* Posts by John Sanders

1718 posts • joined 29 Sep 2006

Microsoft loves Linux so much its R Open install script rm'd /bin/sh

John Sanders
Linux

This is known as:

chmod 777 ALL THE THINGS

And it is as dumb as "rm * -fr"

But well.

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Devuan ships second stable cut of its systemd-free Linux

John Sanders
Coat

Re: Storm in a teacup

I swear to god that at this point I think all the "anti-systemd" crusade is like the flat earth society an internet trolling of epic proportions.

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Russia appears to be 'live testing' cyber attacks – Former UK spy boss Robert Hannigan

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WannaCry reverse-engineer Marcus Hutchins hit with fresh charges

John Sanders
Holmes

Re: Plea Deal

I would suggest that you pay attention to how the FBI operates and behaves, too many Hollywood movies have you confused.

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1,300 customers of Brit bank TSB defrauded due to botched IT migration

John Sanders
Big Brother

Reality vs expectations.

If all you thing that it can go wrong in a cashless society is the inconvenience of not having access to your bank account you're in for a rude awakening.

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US websites block netizens in Europe: Why are they ghosting EU? It's not you, it's GDPR

John Sanders
Childcatcher

Re: Overreach

Careful what you wish for...

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Microsoft gives users options for Office data slurpage – Basic or Full

John Sanders

Re: It's a subtle plan

>> No, it's just try to kidnap you into the GPL ecosystem - which is just nasty as the Windows one.

And when I got to this point I realized you're just a troll.

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John Sanders
Windows

Re: "Invasive" or "Very Invasive"

I've been saying it for years, MS says assume the position and people bend over.

Anything so they don't have to think.

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Boffins: Michael Jackson's tilt was a criminally smooth trick

John Sanders
Pint

There...

You win the beer this week X-D

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Git push origin undo-my-last-disaster

John Sanders
WTF?

I have created my own thing

It is called PissOps, we do it every Friday, pub time.

For fcuk sake IT industry, stop with the made up market-droid lingo, and fashion reinvented-wheel of the week.

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BT bets farm on consumers: Announces one network to rule 'em all

John Sanders
Holmes

Re: Makes a mockery of the CMA decision that EE and BT operate is distinct and different markets

>> Who are these technically illiterate anonymous folk that sit on the CMA making these decisions?

It is time for you to understand that there is no "good" and "bad" people, just people with economic interests and different degrees of power. Whether they are literate or not is a different matter with no bearing whatsoever on the business at hand.

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You have GNU sense of humor! Glibc abortion 'joke' diff tiff leaves Richard Stallman miffed

John Sanders
Holmes

Re: Wait, what?

@JohnFen

>> ...is hard to interpret as anything but another indication of the ongoing decline of the software industry.

I think you mean society as a whole.

Remember humor is dangerously subversive to SJW as it doesn't allow them to control the language, and an SJW needs to control language to set the narrative so they can't achieve power without opposition.

Having said that, in my humble opinion anyone ever butt-hurt by such an obvious joke is not fit for purpose.

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Microsoft vows to bridge phones to PCs, and this time it means it. Honest.

John Sanders
Holmes

There is a reason for no one achieving this.

The reason is simple yet tricky to grasp.

No one knows where to go with it, nor which problem are they trying to solve.

Easy :-)

I (in my infinite modesty) have been blessed with the means to know what's required to do this successfully but no one will implement it because it is what is good for the users and not the bottom line of <insert company name here>.

It is easier to explain it than it is for people to grasp it's significance.

All that it requires is to integrate a remote desktop type of functionality into the phone.

You connect your phone with the usb cable to the pc and magically a window appears with your mobile screen, you double click on it and make it full screen, and use any app in your phone fullscreen with a mouse and a keyboard.

You can copy and paste, drag and drop between your mobile and the computer when the window is not full screen.

Done, that is the only stuff required, who has it done it? nobody, who will do it? nobody.

Why? because few understand why that functionality is important. Bear in mid Microsoft does, they will not allow this, and Google does too, they know MS won't allow it.

