* Posts by Dazed and Confused

2264 posts • joined 12 Sep 2007

Eagle-on-EGLE* violence: American icon sends govt-flown drone hurtling into the waters of Lake Michigan

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Re: American response

If we can have sharks with freaking laser beams I don't see why we can't arm the eagles too, that way they can toast them damn drones without having to crash into them.

Bratty Uber throws tantrum, threatens to cut off California unless judge does what it says in driver labor rights row

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Re: 100% market share for Lyft

This is keeping quiet as in "sorry we were laughing too much to reply"

Also Judges don't tend to like being threatened, so they might have broken out the pop corn are are sitting back waiting for the firework display to start.

Mozilla doubles down on anti-tracking tech: It'll be tougher for wily ad-biz cookie monsters to track Firefox

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Re: Barking up the wrong tree

> Why do all other tabs need to see cookies set by a page in one tab?

I often use more than one tab when shopping

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Re: Barking up the wrong tree

Isn't that why you have multiple browsers installed?

One for work

One for (anti)social-media

One for ...

I suppose I should end up using containers or some such

Virgin Galactic pals up with Rolls-Royce to work on Mach 3 Concorde-style private jet that can carry up to 19 people

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My Aunt used to fly on Concord quite frequently and commented that it was just as uncomfortable as all the other planes but that it had the benefit of being not very comfortable for not very long. Neither my Aunt or Uncle were very tall so perhaps didn't notice the lack of headroom.

I sadly missed out on my one possible trip when a family problem meant cancelling my air mile funded trip, at least they gave me the air miles back.

From a trickle to an Application Stream: Red Hat opens barriers for RHEL 8.3 beta

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Re: re: set root password and create a user

I suspect that it really the case that you either need to define a root password or you need to define a local user and "make them an administrator" (ie they're in the wheel group). That's how it works currently. The change seems to be bringing this step forward to the main hub screen whereas from 7.0 -> 8.2 you finished on the hub screen and hit "begin install" at which point you got a new screen where you got the root password and add a user option.

Incredible artifact – or vital component after civilization ends? Rare Nazi Enigma M4 box sells for £350,000

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Re: "Ghoulish"

> inglorious failure?

It bought the U-Boat packs a year of hunting time and cost the allies millions of tons in shipping.

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Re: Super duper encrpytion device brought down by simple mistake

> And Coventry I seem to remember.

This one has been repeatedly denied, but Crete was

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Re: Right up to Nuremberg

The Poles completely revolutionised the British (and then American) approach to cryptanalysis. Previously it appeared to be largely linguistic, they brough real(tm) maths into the equation.

Indeed Dilly Knox and Hugh Foss had already broken Enigma years earlier although in its earlier and simpler form. The approach that the Poles brought to the game lent itself to the industrial scale assault on Enigma which was going to be needed.

It could be 'five to ten years' before the world finally drags itself away from IPv4

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It'll happen two years after

The year of Linux on the desktop

80-characters-per-line limits should be terminal, says Linux kernel chief Linus Torvalds

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Re: not the terminal, the punch card

> It was actually a 72 column limit

And anything after the 72nd column is a comment.

I had to explain this to people trying to learn Fortran

"It's like it's ignoring the end of the line"

Errr, yes it's supposed to

ICANN finally halts $1.1bn sale of .org registry, says it's 'the right thing to do' after months of controversy

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Re: Now charities are doomed to never turn a profit.

> What, for example, is the value of the site St Pauls is on?

Do you really think you'd get permission to use it for anything else?

Oh Hell. Remember the glory days of Demon Internet? Well, now would be a good time to pick a new email address

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Re: Happy Days

I meant to type ISDN, Demon wasn't the same by the time ADSL came out and they messed up my order so I switched to A&A when ADSL became available on the exchange.

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Re: Happy Days

Some binaries, there were some they didn't carry, but plenty they did.

Oh the joy of running your own Usenet server at home and having to be careful about which groups to take so as not to saturate the modem link. Things got a bit better when ADSL became available.

Ofcom waves DAB radio licences under local broadcasters' noses as FM switchoff debate smoulders again

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Re: But........

Here are three more.

Wales, Scotland and (semi) Rural England.

You don't even really need to go to semi-rural England.

I live in the middle of the Thames Valley, I can now get R4 on DAB, but only with a F***ing great aerial in the loft and a amp, while the little analogue radio in the bathroom manages fine on a dangling piece of wire a few inches long. The analogue radio has only needed its batteries changed once in the years I've owned it.

