* Posts by Chubango

44 publicly visible posts • joined 18 Jan 2021

Musk burns bridges in Brazil after calling for senior judge to be impeached


>It all depends where you fall on the political spectrum.

I'd argue it's less about the political spectrum and more about whether or not you are able to assess evidence and facts without zealotry. That extremists, in many cases religious zealots that comprise a large part of Bolsonaro's base, are unable to do so is more of a correlation; a fair amount of house-trained right-wingers (including governors, senators, and others) in Brazil are against the attacks on institutions; whether or not this will remain the case as the years go by is an open question.

As for the content of the article otherwise: twitter will likely be banned, just as WhatsApp and others have (temporarily) been in the past. Companies keep pretending that the rest of the world has to kowtow to their whims. Whether or not you agree with the US and its possible TikTok expropriation, China's rules for foreign companies, India's similar actions with social media, or anyone else, it is well within their prerogative to do regulate companies as they please. Companies are free to do their business elsewhere. Is it against freedom of expression or politics or whatever else? Quite likely. But it's a funny thing, that pesky ol' sovereignty.

Dems and Repubs agree on something – a law to tackle unauthorized NSFW deepfakes


Re: side question

If they have, I'll know it when I see it.

Penguins get their Wayland with Firefox 121


Good that Wayland support is being turned on by default now—been using it for a while with the 'MOZ_ENABLE_WAYLAND=1' environmental variable and haven't had any real issues with it.

Unity closes offices, cancels town hall after threat in wake of runtime fee restructure


Own goal after own goal

Threats of any kind are never justifiable but it does put things slightly into perspective that the one calling the threats appears to have been a Unity employee.

Three signs that Wayland is becoming the favored way to get a GUI on Linux


Re: Really?

What an odd reply to my post. In no way have you addressed the original comparison by the article author that was mentioned by the poster I replied to nor the incorrect assumption to that is anything but a loud and unrepresentative group that complains about systemd.

As for Wayland being free of philosophical debate that is simply not true. I've been following discussions (as well as using wayland) for a long time now. For starters, there's been a lot of discussion about the fact that the protocol is decoupled from the actual server implementations, ie the compositors. That point has caused issues that are still relevant with KDE and GNOME; they have issues that are not present in the other or wlroots-based things for that matter. How input is handled and the "every frame is perfect" approach likewise has been the focus of a lot of debate. Hell, even elsewhere in these comments you'll find people complaining about its CSD-first approach.


Re: Really?

You shouldn't confuse the number of distros with the number of their users or, indeed, their overall importance in the Linux ecosystem. Every major distro uses systemd. And for good reason. It works well and has useful features, good documentation, and easy-to-write service files. It's not just developers and maintainers who like it but sysadmins like myself who remember the hell of hacky init scripts, especially when it came to dependencies and issues of concurrency. I suspect most desktop users won't care what init system they're running and don't have much of an opinion either way. As it should be!

While there may be a "philosophical" argument against the init, essentially that it's not UNIX-like, I find it telling that those lines of argumentation usually ignore things like the X server or the Linux kernel itself (Linus never meant it to adhere to that ideal, incidentally.)

It is popular to hate on the init system here, no doubt. I fully expect the usual slew of downvotes to this post. But it is worth bearing in mind that it is a highly vocal minority that hasn't moved on from early justifiable criticism or have a, frankly strange, vitriolic dislike of the init's creator. The author's point about people voicing their liking elsewhere plus the widespread adoption underscores how it is very much not an overstatement but just reality. systemd is fine and has been for a long while.

Open source licenses need to leave the 1980s and evolve to deal with AI


"AI" just needs to comply with contract law

> I guarantee that licensing trolls will come after "your" ChatGPT and Copilot code.

Good. Respect the terms of the license; stop hoovering up code and regurgitating it if you disagree.

The Great DB debate: SQL extensions won't solve the graph problem


I see El Reg's polling is still atrocious. For goodness' sake learn to formulate questions in a manner that is unambiguous. Keep it simple, stupid! This is easily fixed by two easy alterations:

1) Use only positive language that affirms a statement ie "Graph DBs provide a significant advantage over well-architected relational databases for most of the same use cases"

2) Do not confuse the issue with "for" and "against" the poorly-stated motion and instead go with "agree" and "disagree"

Huge lithium discovery could end world shortages ... Oh, wait, it's in Iran



> A naturally occurring isotope of Lithium – 6Li – is a key ingredient in the fusion fuel of practical thermonuclear weapons, and Iran is so very keen on developing its own nuclear weapons.

