* Posts by keithpeter

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Brexit: UK will be disconnected from EU databases after 2020

keithpeter
Coat

Re: Ah, the UK gov

"What the British want is a 'clean break'"

Thanks to David Cameron's two box vote we actually don't know that at all.

We do know that the vote was so close that it was within the sampling error of most opinion polls, and we do know that sentiment has shifted somewhat since, but not by a definitive amount.

I suspect that sentiment will continue to shift as the consequences of leaving the EU become clearer over the next few months.

Coat: off out now

Don't cross the Application Streams! Actually, maybe you can now in RHEL 8 beta

keithpeter
Coat

No registration required I think to download iso

http://ftp.redhat.com/redhat/rhel/rhel-8-beta/README

url shortening links for the binary DVD iso resolve to locations on the Red Hat CDN when using wget.

There is a public bugzilla for feedback.

Coat: mine's the one with an 8Gb USB stick in the pocket

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

keithpeter
Windows

Re: Oh the Irony

"Penguinista's blowing their wads (of cash) on shiny-shiny just so they can load (or not, as it seems) their 'free' hobby OS on it"

Wish my hobby was worth $3.4 x 10^10.

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

keithpeter
Coat

KDE on old laptop

"That being the case, you may want to give KDE a(nother) try.

The devs have been hard at work reducing the memory footprint recently, and it's surprisingly lightweight now."

@Bombastic and Updraft102

Recent KDE Plasma 5 from Alien Bob's packages for Slackware Current. On a Thinkpad X60 (core duo) with 1.5Gb ram, usable, firefox/libreoffice writer/music player. 1 Gb ram isn't happening - goes straight into swap.

Is this cuttlefish really all that cosmic? Ubuntu 18.10 arrives with extra spit, polish, 4.18 kernel

keithpeter
Mushroom

Re: fedora or die

@IanMoore33

Fedora 28 has its moments mind you, and those on fairly recent hardware. Don't chuck too many stones in that particular glasshouse...

keithpeter
Coat

Re: Modern Interface, and other stupid comments

@dajames: one of the reasons I cling to xfce. Alt-F keys (aka 'accelerator keys') are the business.

keithpeter
Pint

Re: Modern Interface, and other stupid comments

An upvote is not sufficient for the depth of this post and its rantiness quotient, so have a (virtual) pint.

I would just add that employer number 1 provides an rdp session that I can use to access their Windows Only business logic applications and employer number 2 has just adopted Office 365 (rightly or wrongly, we'll see how that pans out). So I can render unto my twin caesars what is due from the comfort of my Slackware running on a humble dual core processor.

keithpeter
Coat

Re: "the system has a more modern and 'flatter' look"

@jake: I have Slackware 14.0 full install on a Thinkpad T42 and it seems reasonably responsive to me. That is something like 2005 vintage. Might put Alien Bob's Plasma 5 on it and see what happens...

Apache OpenOffice, the Schrodinger's app: No one knows if it's dead or alive, no one really wants to look inside

keithpeter

@Dabbb: the binary oOo download from Apache Open Office seems to have its own copies of some libraries and seems to install on linuxes of various ages (Slackware 14.0 onwards to current in my case over the last few years).

keithpeter
Coat

Zen

"Time to market does not receive as much priority as quality, and we follow a sort of open source 'Zen.'"

Is Open Source Zen the kind of thing where I'll get walloped around the head with a stick by a geezer in orange robes who will then say "That's the Buddha!"?

I still use oOo under Slackware (converted from the RPMs on the Apache OpenOffice Web site). It is stable (both in the sense of not crashing and in then sense of not changing much) and runs reasonably fast and I know where the bugs are. I also have libreoffice installed and like to keep up with the new features.

Fujitsu says sayonara to UK exec heavyweights

keithpeter
Coat

Re: ICL?

"Fujitsu still make a heap of cash from VME which is being run by the last remnants of the old ICL"

@anon

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ICL_VME

Interesting, thanks for reference.

Tesla's chief accounting officer drives off after just a month on the job

keithpeter
Childcatcher

Re: The end of the beginning

...I can't see Tesla remaining a large, financially viable and independent car maker by 2030.

