This is another of the W.O.O.D. series of semi-regular Weekly Occasional (i.e. if I forget and skip one, no big) Open Discussions.
Immediate prior one here:
and remains open for threads running there (at least until the ‘several month’ auto-close of comments on stale threads).
So use “Tips” for “Oooh, look at the old shiny thing!”
and “W.O.O.D” for “Did you see what just happened?! What did you think about it?”
For this week, I’m going to toss three topics in the hopper:
1) 4, yes FOUR, US Navy vessels get bunged up in the sea near China? So what’s with that? Speculation ranges from us being incompetent to someone playing games with GPS to arrange the collisions. I’d not be at all surprised to find out China is playing games with “commercial” vessels to “send a message” to the USN to get out of “their” water.
2) I’m posting this from my “Dirty Driver” box. It’s a 64 bit Odroid C2 running Debian. I first reviewed it a while ago and it still has ‘teething issues’. Good enough for a system used for “posting and browsing” but not stable enough for serious compute / security work just yet.
Examples? Well, first off, if you “reboot”, it dumps you into a maintenance failure mode. Can’t find it’s eMMC if I read the logs right. But I’m running from micro-SD card. Cold boot from power off works fine. (Somebody needs to clean up the reboot process…)
Another? Being SystemD infested, I’d had no problem bringing it up on my inside network by adding an entry in /etc/network/interfaces. Moving to the outside network (just inside the Telco router and outside my ‘private side’ office net) I edited the same file to change the IP numbers. No joy. Well, after a bit of fiddle… IF you use the “network” thingy under Preferences in the menus, it shows only one DNS server. The one it had from “inside”. Despite my listing 3 in the interfaces file. Somewhere, Something, (I suspect SystemD) was SURE it new better than I did… So I was forced into doing it “Their Way” – after figuring out where that is… that took a half dozen shutdown-restarts as “ifup” and “ifdown” didn’t seem to do anything and reboot is broken… But I got through it.
Again, nice fast fine box, once running right… and you don’t do things “the old way”… and don’t expect occasional things to work… But, for now, it’s working fine as a posting spot and general browser. Since the “Dirty Driver” (exposed to all the internet…) is supposed to be “reset” from time to time, I don’t mind that I might need to do an occasional new system install or “whatever” on it.
3) Trump in Phoenix: Reuters pitched this with the headline “Trump Rally In Phoenix Ends In Tear Gas”… IF I’m remembering what they said correctly. While the images, even heavily edited, showed happy peaceful folks inside and the cranky obnoxious rioters outside getting gassed all held anti-Trump signs… Headline OUGHT to have been: “Snarky Soros Inspired (paid..) Faux Protestors Pushing a Color Revolution Get Gassed For Breaking Law”… Oh Well. Did anyone see if he’s actually pardoned Sheriff Joe yet?