* Posts by rajivdx

67 publicly visible posts • joined 2 Apr 2014


AWS plays with Fire TV Cube, turns it into a thin client for cloudy desktops


Re: shuttle to mission control SAY AGAIN

We've logged everything in for you, but we shipped it to the wrong address...


Re: only 15 years ?

It's not an XT if it's diskless... :p

Apple exec defends 8GB $1,599 MacBook Pro, claims it's like 16GB in a PC


Re: Insult to injury

No MacOS is not more frugal than most.

No ARM architecture is not more compact than x86.

The one place where x86 really shone was in code size as it had all the legacy crap that required single byte instructions etc - which made everything else so complex and cumbersome.

Windows due to the amount of low end PC's it needs to run on has been optimised to be as frugal with RAM as possible.

And you can't control the users - they will keep opening as many Chrome tabs as they can. And a Chrome tab will take pretty much the same amount of memory on a Mac or anything else.

And yes I have an M1 Mac Studio, and it runs Windows in a VM faster than it runs MacOS.

CEO Satya Nadella thinks Microsoft hung up on Windows Phone too soon


No sh!it Sherlock!

Windows Phone was probably the best phone OS out there when it came to intuitiveness, ease of use consistency and code size.

Android is a sh!t show full of spam and spyware (Thanks Google!).

iOS is is bulky as hell with copies of resources for every iOS phone out there - simple apps are hundreds of MB in size compared to the same apps on Windows Phone which are 10's of MB. iOS is now following what Windows Phone did with XAML with its new declarative UI.

Slowly Windows Phone features are trickling down to Android and iOS devices. What let Windows Phone down was poor developer support and under powered hardware - both of which we can blame Microsoft for.

Lightning struck: Apple switches to USB-C for iPhone 15 lineup


Re: "can reach out for help when there's no cell signal coverage over satellite connections"

It's been there since iPhone 14 Pro and it works. You can even test it out in settings where it scans for the satellite.

NASA still serious about astronauts living it up on Moon space station in 2028


Re: A lot of people in the comments acting like someone pissed in their cereal this morning

If they found a stick on Mars, i don't think they'll have a lot more to be excited about than poking a probe with it!

China floats strict screentime limits and content crimps for kids


Re: Microsoft have been floating parental controls also...

Umm... Microsoft sends emails to both the parents and the kids. This is good because the kids know exactly what their parents are being told - namely how long, what apps, what websites and what they searched for on google. Works like a treat across all Microsoft devices including the now defunct phone. Microsoft has experience doing this for almost 30 years with Active Directory and their implementation is somewhat better than Apple and Google's.

Apple particularly has lots of loopholes, where my 8 year old found that if she puts Youtube into card view, she can continue to watch videos for hours and hours bypassing any time limits - she also found she could access camera and photos from always allowed apps like iMessage simply by trying to attach an image.

Google's implementation is the worst I have seen.

NASA mistakenly severs communication to Voyager 2


Re: Voyager 1 & 2

It's still the same technology - what have we invented since the 1970's that wasn't invented for Voyager? Its still the same transistors, same radio technology, we have actually regressed in space technology since then and stuff isn't built to last anymore. All our advances in software technology were developed to support the space program.

All that has happened since then is that transistors have gotten smaller and faster as a result. More transistors means more complexity, but that increased complexity is not doing anything useful these days just running fancy graphics on our fancy phones and introducing more bugs.

Musk's X tries to win advertisers back with discounts


Hit the 'X' button, no no, not that X...

Slackware wasn't the first Linux distro, but it's the oldest still alive and kicking


Re: Thanks for the memories

Haha! You knew you were in trouble if LILO got stuck at 'LI'...

Microsoft's Surface Pro 9 requires a tedious balancing act


I guess the Author is missing the point of the Surface Pro

Looks like what the author really needs is a bog standard laptop. The surface pro has a very specific use case:

1. It is a tablet that you can carry around and use like an iPad when on the move. If you have a table to use it on then flip out the kickstand, place it on the table and work away. If not, fold the keyboard away and use it as a tablet.

2. It is a workstation, when at your desk, dock it and use it in all its glory as a full blown workstation with your huge monitor and comfortable keyboard. It is a no compromises machine - no running only tablet apps and 1 or 2 apps at a time.

