* Posts by bombastic bob

5200 posts • joined 1 May 2015

Trump tramples US Constitution by blocking Twitter critics – lawsuit

bombastic bob Silver badge
Megaphone

Re: No-brainer

"They have rights!"

yeah like the way smokers have "rights" to stand near doorways and act like asshats with their tobacco exhaust. No matter how irritating and/or disruptive, these activists are compelled to impose their "rights" on everyone else. I think the first ammendment has to do with RESTRICTING 'free speech', not walking into some forum and deliberately DISTURBING it because "you have rights".

If a KKK member walked into a synagogue and began insulting everyone, you/'d want him arrested, right? But, but, FIRST AMMENDMENT! Well, having hecklers disturb the President's twitter feed is like someone walking on stage while he's making a speech. THEY were 'ejected', too, during the campaign, as I recall...

bombastic bob Silver badge
Facepalm

Re: No-brainer

"you can't block citizens from seeing it."

Apparently NOBODY is blocked from "seeing it". Some people are blocked from POSTING TO IT, apparently

bombastic bob Silver badge
Unhappy

"the right to seek a legal remedy"

read: "the so-called right to ABuse the court system in order to SCREW EVERYBODY ELSE by judge-shopping until some activist does 'yet another injunction'"

asshats and trolls, in actuality. It's why you're allowed to BLOCK THEM with Twitter feeds, apparently.

OR... maybe Twitter can make it a "read only" feed!!! [then NOBODY can comment]

Azure stacks, Office packs – and VR flacks: Here's Microsoft's Inspire news dump

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Alert

cloudy, with a chance of 'micro' balls

their future looks like they're ringing up "all ahead flank" towards the icebergs.

Perhaps the conference should be re-named to "Expire" ?

/me searches for Titanic icon, settles on this one.

Microsoft drops Office 365 for biz. Now it's just Microsoft 365. Word

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Re: Have you read the blurb on their blog?

you need more upvotes for that

[I often use 'FEEL' instead of the traditional 'F' word, because every time someone in a position of power 'feels', I end up getting FUCKED]

How do you say 'F-U' in government-speak? "We FEEL..."

Or, in THIS case, Micro-shaft speak. And apparently they've invented a few more synonyms, as you so eloquently pointed out: "usually by making up new words."

bombastic bob Silver badge
Devil

Re: Inspire...

"I often find I need to write macros to do things that Excel can do out of the box. Sliding scales on charts, for example."

Please submit these to the Libre Office developers. If they're on github, you can do it in the form of an 'issue' with a request like "please implement the functionality as shown in this macro" or something.

Someone just might do it! Or it could end up in a macro library, and others will benefit.

THIS is how you "pay for" open source. Contribute something you don't mind giving away, something that could benefit everyone. It adds up, yeah, especially bug fixes or feature enhancements.

bombastic bob Silver badge
Trollface

Re: Another cynical abuse of language.

cynical? More like "manipulative sales-speak"

The only way they "partner" with us is that we accept their crap, and they relieve us of our money. That's not a partnership, last I checked. Unless they're equating it to something sexual, of the BDSM variety...

bombastic bob Silver badge
Big Brother

"No one is willing to pay for an OS now, they're certainly not willing to pay for updates on a yearly basis."

I wish it were true. But... THIS time Micro-shaft can get around the anti-trust stuff (because Linux, Libre Office, Mozilla, Chrome, Apache, gcc+tools, etc. are all FREE) to addict everyone into a subscription model for the entire pile, OS, software, intarweb, social media, *BUNDLED*. It's coming. They just have to accustom us frogs to the lukewarm water before they can crank up the heat.

One Subscription to rule them all (etc.)

bombastic bob Silver badge
Unhappy

Re: What is Microsoft 365?

"all customers must upgrade to an XBOX 365"

SHHHHHHHHhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh... they don't need any *MORE* ideas [these are bad enough]

Crashed RadioShack flogs off its IPv4 stash

bombastic bob Silver badge
Coat

"No, NAT isn't a firewall. Not even close to being a firewall."

you are arguing semantics and terms. Keep in mind that I've done kernel programming with netfilter modules on WiFi routers for money (it was a while back, but there ya go). Now, THAT is a firewall for sure! Not like the joke that Micro-shaft excreted for windows boxen.

