* Posts by mecmec

15 publicly visible posts • joined 10 Sep 2022

AMD undercuts Nvidia's 4060 launch with a $269 GPU

mecmec

Just spotted this comment in my history. Had to laugh considering I bought a RTX 4070 TI two months ago.

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Yeah, Nvidia got me well and truly locked in with CUDA. I'm not touching the RTX 4XXX range though.

With version 117, Firefox finally speaks Chrome's translation language

mecmec

> We gave it a try, and it works smoothly and well with German, including login dialogs and so on – but sadly, at this point, not with Czech.

Maybe you should spend a bit longer with it because it's absolutely awful. The translate option is embedded in the page and any text dynamically loaded with AJAX is ignored.

From cage fight to page fight: Twitter threatens to sue Meta after Threads app launch

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Facepalm

Yes because 'the Twitter community' is not part of the problem.

'Linda Yaccarino, Twitter's recently installed CEO, in response to Threads taking off – 30 million sign-ups already – said earlier: "We're often imitated, but the Twitter community can never be duplicated."'

The years fly by on first exoplanet confirmed by James Webb Space Telescope

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Mushroom

"observations point to its surface temperature being a few hundred degrees warmer than Earth"

We're gonna need some fans.

Corporations start testing Windows 11 in bigger numbers. Good luck

mecmec

Re: No beef with with Win11

Windows 10 seems alien to me now. One thing I really like about Windows 11 is being able to use a genuine Linux shell and have windowed Linux apps running like native Windows apps. 90% of my work requires Windows, but it's handy to have certain Linux cli tools around when Windows ports are non-existent or blighted by compatibility issues.

(WSL is available on Windows 10 but it's hobbled compared to the Windows 11 version.)

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Black Helicopters

The new context menu is fine.

Microsoft has been taking steps to decouple features like the context menu, taskbar, notification center and others from explorer.exe because integration between the desktop and explorer has always been a major cause of latency and bottlenecks. It's a good thing.

It seems like everyone has an attack helicopter really, even those who complain about attack helicopters.

With Mastodon, decentralization strikes back

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Mushroom

I went cold on Mastodon when I realised most servers were one man operations. Even some of the servers I found that were owned by business names were one man businesses. So what happens if that one man drops dead or ends up in a coma for six months? The server will be a billing cycle away from locking all users out of their accounts and data, potentially for good.

LastPass admits attackers have a copy of customers’ password vaults

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Re: Someone Else's Password

Yet another example of AutoHotKey - a tool that is specifically targeted by a lot of malware - being used in an extremely inadvisable way.

NFT vending machine appears in London

mecmec

NFTs aren't a cryptocurrency. A vending machine that sells NFTs is not an ATM.

Fake vibrating teeth could make great hearing aids

mecmec

Yes it will. I have a BAHA implant. The processor has integrated bluetooth.

US warns cryptominers must cut power use to avoid busting US carbon goals

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Re: Sanctimonious

The display device is not irrelevant. A ZX80 needs to be constantly plugged in and drawing power. A modern phone or tablet has a built in display, can be charged in an hour or two, has access to modern, intuitive, accounting and spreadsheet solutions and will last for a day or two without being plugged in at all. I understand the point you were trying to make. My point was that the analogies you were making (not just in relation to the ZX80) were very poor. Even now you're moving the goalposts, I have to tell you that entertainment is an important aspect of life and no less 'necessary' now than it was in 1980. And thank god nobody has to spend hours typing in games manually from Sinclair Magazine or making x attempts to reload something from cassette because analogue tape loading was so unreliable. What a complete waste of energy (both physical and electrical) that was.

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Re: Sanctimonious

A Sinclair ZX80 cannot "easily do your bookkeeping and taxes" and its power consumption (combined with the required display and cassette recorder to presumably load this unstated bookkeeping and tax software) far exceeds the power usage of many modern day computing devices, such as smartphones, tablets and laptops. Also, cruise ships emit far more carbon per passenger per kilometre than flying.