* Posts by Androgynous Cow Herd

471 publicly visible posts • joined 19 Jan 2016


Linux 6.6's in-kernel SMB networking server graduates

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" and will integrate with Samba in the future."

So - We will install "SUCKS" at a later date?

Because SAMBA continues to suck.

Chat2024 stuffs US election hopefuls into generative AI so you can be an 'informed voter'

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Trump vs. Biden

Is the "Cult of Personality" vs "The Cult of Lack of Personality"

Square blames last week's outage on DNS screw-up

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Offline mode?

"this mode allows a terminal to queue up transactions for processing later while backend systems are down or can't otherwise be reached. "

I cannot imagine any way THAT would be exploited....

Oh, wait...yes I can.

ISP's ads 'misleadingly implied' existence of 6G, says watchdog

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Meanwhile, in the states...

Comcast is advertising "10G" plans - which obviously would be easily twice as good as 5G...

In reality, connection stability from them is on par with an epileptic ice skater in a discotheque.

NASA to test potential 400Mbps laser link for Mars

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Re: error correction

It ain't the bandwidth...it's the latency

299,792,458 metres per second ain't just a good idea...IT"S THE LAW!

Mint 21.2 is desktop Linux without the faff

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What's not to like?

Emacs for text editing


Europe's largest city council runs parallel systems to cover Oracle rollout mess

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"Parallel systems"

I was three paragraphs in before I figured out this is not an article about a city council using a HPCC...

'Joan Is Awful' Black Mirror episode rebounds on Netflix

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That disclaimer in the T&C

with only slight modification is going to be my new corporate e-mail sig

James Webb spots the early galaxies responsible for tidying up the universe

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James Webb?

I loved him on "Project Runway"!

Microsoft may stop bundling Teams with Office amid antitrust probe threat

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My $.02

I use a Mac for work. Company supplied image, etc....but I can to some degree control what is actually on the system.

And I hate Teams, because if the client is installed, it will automatically add itself into the "Load at Login" group. Even if I specifically disable it, it will re-enable if I ever have to use the client.

So, it's uninstalled, rest of Office works without it, although Outlook used to try to add a Teams link to any calendar invites I sent until the client was uninstalled and I found the slightly hidden "Add Online Events to all meetings" setting.

Because of the stupid and aggressive "Load on Startup" behaviour that will not stay defeated (Unlike Zoom) My policy for vendor meetings is simple: If I get an invite for a Teams meeting, I will decline it and tell the other party that if they want to meet with me, they will use Zoom. If they cannot use anything but Teams because of "Company policy" - then they don't need my business.

Google Cloud slips over in Europe amid water leak, fire

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Re: Resilience?


If you divide all the customers Google has by the number of customers that were actually impacted, it is a higher level of resiliency than you can possibly get out of a single tenant on prem data center.

That's how the cloud gets all those "9s" of availability while sometimes being as stable as an epileptic rollerblader in a discotheque.

Tesla Semi, out since December, already facing a recall over brakes

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Braking news...

"If the parking brakes are not engaged when the driver expects them to be and the driver releases the service brakes, the vehicle may unintentionally move"

Thank heavens for the FTSB for explaining that...I had always been curious how that worked...

UK data watchdog fines TikTok £12.7M for failing to protect kids

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" It's a fucking outrage."

It's 2023...you need to be more selective about your outrage.

Plenty of choices.

Feds seize $112m in cryptocurrency linked to 'pig-butchering' finance scams

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Re: It's called Pig Butchering for a reason

The "Midnight Cowboy" Talent Agency?

Tesla ordered to pay worker $3M-plus over racist treatment

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Re: Confused

Maybe he can sue a lawyer for malpractice now...

Defunct comms link connected to nothing at a fire station – for 15 years

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Re: Money for nothing, it's the best

Oh, that's easy to handle, and I think this should be done anyway....

Change all your credit card numbers annually. Just "Lose" your old card and tell the CC company the same. They'll go through the protocol of changing your number.

The services you actually want to keep and use, you'll notice when they start complaining about not getting their money - update those.

The services that you don't use anymore might complain, but you probably won't notice, and if you do, won't care.

Has the side benefit of rendering any old leaked CC data incapable of impacting you.

US Marshals Service leaks ‘law enforcement sensitive information’ in ransomware incident

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Who downvoted that?

Upvoted to get you back to zero…. the opposing position must be that no competent IT org could ever possibly be breached…which is nonsense. As an IT org, you would have to be perfect (and lucky) forever…and the other side just needs to get lucky, once….and there is no defensive corollary to a zero-day.

Backup tech felt the need – the need for speed. And pastries and Tomb Raider

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Back in those days...

Real (non-linux) systems ran NT.

Ever try to get USB to work on NT 4.0?

Didn't think so....

America: AI artwork is not authored by humans, so can't be protected by copyright

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Re: Good!