And your average NAT router runs netfilter/iptables (surprise!). And NAT does that one thing that firewalls are supposed to do: It stops intrusions from attempted connections on open ports, by blocking them. FIREWALL. Deal with it. I'll get my coat. Anything further on this topic, with someone who argues terminology and semantics, is a colossal waste of time.

bombastic bob Silver badge
Devil

Re: Whatever happened to the great migration to IPv6?

"On the access side (e.g. end users) you can give them IPv6, but if you were to do only that they wouldn't see the vast majority of the Internet. "

not true, there are IPv6 to IPv4 gateway address ranges that map 1:1 from IPv6 to IPv4. One of those, the "well known" mechanism, is described here:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IPv6_transition_mechanisms#NAT64

(in this case the ISP would have to supply a NAT64 server to deal with the IPv4 connections)

There are others, but generally speaking direct IPv4 to IPv4 would be preferred, yeah. This could ALSO be done via NAT, if the ISP-assigned IPv4 address is an RFC1918 address, for example. [cheaper services do this sometimes, yeah]

bombastic bob Silver badge
Devil

Re: Whatever happened to the great migration to IPv6?

"The firewall in Windows actually works perfectly fine"

HA HA HA (oh you were serious?)

"on top of that, it's much harder to find the few unfirewalled machines on v6 because the address space is so damn large"

ok here's where I demonstrate classic hacker thinking to show you why 'so damn large' doesn't matter:

a) set up a web server that waits for IPv6 connections, even using embedded advertising on popular web sites

b) when the IPv6 computer connects, queue up a bot-net to scan for vulnerabilites and infect this new machine (once the vuln has been found)

c) once infected, new machine is part of the botnet now, to be used for "whatever", or put ransomware on it, or just be malicious and nuke everything on drive 'C' (or whatever)

etc.

this is a very valid and likely scenario. We know there have been rogue ads on well-known ad networks before, infecting computers with 0-day vulnerabilities even. I recall MSN being affected once, within the last few years. So this scenario is REAL. And yes, it SHOULD frighten you.

Besides, Micro-shaft's problems seem to be with their own implementation of DHCPv6 which is, in my opinion, uproariously funny. I would suggest they look at the Linux and BSD implementations, and see how THEY are doing it, as well as server packages like ISC-DHCP, then fix their own stuff so it behaves according to the RFC's. Lots of really really good, and free, sample code out there.

https://www.isc.org/downloads/dhcp/

(and others at the same web site)

bombastic bob Silver badge
Holmes

"Your problem there wasn't running XP machines with a public v4 address, it was failing to put them behind a working firewall. Moving them behind NAT wasn't necessary, you just needed that firewall."

the implied point is that NAT _IS_ a firewall. And there have been KNOWN vulnerabilities with Micro-shaft's "firewall" running on the same PC it's "firewalling" (because their vulnerable code is still "listening" even if you 'firewall' it). And do you REALLY want a firewall appliance that is capable of filtering and routing multiple IP addresses? That would be FAR more expensive than a simple NAT router that does the same job at a much lower cost (especially for a business with fewer than 10 employees).

besides, the ENTIRE POINT is the total unnecessary use of IPv4 blocks. What, you'd want this just so you can have a public IP address on a workstation? It is POINTLESS! And, it's a built-in security problem. 'Wannacry' etc.

If you need a fixed IP address because you run web services, that's different. But for nearly every OTHER use of the interweb, NAT is preferable for IPv4 anyway. Large blocks of IPv4 addresses assigned to major corporations who are NOT doing cloud-based services or hosting are just an excuse for them to hang on to a limited resource until it's profitable enough to sell.

All of this should be obvious, though. Hence THAT icon.

bombastic bob Silver badge
Devil

Re: Whatever happened to the great migration to IPv6?

well, Micro-shaft can't even get it right for their OWN web sites...

https://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/01/19/windows_10_bug_undercuts_ipv6_rollout/

if everyone were running Linux or BSD (or OSX for that matter) we wouldn't be having this topic.

Unfortunately, that is NOT the case, and Micro-shaft's networking INCOMPETENCE is standing in the way.

And... do you REALLY want 'wannacry' going over IPv6 and affecting EVERY! COMPUTER! with an IPv6 address, because Micro-shaft can't properly firewall, and IPv6's are PUBLICALLY VIEWABLE, yotta yotta yotta? It's bad enough with all of the well-known listening ports [a number that grew starting with XP, then Vista, then 7, then "Ape", and now WIn-10-nic], and you know how it is with Micro-shaft and their open/listening ports. IPv6 exposes them to the _WORLD_ and unless your router can block them for you, you're probably _vulnerable_ because, Micro-shaft INCOMPETENCE in networking stuff.

