* Posts by techulture

33 publicly visible posts • joined 30 Sep 2010

Return to office mandates had senior employees jumping ship


I first read this as "a large Teams meeting", because non-physical meetings with many people is really a combination that makes you drift away and do other things.

Apparently I am an odd one, because even after 15 years within IT I still like having people around me for discussions and having (a limited, reasonable number of) high-bandwidth physical meetings.

Mozilla's midlife crisis has taken it from web pioneer to Google's weird neighbor


Re: Firefox on iOS

Also in iOS: How hard could it be to let me have the bookmarks list as the default start page, instead of having to scroll down and click the link to view all of them? In Android, for some strange reason when I type something in the address bar, my recent visits are displayed above my bookmarks (even when they are identical). Firefox hates bookmarks?

Santa's sack is bulging with browsers: Vivaldi 5.0 arrives full of festive cheer


Re: As a Presto lover

If you mean the original Opera and not specifically the rendering engine, then my answer is yes. I used Firefox for quite some time but Vivaldi returned just in time when Firefox messed up sidebars, tabs and plugins.

That said, from a web standards perspective I would prefer if Vivaldi used Gecko instead of Blink as rendering engine, but I suppose it was easier to base the overall browser on Chromium rather than Firefox.

Microsoft makes tweaks to Windows 11 Start Menu for Insiders but stops short of mimicking Windows 10


Re: Combining task bar buttons?

I want a separate button for each instance/window. Never combine.


Combining task bar buttons?

I can hardly imagine not being able to directly select different window instances of an application, like documents of the same type or browser windows.

Microsoft's Teams Essential tier seems designed to coax people on to Business Basic


Re: Global warning

Nope, no Windows "native" version, but they are changing two things: Moving from Electron to WebView2 and rewriting the actual views from Angular to React.


A speech recognition app goes into a bar. Speak up if you’ve heard it already


"Speech recognition" is a better term.

Norwegian student tracks Bluetooth headset wearers by wardriving around Oslo on a bicycle


Re: headphone jack - snagging

Well, the cord tends to snag on handles and knobs when I move about my kitchen. Anyway, the convenience of switching between physical jacks and the superior sound quality (call quality without the restrictions of Bluetooth headset profile; no transcoding; no codec support jungle) means my closed over the ears are my number one choice. I don't use headphones when exercising or bike commuting, I should add.

Apple announces lossless HD audio at no extra cost, then Amazon Music does too. The ball is now in Spotify's court


Misguided effort, compared to Bluetooth connection strength and codecs

They should settle for 48 kHz and 24 bits in consumer formats, which is more than enough even for wired listening, and instead direct the attention of consumers and device makers to the Bluetooth limitations.

(Even before the loudness race, 16 bits were just fine, but sure let's splurge. 44,1 kHz used to impact low-pass filtering, so 48 kHz is a reasonable upgrade.)

Vivaldi browser to perform a symphony of ad and tracker blocking with version 3.0


Re: Vivaldi is great

Agreed. Tab stacks are hard to crate and very slow to access. Tree style tabs was much superior.

SAP hits back in Oracle cloud spat: I am rubber, you are glue, we have twice as many ERP installations as you


Indeed I am curious in how to train "AI so that my supply chain is better at predicting demand" in light of black swan circumstances. Additionally, for many industry companies, for example vehicle manufacturers, it has rather been a challenge to predict supply ...

Line-of-business folk will have bigger role in growing robotic process automation revolution


Re: RPA is the same as last decades BPM

I agree that system development is needed for BPMN process automation. Also, a skilled business analyst can create good, executable BPMN with some effort, but your average citizen developer ...


Re: RPA is the same as last decades BPM

Hmm? If you worked with IBM and BPMN it would not have been Filenet BPM, but rather Lombardi Teamworks BPM (acquired to replace Filenet BPM and the BPEL Websphere Process Server)?

Anyway, my main pet peeve here is that RPA should really be named RTA as in task automation. No handovers - typically not a process.

