* Posts by spireite

355 posts • joined 15 May 2015


A match made in heaven: systemd comes to Windows Subsystem for Linux

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Can someone explain.....

... what the issue is with systemd ??

I mean everywhere I've worked has used Centos, or mainly Ubuntu.

I can't say i've noticed any issues from using the systemd stuff?

Is this just a koolaid factor?

I mean, you could say that motorbikes are unnecessary, because a Penny Farthing does the job.

So, the systemd haters who motorbike to work - go to the office on P.F. - put your money where your mouth is....

Linux is full of functionally duplicate apps - it's just the way it is....

WordPress-powered sites backdoored after FishPig suffers supply chain attack

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Re: Ah, Wordpress

The problem with WP is that it's not a traditional sysadmin type who looks after it - that's why it's popular.

My wife has a WP site, but there is NO way that she can be a sysadmin, or do even the slightest sysadmin things.

It updates itself for minor upgrades, but the plugins used - don't - and she doesn't proactively check what updates are available either.

Reason? She's not a techy (though I am), and she fears breaking the website.

Arrest warrant issued for Do Kwon – the man blamed for 'crypto winter'

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Crypto-currencies can't die fast enough

... yet, I have friends, colleagues, who still smell the (virtual) money, and refuse to smell the coffee.

Now, I appreciate that as a 50-plusser, my view on money is massively different to the Gen-whatever who are flinging money they think they can afford into crypto-currency.

Even ex-colleagues who did this up to 5 years ago, now say they'd not touch with a bargepole, but granted they gave the bag to the current holders and made real cash out of it.

China's single aisle passenger jet – the C919 – likely to be certified next week

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Re: That's how Airbus started

At least the Comet was groundbreaking compared to the Max8..

(and I don't refer to the impact craters here)

Blue Monday for Blue Origin as rocket bursts into flame

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His excitement was a little premature....

Apparently, when this happened he exclaimed.....

"What other problem is going to bephallus...."

Is the next one going to be sponsored by Durex, to ensure it lasts long enough?

Software fees to make up 10% of John Deere's revenues by 2030

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Customers might complain, but....

they will plough on regardless.

The JD devs were probably hoping for a greenfield project.

DuckDB, database wrangler used by Google, Facebook, and Airbnb, hits 0.5.0

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If it proves better than all the others .

.. then the competition's goose is cooked?

Dump these small-biz routers, says Cisco, because we won't patch their flawed VPN

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VPN becomes.....

.... a Virtual Paying Network then?

G7 countries beat UK in worldwide broadband speed test again

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Re: "I would absolutely prioritise getting a 50/10Mbps"

As someone with a household of 3 workers, inc me, we never had a problem with a 76 connection.

It was still more than good enough.

Now, if the homeworkers are working from their rooms, streaming Netflix (or whatever) on their individual TVs - yeah, it'd be noticeable.

Chances good for NASA Artemis SLS Moon launch on Saturday

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Re: Massive Moon Rocket

Massive Failure


NASA scrubs Artemis SLS Moon rocket launch

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Can't help but think NASA are building a high-altitude lawn dart...

It may be able to carry substantially more payload than a Falcon Heavy, but it's also got to get off the ground as well.

I have less than zero confidence in it ever getting off the ground.

Arguably, the only way it gets off the ground is its current state. Hoisted on a transporter.

I can well imagine that it may never see a real mission, and much like a bad film goes 'straight to video/dvd', there is still a high chance this may go 'straight to museum'.

We know Elon can't admit he's wrong. and he'll get his up (ahem)

NASA builds for keeps: Voyager mission still going after 45 years

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Re: Space garbage

If they send a mission specifically to Uranus, is that internally referred to as an Anal Probe?

Skyrora fires up second stage of XL rocket

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Re: Interesting choice of name

If it's firing up comms equipment in the future, will it be rename to a Zyxl ?

Deluge of of entries to Spamhaus blocklists includes 'various household names'

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The problem is that it gets very messy and expensive for the person/entity doing the suing as well.

Software developer cracks Hyundai car security with Google search

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If you could run Doom on it........

