* Posts by Hans Neeson-Bumpsadese

1629 posts • joined 22 Jul 2014

Not a GNOME fan, and like the look of Windows? Try KDE Plasma or Cinnamon

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Re: Similarly, if you have a touchscreen

I have never understood the call for a touchscreen on laptops or desktops

I've got a touchscreen laptop (basically because the non-touchscreen version was out of stock, and the shop were happy to sell me the touchscreen version for the same price) so I was in the position of having a solution in search of a problem.

Use case number one - working on a train/plane it's not convenient to use a separate mouse and use of the trackpad is a bit iffy if bouncing around a bit...just jabbing at the screen is a little bit easier

Use case number two - some image editing is a bit more precise using a finger (or touchscreen-friendly stylus) on the actual screen compared to a mouse, and I don't want the cost or hassle of buying a separate stylus/tablet thingy

Were those use cases improved by having a touchscreen? Yes. Would I have paid extra for a touchscreen just because of those? No

Just my experience, YMMV, etc., etc.

Teeth marks yield clue to widespread internet outage in Canada

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I'm reminded of a story that I hear a while back about a guy who crash-landed his plane in the middle of the Canadian nowhere. He was disoriented, not sure where he was and had no idea how to get to civilisation. Fortunately for him there was a cable pole nearby, so he just chopped it down and waited for the power/telephone/whatever company to come along and investigate the outage.

Brute force and whiskey: The solution to all life's problems

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Re: Launch

I'd go for Scotland

If you went to Scotland and offered someone whiskey then you almost certainly would get a rocket up you.

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Re: Narrowing it down

set fire to their oxygen line, which whipped around shooting fire!

I would have bought tickets to watch that

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Re: Smells and not of whisky...

The steaks were just too high

Minimal, systemd-free Alpine Linux releases version 3.16

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Re: Alpine is one of the better ones

a bog standard 32GB laptop

Maybe I'm showing my age but 32GB in a laptop feels like more than bog standard

Beware the fury of a database developer torn from tables and SQL

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Maybe he skipped that

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Re: GVD

In my experience, in some European countries the swear-o-meter is particularly sensitive around religiously-themed swears. Years ago I rather horrified a continental acquaintance be referring to someone being a devil to work with. IIRC they suggested that "a f***er to work with" would actually have caused less of an intake of breath.

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Re: Oops

I'd like to think that I'd have had the presence of mind to follow that with "...and elsewhere on the women's rugby team the postmistress doubles as the scrum half..."

Dell's rugged Latitude 5430 laptop is quick and pretty – but also bulky and heavy

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Re: You're whinging about a 6.5 pound laptop?

I've yet to meet a machine from the last 25 years that didn't honour the same convention

Obviously you and my annoying little Toshiba haven't been formally introduced to each other.

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Re: You're whinging about a 6.5 pound laptop?

Remember when portables had things like removable batteries

I really miss removable batteries. A recalcitrant laptop could always be reset be removing the battery for a few seconds before reconnecting it and booting back to normality.

Now I have a little laptop which is very portable but has a tendency to glitch every so often, and needs a complete denial of electricity to sort it out. In the absence of a removable battery, all I can do is set it to one side for a few hours and wait for the battery to run flat.

Seriously, you do not want to make that cable your earth

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The idea certainly has some potential, so I don't see why it would meet any resistance

Landmark case recognizes Bored Ape NFT as an asset

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Re: Crazy times!

"freeze a Bored Ape Yacht Club (BAYC) NFT sale on the blockchain against a Metaverse personality"

A classic example of where I understand what these words mean individually (although "Metaverse" is a bit sketchy) but now that they've been assembled into a sentence I'm just left scratching my head

Logitech Pop: Stylish, portable, but far from the best typing experience

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Emojis?

That's not an emoji keyboard.

This is an emoji keyboard... https://youtu.be/3AtBE9BOvvk

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But that keyboard is an affront to the word "Stylish".

Totally agree.

Up to this point I didn't realise that I had opinions on keyboard aesthetics...apparently I do, and my opinion on this one is that it's 100% awful

Arm CPU ran on electricity generated by algae for over six months

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Re: Power output is too low

Research in to use of centipedes concludes "100 legs ought to be enough for anybody"

10 years later, everybody is using millipede treadmills

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I'm lichen what you did there

September 16, 1992, was not a good day to be overly enthusiastic about your job

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Re: Regomiser a bit confused?

A fault with the Regomiser? Best gloss over that, else you could be treading on eggshell.

Switch off the mic if it makes you feel better – it'll make no difference

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I read an article (it was a good one, and I wish I'd made a note of the URL) where a researched did quite a good job of debunking the myth that our devices listen to us. The gist was that there is more interconnectedness and cross-referencing going on than you might realise. For example....

