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We tested all the Ubuntu remixes for resource usage so you don't have to


The future, so unpredictable

Hmmm, have you ever thought about what you'll be doing 9 years from now? Or maybe, what you want to be doing...

Meteoroid hits main mirror on James Webb Space Telescope


Re: Starships doomed

that's why they invented these things called <deflector> shields... what do yo think they are designed to deflect? It's not always just about protection from lasers/phasers.

Clonezilla 3: Copy and clone disk images to your heart's content


I use Clonezilla, but I wish...

I use Clonezilla quite often and for all of my cloning needs (Windows & Linux systems), the interface requires some getting used to, at least for me it did.

My only wish/request is that I wish the developers would move to an OS that did not utilize systemd. For this specific (single-use) application, I would think that it wouldn't matter and it only encourages the (systemd) crap to continue.

I almost stopped using it when Clonezilla updated to an OS that used it. I still use the earlier versions (when I can) that didn't have systemd.

Fans of original gangster editors, look away now: It's Tilde, a text editor that doesn't work like it's 1976


A nice discussion....

I enjoy reading about a lot of different options & opinions on this topic..I may even try tilde...

For me, at the top of the list is cross-platform availability.. I am willing to (and can) learn any editor, the point being that it's just an editor, a tool and as such, I only want to spend my effort/time learning one. For me, that's been emacs (butterfly-effect and all) for the past ~25 (?) years or so. For the last couple of years I've been messing around with visual code (yeah, I know...) just for a change... YMMV

I know vi because it integrates well with sudo to provide capabilities in a restricted environment, not sure how many other editors have similar capabilities..

Just because you can do it doesn't mean you should: Install Linux on NTFS – on the same partition as Windows


Inquiring minds need to know...

Does systemd know about about this?

Is the windows kernel going to be dependent on systemd -or- is systemd going to be dependent on the windows kernel?

"don't cross the streams... it would be bad..."



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


A real engineer..

would have been able to determine the limitations by just looking at the Pi4B's architecture and not wasting money/time on building this monstrosity.

The "GigE" ethernet and the USB3 share the same PCIe bus. That's death for any kind of performance for use as a NAS - As Network requests and drive accesses will throttle each other - reducing throughput. As it is, I believe the Pi4B's GigE really is around 300 Mb/s at best due to the PCIe bandwidth.

A single SSD works and is the most cost effective, highest performance approach with the Pi's (3b & 4b). Done. Simple. Next.... I have several of these in this configuration and they work great, for what they are/cost.

I could never understand why anyone would put Pis in a cluster - perhaps to learn about multprocessing, distributing workloads, but that's LEARNING, not expecting performance.

I'm hoping Pi 5's will have dedicated PCIe lanes for network and USB3 and an open-source blob. That would be cool... And fix the audio, put an amp on there so that it can drive a speaker directly (my wishlist)

BOFH: So you want to have your computer switched out for something faster? It's time to learn from the master


Salesman's yearly laptop upgrade

I once worked (as a dev) for a startup in the late mid-90's. It was a pretty small startup (30 people or so) and I worked closely with Sales. One time he and I were returning from a sales meeting with a potential customer and after just going through the airport, I commented to him that he shouldn't be so rough on his treatment of his laptop while going through security. He said, "If I did't throw it around so much, it wouldn't need to be replaced every year with a newer one.", smiling. It was his way of getting a yearly upgrade. He was the top Salesman in the company so no one really challanged him on this. After the 2nd round of VC funding that saw my stock options diluted 6-to-1 (the first round had diluted them 3-to-1), I had left the company. Eventually the company was dissolved and the IP was sold off to another company.

Darmstadt, we have a problem – ESA reveals its INTEGRAL space telescope was three hours from likely death


Re: " thereby presenting the best argument for ongoing remote work, for every job, forever"

In that picture, I hope that the robot is <done> flipping those particular burgers...

Windows 11 Paint: Oh look – rounded corners. And it is prettier... but slightly worse


There's something in the picture that I'm not seeing

"I really don't understand the totality of Microsoft's game. On one hand, it looks like they are moving away from Windows as a primary product, and on the other, they're making everyone else's life more difficult with these measures. There's something in the picture that I'm not seeing."

