* Posts by Sanguma

426 posts • joined 26 Jan 2017


Following Torvalds' nudge, Paragon's NTFS driver for Linux is on track for kernel


... as a wet week

It's a job-and-a-half backing up from a distro like Kubuntu when you're backing-up onto a portable NTFS drive. It takes quite a long time, and you can guarantee that when you connect it to a MS Windows machine, it'll tell you there are errors that must be corrected.

The sooner the better this gets fixed. It can be a real pain at times.

A beefy Linux 5.14-rc2 and light at the end of the tunnel for Paragon's NTFS driver


I for one

would welcome an NTFS Linux kernel driver that doesn't force me to take my external drives to a MS Windows machine to fix the errors left by attempting to write to them by a Linux driver that isn't fully compatible with the NTFS file system. I've had to do that on several such, and it gets annoying. (Admittedly it would be nice if the external USB drive suppliers sold them for ext4 as well as NTFS ... dreams are free, but that's not what the Dream Police say ... :) )

Now that Trump is useless to Zuckerberg, ex-president is exiled from Facebook for two years, possibly indefinitely


Fired, schmired!!!

Fired, yes, but ... will he be glazed? Inquiring minds wants to know, precioussssssss!

Does anyone have any idea of what sort of glaze goes well with his natural artificial skin colour?

Space junk damages International Space Station's robot arm


Re: Have I got a treat for ewe!!! Baaaaah!!!!!!

Forgot to add, if you're in a country where the language isn't English, by all means translate it and pass it on to your local representatives, whatever they're called.


Galactic highway? With galactic highwaymen?

Shirley you mean hyperspace bypass?

Come on, what's a galactic highway without a Galactic Turpin?


Have I got a treat for ewe!!! Baaaaah!!!!!!

This is what an Orbital Salvage Treaty should look like. If you like it, pester your local MP or Congresscritter to get it discussed amongst the professional chatterers in the national echo chamber. Share and Enjoy! But have fun! Are we there yet?

The States Parties to this Treaty

Aware that the Outer Space Treaty does not cover all eventualities in Earth Orbit,

Aware of the risk of Earth Orbit becoming closed off to new satellites entering it due to space debris,

Well aware of the impossibilities posed by a legal regime that declares a space object the inalienable property of its launching state, particularly when said space object has suffered a collision with another space object and is now in orbit as a cloud of microscopic debris,

Wishing to apply the advantages of the universally respected Maritime Salvage regime to Earth Orbit,

Have agreed on the following:

Article 1: A derelict satellite is defined as one that does not answer the commands of its manufacturer and/or operator due to unavoidable damage, unavoidable wear-and-tear in the normal run of operations in Earth Orbit, or has used up all its station-keeping propellant. Such satellites shall be regarded as derelict in the same manner as ships regarded as derelict in the sea lanes.

Article 2: States Parties to this Treaty and to the Convention on the Registration of Space Objects undertake to augment the Registration Convention by also submitting to the UN Secretary General, the details of satellites on their registry that are now derelict.

Article 3: States Parties to this Treaty undertake to communicate the identities and orbits of satellites on their registry that are now derelict, to the appropriate Orbital Salvage companies.

etc, etc, etc.

China sprayed space with 3,000 pieces of junk. US military officials want rules to stop that sort of thing


With all due respect

(not that there's a lot to be had, you understand) this reminds me of something I dredged up in Reely Trooly Ancient History, about something called The Paris Declaration Respecting Maritime Law of 16 April 1856, between the United Kingdom and France, and a group of other naval powers, when these naval powers agreed to ban privateering, that is granting private individuals with ships "Letters of Marque" during wartime permitting them to undertake commerce raiding. And the United States refused to sign, claiming that it would unduly prejudice them in times of war because their navy was so small.

