* Posts by Dinsdale247

156 posts • joined 4 Apr 2014


Amazon teases Bottlerocket, its take on Linux specifically for running containers


Re: Oh good

Except that I'm saying it's not hard; it's been done to death. I have a 5 year old Linux image that likely has 80% of this. FreeBSD has a deployment script to set up an SD card to do the same thing. If Amazon is having trouble running the build root script and creating Linux partitions, we all have bigger problems.


Oh good

They've finally caught up with buildroot and embedded Linux best practices. Partition swapping has only been around for 30 years or so...


Galileo got it wrong – official: Jupiter actually wet, not super-dry: 'No one would have guessed that water might be so variable across the planet'


Title is Incorrect

The Galileo probe did not get it wrong according to your article. The scientist misinterpreted the data.

You know the President is able to shut down all US comms, yeah? An FCC commish wants to stop him from doing that


Balance anyone?

If the author had so much as even attempted a balanced article I might listen, but this is just left wing porn.

What is WebAssembly? And can you really compile C/C++ to it? And it'll run in browsers? Allow us to explain in this gentle introduction


Re: Oh Jesus Christ

Jesus has nothing to do with this, it's our own mess.


New High Priests

Web browser engineers seeking to become the new High Priests of the Internet so they re-invent Assembly in the browser. Sigh.

Ted Nelson on the history of computers...


The Windows Phone keeps ringing but no one's home: Microsoft finally lets platform die


Thanks for sticking your finger in the wound

I was rummaging through some old boxes on the weekend and came across my old Lumia handsets. I loved WP. May she rest in peace...

Phew! All that competition in the US mobile industry was exhausting. Thank God for the FCC, am I right?


From the attached document

"A study commissioned by the Canadian government found that Canada’s three-carrier wireless market had some of the highest mobile prices anywhere in the world. Today’s decision does not address any of this literature."

We in Canada literally pay double what they do in the US. I don't think this fact was lost on the merging parties.

DoHn't believe the hype! You are being lied to by data-hungry ISPs, Mozilla warns lawmakers


Ya cause you know, the whole push to use TLS on all communications had nothing to do with large service providers protecting the value of the data they are collecting on you. Just like the new push for DNS Sec has nothing to do with protecting the value of the data on your web requests.


Google ads from the po-po can prevent vengeful gamer nerds going full script kiddie – research


Of Course?

Yes, big brother reminding you that you are being watched is an effective way to model peoples behavior. But I thought Orson Welles already established that pretty clearly?

No ghosts but the Holy one as vicar exorcises spooky tour from UK's most haunted village


Sweet Kicks

As a practicing (rather orthodox) Catholic I see nothing wrong with the shoes themselves. The miss-appropriation of the Papal Seal may be an issue. While some may claim that "walking on water" could be blasphemous, I will point out there is water in the sole (soul?) of the shoe so the wearer is literally walking on water.

I might point out, though, that instead of spending $3000 on shoes, perhaps said purchaser should spend $100 on a pair of shoes and give the rest to charity. It would be a more appropriate action for someone in love with the Lord.

Apple will wring out $18bn by upselling NAND to fanbois – analyst


No, cloud storage won't dampen profits

because iPhones are tied exclusively to Apple iCloud and I pay $5.00 CAD a month for 1 TB of iCloud storage. It's a win/win for Apple...

There once was a biz called Bitbucket, that told Mercurial to suck it. Now devs are dejected, their code soon ejected


Re: Fossil

Fossil is awesome. Self hosted web site, wiki and issue tracker. Brilliant.

Thunder, thunder, thunder... Thunderclap: Feel the magic, hear the roar, macOS, Windows pwnage tools are loose


Anyone could see...

I remember the first time I heard about DMA use in high performance network cards I remember thinking "this can't be good". All the while Mr. Torvalds assertion that micro-kernels are unnecessary performance drains was ringing in my ears.

