* Posts by unimaginative

29 posts • joined 12 Sep 2009

Your mates vape. Your boss quit smoking. You promised to quit in 2019. But how will Big Tobacco give it up?


Re: Look out

CS Lewis was not a born again Christian (a term which refers to certain evangelical denominations) but a very mainstream Anglican. If you read what he had to say on universal morality his argument for it was that there were certain things that almost everyone (regardless of religion or culture) agreed on (e.g. murder is wrong).

The point is what you are entitled to impose on others. I am very glad we impose our morality on these and murderers. Saudi morality says it is OK to send rape victims to jail for adultery, behead gays for sodomy, and torture people to death for following the wrong religion - if I could "impose my morality on them" by stopping them doing it I definitely would.

It is interesting that secular governments who do not have a philosophical basis for universal morality, from Europe to China, are so interested in controlling people. The underlying problem is not a belief in universal morality (especially when that goes with a belief in the importance of personal moral choices) but a patronising belief that the people in charge know what is best for everyone else. They rarely discuss the basis of their morality but it seems to be a vague "greatest good of the greatest number" which naturally leads to "the end justifies the means" which takes us back the the Nazis.

It's official. Microsoft pushes Google over the Edge, shifts browser to Chromium engine


People seem to be confused by who wrote what code, what it does, and how it is licensed.

Chromium is an open source web browser developed by Google. Chrome is just a version with some Google proprietary code added.

Chromium itself is MIT licensed, but it uses the Blink rendering engine.

Blink is a fork of Apple's Webkit which is itself a fork of KDE's KHTML. As KHTML is LGPL licensed, its forks are also LGPL licensed.

So this means that MS is incorporating LGPL code (which according to previous MS CEOs is "cancer" and "un-American" ) originally written for Linux and Unix desktops into Windows.

Smartphone industry is in 'recession'! Could it be possible we have *gasp* reached 'peak tech'?


Re: Bah!

Its a lower percentage of its values, it has a much greater impact on your standard of living, and it will last a lot longer if you choose to keep it.

'Pure technical contributions aren’t enough'.... Intel commits to code of conduct for open-source projects


Re: What's all the hoopla about ?

"Normally a committee, consisting of a number of members of the community. It a similar process that would apply to censure of a developer who routinely submitted poor documentation for their work. Or, indeed, poor code. It's hard to make an objective judgement about either of these things either"

The problem is the sort of person who wants to volunteer for that sort of committee is always the same - PC, anti-free speech, anti-differing opinions, unable to understand anything from outside their own culture so leaves no room for anyone different from themselves.


Except the SQLite one, of course!

We (may) now know the real reason for that IBM takeover. A distraction for Red Hat to axe KDE


I think they mean They are interested in it

Very few end users care about Wayland, and only Gnome users care about Gnome.

I think the overwhelming interest comes from Red Hat,


KDE is really good now

I agree.

I recently switched to Kubuntu from Xubuntu and love it.

If you want it to be lighter uninstall Akonadi and stop baloo running.

This two-year-old X.org give-me-root hole is so trivial to exploit, you can fit it in a single tweet


Re: And this is news how?

Except that its only a problem if you use startx rather than a display manager, and who does that these days?


Re: Now, if this were a Windows exploit...

"X and Linux are non-commercial creations produced primarily by groups of volunteers spanning the globe and freely available online."

No they are not. They are produced primarily by employees of companies that profit from open source like Red Hat, Intel, IBM etc. https://www.linuxfoundation.org/blog/2016/08/the-top-10-developers-and-companies-contributing-to-the-linux-kernel-in-2015-2016/ Then there are people like academics who may not be paid directly to work on it, but if its linked to their research it is part of their job.

Congrats from 123-Reg! You can now pay us an extra £6 or £12 a year for basically nothing


Re: I want to move away

Not well known enough. There are lots of good smaller companies no one uses.

SQLite creator crucified after code of conduct warns devs to love God, and not kill, commit adultery, steal, curse...


Re: Beer!

They also invented champagne.


Re: Not the first piece of absurd preaching to come from the SQLite team

You have not understood what that is advocating: multi-process instead of multi thread. The same approach preferred by Python, Node,js, and a lot more. Its a better approach in most cases.

WordPress is now 30 per cent of the web, daylight second


Re: So many negative waves!

That says more about their ability to detect what technology is used that what people use.

I tried seven of my own and clients sites. It currectly detected the back end language in two cases, did not detect the framework used in any. In two cases also misclassified two Django sites as Wordpress (I think because the www. brochure sites run wordpress while the web apps that really run things run on Django)


Re: How do they know...

I tried several of my own and clients' sites on built with and it failed to identity the framework behind any of them.

