* Posts by GrumpenKraut

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Top Euro court: No, you can't steal images from other websites (too bad a school had to be sued to confirm this little fact)

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Re: A bit much...

@Alien8n:

> 1. Contact the infringing party direct and...

That may well have happened.

If not, the school should have gone all "mea culpa" after the first contact from the photographer (or his lawyer). Letting this go to court, especially with the only argument "things from the internet are public domain" is incredibly stupid.

Another thing: When you put something online it gets nicked all the time. People trying to make a living, say as a photographer, sometimes get enormously annoyed by that. So the photographer may have wanted to actually get things to court.

I am pretty certain it's not about the money. Ask anyone whether it's worth the time for a few hundred bucks.

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Re: What's new?

Here is why so many lecture notes/slides are not available to the public (German situation, may well apply to other countries):

You are allowed to use other content (think images and text fragments) to a greater degree than other types of publications. Therefore, however, you cannot make your stuff available to the general public (IF you are exercising the mentioned greater use of other content) . Unsurprisingly Unis lock access down by default.

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That argument...

that once a thing appears online it is public domain has been tried several times and was shot down by court in each instance. I am quite puzzled the school's lawyer tried it.

"It going to be messy, ...": I don't think so. When I put anything on my web site I make sure I have the right to do so. If some of those content gathering sites get problems, no tears from my side.

There should be some "honest" error mechanism, especially for schools and the like.

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Imagine Python fan fiction written in C, read with a Lisp: Code lingo Nim gets cash injection

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Re: Interesting but ugly

From

3 - https://github.com/nim-lang/Nim/wiki/Unofficial-FAQ#why-is-it-caseunderscore-insensitive

"Case insensitivity is widely considered to be more user friendly. This holds for file systems, ..."

Frankly, this is bollox. The rest of the arguments ranges from weak to silly as well.

The advice/opinions "why unsigned ints are bad" is misleaded at best.

I'll stop there. Not tempted.

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UK.gov to tech industry: Hands up who can help cut teachers' admin

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"...the problems facing the UK's overworked, under-funded schools, .."

Hmm, this is a hard one. What could one possibly do about this? Sufficient funding?

Communist ideas!!!argh!madness!!!! ------------>

P.S.: similar problems exist in GrumpenLand, including but not limited to buildings in bad need of repair.

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Greybeard greebos do runner from care home to attend world's largest heavy metal fest Wacken

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Update to the article

From an article by Deutsche Welle:

"The two men, who are actually 58- and 59-years-old, have mental health issues, ...". They (reportedly) consumed alcohol and where in a "helpless situation."

This pretty much invalidates all of the (widely spread) earlier reports.

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Meh

@big_D: any/all of that may be true, but why doesn't the article say so? Not the Reg's fault, none of the reports indicates anything useful.

Taking my chill pills now.

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> They were enjoying themselves?

Which ist illegal in tze Land of tze Grump!

Now seriously: I am more than a little annoyed that all papers reporting on this go like "Two old people tried to escape their alloted 10 square meters for the purpose of having a nice time. Soon caught and brought back to their old person prison. How very cute. Giggles all around!"

WHAT THE FUCK?

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Oi, clickbait cop bot, jam this in your neural net: Hot new AI threatens to DESTROY web journos

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Re: Easy source.

More can be gleaned form the subject lines of a certain kind of spam offering random 'survival' items. This apparently targets conspiracy theory nuts. Going like "... that the government wants to make ILLEGAL".

Real(*) clickbait headlines, I love them just as much as that spam --->

(*) contrast to playful/funny clickbait on the Reg.

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You wanna be an alpha... tester of The Register's redesign? Step this way

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Re: Slash 'Week'

https://www.theregister.co.uk/Week/

Uh, oh, ... never noticed! Thanks for pointing me to that one.

Me ------------>

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I like what I see...

Looking at the Reg using a lovely big screen: less scrolling and the appearance is somewhat cleaner to my eyes. Could even have five articles in each row, but that may be disliked by others.

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‘Elders of the Internet’ apologise for social media, recommend Trump filters to fix it

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Joke

These are not the real Elders of the Internet...

they'd never ever use a hotmail address!

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Crooks swipe plutonium, cesium from US govt nuke wranglers' car. And yes, it's still missing

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Re: I work in the field

> ...seriously tempted by their Spinthariscopes...

You should be able to build such a thing yourself: all it really is, is a zinc sulfide covered glass plate (you need glow in the dark paint and some transparent plate), and some piece of radioactive material (ask you local mineral collector).

I once had a chunk of Pechblende (from "Katanga, Kongo", whatever that is in English). Add a small piece of glass with some zincsulfide (and a loupe)... fun, fun, fun!

