* Posts by -v(o.o)v-

175 publicly visible posts • joined 17 Oct 2013


Kremlin claims Apple helped NSA spy on diplomats via iPhone backdoor


Re: WRT Apple and El Reg...

Good stuff, reminds me of a funnier time. KM's were always pure gold.

Red Hat releases RHEL 9.2 to customers, with buffet of rebuilds for the rest of us


Possibly an important point in choosing a distribution: Rocky Linux keeps RPM packages of only the latest version while Alma Linux keeps two latest versions.

This is very, very important in case there is a bug in the latest version -- it will be easy to install an older version on Alma.

AFRINIC warns members of fake news campaign, voting rights grab


Re: NRS trying to take over DNS ?


It's all about one individual at the helm of a company, name of which rhymes with "nawus", and his cronies, wanting to get their hands to more internet number resources in order to lease those on for profit.

No more feature updates for Windows 10 – current version is final


But it won't even run Office, will it? So that's right out unfortunately.

With the Start menu and task bar so messed up in W11 I'm likely going to do ESU bypass on W10 for the company fleet to have it working until W12 hopefully fixes the horrific mess.

Samsung to cough up third of a billion bucks for ripping off patent


Isn't this Netlist a well-known patent troll?

Fancy trying the granddaddy of Windows NT for free? Now's your chance


When I saw the comment number before opening this page I knew I was in for a good time. Thank you for the war stories. I hope there'll be more.

VMS is definitely interesting but what to use it for since production use would need a license that probably costs way too much. As said above: an /engineered/ system instead of haphazard "good enough" -- the pinnacle of which is Linux.

Looking at the OpenVMS installer it is clear what inspired the OpenBSD installer.

Worried about the security of your code's dependencies? Try Google's Deps.dev


Re: Until next time

I would argue that the much bigger problem these days are developers (oh sorry "DevOps") playing systems administrators with Docker and willy-nilly pulling in images done by who-knows-what without any constraints and considering all that smoldering mess fire-and-forget, never bothering to update anything - or indeed even understanding that they need to be updated.

The amount of images pulled in from random individuals is frankly frightening and a disaster waiting to happen. And even in the rare case they do update there's no guarantees that Jimbo in Lower Elbonistan bothers to keep their image updated.

Of course all of it is done with minimal understanding of anything, and why would understanding be necessary: just check from the README what few configuration parameters are needed to make it work and off to production it goes.

(Insert xkcd here about gluing stuff together)

I ran trivy once and there were thousands and thousands of high+ vulns in just one machine...

Google halts purge of legacy ad blockers and other Chrome Extensions, again


Re: Manifest V3 will kill many extensions

Yes indeed. I am considering migrating the company fleet to Firefox when MV2 is dead for just this reason.

Since Firefox finally supports GPOs there's no real reason to keep Chrome, except the pesky rogues in HR and Finance spewing confidential data all over Google Sheets.

Version 100 of the MIT Lisp Machine software recovered


Worse-is-better lives on

It is obvious that worse-is-better is alive and well, look no further than the current "most popular" programming language Python. An absolute train wreck being shoehorned in to massive projects by support of frameworks like Django.

Oh the horror.

Russian developers blocked from contributing to FOSS tools


Re: Rational Reason

And which country does not? Reminds me of America, who even goes as far as poisoning standards, standards processes and Intel CPU hardware. If you do not recognize which incidents I refer to I am not surprised.


Re: I know it's crazy....

It looks like a good portion of people indeed have. Full on xenophobia mode, foaming in the mouth raving about the Sovi^WRussian menace and how all Russians obviously have turned bad suddenly one day in 2022.

It all just exposes them as the hypocrites/xenophobes/racists they are.

Dell rolls out 4th-Gen Xeon PowerEdge servers for cloud builders


I hope they could finally make a stable iDRAC or let us run OpenBMC on the mainstream R servers. It is a constant struggle with the bugs in iDRAC that surface when automating things. Currently I'm putting "reboot iDRAC" tasks to error handling since they start to bog down more and more on every redfish request.

Rackspace blames ransomware woes on zero-day attack


Re: Not us then

Why would anyone use anything else than dovecot? That's a real question - I don't understand why.

