* Posts by Kurgan

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At last, the fix no one asked for: Portable home directories merged into systemd

Kurgan
FAIL

Systemd is devastating

Systemd is a cancer that cripples everything it touches.

So you locked your backups away for years, huh? Allow me to introduce my colleagues, Brute, Force and Ignorance

Kurgan

Re: not to a PC

So the backup tape actually worked to recover your data, didn't it?

Kurgan
Trollface

Useless in space

Which makes it useless on the ISS.

No backdoors needed: Apple ditched plans to fully encrypt iCloud backups after heavy pressure from FBI – claim

Kurgan

But can you really disable icloud backups?

Let's suppose that you just don't use iCloud backups. You think you are safe from three letters agencies. But If such agencies want your data, they can probably just ask Apple to trigger a single backup from remote, and they will have your data. Can you be sure that your phone will not be remote controlled at all? I don't think so. If you are a criminal, or if you are serious about privacy, do not use a phone. Any phone. Real privacy has been lost forever. Even ordinary cell phones from the nineties could be used to track your location. The only non-tracking remote paging device was the old Motorola pager (at least in Italy) which could be used to track you only in very big macro-areas (north, center, south of Italy).

Big Falcon explosion as SpaceX successfully demos Crew Dragon abort systems

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Re: Causality

Consider that when there are astronauts on board, the abort can be executed by them. So if something goes wrong and the abort system does not initiate the abort, then the people aboard can. Unless there is a sudden explosion before the capsule can escape.

No horrific butterfly keys on this keyboard, just you and your big, dumb fingers

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Re: Gen Z would be the target audience

While I could use such a virtual keybaord, the new generation actually types faster on the default on screen keybaord, because that's the one they learned to use. My wife, who is 55 years old but has been using a smartphone since the first iphone was invented, and rarely uses a computer, is far better (and feels a lot more comfortable) at typing on the smartphone than on the computer. Also, she prefers using internet on her ipad than on the computer. So, smartphone/tablet users of the future will surely find it useless. They will be fine with the on screen keyboard.

Kurgan

This is actually a nice idea (and I'm not joking). Some random unused keyboard (or a printed sheet that can be fold away) could provide for far better accuracy and for something to aim at while "air typing".

Remembering Y2K call-outs and the joy of the hourly contractor rate

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Re: Year 19100

You mean 2038, I suppose. Yes, it will probably crash because it is, of course, based on technology from 1995, so I doubt it uses 64 bit for date management. But I hope it will be dead and buried in 2038. Or maybe I will be dead in 2038. Well, I have another 18 years to ignore the problem.

Kurgan

Year 19100

All of my customers had basically no problems, including one with a very old unix micro (with serial terminals) that was obsolete in the 90s, but still in use in 1999 and after. Only issue I have seen was with Novell netware 3.11, that began showing years as "19100" and so on. That system kept working until 19103, when it was replaced by a Linux-based server. And still the application software on it went on naming some files (that had a date-based name) with "19100" and so on. It's still in use today, in 19119.

BOFH: The case of the Boss's hidden USB inkjet printer

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Radiocative ink, soviet style

I have read some times ago that in URSS the secret service has used radioactive markers in ink, and also on other objects, or on floors, to be able to follow objects or people. Only difference, they where definitely not "mildly radioactive".

BOFH: I'd like introduce you to a groovy little web log I call 'That's Boss'

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Politically correctness sucks

A lot of people seems to feel hurt by this story. THIS IS JUST FOR FUN. Please stop being offended by everything. Seriously, stop.

Google tightens the screw on 'less secure apps', will block most access from June 2020

Kurgan

Gmail must die.

I still have customers who use gmail free or gsuite. I will tell them to stop using it.

That Telegram feature that let you delete your private messages on recipients' phones? It didn't work properly

Kurgan

I had once wrote a wrong message (nothing worth of notice) to my wife, so I just deleted it (and deleted for her, too) instead of just messaging her again saying that the previous message was wrong because blah blah blah. She called me and said that a strange thing happened: she had a notification with a message from me (and she could read the first 4 or 5 words of it) but then the message was nowhere to be found...

So I explained the "delete" function, and that the message was wrong so I just deleted it.

But still she was able to read the notification AFTER I deleted the message, so, basically, you cannot unsend what you have sent.

One goes up, one stays on the ground and one gets ready: It's a week in space

Kurgan

Raspberry Pi that does not crash?

A Pi that works in space? That's quite incredible, considering that the Pi usually crashes quite often down on Earth, because of file system corruption on the SD card.

A real head-scratcher: Tech support called in because emails 'aren't showing timestamps'

Kurgan

Lawyers not wanting paper?

I can't believe lawyers wanted tapes and not paper. Probably they got the tapes, then printed their own 3-copies set of every email and document. Lawyers are responsible for deforestation, I know it for sure, having seen how they insist on printing everything, in more than one copy.

This is because they like to use their Mont Blanc pens, and you cannot use it to write on a pc screen.

