* Posts by DrSunshine0104

16 posts • joined 23 Apr 2021

Apache OpenOffice can be hijacked by malicious documents, fix still in beta


Re: and Libre Office?

I am not an expert in C++ or familiar with LibreOffice code base but looks like a no to me. The code is about the same between OO and LO, but looks like the maintainers at LO patched out this issue at the beginning of 2020.



Leaked Guntrader firearms data file shared. Worst case scenario? Criminals plot UK gun owners' home addresses in Google Earth


Re: No surprises here

"vegan is just a slightly different variant of sociopath from serial killer."

That statement is about as a stupid as the belief by any animal rights activist that any person who owns a gun wants to kill animals; there is lots of blanket and straw-man statements. Some vegans choose to be vegan because they extend their empathy of humans to animals, which is the antithesis of sociopathy.

In my experience, the loudest detractors of vegetarianism/veganism often are the most ignorant of what they are talking about, or just cherry-pick the craziest of 'X' groups. Kind of like how some evangelical Christians talk about atheists. But please, I can't wait for you to tell me about my beliefs.

30 years of Linux: OS was successful because of how it was licensed, says Red Hat


Re: licensing technology

That statement has some problems. First, it is begging the question that people claim Linux IS more secure than the Microsoft or Darwin kernel. Not sure if many people claim that outright, there are patches, configurations, and SELinux that improve your generic kernel, which is oft for ease-of-use, not security.

My biggest complaint about your article is the cherry picking of examples. Sure you can find examples where proprietary kernels have potentially better security models. That is why climate deniers, anti-vaxxers can always trot out some idiot to argue the against the consensus that an university was foolish enough to give a PhD. Doesn't mean that those examples are not genuine security issues that need addressing. Proprietary kernels are black boxes; it is easy point out all of Linux's flaws but not see all the potential architecture problems or hacks that keep proprietary kernels operating.

Sidenote: does the Linux kernel even touch fonts? Microsoft pushing something to userland that should have never been in the kernel isn't a great flex.

So objectively? Incomplete information, I'll just stick best practices over relying on my kernel.

US boffins: We're close to fusion ignition in the lab – as seen in stars and thermonuclear weapons


Re: So.

It took a substantially smaller amount of energy to push atoms together into fusion than I would have ever imagined; admittedly a small number of atoms but still fascinating.

Google Groups kills RSS support without notice


The Buck Stopped There

They can't easily deliver an add or do analytics. That is why.

Stack Overflow survey: Microsoft IDEs dominate, GCP and Azure battle behind AWS


(MSSQL) Is Too Damn Expensive!

My colleagues in IT have dropped all their MSSQL licenses just earlier this year through various means of changing databases or just offloading on to managed services.

I have dropped my MSSQL licenses too in favor of PostgreSQL. I have to keep my major infrastructure on-premise because it is chatty GIS applications that is painful to use off-premise. Most open-source GIS and ESRI supports PostgreSQL where spatial data has always felt first class and no expensive per-core licenses. Why wouldn't you?

Lawn care SWAT team subdues trigger-happy Texan... and other stories


Re: Bloody hell, nobody told me the police would cut my lawn!

Usually it is under the reason of health, being keeping insects or animals that can spread disease from hiding in the grass nearby; also letting vegetation go wild can lead to trees or vines growing directly against the house that damage the structure. That said, I HATE doing yard work. Personally, if I didn't live in town, I would just mow enough to keep the vegetation off my house and own some goats/sheep to keep the rest down.


Re: Bloody hell, nobody told me the police would cut my lawn!

This is probably variable by state and city. I worked in community development in the US and only a couple times in seven years was I aware that code enforcement ever had to do this; nuisance code enforcement in my city was in community development, some cities nuisance code enforcement is part of the police.

If a person refused to mow their lawn, we would hire a local company to do it; but only after months of court, and dozens of notices of violations. A police unit would accompany them specifically to deter this behaviour. We would then place a lien on their property for the cost of the mowing and the court costs.

I have never heard of a city foreclosing on a property because a lien but the lien makes it impossible to sell or inherit the property until the lien is cleared. Property was usually auctioned at the courthouse if they didn't pay their property taxes for 3+ years, again after month of court notices.

