* Posts by jelabarre59

2015 posts • joined 16 Aug 2013

Parler games: Social network for internet rejects sues Amazon Web Services for pulling plug on hosting

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Boy, don't you ****ALL**** sound like a bunch of whiney socialists. Your far-leftist chum and her puppet president are in, so stop complaining.

Looks like THIS is another site I need to stop frequenting, as there's no longer any useful ****TECH**** information, just a bunch of complaining that the world hasn't caved in to your demands.

And let's see just how long this stays until ElReg's Gestapo takes it down.

What happens when a Chrome extension with 2m+ users changes hands, raises red flags, doesn't document updates? Let's find out

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Re: Who still uses extensions in Chrome anyway?

That simply means it becomes landfill in some 3rd-world country rather than ours.

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Re: Who still uses extensions in Chrome anyway?

I also had been using an old Acer AspierOne 32bit machine for the small/portable device (biggest problem being the GCocs offline extension not working there). Although a crazy/weird idea has been to replace the mainboard in it with a rPi4.

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Re: Who still uses extensions in Chrome anyway?

The biggest problem with Chromium over Google Chrome has been that the Offline GoogleDocs extension only works under actual GChrome, and there is no intention in either camp to fix it. (I'm mainly using GDocs for some of my fanfiction/original fiction).

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Re: Easy solution: Build everything from source!

You mean you can't run Linux on the Commander X16?

Ad blocking made Google throw its toys out of the pram – and now even more control is being taken from us

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I would offer the opinion that they're cheap-ass. Looking after an ad-blocking list is likely hard work which costs money, and has to be pushed/pulled to the home firewall. Much possibility for things to go wrong.

By that logic, Belkin home routers are PERFECT ad-blocking routers. They go about that by reaching complete failure state within two months.

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Re: Subscriptions: watch out for that.

But beware a subscription with autopay, unless you truly believe you will never, never, never want to cancel it. Just sayin'.

For a brief time there were CC companies providing on-time-usage credit card numbers. Even if a company was hiding their autorenewal opt-out (on the rare occasions where they allowed you to do so), they'd never be able to auto-bill you. I can guess just how *THAT* convenient service got shut down.

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Re: Nothing wrong with ads ...

I might end up having to pay for youtube (never clicking anything) or lose it

Never EVER pay them. It's like paying extortionists, and only encourages them.

Besides, don't want to give them any money to underwrite their dead-end agenda.

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Re: Nothing wrong with ads ...

I have a *REALLY* simple way of avoiding adverts in YouTube videos; just watch videos that YT finds offensive to their extreme-leftist socialist agenda. They'll demonetize them right quick (although I notice they ALSO put their obnoxious little banner message under *ANY* conservative-leaning video, obnoxious little shits that YT are).

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

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Re: Whilst I agree that cloud collaboration is important these days...

I had bought a later-model Nook Tablet specifically to do such work, but then again that particular tablet had a keyboard attachment with a *physical* connector rather than using Bluetooth. Just a shame the setup turned out to be complete crap (a bluetooth keyboard would actually be MORE reliable than the P.o.S. that was made for the Nook).

Arecibo Observatory brings forward 'controlled demolition' plans by collapsing all by itself

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Re: Very sad, but...

I think you **ALL** missed the sarcasm in that comment, didn't you?

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Re: ::insert moment of silence::

That said, I have no idea how you would replace a cable supporting a 900 ton object safely, although i suspect had the other cables been up to spec, they probably could have disconnected any cable that needed replacing and rely on the other cables to support the weight while the faulty one was replaced.

I expect that's how you would plan for future maintenance. If, say, a system needed three cables of a particular spec, you'd have at least five (allowing for an unknown near-fail status in any of the remaining four) meaning you always have at least the three you need in place when replacing one.

But maintainability doesn't give YOU the politician any usable credit, nor does it help your cronies 20, 30 or 40 years down the road.

