* Posts by BinkyTheMagicPaperclip

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Windows 11: Meet the new OS, same as the old OS (or close enough)

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Windows 10 is fine only for standard systems

If you're running a laptop or a relatively standard PC, Windows 10 works fine.

However, if you're running older hardware or operating in a way unexpected by Windows it's not so tolerant. Installing a 2005 X-Fi sound card (still supported in Windows 10) in my main system involved installing the original build of Windows 10, and then upgrading through two separate major releases. If an installation was tried on later builds it didn't work.

Not to mention the faffing around with older KVMs which don't work as well as in older releases of Windows.

Modern software releases suck. They benefit the producers only, not the users. It is not user friendly to potentially break hardware unexpectedly, or to add, remove, or move around functionality on a regular basis as pretty much anything derived from an app store does.

Windows 10 is a decent OS, and the first couple of revisions fixed some of its more annoying issues. That doesn't mean it's mandated 'one size fits all' upgrades are appropriate for users, though.

It's completely unsupportable. Yes, we mean your brand new system

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Re: Death by Innovation

Innovation=CV padding so they can get another job

'Universal Processor' startup Tachyum unveils full-system Prodigy emulator ahead of sampling later this year

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Are FPGAs capable of handling it all?

If something like the MISTer is used, it tops out at being able to emulate a moderately paced 486. Saying that this FPGA synthesis of the chip both enables high end performance and contains x86 emulation seems very unlikely.

I'm guessing it'll contain their instruction set only, at an unremarkable speed.

Tesla owners win legal fight after software update crippled older Model S batteries

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Re: Carbon neutral

New car sales are dropping and people are buying second hand. EV needs to compete with this in addition to the new market. Second hand EV at the moment in the same benchmark as moderately priced second hand car provides a range of under 90 miles when I looked at the 2nd hand EV Kias after finding the Niro 2.

A round trip needs to have spare mileage to account for diversions, putting on your heating and having several people/luggage in the car, and to take the opportunity to 'just pop down the road to the shops' - this is stunningly obvious and I didn't feel i had to spell it out.

I'm sure EV will get there eventually, but not when it means having to change your lifestyle to accommodate something that's more expensive and less convenient. The whole reason most people bought cars in the first place was to make their life more flexible and convenient, not less.

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Re: Software Engineers

They don't. The NHS covid app is anonymous and uses bluetooth low energy to know when you've been within close proximity with someone subsequently diagnosed with covid.

The log in and outs only show your presence at that location, they don't track outside that. If you don't want to use the app, you can provide your details directly to the venue owner.

Yes, this is ultimately a small loss of privacy but in case you haven't noticed it's a pandemic, and it needs bringing under control.

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Re: Carbon neutral

If some of the modern EVs are compared to an ICE using PCP vs Motability then they don't come out too badly. However, no matter which way you slice it the cars are still in the region of 25-28K. That's very expensive compared to a second hand car/wanting to own the car yourself.

I looked at second hand EVs a few years ago when buying a car, and they were still considerably more expensive, even after accounting for reduced energy costs.

140 miles isn't enough. I don't want to spend forty minutes recharging my car when driving sixty miles away, that's a large chunk of the time to drive one way.

It looks like the charging situation is improving, but I still really resent the idea of waiting that long. I could only just get to my parents and back with room for potential diversions (and no, sticking a large extension cable into the car is a pain). I couldn't go for a nice walk in the Lakes and return late home late at night without a charging diversion when I might already be tired and hungry.

A quick search shows there's now the Kia e-Niro 2 with 282 miles range for 30,345 quid. That's actually a range that could convince me to switch. Of course the total PCP cost is more than the cost of my second hand ICE car, and the final payment is again more than the cost of my second hand ICE car.

I'll have a look at the market again in another three years when the first e-Niro 2s have come out of PCP and are on the second hand market, and see if the price is in any way realistic.

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Re: Software Engineers

UK pubs are currently table service only due to the pandemic. Wetherspoons has a long established app for ordering from your table (actually, you can order for any table in any Wetherspoons I understand).

Of course, you are better spending money in a non chain pub and ordering via text message.

It's also necessary to log in either log in via track and trace (a mobile phone app), or the pub may be able to do this for you, so that you can (supposedly) be traced in the case of a detected covid infection.

