* Posts by Munchausen's proxy

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Mozilla ponders making telemetry opt-out, 'cos hardly anyone opted in

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Pint

Optimize for specific websites?

I know this is crazy talk these days, but why not optimize for the freaking Standards? If you want to go down a partnership / monetizing path with some sites, do that separately. Make your browser generally useful and maybe people would generally use it again.

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US cops point at cell towers and say: Give us every phone number that's touched that mast

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Big Brother

Re: Anyone seen the The Wire?

"Surely every perp knows about 'burner' phones..."

This isn't about perps. It's about YOU.

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Samsung drops 128TB SSD and kinetic-type flash drive bombshells

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Re: 128TB ?

"1Tb is enough to do everything you want, home or work."

HA!

(I upvoted you anyway - I agree completely ----- for now.)

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When 'Saving The Internet' means 'Saving Crony Capitalism'

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"Net Neutrality is about innovative content providers being allowed to continue piggybacking on the common carriers without pulling their own weight on the cost side of infrastructure and last mile delivery"

The problem is -- well, A problem is -- wait let me start again -- among our problems is the fact that cable TV companies in the U.S. for mostly historical reasons now, have very strong regulation-mandated monopolies throughout the communities they serve. And it is entirely disingenuous to conflate "common carriers" with cable TV providers. Net neutrality is all about making them behave like common carriers.

What I mean is, in many if not most local communities, it IS NOT POSSIBLE for a content provider to legally pull their own weight by providing their own infrastructure. Whichever TV provider owns the franchise has a monopoly on "cables to the houses", mandated by the local city council or state legislature. Any content provider who wants to "pull their own weight" could only do it by paying the

TV company whatever amount the TV company demands.

That, in a nutshell, is what the Net Neutrality argument is about -- Does Comcast decide what websites you can usefully connect to? The alternative is to repeal the thousands of local ordinances that currently give Comcast that power, or alternatively, mandate that Comcast transport bytes at a non-discriminatory price for all comers.

Do we want an internet and a TV viewing system, or just the TV?

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Fresh cotton underpants fix series of mysterious mainframe crashes

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Re: Cats at 40,000 volts

The general rule of thumb I learned long ago was "about 50,000 volts per inch of spark in dry air." I think there's an awful lot of slop in that number, though; it would probably be more accurate to just say "tens of thousands."

Beer icon, because I've personally seen a falling droplet spark generator run on beer.

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Shock: NASA denies secret child sex slave cannibal colony on Mars

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As someone once said

They would say that, wouldn't they?

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Stack Clash flaws blow local root holes in loads of top Linux programs

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Black Helicopters

Re: Why am I not surprised to see sudo there?

My sshd's NEVER listen on 22.

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Software dev bombshell: Programmers who use spaces earn MORE than those who use tabs

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Re: Of course there's a right answer!

===

"Do you KNOW what happens when you press the TAB key on an IBM 029 card punch? Do You?? DO YOU?????????

NOTHING, if you're good! Card punches don't have TAB keys --- the 029 has an Error Reset key there, like the Good Lord Watson intended!"

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Well, duh. You put your tabs on the drum card.

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HPE hatches HPE Next – a radical overhaul plan so it won't be HPE Last

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"“And finally, we’re going to right-size end-to-end cost structures of HPE to ensure we deliver on our financial architecture,” the CEO added."

Good luck and safe landings to the competent people. It's time to hit the silk.

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Boffins gently wake the Large Hadron Collider from annual hibernation

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Re: Accuracy of the highest order

And IIRC, a megalightyear-barn is near enough to a cubic centimeter for back of the envelope.

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Kremlin-backed DNC hackers going after French presidential hopeful Macron

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Re: Whats the point to this story?

"Well, the issue really is that a Russian sponsored hacking team is digging into political opponents in other countries (including ours) and digging up scandals."

If they have the access necessary to dig up real scandals, they also have the access necessary to create false ones.

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Who really gives a toss if it's agile or not?

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Agile Expertise?

" I'm no expert in project management, but I'm pretty sure it isn't supposed to be making it up as you go along, and constantly changing the specs and architecture."

I'm no expert either, but I honestly thought that was quite literally the definition of agile. (maybe disguised with bafflegab, but semantically equivalent)

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Who do you want to be Who? VOTE for the BBC's next Time Lord

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Re: All mixed up in the Doctor's timey-whimey time stream...

I'd rather see Faye Marsay. After all, that Christmas episode was entirely Shona's dream.

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BOFH: Password HELL. For you, mate, not for me

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"Going forward, a regular dose of BOFH articles will prevent nasty workplace accidents or nasty data loss incidents to occur again in future."

