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Century Old Antarctic Expedition Notebook Found Underneath Ice

JSG Captain Scott (63 comments)

In Britain he is generally known as "Captain Scott" or "Scott of the errr is it the Artic or the other one?"

We deify people who try really hard but come second and Scott is no exception being beaten to the South Pole by the Norwegian Amundsen, but he cheated by knowing more about the environment and being properly equipped.

about 1 month ago
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Apple Yet To Push Patch For "Shellshock" Bug

JSG Re: Stallman would be proud (208 comments)

Bollocks.

MS famously invented the notion of "a best practice". Unfortunately they seem incapable of following good practice in many areas. The other vendors you mention also have similar foibles regarding what's best for you.

Now the FOSS community is just that - a community filled with opinions, advice and a fair old software output.

Each product stands on its own. You pays your money ...

Cheers
Jon

about 2 months ago
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Netflix Now Works On Linux With HTML5 DRM Video Support In Chrome

JSG Re:Why is (201 comments)

In Gentoo you get three versions of Chrome - stable, beta, unstable. My wife's Arch running laptop has Chrome although to be fair I did have to add it from the community package source which seems to be pretty obligatory anyway.

Pretty sure Ubuntu and Mint have it available. I doubt very much that Debian, with its legendarily large repo of stuff can't manage a major browser.

If you can install Linux there's a fair chance you can get Chrome to run on it.

about 4 months ago
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MIT May Have Just Solved All Your Data Center Network Lag Issues

JSG Re:Token Ring is dead. (83 comments)

Nearly any network tech should be faster than Ethernet in certain circumstances. Ethernet is generally good though and appears to be quite good a scaling.

I remember the good old days and the joys of beaconing 8)

about 4 months ago
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MIT May Have Just Solved All Your Data Center Network Lag Issues

JSG Yawn (83 comments)

Good grief: they appear to have invented a scheduler of some sort. I read the rather thin Network World article and that reveals little.

Nothing to see here - move on!

about 4 months ago
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New Middleware Promises Dramatically Higher Speeds, Lower Power Draw For SSDs

JSG LWN? (68 comments)

Have I stumbled into a new green themed version of LWN? The comments here are far too insightful and interesting for the usual /. fare. Can't even find the frist post.

about 6 months ago
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Amazon: We Can Ship Items Before Customers Order

JSG Re:No, it's not prospective shipment to the custom (243 comments)

God God, they've invented JIT.

All that farting around with Finite Capacity Planning, Sales Forecasting and stuff I did for a pie factory around 15 years ago was to be actually invented around now.

We would generate a forecast of sales, fax it to the customer (multiples in the UK) and then manufacture and ship product based on that forecast. Most of the time the forecast would come back with a signature on it (an order).

Pies (Pasties, sausage rolls, pork pies etc etc) have a short life span and have to be generally made before the order to ensure they arrive into depot (ie into the customer's depot) with enough "code" (shelf life) to be saleable. We weren't perfect but it generally worked.

So, I submit that huge swathes of manufacturing have been doing this sort of thing for decades. I used text books that my dad had lying around from his days at University for my forecasting models and details on how logistics works.

Cheers
Jon

PS OK, my case is not exactly in 1-1 with the patent but any sufficiently large logistical operation has done this and much more routinely for a very long time but probably used less buzz words.
   

about 10 months ago
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Amazon: We Can Ship Items Before Customers Order

JSG Re:Hmm (243 comments)

When you have finished snorting the coffee through the (slightly modified) dildo and smoked the Pony whilst wearing the Ears, please ensure you fill in your reviews. I need to know ...

Cheers
Jon

about 10 months ago
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Polar Vortex Sends Life-Threatening Freeze To US

JSG Re:But how will we know? (684 comments)

-40F == -40C. Clearly a pedant had to bother putting in the name of the scale used.

Now what's that in Kelvin (K)? That's what this pedant uses.

Cheers
Jon

about a year ago
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Kernel DBus Now Boots With Systemd On Fedora

JSG Re: "Slashmirrored" (341 comments)

>> Gentoo can not be setup to use systemd too

Are you sure? My laptop begs to differ:
$uname -a
Linux jglaptop 3.12.6-gentoo #1 SMP PREEMPT Sat Dec 28 11:22:53 GMT 2013 x86_64 Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU P8600 @ 2.40GHz GenuineIntel GNU/Linux

and spits out things like this:

gerdesj@jglaptop:~$ systemctl status apache2
apache2.service - Apache Web Server
      Loaded: loaded (/etc/systemd/system/apache2.service; enabled)
      Active: active (running) since Sat 2013-12-28 12:18:03 GMT; 1 day 10h ago
    Process: 2719 ExecStart=/usr/sbin/apache2 $APACHE2_OPTS -k start (code=exited, status=0/SUCCESS)
  Main PID: 2796 (/usr/sbin/apach)
      CGroup: /system.slice/apache2.service
                      2796 /usr/sbin/apache2 -D INFO -D MANUAL -D SSL -D SUEXEC -D LANGUAGE -D PHP5 -D DEFAULT_VHOST -D SSL_DEFAULT_VHOST -D SECURITY -D PERL -k start
                      2797 /usr/sbin/apache2 -D INFO -D MANUAL -D SSL -D SUEXEC -D LANGUAGE -D PHP5 -D DEFAULT_VHOST -D SSL_DEFAULT_VHOST -D

Cheers
Jon

about a year ago
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Gov't Puts Witness On No Fly List, Then Denies Having Done So

JSG Re:No popcorn yet (462 comments)

Are you sure that a judge would not know how the no fly list works and the legislation behind it - given that knowing or at least how to research the law is his job?

