* Posts by damiandixon

51 posts • joined 2 Feb 2016


Here's how 5 mobile banking apps put 300,000 users' digital fingerprints at risk


Re: Here's the list of safe apps:

LOL in spades.

PowerShell pusher to log off from Microsoft: Write-Host "Bye bye, Jeffrey Snover"


Re: Powershell is very good

I'm only automating builds so I stick to bash or CMD.

I don't need to use either that often so learning powershell has not interested me.

I've occasionally used powershell but only when CMD is not upto it. I can understand why admin's like it though.

Graphical desktop system X Window just turned 38


Xlib mapping to wayland & gpu's

I'd like to see a document or written tutorial on how to migrate from using Xlib to using Wayland. Along with code examples that work.

It's dead easy to do a lot of simple things using Xlib that I've wasted way too much time trying to figure out how to do in a wayland environment.

Remote X is however the killer USP. ssh can be used for security if needed.

VNC/RDP has is it's place but I find neither satisfactory.

I tend to use nomachine but only with Windows and X servers. Not tried with a wayland session.

I use also use Nvidia graphics cards and I'm not changing. The reason is that I need the graphics debuggers. The debuggers for other gpu's just don't cut it. I've also bumped into too many issues with both AMD and Intel implementations of modern OpenGL, so I develop for Nvidia first then fix elsewhere.

I am however very impressed with Intels development of thier Mesa drivers. I wish Nvidia would move quicker to embrace a similar approach.

Whatever you do, don't show initiative if you value your job


Sometimes it is better to leave it to the experts.

I recently watched a you-tube video of someone trying to fix a laptop that someone else had tried to clean. The laptop prior to cleaning was working perfectly fine.

It looked like the person who had done the cleaning had tried to lift a number of chips without understanding how heavily integrated electronic components are now.

They had also pulled ribbon cables so hard that pins were broken.

I did learn some interesting fault finding techniques watching the video.

Windows 11 usage stats within touching distance of... XP


Re: Enterprises.

My daughter is at college. I installed all the tools she needs on my small light weight flip dell. It's running Linux. She has not said anything as most of here work is done in a browser using the college office365, SharePoint and servers.

Hackers weigh in on programming languages of choice


Re: 93 percent have five or more years of programming experience

My Uncle gave me a DAI personal computer in 81. So I've been programming for 41 years on my own machines. Professionally for 33years. I started being taught intermittently to program by my uncle over the four years prior to that on his mainframe (he had his own software company). He would sit with me and we would write small programs to turn lights on and off or create moving shapes on the single line led matrix.

Fibre broadband uptake in UK lags behind OECD countries


HS2 or FTTP?

I keep thinking that if the government used the HS2 money on fibre to every house the return to the economy would be significantly higher then the return from continuing with HS2.

Nobody cares about DAB radio – so let's force it onto smart speakers, suggests UK govt review


It's a waste of silicon and customers money.

There is also likely to be a licencing cost for DAB+ technology..

I've one naff DAB radio in the house. I tend to use my smart speakers to stream radio.

I'd prefer a cheaper product.


Re: Sorry, why is this about DAB?

It used to be that simple until BBC decided to force the use of Sounds.

GitHub merges 'useless garbage' says Linus Torvalds as new NTFS support added to Linux kernel 5.15


Re: All very fine.....love it when the anoraks get excited about stuff like "git"........

Could always try ArchLinux... Tried it for the first time last month took me back to last century installing Linux.

Docker Desktop no longer free for large companies: New 'Business' subscription is here


Re: Can they not just jump straight to an unscaled per user price please?

Text books cost a lot because the paper version has such a small run. But I get the point.

I pay for my own O'Riley ebook subscription to get hold of the books I need. Spending less then I use too on paper books that sit on a shelf gathering dust.

Personally I'd like a textbook size colour ebook.

Hey, AI software developers, you are taking Unicode into account, right ... right?