Kurgan

Re: Top-posting makes sense unless you're reading your emails weirdly

No, it does not. You have to be able to quote, that is, delete most part of the original message and reply to single sentences. Like people did when only tech-savvy people had the privilege to use email (or fidonet, or whatever messaging system existed at that time).

Top quoting is DISGUSTING.

Kurgan

I have a customer that prints all email

I have a customer that, TODAY, in 2019, prints ALL email, sent and received. The boss insists on printing EVERYTHING. The secretary secretly deletes spam without printing it, otherwise spam would be printed and archived, too.

This is a REAL customer of mine. A small mechanical manufacturing firm. I repeat, this is REAL, not "my cousin told me..." kind of story.

Scare-bnb: Family finds creeper cams hidden in their weekend rental by scanning Wi-Fi

Kurgan

Re: And what about computer misuse?

Ho connected to the wifi network, which is fine. It's less fine to nmap the address space, find the camera, try to connect to it. Just nmapping is a crime, I think, if not authorized beforehand.

Kurgan
Trollface

And what about computer misuse?

The guest scanned the wifi network of the house. Is this computer crime? Probably some attorney will say that it is, in fact, computer crime. But a webcam without a proper password can be considered non-GDPR compliant, so again the home owner is at fault. That's 2-1 for the guests, I suppose.

Asus: Yo dawg, we hear a million of you got pwned by a software update. So we got you an update for the update

Kurgan

Re: 600 MAC addresses

It should be quite simple, but I doubt they will do it, or tell the public. They don't want to upset a government agency and, for example, just for example... be banned from USA. Or China, maybe?

Surprise, surprise, yet another cryptocurrency creator collared, hit with $6 million fraud rap

Kurgan

Re: Greedy or Stupid !!!

I believe quite every pension system is basically a Ponzi scheme. Here in Italy, too. Both state and private, of course. Issue is, you cannot opt out of state pension system.

Huawei hasn't yet fixed its security vulns, says UK's NCSC overseers

Kurgan

Different issues

So, what's the real issue? Is it just poor security (as the report seems to suggest) or fear of Chinese government backdoors?

I'm just not sure the computer works here – the energy is all wrong

Kurgan

No interference?

Today, thanks to low quality electronic devices (switching power supplies, led lamps, usb devices) or devices that generate interference by design like powerline ethernet, the whole RF spectrum from 0 to at least 150 MHz is flooded with noise.

I am an ham radio operator, and I can tell you that if you live in an urban area, no ham band below 70 cm (430 MHz) is noise-free.

On the bright side, I am happy to report that the LED street lamps that have been installed in Bologna, Italy, where I live, are properly shielded and have not increased the noise level at all.

Forget your deepest, darkest secrets, smart speakers will soon listen for sniffles and farts too

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I want votes and applauses

That's fine, but I want the AI to be a farting contest judge. Give me votes, tell me how do my farts rank in regard to my friends ones.

Trainee techie ran away and hid after screwing up a job, literally

Kurgan

Lift and long screws...

I thought he had locked himself in the lift by screwing the doors shut.

Silk road adviser caught, Kaspersky sues Dutch paper, and Vietnam's tech clampdown

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Vietnam, uh?

I'm totally sure that in Vietnam the law stating that data should reside only inside the country is made to restrict citizen's freedom.

But, I'm also totally sure that the same applies to every other state that has such a law (Europe, I'm talking abou YOU!).

Soon every nation will have its own great firewall, and the free and united internet will cease to exist.

Cambridge Analytica dismantled for good? Nope: It just changed its name to Emerdata

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Emerdata sounds like...

Emerdata, in Italian, sounds like e-merdata. Which translates to something like E-bullshit, E-shittiness, E-shit, E-something-that's-shitty.

In fact "merda" is shit, and "merdata" is more or less something that's definitely shitty.

Isn't it perfect?

IETF: GDPR compliance means caring about what's in your logfiles

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GDPR is MADNESS

GDPR means MADNESS. I really whish I was not living and working as an IT consultant in Europe.

Hawaii governor: I wanted to tell everyone nuke alert was fake – I just forgot my password

Kurgan

So now the password for twitter...

So now the password for twitter has been set the same as the username, so it's easy to remember.

Flying on its own, Thunderbird seeks input on new look

Kurgan

Thunderbird needs INTERNAL REWORK, not UI

Thunderbird does NOT need a fancy and useless "modern" UI. It needs internal rework. Local email storage is SLOW when folders are big. IMAP sometimes hangs on "sending message". Sometimes TB just crashes (rarely, but it happens). On big installations (with lots of accounts and folders and emails) it sometimes says that this or that script no longer responds, even of fast PCs with SSDs. I have some 100 or so installations on win, mac, and linux. And they all have the same issues. So, issues are not OS-related.

Everybody (based on comments here) want a USABLE email client, and TB is committed to produce a "nice" email client. I think we have a problem here.

Italy leans on Amazon to retrieve €100m in unpaid tax

Kurgan

Re: Should there be a court case ?

