* Posts by DropBear

4720 posts • joined 4 Mar 2013

SpaceX staff condemn Musk's behavior in open letter

DropBear

Re: Shut up and do your job!

There's a place and time where to mock the whole "woke" thing, fully deservingly. THIS IS NOT IT.

Lightweight Linux distribution Slax rides again with v11.2

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Facepalm

Please do excuse my late reply - sorting this out was nowhere near the top of my list of priorities. However, new developments suggest the problem (as usual) wasn't on my end - there is aparently a closed bug on the Slax bug tracker attributing this problem to, uh, "blkid" simply not noticing nvme partitions (until pointed out to it by explicitly running it with those as arguments (!!!)) in spite of the rest of the distro/kernel having zero problems with nvme on any level. It's as nice a demonstration of "only use any Linux variant if you LIKE having problems all the time" as I've ever needed or have seen.

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FAIL

Oh, good... CAN IT BOOT FROM A NVMe disk yet?!? Cause ever since I moved my previously WORKING setup (which still boots W7, W10 and Mint perfectly fine) the Slax boot option is the only one that still chokes AFTER managing to actually take control. No idea what its problem is, and it's not like there's any kind of help available.

Semiconductor average lead time breaks half-year barrier

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"Grew"?!? WTF? We've been getting year-plus delivery terms on some fairly common ICs even back in January...

Why the Linux desktop is the best desktop

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Re: LibreOffice, for example, is every bit as good as Microsoft Office

...and more often than you'd like - it's ONLY available as source. And frankly, screw that.

DropBear

Re: LibreOffice, for example, is every bit as good as Microsoft Office

Except MS doesn't control or own most of the apps REAL LIFE FOLKS use.

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FYI

Loophole: Windows AME.

DropBear

Re: Simple? My arse!

XnviewMP. With absolute authority. It's so well established, it's one of the few image viewers that already has plugin support for the brand new QOI image format...

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Re: ... and to a racing driver, F1 isn't hard, either

WTF? I absolutely CAN re-arrange my Win7 start menu just fine. Well, yes, it's actually "Classic Start Menu" but why on Earth would anyone use anything else...?

DropBear

Re: The joys of Linux

HAHAHA. No. My boss won't even let me work on my PC unless I absolutely have to, or gets out of his way to turn the damn thing on LONG before I need to use it, because the win10 on it - not powered on every day - wants to apply updates EVERY TIME IT'S POWERED ON, and every time it prevents the machine from doing anything user-facing for any number of dozens of minutes. No, the machine isn't a many-core beast, but it isn't exactly obsolete either - this is just the nature of "YOU DON'T NEED TO WORK, I HAVE MORE IMPORTANT STUFF TO DO NOW" win10 updates.

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FAIL

NO.

Sorry, you're objectively wrong. And Linux is not so much hard to use, it's a **bitch** to use.

See, you're referring to the "appliance" use case. Let me browse, play some music, edit a document in Libreoffice - yeah, chances are you can do that with zero fuss on any hardware, any distro. The problem is, the SECOND you try using Linux AS A COMPUTER, IT WILL FIGHT YOU FOR AS LONG AS YOU KEEP ATTEMPTING TO USE IT. And I don't care about your counter-arguments, because whatever they are, they are invalid, full stop. Or maybe you'd like to explain how come one can't even check a file hash recursively with "rhash" on ANY distro currently seeing as how ALL releases bar the unreleased Github master branch are utterly broken...? And yeah, that's just the latest punch in the gut - as someone who does, in spite of all this, try to use Linux, I know for a fact that the number of those punches is legion, and they NEVER stop. Yeah, Linux is a sharp tool; but it's for card-carrying masochists ONLY.

EU, US close to replacing defunct Privacy Shield II

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Facepalm

NO.

I am basically forced by financial circumstances to "live in my mum's basement", and I can't afford to buy food without looking at the sticker price; yet I am supporting NOYB because this bullshit HAS to stop somewhere, and right now they are the only ones doing anything about it. That's all. Oh, and fuck whatever new "agreement" they manage to come up with.

Microsoft says hello again to China, goodbye to Russia

DropBear

Well, if all else fails I guess there's always ReactOS...

