* Posts by Updraft102

1550 posts • joined 31 May 2015

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Why make games for Linux if they don't sell? Because the nerds are just grateful to get something that works

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Re: SteamOS

"Windows" in the above-referenced post starts the section where the Windows installation is described. I thought it was all the Linux procedure at first, and it made no sense.

As you note, Steam's installer is in the Ubuntu repo, so it's available for Ubuntu and all of its progeny (Mint included) from there. Installing it is easy peasy, just like the proprietary nVidia drivers (search in Synaptic, tick a box, Hit Apply, done). You can also use the command line if you want, of course. 'sudo apt install steam-installer'.

I had Steam installed in Fedora 32 when I used that too. It's in the same RPM Fusion nonfree repo as the nVidia drivers. It's kind of a standard thing to enable this repo in Fedora if you're not one of the stalwart "free software only" people (which would make Linux gaming really hard, as it's almost completely nonfree in the gaming realm).

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Re: SteamOS

"SteamOS was not concocted as a money-making venture. It was a counter to Microsoft's idiotic attempt to monopolize Windows software retailing - which had the potential to destroy Valve's business model. This bonehead move awakened Valve, and a few other companies, to the urgent need for a 'plan B,' a platform that they could fall back on as Microsoft proceeded with its increasingly obvious decline."

Exactly! Having Linux versions of games benefits the game makers even if those games do not sell much, because it prevents Microsoft from doing this. GabeN has said this in no uncertain terms. It's not about direct moneymaking in Linux sales so much as protecting the ability to make money in the future, not to mention being able to exercise creative control over your own IP.

By contrast, nothing that offends Apple's tender sensibilities can exist on iOS, and that seems to be the model MS is following, even though expectations people have for mobiles and PCs (including Macs) differ greatly. Even if MS ended up being more permissive than Apple, it's still a problem that one company gets to decide what millions can run on hardware they supposedly own.

Having Linux as a viable gaming OS prevents that. If we could get other software publishers to recognize the same thing applies also to non-games, that would be even better. Of course, Microsoft is the publisher of one of the frequently-cited must-haves, which is Office. I'm waiting to see how much they really "heart" Linux. Put your money where your mouth is, MS!

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If the driver supports the card in question, it can almost certainly be fixed. There are a ton of threads on fixing black screens upon start of X11 (or Wayland; I'd stick with X11 when trying to get older stuff to work) on various sites, and I don't know how much you've gone through to fix it, but it's seldom the case that something is actually unfixable. It's just a matter of not having found the solution yet.

If the driver does not support the card, perhaps because the card is too old, and the legacy nVidia driver series (like 340) won't work with the Linux kernel you want to use or some other bit, then yeah, you are kinda stuck, but the newest Windows drivers won't work with the older cards either.

Windows does play nicer with older drivers than Linux, where the ABIs keep changing as things progress, which is both a blessing and a curse. It's a blessing compared to the slow-moving Windows where people complain about so much legacy cruft that comes from so much backwards compatibility, but it's a curse when you're talking about precompiled binaries meant for an ABI that has since been abandoned.

I've had these kinds of issues in Windows too, FWIW.

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Most of the DRM nowadays seems to be of the phone-home type, and that works the same in Linux as it does in Windows.

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Re: SteamOS

In my experience on several nVidia machines, installing the nVidia drivers has essentially been as hard as going to the graphical package management tool and searching for "nvidia", or to the driver manager in the Ubuntu settings, checking a box next to the driver package, then letting it install. After a restart, it works, just as in Windows.

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They make a crappy Linux port that they didn't bother to do any QA on, and then they complain and moan that there are a lot of automated bug reports coming in. Well, there's your QA, guys.

Don't be mad at the Linux platform because you chose to release an untested product. You're not Microsoft!

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Re: Not just Linux

Indie games have caught my attention more than the AAA titles lately, and they are much more likely to have Linux native versions.

People complain about the bad quality of so many Unity games, but it's because Unity empowers a lot of people who would not otherwise be making games to do so in a way that was not possible before. That's a good thing when it comes to injecting some much needed creativity, as some of these developers of "bad" Unity games (some of which have enough creativity baked in to be very entertaining even though they're "bad," like The Long Drive, which is still in early access) will continue to improve, as will their products.

Then there's My Summer Car, a title similar to The Long Drive in some ways, but is more polished. Not to the level of a typical console title, but still enough to be fun, and that's what games are supposed to be about... not necessarily high budget effects or the most impressive visuals. Those are nice to have, but I'd rather have a game with marginal graphics and great game play than one with great graphics and blah gameplay, or gameplay that is just a thinly disguised retread of some other title.

Some other indie Unity games are quite good (Slime Rancher and Untitled Goose Game, just to name a couple). The former has a Linux native version, while the latter runs flawlessly on WINE+DXVK, and presumably also Proton.

That, I think, is where you will find creativity in game making.

