* Posts by EvilGardenGnome

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Musk: Twitter will have 1 billion monthly users inside 18 months


Re: The problem with bad journalism

Musk is purposefully couching his language to avoid being called out for failure while still being able to claim glory if it works. It's a classic BS move and is sophistry (or at least related to it).

Musk has a habit of doing this sort of thing. There's always a "reason", handy excuse, or party to blame; it's out of his control. Then, when something great happens, he's front and centre to tout his divine vision and ability. Why is this ability so fickle? Why can't he bring it to bear on command? Before he'll answer, he'll bring out a "flamethrower" or claims of vox populi and the cycle moves on.

He's a rich hokum vendor, and money loves money; that's his power. He's not made anything, only bought in. It could be that this time he's done so at the worst time in very public fashion.

University orders investigation into Oracle finance disaster


Re: Software 101

Peter Principle would hold that this cock up is the result of a promotion. If it's proper Peter Principle, once you hit your level of incompetence you stop getting promoted; any further movement is based on an external factor - nepotism, cash, blackmail... You know, the classics.

Cloudflare tries to explain why it protects far-right forums that stalk and harass victims



Sorrenti was SWATted at her home in London, Ontario, Canada. Not in Blighty.

Please carry on.

Keeping your head as an entire database goes pear-shaped


Top manager: "Who was that?"

Mid manager: "Don't know, but they're our best Sys Admin."

TM: "How do you know that?"

MM: "Because I haven't the foggiest who they are."

Elon Musk needs more cash for Twitter buy after Tesla margin loan lapses


Re: Genuine question

Well, just off the top of my head is to prevent covert purchasing. The price goes up more due to the consolidation into a single entity. If I have the means, I can set up a series of shells that each buy, say, 5% of the shares slowly over time. This appears like normal trading, preventing a large movement in the price. Once my shells have done that, I then purchase my own shells from myself and collect their stakes, centralizing power without a major price shift.

By making a major takeover public you ensure the current holders of the shares get a proper value based on your desire rather than using clandestine means to keep the price low.

Repairability champ Framework's modular laptop gets a speed boost


Framework owner

I am an owner of a Framework, and have been very, very happy with it.

First, a story: I had a battery drain issue where the main and coin batteries ended up fully drained due to leaving it in sleep for too long without plugging it in (this represents a negative, in and of itself). However, the fix was fully documented on the site and - aside from charging time - was fixed with 10 minutes of effort after 5 minutes of reading the forums. For many modern laptops, a battery issue means a service visit. To me, that you-can-do-it mentality is a big part of the appeal.

Now, a bit of tea leaf reading. I don't think Framework really intends these devices for tinkerers and developers. I know there's a lot of uptake in that community, but they're not the target. I truly think Framework sees these as "technology worker" or office PCs. They aren't specced very high, but more than capable of office work, are easy to maintain, and can fill many niches due to the swappable ports. That swapping also means less dongles, so it's more portable. Also, let's face it, the general office PC represents a bigger market than enthusiasts.

These feel like very accessible PoC devices to give to the managers, support staff, and even your parents. They're easy to fix, eminently configurable, and have just enough power to service most users. Depending on their success, I think you'll see new SKUs come out with GPUs, different keyboards, and narrower niches. These two generations represent the base, and they'll release mods that build off that for people like devs and designers and such.

Atlassian comes clean on what data-deleting script behind outage actually did



This sounds like a series of horrible, dumb, but honest mistakes. Also, I have to commend them on their honesty and directness; most would obfuscate, but this seems like a clear request for forgiveness.

Icon for all involved, but the victims and people currently fixing the problem get first dibs.

Ukraine's IT sector looks to business continuity plans as Russia invades


Re: keeping it to the tech

I like this plan. It's a good plan. Let's do it.


Re: keeping it to the tech

"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing."

It's in moments like these that we must be loud, vocal, and clear.

I stand with a free, independent Ukraine.


Re: Don't just criticize.

