* Posts by naive

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Nuclear power is the climate superhero too nervous to wear its cape

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Re: Deaths are not the only metric

> Nuclear energy is not safe. It is not clean

You are right in the context of the technological standards of the 50'-60's of the previous century.

It is the same with cars, a trip in a 1968 Ford Cortina will be a nightmarish experience compared to one in a modern Focus.

The situation is made worse by the fact that nearly all nuclear power plants built prior to the end of the cold war are also equipped to produce Plutonium. This makes those plants significantly more complex and sensitive to technical failures. Some people think that Chernobyl was the result of experiments with military Plutonium production, not a general exercise.

Pointing to 1960's designed power plants to condemn nuclear power technology is equivalent to arguing driving cars in 2022 is unsafe because the 1968 Cortina is a death trap to current standards.

NetBSD 9.3: A 2022 OS that can run on late-1980s hardware

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> the NetBSD terminal doesn't directly understand modern luxuries like cursor keys and command-line editing

Of course NetBSD supports command line editing:

1. Use ksh shell

2. type: set -o vi (or add: export EDITOR=/usr/bin/vi to /etc/profile)

Command line editing with vi keys is supported in ksh.

<ESC>k shows previous command

<ESC>/ps searches for the last command containing the string "ps" , type "n" to show next commands containing "ps"

At my employer we use NetBSD quite frequently in security sensitive applications, it is perfect for use as an appliance.

Fedora sours on Creative Commons 'No Rights Reserved' license

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Re: Yet another reason why

All patents are a terrible idea, the concept of patents should be abandoned with a few exceptions in pharma and other areas involving physical things, where research is very costly.

It leaves too much space for suppression of competition dominating players, contributing to the world we currently live in, big tech whales holding factual monopolies and power over elected governments.

Monopolies are the result of socialist market regulation when they are not linked to physical assets held by a single company.

Improve Linux performance with this one weird trick

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We Linux guys live in the true land of the free, unlike those poor souls suppressed in a Stalinistic dictatorship like Windows or Apple land.

We Linux guys think for ourselves, do not need some corporate bot determining what we should or should not do.

If we want safe, we make safe, if fast is needed, for instance a database server in a secure network without internet, we make it fast.

We are free and keep money for expensive licenses in our pocket, what can be better ?.

Get over it: Microsoft is a Linux and open source company these days

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Opinions and the situation on the ground

Our customer base consists of a few dozen small to mid sized companies with 50-500 employees.

They are all moving to Azure as if there is no end to it.

Even when Azure fees increase monthly expenditures on ICT by a factor of three, it doesn't matter.

Maybe there is a problem in the way companies are valued within the financial reporting guidelines, when a company starts using Azure instead of on-prem, it is financially equivalent to taking on a big debt. Defaulting on Azure payments is the end of the company, but bookkeeping rules do not count this type of obligations as debts. It is weird that accounting rules value investments on assets like on-prem IT infrastructure lower than payments on implicit debts incurred by moving to the cloud.

The transition towards subscription based IT spending reduces the incentive to use Linux and save costs on licenses.

Strange accounting rules do not reward savings on licenses, which are still substantial for MS servers, the Azure business of MS massively profits from this situation.

OSS support of MS is mainly marketing, they do not promote Linux based products like SQL-Server on Linux to existing windows only shops. They do not contribute much to OSS either, they make MS-Word for BSD-Unix based iOS, but do not sell it for Linux.

Microsoft resorts to Registry hack to keep Outlook from using Windows 11 search

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Re: Borkzilla has never understood search

Finding a file on the c-drive .. one can fly to Guatemala for purchasing fresh coffee beans, return home, and make an expresso before MS-Bimbo found something.

It feels like blondie from Redmond is still digging thru floppy drives to find ones file.

Try "find / -type f -name '*important_file*' or "find / -type f-print | xargs fgrep this-i-am-looking-for"

on any Linux/Unix machine from the last 15 years, and you be done within two minutes in most cases.

Near-undetectable malware linked to Russia's Cozy Bear

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Re: Come back Windows ...

