* Posts by devin3782

146 posts • joined 14 Jul 2021


Nvidia books $1.32b inventory charge as PC market slows

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I'm sure your products are excellent Mr Jensen, the problem is they're simply too expensive

Data brokers amass profiles of pregnant women – and, of course, it's all up for sale

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Today, I'm feeling a little more world sick. This was never the way

Judge rejects another Microsoft appeal against surplus license reseller suit

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Re: "Helping our customers move to the cloud improves productivity and security..."

"Helping our customers move to the cloud improves our profit margins..."

There you go Microsoft, I fixed it for you.

How a botched kernel patch broke Ubuntu – and why it may happen again

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Seconded, that brought me tears of joy

VMware reveals vSphere-as-a-service – but not the price

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Clouds only loosely hold water vapour and nothing more keep this in mind at all times. More goblin ownership yay! (massive sarcasm). They called it project Arctic, well this will certainly send chills to their customers bones.

Goblins Ownership: Goblins make the fabulous treasures, but considers anyone purchasing them to be renting, they consider the original maker the owner not the purchaser.

Totaled Tesla goes up in flames three weeks after crash

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Well that was their mistake, water on a lithium fire, didn't any them go to school? Alkali metals react violently with water. A good job the batteries don't use sodium or caesium those react even more furiously to water.

Amazon fears it could run out of US warehouse workers by 2024

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Let me be the first to say HA HA HA and good! may that serve you right for your abysmal treatment of your staff

This startup says it can glue all your networks together in the cloud

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Imagine the data you could eavesdrop on and sell

RISC OS: 35-year-old original Arm operating system is alive and well

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Re: Some features i would like today

It was always the font cache that took up all the ram

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It still has that special place in my heart considering the A3010 was the first computer I used. I really should recover it from my parents loft. The modern version could do with adding a few modern features like being able to resize file browser windows

Not a GNOME fan, and like the look of Windows? Try KDE Plasma or Cinnamon

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Re: I know it's the pettiest gripe ever...

I was always put off by the weird default animations and the bouncing icons and general icon clutter in menus. The cinnamon developers do seem to have taste and has consistent UI (I've been using cinnamon on fedora for the last 3 years, replaced xfce)

Teeth marks yield clue to widespread internet outage in Canada

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Wynona! we've warned you about this before!

GitHub drops Atom bomb: Open-source text editor mothballed by end of year

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Re: I used to use it

For really large files I tend to find that only EditPad Pro works without crashing runs well on wine too :) I've opened gigabyte text files with ease

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Re: I used to use it

Netbeans works on all of those platforms, at this point I've been using it for a decade.

Google calculates Pi to 100 trillion digits

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Does crunching that much pi help other than making your storage fat?

Makers of ad blockers and browser privacy extensions fear the end is near

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Re: The mystery

The fact the browsers render more or less the same is good it means that they're adhering to the standards. That said they don't use the same engines unless they're running on iOS at which point they all use Webkit because apple won't allow anything else. I've always used firefox as the font rendering is superior.

Firefox - Gecko

Internet Explorer - Trident

Edge - Edge HTML (actually good) now Blink

Chrome - Blink (formerly Webkit)

Safari - Webkit (formerly kHTML from KDE)

Everything else is a dirty chrome clone as if chrome could be somehow more grubby than it already is

Tough news for Apple as EU makes USB-C common charging port for most electronic devices

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Re: Apple's next move?

Or use the lowest quality usb-c port so it breaks and they'll turn around say "we told you this was a bad idea" The usb-c port of course will be none replaceable

The next time your program is 'not responding,' (do not) try these steps

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Well of course you do, because you're not interested in pointless culture wars.

Newport Wafer Fab could be sold to US consortium – report

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We do don't we its like we have an aversion to be prosperous

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Why not keep it, seems like a useful thing to have does it not?

Clearview AI fined millions in the UK: No 'lawful reason' to collect Brits' images

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Re: As good as a win as this is...

They'll know, they've been training the AI with our data after all

Safari is crippling the mobile market, and we never even noticed

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Add to that the Angular/React JS frameworks needlessly chewing through cpu cycles.

