* Posts by poohbear

322 posts • joined 13 Dec 2010


China all but bans cryptocurrencies


Re: "And then there’s the Digital Yuan"

" its issued like any other currency by the country's central bank" .. in other words, funny money.

Fiat money is not money, it's currency.

Microsoft demotes Calibri from default typeface gig, starts fling with five other fonts


Re: Don't forget the users with reading difficulties

Apparently things improved when Linux replicated the bugs in Microsoft's renderitg engine.

Did anyone tell Logitech about lockdown? Biz launches pricey video chat kit for office conference rooms and 'huddle spaces'


The auditors will query every department buying a mini-bar.

Quixotic Californian crusade to officially recognize the hellabyte and hellagram is going hella nowhere


Re: B, H

So we're not talking about pencils here then?

Microsoft giveth and Microsoft taketh away: Certification renewals to be free ... but annual


"also free of charge" ... for now.

I work therefore I ache: Logitech aims to ease WFH pains with Ergo M575 trackball mouse


Easier to put mouse / trackball on the left .. than right hand can access the nav keys, enter, etc.

YouTube is going to splash adverts all over your videos, and won't pay creators unless there's a big enough audience


That is why ad blockers are such a big problem.

Mea Culpa.

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


What exactly do you have against breasts?



What does KISS stand for now?

Windows Server robocopy to gain auto-compression ahead of big file moves


Did you enable the "Must try harder" option?

Google reCAPTCHA service under the microscope: Questions raised over privacy promises, cookie use


I don't mind ticking a box but no one is paying me to count the blue cars.

So I leave.

Developer survey: C# losing ground to JavaScript, PHP and Java for cloud apps, still big in gaming


Cherry picking

This report cherry-picks certain industries... : mobile, desktop, IoT, cloud, web, games, augmented and virtual reality, and data science and machine learning.

Missing: legacy corporate code that still gets maintained daily, and probably assorted other categories.

So this is STILL not an accurate picture of the development world.

'20,000-plus staff' could face the chop in spin-off of IBM's IT outsourcing biz, says Wall Street analyst


"Linux is the de facto operating system standard and market share leader. "

Can't we give Linus a Nobel Prize for something now?

Corsair's K70 MK.2 does nothing a cheaper keyboard can't, but the steep price gets you top-notch components


Re: There's nothing the Corsair does

There's more than two.

Bill Gates lays out a three-point plan to rid the world of COVID-19 – and anti-vaxxer cranks aren't gonna like it


First prove your vaccine actually works.

Get ready for Clippy 9000: Microsoft exclusively licenses OpenAI's mega-brain GPT-3 for anything and everything


Thus endeth :Remember people, your essay is due on Friday..."

.uk registry operator Nominet responds to renewed criticism – by silencing its critics


The Internet treats censorship as damage and routes around it.

Should be fun.

China, Russia and Iran all attacking US elections and using some nasty new tactics, says Microsoft


I'm just wondering how they differentiate these alleged attacks from the normal persistent criminal activity on the net. My own servers have a constant stream of people/bots from around the world trying to get an SSH login, or to break Wordpress, or my mail or FTP, on top of all the spam and phishes ...

So is this actually news, or MS looking for free publicity?

Google Chrome calculates your autoplay settings so you don't have to - others disagree


What worries me about all this (and similar-but different stunts from Mozilla) is that browsing becomes increasingly risky and unpleasant, especially on mobile.

And then people just surf less.. and my websites get less traffic and my income goes down (again).

I'm already seeing Adsense put two ads one right after the other on my sites ... which is the sort of thing that drives people to adblockers...

Netcraft August survey:

In the August 2020 survey we received responses from 1,230,576,586 sites across 261,821,287 unique domains and 10,349,486 web-facing computers. This represents a loss of 3.65 million sites, but a gain of 1.16 million domains and 128,000 computers.

Classy move: C++ 20 wins final approval in ISO technical ballot, formal publication expected by end of year


Please keep it away from flying machines.

Google, Amazon pass on UK Digital Services Tax by hiking ad prices, fees at same rate the government takes


Ad budgets will stay the same, they'll just get less ads, and websites that rely on ad income will lose.

If you think Mozilla pushed a broken Firefox Android build, good news: It didn't. Bad news: It's working as intended


"That’s why we decided to roll the new Firefox for Android out gradually in order to provide users with a positive transition experience."


SUSE plots edgier Kubernetes with Linux behind the wheel


Running the car? Is it written in Ada?

C++ still rules the Chromium roost though Rust has caught our eye, say browser devs


Re: Kinda sad.

"C++ is 'safe' enough that it has been certified by the DoD to be used to program the avionics of the F-35 jet." ... you mean that one with all the software problems?

