* Posts by Sven Coenye

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Nothing says 2022 quite like this remote-controlled machine gun drone

Sven Coenye

Re: Fortunately Useless

Wounding instead of killing was the thought behind NATOs switch from 7.62mm to 5.56mm for infantry rifles in the late '80s/early '90s. You may be right, but the whole operation is now based on it.

ITC judge recommends banning toner imports that infringe Canon's IP

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Happy

Re: Epic names

If that is Jeff Minter, then that statement makes perfect sense.

Photon fantastic: James Webb Space Telescope spies its first starlight

Sven Coenye
Boffin

Re: https://jwst.nasa.gov/content/webbLaunch/whereIsWebb.html

https://blogs.nasa.gov/webb/2022/02/03/photons-incoming-webb-team-begins-aligning-the-telescope/

No fancy 3D graphics but it does have step-by-step illustrations of the entire alignment procedure.

Linux Mint 20.3 appears – now with more Mozilla flavor: Why this distro switched Firefox defaults back to Google

Sven Coenye

Re: And this is why

2000's and the argument is not about application dependencies. The RPM3 to RPM4 transition caused serious pain with Mandrake when RPM4 packages started making their way into the (official) "pressure cooker" repository. An RPM3 base OS would recognize the application upgrade but was unable to handle the RPM4 package. Pretty soon, the result was an irreparable mess.

Microsoft rang in the new year with a cutesy tweet in C#. Just one problem: The code sucked

Sven Coenye
Flame

It is even more fun in a language that has no end of line marker and someone tried to save a line:

IF A EQ B THEN X Y

A never ending source of fun that is :-/

Fugitive mafioso evaded cops for two decades until he was spotted on Google Street View

Sven Coenye
Coat

Re: working … under the name of Manuel

Near Madrid?! That's where the Generalissimo is! No way he said that...

HCL accused of wage theft, underpaying H-1B workers by at least $95m a year

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Re: To fix this...

I held an H-1B visa through the mid-90s. The B does make a lot of difference. It did not have the "no displacement" clause attached. The main requirements were that the position needed at least a BA and wages had to be at or above "market rates" (only INS had no statistics on that - that is where the gaming started. By the time it was time for me to renew, that piece had been delegated to the Dept of Labor and they got lost in their own paperwork.) The rules have changed significantly since those days. The program has become unrecognizable and is now mostly a money printing machine for the Feds.

Alleged Brit SIM-swapper will kill himself if extradited to US for trial, London court told

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Coat

Re: Internet Police

Dunno, but I'm sure Belgium will get run over on the way there...

As System76 starts work on its own Linux desktop world, GNOME guy opens blog, engages flame mode

Sven Coenye
Unhappy

In all fairness, the KDE developers don't listen either. Their fetish is the "semantic desktop". It doesn't matter how much pain that crud inflicts, they keep pushing it. The neverending disaster finally drove me to LXQt.

Pretend starship captain to take trip in real space capsule

Sven Coenye
Coffee/keyboard

That will not go down well..

You want him to attack Starfleet HQ?!

We can't believe people use browsers to manage their passwords, says maker of password management tools

Sven Coenye

Re: "using things like multi-factor authentication"

No, the authenticator app does that for you. (At least, MS Authenticator does. It does not work on a WiFi-only device as MS uses the number as "proof" that it is still you who is trying to log in.)

Have you turned it off and on again? Russia's Nauka module just about makes it to the ISS

Sven Coenye

Boeing is not going

The Starliner launch has been delayed to give the ISS crew time to complete the Nauka checkouts.

In the '80s, satellite comms showed promise – soon it'll be a viable means to punt internet services at anyone anywhere

Sven Coenye

Re: Satellite Latency

Indeed. We did roughly the same thing. We had a Motorola Surfboard for ~10 years before that. The upgrade only happened because the Surfboard finally was unable to keep up with the base package's speed.

(OTOH, at least one large cableco will lobotomize your equipment so you may not quite get the features you expected.)

Engineers' Laurel and Hardy moment caused British Airways 787 to take an accidental knee

Sven Coenye
Headmaster

That was the title of a movie but Hardy's line was "nice mess"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W3qcj2MzPYc

Sven Coenye
Coat

Well, here's another nice mess you gotten me into!

Well, I couldn't help it...

The M in M1 is for moans: How do you turn a new MacBook Pro into a desktop workhorse?

Sven Coenye
Coat

Re: How come ...

Maybe a slot in the back you could slap a RAM pack onto?

The one with the roll of double-sided tape in the pocket, please...

US House Rep on cyber committees tweets Gmail password, PIN in Capitol riot lawsuit outrage

Sven Coenye

Re: Who is Susan Rosenberg?

Due to the Jan 6 fracas Brooks helped instigate, his office building was off-limits to all but Members and credentialed staff. The process servers couldn't get near it.

Wyoming powers ahead with Bill Gates-backed sodium-cooled nuclear generation plant

Sven Coenye

Re: location, location, location..

