* Posts by Smoking Man

108 publicly visible posts • joined 18 Jul 2008


Psst. Hey. Hey you. We have to whisper this in case the cool kidz hear, but... it's OK to pull your data back from the cloud

Smoking Man

Re: Pfft.

See https://xkcd.com/908/

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Read it here sometime ago:


SysAdmins nightmare: Moving Systems to the cloud.

Giving away control while maintaining accountability.


Who needs 4th July fireworks when there's a new Windows 10 build?

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"Build 18932 is all about accessibility.."

I would think the first and most important step to achieve a meaningful concept of accessibility is A WORKING AND USABLE OS.


The current concept of repetitive Patch download, installation, reboot and rollback ain't funny by any means.

Nor are the useless "0x8002<something> error messages that seem to be spit out by a random number generator.

If your Update Repair Tool thinks that the Windows Update Database needs a fix, THEN HAVE YOUR UPDATE REPAIR TOOL FIX IT.

And don't leave it to the user to repair it <somehow>.

Tesla driver killed after smashing into truck had just enabled Autopilot – US crash watchdog

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Or say it differently:

He was holding it wrong. Own fault.

'Software delivered to Boeing' now blamed for 737 Max warning fiasco

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Re: The Elephant in the Room....

Just about 400 people were holding it wrong, you say?

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Difference between an US and a non-US company.

Volkswagen cheated with their software, and they got caught pants down.

Nobody died or was injured because of their software.

Still it cost them some 35 Billion dollars fine.

Boeing screwed up their software, big time.

Almost 400 people killed.

What will fine will Boeing have to pay 1 Million?

Can I get a RHEL yeah? Version 8 arrives at last as IBM given go-ahead to wolf down Red Hat

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Re: Gnome, wayland and systemd ...

IBM will simply screw it up.

And put a management station in front of every RHEL 8 host.

Still discussing though wether the mgmt station will run Windows or AIX.

It's not that I'd be too unhappy to see systemd follow the route of OS/2..

Former HP CEO Léo Apotheker tells court he didn't read Autonomy's latest accounts before fated $11bn buyout

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"Didn't read"..

.. simply means "didn't understand".

Everybody [not] working [in management] at HP at that time got the idea at the verys 1st virtual meetings with Leo, why SAP was more than happy to let him go.

Huawei savaged by Brit code review board over pisspoor dev practices

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Re: Funtionality

And speed and cost efficiency trump functionality (and security):

"Does it compile?"


"Well then, ship it!"

Don't have a heart attack but your implanted defibrillator can be hacked over the air (by someone who really wants you dead)

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It's all in the software.

You're save.

Sincerely, Medtronics.

A Boeing Division.

OK, team, we've got the big demo tomorrow and we're feeling confident. Let's reboot the servers

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No trial licenses necessary.

At least for those products I used to work with for years and decades.

Name of the company developing and selling those products: Oracle.

You could (and can) basically install and use all of their products (at least around the RDBMS thingy), with all named features.

No need to apply a license key.

And still they're making _some_ money with that type of business, don't they?

From Firefox to fired cocks: Look who's out to save you being shafted by insecure Internet of Dingalings – it's Mozilla!

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Please do not turn off or unplug your vibrator.

Installing update 31 of 273 ..

Sysadmin's three-line 'annoyance-buster' busts painstakingly crafted, crucial policy

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SELinux? Sure, can be.

I would have expected some fun with systemD, the "Grand Microsoftification of Linux"..

Same sort of PITA as SELinux.

Post-Brexit plan for .EU tweaked: No dot-EU web domains for Europeans in UK, no appeals, etc

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You're just listening to an echo.

You keep shouting "F*ck EU!" and what you now hear is "F*ck You!".

Brexit means Brexit. You want it, you get it. Mind the gap.

Want to spin up Ubuntu VMs from Windows 10's command line, eh? We'll need to see a Multipass

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Re: Webservers?

I remember a customer engineer connecting hist notebook to a server vga (and keyboard/mouse) port with this device:


Enables a laptop to act as a KVM device. Nice and useful gimmick, just not the cheapest one.

Are you sure your disc drive has stopped rotating, or are you just ignoring the messages?

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Re: simple instructions

Ahh, those were the days.. when a Sun workstation came with an optical mouse and some sort of glass panel, a special pattern printed on it, to be used as mousepad.

It took most people a while, some never understood, why their mousecursor went sidewards when moving the mouse up or down.

The stared at you with eyes and mouth wide open when you told them to rotate the mousepad (back) 90 degrees..

Excuse me, sir. You can't store your things there. Those 7 gigabytes are reserved for Windows 10

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..Devuan or FreeBSD..