Despite insistent claims by a certain apartheid state and its allies that this is the case, claiming for now decades that Iran was developing a bomb and was only a short amount of time away from acquiring them (years, months, next Tuesday), more credible sources like the IAEA who have actually done on-ground inspections of sites have concluded otherwise. Perhaps one day Iran will cross the line, either because it was always the plan to be slow and take half a century to weaponize their civilian program or they were pushed into it via decades of crippling sanctions and unconcealed desire for regime change by others, but it is not there yet. If Iran do decide to join the nuclear club, it will be unfortunate, as I suspect aforementioned apartheid state with its current government will have no qualms applying its own undeclared stock of nuclear arms to its bogeyman rival and, once one side starts, the other will surely respond. Still that's all hypothetical and it's probably wiser for El Reg and others not to repeat propaganda and sustain a false narrative about the complicated situation that is Iran's nuclear program.

Icon for obvious reasons.

GPU shipments saw biggest nosedive since noughties recession


Re: Regarding the gamer grade cards...

My card, a factory overclocked RX 480, is currently a little over 5 years old and it does have some mild issues (I suspect I have to reapply thermal paste to it) but otherwise runs most of what I play without issues at 1080p. I would consider upgrading only if there's decent midrange options that don't cost an arm and a leg and—most importantly—don't suck down power with reckless abandon. It seems that anything that's not a refresh of an older product has at least double my current card's TDP!

If GPU manufacturers don't come to their senses I suspect you'll be right that a lot of us will continue to hold off on upgrading.

Binance robbed of $600 million in crypto-tokens


lol. lmao even.

You thought you bought software – all you bought was a lie


Re: switch to an OS OS

Putting aside the fact that there's thousands of native games on Steam for Linux at this moment (as well as non-native ports for eg Saints Row 3&4), Proton works well enough that Valve launched a fairly successful piece of kit this year that promises to run thousands more games using, you guessed it, FLOSS. Feel free to browse the whitelist or take a look at many of the thousands of other games not on it that nonetheless just work.

Bitcoin worse for the climate than beef, say economists


The real gold were the profits we made along the way

Who would have thought that spending computing power and electricity for no benefit to society would be bad for the planet? I'm shocked, shocked I tell you!

Matrix chat encryption sunk by five now-patched holes


Some more clarity

From the post that's linked haflway through the article:

>Clients with other encryption implementations (including Hydrogen, ElementX, Nheko, FluffyChat, Syphon, Timmy, Gomuks and Pantalaimon) are not affected; this is not a protocol bug.

>Meanwhile, we are taking extreme measures to avoid future E2EE vulnerabilities. You will notice that matrix-rust-sdk, hydrogen-sdk and other 2nd and 3rd generation SDKs were not affected by the bugs at the root cause of the critical issues here. This is precisely why we have been working on replacing the first generation SDKs with a clean, carefully written Rust implementation in the form of matrix-rust-sdk, complete with an ongoing independent public audit.

Just think it's worth pointing out clearly as the article mixes past problems and comments from the researchers in such a way that it seems to imply that the protocol itself is to blame rather than the implementation in these older libraries used by some of the clients.

A match made in heaven: systemd comes to Windows Subsystem for Linux


Re: Can someone explain.....

I realize you're not the poster I was asking for an example from, but thank you all the same for taking the time to comment.

You're right that for an old, stable system which will virtually never see upgrades or changes it doesn't make a practical difference. It may as well be an embedded system—so long as it boots, works, and is bug-free the internals don't really matter.

For whatever it's worth, I do see the value in shell scripts and have obviously written quite a few in my time. However, the poster who I was replying to specifically mentioned service files vs scripts and there's very large shortcomings with the latter approach in the context of getting the system read (at least how it's been handled historically at times). Service files are just outright better at handling dependencies and helping track points of failure in the init. What a target is wanted by, under which conditions it should run or not, user permissions, and all those little subtleties are handled in an easy-to-understand manner that's easily changed or modified according to deployment needs.