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Yes. Steam is behind Linux, and that ought to make it worth their while to think about why. It's not necessarily about turning Linux into a gaming OS or even making money on the Linux ports... there's also the bit about not letting Microsoft dictate the terms of distributing PC software. If they can, they will rope people into their disliked Windows/Microsoft store the way iOS does (Microsoft not having noticed the difference between phones and PCs fully yet). Having gamers have another option means MS can't very easily do that, and that means that the companies that sell few Linux versions still benefit more than the sum total of their Linux sales would show, as does the rest of the PC gaming community.

The software developers behind various games don't necessarily have to make a Linux native version of a given title (though that would be my strong preference) to make this happen... they just need to aim for Proton compatibility. Given that Proton aims for Windows compatibility, it should not be such a tough thing to do to get a Windows game to run on it from their end. And if we can just get them to use Vulkan instead of DX12, it will be that much easier, and that much more of a "not today, Microsoft" message for their MS Store cage.

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Nouveau is just bad if performance is even a consideration. It's great to support open source, and I realize that it's nVidia's refusal to do just that which is responsible for Nouveau's badness, but whatever the reason, performance-wise it's not even in the running, even for older cards that don't have the signed firmware issues like my GTX 760. I give up about half the performance available if I use the Nouveau driver instead of the proprietary one (currently 455.45).

If you tried WINE or Proton using the same driver you'd use in Windows (the one from nVidia), your opinion might change. Also, If you use Proton, I think it's all built in, but if you use WINE, be sure also to use DXVK with the proprietary driver. Not using DXVK probably costs as much or more performance than using Nouveau (and I don't know if it even works with Nouveau, as I have not tried it).

I've run a bunch of Windows games with nVidia proprietary drivers and DXVK and seen performance comparable to Windows, and on one pre-release title that is exceedingly buggy, it's more stable in Linux with Proton than it seems to be for Windows (10) itself. It just works brilliantly... no visual artifacts, no stutters that would not also happen in Windows (I checked that bit in actual Windows), and very stable.

It doesn't work with everything, as I understand, especially those games that use kernel drivers for anticheats (just what I wanted... kernel-level drivers for playing a game), but it's worked on all the games I wanted to play, and at a level of performance such that I don't miss Windows a bit.

DirectX 12 support for Wine/Proton/DXVK is under development now... won't that be a trip for the "Windows 10 exclusive" DX12 to work on a non-Windows OS but not on 7 or 8.1?

And now for something completely different: A lightweight, fast browser that won't slurp your data

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Re: Not Free

The initial premise of the web is that the pages would adapt to whatever client the user was using. Part of that would be to deliver a non-js version of a page if that was all it was capable of handling. Users would have an incentive to move to newer browsers if they wanted the new features, but they would not be compelled to if they were happy with the way their old one worked on the pages they cared about (security wasn't really a concern back then). The server would gracefully degrade the experience to accommodate anyone who arrived, even if they had no js and all they could see was text, as in Lynx.

Now, you try to visit a page with a browser that's just a few years old (like Waterfox Classic, for example, that's up to date with backported security fixes, but is otherwise Firefox 56), and many pages just don't work, and it's not about the user-agent this time. But the idea that site owners gett to pick and choose which browsers their viewers may use does often involve user-agents, often just to restrict the site users to the small handful of browser/OS combinations they've tested, even though that in no way guarantees functionality (try disabling js in any of the newer Chrome or FF releases and see how that works), nor does using one of the "unsupported" browsers mean it won't work.

It's funny that every time I have encountered a user-agent based nag or blockade of a web site, spoofing it not only got me in the door, but also had everything working fine even with my "wrong" browser pretending to be a "right" one. In contrast, all the times I have had my browser legitimately not be compatible with a given site (after trying the usual things like disabling extensions and trying a blank profile), there was no message or nag... it simply failed to work, full stop. The one corner case where user-agent sniffing makes sense (to warn a user that the site will not work with their browser when that is actually the case), it's not used.

Instead, you get silliness like bank web sites yelling at you if you use Firefox on MacOS but having no issue with it in Windows, where it's on the "supported" list (and forget Linux users, they don't get to use any browser!), sniffing user-agents and arbitrarily blocking viable content more than a decade after "best viewed with Internet Explorer" went out of style.

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Re: Not Free

That's nearly all of them, of course.

Right-to-repair warriors seek broader DMCA exemptions to bypass digital locks on the stuff we own

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Re: Trammell Hudson, director of special projects at Lower Layer Labs

Trammell Starks, great musician and composer.

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Re: Yes, but ...

Now should a customer be able to buy a base model and tweak the firmware to turn it into the top?

Absolutely. He bought it, it's his property. Any concerns about the profit of the maker of the unit cease to have any relevance the moment ownership changes hands.

Clearly that would destroy the business model and deprive all customers of choice of this product.

Then they need a new business model. If they want to market a product on different pricing tiers when all that changes is a few NVRAM settings, that's their prerogative, but if customers want to try to upgrade any bit of their own property to perform better, that is their prerogative too. I overclocked my PC years ago, and I didn't think once about how I should be paying Intel more because it works better the way I configured it than the way it came out of the box! I bought the physical product, and it was still that same product when I "enhanced" it. I modify things I bought all the time. It's my right, as the just owner of those items.