So it looks like you're no friend of systemD either :-)

Peak Apple: This time it's SERIOUS, Tim

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Re: RE: Charlie Clark

The age of Linux starts when it overtakes Windows as dominant OS on desktops.

The D in SystemD stands for Dammmit... Security holes found in much-adored Linux toolkit

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It' not a bug.

You're just holding it wrong!

Oh, wait, that was another messias..

Error pop-up? Don't worry, let's just get this migration done... BTW it's my day off tomorrow

Smoking Man

Re: Some things are forgivable

Quite often it's not that somebody forgot to renew a license or certificate, it's just that nobody from management wanted to pay for the new lic/cert.

But hey, it's still your fault, you didn't send the request/reminder often enough.

It is with a heavy heart that we must inform you hackers are targeting 'nuclear, defense, energy, financial' biz

Smoking Man


All you can do is keep them from accessing anything that might cause damage.


That's why we hide them in a larger office named "Management".

Waymo presents ChauffeurNet, a neural net designed to copy human driving

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I like the idea..

..of developers, programmers and managers who f*cked up Windows update changing jobs, going the AI route and doing autonomous driving.

Microsoft, you shouldn't have: Festive Windows 10 Insiders build about as exciting as new socks

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Re: Havn't they finished this yet?

[Quote] They've been building Windows for over a quarter of a century, and it isn't finished yet? [/Quote]

So you thought the deep knowledge on how to configure the underlying DOS system would keep your job safe?

And using more than 16 MB of memory is just a waste of resources?

You gotta be strong now: Things and conditions develop. Different from what you were thinking. Sometimes.

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Two questions left:

1) Will it leave user data alone (or just focus on itself)?

2) Will it blend?

Microsoft: New icons, new drivers, AI! Everything is awesome!

Smoking Man

Don't need no AI.

Some REAL Intelligence helping to get Windows Updates right the first time would be appreciated though.

HP's Neon Dion says if anything goes wrong, it's totally Intel's fault: CPU shortage may hit PC maker's financials

Smoking Man

Re: Printers

Printers went with HP Inc.

Microsoft slips ads into Windows 10 Mail client – then U-turns so hard, it warps fabric of reality

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Re: Windows Mail gets worse and worse

And instantaneously MS will get sued by Apple claiming a patent violation.

Techie was bigged up by boss… only to cause mass Microsoft Exchange outage

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Re: RE: Then came the Linux crowd where there were no such applications

Just dreamin':


Linux is like a sleek F1 car, each part is self-contained and held together with screws. It can be hard to get the components working together at first, but they're easily swappable.


Then there was systemd: https://youtu.be/hYOWIdPHXts

The D in Systemd stands for 'Dammmmit!' A nasty DHCPv6 packet can pwn a vulnerable Linux box

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Bug in systemd? Can't be.

You're holding it wrong.

DXC axes Americas boss amid latest deck chair musical

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Re: AC cause reasons

Leaving DXC and its magagement out of discussion for a small moment, I would just like to point out, that it's certainly not the brightest idea to post company internal data, names, and structures on a public discussion board. These are competitive information.

Such sort of data contains -at the end- company confidential data.

If you worked or still work for DXC, you signed a contract to keep such information for you.

You're alone in a room with the Windows 10 out-of-the-box apps. What do you do?

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Re: Isn't it obvious?

Bring back Clippy.

And make it a system app, essential and unremovable.

PC shipments just rose, thanks to Windows 10

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Re: Kubuntu 18.04 - FOR THE WIN!

Sounds almost like you need three machines with Kubuntu to do the work that could be done with a single Windows 10 machine.

Welcome to 2018, the year of Linux on the desktop.

UK taxman outlines its CHIEF concerns for customs IT systems

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Nothing to see here..

carry on.

Donald and Boris are here to protect you.

United States, you have 2 months to sort Privacy Shield ... or data deal is for the bin – Eurocrats

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He is.

And the very 1st country he sends the marines to, will be WTO.

'Cause those folks hurt U.S. businesses. Very bad, so sad.

Who fancies a six-core, 128GB RAM, 8TB NVMe … laptop?

Smoking Man

Re: What does it run?

Including a mainframe :)

Well, an emulator at least.. http://www.hercules-390.org/

Sysadmin shut down server, it went ‘Clunk!’ but the app kept running

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Re: shutdown silliness

Ahh, in the good old days [tm] on "my" systems that was "CTRL-B RS" or "CTRL-B TC".

Nowadays it's a "echo b > /proc/sysrq-trigger"

Or as I like to call the procedure: "take the system to a known state."

