* Posts by Tom 38

4249 posts • joined 21 Jul 2009

Intel's planned Italian facility now tied up in election politics

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Re: So ....

A valid theory, except that the right wing alliance in Italy is strongest in the North - Veneto region voted over 50% for the 3 right wing parties - whilst the south is a bit more behind the left wing. We've just seen recently in the UK how right wing governments like rewarding their voters rather than appealing to people who didn't vote for them.

BT CEO orders staff: Back to the office or risk 'disciplinary action'

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There are many US remote only tech companies - Gitlab for instance.

In Rust We Trust: Microsoft Azure CTO shuns C and C++

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Re: Replacement versus successor

Its not a successor, because Rust doesn't interop with C, you can't write a library in Rust and call it from C..

Holy fuck, you can! That's pretty cool. This means one could take a common library with potential pitfalls, lets say libpng, implement it in Rust and provide the same API for existing C consumers of that library. That's pretty dope actually.

Having said that, there are quite a few unsafe declarations in the example I was reading.

White House to tech world: Promise you'll write secure code – or Feds won't use it

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the British Computer Society

You forgot the "Joke" icon

Twitter whistleblower Zatko disses bird site as dysfunctional data dump

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Any revelations Zatko has, whether true or false, have very little bearing on whether Musk will be forced to buy Twitter. IANAL, but these guys are - https://lawprofessors.typepad.com/business_law/2022/08/i-guess-im-writing-about-twitter-again.html is a good summary.

Musk is contractually barred from claiming fraud due to statements outside the merger agreement. He can’t claim fraud based on blog posts, Twitter executives’ tweets, statements to market analysts, or any materials of that nature. He can, however, claim fraud due to statements in the merger agreement itself.

The merger agreement gives him almost no wiggle room to get out of this deal.

Software fees to make up 10% of John Deere's revenues by 2030

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Re: John Deere

I like watching sports, and in the UK that means paying Sky - the dominant satellite pay TV provider - in one way or another. I use an OTT app called Now TV, which is provided by Sky, it allows me to buy just sports, and stream over the internet. The service however sucks. There's no live pause, rewind, fast-forward, and I can only watch it live.

Sky have a new service called Sky Glass. It's Sky, but all OTT streaming. You can "record" things, and it just notes centrally that you have recorded that program and you can stream it whenever you want. Great, I'll have that - its all just software, so there's an app I can download for my existing TV or STB, right?

Nope, you can only get Sky Glass if you buy a special Sky branded TV. Plus, "buy" is a strong word, you pay £10 up-front and then have a 48 month interest free loan (interestingly, they only have warranty for 24 months), which is worse than leasing, where they'd have to replace/fix it if it broke after 47 months.

They've also got an amazing feature, skip ads - free for the first 12 months, then £5 a month. I've seen the future, and its monetized.

Intel's stock Raptor Lake chip will do 6GHz and overclock another 25%, if it keeps cool

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Re: On fire

One of the key benefits of water cooling is that you can move the heat to where it can be more efficiently dispersed. The typical air cooled case has 3 fans at the back (typically one case exhaust fan, one PSU exhaust fan and one GPU exhaust fan) and relies on negative pressure to pull cool air from the front, over the disks (somewhat less of an issue now with SSDs) and to the CPU heatsink and fan. This then blasts the hot air from the heatsink all around the interior of the case. With this kind of setup, you can't cool the CPU/GPU any cooler than the case temperature, and this depends on how efficiently you can dump all that heat outside the case and draw fresher air in.

Oglethorpe mentioned having 6 fans and filters on the intake - intake fans in general add very little in terms of cooling, its better to have more exhaust fans which will draw the air in. 3 exhaust fans and 3 intake fans is actually going to run pretty much the same as 3 exhaust fans, but with twice the noise.

Your next problem with air cooling is that of fan size. To cool the case, you need to exhaust a lot of volume of air. The larger the fans blades, the more air it can move. The faster they spin, the more air it can move and the louder it gets. So you have a trade-off between fan size, fan speed and noise. With air cooling, you're constrained by fan size because of the dimensions of the case, graphics card slot size etc.

With a liquid cooling solution, you can move the heat immediately to the edge of the case. You can then get rid of that heat out of the case using very large, quiet fans, and because there is nothing venting heat within the case, your baseline for cooling is the room temperature rather than the case temperature.

So, no, you have the same amount of heat to move, but you require less volume of air to move that heat, as the air entering the radiator is cooler. Plus, you can typically use larger more efficient fans that can produce a higher airflow per decibel than the case fans, and you eliminate the CPU fan, which doesn't exhaust heat at all in an air cooled case.

