* Posts by Agamemnon

187 publicly visible posts • joined 9 Apr 2017


Worried about your datacenter carbon footprint? Why not put it in orbit?


Re: A daft idea

I came gripe about why this is idea is crappym but the SubTitle and the first two comments covered my engineering twitching.

Also lag and latency.

MOAR crap in orbit.

And Bonus points for a nice data haven that only Big Players can afford and those would be juicy targets [supply chain, material, manufacturing, logistics, etc.] an adversary in a conflict. [Anti Satellite weapons are quite the rage witiih the Super Powers these days.] +++

This idea needs tossed n the bin as a Solution Looking For A Problem.

+++ Think of all the lost Pr0n *alone*.

French cloud operator OVHcloud gets datacenter funds from EU lending arm


Re: adiabatic cooling

Thank your for that ... saved me a new Google tab.

One on me. --->

Microsoft's Lennart Poettering proposes tightening up Linux boot process


BSD is Pottering Free.

NASA, SpaceX weigh invoking Dragon to take Hubble higher


Re: 32-year old hardware

*Roaring Laughter*

-- Friday Beer for you.


Re: 32-year old hardware

That tale, if I'm correct after the decades and lots of weed ...

Was an AT&T Sys V PBX that got walled in at a university.

* Side note: I despise Novell.

US border cops harvest info from citizens' phones, build massive database


Re: Safety First!

1. Burner Phone with only what you Absolutely need.

2. Ship DSDs in laptop ahead and run off a USB Stick in Read Only you'll cheerfully let them have.

3. Know the passwords to your cloudy stuff.

I haven't crossed the border {North or South} in done time, but I assure you that's how I'll be doing it.

* Bonus points because they'll likely be Furious.

Terminal downgrade saves the day after a client/server heist


Re: Did something similar for an Aussie telco once

Ah... beat me to it.


Re: Text based computer interface

I'm adding "Paintain" to my daily lexicon.

Please have one on me. --->

California to try tackling drought with canal-top solar panels


Re: 372 miles

Thank you for reminding our friends of El Reg measurement Standards. ----> on me.

Dev's code manages to topple Microsoft's mighty SharePoint


Re: Bug Finder

Thanks for the recommendation.

This sounds exactly like my kind or read!

And, as it happens, I happen to be out of SciFi to flip through.

Get over it: Microsoft is a Linux and open source company these days


Re: Sometimes, it's the little things.

Heh. I know Snipe.

I'll have to share this with her.

NOBODY PRINT! Selfless hero saves typing pool from carbon catastrophe


Re: Pottering around not doing much

Mine used to say, "Pizza Box and Beer Bottle Removal Engineer" (I was the COO of a Start-Up).

After we designed the cards I modified the file for my cards when nobody was looking, and when we got the proofs back from the printers while everyone was Aghast, I said, "These are *perfect*" and slipped a few into my wallet (knowing my I.T. Buddy and I would be getting together for pints later that evening).

Always good to mess with your title, keeps people on their toes.

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


Re: Not be happy ... to reinstall my OS from scratch every year or two

"Always used KDE, lived through 4, toughened me up."

*Roaring Laughter* Yup.

One on me.


Re: Not be happy ... to reinstall my OS from scratch every year or two

Heh. I reinstall my Kubuntu from scratch every LTS (I'm busy right now so don't have time to do the 22.04 upgrade on my laptop, next week, probably, perhaps). I work on RedHat/CentOS servers but need WiFi drivers, the printer. Rebuild takes me a few hours and /home is a separate partition (don't forget to export your home directoriy's encryption key) and simply remount it. Good to go.

My housemate is a Rock Star game dev (formerly of 343/Halo, all of them) and his machine is Win 11 (some strange beta I'm not even sure is In Chain at Microsoft) and he rebuilds twice weekly.

Frankly, I'm in awe and as a SysAsmin... if I had to do Windows again professionally, I'd be begging him (a Dev) for hints on rebuilding WinX at scale because he's got it nailed down.

The Return of Gopher: Pre-web hypertext service is still around


Re: doesn't solve ad bloat

I would actually Watch ASCII Art Ads!

Europe proposes tackling child abuse by killing privacy, strong encryption


Re: Impossible


I have never seen a Doctor or Lawyer use crypto, not even my patent attorney in Seattle a few years back.

And don't get me started about my girlfriend's daughter's medical records being sent in the clear.

