* Posts by FireBurn

35 publicly visible posts • joined 25 Feb 2010

Doctors call for greater scrutiny of bidders for platform that pools UK's health info


UK or England

It talks about the UK's health info? But is it actually the UK's or England? Do we need to be worried in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales?

OpenSSL 3.0.5 awaits release to fix potential worse-than-Heartbleed flaw


OpenSSL 3 is still masked on Gentoo - basically you'd have unmask it to enable it, OpenSSL 1.1.1 is still the default

Four million outdated Log4j downloads were served from Apache Maven Central alone despite vuln publicity blitz


Dependency Hell

When I was rebuilding some packages after bumping the log4j2 version numbers in pom.xml, I found quite a few examples of the old versions being downloaded by other dependencies

Don't use natwest.co.uk for online banking, Natwest bank tells baffled customer


Oh dear, who mucked up renewing the certs? Will that be an extra form added to all future cert renewals from now on?

Ex-student, 52, suing university for AU$3m after PhD rejection destroyed 'sex drive'


Re: Without legal aid


Watch closely as NASA deploys the world's biggest parachute at supersonic speeds


Re: Good news

Surely Venus is our sister planet? Mars is more like our little brother

Maybe we should be concentrating on terraforming Venus, as that technology might be vital for earth survival in the future

The ice must flow: Dunes of frozen gas spotted on alien dwarf


Size Matters

Pluto is the second biggest dwarf planet in the solar system, the biggest being Eris, because size matters

Jocks in shock as Irn-Bru set to slash sugar and girder content


Re: How to be English in Three Easy Steps

Casual racism is the best racism

WPA2 KRACK attack smacks Wi-Fi security: Fundamental crypto crapto


That's Gentoo's ebuild for wpa_supplicant updated


It's been patched in the development snapshots of LEDE if your router is compatible, I think they'll be releasing a 17.01.4

Also wpa_suppliant has got patches in git, so look out for updates from your distros

Royal Bank of Scotland customers say digital services gone TITSUP


Re: Coincidentally....

Except the data centres running their banking platform are based outside Edinburgh

She's arrived! HMS Queen Lizzie enters Portsmouth Naval Base


Tree falling in the wood...

Is an aircraft carrier really an aircraft carrier if it carries no aircraft?

PC rebooted every time user flushed the toilet


Re: It's been 5 years since the big disaster at RBS

Well I posted something on my facebook the morning after it first happened, telling my friends we'd get it sorted ASAP

WikiLeaks emits CIA's Wi-Fi pwnage tool docs


Fedora 9?

Are you sure it's Fedora 9? It was released in 2008, would have thought they'd use RHEL or similar

IBM has cloud access to quantum computer 400 times smaller than D-Wave system


Fact checking

I think you mean two things are potentially true - until you go and check

CHEERS! Office 2013 now on Wine 2.0


Drinking too much Wine

The initial release of Wine according to wikipedia was 4 July 1993; 23 years ago

Ex-soldier pleads guilty to terror crime after not revealing iPhone PIN


Re: Neat

To be fair it probably saved the country loads of money in the long run. When captured by IS the ensuing rescue operation would need to be arranged. A stitch in time saves nine

Ancient water found in Canada is two billion years old – giving hope to Mars colony dreamers



I've always wondered if it would somehow be easier to terraform Venus, which is much more earth like, than trying to settle on Mars - it would probably be useful in the future if global warming gets out of control too

IBM: Yes, it's true. We leaned on researchers to censor exploit info


Seeing as there are still ancient versions of WebSphere still in production out there I get why IBM didn't want it published, any idea how far back the bug goes?

Google: There are three certainties in life – death, taxes and IPv6


Sky Broadband

Sky Broadband is using IPv6 now

Lindsay Lohan ‘happy’ to turn on Kettering



I've never heard of it

True believers mind-meld FreeBSD with Ubuntu to burn systemd


Re: Haters gonna hate

Yes it replaced an init system - but it was never supposed to be just that and it never claimed to be

As for RedHat - they contribute more to Linux (both the kernel and the rest of the stack) than anyone else. It's in their best interests for it to do well - that's how they make money.

Since Microsoft allows Linux systems on their Azure platform and now offers .net and SQL Server on Linux it would make sense for any "linux company" that have customers that wish to use these services to support them.