Come the US Civil War, and President Lincoln sent an emissary hot-foot to London to accede to it, claiming it was necessary because the Confederates were eating the Union's lunch with their privateering commerce raiders ... I don't think the Foreign Office - the depositary of ratifications and accessions - was too impressed, and the last I read, the US still wasn't a signatory but had decided to treat it as read, and bind itself by the Paris Declaration.

In short, Uncle Sam will always insist that signing anything will unduly prejudice its own freedom of action, right up to the point when some rival starts eating its lunch because it too refuses to give up its freedom of action, at which point, Uncle Sam gives an award-winning impression of a spoilt child throwing a tantrum because it's not getting its own way - But you promised!!!!

Perhaps someone should give Uncle Sam such an award .... :)

China has a satellite with an arm – and America worries it could be used to snatch other spacecraft


Uncle Sam and that saying about Microsoft Windows?

You know, the one about it being a:

thirty-two bit extension and graphical shell to a sixteen bit patch to an eight bit operating system originally coded for a four bit microprocessor which was written by a two-bit company that can't stand one bit of competition.

Uncle Sam says, "I resemble that!!!"

OMG! New free speech social network won’t allow members to take the Lord’s name in vain


Taking the Lord's Name intravenously?

I'm reminded of Abbie Hoffman's Dictum: "Avoid all needle drugs, the only dope worth shooting is Richard Nixon."

Satellite collision anticipated by EU space agency fails to materialize... for now at least


Manifest Density and the US Monroe Doctrine of Earth Orbit

As we might expect, the US will push forward with its "Space Debris Removal by Laser Satellites" whatever anybody else says, and the rest of the spacefaring world will see anti-satellite testing. Given that the US turned down a number of anti-satellite ban treaties over the past few decades, on grounds that were rather thin - if they were serious at any point in the proceedings, they'd've bend bent over backwards to get everybody on board, the way they did with the Law of the Sea Convention, and left no stone unturned.

Proof of the pudding's in the eating, not the advertisement, dear chaps and chapettes in the US govt, so please pull finger - if you know how - and get things worked out ASAP.

'Agile' F-35 fighter software dev techniques failed to speed up supersonic jet deliveries


Re: Ah, "agile"

Speedy Gonzalez on a treadmill ...


wrong word?

s/increment/excrement/g ?

Bill Gates on climate change: Planting trees is not the answer, emissions need to be zeroed out to avoid disaster


Re: Yeah, sure, right.

The climate's been going a bit longer than 150 years and any records older (eg history) are ignored because they often demonstrate fluctuations (eg floods and famines) which may be climate influenced.

Like this?


By the time Alley and the GISP2 project finished in the early 1990s, they had pulled a nearly 2-mile-long core (3,053.44 meters) from the Greenland ice sheet, providing a record of at least the past 110,000 years. Even older records going back about 750,000 years have come out of Antarctica.

I suppose 750 000 years is a bit longer than 150 years, but what would I know? I'm not so highly privileged as to have been born yesterday.

As valuable as the temperature record may be, the real treasure buried in the ice is a record of the atmosphere’s characteristics. When snow forms, it crystallizes around tiny particles in the atmosphere, which fall to the ground with the snow. The type and amount of trapped particles, such as dust, volcanic ash, smoke, or pollen, tell scientists about the climate and environmental conditions when the snow formed.


Year after year, a steady rain of dust, plants, and animal skeletons settles on the ocean floor. As new materials pile on top of old materials, layers of sediment form a vertical timeline extending millions of years into the past. McManus and his colleagues on the Resolution are drilling long cores of the ocean floor to read the timeline.

Quoting you again:

"a hard-science like climatology" Its about as hard as economics or sociology. Far to many variables many of which are ignored because taking notice of them may be harmful to your argument.

Care to back this up?


Re: Nuclear power is a no-brainer

I look at the last (how many) years of various US presi Dents - as in the late Arthur Dent - ranting on about Iran's nuclear ambitions (let alone Iraq's or Syria's), and think, just imagine the fun if the US gets dyspeptic towards your nation and you've got an active nuclear power industry ... drop another bomb down the chimney, blow up all the bacon and the beans, go out to the car and blow it higher, ...

