* Posts by Jakester

176 posts • joined 9 Feb 2016


Too little, too late: Intel's legacy is eroding


Good Riddance Optane

I was happy when Intel announced that they were dropping Optane for home users. I never saw any benefit from it and computer manufactures would have been smarter to increase RAM instead of putting int Optane. Optane was a real pain in the ass to try to do a backup or restore using a third party backup program booted from USB or CD because you had to put in the Optane driver to access the drive. Eventually I did discover that Optane could be disabled, first in Windows and then in BIOS and if done in that order, you didn't have to reinstall Windows. I always had a deep distrust of Optane because, without the Optane driver, you could not access data on the hard drive. Questions I never knew the answer to were things like if the Optane module failed, could you retrieve data from the drive using another computer? Could the Optane module be replaced and would you then be able to boot the system or do you have to reinstall Windows? Is there more than a 1 second difference in bootup time? I never really could see a difference in the laptops I worked on where I disabled Optane.

Perhaps Optane made sense in a server environment, but I have no experience with such a configuration.

Personally,Optane seems somewhat reminiscent of the RAMBUS DRAM technology. Yes, RAMBUS DRAM computers were faster than others of the time, but the monetary cost was high. As I recall, that technology also lost out to other technologies after only a couple years.

Dev's code manages to topple Microsoft's mighty SharePoint


Re: Buffer overflow DoS attack.

Well, SOMEBODY thought 640K was enough for anybody or they would not have put the BIOS in the upper memory space.Apparently Bill Gates and others weren't smart enough to tell the engineers and programmers that 640K was not enough.

Record players make comeback with Ikea, others pitching tricked-out turntables


Re: Digital transmission?

For my ears, the battle between vinyl and digital is irrelevant. I shop for used LPs that I like at local thrift stores and use my computer and an USB turntable to convert to mp3 files I can play in my car. Many of the albums I get are in very good or excellent shape and only need a good cleaning to get files with few clicks, pops or significant scratchiness. Sometimes for a serious pop or click, I can edit out a really offending ones. I have had passengers comment on how noise-free my recordings are (granted, car noise hides some of the defects).

Of course, the big advantage of digital is you can listen almost anywhere, anytime. To me, that trumps any difference in quality between digital and vinyl.

Internet connection now required for Windows 11 Pro Insider setup


Re: re: Windows is no longer fit for purpose

... and sometimes the Edge and One-Drive installation/updates that occur on every startup can run for hours taking 95-100% of the cpu resources the entire time. This is even if you don't use Edge or One-Drive. Sometimes rebooting the system will temporarily 'fix' the problem.

Linux Snap package tool fixes make-me-root bugs


I got rid of Snap in Ubuntu after a fresh install of Ubuntu Desktop resulted in boot times in excess of 3 minutes. I got rid of the Snap crap and boot times went down to 34 seconds (times are from power-on to completion of login). I probably could have lived with the 3 minute boot-up process if the crappy Snaps would actually let me save documents to locations other than my home directory and I didn't have to deal with the 19 or more loop mounts. Did I mention Snaps are crap for me as an end-user.

File suffixes: Who needs them? Well, this guy did


Also, what is very un-nice is to have extensions hidden, then have files such as BlahBlah.txt, BlahBlah.pdf, BlahBlah.exe, BlahBlah.htm, BlahBlah.ini, BlahBlah.zip, BlahBlah.gz, then all you can see in your directory is BlahBlah, BlahBlah, BlahBlah, BlahBlah, BlahBlah, BlahBlah, BlahBlah.

Update 'designed to improve user experience' takes down the Microsoft 365 Admin Portal


Re: 3 9s....

I was fed up with Microsoft Office bugs for decades as a PC support tech. At home, I used Star Office, when it was a commercial product and after it was acquired by Sun Microsystems. I quit upgrading when Oracle acquired it When Libre Office forked from the Star Office/Open Office development, I have been using that for all my spreadsheet and document writing. So far, I have had at least 99.99999% availability. Plus, I don't have to mess with any billing, registration, activation issues.

