* Posts by jake

8929 posts • joined 7 Jun 2007

Linux Mint-using terror nerd awaits sentence for training Islamic State

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Re: Low tech

Other issues to worry about include G force at launch and vibration during flight. To say nothing of entering/leaving a condensing atmospheric condition and temperature extremes. Static electricity is also a problem. Etc. Not something I plan on reverse engineering anytime soon.

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Re: USB cufflinks.

Sounds pants to me. I use a T1 patch cord.

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Re: USB cufflinks.

A Linux user with cuff links?

Wassat? Common User File Format? I know what links is, although I use lynx ...

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Republicans want IT bloke to take fall for Clinton email brouhaha

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Re: I'm ignorant! But I'm commenting anyway!

I live in Califiornia, John. I travel, and have friends, all over the state. The only person I know who voted for the current idiot-in-chief is my FIL[0]. Of the people who didn't vote, not one claims they would have voted for Trump. I have no idea where all these supposed "Trump supporters from California who didn't bother to vote" are hiding. I've never met one. Perhaps it is ::whisper it:: FakeNews?

If you have proof of illegal voting anywhere, post it or retract your statement. It just makes you sound like more of a sycophant than usual. And a paranoid one, to boot. It's unbecoming.

As a side note, traditionally the "migrant" population, when naturalized, vote Republican here in California. It's a Catholic thing. So if there WAS any illegal voting on the kind of scale you are suggesting, it would have probably been in Trump's favo(u)r.

[0] And he regrets it deeply.

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Re: Bah!

Faux News is Leftist??? Just exactly how far right ARE you, anyway?

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Plan to kill net neutrality is the best thing/worst thing ever! EVER!!1

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Re: If US buggers up the net what happens to the rest of the world?

Usenet and Fido are still out of the sight of the idiots in charge. So things slow down a trifle. Wouldn't hurt anything, IMO.

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Re: Ug

On the contrary, Chuck. I'm amused, not unhappy. I know of nobody who hates me (except my FIL, and he's coming back around). And guess what, Chuck? "Everybody" always outvotes the individual. Doesn't stop me from making my single, solitary opinion known, though. That's kinda how this "voting" thing works, no?

We now return you to your hysterically childish slap-fest, already in progress.

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Re: Ug

Goatse ropers need love too?

But I agree ... Both sides are carrying on like four year olds having a slap-fest. Personally, I find it absolutely hysterical ... and just hope we all survive the next couple of years.

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Waiter? There's a mouse in my motherboard and this server is greasy!

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Re: Vet Office

Might have been an IBM "PS/Valuepoint" running the PSI/IDEX system on SCO Xenix ... although most of those were 425SX/D machines (type 6384).

I ran across many of them when I somehow became the "goto guy" to upgrade Vet clinics on The Peninsula because of Y2K problems... They were all around ten years old, had never been cleaned, were packed with fur, and still running strong. Most of the systems ran serial terminals off an IBM proprietary serial mux plugged into a board in the PC, but a few suckers paid for the Token Ring "upgrade" (and attendant cost of additional PCs instead of dumb terminals ... for a CLI-only based system!). I re-purposed several of these into Jr.High & Middle schools for the kids to learn the basics of un*x and networking. Three of the systems still work today and are still used in the curriculum, although now they run Slackware.

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So where does Charlie live?

Their restaurants clearly don't have regular unannounced visits from the local equivalent of the board of health ... Or said visitors are on the take. Either way, I don't want to eat there.

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Apple fanbois are officially sheeple. Yes, you heard. Deal with it

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Re: More Apple ClickBait

ElReg hacks use Macs? The few I have corresponded with use Linux ...

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Re: writing utter b*ll*cks on tabloid websites.

You only get paid if you have never posted AC, and never "censored" yourself with useless fucking ***s.

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Re: M-W: grammar not a strength, then . . .

I've got a map in my back pocket, and I know where the sun is.

Seriously, put down the electronics and get outside and enjoy yourself! Furrfu!

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Re: Everyone is a sheeple!

Not true. Some of us are equal opportunity skeptics.

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Re: Nah

Have you not heard of a "flock"? As in "The shaman fleeced his/er flock of sheeple".

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Shock horror: US military sticks jump leads on human brains to teach them a lesson

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Unfortunate acronym. Or not.

May I be the first to say I don't want my mind blown?

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Ewe, get a womb! Docs grow baby lambs in shrink-wrap plastic bags

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Re: Too posh to push - now too lazy to carry?

Brevellian? The rest of us relate to expensive, over-rated kitchen appliances? That's a broad brush you paint with, sir!

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Re: Is that photo a photoshop job?

You should feel right sheepish for that baatrocity.

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Re: Who need sharks anymore!

Ob xkcd:

https://www.xkcd.com/1013/

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That's some mighty expensive ...

... stew.

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Chipotle may have banished E coli, but now it has a new infection

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The difference is the same as the difference between Italian American and actual Italian ... The real thing is fresh and local and varied. The derivative is canned, trucked in and homogenized.

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Most taco joints in the US don't sell Mexican food. They sell Texican pseudo-food.

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FAIL - the most incompetent IT pros

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Re: Sub-Netting.

Yes. "You would think". I would think. But would they think? Not so much.

