* Posts by blondie101

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Dutch cheesed off with Russians, expel four suspects over chemical weapons Wi-Fi spying

blondie101
Big Brother

Standard procedure

"b) were they already watching the "diplomats""

Perhaps standard procedure to keep a close eye on all (Russian) incoming diplomats?

blondie101
Holmes

Re: Why go public?

And who is the intended receiver? The public or a big man in a white house??

blondie101
Big Brother

Why go public?

I get this:

- Russian diplomats gathering information. And for being diplomat (or more correct in the possession of a diplomatic passport) there is no risk, besides to be trown out of the country.

- the Dutch who throw them out

- the "denial" of the Russians (because they always deny)

But why all the media attention? What do the Dutch try to accomplish? What is the spin? Anyone?

Decoding the Chinese Super Micro super spy-chip super-scandal: What do we know – and who is telling the truth?

blondie101

Re: Deja vu

Yes there was. Something to do with Snowdon and facilities of the NSA and the likes implanting spying chips on demand in HP gear. The HP designs deliberately facilitated the spy chips. Another spy agency, likewise operations.

Another German state plans switch back from Linux to Windows

blondie101

Re: Lots of companies run Linux including Google

"from the dog show world"

And when you look at the dogs that are considered by the experts (the dog owners/jury,...) top dogs you immediately wonder what is "top" about a dog that can't breath or walk properly. Dog people are so living in their bubble they can't see the big picture anymore. So in a sense it is a good analogy.

Microsoft might not support Windows XP any more, but GandCrab v4.1 ransomware does

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non existing "freeze" option

"It is entirely possible to run an old, insecure operating system on a machine in such a way that the rest of the network is protected. It takes a bit of work and know-how, but it's certainly doable."

Yes doable. But also leading to the assumption that "you only have to invest once to run any software system" which is the mother of all fuck-ups. Any automated system needs lots of funds during its life-time to operate secure and according to expectation of the (end) users.

Isolating the lack of proper funding will leave you eventually with a spaghetti of total unmanageble systems and a total stand-still of changebility of all the organisation. Because organisations change and the expectations change. For example that stand alone MRI scanner one day will be connected to the other systems, al be it for monitoring, input for patient files, etc, etc. Bye, bye air-gap.

K8s awaits due date for latest, greatest slate: Extension versioning will reach beta, mates

blondie101

A new scheme?

And if you combine the two flavors of users together in one team you get a rough idea of devops.

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

blondie101

Re: A new scheme?

Everlasting!

blondie101

A new scheme?

Why not just call it 17 instead of the meaningless 4.17?

Q: Why did the Cisco cross the network? A: To automate what's on the other side

blondie101

Trusting Cisco in writing code?

I've never seen a hardware manufacturer write decent code. Be it HP, IBM, Dell and also Cisco. They can' t even write code that update their own equipment flawless. And now Cisco is supposed to be trusted with operation automation?

Google prepares 47 Android bug fixes, ten of them rated Critical

blondie101

Re: What about my 5 year old Android?

"The iPhone 5S is still a perfectly serviceable phone that runs iOS11 without problems."

Ahum, if you don't run apps on it you mean. It works, that's right, but it is not enjoyable.

blondie101

Re: Peasants..

You don't understand. AOSP is Open-Source and it is theit users (read the manufacturers) own responsibility to patch. Google service is the Play service. And they update and protect "joined" devices through these services.

blondie101

Re: Peasants..

I believe Google is doing all it can to make the devices secure. Through the Play services which they completely own they fix (circumvent) bugs, they prevent apps being installed, they scan apps and they monitor (and control) all Play devices. And for what I can see they do a rather good job. I've never heart about mass phone infections or virus break-outs on either iDevice or Android (play) device. So they must do something right. Patching the core Android system should be far better than it is right now, but it has improved a lot over the last three years or so. And I think it will get better over time.

NVIDIA reveals GPUs for blade servers, Linux desktop support

blondie101

Re: Open Source?