Corporations start testing Windows 11 in bigger numbers. Good luck


He is probably confusing crappy Electron apps with "all software".



Very fitting for Accenture to migrate. Laughing stock of a GUI for a laughing stock of a company.

All I can say is that I hope everyone else sees 11 as the turd it is and refuses to "update", thus forcing MS to do a win8 and backtrack with the crazy Fisher-Price GUI for spastics.


"neurological research"? Muah, aerogems trolling and all you falling into it. Nobody can really be this thick, what a load of BS I've ever seen.


Re: it's the GUI, stupid

It is similar "designing to the lowest common denomination" as the idiotic touch screen interface in win10. MS just doesn't get it, it even gets worse and worse. Reducing the whole task bar/start menu to a list of icons and nothing else is a new level of screwing the power users.

Why did Microsoft just buy fiber optic cable company Lumenisity?


Bad news

This might have been a product to make a significant difference in the physical layer. Under MS I'm sure it will be soon buried.

A dip in Alder Lake with an HP Elitebook is spoiled by avoidable mistakes


Re: Bumpers and keycaps

It doesn't have numbers 1 or zero? Wth?

Rackspace rocked by ‘security incident’ that has taken out hosted Exchange services


Re: Love the language

Naww, it makes no sense. How do they triage with everything powered down?

Commercial repair shops caught snooping on customer data by canny Canadian research crew


Look elsewhere

Telling all my staff during first weeks that this is the way.

World's richest man posts memes as $44b Twitter acquisition veers off course



Well said.

And reporting a parody tweet as news.. LOL

Microsoft's Lennart Poettering proposes tightening up Linux boot process


Re: *I* propose ...

Ah, NetworkManager. Another crapshow from the loonies at freedesktop.org. Bane of server administrators around the world.

There is no place for this crap on a server. I know how to configure a network interface and once it is configured it stays that way.

It is totally crazy that Red Hat forces these on servers.

Solaris is in maintenance mode – but Oracle added a significant feature anyway


Solaris has some great features. I l fondly recall the service manager, really good one - which systemd kinda sorta tried to copy failing miserably.

Microsoft's sought-after tabbed File Explorer gets closer to release


What a stupid idea. Instead of quickly switching between the two explorer windows I need at this particular moment, using alt-tab to switch between the 2 last ones, I would be forced to ctrl-tab between *all of them*?

It is yet another stupid gimmick that reduces usability for power users.

If you're using the ctx Python package, bad news: Vandal added info-stealing code


Re: This should not have been possible

Move fast and break things! Yeah!!1

Microsoft patches the patch that broke Windows authentication


What all the journos seem to be missing is the highly alarming large number of patches like May 2022 that go like this: "this patch will add event log events and registry keys, then in one year the registry key stops working and we force the new functionality. Oh and it works like this because it'll break your Macs, your Linuxes, legacy software, ..." And on top always seem to have critical bugs that make it work not as intended, breaking even more stuff.

But that is ok, they are just clueless journos and not sys admins.

I can't believe that this is not being reported on more.

It is becoming a monthly occurrence and it is a HUGE workload for us.

Start your engines: Windows 11 ready for broad deployment


Re: Dealing with novice users...

And what about not grouping task bar program buttons or showing window name text asking with the icon? Those are critical otherwise using the task bar is slow and painful, oh so painful


This was indeed the latest recommendation by MS. But why files cannot be created this way anymore in 11? I use it and find that it is a better workflow than opening an app and choosing where to save.

We can bend the laws of physics for your super-yacht, but we can't break them


Re: I don't see the fault... until

Didn't even realize I did that until it was pointed out in a reply, and English is my second language. Interesting!

Meta materials: Facebook using AI to design green concrete



Fly ash and slag have been used in cement for ages so it is ridiculous to claim Faecesbook somehow invented these.

Autonomous Mayflower to attempt Atlantic crossing, again



Sailboats primarily use sails for propulsion, not motors.

VMware walks back ban on booting vSphere from SD cards or thumb drives


It would be unfortunate when the support is discontinued.

But it does not matter much since modern systems have replaced SD card based solutions such as the Dell IDSDM with NVMe alternatives such as the Dell BOSS and I think that it is better that way.