Firefox maker Mozilla axes a quarter of its workforce, blames coronavirus, vows to 'develop new revenue streams'


People working from home don't surf so much (not on their tickey, they don't).

So apart from Mozilla losing traffic, so too are the millions of small websites that made the we what it is.

And on Android, most people won't install alternate browsers. Most of the traffic to my own sites is mobile these days.

When it comes to hacking societies, Russia remains the master at sowing discord and disinformation online


Not a word about CIA embedded journalists at assorted main stream media?

Shoddy research.

USA decides to cleanse local networks of anything Chinese under new five-point national data security plan


Re: Doesn't the US have a huge debt with China?

We won't pay because we have more bombs than you.

Linux Foundation rolls bunch of overlapping groups into one to tackle growing number of open-source security vulns


Just wondering ... are Chinese companies allowed to join?

EU tries to get serious on cybercrime with first sanctions against Wannacry, NotPetya, CloudHopper crews


Now how about the NSA?

YOU... SHA-1 NOT PASS! Microsoft magics away demonic hash algorithm from Windows updates, apps


Re: "a legacy cryptographic hash that many in the security community believe is no longer secure"

FWIW Gentoo does a three-way check:



File size

Curiously the same two hash functions I picked for one of my projects.

Cabinet Office takes over control of UK government data: Mundane machinery or Machiavellian manoeuvrings?


Re: Keep it out of parliamentary scrutiny

"Everything'll be Okay"

Microsoft wants to show enterprises that Edge means business, rather than the thing you use to download Chrome


You might find Linux better behaved.

Ex-boss of ICANN shifts from 'advisor' to co-CEO of private equity biz that tried to buy .org for $1bn+


"audit the notoriously secretive non-profit organization based in Los Angeles" ... do it anyway.. for all of us.

FYI Russia is totally hacking the West's labs in search of COVID-19 vaccine files, say UK, US, Canada cyber-spies


Pot kettle black and all that.


Google gives Gmail's collab chops a good buffing to make it the 'home for work' while we're working from home


Re: Meanwhile . . .

Kmail has an option to ignore return-receipt requests.

Report: CIA runs secret cyberwar with little oversight after Trump gave the OK, say US government officials


What colour are their hats?

Rust code in Linux kernel looks more likely as language team lead promises support


Re: Rust pushes developers away

Linux has become mission-critical software, and therefore they really need to move to something like Ada, which is designed from the ground up to be maintainable and suitable for mission-critical applications.

Any compiler changes are carefully vetted. With Linux as a major user, they will be even more carefully vetted.

NASA trusted 'traditional' Boeing to program its Starliner without close supervision... It failed to dock due to bugs


...the illusion of competitive pricing.

Firefox 78: Protections dashboard, new developer features... and the end of the line for older macOS versions


Re: Refresh firefox...

I used Refresh once, never again ... it threw away far to much.

Maybe recent versions are less destructive.

The internet becomes trademarkable, sort of, with near-unanimous Supreme Court ruling on Booking.com


How can they base a legal decision on a public survey?

The law is an ass.

Dems take a crack at banning Feds from using facial-recog tech. Congress will put it on todo list after 'learn Klingon'


Pinterest with words and without the annoying "you can't see more until you log in."

Windows 10 Insider wondering where Notepad has gone? Fear not, Microsoft found it down the back of Dev Channel


Re: Better alternative, skip MS

I thought "Notepad's main use for many these days is " to download Notepad++.

Maybe I'm just confused.

Here's a headline we never thought we'd write 20 years ago: Microsoft readies antivirus for Linux, Android


Re: Small correction

Clam-AV ?

Russia lifts restrictions on Telegram messenger app after it expresses ‘readiness’ to stop some nasties


Sigh. There is more to this. As I understand it from other reports, Telegram is detecting bad stuff on their network and blocking it. They're not giving access to any governments (officially ... reality may be different). The Ruskies walked back because the could not stop all the workarounds that bypassed the ban.

Windows 10 Fast Ringers – sorry, 'Dev Channel' – tossed Linux GPU support for WSL2 in latest Insider preview build


I take it the wsl --remove-windows command is still undocumented?

Adobe about to pull the plug on Creative Cloud freebie 'at-home' access for students


"while on-campus activities depend on government guidance, which is wholly understandable."

Surely you jest?....

Whose side you on, Nominet? Registry floods .co.uk owners with begging emails to renew unwanted .uk domains


I can't believe the didn't add the optional "search engine registration service" fee as well...

Microsoft disbands three-ring Windows Insider circus and replaces it with 'channels'


aka alpha, beta and gamma.

Dumbed down for management.



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