* Posts by jake

10061 posts • joined 7 Jun 2007

Munich council: To hell with Linux, we're going full Windows in 2020

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Funny thing is it wasn't a bug in UNIX.

It was a bug in the way Sendmail parsed the line noise usually referred to as a configuration file. For example, my home machine was unaffected, because I wasn't running Sendmail (no need for a full-blown MTA at home). My work equipment, on the other hand, was.

Coincidentally, Slackware has just today (17th) moved Sendmail from the N series to extra in -current ... Not that that matters much these days.

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Re: Not sure about Office?

The primary objective of public schooling is to ensure that as many bureaucrats as possible make as much money as possible. Or so it would seem.

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Re: That would be Canadian.

True enough, but to be fair Pelé had a rather unique talent.

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Isn't it amazing ...

... how many Anonymous Redmond shills this story has dragged out of the woodwork? One would think that Microsoft hasn't had very many of what could be perceived as "victories" recently.

Oh. Wait ...

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That would be Canadian.

And you mispleled "Lemieux".

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No bullshit, Git.

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4011242/description-of-the-security-update-for-word-2016-november-14-2017

Why 2017? Because it's, like, totally yesterday.

You;d think the brain-trust at Redmond would have figured out the "macro malware on open" thing before they unleashed Office 2K on the unsuspecting world...

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Re: FAO: Mrs Git

Your Gitness would do well to ignore the portability issue. I settled on laptops as desktops close to 20 years ago, not for portability but for compactness and low power reasons (I was living aboard a boat). Get a docking station, some extra monitors as needed (I always have a "dumb terminal" with a bash prompt alongside the GUI. Handy for all kinds of reasons.), and whatever other hardware makes you happy. Chances are fairly good that once you have the option, you'll find a reason to take your desktop along to <wherever> a couple times per year.

Works for me, and options are good.

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Re: A modest proposal...

I put Slackware on everything, including my techno-phobe Mom & techno-can't GreatAunt's computers (80 years old & 106 years young, respectively). Both happily surf the Web, do email, use a word processor, print documents, scan old photos, retrieve pictures from their cameras, etc.

The only real issue with any given Linux distribution is whether or not the installer understands the needs and issues of the intended end-user, followed by whether or not the installer understands the hardware the distribution is intended to be installed upon.

Said installer might be software, but in most cases it should include a wetware vector ... This includes any OS distribution, not just GNU/Linux.

Mom & GreatAunt's "help, please" phone calls have dropped from several times per month each to one total in the last couple of years ... and that was to install a new printer for Mom. To be fair, I'd have been called in for that regardless of OS; she's afraid to plug anything new into the computer by herself. Now, when I visit it's for tea, not tech help. Which is a much nicer state of affairs, don't you think?

Now if I could only get them to call it Linux instead of "that version of Windows that jake gave me". ::sighs:: One hill at a time.

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Re: What 400 apps?

So essentially you're a sample of one? And the rest of the company has to follow your lead for the tools they use? Hell of a way to run a railroad ...

Linux has raster image processing tools. I'll bet you a plugged nickle that I could have that imagesetter happily taking input from Linux in under a day. Might even be able to find the code online yourself, if you look. My AGFA CTF works quite nicely with Linux despite supposedly being "Windows only". (It was free, a client moved from CTF to CTP ... I needed something to make negs for my KORD, and I hate stripping ... hey, it's all gh^H^Hpostscript under the hood, right?).

Your "comparison of AutoCAD and VariCAD" site isn't very useful. It's comparing 2014 VeriCAD to 2016 AutoCAD. Not that the site in question has dates, or version numbers for that matter, displayed anywhere that I could see. What, exactly, does today's AutoCAD do for you that today's VariCAD doesn't?

CS5.5? That's ancient. But OK, I'll bite. What, exactly, does that ancient version of Photoshop do that modern GIMP does not?

And what the fuck does this have to do with Munich failing to maintain and already completed, running, and usable conversion from Redmond to Linux?

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Look on the bright side.

Now we have an actual case study of how NOT to maintain a very large, completed migration from Redmond to Linux.

Thank you, Munich! We'll do our best not to emulate your failure.

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Re: What 400 apps?

I use and recommend VeriCAD, GIMP works for nearly everything anybody could ask for in an image manipulation program, and I haven't had an issue with a printer/scanner/fax hydra on Linux in, what, a decade and a half?

For the one or two users in a tens-of-thousands-of-seats system who actually need (that's NEED, not WANT) AutoCAD or Photoshop or some obscure printer/scanner/fax hydra ... Evaluate the business case, and figure out if it's worth supporting an instance of Windows for that particular user. Simples.

