* Posts by A.P. Veening

2199 posts • joined 15 Aug 2018

Linux kernel coders propose inclusive terminology coding guidelines, note: 'Arguments about why people should not be offended do not scale'

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Re: That should be something to do for GNU translation project

Just translate it to NewSpeak.

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Re: "FFS! That's the kind of bullshit logic .."

Now you are insulting to bovines, please refer to it as rose fertilizer.

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Re: Thin end of the wedge?

You are correct in the cheap paint, but wrong in the base (which happens to be chalk, a lot cheaper than lead).

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Re: No problem with most of it, but...

Agreed, 1984 should be required literature, especially for those woke idiots though not for politicians, they might consider it a manual.

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Re: Loaded words replaced by euphemisms

And you missed fark.

When a deleted primary device file only takes 20 mins out of your maintenance window, but a whole year off your lifespan

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Re: Windows 95 was still new...

I also mostly leave the registry alone except for adding a couple of small things when installing Windows:

To force Home systems to use <Ctrl><Alt><Del> to log on and not show the previous user:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System]

"dontdisplaylastusername"=dword:00000001

"DisableCAD"=dword:00000000

"LogonType"=dword:00000000

To show seconds in the system clock (handy to detect a hanging system):

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced]

"ShowSecondsInSystemClock"=dword:00000001

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Re: Seems like a proper who, me

A backup isn't complete until it is also successfully restored.

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I think they needed something a wee bit stronger after that.

Where is the whisk(e)y icon?

Linux Mint 20 isn't exactly bursting with freshness but, hey, there's kernel 5.4 and it's a long-term support release

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Re: Upgrading?

Afterward it was "Freshly Minted"?

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Re: Linux flavours

Deemed "cool" not so much, claiming to be cool a lot (all Apple fanbois, the OS is derived from BSD, a Unix variant).

One does not simply repurpose an entire internet constellation for sat-nav, but UK might have a go anyway

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Re: Full-blown kakistocracy

Hell, please make me five four more of these or the fractional penny may give accounting some problems.

Seems like you have some calculating problems as well.

Apple said to be removing charger, headphones from upcoming iPhone 12 series

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At the moment Skod seems immune to it... but that's more because no elitist brand worshipping prick would be seen dead in one.

Skoda drivers are just smarter, with Skoda you get more care for less money than any other brand in the VAG.

Remember when we warned in February Apple will crack down on long-life HTTPS certs? It's happening: Chrome, Firefox ready to join in, too

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Re: What the?

But if chrome and Firefox do the same then there goes the standard way of doing things a new standard is in rapid development.

FTFY.

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Re: Microsoft Doesn't Matter at This Point

The only thing left for Microsoft is to decide if they want to be consistent with the other browser makers.

Microsoft will, eventually (but don't hold your breath).

Finally, a wafer-thin server... Only a tiny little thin one. Oh all right. Just the one...

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Re: Don't involve facilities if you only have one DC

Too many times the utterly work incompetent fool is a savvy corporate political animal.

Those are prime victims targets for the full B*FH treatment and the same goes for those covering them. And that is before sicking the auditors onto them. Usually there is no need to escalate to a full auto-da-fé but letting them know the full power of the Spanish Inquisition is ready to come down on them does help.

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Re: Don't involve facilities if you only have one DC

During the crisis meeting the following Monday the first thing the head of facilities pointed out was that I couldn't sue anyone as the UPS was the spec facilities had ordered so the vendor was in the clear and I couldn't sue him as he was an internal "business unit"

You could (and should) have reported that head of facilities to the CFO, properly done and with all necessary documentation he would have been out on his arse in nothing flat. And if it happened in the correct jurisdiction, his pension would have gone to pay for the extra costs.

When one open-source package riddled with vulns pulls in dozens of others, what's a dev to do?

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Re: In the real world

My preferred OS is also from IBM (OS/400), but yes, you are right, it is turtles all the way down. Having turtles of good pedigree does however help a lot.

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Re: In the real world

There comes a point where you call a function and "magic" happens.

If I have anything to say about it, that "magic" is supplied by the compiler manufacturer and there aren't that many of those I trust. For some reason I have a tendency to prefer IBM compilers.

Windows 10 Insider wondering where Notepad has gone? Fear not, Microsoft found it down the back of Dev Channel

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Re: i miss the olden days

and they at most turned around once a day instead of doing the current 180 rpm (and accelerating).

Beware the fresh Windows XP install: Failure awaits you all with nasty, big, pointy teeth

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Re: Squirrel!

but I did suggest investing in a shotgun

... so next time some AP's would have to be replaced

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Re: Alternatives are good.

Did they try Dijon?

Also my first thought. Alternatively, they could try wasabi.

Internet Society, remember your embarrassing .org flub? The actual internet society would like to talk about it

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Re: A billion really ain't that much.

It would even work if the one you murdered was that Jack, especially if you could claim self defense.

Fasten your seat belts: Brave Reg hack spends a week eating airline food grounded by coronavirus crash

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Re: Extra flavourings

For those that don't get your sarcasm:

Using that pressure chamber is a good bit cheaper (and better controllable) and yes, they do use them.

Segway to Heaven: Mega-hyped wonder-scooter that was going to remake city transport to cease production

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Re: Ahh, those were the days...