Anyway I have IPv6 running on my network. I use a he.net free tunnel. I firewall all of the ports I mentioned, so that any winders boxen on the network are protected, using a FreeBSD machine, which has a really good IPv6 stack and 3 different available firewalls to choose from. You can reject incoming connections on ANY of those ports from anything that comes in over a particular adapter [in this case, the IPv6 tunnel] and voila! BLOCKED! And SMB networking (and other windowsey stuff) still works behind the firewall.

So why can't Micro-shaft get it right?

bombastic bob Silver badge
Unhappy

"Using a /8 for everyone to use internally wasn't the problem, it was handing out /8 or /16 to Universities or large corporations."

wide scale IPv6 adoption would render those pretty much WORTHLESS in an auction. It's like they're hanging onto their property for the price to peak. Who wouldn't?

Name-based hosting SHOULD have rendered the use of all of those IPv4 blocks unnecessary. And we KNOW the effect it has on institutions that still expose everything on a public IPv4 ['wannacry' anybody?]

years ago a company I did work for bought a block of IPv4 addresses. Several XP boxen were set up with direct IPv4 addresses. As a poignant joke I used one of the 'net' commands on a remote computer [at my house] to pop up a dialog box on one guy's machine, thus pointing out the vulnerability. Couple THAT kind of exposure to the world with viruses and trojans and scanning that was happening in the early noughties, and it wasn't more than a WEEK before their ISP called them up complaining about "all of the DNS queries". Yes, a virus infection (on at least one of their exposed machines) was scanning to infect others on the internet. It was subsequently cleaned and everyone's computer went behind a NAT router.

So... WHAT need is there for large blocks of IPv4 addresses, other than sitting on them until they're valuable enough?

Trump backs off idea for joint US/Russian 'impenetrable Cyber Security unit'

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Re: WTF

there is no "clown" in the white house, only the BEST president since Reagan. Americans are sick of "presidents" like Obaka bowing to the Saudi king, apologizing for being America, and basically acting ike a female bonobo monkey "saying hello" (they bare their buttocks and allow random males to have sex with them). FINALLY there's someone in the White House that understands the process of foreign policy when it comes to making agreements.

Oh, but that's not the answer you were looking for, were you? People like ME voted for Trump. Happy?

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Re: What a f@#$ing rube

I hit "downvote" a bunch of times but it didn't work after the first one...

Google Chrome's HTTPS ban-hammer drops on WoSign, StartCom in two months

bombastic bob Silver badge
Devil

what's Firefox gonna do? (or even Micro-shaft)

So, what's Firefox/Mozilla gonna do now? Or even Micro-shaft? Also haven't heard anything regarding Opera or Safari. It's not like Google runs THOSE projects, but will they follow Google's example?

And I expect you could _STILL_ re-add the root certs for those CAs yourself, if you want them... (the same kind of process by which you'd add a self-signing CA or a "network appliance" CA)

Web inventor Sir Tim sizes up handcuffs for his creation – and world has 2 weeks to appeal

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Coat

"And the small independents are even more hosed than usual."

this is what happens when you FEED THE GREED by gummint taxation/legislation. The small operators get hurt the most. Tax the blank CD's and DVD's (or whatever) because you ASSUME it will be used for pirated content, and send that money WHERE? To the political contributors from RIAA/MPAA/whatever-organization-is-in-your-country ??? and EXCLUDE the independent studios and artists?

no WONDER MPAA/RIAA is excreting CRAP-works these days. There's no REAL INCENTIVE to make things that people WANT. Just collect their gummint paycheck for existing! And excrete some garbage once in a while and pretend it's good and fill it with agenda/SJW/offensive/whatever content and nobody will buy it, and they won't care, they'll blame PIRACY and get EVEN MORE money from gummints!

Kim Jong "Fatass" UN couldn't have come up with a better 'master plan of worldwide manipulation and extortion' !!!

I should get my coat now...

bombastic bob Silver badge
Unhappy

consider what Sony did wihen you inserted one of "those" audio CDs into a windows computer [in some cases, it actually made the CD/DVD drive UNUSABLE without their drivers, like on this one Toshiba laptop, which had to have Linux installed on it to solve that problem].

and now, we're supposed to "trust them"

bombastic bob Silver badge
Devil

Re: Note it take 25 members of the WWWC to force a vote on this.

