* Posts by Throatwarbler Mangrove

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Details of Beijing's new Hong Kong security law revealed: Signals end to more than two decades of autonomy

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Re: Severely endangering national security

"There is no engaging with the Chinese government."

Only a Sith deals in absolutes. More seriously, when you have a country of 1.7, sorry, 1.8, sorry, 1.9 billion people, failing to understand how to engage with them productively seems, uh, counterproductive.

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Re: Severely endangering national security

"A society without free thought cannot flourish, cannot progress."

I don't disagree with you, but the Chinese government (indeed, its people) may prize stability more than "flourishing" or "progress." The Chinese government sounds conservative in the classical sense, which, again, is a cultural value rather than absolutely wrong. Personally, I am liberal in the classical as well as modern sense: I think it's worthwhile to maximize freedom and let people live as they choose as long they're not harming others. Not everyone agrees, even in Western society; if you can understand why Westerners are conservative, perhaps you will be closer to understanding China.

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Re: Severely endangering national security

Counterpoint: ideals of free speech, thought, etc. are cultural values important to the West*. China may view stability and predictability as more important. Viewing their choices as "insecure" and "petty" reflects a cultural judgement that may indicate a lack of understanding of the framework for their decision making. China's decision is at odds with our cultural values* and the desires of many of the citizens of Hong Kong, but that does not make it wrong in an absolute sense. I also think it's a mistake to view it through that lens because it reduces our capacity to engage creatively and productively with the motivations of the Chinese government.

* Your mileage may vary

CIOs will force SaaS vendors to limber up and get more flexible about contracts in the post-pandemic world

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Re: Sevicenow costs

Licensing simplification almost always benefits the customer and not the vendor, which is why it seldom happens.

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Re: How long till ServiceNow goes extinct ?

Sure, that's why no one uses Oracle anymore and they went out of business.

Linux Mint 20 isn't exactly bursting with freshness but, hey, there's kernel 5.4 and it's a long-term support release

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Re: Linux flavours

I'm running ZorinOS, Mint, and Raspbian. In case you care.

Fintech biz Wirecard folds into insolvency like two pair against a flush. Good luck accessing your chip stack

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Re: That's a shame

Wiktionary indicates 'The word is mentioned in some early dictionaries, but there is little or no evidence of actual usage until it was picked up by various "interesting word" websites around the turn of the twenty-first century.' I would argue that schadenfreude actually has more common usage in English.

Also, I would then have lost the ability to make a "there's a word for it in German" joke about a failing German company and . . . look, if I have to explain the joke, it's not funny. So there.

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That's a shame

All those people out their Dunning-Krugerrands. I'm feeling an emotion . . . a guilty pleasure at the misfortune of others. I feel like there ought to be a word in German for it, but I can't quite put my finger on it.

Fasten your seat belts: Brave Reg hack spends a week eating airline food grounded by coronavirus crash

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Re: Lufthansa meals

I popped my head in to complain about Lufthansa as well. The worst airline meal I've ever had (I would say the worst meal ever, but I'm not totally sure that would be true) was a concoction called "vegetarian schnitzel" on account of the other meal having run out. No, I don't know WTF a vegetarian schnitzel might consist of either, but my wife memorably described it as tasting like a rotting whale, and who am I to disagree?

When one open-source package riddled with vulns pulls in dozens of others, what's a dev to do?

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Re: The problem is easy to express

"Developers should be angry, bitter, hateful towards users, and above all deeply skeptical of anything new."

I see you've met El Reg's resident developer community.

Section 230 authors despair of Trump, Barr, Biden, US Congress’ aggressive ignorance of critical tech law

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Smaller, less intrusive government?

Wyden agreed with Cox, noting that the draft EARN-IT Act will effectively introduce “the big speech police,” and that he was “stunned that conservative Republicans want speech police with Bill Barr in charge.”

CERN puts two new atom-smashers on its shopping list. One to make Higgs Bosons, then a next-gen model six times more energetic than the LHC

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Yahoo! owes! us! one! billion! dollars! in! back! taxes! say! US! govt! beancounters!

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Sweet! Jesus!

"According to the IRS, the company still has $13bn in assets, $12.9bn of it in cash or cash equivalents. After it officially dissolved, the IRS sent the company a tax bill for $12.7bn"

Well, that's very generous of the IRS to leave Altaba a couple hundred million in walking around money. Also very convenient that the IRS targeted almost exactly the amount that Altaba had in the bank. I'd fight that bill, too (although I'm not worth any number of billions, so I'd probably lose).