No the 'I don't like to chase the Interweb for stupid drivers. Binary drivers are so stupid and annoying and do taint your kernel so bye bye to secure boot. That's why Linux sysadmins dislike closed source drivers. Take a look at PCI flash storage: sane people running Linux workloads choose Intel vs FusioIO for this. (BTW Intel 'hides' the proprietary firmware inside uefi. Problem solved.)

WHY can't Silicon Valley create breakable non-breakable encryption, cry US politicians

blondie101
Big Brother

Re: Rubbish

What make you think that NSA (or other US TLA's) don't have copies of ALL private keys American CA's have signed? I assume they have (because I can imagine it and if I can....). To be safe in a x500 key infrastructure you have to self-sign!

The data centre design that lets you cool down – and save electrons

blondie101

Re: Bah!

A few weeks ago I visited a brand new datacenter in the north of the Netherlands. They use ambient air all day except for about 6 days a year!! It was a neat facility with they treated the ambient air (filtering, dehumidify etc) and blow it into the datacenter with a little over-pressure. They just let the air fall from above, no raised floors, all cabling from above. The hot aisles had a huge chimney so the hold air could get away the natural way. Because of the huge amount of ambient air it wasn't that cold inside (~20 degrees C). And the over-pressure kept the fans quiet: you could actually talk to each other!! They managed to do 1.25 energy efficiency!! Nice DC :-)

Hackers prove security still a myth on Windows PCs, bag $320,000

blondie101

Windows kernel "features"

"SYSTEM-level code execution in Windows via a bug in the kernel's TrueType font handling"

WTF TrueType font handling in the kernel? In 2015? (...)

Five years of Sun software under Oracle: Were the critics right?

blondie101

Re: MadMike Solaris for high end, said Larry

BS!! From https://www.suse.com/products/server/technical-information/ :

SUSE Linux Enterprise 12 (3.12) x86_64

Max. Number of Logical CPUs 8192

Max. RAM(Theoretical / Certified) 1 PiB/64 TiB

Why, hello there, Foxy... BYE GOOGLE! Mozilla's browser is a video star

blondie101

Re: 34?

You can put it in there via the configuration menu, +Customize and pull Hello to your menu. That's it.

Redmond aims to outshine Eclipse with FREE Visual Studio

blondie101

Cross-platform

Or does it run on OS-X? When I encounter developpers I only see MacBooks running either OS-X or Linux I guess market share is about > 80%. So if Microsoft keeps ignoring this they will lose even more markershare. Especially with the younger ones. I can not recall running into a young dev (in the twenties) running the microsoft toolchain. Not ONE.

Windows 10: One for the suits, right Microsoft? Or so one THOUGHT

blondie101
Trollface

It's Wayland now isn't it? Or MIR?

blondie101
Linux

Re: "UNIX generally uses Ctrl-Insert to copy, and Shift-Insert to paste....."

Or just select (copy), middle-mouse (paste)?? In some places life is just good(tm).

That Google ARM love-in: They want it for their own s*** and they don't want Bing having it

blondie101

pure powerplay

According to Cringerly (http://www.cringely.com/2013/11/25/intel-wants-everyones-chip-maker/) maybe Intel will be making Google's chips.... at 14nm.... And not because Intel likes Google but because they have so much 14nm capacity and (maybe) not enough buyers. What will they do? Next years will be very interesting.

Oh and Googel wants this because they rather buy a design than they must buy the whole package from one. Macchiavelli's "divide and conquer"... In all respects.

Microsoft rallies channel troops: Sell, sell, sell our spanking new 'Cloud OS'

blondie101
Trollface

Re: Watch yer backs

> "companies are already swarming round it like flies to shit..."

> Because it's already dead?

No because it stinks...

The only way is Office: UK Parliament to migrate to Microsoft cloud

blondie101

Re: Have we learned nothing....

