* Posts by P.B. Lecavalier

113 posts • joined 14 Aug 2015

Page:

Windows 10 to let you know that your SSD is dying rather than throwing out a BSOD when it's already too late

P.B. Lecavalier

Re: SSD Failure Warning: Only Fair

Since 3.0?? I distinctly recall trying to disable it on XP. Of course you can disable it. That which took 1-2 seconds then took multiple times that. That was with 4GB of RAM, which back then was huge. In other words, it could not be disabled.

P.B. Lecavalier

SSD Failure Warning: Only Fair

It's about time, given that this OS is an absolute destroyer of anything SSD. To this day you still are forced to enable the astonishingly stupidly designed pagefile on Windows for any usability (made sense with 32 MB ram), even if you have 64 GB of ram!! (On Linux, swap is used only if running out of memory, just saying, been that way forever.) I've never tried Windows on an SSD, and part of the reason is that I want my drive to last a long time.

Tesla to build cars made of batteries and hit $25k price tag about three years down the road

P.B. Lecavalier
Facepalm

BS

"complete with full autonomous driving mode"

Anyone who believes this needs to get checked. That same guy promised in 2019 that in 2021 they would start making cars without a steering wheel. What happened to this? The news cycle is crazy and peddlers have it their way.

Thunderbird implements PGP crypto feature requested 21 years ago

P.B. Lecavalier

Why Not Use PGP?

Why not use PGP? I would be open to it, but never managed to get any encrypted exchanges. There are practical obstacles in terms of requirements on the recipient:

1. Must know a thing or two or be willing to learn.

2. Must be willing to bother setting that up.

3. Must be using compatible application/process. If using Gmail application on phone, it won't work.

At that point most people would ask you to get in touch with them through Facebook (shudders). It's already hard enough to get people to simply reply to your messages, if they even read it.

First effort to unify sprawling .NET estate nearly done with 5.0 set for November release

P.B. Lecavalier

Re: RANT!!!!!

Welcome in the club. I did that a long time ago. Unfortunately, it's harder to find an employer with the same enlightened mindset.

Xi Jinping again urges China to home-grow more ‘core’ tech, faster

P.B. Lecavalier

Re: Core Technologies

We heard the same reasoning applied to the USSR, way back. It did not work out too well. This "space age" you speak of does not apply to the country as a whole and is not representative of anything.

P.B. Lecavalier
Devil

Core Technologies

"but never quite made a definitive statement on what is considered core technology"

Whatever they can salvage through "technology transfers" (thanks to short-sighted Western companies) and espionage.

What I infer from this speech: The global pandemy has slowed down "operations". Oh I'm sure they are quite capable at this point to develop solid home-grown technologies, but do you seriously think that something that begins and ends with a governmental committee will work?

Putting the d'oh! in Adobe: 'Years of photos' permanently wiped from iPhones, iPads by bad Lightroom app update

P.B. Lecavalier

Karma

I'm sorry for those who lost stuff, but hopefully a few people will learn from this: If you rely on cloud services for anything that is not of a transient nature, you are a fool. And we are not even talking about security issues. Only the mere existence of your data.

There is a long history of online services to store "stuff", which are then shut down (i.e. Yahoo! Briefcase, Yahoo! Photos), and often you would find out only when it's too late and your data can't be retrieved anymore. How hard is it to buy an external HDD? "Yes but the online service is free." You really don't get it, eh?

Backup a sec – is hard drive reliability improving? Annual failure rate from Backblaze comes in at its lowest yet

P.B. Lecavalier

Re: It's only been 65 years

Sorry but no, I don't see write life growing. SSDs became much cheaper and the reason is that rewrite capacity was sacrificed (though can be compensated by larger size). That Samsung SSD that I bought in 2015 (EVO 850 Pro, I think) has a higher relative endurance than the new crop (MLC vs. QLC).

A lot of data centers are accumulating data incrementally, which then sits there forever, hardly ever modified (think selfies: ugly, stupid, nobody asked for those, keeps accumulating). For this, SMR hard drives are ideal. They are lamentable for rewrite purposes, but the tradeoff is you gain a huge cheap capacity, and anyway rewrite is not quite necessary anyway in this scenario.

