* Posts by Ilgaz

1215 posts • joined 17 Jan 2009


Is the $10 billion James Webb Space Telescope worth the price tag?



MS Bing costed more and it is only good for wallpapers.

Near-undetectable malware linked to Russia's Cozy Bear


Re: Click at your peril

No matter what you do or teach them, they will do it.

The idea is securing the workstation. I am shocked that a company sized as Solarwinds being in that business didn't setup complex policies. On Windows, you gotta be Administrator to mount ISO files or install such deep level software.

Everyone wondering around as Root, sh*t happens.

Misguided call for a 7-Zip boycott brings attention to FOSS archiving tools


They really don't understand GNU/GPL philosophy

WinRAR Author is Russian too, he lives in Germany as far as I know. Issue is, we don't know if these people are Putin supporters or dissidents. Actually we shouldn't even have the right to ask.

GPL has a very stict "no discrimination" policy. People use open source/GPL software but aren't aware of "free in freedom speech" policy. E.g. an imaginary Ukranian missile may use 7zip internally and Pavlov wouldn't be able to discriminate it. Or, Zelezny could get sick of shareware winzip and run 7zip.

A legal analysis of "no discrimination policy" and how "no evil" policy has failed


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


What about Microsoft?

They are trying to position themselves as "nice guys" and "nice vendor of chromium" and they exploit their agreement with a search vendor.

They did harm both to themselves and competitor of their arch enemy. Let me guess, this agreement was done in Ballmer era?

Twitter buyout: Larry Ellison bursts into Elon's office, slaps $1b down on the desk


Re: Dickheads?

5. Saving a social media network from authoritarian censorship.

with money from Qatar, one of the most democratic countries on planet with a perfect press freedom.

Jesus man.

F-Secure spins out new enterprise security business: WithSecure



They have this very unique offering named Freedome which combines VPN, anti tracking and antivirus but it didn't create such a splash. It is also kind of expensive but it is the security product that can race with free Microsoft antivirus.

For those worried about Microsoft's Pluton TPM chip: Lenovo won't even switch it on by default in latest ThinkPads


Re: What's the real function?

You will still have to if you use kmod packages for Wifi etc. It can't be scripted/auto enabled either.


Re: What's the real function?

As RUFUS is open source/use open source components it had to suggest disabling secure boot to boot Windows 10 ISO. People flamed author of open source/free software since it is "disabling secure something".

Reading PR response is one thing, reading manufacturers error messages is another https://www.asus.com/support/FAQ/1044664/

It is called: Microsoft Secure Boot

Wi-Fi not working? It's time to consult the lovely people on those fine Linux forums


There is an app for that ;-)

Tell/use rfkill command for such situations. You can turn off wireless with weird key combos etc too.


Log4j and Omicron: Brothers in harm, mothers of invention


Elephant in the room is Play Store

Seen update frenzy at Google Play Store? I didn't too.

Another Debian dust-up with Firefox dependencies – but there is an annoying and awkward workaround


No Flatpak ESR?

I wonder if ESR version of Firefox would solve this drama from Mozilla side...

What if Chrome broke features of the web and Google forgot to tell anyone? Oh wait, that's exactly what happened


Rule of Linux kernel

Don't break userspace. Not all of the web can be updated, webmasters are dead etc.

Elementary OS 6 Odin released on a 'pay what you want' basis


Re: Too Easy?

Actually Libreoffice has a nice Flatpak.

Windows 10 to hang on for five more years with 21H2 update


PR disaster

How to make 1.2 B users of a maintained OS feel abandoned&out of date...

Microsoft releases Windows 11 Insider Preview, attempts to defend labyrinth of hardware requirements


They know

I think MS really knows the amount of machines with TPM 2.0 and CPU generations. The amount of telemetry in Windows 10 is absurd and 98% of people won't bother to disable it.

There is already a part of Windows showing TPM status, check tpm.msc .

