* Posts by Grogan

404 publicly visible posts • joined 10 Sep 2012


Preview edition of Microsoft OS/2 2.0 surfaces on eBay

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Re: Nice museum piece

I remember in 1994 I paid $400 for Microsoft Office on umpteen floppy disks. Within a year or so some of those floppies had sectors that couldn't be read. So you'll get to like disc 12 and the installer barfs. Microsoft Office 95 was available on cdrom by then... I borrowed me one.

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Fools and their money. Some people place great value on valueless things just because it tweaks their ego to have something with some form of rarity or authenticity. Why in the everlasting fuck would I want some skidmarked pantaloons just because they were worn by Elvis or somebody?

Software has got to be the most ridiculous memorabilia, if I wanted OS/2 for something I'd just go find it. Humans are pack rats... there are archives.

HP CEO pay for 2023 = 270,315 printer cartridges

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It's probably gone up from this now, but several years ago I saw it expressed as: If you were to empty out ink cartridges, it would cost over $8000/gallon :-)

Damn Small Linux returns after a 12-year gap

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Wow, that's nice news. That was an awesome little swiss army knife distro, I used to keep that handy. They even made it look nice, for being so light weight.

I found an old screenshot, I don't know the date but it's named dsl23.png, so version 2.3? It uses Linux 2.4. Using 23 Mb of RAM booted up with a decent GUI. I remember this being my favourite release, I loved the ringed planet and colour scheme. That's fake transparency though, it's the desktop bgimage. I positioned it so the rings match :-)

Damn Small Linux - dsl23.png

North Korea running malware-laden gambling websites as-a-service

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I don't understand why anybody tolerates that little kleptocratic fiefdom. Even China should want to spank them (stealing bank accounts from Chinese nationals etc.)

If there's a people that need liberating on this planet, it's North Koreans. What awful conditions they live under. Absurdly so.

Worried about the impending demise of Windows 10? Google wants you to give ChromeOS Flex a try

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Re: Not worried

In Soviet America, Linux runs you...

Microsoft might have just pulled support for very old PCs in Windows 11 24H2

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Re: What?

You only think it's "fair" because you don't know anything better. We enjoy better compatibility for older hardware.

We have userspace driver frameworks for those kinds of peripherals too...

Windows Vista? They made perfectly good sound cards go in the garbage because they banned hardware processing because they couldn't control that with their DRM (at that point there were some models you could force to use a software driver if you edited .inf files but that was shitty compared to what you had). Windows 7 removed gameport support from sound cards.

Nvidia knows how to eat a bag of dicks, but they provide legacy drivers for older cards on Linux. Further, there are open source drivers that will accommodate them. Other, more open graphics hardware has even better support for old models (e.g. old Radeon cards). The kernel can still use old, non-mode setting drivers too with a few parameters set. Old Matrox cards and an AGP bus? No problem.

There are windows-only printers and devices that just can't work, but you'd likely be having trouble with those on newer windows as well because they didn't stick to the API frameworks.

Tesla's Cybertruck may not be so stainless after all

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Re: until the Cybertruck is scheduled for a full wash

Same (well, not even that, intentionally). I never wash my car, what's the point? It will rain, or in winter time, it will snow some days and rain other days, in current times. If the roads are salty and slushy, washing the car is pointless because it's still salty and slushy etc.

The body shouldn't rust, unless compromised. I drive my cars for 10+ years, too. There may be some scratches, gouges and rust when I take it to the wreckers at the end of its life, but it got there. That is a very unusual instruction in the manual for these vehicles. The kind of thing you'd skim over and then a few seconds later.... "what?!?

P.S. I'd have to say the underside takes more of a beating, if not undercoated.

Ford pulls the plug on EV strategy as losses pile up

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I was up there today so I had a look at the car. It is indeed an Escape, a 2021 model Hybrid (not plug-in hybrid, it uses the engine to charge the batteries)

They have had it for longer than I remembered (time flies). They will have had it for 3 years in June, dad says. (and they haven't had any trouble with it)

Also, it was not as expensive as I thought. Around $44,000 Canadian (which is still a lot, but you could easily pay more for a car than that)

I can't edit the old post, so I'll just reply to it for the sake of correctness.

