* Posts by fishman

880 posts • joined 20 Jun 2007


Graphical desktop system X Window just turned 38


Re: What I like about X

Bring back NeWS!

EV battery can reach full charge in 'less than 10 minutes'


Re: Full charge in 10 minutes?

If it is easy to swap, it is easy to steal.

NASA awaits approval of $24bn 2022 budget


The irony...

It's always amazing to see politicians who expouse cutting spending turn around and vote for endless pork like the SLS........

OneWeb drops launches from Russia's Baikonur spaceport


Re: (eventual) refund?

On the other had this will make it more difficult for Roscosmos to get future customers.

OK, boomer? Gen-X-ers, elder millennials most likely to name their cars, says DVLA


Named just a few..

Had a Mercury Sable station wagon (estate). My sister told me that teenagers like her son wouldn't get caught dead driving one (irony is that they had a minivan). So I named it the "chick magnet".

Bought a red Miata. Wife named it the "Little Red Car".

Bought a red Golf Alltrack. So I named it "Big Red".

Of course we've tried turning it off and on again: Yeah, Hubble telescope still not working


Re: Hope

As I understand it the cost of sending the shuttle up to repair Hubble was similar to building a new Hubble and launching it into space. Sort of makes sense when a shuttle launch cost $1B or so.

When you finish celebrating Linux turning 30, try new Linux 5.14, says Linus Torvalds


Re: Who cares..

You sound like someone who didn't have the opportunity to work with the various flavors of Unix 30 or so years ago if you are trying to equate the differences between the flavors of Unix back then to the differences between the Linux distros. I had the fun of dealing with 6 different Unix flavors and I've used 9 different Linux distros. No comparison.

More Boots on Moon delays: NASA stops work on SpaceX human landing system as Blue Origin lawsuit rolls on


BO losing top management

Quite a few of BO's top managers are leaving - even on projects not directly related to the HLS. Losing key people has to hurt.

And Tory Bruno is wondering "Jeff - where are my engines?"

SpaceX Starship struts its stack to show it has the right stuff


NASA wants to have two providers for sending people into space. Which makes sense if you consider the history of the space shuttle - any problem and it gets grounded for months or years.....

Good news: Jeff Bezos went to space. Bad news: He's back


Re: Ban it!

New Shepard burns hydrogen and oxygen - the byproduct is water.

Focus on the camera, mobile devs: 48MP shooters about to become the sweet spot


I'd prefer a 10MP normal lens and a 10MP 3x telephoto. A 48MP is too much considering the quality of the lens they use.

Toyota reveals its work on an honest-to-goodness cloak of invisibility


Easy peasy

Add cameras on the exterior to record the images that are blocked by the pillar.

Use sensors to determine the driver's eye position.

Cover the pillar with screens.

Compute the amount and position of the video to show and display it on the pillar screens.

The Epic vs Apple trial is wrapping up, but the battle has just begun


No sympathy.

So if Epic wins, will users see a 30% discount? At best there may be a small discount at first, and then the prices will go up to the "what the market will bear" level which is probably what it is at now. 30% is probably too high but it's not like consumers will see much savings if any if it is reduced or eliminated.

As another vendor promises 3 years of Android updates, we ask: How long should mobile devices receive support?


All that I care about is getting security updates to my Android smartphone - I don't care about running the latest version of Android.

When software depends on a project thanklessly maintained by a random guy in Nebraska, is open source sustainable?


Happens with closed source.

Years ago we had a project that used Informix. They got bought out by IBM who dropped some of their products - including one that we required for our project. To "fix" our problem would have required a good chunk of funding and manpower - something that wasn't available. So the project got shelved and died.

Who'd have thought the US senator who fist pumped Jan 6 insurrectionists would propose totally unworkable anti-Big Tech law?


Sprint - T Mobile merger

It should be noted that during the worst recent large merger - Sprint / T Mobile - Hawley was silent.

Oracle vs Google: No, the Supreme Court did not say APIs aren't copyright – and that's a good thing


Oracle. How to make Google to be the good guy.

Yep, the 'Who owns Linux?' case is back from the dead


Re: My favorite screw-up

And SCO had stripped out the atributions to that BSD code - in violation of the terms of use.

Linus Torvalds worries kernel 5.12 might be ‘one of those releases’ that lands a tad late


The kernels that came with my distro didn't handle some of my hardware well. Newer kernels do. And once you start on the "rolling your own" kernel track, the only way to get the new security patches are to download a new kernel.


