* Posts by rjmx

63 publicly visible posts • joined 10 Nov 2010


CompSci academic thought tech support was useless – until he needed it


Re: "supposed expert who turned out to be anything but"

Been there. Done that. Can confirm.

Systemd supremo Lennart Poettering leaves Red Hat for Microsoft


Re: Depart, I say, and let us have done with you.

As if it didn't have enough fuckwits already.

As System76 starts work on its own Linux desktop world, GNOME guy opens blog, engages flame mode


Yes, GNOME went off the rails years ago. Worse, they took GTK with it.

Dating app for Trump loners commits YUGE blunder: It leaks more than the West Wing


Re: A rose by any other name...

Uh-oh. Somebody's triggered ...

Batten down the ports: Linux networking bug SegmentSmack could remotely crash systems


In kernel 4.17.11

For those compiling their own kernels, these changes seem to have been incorporated in kernel 4.17.11 and above.

MH370 search ends – probably – without finding missing 777


Re: Someone probably knows where it is/was

"If they find it in the middle of the GAFA"


Rhode Island proposes $20 porn tax. Er, haven't we heard this before?


Re: wow

From the Wikipedia article:

"The Lexington Herald-Leader described Johnson's nondenominational Heart of Fire church as "part evangelical church, part motorcycle bar"


Want to visit your loved one in jail? How about Skype instead?


Ah, yes, Hodgson ...

This Hodgson turd is getting somewhat of a reputation around these parts. For example, he announced, upon Trump's election* (about which the less said the better), Hodgson announced that he'd be ready to send his inmates south to help build the infamous wall.

Sigh. Why do conservatives have to be such arseholes?

.. ..-. / -.-- --- ..- / -.-. .- -. / .-. . .- -.. / - .... .. ... then a US Navy fondleslab just put you out of a job


I must admit that using Emacs' "M-x unmorse-region" has helped a lot today.

BOFH: Don't back up in anger


Re: New technical terms.

John G Imrie: Since it'd be completely useless, it'd be bound to have an ISO classification. Say, ISO910367812-45bis?

Smut-scamming copyright chaser 'fesses up, will do hard time


Re: smoke and mirrors

Yep. The only reason we need lawyers these days is to defend ourselves from other lawyers.

Video intercom firm Doorbird wants $80 for device password resets


Re: Companies only put charges like this on

Hmmm. I wonder if the price might help deter a would-be burglar? You know, call the company, claim you're the homeowner, and try and get them to give you the password?

Fedora 25: You've got that Wayland feelin', oh, that Wayland feelin'

Thumb Up

Re: I'd be more excited

Sigh. If only I could upvote that one 5000000 times.

systemd was/is a classic example of what *not* to to when you change a basic OS component.

No spin zone: Samsung recalls 3M EXPLODING washing machines


Re: Uh oh!

> With NO Internet connection.

Are you sure?

Newest Royal Navy warship weighs as much as 120 London buses


HMS Forth??

What happened to the first three?

Watch the world's biggest 'flying bum' go arse over tit in a crash


Re: Certainly looks like a stall...

> Maybe they ought to change the name from "Airlander" to "Groundpounder".

... or "Crashlander" (h/t to Larry Niven).

Swede suffers shrinking penis after dentist fits mouthguard


Maybe it was in the wrong place

Did they tell him he was supposed to put the mouthguard in his mouth?

Blighty's Virgin Queen threatened with foreign abduction


Sir Frances Drake?

> descendants of the famed Sir Frances Drake

That might explain his/her popularity among sailors on the Golden Hind ...

UC Davis chancellor suspended after headlines like this one undo $175,000 online name-scrubbing efforts


WTF are political optics?

> driven purely by political optics

Is this a new form of upper-class eyewear? Or somebody's autocorrect going off into the woods?