The use of actual cash has nosedived during the pandemic. The only things I've used cash for are 1) retrieving a trolley at the supermarket and 2) a pay and display car park in the Lake District

Internet Explorer downgraded to 'Walking Dead' status as Microsoft sets date for demise

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Who is going to pay to upgrade the software? Yes, if you have a large market and spend nothing on development then perhaps you should be criticised, but not if there's no income to do so.

However, IE is still fully supported for now, and the engine will continue to be fully supported.

If I think of the products at work which require IE they are without exception older highly custom products that have massive diversions from modern baseline products. Their product is still secure and functional.

If IE support was dropped completely I know the action would be to force the older customers on to modern baseline products. They would lose their historic customisations. When you don't make enough money from a customer to fund substantial improvements and the customisations wouldn't help anyone else, the customer is likely to walk away due to loss of functionality. It's a lose/lose for all parties.

Unihertz Titan Pocket: Like asking Mum for a BlackBerry and she tells you 'but we've got a BlackBerry at home'

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Re: physical keyboard

Android apps should support custom screen formats, but they don't. The only reasonable format if you're using common Android apps is a portrait screen.

It is possible to do split screen, but this then squashes the app making it fairly unusable

I really must get around to tweaking the non pocket Titan to do the split screen horizontally rather than vertically, because that might be a decent work around. It does have 'mini mode' but that wastes a huge amount of screen estate.

Also, having compared the Pro 1 to the Titan, the Titan keyboard is generally an improvement. It lacks arrow keys and a separate numeric keypad, but is otherwise more pleasant to type on.

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Cheap, but I won't be getting it

Square and landscape ratio Android phones are dead. The Priv was almost perfect except for stopping security patches early and having hardware that failed after a couple of years.

I've got both an FXTec Pro 1, and an Unihertz Titan. Many apps simply don't work with the aspect ratio, meaning the phone needs to be switched into 'mini mode'.

Unihertz also concentrate on their hardware to the exclusion of everything else, whilst Blackberry understood that a sold set of bundled software was essential.

Let's see what the new Blackberry phone turns out to be like. Hideously expensive I expect, but hopefully with a commitment to years of security fixes.

Microsoft hits Alt-F4 on Windows 10X: OS designed for dual-screen PCs axed

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Re: Dual screen

It absolutely doesn't treat them as the same screen, because you can do weird things such as mix and match colour depths.

Of course far too many programs only ever look at the primary display device details, and don't offer the option to specify (on full screen apps) which display is used, but the option is there

Are you ready to take a stand? Flexispot E7 motorised desk should handle whatever you dump on it – but it's not cheap

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Re: "Disgusting cable management"

I'm sure that it is easy to get different sizes of trunking, and yes there is value in wiring up everything from scratch.

However it's not a simple five minute job. You can't just hand wave away the cost of getting cables of the necessary length, or finding extensions to them which may degrade the quality of shielded cables.

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Re: Ikea standing desks

I'd not really looked at these desks before, so I went looking at the specs.

The top of the range Ikea one that I can find (BEKANT) tops out at 70kg distributed evenly across the surface. This one, if the specs are accurate, has a limit of 125kg (presumably also evenly applied).

That's thirty quid extra for a large increase in capability.

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Re: "Disgusting cable management"

It's a simple job if you're starting from scratch, all the cables are easily long enough to thread exactly where you want, your ducts are large enough, and ideally you don't have too many systems.

50x50mm wouldn't cope with 16 separate PCs in this room including chunky PS/2 and HD15 KVM cables.

If you've got one system and a monitor cabling is easy. In a small room with many systems the planning takes somewhat longer.

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It looks better than I expected

I expected that it wouldn't be able to deal with my CRT, three other monitors, and a certain amount of other computing gear sitting on the very solid pine table I use as my desktop. However, the specs and table options show that with the largest table size it could cope. Its 125kg weight might even cope with all the things on the table plus myself standing on it to move things around!

I'm not sure I'm really interested in a standing desk, but easy height adjustment sounds interesting, not to mention the ability to raise the desk when a cat wants to sit on your knee.

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Re: Ah, think how this would have struggled with CRT monitors

I had the same thought, as I still have a CRT monitor on my desk, but the answer is : not at all.

The maximum weight capacity is 125Kg, so even with the desk itself, two CRT monitors at 30kg apiece and a load of other items it'll be absolutely fine.

The future is now, old man: Let the young guns show how to properly cock things up

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Re: An age ago. Or two.

The Morris Worm only prevented the most egregious examples of misconfiguration, it didn't trigger a sea change in re-architecting software.