My view of what MS is trying to achieve: They are trying for the following:

- Reduce hardware support to a common set, so that testing resources (costs) are reduced. By (arbitrarily) eliminating certain processors, they accomplish this.

- MS doesn't give a crap about Windows anymore - they view it as a service, a delivery mechanism for mining the end user's data. That's all. Any company or persons that develop Hardware-based products running on the Win OS, be aware, your Days Are Numbered (DAN). MS is slowly weaning the small players out by implementing signing (as a service). Eventually they'll get to the walled garden (actually it will be a prison that can't be entered or exited from).

- Even their web browser is now mining end user data, in the name of security

- Starting with Windows 8 (and worse in Win 10/11) is the complete destruction of any sense of real-time operation. Ever notice how the timestamp of a file doesn't change for minutes, after it's been written/closed? The file system on Win 10 is a complete joke. They've sacrificed this for telemetry. Writing software in Windows is exponentially, progressively getting worse, combine this with MS changing their mind and dropping support for a technology (UWP, WPF, WCF, etc.) and it's time to move away from Windows.

Where technology is concerned, MS can't plan their way out of a paper bag...

Thank (insert deity here) that there are alterative OS's.

If your apps or gadgets break down on Sunday, this may be why: Gpsd bug to roll back clocks to 2002


Re: XKCD strikes again!

Actually, XKCD authors are history students from the future and they brought History of the Milkyway Galaxy Expanded Volumes I, II and III with them. To them, it's just history.... :)

.NET Foundation boss apologizes for pull request that sparked community row


Re: Stop writing software for Microsoft for free


Stop testing software (Windows 10, 11) for Microsoft for free

VMware to kill SD cards and USB drives as vSphere boot options


Poor training....

We've been running ESXi 5.x, 6.x for close to 10 years w/ the internal SD card booting. NO issues.

But, on every machine, any tmp/temp files, all log files get redirected to external (Enterprise) storage where possible. This is done to reduce the exact problem they have (finally?) started thinking about: SD card writes.

Rather than making such an idiotic move (eliminating/not supporting SD boot), they should provide some guidance on how to reduce writes the SD card.

Really VMWARE? Stop being lazy.

An alternative is to copy/replace the SD card every once-in-a-while (every year or two?) during a maintenance cycle.

Although, I recently moved to SSD boot for RPi4's for the exact same reason, now that this capability is easier to set up and reversable, but there is also no convenience penalty, like there is on an enterprise system.

Crank up the volume on that Pixies album: Time to exercise your Raspberry Pi with an... alternative browser


Re: Pixies

"right now it's time to... kick out the Chome"

Chrome on Pi is the new IE on Pi.. Except for using Chrome to download Firefox ESR, I have been (happily) using Firefox ESR on Pi for quite a few years now.

This includes installing/running my favorite plugins: Ghostery, Ublox, Adbloc, NoScript.

Yes, yes I do change the agent string to x86, otherwise there are just too many web sites (i.e. all of them), that when they detect ARM, they almost universally serve up mobile websites - web-designers are friggin' idiots...(I'm lookin at you, Amazon).

Live, die, copy-paste, repeat: Everything is recycled now, including ideas


Another title might be "Tech hoardings"

"I never disposed of anything ever since"

- I was chuckling to myself before I read the following line: "Oh, yes, I've had all the beardies chuckling"


Re: "512 kilobyte Compact Flash cards" - I have a bunch of 512MB CF cards because I use them in an older (very expensive Canon 1DsMII) camera that doesn't recognize cards > 2GB. At 16MB imager - the camera is still in service and takes awesome images. I just used it last month to take pictures of my niece's junior prom.

Re: Old 80GB (40-120GB) SATA SSD drives - I have just recently started using this pile to add SSD USB 3.0 boot drives to my Pi 4b's. They make a great pair - performance is 10x over any SD card I've tried.

I just inventoried my "card" drawer and the smallest CF card I could find is 4MB and the smallest SD card I found is 16MB along with numerous CF->PCMCIA adapters - remember those? Cards aren't worth much (now-a-days), but they're small and don't take up much room, so I keep them...

