* Posts by GrumpenKraut

1547 posts • joined 9 Sep 2014

Fun fact: If you noticed a while ago Zoom's web client going AWOL for a week, it's because someone found a passcode-cracking hole

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Re: Short visits, last week

Oh. Thanks for both replies!

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Short visits, last week

Zoom meeting last week supposedly only accessible for a group of registered people. There were second-long appearances with funny names like Sn00p3r. Has anyone observed similar things?

Google extends homeworking until this time next year – as Microsoft finds WFH is terrific... for Microsoft

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Re: WFH is also good

That, a thousand times. Along these lines, I find that the more structured of my programs are those planned with paper and pencil only.

Class move, Java. Coding language slips to third place behind Python in latest popularity contest

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Re: CSS?

> The day you can write an elevator controller in CSS, I might believe you.

I am afraid you just gave someone an idea. It's all your fault now.

Intel couldn't shrink to 7nm on time – but it was able to reduce one thing: Its chief engineer's employment

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Re: For now, it doesn't matter yet

But, but, peak performance! Isn't this seriously getting long in the teeth?

Intel's latest "can deliver peak performance for one whole minute" edition very much seems to indicate just that to me.

Bill Gates debunks 'coronavirus vaccine is my 5G mind control microchip implant' conspiracy theory

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Re: Angels are real

> Do you think science says that Angels don't exist?

No, but if a hypothesis can neither be proven nor falsified it is not a scientific one.

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Re: let's get this into some sort of level headed reality

"Theirs" Now that's unforgivable.

I up-voted your post out of pure spite.

VMware to stop describing hardware as ‘male’ and ‘female’ in new terminology guide

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Re: White board good, black board bad?

> White board, ruined by use of permanent marker by some numpty.

Blame the fuckers who leave permanent markers right under the white board. I recall three occasions where this happened to me. By now a check all markers every time and move the permanents as far away as possible.

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Re: Kill the orphans!

He replaced a name that said exactly what is done by something that is unclear to say the least. I'd have killed him. Twice, just to be sure.

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Re: Purity Spiral

Holy fuck, that is a worthwhile read.

Interesting line (near end) of the article: " ... you can pretend to be socialising the private realm, when in effect you’re privatising the social realm for your own status gain."

Nvidia may be mulling lopping Arm off Softbank: GPU goliath said to have shown interest in acquiring CPU design house

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Morbid curiosity, oh yes. From his early art:

"It's gotten SO BAD with Linux and C/C++ our company said screw this and went ahead and developed it's own Windows 10-like OS shell and remade the command line interface of Linux to PROPER ENGLISH! We remade LAMP into custom Windows 2016 server-like environment with a decent Active Directory WAN/ALN management system analogue!"

and

"We also REPROGRAMMED ALL OF LINUX using a customized version of EASY-TO-READ PASCAL SOURCE CODE that is FULLY COMMENTED !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

For a short time I thought he is nonsensical on purpose.

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> Signed and Unsigned Floating Point

Yeah, rrrright. Funny how The Capitalization gives it away already.

Linux Foundation starts new group to build pandemic-popping software

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Re: It'll be a systemd module won't it?

Come on, you can do better: systemd-trump-brexit-daemon

I'll try to take the down-votes with grace, thanks very much.

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Re: Not invented here syndrome?

Erm, no. Link to members of the Linux Foundation. Microsoft is a member, but tons of other entities are as well.

Black hole destroys corona

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Re: Magic cure

I normally refrain from participating when things get political here, but

"the psycho anti-Trumpsters are responsible for the bulk of the USA's COVID-19 deaths."

WTF?

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lunatic speed, is that faster or slower than ludicrous speed?

.NET Core: Still a Microsoft platform thing despite more than five years open source

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I was prepared for some culture shock, being a command-line person. I was not prepared to thinks breaking without any interaction whatsoever (just leaving the thing on for five minutes unattended). I was aware of intrusive pop-ups, but not the sheer insanity of going through it. I had hoped Win10, at least while doing literally nothing, not being a total resource hog. The machine was set up by people really knowing what to do, therefore I assume there was no silly mistake with install and setup.

Me, now, unhappy ---->

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> I think the problem is that those who run Linux are often vehemently anti-Microsoft and they, given the choice between using a Microsoft product and killing themselves would likely chose the latter.

