* Posts by vincent himpe

774 posts • joined 13 Aug 2006


Businesses should dump Windows for the Linux desktop

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i see two root causes

- no testing of the applications : blame on the city authorities

- apps not running on other browser : blame on browser makers. Yes, you read that right. Browser makers.

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first convince all application makers to port their stuff to linux

Then we'll talk.

Linux on the desktop works if all you do is browse the web, write letter , dabble in spreadsheets, and email and some video conf. Code writing and developing for linux will work fine as well.

Step outside that and its crickets. Heavy cad (mechanical , board design , electronics) , development tools for fpga and processors, debuggers, emulators, tracers, test equipment . It's windows and windows only. You may find some niche stuff but you are shortchanging yourself if you go that route, those tools are not up to par with the real thing. The industrial stuff is all windows based. and that stuff does not work well under wine or even in a virtual machine. CAD heavily relies on workstation grade graphics cards like Quadro's. You don't want layers of foreign software in between. Quadro's are bought because of their specific drivers for the high-end applications.

General Motors charging mandatory $1,500 fee for three years of optional car features

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milk the cow

That is what manufacturers are gunning for : milking the cow. Soon there will be a day where even furniture will be on subscription. Wanna sit on the chair to eat breakfast ? Pay to retract the huge screw sticking out of the middle of the seat. Pay per minute. Don't pay in time and the chair will literally screw you.

India's central bank calls for cryptocurrency ban

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I'll trade 1kg of fishes (head and tail removed) for 1kg of bread.

anything else is not worth the paper it is printed on or the flipflops that store the bits...

Dmitry Rogozin sacked as boss of Russian space agency Roscosmos

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the trampoline works ...

CP/M's open-source status clarified after 21 years

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Gary Lives !

At least his OS does ... time to dust of my PL/M manual ...

A language where you can write things like

if if = then then then = else else else = if

There are three variables : if, then and else. The parser understands what is an operand and what is a variable. It also understands when = means "assign" and when it means "compare" . Take that, c and all those other language that still cannot make that distinction.

Twitter sues Musk: He can't just 'change his mind, trash the company, walk away'

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not taking anyone's side here. but why is it so hard for twitter to give the numbers ? you'd think that a company that is monetizing data mining (that's what all social media platforms do ) would know exactly what is going on so they can optimize revenue.

FYI: BMW puts heated seats, other features behind paywall

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as long as the plane comes with a couple of air to surface missiles.... get the riffraff off the road and out of my way

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well... there's gas , and road tax. they are recurring costs to use the car you already paid for...

typed from my smartphone , on a cellphone subscription and other subscriptions

it's become and endless "milk the cow" game and finding more ways to milk.

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if you don't pay in summer they turn them ON

Hive to pull the plug on smart home gadgets by 2025

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cloud computing ?

CLOWN computing !

i learned this long ago. i had a roku 1001 audio player. they pulled the plug on it and decided to go the video way.

from then on : no more devices that need the internet.

Surveillance ? get a NVR on-premises. yes you can contact it from the outside world , but there is no command and control server. the machine has its own harddisk and does not need internet to record. Amcrest

America's chip land has another potential shortage: Electronics engineers

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Re: Not enough EE’s to expand onshore chip design, Why?

recently ? you must not have used FPGA then. Terasic had FPGA development kits for 50$ , in 2001. that's 21 years ago....

They have kits today with huge FPGAs for 100$. that is still cheaper than a computer.

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without that 8048 you wouldn't be able to type anything on that keyboard of yours.

the original ibm pc had one in the keyboard and on on the motherboard (8042, same core). the 8042 also controlled A20

its derivate, the 8051, still counts as the most produced core in the world.

so don't diss the 8048.

Near-undetectable malware linked to Russia's Cozy Bear

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Re: About The Email Store-And-Forward Process....

email should be text only..

We need a universal dataformat that is non-executable . Allow only letters, number and punctuation. Subset of ASCII. ASCII is 8 bit , by suppressing more than half of it you cannot emulate opcodes even if you were able to break the system and manage to convert the data to executable.

The receiving routines would have a bitmask: anything not in the allowable set is simply removed from the input stream before it goes to the applications.

Then bolt an HTML or XML like structure on top of that to do formatting. Everything in plaintext.

