* Posts by FatGerman

269 posts • joined 2 Mar 2012


Having trouble getting your mitts on that Raspberry Pi? You aren't alone


Depends how many you need. If you're ordering hundreds then custom might work out cheaper if you can find somewhere with capacty to make them, but for small runs of < 100 a Pi is a n easy and cost-effective solution (and easier to sneak an order past the bean counters)

Elementary OS 6 Odin released on a 'pay what you want' basis


Oooh goody!

More choice! Another unit of confusion to throw into the mix. Another bloody thing I've got to read up on and decide for or against while I make up my mind about something I couldn't really give a shit about.

There's a reason people use Mac and Windows, and it's that *they're not bloody interested in choosing*. Because they've got, you know, lives. Meanwhile Linux fragments into more and more People's Fronts of Judaea and nobody, but nobody, cares.

Chocolate beer barred from sale after child mistakes it for chocolate milk


Not beer

if it's sweet it's an alcopop. The whole point of those is to encourage underage drinking. Just admit you'd rather have squash with vodka in and we can all get along.

The old New: Windows veteran explains that menu item


Re: Yeah

I'm not sure; I think developers have demonstrated they prefer the new and shiny. Plus Python is taught in colleges, where Perl isn't.

Perl is still the right tool for the jobs it was designed to do. The bad rep is created by people using it to do things it shouldn't be used for.

"This spade's useless, I tried to tighten this screw with it and it just doesn't work".


This comment merely supports the theory that the only people who know how to find stuff in Sharepoint are the IT dept.

It is a very useful place to hide documents you need to write but don't want anybody to ever be able to read, though. "Oh yeah, I did document that process, it's in Sharepoint" is sometimes the only work you actually need to do.

Windows 11 still doesn't understand our complex lives – and it hurts


Re: web Teams works on Linux

I installed it on Kubuntu 20.04 via the rather handy apt repository Microsoft have made for it. It works flawlessly. I rather like it as a way of keeping in touch with colleagues while also being able to keep them at arm's length. We also use Zoom and I can't see the need for that when Teams does the same thing, but hey-ho.

Open-source RAW image editor Darktable releases major update to version 3.6 – and it's very accessible


Re: Image processors and pixel editors

I keep evaluating options to switch away from Lightroom, but the DAM is its killer feature. My workflow is built around its import and export and it's smart collections, as well as it s Print module which nothing else even comes close to emulating.

I love how I don't have to organise things because it does it for me. And with almost 50,000 images catalogued and organised (in multiple ways, one image can be in several collections at once - you can't do that just by putting stuff in folders) there's no way I could or would switch to a program where I would lose that.

It's kind of a shame because there are so many editors out there that are better at editing, but Lightroom enabled a workflow that keeps the time I spend in front of the computer (otherwise known as boring-tedium-time) to a bare minimum, and that's why it doesn't have any real competition.

Windows 10 to hang on for five more years with 21H2 update


Re: okay...

Been using High Sierra since 2017, still see no reason to "upgrade", still does what I bought it to do. No upgrade has ever been forced on me. I do keep getting the occasional security patch.

Can't vouch for the more recent macOSes being as good, but I've no need to find out.

Amazon says it's all social media's fault for letting fake review schemes thrive


Accounts *accused of* being fake

Is it just the wording in the article, or does this imply that accounts are being removed purely on the basis of an accusation, without proof?

Debian's Cinnamon desktop maintainer quits because he thinks KDE is better now


Re: KDE = Kmail

I used to like KMail, it was one of the killer apps in the KDE3 days. Then they tried to turn it into some kind of monster that requires you to install hundreds of megabytes of bloat (MySQL??? WHY) just to check email. I was impressed I was able to connect it to work's Office365 account sure, but the calendar plugin sucked and it's such a massive resource hog. I run Outlook in a browser now and it's quicker and uses less RAM, sadly.


Re: Now I know that Debian also packages Cinnamon

>> 'm slightly cringing at the "Pros don't use Gnome" comment too as I doubt many Pro coders use KDE because the font rendering sucks. It's fucking awful to look at compared to Gnome (and its various derivatives).

Oddly, I have the precise opposite experience.

The *default* antialiasing settings in KDE *used* to suck. It was trivial to fix them. The defaults now are perfect for most people, and a KDE desktop looks way better than Gnome or XFCE.



The world of Linux desktops is utterly hilarious. It always reminds me of the scene in Life of Brian with all the factions sitting around separately, all wanting the same thing but too stubborn to work together.

