I know Niantic were having issues with Ingress and Pokemon Go on IOS 14 beta, but they've released new versions in the last 24 hours which they say should work OK on it.
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Re: Not met a demon
I used an Ultra 1 with Solaris for many years as my desktop at my first IT job (university department). Ran like a dream. I had some horrible Frankenstein windowing environment using CDE and Window Maker, but it was stable and by the time I left, I'd been logged in from October to March (just locking the screen at night) without any issues. Getting Windows to stay up that long without a reboot (let alone logged in) was pretty much impossible...
Start Me Up: 25 years ago this week, Windows 95 launched and, for a brief moment, Microsoft was almost cool
Oh, yes, the regular reinstall of Windows to keep it running well... Don't miss that at all, I wound up moving my profile to a Samba share simply to avoid the endless resetup of all the options every reinstall (please stop hiding file extensions....). Recently, the relative stability has meant the hassles of profiles outweigh the advantages. Doesn't help that a bunch of games store their save files there; took me a while to figure out why logins/logouts were running so slow until I found the 100s of MB of Skyrim save files stashed in there....
I can see my house from here! Microsoft Flight Simulator has laid strong foundations for the nerdy scene's next generation
You had one job... Just two lines of code, and now the customer's Inventory Master File has bitten the biscuit
There was something odd in some old versions of Unix where the first sync didn't actually do anything immediately, it would sync when it could be bothered. The second sync forced the issue.
Digging around some olde searches, found this reference:
Evi Nemeth's sysadmin book sez:
sync; sync; halt
... the reason being that when the first sync returns, buffers
have been scheduled to be written, but aren't actually guaranteed
to have been written. The second sync (however) won't start
until the first completes.
There also seems to be some discussion about running it again giving the kernel time to flush to slower disks too. In any case, it's a legacy thing, but I suspect some old timers still do it out of habit.
Re: hot-wiring with office supplies
Then there was the Sun E150 (which was basically an Ultra-1 desktop in a tower case with 12 disks). If you powered it off, you either had to have a Sun keyboard to power it on, or open up the case to hit the power switch which was internal only. Not one of Sun's finest designs...
Watch out, everyone, here come the Coronavirus Cops, enjoying their little slice of power way too much
"There’s a reason why the UK doesn’t have a mandatory national ID card" - frankly, I've always argued the main reason not to do it is simple. It'll require a government IT project. That alone should doom it to failure from the start as pretty much every government IT project goes over budget, over time and under-delivers.
Like a Virgin, hacked for the very first time... UK broadband ISP spills 900,000 punters' records into wrong hands from insecure database
Re: "there is a risk you might be targeted for ... nuisance marketing communications"
I get marketing emails from Virgin Media business on my work email address. I have never been in touch with them for anything. I submitted a GDPR data request (what info do you have, where did you get it from and why do you think you have permission to contact me?) and haven't had a response after 30 days. An email to the ICO is the next step.
It’s not true no one wants .uk domains – just look at all these Bulgarians who signed up to nab expired addresses
What do Brit biz consultants and X-rated cam stars have in common? Wide open... AWS S3 buckets on public internet
Re: They seem to think this is a bad thing...
As an outsider to this, it's felt like they hate the government meddling in their lives. The term "government overreach" gets bandied about alongside protecting their "freedoms". I get the impression it started after the war for independance as they threw off the oppression on the British rule and it's just become embedded in their culture.
Depends what it's doing. If I send a request to https://dodgysite.com/ which is blocked by the router, it will send some kind of response back which, because it doesn't have the right cert, will generate an ssl error.
There are also proxies which can do inspection by using dodgy root certs on the client browsers so they can decrypt to capture malware, data leak prevention etc.
Haven't used a floppy drive in years. I had a PC ages ago where opening Windows Explorer took ~10 seconds and I eventually tracked it down to the floppy drive (no idea if it was a hardware fault or crap driver) so I unplugged it "temporarily" to make things work better. A year later I realised i hadn't needed to plug it back in and my next PC didn't get built with one (those were the days I used to order parts for my PC and self-build).
I think I still have a floppy drive in a drawer - buried under all the spare IDE cables and SCART leads I also can't quite bear to part with...
I suspect some legacy pieces of kit (15 year old software which still works) will still need a floppy now and again, but I rather suspect they won't run on any modern version of Linux anyway.
Welcome your new ancestor to the Homo family tree; boffins have discovered a new tiny species of human
Re: Is this a thing still?!
People are stupid - give them enough of a carrot to run untrusted code and they will. It's pretty easy to get macros enabled, usually only a couple of clicks (I've had to do it on legit documents where I need the macros enabled), so not a huge hurdle to get in. If you spam enough people, you'll find a few marks and the cost/benefit ratio soon makes it worthwhile.
Re: Wow, it's almost...
That is at least part of the problem there - here we are, 2.5 years after the referendum and no-one can agree on what leaving the EU actually means. We can't even agree what to do with Northern Ireland, let alone what kind of trade, fisheries or agricultural deals we want to have with the rest of the EU. Parliament is split between remain, hard brexit and some kind of deal in the middle and no-one is budging. The general terms of leaving should have been agreed BEFORE the referendum, not 3 months before the end of the article 50 term.
"Socially acceptable levels"
And there is the problem - the acceptable levels to the public will be zero casualties, even though that's impossible outside of a controlled environment. Every single incident (regardless of fault) will be interpreted as a failure of self driving vehicles, where what we should be setting the bar at is as good as a human driver.
