* Posts by barbara.hudson

68 posts • joined 27 Feb 2017


Judge rm -rf Grsecurity's defamation sue-ball against Bruce Perens


That's not how the law works.

> Perens' statement is proven correct if Perens (or someone like him, the EFF for example) successfully gets a GPL2 enforcement against either GR or one of their clients through all possible stages of the legal system. So far as I know there is nothing happening whatsoever, and so Perens statement is for the moment incorrect.

That's not how the law works. It is unproven in a court of law. Same as many (most) other legal claims that get dropped or settled before trial. Same as GR hasn't proven that Peren's statement is false. By your logic, Perens must be telling the truth because GR wasn't able to get a judgment against him. Again, nothing has been proven from either side.

Look - Wookie!

Magic Leap blows our mind with its incredible technology... that still doesn't f**king exist


About that first prediction ...

"Magic Leap will finally produce a product in 2018 – but many months later than it says."

Shirley you jest ...

Former ZX Spectrum reboot project man departs


That's sic (sic)

... but not "sic" enough. "the The C64 and it's [sic] " should be "the The[sic] C64 and it's [sic]".

Maybe they can issue their next public statement ransom-letter-style, using words cut out from newspapers (for a real retro look).

Opportunity rover survives Martian winter for eighth time


Re: Obligatory...

Ever try to use your windshield wipers without windshield washer? Dust and grit will make permanent scratches.

Want a new HDMI cable? No? Bad luck. You'll need one for HDMI 2.1


Re: re-tread on your eyes (Laser Treatment)

And when you get old enough, you won't care about the screen size because you'll be using a screen reader for your pc and described video for your tv. There gets a point where it's just not worth the cost of buying a 100" screen which can double as a space heater.

Arecibo spared the axe: Iconic observatory vital to science lives on


Re: Maybe the NSF needs to find more scifi movies to location shoot at Arecibo?

"There's coal on Mars" should do it.


Re: Welcome to 21st Century USA - How about an unbiased source?

Reality (aka facts) has a left-leaning bias. Even right-handed people have a dominant left brain hemisphere. And anyone who says "warmist" immediately loses all credibility.

It's significant that only the US is not in the Paris climate agreement. The "groper-in-chief" is one of those "don't know, don't wanna know" fools who goes with his gut feelings instead of facts because facts usually don't fit into his limited attention span of 140 characters.

He didn't even know that Puerto Ricans are American citizens, and he still treats the territory like a foreign country, especially with respect to disaster aid, compared to Florida and Texas.

Sad that more and more, the USA is a fact-free zone.

Car tax evasion has soared since paper discs scrapped


Fuel tax

How do you plan to put a "fuel tax" on electric vehicles?

Squeezing in little Quake between builds? Not any more: Facebook Bucks up Java compile tool

Black Helicopters

Edit-run-compile cycle?

"Asked if we were talking about idling away hours waiting for the Java compiler, Keljo said the time savings would be measured in seconds. "If the builds were in hours, there would be pitchforks and torches," he said, noting that build times interrupt the edit-run-compile cycle."

I don't think so. Edits wouldn't show up in the final code until you compile - you'd be running the old previously compiled code. If you've ever watched someone edit and run (skipping the compile stage) and tearing their hair out because the "fixed" bugs are still there and they've never used a compiled language ...

Guess who's now automating small-biz IT jobs? Yes, it's Microsoft


They don't have to understand

This is targeted at PHBs. They only have to believe they can do it long enough to sign a contract. Dunning-Kruger approved this message.

I love disruptive computer jargon. It's so very William Burroughs


That's because they have to make documentation that takes up more pages and is more opaque - otherwise, it looks too easy and thus must be worth (and paid) less. IOW, they're acting like they're paid by the word.

Ex-Harrods IT man cleared of stealing company issued laptop


Prove it? How?

Just how is anyone supposed to prove that they've deleted the data off of said laptop, short of mailing it back to him and letting him browse through it after fixing it so he can log onto it without accessing the company network?

