* Posts by Sloppy Crapmonster

219 publicly visible posts • joined 19 Nov 2011


Google buys threat intel giant Mandiant for $5.4bn

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Sales tax?

So did they buy it in the locality of nowhere, and have a 0% sales tax bill?

Linux distros patch 'Dirty Pipe' make-me-root kernel bug

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Re: Linux Bias?

Penguin master lol.

Reasonable people can disagree, but Nvidia's license explicitly says "interface with our interface if you want to use our hardware". Linux is about (AFAIK, I'm not a kernel developer) writing drivers directly to the hardware. Those two worldviews can't work with each other.

I'm leaning towards the Linux worldview. I'm honestly shocked that Nvidia isn't requiring Debian, and Red Hat, and all the other distros out there write their own interface layer.

That said, I don't actually care one way or another.

'At least' 6.5 exabytes lost after contamination hits Kioxia/WD 3D NAND fabs

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Look on the positive side

That means they only lost 5.64 Exbibytes (1 Gigabyte = 1000000000 Bytes), that's not so bad now.

How Windows NTFS finally made it into Linux

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Re: I can only warn

TBF you're going to need a pretty performant power supply to run 1,700,000 10TB hard drives.

.NET Foundation boss apologizes for pull request that sparked community row

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Re: What's wrong with reproducibility?

"Is this a joke I don't get"


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Stop writing software for Microsoft for free


Opt-out is the right approach for sharing your medical records with researchers

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No it isn't

On the one hand, it would be *absolutely fucking fantastic* if we could trust everybody involved in these transactions to do the right thing and use this data for furthering humankind.

On the other hand, everybody involved in these transactions are trying to turn data into money, and no fucking thank you to that.

We have the technology to be living in a Star Trek era right now, but each of F, A, A, N, and G want the whole pie to themselves, which is the diametric opposite of Star Trek.

Fuck everyone.

Chiptune to brighten your afternoon: Winning 8-bit throwback music revealed

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I love chiptune

First of all, http://www.kittenrock.co.uk

Individual artists? Knife City, Jellica, The J. Arthur Keenes Band, Nullsleep, too many more to mention

Video games lost something when you could stream digital audio instead of generating your soundtrack on a synthesizer. Not that current games are bad, but there was something special about everything coming out of your game being done on-the-fly.

Huh, it's as if something happened that made people not like CentOS so much

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Re: Freeloaders

Sorry, three months late posting a followup.

Red Hat doesn't care that you share your code. Red Hat sells a product, a part of which is your code that you shared for free.

Red Hat wants money in exchange for their product. CentOS was RHEL with the parts that said RHEL filed off. Functionally identical. Red Hat bought CentOS and put a stop to that. So there's another fork going to provide a RHEL-clone for free under the terms that Red Hat has accepted for their product.

So you took offense to the word "freeloader". I apologize. I was attempting to get across that CentOS users aren't paying CentOS or Red Hat for the work being put into their respective products. I don't think that was an inaccurate description of end users of the product.

Red Hat agrees with me, though, which is why there's a new project to recreate what CentOS was before Red Hat bought it.

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CentOS is literally not fit for purpose now, since CentOS users wanted (and were getting) RHEL without paying RH. I can't blame either side for their positions, but I tend to blame CentOS users more.

I've been using Debian forever*, though, and Debian wants my help, not my money. I'm looking into adopting a couple of packages that have lost their maintainers.

*1999 was my first permanent install, so not literally forever

Cheeky chappy rides horse around London filling station, singing: 'I don't need petrol 'cos he runs on carrots'

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Was he wearing a plastic bag on his head?


Apple didn't engage with the infosec world on CSAM scanning – so get used to a slow drip feed of revelations

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"I’m less concerned about the attack than some observers, because it presupposes access to known CSAM hashes," said Mayer. "And the most direct way to get those hashes is from source images. So it presupposes an attacker committing a very serious federal felony."

Shirley the most direct way to get those CSAM hashes is to have a copy of the official CSAM hash database. It wouldn't surprise me to know that Apple have a copy of all the original CSAM images themselves, though.

Dallas cops lost 8TB of criminal case data during bungled migration, says the DA... four months later

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You seem to think DPD is concerned about the suspect's prospects.

International Space Station actually spun one-and-a-half times by errant Russian module's thrusters

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Re: Like a broken record, baby, round round


'Prophetic' Steve Jobs autograph telling kid to 'go change the world!' among Apple memorabilia at auction

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Re: Go change the world

Pancreatic cancer, which is probably going to kill you whatever you do.

ISTR Jobs went and did some stupid new-age regimen when he got it, but because he had the cancer he did, it didn't much matter what stupid thing he did. There wasn't any smart thing to do. Although he was in the position to spend any amount of money for as long as it took for him to die.

