* Posts by oiseau

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Behold the Bloo Screen of Death: Bathroom borkage stops spray play

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Re: it "wasn't exactly the nicest of pubs," noted our correspondent

... pub had a computer running in the toilets

What in heaven's name the fuck for?

Either the salesman is a real whiz (sorry ...) or the pub's owner is a certified idiot.

And I thought I had seen most everything.

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Microsoft submits Linux kernel patches for a 'complete virtualization stack' with Linux and Hyper-V

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Re: The way forward?

The Linux folks would most certainly fight against some "MS-Windoization" of the kernel

No ...

The Linux folks would will most certainly fight against some any "MS-Windoization" of the kernel.

There, I fixed it for you.

I'm volunteering for front line service.

Mine's the one with the flame-thrower pack and a bottle of napalm in my pocket.

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Nvidia to acquire Arm for $40bn, promises to keep its licensing business alive

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Re: Shameful

Our economy does very well for foreign investment.

Quite so ...

It is no secret to anyone that the UK (specifically London) is a global cesspool of dirty money where bankers offer financial services for worldwide money laundering and tax evasion while regulators look the other way as shell companies shell companies make billions.

Yes, the UK economy does well.

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Re: Shameful

Indeed ...

Shameful.

“Arm’s business model is brilliant. We will maintain its open-licensing model and customer neutrality, serving customers in any industry, across the world, and further expand Arm’s IP licensing portfolio with Nvidia’s world-leading GPU and AI technology.”

Save for Arm's model undoubtedly being brillant, I don't believe a word of this.

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Climb every mountain, wsl --mount every Linux disk in latest Windows Preview

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Not till hell freezes over.

... those who currently dual-boot Windows and Linux; a swift wsl -–mount with a valid drive path will permit access to the Linux filesystem ...

If you actually "dual-boot Windows and Linux" it is probably because your daily boot is on Linux and need (for whatever reason) access to a Windows installation every so often.

ie: dual-boot Linux and Windows. Not the other way around.

Those who know what they are doing will value their Linux installation and stay away from this dumb tomfoolery.

It is a recipe for disaster, a hellish "fox in the henhouse" scenario.

If you really need to have windows, you can set up your desk next to one [8^D!] or fire up one or more virtual machines in Linux with all the Windows you need.

But let any Windows installation acess my Linux drives?

Not till hell freezes over.

Twice.

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DPL: Debian project has plenty of money but not enough developers

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Primadonna

Most people want to be rockstars, not ...

I think you've nailed it, purposely or not.

To be a maintainer is to be part of the team.

And in a/any team (*), each member has a place and a task to fulfill.

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(*) "... group of people who are interdependent with respect to information, resources, knowledge and skills and who seek to combine their efforts to achieve a common goal".

Thompson, Leigh (2008). Making the team: a guide for managers.

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The Linux ecosystem is home to literally tens of thousands of highly qualified coders/programmers, a rich pool of talent which could be harnessed towards the same goal and put Linux firmly on the desktop.

But ...

If they all want to be able to shout "Look Ma!!! I rolled my own [fill in here]! and be a primadonna for all of 15', that is certainly not going to happen.

Ever.

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AT&T’s CEO has a solution to US broadband woes despite billions sunk into the problem. You’ll never guess what it is

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Cheky bastard

... offered a solution: giving billions of taxpayer dollars to his company to fund its rollout.

Cheeky oligopolic bastard with pockets full of senators, congressmen, regulators and billions to make them dance to his tune.

But it is not only a US thing: these companies are transnational corporations and their dastardly deeds encompass the whole world.

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Paragon 'optimistic' that its NTFS driver will be accepted into the Linux Kernel

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Re: Whatever for?

... silently thrashed my data on my dual-boot PC, as Windows 10 had decided to hibernate without unmounting its volumes ...

So, let's see if I understand ...

You use a bug ridden OS to dual boot and then want a driver in your Linux kernel so you can find out when said OS is wreaking havoc?

Interesting.

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Yes, but some people just don't get it.

As I've said before ...

Quite so, right here.

Well written and thoroughly explained, @Lee D.

All those who think that taking all this Paragon BS on board Linux is such a great and convenient idea should read it instead of pontificating on how generous an offer it is and how useful NTFS would be for the Linux ecosystem.

Unbelievable ...

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Whatever for?

Linux currently has two NTFS drivers, a FUSE (Filesystem in Userspace) driver which is read/write, and a kernel driver which is read-only.

In my opinion (as a Linux user, not coder, programmer or maintainer) I really don't think the Linux kernel needs to add another 27,000 lines of code to get ... nothing?

I've managed quite well with the FUSE driver when I have needed to look at/write to the odd HDD with a NTFS filesystem and really cannot remember the last time I did.

