* Posts by G R Goslin

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IBM-powered Mayflower robo-ship once again tries to cross Atlantic

G R Goslin

Re: The Scam of the Year

BTW, If you're thinking of buying one of these invisible engines, the bigger version of the two, The FISCHER PANDA AGT-DC 22000-48V, comes in at a handful less than 29,000 Euro's. So not cheap. But, who cares, when it's someone else's money, you're spending.

G R Goslin

The Scam of the Year

I've been following the Mayflower 400 project for some time now, with increasong doubts in regard to it's credibility. Reading the projects web pages, one is given to believe that the entire project is powered by the small number of solar panels on the hull. I quote;-

Power supply- Lithium Phosphate batteries, in addition to solar panels on the ships exterior, provide power to the computer systems on board, in addition to supplying energy to the motors for propusion.

And:-

Dual 20 KW permanent magnet motors help (help?) to propel the ship at nearly double the speed of the original Mayflower, while producing less carbon than traditional diesel burning engines.

If 20 KW motors are required for main propusion, then the meagre one KW, at best, for the limited hours of daylight, of the solar array are hardly going to be enough. Given that my home PC uses aroud 300 watts, the requirements of the Mayflower, 24/7 are unlikely to be met from the output of the solar array, never mind propelling five tonnes of ship through heavy seas.

There are a number of factors which give a clue to reason. The very high internal temperatur of the hull, generally about 43C, indicates a heat souce somewhat higher than the one KW, max output of the solar arrays. Particularly in a presumably uninsulated aluminium hull in the 12/13C temperature of the North Atlantic seas. Then there was a mere mention, that during the enforced stay in The Azores, the opportunity was taken to re-fuel. Boxes of sunbeams, perhaps? Then there was the shaft power indications, on the web site , which tended to be about 72%. 72% of the 40 KW capacity of the motors, comes out at about 26 KW, which seems about right for the size of the ship. Unforunately the full output of the solar array, at best, only meets about 4% of the required power. It took a lot of digging before the truth surfaced. The ship is fitted with two marine diesel engines. Both are Fischer Panda AGT motors, one four cylinder machine of 21.9 KW (continuous) and the other, a single cylinder version of 3.2 KW (continuous). Not by a single word, does this information appear in the Mayflower web pages.

As I said, a scam from end to end.

Nvidia brings liquid cooling to A100 PCIe GPU cards for ‘greener’ datacenters

G R Goslin

It's still the same heat

It's still the same amount of heat that you have to get rid of. Whether you extract that heat, at source, with cooling air, or with a liquid coolant, you still have to get that heat into the air. Being the final dump in all but a few locations. So, all you have added is yet another power requirement. Albeit in a slightly remoter location. So, a more complicated system, with higher power requirements.

Dell trials 4-day workweek in Netherlands as massive UK pilot starts

G R Goslin

Re: I'm not sure I understand how this is going to work.

It's a rather unfortunate fact, that living costs and taxes function on a seven day week basis. Earnings, as the generation of wealth, on the other hand operate on a daily, hourly basis. When I was much younger, seven day weeks, on the factory floor, tended to be the norm to generate a reasonable family income. If it had, oddly, not been, legally possible to work on Saturday afternoon, it would truly, have been a seven day working week. Since none of this foolishness affects our far, and near east competitors, our costs will rise and even more of the wealth generation will move overseas

EU law threatening 'commercially painful changes' for tech out tonight

G R Goslin

Black and white rules?

"the rules are pretty black and white with limited scope to reduce their impact once they are in force; ". Whatever are they thinking of? This is big business and the government, forever joined at the hip. There'll be tears before bedtime.

Comparing the descendants of Mandrake and Mandriva Linux

G R Goslin

Nice OS, shame about the graphical workspaces environment.

