* Posts by John 104

1041 posts • joined 1 Jul 2009


Businesses should dump Windows for the Linux desktop

John 104

Re: Genuine Question

@Pert G

Another aspect is supportability in the enterprise. There may be tools to do AD and deployment equivalents, but the open source nature of these tools make getting real support difficult. If I'm hard down for whatever reason, I need support. Now. Not in a few days when someone happens upon my post and decides to answer.

I think what keeps linux in the desktop for corporate workloads is the hassle of it all. It's fun to tinker in it and do work as an IT person. However, when it comes to tools that users need, and administration that IT staff have to do, the goal is to get it working quickly so actual work can get accomplished. The work shouldn't be getting Linux to do a thing that Windows does by just configuring this, download this package, update this library, now modify this config, oh wait, missing another dependency, etc. It gets in the way of the actual goal of whatever the work is. It's gotten a LOT better over the years, but can still be a big pain.

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Re: preaching the gospel

@Graham Dawson

But not all Steam games work on Linux. I tried. Got too frustrating so I just use Windoze. They are making progress, but not enough yet.

US Space Force deploys robot dogs at Cape Canaveral base

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Not exactly sneaky, are they?

President Biden signs CHIPS and Science Act into law

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There isn't a research and development problem with semiconductors in the US. Most of that already happens in the states. There IS a manufacturing and workforce issue that should certainly be addressed by building more fabs on US soil and training a proper workforce to operate them.

As for chip 'shortages'... Come on. There wasn't a chip shortage as much as there was just bad market predictions at the beginning of the pandemic. Reg readers know better.

Tesla Full Self-Driving fails to notice child-sized objects in testing

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Re: Comparison


Fanboi anger much?

The fact that it is Beta and being 'tested' by owners in the real world where live human beings exist should be frightening enough...

US-funded breakthrough battery tech just simply handed over to China

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Re: I wonder who OK'd this?

Follow the money...

Shanghai surprise? Another analyst sees historic PC decline

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I'm doing my part! Bought two new laptops this year. It was time for a refresh for myself, and the kid got one as a graduation present. Both HPs. You're welcome.

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

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So because in the 70s we had less forethought to control the re-entry of orbiting bits we should excuse the Chinese today?

There is a path to replace TCP in the datacenter

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Not supporting or trashing this idea. However, we used to use IPX and managed to move away from that, we used modems and managed to move away from that. If there really is a benefit to the average user with this new technology, then I would expect it's adoption to occur over time. If not, it will be relegated to datacenter ops and most of us won't be the wiser.

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Re: Translation.

LOL. Sounds very British...

Deploying disaster-proof apps may be easier than you think

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An analysis of these tools showed that achieving high degrees of resiliency was a relatively straightforward prospect – especially when the cost of lost business and cloud SLAs were taken into consideration.

HAHA. What a joke. Does anyone honestly think that when given the option to spend an appropriate amount on BCP vs saving the money that the average business will spend for BCP? Time and again businesses have proven that they'd rather go on the cheap. Never mind the cost of lost business revenue during the outage.

As for the resiliency, the only way to really achieve that via the cloud is to use multiple providers. Anyone who is paying attention knows that despite the best efforts of engineers, mistakes have happened that take down entire platforms. Regional redundancy won't help there...

Rufus and ExplorerPatcher: Tools to remove Windows 11 TPM pain and more

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Re: Just goes to show..

Honestly, this is EXACTLY the sort of uninformed, non-technical, USER type of comment that makes me wonder where the El Reg of years gone has disappeared to.

As a long time Reg subscriber I've watched the site get diluted by viewers such as yourself to the point where an article such as this, about imaging software, mentions that it is intimidating for people to use PowerShell to configure their machine. Then, when someone points out the obvious, you post that you hate reading comments. Perhaps you could slow your roll and get some technical chops. Then the technical aspects of this site wouldn't be quite so intimidating to you.

Always read the comments: Beijing requires oversight of all reader-generated chat

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Re: That would be a huge change

As a long time Reg reader, going on two decades, this is nothing new. They've moderated for as long as I can remember.