A decade on, Apple and Google's 30% app store cut looks pretty cheesy


Re: "Perhaps a better comparison would be the margins in retail stores?"


Careful with the 'virtual hugs' says new FreeBSD Code of Conduct


From a poster in the original FreeBSD discussion

"As a person who probably classified as one in the groups "being protected" it irrated the f**** out of me that I can see people obviously trying to figure out how to talk to me without offending me and it really seems to me like pandering.


I think it boils down to you can't legislate compassion toward others it just ends up doing the opposite."

The pendulum will continue to swing too far to the left, before it starts it's arc back the other way.


Re: Oh my fucking gawd/ess ...

Don't be silly. People are too self centered to have kids. Fill in the forms for offspring? Na, book a vacation to Mexico instead.

Oracle open-sources DTrace under the GPL


So silly...

This is just silly. Anyone that wanted to use dtrace or zfs was building the packages as modules and adding it themselves.

I'm glad this makes the communists feel better. However, me thinks Oracle has an ulterior motive. Ten bucks says they're going to kill off the Solaris project all together and replace it with Oracle Linux and needed this license change to avoid sticky-ness with the GNU project.

Ubuntu wants to slurp PCs' vital statistics – even location – with new desktop installs


Re: Sounds like Windows

Sounds like you need to start looking at FreeBSD.

GhostBSD is a nice GNOME based GUI variant on 11-RELEASE and TrueOS has it's own Lumina UI that can be swapped out for most common desktops.

Stephen Elop and the fall of Nokia revisited


Re: Why can't Elop take credit for his achievement?

The N8 and E7 were my favorites. There was nothing else as beautiful on the market at the time...


Re: Why can't Elop take credit for his achievement?

"They couldn't release Asha, the update to make Symbian at least bearable until a year, 18 months after Elop took over."

If you read up on the history, the core OS of Symbian had flaws that didn't allow it to really take advantage of new screens and resolutions. It was designed for pre-iPhone type hardware. The internal teams that were tasked with fixing the problem fought each other for resources. I worked with a woman that was a Project Manager for Nokia at a team in Canada and she told me the nightmare stories about inter-office battles.

"MS could have invested sufficiently in Windows Phone, both in getting developers and keeping it updated."

I couldn't agree more. Corporate bungling.


As a Windows Phone Fan...

1) The carriers do not want multiple OSes to have to support. As Blackberry waned, the carriers only cared about having a foil against giving Apple a monopoly. BB couldn't do it (the storm and fire were flops) and MS pissed off all the carriers multiple times. I am also convinced Google and Samsung paid great sums of money to the carriers to keep Windows phone out of the market in the US.

2) While it's nice to try to pin it all on one person, the death of Nokia was a perfect example of corporate bungling: Great hardware, great OS with lots of features. What did I get for supporting Nokia and Windows Phone? Each year I received:

- Discontinued hardware (We had our Lumia 700's for 3 months when MS announced it wouldn't be bringing them forward).

- No new hardware or designs

- No new OS features. In fact, each upgrade they removed more and more of the great features we used. Each release was almost 2 years apart in Canada.

- No new look and feel - Come on MS, add some colors or themes or something. Did it really need to take 4 years to give us transparent tiles?

- Less apps every year.

All the while Android was getting more invasive... er I mean, more feature complete. Stephen didn't kill Nokia. Microsoft and Nokia were totally unable to keep existing users because they were more concerned about their bottom line than the users. The market never expanded because everyone that bought a Lumia wound up jumping ship a year later due to lack of many things that were basic features on other phones.

3) The death kneel as a user was when Netflix refused to support the platform. "Yes honey, Netflix can be streamed anywhere... except YOUR phone." Shortly after that the banks started pulling support for banking apps.

Are you an open-sorcerer or free software warrior? Let us do battle



I do the same. The irony is that there is *so much code* out there in the wild now, nobody can even consume it all. Even if I did do something innovative, I don't think anybody would notice...


