* Posts by DerGoat

15 posts • joined 30 Apr 2018

PuTTY in your hands: SSH client gets patched after RSA key exchange memory vuln spotted


Give me a good alternative

In my situation, I teach lots of kids (loosely defined) how to configure Cisco equipment. Putty is the only solution I know of that handles serial connections and has a GUI for the kids to learn on (Linux only please). I ween them off as soon as possible and get them using SSH from the command line once they understand what they are doing and know how to enable SSH on Cisco equipment, but at the most basic level when they are setting up "fresh" equipment, Putty is the only real choice. Does anyone have a practical Linux alternative?

We'll help you get your next fix... maybe, we'll think about it, says FTC: 'Right to repair' mulled


There is some "iffyness" about this, and that is the laws around software and EULAs.

Remember Psion, who made MAC clones by sourcing all the hardware, assembling it, then using a retail version of Mac OS and a shem program to load it? They were sued out of business.

I used to use this as a thought experiment with my students to make them cognizant that they don't and can't own software. I would say, "suppose you bought a FORD truck and wanted to put a CHEVY motor in it. You could do that because you own the hardware. But you could never (practically) make it run because the computer software wouldn't allow that, and legally, you can't change the software."

If at first you don't succeed, you may be trying to install that Slow Ring Windows 10 build


I suffer Windows users ....

... to convert them. My class room and Lab are ran 99% on Linux. Only experimental servers and VM run Windows. No one has a problem. After 6 months, even the hard core Windows users complain about having to support Windows. More people should try freedom.

At 900k lines of code, ONOS is getting heavy. Can it go on a diet?


err .. Duh...

This conversation makes me feel like an idiot. Compared to the Networking Gods on Mount Olympus I know that I'm a lowly idiot, but I'd like to know what the big kids are talking about. Can someone dumb it down for me?

Yesterday, I was giving a lecture on how switches work to my new crop of vocational students, when the very best one of the new students, out of the corner of my eye, started eating his boogers. I was shocked, but couldn't stop the lecture. I had to watch him have a snack a few times as I explained port tables and MAC addresses.

Reading this I feel like I'm that booger eater. Please! Dumb this down for this booger eater.

That 'Surface will die in 2019' prediction is still a goer, says soothsayer


Re: Is there anything wrong with Windows 10?

There is nothing wrong with Windows 10. Just put it in a virtual machine on you Linux host and launch it when you need it. Sure you need to remember to turn it on every six months and let it run for a day or so to update itself, but that's a small price to pay to have a perfectly functional virtual machine to do those occasional task you can't do in Linux.

This is how I run my classroom. Once I get the students used to Linux (very quickly), they very rarely ever load Win 10. BTW, I give my Admin students the choice to study either MS for the MCSA or Linux+ and Server+. Most pick Linux. But I do encourage them to use the vm Win 10 to talk to the Windows Servers I keep around so they are familiar with what being trapped in an overly complicated server is like.

And for those pesky piggy apps like Autocad, I dual boot. Thankfully, I don't need that often.

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


Or you could ditch cable ...

I've been a cord cutter for years. Century Link DSL @ 33 Mbps for $45 a month. I get close to 5 9's (99.999%) uptime, I'd say 4 9's. Even after the last hurricane it didn't go down. I just hooked the Generator to the UPS's.

The library has free movies and Netflix keeps me busy.

Sub-Prime: Amazon's big day marred by server crashes, staff strikes


Prime Day is Bogus

Bogus = Not really a thing, a bad deal.

Really, I don't understand the whole whoopla over Prime day. I spent a total of $35 on stuff. Saved $5 on a game for the kids and maybe half off on a 256GB SD card for my phone ($20), and the SD card wasn't even featured. This looks like a manufacturered event to me.

A fool and his money ... soon parted.

But I love the free shipping. I use the hell out of that. Well worth the $100 membership fee. Prime video? Interface is so poor I never use it.

ZTE sends 400 million hostages, gets back in business stateside



At least a discussion is happening here, not just flaming.

Perhaps I am "Dumb enough to be an American".

Some of us "dumb" Americans are tired of seeing ridiculous trade imbalances.

