* Posts by Morten Bjoernsvik

279 posts • joined 7 Mar 2008


UK Parliament bins its TikTok account over China surveillance fears

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Re: social media service probably sends data about its users back to Beijing

You give your name and phone number and location data and taste of videos and friends to a chinese company. This is a nice starting point for further data probing.

Nothing more than Google, Apple, M$ or Meta is doing, but sending it to Beijing.

Linux may soon lose support for the DECnet protocol

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metrics please

Are there any metric gathering entity that can back up the decision?

There is nothing as good as showing numbers for management to contradict their decision.

And it happens a lot. in the IoT space there are lots of protocols and hardware now outdated, but still being used.

When you see 10% of your customer-base still using a dead protocol with old hardware, it will cause riots to abandon it.

Battle of the retro Unix desktops: NsCDE versus CDE

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Anyone knows where to get a 4dwm for Ubuntu distros. I especially loved how it had this window of running apps. Or you could stach each running app as icons when minimized and no launcher. I had 4 1280*1024 heads on my indigo2 maximum impact back in 1997.

Ampere: Cloud biz buy-ins prove our Arm server CPUs are the real deal

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Real benchmarks please

Larger L1 and L2 caches and high core density and 5nm taping sound expensive. Price/performance benchmarks please. Arm risc may be easier to optimize than cisc, so it would be nice to see.

Atlassian: Unpatched years-old flaw under attack right now to hijack Confluence

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no problem here

We're still on premise v6.2 from 2017. we do not have this feature :-)

To get to the cloud we need to upgrade to some versions, but there are lots of database issues.

You have to take each update step by step every version, will take forever.

Feature maturity and terrible administration made atlassian drop on premise, just managing atlassian products are a full sys-admin/uber dba expert skill position, no one can afford.

If you're using the ctx Python package, bad news: Vandal added info-stealing code

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private pypi

We use private nexus3 pypi repos where we add packages when safety or snyk complains about outdated packages.

You can also simply create a parser for https://www.cvedetails.com on python. I'm pretty sure pypi is already full of them. The main drawback of cve is the long delay from it is being discovered until a cve is issued. but this can be solved by only using popular packages and wait some time until upgrading.

Heresy: Hare programming language an alternative to C

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just what we need

Another programming language - not

I already dabble in python, c, go, javascript, powershell, bash, java and perl5.

Ubuntu 22.04 LTS arrives on everything from a 2GB Pi to AWS Graviton

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>110,000 job applications fielded by Canonical in 2021,

Are they job recruiters now?

Nvidia outlines subscription-fueled journey to $1tr revenue

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Hardware subscriptions exists

Oracle Exadata

IBM mainframes

Any cloud provider

Lockbit wins ransomware speed test, encrypts 25,000 files per minute

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invest in backups

Just device a backup and restoration recovery plan. and test it. Store all data on servers encrypted and only allow access via certain applications running in containers as standard users.

Just today I logged in as admin on a windows server and found the history in powershell holding anything needed to log in to a critical oracle database, leftover from last person being root on the system.

Coding in a war zone: A Ruby developer's life in Kharkiv

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Ukranian keyboard Heroes

I've had the pleasure of working with brilliant people from https://www.infopulse.com/ since 2015. We have been i Kyiv and they come to Norway 4 times a year for planning, social events and knowledge sharing. Most of the people have been with us for years, and even during war they work and deliver. They are real heroes. Infopulse have helped relocate their employees and their families out of Kyiv to more secure parts in the west. I'm really impressed by their morale, discipline and how they care for each other.

Україна назавжди

Cyberwarfare looms as Russia shells, invades Ukraine

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Re: I disagree with the rationale here

Only Putin wants this war. Even his Chief of Intelligence was humiliated on public television when he had to confirm to the invasion. Another impact will be Finland and Sweden applying for Nato membership.

Ukraine blames Belarus for PC-wiping 'ransomware' that has no recovery method and nukes target boxen

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Re: Professional Basketcases?