In the words of Dr Heinlein it is time to "Take back your government."

good point. There's a lot of *that* going on these days. It's a growing trend.

(where'd ya go? your coat's not in the closet...)

[astrologically, pluto is in capricorn, about half way through. It was this way during the 'AmerExit' of 1776, last time it happened, and historically, the French Revolution directly followed. It's supposed to mean that gummints and institutions get shaken up, broken down, and re-built, generally for the better, generally benefiting the individual instead of the institutions. Let's hope this is the result of the current shakeups in governments, banking, regulatory environments, etc., *AND* the W3C, that the ultimate benefits will go to THE INDIVIDUAL, and NOT the controlling elitists]

bombastic bob Silver badge
Devil

Re: Let a thousand indie studios bloom

"No wonder we don't need Hollywood any more!"

I bet YOU have a lot of good ideas, too. And lots of other people. But Hollyweird is stuck in their elitist bubble. They can't think outside of their self-imposed "box", tainted by SJW and agenda driven plots, and no real clue as to what their customers (i.e. 'the audience') REALLY wants.

I forget which show it was, a while back, maybe The Simpsons, where they pointed out that every idea had been tried already, in some form. Of course that doesn't mean you can't use that idea again in a more creative and entertaining way.

What has NOT been tried in a long time: a normal person, with normal life issues, doing something really really cool on his own, without needing "a village" or gummint or powerful people to do it. I think the last film like that might've been "Field of Dreams". /me ducks from objects being thrown.

bombastic bob Silver badge
Pirate

Re: Let a thousand indie studios bloom

"When was the last time they made a film worth pirating?"

Yes, the hollyweird elitists are as bad as RIAA these days, aren't they?

I typically buy the few things I actually like [which are fewer and fewer these days] online or when they go "on sale" at Target or Walmart, or if it's barely watchable, when it ends up in the $5 bin. Going to the theater, not so much (as it's WAY overpriced for MOST of what they excrete these days, and I hate crowds, I doubley-hate public smokers who insist on creating clouds of exhaust where I have to walk to get into the theater, and would rather watch something on a big screen at home anyway).

My complaints against RIAA are numerous, mostly dealing with the way they "market their CRAP" at us until we "like" it. Being an amateur musician, I have even higher standards. I end up listening to the local Jazz station or streaming jpop over internet radio (hotmix japan!) most of the time, often because I can't stand the high level of actual CRAP that gets airplay, and I don't want to get pissed off and have to get up from my computer and go over to the radio and change the station because they play some excrement by 'Red Hot Chili Peppers' that sounds like the worst of Bob Dylan with a hangover. I think I'd prefer the sound of mating cats to RHCP.

Similarly with the complete LACK of decent ideas from hollyweird these days, I don't go to the movies any more (and the aforementioned reasons of price, crowds, and discourteous public smokers). The ticket prices seem to be way higher than the quality of what you see, and unless it's the latest Star Wars in Imax 3D [which TRIES to make it worth the $15 or so I have to fork over], wouldn't be worth my time to go to a theater anyway.

So are HOLLYWEIRD and RIAA about to become a bunch of COPYRIGHT TROLLS to try and SOAK US for MORE INCOME in a manner SIMILAR to the PATENT TROLLS with respect to INNOVATION? Because, after all, they CANNOT SEEM TO CREATE SOMETHING WORTH PAYING FOR! So they TROLL for income instead.

If they want movie ideas, I have a zillion of them. How about a reboot of 'Time Tunnel' from the 60's, only without the modern hollyweird SJW-ness nor 'revisionist' history. It'd be fun, semi-educational, intellectual, and open to great special effects and classic one-liners.

Here's another idea: find something that got a good start but was never finished (because multiple movies were needed and it got canned for stupid reasons after only one movie), reboot it, and actually FINISH IT. You could do this with family-oriented movies like 'Golden Compass' or 'Last Airbender'. You just have to market them right. Go 'high budget' too. It'll pay off in the long run.

Being an anime fan, I find most of the anime that comes out of Japan to have much more entertainment value than 99% of what comes out of hollyweird. [but remember what they did to Miazaki's films, until he got an academy award, as a prime example of hollyweird elitism and their attitude towards anime, and why it _NEVER_ gets wide release in theaters].