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No, it's not a plugin EV, it's a 2021 Escape. It uses the engine only to charge the batteries.

They've actually had it for longer than I remembered, time flies. I asked Dad about it and he said it will be 3 years in June (and they haven't had any trouble with it)

It also wasn't as expensive as I thought, ... $44,000 Canadian.

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My octogenarian parents have a Ford hybrid electric. I think it's an "Escape" but I"m not sure. It's a typical hatch-back vehicle that they make these days. It's an expensive machine, but is it ever nice. Unlike EV's, it's even more practical than a regular car because you don't have to stop for gas very often. My folks go back and forth to the city for doctors appointments and stuff and still wouldn't need gas that week.

They've had it for more than a year and haven't had any trouble, but we'll see how long that expensive tech goes without needing major money.

Republican senators try to outlaw rules that restrict Wall Street’s use of AI

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Those greedy pricks would want nothing more than to have AI buying and selling up stocks for them before anyone or anything else can react. Crash the whole stock market, as long as they profit.

That's what AI tends to do, finds the best solution regardless of other costs.

Congress told how Chinese goons plan to incite 'societal chaos' in the US

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Man, would I ever like to see a "Chinese goon". Do they have big noses like Alice?

DEF CON is canceled! No, really this time – but the show will go on

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Re: "That's because we studied math at school."

I firmly believe this... "Lottery tickets are a tax on fools". The odds of winning anything significant are so far out there that you'd probably have a far greater chance of being dead on that day than winning a jackpot. For example,. the 6/49 lottery (sampling with replacement), your chances of winning with all 6 numbers are something like 1 in 15,000,000

Even with instant gratification tickets like "scratch and win", the serious prizes are VERY rare. The $2 and $20 etc. prizes you win occasionally are unlikely to cover the costs of all the money you waste on tickets. I have family members that buy me those at xmas or birthday time and dropping hints didn't work, so it was "Don't waste your money on that, it never pays out. I can't even be arsed to scratch them to be honest" which resulted in a disappointed "oh..." from my sister.

You're not imagining things – USB memory sticks are getting worse

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I got so sick and tired of all the crappy USB sticks available. I could go around to every store in the area and not one would have a decent one. I went through several and they all had such crappy, pulsating write speeds that they were pointless.

It seemed to me they were missing some SCSI logic and buffering wasn't working correctly, in addition to it being crappy memory.

So I ordered a big hundred dollar Corsair GTX that does about 400 mb/sec (according to iotop "actual write speed") for both reads and writes.

IPv4 address rentals to mint millions of dollars for AWS

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All these downvotes because people don't like to hear the truth. I've been downvoted here every time I've said something like this about IP address hoarding.

They must be American or something.

The truth is that nobody wants to replace all their equipment, work with more machine readable than human numbers, work with much more complex subnetting etc. and beta test new infrastructure. Companies are hoarding IP addresses and not using entire networks. That shouldn't be.

Cloud Software Group effectively snuffs open source XenCenter via a README file

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Re: This would have been news in 2014...

You're the low knowledge pipsqueak that probably doesn't know anything but installing software packages, judging from your ignorant comment.

The KVM module is the business end and you can use command line utilities to start a virtual machine using it (the entire virtual machine configuration in one command) or use a graphical front end.

'I’m sorry for everything...' Facebook's Zuck apologizes to families at Senate hearing

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Pee Wee Herman "I'm sorry I took the money" came to mind immediately. Then when out of sight of the cameras... rofl!


(From Cheech and Chong, Nice Dreams movie)

It took Taylor Swift deepfake nudes to focus Uncle Sam, Microsoft on AI safety

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I've seen photochopped (whatever program they used) images of celebrities that looked real enough. Real enough to make me feel guilty looking at them.

