Childish I know
I know it's childish/I'm childish, but the borked KDE screenshot says:
...and it amused me. That is all. :)
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Yeah, set the gravity level with the dial on the side?
Oh, I guess a design consideration is making sure the dial can be manipulated whilst wearing space/moon gloves! Or maybe it should be a foot activated pedal?
Oh shit... another consideration... you'd need to bolt the matt down because otherwise it'd just stick to the sole of their moon boots? Or even fly up and stick to the ceiling of the lander?!!
Pretty difficult to figure it all out actually.
Still, at least the gravity dial/selector thing is sorted! :D
Linux user using Windows for the first time (properly anyway) in years. I don't completely hate it... winget is a bit shit when compared with anything on Linux, but good considering it's a Microsoft product.
One thing (aside from not being able to move the taskbar from the bottom to the side of the screen) that I find irritating is:
1. Finding the setting to change the key repeat rate was bloody hard; the old control panel is hidden away and the new settings thing is... sometimes lacking.
2. Once I found it (checks notes... oh yeah, Super+R "control keyboard"), it turns out that the repeat-rate is already at it's fastest. However, I'd like it just a smidge faster!
So after Googling, it seems I can change the keyboard repeat rate, but the GUI keeps such things within reasonable limits. But maybe a bit too reasonable? Anyway, I can change it but this involved faffing around with the registry.
Whats annoying is, I'm fairly certain that Cygwin allowed access to the WIndows registry via the file-system? If MS supported that, then I could easily manage it. As it is, I can't be arsed... making the key-repeat-rate a smidge faster just isn't worth the time Googling this, and then backing up my registry and all that crap.
Otherwise though, Windows 11 is... a lot less shit than previous versions. I like that OpenSSH is on it. I like that Windows Terminal is... not terrible.
Windows still takes for ever to update anything though... why is it sooooo slow at updating?!!! And even winget installing anything is slow.
Still, I don't like to complain. Their terminal font is quite nice!
Not for the domain mentioned above, but on my own personal domain I was previously using Google Apps largely for their gmail integration... but Google started charging for that. To be fair, if you like gmail and particularly if you do make use of Google Apps, then that isn't the worst product so it may be worth you looking at. But I'm sick of Google having a product and then changing it!
So, I'm now using Mythic Beats for my personal email... I think I'm on the basic £20 per year package (listed as Email only):
In the recent past I did start getting a bunch of spam to an old address at my domain and so I had to investigate Mythic Beasts own spam detection stuff; it's not quite as easy to use a Gmail but is doable! But everything works exactly as solidly and reliably as one would hope.
123-Reg seem to do something really stupid every year, so I'm surprised there's still customers left to upset.
I've recently been moving domains from Gandi (who _used_ to be good) for similarly suddenly deciding to charge for email where previously they didn't albeit it's probably not quite as egregious as 123-Reg and to be fair, updating my IPS tag and moving away worked fine.*
One of the linked Twitter threads mentions something about moving to Google Domains? Am I wrong in thinking that's recently been shut-down / scheduled for termination?
* Gandi upset me because a .com domain that cost £14-something to renew last year, cost £23.99 this year. And *then* I noticed they were going to charge for email accounts (previously got 2 mail boxes for free I believe) and so it'd actually cost me ~£60 this year. So... nope... voted with my feet. In a complete coincidence, Gandi were acquired in March this year.
With Tesco, most items I don't want substituted whilst there's just a couple of things that they can substitute.
However, I have to globally enable subs for this, and then at the end of ordering, uncheck every ****ing item except the few I am happy to have substituted. I'm sure it used to be simpler... but they've updated the app... so... :(
IMO the current Ubuntu / GNOME desktop gets it right. I'm keyboard-centric so the 'super key + start typing' thing works really well for me; it's the Windows 7 scheme without the folder-structure to fall back on.
Unity desktop was good once they'd ironed out the bugs; here you had Super work similar to GNOME, and Super + A (works in Ubuntu 22.04) bring up apps, but Unity also had Super + F which I personally found really really nice for easy access to recent files.