I don't watch American TV shows any more, except certain crime dramas that involve NCIS (and Jeopardy). I don't find the humor funny, I generally don't like the story lines, and I _ESPECIALLY_ don't like the SJW-ness [particularly when it's obviously an agenda by the writers to shove it in the audience's face].

I think millenials have been conditioned into being overly-snarky SJW's, and wanting their "entertainment" to re-enforce that kind of outlook. The kinds of TV shows that are on these days would suggest that. And I think too many people just hand-wave it all just so they can see the rest of the show (or 'nothing else' is on or something). I just turn it _OFF_ and find something else, something actually entertaining.

/me goes over to the DVD wall, finds something the SJW's would hate, is entertained. JOKE them if they can't take a *FEEL*

bombastic bob Silver badge
Pirate

Re: How is this going to help?

"If they put the content behind locks, then one video camera pointed to the screen is enough to bypass their DRM scheme. Sounds like fool's errand."

and with audio content, a patch cable from output on one device to recording input on another.

And with video equipment, one of those "HDMI splitters" and a DVR on one of the 'split' outputs.

At some point, the output has to be "played" and when it is, the potential for copying is there, no matter how hard "they" try to stop it.

All "they" are going to do is force people to use a Windows program to view the content, basically leaving Linux (and BSD) users without a way of using something like 'Netflix' or some independent streaming video service, or certain kinds of USB devices for that matter.

And I wouldn't be surprised if *THAT* is the actual motive! That's right, *MAKE* everyone use Win-10-nic and Edge!

bombastic bob Silver badge
Pirate

Re: I don't see a problem.

"under USA laws circumventing DRM (under any circumstance) is illegal."

yeah, like THAT would stop it. every 'legal marijuana' law in various states is ALSO illegal, because at the federal level, marijuana is illegal (hence illegal nationwide). And yet, so many states have passed marijuana legalization, from medical only to recreational, that pot shops operate out in the open.

Which basically says that a law can become UNENFORCEABLE once everyone IGNORES it.

Boffins with frickin' laser beams chase universe's mysterious trihydrogen

bombastic bob Silver badge
Joke

"What happens to the single electron(s)?"

after dancing with a number of other ions, it leaves the bar, having not been able to 'react' with anything all night, despite the purchasing of adult beverages and classic lines, and falls asleep in his own bed, alone.

And the H3 it was divorced from gets the house, kids, investments, etc. after the lawyer takes him to the cleaners. For being an electron.

(It's a tragic story)

bombastic bob Silver badge
Devil

Re: Hydrocarbons and First Stars

"why the interest in making H3 from hydrocarbons"

I'm thinking a couple of things at the moment:

a) more efficient way of storing hydrogen for fuel cells and/or burning in an engine

b) possible use as fusion fuel (since it loves being an ion, and has 3 hydrogen atoms in it, you could accelerate it and magnetically confine it, for example, in a possible reactor design that had fuel going in on one side, helium going out on the other)

in EITHER case, being able to make it cheaply has some immediate benefits.

Semiconductor-laced bunny eyedrops appear to nuke infections

bombastic bob Silver badge
Devil

Re: copper, the miracle element...

copper patina isn't "shiny" (and looks old/dingy to a lot of people) and so to avoid having to polish it daily, they COULD use an alloy with a lot of copper in it, like brass, only alloyed with something (like chromium) that would inhibit the corrosion and patina.

Also boats and ships often use copper-based paint to cut back on sea growth. Otherwise, in certain areas every boat/ship would have a "grass skirt" around it all of the time.

Old sailing ships often had a band of copper plating around them, particularly warships. It didn't corrode fast in sea water, it inhibits growth of barnacles and seaweed, and it provides at least SOME armoring against cannon fire. I don't know if they used zinc to minimize the copper corrosion, though, like they do nowadays [sacrificial anodes]

bombastic bob Silver badge
Boffin

Re: Control group?

"But what happened to the control group - were they treated as well once the results were clear?"

probably not. it's a fair bet that all bunnies (control group included) were killed and then dissected [or similar] as part of the experiment, to validate all of the results.

Yeah, being a lab animal doesn't have much of a future. Fortunately we're not going to run out of rabbits any time soon...