I've been using Linux and its Mandrake successors ever since being able to afford my own PC, with a few trial installs of other OS's. But I've always come back to the Mandrake, as a 'proper' Operating System. I used to be the system admin for a SunOS setup, and have always considered that multi-user and root were an essential part of any computer system. However, I've sort of fallen out with Mageia. Not from any fault in the OS, of which there are still too many, but from changes to KDE. So, I'm still using Mageia, but staying with release 5 for anything important, as on the machine I'm using for this. My biggest complaint lies with the virtual disembowelment of Konqueror, the very best file manager that I've come across in more than thirty years. What finally did it for me was the removal of the side bar to Konqueror, which held, for me, the bookmarks listing. I know that I can use the bookmarks menu, but each entry, holds the complete title, and soon eats up even a wide screen display, and then any new bookmarks are dispatched to a limbo, and not easy to use. As release followed release, even more disappeared. I noted in release 8, the file search option in Konqueror had gone. iI had gone in an earlier release, but that was simply that the search function was not loaded by default, and simply fixed. Yes, I know that it's there, but it should be a function within the application. I's rather a shame. I have a moble runningAndroid which has no problems at all finding and using printer/scanners, remote filesyttems, etc., while Mageia still refuses to handle them without a lot of hastle.

5G masts will be strapped to lampposts and traffic lights – once £4m project figures out who owns them

G R Goslin

That's all very well

Where I live, there are no street lights, traffic lights, CCTV , but then there is no signals from any of the G's. So, Situation Normal.

Yule goat's five-year flame-free streak ends ignominiously

G R Goslin

And!

And, there'd be many more pre-lit fires if it were not for the fact that, in this country, a bonfire prepared some days before, becomes almost impossible to set afire, even at the appropriate time.

G R Goslin

Well

Well, an large number of Nov 5th bonfires get anonymously lit, well before the 5th!

When it comes to renting tech kit, things can get personal, very quickly

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not an unexpected result

My experience with department heads, or supervisors, is that they're only too pleased to hive off responsibility for anything under their control, and then just bask in the glory of management, in the full knowledge that the blame for anything will not land at their door. I once worked for company, where the higher management actually got it written into their contracts, that any failure of equipment that they'd signed off as being 'fit for purpose', was not their responsibility, since they had no idea of what they were signing for. It really made me wonder what the company was actually paying out large salaries for.

Government-favoured child safety app warned it could violate the UK's Investigatory Powers Act with message-scanning tech

G R Goslin

Why

Why is snailmail not being included in this farrago? Email, is only the electronic application of the ordinary mail system. Whatever can be sent by email, can just as easily be sent by snail mail. An SD card can hold an enormous amont of data, and attached to a piece of card in an envlelope, practically undetectable to sight and touch. It doesn't even need to have to have a source address.

I only wish that something was done about spam. I'm tired of shovelling the stuff out of my inbox, on the PC, and have given up running an email mail client on my phone, since I've never found a spam filter that works on Android to any real effect.

Sweden asks EU to ban Bitcoin mining because while hydroelectric power is cheap, they need it for other stuff

G R Goslin

Re: I second that request.

How can a heat pump be rated for efficiency? It doen't create heat, other than it's own working losses.It merely concentrates the heat it processes. The total amount of heat from the sorce remains the same. Some years ago, before the madness took over, I did some research for a neighbour, whose house lay over some old lead mine workings. Workings that some of my fellow cavers and I had dug out even more years back. Sited at the uppr parts of the mine, in winter a howling gale would emit from the workings. In summer, the reverse. The air was at a constant 10C, which gave a nice margin , such that you could get plenty of heat out, without the risk of ice buildup. A bonus, was that the high water content of the air, simply condesed, adding it's heat to the output, before running back int the workings. The workings were quite extensive, and the stored heat capacity was huge. He never pursued the project, whivh was a pity. Since he wanted the heat for undderfloor heating, the concentration ratio was quite good.

You forced me to use this fancypants app and now you're asking for a printout?

