* Posts by Anthropornis

34 publicly visible posts • joined 26 Sep 2013

News Corp outfoxed by IT intruders for years


Re: stuck on Proust

I've made several attempts, but keep taking a break after getting lost in multi-page paragraphs.

Could you summarize Proust for me, please ? :jester:

Torvalds: Linux kernel team has sorted Retbleed chip flaw


Re: 5.20 versus 6.0

You are right - I thought the 4.n kernels stopped at 4.19, but I see that 4.20 was released.


I read him as saying that there WILL be an rc8, so although there will be a new kernel next week, that will just be another rc, the release won't happen until a week after that.

And if I was a betting person, I would put money on 5.19 being replaced by 6.0

C: Everyone's favourite programming language isn't a programming language


How did I miss this ?

It seems to me that vulture central's front page has got a lot worse recently - I usually look 4 or 5 times a week, but I completely missed this until it got mentioned on slashdot.

Hey, anyone else remember when slashdot used to be good ?

The wild world of non-C operating systems


Re: Jupiter ACE

Yes - Open Firmware. In the days of PPC macs they used that, searching on google suggests more-modern intel macs either used, or used to use, that.


Re: Jupiter ACE

Having dumpled my ACE's ROM back in the day, much of the higher-level OS was of course written in FORTH. That was the thing about FORTH - write some small part in assembler and then leverage that.

House of pain: If YAML makes you swear, shout louder – the agony is there for a reason


Re: Syntactic whitespace

You really don't know ?

Two for starters: copy and paste where you found an example of something, but paste causes that slithering mass to decide the whitespace is wrong. And from a couple of months ago trying to work out where a piece of python2 was sudenly failing by adding "print01" etc to tell me where it had reached before it error'd and the 10th print statement of 12 causing 'unexpected indent'.

Linux Mint sticks by Snap decision – meaning store is still disabled by default in 20.1


If you read the link, the problem is a lack of fixes for some recent mainstream hardware (zen3, 2.5G nics).

As always, distro kernels may lag behind.

HTTPS-only mode arrives in Firefox 83 as Mozilla finds new home for Rust-y Servo engine


I have public website at a hoster, with nothing that needs security - some plain text, some images, some PDFs of text (and if you are worried about PDFs you can download them and open them in your own secure viewer). That site is rarely updated, AFAICS adding and maintaining a certificate is not worth the aggravation.

I also have a local website on my home server, only accessible from my local network, with the above, copies of photos from mailing lists, and copies of the html output from projects I work on (so that if I update something on whichever desktop I'm using, I can check how it renders). A MITM attack is the least of my worries if someone gets onto my home server. So again, AFAICS https just adds more things to go wrong.

Linux Foundation, IBM, Cisco and others back ‘Inclusive Naming Initiative’ to change nasty tech terms


Re: So... looking at their alternative names...

The other problem with Leader/follower is that they aren't thinking out i18n. Try translating it into German.


Re: So basically we're going to have to re-name everything.

How ŏut if I said Pretty Vacant (and we don't care) ?

Contact-tracer spoofing is already happening – and it's dangerously simple to do


Totally agree, *except* -

This is the cockwomble who wants to impose his own views on how the economy should run, and believes in killing off what he probably thinks of as a "useless third of the population". To me, given that he understands how to swing voters to his plans, this looks like a deliberate attempt to ensure that the lockdown collapses, and that only those with "herd immunity" (his preferred approach, was it not?) survive.

And it seems to be working - reduced lockdown in England to distract attention from DC, and many people not paying any attention to distancing.

Sorry about the icon, I was looking for DEATH on Binky, but this seemed the nearest.

Cynical, moi ? Oui.

Microsoft doc formats are the bane of office suites on Linux, SoftMaker's Office 2021 beta may have a solution


Re: MS core fonts?

Unless your correspondent has sent you something formatted on an antique version of windows, that is bar locks. MS office documents from recent years have used fonts such as Cambria, Calibri, Georgia. And there are metric-compatible alternatives available.