[keep in mind, at one point in the history of science, lab animals were being used as 'pregancy tests' i.e. "the rabbit died"]

DIY music veteran SoundCloud flounders, lays off 40% of staff

bombastic bob Silver badge
Devil

Their ABuse of script/cookies/etc. always bugged me

I always had no luck trying to hear 'soundcloud' streams without enabling all of the things I hate in a browser, JUST! FOR! THEM! (i.e. cookies, excessive script, etc.)

As an amateur musician, who publishes things on an older site (Soundclick, and before that mp3.com when it had that capability), I don't want to present (to any potential listener) my content when it's ENCUMBERED by "all of that".

Of course Soundclick isn't perfect, but it's a LOT less irritating. I suspect that the others would have click-jacking privacy-violating facebitch/twatter/whatever icon+hidden graphic tracking etc. all over them. I don't remember seeing that on Soundclick last I checked, but it's been a while since I uploaded any content.

[a free service paid for ONLY by non-intrusive ads is a nice idea though, so someone should do that if not already available]

but yeah I didn't even bother TRYING to stream a soundcloud link at some point, a long time ago.

Microsoft boasted it had rebuilt Skype 'from the ground up'. Instead, it should have buried it

bombastic bob Silver badge
Unhappy

Re: Hmmm.....

"There's a strong chance that the Software Engineers agree with you; but have to implement it anyway"

it is my understanding that there is growing internal discomfort over the directions that Micro-shaft has chosen to go, and it's EXACTLY THAT, where people decide shutting the hell up to keep their jobs is a better alternative.

bombastic bob Silver badge
Flame

Re: Shirley...

the 'youth' version would have all of the 2D FLATSO "the Metro" UWP foolishness, and only look good on a 4" screen, and remind you of Fischer Price or Windows 1.01 .

The 'business' version would also have to run on non-windows platforms like Linux, *NOT* be a UWP, *NOT* have the "the Metro" 2D FLATSO FLUGLY look, and basically be what Skype was before Micro-shaft embraced, extended, and is about to EXTINGUISH.

bombastic bob Silver badge
Unhappy

Re: @Chris

"That Metro UI monstrosity was entirely due to Julie Larson-Green, she invented it"

thanks, I needed a new photo for my dart board.

according to THIS, she's responsible for "the ribbon", too.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julie_Larson-Green

and she STILL WORKS THERE!!! (they *FIRED* Sinofsky...)

No *WONDER* Micro-shaft still doesn't have a clue!!!

bombastic bob Silver badge
Trollface

Re: Market research

"Has MS heard of it?"

yes, but I think they don't know how to poll very well. After all, it's the SAME! COMPANY! THAT! OWNS! MSNBC!!!

Yeah, let's consider THAT when we think of how good their marketing research is, these days...

*light bulb*

bombastic bob Silver badge
FAIL

(with respect to 'doing this' to Office)

"Haven't they've already done it?"

Probably. I wouldn't know for sure since I stopped using MS Office. But it's the same thing they've done to windows. Why shouldn't they be consistent?

The moment Skype became a UWP "[cr]app" was the beginning of it's demise. OK the moment Micro-shaft bought it, but still...

After all, Micro-shaft *FEELS* (not 'thinks', because that would be based on logic) that computers are CONSUMPTION DEVICES for SOCIAL MEDIA (to be monetized). Hence, Win-10-nic.

Obviously their "vision" is through the narrow minds of CERTAIN MILLENIALS, particularly the "4 inch" crowd that seem to do EVERYTHING from a 4 inch display. And it's nearly always SOCIAL MEDIA.

As such they forgot "the installed base" i.e. people with PCs that get work done. And they released a bunch of CRapps that COMPLETELY GET IT WRONG when it comes to what customers want. Because they stopped caring about what CUSTOMERS want.

Oh, and they apologize for the MAJOR CHANGES. yeah, seen THIS before, too. broken vinyl record.

And an obligatory reference to Arthur C. Clarke's "Superiority" again.

Tape lives! The tape archive bit bucket is becoming bottomless

bombastic bob Silver badge
Devil

I used to work for a tape drive company(s)

all of this actually sounds pretty cool. I used to work for a tape drive company (Cipher Data) in IT, and later assisted with IT-related things for a few of the companies that bought their tech, over and over [getting databases converted and loaded, things like that]. First Cipher, then Archive, then Conner, then Overland Data, mostly with the 9" reel and 1/2" cartridge stuff. It's amazing how much data you can cram onto tape these days, compared to the old tech. QIC tape kinda died but reel and cartridge were still kicking through the 90's.

