* Posts by jgarbo

322 posts • joined 3 Jun 2013

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Geneticists throw hands in the air, change gene naming rules to finally stop Microsoft Excel eating their data

jgarbo
Linux

Re: I must be missing something...

Using LibreCalc on Linux. Input DEC10 and it stays there. Never seen this problem. Is it only Excel?

jgarbo

Re: How?

BR**ST??!! How dare you mention that evil appendage that nourishes the new born. Call for the guards.

jgarbo
Facepalm

How old are the children doing this work? "Derogatory science" is an oxymoron, you bloody morons. It's fcuking science! Kindergarten researchers must now be accompanied by parents' affidavit of family sanity...and niceness.

[I despair]

Venerable text editor GNU Nano reaches version 5.0 and adds the modern frippery that is scrollbars

jgarbo
Linux

Re: Cult?

I use MC and its internal editor daily and much. Nano is for masochists.

jgarbo
Devil

Re: Cult?

This peculiar Christian fascination with suffering to achieve is amusing. Give me easy that does the job faster and keep your self-flagellation for weekends. S&M is for sex not computing.

SpaceX pulls off an incredible catch, netting both halves of its Falcon fairing as they fell Earthwards after latest launch

jgarbo

Is it cost-effective? One-use cones v. reusable + parachutes + retrieval vessels + personnel + refurbishing? I'd like to see some (non-Musk) numbers.

Mozilla unveils $4.99/month subscription-based VPN, says it won't hang onto user logs

jgarbo

Re: Bad timing, sigh

How much better is it than say, Opera's built-in VPN & WebRtc blocker, which hides your IP, or Brave's built-in Tor-mode private browsing?

China’s preferred Linux distro trumpets Arm benchmark results

jgarbo

Democracies?

Both Japan and South Korea are authoritarian vassals of the US, itself a fascist state whose "elections" are rigged. That doesn't let China off the hook, though its village, county, provincial, and national elections are democratic, ie people vote for candidates, but then neither are the US and its two servants paragons of virtue. Do more research.

Linus Torvalds banishes masters, slaves and blacklists from the Linux kernel, starting now

jgarbo
Headmaster

Proudly ignorant

Would these SJWs please take Etymology 101 before banning every other word in English. Blacklist has nothing to do with ethnicity or BLM or IOU or WTF, etc. Stop the nonsense. A few changed words will not covert bigots to saints. It takes more..such as intelligent thought.. Yeah, I know, too hard.

FYI:

blacklist (n.)

also black-list, "list of persons who have incurred suspicion, earned punishment, or are for any reason deemed objectionable by the makers and users of the list," 1610s, from black (adj.), here indicative of disgrace, censure, punishment (a sense attested from 1590s, in black book) + list (n.1). Specifically of employers' list of workers considered troublesome (usually for union activity) is from 1884. As a verb, from 1718. Related: Blacklisted; blacklisting.

Don't make any sudden moves: Huawei urges UK government to wait before declaring it 'unreliable'

jgarbo

Re: Too late Huawei

Huawei have been in UK for 20 yrs, from 2G-4G. Suddenly 5G is a threat? If they wanted to bug you, it's already happened. But hey, kiss Trump's ass, pay far more for US-bugged Ericsson kit and smile.

Trump's bright idea of kicking out foreign students unless unis resume in-person classes stuns tech, science world

jgarbo
Devil

Re: PSA

That depends on his owners. The voters have no say. Can Trump keep up the charade while his owners pillage what's left of the US? The BLM distraction is working, dogs chasing their own tails, destroying their own neighborhoods, killing each other. Yep, those morons deserve him for another term at least.

jgarbo
Happy

Re: Does the Big D.T. talk to mayors at all?

Which's what we did in Thailand. Tough lock down for two months - bars, restaurants, pubs, markets, discos, dept stores, malls, sports. No booze. Borders sealed. Local groceries, 7-11, pharmacies, medical services OK. Out of 73 million, we lost 58. Only new cases in 40 days are Thais returning from infected countries. Lock down now relaxed, almost normal but masks, distancing recommended.

