* Posts by Dinsdale247

186 publicly visible posts • joined 4 Apr 2014


Whoa-o BlackBerry, bam-ba-lam: QWERTY phone had a child. 5G thing's newly styled


I'm all for it

As someone that just recently switched away from a Blackberry Passport Silver, I welcome this development. The question is: will it work with LineageOS?

RIAA DMCAs GitHub into nuking popular YouTube video download tool, says it's used to slurp music


Did 2020 loop around to 1999? Na, it's been stuck at 1984 since March.

Windows to become emulation layer atop Linux kernel, predicts Eric Raymond


Re: Wishful thinking

No, it makes perfect sense because YOU have been testing MICROSOFTS translation between kernel APIs for YEARS now. That's what WSL was all about. They took old UNIX based code from NT4 and ported it for this very purpose: to test the shim layer that they are preparing for their move to a new kernel.


Re: Not going to happen

The point is the DO have a translation layer now and YOU the user are testing it for them. It's trivial to reverse the translations from NT->Posix to Posix->NT.


Re: Raymond's wet dream

No they would not write a new microkernel because that would cost MORE money than maintaining the NT kernel. That manoeuvre would not gain them access to the Linux mindshare, which now dominates many large initiatives. The entire reason for this change is to get closer to the Linux based communities, not further away from them (which a rust microkernel would do). At least Win32 shares the C API!!!

Win32 will become a service that runs inside a KVM module until they can fully port *microsoft* software to the Linux kernel, at which point win32 will become legacy because MS will have the advantage and will go around hovering up more industries in their cloud system.


Re: Interesting Idea

Windows Active directory is a combination of LDAP and Kerberos 5. While the NT implementation of Kerberos 5 is a little bit different from others, these are all userland services that don't specifically rely on a kernel in *nix. It would be trivial to move the code into the kernel to improve performance if needs be.

By the way, I ran a full test domain 5 years ago using Samba 4 and had no issue with most domain level functions I needed.


Called it

I called this when the introduced WSL.


Another Chromium browser for Linux? Microsoft Edge arrives in preview form, no love for Arm yet


Nothing to do with Devs

Microsoft is going to ditch the NT kernel as soon as they can. Porting SQL Server, Powershell, Edge, VS Code and other applications gives them input from users and allows them to build up expertise as they transition away from win32. Ultimately win32 will run in a VM under a Linux kernel and then eventually die.

I think Microsoft should have switched to the FreeBSD kernel myself. FreeBSD already has great emulation layer support for Linux emulation. FreeBSD could have hosted win32 natively without need of a virtualisation layer and there would not have been license issues.

To stop web giants abusing privacy, they must be prevented from respawning. Ever


Re: I've seen the movie just few days ago

It's not just the media. The world has learned that a word only means what they need it to mean to for as long as necessary. The trick they use is to co-opt a word for long enough to get people to nod their heads, then they change words to keep people on their heals.

"Professional journalism has died and been replaced with the low signal to noise ratio of Twitter..." God I wish the problem was confined to twitter, then I could just ignore the twits. But this is how ALL journalism works now.

Mark Zuckerberg, 36, decides that having people on his website deny the deaths of six million Jews is a bad thing


And two million Catholics...

UK govt advert encouraging re-skilling for cyber jobs implodes spectacularly


Sure thing

Cause you know, over weight, 30 year old women that spent their life pampered enough to think they could be professional ballerinas would make the BEST infosec people.

BBC Micro:bit with boosted specs and onboard mic to go on sale from next month


WTF is wrong with you british people?

Seriously, It's like the UK took 1984 and internalised it and decided it would be great to try it out for real. And I suppose the far left leaning, genital mutilation loving BBC is just doing this for shits and giggles? You are literally handing children spying devices provided by the most politicised zealots of racism that your country has seen in 100 years. This will not end well for you.

Oracle's Java 15 rides into town, waving the 'we're number one' flag, demands 25th birthday party


Re: Still stuck on Java 8

I actually did find a decent solution to the "thall shalt use the installed JVM" problem on Windows machines. This maven tool builds MSI packages (must install Wix toolset 3.11). The MSI includes a custom JRE. It's pretty slick...



Re: As a seasoned Java veteran, I have to say...



Still stuck on Java 8

AND no matter what I do, inevitably I wind up having to support Java 8 because some wanker third party vendor is still stuck on a 6 year old java release. I don't see how upping the cadence of releases is going to make that problem any better.

As if you needed another reason not to use Visual Studio, C++ extension for Visual Studio Code is live


Eclipse needs to go away now

I got really tired of Visual Studio and Eclipse. I HATE having to drill into a dialog box every time I want to change my build settings, include paths etc. I very much favor IDEs that use text files for build/project configuration. Using eclipse on our last project was so bad I was actually getting wrist and arm pain from click click clicking on dialog boxes. You know things are bad when CMake becomes the less painful option!