You really don't want an SMR drive for your personal enjoyment in most cases. I heard for years that people had the surprise, completely unannounced. That is a very effective way to kill hard drives: Just scare people by dropping shit on them.

C++ still rules the Chromium roost though Rust has caught our eye, say browser devs

P.B. Lecavalier

Ironic

So now that Mozilla is shutting down Servo, and presumably resources behind the Rust project, is Chromium... going to be the Rust champion?? Unlikely, but extremely ironic.

PowerShell 7.1 Release Candidate is lurking around the corner, but first there's Preview 6 to poke and prod

P.B. Lecavalier

Re: So What?

I just checked on win10 and actually you are correct, it does "remember" between sessions by default. That's something I found missing on my first few times with powershell... in 2011.

P.B. Lecavalier

So What?

I had no idea that it became cross-platform/open-source. Here's the totality of my knowledge on powershell:

- It exists.

- A bit more unix-y and less pitiful than standard "cmd" on Windows, but if you know bash and aren't stuck on Windows, why??

- Unlike bash, it features object-oriented programming, but if you are looking for something "powerful", uh there are so many other far more compelling tools out there...

- There seems to be a command history feature, but you got to figure it out and configure it prior to using it, so that thing is junk for my purpose.

Mozilla signs fresh Google search deal worth mega-millions as 25% staff cut hits Servo, MDN, security teams

P.B. Lecavalier
FAIL

Yawn. I'll keep using duckduckgo.

"As a non-profit open-source operation, Mozilla spends as much as it receives; its 2018 staffing bill was $286m with a headcount of about 1,000, or about $286,000 per person, on average."

I see what you did here, El Reg, elegantly echoing what has been abundantly said in comments about Mozilla. As a stubborn Firefox user, that hurts even more.

If you don't have enough resources for Servo project (future tech) or MDN (vendor-neutral documentation), WHAT are you doing with the rest of your staff???

IBM takes Power10 processors down to 7nm with Samsung, due to ship by end of 2021

P.B. Lecavalier

Legendary POWER

So unfortunate there is no more consumer spin of POWER. This is the only thing that beats consistently x86, and presumably with a fraction of the development resources of Intel. Legendary because many hear of it and would like to wield it's power (pardon the pun), but few ever come across one.

Wi-Fi 6 isn't signed off yet, but boffins are already teasing us with specs for venerable wireless tech's next gen

P.B. Lecavalier
Meh

Meanwhile...

Meanwhile my internet access speed is well below the limits of wireless-N, so no salivation on my part.

Also, questionable name in "802.11be".

Is it n, ac or ax?

It's "be"!

Wow, you are on wireless-b??? Good on you to be so patient.

No, it's "bee EEE!"

Ok you got to have a certain age to have known 802.11b... which was even before I had any such device.

India awards apps that offer citizens Microsoft and Google alternatives

P.B. Lecavalier
Thumb Up

Indie-a

Not a fan of any "self-sufficiency" cheap nationalist talk, but I can't argue against promotion of services outside of the usual behemoths (M$, Google, Facebook). That is until they get bought and gutted.

Pen Test Partners: Boeing 747s receive critical software updates over 3.5" floppy disks

P.B. Lecavalier

King's Quest

Reminds me of the install process of King's Quest VI: "Insert disk 2 out of 12."

Now you just casually download a 30-50 GB thing in the background. You lose the building tension of maybe not finding a disk! Actually that wasn't a thing. At the speed it went, you had a lot of time on hand to nicely order your stack of disks.

All the IT ladies (all the IT ladies), all the IT ladies (all the IT ladies), now put your hands up! Oh, still not many here

P.B. Lecavalier
Facepalm

pipeline of female

> Develop the pipeline of female talent by partnering

> with schools and colleges to "educate and inspire"

> young women with the delights of a career in IT

Well I'm pretty sure we have something that would turn off many women in this: People talking like a pimp, with terms like "pipeline of females" and "educate and inspire young women with the delights of a career". You just need to change one or two words and you got human-trafficking right there.

Stop us if you've heard this one before: HP Inc rejects Xerox's $36.5bn buyout plan as takeover saga drags on

P.B. Lecavalier

Re: won't someone think about Canon :P

We all knew that HP was just wrapping up parts made by others for PCs.