...... that would be Iconic

General Motors charges mandatory $1,500 fee for three years of optional car features

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Re: Microtransactions?

Lately, I'm not seeing many BMWs brake for traffic either - that's possibly also a subscption option

Raspberry Pi 4 takes a trip to Vulkan, sharpens 3D vision

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Or to put it another way.......

Will anyone Spock the difference?

Linux may soon lose support for the DECnet protocol

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Why remove?

I can't imagine that it adds much payload to a distro, and I don't imagine it needs much maintenance...

Why not leave it?

(Genuine question, and applicable to the other old stuff)

Star Trek's Nichelle Nichols closes hailing frequencies

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Re: UK Born in 1966

System Essentially Contrary to American Method

seems the only one i can find

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Re: UK Born in 1966

Correct - He's not chekedout yet..

Sage accused of misselling perpetual licenses it knew would soon be obsolete

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They have shown their cards, so surely looking for an alternative is sage advice

Atos waves bye to 12k staff, adds 16k mostly in offshore and nearshore sites

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Re: Are they fit to work?

While there is no doubt that their outsourced decision making process to ATOS impacted on the vulnerable, and undoubtedly led some to suicide.. (that is not in dispute)..... thousands?

I'm not going to defend tem here but in the spirit of balanced converation....Where's the proof of thousands of deaths?

I paid for it, that makes it mine. Doesn’t it? No – and it never did

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Marriage = Subscription

I find that if I don't pay enough out of my salary, that the missus stops working.

Unfortunately it seems that subscription cannot be easily cancelled. without paying off the rest of the lifetime subscription.

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Re: You know you're old when...

So, your wife also gets serviced in a morning then... but that's just the milk.

There is a path to replace TCP in the datacenter

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Proven technology

Like others in old enough to have used Broken String, and Novell NetWare implementing NetBIOS, IPX/SPX and the loading the TCPIP nlm.

Back then TCP/IP on Novell was a bit flaky.

I also found multiplayer Doom/Wolfenstein/Quake. (one of them) was much better

Ex-Coinbase manager charged in first-ever crypto insider trading case

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Quelle Surprise

The only surprise here is that they are the first... because as we all know..... they are not.

The entire industry of crypto is one big scam/sham

Improve Linux performance with this one weird trick

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Re: From the left or from the right?

Servers in Barbados?


People who regularly talk to AI chatbots often start to believe they're sentient, says CEO

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Wife,/ AI

I think my wife is AI actually.

I base this on the fact she talks bollocks for no apparent reason regularly

Toyota, Subaru recall EVs because tires might literally fall off

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Re: Obligatory pedantry

Must be a rough ride... must hubs I see are square....

I assume that if this is after short mileage, it'll be after 100, not 1000

EU lawmakers vote to ban sales of combustion engine cars from 2035

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Charrging port.... ?

Presumably, all to be USB-C too!

TomTom to chop 10% of workforce, blames automation tech

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They probably need a new direction

Version 251 of systemd coming soon to a Linux distro near you

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Re: Software Junk

Goggle Chromebook?

Presumably, you mean performance dives after a short while.....

The Return of Gopher: Pre-web hypertext service is still around

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Re: for a simpler way to access the text ...

Am I the only one to think this was a Playboy link?

381,000-plus Kubernetes API servers 'exposed to internet'

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but, but, but.....

All services deplyed in the cloud are safe by default...

AWS/Azure/GCP all manage my security and harden it for me!!!

(said no sensible geek,ever)

... but beancounters do.... IME

Beware the fury of a database developer torn from tables and SQL

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Alpha demos are usually peppered with sofwtare landmines.... and everyone does know it.

I remember having a wait box that appeared for an alpha demo, that rather than saying 'Please wait - processing' said....

'Always look on the briiiiiight side of life, duh, duh....duh,duh,duh, duh, duh duh'

That certainly lightened up a room....

Boeing's Starliner CST-100 on its way to the ISS 2 years late

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In that I mean that when SpaceX are fully booked, the people who need the kit sending up will go to this...