It is not specifically Windows, it is the one dimensional security model going back to the founding days of operating systems in the early 60's. A logged in user has full access to all services and files the OS has on offer based on a privilege model. There are no provisions for sand boxing or controlled access to resources within the privileges the user has on the OS. This worked well on mainframes of old where is was close to impossible to download and deploy new apps. In the internet age this model causes the world enormous headaches in the shape of virus scanners, gigantic databases of good and bad websites and the issues resulting from security breaches.

In Windows the one dimensional model bites users hard, since Windows is eager to be easy for the user, happily auto executing things based on file types or contents. Maybe Intel is to blame a bit as well, easy creation of VM's on Android/ARM phones made online banking apps popular on smart phones. If Intel had done more to support easy VM creation on its x86 things decade ago, MS could have used the security benefits of this approach.

The model Android uses holds some potential, there apps get specific rights on objects, combined with sand boxing this limits what apps can leak to bad actors.

The 60's security model in Linux and Windows will be hard to replace with a multi layered model, where apps are more isolated from drives other resources either by sand boxing or messaging techniques instead of direct read/write access to everything once a foothold. is gained.

Totaled Tesla goes up in flames three weeks after crash

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The army could use Lithium-ION EV batteries as firebombs

Just add a little impact primer to one of the chambers, which would damage the separation between the chambers, dropping them from a plane would have the same impact as using outlawed phosphor.

EV batteries can hardly be recycled in an economical way, using 10000L of water to put out an EV fire leaves one with 10000L chemically polluted water.

Society is literally sitting on a time bomb with the thousands of EV's being pushed by technically ignorant politicians.

Until now, no country announced to build nuclear power plants, implying EV's in many countries run for over 40% on coal, which makes them hardly anymore environmentally friendly as coal operated steamboats from the early 1900's.

It is going to be interesting to see what happens when in 7-9 years from now when those EV's end up on the scrap yard due to swindling battery capacity.

Except from these issues, EV's have anti-social effects. They are big and heavy, taking up lots of parking space. Their additional weight creates hazards for others in case of accidents, do not want to think what happens to the occupants on the rear seats of a Toyota Aygo when an monster like a Mercedes EQ rear ends it with as little as 17 mph. Only war is more expensive and damaging to society than the EV push.

Musk can't tweet about Tesla without lawyer approval – and he's still fighting to end that

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Re: Potentially an interesting legal case

It sounds all nice what you wrote, poor shareholders need to be protected against tweets of people who have a leadership role in the companies in which they have a stake.

Firstly, Mr. Musk is not Tesla, he is a human being, citizen of the USA who should be free to exercise the rights granted to him by the constitution. The fact Mr. Musk is not someone in the Clapham bus, does not imply he is robbed of all the freedoms other people enjoy. What you say would imply that when Mr. Musk falls in love with a Ferrari and buys it instantly, he could be fined by the SEC for doing something that influences the stock price without prior announcement.

Second, in order to avert the impeding meltdown of the democrats in November, the Biden administration has totally politized the DoJ, whose task it is to jail and harass as many political opponents as possible. Mr. Musk is therefore running a high risk to be constantly targeted by Federal institutions who want him to silence up "or else". Defending the first amendment rights prevents situations like they occurred in Russia, where rich businessmen get life sentence in a Siberian jail for opposing the government.

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Re: Potentially an interesting legal case

US constitution is the greatest there is, there is no place in the world where a constitution grants more rights to its citizens than in the USA. These rights include fighting its government when it becomes a tyranny.

The second amendment makes all people equal for the law in the way they can defend their life and that of their family. In Europe mortals are supposed to pray for mercy when they are being subjected to violence.

The elites in Europe do not have this problem, they have armed men around who in their name, can exercise Second Amendment rights for them.

The absence of Second Amendment rights is therefore discriminatory towards normal citizens, the law only allows elites access to weapons for self protection.

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Potentially an interesting legal case

The US constitution was written by great men, unlike in Europe where the medieval concept of rulers being special people still lingers around in many laws, discriminating normal people against people who are part of the ruling elites.

The first amendment of the Bill of rights says https://constitution.congress.gov/constitution/amendment-1/

First Amendment

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

The free speech Mr. Musk can exercise is limited by the governmental institution SEC, this seems to contradict the rights granted by the First Amendment.

It will be interesting to watch if Mr. Musk will take this to the Supreme Court.

