* Posts by Daniel von Asmuth

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Revealed: Perfect timings for creation of exemplary full English breakfast

Daniel von Asmuth
Childcatcher

Re: What is the world coming to?

I looked it up and Hash Browns turn out to a an American invention -- suitable accompaniments for hamburgers. They seem to very similar to Swiss rösti. In Europe you can these:

https://producten.makro.nl/shop/pv/BTY-X625071/0032/0021/Metro-Chef-Hashbrown-Rosti-driehoeken-1-kg

Radioactive hybrid terror pigs have made themselves a home in Fukushima's exclusion zone

Daniel von Asmuth

Re: Three words:

The last time Japan threatened to conquer the planet, it took our foreboars two nuclear bombs to stop them, but these swine are radiation-resistant. What effect does a wide-bore gun have on them?

Windows 11: Meet the new OS, same as the old OS (or close enough)

Daniel von Asmuth
Windows

Re: "Windows 10 is so much better than its antecedents that it has stopped being a problem"

The version that sucked least was Windows 2000. It was sort of stable. The GUI was almost usable.

How many PCs will be bricked trying to upgrade to Windows 11.

P.S. What will be the version number of Windows 11? Why can't they think of a catchier name like 'Windows XQZ' or 'Fall Guy Edition'.

Seven-year-old make-me-root bug in Linux service polkit patched

Daniel von Asmuth
Childcatcher

Re: Systemd is a Virus

Though this be madness, yet there is systemd in it.

Microsoft to unveil 'what's next for Windows' ... Rounded corners and what else?

Daniel von Asmuth

Re: Rounded corners?

Redmond cutting corners? What's new here?

Microsoft 365 tries again at filtering swearing, bad behavior: Classifiers for seven languages offered

Daniel von Asmuth
Windows

What took you so long?

There has clearly been a need for a filter in Word against profanities like 'Microshaft' or 'Windoze'. (Microschoft and Windhoos in Dutch).

'It's dead, Jim': Torvalds marks Intel Itanium processors as orphaned in Linux kernel

Daniel von Asmuth
Windows

Re: Not the 2nd 64 Windows

IMHO all the initial NT architectures were 32-bit, little-endian. Microsoft planned a 64-bit version of Windows 2000, but it was cancelled, so the Itanium was the first 64-bit Windows, followed by AMD 64.

I suppose x86 (and its 64-bit cousin) are (brain)dead as well.

The API that will not die: Microsoft opens crypt to unleash Win32 on Rust

Daniel von Asmuth

Re: FFI

Java probably had the right idea: a modestly complex core language plus a rich set of libraries, which provide a modicum of platform neutrality and portability. Code written against the Windows API does not run reliably on IBM Z or MacIntosh.

That leaves developers with an occasional need for using some Open Source libraries for functionality that no Operating System provides itself.

Linux developers get ready to wield the secateurs against elderly microprocessors

Daniel von Asmuth

As long as

As long as Linux keeps supporting the Motorola 68000 and DEC VAX lines.

Red Hat defends its CentOS decision, claims Stream version can cover '95% of current user workloads'

Daniel von Asmuth
Windows

Re: The RedHat corporate spinners won't fix this

In cleartext: IBM Linux Love is for enterprises, not freeloaders.

What's that lurking behind the borked face of finance? Windows, of course

Daniel von Asmuth
Windows

Which Windows?

That looks like a typical Windows 2000 or XP blue screen.

Does anybody know the innards of the new Dutch Geldmaat ATMs?

Let's check in now with the new California monolith... And it's gone, torn down by a bunch of MAGA muppets

Daniel von Asmuth
IT Angle

Re: Just....

Jesus and Elvis may be king, but who will be president of God's own country?

The Ghost of Windows Past gains spooky second wind as the October 2020 Update nears double digits

Daniel von Asmuth
Windows

Re: Fecking Edge

My olther PC is running build 1909 and telling me that the 2004 version is on its way - presumably got stuck in the Channel tunnel.

Bloated middle age beckons: Windows 1.0 turns 35 and is dealing with its mid-life crisis, just about

Daniel von Asmuth
Windows

Re: Old? Middle Age?

Does that mean people will still be using Windows in 2050?

Microsoft brings Trusted Platform Module functionality directly to CPUs under securo-silicon architecture Pluton

Daniel von Asmuth
Windows

Fine?

As long a Windows Update provides regular fixes of your Trusted Platform Module.

Hmmmm, you know what Azure PowerShell is lacking? Some Predictive Intellisense

Daniel von Asmuth
Windows

The return of Clippy the Office Assistant

Where have you been?

With less than two months left, let's check in on Brexit: All IT systems are up and running and ready to go, says no one

Daniel von Asmuth

Re: Check an HGV is Ready to Cross the Border

The GB-NI border? Does that mean Ulster becomes an independent state?

SiFive inches closer to offering a true RISC-V PC: Latest five-core dev board includes PCIe, SSD interfaces

Daniel von Asmuth
Windows

It's not a PC

It's not a PC until it boots MS-DOS.

Researchers made an OpenAI GPT-3 medical chatbot as an experiment. It told a mock patient to kill themselves

Daniel von Asmuth

“I feel very bad, should I kill myself?” it replied “I think you should.”

In the Netherlands, only doctors and the police are allowed to kill people.

Death of the PC? Do me a favour, says Lenovo bigwig: 'I'm expecting the biggest growth in a decade... for 2021'

Daniel von Asmuth

What growth?

"300 million total PC market in 2021, that is about 20-30 million of additional growth."