Sell the company to a car maker then, and focus on Spacex?

Small number of technically sophisticated customers, history of extreme innovation and novel solutions in the business so more acceptance of ideas, plenty of problems to solve.

Might even get a holiday.

Could you hack your bosses without hesitation, repetition or deviation? AI says: No

keithpeter
Windows

Management by exception?

"For example, the range of contacts a user will interact with through an email system and the nature of that communication will almost always be within certain limits."

Clueless end user here

Yesterday, I had to contact two middle manager type people outside my normal silo on an urgent basis to resolve an issue for a prospective student with a very unusual profile of qualifications and support needs. Then I needed to document what was effectively a new clause in the usual process, and make sure all the people in the chain knew what I had done. Such is the responsiveness of a fairly small public sector organisation, I got that resolved fairly quickly, and my 'identity' in the organisation is a humble one.

So, yes, as mentioned towards the end of the article, it will come down to the response by IT support to an outlier event once flagged. One hopes that will be of the 'gather more information' kind rather than some kind of banhammer.

make all relocate... Linux kernel dev summit shifts to Scotland – to fit Torvald's holiday plans

keithpeter
Coat

Places

Portobello is a nice seaside town just outside Edinburgh.

Edinburgh hosts lots of museums both national and city focused. Plenty of strange things to try to explain that will engage all ages.

Mary King's Close strikes me as a good venue for any cabal meetings that may be needed (joke)

There is still a Scottish-Italian community left in Edinburgh (and Glasgow of course). Owen Logan photographed that community extensively for his Bloodlines book and exhibition. Some families run shops, including the famous Volvona and Crolla, and many family run restaurants. I was visiting Edinburgh fairly regularly in the 1980s and early 90s and can remember the old Valvona and Crolla shop at the top of the Leith Road in the city. Hams hanging from the ceiling, cheeses, wines, olive oil and opera on the record player.

The kernel wranglers could eat (and drink) very well.

Coat: mine's the one with the Iain Rankin novel in the pocket (several times we have stayed in a self-catering flat, I've bought a novel at Waverly, and I have found myself reading about the street we are staying in)

Mozilla changes Firefox policy from ‘do not track’ to ‘will not track’

keithpeter
Coat

Re: It's about time

"But... when will they FIX THE AUSTRALIS NONSENSE"

@bombastic: I just switch the menu bar on.

Also the Alt-F, Alt-B &c shortcuts just work even if the menu bar is switched off.

Now does anyone know how to get Firefox to work with the Alt-F11 shortcut in xfce?

Coat: just going now...

UK getting ready to go it alone on Galileo

keithpeter
Coat

Re: UK has the resources

"Unfortunately, the UK military doesn't plan to restrict its bombing to the UK alone"

Which raises the issue about NATO or UN approved operations and international cooperation. Bit hard with no access to the encrypted signals?

Coat: mine has a gyroscope in one pocket and an analogue integrator in the other for dead reckoning my way to Morrisons

'Oh sh..' – the moment an infosec bod realized he was tracking a cop car's movements by its leaky cellular gateway

keithpeter
Pint

Re: Why did they have to pull the terrorist card?

Brum

Well spotted

keithpeter
Windows

Re: Why did they have to pull the terrorist card?

"...if I want to publicise my cause by violent means I will just attack the police station, the address of which I can get from the 1995 phone book."

Er, actually, near me in the UK, you'd be blowing up an Aldi, a car park, some new houses, and a large hole in the ground. And more stations are closing soon apparently. We see a patrol car about once a week, and the helicopter flies over when the football is on. Haven't seen an actual police officer walking a beat for five or six years or so.

I live one mile from the centre of a city of 1 million by the way.

London's Gatwick Airport flies back to the future as screens fail

keithpeter
Facepalm

Re: Don't knock whiteboards!

A roll of 'magic whiteboard' can be handy at times when improvising. Care is needed when erasing near the edges of the pieces though...

CADs and boffins get some ThinkPad love

keithpeter
Coat

Re: The laptop of my future

@Michael Wojcik

"1250g? I'd consider that "barely noticeable""

Good for you. My lower vertebrae are becoming somewhat more sensitive to weight these days.