IBM ordered to hand over ex-CEO emails plotting cuts in older workers

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Re: Would love to see Ferrari getting a female CEO

No, I work in IT.

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TSMC and China: Mutually assured destruction now measured in nanometers, not megatons

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Make it stop

An US army serviceman who enlisted in 1992 didn't see a single day that his country was in peace, always there was a war with imaginary enemies in countries rich on natural resources.

China is out there to make a buck, an invasion of Taiwan would be a hard sell since it is hardly worth it.

But maybe China should behave like the US, instigate a putsch in Taiwan like the CIA did in 2014 in Ukraine to replace the government with a more China friendly one.

New York to get first right-to-repair law for electronics

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Re: We don't want that here.

The US has legislation dating back to the 70's (?) where car manufacturers are obliged to make available technical information enabling independent repair shops service cars. For instance, Bentley Publishers make excellent repair manuals for several brands of cars, covering everything from engine service to repairing door locks.

Once spare parts, manuals etc are available in New York for the equipment covered by the right to repair law, European shops will be able to buy these through US resellers. Manufacturers have a little loophole there, since they could start making US specific models.

Europe will lag behind since the EU commission in Brussels fulfills all the formal criteria of a fascist state, being a collusion of powerful national industry interests, appointed politicians and a tightly controlled press, who have no obligations towards voters. Unlike the USA Europe does not even have legal path ways allowing consumers to enforce creation of legislation that would enforce right to repair, we all live by the good grace of her Highness Empress von der Leyen. It is strange people have to buy manuals in the USA to repair their German made beamer, but that is how life is in a fascist state. Not being part of the EU, creative entrepreneurs in England could maybe make a buck selling services and goods to repair shops on the continent.

Microsoft revises software licensing, cloud policies amid EU regulator scrutiny

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MS does brilliant legal delay tactics

By changing their licensing strategy MS hopes to pull the rug from under the case against them.

In the mean time the Hosting companies will experience loss of business due to unfair licensing practices of MS.

Lets hope the courts won't be deluded by this legal guerrilla warfare conducted by MS to wipe out competition and will fine MS to such an extent that those losses are compensated.

If the EU is halfway serious about supporting an EU based IT industry, they should take effective measures to stop a company, that already has a de-facto software monopoly, from becoming an overly powerful hosting company. Such a situation will end badly for everyone.

Europe proposes tackling child abuse by killing privacy, strong encryption

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Slowly the EU slides into a CCP like dictatorship

Obligatory tracking boxes in new cars.

Proposed "internet off" buttons.

Proposed prohibition of encryption.

Censorship on Russian news sites to prevent "misinformation".

EU funds get allocated to support EU friendly candidates during elections in member states.

There are no checks and balances in place to limit EU commission overreach.

The EU applauding machine (parliament) is not accountable to its voters.

Non-elected EU central commitee apparatchiks attack, with the support of Big-Tech to implement censorship and suppression of alternative views, the freedom our (great) grandparents gave their lives for in WW2.

Shareholders turn the screws on IBM and its gag orders

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Lets hope the CEO of the Sinaloa cartel doesn't read this

They would move their HQ to the USA, have a few attorneys make up NDA's, enabling them to do their business without any interference from the DoJ.

What kind of legal system allows organizations to legally silence witnesses of crimes ?.

Beijing-backed gang looted IP around the world for years, claims Cybereason

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Are there still organisations who use Windows to store valuable information ?

Those who summoned the dementors of information security by transferring large sums of money to Redmond should blame themselves.

Apple must fix its self-service repair program, say critics

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We live in a free market economy

If Apple decides to sell iPhones with the case filled with some heat conducting polyester compound, making any repair attempt impossible, they are free to do this. If people continue to buy such devices by the billions, then it is a perfect decision within the metrics of free market and short term capitalist profit making.

Similar to soldering SSD drives on the motherboards of MacBooks, it borders criminal intent to turn expensive gear into E-Waste within the shortest amount of time after the warranty period expired.

Creating legislation to cover all aspects of "Right to repair" will be close to impossible, there are too many ways EOM manufacturers can subtly sabotage repair attempts. The solution is to simply make hard to repair products expensive for the first buyer or the manufacturer.

To legally define what is "hard to repair" will be difficult.