Windows 3.11 trundles on as job site pleads for 'driver updates' on German trains

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Re: Improvement?

No, they'd need a "real time" operating system, that's the point (mentioned in the article). DOS (the actual operating system) is a real time OS by nature. Rudimentary, but it knows nothing else. Well, that is to say, their program would run in real time. Windows is just their GUI, essentially an application.

Linux can be made to be more like that with patchsets, or there are specialized operating systems (e.g. QNX, RTOS)

SparkyLinux harbors a flamboyant array of desktops

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You guys are just used to distributions like the more commercial ones. Community based distributions usually provide just about any software available for the platform. This is not a flamboyant array.

For example,


Take a look at "officially supported" and "unofficially supported". I'd paste, but it's too much :-)

Competition is decreasing in enterprise IT – and you’ll be poorer and dumber for it

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Re: on-prem or cloud is not the question ... complexity is

"Everyone uses drugs..."

Heheh, in context, but some of us are doing it right :-)

Simon Willison interview: AI software still needs the human touch

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LOL... AI "hallucinating" bollocks code. If you can't follow that code, you could probably predict that it's not even going to compile.

If it does somehow work, and you can't follow it or understand it, how are you going to maintain it?

X hiring 100 content cops in bid to tame Wild West of online safety

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Re: Errmm

No, pedophilia is just the excuse for authoritarianism. (not only twitter, in general)

Linus Torvalds flames Google kernel contributor over filesystem suggestion

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Re: Linus being shouty is not really news

That's not how kernel development works. Most of the heavy hitters are employed by companies with vested interests.

Further, if you think that's "flaming", try putting on pretentious airs of professionalism around me. It was a discussion between two people who have been working together for a long time. I doubt any appreciate sites cherry picking quotes from their development communications environment. Nice of them to keep it public so anyone can join in, but this is the kind of crap that happens.

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Re: A better long-term approach...

Ahh come on... Rostedt is simply employed by Google. He's been a kernel contributor for a very long time. This isn't "Google" it's an experienced kernel developer with a valid opinion. Torvalds doesn't want to break stuff either.

The kernel mailing list doesn't exist for tabloid journalism to cherry pick quotes from, it's how they communicate in development of the kernel.

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Re: If the didn't insist on sticking with a monolithic kernel they wouldn't have these arguments...

I agree that isn't the point, HOWEVER, if it was a microkernel, the filesystems wouldn't be in the kernel, they'd be userspace drivers (and they wouldn't be having this argument because somebody else would probably be writing the filesystem drivers lol).

Also, they'd be more "pluggable" if all they had to do was interface with an abstraction.

Sorry though, I'm not a fan of the microkernel method. I like having all my drivers in a monolithic kernel, and mine is even more monolithic because everything that drives hardware is built right in. Modules for things I don't load all the time, like virtualization drivers, netfillter modules etc.

Drivers all get updated accordingly when they are part of the kernel, too. The driver author often doesn't even have to do it. I know that when I boot Linux 6.8 for the first time (when it's mainline), that my filesystem drivers are going to be correct for the kernel,

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Well... I happen to agree with Rostedt, inodes are a fundamental that shouldn't be broken. It doesn't sound like Linus. He may be envisioning "inodes going away" sometime in the future but he's not about to break every system in use.

Now, that's not "flaming". It's not completely polite, but it's not like Rostedt is some shrinking violet, they've been working together for a long time. I should think Rostedt is capable of telling him to piss off if he's offended. There are going to be impolite communications in any medium. People get annoyed.

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Re: Here’s a bigger issue….

He has control of the Torvalds kernel tree. People contribute to it and it's where the main development takes place.

Take a look at all the kernel trees on git.kernel.org. kernel/git/torvalds/linux.git is just one of them. Now most of those are for developers to work on and they submit merge requests but there are people who work on their own trees, with stuff that's never (fully) going in. For example, the realtime kernel, or Andrew Morton's mm fork (akpm). Con Kolivas' fork with different scheduler work in the past (ck).