As far as I'm concerned, it is too little, too late, with a bad attitude and worthless.

Nothing more than a recipe for trouble further on.

--------------------------------------> Timeo Danaos et dona ferentes <--------------------------------------

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Intel screams Tiger Lake is 'world's best processor' (then quietly into its sleeve: for thin Windows, ChromeOS laptops)

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Just asking

Intel screams Tiger Lake is 'world's best processor' ...

Hmmm ...

Don't know.

Does it come with the new and improved Intel® Management Engine?

You know, the little black box with full access to your PC’s hardware, system memory, display, keyboard input, and network.

Yes, that one.

Which cannot be disabled.

Just thought I'd ask.

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As promised, Apple will now entertain suggestions from the hoi polloi on how it should run its App Store

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Boffin

Just curious, not cat

Hello:

I was looking at the ElReg page for the second time today and saw this article again.

Having already read the article, my attention was drawn to what appears to be a brand or logo of some sort on the back of the Apple (?) thing Tim Cook is holding in his hands.

Anyone have a clue as to what it is?

A new model iPhone?

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Smash-and-grabbed: Chinese AI academic cuffed by Feds after 'binning hard drive' amid software leak probe

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Too dumb ...

" ... walked circuitously around his apartment building, reached into his sock, and threw a destroyed hard drive into a trash dumpster ..."

Spy?

Give me a break.

This guy does not seem to be a spy or in the spying biz for that matter.

Far too dumb ...

It could be that the spooks scared him shitless and as a result started to do stupid things.

How would anyone react if Border Patrol told them that a number of US government agencies were interested in them and their activities?

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Ex-Autonomy CFO Sushovan Hussain loses US appeal bid against fraud convictions and 5-year prison sentence

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Re: This is still HP's fault

"... hold HP completely responsible ..."

"... had the time and power to do due diligence ..."

"... people in HP that were dead against the whole deal ..."

Exactly, there's really no two ways about it.

Like I've said before: it is quite obvious that HP's top brass screwed up.

Jumped in without looking first, trying to trump Oracle, ignoring all those who firmly opposed the deal and now they're needing someone to blame for the pool not having quite enough water.

Now, it would seem that in the US you can more or less file a lawsuit for just about anything you consider to be a legitimate grievance and actually be accepted in court, apparently with no limits to your (legal) imagination.

How is it that this scandal has not become the object of a huge shareholder/class-action suit against all those involved?

I mean, 8.8 billion is a number you do not play the fool with, yours or not.

Such a lawsuit should put things straight very quickly.

O.

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"...what happens with the criminal charges if HP lose the case in the UK."

Good question.

But someone has to get to be the fall guy.

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Brave takes brave stand against Google's plan to turn websites into ad-blocker-thwarting Web Bundles

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WTF?

"Perhaps Google's motives are pure and it only wants what's best for the web."

The extent of naiveté enclosed in this phrase is simply astounding.

Lest it be part of an elaborate joke ...

But no, the article is dated Thursday not Friday.

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Relying on plain-text email is a 'barrier to entry' for kernel development, says Linux Foundation board member

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Re: Keep stupid out

The distinction between the spelling of there, their and they're is ...

Quite obviously unknown to the poster, who evidently lacks some basic English language skills.

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If being able to send plain ASCII email is a technical barrier to someone, then their technical skills are too low inexistent.

There, reads better.

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Re: Keep stupid out

nah just smacks of secret handshakes ...

Seems you forgot to use the 'Troll' icon.

Don't do that, it is there for a reason.

ie: so that the rest of us don't think you are absolutely full of shit.

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Re: You don't have to be old to hate HTML emails

What's in the article appears to say simply "young apprentice coders don't like text email because it's soo ooold and they're not used to it"

There.

Reads better, methinks.

What will happen is that they will never evolve to be coders.

Real coders.

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Re: No that's not how it works

... become sick and throw up over here.

I just did. =^ ⁷

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Re: Is setting up a non-shitty email client really that hard?

Hello:

If you can't configure your email client, do you really belong on the LKML or writing kernel code?

In one word two words?

Fuck no.

O.

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Re: So not just about plain text email

I came to post my preference for plain text. It is simple, effective, and efficient.

+1

I came here for the same reason as you and also to give you an additional upvote.

... the heart of the takeover by the clueless.

Not so clueless.

It is Microsoft Corporation you are talking about.

Takeover? Yes, undoubtedly.

Clueless? No, not really.

They have 30+ years of practise at this.

Their ultimate goal is to infest the Linux ecosystem and rot it from the inside.

Clueless are those who can't see what is going on and act accordingly.

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Chromium devs want the browser to talk to devices, computers directly via TCP, UDP. Obviously, nothing can go wrong

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Re: But look at the response to April in the Twitter thread

Who's calling who "legacy"?

