* Posts by Throatwarbler Mangrove

1526 posts • joined 14 Oct 2015

Google tells Apple to 'fix text messaging' in bid to promote RCS protocol

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Dear Google . . .

How about switching over to the Signal protocol so we can have end-to-end encryption?

Businesses should dump Windows for the Linux desktop

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Re: Support?

And, for good or for ill, you have a single throat to choke when things go wrong: Microsoft. A lot of businesses don't plump for support contracts with Microsoft, but they're certainly available, and you can always open a time and materials ticket. In my experience, Microsoft Enterprise Support is top-notch: they're highly knowledgeable, and they will absolutely work a ticket until the customer is satisfied the problem is solved. With Linux, the experience can be more highly variable, since there are so many distros with different support organizations; even with Red Hat, who are essentially the gold standard for enterprise Linux support, the support agents are allergic to getting on the phone or doing any sort of interactive session to investigate an issue.

Hi, I'll be your ransomware negotiator today – but don't tell the crooks that

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Re: So, some miscreants can actually be understanding

"Why is the anonymous coward the only person in this thread who's not a disgusting excuse for a human being?"

The mods, perhaps not unreasonably, whacked my comment, but here's the reason for my homicidal rage: ransomware scum operate largely without consequences outside of the boundaries of the law, and their actions cost immense amounts of money, both directly and indirectly, and actual human lives.

Perhaps vigilantism is not the best option; I'm just frustrated at the apologists for the scammers and the victim-blaming mentality in IT.

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Re: It's time to end this.

You have no concept of the law of unintended consequences, do you?

Too little, too late: Intel's legacy is eroding

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Re: "Diversity will destroy this company"

@Robert Grant: the point of diversity programs is usually to counter implicit bias, i.e. the problem of hiring exactly the same sort of person each time with the assumption that only, e.g. white males who came from a certain kind of engineering school are capable of doing the work in question. Diversity programs are ideally meant to open up the candidate pool to qualified candidates who wouldn't otherwise be hired because they don't tick the right boxes in regard to conforming with the hiring manager or interviewing staff.

As with all things, these programs can of course go awry, so I would not want to assert that they're perfect.

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Re: "Diversity will destroy this company"

Conversely, there are plenty of other tech companies with robust diversity programs who are going gangbusters (Salesforce and Google leap immediately to mind). Maybe the cranky old white dudes should quit their bitching about having to work next to people not entirely like themselves and get back to work.

Or maybe something entirely else is at fault.

The many derivatives of the CP/M operating system

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Re: Apps? Apps?

Or even . . . programs.

Charges filed over $300m 'textbook pyramid and Ponzi scheme' crypto startup

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In before...

...cryptobros explaining how this is not ackshually a Ponzi scheme, and also how some new "innovation" in cryptocurrency will make it all better, and whatabout scams not involving crypto? What about those, huh? You don't sound so smart now, do you? I think you owe someone an apology!

BTW, wanna buy some apes?

BOFH: Selling the boss on a crypto startup

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"Spaghetti" and "date" have the same etymology? Man, you really do learn something new every day.

Businesses confess: We pass cyberattack costs onto customers

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Counteroffensive

At what point do companies or countries band together to deploy counter-hackers to deal with the ransomware scum? It seems like the time is upon us for "the best defense."

Reg readers tell us what they wanted for SysAdmin Appreciation Day

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Re: What do I want?

. . . or to ask even the most basic diagnostic questions such as "What is the error message?", "Is the device powered on?", or "Were you dropped repeatedly on your head as as small child?"

NASA: Mars rocks won't make it back to Earth until 2033

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Re: Beaten by China

[citation needed]

In particular, please cite the number of successful missions to Mars by the Chinese.

Google postpones Chrome's third-party cookie bonfire yet again

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Re: LIAR

*Miracle Max

You're thinking of the terrible and little-known sequel, Mad Max: As You Wish.

Martin Shkreli, out of prison for running a Ponzi scheme, now pushes Web3 thing

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For The World's Most Punchable Man . . .

. . . this is probably his motivation.

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch: Now 100,000kg smaller

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"Maybe we should consider to reduce the influx of plastic garbage and prevent the problem instead of trying to solve a problem that persists because of our collective stupidity?"

Have you . . . have you met humans? For every person who think this garbage cleanup is valuable and necessary, there's probably another one who thinks it's Communist Greenie hippy crap concocted just to slander the holy name of unfettered capitalism.

A character catastrophe for a joker working his last day

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Re: I'd say that ....

"noonday SUN"

Goddamn auto-carrot

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Re: I'd say that ....

Indeed. Certain denizens of these parts, with their complaints about "political correctness" and "wokeness" would receive a bollocking that would have them melting like a, uh, I forget the word . . . anyway, some kind of fragile crystalline ice lattice thingy . . . in the noonday son.

Upgrading what might be the world's oldest running Linux install

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Well . . .

"Jackson is highly qualified to perform such a complex upgrade: as well as being a former Debian project lead, he also wrote Debian's underlying package-management tool dpkg. Jackson stewarded the release of Debian 2.0, the first multi-architecture version of the distribution, and the first to use libc6."