I also found that it is an extremely sturdy machine. My son has smashed every chromebook and laptop I got him in school. When I went to look for a Macbook Air for him at high school - the one on display at the shop had a warning posted on it not to touch the screen or it will break. I was sure if I got the Macbook Air he will break the screen within 1 week of having it, so I got him a surface Pro since.

In the last 5 years he has had 2 Surface Pro's and both survived the abuse. I hear them fall off his table with a thud regularly - and when that happens the keyboard just comes off and the charge cable detaches saving the joint which would otherwise break on a regular laptop. The tablet itself is built like a brick and can take immense abuse and the screen does not crack from just being dropped (Got a bumper case of course). He is on his second surface pro after the first one's battery gave way after 5 years of abuse.

So, get a surface pro if you are on the move and need a sturdy no compromises machine (If you are just browsing the web and Youtube - get an iPad). I also use Thinkpads which are extremely sturdy and have a nice keyboard, but can't be used as tablets (Yoga != Thinkpad).

Indian telecoms leaps from 2G, to 4G, to 6G – on a single day


Re: 640K is enough for anyone

This whole 5G/6G requirement is driven by the exponential increase in RAM which then leads to developers "may as well use as much as we can rather than craft something non memory hungry" attitude which leads to bloated apps that need more memory and more bandwidth to download them - hence the need for 5G and 6G going forward. Do you know that the Facebook app on the App store is now 400MB in size, so you need a very fast 5G connection to download it in under a minute? The same app was under 25MB 10 years ago, and not much new has been added since.

Five billion phones are dead in drawers – carriers want to mine them


Or charge a tax on new phones, say 10% of the cost of the new phone if you don't turn in an old phone in exchange. So that $1000 iPhone could end up costing $1100 if you don't trade in your old phone.

On top of that you could still offer them money for the trade in (if the trade-in is worth something). So if you trade in a relatively new iPhone 12 for an iPhone 14, you get $100 off the iPhone 14 plus say $200 for the trade in - that should be incentive enough.

Canada plans brain drain of H-1B visa holders, with no-job, no-worries work permits


Re: For once, Trudeau's government has made an actual smart move.

India has 1/6th of the worlds population and produces 25% of the worlds engineers.

So why are they taking up 75% of the H1-B intake of the US? Consider this, of the remaining 75% of the worlds engineers, most are happy where they are - UK, Germany, US, etc. Most of the engineers produced by India want to migrate to the US. And the remaining peoples of the world who want to migrate to the US, most do not possess the necessary qualifications to migrate under the H1-B scheme. Hence majority of the H1-B slots go to India. India realized a long time ago that education is key and parents started shoving their kids into Engineering colleges whether they liked it or not (hence the poorer quality of the stock). The rest of the world has realized this a bit late and are now playing catch up.

Curiosity gets interplanetary software patch for better driving and more on Mars


Re: Eurpean format numbers?

At my last company I developed a medical device (Google it: OneStim) running Windows CE (2013), some snazzy XAML graphics, SQLite, WiFi, touchscreen, the lot. The whole thing fit in 20MB of Flash. Yes you read that right: Windows with XAML graphics in 20MB, not GB.

We opted to go with XAML because it was so light and snazzy compared to QT which was a real pig at 400MB.

Unfortunately Windows CE is no more (R.I.P) and XAML is following closely on its heels.

Next-gen Qi2 wireless charging spec seeded by Apple


Re: 15W charging is "too slow"?

You may not use your phone much (I fall into that category too), but there are people who are on the move all the time, taking Zoom calls on their phone, typing out emails, reports and PowerPoint presentations. These people may have only half an hour in an airport lounge to get their phone from 5% to 80% battery in time for their next long-haul flight. So, for these people 15W charging is not enough. These people have a choice with Lightning/USB-C to charge faster, but if Apple removes all physical ports, then they have no option at all. And that is why, faster and more efficient wireless charging standards are important - you specifically may not need it, but a lot of other people do.