The professions that should be using cryptography do not. As much as I want to blame them somehow, I realize that it is because it is their Customers that Can Not.


Re: Scunthorpe

A friend of mine and I have been using PHP (GnuPG, whatever) for a very long time. Went to Uni together and later worked at a magazine with shiny paper and vibrant ink. We remember Phill getting drilled.

That being said, way long before Snowden we used to trade chili and bread recipes because poking bears with sticks is funny.

We agree with your statement.

Thinnet cables are no match for director's morning workout


Re: Oh My!

The potted plants are Outside of the Desktop cases.

Though one school district I worked for in the early 90' (Dude(t)s, did we all work at some set of schools in our early careers? I see a trend which is why I bring it up.) Once of the nice ladies in the district office had a Lovely Cubicle with all sorts of plants...the one on top of her running desktop while she was watering caught my eye(re).

"Best case, you fry the machine, middle case you get `lectrocuted and die, worst case it it sets off a fire and burns the district build to the ground." Next maintenance week there was a rather nice safety radius of plants vs machine.


Re: Full names please.......

Ok, that's cool actually.

It *is* funny to me when someone gets a profession that rings with their names in some fashion.

* Officer Renegade. [The article I read last week-ish; Citation for being an Excellent Officer in the community.]

* Dr. Hackem (Surgeon).

* Dr. Yankum (Dentist, know personally)

* Dr. Twist (Chiropractor).


That kind of thing is actually Fun.

Find me a MicroSoft Dev named Sharpless and I'll just stroke out laughing.


Re: Full names please.......

Mea Madre went to school with a "Candy Cane".

Used to know a Rose Root and her mother, Ginger.

I live on the US West Coast so I know Way more than my fair shares of, Star's, Sunflower's, Sky/Skye/Skie's, I can pull a bouquet of Zoe's out of my ass (human and K-9s).

I think Commentard Central can probably keep this thread running all weekend.

Salesforce sued in attempt to block release of Capitol riot info


Re: All parties

*cough* I live in America... fortunately on the Left Toast so I'm spared much BS, but ummm...

Hypocrisy is very much a coin in this realm. In case you haven't been here, they *are* representing the people.


Re: All parties

Oh, yeah... this.

So in the US, even on the Intelligence Committee, it's legal for a Congress Critters to make trades on things they know.

Not legal for me if my housemate tells me the exact release of $program and I invest in his company, that's bad.

I mean, what I wouldn't give for an Intelligence Take and a good investment banker and zero flak.

I'm a little jealous.*

*Not enough to sell my soul and compromise my ethics and become a Congress Critter tho, not that jealous.


Re: Buttery males - use your own server

This one's for you.


Re: Buttery males

Damnit... you owe me a keyboard.

*Tea Everywhere*

'At least' 6.5 exabytes lost after contamination hits Kioxia/WD 3D NAND fabs


Re: I've found a way of selling it

*hoses keyboard in tea*

Long week, kinda rough. You two just put a smile on my face. Thank You.

Waterfox: A Firefox fork that could teach Mozilla a lesson


Re: Palemoon, check. Seamonkey, check.

I have a beloved, cross platform, eBook Management Joy: Calibre. Linux/PC/Mac (in most Linux distros.

I've over 1600 books, many of them I've even purchased (grin), and from Sir Doyle to Neil Stephenson I've probably got it. And I Have a Kindle aroound here somewhere (I think) but I Again a book, strip the DRM to ePUB and good to go.

And then I sync book to my NextCloud to my fondleslab/phone/lappy: all have the same book if I'm in a line (queue for right pond mates) or transit time, or the cafe.

'IwlIj jachjaj! Incoming LibreOffice 7.3 to support Klingon and Interslavic


PKWare ZIP being the most glaring example that pops to mind.


That mate... that's how to do it. Good on you.

Microsoft Paint + car park touchscreen = You already know where this is going


Re: Who got out of bed on the wrong side today?

That's actually not too bad.

In Downtown Seattle I know a garage (Car Park for our friends on the Right Side of the Right Pond) that's $25.00 USD the first two hours and $5.00 each additional hour.

Now I live in Redmond on the other side of Lake Washington. I take the Express Metro Bus, Round Trip, $6.50 [and also get to skip the several dollar Bridge Toll ... while reading my paperback/drinking tea/and generally not stressing about other drivers and traffic conditions].

