* Posts by BinkyTheMagicPaperclip

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Intel blames software, COVID lockdowns for Arc GPU delays

BinkyTheMagicPaperclip

Availability is one thing, driver support is another

The choices at the moment are :

Nvidia - fast, expensive, decent closed source driver support. Terrible open source driver support. Works well with PCI-e passthrough.

AMD - marginally cheaper, less functional, faster in some areas/slower in others. Consistently lacklustre closed source driver support. Open source driver support that improves over time. All but one specific enterprise card react badly to PCI-e passthrough last time I looked.

There is room for a card that's fast enough, stable, with great closed and open source drivers. Hopefully Arc can be that, and support PCI-e passthrough too.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I need to try and get FreeBSD working with my AMD Vega 56. The card that finally gained stable Windows drivers 6-12 months after its successor was released, and where amdgpu under FreeBSD now has better Displayport MST support than the Windows drivers which produce corrupt images, blue screens, or no image in various topologies. The same topologies work fine under amdgpu as mentioned, or under Windows with the Vega chipset built into a Surface 4 (go figure!). Maybe AMD will fix this soon, but it's been a whole theme of things that work well under Nvidia or are fixed in a timely manner, as opposed to pain and a lot of waiting for AMD.

Email domain for NPM lib with 6m downloads a week grabbed by expert to make a point

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Still doesn't go far enough

I can't speak about Javascript architecture in general, because I find modern web development and design hateful (at least for many public end users, with design that's profit led rather than user led). However, it's not unusual to find that enterprise software tends to explore more specialist and less frequently used APIs/components/platforms regardless of whether it's web based or not.

There's a lot of personally identifying information out there that could be affected, using applications with components with considerably less than a million downloads a week, and I presume the 500 dependents limit is for public packages only, so if there's a lot of private packages it could cross that threshold and no-one would know about it?

You'd hope developers would maintain a curated local repository to prevent poisoning, but I doubt it..

Creator of SSLPing, a free service to check SSL certs, downs tools

BinkyTheMagicPaperclip

I feel for the guy, but..

Isn't the whole point of Docker and other container services that you're insulated from various configuration changes?

With 90% COVID-19 vax rate, Intel to step up return-to-office

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Re: It's about conversation

There's nothing wrong with socialising with chosen work colleagues. There *is* something wrong if you socialise only with work colleagues, or even outside work if you socialise only with one group of people. Always diversity your friendship groups in case one ends for whatever reason and you're left friendless, to provide different life perspectives, and to find new experiences.

As to communicating electronically, if multiple people contacting you is an issue, most telephony or meetings automatically places you in Busy, and it's also possible to do so if a specific conversation is taking up most of your head space.

There's plenty of spontaneous conversations possible remotely, and as for contacts outside your own personal silo this is no less possible than in real life. The physical proximity argument is a con, especially when the people you mostly contact are in a city hundreds of miles away, or 3,000 miles on a different continent.

Caring about each others' well being is an entirely optional part of a job. Most colleagues may be pleasant enough, but they are not your friends and it's important to remember that. Also, yes, I do occasionally contact colleagues to see how they are, especially if I know they've had life issues, or to arrange socialising outside of work - this is all possible electronically without going into the office.

After an initial varied start, which was more related to the impact of the pandemic than technical issues (none : other than initial VPN capacity, and invites for some staff to retrieve peripherals/chairs etc from offices) I'd say collaboration is better than ever and that for many staff it's much better for their health and well being.

It does depend on personal circumstance - some people are not in a position to have or cope with an effective remote working setup in their home. However, others are able to communicate effectively, and take advantage of a lack of commuting to fit in exercise and chores leaving them more healthy and happier. Pushing employees back into a model that does not suit them will only breed resentment.

The wild world of non-C operating systems

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Windows needs C++, and non C OS need a cool factor

If you're going to go down the 'this is a C++ operating system route' based on some parts of the OS, Windows is also a C++ operating system.

Sure, the Windows kernel API is C based, but if you want to write interface components or drive various data querying and transport objects you'll fire up a C++ compiler if you have any sense. That's how the interfaces are specified.

