* Posts by sgp

164 posts • joined 21 Jan 2015


LibreOffice 7.2 release candidate reveals effort to be Microsoft-compatible


Re: to see "office" applications go away - pages are so last century

Very cool, let me know what the web standard du jour happens to be. Meanwhile, I'll try and solve some of the 75 year retention problems for digital documents at my customer.

AWS offers you the opportunity to pay cloud bills before they’ve been issued


Re: Public Sector Budgets

I always understood this as: if you don't use up this year's budget, next year's will be reduced. Which as a whole, I can't quite understand.

Contract killer: Certified PDFs can be secretly tampered with during the signing process, boffins find


The spec is nearly a thousand pages so half a day would just about be enough to make it past the introduction.

How much would you pay me to develop a COVID tracking app that actually works? Ah, thought so: nothing


Re: How much would you pay me to develop a COVID tracking app that actually works

Rozier didn't have one but that didn't stop him creating reportedly highly effective software.

Waymo self-driving robotaxi goes rogue with passenger inside, escapes support staff


Waymo trouble than a meatsack driver.

WhatsApp: Share your data with Facebook, or we'll make our own app useless to you


An instant messaging racket, a mere 3 decades after IRC. What a time to be alive.

US declares emergency after ransomware shuts oil pipeline that pumps 100 million gallons a day


"Excellence in Everything We Do"


'A massive middle finger': Open-source audio fans up in arms after Audacity opts to add telemetry capture



The audacity!

Robo-taxis hit the streets of Beijing – albeit a small fleet in a geo-fenced suburb


Re: ...and allow humans to take the wheel if they feel it necessary.

Presumably, it would be detrimental for the driver's social credit score.

Bitcoin is ‘disgusting and contrary to the interests of civilization’ says famed investor Charlie Munger


Re: Insert meme here

More of a pot calls kettle black vibe.

Penguin takeover: We tried running some GUI Linux apps on Windows the official way – and nothing exploded


Like the Redmondian Clowns did when they decided a user typing "Internet" in the start menu should be diverted to Edge instead of IE.

Ah, you know what? Keep your crappy space station, we're gonna try to make our own, Russia tells world


Re: The Space Race

They also had the first space station.

Greener Windows? Microsoft previews EcoQoS and Task Manager Eco Mode for would-be power-sipping devs


Re: Alternately

Don't forget to tell them that they can only empty the documents bin on mondays!

But can it run Avid? The Reg hands shiny new M1 MacBook to video production pro, who beats it with Blender, Handbrake, and ... Hypercard?


Re: I bought an M1 Mini after using my G5 for decades


Bank of England ponders minting 'Britcoin' to sit alongside the Pound


Re: Cryto usefullness

Bitcoin isn't limited. You can just keep adding zeroes behind the decimal separator.

Microsoft bows to the inevitable and takes Visual Studio 64-bit for 2022 version


Just post it on their UserVoice.. oh

Home office setup with built-in boiling water tap for tea and coffee without getting up is a monument to deskcess


Ah Caffè Legionella! Great days!

Listen, son... Monster trucks just aren't cool anymore. Real winners drive Tesla Roadsters



Can we stop referring to electric cars as "green"?

Google proposes Logica data language for building more manageable SQL code


And the ":-" ?


To run Logica locally you need Python3


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


It's made for people who use macOS... or Windows..

Airline software super-bug: Flight loads miscalculated because women using 'Miss' were treated as children


Full steam ahead

Maximum power!

Jeff Bezos supports US tax rise after not paying it for two years – and paying tiny amount in 2019


That argument is hardly new. Any research that proves it?

Imagine your data center backup generator kicks in during power outage ... and catches fire. Well, it happened


Re: electric cars

I don't see the issue, surely after 125+ years the technology is mature enough? I haven't come accross generators that use the latest "clean" technology. On the small petrol generator's side, Honda's OHV engines use decades old designs but are bulletproof. Which should be the primary goal imho.

Wi-Fi slinger Ubiquiti hints at source code leak after claim of ‘catastrophic’ cloud intrusion emerges


Root access

To everything and the kitchen sink? Blimey.

State of Maine orders review of $54.6m Workday project as it alleges delivery failure and threatens cancellation


Re: There must be a better way to build these systems

Agreed, but where to find staff that do cobol?

No payrise for Oracle CEO Safra Catz, but at least there's $76.4m from trading company shares to fall back on



Is that an Oracle-monocle?

MoJ cancels £100m ERP procurement to get in line with UK government shared service strategy


Re: Our previous big grandiose strategy vision has failed to deliver working systems!