So, lets say a pharmaceutical company uses AI to sythesize a large amount of raw data looking for protein interactions, and in the process finds a "hit" that holds the cure for cancer. Since the AI actually did the synthesis, is the resulting cure not patentable?

Dole production plants crippled by ransomware, stores run short

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Very recently one of our storage vendors broadcast that IBM Aspera had been an attack vector in a successful ransomware attack. TIming lines up with this news story...


How many HPE staff does it take to pay for one CEO? 271

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Re: 271 are rookie numbers

"Mike Salvino boss of DXC earns either 650 or 918 times more than the average employee."

No, he RECEIVES that much. He earns a fraction of that amount.

More victims of fake crypto investor scam speak to The Register

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Re: Complete this saying:

"A fool and his money are some party!"

Should Google location data be a tool for cops?

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Re: Why Google?

HAhahaha No.

Unless your phone is more that 15 years old or so, it has E911 capability which cannot be turned off. The phone knows it's location, and therefore the carrier know it's location, and therefore, anyone who cares to ask the carrier knows its location.

And all phones have a unique SSID.

So, next time you feel like overthrowing a government, leave your phone at home, mkay?

JEDEC reportedly set to formalize Dell laptop memory standard

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Re: License fee

Dell is in the Standards business.

Stardards are key to their business model. They sit on many standards boards, drive standards, and design and build to standards. And to their credit, it has worked out for them, because it commoditizes the discrete components like RAM.

IBM top brass accused again of using mainframes to prop up Watson, cloud sales

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Re: z-Mainframe-z RULE!

Watson may have been right

What he though of as "Computers" we now call "Cloud" - read up on the concept of "Utility computing" where an individuals' access to those 5 computers was via a special household cable and terminal.

Now, Count the major cloud vendors.... If you actually count Oracle cloud, there are 5...

and most PCs function mostly as smart terminals. And more and more applications are delivered via "Cloud versions"

FTX audit finds $415m in crypto mysteriously vanished

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Re: So someone steals something that doesnt exactly exist

Yup - Bretton Woods 1944 tied world currencies to the US dollar, which was tied to the value of Gold at the time.

1971 - Nixon "Temporarily" suspended convertibility of US Dollar to Gold.

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Re: So someone steals something that doesnt exactly exist

<quote>So the only loser is those holding fake currency.

Currency is based on gold assets held by the state.</quote>

Ahhh- a Time traveller for a time before Nixon! this is an honor!

Intel, AMD just created a headache for datacenters

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Re: Marketing

I spent the day looking at the latest Intel Procs for a new project. Power consumption is up again but clock speeds really haven't gone up for decades. It's more about the rest of the instruction set.

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Nothing new really

Like a few others, I read this and went "Oh, yeah, same problem that we had in 2005..." Newer processors/memory/storage techniology does more work and consumes more power to do it.

Yes, legacy datacenters not built for power (actually cooling, which is the same thing) density will be able to house fewer systems doing the same amount of work for the same power budget. I recall one *REALLY* crappy datacenter in New Jersey, just across the river from Wall Street - power density so bad that a customer had a 30' x 40' cage in it with 2 racks full of HPE blade systems set up one one side - and nothing else A ping pong table was set up in the free space because they could cool no more equipment for that footprint. That was 14 years ago. Today, You'd probably walk into the same sh*thole and see one rack, half populated, a ping pong table and maybe a foosball table.

On the 12th day of the Rackspace email disaster, it did not give to me …

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If you've ever been an e-mail admin or had to keep the wheels on even a medium sized exchange environment, you probably got all gushy inside when the various cloud vendors offered to allow you to wipe that booger on them.

E-mail and particularly exchange environments have been a huge vector and target forever. Hosting your own does not make it any safer than putting it in someone else data center. It does, however, let you point the finger at them instead of updating your resume.

Windows Network File System flaw results in arbitrary code execution as SYSTEM

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Re: Windows NFS was so terrible

Nexenta was never intended to front a SAN. That directly from my counterpart over there as a solution architect. Even though Compellant used Nexenta just that way, the guys who knew it best HATED it used as a SAN gateway.

Windows 2012r2 was actually pretty damned usable for NFS - I had a couple of large implementations of NFSv3 fronting Nimble Storage iSCSI SANS, they were performant and rock solid. Outperformed much more expensive NTAP systems Never tried it for V4, and at the time Nimble didn't have deduplication at all. No problems there, we weren't using the NFS for VMWare .vmdks as only a moron would do that when a well integrated block system is available.

Your issues sound like you might have been running out of inodes (dedupe COULD exacerbate that) and the inode limit for Windows based NTFS systems is not all that large. That would explain "out of space" when you have plenty of physical space - no addresses available to store the data. I've seen that in some largish Veritas FS environments.

WIndows NFS PRIOR to 2012r2 *was* terrible, but after 2012r2 dropped it was very usable for even some fairly high performance work loads with the right SAN mounted to the host. If you haven't tried it and tested it personally, spare me the hate mail...and I KNOW there are better systems out there for NFS. But Windows isn't the worst of it.

