* Posts by AZump

33 publicly visible posts • joined 6 Feb 2016

Oh hello. Haven't heard much from you lately: Linux veteran Slackware rides again with a beta of version 15


Why I'm a Loyalist...

I started with RedHat. ...and a 3Dfx GPU. Trying to get that 3Dfx up under RedHat was impossible. Missing packages, wrong permissions, misconfigured packages, etc. Tried RPM, tried compiling. Modules wouldn't build and if they did, they wouldn't load. I tried IRC for support. I was chastised for not being an expert. Called N00b, dumb-ass, etc. Best (only) advice I got was "compile the kernel" which of ourse didn't work and left me with a broken system. I reinstalled RedHat again, and tried again. Weeks passed. A coworker knew some Linux, so I asked him for help. His advice was 2 simple words. "Install Slackware". So I did. 3Dfx and Glide compiled, modules loaded, and I was playing Unreal natively! Happy Dance! I had better framerates than Windows 98, air of superiority attained!

After a few months I really started to dig into the system. I got stuck. I went to IRC. ...and got help directly from Patrick Volkerding as well as a few others. Nobody made me feel stupid. Nobody belittled me. They listened to what I wanted, what I had done, asked related questions, and gave appropriate advice. It was so civil and grown up. ...and Slackware had by now proven it was more stable than RedHat, and it made sense!

I tired (purchased) SuSE, Mandrake, and something with "tiva" in the name, I downloaded the ISOs for probably 10 others. Always almost immediately went back to Slackware. I've since tried almost every distro out there. I always come right back. There are a couple I can say nice things about, but, they aren't slackware. ...and almost all are SystemD now, so, *puke*.

Sure, I've wanted a stable "update" for a half decade now, but, if it 'aint broke...

Because Pat and Crew were so kind and patient, they have my business (I pay for Slackware) and my loyality. I only wish they still shipped Enlightenment, but, I have a live linux (Elive) to show off when I want to impress someone with Linux's eye-candy, packages, and performance.


Re: Benefits of Slackware

"...I don't mean just install and blindly use it (ala Ubuntu), but to actually learn the gritty details of how Linux works."

It's been a while for you then. With 14.2, you literally do just install and use it. The most I have to do after "setup" is copy over my database, www root, /etc, then chown the dirs/files. Start SQL, *done*

The thing I always loved and still love about Slackware is it's the only distribution out there where an "install everything" leaves you not only with a complete system, but, no unnecessary services running, no giant clusterfuck of broken or misconfigured packages, and no missing dependencies. It just works.

Ya, from version 7.1 to 13 I always had to configure, compile, change permissions in /dev, *something*. With 14.x, everything works out of the box.

Lord knows I don't miss trying to find the horizontal and vertical synch ranges for every monitor I booted on.

I still manually configure the X server for extended functionality, but, the dynamic on-the-fly automagic configuration of X has not let me down yet. ...it just can't figure out my "extra hardware" and that's not it's fault.

The thing that still impresses me the most is how Slackware manages RAM ans Swap. After an "install everything" and bringing up Apache, SSHD, MySQL, and KDE I'm running inside 670MB of RAM and 0 swap.

I've only seen Slackware swap one time, a whole 1MB. ...and that was when I wrote some bad code. Once the program was killed, system instantly freed all memory and cleared the swap.

My swap partition is never more than 512MB. I don't suspend to disk, and if Slackware needs to swap, a larger swapfile isn't the solution. I used to swapoff -a in rc.local, but, no need. Unlike Windows and "windows like" linux as well as some highly respected distros, Slackware doesn't need to swap, and it doesn't want to swap. Swapping BAD!

Our hero returns home £500 richer thanks to senior dev's appalling security hygiene

IT Angle

Re: Ahhh passwords...

Sadly, this is the password used to secure IT and Staff systems at my College.

Uber won't face criminal charges after its robo-car killed woman crossing street


Re: Safety driver?

There is one factor nobody has brought up. The woman was NOT crossing at a crosswalk. from the previous article on this: "The accident happened on Sunday outside of the crosswalk near the intersection of Mill Avenue and Curry Road". That in itself puts all liability on the pedestrian. ...at least in my state it does. Kill someone in a crosswalk, your ass belongs to the prison system. Hit and kill someone crossing outside a crosswalk, sue the family/estate for property damage and mental distress, and *win*.