After avoiding MS Win since version 3.1 I now have to use a Win10 Laptop for my remote lectures. Killing myself now indeed seems to be a thing worth consideration. I always though our bombastic bob is way over the top when it comes to Win10 and MS software. He is not.

Linux kernel coders propose inclusive terminology coding guidelines, note: 'Arguments about why people should not be offended do not scale'

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Re: Words matter...

> The term that had me boggling was "dummy value".

"secondary" is the one that got my attention. I cannot for my life come up with a possible rephrasing of, for example, "primary and secondary server". Honest question: can anyone here? Virtual pint for "thanks in advance".

If you wanna make your own open-source chip, just Google it. Literally. Web giant says it'll fab them for free

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Re: VHDL's still a verbose horror, then.

I am very sorry.

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Re: VHDL's still a verbose horror, then.

> I never knew pseudo-engineering existed.

You are being diplomatic, see this guy's comment history.

Germany is helping the UK develop its COVID-19 contact-tracing app, says ambassador

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Re: £11.8M

rindfleischmitarbeiteretikettierungsüberwachungsaufgabenübertragungsgesetz

For brevity and readability we use the abbreviation RFMAEÜAÜG.

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Re: £11.8M

> Still waiting for the technological solution to treating employees like shit that doesn't involve replacing them by robots.

The best solution is to stop that sub-sub-sub-contractor shite going on. The owner of the meat processing plant said he didn't know who was working in his plant, the workers said the did not know who employed them. Crap like that absolutely has to stop. Similar things happen on construction sites.

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Re: In the interim, the British government has been forced to adopt human-powered contact tracing

> Some people don't have smart phones.

As far as I can tell this is pretty rare (I myself do not own a smartphone). People who do not have one are most often very old people who are not likely out in the street. IIRC the owner rate if 95 percent in the "not a small child and not yet retired" bracket.

The problem is *much* more in the installation numbers. Still, even a non-perfect percentage will lead to alarms when the virus hits those with the app. 30 million (or even more installs) would be great to have.

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Re: £11.8M

For a project of that size 20 m is not one bit excessive. Note, it was delivered on time, it actually worked from day one, and it supports many types of smartphones.

People form the CCC (Chaos Computer Club, very competent folks) looked at it and deem it good.

Not one penny wasted IMO.

Someone got so fed up with GE fridge DRM – yes, fridge DRM – they made a whole website on how to bypass it

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Re: Entirely legal

> AEG washing machine, 15 months and the pump broke, 5 years and the main bearing in the drum is buggered

AEG now is Electrolux (and other companies), avoid. Story is just as your last paragraph puts it.

Same is true for various (ex-)German brands that used to produce decent stuff; in fact most brands I could name from the top of my head, I am afraid.

If you want utter shite, buy anything from Whirlpool.

Another month, another way to smash Intel's SGX security. Let's take a closer look at these latest holes...

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16 micro-operations pre-patch and about 7,565 micro-operations post-patch

So that is just a factor of 472, not rendering RDRAND pretty much useless. Not a problem at all. Nothing to see here. This is fine. ---->

intel "still a bit faster than rolling dice"-edition[TM].

Franco-German cloud framework floated to protect European's data from foreign tech firms slurpage

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GAIA-X

That name makes me cringe and the image "Architectural concept ..." makes my head hurt, I have seen marketing material that made more sense. But there is that X-shape in the diagram, so everything ist wunderbar!

Travel-sick Windows needing a Systemwiederherstellung would be in Germany, right? Austria? Not necessarily

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Re: Schoolchild giggle?

Thank you verrrry much.

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Re: Schoolchild giggle?

"Vater" and "farter" are actually shockingly close. I didn't even realize until a British guy asked me how Germans pronounce "Vater" (of course he knew). After I spoke it loudly three times he said "Ah, I understand! Just like ..." and let one rip that stunk up the room beyond what should be humanly possible.

"Flasche" (pronunced like "flush-e") and "flasher"? Not convinced.

Anyway, Friday activity is calling ------->

Devuan Beowulf 3.0 release continues to resist the Debian fork's Grendel – systemd

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Re: "It solves a problem that people have."

Oh, just wait for systemd-shell-handling-deamon.

