* Posts by Dazed and Confused

2098 posts • joined 12 Sep 2007

Redis does a Python, crushes 'offensive' master, slave code terms

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Re: Is it the micro, or the soft that causes you so much anguish?

I can cope with soft, I mean soft cheese is very good.

I can cope with micro, I grew up thinking about computers being "micros" and still tend to think of CPUs as being microprocessors.

No, it when the 2 words are combined that they represent a concept which I find too ghastly to contemplate.

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Re: No masters!

> Even if they rename it, the architecture itself is offensive. I will be boycotting the product until all offensive dominance roles have been removed therefrom.

I've been involved in IT training for most of the last 30 years and must admit that I came to find the terms master and slave as distasteful quite a long time ago, but they were the words that were generally used. There are other words commonly bandied about in the industry that perhaps don't sit well these days.

But when it comes to the actual architecture issue it's very often the slaves processes telling the master what to do. You often see the slaves asleep and the master busy and it's not unusual to find that masters actually do more work waking up the slaves than the slaves do when they've been woken up.

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Apple in XS new sensation: Latest iPhone carries XS-sive price tag

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Re: redefining what a watch can do for you

Anything else??"

I'm a much more demanding user than you. I want a watch to tell me not just the time but the date too!

I wound have been with you up until a couple of years ago. Sadly I can now only read the date on my watch when I'm wearing my glasses.

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Re: redefining what a watch can do for you

Can I use it to tell the time?

OK, enough said, that's all I want.

No honestly, that's what I want a watch to do, I want it to tell me the time.

Anything else?

Errrr yes, OK, it you insist, I don't want to worry about the batter more than say once every 5 years or so.

Yawn. Can I go back to sleep now?

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You know all those movies you bought from Apple? Um, well, think different: You didn't

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Re: wonder why people pirate ?

More like, most people wonder who the real pirates are.

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Seagate passes gassy 14TB whopper: He He He, one for each of you

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Re: Helium leaks

> Helium leaks will cause cloud servers to lose altitude

Is that why servers keep going down?

Does Helium leak more through windows?

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make all relocate... Linux kernel dev summit shifts to Scotland – to fit Torvald's holiday plans

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Re: other options

Paying Torvalds to rebook his family holiday for a different week, or move the holiday to Vancouver, would surely be other options - and less disruptive than booking 30 new sets of flights and accommodation.

They probably discussed this option and then someone realised that that it would involve explaining it to Mrs Torvalds and they decided that all heading over to Edinburgh was a better plan after all.

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Anon man suing Google wants crim conviction to be forgotten

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Re: Right to be forgotten

> Criminal records are public so that it is possible to check them without using a search engine.

Yes, but would the average member of the public know how to do this?

So if search engines such as Google must hide the information then major league investors won't be taken in by previously convicted fraudsters because they can afford to employ legal teams to search things like the court records, but Jo public can be ripped off easily.

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Apple web design violates law, claims blind person

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Re: ..well in Cal about 90% of ADA lawsuits are straight scams

Our local supermarket's bays are so narrow it's physically impossible for larger vehicles to park legally (by which I mean of the former agricultural type now commonly owned and driven by the wives of wealthy businessmen).

There needs to be a law that if the vehicle doesn't fit in the bay then it can't be parked.

When I used to visit the US frequently it was common to find that there was parking for "compact" cars near the mall and larger spaces further away. If the chelsea tractors had to park 1/4 mile away then they'd probably be a lot less popular.

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EU wants one phone plug to rule them all. But we've got a better idea.

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Re: EU Standard plug

> Also the most painful thing in the world to stand on.

Oh, I don't know. Sometimes I think it's a close run thing with a Lego brick.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 9: A steep price to pay

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Re: Too big for my pockets

A number of years back I was teaching a course in Seoul to a group of Samsung engineers. The guys made similar comments. The Note (?can't remember which version) had come out in winter time and lots of them had bought one and it was great in coat pocket. Then come spring time where the **** do you put it. The hand bag carrying engineers all still loved their ones.

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Devon County Council techies: WE KNOW IT WASN'T YOU!

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Re: Actually back in the 1990s I was at a company...

I think I remember that issue, didn't HP provide a clip on tray to collect the dropped letters

Provided? No chance, they might have sold one, you might have needed to order option -wdlc. It probably wouldn't have been available as a standalone product.

