* Posts by pklausner

40 posts • joined 13 Nov 2009

Three things that have vanished: $3.6bn in Bitcoin, a crypto investment biz, and the two brothers who ran it


Are you a prince confronted with the wheat and chessboard problem?

Bank of England ponders minting 'Britcoin' to sit alongside the Pound


Re: Global Warming?

There are no primes or in any way interesting numbers being "mined".

The first miner who manages to create a valid block for the chain can spend the bitcoin reward assigned to himself in that new block.

Oh hello. Haven't heard much from you lately: Linux veteran Slackware rides again with a beta of version 15


Re: Slackware on a floppy plus ISDN....

1991? When you needed Minix to get it installed?

A decades-old lesson on not inserting Excel where it doesn't belong



Actually, SQLite does have an extension module which allows you to access a CSV file just as a normal table: https://www.sqlite.org/csv.html

UK getting ready to go it alone on Galileo


Re: Galileo blocking BeiDou

How about https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kerguelen_Islands ?

Top banker batters Bitcoin for sucky scalability, security


Re: No.... really??

The central banks only create the actual cash. All the other money on the books is created by the commercial banks. The central bank interest rate just sets the incentive for them to grant credit aka create money.

Cryptocoiners may not have noticed, but we are beyond simple token money, be it cowrie shells or bitcoins.

Wait, what? The Linux Kernel Mailing List archives lived on ONE PC? One BROKEN PC?


Most likely that's why he did not expose it to the interwebs, but merely to his couch.


Re: Unbelievable.

Most likely that's why it was not reachable from the outside.

Want to keep in contact with friends and family without having to sell your personal data?


Re: Perhaps I'm the only one left

> They still work and require surprisingly little

> in the way of personal info to use


Think again.

Modern automated sorting machines must scan the recipient's address to do their job. While they are at it, the may as well scan the sender. Ah. And store the records. Now, they wouldn't do that, would they?

Well, here a German Post competitor was caught with the fingers in the sweet data cookie jar: http://www.tagesspiegel.de/wirtschaft/postfirma-pin-mail-hortet-millionen-briefdaten/7795758.html

Will never happen again, of course.

Vivaldi boss: It'd be cool if Google went back to the 'not evil' schtick


It's VIVALDI, the 2nd incarnation of OPERA which also is not exactly a giant...

Boffins prove oil and water CAN mix – if you do it in a gas giant

Paris Hilton

Ocean floor?

It says "findings shed light on how water-repelling substances behave under high pressures, such as those found at the ocean floor" but then the pressure is 20 times that of the Mariana trench.

Which ocean floor are they talking about? Or did I miss the part where boffins are already exploring extra-solar ocean floors?

75 years ago, one Allied radar techie changed the course of WW2


Re: "changed the course of WW2"

The Dieppe raid was before Stalingrad. But true, the Normandy invasion probably was also motivated by the wish to preempt Stalin.

systemd'oh! DNS lib underscore bug bites everyone's favorite init tool, blanks Netflix


Re: Underscore?

http://domainkeys.sourceforge.net/underscore.html clearly says _ is forbidden for hostnames. And the point of using _ in the examples was that DNS can serve not only hostnames.

For the Netflix problem at hand: isn't the requested server name a hostname in DNS parlance?

CERN concern: Particle boffins join backlash against Euro Patent Office's King Battistelli


Re: Although I was a Remainer...

Feel with your screaming 49%, but: the EPO is _not_ the EU, it is an international organisation _like_ the EU. So actually, the Brexiteers did _not_ save you from King Batistelli.

Google un-clogs Landsat and Sentinel-2 imagery downloads


Yes, ESA (and Eumetsat for the weather satellites) are separate organisations.

No, Sentinel x / Copernicus is funded (not operated) by the EU, so some untangling will be necessary.

A perfect marriage: YOU and Ubuntu 16.04


Re: Gnome2/Mate-like desktop switcher -- avaiable in unity?

Pah! Real men fix config.h for customisation http://dwm.suckless.org/customisation/ ;-)

Trivial path for DDoS amplification attacks found by infosec bods


Is there such a thing as authenticated or encrypted TFTP?

I don't think so... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tftp

Revealed: Why Amazon, Netflix, Tinder, Airbnb and co plunged offline


Those pesky metadata...

... obviously are hard to get right. Joyent has a completely different cloud, yet failed with a similar problem, cf:


Junk in your trunk is Amazon Germany's new delivery plan


Re: What can go wrong????

Audis are not from Wolfsburg; head quarters and main assembly line are in Ingolstadt, 80 km north of Munich. So at least it is proper Bavarian stuff :-)



Wrong inference?

> I think it's not unfair to infer that a server should be able

> to support requests with at least 300 x 4kb cookies.


Doesn't the quoted section translate to "at least 20 x 4kb cookies"?

Which makes much more sense than 1.2MB sized requests...

Helpdesk/Service Desk Recommendations

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Re: FogBugz

I second FogBugz http://www.fogcreek.com/fogbugz/

It has a perfect email integration. And clever full text analysis, e.g. the spam filter engine for incoming mails also automatically files non-spam to the proper work queues. It much favours full-text search and reporting over explicit fields to keep the number of dedicated fields as lean as possible. Most other trackers offer a byzantinian maze of fields and drop downs which are a pain to fill in and a complete waste of screen space. Ever received a trouble ticket email from a big ISP? Where you have to scroll endlessly to get beyond the form boilerplate and read about the real issue?

