* Posts by Scotthva5

61 publicly visible posts • joined 6 Jun 2014


Elon Musk issues ultimatum to Twitter staff: Go hardcore or go home


Easy choice Elon

In essence you're asking your few remaining employees to work 3 times longer for the same pay or be fired. That's an easy choice to make, for me at least.

Why I love my Chromebook: Reason 1, it's a Linux desktop


Re: I'll be buying a Chromebook

We are a Red Hat shop at work but at home Zorin Pro is our OS of choice. Works well, easy on the eyes and doesn't get in my way. My wife likes it as well after her brief flirtation with Deepin ended in tears.

Juno offering Linux-powered tablet PC for pre-order


Re: Kinda pricey...

I was using the iPad as a reference, obviously they are for completely separate markets. What exactly are you going to be filling that larger storage with short of media? It certainly won't be touch native applications. I'm no Apple fanboy (I champion all things Linux and have for years) but the value of Apple's massive ecosystem can't be overstated. Adding a mouse or other input device such as a keyboard would make it far easier to use normal Linux apps but now we are getting away from being a 'tablet' and closer to Microsoft's Surface. At $400+ this is outside the realm of 'nice to have plaything', at least for me. I wish Juno the best of luck but I don't see a compelling market niche for it.


Kinda pricey...

..for a no-name, non-upgradable Chinese tablet with a slow, low-end processor. I'm all for more Linux based appliances but Apple's base iPad is $100 cheaper, boasts far higher specs, has an OS designed from the ground up to be touch native and a vast ecosystem. Tablets are not flying off the shelves these days and I'm struggling to see what market niche this would fill other than developers working on touch native applications.

This maglev turntable costs more than an average luxury electric car


Re: Hah. but...

Don't forget the $4000 power cord that "re-aligns the power flow" to provide maximum precision.

Linus Torvalds's faulty memory (RAM, not wetware) slows kernel development


Re: I worry about the longevity of Emperor Penguins

>>Decision-by-committee is the worst death by a thousand cuts

Sounds like you have been subjected to one too many "product planning" or "customer focus" meetings, as have I. Herding Jell-O cats is easier than getting a firm decision by a group of people with conflicting interests.

Intel's 13th-gen CPUs are hot, hungry, loaded with cores


Re: Seems an odd choice for 2022

I'm thinking more or less along similar lines: what happened to the push for efficiency? When AMD announced their Ryzen 7000 series and the large boost in TDP I thought it was a misprint at first and now Intel is doing the same thing. So much for efficient and cool running CPUs and their less costly cooling requirements. It's no wonder ARM is making inroads in the data center, small though they may be.

You can never have too many backups. Also, you can never have too many backups


Re: A maze of twisty little backups

Guilty on more than one occasion. "I'll remember which is newest...surely".

Big Tech is building the metaverse of its own dreams. You don't want to go there


>> I'm not interested in sharing the minutia of my life with strangers.

That, in a nutshell, is why I've stayed away from almost all forms of social media. If I wanted to know what you ate last night or what film you watched I would ask, I don't need to read about the next day. Years ago B3TA did a "show us your useless inventions" Photoshop challenge and one of the winners was Twitter enabled bog roll. "I'm wiping my ass with Tesco Ultra Soft" is not too far removed from the drivel that populates most Facebook or Twitter feeds.

Mozilla finds 18 of 25 popular reproductive health apps share your data


Re: Women as breeder cattle, rights

Can't the same result be achieved by pen and paper? A handy calendar might suffice.

Specs leak of 5.7GHz AMD Ryzen 7000 chips with double the L2 cache


Re: 120-140W of power under load

That was my first thought. Hopefully these "leaked" specs are not accurate as it seems, to me anyway, to be somewhat of a step backward given the current push for efficiency.

Enough with the notifications! Focus Assist will shut them u… 'But I'm too important!'


Re: talky toaster?

