* Posts by Manolo

282 posts • joined 18 Jan 2010

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Galaxy quest: Yet another sub-£500 phone comes to trouble mobile big dogs in the form of Realme GT 5G

Manolo
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Re: Too big

Agree. I want a phone that fits in my trousers, so well under six inch screen. No bloat, so Android One. No slouch, but less than 500 euros. That leaves very little on the market. Settled on the Pixel 4A, not available in this country, so imported from Germany.

Wish you could play tabletop Dungeons & Dragons but have no friends? Solasta: Crown of the Magister offers a solution

Manolo
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Re: Tip: Subnautica

Yeah, after my post I was thinking about that.

Remembered looking into it after the game was reviewed here.

Thanks for remembering me!

Manolo
Linux

Tip: Subnautica

One of the games reviewed here earlier is on sale now.

Subnautica is now 50% off.

Got an email alert for it, only to find out there is no Linux version D'oh!

US Air Force announces plan to assassinate molluscs with hypersonic missile

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Black Helicopters

Kwajalein

I've heard through the scuba telegraph that Kwajalein is supposed to have the best scuba diving in the world.

Clear warm blue water, pristine reefs teeming with life, part of one of the largest shark sanctuaries on the planet, wrecks.

It's the kind of destination I dream of.

But only accessible to US Navy personell on the island, unless you are personally invited to visit.

Would be a waste if the Airforce starts blowing up pieces of reef. Why not go a bit northeast and dump your missiles in the Mariana Trench?

https://www.uw360.asia/most-exciting-place-never-heard-of/

Debian's Cinnamon desktop maintainer quits because he thinks KDE is better now

Manolo

Re: KDE = Kmail

Mostly agree with you, but Kwin and multiple monitors?

Fine as long as you remember to turn on your monitors first before waking up the computer from sleep, or your desktop orientation will randomly get borked. It might switch left and right, it might turn in to a single monitor setup displayed on both monitors.

Then again, might be problematic with other window managers too.

Manolo

Re: KDE ?

"the KDE team were clearly on a bet to shoehorn "K" in front of everything"

That's a thing of the past now. And even if they still did, I fail to see how that detracts from the actual software quality.

Do you come from a land Down Under? Where diesel's low and techies blunder

Manolo

Re: Alternative steps

Whereas in this legislation, they are unannounced and hidden, because they don't serve the purpose of traffic safety, but filling government coffers.

Populistic drivel?

Well, let me give some additional evidence:

- When people started behaving better, i.e. generating less speeding tickets, the fines went up instead of down. Cashflow had to be maintained. In a normal country, fines go up when they DON'T work.

- No speed controls near schools.

- Average speed trap set up on a stretch of motorway that had only seen one lethal accident in the past five years, and that had happened on the parking lot of a gas station. But is was a very busy stretch of motorway, so lots of revenue.

When I was in Canada, I saw signs at road works that read "Fines doubled when workers present". Very sensible. Here they are doubled whether all workers are safely home in bed.

Manolo

Re: looking at the DNS log

Sigh....

Alright then, straight from the horse's errr donkey's mouth:

https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2017/08/225797/15-teenagers-treated-for-rabies-after-engaging-in-bestiality-with-donkey

But indeed, apparently they did not contract rabies:

https://mobile.ledesk.ma/desintox/zoophilie-sur-une-anesse-ni-rage-ni-bestialite-mais-un-travestissement-de-putes-clics

Manolo

Re: An old story ...

Heard the same story about a Dutch bank.

Manolo
Facepalm

Re: Alternative steps

In this legislation, applying cameras to cath theft is only legal if everyone is informed first.

It hasn't occured to the legislator that this only helps preventing further thefts without being able to punish the pepetrator.

Manolo
Joke

Re: looking at the DNS log

Not just Egypt, seems to be a thing in North Africa:

https://nypost.com/2017/08/16/teens-treated-for-rabies-after-alleged-sexual-contact-with-donkey/

Excuse me, what just happened? Resilience is tough when your failure is due to a 'sequence of events that was almost impossible to foresee'

Manolo
Black Helicopters

Bourne?

Isn't "Excuses me, what just happened?" a line from one of the Jason Bourne films?

Australian cops, FBI created backdoored chat app, told crims it was secure – then snooped on 9,000 users' plots

Manolo

Re: RE: "If you had actually *read* the article"

So? There's only one where I saw and replied to this question, innit?

Completely moot point.

Manolo
Holmes

If you had actually *read* the article:

"However, some of those authorities were set to expire. That, and an operational decision to end the operation due to the opportunity to act on intelligence gathered using AN0M, led to today’s disclosures."

Congestion or a Christmas cock-up? A Register reader throws himself under the bus

Manolo
Joke

How is that an upgrade?

UK pharma supplier put into special measures after new IT system causes almost 10,000 missed medicine deliveries

Manolo

Re: Just in time supply lines

AFAIK, HaH is not in the regular generic drug business.

They take care of more specialised or niche medications, that may require administration by a nurse, so injections rather than regular tablets.

