* Posts by oiseau

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What do WLinux and Benedict Cumberbatch have in common? They're both fond of Pengwin

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WTF?

Use?

Use it?

I'll make sure to steer clear of anything that has it inside and keep it far away from my Linux box.

First we got the registry-class systemd virus and now this ...

I tell you, this crap will slowly but steadily creep in and rot the Linux whole eco-system from the inside.

O.

Hapless engineers leave UK cable landing station gate open, couple of journos waltz right in

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... you mention journalists, yet the article says "two reporters from the Mail".

Brilliant!

You made my day, got a much needed laugh.

Have a beer or two ---->

Cheers,

O.

Guess who's addicted to GitHub, busy on Slack, stuck in 2015? No, not another hipster: It's the Slub backdoor malware

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No need ...

Panic, flee, cry – or just update Windows install a Linux distribution for fsck's sake.

There ...

Fixed it for you.

Heed the advise and there'll be absolutely no need to panic, flee or cry.

Cheers,

O.

Adi Shamir visa snub: US govt slammed after the S in RSA blocked from his own RSA conf

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Re: OpenPGP

... difficult to tell whether they truly are ignorant and unwilling to learn, or are being blindly loyal to party and ideology ...

Hmmm ...

Both.

Being blindly loyal to party and ideology is undoubtedly a product of ignorance and unwillingness to learn.

O.

USB4: Based on Thunderbolt 3. Two times the data rate, at 40Gbps. One fewer space. Zero confusing versions

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Hello:

Intel The world has been taken over by the marketing monks ...

There you go.

Looks more like where we're at these days.

Cheers,

O.

Insane homeowners association tries to fine resident for dick-shaped outline car left in snow

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So many assholes ...

So little time.

O.

Amazon Prime Air flight crashes in Texas after 6,000ft nosedive

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Re: We all thought the same!

We all thought the same!

Yes ...

That you are a 100% certified asshole.

O.

Can you tell real faces from fake AI-created ones? It's tough! Plus: Facebook's chief AI scientist talks hardware

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Big Brother

Re: Shadows....

... the so-called AI thing won't introduce rare/unusual features ...

Probably ...

Until it gets taught/learns how to do it.

Just like us.

O.

Linus Torvalds pulls pin, tosses in grenade: x86 won, forget about Arm in server CPUs, says Linux kernel supremo

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If you aren't developing the apps on the same kind of machine your users are on, test it on the same kind before rolling it out.

Indeed ...

Really sounds like basic common sense to me.

And I'm not a programmer.

Have a beer and a good-weekend.

A.

Password managers may leave your online crown jewels 'exposed in RAM' to malware – but hey, they're still better than the alternative

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Re: Stopped reading at ....

Hello:

... vulnerabilities that would potentially allow malicious software on a Windows machine ...

I read the whole article just to see if there was any mention of that small but very important detail.

Cheers,

A.

Twilight of the sundials: Archaic timepiece dying out and millennials are to blame, reckons boffin

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Re: Innovative sundials?

Beat me to it ...

I still have one of those fancy ones with the glow-in-the-dark numbers and hands.

And I can see the time when my insomnia kicks in ...

O.

Windows Subsystem for Linux adds pop to release, SAC-T sacked, crypto-jacking apps: It's Microsoft's week

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WTF?

A fan?

If you're a fan of the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL), that is.

Windows Subsystem you say?

For Linux?

WSL eh?

A fan?

Must be a joke ...

I really don't give a monkey's toss what it is called or what it does.

I'm not letting anything "Windows" be or run as a subsystem of my Linux rig.

Hell can freeze over for alI care, not a chance I'd ever do that.

Cheers,

O.

Lenovo ThinkPad P1: Sumptuous pro PC that gets a tad warm

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Hello:

... lenovo does not support linux anymore.

Another excellent reason for not purchasing any Lenovo kit that we can add to the downgrade in quality that accompanied the sale of the IBM line to them.

O.

Uncle Sam to its friends around the world: You can buy technology the easy way, or the Huawei

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Re: Its economic

Who knows what all those motherboards might contain ...

