* Posts by FrankAlphaXII

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OpenBSD 7.5 locks down with improved disk encryption support and syscall limitations


Re: If you want a fancier desktop setup why run Open?

For Unixlikes ever since my preferred Linux for servers decided to be no more because of corporate greed, I've been using and maintaining a whole lot of Free and OpenBSD, but I can't think of any of the OpenBSD machines having a GUI or a need for one. The smaller the attack surface the better, that's the whole point, and for where I work that's extremely important.

The Hobbes OS/2 Archive logs off permanently in April


A little (potential) context

I live in New Mexico. In Albuquerque specifically. While I'm not sure what the exact reason is I can guess they're anticipating funding cuts from less money being made from the Permian Basin's oil and gas extraction which is affecting education across the State.

Don't make education funding dependent on something variable like fossil fuel extraction, folks, it's a pretty bad idea.

State may also anticipate losing a lawsuit over a murder one of their Basketball players committed in Albuquerque (State is in Las Cruces) at UNM in December 2022 that may result in a little penny pinching.

Europe's Ariane 6 rocket rated 'ready to rumble' after passing hot fire test


Its in everyone's interests that there's competition, the more the better really.

Ariane was the just about the only thing that kept ULA and it's predecessors "honest" (in the typical twisted defense contractor manner of speaking "honest") for a long time before anyone thought SpaceX was a serious competitor.

And if I'm not mistaken the JWST was launched on an Ariane 5, so it's not like there's no US interest in the ESA's programs just regardless.

CompSci teachers panic as Replit pulls the plug on educational IDE


Re: Where have all the grown ups gone ?

Amazing that it doesn't sound like it's changed at all in 20 years. I started my career in school

IT. I immediately realized it was a clownshow and for all the reasons you described.

What's really going on with Chrome's June crackdown on extensions – and why your ad blocker may or may not work


Re: Just use Firefox

Been saying this since 2003 but it's screaming into a Galactic void at this point.

Sorry Pat, but it's looking like Arm PCs are inevitable


That's precisely what I was going to say, except I'd go one further and say about 30 years but I pay a lot of attention to ISAs.

ARM has been the "next big architecture" since about the Archimedes. I also remember when PowerPC, Alpha, and IA-64 were all going to "replace" x86 at one time or another.

I dunno about you but it's been a long time since I've seen an Itanium or an Alpha in the wild.

Having read the room, Unity goes back to drawing board on runtime fee policy


Re: It's a shame, really

Unity isn't open source. Like at all. It's always been proprietary.

Three signs that Wayland is becoming the favored way to get a GUI on Linux


Re: Really?

We already have it on FreeBSD and its decent. It's not that difficult to get working with a DE either, I use Wayland with KDE as my daily driver on that OS if I'm using a GUI there anymore actually. OpenBSD is working on it from what the article says, it'll probably wind up being the same way over there but I can't speak to it.

Google's next big idea for browser security looks like another freedom grab to some


He's likely talking about the SCCM clientside software manager. My employer only has Chrome and Edge listed in it as well, but Firefox and one of the un-trademarked Firefox rebrands is permitted and they get used fairly frequently, not least by me.


Re: ODFO, alphagoo.

Probably the most upset and irritated I've ever seen your writing here Jake. And you've been around here about as long as I have so that says quite a bit.

Regardless, I agree that trying to rewrite the rules to enforce a monopoly and browser monoculture is foolish. I don't think it's going to work, as soon as Google gets distracted you'll never hear another word about it. What worries me is a more focused company that doesn't kill its projects like it's going out of style doubling down on this.

Red Hat's open source rot took root when IBM walked in


Re: an 'el cheapo' no-support license for RHEL?

Not to defend IBMhat but they do have free licenses for RHEL for developers that you can use for non-production machines. It's definitely no replacement for CentOS but it does exist.

Oracle pours fuel all over Red Hat source code drama


Re: Opensolaris anyone?

It's not quite the same, Oracle decided they didn't want to do it anymore so the community forked it into Illumos and OpenIndiana. It's still a thing. OpenZFS is a Illumos project if I'm not mistaken.

This is more IBM being belligerent toward a community that pretty much worked as free advertising for RHEL for a long time to squeeze a couple bucks out of the community. I don't know how many times I sold RHEL because I had the client try out CentOS, now if I'm doing something stable where Fedora isn't appropriate but FreeBSD is overkill, it's mostly Debian derivatives like Ubuntu that I wind up using, and I'm not their biggest fan so it says a lot. I wish I trusted Oracle enough to use theirs but I don't.

