* Posts by Youngone

1332 posts • joined 30 Jun 2009


There's no place like GNOME: Project hits 25, going on 43

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Preferring KDE to Gnome is an entirely reasonable thing, in my opinion.

I prefer Gnome to KDE myself, and that is one of the great strengths of Linux.

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I'm not sure what the problem is either.

I'm a happy Fedora workstation user, and I was given a printer a few weeks ago. After I turned it on and connected it to my network I asked Gnome to look for it.

Gnome discovered it and installed a driver for it and now I can print to it.

If that's an example of the Desktop Environment doing too much I'm ok with it.

The trade ban that wasn't: US allows 94% of restricted tech exports to China anyway

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Re: rogue ???

America needs to have an enemy. The cold war was great because the Soviet Union were big and scary and so America had to pour as much money as possible into ships and planes and stuff which made some people very rich.

Iraq and Afghanistan were even better because soldiers could be send over to blow stuff up and it all looked great on the TV news, also America was not in any real danger.

Now that that is all over a new enemy needs to be found to continue to justify the flow of money, and China is one of the possibilities except of course China is tied into the world's economy pretty thoroughly and a war isn't really possible with them.

I'm sure this sabre-rattling will continue until a better target is discovered.

Ryugu asteroid: It came from the outer solar system, say scientists

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Re: "Asteroids like it (C-type asteroids) could well have been one of the sources of Earth's water"

Earth keeps doing this thing called subduction which means most of the surface is quite young. This means that any evidence of those impacts is long gone.

I know, it's stupid and someone should stop it, but nevertheless it is still happening.

Apple to compel workers to spend '3 days a week' in the office

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The vast corporation my son works for imposed the same policy a couple of months ago and so many of the staff resigned that week, that the policy was rolled back hurriedly.

He works in the IT Dept and was told in advance that "don't worry, it doesn't apply to us".

Apple says 2017 MacBooks don't have FlexGate defect. Aussie tribunal orders a fix anyway

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Re: Why Do They Insist On Blatantly Denying Anything Is Wrong?

..."Capitalist" means someone who believes in the system...

If the system needs me to believe in it to work then its a pretty poor system.

Google gets the green light to flood US Gmail inboxes with political spam

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...despite emphatic objections from email users.

Oh ha ha! As if anybody involved in the US government gives a flying whatsit about what the voters think.

Its not like the voters can change anything.

Businesses should dump Windows for the Linux desktop

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Re: preaching the gospel

Both of us are very happy thank you.

President Biden signs CHIPS and Science Act into law

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Lack of Confidence

Schumer characterized the substantial investment called for under the new law as an affirmation that America's best years still lie ahead.

That statement sounds like it comes from someone who doesn't really believe what he's saying.

Arm still jewel in crown as parent SoftBank nurses record $23.5b hit

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Re: Potter isn't buying... He's selling! [Jimmy Stewart Screaming]

You're replying to Lordrobot, our new resident Angry of Mayfair.

You can get him to start CAPITALIZING words if you play your cards right, but don't expect to see much thoughtfullness.

Note the "Z". I'm pretty sure he's American.

Yes, I know.

Apple tells suppliers to use 'Taiwan, China' or 'Chinese Taipei' to appease Beijing

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Re: Red-line

Not caring about anything except the bottom line is a basic tenant of capitalism.

I'm old enough to remember when China started courting investment from the West, and all those business types were wetting their pants over the thought of all that cheap labour and a new consumer market.

When anyone expressed doubts over the ethics of engaging with a dictatorship like China we were told that the best way of spreading democracy was through trade.

Looks like they lied about that too.

Linux may soon lose support for the DECnet protocol

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I used to play a game against a mate using IPX/SPX in the mid 1990's. I can't for the life of me remember what it was called though. Some sort of real time strategy game I think, though not Age of Empires.

Chipmakers warned: US CHIPS Act funds are not for 'stock buybacks'

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Re: Capitalism

You can suggest anything you like. THOUGH I RESERVE THE RIGHT TO NOT OBLIGE.

Imagine my complete lack of surprise.

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Re: Capitalism

Hey Lordrobot may I suggest that you try to make your point in a slightly less shouty way?