Smoking Man

Re: Random USB

Decades ago, when I worked in tech presales of a somewhat bigger system supplier, I learned in a discussion with one of our director folks, that a LCD display on the front panel _and_ on the back panel of system sold for more than a million £/$/€ was way too expensive and by this would never happen.

I thought of and described the same sort of LCD display that was used in those days in "our" laser printers..

Amazon’s Snowball snowballs as Google's clone gets real and IBM's comes to Europe

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In old days, USB sticks with some dozen GB of sensitive data on them tended to get lost on trains, cabs and such.

I think the fun really starts when such a snowball device with unencrypted mass data in the 100 TB range disappears in the street.

"Boss, I really don't know how this could happen, I wanted to take some files with me just to work with them at home later today.."

Oracle's new Java SE subs: Code and support for $25/processor/month

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Just guessing.

Next year or so, license and support cost will stay the same, just not per server though, but per Oracle licensed core.

All cores in a system to be licensed, as long as it isn't running Oracle VM.

Oh yes, of course, Vmware datacenters as a whole.

And no, it doesnt' matter how many or few cores in that datacenter actually run Java SE.

Theoretically, you could run it on all, couldn't you?

So here's your new license and support contract, adding 8192 cores * 25$/core/month * three years...

You love Systemd – you just don't know it yet, wink Red Hat bods

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SystemD: The ultimate Microsoftification of Linux.

Kaspersky Lab loses the privilege of giving Twitter ad money

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Trump said: "Wanna stay the official voice of America? Ban Kaspersky. Got the message?"

Facebook previews GDPR privacy tools and, yep, it's the same old BS

Smoking Man

Re: @ElReg

Use uBlock origin. Add a filter called "Fanboy’s Social Blocking List".

No FB, Instagram, Google+ or other "click my crap" buttons anymore.

Was April 10th 'Add storage features to enterprise OSes day'?

Smoking Man

I'm getting old.

How do I know?

When reading something like " “virtual data optimizer” that applies “de-duplication and compression of data before it lands on a disk.”", I keep thinking "Dear OS, just place my data quick and safely on disk. Otherwise just leave your fingers off. I'm not interested by any means in a new and shiny layer you want to place here and there."

'nuff systemd'ed.

Europe dumps 300,000 UK-owned .EU domains into the Brexit bin

Smoking Man

Brexit means Brexit.

Simple as that. You want it, so you may get it.

Rejoin with your colonists over the pond, get a .com domain or whatever.

Get real and stop whining.

User asked why CTRL-ALT-DEL restarted PC instead of opening apps

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Even the classical UNIX workstations.

Had a customer call me why the disk of one UNIX workstation filled up to 99, maybe 100%.

Lucky me, I could connect via modem and kermit to that system.

Turned out that during the managers two weeks vacation his secretary started the daily backup.

Backup device: /dev/rmt/0m

Since she was used to a PC keyboard, not to that somewhat special UNIX keyboard, she specified the backup device file as CTRL-7devCTRL-7rmtCTRL-70m

The backup ran until the disk was full..

But it was quick!

Air gapping PCs won't stop data sharing thanks to sneaky speakers

Smoking Man

Re: Theory and in practice?

He, Heinz, du Rechtschreibeblockwart,

gratuliere, du hast was gefunden.

Jetzt troll dich zurück ins Heise-Forum, zum Rest Deinesgleichen.

Developer recovered deleted data with his face – his Poker face

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And the beauty of using scripts as opposed to type commandline after commandline lies in:

That you can easily do much more damage to a wider set of data in almost no time.

I remeber quite well when I had messed up several directories with thousands of files of old, older and newer versions, a huge set of files with the same name etc.

It was already late int he evening, when I hacked a small shell script that checked various directories for file duplicates.

And, as expected, I somewhat messed up the check ("test, []"), which at the end kept all duplicates and deleted the single files that should stay untouched. Job well done.

Mines the one with the backup tapes..The ones with "tar: read error".

Who wants dynamic dancing animations and code in their emails? Everyone! says Google

Smoking Man

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Intel adopts Orwellian irony with call for fast Meltdown-Spectre action after slow patch delivery

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Re: What about homebrew computers?

Just last week I did a Bios upgrade to a almost brand new system, ASUS Z370 MB with Intel I7 8700K CPU.

The new firmware brought the performance down to about 16% of the level achieved with the previous version. Yes, not _by_ 16% but _to_ 16%. (*)

So there's room for improvement.

Yes, I indeed switched back to the previous firmware. Shame on me.

(*) = Measured under Win10 Pro with Cinebench v15.

You're the IT worker in charge of securing the cloud for your company. Welcome to Hell

Smoking Man

Re: Berave New World

Found here on El Reg a while ago: "Cloud: Giving up control while maintaining accountability."

Perfect statement, I think.