China discovers unknown mineral on the moon, names it Changesite-(Y)

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Re: Weight

Which is true for 99.99999999% of people who have ever lived. People weighed things long before SI and space travel even existed. It's this sort of language appropriation which annoys people. If you want to say "mass" then say it.

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,

and the love of God,

and the communion of the Holy Spirit

be with you all.

Brothers and sisters, let us acknowledge our sins,

and so prepare ourselves to celebrate the sacred mysteries.

South Korea takes massive step toward sustainable nuclear fusion reactions

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Re: 999 to go

“Is it not written, ‘I have only one pair of hands’ ?” - Lu-Tze

Using the datacenter as a dining room destroyed the platters that matter

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Back in the day we'd frequently keep the Friday beers in the server room, however the only people who were permitted to place them in and take them out were the operators - who didn't have to chip in to the beer kitty as compensation.

Rest in peace, Queen Elizabeth II – Britain's first high-tech monarch

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Re: She was a good one

The Sovereign Grant is about £86m a year. Just the Palace of Versailles costs around €15m a year to maintain.

It's not the people who are expensive to maintain, its the buildings.

G7 countries beat UK in worldwide broadband speed test again

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Re: What is "enough"?

This is one of my big annoyances too. FTTP is synchronous, but the major ISPs like BT sell their residential FTTP products as async for no reason. BT do 18/10, 25/10, 34/20, 100/30, 425/73 and 700/110 on their FTTP. You have to get to their premium offerings to get an upload speed that allows multiple people to do upload heavy things - video conferencing + screen share can mean two 1080p HD streams per person.

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Re: "I would absolutely prioritise getting a 50/10Mbps"

I occasionally work from my parents, who live in the remote countryside, and are fortunate enough to have a slightly flaky FTTC connection. That gives them a nominal 22Mbit connection, a lot better than their previous 3Mbit DSL connection - its good enough for streaming Netflix in HD, with the occasional buffering.

However, for work its terrible. I'd frequently have google chat disable mine and others video streams because the connection was too slow, or too many errors. When I do my job, which is building software, that often involves building docker images, and then running tests using the docker images. Doing a full rebuild of a minor project took over 30 minutes; it takes 3 at home on my gigabit fibre. I just want to clarify that these are not enormous docker images, the final image is only 200MB; the issue is that each layer in each image is a separate file to be negotiated and transferred, then each package installed is another file, etc etc.

Building docker images is a specialised thing, not all remote workers do that - my parents don't even work at all. What they do do however is video call with my sister and her kids who live 400 miles away - frequent pauses/freezes and drop offs, if they can make a 20 minute call its a miracle. My Dad is so fed up of all of this, he's spent days talking to ISPs and BT trying to track down where it goes wrong - he'd have ditched it all for a 4G modem if they weren't in a 4G deadspot/shadow (I think he calculated he'd need a 35m mast to reach out of the deadspot!)

For these long lines, its not getting better until there is FTTP, and FTTP isn't getting to those rural communities until BT have done all the more monetisable locations first.

The answer to 3D printing equipment on Mars might lie in the Red Planet's dust

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Re: So much for commercial space flight

There's always a launch cost if you think about it, you have to accelerate in to a path to get you back to Earth, and then slow down when you get there.

Salesperson's tech dream delivered by ill-equipped consultant who charged for the inevitable fix

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Re: Sold for the wrong job

During my first year of uni, I wanted to get some commercial experience, and as luck would have it, there was a division of Crystal Reports operating in my home town (at that time called Seagate Crystal Reports, which dates this). They were advertising for a full time position, so I sent them my year 1 undergraduate CV and a lovely letter asking if I could join them as an intern for the summer.

They replied back, asking me for an 9am onsite, which meant an early (expensive) train down to London and then back out to my home town, and they assured me they couldn't do it any other time and they'd pay my expenses.

I turned up, met HR and they immediately comped me cash for the train tickets and told me this would be about a half day of interviews and technical assessment. First technical interview: So, when do you graduate? "...err - in about 30 months time?".

The interviews ended at 9:35.

USB-C to hit 80Gbps under updated USB4 v. 2.0 spec

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Re: Educate me please?

Display over USB/TB3 is great, I have one USB-C cable going from my TB3 dock to my laptop, it carries 125W power*, two 4k / 60Hz video streams, plus a standard USB-3 hub.