NS2 will be ready next year, then Putin can circumvent Ukraina, and pick pocket his friends for cheap gas.

But Europe have themselves to blame, especially Germany decommissioning and neglecting nuclear power-plants. Now full of solar and windmills, but what do they do then there is no sun or no winds (like most of the autumn and winter), they have to buy expensive power from elsewhere. In Norway we usually have a a 15% (10TWh) surplus of ACER-friendly generated electric power from waterfalls. And we have -10C and belov lots of the winter.

This winter the high prices in Europe tempted the incompetent leadership of StatsKraft to sell all they had emptying the water-magazines and viola, we have to set the power price higher than all of Europe to prevent export. resulting in a on average 600% increase this winter.

The fallout are unemployment and shitload of bad publicity for the ruling parties. they show a 40% decrease in the polls.

We have two new cables to UK and Germany with 600GWh capacity each, 10 fold the old cable capacity, On top of it we also have the Nettleie, a charge on top because of impedance in the cables, because of all this export we need to pay based on our max utilization day of the month to promote freezing and cold dinners (This was luckily avoided and turned down in the last hour).

We get some refunds via the goverment a 20%, but my powerbill for december was still NOK5000, it uses to be NOK1500. This refund does not yet cover small businesses and flat complex.

Now they talk of electrifying a 4TWh Ammonium plant and all the 50+ oil platforms in the North Sea around 10TWh, Statskraft earned around 64Bill NOK (£6.4Bill) into the government koffers last year and the government is giving back around 6Bill NOK in support.

Norway the battery of Europe, while its population is freezing.

Db2, where are you? Big Blue is oddly reluctant to discuss recent enhancements to its flagship database

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Re: IBM always did a shitty job when it came to DB2 marketing

IBM also have another kick ass database - https://www.ibm.com/products/informix/editions

The latest v14.10 patch was releases just a few weeks ago, it has nosql and json and great python drivers frequently updated with https://github.com/ibmdb/python-ibmdb (same driver as for DB2)

I use the embedded C version on a raspberry pi and the developer version is free for personal use. I have 1.4TB of data in the largest one.

Meg Whitman – former HP and eBay CEO – nominated as US ambassador to Kenya

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Oh Ginny Rommety

>>Hey give Biden credit, he's protecting American companies! If Whitman is off acting as an Ambassador

>>in Africa (Ambassadors dont actually do much except attend parties and sign documents written by

>>their staff), then she cant destroy any more American companies by being appointed as their CEO!

She got the job because Ginny is still busy Consulting IBM.

AI algorithms can help erase bright streaks of internet satellites – but they cannot save astronomy

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move north

According to: https://www.starlinkinternetbroadband.com/starlink-satellite-internet-coverage-map/, there are few satellites if you move above the 55 latitude. I know it is optimal to be around equator because of the viewrange. but we call Tromsoe the Paris of the North :-), And you have taxfree in Svalbard :-) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Svalbard_Satellite_Station

Red Hat forced to hire cheaper, less senior engineers amid budget freeze

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We all saw this comming

$32bill borrowed and Mrs Romettys fallouts take their tolls. Rometty reigns in declining market cap. IBM used to have money in the bank, but now it is all debt. Stock buybacks to keep the value bloated emptied the coffers. Those interest rates could have payrolled the seniors.

UK's competition regulator fires red flare over Nvidia's $40bn Arm takeover deal

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Re: British Politicians Now Look East

China goes for riscv. Their numerous universities work on riscv designs. Arm is more desirable than Intel because they can do production themselves. One thing holding china back is wafer printing https://www.wsj.com/articles/china-wants-a-chip-machine-from-the-dutch-the-u-s-said-no-11626514513

The top 3 supercomputer in the world the Chinese Sunway uses riscv, the cpumesh is quite impressive assuming it is 28nm from 2016. So when they shrink this to 3nm?

