* Posts by Soruk

546 posts • joined 30 Aug 2007

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Businesses should dump Windows for the Linux desktop

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Teams is available for Linux, indeed I have actually found it more stable than under Win10 (I was using AlmaLinux 8). Other solutions exist for Linux, notably Zoom.

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Re: Genuine Question

If you're paying for, for example, Red Hat support with RHEL, if the tool you are using is part of their repos (e.g. freeipa) then you will get support from them in line with your SLA. This may be faster than a StackExchange response.

The many derivatives of the CP/M operating system

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Re: Origins

How did that even work? Didn't remap the RAM into the bottom 48K of the machine? Normally on the Spectrum the first 16K is the ROM, and most CP/M (Z80) programs assumed a start address if 0x0100. Unless CP/M programs intended for the Spectrum had to be rebuilt for the odd memory layout.

That emoji may not mean what you think it means

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Re: Too old and eyesight is too bad

Similarly, Microsoft Teams vs MAC addresses. Halfway through your server MAC address you've got a sunglasses emoji [#include <emoji/facepalm.h>]

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Re: Eggplant

For some reason I'm reminded of "Close Encounters of the Third Kind"

Systemd supremo Lennart Poettering leaves Red Hat for Microsoft

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Re: one step forward

Huawei EulerOS is a commercial Linux distro.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/EulerOS

Pentester says he broke into datacenter via hidden route running behind toilets

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Security defeated by a wee bit of lateral thinking/crawling.

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

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Re: Control Your Own Upgrades

Fedora has supported in-place upgrades for some time now, no need to nuke and reinstall from scratch.

It can get a little hairy if you have 3rd party repos installed, but last time I tried it, RPMFusion was nicely upgraded as well.

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Joke

Oracle?

Oracle more trustworthy than $OTHER_VENDOR?

Joke icon because you must be.

ZX Spectrum, the 8-bit home computer that turned Europe onto PCs, is 40

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Re: Yeah

Perhaps a bit of a stretch calling RISC OS "retro" as it is still being developed.

(Microsoft Windows can trace it's lineage back to the mid 80s too, and most wouldn't say that is retro.)

UK internet pioneer Cliff Stanford has died

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667 - the devil's ISDN number.

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Re: Sad news.

Wintermute also operated the Cyberia cyber cafe next door to their machine room. This closed when Wintermute got borged by IFB (Internet for Business, formerly Roaring Silence Company).

Ceefax replica goes TITSUP* as folk pine for simpler times

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Boffin

Another way of accessing Teletext services

There is a client (open source, cross-platform) available from the Matrix Brandy developers, which can access some online Viewdata/Videotex and a Teletext service based on Teefax but with additional content not part of the main Teefax service. They also supply standalone builds of the client for Windows and RISC OS, Linux users are expected to build it themselves (or build Brandy and run it from the examples directory!)

2033 is doomsday for 2G and 3G in the UK

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It almost makes sense to keep a single 2G network alive with a small slice of bandwidth for GPRS and SMS (no voice) which any existing networks' 2G IOT SIMs can roam on to.

Alma and Rocky Linux release 8.5 builds, Rocky catches up with secure boot

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Re: Long term success ?

It may be useful to know that AlmaLinux's migration script can migrate from Rocky in addition to CentOS and the other RHEL clones, and similarly Rocky's migration script can migrate from Alma in addition to the others.

I don't see that as squabbling over each other's user base but instead a very sensible insurance policy for the users should one or the other go to the wall.

The Ministry of Silly Printing: But I don't want my golf club correspondence to say 'UNCLASSIFIED' at the bottom

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Joke

Re: Amateur Opera Society Newsletter

All is well and good until the boss asks you to play his Magic Flute.

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Boffin

Re: Nowadays of course the boot is on the other foot

I forward my work phone into a VoIP-in number on my own voip box. On there I have rules that permit calls when on call and during office hours. Out of hours calls route to a dedicated voicemail box with a suitable outgoing message. The big exception is when I am on leave, the calls go to a message telling the caller I'm on leave and to contact my manager if it's important, before dropping the call (no voicemail).

