* Posts by knarf

413 publicly visible posts • joined 8 Mar 2013


Man wins court case against employer that fired him for not liking boozy, forced 'fun' culture


Yeah... seen this before

Worked for a place where "We provide FREE team working events"

The FREE part was giving up your FREE time after work or at weekends NEVER EVER during work day, told me I was missing out, told them I really wasn't.

AI eye-scanner can tell whether you'll croak it from a heart attack


Tin Foil Sun Glasses on order

this will be open for abuse, job interview, ....eh... we will just take your picture...

Intel challenges Nvidia, AMD with trio of workstation GPUs


Thought they binned the whole ARC line up

Rumours abound its binned, just after they appeared in host of you-tube channel with Intel Engineers on hand to protect the priceless cards.

Hive to pull the plug on smart home gadgets by 2025


Thanks for the money but your stuffed.

Will they offer refunds ?

I smell a sue ball inward.

Microsoft says staff layoffs not linked to recession fears


Nothing better than waiting for a payrise or a payoff.

Seems rather brutal to me.

China says it has photographed all of Mars from orbit


Does that mean China owns Mars now?

Asking for a potato farmer

Cars in driver-assist mode hit a third of cyclists, all oncoming cars in tests


Try Scooters in Madrid

There are a lot of them, hundreds or thousands mixed in with cycles and even more motorcycle scooters and motorcycles. It seems works OK with scooters in the middle of very busy roads.

Having a lack of angry UK car drivers screaming "You don't pay road tax" seems to help.

After historic win, Amazon workers at another NYC warehouse reject unionization


Re: Madness

They will get replaced with robots

Intel debuts Arc discrete GPUs for laptops


Buy the time Intel pulls its finger out it will be too late.

They had a chance and they blew it, took too long to get to market.

6-12 months ago as they promised they could have make an impact and gain some customer loyalty and buy in, but its too late, they're offerings are lackluster as best and way too late for a market that is now swamped with over stock.

The folk that would have purchased a GPU for 2-3 times what its is worth already have a GPU or have waited out the shortage.

Hopefully those scalping &£&&^& &^&^&:@ gits have lots of very overpriced stock they can't sell and make massive losses.

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



My Cope with this shit O'meter

Global pandemic OK

Lack of tech , GPUs Grumbles slightly


No holiday travel OK

Dicks not wearing masks Grumbles slightly

UK gov Outraged

Back to the Office NO NO NO.... screams......

A Snapdragon in a ThinkPad: Lenovo unveils the X13s


2 hours of Slack

ok ok 2.5 hours

20 years of .NET: Reflecting on Microsoft's not-Java


20 Years of me DotNet-ing

Still got my boxed version of VS2002

been a wide ride, but you can get code out quickly and likely most .NET 1.1 code will compile (mostly) today.

It did try stuff then abandon it with ease much to the demoanment of some devs and some of the "experiments" where truly awful.

But on the whole its good to work with.

Community has been really good and supportive over the years.

Play Store class action has £15m budget for defeating Google in London court


No Lawyer or backer here cares if Android users get a penny.

Here pleb have £2.50

Intel's mystery Linux muckabout is a dangerous ploy at a dangerous time


Re: if your business model cannot withstand reality, it is not reality at fault

Boardrooms and reality are non intersecting entities, its stuffed with power plays, egos, short term bonuses, gouge markets and customers and then its just a roll of the dice.

Intel would really like to slow innovation and enable better R&D return aka profits, this is what they have been doing for years until AMD kept them awake at night. Now Apple is spinning its own ARM (which it gets for free as its in its original funder contract). Now everyone is going.... hmm... if Apple can (MS was there first with ARM PCs, but as always its original effort was lacklustre at best).

Magnanimous Apple will allow people to fix their iPhones using parts bought from its Self Service Repair program


Cheap Parts even Apple can tell the difference

Reason I like iphones is the cheap parts from Amazon / Ebay,

The iphone 7 I traded in to the Apple shop with a £20 screen from Amazon was good enough to rate it A+ rating. If Apple can't tell its inferior then who can.

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


We've loads of T-series and T14s

These are dev workhorses here as it hard to find light laptops with a 40Gb ram (our dev standard) and the cheapish on site support is offered by no one else at this price. We opt for 4 years onsite.

There are very good if a bit boring looking, hook it up to a docking station with 3 monitors and off you go.

Specs and delivery lag can vary greatly from week to week.

Joint venture: Uber Eats to offer weed orders in Ontario


Uber more expensive than Black Cabs now

But maybe they will have Weedly edge over them as last.

Amazon India execs questioned after sellers allegedly use site to smuggle marijuana


Always wondered who buys those £4K books

Maybe its not a book or maybe a book of leafs

VMware's divorce from Dell is complete: Virtualization giant now a separate biz with $64bn valuation


Spacing Guild of the Cloud

Just supping off enough to survive and then some.

Intel claims first Alder Lake chip is the fastest desktop gaming silicon in the world


Register do your homework

Did you look at the testing they did against AMD chip.... no....

They tested against WINDOWS 11 on gaming, which I would bet my shirt was done before AMD release their new driver to fix the windows 11 performance issues.

So a very large pinch ... bucket of salt is required here.

Indian state cuts off internet for millions to stop cheating in exams


Re: Should move to Yorkshire

You mean the Northman Invasion, likely old Norse language trait.

UK altnet CityFibre's boss on its hopes to capitalise on market churn as fibre broadband rolls out


There are counting people twice

Like me who has choice of Virgin or CityFibre provider.

CityFibre scores extra £1bn+ of funding to plumb in up to 8 million British homes by 2025


I have two fibre lines

Virgin dug up the street about 4 years ago and stuck fibre in

City Fibre dug up the street 1 year ago and put fibre in.

