* Posts by RedneckMother

171 publicly visible posts • joined 19 Apr 2013


Uncle Sam wants to make it clear that America's elections are very, very safe


"From whom, exactly, we wonder"

Well, wonder no more... US citizens (yes, I am one) are incredibly stupid.

In my estimation, authoritarians inside the US are responsible for much of the unease about the democratic process in the US.

There are a significant number of US citizens who are ignorant, and "ignorance is bliss".

History is rhyming (per Samuel Clements, as I recall). The same crap that took hold 80 or 90 years ago is taking hold again.

Peace out.

Everyone's suing AI over text and pics. But music? You ain't seen nothing yet


Re: music copyright cases and rights are a pain

Yeah, keep buying that stairway, eh?


Apologies, I'm in a "reflective" mood.

RIP: Software design pioneer and Pascal creator Niklaus Wirth


late to this news / game, but...

What a mind! What a positive influence on software (among other topics)!

RIP. I had an "early" introduction to him / his influence on software, languages, etc... he had a profound influence on our present software and software language situation.

I was "blessed" to attend a symposium with him as the speaker. It was a JOY to listen, and attempt to follow his thoughts. He had so very many profound and insightful perspectives, which he freely and gladly shared.

Y'all 'scuse me. I am in mourning.

WFH mandates bad for staff morale and stunt innovation


A "dated" perspective

Back in the late 80s, I had a software development gig, I worked from my home, a few hours away from the corporate office. I would wake up and jump into my work well before dawn, and continue working well into the evening.

From time to time, the Powers would provide travel and accommodations for my presence at the "office"... usually for deadline "deliverables".

The "powers" received about 60 to 80 hours of production from me on a weekly basis. I was kickin *ss and taking names.

When there was a power shift at the C levels, I was informed that I had to relocate to the office and work onsite.

My productivity suffered. I ceased to make the contributions to which I was accustomed, and I deteriorated into a slacker.

It was a horrible experience, and hurt both my employer and my self esteem. What a f*ckin waste.

Make Linux safer… or die trying


this may be redundant...

I haven't read all previous comments, so "EXCUUUSE MEEE" if I am being redundant.

The reason WindBlows took off was because MS gave away the development tools to programmers (back in the day). It was cheesy and crappy, but they got to market first, and dominated the desktop application space.

Also, MS played a long game against IBM and OS/2.

I was one of those people who supported various proprietary *nix platforms (achieving certs for several, and fighting all the conflicts). *nix finally began to compete with the adoption of Linux on multiple platforms.

Many years ago, I was able to banish MS from my household. I have various Linux distros, on various hardware platforms, and am (mostly) happy with the interoperability (and VERY happy with the adherence to standards).

I don't do windows.

Hungover Brits declare full English breakfast the solution to all their ills


Re: Don't get old!

Hmmm. I take 750mg or 1000mg of "enteric coated" aspirin with a full glass of water when retiring after a proper slosh, and I feel fine when I wake.

Paracetamol has a negative effect on one's liver and kidneys. I never take it (or ibuprofen).

Customer comment and contributions no more as Microsoft pulls the plug on Office 365 UserVoice forum


I use LibreOffice on Linux.

M$ can continue to decline.

President Trump's H-1B visa crackdown wiped $100bn off market value of America's largest corps, top study finds


getting tired...

... of all the winning.




Re: Bankruptcy-Boy strikes again


Oculus owners told not only to get Facebook accounts, purchases will be wiped if they ever leave social network


Oblig python reference


So... just 'Good' then? KFC pulls Finger Lickin' slogan while pandemic rumbles on


heard in the US in the 70s

Throw us a buck, and we'll flip you a bird.

Breaking virus lockdown rules, suing officials, threatening staff, raging on Twitter. Just Elon Musk things


Re: A possible explanation for sudden behaviour change.

"Uncompromising geniuses (and objectively, he's an extremely high-performing polymath) tend to have compromised social skills... "

Okay, I can accept that reasoning.

Now, would you please explain the behaviour of der Drumpfenscheisser?

Aussies, Yanks may think they're big drinkers – but Brits easily booze them under the table


Re: Taxes are the snake oil of the lefites

Hooray for Marxism (especially Groucho)!

Dozens of .gov HTTPS certs expire, webpages offline, FBI on ice, IT security slows... Yup, it's day 20 of Trump's govt shutdown


Re: Comparison

Let's not forget that Senator Mitchie won't bring the funding resolution to the Senate floor, even though identical funding passed the Senate 100-0 last month. It doesn't matter whether or not Trumpolini signs (or vetoes) with those numbers.