A solution to reduce waste, legislators could simply increase legally required warranty periods for anything that costs over $100 to 5-10 years. In this case, the free market will do its thing in a positive manner, manufacturers will automatically be turning out products which are easy to repair, otherwise they would end up with high costs fulfilling warranty claims.

Such an increase in warranty would have a positive impact on reduction of waste and CO2 emissions. It would also have a positive impact on local employment, since Big-Tech would have to create repair franchises in countries where they sell their products, creating a situation where it shares benefits with others.

Why the Linux desktop is the best desktop

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Live Free or Die

Technical merits is one thing, freedom is another.

The MS dictatorship made itself felt again with the release of Windows 11.

They implement changes nobody asked for, it feels like stepping in a new car where someone decided it was a good idea to replace the clutch pedal by a small joystick besides the interior light switch.

A choice for windows is a choice for no freedom, a choice to be subjected to random decisions made by people in Redmond a choice to pay money for a system that has backdoors for the authorities built into it.

Choosing Windows desktop is a choice to have no choice and live in the shadows of corporate dictatorship.

Choosing Linux opens the gate to all the alternatives human creativity has to offer, be it good or less good.

Choosing Linux reduces the endless flow of money into the coffers of Big-Tech, enabling more people to make a living with support.

RISC-V takes steps to minimize fragmentation

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Let's hope they are able to enforce RISC-V branding

They will need real funds to protect the RISC-V branding, and prevent RISC-V labeled processors getting a bad name because they are all incompatible.

For that they would need a branding procedure, to proof basic compatibility is guaranteed on something calling itself RISC-V.

Also funds to litigate manufacturers selling non-standard RISC-V cpu's as RISC-V will be required.

Viasat spills on the Russian attack, warns of continued risks

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Funny how life became a James Bond movie

Always those Russians and the baddie Vladimir Blofeld,

C: Everyone's favourite programming language isn't a programming language

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Re: Oh, boy ...

Your comment couldn't be more spot on. With C Brian Kernigan and Dennis Ritchie found the goldilocks zone between unforgiving hardware assembly programming and inefficient ideas of dreamers.

C is humble, easy to learn and powerful.

Those who know the pdp-11 would agree that comparing its instruction set to the C programming language is actually a great compliment for C, since pdp-11 is an example of a beautiful and clean system architecture, contrary to for instance Intel which is a total mess of garbled and mostly failed ideas

C brought us where we are today, it is relative easy to build compilers for various hardware, hence the unparalleled success of Unix on countless processor types and applications running directly on micro controllers.

The "its from the 70's !!" argument the author of the article highlights so triumphantly, gets old as well, in the 70's great accomplishments and advances in technology were realized, which are the basis of the IT technology we use today.

Microsoft faces EU antitrust complaint from OVHcloud

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Open-Source or fighting abuse by a monopolist like Microsoft is often referred by MS, or any other Big-Tech affiniados, as "communism".

This is actually extremely funny, since anyone supporting Big-Tech practices supports Stalinist dictatorship in tech. It is the Open-Source community providing capitalist free market choice and diversity. Technology offered by Big-Tech offers no choice at all, except not buying it.

One can choose many Linux variants with different GUI's, MS victims are forced to live by whatever some apparatchiks in Redmond deem good, like in the case of Windows 11, which is the answer to a question nobody asked, and just feels like to drive a car where some guy decided to put the clutch where the handbrake lever used to be.

Azure combined with the de-facto monopoly MS holds on software can never go well. Independent hosting companies should be given a chance to live, not be torpedoed out of the market by MS offering better licensing conditions on its software products when their software is hosted on Azure.

With Azure, the decades overdue moment is there to force MS to breakup into separate companies, otherwise Europe will lose total control over its IT. That would be bad. After most of independent hosting companies are bankrupt, prices of Azure will go up even more.

Today Russia, tomorrow anything can happen causing the the US government to push the red button on European access to US linked technology and services. And that would be worse, one never knows who the next guy in the White house will be.

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

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People lost interest since Big Tech is morally bankrupt

Lets compare IT to cars.

People are very much interested in comparing the Nürburgring times of Corvettes, Ferraris and Porsches.

Those cars are not made in factories where they have to install safety nets to prevent workers from committing suicide.