Rocky Linux claims to have found 'path forward' from CentOS source purge


That's pretty much how I see it too.

Those of us who can and care to may want to consider donating to the SFLC. They're likely going to need it, fighting IBM over this and whatever else they try and do is going to take forever and cost a fortune, think SCO v. The World writ even larger.

I really wonder what Oracle is going to do here since isn't their Linux basically just RHEL with Oracle branding?

Double BSD birthday bash beckons – or triple, if you count MidnightBSD 3.0


Re: OpenBSD is intentionally limited...

Try that on a Windows, Linux or FreeBSD machine and its about the same, there's a lot of overhead with OSes that don't have their existence predicated on security. Which isn't very surprising as Theo and Co make it a point to have the smallest attack surface as possible OOB. I'm not a fan of his personally but I do have a lot of respect for OpenBSD though I don't tend to use it unless I need something highly secure without much fucking around with it (there's always going to be some, even with how secure it is by default), FreeBSD has long been my UNIXlike of choice with Fedora and RHEL a close second and third but there's a time and a place for something like OpenBSD.

IBM, Kyndryl cut jobs even after cutting ties


I give them another 3 to 5 years

They still have some parts they can sell to Lenovo though its getting to be mighty slim pickins.


Re: Kyndryl has started up a dedicated ServiceNow practice

With snow it may as well be the same thing. I feel like Im being beaten with a cable every time I use it. Its a miracle anything actually gets done.

Intel reveals pay-to-play Xeon features with software-defined silicon


Re: Nothing new here

Its called Binning and they most certainly still do it. It saves them money by being able to sell a processor that they'd otherwise have to destroy. I don't know how common it is for other manufacturers but I know Nvidia does the same and Id imagine Samsung and TSMC do it as well.

Koch-funded group sues US state agency for installing 'spyware' on 1m Android devices


Fuck the Koch drones but

Fuck the Commonwealth of Massachusetts too.

Big question is what else were they doing with the data and who else had access to it? I'm quite sure DPH were willing to hand over any data that was requested to the Staties, Boston or Springfield Police because thats how it works there. Same with UMass. And the joint Commonwealth-DHS Fusion Centers. And DSS or whatever they call it now.

Massachusetts has never seen an invasion of privacy that it didn't like and as much as I abhor conservative SIGs I really don't trust the Commonwealth with anything like this because they use whatever they can get to fuck with people.

Elon Musk issues ultimatum to Twitter staff: Go hardcore or go home


Re: Tonight's Headline

Its the same in the US. If the State or US Attorney wants to prosecute, they will whether the victim wants to do so or not.

Linus Torvalds suggests the 80486 architecture belongs in a museum, not the Linux kernel


Re: But there's a 486 in the Hubble telescope.......

Its probably on an ancient version of an RTOS called VTRX. There are other Electro-Optical and Synthetic Arperture Radar satellites looking the other direction which use it as well which is why I'm not getting into detail here, but its a known quantity.

Google delays execution of doomed Chrome extensions


Re: How does this affect filtering?

I can bet some of them probably won't work when they switch over. However, If the addon developers are any good they'll have been testing against chromium builds with the new version of manifest and it should work. I would fully expect something to not work though, have a failover ready for a few days. That's just good advice in general but whenever software like this gets changed, shit breaks unexpectedly. And its always the worst possible component that there's no good workaround for.

Linux may soon lose support for the DECnet protocol


Its funny, when I was in school for networking (Dual enrollment my senior year of high school, we did Net+ and A+ and started MCSE) around 2002 they were using the OSI model to teach TCP/IP.


The first 3 Command and Conquer games had IPX/SPX LAN networking, the 4th one, Red Alert 2 may have had it as well but everything I was doing was TCP/IP by then.

I think the first Starcraft and first two Warcraft games also may have had it but I know for a fact that Command and Conquer did.

IBM ordered to hand over ex-CEO emails plotting cuts in older workers


Re: Seventy-one in six years?!?!?

That's the point. They're asset stripping. It's Icahn and TWA all over again. I'm sure it'll be a model for every Harvard MBA to follow for years to come.


They're more fucked for the apparently systemic securities fraud than anything. Which is complete bullshit, people are more important than lying about sales to gild the garmets of some Ivy League MBA business criminal cabron, but Wall Street don't ever care about the people getting hurt, only how their stack of money may have been affected by one of their own kind.

I'm sure they'll sell more parts of themselves to Lenovo, maybe mainframes this time, especially since it's a toxic asset with a securities fraud investigation surrounding it.

