* Posts by JakeMS

247 posts • joined 22 Jan 2015


Oracle Database 18: Now in downloadable Linux flavour

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Unknown reasons?

"The download gets you the zip file but not the rpm. Those may take a couple of weeks for unknown reasons," wrote Dietrich.

Seriously, unknown reasons?

Hands up if you didn't lose data in the Typeform breach

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I agree, however I'm fairly certain it'll be brushed under the rug and forgotton about.

Git365. Git for Teams. Quatermass and the Git Pit. GitHub simply won't do now Microsoft has it

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Re: Trolling for comments

JDX... seriously?

Et tu, Gentoo? Horrible gits meddle with Linux distro's GitHub code

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Soon! Hopefully!

That'll learn ya! Data watchdog spanks two Brit phone botherers

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You're better off just hanging up on any marketing bod. You don't even have to say bye, just hang up as soon as you figure out what they are.

Have YOU had your breakfast pint? Boffins confirm cheeky daily tipple is good for you

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Well I'm safe..

I usually drink once a week to kill off the weeks stress, usually necking (over the course of the night) a single bottle of neat rum (no silly coke or ice added, just straight up 40% Vol Rum).

Looks like I'm still within my two a day! I never open a second bottle!

The advantage is it only makes me tipsy and I don't end up overly drunk, just enough to relax, I knew I was doing something right!

User spent 20 minutes trying to move mouse cursor, without success

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Re: superglue the ring shut

In my school the teacher had the genious idea to superglue their balls in place, so it they be taken out and thrown at him.

Suffice to say the mice didn't work after that and the IT guys were not happy.

It was funny though.

Microsoft reveals which Windows bugs it might decide not to fix

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This just shows how much MS care about how well their software works (if at all) doesn't it?

PETA calls for fish friendly Swedish street signage

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Re: Fishkill

I love that mayors response to PETA, summed up it's basically:

"Are you bloody stupid? It don't mean what you think it means. Don't be so stupid, we ain't changing it mate."

Open justice FTW! El Reg fought the law – and El Reg won

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Re: Streisand effect in 3..2...1...

Even the doors times are not exactly perfect. Open Saturday to PM, no time, just PM. Least that's how it looked on my phone. Maybe clearer on bigger monitor.

Tech support made the news after bomb squad and police showed up to 'defuse' leaky UPS

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Welp, everything has a downside, UPS's are great when they're stable and working.

But when unstable or faulty can be downright dangerous.

It's always recommended to have one though to protect your equipment. It's only a minor issue if it explodes and burns your house/office down.

Sadly UPS explosions are exceptionally rare.

But we're talking batteries here, the battery in your car can do the same thing.

Just keep a check on your batteries and you'll be fine. If a bettery begins or has failed replace ASAP.

Red Hat admin? Get off Twitter and patch this DHCP client bug

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Ubuntu sends crypto-mining apps out of its store and into a tomb

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So how much..

Did he manage to mine before being spotted? Was it worth it?

Curious minds and all ;-)

Zookeepers charged after Kodiak bear rides shotgun to Dairy Queen

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I'm sorry, but that's hilarious! I couldn't read this article seriously after reading the ice cream part near the beginning.

Hey, come on let's go grab the kids bear and go get some ice cream!

UK.gov demands urgent answers as TSB IT meltdown continues

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Who Me?

Can we expect a Who Me? article about this? Hopefully the people at fault read the reg and can contribute a good story!

BOFH: We know where the bodies are buried

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Yeah, in situations like this you gotta do what you gotta do to keep your job.

I can't say I wouldn't do something like that in this situation.

Machines learned to assemble IKEA’s semi-disposable furniture

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We don't pull it apart and start over, real men force the missing part in place (I do anyway), if it goes in with force great, all that matters is that I got it in.

If it snaps, oh well that part is just spare anyway.

Europe wants cloud giants to cough up data from anywhere in 6hrs

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Re: emails are run through our own email server

Hmm, may have to reconsider next weeks plan now.

Thumbs up for making me laugh tho!

