* Posts by Twilight

136 publicly visible posts • joined 11 Nov 2010


Asahi Linux goes from Apple Silicon port project to macOS bug hunters


Re: Yup.

We didn't at work. We updated to 14.1 (which appears to still have the issue if the article is correct (eg 14.0+)) due to the security patches (not sure why 13.6.1 (security patches back-ported) wasn't an option). However, afaik, nobody at work has run into this issue (possibly everyone had the ProMotion refresh rate?).

Biden's facing the clock to veto Apple Watch import ban after ITC patent ruling


Re: Its just someone wanting a slice of the action

I agree that is how patents are supposed to work. I don't agree that that necessarily leads to Apple doing something wrong.

At least in the US, a TON of (most?) patents should never have been issued (existing prior art, obvious to anyone working in the industry, etc). I don't know enough about Masimo's patents to say if that is the case here or not.

It took seven years but over-40s fired by HP win $18m settlement


Re: What's the logic here?

Common legal tactic (in the US at least). Agree to a settlement without admitting guilt (or, in this case, still claiming innocence). There is now the legal fiction that you weren't guilty of anything (if you weren't convicted in court, it didn't happen).


Re: Forget the legalities a minute

You're forgetting that "long-term planning" at US companies is now a MAXIMUM of 2 years. The older workers tend to be more highly paid so, if we replace them with new grads with little or no experience, the permanent (capital?) expenditures go down on the stock report so the stock price goes up... in the short-term until the move causes tons of problems for the company down the road (by which point there's a fair chance that the C-suite has already switched out (and the high-mid managers may have moved on as well)).

Stupid stuff like this happens ALL THE TIME at big US corporations...


Re: Fair, adequate and reasonable

The US is a representative democracy which means (in the way it is implemented in the US) the voters really don't have significant say in a lot of things - the elected officials have all the say. The only say the voters have is in who they elect. Compound that with the way the US media works (it's amazing how low the bar is to be considered "news") and the US has a mess created by the 1% (really it's more like the 0.1%).

USENET, the OG social network, rises again like a text-only phoenix


Nope. I used USENET up until Comcast dropped it a long time ago (10+ years iirc). At the time, I did spend a little bit of time looking around for an alternative but couldn't find anything that didn't cost more than I thought it was worth.

Zoom CEO reportedly tells staff: Workers can't build trust or collaborate... on Zoom


Re: Just... Wow

MS Teams is never the answer regardless of the question. We primarily use Zoom and Slack at work and, while they could be better, at least not everyone tries to avoid them if at all possible (which is what happens with Teams).

Microsoft’s Azure mishap betrays an industry blind to a big problem


Re: rm -r *

AIX was a very weird Unix version but it did do some things very, very well.

Healthcare org with over 100 clinics uses OpenAI's GPT-4 to write medical records


Good luck successfully suing a doctor for malpractice. I've recently been talking to a few friends in the medical and legal fields. In a lot of states, it's very hard to win a malpractice case for anything except the worst gross negligence.

Ford seeks patent for cars that ditch you if payments missed


Re: Ah.

I don't understand why auto makers allow dealers to do pre-sale modifications with third-party kit. It seems like it's just asking for issues and tarnishing the brand due to problems.

My current potential issue (that thankfully hasn't been an issue) is I bought an Audi with a Stasis chip (conservatively modified engine chip). Stasis was an official Audi partner. The chip was sent direct to Statis for reprogramming before I ever took receipt of the car. Stasis went under and, per Audi, if I have a problem with the engine chip, it is NOT covered by warranty -- even though I bought it through the dealer with Audi's official partner and the dealer stressed that it had the exact same warranty. I'm sorry but, at that point, it is an Audi problem (fortunately I haven't had an issue with the chip since Stasis went under so I haven't had to argue over it).


Re: Don't suppose the patent covers...

I don't really understand these back-cronyms for FORD - they've been around 40ish years and have never been accurate. FORD is (and has usually been) above average reliability and dependability.