Women sue Apple claiming AirTags helped their stalkers


Re: No iPhome ==No stalking

Ummm... no iPhone means you can be stalked without your knowledge. The AirTag will still use the nearest available iPhone to locate and report its location. This will not be detected as stalking as the AirTag is not consistently associated with any 1 iPhone. The point you made is valid only if you live in the middle of nowhere with no iPhones for the AirTag to reach out to, but in a city you'll easily pass an iPhone on the road or public transport.

Epson zaps lasers into oblivion, in the name of the environment


I call bullshit!

Inkjet printers are very lucrative for printer manufacturers as you need to continuously replace the ink cartridges whether you use the printer or not. If you leave the printer plugged in then it will do a 'self clean' every day and squirt ink into the *surprise surprise* ink pad. And this results in 2 things:

1. You run out of ink whether you use the printer of not - a regular income stream for the manufacturer.

2. Your printer bricks itself due to a full ink pad requiring you to purchase a new printer - more money for the manufacturer.

If you try to leave the printer unplugged for extended periods of time then the nozzles get blocked with dried ink requiring you to either purchase a new printer or new cartridges (if the nozzles are on the cartridge)

I found myself replacing ink every 3 months on my inkjet printer even though I rarely used it.

If you sparingly use your printer then a Laser is a lot more economical as:

1. It consumes next to no power just sitting there - no periodic cleaning, nothing.

2. You can turn it off for years and it won't get clogged.

3. It consumes no toner if you don't print anything.

I now replace the toner in my laser printer once in 2 years.

And guess what, if you do a lot of printing the Laser printer is still economical as 1 toner cartridge will print around 5000 pages on Laser compared to around 500 on inkjet. Yes, Laser consumes more electricity printing - if that concerns you go on a 100% renewable energy plan.

There is a reason why you can buy an inkjet printer for $20 - to suck you into the ecosystem where you continuously have to fork out money for cartridges assuring a regular income to the manufacturers.

Moon has been drifting away from Earth for 2.4 billion years, rocks reveal


Or the moon reaches a Lagrange point and the Earth and Moon get tidally locked to the sun and rotating once every year - whatever the year may be at that point of time.

Original killer PC spreadsheet Lotus 1-2-3 now runs on Linux natively


Re: Never mind 1-2-3

Umm... Epson still has a support page for the LX-300 where you can buy consumables and download drivers for:


Only Microsoft can give open source the gift of NTFS. Only Microsoft needs to


Re: Using NTFS

ExFAT has a journaling version called TexFAT, but journaling works only on supported OS's like Windows CE, on all other OS's it looks like plain ExFAT.

All FAT versions including FAT32, FAT16 and FAT12 had 2 FAT's. If the drive was pulled out before the transaction was completed then the FAT's did not match and the OS could attempt to 'roll back' the drive to the last known good state.

Mars Ingenuity helicopter and Perseverance are talking again


Didn't they think of putting a little 'helipad' on Percy so Ingenuity could ride on Percy's back during the cold winter months?

Apple hit with another faulty hardware lawsuit – this time it's the Watch


Re: Apple's not alone...

For a watch that is designed to discharge over 10 to 16 hours, 1C IS a high rate of discharge - so the original premise is wrong as I doubt that there are any apps or conditions under which a watch will discharge in an hour.

A phone or laptop can discharge at 1C while playing a game, but it gets extremely hot doing so.

For a power tool or a Dyson Vacuum which is designed to chug through the entire battery capacity in about 6 minutes, 10C is considered a nominal discharge rate.

So, what is high or not depends on the design and application of the battery. For a watch, 1C is definitely a high discharge rate.

Apple's Mac Studio exposed: A spare storage slot and built-in RAM


Re: Reasonably priced Mac Pro

> PC laptops are about 3 years tops

You obviously haven't heard of Thinkpads - I have 7 of various ages and all are still going strong with the oldest being 18 years old and running the geriatric XP. All have been abused, thrown about, sat on, rained on, spilled on and not coddled in glass cases the way Macs are.

Microsoft veteran demystifies Abort, Retry, Fail? DOS error


Re: because MS-DOS was "heavily inspired" by 70s CP/M

> Maybe that's why NT version numbering starts at 3.1 in 1993?

