* Posts by Geoffrey W

1323 posts • joined 12 Jan 2009

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Mozilla drags Microsoft, Google, Apple for obliterating any form of browser choice

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Ooooh yeah! Another Linux variant to add to the pile! Thing is, I can't actually tell if you're being sarcastic or not. Instinct tells me sarcastic but I can easily imagine your words being uttered in all earnestness by some wide eyed FOSS nerd. The digital world is a tricksy place to be

Anti-piracy messaging may just encourage more piracy

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Why not? 3D Printers!

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Re: Rant

As if we don't have enough trouble from trolls in the commentariat without having to bear trolling from "Professional" journalists as well. If they were trolling then good riddance to em!

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Re: Thanking users who choose legal means to get the desired products for their support

That's interesting...My favored market place for music is Bandcamp.com. Apparently bandcamp takes 15% and the musician takes the rest. As opposed to your figures where the musician gets 15% while the music "Business" takes the rest.

Plus, on Band Camp you get DRM free downloads, in HQ format like Flac, for the most part; and you can usually listen before you buy, just like those listening booths in record shops. Why go anywhere else?

I love giving my money to musicians I love (Barbara Manning..adore...luv...sigh...swoon...). Not on Band Camp? You likely won't get much from me then, or most of my friends either.

Running DOS on 64-bit Windows and Linux: Just because you can

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Re: if you just want to run some DOS productivity app

I see you're trying to chop off the head of 'The Mountain.' He's a bit bigger than you. Suggestion #1 Run Away! #2 Run Away Faster! #3 Scream!

Geoffrey W
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Re: if you just want to run some DOS productivity app

"Winds of Winter" seems to be acquiring it's own mythology, rather like Harlan Ellison's third "Dangerous Visions" anthology which in similar fashion was due to be published every year for about 30 years, before Harlan eventually left us in peace leaving the book unpublished, and lots of expectant authors likewise passing from the world without their DV3 stories emerging. And to think there is yet another book after winds of winter...I do love reading his indignation at the harassment he suffers from indignant fans, and likewise his ever optimistic announcements from time to time. Perhaps he needs to upgrade to an older version of MS Word and let Clippy help him in his struggles. A clippy influenced Game of Thrones! I'd read it. :-)

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What a terrifying idea, makes me want to turn to wine and quaaludes

Geoffrey W

Re: if you just want to run some DOS productivity app

I believe George RR Martin still uses DOS Wordstar to write his magnum opii (opuses? Is that an 8 legged cat? What a terrifying thought.), though applying the word "Productivity" to his latest Ice and Fire book is a bit of a stretch.

Heaps of tweaks and improvements incoming with GNOME 42

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Re: Progress; Re:Progress [̲̅$̲̅(̲̅ ͡~ ͜ʖ ͡°)̲̅$̲̅]

That's a good idea, and I'm surprised I didn't think of it myself. I'm scared the previous dev integrated code and GUI a bit too tightly. Sigh...sleepless nights and screaming, ahoy!!!

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Re: Progress

I generally agree with you but would offer a warning: I don't actually sell anything to end users, but work for others who do and one of them, with an old fashioned GUI that hasn't changed much since 2000, regularly gets potential customers who look at a demo of the software and say "You expect me to buy something that hasn't been developed since 1999?" The software is under constant development and changes almost every week and actual users love it, but the GUI remains the same and that seems to put newbies off. However, the developer can't afford to lose so many customers so we are undergoing an intensive project to "Prettify" the software so it doesn't scare potentials away. So looks "Can" be important; it depends on context.

Man arrested, accused of trying to track woman using Apple Watch attached to car

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My watch winds itself with movement. Don't Apple watches do that? How primitive!

Driverless car first: Chinese biz recalls faulty AI

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RE: "That necessarily means that they are all the test-until-it-works bandwagon, and some faults are not easy to detect immediately."

And how does being open source exempt you from that situation? You open source guys do test stuff, don't you? And then fix stuff...until it works?

And then someone decides it needs SystemD in it somewhere resulting in multiple forks. And...well, not convinced it would be any better really. We'll all be waiting indefinitely for Linux on the dashboard rather than Linux on the desktop.

Cyberwarfare looms as Russia shells, invades Ukraine

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Re: I disagree with the rationale here

I really hope this wasn't a fake news kind of prank and they were really discussing the weather. 'Is it always this cold down here?' 'Oooh, you should have been here for Christmas!' Etc.

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Re: I disagree with the rationale here

Restraint? I suppose so. There's a video of a woman confronting Russian soldiers carrying big guns, asking what they are doing here.

'Exercises' they said.

'So you're the enemy. Fuck off!'

'Don't escalate the situation further. Please go that way.' Said soldier.