Executable files can only be transmitted using a dedicated service (similar to an app store) and installed by an installer program.

Operating system is not able to accept any executable code unless it comes through that channel. That way you can plaster the users screen with as many warnings as needed to get it into their thick heads that they are going to install executable code.

Open source body quits GitHub, urges you to do the same

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Re: What they do

That's essentially what a plumber does. You scored a free toilet, and want it installed in your home ,built by someone else. So the plumber comes and does that for a fee. if the toilet develops a problem the same plumber will come and fix it , for a fee. Why ? because you can't deal with your own sh..

Arrogant, subtle, entitled: 'Toxic' open source GitHub discussions examined

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vi vs emacs

kde vs gnome

suse vs debian vs ubuntu vs whatever

command line vs gui

mac vs pc

The endless debates go on and on and on. It's like saying no to Ms Doyle offering you a cup of tea. At one point you just go: "feck off cup "!

NASA tricks Artemis launch computer by masking data showing a leak

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It's leaking hydrogen...

keep filling it !

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It's leaking hydrogen !

keep filling !

Russia mulls making software piracy legal and patent licensing compulsory

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of course they will offer payment...

but since the other party can't accept it ... winner winner.

Astra fails, sends NASA's Tropics weather satellites back to Earth

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Re: "Space is hard."

ask the whale .. or the petunia

Meteoroid hits main mirror on James Webb Space Telescope

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universe to webb telescope :you wan tot study me ? i throw dust in your face !

US Copyright Office sued for denying AI model authorship of digital image

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"human being". so a monkey or an elephant (they make paintings) cannot own a copyright... They cannot be considered author nor owner so those paintings are basically fair game.

I'm going back to the planet i came from and i'm taking all my idea's with me...

New York to get first right-to-repair law for electronics

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no sppliances ? -fail-

so if my refrigerator, dishwasher, garage door opener or tv breaks i'm SOL.... even my blender. bye bye margaritas ...

luckily i still have my soldering iron.

The next time your program is 'not responding,' (do not) try these steps

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Re: systemd

In soviet linux you are the computer and you emulate the system in your mind. The cat ate the last mouse and the monitor only shows empty wodka bottles.

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Re: @FirstTangoInParis

real programmers go straight from pencil written opcodes to mask rom. and it works right first time. if it doesn't : it was spec'd wrong

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which distro ? which UI ? vi or emacs ? systemd or not ? what color scheme ? what package manager ?

once you answer all of that then find out the application you need doesn't exist on linux....

Linux Lite 6.0: It's quite pretty, but 'lite' it is not

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how many more package managers do we need ?

Why can't we have a simple setup file like on windows or mac ? Applications should be distributed with everything they need and not have to pull in a metric crapload of other stuff. they should also install in their own container and not throw their stuff everywhere or modify the system.

To run x you need to first install y, z, q , p , r (but only 2.9 unless your kernel is 3.21.4.q.left and the wind comes from the east on a tuesday , but not in april or if the year is divisible by 5 , unless your neighbor just made a fresh cup of tea.. then it is ok to click cancel to proceed -facepalm-


There are so many flavors out there. this only runs on that, this thing only uses that package manager ... it's infuriating. Self deploying is what we need. without dependencies or prerequisites. the install package contains everything.

California Right-to-Repair bill quietly killed in committee

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they did it wrong

They should have mentioned guns. Right to repair guns (and other stuff) . It would have passed in the blink of an eye

Sick of Windows but can't afford a Mac? Consult our cynic's guide to desktop Linux

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I like option 0

1) Avoid all the niche efforts.

2) Firstly, they're small.

3) Not many people use them

4) You'll have difficulty finding people to ask for help

5) third-party hardware and software probably won't work out of the box

6) and if you ask the vendor for help

7) game or a graphics card or a printer

8) Stick to the mainstream."

Windows and MacOS it is then.

1) not niche

2) not small (trillion dollar companies)

3) many people use it

4) easy to find someone who knows

5) third party hard and software do work out of the box.

6) There is an actual vendor as opposed to pet projects made in somebodies spare time

7) ooh . que the binary blob crusaders.

8) windows and MacOS it is then.

Then gain, already knew that. Linux on the desktop . Lol.

Foxconn factory fiasco could leave Wisconsinites on the hook for $300m

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what's the function of that giant metal ball ? burning money ?

