* Posts by ayay

26 posts • joined 19 Jan 2021

'Bigger is better' is back for hardware – without any obvious benefits


Re: Not all hardware is bigger

I can't even find anything lower end than an i5 or Ryzen 5 pretty much anywhere. Even from OEMs.

Akamai's Linode buy: Good for enterprise, risky for others


I hope I don't get burned by saying this, huh? Got it? Got it?

Well, there's OVH.

It's no Linode, but neither is Linode.

Internet 'spy system' delayed because nation can't get the equipment


Re: Maybe some companies don't want to get involved with this

Wasn't it Cisco who provided kit to the Great Firewall of China?

It did not seem to affect them much, if at all...

Belgian defence ministry admits attackers accessed its computer network by exploiting Log4j vulnerability


I do agree with you.

Still, more often than not, we (as an industry) get away with it.

The beancounters are playing the odds. They win, we lose. And so it goes.

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


Re: faced with the need for a sudden rebuild

Well, OVH is cheap and the scrappy underdog, so of course we'll beat them. Losers!

Now, AWS is too big to fail, so people act like the lap dogs they are, making excuses on their behalf.

Then we wonder why it always seem like the biggest douchebags keep getting ahead. Maybe it's because we can't possibly forgive the underdogs for any mistakes, but are willing to make excuses for the dominant players before they even have to come up with some bullshit.

See also: AMD between Intel's Core and Ryzen, Microsoft, and many others.

CentOS Stream 9: Understanding the new Red Hat OS release for non-Red-Hat-type people


CsntOS Stream 9 subscription

CentOS Stream 9 has subscription-manager by default. Makes no sense to me.

But why that VPN? How WireGuard made it into Linux


WireGuard is the best

I have mentioned this somewhere else here, but I need to repeat it every time I can, because WireGuard is the best.

My mom has a circa-2014 router (TP-Link WDR4300) running OpenWRT. I do need to VPN there every once in a while.

Being OpenWRT, I was able to use OpenVPN. But... it. was. a. dog. Bandwidth was TERRIBLE.

Of course, the damn thing was not state of the art in 2014. I got it on sale, clearance even, so there it is.

Yet, with WireGuard, it's almost like I am there. It flies.

The same goes for my phone, laptop, pretty much all devices that roam around with me, yet are always connected to my network. It is robust... and fast. And secure.

Yes, there's a little fiddling around to get it all set up, as it usually happens with Linux and friends. After that, though, it just goes on and on, and you leave nothing on the table. Resource efficient, secure, simple. Gets your stuff VPN'd in, makes sure that site-to-site VPN you need is iron-clad and speedy. I could go on and on!

Nextcloud and cloud chums fire off competition complaint to the EU over Microsoft bundling OneDrive with Windows


Re: Wrong angle?

Eh? The documentation is open and quite good, better than most open source projects.

The license prevents the bait and switch of "open source until it suits, then we take the ball and run, thus making it ours".

What am I missing here?

All change at JetBrains: Remote development now, new IDE previewed


aaaaand we are back to Subversion!

Git's rallying cry was its decentralized model.

Now, the new thing is to centralize everything.

We have come full circle to Subversion!

Dell: We and our customers understand the supply constraints now. The 'wildcard is logistics'


Re: Dell Laptop Options Worse Than Before

Thank Apple for that. Now everybody wants to solder it all and "streamline" their offers for maximum... shareholder value.

Red Hat forced to hire cheaper, less senior engineers amid budget freeze


I was going to post the exact same thing.

Obviously, I was beaten.

Who did not see that coming?

Let us all witness "the great squeeze".

WireGuard VPN gets native port to the Windows kernel


WireGuard is the best

Fast, reliable, easy, runs on a toaster. Or almost.

Get any OpenWRT-supportrd router and have it in, performance will be decent at least. Most often, it'll be awesome. Now try OpenVPN. Yes, I know, I've cried too.

People way smarter than I am vouch for its security, so what are - the not-corporatey fellows who are looking for something reliable and secure, not a stamp of approval from the likes of SolarWinds - waiting for?

US govt calmly but firmly tells Blue Origin it already has a ride to the Moon's surface with SpaceX, thanks


cry moar?

For people who preach that their underlings should just leave whenever they don't like the breadcrumbs they're getting, these gazillionaires sure cry an awful lot.

Microsoft releases Windows 11 Insider Preview, attempts to defend labyrinth of hardware requirements


hardware requirements

If that doesn't change, the year of Linux on the desktop may be upon us, brought by the most unlikely chain of events to boot.

Many serviceable machines are 7-10 years old, and many people in first world countries are having trouble to upgrade, let alone the third world. You find TPM 1.2 in some, most won't have anything.

Hell, even new machines won't make it. The machine I bought a couple of months ago - 11th Gen Core i5 - does not have TPM 2.0, thus incompatible. I can get a module, but I assume these are probably overpriced by now, just like everything else.