KDevelop has become an excellent IDE, though there are some odd key map duplicates when you first install it. Every keymap can be re-assigned which is both a blessing and a curse. Regardless, it's smoking fast, has lots of tools and is cross platform. I use it with CMake or xmake

CLion is now my hands down favourite IDE. Though the key mappings aren't as flexible as KDevelop - and you are more or less glued to CMake - I have found it to be fast, full features and incredibly robust. The only outstanding issue I have so far is getting OpenOCD to work with it for debugging embedded systems.

CLion is so good in fact, I can't wait to try Ryder so I can ditch Visual Studio 2019 for my C# development.

The truth is, honest people need willpower to cheat, while cheaters need it to be honest


Only 2000 years later

science if finally catching up to those pesky Christians. For more information please refer to the old testament, the new testament, anything written by St. Paul or Thomas Aquanus.


Brave takes brave stand against Google's plan to turn websites into ad-blocker-thwarting Web Bundles


Lousy memory

My God, have we already forgotten about HTTP2? It's almost like Google/Microsoft/Facebook didn't buy off the W3C to support the google SPDY binary web page format that intrinsically linked ads to content.

For the record: Google totally bought off the W3C and forced their SPDY standard onto everyone in an attempt to force an all-or-nothing binary content package on users.

Relying on plain-text email is a 'barrier to entry' for kernel development, says Linux Foundation board member



FreeBSD uses Pharbicator.

IBM takes Power10 processors down to 7nm with Samsung, due to ship by end of 2021


Not so subtle

Oh look, another American CPU that has a secret processor that the user can't access or control. That's so surprising?

Nokia 5310: Retro feature phone shamelessly panders to nostalgia, but is charming enough to be forgiven


Re: The problem is...

And a decent camera. Please, Nokia, I would pay $200 for a phone like that. Just like the old phones but with a good camera. Wifi or blue tooth for transfering photos would be great but not a deal breaker.


Quit telling me which box I fit in

As a full time senior software developer I don't need a computer in my pocket. I need a phone with a good camera. I went as far as buying a Nokia 515 which is basically this phone with a 5 MP camera, but the frequencies don't work in North America.

They have hobbled this phone on purpose with a VGA camera and that makes me mad. I just want a phone with a decent camera. Or a decent camera with a phone, I don't care...

.NET Core: Still a Microsoft platform thing despite more than five years open source


Re: Always seemed an uphill task

"Fun fact: did you know that .net core doesn't include a cross-platform GUI library? Yeah."

And no interface to C/C++ other than COM. How on earth did they suppose that would work? Thousands of fantastic FOSS libraries available and you can't use any of them.


Re: Microsoft's fault

No, Mono was not starting to gain ground. There was close to zero Mono development on the desktop. However, Xamarin Studio allowed for cross platform mobile apps, which opened a new avenue of revenue for Microsoft. It was a brilliant strategy by Miguel de Icaza.


Re: Microsoft's fault

Yes, Microsoft owns Mono. They purchased Xamarin.

.Net Core and Mono do NOT share any code. Mono DID move over to the Rosyln compiler, but the frameworks (e.g. the classes that you call) are completely different implementations.


I used .net in my thirties too thank you very much!


Re: Who needs Ms Net Core? We have Mono.

Except that mono is slooooooow. I had one app and you could see the application halt as it garbage collected.


Too much missing

I am fairly cross platform so when the .Net Core thing came out I was keen. Except that you couldn't interface with native applications in Linux, there was no built in GUI framework and you can't port .net Framework apps (other than asp.net and even that is brittle) to Linux. Soooo.... WHY would a developer spend time trying to piece together a solution in broken .Net code when there are so many other tools?

What is the ROI in building or converting applications for a platform where the only users are too cheap to buy software??? (I include myself in that 'too cheap' comment).

No, Microsoft is inching towards replacing the NT kernel with something else. That is the only reason for .Net Core. They are biding their time until they switch the kernel model and NT becomes the subsidiary to Linux. Then suddenly all the features that developers need will magically appear. Just wait...


Re: What's up with non-.NET developers thinking?

Mono did not evolve into .Net Core. Mono is a completely different code base and never shall the two meet. I know this because I was helping port .Net Core 2 over to FreeBSD. They are not the same and share very little (if any) code. From what I could tell at the time, the teams don't even talk to each other.

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



ARM processors and x86 processors are completely different. They use different instruction sets, different pipeline configurations, everything. Intel processors are powerful and fast because they have more advanced instructions for complicated processes, not to mention totally different clock speeds etc.

If you think that you will get the exact same performance per watt from an ARM based computer you are deluding yourself. The trick for Apple will be tuning these ARM based processors for very very specific workloads so that they *seem* to be as fast as an Intel chip when doing certain tasks. That will be fine for an iPod or a phone, but the ramifications for "PCs" is far worse.

If ARM based computers were so desirable, why haven't ARM based servers taken off? Answer: because they are not as competitive as Intel based servers. I am no 'lover' of Intel, but the market speaks for itself.

Amazon teases Bottlerocket, its take on Linux specifically for running containers


Re: Oh good

Except that I'm saying it's not hard; it's been done to death. I have a 5 year old Linux image that likely has 80% of this. FreeBSD has a deployment script to set up an SD card to do the same thing. If Amazon is having trouble running the build root script and creating Linux partitions, we all have bigger problems.


