* Posts by cosmodrome

96 publicly visible posts • joined 7 Nov 2011


Microsoft has made Azure Linux generally available. Repeat, Azure Linux


Re: Some nuance required about "free".......

Netscape Navigator always was free. They advertized their non-free server through it. Whatever that was, I've never seen it run anywhere.

That old box of tech junk you should probably throw out saves a warehouse


Re: Hmmm

Did the very same. Just -knowing my handwriting- I used a label printer. I could easily imagine myself trying to read #@$%! hieroglyphs in faded ink in the dark...

Cheapest, oldest, slowest part fixed very modern Mac


Bridge technologies

Had to retire a perfectly good, 25 years old RME Multiface last year because my last laptop with a PCI slot finally went out of business. Actually the interface was PCMCIA(!) but was running fine over a PCI to PCMCIA adapter. Even the 5m cable between (PCMCIA) IO card and the actual interface was still original. For a long time one could use these cards via PCI-PC-express cards but that stopped when PCI-slots on motherboards became PCIe-PCI bridges because the BIOS would not recognize the PCI-to-PCCard bridge behind the PCIe-to-PCI bridge and could not initialize the PC-Express-to-PCMCIA bridge behind the latter.

The return of the classic Flying Toasters screensaver


Nowadays you can use an RSS feed instead of static text. Can be quite useful depending on your feed source and location. Weather, traffic, todo lists or just your favourite tracks on libre.fm...

Python head hisses at looming Euro cybersecurity rules


Re: Software bugs vs malware

I really wonder why nobody else seems to notice. It's not that you could distribute malware nowadays without legal concequences. Not only does criminal law deal with it, you'll also have to pay for the damage.

Microsoft stumps loyal fans by making OneDrive handle Outlook attachments


Doesn't take OneDrive

I remember a customer losing 2GB of highly important data from his IMAP account. No problem on the server side to be found. His laptop, however, despite being 64 bit compatible ran a 32 bit version of Windows and his local HDD was FAT32 - which had a 2GB file limit and somehow wreaked the mail dirs on the server trying to synchronize it's wrecked local mailbox.

America: AI artwork is not authored by humans, so can't be protected by copyright


Re: Good!

Patents and copyright are two very different things. You can hold the copyright on a piece of arts but there's no way to patent it. You can under the right conditions patent the way to create something, specifically the tools to do so but you can't copyright this sort of abstract matter.


Told you so.

You might just have asked the AI:

"Ts an Al able do to real art?"

"As of my knowledge cut-off, artificial intelligence (AI) can create art in a limited sense,

but it does not possess the same level of creativity, intentionality, and self-expression as a human artist.

Al can be trained to generate images, music, and other forms of art by using algorithms and large datasets. For example, an Al system can be trained on a dataset of images and then generate new images that are similar in style or content to those in the dataset.

However, the art generated by Al is not the result of a deliberate and intentional creative process, but rather the outcome of mathematical calculations based on patterns in the data. While the results can be visually interesting or appealing, they lack the depth and meaning that are often associated with human-created art.

Moreover, AI lacks the capacity for self-expression, introspection, and the ability to reflect on its own experiences and emotions, which are fundamental elements of human creativity."

Antivirus apps are there to protect you – Cisco's ClamAV has a heckuva flaw



Antivirus is the definition of a cure having become worse than the disease.

Cleaner ignored 'do not use tap' sign, destroyed phone systems ... and the entire building


Re: Concrete dust = Kryptonite

Depends on the diameter of the hole. Bigger ones are made using a diamond drill which is technically not really a drill. It doesn't cut with it's perimeter but hones the concrete off with it's rotating front side. The result is very fine and very hard dust from ground concrete, steel and some diamond rsp corund particles. It it's not completely washed away by the water that should cool the drill it would make a perfect drive killer.

Midjourney, DeviantArt face lawsuit over AI-made art


Re: I hope they have a case

Counterfeiters have been doing pretty much the same thing for ages. While some of them were really talented, smart and obsessive enough to earn some respect (and a couple of years in prison) counterfeiting AIs and their owners are nothing but tools and common criminals.