- You have no interest in, say Nespresso machines, and so have never looked at them online

- I, on the other hand, have been researching them online and recently taken delivery of one.

- You come to visit me, I offer you a coffee, you express a liking for it, and I give credit to my new coffee making device.

- You start seeing online adverts for Nespresso machines....it's like something was listening to your conversation!

In fact, the data mining fairies have identified that your phone spent time in my house because of proximity to my wifi network...a network from which somebody is known to have recently made purchases. You must have things in common with whoever owns that wifi network, so perhaps you too have an interest in Nespresso machines and would like to see adverts for them.

The examples given in the article were better than the simplistic one I've given here (there were other things going on to make connections between people and activities), but you get the idea. The point was that the level of data mining/analysis is so much more complex than we expect that it's easier to apply Occam's Razor and assume simple eavesdropping.

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Re: Four......

I wonder if any of those errant golf balls had been lifted by large birds which predate on other birds' eggs, and then dropped in a disappointed sulk when found not to be the tasty meal expected.

Study: How Amazon uses Echo smart speaker conversations to target ads

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Re: Like eBay's chainsaw obsession

As a wise man once said, everything's better with chainsaws

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You missed out option 3 - repeated ads for the thing that you've already bought.

Meet Moeco, Ukrainian-led biz using IoT trackers to follow supplies into invaded land

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I thought similar. I saw an interesting video on YouTube a while ago where somebody mailed out a load of packages each with an Airtag in - it was very interesting to compare the actual packages' tracks versus what was reported by the courier companies.

As the the price differential...one of the products you're comparing has an Apple logo on, so any side-by-side comparison is going to be skewed.

Supercomputer lab swaps lead-acid UPS batteries for alkaline gear

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Re: li-ion

I don't think the internal chemistry uses atmospheric Oxygen, so I'm not so sure that depriving the battery of Oxygen will shut the fire down.

I believe you speak the truth. There was much talk of such things during the Samsung Galaxy Note debacle, and I'm sure I read that in the event of a fire even a bucket of water wouldn't help you...hence why airlines were so twitchy.

Heresy: Hare programming language an alternative to C

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Re: Can someone explain the advantages in the language please?

I can't speak for Hare as I have no familiarity with it beyond what I read in this article, but I can say with confidence...

...C prevents buffer overflow exploits

...C++ prevents buffer overflow exploits

...PERL prevents buffer overflow exploits

...probably all languages prevent buffer overflow exploits.

Careless/lazy programming does not prevent buffer overflow exploits.

Like an earlier comment says, the trick is learning to overcome problems in the existing language, not creating a new one in the false) hope it'll be some sort of panacea

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Re: Can someone explain the advantages in the language please?

I too am genuinely interested. I sometimes feel a little skeptical about the proliferation of languages to make up for a shortcoming in some other language...is the amount of effort that goes into creating a new language significantly less than working out how to overcome the shortcoming in the original language?

Or maybe I'm just an old fart / failed programmer who should just shut up and go back to drawing diagrams...

Crooks steal NFTs worth '$3m' in Bored Ape Yacht Club heist

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miscreants stole four Bored Apes, six Mutant Apes, and three Bored Ape Kennel Club NFTs, plus "assorted other NFTs estimated at a total value of ~$3m."

The fact that this sentence exists just sums up how f***ed up the world has become

Elon Musk says he can get $46.5bn to buy Twitter

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Tesla is making a profit, but it would need to be about 20x bigger than it currently is to justify its share price, and that would be more than 100% of the total car market.

Your numbers here are with respect to them as a car company. I read something (admittedly it was on the Internet so may not be factually accurate) that suggests it's inaccurate to view them as a car company - they actually make a loss on every single vehicle they produce. The profit comes from carbon credits.

British motorists will be allowed to watch TV in self-driving vehicles

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Give me one, just one, example of a "high skilled job" that self driving will create.

Based on some of the results so far, I'd suggest trauma surgeon

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Re: Too early.

Merc's EQS line has an 8 core cpu with 24GB RAM i assume largely to run the autonomous driving and

safety features, that's a lot of resource & fully autonomous will require more still.

Make me wonder what the power consumption would be for all of the tech necessary to support this self-driving stuff, and what the impact will be on the vehicle's battery. A a driver would you need to consider having a range of <x> if you remain in control, or a reduced range of <y> if self-driven? Or is the power consumption for what is effectively a headless PC negligible in this context? (apologies - this sort of calculation is not my forté)

Elon Musk's latest launch: An unsolicited Twitter takeover

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Re: Funds?

Paradoxically I think the practice with super rich people like that is actually to borrow the money. The lender knows that you should be good for it, as you have that worth in stock. Lots of empires (Trump comes immediately to mind) are built on debt.