Hmmm ...

Maybe the likes of Intel Management Engine?

You know ...

That independent stealth subsystem that Intel secretly put into millions of motherboards since the late 2000's, the one which cannot be reliably disabled, can run with admin rights even with the rig switched off and no OS installed, without no one knowing about it?

Tough choice.

US lawmakers furious (again) as mobile networks caught (again) selling your emergency location data to bounty hunters (again)

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Surprised?

"This is more than an oversight. It's flagrant, willful disregard for the safety and security of Americans. Meanwhile, instead of policing these carriers, FCC and Ajit Pai have been rewriting the rules to help phone companies rake in more profit,"

Is anyone surprised?

What surprises me is that this DH is still heading the FCC.

Oh, wait ...

American Tories are in charge.

Techies tinker with toilet-topper to turn it into ticker-tracker

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Dickheads

Hello:

A group of well-intentioned academics dickheads have created a toilet seat that will monitor ...

There you go.

Makes you think though: instead of happily wasting all that money and resources ...

How about creating something that will economically solve the lack of potable water that still is the direct source of infant death in more than a 1/3 of the world's population in the f*cking 21st century?

O.

Using WhatsApp for your business comms? It's either that or reinstall Lotus Notes

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A lot

Hello:

... some 32 per cent of organisations were relying upon WhatsApp, SMS and (God forbid) Skype to communicate with colleagues, deliver commercially sensitive information ...

Hmmm ...

32% of anything is a lot.

And if my math is right, 53% is almost 66% more than a lot.

In this case, a lot of idiots.

Have a good week-end.

O.

The D in SystemD stands for Danger, Will Robinson! Defanged exploit code for security holes now out in the wild

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Re: Again

ALL software has bugs.

Indeed ...

But systemd is not just software with bugs: it's a virus implanted in a Linux installation.

Just like the registry in MS OSes.

Cheers,

O.

Q. China just landed on its far side, the US woz there 50 years ago – now Europe wants to mine it? A. It's the Moon

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Facing us?

... and with the dark side facing us.

Hmmm ...

I think not.

The dark side (as in unknown side) is the hemisphere most of which is never visible from earth.

It's where the alien overlords have their base.

Cheers,

O.

Dixons Carphone still counting cost of miserly mobile phone sales

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Things by their name ...

Paul Singer?

Elliott Management?

Activist investor?

These utterly despicable scumbags are the scourge of the earth.

Should be taken to a back shed and shot.

Twitter. Android. Private tweets. Pick two... Account bug unlocked padlocked accounts

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Common knowledge

... the best policy should be to never share anything with Twitter that you don't want the whole world to know about.

Indeed ... +100

With Twitter and any of these so called social whatevers people everywhere are hooked on because they are so convenient.

But shouldn't this have been sort of common knowledge from the very start?

After all, if what you get is free, you are the product.

Cheers.

O.

Windows 10 Insiders sent on quest deep into Registry to fetch goblet of Reserved Storage

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Re: Reserved Storage

Stick a decent sized SSD in, double your ram up. Problem solved.

Hmmm ...

Stick a decent sized SSD in, double your ram up, install Linux. Problem solved.

There you go ...

Cheers,

O.

Hubble 'scope camera breaks down amid US govt shutdown, forcing boffins to fix it for free

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Re: Crazy

Would this be 10x worse?

Hmmm ...

I don't think Pence is crazy either, quite the contrary.

But you may be on to something there and have made me reflect on what I posted: I now think it would be much, much worse than my original 10X estimate.

Cheers.

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Re: Crazy

We can hope.

Sure ...

But have you though of the immediate consequence?

Everyone wants the asshole out of the WH, but nobody has thought about what it entails.

You'll get Mike Pence as the new president of the US.

A full two years of the moron.

Imagine ...

Things are bad enough as they are now.

Do you really want them to get 10X worse?

Amazon's creepy facial recog doorbell, Facebook open sources machine learning code and much more

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A fantasy

Hello:

“It’s time for Amazon to take responsibility and stop government regulation to stop corporations chasing profit at the expense of safety and civil rights ...

