* Posts by ScissorHands

310 posts • joined 10 Feb 2010


AlmaLinux Foundation chair says he stepped down to highlight value of community status


I hope there's room for both Alma and Rocky

Because none of them have set the world on fire but Rocky has the celebrity, the hardware vendors and it's american; the survival rate of European Linux has been less than a snowflake in a flamethrower (with the exception of SuSE).

How Windows NTFS finally made it into Linux


Re: Is this for systemd?

You mean Microsoft's equivalent to Apple's HFS Resource Forks? From 1985?

It's amazing, a company tries to support advanced functionality and because everyone else can only think in flat files the advanced functionality is a mistake.

It's like UNIX "everything's a stream so just hack at the bytes" vs NT "everything's an object and you should use methods to handle them" - idiots try to hack at NT objects because that's the lowest effort option and get surprised when they blow up in their face, so that's *obviously* Microsoft's mistake.

As Google sets burial date for legacy Chrome Extensions, fears for ad-blockers grow


Re: If Your Business Depends on a Single Platform

Linux devs don't have to wonder; unless they keep up to date with the dependencies, their programs break with the next version of each distro. There was a time where you couldn't compile Samba from source on RHEL7 because of a missing library that had been marked as "deprecated" and "WONTFIX" by Red Hat. Samba!


Re: Toy extensions won't mess with their revenue stream.

So said the users of the original Opera and even of Edge. All you lot had to say then was "not my problem". Now it is your problem as well.

Ubuntu on a phone, anyone? UBports reaches 18th stable update, but it's still based on 16.04


Re: Linux phone

Where were you when the Nokia N9 needed users, back in 2011?

30 years of Linux: OS was successful because of how it was licensed, says Red Hat


Re: Linux on the desktop

Of course it doesn't suck. Gnome 3 blows.

Debian 11 formally debuts and hits the Bullseye


Ubuntu != Debian

If you don't install the "desktop" option in the initial installer or in taskel afterwards, NetworkManager and systemd-resolved aren't active.


Again, not if systemd-resolved is off, which it certainly is on a Debian install where you don't install the desktop/GNOME options (my Debian installs always start with only two activated options on tasksel, SSH Server and System Tools, the rest I'll install myself, thankyouverymuch)


Imagine that, a system where there's a common sensible configuration framework that allows you to apply the same principles to several system administration tasks.


No it isn't [/Cleese]

There must be something missing with your .conf, whenever I edited my resolv.conf the change was immediate.

In fact, for all the gnashing of teeth about systemd, base Debian netinstall is free of NetworkManager and Systemd-resolved out of the box, you have to go out of your way to activate them.

Of course, if you pile up "Desktop" and "GNOME" (phear!) in tasksel, all that cr*p starts to come to the surface...

Open Compute Project to design open silicon and optics in Strategy 2.0


The scale issue cuts both ways

OCP hardware is so different from anything else in a datacenter and needs so much specialty support that it only makes sense if you're deploying several rows of racks or you have a greenfield deployment; if you have just two or three racks it doesn't make sense, and Inspur won't return your calls anyway.

Rocky Linux release attracts 80,000 downloads as ex-CentOS users mull choices


Can you elaborate, AC?


Horses for courses, but twins

Given their backgrounds, I'm expecting AlmaLinux to be popular in the webserving/VPS role, and Rocky on the HPC/Scientific/hardware integration role.

VMware’s incoming CEO promises to change ... almost nothing


I've heard that before...

It must've been at Kodak. How's Rochester, these days?

'A massive middle finger': Open-source audio fans up in arms after Audacity opts to add telemetry capture


Good idea, badly communicated and implemented

Mob rule is amazing. It's opt-in. It has been clearly stated and disclosed. Compared to Microsoft, Muse Group has been a model citizen. If you're worried about being silently activated after you opted-out, do you audit the source code of each and every patch you apply? Well, you should then. Might find that's all you do, and unless you're being paid to do just that, you won't get anything else done. Enjoy your bugs. Fix them yourselves, it's open source! Fork Audacity. Fork it from orbit. It's the only way to make sure.

Even a pop-up offering to send a report after a bug doesn't catch many categories of bugs, and most people hit Cancel on those anyway.

About the Google and Yandex integrations, they leave me uncomfortable, but should Audacity, which survives on contributions, spend contribution money creating an analytics platform?

Where's the open source and free as in freedom analytics platform with a worldwide CDN, guys? Isn't open source the solution to all problems?


Re: opt in issue solving

It only happens 0.0001% of every bug occurrence, because 99.9999% of users don't report bugs. Makes it hard to know about bugs, which is the first step in solving them.

A Code War has replaced The Cold War. And right now we’re losing it


Re: I remember

That 70% percentage I quoted of vulnerabilities because of memory/data-race/side-effect? Microsoft et al. That's why they are firefighting it right now with Rust and have sponsored the Rust Foundation while developing an in-house equivalent codenamed Verona.