More like Talky Microwave. I have a mid-range micro that announces every key press with a shrill and incredibly loud beep with no option of turning it off. Why? Ostensibly it's for the visually impaired but a closer inspection reveals that to be false: the number pad is perfectly smooth (so no tactical feedback) and the tone is the same for every key press (so no audible feedback). The best I can come up with is the micro has taken it upon itself to inform the entire household that Dad is back from the bar and reheating that last piece of pizza at 2 am.

VMware’s subscriptions start at 16 cores, prices won't be made public


Crystal ball

Is any of this even remotely surprising given the current corporate love affair with subscriptions and the possibility of a continuous, renewable revenue stream?

Motorola-powered Mac from 1989 used to write smartphone apps


I remember using A/UX 3.x back in the 90's. It was lovely, the stability of Unix (with some BSD goodies) paired with the Apple finder grafted on top. It's a shame Apple never continued development and restricted it's use to Nubus equipped 68k Macs, it might have replaced the mess that was classic MacOS with something far more modern.

Choosing a non-Windows OS on Lenovo Secured-core PCs is trickier than it should be


Re: The Dog Returns To His Vomit

No and they never will as long as their focus is fixated on market share and pleasing Wall Street instead of customer experience.

Microsoft's Dublin datacenter to help take pressure off Ireland's renewable energy


Good analogy and typical Borg behavior attempting to monetize everything not nailed down...or nailed down in this case.

Next major update of Windows 11 prepares for launch


Apparently Baldrick is now running Microsoft. That explains a great deal.

OpenVMS on x86-64 reaches production status with v9.2


Re: I wonder how many people still remember how to use it?

Back in the day I asked one of our Dectites (the DuPont name for those brave unfortunate souls) a technical question and he referred me, with some reverence I might add, to the VAX/VMS documentation library holding forth in its own vast storeroom. Had to supply my own breadcrumbs to find my way back. Never did find the answer.

Robots are creepy. Why trust AIs that are even creepier?


Re: Ahhh, smug mode.

I toast, therefore I am.

Run Windows on a Chromebook: All the details. Not so fast, home user...


Re: Best of both worlds!

Add Parallels to mix and $69 a year for the privilege. What a bargain.

Nvidia outlines subscription-fueled journey to $1tr revenue


Surely you jest

Nvidia reveals 144-core Arm-based Grace 'CPU Superchip'


Unfortunately nVidia has replaced 'customer value' with 'shareholder value' as their primary focus.

Remember Norton 360's bundled cryptominer? Irritated folk realise Ethereum crafter is tricky to delete


Re: "requires powerful hardware"

If so the JD flask would be dried frog pills.

Linux kernel 5.15 released with new NTFS driver plus an LTS sticker slapped on it


Re: Slightly confused about samba

That was my thought as well. Performance gains at the expense of security is not a trade off I'm willing to make.


Re: Slightly confused about samba

<<tips hat

Many thanks


Slightly confused about samba

I thought that smb was part of the kernel already but obviously I'm wrong. How is it being implemented currently?

Windows what? PC makers have bigger things on their minds


That was my first thought when I saw the hardware requirements for Win11: this is going to be an impossible sell for many companies that invested untold millions to update to Win10. I worked for many years at a big-box home improvement company that took ages to upgrade and update hardware so the worker bees could enjoy the 'luxury and splendor' of 10 over 7. To the best of my knowledge that roll-out was completed only two years ago so I highly doubt they will be looking to update any time soon.

GNOME 41: Slick with heaps of new features for users and devs – but annoyances remain



I'd love to see the application launcher stop truncating file names that won't fit on a single line and adopt double line names. This was teased awhile back but so far hasn't made it to release. Everything else looks quite nice, obviously the Gnome devs have been busy.

Happy birthday, Linux: From a bedroom project to billions of devices in 30 years


I would argue that Linux succeeded because it is not a commercial project. Granted it may have initially started with more resources but for how long? Commercial products demand a revenue stream to be successful and what if early iterations of a commercial kernel simply didn't sell? The plug would be pulled at an early stage in development then put back on the shelf to wither.