That overclocked PC still runs great, seven or more years later. If it would have come with an operating system, it would have been EOL by now too, which is supposed to make me go buy a new PC, but I bypassed that too. It runs Linux now, and I expect that to work on the hardware for many years to come.

I do that kind of stuff with nearly everything electronic I own, and a lot of non-electronic stuff too. Apple talks a big game about being "green," but forcing perfectly good items into artificial obsolescence isn't green at all. I know that was not what the post I replied to was about, but fixing things instead of buying new breaks someone's business model too. It doesn't mean it shouldn't happen.

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I just saw a Youtube video entitled "iPhone 12 Anti Repair Design - Teardown and Repair Assessment", from Hugh Jeffreys. He bought two brand new iPhone 12s and tried swapping parts from one to the other. As in your example, the phone worked, but not correctly. Even simply switching the camera from one to the other was enough... a part-swapped phone would not turn on when on battery. It would when on mains, but if one tried to use the camera, it dropped the preview framerate to the point that it was a slideshow.

When the "logic board" (as he called it) was swapped, it also refused to turn on when on battery, but it would bombard the user with error messages as soon as it finished booting.

Of course, I am sure we all remember the error 53 message that appeared on an iOS update if anyone had at some point in the past replaced the touchscreen panel.

It's not enough that they glue or rivet the things together so strongly that they are hard to get apart. They have to lock each part to some central bit (probably the motherboard) so that the parts supply doesn't exist. Apple won't sell you parts, and they make it so if you get the exact part you need, it's still no good. How can they tell you the price for the repair (that might actually be very reasonable by a third party if Apple allowed it) is almost as much as a new iThing, so why not just buy another one right now?

That's the thing that makes this hoopla over the new Apple M2 irrelevant to me. Interesting that they did it, but there's no way I am going to buy anything from a company with their business practices. I keep my electronic things a long time and use them until they are legitimately obsolete. If they fail or are damaged, I repair them. I do not want to be upsold when my old item could be repaired for a quarter of the price of their deliberately overpriced repair that's meant to push more sales. If I buy something disposable, whether it be a razor or a ballpoint pen or a laptop, it needs to be "the cost is so low that I don't care" cheap, and that's not the market Apple is in. Even a very cheap laptop needs to at least have a battery I can replace in a few moments with basic hand tools.

In other news, the DMCA was an abomination when it was passed and it should be repealed yesterday. What a big fat smooch that was to the megacorporations in the US! We need to dump the corporatocracy.

The Ghost of Windows Past gains spooky second wind as the October 2020 Update nears double digits

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Re: 1909 was little more than jumped-up cumulative update to 1903

At the speed of the fastest internet connection available where I live (not counting cellular, as I have no experience with that or how fast it is), it would take 60 days of 100% utilization to upload all of the data. Downstream is better... I would only need 3 days to download it all.

Clouds are droplets of water or ice particles in aerosol form. They're not useful for storage of data, but they do sometimes look like alligators.

CodeWeavers' CrossOver ran 32-bit Windows Intel binary on macOS on Arm CPU emulating x86 – and nobody died

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I realize you were debunking the idea that Macs are more expensive than similar PCs, but there's a lot more behind those listed prices that differs other than the SSD size.

The Macbook Pro has non-removable SSD and RAM. SSDs are consumable items, and while the life they have is much longer than people think, it still makes the Macbook Pro a disposable computer that costs in excess of a thousand pounds. I wouldn't even consider such an item unless it was bargain-basement cheap, which the MBP is not.

As far as the RAM and SSD sizes, 8 and 256 are fine to start, but not if that's going to be the final tally. The smallest amount of SSD storage on any of my laptops is 1 TB, and that's feeling a bit cramped lately (thinking of upgrading again).

The bit about the RAM being soldered is an issue in the XPS 13 too, but in the x86 market, I have tons more choices with the same or very similar specs, and at the same or very similar price point. You don't get that with Apple.

Ifixit's most recent score for the Dell XPS 13 was 7 out of 10, while the most recent Macbook Pro 13 scored all of a 2. That may have changed, but for now, those are the most recent numbers. On top of that, you can get parts for a Dell, but Apple does all it can to make sure you can't get them for their products, and if you go aftermarket, they could release a firmware upgrade that breaks your expensive disposable device down the road. They've done it before, and even though that was on their other platform (iOS), it demonstrates that the company thinks bricking your hardware because you dared repair your product with unapproved parts (when they refuse to sell you the approved parts) is okay.

The new M1 is very impressive, but as long as it's only available in Apple machines, it's a whole lot less appealing. We will have to see how the other CPU makers respond. Super wide decode and execution unit architectures aren't in any way restricted to Apple, though I would not be surprised if they tried to claim otherwise, given their history of thinking they owned the entire market for any product they introduce, whether that be GUIs or smartphones in general or even the concept of rounded corners on a device that's to be carried in a pocket.

