* Posts by Doctor Syntax

16449 posts • joined 16 Jun 2014

Microsoft has created its own FreeBSD image. Repeat. Microsoft has created its own FreeBSD image

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Re: Embrace, Extend, Extinguish...

"a BSD-derived TCP/IP stack first appeared in NT 3.5"

And W95.

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Re: They've done what?!

"my brain combined them"

You need medication...

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Re: Not sure if I should be happy

"It's probably mainly just para-virtualization drivers to cut down the virtualization overhead when running on that VM."

"Just" is no problem. It's the "probably mainly" that worries me. However I'm sure the FreeBSD team will be vigilant.

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Re: this is not your father's Microsoft.

"I'll bet they were huge disks as well, possibly even 8 inchers..?"

Yep. I remember having to fold them up to get into the 3 1/2" drives.

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Re: Just another good example...

"but BSD doesn't have this pesky GPL business so when they decide it's enough of this OSS lip service, MS can just close it up"

Yes, this licence stuff is confusing, isn't it?

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Re: @Flocke

"Mostly they'll be from those who are firmly entrenched in the horrible mind-set of 'Anything Microsoft does is evil'."

Maybe. Or possibly from the mind-set of 'We've seen some doozies from them where their own name's on the product. How much care will they take when it isn't?'.

DevOps is for all, says DevOps pundit-in-chief. He doesn't have it in for the BOFH, honest

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Re: missed the point of BOFH

It's not even the people. The BOFH is angry as a matter of principle.

Oooooklahoma! Where the cops can stop and empty your bank cards – on just a hunch

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Re: Don't get too excited

"Don't blame me, I'm voting for Gary Johnson."

At least you get a vote. The rest of us don't but we still get the fall-out.

Microsoft's BITS file transfer tool fooled into malware distribution

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Re: BITS is not "fooled"

"Honestly, a couple of weeks of setup and testing, and then 20-minute rebuild times across any number of devices you like."

The sad thing is that these instructions are passed on as a recommended SOP without any sense that this should not be an acceptable state of affairs.

'MongoDB ate my containers!'

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"So is an ACID db with caching."

And 100,000 queries a day isn't even web scale.

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Non-ACID databases aren't ACID. There's a surprise.

Post-Safe Harbor: Adobe fined for shipping personal info to the US 'without any legal basis'

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Re: Commons passes snoopers' charter


Remember that we only have this bill because previous attempts have run foul of the courts. I can see no reason to believe that this won't go the same way. It would be nice to think that they won't then try again.

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Commons passes snoopers' charter

By the time most readers get round to reading this article the article reporting the fact that the HoC has passed the snooper's charter will have slid off the end of News Bytes where it was posted. I don't know why this stupid appendage was added to el Reg. I suppose it might be a useful means of keeping PR companies happy by posting their press releases without interfering with the main work of the site but better judgement is needed to ensure real news doesn't go down this fast track to oblivion.

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Even if the Privacy Figleaf is approved it won't cover the embarrassing bits of data transfer once one of its users gets hauled up in front of the ECJ.

England just not windy enough for wind farms, admits renewables boss

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Re: Create Gas then

"a newish microgeneration plant on the Wharfe"

Unfortunately this sort of thing isn't helped by Yorkshire Water demanding an extraction fee even though the water extracted is promptly returned back to the river.

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Re: Fundimental Lack of Understanding

"The amount of ignorance regarding solar and wind here, by technology people no less! is astounding."

Yes, there are still people believing that solar generates power at night and wind generates power on still days.

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Re: Errata

"it has the potential to be a bit of a local envoriomental disaster area"

You didn't bother to quote what you were referring to but your "it" seems to be the Severn barrage. You're wrong, it wouldn't be just a local environmental disaster. The role of the Severn estuary in feeding migrating birds would make it a disaster on a continental scale..

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Re: Errata

"the birds would need to move on the other"

Translation: it would be an environmental disaster on a continental scale. But never, mind, it's green power.

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"Why just downpipes?"

I wonder if you could extract power from all those whooshes.

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Re: Epic FAIL

"But you could charge your batteries from them during the day then run a 12v lighting system when needed"

OK, that's the lights sorted. How do you power the washing machine in the middle of a cycle or the oven partway through cooking a meal when the smart meter disconnects you?