Mitchie won't bring it up because Donnie doesn't like it. WTF?


Re: Comparison

Back pay doesn't help much when one lives paycheck to paycheck... creditors don't give a Rat's Ass why you're late on a payment. It also doesn't keep the fridge stocked.



My Attorney Got Arrested.

Mark Zuckerberg did everything in his power to avoid Facebook becoming the next MySpace – but forgot one crucial detail…


Farce Shnook

Never had it - never will.

Assange catgate hearing halted as Ecuador hunts around for someone who speaks Australian


hmmmm... a case of "don't (let the cat) crap where you eat"?

Polls? How very 2016. Now Google Street View AI scanner can predict how people will vote



Q. What's the difference between a BMW and a porcupine?

A. The pricks are on the outside of a porcupine.


Re: An interesting study

"Remember it this way: 'shiny side up'."

Don't forget "White light(s) to the front."

Not OK Google: Tree-loving family turns down Page and pals' $7m


Re: "what would you do with $7m?"

@David 132

Nice sentiment!

My (tentative) answer: Errrrmmm... buy Montana?


AT&T dinged for $7.75m after letting scammers gouge customers (again)


Electric Light Orchestra

You know you gotta Ma-Ma-Ma Belle, or I will get you...

Kaspersky upends sofa, finds US$50k for bug bounties



The Fink Ployd reference was excellent!

Good to hear that those who are trying to help us plebs stay safe are aware that the plebs can often expose vulns.

Russia reports RAT scurrying through govt systems, chewing data


False Flag?

Who can tell these days?

Meh - sooner or later, the whole damn thing will fall apart.

What's ordered in Vegas, doesn't stay in Vegas? $6.7m of printer ink 'stolen by office worker'


Re: accounting 101 anyone


Errr... take his/her cut?


Republicans move to gut FCC and crush its net neutrality crusade with paralyzing budget rules


Re: GOP throws hissy fit, tries to end party

I'm not defending Venezuela's government.

However, I wonder how they would fare had not the US not interfered in their affairs.

If they fail because their premise was wrong, that's one thing. If they are fail because of another government's interference, that's another.

Just my 2p.

CIA says it 'accidentally' nuked torture report hard drive


don't worry...

Since Feinstein has been "properly apprised" of the details, there can surely be no problem.

'Course, the details would include whatever "dirt" they have on her.

Meanwhile. back at the ranch...

Tonto, completely unaware of the Lone Ranger's attempt to disguise himself as a door, shot the Ranger's knob off.

We're calling it: World hits peak Namey McNameface


Re: Enough

@ ChunkyMonkey

"Stop following the flock."

Glad to... get the flock outta here!



"Boaty McBoatface was fun, but enough is enough. Or after this story. surely it is?"

No. 'Nuff said.

Cities are investigating, workers are on strike, but it's not all good news for Verizon


Uh, duh...

The "incumbents" have siphoned off "how much?" to "improve services", and have actually delivered "WTF?". Oh yeah, the C-Levels are enriched - "I forgot". And, let's not hurt the politicos, eh?

When will the customers (no - not "consumers") get what their tax dollars have been paid for?


Adjust your Facebook, Twitter privacy settings, judge tells jurors in Oracle-Google Java trial


What also floats?

Bread! Small rocks!

A Duck!

FCC urged to pause its fight against America's $20bn cable-box rip-off


Re: Small pay-TV providers

@bombastic bob

"Maybe it's time to force cable companies to allow others to use THEIR WIRES..."

Hmm, WHOSE wires? Who REALLY paid for the wires? I suspect that taxpayers did, in the long run.

What a fustercluck.

Cops deploy StingRay anti-terror tech against $50 chicken-wing thief


Re: Curiouser and curiouser

Four legs good, two legs better!


Re: Be safe, use a chicken-scented burner phone

If I must choose between breast or thigh, I'll always choose thigh.

That said, I'm partial to the "Wishbone".

F-35s failed 'scramble test' because of buggy software



It could be someone else has made a similar post... TL;DR, it's "late" here, etc, etc.

WTF? Who wrote this "software"? Microsoft?

Just send me a bit of money (say, 10%) of what's been spent... I can "not deliver" with the best of them, and I'll quickly bow out (and retire in a manner to which I would like to be accustomed).

Comcast Com-templates Com-trashing Com-crap Com-pact Com-caps


ho hum

After all, 640k is more than enough for anyone...