Intel energizes decades-old real-time Linux kernel project

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Facepalm

...and this is why I still MUCH prefer a GRBL firmware running ON A MICROCONTROLLER (a humble Arduino Uno) to a RT-enabled LinuxCNC running ON A PC. You want real-time? Stop fooling the fuck around and use actual hardware fit for the job (which admittedly the quoted Arduino example is NOT the best example for in 2022, for that particular job (CNC) - even though it's still doing it in a quite honourable fashion...)

Your app deleted all my files. And my wallpaper too!

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Re: Guilty.

Maxed and... uh... well, by any metric of "how many years since xxx came out": also maxed...

DropBear

Re: Concepts are hard to understand

Noooooo nonono. What you do is install the free Agent Ransack. And never have an issue finding anything ever again, ever.

File suffixes: Who needs them? Well, this guy did

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Well...

Not after XP, whereas no action of any consequence has more than a 50% chance of you being allowed to perform it, regardless of what you try. Frankly, I'm way tired of not being able to tell my own PC "DO NOT EVER DARE TO ASK ME AGAIN ABOUT ANYTHING THIS PARTICULAR PROGRAM WANTS TO DO, EVER, NEVER. JUST LET IT DO IT. YOU FUCKING PIECE OF FUCKING SHIT."

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Re: file extensions

...then you find yourself downloading a job to a modern laser cutter in 2022 which still insists the name CANNOT BE LONGER than eight letters. Then you sob. Simple as that...

DropBear

Dunno about "nice" - I freak out instantly as soon as I can't see file extensions. On any OS. Whether or not they determine a file's fate, those extensions are meant to convey vital information that I need to be aware of.

Should we expect to keep communication private in the digital age?

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No.

Fuck the theory. I fully intend to keep my private communications forcefully private, undisclosable to other parties whether or not they have legal support to access it, decryptable only via keys held solely by the intended recipient AND NOBODY ELSE. And I do this in spite of having nothing more exciting to discuss than where and when to have the next pint with my friends. And guess what, if they are insane enough to outlaw encryption I'm fully prepared to keep doing it nonetheless via steganography by sending lolkitty pics back and forth for as long as it takes. Because it's simply NONE OF THEIR GODDAMNED BUSINESS, no matter what I have to say to that other bloke.

Online retailers delaying sales of Raspberry Pi 4 model until 2023, thanks to a few good chips getting scarce

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FAIL

Re: 2023

"Not uncommon" is not the same as "not thoroughly motherfucking insane". This has gone on for long enough, and we don't even have a clear unambiguous answer as to why ALL chips are STILL basically unobtainium. One would expect human civilisation to get its shit together faster than this even after a nuclear winter, so no, sorry, this doesn't compute. Unless you are going to tell me that on january 1st 2021 ALL chip foundries were erased from the face of the Earth in the blink of an eye, I'm not interested in whatever their current excuse is supposed to be.

Waterfox: A Firefox fork that could teach Mozilla a lesson

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Facepalm

Your only choice is to ask "how high?"

"Pale Moon kept the pre-Australis UI, it's still single-process (so more memory-efficient), and it still supports classic Firefox extensions"

WRONG. Palemoon stopped supporting legacy extensions with <ICantBeBotheredToLookItUp> version, and I stopped updating it instantly. Also, the "Waterfox Classic" version that still supports those extensions IS DEAD AND UNUSABLE WITH HALF A BILLION WEBSITES RIGHT NOW. Roughly. So, basically, legacy extension support is DEAD. I HAVE to use Chromium just to access everything PaleMoon and/or Waterfox Classic simply utterly fails to access anymore. The writing is on the wall, it's up to you to read it, no matter how much one would try to hold out.

NASA advised to study up on what open source, free software, and permissive licenses actually mean

DropBear

Well I know what I expect when I see software advertised as "open source"; then again, there's nothing technically in there that would invalidate the term should it turn out it's basically involving an NDA TO ACTUALLY DO anything with that source you're "open" to inspect.

D'oh! Misplaced chair shuts down nuclear plant in Taiwan

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Picard facepalm

That a chair _could_ do this is absolutely asinine, and a full-blown design disgrace.

Myanmar Junta delivers harsh cyber law and more IP blocking orders

DropBear

Oh my. I clearly DID get it right - Good to know Burma IS is still a shithole.

Samsung floats autonomous ships as ready to sail in 2022

DropBear

So they got something that can steer things that are supposed to have nothing else around them for many many miles...? Genius, I tell you...