Prevent some, suggest others. It's all good.

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Let's replace Ethernet with infrared light bouncing off mirrors!

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Re: Firefly

You can't stop the signal, Mal.

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Linus Torvalds says Linux 4.10 just 'blew up' as rc6 bloats

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Coat

Re: Isn't it terrible

Shut up, Lennart.

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Oh, the things Vim could teach Silicon Valley's code slingers

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Re: XEDIT

XEDIT

QQ

TECO

*ex$$

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IBM loses chunky ATM contract, reaches for staff eject button

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Re: Question

"one must assume that any soon-to-be-ex-IBM employees effectively interviewing for their own jobs at NCR will probably get less generous terms offered to them"

I know nothing at all about the specifics of either IBM's or NCR's internal processes, but I'm jaded and old enough to have an opinion on this assumption.

Suppose, for instance, NCR has fewer management / middlemen in the product chain, pushing paper and "costs" around internally, and jacking up the price customers see? It seems to me entirely plausible that competent staff could get equivalent or higher compensation for switching companies, without creating a necessity for higher prices.

I'm cynical. I seriously doubt it's the compensation of the people actually doing the work that's to blame for IBM's losses of contracts.

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OpenBSD 6.0 lands

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Re: Does anyone know

Tom Almy and Blake McBride have you covered:

https://github.com/blakemcbride/TECOC

Not war?

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Making us pay tax will DESTROY EUROPE, roars Apple's Tim Cook

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Re: Some humour is found in all this.

"I was about to say that it would be hard to surpass Trump in that respect, but I then recalled I thought the same of Bush, Palin - OH MY GOD."

Just realize the ones at the national level represent the most mainstream. I think you probably don't ever want to look at some of our state and local lawmakers, unless you think living in Lovecraftian horror would be nice.

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Systemd adds filesystem mount tool

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Re: And thus..

" If you say a log can be reliably kept with nothing but ASCII, explain how you can say a coin landed edge when all you have to work with is a single bit: 1 or 0?"

Uh, that's exactly -- I mean EXACTLY -- the point of ASCII logging; you are not limited to a circumscribed description:

Aug 22 22:30:12 localhost flipd: INFO: Coin landed on edge

I think it's you who will have a problem expressing an incommensurate event in a number system that doesn't include a representation of the event's state.

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Re: Can I just add

"Also, what do you do when the data you want to log is necessarily binary, such as a firmware dump caused by a fault?"

The existence and location of a dump file need to be logged. The contents don't need to be incorporated into the log file.

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Re: I've forgotten...

"What was the problem systemD tried to solve?

Was it just that init scripts were human readable?"

And syslogs. Don't forget the syslogs.

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Containers rated more secure than conventional apps

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Re: Wot?

Forget it, Jake. It's Gartner-town.

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The Reg Coding competition – 10 times as hard as the last one!

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Re: Seriously...

"is this the state of programming in 2016 !"

The state of programming in 2016 is that you should allocate at least 58.5 seconds to initialize the JVM, load the python interpreter, load the GUI framework libraries, establish a connection to the local MySQL server (and start the server if this is the first execution), then display a splash screen, load libraries from 8 different remote repositories, and display the first banner ad.

Hello, world.

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Holy Crap! Bloke finishes hand-built CPU project!

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'"I have to find some kind of home for it at some point because I want mine back," Newman says'

Will it fit out the door?

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I am Craig Wright, inventor of Craig Wright

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My five pound vote is on Verity Stob.

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Intel takes aim at Arduino with US$15 breadboard

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the design of that quark board is strange, but charming

Top comment! Very colorful.

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'No regrets' says chap who felled JavaScript's Jenga tower – as devs ask: Have we forgotten how to code?

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Re: Are these dynamic dependencies really a good idea?

"If so, how on earth do you test a system today, and know that it still works tomorrow when you rebuild it, knowing that you haven't changed any of your code?"

In the immortal words of Tom Lehrer:

Once the rockets are up, who cares where they come down?

That's not my department, says Werner von Braun

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IBM to erase 14,000 people from the payroll – Wall St analyst

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Re: Stop me if I'm wrong

It is the "It can't happen here!" syndrome, no one bothers to look at history for constantly reoccurring patterns...of failure.

Haven't you gotten the memo? Historians (and other liberal arts graduates) are fit only to pour your hipster coffee and supersize your fries.

Real progress in today's world is made only by holders of Business degrees trying to cause and then hire cheaply from a vast oversupply of STEM graduates (or people who could plausibly be said to have STEM credentials).

History? Bah! Who cares? If it was important, we'll discover it again.