But first, let us create a workgroup so that we can identify the first possible date on which we can form a project group that can then identify the needs zzzzzzzz

Semi-autonomous cars sales move up a gear with 3.5 million units leaving forecourts


Living in a country where a significant part of traffic infrastructure isn't even built in a way so that it is in accordance with the traffic laws, I doubt to ever see autonomous vehicles driving around. Especially not ones that were trained and tested on American roads.

Backblaze on the back foot after 'inadvertently' beaming customer data to Facebook


Idiot Marketeers 101

"a new Facebook campaign was created that started firing a Facebook advertising pixel, intended to only run on marketing web pages"

That's your problem right there. Sleep with the dog, wake up with fleas.

Sure, Dave might seem like he's avidly listening to this morning's meeting, but he's actually doing a yoga routine


Re: Only in my underwear?

But then you are a lifeguard.

SAP exec reminds the world that Microsoft is a customer


Verbing weirds language


Security pro's time-travelling Twitter bot suspended after posting download link for Adobe Acrobat for MS-DOS


Re: Repeal Copyright Laws - Save Culture

They really should give you a right to copy, shouldn't they.

Mimecast bins SolarWinds and compromised servers alike in wake of supply chain hack


Out of the frying pan

Into the fire.

Microsoft fixes the thing it broke via another dose of out-of-band patching to deal with BSOD printing problems


Re: testing

Excusable would be if the update would break the printer driver meaning no prints unless you roll back or wait for the update that fixes it. Drivers that shitcan your entire system are not excusable.

Microsoft customers locked out of Teams, Office, Xbox, Dynamics – and Azure Active Directory breakdown blamed


Re: I guess they are going to miss their SLA?

Oh redundancy, fail overs,... yeah we've seen the back of those on Azure for quite some time now. (Microsoft) Cloud is being sold as a magically more reliable, cheaper, better solution than anything on-prem. So no-one should have any sympathy for the likes of Microsoft when their all-eggs-in-a-basket AAD falls over again.

Space station dumps 2.9-ton battery pack to burn up in Earth's atmosphere after hardware upgrade


extravehicular activities

How American!

Third time's a harm? Microsoft tries to get twice-rejected encoding patent past skeptical examiners


Re: There is a reason that JPEG is still around...

The driving force behind h264 replacing MPEG2 as per your example was streaming. If you are YouTube or Netflix then having the most optimal codecs makes sense. At the same time, most consumer devices nowadays are more than capable to do the number crunching.


I don't buy that. Sharing ideas is fundamental to all and any science we have. As said in a comment earlier, there is not one invention or breakthrough idea where a lightbulb just appears above the inventor's head.

Low-risk AND rapid? Brit vaccine centre seeks ERP to meet accelerated schedule, and needs it yesterday


Why would a 30 user (+ 60 externals) outfit need a 7 million ERP system?

Facebook uses one billion Instagram photos to build massive object-recognition AI that partly trained itself


Common sense

Always sounds good until you realize it tells you more about your own views and beliefs than anything else.

Palantir and UK policy: Public health, public IT, and – say it with me – open public contracts


I just checked how I can support openDemocracy. I can donate via... PayPal. Oh the irony.

Netflix reveals massive migration to new mix of microservices, asynchronous workflows and serverless functions


Re: English-only Option Please

Ignorance is bliss.

We need a 20MW 20,000-GPU-strong machine-learning supercomputer to build EU's planned digital twin of Earth


Re: Easier answer.

Do you have any idea how many people live in flood plains in the Netherlands? "Simples"


I say let them drown, living beneath the sea level and all that!

TikTok to cough up $92m to settle data privacy sueballs over harvesting too much data


Re: And the users get... what?

A years worth of TikTok Premium for free! Just fill in this form with all your private data and it's yours!

Apple, forced to rate product repair potential in France, gives itself modest marks


Apple give theirselves a 10 out of 10 in willingness to speak to the press if they get to set the narrative.

Stop us if you've heard this one before: Microsoft to lure users with industry-specific solutions in the cloud


Re: Hmm

If it's built on the Dataverse as per the article then it should be fully customisable.

Microsoft sides with media groups, together they urge Europe to follow Australia's lead, make Google, Facebook pay for news article links


Sure but that doesn't make the parasitic business model of Google or Facebook any better.

Pat Gelsinger promises Intel can go back to the future – in memo to staff shared with world+dog


Re: The time in now

I doubt Intel can make it work if it's not x86. Especially not if the new boss has had a hand in the 486. Not typing this on an Itanium powered machine.



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