Elon Musk won't join Twitter's board after all

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I didn't mean profit, I meant income. Without revenue from advertisers will they be able to bring in enough money to pay for hardware, infrastructure, staff, etc.?

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And no ads. The power of corporations to dictate policy is greatly enhanced if Twitter depends on advertising money to survive.

I don't see how he expects Twitter to generate an income then. As I see it, if no advertising revenue, then income would have to come from either (a) subscription model (I don't think enough people would be willing to pay to cover the shortfall in advertising revenue), or (b) mining/analysis/sale of users' data on an obscene level (would enough people be prepared to sign up for that?).

Hmmm...looking at option (b)...yes, there probably are enough stupid/gullible people.

Tomorrow Water thinks we should colocate datacenters and sewage plants

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Re: On Call

the whole rack is overheating due to a large brown lump stuck in the inlet hose.

Sounds like a fix that would need to be delegated to turd line support

Brit watchdog fines financial services biz £80k for text spam

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Thankfully the watchdog was on the case

Chip world's major suppliers of neon gas shut down by Ukraine invasion – report

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Re: That's a good thing!

I believe that was the reason that Germany invaded Ukraine during WW2 - to get control of oil/gas.

Apple seeks patent for 'innovation' resembling the ZX Spectrum, C64 and rPi 400

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Re: Single input/output port

Yes the Speccy had separate power and TV out connections

No it didn't have a fan, just a heatsink

Users complain of missing data in UK wills search service

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Re: Special characters

AFAICR even control characters were allowed in old-style Unix passwords

You speak the truth. I distinctly remember using Unix systems back in the early 90s where the password included <ctrl>character sequence (partly because it could provide a greater degree of security, but mostly because we'd learned it was a trick you could do and thought it was cool to use).

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There's at least one website which I use which imposes such complex requirements on passwords that I've resigned myself to not remembering it, especially as I don't use the site very frequently...my standard operating procedure is to go through the 'forgotten password' cycle, set it to something suitable contrived and get let into the site

File suffixes: Who needs them? Well, this guy did

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Re: Lots of files with the same name

I could have learned to differentiate the subtle variations on the icons, but life's too short

Not only is life too short, but so is my sight - in a lot of views the icons are too small for me to make out at a glance which is which.

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file extensions

I find file extensions incredibly useful for organising things. For example, right now I'm doing some design work for a couple of projects, and I have Project1.docx and Project1.pptx open alongside Project2.docx, Project2.xlsx and project2.pptx

Journalist won't be prosecuted for pressing 'view source'

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Re: Transcendental question

That only works for spherical Pi in a vacuum!

Obviously Pi is speherical - a non-spherical Pi is a Pasti

Microsoft veteran demystifies Abort, Retry, Fail? DOS error

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On Error Resume Next

...otherwise known as nailing the corpse in an upright position

Make assistive driving safe: Eliminate pedestrians

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the single most useful feature that any private vehicle could offer, ever: fully automated reverse parking

I had something purporting to be that very feature on my previous car. I have no idea how well it worked though...on the occasions when I did feel inclined to trust myself to an automated system it fell at the first hurdle by completely failing to recognise anything, no matter how large, as a parking space.

France says Google Analytics breaches GDPR when it sends data to US

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You joke but I know at least one popular national site which believes google analytics is a necessary for the site to function.

I fear there are legion who could argue that...something along the lines of (a) I provide this website free at the point of use, (b) I can afford 'a' because I fund the site through advertising, (c) to deliver 'b' in such a way that it's viable I need Analytics...therefore GA is necessary

Your data centre UPS could feed power to the smart grid, suggests research

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Re: Am I Missing Something

What happens if you need all that power that should have been in the battery

I suppose the answer is to make sure that the battery is always on charge from the mains to keep it topped up

Geomagnetic storm takes out 40 of 49 brand new Starlink satellites

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Re: Insured?

I imagine filling in the application form for insurance on a launch facility is a tricky one...

Purpose/use of the insured premises?

Regular intentional ignition and (sometimes) controlled explosion of tons of rocket fuel.

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Re: Insured?

SpaceX were warned, but chose to go ahead with the launch anyway

My thoughts as well. A bit of a cavalier attitude IMHO...I hope they're a bit more cautious and risk averse for launches that contain human payload.

50 lines of Bash to bring a Wordle fan out of their shell

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Re: Prior art?

Pretty close. Only differences I see is 26 letters versus a smaller number of colours, and Wordle tells you exactly which items correspond to black or white pegs whereas you had to figure that out for yourself in old-school Mastermind

UK government told to tighten purse strings or public will have to foot the bill for nuclear decommissioning

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Transportation of fuel to Sellafield

If you ask me, the best thing for the NDA to do would be to subcontract the fuel transportation to Hermes. The packages with the fuel would then just vanish off the face of the earth and we'd not have to worry about it ever again.

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