No joy for Julian Assange as Uncle Sam confirms it will keep pushing for WikiLeaker's extradition to America

DropBear

To think that I kinda liked Biden so far. Well, fuck that peasant.

Companies toiling away the most on LibreOffice code complain ecosystem is 'beyond utterly broken'

DropBear

Re: This is grim

I firmly believe expecting anything from the mainstream GTK team is insanity - that path is dead, full stop. On the other hand I would have exactly zero problems with a _template_ based solution for the under-a-dozen pieces of software I'm _forced_ to live with in my distro - I'd be more than happy to hand-craft their menus ONCE so I can finally live in peace, hamburger-free...

DropBear

This is grim

I'm in the same boat here, just installed Mint only to find it riddled with G3 nastiness sprinkled all throughout. There's some hope for the future with Xfce Classic or STLWRT but right now neither seems to be much help yet.

Windows might have frozen – but at least my feet are toasty

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Did the custom ISA card thing too, and the pucker factor is notable indeed; but probably the scariest was turning on my ZX Speccy clone after plugging my hand-made Kempston interface in. Even the straight-to-PCB connector was hand-crafted (wouldn't even dream of where I might buy one back then), and you were connecting straight to the CPU's address and data bus: short/load/drive it wrong, and your precious, too-expensive-to-replace machine is now a brick. Well, apparently the Magic Smoke Gods were smiling upon me that day...

China's Chang'e 5 probe lands Moon rocks in Inner Mongolia

DropBear

Re: I'm reserving judgement

I'm pretty sure this predates Wallace and Gromit though - I've first seen the cheese plot in "Se il sole muore" (1965) by Oriana Fallaci. It's a good book, worth checking out...

Dodgy procedures doomed Arianespace's Vega before it even left the launchpad

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Re: Are they really saying there were no design issues?

FFS, we're basically an underground East-European sweatshop and we're still not allowed to deliver the cables we make without a full all-pins-to-all-pins connectivity test, for every single cable shipped...

SpaceX Starship blows up on landing, Elon Musk says it's the data that matters and that landed just fine

DropBear

Wings will do next to nothing for you on Mars, and this thing is engineered from the ground up to go there. Starting right with the choice of fuel.

DropBear

Re: re: Go SpaceX

This is 2020, there's no "middle" class anymore - only the poor, the obscenely rich and a few folks here and there hanging on for dear life in-between.

LibreOffice 7.1 beta boasts impressive range of features let down by a lack of polish and poor mobile efforts

DropBear

Re: UI coding isn't that bad

I did tangle with a modest piece of cross-platform desktop software with a GTK-based UI, and I can tell you that I literally shied away from implementing certain features simply because they required messing with the UI, as opposed to some others that didn't. That's how "satisfying" UI coding is for those of us NOT doing it day in and day out for a living. On the other end, I was ecstatic to be able to use an UI generator for some of my stupid little KiCAD Python automation scripts - being able to just pick up the data from a field in a wxdialog I never had to implement myself and run with it doing the thing I actually wanted get done was a truly marvelous feeling.

When you're On Call, only you can hear the silence of the clicks

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All I know is I'm quite wary of "click here to commit to purchase" buttons and there is no way in hell I'd click one a second time, sober or five minutes away from alcohol coma, if the first click fails to result in an appropriate acknowledgement. I gladly prefer to forfeit purchase and try again the next day (once I'm sure I really have no orders on standby) rather then end up ordering duplicates or triplicates of whatever I'm squandering my money on. Maybe working for a bank de-conditions one from such basic survival instincts, but I have my doubts...

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Facepalm

This. Also, while touchscreens can make this gnarly, desktops are by no means immune - modern web UI (I'm looking at you, accursed Polymer) is perfectly capable of derailing four-five clicks in a row, by first delaying response anywhere between five and fifty seconds, then shifting the UI and THEN processing my click to whatever NOW happens to be under it (which should be its own reason to bring back capital punishment). Murphy of course makes sure this causes maximum possible damage, with preference towards the most destructive action present anywhere on the UI, which just happened to be not too far from what you actually tried to click on before everything shifted...

DropBear

Re: Well Worded Oncall Agreement

Well-known effect, documented ages ago. See Ballmer Peak...

Ethernet failure on Swiss business jet prompted emergency descent, say aviation safety bods

DropBear

Re: FCS is not new.

