* Posts by Allonymous Coward

212 posts • joined 17 Feb 2012

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Oracle open-sources DTrace under the GPL

Allonymous Coward
Joke

The OpenSolaris that we know today

It's not dead, it's just pining for the fjords.

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Six things I learned from using the iPad Pro for Real Work™

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"This much is true of the Surface too"

No it isn't. I'm no Microsoft apologist, and have a love/hate relationship with my work-supplied Surface Pro. But on the Surface you can in fact adjust the screen angle with the keyboard attached.

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Just can't catch a break, can ya, Capita? Shares tumble 40% amid yet another profit warning

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Re: Dividends vs Pensions?

A few years ago I was intrigued to learn that the Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan Board is one of the world's largest institutional investors.

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Couldn't happen to a nicer company

I've said it before, but it seemed worth repeating.

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IT 'heroes' saved Maersk from NotPetya with ten-day reinstallation bliz

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I'd like to have a C-level exec like this guy

Ours could learn a thing or two about recognition of huge efforts pulling business-critical systems out of the fire.

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Wait, what? The Linux Kernel Mailing List archives lived on ONE PC? One BROKEN PC?

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Terminator

Re: Reminds me of the old BBS days....

Reminds me of the old running-websites-in-the-NHS days. Not in a good way.

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We translated Intel's crap attempt to spin its way out of CPU security bug PR nightmare

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Re: "Isn't making it go mainstream before this date kind of a bad thing?"

@diodesign thanks for taking the time to give some more background. I was wondering if it'd turn out to be vendors not treating the news/enquiries with enough respect (in hindsight).

<Papa loads his shotgun, sighs, shakes head, and takes the PR department behind the woodshed>

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Alert

Re: Late to the party

Isn't making it go mainstream before this date kind of a bad thing?

Depends how you define "bad", and for whom, I guess. Their articles this week are seven-figures in terms of page views and they get to write snarky articles about Chipzilla, so I'd say it's working out pretty well over at Reg World HQ. Triples all round.

I enjoy watching Intel get stiffed for insecure design and PR waffle as much as the next person. I also respect The Register for holding the industry to account, and not just on this issue. But it'd be interesting to be told why they decided to publish early. Not that I expect we will be.

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Linux Mint 18.3: A breath of fresh air? Well, it's a step into the unGNOME

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Re: Timeshift

"Hardly a problem", just run these 30 simple commands in a console during installation

On Ubuntu >=16.04 at least, the command you need is just:

sudo apt install zfsutils-linux

We have lots of boxes with ZFS data pools, and it works really well. We have some boxes with a root ZFS pool and that sometimes requires a manual import step at boot. IMO ZFS boot is a little too bleeding-edge; ext4 on mdadm still works more reliably.

Perhaps without the licensing dogma these sorts of things would get fixed faster, or best practice would be clearer. That'd be nice. As it is though, I've already found ZFS on Linux to be useful, stable, and generally easier to work with than expected.

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Re: Timeshift

Does the Linux implementation of OpenZFS not have snapshots?

Yes it does. We use it in production on Ubuntu 16.04 systems.

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Open-source civil war: Olive branch offered in trademark spat... with live grenade attached

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Re: So Sad

the OFSS and the SOFS communities

Splitters!

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Games-mart Steam halts Bitcoin payments

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Re: $20 per transaction fee

I've had this discussion over the last couple of months with various people who've spoken to me about "investing" in BTC. To me at least, there's literally no value associated with the currency because none of the places that I want to buy things accept it. Maybe if I wanted some private VPN service or whatever, but I don't.

It's just numbers, admittedly numbers that are getting bigger quite quickly. Paper value. Reminds me a lot of the dotcom boom, and I wonder if some of the people being sucked in this time around are too young to really remember that.

Despite all that I did consider buying some just to offload it a week later to the next fool. But I can't be bothered. Think I'll stick with investing in goods, services and assets that are actually tangible.

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WW2 Enigma machine to be seized from shamed pharma bro Shkreli

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Pirate

Re: The sole copy of Once Upon a Time in Shaolin

The Pirate Bay is that way --->

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

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Re: Needs government lead

Quite often it doesn't work even with a government lead. For example: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/open-document-formats-selected-to-meet-user-needs

Why this happens is complex. Personally, I think not enough attention is paid to the fact that the people with the nous & clout to make sensible technology decisions, are also the people who don't hang around too long in the Civil Service or local government.

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Better filters won't cure this: YouTube's kids nightmare

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This gets my Comment of The Week vote. It's only Wednesday, but nothing's going to top it for sheer bang-onitude.

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Submarine builder admits dismembering journalist's body

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IT Angle

I propose a new El Reg unit of measurement

The "Madsen" (Md). This is a measurement of the degree of change for an entity (be that an alibi, a software system, whatever) when moving from one state to another.

Examples:

A story that gets reversed in a subsequent retelling to law enforcement: change of 1 Md.

A minor update to a config file: change of 1 μMd.