'How could it escalate further? You fucking, unwelcome uninvited, piece of shit!' Said the woman before offering them sunflower seeds to put in their pockets 'so at least flowers will grow when you die down here on our homeland.' Of course, all this was spoken in Ukrainian, or whatever language they speak, so I'm relying on other's translation for my approximation of the words.

If she was my mum I'd be proud of her, though trying to contact her to make sure she's still angry and still in the world. Anyway, these days the Russians seem to prefer restrained methods of killing such as poisoned underpants and denying everything! The old Russians would have enjoyed this angry mum then hung her from a lamp post. This is the age of the smart phone camera, after all.

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Re: may be coincidence

Funny; I'm getting more. A lot of mail using weird character sets - characters that look like E but aren't - and extra spaces between regular characters, and emojis stuck into words. Also an increase in sexy girls asking if I'm alone and would like some company, though using grammar so awful I am simply unable to mimic such atrocities, never mind exchanging fluids with such people. Ugh! I suppose it's small beer compared to real atrocities currently going on but it seems the world is still turning through it's shitty cycles. I suspect we will keep this up right to the next extinction event when the big space rock hits us... Big Bump! Don't Look Up! Don't Look Up! I weep in despair.

Wolfing down ebooks during lockdown? You might want to check out Calibre, the Swiss Army ebook tool

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Re: Upwards thumb

Yep. FBReader on Android, but the last time I looked at the Windows version - admittedly a while ago now - it looked like it hadn't been updated since neolithic times and seemed a bit clunky, and I wasn't happy. Real reading, though, is done on a dedicated EReader. I have only bought one dead tree book in the past two years.

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Re: Calibre is great

[*Cough*]-Apprentice Alf-[*Cough*]

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Re: Upwards thumb

I have a few issues with Calibre so I tried Okular. Ugh. I think I have more issues with Okular. It looks dreadful. The font used is horrible and I couldn't find any option to change it. If font can be changed I don't know where it's hidden. Installed it; uninstalled it 30 minutes later. Why is it so hard to find a good Epub reader on the PC? I think I'll stick with Calibre. Just don't go criticizing the thing to the Author - his name is Kovid, of all things - He can be a bit abrupt. :-)

First they came for Notepad. Now they're coming for Task Manager

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Re: Stupid

I Agree, but it's hardly a Motte and Bailey keeping out marauders from tinkering with a few innards. Once you're aware how to do it you're off and running and will soon forget there was ever an alternative. And it was already on the start right click anyway so there's already a bunch of people who won't even notice the change.

I can't believe I'm defending Microsoft but, come on guys! Really!

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Nothing is burning down except a few commenters. They moved some stuff from the top to the left, and some stuff from the left to the top. So they rotated a few things. Agreed, it's a bit pointless, but it's hardly a great fire of london. It looked pretty much the same since Windows 8.1. I haven't checked with the blessed windows 7 [genuflect...genuflect] because I can't be arsed finding where I stuck those machines.

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Oh, and the current task manager doesn't look like the article screenshot either. It has already been redesigned. The new redesign isn't really all that different from the current design. A bit of a non story really. Yawn...[returns to hibernation]...ZZZZ

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https://www.windowslatest.com/2022/01/20/our-first-look-at-redesigned-task-manager-for-windows-11/

Notes on the untimely demise of 3D Pinball for Windows

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Re: Epic Pinball for DOS by Epic MegaGames

If you, or anyone else, craves some retro 1995 pinball action then it's still around:

https://www.gog.com/game/epic_pinball_the_complete_collection

Well worth $6, though my RSI might disagree.

Feeling virtuous with a good old paperback? Well, don't. Switching to traditional media does not improve mood

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Thinking anything is bad for you is probably bad for you.

It's your Loki day: The Reg takes Elementary OS Jólnir for a quick test drive

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Re: General question

So, essentially, the issue is with the server administrators, not with Microsoft or Windows, and it seems a bit unfair to blame either of those two for something you dislike which is easily changed. We all know Microsoft is evil but not in this case.

Munich mk2? Germany's Schleswig-Holstein plans to switch 25,000 PCs to LibreOffice

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When or if you do upgrade to windows 11 - Clippy is back! Yay!!! Happy Dance!!!!

<whisper> Only an emoji so far, but we can hope.</whisper>

/s Just in case...

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RE: "Most people only use a tiny %age of Office's capabilities <snip> so teaching them new stuff is hard."

An individual may only use, say, 5% of features. A different user may use a different 5% of features. The larger the company, the more individuals there are, the greater the percentage of features being used - and the greater the amount of support needed. If only it were simple.