Uber should at the very least be required to pull all autonomous cars off the road until they can apply the brakes themselves without human intervention. Hell, damn near every car manufacture has automatic emergency braking either as standard equipment or as an option. NO EXCUSE for Uber on that one.

This woman was too lazy to cross the street lawfully and paid the ultimate price. Happens all the time.

Python joins movement to dump 'offensive' master, slave terms


Re: Brain-dead

No, Client/Server is not the same as Master/Slave. Completely different roles.

Boffins bash Google Translate for sexism


English non-gender pronouns

They and their.

...not "it", or s/he as I've seen in the past.

Fire chief says Verizon throttled department's data in the middle of massive Cali wildfires


Re: What do you expect?

Data IS unlimited. SPEED is not. Look at every unlimited contract. "Unlimited data at UP TO xG speeds". Just because they throttle you from 100Mb to 10Kb doesnt mean you have to stop using data.

...you're more than welcome to download that bluray rip at 9Kbps. No one is stopping you, after all, data is not capped.

How can folks fail to grasp this concept?

It may be poor man's Photoshop, but GIMP casts a Long Shadow with latest update


Re: Forget the geeky stuff, sort out the user experience.


GNU Image Manipulation Program

The name means EXACTLY what it is and does. Pass it on!

You won't believe this but... everyone hates their cable company: Bombshell study lands


Frontier must have royally screwed Verizon's business model.

I had Verizon FiOS for 9 years. No contract. No complaints. I had a total of 3 rate hikes. Each was $1.50 and I was notified by snail mail 3 months in advance. We did not have phone service, so, most of those excessive and costly "government" fees did not apply. I did decline access to sports events which cut $12 from the bill. That was really the only thing I considered excessive.

...and not only did I rent the box, I paid a small monthly fee for the remote too. Each rime the batteries went, I went in and got a new remote. ;)

I only had two problems in the 9 years. Once, my ONT failed and it took 48 hours to get fixed, and once for a couple days one of my favorite networks became Brazilian soccer. A simple call ro tech-support resolved that one.

After moving I went 18 months with no service. During that time Frontier bought Verizon's assets sans cellular. When I did get Frontier FiOS, I got internet only, 100/100 which they do provide. 2 years in and no rate hikes or service issues. Actually, the $54 I pay doesn't even have taxes or fees. They said $54 at sign up, and that is exactly what it is.

During Hurricane Irma, I lost power and it took a little over a week to repair. With ONT, Cable modem, NAS, and smart TV connected to a UPS which was connected to a small inverter fed by my cars battery, I was pampered. The heat was misreable bit I was well entertained.

Frontier is a bit slow on service calls. The power supply to my ONT and my cable modem got hit by lightning a couple months ago. Took Frontier a week to get me back up, but, they pro-rated my bill without hassle.

Overall, FiOS is tops in my eyes.

Compared to Time-Warner/Spectrum who did pull every sleazy move possible every month. Even under contract the bill climbed every month. ...fees.

When Frontier first bought out Verizon's assets in the area, there was one bad experience for my mother-in-law. She ordered FiOS just as the the deal between Verizon and Frontier went through. When Frontier came out, they ran all new cables to and thru the house. They installed all equipment. ...and when time came to provision the equipment, the network wouldn't see anything past the streets splitter box. That tech left, said another would return tomorrow. That tech came. No luck. Spent 8 hours on-site, next day was Sunday, so, told a tech would show up Monday. Wash, rinse, repeat. It all ended a week later with a tech who said he'd be back tomorrow, left his tools, and never returned. Mother-in-law waited another week and went back to Time Warner/Spectrum.

It was 20 months before I could ask a Frontier FiOS tech if all the issues have been resolved and got back an answer that wasnt a huge belly laugh! At that time I ordered FiOS and within a week, I was online. Zero complaints since.

MetroPCS $50 Unlimited, Frontier FiOS 100/100, Netflix, Fire TV, Kodi +add-ons. That's my "triple-play" package. $116/mo.

Drink this potion, Linux kernel, and tomorrow you'll wake up with a WireGuard VPN driver


Re: There is no proper installable device driver system


And most of us aren't simple enough to "install everything". ...and if we did, we would understand that we chose to have a large install.

But let's look at that large install. My Slackware if everything were installed would weigh in at 5GB. What does that get us?

The ability to boot the drive in any system given boot sector/super block is present and correct.