DuckDuckGo tries to explain why its browsers won't block some Microsoft web trackers

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we don't track*

use us, everyone else is evil

*except where contractually obligated.

The sad state of Linux desktop diversity: 21 environments, just 2 designs

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braille packages doesn't do any good unless you have a braille interface so they can "read" by touch.

With the current cpu horsepower i'd expect that speech to text, and text to speech would be way more advanced by now.

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doesn;t have to be alexa. speech to text. dictate the letter.

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blind people don't even need monitors , why do they need a full blown graphical user interface ? think about it !

This is like making shoes with an attached staircase bolted on top of a car ... so you drive upstairs

Isn't that the real problem ? Should we maybe rethink how to build a user interface for disabled people ?

Alexa is far more useful for blind people (as a user interface) you can talk to it and it responds. no keyboard, mouse, monitor needed.

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Re: Such a chatastrophy

all this can easily be solved by living next to a river or creek. just make sure you are upstream from the neighbours.

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Re: Such a chatastrophy

Quote : Breaks.

That's my main gripe. why can't they make a car that does not break ? Then gain, the repair people may not like that...

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"GNOME 2 was reasonably good for people without eyesight"

on the risk of opening a flamestorm : Why do they need a graphical user interface ?

RAD Basic – the Visual Basic 7 that never was – releases third alpha

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Re: A great tool

Now they do the same with python... let's make a program to solve xyz, which then becomes a maintenance headache as there is no specification of what it should do, and has never been verified to do actually that.

Debian faces firmware furore from FOSS freedom fighters

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Re: Fighting the wrong people in the wrong place

Drivers run on the OS side. Firmware runs on the hardware. The os interacts with the driver, the driver talks to the firmware on the device. Even if you had the source to the firmware there is didly squat you can do with it as you have no idea how the hardware works and you don't have the toolchain or compilers to build it anyway.

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Firmware is detached from the OS

You need that firmware irrespective of what operating system you run. That firmware is not part of the operating system , it is part of the device.

Good luck getting the source code to the firmware of a hardddisk or even your mouse or keyboard.

Why the Linux desktop is the best desktop

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Re: Microsoft's dominance stems from their documentation

but but but ... there are all these user forums no? Where everything ends up in endless discussions of Vi vs emacs, KDE vs gnome and what color scheme is best...

Oh you are using flavor x of linux , should be using flavor y...

It's 2022 , can we move past it?

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People use run operating systems. They use applications

The operating system is just a layer to run programs.

Sometimes the application you want to use is Mac only. Sometimes it is windows only. If it's open source good chances are it runs on all.

The above distills as follows

- if you have a Mac you can run native mac and open source programs.

- if you have a windows box you can run native windows and open source programs.

- if you have linux ... you can maybe run open source provided you can find the right package installer and the right flavor of linux. (yeah yeah i hear you , you can compile it from source. but 99.9% of computer users don't know how to do that)

So why do you need linux on the desktop ? (as a average user)

looking at the stuff i use on a daily basis linux has nothing to offer.

Some are windows only. Solidworks , Altium ,Office. Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom , Illustrator others are ported to windows or exist on both platforms ( Altera/Intel FPGA software, several cross compilers, notepad++, inkscape ,daVinci video editor,) I use plenty of stuff that comes from the linux world, but as a windows port.

I find these endless discussions about what flavor-du-jour OS is best a waste of time. The best OS is the one that runs the programs you need. For some that is Linux, for others that is MacOs and for yet others that is Windows. To each his/her own.

It would be nice the have programs that do not depend on an operating system. Run anywhere. Then you would have a real fight at hand. The best OS would simply be the fastest, most stable and secure. OS makers would compete purely on the performance of the OS, not on the basis of available applications.

French court pulls SpaceX's Starlink license

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Re: Local tin foil shortage?

Now there's an idea. if we fit every cow in the world with a network transmitter. And we make inter-cow data exchange using line of sight lasers. No need to shoot stuff into space. Easy to maintain : grab the cow , replace transmitter. Use the horns as antenna masts.

The Cow Network.

If you fire someone, don't let them hang around a month to finish code

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First take away their user account ( or at least set it in read-only mode) , then call them into HR ...

