* Posts by EvilGardenGnome

69 posts • joined 18 Feb 2015


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...

Firefox bares teeth, attacks sites that collect personal data


Re: Icons

It could be more informative and accurate of the situation, but the crossed circle motif is already programmed into most people's heads as a warning sign.

As a result, what's the goal: To warn or inform? Personally, I feel having a clear text site where a password is going in is right up there with being about to back into something. Get my attention (and make me stop) first, then tell me what's going on. I'll make the call at that point.

My name's Jeff B and I'm here to say: Canada's getting an AWS region around the way


Always. Not often; Always.

If you're in Toronto, and accessing a Toronto server, (unless it's a dedicated line) the fastest path is through the US. In the 1990's we were trying to build a fiber backbone coast-to-coast-to-coast (which would have been the largest in the world). In the early naughts that plan was scrapped.

I'll leave it to the erstwhile members to google our respective leader's political leanings for the appropriate times.

Eugene Kaspersky is now personally defending your feet


A real stocking stuffer

So you're saying he's got us covered, lock, sock, and barrel?

Mine's the one with the Kaspersky socks in it. ;]

Tobacco giant predicts the end of smoking. Panic ensues


Should I stay or should I go?

The name "The New Static Movement" fills we with an inordinate amount of glee. Don't care how original, derivative, or psuedo-ironic (whatever the hep cats are saying nowadays) it is; it just made me smile.

Internet Archive preps Canadian safe haven to swerve Donald Trump


Re: The True North, Strong and Free

If you check the List of destroyed libraries (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_destroyed_libraries), Canadians make the list! Specifically Harper for the Library of Fisheries and Oceans. Only 6% of the collection survived.

I worked at one of the branches years ago. The quality of the science and engineering was incredible, and much of the materials we held didn't exist anywhere else. So much was lost...

The Internet Archives had better focus on the "lots" part of the phrase, as only two copies means you have none.

Accessories to crime: Facial recog defeated by wacky paper glasses


Very useful

A number of jurisdictions have laws against wearing masks for the purposes of evading identification. Something like this means that you must actually be identified rather than merely sorted by a computer AND you are not doing anything to justify questionable detention.

This is VERY welcome research.

LaCie flings out super-glam desktop Bolter drive


Re: Neil Poulton

They're not visible as they're not there. No shadows. It is, essentially, kitschy desk art in the photo.

Donald Trump running insecure email servers


A rumble in the distance...

That sound you hear? It's a multitude of 400lb hackers bouncing up and down on their beds in glee.

In their honour, forget the popcorn; get the donuts and Mountain Dew.

FT journo roasts channel leaders for spouting bullshit


Obfuscation is as obfuscation does

Passion actually means any strong emotion. The relation strictly to lust is a modern addition.

As a tech worker, I can definitely say I feel passionate about my job and employer. It most definitely is not on the love/lust end of that continuum.

Level 3 goes to Level 0 for American VoIP peeps


Not that small

Okay, so your phrasing, "for much of the US and Canada," is a little off. A part of the GTA and a small portion of south western Ontario decidedly does not represent "much of [...] Canada".

Even if you're being liberal with the phrasing, that area represents less than 10% of the population, and a very tiny percentage of the landmass.

Is there paper in the printer? Yes and it's so neatly wrapped!


Twice and twice? You need this more than I.

Microsoft’s Continuum: Game changer or novelty?


The dock is the key

I said it in other venues, but I'll add it here. Sell docks with desktop CPUs (and SKUs with GPUs) and use the phone for storage. With some tricky engineering you should be able to get the device to run desktop apps ONLY when connected with a dock. Until that happens, Continuum is all potential without anything to show for it.

Happy Anniversary: What’s new, what’s missing in Microsoft’s giant mobile update


Incremental improvement - very incremental

Tap to wake has been there for a while on supported devices. You can find it in Settings in the pre-anniversary OS under Extras, while now it is under Lock Screen.

Really, this is more polished than W10M was, but it's still missing a few things. WP8.x was, say what you will, very consistent. W10M-Anniversary moves more that way, but doesn't quite get there.

As a dedicated user for years, this won't build the brand (can anything, at this point?), but more troubling, likely won't stop people from leaving.

Thieves can wirelessly unlock up to 100 million Volkswagens, each at the press of a button


So long and thanks for all the fish

Welp, it was nice knowing VW. Between faking diesel numbers and this, it'll be interesting to see them survive the lawsuits.

AdBlock Plus blocked in China: 159m forbidden from stripping adverts

Black Helicopters

Cats and bags

"the Middle Kingdom's heavy-handed policy of also blocking the use of ad-blockers will leave citizens more vulnerable to banners that fling malware at PCs and devices."

And I'm completely certain the Chinese government has no idea what ABP is talking about.

Aside: Why no tinfoil hat icon?



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