* Posts by DarkwavePunk

105 posts • joined 24 Jun 2014


If anyone can explain why Jupiter's Great Red Spot is spinning faster and shrinking, please speak up


Oddly enough...

I was just reading this:


“Identifying the true mechanism for the spontaneous formation of Onsager vortices in 2D BECs represents a major progress in our understanding of 2D superfluid turbulence,” Guo said. “Our findings about the point vortices on a sphere may represent a conceptually interesting model of a planetary atmosphere, and these findings can be tested experimentally at NASA’s space laboratory.”

We're all at sea: Navigation Royal Navy style – with plenty of IT but no GPS


Re: Reg units need not apply

When I lived in Australia it was also a mish-mash of units. You'd ask for directions and get something like "Yeah, keep going for about 5km, take the first left, then it's about 300 yards on your right. Can't miss it".

Playdate handheld game system torn to pieces, crank and all


I honestly thought...

When I first heard of this gizmo I did think it was crank powered like those radios and torches you can get. I'm mildly disappointed but it could make a neat nerdy present for someone.

Judge dismisses objections to spaceport in Scotland from billionaire who also wants to build spaceport in Scotland


Re: Vertical orbit??

I'm a little confused as to what you're getting at unless it's a semantic game. The Earth has a rotation, axis, shape and relative position. You could give North, East, South, West any labels you like, but there's a fundamental difference between an equatorial and axis aligned orbit. Maybe "vertical" is a klunky term that you object to.


Depends on what orbit you want to lob your sat to be in I guess. I hear polar orbits are all the rage now.

Edit: Well I'm late to that party

Buyer of $28m Blue Origin space ticket has a scheduling conflict – so this teen will go instead


When I turned 18 I was so horribly hungover from the night before that I missed out on the joy of legally buying an alcoholic beverage on my birthday.

All hands on Steam Deck: Fancy a handheld Linux PC that runs Windows apps, sports a custom AMD Zen APU and a touch screen?


Looks like...

Reminds me of the Atari Lynx from the early 90s. Got a bit nostalgic for a moment there.

Giant predatory ancient insects pioneered mobile comms 310,000,000 years ago


Re: More detail needed

I was there before you. Used to be all fields around 'ere.

After 15 years and $500m, the US Navy decides it doesn't need shipboard railguns after all


Re: So...

Yeah, you get a bit over $1 back. Oh and you have to pay tax on it,

Radioactive hybrid terror pigs break out of nuclear hellscape home and into people's hearts


Re: Not sure why ....

Ow. Memories. Quality B Movie. Have a beer.

Google has second thoughts about cutting cookies, so serves up CHIPs


Re: Optional

DNS is a mess. It's used for things way beyond its initial remit. I have stared into the DNS abyss in many sectors and only found ghoulish Lovecraftian tentacles of "Digital Marketing". Or to but it bluntly, it's a fucking shitshow.

APNIC left a dump from its Whois SQL database in a public Google Cloud bucket


At least it wasn't...

At least it wasn't AWS this time. Good to see Google competing at the IAM cloud storage SNAFU level. Spread the idiocy around says I.

Space Force turtle expert uncovers $1.2m Cape Canaveral cocaine haul


My life is crushed in only a few words.

"Space Force turtle expert"

Why?! Why is this not me? I have wasted my entire life.

Need some --->

Do you come from a land Down Under? Where diesel's low and techies blunder


Re: Alternative steps

Back in the day when I lived on a canal boat we had red for agricultural, blue for leisure vehicles (which included house boats for some reason). and standard. There was talk about removing the blue designation. Don't know. Boat sank for other reasons. There's no difference except the price as far as functionality is concerned.

Amazon exec's husband jailed for two years for insider trading. Yes, with Amazon stock



Back in the distant fog of time when dinosaurs roamed the mighty fens of Cambridgeshire, I worked for an online stockbroking company. Had full access to a dedicated X.25 link to the LSE, access to everything on the network, and the ability to see pretty much everything before it was made public. Even 20ish year old me wasn't stupid enough to do that shit. Maybe I could have been a millionaire. Having dealt with the SFO, FSO, FCA and their ilk I'm happy to just be a pauper and not in gaol.

Photographer seeks $12m in copyright damages over claims Capcom ripped off her snaps in Resident Evil 4 art


Some of those...

...are pretty blatantly cut'n'paste jobs from her original photos. Had a quick scan through the PDF and the shattered glass ones I can't quite see, but a lot of the others definitely are direct lifts from her works. The weird thing is the source material being from 1996. I have little knowledge of Resident Evil (didn't know there was a 2 never mind 4). Scene designers for a major game developer should however be a bit more savvy about where they source their textures/images from. I blame carelessness given the age of the source material, not that she doesn't have a claim or doesn't deserve some kind of payment.