Re: You can treat some of it as spam

The code to reverse the direction is used when you mix left and right written languages.

For example Hebrew with numbers or actually names of streets in Jerusalem...

'Set it and forget it' attitude to open-source software has become a major security problem, says Veracode


Re: The Solution is Simple for Those who Mislike Open Source

From my experience most commercial libraries don't get updated either and given that you can't see the source you can't check nor fix either...

Version 8 of open-source code editor Notepad++ brings Dark Mode and an ARM64 build, but bans Bing from web searches


Re: the text editor for granddads

So I'm a zombie....

I use vi because it's the first editor I used on Unix and it's easy to do some fancy search and replace stuff with. I can easily navigate around the command line and open files... works when I'm using remote SSH. But it's not for everyone as the learning curve is high.

I use notepad++ to quickly load huge files and simple text as well as unicode conversions.

I also use VisualStudio on windows as an ide.

I also use CLion and qtcreator.

I pick what's easy to use for the job at hand.

Google will make you use two-step verification to login


Re: Er ...

Gdpr only applies in some jurisdictions.

It's a pain to implement even for the most trivial things such as a membership list for a youth group where you need name, age, emergency contacts and some medical information.

The amount of paperwork generated and thus time and resources consumed is out of all proportion for volunteer organisations.

Gdpr needs to be simplified and made a lot easier to understand and comply with.

Sign of the primes: Linux Foundation serves up free code-signing service


Cost for signing installers is expensive

It's well out of reach for most open source developers and one man bands...

Anything that reduces the cost and provides an audit trail should be welcomed.

Self-supported Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server virty users see stealth inflation


Re: GPL, anybody?

Qt also has a commercial model which trys and does confuse people.

Only a few of the Qt libraries are GPL and can be completely avoided.

The sales people say if you develop using Qt under LGPL you have to pay them a large sum of money before you start using the commercial version. There is nothing in the LGPL that supports this...

Given that we only use it for the GUI it's very expensive when compared to a full msdn developer licence.


Re: History repeats itself

Purifyplus was one of the best debugging tools out there. Then bought by IBM and not invested in. TBH rot had probably set in before as the tool had been sold on multiple times.

Rational Rose... while not great worked but no upgrade or migration path...


Why tie yourself to a single distro?

At my last place board level management required us to release on redhat enterprise.

So we had one licence left in its box. We did all development and testing on Mint, CentOS and RedHawk and told sales it would work on any Linux version given a particular minimum kernel and GCC/G++/clang version...

I never quite understood why people tie themselves to one variant of Linux distribution.

If you as a developer know what you are doing you should be able to do a single C/C++ build that works on multiple distros, given a minimum kernel, GCC and required dependencies installed (or shipped).

Linux Mint emits fix for memory-gobbling Cinnamon – and future version may insist on some updates


If you have a device driver that is built from source a kernel update can stop it working. Had this happen twice now with unbuntu. I'll keep the systems upto date until they are commissioned, but once commissioned the updates are stopped and only applied after being reviewed. It's a security balancing act. Luckily for me most of the systems once commissioned are not connected to the internet.

Linux Mint sticks by Snap decision – meaning store is still disabled by default in 20.1


I've had a few issues with applications installed with snap particularly around permissions and local directory access.

I've now made the conscious decision to install the non snap versions.

I do wonder what snap is really attempting to solve.

Microsoft submits Linux kernel patches for a 'complete virtualization stack' with Linux and Hyper-V


Re: X server

Been running an X server on windows for decades. Having one capable of being run from wsl just makes life a lot easier for the less technically capable admin's.

DPL: Debian project has plenty of money but not enough developers


Re: Window of Opportunity?

Yep... Lack of folders and ability to pin frequently used apps on the menu is still missing. I also liked to order the apps/folders.

