* Posts by imdatsolak

9 publicly visible posts • joined 13 Oct 2019

Linux kernel maintainers tear Paragon a new one after firm submits read-write NTFS driver in 27,000 lines of code


Re: Bit harsh

But this is exactly what they said. When you read the mailing list, there were efforts such as “let’s break this into multiple steps, so that we can integrate it” OR “please put me on CC when you repost, so I can see how I can help”, etc.

The kernel devs actually offered help and showed ways how this can be integrated by working together...

No, I’m not a kernel dev but truth must be said...

IBM takes Power10 processors down to 7nm with Samsung, due to ship by end of 2021


You should be able to run QEMU somwhere in one of the virtualized Linux systems in an LPAR somewhere. If your QEMU is configured to emulate an i286/386, you should be able to do so.

You might, though, need to have more than one nesting levels of VMs to do so

Icon => Ok, ok I’m already leaving...

NASA to stop using names like 'Eskimo Nebula' and 're-examine' what it calls cosmic objects


Re: Languages

(Native German here)

Door = "Die Tür" -> Female

Gate = "Das Tor" -> Neither

House = "Das Haus" -> Neither

Chair = "Der Stuhl" -> Male

Couch = "Die Couch" -> Female

Sofa = "Das Sofa" -> Neither

German is really, really weird. When a wagon ("Wagen" also used as a generic term for anything that drives) is used as a synonym for "car", it is "Der Wagen"; if you use "car" it is "Das Auto"; but then a brake is female (die Bremse).

Even worse is if you belittle something, regardless of whether it was male, female or neither - it automatically becomes neither: "Der Junge" (the boy) -> "Das Jungchen"

Did I mention that German is really weird?

But the language police is woke here, too. And in German it is a really large battle as we have, e.g., for all job-titles a male and a female variant. But there is also the "neutral male noun".

If you are talking about "doctors" (plural), you would use the neutral noun 'Ärzte" - but since this is derived from the male form (Arzt) and the female form is "Ärztin" (singluar), the war starts about whether we should use "ÄrztInnen" (uppercase I), "Ärzt_innen", "Ärzt*innen" or, within a single body of text, keep changing from female to male and back when using nouns.

Welcome to "... we really don't have any other problems over here in Germany ..."

Germany is helping the UK develop its COVID-19 contact-tracing app, says ambassador


A few minor issues...

From Germany here - and observing the development for quite some time.


Originally, it was planned as a centralized solution. After a big outcry of various scientist, privacy advocates, software engineers, hackers and such *and* (more importantly) Apple and Google deciding that a centralized approach would not be supported on iOS & Android, respectively, the German government caved in and decided "... to do the right thing" and create an open-source, de-centralized solution.

I suggest to review the extensive and really great documentation those guys created, to be found in the GitHub repo: https://github.com/corona-warn-app/cwa-documentation

The solution consists of multiple components, of which the Verfication-Server is the part requiring most adaptation to a country:

> https://github.com/corona-warn-app/cwa-documentation/blob/master/backend-infrastructure-architecture.pdf

I think the real value is not so much in the iOS/Android code but rather in the concepts and the back-end infrastructure they have created.

And yes, you can go there, fork it and have your own solution for your own country.

Some of you asked why there was already an English version: actually this is now standard in Germany. Nearly all apps come in German *and* English as primary languages; later they add Turkish, French, Italian, Spanish and so on. This is nothing special in this app.

Beware the Friday afternoon 'Could you just..?' from the muppet who wants to come between you and your beer


Re: not a fortune but still

In fact, as a non-native speaker about two decades ago I asked native speakers about that. I was informed that “guys” was usually gender-neutral in usage such as “hi guys”, but not necessarily so when used in other contexts.

Admitted, the native-speakers were US but even then, this left me quite a bit puzzled...

Remember the Dutch kid who stuck his finger in a dam to save the village? Here's the IT equivalent


Re: Once upon a time in Brighton...

Yep, happened to a new (and actually experienced) Solaris-admin I had hired (1999?) - on her first day!

She came to my office, face white as a piece of paper. The problem was, we couldn’t just reboot the machine in single-user mode because she had deleted the root-account and this being our central server for everything a company with 40 employees relying on this machine working all the time.

So, I spent the next four hours using every remotely exploitable security issue on this Solaris box to fix the passwd-file.

After that, she (the new admin) came to be with her resignation. My reaction: “Are you kidding me? I just spent four hours of MY time and YOUR time teaching you what mistake not to make and you are quitting? Am I to lose all this investment?”

The only thing I told her: “Making mistakes is ok, it’s human, just own it, don’t lie and... don’t ever make the exactly same mistake twice - because that would show me that you are not learning - and that’s the worst thing.”

She became a really good friend of mine later on and every time I meet her, she keeps telling me: “nope, still haven’t made that mistake again” - 20 years later...

Deus ex hackina: It took just 10 minutes to find data-divulging demons corrupting Pope's Click to Pray eRosary app


Re: Why should buyers (believers) worry about this?

Nobody expects the Spanish Iquisition!

Not a death spiral, I'm trapped in a closed loop of customer experience


Re: This requirement for paper bills/statements...

And you have about 10 days after moving to update that address. Otherwise they may fine you. But, of course, you can always say: "I just moved in yesterday". It is, AFAIK, about when you actually physically moved in into the new location.


Re: This requirement for paper bills/statements...

Actually, the difference is that on the Continent we have the so-called "Roman System" whereas in UK/USA you have the Anglo-Saxon System.

The Roman System includes lots of basic laws such as a Written Constitution, on which usually everything is based. Next, you have a Civil Code (which you may call the "Napoleonic Code"), which clarifies a lot of things between the people. So, in Germany, theoretically, if you want to setup a contract between two parties the contract can be as short as 1/2 page because everything else is clarified in the Civil Code to which you can refer.

Next come the Commercial Code, Criminal Code, and so on.

The Criminal Code defines what you are NOT allowed to do and what will happen if you do it anyway (e.g. go to jail).

There is no such thing as things to have to be "allowed" to be not forbidden. The difference between Anglo-Saxon and Roman Legal System is that in the Roman System you have existing Laws that we refer to (and to a lesser extent to precedent), in the Anglo-Saxon System you refer primarily to precedent.