* Posts by bombastic bob

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Today's WWW is built on pillars of sand: Buggy, exploitable JavaScript libs are everywhere

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Re: choices

"You can't write modern responsive fancy-looking, slick websites without JavaScript."

WRONG. Just do this: create a PNG file that "looks that way" and use hotspots. So, it does NOT "require" JavaScript for that kind of thing after all, right? Besides, the term "modern" [often used as a pejorative, since it quietly implies everything NOT that is somehow 'ancient' or 'outdated'] is SO over-used, I don't think it carries any weight. Remember, Win-10-nic's look is often called "modern" by its fanbois. And so I rest my case on the use of the term 'modern' to describe "those things".

"In fact, a lot of websites are totally dropping support for browsers with JavaScript disabled."

This has more to do with CLICK-THROUGH AD REVENUE than anything else. They don't like non-script-running browsers because they don't get AD REVENUE from them. And ad blockers often behave the SAME way. So _THEIR_ solution, block anything NOT accepting their privacy-violating JavaScript, cookies, whatever.

/me mutters: there's NO school like the OLD school! standard HTML, no script!

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Re: Backwards compatiblity

"Normally I'd agree but it's IE that was mentioned so both apply."

IE? then I'd have to add "defecate" to that list of words to look up

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Re: Yet another reason to use NoScript

also greatly shortens load times in many cases. if you're doing a 'duck duck go' search, and you end up on what LOOKS like something with the content you want, it takes less time to realize they're just click-baiting you.

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Re: Perhaps

"What do you propose as an alternative to interactive websites?"

a) you don't need JavaScript for an interactive web site

b) you don't need all of that "cruft" to serve up content

c) style sheets can give you almost as much control over the appearance as can scripting (and probably better, more efficient, less memory footprint on the client, MUCH lower bandwidth requirement, faster load times, yotta yotta)

d) if it requires scripting, maybe it should be done server-side instead

e) if a 'meta' tag can't control refresh rates, you're doing it wrong

This isn't about interactive web sites, anyway. It' about ABUSE of SCRIPT, and the sheer volume of crappy JavaScript code being used all over the intarwebs.

Ever since some "bright-bulb" decided that SCRIPTED LANGUAGES within HTML was a *GOOD* thing, it (the script-monster from HELL) has grown into the bakemono that it is today. It's infected everything like a PLAGUE, and it's *EVERYWHERE*.

It's amazing how good a web site can look with standard HTML, tables, hot links, forms, etc.. And they load a LOT faster. It's also amazing just how "dynamic" content can be if the server does a reasonable amount of the work. But yeah, it's easier for lazy developers to just CRAM IN a bunch of script from 3rd party libraries, glue it together, and call it "a web site", and THEN spare their OWN servers from the extra bandwidth by having those ginormous libraries load from CDNs.

/me runs NoScript and if I can't read your content, I typically go elsewhere. It's a big intarwebs.

Do you use .home and .mail on your network? ICANN mulls .corp, .mail, .home dot-word domains

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Re: .local

"Well, at least they have not proposed a TLD of .local -- yet."

I use that one internally for network DNS (along with a zillion others, most likely). Isn't there an RFC for that?

RFC2965 mentions it (along with a caveat, somewhat), Other RFCs also mention '.localhost'. But then again you never know, do ya? I'd hate to have to purchase a domain just to have DNS running on a LAN [yet ANOTHER tollbooth on the intarwebs].

might have to CREATE an RFC to protect it, now...

subsequent edit - found THIS: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/.local

Microsoft nicks one more Apple idea: An ad-supported OS

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they believe noone uses computers for anything serious anymore.

deserves its own title

obvious implications obvious.

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My solution is that I don't use OneDrive

My solution is that I don't use WIN-10-NIC .

(your solution is still a good start, though)

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Re: See MS *does* love Linux

*sigh* I so wish it were true, but I fear the alternative [that "ads in the OS" become "the new normal"]

/me thinks of the TV screen from 'Idiocracy' that has 3/4 of its area COVERED in moving advertisements, while the middle 25% of the screen has the actual content in it...