If you wanna make your own open-source chip, just Google it. Literally. Web giant says it'll fab them for free


If you use low powered IR leds and IR camera eye tracking becomes a lot easier as the iris shows up better . Just need to make sure the eye does not heat up too much. This was the basis of an eye tracking system used in the early 90's in the R&D department I worked in at the time. It worked quite well except the issue around the eye feeling slightly warmer.

Microsoft unshackles WSL2 Linux kernel from Windows 10 image for future fettling via Windows Update


Re: @bazza - @martinusher - It's not an OS

You missed the announcement from Lenovo about first line support for Linux preinstalled with upstreaming of all of the drivers.


Just saying... Kernel updates require a reboot.

Brit MP demands answers from Fujitsu about Horizon IT system after Post Office staff jailed over accounting errors


CPU/GPUs are designed by humans and mistakes are made.

I've run into issues with sin/cos on Intel GPUs while running mathematical formula's. Had to fall back to min/max polynomials and MAD instructions.

cmd.exe is dead, long live PowerShell: Microsoft leads aged command-line interpreter out into 'maintenance mode'


Re: Hmmmm....

Postscript... I remember the days of News...

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


It's the 'not invented here' and 'nobody will pay for the open source we are using' philosophy of senior and middle managers. Personally you are paying for my time. If I can get the job done quicker and cheaper by using open source I will use it (as long as the licence permits me too)... especially as it will give me more time to spend on the value part of the project rather than reinventing the wheel yet again...

Sky Broadband is not the UK's cheapest, growls ad watchdog


Re: Disappointingly

I've used my low light 48mega pixel phone camera with an attachment to fit on my telescope. I've had some really stunning photos as good as those using SLR cameras fitted to the same telescope. Only issue is light bleed around the edges but that's easy to fix.


It was cheaper to buy a mesh system then get halo 2 from BT.

The point of containers is they aren't VMs, yet Microsoft licenses SQL Server in containers as if they were VMs


Re: Licencing is easy

Or you pay for a postgres developer fulltime to work for you on postgres and then ask oracle for a very deep discount because look you can jump ship anytime you want too... Know a company that's doing this....

Collabora working on making any DirectX 12 driver able to support open graphics and parallel programming APIs


Re: back in the 90's when DirectX first became "a thing"

M$ also pushed Direct2D as a replacement for GDI... Took ages to convince management it was a lost cause. We ended up producing a modern OpenGL/ES rendering engine. We never did a DirectX engine as it was wasted effort as the OpenGL drivers are good enough from Intel/AMD/Nvidia on Windows.

Surge in home working highlights Microsoft licensing issue: If you are not on subscription, working remotely is a premium feature


Re: On the cheap

NoMachine... If you install was free last time I installed. Commercial is reasonable.


NoMachine is a decent option

It's fast... Works on Windows and Linux.

OpenGL/DirectX work.

Low bandwidth. Hardware compression supported.

Your desktop is as if you logged in, unlike RD.

However if you do RD in on Windows hardware acceleration of 3D gets disabled and you have to physically login.

IMHO it's a decent option to access a work machine remotely especially if you use apps that use OpenGL/DirectX/Vulcan...

Use our stuff for free and sell your application? That's Qt. Time to give something back


The cost of the commercial licence for small projects/companies was prohibitive especially if you are just using Qt for the GUI. Just compare the cost against Visual studio on a yearly basis...


Some libraries, especially in QML, are now only GPL when you use the OSS version.

Makes it painful to ensure compliance with LGPL.

I'm sure its been done on purpose in an attempt to sell commercial licences.

FUSE for macOS: Why a popular open source library became closed source and commercially licensed


Re: Licence

QT OpenSource Licence is pretty much LGPL. Some libraries or parts are GPL but these can be avoided if you carefully review what you are using. Most of the GPL issue is around QML libraries.

Mostly its fud from the current company developing QT in an attempt to get people to pay quite a lot of money.

Intel end-of-lifing BIOS and driver downloads for dusty hardware


Re: Had it with HP

Might be worth having a look at silverfast for old scanners. Especially if they are good ones.