Eight-year-old bug in Microsoft's 64-bit VBA prompts complaints of neglect

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Re: "[Microsoft felt] the 32-bit version a safer choice for most users"

default console in win10 is no longer cmd.exe it is powershell.exe,

Now that China has all but banned cryptocurrencies, GPU prices are falling like Bitcoin

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Re: Phew that was close!

Interestingly, Bitcoin, and some other "cryptocurrencies" are designed to be cryptographically secure in a way that controls the supply (there will only ever be a finite number of Bitcoins, Ether is another matter), and prevents "forgery"

The weighting used by BTC where you get your fraction of a BTC based on your fraction of the summed compute power spent is an environmental disaster. They could instead used this power to fold DNAs or Seti analyzing or something, just not heat you need to cool down.

Have you tried turning server cores off and on again? HPE wants to do it for you from GreenLake

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Maybe new on intel

IBM calls it Capacity On Demand:


Same with oracle Exadata:


And Azure,GC,AWS,Facebook etc surely have this in their datacenters.

But this is becomming commodity:

Days Gone PC: Melting pot of open-world influences makes for one of the more immersive zombie slayers out there

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Re: Average is as average does

|I played this on the PlayStation. It's the epitomy of average - if you've played any open world action

|game you've played this one.

And if you buy a $50 500GB SSD and replace the HD in PS4, you reduce the loadtimes. Due to the crappy old controller you can go fine with the cheapest slowest ssd there is and still halve the load times. And it the fan does not run that much.

Nasdaq's 32-bit code can't handle Berkshire Hathaway's monster share price

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python to the rescue

python is actually very much used in banking nowadays mainly because it has arbitrary numbers builtin without any fuzz:

>>> int64bit = 2**63-1

>>> bigger = int64bit**10

>>> type(bigger)

<class 'int'>

>>> bigger


SpaceX's Starlink: Overhyped and underpowered to meet broadband needs of Rural America, say analysts

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Re: Current user here

"So ask yourself this question. Why are SpaceX/Starlink launching, if it's not economical/profitable in the long run?"

They can always fell back to use it as network for all the Teslas.

Over a decade on, and millions in legal fees, Supreme Court rules for Google over Oracle in Java API legal war

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fair use of apis

We can relax, there will not be a patent-troll suing you on use of a token anytime soon.

Official: IBM to gobble Red Hat for $34bn – yes, the enterprise Linux biz

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Re: If IBM buys Redhat then what will happen to CentOS?

2years later we know they killed it. made an inferior stream version.

IBM's CEO and outgoing exec chairman take home $38m in total for 2020 despite revenue shrinking by billions

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One of the worst CEOs in history lost $134Billion in marked cap in 9 years

Mrs Rometty reign started with a shareprice of $182/Market cap $211B (01/2012) and ended $128/$114B (12/2020). The stock has only lost 35% (due to heavy buybacks), but marked cap has lost ~$100B. Also add the RedHat acquisition of horrendously $34B on top of it. IBM now has net debt of $52B. In 2012 they had $25B in net debt.

Ken Lay of Enron is often called the worst CEO in history loosing $65Billion, and Carly Fiorina managed to halve the value of HP in just 5 years. But they are just geniuses compared to Mrs Rometty.

Huge if true: If you show people articles saying that Firefox is faster than Chrome, they'll believe it

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Re: A Go Faster Stripe for Software.

its all about market cap and testing. we only test our software on Chrome nowadays because 80% of the userbase has it. the rest is ios and mac and that is a separate ballgame.

Perl.com theft blamed on social engineering attack: Registrar 'convinced' to alter DNS records by miscreants

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So nobody did monitor the `whois perl.com`

Ghost of Microsoft's Legacy Edge browser will linger as the default on Surface Hubs after April execution for desktops

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We now have Chromium Edge on linux

A year ago my team changed their frontends, making Firefoxs geckodriver crash or not picking up code when using psedoelements in selenium. So we were stuck with Chrome. But 6months ago Chromium Edge was annonced for linux, so we atleast have 2 options. the MSEdgedriver was crappy to begin with (until v80 it was all chromedriver) but now our code works fine there aswell. I use 3 microsoft products on linux: Visual Studio Code, ChromeEdge and MS SQL server, they are all good.