Samsung's Galaxy S7 line has had a good run with four years of security updates – but you'll want to trade yours in now

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Re: I'd love to see a law...

I know I'm not the typical punter

Well you're not alone.

My S7E got an update a few days ago, or was it last week. Anyway the kernel's date is 10th March 2020 and the Android security patch level is the 1st of March 2020. So perhaps that's the last.

Kaspersky cleans up poisoned watering hole, Google presses pause on cookie crackdown

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A flaw in SystemD could potentially be exploited by a local attacker or malware to elevate their privileges to fully hijack a machine.

Which is why something as critical to the functioning of the system shouldn't have an attack surface visible to unprivileged users.

Cricket's average-busting mathematician Tony Lewis pulls up stumps

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Limited over

"...The game’s shorter forms were devised to produce a crowd advertisers-pleasing result in just one day..."

Except there was a lot of limited over cricket back when it was shown on the Beeb and there wasn't any advertising to worry about.

Grsecurity maker finally coughs up $300k to foot open-source pioneer Bruce Perens' legal bill in row over GPL

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Re: Travesty of Justice

I thought the case was about recovering legal costs.

Perens then sought to recoup legal expenses under California's Anti-Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation (SLAPP) statute, a law designed to penalize litigation brought mainly to discourage free speech and public participation. And a month later he was awarded more than $526,000 in damages.

although the last sentence is confusing.

Gods of cloud smiled on Chinese server makers in Q4, as mainframe punters chucked a big bone at IBM

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Are these numbers right?

Some 3,403 million servers were sold in the quarter, up a whopping 14 per cent year-on-year and the value of these climbed 7.5 per cent to $25.351bn, figures from researchers at IDC indicate.

3.4 billion servers sold in the quarter?

For the sum of $25b ?

So about $8 per server?

French watchdog to take €1.1bn bite out of Apple over 'anticompetitive' practices

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Re: Shed a tear?

They'll probably be more concerned with not having other countries thinking "I'll 'ave a bit of that" and following suite.

If it's Goodenough for me, it's Goodenough for you: Canuck utility biz goes all in on solid-state glass battery boffinry

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Re: "Critics have been understandably sceptical"

True, but his prize for chemistry wasn't to do with his later theories about making expensive urine. Great thinkers in one area aren't always great thinkers in others.

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Re: Still a problem though

Darwin awards await the impatient.

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Re: Still a problem though

One of our local petrol stations is just about next door to the switching station where the 11KV lines come it. As you say, qualified people might be allowed to hook your car up to an 11KV feed.

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Re: "Critics have been understandably sceptical"

> Those critics are Nobel Prize winners ?

Sure you can disagree with a Nobel Prize winner. If you can prove that you're right they'll probably give you a Nobel prize for your efforts too. That's how science works, I imagine that the good Dr Goodenough will happily pin the prize on your chest. Then take what you've achieved and run with it and maybe give the world an even better battery.

On the other hand, it's more likely that the sceptics have some vested interest in the current tech.

Boeing didn't run end-to-end test on Calamity Capsule, DSCOVR up and running, and NASA buys a Falcon Heavy

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Do you think someone should lend them a copy of

Failure is not an option

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Re: "A few more minutes of testing"

MS have lots of testing done their SW. That's why they keep forcing updates out on to their "customers". I mean what other use is there for customers if it isn't do the testing for us.

Ah, night shift in the 1970s. Ciggies, hipflasks, ADVENT... and fault-prone disk drives the size of washing machines

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Re: DEC field service engineers

And before Kermit you had to roll your own. I remember writing one in Basic on an HP85 and being appalled when we got the much faster 68000 based 9816s that the serial port wasn't as good which made things more difficult. Progress hey.

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Re: PDP Disk drive numbering

VAXes too.

It was a great scheme. It meant when you came in on a Monday morning find your terminal was dead you could wonder into the computer room, notice the red light on the first drive and the pile of paper at the back of the console teletype. Power off the Vax.

And then for the good bit, you pulled the little plastic drive number light off the first drive, slotted it into the second drive and boot up to single user mode. Back the he root FS was small enough to keep a copy on all the drives so it was easy to get the machine up far enough to start reading the backup tapes.

Is everything OK over there, Britain? Have you tried turning the UK off and on again? ISPs, financial orgs fall over in Freaky Friday of outages

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My local 4G mast is attached to the same street cabinet as my fttc and landline phone line.