Living up to its 'un-carrier' slogan, T-Mobile US stops carrying incoming calls, data in nationwide outage

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Terrible

On the plus side, my work calls all went to voicemail. On the down side, my Pornhub connection went to shit, and yes, that's a euphemism. On balance, we'll call it a draw.

Microwave-tech-touting British upstart scores £3.6m to build 'large-scale quantum 'puters'

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Re: Quantum funding

Either way, at only 3.6 million pounds, it's a bargain!

Sony reveals PlayStation 5 will offer heretical no-optical-disk option. And yes, it has an AMD CPU-GPU combo

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Facepalm

May I recommend buying the model with the Blu-Ray drive, then?

Are you having a hard time following what Microsoft is trying to do with .NET 5.0? You're not the only one

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Re: I can help.

I found this funnier than is reasonable, although that may be due to the unreasonable hour at which I find myself awake. I think there must be a layer or two missing, however, because it's impossible that the Microsoft tech stack would not include some kind of hideous mandatory Exchange/Sharepoint integration layer.

Pixel perfect: 2019 was best year yet for Google's mobile hardware biz, says analyst

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Re: Bah!

Yes, sorry, my post should reference the Pixel 4, not 4a.

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Bah!

Setting aside the question of whether one wants to use Google software at all, the Pixel line is a disappointment, and the 4a was a step backward. First of all, Google wants to charge Apple-like dollars for their product, which would be fine if they supported the product like Apple does. If you buy an iPhone, you know that you'll get many years of use and support out of it; if you buy a Pixel, you get three years of security and software updates from the product release date, which, in practical terms means fewer than three years for most users. The 4a was also a step backward because of the aforementioned battery life issues as well as the removal of the fingerprint sensor and replacement with Face Unlock, which is crap (I know there are many people who believe that biometric unlock is a terrible idea on principle, but I find fingerprint unlock to be sufficiently convenient to be worth the putative risk). If Google wants to be flagship phone manufacturer, they need to step up their game.

When open source isn't enough: Fancy a de-Googled Chromium? How about some Microsoft-free VS Code?

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Re: Don't forget Iron

You can temporarily disable the Pi-Hole functionality through the admin interface or you can (temporarily) whitelist whichever irritating Lowes component is needed without switching DNS providers.

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

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FAIL

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

Virtually all criticism I can find is criticism of systemd. The only consistent criticism I can find of sysvinit is that it doesn't support hot-plug devices, which seems like a solvable problem.

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All I want . . .

. . . is a Linux distro which combines the efficiency of systemd with the beautiful user interface of Windows 10, possibly including the new Snap package manager from Canonical.

Talk about a control plane... US Air Force says upcoming B-21 stealth bomber will use Kubernetes

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Terminator

Raider?! Really!?

Is it going to be AI-powered and have a glowing red eye in front?

Office supplies biz owned by UK council shrugs off ransomware demand for 102 Bitcoin

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Headmaster

There very well may be backups. Unfortunately, there are at least a few problems:

1) How far has the malware infiltrated the company's systems? If they can't answer that, then undertaking the recovery process may be a vain effort, since the malware may just spread again to the recovered systems.

2) How long was the malware in the network before it triggered? If the company does know that, recovery from backup may also restore the malware.

3) How much control do the malware writers have over the infected machines? What access do the technical staff currently have?

4) Depending on how deeply the malware has spread, the company may actually need to wipe and bare-metal recover a number of systems, possibly including the backup servers themselves. BMR is not usually a trivial process, unfortunately.

If it's a really bad incursion, the company may still be diagnosing the problem, and backups are only a part of the recovery strategy.

Tech set responds in wake of American protests, police violence and civil unrest

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Re: The next step...

"You can't simply "lend" them to another cause"

It depends what the basis of the lobbyist's authority is. If the lobbyist is a technical expert, sure, that expertise is non-transferable. If the lobbyist is good buddies with a politician or is just a conduit for unmarked suspiciously-plump envelopes, then I can see no reason that such an individual could not be loaned out.

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Re: The next step...

Just in case you weren't paying attention, corporations are people in the United States. If corporations want the protections of legally being people, it makes sense that we would hold them as accountable for their moral and ethical choices as we do real humans. QED.

In re: defeating fascism, we seem like we're at the risk of ushering it back in. Hopefully sanity prevails.

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Flame

Hey, thanks for joining The Register forums just to spread your racist tripe! Let's see how long you last.

