* Posts by jelabarre59

1737 posts • joined 16 Aug 2013

'It's really hard to find maintainers...' Linus Torvalds ponders the future of Linux

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Re: I wonder why?

Best plan would be some sort of very complex quantum computer that could try all possible bit patterns simultaneously.

So does that mean "The Ultimate Question" was a compiler for Linux? Or was it that "42" was the ultimate source code?

After 84 years, Japan's Olympus shutters its camera biz, flogs it to private equity – smartphones are just too good

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Re: Lenses

Certainly the phone has completely killed the market for snapshot cameras and now dedicated digital cameras are an expensive niche, but secure because a phone isn't going to have larger sensors, larger lenses (much larger anyway), a good range of interchangeable lenses, decent ergonomics (wrong shape) and a secure tripod mount for time-lapse or tracking exposures.

Smartphone cameras are basically taking the job that the Kodak Instamatic used to fill. They were also useful for servicable, quick pictures, and sometimes gems would arise from the clay. Same with smartphones now. But then as now, if you wanted any better capability, you moved up to better equipment.

It's now safe to turn off your computer shop: Microsoft to shutter its bricks-and-mortar retail locations worldwide

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Re: Microsoft store Vs Apple store

Break your Macbook anywhere from Aukland to Zurich and walk into an Apple store, get it fixed or swapped, your work synched from iCloud and back to work.

Compared to buy a Lenovo/Dell and ship it back to them and have a replacement in 2weeks - It's worth me paying a few $100 extra

Yeah, but in-between, you STILL have an Apple product.

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Re: Isn't it obvious......

You aren't picturing a bunch of polyester class, moderately obese PHBs oggling shiny domain controllers and SQL-Server install disks ?

All depends on how sweaty and bothered they get by oogling. In which case I absolutely *DON'T* want to picture it.

Apple gives Boot Camp the boot, banishes native Windows support from Arm-compatible Macs

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Re: OK, bored now

That's a shame, will have to take it off my list of things to consider when its time to get a new laptop.

It was never a consideration for me anyway. The processor doesn't change that. My only Apple/Mac device is a 10 year old MBP I bought at a flea market last year. It was meant mainly for any rare occasion I'd need access to MacOS. Although lately my daughter has been using it for conferencing with her tutors over FaceTime (and a cheap, used gen 4 iPod Touch could do the same thing).

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When work gave me a Macbook (against my protestations that I'd rather have a laptop with a decent keyboard) I booted Linux on it without Boot Camp. Admittedly I wasn't interested in dual booting anything else on it though.

At least at work we had a choice between a MacBook Pro and a ThinkPad. Give me jet-black sleekness any day (and it's a decently sized model, not one of those wimpy X1's).

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...and you could easily buy a Dacia Sandero to achieve the same ends. But it doesn't look as flashy in the office car park.

But James May would be impressed (at least until Clarkson drove a truck over it).

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No reason you can't emulate x86 to run Windows in a virtual layer. Just don't call me to complain about the dreadful performance.

Isn't that one of the capabilities of QEMU? It's usually used these days for processor-native virtualization, but it can also do "User-mode emulation" and "System emulation". Definitely slower than native virtualization, but hey, you're running MSWindows, you should be used to "slow".

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Terminal Services.

You can rent one in the damn cloud on a pittance-per-hour basis now.

But if you're on the move, you may not have the connectivity or bandwidth needed to do it.

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Re: Downvotes

I have asked, in all seriousness if the PI can be managed via a similar MDM system. I have a project at work that needs multiple small computers to control various screens around the building.

And that sounds like a very reasonable request. I don't know that anything in the rPi firmware could provide that functionality (that level of system engineering is outside my experience), although I wonder if some sort of "hat" for the rPi could provide that functionality. Or perhaps there's some rPi-like SBC that has the capability.

After huffing and puffing for years, US senators unveil law to blow the encryption house down with police backdoors

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such priorities

So our country is (in some cases literally) burning, and our Congresscritters are too busy trying to stick their noses where they don't belong, rather than doing their actual JOBS.

As the saying goes: "if 'pro' is the opposite of 'con', then what's the opposite of 'progress'?"

GitHub redesign goes mobile-friendly – to chagrin of devs who shockingly do a lot of work on proper computers

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Re: I'll tell you what you want...

It wouldn't be the first time that MS has done this. It is almost as it the words 'if it ain't broke don't fix it' are not allowed inside Planet Redmond.

