* Posts by Tom Chiverton 1

1366 posts • joined 12 Jun 2009


ESA declares the Sentinel-1B mission over after payload resuscitation ends

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The PDF notes this is no longer allowed, so they'd already realised the mistake but the kit was already on orbit

Google, Oracle clouds still affected by UK heatwave

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Re: Idling

Their not drawing much power till switched on. Why do you think AWS is always banging on about how quick their VMs boot ?

Amazon sues 10,000 Facebook Group admins for offering fake reviews

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Then there would be less reviews, reducing share holders value, so illegal

Crypto lender Celsius in Chapter 11 deep freeze

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And no one was surprised

Tuxedo Pulse G2: Linux in your lap

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So it's on a par spec and price wise with a Framework ? Someone should do a compare...

If you can find and fix this subtle Chromium bug that breaks some extensions, there's $8k waiting for you

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Because your Chrome version X could be running any number of experiments or feature roll outs, so is very different to my Chrome version X.

Testing this in any traditional way is probably so bad they've stopped.

NASA wants nuclear reactor on the Moon by 2030

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Re: Space 1999

Didn't end well for a few people in For All Mankind either

GitHub's AI code assistant Copilot takes flight. And that'll be $10 a month, please

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"developers would do well to review Copilot-generated code no differently than if it was written by a teammate."

Fuck that, I'll just write it myself rather than risk some weird bug from code I didn't want.

Google engineer suspended for violating confidentiality policies over 'sentient' AI

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Re: Stopped clock is correct twice a day

We're half the researchers conversation with the computer and half a person? Which ones did he rate as being sentient?

Vivaldi email client released 7 years after first announcement

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Re: Why is it so hard to find a good email program?

Thunderbird not an option?

GitHub drops Atom bomb: Open-source text editor mothballed by end of year

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Re: VSCode is great but...

All grist for Sublime's mill I reckon.

Payed for it during lock down, not looked back

Next major update of Windows 11 prepares for launch

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Re: I'm surprised that it's not appeared on more ordinary people's machines

Have you tried to find the "no, I don't want a Microsoft account" option on a fresh install recently ?

The Register talks to Microsoft's European cloud rivals about getting a fair deal

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I don't think anyone would disagree, but the complaint here is that if you are dominated in one area (say, operating systems) then you should not be able to offer your other, incidental, services like user directory or cloud drives in a preferential way.

This is exactly what happened with IE and the browser choice screen that was eventually forced on Microsoft, who then kept accidentally removing it with no other repercussions. MS will stall and stall and stall, and hope the other providers go out of business.

Amazon’s Kindle bookstore to quit China

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Re: Is "The Brick" a modern Tarot card?

Kobo devices show up as plain USB drives and read just about anything you dump there...

Keeping your head as an entire database goes pear-shaped

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Re: Backups

Doesn't NetFlix have a Chaos Monkey script that does just this?

Workday nearly doubles losses as waves of deals pushed back

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Such as ?

Campaigners warn of legal challenge against Privacy Shield enhancements

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Re: Colour me confused

I'll settle for them stopping selling me behind my back :)

Microsoft revises software licensing, cloud policies amid EU regulator scrutiny

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Re: One can dream

Don't forget

* falsely claiming their product only works with another of their products (again) : https://twitter.com/thefalken/status/1521834999376494593/photo/1

* shipping OneDrive by default

* BONUS - with private integration far better than what Dropbox or even NextCloud can achieve

Your snoozing iOS 15 iPhone may actually be sleeping with one antenna open

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Re: It appears to be difficult

Nothing like that here at Jodrell. Hell, they have music festivals!

Microsoft warns partners to revoke unused authorizations that drive your software

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Why is this even a thing?

Just create "support user" in AD and enable when needed?

Rocket Lab is taking NASA's CAPSTONE to the Moon

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"verify simulations that the interaction gravity of the Earth and Moon will make for a stable orbit"

Their not *sure* already ? Their whole SLS stack and habitat, lander concept etc is all based on an *assumption* they are only checking out just a few months (allegedly) before launch ?!?

Fedora backs down on removing BIOS support… for now

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"booted from a Ventoy key – which tries BIOS boot first – and updated one of the installed OSes. "

What did you do ?? You must have some how nuked EFI Grub with BIOS Grub ?

ZX Spectrum: Q&A with some of the folks who worked on legendary PC

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Re: Outrun for the win!

Ice cream! Ice cream!

Sorry, Speedball 2 was a bit later

Fedora starts to simplify Linux graphics handling

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"requiring UEFI"


I have machines that have marched forwards for decades. They don't do UEFI boot, and even if they did but they were in BIOS mode it's non-trivial to swap over.