And if you really do get sent documents which use Arial or Times New Roman then there are also metric-compatible versions of those.

By 'metric compatible' I basically mean they take the same space - a particular glyph (letter) in a compatible font might not look identical, but it will take the same space and should therefore preserve the formatting. Unfortunately, there are a lot of old 'HOWTO' documents for linux users which are severely outdated - the MS Core Fonts nowadays are reported to look horrible in modern linux systems with current versions of freetype.

I have some PDF examples of font alternatives at http://zarniwhoop.uk/files/PDF-substitutes/

And examples of fonts (PDFs of the glyphs, and which languages I think they support) at http://zarniwhoop.uk/ttf-otf-notes.html.

Most modern linux distros will already provide sensible font.

Pope tells his followers to log off for Lent


Re: Um, not sure if he's thought this through

Yeah, about 3 times more than a mere 2000+ years. The earth was created at 9:13 in the morning. on 21st October 4004 BC (or BCE if you prefer that).

Brit Parliament online orifice overwhelmed by Brexit bashers

Paris Hilton

Took me a bit more than 2 hours to get a confirmation email (after several 'invalid gateway' trying to do that first part), then best part of 2 hours trying from time to time to confirm (lots more 'invalid gateway', one "down for maintenance"). But did it in the end. Now 1.3 million and counting - hopefully, Leadsom will have encouraged some more people to sign it ;-)

Icon because not even Paris could have created such a clusterfuck as May.

Do not adjust your set, er, browser: This is our new page-one design


Re: Unusable, but unlike the preview I'm now stuck in it.

Strangely, on a desktop (using falkon, window size maybe about 1200x960 on a 1600x1200 screen) it is acceptable - nice columns of items, most with a small picture).

Thumb Down

Unusable, but unlike the preview I'm now stuck in it.

I still fucking hate it (reading on a 1024x600 netbook at the moment, but I doubt that filling up the page with a single column and pictures on each item will make me hate it any less), and after going back to the index page but failing to find an option to revert which is claimed to be at the bottom of the page, all I can say is that I'll only be reading the site irregularly.

Total fail.

The Register's 2018 homepage redesign: What's going on now?


Screen almost all white!

On my netbook (1024x600 screen) I thought it was being very slow to load (that's normal, an old machine with minimal memory and loads of windows across two browsers, so swapping a lot). Then I realise it had loaded - option at the very top, to restore to old home page, then the rest of the screen had a label, and lots of white space. Scrolling down, I eventually found items - full size picture, text, repeat (for a couple of items). Totally useless.

Back to the old homepage, several columns of headlines where I can decide if I want to read something, and open it in a new tab if I do.

It's 2018 and… wow, you're still using Firefox? All right then, patch these horrid bugs


Re: Dear Mozilla, there's more to life than security

What stability issues ?

On linux x86_64 57.0{,.4} and 58.0 since late beta have been very stable. Sound in 58 and the betas, on some setups, has been a problem - but I've now got sound working with both pulse and alsa (different installs, obviously - some of my older retained previous systems don't have pulse). And no crashes apart from when I deliberately close Xorg with a large number of open tabs so that I can go back to an earlier system on the same machine (mainly kept for restoring from backups when I do trash the main system, but sometimes booted to check how things used to be if people report problems). And yes, these machines are largely used for building everything from source, to find regressions.

Hell, it even still builds without stylo if you want to take that route (or haven't installed clang - what is it about LLVM users that makes them think everybody installs all the optional extras ?).

But *building* firefox (and more particularly rustc - what, you think I don't build from source ?) OTOH can be a PITA. If you use a distro, be glad they will suffer the pain to build it for you ;-)

Oh, and I had to use 57.0.4 on a win10 machine in the past week - not something I like using, but firefox was working fine.

Some 'security people are f*cking morons' says Linus Torvalds


Re: Google has given up on Linux

Your system, your choice. But for kde you will apparently need unofficial ports to get kde5. Do you trust those porters ? I'm sure that kde4 has had security vulnerabilities, but less sure whether anyone has logged them and fixed them.