In the early to mid nineties most operating systems still had a load of holes, some of the popular mail server products were file sharing based, and the computing landscape was pretty diverse. Towards the late nineties everything was starting to consolidate around Windows and a small number of Unixes, and exploits moved from academic misadventure or determined hacker, to hacker groups illustrating holes in an attempt to convince companies to architect secure-ish software, to more widely available exploits and script kiddies.

I will agree that by 2000 if you were operating an insecure system you were living on borrowed time. Internet access was widespread, and companies were starting to get on the ball, including automatic software patching by companies such as Microsoft. I've just shredded some of my work notebooks from the late nineties which included a list of patches to manually apply to NT (probably 4.0) to make it secure, a different world!

LG intranet leaks suggest internal firesale of unsold, unreleased smartphones as biz exits the mobile market

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I had one of the HP Touchpads

Lovely devices - WebOS was quite a nice OS, but suffered from software support.

When an Android build arrived for it I stuck that on, and it lasted until I dropped the tablet onto a tiled floor.

Hopefully these cheap devices are rootable so LG aren't irresponsibly throwing insecure devices into the market place.

Guido van Rossum aiming to make CPython 2x faster in 3.11

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Re: I got bored sitting at home while retired ... I chose to go back to my roots

Yes. He was pretty decent at writing the early BASIC interpreters by all accounts.

‘Staggering’ cost of vintage Sun workstations sees OpenSolaris-fork Illumos drop SPARC support

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Re: I just checked eBay

I don't know about the US, but definitely in the UK a handful of years ago Blade 1000 and 2000s were going for prices that weren't terribly excessive, and I don't think the 2500 was much worse. Since then they've become somewhat more expensive.

I didn't bother at the time simply because the Blade workstations are a pain, noisy, power hungry, not particularly fast, and more importantly uses FCAL disks making storage replacement expensive.

Having said all that, yes, it's clear that this stems from the dev team not wanting to support Sparc any more, and the userbase not particularly caring either.

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Re: Old stuff

The PC is definitely worth money, particularly if it has the monitor and model F keyboard. How much depends on the options. CGA will be worth more than MDA, colour monitor more than monochrome. If you've got an IBM EGA monitor that's rare and worth a lot more.

You could of course keep and enjoy it yourself, there are various modern upgrades such as the already mentioned XT-IDE, even a USB storage option(!).

No idea about the Alphastation 500, depends what the collectors out there want for it. There's a few on ebay but I suspect they're more aimed at companies desperate for legacy kit than retro collectors, and they're not selling.

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Please don't stick them in a skip, CRT monitors are in short supply, especially if they're in decent condition.

Put them on ebay, you will get some interest.

Fancy a piece of sordid tech history? Fleabayer is flogging the first production Spectrum Vega+ console for £1,500

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It probably will be worth something in the future

I doubt it'll ever reach close to a grand though.

It's not achieving anything that hasn't been done before, and there are no unique games for it. The Vega+ has already been covered by various retro Youtube channels and websites.

Not to mention there's at least three other Vega auctions currently at around thirty quid, being supposedly serial 1 won't help things much.

Can't get that printer to work? It's not you. It's that sodding cablin.... oh beautiful job with that cabling, boss

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Re: Bloody Developers and memory

If the devs are prepared to steal memory to stick in their own PCs, do you seriously think that would make a real difference?

The first thing they'd do is put extra memory in the test PC for a start

Words to strike fear into admins' hearts: One in five workers consider themselves 'digital experts' these days

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Re: Buried the lede

There's no denying it's a huge weighty phone with an substandard camera, and that the screen orientation leads to application incompatibility (he Pro 1 isn't any different when placed in landscape mode).

It occasionally reboots (so does the Pro 1, that's probably worse). The built in soft keyboard isn't great, and hacking on the Blackberry keyboard only takes it up to acceptable levels rather than excellent.

It's rugged though, and half the price of the Pro 1. Until Unihertz release the Titan Pocket or if Blackberry release a really decent phone that isn't nose bleedingly expensive it's all a tradeoff at the moment. What's needed is a more modern Priv which is rootable, has better build quality, and extended security patches support.

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Re: Buried the lede

That's why I said 'don't buy on spec', don't be the first person to buy it, always read the reviews and trail the leading edge otherwise pain is usually involved.

I'm not denying it's complicated, and even with your best efforts sometimes it still ends up being a failure.

However, the situation is still mostly better than it used to be in terms of product quality, and there are more resources to help you make an informed choice.