Linux 5.13 hits rc5, isn’t yet calm, Linus Torvalds is only mildly perturbed


Re: Still brickin'...

Oh thanks. Hadn't realised that. I was under the impression that most installers fell back to a text installer or generic VGA driver. Having no idea what the OP was attempting to do, why, or what version of Debian, I'll just crawl back under my rock.


Re: Still brickin'...

"No graphics card recognition. No trackpad/mouse recognition", "not even a way to scroll back up through the text output"

I'm finding this rather hard to logically parse. You see stuff on screen? I'm curious as to what happens next...

Oracle hits UK reseller with lawsuit for allegedly reselling grey market Sun hardware


We actually used two of those "Pizza Box Sun machines" to run a small ISP back in the day. I remember being given a Sun Ultra 30 (or something like it. Tower box anyway) at my second job in the UK. Luxury. Proper mouse and the Crtl key in the right place on the keyboard. Running glorious CDE with window widgets that looked like things you're meant to click on. Add a monitor that you could kill someone with if you were strong or foolish enough to try and pick up by yourself.

Sold: €15k invisible sculpture that's a must-see for art lovers



Think I'll just quote my father's reaction - "Not my money - good luck to him!"

Four women suing Google for pay discrimination just had their lawsuit upgraded to a $600m class action


Well that's a particularly disgusting comment. Well trolled. Wait, no, that's just fucked up.

I wanted to make a positive comment so uh - I once gave a copy of Einstein's Beetle to a barmaid at a local pub because she was thinking of going into physics at university. She did. Yay. Best I could do in this context.

The Audacity: Audio tool finds new and exciting ways to annoy contributors with a Contributor License Agreement


Peculiar move

You'd think they'd let the original kerfuffle die down before doing anything more drastic. Are there any other good similar tools out there? I'm not adverse to paying (as long as that means "I bought it, it's mine" rather than some subscription bollocks).

I'm probably fine with my current version of Audacity* but I'd rather like to stick two fingers up - not that anyone will notice - to this sort of tomfoolery that seems to be becoming ever more prevalent in Open Source projects.

* Reminds me, I really should lay down the multi-track of a ukulele through a distortion pedal.

Too many of these --->

Who gave dusty Soviet-era spacecraft that unwanted lick of paint? It was an idiot, with a spraycan, in Baikonur



It's not like it was anything anyone could describe as "good" at the time. It is however a piece of history. It should be respected as such.

Also the graffiti is utter wank.

The Home Office will need to overturn a long legacy of failure to achieve ambition of all-digital border by 2025



I am genuinely - as per the title - curious as to why the British are so against the concept of ID cards. Is it some kind of reactionary instinct against "Papers please!"? I'm English (albeit a mildly weird journey to actually live here) but I can't really remember a time I wasn't carrying some form of ID. From having my name, address, phone number written in biro in a school book to the heady heights of having a bank card... Surely the vast majority of people have something identifying on them. Is that the issue? Perceived overreach of the state? It's not going to be hard to find out that I spent £34 at BoozeMart at 11pm last Saturday in Bogville. Nor does anyone seem to bat an eyelid at having to produce a passport to travel (remember that?).

I am just honestly interested. This is not an attack and a real question.

(from someone who probably had a name tag sewn into their pants at pre-school)

That Salesforce outage: Global DNS downfall started by one engineer trying a quick fix



The engineer followed a protocol and it got approved. Sure they may have used the "break/fix" option, but "Going down the EBF route meant fewer approvals" still means people higher up the chain did actually approve it.

Bad call by the engineer maybe, but someone should have spotted it if it did indeed go through a formal channel.

Pics or it didn't happen: First images from China's Mars rover suggest nothing has gone Zhurong just yet


Re: Nothing there...

You really don't like Mars do you?

We can send sciencey thingy whatsits to another planet and gather information snuffling around to not only ken the formation of rocky planets, but the solar system itself.

Were you forced to listen to the first suite of Holst's "The Planets" on loop as a swaddling?


Good to see.

Someone recently said something along the lines of "I'd prefer a public failure in a space mission to a secretive success".

Glad to see at least some albeit partial information about this landing. I hope the science is shared.

Beer for boffins as always --->

Linux laptop biz System76 makes its first foray into the mechanical keyboard world with dinky, hackable Launch


Re: Way too many keys

Can't agree with everything you say as I definitely use arrow keys and page up/down. I do however agree with "Crtl key is in the wrong place". As long as you consider "right place" to be where the annoying "Caps" key is on nearly every keyboard out there these days (I know I can re-map). I miss my Sun keyboard layout.