And it convenient for the government too, to know everything of your members of parliament. Saves time. Why have a debate any more, you know all opinions in advance.

iPhone slips in Europe as Windows Phone claims OVER 10% market share

blondie101

What a crap. Market share CAN be about units, it MUST not. For example in the server market, market share is normally measured in income not units. Otherwise is was impossible for MS to have a (out of my head) share of about 30 ~50% while (nearly) all big clouds are running Linux only. Linux server market share is exclusively about ENTERPRISE Linux distros. For the proprietary unices the (unit) market share is almost not measurable, but in income they still count (just like mainframe).

If market share was about income instead of units Apple is probably on top, followed by Samsung. Android is invissible and Google's mobile revenue is (black?) magic.

Microsoft Surface sales numbers revealed as SHOCKINGLY HIDEOUS

blondie101
FAIL

Re: Too bad

> You just hit the core issue Don Jefe... WindowsRT is NOT Windows.. in the same way iOS is not OSX.

> Microsoft never quite got that message.

That and they should have based it on Windows Phone code instead of Windows nx/xp/7/8 code. And built win8 as a proper desktop OS without all that touch nonsense. Just like Apple (iOS/OSX) en Google (Android/Chromebook) are doing. One size doesn't fit all devices.

Sharing a kernel can be wise, sharing a UI code base for desktop and touch is foolish.

jm2c's

SIM crypto cracked by a single text, mobes stuffed with spyware

blondie101
Devil

It shouldn't be that hard. The operators could filter out the text messages before they send it to the devices. A kind of virus checking for SMS...

Microsoft parades Windows 8.1, the version you may actually want

blondie101
Linux

Re: The WHINING of the WINTARDS

> If Android is Linux then I can surely

>

>Use an open source JDK / JRE to run my Tomcat or Jetty on it

You can. Not directly out of the box, but I've seen OpenSuSe running on a Galaxy S2 right onto the stock kernel. You only need root access. And yes you could run Tomcat on top of it. Usefull? I doubt! Fun? Yes! (and that what Linux is, fun to use!! :-) )

FONDLESLAB market DEATH STRUGGLE: Latest rankings in

blondie101

windows and byod doesn't match

The main reason for succes of iOS and Android is the ease of use or better the ease of system management of your own device. You don't have to be like a system administrator. Quite different from Windows (Pro/i386/x86_64) devices with its endless ways of installing and updating software from all sources. My experience is that ordinary people are not capable of properly take care of their device. With the controlled environments of Apple and Google this is a no-brainer. Maybe WinRT can compete but this platform lacks all other advantages of 'normal' windows. A very difficult game Microsoft has to play.

Microsoft leads charge against Google's Android in EU antitrust complaint

blondie101

Re: Ha!

'Seriously? This came from Microsoft (by proxy)? They have the biggest ones I've ever seen'

No if it's your strategy to have a software monopoly and crunch all your competitors then it's all right. ;-)

blondie101

Re: Huh?

'It is not possible to remove Google apps (e.g. Chrome, Maps etc).'

Bullish, look at cyanogen mod or Amazon's kindle. Booth without chocolate apps.

Amazon slashes Windows cloud pricing

blondie101
Linux

hard battle voor microsoft

Microsoft tries to get a piece of the action (remember their cloud presence is almost like their phone's) with higher prices than their biggest competitor? Good luck! Because I can see no compelling reason that one has to buy Microsoft in the cloud. Cloud == web and web based stacks on Linux are hot while Microsoft's stack is not. The only reason is some old-fashioned enterprise app that requires windows. There are a lot off them, but I hardly see any new load coming to Windows.

Fujitsu makes Windows Server 2012 see double

blondie101
FAIL

wtf

So they are putting a HA cluster in a SPOF??? What are they smoking??? Making a very complicated setup (means much more change to f*k-up) in a SPOF rig? What's the point? So you can check "we have an HA cluster"? Or is w2k12 so unreliable you always need two? or....