For anybody non-techie (i.e. the vast majority) the desktop *is* the OS. It's he bit they interact with, the bit they see. They don't give a jaffa's fart what toolkit it's built with or what the license is. All they care about is can they use it to get stuff done. So many people I talk to can't get their head around Linux because every time they see it it looks and works differently. It puts them off. Choice is only desirable if you care enough to learn and choose. Most people don't. Any distro that came along with one stable desktop that basically worked in a way most people are familiar with would get traction. That's what Ubuntu did to begin with before they lost their way with Unity and the whole thing fractured into the current nonsensical gnome-forks hell.

KDE has always been there in the background, always working basically the same way. But it had its bad days with KDE4, which is when I left it for Xfce. And it has some licensing problems which people who give a toss about such things find offputting. I started using it again recenlty and KDE5 is truly excellent. Replaced my Windows install on my work computer and am just able to get stuff done.

Gnome3 is bloody awful though. I blame them for creating the whole situaion.

Zorin OS 16 beta claims largest built-in app library 'of any open source desktop ever'


If by "huge swathe" you mean "insignificant minority" then I agree with you. Otherwise your first paragraph is demonstrably wrong, and proportion of people who do engage with their phones is only growing. There is a generation now who don't even know what a laptop is because they do everything via a phone.


Re: Wine and Crossover are nowhere near ready for prime time.

For a subset of users, Office 365 online runs everything Windows-y they need in a way that is sufficiently acceptable to allow them to run a Linux desktop. This is certainly the case for me.

For everybody else, basically nothing important (to a business user, Microsoft's core revenue) will run under Wine or online. You can bet that Microsoft are fully aware of this issue and are working hard to ensure it stays that way for ever.

WiMAX? 'Dead with no known users': Linux tips code in the recycle bin


Re: Not to pick on intel....

Let's not forget that Microsoft promoted Bluetooth, not WiFi, as a LAN standard, back in the day....

Facebook bans sharing of news in Australia – starting now – rather than submit to pay-for-news-plan


Nobody mentioned...

... that half the Aussie govt are good mates with Murdoch, and this deal with Google will put money in Murdoch's pockets and legally force Google to promote Murdoch's brand of "news" while simultaneously making it harder to find journalism that counters his brand if misinformation. This is one step further towards Murdoch being the Australian State News Service, and one step closer to him being that fir the western world. That's nit something anybody should want, so Facebook is doing the right thing.

helloSystem: Pre-alpha FreeBSD project chases simplicity and elegance by taking cues from macOS



It's perfectly possible to make KDE almost indistinguishable from macOS already. Maybe just work on that instead of creating yet another competing ecosystem?

The next departure leaves in... have you thought about a Microsoft 365 subscription?


Not necessarily fresh

Recent versions of Windows will periodically pop up that nag screen after a reboot. It was only the last major update that had an option to prevent it from doing so. Really effing annoying when you're trying to automate things.

Smartphones are becoming like white goods, says analyst, with users only upgrading when their handsets break


"You can blame Lockdowns for this"

No, phone maker, *You* will blame lockdowns for waking people up to the fact that when they don't venture into your emporia of tat they don't feel the need to "upgrade" to something that is the same as they already have but slightly less scratched.

Your unsustainable business model has been called out and found wanting. Now try making monkey by not ripping people off. What's that? Your products are so indistinguishabke from each other that you can't charge premium prices any more? Boo hoo poor you. Go sit on a hot spike.

Must 'completely free' mean 'hard to install'? Newbie gripe sparks some soul-searching among Debian community


Re: My personal rant about all Linux variants

This. So much this. There's so many arguments, so much infighting, so much fragmentation. For all it's talk about openness and working together, the Open Source world is essentially a large collection of very small cliques, all of them working very hard to prevent the others from achieving the very thing they're all trying to do.


Re: Isn’t that what Debian-based distros like Ubuntu are for?

I recently installed Kubuntu on a Dell laptop. Not only did it install and work without a hitch, it also offered me a firmware update for my Logitech wireless mouse, and a BIOS update for the laptop, neither of which I'd ever been offered by Windows Update.

Debian couldn't even recognise the WiFi adapter.

I guess Debian provides the base that other people can use to make something that works.

ADT techie admits he peeked into women's home security cams thousands of times to watch them undress, have sex


The very idea of putting a camera in my bedroom gives me the creeps While I'm sympathetic to the nature of the crime I don't understand why the equipment that allowed it to happen was there in the first place.

Decades-old UK government papers show that they tried to roll out a 'Cab-E-Net' system in the '90s. It was crap


Re: The giveaway!

Never has an MP exhibited such levels of self awareness as the one who was afraid he could be replaced by Lotus Notes.

