* Posts by cosmodrome

125 publicly visible posts • joined 7 Nov 2011


Techie installed 'user attitude readjustment tool' after getting hammered in a Police station


Re: Been there, done that

60" - just millimeters short of A0? I've seen weird and big plotters and printers eneough to know the magic question¹ but I don't think I've seen that. Don't say it doesn't exist I just wonder what strange purpose it had.

¹) where is the power switch? I spent a full hour unpaid overtime finding it when I was new at the job. Much worse if you don't know where to turn it ON and everyone is waiting for their plots..

Seething CEO shoulder surfed techie after mistaken takedown of production server


Re: Labelling production

Yes, what if not a database server woud be expected to drop information when updated?


Re: Labelling production

IIRC it was an ancient release of KDE, independent from distro.


Re: Calling all servers "server"

what the hex... :)

Microsoft Research chief scientist has no issue with Windows Recall


Re: Tailor needed

Flanel for suit? That's not the Microsoft way, They'll take a couple of holes and stitch them together.

Help! My mouse climbed a wall and now it doesn't work right


Re: "simply accepted the news silently and continued about his day"

It wasn't just a mental mode. Drawing tablets aka 'digitizers' were the common input device for CAD in the 90s and these (very large) tablets were absolute mode only.

Europol now latest cops to beg Big Tech to ditch E2EE


No, it's the fact that you exist that makes you guilty. Noone is innocent. Shut up, we are asking the questions, here.

Rarest, strangest, form of Windows saved techie from moment of security madness


Yes. ARC architecture, non-PC but x86. I had one of them, long ago.

Microsoft claims it didn't mean to inject Copilot into Windows Server 2022 this week


Re: Lonely

...or desperatly trying to escape. Piece by piece, 8kB wise.

What's brown and sticky and broke this PC?


Re: The user was left to set the time on her PC every day

SUN and SGI boxes and even HPs had a PROM, not a shabby BIOS. Some real sublevel OS that you could enter by BRK-Stop and recover or reboot when the main OS got stuck and where you could boot or install from network, drive or SCSI-tape.

Windows 10 failing to patch properly? You are most definitely not alone


New version, same shit show

They want you to use W11, not W10 so they can better stuff you with advertising and monetize your data while having to support just one version, so WIndows 10 will start to crackle. I remember that behaviour from last time. A million tiny bugs like external monitors no longer recognized, updates failing and various network problems will accumulate until you give in and update.

HDMI Forum 'blocks AMD open sourcing its 2.1 drivers'


Re: Always was crap

There's nobody wanting to use it. There, however, is the content industry wanting you to use it so they can enforce DRM on you.

Developer's default setting created turbulence in the flight simulator


Re: sort of on topic...

Probably the tank driver training unit in Stadtallendorf ("Stadtalingrad"), Hessen, Germany. They also had these funny Leopard tanks with a glass cabin instead of a turret where the trainers were sitting in.

How artists can poison their pics with deadly Nightshade to deter AI scrapers


Re: Nightshade - poetic

Sorry, never advanced further than "Der Dritte Mann". Didn't even know there was a sequel.

Infosec experts divided over 23andMe's 'victim-blaming' stance on data breach


Re: I just never understand

Obtaining, yes. But obtaining millions of samples, analyzing and putting them into a database on the web? Not so much. Selling them in the dark net even less.


"infosec" PR companies

Why would anyone with a brain even listen to "infosec PR experts"? It's not their job to prevent security breaches but to downplay the damage and white wash their customers' vests. They are *not* security experts, they're primarily PR droids.

CompSci academic thought tech support was useless – until he needed it


Re: Depends.

Both. And I got the feeling that "rigour" is not French. That should either be "rigeur" or "ragout".

GNOME Foundation's new executive director sparks witch hunt


A Witch!

TBF, a witch (or a shaman) seems to be the last chance to bring the GNOME project back to sanity. Of course the inmates might disagree...

One door opens, another one closes, and this one kills a mainframe


Re: Tech support call

Clearly the magic smoke in there had condensed.

Chap blew up critical equipment on his first day – but it wasn't his volt


Re: Should this be so easy?

The so called "Montessori hack".

Techie labelled 'disgusting filth merchant' by disgusting hypocrite


The poor child

I am sure he was traumatized for life and is a drug addicted serial killer now. Seeing people naked (OMG! OMG!) at the tender age of 12. What a horrible, horrible thing to imagine. Nakedness is without any doubt the most threatening hazard to our planet, currently.

Microsoft, recently busted by Beijing, thinks it's across China's ever-changing cyber-offensive


Re: Don't look at us, look elsewhere

Microsoft certainly are competent here. Their software has been "collecting and executing malware" for decades. Ir's basically their key business.

Los Alamos finishes installing Crossroads super to test nukes without a big bang


So, we can now turn our planet into a radioactive, icy and unhinhabitable hellhole in an environment friendly way. That's progress!

Internet Archive sued by record labels as battle with book publishers intensifies


Re: "artists such as Frank Sinatra .." etc

Copyright isn't "complex". It's complicated. A completeily artificial set of rules to implement something basically impossible: ownership over information. Those rules unlike reasonable law are numerous, inconsistent and permanently tweaked to serve their benefitors, adding complication, not complexity.

Chinese companies evade sanctions, fuel Moscow’s war on Ukraine, says report


Re: So what?

I think you are breathing air I have exhaled. Stop it. Or else.

Aliens crash landed on Earth – and Uncle Sam is covering it up, this guy tells Congress


Re: Millions of Parsecs

Humanity has been run on alternative or no causality at all since the beginning. And THEY can take my irrational beliefs out of my cold, crazy hands!

From cage fight to page fight: Twitter threatens to sue Meta after Threads app launch


Patent vs trade secret

Usually a patent describes what is done. How you technically get it to work is your trade secret.

Two new Linux desktops – one with deep roots – come to Debian


Re: Debian?? Really??

Finding no issues with your choice is easy when you've never tried anything else.

There's, BTW, only one true Linux and it is Debian/GNU - you heretics.

Quirky QWERTY killed a password in Paris


Re: All your QWERTY belong to us...

Sitting in front of a freshly installed Loonix machine (en_US@UTF8 because localized error messages suck at non-trivial problems) and typing on a German QWERTZ Tastatur I can confirm. Most desktop environments and apps will display daytime, temperatures, distances and velocities in reasonable units, nevertheless.

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.