* Posts by Lars Johansson

32 publicly visible posts • joined 25 Jul 2007

Sun welcomes vampire dating website company: Arrgh! No! It burns! It buuurrrrnsss!

Lars Johansson

Re: Inappropriate garb

I had the same experience in Sweden, after moving back from the UK, having worked at the aforementioned investment bank long enough to surrender to the suit-and-tie dress code.

I am originally from Sweden, so I should have known...

Lars Johansson

Re: Inappropriate garb

There are ways of doing it though.

I strenuously refused to wear a suit during the entire recruitment process for my first job but still landed a position at an investment bank in the City.

However, I did wear a button-down shirt, merino jumper and dress pants...

It's a no to ZFS in the Linux kernel from me, says Torvalds, points finger of blame at Oracle licensing

Lars Johansson

Re: The problem is not Oracle (for once)


The GPL predates the CDDL by a about 15 years. Any problems are clearly caused by the latter being deliberately incompatible with the former.

WikiLeaks boss Assange acted as a foreign spy, Uncle Sam exclaims in fresh rap sheet

Lars Johansson

Re: I think he got an Ecuador passport

Yes, we most likely would, back to his native Australia.

Sure, we've got a problem but we don't really want to spend any money on the tech guy you're sending to fix it

Lars Johansson

Re: Travelling to client sites

Mind you, there is one working cure for jet lag; it's called "business class" ;-)

Cray's pre-exascale Shasta supercomputer gets energy research boffins hot under collar

Lars Johansson

Re: RGB lighting ?

It's a water cooled Cray - but where's the backlit waterfall feature?

LastPass? More like lost pass. Or where the fsck has it gone pass. Five-hour outage drives netizens bonkers

Lars Johansson

What's all the fuzz about?

I would just like to chip in my 5p to the discussion (or throw a torch, which ever):

I am a LastPass 'power user', using both the Chrome and Edge plugins as well as the Android and iOS apps, and I hardly noticed. Circuit beakers seemed to work as intended and the plugin/app read my passwords from the local copy. The only thing i noticed was the the Chrome plugin icon turning grey, indicating no connection to the cloud...



Think tank calls for post-Brexit national ID cards: The kids have phones so what's the difference?

Lars Johansson

Re: ...citing the Windrush scandal as justification.

But why were British authorities keeping records on who were Jews and who weren't?

Git365. Git for Teams. Quatermass and the Git Pit. GitHub simply won't do now Microsoft has it

Lars Johansson

SourceSafe for Workgroups

...for that enterprisey legacy feeling.

What Israel's crack majority-women Unit 8200 hackers can teach tech about diversity

Lars Johansson

Re: Military operation

Actually, it's not.

The facts, if you care to look them up, are that between 2005 and 2014 the death rates in the Israel-Palestine conflicts was roughly 1:23 (that is, one Israeli killed for every 23 Palestinians).


Another source (also from 2014) puts the over all rate at 1:8 since 2000, but specifically for children 1:19.


Both these sources cite UN figures. Those are the actual facts, but don't let that confuse you...

Defra to MPs: There's no way Brexit IT can be as crap as rural payments

Lars Johansson

The irony of it all...

...is that UK government agencies have started to recruit IT staff from overseas, to deal with systems rewrites caused by Brexit.

I and several Sweden-based colleagues of mine have been approached by headhunters for this purpose.

Sherlock - what else?

Nunes FBI memo: Yep, it's every bit as terrible as you imagined

Lars Johansson

Re: How to get rid of fleas on your dog

@Mark 85

"where there's smoke, there's fire"

You obviously have never been in the Boy/Girl Scouts...

Remember those holy tech wars we used to have? Heh, good times

Lars Johansson

"Did we grow up? Or are we just old and tired?"

Is there a difference? Isn't old and tired what you become growing up?

Ecuador tried to make Julian Assange a diplomat

Lars Johansson

Re: It's a weird world...

The problem with this scenario is, that if he does so within the statutory limitations of the Swedish sex offence charges, Swedish prosecutors will reopen the investigations and refile the extradition papers the same instant he is in UK custody.

Maybe Brexit can save him, though..?

Windows Store nixed Google Chrome 'app' hours after it went live

Lars Johansson

Final defeat in the Browser Continuation War

If MS allowed Chrome into the MS Store, it would mark it's final defeat in the Browser Continuation War, as there would no longer be any purpose or use for it's own bundled browsers. Seeing as their primary, neigh only, use is downloading the Chrome installer...

CMD.EXE gets first makeover in 20 years in new Windows 10 build

Lars Johansson

Solarized Command Prompt Theme

Am I the only one who uses the Solarized Command Prompt theme(s) for CMD and PowerShell?

They'r nice - try them...

Anyone for Virtual Monkey Tennis? Telco tries to sell us on 5G

Lars Johansson

It's 2017, where's my provider transparent HD voice calls!?

Until I can get hardware vendor and network provider transparent HD voice calls on my phone, I'm not upgrading...

Make America, wait, what again? US Army may need foreign weapons to keep up

Lars Johansson

Re: Military-industrial 101

And don't forget who supplies the main gun for the venerable M1 Abrams (A1 and upwards) - that's right, the Germans.

Some of us Europeans still build out own fighter aircraft too (Sweden and France)...

Bitcoin breaks US$1,000

Lars Johansson

Re: "classical inflation is simply not possible"

That's not inflation, that's volatility, which I did address in my post.

"Modern" inflation, or that prices steadily increase over time whether or not the supply of money does seems inevitable (though no one seem to be able to explain why to any satisfaction).

The volatility of Bitcoin, or any minor currency, is mostly down to the volume of real-economic transaction conducted in it; the greater volume, the more stable the currency. Bitcoin is in it's infancy here.