Try again. Your argument is specious at best.

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CAD

Bedtime story? More like a Teutonic horror story! A HOWnotTO primer, in fact.

I know quite a few companies who have switched to VeriCAD, and are quite happy with it.

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Crewless dinghy signs to UK Ship Register for Middle East mission

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Am I the only one ...

... who was slightly disappointed that the ship in question wasn't the Good Ship Adventure?

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Tesla launches electric truck it guarantees won't break for a million miles

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Re: Initial comments from a guy with a Class A.

I have a co-driver. Her name in Mrs. jake. I'm not the only one ... I know one guy who does long-haul with his wife and two sons. Sometimes they drive all four trucks, sometimes two, sometimes one.

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Re: Impressive

Sorry to burst your bubble, but you won't see it. Not until somebody comes up with a breakthrough that allows batteries to store energy at approximately the same density as essence of treefern ... AND they beef up the national grid to handle the added load required to charge them. The first might happen, someday. When isn't predictable. The second? Probably not in my granddaughter's lifetime.

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Initial comments from a guy with a Class A.

How much of that 80,000 lb load is taken up by batteries?

Somebody else touched on Air Conditioning. This is California. Look at that greenhouse. Do the Math(s).

Seats one. Where does the lovely Mrs. jake sit? Steerage? Show stopper.

Only 4 wheels. Not a lot of traction when hauling 80,000 lbs at 60MPH+ ... or driving from Reno to Sacramento in the rain ... serious safety issue, probable show stopper.

Battery tech has reached the point where they'll last 1,000,000 miles with no degradation in performance? I really doubt it, even by 2019. Probable show stopper.

Finally, only a 500 mile round trip on a "tankfull"? Total show stopper.

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Help desk declared code PEBCAK and therefore refused to help!

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Early symptom of the demise of $BIGCO?

The obvious answer is no ticket at all, but rather a simple "take the floppy out, doofus". But if that is completely against corporate policy and procedure (or if there is no floppy), how hard would it have been to ask the appropriate desk to call the user?

I'm as hard-nosed as the best of them in certain cases, but some things are easier to just fix and move on. This is one of them.

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Yes, I took Putin's roubles to undermine Western democracy. This is my story

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Re: been on drugs since the mid-90's

Thus my use of the word "modern". In quotes, even, indicating an elusive target.

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Re: After taking the temporary ...

He's a dog who spent his formative years between Berkeley and San Francisco, the poor thing. He does his best.

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Re: been on drugs since the mid-90's

1960s? Try the late 19teens, and the first "Red" scare ... at least here in the US.

Some would argue it goes back further than that, but I could make a case for that bring the first "modern" use of mass psychological manipulation on a large population.

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After taking the temporary ...

... Borzoi out to do his late-night business in what passes for a deluge here in Northern California, I distinctly heard him say "Gavno pravda".

I think that sums it up quite nicely.

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Slack apologises to Europe for TITSUP* services

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Instead of me-time ...

... you could spend your hours learning IRC, which hasn't been down since long before "Slack" was an itch in it's developers pants^WIDE.

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World Vasectomy Day: 15k men line up for live vent-blocking

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25 years ago.

No problem during. Very minor discomfort for a couple days after. No lingering anything. I rather suspect that the "bad" after effects are due to operator error.

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Re: A poke, 2 snips and some smoke

Ah. The Catholics.

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Remember CompuServe forums? They're still around! Also they're about to die

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Re: No idea what my username was...

No sweat, unwarranted name calling doesn't bother me a bit. Actually, it's a rather handy filter. Carry on!

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Re: Will the last person on the internet

Death of The Internet predicted! Film at 11:00!

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CIS

I had a Compuserve account in the 1980s and early 90s, but just to access a couple of company forums. I frequented a couple of Silly Con Valley BBSes starting in the 300bps days, but mostly used Delphi and/or BIX (starting with the BYTEnet beta) when they came online ... at least when my home Internet connection was down for whatever reason(0). I never really liked CIS. Nonetheless, RIP CIS Forums. You helped a lot of people along the way.

(0) Hey, we were still mostly doing the NCP thing thru' '82, what were you expecting? Perfection?

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Re: First Quantum Link... then Usenet... now...

Usenet's alive and well (if a trifle slower than in days of yore), despite the gookids fucking up the irreplaceable DejaNews archive.