There is no difference between Safari and Chrome on iOS, apple insists that your browser uses webkit so Chrome, Firefox etc... have to use webkit to render pages. I wonder why they've not been hit with an anti-trust over that one?

Start your engines: Windows 11 ready for broad deployment

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It's truly amazing Microsoft are really doing their utmost to self-harm and keep people away from Windows 11. I'm so pleased Valve are putting their development weight behind Linux for gaming I might be able to remove my Windows Gaming VM in the next year or so.

Inkscape adds multi-page support with v1.2 update

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Re: Hmmm

All of them, because you can't possibly design on some other sort of the machine! The Mac makes the designer they'd be rubbish on any other computer

Intel shareholders revolt against Pat Gelsinger's pay package

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1700 times the average employees salary!

Enterprise-strength FreeBSD-based TrueNAS releases v13.0

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TrueNAS has historically had problems with certain hardware configurations running it in a VM means I simply don't have to worry about it. Say TrueNAS is updated and then refuses to boot I then have to reinstall TrueNAS and set up all my virtual machines again, this way I simply revert the drive image as I take a snapshot before I do an upgrade.

Mainly I don't want to run two servers and TrueNAS for running VM's is not a nice experience for example you can't import drive images or create a network solely for you're VM's to communicate on or in need of bridging them to allow them LAN access. Installing a new VM doesn't exactly smooth sailing either and there's a lack of options available to you when setting them up.

If you want to bond your network interfaces well... good luck you can only do it through the web interface and if it fails you have to revert everything and hope that this time it works as you expected a nightmare.

So I use Debian as the host OS as networking is easy so I have bonded nics and bridging set up enabling me to put VM's into vlans as well. VM's sit on a pair of nvme drives formatted with ZFS. I'm running a Ryzen 3700X with 64GB ECC RAM on a Asrock Rack X470D4U motherboard for reference. Nvme drives are in the PCI-E x16 slot bifurcated (x4x4x4x4)

I should add drive performance is not impacted from being in a VM the drives are on a SAS controller passed through, so the VM is in direct control of the SAS controller same as it would be if it were installed on the bare metal.

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I've been running TrueNAS in a VM now for a good few years from when it was FreeNAS in fact, with my drives connected to a SAS controller given to the VM through the magic of PCI-E pass-through uses 6x2TB drives in RaidZ2 and its flawlessly reliable.

Clearview AI promises not to sell face-recognition database to most US businesses

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<sarcasm>Of course we all believe them</sarcasm>

Only Microsoft can give open source the gift of NTFS. Only Microsoft needs to

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Re: @devin3782 - How about

OpenZFS uses CDDL which to my knowledge incompatible with GPL, I'm sure I read somewhere deliberately so. When I mention ZFS I did of course mean OpenZFS considering Oracle's version isn't open source and probably been killed off by now, but its Oracle of whom I don't give a dingo's kidney for.

Of course I also don't give a damn about the licence, I'm using OpenZFS it on my Debian server as VM pool spread across two nvme drives and its thoroughly lovely.

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Oh! very interesting thanks I stand corrected, I'm also so pleased they've made mounting them needless complicated well done Microsoft.

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I'd welcome NTFS being open sourced and we've long been in need of a universal journalised file system that isn't the corrupt-o-nastiness of FAT, NTFS could fill that void especially as I don't see EXT4 being included in Windows.

What we really need is ZFS with a Linux compatible open source licence (which it currently doesn't) and BTRFS up to speed as its still a little too experimental in places.

Ransomware plows through farm machinery giant AGCO

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European tech businesses cool on China due to coronavirus lockdowns

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Re: Question for the economists here ...

Regardless making everything in one location was never a smart move. Eggs and baskets after all

Engineer gets Windows 11 working on a Surface Duo

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Re: The reason for the hardware requirements

Rubbish, Windows 10 & 11 had huge improvements over Windows 7, granted it was only in the area of Microsoft being able to gather more telemetry information on us though.

Luckily though some thoughtful soul has provided a domain blocking list for your pi-hole to prevent Windows from sending it, trouble with that of course is that will also make the Windows 11+ worse and worse due to the telemetry echo chamber effect.

