* Posts by Daniel von Asmuth

646 posts • joined 19 Aug 2009

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India reveals plans to make electronics manufacturing its top industry

Daniel von Asmuth

Follow in the footsteps of the Mahatma

If homespun cloth is good for India, then perhaps it will also reduce its dependency on foreign semiconductors. Perhaps it's time for Europe to withdraw from Tata Steel.

80-characters-per-line limits should be terminal, says Linux kernel chief Linus Torvalds

Daniel von Asmuth
Windows

Re: not the terminal, the punch card

The punch card is getting obsolete, it's the printer that does it. Line printers used to print 136 characters wide, but today we mostly use laser printers and to get that many characters you have to print in landscape orientation, while portrait remains the default.

What do you call megabucks Microsoft? No really, it's not a joke. El Reg needs you

Daniel von Asmuth
Devil

Re: I'll give it a go...

I think The (Holey) Redmond Empire should be enough. Alternatives: the Patchworks, Mission Incompatible, the Feature Factory, the Industry Standard, Satanic Mill, MoneySpinners, Muggle Stuff, MicroSieve (for their holes), Magic Smoke or Mirrors & Smoke, Mister Satya.

Daniel von Asmuth
Windows

Re: I'll give it a go...

So many things fly through my mind like the Blue Screen Brothers or Little Blue or the Windowcleaners or even The Quilt for its many patches. No more Citizen Gates or Big Balmer, perhaps Satyayoga or Little Cortana is listening on you. To me, they remain The Monopoly. But then the name is enough in itself: TinyDuctile (American English), NietigZacht (Dutch), WinzigSanft (German).

Ex-Microsoft Office chief reflects on early malware and the 'global attack on the new Windows PC infrastructure'

Daniel von Asmuth

winsecurity?

If gravity was invented by Steve Jobs for the Apple Newton, wasn't security something that Microsoft invented as the next big thing after XP or perhaps it was called Dot Net.

Oh Hell. Remember the glory days of Demon Internet? Well, now would be a good time to pick a new email address

Daniel von Asmuth
Windows

Demons from the past

Demon Internet operated an ISP in Diemen in the Netherlands from 1996 and 2006 (the Dutch and English words are pronounced the same).

From Brit telly presenter Eamonn Holmes to burning 5G towers in the Netherlands: Stupid week turns into stupid fortnight for radio standard

Daniel von Asmuth
Boffin

conspiracy theory

Just imagine that merely shaking hands with a 5G user could infect you with a 5G smartphone too. That would spell doom for Apple and Huawei.

Cabinet Office dangles £15m for help ditching its Single Operating Platform for cloud-based ERP system

Daniel von Asmuth
Childcatcher

There'll be gray clouds over the white cliffs of Dover

If that Single Operating Platform is as great as it sounds, perhaps Britain can sell it to our government.

Under pressure: K3 to put loss-making UK Microsoft Dynamics reseller biz into administration

Daniel von Asmuth
Paris Hilton

K3?

K3 is a band that is popular with young girls in the Low Countries.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/K3_%28band%29

Out with the old and in with the new as Java 14 arrives, bringing with it first Project Panama enhancements

Daniel von Asmuth
Facepalm

Featuritis

"Deprecate the Solaris and SPARC Ports"

Does that sound like Oracle Solaris developers will love?

If you're looking for a textbook example of an IT hype cycle, let spin be your guide

Daniel von Asmuth
Happy

Good story

You just need to add a little more spin to make it a hype.

'Developers have lost hope Microsoft will do the right thing'... Redmond urged to make WinUI cross-platform

Daniel von Asmuth
Windows

King's Cross Platform 9¾

If you want cross-platform GUI development you can use the X11 interface and you can use the Windows API (formerly WIn32), with WinE on Linux or you can use QT or GTK3 libraries or Java Swing or.... Who needs UWP?

Larry Tesler cut and pasted from this mortal coil: That thing you just did? He probably invented it

Daniel von Asmuth
Flame

Re: flame on

Not to mention the years before 2000. Instead of advancing CS theory he seems to have worked on Graphical User Interfaces.

Dual screens, fast updates, no registry cruft and security in mind: Microsoft gives devs the lowdown on Windows 10X

Daniel von Asmuth
Windows

Windows 10 why?

This Windows 10X seems to be unable to run many Windows 10 applications, like Vista broke XP software. Who is going to use it?

RIP FTP? File Transfer Protocol switched off by default in Chrome 80

Daniel von Asmuth
Coat

Re: If FTP is disliked what about TFTP ??

TFTP is rare on the Internets.

It's time for Google to disable those failed protocols HTTP and HTTPS.