It went like this:

Windows 1.0 -> Windows 2.0 -> Windows 3.0 -> Windows 3.1 -> Windows 95 -> Windows 98 -> Windows ME -> Trash

Windows NT 3.51 (Kernel build from Scratch, apps/shell from Windows 3.1) -> Windows NT 4.0 (NT Kernel, apps/shell from Windows 95) -> Windows 2000 -> Windows XP -> Windows Vista -> Windows 7 -> Windows 10 -> Windows 11

Google advises Android users to be careful of Microsoft Teams if they want to call 911


Re: Time to lawyer up?

I am sure a company like Google can afford to setup a 'test 4G network' within their premises with a test 911 number that testers can spam without being frowned upon.

I know we had our own 'Test broadcast network' for testing satellite TV products without real customer devices going titsup in the event of a faulty command being sent.

Indian government warns locals not to use Starlink's internet services


Re: Anonymous Coward = Anonymous Troll

Exactly! India, like China wants to control and snoop on its 'subjects'. A satellite based Internet service that can bypass such snoopery? 'Heavens no! Shut it down! How will we shut down dissent over farmers and Kashmir?'

Microsoft makes tweaks to Windows 11 Start Menu for Insiders but stops short of mimicking Windows 10


Re: previous versions

I totally agree, I think dropping tiles was a bad idea - we have gone back to the 90's era of having static bitmap icons. If you don't like tiles don't use it, just pick the smallest size and it behaves like a boring icon. Those of us who don't want to spend our days opening every app to see if there is a message for us just use a large tile and get the info we need at a glance.

I don't like how Windows 8 forced tiles and modern UI down our throats, but Windows 10 achieved a good balance between the classic UI and the 'modern' UI. I feel we have gone backwards with W11.

The return of the turbo button: New Intel hotness causes an old friend to reappear


Yes, I remember that. It would correctly set the Turbo LED, but PC-Cases with the 7 segment display would still show the incorrect speed as they were hardcoded to the turbo button.


Re: I use the Scroll Lock at least weekly....

Cool! I didn't realize Ping could do that. It seems ping treats ^C and Ctrl-Scroll Lock differently, the former breaks the latter continues.

The second use that you found in Excel is the *actual* function and reason for existence of scroll lock - hence the name. Excel is one of the last apps to still use Scroll lock this way.

Intel told by jury to pay $2.18bn to VLSI for ripping off two semiconductor patents


Re: Don't know about the others, but

That's the thing about patents - it sounds obvious once someone else has done it. That's why you need to patent it.

How about the IBM cursor? Very obvious now isn't it? Wasn't so back in those days till IBM did it.

Splunk junks 'hanging' processes, suggests you don't 'hit' a key: More peaceful words now preferred in docs


Re: Grandfathered?

I think that we have forgotten that this happened. Unless we had this discussion today - I would have never realized the racist origins of the term 'grandfathered'.

So, it is good that these terms are being highlighted and removed or they will just become part of the language while causing pain to a small minority who still remember their origins.

India's demand to identify people on chat apps will 'break end-to-end encryption', say digital rights warriors


Just do a hash of the message text and it works if you cut and paste it too. It will break if you modify it but at least they can track it back to you, identify the source of your message and then track it on.

For this system to work they will need access to 1 message in the chain - usually someone who infiltered the group or someone who was offended by the message and reported it. Once you have that you can track the chain to its source and get a warrant for that person and then repeat the process after examining their phone to track their source.

It seems like a workable solution that does not break encryption - not that I support it.

Microsoft backs Australia’s pay-for-news plan, risks massive blowback over a lousy $3bn and change


Re: short termist

Oh yes, we will!

I have DuckDuckGo and Bing as my search engines. Have an iPhone with no Google apps. The iPhone is crap compared to Windows Phone (RIP) and Android, but it does not track me as intrusively as Google does. I would love to get off GMail as well, but for now have to make do with fetching my Gmail on Outlook.

I appreciate that companies need advertising to make money for content they offer for free. I appreciate that some profiling is needed to offer targeted ads. I appreciate the need to track my location for features like FindMyPhone. But why does Google need to track my location even when I put my phone in 'Flight Mode'? Why do they need to interpret my location data like 'walking', 'running', 'entering a vehicle', 'exiting a vehicle', etc? This is extremely intrusive.

20+ years ago when I started using Google, I never thought they will become the evil they are today.


Re: I am confused ...