Thinking about upgrading to Debian Bullseye? Watch out for changes in Exim and anything using Python 2.x

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tmux firefox-esr ssh rsync rxvt awesome

(plus all of the supporting packages)

I haven't used a "desktop" in years, although I try KDE every once in a while and it's not much worse than Windows 10, tbh,

I'm trying to drink the flavoraid at work and tied my Google accounts into Windows, but it's not working very well.

I will migrate to something other than awesome when X11 stops working. Maybe the Devuan guys will have gotten over themselves and worked on something important by then :)

No payrise for Oracle CEO Safra Catz, but at least there's $76.4m from trading company shares to fall back on

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Because $1,000,000/yr is just tacky.

Overpriced, underpowered, and over here: Microsoft to bring the Surface Duo to British shores in early 2021

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Re: Flop but not fail

"Perfect that? Now move to 3x screens with one screen on the outside as the normal use display."

Hey, I had one of those when I was a kid! : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PRDeSCQoCCM

I work therefore I ache: Logitech aims to ease WFH pains with Ergo M575 trackball mouse

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I have one of these Amazon Basics ripoffs: https://www.amazon.com/AmazonBasics-G5W-Wireless-Trackball-Mouse/dp/B07G28NF3L/

It's not awful, but my ball sticks.

IBM manager had to make one person redundant from choice of two, still bungled it and got firm done for unfair dismissal

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Re: I think that I might have also worked for that company

>And before you down vote me: on your flight in 5 years time, do you want the flight control system written by exactly the 'correct' ethnic diversity of people, or the best people, regardless of ethnicity?

I'd rather have a plane that didn't fall out of the sky. None of the teams working on that problem seem to have figured it out yet.

Key-cutting machine borked sideways after visit from the BSOD fairy locks things down

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"I Cut Keys" is an anagram for "yuckiest"

Microsoft touts its Surface Laptop Go as 'cheap' option – but that price quickly goes up for useful RAM and storage

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"as does a 30-day trial of Microsoft 365 Family (assuming the company's cloud hasn't dropped from the sky again)"

Shirley, they mean a 720 consecutive hour trial. No backsies for when The Cloud has evaporated.

What price security? Well, for the US ban on Huawei/ZTE kit it's around $1.8bn, and you're going to pay most of it

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I thought we were going to build a firewall

And have China pay for it.

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

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Re: Likely to be supported

Depending on which G7 you have, you can flash LineageOS[0] on it and then you don't have to worry about Motorola leaving it behind. I'm running Android 10 on my OnePlus One thanks to LineageOS.


Overbudget and behind schedule, UK's Emergency Services Network reaches 500th base station milestone

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Re: Coverage

What kind of moron would get themselves into a dire situation where there wasn't any cell phone service? They should just die in shame where they are instead of making the rest of us pay for the ability to reach them.

Selfish bastards.

Someone made an AI that predicted gender from email addresses, usernames. It went about as well as expected

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ElReg forum denizens you ignorant sluts

"Enter your handle or email address and we'll guess if you're male or female" lol

Give me something I can verify and then spam and I'll give you a random answer more like it.

Gone in 9 seconds: Virgin Orbit's maiden rocket flight went perfectly until it didn't

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Re: ✈︎

Threw themselves at the ground and didn't miss.

Kubernetes is 'still hard' so VMware has gone all-in on container-related tech with expanded Tanzu, vSphere 7

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Re: Hyper-V

I work at a SMB where our licensing costs for VSphere and Windows Datacenter (which we also license) are roughly the same. We've been running everything on VMWare products since VMWare Server 2 (the app you installed on top of Linux, back in the late 00's). Yes, we're paying for Datacenter to run on top of VSphere. We get really good deals on both of them, that will become untenable if our footprint gets much larger.

The one huge factor influencing the platform we're on is pricing. If we added too many more hosts than what we have now, VMWare would be out of the running purely on cost. Microsoft has their *entire history* working against them, so I don't really know what I can stomach once Dell prices themselves out of the running.

Motorola bounds out the G8 with a harder, better, faster smartphone for the thrifty

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Moto seems to be the way to go

I don't ever want to spend $1000 on a tech bauble again. My wife bought a G7 Plus last year with the insurance check we received after her previous phone died. It does what she wants it to do and it seems to be a really nice device. I can't tell if it's supported by lineageos or not, but it doesn't seem like we need to take that step because the stock android install seems to be pretty much unfucked.

I'm still using a OnePlus One, but it can't last forever. If Motorola can keep this up, they're certainly on my list of replacements.

Bye, bye Brazil: Sage takes a multi-million dollar bath as it slips out of Latin America

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We're running Sage 100c.

"c" stands for Cloud.

Cloud stands for "pay us a subscription for new icons on your on-premises software".