Several Office apps

Several Multimedia apps

Several Development apps

Many Games

Various package managers

Various command line utilities

Various web browsers

FTP servers and clients

SSH clients and servers

Web servers

Database servers

Various programming languages

Various compilers

Various shells

Various locale and languages

Various character support tables

True multi-user support

Proper permission system





...and what does the same 5GB net you in OSx or Windows? Not very much.

And no proper device driver system?

Get real! There is TONS more device support in Linux and 9 times out of 10, it's plug and play.

Just TRY and connect a 15 year old MP3 player to Win7+, ain't happening. Install over 100MB of support software, it's there, but can't talk to the system. Linux? About 180k on support software, reads, writes, and plays just fine.

Having kernel MODULES (device drivers) for damn near every piece of hardware made since 1990something is a huge plus in my book. Shit, my Madcatz Panther XL joystick lost support in XP. Drivers were 3rd party and buggy. Guess what, still 100% supported under Linux.

Go get Ubuntu.

Forget about Linux. It's not for you.


Re: "It is time, therefore, for WireGuard to be properly integrated into Linux."

Loved that card. I had all 'B' variants. Much fun, useful, & educational in promiscuous mode.

♫ The Core i9 clock cycles go up. Who cares where they come down?


The solution is simple.

Download and run Throttle Stop. I have an ASUS Slate (EP-121) and it would throttle down to 667MHz before throttling up the fans. ...trying to be like Apple in the "noise" department. Well, this made the machine pretty much useless. Couldn't even watch Netflix in HD. Found Throttle Stop, locked multiplier in "Turbo" and ran at a constant 1.78GHz. Never saw temps above 80c and that was during extreme CPU loads playing KSP. Normally, working in my DAW, temps hang in the 50s, but, without Throttle Stop, it won't even get that hot before throttling. Machine is damn near useless without locking the multiplier because 1 minute after boot, it's down to .6GHz.

Screw throttling! We buy high end CPU's for their power, having them throttle down to 1999's clocks is beyond ridiculous. Especially when the damn things CAN run turbo clocks all day every day. My i7-k tower, 3rd gen, runs at 4.8GHz ALL DAY LONG. At that speed, it idles at 36c in a 76F room. I could push it to 5.2GHz, but, it won't encode video at that speed. Does everything else tho.

An old P4 runs averages higher clocks at the end of the day than modern CPUs. Hanging at 1.6GHz except when loading an app is pure BS. It's not like I have several thousand of them so what's the big f*ing deal if it eats a few more watts running full bore?

There is no difference, but it sure makes the huggie-feelie tree hugging brigade sleep better at night.

Manufactures need to wake up. A powerful CPU needs more power, more power means more heat, more heat means more cooling, more cooling means more heat, and all that adds up to LARGER laptops. Sure, everyone wants small, but those who buy the high end FAST stuff know and accept the thicker machines.

My last "desktop replacement" laptop weighed over 12 pounds. I took it everywhere. My ASUS eSlate weighs 1.1kg. Know what? Panti-waist reviewers complained about the weight. 2 pounds is too heavy!

...and that's the future folks. Processors that can run at 100c+ but throttling down before reaching half that temp, why? Because to do it right, the machine would: consume more electricity which pisses off the environmentalists, be thicker than Apples crap*, and everyone wants to be Apple, also a machine too heavy for our panti-waist youth to carry across the room.

It is what it is and its our fault for letting things get this far.

*You could have defended Apple in the past and I'd have agreed to their superiority in certain areas. ...right up until the day they went Intel. Now, it's just a regular PC with a custom "OS". Your i7 with whatever OS version is NOT superior in any way to my i7 running Slackware Linux. Actually, in many ways, it's inferior because frankly, I have 100% control over mine. ;)

Oldest swinger in town, Slackware, notches up a quarter of a century


Slacker since 1997.

Gaming under Linux since 1999. Unreal ran better under Wine and Unreal Tournament running natively under Linux was amazing. Actually Glide on Linux was amazing. The desktop effects were out of this world.

Still running Slackware everywhere.

To date, Slackware does 2 things no other Linux I've ever tried does. 1.) "Install Everything" doesn't leave you with a cluster-fuck of broken software and unwanted/unneeded services running. 2.) It doesn't swap. Even on my webserver which is still LAMP, heavy on the MP, it boots into less memory (even with KDE running) than any other distro.

Once, I saw a whole megabyte swapped. A WHOLE MEGABYTE!

I can swapoff -a, fire up a severely modded Kerbal Space Program, commit 28 of my 32 GB of ram, and play all day.

