* Posts by gerdesj

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Snapping at Canonical's Snap: Linux Mint team says no to Ubuntu store 'backdoor'

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Megaphone

Re: @AC - Amen

Gosh is it that time already?

Look out chaps, the Yanks have woken up. They are all dressed up as Guy Fawkes and have not taken their dried frog pills.

The UK's favourite lockdown cheese is Big and Red but doesn't require a stinking great audit after consumption

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"But the worst cheese in the world is mild cheddar"

You haven't faced the choice of "Would you like American, Cheddar or Swiss?" All three taste the same and differ only in colour. The taste starts off bland and rapidly runs behind a sofa and hides.

I live near Cheddar Gorge and it's not right what some of them do to cheese over there ...

BBC voice assistant promises to summon streams even if you're just a little bit Brahms and Liszt

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Alien

"OK Beeb" not "Whats up Buck?" Besides, Twiki will be an American robot in roughly 500 years time.

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Mockney

If you are going to mess around with Mockney, for God's sake get the experts onto it: Dick Van Dyke.

80-characters-per-line limits should be terminal, says Linux kernel chief Linus Torvalds

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Childcatcher

Terminals could wrap at 80 chars but centre justify, just like modern web pages.

Software bug in Bombardier airliner made planes turn the wrong way

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Mushroom

Re: Crossing the International Date Line/Equator

When I was a lad it was German Starfighters that did that, sadly.

To test its security mid-pandemic, GitLab tried phishing its own work-from-home staff. 1 in 5 fell for it

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Windows

"the problem is email, not people."

No, surely it's their keyboards or perhaps their hands. That's it: cut off their hands.

Windows invokes Sgrîn Las Marwolaeth upon Newport

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Llundain

How on earth did London manage to sprout a voiceless alveolar lateral fricative? It has had names like Londinium and Lundonwic in the past but never Ll...

Micros~1? ClippyZilla? BSOD Bob? There can be only one winner. Or maybe two

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Re: 8.3

"flashbacks to a bygone era "

lol, rofl etc. Now try to get to grips with punchcards as programming. A lace doily is not just something your grandmother puts on the table to avoid your tea cup spoiling the varnish on her mahogany in a decorative way. You still spill and fuck up anyway.

... anyway a lacie is also a punch card, fully punched. It can bring a punch card operated system to its knees. lol, rofl etc

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Micros~1

It is simply the name of the company. Only the display format has changed and that according to their own rules.

Genius.

Australians can demand visitors to their homes run contact-tracing app

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Gimp

Can we borrow Tim Watts up here?

He sounds a bit clued up. Our Parliament could do with some witty insightful comments bouncing around it.

Nine in ten biz applications harbor out-of-date, unsupported, insecure open-source code, study shows

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Re: Cheap shot at open source, it's the same with closed source.

If you go full stack open source then when you update the system, absolutely everything gets updated. *BSD, Linux et al will update the whole lot. I wrangle a lot of Windows servers and workstations for many different customers across a lot of industry sectors. Keeping that lot upto date is not much fun. For starters, each application is independent of the OS and may have its own update checker eg Java, or not. Do you even know what all those crufty old runtimes listed in add/remove programs does or if they are still needed? App management on Windows needs SCM or Zenworks or similar to even start to be manageable.

Singapore releases the robot hounds to enforce social distancing in parks

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Holmes

Re: Chavs in Hoodies

You don't know what a hoodie or a CHAV are, do you?

Twitter sticks a beak in, Clippy-style: Are you sure you want to set your account alight with that flame?

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Childcatcher

Scunthorpe

Some place names are famous for tripping ill considered "AI".

UK COVID-19 contact-tracing app data may be kept for 'research' after crisis ends, MPs told

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Childcatcher

Re: Dreaming up barriers to adoption...

"Trouble is that with a Tory government like this one"

Well at least they managed to get elected which surely shows some form of organisation. What would a shower who can't even manage that do?

RetroPie 4.6 brings forth an answer to 'What do I do with this Pi 4 I bought last year?'

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Windows

Over by my sitting room telly is a C64 and a Quickshot II. the C64 has a SD card connected to it ...

Microsoft decrees that all high-school IT teachers were wrong: Double spaces now flagged as typos in Word

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Paris Hilton

Are those n or m spaces?

We could have pwned Microsoft Teams with a GIF, claims Israeli infosec outfit

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Childcatcher

Re: Seems like a lot of hoops

"After doing all of this, the attacker can steal the victim's Teams account data"

Quite often that is their AD user account and password thanks to the convenient hookup between AD and Azure. There are rather a lot of hastily cobbled together remote desktops and so on around the world right now.

Royal Navy nuclear submarine captain rapped for letting crew throw shoreside BBQ party

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Gimp

Re: Epic level of nominative determinism here

... who went on to have a successful Army career. Currently Lt Col RAdm Smith.

