* Posts by s2bu

356 posts • joined 16 Mar 2013


Microsoft announces official Windows package manager. 'Not a package manager' users snap back


Re: One software manager to rule them all!

That's why devs are supposed to bump the major soversion when they break the ABI. That way you can have both versions installed in parallel and NOT break things!

Microsoft drops a little surprise thank-you gift for sitting through Build: The source for GW-BASIC


Re: Please no

Children? Give them Bob!

Could it be? Really? The Year of Linux on the Desktop is almost here, and it's... Windows-shaped?


Re: If only!

Actually, that’s wrong. The NT kernel can obviously do fork() as the old Interix/WSU/SUA subsystem and the older POSIX subsystem could do it fine. WSL is also a subsystem.

The Win32 subsystem doesn’t have fork() support. Cygwin runs under the Win32 subsystem, which is why it inherits the fork() issues.


Re: @Jason Bloomberg - If only!

Technically the most used OS on desktops is Minix, as it’s what is running inside of the Intel CPU’s ME!

Granted that’s an OS on a desktop and not a desktop OS! :)

Facebook to surround all of Africa in optical fibre and tinfoil


Re: Why don't they join the ends?

Telecom sure loves SONET rings too!

It's not you, it's Slack: Chat app falls down – and at such a very convenient moment


Re: Enter the matrix

IRC gives you open and distributed, just not the federated part!

Danger zone! Brit research supercomputer ARCHER's login nodes exploited in cyber-attack, admins reset passwords and SSH keys


Dear god no, that's not how it's supposed to work AT ALL.

India says its brains saved the world from the last colosso-crisis – cough, Y2K – proving it can become self-reliant



And all of those retired COBOL and FORTRAN developers that came out of retirement to work on Y2K just sat there doing nothing, right?

Microsoft throws extended support lifeline for folk stuck on car-crash Windows 10 1809


Re: I have said it before

8.1 w/ Classic Shell is just as good as 7, and a tad bit newer to boot.

Ethernet standards group leaves its name in the dust as it details new 800Gbps spec


Re: Insane Speed

I know it was a joke and all, but I have to be pedantic here, sorry.

The time it takes for a lie to go around the world doesn't really involve bandwidth, unless it's a big lie. What you're more concerned about is latency!

Sadly, you can't change the laws of physics...

Cisco rations VPNs for staff as strain of 100,000+ home workers hits its network


Re: Licenses...

I’m torn on your comment.

I love the Cisco knock. But OpenVPN is so slow these days. Standard IPSec using IKEv2 or WireGuard are so much faster.

Internet samurai says he'll sell 14,700,000 IPv4 addresses worth $300m-plus, plow it all into Asia-Pacific connectivity


Not really

Not entirely. You obviously know of NAT64 but fail to realize it works both ways. You can easily just have the "instance" use IPv6 and then assign IPv4 "elastic" IPs as needed using their load balancing applications. Pretty easy.

No reason to burn an IPv4 IP for your backend instances.

Amazon, Apple, Google, IBM, Microsoft speech-to-text AI systems can't understand black people as well as whites


Re: Racist, really?

I’ve met some blank people from Africa that actually speak better than a lot of white people I know!

America: We'll send citizens cash checks amid coronavirus financial hardship. UK: We'll offer £330bn in biz loans


Re: Covfefe-19

I like "Lung Herpes"


Re: Where is it coming from?

That whole tax going to the billionaires thing is pretty much not true. Sure, if the cuts aren’t renewed in 2027, then that might be true: https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2018/11/14/does-trump-tax-cut-give-percent-benefits-top-one-percent/

Not exactly the kind of housekeeping you want when it means the hotel's server uptime is scrubbed clean



A story about a guy named Bob running Windows. Was Bob also running MS Bob by chance?

Ex-director accuses iRobot of firing him for pointing out the home-cleaner droids broke safety, govt regulations



The headline says that the products broke "safety, govt regulations". While it seems like it did break government regulations, the article itself didn't mention safety.

So I searched the linked case doc and all I can find is that they didn't test/certify the product under the safety regulations. So it's probably a stretch to say that they broke them, most like "didn't even bother to see"?

Meltdown The Sequel strikes Intel chips – and full mitigation against data-meddling LVI flaw will slash performance


Re: Dumb question time

Only if the compiler added instructions to look at the CPUID and act accordingly.


Re: One day, not to far in the future,

Sadly current processors would feel so much faster if people didn’t write such bloated code to run on them!

NordVPN quietly plugged vuln where an HTTP POST request without authentication would return detailed customer data


Re: Keep calm and carry on

So how much does NordVPN pay these days for employees to write comments about them on Internet forums?

