* Posts by chuckufarley

417 posts • joined 21 Jun 2007


AI laser probe for prostate cancer enters clinical trials


Just what we need...

...More sharks with lasers. Can't someone give the Crossing Guards lasers?

Seriously, I doubt most Americans will be able to afford such a screening for a generation or more. The better it works the longer it will take for the majority of patients to have access to it. That's because Obama Care isn't Health Care, it's just health insurance.

By giving lasers to the Crossing Guards near schools we could generate income for municipalities in the form of speeding tickets. This income could then fund actual Health Care for children and adults with cancer.

Businesses should dump Windows for the Linux desktop


The Word of the Day...

...is openSUSE in my house. It's my domain controller, my iSCSI target for my home brew 10Gbps SAN, my Nextcloud server, my VM and Container host, and many more things. I still have my Windows 11 box for gaming but even it dual boots to openSUSE.

My router, that runs IPFire instead because the docs for firewalld say run a dedicated firewall OS instead of trying to make it do what it wasn't meant to do.

OpenSUSE may be the red headed step child of Enterprise Linux distros, but that just means it works harder and gets less praise.

Charter told to pay $7.3b in damages after cable installer murders grandmother


Re: $7.3b in damages

If you think "Death by service employee" is "Appealing" then maybe drop the AC login and we will get you the help you need.


This just goes to show...

...That no matter how much you don't want to believe it there are worse things than Comcast.

That's an award I would never want to win.

Rocky Linux 9 and its new build service enter the ring


So I am a week late to the party...

...But I am slow. It took me more than 6 decades to get old.

I downloaded the "minimal" .iso to install in a VM and it's 1.4 GB in size.

@Liam Proven If you can explain how a minimal .iso reaches that size it would be good. On a "slow" internet connection I could download and compile a minimal Gentoo install in less time then it would take to download the full release .iso for RHEL/Rocky.

SCOTUS judges 'doxxed' after overturning Roe v Wade


All sense of irony aside...

...Two wrongs do not make a right. That's just revenge and if you have studied Gandhi then you know that revenge leads to the whole world being toothless and blind.

"I condone revenge" < "I do not condone the reversal of Roe v. Wade."

$185m anti-malware patent dispute: Norton and Columbia University fight on


This post has nothing to with text...

...but I have to call "Gender Bias" on the graphic used to represent this article. If I am the only one that sees it then fine, I can live with that. However, I do encourage the editors to do a double take.

Schneider and Dell integrate UPS, HCI for graceful shutdown


UPS software: Admin Tool or...

...Ransomware? That has been an internal debate of mine for quite a while. If it wasn't Ransomware then this could have been done two decades ago with a single shell script. If it is an Admin Tool then why is it only being introduced now and only to the Hyper-Filleters?

At what point does protecting your revenue stream through obfuscation equate to extortion?

If you can answer that then you can answer the the whole #!

Nvidia wants to lure you to the Arm side with fresh server bait


Re: If you can't buy...



If you can't buy...

...the company then the least you can do is subvert their IP.

Nvidia may not be The Devil, but they are a Devil.

Never fear, the White House is here to tackle web trolls


Again I will say that this isn't a solution...

...It's just another symptom of the American Problem. Without a solution to the American Problem people in this country cannot be expected to act in a healthy way online. We lack respect for others because we don't respect our society and since we are all part of society we therefore must not respect ourselves. Let's end the "Blame and Shame Game" and start the "We The People Game" like we said we would do over 200 years ago.

Majority of Axon's AI ethics board resigns over CEO's taser drones


This post brings a whole new meaning to...


Because any such system would have to be 100% secure. Which isn't possible. Which means sooner or later someone with evil intentions would gain control over it.

And, sorry for the down vote.


Re: This isn't a solution...

Dear AC,

Sorry for the down vote but you have left out an important part of the equation: Teaching people to value the lives and futures of others as much of they value their own life and future. OK, some one flunked school. Does that mean that one of their children or grandchildren will not be the one the crack sustainable fusion? What about the children and grandchildren of their victims?

Some people think that without believing in God and Satan that they can't be good or evil. That is and always will be a failure of imagination on their part. It's the kind of failure that kept Humanity in the stone age for thousands of generations. Now that we are approaching a human population of ten billion (10,000,000,000) people it's the kind of failure we must actively avoid to survive.


Re: This isn't a solution...

