* Posts by FrankAlphaXII

945 posts • joined 12 Jan 2011


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

GitHub to replace master with main across its services


Yep, because words matter so much when you're trying to simply survive

My question is just how much money and time (same thing, especially in the Bay and in Seattle) is being wasted on something as stupid as PCness in technical terminology.

Yet again, the slacktivist keyboard warrior crowd tilts at windmills related to language instead of the hard thing, actually doing something about inequality in the real world. This shit pisses me off because its a fucking side show designed to make people who are fucking the entire goddamned world over by doing what they do feel better, that they're "doing their part" because their one black "friend", y'know the Contingent Worker at the security desk at Orwell Worldwide LLC or their parent MammonTech Inc told them that changing names of something they do not know or care about and has precisely zero impact on their lives would make them feel so much better and make the world a better place.

Its better to do something like this instead of, y'know, something involving some risk, non-monetized expenditure of time and effort, potential discomfort and arrest, like making sure their "friend" at the security desk with G4S or Securitas or the cafe with Sodexo that's working 33 hours a week (so they don't have to pay for benefits while paying them minimum wage on top of it) might be getting a living wage and can afford to pay for rent and bills AND food, instead of having to pick which is more important and which can get put off, or having access to a decent educational system, living in neighborhoods safe from gangbanging thugs that drive black and white vehicles that might just kill you and get away with it (and also the criminals too), being able to afford to maintain a healthy lifestyle, having relatively clean water, being able to have an illness where you miss four days of work or can afford to take time off to do something besides work for once, or something as small as having access to basic healthcare to prevent serious illness of course.

Because that would be fair, and fairness isn't just wrong, its communist! Can't have that of course.

Bloke rolls up to KFC drive-thru riding horse-drawn cart only to be told: Neigh


This wouldn't be too unusual in Lancaster, PA

I get how it might be odd in the UK, but there are places that this wouldn't be all that unusual like Lancaster in PA or parts of Farmington in NM. In Lancaster they actually have pretty serious problems with the Amish drinking too much (they may not have much technology but they do like to drink) and getting into buggy accidents after passing out behind the reins. A few people die a year from it as a matter of fact.

NASA's classic worm logo returns for first all-American trip to ISS in years: Are you a meatball or a squiggly fan?


I'm actually from the Space Coast, I lived there for about 30 years, and I've never liked the Worm Logo. It sucked then and still sucks now. When they brought the meatball back (mostly to cover up the Bicentennial Star on the VAB, more than 20 years after 1976) it was a great day. The meatball looks much better, the Worm looked like something a Federal Agency would come up with to look "sci-fi" and "cool"

'That's here. That's home. That's us': It's 30 years since Voyager 1 looked back and squinted at a 'Pale Blue Dot'


Rights issues probably. Unlike the other US Federal military and paramilitary organizations NASA's images aren't in the public domain for most uses, and they're very particular about employees being used in commercial material.

From their media usage guidelines:

NASA Content Used for Commercial Purposes

For more information on using NASA content for commercial purposes, please read NASA Advertising Guidelines. Any questions regarding use of NASA content, or any NASA image or emblem should be directed to Bert Ulrich of the Multimedia Division of NASA's Office of Communications at NASA Headquarters in Washington.

For information on NASA involvement in documentaries and films, please see documentary and fictional film project guidelines.

If the NASA material is to be used for commercial purposes, including advertisements, it must not explicitly or implicitly convey NASA's endorsement of commercial goods or services.

If a NASA image includes an identifiable person, using the image for commercial purposes may infringe that person's right of privacy or publicity, and permission should be obtained from the person.

Current NASA employees, including astronauts, may not appear in commercial material.

Commercials and promotional content cannot be filmed on NASA property

If I'm not mistaken, Dr. Porco is currently an employee on the Solar System exploration committee so unless they go find her CalTech faculty official photo, which may also be copyright, its not something they can use.