As to whether or not being an ass hole or whatever. On one hand, its their site, they can do whatever they want. On the other, free speech...Then again, Reg is a UK company, so, nothing new to see here.

512 disk drives later, Floppotron computer hardware orchestra hits v3.0

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I have both a 3.5 and 5.25 drive in my bin. Nothing to interface them with, though. This inspires me to get a card and make them work. I still have game media from back in the day...

Vivaldi email client released 7 years after first announcement

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Re: Old Man

@Niel Barnes

You forgot real work. We have teams at work and it's great. It really is. Good for a quick message or call. But if I want to engage with people outside my organization, it's email. Always. Leaves an audit trail that is easy to search, and no one can say they didn't get it if I can produce their reply, etc. It's here to stay.

Whether Vivaldi is the answer. Hm. If it took them 7 years to develop this client, how long will it take for them to patch vulnerabilities or add new features? No thanks. But good effort.

Behind Big Tech's big privacy heist: Deliberate obfuscation

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We only agreed to the ad tech armageddon because it happened bit by bit, and we refused to believe where it would go.

Maybe you agreed to it or didn't see where it was going. Anyone with half a brain who was paying attention saw this coming a mile away. But, as was said in the coments here, we are the cat. The humans of the world have been conned in what will probably go down in history (if it is allowed by our tech overlords to be written) as one of the biggest bamboozles ever. A race to the bottom by consumers lured by shiny 'free' stuff to put us where we are today, in a fully surveyed world where everything we do is tracked in one way or another. And people do it willingly.

Toyota cuts vehicle production over global chip shortage

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So we are supposed to believe a VP of a company (Gartner), who's sole business model is "Pay us a bunch of money and we'll say good things about your business so that other people who paid us money to say good things about THEIR business will spend money on YOUR business " vs a company who is shelling out $360 Billion over 5 years. Yeah, I'll count on it.

Original killer PC spreadsheet Lotus 1-2-3 now runs on Linux natively

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Word Star

Nuff Said

Broadcom to buy VMware 'on Thursday for $60 billion'

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That's right up there with 'serverless apps' and 'continers'

They run on something....

Lonestar plans to put datacenters in the Moon's lava tubes

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"Server's down. Gotta run to the datacenter. Back in a month.

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5 Million?

What morons actually gave this idiotic shyster money?

Apple scraps 3-day return to office amid COVID-19 cases

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At What Point...

...does the world stop with this nonsense and just realize that COVID 19 is here to stay? The continual yo-yo of in the office out of the office, mask up mask off, is a bit long in the tooth at this point. Masks have been proven to be largely ineffective. Social distancing has been proven to be completely ineffective. Vaccines have been exposed for what they are; a profalaxis, not a cure. So why all the continued theatre? Everyone alive is going to get COVID 19 eventually. No exceptions. I went 2 years before I finally got it. It sucked for a couple of weeks and I'm over it and moving on with my life. Some people may end up in the hospital, most won't. Those who feel they are at risk should take extra precaution. The rest of the population of the world just needs to get over it already and move on to the next crisis.

John 104

Re: "not everyone is yet ready to return to the corporate altar"


Similar story. Not a 70K employee company, but our dev and IT (which I'm part of) are all permanent work from home. The only folks who have to come in are the help desk guys for those that are on site. When we need to touch a server or switch, we come on as needed, but we completely manage that ourselves because management trusts us to do our jobs.

If you WANT to come in, you can.

Cars in driver-assist mode hit a third of cyclists, all oncoming cars in tests

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Re: This is why I still think

Sure... Here in the US we'll get right on that. We'll make separate roadways for the big rigs to self drive on. Right after we get done with light rail and more Amtrak.

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Re: Pedestrians?

There was an article (here?) not long ago. Sort of a promo from one of the companies that make software. The code in Tesla and Toyota was not up to snuff. In all cases, the cars plowed through pedestrians in a crosswalk. The use case was the car had to avoid a stopped vehicle in front of them, swerving around. Not a good testament.

Jeffrey Snover claims Microsoft demoted him for inventing PowerShell

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Re: I would get it fired for inventing Powershell

@Alan Burke

25 down votes from people who have no idea what they are talking about...