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Re: I thought printing systems

Ah, but the old printing system involved the highly paid and educated school head writing a letter which was then sent to a lowly paid school secretary who then typed it all out while correcting all the mistakes on the way. Secretaries also typically not only corrected the spelling and grammar but also put letters into a suitable business like form, replaced obscenities with recipients correct name, title, job description etc.

Other types of secretaries were also available, not just school ones.

It's only the new computerised printing system that sends out what was actually given to it, rather than what should have been given to it.

(disclaimer, this was not typed by secretary and is probably also full of errors)

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Second-hand connected car data drama could be a GDPR minefield

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Re: What about the manufacturers' rights to the data?

If I buy a secondhand car, how does the manufacturer know the owner of the car has changed

I think this is a key issue here. If the car is sold through the main dealer chain then they should know, sure. But if I sell a car privately do the manufactures have the right to know that I have sold it?

It's sometimes hard enough to get the DVLA to recognise the change of ownership.

I don't believe the DVLA pass on the information to the manufacturer so who is going to be responsible for informing them.

What happens if there is a third party monitoring device?

The second hand car we bought for our kid to learn on isn't connected as a standard feature but VW provide a module that plugs into the industry standard diagnostic port to collect data and then uses a app on the phone to upload things. So this shouldn't leak, but I can imagine a business providing many of the features of connected cars as an after market add on, if they included their own comms unit instead of relying on a phone and app, they'd face the same issue. Tracking devices already do this kind of thing.

This looks like being a much wider issue that just the car manufactures.

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Almost 1 in 3 Brits think they lack computer skills to do their jobs well

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Re: I think I lack computer skills to do my job well

That's after decades as an IT professional.

I'd go along with that. Today I've been trying to solve problem in a couple of areas which I've been working with of over 20 years.

Almost 1 in 3 Brits think they lack computer skills to do their jobs well

Meanwhile the other 2 thirds are deluded, they don't know enough to know what they're missing out on.

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Re: Just wait until all the old people die off

I'm usually taking the mickey when I use that subject line, but here I'm not. Surely the figure will increase above 89% as the 70 and 80 year olds who have never used computers drop off their perches, and nearly everyone who is alive will have had some computer experience?

It would be interesting to see the break down on age groups of the refusniks. You're probably right that it's higher for the elderly, but then again my mother first used a PC in her mid-eighties.

Perhaps it's reasonable to expect that ~10% of the population just doesn't care about computers. We've never reached 100% ownership for TVs for example, plenty of people who could easily afford one just never saw the point, why should Internet access be any different.

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Bank on it: It's either legal to port-scan someone without consent or it's not, fumes researcher

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its scanning 127.0.0.x

Well there's a big difference between opening port 59xx to listen on 127.x.y.z and listening to VNC connections more generally. This also means they are failing to test whether you're protected by a firewall. On Linux boxes I'd often have VNC ports open, but that's got nothing to do with malware.

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Internet overseer ICANN loses a THIRD time in Whois GDPR legal war

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Re: Costs?

While part of me agrees with your sentiments the problem is that ICANN doesn't have any money of it's own. So if you award costs against ICANN then that money needs to come from somewhere and that somewhere will be you an me. The one groups of people who won't end up paying are the people who run ICANN which is presumably the people you want to suffer.

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Basic bigot bait: Build big black broad bots – non-white, female 'droids get all the abuse

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Re: I can see where this will lead

I swear at toasters when they trap my toast, swear at self-service checkouts, swear at

I frequently swear at my PC because it's so bloody infuriating, intransigent (which I expect, it's a bloody computer after all) and inconsistent (which I don't, see above). If it was a person I employed I'd have fired them years ago for all of the above reasons.

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Get drinking! Abstinence just as bad for you as getting bladdered

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Of course wine is good for you

It's basically grapes, and therefore fruit and therefore 1 of your five a day.

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You want to know which is the best smartphone this season? Tbh, it's tricky to tell 'em apart

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Calls? Check?

Are you sure about this?

I'm sure there are millions of "smartphones" out there where no one has ever tested the theory that they can make or receive calls. I know when I try phoning the kids they never answer so I'm forced to suspect that this is not a feature that their phones support.

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Big contenders in the broadband chart this week, but who will be #1? Well, not Britain

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Re: There needs to be a concerted push to bring FTTP to all areas

In the news yesterday they were talking about insisting all new homes get charging points for electric cars. How about insisting that they get fibre too.

