* Posts by Jonathan 27

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'Urgent data corruption issue' destroys filesystems in Linux 4.14

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Yeah...

If you believe that, I've got a bridge in Scotland to sell you. Version numbers are often arbitrary.

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Microsoft's memory randomization security defense is a little busted in Windows 8, 10

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Re: Well...

Just make sure you never use Android, iOS or Mac OS. Wouldn't want to look like a huge hypocrite.

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Open-source defenders turn on each other in 'bizarre' trademark fight sparked by GPL fall out

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It's all relative, he means nice for Linus Torvalds.

You don't want to see angry Linux Torvalds.

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"Software Freedom" is such a genertic term that I find it really hard to believe that anyone would consider it a legally defensible term as part of a trade mark. The way trade marks work, someone could open a business selling "Software Freedom Law Center" dish soap and their trade mark wouldn't apply because their corporation isn't a dish soap and no one would reasonably mistake the two. A slight similarity, based on common terms isn't defensible in the least.

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OnePlus 5 x T + five short months = Some p*ssed off fanboys

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That's standard practice for many phone brands. Don't buy Samsung or LG either, to name a few.

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Re: I'm pleased with my 5.

That's exactly it, there is always a new phone coming down the pipe.

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The Quantum of Firefox: Why is this one unlike any other Firefox?

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Yeah...

I'm running the latest Firefox Beta on my phone and it's still much slower than Chrome, and that's without any extensions slowing it down. Performance on desktop is nice, but performance on phone is much more notifiable. I also think Mozilla has a good chance on Android because of the lack of extension support in Chrome Mobile.

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Audio spy Alexa now has a little pal called Dox

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Re: Sigh

Why does anyone want one of these if they already have a smartphone. It's the smart watch thing all over again.

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Firefox 57: Good news? It's nippy. Bad news? It'll also trash your add-ons

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This was announced a year ago, developers have had plenty of time to port over their extensions. If they haven't done it by now, turning off legacy support is really the only thing that will make them do it.

I know I'm not going to bother porting a fully working product to a new API unless I absolutely have to and I'm sure most other developers would agree with me. Although I would have at least tried to sync up the availability of my new extension with Firefox dropping legacy extension support, but you can't always make those deadlines.

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Mythbuster seeks cash for roller skates to wear in virtual reality

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Yeah...

Your cat will learn eventually.

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Parity calamity! Wallet code bug destroys $280 MEEELLION in Ethereum

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Not worth $280m anymore now is it?

But seriously, there is going to be a point in the future where we all look back at this and laugh.

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Over a million Android users fooled by fake WhatsApp app in official Google Play Store

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Not trimming unprintable characters in publisher names, eh? Rookie mistake.

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Health quango: Booze 'evidence' not Puritan enough, do us another

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I'm worried I don't drink enough.

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They say 'quality over quantity,' but quantifying IT performance is a good shout too

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Re: You can't really measure performance of sysadmins

You could make them log everything they do into a logging system, regardless of why. I've seen it before.

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A draft US law to secure election computers that isn't braindead. Well, I'm stunned! I gotta lie down

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Man, I would not want to work at a voting machine company right now. Actual accountability? They didn't budget for that!

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Don't put your Node out of joint: Version 8 of JS toolkit now in LTS mode

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Re: "Long Term"

It counts as long term for Node.JS. Node programs suffer from the possibility that updates will break them, about every five minutes. Either updates to node itself or prerequisites. It's something you need to just live with if you develop node applications. It's the most annoying thing about developing and maintaining Node.JS applications. You basically can't use it unless you're have a continuous deployment pipeline, traditional organizations need not apply.

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Official: Perl the most hated programming language, say devs

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Re: Horses for courses

I don't agree with you. C# performs very well when it comes to string mangling, provided you use a string builder and not just the string object, which is immutable. You also need to be very careful with what you do with your strings, because implementation isn't always consistent across the framework.. I think your performance issue might be that you have a lot of experience working with Perl and less with C#.

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I hate Perl because the syntax is so strange and non-standard, even inside of Perl. It's not a big issue because since I've been working I have never encountered any Perl at all. I don't think many people use it anymore. I'm also not a big fan or Python, or more realistically the concept of using white-space to denote code blocks. That just feels wrong to me.

I do admit that Javascript has it's problems, but you can work around them. So I don't hate Javascript, although something I do hate is "other people's Javascript", because there is nothing worse than that!