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Re: Knuckling under

'The correct response to these statistics is, "we have to use less energy" or "we have to make wind power more effective", not "burn, baby, burn".'

Or "we have to bottle up the wind so as to have some when it's not blowing"?

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Re: Silly Article

"changing subsidy rules"

Subsidies: pretending someone doesn't have to pay for things, therefore hiding the real costs.

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Re: Nuclear

Build nuclear now years ago.

The reason why we've been unnecessarily shoving valuable fossil hydrocarbons up power station chimneys for most of my adult life has been down to self-styled environmentalists objecting to nuclear power. We've missed out on decades of the investment needed to develop a mature technology with maximal safety and minimal environmental impact. When all else fails we'll end up with a desperate dash in which cost and any other concerns are disregarded because it's all been left too late.

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Re: Tidal?

"environmental impacts on wildlife"

ISTR reading about tests at Strangford quite some time ago which concluded that this wasn't really a problem. It's a good test site given that there's the QUB marine station immediately adjacent, that the turbines occupied a reasonable percentage of the opening and that the tidal flows are very strong with the entire tidal volume of the Lough rushing in and out through a very narrow opening.

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Re: Tidal?

"Just wondered why it's not even mentioned in the piece."

I think it's much less developed. It's a more hostile environment to place free-standing turbines. If you've got a bit of land in an exposed situation you could plant readily available wind turbines there and collect a nice subsidy for delivering an erratic supply of power. Submerged turbines in tidal races are only just getting towards production. The alternative of building tidal reservoirs is apt to cause real environmental problems because promising sites tend to be wild-life friendly places, something the pseudo-environmentalists are apt to overlook.

The other explanation might be that wind turbines and solar are easy to see so the p-es are reminded what they're getting for their our money.

Why everyone* hates Salesforce's Marc Benioff

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"Personally, I thought it was the looms they destroyed, and I suspect most other people do too. If the author had said "cropping frames" instead of "looms", I would have been lost and possibly even forced to read in to the link..."

It's a significant difference.

Textile production in the West Riding had been based on the domestic system where spinning and weaving had been carried out by what were essentially family businesses with finishing processes carried out by specialists (one of these processes, fulling, had long been mechanised). Spinning seems to have been the choke point in this process.

In the late C18th new water powered machinery became available for spinning which in turn allowed weaving to become a full-time occupation. There was a gradual move to the factory system. Productivity and employment were rising. Manual cloth dressing would have become the choke point had this not been mechanised by cropping frames.

Without updating this step in the whole production system then at best the industry and the consequent employment would have had its growth limited; at worst, an more probably, it would have gone elsewhere. In short the few Luddites, who had been an elite, were endangering the employment of the many.

I'm not sure that this accords with what the rant opinion piece was getting at because AFAICS the "scold in San Fransisco" is closer to the cloth dresser than those who object.

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"the Luddites who sought to destroy looms in the 1810s."

Can't you even read the material you link to or do you not understand the difference between a cropping frame and a loom?

Don't go chasing waterfalls, please stick... Hang on. They're back

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Re: Agile has limits

"Write the tests first, write the docs second (should be easy *IF* you have a design)"

So write the design zeroth.

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Re: Waterfall is not the only alternate method

"Waterfall is always put up as a strawman."

For a very good reason: that's what it was invented for. http://www.cs.umd.edu/class/spring2003/cmsc838p/Process/waterfall.pdf

PHBs looked at it and thought it was a good idea.

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Re: cambam boards [sic]

Isn't that the stuff you nail to a wooden framework and then skim over with finishing plaster?

Digital ad biz is fraudulent by design, complain big brands

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Re: The World Federation of Advertisers

"Now we know we aren't the only victims - the companies with products to sell are being taken for a ride as well."

Have you only just realised that?

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Meanwhile the rest of us are shunning the mess that is online advertising while the WFA continues rearranging the deckchairs...

Freeze, lastholes: USB-C and Thunderbolt are the ultimate physical ports

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I'm sure much the same thing was said about the 15-pin connectors for Ethernet.

Do you have a 'co-working mindset' and 'ephemerally involve others' in work?

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“spontaneously and ephemerally involve others in your work.”

I thought they were building that into the OS now.

MPs pass new UK spy law

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....is this hidden in these stupid fast-disappearing news bytes?

Do any of the readership actually think this innovation is worth having?