You know the President is able to shut down all US comms, yeah? An FCC commish wants to stop him from doing that


Sounds like typical CoG/ECG stuff to me, and that should scare you

Continuity of Government's something I know real well, working in the emergency management field. There's some really terrifying shit in the CEFR (Code of Emergency Federal Regulations) and the (mostly) classified annexes to NSPD-51, Enduring Constitutional Government and others scattered throughout the various executive orders, CFR and USC. I'll leave you with this, and I'll say they don't make em like Senator Frank Church anymore:

"The President has the power to seize property, organize and control the means of production, seize commodities, assign military forces abroad, call reserve forces amounting to 2 1/2 million men to duty, institute martial law, seize and control all menas of transportation, regulate all private enterprise, restrict travel, and in a plethora of particular ways, control the lives of all Americans...

Most [of these laws] remain a a potential source of virtually unlimited power for a President should he choose to activate them. It is possible that some future President could exercise this vast authority in an attempt to place the United States under authoritarian rule.

While the danger of a dictatorship arising through legal means may seem remote to us today, recent history records Hitler seizing control through the use of the emergency powers provisions contained in the laws of the Weimar Republic."

--Joint Statement, Sens. Frank Church (D-ID) and Charles McMathias (R-MD) September 30, 1973

Alphabet's 'love rat' legal chief David Drummond ejects after 18 years at web goliath, no golden parachute attached


Re: Or Brooks, "It's good to be the king."

I don't think anyone's suggesting anything non-consentual, at least I didn't read anything non-consentual into his behavior. At the same time abandoning your child while he's ill to go have a threesome in SF with some side-chick(s) is a pretty trashy thing to do though, no matter how you measure it.


Scumbag lawyer for a scumbag company acts like a scumbag. In other news, Ursines defecate in the woods and the Bishop of Rome is Catholic. Film at 11.

Service call centres to become wasteland and tumbleweed by 2024


Automated service management and the elimination of the contact center is just like the supposedly paperless office, they keep saying its going to happen, and then create five new forms. Considering how fucking clueless end-users and automatic troubleshooters are, I don't think those of us who work in any kind of customer facing tech support position have anything to worry about.

When is an electrical engineer not an engineer? When Arizona's state regulators decide to play word games


Good job Arizona!

You'd figure Arizona, a very conservative and pro-business state, the home of Barry Goldwater and John McCain, would be the last in the Southwest to do something like this. It sounds like garbage from the People's Republic to the west.

I wonder how many Electrical Engineers who are working as contractors or direct reports at Intel, Micron, the Air Force or Fort Huachuca/US Army Intelligence and Security Command should be very afraid that some tin-pot bureaucrat with all the power of a petty czar might just decide to scour linkedin and come after them too for the high crime of misuse of a non-regulated title.

It just blows my mind, its something that New Mexico would likely do, and something Nevada would do if there was a means of laundering money in it, but then again, we kind of value having two national labs, two directorates of the Air Force Research Lab and an Intel fab, pissing off engineers isn't exactly conducive to being a competitive place for that.

I'll tell you what, what the Navajo ought to do is let Arizona know they're full of shit and that this gentleman is welcome to continue being an electrical engineer for hire from their territory, and if New Mexico's State Government or one of the Pueblo Governments was smart, we'd do the same.

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Time to check in again on the Atari retro console… dear God, it’s actually got worse


Re: Have to ask...

Very true. Old timers around here would probably agree that he's almost as predictable as Eadon was in that regard. Bob's more entertaining though, I rarely agree with him but every now and then he's got some diamonds of wisdom mixed in with the turds.

Mike drop, DXC-ya later! Lawrie immediately ejects as CEO from IT outsourcing giant


Re: Accenture was not tied to Enron

"The market will decide whether the company lives or dies. And that's fair enough"

Wow. You must actually believe that. How cute.

Or, more hopefully anyway, is that a code for "vacuous corporate raiding investors who don't know what they're doing aside from screwing over the employees and long term investors, and have no business having anything to do with how a corporation behaves dictate whether a company lives or dies"?

Today in tortured tech analogies: Mozilla lets Firefox loose in the hen house, and by hen house, we mean the tracking cookie jar, er...


How does a third equal single figures?

See title.

My math isn't the greatest but two thirds of a hundred would be 66.66... the remainder of that would be 33. That's not single digits, and I strongly doubt that IE has anywhere near that high of a marketshare except in corporate environments where crappy halfbaked enterprise software still requires it.