When you tell Chrome to wipe private data about you, it spares two websites from the purge: Google.com, YouTube

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Microsoft has used the same technique with some of its self-favoring changes to Windows 10, like how it would reset all of the privacy settings to their most blabby with each feature update. When people complained, it became a "bug" that they would fix in time, but it's the same peculiar type of bug that just happens to serve the interests of the makers of the software containing the alleged bug. It's a self-serving bit of code that becomes a bug if anyone raises a big enough stink about it (does that mean it became a stink bug?).

If you can call it a bug and be off the hook, why not include these kinds of things and see if they slip under the radar if you are a Google or a Microsoft?

Microsoft will adopt Google Chrome's controversial Manifest V3 in Edge

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Just a quick observation...

Manifest v3 only affects extensions. Blockers that are built in, as they are in several of the Chromium derivatives, will not be affected.

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Re: PI Hole

"The thing with an ad-supported internet was it was abused. First party ads are theoretically no worse than a magazine having some ads. Oh God, why is it a video, now there is sound, it just changed size and moved the content, ahh it is an in-page popup now. It is this hellscape that made AdBlockers take off."

And that's not even considering the trackers, the analytics scripts, and the massive use of your bandwidth, RAM, and cpu cycles to download and run 20 libraries so that you can be spied on most effectively. I did a test with a bunch of sites loaded in Firefox with the adblocker (uBlock Origin) enabled and with it disabled, on fresh starts of Firefox where I just waited until the pages were all fully loaded, and the RAM footprint of the unblocked Firefox used around twice the RAM. The entire Firefox program and all of its addons (and I use a lot) plus the content itself used about the same amount of memory as just the ads.

Google and the like have broken ad-supported sites. It used to be that when you wanted to advertise in a given magazine, you called their advertising department and set that up. They decided if they wanted to run your ad in their publication, and you dealt with them.

Now site owners have little control over the ads on their own sites. No one places their ads on the site (effectively the publication) itself... they contact Google or Amazon or another third-party ad broker, and that broker (who has no concern at all about the reputation or continued viability of that site... there are always more when one dies) decides what will be placed on that site. If the ad is offensive, it is the site owner that takes the heat, not the ad broker.

Not only that, but the ad brokers have got (enough) advertisers convinced that tracking and analytics are a necessary part of any advertising.

That's why there was no such thing as advertising prior to the modern era in which computing power, internet bandwidth, and storage capacity advanced to the point that the tracking of individuals to collect massive amounts of data of use to advertisers was possible. When I grew up in the 70s and 80s, that kind of thing was impossible, so of course there were no ads at all then, since of course you can't have ads without trackers. TV commercials, radio commercials, print ads, signs/handbills/billboards, product placement, etc., never existed, and don't exist now, because the kind of tracking that makes ads possible could not exist within those frameworks. /sarc, obviously.

Those site owners who don't want to expose their users to tracking don't really have much of a choice if they want that revenue. Allow Google or Amazon to spy on your customers and agree to take whatever ads they want to run, or no money for you.

The ad companies that made ads "better" for the advertisers by targetting only the customers who were the most receptive have destroyed internet advertising. Adblocking is merely a symptom of that, not the cause.

It's 2020, so let's just go ahead and let Amazon have everyone's handprints so it can process payments

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56k? Why, my first modem was 0.3k! And I was glad to have it!

COVID-19 tracing without an app? There's an iOS and Android update for that

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Contact tracing is no substitute for mask wearing.

But carrying a rabbit's foot or a four-leaf clover would be a perfect substitute for that, and a lot less harmful to the bearer too.

CDC, WHO, US Surgeon General, Fauci, Australian health service, et al, in March, agreed that mask wearing by members of the public was not effective in slowing the spread of respiratory viruses, and that it could actually be harmful to people not medically trained.

That was, and is, the sum total of all of the human knowledge on the subject. Science is a slow process, and a paradigm shift like this doesn't happen within a few months (how long it took for all of the above entities to contradict their previous statements). Extraordinary claims require extraordinary proof, as the late great Carl Sagan said, and the idea that COVID is somehow unlike influenza, rhinovirus, cold coronavirus, SARS 1 coronavirus, and MERS coronavirus is an extraordinary claim. So is the assertion they made very early on, that unlike all those other respiratory viruses, this novel virus that we know nothing about absolutely, positively does not spread by aerosol.

The premise of droplets being the main modality of contagion is the basis for the six foot rule and the mask mania. Masks are useless for aerosols, and the evidence is quite clear by now that COVID is just a garden variety coronavirus, like all the others our species has known, and it spreads in the same way, which is to say, by aerosol. You'd have to ask the various "medical" government orgs why they refuse to state that the virus can and does spread by aerosol (airborne) the way that all the other respiratory viruses do.

Without the "it's about the droplet" excuse, we're back to the analogy of a mask (short of N95 or better respirator) to stop a virus being like using a chain link fence to keep mosquitoes out of your yard. If they admitted that the droplet thing was a ruse, they'd have to explain how their mask mandates and having us stand a couple a' meters away from one anothers have been the rule for weeks or months. Aerosols remain in the air for hours, and can be carried by HVAC systems into other rooms or even floors-- six feet isn't going to help you (or others around you), and neither is any mask short of a respirator of N95 or equivalent or better.