Creator of Linux virtual assistant blames 'patent troll' for project's death


Re: Never do hardware development on Kickstarter

If you think Kickstarter is bad, try Indiegogo. Indiegogo directly promoted a project that was later proven to be a scam (took backers for iirc about $2m) and washed their hands of it and said they had no responsibility. I really don't understand how it was legal that they directly promoted the campaign and were still able to walk away (with their fee in hand).

US commerce bosses view EU rules as threat to its clouds


Per a couple of summaries of the US Cloud Act, it (this quote from Wikipedia) "provides mechanisms for the companies or the courts to reject or challenge these if they believe the request violates the privacy rights of the foreign country the data is stored in". So, it should be compatible with GDPR provided the cloud providers agree that any request about EU citizens is a violation (and will refuse to honor).


Re: Oh noes! So we may have to get our own cloud services up and running...

I certainly think companies can compete with US companies. However, AWS has 15+ (20+?) years head start. Even the other US cloud providers have inferior products. It would take a *MASSIVE* infusion of money for an EU provider to offer a service comparable to AWS.


Re: "ensure that non-EU suppliers cannot access the EU market on an equal footing"

I'm not following these arguments. By default, this may be the case (no idea). However, it is absolutely possible to set the cloud storage up in such a way that the data can't be provided (an encrypted copy of the data could be provided but that's not usable).

Wells Fargo, Zelle slammed by Liz Warren over rampant online banking fraud


Interestingly, Chase just started classifying Zelle (and Venmo) transfers as cash advances on their credit cards. They gave zero notice of this change in policy but are issuing refunds (once) to people that complain about it.

It's easy to have bank accounts at credit unions. However, the big banks really do have better credit cards (at least in my experience).

Another place it is nearly impossible to actually choose the bank (in the US at least) is mortgages. A huge proportion of mortgages are sold soon after being issued (and you have no control over who they are sold to).

Microsoft leaves the Office, rebrands everything as 365


I used to be locked into Office because I used a lot of Excel sheets with (VBA) macros. I never understood why nothing else (including MS Office for Mac) supported (Windows) Excel macros.

At work, I'm now forced to use GSuite and am actually quite happy with it except some places where they decided to keep Excel behavior (where it was particularly boneheaded like merged cells) rather than actually implementing it in a useful fashion.

Rather than take the L, Amazon sues state that dared criticize warehouse safety


Re: Key question

They are since the horrible Citizens United ruling.

Originally corporations were "people" only for the purposes of lawsuits (prior to that, you had to file suit against individuals and the leaders/owners could all point fingers at each other making it virtually impossible to prosecute). Then Citizens United decided that corporations are people for all legal purposes (but especially for giving massive amounts of bribes ^W campaign contributions to politicians).

You've heard of the cost-of-living crisis, now get ready for the cost-of-working crisis


I'm baffled by the article mentioning return to office to "boost productivity". Multiple studies came out over the last few years showing that wfh is MORE productive than working from the office.

The crime against humanity that is the modern OS desktop, and how to kill it


Re: Agree and disagree

Who has to search through menus? Just set up the start menu in a way that works for you. I rarely have to go more than 2 levels deep and almost never have a menu that needs to scroll. I use Start11 on Windows 10 to get the Windows 7 start menu back.


Re: windows 11 makes me cry

I would disagree. I like MacOS (except no focus-follows-mouse). From what I've seen and read, I do not like Windows 11 (I've kept telling MS "no, I want to stay on Windows 10").

However, I need a new personal computer before too long so may be stuck with Windows 11 :(

Microsoft: You own the best software keyboard there is. Please let us buy it


I have an iPhone but just found that SwiftKey is available. I may give it a try. Apparently Swype was available but got pulled when it was discontinued (so can't buy it since I didn't before)...

Generally I think iPhone autocorrect and predictions are pretty decent except for two issues that massively bug me:

* It almost always uses "ate" when I want "are"

* It almost always uses negative contractions when I want the positive ("couldn't" vs "could")

Patch now: RCE Spring4shell hits Java Spring framework


Guess that's a benefit of keeping printers for a long time. I have an HP but it is not on the list of affected devices.

