* Posts by eswan

108 posts • joined 29 Oct 2010


Following Torvalds' nudge, Paragon's NTFS driver for Linux is on track for kernel


Re: What's the use case for NTFS?

NTFS is in no way needed for network shares, and is unecessary for almost all shared resources.

Where on Gartner's Hype Cycle is Gartner's Hype Cycle?


Portal Ubiquity, Process Portals, Portal Fabric, Fried Portals, Boiled Portals, Barbque Portals...

'Organic Light-Emitting Devices' shows up in 2005.

Wonder what the obsession with portals was in '03-'04?

Florida Man sues Facebook, Twitter, YouTube for account ban


Re: It's the plot of 'The Producers'.

Springtime for Trumpy, and Q-anon.

Winter for Facebook, and Twitter too.


It's the plot of 'The Producers'.

Trump wants to raise funds through donations, then when the lawsuit is thrown out, he keeps the money and yells about how badly he's been treated.

Microsoft: Behold, at some later date, the next generation of Windows


Re: next generation?

I'm visualizing the cafeteria scene from Alien.

"Windows 11. It wasn't released, it escaped."

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


Been a happy user since version 3.0 (Now with ELF binaries!)

Hopefully still systemd free.

Mike Lynch-backed Darktrace to file for London IPO in aftermath of Deliveroo flop



Microsoft previews Windows Server 2022: Someone took a spanner to core plumbing features


"SMB over QUIC will allow "mobile users, hybrid users, travelling internet users, instead of using a VPN, [to] tunnel SMB traffic over the QUIC protocol which is a UDP, TLS, highly secure, easily firewall-traversing protocol… "

Oh, that sounds terrifying.

European Commission redacts AstraZeneca vaccine contract – but forgets to wipe the bookmarks tab


"reminiscent of the early days of IT two decades ago,"

I really hope that was intended to be sarcasm.

The Ultimate Collection of Winsock Software goes offline for good


Re: Walnut Creek CD-ROM

Still have somewhere my Walnut Creek CD-ROMs of FreeBSD and Slackware (Now with ELF binaries!)

US cyber intelligence officer jailed for kidnapping her kid, trying to hawk top secrets to Russia in Mexico


Re: a wealth of electronic devices:

Shoot, a fella’ could have a pretty good weekend in Vegas with all that stuff.

SHRT hits the fan for first-gen Surface Hub users: Jumped-up whiteboard can now be updated via dedicated tool


Re: Surface Hub Install Tool

Recovery, I believe.


Snerk. Took me a sec.

IT blunder permanently erases 145,000 users' personal chats in KPMG's Microsoft Teams deployment – memo


Things I Learned Today

KPMG has their very own top level domain. http://nic.kpmg

How the hell do you pull that off?

Single-line software bug causes fledgling YAM cryptocurrency to implode just two days after launch


Re: I like this new term "a decentralized finance experiment"


Cisco restores evidence of its funniest FAIL – ethernet cable presses switch's reset button


Re: Either way

But they both run iOS

If you have Microsoft 365 and Windows Virtual Desktop, do you need Citrix? Apparently


Re: First phase of...

They've been embracing and extending it for a very long time now. Citrix first came out for NT 3.51 I believe. Microsoft allowed them to live as long as they licensed their (citrix's) technology to them (microsoft) which Microsoft used for their Remote Desktop Protocol in NT4.

Modular edutech PC crew opens fresh Kano beans with expanded kit and accessories


"We looked at [stats] about what are the most common parts of the computer that wear out. The battery, speaker, and keyboard were the most common."

Speaker? I've worked on thousands of computers over the last 30 years, and I have never experienced a worn out computer speaker. My current desktop is using the same AR 'Powered Partners' that I bought in 1991.

Shopped recently in a small online store? Check this list to see if it was one of 570 websites infected with card-skimming Magecart


fertilizeronline.com hit

Oh crap!

Square peg of modem won't fit into round hole of PC? I saw to it, bloke tells horrified mate


Re: *Hisses & wards against Evil*

Would not suprise me in the least. Had a Legend 486dx33 come into the shop for diagnostics. The top of the cpu had been sanded. Held at the right angle to the light and you could see the 25Mhz markings.


Re: DIMM Slots

Remember those notebook docks where you slid open a door on the back of the notebook, put it on a couple of locating pins and throw a lever to push it into the 50-billion pin connector? I had to inform a user that it worked better if you opened the sliding door first. Although, to give her credit, she almost made it through the plastic.

From Amanda Holden to petrol-filled water guns: It has been a weird week for 5G


Re: The B Ark.

And Europe is going to be wiped out due to a lack of telephone sanitizers.

IBM's outgoing boss Rometty awarded $20m+ in 2019 for growing revenue 0.1%


Re: Her times were among the WORST for growth...

This chart says it all-


Going Dutch: The Bakker Elkhuizen UltraBoard 950 Wireless... because looks aren't everything


qwerty row offset?

Anybody notice the odd offset to the querty row? Looks like it's lined up verticaly with the zxcvb row, 'Y' being directly above 'B'. Seems like the kind of thing that would really trip me up.

Microsoft's little eyes light up as Oscar-winning Taika Waititi says Apple keyboards make him 'want to go back to PCs'


Why does that picture of a C64 keyboard have 2 CRSR up/down keys? For some reason, that really bugs me.

BSOD Burgerwatch latest: Do you want fries with that plaintext password?



Nah, it stands for X-Pest-Aging. Its the file share where they archive bugsfixes.