Re: "Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose"

@Sam Adams the Dog: Good doggy. Was the puppy eating a computer history book? Yes he was! Yes he was!

The groups supporting the BSD tapes specifically avoided GPL code because they wanted to be able to use the sources for business purposes. SUN Microsystems was started by Bill Joy by taking the BSD tapes and turning it into a proprietary product. Later, the FreeBSD license was created specifically in response to the GPL.

The LGPL was created because the GNU realized to get traction they need developers in businesses to use their software. What good is libmicrohttpd if nobody is using it for anything important?


Re: "But the latest version is incompatible with the one you've got."

I can't agree enough with the "kludey mess" comment. SO many people that argue about software don't know the first thing about creating it.

I'll also add to the discussion that if the format has changed, then hopefully the company has innovated the software and made it better. That means they spent time and effort to improve it. In the real world, developers must get paid (I know I like my paycheque) so yes, new features should cost money.

Now if said seller of software is abusing the customers by forcing them to do things they don't want to do or add features they don't need, then it's up to us to create new software and sell it at a reasonable price. Thus the free market gets two great products and another small company gets a chance to make money.

If it were based on GPL, then Google/IBM/Canonical/RedHat would give it away for free, then start making changes to the API so quickly that everyone had to use *their project* and they become the de-facto standard. Nobody but the big guy makes anything in GPL.


Re: GPL is not freedom at all.

I would go one step further and say that the GPL has the unintended consequence of supporting large businesses over small players because they don't have to innovate to stifle the market. They just have to ensure that nobody else can be more innovative than them and the GPL guarantees that. This forces the "communization" of all software and as pointed out, makes us dependent on large companies for our living.

My preference is for FreeBSD and MIT licensed code. There are few things GPL that cannot be replaced with more "limited protection" licenses. Big businesses don't use BSD because that means a small company or employee that understands the system better can innovate and cut them off.

Smart companies such as Sony and Nintendo (PS3&4 and Switch respectively) have used BSD license software to create fantastic new devices that are valuable to customers, and provide profitability to those that can innovate. I don't wear suites except to weddings so I like the sound of that.

Apple tells GitHub to fork off: iGiant steps outside DMCA law in quest to halt iBoot leaks



I'm not a fan, but I can see the point Apple is making. Forks are pointers to the same code until someone starts changing things. Once a repo with Apple code is identified, Github should make efforts to not allow it to proliferate.

Either way, it's a good thing for Apple that there is only one way on planet to share code anymore. That could be read as irony over the shutdown of codeplex and the slow death of sourceforge, or as sarcasm about the fact there is now millions of copies of iBoot floating around in torrents and emails.

I'm eager to see if any of my previous posts about the break-ability of handheld arm computers rings true.

Apple's top-secret iBoot firmware source code spills onto GitHub for some insane reason


Too darn difficult for the FBI


As I said in the comments to the above article: The gullibility of our society is *SHOCKING*. Perhaps I should have said depressing.

FBI says it can't unlock 8,000 encrypted devices, demands backdoors for America's 'public safety'


Re: I still don't buy it


The gullibility is *shocking*.


I still don't buy it

I'm telling you, this is a ruse.

Why would the FBI stand there and publicly tell everyone that wants to do something bad to use an iPhone and lock it with your finger print because "we can't get you"?

The gullibility is shocking.

Women beat men to jobs due to guys' bad social skills. Whoa – you mad, fellas? Maybe these eggheads have a point...


Re: Indeed

Your experience and your *opinion*. You may not appreciate some male behaviors, but that doesn't make those behaviors wrong or even less social. You have just failed to appreciate them.


Re: Indeed

Insight that men and women are constantly in competition for resources such as good mating partners and will take advantage of proximity and familiarity to get what they want?

