* Posts by John Sanders

1673 posts • joined 29 Sep 2006

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

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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

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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

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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

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Re: Feat of engineering

But can it do pron?

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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

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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

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WTF?

Apple...

Is holding the youtubers the wrong way.

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Jupiter flashes pulsating southern pole, boffins understandably baffled

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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

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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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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...

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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

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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

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>>>> 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

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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

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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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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

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Paris Hilton

Re: OpenSource

Que?

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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?

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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

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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?

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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

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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

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YES!

YES!

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Chinese smartphone cable-maker chucks sueball at Apple

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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

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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

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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!

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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

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Re: re: the sky is blue etc

Income has been stagnant for years now.

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Red Hat banishes Btrfs from RHEL

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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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Tired: Java. Desired: Node.js. Retired: The suggestion a JavaScript runtime is bonkers

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Re: I don't get it.

I do, what sounds better on an industry driven by buzzwords and marketing nonsense?

A) Event driven system with built-in CPAN

B) Node.js

Event driven what?

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Let's go to work: How bots took over business

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Just make a mention of systemd

And suddenly a horde of what could be described as irrational people pops in.

No way a bot will hate something it has no clue about as much as real people.

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Feelin' safe and snug on Linux while the Windows world burns? Stop that

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Re: OS Upgrades and Other Patches

Same experience here the last time I experienced any kind of issue with upgrades was on the transition from RHEL 6.0 to RHEL 6.1, in my case it was related to a blunder on LVM assuming certain defaults, you could work-around it easily and got fixed in 24h though.

This maybe shocking to Windows people, but usually upgrading a Linux server if you know what you are doing (this is if you're experienced) is completely painless and very, very quick.

The problems in Linux come with commercial software from 3rd parties, some which insist on using abnormally large amounts of shell scripts with lots and lots of assumptions (and no fail check whatsoever), seem to have odd libraries that have strange dependencies, and support personnel who think the Linux shell is a more complicated version of MS-DOS.

That is why some people keep running their RHEL 5.x boxes happily for years and years, it is for fear or screwing these applications.

One way in which people keep these stupid turds running is, they buy new hardware running RHEL 7.x, virtualise the old RHEL 5.x server, stick it in a VM and access it via proxy software running on the physical RHEL 7.x side.

If you think about it, is like a brute-force container. I have seen that done to work around applications that can't be upgraded and depend on old versions of OpenSSL. As the proxy is running on RHEL 7.x you offload the SSL to the RHEL 7.x side and voila, new cypher/protocol support on an old application.

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Linux 4.12 kernel lands: 'Go forth and use it' quoth Linus Torvalds

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Ubuntu will sort out Ryzen on 16.04.3 LTS

Ubuntu will sort out Ryzen on the next point release of Ubuntu LTS: 16.04.3

In the mean time just grab the latest mainline from:

http://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v4.11.8/

And sail away.

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Bait...

Daddy, daddy, what's this pointy sharp J shaped piece of metal with a worm in it?

That is bait my son.

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Re: Thanks!

Sanders rolls his eyes.

Mate go inform yourself a bit more.

Nothing stops anybody from distributing drivers that are not in the kernel.

Drivers are distributed with the kernel because they are maintained along the kernel as the internal ABI of Linux changes from kernel to kernel. (yes, done on purpose)

Also the drivers in Linux usually cover "entire device families".

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Looking forward to BFQ IO scheduler

BFQ IO scheduler for workstations looks very promising indeed.

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Ubuntu 'weaponised' to cure NHS of its addiction to Microsoft Windows

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Re: Pipe Dream

>> But I sense that Corbyn's Labour party is a different animal, with a genuine commitment to social welfare and the NHS.

Corbyn is a Trotskyist, he essentially believes on a version of Marxism which believes in "permanent revolution", this is seizing power by force.

For people too lazy to fcuk read and do some research, he is totally nuts and his ideal version of society is communist Cuba/Venezuela.