G R Goslin

Holidays

I think the Saturday afternoon off was not something offered by a generous employer. I think it must have been through an Act of Parliament. Curiously, when I was an engineering apprentice in a factory in the South of England, you were allowed (if your were lucky), to work overtime on Saturday morning, but only if you'd already worked overtime on at least three days of the week. if you were even luckier, you might be offered overtime on Sunday, at the even better return of double time (time and a half, on Saturday). It was explained that overtime on Saturday afternoon was 'Against the Law'. So, if it had been ordained that Saturday afternoons were 'holiday', it would equally apply to overtime, too. Since Sunday was God's day, Parliament didn't consider the need to enact a Law regarding the Working Day, so overtime for the whole day remained an option. One did not turn down an offer to work overtime, ever. Turning down an option, we were told, would, most likely, result in one not being asked again.

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Is it an Electron rocket descending to the ocean?

G R Goslin

Downdraught?

Has anyone considered the effect of the helicopters downdraught, on the parachutes slowing down the booster? I can see the controlled fall translated into an instant free fall, as the parachute is folded around the booster

Earth's wobbly companion is probably the result of a lunar impact, reckon space boffins

G R Goslin

A fragment? I think not.

Planet sized objects tend to act as liquids, more than solids, The strength of the crustal materials are as nothing to the forces available in a collision. What comes out of the collision is either liquid, gas or comminuted debris. Given time, since they all tend have a common velocity, they could coalescs under the common gravity field, but it would not be a fragment in the sense of being a broken off bit of either the impactor, or the impacted

System at the heart of scaled-back £30m Sheffield University project runs on end-of-life Oracle database

G R Goslin

Ah, the happy days of megaspend are not over

Ah, for the Victorian days. The Victorians, in the main were a very pragmatic breed. Their spend was on the basis of how much the money spent earned. There's an old saying, that goes "As a shipwright, if I hire a hundred shipbuilders, I can build more ships, which I shall sell for profit. If I hire a hundred accountants, not one extra plank will be laid". Where is the profit in a database of students. I used to be a Design Draughtsman. My eqipment spend was on an advanced, for it's day, draughting machine. As an apprentice, my draughting machiene was bought in the ninteen thrties, and worked perfectly, without a penny being spent on it in the meantime. I ended up with CAD. Easy to work, and more comfortable than standing on my feet all day, buut the number of designs that left my board did not markedly increase, despite the spend being millions, and the annual maintenance in the thousands, department wide.If my old companies had not been bought up, asset stripped and closed down, my drawings would still fill plan chests. As CAD, my designs, were on software not compatible with later systems and so, no longer exist, and while they did exist cost money to maintain, on a continuous basis.

Investment app Robinhood: Extortionist tricked our support desk and made off with customer information

G R Goslin

Re: On the upside...

On the other hand, for you to have gained 8k, someone else has had to lose it.. It's a zero sum game. The only winner in a gamble is the bookmaker. If he's a good bookmaker.

Oregon city courting Google data centers fights to keep their water usage secret

G R Goslin

I don't think we're seeing the whole story, here

Water for cooling can be used in at least three ways. The first to use the water for the transport of heat, as in a car engine/radiator scenario. In this the net use of water is at, or near zero. The second is to dump the heat into the water, and discard the lot, The third, to use evaporative cooling to carry away the heat, where the quantity of water is indicative of the net energy discarded. Again, the quality of the water is another point. In many cases, the water supplied by the authority, is of high quality, and potable, at considrable cost, over water gained from rivers, etc. with minimal treatment. A company that I once worked for, used vast quantities of water for cooling. It was not unusual to find three taps above a sink, hot/cold/non-potable. Large customers, such as in this case are keen to buy treated water, but at the un-treated price. The common taxpayer, in effect subsidising the commercial user

Real-time crowdsourced fact checking not really that effective, study says

G R Goslin

Re: However, groups of people are universally fucking stupid

I think that a better way of putting that would be to say "A few of their people got to the moon and back despite the efforts of a large group"