The difficulty I have with Rust and others is the fundamental question 'is it doing anything cool?'. The answer to the end user is generally : no. Yes, security professionals and some programmers love it for excellent reasons, but a quick look at the available Rust OS offerings shows they seem to be stuck very firmly in architecture research rather than day to day usability.

BeOS was a terrible OS[1], but at least it tried to do some cool things at the time, and definitely managed to do so with the BeBox.

It shouldn't be news that security, backup, and networking that doesn't fall over tend not to be selling points. What's on offer has to be a tangible improvement, and in general the record of C based OS on security and memory protection has improved significantly from the past.

[1] At the time it came out for x86 I was running OS/2, which had multitasking, better networking, printing that actually worked, multimedia codecs that were somewhat better than those in BeOS, hardware support that wasn't completely desperate, and even OpenGL.

Microsoft Visual Studio: Cluttering up developer disks for 25 years

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Re: Happy Days

Despite being a fan of vim, it is far easier (other than the buggy github integration, which probably isn't any better in vim) to get a usable environment up and running in VS Code, and I find it more pleasant to use on an on-going basis.

BinkyTheMagicPaperclip

Happy Days

Visual Studio 6 was a great product, other than the fact that MSVC at the time (and for quite a while after) was a somewhat limited compiler. It was fine for standard C stuff, but then I created a mail server which used the STL which MS' compiler couldn't handle. Intel's compiler needed to be used via a plug in. However some of MS' code was specific to their compiler, so some had to be compiled with MSVC, and some with Intel.

It then bloated out a bit before MS were daft enough to release Visual Studio Express 2010, which was free for everyone, including professional use. They worked out that was a bad idea with their more recent licensing scheme, which doesn't affect home or quite small office use, but does if your number of employees starts to grow.

VS Code is a bit fragile with some of the plugins, particularly for git under Linux, but it has a decent number of addons to handle syntax highlighting, editing, and good enough vim emulation.

US is best place to be a software engineer, salary survey finds

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96K doesn't sound that high

Does it include medical insurance and a decent number of holidays, because if not you'd probably be better working in the EU, plus you don't get to be exposed to some of the insanity in the US

Chromium-adjacent Otter browser targets OS/2

BinkyTheMagicPaperclip

There were two ways round it (now three)

1) Warp 3 fixpack 17 (technically it was first included in a special developer only modified build of fp12) included a fix. Easier to quote the text

'SET PM_ASYNC_FOCUS_CHANGE=ON

When you request a focus change for example, by clicking on another

application or pressing Ctl+Esc the application that has the focus

should respond to the message in x milliseconds. If the application

does not respond within that time, OS/2 determines that the

application is not responding to messages and flags the application

queue as bad. It then switches focus to the desired application'

2) Stardock's Process Commander (worked up to Warp 4 FP12, then stopped working) had a hot key (CAD, I think) that switched to a full screen session, then enabled the offending application to be killed off, clearing the input queue.

3) A similar system to 2) is built into ArcaOS - haven't checked if it's their own code or a third party one, but it permits the same thing if a process is misbehaving.

Obviously the SIQ was really annoying, but in the early days of OS/2 you learned which applications misbehaved, and avoided them.

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Re: Get the facts straight

Well, it could, it's just that a 386 with loads of memory was a hard sell for the time. However, was OS/2 1.x enough of a success to validate producing it?

However, yes, the sweet spot of OS/2 2-4.x was really 93-95. Gerstner wasn't exactly wrong, professionally I was still using OS/2 until the early 00s for customers using it as an application server. Personally I stuck it out longer than most and moved off it as my primary platform to NT4 in 1999. At that stage OS/2 had lost critical mass so lacked popular products such as Python, and games had moved away from DOS so that had become a real issue.

Agreed that applications were always the issue, and people were too eager to use 16 bit Windows apps, rather than shell out for native OS/2 apps.

I'm not sure I get the Exchange hate - it has some interesting design decisions (you do wonder if the developers ever spoke to anyone that had written a serious mail server or database before starting the design). However, trying to find something third party that manages mail (that bit is quite easy), but also integrates calendaring, plus then workflow and other product integrations turns out not to be straightforward.