No idea why I have two when other areas have none.

Choice comes down to, do you want the free BT sports with Virgin.

I can also get very Scottish broadband with https://www.brawband.co.uk/ , Although I think they missed a trick and could have called it Baw Band.

RIP Sir Clive Sinclair: British home computer trailblazer dies aged 81


ZX81 was a terrible computer,,,,, but I loved it.

Not sure who else could have put a computer that was so cheap in one of the worst housing schemes in Glasgow. Lead to a fairly successfully career in dev for me so worked out well.

RIP Sir Clive.

Docker Desktop no longer free for large companies: New 'Business' subscription is here


Could be worse, Oracle could buy Docker

Then it would be price per build and enterprise license so complex it makes lawyer cry with delight.

Does the world need another cross-platform framework? Tough, here's JetBrains with Compose Multiplatform


Fix Resharper first please

Its a complete mess and sucks up so much resources that its usable for 5-10min as it spins up.

Been using resharper forever, but recently thinking its not worth it.

Tech spec experts seek allies to tear down ISO standards paywall


It's a racket

Move org to Switzerland because its neutral

Swiss rub their grubby mitts and milk it for every penny.

Just look at all the corrupt sporting bodies.

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


Re: But wasn't the cloud supposed to simplify things?

There is a script for that....

South Korea’s top telco launches 'metaverse'


Ready Player One and a Half

was wondering when someone was going to try this.

Although no Doom World or sadly Dune

Google fined €500m for not paying French publishers after using their words on web


If you can't tax 'em fine 'em

French like any excuse to fine the big tech.

Lenovo says it’s crammed a workstation into a litre of space – less than three cans of beer


Re: Might get a little warm in there

Yes the thermals will be terrible so will get a i5/i7 as it throttles

Audacity fork maintainer quits after alleged harassment by 4chan losers who took issue with 'Tenacity' name


The Audacity of them!!!

Don't think they'd do this in Texas or other stand your ground states.

Kaspersky Password Manager's random password generator was about as random as your wall clock


Get s bag of D20s and Scrabble set

Would be an improvement this rubbish

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


Re: Are one-way tickets

more like sub-optimal then


Do we have to let them back in ?

Sure we could drum up a no return policy for mother earth.

Bitcoin doomed as a payment system and its novelty will fade, says Federal Reserve Board of Governors member


IIts Gambling... mostly

or fools gold, get rich quick, ponzi schemes, money laundering and a novelty.... take you pick.

What it is not is a currency. 1 BTC does not have a defined value in a geographic location. And there are the transaction fees for every transfer who would really put up with that with really money.

We already have digital currency be it USD, EURO, GBP, AUD etc..... I rarely use cash and rarely actually have any on me from month to month.

What you need to know about Microsoft Windows 11: It will run Android apps


Except you can't upgrade most devices running current Win10

Need a 8th Gen intel or more, tpm.

My top end surface book 1 i7 16Gb can't be upgraded.

The community is going nuts already.


I still remember VISTA, went out and bought MACs for the whole family.

Except Apple is less viable than before moving to Mx.

Mensa data spillage was due to 'unauthorised internal download'


As Forest says “Stupid is as stupid does”

I suspect they are trying to be too clever.

Pre-orders open for the Mini PET 40/80, the closest thing to Commodore's classic around


Re: 8k is enough for anyone

We had a ZX81.

Games were blocks moving past blocks and firing blocks at the blocks. Same principle of games today except the blocks are a lot smaller, have colour and there a lot more of them.


I'd be prepared for the power supply caps to pop (explode). Recapping is advised.

FBI paid renegade developer $180k for backdoored AN0M chat app that brought down drug underworld


Re: FBI paid renegade developer $180k

Not sure they had much of a choice.

Steve Wozniak to take stand: $1m suit claiming Woz stole idea for branded tech boot camp goes to trial


Woz all the fuss about

$1M do doing naff all except pay lawyers now.

Woz woz an electrical engineer not software, ok he likely did a fair bit of 6502 on AppleII.

Preliminary report on Texas Tesla crash finds Autosteer was 'not available' along road where both passengers died


As a motorcyclist....

I ride in fear of auto-pilot cars, jes if they are dumber than car drivers I'm in big trouble,

Another platform on which Java will not run – platform 1 of Newcastle's Central Station


Java runs on 3 Billions devices ... .sometimes

Happy path coding and no recovery... bork bork bork

File this next to Mars bars under 'things that should not be deep-fried': Marks & Spencer's Colin the Caterpillar


Pizza Crunch... anyone

Have these in Glasgow not sure where else.

1. Take one really cheap pizza... no 1970s cheap pizza.

2. Dip in batter

3. Deep fry

4. Consume while wiping the grease from your face.

There is no escape: Atlassian to send Jira into places only Excel dares to tread


Its as buggy as hell

All my time logs disappeared yesterday for 2-3 hours. This happens every 6 months or so then they all come back.

No thanks I'd rather use real office apps.

Traffic lights, who needs 'em? Lucky Kentucky residents up in arms over first roundabout



That vid will become a classic, its terrifying.

Maybe a couple or a lot of keep right signs are required.

UK Court of Appeal rules Tiny Computers' legal remains can sue Micron and Infineon over 2002 DRAM price-fixing cartel


Bought a few Tiny Computers

They were mail order only for a longtime and my mates and I used to buy their bare bones machines and add bits as we scrounged up more cash.

Now what IRQ did I set that card too.

Microsoft's Surface Laptop 4 now includes AMD options for biz customers, boasts up to 19 hours of battery life


Re: Runs Windows.

Opposed to the ever increasing walled garden MacOS is becoming.


Re: 19 hours battery life

Thinkpads are great, Yoga are rubbish, all the Yogas in my work have had issues.