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Re: ::insert moment of silence::

Biden and the rest of his ilk would only be interested in it of they could paint "Defund the Police" on the dish.

Who knew that hosing a table with copious amounts of cubic metres would trip adult filters?

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Re: Cubic metres? cm^3? ?? What is its abbrev.??

Given the way fanfic seems to lean, judging from the few times I've been persuaded, against my better judgement, to dip my toe in the slightly-murky waters (and usually regretted it), I'm amazed that there's enough left after it's been filtered.

It's still possible for it to be cleaner. My own work tends towards the "Shojo-ai" end of yuri, and no "lemons".

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Re: Inside joke?

...until they realised the helpdesk team would answer the phone by saying "hello, CFI Care"

Might that not have counted under "truth in advertising"?

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Re: Cubic metres? cm^3? ?? What is its abbrev.??

But it shows the problems with simple pattern matching filters - taking context into account would allow things like summa cum laude, end everything would be oojah-cum-spiff.

You should see some of the weird pattern matching on Fanfiction.net's discussion forums. You can call someone "Richard", but not by his 4-lettered short name (at least they merely blank out the "offensive" bits with asterisks, and not outright reject the messages).

Master boot vinyl record: It just gives DOS on my IBM PC a warmer, more authentic tone

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MBR on vinyl?

I thought maybe Master Boot Record ( https://masterbootrecord.bandcamp.com/ ) were releasing an album on "vinyl"...

(mmm, yes. synthwave metal. My favourite track is "ftp")

HP CEO talks up HP-ink-only print hardware and higher upfront costs for machines that use other cartridges

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Unprofitable

If any company is that concerned about me being an "unprofitable customer", I an more than happy to save them the "aggravation" of it with any future purchases or recommendations.

Calls for 'right to repair' electronics laws grow louder across Europe

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Vintage

"Obsolete electronics stuffed in the loft"???

Now, if people hadn't been doing this all along, the retro computing/gaming scene would be well out of luck, wouldn't they?

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Re: Rechargeable batteries and also "non-supported hardware"

Loss of software support: one example (sorry Google, you're not the only culprit), Google phones go for ~3-4 years before support runs out. The devices themselves are good for easily double that. Many laptops, tablets etc similarly affected. Ongoing support probably should be required to be doubled.

As far as Android devices are concerned, locked-down boot systems should be banned as well. If the manufacturer decides to stop providing updates, you should be free to load LineageOS or whatever AOSP-based firmware replacement you prefer to the device (or even a non-Android OS if one exists for it). Maybe go so far as to have a (non-locked) UEFI-type firmware where you can simply install your preferred OS much like you can still (for the time being) install on a standard PC.

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Re: Deliberate Brick

The very idea that you should have to use a 3rd-party service to configure your equipment is just wrong in itself. Doesn't matter whether you have to pay for the service or not, although your example shows a major reason WHY it is so bad.

It's one thing that was so much better on the PalmOS compared to the Android/iOS environments we have now. You could sync all your information locally to your PC with a simple serial or USB cable, and no dependence on squirting your data to a dirt-floor shack in Bangalore (or worse yet, a snooping server run by the CCP). Sure, you can set up something like NextCloud, but under PalmOS you didn't even have to do that.

I've long suggested we need a PalmOS-API superset for Android that would allow us to restore that functionality. Then we could go back to locally-managed contacts, notes, to-do lists, etc, and keep them out of the hands of snoops and companies looking to screw us over whenever possible.

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Re: @Dwarf

Please stop with your A-level economics. You have to take into account asymmetric information, where I do not know that the piece of equipment is difficult to repair, and cartel/oligopoly behaviour, where there are only a few manufacturers of a product , each of whom does the behaviour. You think HP could get away with their ink shenanigans if there were genuine, well-informed, choices available to consumers?

Exactly. The information needed to make a considered, informed choice is wilfully and intentionally being held from the public. And likely to become even worse under the incoming administration. It's the same way withholding the facts of the Hunter Biden case caused people to vote for Harris/Biden, even if they wouldn't have had the media not been intentionally suppressing the information.