Or inviting him in to delete it himself (a sticky and potentially unpleasant situation for all involved when dealing with a fired employee)?

Others have pointed out that the company already has his personal information, but that's irrelevant. The laptop will probably be re-assigned to someone who won't have the right to that information, and it's not like every company re-images every computer before handing it out to the next user.

Blade Runner 2049: Back to the Future – the movies that showed us what's to come


Post-racial vision? Hardly.

"Trek creator Gene Roddenberry summed up his post-racial vision" doesn't make sense if several hundred years from now we still have the vast majority of the population in his future earth looking decidedly white, with some black, asian, etc. representation, when white folks are already a (fast shrinking) minority of the world's population.

Then again, while TV viewers accepted the first televised inter-racial kiss (Kirk / Uhuru) back in the '60s, a future where the majority, including the majority of those in positions of power, are not white is still unthinkable in western media, never mind 50 years ago.

The problem with stories of the future is we're still not very good at imagining it because we can't even see the present clearly, never mind understand it.

Drunk canoeing no longer driving offence in Canada


Re: Really? It's not a joke.

You're wrong, both about your claim that "police make the laws" in Canada, and the Queen. Legally, the Queen of Canada is a separate entity from the Queen of England - they just both happen to be embodied in Elizabeth II.

Next time you pull out a $20 bill, that's the Queen of Canada on it. Or just look at the Wikipedia entry for "Monarchy of Canada": https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monarchy_of_Canada

"Although the person of the sovereign is equally shared with 15 other independent countries within the Commonwealth of Nations, each country's monarchy is separate and legally distinct.[23] As a result, the current monarch is officially titled Queen of Canada and, in this capacity, she, her consort, and other members of the Canadian Royal Family undertake public and private functions domestically and abroad as representatives of Canada. However, the Queen is the only member of the Royal Family with any constitutional role."

Only the federal government has jurisdiction over criminal law, which is why Canada, unlike the US, has one criminal code for the whole country. Provinces are in charge of civil laws, which is why civil laws can vary from province to province or territory. Provinces cannot make any activity a criminal offense.

Canada is not a republic, and judging from the insanity south of the border, that's a good thing. Then again, there's also the crazies knee-capping the UK by pushing for Brexit.

Maybe Canada can take your place in the EU. It would certainly give more leverage when dealing with Trump's trade protectionism.

Ad blocking basically doesn't exist on mobile


Ads? What ads?

I use the original ad-blocking technology, developed with the help of the ad industry. I've gone ad-blind. There may be an ad there, but I juts don't see the content - same as almost everyone learned not to see banner ads so many years ago.

Of course, with targeted advertising I don't get much anyway. After all, I never visit Amazon, etc., or buy anything online so targeted ads avoid me like the plague. Must be working, because I see plenty of "article continues past the ad" notices, but no ad, just the rest of the article.

If you absolutely must shop online, do it from a different browser than the one you normally use, and use it only for that.

Private sub captain changes story, now says reporter died, was 'buried at sea' – torso found


Re: FFS!

And "one of the only" is what happens when people think "well, spell-check didn't flag it, so it must be okay."

break - brake, rein - rain - reign, they're - there - their, these regularly turn up in professionally edited articles. I noticed the trend start in newspapers in the mid-80s. People began trusting their tools too much almost immediately, "because computer."

Samsung's bantam SSD makes WD's 'passport' drive look passé


Re: Crikey - $800???

Taking it on an airplane? Have fun when "they" want to search all your data before you board. After all, it's enough out of the ordinary to warrant extra attention. Encryped? "Your keys, please."

Hell desk to user: 'I know you're wrong. I wrote the software. And the protocol it runs on'


Re: Possible or easy?

"But two things that ARE needed, depending on where the person wishing to use an application is coming from, are functional documentation - what the available functions of a piece of code actually do, and application documentation - why you would want to use any given function."