I thought there was something original in their printer business... How I was wrong.

Remember when Michael Scott explains to kids that all they do is get the paper from the mill then sell it with a markup?

'Developers have lost hope Microsoft will do the right thing'... Redmond urged to make WinUI cross-platform

P.B. Lecavalier

Just use Qt

Some people are asking M$ to switch their UI framework to something cross-platform?

Then why not just use something that is reputed to be pretty good for cross-platform support, namely Qt? There, problem solved. But I can understand it's not a solution in many, far too many shops. Is it a technology from Microsoft? No. Then I'm sorry we can't use it, and there cannot be any discussion on this matter.

By the way, what good is a cross-platform UI if the involved software requires three different versions of .NET and five different versions of Visual C++ runtime? Yes, such things exist...

AMD takes a bite out of Intel's PC market share across Europe amid microprocessor shortages, rising Ryzen

P.B. Lecavalier
Coffee/keyboard

> Gartner analyst Mikako Kitagawa said.. switch to AMD-based kit, but she said it is "time consuming for business users, especially large companies where a large number of PCs are deployed."

This is so dumb! But then he reports the mindset of CIOs, so that should not be surprising. What's a CIO? Someone who is paid a fortune to do one job: Repeat all day long "You must install Windows and you must do so using a processor from Intel". Either Windows or Linux (and many others) are very oblivious to AMD/Intel. This is not like, once upon a time, having say SPARC workstations around. Now that's a whole other beast.

Recently I attended a talk given by John Cleese (of Monty Python fame), and one thing he said is that people who have a job and are actually knowledgeable about it (know what they are doing, know what they are talking about) are a surprisingly small minority, about 1 in 6 people. Well here's some additional evidence!

'An issue of survival': Why Mozilla welcomes EU attempts to regulate the internet giants

P.B. Lecavalier
Megaphone

Optimization??

How about you optimize Mozilla with its 1000+ employees and its 300+ million budget?

Deutsche Bank calls in AWS, Microsoft and Google to tout for cloud biz: Come in to tender, deal value unknown

P.B. Lecavalier
Coat

The CIA is running their operations on the cloud. If the CIA can do it, I'm sure a bank can do it.

Are we talking about the very credible agency that claimed that Saddam had weapons of mass destruction?

I'm skeptical on the wisdom of outsourcing the heart, lungs and spine of a company. Once you commit to a particular provider, you might become their slave, forever. On the other hand I'm also very (very!) skeptical on their ability to successfully overhaul their systems internally. After decades of "it's ok do nothing" they would have all of a sudden a revelation? That would mean getting to know who does what, who can do what, who should do what, and have skills development on a continuing basis. Yikes... I'll get my coat!

Ever had a script you just can't scratch? Excel on the web now has just the thing

P.B. Lecavalier
Devil

Excel is a strategic application for Microsoft, being one of the elements that keep businesses hooked on Windows.

Excel fanbois have no choice but to keep it that way. Bring in someone with just a little bit of R or python know-how, and you realize that this one person can do the job of an army of "analysts" in no time. As a matter of fact, people are often scared of me, because they know if I looked into how they get work done, I may be able to put them out of their misery.

You may now continue to reinvent the wheel with your puny VBA.

US govt accuses four Chinese army soldiers of hacking Equifax and siphoning 145m Americans' personal info

P.B. Lecavalier
FAIL

In Québec (Canada), an important credit union (Desjardins) had a massive data breach not long ago. They offered a free account to everyone to check that their credit information is safe.

What company provides this surveillance service? Equifax, of course!

If you can't beat em, join em??

HPE's orders to expert accountant in Autonomy trial revealed

P.B. Lecavalier
Facepalm

Unobtainium-Flavored Kool-Aid

So, another big company bought some kool-aid with unobtainium flavor, and now they are complaining that it did not taste what they expected?

Have you noticed the number of big companies (publicly traded ones, because we see them) these days that are sitting on huge piles of cash, don't have a clue what to do with it, and then they either: a) buy some unicorn (can't do in-house development anymore??); b) share buybacks (let's burn through cash while that accomplishes nothing except marginally benefiting us, the wealthiest). In any case, what we have is a corporate breed that claim non-stop to be "creating shareholder value". Thank goodness they say that, because they are absolutely not creating value as such. Even if they wanted, how could they? Most of them don't seriously know what the company does! But they will go on talk about earnings per share being up and how much they boosted the dividend...