Most of 2016's holes had fixes the day we knew about 'em. Did we patch? Did we @£$%

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Re: Three out of Four Adobe Reader users don't patch?

time to use a different reader (like Evince maybe?)

Can you ethically suggest a woman pursue a career in tech?

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Re: Oh goody!!

"We can look forward to much parsing of what we say for "micro-aggresions".

wait... there's a term for that... lemme think... it's on the tip of my tongue... almost there... GOT IT!

"Political Correctness" <-- who knew?

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Re: The portrayal of nerds in the media....

women interested in men "because they're rich"

sounds MISANDRONOUS to me (ha ha ha had to say that)

but we _ALL_ know it's true, don't we? [I think it's genetically pre-programmed, like many things labeled 'sexist']

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Re: "We need to promote women disproportionately, pay them equally or better..."

"Silicon Valley is a cesspool of misogyny and sexual harassment."

I question the validity of your assumption, especially if your primary information source is more like a Late Night Comedy News show.

At least one source quoted by the article mentioned that its analysis was "not peer reviewed". So a couple of colleges do a survey, on a limited number of people, most likely with some pre-supposed conclusions in mind, and quite possibly with survey questions written in a way that made such a conclusion easier. AND they came up with "the expected" conclusions.

2016 was _NOT_ a good year for accurate surveys, was it? (think a couple of elections in UK and in USA that surprised the survey takers).

And keep in mind, if you define 'sexual harassment' as calling the mailman a "mailman" or referring to a woman as "Miss" instead of "Ms." or "being mean to the girl" in a legitimately deserved performance criticism, yotta yotta yotta... its like defining "racisim" as DISAGREEING with a minority-raced politician, ya know? And at THAT point, when the definition is _SO_ senseless, and the emotional manipulation _SO_ blatant, that people just say "meh" and ignore even LEGITIMATE situations of sexual harassment, because they're SICK of it being "everywhere" according to the definition.

And if a woman goes into a company with a "misogyny" chip on her shoulder, you _KNOW_ she's a harassment lawsuit risk, so _WHY_ hire her?

And where's the IT angle here, anyway?

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Re: "We need to promote women disproportionately, pay them equally or better..."

ack, fixing alleged discrimination by discriminating makes as much sense as a "soup sandwich" [but it keeps gummint weenies 'in power' and emotions stirred up enough at election time]

/me puts the 'Harumph' scene from Blazing Saddles on a loop, to illustrate.

Linus Torvalds explains how to Pull without jerking his chain

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Re: git shit

"pretty much anyone who uses git - myself included - finds it incredibly tedious."

the (informal) survey says: WRONG!

I use git somewhat frequently and it's simple enough. "git commit ." (edit message) "git push" (enter login info). NOT hard, assuming you're not on windows...

[maybe win-10-nic doesn't have a UWP stoopid-GUI for it in "the Store" yet]

Force employees to take DNA tests for bosses? We've got a new law to make that happen, beam House Republicans

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Re: Sure it will lower employer costs and promote an healthy workforce...

how about if we just divorce the idea of 'medical insurance' from 'employer' and let people just buy whatever they want to? That might include NOT going with an insurer at all, or go with one who doesn't do DNA screening.

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Re: @Someone Else

"the new EPA chief doesn't even accept that CO2 forces heating"

You just HAD to bring that one up. <facepalm>

2 words: It doesn't. That is because CO2 doesn't have the absorption spectrum for infrared light to work "that way". Look it up if you don't believe me.

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"you're doing it wrong" [meme]

THIS is yet another case where the "you're doing it wrong" meme applies.

They're NOT supposed to INCREASE gummint intervention in people's private lives. Obaka-"care" has done WAY too much of that already. These idiots should STOP calling themselves 'Republicans', or else just shut the 'FEEL' up and get out of the way!

