* Posts by runt row raggy

74 publicly visible posts • joined 17 Jul 2020


AWS gives older EC2 instances a legacy lifeline

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Re: What's the goal?

there are a number of reasons an instance might notice

- the kernel doesn't have modern drivers.

- the kernel is built for a paravirtual hypervisor

- the kernel doesn't support newer CPUs.

- the application has race conditions and will lose on a newer CPU

i would be willing to consider continuing to use m1.medium in exchange for not having to do the testing.

San Francisco politicians to vote on policy endorsing lethal force for robots

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almost like London and Glasgow are neighbors. (similar distance).

Aviation regulators push for more automation so flights can be run by a single pilot

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i don't think ai is the solution, but i agree there is a huge number of things that need to be addressed before certifying automated flights, or single-pilot flights. because a single pilot can be incapacitated, all the problems of 0 pilot flight need to be solved for single-pilot flight, and additionally, you need to solve for single pilot problems such as mental health. and that's my only point.

btw, the failure in this case appears to lie with the meat computers on the ground who according to official reports are saying that fire trucks were not cleared for the runway, but clearly fire trucks were on the runway.

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i'm not taking issue with the fact that two pilots in the cockpit is a good thing, but...

autopilot and even autoland is significantly easier than self-driving cars. kids and dogs don't run out into the sky chasing balls. so i can't agree that "we can't make robot cars work" so it follows that planes are out of the question. autopilot has been a thing for decades, and full autoland since the late 60s. it's even trusted to land when pilots wouldn't otherwise be able to land.

due to human factors, i would think we are closer to 0 pilots being realistically safe, than 1.

NSA urges orgs to use memory-safe programming languages

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Re: C underpinnings

go is implemented in go, and does not use c libraries by default.

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Re: Greetings

Larry worked for NASA, not the NSA. there's a bigger difference than the single letter would imply.

Elon Musk shows what being Chief Twit is all about across weird weekend

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fake king James English. is that all the rage with trolls these days? that's literally more stilted than mocking in valley girl voice.

Elon Musk jettisons Twitter leadership, says takeover was 'to try to help humanity'

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yes, poor billionaire pushed around by the media. he's practically helpless.

Google submits Go apps container project to Cloud Native Computing Foundation

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Re: Go won't survive

go has been around since 2009. and you didn't site any other google languages. don't get me wrong. google libraries/frameworks I've used tend to embrace breaking changes (guava!), etc. i just don't see evidence of the same for go.

Basecamp decamps from cloud: 'Renting computers is (mostly) a bad deal'

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Re: It's not just the cloud

capex locks you in. if you rent and decide you can get better value with different hardware, you can change in 10 minutes.

Rather than take the L, Amazon sues state that dared criticize warehouse safety

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Re: Key question

you compelled me to read up, and your claim is not substantiated by sources i can find, but subsequent court actions appear to affirm the note.

rating: misleading.

Digital Ocean won't let new customers create resources in four DCs, won't say why

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i think the surprise that El reg is expressing is that digital ocean bills itself as cloud but the concerns you mention are physical data center concerns, with no abstraction.

Linux kernel's eBPF feature put to unexpected new uses

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Re: Just do HID in userspace already

adding an ioctl requires modifying the kernel. not modifying the kernel is the point here.

Universal Unix tool AWK gets Unicode support

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Re: Still work in progress

if you can't wait, plan9port has a Unicode support in its lightly modified awk. has had for 20 years.

Network congestion algorithms have design flaw, says MIT

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Re: Duh

or maybe they were the names of the bsd distribution.that introduced them. also.there are tens of congestion control schemes with no obvious connections to places or gambling at all

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Re: Too many big buffers in too many nodes

DSL called. it wants 1990 back.

Microsoft asks staff to think twice before submitting expenses

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Re: M$ looks to be pinching pennys

that's exactly the implication that i get from the "think twice" statement.

Scientist shares spicy pic of 'James Webb' discovery

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Re: Nothing there...

sadly the universe is not infinite. sadly human stupidity and sanctimony might be. apologies to Einstein for the appropriation.

A character catastrophe for a joker working his last day

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Re: Do what?

slack asks just this if you add @here to your message (notifies everyone in the channel of a new message specifically for them).

Marriott Hotels admits to third data breach in 4 years

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Re: "red hat"

at my company all terms that contrast black and white are verboten. so black hat, and blacklist are bad but black holing is ok, but dev nulling would be preferred. racial sensitivity reasons.

just reporting the facts, not expressing an opinion.

Tweaks to IPv4 could free up 'hundreds of millions of addresses'

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Re: Please don't give the US cable companies more ideas.

in my area, cable (pronounced cab-al) is the only game in town. no fiber and DSL is another perhaps deader tech. as evidenced by DSL only friends who can't get speeds my company sets as minima for any price.

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Re: "Why would they need more addresses for internal use"

so to paraphrase, there's only room for another million public service endpoints across all cloud providers?

with the trend of ditching corporate vpn, only another million VDI instances would use that up. not to mention other uses.

Supreme Court urged to halt 'unconstitutional' Texas content-no-moderation law

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Re: Social Media sites should welcome laws like this

the post office doesn't offer broadcast services. can you name a pre-internet broadcast service that was required to let anyone broadcast anything?

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Re: Balkenisation?

i don't think the word "fact" means what you think it does.

Jeffrey Snover claims Microsoft demoted him for inventing PowerShell

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Re: I would get it fired for inventing Powershell

all the text after test and before the semicolon is areguments to the program test, not bash syntax. there's plenty wrong but that's not it. also, test does also have an = operator.