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Leave it to Beaver: Unity is long gone and you're on your GNOME

John Sanders
Mushroom

Re: Race to the bottom

>> all symptomatic of this hostile takeover, seemingly coordinated between ostensibly separate

>> groups but which was in fact just one, almost like a patent troll operating many shell companies.

Yet strangely all of it perfectly GPL compliant.

For fuck sake people.

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John Sanders
Windows

Re: On the face of it

The alt+right mouse is cool if you know it, and aren't mum, dad, grandpa or grandma.

No reason to have 1 pixel window borders on the default theme, no reason.

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John Sanders

Re: On the face of it

The window borders 1 or 2 pixels wide are the most annoying thing I have ever encountered, it is one of the easiest things to fix ever yet 7 years down the road they keep doing the same.

I know about using alt+right mouse to scale a window, but Grandma and Grandpa want to aim with the mouse and won't use a keyboard short-cut.

It is the only shame I can find in Xubuntu and it is shocking no one has ever thought on that.

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John Sanders
Pint

Re: On the face of it

>> Admittedly, I'm a Xubuntu fan…

My man!

>> from the day Unity thing was dropped on us, give or take a few hours.

I would add Gnome3 to the mix of undesirable DEs

Mate or XFCE all the way. Mate is now a better Gnome than Gnome ever was, Mate does seem to succeed in an area where Gnome3 fails consistently, and this is bug fixing.

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OK, this time it's for real: The last available IPv4 address block has gone

John Sanders
Holmes

The lack of IPv4....

No one is going to move to IPv6 because of this, ISPs have plenty of IPv4 addresses, and not just that, they have the technical expertise to free many more in case they need them from their old networks.

All it does is increase the price of the commodity which has been made scarce, and prevents competition as the primary resource to start an ISP is IPv4 addresses.

Enjoy your IPv6 designed at a time where people couldn't possibly anticipate what its adoption would entail 20 years later.

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Torvalds schedules Linux kernel 5.0, then maybe delays 'meaningless' release

John Sanders
Linux

Power eficiency

What about the noticeable power savings when using 4.17?

These not worth mention?

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2001: A Space Odyssey has haunted pop culture with anxiety about rogue AIs for half a century

John Sanders
Flame

Re: Ah well, back to my PowerPoint slides

Yes I agree 90 percent of the film is boring nonsense, the only interesting bits are the HAL bits.

There is a very good way to prove that what I say is true, what do people celebrate about the movie?

The long, long, long silent scenes of the space shuttle?

The color-fest at the end?

They remember "I can't do that Dave".

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18.04 beta is as good a time as any to see which Ubuntu flavour tickles your Budgie, MATE

John Sanders
Linux

Mate

MATE all the way, XFCE progress is too slow sadly.

If I was Canonical I would make MATE the primary option and Gnome 3 a spin.

Seriously, MATE is that good.

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Microsoft says 'majority' of Windows 10 use will be 'streamlined S mode'

John Sanders

@AC

>> Like one of the commenters wrote, most drank the Kool-Aid long ago and have fixed on Windows as the One True Grail long ago.

No, the industry decided to do that because MS is an ecosystem where you can make money in a traditional fashion that normies understand well: "I give you Windows/Service for £X and you resell at £X+100".

The industry locked themselves with MS around their necks and what the industry decides makes them more money with the least effort is pushed into the masses.

And the masses like convenience above all, Windows gives them plenty of that.

This dynamic is called market inertia and it is hard to overcome. But the question is, does it need to be? certainly not for the normies.

It is you IT professional who should start looking at other stuff, not because MS is evil and wants to control your computer, it is because you who will benefit the most from learning FOSS stuff.

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John Sanders
Linux

Windows users will absolutely love...

Their new Windows 10 chastity mode, Locked and submissive into the MS ecosystem they will feel warm and secured in MS arms.

Fortunately for people who like to have control over their computers there is Penguinland which keeps growing larger and greener.

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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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