You, or anybody could fork your own git repo and do what you want, and if people like it, they'd contribute and you could have Pete's Linux or something. Just for example, if you were a kernel programmer (I'm not... when I get stuck on code I don't understand, which happens fairly quickly lol, I have to go find an example)

FBI recruits Amazon Rekognition AI to hunt down 'nudity, weapons, explosives'

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Re: Terrible name

Because "Recognition" is not a name they can get a trademark on :-)

I agree with you though, that's a turn-off for those reasons. It does have connotations of that (though it wouldn't have to, we just associate that shit with Eastern Europe). Especially seeing as it's an authoritarian technology, the way they intend to use it.

Apple redecorates its iPhone prison to appease Europe

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What they are really trying to say is "Don't think"

Top Linux distros drop fresh beats

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Re: Style is optional

I wouldn't single out MX, ugly is the new norm. Distributors (including Microsoft Windows) ship ugly configurations out of the box, because people are bland, boring and fugly themselves :-)

Even things like, the default wallpaper in a desktop environment (upstream, not distro). Do I want abstract orange squares on my destkop? lol

To be honest I've never been happy with a distributors configuration of just about anything. I wouldn't like your :Zorin OS either. Moreover, even distros I "like" piss me off. "Why the fuck would those idiots do it like that!" etc. (and yes, I do know better, at least in the sense that I know how I want things to be built/configured and I change it)

Whatever distribution you use, you can customize your styling. Gnome is making that more difficult to have applications conform to styling though. I detest "client side decorations" and removal of titlebars and window manager controls. I can make QT applications look just like my GTK+ 2 and 3 styling too.

We put salt in our tea so you don't have to

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Well... if you make your tea properly, you won't have as much of those bitter alkaloids and tannins. If I want strong tea, I'll use (waste) more tea and steep it less. I'm not putting salt in my fucking tea, OR coffee (some people do that too... I've had it).

I prefer coffee, but I also like various teas. Both are always black, nothing in it. I especially don't like milk/cream/whiteners. I don't mind a bit of sugar in coffee or tea, but I don't use it..

Wait, hold on, everyone – Mozilla thinks Apple, Google, Microsoft should play fair

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Re: " the impact of platform rules and of relentless marketing."

It's a far better browser than Chrome or any of its bastard step children. You're just used to dictatorial rubbish and wouldn't understand what's wrong with Chrome. Bloated and intractable. We have much more control over our browsing with Firefox, for example we have a much more powerful extensions interface. Chrome is like Internet Explorer 6 all over again, Google thinks the browser defines the Web.

Firefox is completely free, you can compile and customize the browser and it includes all the codecs you're going to need in the source.

IT consultant fined for daring to expose shoddy security

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Re: The problem is law is old and tech is new

That front door analogy again... it's not appropriately applied. I once had a district prosecutor as a computer customer trying to tell me that connecting to someone's open wifi was illegal. She too used the front door analogy. What was really ironic (and embarrassing for her) was that she was connected to someone else's wifi in another apartment, not her own! LOL!

People THINK they make up the law, but they don't. That "front door" analogy is about the level of understanding of those judges. This conviction will not stand, especially after a previous court dismissed it.

Microsoft 365's add-on avalanche is putting the squeeze on customers

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Re: As my grandmother used to say

It's actually both, because asking the price may cause people to stop paying the price. Resentfully in some cases.

I'm like that. If I resent a $2 fee tacked on I'll cancel a sale or subscription. For a recent example, a web host that I've been with since 2004 for dedicated server hosting. The company changed hands, I tolerated a few petty rate increases, but this was insulting. They started charging payment processing fees for all payment methods, just for me to pay my monthly bills. "Enjoy my $3.03, I'm flipping the DNS elsewhere at the end of next month".

Researchers confirm what we already knew: Google results really are getting worse

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I've always thought a good operator doesn't need a SEO. Have good information or content that people are interested in, be honest with your keywords and it will come.

