* Posts by Mr. Moose

22 posts • joined 31 May 2013

BOFH: They say you either love it or you hate it. We can confirm you're going to hate it

Mr. Moose

Don't Waste the Marmite!

This is a job for the firm of Cosh Carpet & Lime. Just, "add" the laptop dry. That should get the point across.

'I put the interests of the country first': Colonial Pipeline CEO on why oil biz paid off ransomware crooks

Mr. Moose

Re: It isn't only the billing system

Fair enough. So, what could they realistically do without the system? I don't want to just jump on people, but it sounds like they were at fault for not securing their systems. I was sort of hoping to hear more from knowledgeable industry types in this publication. So far it's only us in the peanut gallery giving Bronx Cheers.

They, and other similarly situated companies hold our lives in their hands. Ask Texans, who froze to death when their power went out because companies went cheap by not protecting their turbines against freezing, after they had been warned. This is a common problem.

I've been reading about the threat to SCADA and industrial systems for years. What's being done? People seem to wait until the "Big One" to do something.

Mr. Moose

<Sound of unsecured infrastructure crashing>


Mr. Moose

I Regret that I Have Only One Country to Give for My Money!

The hackers didn't shut down the pipeline. The hackers hacked the billing system. Colonial shut down their own pipeline because they couldn't bill their customers.

That's what I call "Putting the Country First".

Also: Using a "legacy VPN", reusing passwords, and no recovery infrastructure is a security plan. Got it.

Many of you know just how cheap corporate types are when it comes to IT and security. There will be more like this, unfortunately.

Open-source JavaScript project Babel 'running out of money' after employing paid maintainers, sponsors pull out

Mr. Moose

Re: Holy shit

Rent in NYC. Average 4k/mo.

UK's Computer Misuse Act to be reviewed, says Home Secretary as she condemns ransomware payoffs

Mr. Moose

Re: Sadly

You also need a password manager. Personally, I like Bitwarden.

As far as computer crime (see, I didn't say "cybercrime") goes, the bad guys have lots of advantages, chief among which is that we can't send out goons to see that "... they go through some things ...".

43 years and 14 billion miles later, Voyager 1 still crunching data to reveal secrets of the interstellar medium

Mr. Moose

I hope it lasts until it meets Bender


FSF doubles down on Richard Stallman's return: Sure, he is 'troubling for some' but we need him, says org

Mr. Moose

It's so annoying when people you admire turn out to be a, uh, you-know, uh, Dick ...

... There, I said it.

No, the FSF doesn't need Stallman.

But, here’s some perspective, buried in this very long shaggy-dog-story:

I had recently been thinking: "God!! You know, Richard Stallman and Linus Torvalds, between the two of them, have done so much for the world by creating the Linux environment, and the Free software ethos.".

I was --honest-to-God-- going to write to the White House proposing them for the Medal of Freedom. Why? Because thanks to Linux(, and the fact that, during the 1990s, people were throwing out old computers almost every week in my old neighborhood), I was able to set up a home network and learn enough about basic Linux systems admin, programming, and networks to eventually get a good-paying job, which, after not having had one for a long time, set me up in a stable financial situation that prevails until today. I am very grateful for the chances I got due to Free software.


By the way: I give my sincerest thanks to the myriad people who toil(ed) unsung to create the vast number of tools and utilities that I use for free(, and for pay too because I now can) every day. It's really touching to think that people all over the world can get access to these things and create something without having to pay by the inch, and through the nose, for things like e.g. Debian, OpenBSD, FreeCAD, SolveSpace, ImageMagick, LibreOffice, VI(M)!, Perl, PostgreSQL, Django, etc., etc. It's mind-numbing. I would not be where I am today without Linux and Free software. Thanks to all of you who made it possible. (can I have my Oscar now? :-) ...Um-Hnh-Hnhm… )


Then, just to get oriented, I looked up RMS, and read all the latest ... stuff: "What?!?: Aw-Shit-Un-Fscking-Believable! I know Linus can be a 'Git', but this: Aw-Jeeez-O-God-What-A-Shmuck!”.

The fact that RMS appears to be a Very Screwed-Up Person(tm), and No Moral Exemplar(tm), does not undo the great things he has done for the world by creating, and advocating, to his detriment many times, the idea of Free software. Bless him for that at least. And pray for him for the failings he has. We all have our shortcomings, and I make no excuses for his. But, don't forget what good he has done despite these failures.

Remember: If we “rm -rf”’d all the great artists, writers, and others who were also moral reprobates, we wouldn’t have much of what we prize in our culture, whichever culture you care to name. Yeah, it’s complicated.