Lenovo halves its ThinkPad workstation range

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I have a P15S provided by my employer.

I have no complaints. Seems well-built, can take some abuse and for me the keyboard is excellent.

Only downside is the fan gets noisy. I have bigger issues with Win 11 on it..

When i read the article, I'd honestly assumed that the P16 shipped with Linux, and Win 11 was the downgrade option.

Google Russia goes broke after bank account snatched

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Dubai is full of Russian tarts... may come with jam *adopts Jimmy Carr impression* "That's not jam"

Voyager 1 space probe producing ‘anomalous telemetry data’

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And yet again, the OAP of space keeps going.

I'd like to think of David Attenborough being the human equivalent.. He's over twice the age of the probe, and has probably travelled as much as Voyager-1

If I had one wish that could be granted, it'd be for D.A to be on an alien world doing what he does best.

Banks talk big cloud game but few have migrated over 30% of apps

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Re: When you have 1000s of apps

Leveraging the S in SOLID, before SOLID became something widely known in many ways!!

I'm still on the side of the fence that says for many things Cloud is cost too far.

Has its places, but some industries shouldn't be going there. A bank is one of them!

Pentester pops open Tesla Model 3 using low-cost Bluetooth module

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Smartfobs, relay attacks and latency being the 'defence'??

Is this possible to be classed as security through obscurity - in a loose sense?

I'm a total hater of auto unlocking vehicles if the fob/gadget is within a certain distance.

A friend of mine had a Beemer, which would auto-unlock when the keyfob got into proximity. Therein lay the problem.

Drive forward into parking space

Lock car

Walk to boot, open boot.


Go inside the house....

Go back out to move bins for tomorrow.

Car unlocked, and you didn't know... because the bins were at the same range.

It happened numerous times. A lot of the time he giveaway was that the wing mirrors had gone into normal position rather than folded - if you saw them.

There is a price to pay for convenience, and it is a big one when it cost £40K plus!!

The sad state of Linux desktop diversity: 21 environments, just 2 designs

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Re: The curse of overchoice

Hang on - not like food? I'd argue that people refusing Linux (or vice versa) or saying it for religious/cultural reasons in a lot of cases

Turing Pi 2 crowdfunding goal smashed within a day

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Someone will use it for mining altcoins.... oh, wait.....

Jeffrey Snover claims Microsoft demoted him for inventing PowerShell

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I hate it with a passion...

Maybe I'm old, but I find it horrible, clunky... I just can't get on with it

OpenVMS on x86-64 reaches production status with v9.2

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Obligatory one word question?


I mean its cool in many ways, but much like the Rad BASIC article.... Why?

Legacy IT to blame for UK's inflexible benefits system

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Re: Ahhh ...

I remember receiving a letter from HMRC stating I owed them £1.50, this was back in 96.

Even then I thought what are they doing - it'll have cost them more to chase it rather than write it off.

Starlink's Portability mode lets you take your sat broadband dish anywhere*

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Re: Why

OOh, that's quite interesting.

When you initially look at, you think there are loads of Starlink Sats up there...

What is clear thought is that when zooming in, there really aren't. Looking at the UK now, there are perhaps 3 or 4 over the UK in reality.

Where I am currently in Croatia.... not even that much.

Is one 'dot' one Satellite, or does it represent a small cluster?

Thinnet cables are no match for director's morning workout

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Re: Full names please.......

Surely people then just asked, when looking for him....

Have you seen mick hunt?

Clustered Pi Picos made to run original Transputer code

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Is an Amiga still considered modern?

I loved that kit, having had an A500... but modern now might be stretching it these days,

That said the OS was way ahead of its time....

F5, Cisco admins: Stop what you're doing and check if you need to install these patches

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Re: "abandoned IT assets"

Classic response, and works every time.

I use this methodology every time I find a server being used for prod, that isn't actually prod.... or when someone insists on using a server that actually isn't for that use... like a temporary box that's been superceded.

If I've asked them for several months (really) to change their code, I reserve the right to bork the connection. They've had long enough to sort it...



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