Preventing disease is not what masks are for, though... they're to give us a little ritual to carry out to make us think they're doing something about the virus, while demonstrating their subservience to their masters. Every problem calls for more government, right? People have been trained to think so. Despite their nearly perfect record to the contrary, people think governments solve problems, so when the media whips them into a lather with the latest out-of-context doom and gloom (in July, 73% of Americans surveyed thought COVID was getting worse, even though the death rate was by then down 98% from its mid-April peak), they get frightened and demand the government "do something." Mask rules are "something," all right, but "something effective?" No, quite assuredly not.

The virus is a force of nature. It's going to do what it is going to do until it runs its course. You know that little graph they showed when they were explaining what "flatten the curve" meant? Google it if you haven't. It showed the hospitalization rate from a virus like COVID if nothing was done, a curve that rose rapidly to a high peak, then dropped almost as quickly again to baseline. The "flattened" curve showed a slow rise to a peak in about July, and then a slow fall back toward baseline. The dotted line that cut across the highest part of the peak in the "do nothing" curve indicated the peak surge capacity of hospitals, while the flattened curve never crossed that line.

Note that the "do nothing" line didn't just keep rising, nor did it rise to a high level and stay put. It rose, then it fell rapidly. If you look at the death rate in the US (and probably other countries, but I don't know where to find their statistics... this is from the CDC), it rocketed to a peak in mid April, then began a drop that continues even now. There was a small peak in July (which did not show up in the stats until August, as it takes a while for the records to come in) that coincides with the riots/"mostly peaceful" protests, but it's been dropping again for well over a month since then.

From the way the media reports it, you'd think that without heroic measures by government officials, the death rate (and along with it the closely correlated hospitalization rate) would just go up and stay there. The media and pols breathlessly report the increased number of positive tests and imply that each one is virtually a death sentence, but they fail to report that the death rate dropped 98% (as reported by the CDC data from their site). It's not positive tests that made this thing so scary... it's deaths, and deaths are way, way down... but you won't hear that from the media. All you hear is the "this thing ain't goin' away" doom and gloom, even as it is in the process of going away. Despite our best efforts, the thing is in the process of running its course, just like pandemics always do. When you're going through hell, keep going! We keep trying to stop, and then they claim that slowing down will get us to the other side faster, which makes no sense.

We have bad news for non-US Microsoft fans: The incoming Surface Duo is underspecced, overpriced, and over there

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Re: MS **STILL** Making phones???

This new, "innovative" Microsoft is just copying every idea it sees. The whole Surface lineup is trying to capture Apple's "luxury goods" magic, and its Microsoft store is a pretty close copy of the App store or the Play store walled gardens (though the Play store walled garden has a gate). They've achieved 90% of the market for traditional PCs, so you'd think they'd realize they know how to do "Windows," but they keep trying to copy everyone else. They even copied Ubuntu's twice a year release schedule and nomenclature (they just removed the hyphen to make things less clear), though they missed the LTS bit. They're not innovating... they're demonstrating a corporate example of "monkey see, monkey do."

The future of signage is here, and it wants an update

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When are active hours for a thing like a digital sign? All the time, you say?

Well, too bad. Lord Microsoft says you can't set them to 24 hours. They're benevolent enough to allow you some "you" time on your own hardware, but you WILL set aside some Microsoft time too.

Back in the GWX days, a woman was doing a weather forecast on live TV when an "upgrade to Windows 10" message popped up. Her reaction was priceless... she said, "Don't do it!"

Now, five years later, evidently nothing has changed. Microsoft is still making demands of other people's hardware. You see Youtube videos of people doing things with their PCs and "Let's cross this off your list" update nag appears at an inopportune moment. I loathe that pseudo-familiar tone that MS takes these days. Whatever it was you wanted to do with my PC wasn't actually ever ON my list, Microsoft.

Windows 10 needs to be crossed off the list.

Mozilla doubles down on anti-tracking tech: It'll be tougher for wily ad-biz cookie monsters to track Firefox

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Re: Barking up the wrong tree

Solution: block facebook.* at the router.

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Truly. I clear all cookies (not just known trackers) a lot more often than once a day. Once the tab is closed, cookie is gone. Yeah, I get a lot of "we don't recognize your browser." Well, you're not supposed to, nor should you expect to.

It's been five years since Windows 10 hit: So... how's that working out for you all?

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You mean going into the performance settings and unchecking "Use visual styles on buttons and dialogs" (or whatever it said? That brought back the 2k UI quickly. That and selecting the classic start menu could be done in about thirty seconds.

Another way to get rid of the XP "Luna" theme was to simply disable the Themes service, which is what I always did.

The icons were still different, but otherwise, it was Windows 2000 in appearance.

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Re: Windows 10 is not a bad OS

You have to have a Google or an Apple account to use these devices

Ah, the old standard, whataboutism!

What about the Windows versions I used for the 20+ years before MS accounts to log into Windows were a thing? That's the only thing I care about. What other platforms that Ihave chosen not to use do is no concern.