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Does that mean I'm not considered so paranoid now when I tell people I don't store my personal files with cloud service providers?

My personal emails are pretty boring, but stored with Fastmail, anything super sensitive (like my next terror plot which is due to be activated next week on Thursday) is encrpyted with GnuPGP, and business/company emails are run through our own email server, emails between employees never actually leave the server (no need to).

Am I still considered paranoid? I hope so, I like being the paranoid nut job.

France building encrypted messaging app for politicians

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New law

We need to be sure there are no corrupt politicians or terrorists within the government, thus we must mandate backdoors in any and all encryption software used by pelicans in the government.

What a time to be alive: LG and Italian furniture-maker build smart sofa

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Re: "WallE which was a WARNING people, not an instruction list."

I think it's refering to the way the humans in the film had become so lazy that they literally didn't know how to walk, they all sat in chairs which moved them, cleaned them, gave them food, all while having a tablet in front of them.

The robots did all work, and a central robot controlled everything.

Basically, the world we're now starting to enter.

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What happens when you fart? It can feel the thump from fart right? So can it auto spray air freshner? Set an alarm off to let other room sitters know? Be like in loud robot voice "WARNING! Fart detected from Seat Number 1. With an estimated intensity of 6 out of 10! Please vacate the near by area!"

Now that's a feature I'd pay for!

We'll call it "The Smart Fart Detector"

Sysadmin’s worst client was … his mother! Until his sister called for help

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Family business

I run a family business, and being the family IT guy, I used to get things like this all the time.

Though somewhat less than I would should that business be running Windows, thankfully we run Linux which cuts down a whole heap of possible issues.

It's become rare to have to offer technical support now, usually I only get calls when something has broken.

For example the other day cups and saned were arguing over who should control the network shared AIO printer and I had to shut cups down entirely (and systemd kept starting it again when printer was powered on again causing me to curse at it and move the cups binaries so it couldn't as systemctl disable didn't even stop it!!!!) to allow the printer to scan. This broke after an update, and seemingly adding udev rules no longer fixes the issue.

Working on it(tm) though. I've tried all the usual tricks.

But aside from that, it's been over half a year since the last incident[1].

So overall pretty good.

[1] LibreOffice crashing, fixed by downgrade, bug since fixed and updated again.

Backpage.com cops to human trafficking, money laundering

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You'd have thought..

You'd have thought he'd have taken the initial money and legged it to another country where he was protected from the US? He could still operate the site from there.

Why would you stay in the one country where you know full well that if you get busted, you're going down?

Unless he was transporting the products himself there is no reason for him to remain in America.

I mean seriously?

I'm not condoning his activities, but it strikes me as odd that'd he would stay in America long enough to be caught and end up having to plead guilty in court.

'Dear Mr F*ckingjoking': UK PM Theresa May's mass marketing missive misses mark

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Re: I think I speak for everybody when I say...

I think if I received this letter, I would have laughed, and laughed, and laughed.

This is an epic screw up! I mean, how does that even happen?! Hilarious!

However, I've never received any letters from politicians, with the exception of "please vote for me" leaflets (everyone gets those). I'm not important enough.

Nice job Theresa, this might just get me to support your campaign if you send me one of those letters too! Preferable with more offensive language in it. Show us you're human!

The true victims of Brexit are poor RuneScape players

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Re: "Jagex did not say exactly how Brexit will up its costs"

Article 52 was triggered. This cannot be undone and we are required to leave once that times up.

We are well past referendums and leave or stay decisions.

We are leaving with or without a plan or deal (as per article 52 requirements).

We can sort some kind of deal and try to make things work, or we can argue and leave with no deal.

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Re: "Jagex did not say exactly how Brexit will up its costs"

I should probably clarify I do not side with exit, or remain anymore. I was merely stating facts.

I'm a strong supporter of democracy, freedom of choice etc.

I held my view at the time, voted accordingly.

However, as of right now the decision has been made. We voted, we got a result. Because I believe in democracy I am willing to accept the vote result and move on.

It doesn't matter anymore if you think we should remain or leave.

