* Posts by cream wobbly

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Rivian bricks infotainment systems in 'fat finger' fiasco

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Being from the UK, I can comfortably say that the UK's cell coverage is nigh on perfect by comparison with say, the rather disjointed country where Rivian has its HQ. It was only recently that you could forego checking the cell coverage map before buying service over here.

Not to mention any bridges or tunnels which you seem to think a major* auto manufacturer just what, forgot about? You're just a bit too zealous in your effort to discredit EVs, mate. Take it easy.

* majorer than Caterham, for example, which has double the output of Lotus

Rocky Linux claims to have found 'path forward' from CentOS source purge

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Re: "Certified"

1. No, they aren't going to have to pay. Talk to your rep.

No I don't work for rh. I just ... talked to my rep. You're making beautiful strawman arguments, but they're pointless because *everyone* who uses RHEL has access to a rep who can dispel each and every one of these.

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Re: "Certified"

"Used Linux but mostly BSD" omg that caught me off guard. Thanks for the giggle!

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Re: A bit of advance warning wouldn't have gone amiss

Advance warning? They've being doing similar things almost annually for 20+ years now.

Guess what Red Hat gets from you running unentitled RHEL in dev instead of Rocky? Still nothing!

Just keep your entitlements up to date in prod, in case they audit you.

Don't get me wrong, I hate the entitlements model with a burning passion, but this is not a catastrophe.

Decision to hold women-in-cyber events in abortion-banning states sparks outcry

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Re: Tennessee

Ah, the old straw feminist argument (‘they’ lol), but from a different angle this time so you can defend TERFs, I see?

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Re: Mixed Feelings

Your argument is fine except that you assume anti-queer laws apply only to a "tiny minority". It's a minority, but queer people of all stripes comprise something around 10% of the population. That implies that about 5% of the population intersects with both issues being raised, and 10% of the intended, non-attending audience.

I bet the conference will mention the brand ‘Six Sigma™’ somewhere, but this isn't even 1 sigma.

They should just call it the TERFs in Tech Conference, or ... oh wait that's an unfortunate abbreviation

Tesla ordered to pay worker $3M-plus over racist treatment

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Re: Wow easy money

If you think that's easy money you should see how easy it is for mental health service providers and lawyers to charge thousands per transaction!

Bank rewrote ads for infosec jobs to stop scaring away women

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Re: Autistic People too

Not autistic here, but I read the more verbose type of job req as "here's a list of what the team of five was doing when one of them left for better pay, and we reassigned those responsibilities to the three of them, but it was too much for two, so we need to hire a junior to accompany the one remaining employee who plans to retire in six weeks and oh by the way our hiring process takes eight, good luck!"

If they're brief, they're more likely to secure an interview with me.

No more rockstars, say Billy Idol, Joan Jett in Workday Super Bowl ad

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Re: Why?

Someone called me a rockstar at work so I threw my monitor out of the window and wrapped the IT dept cart around a tree and died after choking on someone else's vomit.

Yeah it's a US thing.

Subsidies? All UK chip industry needs is tax, rule tweaks, claims rightwing thinktank

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remember transputers?

If Thatcher's policies hadn't sold off Thompson for cheap the UK wouldn't have to be attracting chip fabs.

Trust, not tech, is holding back a safer internet

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Re: We need a better sheriff: let's draw up the job description.

Nice job ignoring Interpol & the like.

FTC prescribes GoodRx a $1.5m pill after 'sharing health info' with web giants

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they should rebrand as BadTx

Good Receiver / Bad Transmitter

It's been 230 years since British pirates robbed the US of the metric system

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Re: Learn both?

> Tell someone in the US or UK that a location is 20 miles away and they don't visualise that as a linear distance, rather they will think "too far to walk", or "half an hour's drive". 32km is meaningless to them in that context.

It's your comment that's meaningless.

The UK being right next door to the mainland means that people are in fact familiar with km. For a distance of 32 km it would be casually mentioned as "a bit more than 30". Really easy to visualize.

Likewise in the US, children are taught the metric system, and have been for decades. Plus there's plenty of us immigrants and neighbors who bring with them an understanding of metric. In fact, there's an interstate highway which starts not far from here that is marked out in km.

The US and the UK could switch overnight without any hassle. There'd be your moaners and such, but when they stop being funny the telly has an off button.

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Re: Learn both? It's all in the mind

> Centigrade isn't granular enough for ambient temperatures without using decimals.

Now buy a thermometer and measure said ambient temperature, and you'll discover it's a range of several degrees in either system.