I use non-LTS kernels all the time. And when I use LTS kernels it isn't the reason why - I just pick the newest production kernel every couple of months, compile and go. Never had a problem. But I wait until the kernel has had at least 5 or 6 updates. Right now I'm running 5.10-11, but before that I was running 5.9.8.

Recovery time objective missed by four weeks, but Parler is back online


It's not that they deserve it - it just makes it easier for the FBI to track them.

'It's dead, Jim': Torvalds marks Intel Itanium processors as orphaned in Linux kernel



The article author must be relatively new to the Register - it was called "Itanic" by the Reg authors back in the day.

And what with the removal of "Biting The Hand That Feeds IT" slogan?

This place is heading to Hades.

And stay off my lawn!

We regret to inform you the professor teaching your online course is already dead


Re: And get a better education...

My father had a professor who later got the Nobel prize in Chemistry. He said he wasn't a good teacher.....

Samsung tones down sticky stuff in the Galaxy S21 series, simplifying repairs massively


Re: A revolutionary new idea

I have a Samsung Galaxy Active Tab 2 that is waterproof (up to 5 feet up to 30 minutes) and it has an easily replaceable battery (that has to be installed when you open the package). However a replaceable battery would make a phone slightly thicker - something that isn't an issue for a ruggedized tablet.

Salesforce relieves Republican National Committee of its tools citing 'risk of politically incited violence' across the US


Re: Everyone of these moves

In the last election, Hillary Clinton got 3 million more votes than Trump. Trump didn't try for accommodation.

Parler games: Social network for internet rejects sues Amazon Web Services for pulling plug on hosting


Re: Thank god


"However, the report states that Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election was illegal and occurred "in sweeping and systematic fashion"[10][11][12] but was welcomed by the Trump campaign as it expected to benefit from such efforts.[13][14][15] It also identifies links between Trump campaign officials and individuals with ties to the Russian government,[16] about which several persons connected to the campaign made false statements and obstructed investigations.[4] Mueller later stated that his investigation's conclusion on Russian interference "deserves the attention of every American".

Titanium carbide nanotech approach hints at hydrogen storage breakthrough


Re: I hope this isn't like fusion

Hydrogen as a fuel for recreational boats has been discussed in a number of threads on a number of boat related forums. The tankage has to be 5 to 10 times the volume as diesel fuel to get the same range and the tankage is heavy since hydrogen is kept at high pressure (5000 psi or more). There are 2 publicly accessible hydrogen fueling stations in the US outside of California as of August 2020 so it will be a long time before there will be sufficient fueling stations that are boat accessible. And you can't do with hydrogen what I do with diesel - I have a 5 gallon fuel can that I put in the trunk of my Miata, hit the gas station on the way to the boat and fill it with diesel, get to the boat and dump it into the boat's tank, and I've added 60+ miles of range.

US Government Accountability Office dumps sack of coal on NASA's desk over Moon mission naughtiness


Re: Infinite loop

Yes, we spent alot on Apollo. But we went from a suborbital 15 minute manned flight to walking on the moon 8 years later. Orion isn't doing anything new, and is just the capsule.

NASA contracted with SpaceX to design, test, and send crew to the ISS in the Crew Dragon capsule. The testing included an abort test, an unmanned test mission to the ISS, a test manned mission to the ISS, and up to 6 crewed missions to the ISS. The contract is for a maximum of $2.6B. While the Crew Dragon is smaller than Orion and isn't currently moon capable, it costs pennies relative to Orion.

And then there is SLS........

The first point release for Linux 5.10 came out barely a day later because storage bugs broke RAID5* partitions


Compiling my own...

I compile my own Linux kernel - but wait for at least 4 or 5 point releases to have come out.

I've been compiling my own Linux kernels for 25 years and I've never had a problem.

Eight release candidates later and it's out: New hardware and more AMD in Linux 5.9


Re: Comparison

And there is hardware out there that Linux supports yet the current Windows release doesn't any more.

Five Eyes nations plus Japan, India call for Big Tech to bake backdoors into everything


Re: A thought

Trump can only pardon someone for federal crimes - they can still be prosecuted for breaking state and local laws.

Tesla to build cars made of batteries and hit $25k price tag about three years down the road


Re: Applefying the car

But that's British gallons, not Merican gallons.

