350 posts • joined 27 Oct 2015
Pity their HR procedures didn't include screening out utter twats from being hired.
NASA to celebrate 55th anniversary of first Moon landing by, er, deciding how to land humans on the Moon again
Re: "real possibility of no US astronauts being present aboard the ISS"
"We're all living in Amerika"
Upvote for Rammstein reference.
"This is why Canadians are the "slow cousins" of the English speaking world. Nice, but a bit dim."
You're not a fan of OpenBSD, I presume.
Re: Wait, what? Did I miss something?
"Lars Ulrich, singer for middle-of-the-road aging rockers Metallica"
Ouch. Lars is actually drummer and chief foot-in-mouth spokesman.
Few bands in the metal genre can top Metallica's groundbreaking second and third albums (including the band themselves, sadly).
Re: Inclusiveness demands tolerance
"Hashtags don't put food on the table, a roof over your head and your kids in school."
No, but they could prevent you from being able to do those things.
Re: Who are these people
"In the world of open source, the fork is always an option."
If those shouting the most loudly about perceived abuse were capable of forking they would do it instead of shouting.
Re: Unplugging the keyboard = kernel panic ?
"Non-beards? Don't we usually call them PFYs or women?"
I believe assumption of gender is frowned on nowadays.
Re: The 'Trust' Factor: Toxic Patches / Firmware Updates
"most major brand laser drivers are based off the HP laser jet 3 and 4 driver"
I've been using the Ghostscript ljet4 driver for years with a succession of Brother laser printers on Linux and OpenBSD systems. Not great for photos, but text quality is excellent and it's much faster than the printer-specific drivers.
Linux kernel's Torvalds: 'I am truly sorry' for my 'unprofessional' rants, I need a break to get help
"Like many have mentioned, this outburst does not happen without many warnings before hand."
"That's what's called libertarianism by fascists."
It's a voluntary software project, not a society. Please grow up.
"If you spoke to people at work the way he does you'd get fired."
In a lot of cases the person being sworn at would have been fired for incompetence or a disruptive attitude long before Linus' outburst in any conventional workplace. It's almost like context isn't a thing, judging by many of the comments here.
Re: @Steve Davies 3 Don't let the namby-pambys run the Kernel, Linus!
"Even if he does that, he still needs to do it in a less aggressive manner."
If I made a stupid mistake and someone punched me in the face I'd consider it aggressive. A bit of swearing? Not so much.
It sounds to me like Linus is feeling burned out.
Re: That's right Linux community... bend over...
"Nobody who had a boss like Linus would enjoy it."
I guess it depends on how thin-skinned you are. I've worked for talented but grumpy people whom I have liked and respected. In those cases it was obvious that any swearing wasn't intended as a personal attack, rather an expression of frustration when things weren't going as well as they should.
Are most people really so sensitive to perceived criticism that they can't tell the difference?
Re: going to the continent was a nightmare.
"In what way was it a nightmare?"
I take it your job doesn't involve carrying goods or equipment between the UK and the continent.
Specialisted (sic) field
"If you are one of the 99% who's job has nothing to do with the space industry, then who cares?"
So you're saying only 1% of people have jobs that depend in some way on satellite communications and GPS? Please cite a source for that figure.
"There's a huge email thread where I work of people who find it offensive."
As offensive as this (quote from Antirez)?
"After it was clear that I was not interested in his argument, Mark accused me of being fascist. Now I’m Italian, and incidentally my grand grand father was put in jail for years by fascists because he was communist and was against the regime. He was released to die in a couple of months at home. The father of my mother instead went in the north of Italy for II World War, and was able to escape from the Nazis for a miracle. Stayed 5 years as a refugee, and eventually returned home to become the father of my mother. Mark do not care about the terminology he uses against other people, if the matter at hand is to make sure people that may potentially feel offended will not."
Quite frankly the behaviour ascribed to 'Mark' in the above paragraph disgusts me, but it is all too common.
"If you think that some words aren't freighted with extra meaning, start using the 'n' word more."
In software documentation? That would be very silly. The 'offensive' words referred to here are common technical terms. Would you suggest I remove the master and slave brake cylinders from my car in case they offend other road users?
Re: Two projects to move away from
"I have no confidence in the future of either project now."