We are past that. Right now I care about what we do next, how we handle the situation and I care that we move forward and with the will of the people and make the best of it.

Personally I wish people would stop being like children and arguing over past events and instead work together to ensure the best possible outcome and ensure that we have a better future.

The longer we sit around arguing instead of making proper valid plans for the future, the worse brexit will be due to poor planning.

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Re: "Jagex did not say exactly how Brexit will up its costs"

Well, the north American servers won't cost them a great deal more in terms of exchange rates.

Before Brexit vote the exchange rate was 1 GBP to 1.48 USD. Today, 1 GBP is 1.42 USD. This is a minor difference, and before Brexit the exchange rate would go up and down anyway. This sort of change could have happened regardless of brexit (exchange rates change all the time)

However, in terms of GBP to EUR, the pre-brexit exchange rate was 1 GBP to 1.30 EUR. Today it is 1 GBP to 1.15 EUR. This amount change is almost certainly entirely down to brexit.

So realistically the biggest difference is with the EU servers perhaps costing more. So if this is all down to cost, most likely it is due to the cost of GBP to EUR.

It's April 2018, and we've had to sit on this Windows 10 Spring Creators Update headline for days

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Wait wait...

Wait wait wait, so they could actually be fixing a bug before it affects users? Did they actually test it this time?!

Holy smoke! That would be a first when it comes to Windows 10! Maybe this release truly will be different!

Mark Duckerberg: Second Congressional grilling sees boss dodge questions like a pro

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Re: Strangely, reminds me of an Eric Idle joke

What does FB stand for?

Imagine you're having a CT scan and malware alters the radiation levels – it's doable

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Re: Yet another reason...

Also, don't forget that the human body has its own healing methods. In the majority of cases a doctor merely aids your bodies own mechanisms, perhaps speeding them up, or reducing pain. However, they still rely on the body "doing its thing" in most cases and repairing itself.

You technically don't need pain killers, or antibiotics in most cases. They are actually used too often these days to the point that they are becoming less effective[1]. Ironically, in some cases you'd be better off with probiotics rather than antibiotics[2], yet a doctor would still prescribe antibiotics.

People have become far too reliant on doctors for even the most basic problems. Got a cold? Off to the doctor for medication! Got a small fracture? Off to the doctor! etc

I've had colds, flu's and fractures (One on my arm was the worst after being pushed down a set of concrete steps) since not seeing a doctor, all of which have healed themselves without any medication, pain killers or assistance.

Thing is, unless you have massive amounts of blood loss, displaced bones, serious things such as MS, cancer, life threatening infections or other serious disabilities/problems then you don't strictly need a doctor. But if you have something serious (like in prior list) then you probably do need a doctor.

But why waste doctors time with minor things like colds which your body can heal on its own?

Your body can do more than you think. You just have to let it.

Plus at the end of the day, I would rather NHS money is spent on patients who need medical attention rather than me.

[1] https://www.cdc.gov/antibiotic-use/community/about/antibiotic-resistance-faqs.html

[2] https://www.webmd.com/digestive-disorders/what-are-probiotics

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Yet another reason...

This is being added to my list of reasons of never seeing doctors.

Thankfully I've avoided doctors/hospitals for 17 years now. I hate them.

Plus I'm massively obese (16.3 stone, 5"11, yes I'm on a diet, a month ago I was 16.13 stone) so I'd just be an additional burden on the system anyway. Fat people cost too much money as it is, I'd rather not add to the expense.

That's my excuse anyway. I don't do medication, I don't do operations and I don't do health checks.

But yup, CT scan hacks are now firmly on that list of reasons not to go haha.

Want to terrify a city with an emergency broadcast? All you need is a laptop and $30

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I must not do this

I will not exploit this

I will not have fun using this bug

I must not allow myself to try this

I... will... not... do... it...

STOP don't do it.

I'm holding myself back otherwise I may find it funny to cause mass panic.

UK.gov expected to quit controversial harvesting of schoolchildren's nationality data

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Anonymous Coward wrote:

the rest can go cause trouble elsewhere and stop turning our schools into danger zones of gang warfare.