Happy birthday, Python, you're 30 years old this week: Easy to learn, and the right tool at the right time

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pip is part of all python distributions now

I recall the time when I had to install lots of modules and base python to get pip or easy_install, but those days are long gone. pip is packaged with the base language since 3.5:

"Whereas a Rust programmer can just download the language and use the integrated rustup+cargo tools for everything, Python programmers need to juggle many different tools to accomplish something similar but those tools are not developed in unison," Ronacher explained. "Unlike all other modern languages, Python also can only load one version of a dependency. This means that your entire software project needs to agree on a compatible version, which becomes harder the larger the ecosystem grows and the faster it moves."

And the requirements.txt withg the modulename==version is just as good as anything I've used anywhere, you can juggle installs with pip uninstall module; pip install module==version.

Surface Laptop Go: Premium feel for a mid-range price, but Microsoft's Apple-like range once meant more than this

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Surface power supplies

Worth to mention it the stupid power supplies, they are unique and not that easy to get hold of. In my case it was cheaper to upgrade to a more recent 2nd hand surface pro 3

Red Hat defends its CentOS decision, claims Stream version can cover '95% of current user workloads'

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Re: The RedHat corporate spinners won't fix this

Problem with stream is that it is always upfront. It is like Fedora which I always hated for all the new stuff breaking backward compliance. I just want things to be compliant and work with monitoring software and sysadmin procedures already in place.

About $15m in advertising booked to appear on millions of smart TVs was never seen by anyone, says Oracle

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Re: Wait...

|I'd just buy a monitor if I would be in the market for one.

I take the HDMI out from the cablebox into a nvidia 1060 card and convert it into H264 video. And put it into a Synology NAS and use the synology Videostation app on Chromecast on a monitor.

Microsoft is designing its own Arm-based data-center server, PC chips – report

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Re: MS take a look at the Apple design

And what is Intel doing?

When amd64 surfaced with Opteron it took a few months and Intel was out with X86_64. (even though they tried pushing Itanic for the 64bit). They had a team in Israel already preparing this for years. Atoms take on Arm has been a failure, Unable to match performance with power consumption. Intels dreadful Iris graphics. North/South Bridge etc. Why they do not have a SOC with lots of onchip cache is beyond me. The only rocket science about apple M1 is its 5Micron process. and we all know Intel still have problems with yield on 10Micron. Becoming to fat and lazy over the year with little competition. Maybe Intel will become the Nokia of the 2020'ies. It is well deserved.

Rocky has competition as more CentOS alternatives step into the ring: Project Lenix, Oracle Linux vie for attention

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Re: I always feared...

Redhat = big Red?, I always though Big Red was Oracle, or they are maybe Evil Red or Larry Red

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Re: suse

Major thing with CentOS is its rpm compatibility with RedHat Enterprise. You can develop an app on CentOS and deploy to your customerbase on RedHat. (All our customers preferred Redhat)

With containers this is not that big issue anymore since any linux guest container seem to run fine on any linux host. I havent built a standalone rpm in years, it is now all Dockerfiles and kompose in my own or company docker repos.

Systemd startup/config scripts compatibility with redhat was nice, but now docker-compose or kubernetes kompose takes care of it. And it works out of the box on Azure/Digital Ocean once you have added the resources.

AWS Babelfish for PostgreSQL: A chance to slip the net of some SQL Server licensing costs?

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Re: "Babelfish"?

You are Ironic I assume :-)

This has nothing to do with Google Translate but all to do with Hitchhikers guide to the galaxy


AMD performance plummets when relying on battery power, says Intel. Let's take a closer look at those stats

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Re: Depends

And will we get it on anything other than apple iron?