Technology is open, one can choose bolts, gas, tires, and other parts to improve and maintain the car.

Cars are made so they can be fixed,not to become scrap metal in the shortest amount of time without attracting class action law-suits, unlike Apple stuff that is engineered to become polluting E-Waste within 5 years since it can hardly be repaired of upgraded.

Cars manufacturers care about their image, the safety of their product and the environmental impact.

Car manufacturers don't fight legal changes with armies of lawyers like Big Tech does.

Car manufacturers tend to contribute to the society where they sell their products, factories are located where the buyers are. They don't combine tax evasion with production in third world countries.

Car bosses don't collude with power hungry politicians, agreeing to design products with back doors enabling spying.

Car bosses don't buy news papers and TV stations to influence public opinion, unlike MS and Amazon.

Compare this to Big Tech in IT. They don't care about anything else but the next quarter baseline. Workers well being, avoiding tax evasion, environment, openness in competition and privacy are just insignificant parameters in the way they conduct their business.

When one buys a graphics card, there is good reason to feel shafted by getting the performance of 8 years ago with a price tag increased by 150%.

Someone who wants a fast Unix workstation, can only choose x86, since Apple decided not to sell the M1 cpu's to others.

Buying IT Tech nowadays feels like handing over ones hard earned money to a gang of bullies terrorizing the street.

DBAs massively over-provision Oracle to protect themselves: Microsoft

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Re: fair assessment and reasonably accurate recommendation but..

Of course Oracle installations are over provisioned, the difference between good performance and a system meltdown can be one missing index away. It is good practice to have some spare capacity, besides that, on a life cycle of 3-6 years for a sizable Oracle server a bit more hardware doesn't hurt operational costs. Outages and mid-life upgrades are much more expensive.

It is quite courageous of MS to write something like this, the systems I have seen on Azure are like 2015 slow, their Linux images do not have volume management enabled. Maybe that is to make Linux looks as bad as their brain dead windows on Azure, where it is impossible to increase drive sizes as it was in 1995.

The article is probably written to provide bookkeepers with reasons to deny requests of techies to spend the money on something useful instead of Azure crap.

Ukraine asks ICANN to delete all Russian domains

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Re: It's not quite as simple as "Cutting Russia Off"

It is becoming a racist like campaign against anything Russian. Like the EU bimbo van der Leyen won't notice the terrible inflation that Europe will experience as a result from this sanction hysteria, the Russian elites won't miss a thing as a result from the sanctions. It is the ordinary people which do, like ordinary people were killed in the NATO terror bombings of Serbia in the 90's when NATO did the same thing, except NATO was too much a coward and did not send soldiers to mess with the Serbian army.

We are lucky the East European leaders keep a cool head, and don't let them selves being seduced by the war mongering USA. It is one thing when USA terrorizes Libya, Syria or Afghanistan, fishing for a war with a nuclear power 1500km away from ones doorstep by enticing Ukraine to show middle finger to Putin is another. We saw what happened in 1939 when Poland got "security assurances" from England and France, making it do the same to Germany over 50km of roads to the Königsberg enclave.

In the end, what is marketed as "Putins war", results in a response making the ordinary Russian people the true victims.History shows that war crimes against civilians to speed up the end a war, like the flattening of German cities in WW2 with phosphor bombs, don't work.

Govt suggests Brits should hand passports to social media companies

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That is in the same category as "We stand for freedom of Ukraine but forbid RT at home"

Preaching freedom somewhere someone else, reign them in at home.

The hypocrites moaning about Putin took more lessens from him than what is good for us.

Dutch govt issues data protection report card for Microsoft

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It sounds good, but in practice a joke

They just write these things as a "get out of jail" card, nothing will be enforced.

In case a journalist asks for clarity, they are fed with censored documents and confronted with civil servant who are above the law, and can never be taken to task for dumping private data of citizens on random Azure servers all over the world.

Based on my current experiences at work, the theme is that nobody cares, because "everybody is migrating to Azure" right ?.

Hospitals, day care centers community administrations, they all run to hand the millions of tax payer money to MS.

Microsoft details 'planet-scale' AI infrastructure packing 100,000-plus GPUs

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Does this AI allow to enlarge drives on life Windows VM's in Azure ??