Oh good

They've finally caught up with buildroot and embedded Linux best practices. Partition swapping has only been around for 30 years or so...


Galileo got it wrong – official: Jupiter actually wet, not super-dry: 'No one would have guessed that water might be so variable across the planet'


Title is Incorrect

The Galileo probe did not get it wrong according to your article. The scientist misinterpreted the data.

You know the President is able to shut down all US comms, yeah? An FCC commish wants to stop him from doing that


Balance anyone?

If the author had so much as even attempted a balanced article I might listen, but this is just left wing porn.

What is WebAssembly? And can you really compile C/C++ to it? And it'll run in browsers? Allow us to explain in this gentle introduction


Re: Oh Jesus Christ

Jesus has nothing to do with this, it's our own mess.


New High Priests

Web browser engineers seeking to become the new High Priests of the Internet so they re-invent Assembly in the browser. Sigh.

Ted Nelson on the history of computers...


The Windows Phone keeps ringing but no one's home: Microsoft finally lets platform die


Thanks for sticking your finger in the wound

I was rummaging through some old boxes on the weekend and came across my old Lumia handsets. I loved WP. May she rest in peace...

Phew! All that competition in the US mobile industry was exhausting. Thank God for the FCC, am I right?


From the attached document

"A study commissioned by the Canadian government found that Canada’s three-carrier wireless market had some of the highest mobile prices anywhere in the world. Today’s decision does not address any of this literature."

We in Canada literally pay double what they do in the US. I don't think this fact was lost on the merging parties.

DoHn't believe the hype! You are being lied to by data-hungry ISPs, Mozilla warns lawmakers


Ya cause you know, the whole push to use TLS on all communications had nothing to do with large service providers protecting the value of the data they are collecting on you. Just like the new push for DNS Sec has nothing to do with protecting the value of the data on your web requests.


Google ads from the po-po can prevent vengeful gamer nerds going full script kiddie – research


Of Course?

Yes, big brother reminding you that you are being watched is an effective way to model peoples behavior. But I thought Orson Welles already established that pretty clearly?

No ghosts but the Holy one as vicar exorcises spooky tour from UK's most haunted village


Sweet Kicks

As a practicing (rather orthodox) Catholic I see nothing wrong with the shoes themselves. The miss-appropriation of the Papal Seal may be an issue. While some may claim that "walking on water" could be blasphemous, I will point out there is water in the sole (soul?) of the shoe so the wearer is literally walking on water.

I might point out, though, that instead of spending $3000 on shoes, perhaps said purchaser should spend $100 on a pair of shoes and give the rest to charity. It would be a more appropriate action for someone in love with the Lord.

Apple will wring out $18bn by upselling NAND to fanbois – analyst


No, cloud storage won't dampen profits

because iPhones are tied exclusively to Apple iCloud and I pay $5.00 CAD a month for 1 TB of iCloud storage. It's a win/win for Apple...

There once was a biz called Bitbucket, that told Mercurial to suck it. Now devs are dejected, their code soon ejected


Re: Fossil

Fossil is awesome. Self hosted web site, wiki and issue tracker. Brilliant.

Thunder, thunder, thunder... Thunderclap: Feel the magic, hear the roar, macOS, Windows pwnage tools are loose


Anyone could see...

I remember the first time I heard about DMA use in high performance network cards I remember thinking "this can't be good". All the while Mr. Torvalds assertion that micro-kernels are unnecessary performance drains was ringing in my ears.

A decade on, Apple and Google's 30% app store cut looks pretty cheesy


Re: "Perhaps a better comparison would be the margins in retail stores?"


Careful with the 'virtual hugs' says new FreeBSD Code of Conduct


From a poster in the original FreeBSD discussion

"As a person who probably classified as one in the groups "being protected" it irrated the f**** out of me that I can see people obviously trying to figure out how to talk to me without offending me and it really seems to me like pandering.


I think it boils down to you can't legislate compassion toward others it just ends up doing the opposite."

The pendulum will continue to swing too far to the left, before it starts it's arc back the other way.


Re: Oh my fucking gawd/ess ...

Don't be silly. People are too self centered to have kids. Fill in the forms for offspring? Na, book a vacation to Mexico instead.

Oracle open-sources DTrace under the GPL


So silly...

This is just silly. Anyone that wanted to use dtrace or zfs was building the packages as modules and adding it themselves.

I'm glad this makes the communists feel better. However, me thinks Oracle has an ulterior motive. Ten bucks says they're going to kill off the Solaris project all together and replace it with Oracle Linux and needed this license change to avoid sticky-ness with the GNU project.

Ubuntu wants to slurp PCs' vital statistics – even location – with new desktop installs


Re: Sounds like Windows

Sounds like you need to start looking at FreeBSD.

GhostBSD is a nice GNOME based GUI variant on 11-RELEASE and TrueOS has it's own Lumina UI that can be swapped out for most common desktops.