* Posts by Dave559

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In a complete non-surprise, Mozilla hammers final nail in FTP's coffin by removing it from Firefox

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Re: Personal opinion

What's your objection to using sftp through a web browser?

It sounds like nothing that sensible modular design would have any problems with.

I don't use it any more, but, if I recall, because of such modular design, the Konqueror web browser could deal with sftp: URIs perfectly happily since a long time ago, and most Linux file managers also have similar features (insert obligatory grumble about how it's really a bit shit that the MacOS Finder can handle the alien smb: but not the native sftp:).

At the very least, any half-decent web browser should pass-through an sftp: URI to your preferred file manager (or sftp client) if it doesn't know anything more about what to do with it.

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Re: fond ftp memories

ftp.aminet.net FTW! [1]

Or the name of your friendly convenient mirror: you got a good feeling for the geography of the net back then (and the sometimes non-obvious short domain names that many sites used), back in the good old days; src.doc.ic.ac.uk, ftp.uni-paderborn.de, ftp.sunsite.dk, ftp.wustl.edu, etc…

It sort of did feel like you were playing the game Hacker, tunnelling all around the world to download the latest exciting new freeware or shareware programs (and mega-demos!)…

[1] Of course, the aminet.net domain didn't actually originally exist way back then, as Aminet pre-dated the web, and it was the ftp sites that had all the info, and the mirror sites gained web front ends later on, so there still wasn't really a need for a canonical web presence…

Good news: Jeff Bezos went to space. Bad news: He's back

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Re: Ban it!

Yes, we need to seriously reduce the number of flights made (basically, literal overseas flights only, and probably even there we need to be looking into electrically powered ships). We should be using high speed trains (powered by electricity from non-fossil-fuel sources) wherever possible. These have some environmental cost, of course, but are the most sustainable means of long distance travel.

Yes, this means that some journeys will take noticeably longer, but, to protect our environment, that is a price that society needs to be willing to pay (I've always thought that the journey was almost as much fun as the destination, anyway!). Governments could help to 'sell' the idea by passing laws to increase minimum annual holiday entitlements by an additional two days, so that the sort of holiday trips that might take a few hours by air don't cost people additional holiday time (or it's extra free holiday, if you choose to holiday closer to home).

For business trips, while human nature probably needs some in-person meetings, it would be more environmentally-friendly for at least some of them to be done by videoconferencing (which we have all been doing for the past year, and the business world didn't end).

Dutch Queen, robot involved in opening of 3D-printed bridge in red-light district

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Re: Junkie bridge

"In Scotland we have underpasses, where people and vehicles move under roads. You can't have that there because sea-level."

Actually, there is at least one bridge in the Netherlands where the road does go underneath the sea (well, former Zuiderzee, but now one of the water channels around the Flevoland island polder).

And in most places where cycleways or roads cross railway lines, the cycleway or road dips down into an underpass under the railway, rather than have the inconvenience and safety risk of level crossings. Even better, where a cycleway is next to a road, the cycleway sensibly enough only dips down just enough to let you cycle under the railway (so that you have less far to cycle back up the other side), rather than descending to the same depth as the road, which needs to be deep enough to let lorries, etc, pass through.

The Netherlanders really have never let a trivial thing like the level where the water would like to be at get in the way of their lifestyle! (The whole history of the polders and the Delta Works would make a fascinating "Geek's Guide" article…)

Try placing a pot plant directly above your CRT monitor – it really ties the desk together

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Re: Back in the olden days

…and don't forget chip pan fires, too!

I'm pretty sure there's a typically doom-laden 70s public safety film highlighting the dangers of those (and probably one for each of the other causes of fire mentioned, as well).

Does anyone actually still fry chips in a pan these days, or does everyone use oven chips, takeaways, or deep fat fryers?

BT to phase out 3G in UK by 2023 for EE, Plusnet, BT Mobile subscribers

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2G network

To annoy EE, and to allow the law of nominative determinism to apply, such a network could perhaps be called "GG"? :-D

Revealed: Perfect timings for creation of exemplary full English breakfast

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20 minutes!

