* Posts by Allonymous Coward

389 posts • joined 17 Feb 2012


Adobe lowers 2022 forecast, blames Ukraine war, strong dollar

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FIFY: Adobe writes crap software but the alternatives aren’t de facto industry standards.

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Stopped using any Adobe software right around the time they moved to a subscription model, and never looked back.

A Raspberry Pi HAT for the Lego Technic fan

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The Lego set is HOW much?

Rhetorical question. I’ll climb back onto my chair now.

EasyJet flight loadsheet snafu caused by software 'code errors' says UK safety agency

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One thing I always find interesting (in a good way) is how seriously this sort of thing is taken in safety-critical fields like aviation. There was no harm done, but an incident was raised to AAIB and fully investigated, with some actionable findings.

A lot of places - probably including mine - the most it would've resulted in is a "lesson learned" along the lines of "Oh that's an interesting failure mode of the system, we should document that in Confluence and try not to do it". It might not have even gone that far.

Ubuntu 21.10 brings GNOME 40 debut and a focus on devs

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All that and more.

Snap feels like just the latest in a long list of Canonical not-invented-here technologies. Along with things like bzr, Launchpad, upstart, Unity, Ubuntu Phone, and probably a few I’ve forgotten.

Brit MPs blast Baroness Dido Harding's performance as head of NHS Test and Trace

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Re: Yes Boris isn't the perfect PM but...

You’re welcome to your opinion. I completely disagree. PR works well.

Source: I’m a citizen of a country widely agreed to have a better-functioning, more diverse & more accountable government than the shower in Westminster, at least some of which is attributable to use of PR. I also vote in the UK, in a safe seat where my vote is mostly wasted.

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Re: Yes Boris isn't the perfect PM but...

Proportional representation would be a wonderful thing.

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Re: Share the blame

If NHS X is duplicating functionality, then NHS Digital should have at least been able to make a case for their own capabilities and services.

Well, quite. Why does NHSX even exist?

Oh that’s right, it’s Matt Hancock’s IT boondoggle. It’s interesting how the same names and problems keep coming up over and over.

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Re: Scientists and Science

One reason given for New Zealand's more successful approach to locking down is that they were a few weeks behind and had at least some evidence from the rest of the world about the best approach.

Devuan debuts version 4.0 – as usual without a hint of the hated systemd

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I don’t use Devuan

But that’s just laziness. Ubuntu hasn’t *quite* annoyed me enough to switch yet, and my distro-hopping days finished a decade ago.

I still leave a torrent running for their ISOs though, and I’m glad they exist. Choice is a good thing, possibly one of the greatest things about this particular ecosystem.

How Windows NTFS finally made it into Linux

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Agree with both the comments above. Article could do with a fact check.

UK gives military's frikkin' laser cannon project a second roll of the dice

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Pew pew

See title.

GitHub merges 'useless garbage' says Linus Torvalds as new NTFS support added to Linux kernel 5.15

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<looks over top of glasses>

Hmm. I see you’re familiar with the game. Well played. Well played indeed.

Of course, Mornington Crescent is only one stop away on the Northern Line. But if we’re on the Charing Cross branch and there’s no step-free access I’m not sure that’s a legal move. I may have to defer to the TMO on this one.

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Are we playing the East Indian variation? If so, I think you’ll find stations that begin with a vowel aren’t allowed on days that begin with “T”. Unless you’re in transit to a mainline connection of course.

With that in mind, I raise you: Bank.

Brit says sorry after waving around nonce patent and leaning on sites to cough up

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I didn’t know Gervase Markham had died. Sad to hear that.

Sorry to hear this other bloke apparently has cancer too, attempted patent troll or no.

Sometimes life feels too short to worry about boring things like computers or patent law.

84-year-old fined €250,000 for keeping Nazi war machines – including tank – in basement

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What I want to know

Did he have a sea mine as well?

Leeds City Council swallows the Gartner glossary and orders up 'post-modern' ERP in £44m SAP replacement

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Re: "it reserved 'the right to make substantive and relevant changes' "

Leeds City Council said in its tender that it required "the flexibility to retire and/or replace any number of the various components of the Solution over the lifetime of the contract" and that it reserved "the right to make substantive and relevant changes that relate to the transformation programme."

Translation: "We want a Big Solution. We're happy it may take 20 years, but even we accept we don't have a crystal ball about our requirements in 2042. So we want the ability to change the scope of the Big Solution at any point. This will not cause any problems, and will work better than letting a shorter contract."

Ecuador shreds Julian Assange's citizenship

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I was in Ecuador in 2005, and they already had the USD as currency back then.