How to get root on a Linux box, step 1: Make four billion system calls


I just went through that exercise and found the same thing (kernel source 4.4):

> /usr/src/linux$ find . -name Kconfig | xargs grep "select KEYS"

> ./fs/cifs/Kconfig: select KEYS

> ./fs/ext4/Kconfig: select KEYS

> ./fs/f2fs/Kconfig: select KEYS

> ./fs/nfs/Kconfig: select KEYS

> ./init/Kconfig: select KEYS

> ./net/ceph/Kconfig: select KEYS

> ./net/rxrpc/Kconfig: select KEYS

> ./security/integrity/evm/Kconfig: select KEYS

Looks like selecting any of CIFS, ext4 encryption, f2fs encryption, nfs v4, System Data Verification (whatever that is), Ceph, RxRPC or EVM will select CONFIG_KEYS. Which probably means that, if you build your own kernels, simply turning off CONFIG_KEYS is not an option.

Foetuses offered vaginal music streaming service


Re: Speaking as a man, is there any way that I can enjoy this too?

Get a job as an installer?

Australian Prime Minister runs private email server


Re: No MX record - really?

I don't think so. Note the "ANSWER: 0" bit:

~$ dig malcolmturnbull.com.au mx

; <<>> DiG 9.9.5-12-Debian <<>> malcolmturnbull.com.au mx

;; global options: +cmd

;; Got answer:

;; ->>HEADER<<- opcode: QUERY, status: NOERROR, id: 65357

;; flags: qr rd ra; QUERY: 1, ANSWER: 0, AUTHORITY: 1, ADDITIONAL: 1


; EDNS: version: 0, flags:; udp: 4000


;malcolmturnbull.com.au. IN MX


malcolmturnbull.com.au. 900 IN SOA brenda.ns.cloudflare.com. dns.cloudflare.com. 2019221722 10000 2400 604800 3600

;; Query time: 120 msec

;; SERVER: xx.xx.xx.xx#53(xx.xx.xx.xx)

;; WHEN: Fri Oct 09 11:02:46 EDT 2015

;; MSG SIZE rcvd: 115


Agreed. Any hacker who actually sinks a tinnie of Foster's deserves all they get.

Most likely a conversation with the Big White Telephone.

Twitter signs Edward Snowden to write for them for free


Re: Politicians really hate it

> What an utterly ludicrous set of claims - the latter verging on an antisemitic conspiracy theory.

Look up the connection between Hearst and the Spanish-American war some time.

Microsoft co-founder recovers ship's bell of 'The Mighty Hood'


Re: The Impact On The Public Was Terrible

> she turned and headed for Breast

I think you mean "Brest".

Still, the mistake is understandable. I tend to do the same thing.

Who's the big Swiss bunch that wants to take Sir Jony's lunch? It's... SWATCH!


Internet Time?

Are Swatch still on that "Internet Time" kick (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swatch_Internet_Time)?

HP wag has last laugh at US prez wannabe with carlyfiorina.org snatch


Re: You, that website's author, and everyone else have missed the point entirely

And then you'll complain that your tax refund is a day late. Or that the FDA missed a major salmonella outbreak because there wasn't enough staff to inspect everything.


WHY can't Silicon Valley create breakable non-breakable encryption, cry US politicians


What about current crypto?

And even if they do find this Holey Grail (misspelling intentional), what are they going to do about all the current crypto systems that they can't crack? Make them illegal?

Yeah, that's gonna work. The horse has not only left the stable, it's half-way across the valley by now.

US parking operator: YEP, hackers got your names, credit card numbers, secret codes...


Good question

> What possible excuse have they got for holding the verification codes and card numbers in a database, and in plain text too?

I wondered about that too. Reading the article again, it's possible that the data was captured while in transit.

Still should have been encrypted, though.

Naked and afraid: that's how Telstra's Wi-Fi security makes you feel


Telstra unaware?

> Although Telstra makes their money mostly from mobiles, they - and many others - seem to be unaware how these devices work, or why people need secure connections - especially in public.

Knowing Telstra (having worked for one of their predecessors), I think you're giving them too much credit here. More likely they just don't care.

Linux? Bah! Red Hat has its eye on the CLOUD – and it wants to own it


Re: HP disagrees

> and they don't believe at least that Red Hat has the resources to do it (right)

I don't believe that Red Hat has the resources (or even the will) to do *anything* right. The only thing they seem to be good at is producing badly-written implementations of poorly-thought-out concepts, usually by individuals who have the social skills of a newt.