Azure has taken us back to the 90's, those dark ages where enlarging windows drives was still dark magic involving runes and secret sermons.

Maybe MS its AI will solve this issue biting many in the world on a daily basis, or maybe even it introduces Volume management to Windows server like AIX has since 1990 and linux since the early 2000's.

MS is of course forgiven for these omissions since windows server is for free ... :).

Intel reveals GPU roadmap with hybrid integrated discrete graphics

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Lets hope Intel succeeds and game developers pick up on this

Having issues finding a convincing upgrade path for my 2014 980M rig based on PassMark information, it seems Intel should not have a hard time blowing NVIDIA and AMD Radeon out of the water.

These guys have been sitting on the lazy chair for the last 5 years, the only thing they hiked are the prices, not the performance of their cards.

Paying $700 and more for a mid range card is a real tribute to the comfy Oligopoly these guys enjoy at the moment.

The big question is how fast game developers will support the new Intel cards, which is required in order to achieve a market share significant enough to create competition in the graphics card market.

IBM HR chief insists 'no systemic age discrimination'

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Re: Probably not about that executive order

The litigation involves the ADEA act, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Age_Discrimination_in_Employment_Act_of_1967.

This act states clearly what constitutes age discrimination.

The hire and fire culture in the USA amplifies this kind of things, if the reporting about this is correct, IBM seems to be in hot water.

For all the USA haters, the USA had this act in 1967, the EU merely has a directive against age discrimination. In the Netherlands age discrimination in job ads is commonplace, here people get fired from McDonalds and super market jobs when they are 21 because then they are entitled to minimum wages. So still a long way to go, specially since most countries in EU have an inaccessible and medieval legal system based on the law books Napoleon introduced in the early 1800's.

Intel's plan to license x86 cores for chips with Arm, RISC-V and more inside

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Combining ARM and x86 cores perhaps has a great potential

A mobile phone with ARM and x86 cores would allow native Android, Chrome OS and Windows to run.

Maybe we finally get in an age where we can simply insert the mobile phone into a standardized cradle, press an icon, boot windows and continue to work with a keyboard, mouse and screen combined with the standard features of Android.

The fact that x86 architecture will be a bit power hungry due to its complex instruction set is not really an issue since running a desktop OS would allow the device to charge in the cradle.

This would free us from clutter, a plethora of devices and having to choose between things like google drive or one drive.

It is interesting to watch which products will result from this decision of Intel.

You should read Section 8 of the Unix User's Manual

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Re: BSD 4.2 rings true!

Will always have good memories of BSD 4.2 on VAX-11/750 and Sun 2/160 with a MC-68010 cpu. It was after Unix V7 on pdp-11 and VM/CMS on a IBM 370 the first modern OS I used, offering vi, a full screen editor which felt like science-fiction after using ed for years to edit files.

When it comes to concise technical specifications, the older the better.

There are many great documents available written by Dennis Ritchie en Ken Thompson: https://www.netbsd.org/docs/bsd/lite2/psd.html

NetBSD is a great replacement for BSD 4.2. For those needing a dedicated appliance like service on a Unix system, NetBSD is a viable alternative on bare metal or VmWare. Surprise your colleagues, "look, it runs on 256MB memory". It lacks the bloat of mainstream Linux, since people like Pottering wouldn't be allowed to go near it. Check out the CVE database for NetBSD

NetBSD runs on everything but Azure, since MS didn't compile its spyware, which comes with every Azure VM and runs with root privileges, for NetBSD.

To our total surprise, Apple makes adding alternative payment systems to apps 'painful, expensive, clunky'

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Oligopolies are hard to regulate

Mobile phone market is an oligopoly controlled by two companies, each worth more than most countries in this world.

Microsoft doesn't care which apps are run on a windows desktop system, in the end the user is responsible for what happens.

Given someone has $ 1000, that person can buy a windows laptop and run any app or an Android or IPhone, but can only run the apps approved by the overlords of the device for which he paid for in full.

The latter seems seems to imply the manufacturer of the smartphone, be it Samsung, Apple or Motorola, is restricting ownership rights due to the limitations the makers of the operating system impose on it.

Lawmakers could go after OEM device manufacturers installing software restricting ownership of devices sold to consumers, since owners should have unrestricted access to the capabilities of the device they own. This implies that apps with in-game payment systems should be allowed without restrictions or fees since the physical device is capable to run them.