Someone lost track while writing TFA? The lead paragraph mentions a coal plant. I read that as a coal fired power plant, not the mine it turns into at the end. The former would make some sense as things like the hook-up to the grid are already in place, May even be able to reuse some of the turbine bits.

Apple sued in nightmare case involving teen wrongly accused of shoplifting, driver's permit used by impostor, and unreliable facial-rec tech

Sven Coenye
Unhappy

Next up...

Corporate lawyer: "Your Honor, it is my clients' sincerely held belief the perpetrator is Ousmane Bah. These proceedings are a gross violation of their religious freedom."

Judge: "Case dismissed!"

/s

China has a satellite with an arm – and America worries it could be used to snatch other spacecraft

Sven Coenye

Re: Low earth orbits will be unusable ...

Palapala B-2 and Westar 6 were retrieved after launch mishaps left hem in unusable orbits. A few other things were also brought back but those were not functional satellites.

Ruby off the Rails: Code library yanked over license blunder, sparks chaos for half a million projects

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Flame

Disney's

The post is required, and must contain letters.

State of Maine threatens to tear up Workday HR contract and request $21m refund if it cannot remedy concerns

Sven Coenye

What does that even mean?

"Oh, look! A maineframe!"

Comcast to impose 1.2TB-a-month broadband download limits across more of America from next year

Sven Coenye
Mushroom

Competition from Verizon

Bwahaha! That's a good one!

If you can draw a line on a map and one side has Comcast and the other side has Verizon, that is not what I call competition.

(And Verizon [and it's successor, FairPoint/Consolidated] used to sell 16 Mb/s packages in areas where they could only deliver 1.5 Mb/s off-peak. On if one complained, they would push a 20Mb/s package which the local exchange could not support. I have to consider myself lucky to be on the Comcast side of the map :-( )

HP: That print-free-for-life deal we promised you? Well, now it's pay-per-month to continue using your printer ink

Sven Coenye

Re: I have no legal training

Canon and Epson both have time bombs in their inkjet models, so yes. IIRC, Canon had a 60k page limit. Epson uses some vague"% of useful function" algorithm. I just had to replace an otherwise perfectly functional Epson Photo 1400 for that very reason.

Sven Coenye

Re: Not to throw shade..

Next up ... "we have found that 1% of our customers are responsible for 99% of ink consumption. Going forward, in order to protect the interests of all customers, full page color prints are no longer included in the monthly allotment and will be billed at the low price of $4.99/page"

My life as a criminal cookie clearer: Register vulture writes Chrome extension, realizes it probably breaks US law

Sven Coenye
Boffin

Developer tools -> Delete node

What bit are you talking about? ;-)

Here's why your Samsung Blu-ray player bricked itself: It downloaded an XML config file that broke the firmware

Sven Coenye
Mushroom

Defnitely now

Samsung punted the home entertainment operation in 2019. Even with that, they acknowledged the problem almost immediately and do fix it for free (postage included) even out of warranty. Some should take that as an example. But samsungcloudsolutions.net is going on the NXDOMAIN list forever regardless. :-(

It's handbags at dawn: America to hit France with 25% tariffs on luxuries over digital tax on US tech titans

Sven Coenye
Coat

Re: Local sellers can't avoid much taxes

Well, she redid the prenup, so probably Stockhold. And hopefully she was smart enough to pick those that don't have his name on them...

Remember when we warned in February Apple will crack down on long-life HTTPS certs? It's happening: Chrome, Firefox ready to join in, too

Sven Coenye

Re: Will this be a problem for embedded device certs?

You do what Samsung likely did on June 19 and have all such devices enter a boot loop. Problem fixed.

Sure is wild that Apple, Google app store monopolies are way worse than what Windows got up to, sniffs Microsoft prez

Sven Coenye

Re: Microsoft are much more evil

Indeed. I stand corrected.

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Flame

Re: Microsoft are much more evil

So they are no longer charging the FAT tax then?

Devuan Beowulf 3.0 release continues to resist the Debian fork's Grendel – systemd

Sven Coenye
Coat

Re: "It solves a problem that people have."

Beats a BSOD every day of the week (and twice on Sunday...)

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Flame

Re: "It solves a problem that people have."

Yes, let's adopt Poettering's shutdown strategy: change the event sequence in udev to suit systemd without giving a thought to anyone else. This had the lovely side effect of breaking shutdown completely if a LUKS partition was in use on SysV init.

(As in - upgrade from Debian Jessie to Stretch and find you can't shut down anymore. Lovely. I've used Debian since the 2.x days, but that was the last straw. Swicthed to Devuan and have not had a reason to look back. And Beowulf runs fine on a Raspberry Pi too.)

Nice wallpaper you've got there. It would be a shame if it bricked your phone

Sven Coenye

Re: It's a bit ironic...

Even more ironic: although TFA says the image uses "plain RGB" instead of sRGB, the original's color profile references Google/Skia. If that is genuine, Google is the cause all-round.

cmd.exe is dead, long live PowerShell: Microsoft leads aged command-line interpreter out into 'maintenance mode'

Sven Coenye

Powershell's one saving grace...