Corporations start testing Windows 11 in bigger numbers. Good luck


GUI changes?

I really don't care. It's the compulsive crap flood that pisses me off. Dozens of useless apps that are preinstalled and can't be deactivated like "cortana" or X-Box-bullshit. Apps that I don't have installed and do not intend to install but keep showing up in the start menu not even to talk about. And just don't let me think of the continuously self-lobotomizing "System Options".

Orion snaps 'selfie' with the Moon as it prepares for distant retrograde orbit


Re: Does half an orbit

Moire effect from the laser-printed moon not being perfectly aligned with studio camera.

Study suggests AI cruise control could kill traffic jams by cutting out the 'intuition' factor


You don't seem to understand

There's WAR out there - and god hates losers.

FAA wants pilots to be less dependent on computer autopilots


Re: Inadequate descriptions

But that would require documentation to be written which is expensive - and nobody is reading manuals anymore, anyway.

Watchdog warns UK health data platform could damage patients' trust



I don't know about the UK specifically but it sure has damaged trust in electronic health data everywhere else. Which is probably a good thing.

US Supreme Court asked if cops can plant spy cams around homes


You have no expectation of privacy

You have no expectation of privacy when in public. Your property is whithin public space so you have no expectation of privacy at home.

Privacy is public!

War is peace!

Ignorance is bliss!

Tiny quantum computer plugs into top Euro supercomputer – because why not?


Re: Not quite getting the point of this...

Well, they have turned a boring "one of the most" powerful supercomputers into the single most powerful experimental toy for a hand full of eggheads. Successul upcycle. Progress!

Machine learning research in acoustics could open up multimodal metaverse


Bose have developed such a system in the 1990s IIRC. Without all the ML rings and bells but compatible with CAAD systems. You'll put a drawing of your building or space in, specify the materials used and you'll get the acoustic model out of it. It used to just work. I don't see why you'd need atificial intelligence for this.

No, I will not pay the bill. Why? Because we pay you to fix things, not break them


Re: It goes far beyond that ...

> Who would YOU pick as the patron saint for a holiday best known for hedonism, libertinism, decadence and debauchery?

Pan, of course. Silly question. Has been in charge of everything naked, drunk and holy for 3000 years.

Linus Torvalds suggests the 80486 architecture belongs in a museum, not the Linux kernel


Re: <raised eyebrow>

Who might have thought that it can be so easy? Try CreationST DNA-Optimiser! God would have wanted you to.

To make this computer work, users had to press a button. Why didn't it work? Guess


Re: User interfaces being bad

>>Remember when a radio had TWO controls. Just a tune control for the station, and a volume control.

Hardly - that times, just like any of all these "good, old and simple times", never existed.

I've fiddled with every generation of radio from the 1950s to now and even the tube driven radios my grandparents still had in the 1970s (these devices were as long lived as they were huge, heavy and ugly. My in laws had one that would still work in the 2000s with a "new" set of valves.) Had at least four band select buttons, tone, volume and frequency knobs and of course a power button, often with a stand-by option to keep the cathodes in the vacuum tubes warm. Late 1960-80s portable transistor radios had lots of buttons, too. The most simplistic were 1980s to 90s HiFi tuners. They used to have one large knob (or two buttons) for frequency, a couple of memory buttons and at least an AM/FM toggle but definitely no volume knob.

Loathsome eighties ladder-climber levelled by a custom DOS prompt


Re: point of order

When I was in school I pinched FORTRASH V code directly on the punchcard. After walking twenty kilometers through the snow. Barefoot.

SpaceX reportedly fed up with providing free Starlink to Ukraine


> What next? Hungary? Poland? East Germany? Where do you draw the line? France? The UK?

East Germany? Have ypu taken a look at a map, lately? Since 1990, I mean?

And what could keep evil Ivan from invading France and the UK - maybe Spain, Portugal, Germany (yes, East and West), Austria (lol), Italy and the rest of the NATO? Because that's what the NATO was actually supposed to do - back in the days of the Warsaw Pact when it still existed.