We're in a timeline where Dettol maker has to beg folks not to inject cleaning fluid into their veins. Thanks, Trump

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Paris Hilton

Re: POTUS Supporters

Now that they are starting to swig and inject bleach we should see the effects of evolution in action. lol

House of Commons agrees to allow Zoom app in Parliament, British MPs will still have to dress smartly

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Jitsi

Jitsi is easy to set up. The firm managed set up the JRS website for furloughing staff in a few weeks. Surely a decent self hosted video conf app is possible when it is already available and been around for over a decade.

Python 2 bows out after epic transition. And there was much applause because you've all moved to version 3, right? Uh, right?

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lol

Python is demonstrating how to do a breaking change. There is no perfect way to do this and you will never get away from someone claiming that they paid for something with promises.

The timescale was adjusted once the scale of the problem was known and in response to reasonable complaints. The timescale was/is a very long time.

Google: We've blocked 126 million COVID-19 phishing scams in the past week

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Jitsi does the same job and so does Big Blue Button. You have options.

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Childcatcher

Re: I'm getting Amazon spam

Have you got any form of anti spam thingie looking at your mail feed? I can recommend Exim for the basics (lol) and a damn fine MTA, backed with rspamd for the heavy spammy check lifting.

VMware finally delivers its K8s and vSphere combo

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Windows

DevOps

vBingo!

From Brit telly presenter Eamonn Holmes to burning 5G towers in the Netherlands: Stupid week turns into stupid fortnight for radio standard

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Gimp

"Scientific evidence is that they're so utterly bonkers that it can only be believed by celebrities and the seriously stupid."

Goop anyone?

Started from the bottom, now we're near: 16 years on, open-source vector graphics editor Inkscape draws close to v1.0

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Childcatcher

RLY?

So I fire up pacman and install it ...

... 5 seconds ...

By default the Y axis starts at 0 at the bottom of the page and heads north in a positive way. Looking in Preferences you can move it and change to an axonometric grid if you like.

Doom Eternal: Reboot sequel is cluttered but we're only here for the rippin' and the tearin'

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Boffin

Re: I suck at FPS...

It's not a controller he's holding - those are his hands, and the little bugger feeds over bluetooth.

Upstart Americans brandish alligators at the almighty Reg Standards Soviet

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Mushroom

Re: Retrievers?

"but if you were holding cheese he could still look starved"

Ahh yes, Schrodinger's Lab. Not so well known as his cat but just as mysterious. A lab is capable of being hungry and full at the same time. If allowed unchecked, explosion and implosion are possible simultaneously.

Asleep at the wheel: Why did it take 5 HOURS for Microsoft to acknowledge an Azure DevOps TITSUP*?

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Windows

Re: During the meanwhile ...

You are both right, for a given value of right but I'll side with Jake here!

My own bijou cloud at the office has failed to rain for quite some time (years). Actually, even my home phone exchange has downtime measured in minutes (updates) per year and yes I could do better but I can't be arsed with a home PBX cluster: that's ridiculous.

It's not quite as simple as all that. With big cloud you should be able to flex fast in response to huge requests which my little cloud could never manage. My little cloud on the other hand has people who give a shit about named people and their workloads looking out for them. It also has better uptimes for now. Even now I'm running Windows updates on customer systems, some of whom should be doing their own but don't. I do it because I can and my thumbs (and Icinga) twitch. I live next door to a large park and can get out whenever I like 8)

Microsoft attempts to up its Teams game with new features while locked-down folk flock to rival Zoom... warts and all

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Childcatcher

Re: Used both

"They don't want to use Teams, they want something simple that works with their family and friends too."

Fuck me, have you never heard of a telephone?

Minister slams 5G coronavirus conspiracy theories as 'dangerous nonsense' after phone towers torched in UK

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Coffee/keyboard

Re: The whole story smells of being a False Flag effort

It's either our favourite martian or Bob's caps lock key has given up at last and he has to use shift like the rest of us.

BOFH: Will the last one out switch off the printer?

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Childcatcher

I find owning everything else, the bank and G4S does the trick - "Go to jail, go directly to jail, do not pass Hades or a number 2, give gerdesj a shed load of cash" We have some unusual house rules.

Australian state will install home surveillance hardware to make sure if you're in virus isolation, you stay there

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Re: Let's have a little fun today

I have several 100 demobbed USB dongles on the shelves at work. Now all I need is 100 USB ports.

How many days of carefree wiping do you have left before life starts to look genuinely apocalyptic? Let's find out

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Re: Australian needs

That's only per visit, so no need to cut down on your boozing.

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Coffee/keyboard

Re: Don't you have a shower?

Rinse it off in the toilet bowl

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Childcatcher

Re: think out of the box?

Some bugger even nicked the top and the tail of the t in astounding.

What's the difference between Windows 7 and a bin lorry? One is full of garbage, and the other… oh dear

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The real borkage ...

... is a Reg hack that can't manage a riff on "My old man's a dustman". Perhaps some rhyming slang that would make even the greatest ever Cockney cringe: Dick Van Dyke.

Come on el Reg or I'll cancel my subscription.

