* Posts by DanceMan

588 posts • joined 17 Aug 2009


After 84 years, Japan's Olympus shutters its camera biz, flogs it to private equity – smartphones are just too good


Olympus were special

For me it was not in the way pretty much everyone here has written about. I went from Miranda to budget Nikon in SLR in the years I developed and printed my own B&W but I bought an Olympus 35RC to have a compact camera I could keep with me, and later the wonderful Olympus Stylus. Full frame 35mm in a small package that had no competition now has understandably been wiped out by camera phones. Technology has destroyed their niche.

Apple to keep Intel at Arm's length: macOS shifts from x86 to homegrown common CPU arch, will run iOS apps


Re: The difference is, unlike Widows

Widows, that may be prophetic.

Lenovo certifies all desktop and mobile workstations for Linux – and will even upstream driver updates

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It may not be be TYOLOTD, but it''s been my year since I discovered MX linux, and interestingly the main two are on a Thinkpad T410 and a Lenovo M58 SFF. I'd tried linux occasionally for 10 or 15 years on old hardware but Win 8 and 10 pushed me harder. Linux handles wireless and ethernet drivers better than Windows these days. I don't game and thus don't have experience with video gpu's other than the chipset versions. I'm very happy and learning to deal with the occasional command line tasks.

My reading tells me that for linux to make the big jump, it has to have a Domain and Exchange alternative and a way to run actual MS Office. For one example, my union used to use a spreadsheet with complex macros for estimating payrolls that would never have run in Open Office. The vast majority of people will run whatever came on their machine. I note tv ads recently promoting Chromebooks. As long as linux support remains at the current level, I'm quite happy running a somewhat obscure OS.

You're not getting Huawei that easily: Canadian judge rules CFO's extradition proceedings to US can continue



"Ms Meng's lawyers will continue to work tirelessly to see justice is served."

Justice has a different meaning in China.

Turns out Elon can't control the weather – what a scrub: Rain, clouds delay historic manned SpaceX-NASA launch


I hope they're not using Autopilot.

Somewhere, way out there, two black holes, one large and one small, merged. And here on Earth, we detected the gravitational wave blast


1.9bn to 2.9bn light years away from us

My tiny human brain has a problem comprehending this.

As nice as Pai: FCC chairman comes out in favour of Ligado Networks' 5G proposal, despite criticism from airlines and military


The US industry watchdog

The US industry lapdog

Fixed it for you.

Upstart Americans brandish alligators at the almighty Reg Standards Soviet


Re: An alternative measure for social distancing

In Canada, a bit longer than one hockey stick. And since hockey, if anyone gets too close, hit them with it, So Canadian!

Bad news: Coronavirus is spreading rapidly across the world. Good news: Nitrogen dioxide levels are decreasing and the air on Earth is cleaner


Re: probably smelling the scents

Makes scents to me.

Tencent is now bigger than Cisco and Lenovo – and predicts this virus thingy will help it get bigger still


Re: looking forward to them being put forward for hearing loss tests.


What's inside a tech freelancer's backpack? That's right, EVERYTHING


Re: unpacking order...

Gaff tape is not duct tape, as anyone who's tried to remove the ungodly mess duct tape leaves knows only too well.

FYI: When Virgin Media said it leaked 'limited contact info', it meant p0rno filter requests, IP addresses, IMEIs as well as names, addresses and more


No longer a Virgin mediz?

Now that it's been penetrated.

RIP Freeman Dyson: The super-boffin who applied his mathematical brain to nuclear magic, quantum physics, space travel, and more

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Watch the video

Fascinating comments about WWII at the beginning and about nuclear energy near the end. Kudos for including that.

Built to last: Time to dispose of the disposable, unrepairable brick


Re: Tlmlng Belt

Engines are either interference designs (valves hit pistons if belt fails) or non-interference designs (tow the car in for belt replacement.) Porsche 944's being parted out are often due to belt failure (interference design.)

Tech can endure the most inhospitable environments: Space, underwater, down t'pit... even hairdressers


Re: Hair today, Goon tomorrow

Ack, ack, ack, ack!