But we have an ex-military PM, who gives orders but listens to doctors, who run the Covid19 program. It's working. Internal travel now allowed. Just opened limited southern holiday resorts to selected nationalities, who must be Covid free.

Strange not seeing the smiles of Thais but now they smile with their eyes. The Mystic East...

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

jgarbo

Re: Free

Exactly. Free software, but companies (that make money from the software) pay for 24/7 support, modifications and training. Honest, reasonable, and mildly profitable.

Linux kernel coders propose inclusive terminology coding guidelines, note: 'Arguments about why people should not be offended do not scale'

jgarbo

Re: Loaded words replaced by euphemisms

So everything and everyone becomes "nice". Murderers, rapists, and other horrid people are now "less nice". Oh, I feel holier already...

Linux Mint 20 isn't exactly bursting with freshness but, hey, there's kernel 5.4 and it's a long-term support release

jgarbo

Switched from MInt after some years, due to no support for Qt, which runs some of my new apps. Went to Kubuntu, which is F1 Ferrari compared to Mint Family Saloon for features, tuning, precision, esp. for touchpad. Frustrating to set set up due to so many choices, but fixed unfixable Mint problems. Upgraded to Kubuntu 20.04. Excellent. Sorry old Mint, even though Mint XFCE can handle Qt, doesn't do the rest..

University of California San Francisco pays ransomware gang $1.14m as BBC publishes 'dark web negotiations'

jgarbo
Pirate

Re: So, nothing important was encrypted

Or someone inside UCSF is getting a cut of the million. Easy, untraceable pocket money...

US Department of Defense releases list of firms allegedly linked to the Chinese Army. Surprise surprise, Huawei makes an appearance

jgarbo

Re: In China

You mean kicking out US backed murderous warlords, eg Chiang Kai-shek, who went on to slaughter the locals in Taiwan? Or someone else?

jgarbo
Devil

Re: The Reg might note however

Any large, influential telecomms company will automatically be under intel surveillance and eventual control. Inevitable. Cook's squeaking about iPhone sanctity is a farce. We can crack any iPhone here (Bangkok) in 20 min for about $5. Smile included.

Section 230 authors despair of Trump, Barr, Biden, US Congress’ aggressive ignorance of critical tech law

jgarbo
Facepalm

Trump & Co don't know?

Yes, a clear, concise article. More importantly, to me at least, it proves there is, contrary to general opinion, intelligent life in the US. Nevertheless, just two men don't make me optimistic.

Australia's Lion brewery hit by second cyber attack as nation staggers under suspected Chinese digital assault

jgarbo
Devil

Re: An Attack or a Screwup?

More likely some fool is updating Windows. Why would the Chinese govt attack a beer maker? TsingTao is already better than Oz suds.

Australian PM says nation under serious state-run 'cyber attack' – Microsoft, Citrix, Telerik UI bugs 'exploited'

jgarbo

No Prime Minister, it's not a Chinese cyber attack. One of the new staffers tried to update Windows, that's all. Call your administrator...

Register Lecture: The Death of the Gods – through a tweet darkly

jgarbo
Facepalm

Call me after the Covid plague lock down of "Gee, what Opportunities now I'm out of Work" passes, the vigilant citizenry subsides back into torpor and complacency and the questioning few question the money they spent of "Mindfulness" courses.

I'll be down the local, in a corner with my pint, watching the next generation of world changers. I was with the last lot.

US Air Force wants to pit AI-powered drone against its dogfighting hotshots in battle of the skies next year

jgarbo
Black Helicopters

Equal equipment, AI wins. No emotion, no TopGun crap, just kill.

