* Posts by m4r35n357

89 posts • joined 4 Sep 2012


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


Without wanting to be pedantic, you really ought to open tags before closing them ;)

Microsoft's sought-after tabbed File Explorer gets closer to release


The suspense is almost unbearable

Hope it is worth the wait ;)

Dear Europe, here again are the reasons why scanning devices for unlawful files is not going to fly


Re: It will happen . . .

Good effort! However . . .

I think they are more likely to just not mention the EU aspect. This is something they _want_.


It will happen . . .

Try explaining to Boris/Priti exactly how this is a bad idea, and see how far it gets you!

Fedora backs down on removing BIOS support… for now


Great ideas of our time . . .

"systemd-resolved, btrfs-by-default, and even switching the default editor to nano."

GitHub to require two-factor authentication for code contributors by late 2023


Git is distibuted, so I hear

Learn to use SSH and host your own stuff securely, you don't need to rely on third parties!

Climate model code is so outdated, MIT starts from scratch


Re: Is ML the answer?

Attempting to model a (pathologically) chaotic system with half-precision arithmetic? Ha-ha!

Historical data has low precision.

Extrapolation is _not_ modelling.

Brit data regulator fines five cold-calling fiends £405k


Don't act so helpless. The company knows where it comes from. Just a matter of detective work . . . if there is a will.

Another data-leaking Spectre bug found, smashes Intel, Arm defenses


Re: Actually...

IMO . . . I am not an expert, but have been in engineering/testing since the dawn of home computing, and this is my take.

Speculative execution was created to support the (hugely naive) threading approach to multi-processing.

Mutable shared state has caused countless problems in hardware & software over the decades, and will continue to do so unless it is stopped ;) It is just _too hard to do safely_, for mere mortals!

If you want to use multi-cored hardware efficiently, use processes, not threads!

What do more highly-trained software engineers think?

Govt suggests Brits should hand passports to social media companies


Re: Crazy Idea

Oh YES, I want _so_ badly for them to do this!

Test this new Linux kernel – but don’t forget Christmas or that you have a family, says Linus Torvalds


Emperor Penguin


Confirmed: James Webb Space Telescope team plans launch for this Xmas Eve after data cable fix


I assume you are using gallows humour here. Unfortunately there are too many literal readers around these days, as one astronomer has found . . . https://twitter.com/CatieSlaughts/status/1471092919654359040?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

(link from main article)


One collossal egg

in one huge explosive basket. God I hope this thing gets up safely!!!!

Humanity has officially touched the Sun (or, at least, one of its probes has)


Re: Well done, Parker

Thenk you, bilady.

NASA installs a new and improved algorithm to better track near-Earth asteroids


Re: software used to protect humanity

s/protect humanity/detect impending doom/g

NixOS and the changing face of Linux operating systems


Re: All to be superseded

. . . and Kernel

. . . and text editor!

Want to buy your own piece of the Pi? No 'urgency' says Upton of the listing rumours


This is why we can't have nice things

ARM went abroad, and so will Pi.

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


Re: Hollywood Fantasists

I'd like to see you present a cost-benefit analysis for something that is unlikely to happen, but if it does, we have a 1 in 10^-12 chance that it is in the "goldilocks" speed & mass range, amongst all the other stuff.

Yeah, I know the physics.

You can't cheat Death from the Skies! It is bad psychology to expend effort pointlessly.


Re: Hollywood Fantasists

To those who reply without reading, I never said this wouldn't be successful. I am commenting on why they are doing it, and how pointless it is considering all the ifs (I only suggested a few obvious ones). Oh never mind . . .


Hollywood Fantasists

Hilarious to think people really believe we can solve this "problem" with guns! (_if_ we detect it in time, and _if_ it is small enough, and _if_ it is still far enough away, and _if_ we can still see it . . . etc.)

Even funnier is people thinking we can "just" blow stuff like this up.

UK science suffers as lawmakers continue to dither over Brexit negotiations


Re: Science

You sound like a genuine expert - care to elaborate?

It's heeere: Node.js 17 is out – but not for production use, says dev team


Re: Finally a true cross platform environment

I think you forgot the sarcasm tag!