Fetching information about the state of a unit and what it's doing is also simple and there's plenty of in-built tools to analyze the information in various ways. But, I realize that we're talking about different things here. I don't have a problem with the scope of systemd being beyond basic service management and think that the upsides of more tooling and integration with other aspects of the system far outweigh the downsides. But that's a different wholly discussion than systemd being more difficult/unmanageable than shell scripts for complex setups.


Re: Can someone explain.....

Linux isn't Unix. Wasn't designed to be like it


Re: Can someone explain.....

I would appreciate an example. I'll admit I'm not a sysadmin in a Fortune 500 or massive datacenter or whatever but I've been using systemd for over 10 years now for all sorts of deployments without issues. Never once have I thought that a shell script would be a better option.


Re: Can someone explain.....

Other than it having been adopted by some distros a little too early in its development lifecycle with issues that needed sorting, not much. It's a fast, modular and easy-to-write service files for. Personally, I wouldn't go back to openrc (which I used to use and prefer), much less sysvinit, or any other similar ways of handling processes. The other tools that come with it—if enabled—are also generally useful in my experience and I have found myself using more and more of them over the years. Fairly good documentation as well.

As much as it may upset the little circlejerk that usually goes on in the comments of these articles, there's good reason that it's become the de facto standard init. You'll struggle to find non-tinfoil or non-religious practical arguments against it in its current state.

I don't really care about some idealized UNIX philosophy that hasn't ever really applied to Linux nor do I care about the often very personal-level criticisms of systemd's creators. It allows me to manage my home boxes and remote servers without really getting in my way and gives me powerful tools to modify things if needed. I can't say that I love it—it's just software, after all—but it very much is useful and that's the only bar it has to clear.

Starlink broadband speeds slow as subscriber numbers grow


Re: What a surprise....

All the while adding to the light pollution of the night sky. Astronomers everywhere despair.

Open source body quits GitHub, urges you to do the same


I'm glad you agree with me that copyleft licenses prevent unscrupulous monetization.


Make sure to FLOSS to keep your ecosystem healthy.

Open source continues to miss the point. Make sure to keep on using licenses that everyone's freedoms in perpetuity. Alphabet has a handy list if you're unsure what to pick.

Musk repeats threat to end $46.5bn Twitter deal – with lawyers, not just tweets


Imagine a world where blatant stock manipulation like this resulted in actual punishment. A world where the SEC was an independent agency with teeth, instead of regulated by the industry itself. Maybe such a fantastical world would also allow normal people to invest and expect medium and long-term results instead of having the market rigged by sociopaths who create "value" only for themselves by shorting, bundling derivatives and toxic assets and leaving others holding the bag.

I expect the muskrat will not be held accountable yet again.

You loved running JavaScript in your web browser. Now, get ready for Python scripting


Sure, you can do that....

... but does it mean that you should?

Computer scientists at University of Edinburgh contemplate courses without 'Alice' and 'Bob'

Paris Hilton


Doesn't really matter in the least but I'm sure some people will get really worked up either way.

How Windows NTFS finally made it into Linux


Just the facts

Yeah, the author probably is mixing up things. That very paragraph quoted from the article goes on to cite the Arch WIki NTFS-3G article. The very first line states:

"NTFS-3G is an open source implementation of Microsoft NTFS that includes read and write support (the Linux kernel only supports reading NTFS)."

Texas law banning platforms from social media moderation challenged in lawsuit


Virtue signaling

Man, these right-wing snowflakes never get tired of leaning into their persecution complexes. Thankfully the rest of the world does not abide by their nonsense and respects the rights of private entities to host any and all content that they find acceptable. I would not mind if El Reg takes down this comment because, unlike these fragile idiots, I understand that using someone else's computer and platform is a privilege and not a right.

US Congress ponders setting up permanent UFO investigation office


Why not go all-in?

All those democracy-spreading ordinance systems sure are expensive to procure and maintain. Instead of spending money enlightening illiterate goatherds and replacing allies that happen to elect corporate-adverse leaders I'm sure that USAsians will find that they get better returns with finding out what those mysterious lights in the skies really are. Maybe they'll even find out that aliens (the space kind, not the kind that do all the agricultural and entry service jobs) are really just trying to warn them against all the chemtrails and other deep-spacetate shenanigans that are secretly turning their young into "soccer" fans and making them so thoroughly unamerican. Best to call the real president and his space force to make sure they don't take their eyes off the ball.