This actually also is its biggest disadvantage: management loves to code its local idea of proper procedure into ever more custom fields. Which FogBugz wouldn't let you easily...

Ubuntu N-ONE: 'Storage war' with Dropbox et al annihilates cloud service


Re: 25 and 50GB free - erm, who?

Just for the record:

* Dropbox' underlying storage is Amazon S3

* Ubuntu One's storage is ... Amazon S3

So if you want to be sure that No Such Agency has a direct tap into your files [not], you need to look into an encrypted service:

* Wuala - 5GB free, encrypted storage in Switzerland et al, Java sync client works on all major platforms - albeit not as smooth as Dropbox :(

Any other?

You'll NEVER guess who's building the first Ubuntu phones in 2014


Flags are dead easy

All true. But, honestly, do you think anybody has a problem understanding what the flags mean? See. And the fact that it annoys nitpicking nationalists is a nice bonus ;-)

Furtive ebook readers push Hitler's Mein Kampf up the charts


Re: No, it's not banned

> At which point I remembered that it's banned in Germany.


Which is not true: it is legal to have. It's just that the owner of the copyright is the state of Bavaria. And they suppress it by simply not publishing it. In 2016 the copyright will expire. The Bavarian government any republication then will face trials for nazi propaganda, cf http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mein_Kampf#Republication_in_Germany_after_2015

Consumer disks trump enterprise platters in cloudy reliability study


Re: Size?

Just curious: when was the last decade you could actually buy 5.25'' disks?

Boffins debate killing leap seconds to help sysadmins


Re: Bollocks presentation

> " no, you use a system-supplied library that handles time correctly"


Out of curiosity: which system would that be? Surely neither Windows nor Unixes! I hear IBM mainframes run on TAI only, is that what you refer to?

Rotten Apple iOS 7 fury: Glitchy audio or is today's music really that bad?


Re: Excitement

iPhone 3. From 2008. Do you think there is *any* Android vendor who bothers about a device older than, say, 3 years? Most devices *never* get a single update. Your only bet is Cyanogen. Which works ... on some phones.

I'm all for Apple bashing, but please, stick to the facts.

US Republican enviro-vets: 'Climate change is real. Deal with it'


Re: Really? [weather != climate]

> And we just don't know. Given that collectively we can't seem to

> predict the weather accurately 7 days in advance anywhere,

> can we really model climate change successfully?

> Do you honestly believe that we can?


The old worn out weather == climate argument.

If you are so convinced about its merits,

then there is a good money saver tip for you:

book you beach vacation for January/February in Sweden.

You should get really good rates.

After all, who can predict the weather 7 months from now?

Might as well be 30 degrees and you win!

Understanding what's going on in storage arrays is like doing MAGIC


> Or do you come up with a method that allows a dynamic infrastructure

> that identifies where data is located and spins/moves the compute to it?


Doesn't Joyent try exactly that with their Manta storage?




Re: Critical Infrastructure

Serious question: which vendor will give you 8+ years of *Linux desktop* support?

And while it may be true that you can compile 20 years old Unix software on said 8 years old desktop - how do you fare with 8 months old Linux software?

COLD FUSION is BACK with 'anomalous heat' claim


Re: "It's presumably converting its mass into energy."

Yes. That is the claim: [cold] nuclear fusion which converts mass to energy.

Whether that really happens within the mysterious box is another question...

Samsung mobes pwned by ANY APP, thanks to chip code hole


At least Samsung allows you to escape...

... by installing alternatives like Cyanomodgen. Having such a Plan B is a strong point of Android. Unless you are stuck with vendors like Motorola, which allow only signed boot images. So you can have devices less than 2 years old and are stuck with Android 2.1 on no way out. *That* is bad.

Study: Climate was hotter in Roman, medieval times than now


Re: Stuff Lewis Page and his idiotic agenda

And the depressing thing is: he seems to believe that he is strictly fact oriented. Yeah.

Way more plausible dissection of the paper here:



Re: "You can predict that the water will boil. "

So the denialists approach to boiling water on a stove is this:

Don't even try. Way too complicated. Way too chaotic. "It might even cool down."

Did I get this right?


knee jerk reactions?

It's called politics. Tell the voters what they want to hear.

But besides Sunday speeches: what actual, real steps with real cost attached which actually hurt have been taken to reduce fossil fuel burning? Seriously?

Spacemen urge NASA to build nuke ship for Mars trip


You can't dodge Malthus forever

Or as Kenneth Boulding put it: "Anyone who believes exponential growth can go on forever in a finite world is either a madman or an economist."

Even if you assume we out-innovate any obstacle to growth, fundamental physical laws will get us rather soon: http://physics.ucsd.edu/do-the-math/2011/07/can-economic-growth-last/

Google+ gets group vid, Nokia still has a Pulse


Nope. Unlike FB they now expressly allow pseudonyms:


Google Chrome web protocol seeks 2x download speeds


This is good - for Google, not for us

The German security hacker http://blog.fefe.de/?ts=b402b9c9 gives a good analysis: the basic features don't buy you much. The advanced feature "Server push" will reduce perceived latency significantly, especially for first time visits. The price is shoving everything every time down to the client - thus easily duplicating network load due to all the objects which currently are cached on the client side.

The good thing for Google is, that ad-blockers will not give you any performance gain any more. And selling ads is Google's core business.


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