Anti-piracy messaging may just encourage more piracy

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Re: False equivalence as well...

Yes, it's a false equivalence. Piracy is also easily solved.

Give people what they want at a price they're prepared to pay.

US authorities threaten Alibaba with NYSE delisting

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Re: Told you so

LordRobot almost has the kernel of a good point amongst all the CAPITALISATION.

I have no idea how he thinks those politicians are going to UNIONIZE Amazon however, or why he needs an apostrophe in there.

Maybe he's a Frank Zappa fan.

Congress finally passes $52b subsidies for chip fabs on US soil

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Wow, that took a really long time to say that you entirely misunderstood my comment! Well done.

I'm not American by the way.

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Its a very clever business model really. Send manufacturing overseas to countries with cheap labour and reap huge profits, then manufacture a red scare against the very country you outscourced your manufacturing to so that taxpayers stump up the costs of bringing it back.

We were told in the 1990's that the quickest way to turn a dictatorship like China into a progressive democracy was to open up trade with them and show them how much better off they would be under a system like ours, but apparently we've given up on that now.

Software issues cost Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess his job

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The infotainment system on my Hyundai, in contrast seems to have been designed by someone who has heard about smartphones, but has never used one.

Chinese booster rocket tumbles back to Earth: 'Non-zero' chance of hitting populated area

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Re: What, no nukes?

I'm a little bit younger than you, because I was at primary school just south of Auckland in 1979 but I can remember one kid's Mum getting all worried about Skylab falling on us.

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch: Now 100,000kg smaller

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I agree entirely with cornetman. This is a great start.

Google, Oracle cloud servers wilt in UK heatwave, take down websites

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Re: The lost art of conversation

Well, yes. A whole pound though.

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The lost art of conversation

I'm prepared to bet a whole pound that I know what people are talking about in Britain right now.

Judge approves Twitter's request to hurry along Musk trial to October

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Re: An elongated fine?

Mike Masnick on Techdirt seems to think they might settle, but it will need to be a lot more than $1 billion, due to the fact that Elon has already agreed to buy Twitter for $44 billion and wasn't worried about due diligence before he signed.

Rocky Linux 9 and its new build service enter the ring

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Re: I don't get it

I'm guessing that if you're looking for a guarantee you'll pay Redhat. I'm just looking for something stable.

Intel tried selling software before. Will it succeed this time?

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Re: re: Intel’s starting point seems to be, “we need to find a use case for this chip we designed”.

That is hilarious and sad at the same time, and you've also described two of my former employers.

Mars helicopter to take a breather, recharge batteries

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Thanks NASA!

I have decided that the real reason NASA keeps sending these robots to Mars is supply me with a bunch of great desktop wallpaper images.

Thanks NASA!

Behold: The first images snapped by the James Webb Space Telescope

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Re: Obligatory reference...


Quite big ones, obviously.

FBI and MI5 bosses: China cheats and steals at massive scale

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Re: immediately stating that the US is worse than China is simply wrong

You are entirely correct and I suspect the downvoters are not taking the time to understand your point. They just see it as some sort of false equivalence or whatever.

COO of failed bio-biz Theranos found guilty on all twelve fraud counts

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Re: Methinks it's lawyers all the way down on this one...

Both of them are clearly guilty of fraud.

Their biggest mistake was stealing money from rich people, and showing up the greed of others. Sunny's other mistake was not being a pretty white woman, which is why he's going away for longer than that Steve Jobs lady.

Microsoft cloud exec accused of verbal attack on staff exits

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Re: Very rude

Shut up! Did not!

Gtk 5 might drop X11 support, says GNOME dev

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Re: Gnome being Gnome...

Bwahaha! Look at my downvotes and weep! The commentards hate my love of Gnome much more than they hate yours!

(Hang, on. does that make sense? Yes. Yes it does).

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Re: Gnome being Gnome...

Gnome puts people off desktop Linux.

Not me. I love Gnome.

Apple's latest security feature could literally save lives

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Seasons? I thought The Fall were a band?

Tencent Cloud slaps googly eyes on a monitor, says it can care for oldies

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Re: Makes perfect sense

Do you mean China or America?

