* Posts by DanceMan

622 posts • joined 17 Aug 2009


UK Home Office signs order to extradite Julian Assange to US


Did the helicopter pilot who shot the journalist in the early Wikileaks video ever get charged with war crimes? The US has never joined the International Criminal Court. Assange may be an asshoie but this move smells.

Meteoroid hits main mirror on James Webb Space Telescope


Re: always covered by cloud

You are Joe Btfsplk and I claim my 5 pounds.

Mozilla browser Firefox hits the big 100

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Re: I open each website in a seperate window...

Each page in a new tab via Tab Mix Plus

Departing Space Force chief architect likens Pentagon's tech acquisition to a BSoD


Re: the opposition burns their treasure on superyachts

Are you aware that a bridge in NL had to be taken down to clear Bezos' superyacht?

Hooking up to Starlink might be pricier than you thought


Re: Inflation?

The pron industry has always depended on inflation.

Bulgarian airbag variety.

Intel reveals GPU roadmap with hybrid integrated discrete graphics


Re: the language one needs to learn in order to get car features unlocked is Russian.

If you unlock it all the way will the vehicle take off to invade Ukraine?

Full-time internet surveillance comes to Cambodia this week


Re: @Infused - The Internet is Dying...

China owns Cambodia thru massive infrastructure loans and supports rogue dictatorships like this.

KDE Community releases Plasma 5.24: It's eccentric, just like many old-timers


"hamburger menus"

Some stagehands loading a truck with a rectangular case will call "hamburger" if it's to go in across or "hot dog" if fore-aft.

You've stolen the antiglare shield on that monitor you've fixed – they say the screen is completely unreadable now


Re: I'm glad I'm not old enough

Decades ago I was stopped at a red light and saw a woman ahead of me in the adjacent lane toss a cigarette butt out the window. I don't know what came over me because I'm usually pretty meek but I got out of my car, picked up the butt and offered it back to her, "I think you dropped something." She just gave me dirty look so I threw it back inside her car.

Assange psychiatrist misled judge over parentage of his kids, US tells High Court


Re: Putting Assange aside.

That also sounds like quite a few types in (governments) corporations around the world.


How to keep a support contract: Make the user think they solved the problem


Re: Of course it is do you think ect ect

Understandable mis-spelling of etc. I'm hearing ECKcetera frequently now and the more it is heard the more it is repeated. The original Latin is et (and) cetera (other things).

Yes,an admitted grammar nazi.

Toyota needs more than its Cheer Squad to deal with chip shortages, as five more home factories forced into idleness


TSMC building fab in Japan

Announced on NHK World today.

Microsoft's problem child, Windows 11, is here. Will you run it? Can you run it? Do you even WANT to run it?


Re: A whole lot of systems are going to have MS products killed

Which means more usable machines for Linux users.

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Re: you can always load another

Linux installs are FAST. So is updating.

Texas law banning platforms from social media moderation challenged in lawsuit


Re: Forced speech

The Texas Taliban strikes again.

When everyone else is on vacation, it's time to whip out the tiny screwdrivers


Re: Holding those small screws

I always had difficulties fitting the screws correctly into the back cover of older Thinkpads because there were always at least one missing originally and one hole stripped. I eventually hit on white foam trays from my breakfast sausages. Turn upside down, use a Sharpie to mark features of the cover and then push the screws into the foam in the same place as on the cover. Screws don't get lost and you know where they go.

Facebook sat on report that reveals most-shared post for months was questionable COVID story


Epoch Times

The Epoch Times is Falun Gong, as is their performing arts arm Shen Yun. Anything that can get its followers to stand on corners handing out leaflets or going door to door doing the same (short of political elections) is a cult.

Right to repair shouldn't exist – not because it's wrong but because it's so obviously right

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Re: What about waterproofing?

Blackberry Q10 lost on the drive to work in a rainstorm. I must have got out of the car to do something with a wiper. Found it over 12 hours later soaking wet on the road (luckily ir was a side street) and dried it out for several days. Used it for several more years. Clip off back and replaceable battery. Survivability does not require glue.

Dell won't ship energy-hungry PCs to California and five other US states due to power regulations


"I hear there's a war on pickup trucks in Canada"

Only in the Faux News version of Canada. Hockey on tv would not exist without pickup commercials.