I did use Notes for workflow, and it was great for that, but the client could be better, and it really sucked for e-mail.

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Excellent!

It'll be interesting to see how it copes with OS/2's 32 bit nature. The per process memory limit was already a huge issue building Firefox, but browsers are also very memory hungry, and other OS are dropping support quickly.

BinkyTheMagicPaperclip

Re: Get the facts straight

I think to be perfectly fair, it's more complicated than that. Whilst Microsoft did not play fair in several instances, IBM didn't help itself. If IBM had moved to OS/2 as a 32 bit OS from the start the world might have been a very different place (although memory requirements would likely have caused problems for the late eighties).

There's a number of poor design decisions in OS/2 and differences from other competing OS for no reason than politics, purity, or pique (such as the GPI origin being bottom left in OS/2 and top left in Windows..). Windows NT was slower and used a lot of memory, but they did get the architecture right.

Much though I like OS/2, I think it would have failed or at least had to have a lot of money spent on it, had it managed to navigate the mid nineties successfully. IBM wasted a lot of time on OS/2 PPC, which never would have succeeded, when OS/2 x86 needed re-architecting.

JavaScript dev deliberately screws up own popular npm packages to make a point of some sort

BinkyTheMagicPaperclip

Is it really that difficult?

If it's widely used, *pay the creator real money*. As well as a community fund of a non trivial amount, sign up for a support contract if it exists.

If you can't contribute money, contribute effort. If you can do neither you shouldn't rely on the product staying around.

Never, ever, blindly pull the latest version into your product without thorough testing, always have a local staging server of known good versions.

For particularly broken but still useful products (thinking of the huge OpenSSL debacle), consider bringing the product in-house and develop your own fork, as the OpenBSD team did with libressl.

Regardless of what opinions the creator has this has happened before, and not enough has been done about it. We should all think ourselves lucky that what the developer did wasn't malicious.

NASA boffins seem to think we're worth saving from fiery asteroid death so they're shooting a spaceship at one

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Re: But perhaps

Affleck was actually quite good as Batman, it's the script that was awful. I'd quite happily see him in another film where they spend actual money on the plot and script rather than special effects.

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

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Re: Nice set of options, but Ethernet?

Well, no, because there are various possibilities from not having your charger at all (a slightly risky but usable possibility if the laptop is achieving 10+ hours), to using a third party charger.

I'll grant that if it's a fully featured USB-C with a modern USB-C monitor it can both take an output from the laptop in addition to charging it and providing network connectivity but that does rely on a very recent monitor.

However, I've still got my IBM X61. I'm not sure laptops need to be much slimmer - it can still fit in a shoulder bag and is comfortable to carry around for hours.

Ditto phones, once they can fit in to a trouser pocket without weighing it down, they don't need to be much slimmer.

BinkyTheMagicPaperclip

Nice set of options, but Ethernet?

There's a decent set of options, including discrete GPUs on the range.

However, Ethernet is via a proprietary extension cable. Can they please stop making laptops thin and ensure an Ethernet cable can be plugged directly into it?

For a home system I expect many people use wireless, but for work locations or places with lots of people Ethernet rules.

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

BinkyTheMagicPaperclip

Not surprised

The Pi is useful for lower end, low power server stuff and I/O interfacing.

Recently I've tried using it to replace a Core2Quad Unix desktop with a fanless silent Linux based Pi 4 (sadly BSD on the Pi has unaccelerated Xorg).

I would describe the experience as painful. Raspbian is quite fragile, I see issues with USB that don't appear on an x86 PC, and it's considerably slower than the 2008 era Core2Quad system.

The takeaway so far is 'Windows is far better than this', although to be fair I expect Linux on x64 wouldn't experience all the issues I'm seeing.

Recommendations for silent small x64 boxes welcome.

