* Posts by man_iii

59 posts • joined 7 May 2019


IT labor rights group files complaint against HCL, claiming it's clawing back bonuses


Whose bad?

Indian employees are notorious for over shooting their mouth and putting foot in their mouth as well and sometimes simultaneously.

Some companies do pay conditional bonuses where employee takes the bonus but signs a 2year minimum employment bond. That requires said employee to stay and be productive for 2 years at the company. Breaking it by either poor performance or quitting tends to break the bonus contract.

Employers are notorious for squeezing the most productive employees and essentially forcing good ones to flee to other companies. A company dies when none of the good employees can take a vacation and not enough terrible employees get fired or replaced.

There so many broken things in india and indian economy. Dont expect things to get magically better anytime soon.

India makes $10B bid to grow local semiconductor industry to serve – and challenge – the world


Fabless in India

Pentium4 dumpster fire was supposedly done from Bangalore back in the day until Israelis took over the intel Core designs.

DONOT trust indian politicians to be better than private companies at delivering a product or at cost or even a working prototype. A private contractor planning on export will spend probably all the initial investment getting bribes to loony politicians and govt workers who continue to milk the broken system. You WONT get clean water or reliable electricity or raw materials or clean air or ever stop giving bribes. Sad sad reality where bribing has become normal for people to ask for and get given for granted.

CISA issues emergency directive to fix Log4j vulnerability


Cuppa joe

Its like how coffee lubricates more than just ease of use by also enabling attackers equal access to the systems

Ive always wondered about syslog being better suited for logging even for apps rather than let the developers write their own logging code.

Mars helicopter mission (which Apache says is powered byLog4j) overcomes separate network glitch to confirm new flight record


Syslog or log4j which is better for iot

Wouldnt the native system loggers be the better option for logging rather than java-based app loggers? Especially for embedded systems? So you just tell the app to handover output to the system and let the system write/process the logs using its builtin or native tools?

What if we said you could turn any disk into a multi-boot OS installer for free without touching a single config file?


Hit or Miss

Ive been using Ventoy for Fedora openSuse and others and there is the legacy BIOS, UEFI and UEFI-SecureBoot installs to the USB.

But not all images will work properly with Ventoy. For example ProxMox and ESXi and Citrix Xenserver. Those didnt boot at all for me. I think might be due to drive /dev might be hardcoded with some by-UUID or by-Label but i cant tell for sure.

But i think i still do recommend Ventoy. Grub2 is also supposed to help do similar to Ventoy but i felt Ventoy is more friendly to normal users.

Oregon city courting Google data centers fights to keep their water usage secret


Blood for the blood god

Why has noone thought of 1 pint of blood from each employee per day!!! Think of the water capital and plasma and blood bank -sic- literal blood letting to boost profits!!!

And you could use IV systems plugged into sendentary employees stuck at a desk for 12 hours and use the IV to extract waste purify blood and active human cooling and based on performance pump glucose and adrenaline and stuff that make you feel rewarding?dopamine? serotonin?oxycontin?something? And you get work done and no breaks needed AND happy people working overtime for the company.

/sarcasm just in case i get mistaken.

Fedora 35 is out: GNOME 41 desktop, polished UI, easier-to-install closed-source apps


Re: Gnome 40/41

Sad to see downvotes on what Linux boils down to as a simple consistent effective CLI of text pipeline tools.

Json Yaml Csv ... You can process and do meaningful things.

Stuff i do with Csv sorting unique word count convert date formats. The typical excel wont even have the ability to do.

The CLI is amazing for doing tasks. One time or repetitive.

Tmux or screen takes care of "windowing" and multitasking.

I run a desktop to open up 20 term windows :-P

Japanese bloke collared after using AI software to uncensor smut and flogging it


Ask Borland Delphi?

A simple if then else written in Pascal?


VMware imagines 'memory servers' – a new source of shared software-defined RAM


Couldnt bork enough flash

Vmware has been punting its terrible readwrite IO problems on its latest vsphere7.x series that seem to enjoy excessively killing lowend sdcards and ssds by simply claiming not to support them anymore. I wonder if the issue is going to come back to bite vmware in the rearend sooner than later.