A more nuclear option would be to consider software like patents within the law, which expire after some period, that would help to reduce exposure of the world to de-facto monopolies persisting for decades.

FBI says more cyber attacks come from China than everywhere else combined

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Re: "the USA and its allies have had some wins"

Oh the fifty cent army is here again, playing the "racist" card.

One would nearly believe China is this great open nation where Western telecom and tech companies have full access to markets with equal rights as their Chinese counter parts.

It would actually be funny if it wasn't so sad we still live in a world where a fascist regime rules 1.4 billion people.

It's more than 20 years since Steps topped the charts. It could be less than that for STEP's first fusion energy

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It is courageous to assume it will work

Current experimental fusion plants generate +/-80% of the energy required to start the reaction, creating a net loss of 20%.

In order to make fusion work, it needs to generate 300%-500% of the energy input to be viable.

Fusion only generates heat, which needs to be directed to steam turbines to generate electricity, a process which in it self loses 50% of its input.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LJ4W1g-6JiY

Luckily we have for 300 years of coals, so there is time to tinker around a bit.

European silicon output shrinking, metal smelters closing as electricity prices quadruple, trade body warns

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Basic economy tells

When the developed countries, which excludes China since that has a developing nation status, abandon Oil and gas, the prices of those goods will drop.

European transitioning to medieval technology like windmills will not prevent Saudi Arabia, Venezuela and other oil producing countries from pumping Oil and gas, offering it for lower prices to developing countries outside Europe.

The CO2 output won't be reduced, it will move from rich countries to countries which are becoming rich while medieval Europe is ruled by Empress van der Leyen and her lackeys consisting of the elected governments from the EU member countries.

So in the end, CO2 output will be higher, since Europe currently does huge investments in technologies which are unable to sustain a modern 21-th century society, normal people will get poor in Europe due to the endless Greenflation of everything.

China will rule, they don't care about C02, produce most of the stuff Europe considers to be green technology and live comfortably using Oil and gas.

US-China chip cold war? It's only helping the Middle Kingdom, silicon makers warn

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Re: Best way of determining where this is coming from is to look at the language

Gosh, the 50 cent army is flooding El-Reg, can't they put a geo-ip filter to stop this mud slide ?.

Except for dumping CCP propaganda on us, they insult decent people who want to live in a country where teachers do not get arrested for telling a version of the history that the CCP doesn't approve.

Open source maintainer threatens to throw in the towel if companies won't ante up

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It can feel a bit awkward when one uses AWS EC2 compute to develop stuff used by Bezos to make his billions, and get an EC2 bill as reward.

I do not think that the issue is caused by bad intent, most are totally unaware of the role open-source in IT.

Apple and MS are nice options in IT, without open-source, and open-source derived products, we would be back into the middle age for a long time to come.

If companies knew their business depends on it, they perhaps would be more willing to give.

Maybe the millenials will fix it, the current generation on power in companies still thinks 50's.

Nvidia promises British authorities it won’t strong Arm rivals after proposed merger

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Toyota buys Bosch

There is little overlap, since Toyota doesn't make spark plugs.

Toyota promises not to hike prices for other car manufacturers or withhold innovations from them to gain a competitive edge.

Worst of CES Awards: The least private, least secure, least repairable, and least sustainable

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It is an all out war on ownership by the bilionaires

Be it MS who starts litigating about windows licenses sold as secondhand goods by online retailers, apple refusing to sell parts to independent repair shops, $1000 + Iphones that have to be tossed into the bin because the battery died after 4 years and fixing it costs a fortune, proprietary software pairing of spare parts into a device, or non publication of electronic schemas of motherboards, their objective is total control over the buyer and the lifecycle of the product.

It is an issue which is going on for over a decade now, the governments ignore the issue since politicians fear the wrath of the billionaire owned news media if they take initiatives that cut into their profits and maniacal drive to total control over everything. Only the French seem to be a bit immune to this.

With this they allow Big Tech to erode the concept of ownership and full control to which the buyer of a good is entitled.

I am not a legal expert, but laws protecting ownership rights do not have to be that complex.

It should for instance include a section prohibiting the inclusion of components for which rent or periodic licenses have to be paid into physical goods.

