* Posts by Graham Dawson

2330 posts • joined 5 Mar 2007

Systemd 249 release candidate includes better support for immutable OSes and provisioning images

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Re: Sys V init

It was already becoming the monstrosity it is today when the decision was made - against the wishes of the community, I should add. The controversy generated by the proposal should have been a reason to delay, but it was instead used as a justification to forge ahead and damn the opposition.

Utopia? Echoes of Delphi and Dreamweaver in new visual editor for React

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I always used coffeecup. It was also terrible, but less so than frontpage or the other one.

What Microsoft's Windows 11 will probably look like

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Re: Win95 . (was: Should I care?)

In terms of fundamental interface, no OS has ever beaten Amiga Workbench in my mind, except in the number of available resolutions.

We don't know why it's there, we don't know what it does – all we know is that the button makes everything OK again

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Re: The knob......

Or Ministers of the Crown.

'Universal Processor' startup Tachyum unveils full-system Prodigy emulator ahead of sampling later this year

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Re: Smack my chips up

I want to know what sort of cooling solutions it might need.

Snakes on a Plane meets The Simpsons as airline creates ‘whacker’ to scare reptiles away from parked A380s

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Re: ...but

Ask Trigger, he'll tell you.

UK's BT starts trials of new hollow-core optical fibre networks

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Re: Scattering

I'm sure there's a hole in this plan somewhere.

Space junk damages International Space Station's robot arm

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The moon is a satellite of earth.

She's also a somewhat overbearing madam.

Who gave dusty Soviet-era spacecraft that unwanted lick of paint? It was an idiot, with a spraycan, in Baikonur

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Re: Otherwise it might be only the graffiti that remains

You'll certainly never look at duct tape the same way...

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Second. The worst was replacing the prior, iconic theme and intro with the swimming baby.

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Re: Soviet tech..

The us military realised it would be more efficient to just give the satellite its own wings, rather than using a giant spaceship, and so the X-37 was born.

Finance Bill amendments to curb umbrella company malpractice fail to get traction in UK Parliament

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Re: Oh no!

Also independent truck drivers, hairdressers, translators, plumbers, electricians, voice actors, plasterers, music teachers, and so on.

The focus is naturally IT because this is an IT-focused site, but the implications of IR35 and all of this other gubbins are far broader than your own narrow view seems to take in.

Just what is the poop capacity of an unladen sparrow? We ask because one got into the office and left quite a mess

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They're not cheap at the moment. Demand is high for some reason.

How much would you pay me to develop a COVID tracking app that actually works? Ah, thought so: nothing

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Re: Is the place full of…

Preaching to the choir.

Firefly Aerospace's Blue Ghost lunar lander set to ride a SpaceX Falcon 9 to the Moon

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Re: What does Firefly want to deliver to the moon?

As long as they watch out for Reavers.

ASUS baffles customer by telling them thermal pad thickness is proprietary

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Re: eh

Cards used for crypto are generally in pretty good condition. Crypto mining algorithms are a fairly consistent load, with little variation, so you won't see the sort of thermal cycling that tends to damage GPUs over the long term.

Pics or it didn't happen: First images from China's Mars rover suggest nothing has gone Zhurong just yet

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Re: They lied about COVID

I had a look, and it appears I was wrong. The Doppler shift change was recorded when the probe entered orbit around mars. I was sure I'd read that it was when the probe began it's descent, but oh well

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Re: Nothing there...

He appears to profoundly dislike the idea of people doing things that don't personally interest him.

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Re: They lied about COVID

We knew about the landing before they announced it, due to changes in the doppler shift of the signals their probe was sending back to earth. It's difficult to hide things in space. Much easier on earth.

Kiss goodbye to privacy forever when brain-implanted comms gear becomes the norm – guru Whit Diffie

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Re: PEDANT ALERT

For what it's worth, whenever I follow the traditional family recipe, the proof is certainly in the pudding as well as in the eating. Also in the white sauce.

Apple sent my data to the FBI, says boss of controversial research paper trove Sci-Hub

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Re: White Dwarf McNealy?

In a broom cupboard, no doubt, with a sign warning of the presence of large, angry felines.

China says its first Mars rover Zhurong has landed on the Red Planet

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Re: Nothing there...

It's not that they've found nothing, it's that they've found nothing that personally interests you.

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Watch out, I hear there's a nuclear laser tank roaming the planet somewhere.

Google Docs users, you are on notice: Code rewrite may break browser extensions

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Re: Chrome?

Remember when Chrome was the lightweight, nimble alternative to moribund Firefox?

Open-source JavaScript project Babel 'running out of money' after employing paid maintainers, sponsors pull out

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Re: Commits... what an asinine metric!

You can count up to 12 or even 32 on one hand. 5 is the minimum.