I'd also argue that I've had my brake vacuum assist "turn off" in may car (due to another small vacuum hose splitting at the end and starting to leak badly), and let me tell you the only reason I didn't full on crash into the vehicle in front of me when it happened was that I tend to drive hella cautiously. I defo did skip a beat though seeing as how the effect can best be described as "step on the brakes and nothing whatsoever happens" even though technically they do still work, you just have to apply roughly 10Gs worth of your body weight on them to do what they did before. So I'm sorry, no, modern "luxuries" in a car are NOT, in fact, luxuries.

Thunderbird implements PGP crypto feature requested 21 years ago

DropBear

Re: Encryption should be automatic

Re: your link: "Error 503 certificate has expired" - is this some kind of meta?!?

Aviation regulator outlines fixes that will get the 737 MAX flying again

DropBear

Re: Pilot training

None of that answers the original question though - implementing it with incremental corrections instead of a single action was not due to some misreading of the spec; it was a deliberate change because the original implementation wasn't effective enough reducing flight characteristics back to that of the original plane's. This suggests going back to the original open loop implementation won't be able to do that either.

So it's still a valid question - did they find an alternative way to make it authoritative enough to make the plane behave like another (and if so, how will THAT guarantee not to crash more planes), or did they just give up all pretence of "it's the same plane" and implicitly agreed to incur re-certification of all involved pilots...?

Space station update: Mystery tiny but growing air leak sparks search for hole

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Trollface

Re: Call a plumber

Only if you have a heck of a mighty spring in your leg and manage to kick off strongly enough retrograde to land before your suit's air runs out...

Tractors, not phones, will (maybe) get America a right-to-repair law at this rate: Bernie slams 'truly insane' situation

DropBear

Re: Really good?

Sorry for the "ever-so-slightly" tardy reply - It's a Yamaha Virago XV535, type 2YL. I think it's 1994 or so... don't have the paperwork around right now, sorry.

The seven deadly sins of the 2010s: No, not pride, sloth, etc. The seven UI 'dark patterns' that trick you into buying stuff

DropBear

Re: Two such patterns missed completely

Sadly, no. Eastern Europe. Same practices though, I presume...

NASA to stop using names like 'Eskimo Nebula' and 're-examine' what it calls cosmic objects

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Trollface

Re: ... and how about the black holes?

Current scientific trends agree here with current social ones - clearly, they should actually be called DARK holes...

DropBear

Re: Human Nature

It's simply a witch hunt. And there are always people who recognize that there is power to be had by spearheading any movement the zeitgeist happens to be favouring; if you say the things people want to hear you get to manipulate them. The power other people lend you when they rally behind you can always be focused and used to get done the things you want done, and do in the people you want done in...

Here's why your Samsung Blu-ray player bricked itself: It downloaded an XML config file that broke the firmware

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Devil

Re: The Internet of break things

Faraday has entered the chat and started typing...

NASA delays James Webb Space Telescope launch date by at least seven months

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Flame

Sure thing, and if the Draco thruster RUD would have happened to NASA they would have deemed that proper procedures absolutely require no further Dragon flights within this century, until the very last one of the their bureaucrats catches up filing their last report to the relevant committee. Because, clearly, you either work to three hundred nines or have no business flying stuff.

LibreOffice community protests at promotion of paid-for editions, board says: 'LibreOffice will always be free software'

DropBear

Re: There is a third way

Dear Lord. If mature players and tentacle sex are essentially the same thing to you, you badly need to get out more.

Readers of a certain age will remember GPRS: Old insecure tech from turn of millennium still haunts 5G networks

DropBear

Well, you know what happens when your old smartphone suddenly kicks the bucket and you're forced to fall back to your previous Symbian S60 smartphone (that incidentally was capable at doing literally _every_ _single_ _thing_ your "modern" smartphone could do) that just happens to still be working...? Well, for one, you WILL NOT connect to any webpages whatsoever considering they all transitioned to https in the interim, which your hopelessly-out-of-date-both-by-cyphers-and-certificates old phone will absolutely refuse to have anything to do with. Yes, even a simple Google search. Except... until you try wap.google.com WHICH WILL STILL WORK AND DELIVER YOU SEARCH RESULTS. Yes, motherfucking WAP. Yes, in 2020. Cower at the might of legacy tech, ye fucking mortals...

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