If you have all the functional documentation, then you should be able to determine what functions you need to use to do what YOU want to do - not expect the function's authors to predict how you would use it. If that were the case, you wouldn't need the functional documentation.

Which is just another way of saying that there are different needs for different users. End users don't need functional documentation, they just need to know how to achieve what they want. Developers don't need application documentation, because they're the ones developing the application.

(And while writing the documentation before writing the application sounds good in theory, you'll usually find that what seems good in theory is too inflexible in practice. And who has the time to change the documentation? Certainly not the dweeb who wrote it and then says "I've done the hard part, now you just write the code."


Re: Possible or easy?

"That isn't a failure of the software wot Bob wrote. But it could easily be a failure of the accompanying documentation."

Since when do users bother to RTFM? It's just SO much easier to whine and bitch and moan. Heck, they don't even bother to press F1 to read the context-specific help, or the prompts on the status line. "It's too hard!" THOSE are the snowflakes, and they're not just millennials. Plenty of boomers.

Or they read it but still don't understand. Like one place I worked where everyone else (including the boss) thought that merging code was handled automatically by svn every commit, so they would make a commit to fix a bug, and someone else (or even they themselves if they had the same file open in multiple sessions) would then commit the same file that they had pulled before the bug was fixed and "hey, how come the bug is back?"


Re: HR Fail

"I'm not sure what the difference with Human Resources is, maybe they deal with "people we don't actually own"

Make no mistake, they really do believe they own you, in the "pOwned" sense of the word.

(in Dr McCoy voice) : "I'm a sentient human being, dammit, not a "personnel".

Google's macho memo man fired, say reports


Re: The guy's a bigot

@Adam52 wrote "'I've no idea why people quote pay gap statistics. They are almost entirely meaningless, because they aggregate all employees together, regardless of role, unless you're arguing for a pure socialist society."

Shouldn't the aggregate pay gap between the sexes also point out the truth of job discrimination based on sex, since in the aggregate the average male makes more than the average female?

And if you're going to bring in time lost by women raising families, why is it women that mostly have to take the hit, unless it's also because of institutionalized and systemic discrimination, that a woman's career is regarded as less valuable than a man's?

And then there;s the whole "male privilege" thing.


Re: Diversity is good

General diversity is VERY advantageous. Think of the consequences of inbreeding. It doesn't just apply to genes, either. Incestuous hiring practices (think "the boss's kids") are also usually damaging. Or entertainment - do you really want them to make only Rocky sequels? Operating systems, programming languages, news sources, elected officials (look where our current monoculture has got us), food, medicines (think antibiotics as one example), clothes (do you really want to follow Chairman Mao's dress code?), religion or the lack of, courses of study, jobs, pets, vehicles, tools (think screwdrivers) ... diversity is essential for life as we know it to exist.

We've seen what happens when disease or pestilence attacks monocultures - they die. A good example is the banana. Today's banana is a sterile plant that cannot reproduce sexually, so the Cavendish bananas in the store all share pretty much all their genes, and are in danger of being wiped out by Panama disease, same as their predecessor Gros Michel bananas.

Panama disease

Similarly, any business that is not sufficiently diverse can get killed off by a change in the business , consumer, or regulatory environment - just look at Blackberry, Enron, Eastern Airlines, Radio Shack, Circuit City, A&P, Blockbuster (and VCRs and VHS and Beta tapes), Webvan, pets.com, Flooz, beanie babies, Yahoo! and Geocities, Chrysler (twice bankrupt), Worldcom, Peurto Rico (currently in bankruptcy protection), Trump University ...

How can you kill that which will not die? Windows XP is back (sorta... OK, not really)


A lot of the install CDs for games that run under Win9x come with various updates for redistributables, and as for the video drivers, on today's fast machines you don't need specialized optimized drivers.

'Coke dealer' called us after his stash was stolen – cops


Re: Florida Man

The guy has a serious infatuation with testicles - "There are four basic I.Q. testes; these testes test the four lobes of your brain."