Running Windows 10? Microsoft is preparing to fire up the update engines


Re: But why would you want to keep running those old versions???

I have a 24-6rack digital recorder that requires a Win XP computer to control it. That-s another reason for running an old version.


Re: Old hardware though...?

Not 4-5 years down the road - it is 3 years down the road. That goes fast (only takes 3 years).

The inevitability of the Windows 11 UI: New Notepad enters the beta channel


Test EOL Characters

Years ago when I was doing simple programs with Microsoft's macro assembler with DOS 3 through DOS 5, I would have about 1 in 10 lines just ignored. Looking at the text file in Debug, I found that those lines ended with the hex character 0D instead of hex 0D 0A. Since Microsoft is designing Notepad from the ground up, who knows what crap is going to end up hidden in the file? Run tests before using it for important projects when it is released.

Currently not a problem for me, I quit any assembler programming after Win 95 was released - there were just too many APIs to try to keep track of.

How's 2022 going for you so far? Hopefully better than it is for IBM Cloud


Reminds me of a PC/Network support person a couple decades ago needed to acquire new computers to add to a network at a local hospital. He related that the IBM rep pitching his product proudly said something to the effect, "We know that standards are very important to you, which is why we keep updating them." Perhaps they changed the standards for their cloud.

Flash? Nu-uh. Windows 11 users complain of slow NVMe SSD performance


I manage:

Linux file servers: 3

Linux virtual machine hosts: 3

Linux based network file backup stations/backup vm stations: 3

Windows based servers: 0

Windows based virtual machine hosts: 0

Windows based backup stations/backup vm stations: 0

Personal equipment:

Linux file server/media center/backup: 1

Linux virtual machine hosts for network, server testing: 1

Linux based diagnostic/backup station: 1

Linux/Windows dual boot laptops: 3 (one kept in car for emergency spare)

Linux/Windows dual boot for getting work done: 2 (I can use Windows and Linux at the same time, whichever is best for the task at hand)

Windows only PC: 1 (for wife's use)

Windows only laptop: 1

Windows based servers: 0

My computers are relatively old: typically 5-9 years old. One laptop is just over 1 year old, but the processor does not support Windows 11.

I did perform a test install of Windows 11 on a computer at work. There are enough issues with the continued inconsistent look and feel of Windows that has continued on into 11 that I will only start upgrading those work computers when it becomes necessary. Some people like the glitz of meaningless and time-consuming changes, I like the glitter of consistency.

I never look to Microsoft and say, "That is the solution". I look to Microsoft and say, "That is the problem".

A Windows 11 tsunami? No, more of a ripple as Microsoft's latest OS hits 5% PC market


Re: It's not a ripple

I manage about 50 PCs. Three of the PCs might support Win 11, so I will start replacing computers mid 2022. I halted all new computer purchases when I discovered the then impending release of Win 11 and its implications. I wanted to replace some of these computers over the last several months, but I am unwilling to take a chance on getting a new computer then discover Win 11 won't run on it. I am waiting for mid-2022 to start replacing production computer so I can discover if all our applications work with Win 11. We had an accounting program that required a time-consuming work-around to get it to work with a new computer that didn't work correctly with Windows 10 until mid-2021, even though the manufacturer insisted it was fully Windows 11 compatible - network searches and my experiences proved their assertion incorrect. All the computers that don't meet the minimum requirements for Windows 11 do need to be replaced. The release of Windows 11 didn't speed-up my replacement schedule, it brought it to a standstill until I can verify our users will actually be able to run their programs.

