* Posts by Mark 65

3417 publicly visible posts • joined 11 Jun 2009

Why Chromebooks are the new immortals of tech

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Re: MacBook Pro doing fine

Try Open Core patcher, my 2010 iMac is running Ventura and I'd imagine your machine would run it better. Just image the drive so you can go back if it doesn't pan out. Definitely worth a try.

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Re: Dafuq?

You might be surprised how much data Microsoft Office slurps from your computer and stuffs into telemetry.

Not on my network.

Bombshell biography: Fearing nuclear war, Musk blocked Starlink to stymie Ukraine attack on Russia

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Re: So Musk has blood on his hands

More nonsense from people who actually thing Ukraine (without direct US/NATO intervention) could ever defeat Russia!

Your comment reminds me of a scene in Layer Cake where Daniel Craig's character is driving a hard bargain on a drug deal.

Duke: You wouldn't be so ****ing flashy if you didn't have him standing behind you would you?

Gene: Yeah, but he does though don't he.

Power grids tremble as electric vehicle growth set to accelerate 19% next year

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Re: For many of us, hybrids make more sense than BEVs

Victoria in Australia has proposed/started a per mile charge for EVs as they avoid fuel duty.

BMW deems drivers worthy of warmth, ends heated car seat subscription

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Re: connected services as a strategic imperative and a driver of future revenue

The annual servicing enema isn't enough for our balance sheet, we need a little monthly something something.

Largest local government body in Europe goes under amid Oracle disaster

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have you been fucking sleeping?

I wouldn't know, I was asleep.

Microsoft teases Python scripting in Excel

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Re: Pandas and Anaconda

If you're just using Python for pandas I'd be using R's data.table library as it is much easier to use and has a more SQL-like natural language filtering aspect to it whereas indexing in Pandas is somewhat of a comparative cluster-f*ck.

Rocky Linux details the loopholes that will help its RHEL rebuild live on

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Re: To free or not to free

I think this could start to sound the death knell for Red Hat. Its previous selling point was support and stability allowing software vendors the ability to have a one-stop "works on (Red Hat) Linux" option.

Debian has stability and both support and stability are offered by Suse, Ubuntu, and potentially Oracle to varying extents. Containerisation, SAAS etc means that Red Hat's opportunity space is shrinking (likely prompting this nonsense) and if one of those other distros can seize the day it will thus have fully enshittified itself with this move and provided a case study for future reference.

Let's have a chat about Java licensing, says unsolicited Oracle email

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I read

It's Oracle's IP, and they have a right to monetize it the way they see fit, and every customer who uses it has an obligation to be in compliance. No one is questioning that, but if I were receiving that email, I'd probably make a phone call back to Oracle and have a conversation with them and ask them questions without giving much information away.

and thought "I'd just tell them to go get fucked"

Rocky Linux claims to have found 'path forward' from CentOS source purge

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as RH devs contribute a lot of work to open source projects

Be interesting to see what those same people's opinion is on this move and whether they remain at RH. Any such company that makes large contributions towards open source projects likely has a number of key people that does so.

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Re: Specious argument

That's what I don't think Red Hat understands - CentOS was the gateway drug.

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As I see it, IBM are testing the waters to see what they can get away with.

Now Apple takes a bite out of encryption-bypassing 'spy clause' in UK internet law

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Re: Proof of the UKs diminishing political structure ...

The funnier thing is that, although they could enforce the inability to use the app on UK iPhones by forcing Apple to not allow UK phones to install it, the EU is busy working on Apple allowing alternative app stores of which overseas ones not affected by this would be perfectly fine.

Missing Titan sub likely destroyed in implosion, no survivors

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Re: A fitting epitaph

At least in some countries you cannot sign away your statutory rights with a waiver. That's including, but not limited to, death or injury being caused by incompetence.

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Re: A fitting epitaph

I don't think he did it because he wanted the money, I think it was because he considered himself infallible.

Another redesign on the cards for iPhone as EU rules call for removable batteries

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...and at the end of the day, if big corporations didn't take the piss the EU wouldn't need to keep adding to the rule book.

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Re: UK specific model?

