* Posts by Doctor Syntax

16426 posts • joined 16 Jun 2014

Linux 4.2 release 'possible' for next week, if Linus feels good

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Re: Geez.


And for that reason BSD is where I'll be heading. Linux userland is looking less Unix-like.

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Re: Geez.

@ Medixstiff

The immediate takeaway point is this is a philosophy of ship when it's fit to ship vs ship on a given date (say July 29th?) whether it's fit or not.

Another point is that new kernels are released on a cycle of a few months, not a few years. It's not a case of some new shiny that has a big marketing machine cranked up to go on it.

You should also realise that this is just a kernel release. Only a few people waiting to pounce on this: people who like to keep a bleeding edge box to play with, kernel devs taking this as a new baseline and distro builders. Of the latter those building rolling latest-everything distros will incorporate it. Others will do so if it fits into their time-line for a next release.

For most users it's the major distro releases that matter. They do tend to release to a fixed schedule for the simple reason that they're building from components that, like the kernel, have a release when it's ready approach. And for those of us who've been round the block a few times the distros we prefer are those that have the most conservative release cycles which can run to years; we're not sitting chewing our fingernails in anticipation of a new distro release let alone a new kernel.

But the real issue is that the comparison between Linus and a corporate CEO is utterly false. His role is that of gatekeeper of what actually goes into the product free of any external concerns. That means that the Linux kernel is a product determined entirely by the organisation's QA authority. It's the absence of media, boards and shareholders that allow that to happen. The stakeholders here are just the developers and users; that is, the people who really matter.

So, taking your statement that you like this at face value, I have to agree with you.

Don't fight the cistern: Voda takes the plunge with plumbers’ parking app

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So with this plumbed into the car's cistern - err system - the next thing we'll hear is that someone's pwned it.

Microsoft replaces Windows 10 patch update, isn't saying why

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Re: I'm losing track here..

"Is it a wonder IT people drink?"

No, but even Unix admins do that.

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Re: Those of us who haven't "upgraded"

"As with all malware that throws up irritating pup-ups, the solution is to uninstall it"

I wonder if some of the AV vendors will bring out a product to do this - or make it an option in existing products. This idea offered FoC to any of them who may be visiting.

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"Bank of America have already announced that they are deploying Windows 10."

No problems. I don't expect I'll ever be one of their customers.

Hey, folks. Meet the economics 'genius' behind Jeremy Corbyn

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Re: John Lewis

Tim: JL and Co Op are owned by, respectively, the workers and the consumers.

SFJ:Hmm, I shop at JL occasionally but don't rember being told I own a stake in it...

Slow down, Superfast. Take time to read what Tim wrote and notice the word "respectively".

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Re: Corbyn is barking, but ...


I take it you're thinking of the Real Scotsman version of socialism.

What Nick was describing is just the British electoral cycle:

A Labour govt gets elected. It does a whole batch of populist stuff, some good, some not. Iin the mean time makes a pig's ear of the economy as a whole by neglecting, if not asset-stripping, the wealth generating part of the economy.

At some point the state of the economy can no longer be shrugged off as just bad luck. At the next election they get turfed out and a Tory govt gets elected (or, as we've recently seen, a Tory-led coalition). This needs at least two terms to clear up the mess, trying to get rid of the crap, start wealth generation and get the good stuff on an even keel. In fact, as an economy can't be turned round that fast, things get worse before they get better.

Eventually there are sufficient voters who can't remember enough of the last Labour govt, fall for the populist hype and elect Labour who then start the whole thing off again.

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Re: It's OK

"I am still convinced it makes no economic sense for society to charge for one road but not to the one parallel to it."

No disagreement there.

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Re: It's OK

"The largest cost of a road is the initial construction, operation is relatively low and not much dependant on the use."

"Initial construction" is a one-off. Maintenance is an ongoing cost into the indefinite future added to which is the periodic cost of reconstruction to widen or strengthen it as demands change. The Fosse Way was initially constructed by the Romans who did not have motor vehicles. Apart from the route what you see of the Fosse Way today is nothing like the Roman's work - it's the result of cycles of reconstruction and intermediate maintenance which, even allowing for inflation, must amount to several times the initial cost.

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Re: whereas ...

Another Angry Voice claims to be a "pay as you feel" site. How do I get him to pay me as I feel now I've read it?