It would be wise for us to look at the mating habits of other heard animals and cross reference the behaviors. It might be seen at some point that men are not *harrassing* women, but merely exhibiting the traits that most women desire and respond to. It's unfortunate that the line between sexual aggression and attempting to gauge a womans interest has been washed away...


Social Skills? Really?

The idea that somehow women are have greater social skills then men is more lefty "lets-make-something-up-that-sounds-affirmative" logic. Has anyone in academia ever picked up a history book? Us nuckel-draggers have been known to be social from time to time...

Either way, people that say s%it like this have never worked with a group of women or talked to a woman that works with a group of women. The catty, nasty, backstabbing things they do are no different than the things men do.

I am honestly embarrassed for women when people say ignorant things like "women are better at this".

How about this one instead: Women don't have children anymore and need to pay for their own damn iPhones because they can't be bothered to be in a long term relationship (because most men are self centered gits raised by a single parent home).

How did I conclude that? I looked around and made something up in my head. Then I asked my wife and my best friend what they thought and everyone agreed it sounds great. Isn't that how we do research now?

Terror law expert to UK.gov: Why backdoors when there's so much other data to slurp?


Re: Knows His Stuff

Exactly: The scary thing is the constant, realtime collection of every single thing you do, everything you say, and every place you go. History is replete with examples of abusive surveillance systems. Those that argue it won't happen "this time" are being disingenuous.

Either way, they don't need to crack encryption to do that.

Eggheads: Cities, don't woo rich Amazon with sweetheart HQ deals


Re: How do they get away with it?

ST for president.


Re: How do they get away with it?

It is not socialism, it is the opposite of socialism. Socialism is the practice of collecting funds that are then re-distributed among the population to even wealth and services distribution. The proposed tax cuts are the *exact opposite* of that. The tax cuts are a promise to alleviate one company of taxes in the *hope* of receiving other benefits from their entry into the local market. The distribution of wealth and services is a secondary *possible* benefit that is not guaranteed. The outflow from the common purse is a guaantee.

It is not socialism, it's a market distortion.

NASA finds satellite, realises it has lost the software and kit that talk to it


Re: It was also HARDWARE that no longer exists.

You'd still need decoding software. The binary formats would be very very very complex and just writing the software to do that isn't really possible without the background documentation (Inter-Communication Documents is what we call them). SO, you either need the original documents to re-write it, the original software that runs on the potentially very custom hardware, or you need the source code to rebuild it against a new set of tools and libraries. If the original authors relied on any hardware specific processing tricks, the software may not even be usable. If they relied on an open source package that may have changed, God help them (oops, that option doesn't exist in a modern kernel, sorry!)

And then there's the drivers to the hardware that talks to it...


I don't see what's lucky about spending years of your life preparing for the chance to catch a signal. You think he just accidentally had a receiver and decoders sitting around his house?

Google takes $1.1bn chomp out of HTC, smacks lips, burps


Re: What do you mean competitive portfolio?

Well said, except you didn't mention they make satellites, rockets, heavy equipment, and have an entire construction arm that is responsible for some of the biggest buildings in the world.

There is no company like Samsung.


Re: What do you mean competitive portfolio?

Well, yes. Of which they are the largest customer in the world so get them at a much lower cost. But, they have put their own processor in a number of phones now to test the waters.



As I said..

As I said when Android came out: "Google is not your friend".

Every single phone vendor except one or two will wind up in the same place as HTC. Sony phones are not long for this world either. Google played the same bait and switch that Nokia played with the Symbian venture prior to Android (and in-fact, threw petrol on the tiny little flame that was non-google Android at the time). Samsung got stung on that one too so they're hedging bets with Tizen.

"Free things" are never free and big companies are not your friend. It's unfortunate that libhybris has faltered. It provided a shim layer for Android/Bionic drivers to run on a standard GLibc kernel. It was the only way out of this mess.

I'm sure glad my BB Passport is such a tank.