1Password unsheathes Rusty key, hopes to unlock Linux Desktop world


Re: Not a fan


Microsoft hits Alt-F4 on Windows 10X: OS designed for dual-screen PCs axed


Locked down Windows

It was also rumoured to be a locked down (iOS like) Windows dictating use of Windows store apps.

Audacity's new management hits rewind on telemetry plans following community outrage



KDE has an excellent "Telemetry" implementation. I am sure they know about it, they just didn't want to give the user choice.There is a slider coming with nothing as default and if you slide it to right you send more information to KDE project step by step.IMHO it should have been implemented by Mozilla into Firefox rather than simple opt-in/opt-out scheme.

LibreOffice 7.1 Community released with user-interface picker, other bits and bytes


Re: And yet no Android version

I hate to say it (I hope I misunderstood) but isn't there a complete MS Office for Android which is identical to Windows version? It isn't like MS got access to "hidden Android features" either.

Linus Torvalds hails 'historic' Linux 5.10 for ditching defunct addressing artefact


LTS is for that

You just switch them to a Linux LTS kernel such as 5.4.x and live happily next 5+ years

Windows to become emulation layer atop Linux kernel, predicts Eric Raymond


Opposite will happen

I think Microsoft wants to create a reality that you would never have to install "real linux" and dual boot. WSL2 with real Linux kernel, some demos they do making even Wayland work under Windows are all signs of that.

Relying on plain-text email is a 'barrier to entry' for kernel development, says Linux Foundation board member



I don't want anyone who can't communicate/code in plain text/command line in my devices kernel.

We are talking about Linux Kernel here, not gorilla.bas

Linux kernel maintainers tear Paragon a new one after firm submits read-write NTFS driver in 27,000 lines of code


Paragon actually sells that code to large companies including Android vendors for great sums of money. Nobody is dumping anything.

Let's say you have a render farm based on Linux and all your artists use Mac or Windows. You need something guaranteed to work with considerable support. You go to paragon like companies.


Culture clash

I follow paragon for years and they did Windows community great favours which also served Linux dual booters.

Thing is, they come from a different culture, development style. I am glad kernel developers didn't go too much harsh at them.

Companies toiling away the most on LibreOffice code complain ecosystem is 'beyond utterly broken'


Re: It's quite clear where the money is:

They are paying to Redhat or Oracle in case of Virtualbox

'It's really hard to find maintainers...' Linus Torvalds ponders the future of Linux


It will be

Apple owns, designs the freaking CPU. Just hope old school app installs will work let alone installing Linux. People tend to think like it is PowerPC. Back in the day Apple was busy adding great things like Altivec to the CPU. Now they are only interested in locking down their iThings.

Apple's new WidgetKit: Windows Phone Live Tiles done right?



'I wrote Task Manager': Ex-Microsoft programmer Dave Plummer spills the beans


Re: Space Cadet pinball

I bet drive space 3 coming with plus 95 was his work too. That was ages ahead of drive space for DOS

Red Hat’s new CEO on surviving inside Big Blue: 'We don’t participate in IBM's culture. It’s that simple'


Oh really?

What about recent Facebook ads mentioning how costly free of charge software is? It is like Microsoft's ads back in 90s.

Android dev complains of 'Orwellian' treatment as account banned after 6 years on Play store


It exists


Here's that hippie, pro-privacy, pro-freedom Apple y'all so love: Hong Kong protest safety app banned from iOS store


No trillion dollar company can be peace loving, democratic hippie. When we talk about China, we talk about trillion dollar business interests including a gigantic government.

The issue is, there is no such thing as allowing third party sources to install software. It is just that. If you really expect Ms or Google to "stand up against China!!!" you are naive.

Microsoft has made an Android phone. Repeat, Microsoft has made an Android phone. A dual-screen foldable mobe not due until late 2020


Re: No thanks

There is a Windows launcher for Android.


