* Posts by FatGerman

198 posts • joined 2 Mar 2012


Wanna be a developer? Your coworkers want to learn Go and like to watch, er, Friends and Big Bang Theory


The happiest developers turned out to be those working the longest hours.

You got cuase and effect the wrong way round. People who already enjoy their jobs tend to be happy and work long hours. Working long hours has never made anybody enjoy their job more if they don't already.

Nervous, Adobe? It took 16 years, but open-source vector graphics editor Inkscape now works properly on macOS


Re: Inkscape has it better than GIMP

>> Photoshop is far more embedded than Illustrator, though. It is much easier to convince people to try Inkscape. Photoshop is basically a verb.

Also, GIMP is to Photoshop what a ZX Spectrum is to a Mac Pro. Inkscape is still no Illustrator but it's much closer to what serious users actually want, especially those who are getting fed up with renting their software.

Serial killer spotted on the night train from Newcastle


Those are *Hayes* commands.

Haynes commands are what you shout at a broken-down vehicle.

RetroPie 4.6 brings forth an answer to 'What do I do with this Pi 4 I bought last year?'


Re: Behind the curve...

As someone who has been twating about with MAME since it first appeared, RetroPie reminds me of why I stopped doing it.

My Pi 4 is a an extaoridnarily capable Kodi machine, and the bundled game emlation software in that setup provides all the segfaults I need to keep me happy.

Contact-tracing or contact sport? Defections and accusations emerge among European COVID-chasing app efforts


And they've not even begin to address the most important question - what colour should it be?

Trello! It is me... you locked the door? User warns of single sign-on risk after barring self from own account


Work and Pleasure

Why would anyone use their personal email for anything to do with work? Or vice-versa?

I've worked at places where that would get you a very stern talking to. Plus, it's good for your health (mental, mainly) never to mix the two.

Sorry, no sympathy for this guy. Needs to address his work-life balance.

FUSE for macOS: Why a popular open source library became closed source and commercially licensed


Re: Apple should step forward

APFS is a pretty goood filesystem for SSDs, but Apple do not want you to use imaging. That's official, it's not supported. Something to do with hardware-level encryption using the T2 chip. You can pull and restore a disk image off a non-T2 equipped APFS disk very easily if you know how to use dd, or are prepared to push the right clicky things in Disk Utility. One APFS volume can be cloned to another with 3 clicks.

But once you get a machine with a T2 chip all that becomes history.

We strained our eyes with Lenovo's monster monitor: 43.4 inches for price of five 24" screens


2 monitors is better

The thing with twin monitors for working on 2 things side by side is you can drag a window to one screen and just maximise it. No faffing around dragging edges to resize two windows to half screen, or indeed trying to remember the keyboard shortcut to tile windows (which never does what I want it to anyway).

Deus ex hackina: It took just 10 minutes to find data-divulging demons corrupting Pope's Click to Pray eRosary app


That Would Be An Ecumenical Matter


Hey, I wrote this neat little program for you guys called the IMAC User Notification Tool


I once worked for a company that was going to launch a Wireless Network Access Kit. I suggested swapping the middle two words.

And back in the days of IPX networks and NetWare, every IPX segment had an ID that was a string of 8 hex digits. Every segment would appear on the network map that could be drawn by various pieces of network managemen software. My test segment was 0B0110C5.

Breaking, literally: Microsoft's fix for CPU-hogging Windows bug wrecks desktop search


Fortin maintained that the quality of Windows releases has been improving

I agree with him. The last one I installed ran perfectly for almost 20 full seconds.

The purple SIM of fail: Virgin Mobile punters left in the dark with batch of borked cards


Re: Am I the only person i nthe world who doesn't have problems with Virgin services?

I've been with them for broadband for more than 12 years. Only problem I've had in that time is a two week downtime which, IIRC, *was* due to incompetence. But compared to the regular horror stories I hear about other providers, I'm happy. Can get broadband without having to pay extra for a landline which I'll never use, so it's a win.

Apple says sorry for Siri slurping voice commands of unsuspecting users



I'm not sure I believe that this is a case of them getting caught doing something they knew was naughty and then apologising for it, as many have suggested.

I think it's a case of them getting caught doing something they didn't think was naughty in the first place.

And that's worse.