Logitech MX Keys Mini: Svelte keyboard takes cues from Apple in more ways than one


Logitech unifying receiver incompatibility

Didnt logitech make new receivers incompatible with older devices or something? And new devices wont work with the older receivers?

Big iron is out of fashion as server market shifts to low-end single-socket machines


Re: up and down trend

I would say that ARM is not well-suited for general-purpose workloads but it is used mostly for lightweight and energy-efficient tasks.

I dont see much beyond AWS A1? Arm servers being used for gp-workloads. That might change if nVidia and INTEL or maybe if AMD decides to do ARM SoC chiplets for their APUs GPGPUs.

ARM in cloud is still very niche.

India makes a play to source rare earths – systematic scrapping of its old cars


Price of a tank of gas

There is no incentive to switch to electric vehicles. Too expensive and no significant benefits to the taxpayer. While they have a one-off tax code to offset taxes beyond your limited bracket it wont necessarily reduce yearly taxes or the maintenance or the cost of purchasing and running in a country that still does 8 Hour powercuts !!!

The govt price gouged and enabled private power suppliers to price gouge electricity consumers when they couldnt physically take manual readings to the supplier depot to pay their bills due to the COV when the govt imposed lockdowns!!!

Iranian state-backed hackers posed as flirty Scouser called Marcy to target workers in defence and aerospace


Crazy electric pants

Is it even possible to have unlimited internet access ?

The old New: Windows veteran explains that menu item


Re: "And that would be a bad thing because"

FIXING bugs and retaining the minimal footprint of Progman and ability to run fileman and use your own shellUI program and integrate with enterprise network login programs should have been Microshits responsibility but nooooooo. ..... Lets instead launch win95 and start breaking every 16bit program thats not from them.


Oldie but a goodie

I am pretty sure that this 'New' file usually is just a placeholder without the actual format binary data populating said file.

Looks like CompSci education is further devolving into blindly cut copy paste .... without teaching much of the fundamentals. To create any binary file you should be taught to find the appropriate program that can create or generate it correctly. Not copy existing one delete everything and reuse it as your own. Watchout for digital watermarks embedded in file metadata !!!!

XCP-NG project teases DPU-as-a-Service on Scaleway cloud


Userland dreams

XCP-ng 8.x doesnt like my NUC10i7BEH box and wont boot UEFI on it. I went with openSuSE 15.3 and never looked back.

It will take a lot of improvements to the XCP-ng user ezperience before I am convinced to even download the ISO and try again.

openSUSE leaps to 15.3 – now built with 'same binary packages' as SUSE Enterprise


OpenSuSE is better than Centos

At least SuSE and Novell arent likely to try bait and switch like Redhat and Centos. I too thought Redhat was the only default ServerOS for corpos and I am pleasantly surprised to say the latest opensuse 15.3 is one of the most reliable and stable installs on my 3 intel NUCs. I used Ventoy to boot the iso and installed in couple of clicks. Wicked seems sensible as a network configurator tool and networkmanager seems okay. I am a diehard KDE fan so no complaints there. Packages of esoteric apps are plenty in opensuse and seem to be reasoably well maintained. Puts Redhat to shame actually.

Infrastructure SNAFU results in French public being unable to contact emergency services


Sacre bleu err orange?

What national emergency helpline gets overwhelmed during a global emergency ehmm pandemic ? Give them a break as this cant be the only lonely case.

Help wanted, work from anywhere ... except if you're located in Colorado


Ahh shady company inc.

I memba when long time ago i attended a small software dev team near me. Oracle shop and I was a middleware and linux dude.

I applied for the SysAdmin role and they ended up quizzing me from Soft.Dev to architecture design testing systems managing datacenters and a lot of techie stuff i always end up reading and looking at it at work.

Team had a toxic environment and couldnt figure out what role to "exploit" me for .... I was quick to get a better employer, offer and moving on.

Xen releases a new version 4.15 after a slightly delayed development process


Install Xen to de Intel NUC

I been trying to get XCP-ng 8.2.0 on an Intel NUC with 64Gigs RAM and a 1TB SSD. ... lets say no luck to be had. ... im gonna end up installing trial version VMware and later on just KVM and be done with it.