"if you use Chrome on Linux the telemetry and snooping is far more than on WIndows and you can't stop it at all, or any of the updates they push out, "

I would never use Chrome on anything, but do you have a reference for the "far worse" snooping?

The auto updating should only happen if you use the snap or other similar package. So don't do that! (Or install Chrome, on anything.)

everyone is more than willing to share their lives with everyone other than Microsoft who will take your info and sell it back to you.

Seems there is a lot of double standards going on or just selective memories.

I don't have any use for those other platforms either. No Android, no iOS, no Mac, no Chromebook, no Windows.

Boeing confirms it will finish building 747s in 2022, when last freighter flies off the production line

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Re: Sad to see the queen of the sky’s go but won’t be flying in a 737 Max

Not Boeing's accountants... the accountants in question were those of the airlines. It costs money to certify pilots for a new plane, but if the new aircraft has the same type certification as the old one, all they need is a cheap "differences" training thing and they're off to go. That's why the Max had MCAS... it was supposed to handle like the 737 NG, but it didn't, and rather than have it be its own entity with its own handling characteristics, they tried to simulate the old plane. Evidently, it did not work, and the decision to use one sensor was just insane.

Reportedly, Boeing did want to design a new replacement for the 737 that would implement the newest technology (like a smaller 787), but the airlines wanted a better seven-three. Then Airbus refreshed the A320, giving it a competitive advantage over the 737 NG, and the die was cast.

Mozilla unveils $4.99/month subscription-based VPN, says it won't hang onto user logs

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Re: TBird

Didn't Mozilla cut Thunderbird loose years ago? I didn't think they had any funding at all from Mozilla anymore.

Linus Torvalds banishes masters, slaves and blacklists from the Linux kernel, starting now

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Re: Proudly ignorant

The tech industry has a terrible track record when it comes to well balanced employment ratios

There's nothing terrible about it. People have different interests. Equality of opportunity is a good thing, but we cannot possibly expect equality of outcome. Life does not work like that.

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There's this thing about language

It's called context.

It matters.

That's why there's such a thing as "taking things out of context."

No one thinks of black people when they are talking about blacklists, any more than they are thinking of the black plague or black cats or blacktop or blackout curtains or blackheads or anything else that starts with black. No one is thinking of slavery when they replace the master cylinder in their car's braking system, or when they refer to the biggest bedroom in the house, or when they get a degree above bachelor but below PhD.

These are established terms that have meaning that is understood, and to change them because of a misunderstanding that no one has ever had is just a lame attempt at virtue signaling. It can't possibly be anything else, because no one is actually dumb enough to think things that have nothing to do with one another are related because they use the same words in vastly different contexts.

The things that are bad about history are bad because they were bad. They were not bad because of the words we used to describe them. Changing the words for established terms doesn't do anything except make things that used to be clear less so.

Apple said to be removing charger, headphones from upcoming iPhone 12 series

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...Its great that your $75 phone comes with a charger, but how many chargers do you have now and how many more do you think you need?"

In my case... None and just one, respectively. I'd return a phone that didn't have the charger in the box, so I guess I won't be getting one of these as my first smart phone either.

On top of that, I know I am going to be paying for the charger either way, whether or not I receive it, and that being the case, I want what I paid for, even if it was redundant.

CompSci student bitten by fox after feeding it McNuggets

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Really?

Us are supposed to be the smart ones, you say?

Sure is wild that Apple, Google app store monopolies are way worse than what Windows got up to, sniffs Microsoft prez

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Re: @SloppyJesse - Microsoft still at it

It was not for want of trying.

They tried to get their walled garden, just as they tried to get Windows 10 mobile going. They failed in both, but if things had gone differently, you can bet MS would do everything it could to build an iOS style walled garden. They're playing sour grapes here.

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Re: Microsoft still at it

Not if you would like to use addons or features that get into the backend stuff a bit. For those of us that want more control over our kit, the lock-in to AppleWebKit comes with locking out of a lot of functionality we would like to have.

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Re: Damage the hard drive?

If the controller was fast enough to handle 1:1 interleaving, or if it was one of the 8-bit/3:1 slower ones, it should make no difference to the drive itself in terms of drive stress.

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Re: Microsoft are much more evil

In summary, you've not been a Windows user for years and haven't even used Windows 10, so really you don't know what you're talking about!!

I can vouch that he got it right.

I liked XP, and I kept that until Windows 8.1 came out. I began to chafe at the limitations of 4 GB, and XP x64 wasn't going to work (very little support, not much time left, etc.), so I had a look at 8.1. Er, no, I said.

I moved to 7 x64 at that point. I railed against 8.1 and the moronic minds who thought that was a good idea.

8.1 was such a flop that MS abandoned the idea of fixing it (originally, Threshold was to be Windows 8.2) and introduced Windows 10. People were saying that this was going to be the make or break OS for Microsoft... two flops in a row would doom them.

I saw Windows 10 when it came out, and I was appalled by what I saw. I moved back to 7 and waited for 10 to improve as Vista had (it actually got decent, though nobody knew that. People had abandoned Vista and never given it a second thought). It became evident that it was not going to get better, as the flaws were part of the grand design, not oversights or results of an unfinished product being released (like Vista).