Four more years! Four more years! Svelte Linux desktop Xfce gets first big update since 2015



That's how it should be. Small incremental updates coming out at long intervals. I'm so fed up of the 6-monthly changes that happen on everything else when I just want to get some work done. I switched to XFCE way back when KDE4 first appeared (remember that mess?) and have never looked back. Can even customize it so it looks like macOS, which keeps me happy :)

Ohm my God: If you let anyone other than Apple replace your recent iPhone's battery, expect to be nagged by iOS


I've got a 2010 MacBook Air with a 3rd party battery in it. If I shut it down it won't power up unless I remove the battery, boot it with the power cord connected, reset the NVRAM, shut it down, and reconnect the battery.

Apparently this is a feature. I just don't shut it down, the battery last about 4 weeks in sleep mode.

About 15 years ago I had a Sony VAIO that required a special driver to use a third party battery. The 'driver' reprogrammed the BIOS so it didn't do a battery check on power on, otherwise it would refuse to boot. So Apple are not the first to do this.

Scots NHS symptom checker pings Facebook, Google and other ad peddlers


Re: "Scots NHS symptom checker pings Facebook, Google and other ad peddlers"

Not in Wales they don't. It's only the privileged English who get the opportunity to contribute towards Civil Service salaries, sorry, NHS funds, by paying for their prescriptions.

Edge-lords crack down on trackers as Microsoft effortlessly kills off PBX phone system, and what's this? Windows Calculator on iOS?


Re: Coverage

It's running Windows XP, it probably won't boot without a screen attached.

This weekend you better read those ebooks you bought from Microsoft – because they'll be dead come early July


Absolutely. Give me a product I want and I will give you my money. Wrap that product in shit and I will find a version with the shit cleaned off.

There's Huawei too many vulns in Chinese giant's firmware: Bug hunters slam pisspoor code


But it also said they had no process for applying security fixes, meaning that 14 year old code may well be in products that are still shipping. What we need is that information, to decide whether this means anything.


Re: Not an investigation

Firmware in products that may still be shipping using unpatched 14 year old code. That's shit, Watson.

It's all in the wrist: Your fitness tracker could be as much about data warfare as your welfare



"But if I want to keep myself moving – and motivated – it makes sense to open up my private world, strap a sensor on, and let it listen"

It's hard to tell if you're being sarcastic or not but please tell me you are.

Microsoft doles out PowerShell 7 preview. It works. People like it. We can't find a reason to be sarcastic about it


Every single command...

... which is great and complete and thorough.. and utterly useless if *you don't already know which command you need*. Given that powershell command names bear no relation to the commonly-used commands in other languages, most people will stick to other languages where the entry barrier is lower.

I use it on occasion, for things I can't do any other way, but I'd still prefer not to.

Tesla's autonomous lane changing software is worse at driving than humans, and more


"However, it is the driver’s responsibility to remain in control of the car at all times, including safely executing lane changes"

That's like saying "This clock keeps perfect time forever provided you manually synchronise it to a GPS signal once a second".

Utterly useless. We've gone from cars with one driver to cars with two drivers arguing with other, and the one doing most of the work is a 4 year old whose only driving experience is on Sega Rally. What could possibly go wrong?

Headsup for those managing Windows 10 boxen: Microsoft has tweaked patching rules


I've just spent a week trying to update 1803 to 1903. Eventually I discovered that the service that was preventing it from working was .... Windows Defender.

Yes, Microsoft's own Antivirus refused to let me install Microsoft's own update.

Disabled all Windows Defender features and the upgrade happened.

Cloudflare gives websites their marching orders to hasten page rendering automatically


Re: Errr

Have a thumbs up for reminding me of !Fresco



" It's a technique that further improves the page load experience by rendering images through ongoing detail enhancement rather than displaying the image only once it has been fully loaded."

You mean, it's progressive JPEG, like Netscape?

It's 2019 so now security vulnerabilities are branded using emojis: Meet Thrangrycat, a Cisco router secure boot flaw


Re: ?

I refer to it as 'The vulnerability formerly known as Prince'

Surprising absolutely no one at all, Samsung's folding-screen phones knackered within days


Re: Pretty well Inevitable for an Alpha Version

> The functional reason is so that someone can have a phone sized device,..

But it's not phone sized. Because it folds in half it's more than twice as thick as a phone, and that means it's under a lot more stress when put in, say, the back pocket of a pair of jeans and sat on, like I do with my phone all the bloody time. Mine doesn't have a hinge though, so it's fine.