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Licensing rejig and standard price rises set for Windows Server 2016

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Re: "This was inevitable" - but it also looks stupid

Oh definitely a stupid idea, but it is part of Microsoft's MO. They're not changing with the times, Nadella seems to be a really conservative guy and I think he'll likely lead Microsoft into the ground.

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Forget One Windows, Microsoft says it's time to modernize your apps

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Re: Modernise apps?

I just googled that and apparentfully verbed is a perfectly cromulent word. You Dictionarians need to move foreyards into the present.

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Fake-news-monetizing machine Facebook lectures hacks on how not to write fake news that made it millions

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Facebook should just rename their "news" section to "entertainment". Once you remove all the fake news from Facebook "News" you're not left with much left.

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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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Sounds like it's an idea to give 17.10 a pass, but, saying that. I'm probably going to install to tonight anyway. I can always just roll back a backup.

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Re: Nice

Hell, no. My mouse would be destroyed within an hour. My cat's already destroyed one computer mouse and if he gets his little paws on another it's sure to be destroyed.

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HPE quits cloud servers, two weeks after telling El Reg it wouldn't do that

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They claimed the HP/HPE split was to isolate the low margin businesses. It looks like it's more likely that HPE will be the one to totally tank at this rate.

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Windows Fall Creators Update is here: What do you want first – bad news or good news?

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I'd say Ubuntu too, it's got a huge community and it's easy to install and keep up to date even if you've never seen a command line in your life. It even supports simple installs for proprietary drivers, which you probably want unless you're a huge open-source wonk.

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Re: Windows 7 ... missing features

You don't need to install Linux just to format or even re-partition a hard drive. The Windows installer can do both. Just pick "New Install" and then the option to pick a partition. You've been able to do that from Windows 98 at least, but the version in Windows 7+ is much more flexible.

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Linux kernel community tries to castrate GPL copyright troll

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This case is a little weird because it's one developer suing alone, but there are a lot of companies stealing GPL code and repackaging it in commercial applications. So that leaves me in a weird place because I support enforcing the GPL, but the way this guy is doing it doesn't feel right.

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New coding language Fetlang's syntax designed to read like 'poorly written erotica'

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Yeah...

That's generally a BIOS prompt, not DOS. You can disable it in the BIOS on most machines, I've seen even recent machines with "Keyboard Failure Warning" listed in the BIOS setup screen.

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Rejecting Sonos' private data slurp basically bricks bloke's boombox

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My cat accepts all the EULAs for me. He just loves walking over the keys on the keyboard so all I need to do is just put it on the floor and within a few minutes, bam, he's hit the right key. At least most of the time.

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It's 2017... And Windows PCs can be pwned via DNS, webpages, Office docs, fonts – and some TPM keys are fscked too

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Re: Who designed this then?

Blame Von Neumann's stored program concept, if computers had totally separate data and executable storage this wouldn't be a problem. But as such, all the data on you computer MIGHT be a program.

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Et tu Accenture? Then fall S3er: Consultancy giant leaks private keys, emails and more online

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Re: Oooohhh Nooooo

You CAN implement websites directly using S3, but only if you have exclusively static content. The more likely use I came up with was as a store for publicly-available images.

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Microsoft Edge shock: Browser opts for Apple WebKit, Google Blink

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Re: Microsoft need to accept that they are not the only game in town anymore

If you want to run SQL Server on a Mac "server" natively, you can just install Linux and then SQL for Linux. SQL server is going to use up all the system resources anyway. Otherwise just put it on a Linux or Windows VM and call it a day.

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Oracle VP: 'We want the next decade to be Java first, Java always'

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Re: The next decade...

Definitely won't happen, if anything software will be written in even more high-level languages. It's been shown time and again that productivity beats performance (at least as far as management is concerned). JavaScript everywhere! That's not even the next frontier anymore, it's the current reality.

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Computers4Christians miraculously appears on Ubuntu wiki

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Re: IT'S A DEMON, NOT A DEVIL

I think "pagan" religions are more threatening to Christian fundamentalists than Christian demons would be.

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Forget the 'simulated universe', say boffins, no simulator could hit the required scale

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If we're in a simulation, then how do we know if it's possible to simulate our universe. Maybe physics is totally different outside the simulation. The simulation could be powered by a Dyson sphere, or a thousand Dyson spheres, there is literally no limit to the possibilities. This whole line of thinking is rather silly, the idea that we're in a simulation is a non-falsifiable statement. No amount of rational thinking can disprove it, although I suppose there might be some sort of currently unknown way to prove it, possibly.