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Re: IT Solves that People Problem following Greater Trails with Enlightening Tales to Tell

Dear amanfromMars 1, I do thing you are pulling a leg here. Please tick as appropriate.

[ ] This leg is mine!, MINE!, ***MINE***!!!eleventy!!!!

[ ] Oops, middle leg. I am very sorry. Very, very.

[ ] Leg: no such device.

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Re: "It solves a problem that people have."

> Bit harsh downvoting him for saying that nobody has explained it well.

Oh please. It is trivial to find pretty much all criticism online. Whether one agrees or not is of course another thing.

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Re: "It solves a problem that people have."

"-- get over it."

And this attitude is *exactly* why some people perceive the friends of systemd as a bunch of &^&^%^&.

Me included.

'Beyond stupid': Linus Torvalds trashes 5.8 Linux kernel patch over opt-in Intel CPU bug mitigation

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Re: Timing?

Also benchmarking/profiling code. Also measurements including timestamp. Fscking up time info means trouble for a whole lot of things.

Linus is right, no surprise here.

So you really didn't touch the settings at all, huh? Well, this print-out from my secret backup says otherwise

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Re: Fear the

Oh crap! For me "Something for the weekend" still is amongst the best to be found on El Reg.

Surprise! That £339 world's first 'anti-5G' protection device is just a £5 USB drive with a nice sticker on it

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"Testimonials" is also worth a peek. Totally not written by just one person, honest!

Read the one from "~Cathy" for gems like "Virtually as soon as I plugged it into my laptop I felt an overwhelming sense of an emanating higher consciousness. Tears ran down my face, not from sadness or distress, they just started to flow"

Great success! Finance app was able to inform user that their action was unsuccessful

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Re: I have smelled something like this before

man 2 printf: m (Glibc extension; supported by uClibc and musl.) Print output of strerror(errno). No argument is required.

Yet another morsel of useful (YMMV) knowledge learned.

IBM's sacking spree reaches Australia – and as staff wait to exit, they're offered AU$4k to find new workers

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Re: Does IBM still exist ?

> DXC global bloodbath

An article was shortly there, then it disappeared together with the comments. I don't quite dare to ask why that was. Legal something-something, I'd speculate.

Linus Torvalds drops Intel and adopts 32-core AMD Ryzen Threadripper on personal PC

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Re: AMD's new marketing slogan: "Intel outside"

I had one of those stickers on my toilet lid for years.

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Re: How much?

> I don't think I'll be able to save much with a 3970x...

Have you compared to some (roughly) equivalent intel offering?

Railway cables overpowered errant drone's compass and flung it back to terra firma

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Re: Relocating office...

Work law trumps that. Fun detail: the cost-saving by buying CRTs where minimal, so effectively they paid twice.

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Relocating office...

New monitors had to be bought anyway. Flat screens still a new thing and somewhat expensive. So management opted for (rather big) CRTs. New site near rail roads, so all CRTs where flickering like hell whenever a train passed, and that was all the time. And there is no practical way to stop the flickering (shielding with a thick iron box not being practical). CRTs were sold off for pennies, and flat screens bought.

Manglement ------>

Das reboot: That's the only thing to do when the screenshot, er, freezes

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Re: Funny that

> loose

You basterd!

Strangulation-over-IP activated in 3, 2, 1...

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Re: Funny that

> would off gotten kicked

> I could of said

Nope, nope, nopedy-nope!

Rust marks five years since its 1.0 release: The long and winding road actually works

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Re: On speed

> long division algorithm

Long division is O(n^2), Newton iteration with FFT-multiplication is roughly O(n*log(n)). Contrary to folklore the overhead for the latter is not anymore big. With 10k-digit numbers just forget about any O(n^2) algorithms!

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Re: Meh

Nice. Reminds me of that thing I give to people knowing Java and thinking "C is not that different".

Q: What does printf("hello" + 3) print?

A: "lo" for C and "hello3" for Java (where printf may have to be println or some such).

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Re: On speed

Hard to measure, could be (very roughly) several thousand CPU cycles. So in the order of a microsecond.

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Re: What does Rust actually do?

Nicely put, thank you.

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Re: On speed

> Still, having threading built into the lingo is interesting. Perhaps in the next evolution of C++ it'll be there, too.

That already happened with C++11, right?

[Edit: Kozicki already said it, and better.]

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