Who?

The DHs* who want to implement this crap.

ie: "... the browser to talk directly to devices and other computers via the network."

Why?

Well ...

You could be lenient and follow Hanlon's Razor reasoning.

ie: stupidity, incompetence or a dangerous mix of both.

Or you could be a wee bit more subjective/paranoid and see a whole world of unwanted possibilities behind this really dumb move.

You choose.

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* DickHeads

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Re: Trustworthy?

"... not sure this guy is entirely trustworthy ..."

Not sure?

Are you sure about that?

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Trump backs Oracle as potential TikTok buyer

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Made in Hell

He also called Oracle co-founder Larry Ellison a "tremendous guy".

No doubt about it, a match made in Hell ....

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Linux kernel maintainers tear Paragon a new one after firm submits read-write NTFS driver in 27,000 lines of code

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Re: So?

" ... for some reason they think they need to incorporate both the Linux OS and Linux-like capabilities into Windows ..."

Some reason?

Where have you been for the last 30+ years?

Never heard of "Embrace, extend, and extinguish"?

O.

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Linux

... using ntfs-3g for years. Hasn't give me any issues.

Indeed ...

Since I started with Linux some years ago and only for completeness' sake, I have made sure I had NTFS access in every distribution that I have tried.

But I cannot recall the last time I needed to look at a drive formatted with NTFS.

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Re: Bit harsh

... isn't a gift.

...It's an obligation.

Great write up. +1

Summarised long ago by Virgil, ca. 29/19 BC in Aeneid (II, 49)

Timeo Danaos et dona ferentes

O.

Former HP CEO and Republican Meg Whitman – who split HP with mixed success – says Donald Trump can't run a business

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Re: How to lose

Stupid outnumbers smart by a large margin. Republican leaders have understood the for decades and trained their candidates to act stupid to get the stupid vote ...

+1

It is a worldwide thing, not only in the US.

See the UK or Brazil (just to name two), for example.

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US govt proposes elephant showers for every American after Prez Trump says trickles dampen his haircare routine

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Re: Why assume he will win?

... put it to good Republicans ...

Really?

Good as in having common sense, unbiased, not racist and/or misogynist, with no double standards?

They are as rare as a green dog.

Republicans put him there and will try to keep him and his blind and deaf cronies in Congress.

Trump or any other Republican in the Oval Office will bring about the end of the US and sink it's population in misery, save for the top 1% of course.

O.

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Re: Why assume he will win?

Seriously? ... ... possible!

Icon, because I forgot.

Write and repeat 1000 times: must.always.remember ...

Never underestimate the incredible power of stupidity.

O.

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Re: The blurred blob of hair ...

... Can't blame an old man for not having too much hair ...

No, you can't ...

... Can't blame him for being overly vain ...

No, not that either.

But, what you can should do is bring him to task, along with his deaf and blind pals in Congress, over wanting to tweak federal water saving guidelines because of his not having too much hair, being overly vain and needing to have his hair perfect.

O.

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Whatever

What hair?

That whatever it is he has stuck on his head.

Absolutely convinced that "laughter is the best medicine" I try not to miss any of the White House press briefings where Trump stars or my daily dose of Peanuts.

One thing I have noticed in these events (transmitted directly from the White House) is that the blob of hair on the asshole's head is always in a blurr ie: out of focus, like if the camera's lens had a tiny smudge that follows his head movement and blocks his elaborate hairdo so that whatever it is that keeps it propped up remains unseen.

As this is a constant and it is always in the same setting, it has occured to me that it could well be that the camera crew is applying some sort of optical filter to hide the fact that, yes, it may not be hair at all.

Has anyone noticed the same thing?

Cheers,

O.

Docker shocker: Cash-strapped container crew threatens to delete 4.5 petabytes of unloved images

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Re: Docker tweaked its terms of service

If a landlord tweaked his terms of leasing ...

Can Docker be reasonably compared to a landlord and the service they are providing as leasing if it is free? ie: I am not having to pay anything for it.

I'd be in a rage if I was a paying customer which would mean that certain previously stipulated conditions would have to be met by both parties, but seeing that all I have to do is a pull and/or push once every six months to keep things as they are, I'd just do that and said then thanks a lot for the heads up.

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America's largest radio telescope blind after falling cable slashes 100-foot gash in reflector dish

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Not sure?

“We’re not sure what caused the cable failure yet ..."

Hmm ....

Due to the lack of federal aid, a great deal of Puerto Rico's basic infrastructure is still in ruins after hurricanes Irma and María devastated the island, all made worse by an earthquake in January of this year.

Could this have also affected Arecibo's maintenance schedules?

On Trump's watch?

Nah!

Im-po-ssi-ble

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Q: What’s big, red and pulses UV light into the cosmos three times a night? A: Mars

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Alien

Marse code

I think it is a warning in Marse Code.