Deluded medics fail to show Ohio lawmakers that COVID vaccines magnetise patients


Re: Struck off?

I was going to comment just that.

A perfect example of "no good deed goes unpunished".

'Welcome to Perth' mirth being milked for all it's worth


Re: Sydney thinks it is Oz

Perth, Ontario?

Canadian province's supreme court orders Dell to pay nearly $500,000 to sales rep fired in his twilight years


Re: Oh dear. Now Dell will need to raise its prices again to pay for this settlement...

Who thought that leaving the decision about the employee collecting (or not) their due rewards up to the companies employing them - thus paying the bill - would have a different outcome?

PCs continue to sell like hot cakes and industry can barely keep up with demand – analyst


I have an i7 950 running in production for rendering work, being tortured daily for 11 years and counting.

Would I like something snappier? Hell yeah.

Do I have it handy? No. Does it still run? Yes! So it will.

Dam it: Beaver ate our internet, says tiny Canadian town of Tumbler Ridge


*Especially* because it's Canada, this is a valid question.

But, in this case, beavers are a more likely explanation. The damn creatures are vicious. Adorable, but vicious!

University duo thought it would be cool to sneak bad code into Linux as an experiment. Of course, it absolutely backfired


Re: Qiushi Wu [ ... ] and Kangjie Lu, assistant professor at the school

Funny, I was also waiting for someone to blow that particular horn. It was bound to happen, for reasons that must be clear to you, considering you're the one who did it.

And you can keep your contempt and hints and whatever else makes you sleep well and comfortably smug at night. Yet, a mess such as the one we are witnessing would not be sponsored by any intelligence agency: too noisy, self-defeating as an intrusion mechanism, AND wakes up your enemy. Lose, lose, lose.

I do not follow the mantra of "not attributing to malice...", but it is apt in this case.

Now, if you have a (war) drum to bang, and reason need not apply, do carry on.


Re: Qiushi Wu [ ... ] and Kangjie Lu, assistant professor at the school

That makes no sense.

I assume the Chinese intelligence services would rather not publish their findings if that was the case. Just get the bugs in, and carry on exploiting them later. They would definitely not publish their findings on a journal.

Intel accused of wiretapping because it uses analytics to track keystrokes, mouse movements on its website



...they can cry foul, but wiretapping is pretty much what it is.

Backblaze on the back foot after 'inadvertently' beaming customer data to Facebook


what's the scrappy option now?

I remember Backblaze was the scrappy newcomer, cheap and effective, using consumer grade hard drivers and running all sorts of data collection to see how cost-effective that was.

Then, they stopped doing the consumer grade stuff. Maybe the enterprise gear is more cost effective? Or are they going full corporatey?

That answers the question. I wonder who's the new scrappy guy that has to prove his worth currently, because Backblaze is one of the boys now.

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


Re: I love the way developers...

"As unnatural as it may seem to you, not everyone in the world wants to boot to a command line after a fresh install. Nor do most user wish to have a computer that doesn't connect to the internet."

Then don't.

It is amusing how some people get offended by the fact that others want to do the weirdest things with the time, equipment, and expertise - all the while making the fruits of their efforts available for others who share the same passion, for FREE! How can that be offensive?

And yes, it is also amusing how people compare Windows - pre-installed on most new consumer grade hardware - with any Linux distro, which you will most likely have to go through the effort to get set up and running. Not to mention the leverage Microsoft has on hardware makers, who end up being the ones chasing Windows compatibility, while Linux developers have to toil hard so the same hardware work seamlessly - binary blobs or not. It often does, impressively enough.

And, after all of that, all you have to do is choose. Pick your distro. Each have their focus, strengths (and weaknesses), principles. All for free, and with a community you can be a part of!...

..and yet, that is somehow a problem. Because those free software dorks dare to have an OPINION, amirite? How dare them?

Some see a problem with free software, I see how some people reward selfishness and greed. It is no wonder the corporations who care the less are the most prosperous - many people reward them not only out of convenience, but also out of principle too.

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


AGPL for the win

Well, that's what AGPL is for.

All you hear is that it is a licence that just will not work.

And, funnily enough, out of MURICA with all their MOAR-MONEY corporations, seems that Nextcloud (AGPL licensed) is doing just fine... in Europe of course.

But no, I don't know of any major cloud provider offering it. That is awesome as far as I am concerned. Who the hell need those vampires anyway, other than the massive businesses who can afford the AWSs of the world - and not a penny to the guys coding the tools, ironically?

Let them enjoy each other. Stay out of it.

Two clichés, one headline: 'No good deed goes unpunished' and 'It's always DNS'


Outsourced IT in a nutshell

"While the level of ineptitude on show might, admitted Sam, be hard to believe, "those who have worked in the cesspit of outsourced IT, I'm sure they'll get it!""

Can I get an AMEN?


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