...can't badmouth Win7 though. I have an old ASUS EP-121 tablet used as a DAW and not once had an issue. 7 years on and its still on the original factory install. There is a small Slackware partition on it too so I can fish:// to my webserver and write code from my backyard.

I love Slackware. ...and Enlightenment. Great window manager Enlightenment. Very light, lots of candy. :)

Lawyers for Marcus Hutchins: His 'I made malware' jail phone call isn't proper evidence



Most prisons in the US are run by FOR PROFIT CORPORATIONS. It's not about punishment at all. It's about MONEY. Many inmates have come within days of release only to have some petty BS reason given which adds months onto their sentence.

I doubt Jesus Christ himself would only serve his initial time.

Seriously, petty reasons. You're due for release in 3 days? Guard pays inmate to punch you. 6 more months for fighting. Even though you went down and didnt instigate or fight back.

Inmate == Income


Ubuntu sends crypto-mining apps out of its store and into a tomb


Got to give this punk some credit.

He is at least limiting resources based on core count. I hit a simple webpage one day and my fans started spooling up higher and higher by the second. That page took my browsers process from around 200MB to over 11GB.

Also, I'm with Jack of Shadows on this one. Ubuntu is bad enough*, but systemd is just ***** ******* *******.

*never saw a Linux distribution swap before Ubuntu, let alone suck up memory like Windows. If you need a Windows like OS, stick with Windows!

NASA will send tiny helicopter to Mars



"...and the first human-designed heavier-than-air vehicle to visit another planet".

So the Mars rovers are lighter than air? Well then, I guess it's a good thing the atmosphere is so thin; Otherwise, the buoyancy would have them floating off the surface. Can't have that. ...or is the implication the rovers were designed by chimps, dolphins, or E.T.s?

Maybe they mean heavier-than-air FLYING vehicle. No, no. The Register never makes errors. It must be true, so the question is now who has NASA hired to do the design work and are they being paid a fair wage.

Oh, what am I saying. We all know the earth is flat and all this outer-space stuff is nonsense filmed in a studio somewhere. :)

FCC sets a record breaking $120m fine for rude robocalls


Only $120,000,000?

I was under the impression there was a (up to) $1,500 fine per call. He is going to pay just $1.25 per call. That's almost a reasonable cost of doing business.

Pentagon in uproar: 'China's lasers' make US pilots shake in Djibouti


Re: You'd havve thought.....


DIY device tinkerer iFixit weighs in on 15-month jail term for PC recycler


What a bunch of idiots!

This case had NOTHING to do with repair. It had EVERYTHING to do with PASSING DUPLICATED DISKS AS GENUINE. It's that GENUINE bit that got him sentenced. Maybe if he hand labeled the disks he wouldn't be in jail.

Convict could have installed one of many flavors of Linux, or, just imaged the hard drives. In most cases, Windows Update provides good enough drivers for standard hardware.

...but no, he made 28,000 copies of software and had the disks screen printed to resemble the GENUINE disks.

No excuse for this, and only a fool would defend the blatant copyright infringement.

Can't log into your TSB account? Well, it's your own fault for trying


"Surprisingly, perhaps, I can't ever recall a piece of software that was a waste of time."

Even this Yank has installed Monty Pythons Complete Waste of Time.

Donkey Wrong: Arcade legend Billy Mitchell booted from record books amid MAME row


That is Dr. Sbaitso. The voice of the early 1990's.


No, that is Dr. Sbaitso. The voice of the early 1990's.

What a hang up: US big box biz Best Buy kicks Huawei to the curb


Re: Huawei has no Brand Recognition

Try MetroPCS, it was their 4G network T-Mobile swallowed up after all. Phones are compatible with either network. MetroPCS has a good range of prices.

$1,000, $900, $800, $700, $650, $500, $300, $150, $80, $60, $40, $30, $20

...however, everything under $650 is garbage, just choose your brand. The LG Stylo 3 at $150 is good phone for the money, as is the Samsung J3 Prime. I have bought both recently. The Samsung is the better phone. Same battery life as LG but with brighter screen, cameras are about the same in low light but Sammy has it in well lit to sunlight, CPU is close enough (8×1.6Ghz), LG call quality is inferior on both ends 4G, or "HD", or UP. LG speakerphone is cheap too for both ends.

...but the Samsung is far more bloated software wise, and it shows with live wallpapers. The Stylo 3 really shines there. LG is making good headway in my opinion, but, still to cheap on build quality.