Microsoft surpasses Apple as world's most valuable biz, by stock price at least

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I think you have to look into history, a bit more

Here, in the UK, most of the old industries have gone. Not particularly because they were no longer making things, but that the companies were being bought and sold. They were bought with borrowed money, which meant that output was further burdened with paying the interest on the loan, never the capital! To finance this, development was strangled, more efficient methods were rejected as too costly. The carried on, for a while, until the customers walked around them to a better product, from a new maker. I used to work for such a firm in the East Midlands. Exciting days, new and better products came out of Design. The future was assured. The value of the companies went up, making them a target for takeover. After being bought and sold a few times, the drive went out of the window, and it was a long drop into ruin. I left, just in time, and watched as once proud companies died The last time I looked, the factories which had covered most of the city had gone, replaced by a couple of "Industrial Estate" units peddling spare parts. Such successful parts of the enterprise that remained, had been shipped off to other countries, leaving a mere token behind. It was a bit like the "War Reparations", in the other direction.

US nuke sub plans leaked on SD card hidden in peanut butter sandwich, claims FBI

G R Goslin

Restricted?

I don't know whether the US has the same document classification as the UK, but over here "Resrtricted" is the lowest security classification commonly in use. Documents under that heading hold no confidential informatio whatever, of any use to a potential enemy. About the best you'd get out of it is that it's about so long , and so far around.

Waymo, Cruise get green light from California's DMV for self-driving taxi services

G R Goslin

--As-a-service is nothing new

In the UK, in the very early parts of the Industrial Revolution, the makers od pumping machinery for pumping water out of mines, realised that selling a stem driven pump, outright only brought in one profit. Given that the machines would run for years, they would lease ot the machines, so gaining a running income. It ran even to installing pendulum driven counters, which would count the number of pumping strokes, so that they could charge for the gallonage of water pumped. It will be interesting to see if the car-as-a-service also includes a cost per mile charge.

Maker of ATM bombing tutorials blew himself up – Euro cops

G R Goslin

Re: Pretty much standard

Ah, iodoacetate! I remember it well. The favoured substance for the toilet seat humorists

Labour Party proposes raising UK Digital Services Tax (so Amazon can pass the hike on that, too?)

G R Goslin

Re: It's really just begging the question.

No, it really is as simple as that. Where, pray, do you think the seller gets the cash to pay the tax? Does he send his wife and children out to work, to raise the money to pay the taxman? or sell off his assets, his car, the house, his wife and children, to the same end. No. It all comes from the price charged to the buyer. The seller might consider it an unwanted claim on his profits, like shoplifting, but the money, ultimately, comes from the customer. All of it. Without exception.

G R Goslin

It's really just begging the question.

ALL taxes are paid by the unfortunate individual at the end of the line. All stages on the route to this individual simply add their notional tax onto the price of the goods or service. There is no exception to this principal. If there was, it would simply be a case of the supplier paying the tax out of his own pocket, with no redress, and that is not going to happen. And as Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain), observed, so long ago, "Taxes are not levied for the benefit of the taxed". Nothing has changed since then. Or will.

UK funds hydrogen-powered cargo submarine to torpedo maritime emissions by 2050

G R Goslin

Re: And Hydrogen can be made from SEAWATER!

Oh, and what does it use for an oxygen supply? At -75 metres? And where does this 'green'. emission free hydrogen come from? It's only green if it comes only from your very own wind turbine, unconnected to the grid, and the manufacture of the vessel, the electoysis machinery, and all the ancilliaries, entirely from the same source the hyrogen came from? Good luck smelting iron from the ore using electric power, mining the ore and rolling the steel. It 'aint green, by a large chunk.

Wisdom from polititions. Now there's a novel concept.

Samsung is planning to reverse-engineer the human brain on to a chip

G R Goslin

Let's hope

Let's hope that it's not going to be anyone from the UK Government

Raspberry Pi's trading arm snags £33m investment as flotation rumours sink

G R Goslin

With the 'Sale' of shares.......