Enforcing generic warranty periods of 5-10 years on electronics reduces E-Waste and would solve many of the hard to repair issues, since it would cost them if freeing up parts from a lake of glue takes hours.

It takes more clicks to reject their cookies than accept them, so France fines Facebook and Google over €200m

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Be careful what you wish for....

To learn more about protecting privacy I have been playing around with VPN's, virtual one time use VM's and strict browser settings to reduce exposure to the evil G.

The result is that I now get bombarded with cat food, lipstick, perfume and mascara commercials when watching my daily sequence of history, car and gun youtube videos.

It really amazed me that this happened, since none of the commercials served make any sense based on the selected content.

Probably it is just G's way to flip the finger.

My take from this is that it is debatable whether creepy ads are worse than non-sense ads.

If cookies are the price to get relevant ads, ads which will be served anyway since sites like youtube cost fortunes to run, perhaps it is an acceptable tradeoff.

RISC-V CTO: We won't dictate chip design like Arm and x86

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If phones and desktop PC's were cars, AMD, ARM and Intel would be the ones dictating how their engines were designed or built.

The great thing of RISC-V is that many can now tinker with the design and create actual products, just like every self respecting car manufacturer produces their car engines.

RISC-V allows many more thousands of smart people to invent and test innovations in CPU design, without experiencing constraints due to corporate politics, marketing or technical luggage from the past.

This and the fact that the most advanced fabs nowadays are not owned by Intel or IBM, will probably create conditions allowing rapid improvement of CPU capabilities not seen in the previous decades where the CPU world was ruled by less than a handful.

Getting a new CPU to run android requires Linux and a google compatible Java engine to run, since Android is written in Java.

US Army journal's top paper from 2021 says Taiwan should destroy TSMC if China invades

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Re: We've been here before

It is questionable if this assessment is correct.

Taiwan, formerly named Formosa, was part of the Japanese empire. The people living there before WW2 were more Japanese than Chinese. That is one of the reasons Taiwan had an exceptionally friendly occupation by the Japanese in WW2.

Somebody from Taiwan told me there is a big cultural divide between the original people from Taiwan and those descending from the immigrated KMT army.

It is actually sort of racist to assume people from Taiwan and those from mainland China are the same.

Maybe someone from Taiwan could clarify this.

Taiwan has valid cultural reasons to be independent from mainland China, in spite of CCP bullying.

History repeatedly proved that giving in to bullies is never a good idea.

Don't panic about cyber insurers pulling up the drawbridge, says Lloyd's

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Re: How do you define war?

That makes them perfect company for market leaders in the IT industry, where MS for decades in a row gets away with neglecting security issues in its products without ever being taken to task for it.

But at least it is nice MS fanbois now can insure their IT rust buckets for the case an axle get ripped off by a few enthusiastic Russian teenagers due to the large security holes provided for free by the friendly smiling people from Redmond.

Lenovo ThinkPad T14s: Impressively average, which is how corporate buyers like it

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Re: old faithful

Making expensive useless s*xy looking things seems to be the big trend these days.

My employer decided Dell XPS were the hit.

Lean looking alu thing, just a few USB-C connectors. The rest of the connectivity, HDMI/RJ-45 and a few USB ports, is provided by a clunky external box connected with USB-C. It costs $ 150,-, screaming to be forgotten on-site and is a nuisance for engineers needing it to connect it with networking equipment in 19' racks.Everything on that connection box is black-on-black, requiring a flashlight in low-light conditions to connect things.

But at least it is cheap, like $ 1500,- excluding the $10 banggood looking connectivity box.

Why is Dell becoming so retarded ?.

Zero-day proof-of-concept exploit lands for Windows make-me-admin vulnerability

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It seems to be better when the EU issues guidelines prohibiting to store privacy sensitive information on MS servers and accountants should refuse to sign off financial reporting from companies whose business critical systems involve MS products.

MS is a joke, not something people should do things with that may harm others.

Munich mk2? Germany's Schleswig-Holstein plans to switch 25,000 PCs to LibreOffice

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Re: MS has everything to lose

The random numbers came from the dell website for configuring a server.

https://gyazo.com/a9dbddbd98d1623eca21d42398b5955e

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