IIRC, Ukranians have access to a four-week, no visa period in Europe. After that, though, all bets are off.

RIP Ninjacat: No longer fits in Windows 11 world


Re: "the general concept of holding the Microsoft flag and being proud of what we're doing"

Every company makes you test their code. Microsoft just forces you to live with the consequences for years on end while doubling down on the borkage.

The inevitability of the Windows 11 UI: New Notepad enters the beta channel


c:\something\Desktop> notepad new.txt


Developer creates ‘Quite OK Image Format’ – but it performs better than just OK


Re: Pronouncing...

It's absolutely "koi", and the logo is a carp. See the the project page from the article: https://qoiformat.org/

Seeing as Mr Szablewski appreciates a good pun, indicating a refined sense of self-deprecating humour, I have to give this a 10 on the typical decimal scale. We all know a lot of the existing formats are all wet, so a new, sensible, addition will go down just fin.

For Mr Szablewski ->

Linux PC shop System76 is building a new desktop environment in Rust


Re: No causation

That's a novel way of looking at where competition and piracy intersect. I'd argue at that point, however, that the piracy wasn't what drove the budget priced company out of business. If people really liked their product, they'd have pirated it rather than the other. At that point, you may be facing a cost of entry problem, or even (chills from the thought) a marketing problem.

All that said, it's a neat perspective. I'll have to talk to some business researcher friends if this is something that's been studied.


No causation

The argument that starting up a new DE project will dilute existing efforts is pearl clutching, bollocks. It's the same thing as saying downloading copyrighted media reduces sales, and thereby is theft. For the vast majority of pirates, they wouldn't have bought it in the first place, so there's no reduced sales. Similarly, if someone decides to help build this new DE, they likely wouldn't have contributed to existing efforts. For those who jump ship, they likely weren't happy and may have just stopped completely.

That said, it would be nice if the various DE projects had a common extension model or API. That way, if someone extends GNOME, they're also extending KDE et al. That would really make for a vibrant community. I do, however, acknowledge the monumental (and likely illusionary) task such would be.

Microsoft's problem child, Windows 11, is here. Will you run it? Can you run it? Do you even WANT to run it?


Re: Want to run it?

Yeah, I wish. All glue, welds, and not a screw in sight. I've been crucified on my own need for easy portability.

The approximately 15 years old desktop, on the other hand, is loving it's fresh Linux install.


Re: Want to run it?

My lappie is about 10 years old, and it starting to show the age. I'm in the boat of actually needing to update. So... resisitance is futile.

8 years ago another billionaire ploughed millions into space to harvest solar power and beam it back down to Earth


Quick maths

Based on the linked article, some maths:

* 220 billion kilowatts (global energy need by 2030) = 220000 gigawatts

* 1 satellite yields 1 gigawatt

* assume 1 satellite : 1 receiver therefore 220000 receivers

* transmission beam is 60 feet wide, so we'll assume that's a diameter on a cylindrical beam

Based on this, we can assume that meeting the 220000 gigawatt power needs will require 220000 receivers, each covering 2827.4 sq ft (262.68 sq m). That's a combined area of about 14279.8 arces (57789.6 sq km). That's ever so slightly more than the area of Croatia.

That's a lot of government expropriation and materials investment.

UK artists seek 'luvvie levy' on new gadgets to make up for all the media that consumers access online


That's how you end up with only Marvel movies and TV reboot series. Also, the spin-off money from the arts has the highest ROI for any government investment.

Google pushes bug databases to get on the same page for open-source security


Can't really disagree with logic.


Yes, because a Date in json _is_ a string, as this proposal is the json format for transfer and not the db schema itself. What's more concerning is whether it complies with ISO 8601.

Mandatory XKCD.

Google Play to require privacy labels on apps in 2022, almost two years after Apple


KISS, make it easy

"The app’s safety section is verified by an independent third-party [...] Developers will be responsible for writing their own disclosures."