Speaking of which, I need to go and order some hair clippers. I checked the reviews and user recommendations last night and lost the will to live. More effort required to find the least worst choice.

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Re: Buried the lede

Oh you poor sod :(.

Have you thought about cancelling and getting a Unihertz Titan?

I was a Pro-1 backer, thinking of selling it, since I got the Titan I've barely switched it on, and haven't really bothered with the alternate OS yet, should really.

My most recent failure of purchase (and not taking my own advice) was buying an AMD RX Vega 56. I've always thought AMD have substandard engineering/insufficient funding but if you want to run a modern desktop GPU on open source (non Linux) recent Nvidia offerings weren't supported (the situation has improved slightly since, but video decoding is still unsupported).

The 'correct' method here is to have a modern Windows system for gaming with an Nvidia card, and another system with an older Nvidia or known stable AMD card for your non Linux minority OS, but this is several hundred pounds more expense, not just buying a better card.

End result : drivers were crap on Windows for a year and a half, stability mostly achieved 2.5 years into the card's lifetime just as it was being replaced. I'm hoping Intel's new GPUs are a good enough replacement. AMD's driver releases still contain warnings about adaptive sync failures, and the RX57xx series had a very rocky start driver wise. They haven't learned, don't buy AMD GPUs, stick to the CPUs.

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Re: Buried the lede

If the 'excellent hardware' has poor drivers, it is not excellent hardware, the two are inextricably linked for the vast majority of purchasers.

Yes, sometimes this means compromising on what you want or paying more to be able to have a reliable product. It also means doing the same as users of minority operating systems have done for ages if they want a working system : don't buy on spec assuming products will 'just work', look at the company's history with support, be prepared to pay for more than the cheapest options.

Much though I'd like to trash companies for selling an image rather than quality, there is a non linear relationship between price and quality. If you pay more for a smartphone you'll receive higher quality components up to a certain point. Beyond that there are also issues with economies of scale and company size. Especially in the mobile world, the smaller manufacturers simply don't have access to the same components as the major players as all the supply is funneled to the largest market.

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Re: Buried the lede

Using a computer and going online *is* as routine as driving your own car, it's several orders of magnitude easier than it was in the 1980s.

If your real question is either :

why are applications a bit crap?

why do device drivers for your printer/other device suck?

The answer is

1) Users don't want to pay for one that's any good

2) The business isn't willing to pay to produce something decent

3) The number of people willing to fight for things such as right to repair is too low, allowing unscrupulous companies (hey Apple!) to abuse their position.

In the early 80 to early nineties :

Computers were expensive

Connectivity was pricey and difficult to configure, regardless of if it was a modem or network

Word processors suitable for business were five hundred quid a copy

Printers were also expensive

Early operating systems were generally a real pain to use

None of that is true now.

I see this over and over 'why doesn't <cheap piece of tat> work with <minority operating system, or my hacked together system>?' 'Well if you pay 3-4 times the price you'll have something that works much better and keeps going for years' 'I only want to spend $not_much on <cheap tat>'.

Does the boss want those 2 hours of your free time back? A study says fighting through crowds to office each day hurts productivity

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Re: No company ever forced its staff to do 90 minute commutes...

That's precisely why WFH should remain!

For a commute 15/20 minutes either limits living near the centre of a city (expensive, may be noisy) or severely restricts the number of jobs on offer.

I prefer to live near the countryside, which I realise is a tradeoff. When I moved I was actually closer to work, but then work moved to the nearest large city changing a half an hour car journey into a minimum of an hour train journey. That takes into account deliberately buying a house within walking distance of a train station, based on the probability that either I'd change job or work would move.

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An inspired workplace does not depend on people in close proximity

The solution, in my opinion is :

Give people interesting problems to solve

Respect work/life balance

Provide transferable skills training (i.e. technical skills that are useful in other jobs, not company values sessions)

Pay employees well

In other words, train your employees in such a way as to equip them to look for another job, but treat them well enough so they stay.

What's that Mr. Fluffle? Companies want to employ on the cheap and tie employees to them? You don't say.

I'm not loving the pandemic, but I am enjoying working from home. An hour and a half extra lie in every day, starting later than before, ending later meaning I have time to catch up with tasks and people at the end of the day when they're more available. That still means that when I'm closing my laptop, I'd probably only just be getting on a train home if commuting.

Don't cross the team tasked with policing the surfing habits of California's teens

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Re: Users never want to change.

You need to sell the advantages it will make to their day, not to the company's benefit.