File this next to Mars bars under 'things that should not be deep-fried': Marks & Spencer's Colin the Caterpillar

Manolo
Pint

Re: Deep Fried *

We once deep fried a sock in the kitchen of the student union.

The reason is lost in time. Probably because we could.

Terminal trickery, or how to improve a novel immeasurably

Manolo
Headmaster

Re: I'm a word wrangler...

I am not a native English speaker, but shouldn't "any major dissiduous forest tracts" be "deciduous"?

Can't get that printer to work? It's not you. It's that sodding cablin.... oh beautiful job with that cabling, boss

Manolo
FAIL

Re: Blame the Cable

Blame the cable still is a good opening gambit.

Just yesterday, I received a logic analyzer (one of these cheap Saleae knock-offs).

Plugged it in with the supplied mini-USB cable:

$ dmesg

[20830.498682] usb 1-6: New USB device strings: Mfr=1, Product=2, SerialNumber=0

[20830.498684] usb 1-6: Product: Logic

[20830.498685] usb 1-6: Manufacturer: Saleae LLC

[20958.751963] usb 1-6: USB disconnect, device number 44

[20991.903015] usb usb1-port4: Cannot enable. Maybe the USB cable is bad?

[20992.030997] usb 1-4: new high-speed USB device number 47 using xhci_hcd

[20993.011142] usb usb1-port4: Cannot enable. Maybe the USB cable is bad?

[20993.011180] usb usb1-port4: attempt power cycle

[20994.231147] usb usb1-port4: Cannot enable. Maybe the USB cable is bad?

Plugged in another cable I had laying around and it works.

Good thing it is my habit to check dmesg when I plug in new hardware.

And thank kernel developers for these useful messages.

Often saves a lot of head scratching.

India’s massive COVID-19 wave slows VMware desktop hypervisor development

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Coat

Clarification please

"The VMs were idling, but running on battery power, without fans."

Were they running on virtual batteries, with the virtual fans off?

Or does the author mean that the hardware on which the VM's were running was on battery power, with the fans off?

Quality control, Soviet style: Here's another fine message you've gotten me into

Manolo
Joke

Re: Such value for money

I heard the demisters on the rear windows are so your hands don't get cold when you have to push start them.

A floppy filled with software worth thousands of francs: Techie can't take it, customs won't keep it. What to do?

Manolo

Re: Even in the 1980's

Did you read teh story?

They did the whole shebang with a floppy through customs in order to be able to invoice it.

From Maidenhead to Morocco: In a change to the scheduled programming, we bring you The On Call of Dreams

Manolo
Headmaster

Re: Not quite a straightforward bribe

You are quite wrong there.

A quick visit to my national automobile association shows dozens of countries that require it.

In practice it is noy always asked for I have found, but I'd rather prefer not having to pay a fine (or a bribe).

If you read Dutch or wish to try Google Translate:

https://www.anwb.nl/auto/rijbewijs/het-rijbewijs/internationaal-rijbewijs

IBM's CEO and outgoing exec chairman take home $38m in total for 2020 despite revenue shrinking by billions

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Flame

Exhibitionist self-enrichment

A former Labour PM called this "exhibitionist self-enrichment".

And a few years later accepted a job on the board of a big bank where he handed out such bonuses.

Don't be a fool, cover your tool: How IBM's mighty XT keyboard was felled by toxic atmosphere of the '80s

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Mushroom

Re: Smoking

Smokers are always proclaiming how "social" they are, chatting together in the designated outside smokers area, sharing fags.... Just look at he ground in the area, count the butts on the ground and you can tell how "social" they are.

Jailed Samsung boss accused of abusing Propofol aka ‘the milk of amnesia’ or 'the drug that killed Michael Jackson'

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Pint

Re: I was given propofol when I had a dislocated hsoulder

I think I remember Michael Jackson was using it mostly as a hypnotic, because nothing else could get him to sleep.

I could also imagine that in doses low enough not to cause anaesthesia it might be a pleasant relaxant.

When I was a student I would sometimes participate in medical research to earn a few pennies. I have pleasant memories of a low dose of ketamine, another anaestetic. I was conscious and felt very very mellow.

Manolo

Re: A telescope of unusual size

Did that really happen?

That's both not very professional and hilarious at the same time.

Linus Torvalds issues early Linux Kernel update to fix swapfile SNAFU

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Linux

Re: fragmentation

Most (all?) filesystems used on Linux do not suffer from fragmentation issues.

Half a million stolen French medical records, drowned in feeble excuses

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FAIL

Same shit here

https://nltimes.nl/2021/01/28/private-data-leak-ggd-covid-system-existed-months-report

And while I don't mind if anyone knows I tested negative sometime last summer, I do mind my social security number might be floating around the Darkweb.

Apache foundation ousts TinkerPop project co-founder for tweeting 'offensive humor that borders on hate speech'

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Joke

Re: Nazi jokes, rape jokes, not actually funny

Too late to edit my post to "A much wiser woman".

https://quoteinvestigator.com/2015/06/01/defend-say/

“Don't believe everything you read on the Internet” — Abraham Lincoln.

Manolo
Big Brother

Re: Nazi jokes, rape jokes, not actually funny

A wiser man than you once said:

“I may not agree with what you have to say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.”