Indeed. The most important thing about a weekend brunch is to start scoffing it as soon as possible after your brain starts to wake up (and/or after the room has stopped spinning), and you've managed to throw some sorts of clothes on.

Ideally you should have a decent and welcoming cafe within about 5 - 10 minutes' walk of your home, so that someone else can do the fiddly (too fiddly for a brain which has only just powered up, at least) and time-consuming cooking part, and you only have to do the eating part.

The PrintNightmare continues: Microsoft confirms presence of vulnerable code in all versions of Windows

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Re: You can lead a horse to water, but ...

Gift horses, on the other hand, are quite well-off, but just don't look them in the mouth!

Richard Branson plans to trump Jeff Bezos by 9 days in billionaires' space race

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Its last test flight reached just over 89km while the New Shepard went comfortably beyond 100km.

"Its last test flight reached just over 89km while the New Shepard went comfortably beyond 100km."

I guess it's kind of a requirement of being a Virgin to never quite make it to the finish line?

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Re: To quote a well known phrase...

I have to say that my thought was: "Those look like somewhat worryingly large windows for something that's going up into the vacuum of space"!

In disaster-movie-land, you just know that a tiny piece of space junk will strike the window, and an initially small crack will slowly but inexorably spread its way across the glass… I hope the windows are made from extremely toughened glass!

Go to L: A man of the cloth faces keyboard conundrum

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Re: Calling upon a higher power

It's probably also relevant to note here in regard to this field of work that, should you be asked to supply computing power to a monastery for a contract to enumerate the nine billion names of God, it would be a really good idea to turn it down…

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Re: Calling upon a higher power

Being smited (smote? or even smitten – but isn't that something different?) whenever you inadvertently included a bug in your code would start to get quite tiring after a while, though… :-(

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Re: Keys

"Lovely piece of engineering!"

I'm sure the typewriter's probably not bad, too! ;-)

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Re: Font recommendations

The DejaVu font families are more recent descendants of the Bitstream Vera fonts, and which have substantially better coverage of Unicode characters (the Bitstream Vera fonts really only covered basic Latin characters, which might not necessarily be a problem for some).

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Re: Font recommendations

Droid Sans Mono is quite nice, and if you want extra geek points, you can even have it in Droid Sans Mono Slashed or Droid Sans Mono Dotted variants to even more emphatically differentiate 0s from Os.

Ubuntu Mono is also quite nice, and for obvious reasons, there are a fair number of other fonts in the Linux world that are both carefully designed for terminal use and whose licences allow them to be installed elsewhere as well.

There is also a website which will let you download fonts for local use from the web fonts repo hosted by Google, which may make getting some fonts a little easier.

(Aside: I find that setting my terminal font size to 9.5 pt generally works best for me these days; 9 pt is too small to read comfortably, and 10 pt makes my terminal windows just that bit too big to fit comfortably on the screen!)

Radioactive hybrid terror pigs have made themselves a home in Fukushima's exclusion zone

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Re: Waiting for the anime version...

While reading the article, I was thinking, "I'm sure there are some scenes in 'Spirited Away' that resemble this…"!

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Re: “maths” instead of “math”

Oooh, rímcræft is definitely a good word, though!

(Never having seen an "i" with an acute accent before, I'm going to guess that it's pronounced something like rhyme-craft rather than rim-craft?)

Five words everyone wants to hear: Microsoft has 'visually refreshed' Office

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Emulation layer on ARM

Hmm, that emulation layer on ARM, if they were to make it available for other program developers to use, might it be time to think that Micros~1 might be about to do their own Project Marklar, to keep up with Apple and the way that CPU efficiency seems to be going, and for Intel (and AMD) to start getting very nervous indeed?

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Re: Is it really "shilling" if what you are pushing is free?

We'll have none of your "Popular" Front of Judea [1] software here!