Thank you for successfully channeling Joseph Goebbels. Now I suggest you seek immediate long term therapy.

This is not a joke. You have issues.


This isn't a solution...

...It's just another symptom of the American Problem. Let's not debate this. Let's solve the American Problem. Let's get our priorities straight and create a nation that doesn't reach for guns (or tasers) to solve social and political differences.

That's my 2 cents.

Clonezilla 3: Copy and clone disk images to your heart's content


I use Clonezilla...

...for monthly backups on my home LAN. I start a VM with the the live cd (no other storage) that uses the host's filesystem cache, select the Lite Server option once it's booted, and mount the NFS share on my file server. Then I reboot each of my computers one by one and boot them from the network using Clonezilla's iPXE and back up the partitions. No need to mess with USB drives at all.

Broadcom to buy VMware 'on Thursday for $60 billion'


Re: Another week another acquisition

If there will ever be a globally recognized and globally respected regulator, then yes. Until then, no.


Your product?

Broadcom thinks it is *their* product. You just gave them money you could have spent on food to use their product. Like I said before, they hate FLOSS. The proverbial truth is in the proverbial pudding.


Re: In my not so humble opinion...

Thanks for down the vote and not leaving a reply. If you can't leave a shallow, incoherent, and senseless argument then just down vote!


In my not so humble opinion...

...It's waste of money for Broadcom to buy a business that paywalls features added onto open source software. Broadcom hates FLOSS ecosystems unless it will cost them sales. Because of this I think it will only lead to increasing the stagnation rate of an open septic tank. Decades ago VMware lost the ability to stay ahead of the FLOSS innovation curve and they have been riding their momentum since. I have a hard time believing that they have another $61 Billion of momentum left.

Of course it's also possible next year a Big Mac will cost $1,000.

Repairability champ Framework's modular laptop gets a speed boost


Re: I'll Be!

I does look nice, but until I can get an AMD Ryzen and wired LAN it's a "dog and pony show" to me. I'm sure the company's heart is the right place but Intel still owes me for all the bridges they burned down. While wifi is good and can be fast I don't have infinite money to turn electricity into radio waves 24/7.

US won’t prosecute ‘good faith’ security researchers under CFAA


Re: Who cares about the US DOJ?

You mean like posting on IT forums hosted in the Western Hemisphere just to stir up trouble? Tell me, how much do you get paid for this? Does it increase the odds of humanity leaving our Pale Blue Dot or does it just put food in your belly while you watch friends and family starve?


Re: Who cares about the US DOJ?

I apologize for the down vote, but I have to say that this post is endemic of some attitudes within the US. Some folks think that local laws should "Trump" the needs of a global civilization.

Personally, I'd like to welcome you to the 20th Century. I'm sorry that you are a bit late.


Re: "That's breaking and entering"

In some US states, the home owner can shoot and kill you if you are in their house without prior permission. I am not saying that this right or wrong. I am just saying that this *is*.

Turing Pi 2 crowdfunding goal smashed within a day


I'm guessing that...

...Crysis isn't going to run unless some makes an ARM port. On the other hand it can have tons of DNS servers running on it because, you know, it's always DNS.

I wonder how long it will be until I find a youtube video of someone running a samba PDC and remote desktop cluster on one of these.

Alibaba Cloud gets more of Android working on RISC-V silicon


Maybe I am short sighted...

...But I think it's far from a panacea to the problems China faces in over coming it's wafer production problem or the problems we "western" nations have with our landfill economies.

Why not design an OS that can run on multiple generations of ARM tech and then buy devices by the tonne from the west?

Linux kernel patch from Google speeds up server shutdowns


Why even...

...let the kernel handle this stuff? Isn't this what systemd is for?

$5bn+ Big Tech mergers in cross-hairs of draft US laws


Re: This seems like a turn in the right direction...

Oh, there is a reply! My apologies!

I have to say that your optimism is heart warming but I feel it is misplaced. If you dig deeper into our history you will find that the oligarchs of the USA have been waiting a long time to re-emerge. They make a cicada look like text book case of ADHD.


This seems like a turn in the right direction...

...so it's a turn that we will not take. The USA is just as much of an Oligarchy as our recently rediscovered Arch Nemesis and time isn't on our side when it comes to correcting the problem. I hate to be a doomsayer but I see no path forward that doesn't involve a lot of financial and physical pain if things are going to get better before the end of this decade. If things don't improve before then it will be a very long row to hoe before the weeds stop choking our Democracy.