Running Windows 10? Microsoft is preparing to fire up the update engines


For start menu, I highly recommend Start 11 from Stardock. It's very cusomizable (I use modified Windows 7 Style as I *REALLY* never understood the purpose of the later changes).

Waterfox: A Firefox fork that could teach Mozilla a lesson


XUL and single process were both security risks and there was good reason to abandon those models. Yes, I hated losing some of the addons with XUL but I got over it...

In unrelated weirdness, I have Chrome and Edge setup nearly identically with the same extensions. However, Edge runs GMail noticeably faster than Chrome does...

I still do run Firefox as well. I use each for different things.

ExpressVPN bought for $1bn by Brit biz with an intriguing history in adware


Well, I really hope this is on the up-and-up. My ExpressVPN annual subscription literally renewed 1-2 weeks ago...

Machine learning data pipeline outfit Splice Machine files for insolvency


Re: ???

I don't know about recently. Around 5 years ago, they offered a layer on top of Hadoop that added SQL (and iirc ACID) support. Based on the article and what I know, it seems like they offered a variety of products related to big data.

Water's wet, the Pope's Catholic, and iOS is designed to stop folk switching to Android, Epic trial judge told


Re: Pot calling Kettle

MMOs like WoW have a different sort of lock-in. They make minimal money off the software itself. They make all of their money off subscriptions (or sometimes in-game-store transactions).

Most music on iTunes is now DRM free. I do have some tracks that are stuck with DRM because Apple only let you "upgrade" from DRM to DRM free for a limited time (there are workarounds - easiest is subscribe to one of Apple's music-related services for 1 month at about $10-15 which allows you to download DRM free).


Re: Pot calling Kettle

My understanding is that Apple has an issue with Epic wanting to sell Fortnight widgets on iOS without using the Apple purchasing system. I don't think (not 100% sure) that Apple has an issue with purchases made elsewhere ending up on iOS apps (if so, I've played a few games that violate Apple's terms then as I could sync purchases made on PC to the iOS version of the game).


Re: I thought this case was against Apple?

And they'll likely use the same argument in their suit against Google (because you know Google makes it so easy to switch from Android to iOS as well).

Proposed collective action aims to take Apple to task over its 30% App Store cut on behalf of 20 million Brits


So, it's okay for Google to charge 30% of sales on its app store but not for Apple?

I'm pretty sure Google also used to disallow third-party payment systems as well but no idea if that changed.

Perl changes dev's permaban for 'unacceptable' behaviour to a year-long lockout after community response


Re: Very.Big.Sigh

More details please. I'm surprised unless you have very specific requirements that you are having trouble filling vacancies (and I'd potentially be happy to take one of said vacancies).

Something went wrong but we won't tell you what it is. Now, would you like to take out a premium subscription?


Re: Cool dude

Maybe it's brevity for "efficiency"? Should we all go back to the Amiga's "amazing" error system ("Guru 95698")?

Spy agency GCHQ told me Gmail's more secure than Microsoft 365, insists British MP as facepalming security bods tell him to zip it


Re: Conflicting statement....??

But if you have Exchange server on-prem, then you are not using Office 365 (afaik), correct?

I got Office 2019 because I refuse to use Office 365 (unless forced by work). And I don't use MS for email.

Netflix reveals massive migration to new mix of microservices, asynchronous workflows and serverless functions


Re: Serverless?

With talking about "serverless" on AWS, I presume they are running Docker on ECS/Fargate which AWS calls serverless. Yes, there are still servers - what it really means is that Netflix doesn't have to worry about the servers at all (only their containers).


Re: Additional Features Services and Innovations

Netflix used to support manual watchlist ordering. They still have an option for it but, as far as I can tell, it doesn't do anything. Mine is still set for manual (and I've tried turning off and on) but I just get the crappy random ordering they seem to like so much.

The watchlist ordering and invisible limit on watchlist length are the two things that drive me nuts about their service. The "invisible limit" is when I can add a show to my watchlist and, per the show, it is in my watchlist but it does not show up when I go to "my watchlist" - I'm assuming this happens after you reach a certain length to your watchlist (and, with the random ordering, it can push shows near the end off into invisibility).