Nobody cares about DAB radio – so let's force it onto smart speakers, suggests UK govt review

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Re: Don't touch FM!!!!

There's a cause for Greta Thunderbird to get behind, all the extra greenhouse gases produced by DAB reveivers compared to FM radios!

WTF? Microsoft makes fixing deadly OMIGOD flaws on Azure your job

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Re: The uneasy feeling about all the MS provided (spy) stuff on their Linux Azure VM's

That's a bit mad, they managed to create a yum repo for their Teams on Linux stuff, you'd have thought they could do the same for this, and drop the entry in /etc/yum.repos.d so it would be kept up to date when you patch your OS.

But no, they didn't.

After quietly switching to slower NAND in an NVMe SSD, Western Digital promises to be a bit louder next time

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Re: Already gave up on WD

I had this on my CMR WD Red drives in a Linux mdraid setup. While hdparm has scary warnings on the option to change this setting, it worked for me and I haven't had any trouble since.

So the data centre's 'getting a little hot' – at 57°C, that's quite the understatement

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Re: I once had to do something similar in a Skoda...

Almost complete circle, it is broken by a short length of the A282.

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

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I evaluated the Paragon driver for my then employer, and back then I wasn't entirely impressed. Sure, it was faster than NTFS-3G but it's error checking left a lot to be desired. Point it at a non-NTFS partition? Kernel panic. Hit a bad sector on your hard disc? Kernel panic. We ended up running with NTFS-3G as running slower was preferable to collapsing in a heap at the slightest hint of trouble.

Audacity users stick the knife – and fork – in to strip audio editor of unwanted features

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Re: !Audacity

That would be the RISC OS port.

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Re: Hindenburg

They even attempt to justify the name...

https://hindenburg.com/about#/why-hindenburg

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Re: How about "Audible City"?

Sadly, Amazon might have a thing or two to say about that.

Playmobil crosses the final frontier with enormous, metre-long Enterprise playset

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Joke

Re: Shuttle?

Amazon Prime Directive?

UK's competition watchdog gives £31bn Virgin Media and O2 merger the seal of approval

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Re: Too confusing

I must have missed the NTL ownership. I may well be wrong but I thought Hutchison sold Orange to Mannesmann. Vodafone did s hostile takeover of Mannesmann and were thus forced to sell Orange quickly, the buyer being France Telecom.

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Re: Ownership of MBNL

MBNL was originally Three and T-Mobile. EE inherited T-Mobile's share. O2 and Vodafone were never involved (they have their own, Cornerstone).

The swift in-person response is part of the service (and nothing to do with the thing I broke while trying to help you)

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Facepalm

Been there, I typoed the default gateway when remote configuring a new physical server. No ILO or iDrac either. Oops... (Though it wasn't yet live, thank $DEITY).

I was preparing myself to have to take that long journey to the data centre to fix it at the console, when it dawned on me that I had access to another box on the same subnet. Thankfully this worked and I was able to SSH in and sort it from my desk, but that was a really close shave. Almost too close.

Microsoft demotes Calibri from default typeface gig, starts fling with five other fonts

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Re: Obviously

I tend to prefer Book Antiqua over Times New Roman.

And for a fixed-with terminal font? Bedstead.

You want a reboot? I'll give you a reboot! Happy now?

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Re: Hands up, intentional mixup

At the minimum I will take a screenshot of the chat and send it to the other party as confirmation of the instruction.

To have one floppy failure is unlucky. To have 20 implies evil magic or a very silly user

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Re: if it works...

My leaf blower is reversible, so it can also be used to hoover them up and even comes with a bag that can be emptied into compost.

Barcode scan app amassed millions of downloads before weird update starting popping open webpages...

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Re: But which app is the bad one?

It is com.qrcodescanner.barcodescanner

To plug gap left by CentOS, Red Hat amends RHEL dev subscription to allow up to 16 systems in production

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Re: Can't put the toothpaste back in the tube.