In New Zealand we had a very funny incident a few years back, when we had an active Nuclear Energy booster group operating. Auckland had a power cut, and the Nuclear Power booster group president or whatever, goes on the news to say how it all could've been prevented if NZ only had nuclear power ... turns out it had been a faulty insulator that had brought the whole network down. Of course nuclear power's going to solve broken insulators, innit? That's what it's there for ... :) They haven't been heard from since ...



@bombastic bo[t], is that truly you!?!

I take it you've never read anything on the history of science. Which would account for your ignorance of the experiments of John Tyndall, Sven Arrhenius, etc ...



They have to breed the way they do to maintain the populations they had / have. Now along comes whitey with his medicine (and, notes the otherwise horrible mortaltity rate there-in), and decieds to do something about it, and actually meets it with some success.

Are you aware of how long it took for the exact same medical methods, etc, to bring the European and European settler state birth rates down? At least three generations, before the average woman decided that birth control was reliable enough, that obstetrics and gynecology was reliable enough, that early childhood medicine was reliable enough for her and her man to stop planning for at least 50% child mortality - JS Bach being a prime example.

And it won't go down if they aren't sure that most of their children will live.

Linus Torvalds labels Super Bowl 'violent version of egg-and-spoon race'


Re: As an American, I can tell you some Super Bowl secrets

Calcio Fiorentino! I'd always been interested in it, and finally got the opportunity to watch it on youtube.

Well! There's a ball, a couple of teams, and an arena - not a paddock. I thought growing up learning League, Aussie Rules and Field Hockey in High School was rough. We were wimps.


Re: As an American, I can tell you some Super Bowl secrets

I always thought Bowl was a misspelling for Bowel but I could be wrong ... help me out, please - my leaves have drifted.


Re: Test Cricket and the Linux Kernel

I got told off once for body-line bowling! And all I was doing was bowling, not throwing! Sheesh! Some umpires!!!


It's all the bally stop-work meetings. There's a similar problem with Rugby Union - stop-work meetings over this-and-that. next thing you know, it'll be a violent blood sport like croquet or golf, and then it'll graduate to the ultra-violence of crocheting and knitting!!!

Ice Hockey, Aussie Rules, Hurling and Gaelic Football - all the gentle slow-paced codes ... I'm a very gentle, very fragile person, and those are the only ones slow and gentle enough for the likes of me ... :)


Re: Apocryphal anecdote

the games be split into quarters to allow for more advertising.

No, they wanted the players split into quarters, at 25c a quarter ... cheaper that way.

Web prank horror: Man shot dead while pretending to rob someone at knife-point for a YouTube video


Safe bet

that he won't die of AIDS or rabies or COVID-19 ... what a dim-wit!

Some mothers do 'ave 'em!

The unanswered question at CentOS community Q&A: How can we trust you now?



If RedHat's already got a Fedora Server, then introduces a CentOS Stream to fill exactly the same niche, won't they run the risk of confusing their customers? Confusing customers - what a way to go - they usually go elsewhere. Anyway, they've sold out one highly valuable brand and I doubt they'll be getting its equivalent back any time soon.

On the upside, AlmaLinux beta's usable. I haven't tested Rocky Linux but it still hasn't graced the download links yet.

Judge denies Parler an injunction to force AWS to host the antisocial network for internet outcasts


Re: obXKCD

It's called propaganda.. It's the cancel culture...

It's what these dudes have been peddling on Parler. Unless you can come up with a way to hang someone - like former Vice-President Mike Pence - on a gallows without cancelling them? No, didn't think you could.

As far as the expression cancel culture goes, that came about because of protests about police brutality in the US, iirc. I can't think of a more obvious example of cancel culture than the one the BLM protesters were protesting about. One where protests about police brutality are shoved aside, forgotten, ignored ....

Not listening to other peoples ideas is the classic example of narcissism.