Faster .NET? Monster post by Microsoft software engineer shows serious improvements

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"I've surrendered on that front'.

I haven't yet. As previous posts have stated, it takes a little bit of tuning. And I've also found that preventing access to twitter, facebook, doubleclick almost never causes any issues with displaying pages for the majority of websites that I visit. These are the top websites on my "no-go" list. noscript is actually fairly flexible for tuning.

The biggest issue that I have is that I generally, temporarily disable noscript if while I am purchasing something. e-commerce websites get very knarly if they can't access something and enabling noscript while in the middle of a transaction can result in double charges... Ask me how I know...

Microsoft emits last preview of .NET 6 and C# 10, but is C# becoming as complex as C++?


Time to move on from C#?

I'm fairly comfortable writing software in C, a little less so in C++ and C#. I've been coding for 30+ years and I don't always feel the need to use the latest whiz-bang feature introduced in the latest iterations of C++ and C# (I only use templates in every other C++ project). But I'm getting a little tired of Microsoft's "3" year development kill lifecycle.

I've been looking to make the move to Rust over the last couple of months. With this latest C#/memory alloc feature likely leading to disaster, I think I will be accelerating that move. At least for now, I like the idea that MS doesn't completely control the fate of Rust. There seems to be momentum with Rust and I would like to contribute to the momentum. I'll likely never stop coding in C/C++, but I think Rust will be the path forward - at least for cross-platform work and C# will get left behind (for me).

Please, no Moore: 'Law' that defined how chips have been made for decades has run itself into a cul-de-sac


Re: Transistor physics

I agree re: Moor's Law, but Moore's Law was framed in the known transistor physics at the time. At the simplest level, the transistor is just a switch, 1 or 0. That's it. Yes there are billions of them and they switch very fast, but it is still just a 1 or a 0..

I think (hope) that in the future (hopefully years, decades and not centuries) that a new technology will be discovered that can provide a switch that holds a 1 or 0 state. Maybe somewhere along the way, the (fundamental?) bulding blocks of atoms (quarks?) are able to be manipulated and their states/spins are then used. I suspect that at this point Unified Field Theory will be reality or at least better understood.

I don't think "quantum" computers are the answer right now either. Biologic computers - maybe, but I suspect that solving/understanding the Unified Field Theory will come first.

Of course there is always the possiblity of trinary (ternary) computers becoming mainstream, along with their theoretical efficiency improvement, but Industry manufacturing inertia will likely prevent that.

If I had to do it all over again, I would have entered the material sciences, room temp. superconductors, graphene, carbon nanotubes - cool stuff and much more yet to be "discovered", invented.

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


Re: Most common fault was Magnets

When one has 1 43" Ultra4K monitor (no bezel to deal with).

Visual Studio 2022 Preview 2 adds C++ build and debugging in WSL2 distributions



"While this remains in preview, it is yet another demonstration of Microsoft's determination to embrace a cross-platform world"

Sure, as long as:

- you purchase a Windows OS license from MS

- you purchase a Visual Studio license from MS

or better yet, purchase a Visual Studio subscription.

EEE (embrace, extend, extinguish)

What is GitOps? This is the technical introduction you've been looking for


Re: Everything is a git repo


Haha. Java -- write once run anywhere test everywhere.

Hubble, Hubble, toil and trouble: NASA pores over moth-eaten manuals ahead of switch to backup hardware


Experience is what you get....

When you didn't get what you wanted...

One good deed leads to a storm in an Exchange Server


The most important lesson for Engineers..

One of the most important lessons that I learned early in my (software) Engineering career is:

"Just because you can do some thing, doesn't mean you should do that thing".

This applies to so many things in life.

It is so applicable to technology in the world. Unfortunately, I've yet to encounter a graduate of a university where they taught this.

KISS, when possible.

Make it only as complex as needed, and no more.

Needless to say, I'm not a fan of:


Microsoft wasn't joking about the Dev Channel not enforcing hardware checks: Windows 11 pops up on Pi, mobile phone


TPM in a VM - hmmmm

And realize that just because this early release runs in a VM doesn't mean that the final released OS will be allowed to run in a VM.