There you go.

Reads better, doesn't it?

Of course, collusion with business friendly goverment, regulators and vested interests keeps this from happenning as there's countless zillions to be made and pork to spread.

Amazon et all give a monkey's toss about safety and/or civil rights and to expect them to take responsibility or stop chasing profit at whatever cost is nothing but a fantasy: their behaviour is hardwired into their genetic makeup as is corporate greed and lack of business ethics.

Cheers,

A.

Small American town rejects Comcast – while ISP reps take issue with your El Reg vultures

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Re: "All that should be done is to truly open the market "

Market does not always never work to benefit the most - in many situations it works just to benefit a few, especially when left wholly unregulated, or badly regulated.

Market never works to benefit the most - it always works just to benefit a few, especially when left unregulated, which is exactly what these fellows who work the market want.

If there's anything the last 150+ years of capitalism have shown us it's that there is no invisible hand at work and there never has been: it's always been the very visible hand of corporations, vested interests in bed with goverments and regulators and - of course - corporate greed along with an absolute lack of business ethics.

A.

Tech support discovers users who buy the 'sh*ttest PCs known to Man' struggle with basics

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Re: Just not his area...?

Hello:

The other moral is that assholes are assholes.

Indeed ... =^/

And it is one that many times we forget to take into account, for the sake of being decent.

And end up paying the consequences.

Yes, been there and done that, far too many times.

Cheers,

O.

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Re: perl to swines alas.

Hello:

MS poisoned the world when it pretended that computing was easy.

Exactly ...

I've been saying that for years now.

Not only 'computing' in general but also very basic things like e.g. taking into account that if more than one person has access and editing rights to the same document, there had to be some sort of version control over what is happening to said document.

Many years ago, being responsible for giving desktop support to a 60+ employee public sector IT setup, I repeatedly insisted to the legal team (they all demanded editing rights) that it was something that should be put in place and that at the very least, there had to be just one person dedicated to checking that the latest version was the one to be edited and eventually sent to me for publishing on-line.

But you know lawyers (yes, they were lawyers), they did not have time for that/give a hoot.

After all, what did I know?

So eventually I ended up being dragged in front of the ministry's auditor because the printed version of a specific document sold in an open call for tenders was not the same version that was previously published on the government website, something which gave one of the losing bidders ground to challenge the result.

So when the shit hit the fan, all the DHs pointed to me.

Nice people.

I was able to defend myself citing their supine ignorance wrt to use of computers, blaming it not on their lack of basic common sense but on the fact that, in spite of MS saying it was so easy that anyone could do it, they had not been trained to use a computer, giving the auditor a set of three or four questions to ask them to prove my point.

Cheers,

O.

STIBP, collaborate and listen: Linus floats Linux kernel that 'fixes' Intel CPUs' Spectre slowdown

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Re: "Sakkinen said his intent was serious"

... such idiots working on “everybody’s” kernel ...

Indeed.

Just the phrase I was looking for.

Have a beer --->

Shall we have AI judging UK court cases? Top beak ponders the future

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Ideas

Hello:

"The Lord Chief Justice (LCJ) of England and Wales thinks there is a place for articifial intelligence in the judicial process ... " " ... mulled the idea that AI could "perform some, if not all" of the functions of him and his peers."

And I thought I'd heard it all, only to be proven wrong once again.

Judging from the content of LCJ's ideas I cannot but think that there's a place for the poor chap in a some far away retirement home, where he should be taken -well medicated of course- ASAP, before he makes a further fool of himself.

AI indeed ...

I tell you, one of these days the gods will give up and punish us all.

O.

Giraffe hacks printers worldwide to promote God-awful YouTuber. Did we read that one right?

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Babysitters are for babies

A babysitter?

Whatever for?

These are 72.6 million absolute assholes, not babies.

And the likes of Facebook, YouTube, etc. created them and make fortunes from having done so.

I tell you, the world's gone to the dogs.