So your solution is to solve one problem by creating a whole new problem?

That sounds genius!

If you provide less education then those uneducated people will turn to crime to earn a living due to being unable to get a job. Crime levels will sharply increase and sure, our schools may no longer be "danger zones of gang warfare" as you put it, but instead your local street will be a war zone, your local shopping centre will be a criminal haven of theft and you would be robbed every time you walk out of a shop.

Is that really what you want?

Education helps lower crime by ensuring students are able to find jobs when they get out of school, you take that option away from them and they will turn to crime.

Hey, so Europe's GDPR privacy deadline for Whois? We're going to miss it ... by a year or so

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Re: Optimal solution.

I've missed putting my bin out several times in the past, never once got a fine for it. But to be fair, my bins are in my garden before they go out so they're "out of sight" and "out of mind" as far as the council is concerned. They just go out on the next collection if I forget them.

Although, my bins have to be out by 6am as the first bin lorry comes collecting at 6:30am (making a ton of noise too I might add).

Linux Beep bug joke backfires as branded fix falls short

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Re: Eh..

Cuddles wrote:

Most motherboards also have an LED 7-segment display that gives boot and error information in a much more readable format though.

Huh? Not come across a motherboard with one of those yet. Generally I'm dealing with SuperMicro, Asus, AsRock (basically, Asus again) and Gigabyte.

Would be interested to see one of those though :-).

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Every system of mine still has one of those little "PC Speakers" - They almost always come with the motherboard. When I'm building the systems I put them in because, well just because.

They can also be useful in the event of hardware failure as sometimes a motherboard can beep the problem to you[1] - I've fixed a few machines using beep codes for diagnostics.

So I wouldn't call those little speakers useless. For the most part if you don't want your OS beeping at you, you can simply not load the pcspkr kernel module[2] and it won't function from the OS thus leaving it for bootup checks only.

I'm guessing these days when everyone is putting all their PC/Server components together they don't bother putting those little speakers in? Well, that's fine but I still do... maybe I'm just old :-D.

[1] For example: https://www.computerhope.com/beep.htm (First duckduckgo result)

[2] Most of the time when the "beep" command does not work it is because this module is not loaded

Apple store besieged by protesters in Paris 'die-in' over tax avoidance

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Did the protest yield any results? Or the previous one? Did these protests do anything, at all, to convince Apple to pay more tax?

I'm guessing once they left Apple just carried on like it never happened?

Patch or ditch Adobe Flash: Exploit on sale, booby-trapped Office docs spotted in the wild

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Still use it?

Does anyone still use flash? I haven't had it installed since Adobe dropped support for Linux. There's no real good reason to have it installed. Youtube and co all work mostly on HTML5 now which means they don't require flash.

Unless you want to play old flash games like "Kill Kenny" or "Strip That Girl" there is no reason to have flash installed these days.

If your applications still require flash, time to either find new ones or take the source and upgrade them.

T-Mobile Austria stores passwords as plain text, Outlook gets message crypto, and more

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Really, really?

Firstly, no one in any position should ever be able to see even one character of a users password, let alone four!

You can easily encrypt passwords and store them. You can easily code your systems to unlock a user account based on that encrypted password. This has been done at least once in the past already.

There's never a good reason to store passwords as plain text. Also, data protection anyone? Wouldn't that fall under failing to adequately secure user data?

And lastly.. no ones security is amazingly good. The world can be hacked. Never assume you're immune from it.. you're not.

Although, storing passwords in plain text casts serious doubt over the rest of the systems security. What else are they doing wrong?

Terix boss thrown in the cooler for TWO years for peddling pirated Oracle firmware, code patches

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Re: Wait...

I can't comment for Oracle as I've never used them.

However, Redhat support is decent, if you have their support subscription they are usually more than happy to help and will hold your hand through any issues you may have and offer as much help as you need to get something done.

If there's one thing Redhat does right, it's support.

'Extreme, unnecessary, overheated': US judge slams Oracle salvo in HPE Solaris squabble

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Re: But?

Oh, they closed it again? I was unaware it had been closed again.