You wanna stick with the People's Front of Judea, LibreOffice is where it's at these days.

[1] "Splitter!"

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Re: Custom ribbon?

"But now it [has] muted pastel colours and rounded corners"

I wonder if Apple's lawyers are planning to have a word with Micros~1 about that…?

‘Fasten your seat belts, raise your tray table, and disconnect your Bluetooth headsets from the entertainment unit’

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"plans to give ’em ten inches of entertainment"

Oh, behave!

If there wasn't an airline-based Carry On film, there really should have been: "Carry On, Cleared for Landing", "Carry On in the Cockpit"…?

Good news: Google no longer requires publishers to use the AMP format. Bad news: What replaces it might be worse

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Re: Will the Register lead the way?

The Register is a site/publication that has been around long enough that it has probably built up a good reader base over a long time through word of mouth. There is a lot to be said for "first mover advantage". I think I first heard about The Reg when someone posted a link to an interesting article, on a usenet newsgroup, and I found it useful and interesting enough a site that I added it to my browser bookmarks, like you say, but every new website starting up, or wanting to attract new readers, still needs to get its message out somehow.

Word of mouth (or social network sharing, as it more commonly is nowadays) helps a lot, and is probably the most useful way (people are more likely to trust links passed on by other people whom they already know), but it still never hurts to have your site indexed by search engines, to possibly pick up new readers who might not otherwise already know about a site, but who come across an article in the search results for a topic of interest that they were searching about.

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Well said

Well said! All of these (ever-changing) things that Google dreams up are just hoops for web developers to have to jump through, like performing dogs. I at least half wonder that they keep churning these things out to keep developers sufficiently busy bending to Google's will that nobody ever has time to stop and think, "Hmm, is there maybe a better, more neutral, way of doing this sort of thing, or even, is it actually really necessary…"?

How much time and effort will CMS developers (and custom site developers) have had to expend in order to add in support for AMP, and now how much time will have to be spent/wasted to support this latest "hot new thing"? Of course, it's more than likely that it too will be replaced be something newier and (allegedly) shinier after a couple of years? Here's a name they can have for free for the next incarnation: Advanced Dynamic Hypertext Documents, perhaps called ADHD for short (which seems to sum up their approach to many of their inventions all too well)?

Of course, much of the media is its own worst enemy, salivating over any and all news from Google. Perhaps the media (that part without sharp beaks, anyway) needs to remind its readers and listeners that diversity is a good thing: many other decent, and less evil, search engines exist, and so perhaps people should be encouraged to use them more, to get a less biased picture of the web, rather than only those sites that jump through the hoops to please Google's search results?

The world has a plastics shortage, and PC makers may be responding with a little greenwashing

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Re: The world has plenty of plastic

"In any case, I'm of the opinion that when recycling is free and easy, EVERYONE will do it."

Sadly, we'll have to "dream on" about that…

There are plenty of people who just don't care. Most high-density parts of my city have waste dumpsters in the streets, separate ones for recyclable materials, food waste, and non-recyclable waste. There are still far too many people who just throw all of their rubbish into the non-recyclable waste dumpsters, because they're just too lazy or uncaring to sort out their cardboard, cans and plastics. «sigh»

You're right that everyone should do it, but not everyone is socially responsible or (even slightly) environmentally minded, sadly.

Who would cross the Bridge of Death? Answer me these questions three! Oh and you'll need two-factor authentication

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Re: Robots and boxes

"If you don't use Chrome that's considered as suspicious and the chances are you'll be asked to click on more images."

I suspect that it's not that not using Chrome per se is deemed to be suspicious, but that Chrome is designed to slurp up profiling data for its masters and therefore it more likely knows much more about the users (and that they aren't robots, as it's tracking their movements all over the web), and that other browsers (and especially their wise and sensible users) are more likely to be set up to not slurp as much data as Chrome (clear cookies, local storage, etc, etc, on exit, using NoScript, etc) and so Google has less to go on when a user arrives on a site containing its horrible CAPTCHA. There surely has to be a way to implement CAPTCHAs that doesn't compromise the privacy of users.

