* Posts by alisonken1

104 publicly visible posts • joined 29 Sep 2010


Laugh all you want. There will be a year of the Linux desktop


Re: No. Stop it.

... using GIMP to print a check ....

Last I checked, GIMP was for graphics.

For printing checks, there's Accounting and Finance Software ("30 Best Accounting and Finance Software for Linux" - UbuntuPit).

Or - you can even use LO or Office apps (with the correct template).

Arm founder says the UK has no chance of tech sovereignty


Re: UK Ministers have a 4004 for a brain

Actually, an Intel 4004 chip (wikipedia article) sounds about right.

A 4-bit cpu in a 64-bit world.

California asks people not to charge EVs during heatwave


Re: Odd statement ...

If you're thinking Hoover Dam style renewable - go have a look at the water table in the lake and tell me it's easily renewable. Vagrancies in weather patterns make it more of a hit/miss style since rain used to refill the storage pool (or lake behind the dam) requires a fair amount of luck with the weather providing rain in the correct location to refill it.

Pumped storage is an option, but I believe "hydroelectricity" in the context of the article doesn't consider pumped storage since that's a very low percentage option (not enough pumped-storage facilities available).

British boffins make touchless computing tech on the cheap



Specifying Windows indicates it runs on the x86 architecture, which includes AMD.

The explicit limitation in the article is Windows only at this time.

2050 carbon emission goals need nuclear to succeed, says International Energy Agency


Mr. ReactorFusion powering your car will take care of that.


Microsoft issues fix for Windows 11 Wi-Fi hotspots


"... each new distro release"

I think you'd be surprised at how few recompiles are needed to include a program after updates.

The only time a new binary needs to be recompiled is when the main libs are updated with new API's - and even then most of them will still run just ensuring a symlink from the previous lib name to the new lib name.

First steps into the world of thought leadership: What could go wrong?

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Re: 500 words about breaking her favorite coffee mug

For those who _really_ love their mugs (or one of a kind keepsakes), there's a YouTube video to help you keep those heirlooms from the past:

How To Fix A Porcelain Mug With A TIG Welder (youtube video)

SpiralLinux: Anonymous creator of GeckoLinux puts out new Debian remix


GUIs are for wimps

Real programmers use XWindows - it allows more terminals on one screen to run the emacs computers for true multitasking.

AI's most convincing conversations are not what they seem


Re: The real issue


- Humans pet me

- Humans feed me

- Humans shelter me.



- Humans pet me

- Humans feed me

- Humans shelter me.



Why do you say this is interesting?

Are you sure you're not an Eliza bot?

EU lawmakers vote to ban sales of combustion engine cars from 2035


Re: Planned car ownership decline

Nah - they'll just get the Crowd Control Truck to help clear the roads.

I love the Linux desktop, but that doesn't mean I don't see its problems all too well


Re: Almost ready for the big L

I think he's confusion SpaceX with Canonical - both leaders came from the Dark Continent.

Smart homes are hackable homes if not equipped with updated, supported tech


Re: "The problem with IoT devices is that consumers tend to treat them as appliances."

"... downgrade WifeV1.0 to ExV1.0 ..."

Some people I know would have said:

"... promote Wifev1.0 to ExV1.0 ..."

Dear Europe, here again are the reasons why scanning devices for unlawful files is not going to fly


Re: Have I mentioned in the past....................

I think the problem you missed:


2. Image is moved to a laptop or workstation (air gapped, of course)

2.a. CSAM fingerprints image

2.b. CSAM adds metadata to image ( can someone say steganography )

3. Image is encrypted


Remember, you have to update your computer sometime - and even air-gapped, you still have to download the updates from somewhere.

Sick of Windows but can't afford a Mac? Consult our cynic's guide to desktop Linux


Re: choose how the OS will annoy you

I remember those. I played with Slackware since the days of SLS.

I figured out how to take the floppies, copy the sets to a CD and figured out how to run the installer so I didn't have to swap floppies all the time - one CD to rule the install. The hardest part was recreating the X config file for the monitor(s) I had available.

Those were the days - quick edit of a plain text file and have whizz-bang installer updates.

Arm CPU ran on electricity generated by algae for over six months


Re: "10 years later, everybody is using millipede treadmills"


Open-source leaders' reputations as jerks is undeserved


Re: Arrogance and rude behavior are rampant in just technology circles?

I've seen other media where Gordon was very polite as well. Master Chef and Master Chef Junior for example.

I believe Hell's Kitchen was originally produced to get into the consumer demand for bad boy behavior.

Linux kernel maintainers tear Paragon a new one after firm submits read-write NTFS driver in 27,000 lines of code


Re: Funny

As I read it -

Most driver code has been through multiple reviews on smaller code dumps over time. IIRC most drivers started with initial submissions with baseline frameworks and can be tested and verified. Driver is marked as EXPERIMENTAL - USE AT YOUR OWN RISK during this phase. As each submission is vetted, additional functionality is added, and only the new changes need to be tested/vetted.