[As I recall a 9" reel was something close to 500mb depending on the format and old minicomputers typically had a front-loader drive where you'd put the reel in like a videocassette]

bombastic bob Silver badge
Linux

Re: Good. Now all we need in Windows NTBackup ported to Windows 7

"The best option for most, is to subscribe for a license to Archronis. Uses VSS, and can provide cloud options if you want, but the local backup is the go."

I have a better one:

a) run windows [if you must] in a VM hosted on Linux or BSD

b) use 'tar' on the host to do your backups (when the VMs are shut down)

Also when you shut down the VM you can probably export it [compressed] into a form that backs up the drive image in a way that lets you quickly restore it. I do this with virtualbox all of the time, do a snapshot of the VM via 'export', saved as a single file. Re-importing that back gets you all of your VM settings too.

Alternately, shut down the windows machine, remove the hard drive, put a USB:SATA adaptor on it, plug it into a Linux box, use FuseFS's NTFS to read files [or do an image backup via 'dd']. Or you can use a bootable "disk recovery" DVD that has some version of Linux on it with tools to do "all of that".

and if you had a tape drive, an image backup might be the best option, like what 'norton ghost' used to do for ya (or may still, is it still around?)

anyway, with Linux or BSD, or especially with a VM, your backup options are a LOT better.

bombastic bob Silver badge
Linux

Re: Good. Now all we need in Windows NTBackup ported to Windows 7

it would be nicer if the Cygwin tar program could be used directly

bad side is how windows does its drivers. I doubt any attempt to embed Linux shells within Win-10-nic will fix *THAT*.

/me wonders if using xzip with tar + tape will give you better compression than 2.5:1 on most things... [I've never actually tried that, just created 'txz' tarballs which are compressed VERY well!]

FREE wildcard HTTPS certs from Let's Encrypt for every Reg reader*

bombastic bob Silver badge
Devil

Re: An admirable effort.

"Very sucky that none of this seems to work easily on IIS. After all, 49% of websites now run it."

49%? seriously? when apache and linux are both FREE and SUPERIOR to anything IIS has (especially with that C-pound and '.Not' garbage).

the free option that _I_ know of is simple: create your own CA cert, and reference it's web site address in the certs you create based on your own personal CA [all done with openssl]. Anyone hits your site, they get a prompt for the CA, which they can choose to load or not [usually comes with a boatload of warnings the first time, but so what]. After that, YOUR root cert is loaded and you're good to go.

or you can pay the "tollbooth", whatever

Someone's phishing US nuke power stations. So far, no kaboom

bombastic bob Silver badge
Trollface

Re: Unnamed officials believe...

that the other 'Unnamed officials' are SO full of it...

Windows Insiders with SD cards turn into OneDrive outsiders

bombastic bob Silver badge
Devil

Re: Uninstall OneDrive

I think if it costs me $10/month I can afford a new 4G SD card every month to copy important stuff to, and throw it in a drawer somewhere. Or for a few months' cost, maybe an external USB drive...

I also burn backups to DVD once in a while. tax time is a good time for this. I keep them in a fireproof safe with other important schtuff. Old school, yeah.

bombastic bob Silver badge
Linux

Re: Silly Question

"when all your laptop gives you is 16GB or 32GB, most of which is taken up by Windows."

last I checked, Raspbian fit in 4G

Just sayin'

/me can do a tarball backup to a google drive on Linux. works for me! Use TXZ!!! (it rhymed!)

bombastic bob Silver badge
Devil

Re: This has been going on with Win10 for a couple years, Win8 too if I recall

"isn't the point of not using NTFS so the SD card is portable to other systems whether a camera, or something"

pretty much, yeah. Or a Linux computer, for that matter.

/me wonders if there will EVER be a 'user file system' (as in non-kernel), such as 'Fuse', but on winders, where people can pretty much do "whatever they want" just like in Linux and FreeBSD.

next, the ability to format exFAT or FAT or FAT32 will be removed...

bombastic bob Silver badge
Devil

Re: Sky blue, water wet, MS fucking over customers...

heh. I love the reference. "And old Satan Clause, he's out there"

[The Last Boy Scout]

While USA is distracted by its President's antics, China is busy breaking another fusion record

bombastic bob Silver badge
Boffin

Re: Who still uses farenheight for things like this ?

