* Posts by Scott Marshall

55 posts • joined 9 Feb 2011


We (may) now know the real reason for that IBM takeover. A distraction for Red Hat to axe KDE

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Without KDE, RHEL is GNOME to Hell

RHEL/CentOS has for a long-time been my "go to" Linux of choice.

(IMO, Linux Mint is the only half-way decent Debian-based distro for Muggles)

I absolutely loathe GNOME3. Fortunately, apart from CentOS on my notebook, all my Linux servers are non-GUI (ie headless/SSH only).

MATE and Cinnamon are excellent GNOMEish alternatives to GNOME3, however I switched my desktop allegiance to KDE precisely because of the abomination that GNOME3 was when released way-back-when in Fedora.

So, so long as KDE/Qt remains available for CentOS, I couldn't give a rat's arse whether Dead Rat* deprecate KDE in RHEL or not; I absolutely refuse to have the excrement known as GNOME3 shoved down my throat once again.

*Dead Rat because that's what they'll be after they get swallowed by the Sargasso Sea that is Big Blue.

Shiver me timbers: Symantec spots activist investor Starboard side

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Hey - dung beetles are useful

Calling the corporate/banking slime balls "dung beetles" is malicious slander against dung beetles.

Dung beetles provide a very useful service, breaking up and burying all the crap left behind by various creatures and thus helping cut the food supply and nursery for the maggots of various flies.

The added benefit of the dung beetles burying the crap in the ground is that it enriches the soil making it a better bed for plants.

So, don't call corporate slime balls "dung beetles"; call them for what they really are - "maggots".

Sysadmin shut down server, it went ‘Clunk!’ but the app kept running

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Black Helicopters

Re: Halted machine on other side of the planet

We're the Sysadmin Police, and we're here to "help" you.

Foot lose: Idiot perv's shoe-mounted upskirt vid camera explodes

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Re: Is it too early to ask....

... and how long will it take him to "heel"?

It would seem that exploding batteries are his "arch" nemesis.

MSDN unleashes a fresh round of unintentional innuendo bingo

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Re: I've never seen a door penis.

I thought that it was a splinter, Dick.

IBM memo to staff: Our CEO Ginni is visiting so please 'act normally!'

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All hands on deck and bums on seats

"... and will not be here due to vacation or work travel, please inform [the relevant manager]... so we can fill your seat while the guests are in town."

I envisage a new service: BoSaaS (Bums on Seats as a Service).

Hipster horror! Slack has gone TITSUP: Total inability to support user procrastination

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Slack down?

So who's taking up the Slack now?

The Hipster Slacks are totally pantsed now.

Israel cyber chief's 'pants' analogy for password security deemed, well, 'pants'

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Re: Pants, eh?

Some sort of plug?

Yep, you're right; no "butts" about it!

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Re: Pants, eh?

The "back door" appears when you put the pants on backwards!

Reality Winner, liberty loser: NSA leaker faces 63 months in the cooler

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I thought that America was into "surreality" TV shows.

I didn't realise that it was actually "sue Reality".

The DNS was designed for diversity, but site admins aren't buying

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Arguments with stupid?

Straight from Chapter 1 of the BOFH manual:

"Duct tape; while it can't cure stupid it sure muffles the sound"

Microsoft Azure Europe embraced the other GDPR: Generally Down, Possibly Recovering

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Underlying temperature issue

We've asked Microsoft what exactly an "underlying temperature issue" is.

I'll take a punt that an "underlying temperature issue" is actually the clients getting seriously hot-under-the-collar about the outages.

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Re: More Microsoft CloudFog

They planned for it by creating BaaS - Blame As A Service.

Google cloud VMs given same IP addresses ... and down they went

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Re: More Google CloudFog

The call-out rate for Cloud-based services is determined by the "risk" multiplicand I call the "Cloud Fuctor".

The more services that one has "in the Cloud", the higher the "Cloud Fuctor" multiplicand, which will always be ≥ 1.0

The risk can be mitigated by distributing across multiple providers.

BOFH: Got that syncing feeling, hm? I've looked at your computer and the Outlook isn't great

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Not politics

Those who are best at making money from it, of course, go into politics become CEOs of multinational corporations.....

It's the financially less competent liars that go into politics.

FTFY (you're welcome)

Unbreakable smart lock devastated to discover screwdrivers exist

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Re: IoT

One must know how to identify IoT security.

Identify IoT Security.

ergo IDIoTS.