..... the words 'thin', 'edge; and 'wedge' come to my mind. A loan, can (conceivably) be paid back, but shares are forever. And presumably transferrable.

We're all at sea: Navigation Royal Navy style – with plenty of IT but no GPS

G R Goslin

For 99.9% of the time

The Royal Navy only have to look out of the window, to the dockside, to which the ship is tied.

UK.gov is launching an anti-Facebook encryption push. Don't think of the children: Think of the nuances and edge cases instead

G R Goslin

Re: One time pads

can't you send your new OTP on the final page of your old OTP? That would only require the creation, by other means, of your initial OTP.

Japan's aerospace agency hooks up with Boeing to make planes quieter when they land

G R Goslin

Why not go the whole hog

I'd have thought it obvious that the engine noise would reduce when throttling back to descend. Why not go the whole hog and turn them off totally. Then you'd only have the wind noise to worry about. And perhaps the screams of the passengers.

Green hydrogen 'transitioning from a shed-based industry' says researcher as the UK hedges its H2 strategy

G R Goslin

Re: Remember where that energy comes from

Remember too, where that electricity goes to, initially. ALL serious electrical power goes straight to the National Grid. It is simply a flow of electrons, and there is absolutely no way to determine whether it was produced from Fossil fuels, wind turbines, or wishful thinking. People who change their electricity supplier for one guaranteed to source their power from 'green' sources, are an example of this wishful thinking

Where does this idea of 'cracking' hydrogen come from? Cracking is the process of breaking up complex molecules into smaller parts. Hydrogen consists of the hydrogen molecule, one of the simplest on Earth. Splitting it merely gives you monatomic hydrogen easily the most reactive element anywhere. 'Cracking' heavy oils into smaller, lighter molecules, simply gives you a fuel which commands a higher price, and increased availability.

G R Goslin

Re: Why is Electrolysis hard to commercialise?

It's not that easy. For a start, water (pure) is an insulator. Ionic addites have to be added to allow the water to conduct electricity, which brings the risk of other gases being added to the product stream. Too,as with most things, you need a LOT of electicity to produce even a small quantity of hydrogen. Then you have the risk of carrying the other gas (oxygen) into the product stream with explosive properties. The oxygen is a relatively high priced product, but is far more easily produced by liquifaction and distillation, so does little to offset the high price of the produced hydrogen.

G R Goslin

A hydrogen economy id old hat

Britain had a hydogen based gas supply for far longer than it's had one based on 'Natural' gas. The old town gas system, which was replaced by natural gas, because it was cheaper (and safer), was about 50% hydrogen. the proportions made it lighter than air, and, as a child, one of my ambitions was to fill balloons with the stuff. Alas the mains pressures were far too low to allow for this without pumping, and the only source of pressure was the trusty old bicycle tyre pump, Which also alas, did not allow for modifiation to act as a gas pump. At least to an eight year old, on a shilling a week pocket money. I did, eventually attain my goal, but that was by means of caustic soda and alluminium scrap trimmings. Alas, that too, had it's drawbcks, in the destructive power of caustic soda, on cellulose based fabrics, which constituted the majority of clothing.

Oddly, there did not seem to be the uproar against leakage which pervades the public field today. True, there were occasional spontaneous dismantlings of houses, but then, we still have this with natural gas.

UK celebrates 25 years of wasteful, 'underperforming' government IT projects

G R Goslin

So?

So, how is this different from all the other government cock-ups, far too many to mention. But still the vast majority of all their decisions, regardless of party or creed, that was in power, during, begore, or after the evenf.

Euro space boffins hatch comms satellite hijack plan to save Earth from extinction

G R Goslin

Well

Well, the destuction of all life on Earth, has not happened in the last 900 million years, so what is the chance of it happening anytime soon? But keep looking. At least it does keep some people in gainful employment.