Pretty cheap fix from my perspective and the money I save ends up in Seattle at one of the abundant places for excellent comestibles. [They get my money anyway, but I'd prefer something of value for it other than a rectangular space of asphalt to park my automobile ... like Curries, and Pints!]

On Christmas night, a computer logs a call to say his user has stopped working…


Re: Sexing goldfish using MS Office

Rule 34 and all

Revealed: Remember the Sony rootkit rumpus? It was almost oh so much worse


Re: You have to wonder

I live in Redmond...

... the pills are washed down nicely with the Kool Aid.

But now I'm compelled to test this. Microsoft campus is like a forty minute walk from my place and I haven't been to the gym in a while so total second order benefit.

Now, how many pills do we need and of what?

[What? This is the West Coast, Seattle is Right There, I'm certain materials are available for this... experiment. We could bring UW into it and make it Official [and do the same thing around Amazon and use Nintendo and a control].

I got this!

[Icon: Started early.]

Ooh, an update. Let's install it. What could possibly go wro-


Re: Netware? Less than 20 years ago? Where was he working - Jurassic Park?

Beers for you.

Remember SoftRAM 95? Compression app claimed to double memory in Windows but actually did nothing at all


I'm sorry I forgot to mention that in the US most of our parents had Call Waiting™ (so Aunt Kate could interrupt Mom's call with Aunt Terri) that would interrupt a call with a beeping tone, Not if the four tunes for a modem and cheerfully freaking your modern out.

*70 was how you killed that, and you added it to any dialing software worth a crud as a prefix.


In the US when I was a wee jerk:

*70,{number} killed incoming connections.

My parents despised this knowledge.

Microsoft's UWP = Unwanted Windows Platform?


Re: It becomes emabarrassing

I run KDE on Kubuntu that basically looks like a sexy Windows 7 on my daily carry laptop.

The fun part is; I'm an old Unix engineer that actually lives in Redmond, and do it just to piss off Microsofties.

Anonymous: We've leaked disk images stolen from far-right-friendly web host Epik


Re: Must have taken them HOURS

*Roaring Laughter*


I owe you a beer for the laugh.

Report details how Airbus pilots saved the day when all three flight computers failed on landing


Re: "I can stop a car much quicker without the interference of the ABS system."

That is almost verbatim what my Uncle Don* would say to describe ABS.

* He invented then at General Motors.

A speech recognition app goes into a bar. Speak up if you’ve heard it already


Re: Palm glyphs

Palm Glyphs are just a variation of Drafting Vertical Gothic. Took me an hour to be decent and a day to be proficient since I spent four years in drafting in High School and College.

I wish my "Smart Phone" or any of my tablets was half as proficient at stylus input (including the LG Stylo I specifically bought for the task) as the Palm III.

(Roaring Laughter)... I shared this forum with my housemate and after a few moments, handed me a Palm III from his box o' silicon and plastic things that he also can't get rid of.

That made my week.

We're both having a good laugh so beers all about.


Re: Palm glyphs

I miss my Palm TX.

My ExGirlfriend of twenty years ago called me a few months ago:

Soooooo...I went through the old storage untit and I have some TShirts of yours that I'm not giving back and a Palm III with dock and manuals. You want me to send that to you?

[Queue Dabs a few weeks ago...]

Me. I literally cannot give that hardware away. RS232 Serial ports aren't a thing anymore. Trash it.

She: But the computer museaum in Boulder Creek (Santa Cruz-ish) might like it.

Me: It's literally not worth the fuel to drive it up the hill.

Branson (in a) pickle: FAA grounds Virgin Galactic flights after billionaire's space trip veered off course


This one's on me.

Previous comment was good in that...

I helped launch Space Ship One (both damned launches running up and down I-5 from Santa Cruz to the Mojave assisting the X-Prize Foundation).

Ok, so the engine is *basically* recycled rubber tires with Nitrogen Oxide pumped through some holes in the cross section as oxidizer. You can *sort of* shut the engine down but when it runs out by turning off the NO2 and it'll stop burning after it runs out of atmosphere. Then you loose velocity and surface control. Then, Space Ship One and Two become a Badmitton Shuttlecock on reentry.

Growing up at NASA AMES I've flown in some seriously crazy things (that probably violated a million regulations, fortunately Test Zoomies are particularly crazy and a good time was had by all, especially a little boy that loves to fly). That being said:

I would prefer the Zoomie In Charge (TM) keep the flight profile less Brick-Like, and Balls To The Wall is better than Lead Balloon.