Boeing was led for many years by an Harvard MBA (what a useless degree) with experience at... Proctor and Gamble (!?!?!), and obviously no clue on how to make airplanes. Now take a good like at that company. Single best example of shareholder value created by actively plundering the underlying value.

Good: IT admins scrambled to patch 80 per cent of public-facing Citrix boxes to close nightmare hijack hole

P.B. Lecavalier
Devil

Shitrix

Seriously? Shitrix?!? The name alone is gonna stick around way more than whatever the issue is, and cause way more damage.

Git takes baby steps towards swapping out vulnerable SHA-1 hashing algo for SHA-256

P.B. Lecavalier

Exactly. I heard that git is a convoluted mixture of perl, bash and C. Happy debugging! Some people at Facebook were looking to migrate from svn to git, but as they required customization, it was easier for them to learn mercurial from scratch and then write extensions rather than get git to do their bidding.

At last, the fix no one asked for: Portable home directories merged into systemd

P.B. Lecavalier

openRC

openRC works fine for me on Gentoo. Pity it does not have better documentation, which could help to have it spread elsewhere.

Thunderbird is go: Mozilla's email client lands in a new nest

P.B. Lecavalier
Devil

"focus"

with a fresh agreement that would ensure the company could keep its "focus" on its browser business

Hehe, I see what you did El Reg with "focus". If only Mozilla, with it's 1000+ employees, would actually focus on its browser!

P.B. Lecavalier

Re: "Around 0.5% of emails opened in the 'bird today, apparently"

I think the number is correct, in that nowadays the vast majority of opened emails are consumed like newsletters or a friend's message "see ya in a bit" to which there is nothing to reply to, and that often is on some mobile platform.

A more meaningful indicator: Share of emails that were opened, replied to, and with a reply that has at least a few sentences. This way, you rule out pretty much all of mobile (emails that just don't get a reply).

Petition asking Microsoft to open-source Windows 7 sails past 7,777-signature goal

P.B. Lecavalier
WTF?

Security Lawsuits

I am a strong advocate of free software, but on that one, unless the FSF made this as a joke (like that petition to actually build a Death Star), it doesn't make any sense.

As others said above, asking DOS/win3.1 and win95 would be far more realistic. Everyone knows that these were quick-and-dirty insecure hunk of junk and just won't work on modern hardware without a boatload of emulation. Mostly retro gamers would stand to benefit, among other technology archeologists. If I recall correctly, no USB support on the first release of win95, so it's not like it would compete against their current crop.

Security. Can you imagine if people could nose around the source of Windows 7 and actually inspect whether it's safe? Lawsuits!!! A cottage industry of consultants and lawyers mulling whether the design was inherently insecure and if the company knew it all along. "My client was exposed to untold risks by using this product which was sold as an enterprise-class solution..."

We would get to know why updating Windows 7 takes longer (search for updates, download, install, try again and download again!! because failure) than updating an install of Gentoo with ~1400 packages (where you must compile everything). Yikes, that would be embarrassing.

Ever wondered what Microsoft really thought about the iPad? Ex-Windows boss spills beans

P.B. Lecavalier
Coffee/keyboard

Let me fix it for you

> He pulled off the Office Ribbon UI

You mean he successfully forced it down people's throat. Stalin also "pulled off" many things, you know.

> and Windows 7 was a triumph

It's all about managing the expectations. When you start from low...

> Windows 8 failed. Sinofsky left Microsoft in November 2012,

> just over three months after its August launch.

I see honor.

> Windows 10 is now well enough liked by business users

I'm sorry, well liked?!?! Business users: People who don't have a say at what's going on, with dumb PHBs deciding on the tech in front of you.

Google reveals new schedule for 'phasing out support for Chrome Apps across all operating systems'

P.B. Lecavalier
Happy

Re: Typical Web Development

I'm just saying that it is no longer given serious consideration anymore by crass ignorants who all too often call the shots on projects. It's always nice to hear about people and projects who don't bandwagon on wheel reinvention.