UK urged to choo-choo-choose hydrogen-powered trains in pursuit of carbon-neutral economic growth

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Re: No all electric

@EvilDrSmith, I've heard from proper train bods that 90 mi/h is just about pushing the limit of what the Southern third rail power supply can cope with. Possibly some trains do reach 100 mi/h in a few places, but for widespread use at those speeds, or (hypothetically) faster, apparently the network power supply infrastructure into the third rails themselves would need to be beefed up substantially (or it would "brown out" essentially).

You can zip around OpenRailwayMap (switch map style to "Max speeds"), if you want to see what the actual line speeds are.

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Re: My thoughts

"That said is someone fitting 3rd rail to the highland lines? I have seen the pictures of the Southern region electrics there."

You are probably getting confused with when ScotRail temporarily hired a few (dual-voltage OHL/third-rail) Class 365s from dahn sarf while waiting for their own new EMUs to come into service.

ScotRail used them only on routes with overhead lines: the only railway in Scotland with third rail is not part of Network Rail and there are at least three reasons why the trains wouldn't fit/work there [1]!

[1] wrong track gauge, wrong size, wrong voltage

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Re: Huh

Correction: "the train from London to Penzance - 305 miles - has only the first 53 mlles electrified" so far.

It's an ongoing project that they are still working on. It may not get further than Bristol or Cardiff for the forseeable future, but that will still be a good step forward when that project is completed.

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Re: No all electric

There is a limit to the amount of power that you can get out of third rail, compared to higher voltage overhead line electrification. I understand that it's just generally not regarded as having enough oomph for trains running at 100 mi/h or more. That's one of the reasons that eurostar was indeed rather limited running on third rail track, not just that the lines themselves weren't designed for high speeds. The fact that the electrified rails are dangerous hazards to people trespassing onto the tracks (not least, incidents stop the trains, and someone has to clean up afterwards) is also a reason for discouraging further extension of the third rail networks.

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Re: No all electric

"On N Wales coast line to Holyhead for the ferry to Ireland, the wires end at Crewe."

I'm sure that at some point EU Regional Development Funds and Trans-European Network funds, helped by the expanded powers of the Senedd, and the increasing focus on improving more sustainable modes of transport, would help to see this route get electrified as part of a key route to Ireland. (The A55 road certainly benefited from such.)

Ah, oops.

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Electrification

"Probably a good idea, but as the UK can't even electrify its lines competently, unlikely to happen."

Scotland has been carrying out electrification works almost continuously since the Airdrie - Bathgate line reconstruction started in 2008, with all routes between Edinburgh and Glasgow now electric, and work ongoing to electrify the few remaining non-electric commuter routes around Glasgow (which the regional authorities have been fairly steadily wiring up ever since the 1960s). Medium/longer term plans exist to electrify the other InterCity routes.

England has been electrifying the Great Western Main Line and extending electrification at least some way further along the Midland Main Line. Hopefully the "Northern Powerhouse" railway upgrading plans will come to fruition. HS2 will, obviously, be electric.

Wales is (hopefully) planning to electrify commuter lines around Cardiff. Northern Ireland's railway network is currently sadly rather minimal, but that's still 3 out of 4 making progress.

So, not perfect, but it is definitely very unfair to say that the UK railway network hasn't been making good progress on electrification in recent years. Even in the anti-rail days of Thatcherism, the East Coast Main Line electrification managed to happen, albeit on a very tight budget and one that resulted in some shortsighted economies, such as overhead line masts being spaced further apart than desirable, which is why, to this day, it still suffers breakdowns more than it should in high winds.