Amazon to cover 100%* of college* tuition* for hourly employees* in the US


Technically true

While I'm sure that Amazon is a great "job creator", I'm willing to bet that their net effect is actually negative. There's countless small, medium and large business that have folded and shed its workforce because of Amazon's tactics. It's not just the obvious cutthroat competitive stuff and movement towards a more digital habits vs brick and mortar; their undercutting their ostensible marketplace partners by producing their own in-house nearly-identical alternatives to popular products alone probably destroyed quite a few businesses.

The questions raised by El Reg over this tuition scheme also make me believe that this is more of a PR stunt than anything else.

Microsoft Irish subsidiary makes $314.73bn profit


Trickle-on economics

I'm sure they've created a bunch of well-paying jobs with these profits.

Open-source developers under corporate pressure to adopt less-permissive licenses, Percona CEO says


Re: I try to give back

It really doesn't matter if I'm less popular. The current model for contribution to FLOSS is broken, with larger entities just taking and giving little in return. Here's another article by El Reg that might interest you:


So between being popular, having the stress of worrying about things work properly, and no help from those who benefit the most versus just maintaining something less popular that forces everyone to share their improvements, I know which one I prefer. In the end I care more about myself and my users, not how widely my software is used and how much it helps corporate bottom lines.


I try to give back

I don't work corporate (thank goodness) but I do contribute to a couple of projects and have written a few simple web things. Whenever possible I try to use one of the licenses demonized by Google:


I don't reckon it makes much of a difference in the long run but it amuses me to think that my code is perpetually radioactive to corporate moochers.

Free Software Foundation urged to free itself of Richard Stallman by hundreds of developers and techies


Citation Needed

"Stallman posited that it would have been RIGHT for Minsky to have sex with her, and he couldn't have known she was underage"

He said no such thing. Luckily, even when the controversy first came up, Vice made a full copy of the email chain. He sees no reason to doubt initial reports about Minsky's supposed encounter and simply errs on the side of caution; Giuffre had been coerced (by Epstein) but it was unclear what role Minsky would have had in harming Giuffre. He seeks information about the deposition to inform himself better of the facts of the case. To me, this is a reasonable amount of nuance for a still-developing story (at the time).

People are falling into a predictably emotional trap now as they did two years ago. I urge everyone to read things closely for themselves as the primary sources are mainly digital and can be freely accessed by anyone.


Here we go again.

The open letter is a joke. It truncates and takes quotes out of context while helpfully leaving citations for anyone who is willing to do the minimum of due dilligence to see the context for themselves. For example, it paints him as a transphobe. He is anything but one and is vocally supported by Leah Rowe, the project lead of libreboot and a transgendered woman. Incidentally, maybe El Reg ought have contacted her instead of just exclusively going with anti-RMS quotes for a bit of balance.

All of this is just a knee-jerk reaction to an opinionated man with a lack of social awareness who nonetheless makes logical and emotionless arguments whenever he can. It is telling that some of the first and most prominent signatories are OSI people, who have historically had a bone to pick with the FSF and GPL, not to mention a google employee and members of foundations with heavy corporate interests (Hi GNOME and Red Hat employees). RMS has never hurt anyone, has spent a lifetime being inclusive and tolerant and is being punished for daring to have an opinion.

I, for one, am thankful for all of his contributions to the FSF and copyleft philosophy and definitely think that he's made the world a better place. So what if I don't agree with him all of the time? He's right about the things that matter and his pedantry on how terms are used in a legal context may be uncomfortable for some but that does not invalidate his principles and lifelong struggle.

Richard Stallman says he has returned to the Free Software Foundation board of directors and won't be resigning again


Friend, you're arguing about whatever else but what I've actually said. Perhaps I should restate it even more bluntly: the four freedoms, and copyleft in general, guarantee that knowledge will remain accessible and useful to people no matter whatever else. The preoccupation that this be the case is very much guided by moral concerns and can be found reflected in just about every single essay put out by RMS, the FSF, GNU and others. While there are practical details to argue over, such as this model not being contrary to monetary incentives (and where I playfully disagreed with the first poster I replied to), this whole discussion has been about philosophy.