Made in China :-)


Re: No thanks

You can't ship even a Web browser to Windows store. It has to use Edge engine.


Re: Apps?

Well, a Windows laptop can run all of these OS, at least virtually.

Happy fifth birthday, Windows Insiders! We'd bake a cake, but it might explode without warning



Nope. Run Rufus. It is ages ahead of that media creation tool and way more trustworthy.


Funny thing is

Ms just announced 1903 is trustworthy, stable update days ago. It was released months ago, hundreds of millions were release candidate /beta testing something without being aware. That thing happens to be an OS.


We have to

I have a strange Hp Laptop which can't boot to Linux no matter what I tried. Also even if it runs live (Fedora with mbr) there seems to be zero interest in Linux world about 2 in 1.

So, kind of stuck to Windows, there aren't any testers at MS, even if they exist they're template typing outsourced people who has no clue. If you don't want a update nightmare with your own, unique computer when next version is released, you have to test it yourself and hope your feedback & telemetry make a change. For example, idiot thing complain about not being able to downgrade all my drivers via Windows update right now.

If I could somehow install and run Debian fine, I'd willfully spare my time and data though.

macOS? More like mac-woe-ess: Google Chrome slip-up trips up SIP-less Apple Macs


They have auto update running as root

Keystone runs as root as far as I remember.

Microsoft's only gone and published the exFAT spec, now supports popping it in the Linux kernel


Paragon software may have it

I think they have commercial software doing the thing you described, pluggable filesystem.

Bill G on Microsoft's biggest blunder... Was it Bing, Internet Explorer, Vista, the antitrust row?


The Mistake continues on Win store

He should just ask himself "Why can't customers install Chrome/Firefox from my own app store and at least be done with auto update UAC hacks?"

That is the only question to be asked.

FYI: Drone maker DJI's 'Get it on Google Play' website button definitely does not get the app from Google Play...


App is different too

The apk served from www site differ from the Google play store one. That is very alerting if you know the inner workings of Google play. Sometimes, white hat developers of advanced utilities ship a "xda version" and play store version for good purposes.

Forget everything, pushing ordinary users to enable browser apk sideloading is evil.


Say bye to auto updates too

Unless the app have auto update function built in. Google play will never update a side loaded app, if it did, there would be chaos.

Apkmirror.com shouldn't confuse you, they offer the exact same apk files signed by Google play store on purpose, their purpose is different.

Watt the heck is this? A 32-core 3.3GHz Arm server CPU shipping? Yes, says Ampere


Re: It runs Linux

I think the issue is the support from Oracle, IBM kind of companies. That is actual, perfect support not just press releases.

Intel rips up microcode security fix license that banned benchmarking


Re: Cock-up or conspiracy?

Yes, they are so clever that Spectre happened at first place.

'I crashed AOL for 19 hours and messed up global email for a week'


I wonder if he is the same guy

I remember one guy explained something about AOL mail inner workings on Slashdot, a usual "citation needed" nerd asked "How would you know?", he replied "Because I coded it."

Windows Store nixed Google Chrome 'app' hours after it went live



Please tell me one repository or even desktop policy that forces you to use a specific rendering engine or even library.

Facebook's inflection point: Now everyone knows this greedy mass surveillance operation for what it is


So, Zuckerberg runs a root terminal and issues halt command

What would change if Facebook closed down today?

Even a ordinary user who runs some "privacy" tools knows that there are tens of trackers in every page they visit and some advertisers do amazing trickery to profile users. Hell they even used battery level profiling lately.

This is more like people switching to Instagram from Facebook.

‘I crashed a rack full of servers with my butt’


IBM still use the same button

IBM does use the similar power button on their mainframes, one really wonders when it will be used.


Firefox to emit ‘occasional sponsored story’ in ads test


Like that stupid electric vehicle of Sinclair

I think acquisition of Pocket, not admitting it was wrong and integrating it with Firefox will have similar effect of Sinclair C5.



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