* Posts by John Sanders

1694 posts • joined 29 Sep 2006

Oracle open-sources DTrace under the GPL

John Sanders
Linux

Re: Someone has to say it.

Well, It is turning out to be the case...

You get Linux on virtually anything these days, and it works great, and keeps getting better and better, it has its issues, and like everything in life it is not perfect, but surely it is already got to the point where as an engineering tool is an absolute killer app...

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John Sanders
Linux

They should relicense...

ZFS

Come on Oracle, please, relicense to GPL, you know you want to.

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Iran: We have defeated evil nuclear-sensing Western lizards!

John Sanders
Childcatcher

I think...

Psyops much...

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Yes, Assange, we'll still nick you for skipping bail, rules court

John Sanders
Holmes

Re: Schrödinger's Embassy

The Clintons wants him dead, if he steps in the USA he's done for.

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Facial recognition software easily IDs white men, but error rates soar for black women

John Sanders
Alien

Re: Is spreading

All human beings are the same and that there are no differences between men and whamen.

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No Windows 10, no Office 2019, says Microsoft

John Sanders
Linux

Wine all the way

Office 2003 and Photoshop CS2 work almost flawlessly on Wine (I use Visio 2003 daily)

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John Sanders
Linux

Re: As soon as Windows 7 support finishes

Dude;

use this from the console as root to get rid of your wine version:

dpkg --purge $(dpkg -l | awk '/^ii\s+wine/ {print $2}')

Then use the instructions on this page: https://wiki.winehq.org/Ubuntu to install the official stable version from winehq.

For experimental versions use wine-staging. (google is your friend)

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John Sanders
Linux

Re: As soon as Windows 7 support finishes

Photoshop CS6 Runs like a champ now on Wine!

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John Sanders
Big Brother

Fear...

Fear will keep the local systems in line.

Fear of having to think even a little.

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John Sanders
Linux

My friend, that's not how to play MS games.

When MS says assume the position they expect you to be a good windows user, bend down, take your punishment and say thank you MS, can I please have more.

Because at this point this is what it feels like.

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Should ISPs pay to block pirate websites? Supreme Court to decide

John Sanders
Holmes

None of this makes sense

This is all opportunistic political shit.

No ISP is responsible for the actions of 3rd parties unrelated to them.

The only responsibility of the ISP is to keep the data flowing and the customer paying the bills happy.

In fact an ISP's only concern is getting paid for the services.

Why do ISP's have to act as the judiciary or the police?

This is all for censorship, and gibs.

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Here we go again... UK Prime Minister urges nerds to come up with magic crypto backdoors

John Sanders
Facepalm

Re: Lesson of History

The problem is that once the Police have them, it would be very convenient for HMRC, the local Council to have a copy, and once we get to that point, we end with the same disaster that happened to Symantec PKI infrastructure, every man and his dog will have a copy of the root CA.

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John Sanders
Holmes

>>> 1) She's ignorant as fuck. Cannot exclude this, given what she's done and said so far.

This one, if you have any doubts just check what she and her party did on the last election.

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John Sanders
Facepalm

>>>"We need cross-industry responses because smaller platforms can quickly become home to criminals and terrorists, "

No, we need to stop both importing and them breeding them here.

But it is easier to burden the law-abiding citizens who just shrug and behave like the good obedient cowards that they are isn't?

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User had no webcam or mic, complained vid conference didn’t work

John Sanders
Windows

Once...

I had to fix a computer...

Whose icons in the desktop had moved after the user had run windows update.

I had to sit for 10 minutes asking where to put each icon in the screen.

The person wanted reassurance that the icons in the screen will not change positions again, when I told him that Windows never had that functionality in the first place he went spastic and denied to pay me the minimal fee for the visit that I was charging him with.

In case you wonder, yes he paid me and continued being my customer, a week later I found some software to fix the icon positions in the desktop.

I installed it on his computer for free, and until the day I closed my business he was my client.

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Apple iPhone X: Two weeks in the life of an anxious user

John Sanders
Meh

So in the end... it is an expensive phone

In the end it is just an expensive phone that doesn't do anything special, it's just different, expensive, different, expensive and different.

It does a couple of complicated software tricks that everybody else will have in 6 months time.

Meanwhile world + dog buy cheap £150-200 phones which are little less than pocket super-computers.

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Butt plugs, mock cocks, late pay and paranoia: The world of Waymo star Anthony Levandowski… by his kids' nanny

John Sanders
Holmes

>>> and at one point a full inventory of 24 sex toys and associated paraphernalia that she allegedly discovered in his bedroom.

And this is a problem? why? The man is into kink, so?

Also 24 sex toys is not that many, does it include restraints?

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You GNOME it: Windows and Apple devs get a compelling reason to turn to Linux

John Sanders
Linux

Re: Adobe Creative Suite on Linux...

>>> Linux put a a lot of roadblocks to itself, to become a widespread desktop OS - and many issue are down to Stallman ideology - it doesn't fit many business models.