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"it's off to the House of Lords next"

Then, assuming it gets Royal Assent, it'll be off the ECHR which also can't be scheduled yet. After that, in the absence of an unlikely outbreak of sanity in Whitehall, we go for another iteration of the loop.

Or, in event of a Brexit, the City will start screaming and lobbying as they realise that they can't meet EU requirements about personal data transfer.

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Re: Time for ....

Could you argue your case with a little more detail?

Our CompSci exam was full of 'typos', admits Scottish exam board

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Re: Brilliant...

"most Indians I've dealt with have a much better grasp of English."

You clearly haven't dealt with all the "UK companies" specialising in digital marketing who send spam from addresses registered on APNIC.

Bloke flogs $40 B&W printer on Craigslist, gets $12,000 legal bill

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"claiming he had conspired with the presiding judge"

And he's not inside for contempt of court?

HPE 'rewrites' ALM to target agile and open source folks

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ALM, DevOps - it all smacks of consultancies who seem to have had no previous experience of real life in IT.

Assuming the project isn't a death march and doesn't get canned after go-live initial development takes a reasonably short period compared with the time spent in production. During production it gets maintained as requirements change and get added to, and maybe well-hidden bugs become apparent. Hence my contention that development is the process of launching a software system into the maintenance cycle.

Periodically this normality is apparently rediscovered by people who appear to think they've made an astounding discovery and it's given a new name. The cynical*, of course, might think that they secretly knew about it all the time but just want to hang a few new tools, courses, consultancy jobs etc. round it. They're not really as deeply ignorant as they appear, they're just selling to PHBs who don't know any better.

*Cynical - moi?

Computerised stock management? Nah, let’s use walkie-talkies

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"Can I move in next door to you?"

Yes, but it's a field so you'd have to share with the other inhabitants - cattle ATM.

The shop I had in mind was https://www.facebook.com/Wagstaff-Shoes-629427010428517/info?tab=page_info

Even in remotest Africa, Windows 10 nagware ruins your day: Update burns satellite link cash

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Re: Disclaimer

"They won't have the money to sue anyway"

If we're just talking about comms costs, bill them, 30 days to pay, then go to the small claims court. However much money MS's lawyers charge is of no relevance. Get a judgement & if they don't pay send the bailiffs into the local office to seize goods to the value.

Air-gapping SCADA systems won't help you, says man who knows

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Re: Excellent

"So, infect the software developer's laptop via a simple phishing attack."

Developer doing development for secure systems on the same laptop he uses to connect to the net for email? That's a fail right there. If you're setting out to be secure you don't do things like that.

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Re: Lakhani is a salesman, so what do you expect him to say?

" how do you handle THAT kind of opponent without losing yourself in paranoia?"

The first requirement is to realise that you have that kind of opponent.

Then you design the system to be secure rather than designing the system and trying to bolt security on afterwards.

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Re: Remote overview

"Not to mention he probably writes the checks"

That's fine. Just so he's also the one responsible for mandatory security with criminal sanctions for breaches. It might take one or two specimens of the genus to be banged up but the message will get through.

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Re: Excellent

"a big cost-saving"

You can have secure or you can have cheap. The problem is that left to themselves businesses will go for cheap. Where national infrastructure is involved secure needs to be a legal requirement.

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“good luck building a network with anything other than TCP/IP now”


Software snafu let EU citizens get referendum vote, says Electoral Commission

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Re: damn

"the Dutch people alone were given the vote in a referendum on future EU membership of the Eukraine"

I think this is the problem with the EU. There have been several updates to the treaty arrangements. Presentation for popular voting on these has been sporadic. When the Irish voted against the Lisbon treaty they were told to vote again until they came up with the right answer.

Each of the treaties should have required approval by an EU-side vote. That would have limited the politicians and officials to options which could command majorities, it would have encouraged them to keep in touch with the populus to determine what would and wouldn't fly and to explain what and why they were presenting for approval. For the officials requiring informed consent might have been a useful discipline.

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Re: damn

"I do wonder that if EU nations were given a referendum on whether or not to kick UK out."

Why should they? We weren't given that chance in the Scottish referendum?

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Re: damn

"It's purely custom that says she will usually ask the leader of the largest party, there's no need for the PM to even be an elected representative."

These are, however, the most practical options. Even if the PM were directly elected you'd still get a politician.

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