My 4G backup goes from greased lightning to utter shite within minutes of the BT cabinet failing as everyone on the estate switches from their FTTC broadband to watching you tube on their phones.

Brits may still be struck by Lightning, but EU lawmakers vote for bloc-wide common charging rules

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Re: What about Britain?

So's electricity, but Faraday hasn't so maybe they won't ban that after all.

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Re: What about Britain?

I wasn't aware that the IEC was an EU body. Barmy Boris might not ban it if he knows it never came from Brussels.

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Re: Apple's fault

They made $24b on cables

Is this because their £20 cables are perhaps the only thing on the planet with a lower SLA than a Galileo positioning satellite system?

My youngest used to have an iPod with one of those plugs and used to go through several cables a year. All the parents I knew who's kids had iAnythings said the same. If you went to the iStore and looked at the customer feedback on the cables there were thousand and thousands of 1 star ratings and bugger all else. Maybe they've made them last longer now, he stopped using the iPod so it stopped being my problem. But I did find that the cheap knock off cables on Amazon or eBay were massively more reliable. Perhaps people take more notice of the star ratings on those sites than on Apples own site.

Thunderbird is go: Mozilla's email client lands in a new nest

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Re: inbox zero sucks

A tidy desk is a sign of a sick mind

A tidy inbox doubly so.

I gave up filing away email many years ago. TB lets me quickly find what I want. Filing things into different folders is just a poor way to index things. TB does good searches over the whole set of folders, but I find the quick search in the current folder suffices over 95% of the time.

Remember when Europe’s entire Galileo satellite system fell over last summer? No you don’t. The official stats reveal it never happened

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Re: WTF?

Perhaps that explains the downtime.

The whole systems tripped over the low level SLA someone left lying around on the floor.

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Re: WTF?

It stops then?

What do you do, take the phone of the hook?

In my experience the phone still rings for ages after the problems fixed.

Voyager suffers a power wobble as boffins start the final countdown for Spitzer

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Re: I told them to take some spare batteries.

For 42 years they might need quite a lot of spare batteries.

For modern tech, it would need over 15,000 spare batteries at an average rate of needing a full re-charge everyday.

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Re: Incredible

> 42 year-old hardware, absolutely no way to perform a service, and Voyager 2 is *still* running!

That's coz it's not running W10

Brit brainiacs say they've cracked non-volatile RAM that uses 100 times less power

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Welcome to the Machine

Queue the Pink Floyd:

ULTRARAM could change how computers work from head to toe, according to Hayne.

Sounds like memristor all over again. See https://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/05/01/hp_labs_unveils_memsistor/ which a dozen years later we're all still waiting for. Which HP said would lead to a totally new approach to building systems. This led to "The Machine" (see https://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/11/24/hpes_machinations_to_rewrite_server_design_laws/) and the inevitable Pink Floyd reference. Given their promotional video and it's discussed usage case they seemed not to have listened to the rest of song, which seemed to have guessed what the new technology would be used for 30years earlier.

Autonomous Logistics Information System gets shoved off the F-35 gravy train in favour of ODIN

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Re: Military Spec

I don't think they were used in tanks, they were used in large numbers by the navy. Same argument, if it's a good height for a step someone will jump on it.

I don' think the TEMPEST rules would have resulted in the thickness of the plating, thicker metal isn't usually needed to make a Faraday cage. The pico amp measurement rig I built back in the 80s had much thinner walls. The front and back of the case had plenty of holes in them. The TEMPTEST spec kit I remember working on wasn't allowed any externals wiring, everything was fibre in and out, even the 9600 baud serial connections.

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Re: Military Spec

I believe that a lot of the difference you've seen is down to the shift from doing the support inhouse

It wasn't just things like support. Back at the start of the 90s I was doing a lot with Unix workstations. HP's new 700 series was popular with the military. I tried taking one to bits once only to find that under the top plastic case was a sheet of metal thick enough to be held down with a huge number of countersunk screws. I asked someone why? Mil-Spec, if it looks like it's the right height for someone to stand on, they need to be able to cope with someone standing on them - In boots.

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Re: Is there a way to bet that:

Followed by Jupiter

Just Un Plug It Till Everything Resets

EU declares it'll Make USB-C Great Again™. You hear that, Apple?

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you may be right, I've never taken one to bits to find out if it forms a more active role.

