* Posts by Grifter

196 publicly visible posts • joined 22 Jul 2007


MacOS 'Catalina' 10.15 comes packed with exclusive security fixes – gee, thanks, Apple


An app or two? Is that what we're calling steam now? Goodbye games.

He's coming for your floppy: Linus Torvalds is killing off support for legacy disk drive tech


Re: I remember floppy disks

Today it's less hassle to play Beneath; https://www.scummvm.org/games/#sky -- the OG devs made it freeware and gave the scummvm devs the code to fit it perfectly to scummvm. If anyone hasn't played this gem, it's a humour-filled dystopian cyberpunk adventure game, go grab it and play it immediately!

Meet games-streaming Stadia, yet another thing Google will axe in two years



So AC:O has been ported to linux, but they'll only let it be played through stadia. I'm not surprised but it's still disappointing. Just put it on steam please.

Rant launches Eric Raymond's next project: Open-source the UPS


Still relevant


At last! Vivaldi lets you kill looping GIFs


>>Maybe I'm crazy but I liked "ask me each time"

So much this, I used to turn on cookies and go to a specific site and get all those cookies set up in place, and then afterwards disable all cookies, no new cookies come in, but the old cookies work fine and let's me be logged in to particular sites. In Vivaldi, even if you save cookies for a site, turning them off in the settings disables even existing ones, no site remembers you while disabled.

As for blocking content, there something similar while being entirely different, at the bottom right you have the icon that looks like "< >", this contains a filter called content blocker which kinda-sorta works like old opera (at least for the annoying ads etc).

US laptops-on-planes ban may extend to flights from ALL nations


Re: secure storage

What you do with very expensive camera gear:


It's Russian hackers, FBI and Wikileaks wot won it – Hillary Clinton on her devastating election loss


Re: Not entirely correct.

The validity of the outcome of the popular vote isn't the point. The article could change to say that 'not enough of america's electoral college wanted'. But to suggest that not enough people wanted her to be president, when more people voted for than against, continues to be incorrect.


Not entirely correct.

"But the truth is, dodgy email security aside, Clinton didn't win because not enough of America liked her or wanted her to be their commander in chief. ®"

Incorrect statement, see popular/electoral.

Human memory, or the lack of it, is the biggest security bug on the 'net


Re: Reuse of passwords

That's funny, I've got the same combination on my luggage.

Did you know? The FBI investigated Gamergate. Now you can read the agents' thrilling dossier


Re: Humanity fail.

>>what do you want? Care or contempt?

How about treating people like humans instead of being a condescending prick? Somehow I think she'll survive another day of her life without your 'care'.

Former Mozilla dev joins chorus roasting antivirus, says 'It's poison!'


Re: Problem with Anti-Virus

Except flu vaccines actually work, and AV is still shit.

Fuck I hate AV so much, I used to be 'responsible' if one can call it that for securing smb with antivirus and keeping it updated, across hundreds of machines remotely, and every once in a while you'd still get phonecalls from various bosses (it's always the fucking bosses for some reason) about how their machines did weird shit, and turns out *other* antivirus found what our own antivirus didn't find, and of course they want answers, 'How could this happen!?' BECAUSE IT FUCKING DOES, ALL THE GODDAMN TIME, but diplomatically there was only the platitudes you could give, 'this particular virus was a new variant and hadn't been innoculated against', bullshit of course.

In my experience, at least the computers that I were exposed to, none of them should have been running windows at all, most of them just did basic shit anyway which would have worked just as well running linux, even if one was not a savvy user, and the cases where win was needed it should have been only running as a vm inside a linux host, a particular state saved on the image and when done using it wipe the image and use a new copy of it for next time, it would have saved so much fucking energy and money for everyone involved. AV I hate you so much.

'Exploding e-cig cost me 7 teeth, burned my face – and broke my sink!'



A faulty battery huh? Well shit, quick hurry up, let's ban everything that has batteries in them!

