* Posts by oiseau

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Devuan Beowulf 3.0 release continues to resist the Debian fork's Grendel – systemd

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Re: "It solves a problem that people have."

... systemd, is a cancer that needs to be cut out of Linux before it infects enough of the system to kill it permanently.

Thank you ... 8 ^)

I've been saying the very same thing ever since I finally left MS OSs for Linux and after going through quite a few distributions, realised just how much like the Windows registry systemd was.

The registry is nothing but a developer sanctioned virus running inside the OS and Poettering and his crew want to install the same thing running as systemd in Linux.

And while all this is happening, everyone thinks that all this new Microsoft loves Linux is just a happy turn of events.

O.

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Re: "It solves a problem that people have."

... problem that sysvinit has evolved into a big ball of mud.

I see.

So the solution was to replace it with another, bigger ball.

Of steaming shit.

Great. 8^7

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AppGet 'really helped us,' Microsoft says, but offers no apology to dev for killing open-source package manager

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Re: appget really help us...

... they never reciprocated for his time and belief in their platform.

Look at that.

Unheard of.

Tsk, tsk ...

Seriously ...

Who in their right mind would actually expect any sort of reciprocation from MS that did not involve getting fucked over thoroughly?

Twice.

This poor chap actually thought he would get some sort of reward or acknowledgement.

Probably also thinks Santa Claus will make up for it come December.

Now he knows better.

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Home Office waves a cool £1bn to outsource handling of British visa, citizenship applications

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Re: Keeps at it ...

... experience has shown that the public sector does not understand the concept of "value for money" in the slightest. ...

Hmmm ...

Value for money ...

Yes, I've heard of it.

But it depends heavily on who is evaluating, what they are evaluating and basically if they are actually valuating the right things. ie: everything, particularly things cannot be translated into money/dividends.

As things stand, the private sector has clearly shown, at every chance it's had, what their concept of "value for money" is:

The most money for them with the least value for the rest of us.

As such, it is absolutely at odds with the aim of ensuring common good, general welfare and security and the well-being of everyone in the nation.

Clearly a task for the state to undertake.

Examples abound all around the world, not only in the UK.

No need to get into the details.

O.

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Re: Keeps at it ...

... may or may not treat different illnesses.

Quite so.

I stand corrected. 8^°

Thank you, sir.

O.

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Keeps at it ...

Incredible ...

The UK insists in handling its affairs to the private sector, whose main and only interest is to make money with the least effort.

Is this is to keep some part of the government bureaucracy running smoothly and efficiently?

Must be a joke.

Let's take, for example (there are many others), a pharmaceutical corporation.

Are they in the business of ensuring the population is and remains healthy?

No.

They are in the business of making money by selling drugs, which may or may not cure different illnesses.

If they actually go into the business of ensuring the population is and remains healthy (and are good at it) they'll make much less money and maybe even go out of business.

This is all utter rubbish and the results of this policy are there for everyone to see: hospitals, NHS, PPP schemes, railoads, public transport, military recruitment, public housing, and so on.

The list is as long as the failures encountered, with a huge cost to the common man.

You cannot put public matters in private hands, it's a recipe for ruin.

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Embrace and kill? AppGet dev claims Microsoft reeled him in with talk of help and a job – then released remarkably similar package manager

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WTF?

If anything it could look cool on his CV?

Cool?

What?

That he was one of the hundreds (of hundreds) that have been screwed over by MS in the past 30+ years?

No, not at all cool.

The poor chap actually thought he was immune.

Now he knows better.

O.

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Re: How often does a relationship with Microsoft work out well for the other party?

Not often ever.

There you go.

Adjusts a bit more to reality, n'est pas?

O.

Made-up murder claims, threats to kill Twitter, rants about NSA spying – anything but mention 100,000 US virus deaths, right, Mr President?

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Re: You supported a system...

The consequences of his period in office could will resonate for generations.

Yes, will resonate.

And it is not at all certain that the US will ever recover from this grotesque spectacle.

Without going into how many millions of people decided not to take the time to go and vote Democrat or voted for unelectable candidates, lets not forget that The Moron® gets away with every single one of the stupid/outrageous things he says/does because the senate majority (reined in by Slime Kings® McConnell and Graham) either applauds and cheers or turns a blind eye.

It is a sad, sad view from outside the US.

I wonder if its citizens can actually see it.

O.

eBay users spot the online auction house port-scanning their PCs. Um... is that OK?

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Re: You must have Java Script enabled to sign in.

Hmmm... maybe ebay is being fooled here.

Hmmm ...

And what did Santa bring you last Christmas?

And did the Tooth Fairy leave you more money this time around?

So much quarantine time finally got to you.

Maybe if you get some fresh air? ;^D

O.

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Re: Bollocks

If you get an answer that starts with "committed to creating an experience", you know that:

A) it's written by an marketing droid, not a technical person

B) it's going to be useless.