Error pop-up? Don't worry, let's just get this migration done... BTW it's my day off tomorrow


Re: been there - done that

Robotic process automation (RPA), to rephrase it.

Cheap, flimsy, breakable and replaceable – yup, Ikea, you'll be right at home in the IoT world


"Wirefree" ...

"Trådfri" literally translates to "wirefree", whereas "wireless" is properly "trådlös" (or sometimes "sladdlös", which is really "cordless"). So the name is a word play.

Repentant priest from Cuntis sorry he dressed as Hugh Hefner


Re: I wonder if the church would have been more or less upset

Younger - and boys. :-(

MAC randomization: A massive failure that leaves iPhones, Android mobes open to tracking


Re: off

Typically, this type of sneaky wifi activation is part of location settings.

Despite best efforts, fewer and fewer women are working in tech


Self-selection ...

... someone wrote and it would because they have learned this:



Google Pixel: Devices are a dangerous distraction from the new AI interface


The non-English majority

One big omission here is the fact that most people normally communicate in another language than English.

Government regulation will clip coders' wings, says Bruce Schneier


Re: I perfectly agree with Schneier

A jammer disguised as a cheap, "badly shielded" chinese appliance?

Stevie Graham: Why I hack mobile banking apps


Re: security through fragmentation vs an API monoculture

Indeed, "I" is for "interface", not "implementation".

VW floats catalytic converter as fix for fibbing diesels


Re: Which cave did they dig you out from?

Unfortunately lean petrol engines (GDI, gasoline direct injection, also FSI) need particulate filters as well.


Ericsson to Apple: Cough up for licences or stop selling iPhones, iPads and Watches


Re: It it to do with the selling price I bet

They have already sued them in East Texas:


"On February 26, Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) filed two complaints with the International Trade Commission (ITC) and seven complaints in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas against Apple asserting 41 patents covering many aspects of Apple's iPhones and iPads. The patents include standard essential patents related to the 2G and 4G/LTE standards as well as other patents that are critical to features and functionality of Apple devices such as the design of semiconductor components, user interface software, location services and applications, as well as the iOS operating system. Ericsson seeks exclusion orders in the ITC proceedings and damages and injunctions in the District Court actions."

White LED lies: It's great, but Nobel physics prize-winning great?


Re: @Zog

Nah, the problem might be perceived as a colour temperature one, but it is more likely about colour quality due to the discontinuous spectrum of diodes.

TrueCrypt hooked to life support in Switzerland: 'It must not die' say pair


Re: CryptTrue

Only if you encrypt with the Twofish algorithm ...

Yes! New company smartphones! ... But I don't WANT one


Also, many Sony Xperia are water resistant, which to me is a real improvement.

Is modern life possible without a smartphone?


Maybe you went a little too far when you looked for a non-touch phone? I suggest a Nokia 301 instead.

Torvalds: 'We're not doing Linux95 … for a few years, at least'


Make it 9-5, if Linux ever supplants Windows as the standard OS for office serfs.

Bigger than Twitter: Opera releases rebuilt Chromium-based browser


Re: Disgruntled but very vocal minority of power users.

Repositionable toolbars are really useful.

Having vertical tabs in a right sidebar maximizes the vertical page size, while allowing me to use the full width of my wide-aspect screen without getting too wide text columns. More tabs are visible at the same time.

iPhone 5 rumors: bigger, smaller, cloudy, keyboard-equipped



Well, a 4 inch 1024*768 display would have a "retina-class" ppi of 320, as well as synergy with the current Ipad.

W3C tackles HTML5 confusion with, um, more confusion


Web 2.1

Yes, web 2.1. That is a term I could use.

Most coders have sleep problems, need 'hygiene and care'


Late habits (Re: Hypothesising Zs)

Speaking for myself, I find late hours at the office means less interruptions and better concentration. I don't think I have a different circadian rhythm.

Everyone but Oracle demands Java independence