I often wondered how VMWare emulates a TPM for a VM. Because one would think that this would be a major source of security issues if the VM were running in a production environment and would seem to be contrary to the TPM concept where simply cloning the VM clones the TPM info as well ? That doesn't seem to be consistent with security.

At some point, I think future versions of Windows will not be allowed to run in VMs. Since Windows 8, the OS is VM aware (the info is shown right in the task manager).

Once MS requires every citizen to have an on-line account to be able to log on, all sorts of things become possible (and a real danger) such as:

- Maybe your account has a special flag (that you need to purchase) to allow to log into a VM

- Maybe your account has a special flag (that you need to purchase) to allow to log into an OS that doesn't find a camera

- Maybe your account has a special flag (that you need to purchase) to allow logging into an OS w/o using facial recognition.

- Maybe as a politiian, you have special privileges that disables logging of certain user activities

- Need more? I can think of many more..

The seeds are being layed now (have been since forced updates in Win 10)

These are some of the reasons why Windows will never be any of my primary machines (for personal and professional use).


"Nothing prevents cameras with hardware disabling features, either to cover them or disconnect them entirely."

Are you sure about that? What happens when the OS finds a mobile CPU/Chipset and doesn't find a camera? Maybe facial recognition is the trojan horse that MS is trying to institutionalize. Maybe the OS won't let you log on/use your machine at all w/o a camera in such circumstances.

But I do agree, I think the camera requirement is more significant than the TPM requirement.

Now that China has all but banned cryptocurrencies, GPU prices are falling like Bitcoin


Now, imagine what would happen to the price of a precious metal (gold, silver, palladium, etc.) if 90% of its mining capacity had been removed?

I can guarantee that its price would not be going down!

It's interesting to note the dichotomy.. between a pure concept vs. physical. Recognize that neither cyptocurrencies or gold have any intrinsic value, but being able to take (and presumably own) physical possession might have advantages.. Both are speculative in nature and not an "investment" in the the classical sense of the word since neither produce anything - the expense is in the mining operation and the result is based on that + an artificial "profit". The latter contributing to the volatility.

Not knowing a lot about crypto, but it seems like it can be manipulated (if a single entity owns enough of the processing endpoints) just like fiat monies can be.

Playmobil crosses the final frontier with enormous, metre-long Enterprise playset


I am holding out for the drone version...

The title says it all.

Fully functional (flying) drone of NCC1701

And then I want the A, B, C (and especially) the D versions (with the outboard phaser that Riker uses)..

Microsoft previews Hot Reload for .NET developers, sets date for .NET 6


Security? -> anyone?

I wonder how many years (and updates) it will take before all of the security holes that this will introduce are patched.

Hackers are going to have a field day with this.

MS had better have a damn-secure way of when this is allowed and when this is not allowed.

MS track-record for security isn't exacly stellar...

Help wanted, work from anywhere ... except if you're located in Colorado


Bottom line: A job/position has a certain worth to a company...

I learned a long time ago:

That every position/job within a private/public company where the goal is to be profitable (so, excluding government positions) has a certain value to the company. If the company has any sense of being organized, the value of that position is known.

This is, for the most part, completely independent of where a potential candidate lives - assuming the basic requirements of remote access, ability to perform, security are met. So to not list a salary range, I call bullshit. It's the oldest game in the world, whoever (you or the employer) gives a range first, loses. This is the same tactic used by car salesman.

But I don't think it's all bad news for the employers, because what they get is a range of applicants that are presumably qualified for the job and have made (or are in a situation) where they can live at the salary specified. The applicant maybe resides in a modest location with a modest lifestyle with a modest pedigree, or not, that's up to the individual - this determines what an individual can accept in terms of compensation. If the employer doesn't get any responses to the range, then perhaps the value of the position is too low, or there isn't anyone available. Either way, the employer needs to re-assess the position's worth, or go without.

I think the spirit of the law has good intentions, we'll see how companies will react.

As other commenters have said, it is a two-way street - each is evaluating the other and both have to accept, there is freedom of choice involved.