Easier or at least more enjoyable is a definite benefit. If it provides them a new transferable skill, that's also useful.

Faster or more efficient is not necessarily an employee benefit. If you're employed 9-5 and paid the same amount no matter what you do, getting through work faster so you can be handed more work (and possibly more stress) is not a benefit.

UK.gov wants mobile makers to declare death dates for their new devices from launch

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Re: Death Date

Probably worth watching The Brand New Testament, or reading the Machine of Death collection to see the downside of that.

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Re: Finally!

To be specific, I do of course mean useful customisation. I'm a big fan of keyboard phones, but other than Blackberry's offerings, the boutique offerings simply do not match up with Blackberry's bundled software and suffer for it, even if the hardware mostly worked.

Ensuring compatibility, bundling or developing third party apps if the standard one is weak (such as the default camera app).

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Finally!

I've mentioned this numerous times and generally people don't care because of mobile contracts and upgrades. Initiatives which stop a ridiculous amount of landfill and increase security have to be a good idea.

It wouldn't be accepted if your three year old computer had to be thrown away.

It might also mean that mobile phone companies start concentrating on their software. Too many are largely hardware focused then slap on a barely touched Android as an after thought.

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Re: A bit of sympathy for the Devil here.

Oh dear, how sad, never mind. What's for tea?

This is for security updates. Not for OS updates.

If it means that it means there's fewer cheap devices as manufacturers now have to get assertions from the chip producers to support for several years, and less landfill, then fair enough.

The security and environmental cost has to be met some time.

You want a reboot? I'll give you a reboot! Happy now?

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Re: This is why multiple desktops are a good idea

Yes, it's absolutely due to the architecture of multiple desktop objects, but window dragging between desktops is generally expected in almost every other multi desktop product.

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This is why multiple desktops are a good idea

Local servers on the main desktop, production on another, UAT on a third if you really need to be certain.

It's a pity the Windows 10 multiple desktops don't allow different wallpaper or background colours per desktop.

However, the Sysinternals Desktops app does. The only disadvantage is that because they're distinct desktop objects, it's impossible to drag programs from one desktop to another. It also seems to be a bit unhappy on Windows 10, the explorer bar doesn't work properly. Bginfo can be used to set a different background.

Google proposes Logica data language for building more manageable SQL code

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'Designed to run on BigQuery'

Wake me when it runs on MSSQL, PostgreSQL, and even SQLLite

A research project with no manual, a few examples only some of which appear to be better expressed in Logica than SQL is not entirely enticing.

SQL can be a real pain to write at times, but I'm not immediately seeing this as the solution.

Microsoft OneDrive for Windows 7 drives off a cliff for business users

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Re: Is Win10 stable yet?

To be fair, Windows 10 has been stable for quite some time. After the second major update all the dodgy suspend issues on my work laptop fixed themselves.

The key is : always run the Professional or Enterprise version. With Pro updates can be delayed for a few months, so the guinea pigs on Home can find all the issues.

It does, however, occasionally break some software on upgrades (a random person on Twitter found an old Virtualbox suddenly stopped working), and I've found on my gaming system that the quite legacy Soundblaster X-Fi only works if installed on a clean Windows 10 system with no updates, which is then updated.

If you're running a standard configuration with modern hardware you're likely to be fine. Work in a non standard way or use unusual or legacy hardware and the situation may be more problematic.

Fire up that Macintosh II: Retro techhead gives the web a Netscape 1.1 makeover

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Excellent

Great for hassle free browsing of the web. There's also projects such as browservice : https://github.com/ttalvitie/browservice or for even older browsers https://github.com/tenox7/wrp that can be used to proxy the modern web to old computers.

FreeBSD gives ARM64 green light for production over x86 alternative's 'growth trajectory'

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There's some nuance with i386 security support for 13.x

It is tier 2, but the release announcement specifically addresses i386 support

'the FreeBSD Release Engineering and Security Teams will continue to build, test, and distribute EN and SA artifacts for i386 alongside all other supported platforms. However, EN and SA issues that are specific to i386, or that require unique development for i386, may not be addressed. The userland ABI will continue to be preserved in 13.x similar to other Tier 1 platforms.'

It feels a tiny bit too soon to me, but probably a reasonable compromise. Realistically 32 bit BSD (all variants) will be used in embedded devices, specifically firewalls. Even my personal firewall has moved to a nice embedded 64bit AMD PCEngines device, the subset of people who'll lose out will be those with historic high speed i386 servers with decent I/O.