HTTPS-only mode arrives in Firefox 83 as Mozilla finds new home for Rust-y Servo engine

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but a pain to manage

I need to open port80 from the firewall to my server, then add a http/80 on my proxy so certbot can update the cert every third month.

Lots of acme services out there that let you install a vpn to fix this but they all cost money. I have an ssl terminator in my proxy, so I just link any service through it and I do not have to bother with certs in my apps until the next 3 months.

Python swallows Java to become second-most popular programming language... according to this index

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Re: "Why not? K&R is ~250 pages long"

>Everyone loves static analysis - in Go we'd use golint, gofmt and govet

You can force static typing in python just use `-m mypy` or `mypy` command. In 3.9 you do not even need to import typing. Our CI have a mypy label which enforces static type check on any code before deploying containers. We also have git hooks that run mypy on your code before you check in.

But it is as with all trades, if you program python for years 24/7 you learn to write defensive pythonic, so it is actually not needed.

Bad software crashed Boeings. Now it appears the company lacked a singular software supremo

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Blame Airbus

>still would have needed a new type approval, and full pilot re-certification, which is what they were trying >to avoid.

It was the Airbus A321Neo that stole all their orders. The desperately needed an airframe with more efficient engines, more seats and had no time for a full FAA classification and costly pilot certification.

If it had worked, it would have been hailed as a "stroke of genius".

Kick Google all you like, Mozilla tells US government, so long as we keep getting our Google-bucks

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Re: "I guess that means really that Mozilla is 'owned' by Google"

And they give Stinky rich Apple $12Bill/Year so they do not develop their own search engine.

Swift tailored for Windows no longer folklore: Apple's programming language available for Microsoft OS

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Re: Taylored to our needs

I love your headlines :-)

Oracle Zooms past rivals to run TikTok’s cloud, take stake alongside WalMart and ByteDance investors

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Oracle Cloud

So now the total number of customers are: 20


What did they do – twist his Arm? Ex-Qualcomm senior veep joins SiFive as CEO, RISC-V PC for devs teased

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Re: RISC-V Raspberry Pi

Totally agree, I want to tinker with my sensors on a dead cheap platform. the pi is perfect for it, performance is more than good enough and it is expendable. But the real gem is all the people writing howtos and small programs for it.

Ardour goes harder: v6.0 brings 'huge engineering changes' to open-source digital audio workstation

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free version works for 10 minutes

Free/Demo version

Periodically goes silent after 10 minutes.

Photostopped: Adobe Cloud evaporates in mass outage. Hope none of you are on a deadline, eh?

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> Well Element Animation... hate to tell you but us professionals, still do own our own software.

How can you own closed software like Photoshop Creative Suite, AFAIK CS6 (2017) was the last that could be bought traditionally without the subscription model.

For professionals there are not that many alternatives to Illustrator and Photoshop.

As a simple programmer I manage with Krita and Inkscape.

It wasn't just a few credit cards: Entire travel itineraries were stolen by hackers, Easyjet now tells victims

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Re: Is hacking too easy?

>What technology do the police use for accessing criminal records?

I Norway we have centralized login: http://www.idporten.no/ where there are 3 different providers and 6 different 2FA ways to authenticate. This login-service is used to access any official records by customers and internals alike. It covers usb-sticks, smartcards and login tokens and soon yubikey fido2 devices. Its govern by an own governmental directorate https://www.difi.no/

Soon a service that scans your passport will come alive. It will take you from zero legitimation level to top in one go. Making the onboarding fully digital and much faster.

Each provider need a lot of independent backend services from various other providers, so it means compromising one wont compromising the entire chain.

The end really is nigh – for 32-bit Windows 10 on new PCs

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Re: Amazed it took them this long

"FF has become such a PIG"

Blame it on Rust, the clue to its speed is to do clever mallocs which requires memory:




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