IBM compiles dataset to teach software how software is made: 14m code samples, half of which actually work



It seems like this effort is akin to converting a PLC's (programmable logic controller) ladder logic into another programming language or vice-versa. I don't quite see the utility of this. If they're just trying to covert X number of inputs to Y number of outputs, then it is just a state machine. State machines can be very elegant (but those are usually quite obfuscated) or can be very inelegant (and usually easier to understand). Computers are very good for predicable behaviour (even without AI). Granted most, correctly written, software, excluding AI, can be distilled down to gigantic (predictable) state machines. Lucky for us humans.

To extend this thought, this is what FPGA tools already do. Take verilog / VHDL and turn it into a set of bits that define a huuuuge state machine that runs in the FPGA logic gates. Again, this has been done.

Taking examples from human programming for examples of (good) security just seems..... wrong. We (humans) aren't very good at that.

And lastly, why would computer (AI) generated language (designed by humans) to run on a computer be desirable? Once it's generated, humans are going to review and comment on the correctness, after the AI has already generated it based on learned examples (from potentially billions of input examples - both good and bad)?

We go from:

problem -> human -> (programming) language source -> preprocessed -> compiled machine code of choice

And with AI:

problem -> AI -> (programming) language source -> preprocessed -> compiled machine code of choice

Why not just:

problem -> AI -> compiled machine code?

We exist to serve our AI overlords.

AWS to cut Python 2.7 off at the knees in July with 'minor version update' for Chalice


Re: Legacy code's legacy

"Python's decision to stab 20 years of Python codebases in the back was an exceedingly poor one, which may take at least another decade to get somewhat over."



As a 25+ year C/C++ developer on everything from 8-bit micros to Enterpise software, I can't imagine rewriting substantial amounts of code everytime the C++ standard is updated. (Although lately MS is trying its best to break shit from VS2019 update - to update). Java seemed to get it (backwards compatibility) right, at least for a while

I suspect one or more of the following is true of the Python deities that decide such things:

1) They aren't involved in large scale project development where 100000 LOC and 100's of developers are working on a project

2) They aren't involved in projects where the code life is expected to span 5,10 or even 20 years

3) They are lazy because it's much more difficult to add / fix functionality w/o breaking backwards compatibility than it is to keep APIs. I know this because I just finished spending 2 months on fixing an issue w/o API changes to a library, when it would have taken me 1 day if I had made a change to an existing API. This would have forced a relink / recompile of the library by the mulitude of applications that rely on it (yes, my paying customers appreciated this).

4) They aren't involved with developing software that runs on FDA (medical) equipment, where a single change can force the requalifying of the entire software chain that can take months of testing and cost $$$$

I actually don't have much respect for any programming language that relies on non-printable characters to format source code for successful compiling of it.

I usually allow one mulligan (redo) for major version changes, the real question is what will python 4.x be - will it break compatiblity with 3.x? Hopefully the language designers learn from their mistakes.

This idea that all code, everywhere, has to be rewritten every time a spec changes is just lunacy, IMO.

I Know.... ;TLDR

To have one floppy failure is unlucky. To have 20 implies evil magic or a very silly user


Reminds me of the "my PC's cup holder is broken"

Users using the CD-ROM tray extended to hold their coffee cup. This was in the early days of CD-ROMs - when StarBucks and el Grande sizes didn't exist yet. The CD-ROM tray, when opened, would allow a stryrofoam cup of coffee to be suspended.

Also ran into someone that kept having their 5-1/4" floppy disks fail after taking them home and then bringing them back to work. Turns out the spouse was putting them on the fridge door (with a magnet) so that they wouldn't forget to take them back to work the next morning....

Crafty: Cricut caught out by user revolt, but will cloud stop play?


Have cricut, but what to do...

I have a cricut, but it's been packed away since my mother passed about 1-1/2 years ago. It's an older model, based on the fact that it uses the cartidges, of which there are about 30 of them with the printer. She used it a lot and I know it worked without being attached to any computer and not accessing the internet. I know this because I maintained her laptop (and it was/is running Linux Mint the entire time).

I don't know what it's worth (if anything).. I should probably let it go so someone can get some (possible) use out of it.