Boss hands dunce's cap to chap who turned off disk monitor

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Re: Reminds me of...

"zealous sysadmin to decide everything in /u should be made executable"

Zealous isn't the word I'd have chosen. Lazy, maybe, or stupid. Files are made executable because they're binaries or scripts, not because of where they are.

You've been Drudged! Malware-squirting ads appear on websites with 100+ million visitors

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Re: All your eyes are belong to us

"To be fair, you need to use the '/sarcasm' tag next, Big John."

I think the Devil's Advocate icon could have been a clue.

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If the industry wants the income it must be prepared to accept the liability. Given that the user's point of contact is with the site rather than the broker the liability should fall on the site. The site itself might then push the liability onto the broker. Otherwise you're saying that in order to read the content the user must may a ransom to some scumbag.

Digital doping might make you a Tour de Virtual cycling champion

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"There is SO much wrong with the article."

Yup, accurate measurement can be difficult stuff. Well beyond the lycra-clad numpties of negligible traffic sense plaguing the roads hereabouts these days. (No I didn't miss the statement that the writer doesn't actually wear lycra into the office.)

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"a first-world problem of the highest order"

Really? I find it difficult to recognise it as a problem at all.

IT jargon is absolutely REAMED with sexual double-entendres

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And Least Significant Bytes.

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Re: Déjà vu!

I take it you missed "El Reg is re-running one of his timeless classic columns."

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Icon isn’t a focus for reverence

Not even at Apple?

BOFH: Why, I LOVE work courses. Please tell me more, o wise one!

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Re: I have a feeling this will not end well

Both out of the office at the same time. Dangerous. They might get back to find themselves out of office. Return of Gina?

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Tidy desk policy.

"A tidy desk is the sign not a tidy mind."

"No it's not. An empty desk is the sign of an empty head."

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Re: Well..

"I'm booked in for one next month"

Don't be depressed. Simon's told you how to handle it.

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Re: BANG!!

'My intitial suggestion of "fuck him, lets go down the pub" was not taken up.'

That's the trouble with leadership courses. Everyone wants to be a leader instead of following the one with the best ides.

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The only good management course I can think of was one where somebody had discovered the size of the last contingent's bar bill & set out to better it. No beer icon because to do that needed the contents of the top shelf behind the bar.

However, there was one so bad it turned out for the best. My reaction led to me being offered early retirement the following week.

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Re: Am I the only one...

@Dave 32

Is that you, Philip?

Hey, Apple, we’re watching Faulty Tellies. Gonna tell us why?

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Re: hmm are the Ads a hint?

Ads? I see no ads. You're reading it wrong.

Apple tries to patent facial recognition

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Re: Yet again Apple wants to patent innovation and avoid invention

"Maybe Apple should pay some inventors instead of paying lawyers and designers."

Why? Their existing MO seems to be working well for them.

Dell, Google dangle Chromebooks over IT bosses sick of Windows

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Have you made any post that wasn't Windows astroturfing?

Typewriters suck. Yet we're infinitely richer for those irritating machines

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Re: and my first 'proper' job (1973)

"All calculations were done manually using one of these"

And about 10 years before that we were using similar Marchants in a statistics course. They tended to vibrate quite a bit. Running a division they vibrated so much they walked along the desk.

The first thing I did with my first grant cheque was to head along to a typewriter shop & buy the cheapest portable in there for £10. That avoided having to read my own handwriting. I think it's still in the attic somewhere - it shouldn't be because it acquired a dose of woodworm in its wooden case.

Cloudflare hiccup nudges Stack Overflow and others offline

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The same thing happened the other week, eventually falling through to a Cloudflare error page.

CAUGHT: Lenovo crams unremovable crapware into Windows laptops – by hiding it in the BIOS

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It's going to get worse

Look at what this numpty is advocating: http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2015/08/its-time-for-pc-companies-to-copy-one-of-apples-best-features/ and the first company he lists as this being a good idea for is Lenovo!

ANIMALS being CUT UP to make Apple Watch straps

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"even sharks"

Even sharks? Nobody in the Reg subhead writing department heard of shagreen? It's been used for centuries.

Repeatedly robocalling? That's a paddlin' – a record $3m paddlin'

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Re: It's a wonderful world we live in...

"20 years ago a Marketing exec was telling me about her bold mailing campaign, and how a 2% return would be a good result."