"Proper rules and regulations" would require at least some form of governing body (made up of people you probably can't trust) which defeats the whole point. The algorithm is the regulation.

Lars Johansson

Re: Sudden crash coming again?

Most people who think they do are actually mistaken. There are no underlying assets to any of the world's major currencies, and haven't been since the US pulled out of the Bretton Woods accord in '71.

You say the government acts as a lender of last resort (actually, most central banks are independent these days) but fail to notice that it (and the central bank boards) is largely made up of "people you probably can't trust". With the latest few rounds of quantitative easing, I'd drop the "probably".

One of the major benefits of Bitcoin and similar crypto currencies is that QE or classical inflation is simply not possible du to the deliberate limitations of mining. The value of the Bitcoin is entirely down to the relation between supply (limited by mining) and demand (highly varying), and the efficiency of the market (questionable). Its volatility and vulnerability to speculation and manipulation is mostly down to the low volume of real-economic transactions conducted in the currency.

Vegans furious as Bank of England admits ‘trace’ of animal fat in £5 notes

Lars Johansson

Re: @Patrician Animal walware

Obligatory Notting Hill reference:

"So, these carrots..?"

"Yes, they have been murdered!"

Sweden decides Julian Assange™ 'remains detained in absentia'

Lars Johansson

Re: Does "detained in absentia" count towards any future jail time?

If he had spent the time actually being detained by Swedish authorities, then yes. But since he is on the run, his self imposed detention doesn't count.

"Detained in absentia" means that once he is actually detained, he will immediately progress to the second stage of pre trial detention without any court ruling.

Of course, if he ever is brought to justice, charges long prepared will be brought against him rather swiftly, with no deed to renegotiate his detention...

Oculus Rift review-gasm round-up: The QT on VR

Lars Johansson

Re: VR sounded shit in the 90s

Oh, we tried it in the '90s - and it really was shit. That could be down to the fact that it ran off a pimped Amiga 2000.

Problem is, 1080p screens 20 years of Moore's law, it's still shit...

Official UN panel findings on embassy-squatter released. Assange: I'm 'vindicated'

Lars Johansson

I don't know about you, but we actually have an independent judiciary in Sweden. That means the government can't interfere in legal procedings; neither the current rape investigation nor a hypothetical future extradition request from the US. It's all decided by the courts.

Additionaly, since he would have been extradited to Sweden from the UK, we couldn't extradite him anywhere without consent from the UK. In other words, it would have been much easier to request his extradition firectly from the UK...

Lars Johansson

Re: And who were the other four?(@Otto is a bear)

Actually, the maximum sentence for rape in Sweden is 10 years...

In MASSIVE surprise, world+dog discovers Nokia checked out Android

Lars Johansson

Good thing, for the 'real' Nokia

Something many punters fail to notice is that Nokia is one of the top three mobile network equipment manufacturers, along with Ericsson (Huawei being the third), who incidentally off-loaded the last remains of its handset business to Sony, just the other year.

That was really a good thing for everyone involved, since Ericsson never understood consumer electronics (which is why they kept making phones for grey-suited middle-managers at Volvo while Nokia took the world by storm with snap-on covers). Of course, Ericsson never made any serious profit from its handsets, even before they were crushed by Nokia. It was always, first and foremost, a networks company.

Now that Nokia's handset business has failed, for reasons explained and speculated upon all over the tech press, it is doing the the exact same thing. Except, unlike Sony, Microsoft has about as good an understanding of consumer electronics as Ericsson ever had, which might not bode so well for the former Nokia employees that transfer, but will make for entertaining reading in the tech press over the months and years to come.

Nokia, on the other hand, will continue to be an important and profitable mobile network equipment manufacturer.

Eurofighter at last able to drop bombs, but only 'austerely'

Lars Johansson

You could, ofcourse...

...buy the SAAB 39 Griffin, now partly (49%) owned by BAE. It will give you air-to-air, air-to-gound and recon capabilities (it was specifically designed to do all three from the start), all in a 4th generation fly-by-wire airframe, while keeping roughly the same amount of spending within the British economy as buying more Eurofighters would.

It has a fixed gun, can carry drop tanks, does in-air-refueling, carries NATO-standard munitions, etc...

But then, it's designed by those pesky Swedes... ;-)

Dell touts Windows XP to 2009 - and 'likely longer'

Lars Johansson
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corporates (who will not run OSes for which security patches are not available)


Ericsson (the telecoms giant) runs Windows 2000 on all it's desktops and laptops, including my brand spanking new HP nw8440 with 4Gb ram (fat good that last Gb did me...)

On the positive side, I can heat my coffee by the CPU fan exhaust, since Win2k doesn't do SpeedStep, at all...


EC takes own sweet time backing Microsoft ODF move

Lars Johansson

Mind ones own...

Laxman - democracy - the people have the right to elect whatever representatives the like, to make whatever laws they like and set up whatever bodies they like to enforce those laws. If the result of that is fair competition laws and a commission willing to enforce them, then sad for Microsoft - they will just have to comply or stay on their side of the pond, plain and simple!

IBM gives Itanium five years to live

Lars Johansson
Jobs Halo

Would they?

Certainly not IBM - sowing Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt among competitors' customers..? ;-)

EC competition commissioner slams US dissing

Lars Johansson

Touchy about sovereignty

"newly minted political entities tend to be that way [touchy about their sovereignty] until they mature"

For some nations, that maturing process can last some 230+ years or more...

UK gov rejects Cliff Richard's copyright extension

Lars Johansson


If these artists hadn't put all that energy into evading tax and NI contributions when people were actually buying their albums, they might actually have had pension rights to collect. Or, if they hadn't blown all that money on Champagne and Coke and put some of it in a private pension plan... but hey, I'm just an honest bloke actually working for my money...