Your mobile network broke the law by selling location data and may be fined millions... or maybe not, shrugs FCC


Alice in Wonderland

We've gone down the rabbit hole and down is up. And the powers that currently be keep telling us that down IS up. And half the populace agrees with them.

The BlackBerry in your junk drawer is now a collectors' item: TCL says no more new keyboard-clad phones


A somewhat obscure alternative

My son got a Unihertz Titan and gave me one as well to replace my old Q10. It's like a large Q10, on Android. I will miss the Hub.

Protesters backing Huawei's CFO Meng Wanzhou during her US extradition hearings were 'duped paid actors'


Meanwhile in Richmond

Earlier during the HK protests a grandfather in Richmond (Vancouver suburb heavily Chinese) passed around a loyalty to the regime paper for the younger family members to sign. The community has always been divided. Years ago the Chinese Benevolent Association was known to be allied with the Chiang Kai-shek Nationalist faction.

The older Vancouver Chinese community was primarily Cantonese from Quandong province.

Microsoft engineer caught up in sudden spate of entirely coincidental grilling of Iranian-Americans at US borders


Not just Iranian-Americans

There's an Iranian-Canadian community locally, many in North Vancouver, They were also detained at the border (made the local news) for about 7 hours for daring to want to take a family outing to Seattle. Ever occur to the brainless CBP that these people may have wanted to get the hell out of Iran given it's current gpv't? Some of these people were among the dead in the 737 crash.

Medical biz LifeLabs fesses up: Hackers slurped 15 million customer records – and we paid them to hand it all back


Fire the CEO

This idiot could not say, two or three weeks after the incident, whether the data had been encrypted. I'm sure the IT guys had some idea about how to safeguard data, but the responsibility for this lies with management, the head of IT and those above him. If the CEO is so clueless he doesn't know this that long after the hack, he needs to go. First for incompetence and second to begin sending a message to others to take this seriously. The frequency of these losses is a stark reminder that CEO's have learned nothing to date.

Wham, bam, thank you scram button: Now we have to go all MacGyver on the server room


Re: unprotected master shut down buttons

A small arena used for rock shows I work in had a new led house light system installed. As a backup for the mini-controller hidden in a room under the seating there were two ordinary wall switches located in a vomitory* just above head height. They could instantly kill or bring up the house lights. Said vom also led to the only men's washroom in the building, They were enclosed in a box maybe a year later, thankfully without incident.

*Definition of vomitory

: an entrance piercing the banks of seats of a theater, amphitheater, or stadium

Canada's .ca supremo in hot water after cyber-smut stash allegedly found on his work Mac ‒ and three IT bods fired


Re: Stock images

I've read that the Swedes were a little upset about the Swedish Chef. I loved Dudley Do-right and was not the least upset. Why? I've dealt with the RCMP and Dudley only needed a bad attitude to fit right in.

US and China wave white flags, hit pause button on trade war


Reality is optional

A significant proportion of the population support a politician who tells them what they already believe, whether it's true or not. And with Faux News reinforcing those beliefs, you can re-elect a Trump, no matter what's really true.

Close the windows, it's coming through the walls: Copper Cthulu invades Dabbsy's living room


The Impermanence of wiring

The ex and I had a house built around 1984 and I did a bunch of low-voltage wiring before the walls were drywalled (covered.) By now all of it has been super-ceded by newer standards. The 75 ohm coax for cable tv is now a heavier gauge, cat5 has replaced the old untwisted telephone wire, and surround sound arrived after I'd run zip cord for speaker wiring, so no rear speaker wires. The zip cord for alarm and intercom has become cat5 standard.


Re: DIY gone mad!

My first house in Vancouver was a 1939 one-bedroom that had one outlet per room. 60 amp mains, knob and tube wiring, built by a fire captain whose widow lived in the house next door.

A short note to say I'm off: Vulture taps claws on Reg keyboard for last time


Re: Tea Kettle

I have an even better story. At one of our local arenas, they discovered that one of the cleaners had been cleaning the pots in the crew room coffee maker with the same brush he used to clean the toilets!