NanoAvionics satellite pulls out GoPro to take stunning selfie over Earth

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Nice nice nice.

Here I am living in the future, posting this from my very own real life computer, whose desktop wallpaper image is a selfy of a nuclear-powered robot on Mars, and watching a video made by a consumer grade camera from space.


FTC urged to protect data privacy of women visiting abortion clinics

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Re: It wouldn't have mattered what the vote was

Filibusters are a really stupid idea and have no place in a democratically elected parliament.

To be fair, it's hardly the stupidest thing about the way Americans run their country.

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Re: All our fault

To be fair to the Puritans, the link you've provided clearly says its satire.

However, the particular group of Puritans who helped found America did leave the Netherlands because they were worried the Dutch peoples' live and let live attitude was rubbing off on their children, and they didn't like that whole religious toleration thing.

We're now truly in the era of ransomware as pure extortion without the encryption

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You know what should be a crime? Any use of the word "exfiltrate".

I agree. When I am installed as Grand Emperor of the Galaxy, anyone using that term unironically will be forced to wash my car on Saturday morning.

Yes, I will be ruthless and brutal. You have been warned.

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Re: Of Saints and Sinners, Future Angels and Current Daemons will there be No Guilty Trace

Postmodern Eton Mess .... Just Desserts for a Self Chosen Few

I like it. In fact I'm going to steal it.

Proposed Innovation Act amendment would block US investment in China

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Re: Dodging

The vast American corporation I work for has had factories in China for 30 years, and currently makes roughly $1 billion in profits from them every year.

I suspect the shareholders are ok with whatever terms the Chinese offered all those years ago.

Twitter shareholders to vote on Elon Musk's acquisition

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Re: All part of Mucky Muck's

Trump's not going to Mars. He's old and fat, and the walk across the tarmac to the rocket would kill him.

Microsoft accidentally turned off hardware requirements for Windows 11

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I'm confused

I installed Win 11 on an old Lenovo Thinkcentre, purchased new in 2017 and it runs fine.

The secret is to download an iso and boot from a USB drive.

Any time I try to do anything useful it prompts me to log into my Microsoft account, which I don't want to do, but the actual OS does work.

Microsoft confirms HoloLens boss Alex Kipman to be reorganized out the door

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Re: Too bad

It didn't do anything useful at all, as far as I could tell.

I was sent one by Head Office to test as they had decided they would be using them for remote support in our warehouse during our SAP training period.

I have no idea how they thought any of that was going to happen, as the warehouse guys played with the test unit for a day or so, then bought it back saying, "It doesn't fit anybody, the interface can't be focused properly and the network keeps dropping out, so it needs rebooting every half hour or so.

My warehouse guys love new tech too, so they were very keen to make it work.

I heard the units cost $5k (local money) and we bought 4 of them. They currently live in a cupboard.

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

I have just installed Windows 11 on a 6 (ish) year old Thinkcentre and it runs quite well.

I did have to download an iso and put it on my bootable USB stick, which no ordinary mortal is going to do.

Once Windows 11 installs, and I tell it I don't have a Microsoft account, it allows me to log on using a local account, which is nice, but I can't actually do much without a popup appearing asking me to log into the Microsoft account that I don't have, so yeah.

Not great really.

China 'must seize TSMC' if the US were to impose sanctions

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The Years of Rice and Salt is a terrific book.

SUSE releases Service Pack 4 for Linux Enterprise 15

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Re: He's a funny guy

Some grumpy bugger seems to think your comment is bad or something.

Tough news for Apple as EU makes USB-C common charging port for most electronic devices

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Re: Optional Chargers

They absolutely do know what they've done, and what they've done is a great thing for the whole planet. Those Apple cables will be recycled into something more useful, because they're made of copper and copper is recycled.

AI-driven HR startup snapped up as companies fight to retain employees

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My thoughts were along the lines that there are no "companies under immense pressure to attract, train, and retain an effective workforce" but there are plenty of companies who don't want to give their current people a pay rise.

I think I might be working for one.

Tech hiring freeze doesn't mean people won't leave

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Shrinkdid. Or shronked



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