Manolo
Coat

Re: Ironic

...that water can be turned in to homeopathic cures by magic diluting and shaking.

TFTFY

Manolo
Big Brother

Protect?

"This action was taken, in accordance with the ASF Bylaws, to protect our community of contributors."

And did the contributors ask to be protected thusly*?

Are the contributors so weak-stomached that they need to be protected from some silly tweets only 45 people in the world were reading?

Are the contributors happy that the board regards them as so weak?

Questions, questions...

* Is that a word?

Dangerous flying car drone zoomed into UK's Gatwick Airport airspace after killswitch failed

Manolo

Re: If that had been...

I was guessing something like that. Thanks for the clarification.

Manolo

Re: If that had been...

The usual 25 letter alphabet?

Your registration is written in Ogham?

How do you save an ailing sales pitch? Just burn down the client's office with their own whiteboard

Manolo
Alert

Re: Did they get the deal?

"We quietly took leave of our hosts and left the site, never to return again."

Nothing new since the microwave: Let's get those home tech inventors cooking

Manolo

Yes! The sous vide and the air fryer.

Manolo
Pint

How about...

"When was the last time you heard of a genuine attempt at inventing new cuisine technology? Could it have been the microwave oven? "

The air fryer?

(But one could argue it's just an oddly shaped convection oven)

The Novell NetWare box keeps rebooting over and over again yet no one has touched it? We're going on a stakeout

Manolo
Alert

Re: Fluorescents...

Never have that problem. Leather soles.

The CIA's 'entire' collection of UFO records has been made available for you to sigh at

Manolo
Alien

Reminds me of that beautiful Calvin & Hobbes cartoon:

https://www.gocomics.com/calvinandhobbes/1989/11/08

"Sometimes I think the surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us"

From the book "Scientific Progress Goes Boink" I think.

See also Carl Sagan - The Demon-haunted World.

Open-source contributors say they'll pull out of Qt as LTS release goes commercial-only

Manolo

Re: GPL

You can ship binary-only versions, but it it is GPL'ed you need to make the source code available and you are not allowed to say you can't do ik because of your other license.

Manolo
Alert

Re: GPL

"actually Qt is a proper mish-mash of licenses: https://doc.qt.io/qt-5/licenses-used-in-qt.html"

I think if it was proper and fully GPL, what they are doing now would not even be allowed.

(IANAL)

'Best tech employer of the year' threatened trainee with £15k penalty fee for quitting to look after his sick mum

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Joke

Re: Suddenly, all is clear

"This way of course you have to make the programme good/engaging enough to retain everyone on it rather than using nefarious tactics to tie people to the scheme and to the company."

Comparable to an Outlaw Motor Gang. Or the EU.

I'll get me coat...

Cats: Not a fan favourite when the critters are draped around an office packed with tech

Manolo
FAIL

Re: Heat detector

My father used to have a big 'ole CRT that the cat would hop on as he was sat on his desk.

She would lay there basking in the warmth while my dad did whatever it is he does on the PC (Freecell mostly, it would seem).

Then came the day he bought a shiny new LCD. Cat hops on desk, hops on LCD and falls off on the other side of course.

Where's the mysterious metal monolith today then? Oh look, it's atop a California mountain

Manolo
Joke

Re: "Where will the mysterious metal monolith appear next?"

Wollo jo patat mei?

Manolo
Alien

Re: "Where will the mysterious metal monolith appear next?"

Friesland

https://twitter.com/OmropFryslanNL/status/1335529454236524544

Who knew that hosing a table with copious amounts of cubic metres would trip adult filters?

Manolo
Joke

Or Clitheroe

When even a power-cycle fandango cannot save your Windows desktop

Manolo
Headmaster

Re: Too Many Stories!

"The scary thing is that Molly is probably only in her 30's now."

According to the jargon file, Molly was a toddler who used to trip an IBM 4341.

That would place it in the early eighties.

http://catb.org/jargon/html/M/molly-guard.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IBM_4300#IBM_4341

KDE maintainers speak on why it is worth looking beyond GNOME

Manolo

Check out the review here:

https://www.dedoimedo.com/computers/plasma-5-20-review.html

"Performance, responsiveness, stability

Phenomenal. I have no complaints. The system was fast, sprightly. Everything worked instantly. On idle, the memory consumption stands at about 550 MB (or a bit more), while the CPU ticks around 1%. There were no crashes or errors of any kind."

Manolo
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Re: The "Problem" with Linux

Yes, that horrible flatness (isn't it called Material Design or something?) kept me running Mint 17.3 (last Mint with KDE 4) for a long time as well until I finally bit the bullet and went to Kubuntu 20.04 (still buggy as hell, reason I moved to Mint, but they don't do a KDE version anymore).

I am running the Breeze Dark Global theme, Oxygen Plasma style, cursor and icons, QTcurve application style and Plastik window decorations. Maybe a bit of a hodge-podge, but I like it, it looks almost as my previous KDE.

I am considering trying either KDE Neon or OpenSuse, getting to annoyed with Kubuntu's many bugs and regressions.

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