Funny how this is supposed to make me want to support QAnon on Parler. Conspiracy theories like the QAnon one, are a classical example of narcissism. Conspiracy theories involve NOT listening to any explanation other than the ONE TRUE EXPLANATION; Conspiracy theories involve armouring oneself against all other possible explanations.

Buggy code, fragile legacy systems, ill-conceived projects cost US businesses $2 trillion in 2020


Obligatory Sherlock Holmes quote

“How often have I said to you that when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth?” The Sign of Four

If manglement has been warbling about a skills shortage for the past three or more decades, then the skill they are most lacking in, is management. Which means that manglement is getting paid on false pretences. Unfortunately they're judge, jury and executioner in this question, which is why they never get any closer to solving this "skills shortage".

Good luck - for them - that "problem solving" isn't in their job description. Perhaps "problem causing" could be added to their official job description, in the interest of truth in advertising?


Re: Praise Where and When Praise is Due.

Every time I feel ... the urge to stop taking myself seriously, I grab one of the two MAD books I've picked up along the way - Howling MAD and Burning MAD - and enjoy myself. Nothing better!

US courts system fears SolarWinds snafu could have let state hackers poke about in sealed case documents

Big Brother

There's SNAFU like an AFU

or, en otros palabros, the only difference between a SNAFU and an AFU is Situation Normal, carry on as usual ...

I hope against hope and despair, and against beavers eating holes in my dinghy while we're sailing, that this illustrates just how dangerous excessive data storage aka "Big Data" is, particularly when it comes to personal data. Some corp has your data and they haven't been practising safe data, and one day you wake to find a dog's turd of a SNAFU in your private data, or an elephant herd's pile of turds of an AFU, an ECFU ...

Loser Trump is no longer useful to Twitter, entire account deleted over fears he'll whip up more mayhem


Re: Dump The Trump

Whew!!! Where's the stench coming from?

United States Congress stormed by violent followers of defeated president, Biden win confirmation halted


Re: Unfortunately ...

Aren't most of us still at war with North Korea?

We've always been at war with Eastasia, until we're at war with Eurasia and the Party decrees that Eastasia is our eternal friend ...


Re: I'm surprised

you'd think we'd have more bananas...

Yes! We Have No Bananas


Re: ...and where exactly do you live in the US?

a certain joyless irony in the sight of the USA visiting the sort of chaos it generally reserves for other nations who deliver election results it doesn’t approve of upon itself...

9 11 1973, Santiago, Chile, Chilean President Salvador Allende was removed violently from office by a CIA-backed military coup after the right-wing had made persistent attempts to make his government unworkable. He may have made some mistakes, but it was his "successor", General Pinochet, who instituted mass murders and dictatorship.

Enough space to mention Mossadegh in Iran? 1954 in Guatemala?


I could go on ...


Re: ...and where exactly do you live in the US?

..and what makes you such a world authority on US domestic politics?

The same sort of thing that makes anyone an "authority" on anything - observation ...

Unless you were born here or have lived here for at least 2 or 3 decades and taken the Oath the term not even wrong comes to mind.

Curiously, nobody ever made that same demand from the "Kremlin watchers" who used to be such a fixture on current affairs TV and radio programs when I was young ... and nobody makes the same demand of the outside observers of the Arab and Muslim worlds that are such a fixture of the modern mass media ...

Dutch officials say Donald Trump really did protect his Twitter account with MAGA2020! password


Re: Can anyone explain for the non-USAsians:

The far right-wing twats claimed Obama was even worse than an African-American as his mother was white

As far as I have been able to ascertain, the greater majority of African-Americans born as slaves during slavery were likewise "worse because their fathers were in so, so many cases, white ... brains and bigotry don't go together.

Cats: Not a fan favourite when the critters are draped around an office packed with tech


Re: Catnip?

