* Posts by HieronymusBloggs

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

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Re: Disagree....Because it's been done

"Have a look at RUST.......blisteringly fast"

Is that actually true in general use, as opposed to a few carefully chosen benchmarks?

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Re: C and C-style C++

"To write new code without some form of protection from these kind of errors is verging on irresponsible now."

You mean like understanding what you're doing and taking care to do it right? It always was irresponsible to write code without that kind of protection, regardless of language.

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Unbreakable smart lock devastated to discover screwdrivers exist

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Re: tamper-proof screws aren't

"They should be countersunk to stop tampering with the head."

Countersinking won't prevent tampering, but counterboring them might.

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PETA calls for fish friendly Swedish street signage

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Mad Cow Disease

"Bad slaughtering practices"

...along with feeding cows to other cows.

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1,300 customers of Brit bank TSB defrauded due to botched IT migration

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Re: Idiot customers

"Please cite."

Not sure if that was aimed at my previous post, but

example here for those who don't want to (or can't be bothered to) google.

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Re: Idiot customers

"None of these things are really TSBs fault to be fair"

How about showing other customers' account details to people logging in? Whose fault was that?

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Ex-CEO on TalkTalk mega breach: It woz 'old shed' legacy tech wot done it

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Old shed

How many knowledgeable IT staff were shed due to TT's outsourcing plans prior to the breach?

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Microsoft commits: We're buying GitHub for $7.5 beeeeeeellion

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Re: M$ evil tactic: Embrace, extend, and extinguish

"Read the book "Chaos Monkeys: Obscene Fortune and Random Failure in Silicon Valley""

Post by author?

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'Tesco probably knows more about me than GCHQ': Infosec boffins on surveillance capitalism

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"I do have a vested interest here as someone who has never had a FB account."

Same here. I expect the Facebook employees who downvoted your post will react similarly to mine.

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Softbank's 'Pepper' robot is a security joke

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Re: too much security

"I've got a drawerful of sharp knives in my kitchen. Someone could easily break a window, climb in and kill me with them."

From the other end of an internet connection? I'm impressed.

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

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Re: Is this dependent on Netcat?

"Because it manages the network"

...for those who don't know how to do it using traditional Unix-type facilities.

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Wah, encryption makes policing hard, cries UK's National Crime Agency

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"You cannot effectively regulate mathematics"

Nonsense. Just ask the Australian government.

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Re: Wut?

"The usual argument in both firearms and crypto is that the bad guys don’t follow the rules. That’s true. Doesn’t stop us banning Tesco from selling crack/AR10s to ppl."

Ah, the old false equivalent argument. Crypto has legitimate uses like allowing people to use online banking. I can't think of a legitimate use a member of the British public might have for crack or an AR10.

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

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Re: Making Installations Easier

"If Ubuntu really wanted to make it easier to install packages, they'd drop -dev packages and put the -dev files into the main package."

It would substantially increase the size of the installation, which could be a problem on resource-constrained (eg. embedded) systems. The decision to separate them was made by Debian, not Ubuntu, who only follow Debian in this regard. There are other distributions such as Slackware to choose from if you want -dev files included by default.

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"Either systemd is evil because it makes managing services needlessly complicated. Or because it makes it too simple (like here). Choose one."

The two are not necessarily mutually exclusive. In this instance it appears to have made a particular type of abuse easier, but there are plenty of situations where it makes other things unnecessarily complicated. Recognising that doesn't demonstrate a lack of knowledge, rather the opposite.

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Every major OS maker misread Intel's docs. Now their kernels can be hijacked or crashed

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OpenBSD is not affected

Theo: "We didn't chase the fad of using every Intel cpu feature."

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

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Re: fscking BINARY LOGS.

"systemd works just fine with regular syslog-ng, without journald (that's the thing that has binary logs) in sight"

Journald can't be switched off, only redirected to /dev/null. It still generates binary log data (which has caused me at least one system hang due to the absurd amount of data it was generating on a system that was otherwise functioning correctly) and consumes system resources. That isn't my idea of "works just fine".

""I have no clue what I'm talking about or what's a robust solution but dear god, that won't stop me!" – why is it that all the people complaining about journald sound like that?"

Nice straw man. Most of the complaints I've seen have been from experienced people who do know what they're talking about.