Huawei MateBook Pro X: PC makers look out, the phone guys are here

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Re: Cons

Hello:

But oh my, it's pretty.

Indeed it is, kudos for the 4:3 ratio.

But that's not why I'd purchase one. (and why the constant comparison to Apple stuff?)

What about the battery, not much mention of it in the article save that it lasts roughly 10 hours.

Is it user replaceable? Or do I have to throw the thing away when it goes south or fails out of warranty?

Cheers,

O.

Microsoft slips ads into Windows 10 Mail client – then U-turns so hard, it warps fabric of reality

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FAIL

Hello:

...when I've removed it and most of the other (cr)apps that come with Windows 10?

Hmmm ...

Are you sure?

Really sure?

So you check this is so after every update, right?

You don't?

Then you should.

Cheers,

O.

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Re: Why would anyone tolerate this?

Hello:

Injecting adverts into a desktop email client may be a little too much for Microsoft's traditional users and loyalists to swallow, though.

Think so?

Really?

There are literally millions of these traditional users and loyalists you refer to and they have been shafted over and over (and over) again and yet, they're still MS fans even though things get muddier every year.

Just wait and see ...

Cheers,

O.

iPhone XS: Just another £300 for a better cam- Wait, come back!

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Re: Is an iPhone really worth 4X?

I don't see what the extra $800+ is getting people...

Hmmm ...

Maybe it is the very same thing 2000 quid gets them when they pony up for an iPad Pro.

See here: https://forums.theregister.co.uk/forum/1/2018/10/31/new_ipad_pro_for_business/

Cheers,

O.

Between you, me and that dodgy-looking USB: A little bit of paranoia never hurt anyone

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Hello:

You're dealing with marketroids & PR.

Indeed ...

But these utterly despicable abortions of nature respond to a boss, who in turn responds to management, who in turn responds to upper management, who in turn responds to the board who in turn ...

I'm sure you get the idea.

To all these shitheads it's all about the money (moolah, dough, wonga, bread, etc.) and only about the money and up to a point in makes sense: if they do not get the results expected from them, they are out of a job.

None of these minions serving the upper echelons give a monkey's toss about what their actions mean or their consequences.

So they just do as they are told, instead of putting spokes in the wheel, like I was once told I should and was then promptly sacked.

Business ethics? Corporate responsability and accountability?

Yes, they've surely heard of all that at some time or another but these have long ago become abstract values.

Cheers,

O.

My hoard of obsolete hardware might be useful… one day

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Re: I have

Hello:

I still have my home made set of serial/parallel loopback plugs and a few of these cables in various stages of completion/repair. I was so happy when I made them (1995?), can't bear to do away with that kit.

I also have (and frequently use) a Umax S-6E SCSI-1 scanner that runs off an Adaptec AHA2940UW inside my Sun Ultra24 workstation which I was able to fit with a female Centronics 50 rigged from the inside and an active terminator with LEDS and all (I recall it cost me a good sum) on the scanner.

A fully working Palm IIIxe syncs through a craddle hooked up to an internal serial port header I discovered on the workstation's motherboard but I'll be gutting a PL2303 Serial/USB adapter to hack it inside the craddle so it won't interfere when I upload data from my serial port temperature datalogger. All under Linux with FOSS, of course.

There's also a perfectly working external Sun DDS-2 DAT drive that runs off the same Adaptec card and a box of sealed/unused tapes for which, to my chagrin, have no real use these days.

Much younger is my Asus 1000HE which almost 10 years later still works like a charm, original 250Gb drive and all.

Cheers,

O.

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Thank you !!!

Hello:

Experience has proven time and time again that within a week of ditching ...

... so often that I can no longer attribute the phenomenon to coincidence.

I must confess that I'm not a huge fan of your column but I always read it.

That said, I have to say that with today's piece you've made my day.

All these years I've been thinking it was just me.

Have a beer ----->

Cheers and a very good week-end to you.

O.