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

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Unhappy

Chips

Wow, you can still get chips for £1 in your chippy? Lucky you! They've been about £2 here for a long time, and many places seem to have jumped up to £2.50 recently, which is way too much. I'd much rather the price was still £1 - £1.50 and you just got a smaller bag: chip shop portions often still seem to be based in a long-ago world which assumes that their customers are mostly manual labourers who will barely have anything else to eat all day, rather than, like most of us, soft desk jockeys for whom too many chips won't get burned off so easily. :-(

(And, yes, my local chippies do contactless, although one of them has one of those annoying stupidly-designed readers where the NFC pad is on the top end, and so you can't see the screen when they wave it at you, leaving you with a worrying distrusting feeling that they might not have keyed the right price (so I don't go there any more))

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Re: That looks cool

"It feels very different handing over notes and getting back coins"

"different" = annoying, in this case (in my opinion) ;-)

I used to have a personal "rule" of never paying by card for anything less than £10, but, with public health recommendations during the Covid pandemic, and the rapidly increasing use of contactless payments by even small retailers over the past couple of years, I've barely used cash at all over the past year.

Yes, bank notes are sort of cute, but British coins are still mostly quite bulky (arguably not helped by there being quite valuable £1 and £2 coins, that you are likely to get in change) and getting any sort of change, especially over more than 2 or 3 transactions, means that coins start taking up an awkward amount of space in your wallet (and, even worse, damaging or wearing out the wallet).

I used to think that wallets with no coin pockets were a very frustrating design, clearly designed for countries where the value cut-off between coins and notes (or the relative value of the main currency unit itself) was such that coins given in change were generally of a sufficiently trivial value to be able to be left as tips or put in charity boxes, but meaning that this style of wallet is useless if you live in a country with a more valuable currency or larger value coins. But now that making card transactions for even small payments is normalised, I think I will continue to do so: yes, the merchants have to pay (fairly) small debit card fees, but they also have to pay bank fees for handling cash at the end of the day, so I can see cash continuing to become less popular (not that we should do away with it, however).

Amazon says it's all social media's fault for letting fake review schemes thrive

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Re: Fake reviews?

There are just so many fake reviews on Amazon (UK) that it's almost unreal.

And, like spam, they are also nearly always quite easy to spot. Often posted by users with very odd-sounding (ie, very non-British) usernames, far too much effusive praise (in a language almost, but not quite, resembling English, a sure sign of a company stooge writing in not their native language) about how they love the product, or are sooo happy with the company (no real person is ever that enthusiastic about the supplier, "pleased that it arrived quickly" is about as praiseworthy as real people generally get), odd fixations about nice packaging, odder fixations about how they are "sure" this will be an excellent product that is definitely high quality and will last them well, even though they have only had it for a few days (or even "just received it thanks to speedy delivery"). Other signs are an even odder emphasis about how helpful the company's support helpline is (surely virtually no genuine reviewers would actually know this as very very few products are likely to go wrong within a few days/weeks - and, if a larger proportion did, it would be a good indication to steer clear of a shoddy product: "this piece of junk broke down and/or fell apart almost immediately but they replaced it quickly" is not exactly a great endorsement) and, best of all, emphasis on how "unlike rival products" they are sure that it will definitely not overheat and catch fire (!) (an odd thing to note explicitly in a review, since that's a baseline expectation that we would normally have of any product).

Yet, when you report these reviews to Amazon, they never seem to do anything about them. Or is it whack-a-mole, and new fake reviews for the product keep getting added as soon as they remove others? Or do simply not enough people report (or are able to see through and identify) suspicious reviews to be able to trigger the removal/review-of-the-review process?

And, while I have no objection to China trying to earn a fair place in modern manufacturing (if they can comply with expected quality, safety, and environmental standards), how come for many product searches, it is only multiple Chinese brands (many/most of which seem to be of variable or indifferent quality (or lack thereof), and I have suspicions that many of these are actually just rebadged products from the same actual factory, so not even genuine alternatives) that you seem to find on Amazon, and very few, if any, known/trusted brands? Yes, many known brands outsource the manufacturing to China themselves, but you would hope they have at least some decent quality controls in place so that the products manufactured for them to their design can have at least some reasonable guarantee of quality and safety?