I did keep 10 on one of my PCs so I could monitor the progress... or lack thereof. It didn't get any better in the ways that mattered.

When I thought back to Windows 8.1, my dislike of it seemed almost quaint compared to why I despised 10. Had I really hated 8.1 so much when its flaws were correctible with things like Classic Shell and other similar programs?

It took Windows 10 to make Windows 8/8.1 look good.

I did end up upgrading to 8.1 on several of my PCs... the last version of Windows I would use, it turned out. I bought several Windows 10 laptops and converted them to Linux since then, but I kept 10 on just in case I need it for something, and that something has really only been testing things to compare to Linux (like assessing battery life on each). They're on 1809 now, and I still can't stand 10. I can't wait to get out of there and back to a sane OS whenever I try it. That only happens once every few months, but still, it's like using a porta-potty that is, uh, ready for servicing, and that has been sitting in the hot sun. Can't wait to get out.

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Re: Unclear article point

They were hauled into court because they required OEMs to prominently display the IE logo on the desktop, and if they dared to install the (in the beginning) more popular Netscape Navigator, they would be denied the ability to sell Windows with their PCs. They used their OS monopoly to cause undue harm to makers of other browsers.

The design of Windows 98, with the line between Windows Explorer and Internet Explorer deliberately blurred, was all about heading off the inevitable government demand that MS simply remove IE. MS lied to Congress, telling them it was impossible, when they're Microsoft-- of course they could do it. If some guy out there figured out how to remove it with a free program called Mozilla's Revenge, the people who actually wrote Windows could do it. I used 98 SE with Mozilla's Revenge until I moved to XP, and it worked fine!

MS deliberately put Netscape out of business by means of their OS monopoly. It has nothing to do with IE being crappy.

Made-up murder claims, threats to kill Twitter, rants about NSA spying – anything but mention 100,000 US virus deaths, right, Mr President?

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Re: They didn't vote for him

"So if your parents die because Republicans are reseeding the Corona Virus, you know where blame lies and why they did it."

They did it because locking down kills a lot of people too (and not just old people in nursing homes who already had one foot in the grave), in addition to killing the economy, countless small businesses, and putting us trillions more in debt. Did you think that for all of the people with mental illness or substance abuse issues, many of whom have found successful strategies for dealing with their issues, would be just fine after we put them under tremendous stress, taking away their jobs, taking away their psychiatrist, taking away their social supports, taking away their hobbies, taking away every damned thing they used to do to cope with their illness other than pills (and they may not be able to get those after they run out if no one will prescribe them), and doing it for months on end, was not going to kill anyone? Even people without any history of depression are reporting symptoms now, sometimes severe, so what do you think happens to those who were already in bad shape?

Why is it that only corona deaths matter, not all the deaths that our response to corona causes? What about all of the people who have not had treatment for other things that kill people every year, either because their doctor has closed or because they've been made to fear going to the doctor? Why are emergency room doctors asking where all of the non-COVID patients, the ones with heart attacks and such, have gone? Does COVID cure heart disease, or are people just putting off calling the ambulance until they die?

The real cruelty of all of this is that lockdowns, social distancing, masks, forced shutdowns of business, stay at home orders, and all of that stuff, does not actually save anyone from coronavirus. It merely delays the deaths. That's why the initial goal was to flatten the curve, which we did (and in the US, it turns out that it wasn't even necessary in the first place). Flattening the curve changes the shape, but not the area under the curve. Do you think that all of the measures taken actually eliminated the risk completely? That hasn't been shown in the stats of any country (not counting China, as you can't believe them if they say the sky is blue). Despite the measures, the cases have continued to rise. If you haven't had COVID, your time is coming. So is mine, so is everyone's.

If you merely reduce the odds of transmission, but R0 is still above 1, then guess what, everyone that was gonna get it is still gonna get it. The Swedish are the only country in the world that got it right. You almost did in the UK, but then your leaders lost their nerve. The Swedes are well on their way to the only actual thing that will end the death, and that's herd immunity. The death rates for this month or that month don't matter in the long term, because they will bottom out and have the death rate drop to near zero while the rest of the world's old people are still dying. Sweden is in it for the long haul, and they are going to have one of the lowest death rates of any country when this is finally over, not to mention all of the people who were not killed by lockdowns that would not have been in the COVID totals anyway.

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Re: You supported a system...

The electoral college system (as far as vote allocation... not talking about the actual presence of people known as electors here) is a reflection of how the primary unit of government in the US is the state, not the federal. The national popular vote is a nothing number because there is no national election; there are 50 state elections. The national popular vote is as meaningless as the total number of (goals, points, runs, whatever) scored across a series of games in your favorite sport. It doesn't matter who scored the most across all of the games; what matters is who won the most games. The game is the basic unit of sports, not the series, so the series total is just a statistic without any real meaning.

If each state had the same population, it would be easy to tally the various state elections-- simply have the winner of each state get their total of state votes incremented by 1. The states do not have equal populations, though, so the system we have weights it heavily by population, but not completely, in order to keep the urban areas in big states from being the only areas that anyone cares about.