... Aaaand that's a fifth Brit Army Watchkeeper drone to crash in Wales

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Enquiring minds wish to know ...

... whether it’s more “Brexit” or “Breaks it”?

Another chapter from “Thales of the Unexpected” perhaps?

Would you rather health data or finance data in the cloud?

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Neither ... nor

Nothing should be in the clouds (except water waiting to precipitate).

Neither aeroplanes nor data should reside in clouds for the same reasons. It's hard to see whom else is sharing your space, and any crashes are catastrophic.

Of course, that doesn't stop the marketing-droids from spruiking about "the advantages of clouds", but then again they can't tell the difference between having one's head up one's arse and having one's head in the clouds.

I like to call that similarity the "Fog Bog™"

Microsoft says Windows 10 April update is fit for business rollout

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Probably more like ...


Redmond’s advice comes after over 250 million users installed the OS and gave it a thrashing. Those efforts produced data that Microsoft said shows a twenty per “reduction in system stability issues” and the same reduction “in operating system and driver stability issues.”


I'd say that the above edit is probably the real story.

Microsoft tries cutting the Ribbon in Office UI upgrade

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Libre ...

... Office.

'nuff said.

Cloud-in-a-box? Bo-ring! How about cloud-in-a-tank?

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... that can operate when offline, a change from the cloud-in-a-box’s usual arrangement, as Thales assumes there may be times during operations when getting online won’t be possible.

One presumes that the part about “getting online won't be possible” is actually a euphemism for the “fog-of-war”.

There you have it folks, in IT circles “military clouds” shall henceforth be known as the “fog-of-war”™.

British egg producers saddened by Google salad emoji update

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What's the emoji for ...

"Fu**wits" and "Fu**tards"?

Seriously, all this "political correctness" hearkens back to the good-bad-old-days of KGB and the political commissars (or politruk) that ensured (enforced?) ideological "purity" in the organisations in which they were embedded.

I wish the so-called "politically correct" w*nkers would realise that their so-called "inclusiveness" actually creates and promotes more divisiveness than previously existed.

There's only one good thing for the precious little marshmallows; being shoved on the end of a big prong and roasted over an open fire.

Stop us if you've heard this one: Adobe Flash gets emergency patch for zero-day exploit

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Re: The internet's screen door?

Not a word per se, but an expression; "the village bike".

Everyone's ridden it.

Word on the street: Rimini takes Oracle copyright battle to US Supremes

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The Oracle is not talking?

"We’ve asked Oracle for comment but was told not to hold our breath as a statement will not be forthcoming. ®"

So, in other words, no predictions or prophecies from the Oracle?

Stern Vint Cerf blasts techies for lackluster worldwide IPv6 adoption

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IP V.Soon™??

You will note that they said "migrate Soon™", rather than "migrate V.Soon™" ;)

HostingUK drops offline after losing Farmer vs Fibre competition

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Cloud services are damp ...

DAMP: Definitely A Major Pain

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If you're using CLOUDs, you're going to need RAIN ...

RAIN: Redundant Array of Infrastructure Networks.

If you don't use RAIN with CLOUDS, then you've MIST the point.

(MIST: Multiple, Independent Service Technologies)

RAIN helps you avoid DROUGHT when running services on CLOUD.

DROUGHT: Distributed Randomly Over Unreliable Global Hosting Technology

Meet the real spin doctors: Scientists tell H2O to chill out so they can separate isomers

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The most important question is ...

... which isomer is preferred for Scotch (for those who don't take it neat)?

'Incomprehensible failure' – Canada's $1bn Phoenix payroll IT fiasco torched by auditors

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Not the first time this has happened with IBM ...

Here in Down-Underland, the Queensland Department of Health had similar problems with, yes, a payroll system developed by IBM.

cf: Learning from the Qld Health payroll fiasco

... and ...

Queensland Health payroll fail: Government ordered to pay IBM costs

Once again, due diligence by the government agency (or agencies) was not adequately performed (if performed at all).

Of course, let's not mention the Australian Census debacle. But then again, let's do:

Tech giant IBM pays about $30m compensation to taxpayers over botched census

IT disasters now part of modern life

Router admin? Bored? Let's play Battleships using BGP!

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Re: On a ten-by-ten playing field?

Interviewed on the BBC. Interrogated by the DoD.

nbn™ CEO blames copper for performance problems

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NBN - Nobbled, Buggered, Neutered

The nbn™ was a great idea, but the implementation has left much to be desired.