What's that hurtling down the Bifröst? Node-based network fun with Yggdrasil 0.4

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Re: What's with the Ös?

I guess that "Paranoïd" is sort of legit, if you read the letter as i-diaeresis rather than i-umlaut, where the diaeresis dots indicate that the vowel should be pronounced separately from the preceding vowel (rather than lengthening the pronunciation of the vowel), such as in words like naïve or Citroën. It's probably a bit of a tenuous pronunciation in this case, however.

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Re: Prior usage

I'm glad I'm not the only person whose first thought [1], when reading the headline, was, "Wow, has someone decided to dust off a venerable old Linux distro and start developing it again…?"!

[1] I mean, apart from the Norse gods, of course…

Mayflower, the AI ship sent to sail from the UK to the US with no humans, made it three days before breaking down

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Re: "With no one onboard to fix it"

"The simple answer to that is convoys. Even if you can't eliminate people entirely, having a single fairly small boat full of engineers escorting a bunch of autonomous ships would still likely be a lot cheaper than having to have staff on every boat."

I'd feel sorry for those poor engineers having to endure their ship radio chiming into life every few minutes with plaintive automated announcements: "Unexpected breakdown in the boating area." (And the autonomous ships' consoles spewing out endless bonus point coupons for big hammers (and the occasional spanner) after each maintenance visit…)

Open standard but not open access: Schematron author complains about ISO paywall

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Re: Negotiable Virtue

But should you deviate from the standard, you must be corrected! And I understand some people are very willing to be quite thoroughly corrected.

Three million job cuts coming at Indian services giants by next year, says Bank of America

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Re: I'm half crazy, all for the love of Infosys.

Desi…, Desi… give me your answer… do……?

Stob treks back across the decades to review the greatest TV sci-fi in the light of recent experience

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Re: Outstanding

The author definitely deserves a glass of the finest synthehol for their work! (Or even the real stuff, if they are friends enough with the bartender to know to ask!)

Debian's Cinnamon desktop maintainer quits because he thinks KDE is better now

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Re: KDE = Kmail

There's nothing stopping you running Kontact or Dolphin under a different desktop environment if you prefer, of course. Theme sharing between applications built under different toolkits and running under a different DE isn't perfect, but it's not too bad (although it probably wouldn't hurt if they all collaborated a bit more closely on this).

And the fact that you can sftp: or smb: (or whatever) seamlessly to remote servers through your file manager is common to pretty much all Linux file managers, I think? It is a fantastic feature, I agree (and a great example of modular design). It's a little annoying that MacOS only supports this for smb: and you need to acquire additional software there if you need to connect to other servers (especially sftp, which should surely be regarded as a "first class citizen" on any unix-based OS, bah!).

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I detect a theme here

Apologies for the bad title pun (wait for it), but I'd say that all of the major nix desktop environments are actually pretty good these days, but just in different ways. (I am even that fairly rare beast, someone who really likes that Gnome 3 gets out of your way, but is quickly summoned back with a simple press of the <super> key. I love that it has window switching thumbnail previews ("Mission Control") enabled by default, but I really don't like that they have more recently gone down the stupid path of trying to kill off proper window menu bars (one of the key pillars of the whole WIMP interface, and an essential keyboard-shortcut accessibility feature), so I have, with a little sadness, moved away from it (and, by extension, Gnome applications).)

After doing a grand tour, I have currently settled on Cinnamon (which also features window previews, but you do have to know that it actually does have this feature and that you can enable it (it's in Hot Corners, I don't think you can use a keyboard shortcut for it, unfortunately?), but also the handy feature of allowing window previews (not just icons) in the alt-tab switcher (as well as cover flow, last used, and several others, according to taste)). The thing that none of the DEs sadly seem to have got right for the window preview switcher is that if you have too many a typical power user's number of windows open, the previews end up being too small to distinguish easily (defeating the point): a better way to do it would perhaps be to show a defined maximum number of preview thumbnails on screen and flip down or right to show the next screenful of them if you have many windows open?

