We found that £2000 x86 blade servers with Linux outperformed our £20,000 SPARC servers. We didn't buy any more after that.
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Have I Really Been Pwned?
So lots of people got an unsolicited email from the FBI. "Oh sure," they thought, "as if the real FBI would be mailing me."
"Your login credentials on the following website have been compromized. Please change your password immediately by clicking on this link."
(I spelled "compromized" with a zee to make it look more authentic.)
Shadow over Fedora 34 as maintainer of Java packages quits with some choice words for Red Hat and Eclipse
UK's National Cyber Security Centre recommends password generation idea suggested by El Reg commenter
Re: Isn't this terrible advice?
My thoughts too. Basing your password on a smallish, fixed database is probably a bad idea.
I don't know if the W3W database is publicly available, but their business model is clear: get the concept used widely (including by paying for TV advertising) and then start charging.
Airline software super-bug: Flight loads miscalculated because women using 'Miss' were treated as children
Re: Not necessarily.
"Weight distribution of course is very important."
I actually wrote check-in and seat allocation software (back in the 1980s, I think) which was mostly used by small, regional airlines in rural Africa. It was necessary to distribute passengers evenly around the cabin to keep the small planes balanced.
I started to use DuckDuckGo as my main search engine a few years ago. I still do, but it's been driving me nuts.
There is no way to get it to search for the exact search terms I've entered. Put 'em in quotes. Prefix with plus signs. Add exclusions for the incorrect hits with minus signs. Nothing helps. And what is worse, much worse, is that DDG gives me "hits" in which some of the search terms (or their half-assed guesses about what I "really" meant) don't even occur.
Yesterday, I even used Ublock Origin to blank their "non-creepy contextual ads" because the awesome power of artificial stupidity was giving me ads which were not remotely related to my search terms. Or anything else in the universe.
The Audacity of it all: Version 3.0 of open-source audio fave boasts new file format, 160+ bug fixes
You're using what?
I'm a long time user of Audacity on Linux, but only for very simple stuff. That's why the model of "a project" doesn't suit me at all. I want to load an audio file, tweak it and save a new copy. And when I exit Audacity, I don't want it to ask me if I want to save "the project". Every time.
And they've decided to use a relational database to store a project's files? A database is for analyzing and organizing data. It's not a general container for files. You would use zip or gzipped tar for that.
Name True, iCloud access false: Exceptional problem locks online storage account, stumps Apple customer service
A swap partition saved my life
Well, saved my Linux installation at any rate.
You know how you can create a bootable USB stick with dd?
# dd if=image.img of=/dev/sdc
Well, I always think to myself "Hah! Better not type /dev/sda, because that's the boot disk!" Well, one day, I thought it, and then I did it. Trashed the partition table, of course -- but that was rebuildable -- but I interrupted it before it got into the second partition, which was the root filesystem
Boeing successfully flies unmanned autonomous military 'wingman' aircraft that may become pilot's buddy
Chill out, lockdown ain't over yet – perhaps FUZIX on the Pi Pico could feature in your weekend shed projects
Re: AB Testing
I'm not aware of any convincing research that shows that people can tell the difference between well-encoded, high-bitrate MP3 and CDs.
However, I've been in the studio with good producers and engineers and they definitely can hear stuff that I can't. Actually, given my age and the abuse my ears have suffered, it's surprising that they work at all.
Up until recently, I bought physical CDs, but my last album purchases have been MP3 downloads, bought directly from the artistes or labels. And I'm happy.
PulseAudio needs a fully-working ALSA layer anyway, since talking to actual hardware was too difficult for its developers. So you just have to nuke the PulseAudio daemon, permanently or temporarily, and your sound applications can then interface directly to ALSA. Even applications which are compiled with PulseAudio support will almost always work fine with ALSA if they don't find the daemon running.
Except Firefox, whose Linux audio developer declared that interfacing to ALSA was too difficult for him.
ALSA is an ugly carbuncle stuck on the side of the kernel source tree, and its configuration language is nearly incomprehensible -- and mostly undocumented, but it does generally work, functions with a multitude of hardware, and can do quite powerful sound operations.
Supermicro spy chips, the sequel: It really, really happened, and with bad BIOS and more, insists Bloomberg
Linux maintainer says long-term support for 5.10 will stay at two years unless biz world steps up and actually uses it
I've always found that embedded devices have very old kernel versions, that is, they aren't "supported" at all. The companies just keep churning them out once they have software that mostly works.
I remember finding an open telnet port on a cheap webcam. It was running a 2.x kernel with an old version of busybox as the shell. I logged in using root/123456.
Thought the M3 roadworks took a while? Five years on, Vivaldi opens up a technical preview of its email client
Re: full-fat PS just as confusing
It depends. If I've done a lot of work on something, I'll save it in GIMP's XCF format, which is lossless and retains edit history. I may even save it as a new XCF, to ease reverting changes. However, if I've just cropped a photo or enhanced the saturation to slap it up on the web, saving only to a new JPEG file is good enough.