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'Plane Hacker' Roberts: I put a network sniffer on my truck to see what it was sharing. Holy crap!

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Re: Insurance Black Boxes

> saying they'd caught them doing over 100mph round a roundabout.

I've just got insurance for my son which requires a black box. The cost difference is over £1000.

On his first trip with it they logged him doing just over 40 in a 30 zone and included the location. It's a bloody great dual carriage way which has a 50 limit all the way down it.

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RIP Peter Firmin: Clangers creator dies aged 89

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Re: The clangers was a documentry series

aka the armpit

That would be the top right hand corner where it joined to the rest of the body.

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Re: Lovely chap, great series

but it's well worth checking out the original black and white series

When the time came for little confused to arrive I sort out the "complete" set of Ivor the Engine and was applauded that some of the ones from my dim and distant memory of times yonder were missing. Still I persevered and was able to find that those too had been released on a separate VHS tape. So my children were brought up to the sounds of Ivor singing with the choir.

The first of the stories from the black and white series is essential to understanding the rest, it's where the story comes from. It took a while hunting through eBay to find the original story book.

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The clangers was a documentry series

Surely they didn't make it up

Next you'll be telling Ivor doesn't live in the top left hand corner of Wales.

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Creep travels half the world to harass online teen gamer… and gets shot by her mom – cops

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Re: Now he can get a tattoo, "Shot by the Mom!"

LRRH kept her pistol in her knickers.

Everyone knows that.

"The small girl smiles. One eyelid flickers. She whips a pistol from her knickers."

Roald Dahl

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Re: "Auckland to Sydney"?

Auckland to Sydney isn't half a world away, it's a whole different planet. Neither of whom chose to admit the existence of the other :-)

Beer coz it's not to early from one at either end of the worm-hole.

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Dob in naughty data slurps to top EU court, privacy groups urge

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Can the European court go after the telecoms companies?

I'm not sure whether their legal remit allows them to fine the telecoms companies. If the likes of BT were to be repeatedly slapped with multi million fines they'd pretty quickly bring pressure to bare on the government.

Business leaders and shareholders are far more likely to have an impact of government policy than mere voters. Political parties tend to oppose these sorts of things while in opposition but they all seem to immediately change their tune when in power (and change back again next time they aren't).

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Linus Torvalds tells kernel devs to fix their regressive fixing

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Re: A thin line

> Sigh ... Somewhere, perhaps, there is an unparallel universe, where software is carefully designed before it is coded, and programmers translate carefully written specifications from people-speak to machine-speak. And I'm sure if it exists, it runs a lot better than this universe.

OK, so it's been 20ish years since I was programming professionally, rather than just hacking the odd bit together to solve an immediate problem.

This is how we worked back then.

I was working for one of the major IT vendors. There was an "external reference specification" written and only once that was agreed on were we allowed to start coding. If you found something which couldn't work out in code it took an act of god to get the spec changed and you'd get a kick up the pants for not having got the spec right. You didn't just add code on a whim.

I know that company no longer works that way. I know they have a lot more quality issues. In fact non of what we did as "good practice" seems still to be done.

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Great news, cask beer fans: UK shortage of CO2 menaces fizzy crap taking up tap space

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Re: Irony?

I don't know, first they tell us there's too much of the stuff, now they complain there isn't enough of the stuff. Can't they just make their bloody minds up.

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Cops: Autonomous Uber driver may have been streaming The Voice before death crash

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Re: To which I reply "autopilot".

The safety driver's job is... well, the clue is in the title isn't it?

To which I reply "autopilot".

To my mind this is the problem with the Tesla autopilot. They say that the human driver is responsible for safety and is supposed to step in and take control when they notice the automatics not doing the right thing. Well this tragic case highlights a total failure to understand human nature. Here there was a "test driver" specifically tasked with monitoring a protype out on the road and yet they still can't keep their mind on what is happening. What chance is there have your average customer is going to be paying enough attention to make split second decisions and over-ride the vehicles automatics.

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Keep your hands on the f*cking wheel! New Tesla update like being taught to drive by your dad

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Re: Auto-crash-pilot

> I can't stand all these driver assistance aids, even automatic lights are pretty annoying. Cruise control is the only item that might be useful, and even that isn't always perfect. Rain sensitive wipers are never quite right. Reversing sensors are useful, but proximity sensors when driving along occasionally get things wrong and actively distract from being able to to study the road.