I never understood the cost/benefit analysis going on in these people's mind where thousands of dollars in fines and potential jail time is preferable to a couple hours work or 35USD to hire someone.

Open-source dev and critic of Beijing claims Audacity owner Muse threatened him with deportation to China in row over copyright


Re: Xi Zuz Qrist

Use your words...

Linux Mint 20.2 is a bit more insistent about updating but not as annoying as Windows or Mac, team promises


Re: Cool

Instead of encrypting the ENTIRE filesystem and then dealing with LVMs, I wish there were distros (none that I know of) that would use BSD approach of using on-boot transient keys to encrypt the swap. I am only concerned with my user data needing encryption but hate messing with luks and then lvm if I need to recover something.


I tried Mint many years ago and wasn't that impressed, sure default codec installation might be nice, but a middle-to-high skilled Linux user nothing that stuck out to me. But I distro-hopped and gave it another test drive a few months back and was enjoying the polish of a good collection of features and options; it is good features that don't feel tacked on, intrusive or bloated. The big plus is Mint has stripped out the some of questionable parts of Ubuntu by default, and my personal favourite is the Debian version of Mint. The update 'nags' of Mint are not intrusive and unless you have good reason, I think you should always update your daily driver.

Although I did have a Mint update bust GRUB recently, but I find it more trouble to rescue boot and fiddle with GRUB entries; just keep good partition layouts and reinstall.

I used to be more apathetic about SystemD, I have personally never had a SystemD failure. But the arguments having init and subsystem separation has won me over especially with the more recent examples of SystemD being attacked. A Devuan-based Mint would be nice mix, but I am not that skilled in package management to cook up that dream.

Open standard but not open access: Schematron author complains about ISO paywall


Similar but Different

Before changing course into IT work, I worked in architecture and building industry in the US. The largely adopted ICC building codes were used by municipalities all throughout the States but were constantly behind a paywall. It finally took a law to achieve open access. Getting to the building codes is still a maze of links, and adverts for paid access, as well as missing some common features to make navigation easy, but you can do it.

I would love a free access to the ISO standards. I hate having to scour university websites to find ISO standards that are at times out of date or incomplete.

If you want it to be a standard, you cannot hide it from the people who will use it.

Hell, I will whitelist their site on my ad blocker for them.

Mark it in your diaries: 14 October 2025 is the end of Windows 10


I got a free upgrade to W10 from retail W7 but every time I change any major hardware on my computer getting it recognise the hardware change and see my Windows copy as legitimate has been in vane. Only got it to work once, after that I have just embraced the watermark in the bottom right when I am playing any games.

Microsoft: Behold, at some later date, the next generation of Windows


I am more of a Linux fan myself so I am a bit biased but my biggest complaint about Window 10 is how damn in-the-way it is when I am just trying to work. The 'integration' is more of an annoyance. I just want my OS to make it easy to access my programs, it doesn't need a 'virtual assistant', tell me fun facts, add irremovable programs targeted at 5 end users, advertise to me their other products, or spy on me. It just needs to make it easy to start programs, manage files and the network.

Despite being a lover of VIM, Studio Code is actually kind of good and I kind of like it.

But Windows will never be my preferred OS for development unless I just start to hate myself.

Samsung shows off rollable and foldable displays, suggests they'll arrive in 2022


Re: Transparent screens?

Similarly why I am personally not real fan of 'bezel-less' screens. Why would I want the visual noise of the other side of my office's bookcase right up against the thing I am reading?

Unless they could make the background black, transparent screens is cranking this to eleven. But, can't wait until Samsung's and Apple's marketing team tells us all this is what is actually popular and everyone falls into lockstep and that is all we'll get.

Watchdog 'enables Tesla Autopilot' with string, some weight, a seat belt ... and no actual human at the wheel


Re: re: Idiots can bypass any security system.

I feel the name 'Autopilot' can shoulder some of the blame here. I think fair amount of the populace thinks a pilot turn on a 747's autopilot and then play boardgames while in the cabin. Not the reality, where it takes some of the workload off the pilot so they can focus on other tasks. A better name, 'Drive Assist' or 'Co-Pilot' would change the frame of mind. Most people drive just well enough to avoid constantly crashing, this is giving a gun to a baby.


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