For outdoor temperatures, take your pick of a few different forecasters and you'll commonly get a range of ten Fahrenshite degrees in their predictions.

If anything, they're both too granular for customary usage.

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Re: Hooray for Avoirdupois and pounds, shillings and pence

> As George Orwell wrote in his dystopian 1984, half a litre of beer is not enough, a full litre is too much.

Visions of real-alesters in the US ordering "one pint and four and a bit fluid ounces of your most baby-sick flavored IPA, please".

Unix is dead. Long live Unix!

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Re: Are you ok?

> From a time when many people thought that the significant defining feature of unix was unix networking.

Isn't it?

I look after an entire networked environment. To tease out the OS from the dependencies which live on the network is quite the challenge.

This isn't a bad thing: the fact of this integration into a connected environment means it's far more efficient, more available, and less surprising to end users, than the "other" OS. Unless the network goes down.

The analogy with cellphones isn't lost on me. Oh what's that? They either run a GNU OS or a BSD derivative?

Version 5 of the Endless OS enters testing

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"Apt, like every other conventional package manager, has no "undo" function. You can't go back to where you were."

Gee, I guess I'd better stop using `yum history undo last`…

Self-driving car computers may be 'as bad' for emissions as datacenters

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Re: The power usage may very well go down

If only there were a way to guide vehicles along preplanned routes without having to have computers to help them track it. They could be coupled together in some way and trained to wait stationary at well-advertised locations, and leave according to a time printed upon a table. It seems raily obvious to me.

Native Americans urge Apache Software Foundation to ditch name

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Re: Bit ridiculous

Telling the very people who identify as Apache that their concerns are "[a] bit ridiculous" shows you're either a) clueless, b) racist, or c) both. I'll let you figure out which you identify as.

Microsoft Defender ASR rules strip icons, app shortcuts from Taskbar, Start Menu

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Re: My Linux VM

Also Tesla owners, shitcoin investors, Christians, and antivaxters. Did I miss any cults?

Chinese researchers' claimed quantum encryption crack looks unlikely

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You mean "ze Americans", surely? We represent one monolithic whole, dontcherknow with exactly one opinion about everything. It's the (sorry) *ze* chemicals zat zey're putting in ze water...

Microsoft patent eyes ads in streaming online games

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Re: Please, please, please...

They only use them because they're free. I know I do.

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Re: No

Should they get lost in the same place where mobile games interrupt gameplay to show an ad, or because they're not actually interrupting gameplay and the ad becomes incidental to the action, should they get lost in a different locality?

No this is quite alright. It only pisses off the people who can afford their games anyway, so doesn't affect me in any way.

CERN, Fermilab particle boffins bet on AlmaLinux for big science

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Re: Another choice would be nice.

Large organizations need to provide support for the available software. Rocky and Alma only provide what the upstream vendor provides, and they only provide support for one DE. (It happens to be the most functional one, but I'll never convince you desktop alternative "I want my Linux to look like Windows 95" types…)

Quick reminder that you're commenting on an article about CERN picking *one* of the multiple RHEL rebuilds. No choice.

AI analysis of dinosaur tracks suggests 'predator' may have been a herbivore

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Re: Things that make you go "Hmmmmmmm".

> So what was the "expert" that got it 100% correct that human and machine were judged against?

From TFA:

> The authors warned "it has to be the job of the ichnologist"

It's right there, but let's rephrase so it's clearer: "it has to be the job of the ichnologist *and not the computer scientist or their fancypants script they threw together after lunch*".

I mean, they can't even make an ML algorithm that could replace a Starbuck'ses menu interpreter, never mind someone with years of experience built on decades of expertise. (I could do it in about 100 lines of bash but that's another story.)

To be fair, "ML" (particularly the image recognition part) has its place as a tool *used by* scientists and medical doctors to help highlight anomalies and consistencies. It speeds up the process of turning a hunch into a suspicion. The danger is that their higher ups start trusting sci-fi stories and imagine that they could somehow get rid of the experts.

Tesla recalls 40k cars over patch that broke power steering

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Re: Maybe the roads will last longer

The reason it's easier to turn the wheels when a car is rolling slightly forwards or back is because there's two (or three, or four) tons of steel moving with it. Turning the while while standing still is harder because you're doing all the work. Just because you can't feel it doesn't mean it's not happening. The twist forces on the road surface are the same in either scenario; more likely higher when the car is moving.

This is why cyclists and motorcyclists chow up the road surface and massive lorries don't, but they have to have their stories, don't they?

Twitter begs some staff to come back, says they were laid off accidentally

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Re: Modest proposal.