Staffer emails compromised and customer details exposed in T-Mobile US's third security whoopsie in as many years



So Sprint customers: be advised, this is your future now :(.

Assange lawyer: Trump offered WikiLeaker a pardon in exchange for denying Russia hacked Democrats' email


Re: And losers they are

No Rs were ever going to vote for her, and a lot of Ds refused to vote for her simply because of the way the DNC handled Sanders, not because of her emails. The emails are just an easy excuse, so they don't have to be honest about it.

The way Sanders is polling now, they're going to have to pull something again, we'll see what they come up with now. I personally don't understand why they let a person who runs as an Independent run with their party anyways.

Oracle staff say Larry Ellison's fundraiser for Trump is against 'company ethics' – Oracle, ethics... what dimension have we fallen into?


Oracle DB actually was (maybe still is?) a really good product. The problem is the way they gouged and treated their customers, a lot of them simply decided that it wasn’t worth hassle and they’d rather just use something not quite as good.

One of their oldest tricks was to tell all features on by default if you used the GUI DB creation wizard, it would automatically enable all premium features. That way when they’d come to audit you, “oh look, you have this $100k feature enabled (but probably aren’t even actively using), and with pay charges we could take you to court for $500k. How about you just pay us $200k now and we’ll forget this indiscretion?”. Knowledgeable DBAs knew about this, which is one reason Oracle DBs got paid so much (that and only they really knew what the cryptic error messages REALLY meant!).

Not a Genius move after all: Apple must cough up $$$ in back pay for store staff forced to wait for bag searches


Re: Minimum wage?

Surely since Kieran made the statement of fact, it should be up to him to prove it? You’re dismissing the data that says he’s wrong as potentially not correct while giving him a free pass. Seriously?


Re: Minimum wage?

Well sure, contractors usually make a higher base pay, but that is because they’re responsible for their own benefits, bookkeeping, etc.

Anyways, I don’t believe any “Geniuses” are contractors. That seems like a weird thing to contract out for!


Minimum wage?

Kieren's insert commentary of "..earning just above minimum wage..." seems to be way off. According to the CA Labor Commissioner's Office, minimum wage in CA is $13/hour. According to Glassdoor and Payscale, the range of a Genius is $14 - $32 with the average being $20.20.

Sure, the new people at the lower end of that scale ARE "just above", you can't really say that for the people that are 2.5x the minimum wage.

Oh ****... Sudo has a 'make anyone root' bug that needs to be patched – if you're unlucky enough to enable pwfeedback


Re: SUDO and +s is a design weakness

And sudo has none of those issues? Seriously? If you use bog standard plain sudoers setups, then sure, maybe you have a point. Once you start throwing different sudo plugins (such as this one!) into it or fancy things like AD groups or what not, I'm sorry, your point starts to become less valid. The ONLY point left is that there's probably already some sudo template for your automation system that you can steal and hope that it pretty much does the right thing.

Lack of templates sounds more like an issue with your automation/testing platform and not a problem with RBAC itself. Any decent system out there can already handle the platform differences for you, just like it does for everything else (eg, different shells).


Re: SUDO and +s is a design weakness

It depends. If you can do lazy AND correct, then awesome, that's ideal!

If the two choices are lazy OR correct, then in the majority of the time, lazy is wrong answer. I myself am guilty of going "It's just temporary, I'll redo it the correct way later when I have time!". Of course, that almost never happens, unless something forces your hand. It's the exact same reason most people don't run daemons in proper chroot jails even though chroot has been around for so long.

Look at the multitude of sudo security issues over the years and then tell me with a straight face that all of that was worth it. There is no reason that a distro couldn't ship a decent default RBAC setup and tools to make it easier for the users to modify them. If RHEL can setup &#$ SELinux "properly" out of the box, which is almost infinitely more complex, then there's just simply no excuse at this point.


Re: I'm kind of upset

I'm sorry to be the one to say this to you, but... If you're in IT (seeing as this is a IT site) and you still type slow enough where somebody can easily count the keystrokes, then maybe it's time for you to find a new vocation :(.

I might not type properly or even as accurate as a professional typist, but after years of IT I can at least type fast enough where clicks aren't totally easy to count.

Although I totally agree about the Caps Lock thing, that's just totally stupid. I normally at least check the LED status to make sure it's NOT on before I type my password!


Re: I'm kind of upset

Except unless you randomize the number of *’s printed, other people can see how long your password is exactly. If you DO randomize then, it can really confuse people, especially when they typo and hit backspace.