Actually, I suppose that is exporting, since I never overwrite the original.
No, the creator of cURL didn't morph into Elon Musk and give away Bitcoins. But his hijacked Twitter page tried to
China compromised F-35 subcontractor and forced expensive software system rewrite, academic tells MPs
Re: I think I see the problem here...
I'm with you on this. The footprints of freedesktop.org are all over the average Linux distro, and provide little useful functionality for much-expanded attack surface.
And as for the Gnome system watching to see if the Account service is running and then deciding you need a new privileged user, it's not the first approach I'd have thought of. Is there a password file? When was it modified? Does it have a root account enabled? And so on.
The Huawei Mate 40 Pro would be the best Android flagship on the market – were it not for the US-China trade war
I guess that the majority of Reg readers have at least some technical proficiency. That being the case, to us the absence of Google services on a phone is either a minor inconvenience or a Very Good Thing Indeed.
A review, in the Reg, which "fails" a phone for that reason is perhaps aimed at the wrong audience?
Normal people, of course, might have a different opinion, but not many of them read this publication.
X.Org is now pretty much an ex-org: Maintainer declares the open-source windowing system largely abandoned
RIAA DMCAs GitHub into nuking popular YouTube video download tool, says it can be used to slurp music
"a world of lawful usages"
Did the EFF's claim of, "a world of lawful usages," include any examples perhaps?
I did one a couple of months ago. I think it was lawful anyway. I wanted to make a video for one of my old band's original songs, "Accidents in Space", so I downloaded the very early movie "Un Voyage Dans La Lune" and extracted a clip from it.
Amusingly, when I put the result on Facebook, some bot issued a takedown on behalf of UMG. I'm guessing, but the official video of the Smashing Pumpkins' "Tonight, Tonight" is a "parody" (to put it politely) of the ancient French film, and may have looked similar enough.
So I uploaded it to YouTube and put the link on Fakebook. YouTube doesn't care about copyright.
My main machine for the last few years has been a Fujitsu Lifebook from 2011. Intel i5-2520M. It was an ex-corporate machine with no memory or disk and cost me £40.
The screen and keyboard are perfect, and the original battery is showing 84% of the original capacity.
Its predecessor, a Thinkpad T61, is now my home server.
Re: Same thing ...
If CUPS stops supporting PPD files then it will cease to be able to drive many older printer models.
Perhaps, but that doesn't mean that Linux will not be able to use older printers. What CUPS does is to orchestrate programs that tranform input to something that the printer understands. It typically takes several stages.
I'm pretty sure I could replace CUPS with a simple script, starting with the PS or PDF which Linux applications generate when they "print", through to the binary (386!) Linux drivers that Canon kindly provided last century.
BBK mixed-grill realness: Realme's pair of 7s are two more reasons not to spend over £300 on a smartphone
Red Hat tips its Fedora 33: Beta release introduces Btrfs as default file system, .NET on ARM64, plus an IoT variant
It's the same phenomenon that also sees, for example, ATMs and voting machines rolled out with Windows. I can see that a PC-architecture board might be a cost-effective way of putting brains in a device, but the choice of putting WIndows on it is disfunctional.
I can only assume that today's "software developers" have had a career, or perhaps a childhood, of tinkering and developing on Windows PCs, and know no other way. A couple of generations back to my time, and kids were writing software on platforms with minimal or no operating systems, and when they grew up they would have realised that for a kiosk application, you definitely do not want to put a general-purpose, desktop operating system on it.
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Epic, Spotify, ProtonMail and pals rise up as one against Apple's 30% cut, call for end to Cupertino-style markets
I was trying to think of an anlogy to explain the situation to legislators and others who aren't technologically clued-up.
How about this:
To the purchaser --
Here's your new Audi car. Oh, by the way, you can only put in petrol from an accredited Audi petrol pump.
To the developer (petrol station owner) --
We have to take a 30% slice. Think of the infrastructure we need to put in place to test your petrol.
Amazon staffers took bribes, manipulated marketplace, leaked data including search algorithms – DoJ claims
Microsoft to charge $200 for 32 GPU cores, sliver of CPU clockspeed, 6GB RAM, 512GB SSD... and a Blu-Ray player
Zero. Zilch. Nada. That's how many signs of intelligent life astroboffins found in probe of TEN MILLION stars
Digital pregnancy testing sticks turn out to have very analogue internals when it comes to getting results
Re: Low tech is too old tech
"It’s a powerful deep instinct"
As they say on Wikipedia "citation required". In fact, the consensus among psychologists seems to be that in humans there is no deep-seated desire to procreate. People do feel an irresistable love for their children when they are born though.
I suppose if you're suscepible to social pressures, you might think you have an instinct to have children.