But the thing that currently annoys me the most is the lack of nice themes these days (the window borders, titlebars, and buttons). It seems that you can have anything you like nowadays as long as it's a not-quite-right-looking clone of MacOS Aqua, or an unending bottomless pit of horrible, horrible, "Material" ugly flatso design clones (and all of which seem to be almost identical to each other?!): all with titlebars so painfully blackly black (and with no shading, gradients, etc, to give them at least a little bit of "life") that it is almost impossible to tell where one window stops and the next starts, minimal highlighting of the active window/titlebar, and (most annoying to me) too-minimal or no side or bottom window borders and no active window highlighting extending to them. Call me old-fashioned but I like my windows to have a few pixels of clear visibility showing their edges and clearly highlighting (in a visibly different shade, or preferably, colour) which is the active window (also useful for accessibility reasons as well). It's so sad that several decades of good UI design methodology seems to have all been thrown away and forgotten about over the past few years. The whole flatso fail really can't go away soon enough for me!

We've been shown time and again that strong encryption puts crims behind bars, so why do politicos hate it?

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Re: Old encryption is returning?

Are you aware of the Bazalgette sewer system in London? Some of its sewers really are quite impressively large constructions, and are certainly large enough to flush away even the most odious of foul wastes!

Mark it in your diaries: 14 October 2025 is the end of Windows 10

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Re: Obvs

No need to change the name in leap years, that's just them trying to stay on the right side of "honest descriptions" with regard to the accumulated periods of downtime…

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Re: Windows 10 is the last version of Windows,

They're just secretly jealous that Macs go all the way up to 11…

(It's a shame that with a joke that good/bad (and that took them long enough to get there), Apple are now going to go ahead and spoil it so soon…)

The Eigiau Dam Disaster: Deluges and deceit at the dawn of hydroelectric power

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Yes, a really interesting article. I know about the aluminium smelter + hydro schemes at Kinlochleven and Fort William in Scotland, but never knew there was similar in Wales. It makes sense when you think of it, though, similar landscapes and rainfall!

BT 'welcomes' whopping £2bn investment by French telco Altice

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Re: But what about Brexit?

"It's got feck all to do with EU or Brexit. French owned water companies for one. EDF nuclear power for another."

And, back in the day, what was then one2one was bought by Deutsche Telekom, and Orange UK was bought by France Télécom, but both are now owned by, guess who…

International investments and buyouts are strange and entangled things, sometimes.

Linus Torvalds tells kernel list poster to 'SHUT THE HELL UP' for saying COVID-19 vaccines create 'new humanoid race'

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Re: What gets me

"After all, if I went on there and posted that Linux works by magic fairies running around inside my laptop, he would probably say that was ridiculous."

That's obviously ridiculous, any fule kno that Linux (and especially also FreeBSD) works by magic daemons running around inside one's laptop… ;-)

BT promises firmware update for Mini Whole Home Wi-Fi discs to prevent obsessive Big Tech DNS lookups

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BT… Phone… Home…

"BT… Phone… Home…"

Wait, no! Not like that!

This sounds like the dumbest way of checking for internet connectivity imaginable, essentially trying to DDoS well-known sites. Hopefully a future "Who, me?" article will confess why someone ever thought that was a good idea…

Fastly 'fesses up to breaking the internet with an 'an undiscovered software bug' triggered by a customer

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Re: Fastly 'fesses up'

"I notice they don't bother to mention what the 'customer configuration change' was. If I was cynical I might be inclined to think it was something so simple they'd be embarrassed by revealing it."

If that's the case, it could easily be any one or more of [missing|extra] [semi-colon|comma|space between parameters|line-continuation character], unquoted or otherwise not-properly-escaped string containing spaces or other special characters, etc, etc, etc.

With the best will in the world and trying to always get these details right, I'm sure most of us here have probably made that sort of typo/mistake at least once?

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