Plus Unity was good for easily adding things like /tmp/ or ... my (at the time) Truecrypt mount point to a list of places not to remember. With bloody Linux-Mint in particular, my recent files is always full of a ton of crap in /tmp/ largely including Meld comparisons which I don't even care about at all!
So... whilst I quite like Ubuntu/GNOME these days, I did find Unity a little more keyboard friendly.
If you only need to check for expiration, there's plenty of scripts on Github.
This one for example (completely random example - honest ;-) ) is so simple, you can audit the code yourself in a few short minutes.
wrote use it to make sure my certbot installation is working correctly!
My entire knowledge of orbital mechanics is based on KSP! So with that in mind, if something was happily orbiting at a given height/velocity and it gets hit by a projectile causing it's height to be raised, wouldn't it then be more likely to de-orbit quicker due to not having the required velocity to support the new orbit?
If the Yandex browser is the only one that will recognise the new Putin-certs and the majority of Russians end up using that browser, what if the Yandex browser stops recognising certs issued outside Russia? I can imagine Putin might see that as a good thing since there's even less possibility of "the people" being able to view outside news sources (although that might be blocked anyway?).
So I'm just wondering if non-Russian sites might do well to support serving traffic over HTTP as well as HTTPS; they might well do anyway... I've not been keeping up!
I/O is always likely to be awkward on a device that size, so I'm used to ignoring it now... and I suppose there are a few boards available now that use the computer-model-4 (CM4) that may provide alternative I/O layouts.
However, I will just mention that having swapped the side where the ethernet jack is on the Pi4 is surprisingly more annoying that I originally expected. I think the (my) problem is that some ports are static, e.g. power, HDMI, ethernet, and things like USB are more likely to be hot-plugged. But with the re-positioned ethernet, the Pi4 puts the USB ports between those static ports.
Might just be me though; I thought I'd get used to this, but, nope!
Otherwise loving my Pi's!!! :D
Modded up, but...
"and those seated comfortably in the upper echelons of Whitehall"
I'm prety sure he was in Crete at the time. Paddle-boarding*
"This whole episode will no doubt feature in some future textbook as an example of how NOT to organise an evacuation."
I'm sure it will, but I'm equally sure that Raab's successor won't read it, same as Raab wouldn't have read it had it already existed. Sadly.
* I've mentioned this in a conversation with people before, but I said "water-boarding" instead of "padding-boarding"... which totally changes things. Although, somehow, I'm not sure it isn't plausible!
My concern is that when projects are delayed as much as this, some of the original requirements might be hard/impossible to fulfil.
For example, it may well be that the manufacturer for the punch cards have gone out of business? Or perhaps, launching a small child inside the telescope to load the punch cards at appropriate times is [big air-quotes] "no longer politically correct". I believe even replacing the child with a well trained chimpanzee is no longer acceptable!!
All complete madness of-course! ;-)
* To be fair, I've not actually looked at the specs for the JWST... [hand-waves]... but I'm sure ... something something...
What bothers me is that if at some point this does turn out to be a GDPR violation, it'll be the NHS that ends up paying the costs... which in turn undermines the NHS, and costs tax-payers.
Summary: I'm not sure the people making these decisions give a crap; they win one way or another whatever the outcome. Perhaps the only way to solve that would be if it were possible to make specific individuals (i.e. head of NHS digital) personally liable?
My guess is - they don't care. If it did fall foul of GDPR, then worse-case, the NHS will be fined for leaking data, but that won't affect all the companies that hope to access the data... i.e the same companies that all the people concerned likely have shares in or are on the boards of.
I wouldn't be bothered if the NHS was doing entirely in-house R&D, but all this stuff seems to be spun off to private companies just looking to make money and not actually looking to solve problems*
* Private companies will develop drugs/threatments to threat a problem... but there's less incentive to actually fix things. Whereas if the NHS were doing R&D, there would be incentive to fix things simply to lower their own costs.
Still entertaining though! :D
I do find myself wondering "why now?" and I suspect he's figured out that he (and probably Chris Whitty... or some other medical/science adviser) will be thrown under a bus after the enquiry is completed so he's getting his jabs in (no, not those ones) now whilst he can.