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Re: @Mephistro (was: FAIL - the most incompetent IT pros)(@ jake)

Time is an illusion. Except at planting and harvesting time ...

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FTP becoming Forgotten Transfer Protocol as Debian turns it off

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Re: FTP ...... ah the memories......

I remember it because I didn't allow it. I only saw FSP used by pr0n and warez collectors ... For a short while (a week or ten days) it was the largest bandwidth user at one of the Unis I was taking care of.

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That's OFTP ...

Mines the one with the kermit code in the inside pocket ...

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Try via FTP ...

ftp.mozilla.org/pub/firefox/releases/52.1.0esr/

"Old" version of Firefox (released 18-Apr-2017). Note that this is the extended support release. Keep an eye on the latest ESR here:

ftp.mozilla.org/pub/firefox/releases/latest-esr/README.txt

Might be handy info for some.

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Re: FTP ...... ah the memories......

ftpmail ... the reason AOL finally brought AOL's version of FTP online. The Stratus computer based email system couldn't handle the large quantity of uuencoded files users were requesting.

Which reminds me ... I still use UUCP in a few places, mostly to transport email within corporations, but also within the load balancing guts of a largish Usenet system I maintain. I'll leave the "why" as an exercise for the reader ;-)

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passwords

For values of password that include "anonymous" does it really matter?

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"hard to operate and maintain"???

What are they teaching kids in school these days if ftp is considered "hard"? Does this exemplify the abilities of the average Debian maintainer?

Come to think of it, it could partially explain the move to systemd ...

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iPhone lawyers literally compare Apples with Pears in trademark war

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Re: Not like you'd do it yourself

I suspect ElReg would point at you and laugh in these very pages.

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A switch with just 49 ns latency? What strange magic is this?

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But it's not a switch.

It's a multiplexer.

Comparing it to a switch is like comparing pears & apples.

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TVs are now tablet computers without a touchscreen

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Re: Yay!!!!

Oh, c'mon, John ... don't I at least get an hono(u)rable mention?

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Re: Don't worry. dumb flatscreen.

Correct, Tom. It also doubles as a heater for one of the cats in the winter.

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Don't worry.

Marketing will still figure out how to make the Great Unwashed think they need a new telly every couple years. It's the only way to keep the market growing.

Me, I'll stick to my 32" Sony Trinitron from 1988. I only watch the news or baseball anyway ... and that rarely. Both are better on the radio.

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Amazon may be using disk drives with hot-swappable components

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Re: I did this once to recover lost data

Likewise, if you didn't immediately get the data off the drive, and then remove the drive from service again as untrustworthy, kindly exit stage right.

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Re: Amazing

Yeah, but ... Ever try to hop swap an ST-506?

Hint: Don't.

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I'd be very surprised...

... if this wasn't already covered somewhere in IBM's patent portfolio.

Failing that, Shugart^Seagate.

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'Grueling' record-breaking VR movie marathon triggers hallucinations

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Re: How can you tell if they fall asleep?

The question is, did you write down your version of the book, John? Lotsa money in "alternative" versions of any given story these days.

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Re: Does Guinness matter anymore?

I read that subject^W"Title", and was expecting a lynch mob screaming for blood.

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Re: How did they pee?

They were lead to the throne, and told to squat. Kinda like your average 2 year old.

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Thus neatly proving ...

... it doesn't matter how long you sit on your arse looking like a twat, you'll still just be sitting on your arse looking like a twat.

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Amazon: 'Alexa, how do you fix shoddy APIs that keep breaking apps? Asking, er, for a friend'

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Re: "unless they submit their skill to a full manual test run each day"

"Some of the projects I maintain use dozens of partner and third party API's"

I think I've found the problem ...

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So basically, the folks developing the skills kit ...

... are without skills themselves?

Physician, heal thyself.

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What is your favourite cider?

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Re: With a name like "Cox" ...

Legally, I am allowed to get a biker gang drunk as a skunk & then send 'em on their way ... but I can't send me dear old mum home with an airline bottle of the stuff.

i don't make the rules, I just work within them.

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Re: With a name like "Cox" ...

Calvados/applejack experiment is coming along slowly. We have about a hundred gallons of 110 proof booze from four vintages aging in 2.5 gallon oak casks down in the wine cellar (43F/6C). Last year's is rocket fuel crossed with paint stripper at the moment, but the four year old is coming along quite nicely, if sipped over ice. We know the process works, the only question is will it age out to a marketable product.

Yes, it's all legal and above board. The process itself is easy, but the .gov insists on making life difficult. The paperwork is a bitch, and we have to pay all excise taxes. And we're not licensed to allow the end product off the premises yet. Onwards & upwards ...

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Interpol unplugs nearly 9,000 Asian command and control networks

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Re: Since when did Interpol "unplug" ...

What would I like it to do for me? Get in the next round, of course!

Would the man from Mars like a pint?

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Re: Optional

Well, coffee & cats are nothing to sneeze at ...

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Since when did Interpol "unplug" ...

... or otherwise put their hands on anything? Interpol's just a clearing house. It's up to cops on the ground in the jurisdiction involved to actually finger the perp(s).

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systemd-free Devuan Linux hits version 1.0.0

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Re: Someone should do a Devuan Linux Mint Cinnamon clone.

My dogs don't have fleas, thank you very much. Better living through chemistry.

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