To you down voters:

cmd ported many DOS commands for ease of use. It is most assuredly NOT a DOS prompt.

As for Powershell syntax, well, its based on .NET, so that might help you a bit with understanding why it is the way it is. And, Linux shell is no peach either... It comes down to what you are well versed in and spend time using more than anything else.

Microsoft, Apple, Google accelerate push to eliminate passwords

John 104


A PIN is just a shitty, short password....

As for moving away from passwords and using biometric? No thanks. A password is intellectual property and can not be subpoenaed. A fingerprint or your face, however, can be.

2FA is the way to go and anything peddled as better is just dumbing down security.

Logging and monitoring can be a form of bullying, and make for lousy infosec

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I agree, a good working environment does require a high level of trust and low stress. But you are still there to work. And if you are in an environment that doesn't suit your personality due to whatever, then move on. No one in the western world is forced to work anywhere.

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I'm not denying any of the realities of bad management and stresses that words can cause people. However, these actions are still not violence, even though they can lead to unfortunate consequences and may be the CAUSE of violence.

From Websters:


Behavior or treatment in which physical force is exerted for the purpose of causing damage or injury.

Explain to me how 'words' meet this definition? No amount of swearing, or tirades will ever equate to a physical damage. Ever. (I suppose high decibel loudspeakers could damage but that's not what we are talking about here...)

Refusal to accept the most basic definition of a word or twisting its meaning to suit your (proverbial your) feelings is part of the problem. It is ignorant at best, disingenuous on the average and intended to elicit an emotional response to further some talking point or agenda. And I still maintain that it is an immature approach to dealing with whatever problem a person might be facing. The world doesn't care about your feelings. Sorry, leave that to your spouse, friends, and family. It may sound harsh, but the world is a harsh place. The sooner people move past sillyness such as the above, the better for their long term well being.

John 104

Re: The slippery slope to nowhere good or great or worthwhile going ......

The hysteria around Musk buying Twitter is SO discouraging. A guy promises to reduce or remove censorship and people freak out because they are afraid a dissenting opinion might get out there. And the hilarity of it is, when Bezos bought Washington Post, no one batted an eye because the paper is in line with the left media machine.

John 104


"Hardly. Just an observation that real physical and mental bullying is not the same as your activities being tracked as part of your job. If the job exists in that type of environment, go get a job somewhere else, don't sit around bellyaching "Oh, they're bullying me by watching me" and expect the rest of us to give a shit that a full grown adult can't manage their life better than that."

Right you are. This article/study/whatever, is a bunch of horse shit and the people who think this way are obviously not functional adults. At the end of the day, you are at your job to do your job. If your employer wants to monitor what goes on on THEIR equipment, that is their prerogative. If you don't like it, then quit and get a job someplace else.

This is right up there with idiotic statements like "words are violence." No, words are words. They may hurt your feelings, but they aren't violent and the bottom line is that anyone who believes that nonsense is immature and needs a solid dose of reality.

Logitech's sales plunge 20% as demand for PCs slows

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Price Maybe?

Maybe they'd sell more on a continual basis if their kit wasn't so ridiculously priced. I have a wonderful MX Ergo track ball. It's blue tooth, can switch between two different PCs and I love it. But work bought it. No way I'm shelling out $100 for an effing mouse. It's just stupid. Previous versions with their little BT USB dongle were around $50 which is somewhat more palatable. Their kit runs for a long time and I've had no reliability issues over 20+ years on a variety of devices.

AI models still racist, even with more balanced training

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Re: There is a "white" brain template ?

Sounds a lot like climate models...

Elon Musk set to buy Twitter in $44b deal, promises stuff

John 104

So, your takeaway is that Musk should have solved a bunch of other world problems with his wealth? He is a free citizen in what sort of remains a free country. He can do what he pleases with his earnings, that's the way a free economy works.

I for one am hopeful for this course of action. It's frightening the number of people on that platform and others who want MORE censorship just because they don't agree with someone's point of view. In a free society, speech is the most potent right that an individual can wield. Getting shut down for not following along with the latest mob mentality is not good for any countries future, no matter what your perspective on a particular topic.