I think the reviewers must be 'carrying it wrong'.

Take your pick: Linux on Windows 10 hardware, or Windows 10 on Linux hardware


Re: Year of the Linux desktop?

>> What's required is an end to the business agreements that force every PC buyer to purchase a Windows license. All Windows' domination flows from that:

Penguin/Mac user here, but that's just not true. It's prefectly possible to buy a PC without a copy of Windows, I bought 6 for a test rig only last month.

What keeps Windows as the main player in corporate environments is the ability to manage hundreds or thousands of machines centrally, using Acive Directory, Single Sign-On, Group Policy and other tools specifically designed by Microsoft for that purpose. There's no equivalent for MacOS or Linux and that's why IT departments keep using MS products. Yes, they're shite, but they're the only shite that does that stuff.

LA Times knocked out, HackerOne slips up and – amazingly – router security still sucks


And the award for the sentence with the least information in it goes to ...

"which may be as little as a few user records or, at worst, our entire database"

Oregon can't stop people from calling themselves engineers, judge rules in Traffic-Light-Math-Gate


Re: Great for this Engineer

As somebody with no engineering qualifcations nor membership of any professional body but who could call himself a software engineer, I take exception to your comment. I am perfectly competent to do my job, if I were not I would not be allowed to continue to do it. I've learned to be an engineer by working as an engineer. I don't need bits of paper with logos on them to prove that to anybody.

At the end of the day it doesn't matter what you call yourself or what your job title is. What matters is your experience and ability - which aren't proven or measured by titles or membership of organisations. I've interviewed plenty of people with proper engineerig qualifications who I wound't trust to find the on-switch on a monitor, and employed several people with no engineering qualifcations to work in jobs with 'engineer' in the title.

Someone else made the pont about public safety, yes in that case qualifications matter. In every other area a job title is just a job title, get over it, it doesn't matter.

Doom at 25: The FPS that wowed players, gummed up servers, and enraged admins


Re: IPX Broadcasts

I worked for a LAN company, part of the official test spec for our network switch was that at least 8 people had to be able to play IPX broadcast Doom across it for an hour. Oh we had fun continually "failing" that test.

2-bit punks' weak 40-bit crypto didn't help Tesla keyless fobs one bit


Re: Problem-solution dichotomy

"being able to remotely release the boot lid is a godsend when returning to the car with hand/armfuls of shopping, suitcases etc, which would make it impossible for you to use a physical key or bootlid release button on the boot itself without first putting stuff down."

Oh! The humanity! I have to put this stuff down! I really don't have 15 seconds spare in my day to do this!

Huawei Mate 20 Lite: A business mobe aimed at millennials? Er, OK then


Too much choice

Does it look like they're just using a scattergun approach to see what sells? Or is this the future - a bewildering array of almost identical kit that requires you to spend far more time than most people care to spend on making a choice? It's only a bloody appliance, just give me one at each price point and I'll decide how much I want to spend. I have friends who have Huwaei phones and like them, but all of them are pissed off after a while when another friend gets an almost identical one that looks "better" in some way for the same price. Not for me, I'm happy to let Apple tell me what features I get. Never use most of them anyway.

Sysadmin’s worst client was … his mother! Until his sister called for help


Tech is not elderly-friendly

Both my parents, now getting on a bit, have Macbooks. Both of them like the '3 finger drag' gesture because they can move things around one handed, and it must be good because they've actually remembered it, unlike the screen zoom or two-fingers to right click, or.. I could go on.

Anyway, the problem is that, with their now shaky hands and reduced motor control, just moving the pointer around the screen often results in 3 finger dragging happening unintentionally and unobserved. 'I've lost an email folder!' is the latest one - yes, you've accidentally dragged it onto another one. Again...

Bless 'em

Mark Duckerberg: Second Congressional grilling sees boss dodge questions like a pro


It's hardly surprising...

... that Zuck doesn't know what the fuck his company does. He's the CEO. I've never worked under any CEO who knows how the company he runs achieves the goals he creates.

How to run a modern business: Set goals, teams create stuff to achieve goals, don't actually understand how it all fis together. Either you get away with it or you don't. Pocket profit. Plead innocence.

'Disappearing' data under ZFS on Linux sparks small swift tweak


This is why we can't have nice things

>> It is much easier for the users to test their systems with the software and report any issues

Of course it's easier. But that doesn't mean it's a good idea.