Assuming this survey used I am pretty sure most of the sites that were "no CMS" were built on a framework of CMS that is sufficiently customisable to make it difficult to detect the CMS.


Percentage of sites.

Really big sites rarely run wordpress, so its share is mostly from the bottom end of the sites surveyed - so its share of web pages or time spent on the web is much lower.

Irony's lost on old Pope Francis: Pontiff decrees fake news a 'serious sin'


"Seriously, comparing church doctrines with "fake news" is a cheap shot, and one that suggests both ignorance of and indifference to the Roman Catholic position on biblical teaching."

And which part of that do you find surprising from The Register of all things? If you read it for a while no one on the staff have any idea of religious beliefs or the reasoning behind them. As for cheap shots, sure that is pretty much their style regardless of subject?

Pro tip: You can log into macOS High Sierra as root with no password


Re: Linux root p/w

The Debian installer lets you leave the root password blank, but if you do it disables root login and gives sudo to the non-root user you create during installation.

Pirate Bay digs itself a new hole: Mining alt-coin in slurper browsers


Re: Yay for browsers and JavaScript

There is a huge difference between code running in the browser and native applications. Assuming they are not malware, native applications are there because they are either part of the OS, or have been installed and started deliberately.

Something running the the browser is there because someone decided to stick it on a web page. As this incident shows, users may not even know its there. I do not want something I may not want, and may not even know is running hogging my CPU

From Zero to hero: Why mini 'puter Oberon should grab Pi's crown


Are you seriously claiming that a kid's could understand AmigaOS in its entirety. Very, very few, I would bet - and those clever enough to do that would be able to understand an awful lot of a minimal Linux

Oberon is just as retro as RISC OS.

Dad who shot 'snooping vid drone' out of the sky is cleared of charges


Re: @Robert Helpmann??

Not true, lots countries have higher murder rates, and anywhere with a war on will have more gunshot deaths! Territories (OK not the same things as countries) with higher murder rates include British and French overseas territories and Greenland. Countries include Russia and Estonia.

Even if you exclude murders using guns, the US still has a MUCH higher murder rate than other developed countries, so guns are clearly not the underlying problem (although they may make it worse).


Rubbish. The US has a much higher murder rate than other developed countries murder rate even if you exclude gun murders. It is a social (Americans are more inclined to use lethal force) or medical (victims of attacks are not receiving as good or as prompt) treatment.



Exactly. Even if it is security by obscuity as Windows fanbois claim, the end result is that a Linux desktop is a LOT less likely to be affected by malware.

I am not entirely conviced that Windows has caught up either - there have been a lot of improvements to Linux security as well in the last few years, and Linux is also much less of a monoculture (although Ubuntu's ubiquity has made it more of one).


Sounds like PBCK

This spreads when someone logins to another server from a compromised server it steals their credentials. It then uses the server logged into and spreads the infection there.

People are logging in from one server to another using a root account, or one with sudo? Surely not doing that would be a basic security? Anyone with root access to a server should know better. If you must login from one server to another you use an account with limited privileges.

MPs urge UK.gov to use 1950s obscenity law to stifle online stiffies


It also means GCHQ gets to know not just which internet connection was used to view porn (lots of good blackmail material there - no doubt only used in the national interest) but also who paid for it (even more material).

Eight hour cleansing to get all the 'faggots' and 'bitches' OUT of Github


Not all of it is in code. The use of the word "faggot" for example is most common in an IRC archive copied to github.

Google open sources flash-happy Chrome OS


The better alternative.

Of coourse, you could just install Linux plus Chrome on your netbook and be able to do everything this can do, and use old-fashioned software as well.

Early adopters bloodied by Ubuntu's Karmic Koala


Is there such a thing as a smooth OS upgrade

There are atleast as many problems with Windows upgrades. All the people knocking FOSS are going to tell us that upgrades to Vista went entirely smoothly.

That said, I have found Ubuntu less reliable than other distros (Mandriva, Mepis, etc.)

Evil, put /home on a separate partition, and you do not need to bother with copying everything back.

Linux webserver botnet pushes malware


It might be a *Windows* problem

Reading original article I see that it suggests that it is likely that the passwords were stolen from the admins compromised Windows desktops.

The moral appears to be that there is no point securing a server if you then log into it from a compromised PC.


Who uses FTP?

What kind of an idiot uses FTP? They send their root password over the public internet in plain text!

Anyone with an ounce of sense does everything over ssh. I find that rsync over ssh actually transfers files (at least if you have more than a few to transfer) much faster than ftp does.

Some of these idiots are going to be running their own sites. Hosts should just shut down the sites, as they have done. If any of them are being paid to run a site they should be fired.

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