* Posts by Simian Surprise

9 posts • joined 8 Jan 2020

At last, the fix no one asked for: Portable home directories merged into systemd

Simian Surprise

Re: Jeez

> Anybody who notices the lack of sh can easily install it

It's not about not having /bin/sh! It's about systems which have *a* /bin/sh that *isn't* bash. All that POSIX requires is that it implements the POSIX shell as specified. Some distros use bash, some distros use dash, some use a stripped-down shell that only supports what POSIX needs.

The problem is software which assumes that you can write bash-isms and then run them with sh. If the script starts with #!/usr/bin/env bash" or something, then the user can install b"ash as needed. If it starts with #!/bin/sh then it won't work on non-bash-native platforms at all.

And if you turn to your left, you can see the walls of Amazon Web Services' vast server farm. And next to it, a gift shop and visitor center

Simian Surprise

Re: We've made prime delivery faster.

> I recently bought some hand sanitizers ... I could choose the exact flavour I wanted

... are these the kind you drink?

From WordPad to WordAds: Microsoft caught sneaking nagging Office promos into venerable text editor beta

Simian Surprise

> Ad-averse, privacy-focused Windows fans may be inspired to try Windows 10 Enterprise LTSC

Ad-averse, privacy-focused Windows fans may be inspired to make this the year of Linux on the desktop?

Alan Turing’s OBE medal, PhD cert, other missing items found in super-fan’s Colorado home by agents, says US govt

Simian Surprise
Big Brother

Re: The Way We Live Now

> ... US Homeland Security agents raided her house ...

Why DHS though? Surely this is a criminal matter at best (although they apparently proceeded with a civil complaint to recover the stolen property) so within the bailiwick of Department of Justice?

All I can come up with is that Turing's papers somehow contain the secret to breaking all elliptic-curve cryptography despite it not having been invented yet.

You're not Boeing to believe this: Yet another show-stopping software bug found in ill-fated 737 Max airplanes

Simian Surprise

It's more like a few years after release, unless somehow this is yet another new piece of 737MAX software.

Microsoft's on Edge and you could be, too: Chromium-based browser exits beta – with teething problems

Simian Surprise

Re: "Basic, Balanced, and Strict"

Every browser has a "History" feature, no?

Problems at Oracle's DynDNS: Domain registration customers transferred at short notice, nameserver records changed

Simian Surprise

Re: Idiots

This isn't a .com website.

We’ve had enough of your beach-blocking shenanigans, California tells stubborn Sun co-founder: Kiss our lawsuit

Simian Surprise

U.S. Constitution says what?

> the US Constitution precludes the government from simply taking private property and giving it to the public

-- The Shill

> ... nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.

-- The Fifth Amendment

I guess he forgot about that last bit. They do have to pay for it, though.

5G signals won't make men infertile, sighs UK ad watchdog as it bans bonkers scary poster

Simian Surprise

Re: Report on Experimental Results

You're thinking of Hal Incandenza.


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