Macs to Linux fans: Stop right there, Penguinista scum, that's not macOS. Go on, git outta here

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Linux

Forever

Hello:

Any Linux fan tempted to drop some big bucks on Apple's latest and greatest would be wise to consider holding off until things settle down, unless virtualization will do the job forever.

There you go ...

Doesn't it sound much better?

Because ...

If I had been foolish enough to buy one, it would be my hardware, hardware for which I paid for with my money. ie: not a Xmas gift from Cook.

And also because things will only get worse in Appleland.

O.

Woke Linus Torvalds rolls his first 4.20, mulls Linux 5.0 effort for 2019

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Re: Bring back the old Linus

Hello:

It does not work in business, and certainly doesn't belong in any place of education.

You may be right, up to a certain point.

But consider the following:

Being accepted to and then working on Linus Torvald's kernel code is definitely not a business.

Not by a longshot.

If anything, it is a huge privilege.

And it's certainly not a place of education.

To be accepted to do it means that you are (supposedly) equal to the task.

ie: that you have the necessary ability, talent, qualities and capability to accomplish a given role or handle a given situation, which in the context of coding for the Linux kernel, clearly means (among other things) being able to do it properly without behaving like an incompetent asshole.

eg: like all the other AHs that repeatedly, over and over (and over) again insist in doing things that are clearly off the table, like enabling new random drivers by default.

No wonder the guy goes off his rocker ...

Cheers,

O.

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Re: Bring back the old Linus

Hello:

We do *not* enable new random drivers by default. And we most *definitely* don't do it ...

Just don't do it.

Yes, yes, every developer always thinks that _their_ driver is so special ...

... just because some developer thinks it is special. It's not.

Please don't do things like this.

Hmmm ....

Just HOW MANY TIMES has Torvalds had to say this?

Is it really necessary for him to have to SAY IT AGAIN AND AGAIN AND YET AGAIN?

Is it really SO HARD TO GRASP THE IDEA behind what he is saying?

Just how many times do you have to tell assholes NOT TO BEHAVE like assholes in order for it to sink in?

I think the proper thing to do would be this:

The fifth third time a developer/contributor does something he has been already told not to do, he gets the boot.

He can go work with the rest of them, Poettering would be a distinct possibility.

Having been told NOT to do it (and be sure it's clearly written down somewhere) there's absolutely NO excuse for any developer/contributor worth his salt to repeat this behaviour.

So, if a developer/contributor cannot fucking read and in addition to that, cannot fucking heed the team leader's clear and conscise rules of coding, there's NO place for him/her coding for the Linux kernel.

Damn, it's even got me upset and I'm only an end user.

Cheers.

O.

Hands on with neural-network toolkit LIME: Come now, you sourpuss. You've got some explaining to do

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The main obstacle

Hello:

The problem with neural nets (and deep learning) is that once they have been trained, we don't know what's going on inside them.

Indeed it is.

I'd say that it is the absolute obstacle for using these instruments.

Whereas we can usually explain (to ourselves and others) the reasons for making a decision, to the extent of not really knowing (consciously) and even giving that as an explanation, it is an explanation.

And even so, an I don't know why explanation can (eventually) be, analysing the context that the decision was made in, become a sufficiently clear explanation and thus enable us to make ourselves yet another decision based on what that explanation was and meant to the person who made it.

Yes, I also had to read that a few times to see if it made sense.

Having read the article, I do not think this is possible and the AI code may well learn/be taught to lie.

ie: hide/distort information for whatever purpose

I have the distinct feeling that all this can very well be our undoing.

But, as usual, it is all set up to make money, so everyone involved is going full steam ahead without considering the consequences.

"The development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race."

Stephen Hawking 1942-2018

We should take heed before it is too late.

Cheers,

A.

Worldwide Web wizard Tim Berners-Lee sticks wellington boot into Worldwide Web's giants: Time to break 'em up?

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Re: Interesting point about Twitter

It's corporate greed that lies behind this.

Finally !!!

Have a case of stout, on me --->

Cheers,

O.

Chuck this on expenses: £2k iPad paints Apple as the premium fondleslab specialist – as planned

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Re: 2000 quid?