Huawei launches UK charm offensive: We've provided 2G, 3G and 4G for 20 years, and you're worried about 5G?

jgarbo
Boffin

Re: The bigger issue is rising Chinese power

1. Uighurs not tortured. Those who fought for ISIS (CIA) in Syria are detained. The rest are given instruction in Mandarin language and taught trades.

2. Riots in HK provoked by US via NED, over lack of implementation of UK promised reforms. Remember Hong Kong was "occupied Chinese territory" for a century. They're taking it back.

3 Taiwan was occupied by CIA backed Fascists under Chiang Kai-shek in 1949, local Formosans massacred. China wants it back.

2. Surveillance is about the same as UK (you have more CCTV/capita) and the US (has NSA).

4. Freedom of Speech? Watch CNN in the US today. Enjoy...

5. Xi is still elected every 5 years, if the party agrees (and he has many rivals). No president for life!

6. US is increasingly totalitarian, while UK is trying but can't work it out yet.

El Regers might know some code, but very little about the world. Do more research, children.

China's silicon-self-sufficiency plan likely to miss targets due to Factories Not Present error

jgarbo

Right. Number of employees and even budgets are irrelevant. Chips are made by machine not hand. Money? Look up PPP - a yuan goes a lot further than a dollar (30x?).

Secret: the Chinese are inventive, competitive, co-operative and tireless. Give them 2-3 yrs and call back.

Smart fridges are cool, but after a few short years you could be stuck with a big frosty brick in the kitchen

jgarbo

Re: Never understood this

Expected. But is he on the net, to call in the ambulance?

Trump's Make Space Great Again video pulled after former 'naut says: Nope

jgarbo
Big Brother

Re: 450 cities protesting racism

Relax. Trump will go when his owners say so, not before. They, not the voters, installed the fool, and he's done a good job: tax breaks for buddies, division of the rabble and lower middle class, outrage among the minorities, while the Fed's owners give themselves a few trillion bonus for all their hard work. They see the empire's finally got too expensive to maintain without milking the locals, who are finally waking up. Trump's orders are ignored, his decisions reversed daily. Does he even notice? So relax, the owners have it all under control.

Hey Mister Prime Minister ... Scott! Can you get off my lawn please, mate?

jgarbo

Re: GIT ORF MY LAWN

Correction: "Git orf moi lawn".

Lenovo certifies all desktop and mobile workstations for Linux – and will even upstream driver updates

jgarbo
Linux

Re: I've had a penguin on my desktop for years!

Download the new app, "How to house break your penguin", for free but the fish can be expensive.

Microsoft's carefully crafted Surfaces are having trouble with its carefully crafted Windows 10 May 2020 Update

jgarbo

You mean like they did with Nokia?

jgarbo
Trollface

Been wondering, too. They obviously don't do software, so how do they turn a penny?

Watch an oblivious Tesla Model 3 smash into an overturned truck on a highway 'while under Autopilot'

jgarbo
Stop

Re: I get that the cameras may not have picked out the truck...

More to the point, it didn't see a big white "thing" on the black road? Surely an obstruction.

Insider threat? Pffft. Hackers on the outside are the ones mostly making off with your private biz data, says Verizon

jgarbo
Boffin

Motive is irrelevant. Theft is your loss. Stop scratching your head for reasons, just stop it.it.

Long after Linux, Windows Server Containers finally arrive on Microsoft's Azure Kubernetes Service

jgarbo
Big Brother

Re: Only a Matter of Time

Brother and pals at Microsoft, "making Linux great" for us hobos, fascist mentality that bans dissent. You must have a happy home life, roasting puppies that bark too loud. Hint to your pals (your brother's lost): Microsoft needs far more help than Linux.

Guess who's back, back again. SE's back, tell a friend: 2020 reboot looks like an iPhone 8 and even shares components

jgarbo
Paris Hilton

What's new? Naught...

When you start bringing home old girlfriends, your admirers know you're over the hill. "Yeah, face lift but still saggy, mate."