Examples (over the years):




African samba queen: Don't cut off pirates' net connections – cut off their FINGERS


Re: So-called "piracy" high on the priority list in Nigeria?

Anything you like -- they haven't got a leg to stand on.

Western Australia considers ban on R18+ games


Ah, Western Australia. Lived there for 25 years, nice place, nice people, but they keep electing stupid governments.

Devs: Fancy a job teaching Siri to speak the Queen's English?


The Queen's English?

Now there's a surprise.

BOFH: He... made... you... HE made YOU a DOMAIN ADMIN?


Re: "He used my access to make you a domain admin?!"

Ooooohhh ... nasty.

'Microsoft Word is a tyrant of the imagination'


Re: A tard...

> However I think the ME109 was probably more his style and that had a stick

I see what you did there.

Only 1 in 5 Americans believe in pure evolution – and that's an upswing


Re: @AC @ 02:10

If it is indeed a closed system, where do you extract it to, pray tell?

Live or let dial - phones ain’t what they used to be


Re: Just the other day

Thank you. I hadn't thought about uniselectors and step-by-step switches in years.


Re: "...the numbers were arranged clockwise on the dial"

Yes. And that explains why they were the other way around in New Zealand (see above post).*

*Yes, yes, I'm aware that Australia, for one, had it the same way around as British phones. I worked** for Australia's overseas telecommunications entity long ago. They had to add special stuff in their exchanges to handle NZ phone numbers.

** if that's the word, of course.

Speech-to-text drives motorists to distraction


Re: Whittering Lesbians Groucho Sheep

My wife's car has one of those Onstar thingys that supposedly includes a phone. The thing point-blank refuses to understand me (although, to be fair, I _am_ an Australian living in Massachusetts). Sometimes I've been reduced to flat-out screaming at the thing, to no avail. Lucky I wasn't driving at the time.

The silly part is that all it has to do is recognise numbers from zero to nine, and it can't even do that reliably.

Blazing new comet may OUTSHINE THE MOON in 2013


Re: "We may scoff at Harold's fear of Halley's Comet"

You mean "hAROLD" (well, that's what the tapestry says).

Looks like somebody had caps lock on when they made it.

Dreaded redback spider's NEMESIS: Forgotten Captain Cook wasps


Re: There was a redback on the toilet seat

Ah, Slim Newton's best.

I've been told that the original words were "There were footprints on the ceiling when I got home last night"..

(use your imagination from there on)

Pirate icon, 'cause it's almost TLAP day.

Murdoch 'sorry' he didn't shut News of the World years ago


Oh, really?

"this whole business of News of the World is a serious blot on my reputation".

That reputation was already so tattered that it would have been hard to find anywhere to put the blot in the first place.

HP Labs chief Prith Banerjee departs



Is that even a word?

No bloody wonder HP's going downhill fast.

So, what IS the worst film ever made?


Re: Lost in Translation

Worst movie ever made. Should have been called "Two Actors In Search Of A Plot".

US entertainment lawyer casts doubt on Megaupload case


They never were ...

Remember, it was "Truth, Justice AND the American Way". Three separate items there.

New account of Flight 447 disaster published


Loss of height

I've read that some of that is due to some (FAA?) requirement that stall recovery should involve a specified maximum loss of height -- to the point where some pilots undergoing checks got reluctant to push the stick too far forward, lest they exceed that maximum. True, stall recovery should involve losing as little height as possible, but specifying a maximum height loss gets counter-productive.

It's ALIVE! Broken Russian Mars probe finally answers calls



"I'm sorry, Dave. I can't do that."

'Morons! Zuckerberg, are you listening?'


> smutty pics of Justin Bieber ... and photos of dead animals.

What's the difference?

Woomera: Ghosts of Britain's space past


(I can't enter the compo- I'm clueless, though I look forward to finding out what the plane with the asymmetrically-placed hole on its nose is.)

It's an English Electric Canberra, if I'm not very much mistaken. Stuffed if I know any of the others, though.