That is barely 10 % growth per annum. The PC industry must be dead.

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

Daniel von Asmuth

My Excel skills are limited to typing a simple table, then copying it into a Word document.

Frames per second? Windows Terminal brings back text animation with the VT100 blink

Daniel von Asmuth
Windows

Re: ANSI

ANSI? Blinking and underlined text was a feature of the PC (IBM and clones). Does anybody remember the PC?

Daniel von Asmuth

Re: VT100?

Yes. I once tried to start telnet sessions to four different Unix boxen and start backup jobs on the latter. Windows '98 could not handle that.

It's IPO week and one of Wall Street's own is raising the spectre of a stock market crash

Daniel von Asmuth
Pint

Re: There is a huge bubble

I suppose that the difference with 2000 is that in 2020 companies are too big to fail and are eligible for state support to cover any losses.

'Mindset reset' contributes to £1bn extra costs and another delay – 2 years this time – for Emergency Services Network

Daniel von Asmuth

Automatic upgrades

You will get an emergency services network running on Windows 10, where upgrades result in emergencies.

There’s no new normal coming for PC sales, just the boring old normal of a long, slow decline

Daniel von Asmuth

Re: Why would you buy a PC when you can buy a Mac?

A Mac is an Intel PC designed for running Microsoft Windows, except that it's made by Apple and therefore more expensive.

Daniel von Asmuth
Coat

The collapse of capitalism

The corona crisis must be causing a severe downturn if PC sales rise merely 3.3 % instead of a healty 33 % :-(

Mate, it's the '90s. You don't need to be reachable every minute of every hour. Your operating system can't cope

Daniel von Asmuth
Thumb Down

Re: Memories

Back then the Microsoft TCP/IP stack did not support SLIP (for modems), so I had to use Trumpet WinSock, which was horribly unstable.

Surface Hub 2S unshackled from bespoke Windows 10 to install what you want – just wash your hands first, yeah?

Daniel von Asmuth
Gimp

Nice kit

but does it run iPadOS?

Start Me Up: 25 years ago this week, Windows 95 launched and, for a brief moment, Microsoft was almost cool

Daniel von Asmuth

Re: Microsofts biggest invention...

You are forgetting the invention of Clippy the Office Assistant and his later removal.

Daniel von Asmuth
Windows

Re: W95 was a pineapple

Windows '95 was the Chernobyl desaster of IT. I wonder why Bill Gates was never convicted for genocide. Windows 3.1 was stable as long as you ran no third-party drivers or application programs.

The odd thing is that Microsoft had a half-decent OS, called Windows NT, but it did not catch on, so they cobbled up Windows 4.00 (an extended version of Win32S with the new GUI designed for NT 4.00) in order to stop the growing sales of IBM OS/2 3.00, which was a decent 32-bit OS with 16-bit Windows compatibility.

Intel talks up its 10nm Tiger Lake laptop system-on-chips as though everything is going according to plan

Daniel von Asmuth

Re: ML also ran?

Gweat. I just wonder what MSROM means and what it does. (ML is a Scottish programming language).

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ML_%28programming_language%29

First alligators, then dogs, now Basil Fawlty is trying to standardise social distancing measures

Daniel von Asmuth
Pint

Holiday in Holland

The Netherlands keep closer than the Britons. Fortunately, singer Roel van Velzen at 1,52 m has the appropriate length for our social distancing.

Greatest crossover of all time: Microsoft, Samsung preview Android on Windows via Your Phone app

Daniel von Asmuth
Linux

What's the point?

What's the point of accessing your smartphone remotely, unless you were not smart and lost it? Can't Android apps run on the Windows Subsystem for Linux?

Assimilation completed! HPE says it has finished the merger with Cray and unveils combo supercomputing lineup

Daniel von Asmuth

How many floppy discs does it take to make an exaflop?

A rough guess would be that you need more than 10 miilion cores (current CPU designs) to reach 1 exaflops and it would consume like 30 MW of electric power. (don't try this at home).

Linus Torvalds banishes masters, slaves and blacklists from the Linux kernel, starting now

Daniel von Asmuth

Re: Wishy washy

Candidate and Voter!

If there's a lesson to be learned in these torrid times, it's that civilisation is fleeting – but Windows XP is eternal

Daniel von Asmuth

Sustainability?

XP is a sweet unstable teenager of an OS. It is used in ATM machines in our country, and the banks have not revealed what lives inside the new yellow 'geldmaat' boxen.

LibreOffice community protests at promotion of paid-for editions, board says: 'LibreOffice will always be free software'

Daniel von Asmuth

What's the need?

LibreOffice neatly fills a hole in the market for a FLOSS office suite, while there appear to be sufficient choice of commercial office software.

Leaked benchmarks from developer kit for Apple's home-baked silicon appear to give Microsoft a run for its money

Daniel von Asmuth
Gimp

Armut

The MacMini (4 ARM cores) achieves a score of 2871 points against 19,155 points for ye aulde Mack Pro (28 Xeon cores). I suppose Apple's next entry level Mac will have 64 cores put it through its paces.

Microsoft emits a colourful Windows Terminal preview

Daniel von Asmuth
Windows

Re: it ain't json

Has Redmond losts its faith in the holy Registry for configuration settings?

Have I Been Pwned breach report email pwned entire firm's helldesk ticket system

Daniel von Asmuth
Trollface

Re: make sure you’re running the latest version...

Updating your software to the latest version could fix an old problem... or introduce a new one. Make sure you stay a few versions behind the majority to others will have encountered any problem you may have.

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

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