Going to try a custom firmware when my Sammy can be unlocked (15 more days). One I'm looking at claims to only have issue taking HD video. Everything else claims to be GPU accelerated. We shall see. I paid $129 for the phone, no loss if I brick. And if I do, well, I'll try the ZTE Blade Z Max (4000+ mA battery), HTC Desire 530, or Moto e.

I'd actually like a Huawei. I've used one, very nice phone. Right up there with the most expensive Apple and Samsung offerings (if not better) for far less money.

2 + 2 = 4, er, 4.1, no, 4.3... Nvidia's Titan V GPUs spit out 'wrong answers' in scientific simulations


Maybe the reason for the error is a bit more sinister.

I'm thinking this "bug" is intentional. Since it only applies to scientific calculations, and exists on the "gaming GPU", I'm thinking this is Nvidia's way of getting people to stop using the cheaper GPUs to build HPC's.

Didn't they ask nicely for folks to stop using the gaming GPUs for HPC, then change their T&Cs to prevent such action? I'm almost 100% positive that they did, which makes this rather suspect in my eyes.

FYI: That Hawaii missile alert was no UI blunder. Someone really thought the islands were toast


Hello fellow USian

In the rest of the world, centre is used as center. To further confuse you, many folks take the two spellings as separate meanings. Center is treated as the word for a place or institution and centre is considered as the word for the middle point of something.

...boots, bonnets, bog rolls, flats.

Tom-A-toe, tom-AH-toe.

Aluminum, aluminium.

...and the lizard people at the center of the Earth? Most Reg readers are familiar with the concept and are simply waiting to see who rules us in the end; The lizard people or the robot overlords.

My money's on robotic lizard people.

You lost your ballpoint pen, Slack? Why's your Linux version unsigned?


Someone didn't read the article!

Because if they did, they wouldn't have made a fool of themselves with such a moronic post. Since it was a bit TLDR for this person, let me explain to them.

Application, NOT Operating System.

BTW, *raises hand* Slackware 100% since 1997.

I still haven't found what I'm malloc()ing for: U2 tops poll of music today's devs code to


Guess I kill the curve...

I'm over 40, I don't use headphones, and I stream Drum and Bass from Bassdrive.com when I code. The tempo is perfect and non-stop. Everything but my monitor disappears for *hours* on end. Can't imagine coding to anything else even though my musical taste is made of many genres over many years.

Would you believe it? The Museum of Failure contains quite a few pieces of technology


Re: Betamax - Betamax quality wasn't actually that much better.

...so, no 4k bluray for you then, eh?


Re: Philips Digital Cassette Tape etc

No idea what you mean, Dark Side of the Moon was awesome in 200w per channel Quadraphonic. :)

Ridiculously small Linux build lands with ridiculously few swears


Re: Finally something small about Linux

Slackware does NOT have this bloat or unnecessary services issue. ...Even with an "install everything". Aside from the tiny Linux distros, Slackware has the smallest memory footprint when booted CLI or GUI. ...My personal server is a LAMP setup. It boots into 638MB RAM with no swap. And that's including a KDE session..

Samsung S7 tease suggests phone likes it hot and wet


Re: No innovation

Don't give them anymore ideas. I can imagine it now: iDirt, superior to regualar dirt because it has been sterilized and sanitized. None of those pesky nutrients or micro-organisms to worry about. Of course, now you need to buy an iSeed which contains a shell fortified with the nutrients removed from iDirt, and iWater* containing nutrients and all the minerals stripped out of iDirt.

Apple can take *anything* and make it theirs. ...and people with more money than branis will jump on it and embrace it, because, *Apple*. It's the culture. It's their choice. I'll keep my money while they happily part with theirs. ...my choice.

*well water.

Google wins High Court fight with StreetMap over search results self-pluggery


Re: Since 2007?

We shouldn't dwell on the fact that StreetMaps is useless outside GB/UK either. Their loss of traffic has nothing to do with their "limited customer base". ...nope, not one bit. They would have an argument if they retained their existing traffic and stopped getting "new traffic", but, they didn't, they lost all of it. Obviously their clients found a better service and moved on. This is exactly how the free market they compete in works.

Who wants a quad-core 4.2GHz, 64GB, 5TB SSD RAID 10 … laptop?


Re: Luggable

Maybe you got lost in the haze of "OMG!" The second paragraph clearly states: NVIDIA Quadro M5000M.