I’m an American: This country was founded on destroying the aboriginal peoples here, and importing other people as slaves, so that it probably cost many millions of lives for America as it now stands to exist. Was it “worth it”? There’s no way to say. My ancestors came from Ireland during the potatoe famine, from Sweden, from Canada because they were oppressed Acadians; some were Cherokee, some were probably Black. Many oppressed peoples came to America to escape oppression and to make a better life for themselves. They didn’t know they came to a land which had been stolen from it’s owners. The fact that this country was stolen from it’s owners is a negative vector. The fact that this country is a beacon of freedom is a positive vector. You have to sum them up. That’t how it is with everything in the world.

The "Divine Comedy" is actually life in this world.

You put Marmite where? Google unveils its latest AI wizardry: A cake made of Maltesers and the pungent black tar

Mr. Moose

Marmite Recipe Suggestions

I'm a Yank. Years ago I heard a BBC story about funny Marmite adverts, "Marmite: You either love it, or hate it.", and I got some to see what it tasted like. I loved it! I had a brainstorm, and coated it on buttered popcorn (stir into melted butter in large wok|bowl, stir in popped popcorn 'til coated). Wow: It's The Food. Of. The. Gods!! Also, in order to make it easier to spread on toast, I mix Marmite with softened butter, then re-refrigerate the mixture, cut-and-spread just the right amount on toast. No hot-spots, no missed spots. Marmited butter is good on all sorts of things.

Naturally, goes good with beer. I dunno about the cake thing. Sounds like those nouveau cuisine "baloney-and-whipped-cream" recipes.

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

Mr. Moose

"Try it: What The Hell Have You Got To Lose?"

I couldn't bring myself to say "It's Finger F****in' Good!".

It appears the Colonel invented pressure frying in order to get chicken cooked rapidly. My experiences with KFC (NY Metro area) haven't been bad.

Amnesty slaps Google amid crippled censored China search claims

Mr. Moose

Google Vichy

Collaboration Suite

Something-Something Evil. Just Do It!

The butterfly defect: MacBook keys wrecked by single grain of sand

Mr. Moose

The Luger of laptops

Sometimes too much precision, and overcomplication, is a bad thing.

Git365. Git for Teams. Quatermass and the Git Pit. GitHub simply won't do now Microsoft has it

Mr. Moose

Call it: ShitHub, or SnitHub

Depending on your point of view.

El Reg needs you – to help build an automated beer-transporting robot

Mr. Moose

Time for a new protocol ...

BoIP: Beer over Internal Piping. Use pint-sized packets? Via pneumatic tubes, then you could really switch the packets.

'We think autonomous coding is a very real thing' – GitHub CEO imagines a future without programmers

Mr. Moose

Re: In the future there won't be humans so it won't matter

... Or maybe Donnie Two-Scoops ;-)

US Navy suffers third ship collision this year

Mr. Moose

Holey Ship! Not again!?

Don't throw away those eclipse glasses! Send 'em to South America

Mr. Moose

Re: FOR SALE: Eclipse Glasses, hardly even used

Don: Just hold one ear facing the sun, and the other ear facing a piece of paper. Take a selfie. See how bright you really are!

Mr. Moose

GLASSES ... GLASSES ... We Don't Need No Steenking __GLASSES__!

Another way they can do this is via pinhole projection. Seems more educational too: Use either a pinhole at one end of a tube, and a mirror and screen or groundglass at the other; or use a "mirror pinhole" where a small clear area (e.g. 5mm) of a masked-off mirror reflects the image into a darkened room for group viewing. I built a pinhole telescope from a 9-foot-long mailing tube, a 2mm "pinhole" in aluminum flashing at one end; and a "dime-store" mirror at 45 deg, and a "groundglass" of one-side-matte drafting film at the other end. One can make real groundglass with ~500 grit abrasive. With projection telescopes you get a larger solar image. Mine was about 30mm dia. With mirror pinholes, the sky's the limit since you can utilize larger distances.

Eagle steals crocodile-cam, records video selfie

Mr. Moose

Re: NOT "stolen"

May I volunteer my neighbor's Shih Tsu instead? That dog worries me: It barks so energetically that I'm concerned that one day it will flip it's body, down to the atoms, inside-out, and turn itself into a dog-star, shitting little black-holes all over the hallway. I'm surprised it hasn't achieved net power gain from sonofusion.


Mr. Moose
Black Helicopters

Re: Designing a perfectly safe computer

Nah, they use this:


Don't worry though, the NSA keeps watch over it to make sure no bad guys can get you! Promise. ...

Sunday's night sky to be flooded by MASSIVE SUPERMOON

Mr. Moose

Re: @Rukario

... A regular Garden of Eadon.

Kettle 'which looks like HITLER' brews up sturm in a teacup

Mr. Moose

The New Electric Model...

Utilizes a Horst Wessel Lead.


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