Red Hat defends its CentOS decision, claims Stream version can cover '95% of current user workloads'


The whole point of continuous delivery is to make each release as stable as the one before

Whereas the actual effect is that something different breaks every week See Windows 10. When you're running a mission critical system you want something where the components you rely on rarely change, and when they do it is in small, thoroughly tested increments. You want that for 5 years minimum. CentOS was good at that. Stream is the opposite of that.

Yeah I could switch to one of the inevitable new forks that will step in to fill the gap, but it's another chunk of work I haven't planned or budgeted for. This decision makes no sense technically, so it must be financially driven. Fucking bean counters.

'This was bigger than GNOME and bigger than just this case.' GNOME Foundation exec director talks patent trolls and much, much more


Re: Irrational fear of upgrades?

Speaking for myself, it's not so much the ease or otherwise of upgrading. It's that I have a stable system I'm using to do useful work and then a major system upgrade breaks something - trivial things like a change of a version of a component (eg mysql) breaking my config, a program losing a feature I've been relying on, a piece of hardware no longer working. I've experienced all of these things, on Linux, macOS, and Windows. I used to do all the updates all the time but was spending so much time fixing the things the updates broke that now once I've got a something stable and I'm relying on it for doing things it gets nothing but security updates. (This is why I don't use Windows and my mac is still on High Sierra).

Windows to become emulation layer atop Linux kernel, predicts Eric Raymond


Re: Sadly... this is the beginning of the end

sudo systemctl disable this-service-does-not-exist

[sudo] password for *****:

Failed to disable unit: Unit file this-service-does-not-exist.service does not exist.

Methinks you maybe haven't looked at it in, say, a couple of years?


Re: Sadly... this is the beginning of the end

Ha! Mine was "network sinks randomly use 100% CPU when idle" to which the response was "why are they idle? Audio subsystems are for playing audio". Like "how dare you install pulseaudio then go to sleep?"

Since someone else took over Pulseaudio it has actually become quite good.

Likewise systemd isn't terrible to those of us not emotionally wedded to a bunch of unintelligible shell scripts. So long as we don't attempt to report bugs,

NHS COVID-19 app's first weekend: With fundamental testing flaw ironed out, bugs remaining are relatively trivial


Re: Still confused as to how this app makes the slighest bit of difference..

Of course if you install it it'll flat your battery before you can finish downloading your conspiracy theory videos.

"Everyone else basically zero risk of fatality." is perhaps the most provably bollocks statement anybody has made since this started.

You can go out with no mask if you like chief, I'll make sure to cough on you if I see you.


Re: Old iPhones.

It still works. It still does exactly what I bought it to do. Just because Apple deem it "unsupported" does not make it obsolete nor useless. I have better things to spend my money on than on replacing a perfectly good piece of equipment every couple of years.

My photography side-business still runs on a 2012 iMac and I have no intention of replacing it. If it still does what I bought it to do, replacing it is wasteful.

Happy Hacking Professional Hybrid mechanical keyboard: Weird, powerful, comfortable ... and did we mention weird?


You too can the "that guy"...

.... in the office. The one whose keyboard goes CLACK CLACK CLACK CLACK all day long and drives everybody around to to the very borders of insanity.

Also no numeric kerypad? No home/end/page up/page down? No cursor keys? What sort of self-respecting hacker would use one of these? A poseur, that's who.

Brexit travel permits designed to avoid 7,000-lorry jams come January depend on software that won't be finished till April


Re: More queues?

Yeah. All they've done is moved the EU border into Essex. That'll go down well.

Azure DevOps Services reminds users that, yes, it really is time to pull the plug on Internet Explorer 11


Re: Some history

Scripting and style sheets allow sites to do things that the venerable Sir Tim never even imagined. Most of these things are good.

You're well within your rights to switch off these technological advances, but don't expect people who want to make interesting stuff to pander to your luddism.

That long-awaited, super-hyped Apple launch: Watches, iPads... and one more thing. Oh, actually that's it


My friend's 11 year old: : What's a watch?

Me : You wear it on your wrist and it tells you the time

My friend's 11 year old : Why?

I genuinely have no answer either. I haven't worn a watch since I was 15, and that was 34 years ago.

I think I might be interested in an Apple watch though but only if it didn't function as a source of skin infections.


Re: Touch ID ... ouch

The wierd thing about Apple's fingerprint recognition is that it recognises my thumbprint for about a month and then refuses and I have to re-train it. Am I really growing a new thumb every month?

Another week, another dual-screen phone, this time a T-shaped LG thingamy



The same thing is happening to phones as happened to Razors in the '90s. Having run out of new things to add to them, manufacturers have started adding more of the things they've already got. First it was more cameras, now it's more screens. I guess that's what happens when you have a business model based entirely on disposability and overconsumption. Phone with 12 cameras and 8 screens, anyone?