Top tools for junior Linux admins

blondie101
Holmes

my list

If you really want to master Linus system administration:

0. Take a LSB course

1. Linux from scratch

2. Choose family

3. Master the package manager (pkg/apt or rpm/yum,zypper,..)

4. Learn basic vi

5. Learn basic regex

6. Learn to script, start with basic bash later you can matter python

7. Learn autoyast (side family)/kickstart (red hat family)/preseed (Debian family) for fully automated OK installation

8. Learn puppet/chef

By then you've got a few years of experience.

Microsoft tries to sell home Office users on subscription pricing

blondie101

Re: Microsoft copying Google YET AGAIN

Office365 is a Windows only sollution so one can argue if it is web based software or a last century fat client solution in disguise?

Report: Tablets to outsell ALL PCs by 2016

blondie101

Re: tablets, as they are now, are a dead end

Or will it be like this: you pair your smartphone our tablet with a dumb terminal with real keyboard, mouse and use your window () as screen at the office only if you have to do some 'real' work. When you are done you just take your device with you stop you can access your work everywhere from out of the cloud. Or am I smoking something now?

Microsoft 'surprised' by Google Gmail 'winter cleaning'

blondie101

Re: I must be the odd one

You are absolutely right! IMAP support in Outlook is really bad, but then it was was never built for it.

Microsoft reveals Windows RT OEMs

blondie101
Devil

Re: Mark my words: these won't sell

eeh, you meant it doesn't run their usaul iPad apps... ;-)

Microsoft tightens grip on OEM Windows 8 licensing

blondie101
Meh

Re: Well you are overlooking something

Big companies tend to put their own image of OS on a machine instead of the preinstalled OEM version. Wonder how this new scheme is goiing to affect the bih companies.

Microsoft pops preview of 'biggest, most ambitious' Office yet

blondie101
FAIL

Re: Why am I not finding any of this remotely interesting?

So what you're describing is a 100% Microsoft lockin: sharepoint and O365 do not work on all devices (far from it) and it does not look like it's going to get better. Only if you buy in this Microsoft thingy for the full 100% it will work. And they trying to sell this in 2012??? They're still living a decade ago...(LOL)

Microsoft 'mulled Nokia buyout, ran away screaming'

blondie101
Holmes

Will Google buy Nokia?

Or at least make sure that the price is "right". Google might be interested because of all the IP Nokia possesses. I'm not sure if Motorola give them enough firepower....

Windows 8: We kick the tyres on Redmond's new tablet wheels

blondie101
FAIL

Re: train wreck

"Metro is perfectly suited to those who want an entertainment/information displaying/social networking device... ie:a consumer. Productivity and use of a PC as a working tool is something else entirely, so whilst MS may win over the consumer with Metro they are going to have a hard time pushing it to those who use a PC as a productivity tool."

If this is their target who on earth will they win from iPad and Android? Don't see it happening. They will be third and that's not how the Microsoft eco system can survive... Start selling your shares...

Can Windows 8 bag Microsoft 20 more years at the top?

blondie101

Re: It never was about the software

I think MS won't be able to retain it's hold on the IT market as it is today. They're just too late on the smartphone/tablet market to get a > 90% market share. It a pity it took 20 years....

blondie101

Re: It never was about the software

Do you have the answer for the (right) question?

Microsoft unveils Windows 8 'release preview' for June

blondie101
FAIL

Re: It's so clearly a turd

I dare you to compare with iOS.... that's what it's aiming at and there it will fail. Windows will never have it's monopoly again: thank god

Munich's mayor claims €4m savings from Linux switch

blondie101
Linux

win365

There's only one problem with this "WIN": it won' t run on anything but microsoft.... So you buy a "cloud solution" that requires one make of client.... I'v never understood this...

Met plod will use 1980s software to police Olympics

blondie101
WTF?

decent information system

any decent information system lasts for centuries, nothing new here. Ask your bank when they started their banking system, I bet it during the 60's, maybe 70's, so that's pretty old too. Nothing wrong with old systems as long one keeps it current.

Moore's Law savior EUV faces uncertain future

blondie101
Holmes

Re: Nikon?

Yep Nikon is a big name, but the biggest is ASML, a Dutch company.

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