We regret to inform you there's an RCE vuln in old version of WinRAR. Yes, the file decompression utility

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Surely the only reason to use WinRAR is to write it's proprietary RAR files, and who really needs to do that? Just install 7Zip. It opens RAR files even if it can't write them, and it even opens some old virtual hard disks I was wondering how to get files out of; 7Zip did it! I love 7Zip so much I asked it to marry me; It said no and my wife objected but...oh well, we'll just have to stay friends.

Adding AI to everything won't make sense until we can use it for anything

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Re: We have AI

RE: "what we have is Statistical Analysis Machines"

It's even narrower than that implies. We have Expert Systems with a very limited domain of knowledge, nothing like AI at all. So yes, Statistical Analysis Machines, but with a very tightly controlled boundary on that knowledge. A fridge knows about food and dates, but nothing about how to put them together to make a tasty snack...Well, I suppose that example fits me too; I am hopeless in the kitchen - the difference between me and that fridge, however, is that I could learn how to cook if I wanted to (which I don't) but the fridge would need a new brain for it to learn something new. And as for self driving cars: I am coming to the conclusion that the only way a car will be able to drive itself safely, is if all the other cars on the road are also self driving-unless you have a car made in the US running in the UK, or vice versa, and all cars are trying to drive on the same side of the road. With human drivers you never know which side of the road they might be on at any given moment and likely causing nervous breakdown in self driving AI; we better hope they don't learn how to do road rage.

Ahem...I digress. Anyway, my term for these smart things is Expert Systems. It's what I was taught. That's all I wanted to say. :-)

Happy birthday, Linux: From a bedroom project to billions of devices in 30 years

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I would argue that Linux succeeded because it is a great project. With more resources perhaps it might have been more successful and the great demon from Redmond not quite so demonic. (I'm not trolling, honest :-)

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Linux has been very successful, if not on the desktop. Imagine if it had been a commercial project. They would have had way more resources and might have been able to iron out the wrinkles and problems sooner and, dare I dream, have been a viable competitor to Microsoft while Microsoft was still in the early part of their success. Being a FOSS project slows down development and gives your competitors time to develop/market ahead of you. Linux developers still need to live so still need to have a day job, so don't have as much time to spare as those working full time at Microsoft. Imagine if Linux had been commercial then we might be living in a very different world by now, and I don't necessarily mean a world where Linux viruses/virii proliferate (though that would always be a possibility since Linux would then offer a much larger and more profitable target) - you can say I'm a dreamer, am I the only one?

Stack Overflow survey: Microsoft IDEs dominate, GCP and Azure battle behind AWS

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Re: (MSSQL) Is Too Damn Expensive!

He wants to show off his anti Microsoft credentials and do some virtue signalling, and this is all he has to offer since he doesn't use VS(C) and so can't legitimately criticize it without risk of saying something silly. Either that or he does use VS(C) but wants to keep it secret from all his cool kid FOSS friends and would rather stay away from the subject of Microsoft IDE's in case he gives himself away.

I can say this for MSSQL, it isn't as expensive as Oracles offerings (last I looked which was quite a while ago).

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Visual Studio is barely above Vim because Visual Studio Code has eaten it's lunch. You said yourself that VS had a vast majority before VSC came along, so all those VS users simply switched to VSC. VSC is pretty much a stripped down version of VS, and is becoming more accomplished with each iteration. VSC is the new VS. It's still Visual Studio. I'd be more surprised if that were Vim at the top, but it isn't. Nothing has changed really. It's all Microsoft.

Windows 11: What we like and don't like about Microsoft's operating system so far

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Windows 11 Local account

I posted this elsewhere in this thread but figured it may not be very visible there, and may be useful to someone...so...

Haven't tried this, as no Win11 machine, but...

During installation when it asks for your MS email account name type something silly such as "1@1.com"

Type in a silly password such as "qwerty" and click "Sign In"

When it says nope, try the password again.

Keep clicking "Sign In" until you eventually get to a. "OOPS Something went wrong" message and it locks the account which doesn't exist anyway. DO NOT USE A REAL ACCOUNT ADDRESS.

Then you get to create a local account!

As I say I haven't tried it but been told it works. It's a bit of a faff, like disconnecting the network was in W10, but not too bad...IF IT WORKS! Which I give no guarantee for and Microsoft still has time to block this faff too.

I'd be interested to know if this really does work.

Geoffrey W

Haven't tried this, as no Win11 machine, but...

During installation when it asks for your MS email account name type something silly such as "1@1.com"

Type in a silly password such as "qwerty" and click "Sign In"

When it says nope, try the password again.

Keep clicking "Sign In" until you eventually get to a. "OOPS Something went wrong" message and it locks the account which doesn't exist anyway. DO NOT USE A REAL ACCOUNT ADDRESS.

Then you get to create a local account!

As I say I haven't tried it but been told it works. It's a bit of a faff, like disconnecting the network was in W10, but not too bad...IF IT WORKS! Which I give no guarantee for and Microsoft still has time to block this faff too.