Reminds me of the joke about the scotsman who was watching his first baseball game. He wanted to know why the batter didn't have to actually hit the ball when he was walked to the first base. "He's got 4 balls on him." "Walk with pride, mon! Walk with pride!"


Re: Florida Man

Only someone with a low IQ would take that site seriously. It's a "paper" written for an Intro Sociology class, and quotes Daily Beast as one of its sources. Plenty of funny shit:

"There are four basic I.Q. testes; these testes test the four lobes of your brain" - That takes ball so I guess women fail.

"Other consequences of lower I. Q are a steep rise in illigatme (sic) births and lower rates of marriages"

So smart people get married, knowing full well the costs of divorce? Nah ...

" Evidence found by doctors states that another possible explanation for the decline in average I.Q. is via blood transfusions They found that the blood not only carried a small amount of the person but it also carried the information that allowed them to think."

Source: ""American Intelligence Compromised by Blood Transfusions

Librul news today"


It also cites something called the Flynn Effect as showing that people are getting dumber all the time.

" In 1988 a book was published by Robert Flynn called “The Flynn affect”. This work made a certain distinction between phenotypic and genotypic styles of intelligence. He discovered that genotypic intelligence was measured to be falling by .57 points per generation. :

Too bad that the Flynn Effect says the exact opposite https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flynn_effect

"The Flynn effect is the substantial and long-sustained increase in both fluid and crystallized intelligence test scores measured in many parts of the world from roughly 1930 to the present day. When intelligence quotient (IQ) tests are initially standardized using a sample of test-takers, by convention the average of the test results is set to 100 and their standard deviation is set to 15 or 16 IQ points. When IQ tests are revised, they are again standardized using a new sample of test-takers, usually born more recently than the first. Again, the average result is set to 100. However, when the new test subjects take the older tests, in almost every case their average scores are significantly above 100."

Definitely a must-read for anyone who wants a comic example of a whack-a-doodle.

Amazon may still get .amazon despite govt opposition – thanks to a classic ICANN cockup


A (not so Swiftian) modest proposal.

Give it to them - then we can just block the whole .amazon TLD. Do the same for Facebook and Twitter and Google. Then pass a law requiring all advertising to be served from the same domain.

Apache says 'no' to Facebook code libraries


You seem to be confuse. BSD allows you to sell the modified code without giving away the source. Sony uses it. Microsoft uses it. Apple uses it. Even linux uses bsd code.

Solaris, Java have vulns that let users run riot


Hint - Android does not run Java. Neither does an iPhone. So yes, phones work fine without Java.

Linus Torvalds may have damned systemd with faint praise


Re: You confuse hating...

Hating on systemd OR logic based arguments? Why can't we have both? On second thought, scrolling through the comments, it seems we already have both.

BOFH: Putting the commitment into committee


Re: A Question of style

You should have taken a screen capture with the icons in place, inverted it, and offered to "install" it. Then flip the screen upside down (well, it WAS back in the days of CRTs). When they complain, tell them it's not your fault their computer isn't compatible. Then watch them try to click on an icon as the mouse goes in the opposite direction.

My first victim was the IT tyrant - you know, the guy who knows nothing, got the job because he knows the boss, and tries to dictate how everyone needs the same standard setup. Because that's all he knows.

15 minutes of saying that I infected his machine with a virus - with a crowd around him by then - when all he had to do was turn the monitor right side up and change the background.

I thought it was funny. So did everyone else who had experience with how he was a real PITA. What he thought was not on my list of TIGASA. And he couldn't complain because it would have shown just how incompetent he was.

For bonus points, my next victim I only rotated the image 90 degrees, then turned the monitor on its side.