Perhaps you should weigh in with your qualifications and accomplishments before criticizing.

My Big Coin founder is – you guessed it – a $6m crypto-fraudster

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Re: Bewre the dead cat bounce

You sound like a wonderful person. Let us know when you start a cryptocurrency company!

Rejoice! System Administrator Appreciation Day (SAAD) is nigh

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I doubt I can find the site now, but a developer wrote a post on his blog some years ago with a quote that I've etched (more or less accurately) into my memory:

"Most people don't know what sysadmins do, but if they all took lunch at the same time, you would run out of bullets defending your shopping cart full of canned goods from radioactive mutants before they had even gotten around to ordering."

I'm on permanent recovery (god willing) from being a sysadmin, but props to my former brethren and sistren!

Crypto miners aren't honest about power use – time for a crackdown

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Re: So What ?

In this thread: copious moral and ethical justifications for market regulation.

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Re: So What ?

I imagine there's huge support for it as long as the cryptocurrency grifters are the ones being propped up.

Meet Mantis – the tiny shrimp that launched 3,000 DDoS attacks

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CP/M's open-source status clarified after 21 years

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Time to dust off my Kaypro 2x! No, wait, shit . . . I traded it in a for a CGA monitor decades ago. Shame, I was looking forward to running WordStar and playing Ladder.

1.9m patient records exposed in healthcare debt collector ransomware attack

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Re: Criminals hack criminals

This is the rare case where I wish the ransomware scum had been successful in driving the company out of business.

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Re: Medical debt

I was with you, more or less, until this sentence:

"Personally I think this is exactly why the FDA and Big Pharma should be reined in by Fed and the market allowed to choose what needs to be done about excessive charges."

The FDA is a federal agency whose job is to, in part, rein in the pharmaceutical industry. One can quibble about its effectiveness in doing so (*cough* regulatory capture *cough*), but in practical terms, you're asking the federal government to rein itself in. Separately, the free market is the fucking problem with the health care system in the US. The health care industry charges what the market will bear in regards to health, and it turns out that, yes, people are willing to bankrupt themselves to stay the fuck alive. What most people want is to have "market pricing" reined in.

Supercomputer pinpoints exact origin of 'Black Beauty' meteorite from Mars

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Re: OK, stupid question time

@LC:

I regret that I have but one upvote to give this post. I give you high marks for civility, precision, and completeness.

See also: Dunning-Kruger Effect.

As I've gotten older, I have come to ask myself more and more, "How much do I really know about this subject? Am I qualified to be expressing an opinion on it?" When the answer to the latter question is "no," I try to keep my trap shut and pay attention to the people who are (or seem) qualified.

Twitter sues Musk: He can't just 'change his mind, trash the company, walk away'

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The suspense is terrible

I hope it lasts.

Cell, Wi-Fi can work for Windows 11 on Surface Duo

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And there's the cast . . .

"the many Windows Phone fans looking at the engineer's work and pondering what might have been."

Good, good, now sloooowly reel them in . . .

x86 Raspberry Pi Desktop is a great way to revive an old PC

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Re: "For a fat guy, you don't sweat TOO much...", and other examples of 'damned by faint praise'

"For a nerd, you're not too condescending . . ."

Systemd supremo Lennart Poettering leaves Red Hat for Microsoft

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Re: Depart, I say, and let us have done with you.

"Still, if systemd is so universally despised, why is it so universally integrated into linux distros?"

I think this question deserves more serious answers than it's gotten. Why have the Great and the Good at various major distros decided to adopt it, despite the wailing and gnashing of teeth? I certainly don't know, as I'm not embedded in the politics of distro creation, but I would love to hear more of an answer than "They suxx0r LOL" or the standby "Poettering suxx0r LOL."

Large Hadron Collider experiment reveals three exotic particles

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Re: Great, here we go again

"Trump did nothing important or lasting enough to speak of."

Except nominate three Supreme Court justices, who are busily dismantling two centuries of progress. But of course you're a land-owning white male, so the petty concerns of literally everyone else are not yours.

Actual quantum computers don't exist yet. The cryptography to defeat them may already be here

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Re: Actual quantum computers don't exist yet

They both do and don't, simultaneously.

Bank of Google? Not exactly. But fintech's future is in Big Tech's ecosystems

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Regulation

I suspect the most salient point is the one about regulation. Since 2008, banking concerns, especially large ones, have come under extensive regulatory scrutiny in the US. Also since 2008, many banks have been struggling (in comparison with the big tech companies, anyway), due to a combination of increased regulation, low interest rates, the need to keep adequate capital on hand, and increasingly cut-throat price competition in financial services, especially investments. For a tech company to take on the role of a bank, it would have to submit to drastically-increased regulatory oversight, which I suspect would not be welcome, in order to enter into a much lower-margin business. If faced with that option as a tech CEO, I would probably also go the partnership route rather than trying to form or buy a full-fledged banking concern.