Hell, I find myself near the top of the matches in Google searches when I've forgotten I've covered something myself in our forum years ago lol. There's no "SEO" optimization there, it's just google spidering and finding relevant information. Since then, Forum readership is way down (just a few of us left, but we've been there since 2001'ish) but I don't even care who is reading it, I document my travails. Maybe I'll forget again in a few years and find my own fix. It makes me laugh when that happens.

If your goals are right, Google will find you. If you're just doing it for self promotion, clickbait and speculated ad revenue, then gaming the system is all you have.

Microsoft touts migration to Windows 11 as painless, though wallets may disagree

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Re: Pointless

Yes, quite. Windows XP was horribly fragile, and easily owned, but the UI was all down hill from there. Windows 7 was the best Windows OS in my not so humble opinion (Hell, I even stopped hating Windows!) but the UI was a bit more dumbed down than Windows XP, and even Vista. It was still OK though, it was very attractive (Aero glass), smooth and I could still do what I needed through back end means if the GUI was too limited and cumbersome. (e.g. cacls instead of drilling through that silly permissions interface. Regedit etc.). Windows 7 still had good "Classic" settings too if you didn't like the dynamic start menu.

When Windows 8 came along, it was demonstrated that a free, little library (implemented as an Explorer extension) could add back the default Windows shell behaviour. Classic Shell. That shows you that it was a simple matter of deliberate sabotage for Microsoft to remove that funcitonality even from "Desktop Mode".

That would be awesome, if Microsoft went back to the Windows XP UI at the front end, or provided such a choice for desktop use.

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Re: Pointless

Heheh... I used to do on-site service. I'd scope it out a bit on the phone first before I'd come, and when I asked what version of Windows they had (98, ME, XP in those days), they'd tell me something like the name of their ISP. "What version of Windows is this?" "Sympatico!" (Bell's residential internet service)

I quit doing on-site service during the first covid panic, and never went back to it because I really hate the computing environment now. Microsoft ruined it. Also, it's impractical to work on Windows on-site now, because of update reboots to oblivion that got me stuck holding the bag. Windows is somebody else's problem now.

I haven't seen enough of it to really complain, but I detest the dumbed down UI in Windows 11. When working with it, I type commands and program names because I get flummoxed with the GUI. It's a disconnect to me. Good thing they haven't renamed regedit.exe yet eh? lol

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I've got a Core i7 (nehalem) from like 2011. I have two similar rigs. They've got decent video cards, lots of RAM, NVME drives installed in PCI-E slots with adapters (M.2 IS PCI-E) and you can pry that hardware from my stiff, dead, fingers. OS and software vendors don't dictate to me.

I make the most of it. I use Linux, compile most everything (the "guts", system libraries and anything where performance matters) with CPU specific optimizations and without "hardening flags" and stack canaries, and CPU crippling mitigations disabled in my kernel config. I play graphically rich games at 1920x1080... good enough for me.

The only problem I'm running into now, is AVX instructions creeping in, without CPU tests and alternate code paths. The only place this is a problem is games that I can't compile and most devs still don't do that. If I buy a new game and it's got AVX instructions baked in, I just send it back for refund. Shrug. At least some system requirements are starting to list it. "AVX instructions required". I appreciate that, it saves me from wasting time and bandwidth.

I have to get on this soon (or it's going to cost twice as much) but I still feel like I'm in "why?" mode.

Thousands of Juniper Networks devices vulnerable to critical RCE bug

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Re: To start the J-Web interface: Launch your HTTPS-enabled Web browser.

In the 2000's there was a "feature" in one prolific (around here) version of the Linksys firmware in consumer models (e.g. WRT 54GL) that was so bad that all you had to do was insert something in the URL to get access to the admin interface. Web UI monkeys indeed.