Apple is working on a Rusty Swift and although Google went to the trouble of hiring the best minds in language development to create Golang, they're still using Rust inside the Fuchsia kernel.


Re: Rust to the rescue?

Look around. You may think all that software was reliable but how stringently was it tested, really? Did you have fuzzers back in the day like we have now? If you need to recompile it today, how much of its behaviour was defined by the choices of the previous compiler about what to do on the several places where a language has "undefined behaviour"?


Re: Rust to the rescue?

Rust (or any similar language) can't help with errors in code logic. But it definitely helps with 70% of existing errors, which are of the memory/data-race/side-effect variety and that usually can't be caught in development, only in production. Rust ensures, at least, that if it compiles, it's mostly free from those.

Cue everyone complaining that Rust is hard and the compiler is slow...


Re: Yet another uncomfortable truth

Several forests have been decimated to produce MITRE code standards, but nobody follows them (Minimal Viable Product is the law of the land, security be damned) and even following them to the letter, C and derivatives should be classified "Unsafe at any speed", even (or especially) legacy code. Rip it all up and start again with GC/RefCount/RAII languages.

Nuke it from orbit, it's the only way to make sure.

cmd.exe is dead, long live PowerShell: Microsoft leads aged command-line interpreter out into 'maintenance mode'


It's verbose, but logical... usually...

PowerShell demands a different way of thinking, and since Windows is based on API calls and not on text files something "shell-y" like cmd or even bash would never work. Unless you want to go back to VBscript syntax as a shell. Do you? I don't.

I'm finding it very *discoverable*.

PS> Get-Something --> receive objects, objects have properties and properties have values

Want to see only some properties?

PS> Get-Something | Select Property1, property 2 ! Format-Table

Want to filter by value?

PS> Get-Something | Where Property -eq(*) value

(*) almost the same comparators as bash test

Found what you want to change?

PS> Set-Something -Name thingamajig -Property pants -Value leather -Enabled

It's not much different than using sed and awk to filter data until you get information. You just have to know how to look for what you need, instead of memorizing netsh, net, netdom, and all the other stuff. Because cmd, without those other utils, is hopeless. And those utils still work in PowerShell, for now.

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


Ahhh, Inkscape. The GIMP of vector graphics and with just an asinine UI.

'An issue of survival': Why Mozilla welcomes EU attempts to regulate the internet giants


First they came for...

Every time I complained about sites not following standards and breaking Opera 12, all I heard, especially from the Firefox crowd was, "git gud, no-one cares about a browser with single digit market share". And when Opera complained about it to the EU, it was "sore losers, can't win in the market".

The only thing preventing me from exploding in schadenfreude is that I don't want Firefox to be left for roadkill. Monocultures are bad, even when they're from "cool" Apple or "nerd" Google and not "evil" Microsoft.

Huawei to the danger zone: Now Uncle Sam slaps it with 16 charges of racketeering, fraud, money laundering, theft of robot arm and source code


Re: Conspiracy to Commit Wire Fraud (two counts)

You need to take more fibre with that joke

RIP FTP? File Transfer Protocol switched off by default in Chrome 80


Time to go to ftp.opera.com and download the whole kit-and-kaboodle, since pretty soon you'll need Opera Presto to get to it...

The winners and losers of infrastructure clouds revealed: AWS, Microsoft, Google and Alibaba get fatter


RIP Joyent Public Cloud

Good luck with Oxide, Bryan.

Opera hits back at 'short seller' whose report claimed its 'predatory' microloan droid apps could hurt, er... investors


Re: What is this ?

Opera is dead. It has been dead for years, and became an eldritch abomination after the Chinese buyout.

(This message was posted from Opera 12.17)

Vivaldi opens up an exciting new front in the browser wars, seeks to get around blocking with cunning code


Re: Who remembers when....

Aahhhh, I think I still have the "Bork Bork" Opera installer somewhere...

Cosmo Communicator: More phone than the Gemini, more pocket computer than phone


Did you try Sailfish? It's a lot closer to desktop Linux than any Android, but has good telephony support.

Rolling in DoH: Chrome 78 to experiment with DNS-over-HTTPS – hot on the heels of Firefox


Re: The more I think about this, the more it's broken

The browser is the only application you need for email and Usenet. Why transfer KBs when you can turn that into MBs *and* serve you ads **and** know everything you're doing?

What do you mean there are protocols other than HTTP? /s

IEEE tells contributors with links to Chinese corp: Don't let the door hit you on Huawei out


Re: Ho hum

There used to be something called the ITU, that had lots and lots of technical documents and specifications about communication protocols, but then geeks took over and started swapping RFCs. Geeks start with the best intentions but totally fail to see the big (political) picture: cf. Facebook, fake news, and the death of journalism.

Insiders! The good news: Windows 10 Sandbox is here for testing. Bad news: Microsoft has already broken it


MS keeps forgetting they have "Slow" and "Release Preview" rings...