Meta sued for 'aiding and abetting' crypto scammers


I am Shocked...

...Shocked I tell you, that Zuck made money off of the pain of suffering of others.

Chatter around GPUs for RISC-V is growing


I don't need a new kind of GPU...

...I need an effective and inexpensive PCIe x16, 75 Watt (No external power connectors needed), 64-bit OpenCL processor capable of working on two or more jobs at time. Science needs it even more than I do.

Screw the Graphics processing. Let's build the giant distributed Climate Cruncher.

.NET Foundation admits it 'violated the trust of project maintainers'

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Nat's own words here


Do you want speed or security as expected? Spectre CPU defenses can cripple performance on Linux in tests


The Foundation of Computational Trust...

...Is defined by four words. They are: Security, Transparency, Stability, and Speed. Think of them as Mazlow's Hierarchy of Needs in a digital format. Without Speed there is no reason to uses computers instead of pen and paper. Without Stability there is no way to trust the Speed. Without Transparency there is no way to trust the Stability. Without Security there is no trust at all.

I have spent a very long time thinking about this and I do not post it lightly. Please do not respond lightly.

openSUSE leaps to 15.3 – now built with 'same binary packages' as SUSE Enterprise


Re: way back...

Maybe I have missed something. Maybe I was in a coma and it came and went. Was there really ever a time when Red Hat was the default Linux distro? Haven't there always been at least two very viable alternatives to Red Hat?

Debian, Slackware, Mandrake, Gentoo, SuSE all have long histories and have spawned enough forks to keep forking going.

My point here is that in FLOSS ecosystems the "defaults" are just variables defined by the perceptions of users and developers, and the occasional journalist.

After all, before Linux was my "default" if I wanted FLOSS Unix I went with *BSD. Anybody else have a different default?


Re: Or use debian

You installed a rolling release version meant for development and it fell over while trying to install updates?

I am shocked! Shocked, I tell you!

Just in case anyone else has missed the not-so-fine-print:

Tumbleweed is a rolling release and Leap is a stable release.


I have the USB stick from the DVD...

...and I'll put it to use later today on my home servers. I hope the "package parity" with SLE pays dividends for them.

Many years ago I had installed OpenSUSE in a VM and played around with it. I never really gave it serious consideration for home use because I didn't want to leave Debian and Ubuntu. However Debian because a chore and Ubuntu has left users with no choice but the Snap Store. So earlier this year I switched my servers to OpenSuse and I have to say I am more pleased with it than I thought I would be. Coming from a guy like me, that is high praise.

UK digital secretary Oliver Dowden starts national security probe into proposed Arm-Nvidia merger


I seem to recall...

...in the distant past, that once upon a time Nvidia was the underdog. In this epoch long since past 3DFX with the go to graphics card. At least until they published an open source driver that Nvidia used to steal their patented hardware acceleration technology. Then when 3DFX sued Nvidia for patent infringment, Nvidia committed a very hostile takeover of 3DFX in order to make the case disappear.

I don't blame anyone for not trusting Nvidia. Hell, the really truly paranoid side me thinks that they set up shell companies to buy their products as soon as they launch just to drive up the prices.

Won't somebody please think of the children!!! UK to mount fresh assault on end-to-end encryption in Facebook


It is clear to me...

...that many politicians are being targeted by misinformation campaigns spread by antisocial networking sites. You see, if users can't encrypt their data then they can't hide it from the antisocial networks. Also, if the politicians are trying to regulate encryption they are obviously too busy to regulate corporations and run-away-capitalist-oligarch makers.

Nominet chooses civil war over compromise by rejecting ex-BBC Trust chairman


It's a good thing that...

...The UK isn't in the middle of executing a Brexit plan that is doomed to fail while managing the fallout of a global pandemic. Other wise the government would have it's hands full and wouldn't intervene.

Oh wait...

If you can't log into Azure, Teams or Xbox Live right now: Microsoft cloud services in worldwide outage


25 years after...

...I decided the I would never again willfully deploy a Microsoft branded DNS server this stuff is still happening. Good job Microsoft! You are still such so influential that systemd's resolved is following in your footsteps!

It's one thing to reinvent the wheel but it takes a special kind of idiot to reinvent the cube and call it a wheel.

Microsoft promises end-to-end encrypted Teams calls for some, invites you to go passwordless with Azure AD


Replacing my passwords...