Rackspace literally decimates workforce: One in ten staffers let go this week

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I'm no fan of offshoring, and I used to quite like Rackspace back when I used them. But as a non-US techie (who's admittedly probably slightly jealous of high left-pondian remuneration) I'm not entirely surprised they're decimating their American workforce in favour of somewhere cheaper. I sometimes worry that American tech salaries are in a bubble.

Cut us some Slack: $27bn+ later, collab tool officially belongs to Salesforce

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Microsoft has, over the years, pointedly remarked that its Teams collaboration environment has many more users than Slack. The subtext to those jibes is that Redmond is the outfit really driving the future of work and Slack is an upstart afterthought.

I use both (paid) Slack and Teams. Teams is a qualitatively worse user experience in almost every way. Other opinions are available of course.

This should count for something, though of course it often doesn't when it comes to workplace software (oh hi Oracle HR, SharePoint).

Where on Gartner's Hype Cycle is Gartner's Hype Cycle?

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Re: Where on Gartner's Hype Cycle is Gartner's Hype Cycle?

The worst boss I ever had was a big believer in everything that came out of Gartner. I think he used it as a crutch to support his lack of knowledge and experience despite somehow having lucked into a relatively senior position.

I still get annoyed about some of his bone-headed decisions several years later, even the ones that didn't affect me. Mostly they weren't based on Gartner analysis, but Gartner analysis was partly to blame for the thoroughly undeserved confidence in his own abilities.

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Re: He's lucky it was just some t-shirts...


Google killed desktop Drive and replaced it with two apps. Now it’s killing those, and Drive for desktop is returning

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I run a VM on my NAS to sync photos with Google (I’m not dumb enough to *store* them there - it’s just a useful service for publishing & sharing). That runs Backup & Sync; guess I have to update it now. How boring.

Rocky Linux release attracts 80,000 downloads as ex-CentOS users mull choices

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We shifted some workloads to RHEL, others to Amazon Linux. Work were happy to pay and wanted the certainty, so who am I to argue?

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Two of the three names posted for AlmaLinux make me think I’d probably check out Rocky Linux first, if I had a need to get off CentOS which luckily I don’t any more.

Lockdown-induced gadgetry rush sent Dixons Carphone's online sales skywards – and repaid £73m of furlough wages

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People still buy from Dixons Carphone?

Huh. Who knew.

Lotus Notes refuses to die, again, as HCL debuts Domino 12

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Re: Domino

I used Notes for a few years in the early 00’s. That was always my take. I quite liked it, except as an email platform.

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It was Notes that displayed the odd hieroglyphs, yes.

In a piece of software not known for its usability touches, I thought that was quite a nice one. Made it easy to see if you’d typed your password correctly without actually giving it away.

I seem to recall it was actually somewhat secure too. I forget the exact details but it was a little more sophisticated than a simple “A = bird, B = wavy line, C = head, etc” substitution.

Nurserycam horror show: 'Secure' daycare video monitoring product beamed DVR admin creds to all users

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Well that was a hopeless cop-out by the ICO

^ see subject.

SitePoint hacked: Hashed, salted passwords pinched from web dev learning site via GitHub tool pwnage

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Wow, there’s a name I’ve not heard in ages.

Next you’ll be telling us Webmonkey got hacked.

Missing GOV.UK web link potentially cost taxpayers £50m as civil servants are forced to shuffle paper forms

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Re: The link is NOT missing though?

That was my take. I hope Gaz actually looked at the page rather than just dashing off a few lines based upon something said by lobby groups.

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I’m puzzled

GOV.UK has a webpage for this titled "report a change of circumstances if you have a visa or BRP". Importantly, the page only links to hard-copy forms for people wanting to update their BRP addresses.

Except it doesn’t just link to hard-copy forms? In fact there’s a link to the online form right in the page (and seems to have been for a while).

Harry Fone from TPA has told me exactly why I’m supposed to be livid about this. Which is helpful of him because otherwise I wouldn’t know what to think.

Perhaps El Reg could clarify what exactly the Government should have done differently?

That's it. It's over. It's really over. From today, Adobe Flash Player no longer works. We're free. We can just leave

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Re: IBM Enterprise software from just a couple of years ago still uses Flash

IIRC we had some shitty IBM ILO up until a few years ago that we had to keep an old Windows VM around for. It was the only way we could conjure up the very special, ancient and insecure concoction of browser versions and JVMs necessary to make the damn thing work.