Firefox to adopt Chrome's new approach to extensions – sans the part that threatens ad blockers


Re: Forking Firefox ?

I've been using a fork, Pale Moon, but recent changes in its code have eliminated most of my key extensions, which were already limited to ones developed up to about FF24. I've been looking at Vivaldi as a replacement (well aware it's based on Chromium code.)

Chinese rocket plunges into Indian Ocean, still lands sharp rebuke from NASA


Chinese controlled teritory

Currently being expanded to include all the seas and Taiwan.


Re: Perhaps,

"bits of spent rockets" landing in China

Surprised the debris wasn't arrested and charged with spying.

You can listen right here to the whir of a robot helicopter flying on an alien world


Re: Duty Free on Mars ?

or fags

Tough to keep one lit with little or no oxygen.

Börk returns to its spiritual home of Sweden as duff disks take down Stockholm signage


Swedish Chef comment

If you enabled closed captioning on the Swedish Chef, how would it read?

Yes my mind is weird.

Five years after US promised crackdown on ticket-snaffling bots, the first prosecutions are in... and are a slap on the wrist


Ticketmaster and Live Nation

Merged. Live Nation is not only a concert promoter, it owns venues, owns festivals, owns an artist management company. You can have a show in which the artist, promoter, venue and ticket seller are all owned by one entity.

Parler games: Social network for internet rejects sues Amazon Web Services for pulling plug on hosting


Re: Why are so many Americans so clueless about their own constitution?

Trump: "I love the poorly educated."

United States Congress stormed by violent followers of defeated president, Biden win confirmation halted


Having recently watched a detailed doc on Hitler/s rise to power I was waiting for the Reichstag fire, but Trump couldn't even get that right. You burn or blow up Congress at night and blame it on the opposition, not incite a bunch of losers to invade it. Thankfully Trumpolini can preen like Il Duce, but he's neither as smart or as capable as his predecessors.

Chuck Yeager, sound barrier pioneer pilot, dies at 97


from the PBS documentary “Chasing The Moon”:

”Chasing the Moon’s discussions of astronaut selection and early PR campaigns for Apollo highlight the overlooked story of Ed Dwight, a fighter pilot who nearly became the first African American astronaut. Dwight had an outstanding military record, and the Kennedy administration was keen for NASA to have an African American astronaut. After passing his medical exam, Dwight was sent to Chuck Yeager’s flight school, the testing ground for potential astronauts. According to Dwight and a later investigation from the White House, Yeager pulled all the instructors into a room and ordered them not to speak to Dwight, not to interact or provide advice to him, and not to socialize with him outside of the base. Yeager’s reason was that he didn’t want ‘a colored guy’ to be an astronaut.”

UEFI malware rears ugly head again: Kaspersky uncovers campaign with whiff of China


Does this mean that flashing the bios with a clean updated bios would remove the hack? If so it's a good argument for updating bios.

Shine on you crazy diamond: We don't know who needs to hear it but NASA's explained the weird shape of the Bennu asteroid


Will the next mission include a robotic dustpan and broom?

You had one job... Just two lines of code, and now the customer's Inventory Master File has bitten the biscuit


Re: The House of Lords

@ Simon Hobson

Agree completely. In Canada there was a movement among Conservatives to elect our presently appointed Senate. As with many ideas of the right imported from down south and unable to learn from history, this does not work. The US Senate was originally appointed and only later elected. It is now the area of gov't where lobbyists have their greatest impact. And in a rapidly changing world it's an impediment to gov't being able to move quickly and react to that change.

China slams President Trump's TikTok banned-or-be-bought plan in the US

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Re: So you've missed out the big detail.

Upvoted for the Foghorn Leghorn reference.

Google allowed to remember search results to news articles it was asked to forget. Good


Ghicx Fix Links Nix

G(erman) H(igh) C(ourt)

Well, I tried.

It's the one with an ancient copy of Variety in the pocket.

After banning Chinese comms bogeyman, UK asks: Huawei in this mess? It was a failure of capitalism, MPs told



I don't think the real issue is backdoors, or cost. If you look at the imprisonment of the two Canadians and the Chinese violation of the "two systems" agreement in Hong Kong, the real issue should be handing vital 5T infrastructure to a company with such close ties to a gov't that will not respect agreements or international norms. For that matter the same might be said of Cisco as long as Trump remains in power.

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.



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