Remember SoftRAM 95? Compression app claimed to double memory in Windows but actually did nothing at all

BinkyTheMagicPaperclip

I remember back in the day when I used Stacker on a 40MB drive under DOS. It reported the capacity based on a highly optimistic compression ratio, a capacity that suddenly reduced when installing games that were already compressed to the last byte.

It ultimately did work, it was just a bit optimistic.

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Re: "Windows' registry doesn't need cleaning"

Yep. It may or may not need cleaning at times but plenty of cruft ends up in there, and registry fixers such as various driver clean utilities are absolutely required due to sub standard installation programs that can't cope with all suitable configurations.

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It does sound a little unlikely, but for lines configured for 'call waiting' it overlays a beep over your current call to inform you someone else is trying to get through. Modems aren't necessarily fond of this interference.

Tech bro CEOs claim their crowns because they fix problems. Why shirk the biggest one?

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Re: But it's up to us

That would work provided the mid range phone also had a 5 year warranty and software support for that period. If it doesn't, having to buy a phone twice makes it considerably less environmentally friendly.

Want to support Firefox? Great, you'll have no problem with personalised, sponsored search suggestions then

BinkyTheMagicPaperclip

It's as if they're designing it to lose market share

Tabs should never, ever, unload as they may contain information that can't just be 'reloaded'. If it's that low on memory, refuse to load a new tab until free memory rises again. Just because apps on Android do it doesn't make it right, it's highly irritating on there too.

Couple that with the behaviour I saw on a Raspberry Pi recently where Firefox updated in the background and then refused to create new tabs until the browser was restarted. What if you're working on something important? What if there's a download that shouldn't be interrupted. Bone headed behaviour that shouldn't survive five minutes thinking about it.

I'd be happy to pay for a browser that was actually any good (Opera, you had your chance, it was awful), rather than the current situation of finding a least worst choice.

More than three years after last release, X.Org Server 21.1.0 RC1 appears

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I suspect that seeing as a number of the Wayland developers are also X developers they have a fairly decent idea of X's shortcomings are are trying to fix it.

Devops can work, the problem is that far too frequently developers don't understand operations' point of view, and it ends up being a badly thought out mess that satisfies neither operations or the end user.

Systemd can die in a fire though. There's problems with sysv init, but from what I can see systemd doesn't care about edge cases, and that's important if the intent is to be an essential system service. It's offering insufficient advantages of Windows' approach, with all the disadvantages of limited system recovery and repairability.

Docker’s cash conundrum is becoming a bet on a very different future

BinkyTheMagicPaperclip

Charge SMEs as well

250 employees and up is by no coincidence in the MLE category. There's a lot more SMEs out there that can afford to pay a subscription.

If charging a subscription means that SMEs decide the price/performance isn't sufficient and look around for other solutions, then Docker wasn't actually that revolutionary in the first place.

Tachyum's Prodigy emulator achieves first boot, runs Linux and says 'hello, world'

BinkyTheMagicPaperclip

Scam confirmed

If it can boot and print hello world, then it's capable of doing basic computation.

If they can't even cherry pick a basic benchmark that runs faster than a commodity processor, it's dead on arrival.

UK's Newport Wafer Fab now under Chinese ownership

BinkyTheMagicPaperclip

Re: A fortune for pennies

Oh no, there's a war, we need to win it, what shall we do?

We can only do it by creating a mask for a custom Playstation 2 chip, shipping it to the son of army's leader who is relaxing with retro gaming, and hypnotising him from afar!

Somehow I doubt creating a custom pentium 3 level chip will be the top priority.

Internet Explorer 3.0 turns 25. One of its devs recalls how it ended marriages – and launched amazing careers

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OS/2 shipped a browser in the OS in 1994

It's rewriting history to say that MS saw the potential of the Internet, they got caught on the hop and then worked to fix that. OS/2's WebExplorer shipped in 1994 with Warp 3 including dialup options. It wasn't exceptional but it did include the ability to drag and drop web page images to the desktop. Netscape for OS/2 arrived later.

Web explorer is almost useless for browsing the web today, but if you do insist on running old versions of OS/2 it can still be used to patch the OS, more easily than most other patching options.