State of DevOps: Everyone's slinging code out faster


Re: For Goodness' sake

"The Reg is usually the site we can rely on to call out ridiculous fawning over a bunch of chancers who have managed to stick a snappy label on a bit of repackaged half-baked synergistic blue-sky thinking technowaffle, "

That's being outsourced to the comments section. :-)


Re: Quality beats quantity

It's obvious that if you have do deploy changes that often you're

(1) crappy at predicting requirements

(2) or worse, doing it on the fly by the seat of your pants

(3) have a severe case of featuritis


In all cases, the correct solution is to fire both the incompetent boss, and the incompetent boss who hired them. Or better yet, quit, because the company isn't going to be good for your physical or mental health, and when it goes down the tubes, your financial health.

Bitcoin exchange Coinbase crashes after Asian buying frenzy


Re: Of course its a bubble

Crowd wisdom? Is that the same crowd wisdom that gave us tulip mania, the stock market crash that started the depression, the dot-bomb bubble, the housing bubble, and Trump?

TRUMP SCANDAL! No, not that one. Or that one. Or that one. Or that one.


Re: Ha Ha

"The consequences if Trump were successfully hacked would be a lot worse than if I was successfully hacked," ... but would they really be? Trump is such a disaster that in theory the hackers could go in and unintentionally cause improvements. Like deleting files for stupid ideas. Or dumping a huge porn collection for him to watch at 3 am instead of twittering. Or planting a fake Obama birth certificate from Kenya, which would get him so excited the resulting explosion of his head would be HUGE.

Or it could just be Putin checking up on his "investments."

'Do not tell Elon': Ex-SpaceX man claims firm cut corners on NASA part tests


Re: Don't be their 'rogue engineer'

Even cheaper and better option: Go down to city hall (or perhaps your bank) and have their notary public (aka public notary) witness, sign, date, and stamp the actual pages. In my town it's free if you're a resident $5 for non-residents, and you don't have to prove that the contents of the envelope haven't been tampered with.

Even better, the stamp is visible on photocopies. Kind of hard to claim the document was made long after the date stamped on it.

BTW - the whole "mail yourself a copy in an envelope" thing is old and flawed. People have been doing this for ages, thinking that it will protect patentable ideas, which is why it's called the "poor man's patent". It doesn't. More on this here http://spectrum.ieee.org/at-work/innovation/the-poor-mans-patent and here http://www.simplepatents.com/general-information/the-poor-mans-patent-is-a-myth/

As the IEEE Spectrum article points out, save yourself the cost of a stamp.


Just goes to show what we always knew

Going to HR is a waste of time. They are there to protect the company and their own jobs first. You, on the other hand, are always expendable (even when you aren't).

Take a sneak peek at Google's Android replacement, Fuchsia


"Material design" is crap. Horizontal toggles instead of check boxes? Takes up way more space, and if there's only one horizontal toggle, which way is on?They should completely divorce the UI from the underlying functionality - this way, we can get something that works intuitively.

This fuchsia is ugly and doesn't look very functional. I'd rather go back to KitKat.

Unpaid tech contractor: 'I have to support my family. I have no money for medicines'


Re: Sad Times

Get a serious illness so you can't work for a year or two, whatcha gonna do? At least if you work as an employee, the company might be able to take you back, even if it's not the same position, because you have some knowledge of the business operations (what's called "corporate memory").

A contractor? You'll probably hear the same thing as pissed-off Hollywood producers say to talent - "You'll never work in this town again!" You can't recover from a 2-year hole.

'Grey technology' should be the new black


Re: Important safety information:

And yet 6 point font is grounds for invalidating a contract under the consumer protection laws here, because it's too damn small for many people to read.


Re: Important safety information:

It's all over the place. White text on an orange background in tiny tiny font smaller than the fine print in an insurance contract. For cooking instructions. The only solution is to take a picture and zoom in.

Fake "open here" and "tear here" directions for opening a package. The worst offender was Quaker Oats boxes with a phony series of lines in a semi-circle that looked like you could just push in and the underlying box would be die-cut to open (examining the box showed it wasn't die-cut or pre-scored or anything).

"Resealable" bags that are only resealable if you didn't use the "tear open here" slit.