Deploying "enterprise" software: change of 0.5KMd

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Canucks have beef with Soylent as to whether or not it's a real meal deal

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Terminator

Re: Mystifying...

I've just picked up a fault in the backup unit. It is going to go 100 percent failure within 72 hours.

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Equifax: About those 400,000 UK records we lost? It's now 15.2M. Yes, M for MEELLLION

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Re: What are your thoughts on...

The problem with GOV.UK Verify

...is that it's GOV.UK Verify.

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My mother's maiden name is $q002Z&x3409

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Re: Post

That probably was a legitimate email, if they're anything like as useless as our HR department.

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Fending off cyber attacks as important as combatting terrorism, says new GCHQ chief

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Headmaster

"Cyber" is an adjective

For that matter, so is "digital". A distinction that seems to be getting blurred with every piece of tech-related news burbled out of the public sector these days.

If cyber is a tier-one threat, what's tier-two? Tall? Fast? Supercilious?

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Lenovo spits out retro ThinkPads for iconic laptop's 25th birthday

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Still running my T500 here

I bought it second hand seven or eight years ago. Since then it's had two new SSDs (first a speed upgrade, second for capacity), more RAM, and three new power supplies when the cables give up. Surprisingly still the same battery though - I don't use it on batteries a lot.

Running Ubuntu MATE. Fan sounds a bit like a chainsaw these days but other than that the darn thing just won't die. And much as I'd like to I can't really justify buying a new one until it does.

Side note: I particularly like the T5xx-series as a compromise between full-size machines and portables. Nice big screens and keyboards. My work-supplied T440 is nowhere near as nice, though that may also be because the T440 is the worst ThinkPad ever made.

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Home Sec Amber Rudd: Yeah, I don't understand encryption. So what?

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Re: Fashionanle Ignorance

I vaguely remember from my PRINCE2 certification (shows you how much I use it) that one of the supposed strengths of the framework was that it was portable across all types of different projects. Whether that was canning soup or building an online service.

So it wouldn't surprise me if people brought up in the public sector management tradition do think they can manage stuff they don't understand. Or apply the same rules to two totally different projects.

And you know what, they're right in some ways. On a large enough project, management isn't going to know everything. One key to success is realising what you don't know, listening to and empowering (sorry) the people who do know, to do the right thing. Another key to success is building mutual respect with the technical experts so they give you good advice and information.

Based on what's in the media, Amber Rudd appears to be pretty bad at both these things.

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Re: I'm going to keep sneering, Amber

That careered a bit off topic, but wow. Have an upvote for Rant Of The Day.

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Allonymous Coward

Re: "patronising" techies that "sneered" at politicians

It should be dreadful for politicians, used to think about themselves as "know-it-all, know-it-better" types, to find themselves naked to the truth they don't know enough, and the little they believed to know is wrong, in a world that became and is quickly becoming complex in ways all their knowledge is useless to understand, especially since very few politicians have scientific backgrounds.

^-- this

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Allonymous Coward
Black Helicopters

From the BBC article

"I am not suggesting you give us the code," the home secretary shot back, telling him: " I understand the principle of end-to-end encryption - it can't be unwrapped. That's what has been developed.

"What I am saying is the companies who are developing that should work with us."

It's not very clear what she means here. Work with them how? By decrypting messages? In which case, isn't that just giving the Home Office "the code"? (spoiler: yes it is, assuming she doesn't mean source code; and she probably doesn't mean source code, being Amber Rudd and all).

The whole thing smells like a ranty soundbite. Designed, presumably, to appeal to the Tory faithful at the annual conference. And to get Rudd a few column inches about being tough on terrorism while conveniently skipping over all the detail of how that might work. Perhaps it will also take the spotlight off her recent contempt of court travails.

Amber Rudd and the liberal-arts-educated political and Civil Service elite would do well to pay more attention and respect to technical experts generally. Rather than treading on toes every time she opens her mouth.

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Microsoft may have its groove back but it's binned 'Groove'

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Windows

Huh

And here was me thinking Groove was that thing they bought from Ray Ozzie back in the day and tried to shoehorn into all their collaboration products (actually Wikipedia suggests it's still in use on the backend of OneDrive). I'd never even heard of this music service.

If it'd been ten years earlier, they probably would've called it Music.NET.

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How's that 'turnaround' year going, Capita? ...Sheesh, sorry I asked

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Mushroom

Couldn't happen to a nicer company

See title

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Brit ministers jet off on a trade mission to tout our digital exports...

Allonymous Coward
Linux

Selling snow to the Inuit

The Finns have a terrible track record for technological achievement*. So they'll no doubt roll out the red carpet for some highly qualified Westminster policy wonks who can tell them all about how to deliver stuff on time and under budget.

* For avoidance of doubt: may not be true. See icon for example.

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Linux 4.14 'getting very core new functionality' says Linus Torvalds

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Linux

Re: Will 2017 be the year of Linux on the desktop?

Quite. Mine was 2005-ish. I've no interest in evangelising or converting anyone else. It (mostly) works pretty well for what I do. Others' mileage may vary and that's fine. Life's too short to argue about operating systems.