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Don't panic, but Linux's Systemd can be pwned via an evil DNS query

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I use systemd on all the servers I manage, out of choice. I refuse to set up non-systemd server-setups any more, it is just so vastly more pleasant to work with than the alternatives.

So, for me personally, when systemd came along, it solved all the problems I ever had with system initialization. What most systemd critics consider "bloat", I consider necessary complexity to solve a complex problem generically. You can say what you want about Poettering, but he actually realized what the problems with system initialization were and provided a working solution. I could go on for hours, but this should be a good summary.

A lot of the pushback against systemd - merited or not - is because a lot of people in charge of little parts of the bazaar have seen their pet projects cast aside by the major distros and taken over by the systemd devs. In a world where street cred is a big force in motivating people to contribute to open source being maintainer of 'x' where 'x' is part of each and every linux distro out there and then to see 'x' taken over by systemd in a fairly rough manner without any kind of co-operation between the old maintainers and the new kids on the block there are bound to be a lot of ruffled feathers. But that's not technology, that's just ego.

I find amusing that no one here is asking why systemd-resolved was introduced, or what problem was it intended to solve, read this post:

https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-devel/2016-May/039350.html

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Re: If THIS isn't a reason to hate systemd...

>> If it were a stand-alone DNS daemon then you could easily change to another one.

Dude, you can just do that, systemd-resolved is a separate module.

systemd stop systemd-resolved

systemd disable systemd-resolved

systemd mask systemd-resolved

apt update

apt install dnsmasq

I guess this is the 21st century version of the peasants with pitchforks.

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Re: If THIS isn't a reason to hate systemd...

The ignorance is strong yes, but el reg loves sweet sweet clickbait.

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Re: If THIS isn't a reason to hate systemd...

So systemd provides with an optional module systemd-resolved to do dns caching, Ubuntu uses it to replace dnsmasq, there is a bug in systemd-resolved which affects a small number of distros, notably Ubuntu 17.04 for which a patch does exist...

Oh noes, the end of the world!

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Heaps of Windows 10 internal builds, private source code leak online

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Is this an accident ?

@kain preacher

Who cares? it is not as if you can use the code to improve anything or to create your own product. maybe this is useful for learning about the innards of windows? Something that has been possible for 20+ years if not more?

No one cares. oh yeah pirates and people who write malware may do.

Nothing to see here, move along.

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Walmart tells developers to stay away from AWS

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I love it

All these corporate types who despise IT, when they realize IT will kill them.

It is too good. What a time to be alive. :'-D

I'm not going to make a lengthy post, the two or three people lurking here with some spare IQ power understand this well enough.

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Stop trying to make The Machine happen, HPE. It's not going to happen

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Unfathomable power!

>> These computers will be so powerful, they could each catalogue an iTunes music folder in less than ten minutes.

Inconceivable, who would have thought this would one day be possible 15 years ago.

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

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Re: website bombshell

A bit autistic are we?

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Re: What about the important things?

I heard your call brother, we must stop the heresy!!!!

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Re: My code won't run but the spaces are great

Those who give any kind of meaning to white-space in source code other than to separate one word from another is a heretic and has to be cleansed!

Yes this goes for python too.

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Tabs in code? heresy!!!!

Cleanse the heresy:

:set tabstop=<n> (2, 4, or 8, etc.)

:set sw=<n>

:set expandtab

:retab

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Firefox 54 delivers sandboxes Mozilla's wanted since 2009

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Re: All I want

You need:

http://piro.sakura.ne.jp/xul/_suspendtab.html.en

It has changed firefox for me, night and day difference.

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Silicon Graphics' IRIX and Magic Desktop return as Linux desktop

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XFCE Yes!

You'd be surprised, the latest incarnation (stil in dev) uses GTK3 and surprisingly uses much less memory and it is noticeably faster than the GTK2 counterpart.

Also it has an enhanced compositor and proper vsync support.

As much as I despise Gnome and their API breakage policies GTK3 once it has reached maturity its proving to be decent.

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