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Re: IBM Enterprise software from just a couple of years ago still uses Flash

It’s almost like “enterprise” software is known for a terrible user experience and feels like it’s been written for top dollar by bottom drawer programmers, hitting every bad-technical-decision branch on the way down.

Trump administration says Russia behind SolarWinds hack. Trump himself begs to differ

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Re: HOWTO: hack their voting machines

in Australia it's illegal to NOT vote. If you don't vote, you either demonstrate and prove a bloody good reason or you get fined or potentially jailed

There’s much else wrong with your post besides, but this is overwrought bull excrement. You do not get jailed - even “potentially” - for failing to vote in Australia.

Rocky Linux is go: CentOS founder's new project aims to be 100% compatible with Red Hat Enterprise Linux

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Ansible's open source, so I think this is Fear, Uncertainty & Doubt really. Someone can and almost certainly would fork it if that happened.

There's a separate discussion to be had over whether Ansible as a tool is evolving in the right direction under Red Hat's ownership...

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Ubuntu is slightly better than Debian for this sort of thing*. We used to use it over Debian because it was free but there were commercial support offerings available for production if we needed them. And we did buy support contracts with Canonical at various points.

This whole debacle feels like it could be a good validation of Canonical's business model.

* yes I know there are other reasons people might prefer Debian, don't @ me.

HP CEO talks up HP-ink-only print hardware and higher upfront costs for machines that use other cartridges

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Re: Private Pickup?

I’ve worked in one organisation that did this. It was brilliant! And it was in the NHS which is really surprising for such a forward thinking IT policy.

I can only assume offices that don’t do it haven’t experienced what a difference it makes.

How the US attacked Huawei: Former CEO of DocuSign and Ariba turned diplomat Keith Krach tells his tale

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Re: "economic aggression"?


It's always DNS, especially when a sysadmin makes a hash of their semicolons

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Re: Back in th eday? Still!

They were at $LASTJOB too. There were some concessions to modernity though - edited zone file was deployed by Puppet and named-checkzone run before the thing was put live.

Watchdog signals Boeing 737 Max jets can return to US skies following software upgrade, pilot training

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I'm never going to fly an airline that flies these things

Not a totally outlandish stance. Almost all the airlines I fly with (which is none at the moment anyway) don't use them.

Elon Musk's ancient April Fools' gag about 'Tesla Tequila' made real in lightning-shaped bottle

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This is my own brand. Tres Comas.

Know what that means in Spanish?

Linux Mint pushes out its own Chromium build to help users avoid Canonical's Snap Store

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Re: They missed the obvious.

I don't want them distributed independently either. Except when I do, because the distro's package is broken, obsolete or some similar reason. Various development frameworks and minor applications have fallen foul of this over the years. In one memorable case I now run the Windows version of a little utility under WINE because it relies on (IIRC) a no-longer-shipped Qt version and has never been updated. The Windows version ships with all the necessary old DLLs or whatever and more or less just works.

That said, web browsers are hardly edge-case, seldom-used niche applications.

Remember when the keyboard was the computer? You can now relive those heady days with the Raspberry Pi 400

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Re: Not in the enterprise

completely physically disable the GPIO

Hot glue gun?

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Why not gut one and use the innards in a different/better keyboard? Would make an interesting project.

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Re: The keyboard is everything

- Upvotd fom my MacBook Po

Shots fired! WordPress's Matt claims Jamstack's marketing is 'not intellectually honest' in debate with Netlify's Matt

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As a new hipster web architecture, I'm surprised it's jamstack.org and not, say, jamster.io

Get off my lawn etc.

Proposed US fix for Boeing 737 Max software woes does not address Ethiopian crash scenario, UK pilot union warns

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Re: Making bricks fly

When the 737max comes back I'll just avoid airlines that have them in their fleet. I mostly fly BA anyway and they use A3xx for their short hauls.

This. I sometimes fly long haul on Boeings but they're not the ones with the problem. Would happily get on a 777 any day.

Short haul, the airlines that operate 737s are mostly ones I'd rather not fly anyway for other reasons. Ryanair being the obvious example.

Safety driver at the wheel of self-driving Uber car that killed a pedestrian is charged with negligent homicide

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Re: You had one job...

It shows either a staggering level of overconfidence in their systems or a staggering level of disregard for the wider public. Considering we're talking about Über, I'll let you decide which one of those it likely was

Considering we're talking about Über, it could be both.

Virgin Galactic reveals giant mirror feature in cabin design for Beardy Branson's space bus

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Great. Now I can't unsee that "clever and futuristic-looking" typography.

What a pile of toss.



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