, in which case an event is being observed, but is it just a gravitational wave or a indication of something else ? No hypotheses on it myself. I just like bigger sample sizes.

As for your conspiracy assertion, this is getting beyond irritating. Dominant ideologies/frameworks/theories are not conspiracies and this was not implied. Such assertions IMHO, simply reflect either intolerance of other views or laziness in thought.

Meanwhile, back at the original discussion, it would not be surprising to find much more cold standard matter as well as extremely dim brown dwarfs as the telescopes get better. However is it correct that no amount of conventional matter could make up missing mass required for observed rotational velocities ?

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Re: At 90X Jupiter's mass, and fairly pure hydrogen, how did this not ignite into a star?

@MH, indeed, hence MACHOs vs WIMPs, discussion, now known as Dark Energy/Matter

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Re: It's quite a small object

Already a theory with no unknown influences that correctly explains observations of anomalous rotation velocities of galaxies. Wakipedia calls it fringe. Carmeli uses relativity and Hubble expansion to show how expansion of space creates the observed rotation anomalies. No new anything, just application of theories that pass experimental testing. One wonders if it is a case of first to publish taking mind share, rather than quality of ideas. As someone in physics said a century ago, "Science advances one funeral at a time". Just wish I could follow the maths to be sure Carmeli was right. See https://www.physicsforums.com/threads/the-theory-of-cosmological-relativity-by-dr-moshe-carmeli.541783/

Meanwhile, a pint to the boffins who built the tech and used it to get data from such a dim distant object.

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Lloyds Banking Group axing hundreds of jobs AGAIN

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Just a thought

Suicide is still illegal isn't it ? Even if its a company doing it ?

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UK.gov confirms it won't be buying V-22 Ospreys for new aircraft carriers

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Re: Very much in the whole spirit of the exercise

except S97 developments look like being able to do it cheaper and more reliably. The delay may have an upside

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Blinking cursor devours CPU cycles in Visual Studio Code editor

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bring back vi and assembler on command lines

Did not we all use DOS DEBUG to write machine code into .com files once as an exercise ?

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Good news, everyone! Two pints a day keep heart problems at bay

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Re: This is correlative not causative.

Matt,

good point. I don't drink wine much because most of it is bitter stuff. Gold medals are usually a warning sign IMHO. Main reason is simply my flying is affected for 24 hours after one glass of wine the night before. Less mental resilience, more prone to airsickness, heartburn and (I think) less cognitive competency. Other soaring pilots seem unaffected and fly further faster etc. None of my drinking behaviour is ideological, but I note health freak relatives who eat oh so carefully seem to be more stressed and less healthy, as in they seem to get bad colds and so on. Perhaps I am just running close to my mental capacity too and don't have spare CPU cycles.

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Energy market operator used urban data only, undershot heatwave forecast by 3°C

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why suprise ?

<rant> In Oz, with 3 x 10^6 of SFA it is business SOP to regard ONLY large urban areas as existing for provision of services. The PHBs seem unaware there is something other than the suburbs nearby if common non-urban experience holds true. Otherwise this excuse for a craven, fawning, colonial inferiority complex, brown nosing ruling class might stop importing irrelevant advisers from countries with small sizes and high population densities, trying to copy ideas that don't work with a few widely scattered urban areas with not much in between. </rant>

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As South Australia blacked out, PM's office was told renewable power was not to blame

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Missing the conflict in ideologies again

So Oz and other western countries have multiple versions of governments over the last 20 years plus who have explained the need to sell of public assets to private sectors for efficiency, causing poorer services and much higher prices generally. In Oz at least, pressure has been placed on primary producer associations that historically have mitigated the price taking economics of primary producers for better efficiencies. This caused massive exploitation of producers, like dairy. No wonder the Ag sector is described as agrarian socialists. A very rational position if one is up against a multinational mega-corp sending out bills for 6 figures wanting money from their suppliers. In short, free market rules.

However for energy, the market is being deliberately distorted to make energy much more expensive. I would have time to at least half listen if the OMG, we are all gonna burn real soon now mob would openly admit this, especially in parliaments that their goal is higher costs and reduced secondary industry, continuing the export of jobs to places where the power stays on at a predictable and affordable price. And yes, I have read the recent new Scientist article on 97% of climate scientists blah blah. The logical error in said article said it all.

Lastly if Oz sank tomorrow it would have no detectable effect on Earths weather. (yeah, OK monsoon would not come so far south) I have yet to hear this in political babble that passes for discussion lately. There seems to be a delusion among the media darlings that anyone north of Port Moresby notices Oz, let alone takes any notice, except when military bases are required.