Nice wallpaper you've got there. It would be a shame if it bricked your phone

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Pics or it didn't happen

n/t

Guess who came thiiis close to signing off a €102k annual budget? Austria. Someone omitted 'figures in millions'

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Holmes

Linear gallon

After 30 years of searching, astroboffins finally detect the universe's 'missing matter' – using fast radio bursts

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Re: Missing Matter?

"extremely conservative assumptions" == "God did it. Sorted."

It's not every day the NSA publicly warns of attacks by Kremlin hackers – so take this critical Exim flaw seriously

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Re: All Things Decline

I dare you to say that to their face.

'I wrote Task Manager': Ex-Microsoft programmer Dave Plummer spills the beans

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Windows

NT vs 9x

I remember whacking an errant process in NT 4 Workstation using the Task Manager and hearing the expression of awe from a cow-orker who was used to using Windows 9x and its lamentable process control.

Hooray! It's IT Day! Let's hear it for the lukewarm mugs of dirty water that everyone seems to like so much

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Re: I'm with you

Primarily, I am referring to the coffee I make at home, which takes three Englishmen and a strong bulldog just to look at.

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I'm with you

Tea is for people who can't handle the intensity of coffee and/or who have a moral objection to things which are enjoyable. You know, the English.

You can't have it both ways: Anti-coronavirus masks may thwart our creepy face-recog cameras, London cops admit

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Re: A solution occurs to me

Username checks out.

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FAIL

"That and I don't like being ORDERED to do things that are unnecessary and/or inconvenient."

This is the only thing that you posted that's true. Basically, you're a four-year-old in an adult suit.

Meteorite's tiny secrets reveal Solar System's sodium-rich, alkaline liquid past – a clue to formation of life

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Re: So, perhaps the Drake equation...

The real Drake equation.

Total Eclipse to depart: Open-source software foundation is hopping the pond to Europe

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Mushroom

Re: COMMUNISM!

Shit, you've found my alt.

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Re: "communist socialist Silicon Valley"

Presumably satire, albeit not as nuanced and subtle as mine, obviously.

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Joke

COMMUNISM!

This is all happening because of the SOCIALIST INFLUENCE on OPEN SOURCE PROJECTS! OF COURSE the Eclipse Foundation would want to move to Brussels because THEY'RE ALL A BUNCH OF NAZIS (yes, that's the same thing as Communism: IT'S IN THE NAME). Red-blooded Americans will continue to PLEDGE THEIR FEALTY to gigantic corporations such as Microsoft and Google (but not AMAZON because Bezos is A COMMIE LIKE TRUMP SAYS). IT'S THE AMERICAN WAY!

We maintained or increased IT spending, say seven-in-ten pros, execs polled mid-crisis. PS: We love Microsoft most

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Got my popcorn . . .

. . . I'll just sit back and watch the Microsoft Hate Thread unfold below.

IBM to GTS staff: Not volunteering to leave with a redundo cheque? We'll give you a helping hand

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Re: So, Covid 19,..

You could <choke> use <giggle> Sametime. It's just <chortle> as good as Teams<guffaw>.

<Uncontrolled laughter>

What do you call megabucks Microsoft? No really, it's not a joke. El Reg needs you

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Windows

How about "Redmond Blue Screen Factory"?

'A' is for ad money oddly gone missing: Probe finds middlemen siphon off half of online advertising spend

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That's a shame ...

Not.

There's a black hole lurking within 1,000 light years of Earth – and you can see stars circling it with the naked eye

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Re: Starman on his way...?

And then what comes out? WHAT COMES OUT!?

Baby Diesel? Little d'Artagnan? There is another child of Musk in the world

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Holmes

Re: X Æ A-12

Raymond Luxury Yacht

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Boffin

Iain, in honor of you know who . . .

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Paris Hilton

Wow, I'm curious to know the nature of that particular series of posts. I've seldom seen the mods rip out most of a thread like that.

'VPs shouldn't go publicly rogue'... XML co-author Tim Bray quits AWS after Amazon fires COVID-19 whistleblowers

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Re: Good for him!

Yes, yes, capitalist bootlickers. Downvote away! It's also worth noting that Bray resigned on International Workers' Day. Coincidence . . . possibly, but an excellent one!

Latvian drone wrests control from human overlords and shuts down entire nation's skies

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Black Helicopters

Sounds like a job for Airwolf

Quick, someone call Jan-Michael Vincent and Ernest Borgnine!

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