Google Groups kills RSS support without notice

BinkyTheMagicPaperclip

Re: RSS isn't dead.

Gmail, chrome, and maps haven't 'gone away', but Google has repeatedly changed and removed functionality on them to the point that maps and gmail are considerably less useful than they used to be.

Attachment support removed years ago from Gmail. Maps now for me insists on taking me via motorways when in the past it offered non motorway routes for part of the journey, that I preferred .

Twitter's AI image-crop algo is biased towards people who look younger, skinnier, and whiter, bounty challenge at DEF CON reveals

BinkyTheMagicPaperclip

Re: Is it the algorithm that's biased?

The reason to do it, quite apart from it being the morally correct thing to do, is that it becomes an unpleasant feedback loop. The more the algorithm concentrates on a narrow selection of images, the more it alienates part of the user base.

After a certain point any service that relies on mass contribution mostly stops being a technical problem, and starts to be about maintaining the community. If demographics leave they probably won't return, and if they achieve critical mass elsewhere that may spell irreversible decline for the service.

Microsoft responds to PrintNightmare by making life that little bit harder for admins

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Temporary workaround, or going back to the bad old days?

There have been a number of years where MS have been quite on top of patching, but with the mandatory bundles of security fixes changes, and trialing fixes on the section of the user base stupid enough to run the leading edge version I do wonder if this is going to worsen.

Certainly making plans to move even more personal stuff off Windows

Get ready to make processes fit the software when shifting to SAP's cloud, users told

BinkyTheMagicPaperclip

Re: Tread carefully here.

If you're planning for the long term and considerably growing the business I wouldn't disagree.

However, plenty of people or company founders want to move on/cash out in a shorter timescale, and that also assumes that the gains in long term planning aren't wiped out by acts of stupidity a few years down the line!

BinkyTheMagicPaperclip

Re: Tread carefully here.

Heavily customising SAP may lead to a system that doesn't work, but that doesn't necessarily apply to other software.

Whilst I would agree that if there's heavy customisation needed it's possible processes aren't best practice, also :

It may be far cheaper to customise software than change people

The company may be more efficient, or lower cost, from operating in that way.

It also depends how badly you want the business.

I've worked with software that became popular precisely because it could be customised to customer requirements. The customers have been happy with this software for well over a decade in a number of cases and it's created a lot of successful business.

The large downside is that it builds up a huge amount of technical debt unless your development and build systems are very well designed, and in most cases where there are an appreciable number of customers with bespoke systems, this isn't so and the technical debt is kicked down the road. This can lead to distinct differences between a more modern standardised and it's older bespoke product, that involves extra customer cost for any future changes, unless their customisation was incorporated into the base product from the start.

SAP is aiming for a losing position here. If the response to customising software is to reform business processes, my immediate response after doing so would be to look at a less proprietary and more inexpensive solution than SAP.

If a company moves from a bespoke system to a standardised one it also needs to be priced the same or lower *even if it contains extra functionality* unless that additional functionality truly gives the company a competitive advantage rather than being an infrequently used frippery.

UK chancellor: Getting back to the altar of corporate dreams (the office) will boost young folks' careers

BinkyTheMagicPaperclip

I doubt it's about relocating jobs, there's heavy demand in some areas of the civil service including up north for extra staff

Google: Linux kernel and its toolchains are underinvested by at least 100 engineers

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Elreg, you've run this article before

A couple of months ago 'Linux shouldn't be using their build process and e-mail, they should be using a (oh shock and surprise) Google developed solution instead'

What was said then applies now. If Google are so concerned, employ 100 developers and get them to supply fixes to upstream.

I would expect that given the wide number of platforms Linux supports that whilst Rust could be useful in some instances it's not going to handle all the necessary cases.

Intel scoops out five flavours of Ice Lake Xeons for workstations

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That's a lot of TDP!

Things have moved on from the older days of them refusing to go beyond 150W, although it looks like AMD are pretty much the same

Not for children: Audacity fans drop the f-bomb after privacy agreement changes

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Re: Depressing

I think it depends how open they are, if the source code or protocol sending data can be examined, just how strongly the telemetry is pushed, and their history.