The roads over here are rarely quiet enough to contemplate cruise control but most cars that have cruise control can also be set to use it as a speed limiter and this I do find much more useful.

Your point about rain sensitive wipers I find interesting. The Mrs' previous car had them and they worked really well, after 150K miles we upgraded it for couple of generations newer model and the wipers are no where near as good as the previous ones. I assume that the earlier one was a first generation and the solution the engineers had found wasn't too cheap, so the bean counters sent them back to the drawing board and told them to find a cheaper way to implement the function according to the 80/20 rule.

We don't care if it's only 80% as effective so long as it only cost 20% of the working version.

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Re: Seriously have we all just forgotten how to drive?

> And don't get me started on parents getting / installing a baby seat from the traffic side. In a narrow road with parked cars both sides. Are you trying to get yourself and your kid killed? People really are getting dumber by the day.

And parents who push a pram/buggy out in front of them through a gap in parked cars till they can see what's coming, by which point the poor little darling has been pushed into the middle of the traffic flow.

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Re: Auto-crash-pilot

> something like ABS, it should detect your emergency stop and provide the most effective stop the car is capable of.

That's not what ABS does, ABS just cadence brakes for you only it's able to detect when a wheel loses grip and stops that wheel actually braking until there is a chance to regain grip when it will re-apply the brake effort. A proper ABS system should be able to do this many times more quickly than a human driver.

What you sound like you are describing is emergency brake assist where the computer decides you are doing an emergency stop and then takes over and brakes as hard as it can, relying on an ABS system to avoid locking up the wheels and loosing braking efficiency. The idea is that often drivers don't brake hard enough or scare themselves at how violently the car brakes when they do hit the peddle hard that they back off and don't slow enough to avoid hitting things.

Emergency brake assist systems can be a total PITA. The Mrs' Merc has this and if you move your foot too quickly from the accelerator to the brake peddle it guesses you're emergency braking and tries to pull a full blown stop. So unless you're careful you find the car doing crazy things while you drive moderately quickly down country lanes, where it is normal to move your foot quickly but only apply minimal pressure. Once the stupid computer has got it into its tiny mind you want to stop you have to completely remove you foot from the brake peddle before it will give you control of the car back.

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Re: Auto-crash-pilot

> What kind of prat waits for the car to decide?

This is the core problem with the current system.

"Drivers" won't be paying as much attention to the road with AP engaged as they would be without it. If they have to then why bother with AP at all if it ain't saving you any effort. But even if you try to concentrate most drivers simply won't be able to keep their attention on the road with AP engaged as they would be without it as they won't be needing to make all the regular adjustments that are normally required while behind the wheel.

My feeling is that this system shows a basic lack of understanding real people.

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Judge on Microsoft gender discrimination case finds 'flaw' in class grouping argument

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Re: Tigra 07

Also most new doctors, by some margin are now female - yet we're not even talking about gender imbalance or how men will be treated for male-only problems by female doctors.

Also far more female teachers, particularly in younger years education establishments.

Weren't the figures for last year that 35% more females went to university than males, in the UK?

As to male teachers, for my kids there was not a single male teacher at their primary school the entire time they were there.

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Men are officially the worst… top-level domain

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Re: I'm feeling left out

Hmmm well I can't find any from .men, but acoording to my mail log I've had 6 from .date.

So when I find enough time to be bored I'll have to work out how to get postfix to just block all these buggers.

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Which? calls for compensation for users hit by Windows 10 woes

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Re: One would expect a consumer magazine...

> ... to know somewhat more about Microsoft, than to expect that they would now compensate their users.

It's W10 we are talking about here so the term "users" is perhaps not the best. If they were able to be "users" then they wouldn't be griping. It's the "not able to be a user" that needs compensation the most.

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HPE: Exafloppers need to be 'memory-centric' as world cannot afford internode data slinging

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Re: 1^15=1

but it's so much easier to scale from 1^15 to 1^18.

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Oddly enough, when a Tesla accelerates at a barrier, someone dies: Autopilot report lands

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Re: Not an "autopilot"

> It's about time they banned these driver "aids".

It's no good the manufacturer saying but we told you to look where you're going too, so don't blame us. The average car driver is not like an airline pilot plus co-pilot pair. If they don't have to concentrate they won't concentrate. Even if they are nominally looking where they are going their minds will wonder. So when a problem happens they aren't immediately ready to handle it.