How legacy IPv6 addresses can spoil your network privacy


Funny that they didn't understand the documentation prefix 2001:db8:: and listed it as 2001:db80:: (is really 2001:0db8::)

New Windows 11 build boasts inbox updates and UI tweaks



The amount of whitespace in those explorer screenshots is just terrible. The waste of screen space is ridiculous.

Chip supply problems might mean Wi-Fi 6E is skipped over for Wi-Fi 7, says analyst


Cat5e supports up to 10 meters 10GE just fine, using them on a half rack worth of servers (the rest are single-mode).

VMware patches critical guest-to-host vulnerabilities


Really Reg, really?!

You couldn't say WHICH versions are vulnerable? 7.0? 6.5?

RAID expansion comes to OpenZFS at last


Not a good test - see random on it...

Toshiba reveals 30TB disk drive to arrive by 2024


The Exos drives are crap. Have dozens of them and often the Dell H700 totally fails to recognize them. Interwebs is full of complaints about their firmware.

Samsung reveals new smartphones, tablets... and yes. The S22 Ultra is undeniably good


Re: Eco credentials

Yeah those wind turbines... Really useful?

Your data centre UPS could feed power to the smart grid, suggests research


It is a totally ridiculous idea as everyone above have said.

Australian court finds Facebook 'divorced from reality' as it tried to define doing business down under


They are.

UK Home Secretary Priti Patel green-lights Mike Lynch's extradition to US to face Autonomy fraud charges


What I do not understand is if he indeed is guilty, then how did he expect HP to not find out about the fraud?

OpenShell has been working on a classic replacement for Windows 11's Start menu


Re: Why the taskbar must be on the side:

I do not agree to this at all.

It is actually the opposite. Things are supposed to be scrolled vertically. Most things don't fit vertically and scrolling so is a fact if life.

Instead it is the horizontal screen real estate that must be optimized to avoid scrolling in two directions.

And scrolling vertically is needed only to view more stuff. Horizontally scrolling must be avoided so that one doesn't have to scroll every line.

Parallels: Purveyors of decent virtualization software... and occasionally iffy checksums


The Cisco AnyConnect checksums on the Cisco download site are commonly mixed up too.

Usually there's a checksum that is incorrectly duplicated on 2 different files. Happened like 3-4 times last year. It usually gets fixed a few weeks after a new version was released.

First they came for Notepad. Now they're coming for Task Manager


What an unbelievable waste of space at the top.

I bet ctrl-tab tab navigation won't work either.

As with everything Win11: waste of space, loss of functionality, everything except 2 common actions more difficult to achieve, I could go on but why, it will not get any better.

Data centre outfit Interxion hit with outage at central London facility


Re: Too much power corrupts

But wouldn't the device PSUs have fuses to prevent that sort of scenario?

It would not be feasible to have protection on all 20+ outlets per feed in the PDUs?

Yule goat's five-year flame-free streak ends ignominiously


Re: A proper fire

Gots nothing on Norway https://designyoutrust.com/2019/12/slinningsbalet-the-battle-for-the-biggest-bonfire-in-the-world/

AWS power failure in US-EAST-1 region killed some hardware and instances


Re: Ever heard of a UPS?

We've actually had one of 2 critical UPS now down for way too long in one DC. It took Schneider Electric *two weeks* to come on site to even look at it. It has now been a *further one week* since that and no information about results of the site visit a week ago.

All they say is that they will submit a report later at some unspecified date.

I would imagine SE is not this crap in every country. But they should seriously keep their country branches in a much tighter leash, this is ridiculous.

I wish there was a way to let the mothership know how badly their brand is being tarnished. Avoid Schneider Electric - which is hard now that they have taken over APC&MGE.


Re: Ever heard of a UPS?

Lots of different things can go wrong with UPS and often do based on my experience in some medium-sized Galaxy models. Contrary to old APC models that are troublefree workhorses.

The worst part is that the single countrywide Schneider distributor is a total sham with unbelievably inflated prices, laughable response/delivery times, and bad service in general. Some behavior is borderline fraud, jacking parts prices up by offering parts for a much larger sized UPS or claiming that products are discontinued so cannot do anything to them so why don't you buy these new ones...

I hate UPS.