Just sayin'

GIMP open source image editor forked to fix 'problematic' name


I'm sure it's been said...

But the only meaning of the word Gimp that I know is a slang term for a submissive in a BDSM context.

To put it in San Franciscan: They're kink-shaming and erasing the identity of those that participate in a BDSM lifestyle by changing the name to this, so I suggest the "Digital Object Manipulation and Mastering Experience", or DOMME. It gets rid of any ableist baggage and allows those involved in BDSM to proudly identify with the project.....

Yes yes, I'll see myself out. Mine's the one with the riding crop in the pocket.

Outraged Virgin slaps IP trolls over dirty movie download data demands


I think I've seen this movie before

This is basically what Prenda was doing isn't it? Buying copyrights to smut, seeding it, and then threatening to sue people who allegedly downloaded it.

I hope the same thing happens with these upstanding parasites too.

DoH! Secure DNS doesn't make us a villain, Mozilla tells UK broadband providers


Think of the Children (and the spies!)

Its very telling that the UK's ISPA is so dead set against this, because it'll make collection efforts targeting the unencrypted DNS by GCHQ that much harder. I expect that the usual suspects here in the US will as well, especially ARTIFICE (Verizon) and LITHIUM (AT&T). And unlike President Annoying Orange here who thinks that NSA/CSS and the rest of the TLAs are out to get him, neither Johnson nor Hunt is that paranoid over in your little slice of hell.

Facebook staff sarin for a bad day: Suspected chemical weapon parcel sent to Silicon Valley HQ


BW not CW

Huh. I'm kind of amazed that none of the pedants here have pointed this out yet, but Ricin's a Biological Weapon, its specifically a type of protein called a Lectin from the castor bean, and its horrendously lethal. Inhaled LD50 is like 3-5 µg/kg.


Re: Go crazy, crazy, crazy, crazy, crazy...

In case you non-Punks miss the reference:

Dead Kennedys - Chemical Warfare

Apple kills iTunes, preps pricey Mac Pro, gives iPad its own OS – plus: That $999 monitor stand



You forgot something, Apple offered a breakthrough, game-changing and exceptional multi-axis monitor orientation device at a more than reasonable price with enhanced privacy features that far outpace the VESA stand competition.

San Francisco votes no to facial-recognition tech for cops, govt – while its denizens create it

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One rule for me, another for thee...

Seems to be the Bay Area mantra.

Sure, they'll fuck everything up for you, but don't count on seeing any of the bullshit they're inflicting on the rest of the world there because they're too preciously diverse and woke for it. Outside of California its foreign policy, amirite?

Ignore the noise about a scary hidden backdoor in Intel processors: It's a fascinating debug port


Re: Hmm.

The way I read it was that it not only required root, it required physical access on top of it, and that's a step above even root.

Freelance devs: Oh, you wanted the app to be secure? The job spec didn't mention that


Working as a continuity and emergency management contractor I can tell you no matter how good any professional is, devs included, if its not specified and outlined, its not getting done, that likely takes extra work/extra time and nobody rides for free. Plus, there may be a reason for why they didn't ask for it. It might be a stupid reason but its still not worth giving away your time and labor when it very well might just aggravate the client since it wasn't something they asked for. Maybe they're regulated and have to have things done a certain way (PCI, SOX, HIPAA, Title 13, EO 13526) or have security measures that you don't have need to know for that they'll add later.

None of this is to defend shitty practices, bad code, or bad QA, but when you're not told it needs to be done and you're getting paid a pittance even if you think its utterly stupid to not do whatever, it probably won't get done unless you run into the world's dumbest freelancer.

Academics publishing papers, who are universally seeking tenure (which is about the antithesis of temporary or freelance work), are probably the absolute fucking last people I'd ask about anything to do with a freelance job or the gig economy.

Ever used VFEmail? No? Well, chances are you never will now: Hackers wipe servers, backups in 'catastrophic' attack


Re: The first rule of backups

I always thought the first rule of backups was that if you don't validate your backups, you don't actually have one.


Re: Um

Of course, in the US Kangaroo Court system its the appeal series that actually matters.