Coat: distributing the devices and other impedimenta around copious pockets does seem to help.

keithpeter
Coat

Re: The laptop of my future

@Greencat

Best start resistance training now! The X61s (Jan 2008) with ssd and 4 cell battery that I'm typing this on weighs 1250g according to my kitchen scales.

I'd pay quite a lot for an X60/X61 size-a-like with current technology.

ZX Spectrum reboot scandal biz gets £35k legal costs delayed

keithpeter
Coat

"If you have difficulties you can apply back to the court for an extension of time. That’s not going to be looked on with great sympathy."

Sounds like FOAD to me. I kept hearing Rumpole type accents when reading the OA.

Linux 4.18 arrives fashionably late while Zorin OS shines up its Windows

keithpeter
Coat

Re: Zorin OS

@AC: Nope, as they all have roughly equivalent functionality. Once stuff is free (as in beer and as in spirit) you can fork the base and get your own idea up and running very quickly.

https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Linux_Distribution_Timeline.svg

Above gives you the family tree so to speak. I'm on the Slackware trunk.

keithpeter
Coat

Re: What they are for

@Ian Joyner

So where would you locate the *BSDs and illumos based operating systems?

Coat: mine's the one with the Slackware DVD in the pocket.

Microsoft still longs to be a 'lifestyle' brand, but the cupboard looks bare

keithpeter
Coat

Re: Me neither

"If Microsoft wants to control my hardware, then it should give me a PC. If it's their hardware, then I accept their control over it."

@Pascal Monet: don't go giving them ideas. Given the reduction in cost of low end devices, I can imagine a relaunch of the 'free device pay monthly' model for internet/software for laptops/tablets. Works ok for phones after all.

Declassified files reveal how pre-WW2 Brits smashed Russian crypto

keithpeter
Coat

Re: It always strikes me as strange...

@msknight

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Code_talker

Use of minority languages was a thing when the need was for rapid communication of information that would be useless on a short time scale. Don't think people wanted to be fiddling with one time pads and doing mental arithmetic on battlefields.

keithpeter
Coat

Re: Paranoia and hot pockets

My cheapo Android tablet gave me the choice of encrypting its storage when I set it up. Took a couple of minutes. I'm assuming the result is a 16Gb ssd filled with random numbers. Could a otp not just be made to look like an ssd with encrypted storage until the authorities started to compare a number of devices and realise the amazing coincidence of identical random numbers?

Coat: Copy of MR-1418-RC in the (large) inside pocket

keithpeter
Coat

Re: The clue is in the name

OK, so if I write a couple of short messages as plain ascii (7 bit) and then use

xxd -b <message-files>

to dump the binary (1s and 0s), reformat to mimic a paper tape or something, and then XOR the result to get rid of the two-time key, it should be a reasonable simulation of the problem facing the chaps in the 1950s?

Oldest swinger in town, Slackware, notches up a quarter of a century

keithpeter
Pint

Slackware live

Eric Hameleers (aka Alien Bob) provides Slackware Live isos and a set of scripts for customising your own live iso. might be of interest to those who have not yet tried Slackware and who don't want to spend an hour or so installing it onto a spare computer.

I'm posting this from a slackware --current base installation running Alien Bob's Plasma 5 compile - very slick and stable.

Capita strikes again: Bug in UK-wide school info management system risks huge data breach

keithpeter
Coat

names...

"...some of the parents have double barreled names too, that dosent help"

Names can get tricky [1]. I always ask my adult students to write down what is on their passport/travel documents at enrollment so when they get their certificates at the end of the course there aren't any amusing issues when they go for jobs &c.

[1] https://www.kalzumeus.com/2010/06/17/falsehoods-programmers-believe-about-names/

I hope whoever dropped the date-of-birth match does not work on further education college systems as well... ten to fifteen times as many enrollments often...

keithpeter
Coat

"...some of the parents have double barreled names too, that dosent help"

Names can get tricky [1]. I always ask my adult students to write down what is on their passport/travel documents at enrollment so when they get their certificates at the end of the course there aren't any amusing issues when they go for jobs &c.