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Slack re-invents the extranet and shared Notes databases with cross-company teams

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Re: Notes productivity

I worked with Notes/Domino many years ago. I thought it was a nice idea overall, badly implemented on the client side with some good features on the server side (notably replication, in the days before pervasive connectivity). That was just my experience of it though.

IMO one of the main problems, apart from the incredibly crappy client software, was that world+dog seemed to buy it as an email system. At best, for email, it was no better than the competition. If you deployed and used it as "groupware" (eugh) or an intranet/extranet though, it wasn't half bad for its time.

Interestingly, CouchDB was apparently originally inspired by the Domino database technology.

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Bish, bosh, Bashware: Microsoft downplays research on WSL Win 10 'hack' threat

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Coat

Re: WSL?

As I understand it (could be wrong) it's mostly "Linux" userland utilities running on top of the Windows kernel.

So if we're being FSF-ish, surely it should be a GNU system for Windows. Something like GNU/Windows perhaps...

Mine's the flameproof one, thanks.

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Dude who claimed he invented email is told by judge: It's safe to say you didn't invent email

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What's your flava? Ooo, tell me what's your flava... of Ubuntu

Allonymous Coward
Linux

Ubuntu MATE user here

Have been for a few years, mostly Just Works, probably won't change. The project has a good ethos too, which is a bonus.

It's never going to be the Year of Linux on the Desktop, but actually desktop Linux is pretty good these days whichever flavour you pick.

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Thousands of hornets swarm over innocent fire service drone

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IT Angle

Obligatory XKCD

https://www.xkcd.com/1824/

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It's happening! Official retro Thinkpad lappy spotted in the wild

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Re: if only...

Those T440 trackpads suck so badly. They went back to the old design for the 450, I believe.

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Coat

> learning this SUDO malarkey on the fly

I think I see where you went wrong. Case sensitivity, innit.

Okay, okay, I'll find my own way out...

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Oldest flying 747 finally grounded, 47 years after first flight

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Allonymous Coward

Re: Spinal Tap (inspired) Airways

The Spinal Tap Goose would have 11 engines. It would only manage to fly at about 50 inches for a very short run.

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Re: Poor Design

So a "designer" comes up with something that looks like it should be a plane, but doesn't actually perform any of the useful functions of a plane. And, subjectively, doesn't even look all that nice. I don't hate on Apple, but I can see how this is a great analogy.

(How does one become one of these designers? Seems like nice work if you can get it.)

I remember reading an article once about how Concorde looks so amazing, futuristic etc. Particularly compared to the cars of its era. Someone else with more sense pointed out that Concorde's design was a stark and direct result of its functional requirements, rather than following some fashion whimsy. All the more appealing because of it.

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Headless body found near topless beach: Missing private sub journalist identified

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Childcatcher

Re: Still charged with murder

What fascinates me is that he thought he could get away with it

He would've too, if it wasn't for those meddling kids.

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Linux-loving lecturer 'lost' email, was actually confused by Outlook

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Re: Client support, we've heard about it

because someone else has decided it needs to change for their benefit rather than yours

One of my bugbears with $CURRENT_EMPLOYER's corporate IT department. Many (not all) of the changes and processes they put in place seem designed to make their own jobs easier. Sometimes at the expense of making service users' jobs easier.

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Cisco loses customer data in Meraki cloud muckup

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I can't believe I got in first with the obligatory XKCD

And here it is:

https://xkcd.com/908/

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'Real' people want govts to spy on them, argues UK Home Secretary

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Big Brother

Well they got BT to check, who subbed the job out to Huawei, who asked their bosses if they needed to spy on her

"Who knows Foreign Office secrets, apart from the Foreign Office?"

"That's easy. Only the Kremlin."

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Amazon may still get .amazon despite govt opposition – thanks to a classic ICANN cockup

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Windows

I would be expecting to see .yorkshire popping up sometime soon

Flippin' 'eck, when I were a nipper we had it tough! We had to use gopher for t' Internet shopping!

In them days, we'd a' been glad to have T'LD of our own!

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Virgin Media biz service goes TITSUP* across London

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Re: Won't be the last...

> Triplicated Infrastructure terminated so unexpectedly prematurely

Have an upvote.

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FREE wildcard HTTPS certs from Let's Encrypt for every Reg reader*

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Pirate

Re: An admirable effort.

Complaining that you hadn't adopted HTTPS on every article in which you tell people to adopt HTTPS was one of the few pleasures I had left in this world!

It's OK, you're a proud member of the commentariat. Don't let facts get in the way of a good rant if you still feel like one.

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Blighty's Department for Culture, Media & Sport gets 'digital' rebrand

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Re: Well, I'm still not much the wiser

> 'digital' is an adjective

Not in UK.Gov it's not...

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German e-gov protocol carries ancient vulns

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Re: Why am I not surprised?

Wow. That sounds a lot like UK.gov's approach to "digital". I always assumed the German public sector had it together, relatively speaking. Disappointed if that's not the case.

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