Outlook bombards Safari users with endless downloads

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Re: Reason #12769

outlook itself brings my Mac to a crawl, largely due to excessive memory use. owa on the other hand is well behaved, at least in chrome. not using o365 version, though.

but this is just my personal experience vs your unsubstantiated, general claim. can you explain why webmail is bad, but a dedicated client, likely using http under the covers, is good?

US judge dismisses Republican efforts to block release of Salesforce emails

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Re: Only in 'merica

from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Constitution_of_the_United_Kingdom i read "...no attempt has been made to codify such arrangements into a single document. Thus, it is known as an uncodified constitution."

i'll leave it to the gentle reader to decide if that is having a constitution or not.

Apple's grip on iOS browser engines disallowed under latest draft EU rules

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Re: I need a rock...

seems like very dark humor.

runt row raggy

that's a lot of down votes, with no argument. am i missing an obvious reason to down vote?

Heresy: Hare programming language an alternative to C

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Re: Can someone explain the advantages in the language please?

in other news, they'll pry cobol from your cold, dead hands

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Re: No moving targets

sure. you can avoid all the new features as long as you completely control your environment, and don't rely on external code that uses newfangled features.

'Enterprise' browser maker Island valued at $1.3bn out of the gate

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you can pry it from my cold,dead hands.

$5bn+ Big Tech mergers in cross-hairs of draft US laws

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Re: This seems like a turn in the right direction...

equivocating between the us and Russia because you are mad at big business is a perverse flip of the moral compass

Why Nvidia sees a future in software and services: Recurring revenue

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Re: Funny how all the big guys think they can turn their hardware into a subscription service

of course the real problems start when the manufacturer doesn't want to support the turny ony turny offy infrastructure anymore, and all the features are nerfed

AWS to build 32 more small clouds around the world

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Re: Too big to fail

ok, i have absolutely no idea how an anticapitalist rant fits in here. but humor me. why is AWS opening up mini regions bad in general? and how is this anticompetitive?

Microsoft Teams unable to send and receive calls for some after update

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the op wasn't looking for a solution. the op said teams was buggy. seems like it is, and you are emulating clippy

'Boombox' function sparks Tesla recall

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Re: Uh

why assume that safety signals are being looked for, and not filtered out as extraneous?

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Re: The press has really gone all in on these headlines

Polestars are generally way better looking than your average woman and you're way less likely to introduce them to your friends.

ISO.org outage hits day 3: Still in the dark as the important matter of bunk bed standards enters discussion

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I'm all for standards that promote interoperability any give folks a chance to innovate. but iso standards just seem like a way for those who cannot to judge those who can. like F1 regs.

IBM confirms new mainframe to arrive 'late in first half of 2022'

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Re: IBM Mainframes

for those who never worked for or with IBM, dasd is direct attached storage. why they don't say local storage i donno, but there is probably a song about it in the IBM song book. cube mate hade one. she was what they call a lifer.

The robots are coming! 12 million jobs lost to automation in Europe by 2040 – analyst

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i get your gist, and although wiggish, it seems reasonable. especially given the op relied on the old ant-science trope, we haven't proven (gravity, e.g.) so therefore not gravity is just as plausible.

however, i do object to this argument. i think you're relying on this syllogism X "not disproven" = X correct. clearly not.

Bug in WebKit's IndexedDB implementation makes Safari 15 leak Google account info... and more

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Re: "if one tab was used to access a user's bank and the other a malicious website"

can you clarify "who would be dumb enough" to what? open a bank site in a tab? the malicious site could be one that you normally trust, but has been tricked into doing something it shouldn't. sites that allow you to read your mail come to mind here.

also, relying on policy to keep you safe. yes. it always comes down to that. there's a policy about which side of the road to drive on. this keeps you safe. there's a policy to not double-dip your chip. this keeps you safe.

AWS power failure in US-EAST-1 region killed some hardware and instances

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Re: Ever heard of a UPS?

i've seen this claim a few times, and i find it confusing given that my understanding is there is generally an sla for these things. for example for ec2 instances https://aws.amazon.com/compute/sla/. can you point me to the aws marketing that says that an ec2 instance is failsafe?

also given that most storage is ebs, and ebs has the ability to snapshot to s3, it's not correct to say there's no storage redundancy, or that it costs 2x to ensure additional redundancy. again, aws publishes sla ranges https://aws.amazon.com/ebs/features/.

i'll ignore the active active redundance scheme as a strawman.

AWS is on the threshold of adulthood, but is nowhere near grown up

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Re: what I don't get

in 2003, from whom would you suggest amazon have rented its compute and object store?

AWS chops data transfer fees by massive extension of free tier – 2 months after rival previewed R2 Storage

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govcloud isn't a region

from the pedantry department, govcloud isn't a region. it's a partition consisting of two regions us-gov-east-1 and us-gov-west-1. a partition has a unique set of global resources such as user IDs.

Microsoft engineer fixes enterprise-level Chromium bug students could exploit to cheat in online tests

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raising the bar

so, now you just have to use a different browser. or just curl. this is really raising the bar for cheating.

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so, now in order to pass you need to master curl. that's really raising the bar.

How Windows NTFS finally made it into Linux

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Re: I can only warn

that might be a tad extreme. if you could go for 50 unicode chars to handle remote git repos, we could agree.

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Re: Title to long :whaa:

in yon olden times, before covid, i used to really rely on the "just keep going" feature for my commute. 25 minutes on a boat. tap tap tap. close laptop and get on a bus. tap tap tap" 90 minute later, close laptop and hoof to work. plug in power, and tap tap tap.

sure, booting doesn't take that long (full-disk encryption notwithstanding), but it's still 3 minutes. but finding where you left off does. even if every application is fully stateful, you'll have web pages that need to reauthenticate, and maybe a vpn that needs new creds. and the phone tethering. it just goes on.