Don't buy the marketing crap. There was never a need to remove accessible batteries or headphone jacks to achieve the ratings desired.

Planned obsolescence, wonderful for the balance sheet.

German finance minister says nein to more Intel subsidy cash

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I wish them the best of luck trying to squeeze the Germans for extra money. If they said they'd give 6.8 large then that's what you're getting. If costs have risen because you're delaying then they'll view that as your inefficiency and tough shit. There's clearly other players they can subsidise, TSMC seems like a reasonable horse to back.

Rigorous dev courageously lied about exec's NSFW printouts – and survived long enough to quit with dignity

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Re: Shared printers

What boggles my mind is why anybody would print it out in the first place. Makes no sense.

They wanted a hard copy?

More UK councils caught by Capita's open AWS bucket blunder

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Surely the best way of achieving savings would be for councils to pool resources and have a controlled entity service the common needs of all rather than each subcontract a set of nickel and diming muppets.

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How anyone continues to deal with the entity commonly known as Crapita is beyond me. Pay peanuts, get monkeys.

Microsoft will upgrade Windows 10 21H2 users whether they like it or not

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Does anyone know whether the registry tweaks will prevent this updating? Family member's laptop using some version of Windows 10 kept prompting about Windows 11 upgrade so, after searching, I found a registry tweak that locks the installation on a certain version. I was wondering whether this still holds true? Likelihood is I need to update to the latest 10 version to get security patches and lock it on that if possible. Using Windows 10 Professional (I think).

Fed up with Python setup and packaging? Try a shot of Rye

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Re: Avoiding pip

I'm guessing they look up the package source code online and type it in locally using vi with pins wedged under their fingernails while fighting a bear.

Or maybe they use conda.

There's a difference?

Python head hisses at looming Euro cybersecurity rules

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Re: Something needs to be done to protect consumers

FLOSS is everywhere those days, as is free stuff, and regular consumers are in no way able to determine if there are risks, or what they could be.

I think that is where you draw the line between bad luck with best endeavours undertaken and the couldn't care less end of the spectrum. Even if I sell a software library that I have thoroughly tested but happens to contain some bizarre edge case that causes someone using it in ways I may have not even perceived to really f*ck up then I don't think I should be held liable. After all I have done as much as could reasonably be expected. If, on the other hand, I just wrote it, sold it, and didn't give a sh*t whether it was fit for purpose then that's a different story.

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Everything is "may", "could" or "might" with not one explanation as to why the EU would fuck themselves over by doing such a thing.

This is not scaremongering. You should not concern yourself so much with what they intend to do with the law (the road to hell is paved with good intentions) but what someone in future could do under the law as written. That is why every poorly written law should be nuked from orbit, because of what a malicious actor could do with it in future. It is also why Governments generally write shitty laws - they convince you of their honourable intentions but write the to give leeway to act like c*nts in future.

Benchmark a cloud PC? No way. Just trust us, they work, says Microsoft

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That they are espousing server performance whilst waving the hands at VDI performance tells me they are greatly over-provisioning on the desktop front.

When Google cost cutting goes molecular: Staples, sticky tape, and PC sweating

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Re: availability of staples and sticky tape becoming more limited

Surely if they're all Google phones then they get them at cost not full retail price?

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Re: "Google will no longer provide staples and sticky tape at print stations in offices"

No staples and they only made $13bn profit in Q4. Hate to think what would happen if they weren't absolutely making bank.

Parisians say au revoir to shared e-scooters

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Re: Spin class ...

You forgot the bit "and casually strolls away being careful not to step in dog sh*t"

Atlassian to dump 500 – by email – in the name of 'rebalancing'

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Re: "... saying goodbye to around 500 Atlassians"


John Deere urged to surrender source code under GPL

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In that case I would guess that, whilst the actions here are of some value, they will not go to solving the repairability of the hardware as the important applications are likely to remain closed source unless JD have integrated key parts into the firmware. If they have it will then depend on how and what as to where we get to collectively on the repair front.

Ex-Tweep mocked by Musk for asking if he'd actually been fired

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Re: I don’t….