This is the military – you can't just delete your history like you're 15

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Re: Nasty goings on

Yup...if you recall, Disney used to have a show called "So Weird" which was kind of X-files for kids...the plot line was a the child of some touring rockstar (rockstar played by Mackenzie Phillips IIRC) had a web blog about paranormal activity. This would have been around 1998.

My kids had access to the family PC, placed in a public hallway, and wanted to see this fictitious site....so I went into a search engine and typed "So weird"...

I glanced at the results, shuddered, closed the browser window, and simply told the kids the site didn't exist, it was all made up for the show...but if you type "So weird" into a search engine, you WILL get proof on just how weird people can get.

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Re: Written reports on pron.

A different angle - I worked for a while for a major PC manufacturer, who, at the lime, offered "lifetime technical support"....and this was in the days of malware exploits mostly being drive by infections by pr0n suppliers if someone was dumb enough to browse the wrong site or click on the wrong pop-up - the result being browser hijacks and lots of graphic pop up windows. I was in a technical escalation queue so I got the repeat callers who, for one reason or other, weren't helped by L1.

One nice lady was in a lather because her computer had all the symptoms but she *never* went to porn sites, and the only other user, her teenage sone, was apparently a saint who wasn't interested in that stuff. She refused to believe my explaination, carefully honed by the many times repeating it, that this sort of malware was like vampirism - it had to be invited in at least once, but once in, it could invite other vampires (malware). We went round the lemon tree a couple of times, so I said "Let's investigate a bit" and look her into the browser cache without explaining what we were looking for. Once we were in the cache, in thumbnail mode...I just went silent for a while, and after a minute, she quietly said "Oh, that little sonofabitch..."

Micron aims 1.5TB microSD card at video surveillance market

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Re: Yes, but how much?

like all storage - it will be cheaper next year

Bill Gates says NFTs '100% based on greater fool theory' amid crypto cataclysm

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as I have said before

A Fool and his money are some party

Google calculates Pi to 100 trillion digits

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Re: Google can't count

I have said the same thing millions of times

IBM CEO explains why he offloaded Watson Health: Not enough domain expertise

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"AI and automation will be "applied to more and more domains."

First McDonalds...soon we could expand to Popeyes Fried Chicken and eventually Taco Bell as the technology matures...

VMware customers fear Broadcom acquisition will stall innovation, increase cost

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Re: Brian Madden

will he continue to also do the American Football Video game for my PS4??

Feds raid dark web market selling data on 24 million Americans

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Re: Dark Web?

All of the web is Dark Web since I enabled Dark mode in this browser

We sat through Apple's product launch disguised as a dev event so you don't have to

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Re: Apple Photos

there used to be a very good app named Aperture.

Far too functional for Apple to let it survive, so they killed it for "Photos"

No, OpenAI's image-making DALL·E 2 doesn't understand some secret language

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Re: AI libel

Who do you sue when defamed by AI?

Simples: Stephen Thaler

GitLab spots huge opportunity for DevOps platform as revenue soars

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"There is no shortage of tools competing in the DevOps space"


We have several on the payroll.

Taiwan bans exports of chips faster than 25MHz to Russia, Belarus

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Re: Digital Cameras?

USSR sourced, sure...those would be from the Kiev factory.

There is probably currently a supply chain problem there...

BSA kicks multiple holes in India's infosec reporting rules

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Re: British Small Arms

" Bastard Stopped Again"

46 years after the UN proclaimed the right to join a union, Microsoft sort of agrees

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" these companies have been shown to be worse than 18th Century workhouses."

Ummm...no. Sorry, no. Firstly, I am almost positive you meant _19th century_ workhouses....and still, nothing approaching those conditions exist... about because the workers eventually organized.

The centralization of wealth, and the wage disparity from the corner office fat cats is problematic, but we aren't nearly at the level that eventually turned into The Great Unrest, The Haymarket Affair or the Pullman strike (at least not in the US or UK...but we could discuss conditions in certain Peoples Republics and former UK colonies)

Better to allow labor to organize now...before we DO get there, for all concerned

OpenSea staffer charged with insider-trading of NFTs

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Re: That tweet..

No, NFTs are NOT art...they are contacts of dubious value associated with art useful for money laundering

Sick of Windows but can't afford a Mac? Consult our cynic's guide to desktop Linux

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Re: Now Do an Article About the Top Ten Linux Apps

Reality check - professional graphic design is an ecosystem, not an island.

It's not just if YOU can use some Open Sores thing to do your whatever - it is whether your output is easily usable by the rest of your production team and pipeline. If you work for a shop that standardizes on Open Sores software in their pipeline, that's awesome - except that the reason they are doing that is more than likely that they perceive the license avoidance of commercial software to be a cost saving thing, and that approach is likely to also be reflected in salary as well.