I agree, previews should be paid form.

Hyperlinks that look the same as other search results should not be paid for - this is how Google was 15 years ago. Search brought up news articles just as regular search results.

I recon anything that appears on Google News should be paid for. Google scrapes so much information that you don't need to click through to get a summary of what's happening in the world today. I think that is a problem for most news sites.

That said, instead of having a dialog with government and news sites to debate what should be payable and what not, Google has decided to use their clout to throw intrusive ads at people who land on their search page and arm twisting us with threats to leave the country. You know what? Pack up and go Google - we've had enough.

I've been using DuckDuckGo for a while - its very good on privacy but has usability issues - most annoyingly not being able to navigate back from a link. i am using Bing now, and its really good, a very usable alternative to Google, particularly for news.


Re: now openly admitted

Who initiated this legislation?

Rupert Murdoch.

India shows off new home-grown CPU – but at 100MHz, 32-bit and 180nm, it’s a bit of a clunker


Nothing to see here...

This is a classic case of the left hand not knowing what the right hand is doing. The Indian government might be beating its drum about a 'new' CPU they have developed - but this is certainly not the first time a new CPU has been developed in India or by an Indian. The Intel Pentium processor was developed by an Indian. I myself designed a 32 bit processor and implemented a scaled down 16bit version for my University project 24 years ago. It was implemented with off the shelf 74LS series TTL chips only on stacks of 5 vero boards (didn't have access to technology to make my own boards then) and ran at a blistering 1MHz. Even did an IDE for developing and debugging assembly code in Turbo Pascal - complete with single stepping, breakpoints and watchpoints. I had a friend who developed his own CPU cores in VHDL.

So, in short it is an absolute embarrassment when the Indian government toots its own horn about this 'achievement'.

Start Me Up: 25 years ago this week, Windows 95 launched and, for a brief moment, Microsoft was almost cool


Re: I look just like Buddy Holly, and you're Mary Tyler Moore…

You could run 3Dfx Voodoo with OpenGL drivers on NT4 and then run OpenGL games like Quake on top. This was at a time when DirectX hadn't caught on and OpenGL was the only serious API around. Graphics card vendors like 3Dfx shipped OpenGL drivers with their cards as that was the only way to make them work. This was at the time when Graphics cards were strictly 3D and graphics acceleration just meant hardware 2D blitting.


Re: W95 was a pineapple

Ummm… NT *did* run dos software, it just didn't run badly written ones that liked to do direct IO to all peripherals. In fact NTVDM even captured some of these direct IO's (Like printer and VGA) and redirected them to the correct device driver via emulation.


Re: it's infamous need to be rebuilt literally every couple of months

Agreed. I used Windows NT4.0 instead of 95 using dual boot (NT had a boot selector) to run 95 only for games. NT ran everything else for months on end without needing a restart and was rock solid. There were even a few games that ran on NT (WinDoom/GLDoom, Quake, MS Monster Truck, etc). To Me Win 9x was only a wrapper to run Win32 apps over DOS, now NT was a proper OS.

What's the Arm? First Apple laptop to ditch Intel will be 13.3" MacBook Pro, proclaims reliable soothsayer


'as Mac owners will no longer be able to dual-boot Windows 10 via Bootcamp'

...ummm, Windows 10 runs of ARM64 as well.

25 years of Delphi and no Oracle in sight: Not a Visual Basic killer but hard to kill


Re: Pascal has always been great

A lot of the issues raised by Brian Kerningham apply only to the old or original version of pascal - such as the fixed array lengths, string types and inability to pass arbitrary arrays to functions.

Some of the issues he raised are actually good features of Pascal - which are implemented as kludges in K&R's shitty C. For example the approach of defining a function/procedure in Pascal before using it is actually a favorite feature of mine - it meant that if I am looking for the definition of a function I just need to look above and not everywhere as I have to in C. It also means that the compiler is super fast as it already knows about the function by the time it is called. In C, the put a function anywhere concept means that you need to declare them in header files and use include them everywhere and then deal with the possibility of recursive #includes with the nasty #ifdef _MYHEADER_H_ .. #endif kludge.

