* Posts by TheRealRoland

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Hubble Space Telescope to switch to backup memory module after instrument computer halts

TheRealRoland
Happy

I always liked Cow & Chicken's Stubble Space Microscope!

Fastly 'fesses up to breaking the internet with an 'an undiscovered software bug' triggered by a customer

TheRealRoland
Devil

If it wasn't for those meddlesome customers...

We would have gotten away with it!

There is no escape: Atlassian to send Jira into places only Excel dares to tread

TheRealRoland
Unhappy

Oh, Atlassian

Bunch of hot garbage. Half-rendering views, misusing existing fields for different purposes (Beta roadmap, anyone?) which then changes your existing stuff, JQL hampered by in my mind the absence of very simple functionality (but you can buy the plugin on the market place, but only if you have this very specific version of Jira and are not using next-gen projects).

Bah.

But, necessary evil :-(

What's this about a muon experiment potentially upending Standard Model of physics? We speak to one of the scientists involved

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Thumb Up

Re: Not a scientist

All first discovered by Y. Wensleydale and his team? Crackers, that.

It's official: Microsoft updates Visual Studio Code to run on Raspberry Pi OS

TheRealRoland
Devil

The exe i downloaded doesnt want to run, can anyone help me here?

Free Software Foundation urged to free itself of Richard Stallman by hundreds of developers and techies

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WTF?

Re: want to control what everyone is allowed to say or think.

Wait, you're saying... move to the United States?

* "new neighbours defend their opinionated bigotry with more than just sticks and stones." - check

* "pack as many guns as you can" - check

* "where civilisation is still in the stone age" - check

I live there, don't get me wrong. But here the hurr-durr-took-mer-jerbs-and-guns attitude is a thing, you know. And pretty bigoted.

Doctor, I think I have an HDMI: Apple starts investigating M1 Mac Mini graphics issues

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Coat

Re: Shonky soldering

Trigger's laptop!

Smartphones are becoming like white goods, says analyst, with users only upgrading when their handsets break

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Unhappy

It's only that apps would not support older versions of Android anymore that I had to leave behind my Passport and KeyOne :-(

Damn, i love me that physical keyboard.

Police drone plunged 70ft into pond after operator mashed pop-up that was actually the emergency cut-out button

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Unhappy

What is the actual training regimen / schedule? Having flown only a couple of hours in what, a year? A month, a week? Are these drone 'pilots' full time assigned a drone? Or is this a 'Can I, guv? Can I? It's been a while, but i can do it!' ?

$900bn coronavirus stimulus bill includes $600 for most Americans, $50 in monthly internet subsidies, $1.9bn to help rid the US of Huawei kit

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Re: Please, ANYONE: help with critical details---

Apparently it's a 4000+ page document, signed on by people who haven't read it, so nobody knows exactly what's in here. Also, this bill hasn't been signed by the president yet, so nothing that people are talking about is real yet.

TheRealRoland
Headmaster

Re: How To Win A Shadow Boxing Match Against Oneself...

Septic is the right word here...

SolarWinds’ shares drop 22 per cent. But what’s this? $286m in stock sales just before hack announced?

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Stop

"Large-scale grift, son. Nothing else in the world smells like that. I love the smell of grift in the morning."

Adios California, Oracle the latest tech firm to leave California for the wide open (low tax) Lone Star State

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Re: Good Move!

They will probably build a farm in the HQ as well - additional tax relief for this poor mega corporation!

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Thumb Up

Also the frothing of the mouth about how gleeful certain right-leaning pundits are about how 'the Valley is getting empty!' but then also 'but we don't want the politics of the workforce here to muddy up our current political climate!'

President Trump's rushed-through H-1B techie visa crackdown halted by federal judge

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Stop

Re: This will end up in SCOTUS

He's 'fixing' things by not following the rules of the processes in place to fix things. And that will result always in a slap from any court. There's a process. Follow the process.

Anything else is grandstanding. It's an issue if you only complain about 'i don't like the current law in place', but then not put in effort to change the current law following the procedures already in place. But, the media and followers will lap it up, showing 'prejudice against our cause!'

Amazon's ad-hoc Ring, Echo mesh network can mooch off your neighbors' Wi-Fi if needed – and it's opt-out

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Trollface

Re: TITSUP but not on el reg?