At last, Atlassian sees an end to its outage ... in two weeks

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Re: We maintain extensive... DMML


"Given the embarrassment caused by this outage, cloud providers need to look at their customer backup/recovery processes?"

They won't. It's just easier to go cheap and write it off. This is clearly a case of an incomplete BCP, which is another area that businesses like to go cheap on. Maybe backup software but no recovery plan at all.

What do you do when all your source walks out the door?

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Re: Formatting pc's in the days of DOS and Windows 3.1

I once caught a sales dork at Office Depot trying to upsell a customer a gold plated USB cable, stating that it would make the print jobs go faster. When he walked away, I politely informed the customer that it was nonsense and to just buy the cheap one.

Day 7 of the great Atlassian outage: IT giant still struggling to restore access

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Re: Could be 2 more weeks according to a Reddit comment

@John Miles

The people responsible for sacking the people responsible for taking steps have been sacked.

Boeing spreads bets with AWS, Google, Microsoft trio

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Re: really....


Three times the redundancy? Really?

It's shocking that this sort of thing is seen as amazeballs and even newsworthy. How many times have we read about an outage of one of the three services here and how x,y,z company is offline for x hours and all the customers are pissed. It's stupid, cheap management and lack of expenditure to rest the entirety of a business on a single cloud provider. SMH.

Microsoft backtracks on lack of easy Windows browser choice

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Easy Solution

My easy solution on my recent laptop purchase was to nuke the 11 install and put 10 on it. Maybe by the time the stop supporting 10 they'll have 11 sorted....

RIP: Creators of the GIF and TRS-80

John 104

What is it about you that you take a disagreement into pronunciation of an acronym and somehow put race into it? Seems to me that you have the problem. Maybe go out and take a deep breath, huh?

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

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Oh, I don't know. Think about all the data that Chrome slurps, or Edge, etc. Add in idiotic ideas like file browsing ads in Windows 11 and you get where mainstream software companies are headed. It's easy money to them. And for consumers, whatever, its fine I guess. But at work you are there to work, not get ads for crap. I see this as being a value add to large enterprise. Whether they deliver on the goods or not remains to be seen.

Russia acknowledges sanctions could hurt its tech companies

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Just a crazy thought here, but they could just stop being assholes and leave....

John 104

Re: Oh yes, I'm used to living in basements...

So.... you let a bunch of rando internet 'contributors' dictate your opinion on a conflict from 50 years ago. Got it.

Maxar Technologies: The eye in the sky tracking invasion of Ukraine

John 104

" I am perpetual, I keep the country clean...."

America's EARN IT Act attacking Section 230 is back – and once again threatening the internet, critics say

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Re: Its an alternative to doing anything useful

Details are fairly easy. Just put this in your browser and marvel at the results:

psaki censor free speech

It boils down to if we don't like it, then you should be censored. The most recent being the spotify/Rogan nonsense. At least in this country (USA) you can (or at least used to be able to) say whatever you want in whatever forum you desire. But this administration wants to keep the COVID story as in their control as they can. So, anyone who says otherwise is banned, shut down, whatever. Fine (sort of) if a private company wants to do that, that is their prerogative. But the US government has no business in determining who can and can't say what. I don't agree with the KKK or Nazi sympathizers. However, I'll defend their ability to speak freely even if I find it distasteful. And the US government has no business dictating what can and can't be spoken, written, or whatever.

As for which is more Orwellian, I'd say both are equal. Speech, learning, discourse, it is all part of a society's ability to think and act based on their thoughts. What we are getting is not how to think, but what to think. And if you speak against that or speak contrary, then you are shut down financially, personally, etc.

And, sigh, voting rights. I still don't get this one. Every voting law passed in the US recently is about bolstering the right to vote for citizens. FFS, the Georga law actually makes it EASIER to vote by extending days and hours. The continual hysteria from the Democratic party in this country is that black and brown people are too stupid to figure out how to vote and that they are oppressed and its up to us to help them along by not requiring ID to vote. Um. Don't you need an ID to go to school, to drive, to open a bank account, etc? Are these not things that everyone is required to have in this country to do just about anything? It's just a big lie and if people would stop listening to what the politicians are SAYING about it vs what the laws ACTUALLY say, well, I guess we'd have some people pissed for the right reasons...