Washington D.C., where ANY level of power, absolute or not, (eventually) corrupts absolutely

WikiLeaks promises to supply CIA's hacking tool code to vendors

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maybe the leak was INTENTIONAL?

ever consider that the leak might have been INTENTIONAL? You know, the CIA 'throwing a bone' for some old vulnerabilities that "other gummints" might have just discovered, and so the CIA *WANTS* THESE HOLES PATCHED ???

Just a thought. 'Spy vs Spy' and all that. Wikileaks as a tool. Yeah, it could happen.

Microsoft to close its social network on a week's notice – and SIX people complain

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Re: So.cl? another 'Kin' moment for Redmond

"Don't we get enough adverts thrown at us already?"

/me checks dipstick level

No. you're a quart low. you'll have to take some MORE

(a quote from Wacko Warner)

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Re: Facebook's 1,871 billion active users.

and _I_ totally missed the typo until I re-re-re-read it and... Ohhhh... [fridge moment]

yeah, the ',' instead of '.'. must be late at night over here, across the pond, on the lower left side of the USA. 3:49 AM actually.

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It has gone the way of 'Comic Chat'

anyone else remember 'comic chat' ?

America's Marine Corp steamy selfies scandal, a Senate probe – and El Reg to the rescue

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Re: Backup?

maybe it's on archive.org ... well the intarwebs nevar forgets, really. it's out there, somewhere.

"boys will be boys"

User lubed PC with butter, because pressing a button didn't work

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Acahol in the Caculator, to kill the stench of tom cat piss

Some years back, my mother worked at a major manufacturer of electronic calculators, when such things were a new 'thing'. OK this is secondhand, but the gist: A customer apparently had a tom cat piss all over his 'Caculator', and he couldn't get the smell out. So he basically dumped a bottle of 'Acahol' all over it. Apparently this caused it to malfunction, so he took it apart and tried to dry it off [possibly with a hair dryer]. He wrote a letter to the company asking advice for getting his 'Caculator' to work again. I guess that's understandable, since they were as expensive as smart phones back then.

The letter was subsequently copied and circulated. Interoffice humor. Who knew?

[And in this day and age, it might inspire another youtube video by Craig Turner]

Microsoft: Can't wait for ARM to power MOST of our cloud data centers! Take that, Intel! Ha! Ha!

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Re: Just why would you want to run MS server on ARM?

"and anyway no one should use any versions before 3.x"

or after 7.... (yeah they're all "2D FLATSO FLUGLY")

A bit of inaccuracy regarding what Win '9x was, in an earlier post. Win '9x was not entirely just "Win32s plus WfWg" because it had thread support, though OSR2 was considered to be TRULY pre-emptive internally (as I recall) but not its predecessor. It's been too long since then, so my memory might be off a bit. Anyway M$ was selling it as an "NT light" of sorts, focusing on 16-bitness for some hardware backwards compatibility.

Thinking of the 2D FLATSO FLUGLY-ness of M-shaft's latest versions, maybe Intel should focus on THEIR END for 'nuking' the WinTel monopoly by PROMOTING LINUX DESKTOP MACHINES.

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Re: You've come a long way, baby

reminds me of a quote from the movie 'Hackers' - "RISC is good"

The good times are over, Peter Thiel tells Silicon Valley's oligarchs

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Re: Which wolf wins

"The one you feed"

I like that quote. 'Tomorrowland'

From the article: "The problem with pessimists when they reach positions of power and influence is that their pessimism is much more likely to come true"

what if the one who rises to a position of power is an OPTIMIST?

(obvious implications obvious)

The only 'dark times' coming will be a general end to corporate welfare for Silly-Valley corporations. At least, that's how _I_ see it.

And maybe another bursting bubble for "dot bomb" again.

After 20 years of Visual Studio, Microsoft unfurls its 2017 edition

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Re: It's byooootifulllllllll - not!

"We got the "bland, blander, blandest" options for appearance"

yeah I noticed the 2D FLATSO FLUGLY from the screen shot in the article. *BLEAH*

The _ONLY_ feature in DevStudio these days [aside from the MFC C++ wizard, which requires me to manually tweek it after the fact to get rid of ".Not" and shared runtime libs] is "virtual space", which I've managed to live WITHOUT over the last few years, instead doing all of my code editing with things like 'pluma' (or gedit version 2.x, which it's based on). [I won't use 3.x's gedit because too many "things" were screwed up by the gnome 3 idiots...]