Opera scolds stale browsers with shocking Neon experiment


Re: Stop fannying about

I've been using vivaldi for a while now and while it's decent, the memory it gobbles is ridiculous; I run Linux so ram usage has never been much of an issue, thus long ago this computer was built with 4G of ram, plenty for everything including gaming, and it's been enough up until this monstrosity came out. I don't know if there's a fix for the memory hogging insanity of blink-based browsers, up until I started running vivaldi I've never felt I even needed more ram, and now I have to shut it (vivaldi) down whenever I start rocket league, to avoid the inevitable churning of swap that would otherwise ensue. Anyone have some spare dd3 sticks? :(

Raspberry Pi Foundation releases operating system for PCs, Macs


Re: And it appears to be 3D skeuomorphic!

Way too different, your post is insane, and I really can't be bothered to point out the flaws anymore.


Re: And it appears to be 3D skeuomorphic!

I reject everything about your post. I have been sitting here trying to write out a reply but your post is so insane that nothing sounds like a good response.

So let me state again for the record: Blizzard can suck a bag of dicks. Aww, according to you now the poow widdle devewopers are now feeling butthurt and will therefore not support Linux. I reject your round-about logic and I reject this fallacy. If Blizzard were to release a game for Linux tomorrow, you'd have a surge of Linux users buying it. But they will not, and not because they feel like no Linux user wants to be their friend, they just don't fucking care about Linux users... unless they try to play a Blizzard game using wine, then they really really care, and they will ban your ass, and they will continue to ban Linux users using Wine. So yeah. Fuck em.

If and when developers want to release their games for Linux, I and many others like me are very welcoming and we support them by purchasing their titles, we report bugs and help out wherever we can. We love them for it. And we play the hell out of their games.

Meanwhile, you sit in a corner on the interweb victimizing yourself and ask that I abandon running Linux on my desktop because poor you, you have no choice but to run win. Well sir, I have run Linux exclusively since 2k1, and I have gamed and gamed and gamed, and I will continue to game with ever more games becoming available. It is a great time for Linux gaming, and like most significant times in history, it is happening whether you want it to or not.


Re: And it appears to be 3D skeuomorphic!

>> they're not the ones I WANT to play

I'm sure they're not. For me, I am thoroughly enjoying a quite awesome and extensive range of titles from indie to AAA in my Linux gaming.

But Overwatch? I don't get why you'd mention that. I'm going to assume that you know Blizzard hates Linux and will never make a game for it. Blizzard is not even in the running. The only game they have a Linux client for is world of warcraft, and while that's been available (internally) for over 10 years now, it's not something they'll ever let the public touch. So fuck em. Plenty of other fish in the vast sea =)

Meanwhile, I bet I have and play more games than you ever will in your lifetime dude! ;) But you do you man! Carry that torch of hatred in your little corner, it will keep you warm as you sit down to complain about how others can't enjoy all the games you potentially could, yet never will, because of raging on the internet ;)


Re: And it appears to be 3D skeuomorphic!

>>A pale imitation of its progenitor.

And yet, more games than anyone could play in a lifetime. Yes, there are more games for windows, but you will never ever play them all.

Support chap's Sonic Screwdriver fixes PC as user fumes in disbelief


Re: Overheard conversation about a new server

>> the quiet starts my mind ticking over

Search youtube for "star trek sleeping", or if star trek isn't your thing there are plenty of other types available too, nature noises and what not. Or just put on some music. I've been sleeping with music, though mine is heavy/black metal, for nigh on 25 years now (:

Oi! Linux users! Want some really insecure closed-source software?


Re: There are solutions

Xournal has always come to the rescue when I needed to edit PDFs.

Move over HoloLens, $30 homebrew cardboard AR is here


It might just be a little too low-tech, castAR should be out soon and seems a bit more capable (search youtube for castAR for examples).

IBM offers Trump its ideas to Make America Great Again


"All of us at IBM share your gratitude and devotion to the men, women and families who serve our country."