Did you ask her if that was net or gross? Every customer pissed off & lost should be set against the number of customers gained. Marketroids don't think about this of course. They daren't.

IoT security is RUBBISH says IoT vendor collective

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"The framework also includes the following minimum requirements:"

Add one: a vendor should undertake not to change the policies etc to the detriment of the Thing's user after purchase.

Hillary Clinton kept top-secret SIGINT emails on her home email server

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Re: On the other hand...

"How many times has her email server been breached, compared to the government systems?"

In retrospect it appears to have been quite a wise security measure on her part.

Assange™ to SQUAT in Ecuadorian broom closet for ANOTHER FIVE YEARS (maybe)

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Re: Statute of limitations

"Assange took asylum in London"

No, he's taken asylum in Ecuador.

FAIL: Windows 10 bulk patch produces INFINITE CRASH LOOP

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Re: Try turning it off an...

"And why oh why can't the "Long Term Servicing Branch" be proposed to Joe Public ?"

Because Joe Public has to test the updates before they go into LTS. It sounds as if Joe Public is doing a great job.

Jail incompetent council folk who leak our data, thunders furious BBW

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Re: There is an officer...

"Just because you have clearance to see a certain level of information does not mean you have a need to know."

But you need to know so that you know if you need to know. Sir Humphrey got there before you.

Boffins: The universe is DOOMED and there's nothing to be done

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"sliding gently into old age."

Kids today, thinking anyone over 30 is old. Given the current age of the universe and the timeline proposed it's not really got past the mewling and puking stage.

Return of the Jedi? StarWars.co.uk bod to fight the Empire (Disney)

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Re: "A notice to appeal...

"a B or C list celeb that wants some attention could get behind"

That'd need to be one that doesn't work for Disney & doesn't want to.

Introducing the Asus VivoMini UN42 – a pint-sized PC, literally

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"What dos it do with the heat?"

It opens a Window.

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Re: Footprint

"I find it hilarious that someone's trying to not blame an equipment vendor for offering a hardware configuration with insufficient space for the OS they supply, though."

Maybe this was intended to be the barebones version that the customers could use for the light-weight OS of their choice. Then marketing came along...

Cloud computing’s refuseniks: How long can they hold out?

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Clouds are, well, wet hot air...

... and the rain on you.

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Re: "Security will have kept up with the hackers"

"BTW - The easiest way to hack any company is through social engineering. JT, odds are if you got hacked it would be because someone on your payroll was stupid enough to click on a bad link."

And if your stuff is on somebody else's computer that's a whole extra payroll's worth of possibilities.

Has Microsoft saved the Apple Watch with Outlook improvement?

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Re: The first iPhone and iPad didn't sell too much either...

"And still anyway the Apple Watch in a few months sold many times more than all Android Wear smartwatches combined in the last couple of years..."

Maybe that tells you about the sort of people who want to buy smart watches...

RSA chief uncans insurance giant's mega IT infrastructure review

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Ah yes, I remember them. The only way to stop them junk mailing was to take my business elsewhere.

Windows 10 climbs to 3.55 per cent market share, Win 8.1 dips

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"I do find it strange that a lot of people get massively upset when MS does the data slurping thing yet seem perfectly happy to hand everything over to Google or Facebook."

This is based on an unfounded generalisation. I have a Hotmail account for those occasions when I need to hand out an email address I don't care about. MS are welcome to trawl through all the spam they'll find there; not that it seems to do them any good as, apart from SEO stuff, the predominant false negatives claim to come from themselves. Apart from that, I'm not a twit, my face is on no book and I'm unlinked.

Although I tried the preview out of curiosity (it didn't provide a driver for my HP all in one printer) I'll stick with Linux until I migrate to BSD and an old version for the rare occasions I need Windows.

Perhaps middle-aged blokes SHOULDN'T try 34-hour-long road trips

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"When rotaries (roundabouts) were new here, and I was a new driver, the rule was that the vehicles entering the rotary had the right of way."

It was the same in the UK. It changed about '67 or '68 and the difference was dramatic.

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Re: Lane merging

"Except that as with anything else, TPTB have muddied the waters by adopting multiple approaches, and using them inconsistently."

I give you the M60 N-bound near Stockport.


Yup, that's joining traffic coming into the fast lane from the right.

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