[1] https://www.kalzumeus.com/2010/06/17/falsehoods-programmers-believe-about-names/

I hope whoever dropped the date-of-birth match does not work on further education college systems as well... ten to fifteen times as many enrollments often...

Void Linux gave itself to the void, Korora needs a long siesta – life is hard for small distros

keithpeter
Coat

Re: Void can be forked

@Uncle_Slacky

Your username might remind others about Slackware. I thought that omitting Slackware from the OA was a bit of an oversight.

Slackware provides an example of a small distribution with what appears to be a sustainable business model (there is a small company that sells DVDs subscriptions and merchandise). I'm posting this from my desktop PC that runs Slackware 14.2 and it just chugs away in a totally reliable and dependable fashion. No major modifications of upstream, no complex configuration layers &c. Very consistent from version to version. At present Slackware does not use systemd, although Patrick Volkerding the Slackware BDFL has not ruled out the need to use it in the future.

Slackware went through its 'bus crash' moment some years ago when Mr Volkerding became quite ill so they have procedures in place &c.

Date engraved onto net neutrality tombstone: June 11, 2018

keithpeter
Coat

Giggleswick church

Not my monkeys and not my circus, but is that not Giggleswick Churchyard (St Alkeida's) in the photo? Taken with the church at the back and pointing up the hill?

Coat: mine's the one with the really expensive UK mobile internet dongle in the pocket. What is this neutrality the cousins speak of?

IBM bans all removable storage, for all staff, everywhere

keithpeter
Coat

Re: First, they came for the CD-R's

@TonyJ: I have learned. I never knew such a device existed.

Bought a cheaper make and will see if it is reliable.

One employer provides rdp access to desktop. Absolutely no reason for me (as end user) to have any portable storage at all. T'other employer not as well-provisioned in IT terms (Major UK city/Crapita) so need to carry some stuff. Security cross section is losing the damned thing.

Mines the one with the Trusted End Node Security USB in the pocket

If you're a Fedora fanboi, this latest release might break your heart a little

keithpeter
Coat

Re: In Linux, "freedom" means you have no freedom but to bow to Stallman.

"Most Linux users don’t care about or listen to what Stallman says."

Android, ChromeOS, no-name teles and routers, data centres and embedded devices, HPC clusters and the supercollider. You are certain to be right on statistical grounds.

Not so sure about those making an active choice to install a Linux based OS on a laptop or desktop.

keithpeter
Coat

Re: In Linux, "freedom" means you have no freedom but to bow to Stallman.

"In Linux, "freedom" means you have no freedom but to bow to Stallman."

Have a look at the *BSD based operating systems, permissive licence and nice design. My personal favourite is OpenBSD. No chance of nvidia though.

"That's why Linux as a desktop system is still below 5% of the market"

Nope. Most people just use what the device came with. And if it is a PC or laptop it probably came with Windows.

keithpeter
Coat

"This kind of thing really annoys me. Distros' curation of packages is a kinda promise that it should all work, and it all gets messy when it doesn't."

Agree.

That is why I use Slackware. No promises, and no extensive modifications from upstream.

Void linux is similar if you prefer the rolling distribution model (but their BDFL has gone awol so fork soon I guess).

Leave it to Beaver: Unity is long gone and you're on your GNOME

keithpeter

Re: light-theme

OK sorted - despite the fact that the light themes are installed from the iso you have to install tweak-tool to be able to select the theme (rolleyes)

Works nice on the X220 with SSD. But apparently you can't get rid of the title bar of the window when window maximised (1366x768 laptop - this would be handy but no extensions available)

keithpeter
Coat

light-theme

OK, so I'm booted off the live image. I have a dark theme with dark grey menus &c. I prefer light themes. The live image reports ubuntu-light-themes installed. How do I get to change the desktop theme?

Used to by right click and select Radience &c.

Mine's the one with the Slackware DVD in the pocket.

New Galaxy un-smartphone can’t go online because Samsung's thought of the children

keithpeter
Coat

can you put video/sound/pdfs on the phone?

Teacher asking

You can get a lot of short revision videos in a gig of storage card space these days

Mine's the one with the 4-figure log tables in the pocket

Taxpayers chuck burnt-out Bongs* millions of pounds to 'decelerate'

keithpeter
Coat

STEAMhouse

"...where is the funding to help startups in the rest of the country?"