(I actually used that once to avoid resetting an ISP supplied router where the user didn't know his PPPoE credentials after hours. I just needed to get in and enable some port forwards)

WTF? Potty-mouthed intern's obscene error message mostly amused manager

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When I put condition checks in my (own) scripts for safety, I echo foul mouthed admonishments for myself before the script aborts. Next time I'm running it, I'll remember. Oh yeah, last time I was in the wrong context and got called an irresponsible cheesedick or whatever I said :-)

Your pacemaker should be running open source software

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Sorry, github is down, we can't install your pacemaker without commit f6445dc94da185b3d1ee283f0ca0a34c4e1986cc :-)

Why we update... Data-thief malware exploits SmartScreen on unpatched Windows PCs

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Re: Geolocation data ? On a PC ?

Depending on your ISP, IP addresses can map to neighbourhoods and sometimes they get it right. If you have a large one that has large client IP address pools (e.g. < 16 bit CIDR block for clients addresses) it could finger you as being hundreds of miles away. For example, my cable ISP shows me in "Sudbury" Ontario Canada right now which is a good 4 hour drive from here, because the network they have me on is such a large address pool.

The topology of some of the major ISP networks is known.

Microsoft suggests command line fiddling to get faulty Windows 10 update installed

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Re: When did Windows turn into Linux?

It's just a figure of speech... something commonly said in my circles back in the day. It's like saying "I'm all over it" or something.

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Re: When did Windows turn into Linux?

So far, 5 ignoramuses... how many more in here?

Exactly what do you chimps object to, that other people know a more versatile environment? We've got a choice of numerous graphical user environments AND command line shells to choose from, too.

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Yes actually "Disk Management" is a pretty good GUI partitioning utility. It might be a little confusing with a raw disk, it will need to "initialize" it first (write disk signatures and stuff). I think that's why a lot of media comes pre-initialized these days. When I bought a NVME drive, I had to delete them before I could partition it (Linux fdisk). You can choose "Basic" disk or "Dynamic" (volume management) and you can still choose MBR partition tables vs. GUID. I haven't looked at that since Windows 7, but it even has limited resizing capabilities. (more limited in terms of shrinking... running a third party defrag utility that has a "consolidate" operation instead of clever optimization beforehand helps with that. Better if it can also optimize and consolidate the MFT too)

Last time I installed Windows (10) there were still good partitioning facilities during setup too.

The command line diskpart utility has a lot of functionality, but it's not very nice syntax.

Be honest. Would you pay off a ransomware crew?

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I'm not in such a position, so it's easy to say no, but "no" :-)

I'd have data backups, but exposure of client data (and now even criminal harassment) is the real consequence.

Drivers: We'll take that plain dumb car over a flashy data-spilling internet one, thanks

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If I found a big old car from the 80's in decent enough shape I'd consider it. I HATE the vehicles today. Nannying, ninnymobiles that have expensive parts that replace the whole kit and kaboodle. Fuel lines made of bioplastic that squirrels chew on and cause thousands of dollars in damage (the one piece fuel line alone is $500 just for the part and the cleanup is 2 grand. Gasoline soaked everything... ventilation system, dampening foam... the upholstery doesn't directly get it but still needs cleaning because of the fumes). Those CUNTS absolutely refused to fix it, they will only replace the line. After the second time, I had to go to a real mechanic and get them to put steel braiding around it. Similarly, I had a small exhaust leak last month. Ford said they'd only replace the whole thing for 2 grand. Almost everything is "2 grand" there now. I literally told them to fuck off, and I went to a back yard mechanic for a patch job seeing as Ford wouldn't just replace the pipe. He did it for $50. It's my vehicle now (financing paid off, warranty periods over etc.) and I have no obligation whatsoever to get their parts and service.

I do think that my next vehicle is going to be an older used one of some sort. I really hate the computerized bullshit on today's cars. I thought I'd like having a console computer for playing music and shit, but even that is stupid. It only reads anally correct ID3V2 tags (i.e. it won't just use filenames and directories) and they didn't think to make files seekable or jumpable. All you can do is go to the next file. That means those songs with 15 minute drum solos that you might want to skip can't go in the library (I often edit tedious things like that out of the track for the car)

Fuck all that. Give me a carburetor I can clean and adjust. (Remember that? Timing lights? lol)