Also US keyboard layout is a mess for me these days due to where the pipe symbol is.

Latest phones are great at thwarting Wi-Fi tracking. Other devices, not so much – study



Wasn't able to connect to my home WiFi a few days ago. Turns out a software update on my phone enabled MAC randomisation. This in general it a good thing. Sad part though is home WiFi here is a block of flats and access is granted based on registered device (ie MAC address). Guess I'll have to turn off WiFi or re-enable the MAC randomisation every time I go outside (hah!).

South Korea creates ‘metaverse alliance’ to build an open national VR platform



I've always like the idea of some kind of "metaverse" standard protocol (we all know how well that goes) for seamless virtual worlds. Ever since playing MUDs in the early 90s the concept of being able to traverse worlds with a single "you" token would be cool.

For now I'll just have to amuse myself with the idea of a buff World of Warcraft character turning up in Minecraft only to have the world caught in the crossfire of a battle between Elite:Dangerous and Eve Online.

Anyone seen my dried frog pills?

Staying in the UK this summer? Good news: Temples of IT nerdery are reopening


Another to possibly add to the list

I believe "Look Mum No Computer" is trying to get his "Museum of Everything Else" going this summer.


Worth checking out his channel(s) on YouTube. Lots of really interesting stuff.

Perl changes dev's permaban for 'unacceptable' behaviour to a year-long lockout after community response


Given I read "philosemitic" as having interest of or like of Semitic people (usually Jews although that's kind of wrong) and "antisemitism" as hating Jews - I can conclude that I have absolutely no fucking idea what they're on about.

EDIT: Guess it could mean they're obsessed with hating Jews. Bugger knows.

Samsung stops providing security updates to the Galaxy S8 at grand old age of four years


I know it's not a phone, but Samsung.

Bought a Samsung Galaxy Pro 10 tablet when it came out. I'm an artist (of sorts) so the S-Pen thingo is really neat, pressure sensitive, not the worst lag I've had on a tablet. Paid Mega-Wonga (think that's a technical term) for it back in the day in the hopes that my digital dream would come true. Nothing new works on it, LinageOS still doesn't appear to support the S-Pen thingywhatsit. Now it just sits in the corner glaring at me as if to say "Android 5.0.2? You fucking wanker!"

Oddly enough my pencils and paper still work. Point being it's an old, yet very capable bit of kit that's artificially limited. This makes me wary of all such toys.

Audacity 'scared and excited' to be bought and brought under Muse Group's roof, promises to stay free and open source


Utterly agree. Please keep controls visually distinct from display content. That goes for any program really.

As an aside, I didn't even realise there was a new Audacity version out. Might give it a look but my 2.whatever still does the job. Not like I'm going to chuck out my BOSS ME-80 just because there's something newer and "cool".

Ingenuity Mars Helicopter cleared for further, farther, flying after landing on 117-second fourth flight


Re: Nighttime Landings

Now I have an image in my head of a Space Shuttle skimming across the sea like a skipping-stone over a pond. That'd be some ride! I should drink less booze.

Terminal trickery, or how to improve a novel immeasurably



Back in the mists of time when I was at Uni we had Wyse or similar VT* style terminals. I found the escape sequence code that would completely reset one of those terminals. Naturally I downloaded the source to the Unix "wall" command and modified it to just send that code to everyone who didn't have "mesg n" set. Which of course was pretty much everyone as "mesg y" was default. So if feeling full on stroppy teenager, I could nuke nearly everyone's session on a whim. I grew up - and became a sysadmin...

Appeals court nixes online blueprint sharing ban on 3D-printed 'ghost guns'


Re: Who needs a 3D Printer

You need someone with three arms and six nipples? I am interested and would like to subscribe to your newsletter.

A trip to the dole queue: CEO of $2bn Bay Area tech biz says he was fired for taking LSD before company meeting


Re: I like it recreationally

Never gone out in public on LSD. I have quite a few times on magic mushrooms though.

Then again, I'm a fun guy.

OK, so we don't have a flying car yet, but this is possibly even better: The Internet of Beer


Re: I grew up in a college town

I'm not entirely sure how far I could throw a standard (for some values thereof) British pub empty beer keg/barrel. My guess is "not very far".