I have 200 Engineers in my firm just here in the UK using iPad Pros with dedicated applications and none of them could be called "idiot".

No, surely not.

They just got the gear and use it to work.

Makes me wonder if they were actually asked about the kit's suitability.

In any case, whoever at IT approved and in management/accounting actually signed off on deploying those 200 pricey iPad Pros may well be called upon by the powers that be to actually justify (both technically and economically) the move.

And then, who knows ...

Maybe all the board members got one too.

But just wait till the shareholders get a whiff of it.

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Re: 2000 quid?

Hello:

Nobody in our management team got the sign with their fondleslabs.

Read the manual.

It's actually 'virtual': it lights up at the exact moment the owner opens the thing and starts it up.

It's a new thing, bleeding edge, state of the art and all that, y'see?

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2000 quid?

Hello:

All very nice, but ...

These 2000 quid will get me exactly what?

I mean, in addition to a sign on my forehead with the legend "IDIOT" in bright red lettering?

Bomb squad descends on suspicious package to find something much more dangerous – a Journey cassette

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I'm sure I won't be the only one ...

No you won't.

The D in Systemd stands for 'Dammmmit!' A nasty DHCPv6 packet can pwn a vulnerable Linux box

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Re: Switch, as easy as that

Hello:

As many of us have been saying, the sudden switch to SystemD was rather quick, perhaps you guys need to go investigate why it really happened, don't assume you know, go dig and you will find the answers, it's rather scary ...

Indeed, it was rather quick and is very scary.

But there's really no need to dig much, just reason it out.

It's like a follow the money situation of sorts.

I'll try to sum it up in three short questions:

Q1: Hasn't the Linux philosophy (programs that do one thing and do it well) been a success?

A1: Indeed, in spite of the many init systems out there, it has been a success in stability and OS management. And it can easily be tested and debugged, which is an essential requirement.

Q2: So what would Linux need to have the practical equivalent of the registry in Windows for?

A2: So that whatever the registry does in/to Windows can also be done in/to Linux.

Q3: I see. And just who would want that to happen? Makes no sense, it is a huge step backwards.

A3: ....

Cheers,

O.

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Re: Old is good

Hello:

One of the main problems with systemd is that it has become too big, slurped up lots of functionality which has removed choice, increased fragility.

IMO, there is a striking paralell between systemd and the registry in Windows OSs.

After many years of dealing with the registry (W98 to XPSP3) I ended up seeing the registry as a sort of developer sanctioned virus running inside the OS, constantly changing and going deeper and deeper into the OS with every iteration and as a result, progressively putting an end to the possibility of knowing/controlling what was going on inside your box/the OS.

Years later, when I learned about the existence of systemd (I was already running Ubuntu) and read up on what it did and how it did it, it dawned on me that systemd was nothing more than a registry class virus and it was infecting Linux_land at the behest of the developers involved.

So I moved from Ubuntu to PCLinuxOS and then on to Devuan.

Call me paranoid but I am convinced that there are people both inside and outside IT that actually want this and are quite willing to pay shitloads of money for it to happen.

I don't see this MS cozying up to Linux in various ways lately as a coincidence: these things do not happen just because or on a senior manager's whim.

What I do see (YMMV) is systemd being a sort of convergence of Linux with Windows, which will not be good for Linux and may well be its undoing.

Cheers,

O.

Memo to Microsoft: Windows 10 is broken, and the fixes can't wait

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Hello:

"Did Microsoft ever really produce reliable software? If they did, I don't seem to remember it. And, I've worked in IT for 27+ years".

We all know the answer to this so no, it is not a revelation.

I cannot say that I've actually worked in IT but I've worked with MS software (at home and at my various professional posts) from 1994 on till three or four years ago when I finally decided to drop it and fully enter the Linux world.

I really have to make an effort to try to recall any long span of time without having some sort of issue with MS software. I recall 3.11 being realtively easy to get around but the most troublesome and hectic was W95. The least troublesome was possibly XPSP3, but that could also be chalked up to accumulated experience.

Just my $0.02.

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