I sincerely hope not, considering he has had nothing but scorn and derisiveness for them, like mccain, and khan. Fuck you IBM guy, for this fucking bullshit statement.

Portable drive, 5TB capacity. Hmm, there's something fishy here


It's hard to believe an ibm deathstar is still functional after all this time

Mythbuntu busted as last two devs working on media centre distro quit


Kodi and Mythtv aren't really equivalents though, myth was always focussed on capturing tv, providing recording functions and tv-guide and programming, what you've come to expect from tivos and dvrs/pvrs etc, whereas kodi is more about playing back an existing library of local/remote files. There is overlap between the two, but at least in my opinion they are each individually defined, and both have their place in different use-cases.

Microsoft's chaps slap Slack chat brats with yackety-yak app


>> I'd be worried if I were Slack.

No need. Two words; Comic Chat.

That is all.

Cheap, lousy tablets are killing the whole market says IDC


Re: Meh!

Huh? So there's only expensive electronics or wrappers, nothing in between? Did I hit a nerve?


Re: Meh!

>> (Just bad luck, she has dropped it loads of times without damage).

If she's 3, and has dropped it loads of times, then it's not really bad luck is it, it's just a bad choice on your part.

Our Windows windows will be resizable, soooon, vows Microsoft


Re: Overlapping windows

That sounds a bit harsh. I've been using a keyboard-driven tiling window manager since mid 00's (ion) and I could never go back to handling window management manually anymore. But I can see why some people wouldn't take to it, tiling/floating is definitely subjective - but why don't they just add a setting to set the root window into floating if that's your choice? Or add another workspace which has the floating property, while you keep the tiling property on the root? There are occasional programs that just don't want to co-operate in a tiled/fullscreen environment, and a floating workspace is perfect for that.

It seems like a missed opportunity to impose your will for either one or the other, but then again, microsoft's imposing will is why I left that world behind years ago ;)

Official: Windows 10 has hit the 400 million device mark


Re: How many

You will all succumb in the end. It is inevitable.

Sorry Nanny, e-cigs have 'no serious side-effects' – researchers


You're an idiot.

EDIT: Guh, I just responded to the original poster without realizing there's like a biblical length of replies after it, oh well. Original poster is still an idiot.

Microsoft has open-sourced PowerShell for Linux, Macs. Repeat, Microsoft has open-sourced PowerShell



World, upside down? When is what? Why the who?

WHICH FOR WHERE? *explodes*

Native Skype for Windows Phone walked behind shed, shot heard


Re: I've been dragging my heels over Skype...

>> Has anyone looked at Brosix?

I asked the same question in a previous skype article, I got no answers but 10 downvotes (for some reason, go figure). I haven't tried brosix myself yet but I'd be eager to hear your opinion of it. Wanting a native linux client rather than a webbified version it seems there are two main options, brosix and discord. Opinions/experiences on either are very welcome, please share all the good/bad if you have any.

IPv6 now faster than IPv4 when visiting 20% of top websites – and just as fast for the rest


You can say irrespective or regardless, but you can't say irregardless.


Re: And what about BT and Virgin?

Sad to say but your traffic is most likely sniffed by someone somewhere, whether you use a tunnel or not, so don't let that argument stand in your way.

Apple Watch craze over before it started: Wrist-puter drags market screaming off a cliff


Re: Could be...

Never. You're just wearing it wrong.

Microsoft to rip up P2P Skype, killing native Mac, Linux apps


There's one called Brosix, but I haven't tried it myself, anyone have experience with it?


Star Trek Beyond: An unwatchable steaming pile of tribble dung


Re: Nobody stopped and asked the question; 'Do we need to remake Star Trek?'

>>The people who make these remakes claim

>>that they have a love for the subject matter

Actually, Abrams never liked Star Trek, he didn't like it at all until he started working on his own movie of it, then he 'fell in love with it', so the only trek he had a love for, was his own.