Re: Cricut's business model. Most of my Mom's friends that did the whole "maker" scene did it to 1) save money and 2) be creative. 100% of them were also on social security (fixed) income. I don't know if that thinking would allow a very lucrative business. Profitable? yes. Lucratively (Obscenely) profitable - maybe not, but what do I know? I've not made millions in the investment scene. Of course if the central banks keep printing 240 thousand million USD per month, inflation will demand that everyone will be millionaires because a loaf of bread will cost $5000. Those who ignore history, are doomed to repeat it..

Don't be a fool, cover your tool: How IBM's mighty XT keyboard was felled by toxic atmosphere of the '80s


Re: Dishwashers

"used to put grotty keyboards through a dishwasher"

Yep, same here. In the mid-90's worked for a company and personally saw the crew that worked on computers systems to use the dishwasher to clean up Sun 3/110 workstation keyboards (optional and very expensive in their day). Worked like a charm, after ruining the first 2 by not removing them before the "dry" (heat) cycle..

By experimentation, they had the best results:

- wash with keys facing down

- no detergent (just hot water)

- remove before heat cycle

- blow off w/ compressed air

- let air dry for a couple of days

Microsoft 365 invites users to 'Ask Me Anything' – as long as it doesn't require a clued-up exec to deliver clear answers


Well, to be fair...

The event was "ask me anything", they didn't commit to being able to provide answers.... That event would have been called maa (ms answer anything)..

That awful moment when what you thought was a number 1 turned out to be a number 2


The $5000 serial port cable

My best support story:

Back in the late '90s the (East Coast) consulting company I was working for had been engaged by a (West Coast) ASIC manufacturer for creating a dev kit for their product. This involved several sequences of them sending us new hardware, we developed the SDK for it and shipped the software back to them to test/integrate with their solution.

After a couple of cycles, I get a desperate call from the mid-level manager (we call him "Grendle") and Grendle was completely distraught that their developer couldn't debug the latest release we had sent. I asked repeatedly that I be able to talk with the Dev and Grendle let loose with a stream of expletives and denied my request. He demanded that I immediately fly out there in person and fix the problem. After getting a written request from him and confirmation from my manager, I booked the next flight out the following day.

I arrived around 10AM (local), took a cab and arrived. I couldn't find Grendle when I arrived, so I just went and talked with the Developer. He showed me what was happening, I looked down at the hardware, plugged in the 2nd serial port cable (which was laying right next to the kit) and said please try again - and it worked, just as it always had in the past (yes the 2nd cable had always been required and in use). I asked the Dev if there were any other problems, he said no. About that time, Grendle showed up.... I explained what the problem was. He got very quiet and red-faced as I walked over to his Manager's office, explained to him why I was here and that I was now leaving. I caught the next flight home - running through the terminal and JUST as the flight attendant was closing the terminal door to the walkway...

A couple of month's later, Grendle was no longer working for the company.. Twit..

Physicists are rather giddy after creating a rare type of laser using laughing gas


Tuned length laser, hmmmm

By tuning the terahertz frequency, you can choose how far the waves can travel through air before they are absorbed, from meters to kilometers

Hmmm, Now when can I order my light saber?

NASA's first all-woman spacewalk outside ISS cancelled – due to lack of spacesuits that fit


In Case of Emergency?

One a serious note, I thought there were enough space suits (that fit?) for every member on board at any given time.

If there was an emergency (air leak via meteor strike), wouldn't SOP dictate that everyone suits up? What - the women would draw straws?

This seems like more than just a casual oversight.. In fact I would suspect that NASA is likely just putting on a good face while much more serious discussions are taking place privately.

Break out the jelly and ice cream! Microsoft's Small Basic turns 10

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"Good luck today competing against the far more portable and useful scripting and programming languages such as python and JavaScript."

This^^. Why would anyone want to start someone young with outdated concepts such as BASIC? I have to think that the entire "team" for small basic is like.... 1 person. Porting to a new .NET framework counts as an entire release? Wow.

Grow into VB? Really? Get a clue MS -> you should be concentrating on hiring more people to test/QA Windows 10, instead of putting out half-baked crud like small basic. MS is so messed up right now, I really have to wonder what Windows will be like 5 years from now...

Look at me! Phone industry contracts nasty case of 5g-itis


What does 5G and 8K TV have in common?

They're both solutions in search of a problem to solve.