Western Approaches Museum: WRENs, wargames, and victory in the Atlantic

G R Goslin

Existence could be spartan for the staff ....

hardly spartan, I spent two years of National Service in conditions similar to this, but without the second pillow, or telephone. Beds were never made up like this, the blankets and sheets had to be folded just so, and the bed made up, only when you were going to climb in it. Some of my sleep time was spent under a single blanket on a concrete floor, with a pair of boots for a pillow.

Kaspersky Password Manager's random password generator was about as random as your wall clock

G R Goslin

Re: It's always puzzled me....

You don't need a backup with the psion netBook. It's only crashed once in the past twenty years of continuous running

G R Goslin

It's always puzzled me....

.... why attacks on passwords are granted so much time to carry out brute force attacks, or indeed any attack carried out with multiple submissions. Surely, it's not that difficult to devise a system which progressivley increases the interval between submissions, or permits only so many, before shutting down, or has such a period beween submissions, such that a lifetime could pass before such an attack succeeded. Then passwords could, once again be real and memorable. As it is, a user is required to use an artificial memory system, which could so easily be lost, break, or be stolen. I keep my passwords on an old psion netBook, which is never connected to the net. The last time I looked at it, in whole, it ran to twenty-four pages of A4, at four lines to the subject

In any case, most passwords users are vulnerable to threats of violence, either to them or others, negating the most sophisticated password creation.

Robots still suck. It's all they can do to stand up – never mind rise up

G R Goslin

It's hardly cost effective

$75,000 for a robot the size of a dog?. That will buy a hell of a lot more of the canine variety, even at lifetime costs. Given that the lifetime of mechanical objects, of even low complexity, the canine version will easily outlive it's robot equivalent. For the larger, load carrying versions, The British Army in the far East, during ww2, employed mules, at a far lesser cost, for a far greater effect. Going back to civvy times, the old milk delivery, by horse and cart, utilised the intelligence of the horse to follow a route, stopping where required, without apparent input from the human controller. It might be interesting work, and might tick the "Gooodness Me!", box, but it's hardly cost effective.

Ransomware-hit law firm gets court order asking crooks not to publish the data they stole

G R Goslin

I suppose...

... it only goes to show how out of touch with reality, the legal profession really is. " I put it to you, Mr Burglar, that you should return the goods you stole from my client, and should reimberse him with the costs of repairing the damage that you inflicted on him, in the theft which you carried out."

Boffins decide what world really needs is indestructible robot cockroaches

G R Goslin

Oh, come on now

The device is not withstanding the whole weight of a human. particularly one wearing a soft soled shoe. The stress within the device has to be within the elastic limit of the materials, to avoid damage. Even allowing for the weight of the human taken by the floor adjacent to the device, only a few grammes of the humans weight is taken in deforming the structure of the device, before the device is merely sandwiched between shoe and floor. If the device had been crawling over a matchstick, at the time, the results might have been rather more damaging

Flexispot Deskcise Pro V9: Half desk, half exercise bike, and you're all sweaty. How much does it cost again?

G R Goslin

What's all the fuss?

I spent about forty years of my working life as a draughtsman, and there is absolutely no way that you can sit, working on an A0 drawing board. So, apart from the time working out dimensions (longhand), and the one teabreak allowed per day, you stood at the thing. And if one thing is glaringly obvious, in a drawing office, a draughtsman NOT standing facing the board, pencil in hand, is not working. Until CAD came into the office, and you could sit and glare into a small screen that only showed you a very minor part of what was, in reality, a full size A0 display. The nation's gone to the dogs, I tell 'ee.

Just out of curiosity, how the hell do you type into a laptop, while pedalling at a rate that willl give you meaningful exercise? I can see a short life for the backspace/ delete buttons.

Inventor of the graphite anode – key Li-ion battery tech – says he can now charge an electric car in 10 minutes

G R Goslin

Re: There still remains......