I'm on the Slow Ring and for the last two flights, I only start getting preview builds less than two months before release... There used to be an initial build two months after release of the previous version, one pre Bug Bash, one post Bug Bash, and one near release.

Detailed: How Russian government's Fancy Bear UEFI rootkit sneaks onto Windows PCs


Sprechen sie Deutch?

The link to the Frederic Vachon presentation is the german-dubbed one. It all sounds like a killer joke to me.

If you go to the official link https://media.ccc.de/v/35c3-9561-first_sednit_uefi_rootkit_unveiled , you can choose between audio versions and listen to the original audio on CCC's video player .

Sure, Europe. Here's our Android suite without Search, Chrome apps. Now pay the Google tax


What a case of dog bites man...

That's exactly the result desired by the EU. It means the policy is working as intended. It means Microsoft can now enter an agreement with an European manufacturer (harrumph Nokia) and sell "Android" with Microsoft Launcher, Bing and Edge, at a lower price than the Google version if Microsoft is willing to eat the cost (or at the same price, but preinstalling and offering 1 year of free Office365).

What a shame this couldn't have been done in time to save the market from having to choose between the cold embrace of a closed garden and the spiked embrace of a fenced garden.

Bloodhound Super-Sonic-Car lacks Super-Sonic-Cashflow


So is climbing the Everest. Or going to the Moon. Or replying to you.

"Because it's there".

Sync your teeth into power browser Vivaldi's largest update so far


Re: Sync

Vivaldi says they're working on releasing a local version of the sync server

Android Phones are 10: For once, Google won fair and square


Re: Other OS are available

Still needs GApps and GMS. Which then makes no difference to OEM Android, apart from not having proper binary-blob drivers for the bespoke hardware of your phone and living with crappy camera quality.


I would say the same for the Maemo reboot that shipped on the Nokia N9 about a year earlier than BB10.

Do not adjust your set, er, browser: This is our new page-one design

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It works in Opera Presto

So it's fiiiine...

Trainer regrets giving straight answer to staffer's odd question


Re: I wish I knew that 15 years ago

Re: M3710 turret

* Google "BT M3710 turret"

Lots of mobile phones

* Google "BT turret"

Oh, trading systems!

Find a result for "BT Meridian M2216/D turret"

* Google "BT Meridian"

Finally find a "BT Norstar Meridian Handset M*73*10N"

Is this it?

Kremlin hacking crew went on a 'Roman Holiday' – researchers



Quick, call Stob! It atent't dead!

Microsoft Teams goes free, as free as the wind blows... up to a point


Why do sheeple abandon their freedom?

Slack, now Teams, before AIM and ICQ, when IRC is perfectly reasonable, open, and free

Whatsapp and FB Messenger and Apple Messages when XMPP is perfectly reasonable, open, and free.

Tech people really like to enslave themselves - but hey, Google and Facebook make tons of money, so I guess that's OK

Forking hell. It's summer, and Windows 10 is already thinking about autumn


Re: Hmmmm

Having their own HTML renderer is the only way they can get a seat on the table and not be pushed out of the Web by others entending-extinguishing, like Apple almost did to mobile browsing with the proprietary extensions to Safari on iOS.

GitHub given Windows 9x's awesome and so very modern look


Re: Now, if only Git could work under Windows...

"it's a "how to" about application should never be written mixing languages randomly, using the wrong tools (bash scripts, really???), and designing something for your immediate needs only, without being able to look at the big picture"

That's almost every open-source application, ever, until a benefactor (Dell, IBM, Apple) comes in and starts pumping money and programmers to make it proper. As usual (withness OpenSSL) no such sponsor worries about the middleware. Maybe Microsoft can do it now.

A slick phone Linux for your pocket PDA? Ooh, don't mind if I do, sir


Re: All well and good

Only in a Crysis

Nintendo Labo: After a day spent fiddling with flaps, you may be ready to, er, Lego

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Meet the Frenchman masterminding a Google-free Android


Re: Google might drop Android anyway.

Fuchsia will be Android-compatible and include Play Services. It will NOT have a Linux kernel, therefore removing the last bit of european tech from mobile.


Re: Banks

If that was so important, the moment to act would've been when Nokia sold its soul to Microsoft leaving Maemo (direct ascendant of Sailfish) in a small rowboat (Jolla) to fend for itself. It's amazing that 7 years later we're trying to get out from under Apple and Google's thumb when we could've avoided it in the first place.

The eyes have it: 'DeepFakes' bogus AI-meddled videos outed by unblinking gaze

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Re: The eyes DON'T have it

That's the one I was talking about, but I was on my phone at the time and couldn't get the link to add to my post


Already taken care of

There will be a paper submitted to this year's SIGGRAPH (Justus Thies et al. 2018) with a method for manipulating pre-recorded video that animates the eyes separately.



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