Sick of Windows but can't afford a Mac? Consult our cynic's guide to desktop Linux


Fair and Balanced

I must say all of the criticism in this article is all very fair and they're all things I've either seen myself or didn't see directly but helped out with remotely.

The only issue is that I have to disagree with saying Pop!_OS a niche, barely used distro with noone working on it because of System76 having paid employees working on it and the fact it comes pre-installed on their notebooks and workstations. HP's even about to start selling a workstation (it's basically a ZBook Studio 15 without the 300 dollar Windows 10 for Workstations tax) in the US called the Dev One that has it pre-installed as well.

I especially liked the bit about trusting Oracle more than IBMhat because at the moment I do. And if you look at my comment history I trust Oracle about as much as a Politician so there's not much faith there. IBM gets even less. Wonder how long it'll take them to sell Red Hat to Lenovo.

Day 7 of the great Atlassian outage: IT giant still struggling to restore access


Re: Business continuity

Amen. I'm in IT (now, again, whatever) but I come from an Emergency Management background. I really hope all of these affected customers had a decent continuity plan that had been exercised realistically and not merely as a means of checking off some VC's checklist to get funding. My standards are probably a bit high but think I know the answer to that by even a more reasonable measure if some of the Twitter threads I've read are any indication.

BCP is like how security used to be back in the day, nobody took it seriously until it started to cost more to not give a shit.

FTC sues Intuit for false advertising, says 'free' TurboTax isn't always free


About time

I'm in one of the class actions against them over this very same thing, and they're being incredibly difficult, I had to basically give a deposition to their legal counsel stating the same thing over and over, that there was no way to actually file the 1040 for free, especially if you filed Earned Income Credit paperwork too, and just about everyone working who has a child in the United States is filing for that credit. Glad the FTCs suing them too. They deserve it completely.

Machine learning the hard way: IBM Watson's fatal misdiagnosis


Re: Watson

He was also an Afghan war veteran, from the second time the UK Government and British Army thought it was a good idea to try to fight there. He got wounded at Maiwand, which is fairly close to Lashkargah nowadays, there's a highway that runs from Kandahar to Lashkargah that passes right through it. One of the many highways and roads in that country that I've been shot at on myself.

Watson was no fool, he was tough as nails, intelligent, a good shot, flexible and mentally agile enough that he could put up with weirdness out of Holmes, and was a very good physician

French tech giant Atos issues second profit warning in 7 months



That honestly kind of sucks. I work for a rather large notebook, desktop and workstation OEM doing hardware break/fix, and a lot of the larger businesses that have the expensive contracts with us use Atos as their client support vendor. Compared to the other big ones like Capgemini, DXC, Deloitte, and Infosys, I actually like talking to the Atos techs, they're usually pleasant, professional, well spoken even if English isn't their native language, and do most troubleshooting before calling us, and they're almost always willing to do whatever (even if it sounds pointless) to get their end users up and running again. They don't generally push back except for things that I agree are clearly very unlikely and/or stupid or have already been answered in whatever process flow.

I've been in this business long enough that I know what'll probably happen here, they'll start cutting employees and compensation, people will start leaving and they'll wind up being like most of DXC (pissed off all the time and very clearly unhappy with their jobs) within a year or two. I wish this wasn't as predictable as it is.

CentOS Stream 9: Understanding the new Red Hat OS release for non-Red-Hat-type people


Re: No-one sane runs Streams in any business use

Yeah, Amazon does exactly that. It's Linux for AWS is based on Fedora, and they've never said what sub-version but I suspect that its rawhide (don't quote me on that, but if you're going to do things in an insane manner, why hold back? Might as well go full batshit).

That's kind of what's always stopped me from using AWS except as a backup, production stuff on very unstable code is a recipe for things like last week.

BadgerDAO DeFi defunded as hackers apparently nab millions in crypto tokens


Self-awareness in naming

Spiral? How appropriate.

Graveyard Spiral

IBM researcher suing for age discrimination blames CEO Arvind Krishna for his ousting


Re: Who wants to work for IBM?

If you treat people like they're mercenaries, as most businesses do with contractors or whatever the MBAese for people who are doing work a regular employee would do for less money and no benefits is now (I've heard Contingent Worker, External Solutions Provider, etc), don't be surprised one bit when they don't have loyalty whatsoever and leave for greener pastures or a permanent position with a competitor when they get offered one. Its the nature of the beast, by design, and there are alternatives.