Email! HUH! Yeah. What is it good for? Absolutely nothing...


Re: another government IT project

Sounds like Phoenix.

Bloodhound gang hits 1,010kph, retreats to lab to work on smashing the land speed record


"drifting to the right"

It's a gov't project?

WhatsApp slaps app hacker chaps on the rack for booby-trapped chat: NSO Group accused of illegal hacking by Facebook


"Because pedophiles"

Of course.

Sussex Police gives up on £790k Gatwick drone shutdown probe


Previous occurences

During WW2 in California after Pearl Harbour there were many bogus sightings of Japanese aircraft along the coast.

Multitasking is a myth: It means doing lots of things equally badly


Re: working for the highway department

That's not pavement, it's temporary sewer cover!

Can you download it to me – in an envelope with a stamp?

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Re: last-mile-people are getting bad

Here in Vancouver and the neighbouring Burnaby the north-south streets begin numbering at the north end. but there are a couple of bubbles further north of the zero start cross street, so those addresses are 123 XXX Avenue North (Canada Post mandated order). When I began getting Newegg deliveries by Purolater, the tracking would show "querying address" several times then back to the depot, where I would have to pick it up. The inexperienced driver was seaching for 123 XXX Avenue a block away, unaware of the north-south divide. I had to change my address with Newegg to 123 North XXX Avenue to solve the issue.

That issue solved, even with a notice taped to the door saying "I'm home, okay to drop, but please ring the bell," the bell is never rung.

Divert the power to the shields. 'I'm givin' her all she's got, Captain!'


Re: Wires held together with toothpaste tube caps

Called "Marrettes" locally. They have a copper spiral inside and when properly installed the wires being joined are wound around each other tightly as well as all being in contact with the copper spiral of the marrette.


Electric vehicles won't help UK meet emissions targets: Time to get out and walk, warn MPs


422 comments? Don't have enough popcorn

Despite the title, it's a serious topic. No industrialized country is doing enough.

Buying a Chromebook? Don't forget to check that best-before date


Re: overflowing with techno-garbage

2005 Toyota Matrix twice has stranded me because the electronic control system decided the battery did not have enough voltage. Despite a manual transmission it could not be bump started because the management system would not switch it into "run" mode.

Four more years! Four more years! Svelte Linux desktop Xfce gets first big update since 2015


Re: My XFCE story

@Tom 7

I think the problems were right-click functions such as reload tab, etc. not responding.


My XFCE story

I've used Mint Mate and Cinnamon briefly on a changing assortment of old Thinkpads, from T40 on to T410's. One of the last installs had issues with some program features not running properly, possibly after hibernating. Because I use Pale Moon as a browser and it's not in the Mint repositories I decided to try a distro that did have it, thus MX Linux. It's on a T400, it's fast, it does not use Systemd, (it has it for those programs that need it) and all my regular programs work. The only exception is Pale Moon which needs to be shut down and restarted when I hibernate. And it does that quickly. MX Linux has brought me to XFCE. I'm very happy.

You can easily secure America's e-voting systems tomorrow. Use paper – Bruce Schneier


Re: Instant Gratification

"Paper or punch/mark cards don't fill the need for on-the-night results"

Bullshit. Here in Canada in at least some of our elections, the paper ballot is inserted by the voter into an optical reader to tabulate the results. The paper ballots remain available for a recount.

Tesla’s Autopilot losing track of devs crashing out of 'leccy car maker


Re: only idiots will let their cars drive in situations which are not expressly approved

Alas, there are far too many idiots already behind the wheel. The current emphasis (Nissan commercials on Canadian tv touting their driver assist features) on adding these driver assist functions is only encouraging the new generation's lack of attention to the task of driving. Driving is more demanding now than it was 50 years ago when I learned: much greater volume and density of traffic, moving faster. There is no room left for distractions.