B) They are fucking you over, twice.

C) You're not even getting a kiss. 8^7

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Downright illegal

Hello:

... obvious that the company is in the business of gathering data ...

Indeed ...

What they use the data they gather is anyone's guess* but you can be certain that it is not just a fraud prevention exercise.

And if we take into account that what they are doing is very shady if not downright illegal ...

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* not really, it's either up for sale or payment on behalf of eBay for the "service" rendered.

Competition? We've heard of it. MoD snubs cloud rivals to hand Microsoft £17.7m Azure hosted services gig

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Re: Data sovereignty, eh?

... would be reasonable to assume a similar thing could/ will be done in this case?

There, fixed it for you.

After all, it is Friday. =-)

Ahh ...

The answer you say?

Hmmm ...

No.

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Fish

... and this non-negotiable requirement can only be supported by Microsoft for these services at this scale ...

Hmm ...

Is it just me or does anyone else smell fish here?

O.

For the price tag, this iPad Pro keyboard better damn well be Magic: It isn't... but it's not completely useless either

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Re: Because ... it’ll just work : Nope

Hello:

Not many people are still using an 8 year old ...

I still use my trusty Asus 1000HE 2.0Gb Netbook, puchased used albeit in mint shape in early 2010.

Runs Devuan ascii and always goes with me when I have to travel to the country.

Had an issue with the mobo last year so I got another with a broken screen for ~ $40, did the transplant and was on my way again. Kept the charger and sold the remaining parts, recovering almost $25.

Can't beat that.

When not on the road, it doubles as a host for my coffee roasting software.

O.

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How much?

Hello:

... paid £350 for mine.

You're must be joking.

Not a joke?

Hmmm ...

Then maybe you've been taking the same stuff this guy takes?

O.

You know this Land of the Free thing, yeah? Well then, why allow the FBI to trawl through America's browsing history without a warrant?

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Re: "1-hour Cleaners"

"That's just the name of the shop."

Beat me to it.

Congress has been urged to introduce a measure that would require the FBI to get a warrant before agents can review Americans’ internet browsing and search histories.

All this is just pour la galerie.

There will be protests, indignated congresspeople and senators, rights groups, etc.

Ammendments will be passed and pledges made.

But the powers that be will still search your whatevers when they please.

You just won't find out about it till it's too late.

In the end, it will be is up to us to (as far as it is possible) to make the effort to protect ourselves.

O.

Could it be? Really? The Year of Linux on the Desktop is almost here, and it's... Windows-shaped?

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Re: Is there a fly on the Windows?

... user-monitoring capabilities of Windows is thus expanded ...

... Don't mean to be overly paranoid, but ...

You are not overly paranoid.

Your fears are fully justified.

MS is out to get both you and your data.

O.

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Re: If only!

Devuan-devotee here to the core.

Indeed ...

+100

O.

If you're appy and you know it: The Huawei P40 Pro conclusively proves that top-notch specs aren't everything

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Big Brother

Consequences

... with Google's services inevitably playing an outsized role.

Inevitably?

No, it's your doing.

You (and many millions) have chosen to make it inevitable.

After all ...

It is so convenient!

And so cooooool!

It seems you may have finally come to realise the outsized role Google has in your everyday life, yes?

You're probably a bright chap (after all, you write here), so you've surely grasped that there are consequences to be had from this overbearing presence of Google and it's services in your personal and professional activities.

eg: just how much it will cost you the day Google decides it's presence and all their services are no longer free, cheap or an option: that you have to use them in order to be able to communicate, work, partake in commerce or just plain exist.

No?

I think you should reflect on that.

Because it's coming.

O.

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Re: reviewer uses Google extensively

I use none of these. Ever. The Google-Apps on my phone ...

I had a smartphone once, a few years ago.

Being security conscious and new to Android, the first thing I did was read up, root it and install a third party monitoring programme to see what was going on.

Once I realised what the installed/downloaded applications were up to everytime I used one, I decided to get rid of it.

Unfortunately, available options are becoming less and less.

Damn, all I want is a fucking phone, if possible without a camera.

ie: one that works always/everywhere, has a long battery life and if I want to, have email, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, a decent/updateable browser and can sync with a decent desktop application (obviously non-MS).

It should also be easily repaired without having to pay through the nose.

But it seems that it is too much to ask these days.

O.

Vint Cerf suggests GDPR could hurt coronavirus vaccine development

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FAIL

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... then realized that, in the USA, corporations have the same rights ...

Indeed ...

That specific issue has been nothing short of the beginning of the end of representative government in what is left of the free world.

That the rights of corporation end up being more worthy of consideration than the rights of individuals or even of a duly elected government (as the SCOTUS has proven many times over with its rulings) will prove to be the downfall of whatever good is left of western society as we know it.