I tried Proxmox but ran into issues with its webui not loading correctly. Might give Proxmox a try again as well later on.

The real bummer is how much KVM and Linux are simpler and better than all the enterprise solutions. But I see so many enterprises stuck with VMware. I see the appeal of commercial license and support but it seems to be getting less and less reasonable to pay for virtualisation.

India uses controversial Aadhaar facial biometrics to identify COVID vaccination recipients


Corporate Govt Mobster greed

The amount of corruption endemic and systemic in india makes it more and more likely for exploitation of the population. People keep saying "it happens" and "adjust" as if greasing the wheels of criminals in power ever resulted in general good results long-term. People have become "gimme mine first" and "got mine eff u" .... sort of makes this a 1000 year problem not likely solvable even in that time.

US newspaper's 'Biden will hack Russia' claim: A good way to reassure Putin you'll leave him alone


Stop using windows for mission critical stuff

Ive been brigaded by microsoft shills so many times in theReg comments. I cant say enough times. STOP USING MICROSHAFT FOR CRITICAL STUFF.

Malware attack that crippled Mumbai's power system came from China, claims infosec intel outfit Recorded Future


Indian grid run by govt

Most of Indias powergrids are govt run entities. That means job reservations and least qualified people in dangerous high profile jobs. Most of the grid is physical and mechanical devices that are not modernized and unconnected to the internet. Mumbai and some other few States have privatised the grid and no longer employ ancient and unqualified techs. Hence these modern grids are truly vulnerable and on the internet. I never thought I would be supporting ancient tech and unqualified workers but looks to be better than getting fleeced by private corpos and Chinese haxxors

Scottish enviro bods shrug off ransomware gang's extortion attempt as 4,000 files dumped online, saying it's nothing big


Stop using windows for stuff

As many many Redmond fanatics like to foam at the downvotes button. .. STOP USING WINDBLOWS MICROSHIT SOFTWARE

Petya nonPetya WannaCry and countless ransomware scumbags are enabled by using Windblows shiteware. Stoo it!

Tesla axes software engineer for allegedly pilfering secret Python scripts after just three days on the job


Python script as a.Service

if he stole scripts in bash and Python wouldnt he have to steal the toolchain configs and server setup and pipeline info?

rm -rf * wont help you no matter the script.

FireEye publishes details of SolarWinds hacking techniques, gives out free tool to detect signs of intrusion


Stop using windows for mission critical stuff

Everyday I see these "hacks" being perpetrated by using Windoze systems. Why????? Linux is still free as in beer. Just build your servers and contract custom tools you might need based on OSS.We have seen enough that security through obscurity doesn't really work anymore.

Scottish Environment Protection Agency refuses to pay ransomware crooks over 1.2GB of stolen data


Lemme guess running MSWindows

If you run Microshat Windoze expect to get hacked.

Why is it that orgs havent even bothered to move to a a relatively safer desktop environment? Even Android and Chromebooks are probably better than Windblows.

That's it. It's over. It's really over. From today, Adobe Flash Player no longer works. We're free. We can just leave


Shockwave and Flash

While during the HTML w3c 4.0 days I think Flash was the one of the ways to do browser and platform compatibility. Not that it was good or anything. .. I dunno why Mozilla killed the NP plugin which was waaay more useful than flash.

US Treasury, Dept of Commerce hacks linked to SolarWinds IT monitoring software supply-chain attack


Why Windblows agents?

Why whyhy in 2020 after wannacry ransomware and peyta and nonpeyta and other crap do wee expect windows to be secure? Install a headless linux and have them on seppparate management and service VLANs.

AWS has just shown its new hybrid cloud ambitions make it an even broader threat


Sounds sus - Pandoras box?

Looks like someone is trying to sell facial recog and tracking in a generic sounding doomsday named device.

IBM warns Global Tech Services staff that 346 UK heads will roll in latest redundancy action


Have they forgotten NewCo?