America edges closer to get-a-proper-warrant-to-read-my-email law



The Senator is only enraged when HER communications, information, or privacy are affected, you silly peon. Now, go away or I shall mock you again.

Are you a some kind of silly human who expects some dignity, privacy, and rights? Pfft! Get over it, or win a Senate seat.


Clinton's $1m troll fight


Oh dear, oh shit.

Sorry, but the self-ascribed description "Barrier Breakers" is close, but no cigar.

From my perspective, it's more like "Bernie Bashers".

Damn it all. At least Sanders has principles. I can't say that I agree with him on all (perhaps most) issues, but he IS talking about the rigged system, and the money (and entities controlling money).

How can "rational" people allow big money and "the powers that be" advance Hillbillary? Let's all recognize her for the corporate shill that she is, and will always be. Let's start talking about the real problem, that the USA (hell, the whole world) is under the control of a handful of individuals? Money talks, and HC walks (in the direction and manner dictated by the money). Let's talk about her policies and actions, which have resulted in so much heartache in non-US countries.

Can you say little (and poor) people are El Fucked? I knew you could!

Censorship FTW! China bans Paris Hilton, minor Kardashians et al


yah know...

If it weren't for the (rightly expressed) derision on The Reg, I wouldn't have the slightest clue who most of those twits are... I don't click on "news" links about people who are (evidently) popular (self promoted?). I often see their names, but they only seem to be a part of some strange "fandom" and "popular media" interest, and only serve to distract people from reality. Is there anything worthwhile that they've done? What is the excitement all about? Two months ago, I finally discovered why I kept hearing (reading?) about "Kardashians". I thought it was some reference to an obscure SciFi series. Geez! Who gives a shit? Have any of them made a positive influence on society or humanity?

Never thought I'd agree with an oppressive government's policy... (and, I still don't)


How to not get pwned on Windows: Don't run any virtual machines, open any web pages, Office docs, hyperlinks ...


Re: Still the same after all these years...

"Windows, still held together with tape and bailing wire."

As an IBM Field Engineer explained to me, decades ago:

"Well, here's your problem. Yeah, someone found and fixed the physical interlock failure, but they used amateur (Scotch) tape! You have to use professional (filament) tape!"

Sure enough, filament tape enabled us to get through the night, until parts arrived the next day.

I miss "Earl the Pearl" (the IBM FE). He was a common sense farm boy, and impressed me with his ability to get things working until parts could be obtained and installed. I remember him scavenging batteries from our company cars and using vise grip pliers (for clamps) and spare wire to help us get through a different night, when a 24VDC supply went "South" and the replacement part wouldn't arrive for 12 hours.

Half of people plug in USB drives they find in the parking lot


Re: So, the secret to secure computing is...

@ Marketing Hack

"Or maybe just lobotomize them?"

From the immortal line delivered by Marty Feldman, in "Young Frankenstein":


This year's H-1B visa lottery jammed full in just six days


colo(u)r me surpris(z)ed

HillBillary wants to maintain the status quo (and corporate 'merica) , while Sanders wants to level the field for US jobs for US citizens.


Adblock wins in court again – this time against German newspaper


heh, heh...

Joke 'em if they can't take a... wait... how does that go?

The FBI lost this round against Apple – but it aims to win the war


Hey, hey, my, my...

Rust Never Sleeps.

Thank you, Neil Young... I don't know if you realized how prophetic your lyrics were (or would continue to be). We STILL deal with a lot of crappage.

Hillary Clinton private email server probe winding up – reports


"winding up"?

nah - "winding DOWN"...

Poor recruitment processes are causing the great security talent drought


from many years ago

"Same as it ever was - same as it ever was..."

Where the hell is that music when one needs it? (apology to Talking Heads).

Barking spider prompts Spanish clan shoot-out


@ Peter Simpson 1

" Harden up. "

err... Fartin' up?

Thumb Up

Re: Roma aroma!

@ hplasm

And stains the gypsy drawers...

FCC clicks off the safety, fires at America's great cable TV box rip-off


Re: Ajit...is that pronounced "eejit"?

err... "yes".

No - wait! It's "idjit".

Nah, that's not it, either... "pawn?"

mmm... "patsy."

Nope - "employee."

oh, never mind...


le -sigh-

'USTelecom said: "The Federal Communications Commission's decision today to insert itself into how video should be delivered to American consumers is unlikely to serve consumers or competition ... The FCC's thumb on the scales will inevitably straightjacket innovation and harm competition, neither of which will serve the public interest."'


Let's refocus... on CUSTOMERS.

Geez, I'm getting tired of this refrain.