In any case, aside from syntax and comment highlights, and maybe curly brace/indent counting/fixing, what REAL features does that IDE have that we really need? Ok 'virtual space'. I don't like my cursor bouncing around when I down/up scroll. I also don't like extra white space added to the ends of lines. That really SUCKS. I have to edit things once in a while [fortunately I wrote a utility to do it, one that fixes line feeds, eliminates end of line white space, yotta yotta].

Even so, you don't need their 'thing' to do coding. 99% of what I do does NOT involve an IDE. So not having one isn't a big deal. And Micro-shaft isn't 'blowing my skirt up' [think Marilyn Monroe and that one movie scene] with any of their "new, shiny" since DevStudio 2010 and Windows 7...

[and I do use DevStudio 2010 on occasion... bu only when I _HAVE_ to]

AMD does an Italian job on Intel, unveils 32-core, 64-thread 'Naples' CPU

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Re: Multicore Performance Improvement for the PC ?

"Not sure as not a computer science graduate, but will the operating system be able to benefit from all those cores ?"

Probably NOT if it's a Microshaft OS. However, I know for a _FACT_ that FreeBSD would benefit, depending on what you're doing. And most likely Linux as well.

Example, use 'make -j n' where 'n' is the # of simultaneous 'jobs' you want to run. I usually pick a value that's at least 50% more than the # of cores I'm running (so that it takes advantage of idle time waiting for I/O and stuff like that). it can make builds go significantly faster, up to 'm' times faster when 'm' is the # of cores you have (yeah, duh).

I understand that there are mpeg encoding libraries now that can ALSO take advantage of multiple cores. I do not know if mpeg DEcoding can use multi-core, but it wouldn't surprise me.

And, not to forget mention of, GAMES. But they're generally OS-agnostic as far as how the game maker wants to implement things.

Worth pointing out, CLASSIC X11 [and _NOT_ Wayland] is a CLIENT/SERVER model, which theoretically runs the graphics in one core, and the application in another one. So by design, an X11 system is _ALREADY_ configured to benefit from multi-core, though the total # of cores that give you a measurable benefit seems to be small (like, 2, maybe?)

Linux also has kernel threads (BSD as well) and whenever you have multiple threads and multiple cores, possibly processing multiple simultaneous I/O requests without blocking one another, you get performance benefit from multi-core. 32 cores, as compared to 4 or even 2, might not make much of a difference, though.

Anyway, aside from algorithms specifically written to leverage multi-core (you can do it with a number of them, from DFT to qsort), most operating systems (inherently) will probably NOT have much of a performance boost between 2 or 4 cores, and 32 cores. That's my $.10 worth, anyway...

Don't worry, slowpoke Microsoft, we patched Windows bug for you, brags security biz

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You, sir, deserve a beer!

RadioShack bankruptcy savior to file for, you guessed it, bankruptcy

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Re: Aw. Nothing like the smell of hot solder --

yeah but the hot solder is less expensive from Amazon and the plethora of electronics retailers available online. If it weren't for online vendors, you'd think that they could survive off of RPi, Arduino, cheap Android phones/slabs, home stereo gear, and of course, Radio Control cars and drones. And batteries.


Sir Tim Berners-Lee refuses to be King Canute, approves DRM as Web standard

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Re: DRM means you don't own your content

"The same is true for a CD or a DVD."

and SHOULD be the same for an electronic-only copy. Just because it's bits on a hard drive doesn't make it any different, really.

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Re: And will this DRM realise its been run in a VM and is a chocolate teapot?

"Companies like RedFox sell bluray ripping software"

Who needs software, when you can do it with HARDWARE? Anyone _not_ heard of a cable 'T' for HDMI and/or component video? Plug THAT into your TV, then use a video ripper off of the 'T'. There are legit uses for such a device (such as a DVR device for watching shows from a converter output) as well as the potential for pirating stuff.