Microsoft turns Windows Subsystem for Linux into an app for Windows


Re: Found a shortcut

I have a couple Windows VMs tunning on a Linux host. One is an accounting program which is the 'server' in a peer-peer configuration with 4 users. It automatically gets snapshots taken of the system nightly and backed-up. In case of a host computer failure, I can move the backed VM to another host and be running again in less than an hour. To start from scratch with a fresh install of Windows on a physical computer, install the application, perform the updates and restore the data will pretty much take a day to complete. With a VM, a failed set of Microsoft patches are easily reversed by going back one or two snapshots. I personally can see no benefit to the Windows Subsystem for Linux. If I want to do something in Linux, I will use a Linux computer rather than the less reliable Windows platform with whatever bastardized concept of a Linux subsystem they have come up with. Is the Linux Subsystem going to be another one of the Microsoft projects they support for a couple years then toss the skeleton of another abandoned idea out the back door?

Windows 11 in detail: Incremental upgrade spoilt by onerous system requirements and usability mis-steps


Re: Windows versions

I wouldn't label Win 3.0 as excellent. With 3.0, and only Excel and Word installed, I would get at least two unrecoverable application errors a day. Very frustrating piece of garbage. Yes, 3.1 was much better.

It's time to delete that hunter2 password from your Microsoft account, says IT giant


Re: No MS account

You can setup manually, but you have modify the registry. This started with Office 2016, probably a programming bug, but even if you click the manual setup box, it would still do a simplified setup that almost always is wrong. Her is the link - https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/topic/how-to-disable-simplified-account-creation-in-outlook-2016-outlook-2019-and-outlook-for-office-365-662bf4f8-c357-dbc8-53b3-ff8f445e8247

Microsoft does and doesn't want you to know it won't stop you manually installing Windows 11 on older PCs


Re: Crashes?

Never had a crash on any of my analog computing devices (slide rules) I owned over the years, although I did break a cursor once. Never required rebooting and never had a battery failure. Also my printer, a #2 graphite device had unlimited fonts and never needed toner, but did require periodic reshaping of the toner point. When the toner was gone, you just replaced the entire printer. There were several brands of #2 printers, most were yellow, but others were produced in various colors. They were completely interchangeable and would print any known and unknown language. None required a Microsoft account to work. An added bonus - you could erase and change individual characters on the printed output with aid of a rubbery accessory at the end opposite of where the toner was deposited on the paper. These printers also didn't need batteries nor did they require a wall connection and were completely portable. I usually carried a spare. They used to cost about 5 to 10 cents apiece, but inflation over the decades has brought the price up to about 5 times that price. Even more amazing is some print in different colors, others have been designed for applying some types of makeup and others made for carpentry and other construction.

Lenovo blames 'firmware' issue for blank-screened Smart Displays, says Google's working on a fix – 6 months after complaints started


Re: Smart Clock?

I had a little portable travel clock that only cost less than $5 about 35 years ago. It was digital and ran on one AAA battery. I tossed it out about 10 years ago after the slide switches started getting to be unreliable. I guess I could have cleaned the contacts with a solvent to try to fix, but I just replaced it with a $1 quartz-analog bedside alarm clock, which is still running fine. I use my phone as a backup alarm. So, my alarm clock expense comes to about $0.0005 per day or about $0.17 per year. Of course, the dial isn't lit, but if it is too dark for me to read the dial, it isn't time for me to care what time it is, anyway.

Not too bright, are you? Your laptop, I mean... Not you


Re: Ah, a first time user

Back in the DOS days when I would use Microsoft's Macro Assembler to make some special drivers and applications, I quickly discovered my programs didn't always work. I carefully looked at my source code and compared it to the compiled code to discover that periodically a command would be missing. I verified my source code was correct, but when examining the text in the debugger, sometimes at the end of a line of code there would be cr-cr-lf instead of the expected cr-lf. I had to abandon Microsoft's text editors and purchase a special version of Wordstar from then Egghead, $29 as I recall., which was originally made for the short-lived IBM PC Jr. A couple changes had to be made to the .com file to correct the difference in screen resolutions, but that information was provided in an magazine article by a person who also wanted a solution to the bad end of line sequence Microsoft so generously produced. That simple solution made creating macro assembly tasks so much easier.