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Don't Oracle pretty much do the same thing with Oracle Enterprise Linux?

They take RHEL source, rebuild, then sell a support subscription to compete with Redhat using RedHats work.

So with this in mind, how can they get angry with someone doing it to them?

Microsoft Office 365 and Azure Active Directory go TITSUP*

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I wonder..

I wonder, did Microsoft accidentally apply updates to their systems? Those updates are known to cause problems lately!

Mind the gap: Men paid 18.6% more than women in Blighty tech sector

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Misleading information...

This study, while partially useful it is misleading.

A man and a women in the same company, with the same job and working the same hours are required by UK law to be paid exactly the same.

And in almost every case they are.

However what this study has found is that men in higher positions in the company are earning more than women in lower positions.

But a man in that lower position would also be paid less. That's just the way business works, people with so-called more skilled/important jobs will earn more.

It's kind of like saying your shocked that a CEO is earning more than an intern.

However, what this study has found is that men tend to be in higher job positions.

Why this is the case has not been studied as such. As women work their way up the ladder they will earn more money.

The only time this becomes an issue is when they are deliberately prevented from climbing that ladder.

Over time this will remedy itself as more women are working and climbing.

What doesn't help is misleading articles. That and people expecting to walk into a company and take a very highly paid job right off the bat without any climbing or work.

My neighbours kid was like that, he wanted a senior server administration position with a 60k a year take home.

He was 30, never had any previous jobs and came straight out of uni believing he knew it all (But still didn't know what MacOS or Linux was).

I tried telling him he'd have to accept a junior position first and work his way up but he wouldn't budge and just kept telling me I've no idea what I'm talking about because I'm self taught and didn't attend uni.

So now he works in Starbucks making coffee and I run my own business.

Put bluntly, if you want a well paid job, you've really got to work for it and prove to your managers that you're worth a promotion.

But with all that said, there are a lot of work places where women are deliberately held back. And yes, that does need fixing.

'Every little helps'... unless you want email: Tesco to kill free service

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General rule of thumb when it comes to services is if you're not the one paying, someone else is.

It costs money to run a service so ask yourself this, who is paying and what is that someone else paying for if not the service?

Yup, you guessed it advertisement or your user data, usage habbits.

Now ask yourself this, do you still want to use the service knowing that?

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Re: Damn

For personal email I recommend Fastmail.

I always suggest avoiding free services like gmail, hotmail, yahoo if you can afford to. I also recommend avoiding ISP email as it can get tricky when you switch ISP or what this article talks about happens.

Free services like gmail are good if your not too concerned about privacy or are a light email user.

But if you require good decent reliable ad-free email then your better off paying for the premium.

I recommend Fastmail because their based in Australia and do not scan your emails for advertising purposes.

I use them for my personal email and to be honest never had any issues with them for the last two years I've used them.

Just my personal opinions though :-)

iOS 11.3 update throws Jamf-managed iStuffs into a loop.. into a loop.. into a loop... into a...

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Are they now taking inspiration from Microsoft?

Badmins: Magento shops brute-forced to scrape card deets and install cryptominers

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Makes us all look bad..

This sort of thing makes all of us small independent e-commerce stores look incompetent and insecure.

While I don't use Magento it still bugs me when things like this are happening due to sheer admin incompetence.

The thing is, stuff like this can only cause customers become concerned and end up believing that all small e-commerce sites are insecure or hacked (even when they are not).

Frankly any e-commerce website which cannot do something so simple as change a password should be named, shamed and shut down because they give us all a bad reputation.

There are plenty of properly configured, properly secured e-commerce sites but people won't see that when they read headlines such as these due to incompetent admins.

/sorry, just needed a quick rant

Furious gunwoman opens fire at YouTube HQ, three people shot

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Re: Of all places

What has to happen for people to stop wanting to kill one another? :(

That'll never happen. Humans will always find a reason to kill each other. Whether it is religion, politics or just plain fun we will always kill each other.

We have killed each other since we learned how to thousands of years ago and it is not going to change any time soon.

Sad but true.


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