They are probably trying to tell us to get the fuck off and stop littering their planet.

O.

PD: it is Friday, no?

Geneticists throw hands in the air, change gene naming rules to finally stop Microsoft Excel eating their data

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... ribbon ...

Ribbon?

No, pleeeeeaaaase, nooooo.

Not the goddamn ribbon.

Aughhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!

The #!|?¡¿$ ribbon is why, when for some reason I have to use Excel for anything (instead of LO Calc which I still have to get used to), I just pull up Office '97 in a VM.

O.

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... sensible for MS to allow users to configure Excel to not auto-format when importing files ...

Yes, it would be.

But you do understand that Excel is a MS application, don't you?

Where do you think the term sensible applies?

O.

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Re: I must be missing something...

I think it is more about importing CSV files.

Indeed ...

And the ham-fisted default setting in Excel when opening the file.

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University of Cambridge to decommission its homegrown email service Hermes in favour of Microsoft Exchange Online

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Re: change for sake of change

... hope you have a bloody good lawyer as you're implying Microsoft bribed Cambridge.

Hmmm ...

Either you forgot to use the mandatory joke alert icon or live in a bubble.

O.

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Re: change for sake of change

I suspect a fancy dinner was involved.

Suspect?

Fancy dinner?

With MS involved?

Ha!

O.

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Re: Isn't Microsoft a security risk?

All that lovely research data heading off to Redmond and then the US Government?

Unfortunately, yes.

O.

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MS' deep pockets

... issues centred on spam and malware management, compliance with regulations, security, and support issues ...

Right.

And you think Office365 will do better, yes?

Don't be daft.

I cannot but to assume that someone has crawled into MS' deep pockets.

Closing down on-premises email may be the right thing to do from a business perspective ...

A university is not a goddamn business, no such perspective needed.

I'm referring to a real university like Cambridge, not a scam like Trump's.

Hermes had a better availability record than either Gmail or Exchange Online, with a "single two-hour outage" in recent years.

Surprise!!!!!

This needs an urgent revolt on behalf of staff and students and the resignation of all those involved in this utterly stupid move.

It is a dishonour and an affront to the memory of Turing and his team.

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Wrap it before you tap it? No, say Linux developers: 'GPL condom' for Nvidia driver is laughed out of the kernel

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Pint

Lemon

"If you only even considered this is something reasonable to do you should not be anywhere near Linux kernel development," he said.

Hmm ...

Clear enough, methiks.

Good for you, Christoph Hellwig.

Have one or two on me ----->

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Struggling company pleads with landlords to slash rents as COVID-19 batters UK high street. The firm's name? Apple

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Re: Greed knows no ends

... hate this company a little bit more.

Indeed ...

Greed knows no ends.

Till you put an end to it, not much more to it.

There's a saying in many Spanish speaking countries:

Literally: "It's not the pig's fault, it's the fault of the one who feeds it"

Something akin to not blaming the sheep but the shepperd.

See the recent case of Ireland, Apple and the European General Court.

Unbelievable.

O.

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WTF?

... as part of their social responsibility.

Cheeky SOBs ...

They don't have the slightest clue as to what social responsibility is or what it means.

And Apple is not the only one.

As long as they keep getting away with paying taxes of cents on each million made they will get greedier and greedier, this is just the tip of the iceberg.

Not long ago we saw first Ireland and then the EU General Court fuck up a chance to start setting things straight as ruled by the European Commission to the tune of 13 billion euros.

13 billion euros which Ireland or the EU obviously do not seem to need. (!)

So that's how the world spins these days, to the tune of these greedy bastards.

Interesting times.

O.

Venerable text editor GNU Nano reaches version 5.0 and adds the modern frippery that is scrollbars

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Linux

Re: Tilde

I've just discovered the editor ...

Arriving in the Linux camp after 20+ years of MS OSs (DOS onwards) I had a hard time struggling with the usual recommended editors (and their variety) till I came across 'jed'.

That's what I use these days with the ocasional fling with mcedit, but then I am not a coder/programmer.

O.

GRUB2, you're getting too bug for your boots: Config file buffer overflow is a boon for malware seeking to drill deeper into a system

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Re: I wouldn't worry about this.

... a matter of time before systemd handles booting.

Hmmm ...

Not if you ran on Devuan or a Devuan based Linux distribution.

Or if the rest of the Linux ecosystem finally/eventually comes to its senses, realises the evil abomination Poettering's really child is and does away with it.

Permanently.

O.

Amazon and Google: Trust us, our smart-speaker apps are carefully policed. Boffins: Yes, well, about that...

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None

Who can you trust these days?

Certainly not Amazon or Google.

Or any of the usual suspects for that matter.

O.

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