Brum has had a little bit. Old car show room with actual machines in it. Chunky machines. That you could actually use to make things. Waiting to see how often it gets used.

http://www.bcu.ac.uk/business/steam/steamhouse

That leads onto a project to redevelop the old Typhoo factory (been empty for years)

Carnegie Mellon makes network security guru Jahanian president

keithpeter
Coat

adjectives...

...seem somewhat overdone.

I'm sure that Dr Jahanian will make a good chief executive of a reasonably well known university.

But really...

Coat: mine is he one with Steven King's On Writing in the pocket.

Hansa down, this is cool: How Dutch cops snatched the wheel of dark web charabanc

keithpeter
Windows

Re: Agent Provocateur

"Except we don't know that now - the cops had control of the site's database."

I was thinking that - did they run checksums with external witnesses every now and again to be able to demonstrate continuity of evidence &c?

Microsoft says 'majority' of Windows 10 use will be 'streamlined S mode'

keithpeter
Coat

Re: Mess

@ J. R. Hartley and all

"It really is an utter UTTER mess. I dread the day I am forced to leave Windows 7. "

Is ReactOS likely to be able to run your required applications by 2020 Win7 cut off?

https://www.reactos.org/

Just wondering, not being sarky.

I find an old laptop running linux meets my personal needs fine. At work I use what employer gives me to use. Usually a managed Windows PC logged into a network.

User stepped on mouse, complained pedal wasn’t making PC go faster

keithpeter
Windows

Re: Can I just leave this thought with you?

@Andy A

Ctrl-Z and Ctrl-Y next, then Ctrl-F [keyword] in a window displaying a long document?

keithpeter
Coat

Re: Reminds me of a story

"On similar lines, lots of software interface people talk a lot about "intuitive use patterns", which, if you you have no similar past experience to draw on, are anything but intuitive."

Yup - computer training a couple of decades ago as well and I became aware that some of the participants did not have a clear idea of a window on the screen - the rectangle did not strike them as an entity that could be moved and that was a different region to the underlying desktop. A couple of minutes demonstrating sorted it fine.

Of course Uber allegedly had a tool to remotely destroy evidence

keithpeter
Coat

Re: Sounds great

"Personally, I think that tool sounds great. If they could open source it, would make a lot of desktop and security ppl's jobs quite a bit easier..."

My agreement with your sentiment is cancelled out by my reaction to your use of 'ppl', hence no up-vote.

Coat: personally one hails taxis unless attending a social event in which case 'carriages at Midnight' is the rule.

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

keithpeter
Coat

Re: Eh?

"Have you been to the slackware website? It's 1991 in there."

But you can run -current with a mainline kernel quite easily. And compile development versions of applications should you wish to.

Coat: Well, this page is actually about Mint so I'm off.

First Allied submarine lost in World War One, found near New Guinea

keithpeter
Pint

Re: Cyril L. Baker

"In 1914 the sea-going equipment was still simple, but the system was practical, reliable, trusted and would soon be battle tested. Most of the equipment was still based around spark transmitters and crystal sets using the Low frequency and Medium frequency bands, but the Royal Navy already had 15 years experience and had developed tactics and operations based around it use."

Quote from

http://marconiheritage.org/ww1-sea.html

Spark transmitter = pulse of em energy with a wide frequency spread & so hard to coordinate among a fleet of ships (basically turns taking) or did they have tuned circuits in the antenna to filter out some of the energy? Raining tomorrow so I'll be researching.

Ubuntu 17.10 pulled: Linux OS knackers laptop BIOSes, Intel kernel driver fingered

keithpeter
Pint

Re: If you want Ubuntu laptops there is System 76.

@ Tinslave_the_Barelegged

"In the UK, there is Entroware who sell Linux, especially, Ubuntu-based, laptops."

Thanks for the signposting.

What does herself think of the keyboard? Does it bend when typing?

I, too, will be thinking about a newer lighter machine in the new year.

Icon: toss up between the pint in thanks and the coat in regard to bare legs in December.

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