* Posts by E 2

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Millions of APC Smart-UPS devices vulnerable to TLStorm

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This is so cool!

Can they make them explode remotely?

Pretend starship captain to take trip in real space capsule

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Corporate culture... Shatner's a good fit. Go watch his movie "The Captains", pay attention to his comments to Kate Mulgrew's face about whether a woman can really captain a ship, and also his comments about George Takei's sexuality.

ESA and JAXA release Mercury eyecandy, courtesy of spacecraft BepiColumbo

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You'd think a bunch of people as smart as these could shoot pictures without the damned satellite disk in the way, innit?

Google emits data-leaking proof-of-concept Spectre exploit for Intel CPUs to really get everyone's attention

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Re: JS disabled

And even then it will be hard to kill off Javascript in web browsers as there is an enormous installed base of it. Killing it off will be as extended a process as killing off Flash was.

License to thrill: Ahead of v13.0, the FreeBSD team talks about Linux and the completed toolchain project that changes everything

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Re: Faith no more

If I add or remove a PCIe card from a PC running systemd, all my network interface device names change! It's insane!

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Re: Speed and OpenZFS 2.0

@Len - any idea why the 486 would be the default in 2020/2021? I respect conservative design but that seems a bit over the top!

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Linus is not a dictator...

he is the Divine Eye of the Needle through which crappy code cannot pass.

Anyhow, call me when FreeBSD achieves 1% of Linux' market penetration.

You want me to do WHAT in that prepaid envelope?

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They just want a little Dabb of shit.

Huawei loses attempt to rescue CFO Meng from US clutches despite using 140-year-old law in High Court

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Re: As A Canadian...

We have laws governing extradition. It is not the case that Trump says "grab that woman and send her to me" and we do it no questions asked.

We should arrange her release though, because the Americans had 4 years already to make their case and that's long enough. Trump used her as a tool to push a wedge between Canada and China: he did not want us making a diplomatic deals (especially a trade deal) with China because that would call into question his claims of being a great deal maker.

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TBH, Trump is gone, her usefulness to him in keeping Canada and China from making a trade deal of their own is no more. We should just release her. If the Americans actually wanted her they had Trump's entire 4 years to make a case. They didn't...

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Re: Don't break my laws but I can break your laws

The two Michaels are still alive. Our diplomats visited them recently.

House Republicans introduce legislation for outright ban on municipal broadband in the US

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Someone or some people got themselves a nice bundle of Bitcoins...

Dangerous flying car drone zoomed into UK's Gatwick Airport airspace after killswitch failed

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Pardon my French, but why the fuck are they allowed to operate drones at all within 20 Km (or 200 Km) of such an airport?

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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Python is a good language.

It took me years to warm up to this language. It was difficult to accept indentation-as-syntax. Once I did, it became one of my two go-to languages (C++ being the other). Prior to accepting Python if I needed to prototype an idea or write a moderately complex script I would use PHP CLI, which remains a good scripting language IMO.

Up from the depths, 864 servers inside, covered in slime, it's Natick!

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How would Jeff Bezos protect an orbiting data center from solar flares?

Imagine surviving WW3, rebuilding computers, opening up GitHub's underground vault just to relive JavaScript

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Future archeologists will figure out a way to construe Javascript as a method of torture practiced against microserfs of this age. They will not be too far off the mark.

Call us immediately if your child uses Kali Linux, squawks West Mids Police

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Perhaps the kids could install Red Flag Linux instead.

Judge Vulcan-nerve pinches JEDI deal after Amazon forks out $42m to pause Microsoft's military machinations

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Editors: your writer needs to be Vulcan-nerve pinched.

The picture used on the story is the cast of Babylon 5. Vulcan-nerve pinches are a Star Trek thing.

Haunted by Europe's GDPR, ICANN sharpens wooden stake to finally slay the Whois vampire

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IDK WTH RegGuy1 Is On About...

But whois often does not contain useful information for a given IP or domain. Otoh it seems to be used as a source of cold leads for hordes of Indian web dev shops.

I don't think the latter is a good reason to start hiding info: let's hope the former improves with the new scheme.

Kiss my ASCII, Microsoft – we've got one million fewer daily active users than you, boasts Slack

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Having been a user of both...

I can say that Slack is the superior product. It is easier to use and it does not limit how small I can make it's window. Teams refuses to resize below about 640x480 and it has, like most MS apps, vast swathes of empty space in it's window.

The D in Systemd is for Directories: Poettering says his creation will phone /home in future

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What if I want to use LDAP for authentication and authorization via PAM?

Enjoy the holiday weekend, America? Well-rested? Good. Supermicro server boards can be remotely hijacked

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IDK about this being a huge issue qua security hole.

If a server's BMC is accessible from the public Internet then the server's owner has worse problems than what are described in this article.

This seems like some of the "holes" described last year where the attacker has to achieve root level access to a box to exploit. If an attacker has root on your box then how likely are they to exploit obscure holes rather than just do bad stuff, stop syslog, clean up the logs and restart syslog?

Facebook: The future is private! So private, we designed some handy new fingercams for y'all!

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Not new art.

The Japanese adult film industry has prior art.

Has NASA's Mars Insight lander hit rock bottom? Heat probe struggles to penetrate Red Planet

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Re: Seek help from Donald Trump

Perhaps we can put him on a rocket to Mars. He can pound on the rod, and since Mars is quite orange-red in color we won't be able to see him.

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Pitching a tent while camping trip in the mountains, you need to use big nails to peg down the tent's various strings & ropes.

Inevitably every second nail hits a rock. NASA has never gone camping?