Yes, it's a pity. Both projects could have been forked, but I guess that misses the point. Hunting witches is a lot more fun.
"what slightly irks me about this is the US-centric take on this. Outside of the US, slave and master tends, reflexively, to refer to the Romans rather than the US."
I had the same thought. It seems to be a form of cultural imperialism.
"henceforth be known as a 'thought shower'"
Sounds like they're taking the 'golden shower'.
To show solidarity with this fine and sensible social movement I must immediately go through my computer systems and rip out all of the nasty fascist open source software which uses a git Master branch. It will signal what a virtuous fellow I am and everything will continue to work just f
"less pics more text"
In Dillo, my usual browser, there are no pictures at all. Even in Firefox (with NoScript) there's only a single headline picture.
I like it.
Re: Dirty deeds
Upvote for multiple AC/DC references. I guess the downvoter is not a fan.
Re: "Cloudy Bollocks"
"Sometimes served from a leaking bucket."
"humans who are pillaging the entire planet and billowing pollution and trash absolutely everywhere."
Posted from a computer that didn't require any minerals to be mined and processed, and running on non-fossil-fuel electricity, no doubt.
Re: Possums on the list?
"I am guessing....that the arc was within tolerances for this system and it was able to carry on."
I wonder how many deca/hecto/kilo possums would be required to trip the system. Cue for another El Reg unit of measurement?
Re: What was that quote allegedly from Cardinal Richelieu again?
"it's a technology to get relatively fine grained readings so the energy generators, and in the future storers, can predict and respond to real energy demands to provide guaranteed supply."
Why would this have to be per-household rather than per-substation if that is its main purpose?
"testing the security of the meters to ensure only authorised users could access the specific data they are allowed, infact legislation was passed to define all this and protect consumers"
I suspect it isn't merely ignorance that drives the scepticism, but many years of experience of other "secure" systems. If this is truly secure it would be a first.
"I think its time to purchase "classics" that have no electronics in them."
For an added bonus, vehicles over 40 years old are also exempt in the UK from vehicle excise duty and, unless substantially modified, MoT tests.
Re: Super fast...right
mb = millibits
Mb = megabits
MB = megabytes
Re: Don't fret. It is all part of Trumps grand plan
It has dropped its CO2 output
Re: Freedom Units
"Yeah, let's stick it to the man and make a stand for Liberty by using a temperature scale that's not in line with current international measurement standards!"
I think it's called humour (or humor, if you prefer Freedom Spelling).
Re: Disagree....Because it's been done
"Have a look at RUST.......blisteringly fast"
Is that actually true in general use, as opposed to a few carefully chosen benchmarks?
Re: C and C-style C++
"To write new code without some form of protection from these kind of errors is verging on irresponsible now."
You mean like understanding what you're doing and taking care to do it right? It always was irresponsible to write code without that kind of protection, regardless of language.
Re: tamper-proof screws aren't
"They should be countersunk to stop tampering with the head."
Countersinking won't prevent tampering, but counterboring them might.
Mad Cow Disease
"Bad slaughtering practices"
...along with feeding cows to other cows.
Re: Idiot customers
"None of these things are really TSBs fault to be fair"
How about showing other customers' account details to people logging in? Whose fault was that?
How many knowledgeable IT staff were shed due to TT's outsourcing plans prior to the breach?
Re: M$ evil tactic: Embrace, extend, and extinguish
"Read the book "Chaos Monkeys: Obscene Fortune and Random Failure in Silicon Valley""
Post by author?
"I do have a vested interest here as someone who has never had a FB account."
Same here. I expect the Facebook employees who downvoted your post will react similarly to mine.
Re: too much security
"I've got a drawerful of sharp knives in my kitchen. Someone could easily break a window, climb in and kill me with them."
From the other end of an internet connection? I'm impressed.
Re: Is this dependent on Netcat?
"Because it manages the network"
...for those who don't know how to do it using traditional Unix-type facilities.
"You cannot effectively regulate mathematics"
Nonsense. Just ask the Australian government.
"The usual argument in both firearms and crypto is that the bad guys don’t follow the rules. That’s true. Doesn’t stop us banning Tesco from selling crack/AR10s to ppl."
Ah, the old false equivalent argument. Crypto has legitimate uses like allowing people to use online banking. I can't think of a legitimate use a member of the British public might have for crack or an AR10.