Like the time the FBI went public with a bag of "cocaine" they had confiscated from General Noriega after then-Pres George HW Bush had sent in the marines to invade Panama ... turns out it was cornmeal ... I was expecting to hear that some bright spark in the FBI had tried sniffing it, and had gotten high, but, ah, life doesn't always do what you want it to do.


That's nothing

A cat once caused a power outage in several suburbs in the New Zealand city of Tauranga. At least that's what everybody concluded after a: the power outage, and b: fried cat discovered on the power substation for said suburb.

Cats and power systems can be lethal - at least to the cats themselves.

Raven geniuses: Four-month-old corvids have similar cognitive abilities to great apes at same age, study finds


Corvid is as corvid does

or, there are quite a number of corvid species. I find myself wondering if the Bird of Paradise would respond the same way. Has anybody tried to find out?

CentOS project changes focus, no more rebuild of Red Hat Enterprise Linux – you'll have to flow with the Stream


Re: Erm ...

Don't like paying the AA/RAC, but when your car dies in Cornwall and you need to get you + family back for Xmas...

International Rescue! Thunderbirds Are Go!

Any who find themselves in danger, anywhere in the world, need only put out a call for help - on any frequency - and, from...somewhere...I.R. will hear it, and respond.

Although small in terms of personnel, the services rendered by iR are available throughout the Solar System.

unless Zaphod Beeblebrox has put in a hostile takeover bid on the stockmarket ... you know these interstellar corporations ... there is always the risk that Lord Crumb is not dead, and Crumb's Crunchy Delights hasn't abandoned its efforts ...

Biden projected to be the next US President, Microsoft joins rest of world in telling Trump: It looks like... you're fired


Re: Four more years

This in turn could threaten the historic ties between the U.S. and Europe, which spells trouble over here.

Spanish may even become the official U.S. language before 2100.

So Europe, which incidentally includes Spain, will feel its historic ties with the US will be threatened by Spanish becoming an official language of the US?

I thought that in certain parts of the US, Spanish was already a de facto official language alongside English, and that the US has never yet declared any language its [sole] official language.

Boats rock. But if you try to stop the boat rocking, the fair chance is that you'll capsize it instead.


Re: One down ...

and risk not enjoying the Democratic hoax that is COVID-19? I'm sure Trump properties in the US are hotbeds of infection - you can't seriously be expecting him to care enough about his guests to ensure that the properties are maintained free of pandemics?


Re: One down ...

His entire existence is on the line, which is why he's going to file every lawsuit he can.

It's looking a lot like Mantrid in Lexx. But fear not - a good many of those law suits alleging voter fraud will prove to be rich picking for lawyers wanting to see how quickly they can do someone for perjury.


Re: Pugh, Pugh, Barney McGrew, Cuthbert, Dibble, & Grubb

He'll still be the Lord High Twitterbator Extraordinaire. Due reward for his four years of public service would be to insist he become the senior lecturer and professor emeritus at Trump University on the Noble Art of Twitterbation, Theoretical and Applied. Pence, Bannon, and others would of course be his students ... and they would use Vogon Poetry Appreciation Chairs in the lectures. (I am such a kind-hearted ghoul! :) )


Re: Yay! Party time!

It's just America. They sue over everything.

My daddy left home when I was three

And he didn't leave much to ma and me

Just this old guitar and an empty bottle of booze.

Now, I don't blame him cause he run and hid

But the meanest thing that he ever did

Was before he left, he went and named me "Sue".


Re: Good

pure-bred mongrel, and proud of it!


Trump has been fired

unfortunately no one is saying whether or not he will be glazed as well ... let alone the vitally important matter of what sort of glaze will be used, matt or gloss or metallic or ... whatever .... these are vitally important questions ....

Remember so-not-a-pirate Kim Dotcom? New Zealand’s highest court has just said the USA can extradite him for copyright naughtiness


General warrants do not a case make

It still gets me that the NZ Police could act on a general warrant. And that general warrant not be disallowed on the perfectly sane procedural ground that a general warrant means nothing - if everything tastes like chicken, what does chicken taste like?