I understand the tinfoiled hatness - I don't really trust microsoft as far as I can throw them - but they're no longer market leaders, especially on servers. They know if they don't change their tune and give their customers what they want they'll be irrelevant and mostly likely not making any money. Companies don't do things out the goodness of their hearts - they do things that will help them turn a profit


Re: Haters gonna hate

Yes I thought about it - I've even ran into a few of the bugs people use as reasons for systemd being hated on so much - they were fixed though

The one people comment the most about is how un-unix like it is - it's not a monolithic binary (like busybox) - it's an umbrella for everything you need to get your system up and also configured (much like util-linux is an umbrella for lots of useful utilities)

Even Linus himself has taken a very pragmatic approach to systemd. He told the dev's of for not dealing with bugs properly and he uses it on his own system. If he thought it was something terrible he would have given it the middle finger as he does with anything he doesn't like


Haters gonna hate

As someone who's opted to use systemd from the early days (Gentoo - it's about choice) I've been amazed at how simple things are with it - especially for configuration. Now that systemd is in more and more distros configuring Linux will be the same on all of them - rather than having to use (and figure out) each distros utilities. I like journald and the power it holds with everything logging to it. I love the boot times but that's less important when I only reboot to update the kernel. I like that when I insert a USB thumb drive it can automatically FSCK it if needed. These are all little things but when you put them all together they make a huge difference to usability.

Its strange that the people who complain most loudly about systemd have no qualms with either util-linux or busybox. As for all the hate directed for Poettering - he's actually trying to improve Linux, whether you agree with him or not. If you really disagree with him do what the UbuntuBSD or Devuan folk have done - create a better alternative.

We're a fickle bunch in IT - we'll happily jump ships to a better option - just now that option is systemd

Apple and Google are KILLING KIDS with encryption, whine lawyers


Re: I like what they're saying

Free to go to - not free to leave ;-)

Microsoft admits critical .NET Framework 4.6 bug, issues workaround


Re: Nothing to worry about, move along

I've used -Os -O3 and the new -Ofast - there's very few bits of software that break with those. The only packages that I've ever seen having issues are the gcc and glibc. On Gentoo they're automatically filtered out on sensitive packages. I've since switched back to -O2 purely for the time saved during regular compiles. The only quantifiable speedups I saw with -O3 was in Chromium - it scored better in the peacekeeper benchmark but only marginally. It seems -march=native is far more useful for achieving speedups

Let's all binge on Blake’s 7 and help save the BBC ... from itself


I guess the main issue is we've already paid for and own all the content on the BBC by being a licence holder - this is different from Sky. The BBC should be providing the whole of it's back catalog on the iPlayer. If it wan't to change a monthly fee for this like Netflix it should be instead of the licence fee (most people pay this monthly anyway)

I feel I get a lot more for my money from my 4K £8.99 Netflix subscription than my £12.12 TV licence fee


I guess the main issue is we've already paid for and own all the content on the BBC by being a licence holder - this is different from Sky. The BBC should be providing the whole of it's back catalog on the iPlayer. If it wants to change a monthly fee for this like Netflix it should be instead of the licence fee (most people pay this monthly anyway)

I feel I get a lot more for my money from my 4K £8.99 Netflix subscription than my £12.12 TV licence fee

Time for a brutal TELLY-OFF: Android TV versus Firefox OS


Don't buy one

I was silly enough to buy the 65" Sony Android TV on pre-order, its buggy and slow as hell with half the promised features missing or "coming soon"

Grand Theft Auto 1997: 'Sick, deluded and beneath contempt'



I can't remember which GTA this was in - but if you typed it on the PC version it started raining - there was also a replica Forth bridge in the games too

Nexus 7 fandroids tell of salty taste after sucking on Google's Lollipop



Isn't this related to trim support?

Girl gamers sexism row: Top e-sports federation finds reverse gear


I think the issue is people often confuse Equality to treating everybody the same - this isn't what equality is about. It is about treating people in such a way that the outcome for each person can be the same. Just now in business and in gaming woman are massively underrepresented. This isn't because women aren't capable of being CEO's or world class gamers. Positive action even though it sounds terribly unequal is attempting to rebalance environments. Eventually it won't be needed but until threads like these (often littered with misogyny / racism / homophobia) no longer happen then work will need to be done to tackle the divide

It has been proven again and again that men and women behave diffentently in same-sex and mixed environments. Often it's the men who are slower to adjust

Assange: 'Ecuadorian embassy staff are like my family'


Except that little but of land isn't under UK rule, it's a little bit of Ecuador - might be worth checking their laws about such fire drills

Word wonks insist GIFs are really JIFs


Re: Was the vulture logo created by a jiffics artist on jiff paper?

We call it "kicks" here in Scotland too

UK.gov IT minister makes open source gaffe over browsers


Qt is Open Source

She was half right.

Opera is created using the Qt

Qt is open source. So it is based on open source, but the code for Opera the browser isn't