* Posts by coderguy

20 posts • joined 21 Sep 2011

Welcome to life in the Fossa lane: Ubuntu 20.04 let out of cage and Shuttleworth claims Canonical now 'commercially self sustaining'


Re: I still don't see the purpose of WSL

"Is it the year of the Linux Desktop? No, totally not, and I say that as a Linux fan. It's not ready for your average end user at home, with no support other than google; It's so damned close though."

I'm curious, what support does a Windows end-user have that's so different to those using a Linux Desktop?

Other than Google, the Microsoft Community Forums where every second response is "It's probably a bad driver or Virus, you need to reinstall.

Then there are paid support options obviously, but these are not unique to Windows.

Corporate VPN huffing and puffing while everyone works from home over COVID-19? You're not alone, admins


Re: Hmmm ... surely the very first hurdle is the Home->Office connection ?

Nothing to do with the idiocy that is VPN solutions that only work on Windows, or need a Java Applet to work. FFS

Windows 7 and Server 2008 end of support: What will change on 14 January?


It is not unreasonable for Microsoft to stop updating a decade-old Windows


If people are willing to pay, fill your boots.

The enforced deathmarch to desktop as a service, that MS seems to be so keen on, needs to die. In the end the computer is just a tool that I use to get stuff done (tm).


Almost everything just works, sadly the bits that don't seem to be the most notable. In my case, thats video conferencing with Webex. It simply does not play nice. For everything else, I can do my job just fine, but then I actually produce solutions instead of just talking about what 'could' be done.

The fact that Outhouse, Powerpoint and Excel don't play nice should be viewed as an advantage.

LibreOffice 6.4 nearly done as open-source office software project prepares for 10th anniversary


Remeber, there's no such thing as a free lunch. So... did you pay for someone to fix it, or the issue not enough of a priority?

Fairphone 3 stripped to the modular essentials: Glue? What glue?


All well and good but...

I don't see on their website, Is Fairphone the only vendor for the modules or are third parties able to take part in the ecosystem.

That's when it would get interesting.

'Bulls%^t! Complete bull$h*t!' Reset the clock on the last time woke Linus Torvalds exploded at a Linux kernel dev


Re: This is why Diversity matters. Linus is wrong, but he can learn from my story. Here's how.


It took a while but the developer decided not to implement the function and indeed felt his do-profile would be a better fit elsewhere.


For that you get one of these ---->

UK cyber security boffins dispense Ubuntu 18.04 wisdom


Those numbers look a bit suspect.

From the link in the article; the title show is "Top 50 Products By Total Number Of "Distinct" Vulnerabilities", Selecting Ubuntu and then 2018 brings up a list of the likes of curl, Kernel and Perl amongst others.

Hardly Ubuntu specific is it ?.

NHS: Thanks for the free work, Linux nerds, now face our trademark cops


Re: So familiar

All good points. There's one thing almost anyone not in the trenches fails to grasp. If you don't get a satisfactory support experience from one vendor, find another!

The source is open, anyone can support a particular system and there are plenty of local firms out there.

Microsoft: We're hiking UK cloud prices 22%. Stop whining – it's the Brexit


Re: Work the problem?

Sadly for Linux to be viable, those using the software need to realise there's no such thing as a free lunch and pony up for the feature they need. Use something like bountysource, kickstarter etc... or do it in-house I don't care. Waiting for the 'community' to build something that exactly matches their requirements is never going to happen. /rant.

Pair programming – you'll never guess what happens next!


I forget where I first read it, probably D. Knuth.

"Code should be written so that it obviously contains no bugs, instead of the norm. My code contains no obvious bugs."

Microsoft now awfully pushy with Windows 10 on Win 7, 8 PCs – Reg readers hit back


It seems the practice may be illegal in the EU.

From : http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getAllAnswers.do?reference=E-2015-011725&language=EN

Directive 2005/29/EC on Unfair Commercial Practices requires traders to provide in clear, unambiguous and timely manner material information that consumers need in order to make an informed transactional decision. According to the directive, commercial communications may not be misleading. Subject to detailed assessment of the specific case and verification of the relevant facts, a commercial practice that consists of presenting as a security update what is in reality a downgrade of the functionality of a product, could constitute an unfair commercial practice in the sense of Directive 2005/29/EC.

Complaints about unfair commercial practices should be reported to the competent national enforcement authority. The Consumer Protection Cooperation network established under Regulation (EC) No 2006/2004 lays down the framework for cooperation between national enforcement authorities. It allows authorities to carry out coordinated enforcement actions in case of intra-Community breaches which harm the interests of consumers in more than two Member States.

El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.


What the f*

Seriously. I'm trying to view the site @1920x1024 This is hideous. You guys need to back away from the tablet & phones and remember that most people visit from work. You know, where we're forced to used a proper screen an keyboard FFS.

Swiss wildlife park serves up furry residents to visitors


It's common sense.

I've been to the park in question, yesterday in fact. The deer are all over the place, what better use for the things can you think of? Hunting is not feasible, it's in a highly populated area.

Besides, Deer is great, almost as good as Horse.

The Old Reader evicts Google Reader refugees


Stop whining and do it yourself.

I don't see what the fuss is all about. Thunderbird, Netvibes or any of the other multitude of RSS clients do the same thing just fine.

IMO, It's sensible to use an RSS solution you can control, not a free service in cloud that can be pulled at any time.

Google AXES another 1,200 employees from Motorola workforce


For a a long time Motorola made some great devices. The only problem was that they could only be bought in Asia. For example the A series of feature phones based on Linux. My particular favorite being the A780...

Anyway, these days, there devices have been ... what's the word? meh!. From my point of view, if the layoffs are affecting say managers instead of engineers, then it's a good start. Motorola have always made solid phones, just like the their walkie thumpies (communications devices that also function as a cosh ), long may this tradition continue. Samsung are better, thanks to Andriod, it'd be a shame to see the creator of the OS playing second fiddle to a reseller.

BYOD cheers up staff, boosts productivity - and IT bosses hate it


If an employer allows BYOD, how exactly does the employer handle data privacy and security. The way I see it, if personal data is transferred away from the company (in this case, a personally owned device that can potentially be seen by someone outside of the company), shouldn't data protection come into force. Including the large fines that were threatened after the CSA, and HMRC data losses?

Apple gets patent for ‘unlock gesture’



Stating the use of a slide would. This patent is so broadly defined, typoing a code into the keyboard falls under it.

Keyboard == touch sensitive ( for the slow ones in the class )

BBC website ditches modules in facelift

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How does it cope with screen readers.

That looks ok, but does it work for blind users?


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