Grab your Bitcoin while you can because Purse.io is shutting up shop in June and you could lose the lot

jgarbo
Devil

Re: Respect

Small potatoes. Real money launderers use "respectable" banks, eg HSBC, Wells Fargo, Citi, for big washing, and they use USD not BTC.

Things that make you go zoom: Huawei rolls out pictastic P40 phones, no Google Play Store in sight

jgarbo
Facepalm

Are you really worth spying on?

Russian state-sponsored hackers have been sniffing Middle East defence firms, warns Trend Micro

jgarbo
Devil

Re: Capt'ain Obvious

Outrageous! We all know that spying in the Middle East is done only by the NSA & GCHQ. Cheeky Ruskies...

Microsoft's Bill Gates defrag is finally virtually complete: Billionaire quits board to double down on philanthropy

jgarbo
Black Helicopters

Re: Would you like to be fried with that?

Gates stole/invented Microsoft to benefit mankind? When you graduate kindergarten I'll find you an asylum.

Now that's what I call a sticky situation: Repairability fiends open up Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G, find the remains of Shergar

jgarbo
Pint

Re: legislate! legislate!

These defiant gestures might salve your conscience but the end-of-the-world is nigh, whether you reuse chopsticks or batteries or not. Your carbon footprint is a smudge on the landcape compared to industrial, unstoppable demolition of the world. Relax, have a pint, and read your email.

Smartwatch owners love their calorie-counting gadgets, but they are verrry expensive

jgarbo

Xiaomi's one of the expensive "Smarties" here (Bangkok), but there are loads of good Chinese models for ~$30. Even Xiaomi's quite cheap.

https://www.lazada.co.th/catalog/?spm=a2o4m.home.search.4.1125719cVfupkn&q=xiami%20watch&_keyori=ss&clickTrackInfo=textId--1760641680269778447__abId--154857__pvid--055e7bb2-884b-4c5f-988e-7752c0b28a19&from=suggest_normal&sugg=xiami%20watch_3_1

Larry Tesler cut and pasted from this mortal coil: That thing you just did? He probably invented it

jgarbo
Happy

Re: Newton - MessagePad

I do that everyday, on my Note 4. Scribble to editable text.

Call us immediately if your child uses Kali Linux, squawks West Mids Police

jgarbo
Facepalm

Re: Be a government informer! Betray your family and friends! Fabulous prizes to be won!

But is he sharpening the bread knife with no bread in sight??? You have spawned a potential serial killer! Oh dear...

Yahoo! hack! payout! nearly! approved! and! the! question! is! how! to! spend! 60! cents!?

jgarbo
Facepalm

Re: Fortuanately ?

You mean people keep sensitive, important information of a web-based email account? And leave their house key under the mat, and pray for rain in a drought? Oh well, idiocy is more common than thought.

Iowa has already won the worst IT rollout award of 2020: Rap for crap caucus app chaps in vote zap flap

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Apple finally clambers to top of phone market again as spider-eyed iPhone 11 lures fanatics out of the shadows

jgarbo

Only one in town is best?

Business colleague bought an iPhone 11, meh, then for fun bought a (cheaper) Huawei Mate Pro 30. He kept the Huawei and gave the iPhone to his little daughter. "No f**king comparison. iPhone's dead." And he's a very patriotic American...

jgarbo
Paris Hilton

You mean it's better than your previous older iPhone. Why the euphoria? Shouldn't it be?

jgarbo
Facepalm

Re: Already way too expensive

For Snowflakes "glam" is value. Next...

Vendor-bender LibreOffice kicks out 6.4: Community project feel, though now with added auto-█████ tool

jgarbo

Re: LibreOffice Draw

Yes. The keyboard is amazing, isn't it....</sarc>

Gin and gone-ic: Rometty out as IBM CEO, cloud supremo Arvind Krishna takes over, Red Hat boss is president

jgarbo
Boffin

It's not Bombay, ignorant racist. It's Mumbai...

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