UK's National Cyber Security Centre sidles in to help firm behind hacked NurseryCam product secure itself


I find it funny that they recently threatened someone who criticized their product for being poorly designed...

Clearly their product *IS* poorly designed.

1Password has none, KeePass has none... So why are there seven embedded trackers in the LastPass Android app?


If I was a LastPass user, I'd definitely be leaving after this finding. As it is, I've been a happy 1Password user for years.

Whistleblowers: Inflexible prison software says inmates due for release should be kept locked up behind bars


Re: High speed checks

They could also save a lot of manual (or software) processing by only recalculating days left every 2 weeks until someone is down to a week left or less (with new calculations - could change if the formula changes again) given that it is 3 days credited per 7 days served (so max 6 day change in 2 weeks).

Terraria dev cancels Stadia port after Google disabled his email account for three weeks


Re: Google

If you have G Suite, your email address probably doesn't have "gmail" in it (even though it is gmail) - it is corporate-branded (or whatever you want).

What happens when the internet realizes the stock market is basically a casino? They go shopping at the Mall


If you want to get even more complicated on investing and "insurance" on investments, then there's credit default swaps. I worked for a company that dealt with securities information about these 10+ years ago. My boss at the time and I were betting they would be the next big scandal/crash (still surprised it hasn't happened yet).

Unfortunately, I don't remember many of the details of CDS any more...

Perl-clutching hijackers appear to have seized control of 33-year-old programming language's .com domain


Re: The punishment is obvious, once they catch the perp

There's nothing wrong or unmaintainable about "old" perl code. However, if you just meant badly-written, I whole-heartedly agree. Well-written perl code is very easy to maintain but, when someone got "clever", watch out...


Re: I used to dislike Perl

I agree with all of those except "looks like someone has mashed the symbol keys". Perl's sigils actually massively help code readability once you get used to them - at least in theory, Perl 5 had some weird legacy inconsistencies (fixed in Perl).

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


Because OpenOffice/LibreOffice have an incompatible spreadsheet application. I have a ton of spreadsheets with VBA macros in them and/or Excel-only functions (at least each of the couple times I've looked at Open/Libre Office I've found functions I needed not supported).

What happens when a Chrome extension with 2m+ users changes hands, raises red flags, doesn't document updates? Let's find out


I really hope Great Suspender doesn't go malware. I use it and it is the only thing keeping Chrome's resource hogging in check (I tend to use LOTS of tabs).

Does anyone know of a fork of Great Suspender or an alternative (for Chrome/Edge)?


Re: Who still uses extensions in Chrome anyway?

Based on the stats, a TON of people still use Chrome. I use Chrome because, while it is a resource hog, Firefox is worse. About a year ago, I heard how much better Firefox had gotten about resource management and process isolation so I gave it another shot - it may be better but it is (still) a horrible resource hog.

United States Congress stormed by violent followers of defeated president, Biden win confirmation halted


Re: Sadly I don't see Mike Pence doing this. He is too much of a sycophant

The exact same place. The VP has no legal standing to do anything other than count the electoral votes presented to him. There have already been a few (half a dozen?) cases filed by Trump and the GOP about this that have all failed.


Re: Careful. Slow down and THINK.

There is significant evidence that a lot of the "BLM rioting" was nothing of the kind. At least in Minnesota, the rioting and burning was started by a white man wearing a gas mask of the type issued by the St Paul police (but no way to identify him and it is possible to buy as a civilian (just very expensive)). A lot of the later rioting and burning appeared to be done by groups of armed white men. If nothing else, the common sense factor says it was highly unlikely to be non-whites (or white BLM supporters) as the areas of Minneapolis that were burned were predominantly non-white.


Re: Careful. Slow down and THINK.

The "protesters" were predominantly white so little was done and the media mostly failed to call them out on being insurrectionists. If this had been a predominantly non-white group, a lot more than 1 would have been shot and the media would have immediately labeled them insurrectionists and/or rioters.


Re: Unfortunately ...

That was my thought over 4 years ago when Pence was announced as Trump's pick for VP. It was done to prevent people from removing Trump from office (and putting Pence in).