* a Dell "extension" - it will send 100W / 65 W / less as negotiated if a non Dell laptop /phone / anything is plugged in

Braking news: Cops slammed for spamming Waze to slow drivers down

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Re: Technically correct

Who has the money to speed these days anyway? Every time I see the speedo creep up to above 60 I get flashbacks to me crying at the petrol station and back off. My new motto, keep the revs below 2000

LG makes a TV roughly the size of a queen-sized bed

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Re: Not to derail this, but

If its DVB-T2 you're after, ironically the Microsoft Xbox USB TV tuners do an amazing job under Linux. You can get them everywhere and they're only £18.

California to phase out internal combustion vehicles by 2035

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Re: California Governor Noisome's Pipe Dream for the Loons

Jake, the next thing would be introduction of LEZ and ULEZ. It costs my parents £12.50 per day if they drive either of their old diesel cars into the area I live. There are always levers to pull to influence behaviour.

Doctor gave patients the wrong test results due to 'printer problems'

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My theory is that human memory capacity is not infinite. If my doctor has crammed 5 years of medical school knowledge, 30 years of practise and professional development in to their brain and is successfully holding it all there, I don't mind if they forget how electrical circuits work.

I'm more wary of the knowledge magpies, Steven Fry like characters who have knowledge of every thing in existence, because their knowledge is like the magpie's nest, full of shiny things from all around that have piqued their interest, but no real depth of any of those things.

PanWriter: Cross-platform writing tool runs on anything and outputs to anything

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Re: A markdown editor

As someone who doesn't want to use editors - as you've said very repeatedly in these comments, you're a writer not a programmer - you're extremely opinionated about editors.

Lessons to be learned from Google and Oracle's datacenter heatstroke

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Re: There is no climate underground

Wine generally doesn't produce heat. Try going on the Central Line in London and tell me there is no climate underground.

Lawsuit accuses Oracle of facilitating sales of 'billions' of folks' personal data

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Re: I admit it!

You have a clotted cream section? Our choice is Rodda's or nowt.

OVH to hike prices, blames 'l'inflation'

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Re: OVH based in a major nuclear country has trouble with Russian natural gas prices ?

Obviously its completely new reactor design required, so not something that can just be dropped in, but would MSR reactors be similarly stifled by the drought? Since they use molten salt for their primary coolant, and then heat is exchanged to a (closed?) water loop, would it need to draw lots of fresh cold water to cool things?

I think I may be missing that after the turbine, the steam needs to be cooled back down to liquid again so it can go back around the water loop again, so probably no difference to a PWR?

Universal Unix tool AWK gets Unicode support

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Re: GIT- Aptly named

Git certainly takes some onboarding to get fully up to speed with "what to do when I'm in X situation and want Y to happen", but when I think back to dealing with CVS (shudder) and even SVN - with SVN, we used to set an entire week aside to merge feature branches in to production, it was truly horrific - what did you do this week Bob? Oh I merged 1700 commits on to production, there were a couple of mismerges but we got there eventually!

Ransomware attack on UK water company clouded by confusion

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Re: "and by making sure employee behavior is driven towards best practices."

a 100% watertight .. environment

The water companies think a little leakage is OK, this year they're crowing about how they've got it down to 1,078,210,000,000 litres of water a year. That's 3.2 trillion cans of coke, 431,284 olympic swimming pools, or the average discharge of the river Thames in London for 189 days*

* Someone might have to check my maths on that one. Thames average discharge at London is 66m³/s, so (2954 * 1000000 * 365) / (1000 * 66) / (60 * 60 * 24) = 189.08?

Software developer cracks Hyundai car security with Google search

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Re: Too difficult

It's actually really difficult to hire competent engineers. The best engineers on the planet get paid enormobucks for working with ad slingers, social networks, tat stores, and iGear. The next best work on robotaxis, food delivery and crypto. By the time you get down to "building infotainment for Hyundai", its people who can google and just about follow along.

Yes Hyundai could pay more and get better, but they can't compete with Meta paying $350k.

Twitter unveils US midterm election integrity plans, upsets almost everyone

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I didn't know Hunter Biden is a candidate in this election

Linux 6.0 debuts, missing some Rusty bits and a magic mushroom reference

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4:20 is the time that you can go smoke some weed. The fact that the time also sounds like a date gives a day to celebrate the herb, pursue legalisation etc

Businesses should dump Windows for the Linux desktop

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Re: Genuine Question

We only use Linux laptops in our IT department, each laptop is pre-configured using an Ansible script by someone in IT, and then sent out to the user. Part of that is installing OCS Inventory, which monitors the laptop for its state and stores the results centrally, and also allows pushing out and configuring new software.