... interesting enough to tolerate its infantile syntax is the remoting capability. But then MS had to go out and neuter that when used against their own services because allowing it would crumple their servers*.

Want to set a simple property on all your O365 e-mail accounts? Sorry. Only on the 1st 100 or so. For the rest, you need to transport the entire collection to your side, change the property, then send the whole lot back. What should have taken a few seconds now takes an hour.

* anno 2018.

Bose shouts down claims that it borked noise cancellation firmware to sell more headphones

Sven Coenye

Required for Bluetooth as well

e.g. a Fitbit or Garmin wristband can no longer sync without location services enabled.

Android 6 removed access to the real hardware ID unless the ACCESS_FINE_LOCATION or ACCESS_COARSE_LOCATION permissions are granted. Anything using the Wifi or BT APIs is hosed.

Want to own a bit of Concorde? Got £750k burning a hole in your pocket? We have just the thing

Sven Coenye
Happy

Re: So close, yet so out of reach...

Growing up, Concorde made 2 ambassador flights to my local airport (Oostende).2nd time i was old enough to go see it on my own, The first thing of note was that it came with an Air France-liveried Renault R4 carrying a spare tire for the tail landing gear.

The crowd control barriers were only arms length from the undercarriage. When time came to depart, the ground crew pushed the barriers back to barely outside the intake line of the engines. I was standing under the left wingtip when the engines started spooling up. (Glorious days :-) Can't image that happening these days...)

Google's second stab at preserving both privacy and ad revenue draws fire

Sven Coenye
Coat

PIGIN, TURTLEDOVE, ...

Is it me, or are these already the NSA exploit names?

I was never here. This post never happened. (Oh, wait...)

Outlook more like 'look out!' as Microsoft email decides everything is spam today

Sven Coenye
FAIL

Re: Yay for single points of failure !

Or sysadmin for that matter. I went back to being a developer a year ago when I found myself starting to use the BOFH columns as a manual.

Use our stuff for free and sell your application? That's Qt. Time to give something back

Sven Coenye
Alert

How long?

For a very long time. Just ask Monsanto. Oh, and if the neighbor's grain escapes into your field, you're the one getting sued for IP theft. Now that's a viral license.

Microsoft previews Visual Studio update with added Linux love, many new features

Sven Coenye

Re: Oh-comma-goodie!

Who are they even going to develop for? They just banned all Linux users from their precious network. Good luck repairing that self-inflicted hole-in-foot.

Curse of Boeing continues: Now a telly satellite it built may explode, will be pushed up to 500km from geo orbit

Sven Coenye
Coat

There isn’t time to vent the remaining fuel

Just contract the job out to Delta Airlines.

Mines the one with the solar panel wipes in the pocket...

Starliner: Boeing, Boeing... it's back! Borked capsule makes a successful return to Earth

Sven Coenye
Coat

Re: Time Zones?

It was set to UTC, but then someone rebooted it to Windows 10.

Newly born Firefox 71 emerges from its den – with its own VPN and some privacy tricks

Sven Coenye

Re: Can you trust FFox?

Sorry for the late response. I installed 71 (the day before this article) and that is what it says on two splash pages on its first run.

Looks like the change was introduced with 67, but 71 is the first one stating a Sync account is the only way to retain access to your information across versions.

https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/dedicated-profiles-firefox-installation

It may be possible to wrangle the Profile Manager to regain access, but for how long? And how many regular users even know that thing exists?

Sven Coenye
FAIL

Re: Can you trust FFox?

Agent Tick does have a valid point. What is not mentioned in TFA is that with 71 (and beyond), each update will create a new profile. The only way to retain access to saved passwords, autofill, etc. is by handing your data to Mozilla. There is no provision to do a local import from an older FF version.

In your face! US Senate mulls bipartisan federal law on police facial recognition use

Sven Coenye
Coat

They want to issue a FaRTWA?!

<checks calendar>Nope, not April yet...

Mine's the one with the Riker/Picard double facepalm picture in the pocket...

Complete with keyboard and actual, literal, 'physical' escape key: Apple emits new 16" $2.4k+ MacBook Pro

Sven Coenye
Trollface

non-standard OSen

Linux is a quite reasonable implementation of the POSIX standard. What standard is Windows based on?

US customers kick up class-action stink over Epson's kyboshing of third-party ink

Sven Coenye

May not be just 3rd party ink

There are indications printers also reject genuine but out-of-region Epson cartridges. (Going by the eBay/Amazon comments of US based users of non-retail packaged cartridges of Asian origin. Of course, those may be fakes, but the one set I did end up with looked pretty convincing. No idea if they worked or not as I ended up returning them because the seller had misrepresented them as regular retail items.)

What's the scoop with Mars InSight's mired mole? It's digging again, thanks to trowel trickery

Sven Coenye
Coat

Re: Bah!

But it says free shipping over $35!

Yahoo! Groups' closure and a tale of Oftel: Die-hard users 'informally' included telcos

Sven Coenye

Don't worry about the advertising

The Yahoo group I'm a member of ([vintage] Meade LX5/LX6 telescopes) is now scrambling for a new home. This was very welcome information.

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