Will Asimov fix my doorbell? There should be a law about this

Daniel von Asmuth
Big Brother

Brittania rule the waves

The UK may no longer be supreme world power, but "pariah nation" is exaggeration. Which is still better than no nation at all, like living in a protectorate of the allied powers.

Petition asking Microsoft to open-source Windows 7 sails past 7,777-signature goal

Daniel von Asmuth
Unhappy

Re: Not holding my breath

More likely it would kill ReactOS and Wine would be replaced by the Linux subsystem for Windows:-(

Daniel von Asmuth
WTF?

RMS left the building and Don Quixote entered.

Parts of Windows are Open Source, such as Berkeley Sockets a.k.a. Winsock2 and Kerberos, a.k.a. Active Directory. Microsoft does not own the entire source code of Windows nor all the patents, so it would be a huge Waste Of Money, Brains, And Time.

The benefits of open sourcing would be minor, but the threat to Windows 10 significant. Please, Free Software Foundation, Get the HURD done (and leave Brexit to Boris).

Microsoft previews Visual Studio update with added Linux love, many new features

Daniel von Asmuth
Windows

Topsy-turvy

I prefer to develop on Linux, which has no lack of editors, debug, and port to WIndows, rather than the other way around.

ICANN finally reveals who’s behind purchase of .org: It’s ███████ and ██████ – you don't need to know any more

Daniel von Asmuth
Windows

Re: Obi-Bill, you're our only hope

How about a triumvirate?

William Gates III: Windows!

Michael Gorbachev: Glasnost! (transparency)

Barack Obama: Change? Just because ICANN!

ESA trumpets 'world's first space debris removal' with 4-armed junk botherer

Daniel von Asmuth
Pint

ESA trumpets it trumps NASA

Lets make the universe clean again. Boyan Slat for president of the Evil Union!

Halfords invents radio signals that don't travel at the speed of light

Daniel von Asmuth
Megaphone

Speed of Light??

How about digital radio that travels at the speed of sound?

Devs getting stuck into Windows 10X on Surface Neo will have to tussle with UWP

Daniel von Asmuth
Paris Hilton

Neospeak

So we'll confuse Windows 10, OS/X, X Window, and Windows 10X.

Scott McNealy gets touchy feely with Trump: Sun cofounder hosts hush-hush reelection fundraiser for President

Daniel von Asmuth
Megaphone

Let's make SunTools great again

That zucks.

Stallman's final interview as FSF president: Last week we quizzed him over Microsoft visit. Now he quits top roles amid rape remarks outcry

Daniel von Asmuth
Unhappy

Re: He should have stuck to what he knows

I do not really see his statements as wrong, although the issue is sensitive. Stallman is just the outspoken leader that the Free Software movement needs.

Be still, our drinking hearts: Help Reg name whisky beast conjured by Swedish distillers and AI blendbot

Daniel von Asmuth

Re: Mr.

I was thinking of 'Moist Midge' or 'Mac Robot'.

Clutching at its Perl 6, developer community ponders language name with less baggage

Daniel von Asmuth

Re: I suggest PerlA

Perla is a coffee brand. https://www.perla.nl/

Daniel von Asmuth
Facepalm

Re: The COW says.....

Camel sounds too much like CAML; dromedary is still available.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caml

Daniel von Asmuth
Headmaster

lrep?

So we have families of incompatible programming languages called BASIC, Algol, C++, Java, C#, Perl, Ruby, and Python. What to do about it?

"Pathological Eclectic Rubbish Lister" arouses negative feelings, so you would want to rename it to the much nicer 'Pearl' (like Ruby, it could be a gemstone or a lady's name), rather than 'Prul' (Dutch word), Peril, or Leper.

GIMP open source image editor forked to fix 'problematic' name

Daniel von Asmuth
Windows

Re: But it is taken

They could always port the GIMP to Windows and christen it WIMP.

http://webglimpse.net/

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson moves to shut Parliament

Daniel von Asmuth
Coat

Re: So, to sum up. . .

Adolf Hitler did not have the autority to suspend parliament. The Reichstag decided that themselves in 1942, but then all the delegates belonged to the nazi party.

Google touts managed Linux, gets cosy with Dell in Chromebook Enterprise push

Daniel von Asmuth
Linux

Re: Could this be it - Linux on the Desktop ?!

Dell is already selling laptops with Linux preinstalled. What advantage would Google's Chrome offer? Wait a second: the other option is to get Windows 10 preinstalled, which includes a Linux subsystem as well.

More on that monster Cerebras AI chip, Xilinx touts 'world's largest' FPGA, and more

Daniel von Asmuth
Flame

balance of power

400,000 cores sounds like a quantum leap compared to Intel, AMD or POWER. By comparison, 18 GB sounds more like a cache than main memory.