For desktop use AMD64 and ARM are the viable options. POWER devices are also possible, modern, and reasonably economic, but remain a minority option due to price.

FSF doubles down on Richard Stallman's return: Sure, he is 'troubling for some' but we need him, says org

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Too little, too late

The issue isn't so much that RMS re-joined the FSF (although it's really not advisable), or even the Minsky comments (where as far as I can see he may be technically correct, if tone deaf and unable to see any context or issues with association).

The issues are that he came back and his first action was to deliberately refuse to apologise, and then despite the backlash there's no response for a month. There's plenty of evidence of his behaviour online, and I've heard a number of stories to back this up from people who are into open source and have personally met Stallman, from years ago.

You're allowed to make mistakes and change. However when there's no evidence that you've changed, no real apology, or if you're unable to change, perhaps being part of a public organisation is not for you?

How do you fix a problem like open-source security? Google has an idea, though constraints may not go down well

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'attested build system'

whilst I'm sure a build system is a possible target for attack, it's probably a less likely vector. Changing build system is usually a tremendous amount of work, and can have implications on cross platform building, etc.

If Google thought that, e.g. the NetBSD or OpenBSD build processes were inadequate it's their action to update it whilst preserving pre-existing functionality (such as successfully building on an ancient relatively low memory system), and then see if the community adopts it.

Very little helps: Tesco serves up 3-for-1 borkage special to self-scanning Tesco shoppers

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Re: Been there...

There was a custom version of Windows CE created for the Dreamcast. Very few games used it, most of them wrote direct to the metal. It wasn't a general purpose OS.

See https://segaretro.org/Windows_CE

KISS Psycho Circus did use Windows CE for Dreamcast, the frame rate is appalling, and the game unplayable. I'll grant that Sega Rally 2, Virtual Cop 2, Hidden and Dangerous, and Starlancer had decent reviews though.

Apple slapped with €60m lawsuit from Italian consumer rights org for slowing down CPUs in old iPhones

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If 'thermal cycling' breaks a product within a few years then it's poorly engineered. I've got a number of phones from 2012 or earlier which are still working, the only reason they were abandoned or retired to run a limited selection of apps (i.e. a device for Viewranger) is because the continual bloating of Android apps and the web made them unusable now.

This is being typed on an 11 year old PC, which still operates fine for the majority of purposes (I have later and more power hungry systems to run demanding workloads) whilst being quieter, cooler, and cheaper than alternatives.

Why do we accept the shoddy engineering and limited lifespan of mobile devices when the same is not expected from other systems?

Back to the office with you: 'Perhaps 5 days is too much family time' – Workday CEO

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There's very little that working in the office improves

The only things I can think of are being able to physically see if someone is busy and get a commitment there and then as to when they're available, and office chat/occasional lunchtime drinks.

Otherwise the two hour plus a day commute, the expense, and inability to sort your house at lunchtime can frankly get in the bin. I'm as efficient, if not more so working from home, the things that sap motivation are directly related to the pandemic so if I was forced back into the office it would only make things worse.

I'm just grateful I've got a small home office, and that all the equipment I need to do my job could be moved to my house early on. The move of everyone in the company to laptops, and using Skype instead of voip phones some time ago made moving hundreds of people to wfh much smoother.

I'll be signing myself up for permanent WFH at the first possible opportunity.

UK network Three hikes pay-as-you-go rates by 400% to push punters to buy 'bundles'

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Pity you can't buy non expiring data in sensible sizes

Looking at giffgaff, payg is only viable for a few hundred mb of data. Looking to implement automatic mobile fallback for data for the rare instances where my connection goes down, and to be certain it stays up and you don't run out of credit, it basically means buying a bundle.

Cats: Not a fan favourite when the critters are draped around an office packed with tech

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Hasn't been too bad here

The cats have unfortunately passed away, but when they were both alive it wasn't too much of an issue. It's difficult to get behind the machines under the desk, or I could at least normally nudge them with my foot/shout at them when they tried it.

I can also recommend having a cat tree next to your desk so the cats have somewhere to sit on when you're working instead of your desk/keyboard.

On the other hand, the sofa needed a regular vacuuming with the special cat hair attachment.

Kittens in 2021, will see what impact they have.

The engineer lurking behind the curtain: Musical monitors on a meagre IT budget

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Re: Flying Windows screensaver

Dunno about the US, but in the UK most corporate desktops I saw ran stock screensavers because what's the business rationale for anything else?

Only one customer stood out with a desktop running Johnny Castaway

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