It's not (directly) my checkbook, so I don't suppose I care too much.

If it's Goodenough for me, it's Goodenough for you: Canuck utility biz goes all in on solid-state glass battery boffinry

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Funeral home

There was a Goodnuff funeral home near where I grew up. Hey, if it was goodnuff for me...

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

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Classic Shell is so popular that it stopped being developed over two years ago.

InLinkUK collapse: Ad market, planning woes, £20m debt and drug dealers using booths to blame, say admins

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Re: Boo-hoo what a shame


Beware the Y2K task done too well, it might leave you lost in Milan

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I did my y2k stint for NCR. Except they didn't know what equipment they had out there, so I spent the first two months of the job getting paid to stay at home playing video games while they figured out what they wanted me to do. After that, they sent me out across the country for training on how to identify their equipment, and then out across my home state to find it. Except their training and real life didn't match up, so they sent me back home again so they could figure out what was going on.

I made a lot of money for very little work. Goodness knows how much it actually cost them.

Internet jerk with million-plus fans starts 14-year stretch for bizarre dot-com armed robbery

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Ah, the Trump defense!

"When questioned by police after the robbery, Adams at first claimed he wasn’t at Target with them and knew nothing about the phones. He then changed his story and said he was there but didn’t know what was in the bag that Davis emerged from the store with. And then changed his story again and admitted he had in fact given Davis $100 to buy the two phones."

First of all, I had nothing to do with it! Second of all, someone else did it, I'm completely innocent. Third, okay I did do it but I did nothing wrong!

It's Hipp to be square: What happened when SQLite creator met GitHub

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Re: Biassed much?

My hand is not a hammer. My hand is what I use to wield a hammer, with which I drive nails.

Github is not a version control system. Github is what I use to host my Git repositories, with which I control my versions.

A metaphor is a glorious thing. A diamond ring. The first day of Summer.


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Re: Biassed much?

GitHub isn't a version control system.

EU wouldn't! Uncle Sam brandishes 'up to 100%' tariffs over France's Digital Services Tax

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Re: Wrong argument

All companies should pay tax in the country where profits are earned. Except if they try hard enough, they can move that earning around the world in such a way that they end up paying nothing, and that's not right.

Second time lucky: Sweden drops Julian Assange rape investigation

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Re: Assange® Leavin' On A Jet Plane?

On the one hand, our cheeto-in-chief loves wikileaks, so clearly he won't be extraordinarily renditioned.

On the other hand, the deep state gonna deep, so clearly he will be extraordinarily renditioned.

The never-never-Trumpers get to have it both ways, whichever way it goes.

Teardown nerds return to the Fold with word of warning: Samsung kit still 'alarmingly fragile'

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Obviously, this guy is trying to damage the device, and it makes me a little uneasy to watch. But based on how I use *my* phone, I'd be guaranteed to damage one of these things. Fortunately for me, I have no desire to spend $2000 on a phone.

The immovable object versus the unstoppable force: How the tech boys club remains exclusive

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Re: Misguided

Yes, let's just start playing fair. Because that what we do in America.

Gears of law say Gears of War character Cole Train is not based on ex-American football player

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Re: wrestling incarnations of tech world supremos

Richard "Muscle" Stallman

IT workers: Speaking truth to douchebags since 1977

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eMachines? Although they did start making decent computers in the early 'nuthins.

Imagine if Facebook could read your mind: Er, I have some bad news for you...

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Re: EMF sensitivity could be real.

You're Unbelievable.

Magnetic cockroaches, dirty money, wombat poo and posties' balls: It's the Ig Nobels 2019

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Re: 10 trillion (Zimbabwean) dollars

I just like that they use a variation of the Rock Band font on their money. At least, that's where I recognize it from. Those Ns!

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Google says "Sorry, we could not calculate directions from "Sanders Theatre, 45 Quincy St, Cambridge, MA 02138" to "Guantanamo Bay Detention Camp, Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, Cuba" "

Equifax is going to make you work for that 125 bucks it owes each of you: Biz sneaks out Friday night rule change

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The lawyers got $77.5 million

I think they should be required to collect in credit monitoring coverage instead.

Zapped from the Play store: Another developer gets no sense from Google, appeals to the public

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The Register has asked Google to comment...

By what avenue do you ask that question? Do you have some reason to believe there will be a response?

This is a serious question. Do you think you have some way of contacting a human being at Google? How do we get that contact info?

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

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I'm erneral the eighth I am!

I'm eneral the eighth I am I am.

I adopted the license of the project next door

It's been forked seven times before

And every one of them was an eneral

It wouldn't be a BSD or a.. oh fuck, I've lost it, never mind

SELECT code_execution FROM * USING SQLite: Eggheads lift the lid on DB security hijinks

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I, too, refuse to read the article or look into it myself.