“I stopped listening to you when you said you didn’t like ‘Star Trek.’ I know what happened because your mouth kept moving after that, so I’m assuming you apologized,”


Windows 10 a failure by Microsoft's own metric – it won't hit one billion devices by mid-2018


You can't say I'm wrong when the evidence isn't in yet. Time will tell, but history is on my side.


I'm gonna call bs on that; throughout its existence ms has been pulling dick moves. It's what they do. And every time you'll take it, and still get on the bandwagon, because it's what you do. Perhaps not 'you' in an individual sense, but certainly in a general one.

It won't be any different this time.

One in five consumers upgraded to Win10 for free instead of buying a PC


Re: PC sales decline

Good for you dude. The moment of anger is key, that's what separates the win power users who go back, from the ones who stay. Your next place to visit should be www.gamingonlinux.com (:

Use Brexit to save smokers' lives and plug vaping, say peers


Re: Not scientific, but true

Same. Smoked 14.5 years, tried to quit in that time but was a complete wreck, and still went back to smoking. Heard of ecigs, researched it for a week, ordered my kit, and have been smoke free since I got my kit in the mail, 29 dec 2010. Don't really vape anymore either, but it's fun to take out on occasion.

Raspberry Pi 3 tops SBC poll for self-brew hackers and Linux folk


Re: Meh

Hi, going to assume you're talking about bash_completion and not just auto-completing filenames, the more advanced bash_completion is made available by the package bash-completion, it sounds to me like that package just isn't installed, so first step is to check that. If it is installed and you still don't have it enabled then we're unfortunately going to have to suggest you check your bash resources; check your ~/.bash_profile or ~/.bashrc file if they contain:

if [ -f /etc/bash_completion ] && ! shopt -oq posix; then

. /etc/bash_completion


That's the default one anyway, I mean you don't really need that whole if statement, you just need to source /etc/bash_completion really. Anyway, to get bash_completion going it's one of those two steps (or possibly both) that are giving you crap, and that's how you fix it.

If I have misunderstood you and your problem isn't really with bash_completion, but rather just basic tab-hitting to auto-complete filenames and hitting tab itself has stopped working, may I suggest that you might have befucked your ~/.inputrc - this file needs to be copied from /etc into your home and then modifications added afterwards, if you just add a single modifier, _all_ other bindings will stop working, the file needs to be complete.

If this still isn't the case I'd be rather interested in hearing more about your issue, sounds like an interesting puzzle (:

A month to save cryptocurrency Ethereum?


Currency schmurrency, can't we get to Post-Scarcity already?

Linux devs open up universal Ubuntu Snap packages to other distros


Re: What is the advantage of snap over static linking?

>> Why bother?

Because it makes certain things easier. Not all things. Certain things.

Wales gives anti-vaping Blockleiters a Big Red Panic Button


Re: "Vaping is harmless"

>> (and what random mix of toxins is in the vapour?)

What the fuck is a toxin? Please define toxin. There are no random elements in vapour, it's a base of either vegetable glycerin or propylene glycol, or a mix of those two, plus nicotine for those who use that, and some flavouring.

Toxin. How fucking lazy is that word.


Re: Strange Sign

>> shouldn't non-vapers have the right not to have to passively

>> inhale the nicotine and other ingredients of the addicted?

Shouldn't pedestrians have the right not to passively inhale the car fumes and other ingredients of the addicted (to driving)? I don't think the world works like that dude, if you are offended by something in public, you have to move away from it, you can't expect it to be moved away from you.

And anyway, is nicotine where you draw the limit? Because the other 'ingredients' as you so quaintly put it, is nothing more than vegetable glycerine (safe), propylene glycol (safe), plus maybe some fragrance (and if you are upset by fragrance, maybe you should just plug your nose instead, the world is full of them, including obnoxious people who bathe in axe).

>> When I'm drinking a can of cola I don't occasionally exhale

>> a cloud of the stuff and expect you to breath it in.