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Re: @Dwarf

Well, there's no protecting idiots from themselves, right-to-repair or not. And perhaps jamming the thermostat wasn't the intention, but rather the result of incomprehensible design.

And for the idiots doing stupid things, the best you can hope for is for them to Darwin themselves without taking anyone along with them.

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Re: @Dwarf

Wasn't an oven fan I had to replace here. The wiring harnes decided to burn itself out at the main control panel. Doing the swap of both wasn't a bad task in itself, but actually *FINDING* a replacement wiring harness took FAR too long, with Sears constantly pushing the ship date back because they didn't know when (or if) the manufacturer would make replacement ones. I even tried hunting the harness down by the actual OEM of the stove.

Have to keep replacing toaster ovens because it's impossible to get to the control boards (and this is even with a high-end Breville, which was actually the worst one to dismantle; it was like an Apple of toaster-ovens).

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Re: How do they know?

I've sold off most of my vintage computer hardware by now (except my two TI 99/4a machines, although I'd trade them for an Apple IIgs setup). Difference was I had bought them *after* their period of "usefulness" at a time when I thought of preserving vintage equipment. And they eventually went off to collectors.

Now, if we want to talk about late-model (and not-quite-late-model) laptops, that's a different matter. If I had ever been into PC gaming, they'd be handy as "retro" gaming machines (even though the oldest machine, a T23, is only as old as a Pentium III).

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Re: Just because...

I also had been troubleshooting an Asus laptop for some friends, which would keep losing it's ability to boot from HDD & sometimes even the CD/DVD drive. Had thought perhaps UEFI was wiping the boot sector, until I figured out it was the SATA channel itself that was crap. Junk machine anyway, with even the memory soldered right to the mainboard (I guess they learned from crApple).

Ended up sticking their old HDD into an external USB case so they could get their files. Used it as an installer test machine for a while (good for setups where you didn't need the OS for more than a day or maybe two).

TikTok given another week to sort out how to sell itself

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faffing around

TikTok are just hoping to screw around long enough for a CCP-subservient Harris/Biden administration to come along, so they can CONTINUE to serve the needs of the Chinese government.

CodeWeavers' CrossOver ran 32-bit Windows Intel binary on macOS on Arm CPU emulating x86 – and nobody died

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Re: I'm waiting for them to...

Or is that a bit ambitious?

http://www.songlyrics.com/tom-payne/please-mr-compatibility-lyrics/

GitHub restores DMCA-hit youtube-dl code repo after source patched to counter RIAA's takedown demand

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Re: Ha!

(and MANY, many others who've had horrible contracts, even leading to bankruptcy)

Or, in the case of Badfinger, *two* band members eventually committing suicide.

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Re: What comes next is most interesting

Mind you, the RIA**A** has become irrelevant to my music interests anyway, seeing as I'm mainly buying music from various Doujin and Vocaloid producers, so fuck-all I care about the American music industry.

Microsoft emits Preview 3 of next-gen WinUI framework, says Linux support 'is not off our roadmap'

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UWP

I've thought, if Microsoft wanted to lend some "legitimacy" to the "universal" in UWP, they should port runtimes to Linux and MacOS (and maybe the various BSDs while they're at it).

Of course, if the runtime were made as open-source, it would also be amusing to see it ported to the various AmigaOS derivatives, though I doubt an original Amiga could handle the resources it would demand.

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Re: "JavaScript runs like lightning"

Damn boy, what sort of lightning do you have where you live?

Very, very, *SLOW* lightning...

Dell online store charges 16 million dollars for new laptop with paint job

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Pile

Wow, 16mil for a Dell computer? That's one expensive pile of shit...

KDE maintainers speak on why it is worth looking beyond GNOME

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Re: Notsomuch.

As I recall, earlier CentOS had an option for Mate... when was this taken away???