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Re: Just the beginning

Trevor, you mean the two thorium reactors USA ran in early 1960s did not exist ? I must be mis-informed/

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Re: Just the beginning

make plutonium really ? so much of that stuff taking up space already from decommissioning of last nuclear arms race. If thorium reactors were built to burn the stuff into power for when the sun dont shine and the wind dont blow, or as currently the case in Oz, too much sunshine and strong winds, it would be a great step forward in a stable baseload for grid, which is the core issue. I digress.

Given the Oz ruling elites love of monopoly, falling back to oligopoly as last resort, I would bet more on an excuse for massive price rises in "electrical network infrastructure". You might recall how much the the last "gold plated" exercise cost electricity users in eastern states a gummint or 3 ago. That CEO and board bonuses would rise is entirely co-incidence.

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Totally not-crazy billionaire Elon Musk: All of us – yes, even you – must become cyborgs

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as said before

workable AI is still am myth. Expert systems are not AI

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Need is cause for work ?

@Yarr. Really don't get out much do you ? I have lived and worked in places where people got sit down money. No need to work. Places largely hell holes, even if the surroundings looked great to a passing tourist. The substance abuse and boredom were immense and remain so.

On a personal note I did not understand why so many recent retirees said they have never been busier. Now I know. More training courses in local civil defence unit than I had in last 5 years of paid employment, helping in organised sports that are not subsidised by the media, casual charity jobs. I won't go on about all the backlog of jobs at residence. The bigger volunteer units like recent retirees because they bring skills and have time to benefit their community, espicially in emergencies lasting days which brings me to the point. Why do those who don't have to commit to "work", do so ?

Summary: everyone needs a reason to get up in morning. Work places provide an identity and sense of purpose. Lose them and many people lose their sense of value. And no, there are not that many charity jobs for everyone, begging the question of how do mass unemployed citizens live ? I can think of cases where young men left their coastal "paradise" to work in inland towns. They worked with gusto. No more troubles with police, a sense of place as they could buy and own stuff. And to rabbit on about abominations like "art" which wastes resources on driver distractions as the watermelon government of Ozs' crapital Canberra do, is irritating many more than just me.

Musk and the plague of techno-utopians do not understand human needs very much. I have also thought the Amish may have a point after all. Low technology also means the spooks are handicapped which would bring a degree of dignity back to policing. OTOH, I do like email. decisions, decisions...

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Brave VMs to destroy themselves, any malware they find on HP's new laptop

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back up a minute

does not this conversation just demonstrate that active web pages are a major security flaw ? Web browsers by definition should be read only software unable to trigger any local event. I know, I know...

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University DDoS'd by its own seafood-curious malware-infected vending machines

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Ritchie and Kernighan again

Reflections on Trusting Trust. ITIRC ASCM decades ago. Trust nothing, trust no-one until at least basic verifications done. Techno-utopians could benefit from understanding the doctrine of the total depravity of humans from the Reformation. It at least gives a sensible starting point for risk assessment such as, "how would a baddie abuse this kit/process/document?"

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NORKS fires missile that India reckons it could shoot down in flight

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when will hated leaders realise

the only thing "Dear Leader" fears is laughter ? Sanctions and diplomatic threats are breakfast and lunch to some personalities.

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Chap scripts remote Linux takeover for sysadmins

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good stuff

this has uses for work environments, especially when software developers have gone feral, again. Something to try in sandpits. Script has decent style. Unusual in bash scripts IMHO

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Ex-FBI man spills on why hackers are winning the security game

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ELReg is losing its lustre

An informed, realistic piece from someone who was sort of in trenches. This will disturb the PHB class. The market droids will get spooked and techies lectured about some irrelevant pet peeve of CIO de-jure or worse, HR process droids. No marketing spiel either. What is world coming to ?

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

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Re: CYGWIN

also a pity UWIN tanked. Was great to have a decent shell ksh93 and standard unix toolset. Better than Cygwin but cost $ for commercial use. Now David Korn works for the new Beast little seems to have happened on updating sources if one can still find them

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Fear not, Europe's Privacy Shield is Trump-proof – ex-FTC bigwig

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did someone say trust lawyers ?

ah well, at least in Oz we know we have no rights that are enforceable against Merkin TLAs.

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IETF 'reviewing' US event plans in the face of Trump's travel ban

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an anti-intellectual and racist presidency?

why would one expect anything else from management of an oligopolistic empire ? Just that new boss not as subtle as old boss in selling out citizens to the corporates. Aside from the new rulez not being racist, merely discriminatory. Now lets see how how Oz PM handles his "your fired" moment.

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'Grey technology' should be the new black

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Re: The answer is simple

you forgot screens invisible to any ages eyes in daylight. Hunting for dark shadows to read an SMS in the Oz summer is so irritating. Yet the original Dell Streak has a transflective screen that was quite readable the brighter the light got.