I've had huge programs with several thousand lines of code compile (Clean build) in under 1 second on a 4.77MHz PC - try beating that in C. Pascal compilers compiled in 1 pass while C compilers preprocessed, compiled (multiple passes) and linked.

Jeff Bezos: I will depose King Trump


Am I missing something here? Azure seems to support Custom domain HTTPS, even for file storage:



Less fake news, more facts please.

Time to patch your lightbulb? Researchers demonstrate Philips Hue exploit


Re: "an update that reduces infection range to 1m or less"

It just means that while drones are not feasible for scanning whole cities for Philips Hue bulbs, you can still take over targeted homes with a highly directional antenna.

Hell, you may not even need that - many homes use Hue lamps on the outside for the outdoor lights to turn on automatically when a visitor arrives. Just walk up to the bulb and infect it. Also from what I am reading, the bulb does not need to belong to the homes Hue network as it requires the owner to re-add the infected bulb. So, just walk around the neighbourhood and swap out all outdoor Hue bulbs with infected ones from your backpack.

Reusing software 'interfaces' is fine, Google tells Supreme Court, pleads: Think of the devs


Re: @jilocasin There is *no* IP to take advantage of.

Correct, I remember there was some source code that was copied verbatim, with comments and all. Copyright applies to source code, written work etc. Patents apply to methods, processes, etc and *may* cover API's.

I clearly remember Google had lifted not just the API's (Which would not be covered by Copyright) but also the source code (which is covered by Copyright).

Now it's Terrance Dicks' turn to regenerate: Golden-age Doctor Who mainstay dies aged 84


RIP Terrance Dicks

I read the Target novelisations (mostly Terrance Dicks) for 15 years before I even saw my first Dr Who episode on TV. Thankfully I jumped straight to the new series because when I did go back and watch the old series I realised that the books and my imagination were much better. I still ploughed through all the Third and Fourth doctor episodes because despite all the poor sets and budget special effects the stories and acting by those doctors were top notch. I can only imagine how much better those stories would have been with the budget of todays episodes and more concise formats that did not force them to use so many fillers staring at blank corridors.

Microsoft Chrom... Edge hits beta as new browser prepped for biz testing


The problem for Edge is Microsoft itself!

I have been using Edge exclusively for 4 years now and have not come across a single website that didn't work with edge. The problems with Edge that I experienced were:

1. Poor integration with Windows - Cut & Paste were dodgy and so were other keyboard shortcuts and integration with the on screen keyboard.

2. Idiotic Google nagware encouraging me to 'upgrade' to a 'better browser'.

3. Websites that didn't know which browser I was using and just throwing up an 'Incompatible browser' message - these websites worked flawlessly when I dismissed the annoying popul.

I have found Edge to be a lot more secure, faster and lean on resources than Chrome. Chrome is a massive resource hog (don't know how it is these days) hogging both memory and CPU for tabs that are in the background. A common problem with Chrome was my laptop overheating when I opened too many tabs - haven't had that problem in a while now that I'm using Edge.

The biggest problem with Edge is Microsoft itself who have no faith in their own products!

Autopilot engineer drove off to Chinese rival with our top-secret blueprints in the glovebox, Tesla claims in sueball


Because you can't steal IP in production. You only have access to finished modules/parts with encrypted software that cannot be copied.

Holy moley! The amp, kelvin and kilogram will never be the same again


Re: "...using methods that can be replicated anywhere on the planet."

Not true. The speed of light is fixed for all observers. This means that time dilation effects are not detectable to you if you are in the same frame of reference. This means that you will still measure 1 second correctly for your frame of reference using a Cesium clock whether you are in total void or on the surface or the earth or on the event horizon of a black hole.

Windows 10 Pro goes Home as Microsoft fires up downgrade server


This happened to me, but cant see what all the fuss is about....

I came in to work this morning and got a message saying 'Windows needs to be activated' - no the computer didn't blow up, no the sky didn't fall on my head, no I didn't lose any functionality it still behaved like Windows 10 Pro - just a watermark saying I needed to activate Windows. I hit 'Troubleshoot' and the watermark was gone and a message saying Windows was activated. Hardly a reason to throw out Windows and spend the next 2 weeks installing Linux, tweaking the packages, services, window managers and hunting for equivalent apps that barely cover half the functionality of what I need to get work done in Windows.