Re: SUDO and +s is a design weakness

Most *IX flavors, and even Linux, have supported RBAC for a long time. It’s just that people use sudo because they’re lazy and setting up RBAC correctly takes effort.

'Windows Vista' spotted doing a whoopsie over EE's signage


Re: "turbo" button that didn't do anything.

On my 286, the turbo button only took the CPU from 8MHz (or was it 10? I think it was 8) to 12MHz :(.

Virtualization juggernaut VMware hits the CPU turbo button for licensing costs


Re: VMware

You had me up until "(even better)" :)

At last, the fix no one asked for: Portable home directories merged into systemd


Re: Finally!

or Void Linux. I love me some Slackware, but Void is just sooo nice, especially their MUSL versions that don't use bloated glibc!

Need 32-bit Linux to run past 2038? When version 5.6 of the kernel pops, you're in for a treat


Re: Can someone...

DEC Alpha supported 64-bit apps in OpenVMS, Tru64, and Windows NT. All 3 of those are/were commercial!

Anatomy of OpenBSD's OpenSMTPD hijack hole: How a malicious sender address can lead to remote pwnage


Re: When will we get rid of this malady?

The issue is their claim to fame is remote holes in the default configuration. Well, that’s pretty easy to claim when by default you don’t do anything!

Eg, they don’t claim this bug as an issue since it’s not the default configuration.

Let’s check in on the .org sale fiasco: Senators say No, internet grandees say Yes – and ICANN pretends there's absolutely nothing to see here


Re: Cue the class action lawsuits...

The 5th Amendment applies to criminal cases. This would be a civil suit.

EU declares it'll Make USB-C Great Again™. You hear that, Apple?



Not to be a pedantic bastard, but technically Thunderbolt isn't really part of the USB spec, it just happens to use a USB-C connector. :)

No Mo'zilla for about 100 techies today: Firefox maker lays off staff as boss talks of 'difficult choices' and funding


Re: dwindling pool

That’s why if I need a non-Chromium/Blink browser for some reason, I use SeaMonkey. It still has all of the features I’ve gotten used to over the years.

Y2K quick-fix crick? 1920s come roaring back after mystery blip at UK's vehicle licensing agency


Re: Another 20 (18) years...

DEC Alpha? Sell it to me so I can add it to my horde, I mean collection...

Hey kids! Ditch that LCD and get ready for the retro CRT world of Windows Terminal



DEC vt100 OR BUST!

Americans should have strong privacy-protecting encryption ...that the Feds and cops can break, say senators


Re: Really?

The NFA has made the cheapest machine gun almost $20k, and it still requires a 8+ month wait for the processing and background check.

Apple: Mysterious iPhone 11 location pings were because of 'ultra-wideband compliance'


Re: "We do not see any actual security implications,"

"Another reason for me not to buy Apple - not that I'm lacking any."

Yes, because stock Android is so much better, where even if you turn off all location services, it STILL sends location data to Google? When grilled about this in Congress, a Google rep had the cojones to lie and say that it's required for the phone to actually work!

Granted, if you go with LineageOS and don't install ANY Google frameworks you're mostly fine, although it still requires modifications to the kernel as the stock ASOP kernel even has location snooping built into it!

Stand back, we're going in: The Register rips a 7th-gen ThinkPad X1 Carbon apart. Literally


Re: Lenovo, oh no

I quiet love my Lenovo compared to the Dells and HPs I’ve had to use in the past.

Red Dead Redemption 2 on PC: Howdy buck do you get a solid 60FPS in Rockstar's masterpiece?

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We're so, so, sorry you're not able to get PC chips, says Intel to everyone who hasn't gone with AMD yet


Re: Wordpress?

Let me fix that for you:

“Over a quarter of the web gets hacked because of WordPress.“

Satellite operators' shares plummet as FCC plumps for public 5G spectrum auctions


Re: A side-effect

Except C-Band is never going to be used for rural 5G as the transmission distances will suck. Where this will exclusively be used is more urban deployments where the bandwidth will be really convenient.

So yes, less spectrum for satellites that can provide rural connectivity and more spectrum for latte sippers.

True to its name, Intel CPU flaw ZombieLoad comes shuffling back with new variant


Re: Or...

Or buy AMD, ARM, RISC-V, etc processors!

Chrome OS: Yo dawg, I heard you like desktops so we put a workspace in your workspace


Re: I wonder if Google

If it’s anything like my Pixel C, which was supposed to have ran ChromeOS and still uses the ChomeOS boot loader, the “unlock” is the dev switch which is physically located on a flex cable BEHIND THE DAMN SCREEN!



Linux hell, the old legacy *IXs had it long before in good old CDE.



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