The ISPs/RSPs need to lift their act too, as from what I can see none of them seem to offer any tools to help their customers choose an appropriate (??!!) nbn™ plan from their offerings.

It should be easy; customer logs in to their account on the ISP and clicks the "help me convert to nbn™" link.

From there, the ISP (who already knows their customer's current plan inclusions) could produce a summary table showing "current plan" and "nbn™ best match".

A web form could also be pre-filled with all the customer's current information and plan details and then the customer could select any additional "nbn™" features they wanted, before hitting "submit", "confirm", "go for it".

Well, one may very well think that; I couldn't possibly comment.®

Apple tells app makers to strip VoIP toolkit from iOS software in China

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Re: China 'Requests' ...........


More like "iCapitulate" or "iSurrender".

IPv6 growth is slowing and no one knows why. Let's see if El Reg can address what's going on

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Want vs Need

For the majority of home users, they don't need IPv6 (let alone want).

Consider the raison d'etre for IPv6; every device in the world (and then some) can have a unique, directly accessible public internet address, without the need to traverse NAT between private LANs and the limited pool of accessible IPv4 addresses.

But, does one actually want every one of one's devices directly accessible from the internet?

Methinks not. Security becomes a more complex issue, and the average punter barely understand security as it is.

So, for Jane and Joe Q Public who just want to get out to the internet, and don't give a rat's arse about running up a Web/FTP/whatever server at home, an IPv4 address delivered from their ISP via DHCP to their router, with everything home-side sitting behind NAT in private IPv4 space is all they need (and probably want). The ISPs can provide the infrastructure to bridge between the IPv4 addresses they assign to their clients' routers and the outside IPv6 world.

Those of us who do want to be able to get to our inner-net from the outer-net will want a static IP address. If we want/need to avoid the NAT-trap, then IPv6 is how we will need to go, and of course we'll need to ensure that only the devices we want externally visible will be accessible through whatever firewall and perimeter security devices we interpose between us and them.

For the average Joe (and even many organisations), not everything needs direct access from the internet, so private IPv4 addresses are more than adequate.

Domain name sellers rub ICANN's face in sticky mess of Europe's GDPR

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Telstra's mobile networks go TOESUP* in national outage

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Nah - it's nothing serious. Just NBN sabotaging Telstra's mobile network so that people "know that they can only rely on NBN fixed line and fixed wireless communications"™

Facebook Android app caught seeking 'superuser' clearance

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Black Helicopters

Re: Oh Sorreee! Sorree!

rouge coders???

Oh, of course; it's a code-phrase for Russian Hackers.


Bowel down: Laxative brownies brought to colleague's leaving bash

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Re: Revenge is a dish best served wet

I'd do both - that way the miscreant gets burned on the way in as well as on the way out.

No new 3PAR weirdness found behind crashes at Australian Tax office

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The ATO reports that ...

"... a combination of faulty components, poor design, disk failure and weird choices like moving SANs while they ran, obviously taxed the capabilities of the system."

Navy names new attack sub HMS Agincourt

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For those inclined to puns and music ...

... may I suggest that the next submarine be called "HMS Depth Leppard"?

IBM bans all removable storage, for all staff, everywhere

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Big Blue has used Imation's Iron Key previously ...

Back when I was a wage-slave to Big Blue here Down Under, because I was a "privileged user" the only desktop client I could use was a Linux (RHEL) notebook.

We could only use (and only permitted to connect) Iron Key encrypted USB drives for any data we downloaded.

The problem of course was that the Iron Key drives weren't usable on Solaris and AIX systems, and guess what I spent most of my time managing?

Once again, a policy triggered by issues in the Wintel world bollixes things up for us who use/manage non-Intel platforms.

Now, even though we weren't allowed to connect our mobile (cell) phones to the laptop USB ports, the policy at the time didn't specifically disallow Bluetooth connections!

I've no idea what the policy says about "non-physical connectivity of external devices" now (if anything).

Hacking charge dropped against Nova Scotia teen who slurped public records from the web

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Either racking up the overtime, or learning to type (or both).

Perhaps they were sent on a basic digital forensics course or were brushing up on "Interpreting Server Log Files for Dummies"?

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Ohm really?

Resistance is futile.

US techies: We want to see Pentagon's defence of winner-takes-all cloud contract

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Cloudy with patches of pain ...

"The cloud is only as secure, reliable, and competitive as the solutions that COMPROMISE it." ®

There - FTFY.