About radioactive minerals: use something solid like Thorium ore (e.g., Monazite). Do avoid stuff that is dusty like those lovely green Uranium minerals. You could inhale particles from it and you DON'T want that.

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AC enumeration

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> ...actual user called "Anonymous Coward"

Nope, that guy has a regular account. He uses some script trickery to always appear as AC, still being able to use icons. Initially he used his handle.

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Sysadmin shut down server, it went ‘Clunk!’ but the app kept running

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Re: Halted machine on other side of the planet

> I must be too boring: always been too super-careful ...

Have an upvote from another boring person.

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Micro Focus offloads Linux-wrangler SUSE for a cool $2.5bn

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Linux

Bits about SUSE (especially versus Red Hat)

SUSE was (back when I worked there) pretty shit at marketing: RH got the Press even with rather trivial things vs. we were the first to get Linux on a new architecture on forgot (I kid you not) to tell anyone.

SUSE has very very good developers (as RH does), their visibility seems still behind the RH folks (dunno why that is, shit marketing may help).

Back than Red Hat was at times shitty arrogant and some people switched to SUSE just to get rid of them.

If you look at potential (developers, business partners, knowledge, customer base) you may find that the price is not really that high.

Btw. RH got traded just at the right time and SUSE missed that opportunity: if that wasn't so, both would be much more likely on the same level now.

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Meet TLBleed: A crypto-key-leaking CPU attack that Intel reckons we shouldn't worry about

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> ... at best HT gives you 30% added processing power ...

I am surprised by that (thinking it should more usually be < 15 %). Can you describe what kind of workload that was?

I'd guess(!) that it was threads that were mostly waiting for I/O anyway, under-utilizing the cores quite a bit.

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Re: Core issues

> So HT ... often speed things up by a few percent.

I don't disagree, for some "average" workload this may well be the case.

With HPC workloads, especially ones carefully optimized to stay in L1-cache most of the time, I certainly don't want two threads competing for the L1-cache. Hence I disable HT.

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Ye Bug List

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Re: One of my comments vanished from the "My posts" list.

Indeed! I assumed posts on one article were consecutive on the list.

Thanks tons! ---->

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One of my comments vanished from the "My posts" list.

This one: https://forums.theregister.co.uk/forum/4/2018/04/06/on_call/#c_3477849 does not show anymore on said list. This may have happened in the last two weeks.

A suggestion while at it: I got a comment rejected (sniffle!) and it would be interesting to see the votes with that (depressing in this case: it was apparently downvoted to hell because everybody got it wrong initially).

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What's all the C Plus Fuss? Bjarne Stroustrup warns of dangerous future plans for his C++

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Re: C and C-style C++

> It always was irresponsible to write code without that kind of protection, regardless of language.

Try teaching THAT the kids these days!

Mumble, mumble, ... *waving crutch* ------>

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> I have to say, just that simple for-loop is a prime example of why I don't like C++.

Funny, I really like that idiom.

But let me offer you some help with hating C++: Let A be a std:valarray (of, say, type int). Then you can replace all elements strictly greater than 5 by 77 as follows:

A[ A > 5 ] = 77;

No, I am not kidding.

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Re: Code style

The real nasty here is using the postfix-form of the increment operator.

Only half trolling --->

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Re: Actually, there's more...

> ...when people get their mitts on all the luvverly new features : they start using them.

That's pretty much true for any language that offers a non-trivial amount of tools/techniques.

Look at some of the more horrible VBA code to see what happens with people's brains when a language from the other side of the spectrum is inflicted on them.

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Microsoft loves Linux so much its R Open install script rm'd /bin/sh

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Happy

I don't think using the 'find' command is the real problem here.

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WannaCry reverse-engineer Marcus Hutchins hit with fresh charges

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Re: Sincere apologies to @GrumpenKraut ; You *were* quoting John Sanders, I was wrong.

No worries. Thanks for the clarification.

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Re: What is it... @Shugyosha

@Aladdin Sane

> GrumpenKraut was, I believe, responding to said comment, not mine.

That is correct, thanks for pointing out.

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Send printer ink, please. More again please, and fast. Now send it faster

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Re: Does anyone remember the big squeezy bottles of toner?

> Tip: take your shirt off and shake it, never scrub toner. I did.

And then carefully wash/rinse with COLD water. Wash with hot water only if you like the pattern so much you want to make it permanent.

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BOFH: Their bright orange plumage warns other species, 'Back off! I'm dangerous!'

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> Is that 1 star for the pasta and hot sauce, or The Fog?

For the painful nasal ejection. Hotness takes looong to go away.

IIRC the film (the original version) was decent.

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> ...coffee ejected through the nose does not feel wonderful.

Did that once with pasta and hot sauce (watching "The Fog").

1 star, do not recommend.