27K lines of code added in 5K chunks can be tested/vetted rather easily.

27K lines of code added in a single 27K chunk is not easily to test/vet.

Also, keep in mind, once mainlined, it must be maintained by kernel devs. Or better yet, the original author/company (since they already know how it works).

Microsoft points at Linux and shouts: Look, look! Privilege-escalation flaws here, too!


Let's not forget AntennaGate: "You're holding it wrong"

Why the Linux desktop is the best desktop


Re: "Linux Desktop"

Having lived through the OS wars of the 80's, I can pretty much say that you are (partially) one of the truth deniers.

The only reason I can say partially is because of the MS culture of the day and how they armtwisted the computer sellers and bought "assisted" congress in making laws such as

<Clif-Notes version>All computers sold _will_ have an operating system on them"</Clif-notes version>

You must have missed the MS trial of the century.

Computer scientists at University of Edinburgh contemplate courses without 'Alice' and 'Bob'


Car radios crashed by station broadcasting images with no file extension

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Re: Mazda's Infotainment is a pile of garbage

Same thing with a 2005 Nissan Versa Note (orange display).

And, of course, the display faded just after the warranty period, so no - I live with the bunged display until I replace it.

(there's only a couple of radio stations our family listens to anyway ; and at 4am in the winter, the display actually comes back to normal - until the temp (or heater) raises the cabin temp a couple of degrees)

Kremlin names the internet giants it will kidnap the Russian staff of if they don't play ball in future


Re: "Western governments detain people too"

Or, better yet, all the relatives of those people whom Julian specifically named in those released documents ....

NASA delays crewed Moon landing until 2025, citing technical infeasibility


Re: So NASA will *never* make it to the Moon

Although I agree with the sentiments, there's still too much politics involved in NASA funding for the chemical shed extras.

With that said, once Starship (and Moonship) get going, Congress will have less of a reason for politics to dictate funding directions where space is concerned (subject to military dictates).

NASA advised to study up on what open source, free software, and permissive licenses actually mean


Re: BSD vs GPL

BSD license is minimalistic restriction.

If you make changes to the code and distribute/redistribute (in either source or binary form), you must include the attribution of original author in the file/with the program.

That's the only restriction that I can think of.

140,000-plus drivers sent $60m in compensation checks after Amazon 'stole their tips'


Re: UK Perspecitve

Kind of like food service - low pay + expecting tips to make up the difference rather than decent pay + tips for exceptional service (like the original meaning of "tip" for better service).

At least with food service (restaurant style), the expectation is up front rather than behind-the-scenes accounting shenanigans.

Still sucks.

SpaceX-powered trip to ISS grounded by 'medical issue'


Re: I don't want TMI

Last article I read basically said most women astronauts prefer to keep on the birth control pill without the placebo pills.

If you ever noticed them, the package comes with 2 colors of pills - the pink normal pills and the red placebo pills; the placebo pills are only there to keep reminding them to take a pill every day so they don't miss the real pills. Menstruation happens during the placebo pill phase.

No placebo pills, no menstruation.



CNN article from 2016 that includes a link to a study of military females as well as astronauts, as well as notes on a long-term (think no daily pill) style of birth control as well.


Re: It's probably gas...

The problem is the capsule already up there preparing to bring the old crew back has the same problem as inspiration 4 capsule - so no chance to fix it until it gets back.

Still, at least they DO have nappies available for the (hopefully) short trip back.

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


MiB quote: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WPMMNvYTEyI

Jay - "People are smart"

Kay - "A Person is smart. People are dumb, panicky animals and you know it!"

Google's 'Be Evil' business transformation is complete: Time for the end game


Re: Once upon a time...

Actually, ISTR in the beginning, Google was literally just a search engine. For about 5 years, they had no real revenue and no other business but website scraping to get links to tweak their algorithm.

But prior to going public, they were told they had to have a revenue stream before going public (and Wikipedia-style grants/donations were not an option)*.

It was only after they were almost forced to accept ad revenue that they changed from "Do No Evil" to "Don't Get Caught".

* Can't find the reference article since it's been years ago that I read it.

Linux Foundation, IBM, Cisco and others back ‘Inclusive Naming Initiative’ to change nasty tech terms


Re: RedHat

Senator McCarthy would like to have a word with you about the redefinition of the word "red" to mean something other than communist.

Electric car makers ready to jump into battery recycling amid stuttering supply chains


Re: "Less than 5 per cent of lithium-ion batteries are recycled today"

Unfortunately, I don't think the crayons would mulch into anything resembling healthy fertilizer.


Re: "GM is projecting an all-electric future..."

So we need something like 480GW generating capacity for a 1:1 replacement with ICE vehicles

By that standard - every house has a 100amp (min) power panel, with most newer ones having 200amp power panels.