I have a difficult time believing that carriers are going to sell this to John Q. Public when faster data will just more clearly demonstrate the "unlimited" data plan and data caps cost to the end-user.

The carriers need this because they dread the prospect of having to compete with each other on BW cost pricing, but hopefully that's exactly what will occur - until industry consolidation occurs at which point there will be one carrier left which will result in a monopoly and no competition to control prices.

I have a difficult time believing that mobile users require this high speed - for what? For updating facecrook pages, twitt messages, sending pics/video?

I just don't see a killer app that needs this?

Perhaps someone can clue me in?

Raspberry Pi supremo Eben Upton talks to The Reg about Pi PoE woes


Okay, I'll say it..

PoE for Pi is Poo-poo

No, eight characters, some capital letters and numbers is not a good password policy

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"30 day password policy"

I don't know why this continues to be considered good practice in the industry. Because it's NOT. All's this does is encourage writing down the password on a post-it and then putting it on the bottom of one's keyboard.

Forcing someone to remember a new password every 30 days is ridiculous - In this age of smart phones, most (99%) people can't even remember a new phone number every 30 days.

And why 30 days? Why not every day, why not every year, why not every 5 years? Where's the proof that this does anything to improve overall security?

This policy actually results in less actual security - find a better way, this one has got to go.

To the original poster: (AC indeed is appropriate).

Keep yer plastic, says analyst: eSIMs aren't all they're cracked up to be


One of the rules of capitalism..

Any time a commercial entity (in this case Apple) proposes a change to a current, working system (such as sim cards) it's usually to the monetary benefit (less cost to manufacture & end-user lock-in to vendor) of the entity. One could say the same thing regarding the elimination of the headphone jack or the lightning connector, the list goes on...

Any possible perceived benefit (real or unreal) to the end-user is purely coincidental and seconday to the previous statement - and is used to lauch a publicity war on the users to get them to accept the change without them understanding the true impact and reason it is being made. - Basically most companies don't give a shit about their customers, they only care about extracting maximum profit from the user's personal worth.

You see, it really is just about profit for most companies nowadays - it's not about being the best at something, or providing the best value, it's just about profit anyway they can get it - it doesn't matter how, when, why, who or what.

Do you really think that any cost savings that Apple gets will be passed on to the consumer? I don't think so. More than likely, Apple will turn this into a profit center - after all, specialized software, infrastructure will be needed along with a surcharge - all under the guise of "security".

(non-E) sim cards work just fine, in fact they work too well for Apple's liking..

(As a side note, I keep reading about how millenials can't afford to purchase a home.. I wonder if not spending the $2500-3000 / year that each one spends on having a phone, premium cable, netflix, hulu, CBS, disney subscriptions and the $400/month lease on that brand new car, would help towards a mortgage - you can't have everything - grow up and choose what you really need - and not just something you "want") - For those that are being financially responsible, I apologize.

Flame away, I stand by my convictions..

.NET Core 2.1 – huh, yeah – what is it good for? Bing, apparently




Top bing searches:

1. "google" "chrome download"

2. "firefox" "firefox offline installer"

3. "midget porn"

4. "how do i clear history"


In the "old" days I used to call IE the "firefox download/installer", it looks like Bing has assumed that role. I run it once only if I don't have a thumb-drive handy with firefox offline installer on it. It's okay if it's out of date, I will update after the install.

I have to admit that lately I have to "hold my nose" with firefox's latest crap because it stinks so much. If there's a palemoon available for the OS I'm on, I will use that instead.

Chrome is not my first choice for a browser due to the auto-updates and because of google data privacy gobbling attitude - I also don't use google for searching (at least not directly). Either duckduckgo or startpage. Duckduckgo actually honors your search term requests, unlike google that ignores them when they have a paid avertiser key word match and then magically all of their products override search terms and show up in the first 5 pages of results..

Using google has become VERY irritating not to mention, very time-consuming having to read and then ignore their "search-vertisements" (you heard the term coined here first :) in the first 10 pages of returned results. Hey google, do you think nobody notices this crap? And I've never liked the fact the returned result link goes back through a google server first before going to the site and they hide this fact by not showing the true URL in the link. "do no evil" - I call BS.