Openreach's cunning plan to 'turbocharge' the post-Brexit economy: Getting everyone on full-fibre broadband by 2025


Better insulation standards would bring down the heat generation capacity of a boiler.

However builders keep lobbying against better build standards for insulation, energy saving and energy reduction.

Rust in peace: Memory bugs in C and C++ code cause security issues so Microsoft is considering alternatives once again


Re: Eh?

I run clamav on my NAS box (running Linux) and some of my linux boxes as they provide backup space for my windows boxes... So far I've only picked up viruses from email backup and backups of Windows boxes.

Linux 5.0 is out except it's really 4.21 because Linus 'ran out of fingers and toes' to count on


OpenGL implementation status & personal experience

Personally I've had way too many problems with the nouveau drivers to even consider using them. I've still got one laptop that I need to sort out after an upgrade where everything points to this driver. I just can't get the desktop to start. Really need to find the time to do a backup and clean install.

I'm having no issues with the i965 drivers with Mesa on my fallback laptop.

I use the NVIDIA drivers on Linux when I need to do GPU debugging and performance analysis.

The following is a great site to see the state of Mesa support for OpenGL version and the different drivers:


Linus Torvalds pulls pin, tosses in grenade: x86 won, forget about Arm in server CPUs, says Linux kernel supremo


Any professional programmer will test on all the supported targets. If you have set up your build & test system correctly then the overhead should not be unmanageable.

When I did development for Java I also test on the target JVM (developed on the Sun/Oracle JVM, deployed on the IBM z/OS JVM with some interesting bugs too).

Hello 'WOS': Windows on Arm now has a price


Re: Intel sueing in 3... 2... 1...

Almost everything I compile is targeted at i5 or newer running Windows 7 SP1 or newer (ignoring Windows 8/8.1) depending on what the customer asks for. If they want something older or a different processor it costs extra.


Re: How much?

Picked myself up a returned Dell Inspiron 13 a couple of months back for ~£230. Usual price is > £500.

The laptop has a touch screen, tablet mode, full windows 10, 1TB drive, 4GB of memory. Absolutly nothing wrong with it at all. Did not look like it had even been turned on.

Installed Ubuntu on half the disk, as I need both OS's. I manly needed the laptop for testing software with an Intel GPU.

Ubuntu runs well. Windows not so well.

Chrome on both struggle after you have 5 or 6 tabs open.

Could do with at least 8GB of memory though!

BT pushes ahead with plans to switch off telephone network


Re: Digital Fibre Future

Love the mistyped date:

> All exchanges were not digital by the mid-1908s

Eight months after Equifax megahack, some Brits are only just being notified


Who was the data collated for

Having had my fingers burnt with this one I would like to know who the data was collated for.

So far Equifax has been very quiet on this.

The identity monitoring tool of thiers is not particularly good. It keeps emailing me to tell me that its found something. I'm reluctant to sign up for the more intrusive monitoring as you have to give them even more personal information and given that they have already lost a load of personal information it does not bode well for trusting them to keep the data safe.

Busted Windows 8, 10 update blamed for breaking Brits' DHCP


Re: Use Google DNS

I believe I never said that DHCP had anything to do with DNS.

You do however get your DNS setup via DHCP unless you set your DNS addresses locally.


DHCP and DNS may be the issue

I had a neighbour with this problem last weekend.

They had been sent a replacement router from BT but still had problems.

I changed their Windows 10 PC to use google's DNS servers and everything started working again.

All my windows PC's use fixed DNS servers and I've not run into this problem so far.

I've not had any real issues with my HH4 and FTTC. The only real issue I have with the HH4 is the complete lack of being able to configure them to my liking, such as pointing at a set of DNS servers that are not BTs. Any suggestions?


Re: Use Google DNS

I've been using Google's DNS on all my Windows PCs at home for ages.

I've been changing my neighbours to use Google DNS when they have been having connection issues.

My first assumption was a DNS server issue at BT.



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