WordPress core contributor proposes treating Google FLoC as a security vulnerability



I've not been able to glean from articles I've read just how many "Cohort" groups I'm going to be added to under FLoC. As I believe others have noted on here, one generic blob is better than 3rd party cookies and their ilk. I mean "Likes darkwave post-punk music" would make for interesting advertising (If I ever saw Ads on sites I don't trust). It gets a bit more creepy if that's added to "Likes art supplies, IT, physics, maths problems, linguistics, Korean chick playing drums in her knickers" or whatever. It just seems like an iterative way to do the same thing as before whilst saying you aren't.

I look forward to scantily clad East Asian women playing drums with pencils to late-80s goth-rock and selling me a copy of the Hávamál which I already have. Progress!

UK digital secretary Oliver Dowden starts national security probe into proposed Arm-Nvidia merger


Re: Should never have been sold in the first place

It would be very hard to tear ARM out of Cambridge. I briefly worked at HQ there (~3 years) and I can honestly say that I've never met a bigger bunch of Hyper-Nerds* in the 26 years I've been working in IT. Seriously mind-bending levels of Dorkage.**

* This is a compliment

** This too is a compliment

On a dusty red planet almost 290 million km away... NASA's Ingenuity Mars Helicopter flies


Watched it as the feed came in from the NASA site. Pretty amazing stuff when you think about it. Loved seeing all the views of the shell console stuff (nerdy I know), but seeing the telemetry data on the graph and the first image(s) was awesome. The reaction from the boffins was nice too. So glad it made its baby hop successfully.

3 hours for information to come back? They must have trained on a remote VMWare console if my experience is anything to go by! </joke>

Beer for Boffins as always -->

There's no place like GNOME: System 76 introduces COSMIC desktop GUI for its Pop!_OS Linux


Re: Why the fuck

"...have forgotten more about their operating system than I ever knew about mine..."

Possible I guess, but how would I know if I've forgotten?

Started with SunOS 4 and can still bumble my way around a Unix-like system to this day. In fact people pay me to do it.

So how's .NET 6 coming along? Oh wow, Microsoft's multi-platform framework now includes... Windows


Can we all please...

...go back to Motif for desktop GUIs? Sure it's ugly as sin by whatever metric is used today for such things. At least I can tell what buttons, menus, tool bars, window frames, scroll bars, etc... actually are. This current idea that program content and UI should blend seamlessly into one amorphous blob confuses and irritates me. I'm probably just being a grumpy old git.

'Chinese wall'? Who uses 'Chinese wall'? Well, IBM did, and it actually means 'firewall'


Re: People need to think this through.

"Only English will be singled out for this mistreatment"

And to rub salt into the wounds it will only be the American usage of "English". A lot of people will be scratching their heads and wondering what the hell is going on. Given English is - in most of the world - the default business/IT language, how is someone for whom English isn't their native tongue going to adapt to these changes?

NASA's Mars helicopter spins up its blades ahead of hoped-for 12 April hover


Re: Nothing there....

"Nothing there".

I've never quite understood this statement. What exactly is the "Thing" that is of the class "No"? I mean we've got scientific instruments on another planet. There's a lot of geomorphological, atmospheric and many other bits of information this mission can provide. Including flying a fucking helicopter on another planet.

Please tell me the magic "Thing" I should be looking out for just in case I'm accidentally curious about the universe and stray into the realm of "No".

Texan's alleged Amazon bombing effort fizzles: Militia man wanted to take out 'about 70 per cent of the internet'


Re: Christian Militia Terrorist

Aren't all Abrahamic religions (and probably others) "terrorist" by their very nature? "Do things our way or you will burn for eternity in the fires of Hell" isn't exactly rainbows and prancing fluffy bunnies.


Thank you for that. I believed and probably perpetuated that myth for longer than I should have in my youth. After actually reading accounts from the time I changed my tune. Knowing it was cobbled together by boffins on crappy hardware explains the Internet perfectly and makes sense. And balance was restored to the universe.

Beer for boffins -->

Apple's pending privacy clampdown drives desperate marketers to overwhelm domain database


Re: The Etsy problem

I was thinking something similar. Fine, you want to flog stuff on Etsy and use their platform, whatever. At least set up your own domain name and have it forwarded to the Esty one. That way you have your own domain identity and get the "benefits" of their platform. I must be missing some kind of marketing ad-slinging voodoo that this would break.

It's been a long time coming but AWS has at last enabled an interactive serial console for de-borking VMs


Still seems a bit sub-par.

I've had to do the AWS EBS shuffle in the past and it's not fun in the slightest. This is welcome in a way although the hoops to get it working look a bit of a ballache as well.

I guess we're all meant to be using a Kubernetes cluster with a DevOps CI pipeline in this brave new world. However, sometimes I'd just like a server to behave like a server whether it be self-hosted tin/VM or in the "cloud".



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