Almost £5k for a deskslab: Microsoft's Surface Studio 2 hits UK


Workstation prices for consumer hardware, no thanks

For more than a Z4 or Z6 workstation with Xeon processors and Quadro GPU hardware, the pricing on this thing is insane and it doesn't look like its all that serviceable given how small the chassis is. I mean I could be wrong, there are small form factor PCs out there that are just as easy to work on as a traditional tower but I don't know for certain and I'm not likely to find out, since most people I know would buy the workstation, a gaming PC, or a Mac instead.

Its obviously targeting the more money than sense and form over function crowd like a good deal of Apple's garbage, and while the tilty display thing is sort of interesting, it looks like its something that can get messed up easily and definitely not worth almost $5k for older hardware.

Mumsnet data leak: Moaning parents could see other users' privates after cloud migration


Re: Mumsnet penetrated

I know they had an issue with Heartbleed, but I'm not sure anyone actually exploited it. To be fair, its a forum for middle age (mostly) women to whine about everything wrong with society and those damned kids, its not quite a financial institution or communications provider.

Dear humans, We thought it was time we looked through YOUR source code. We found a mystery ancestor. Signed, the computers


Re: Seen this plot before

Gotta keep an eye on your girdlesprings and the side-warbling that they cause when installed too close to the gargleblaster.


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It was the exaterrestrials. We'll call 'em Lemurians, unless that's copyrighted by the Theosophical Society or the OTO. If that's the case we'll call them the Star Fairy Tribe.

I'll write a detailed description of why with tons of pseudoscience and occult crap for the low, low price of 39.95, paid monthly.

Who cracked El Chapo's encrypted chats and brought down the Mexican drug kingpin? Er, his IT manager


Re: The FBI paid him back in return for his services

It tends to suffice, this is the kind of guy that the Marshals don't move to a place like San Diego, Phoenix, Vegas, Los Angeles or Albuquerque on an S visa. He's a sysadmin that ran part of the communications infrastructure of a multinational criminal organization, it won't be too hard to find him a job.

Unless he does something on the more stupid end of the spectrum, like stay in touch with sketchy family members who are in the cartel or prone to being violently or non-violently influenced by them, he'll likely be fine somewhere like Cour d'Alene or Springfield, MA working for one of the Native American development corporations like on one of their non-classified government contracts so the USMS can keep tabs on him easier.

The Palm Palm: The Derringer of smartphones


Re: Very, very nice

Psh....They want Windows 10.

Why? Simple. Its the best, Windowsiest semi-intelligent phone OS evurr!!

Poor people should get slower internet speeds, American ISPs tell FCC

Black Helicopters

Its a lefty-liberal plot!

>>"....not to promote competition among multiple providers in areas already receiving adequate service"

Because free markets are Socialism!

If we have competition in the market the next thing you know they'll be taking our guns, raising taxes and forcing our poor, downtrodden and horribly persecuted billionaires to pay more than a minimum wage laborer, which will lead to those hateful democRATs forcing us to eat tofu and bean sprouts made by married homosexuals while praying to the Marxist Islamo-Mexican devil and Lenin, before finally herding us into Soros-brand death trains to the FEMA death camps guarded by black helicopter flying UN troops from Venezuela and some other shithole countries that I don't know the name of! Sad!

MAGA! Lock her up!

Make sure President Putin Trump protects those poor, patriotic, and long suffering communications companies like Comcast, AT&T and Spectrum from possibly having to give up even 5 cents of their hard earned billions of dollars in profits a year by competition based on their merits! Do you love freedom, apple pie, processed cheese, the Grand Old Party, baseball and America? Or do you want the Islamic Mexican-Canadians, RINOs and Soros to win?

If you love America, then do everything you can to save Comcast from having to provide adequate services to the poor, because if you don't, the immigrants taking our jobs and women win and we're all headed to the camps.

(I hope its clear but this is pure sarcasm. It was hard to write but I hear this kind of shit on a daily basis from the idiots I'm surrounded by)

Lenovo superdishes not-so-superdosh for Superfish superloss: $40 waiting for you if you bought adware laptop


That they do, even if you blow away the four(!) "recovery" partitions.