Touch screens on everything so you have to look to see what you're doing instead of relying on feel and memory - and much more susceptible to "oops I hit a bump" input errors.

Touch screens that stop working properly if you get more than a few raindrops on them.

Emojis. And more emojis. Making it even harder to communicate (seriously - an avocado is really a penis??? If your penis looks like an avocado emoji, hie thee forthwith to an apothecary, before it falls off).


Re: The answer is simple

Back in the days of text-based menus and user input screens, we managed to get complicated things done with simple layouts - a top menu with highlighted keyboard shortcuts, maybe a few drop-down menus, some popup messages, a status line that gave the user feedback about what they were doing or some help.

Ad by remapping the video card glyphs we could have radio buttons, real arrow heads, and a real arrow or hand as a cursor. Ditto for remapping the color set to give you 16 shades from a palette of 262k (no more ugly cyan and magenta). The user could select their color map and all their applications would look the same. User customization, not designer customization.

Now? Everyone has to be different. And this month has to be different from last month. And the next release has to be unrecognizable - how else can "we" (the jerks pushing this) justify our jobs?


Re: It's not all about the buttons...

Toggles that go sideways so you don't know which position is "on" instead of a simple checkbox. "Gestures" with limited or no discovery. Change for the sake of change. "Material Design" - which is so badly designed from a usability perspective. Images that only have text on them (and no alt text) - but "We need images to have the maximum impact, and so people will share the image instead of just copy-pasta the message."

<p>Web sites that don't work if you disable images, even though it's a total waste of bandwidth in most cases.

Firefox Quantum: BIG browser project, huh? I share your concern


Re: Keep shuffling those deckchairs...

Actually, Microsoft has become VERY good at listening to their users. Even when the users don't want to be snooped on. Who do they think they are - Google or Facebook?

More to the point - the web is mostly crap nowadays. That's one reason why the people writing the crap are pushing bling on their web sites - hopefully you won't notice the crappiness. If instead of spending most of their time on the bling, and devoted it to content, they wouldn't *need* the bling.


Re: I don't know about lynx and w3m

Someone's sounding more bitter than 3-day-old coffee. If you are depending on everything from a web page being completely destroyed when you close the tab, you are incredibly naive. There's tons of malware that says you're totally wrong.

Having to download everything every time you visit a web page (including all the ads and trackers from over 100 servers in some cases) is defective by design. I'm not going to use a web-based document editor, spread sheet, or graphics program when I have free versions that only update (and possibly change the way they operate) when *I* tell them to, and keep my local data local. Not being able to cache content because they added an extra line-feed without making any other changes is dumb.

No web site that dynamically injects javascript or css from another site can offer any sort of guarantee that it's secure. The big ad networks serve up crap all the time.

'Windows 10 destroyed our data!' Microsoft hauled into US court


Re: W10

Win81 has 2 reserved and 2 recovery partitions, and a system partition ... leaving just the primary partition. Turning off hibernation and deleting HYBER.SYS, turning off swap, etc., do not allow for the splitting of the primary partition. Your choices are limited to using an external drive or a complete wipe, or trying to use another OS to repartition the drive.


Re: Uh what?

PLAINTIFF: (to Microsoft lawyer) Please show us YOUR backup ... oh, you don't either. Someone else does it for you. And at home? Pay, you SOB.


Re: About time too

Microsoft did that on purpose - this way, they at least (a) got the upgrade fee, (b) put another nail in the coffin of WordPerfect, and (c) got you hooked on using their file formats for documents.


Re: Why not include automatic updates in the class action?

Kind of screws over people who went out to lunch. An easily foreseeable situation, especially since if you're alone at home working, you have not reason to log out.


Re: About time

They were being truthful for once. A windows machine that won't boot is probably more secure than one that does. :-)


Re: About time

If she insists on buying a windows machine, stick a copy of virtualbox on it and have her do her online stuff in a virtual linux machine. You can run it in full-screen mode so she won't even know.



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