Looming US immigration crackdown aims to weed out pre-crime of poverty. And that may be bad news for techie families

Daniel von Asmuth

Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.

The growth of the U.S. has been the fuel of poor immigrants willing to take low-pay jobs, not the small number of wealthy pensioners in Miami. They contribute only to tax revenues.

Daniel von Asmuth
Headmaster

Re: Such transparent racism

Given the number of racists in Germany, it may be hard for the U.S. to repatriate Donald Trump.

Science and engineering hit worst as Euroboffins do a little Brexit of their own from British universities

Daniel von Asmuth
Boffin

Well, you wanted to immigrate to the EU?

The EU is going through a wave of anti-immigration sentiment, which makes one wonder if they'd welcome a load of academics from the UK.

Microsoft cofounder Paul Allen's personal MiG-29 fighter jet goes under the hammer

Daniel von Asmuth
Black Helicopters

I ♥ Mig 29

Is there an Airfix kit for the rest of us with decals for the Slowak version?

It's Friday lunchtime on International Beer Day. Bitter hop to it, boss'll be none the weiser

Daniel von Asmuth
Pint

A storm is brewing over Holland

American company Budweiser is planning a massive invasion of the Netherlands, that mostly drink national brands, along with special brews from Belgium. ......

Brexit is not final. but already it's hard to find English/Scottish/Irish beers here.

As many as 100,000 IBM staff axed in recent years as Big Blue battles to reinvent itself from IT's 'old fuddy duddy'

Daniel von Asmuth
Childcatcher

Big Blue wearing Red Hat

Hey Fido Dido, don't be a fuddy duddy when you can become a faddy daddy.

Meet ELIoT – the EU project that wants to commercialize Internet-over-lightbulb

Daniel von Asmuth
Windows

But soft what Li-Fi through yonder window breaks

"Li-Fi is not susceptible to electromagnetic interference"

....except maybe the light of our old sun. Our eyes would notice when a LED starts transmitting... A spy could tap of LiFi signal through a window.

Why not use IrDA or something that works better under water.

He's coming for your floppy: Linus Torvalds is killing off support for legacy disk drive tech

Daniel von Asmuth
Windows

Why?

How hard is it really to maintain an old device driver?

See also: "Making Fipppy Floppy" by the Talking Heads from 1984.

El Reg sits down to code with .NET for Linux and MySQL, hitting some bumps along the way

Daniel von Asmuth
Windows

Develop on Unix

People have been developing on Unix for five decades - people have tried to develop on Windows, but that is chasing a moving target. According to El Reg you need some kind of framework if you want to develop in C#, but you can create web applications on Unix and Linux in C and other languages without frameworks.

Dutch cops collar fella accused of crafting and flogging Office macro nasties to cyber-crooks

Daniel von Asmuth
Paris Hilton

Re: verplicht Nederlandse reactie

I can read that..... In Utrecht, a high percentage of people actually speak Dutch (albeit with a funny accent).

IBM torches Big Tech's get-out-of-jail-free card, says websites should be held responsible for netizen-posted content

Daniel von Asmuth
Headmaster

Disclaimer

The Register's management is not responsible for this comment!

US giant GTT continues biz banquet by wolfing down Dutch telco KPN's networking unit for $50m

Daniel von Asmuth

Holland for sale

...we don't need no stinking internets.

Curioser and curioser: Little Mars rover sniffs out highest ever levels of methane

Daniel von Asmuth
Boffin

Methane

Methane (natural gas) is odourless.

Out of Steam? Wine draining away? Ubuntu's 64-bit-only x86 decision is causing migraines

Daniel von Asmuth
Terminator

Old Hat

What ancient architectures are no longer considered canonical? i386? i486? i586? i686? x86_64? ia64? All of the above?

Large Redmond Collider: CERN reveals plan to shift from Microsoft to open-source code after tenfold license fee hike

Daniel von Asmuth
Pint

MAlt is good for you

Cheers!

Help the Macless: Apple’s iPadOS is a huge update that will enable more people to do without a Mac... or a PC

Daniel von Asmuth
Gimp

What the hack is iPadOS?

Apperently it's not some Unix flavour, as those have good multi-tasking and multi-user support. A rehash of Jobs's MultiFinder, perhaps?

Refactoring whizz: Good software shouldn't cost the earth – it's actually cheaper to build

Daniel von Asmuth

You must always go fast...

That is better. Real world programmers have deadlines to meet, but good quality software takes time, so they build a quick demo. Then they can make a good design and implement it properly, eliminating the need for expensive fixes after release.

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