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Sexism isn't getting better in Silicon Valley, it's getting worse

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Re: "Make me a sandwich"...?

Not war?

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The Mad Men's monster is losing the botnet fight: Fewer humans are seeing web ads

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Re: Complexity is fraud

"What do people who had already paid off their mortgage get?"

A stable society.

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Adblock Plus blocked from attending ad industry talkfest

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Re: Adblock's next step?

I don't 'consume' content -- it's still all there after my visit.

Their stuff on the net DOES consume my bandwidth and resources, though. I choose to allow the specific content provider to do that. I do not choose to allow stupid greedy shitheads to do that, though.

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HPE's private London drinking club: Name that boozer

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PC Load Letter

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I'm thinking, 'Not The Garage'

would be more appropriate.

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Meet ARM1, grandfather of today's mobe, tablet CPUs – watch it crunch code live in a browser

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Re: "...[Acorn] imploded..."

And here I was thinking the ARM instruction set is some of gift from $deity that is perfect in every way.

Nah, that would be PDP-11.

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Kids' tech skills go backwards thanks to tablets and smartmobes

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Re: As an ICT teacher I am not surprised

"how to add a footer, how to use heading styles and edit styles and create a table of contents for a document that make up 60% of their final mark."

If Isaac Newton had had a computer, we'd still be waiting for him to decide on a font and how to flow his paragraphs for the Principia.

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White House to Feds: Stop buying new PCs, laptops right now

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Mushroom

Re: One standard PC

One standard PC

There is simply no way that this can end well ...

Yeah. I predict some unholy concoction of SAP and ORACLE, running on Atom processors with 2G RAM, integrated by CA and supported by 'Mike' in Mumbai.

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AT&T grabs dictionary, turns to 'unlimited', scribbles it out, writes: '22GB a month'

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Coat

Any word on the chocolate ration?

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BOFH: Power corrupts, uninterrupted power corrupts absolutely

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and some intelligent fool had forgotten to remove the solid rocket engine from the missile under test!

Always mount a scratch missile.

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Dropbox DROPS BOX as service GOES TITSUP worldwide

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That's why it pays to use more than one cloud service I guess.

Or fewer than one.

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Large Hadron Collider gives young ALICE a black-hole ray gun

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I never get tired of their webcams

http://www.cyriak.co.uk/lhc/lhc-webcams.html

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Traditional enterprise workloads on an all-flash array? WHY WOULD I BOTHER?

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Re: Asking the wrong question

"Because the reason the legacy batch job fit in the morning window is you had eliminated all the things you wanted to do and left in only the ones you absolutely needed to."

You say that as if it's a bad thing.

It's a given that new capacity will be filled -- space capacity, iops capacity, mips capacity, pixel count capacity, whatever. In my opinion, it's not a given that the new filler is worth having.

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Big Blue's biggest mainframe yet is the size of a fridge

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Re: Rubbish - Old IT Grey suits out!

> Hey old man, do you still know what an Integer is?

Hell, I'm so old I know what negative zero is.

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Linux systemd dev says open source is 'SICK', kernel community 'awful'

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You know what?

On the one hand, if I ever develop something that is so notable that Linus feels it necessary to call me a worthless fucking idiot who should have done it better, I would consider it the high point of my career.

On the other hand, if it was pulseaudio, I would be embarrassed.

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IT blokes: would you say that lewd comment to a man? Then don't say it to a woman

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Re: Another solution

Not that alcohol can't/doesn't have an impact, but IME the assholes are assholes whether they've had a drink or not.

True, but also true is that it isn't a person being an asshole that makes this behavior inappropriate, it's a person acting like an asshole. Thoughtcrime shouldn't exist, even if we really are sure we are the ones competent to judge it. Actions, however, can be judged.

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Re: Booth babes

But what sort of idiot thinks "if I buy this VoIP solution, I'm going to look so hot" ?

The ones with the power to actually make that purchasing decision.

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Can it be true? That I hold here, in my mortal hand, a nugget of PUREST ... BLACK?

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Re: This might need more study

See also the cloud chamber. The idea for it was apparently sparked by observation of bubbles in beer at an Ann Arbor restaurant / bar.

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New Star Wars movie plot details leak, violate common sense and laws of physics

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Obviously

Naturally, it's found by an intrepid archaeologist, triggering a rollicking adventure.

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NASDAQ IT security spend: $1bn. Finding mystery malware on its servers: Priceless

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Re: "Not all of the banks agreed to take part"

"We're the FBI. We want to see if you've been hacked." "No."

How does that work?

"We pay your, uh I mean we pay the salary of the guy that controls your funding. No not that salary, his real one."

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