They should have left CentOS 8 EOL at 2029, left Stream in parallel as it is today and jus announced there would be no CentOS 9.

ZIP folders were originally a Microsoft engineer's side hustle until bosses figured out he worked for Microsoft

Soruk

Yep, the capability was introduced in RISC OS 3, and widely used by applications such as !SparkFS and !ArcFS. The same capability allowed the RISC OS desktop to look inside and access files contained within the PC Emulator (and later PC Card) hard disc image file.

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Actually, he released a patch update mid-2020.

Pizza and beer night out the window, hours trying to sort issue, then a fresh pair of eyes says 'See, the problem is...'

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Re: Proof reader

That's where you shift to a higher or lower pitch...

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Re: Proof reader

Why would you be allowing Delete? Surely the high water mark should be 0x7E?

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

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Re: I think you 2 have stumbled onto something there

There is a reason it is sometimes known as "autocorrupt" - even offered by my phone as soon as I've typed "autoc".

Passwords begone: GitHub will ban them next year for authenticating Git operations

Soruk

My reading of that is SSH keys will continue to work including for new setups and are not being deprecated.

Rocky has competition as more CentOS alternatives step into the ring: Project Lenix, Oracle Linux vie for attention

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Facepalm

Re: Build process public?

Oracle is a bargepole situation. They have form for being downright evil.

I did test their distro on an old Atom box. It installed (eventually), and booted into their Unbreakable kernel. Which caused dnf to crash with an illegal instruction after hosing the RPM database irreparably. Reinstalling and forcing the boot to use the RH-compatible kernel dnf worked.

Hmm. Did I manage to break their unbreakable kernel?

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Alert

Re: What would I run away from fastest ?

This. It may be free now, but down the road they can introduce a feature, enabled by default and buried in the release notes state it is chargeable. Then audit you down the road. I would not like to be in that position. Also, they have form in demanding payment out of the blue for something that was once free. *cough* Java *cough* Putting that sort of liability on my employer is not something I will risk my job for.

I have slammed the brakes on our CentOS 8 upgrade plan, and will wait things out to see what happens regarding alternatives.

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

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Boffin

While I don't have the scripting skills to do this, a possible way forward could be some kind of dnf plugin that looks at the RHEL source packages (that CentOS has traditionally picked up and rebuilt), and block any binary package in Stream that has no corresponding RHEL source package.

Thought the M3 roadworks took a while? Five years on, Vivaldi opens up a technical preview of its email client

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Coat

Re: M3

As any British driver knows, the M1, M3 and M5 do not meet. To get through all three you also need the M25, the A303 and the A30.

Apple Arm Macs ship, don't expect all open-source apps to work without emulation – here's what you need to know

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Re: I'm going to be called a Fanboi but...

I am no fanboy, but Apple have been part-owners of ARM since the Acorn days, thus most likely had more close involvement in it than pretty other manufacturer (maybe aside from Broadcom, who acquired Element 14, which was previously known as.... yup, Acorn.)

Soruk

Linux on ARM started life as a port to run on Acorn kit. I remember seeing it run on an Archimedes machine. Okay, it was slow as hell, but seeing it able to do stuff on an 8MHz box was an achievement.

(And knowing how well RISC OS ran on it, it still feels blisteringly fast on the original Raspberry Pi.)

New lawsuit: Why do Android phones mysteriously exchange 260MB a month with Google via cellular data when they're not even in use?

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My ex-wife's Blu phone kept turning the mobile data on by itself, so I installed a profile action thingy that has the action of disabling mobile data when the phone was unlocked. No such misbehaviour on any HTC, Huawei(!), Samsung or Motorola device I've had.

As for scanning WiFi when switched off, that is switchable under Location Settings (on my Moto One Hyper).

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In Germany, they call it a "handy". I wouldn't recommend using that term (especially when asking for a phone) outside of Germany.

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My Motorola One Hyper runs Android 10 (so not exactly an "older" phone) and it has that mobile data toggle right at the top on the swipe-down menu - as has every Android I've ever owned.

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