PayPal decides fining people $2,500 for 'misinformation' wasn't a great idea


Re: Think who this is targeting

If you happen to live in America. Not all jurisdiction can be stalled endlessly over trivial causes if one side throws enough cash in and US legislation is not the world's or "God"'s law. In Europe such a case would be settled with a single letter by a lawyer - certainly not in PayPals favour. Actually they're operating with a more or less flaky Luxembourgian bank license inside the EU and they have been taking much care to avoid any court deciding if that is actually legitimaton enough.


Re: It doesn't even seem legal in any way

>Not sure that those options are as viable elsewhere.

They are. US customer's rights are practically non-existent compared to the godless, socialist rest of the world that hates your freedom so much. All these shiny, weasel-worded EULAs you're geting presented before you can even look at what you've just paid for are completely worthless in the EU and in pretty much any other place in the world except, maybe, Japan and South Korea.

Biden's Privacy Shield 2.0 order may not satisfy Europe


Re: Restricting how signals intelligence can be gathered by US spy agencies ...

That's not what privacy shield x.0 is about. It only deals with access to data by US agencies.

Fixing an upside-down USB plug: A case of supporting the insupportable


> We never worked out how he managed to cause a transistor (I think it was) to lose its magic blue smoke.

Nothing easier than that. Try to design a motor driver on the fly and use too small resistor in line with collector/emitter, supposed your power supply can sustain more current than your transistor - which is a relatively safe bet.

Don't want to get run over by a Ford car? There's a Bluetooth app for that


Re: Can we have a reverse function, please?

Like someone waving a red flag in front of it? Let's make it a blockchain-enabled, ai-controlled red flag and we're in business.

Chemical plant taken offline by the best one of all: C8H10N4O2


Re: Ah, but what was the coffee?

Short one, dark roast.

AI detects 20,000 hidden taxable swimming pools in France, netting €10m


Re: Chemicals & Services

Gas or electrical work are usually quite a different matter. You don't get them afterwards. They're inclusive with the architect's plans and usually need to be approved by the commune or the energy supplier. If you're hiring some idiot (noone else would even think of doing that) to install whatever gas or electrical thingies you've been "planning" without having a clue you might get what you deserve.

NASA builds for keeps: Voyager mission still going after 45 years


Re: NASA and other acronyms are all upper case, you illiterate artiste morons.


I really like that.

Keep your cables tidy. You never know when someone might need some wine


Re: This is why

Don't tell them or HQ is going to fire everyone for embezzlement.


Re: My girlfriend did it

...and this is the reason why "Broadcast Class" equipment costs an arm and a leg (of your first born).

Burger King just sent spam receipts to customers


Re: It's not marketing

But it is important that you give them your eMail. For improving their products and service. And for "business partners", "research" and your safety.

Be careful where you install software, and who installs it




One to watch: Open-source code that measures your exposure to CCTV


Re: So let me get this straight..

You could easily use OSMTracker for this. It allows to share geotagged images or to upload the mentioned timestamped GPX files to OpenStreetMap and share them anonymized or not anonymized. They have been a global, non-commercial alternative to Google maps for a decade and their privacy policies are sound.

Anti-piracy messaging may just encourage more piracy


Re: The "poor" victims of piracy

Depending on place and local legislation at the time of recording, the place where the recording was made and the contract they had this might be more or less true. It even might differ between (recorded) live performances and studio records. Oh, and of course on how seriously the actual rightsholders are trying to rob the session musicians and original creators.



Nobody will cry "hold the thief" as loud as "rightsholders", "content providers" and other thieves.

Feds put $10m bounty on Putin pal accused of bankrolling US election troll farm


You obviously underestimate the power of memes. Who ever was able to establish the "the Russians made America vote Trump" narrative -without ever presenting the slightest bit of evidence- definitely is a master of manipulation. I still can't believe people are falling for this sort of obvious nonsense. OTOH it would be fairly easy to manipulate anyone this gullible into voting pretty much anyone but it's not that a multi billion dollar industry including parties, lobbies, TV-networks, PACs and whatnot aren't trying to do exactly that all the time. Of course the balance of this chaotic system immediately flips over as soon as the actual supervillain gets involved...

