* Posts by beerfuelled

16 posts • joined 15 Feb 2016

Apple to keep Intel at Arm's length: macOS shifts from x86 to homegrown common CPU arch, will run iOS apps


Re: It'll work.

Cool. With x86 being so widespread in cloud providers I'm not sure I'd want to run the risk of weird issues of developing against a different architecture to the deployment architecture. But if QEMU works well enough then that's great.

As you say though, this may potentially increase the demand for ARM in the cloud (to remove that disparity).

Also for most workloads (running on a JVM, V8, etc.) architecture makes little difference anyway tbh!


Re: It'll work.

One of the main issues I can see is with virtualisation. What happens with products like Parallels, VMWare, VirtualBox, Docker and even WINE? Unless I'm missing something then they will surely need to move into emulation rather than virtualisation.

This might be a blocker to adoption for a lot of developers, and may well mean devs moving across to running Linux on x86 laptops.

This wasn't really an issue with the transition to x86 as virtualisation wasn't widespread back then.

Scammers become the scammed: Ransomware payments diverted with Tor proxy trickery



Of course they're not actually stealing it from the ransomware scum but from the victim, who won't get their files decrypted and will likely have to pay twice.

Voyager 1 fires thrusters last used in 1980 – and they worked!


Re: it's already doing 17.46 km/hour

I saw somebody at the weekend wearing a leather biker jacker with "1000m/h" proudly embroidered onto it. I decided against informing him that I could walk faster than that.

Exposed pipes – check. Giant pillows – check. French startup mega-campus opens


It's not a proper one though as they haven't removed the perfectly serviceable suspended ceiling.

Manufacturers reject ‘no deal’ Brexit approach


Re: It'll be fine

"the EU is not a big export partner for the UK"... Only 44% of our exports are to the EU. Yeah - that's not much at all. For any maths-challenged folk that means nearly half. Like I said, not much at all.

Plastic fiver: 28 years' work, saves acres of cotton... may have killed less than ONE cow*


Re: Is there a petition to insist that we DON'T change the new £5 note?

I did start one yesterday because this whole thing is a farce. Although I feel that petitions themselves are pretty rubbish tools - so, a petition has 150,000 signatures. There are 64 million people in the UK. What do the other 99.8% of the population think? A petition tells you nothing because you don't know a) how many people have seen it, and b) how many of those people oppose it or how many don't care. Of course a petition with 32 million (genuine) signatures might be a different matter.

Anyway, here it is: https://www.change.org/p/bank-of-england-keep-using-tallow-to-produce-polymer-bank-notes

You work so hard on coding improvements... and it's all undone by a buggy component


Re: Biased?

And at least with open source you have a chance of analysing the dependencies (and dependencies of the dependencies) yourself. With closed source you just have to take the vendor's word for it!

Freeze on refrigerants heats up search for replacements


Re: Newer refrigerators use pentane

Having a quick look at the (UK) guidance, it looks like it only applies to new cars. Reading between the lines I guess that means it will still be okay to top up existing cars. I've only skim-read it though so may be wrong!

Boffins eschew silicon to build tiniest-ever transistor, just 1nm long


Re: Abundance a problem

It's sitting on a Silicon substrate, so I assume the chip is still mostly Silicon.

Linus Torvalds admits 'buggy crap' made it into Linux 4.8


This outburst seems surprisingly restrained for Linus...

HP Ink COO: Sorry not sorry we bricked your otherwise totally fine printer cartridges


Re: I took my home printer to the tip a few weeks ago.

I'm actually rather happy with my old Brother DCP-9040 colour laser multifunction. It's been working fine for several years, and it was even better when I found out that I could reset the toner levels with a few button pushes. The current set of toners are on about their third reset and still seem to be going strong!

Unfortunately I found this out a little late and have disposed of a couple of sets previously without realising that they were probably still two thirds full!

Apple guilty in iPhone ringtone patent rip-off battle with Sony, Nokia


Re: Patent madness

I think in this case it looks like they're patenting the idea of silencing the ringer by briefly pressing the power button, while also still allowing the 'phone to be turned off by holding the power button for longer - both of which are things iPhones do, hence the infringement.

Microsoft adds new 'Enterprise Products' section to privacy policy


I received the email today (4th August). It says "We are also updating the Microsoft Privacy Statement. These updates are described on our FAQ page here, and are effective as of Aug‍ust 2, 201‍6." (i.e. two days ago), and also that "If you do not agree, you can choose to discontinue using the products and services, and close your Microsoft account before these terms become effective." <- bit late now!

Milk IN the teapot: Innovation or abomination?


Tea in the kettle?

I was recently attending an occasion at a village hall and went to pour some water from the kettle into my cup to make a coffee, only to discover that someone had brewed tea in the kettle (just a normal plastic kettle). Someone obviously thought it was a very efficient idea (presumably there was no teapot around or something). I wasn't so impressed.

I don't really understand tea. However you make it it tastes horrible (weak brown leaf water) so I don't know why people get so uppity about it. Making tea is a strange game. The only winning move is not to play (and make some nice coffee instead).

Virgin Atlantic co-pilot dazzled by laser


Re: Eh?

I think the incident happened near Heathrow, but they were over Ireland by the time they decided to turn back.


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