P.B. Lecavalier
Devil

Typical Web Development

Big change! Rewrite everything! In other words, the usual state of affair in that domain. I believe that web development is a leading bullshit job generator in the IT world (bullshit jobs: read this for a starter).

20 years ago, in web development, perl was a big thing. 10 years later perl was quite gone from web development. Now ruby is not looking so bright and it gets (along with python) tough competition from weirdos who believe in JavaScript as a server-side language. And that's just languages, don't get me started on frameworks, with a new one every five minutes. You start to learn a brand new one that seems to have a promising future? By the time you are becoming proficient, it's already deemed "old school, nobody should use that anymore" or got so many changes all of a sudden you need to relearn from scratch. Add to this so many organizations that reinvent their website for no reason, and is often a clear regression from before (harder to access information, though perhaps intentionally). Dilbert on this. It seems nobody is learning from amazon: A rare case of a website that certainly changed, but very slowly, incrementally, and usually with actual feature improvements that I agree with as a user. Pointless design changes? Can't recall any.

20 years ago, the top free GUI development frameworks were GTK and Qt. Today? GTK and Qt. How boring for PHBs! Of course those frameworks evolved, but much of the skillset remains valid.

No Mo'zilla for about 100 techies today: Firefox maker lays off staff as boss talks of 'difficult choices' and funding

P.B. Lecavalier

Re: How Sad

It seems he wasn't a very good CEO before the gay marriage thing blew up

Maybe so. It would not be a surprise that an über-geek does not make a good geek-in-chief. Peter's Principle. Even so, it doesn't seem his successors were much of an improvement.

It [FirefoxOS] still lives on in the form of KaiOS for mobiles, Panasonic's TVs, and custom ROMs.

Yeah, I thought I heard that some necromancers were tinkering with its remains. But upon the initial launch of that thing, it was well known that this space was very crowded, unlike, ahem, email clients. "We are going to succeed where Microsoft and Blackberry failed!!" Yeah sure.

P.B. Lecavalier

Re: I like firefox..those 1000+ what are they doing?

Hey I did not realize that. This simple arithmetic is just stunning. This has a scent of Wikipedia, a.k.a. the beggars with millions in bank. But WORST. At least Wikipedia is not known to s**t the bed all the time.

Take Gentoo and Debian Linux. Those projects are well and alive. I don't know if either has paid staffers (if so, unlikely to be more than a handful). My point? ~99% of the work is done "magically" by the community and it does not cost millions a year. These are examples of relatively well run free software projects.

Firefox? It seems that ~99% of the work is done by staffers. That's a prime example of nominal open source software. You can get the code, sure, but... I don't see anybody touching it!

P.B. Lecavalier

Re: Microsoft didn't help

I recall hearing some time ago that the visual output/layout of Gecko engine was superior to that of Chromium's engine, but the non-existent documentation of Gecko made it utterly unusable for anything outside of Firefox.

P.B. Lecavalier
Unhappy

How Sad

They adopted the crazy version scheme of Chrome, just to "keep up" (some people clearly have nothing useful to do in that organization). Then eventually they ditched its look to make it look like Chrome, which was heavily decried from the user base (apparently they have people to "think" about version scheme but none to think about users), enough to spur forks. Clearly, arrogant idiots have way too much power over there.

I still use it and have been over the last 15 years, but it's quite sad to see so many stupid decisions were taken by Mozilla. Just a few more I can think of:

* Get rid of their very qualified CEO Brendan Eich for something that had absolutely nothing to do with technology, only due to a totalitarian leftist/emotional/brainless subculture that plagues much of IT (cowards and low-life become brave when hidden behind a monitor).

* Kill development of Thunderbird (which is a thing, had and still has users), in favor of the ridiculous FirefoxOS, something that nobody asked for, never took off and is now dead and buried. One top reason why the Linux desktop is not taking off in enterprise setting is due to the lack of something impeccable to replace Outlook. We are still waiting.

* They had hundred of meeellions from Google in advertising in the past. That was so heavily squandered that it makes me unable to donate to Mozilla, even though I would very much like to support Firefox.