'Unstoppable' Chinese NAND fabber YMTC to unleash 64-layer flash flood before skipping ahead to 128 – analyst

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Why is it an oversupply? Low prices are good for people who use flash - and that's just about everyone.

Start trek, the next generation: PCie 4 flash controller demo flaunts speedy peripheral vision

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"... almost instantly..."

You know very well that MS will add shedloads of no-ops to everything in order to make it look like Windows is "working hard".

Either Facebook is building yet another massive bit barn in Iowa, and doesn't want you to know about it....

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Sigint infrastructure, or possibly Russo-Republican vote manipulation infrastructure.

Tech support discovers users who buy the 'sh*ttest PCs known to Man' struggle with basics

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Me too

Same thing, except it was in person. I was doing Novell & NT4 sysadmin in a biz school in Canada. This one guy - the executive director of an institute consisting of a single professor and an executive director - would always ask me how to do MS Office crap and of course I'd no idea about MS Office. But one time he asked me a Photoshop question and I did know something about Photoshop. I looked, he was trying to flood fill some space in a poster, and I asked him to click the paint bucket icon; for some damned reason he reached over and clicked the power switch on the PC to "Off", and looked up at me all doe-eyed and expectant. I just turned on my heel and left the room.

BTW @Editors - I like the nested comment scheme.

This is the Send, encrypted end-to-end, this is the Send, my Mozillan friend

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Send is very secure?

When I went to send.firefox.com I got an essentially blank page: FF logo, Moz logo, footer links, main body of the page blank.

If I can't Send a file then nobody can pilfer it!

AyyyMD had an Epyc quarter: Server chip shipments 'more than doubled' Q3 to Q4

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I got a lot of respect for Lisa Su.

Five or six years ago AMD looked like it might go under.

VMware's latest financial figures look virtually healthy if you page out Pivotal cash-splash loss

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Didn't Dell gobble up VMWare? Why is it filing income data?

SQLite creator crucified after code of conduct warns devs to love God, and not kill, commit adultery, steal, curse...

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Re: I have a code of conduct

"Re: I have a code of conduct

or one of my favorites:

"Tolerance means tolerating those who's actions/opinions you truly hate."

I wonder if this is covered by the Benedictine CoC ?"

That'll be covered in: Do not return evil for evil.

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Re: I have a code of conduct

What's sexist about "dick"?

Lots of people like dick.

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Re: This is serious code bloat

Somewhere between C and C++ for complexity then.

There's a reason the Benedictines are still around: the C++ standards committee's work will never end.

Cosmoboffins think grav waves hold the key to sorting out the disputed Hubble Constant

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...until the next boffin pulls a different solution out of the standard model, or the next string theorist puts forward the next under-determined solution.

It'll never end.

PC version of Linux 4.19 lands with PC version of Linus Torvalds: Kernel handed back to creator

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It will be a test the first time he rejects a pull request for crap code quality and some snowflake complains Linus is being mean. Hopefully Linus has learned how to to say "No" firmly but more diplomatically?

Jesus Christ. I'm tapping this out on my PC and trying to find a delicate word for "not swearing at people". The reign of terror has already begun it seems.

Speeding jet of Siberian liquid hot Magma getting speedier, satellites find

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Re: There has not been any effectual presidents since FDR because "

Read the constitution.

Apple is Mac-ing on enterprise: Plans strategic B2B alliance with HPE

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Magical Wonderful Datacenters

Apple's tried this before. They still don't seem to get it.

I'll take low cost reliable pizza boxes, and I'll not pay for bling or froth. I do not see where Apple brings what I need to the table.

Tesla fingers former Gigafactory hand as alleged blueprint-leaking sabotage mastermind

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Has Musk been possessed by the shade of Steve Jobs?

Mate, have a Flutter on the Darts: Google's mobe app toolkit for Fuchsia, others emerges

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Another one?

Another 'cross platform' language? Wait, I think I see a world-conquering Javascript tool kit on the road ahead! Oh no, skip that, I think I see another world-conquering Javascript tool kit on the road ahead beyond the first! And another beyond that!

I wonder what it's compiler/interpreter and libraries are written in - might be C or C++?

US regains supercomputer crown from Chinese, for now

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Re: Only because someone has to say it..

No. OTOH it will be able to simulate 1000 monkeys playing Crysis simultaneously.

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Shhh, don't tell Trump!

Kids and the web latest: 'Won't somebody please think of the children!' US Congresscritters plead

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"Do Not Track Kids Act"

Cannot these people do anything not wrapped up in Mom and Apple Pie and Thank the Veterans? It's a privacy bill FFS, it ought to apply to all.

It's no wonder Trump runs rings around them, they're infantile themselves.

Nervy nuke-armed nation fires missile with 5,000km range

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re: (while UK is clearly dropping out of the major league)

Shorely the UK can invest an extra 350M pounds per week in weaponry now?

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Re: As long as Canada, you say?

Normally I don't like rating disasters, but I don't think the Air India bombing can touch the 9/11 attacks - for either immediate death toll or knock on death toll.

Hitler 'is dead' declares French prof who gazed at dictator's nashers

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I thot he was consulting at Breitbart?!

Blighty stuffs itself in Galileo airlock and dares Europe to pull the lever

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@Voland's right hand

You were lied to by the leave side. Why do you expect them to tell you anything true now?

Wow, machine learning, what a snoozefest... less so if you strap a bunch of GPUs to your storage

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It would be very good if the hacks would bother to spec the FP width when they bandy about "19.2TF".

19.2 TF of 16 bit precision may help you coerce customer buying decisions, but for my nuclear weapons development I *need* 64 bit precision.