Do i believe we're in a simulation? No, probably not. But that doesn't mean that this line of thinking proves anything. All this paper proves is lack of imagination. Also, the paper doesn't put forward the conclusion that the author of this piece infers. In fact that inference dies immediately if take away the idea that the simulation in question could easily be running on a quantum computer or another more sophisticated computer that we can't even imagine.

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BYOD might be a hipster honeypot but it's rarely worth the extra hassle

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Re: Just four years ago, Gartner reckoned by 2017....

Those are really for two different industries. BYOD is an IT thing, there the other two are software development ideas.

Did I mention my employer is successfully using DevOPS? Machine learning is very much a limited-use, high cost thing. The Amazons and Googles of the world are using that, but not really anyone else.

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Yeah...

There is no way I'd install MobileIron's crapware on my personal phone. If my employer told me that, I'd ask them when they'd be issuing me a company phone.

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Drunk canoeing no longer driving offence in Canada

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Re: Really? It's not a joke.

Sorry, you're not correct. The Queen of England can even declare Canada at war with another country and the statutory head of the Canadian government (Governor General) reports directly to her. While she doesn't actually exert her authority, it's there on the books. Canada didn't even become a fully separate country until the Constitution Act was signed in 1982. I feel like you might have slept through the mandatory Canadian history class in high school.

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Re: How Legal?

As legal as alcohol. Which where I live means you have to nip in to the government-run store that sells it.

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Re: sounds like a joke but...

The logic is that if you only stand to injure yourself, it should be legal. It's also not illegal to ride a bicycle drunk, although that's also a really bad idea.

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Don’t fear the software shopkeeper: T&Cs banning bad reviews aren’t legal in America

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If someone tries to give me a set of ridiculous terms and services I just turn around and leave... Leave a bad review on all the social medias that is! I also go somewhere else, because that's a clear sign that the business in question is terrible and not worth my time or money.

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Want to get around app whitelists by pretending to be Microsoft? Of course you can...

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Yeah...

If you have admin access, you can disable code signing checks. So it's not that big a deal, if you could do it without a privileges escalation attack first, that would be pretty novel.

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Database biz MongoDB files to go public, hopes to raise a cool $100m

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I'm just waiting for MongoDB to go tits up and get snapped up by Oracle, Microsoft or Amazon. They don't seem to have much of a business model. It's a shame though, the product is really good. I guess they could go the other way and transition to a community-driven open source project, but I don't hold out much hope of that.

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Mobe reception grief turns LTE Apple Watch 3 into – er, a dull watch

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I prefer my watches without wireless connectivity, thanks. Why does everything need to be connected to the internet?

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You lost your ballpoint pen, Slack? Why's your Linux version unsigned?

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This is partly the fault of yum's maintainers. There should be a blatantly obvious warning and acceptance prompt if you try to install an unsigned package. That would force companies to do it to prevent complaints from users.

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Compsci degrees aren't returning on investment for coders – research

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Re: Peak Code Monkey

I think it's more a factor of the amount of development that's web-based now than anything else. Front-end web development accounts for a large amount of that JavaScript demand. Combine that with HTML-based mobile app platforms and you're covering most of it. Some people are using JavaScript for server-side scripting too, primarily using Node.JS, but it's not a huge segment at this point.

It's more of a move towards web development than"hipster coders". If you value your future in this industry you need to make sure you web skills are up to date. If you're retiring in 10 years or less you can probably ignore it. I'm too young to ignore it.

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Re: Peak Code Monkey

I don't know where you went to school, but I had to take math and physics courses to get my Comp Sci degree.

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Uber Cali goes ballistic, calls online ads bogus: These million-dollar banners are something quite atrocious

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Do people really still say that? "the bomb"?

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Microsoft teases web-based Windows Server management console

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Why do I feel like this is just going to result in having to go 3 places to set things up in Windows server instead of the current 2. First Windows Server required using GUI tools, then they added PowerShell commands for SOME but not all functions. AND some settings are now ONLY accessible through PowerShell. Now they're adding a HTML GUI, that only supports a subset of functions.

I wish they'd at least finish ONE of those interfaces before building another one.

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Noise-canceling headphones with a DO NOT DISTURB light can't silence your critics

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These would never work, nor will anything else like this because people who are interrupting you at work always think whatever they want to talk to you about is too important to wait... Regardless of how unimportant it might be.

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