Microsoft corrects '775 per cent cloud usage surge' claim: Big number only applied to Teams and only in Italy

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Linux

Re: Teams

"and the presumptive way it installs itself to launch at startup by default"

I had to go to the AUR to get the bloody thing up and running. Was it worth it? Time will tell.

Internet samurai says he'll sell 14,700,000 IPv4 addresses worth $300m-plus, plow it all into Asia-Pacific connectivity

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Windows

Civilian note

It turns out that IPv6 works OK and dual stack works fine. That /n has absolutely no value whatsoever.

Too late.

Finally – news that something is guaranteed to be healthy and well looked-after for the next six months. That something is Windows 10 1709

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Childcatcher

1709

Why on earth would you want to go back to 2017? This is 2020, three years have passed.

Keep up kids.

Surge in home working highlights Microsoft licensing issue: If you are not on subscription, working remotely is a premium feature

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Re: The most simple way is not mentioned here?

"Linux does not have the support for most corporate VPNs (e.g. Cisco)" - have a look at the feature list for NetworkManager

"and Linux cannot support the latest RDP version," - well what the blazes am I using to all those 2019 servers then? Have a look at the feature list for xfreerdp.

My wife uses a Linux laptop at home. She calls it the internet, which might imply her level of technical expertise.

Please try to keep up AC

Oh-so-generous ransomware crooks vow to hold back from health organisations during COVID-19 crisis

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Flame

Re: Look at the super markets.

"And no, I haven't bought unnecessarily large quantities of toilet paper. I have a supply for perhaps three weeks"

Right, given your language you are probably right pondian. That means you are allowed three sheets of bog paper per day and not the 19+ that a left pondian needs (they probably have bigger arses or something). So, three weeks at three sheets is 7 x 3 x 3 = 63 sheets.

A bog roll has roughly 200+ sheets (that is the absolute minimum).

OK so lets allow 20 sheets per day => 20 x 7 x 3 = 420 sheets. 420 sheets => three rolls. Obviously more than one person will consume bog roll faster.

A standard pack of 15 or so rolls will do you for quite a while.

Microsoft Teams usage jumps to 32, no, 44 million as Windows-slinger platform slides onto home workers' PCs

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Childcatcher

You get what you pay for

The bloody thing simply turns up on anything that has MS Office installed in the wrong way. A bit like Skype and Dropbox and all the telemetry and stuff.

I installed Teams on my Arch Linux laptop and desktop to join in with the kids. Hey, I'm just the MD of the company, of course I'm happy funnelling all comms through MS. lol etc. I did remove it because CPU and load average went mental too many times and the process was implicated. I'll give it another go in a few months.

Facebook does the right thing for once: Joins Google, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Reddit, Twitter, YouTube to clean out dodgy COVID-19 info

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Boffin

Re: Alex Jones selling anti coronavirus toothpaste

Colloidal silver has been pushed by snake-oil salesmen for years. It turns your skin blue so it must be good!

https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamadermatology/fullarticle/2214158

Want to look like a smurf? then get it down you.

Corporate VPN huffing and puffing while everyone works from home over COVID-19? You're not alone, admins

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Mushroom

Re: Split-tunnelling? Security madness, surely?

If they have a functioning IPv6 connection, you may find they've been split tunnel for some time!

Morrisons puts non-essential tech changes on ice as panic-stricken shoppers strip stores

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Mushroom

Re: "throughput of goods is in excess of the usual Christmas peak"

"you'll need more bog roll..."

A copy of the Lord of the Rings in paperback will last a very long time at over 1000 pages ...

Let's Encrypt: OK, maybe nuking three million HTTPS certs at once was a tad ambitious. Let's take time out

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Mushroom

I got the warning at 1300 on Wed

... and was told my certs would be invalid on Thurs. The email did tell me exactly which ones would be revoked and gave me a hint on how to use certbot to force an update.

Now, I have a quite scary combination of HA Proxy fronted sites so for example you go to http://example.co.uk or www. or whatever and end up at https://example.co.uk which is hosted on an Apache job. /owa /autodiscover etc all end up coming from an Exchange server, /wiki from a Mediawiki. It goes on ... /icinga /kb and more. All of those can also be got at via hostname instead of www as well. Some bits need Kerb auth and some via forms. Attempting to hammer at the login form for eg OWA ends up visiting a fake form that does nothing, rather slowly. Getting that lot to work was quite traumatic. One tricky bit was getting http to redirect to https correctly whilst still allowing /.wellknown through for the relevant box or the front end. HSTS adds a certain excitement to testing.

lol

Then you have to try and get that lot to move quicker than it is designed to do.

rofl

Samsung cops to data leak after unsolicited '1/1' Find my Mobile push notification

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Re: a small number of users

Inflation has taken its toll. Here's your £5 in today's money: 2/6.

WSUSper it with us, Insiders: Windows 10 2004 is getting closer

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Linux

Can't wait for 20.04

Focal Fossa will be a LTS release.

https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Releases

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