Also, thanks for the civil discussion. :)

John 104

Re: you are REALLY bombastic

This is the nuance that seems to be unobserved here. NY has all the right to pull his content, just as I have every right to keep paying Spotify to do what they do. But to take a public stage and use your voice to try to silence someone else just because you don't agree with them is pretty oppressive.

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Re: Its an alternative to doing anything useful


If you are going to quote me, the least you could do is get it right. I mean, it's right there in the text, or did you not even read it? I said rich buffoon...

Your response is part of the problem in the world. Instead of a rational discourse, its straight to incorrect statements and insults. You might try to slow your roll a bit and actually think about things.

I never defended Trump, merely made some observations. DC and the establishment had absolutely no idea what to do with someone who wasn't part of the gang. The end result was false Russian conspiracy theories, an impeachment based on these well documented lies, obstruction at every turn, and the afore mentioned hysteria in the press, etc. Yet, somehow, the economy of the US was booming and wages were up, inflation down, foreign policy was in a decent space, and Russia wasn't on the brink of starting another war in Europe. Just imagine what more could have been accomplished if the morons in DC actually made an effort together... Instead, we now have the 'adults' in charge and the country is a fucking disaster. In one year the current administration has just about screwed everything up that the could.

Nothing in American politics makes me feel warm and fuzzy. Quite the contrary. It's all pretty gross. From 2008 to 2016 we had a hugely divisive and largely ineffective president. In 2016 our choices were Hillary or Trump. Neither one a good candidate. Then in 2020, Trump or Biden, which, to be honest was somehow worse than 2016. What the country needs is rational, responsible, moderate leadership, not just in the presidency, but in the congress and at state levels. It's all gotten so out of control and is so power/money driven that we might as well be ruled by a king or dictator our voice is so ineffective as citizens.

As for betting on the wrong horse, no one was a winner in 2020. Although, I dare say that having the shit storm that Trump would have been for another term might have been better. The current administration is pretty scary . When you have a press secretary espousing the administrations position to censor free speech, whether it be good or bad, you know we are heading in the wrong (Orwellian) direction. it's frightening. At least with Trump you could count on him saying stupid things, but not prohibiting the citizenry from doing the same...

John 104

Re: Its an alternative to doing anything useful

Well, there was an effort to fix American politics in 2016. A rich buffoon with some good ideas surprised everyone and won the presidency. Instead of helping him along, the liberal establishment (DC, state government, judicial, and press) freaked out and spearheaded a nonstop campaign to discredit and ridicule him at every turn. Granted, he made it easy to do every time he opened his mouth or posted something on twitter...And instead of backing him and making real change, the republican party put up road block after road block because they are part of it too and felt their positions were in jeopardy. Then COVID hit and it was just too easy to blame Trump. The nation was tired of the whole thing by November so they elected (supposedly) an even more idiotic and insidious president/puppet to the white house. Now look where we are... The doorstep of war in Ukraine/Europe, a destroyed economy in the US, back room payouts to pharma and policy gaffe after policy gaffe. Yep, winning!

The fix? I'm afraid there likely isn't one available when those in power write the laws to keep themselves in office. Revolution? I don't think there is enough will in the US any more to pull that off. People are too complacent and that is the attitude that got the states where they are today.

BOFH: The vengeance bus is coming, and everybody's jumping. An Xmas bonus hits me…

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Re: Ono

Is it possible to type off key?

Can you get excited about the iPhone 13? We've tried

John 104

"During deep lockdown I found myself reverting to using a payment card just to save the fumbling of repeated unmasking."

OMG! Are you OK? I know a good therapist.... ;)

So, the article is confusing. You say that using the phone on Zwift was great but killed your battery permanently. Yet you later say that the battery is great?

And the Blue Tooth thing. WTH? You needed an app to pair? Talk about a non-starter.

I'm a dyed in the wool Android user, but I did consider getting an iPhone for security reasons. But, the price tag is a total joke. I can buy a really nice laptop that will last me years - or - I could buy a phone that might last 3. No thanks. I'll stick with my LG V-40 (2 years in) until it dies. And its' paid for.



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