Arrogant, subtle, entitled: 'Toxic' open source GitHub discussions examined

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Soon . . .

. . . toxic comments in this thread about how their toxic comments are unfairly being perceived as toxic and then something about "cancel culture" and "wokeness."

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Re: Eh?

@VoiceofTruth: In your case, look at what you'd normally write . . . and write basically anything else. Your posts are the template for "what not to do."

PowerShell pusher to log off from Microsoft: Write-Host "Bye bye, Jeffrey Snover"

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Re: Don't ditch PowerShell

"My son, one day you will grow up and realise that all are welcome in the Church of IT."

Infidel! Burn the heretic!

Not much of this actually from 'China anymore,' says Northern Light Motors boss

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Great Britain in a nutshell!

Behold this drone-dropping rifle with two-mile range

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Re: "lean" innovation

I wouldn't otherwise make a point of stating this, but I sent Ukraine a sizable donation to assist with aiding their populace (which was, incidentally, matched 100% by my company).

Since you're pissing on other people, have you done anything to help?

And if you want to know how: https://supportukrainenow.org/

Capital One: Convicted techie got in via 'misconfigured' AWS buckets

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Re: "Quite an expensive misconfiguration"

And this is one of the strangest paradoxes of IT at financial companies. You would think it would be well-funded, especially with regard to security, but the problem with working for bean counters is that they are penurious to a fault.

RSAC branded a 'super spreader event' as attendees share COVID-19 test results

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Re: N95 masks

True N95 masks must also be fitted to an individual for appropriate protection, which cannot be done if you have a beard. Surgical masks and KN95 masks are the most protective options available to the average consumer.

Cloth masks are apparently quite useless, unfortunately.

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Ah, but that's in Las Vegas, and what happens in Vegas ...

Always read the comments: Beijing requires oversight of all reader-generated chat

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Re: This is what US Progressives want

Your knowledge of history is woeful.

Conservatives love to ignore the fact that Republicans and Democrats have essentially flipped ideologies. There was a time when Republicans were more progressive and Democrats more conservative, but in the early part of the 20th century, they gradually reversed. So yes, the KKK membership were probably originally Democrats, but that is no longer the case. Regardless of party affiliation, the KKK have always been conservative.

HUAC: The House Un-American Activities Committee, headed by a Congressman you may have heard of, one Joseph McCarthy. The Red Scare destroyed a lot of lives, and it was driven by conservative reactionaries.

In the present day, it's Republican governors and state houses (most notably Florida) which have tried to clamp down on the publication of information about COVID statistics and fought against mask and vaccine mandates. I'm willing to believe that you personally have some anti-vax left-wing relatives, but as a political movement, it's the Republicans who have led the charge towards spreading disease.

"the Democratic party declared war on Christianity."

What. The. Actual. Fuck.

"You should really try to get a more balanced view of the world by looking for more balanced news sources."

Fair and Balanced (TM) perhaps? Perhaps you should crack open a history book.

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Re: That would be a huge change

I've also had posts moderated. Usually it was because I was being an asshole, and consideration of what I'd posted after the fact led me to understand why my posts were moderated. Maybe you should re-read your posts and consider whether you sound like an asshole.

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Re: This is what US Progressives want

It's funny when conservatives accuse progressives of "cancel culture" because doctrinaire conservatives have a long history of attempted cancellations under their belts. See, for example:

Disney boycotts

Book burnings

Lynchings of blacks, gays, trade unionists, etc.

The Red Scare/HUAC

Censorship of COVID spread statistics

Etc. Etc. Etc.

Remove the beam from your own eye before commenting on the mote in another's, if you please.

Nothing says 2022 quite like this remote-controlled machine gun drone

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Re: Fortunately Useless

Alternately, if the drone is capable of highly precise fire, use it to shoot out the kneecaps of opposing soldiers at range. You've then created at least two problems for the opposing force.

End-of-life smartphone? Penguins at postmarketOS aim to revive it

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Re: Am i right in thinking...

Probably not, unless you can unlock the bootloader. That's a simple* enough task on many Android phones, but I thought iPhones didn't allow it.

* - for sufficiently broad definitions of "simple"

AMD touts big datacenter, AI ambitions in CPU-GPU roadmap

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Re: What exactly is... "AI training performance"?

At a guess, the speed at which you can feed training data into a machine learning model.

Linux Mint adopts Timeshift from overworked original developer

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"And there ladies and gentlemen, in a nutshell, is why Linux is seen as not being user friendly.... Despite MINT doing their best."

This. There are still plenty of furry-toothed geeks in the world who believe that making technology easier to use is somehow catering to the weak and stupid. And, of course, there's a sizeable contingent of people who always need to weigh in with, "Why do you even need that? Why not just do <infeasible/difficult/complex/irritating/primitive/incompatible thing> instead?" without contemplating that other people have different needs, capabilities, interests, and desires. "Why do you need a dishwasher? When mine broke, I just smeared soap on my penis and used it to clean my dishes; they may not get as clean as before, but now I save time masturbating!"

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