Is this included in the free developer account? Do we have to find a service? Is there one, or many? Is there a list of allowed third-parties?

Without those answers, this actually reduces my feeling of security using the play store. It makes it feel like theatre, which makes me wonder what I'm being distracted from.

Also, it's just more noise to parse when making a decision. I'd rather an authoritative review outlining, simply, what is going on. Google can afford to do that, and should.

Flatcar Linux takes the 520, drives up to Redmond: Microsoft acquires Kinvolk


I kind of think we need to shift this meme a little. Doesn't seem to work quite this way with the Beast of Redmond anymore.

Maybe: Acquire, Acclimate, Audacity!

The last one since they either screw it up horribly, turn it into something it was never meant to be, or leave it alone enough to let it grow (then fsck it up).

You only need pen and paper to fool this OpenAI computer vision code. Just write down what you want it to see


still deciding on whether to release the code

How about, "No."


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


Re: 3rd Party Verification should be law.

Add in forcing the company to pay all disposal costs for their product would see suddenly increased repairability and longevity. Just a thought.

Attack of the cryptidiots: One wants Bitcoin-flush hard drive he threw out in 2013 back, the other lost USB stick password


Re: Don't ever write down your password on a piece of paper

No, risk of misplacing one or the other is still too high. Write the password on the USB drive with indelible ink. Just like on my bank card.

COVID-struck holiday rentals firm Airbnb shacks up with ex Apple design honcho Jony Ive in multi-year deal


Re: Covid down the chimney

Only problem is he's from Canada, eh. His workshop has a dedicated postal code (H0H 0H0). Since Europe just blocked us from traveling there, parents have a new excuse!

The Surface Duo isn't such an outlandish idea, but Microsoft has to convince punters the form factor is worth having


Early edition

This feels like an early release to test the technology and evolve the platform in the wild. MS did similar things with Kinect and MS Band. Kinect eventually yielded HoloLens, while the Band died.

For the Duo, I'm having a bit of trouble seeing the progression, however. I really like the concept, but outside of further miniaturizing computers, what's the endgame?

Have I Been Pwned to go open source – 10bn credentials, not so much, says creator Hunt


At the core, sure, but he has other systems tied into it (password checker and API, for instance). I imagine it's not too complex, but the dust that collects on a personal project is high, as is the anxiety/embarrassment of showing off your dirty underwear. I personally understand wanting to have trusted people look first.

* cautiously eyes own private repos *

The W3C steers the way the World Wide Web works. Yet it is reluctant to record crucial meetings – and its minutes are incomplete


Or have an anonymous submission system. Record the content, not the speaker. If you want to lend the weight of your organization to your voice, damn well do it publicly.


Re: They need a secretariat

For a professional, organized group with the power they wield, it is very strange they don't have such a group in place. If they're worried about recordings, then hire a few stenographers while they're at it. Record everything by default, redact if there's sensitive information, and make use of in camera sessions.

You know, like every other responsible body that doesn't want to rule by fiat.

Modular edutech PC crew opens fresh Kano beans with expanded kit and accessories


Looking at their site, the webcam is actually the more interesting option, I think. Flexible arm, built-in light, and a privacy cover? And cheaper than most externals? For simple use-cases, that's not bad at all.

Bye, Russia: NASA wheels out astronauts, describes plan for first all-American manned launch into orbit since 2011


Iran military manages to keep a straight face while waggling miracle widget that 'can detect coronavirus from 100m away'


Re: Fools

And one kills thousands in the same period.

NASA's classic worm logo returns for first all-American trip to ISS in years: Are you a meatball or a squiggly fan?


Sperm or worm?

Team worm.

OPPO's Reno 2, aka 'Baby Shark', joins the deepening pool of high-spec midranger mobes


Lexicon options

I humbly offer the following options to name the camera mechanism:

* Peek-a-boo

* Whack-a-mole

* Pop-up

* Periscope

Further, obviously lesser ;] , suggestions welcome.