Just looking at my street we're looking at 100x50=5K amps of electricity needed just to power my block.

Interesting that we don't even come close to the max rating per household at any given time.

(For those not math inclined, VxI=W 100a x 120v = 12Kw

What if Chrome broke features of the web and Google forgot to tell anyone? Oh wait, that's exactly what happened


Re: W3C compliance icons ...

Actually, those icons are used on the web pages coming from servers - not the browsers.

[ note to self: need to post more often to get badge level for blockquotes]


The W3C "valid" icons may be used on documents that successfully passed validation for a specific technology, using the W3C validation services.


Technology does widen the education divide. But not always in the way you expect



Just to clarify poll:

Voting FOR -> Agree, technology is hindering education and creating an educational divide

Voting AGAINST -> Disagree, technology is helping education and has no effect on educational divide

Is this a correct assessment?

More Boots on Moon delays: NASA stops work on SpaceX human landing system as Blue Origin lawsuit rolls on


Re: Good Value

They don't call it the "Senate Launch System" for nothing!

You MUST present your official ID (but only the one that's really easy to fake)


Re: Patrick Duffy

"The Man From Atlantis" - a short (only a few episodes) series that bombed in such spectacular fashion that he returned to Dallas via "The Shower Scene"

Engineers' Laurel and Hardy moment caused British Airways 787 to take an accidental knee


Re: Take an accidental knee

Actually, the F14 did have to kneel before a cat shot off the carrier:


(step 2 after lining up with the cat)

NASA to return to the Moon by 2024. One problem with that, says watchdog: All of it


Re: Sponsored by ...

Yep - a Robert Heinlein story. Can't remember which one, but Harriman was the protagonist, and because of his efforts he was NOT allowed to go to the moon.

A more recent example would be all of the work that Elon Musk has put in for Mars, but the company would not let him go because he was "too valuable ensuring the company makes its' goals of visiting another space body to risk himself ".

The logo you were thinking of was not really put on the moon, but he would wear a button on his jacket when he went to visit companies trying to get funding. He would then tell them "This is what your competitor's logo would look like if they get there first and put their logo on the moon".

Tesla owners win legal fight after software update crippled older Model S batteries


Mr. Fusion To The Rescue!


Yep, the 'Who owns Linux?' case is back from the dead


Obviously, there are multiple people that either forgot or don't know Miracle Max.

Windows Product Activation – or just how many numbers we could get a user to tell us down the telephone


Re: A bit off topic

In the 1980's, I personally could not buy a computer from a major store without also purchasing MS-DOS. IIRC, I was told that those companies could not legally sell a bare-bones computer.

Whether the legality was due to actual law or signed contract between major store and suppliers I leave up to you to search. (hint: one aspect might be related to https://www.justice.gov/atr/complaint-us-v-microsoft)

IF I was lucky, the reseller might have the option of installing some other O/S - but that was my experience.

Must 'completely free' mean 'hard to install'? Newbie gripe sparks some soul-searching among Debian community


Re: My personal rant about all Linux variants


What they all apparently forget or ignore, is that the majority of people don't want a computer - they want Office type applications, email, games, films and music.


"Office type ..." is incorrect.

"MS Office on a non-MS platform"

"Photoshop on a non-MS platform"


And the list goes on ....

State of Iowa told no, you can’t use $21m coronavirus federal aid to help fund your $52m Workday roll-out


I read a COBOL file in 1989 on a PC ...

... would that count on my CV?

Mayday! Mayday! The next Windows 10 update is finally on approach to a PC near you


Re: Just wait


Fedora - but it's the KDE spin of Red Hat.

How many times do we have to tell you? A Tesla isn't a self-driving car, say investigators after Apple man's fatal crash


Re: Two things here

"Tesla refused to cooperate with the probe." really are they allowed to do that? US justice seems a little toothless.

Minor correction - NTSB is NOT part of the justice system.

National Transportation Safety Board .

Note - Even the title shows that they're part of an investigation group, not a prosecution group.


Re: Take a lesson from railways

IIRC (it's been quite a few years since I've read Heinlein), he was describing why the "Gorilla Suits" of the Marauder class of armor was designed with simple displays and controls - instead of having to spend 6 months learning what the suit does, the suit was designed so you 'just wear it' - otherwise, when you're too busy trying to figure out the technology in the middle of battle, you lose sight of the fact you're in the middle of a battle.

When that happens while you're fighting, you're so distracted trying to figure out what each control does and what the displays mean that you don't notice the caveman coming up behind you with a rock and bash your head in.

Google's OpenSK lets you BYOSK – burn your own security key


"Quickly Robin! To the BatScope - there's no time to lose!"

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


Re: 3 laws for AI

And don't forget RoboCop's Directive 4:

"Thou shalt not touch a Corporate Executive"