O.

It is unclear why something designed to pump fuel into a car needs an ad-spewing computer strapped to it, but here we are

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... did anyone do a competent cost-return analysis?

Of course not.

Marketing/advertising dicks don't do that type of thing.

Neither do the management idiots who sign off on these stupid ideas.

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'We're changing shift, and no one can log on!' It was at this moment our hero knew server-lugging chap had screwed up

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Re: marketing

The coloured pencils department are always special.

Indeed ...

It's the cage where they keep those despicable abominations of nature, the marketing droids.

O.

What do you call megabucks Microsoft? No really, it's not a joke. El Reg needs you

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Re: Given their lack of direction and failed initiatives.

Microlost?

Not so much.

I think MicroVir would be better.

Because of the registry, its ideological twin now foisted on Linux (systemd) and last but not least, the embrace, engulf and destroy action it has shown to be so proficient at for so many years.

O.

Candlelit vigil planned to honour executed Newcastle cow Bessie

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Re: Subtle Alternative

... one more than many humans.

Boris and Donald included?

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Re: To be serious for a moment

Logistically, it's way easier ...

Indeed ...

Not to mention logically.

Was it not much easier to just stop and think about what to do?

Just for maybe a minute or so, or maybe an hour in the coppers case, you never know.

WTF did they have to shoot it for?

They could have gently shoo'd it on it's way.

No helicopters, no sirens, no shooting.

After all, it was a frigging cow, for Pete's sake!

Ahhh ...

So many assholes ...

So little time.

O.

Colombian tech minister quits, heads off to overseas job as aborted .co contract sale triggers in-depth probe

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Re: Just out of curiousity .....

Hmm ...

I don't know about Columbia ...

But it would seem that Colombia does.

Cheers,

O.

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No doubt a given

Technology minister Sylvia Constaín left her post last week, stating she had accepted a job outside the country and thought to be in America.

As is evident, these shenanigans (to avoid saying something nasty) are rampant these days.

This Colombian techmin lady probably took her cue and followed the example of from chaps at Ethos Capital, the oxymoron company we still know precious little about.

One thing we can most probably say is a a given is that her new (and well remunerated) post will be with US-based Afilias or one of its er ... affiliates.

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ICANN finally halts $1.1bn sale of .org registry, says it's 'the right thing to do' after months of controversy

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We'll see this again

... the organization is more scared of the California Attorney General than Ethos Capital.

My thoughts exactly.

But this must not end here as the only thing that has been achieved was to stop, albeit for an unknown amount of time, the scam these scumbags set up.

They will try again, and keep trying till they manage to get it pushed through.

The only way this will get definitively put to rest is through a thorough investigation of what went on and who the intervening parties were.

This will probably require that California's AG subpoena all documents pertaining to the proposal, both internal ie: ICANN and external ie: related to Ethos Caplital, the shell companies involved and the people who set them up.

And then, with all this information on the table, act accordingly.

ie: no more screwing around.

O.

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Re: Shame on you, Kieren

Shame on you, Kieren

Really?

Seems too much time inside finally got to your brain.

O.

You can get a mechanical keyboard for £45. But should you? We pulled an Aukey KM-G6 out of the bargain bin

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... on an IBM Model M Keyboard that was produced in August of 1989.

Hmm ...

Nice.

But isn't that a PS/2 interface?

What kit are you using it with?

O.

Florida man might just stick it to HP for injecting sneaky DRM update into his printers that rejected non-HP ink

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Re: HP printers

... fixed the ‘security issue’ by not letting the printer onto the Internet.

Exactly!

+100

Have a beer! --------->

We're in a timeline where Dettol maker has to beg folks not to inject cleaning fluid into their veins. Thanks, Trump

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... maybe there is a problem with supply?

Most probably.

With oxygen supply to the brain.

Look, I'm not a doctor ... ---> 8^D !

But look, in "Everyone Says I Love You" (W. Allen - 1996), the lone dyed in the wool Republican son in a liberal Manhattan family collapses and is rushed to the hospital. The doctors explain that he had an arterial blockage and his brain was not getting enough oxygen.

Upon removal of the blockage, his brain starts functioning properly and he resigns from the Conservative Republican Club to become a Democrat.

Must be true, I saw it in a movie.

Cheers,

O.

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@Dr. Ellen ...

Still trolling?

Come on, don't be daft!

O.

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Of course not ...

Trump didn't tell anybody to inject or drink anything.

Is that right?

It would seem that a good number of those anybodies to whom he didn't tell to inject or drink anything actually thought otherwise and being fellow dimwitts, they followed suit.

O.

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Re: "Orange Man Bad!"

I wasn't there. I don't know what Trump said.

I see ...

I was not there either, I was actually ~ 8400 km away.

But I know exactly what Trump said.