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Re: However, I don't recall any major agreement that init needed fixing.

"if one seriously expects Linux-based desktops to displace the hated Microsoft Windows"

I didn't receive that particular memo.

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Re: However, I don't recall any major agreement that init needed fixing.

"I'm not stupid, other people are stupid!

cool argument bro, very mature, bro /s"

Projection?

One thing I find disappointing in this discussion is the tendency of some participants (on both sides, but mainly from some of the seemingly less experienced systemd advocates) to resort to emotional and defensive behaviour when presented with a rational argument against what they believe. Other people have different requirements. Don't take it so personally.

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"Sometimes people just like to stick with whats comfortable to them..."

Others like to stick with something that works.

"...and have everyone else bend to their hissy fits."

Why would you think that? I couldn't care less about what others use on their own systems.

"Sometimes you have to bend."

Choosing a reliable init system isn't one of those times.

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"if only all the people put half the effort of writing the tirades about Pottering and SystemD into writing their SysV init replacement we would have a working alternative"

Why would I feel the need to write a replacement for something which has been working for me without major problems for two decades?

If I did want to stop using sysvinit there are already several working alternatives apart from systemd, but it seems that pretending otherwise is quite a popular activity.

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Re: Bah!

"You can complain the systemd design is poor and the implementation bad all you want, but if there is no better alternative..."

There are several better alternatives. That isn't the problem. The problem is that most of the major Linux distros bent over and took what Red Hat was giving them.

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Re: Predictable names

"I can't remember if it's HPE or Dell (or both) where you can use set the kernel option biosdevname=0 during build/boot to turn all that renaming stuff off and revert to ethX."

I'm using this on my Debian 9 systems. IIRC the option to do so will be removed in Debian 10.

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Re: Fudging the start-up and restoring eth0

"no-one designed systemd to handle 15-odd vlans!?"

Why would Lennart's laptop need to handle 15 vlans?

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Systemd-free Devuan Linux looses version 2.0 release candidate

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Re: I don't understand...

"Systemd is about more than init and those three short lines that you boast about."

If that was directed at me I was merely pointing out a fact, not boasting. I'm quite aware of the insidious nature of systemd. I'm pleased to see I was mistaken about the range of packages offered by Devuan, and will give it a try when I get time.

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Re: I don't understand...

"Devuan repositories use Debian repositories as their upstream. The mirrors either host all of Debian as well as all of Devuan, or use rewrite rules to redirect you to Debian servers for the stuff that is not in Devuan."

Ah, thanks for that information. I missed that. Might be time to try Devuan on a spare drive.

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Re: I don't understand...

"So what's the added value aside from having to additonally maintain a blacklist"

No blacklist maintenance needed so far on my Debian 9 systems with sysvinit, just 3 short lines in /etc/apt/preferences to disallow systemd reinstallation and another line in /etc/X11/Xwrapper.config.

So far the Debian developers have done a good job of making it fairly painless to work with other init systems. I fully expect it to get more difficult, which will at some point bring nearly 20 years of Debian use to an end for me.

Devuan looks interesting, but last time I checked the Devuan repositories didn't have a lot of the packages I use on Debian.

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Re: I don't understand...

"Yes - Gnome (probably). It's pretty inextricably tied to systemd.."

Not completely. OpenBSD has Gnome but no systemd. IIRC there is a library to provide some of the things that Gnome expects from systemd. Debian (and Devuan AFAIK) uses libsystemd0 to provide a similar function.

Gnome is not something I'd be interested in using. Both my Debian 9 (sysvinit) workstations and OpenBSD desktop use cwm nowadays.

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LLVM contributor hits breakpoint, quits citing inclusivity intolerance

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"systems that have evolved around various types of work have evolved to support individuals who closely conform to majority norms."

Given the wide variety of eccentrics and non-conformists (myself included) who work in tech, WTF is a "majority norm"?

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Fresh fright of data-spilling Spectre CPU design flaws haunt Intel

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Re: Bifrication of compute resourses

"The performance gains of speculative execution at the processor level are two+ orders of magnitude."

Two questions:

1 - What are you smoking?

2 - Can I have some?

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Re: My Dad was right

"We wouldn't be in this situation if someone came up with..."