Badmins: Magento shops brute-forced to scrape card deets and install cryptominers


Re: Brute forced?

>> However, when you're getting to the level of taking online payments using such a product, it SHOULD go without saying that you shouldn't really be doing that sort of stuff without getting it thoroughly checked over by a security expert.

It might go without saying to somebody who knows what they're doing, but plugin do-it-all-out-of-the-box systems like Magento are not aimed at people who know what they're doing. The likelihood is that people install it without knowing there is such a thing as security, or simply assuming that this is a professional thing written by professionals and therefore should already be secure. Personally I do know what I'm doing and I would still expect the latter, because what kind of complete numpty ships an insecure e-commerce package?

Software gremlin robs Formula 1 world champ of season's first win


F1 is about the teams, not the drivers. It's a dick-waving contest, the drivers are just software these days, a tool used to make sure the TV cameras focus on the rolling adverts processing round the track. It's not a sport, it's a business, and it is run like a business - minimal risk, no excitement, and lots of dirty tricks.

El Reg deep dive: Everything you need to know about UK.gov's pr0n block


Re: Seriously...

>> did some weirdo puritans took over the government?



Red Rag to a bull

When I was 15, if I'd come across (pun intended) a site that asked me to click a button to confirm I was over 18, my reaction would have been 'Hell yes, show me the titties!'. Kids who are looking for porn already know they're doing something naughty, what meakes these idiots assume that having to tell a little lie will be any deterrent?

Google can't innovate anymore, exiting programmer laments


41 shades of blue

As anyone who has ever used Google Analytics will tell you, the bar charts and graphs that show different data on the same axes use almost indistinguishable shades of blue to "differentiate" the data sets. Why they couldn't use different *colours* has always struck me as a design decision carried out by management obsessed with branding at the expense of all else.

I'm still working on a proxy to change the css on the fly.

Who's using 2FA? Sweet FA. Less than 10% of Gmail users enable two-factor authentication


Give Google my phone number?

Yeah, right. Fuck off.

Although, because MacOS keeps on bugging me to do it, I did try enabling 2FA for my Apple cloud-thingy-whatever-they-call-it account, (because they've got my phone number anyway after I bought stuff from them) but the code they texted to my phone wasn't recognised, 3 times in a row. So Fuck them too.

Wondering where your JavaScript libs went? Spam-detection snafu exiled npm packages


I don't use it..

.. so maybe this is an obvious question but surely in a sane, well-managed, version controlled development environment, external dependencies would be downloaded and stored locally with the source in a version control system, labelled, and used from there. Otherwise you're in a situation where your critical app depends on something you have no control over. You don't upgrade the external dependencies without a thorough round of testing first. Or is this what's meant by 'agile'. In that you need to be to get away from the angry customers?

UK.gov puts Suffolk 7-year-old's submarine design into production


Re: Art World

He's cross because he didn't get credit for producing all that piss. The artist just took it.

It's a decade since DevOps became a 'thing' – and people still don't know what it means


Re: DevOps is way you organize work

"Unless you have a system already in place that is not devops and that allows you to release frequently and early, test always, and have automated to hell and back, well done, you, sir (or madam) have earned the right to bash DevOps."

I have created 3 such systems from scratch, 2 of them well before anyone had ever uttered the word 'DevOps'. My main failing as an engineer seems therefore to be that I simply regarded that as doing my fucking job properly, when I obviously should have been inventing buzzwords and holding conferences instead.

Intel Management Engine pwned by buffer overflow


our users accountants care about, including features such as secure boot, two-factor authentication, system recovery, and enterprise device management

There' FTFY

Universal basic income is a great idea, which is also why it won't happen


Re: fast forward.

"The only fix is a TRUE free market system. As imperfect as it is, free market has the inherent checks and balances to reward hard work and punish laziness."

A free market system rewards greed and ruthlessness. It punishes those who don't possess those "qualities". In that respect it holds humanity back in the dark ages. The only true way forward is to stop letting money run everything.

TalkTalk sees red after chucking £75m on restructuring bonfire


"Our clear value proposition is resonating strongly against an uncertain economic environment"

What the effing toss does that shit even mean? What kind of lobotomy is required to make people talk like that?

Google, Twitter gleefully spew Texas shooter fake news into netizens' eyes


If a cinema showed 5 seconds of hardcore pornography just after the credits of a PG rated movie, would they be able to use Google's argument too?



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