In the RHEL8/CentOS8 series. Gnome3 is the only available desktop.

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Re: The "Problem" with Linux

Cinnamon Desktop has worked quite nicely for me. I can get the desktop to have a reasonable look, and not screw up my workflow. Unfortunately, RHEL8 doesn't support any desktop other than Gnome3, so I've had to use Fedora 33 for my work laptop (had wanted to run RHEL8 as it's what I'm working with on our test environments).

Occasionally I'll take a look at the latest KDE, but then I find I'd have to spend a lot of time re-tweaking it for my own liking and workflow. I get too distracted with yak-shaving as it is, I don't need to add another path of distraction. Maybe I'm missing out, I'll probably never know.

Biden projected to be the next US President, Microsoft joins rest of world in telling Trump: It looks like... you're fired

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Re: Four more years

Oh no, Biden will be doing stuff alright, just nothing that's any good for the USA.

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Re: Pugh, Pugh, Barney McGrew, Cuthbert, Dibble, & Grubb

Did you say "TWITter" and "fact" in the same sentence? That's *NEVER* been true, all the way back to their founding.

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Re: Yay! Party time!

All the more reason to avoid TWITter. Not that I use it anyway.

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Re: Yay! Party time!

But the serious flaw in the Electoral system is that all the electors for a state are picked by popular vote of the ENTIRE state, thereby disaffecting anyone who isn't living in the major population centers. It would be more appropriate if electors were individually chosen *by congressional district*.

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Re: Yay! Party time!

Wrong way of thinking about it. Remember, the Presidential candidate chooses his own running-mate, the Party as a whole doesn't get a say in the matter.

So do we put Biden's choice of Harris down to senility or psychosis?

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Re: Yay! Party time!

I think it's also a shame there wasn't a clearer majority for the Dems that would have made it harder to challenge the result(s). But I also think there have been some real issues wrt allegations of ballot stuffing, absentee ballots etc.

Actually, the interesting thing to see would be if around February 2021, irrefutable evidence to surface that not only did the Dems rig the election, but that Biden/Harris were fully aware of it.

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Re: Yay! Party time!

Others in the party might nudge it along.

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Re: Yay! Party time!

Surely you can't pardon someone unless they've been convicted?

Gerald Ford's pardon of Richard Nixon shows it can be done. Nixon was never actually convicted of anything, and Ford's pardon for Nixon was "a full and unconditional pardon for any crimes that he might have committed against the United States as president". So no conviction necessary.

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Re: Yay! Party time!

Pres. Biden, for sure. Remember that the armed forces swear to protect the Constitution first of all.

Not necessarily, if Biden keels over from a hear attack, or his own brain strangles him (or some other convenient "accident" befalls him courtesy of his VP). Then we'd be getting Commie-la Harris instead.

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Re: Good

Well *I* can trace my lineage to one of the founding families of Gadsden AL, as well as to the guy who was building the first house in Westchester County NY (and was one of the people who bought/set up Block Island, etc).

HP: That print-free-for-life deal we promised you? Well, now it's pay-per-month to continue using your printer ink

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Re: Another reason

We just need to start hacking and re-flashing their "updates". Or at least find a way to hack the printer to no longer look for updates.

I suppose if the updates are calling to a specific URL, you could block it at your router.

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Re: print-free-for-life plan was "an introductory offer,"

I expect one good remedy would be to force HP to publish the source code for their drivers under the GPL.

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Re: print-free-for-life plan was "an introductory offer,"

Of course there is always the other alternative, leave the printer working and terminate the user.

If they could find a way to make money at it, they would.

Ericsson warns investors: This Biden fellow coming into the White House may look to resolve China trade dispute...

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Re: Understandable

Biden is much more principled in that regard.

Did you say "Biden" and "principled" in the same sentence? Not unless his senility has addled his brain and made him a reasonable person for once (not bloody likely). I'm sure Commie-la Harris has her marching orders from the CCP.

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