* Posts by FatGerman

295 posts • joined 2 Mar 2012


Samsung’s Smart Monitor tries too hard to be clever


Re: The future crippled - today

Having been burned multiple times by online services suddenly deciding I need to buy a new device to absorb their content, I now don't use any online services and I doubt I ever will again. Still got a 25 year old Panasonic dumb TV that works and a big collection of optical media. Remember them? When you actually owned the stuff you paid for and could use it any time, even if the internet was down. What will they think of next?

Python tops programming love list – but if you want a job, learn SQL


Re: Greybeard here ...

"Hey, we're starting to use this new business tool called PowerBI. It'll allow us to visualise and interpret all this data we've got. We need you to go on a 2 day training course and then we'll buy you a license. And a Windows PC to run it on."

It looks like Excel with a suit on...10 minutes of SQL later....

"You mean like this?"



Re: Python--

PEP 8 isn't a coding standard, it's a pedant's charter. I've never encountered any document so far up its own arse, and I've worked in marketing.

GNOME hits 43: Welcome To Guadalajara


Re: KDE vs Gnome

I was running Manjaro. My usage may be a little more disk-intensive than yours; The Pi really suffers there, for obvious reasons. The main reason I dropped it though was it just wasn't remotely stable, every update broke something fundamental and my patience gave out.


Re: KDE vs Gnome

In some recent experiments I did on a Raspebrry Pi 4, I found KDE usually used less RAM and ran better than GNOME.

Neither of them ran fast enough to be useable mind....

Meta accused of breaking the law by secretly tracking iPhone users


>> The company, of course, as no persons would never ever be found responsible...

Yeah, that's how corporations work. The company *is* a person, in the eyes of the law, and so the company can be "responsible" for "its actions". This gives unscrupulous people an invincible shield - you can't put a company in prison so it can basically do what it wants.

Getty bans AI-generated art due to copyright concerns


Not just Getty.

I sell photography on a few stock sites and other places and I've noticed recently a lot of people (myself included) having work taken down without comment or explanation other than 'This may violate the copyright of Company XXXX'. Note the 'may'. Something obviously has them all running scared. There's no way in hell any of my images infringed anybody's copyright but I had no recourse to appeal and no explanation given.

Amazon drivers unionize after AI sends them on 'impossible' routes


Re: All may not be exactly as it seems

This does not happen. Outside my house seems to be a popular spot fir Amazon drivers to stop and organise their loads before continuing on. I've seen people completely unpack their vans and reload them in a different order. The drivers are definitely more competent that who/whatever is handling things at the depot.

Man wins competition with AI-generated artwork – and some people aren't happy


Re: It may be AI generated, but it's pretty good.

It clearly took a lot of effort to create, and a great deal of skill and understanding of the process. But then you could say the same of a chef making a cake. Is either of them art? Does it matter?


Re: Read this elsewhere and said

That applies to nearly every walk of life. Skill and ability at the thing you're claiming to be are rarely the most important factors to success. The ability that matters is the ability to make people think you have skill and ability. Look at politics, almost everybody in management, and the millions of shameless self-promoters on social media making careers out of almost nothing but a willingness to say they're great.

As a society we're extremely bad at judging the worth of anything, we have always preferred to let people tell us. Maybe this is because, at the end of the day, it doesn't really matter.

AI detects 20,000 hidden taxable swimming pools in France, netting €10m


Google. Working hard to make you pay taxes....

... while refusing to pay any of their own.

All this effort, all that time spent by public officials, to extract the same amount of money Google should pay every month if the government had any balls at all.

Businesses should dump Windows for the Linux desktop


Re: preaching the gospel

This. Office 365 in a browser now does everything I need from Office, and there's a Linux native Teams client that works really well.

I switched over to Kubuntu when my work laptop's HDD died in the early days of the pandemic and I was really on my own as far as fixing it in any reasonable time was concerned. Never had any issues at all, including accessing a VPN. Microsoft really have made it possible for me to stop using Windows.

Secretly I have a feeling they'd be happier if everybody stopped using Windows but kept on using Office 365. They're actually quite good at that, they should leave Operating Systems to somebody else.

Tesla Full Self-Driving 'fails' to notice child-sized objects in testing


Re: Looks like exactly the sort of failure you'd expect from beta firmware

>> Essentially the test seems built to place the target right at the edge/branch of a bunch of critical decisions.

That's *exactly* what you should be doing if you're doing your QA properly. This looks like a case of a third party doing what Tesla is (negligently?) not doing. Fair enough if Tesla are relying on independent testers to do this for them, many people in many industries do this - but if this is being found in production code then that's appalling.