Who's kidding themselves? He's just trying to get richer and appear more popular (not of late obviously). He got onboard with Tesla to make more money because there was a clear gap in the market - people were asking about electric cars but the incumbents had no interest in producing them when they could just keep knocking out variations on current models. There was the added bonus that the eco-fanboys that came along blew plenty of smoke up his arse, and what self-respecting narcissist can refuse that kind of rectal breeze. He couldn't give two shits about the environment, which is probably why he got the arse with the guy who kept tweeting where his personal jet was.

Microsoft adds features to Windows 11 monthly – managing it is your problem

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Re: Yet another reason to never upgrade from win 10.

They seem like they are going out of their way to make their product untenable

Meta cranks Zuckerberg's personal security budget to $14m while cutting everything else

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He wouldn't need to spend anywhere near that if he wasn't such a c*nt.

Software engineer accused of stealing $300k from employer was 'inspired by Office Space'

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....and be more patient and make the theft more subtle - you may then get away with it.

Microsoft: Whoops, Patch Tuesday might screw your database connections

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Re: JFC! do they actually test anything these days

Clearly they didn't even test it on their "latest and greats" Windows 10/11, which should be the absolute bare minimum of testing considering the size of the userbase.

UK facing electricity supply woes after nuclear power stations shut, MPs told

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Afterwards you'll question why anybody has ever considered energy storage as a viable option because it's obviously bonkers.

No you won't. You'll come to the logical conclusion that, like so many other things in life, some parasite stands to make a fortune with their nose buried deep in the trough.

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Re: Hmmm.

you've got to hope the next lot realise they can now place an order...

Politicians aren't that smart. Most just big-note themselves by slamming others rather than ever achieving anything....ever. Sound-bite politics.

Apple perfects vendor lock-in with home security kit

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Re: Lock picking lawyer

V5 will link to Apple Pay

Ever suspected bankers used WhatsApp comms at work? $1.8b says you're right

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Re: Fine bribe

In the past these guys would just meet in the pub at lunchtime to arrange the trades.

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Re: They admitted to it...

That's the thing - compared to the money you can cream off the top on these deals, any cost of setting the system up pales into insignificance. As do the fines for that matter.

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Re: They admitted to it...

It doesn't need to scale well - most traders will commit these "special trades" with counterparties known to them personally not just any old spod in the market. When you're dealing with traders in certain markets that can deal in size and/or have a greater freedom to trade you're down to a limited set of individuals. Whilst markets seem large most players know each other - you'd be surprised.

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Re: They admitted to it...

The hard part is how do you know that "Spazz69" is really a trader at Deutsche and not a kid in a basement, or a Russian bot, or an SEC agent ?

Pretty sure you'd use signal and confirm the contact personally when setting up using "Verify Safety Number" i.e. when you're out on the piss with the counterparty (at the start of the session for obvious reasons). At this point you're secure. If it changes you're alerted and you'd cease comms until re-confirmed.

California to phase out internal combustion vehicles by 2035

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Re: Not going to happen

That's just survival bias.

Apple's latest security feature could literally save lives

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Re: It would be nice

This bit from the article is a bit interesting

Not allowing wired connections to computers or peripherals when the device is locked

Locked, or locked down? If it is just when locked then I'm pretty sure that is irrelevant as border security in most locations has the legally enforceable right to request you unlock the device.

FYI: BMW puts heated seats, other features behind paywall

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Re: Nice Car...

This world is going to hell in a subscription BMW!

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I'm not sure that free market economies exist any more but let's just suppose that they do. In which case the car manufacturer that chooses to be the least biggest c*nt should eventually reign supreme.

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Re: So who is responsible for fixing the heated seats if they fail?

The good thing about T & C for software is you don't have to read it, especially if you don't intend using the software. Also worth noting that the majority of EULAs etc are unenforceable outside the US as they generally infringe on the odd statutory right here and there.

Vendors are hiking prices up to 30 percent and claiming 'it's inflation'

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Re: That's because this isn't normal inflation

I think the point is, with a subscription model you can no longer wait it out whereas with the old upgrade model you could.

Systemd supremo Lennart Poettering leaves Red Hat for Microsoft

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Re: Motive found.

He should have put an SSD in it then.