It's more along the lines of "If it ain't broke, 'fix' it till is IS broke".

Ex-barrister reckons he has a privacy-preserving solution to Britain's smut ban plans

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Maybe for a really clever age verification system. have it ask for random obscure trivia from 25 years ago. If it isn't the latest and greatest thing, they wouldn't know or care (how many kids these days even remember "Gangam Style"?). Find trivia that would require a Wikipedia search (or even better, TVTropes); they'll get so caught up in hyperlink-jumping ( https://xkcd.com/609/ ) that they'll never get time to actually view the pr0n.

Facebook accused of trying to bypass GDPR, slurp domain owners' personal Whois info via an obscure process

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Re: What do you think it is about

still, there has to be room for play in the system, as I intend to ask for turdburgers, and post online about them too. then see just WTF I actually do get when I eventually arrive for my dinner LOL

Well, if you're going to McDonalds, that's what you'd be getting anyway (although I would say that the one-and-only time I went to a White Castle, they looked and tasted like pressed sludge dredged out of the Hudson River).

Features vs compatibility: Google Chrome team promises more 'rigour', but what does that mean?

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About the only thing Google is "rigorous" about is censoring and demonetizing anyone who doesn't spout Google's approved form of "goodspeak".

Bend me, shape me, anyway you want me: Teradata talks up cloud integrations in bid to fend off native competition

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I don't think I'd want to do business with a company called "Snowflake", sounds too much like Marvel Comics' stupidest and worst idea for comic-book "heroes" ever devised.

But liking the "American Breed" reference in the title (OK, originally recorded by The Outsiders, just that The American Breed's version is more well known).

Faxing hell: The cops say they would very much like us to stop calling them all the time

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Re: I called the cops

The other issue in the US is the Area Code for Westchester County NY is 914. And as 4 is right under 1 on your standard touch-tone phone, it's possible to mis-dial that. Surprisingly only happened once (being dialed from a VoIP phone in 914, where it required the area code for *all* calls, we wouldn't bother prefixing with "1")

Huawei going to predict the future? Nope, say company leaders when asked about Joe Biden winning US election

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"We don't really know what Joe Biden stands for," said Sir Kenneth Olisa, Huawei board member.

That's OK, I'm sure Joe Biden doesn't remember what he stands for either.

If Fairphone can support a 5-year-old handset, the other vendors could too. Right?

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Re: Consumers aren’t being served by Android

And yes, typing this on an IBM Model M + Thinkpad X220 while listening to the radio via my Leak Stereo 20 valve amp - bit of a pattern here... :-)

Close enough. Except *my* work machine is a P50 (and yes, Model-M keyboard). My home desktop machine is a used HP Pavillion Elite I picked up for $5 at a flea market, and added in other spare/scavenged parts. Everything else around the house (laptops & family desktops) are scavenged & cobbled together too. (turntable and the Tandberg receiver are on top of the record shelves)

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Re: I expect that I will be downvoted...

Likewise with my Microsoft Lumia 950 XL from 2015.

Updated until the end of December 2019. Apps still updating.

It's a sad situation where **Microsoft** made a phone OS that was more open and better supported than iOS or Android. Engineering-wise it may have stunk, but you presumably could have fixed a lot of it's design flaws with extensions and add-ins (OpenShell for WinPhone maybe?)

Someone got so fed up with GE fridge DRM – yes, fridge DRM – they made a whole website on how to bypass it

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Penny for your thoughts

And in the midst of all this, a particularly stupid idea has reared it's head again...


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Re: Entirely legal

Well I know that Telefunken (TVs), are just re-badged Vestels from Turkey

Telefunken is still around? Granted, the Telefunken we have here is an early-1960's Concertina, so I couldn't even get close to a comparison.

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Re: Entirely legal

One thing a malicious hacker *might* do is to program your WiFi enabled aircon to be part of a DDOS attack, or to send millions of spam emails.

And who's to say the crap firmware in the air conditioner isn't already vulnerable anyway, regardless of what app you're accessing it with (but most likely the piss-poor outsourced one from the manufacturer).

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Re: Entirely legal

Then they should print that in big bold lettering on the first page of their warranty:


Using other than our brand of [whatever] voids this warranty.

I'd be in favor of it being printed on the top of the "EnergyGuide" label. Just to be sure the potential buyer gets a chance to see it before purchase.