Yeah, nah. Please don't compare physical products like a car that require limited materials to be expended to be made to copyleft, which is basically just knowledge. There is no cost in terms of materials or man hours to copy a program and make it available for review and learning.

If the supposition is made that everyone has the right to knowledge without any barriers, then it very much *is* a moral argument. It's fine that you or anyone else might disagree with that supposition but it is entirely valid and consistent with what the FSF and Stallman have fought for during all these decades.

Any before anyone else starts, there is nothing wrong with selling copyleft softrware nor holding copyright over "art" (non-technical bits of code, such as in a game). The belief here is that tools, which is what software is, should be freely accessible because it adds to the sum total of the human experience and creativity. There's countless cases of innovation being snuffed out by patent trolling and copyright; the copyleft movement should be seen through that lense.


It's FLOSS btw

Paraphrasing certain prime minister, "FSCK business!"

Who cares about business and investors? What matters is the moral thing: not only helping yourself but helping your neighbours and having them help you in turn. The beauty of copyleft is that no one is able to exploit it without giving it back. Self-interest means that you contribute what you think is necessary while receiving the benefits of others' own interests. RMS has been on point on this for 30+ years as well as other matters like privacy. If you want a new feature or support, just pay someone for it! No need to deal with black boxes and the whims of copyright owners. That's the real free market, baby.

License to thrill: Ahead of v13.0, the FreeBSD team talks about Linux and the completed toolchain project that changes everything


Says it all

"A lot of people consume FreeBSD as a toolkit to build things, like appliances. For many of those vendors, the BSD license is very important compared to the GPL license, particularly GPLv3."

That's right, corporations "consume" BSD and crap out their own proprietary software without giving anything back. Good for Sony, Nintendo, countless others but not so much for the end-users. Utterly unsurprising that dev time is spent on Linux emulation for binaries so that the poor users can actually have a range of software to run. This is why, as the article states in the opening sentence, "It's not as well known as Linux" and I believe it will continue to be irrelevant.

Google, Facebook, Amazon et al look on nervously as Biden bumps anti-Big Tech warriors into key posts



I don't expect them to be very successful given the inertia, special interests and lobbying. But, still, a man can dream...

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


Re: The New York Times?

There were weapons of mass destruction in Iraq :)

Here's something from only a few months ago: the "Caliphate" podcast was complete and utter bunk.

NYT is a great paper but it certainly has its blind spots. Don't trust them blindly but they have also broken many an important (true) story.

Linux maintainer says long-term support for 5.10 will stay at two years unless biz world steps up and actually uses it


Put up or shut up

GKH's arguments seems reasonable. For FLOSS to work properly, it needs to be a collaborative effort. Something for nothing doesn't really work in the long run.

Firefox 85 crumbles cache-abusing supercookies with potent partitioning powers


Re: Firefox 85 hangs

Fine on arch as well.

Must 'completely free' mean 'hard to install'? Newbie gripe sparks some soul-searching among Debian community


GNU's not Unix

No matter how you might feel about design principles, the fact of the matter is that people only pay lip service to the Unix philosophy in the Linux sphere and have done so for at least 25 years. In that time Linux has become more widely adopted, more flexible and easier to use. Meanwhile, Unix purists like the BSD folks have continued to slide into irrelevancy.

Brave bets on the decentralized web with IPFS browser support for a more peer-to-peer approach


>The outcome? It became a haven for child abuse content

This is the ugly side of not being able to take down or moderate content. Many years ago I ran a small file-hosting page that started as something for myself and friends. You would not believe just how quickly people/bots began to upload illegal content of that sort. Ultimately, I got tired of dealing with that crap and just shut down the page.

I'm mostly okay with the current balance of freedom/"censorship" on the net; people can still host their content, no matter how anti-mainstream, if they are really determined while outright harmful content is more or less sensibly dealt with.

Give 'em SSPL, says Elastic. No thanks, say critics: 'Doubling down on open' not open at all


Open source continues to miss the point

Corporations continue to want have their cake and eat it too. Open source is so important that those that benefit the most financially and never give back (remember openssl being basically unfunded for years?). They cry the loudest, too. There's nothing wrong with having a dual license that allows for monetization (mainly through support) and a copyleft version that's for the community/no-commercial-support and can be forked and that perpetually preserves the freedoms of anyone who may one day use a fork.