"The Register has to sadly support our old American neighbours. Still living in the 19th Century."

yeah, aren't those measurements based on the body parts of a British Monarch?

reminds me of the measurements of the space shuttle's boosters were based on the size of a train car, which is based on the standard scale railway, which was based on the ruts caused by horse-drawn carts [they kept all of the same sizes when they made the standard rails], which were based on the Roman chariots [no need to break wheels because of well worn ruts in a road, if they're all the same width], which were based on the width of a horse's ass.

So the design for the boosters on a space shuttle were based, in part, on the width of a horse's ass.

bombastic bob Silver badge
Boffin

Re: Who still uses farenheight for things like this ?

I still think in BTU's, lb-F, and Farenheit for thermal stuff. And absolute is deg Rankine. They work. It's what I learned back in the 80's. Or I suppose I could do KCal, Neutons, and Celcius. And Kelvin. It's just a conversion, really.

bombastic bob Silver badge
Boffin

Re: let me guess...

"It's still 20 years away."

yeah, it's the focus on Tokomak and lack of actual incentive for SUCCESS that's dragging the 'research' on indefinitely.

I'm not a 'cold fusion' activist or anything. I just think that for hot fusion, TOKOMAK isn't a very good design [unless you're doing research].

What you need is a method of confinement that doesn't involve large expensive superconducting magnets. You also need a method of excitation that doesn't involve a boatload of lasers. And you need a method of generating electrical power out of the fusion reaction. NONE of these are practical in a TOKOMAK design.

A design that MIGHT work has been explored by the U.S. Navy from what I understand. The first practical nuclear reactors were created by the U.S. Navy for submarines and ships. It goes without saying that classified programs building fusion reactors for submarines and ships is a likely path to commercial fusion reactors making electrons for your lights and appliances.

Here's a 2014 media article about a potential candidate: http://www.nbcnews.com/science/science-news/low-cost-fusion-project-steps-out-shadows-looks-money-n130661

It talks about 3 basic designs, the TOKOMAK (magnetic confinement), the 'pellet' reactor (inertial confinement), and this new 'wiffle ball' design aka 'Polywell' (which as I understand tries to use the characteristics of the plasma rather than fighting against it).

I'm not an insider, so maybe some of the details are outside of my knowledge base. I just remember reading about the Navy wanting fusion reactors, and a new type of design [probalby this one] was the most interesting and practical. Seems to me they're giving up a bit early, though, or they found something better...

But yeah, a new TOKOMAK record, that's like saying "look at the cool new vacuum tube we designed". Sure, a LOT of people might be interested, but not so much a breakthrough any more.

/me points out that to use fusion energy, you must capture it, and most of it is gamma radiation. If you can't put your reactor inside of a tank of water in order to boil that water and make steam, it won't be practical. And it has to produce at least 5 times as much energy as you put into it in order to make useful power, due to the ~20% thermal efficiency of a typical steam plant. Water is the most likely PRACTICAL absorber of gamma and neutron radiation energies. A few feet of water should absorb >90% of the gamma and neutron energy from fusion, easily. And so you see what the construction is going to have to look like, and how impractical the 'under vacuum' super-conducting magnet TOKOMAK would be in trying to get ANY kind of useful power out of it.

Feelin' safe and snug on Linux while the Windows world burns? Stop that

bombastic bob Silver badge
Devil

Re: I Feel Safe Today

"Because my OS doesn't use systemd."

mine either (FreeBSD). But I do have a Debian 8 box that I use for some things, and that has systemd on it. Fortunately, it's firewalled. When I have some spare time, I think I'll switch it to Devuan.

bombastic bob Silver badge
Linux

Re: "The problems in Linux come with commercial software"

"Linux relies too much on the "local compilation" model and availability of source code."

*groan*

no. commercial packages can easily be distributed either with local copies of all shared libs, or by staticallly linking everything [avoiding the problem], or by compiling separately for different distros if shared libs MUST be used for some reason.

I think Oracle mastered this kind of thing a long time ago, as one example.

/me runs into the 'Linux Binary Compatibility' thing on occasion, being on FreeBSD. Usually one of the 'CentOS' compatibility ports gets it done.

It's time for a long, hard mass debate over sex robots, experts conclude

bombastic bob Silver badge
Devil

Re: Women will love sex robots ...

"So long as they can vacuum, clean the toilets, pick up after the kids, make the bed, clean the cat's litter box, and cook a decent meal. "

MEN will love them MORE if they can do that, especially in a Victorian maid outfit!

*drool* *drool* *drool*

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