Cheers
Jon

about a year ago
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Gov't Puts Witness On No Fly List, Then Denies Having Done So

JSG Re:Southwest.. (462 comments)

You feel happy to espouse views like that openly, using an account rather than AC.

The US really does not resemble either the DDR or USSR in any way. I'm from the UK but recently visited the US (again) for some time. I have also briefly visited the DDR via Checkpoint Charlie in Berlin in the '80s - that was an eye opener, as was the Corridor and the Wall.

There's no reason to dig up history for repression. You might like to note that women are not allowed to drive in Saudi Arabia but some brave souls flout the rules. You may also think about what life in say Syria or large parts of Africa, let alone Afghanistan and other large parts of the world I've missed out, might be like.

Are you sure the world is such a bad place for the likes of you and I?

Cheers
Jon

about a year ago
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Researchers Show Apple Can Read iMessages

JSG Re:Terrible summary (124 comments)

The article only mentions the username going in clear.

about a year ago
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How The NSA Targets Tor

JSG Re:TAILS (234 comments)

Yeah right, except quite a few of us post on Slashdot and other tech sites - we are a gated community. Nearly all sysadmins are a piece of piss to find on t'interwebs.

Perhaps those site's web log files might not be as well protected as you might want - I doubt that our host's web masters are the only viewers.

Perhaps you describe some aspect of your home/work/cloudy system, perhaps over many posts over several months/years (your modus operandus) on these tech sites.

Perhaps there is someone who has a system that draws neat graphs linking posts to persons to groups of IT systems and hence to how they are secured.

To make it especially easy to follow, why not sign off your posts in a distinctive way.

Cheers
Jon

PS Bugger AC - I've been here years and a few years before I signed up. I've never bothered posting AC - I'm a security consultant.

about a year ago
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How The NSA Targets Tor

JSG Re:TAILS (234 comments)

Remind me who sponsored SELinux in the first place please ...

Cheers
Jon

about a year ago
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Rapid7 Launches Crowdsourced Security Research Project

JSG Re:how do I set up robots.txt (39 comments)

AC up there is almost certainly joking - riffing on hosts file ...

Cheers
Jon

about a year ago
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Rapid7 Launches Crowdsourced Security Research Project

JSG Re:Hopefully (39 comments)

Stale -Ha!

Here's a snippet from one of the data dumps (telnet is less than 300MB), note the dates. Have a look yourself and you'll get the IP address this belongs to along with many, many others:

(This is a telnet login banner which I've had to clean out somewhat to post here)
Copyright (c) 1998-2007 Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. All rights reserved. Without the owner's prior written consent, no decompiling or reverse-engineering shall be allowed.

I was pretty horrified but not too surprised at the contents of just one data dump after a quick look.

Cheers
Jon

about a year ago
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The Ig Nobels Are Tonight

JSG Re:You never know (41 comments)

Do you actually remember what search engines looked like before Google came on the scene?

They were awful and ad ridden (cf the modern Google - it's rather subtle) and shallow. I moved my home page away from Altavista pretty smartish when I heard of them.

Fault them all you like but G's founders filled a niche nicely with good (enough) maths/algorithms and a canny eye for user requirements and as it turns out by results: good business sense.

They do evil by default nowadays but they are still pretty good at the basic premise - search.

AC - I see you as a kid until you uncloak - twat.

Cheers
Jon

about a year ago

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MS Decrees - Don't run this!

JSG JSG writes  |  more than 6 years ago

JSG writes "It seems that MS are determined to improve their OS's stability or security by producing monthly lists of hardware and software that are no longer desireable, by blacklisting things that are not percieved to be upto scratch.

So who should decide these are things broken — you or the OS vendor — or is it a reflection on the underlying OS?.

I was happily listening to AC/DC on my Vista media thingie, when I noticed this update available: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/947562. For a change I actually bothered to read about the "May 2008 Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 Application Compatibility Update".

I can't but help contrast this with another OS or two where "legacy" compatibility with stuff produced an awfully long time ago (IT timescale) is a badge of honour.

To be fair, many modern apps under Linux (among others) are also the frequent subject of a security advisory but are they bludgeoned to death by an OS vendor.

Are there other pedlers of OSs that decide what you can and can't run like this?

I would genuinely love it if someone knowlegable on Vista could provide an insight (no need for a political justification) on this."

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