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Microsoft patches problematic OS to deal with SSD woes

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> ...migrate your Win10 box into a VM and let a proper OS handle the hard work...

That! I am surprised that almost nobody gives this a shot, even after repeated screw-ups with W10 updates.

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Re: Yes, but...

> What does this patch break?

I certainly breaks a Linux install on the same drive, as I had the pleasure to witness about eight hours ago. So broken that only talking to the kernel via Alt-SysReq-* 'worked'.

Good job, MS, well done. Thanks tons.

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EmDrive? More like BS drive: Physics-defying space engine flunks out

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> I'm rather surprised Faux Science Slayer isn't here ...

I think he's been banned. Good riddance, I'd say.

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> Today, scientists put their assumptions into computer models that 'prove' that which is desired to be proved.

There have always been bad scientists, and computers gave them another toy for doing bad science. Massaging data into shape or outright fake is possible without computers and has happened all the time when computers were not around.

I dare to say good and proper science still exists.

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Hitler 'is dead' declares French prof who gazed at dictator's nashers

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Pirate

"Sicher ist sicher.", literally "Safe is safe.", meaning "Better safe than sorry." is what I can think of. Morbidly amusing in the context of a suicide.

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> Didn't realise the Russians had came across the bodies.

That's what they think.

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Microsoft, Google: We've found a fourth data-leaking Meltdown-Spectre CPU hole

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Re: Old coder rant

For anyone with security in mind it absolutely is a design blunder. The real marvel is that none of the CPU makers found the issues in, what?, two decades???

Beer. Safe because no speculative execution ---->

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Re: Anyone wanna buy an abacus??

Number 2: logs. Check.

The one that is somewhat smelly --------->

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Want to know what an organisation is really like? Visit the restroom

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Re: Kackstuhl

At a Uni bog there was a sign "Kindly use the brush!", under it a student scribbled "I still prefer paper.".

Students ------------->

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You love Systemd – you just don't know it yet, wink Red Hat bods

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Re: SystemD ? Was THAT What Buggered My Mint AND Laptop ?

From what you say the file /etc/sudoers got deleted (or corrupted). It may have been some (badly effed up) update.

Btw. you could have booted from a rescue image (CD or USB stick) and fixed it yourself. Easy when you have a proper backup, not-quite-so-easy when you have to 'manually' recreate that file.

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Re: Ahhh SystemD

> Any suggestions?

Devuan, the systemd-free fork of Debian. You may want to wait until they have the stretch-fork ("ASCII") ready, that hopefully will happen quite soon.

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Re: as a linux user for 22 users

Now more seriously: it really strikes me that complaints about systemd come from people managing non-trivial setups like the one you describe. While it might have been a PITA to get this done with the old init mechanism, you could make it work reliably.

If systemd is a solution to any set of problems, I'd love to have those problems back!

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Re: as a linux user for 22 users

Wish I could upvote your post a hundred times.

And please kill your co-worker.

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Re: suggestion for the pillock

> ...spoon...

You spelled "chainsaw" incorrectlish.

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> Raise your hand if ...

You forgot:

239) random failure with shut down

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Your software hates you and your devices think you're stupid

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Re: Older stuff WAS simplier...

> ...microwave oven (late 1970's) it had 3 controls.

You can get those again, I have one: two controls (dials), time and power. When time is selected the thing starts after about 3 secs, so not even a 'start' button. Very nice!

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Re: I just found my old MP3 player in a drawer

> ...photocopier/scanner/printer monster ..why? Why? WHY?

Thank you for purchasing a Lexmark CLSTRFCK-3000.

Do you want some opioids with that?

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Fixing a printer ended with a dozen fire engines in the car park

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FAIL

Water boiler that doesn't switch off...

Me: Let's get rid of this.

Them: Nothing bad will happen, we are not stupid[TM].

The fire (nope, that secondary overheating fuse doesn't stop that) was about one meter high when it was extinguished by a very very panicking person (that caused the fire). The charred spot left was quite impressive.

Since then I destroy such water boilers on the spot when I learn they don't switch off (so far: twice after the described incident).

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HP Ink to compensate punters for bricking third-party ink cartridges

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May I mention OKI?

...specifically OKI C841dn, that's an A3 color laser printer. After checking what is available and especially what the toner price per page is, I ended up with this one and another brand I do not recall. Everything is fine so far, though I have not printed tons of pages.

For black & white, by the way, I have a Kyocera FS-1320D. The toner does add essentially zilch to the printing cost. Good work horse.

About most-shitty-in-our-universe: the Lexmark printer/scanner/copier combo we have where I work (cannot cite the exact model). Crap from the very start with random failures and a neat variety of what appears to be problems from using the most shitty components you can use. So utterly shitty, I am sure they have been imported from somewhere beyond our galaxy.

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