No donut holders? Amazing.

Indonesia’s capital city is literally sinking. Google just opened a new cloud region there anyway

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Re: Liquid cooling?

I don't see why not, IIRC Google already has experience with submerged datacenters in containers.

EDIT:

Nope, that was Microsoft, see here, Google just uses seawater for cooling.

Faxing hell: The cops say they would very much like us to stop calling them all the time

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Re: I called the cops

Einz, zwo-und-dreißig, sechzehn, acht, herrscht Konjunktur die ganze Nacht ;)

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Just another example ...

of a phone number that should never have gotten out in the wild: Click

PC printer problems and enraged execs: When the answer to 'Hand over that floppy disk' is 'No'

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Re: family - "let her pay for it (from her own money)"

Second marriage and we have an agreement: You break it, you fix it!

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Re: Ah IT 'managers'

Nope, those are the ones who failed at management.

Those who can, do.

Those who can't, teach

Those who flunk teaching, manage

Those who can't manage, audit.

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Re: family

Better wait until it does and let her pay for it (from her own money), that lesson will stick.

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Re: I think he was glad when I left

Unlikely, 4,294,967,296‬ upvotes would be a bit much, I don't think there are quite that many commentards here.

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Re: How to be diplomatic in the face of idiocy?

Yup, shame about that "manager", such an experience would make me consider finding another job (and taking my boss with me).

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Re: "The IT manager turned up clutching a clipboard"

One company I worked for (not a small company) had a policy of putting the lowest 15% performers of an entire department on a disciplinary action at the end of every month. People who got fingered two months in a row were fired.

They should have started with the HR department, that manager would without doubt have been in the lowest 1% performers every single month of the year (until fired).

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Re: Ah IT 'managers'

Sure a technical knowledge can be useful, and in a crisis good technical leadership is great to have, but it is not necessary to be technical if you have a great team below you.

But to collect and keep a great team below you, you have to be aware of and acknowledge your own limitations on the technical side, otherwise that team will either never collect or (if you became the manager of an existing great team) it will fall apart as at least some will leave looking for a good leader.

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Re: Ah IT 'managers'

Actually he wasn't a bad guy, but had clearly bitten off much more than he could chew and was petrified someone would find out.

And he didn't even notice you found out almost immediately.

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Re: I think he was glad when I left

It is true that incompetent nincompoops are very often highly annoyed by people who actually know what they're doing. They keep the idiot from whitewashing his mistakes.

For some reason I can't give this the upvote it deserves, seems like the PTB don't like the truth.

Instead, have a ====>

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Re: "I'm the IT director for ..."

I sure hope the complaint was answered with:

"We listened to the recording of the call. We will no longer take your calls and are cutting you as a customer", preferably with a CC: to the C-level above that IT director.

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Re: Ah IT 'managers'

The problem arises when a manager *thinks* he knows everything and doesn't trust his own team.

But said manager doesn't, think that is. He just knows he knows everything. As for not trusting his own team, he is completely correct as he has lost their trust already and they are now out to get rid of him.

'Boringly reliable': Red Hat architect thinks Kubernetes is 'mostly done' – but there are still plenty of bugs

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Re: Give this man a medal.

Rebates to customers for problematic bugs will help focus on bug fixing.

Wow, Microsoft's Windows 10 always runs Edge on startup? What could cause that? So strange, tut-tuts Microsoft

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Re: @Chris G - Terminate

In that case, I heartily recommend Irfan View for image viewing.

Overload: A one-way ticket to a madman's situation

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Re: Been There, Had That

The developer got a bollocking for using unauthorised and untested scripts, the server was added back into the mail relay and shortly thereafter the project went live without a hitch.

I'd say those scripts were tested (and failed).

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Re: I meant to do that!

No further than getting some manglers fired, much to their surprise (but that was not so much manglement as -skillfully- applied politics and backstabbing).

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Re: I meant to do that!

Without notifying anybody, that would have been a career terminating move.

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That was a serious and unscheduled test gone horribly right.

Someone got so fed up with GE fridge DRM – yes, fridge DRM – they made a whole website on how to bypass it

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Re: Advertent FUD

If you are a tea drinker, these filters will remove Fe and tannic acid which form a dark coloured scum on the surface of tea.

Small correction, that tannic acid is extremely unlikely to be in the water for the filters to remove, it is infused into the water with the rest of the tea solubles from the tea leaves.

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Re: Entirely legal

Great air con

Pun intended?

Russia drags NASA: Enjoy your expensive SpaceX capsule, our Soyuz is the cheap Kalashnikov of rockets

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Re: Kalashnikov = 'Cheap'?

Kalashnikov's and the Soyuz have something in common, they were designed long ago by a system that threw money at them.

Wrong, the AK-47 was developed by Mikhail Kalashnikov because of his experiences in WWII.

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Re: Delivery?

UPS actually sent me a letter asking me (a) where I lived and (b) to pick the parcel up from them. The letter was addressed properly, so it reached me OK

Meaning their parcel service just couldn't find your address while the postal service could.

Microsoft unshackles WSL2 Linux kernel from Windows 10 image for future fettling via Windows Update

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Re: re: speedy Linux updates

Don't worry, they'll bork the Linux update any day now.

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