* Posts by Kurgan

220 publicly visible posts • joined 15 Sep 2009


Rackspace customers rage as email outage continues and migrations create migraines


Actually, no. The right choice is NOT TO USE EXCHANGE. Then you can go on-prem or whatever.

You're getting warmer: NASA's thermal mole reveals active mantle plume on Mars


The mole that did not burrow?

Is this the mole that failed to dig more than some inches? (Or maybe a banana, just to avoid using a proper metric system?)

Facebook approved 75% of ads threatening US election workers


Ads = money

As far as I can see, the rare times I use FB without a complete series of adblockers (fb purity, ublock origin, disconnect, etc), there are a lot of paid ads that are "agasint the rules" (LOL!). If I posted something like that, I'd be punished. But since ads means money, they can go on scamming people and breaking "community rules" (LOL again).

Evernote's fall from grace is complete, with sale to Italian app maker


Bundled ware is bad ware

I have seen Evernote bundled on too many PCs and phones. And usually bundled software is very poor software, so I always avoided it.

FTX disarray declared 'unprecedented' by exec who cleaned up after Enron


Re: Next chapter

I really hope for option A, but it will be option B.

Worried about your datacenter carbon footprint? Why not put it in orbit?


Idiotic in every respect

I just cannot stop thinking how stupid this idea is.

high costs

not repairable

pollution from the rocket

colling issues

radiation issues

bandwidth issues to/from ground

can be targeted by a satellite weapon

Just make efficient computers, power them with solar panels and batteries, and cool them with water from the sea or a river or a lake.

Musk tells of risk of Twitter bankruptcy as tweeters trash brands


I'm 52, and still I did not know about Ratner and his story. This is probably because I'm italian and we had no Ratner stores here. I have read about him in Wikipedia, and I'm quite impressed by the fact that he probably just told the truth. After all, how can you sell a whole cut glass set and a tray for less than 5 pounds? Because it's crap. He was honest.

Boffins shatter data transmission speed record


Re: All the cat videos in 1 second?


Microsoft leaves the Office, rebrands everything as 365



Until you are FORCED to have one.

PC shipments fall at fastest rate ever as businesses slam wallets shut


MS will cripple Win10

So if we don't upgrade all of our PCs to win11, MS will surely cripple win10 sooner than later, so we will *have* to upgrade anyway.

The crime against humanity that is the modern OS desktop, and how to kill it


Words of truth

I use Linux Mint with Cinnamon exactly because it's more or less "windows XP style". I also install Open Shell on every windows PC for the same reason. And 90% of my users want Open Shell for the same reason.

This nonsense that is the new windows interface, the new control panels, the new hiding places for the old windows settings, and the duplication of the same settings in old an new places and forms is damaging both the users and the sysadmins.

Oh, and don't forget the "flat gray on gray" colour/style madness. Where it's actually impossible to visually find buttons and also to READ THE ACTUAL TEXT or see if something is actually on or off.

And of course the "simplified" interfaces, where there are 3 buttons at all, and all of the other functions have been hidden because otherwise people find it too hard to use a program. (Office, I'm talking about you)

Ex-CIA security boss predicts coming crackdown on spyware


Stop ransomware from monetizing?

Easy, just ban funny money. I mean, crypto coins.

Cisco admits corporate network compromised by gang with links to Lapsus$


So a Cisco Employee had their credentials on personal google drive?

So a Cisco Employee had their credentials on personal google drive? It seems like a TOTAL NO-NO. Someone did not teach security practices properly or that employee has to be fired, mega-fired, ultra-fired.

I paid for it, that makes it mine. Doesn’t it? No – and it never did


Re: Let’s get physical, physical…

We have the big tellies with cameras and microphones and they send to their masters information about everything we watch on them. Even if these files are from a local storage, even if it's a "traditional" broadcast TV program. The masters of the TV now know everything. And it's more or less impossible to buy a "non smart" TV set, unless you buy a professional monitor that costs about 20 times the equivalent TV set.

Spent Chinese rocket booster splashes down over Southeast Asia


Can you please stop using the word "slam"?

Nowadays people "slam" other people. This term is horrible. Can't you just say "criticize"?

Disentangling the Debian derivatives: Which should you use?


Re: No irony there, then

Which is absolutely false. I find really much harder to install Centos, when it comes to disk configuration that is not, of course, the default one.

Improve Linux performance with this one weird trick


It all depends on what you want. As the article states, if you are the ONLY user on that machine, it's fine. In your example, if your car is a racing car, then it might be fine. (execpt for seat belts)

I use this configuration on my laptop but not on my servers. I's easy.

Hive to pull the plug on smart home gadgets by 2025


People deserve this shit

If people is still buying home automation kit that work with "cloud service", then they deserve it. Every time a lot of hardware goes offline forever I have a small orgasm. I'll keep my mechanical switches.

Cloudy Chinese word processor vendor denies deleting defiant docs


China doing Chinese things

Chine is using "1984" as a manual, as usual. Nothing new here.

Systemd supremo Lennart Poettering leaves Red Hat for Microsoft


Race condition

Yes, Linux really needed an init system that creates race conditions by design.