You're not Boeing to believe this, but... Another deadly 737 Max control bug found


Boeing's 737 Max Software Outsourced to $9-an-Hour Engineers

From Bloomberg: https://www.bloomberg.com/amp/news/articles/2019-06-28/boeing-s-737-max-software-outsourced-to-9-an-hour-engineers?in_source=amp_trending_now_1

"The Max software -- plagued by issues that could keep the planes grounded months longer after U.S. regulators this week revealed a new flaw -- was developed at a time Boeing was laying off experienced engineers and pressing suppliers to cut costs."

"Increasingly, the iconic American planemaker and its subcontractors have relied on temporary workers making as little as $9 an hour to develop and test software, often from countries lacking a deep background in aerospace -- notably India."

Sometimes you get what you pay for.

'I do not wish to surrender' Julian Assange tells court over US extradition bid


Re: simply dropping bombs on people and crossing fingers.

Syrian barrel bombs

Cali Right-to-Repair law dropped, cracks screen, has to be taken to authorized repair shop


Same bogus reasoning that IBM/Lenovo and HP put bios locks on their laptops to make changing to a non-OEM supplied wireless card difficult to impossible.

Hands off Brock! EFF pleads with Google not to kill its Privacy Badger with its Manifest destiny


The Pale Moon option

Yet another reason I'm happy using Pale Moon in both Windows and Linux. It's not perfect though because one of the extensions I use has disappeared. I still have it only by copying over my profile. This is due to Pale Moon only being compatible with extensions made for up to about FF 24. The change in code base now in effect with FF has led to some devs abandoning their earlier extensions.

Q&A: Crypto-guru Bruce Schneier on teaching tech to lawmakers, plus privacy failures – and a call to techies to act


Thanks for this

Important thoughts from Schneier; good questions by Thomson.

The gap between these ideas and legislative reality is troubling.

One click and you're out: UK makes it an offence to view terrorist propaganda even once


Re: Standard political process

Just like the laws on speeding, set the speed limit lower than the speed of most traffic and leave the enforcement to the discretion of the plod.

If we don't like you we can always find something to charge you with.

Only plebs use Office 2019 over Office 365, says Microsoft's weird new ad campaign


So Office 97 is the victor, Vector?

Upcoming report from UK's Huawei handler will blast firm for unresolved security issues


Re: For Those in Need of a Cyber Hot Lines, Try Tempestuous Post of Sheet Lightning Speed

I'm worried about my mind. I think I almost understood amanfromMars 1's post.

Ca-caw-caw: Pigeon poops on tot's face as tempers fray at siege of Lincoln flats


When my sisters and I escaped from our mother we rented the top floor of an old house in Vancouver. There were pigeons nesting in a triangular alcove of the roof beside a dormer. There was a giant pile of pigeon poop at the opening of this alcove. What animal shits where it rests? One result of this was a surfeit of those flies that fly around in random patterns inside the house.

Years later I was working on the opera The Cunning Little Vixen (an animal allegory) by Janacek in a Welsh Opera production that at one point featured several housewife chickens in housedresses and aprons leaning on brooms, smoking and cackling. Putting these together my image of pigeons ever since has been of avian rubbies with cigarettes dangling out of their mouths, walking around the sidewalks saying "Got any bread crumbs, bud?"

Data hackers are like toilet ninjas. This is not a clean crime, you know


Worst bathroom

Men's bathroom at an arena after a paint rave.

What's that you ask? A rave at which water based "paint" is sprayed at the audience. Picture them leaving at the end and trying to find a taxi that will take them.

Senior UK.gov ministers asked: So, are we going to ban Huawei or what?


Before you allow Huawei to dominate your country's 5G space, which will be all-encompassing, it is well to remember the Chinese surveillance state, hacking of foreign IP, suppression of freedom of expression, and bullying of anyone who gets on their bad books. Note the arrests of two Canadians, change to a death sentence to another, threats made to Canada directly by Chinese officials over the Meng arrest, and the links between Huawei and the PLA. They don't play by internationally accepted rules and before you put all the future 5G technology in those hands it's wise to keep that in mind. Jim Balsillie, ex RIM/Blackberry co-founder who might have a clue about security said as much on Canadian tv recently.



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