For example, Canada can ship us as much wood (timber) as it wants to because it has vast virginal forests and they don't necessarily have to replant those forest because it uses that newly cleared land for farming. OK, but then they block our dairy exports to them because they have to protect the "artisanal" dairy farmers who make homemade cheese. Artisanal cheese is nice and everything, but they block our yogurt producers and milk producers. They think it it's OK to ship us as much timber as they can cut down, but they can't take our milk because it might harm their milk and cheese producers. This is not how free trade is supposed to work.

Real world example: I produce honey (well, the bees do). It's a labor of love. Harvesting the honey from a colony of bees will produce (on a good harvesting, only two a year) 40 lbs of honey, which we can sell slowly for $8 per pound. Gross profit is $320. Deduct our time and supplies and it is a break even thing we do because we love nature.

But any honey imported from Central America can be adulterated by 20% and still be sold as 100% pure honey. This is hardly fair trade. And this is what people in the US are angry about. The trade agreements are hardly "fair". Yes, Trump can be an ass. But no one else is fighting for us, so we are willing to put up with an ass.

Just my two cents worth.

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I like my ZTE phone. The wife and kid have ones too. Great performance for the money. The 6" slab is only $100 and even has two SIM slots, or use one for a micro SD card. I hope they will have a new one when 5G comes out next year.

Personally, I think Trump handled this pretty well. Gave the Chinese a hard slap that wasn't so hard it made them loose face and they came in line. At least for now.

I will probably get lots of down votes, but as a Yank, I think Trump is doing a pretty good job. He wasn't my first pick, or even my second, and I didn't think he would win, but I knew one thing: he was going to punch a lot of people in the nose. I've not been disappointed.

What many people around the world don't understand about US libertarians and conservative Republicans is how sick we have been that recent presidents we have elected, the two Bushes, have not taken the fight to our opponents. What we like about Trump is that finally we have a president who is willing to trow out the rule book and take the fight to the entrenched bureaucracy. That is why so many of us have given him wide latitude to try it his way. And contrary to what you might be reading across the pond, his popularity over here is actually increasing. The November elections will probably give him even more power to be a bull in a China shop.

PayPal, Google ordered to make suspected pirates walk the plank into freezing waters



" ... we have received notice that you are deceased... this breach is not capable of remedy."

PayPal can make me live forever by breaching their contracts? Hmmm ...

Decision time for AI: Sometimes accuracy is not your friend


Why is everyone being so dyspeptic (lovely word) about the article? It's interesting to to get a glimpse into the kinds of issues that face AI and ML. I may never be a master at maths, but I can at least follow the logic here. I for one will use this article with my students. Not that I expect them to get it, but at least I might be able to get them to think about problems in more than one dimension.

Big Blue's Summit super sits, aptly, at the peak of official Top500 beast list

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Re: shout out for storage?

Thank you for that clarification. I figured the data would be gone pretty quickly, relatively speaking. I was just wondering how it was done. My guess would be that it went to some fast storage and then sent down to something like TAPE.

TAPE? Well, it is stable and cheap. I suppose it could go on some massive and portable RAID, but if the truck got in an accident delivering it ... opps. Better run that job again. I'm thinking of modeling something like a neutron star merger. Wouldn't that produce results that would take a long time for analysis?

Then again, the answer to everything is 42 so ... that should fit on a flash drive.

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Re: shout out for storage?

And what about the results? How do you store all that crunched data usefully? I for one would like to know more about this side of super computers. Maybe the Reg could do a quick article explaining the whole process.

WD's Purple reign continues: 12TB helium disks for vid spy tech


Is my math dodgy?

1.5 million hours MTBF?

1,500,000 / 24 hours = 62500 days

62500 / 365 = 171 years? Is this correct? Even without sleep mode, my NAS should last my whole life.

Or until I fill up 12 TB. Doh! I'm already out of space.

Sprint, T-Mobile US sitting in a tree, M-E-R-G-I-N-G


Re: What a load of crap...

My guess is than now Sprint will move to GMS.

Think about it. If this is about 5G, then this is the right time to upgrade all the antennas.

As for only three large carriers, read some economics: (from Wikipedia)

The rule of three in business and economics is a rule of thumb suggesting that there are always three major competitors in any free market within any one industry. This was put forward by Bruce Henderson of the Boston Consulting Group in 1976,[1] and has been tested by Jagdish Sheth and Rajendra Sisodia in 2002, analyzing performance data and comparing it to market share. This is an attempt to explain how, in mature markets, there are usually three 'major players' in a competitive market.[2]


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