GitHub to replace master with main across its services

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specialist? expert?

So I guess if you have become well experienced, competent and knowledgable in a subject, you can no longer be said to have "Mastered" it?

I guess Brian Ferry will have to rename his song "Underling to Love"? Yeah, that's real catchy.

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

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Re: Never understood this

Everything is a poison in the wrong context. Relative risk is the important issue.


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Re: Never understood this

Anyone know who's been tasked with hanging one of those signs on the sun?

At one time I would have suggested Jerry Brown, but he's of no significance now. These days I'd probably start with Joe Biden (except he'd probably forget what he was doing half-way there).

Moore's Law is deader than corduroy bell bottoms. But with a bit of smart coding it's not the end of the road

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Programmers that require hardware to bail them out of performance problems could do the industry a massive favour and move to another profession.

Yes, but they'll just move into management.

Don't panic: An asteroid larger than the Empire State Building is flying past Earth this weekend but we're just fine

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Re: Units of measurement

Well, as a Yank I kind of understand the size comparison (having been to NYC on more occasions than I would have liked), but shouldn't it be rated in Albert Hall's or something? (and wasn't it already determined how many holes it takes to fill the Albert Hall?)

If Daddy doesn't want me to touch the buttons, why did they make them so colourful?

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Re: Press the button Max ...

More like this Ren & Stimpy clip...


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Re: More of a Who Me? except he got away with it

And of course, a whole generation brought up to think about "price" rather than "value" feeding the supply side of that.

I tend to look at price, because I figure the expensive stuff is just as crap as the cheap stuff. If it's at all possible to judge build quality, *then* I look at that first.

Amazon declined to sell a book so Elon Musk called for it to be broken up

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Re: Amazon is a shady bookstore

And when you pop over to the Korean or Japanese book sections to see what's new, you find yourself drowning in softcore porn rags.

Hey, I at least buy my hentai doujin from INDEPENDENT vendors...

Google+ replacement ‘Currents’ to end beta and debut in G Suite on July 6th

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Re: Oh, you can opt out. Trust me.

All it means is they'll be migrating my non-existent data from a service I never used over to a different service I'll likely never use either. Don't think it will be hampering my work.

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Re: Another artificial need

But Slack doesn't let me log locally (so I can search back texts *without* having to use Slack's CRAP interface). But hey, it's the latest thing all the kids are raving about, even if it is fecking useless.

Repair store faces hefty legal bill after losing David and Goliath fight with Apple over replacement iPhone screens

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Apple lying??? Who'd have thunk it?

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Re: You kill our right to repair, we'll stop buying your over priced tat.

Could toss together some amateur production (live action or animated, either works) and post it on Youtube, LBRY, Vimeo, etc (the other sites besides YT because you KNOW crApple will manage to get YT to pull it). Heck, do a Japanese version and post it on NicoNico.

Sure, won't get as much visibility, unless you can find a way to play the "Streisand Effect" when Apple demands it get pulled.

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

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Re: Driven to Linux by M$...and Linux turns out to be wonderful!!

An additional tip there as well:

When you're making that local account, Setup insists upon asking for "security" questions (I had been picking random ones and providing a single colorful answer). Then I found if you*didn't* provide a password, it wouldn't ask. You can then add a password later on, after the install is finished, and before you re-attach to the network.

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Re: Vendor support is one thing...

Content providers like Amazon, Google Play, Apple, AAA game developers and publishers, and subscription based cloud services from Microsoft (looking at you MS Office), and the MPAA need to realize that they are missing legitimate profits (not just income) from the Linux Desktop.

Yes, would like to be able to buy from the iTunes store on my Linux system (or even Android, but I see that as even less likely). Heck, let me buy from a web-browser. Streaming music isn't any use to me (I don't have nor want to use mobile data for listening in the car), and most of the anisong/J-metal/Touhou doujin/Vocaloid music I'd want just isn't available in the US otherwise.

(and as long as Amazon insists on their 1-Click scam as a requirement to buy digital media, I'm not buying from there).

Watchdog slams Pentagon for failing – for a third time – to migrate US military to IPv6

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Expansive? Expensive?

on its third attempt to migrate to the expansive internet protocol

did they mean to say "expansive" or "expensive"?

I am surprised though that the DoD didn't become involved in the specification early on, so that their issues (security & such) could have been addressed while the spec was in development. Seems precisely the sort of thing they would have wanted a say in.