And I know exactly what Trump said because I heard him say it while I watching the briefing 'live' on my computer screen.

So yes, Orange Man Bad -> ie: dumb asshole.

O.

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Mused?

He mused aloud in what is basically word salad ...

Oh, I see ...

The same way you are also musing bullshit salad now?

O.

Activist investor Elliot Management departs Citrix’s board

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WTF?

Investor?

... activist investor Elliot Management ...

Activist?

Investor?

Yes, sure ...

Elliot Management, property of professional crook Paul Elliot Singer, is nothing but a rogue private equity/hedge fund dedicated to the plunder of companies/countries in debt.

Also known as vulture funds, they are an important element within what is sometimes referred to as shadow banking, the scourge of today's world economy as they mostly channel nameless money from obscure sources to finance their raids.

Hmmm ...

ICANN and the .org scandal, anyone?

Would not be at all surprised.

A kind description would be buyout kleptocrats but a more accurate one would be fundraising terrorist.

ie: licenced white collar criminal that makes fortunes out of other people's misfortunes using the lax rules of today's international financial networks.

Investor indeed ...

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Suspicious senate stock sale spurt spurs scrutiny scheme: This website tracks which shares US senators are unloading mid-pandemic

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Stop

... kind of doubt that these confidential briefings had anything more to say on this topic.

Really?

O.

OK brainiacs, we've got an IT cold case for you: Fatal disk errors on an Amiga 4000 with 600MB external SCSI unless the clock app is... just so

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Re: The real mystery is how Paula discovered the clock work around ...

Also, it's 'Angus', not 'Agnus', isn't it?

I thought so too but ...

ElReg is always usually right.

It's Agnus.

Have a Happy Easter. =-)

O.

Linux fans thrown a bone in one Windows 10 build while Peppa Pig may fly if another is ready in time for this year

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WTF?

Linux developers

However, for Linux developers running on Windows ...

Hmm ....

Linux developers running on Windows?

Now, why would a Linux developer want to run on Windows?

Ah ...

Not a real (*) Linux developer you say?

OK, now I get it.

(*) Real - /riːl/

adjective

1. actually existing as a thing or occurring in fact; not imagined or supposed.

2. (of a thing) not imitation or artificial; genuine.

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Soichi to join three-spaceship club, SpaceX is going to the Moon (no, really), and rocket boffins step up COVID-19 fight

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Ungratefulness

Hello:

... who are on the front lines and putting their lives on the line in order to help everyone in this time of crisis.

Indeed ...

My thoughts go out to them everyday.

Lets hope (and fight if necessary) that when this crisis gets solved and things start working again, they don't get cast aside like governments/society usually does with people like them, ungratefully forgetting about them.

O.

'Social distancing champ' Linus Torvalds releases Linux 5.6, tells devs to put health before next release

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WTF?

Re: Whatever for?

... developers creating Alexa apps to remotely control Raspberry Pi devices ...

So what?

You think it makes a case for using an Alexa app crap to remotely control a Linux box/device?

I repeat: what.the.fuck.for?

First the pandemic, now this absurdity ...

I tell you, the gods have forsaken us all.

We're doomed.

O.

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Re: Who in their right mind would want this crap [in contact with] Linux kernel/box?

Even those not in their right mind are allowed to use linux.

Sure ... (... and thanks for the correction.)

But does that also include the developers who have let that code slip into the kernel?

What in fuck's name were they thinking?

Or is it the quarantine that is affecting them?

No, this is not good.

Not good at all. =^ 7

O.

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Whatever for?

There’s also support for the Amazon Echo smart speaker ...

Who in their right mind would want this crap to come into contact with your Linux kernel/box?

Am I missing something?

Or it is actually useful to link it to your rig ie: for anything, besides wilfully setting up a huge security risk?

O.

That awful moment when what you thought was a number 1 turned out to be a number 2

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Quite so.

+1

Have a beer --->

O.

BEHOLD! Japan's Hayabusa2 probe left human imprints on ASTEROID SAND

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Threat

Have you seen Daniel Espinosa's movie "Life"?

Although a bit far fetched in many aspects, it left me wondering about just how much thought, peer review and control is actually going into the handling of whatever is brought back to Earth from space.

For what we know, it could well end up being more than just asteriod sand.

O.

It's 2020 and hackers are still hijacking Windows PCs by exploiting font parser security holes. No patch, either

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Guaranteed

All supported versions of Windows are affected.

... exclusively supported by Microsoft ...

Well ...

So much for the ... guaranteed to be healthy and well looked-after for the next six months.

O.

Damn you, coronavirus. Damn you. Now you've gone too far: James Webb Space Telescope, Moon mission work paused

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Re: It's an easily learned lesson

Cool rant.

No, I do not see it as a rant.

I think it is a well put and very clear description of the present situation in the US.

10/10 for doing it.

Thank you.

O.

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