Not to forget, the dangerously open-ended "nature" of US copyright law - I'm still waiting to find out what new works dear old dead Walt Disney might've written which Disney Corp(se) has locked away in their vaults because it wouldn't do to publish stuff a dead film-maker might've written while dead ... discrimination against dead authors is still discrimination, after all, and if the purpose of copyright legislation is to encourage creatives to create, and the posthumous extensions to copygith are likewise to encourage creatives to continue creating, then publishers ought to, by law, be held accountable for all the dead creatives' creativity that they are suppressing and repressing ...

Boeing puts Loyal Wingman robot fighter jet through its paces... on the ground


Re: On fully automated planes

Rock-filled clouds, anyone? The F-111 (Aadvark) had a reputation of flying fast and low - very fast and very low. Interesting to see how this one pans out in those circumstances - the Aussies'd be interested if it can do what the F-111 could do. Otherwise, I doubt they'd be interested - unless of course the Yanks made buying it a condition of interaction with their armed forces. (I mean, they bought the F-18, didn't they? Under the assumption that they'd do some of the building - which never happened.)

RIAA DMCAs GitHub into nuking popular YouTube video download tool, says it can be used to slurp music


Streisand Effect

Just a question - how do the RIAA think people will react, once this tool has been brought into prominence by their actions? (I'm sure the source code is out there, and will now be copied more than ever, by people who can't read a line of it, but who will want to pass it around to stick it to The Man. Doofuses/doofi.)

Where have all the noses gone, long time passing?

Where have all the noses gone, long time ago?

Where have all the noses gone?

RIAA and MPAA have picked them everyone.

Oh, when will they ever learn?

Oh, when will they ever learn?

Nothing like a graceless dork pulling rank where there is none, to get up the noses of customers. Do you think the Numpty Breeders Association will finally show the RIAA CxOs when they finally do their (much awaited, many times delayed) Numpty Breeders Show?

Let’s check in with that 30,000-job $10bn Trump-Foxconn Wisconsin plant. Wow, way worse than we'd imagined


foot in mouth

meet Mr Bullet ...

“The eighth wonder of the world,” the hyperbolic reality TV star promised while claiming the deal was a reflection of him keeping his word to bring manufacturing back to America and make the country great again.

Sticking your foot in your mouth while brandishing a loaded gun then shooting yourself in the foot ... may appeal to some people, in particular those who can contort themselves and their friends as much as the Federal Secretary of Silly Tweets frequently does ... in the eighties I read about a trick some US military suppliers had, for ensuring their hands were stuck deeply into the taxpayer's pocket for the foreseeable future - overpromise and underdeliver, so the poor taxpayer gets "bought into" the project. The more it changes, the more it stays the same.

Mark Zuckerberg, 36, decides that having people on his website deny the deaths of six million Jews is a bad thing


Re: And that would be bad how?

After an accident about 12 years ago, the local Accident Compensation outfit sent a guy around to do my cleaning for me. We got on okay, then suddenly one day he comes out with stuff about how the Jews hadn't helped the Germans during the Depression, etc, so maybe ... and I said, that's fine for the bankers, but it shouldn't apply to the shoemakers, and he was gobsmacked. The idea that there could be Jews poorer than him, or just as hard-working, just hadn't occurred to him. He didn't say much after that, and he left soon after.

The problem I've found is that a lot of these characters just are not aware of the other person at all. Let alone that they are people just the same as them.

I'm wondering, though - the Jewish Voice for Peace, a US outfit trying to bring an end to the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians, has been complaining bitterly about Palestinian voices being systematically throttled by Facebook. I'll believe he's had a change of heart and that other people actually matter to Zuckerberg when he starts changing that.

Facebook doesn't know its onions: Seeds ad banned after machine-learning algo found vegetable pic 'overtly sexual'


Re: Sexually offensive...

Not to wish to offend, but aren't you forgetting the Lady of Shallittles?



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