Don't you? What do you think a burp is? How can you be so oblivious.

'Whites are taking over': Race storm hits heart of Africa's internet body


It might never end, but hopefully time will marginalize it.

The idea of "We exist without skin colour" regardless which words express it are used a lot but mostly by white people, well meaning by all accounts. The problem is that for a loooong time societies have been built on racism, and while societies try to move away from the overt racism (like slavery, apartheid), the racism is still systemic and deeply rooted in all institutions, and in all likelihood will never vanish entirely.

So the phrase, "We exist without skin colour", for a well meaning white person is self evident, it's obvious and true. Absolute truth.

But for a person of colour, that same expression might be met with "Then why does the police keep pulling me over? Why do people keep giving me suspicious looks in the supermarket? Why did you give the job to this incompetent tosser when I was more than qualified and better suited?"

So if we exist without skin colour, why does skin colour still make people judge others especially negatively? It's clearly a more complicated question, but it's sad that it has to be, you can't control what other people do (or at least you shouldn't try - bad things happen then), you can only control yourself, so that is where change must first take place.

Microsoft won't back down from Windows 10 nagware 'trick'


Re: N.W.O.

>>This was the day I decided ...

>> Will it be worth the effort?

I'm not sure, it depends on how thoroughly pissed off you are; It's actually a lot harder for a windows poweruser to switch to Linux than it is for a complete newbie to learn because there's just so much ingrained expectance (of how things work). But fury with a bit of stubborness is exactly what will get you there.

I don't know what process will be best for you, but I can tell you what I did on my day of fury - I decided that I'd either learn to use Linux (with no prior knowledge) or stop using computers altogether. I saved what little was of actual import, text files and pics mostly then blew away all windows and went into the deep end, I very specifically did not want any remaining windows anywhere, just in case I would feel something was too hard and come crawling back. I'd push through my ignorance and learn.

I installed Debian, and probably fucked up the first install, so I installed it again. I did not go for a full install but rather a barebones install and then manually picked and chose what I wanted, I decided that for the first week I wouldn't even bother with X, I'd learn what I could about the console, and learn how to achieve in console what I'd normally expected to need a gui for.

I learned about the programs in /bin and /usr/bin, and some of the sbin ones, I learned how to use man on the commands, or just add --help after each command, and I just built my knowledge from the ground up.

After a week I installed X, I didn't understand X so I didn't want the packaging system to do it for me (to be fair, at that point it felt like the package system was far more frail especially when dealing with X), so I downloaded separate files from XFree86 and ran the shellscript to set it up. I don't advise using this method today for X ;)

Anyway, turns out that Linux is pretty easy to learn, you need to shed some preconceived notions and stop expecting things to work like in win, the struggle lies in learning "how to learn".

But once you have that down, how to search duck/google, once you get the basics under you, it becomes pretty straight forward, everything functions in a very logical manner so you can predict events and identify problems in any part of the chain on your own, and there are always many ways to solve a problem and only your own imagination is what stops you.

Finally, for me it's been worth it, I have a lot of fun running Linux and I feel like I'm far more creative than I ever was when I ran win, it levelled up my skills in critical and logical thinking. The only problem I have with Linux now, is that there are more games on steam that I want to play, than I have time to play.

Politician claims porn tabs a malware experiment, then finds God


Re: I don't see the problem

I'm pretty sure that the only big deal is the one he's making about it. Fucking douchebags the lot of them, just fucking own it, instead of these ridiculous mental gymnastics which in this case he went above and beyond with.

Your mother has a smooth forehead, Klingon language lovers roar at Paramount


Fuck CBS rectally with a thorny corncob for their bullshit with Axanar and Federation Rising.

Docker hired private detectives to pursue woman engineer's rape, death threat trolls


Re: The biological imperative.

>>Somehow it brings "the final solution" to my mind.

And the Hitler award goes to Hyperbolic AC! Congratulations!