As someone who has always run and managed my own OS on my workplace computer, I didn't like this loss of control and having someone backdoor'd into my machine, but as you say, its an essential part of maintaining a big fleet of laptops.

Strike days should serve as 'wake-up call' to BT's top brass, says union

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Re: Maths

Inflation % rate does not take into account progressive tax, so high earners are more affected by inflation actually.


Pull jet fuel from thin air? We can do that, say scientists

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Re: Chemical process

There's plenty of land that has lots of sunlight but isn't suitable for agriculture.

They've used quotes because the "waste products" are either not really waste (there's plenty of uses for used cooking oil already), and to do it at the scale required to replace all aviation fuel, there's not enough "waste"to do it, so instead of using "waste", we'd be growing things specifically for use in this, and then they aren't waste at all. Not scare quotes, but noting that they think its a euphemism.

Bad news, older tech workers: Job advert language works against you

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Re: Examples?

Why would you put your age on your CV?

Admittedly, a lot can be inferred if you went to university in the 90s and have 30 years professional experience..

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Re: Don't know about that

As a programmer, I'd expect those sorts of errors to be automatically fixed by a linter, formatter or prettifier that ran automatically and so I think we should give AC a break ;)

BOFH: Selling the boss on a crypto startup

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I had an argument with my (Bulgarian) wife yesterday about the past tense of the verb "swell". I said it can be "swelled" or "swollen" and the one that you use in any scenario is the one that makes it sound best. She insisted that no, it must always be "swollen", and was right miffed when I pointed out examples like "My heart swelled to see you" and "The river swelled to twice it's normal size", but also allowed "The river was swollen".

It ended with "Eurgh, your language is so stupid. Who is supposed to remember all these bullshit differences"

Feds put $10m bounty on Putin pal accused of bankrolling US election troll farm

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Re: @Version 1.0

Pol Pot killed 1.7 million people. We can't even deal with that! You know, we think if somebody kills someone, that's murder, you go to prison. You kill 10 people, you go to Texas, they hit you with a brick, that's what they do. 20 people, you go to a hospital, they look through a small window at you forever.

And over that, we can't deal with it, you know? Someone's killed 100,000 people. We're almost going, "Well done! You killed 100,000 people? You must get up very early in the morning. I can't even get down the gym! Your diary must look odd: “Get up in the morning, death, death, death, death, death, death, death – lunch- death, death, death -afternoon tea - death, death, death - quick shower…"

So I suppose we're glad that Pol Pot's under house arrest… you know, 1.7 million people. At least he - we know where he is - under house arrest! Just don't go in that fucking house, you know?

Samsung adds 'repair mode' that hides data on Galaxy smartphones in South Korea

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Surely this is better handled with encryption

User's data is encrypted with a personal key that is obtained from <waves hands>.

Device goes in for repair, which invalidates and clears the cache of keys.

Device is repaired and fully operational.

User's data is optionally restored from latest encrypted backup (still inaccessible on the device).

Device is returned to user.

User authenticates, and personal key is restored from <waves hands>.

Obviously I've left some of the clever bits in the "<waves hands>" section...

Martin Shkreli, out of prison for running a Ponzi scheme, now pushes Web3 thing

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Re: "after serving much of his seven-year prison sentence"

Interesting. What percentage would you put "much" as? Is it more than "most"?

I would say "much" can even be less than 50%. "Much of the MPs voted for Penny Mordaunt, but most voted for Rishi Sunak or Liz Truss"

Your job was probably outsourced for exactly the reason you suspected

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Re: “US tech companies are saying, …

L5 at Google pays on average $189,855 in salary, $132,341 in stock, and $36,352 in bonus for a TC of $358k


UK chemicals multinational to build hydrogen 'gigafactory'

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This is probably because I'm extremely dumb

My first secondary school chemistry lesson involved making hydrogen. You expose it to the air, it goes pop and water is made. When it comes to having tanks of a highly explosive gas in the car that I drive around at 70 mph, it makes me a little nervous.

Yes, I've seen videos of EV batteries on fire, but that's when really damaged. Diesel barely burns at all, and petrol isn't actually all that explosive either - you have to actually set fire to it, where as hydrogen + oxygen = boom. So these tanks, they're never going to leak? None of the hoses or fittings or seals are going to leak?