Personally I loathe the overhead of kde, and all those static qt and kde libraries it pulls in (yes, I do build from source).

But FreeBSD users usually insist their system is secure (like us linux users used to), so I'm sure everything will be fine for you.

One-quarter of UK.gov IT projects at high risk of failure


Re: Protocol of the Elders of Project Management

Upvote for the title.

Microsoft's cunning plan to make Bing the leading search engine: Bribery

Big Brother

Re: 'duckduckgo is my search engine of choice'

*My* concern with duckduckgo is that it has almost-never produced any useful results. For programming / admin google is still mostly useful. OTOH, for "other things" bing is ok (nudge, nudge, wink wink).

You think your day was bad? OS X malware hackers just swiped a Mac dev's app source


Lost ?

So he didn't have backups ?

Red alert! Intel patches remote execution hole that's been hidden in chips since 2010


Re: Link Issue

For my (desktop) intel CPUs, running linux, I already have firmware updates which get applied by the kernel on each boot. I assume there will be new updates to fix these latest known issues ?

Strangely, only my oldest still-occasionally-running AMD CPU has ever got a firmware update - but that might be because I have bought AMDs later in their life, and the mobo manufacturers have already applied updates. Or just that intel has had to fix the fixes.

Looking good, Gnome: Digesting the Delhi in our belly


Re: Dead Parrot

Almost the same here - I finally got pissed off when the calculator no longer had a memory function.

However, I still keep evince (its UI is increasingly annoying, but it works and can display eps whenever I have one to look at).

But there is one app which is still good : gucharmap (I use it a lot when I'm looking at different fonts).

Feeling abandoned by Adobe? Check out the video editing suites for penguins


Re: Keep it Simple

Interesting - I took a few lowish quality train clips (720p mov files from a panasonic FZ45, i.e. a lowish-end stills camera) a few years ago on holiday, and eventually got round to trying to stitch various clips together / edit where it started and stopped / fade video from/to black and fade audio in/out. Cinelerra was impenetrable and put me off the idea for about a year, and although avidemux seemed like it would do the right thing something - probably sound - was totally borked on the clips I used for testing.

So I went with bash and ffmpeg : no, for quality video that is not an option, but for "good enough for youtube" it just about worked, although there was a visible judder whenever I put a caption over the video. Might try pitivi if I can be arsed to dig out the few clips I never got around to using.

Well, what d'you know: Raising e-book prices doesn't raise sales


pendantry : You are hanging ? I hope you think your crime was worth it.

Google's new parent Alphabet owns abc.xyz – and, yup, there's already an abc.wtf


abc.wtf : yes, I tried it. ROFLMAO

Happy birthday Alf Garnett, you daft, reactionary old git


from a stupid old git ...

Well, we must have moved on in fifty years - at that time git was apparently offensive, now some of us use it whenever we are coding 8)

Insurer tells hospitals: You let hackers in, we're not bailing you out


Re: Actuary cow dung

You carry a 12V pump on a bicycle ? methinks thou art an 'merican ;-)

Over here in blighty, some new cars do not have spare wheels. So far, I've managed to avoid buying one of those cars.

May the fourth be with you: Torvalds names next Linux v 4.0


Re: How much longer do we have to wait for Linux 10??

Some of us want one that goes to eleven.

Linux software nasty slithers out of online watering holes


Re: Well...

Flash is *required* ? For me, youtube videos *without adverts* have worked fine, for a long time, in both firefox and qt4 browsers (arora, qupzilla) on linux.

WD unveils new MyBook line: External drives now bigger... and CHEAP


Re: Encrypted?

Probably ext4 - certainly that's what's on mine (it runs debian). Certainly the OP says below that it _is_ encrypted, so I won't argue. But I wouldn't use anything like this as a backup - mine just streams audio files, the "originals" are on my main machine and the backups are on vanilla external disks.