"What are they hiding?"

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Unhappy

Re: MAC filtering / access control?

Oh, don't get me wrong - no amazon devices here in this household. But that's some nefarious shit, if that's how it works...

TheRealRoland
Unhappy

MAC filtering / access control?

So, if my router has access control, allowing only certain specific MAC addresses to connect to the network, would that prevent the devices mooching off my wifi?

I used to have 7/1 MBits cable internet with a 400GB cap, each 50GB after that would be an addnl $10. Now have 200/200Mbits fiber without a cap, but who knows for how long... Also, who knows for how long kid#2 and gf will stay here, because both lost jobs and had to move out of appartment to come back home and roost... The 7/1 connection simply couldn't take it anymore!

Comcast to impose 1.2TB-a-month broadband download limits across more of America from next year

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Unhappy

Re: $30 extra for unlimited?

$60 (for twelve months, after which it increases to ???) for 200/200 fiber, Chicagoland. Actual numbers according to speedtest et al are 150/150 most of the time. No cap.

Did a triple play, on cable, reached a massive 7/1 most of the times, for about the same price, but with a 400GB cap, and each 50GB over for $10.

Grifters.

Apple Arm Macs ship, don't expect all open-source apps to work without emulation – here's what you need to know

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Re: Geekbench

Having read a bunch of those comments, i like the fight between three camps - roughly saying "this is not an apples to apples comparison, you should wait with benchmarking until the other manufs have caught up!" and "the benchmark software is suspect" and "the other machines are not on the same wattage, so how can you compare?!"

That thing seems fast.

But, not in the market for it. I just got my pi4, all good for now! ;-)

Australia to track coronavirus encounters with payment card records

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It happens very stealthily. Here in the US there's a shortage of coins and paper money, apparently. This all due to covid, according to the paper signs near the checkout.

So what are the convenience shopper's alternatives: credit card or paper check. Paper check may have a similar stigma - handing over something to someone else "with covid on it".

So you're left with using debit/credit cards.

And that information is already being sold to the highest bidder. How else are companies able to predict trends in spending?

Bottom line: this information is already readily available, without having to need draconian laws.

Facebook's Giphy slurp remains on hold after UK competition regulator demands more info

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Big Brother

Re: El Reg icons

"What are they trying to hide?"

You like Jira that much? Atlassian goes full Service Management with platform, promises Service Desk is fine

TheRealRoland
Unhappy

Atlassian is moving further and further away from having a useful tool. There's information that only the UI generates in the form of tooltips, and can't find that information generated in searches or reports anywhere. They are constantly 'improving' the UI, reusing fields for other purposes (Beta Roadmap feature, anyone?)

The fact that it's still impossible without plugins, etc. to get a list of stories and their corresponding child stories in a custom search is just laughable.

Remember when the keyboard was the computer? You can now relive those heady days with the Raspberry Pi 400

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Re: All it needs..

Amazon (or others) have your back... https://www.amazon.com/Cassette-Player-Software-Converter-Compatible/dp/B08CRFYCM5

Now if only this could work the other way... record data on the cassette tape :-) Although i seem to remember Sony's minidisc was able to do that? Memory a bit foggy on that one...

TheRealRoland

Re: External HDD support is a question

Not all external ssd housings work with usb boot, so do a little research before buying one.

I have this one, and it works: "Inateck 2.5 Hard Drive Enclosure, USB 3.0 External Hard Drive Case, UASP Supported, FE2002"

Excel Hell: It's not just blame for pandemic pandemonium being spread between the sheets

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Coat

Re: What should I use instead

I mean, you kinda asked for it...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CSQLVCI35vI

"But you didn't say in the use case that it needed to be edible!"

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Coat

Re: Alternative?

MS Access?

The WAN of opportunity: Funnily enough, home Wi-Fi sales see 'sudden spike' amid pandemic, not so much for biz

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Go

Hm. While i did switch over from cable internet to fiber, The Router remains the Same.

Any of the new routers past the R7000 do not have the granular security / QoS that i want, especially when working from home. Work laptops get the highest prio, kids' streaming devices get the lowest. And so on. Based on MAC address.