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Re: I know I'm weird

I know I'm weird ... But I just took a quick mental inventory and I'm sure that I don't own a single device that has a USB-C port

Is not being the sort of person who must have the very latest model of phone the moment they're released now classified as weird? If so I'm also guilty as charged :-)

Not seen a new feature on a mobile that would make me want to change for years. It's get changed when it breaks. I guess the new one will have the new connector.

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> unless you use toothbrush type charging its far too inefficient.

Is the charging on toothbrushes efficient?

When it comes to electric toothbrushes the usage model should be pretty simple to understand, we're all told to brush our teeth twice a day, after breakfast and then before bed. So the charging model should be pretty damn simple to understand. It should charge between the morning and evening tooth brushing session.

From the number you see in shops the Oral-B/Braun ones are the most popular.

Well they don't fully charge between sensible morning and evenings. Yeah, maybe when I start work at 00:30 and don't get to bed till 23:00 or so, but not for a normal day.

Oh and don't get me started on who in their right mind makes charging units that don't work in both the US and the rest of the world.

My old Panasonic electric razor recharges wirelessly with induction coils in under and hour.OK it has two coils but works without the peg in the middle which Oral-B uses.

You're not Boeing to believe this: Yet another show-stopping software bug found in ill-fated 737 Max airplanes

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Re: Boiler Watch

The instructions for driving a steam engine are pretty much the same. You keep a constant watch on the level in the boiler and there's usually two sighting glasses.

Linux in 2020: 27.8 million lines of code in the kernel, 1.3 million in systemd

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Re: "It solves a problem that people have."

@R3sistance, no worries, but it isn't only the DHCP server, that was just the just app that I hit the issue on. It's anything that gets restarted when the NM finds a new device.

I know that for the certification exams these days that you need to know NM, for the Red Hat ones its hardly surprising that RH want to examine you on Red Hat's software, but even LPIC now lists NM and is threatening to stop requiring ifup/ifdown.

I've not had time to explore things at 8, if you want to use the script approach at 8 you have to install it, it isn't there by default. I've not seen what the OpenStack world is saying for 8 either.

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Re: "It solves a problem that people have."

Sorry, you're wrong.

The problems at RHEL6 are totally different. The problem I described above is what happens at RHEL7. Go try it.

If you look at the comments I made above you'll notice that I was talking about how NM & systemd interact, does that sound like I was in "6" mode?

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Re: "It solves a problem that people have."

One reason for hating NetworkManager is that it breaks things. When you run NM it tries to react to changes in your networking environment, this is its job. So when you create a new networked device NM wants to react. Some of these reactions can be good. So in the case I mentioned above you reload the NIC driver and NM restarts the networking on the NIC, which is nice.

But it can also do things like restart other bits of SW, for example the DHCP server. So you create a VM, it gets a vnet device for each vNIC and NM restarts the DHCP server for each of these new vnet devices. If your VM has several vNICs or you manipulate a bunch of VMs together you get a storm of network device changes and therefore a storm of restarts. At this point systemd and NM get into a punch up which results in systemd disabling the services that NM is causing to restart. As a user what you see is that when you start some VMs other random bits of SW stop running. I'm guessing this is why step one of the OpenStack installation guide say disable NM (OK I've not checked this for a a year or so, but it did the last time I checked).

NM can be great on laptops.

But I use CentOS/RHEL as a server OS and that tends to mean you use it in different ways. On a server I'm not sure of where I might want to separate a connection and a device, whereas on a laptop it is useful to be able to switch between wired and WiFi networks.

To my mind there are too many things in 7 which seem to be aimed at the destop/laptop world which are detrimental to the server world. YMMV.

From Soviet to science fiction icon, the weird life of Isaac Asimov 100 years on

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Re: Asimov was a letcher

As for reputation, maybe he had that reputation among men in his social circle, and the women he targeted, but it's really unlikely that women in general would have been in on the loop unless they were very close to it.

Funnily we were talking about this sort of thing with my mother the other day. She'd been a nurse back at the end of the war and through in to the early 50s. She commented that there were certain doctors that everyone knew not to stand close to.

The situation with a famous author is likely different in that at a con are people around them are likely to be in a more open group, so there will be less chance for the warnings to spread.

On the other hand there might have been a groupie effect. I've no idea whether he had that effect but I've known normally sane women throw their knickers at some celeb they fancy. Yeah I thought this was a myth too, but no. The fact that some (or even many) women throw themselves at a celeb doesn't give them license to assume all women will welcome their advances.


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