Ever wondered what Microsoft really thought about the iPad? Ex-Windows boss spills beans


> "Microsoft was a tablet pioneer. The company released Windows XP Tablet Edition in 2003 – seven years before the iPad"

I've still got a Toshiba T200 running Windows for Pen Computing 3.1, from about 10 years before that. Battery even still holds a charge. Back in the day, I had it up and running with a Raytheon Aviator wireless card and Mosaic 2.0.0b4.

Windows 7 back in black as holdouts report wallpaper-stripping shenanigans


Re: My Windows desktop is black...

Same here, but has the sun directly behind it.

Amazon straightens up its IoT house, complete with virtual Alexa, ahead of Las Vegas shindig


Re: Smart toilet seats

Fecal Recognition

Gospel according to HPE: And lo, on the 32,768th hour did thy SSD give up the ghost


"We are currently notifying customers of the need to install this update as soon as possible. Helping our customers to remediate this issue is our highest priority."

Well, the ones with up-to-date service contracts at least.

Physicists are rather giddy after creating a rare type of laser using laughing gas


“Now we’re saying they can be small, tunable, and much more efficient. You could fit this in your backpack, or in your vehicle for wireless communication or high-resolution imaging. Because you don’t want a cyclotron in your car.”

I don't?

They terrrk err jerrrbs! Vodafone replaces 2,600 roles with '600 bots' in bid to shrink €48bn debt


Re: we have already reduced 2,600 roles

Well, I'd hope so! Why would you want phreakers working at the phone company?

You'e yping i wong: macOS Catalina stops Twitter desktop app from accepting B, L, M, R, and T in passwords


Steve Ballmer

Dry patch? Have you considered peppering your flirts with emojis?


Re: Why can't we use emojis when...

And don't call us Shirley. We're a different demographic, altogether.


Sad SACK: Linux PCs, servers, gadgets may be crashed by 'Ping of Death' network packets


I'm disappointed...


"SACK Slowness, aka CVE-2019-5599, which affects FreeBSD 12 using the RACK TCP stack"


Good heavens, is it time to patch Cisco kit again? Prime Infrastructure root privileges hole plugged


Nah. Cisco's had 'undisclosed technician accounts' in their systems since at least the mid '90s. By this point I figure the simplest answer is that it's ingrained in their corporate culture to have backdoors in their equipment.

Let's check in with our friends in England and, oh good, bloke fined after hiding face from police mug-recog cam


"...it was estimated the technology had a whopping 98 per cent false positive rate."

That's not a facial recognition system. That's an excuse to harass anybody they feel like harassing system. Might as well use a motion detector and a lamp labeled 'Bad guy sensor'.

The peelable, foldable phone has become the great white whale of tech


Nobody said it yet?


You're folding it wrong.

US states join watchdog probing CenturyLink's Xmas data center outage that screwed 911 system


Somebody plugged a 4-mbit card into a 16-mbit ring?

... turned off spanning tree protocol?

2018 ain't done yet... Amazon sent Alexa recordings of man and girlfriend to stranger


Re: ""We ... took measures to further optimize our processes."

Pray we do not optimize them more.

Microsoft readies the swatter as more bugs wriggle out of the Windows 10 woodwork


"The paranoid, or those still clinging to the glory days of Windows Media Center, might regard this as evidence of an attempt to remove the aged player from the OS once and for all."

More like pieces falling off as the OS rattles off into the sunset.

Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean hackers won't nuke your employer into the ground tomorrow


Of course there is an xkcd for that.


Cray's pre-exascale Shasta supercomputer gets energy research boffins hot under collar


Where do you put the quarters?

(google image search for 'shasta vending machine')

Pirate radio = drug dealing and municipal broadband is anti-competitive censorship


Ministry of Free Press - MinPress

Sorry friends, I'm afraid I just can't quite afford the Bitcoin to stop that vid from leaking everywhere


I got one of these this week. Well, actually it was addressed to the web server but I handle the email for it. So I guess the web server was browsing porn? Maybe pictures of servers with their covers off? Oh wait, maybe that was me.

Seagate passes gassy 14TB whopper: He He He, one for each of you


"IronWolf Pro, supporting up to 24-bay NAS enclosures, capacity ranges from 2TB to 14B, while the ordinary IronWolf, supporting one- to 8-bay enclosures, goes from 1TB to 14TB."

So if you put the regular IronWolf in a 9-bay enclosure, does it spontaneously combust?

Intel hands first Optane DIMM to Google, where it'll collect dust until a supporting CPU arrives


"...features AI-focused Deep Learning Boost (DLBOOST) tech intended to provide an 11x AI performance boost over Xeon Skylake."

Is that the replacement for NetBurst Technology?

The last phablet? 6.4in Samsung Galaxy Note 9 leaves you $1k lighter, needs 'water cooling'


So with the 512 GB version of this, plus a 512 GB micro sd, you could have a phone with a terabyte of storage....

Supermicro breathes in, shimmies a PB of Intel flash into one rack unit


That's alot of porn.

Cracking the passwords of some WPA2 Wi-Fi networks just got easier


Re: Nice Model M KB in piccie

Looks at pic. Looks at desk.

Better get your monitor calibrated.

(Model M F5-F8 are greyish)

Span hits F#, LinkedIn gets mumbly, and UWP (yes, it's still clinging on) furnished with new toys


"Universal Windows Platform (UWP) apps have a noble goal."

Oh, that's what UWP stands for. Thought it was "Ugly Windows Phone app".



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