Seriously, existing laws should be fine. It's illegal to copy the content and distribute it to others. FAIR USE FOR YOURSELF however needs to be respected, too.

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Re: And will this DRM realise its been run in a VM and is a chocolate teapot?

"That is the thing about DRM, generally it serves to piss of honest consumers and does not stop anyone really wanting to pirate."

That's because they ARE after "the little guy". Think about some of the fascist DRM actions (in the form of lawsuits) have been [ab]used in the past. And now their strategy is transparent.

Seriously, though, flash had way too many serious problems to be taken seriously, and its tech is way behind the times by now. What I *fear* is the inclusion of some closed-source requirement, SUCH AS not being able to run on Linux with an open source video driver (or on an X11-based GUI system at ALL).

And no, Wayland won't fix it. It would only become PART OF THE PROBLEM.

[this goes along with "you must use this browser" and oh by the way, Windows-only, worse if it's Win-10-nic only]

Did your in-flight entertainment widget suck? It's Panasonic's fault, claims software biz

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you would think...

you would think that OPEN STANDARDS would be a selling feature for their system.

If they stop trying to monopolize the hardware+software combination, they can just sell the hardware and make THAT their revenue model. Yeah, open standards ARE a good thing.

USA! USa! Udia! India! India! Apple nudges iPhone production base

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Re: I'm at the wrong end of the telescope

"the ship's emission's are spread out over so many units"

'above minimum detectability' implies "the solution to pollution is dilution"

you'd be surprised just how often this is done. To meet local sewer regulations, for example, you cannot have detectable "whatever" above "some limit". So let's say a nuclear chemistry lab in a college decides that having TWO storage tanks instead of one means you can pump 'n' gallons from tank 'a', mix with fresh water from the tap, then test to make sure it's "below some limit", then DISCHARGE IT INTO THE SEWER, which is just fine and dandy, environmentally friendly, 'green' etc.. Rinse, repeat until tank 'a' is empty. This is the real world, folks! Idealism goes out the door when your college's nuclear chemistry lab needs to empty its tank.

But (aside from radioactive isotopes) it's typical for 'the bugs' to eat whatever garbage that gets thrown into the environment, within limits. So long as it stays below a level where it causes actual harm, anyway.

/me also points that ships in international waters can (and no doubt, regularly do) dump their sewage tanks right into the ocean. just sayin'.

And in some places, they used to dump it right into the HARBOR. Olongopo was one such place...

Japan's Venus probe power plight panacea: Turn it off and on again ...and again and again...

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Re: "function near a lightning simulator. "

"Yes that would be the sort of environment that would be close to a nuclear weapon."

being tolerant of constant irradiation by a neutron source? well, lightning isn't neutrons, just high energy EMP. I wouldn't be surprised that hardening against both of them uses similar tech.

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Re: radiation environment

I think part of the problem was the path it took to get there. It had a "missed approach", had to go around the sun or something... well that exposed it to Mr. Sun's nuclear blast furnace and thereby did potential damage to metal oxide insulators and whatnot. yeah.

America halts fast processing of H-1B skilled worker visas

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why was this called 'discrimination'

I have to wonder, why was this suspension of priority H1-B approval called 'discrimination'? Except, of course, "non-U.S. Citizens" might be "discriminated" against by NOT giving them visas on a priority basis... which is a perfectly reasonable thing as far as _I_ am concerned.

It sounds to me like it is another attempt to use emotion-word-bombs to drive people to 'feel' instead of 'think', in order to manipulate the general populous into supporting whatever cause they're using those emotion-word-bombs for. It's just like when everyone DISAGREEING with OBAKA was labeled "a racist" simply for NOT paying the obligatory homage to "dear leader".

It's really about wealthy political contributors stuffing the re-election coffers with funds, and the expectation that gummint policies can KEEP WAGES DOWN. And we all knew that already.