Now that IBM decided to spin off NewCo... why are they still deciding layoffs? Aren't their sole focus on Hybrid cloud business and nothing to do with client services of GTS??

I wonder if Itsy Bitsy Morons pointyheads will at the last minute cancel the whole NewCo shenanigans and claim it was their plan all along to evaluate the spinoff and not really go through with it.

Bare-metal Macs-as-a-service come to AWS. Intel for now, M1 silicon in 2021


Open VNC over internet Burn In Hell

Stop using VNC on the internet. It is the fastest way to getting hacked. .. Why???? Recommend Vnc-over-SSH or some similar too many idiots use Vnc on the internet without realising it is plain text unencrypted traffic !!!!

Who knew that hosing a table with copious amounts of cubic metres would trip adult filters?


Cubic metres? cm^3? ?? What is its abbrev.??

Im lost...how could cm3 trigger anything? Is there some unknown. .. ouch ...pls tell he didnt do cusecs thing and cu-b- m -eters. ... yeeesh english shorteners. Please use full values and strike these down these short form terms.

IBM Power9 processors beset by Cardiac Osprey data-leaking flaw as Spectre still haunts speculative chips


Blues of Computing

I am sure just as Software requirements drives hardware development and vice versa as hardware limitations "inspire" software features. ... I would have hoped that at least engineers would keep that in mind and design systems with robustness and consistency.

Speculative execution and branch prediction for common or repeateable code seems normal until you realise root level commands and userid pwds are also "predictable" :-P

Ransomware crims read our bank balance and demanded the lot, reveals Scotland's Dundee and Angus College


STOP using MicroShaft for critical infra?

If you depend on Microsoft then you probably deserve to get hacked. I remember when colleges used to run Sun Solaris servers and dos mounted Unix samba volumes per Dept software or used NFS all located on UNIX servers I dunno how long those things were running for. .. until when I left they tore it out and instead installed Microsoft AD and outlook. ... cue infinite crashes and instability and networks going wonky students mail lost. ..


Tech's Volkswagen moment? Trend Micro accused of cheating Microsoft driver QA by detecting test suite


Re: Micro Shaft Drivers

It doesn't excuse Microsoft for having a driver certified with problems where you certify the driver that can't handle the HAL ? Logitech as a company has its own problems ... I won't go into it ...

If you introduce bogus drivers in Linux you will get shouted at by someone ... for example the whole Nvidia and Linus spat.

No excuses from a Multi-Billion dollar company vs Free as in Beer opensource software.

As we speak I have moved off the WindBlows MicroShoft 10 latest to Fedora32 Everything latest :-D


Micro Shaft Drivers

Recently had to install Logitech mouse drivers for an ancient MX1000 which to this day is still running. On a Linux system the Bluetooth mouse would 'Just Work' Alas the hardware failures during the 'Rona Times means no replaceable parts for the time present. Cue the MicroBloat WindLows 10 whereupon this famous mighty mouse falls on its own driver sword. Logi SetPoint 16.69 drivers fail to reconnect after suspend or sleep forcing the WUser to manually do the device removal and rediscover and pair the bloody thing only to disco repeat the same thing whenever Wind10 decides to sleep....

Uninstall and reboot and do it with the 'generic' HiD mouse driver and no issues ... just the Logitech special sauce like remap the various. 10 mouse buttons is un possible now.


SpaceX Falcon 9 and Dragon cleared to hoist real live American astronauts into space


Space Taxis

Are the SpaceX engineers confident enough about say 10 launches to the ISS per year or is it just for this one launch ? I find that a regular cadence on projects tend to sharpen or weaken the minds depending on the company culture. A lot of the stuff that happens is mostly robotic or autonomous to the point that we can trust the computer and its redundancies to take care of eventualities most humans won't even come close to reacting to things.

Linus Torvalds drops Intel and adopts 32-core AMD Ryzen Threadripper on personal PC


AMD Dreams

Once upon a time AMD had plans to launch an APU that had an ARM core inside. Just like how they started to include the North bridge and south bridge chipsets in the CPU dies and now with GPUs inside.

