“Galloway joins Big Brother house” — BBC

Galloway joins Big Brother house, thus quashing any promise that he was ever a serious politician. Seriously what is a member of parliament of Great Britain doing in a reality TV show? Does he not have more important things to get on with? Should he not be busy working for his constituents like he is paid to do? I sincerely hope that anyone who made the mistake of voting for this self-serving egotistical joker will not be making the mistake twice.

“The following signatures couldn’t be verified”

The last two days I’ve been getting the following breakage email from the daily updates script on one of my etch Xen domains:

W: GPG error: http://admin.curacao.strugglers.net etch
Release: The following signatures couldn't be verified
because the public key is not available: NO_PUBKEY
W: You may want to run apt-get update to correct these problems

On further investigaton it seems to be because etch’s APT is now checking signatures against a GPG key I do not have configured. Thanks to JackieBrown’s post at DebCentral (and Google), a solution is found. Read more on the wiki.

initrds suck ass

Do initrds have any use at all apart from:

  • Distribution kernels where the packager has no idea what hardware the kernel will need to run on
  • Kernels intended to work on a large variety of machines without modification (really just another variant of the above use)
  • Unusual setups like running your root filesystem inside a filesystem that needs commands to be run to set it up

I personally fucking hate initrds. The process to generate them seems so fiddly, it is fraught with potential pitfalls, and that’s exactly the kind of lottery I do not need when we’re talking about rebooting machines I rely on.

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