People in India: Form your own companies and compete in the world market along with everyone else. You'll make more money that way, in the long run. Hire locally. If your people are THAT good, then YOUR companies will show for it, YOUR economy will improve, etc..

Pence v Clinton: Both used private email for work, one hacked, one accused of hypocrisy

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Re: Fart Free Area

"Can I make a plea for the Register to be a Fart (as in Trump) free area to avoid the Merkins rerunning their pathetic convoluted presidential election and subsequent debacle."

(oh yeah you just had to go there didn't you)

when El Reg posts articles about Trump, his administration, his policies, etc. it's all relevant, right?

And it's JOURNALISM to print/post such things, so there ya have it.

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Re: Drink the f up.

for me, Tequila!

or a good ale.

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Re: A suprise?

"Republican hypocrisy? Better than everyone else attitude? Double standards?"

More like 'Politician hypocrisy." But there are those out there with blinders on who would 'feel' otherwise.

Eh, nothing surprises me about this, really. Too many glass houses there in D.C.

(which is why I'm glad Trump 'the outsider' is president, now)

As for who broke the law and who didn't, I guess you COULD open up an investigation on Pence, but I think the article already stated he complied with Indiana laws, which apparently don't prevent you from having a personal account as long as everything gets archived for "hysterical porpoises". And now we see a possible motivation for NOT going after Mrs. Clinton. Who knew?

I just want OBAKA-CARE to die, no more 'individual mandate' specifically, and the tax cuts and de-regulation. Then let the press have their feeding frenzy while our lives all improve.

[note to the howler monkeys: you may not like my posts, and that's fine, going into a downvote frenzy just because it's me (maybe), but if you want me to go away, pray to whatever god you might believe in, or the spaghetti monster if you don't, that I get PLENTY more work, so that I'm not averting boredom by posting here, ha ha ha ha ha]

Frustrated by reboot-happy Windows 10? Creators Update hopes to take away the pain

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Re: That horrible dialog box text

"you aren't supposed to do stuff with your PC overnight, you are just supposed to consume content."

yeah, for those farmer-types who keep daylight hours because they LIKE it, maybe that's true. Then there are the night-owl HACKER types (like me) who do work at random times during the day and night. MY schedule is _NOT_ Micro-shaft's business, nor should they be ASSUMING and SCREWING WITH IT.

Then again, update schedules are designed to correspond to "the least convenient time" anyway, which (as others have stated) are as likely to be "at a customer site" forcing you to WAIT to fix a high priority problem.

Solution: do NOT use Win-10-nic. If possible, do NOT use a Micro-shaft OS.

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Re: Stopped using

"Walt Mossberg has written this week that he believes personal computers to change to ARM soon"

He's making Micro-shaft's mistake, believing that EVERYONE is a 4" screen content consumer (i.e. a "4-incher").

You can't use 'new device' sales to determine how people use their computers, especially not NOW when 10 year old machines still seem to do a fine job, especially withOUT Win "ape" or Win-10-nic on them.

But market-droids don't know how to look at an existing user base. They ONLY look at 'new sales', and if market-droids are DESIGNING THE SYSTEMS, we can expect "more of the same" from them. What idiots, yeah.

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Re: Serious question here...

"what is the architectural difference between Windows and Linux that gives Windows the need to restart after any (or most) updates?"

It is, primarily, the file system and the way Micro-shaft uses "paranoia" with respect to files [it seems their philosophy is one that assume disk contents can change behind the OS's back, or something...]

In winders, if a DLL is in use, it cannot be updated without first shutting down everything that is using it. In Linux, files are 'inodes' and directories simply point to the inode. In Windows, the file is the name, not the node (though with NTFS this shouldn't HAVE to be the case, as I understand it).

Windows doesn't allow you to delete a file and still have it "exist" until all references close it. Linux does. And so, with a Linux system, if you have a bunch of daemons running that are referencing a shared lib, they CAN continue to use "the old lib" until you restart them, which means you can take your time to update shared libs, then just restart the daemons and you're done. It's also the same with executable files.