...With bio-metrics just means that the bad actors will need to learn how to spoof bio-metrics. How would this compare to enforcing the managed use of lengthy, randomized that are changed on a regular basis?

One huge benefit of using bio-metrics is that over time it limits the amount of data that needs to be processed in order to authenticate a user. Another is that no one (to my knowledge) has come up with a quick way to spoof bio-metrics...yet. However, our finger prints rarely change. The same is true for our faces. Once a bio-metric measurement has been cracked it should be considered insecure for the foreseeable future. In my opinion if passwords are long enough, random enough, changed often enough, and are securely hashed they will remain superior to bio-metric authentication, but perhaps inferior to using bio-metrics as 2FA with strong passwords.

Instead of trying to chase this Holy Grail I think Microsoft would be better off spending it's money learning how to apply the Shannon Limit to Dev Ops in order to reduce the number of bugs in released code to something close to zero. I think that Grail is more Holy than passwordless authentication..

So, bye-bye mighty nerd haven Fry’s, took Silicon to the Valley... and now you must die


Fry's Failed because...

...The three brothers that founded it came from a family of grocers used to buying at the lowest price and selling for anything higher. A case in point is the mysterious 395 MHz AMD K6-3. This was on sale for one weekend at Fry's Electronics in late 1999. They sold out in hours with a price of just under $60 and yet there were only two motherboards in the world that could support the FSB speeds and clock multipliers needed to equal 390 MHz. They were a faulty lot of AMD K6-3 400 MHz CPU's Fry's bought and sold as to customers that didn't know any better. No one knows how many people never returned to Fry's after their new computer's burnt up three months later.

If you always insist on maximizing profits you are also driving customers away. Always.

Federal Reserve falls over in massive hours-long tech outage, knocks down US inter-bank transfer system


This is just a friendly reminder...

...That it is often a Good Thing to keep a simple script called cya.sh that contains the following line:

hostname && whoami && pwd

I am not saying the lack of such a script has anything to do the outage detailed in this news article. This is just a friendly reminder.

Canonical turns to Google framework for new installer, but community asks why not have a Flutter on GTK?

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It won't matter...

...What the community wants. That's what Ubuntu's recent history has taught me. A lot of us were opposed to Snap being the default package manager, but it's what we have. I am going to be off of Ubuntu soon. OpenSUSE is looking very attractive, as is Void.

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Must 'completely free' mean 'hard to install'? Newbie gripe sparks some soul-searching among Debian community


Re: I love the way developers...

That's cute and all, but I think you should read a bit more before you type. While you are not typing, study what you read. Get to know us. Did you know that on El Reg you can read the entire post history of a person just by clicking on their user name here in the comments section?

If I didn't like their opinions I would let it slide as long it didn't have a real world impact on the things that I care about. Debian is dear to me and it pains me that the devs continue turning it ever tighter into a death spiral. As the world changes around them they seem intent to carry on fighting a battle that was won years ago. Some of them seem blind to the fact that real battles now and in the near future will be fought in hardware and the casualties triaged and treated in firmware.

In the late 1990's one could install an entirely usable Linux desktop in less than 256MB of disk space. AMD now ships a CPU with that much L3 cache. How much longer until the OS-on-a-chip becomes main stream?


Re: I love the way developers...

Well, if it's semantics you want...

Please do not confuse Convenience with Usability!

If it's Freedom you want...

Please don't tell me shipping crippleware in the guise of Free Software isn't a joke!

Am I confused about why Debian exists? No, I think I have really good grasp of that one. Just because I don't write a novella to justify it doesn't make it so. What I am confused about is how Debian will continue to exist because the world is an ever changing place and they seem stuck in the year 2005. They have good VM support, but running containers is a headache. I cannot for the life of me name a single Cloud Provider that runs Debian on bare metal.

Twenty-five years ago it was revolutionary to "apt-get install apache" and the Debian devs were at the forefront of innovation. Now, a human generation later, they are proud of their crippleware! We are more than 20% on the way through the 21st century. Any software that is not both easily usable and open sourced by this point in time is either an evolutionary dead end or a niche product. Anyone wanna call the Vegas odds makers about Debian's future?


Re: Isn’t that what Debian-based distros like Ubuntu are for?

Ubuntu is not been based on Debian. They out grew it years ago. They may still have programs apt-get but they use their own code base now



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