.....But, petrol cars are way less efficient. A better.....You're making a very common mistake. Because, with petrol/diesel, the power is generated at the point of use, it does not mean that you can ignore the inefficiencies of power generation at a remote location. Natural Laws, which unlike man-made laws, cannot be broken, are the same in both cases. You cannot ignore the one and hold up the other as being the only area of inefficiency. The plumes of steam seen over the power stations coolling towers, tell of energy thrown away. The hiss and buzz when near electrical power lines, is an indication of coronal discharges of energy. Energy transmission over the most efficient common conductor (High purity copped cables) that we have, nevertheless, do lose a significant proportion of the energy they carry, over extended distances. Energy that the producers would dearly like to realise,

G R Goslin

There still remains......

....the problem of where to get the electricity from, and in this case, a further problem of where do you get it from in the enormous amperages you will need to re-charge a cars batteries in ten minutes.. Even ten minutes for a full charge is still more than twice as long as it would take for the equivalent amount of petrol, or diesel fuel to be pumped into a cars tanks.

Shuttered call centre sours Capita's £58m contract extension with Tesco Mobile

G R Goslin

lol

The Tesco, in question, was only a few miles away, but, at the time The Welsh Assembly had made it an illegal act to cross the county boundary, which, in the case was only a few hundred yards away. With Tesco on the other side of it.

G R Goslin

Customer Services???

aI wasn't aware that Tesco's had ANY customer services. Not so long ago, I had resn to contact Tesco's Customer Service, over a relatively trivial matter. Over an hour, later i had been totally unable to get past the diversions erected against any member of the public getting to any place within tesco's. Unless it was through the street door into the shop. Which, at that time was forbidden by the Covid regulations.

Google will make you use two-step verification to login

G R Goslin

Are these people real?

I live in an area, so far ignored by 2g, 3g,4g and 5g, so my chances of a second factor coming to my 'phone anytime soon is a bit remote. I keep all my passwords on the Word (Psion) application on a twenty odd year old Psion netBook, which is almost never connected to the 'net. At the last count, it ran to 28 pages of A4, at four lines to an entry, for the most part. Admittedly, a whole lot of these entries are obsolete, Like the Daily Telegraph online crossword, which I gave up when they started to charge an exorbitant for an account. Everyone and their dog is requiring an acount with password. Very few of them can agree on how the password shall be constructed.Never forget that he simplest way to crack a password, is to crack the owner of the password. Usually with a big stick..A cheap and very low tech solution. I once tried to get an account on a hardware forum, for something I was using. After a couple of hours having passwords rejected. Even hitting keys at random did not generate a viable password, I decided that the manufacturer did not want people on his forum, and gave up.

There's no place like GNOME: System 76 introduces COSMIC desktop GUI for its Pop!_OS Linux

G R Goslin

Re: Why the fuck

As a very long term Linux fan, I have to admit that maintenance on my version of Linux is a pain. So many of the present day fundamentals do not work, or work partially, or badly. A major printer company psc printer that I bought when my old printer died, would install the printer side, but zilch on the scanner function, despite the insistence on the install, that psc scanner functions were handled by the printer install.The scanner installer would have nothing to do with a built in scanner. I have a small server farm of Drobo units, each of these units has to be installed by writing them in in fstab, since the system install does not work. Despite many attempts at a bluetooth function, it is still zilch. Which is a shame when I consider the number of bluetooth devices I have working fine on my lone Windows machine and all my Android devices. It rather rubs salt i the wound, when both Windows and Android have a totally hassle free install, and flawless operation with these functions and others. I'll stay with Linux as the nearest I have to the Unix systems I used to work on, despite attempts by the Linux devs to try to imitate the terrible way that Windows and Android seem to think that theirs is the best user interface.

Mullet over: Aussie boys' school tells kids 'business in the front, party in the back' hairstyle is 'not acceptable'

G R Goslin

Ahhh.

Yet another authoritarian declaration by a "land of the Free" country. "You can do what you like, in the name of Freedom, so long as it accords with what we say"

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