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


I use KDE or MATE when I'm using something UNIXy, so I don't really have a dog in this fight, so maybe I'm wrong but I will say it sure as hell seems like every time someone has an issue with a desktop environment the common denominator is almost always GNOME or its developers not listening to their users.

If your apps or gadgets break down on Sunday, this may be why: Gpsd bug to roll back clocks to 2002


Something's gotta give

We really need to start treating critical software infrastructure like we do for things like transportation and fuel, food supply chains, medical supply chains, etc.

As an emergency preparedness and response professional with an IT background, it is woefully inadequate and quite potentially a major hazard that libraries and small infrastructure projects like this hinge on a developer or developers who are volunteering their time and effort with no continuity planning, funding, time or means to respond to a bug or vulnerability because nobody wants to do it. Not everyone has a Google, IBM-hat, HPE/HPI, or Microsoft in their corner giving them time to do this utterly thankless, time consuming, but absolutely critical work to make sure that things will work further up the stack.

It's not flashy, on a resume most employers will give it a glance and even if they know what it is this person does and just how important it is, it rates a little above "that's nice" unless they're "concerned it may impact your productivity". It's a damned shame and I wonder how much chaos, insanity and murder is going to have to occur to get people and business to actually give a shit.

It's time to delete that hunter2 password from your Microsoft account, says IT giant


Re: A pain in the rear end

Yeah, after my Pixel 2 finally died I wound up saddled with a Samsung and the fingerprint sensor really sucks. I cannot wait to get a Pixel 5a or 6 just to not have to deal with this damned thing's sensor that works maybe 1 time out of 15 attempts. It reminds me of the blood vessel geometry scanners on some SCIF doors that always fucked up when I was in the Army. Or the hellspawn that was our USB fingerprint readers we had to use to biometrically authenticate with if for some reason we weren't using our CAC readers (or if, surprise surprise, the damned Smartcard readers or their firmware broke)

We use PingID where I work now and before I log in I usually have the phone unlocked so I don't have to screw around with the Biometric nonsense since it hardly ever works.

The more things change and all.

The unit of measure for fatbergs is not hippopotami, even if the operator of an Australian sewer says so


Thinking about Reg Standard units makes me miss some things about classic El Reg

I've been here a long time (I'm usually more active when I'm bored, was deployed, or was unemployed after getting out of the Army. You can always tell when I'm fucking off or I'm not working actively as I'll usually wind up with a Silver Badge before too long until a new project starts), but this got me to thinking about some of the crazier shit that this publication's done in my time here, like Boatnotes, all the stories about Rockall, the Playmobil reenactment articles, FoTW, the Standards converter, etc.

Which makes me miss Lester even more than usual because if I'm not mistaken all of those were his brainchild.

We need more insanity and chaos around here. Just my two cents.

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


Re: ‘Rocky’, eh?

The Multinationals are a hell of a lot more effective than that damned Coyote is, they're more like how actual Coyotes are: they watch and wait until there's a visible weakness and then strike or they keep testing defenses and shifting their internal organization (and leadership) around until they find a hole or an optimum way of attacking the existing defenses that works for them.

Then again, the Roadrunner's a decent representation of open source, but if I've gotta pick a Southwestern desert, scrubland or steppe animal to represent it, I'd probably pick the Tarantula Hawk because while they're largely docile if they decide to attack the adversary may win, but it'll likely regret it.

IBM, Red Hat face copyright, antitrust lawsuit from SCO Group successor Xinuos


Surely this is a joke, but its not

What year is it? And hell, I thought it was an April Fool's article myself until I double checked the date.

Its funny, one of the first articles I ever read on El Reg was on SCO vs The World.

Its the same stupid song and dance that's been going on for 20 something years now. And pretty much nothing's changed since the last time they tried this except that Zombie SCO has another new name, this is like their third or fourth one. Same tired bullshit claims. And again, just like last I pointed out last time, its funny (and telling) that they're not suing other commercial UNIX vendors like HPE for HP-UX or Oracle for Solaris.

A definition of insanity is trying the same thing over and over and expecting different results. By that definition, Zombie SCO is clearly insane.

Delayed, overbudget and broken. Of course Microsoft's finest would be found in NASA's Orion


Re: Windows for Spaceships ?

I find your lack of knowledge disturbing.

Do some research. You'll find there's very little of the Toy OS variety involved with anything important in Spaceflight. No Linux, No Windows, no macOS. Its mostly (like nearly all) purpose built RTOS like VxWorks.

The unanswered question at CentOS community Q&A: How can we trust you now?