Soon I hope to find an AMD AP-AP-APU with a RISCV or ARM big.LITTLE 4-core8-core , dual GPGPUs, a 6800x or a Starcore or TI DSP, the regular CPUs x86_64 and maybe x86_128? even OpenPower ?, 64GB DDR7 RAM. All of it stuffed into a 1nm die process ;-) lolololol :-D

Azure India wobbles due to ‘underlying physical datacentre issue’


Landlocked in the Valley

Hmmm seems strange not to plan for outages at a location some ways inland and nestled between gentle rolling hills with no access to undersea cables or proper high speed high density satellite uplinks.

At least Mumbai or other Port cities seem to be a better option as you can flood your data center in the sea for some passive water cooling and access to that trunked underwater cables of notoriety.

Microsoft gives Office 365 admins the heads-up: Some internal queries over weekend might have returned results from completely different orgs


Data source segregation and multi-tenancy

When managing co-located facilities you might want to ensure that there is sufficient separation of network data and app layers not to allow any cache sharing. It might cost extra to have multiple instances for multiple customers but at least you did the sane thing of keeping the actual data not just logically separate but somewhat isolated at least. It is like using for all customers and wondering why everyones data is exposed...

Now there's nothing stopping the PATRIOT Act allowing the FBI to slurp web-browsing histories without a warrant


Illegal.is relative.

When a Senator abstains to vote, I think it may have to do with his/her stand on the issue. By supporting or opposing a law that is essentially illegal but modified with conditions won't stop the making of everything wrong into a legal justification.

So something like disaster relief or emergency funding with tacked on riders siphoning funds means you may not get the ability to fight this kind of corruption. Better not to participate and get your own type of bill pushed into place rather than get dragged into the mud.

Tulsi gabbard failed her duty and job as a Senator when she voted 'present' because the job is to vote up or down and not "I don't know" while Bernie or anyone abstaining to vote an essentially unconstitutional law do not fail to do their job by not supporting 'conditions' for it.

Impeachment Yes/No was a job requirement and in the constitution. Passing surveillance laws is not.

FTP is crusty and mostly dead, right? AWS just started supporting it anyway


FISH with KDE3 and konqueror KIOslave!

I used to run as desktop RHEL3.x back in the day and lots of things I did right was using konqueror and fish to access all the boxen.

Amazon says it fired a guy for breaking pandemic rules. Same guy who organized a staff protest over a lack of coronavirus protection


Re: Wow!

Amazon likes to fire workers who protest in human robot-based warehouse working conditions! News at 11 !

Amazon teases Bottlerocket, its take on Linux specifically for running containers


Monolithic problems

isn't the issue of OS updates more to do with the system packages vs app packages breaking compatibility and not really a boot issue?

I wouldn't say cloning and rolling back images are as helpful when you need to isolate the offending package or library update that broke it ...

Nokia said to be considering sale or merger as profits tank


Nokia connecting crap

Elop was only the symptom of the PHB NIMBY disease infecting the top and manglement levels of Nokia with Symbian fighting Maemo and Meego. should have launched N900 in 2006 PROPERLY specced hardware instead of making so many blunders and refusing to launch a "phablet" back before the iPhone or Samsung ...

The BlackBerry may be dead, but others are lining up to take its place


The Last Nokias

N900 Or N950 with an Ottercase was night indestructible with a beautiful sliding keyboard.

Wish mine don't end up in a ditch somewhere on a torrential rainy day :-P else I would still be rocking the snap cover to take fotos one handed and installing debian packages and doing all fun stuff... Compared to the bloated crap everyone calls a POS "os".... Even SailfishOS/Jolla can come close to whatt was the Nokia's last hurrah :-|

Cloudflare buys browser isolation biz S2 Systems in bid to realize Sun's network computing vision at long last


CPU is the Brian of the Computah

( TM ) Teh InterTubes Sa Uber Brian of da Computah!

Train-knackering software design blunder discovered after lightning sparked Thameslink megadelay


Re: and basically impossible to test for.

I got some good news and bad news.... Chrome can run Google Authenticator app on the desktop without problems... But figuring out how to get it working and setup with the qr scan code is a task all on its own.



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