It's not an outdated system. It's the only one that makes any sense in a federal system. The US is a federation of states, and we don't have a national government. We have a federal government (more akin to the EU than the government of any of the countries within the EU).

I don't think the US is repairable. Trump is a symptom, not the cause. I wish we could dissolve it and start again-- only I don't think it would just be one country the second time around.

DirectX comes to Linux (via WSL2): Microsoft unveils tricks needed to flash a GPU at a penguin

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What do you mean DirectX "comes" to Linux? I've been running Windows DirectX (more properly, D3D, which is a subset of DX, but it seems to be what we are talking about here) programs in Linux for more than a year with framerates quite close to what they were in Windows on the same machine, and sometimes with more stability than the same program under Windows, strangely enough. DirectX support for Linux has been around for years longer than that, but there was a significant performance hit.

DXVK provides DirectX at near Windows native speed for Linux, while WINE makes the Windows programs that use DX work in the first place. That's DX in Linux, and it is not new, nor was it a product of Microsoft. Things like WINE, DXVK, Samba, etc., exist in spite of Microsoft's efforts, not because of them.

Adding DX to WSL is merely bringing DX to a part of Windows that didn't have it before... hardly justifying the headline. Let's not give them credit for bringing DX to Linux when they've done nothing of the sort.

Everything OK with Microsoft? Windows giant admits it was 'on the wrong side of history' with regard to open source

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Re: So...

Windows didn't become the spying mess that it is now under Ballmer...

'iOS security is f**ked' says exploit broker Zerodium: Prices crash for taking a bite out of Apple's core tech

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Re: "Zerodium said for the first time that it would pay more for flaws in Android"

Downvoters missed the sarcasm there, methinks?

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Re: Here's an idea

Is it not a bug if it is possible to find such a different use for "good" code? If the code can be made to do something that wasn't intended, that's a bug, until you document it and call it a feature, of course.

Sadly, 111 in this story isn't binary. It's decimal. It's the number of security fixes emitted by Microsoft this week

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"Sadly, 111 in this story isn't binary. It's decimal. It's the number of security fixes emitted by Microsoft this week"

Would you rather they had patched only 7 of them?

The iMac at 22: How the computer 'too odd to succeed' changed everything ... for Apple, at least

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Re: Nowadays Macs don't look different than PCs

The trash can Mac Pro was pretty distinctive. For a computer, that is; as a trash can, it's pretty generic. The more modern take on the cheese grater (which looks more like an actual cheese grater than the one they call the cheese grater) is distinctive in its ugliness.

Jeff Bezos tells shareholders to buckle up: Amazon to blow this quarter's profits and more on coronavirus costs

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Re: Robots don't get Covid-19

The local Wal-Mart has tried to implement one-way aisles throughout the store. I tried to respect it, but it's fairly impossible if you're the only one. Even people wearing masks, something which is not required in my area, who would appear to be the more COVID-conscious, were completely ignoring the markings.

Of course, this has nothing to do with Amazon warehouses, but I just thought it was an interesting point.

We're in a timeline where Dettol maker has to beg folks not to inject cleaning fluid into their veins. Thanks, Trump

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Re: Give a child the information in the wrong order.

All those dummies at Cedars-Sinai need to be educated too. Willing to give it to them?

Hope this link makes it through whatever spam filters are here.

https://streamable.com/e/w7rpbn

They call it Healight, a UV light emitting catheter for disinfecting bronchial passages.

Microsoft decrees that all high-school IT teachers were wrong: Double spaces now flagged as typos in Word

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Re: It may be a US "standard", but...

You were taught it was wrong, but the teacher was wrong!

The serial comma (assuming you are referring to the Oxford comma) is necessary to delineate list items clearly.

Fred's favorite musical artists are The Rolling Stones, Simon and Garfunkel, and Hall and Oates.

Fred's favorite artists are clear:

The Rolling Stones

Simon and Garfunkel

Hall and Oates

In contrast...

Fred's favorite musical artists are The Rolling Stones, Simon and Garfunkel and Hall and Oates.

Fred's favorite artists are:

The Rolling Stones

Simon

Garfunkel and Hall and Oates

or is it

The Rolling Stones

Simon and Garfunkel and Hall

Oates

or perhaps

The Rolling Stones

Simon and Garfunkel and Hall and Oates

Or, of course, the answer we know to be the actual one, the one answer that is unambiguous with the Oxford comma. If you were not familiar with any of the artists in the list, you would not know which of the four lists were the real one. You could grok out that all three of the wrong answers require a band to call itself something clumsy, like "Garfunkel and Hall and Oates," rather than the preferred list form, but you don't really know that such a clumsy usage is not actually how the artists in question refer to themselves without having prior knowledge.

Of course, not all examples are as ambiguous as this one, but the Oxford comma always works, while the dropped comma relies on the reader to grok out that the last item is not a compound item containing the word 'and'. The comma makes it very clear and precise regardless of context, and clarity should be the purpose of language.

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