Do comments on the bottom half of articles count?

Logitech, that canary in PC coal mine, just fell off its perch

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They've been my favourite cheap and basic input device manufacturer but they stopped being cheap and basic.

I had a wireless keyboard + trackpad that was just too frustrating to use with Windows. Couldn't stop the Windows window overview view from taking over the screen randomly when all I was trying to do was look for a movie to play. Part of this is Windows's fault for not allowing the annoyance to be disabled fully, but Logitech's software also wouldn't save settings correctly.

I replaced it with a cheaper and basic-er device from a no-name manufacturer which has fewer problems included in the price.

China dumps dud chips on Russia, Moscow media moans

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Re: It's just words

Yeah but by providing a corrupt, backward, low quality economy with faulty hardware, China *is* crushing corruption, modernizing its economy, and focusing only on quality development of world-leading products. Plus, when Russia falls and is partitioned out by the UN after the war crimes tribunal in Kyiv, China will grab some territory.

Senior engineer reported to management for failing to fix a stapler

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Yes, it's also called "Permaramp" which kinda hints that it's intended to be bolted down. The spec was for a mobile ramp. (Presumably because it intrudes into work space.)

Building something that has to be self-supporting takes quite a lot more engineering.

I expect most of the cost is in certification. Workplace insurance would skyrocket (scuse the pun) if an uncertified piece of mobile safety equipment was installed.

You and your "£2500? I could do it for less!" it's exactly how managers end up outsourcing or "clouding" for bullshit reasons. You're not looking at the total costs, just the one line item.

SpaceX reportedly fed up with providing free Starlink to Ukraine

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missed the point

Here's another scenario that Musk has turned into begging for *corporate welfare*. It was an obvious bait-and-switch the moment he announced it. Every single one of his projects depends completely on government payouts. When he doesn't get them, the company is shut down, or greatly reduced to fit the size of the payout. Essentially the entire business model is to snag investment from schmucks, and the biggest rubes are a) in government spending other people's money, and b) shareholders gambling on the economy.

He keeps telling us he's the smartest guy on the planet, and reading most of these bickering comments about how "it's hard" and "charity", he's not far off.

Canonical displays controversial 'ad' in shell update prog

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uh, no

It is advertising, exactly.

Just because it's free doesn't mean it's not drawing attention to a service. If it were a free to play game for Android, would you say it wasn't advertising? Or a political candidate?

It's like those foreign kids knocking on my door debating the meaning of "NO SOLICITING". They're not selling anything, promise! It's just a free assessment to see how much I'd save with solar! So, exactly like soliciting, then.

Same here with advertising. There's no debate, don't give them a break.

Per Oxford: https://www.oed.com/view/Entry/2975

4. a. transitive. To make generally known by means of an announcement in a public medium; spec. (a) to publish information about (a person (now rare), thing, circumstance, or event) so as to attract public attention; (b) to describe or present (a product, service, or the like) in order to promote sales. Frequently with by, in, on the medium specified (as a journal, radio, television, etc.). (Now the most common sense.)

After 20-year battle, Channel island Sark finally earns the right to exist on the internet with its own top-level domain

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Re: Glad they didn't overthink the process....

The Presidential model follows the goals of a Monarchy in a functioning democracy, but rejects the idea of hereditary rule. Why do you think that's "far worse"?

The US has Trump for 4 years, (and though it pains me to say it), possibly 8. Big Liz the Deuce has been God-King-and-slaveowner for the better part of seven decades. At least her powers are largely ceremonial, but that's only a "Gentleman's agreement": a future monarch could quite easily restructure Parliament and the Courts on a whim, or dismiss them entirely.

In the US, allegiance is sworn to the Flag of the US. In the UK, it's to the Monarch.

Researchers trick Tesla into massively breaking the speed limit by sticking a 2-inch piece of electrical tape on a sign

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Re: Sigh.

...and there's no "minimum speed 20mph" to catch the "offender" doing 15 in a 30 zone. Just a bunch of uptight lizards who don't enjoy driving anyway and should take the bus which they actually do since they bought their ComboverUtilityVehicle.

Don't use natwest.co.uk for online banking, Natwest bank tells baffled customer

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In context of a domain mismatch...

"I'll use a URL shortener - that's sure to clear things up!"

Apple's latest keyboard travels back in time to when they weren't crap

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Re: All hail the new MacBook Pro

I never had to replace a powerbook or ibook keyboard, but I knew I could do so very easily.

I had to replace a Macbook keyboard once. It took about 50-60 screws the size of those tiny ants, and a complete teardown. The only thing that didn't get hauled out of the case was the screen itself.