Ever seen printer malware in action? Install this HP Ink patch – or you may find out


internet of tubes?

Is this where they use the "internet of tubes" to delver the actual ink over the internet (which would actually be truly useful) - or is it just another subscription service that replaces the lower cost (to the consumer) of just purchasing the stuff?

inkjet ink has to be one of the worst/best inventions ever.

I am so glad that I use pdfs and tablets now. No paper & no printing costs.. And did I forget to mention that storage, organization and searching of electronic documents is a lot easier than physical media?

Spectre rises from the dead to bite Intel in the return stack buffer


Is it safe?

Is is safe (to connect to the internet)?

Apparently, not yet...

How some might feel when reading about all of these problems:



Forking hell. It's summer, and Windows 10 is already thinking about autumn

Black Helicopters

Re: 17713 is relatively light on features

"I use all versions of Windows from Vista onward every day - and my conclusion is that, from a point of view of getting things done from hour to hour, there's very little difference. Each one has its quirks and they move the various system function controls around but basically, as an end-user, they are all the same."

I think this is kind-of the problem (from Microsoft's point of view, anyways)...

MS needs/wants a continous income stream from Windows and they are trying to get it by:

- Subscription-based Office 365

- Microsoft Store (buying apps, games)

- Inside-OS advertising

In order to enforce this, Window's 10 OS is being used as the jailer (keeps everyone in a narrow user-profile). By enforcing updates, Microsoft can change their marketing and Windows 10 users have no choice but to accept "updates", upgrades all under the guise of better security.

But the problem for MS is the age-old problem of being able to lead a horse to water, but not able to force it to drink (the cool-aid)..

How many "features" has MS put into 10 - Groove, photos, etc? and how many people use them? Hell, I don't even know what 90% of them do and I have no desire to even find out. I just need the OS to run the (mostly non-MS sponsored) apps to get my work done or play games.

And that's really all an OS should do - and that is my primary objection with Windows 10 - that of it being used as a hammer to beat its users over the head with and to spy on them.

I may have to use Win10 at my current job, but the Windows 10 OS is not on any of my 6 machines at home (not even in a dual-boot configuration and includes dozens of VMs). Right now it's 50/50: 3 linux boxes, 2 Win 7 and 1 win 8.1. The win 7 machines are laptops with special HW devices w/ no linux support.

I currently have no plans to ever have a Windows 10 machine within my home network.

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Is it a giant alien space cigar? Whatever it is, boffins are baffled


Re: Rama

"But is it 1, 2 or 3?"

Obviously it's "1". Just look at its shape.

Microsoft says Windows 10 April update is fit for business rollout

Big Brother

Re: Because

"because the download is at least four gigabytes"

It kind of makes you wonder.. 4 gigabyte update...

So, updates typically are not introducing new features, updates remove older functionality and older drivers - why so big?

I guess collecting more telemetry and fixing security bugs would be the majority of 4GB of updates. That's a lot of fixin'... Either way it's not a good thing.

One wonders where this is will be in a couple of years. What's good enough for MS, for an OS? MS still says Windows version 10 is the last OS. How much is our personal data worth to MS & their customers? Is MS's collection of data about everyone worth more than Google's or Apple's or.. Amazon's or.. Netflix's. Me thinks at some point there will be a saturation and at point, these companies will start charging hard currency for access to their systems.

Want to create a Word doc? - 15p per doc or .01p per each word in the doc. Spreadsheet? - 0.1p charge for every cell used. Database? - 0.1p per row of data. 1p for each field. Talk via Teams? 1p per conversation...

Every aspect of every person's life will be owned and we'll have to pay to do anything/everything.

They're already controlling (via fines) water consumption in Ca. If someone can figure out how to control the air we breath, they will.

Just because you don't agree with the conclusion, doesn't mean it can't happen.

Don’t talk to the ATM, young man, it’s just a machine and there’s nobody inside


Reminds me of JAFO

From the movie Blue Thunder (Roy Scheider) - at least that's where I initially heard it.

JAFO = Just Another F'in Observer

In other words not able to contribute anything and pretty much useless...


GNOMEs beat Microsoft: Git Virtual File System to get a new name



Damn,,, you beat me to it. Have an upvote.