With all the difficulty of implementation so many companies have dealt in, and the seeming resistance in various areas, maybe we *do* need to go back and re-evaluate the spec, and write a new one. Not expecting such an idea to be easy or quick, but it at least needs to be considered, even if the idea gets rejected later, it could spur on some creative thinking. Or how readily could an extension to the spec be designed for the security-minded, something that looks to the outside to be regular IPv6, but enough additional routing information for the routers at the edge of their networks to know what the traffic really is (and no, I'm not talking about setting the "evil" bit).

80-characters-per-line limits should be terminal, says Linux kernel chief Linus Torvalds

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Re: not the terminal, the punch card

And one quickly learned to sequence by tens or hundreds in order to allow for inserting patches.

I recall the BASIC system on our PDP-11/20 in high school had a "resequence" application, which would run through your program and re-number the lines by 10, and adjust any line number calls.

If we're so damn smart, why don't we have $12 keyboards with the touch and feel of IBM Selectric typewriters?

Properly done, it would cost more than $12 to build. You'd need a rumble motor to get the throbbing of the Selectric's motor, a sound card to simulate the sound of the type-ball with every keypress (and probably a slight vibration for the action as well). And custom round keycaps need to be molded. (do modern mechanical KB switches have enough travel in them?)

Western Digital shingled out in lawsuit for sneaking RAID-unfriendly tech into drives for RAID arrays

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Indeed, all of Western Digital, Seagate, and Toshiba's many, many competitors as hard disk manufacturers must be rejoicing.

That's the sad situation we're in, isn't it?

VirtuaVerse: Cyberpunk point-and-click throwback with ace chiptune soundtrack put out by... a metal record label?

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Ah yes, I love MASTER BOOT RECORD's music (yet another of those genres with an odd classification: "synthwave metal"). Grented, my favourite release of theirs is INTERNET PROTOCOL[1], but this one should be good too.

The artwork in the game looks like what you'd see in a lot of vaporwave music videos.

[1] with track titles like this:








After 30 years of searching, astroboffins finally detect the universe's 'missing matter' – using fast radio bursts

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Re: average office

Perhaps "picoHilaries", with one "Hilary" being the density of your average Hilary Clinton supporter.

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Re: I can lend you a tape measure if you like.

Volume measured in Cubic Cubits?

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Re: ...but does it really "matter" given the state of Humanity?

Depends on whether you're speaking of Mean, Median or Mode averages.

5G mast set aflame in leafy Liverpool district, half an hour's walk from Penny Lane

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Feel free to correct me where I am wrong ;

Beings born with XXY, XXY or XYY are recognized scientifically as being male.

Of course, now I can't find the original article through Google. But here's a couple articles that refer to XXY females.



strange enough that I was originally researching this in order to create a made-up condition based on it for a fanfiction story I was working on. I had thought the condition was Non-Klinefelter XXY, but Google is proving useless on that. As I recall, it referred to cases where female XXY patients had even successfully carried a pregnancy to term.

Ardour goes harder: v6.0 brings 'huge engineering changes' to open-source digital audio workstation

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How about...

, and plugin support for AudioUnits on macOS, VST on Windows and Linux, and LV2 on all platforms.

VST? Actually I'd be impressed if it supported VSQ files.

Motorola sticks a suit on Moto G Stylus mobe, pushes it towards European corporate types

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input device

Styluses aren't a great general input device –

Styluses *are* a good input device if you have large hands, and mashing your big fingers on a small screen (and yes, even a "phablet" screen is small, when you have large hands) is far less productive than a stylus.

US cable subscribers are still being 'ripped off' by creeping price increases – and this lot has had enough

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Maybe at the moment, but you do realise that the aim of those companies is to get rid of the "or" by not licensing their content to their competitors?

So I don't get Disney's crap content. No loss.

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Re: Taxes and fees

Did you know that the stations that you can free with an antenna charge a fee to put their free channel on your cable?

As a cord-cutter, I find it most irritating that "Cable" channels available as streaming content as well insist upon proof that you are a cable/fios subscriber before you can view them. Now these aren't premium channels, these are channels that SHOW COMMERCIALS as part of their feed. If you watch it on streaming, you will still get commercials. So they're already getting paid for their content, and your viewing of their channel only increases a billable viewership. But apparently that's not enough for them. So I just say "screw you" and watch something else, I have way more content to watch elsewhere that I'd never have time to watch all of it anyway.


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