Dude, the GPL is never a problem unless you try to use GPL code without respecting the license.

Do not use GPL code if you do not plan on following the license, and use your own code.

Simples.

(Read more and try to understand when and where the GPL is an issue)

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Linux Mint 18.3: A breath of fresh air? Well, it's a step into the unGNOME

John Sanders
Linux

Re: Timeshift

"However, because of the dogma, no distro will include it by default"

Son you need to be this tall for this ride.

Stop talking about IT issues you do not know the details of. ;-)

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John Sanders
Linux

Re: Timeshift

>>> 'Real timeshift' would be be something like ZFS snapshots, which we still don't have in Linux because of dogma.

Nothing stops you from installing ZFS, it is fully supported since 16.04 was released.

May be dogma, who knows.

What the dogma prevents is from distributing kernels with ZFS built in, this is by default you can't boot of a ZFS partition, but this is hardly a problem when you can modify your initram to have the ZFS loaded on boot from the classic /boot formatted as EXT4.

ZFS in Linux is very well supported these days.

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John Sanders
Linux

Re: Great OS

>> I do not understand any negative comments about Linux when Linux Mint is available and so easy to use.

1) The misguided expectation that somehow Linux is another Windows.

2) Reluctance to spend the required time learning.

3) Unrealistic scoping of the task, mostly around having to learn how things work.

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IBM asks remaining staff to take career advice from HR-bot

John Sanders
Terminator

Waiting for the day...

The day that all IBM employees are replaced by Watson bot instances and they are instructed to talk to the HR bot who will terminate them.

Rise of the machines.

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Red Hat opens its ARMs to Enterprise Linux... er, wait, perhaps it's the other way round

John Sanders
Mushroom

Re: Meh.

The problem is not supporting ARM per se but device enumeration and other "nice standards" that in the ARM world are solved by vendor producing binary blobs that only work with one kernel version and tables of magic numbers to make the hardware work.

The problem with the ARM SOC industry has always been their attitude of "use and throw".

I do not see that changing now.

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That awkward moment when AWS charges you BEELLIONS for Lightsail

John Sanders
Holmes

Re: The title is optional. And possibly a giraffe.

Willing hostages.

Nothing Amazon does can't be reimplemented with some work, they do nothing special.

I have been saying for years that what most business need is not cloud but managed hosting.

Specially in the UK.

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OK, we admit it. Under the hood, the iPhone X is a feat of engineering

John Sanders
Meh

Re: Feat of engineering

But can it do pron?

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John Sanders
Flame

Re: "they've missed the more human advancements and ergonomics"

>> If you use Linux, you're not the Apple target. Someone who doesn't like to spend money is not

>> within the Apple demographics, they like people willingly to spend a lot of money for hardware and

>> software. So, blame yourself.

Why do you think Linux users do not spend money?

Couldn't it be instead that Apple products with all their "Think different" smarminess are just limiting our creativity to crapple's piggeon box walled garden?

And that we require more flexibility on simple things that other vendor have mastered for 30 years like transferring files between devices?

No thanks, I used Apple products in the 80's and save for the BSD kernel they use now it is the same smug overpriced shit it has always been.

And having said that, early beer for me.

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Biggest Tor overhaul in a decade adds layers of security improvements

John Sanders
Linux

The future...

The future of information Is blockchain or it will not be.

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First iPhone X fondlers struggle to admit that Face ID sort of sucks

John Sanders
WTF?

Apple...

Is holding the youtubers the wrong way.

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Jupiter flashes pulsating southern pole, boffins understandably baffled

John Sanders
Mushroom

New scientific term detected

"baffled boffin"

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Reg.

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Licensing rejig and standard price rises set for Windows Server 2016

John Sanders
Facepalm

Stop!

Stop with your complete commonsensical questions, what you are asking are reasonable doubts and clarifications.

How dare you!

Just pay dammit! pay to use your computer, pay to access it remotely, pay to access your own data, pay for security, pay pay pay pay pay.

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John Sanders
Flame

Re: Who could have seen this coming?

I have been saying for 20 years that I will never understand why when MS says "Adopt the position" people just remove their trousers, remove their underwear and bend.

MS can get away with murder, the world's reaction will be to breed more children so MS can murder them.

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Fresh bit o' Linux to spruce up that ancient Windows Vista box? Why not, we say...

John Sanders
Trollface

Alienation...

This is the interwebs, whatever you do will alienate lots of people.

Heck you do not even need to do anything to alienate lots of people off.

See what you did, I'm Alienated by my own comment!

I hope you have a nice day... Sir.

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Ubuntu 17.10: We're coming GNOME! Plenty that's Artful in Aardvark, with a few Wayland wails

John Sanders
Linux

Re: Ch-Ch-Changes

Mate is indeed far superior to Gnome3

They're transitioning to GTK3 and refining the interface, slowly evolving things, fixing bugs, keeping things that make sense and removing things the user-base disagrees with.