You can liquid cool this Linux laptop to let the GPU soar

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The big word there is If. What planet have you been living on for the past 2.5 years? Most companies have moved past 1 employee = 1 cubicle, assigned desks are a thing of the past. If your work involves doing things on a computer, and your employer is not arranging things so that that PC can be anywhere with a suitable internet connection, they're missing a trick.

I also use a proper keyboard and mouse, and external monitors, but at a pinch, I can work anywhere with decent internet, my laptop and my security keys.You can't do that with PC workstations. Decent laptops and thunderbolt docks give you almost everything that a desktop PC can (I'll give you the cooling issues).

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Laptops move easily. Workstations do not. I type this sitting at my work laptop, in a spare room at my parent's house on the coast, while I escape the 40+°C heatwave that is pounding London (current temp here, 29°C, max is expected to be 33°C).

Why $52b chip subsidies are being held up – and what the White House is doing about it

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Re: Freakin' Democrats

HOW about GOV and Politicians keeping out of the private sector and quit launching these exploding cigars on the taxpayers. INTEL has $80 Billion in relatively recent stock buybacks. Why would anyone want to give that SFO Bay area company a dime?

UM... Paul Pelosi's recent $5 in stock options maybe?

It's amazing, you're watching enough Fox News to know who you should be mad at, but not enough to actually pick up any of the details!

Paul Pelosi recently exercised a call option he'd had for some time to purchase between $1m and $5m in Nvidia stock. He had call options that expired later in June, and had to choose between exercising them and extending the call options

Fox thinks this is obviously suspect, because of CHIPS, but forgets that Nvidia have no fabs, are not planning on building any fabs, and will have no benefit from CHIPS at all - apart from, maybe, they'll find it easier to book TSMC to fab their chips.

It's clearly worked, Lordrobot has even reworked it in his brain that Pelosi bought Intel stock instead - which at least makes sense to have some outrage

X.org servers update closes 2 security holes, adds neat component tweaks

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(wayland works just fine on FreeBSD)

Boris Johnson set to step down with tech legacy in tatters

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Re: 37 Billions

£37bn was the 2 year budget for Test and Trace, "only" £29.5bn was spent. That includes all money spent on covid tests, testing centres and contact tracing. The best breakdown I can find is for 2020, £13.5bn was spent, £10.4bn on testing, £1.8bn on outbreak management and support, and £0.9bn on contact tracing.

Total costs on the app, including the abandoned in house app, were £76m.

Google updates Chrome to squash actively exploited WebRTC Zero Day

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Re: Could not have happen with HTTP/1.0

One of the first jailbreaks for the iphone was a bug in an image rendering library, so the idea of there being no buffer overrun exploits when the web was just text and images is demonstrably bogus.

Start using Modern Auth now for Exchange Online

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Re: The whole thing is a worsening nightmare

Phone is literally the worst MFA device. Just get everyone a hardware U2F/FIDO2 token with NFC, it works for every MFA application you'll need.

Well, except for my bank, which as I re-read your post, is the target of your ire. Banks MFA is bonkers anyway, the factors should be independent, where as your card and your phone are both "something I have". HSBC's process these days allows for the app to generate OTP without any network access, so you aren't reliant on an SMS message to get your approval token.

However, per TFA, hardware keys are the best thing for MFA for websites or services on your PC or phone. I even keep my SSH and GPG keys on them.

Arrogant, subtle, entitled: 'Toxic' open source GitHub discussions examined

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Re: vituperous [..] slanging directed at M$

It's only the true diehards that continue with the Microsoft hatred. I was certainly amongst them "back in the day", but nowadays it just doesn't seem necessary. They lost, we won, the world runs on open source ideals now. They can keep their consumer sector, their office money, etc - that's fine, I don't begrudge them some minor success.

Anyone arguing this just needs to look at Azure. MS's big play these days is offering to run your Linux images and apps for you using open source orchestration tools developed by Google. Game over man, game over.

Amazon fears it could run out of US warehouse workers by 2024

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Re: Not just warehouse...

Yeah, the Amazon bucks seem tempting as an SDE, but they PIP 7% of the workforce automatically each year, whether you hit your targets or not - are you really going to be there 6 years to get all those RSUs? If so, what are those years going to be like - not super-fun, I'd imagine.

Next six months could set a new pace for work-life balance

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4x10 when WFH is start work at 8am, finish at 1830-1900, depending on how much lunch you take. If that is impossible, note that its the same time as 9-5:30 when commuting to the office, and everyone managed that just fine.


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