Re: Automation does have its place
I used to have to do user account creation annually at a university. I'd inherited some (fairly ropy) scripts and an MS Word mail merge template which took a fair bit of manual effort. I reduced it to a couple of Unix scripts which then created a LaTeX file to print out and another output file to create the Novell 4.1 accounts (that probably dates it pretty well). The printouts were handed to the lecturers to distribute to their classes on the first day and get them to log in.
Re: "you were seriously stuck up a gum tree"
Dejanews was the Google of the 90s - all sorts of useful stuff squirreled away in Usenet forums and generally not tainted with the crap you get now. Google covers a lot of things now, but part of the problem is the 100s of ways Linux implementors do things, so you get some instructions for RHEL 6 which don't work on Debian, Ubuntu or, in some cases, RHEL 7.
You're thinking of trademarks. Patents follow different laws/rules, hence you can have a submarine patent - let something become ubiquitous then sue the world because you have a patent on it. Declaring it too soon means people can find a different solution and work around your patent and you don't get royalties.
Re: Ok, put it another way...
From close experience - plugging two ovens into a single extension lead blew the fuse on the extension (by design and quite correctly - note that it was someone else who did this, not me). In contrast, I have two extension bars linked together at home serving up a number of low wattage items (mainly around the PC) quite happily because they don't go near the 13 amps permitted by the fuse. It's all about what you plug in, not just the number of items.
The dislike of multiple extension bars dates back to when most items in the house were high wattage and folk would link 2 or more bar heaters, a toaster and an iron into one socket with rather inevitable results. When the blown fuse gets replaced by tin foil or a bolt, the next inevitable results annoy the fire brigade.
Re: I recall even my mum (a bit like Dilmom) telling me a fire story
Only real school fire we had was a small one in the woodwork room (I was nowhere near it, so don't know all the details). The rector (head teacher) decided it would be a great opportunity for a fire evacuation test. As we got to the top of the stairs, we could smell the burning smell which had permeated through the corridors - it certainly added a little more urgency to a fire alarm test!
Surely all this needed was some fake status reports on request when the boss wanted updates? By the time he's wondering why nothing has actually been delivered, the next shiny will have appeared on the horizon to take his attention and you can "shut down" the Blockchain project....
Re: Of all places
Is there anything stopping someone legally buying something like an AR-15 (insert over-powered gun of choice instead) in one state then driving to California to use it? I'm assuming there are a bunch of laws against possession of said weapon in CA, but if they're intending to shoot up people with it, those laws aren't really going to stop them....
Read the article:
But in this case, the charity and local authority seem to have failed to do so in more ways than one, by allegedly declining the opportunity to pick up the docs.
According to the Evening News, Saunders claimed that neither the charity nor the council helped him when he raised the alarm, which he said prompted him to go to the newspaper.
It should still be reported to the ICO, though, as it's lax security of information.
Well - from some of the commentary on Wikipedia (I know it's not a great source, but...):
- Grsecurity distribute patches to the kernel, these are governed by GPLv2
- Grsecurity only sell these (not distribute for free), but as well as the GPLv2 license, they attach use conditions, basically saying "if you distribute these as per GPLv2 you don't get any future releases"
Grsecurity claim this means they're abiding by GPLv2, Perens says it breaks GPLv2. I suspect Perens is right, but the IP lawyers will have a bun fight over it in court.
I think some of the older T-class chips didn't have out of order execution, so they'll probably be safe. They're crap for single threaded workloads, though. I seem to recall POWER 6 didn't have it either, which is how they clocked it so fast (up to 5GHz) without melting.
As for other SPARC/POWER chips? Given that ARM is vulnerable and all of these are based on RISC design concepts, it's entirely plausible they're vulnerable as well. I don't know enough about chips to be able to answer that.
Re: I'm not sure what's worse
"screenshot in a word document"
Older version of MS Paint would default to saving in bitmap format - for a large monitor and 24/32 bit graphics, that would be a large file to attach to an email. Saving in word would compress it so you'd have a much smaller email. It's a poor solution, but for a non-savvy person, it can be quicker & easier.
Nowadays, paint seems to default to PNG format which is much better, so there shouldn't be any need to revert to Word.
Re: Power Cables...
Yup, had one when I was at uni. One of the students reported a PC wasn't working, so I followed her to the room. Sure enough, it wouldn't turn on. Went to check power socket, the plug was slightly out. Pushed it in, powered on the machine gave her a bit of a look as she was looking sheepish and wandered out without saying another word.
It's now cheaper to throw an octo-core 3GHz CPU with 32GB of RAM at a problem than pay a programmer to code it on a single core 1GHz CPU with 2GB of RAM. It's perfectly plausible in many cases to do the latter, but why pay your expensive developer to do that when you can get a bigger server relatively cheaply?
Re: The good news...
In the "old days", firmwares were much smaller, simpler and less prone to requiring patching. Most of the "brains" was in silicon so there wasn't the need to drop firmware as much. These days, the custom silicon is expensive, coding firmware is cheap so bugs creep out and updates are required.
Add in scaling issues - if all you had was a single large Unix server, flipping the jumper is relatively trivial. With 1000+ servers in VMWare farms/private clouds, flipping all the jumpers becomes time consuming.
To be fair, there probably are jumpers, they're just set to allow updates for the reasons above.