-Werror pain persists as Linus Torvalds issues Linux 5.15rc2


Re: ssl?

Did you read the article?

Oracle sets its own JDK free, sort of, for a while


Only an idiot . . .

Would fall for this. Come on, how stupid are _you_?

Compromise reached as Linux kernel community protests about treating compiler warnings as errors


Re: Lack of warnings...

Nobody is expecting a compiler to pick up problem domain failures like that. But you can spend more time understanding the problem domain when you are not constantly having to decide which warnings you think matter.



Just do it! Although I think I read about a future GCC not warning about that in the future . . .

You wait ages for a neutron star and black hole to collide, then two pairs come along at once


Re: What about the buses?

I think you are missing that this is a very new field of study, and the detectors are still being perfected. What were people watching on telly 300 years ago, must have been rubbish, because they never wrote about it?

Sold: €15k invisible sculpture that's a must-see for art lovers


Re: Quantum fluctuations

Drummer -> sculptor -> philosopher/physicist?

Still stuck at the drummer stage I think ;)

'Biggest data grab' in NHS history stuffs GP records in a central store for 'research' – and the time to opt out is now


"The enquiries team cannot change your preferences"

"Please see online for your choices"

From the phone answering message (0300 303 5678) . . .

By all means, verify this for yourselves.

Former Senator and one-time astronaut Bill Nelson named as NASA's new administrator


Re: Wait! Bill Nelson? There's only one Bill Nelson

He's turned his Revolt into Style !!!

We've seen things you people wouldn't believe. A halo of light polarized by a gigantic black hole's magnetic field...


That is . . .

some beautifully combed hair? [ducks]

Cisco intros desktop switches, one with USB-C to power your laptop


Re: "when Wi-Fi gets more reliable every year"

Mains (powerline) ethernet is cheap, more reliable than WiFi, & easier than cabling.

Cayman Islands investment fund left entire filestore viewable by world+dog in unsecured Azure blob


Re: Don't Panic ......

My hovercraft is also full of eels.

X.Org is now pretty much an ex-org: Maintainer declares the open-source windowing system largely abandoned


OpenBSD is using Xenocara


Not a fork, but shows that the loss of X will be felt outside the Linux universe . . .

Ubuntu 20.10 goes full Raspberry Pi, from desktop to micro clouds: Full fat desktop on a Pi is usable


Why bother?

64 bit

UK test-and-trace coronavirus data may be handed to police to nab those who aren't self-isolating as required


BBC take the opposing position . . .

Of course they give no evidence & just parrot the offficial view.


UK govt advert encouraging re-skilling for cyber jobs implodes spectacularly


Re: You mean "faux outrage"?

Well the "Arch-Tory" wanted a United States of Europe, so I don't expect he is particularly in favour these days . . . .

Research into deflecting potentially world-destroying asteroids is apparently not a 'national priority' for the UK


Re: People. We can't stop an asteroid, ok? We just can't. Deal with it ;)

I think LEO might be leaving things a bit late . . .


Re: People. We can't stop an asteroid, ok? We just can't. Deal with it ;)

Obviously a couple of people taking Star Trek too literally . . .


Re: People. We can't stop an asteroid, ok? We just can't. Deal with it ;)

It will _never_ be possible. Just do the numbers . . . .


Re: This Makes Sense

People. We can't stop an asteroid, ok? We just can't. Deal with it ;)

At the very last Moment.js: Time-and-date JavaScript library fetched 12 million times a week ends development


Typical JS

Finished code considered harmful.

Relying on plain-text email is a 'barrier to entry' for kernel development, says Linux Foundation board member


Hmm, "pragmatic, plausible sounding" anonymous windbaggery. You guys just don't give up, but we are used to it!

We've come to wish you an unhappy birthday: Microsoft to yank services from Internet Explorer, kill off Legacy Edge by 2021


Title reference


911, I wanna report a robbery. Hundreds of thousands of stars stolen from a cluster. I think it was the Milky Way


Re: Light years not a measure of distance

Explaining how the previous "incorrect" theory fluked all the correct results would be nice too.



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