And i don't see any router (newer than that R7000) do that trick.

Sure, you could say 'but now you got all the bandwidth you need', etc. But it doesnt feel right not to have that in place.

Anybody knows of a router that does that? Then i'll happily jump on the bandwagon described here :-)

New Workspace for your WFH office? Nah, it's just Google shooting G Suite with the rebrandogun

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Unhappy

I miss 'whale song' :-(

0ops. 1,OOO-plus parking fine refunds ordered after drivers typed 'O' instead of '0'

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Re: good grief

US states also allow for 'branded' plates. The license plate saying 'you suck 1' can be issued multiple times. One to show that you're a fire fighter, as a 'fleet car', showing you support hunting, wildlife, nature, school, etc.

only the combination of the letters and numbers on the plate, plus the type of plate is unique.

Guess what lazy parking cops here sometimes do when writing a ticket? 'forgetting' to include the type of plate.

https://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/vehicles/license_plate_guide/licenseplates.html

Hold on to your hats, Net Neutrality version 2 is on its way courtesy of Trump and the FCC's moves on Section 230

TheRealRoland
Angel

Re: A dumpster fire in the making

>I would think that the definitions of what political and religious speech are would be obvious to the average person

Hahahaha.... <takes a breath...> sigh.

That's where your arguments went wrong. "It's obvious to an average person"? This is what would get censorship laws started, anywhere in the world, but perhaps especially in the US of A.

VDI is back to solve your remote-working woes

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Unhappy

While VDI may be a solution, it's very easy to go overboard limiting functionality of standard applications. For instance, not allowing recording in powerpoint, conversion of powerpoint to a mp4, stuff like that.

This, combined with not knowing beforehand if that particular standard functionality is blocked or not, makes it a very frustrating experience for users. Because Powerpoint is installed, standard stuff works, and there's no visual indicator that anything should not work.

Additionally, speed. There will be a hit on performance.

While VDI may be useful for 90% of the workforce, please make sure you have valid alternatives for the 10% that cannot work with VDI. Have Security understand that for that segment, either remove these hidden 'security features', or allow for alternatives.

If you think Mozilla pushed a broken Firefox Android build, good news: It didn't. Bad news: It's working as intended

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Unhappy

Re: "it's the new version of Firefox for Android"

"oh that? Yeah, i don't think anybody updated the functional design wiki since version 65, so that could just be 'missed functionality' when we handed over the development to the new team'.

or

'oh that? Yeah, the lead said he didn't use it, so it wasn't high priority to put that story into the upcoming sprint'

or

'Well, what do these people expect? It's free software'.

Still, don't like it...

Single-line software bug causes fledgling YAM cryptocurrency to implode just two days after launch

TheRealRoland
Happy

Re: "Your not as smart as your dumbest bug"

They were just thinking "moar funding needed, so peddle to the mettle!"

TheRealRoland
Facepalm

"Aaaand... it's gone."

Pen Test Partners: Boeing 747s receive critical software updates over 3.5" floppy disks

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Facepalm

"It's such a chore doing these data updates in person". Sure. On the other hand, probably more secure than having all planes connected to a mothership, where someone opens up that what looks like the latest ad for the favorite shop, opens that pdf with the latest ads, and...

also.

*please don't provide any steering input while the firmware is being updated*

"Jack! Why did you decide to update the firmware while flying?!" "Well, i do that on my laptop as well. as soon as an update comes by, i just install it! Really just muscle memory, innit?"

At historic Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Google CEOs hearing, congressmen ramble, congresswomen home in on tech market abuse

TheRealRoland
Facepalm

Biggest funny though...

When Zuck was asked why Trump Jr. was blocked on Twitter.

World Health Organisation AI chatbot goes deaf when asked for the latest COVID-19 figures for Taiwan, Hong Kong

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Re: Oh FFS stop the stupidity!

I like the outrage over a 10-yr old company's name :-)

Teardown nerds delve into Dell's new XPS 15 laptop to find – fancy that – screws and user-serviceable parts

TheRealRoland

Re: HP Microserver Gen8/Gen9 and their failiing NAND chips used for iLO system monitoring.