So one day I'll update to Fedora N and it will break at reboot ?!?

Oracle to release on-prem software usage tools to prep cloud switch

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It's a trap!

Debian faces firmware furore from FOSS freedom fighters

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Confused by the subject line. There's nothing new here, right ? This is just click bait (or less gate-keepery, a primer) ?

Microsoft details how China-linked crew's malware hides scheduled Windows tasks

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TM more like TLA amirite

The march of Macs into the enterprise: Demand is on the increase

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+1 for JumpCloud - single control panel, all 3 O/S. Awesome tech support (we had an issue with KDE, update in works).

Okta acknowledges 'mistake' in handling of Lapsus$ attack

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Re: standards

Most SME would struggle to run a remotely accessible globally redundant SSO host themselves, so what's the choice other than outsourcing to the cloud?

Mozilla creates paid-for subscriptions for web doc library

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Wfm. Did you file a bug or just to yourself?

'Enterprise' browser maker Island valued at $1.3bn out of the gate

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Like the whole NHS...

Alphabet still can't kill off Google+ insecurity lawsuit

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Re: Don't forget : this lawsuit will not benefit Joe Public

Bollocks will it. Every filing from every company will just include some standard "there might be vulnerabilities in progress" statement for the rest of time

Ubuntu applies security fixes for all versions back to 14.04

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Re: Your scheduled bit pedantry whenever shell commands are mentioned

Or set up unattended-upgrades and forget about it.


Google offers privacy audit tool to app developers

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Ah ha, so this is how they understand what SDKs are doing so they can (auto)build a sandbox for them in the next Android...

KDE Community releases Plasma 5.24: It's eccentric, just like many old-timers

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Re: Would love to see it has a gvfs equivalent

Dolphin's network panel does exactly this

Arm's $66bn sale to Nvidia is off: Deal collapses after world's competition regulators raise concerns

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Re: Worthless?

Probably shouldn't have sold 51% of the company if they wanted to retain control then

Russia's naval exercise near Ireland unlikely to involve cable-tapping shenanigans

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Re: VPN?

Yes; since Snowden Google et al have been encrypting all their private trunk links, and any traffic between sites that goes over public or rented lines.

For first time in nearly 17 years, stable Linux kernel version has over 999 commits – but not everyone heard about it

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Re: NTFS write tests?

I killed my first Windows machine at my first job using ntfs-3g :)

Imagination GPU cleared for RISC-V CPU compatibility, licensed to chip designers

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Paging Mr Upton.... paging Mr Upton... it's time to give up your arm...

Shut off 3G by 2033? How about 2023, asks Vodafone UK

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Re: Not only phones

it's a short range proprietary (read: terrible/insecure) protocol innit ?

APNIC: Big Tech's use of carrier-grade NAT is holding back internet innovation

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Re: Thanks, but no thanks

Under v6, my phone has a long lived identification that persists across all WiFi, mobile connections etc.

So not a good plan

Google and Facebook's top execs allegedly approved dividing ad market among themselves

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Re: Firefox and uBlock

Firefox container is easier to use

No more DRM-free downloads as Amazon's ComiXology app set to disappear inside Kindle

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Re: Easy to download your drm free backups

It's been taken down once (I gave a talk for Open Rights Group about it at BarCamp).

It got put back up fairly quickly.

It does require the web based viewer though, and I'm unsure how much longer AWS will keep it around.

So, no more money from me !

NASA's Mars InSight trips into safe mode and ESA's Sentinel-1B gives scientists the silent treatment

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It's already lasted longer than planned, so no, not needed

US watchdog pokes Facebook a second time: Meta faces fresh monopoly lawsuit

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Re: Network effect at work

Regulation is a terrible idea, because it makes it harder to compete, or places a cap on the size of a competitor

Open source maintainer threatens to throw in the towel if companies won't ante up

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Re: FEO's

And people bothered by this should licence their stuff as, say, Creative Commons - By - Noncommercial

Nvidia promises British authorities it won’t strong Arm rivals after proposed merger

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"this new chip from ARM isn't an ARM chip, it's a nArm, and so only Nvida has a license for it."

A moment of tension as the James Webb Space Telescope stretches sunshield on way to L2 destination

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Feet ! Meters ! Those aren't proper El Reg units...

Gnu Nano releases version 6.0 of text editor, can now hide UI frippery

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Re: Cosmetic?

Or become EMACS

You, me and debris: NASA cans ISS spacewalk because it's getting too risky outside

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Re: Damage protection from space debris

Rockets ? They don't have protection. The chances during the minimal amount of time they are up isn't worth it.



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