Chinese rocket plunges into Indian Ocean, still lands sharp rebuke from NASA

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Re: Double standards?

I'm saying there's a clear difference between a spent stage that goes slightly off course during a planned de-orbit and a spent stage that is abandoned to fall in some random spot. It's the difference between aiming your rubbish at the bin and having a bit escape, and throwing your rubbish out of a high speed car.

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Re: Double standards?

The difference is that was a planned re-entry, with a defined entry window and with little chance of causing damage due to the size and direction of the spent stage. The Chinese rocket was just left to fall where it would, without care or consideration for it's impact.

You can listen right here to the whir of a robot helicopter flying on an alien world

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Re: Ho hum

And yet...

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Re: Ho hum

I'm sure that slowly and surely they're drawing their plans against us.

Perl changes dev's permaban for 'unacceptable' behaviour to a year-long lockout after community response

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He's a rabbi alright.

NASA’s getting really good at this flying a helicopter on Mars thing

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Re: Nothing there...

As I said last time:

"This person disagrees with me, I'm going to try and disparage his position by portraying him as a stuffy old fart."

Grow up.

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Re: Nothing there...

I have worn padded elbows, but only because I used to be an electrician. Your attempt at stereotyping anyone capable of understanding the benefits of space exploration only reveals how petty and narrow your life must be.

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Re: Nothing there...

It's really not.

We've finally hit Peak Bork: Microsoft man reveals home-grown welcome back BSOD at Redmond HQ

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Re: Excited?

It's called "a joke".

Lego's Space Shuttle Discovery: No trouble with Hubble, but the stickers will drive a grown man to insanity

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Re: Curse you, Mr. Speed!

SPacEshIp!

iPhone XR caught fire after getting trapped in airline passenger's seat

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Re: Clumsy while sleeping

The one time I left my phone on a plane was also the one time I didn't partake of the in-flight booze and follow up with a nap. It's a poor correlation, to be sure, but it's enough for me.

Cheers!

Ex IBM sales manager, fired after battling discrimination against subordinates, wins $11m lawsuit

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Re: "The company will consider all of its options on appeal."

McDonalds didn't appeal that case for the reasons you seem to be implying.

How not to apply for a new job: Apply for it on a job site

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Re: Have A Pint As I can Only Upvote You Once

Soldiers of fortune.

I love IT when a plan comes together.

NASA writes software update for Ingenuity helicopter to enable first Mars flight

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Re: Applying patches .... please wait

Oh no, guess I'm out a can of coke.

That's neat, though. Thanks.

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Re: Applying patches .... please wait

Obviously it's wherever Beagle 2 crash-landed.

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Re: Applying patches .... please wait

I'd lay good odds they're using something like QNX rather than Linux. If it is Linux, it'll be an absolutely bare-bones kernel with a custom set of core utils. Or maybe they're using busybox. That'd be a laugh.

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Re: Nothing there...

"This person disagrees with me, I'm going to try and disparage his position by portraying him as a stuffy old fart."

Grow up.

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Re: @Graham Dawson - Nothing there...

It can be our future in the same way that buried bones are the future of us all, but we still study the bones of our ancestors to understand history. Mars is a planetary fossil. It preserves things from then by being relatively static in the meantime.

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Re: Nothing there...

The bit is getting old, mate.

Studying the "nothing but rocks" of Mars gives us an insight into processes that took place on earth but are no longer observable due to differences in atmospheric composition. There are geological structures on Mars that are impossible to observe here, because here they would be chemically destroyed by the ongoing presence of liquid water, whereas there they can sit out in the open without damage. By studying that, we can gain a better understanding of the history of our own planet's history.

Asahi Linux devs merge effort to run Linux on Apple M1 silicon into kernel

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Re: The next generation will attempt to port the kernel to Javascript...

Perhaps they did comment, leaving the reg editorial board so flummoxed that they didn't know how to proceed.

Prince Philip, inadvertent father of the Computer Misuse Act, dies aged 99

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Re: No TV

I noticed that some time ago. I object to the license fee on principle, but I've stopped complaining about their news coverage for the most part (it's the things they don't cover that annoy me *cough*savile*cough*).

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Re: No TV

but we do have Brexit, a deadly pandemic, global warming, riots in Belfast, warfare and starvation in Yemen, and lots of other really important things to think about (not to mention my vacuum cleaner packing up), so hopefully the news outlets will cover other important items too, eventually.

They'll all still be around next week and likely won't have changed much in the meantime.

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Re: Bad greek

Or does it?

Feature bloat: Psychology boffins find people tend to add elements to solve a problem rather than take things away

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Re: Lego example

SPACESHIP!

Taiwan’s PC-fest COMPUTEX cancels real-world edition – three months after promising in-person gathering

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I do wonder if China's recent boating trip around the island has spooked them a little. The timing is certainly interesting.

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