At least there's Fedora 35 Cinnamon edition :)

BT signs deal with AWS with aim of speeding up digital transformation

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£2.5 billion ($2.5 billion)

Is there currently 1 dollar to the pound?

UK watchdogs ask how they can better regulate algorithms

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Re: Algorithms?

Agreed, I go further in so much as you cannot withhold a service/product or discriminate against a customer by offering discounts if the customer wants to opt out and opt out should be the default setting for data collection.

BT starts commercial trial of quantum secured London network

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Yay, do we get to prefix everything with Quantum now we're bored with "i" and "turbo" again. This is basically equivalent to a bunch of SSH tunnels which if a single point to point is fine but this doesn't seem to be so are they end-to-end encrypting too? If not then i'm going to have to say its a failure (leave nothing to chance or monitoring)

ASML CEO: Industrial conglomerate buying washing machines to rip out semiconductors

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This proves it then, washing machines are significantly more complicated than they need to be if the chips harvested can be used in EUV machines, but then I suppose the washing machine maker NEEDS to get its jollies off knowing how often you wash your underwear and selling that to the maker of those japanese vending machines.

Prepare for weaponized AI that adapts in real-time to your defenses, says prof

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I think my icon says it all...

Heaps of tweaks and improvements incoming with GNOME 42

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I have to say I'm loving the tirade of hate for Gnome, I mean the developers must feel the constant waves of hate for their desktop environment their echo chamber can't be that good surely, unless their so deep in the mess now they simply can't say "no this stinks, change it".

There is a solution for this though they're called Cinnamon, Mate and Xfce. I use the former its nice, familiar and doesn't hide the functions I need most, it only very occasionally does a whoopsie

How experimental was Microsoft's 'experimental banner' in File Explorer?

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Why are microsoft hell bent on pissing off their customers, this is why I've not upgraded my Windows gaming VM to 11.

Maybe 2023 will be the year of the Linux desktop after all, its been my main desktop since 2019 and I see no reason to go back to Windows

Afraid of the big bad Linux desktop? Zorin 16.1 is here

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Do they also sell horses and airships too?

Reg reader rages over Virgin Media's email password policy

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Re: Re-enabling paste


If I may there's still nothing stopping a developer attaching a key press event and testing for ctrl + v and then blanking the box.

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Re: Something's not right here

Yes but considering people remember/reuse their passwords and the sheer number of password leaks reducing that is easy.

You're also assuming its hashed. Considering the password rules I suspect its stored in a db table unencrypted so certain characters don't cause an SQL injection, if it was hashed first it wouldn't matter as the resultant string would only contain characters valid for hexadecimal.

Brute for hash cracking assuming they have the DB is possible with a few GPU's unless the algorithm used is expensive to run on a GPU like say an Argon2D algorithm.

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Re: The same old arbitrary 'rules' to what purpose?

Password policies do one thing and one thing only: help hackers generate the rainbow tables more easily, well done in handing out they keys to the kingdom. The thing seldom spoken about is common password topologies https://korelogic.com/Resources/Presentations/bsidesavl_pathwell_2014-06.pdf note this is from 2014!

The best password is the one you don't remember


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You know when you see a policy like that they're storing passwords as plain text. Microsoft are also guilty of password upper limits so are several banks along with specific character subsets.

If you storing passwords: (One way uniquely salted hashes using a slow strong hashing algorithm and compare in constant time) then the only characters that matter are null chars as they cause some hashing algorithms to exit so remove those otherwise don't restrict.

Also every bone in the manager's crotch (that's what I'll break) for deciding to prevent pasting passwords into form fields.

Conflict in Ukraine disrupts fragile supply chain recovery

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How long before we learn the first lesson in common sense? Don't put all your eggs in one basket!

Right i'm off to persuade the tide to turn back.

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

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(Displays picture of Linus Tovalds giving the nvidia the finger)

Brave takes the spring out of creepy bounce tracking

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Re: Yeah but ...

Yes but that's a problem when its your bank or you need to submit your meter readings and no matter how much you complain they simply say "its there for your security"

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Re: Carbon tax

I like the idea; but you know, deep, deep down what will happen, it'll be abused



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