Didn't something similar happen with Teslas? Logs would be written on an eMMC flash memory card. And once that one dies, you're looking at repairs

Captain, the computer has identified 250 alien stars that infiltrated our galaxy – actual science, not science-fiction

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Alien

Re: Upvote for E.E. 'Doc' Smith

Yeah, always happy finding stuff on Gutenberg. With the local library still not fully open (they do have curbside delivery here, which i haven't experimented with yet), need to feed the brain with books (and not other brains...)

TheRealRoland
Happy

Re: Upvote for E.E. 'Doc' Smith

Squeee! New author!

Trump's bright idea of kicking out foreign students unless unis resume in-person classes stuns tech, science world

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Mushroom

The second reason is the first most important reason. The administration doesnt care about schools, universities and students being impacted. They are foreigners anyways, and in the eye of their base, people that are not wanted and are 'stealing our skience!'

Also, there was a very immediate deadline attached to this ruling; i think students' visa would expire on July 15th? Better leave the country before that date, otherwise you'll be marked for life in US databases as a visa overstayer, and will have additional difficulties traveling back / through the US.

Apple said to be removing charger, headphones from upcoming iPhone 12 series

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Those leaky indicator light fluid reservoirs... I wonder when that recall is going to happen. Long overdue!

Machine-learning models trained on pre-COVID data are now completely out of whack, says Gartner

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But...

Isnt this what a C-suite at a large company needs to be prepared for? That due to <reasons> markets fluctuate and how to react to that? Looks like boards of directors accepting that it's enough for someone to point fingers at datamodels specifically based on data that creates this market, to say 'i'm unable to carry out my work' ?

Perhaps saying it diffierently: Shouldnt have models already accounted for market fluctuations due to issues like pandemics, natural disasters, etc.? If that's the case, someone is mailing it in.

Where do i sign up?

Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses... but not your H-1B geeks, L-1 staffers nor J-1 students

TheRealRoland

think twice before traveling

If you're in the US on one of these visas, think twice before traveling back home and coming back, even for a short while. Details are hazy if you're being allowed back into the US under an existing visum...

Folk sure like to stick electric toothbrush heads in their ears: True wireless stereo sales buck coronavirus trends

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Wired

With all the news people reporting from home on the evening news - it was agonizing how bad the sound quality was when people would use wireless earbuds, and now after a while see people just go back to wired earbuds. Much better.

And also, yet another thing to charge, when on the road.

Aahhhh*, remember what that was like?

* scream of infinite horror, or sigh of nostalgia

Logitech Zone Wireless: Swanky headset means business, but that also means it comes with a hefty price tag

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Logitech H800

Bought one years ago, battery bit the dust after about 3 years, got a larger battery, worked for another 2 years, power switch finally broke. Ordered a new one. Slightly new design (logo now printed at top of head clamp (?) and power button feels much sturdier. Here's to another 5 years.

Smart fridges are cool, but after a few short years you could be stuck with a big frosty brick in the kitchen

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Unhappy

Re: Never understood this

If i remember correctly, washing lines are verboten where i live, but one of those collapsible drying rack things is allowed. As long as it's not an eye sore. or some sort rules in Home Owners' Association's Tome of Rules.

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Coat

Re: The definition of "smart", according to Webster's Dictionary

The definition of "snark", according to TheRegister's Dictionary:

To use the following definitions to describe 'smart':

1) to be a source of sharp, local, and usually superficial pain, as a wound.

2) to be the cause of a sharp, stinging pain, as an irritating application, a blow, etc.

TheRealRoland

Re: Never understood this

We have General Electric appliances in the house. The fridge is now 20 yrs old. Had to repair the blower fan, ice cube maker and reroute the water line to the water dispenser. It became brittle because it's sitting next to the condenser motor (?)

The GE Oven, i had to repair with a post-it piece of paper. After a while some moisture starts building up between two ribbon connectors. The post-it piece separates the two ribbons, and the oven works again.

Washer and dryer, both still work.

The repair guy said 'these things are built like tanks'. And nowadays, things that are metal, are replaced by plastic things. So much shorter lifespan.

my really shaking-fist-at-clouds moment was when i had to replace the ice cube maker tray. capacity was reduced over the years from 8 cubes to 7 cubes at a time... That seriously impacts my drinking!

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