Google Groups kills RSS support without notice


Re: RSS isn't dead.

I'm rather grumpy about them leaving XMPP since I had my own XMPP server with a wonderful bridge that allowed it to talk to both GChat and Facebook's (before Facebook became toxic and unusable).

And I could stack OTR on top of it completely disallowing content-based advertising on my chats.

Loved it.

Smoking smartphone sparks emergency evacuation of Alaska Airlines jet, two taken to hospital


Well, I just coffee showered my keyboard.

Horizon Workrooms promises a virtual future of teal despair


Re: The teapot with craft IPA.

Brew of choice in the US Pacific North West (Seattle, and bloody Redmond where I, as a Unix guy, unfortunately live).

One cannot hide from it. From my deck where I'm sitting, there are four breweries and five "tasting rooms" within walking distance.

IPA, Double IPA, Triple IPA, YouPA IPA, WePA IPA, Let's PA IPA.

I prefer a good Porter.


I've had a developer Oculus on my desk for some time now. Pre Facebook.

It looks cool and collects dust but it's otherwise worthless since I don't have a Facebook account.

Per Alastair Dabs: "I can't even Give my old hardware away."

At least my old 3.5" floppy drive comes in handy once in a while installing DOS 6.2.

Live, die, copy-paste, repeat: Everything is recycled now, including ideas


Re: Better to light a single candle than curse the darkness

Why does this address sound familiar?

Oh! It's my old BofA. If stop there on the way to O'Reilly's pub on (Beach Blanket Blvd) Green St.

(I'd get cash on the way to the pub because the two times I threw down my credit card ended either really well or really poorly, depending on one's point of view.)

It's still there. I promise.

Internet Explorer 3.0 turns 25. One of its devs recalls how it ended marriages – and launched amazing careers


I recall IE on SUN. Most of my gear including my home Sparc 25 was Solaris.

I said at the time: "You can hold a gun to my head but I'll not be installing Microsoft Code on my SUN Boxes... Have you lost it? Should I call a shrink, or the sheriff's office (while backing away slowly, have very not threatening, edging to door).


Because it was built into the browser as Core.

Mozilla would eventually split it out into Thunderbird and Microsoft would make Outlook but it was originally integrated.

Email could, would, and cheerfully did, kill your fucking browser by polling the email server(s) while you were doing other things.

It's why those tasks were separated into different attested agents.

IMAP can be rough... Polling IMAP in your browser every five minutes is murder on the client, the network, and the server... In 1997.


Oi. I actually recall that one.

I build the first independent ISP in central California (Stockton/Lodi[of "stuck in fame"], Manteca and Modesto) and it was all 56k moderns except for a few businesses running ISDN <ooooo, 128k bonded ... Giddy joy>.

Their email system was crap. It barely did POP3 and University of Washington was pushing IMAP and that was Worse.

If you had IMAP you were screwed. If you had POP3 sweet to fifteen minutes for a mail check residually if some asshole sent you a 1MB (pdf, gif, etc).

I could watch the logs...

C. Send me mail.

S. I'm giving you the email you asked for.

C. Send me mail.

S. I'm sending you mail.

C. Send me mail.

S. Know what? Fuck off.

It's why I still use (Al)Pine to get stuff done.

Philanthropist and ex-Microsoft manager Melinda Gates and her husband Bill split after 27 years of marriage


Re: break up after a long marriage

I've been through a few breakups and you sir are Correct.

It's Rough.

Separating, bazillions or not in play it's personalities.

I live in Redmond. I can walk to Xadadu2 [Bellevue not Redmond] for kicks before the sun goes down.

I'm actually stunned.

Breakups suck and I... Wish both of them Well.

People grow and move.... Ideally Forward.

Bill and I have been a few rounds in business, internet, etc. Came to my desk at WiReD to apologize (with a security team to keep me from beating him with a 2x4)

Dunno what his home situation is. It's really none of our business.

I walk by the Foundation at least once a month. I take the bus to Seattle and pass their home.

People are folk and like the test of us have Issues.

I was in LA when Arnie got busted for screwing the maid.


People are people and we fuck up and are stupid.

This seems a pleasant disconnect.

No scandal! That's new.

Privacy purists prickle at T-Mobile US plan to proffer people's personal web, app pursuits to ad promoters


Repeatedly it's been proven...

That anonymous identifiers Can be linked back to an individual. This blatant blathering that it cannot it getting on my last nerve.