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Wow, look out, hackers: Trump to order 60-day cybersecurity probe

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Missing the obvious

Remember TPP ? Merkin goals were to legislate their control of trade via IP and multinational friendly clauses. Given these politicians are simple sons of the executive suite, (apologies to Blazing Saddles) they probably intend to effectively "nationalise" everyones hardware, from home routers up to big Telcos via previously mentioned malware preloaded into firmware, as well as "unbreakable" encryption with backdoors. Marketing and mouthpieces will explain the need for security updates and why the networks have suddenly got slower. If you don't co-operate, you must be current villain de-jure. The Chinese probably have sold them the code already. Obligatory Win10 references superfluous.

This might be the reason for the smokescreen on border control. Outrage can be exhausted. In case you think this has not had a dry run, it explains the Oz version of Attorney general demanding all telcos submit their network changes and plans to the lawyers ( and Oz TLAs) before making changes. Dont you love software defined networking now ?

<off-topic> What happens when the spyware in the drives and network cards of the TLA archives mirrors the contents to the TLA archives ? Automatic backup or I/O choke at Langely ? </off-topic>

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Trump decides Breitbart chair Bannon knows more about natsec than actual professionals

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familiar behavior

having suffered merkin multinational governance (cough), the current head of the USSA is behaving exactly like any other CEO from that decaying empire. Image is all. Check reality at door or airport. Listen only to inner circle of yes droids.

One wonders if this is like living under god emperors, eg Pharaohs or Norks ? Will this initiate a plot by TLAs who feel slighted that they are not at all tables of power. A rerun of Praetorian Guards versus emperors in Rome internal power struggles perhaps as history repeats.

A conspiracy enthusiast might also wonder if the manufactured outrage is a diversion from something seriously nasty happening behind smoke. Our little bunch in Oz pulled this off over Xmas/New Year.

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A tale of two conferences: AWS storms ahead, HPE seems to flounder

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seems like 1920s again

reminds me of the 1920 car industry. Tens of firms closed or merged by acquisition into 4 big firms which would eventually merge further. With the rise of virtualisation in all HW components and the various software layers, connected by usually workable networks corporate IT will concentrate into a very few firms who provide a cost effective adequate service. This raises minor questions about Itanic future, (lack of), future of Power architecture and the ARM vs Intel face offs. China with its MIPS derived focus may also provide a "Chrysler" for the GM and Ford of hardware. As for SPARC, another long tail into irrelevance, not allowing for black swan events.

Next year, HPE sold to a Taiwanese firm ?

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NSW government drops a Catch: Bus Wi-Fi is a privacy nightmare

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You missed the trojan

<conspiracy hat> If advertising companies can ask for this data, perhaps whatever passes for the AusGov single Digital ID PHB cabal will be seeing how much they can get away with using compulsion if the punters hand over so much information voluntarily </conspiracy hat> Only flaw in this hypothesis is the assumption that the political classes are cunning enough to try it as it does not involve brown bags under table.

Branflakes is most likely to use the use mere managerial prerogative or captains picks as they are now called to mandate something like this for the new improved Australia Card. :-J Perhaps the Norks have a secret consultancy program for advising the remnants of western governments on how to become a police state.

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ZTE laying off 3,000

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perhaps that explains

the vanishing in Oz of ZTE handsets from what could generously be called Telstra "Shops". Hardest place to buy anything if one has specific requirements. Only bought them because ZTE seemed to be last of manufacturers that have external aerial sockets and hardened aka tradies handsets. External aerials are a necessity in a country with a plentiful oversupply of connectivity in 5 cities and sparse coverage everywhere else. Did see a cheapie Android somewhere very briefly with aerial socket but it seems to have vanished also. And no, phone holders that claim to connect to external aerials are not sold in Oz and the few reports I heard were very scathing.

Another example of the blind following of Merkins that collectively deludes the political classes.

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Blue sky basic income thinking is b****cks

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Re: Er..

and there lies part of the root cause of the current economic malaise. Economic theory is based on rationing of scarce resources. For the first time in history this is no longer the case in the West. Basic needs can be satisfied. Even the poor live longer than most great grandparents of any status. An example of market /needs saturation are mobile phone makers. Phones last too well while being incredibly cheap for what they can do but the phone industry relies on continuing sales when a 3 year old model is just as good for most users. Housing is another matter, but I suggest this is due to deliberate government policy.

I don't see any evidence that jobs are being created to fill the gap left by automation. One can only keep a few baristas employed in a given area.

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work hour ?

Ah Stainless Steel Rat stories. Donning old geezer hat, yes, we heard fairy tales of shorter working weeks back when I were a lad. Got unpaid overtime instead.

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