Tesco self-service separates innocent Reg reader from beer after collapsing into heap of Windows dialog boxes


Re: TLAs

Oh it's on both sids of the pond, I came here to say the same thing :)

Take your pick: 'Hack-proof' blockchain-powered padlock defeated by Bluetooth replay attack or 1kg lump hammer


Re: Loch Motor?

I spotted by typo after clicking submit but couldnae be arsed to fix it.


Loch Motor?

So it's Bluetooth and has an electric motor in it, so presumably it has a battery.

So it's a cold rainy night and your padlock won't open because the battery is flat, and the nearest shop is 5 miles away and it's closed. I do wonder what sort of world the morons who invent stuff like this inhabit.

QR-code based contact-tracing app brings 'defining moment' for UK’s 'world beating' test and trace system


Re: Hm.

You sir, are a massive twat.

5G router, anyone? MediaTek lobs cheaper chipset at telco carrier pigeons


> I don't know why mobile broadband hasn't taken off more

Price. Unlimited broadband-only fibre + a data-limited phone contract costs less than half what the phone contract would cost if I upgraded it to unlimited data. It's more convenient yes, but not worth it at that price.

But for their own greed, EE would be making more money off me at Vigin's expense.

Samsung reveals new folding stuff for people who like flaunting wads of folding stuff



Phones started off massive, but computers were even more massive back then. Then everything got smaller, then computers kept getting smaller while phones started getting bigger again.

I'm not really sure what the difference is between this and a macBook Air in terms of how useful it is as a telephone.

Physical locks are less hackable than digital locks, right? Maybe not: Boffins break in with a microphone


Re: My lock's fine then

Oh now desk drawer locks are to locks what play-doh is to cement. I keep the drawers in my desk locked at all times. I do not have the key. To the best of my knowledge, nobody has the key. I do, however, have a piece of cardboard cut to exactly the correct width.

One summer job at an office furniture company and I can open anything with less that 5 levers with whatever I can find lying about.


My lock's fine then

My old knackered lock requires me to jiggle the key to just the right spot. I've got it down to a fine art now but it certainly fools the "constant speed" assumption.

Also it sounds like it would be trivially easy to confuse this by jiggling any key as you insert it?

TalkTalk, Three, and Virgin Media, come on down! You've all won a prize for... not being that great at something!


A spokesperson at Virgin Media said the company is "always looking at how we can further improve our customer service.

Looking at it in the same way that when I look out of my window I am looking at my neighbour's house. I can see it, it's much nicer than mine, but it's waaaaay too expensive.


Re: Three

>> But: their webshite is abysmal, their customer account admin area limited

Every single mobile operator's website is abysmal. No matter how much time I spend on EE's website I cannot find out how much I am paying, what I am paying for, or how I change any of the 'addons' or whatever they're calling them this week. I can, however, very easily buy more services or "upgrade" to a more expensive tariff.

The awfulness of the websites is deliberate.

Putting the d'oh! in Adobe: 'Years of photos' permanently wiped from iPhones, iPads by bad Lightroom app update


Re: "While not as high-end as Photoshop"

That's what I came here to say. They do different jobs. Professionals, and many others, use both.

ANPR maker Neology sues Newcastle City Council after failing to win 'air quality' snoopcam project bid


Wait so...

You can sue people for NOT buying your stuff?

Where do I file a suit against 7 billion people who don't want to buy one of my photos?

Fucking hell, the sooner we find all the lawyers in the world and drown them in a pool of shit the better.

IBM takes Power10 processors down to 7nm with Samsung, due to ship by end of 2021


Re: POWER 10

"Somehow the term "AI" loses its mystery if all it comes down to is matrix maths"

It's because the term 'AI' is a misnomer. Machines will never be intelligent enough to decide what they want (or don't want) to do, because that will make them useless. "AI" means "machine that can work out what to do with this data because we can't be arsed to tell it". Put like that, I'm all in favour. Programming computers to analyse data is fucking mind-meltingly tedious. It's no wonder we've put so much effort into creating machines that can program themselves to do it.

Clarke's Third Law: Any sufficiently advanced techie is indistinguishable from magic


Re: a GUI in the office was a dim and distant dream.

When I started my first job in 1993, I was given a PC runnings Windows 3.1 but all but one of the programs I had to use were DOS programs that ran in a DOS box, and several of them would not co-operate with others. So while I had a "GUI" I was still basically running single-tasking DOS.

Single-line software bug causes fledgling YAM cryptocurrency to implode just two days after launch



"something something something, something something something, something something something" the YAM project explained.

I take issue with the use of the word 'explained'. I mean, I guess maybe 4 people understood that?



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