Shhhhhh: Fujitsu bags another £12m from Libraries NI as bosses fail to bookmark replacement

P.B. Lecavalier

Re: £25m over 5 years

"we manage data, metadata and digital archives"

And is Fujitsu paid to enter the metadata? Isn't that supposed to be handled by employees already on the payroll? Or are digital archive a whole new thing? Surely if you have to scan millions of pages and it's a whole new business sector, hmm, a few millions bucks don't seem excessive.

From where I come from, maybe libraries don't have such a portfolio, but on the other hand it they did not expand into make-believe work, as bureaucracies are wont to do.

P.B. Lecavalier
FAIL

£25m over 5 years

"a five-year deal worth £25m in 2013"

How do you justify such a price tag for... libraries IT? Did they move from index cards and everything on paper???

What could be possibly involved: a website, a catalogue database, some software and terminals for checkout, a few public terminals in each library, and that's it. That's nothing really new, you know... I mean it's the stuff of high school projects.

What's the population of Northern Ireland? Slightly below 2 million. With that money, you could build or expand several libraries.

We have reasons to believe that this procurement was rigged, and now that it is quietly extended means one of two things: incompetence or corruption.

Hey kids! Ditch that LCD and get ready for the retro CRT world of Windows Terminal

P.B. Lecavalier
Linux

"/" in paths?

Am I the only one who noticed that paths have "/", rather than the usual M$ "\", like "C:\"?

This is not retro. This is futuristic!

Firefox 72: Floating videos, blocking fingerprints, and defeating notification pop-ups

P.B. Lecavalier

Re: Creepy, Crappy and FF

Looking at desktop only, I think. Hold on... You are quite correct! How things have changed

P.B. Lecavalier

Creepy, Crappy and FF

Recently I looked at some estimates of browser market share. To see M$ IE around 70% was quite a shock. Ok, it used to be much higher way back (in the period from Netscape 6 to M$ IE 6 SP1), but still so high?! Yeah I know, it's all about users who don't know and are quite content in their misery.

Now the choice is clear: You can go with creepy (Chrome), crappy (IE) or Firefox.

I learn here that the release schedule is going to 4-weeks. It looks like they are converging toward daily builds and abolish altogether the notion of a release version, following what's done in experimental channels. I've been using Firefox Nightly at home since 2012, with very little problem. It's a new browser everyday.

Stack Overflow makes peace with ousted moderator, wants to start New Year with 2020 vision on codes of conduct

P.B. Lecavalier

Re: They

"we revoked privileges for one Stack Exchange moderator when they refused to abide..."

English is not my first language, yet it is very painful for me to read this!

Intel unveils Project Athena: Chipzilla tells lappy makers how to build their own kit

P.B. Lecavalier

I smell desperation in this move. My HP laptop with a mere i3 is now in its 9th year of service, and I'm certainly not alone in that situation. This is so unlike machines from pre-2006 vintage. Took out the optical drive and put instead an SSD from day one, with Linux on that (for some reason Windows 7 on the HDD is very slow, but it's a non-issue). I can't think of a reason to change, other than being limited in games I can play. But I take this as an advantage, as I get to do other stuff with my time. Else, dosbox works fine!!

RIP Hyper-Threading? ChromeOS axes key Intel CPU feature over data-leak flaws – Microsoft, Apple suggest snub

P.B. Lecavalier
Trollface

Re: Sueballs ready ?

You raise an interesting question on Intel + systems "specifically purchased for"...

You see where that takes us? Does it affect... Itanium systems?!?!?!

Itanic strikes again!

P.B. Lecavalier
Trollface

Looking forward to revised price of refurbished Xeon workstations on ebay!

P.B. Lecavalier

Re: What about AMD cpu's?

Well done, chimpzilla!

Japan's mission to mine Mars' moon is cleared – now they've filled out the right paperwork on alien world contamination

P.B. Lecavalier
Headmaster

Re: Heck no, it shouldn't go!

> bad ship happens on Phobos! Where's my BFG-9000?

No BFG on Phobos, nor Deimos. Only introduced in Inferno episode.

> surely everyone knows it should be a super-shotgun.

Introduced in Doom II, therefore only available on Earth.

Pedantic icon for a reason!

Page:

SUBSCRIBE TO OUR WEEKLY TECH NEWSLETTER

Biting the hand that feeds IT © 1998–2021