Bless you: Yep, it's IBM's new name for tech services spinoff and totally not a hayfever medicine


Re: Lifecycle of Bollocks

"...anyone remember when PWC renamed their consulting division "Monday?"

I certainly do AND the snafu that resulted from them forgetting to grab the mondays.co.uk domain, much to the delight of BT3A.

Ticker tape and a binary message: Bank of England's new Alan Turing £50 must be the nerdiest banknote ever


Re: On current historical trajectory

if you're lucky

Behold the drive-thru of the California Highway Patrol: Fry me a river, has 'CHIPS' stopped working again?


Commercial Hospital-grade Inedible ProductS

Remember when the keyboard was the computer? You can now relive those heady days with the Raspberry Pi 400


This looks like a low power Plex server to me, as long as you don't need multiple transcoding streams it should do just fine. I've been looking for something to replace my current Plex server (i5 powered Asus lappy) with something that uses less juice.

Brit accused of spying on 772 people via webcam CCTV software tells court he'd end his life if extradited to US


Re: Team America: World Police

Agreed. Serves no useful purpose to extradite to the US when the crimes were committed on UK soil. This amounts to grandstanding by the US "Justice" Department.

Mark Shuttleworth to revive Ubuntu Community Council after body shrinks to single member – Mark Shuttleworth


Re: One man, one vote

Hopefully Shuttleworth won't get smacked in the gob by an air-launched turtle.

Techie studied ancient ways of iSeries machine, saved day when user unleashed eldritch powers, got £50 gift voucher


All software needs...

...a "bring forth the fluffy bunnies" option.

What the duck? Bloke keeps getting sent bathtime toys in the post – and Amazon won't say who's responsible


That was mildly amusing.

Hungry? Please enjoy this delicious NaN, courtesy of British Gas and Sainsbury's


Re: The current state of education?

Sadly this is not an isolated incident, at least in my experience. The badly trained badgers that most government agencies employ are not capable of rational thought, let alone write it out.

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


They were never going to stay in business...

...if people came in just to Windows shop.

edit: yes, I stole that from /.

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


Thoughtful, well reasoned commentary that is on point? In El Reg's comment section? Who stole the interwebs? Well done.

Linus Torvalds drops Intel and adopts 32-core AMD Ryzen Threadripper on personal PC


Re: ARM wrestle

Sadly this is true.

Berlin's renowned nightclub scene is showing signs of life. Just one problem: No dancing


Re: Now is when we Dance on Sprockets... in Stuttgart?

Touch my monkey

Tech's Volkswagen moment? Trend Micro accused of cheating Microsoft driver QA by detecting test suite


Re: Petty or Pedant?

Pedantic but correct.

Talk about ill-gotten gains: Coronavirus KOs Xerox's $30bn months-long hostile takeover bid of HP Inc


Re: aren't they doomed anyway ?

Agreed, HP's board was correct that the planned takeover would have saddled the new firm with enormous amounts of unserviceable debt and could have possibly killed both. This was all Carl Icahn's baby from the get-go and as history has shown Icahn is not concerned with long-term viability, just short-term profit.

Tinfoil hat brigade switches brand allegiance to bog paper


Re: grep?

but grep has such a retro Dennis Richie vibe


Netflix stock


Like its Windows-noob-stabilisers OS, Zorin's cloudy Grid tool is Linux desktop management for dummies


Re: changing font

As if Dostoyevsky wasn't opaque enough.

Microsoft's on Edge and you could be, too: Chromium-based browser exits beta – with teething problems


I'm not going to hold my breath...

...waiting for 1080p Netflix on Linux. That would be the only reason for me to use Edge over Brave.

We live so fast I can't even finish this sent...


If Agnes Nutter was involved...

...there would be explosives and a 50 Kg barrel of nails somewhere in the vicinity.