Surprise, they behave like normal human beings and not arrogant elitists.

Having said that, lately Gnome3 has improved a lot, credit where credit is due.

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Leaky-by-design location services show outsourced security won't ever work

John Sanders
Meh

>>>> We urgently need a reset, rethink, and redesign, grounding this process inside an ethics and

>>>> methodology of individual privacy, integrity and security.

Not gonna happen.

We need a reset and rethink of so many things in modern IT...

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Amazon, Azure, Google will eat all the IT. Google, let us be your cake fork, pleads Nutanix

John Sanders
Flame

So...

The world has finally discovered managed hosting and orchestration.

This is going to be interesting, some companies will soon discover that what you do not control ends controlling you.

But it will all be OK because their buddies are all doing the same. The good old silver bullet industry.

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Commodore 64 makes a half-sized comeback

John Sanders
Trollface

Re: I find such projects a bit sad

I wait to see your face the day you try to teach your kids some python.

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John Sanders
Flame

Re: Look in the loft

I'm sorry but a CPC is in my opinion possibly the worse of the 8 bit machines.

I can have lots of fun with the speccy, the C64 and MSX machines (running japanese software), but the CPC has to be the dullest machine ever made.

The basic on the MSX is great, and the full screen editor on the C64 is incredibly well designed for the time (although the basic is not very good as it lacks sound and graphics commands)

For assembler programs the C64 is ace with a cartridge running an ASM monitor.

But the CPC...

If you want to know which 8 bit computer is cool and funny, check the demoscene for it.

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The axeman strikes again: Microsoft has real commitment issues

John Sanders
Paris Hilton

Re: OpenSource

Que?

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John Sanders
Holmes

There are three general breeds of CEOs:

No there are 4 types, the fourth being a puppet.

Satnav Nutella is a puppet, of whom you may ask?

The largest shareholder in MS and who could that person be?

Hmmm.

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Home Sec Amber Rudd: Yeah, I don't understand encryption. So what?

John Sanders
Paris Hilton

Re: Rudd

What about over 18 year old using acid to carry out attacks?

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Playboy founder and dressing-gown wearer Hugh Hefner dead at 91

John Sanders
Flame

Large images...

Same here... I have no idea what is it with the fascination for very large images on websites that people visit to read information.

Also most of the images are of the stupid stock variety, I would almost prefer crappy 4chan memes.

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SQL Server 2017: What's new, what's missing on Linux, and what's next?

John Sanders
Holmes

Re: Why would you ever want to run SQL Server on Linux?

This is a pointless product that has only been put on the market for image reasons.

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New HMRC IT boss to 'recuse' herself over Microsoft decisions

John Sanders
Windows

Re: National security

>> That's only in the consumer Windows versions

Son, I have this wonderful "London Bridge" to sell you here, look, cheap, cheap, nice and shiny, have I mentioned it is cheap?.

I'm absolutely sure anyone in the USA's state department can order these "enterprise editions" have "accidentally" activated the siphon if the need arises.

Windows has always been as transparent as a muddy swamp.

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It's happening! Official retro Thinkpad lappy spotted in the wild

John Sanders
Linux

YES!

YES!

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Chinese smartphone cable-maker chucks sueball at Apple

John Sanders
Pirate

Re: I can see the value in certification

>> Chips inside cables as a ploy to overcharge...

Ding! Ding! Ding! Ding!

We have a winner ladies and gentlemen.

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Intel ME controller chip has secret kill switch

John Sanders
Linux

Let's reimplement

The Motorola 68k using a fast FPGA, at least the assembler is enjoyable.

We can run AmigaOS or Linux in it...

We're toasted...

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Salesforce CEO: We're doing great because everyone else in CRM sucks

John Sanders
Holmes

It seems that...

Market inertia does not exists eh?

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Uh oh, scientists know how those diamonds got in Uranus, and they're telling everyone!

John Sanders
Pint

Beer wining headline

Dear El Reg, congrats, you made me chuckle and won a beer.

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The sky is blue, water is wet and UK PC shipments are down

John Sanders
Holmes

Re: re: the sky is blue etc

Income has been stagnant for years now.

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Red Hat banishes Btrfs from RHEL

John Sanders
Linux

Re: After so many version of Fedora that promised brtfs as the default filesystem

>> I'll bet this has something to do with politics and Oracle.

And lack of robust RAID5/6, or robust anything for that matter.

I was once in love with BTRFS, but time and time again I found myself going back to mdadm + lvm, or just pure lvm.

I wanted BTRFS to succeed, but how many years its been in beta?

In the same time ext4 has gained all sort of niceties (like built-in ACLs or native encryption) and at the current rate we'll end getting native snapshots or Raid functionality way before BTRFS is ready.

And yes I know Ted Tso (maintainer of ext4) said BTRFS is the future.

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