Not necessarily. This is Italy, where the government just wants your money, and it wants it NOW. It does not matter if you're a criminal or not. You can settle these kind of issues out of court. And, as usual, if you have unpaid taxes worth 10 euros, you get to pay 1000 euros. If you have unpaid taxes worth 100 millions euros, you end up paying one million. This depends on the level (as in D&D) of your fiscal consultants.

Germany says NEIN to purchase incentive for Tesla Model S

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There will not be enough elecricity anyway

Wait for electric cars to become more popular, and there will not be enough electricy for everyone, unless we build nuclear power plants like crazy. So, what are talking about? Just green madness.

Damian Green: Not only my workstation – mystery pr0n all over Parliamentary PCs

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The dog ate my homework.

Yea, sure. The dog ate my homework, and bad hackers porned (pornized?) my PC.

French activists storm Paris Apple Store over EU tax dispute

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I'd like to know...

... how many of that activists had iPhones in their pockets. I suppose most of them.

It's official: Users navigate flat UI designs 22 per cent slower

Kurgan

FLAT UI SUCKS

Flat and grey-on-grey no-contrast UI sucks. That's all. Simple as that. Case closed.

WannaCry kill-switch hero Marcus Hutchins collared by FBI on way home from DEF CON

Kurgan

Stay CLEAR of the USA

As usual, if you work in security, stay AWAY from USA (or Russia).

systemd-free Devuan Linux hits version 1.0.0

Kurgan

I use Devuan since older betas - it's fine

I'm a long time (since versione 3) Debian user, and now I have both Debian Jessie (with systemd removed) and Devuan Jessie beta installed in about 50 servers total. They both work fine. On my desktop I use Mint. I will end up using systemd on my dekstop distro, I suppose, and I can live with it as long as it does not crash too often. But I don't want it in my server.

BOFH: The Boss, the floppy and the work 'experience'

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Re: Being on a placement myself...

@VanguardG:

"Except avoid *US*".

LOL!

Printer blown to bits by compressed air

Kurgan

I did something similar once

I had this very very old and very dusty PC from a rock grinding mill control system (yes, very fine rock powder everywhere) that needed to be cleaned. I had an oversized air compressor. I have TRIED to be kind, regulating air flow by gently pulling the air gun trigger, and it sort of worked. No components flying around. But I forgot to hold the cpu fan in place, so it went spinning at about 100.000 RPM, generated a lot of current (a motor is a generator, too) and totally fried something. The PC never booted again.

Schneider Electric still shipping passwords in firmware

Kurgan

Reminds me of some routers

I have found a similar flaw, almost 20 years ago, on Telindus routers. You could get the password by sending a properly crafted packet to the routers. Remotely.

Their fix? Xor the password with a fixed key.

LOL.

HPE blames solid state drive failure for outages at Australian Tax Office

Kurgan

Like the old WD Raptors

I remember the old WD Raptors, that had a glitch every 57,6 days of being powered on. Mirror sets failed synchronously. History repeats itself. At that time, WD would not acknowledge the issue. They did later on, on a private basis, and never made it public. But then you could find the relevant information by googling.

Penguins force-fed root: Cruel security flaw found in systemd v228

Kurgan
FAIL

systemd SUCKS!

Simple as that. Systemd SUCKS. Use Devuan, without systemd by design.

Could a robot vacuum cleaner monitor your data centre?

Kurgan

Security considerations

I wil only buy connected "things" that do NEED a VPN, my OWN vpn, to work remotely.

NO cloud.

Because cloud is not secure (security costs money) and is not reliable (seller shuts down service and you end up with a brick instead of a connected device).

'Too big to fail' cloud giants like AWS threaten civilization as we know it

Kurgan

Re: Absolutely

Your "expensive professionals" just outsourced the job to cheap indians.

Congratulations! You survived the leap secondocalypse

Kurgan

Old Debian boxes had issues

3 in about 15 old (2.6.26 and 2.6.32 kernels) Debian boxes crashed or got one or more cores in soft lockup, had to reboot them.

Atomic keyrings: Just how bright are they?

Kurgan

Disappointed by shipping costs

I was on the verge of buying 3 of the little ones (from Italy) but then I have seen that shipping costs 12 pounds, which is definitely too much.

Something Coming Through – aliens, LA noir, techno-thriller, dystopia ALL in the mix

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Bought it

Nice to see an affordable price for the ebook edition. Just bought it.

Elon Musk's Tesla set to unveil home storage battery

Kurgan

WTF?

A home battery? For what use? How do you recharge it? Why do you need it? Is it basically a 3KW UPS?

UNIX greybeards threaten Debian fork over systemd plan

Kurgan

Death to systemd

I am one of the anti-systemd rebels, and all I can say is that I can confirm that I like the init system that I currently use, and that I don't want systemd to be mandatory in a Linux distro that's aimed at servers.

Linux systemd dev says open source is 'SICK', kernel community 'awful'

Kurgan
FAIL

Stop destroyng Linux, Poettering

Poettering should simply STOP trying to destroy the Linux ecosystem by imposing systemd, which is absolutely non-compliant with the UNIX philosophy.

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