...software that wasn't so bloated and inefficient that it needs this kind of trickery to run at an acceptable speed.

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if dev == woman then dont_be(asshole): Stack Overflow tries again to be more friendly to non-male non-pasty coders

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Re: As if men aren't condescended to as well

"We have a degree that isn't useful but still need a job. Here's an idea, lets manufacture problems.We'll visit companies..."

Alternatively they could go into politics.

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Re: Might the very thing that makes it so successful

"near-autistic intolerance of anything other than verifiable facts has probably given us of the world's best, most successful programming"

FTFY

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Re: "Mansplaining"

"received a response that begun by explaining how to use a ratchet wrench."

That's patronising, but I wasn't aware it was exclusively men who do it. Thanks for the mansplanation.

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Boss sent overpaid IT know-nothings home – until an ON switch proved elusive

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Re: Ah the old "overpaid tech" client

"When I run into those I usually leave them on their own."

Bonus points for saying "How difficult can it be?" as you leave.

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Blighty stuffs itself in Galileo airlock and dares Europe to pull the lever

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Re: EU friends apparantly

"It’s about time the UK took back the internet and computers as they were British inventions in the first place!"

Don't be ridiculous. India invented the internet:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-43806078

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TSB outage, day 5: What do you mean you can't log in? Our systems are up and running. Up and running, we say!

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"It's 2018 and people are still using arrays..."

Which array-free OS/compiler/VM/interpreter are you using?

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US government weighs in on GDPR-Whois debacle, orders ICANN to go probe GoDaddy

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"Poison that database. Bonus points for using details of marketers, so they can stay busy spamming each other."

Upvote and pint.

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Huawei CEO sings 'Bye, bye, mister American Pai', trims US C-suite

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Re: Ok Answers on a Postcard please...

"How do Dooggee, Huawei, Oppo, and ZTE, along with any other no-name China Brand I may have missed. Pose a "Threat" to the National Security of anything?"

Hmm, how could network routers and switches with who knows what kind of snooping capabilities built in pose a security threat to the data flowing through them? You've got me there.

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Microsoft has designed an Arm Linux IoT cloud chip. Repeat, an Arm Linux IoT cloud chip

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Re: Embrace Extend Extinguish

"There's still Devuan and the BSDs."

There's still Debian with sysvinit-core installed.

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Go away, kid, you bother me: Apple, Google, Microsoft, Mozilla kick W3C nerds to the curb

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Re: W3C dead?

"Because HTML 1-4 were soooo good in the first place."

They did have the major advantage of not supporting irritating videos.

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Whois is dead as Europe hands DNS overlord ICANN its arse

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"This is not true. I've just done a quick blast round some of our company .uk domains and some of my personal .uk domains, and the full registration information is returned by whois.nic.uk."

Non-commercial .uk domains don't need your contact details, but you have to ask your registrar (or Nominet) not to show them. Commercial domains need a contact address, even if it's just a PO Box.

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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: private registation

"With my registrar it's just a tick box. My name is shown on whois but address is withheld."

Unless things have changed recently Nominet allows private individuals to register .co.uk domains without a contact address. Business sites need a mail address even if it's only a PO Box. Other domains like .com need an address even for private individuals.

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Galileo, Galileo, Galileo, off you go: Snout of UK space forcibly removed from EU satellite trough

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Re: The Swiss are in it

"When France voted to join the EU in 1992 it was 51% in favour on a 69.7% turnout, so less than 36%. Why is their vote to join valid, but the Brexit one to leave not??"

Who in this discussion said it was valid?

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Re: The Swiss are in it

"Not quite. Just 52% or those who could be bothered to get out and vote. Oh well, too late now."

Unfortunately the politicians couldn't be bothered to tell anyone that the result would be binding until after the event. If they had it might have encouraged more to vote.

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Re: The Swiss are in it

"until 52% of you decided to shoot yourselves in the foot... errrr... head."

It was actually less than 38% (ie 52% of a 72% turnout).

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Prof Stephen Hawking's ashes will be interred alongside Sir Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin

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Re: Highest Honour?

"No, the highest honour would be to stop allowing the church to appropriate people like Hawkins."

A higher honour would be for people to remember his name correctly.

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"Hardly a great mind."

Got any links to your own contributions to science and mathematics?

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