I'd be interested to know if this really works.

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Re: Finally!

But which one?

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And since I'm collecting downvotes - I notice in the article that the ribbon has gone from windows explorer! Hoorah! I also notice in the same article the first expression of nostalgia for said ribbon, and how it was better than what they have now! Give it a generation and old farts will be droning on about how nobody appreciated the ribbon; they didn't know when they had it good. (Myself, I'm actually glad the ribbon is gone. Can't wait to see what they come up with next, whatever the next big thing is it will probably originate with Apple, so keep an eye on MacOS.)

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<SULK>No one likes my little whimsy? You boring bunch of boring bores.</SULK>

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Re: "skeuomorphism"

RE: "tap into users pre-existing knowledge."

There's an entire generation who for their entire lives have known these modern styles of UX and that is their pre-existing knowledge. There's a pretty good chance that these young uns don't see very many objects with real buttons, so flat is what they know. I'm not really defending these "Flatty McFlatso" - as some one in our vicinity would say - UXs, nor am I attacking them; I honestly don't care. Things change, as do peoples experience. Just as long as they don't start doing black text on a dark background, or vice versa, then I don't care; As I said, things change. We either change with them or stay behind grumbling about how it were better in our day. Somethings really were better in the past; and if they were really good they will come round again if we wait long enough and be discovered as new. Keep cool, dude, it's a fight you'll never win!

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Re "skeuomorphism"

Hmmm, a skeuomorph is a representation in one medium of something that exists in another medium; In this usage a digital representation of something in the real world. Devices with flat interfaces exist in the world so does it not follow that flat interfaces have become skeuomorphs of themselves? Microsoft weren't the first with flatness so aren't they just creating new skeuomorphs that mimic other interfaces which they are copying and which exist in the world? I think so...

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I was under the impression that Windows 10 was going to be the last windows, and then we would have rolling updates for ever? Was I wrong or has the world changed again? I wish it would leave me alone. I need a nap.

Geoffrey W

Re: Can't they just drop the GUI and boot to powershell

Dear God, No! If it became a typey OS I'd never have time to sleep for people ringing to ask "Why won't my mouse work?, or Where's notepad? or Where's Facebook gone??? what's this keyboard thing it says I have to use? I tried holding it like a phone but my thumbs aren't long enough to reach all the keys!!!"

Good news: Jeff Bezos went to space. Bad news: He's back

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For them or for us?

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He brought something unpleasant back from the far reaches of the universe. Elon Musk has the perfect name for the job, and he's trying to get there. Keep an eye on those billionaires; they're up to no good. Mark my words!

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The three stigmata of Palmer Eldritch?

Richard Branson uses two planes to make 170km round trip

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RE "Branson beats Musk to space"

Taken literally it's accurate in that Branson beat Musk to space, personally [Caveat - not aware of Musk himself blasting off except with cannabis. If he has then I stand red faced.]

Audacity fork maintainer quits after alleged harassment by 4chan losers who took issue with 'Tenacity' name

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Re: Seriously?

Hey! Don't you be dissing my beloved Usenet! You'll be maligning IRC next. Scandalous!

There is one huge difference between Usenet and the Internet; Usenet, and IRC, are comprised of a relatively small subset of humanity drawn from a tech aware set of elites...mostly... The WWW, represented by Facebook et all, are drawn from pretty much all of humanity, and there are vastly more unstable and idiotic individuals there who can be relied on to be unstable and idiotic in public.

Like the quote, though some of the imagery is a bit...iffy... :-)

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Re: The Audacity of them!!!

Probably both, then dance on the ashes singing a hymn and tossing their 10 gallon hats in the air displaying to us all their righteous wonderfulness - Stereotypes? Stereotypes only become stereotypes by being often seen.

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Re: Seriously?

RE: "Someone does not like a name for a project so physically goes round to your home and threatens you?"

My reading of the article is that the 4chan choice - Sneedacity, which is almost as stupid as Boaty McBoatface - won in a poll of users for a new name, then the poll was rejected (rightly IMHO, YMMV) and Tenacity used instead. So the babies at 4chan had a tantrum. You involve the general internet denizens in your affairs at your peril. The internet is as unpredictable as a crocodile floating in the river; Or as predictable in it's unpredictability. You know you're going to get bitten, you just don't know where or when. Roll the dice and say something on the internet - Perhaps you'll be the lucky loser today! Good luck!

This always-on culture we're in is awful. How do we stop it? Oh, sorry, hold on – just had another notification

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Re: Not office hours? No contact

RE: "I see the issue in the US as politicians worrying about the symptoms rather than root causes."

I see the issue as politicians worrying about donations from the insurance companies. Sick people are secondary to profits.

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