Xbox 180: Microsoft scraps mandatory Kinect policy

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Big Brother

George Orwell - Future historian and prognosticator

“Big Brother is Watching You.”

― George Orwell, 1984


“Winston Smith: Does Big Brother exist?

O'Brien: Of course he exists.

Winston Smith: Does he exist like you or me?

O'Brien: You do not exist.”

― George Orwell, 1984


“And if all others accepted the lie which the Party imposed—if all records told the same tale—then the lie passed into history and became truth. 'Who controls the past' ran the Party slogan, 'controls the future: who controls the present controls the past.”

― George Orwell, 1984


In other words people, don't assume that what is said will be the truth.

"The cake is a lie". (Portal)

Take a temp job in Oz and become office pariah

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Re: No-win elections.

The bloody annoying thing is that there are aspects of Greens, Labo(u)r and the Liberal/National party policies that are actually good for the nation, just as there are aspects of those same party policies that are absolutely diabolical. Unfortunately, none of the candidate parties have an "edge" as far as I can see, so I fully expect that unless something drastic occurs, we will be in for another dose of double-dealing, back-handing minority government, regardless of which party actually "wins".

As an Australian, I am embarrassed at both Ms Gillard and Mr Abbot, and want neither as Prime Minister, yet I cannot see a viable alternative in the Greens (and in fact I couldn't even say who the Greens' Leader is, which suggests that they're even blander than former leader Bob Brown).

Senator Conroy as Communications Minister is an oxygen thief who couldn't "tech speak" his way out of a wet, paper bag, and I wouldn't trust Treasurer Wayne Swan with the keys to the coffers anymore either.

So come on Malcolm Turnbull, take back the conservative leadership from the "Mad Monk", and put some style and statesmanship back into Australian conservative politics.

Same for Kevin Rudd on the left-hand side. Either take back the Labor leadership and replace Gillard//Swanny, or see the Labor party doomed to 10-15 years in the political wilderness. Gillard and co are too on the nose for Labor to otherwise have any chance of winning.

For the Greens, please stop being a second-hand Labor-lefty party prop and stand on your own feet with sensible policies that are properly costed and will take Australia into the future as a viable nation.

I love the idea of high-speed rail (for passengers) and reliable freight-rail to get semi-trailers and B-double/B-triple trucks off the major highways between cities, but don't decry everything modern just because it doesn't wear a hair-shirt and live in trees or caves.

Nobody knows what to call Microsoft's ex-Metro UI

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The office updates "gave" us the ribbon......

.....but will this new touchy-feely interface allow us to give Microsoft the finger?

I am not enamoured of this new interface, especially its "split personality" modus operandi between "tiles" mode and "start/desktop" mode.

MYOB users didn't want no steenking cloud

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Big Brother

Clouds are water-vapour

Which means that cloud-based software could (should?) be considered "vapour-ware"?

As far as I'm concerned, the "cloud" is the biggest con job that the IT industry has foisted on to the unsuspecting public since Microsoft convinced people that Windows was a good server operating system.

You're relying on a 3rd party (the cloud provider) to ensure the sanctity and security of your data, and when you want to delete it that it is properly and securely deleted.

Until cloud-providers can provide incontrovertible proof that your data is managed (or disposed/destroyed) properly, I wouldn't trust them at all, no matter what their claims to the contrary.

BOFH: We don't need no stinkin' upgrade

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Not just Gnome 3, but Unity, Windows 7.999999 (8 to one sig digit) too....

<Sigh> Even though GPL/Open Source software may not have the high version numbers indicated in this webisode of BOFH, the bit about the so-called "savant" and related "ivory towered academics" unfortunately holds true.

These tweed-coated twits forget that the rest of us have to (try and) use their mentally retarded, functionally deficient crapware.

Yes, I'm an adherent to the school of "function over form", which is why I don't spend any time with the coloured-pencil brigade, except to beat them around the head and introduce them to such lovely colours as "arterial red", and "bruised blue". :D

Okay - rant over, 'nuff said.

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"found him eating carpet"......

Does that make him a "rugged individual"??? :D

Thai floods threaten Seagate hard drive supply chain

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Okay - who opened the flood-gates.....

.... or should that have been the sea gates?

We should remember that cloud networks are built upon oceans of data.

(Okay - before everyone puts the boot in, my heart goes out to the Thai & Cambodian people who have been impacted by the floods through loss of family, jobs & homes. We Australians had our own taste of this earlier this year with the floods up & down the Australian eastern seaboard.)


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