36.8 Miles/Freedom Gallons


Have no idea WTF is going on with the Oracle-Walmart TikTok deal? Don’t sweat it, here’s our latest rundown


Just like Putin, Trump is trying to enrich his buddies.

Ah yes, Sony, that major player in the smartphone space, has a new flagship inbound: The Xperia 5 II


Re: Too damn tall

A tall phone like this won't fit comfortably in my pants pocket. And my tend to fall out of some of my pants pockets.

Rocket Lab boss Peter Beck talks to The Reg about crap weather, reusing boosters, and taking a trip to Venus


Re: 15kg for the return chute?

The payload is reduced by 15 Kg. Usually for every 5-10Kg added to the first stage, the payload is reduced by 1Kg. So the parachute and other equipment added to the first stage for recovery could weigh as much as 150Kg.

Boeing confirms it will finish building 747s in 2022, when last freighter flies off the production line


Farewell - sort of

While the 747 will no longer be produced after 2022, the 747 will probably keep on flying for years to come - primarily as a freighter.

SpaceX pulls off an incredible catch, netting both halves of its Falcon fairing as they fell Earthwards after latest launch


Whats Next?

"SpaceX engineers are now trying to figure out how they can recover the second-stage booster as well as the first. "

No. SpaceX at one time considered trying to recover the second stage of the Falcon 9, but gave up on that idea. The problem is that every pound you add to the second stage you take away a pound from the payload capacity. Why spend all that time, effort, and money when the Falcon 9 will eventually be replaced by Starship/Super Heavy?

The author of the article didn't read the link he supplied - what SpaceX is doing is modifying a Falcon 9 second stage so they can try to make it reenter the atmosphere the way that Starship will do it - as a testbed for their ideas. They are not planning on landing it in a controlled manor.

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


Or when one system is grounded, you have another way to get in space. Look at what happened after the two shuttle disasters - they were grounded for a couple of years until a "fix" was found.

Come glide with me: Virgin Galactic gives Unity some fresh air, looks forward to rocket-powered flight


"For small payloads, SpaceX is definitely not the cheapest option."

Unless the payload is ridesharing. It doesn't eliminate the small payload launch segment but significantly shrinks it.

You'd think lockdown would be heaven for us layabouts – but half the UK has actually started 'exercising more'


My observations

We live in a neighborhood with 430 homes. Each day my wife and I go out and walk for an hour, covering 3.2 miles. Usually we see 5 to 8 people out walking. We've walked at different times but haven't noticed an increase of people at certain times. And we haven't noticed a jump in the number of people walking from last year.

For years, the internet giants have held on dear to their get-out-of-jail-free card. Here are those trying to take that away


The end result will be that the changes will cost money, and the big players can afford it. The smaller players and new players will be squeezed, and the big players will become even more dominant.

Russia drags NASA: Enjoy your expensive SpaceX capsule, our Soyuz is the cheap Kalashnikov of rockets


As far as costs go, just look what has happened to the Russian share of the commercial satellite business - it's dropped way off, thanks to the far cheaper SpaceX/Falcon 9. If Russian rockets were so cheap, why are they so uncompetitive in the commercial satellite launch business?

They've only gone and bloody done it! NASA, SpaceX send two fellas off to the International Space Station


The irony is that the whole Commercial Crew Program was started during the Obama administration - the contract that NASA has with SpaceX was signed in 2014, long before Trump came along.

So,..... Thanks, Obama!


Re: Pretty little dot..

It's the Illuminati - they don't want you to discover that the world is actually flat.


Re: Long Live Private interprise!

And on the other hand you have Boeing's Starliner. It's cost per seat is higher than what the Russians were charging.

Breaking virus lockdown rules, suing officials, threatening staff, raging on Twitter. Just Elon Musk things


Re: Elon Musk Is An Ass

Just don't read up on the antics of other automakers - you will end up walking everywhere!

French monopoly watchdog orders Google to talk payment terms with French publishers


Other French speaking sources

Or Google can get the French language news from news sources in French speaking countries other than France. If Google did that for 50% of their French language news it would result in a huge drop in traffic for the French news sources.

Antarctic science put on ice by coronavirus – next summer's expeditions restricted to essentials and robots



Was that picture of toilet paper supposed to be a recruitment poster?

Remember that clinical trial, promoted by President Trump, of a possible COVID-19 cure? So, so, so many questions...


Re: There was the other bit in the statement....

"IRL FDA does not do any research."

My wife is a biologist for the FDA. She and her coworkers do research - and have written quite a few papers on their work.



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