Any fool can write a language: It takes compilers to save the world

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Re: gcc Experience

15 years. you have not even broken the 2000 barrier. the OP is talking mid 80's ! that's 35+ years ago !

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provided you have enough closing parentheses for opening ones , got all your semicolons in line and told the compiler every time when you means assign and when you mean compare. ( = versus == )

I still cannot understand how so many languages cannot figure this simple thing out. This was solved in many older languages than C. Even every , often scoffed on, Basic compiler/interpreter can do it.

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Re: C of the '80s

So we'll build it for an imaginary computer with an imaginary instruction set and then shoehorn that imaginary binary onto real hardware ? -FAIL-

THAT is the problem with all those catch-all compilers (and languages) we have today.

They compile for something with an architecture that does not exist and an instruction set that does not exist.

I've picked apart output of several compiler for embedded systems. Sending "Hello world" to a serial port. strings are null terminated like c.

in pseudo code :

string = {"hello world",0x00} // 12 bytes of rom space , null terminated string (11 chars + null)

MOV DPTR #string. // load the address of the string into the data pointer


SNZ @DPTR // skip next instruction if not zero

JMP exit


SBC SCON,02 // Skip next instruction if bit clear register Serial CONtrol , bit 2

JMP wait_for_port

MOVI TX @DPTR // send character to TX register Move with post-increment DPTR

JMP next_char // see if there is something else


I've seen compilers that produce this : ( because they did not know the MOVI instruction)

MOV TX @DPTR // send character to TX register Move with post-increment DPTR


or this (because they did not understand DPTR is a hardware register and treat it as a variable)

MOV TX @DPTR // send character to TX register Move with post-increment DPTR

MOV A, DPTR // move DPTR to accumulator

INCR A // increment accumulator

MOV DPTR,A // move accumulator back

On a harvard machine you have dedicate mov operation that change depending if you are moving

ram to ram

ram to register

register to ram

io to ram

ram to io

rom to ram

rom to io

I've seen compilers that take that string in rom , allocate 12 bytes of ram , copy the string from rom to ram and send it out. Slightly smarter ones do it character by character but still need a rom to ram copy first.

Those are clear examples of the misery with generating intermediate machine code. They have one print function that is designed to take a ram pointer. Try to get a string from rom and it needs copying over first.

Optimization is not something to be done afterwards. Optimization needs to be done first. see what instructions are in the machine and map the source in the most efficient way.

Jump tables are a prime example of that. Switch case statements can easily be translated into jump tables. Depending on the selected branch all you do is add an offset to the code pointer so it lands in the jump table . There it finds a single move operation with the new target.

Your switch case statement translates to a constant speed operation (one ADD , one JMP), no need for testing anything.

Now, i do realize this is different on machines with different architecture or dynamically loaded programs. The above is just an example of how bad compilers can be when doing the compile to imaginary machine"

It pays to take a look at compilers that make code for one and one system only. They can heavily optimize for the architecture. Portability is in the source code, No need for an intermediate layer.

C: Everyone's favourite programming language isn't a programming language

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Re: Umm

What's wrong with Goto ? your nicely crafted C code gets translated into assembler.... which is full of 'goto'. JMP operations in all their flavors and variants are nothing but a goto.

your nice do loops and while loops and switch cases all get converted to JMP operations.

Any complex case statement gets converted to a jump table.

There are even specific instruction like SZ : Skip next opcode if A register is zero .


JMP true_label

JMP false_label

if the register is zero the next instruction (jmp true_label) is skipped so the JMP false_label is executed

if non-zero the next instruction is executed. so it jumps to the true_label.

There is your if-then-else.... nothing but a conditional goto

All your subroutines and calls and any other stuff is translated into nothing but Goto, simply because that is how processors work !

C fits like pliers on a pig for most processors. The concept of heap and stack and streams works on a pdp-11. Not so much on any other architecture. Tape and punch card streams have gone the way of the dodo. Its all block access these days.

An open-source COBOL contender emerges

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Re: "COBOL-2002, which introduced object oriented programming"

object oriented APL ... you'll need a 790 key keyboard...

Apple seeks patent for 'innovation' resembling the ZX Spectrum, C64 and rPi 400

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after inventing the keyboardless screen (tablet) they now make a screenless keyboard ?

next patent : combining one of each into a device.



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