Timeout everyone. Y'all know that Musk's $500 'flamethrower' is literally a Boring blowtorch?


And the fact that the flame only shoots a few feet means the zombie has to get really close to you before you can flame it. Come on Elon, didn't you test this thing first? Sheesh.

PC not dead, Apple single-handedly propping up mobe market, says Gartner


Re: Can't do most of my work on a Tablet...

It's really a thermal thing. While the processors have become cooler due to die shrinks, the laptops themselves have also become thinner/smaller. There is just no way that a laptop can compete with a tower for thermal window and that will forever keep me on a desktop.

Speed kills, but will ultimately save the desktop market for many years to come.


Re: Not rocket science

Couldn't have said it better.

My mother is on a fancy new Android, my wife is on an iPhone, my kids have iThings. Funny that everyone wants a my Windows laptop because they can't really do much of anything except watch videos and surf (baring any web form, advanced search, or viewing half the sites on the Internet that don't render).

I suppose it's my fault. I ditched GNU/Linux and FreeBSD on bare metal and just run a Windows laptop with VMs for the "toys". Far more productive.

At least the Surface is an actual Windows workstation. iPads. Sheesh.

Cisco can now sniff out malware inside encrypted traffic


Re: Hopefully vapourware?

You don't have to break the encryption to know enough to make informed decisions about the traffic.


(doesn't fit on one line, concatinate these two)



Just because you encrypt the message doesn't mean they can't track you down and as the article above states, encryption makes your traffic stand out like a massive billboard. The truth is, when it comes to encryption and online security, most people will put a big padlock on their front door and then unknowingly leave all their windows open.

So great, use encryption. Did you surf Facebook on the same computer you sent sneaky encrypted traffic from? Ooops, got ya!

Did you upload something to Google Drive and then forget to sign out before you opened your VPN? Ooops got ya!

The list is endless, and if you're mom uses the a computer on the same network as you do... Oooops, got ya! (Only one external IP address...)


Re: Yes, there are concepts for that...

Cisco says "Who F'ing cares if it doesn't work? We just convinced hundreds of thousands of business to send their traffic through our servers and they've all signed agreements to LET us analyze their data."


BlackBerry and Baidu buddy up on autonomous autos


QNX toolsets are the money

"In principal Intel could have turned VxWorks into the OS of choice for car makers."

The QNX tools built into their Neutrino OS and their development stack are second to none. They have built in real-time graphs that allow you to do things like align external signals with system calls across multiple threads. VxWorks has nothing like it as far as I'm aware. There is a reason BB/QNX can charge $25K US per seat for their development tools.

The Neutrino stack is miles ahead of everyone else. That's why Apple is playing nice with BB right now. And yes, building on top of QT for their graphics was a brilliant stroke from Mike Lazaridis. the BB10 UI is sooo smooth. (IMHO) Mike Lazaridis is as brilliant as Steve Jobs ever was and ten times the engineer.

You GNOME it: Windows and Apple devs get a compelling reason to turn to Linux


Re: Adobe Creative Suite on Linux...

I know your just trolling. But it's a great idea...


Re: Text wrangling on windows


(I even have it on WINE on Linux, sacrilege maybe, but I'm pragmatic not dogmatically religious about SW)."

Interesting becuase both Scite and Geany are written using the same scintilla engine as Notepad++ and are natively supported. :-/


Re: Unimpressed by Gnome

GhostBSD 11.1 (FreeBSD 11.1) is a Gnome based release. TrueOS (FreeBSD HEAD/CURRENT) supports Gnome but I use their home-grown Lumina desktop (it's new software, it takes some time to get used to).

GhostBSD is nice and stable. I enjoy using Gnome but do most thing command line. I need three things from a desktop: A GUI web browser, multiple terminal emulation, and Geany (Yes, I can use vim. byte me). Everything else is fluff. If I want fluffy, I want wobbly windows so my preference is for KDE.



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