An Army Watchkeeper drone tried to land. Then meatbags took over from the computers


Re: More Training

No need. Simply swap the manual override's endpoints to the test server. Problem solved.

Veteran vulture Andrew Orlowski is offski after 19 years at The Register



There's much to be said about someone who speaks their mind. There is more to be said for those that actually think about it first.

Can't say I've always agreed with you, but I've always been able to see your reason and point. That, sir, deserves more than a few tips of the elbow.


Huawei's 2019 flagship smartphones: 'Things nobody else can do' but baby I swear it's déjà vu

Black Helicopters

Looky looky

That background is da bomb.

Microsoft tweaks Windows 10 on Arm64 to play nicely with KVM


For the record, that needs work too. Routinely do this at home, and it buggers some UX back to defaults, loses my taskbar (side mounted), and other general (and horribly random) changes as well.

Woe Canada: Rather than rise from the ashes, IBM-built C$1bn Phoenix payroll system is going down in flames


Re: Good riddance

I've said it before, and I'll say it again. "Don't bother blaming the current government for the former's mistakes. Just give them time to make their own."

Initially used in reference to Nova Scotia, Canada, but pretty universal, I think.

Wileyfox goes TITSUP*: Smartmobe maker calls in the administrators


name suggests shit product

**Look at poster's name.**

**Read comment.**

**Check name again.**

**Re-read comment to be sure.**

**Get some brown sauce to properly enjoy a delicious helping of irony.**

Intel alerted computer makers to chip flaws on Nov 29 – new claim


Entered in the record

"Intel has denied any impropriety, saying Krzanich's decision to sell was part of a standard stock sale plan that had been organized in October."

"the chip maker was warned in June 2017 about the blunders"

Okay, carry the one, add in the reciprocal of the co-efficient, apply a little machine learning and... Yup.

June is still earlier than October.

VMware: New year, new job – you're fired


That's impressive

Did they do what I think they did?

They wrote their _own questions_, and proceeded to evade those _same questions_?!?!? This is a horrible situation, and the workers deserve well more than one, but those acrobatics warrant a beer.

UK exam chiefs: About the compsci coursework you've been working on. It means diddly-squat


You keep using that word, I do not think it means what you think it means.

"Since the GCSE was launched in 2013, interest in the course has waned. Some 64,159 Year 11 students registered for the computer science exam this year, compared with 60,521 in 2016."

Now, I'm no maths major, but something about those sums doesn't quite add up with the first sentence.

A very Canadian approach: How net neutrality rules reflect a country's true nature


Re: there aren't any derogatory terms used by Canadians to describe their continental cousins

It depends what alternate activity one describes with the term 'yank'...

Also, there's the joke about how Canada is bigger and on top, so in prison America would be our bitch. Or the one about the condoms. Or education. Or... Actually, yeah, we skipped right over nicknames and just tell jokes. Maybe it's the better education allowing us to use more than one word at a time.

/s (only a little though). ;]

Devonians try to drive Dartmoor whisky plan onto rocks


Re: Whisky vs Whiskey

The Scottish Scotch producers took Glen Breton to court over the use of 'single malt' to describe the product and 'Glen' in it's name. They proposed Glen Breton was trying to make it sound like it was a Scotch from Scotland. Initially, they won, however the Supreme Court of Canada eventually said there wouldn't be any confusion and let Glen Breton do it's thing.

Pretty silly, all things considered.


Re: Whisky vs Whiskey

Not so much. Glen Breton whisky is distinctly not Scotch (as it's made in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada). It does, however, use the spelling whisky.

Incidentally (and brought on by your legal reference) it is the only single-malt whisky in the world, after having won a court case declaring "single malt" to be incidental to the process and not a distinct feature owned by Scotch.


Traditional architecture

So, does this mean the summary removal of anything other than roundhouses?

Oracle sues its own star sales rep after she wins back $200k in pay fight


Looks like their counterpart at Delphi isn't the only one inhaling some strange vapours...