Re: Problem

They're not saying this, but the way I'm looking at it is that Fedora Server fills that traditional role that an alpha did back when the software lifecycle made sense, and that CentOS Stream fills the beta role. They're both nothing anyone with sense is ever going to use in production.

IBMhat thinks that they're going to drive people purchasing RHEL by doing this, but its going to alienate people who were using CentOS as a relatively stable environment to try to push people to buy RHEL by showing how well it worked


Re: Are people sure they get what Stream is?

Its not just uncomfortable, its a downright insane place for a production environment. No one who values their clients or their job is going to use it in production because its only a matter of time that some untested piece of beta software breaks something very important.

Fundamentally, CentOS stream is a beta where Fedora is an Alpha. It is never a good idea to use beta software in production anywhere outside of a UAT environment with power users, QA testers and developers that know they're testing something and that it might break. That's different from an unsuspecting client who expects the software they're using in production is stable and probably won't unexpectedly break just because the vendor pushed out something that broke a mission critical piece of software.

Devuan adds third init option in sixth birthday release


Re: PulseAudio?

I certainly hope so, not being quite a "desktop" audio user but not quite a "pro" because of a musical background where there's certain things that I do a certain way for a specific reason that fall into the cracks of recognized use cases, I've been stuck with Windows and macOS with no real alternative because PulseAudio is flaky (and mind you, I don't mind systemd, it has its advantages and disadvantages like any other piece of software) and JACK is well, itself. In theory I should be able to use it like an expert, in practice its hit and miss.

The thing is, I don't always work in Windows or macOS so hopefully the Fedora folks get it right and it gets adopted outside of Red Hat World (and even Linux land because if I'm using a UNIXlike its most likely FreeBSD or GhostBSD), though if I'm using Linux its most likely a Red Hat-esq distribution.

The killing of CentOS Linux: 'The CentOS board doesn't get to decide what Red Hat engineering teams do'


Re: So?

You forgot number 4. Sell chunks of the business to Lenovo.

Intel is over GPUs and CPUs – it's all about 'XPUs' now that OneAPI code-abstraction tool is golden


Re: Bye?

I'm not enough of a bastard to want to inflict my ex on anyone else. I'm slightly mean, but I'm not sadistic.

'20,000-plus staff' could face the chop in spin-off of IBM's IT outsourcing biz, says Wall Street analyst


I vote for literature, hear me out.

His statements wishing death to Nvidia's engineers in multiple ways, that OpenBSD developers are a bunch of masturbating monkeys, that userspace was written by other monkeys smoking crack rock, and that a certain compiler's behavior is similar to a sloth that was a victim of a drop on its head as an infant are true classics, and need recognition as such.


Re: In the long run

I'm sure Infosys, Collabera or Capgemini will be happy to hire him, with no benefits and a significant pay cut naturally.

Who cares what Apple's about to announce? It owes us a macOS x86 virtual appliance for non-Mac computers


I've said this for years...

But if Apple were to start selling macOS by itself that is the single Apple product I would buy. And I'd pay a good deal for it too.

Its for-real SUS compliant UNIX with an outstanding graphics and window management subsystem and decent driver support for less than the thousands of dollars that whatever the SCO remnants currently call themselves, HPE, Oracle and IBM are going to gouge you for their OS and the hardware that runs it (in IBM, HPE, and Oracle's cases anyway).

While I'd love to use macOS, I have absolutely no desire to use Apple's overpriced hardware. I value function far over form and on Mac computers the form has been super-ceding the function for quite some time, but I would switch from Free and FuryBSD as my main UNIXlike in a heartbeat if Apple sold macOS by itself. Unfortunately the whole idea makes sense and would work, so it'll never happen.

Motorola Moto G 5G Plus: It won't blow your mind, but at £300 we're struggling to find much to grumble about


Since the Pixel 4a is taking damned near forever to get released, and I really need a new phone (the top 3rd of my Pixel 2's touchscreen isn't detecting inputs and my mic decided it doesn't want to work anymore), this is what I'm looking at, mostly because of it having stock Android, 5G, and not costing a thousand dollars.

The only thing that makes me hesitant is that it's a Lenovo product as I have some issues with them after a suspicious experience on a notebook a few years ago, but I may well give this phone a shot unless Google gets the 4a out within the next month or so.

An unfortunate bit of product placement for Microsoft as Liverpool celebrates winning some silverware


Re: I thought Bork meant "break"

Well if a company the size of BT can't figure out how to activate Windows, its kind of a bork, more of the beancounter variety though