In Winders, it's all 'paranoid'. A DLL (or EXE for that matter) is *locked* and cannot be updated until ALL references to it are closed. This forces the updaters to a) write temporary copies of the new DLL, and b) rename them on reboot.

Back in the win '9x days, this was an easier process, and of course there's an API function available that installers can use to leverage this. But it _DOES_ require that REBOOT.

And over time, the process has become more and more complicated, with replication of system DLLs and things of THAT nature.

And don't EVEN get me started on updates to "the registry". Linux does JUST FINE with config files ('systemd' nonsense notwithstanding) stored in 'well known' directory trees such as '/etc' '/usr/share' and '/usr/local'. And running daemons often have a 'reload' option to update them with the changed files, letting you edit them at your leisure, then tell the daemon to re-read it, etc..

Suffice it to say that the SIMPLE and ELEGANT architecture of Linux, being VASTLY SUPERIOR to the kludgy and paranoid architecture of Windows, means that updates [other than major kernel updates] do NOT require a reboot... JUST a re-start of the affected systems.

[but it never hurts to boot Linux after a massive upgrade - sometimes things just don't work right until you do]

We found a hidden backdoor in Chinese Internet of Things devices – researchers

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Re: Everything has a backdoor these days

But, NOT my Linux/FreeBSD computers. Worthy of note.

Polls? How very 2016. Now Google Street View AI scanner can predict how people will vote

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Re: Pickups predict republicans?

Pious (aka 'Prius') owners not necessarily Demo-rats (or non-Republicans) unless it has a politically charged bumper sticker on the back... (it might just be someone who drives a lot and wants to save money).

A former 'down the street' neighbor of mine had a Pious, and the back had plenty of politically charged bumper stickers.

As for ME, _my_ car is in the GARAGE all the time. 'Across the street' neighbors park in front of my house (they have too many cars or something). So much for your photo-based demographics!

But if anyone's asking, it's an 18 year old Ford Mustang convertible (with the top down nearly all the time). And I'm a 'conservative libertarian' (who votes Republican because libertarian candidates tend to be tin-foil-hat flakes that just want marijuana to be legal, and they're nearly won that battle now, so what ELSE are they going to do?)

But I'd like to have a pickup truck... and a motorcycle... and a lamborghini [ok probably won't get that].

(need a 'wrench' icon)

One IP address, multiple SSL sites? Beating the great IPv4 squeeze

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Re: Thumbs up, but have to respectfully disagree with some things

"server name indication" - like for name-based hosting? works for https, too.

At least, last time I tried it. Which was recently. Using Apache. Just sayin'.

I have multiple https certs pointing to the same IPv4 (and IPv6) address, but by name (and not IPv4 address) so that the IPv6 works, too, with the same cert. Seems to do just fine. Yeah, I self-cert. Load my own root cert in the browsers and it all just works. There's a spot in the cert where you can specify where to download it from, as I recall.

proxy would work just to re-direct it to private web servers, but if you want name-based hosting on a shared IP address, it's pretty straightforward.

Amazon's AWS S3 cloud storage evaporates: Top websites, Docker stung

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cloud overrated for most things

"The Cloud" has its uses, like shared docs stored on google docs, or source on github. But if you don't have some means of "failure override" (like using a private repository, or e-mail documents to people) you're totally b0rked when the cloud has another 'technicolor belch'.

I can imagine people using Office 365, google's javascript document editors, or even a cloudy-based mail service, running about like chickens with heads cut off, if their entire business model has them as 'single point of failure'.

I have to wonder who didn't hear about "distributed load" "replication" and "automatic failover" over at AWS...

bombastic bob Silver badge

Re: But....

"Deploy in the cloud by all means but still backup, replicate, ensure that you don't have a single point of failure."

always good advice.

/me uses github. that's cloudy enough.

Microsoft slaps Apple Gatekeeper-like controls on Windows 10: Install only apps from store

bombastic bob Silver badge

Re: Puts me off using them..

"Glad to see that Linux apps still easily available."


Which means EVERYTHING to ME.

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