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Mm, sacrilicious: Greggs advent calendar features sausage roll in a manger

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Re: The body of christ

Cheap wine should NEVER be imbibed when drunk! Especially not when close to the producer ... us vintners have seen more than out fair share of drunken idiots.

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Re: There's a dairy based version for vegetarians

But cheese should never be Chewy!

(This one falls under the "if you have to explain it ... " rules.)

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Re: And....

Big-G, may I introduce you to Bootnotes?

Bootnotes covers all sins. Especially if pork related.

All work & no play makes ElReg a dull vulture.

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Re: keep the kosher sausages right next to the halal bacon.

I can think of lots of things that are "suitable for vegetarians". Most of them inedible. Including OXO of any description.

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Re: keep the kosher sausages right next to the halal bacon.

"Certainly fake bacon is available made from Turkey or veggie."

BURN THE HERETIC!

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Harry Potter to get the Pokémon GO treatment

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Re: Lovely.

southern bastard ... As part of my "Uncle" duties, I have volunteered to read any and all books that my nieces and nephews read, and to talk with them about it should they wish (as I did with my daughter half a generation earlier). This is mainly as an encouragement to get them to read more. It seems to have worked.

They all started in on the "Potter" books. Most managed to make it through the first two before becoming bored and moving on. One managed to make it about halfway through the third before granting me freedom from tedium. So yes, I've read some of them. Enough to know that the author is mediocre at best, and quite tedious to boot. In my opinion. And (apparently) the opinion of my nieces and nephews.

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Donald Trump's tweets: Are they presidential statements or not?

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I prefer a third explanation.

We are watching the ramblings of a man in the early stages of senility.

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

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Re: My letters are in disorder

New theme song for IBMers ... TRB's "Too Good To Be True"?

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So basically, management are admiting IBM's failed as a company?

I mean, when management are too embarrassed to actually do their job, part of which entails actually talking to employees, it's pretty much all over, right?

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Your attention has value, personal cryptocurrency will advertise it

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I only BAT my eyes at my wife.

If I were prone to BATting my eyes, that is.

In other words, the purveyors of this latest idiocy can fuck right the hell off.

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WikiLeaks is wiki-leaked. And it's still not even a proper wiki anyway

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Re: Leaked leaks did not come from WikiLeaks

I love the almost instant downvote on your perfect shredding, Iglethal. Wear it with pride!

Honestly, do these people expect ElReg commentards to take anything and everything they type at face value, without questioning it? The mind boggles.

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Amazon to make multiple Lord of the Rings prequel TV series

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Re: Running up stairways of falling rocks

"And let's not even talk about Tom Bombadil!"

Please don't. I've often wondered what the author was smoking when he came up with that particular atrocity.

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Linux 4.14 arrives and Linus says it should have fewer 0-days

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Re: Hopefully...

Or even better, we just drop the not-funny-even-back-then meme.

The Crysis thing is almost as old and tired as Paris ... it needs to be put out of it's own misery.

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Re: The "0day robot" has nothing to do with 0days

Because, as we all know, bugs never ever lead to security issues.

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Re: "The release..limits to 128PiB of virtual address space and 4PiB of physical address space"

Minix 3.X current's minimum memory requirement is 32 Megs of RAM.

Minix 3.2.1 required 64 Megs.

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User asked help desk to debug a Post-it Note that survived a reboot

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Re: Xerox photcopiers

This old canard again? C'mon, people, this is TehIntraWebTubes. Could you at least attempt to learn your meme before commenting?

The name "World Series" is just a traditional name left over from turn of the last century advertising hype. The only people who believe that Yanks and Canucks think of it as truly a "World" series are folks from countries where American baseball isn't played.

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Re: This kind of idiocy is not confined to matters IT

I forgot about that guy ... Ta for the reminder. (Re-)Bookmarked.

I think the last one I read was 2008's "Sand won't save you this time".

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"saying less words"

Fewer.

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Re: RE: You can never under estimate how stupid some people can be.

You can't make something fool proof, because fools are quite ingenious.

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MINIX: ​Intel's hidden in-chip operating system

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Re: MINIX: ​Intel's hidden in-chip operating system

We know. ref

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Self-driving bus in crash just 2 hours after entering public service

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Re: German Efficiency

Those 20 were out of control and crashing anyway.

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'Sticky runway' closes Canadian airport

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Re: CFB Goose Bay

I know the USAF pulled out in the 1970s, but I was under the impression that the US still maintained a "monetary footprint" for obvious strategic reasons (I know Raytheon still has presence there) ... although come to think of it, they probably use the loot to help keep Thule open.

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