What's now important is how Tesla respond to these findings. Will they be responsible and address the issue, or will they give Elon's standard response Number 3 and call the testers a bunch of paedophiles?

Disentangling the Debian derivatives: Which should you use?


Re: Devuan

I don't have any money on this fight, but

>> Things that were once simple to debug become ten times harder because you're not just fighting a simple shell script.

Having looked at many of these shell scripts, one thing I would never describe them as is "simple". A systemd unit file, OTOH, is something I worked out how to do simply by looking at one at changing 2 lines.

>> I'll disable as many of the "extra" services as possible, like timesyncd or resolved, and use other programs meant for that sort of thing.

So you're taking a system, trying to remove certain parts of it and replace them with other parts under a different system, and then complaining it's complicated?

As someone who tries not to look at the engine unless it stops working, there's very little difference to me between sysvinit and systemd. I don't honestly care which one I have, I just want a computer.



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That emoji may not mean what you think it means


Too bloody many

I like the thumbs up. It's useful at work for, as one commenter has already remarked, notifying that you've read a message but have nothing further to add. But on my phone now when I click the emoji button I get presented with about a hundred screens of different pictures and I don't know what any of them mean and I can't find the two or three I do inderstand. Imagine if you had to type English by choosing every word from a list instead of building them up from 26 characters. So I stopped using emojis because it's now quicker to type words. Except for :) - that one still works, for obvious reasons.

Everyone back to the office! Why? Because the decision has been made


Duty of care

I'm pretty sure employers in the UK still have a duty of care towards their employees. During the period when numbers of people in the office were restricted and masks-wearing away from your desk was mandatory, I made regular trips in without incident.

Since the removal of restrictions on numbers, I made 3 trips to the office. Caught covid on the third, almost died, and still have symptoms. So I will now be staying at home.

AlmaLinux comes to Windows Subsystem for Linux


Re: Serves a roll

Why use it? Because I spend 50% of my time requiring a Linux environment, and the other 50% requiring business-mandated MS tools with no Linux equivalents, that don't work well in a VM on my laptop, and that don't run at all under WiNE. LSW means I can run whichever thing I need without thinking about it. It's like the opposite of WiNE, in that it works the opposite way, and in that it works.

Complaints mount after GitHub launches new algorithmic feed


Re: Discovery suggests I have lots of free time

This was my thought too. I can't remember the last time I went and looked at GitHub in a browser, and I push code to it every day.

Trouble is, MS will soon realise this and will start adding adverts to your commit messages,


For anybody who's ever tried to automate anything, semantic versioning is the work of the devil. You can't easily sort by it because alphabetical sort makes 10.0.0 < 9.9.9 and you can't do an integer comparison because, well, obviously. So how do I find, using, say a simple sort or regexp, what the latest version of a thing is? I have to write a bunch of code to compare semantic versions. What's wrong with simple integers? Why overcomplicate it?

114 billion transistors, one big meh. Apple's M1 Ultra wake-up call


Re: News Flash

This. A massive increase in performance that most people don't need coupled with a massive price tag that most people can't afford. Plus we all know that in a couple of years there'll be another one, and another one, as the tech industry only survives now on people replacing perfectly good tech with new tech they don't actually need.

It's an impressive piece of kit for sure, but expecting the average user, even the average IT bod, to be excited about it is like expecting the average driver to be excited about some new F1 engine that's never going to make it into a real car.

Intel energizes decades-old real-time Linux kernel project


I remember a time, probably was 20 years ago, when you could build a realtime linux kernel using these patches and get low latency audio performance that put many modern audio workstations to shame. That was with kernel 2.6 though, I haven't been able to build such a kernel since and was forced to move to macOS for serious audio work. Will be good to inject some energy back into this.

Intel updates mysterious 'software-defined silicon' code in the Linux kernel


Hardware as a service

Your processor subscription has expired. Your computer is now emulating a BBC Micro until you pay up, scum.

Do not try this at home: Man spends $5,000 on a 48TB Raspberry Pi storage server


Re: Not surprised

Running Kodi here on a 4B. Playes Netflix at 1080p with 5.1 Dolby Surround through a USB sound card. No dropouts, no stuttering. You need a fan though :)

Waterfox: A Firefox fork that could teach Mozilla a lesson


Re: Fork

Presumably, these are Fireforks...


Totally agree. The last thing I want is another 6 browsers to test my code on. I fucking hate choice, because it means I have to make decisions about something I couldn't care less about. I just want to look at cat pictures, I don't care what fucking colour the tab bar is.

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.



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