I bought a Lenovo once, right around when they did this Superfish bullshit. It was the first and the last time. This thing had four extra partitions, only one of which had recovery data on it. Its not like the other three had something like a UEFI hardware diagnostic program (like what HP's been doing on their Probooks and Elitebooks for a while now) either. There was something on them, it was big enough to have a full headless OS and then some on all three extra partitions.

Being the not exactly paranoid, but not exactly clueless, person that I am, I started digging around and asking what the deal was. Funny thing is that I've yet to get a straight answer about what it was from the manufacturer. Lenovo have told me several different stories about them and none of them make sense. Fortunately the HDD failed after about a year and its been a paperweight ever since. I never trusted that machine because of any of that and I won't ever buy another from them.

Dell may have awful support and abysmal components, and HP are fucking expensive (if you want decent warranty support anyway) with only marginally better components, but neither one of them fling malware at you if you format the hard drives because the installer stubs are hard coded into their firmware.

IBM's Ginni Rometty snipes, er, someone for being irresponsible with data, haven't a clue who


>>You have to wonder are they a tech company any more?

No, they're an acquisitions company (see: Red Hat) that dabbles in Mainframes and buzzword laden marketing, as well as their semi-lucrative business of selling parts of itself to Lenovo.

How one programmer's efforts to stop checking in buggy code changed the DevOps world


Re: 'Unimpressed by Oracle'

I think that Oracle just has more money than sense, which isn't an uncommon condition around tech companies.

Plus they leave a lot to be desired when it comes to management and stewardship of most, if not all, of their non-proprietary projects. It certainly seems like everything they touch that wasn't invented by them they lead to ruin, or they make things so difficult for developers and users to deal with that it winds up killing whatever project or product. At least with FOSS, you can usually fork it.

About the only exceptions I can think of are Java and ZFS, and even that's complicated.


Re: Jenkins?

I've done volunteer QA on a number of FOSS projects and I'd have to agree, but its still something to be encouraged to the development teams.

No, looking over your own code is not really QAing it, but it does help us out if the developer takes a few minutes to have a look at their work before we get it so any obvious issues get fixed and we don't have to waste our time on them.

It doesn't always work out that way (especially with some developers who behave as if they shit excellence and piss greatness, and act like finding a bug and suggesting a fix is a personal attack on their character) but it is helpful and can save a lot of time.

Dell upping its margins again: Precision 5530 laptop will sting you for $13m. Yep, six zeroes


Re: It's an Apple move

It was because of the way that the forces were color coded at the Louisiana Maneuvers just before the US entered the second world war.

Traditionally, the British Army and the Armies of its dominions and colonies (especially India) was colored red or pink, and it still is if you look at their flag. Blue (or sometimes Black) were always the enemy. The Prussians/Imperial Germans and Russians wore blue, as did the French. The British Army always made plans to deal with any of them hence the OPFOR color was blue. Matched the uniforms.

General Douglas MacArthur, control freak that he was, convinced General Marshall, Admirals Stark and King, and even FDR that it was some British or in some versions Nazi, Japanese or general communist bullshit (or to remind Stalin who was top dog in yet other versions of the story) and that he demanded the US War Department start color coding our forces blue on our maps with the enemy being red. OPFOR became red, and is still red to this day (I was in an OPFOR unit, the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, as my first permanent party assignment. We're always red on the BLUFOR maps and such at NTC) which was convenient in the Cold War given the Soviet propensity to use the color red.

Green are neutrals which we consider friendly but don't have any kind of operational control over. We tend to use it nowadays for Islamic governments and movements that we usually have a strategic alignment with (since they tend to use green in their symbols) like the Iraqi Army and the ANA/ANP, with the Jihadis and Iranian SOF being colored black or red depending on who they are and who's doing the coding. I've also seen purple being used for them, usually for stuff like the Mahdi Army and Iranian militias in Iraq/Syria or Hekmatyar's people in Afghanistan because while we've had to kill them in the past and they're still not really "friendly" and you probably don't want to lead a patrol through their territory, they're not usually trying to shoot at us or bomb us....for the moment anyway.



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