BOFH: Selling the boss on a crypto startup


Hell's frozen over

BOFH appearing in my RSS feed! How long did id take? Ten years? Twenty?

We've got a photocopier and it can copy anything


Re: Geniuses or Genii? That is the question.

Genii is correct. Not all latin words ending on -us, however, are pluralized that way while you can be absolutely sure that anything remotely Latin or Italian ending on "i" must never be defiled by an appended "s". Unless you're born west or north of the Limes and a barbarian anyway. In which case you shouldn't be literate unless you're a literate but ignorant barbarian.

Taiwan prosecutors claim Chinese biz swiped IP and R&D team from Apple supplier


Re: "decides to try and keep it secret"

I am not convinced that Chinese IP laws are identical to recent US legislation.

Red Hat banishes Btrfs from RHEL



> Given the way that technology is going, I suspect that the future is going to involve file systems that were designed specifically for flash storage

F2FS has been around and stable for years. I've been using it on USB drives and SSD for quite a while, so have Samsung on their smartphones, AFAIK.

China rallies support for Kylin Linux in war on Windows



> Ubuntu Kylin User Interface (UKUI) window manager for tablet and convertible devices

Sounds an awful lot like GNOME3 on Chinese steroids. On the plus side: if it's "like it or go to the camp!" GNOME might finally grow a user base again.

Arrogant, subtle, entitled: 'Toxic' open source GitHub discussions examined


Mom! Jake is being toxic again.

If there's no real problem we can always introduce a code of conduct to create a never ending flow of them. Heck, even the discussion about a CoC and what might be included is guaranteed to divide a project into two hostile parties - and turn these unavailable unproductive, useless participiants who had nothing to contribute before into the Keepers of the Holy CoC.

Record players make comeback with Ikea, others pitching tricked-out turntables


Re: Digital transmission?

Audiophile also means you believe you can magically add levels of "authenticity" to material that is ignorant of any such concept. Nobody on the recording or mastering side gives a fuck about "oxygen free" copper or capacitor phase bruhaha. So by audiophile standards any recording in the world is already spoiled beyond recreation. And nevertheless these idiots think they can add that imaginary lost information by using technology that is "better" than the gear that was used recording.

It's logically impossible. Lost informarion can't be recovered. Even if the mysterious acoustic phenomena that the audiophile mental illness is about *did* exist they would have been irrecoverably discarded by the non-audiophile recording process. An eight year old could understand that.


Re: Digital transmission?

It's not just the static and erosion. Vinyl itself has pretty low bandwith and dynamics. Which sounds paradox but has the very simple reason that a mechanical pickup (aka "needle") can only swing that fast and that far which puts strict physical limits to amplitude and frequency - even more to how fast both can change dramatically. Which is known as dynamics.

If you're looking at the RIAA's obsolete equalizing diagrams that had to be used for vinyl mastering and were the low-pass and high-pass filter's cutoffs hit in there's not much left of the audiophile's delusions of etheric trebles and warm basses.

Keeping your head as an entire database goes pear-shaped


recursive fork bomb

Actually it might be better readable like this:



:|: &



The mean joke is declaring a function named ":". The rest is rather self explaining. Call ":" from within ":" pipe it through ":", fork all created instances of ":". I'm not completely sure if the function will ever return but whenever it does, each thread will call all the bloody mess again.

Not much use tracing it because the machine will lock up completely as soon as you hit RETURN.

Google says it would release its photorealistic DALL-E 2 rival – but this AI is too prejudiced for you to use


Fed with images scraped from the internet. A typical case of "garbage in, garbage out". The vast majority of "images from the internet" are stock photos showing what a certain target group wants to see. So what do you expect from an AI fed with the exhaust from advertising agencies and their underpaid minions? If only Douglas Adams were still among us - he'd certainly find the right words for the kind of "reality" reflected by this kind of input.