I had to replace a Macbook pro keyboard once. It took more like 80 screws, even smaller than ants. Same story with the teardown.

I have another one to do. I've been putting it off about 6 months because I need new glasses.

It'd be lovely if Apple made it so their PCs didn't require an electron microscope to do basic repairs of things that commonly fail, like keyboards.

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Oh great... another broken keyboard

I've replaced plenty too many of these scissor-style keyboards. At least they only fail as often as their optical drives...

You know the President is able to shut down all US comms, yeah? An FCC commish wants to stop him from doing that

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Re: The ultimate authority

Democracy, obviously.

We tried that. But Athens only practised it for a few decades before collapsing.

So... "Communism, obviously" then?

Same story. Every time someone tries it, you get some pudgy kid in charge spoiling it for everyone else.

Our best bet is a broken, yet resilient system; by which I mean something that is self-correcting. We've yet to discover what that is, but despite the current look of the thing, the American experiment of three bodies of government isn't faring too badly, even with Russian mobsters running rampant.

Tabletop battle-toys purveyor Games Workshop again warns of risks in Microsoft Dynamics 365 ERP project

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Back when the internet was good as well...

Who's that padding down the chimney? It's Puma, with its weird £80 socks for gamers

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Re: £80 for a pair of socks?

Still, forty quid a slipper seems a touch outrageous.

They just want to sell cheapened racing driver / climbing shoes for the same money.

London's Westminster Council wins appeal against phonebooth-cum-massive-digital-advert

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Re: Lexus 430

There weren't that many cars in Blade Runner...

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Units, you nits

"a 24-inch display that would provide directions and local information, and a 165cm by 92.8cm LCD display "

Can I have that in furlongs, please?

Irish eyes aren't smiling after govt blows €1m on mega-printer too big for parliament's doors

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Re: That's some printer there

You could add a combined 1a and 2a that people don't do a very good job of domestic medium- and long-term spending; either with the purchase itself (e.g. spending tens of thousands more on a car because it has better cupholders, radio, and never-used AWD; buying a house for cheap fitted furniture, fitted cheaply, and occasional rooms that become used as indoor sheds), or with the terms of the loan to enable the purchase.

Beware the trainee with time on his hands and an Acorn manual on his desk

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Re: Oh, the joys

You got yourself 6 downvotes from old lady merkins!

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Re: Oh, the joys

Some drives supported loading the tray as well, so you could just run an "uneject" in a constant loop.

Open tray, put CD... zzzwwkdk damn

Open tray, put CD... zzzwwkdk dammit!

opentrayputcdin... zzzzww DAMN YOU! wwkdk

Open tray. ... zzzwwkdk

Open tray ... zzzwwkdk

ps auxw | grep eject


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Re: Oh, the joys

It's not as though you'd run a key logger. Nobody used passwords so there were none to steal, and consequently you get get into anyone's email to discover what they'd been writing. Or you could >ahem< send something on their behalf.

Boffins don bad 1980s fashion to avoid being detected by object-recognizing AI cameras

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Re: Great

Maybe you will be lucky and the Tesla software will incorrectly classify you as a large inanimate object and see you as an obstacle to avoid...

I don't know where you get the idea that Tezzler's software wants to avoid large inanimate objects. All it does is follow the clearest lane markings. It's a slightly clever lane departure warning feedback system. It's not really engineered for other types of accident avoidance.

Here's me berating you for not stopping before you got to the unnecessary bit, and there I go and do it. I should've said:

It's not really engineered.

There. I'm happy now.

If you're going to exploit work's infrastructure to torrent, you better damn well know how to hide it

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Re: The sly devil

Yeah, not least because that was easy to put up front - book a "dental appointment" or something and stick it on the works calendar. Cancel it at the last minute if you have to.

That's not long division, Timmy! China school experimented on pupils with mind-reading tech

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Troublesome questions from pupils more intelligent than your below-minimum wage teaching interns who couldn't get a job flipping burgers? Easy! Just provide "evidence" of ADHD and have them evaluated by a friendly druggist, who will dutifully put the American on a lifetime of dependency, and if they try to wean themselves off it, risk being inserted into the -to-prison part of the pipeline?

Give me the headbands!

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Re: They care about it but do not take it as snark, they take it literally, something to be followed

Um. You're responding to this snark: "Jeez, 1984 wasn't a manual, guys!"

and saying they don't take it as snark, but literally.

Like this: "Oh, it wasn't a manual for guys? We'll use it on gals then!"

Well done.