I wonder if you could make it follow Perseverance as it roves?
Because Samsung mobiles were mentioned, I'm imagining some part of the SoC firmware trying to detect a face (and a smile) every time a photo is taken.
So... I suspect the "follow mode" would only work if someone had thought to paint a face on Perseverance!! :D
As I understand it, the bandwidth issue was between Perseverance and Ingenuity and probably that's only a problem when downloading "big" data like video/photos from the cameras, whereas (I'm guessing here) that the commands and telemetry data are easier to manage?
In part, I suppose I'm just hoping the above is true! If it is, then (hopefully) Ingenuity can be kept within range of Perseverance simply to (1). give data as to the longevity of it's components, and (2). allow the potential of using it's cameras to look a little further ahead than Perseverance can on it's own.
Finger crossed! :)
ISPs should not be supplying own-brand routers that:
1. Will not work with other ISPs
2. Are not able to support re-imaging with an open-source OS.
There must be a shit-ton of routers that get dumped every year and they likely work perfectly well. And their power-supply bricks. And cables! And even shipping costs. My first router was an old Netgear DG834G that I bought myself and I got SEVEN-YEARS use out of that - this should be the norm, not the exception.
*I know ISPs (at least BT) do accept you posting old routers back to them, but most people won't bother, and it's still a waste of energy in that there's unnecessary shipping (both to/from ISP) and then either re-cycling or refurb'ing.
For £200 I'd make the effort, but I did buy a Philips Wireless Mouse ('cos obviously, Philips are the go-to-brand for mice! ;-) ) largely because it was cheap (I think ~£8) despite a few reviews mentioning that their's had stopped working soon after purchase.
Mine lasted about 9 months; at this point, it's less easy to get Amazon to deal with returns. After some Googling, I found you could go through some convoluted process where you get to talk to a rep (or a bot, I'm not certain) who, did in my case, say they would accept it and refund me and then gave me details of where to drop it off. It wasn't the local post-office though, and was a shop about 20 minutes drive away! So... I didn't do that at the time, and then when I did decide I would be going that way, I noticed that I'd only been given a week to deal with it.
In this case, the money isn't particularly worth it, but I do resent that Philips make products that I'm pretty sure they must've known were defective. So, yet more e-waste.
My local council do take small (up to shoe box sized) electronic waste with the regular recycling collection, so I'll likely dump my mouse in that.
I saw briefly saw a thing on the news recently with - (from memory) - the CEO of Next PLC, and he was saying how rather than looking at online sales tax, they should move taxation on retail outlets to warehouses. Which did seem to make sense to me. And also seems to agree with what you're saying too.
Good luck with any of those duffers. You'd have a bout as much chance as getting money back from the PPE cronies - who, probably do have a few £million spare.
Thanks for your reply - points noted! :D
I should've said what the thumb up/down scores were at time of posting, but it was a surprising ratio where > 50% were thumbs down... which people are entitled to, but given the tone (at least in my head), that was unexpected.
Also, minor point, but I didn't actually use all caps!!! I did use strong-emphasis (aka bold) though, so I might try to use plain italic (plain emphasis) in the future. I am a serial abuser of exclamation marks though- I have no shame!!!!! ;-)
You appear to be mistaking racism, sedition, insurrection, violence and death as being "an opinion". It isn't.
The reason Twitter, Apple, etc blocked Trump and/or Parler was not because they're all liberal lefties trying to force their opinion. It's because Trump / Parler violated their (the service provider's) terms & conditions... namely, they'll tolerate most things, but racism, sedition etc are not acceptable. Because of-course, they are absolutely not acceptable!
So your point about what will happen when Twitter, Facebook, etc stop agreeing... I'm not sure they do now. But the idea that one or more of them might some how decide that actually racism/violence/etc is perfectly fine, seems, unlikely. Because, once again, these things are not "opinion" - they are quite clearly wrong.
It is worth noting that certain "news" outlets such as Fox, and even certain Republican politicians are trying to suggest that this is opinion and that their free speech is being suppressed. These people are lying.
Hope that's cleared some things up! :D