Ubuntu Unity desktop back from the dead after several years' hiatus


Re: Mint Thanks You For The Memories

In fact that was the time when I switched from Ubuntu with Gnome2 to Mint with Cinnamon. Never got back.

How to reprogram Apple AirTags, play custom sounds



I got rickrolled intentionally.

Broadcom to 'focus on rapid transition to subscriptions' for VMware


Re: Software as service once again

i use Proxmox and it's perfectly fine. Not more buggy and quirky than vmware.


Try Proxmox VE. Even simpler than vmware for small installations. And free.

Problems for the Linux kernel NTFS driver as author goes silent


Re: Hang on a mo ...

Or an init system.

Study: How Amazon uses Echo smart speaker conversations to target ads


Actualli it's even better: if I search for, say, a backpack, and then buy one (from amazon, of course, not from other vendors) then Amazon will send me email offers for backpack for at least a week.

I have just bought one, do they thing that I'll buy more the next week?


Re: Amazon are gonna Amazon

In Italy, I would have sent a PEC (a sort of registered legally binding email that we have here) to Amazon telling them what happened and asking for a way to give them back the good. And stating that unless I get an answer in 30 days, I'd consider the good as a gift and keep it. If they don't answer, then it would be legally mine and I'd have a proof that I have done my best to give it back, so it's not theft.

REvil resurrected? Ransomware crew appears to be back. Keyword: Appears


State sponsored

Well, I'd say it's state sponsored. Maybe they are the same people (now out of jail and into government operation) or other people just stealing the name.

Google bans third-party call-recording apps from Play Store


I really liked to have call recording

Call recording stopped working some times ago, newer version of android do not allow it anymore. It was a GREAT and really useful functionality to me. I'm now accustomed to live without it, but it's really something that I hate.

Logitech Lift: Vertical mouse for those with small hands


Nice, I'll have to try it

I have just tried the older and bigger vertical and found it too big to use. While I can use it, it does not feel good. My fingers cannot quite reach the middle of the scroll wheel, while on a normal mouse they get completely over it. Time to head to Amazon and see if I can get hold of one of these smaller mice.

At last, Atlassian sees an end to its outage ... in two weeks


The cloud is the future

"The cloud is the future". Sure.

F-Secure spins out new enterprise security business: WithSecure


Let's hope it works out

I am an F-secure customer and like their products, both home and business. Let's hope this split does not ruin either of these products.

Indian government tells Starlink to refund pre-orders placed before licences approved



So the government wants Starlink to pay a ransom, basically. And of course to allow for government spying on indian customers.

Intel updates mysterious 'software-defined silicon' code in the Linux kernel


DRM shit

More and more DRM shit, laced with bugs and voluntary or involuntary backdoors.

Infosec outfit Group-IB's website was defaced in weeks before CEO's arrest over high treason claims


We are just going back to USSR methods here

Russia is simply going back to the way USSR meant business. People can simply disappear because Lenin (or Putin) says so.

You want us to make a change? We can do it, but it'll cost you...


Re: Screw-up?

Probably no, because I expect the nighlty batch to take the file, process the transactions, and delete it. And it probably did this already, before the modification of the upload routine.

Arms not long enough to reach the plug socket? Room-wide wireless charging is on the way

Thumb Down

Ham radio operators hate this

We are already drowning in man-made radio interferences, generated by chinese crap power supplies, chargers, led lamps, usb devices, etc. What we need is another very powerful radio noise generator.

Kaseya obtains REvil decryptor, starts sharing it with afflicted customers


Either they paid or someone visited the REvil HQ with an AK47.

REvil ransomware gang's websites vanish soon after Kaseya fiasco, Uncle Sam threatens retaliation


I really hope they were busted

Let's hope they were busted. And on their way to a nice gulag.

UK artists seek 'luvvie levy' on new gadgets to make up for all the media that consumers access online


We have this shit in Italy

We have this shit in Italy, it's called "equo compenso" (something like "the right compensation") and it's needed to fund the SIAE, which is a clusterfuck in itself. It's applied to almost everything: servers, disks, any recordeable media, pcs, phones, set top boxes, etc. It's quite easily avoidable by buying online from some European seller.

India tells Twitter to obey its laws — or make wielding them easier


India is not a democracy. Or at least not anymore.

Realizing this is getting out of hand, Coq mulls new name for programming language


Let's call it DIQ.

21 nails in Exim mail server: Vulnerabilities enable 'full remote unauthenticated code execution', millions of boxes at risk


Total disaster

I have around 15 mail server with exim... what a nice day is today.

NSA helps out Microsoft with critical Exchange Server vulnerability disclosures in an April shower of patches


Nsa to the rescue

NSA wants to be sure that all flaws are patched except for the one they use to spy on people.

9 years after SpaceX strode into Texas village, Elon Musk floats name change for Boca Chica: 'Starbase'


Mos Eisley

Well at least give it the name of the most famous sci-fi spaceport: Mos Eisley

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


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


Re: not to a PC

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


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


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


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.