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Linus Torvalds decides world isn’t ready for Linux 5.0

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Re: Déjà vu

I seem to recall MS Word did that once - going from 4.x to 6.0 just to beat WordPerfect which was at 5.1 at the time.

Given the signs of logical behaviour exhibited by MS Word it wouldn't have surprised me in the slightest if they'd gone from version 4 to version 6 followed by version 5.1.

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UK chancellor puts finger in air, promises 15 million full fibre connections by 2025

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Re: Paul

I feel for you Paul. There are 2 green cabinets on out housing estate and BT only chose to upgrade the further one to fibre so all my lines are limited to 30Mb down and ~5.5 up. No Virgin here either (stupid greedy cable company tried to extort money from thick as shit builders) so no other option for the last mile. I know a lot of people do a lot worse.

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Openreach consults on shift of 16 MEEELLION phone lines to VoIP by 2025

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Re: Problems

someone stuck in a lift who almost certainly has a mobile phone on them

Back in the late 90s my wife was working for an IT supplier managing customers support needs. One of her accounts was one of the mobile phone companies. While visiting their site she was in the lift with a number of their IT managers when the lift broke down. The emergency phone didn't work. Done of the guys from the mobile phone company could get their phones to work, no signal. Luckily my wife's company had a deal with a rival mobile network and her phone worked fine much to all the techies amusement.

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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.

And config too

When it comes to logs and config file if you can't grep it then it doesn't belong on Linux/Unix

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> where developers have crawled up their own asses and lost sight of the light of day

Gollum...

It hurts our eyeses it does my precious.

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Re: Predictable names

I can't remember if it's HPE or Dell (or both)

It's Dell. I got the impression that much of this work had been done, at least, in conjunction with Dell.

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Predictable names

It renamed network interfaces so they would have predictable names.

Hmmmm nice idea, but that's not how it works in practice and I'm not sure this is a core systemd feature. The new naming conventions in RHEL7 don't work in all cases. It has 5 different naming schemes or which it only uses 4 by default.

Firstly it tries to find out whether a network device is an "onboard" one, and looks in 2 different places to make this decision.

Secondly it looks to see whether the NIC is in a named PCI slot, well again there are 2 different places it seems to look, one of which doesn't appear to be readable from the files under /sys, at least not with any of the NIC drivers I've ever tried. Great if you can read it from SMBIOS, not otherwise.

Failing those it then looks to see if the driver is a PCI one and then uses the PCI address, well these aren't natively persistent nor are they consistent. Persistence can be requested from the firmware configuration, but it often isn't enabled by default.

Failing all that it just uses the kernels non persistent & non consistent naming without the benefit of udev rules to provide persistence. Given the asynchronous driver initialization in the Linux 3 & 4 kernels this is particularly bad as if you've got 2 different sorts of NICs then it's anyone's guess which one with get to be eth0 before systemd starts to play it's games.

Now if you run this lot inside a VM then virtio drivers for KVM don't provide the identifiers used by schemes 1 & 2 and they're not PCI to scheme 3 is out too. Scheme 4 is never used by default so we drop through to the kernel names. If you also have emulated NICs in you VM and you've got random naming for your network cards.

The situation with VMWare is just as bad, if not worse. It doesn't provide persistent or even sensible onboard device numbers or you end up with name for you NICS like eno167654321 (something over 2^24). So they put a kludge in the systemd code to spot the ridiculous onboard device numbers and then drop through to scheme 2, but the version of SMBIOS emulated does allow the slot numbers to be pulled from the type 9 records and the field that is used can't be read from /sys and doesn't seem to be consistent, so I can't find a way to know in advance what a NIC will be called so how the *&^% am I supposed to write kickstart files for these things?

And all of this has nothing to do with the job of PID 1, which is the orphan catcher, without which the kernel will die.

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UK age-checking smut overlord won't be able to handle the pressure – critics

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Re: Sex Education

Where did you learn about sex?

My parents just made sure there was a collection of educational material on the bookshelf and assumed that we'd find it when the time came to look.

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Re: I never knew CBeebies had a porn section...

When I setup netnanny (I think) on a PC for my kids back when they were "CBeebie" age they tried to go to their website to find it was blocked by default.

CBeebies was part of the BBC (no not that one, the broadcasting corporation) and the BBC does have some material likely to shock small kiddie widdies.

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