When Audacity initially put in some basic telemetry this was not necessarily an issue. However, coupled with a code license change and in particular the EULA that explicitly includes providing data to a potential purchaser I'd suggest trust should be in short supply.

As open source grows in popularity the willingness of the average user to do technical investigation reduces, they're less likely to be willing to set logging options, and the thought of re-compiling with debug options set is minimal. Telemetry by itself is not necessarily evil.

BinkyTheMagicPaperclip

Re: Depressing

Other running software is directly relevant to the software with the issue, especially when it's anti virus, spyware prevention, game cheat prevention software, or drivers (especially for graphics cards) all of which can sometimes be highly invasive and involve injecting DLLs into processes without asking.

How do you expect to detect an error that occurs in module C only after visiting modules A and B if a history is not kept?

Nevertheless yes, it has to be opt-in, and transparent as to what is collected.

BinkyTheMagicPaperclip

Re: Depressing

You downvoters need to rethink things (with one caveat). Looking from the support and sysadmin side telemetry can be extremely useful, especially when the customer provides such gems as 'this is producing an error' without narrowing it down to which of the 100,000 possible items of that type on the system might be producing the error.

However, the large caveat is that telemetry needs to be OPT IN, and carefully explained exactly what is being recorded. I don't care how useful it is, you have no idea how private the data on the user's PC is, it shouldn't be on by default.

Leaked print spooler exploit lets Windows users remotely execute code as system on your domain controller

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Re: What the ever-loving frak ?

If you're running in a SOHO environment, it's not inconceivable that the admin and cost of separating functions into separate VMs/systems is unwanted. Having multiple Windows installations to host all the necessary domain services has been the recommendation for a very long time but that doesn't mean people listen.

Microsoft offer their 365 services for companies that don't want to host it themselves, but who knows what rationale people have for odd configurations.

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Again?

This isn't the first time the print spooler has been a vector for exploits on Windows.

Wasn't it also an early way of recovering the administrator password too, or am I misremembering?

Developing for Windows 11: Like developing for Windows 10, but with rounded corners?

BinkyTheMagicPaperclip

Re: Better hope they sort out the CPU and TPM support

There are some being sold, including (according to people online) Microsoft Surface devices that don't support Windows 11.

Yes, there has been a run/scalping on TPM devices recently.

The issue is existing devices, not new ones in general. Security improvements are laudable, but enforcing new hardware and associated environmental cost whilst Seattle swelters in a heatwave seems unwise.

Windows 10 apparently worked on a pentium II, although I doubt you'd want to try that(!). On the other hand, my main system here which has 64GB RAM and twin CPUs probably isn't supported by Windows 11 despite having more than enough horsepower to run the majority of functionality.

This needs to be a gradual change, where a TPM is used if it exists, but existing PCs with sufficient horsepower are also supported.

This all stinks of collusion with hardware manufacturers. Microsoft should have learned from the Vista days, where they allowed manufacturers to weaken the Vista requirements to unusable levels. Unfortunately now they're going the other way.

BinkyTheMagicPaperclip

Better hope they sort out the CPU and TPM support

If it's as strict as currently being mooted, I can't see a mass of users upgrading their hardware to run Windows 11. The market needs to be large enough for developers to bother writing software for it.

Anyone still using cash? British £50 banknote honouring Alan Turing arrives

BinkyTheMagicPaperclip

Trolleys and car parks

The only times I've handled cash recently are trolley release from Aldi, and car parks in the Lakes and by the sea side (and there were probably card options there)

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

BinkyTheMagicPaperclip

Re: Don't just blame Ubuntu. Aim at Redhat!

Peter, a large number of the Wayland developers are/were Xorg developers. They're well aware of the drawbacks of Xorg.

I know that people like remote X over SSH, it is very useful, and Wayland needs to find a sensible alternative.

However, remote X is pretty poor too. It's mostly bitmaps over the network these days rather than something more carefully designed like RDP, and it has issues with unstable connections and security.

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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

BinkyTheMagicPaperclip

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.

BinkyTheMagicPaperclip

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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