How to keep your enterprise up to date by deploying the very latest malware


WOL was an easy option years ago when there was just one setting in the BIOS to enable WOL. I gave up on it when there were multiple settings that had to be made in the BIOS to enable WOL and the correct sleep states to allow WOL to function, then setting the network adapter in Windows to enable WOL, just to discover the WOL still wouldn't turn-on a computer. Several years later, HP and other PC manufacturers discovered a bug in their BIOS's that required a update so that WOL would work. I haven't even bothered trying WOL after the BIOS updates, I just have users leave their computers on. If I want particular computers to be available for remote maintenance in the evenings, I will just enable the automatic turn-on at a specific time every day.

You'll want to shut down the Windows Print Spooler service (yes, again): Another privilege escalation bug found


Re: Non-fix fix

I use mainly Linux at home because it works so much better than Windows for day-to-day activities. Unfortunately, I do have to use Windows for a few applications. Perhaps those might work under WINE in Linux, but I haven't tried as I prefer to use applications in the environment they were designed for.

The 'Linux is successful only because you don't have to pay to use it.." argument doesn't hold water. My computers came with Windows, so the cost is the same whether I am using Windows or Linux (in my case both since I use dual boot to get into either Linux or Windows).

Not for children: Audacity fans drop the f-bomb after privacy agreement changes


Re: Strike three

Why wouldn't there be confusion with Libre Office, Open Office and Star Office. As I recall, Star Office was purchased by Sun way back when and made it available under the GPL as Open Office. When Oracle bought Sun and had control of Open Office, users got nervous and the Libre Office fork was born. After Oracle decided it couldn't rip-off unsuspecting computer users, it abandoned Open Office and Apache Open Office resulted.

So yes, there may be confusion, because they are indeed related.

We don't know why it's there, we don't know what it does – all we know is that the button makes everything OK again


Re: The knob......

At one assignment in the US Air Force, my office was in a hangar office with a poorly designed environmental control system. In the winter, the heat would never come on, so had to work with gloves, hat, winter coat and boots to stay warm. Temperatures would get down to into the 30's (F) quite often in the offices. However in the summer, the air conditioning would seldom come-on and the system would detect a fault with the system and go into a "failsafe" mode to keep water in the pipes from freezing. One day with temperatures exceeding 100F outside, the system went into a failsafe mode. It got so hot in the offices that many of the thermometers (the old style alcohol filled) blew off their tops. I was in an office there for a little more than a year and they were never able to fix the system.


Re: The light..

Several years ago I purchased a new laptop which had a totally worthless power indicator. As I recall, when the power supply was plugged in and the battery was charging, the power light would glow (white LED). When the battery was fully charged, the LED would turn-off. If the power supply was disconnected or if power to the power supply was turned-off, the LED would stay dark until the battery was almost completely discharged, then the LED would once again light-up (it was a white-only LED). There was no way to tell if the laptop was charging or discharging at that point. After talking to the manufacturer tech support, they assured me that was how it was supposed to work. I took that piece of garbage back for a full refund.

Microsoft to unveil 'what's next for Windows' ... Rounded corners and what else?


Re: Suggestions

I too hate the "install and reboot" that Microsoft insists on doing without my input. A couple days ago I started a hard drive test which takes several hours. A few hours later I checked in on the progress and the computer was waiting for someone to login after an update and reboot. While I should have gone into the settings and told it to wait 7 days for updates to resume, I shouldn't have to do that. I should get a message telling me updates are waiting and give me the option to update now or not update until I say to update. I had two users who were prompted to give a time to reboot so a release upgrade could occur. They gave a 1 a.m. time to reboot. They did this around 9 a.m. As soon as they approved that time, the computers started the upgrade process, since 1 a.m. had already occured. They were unable to use their computers for a couple hours.


Re: How about.....

I remember to good ole days when you could set all networking parameters in one location of the control panel. I think it was called "Networking", or something like that. You could set IP, DNS, gateway, and as I recall the computer name just by going to --> Control Panel --> Networking. Now, you have to find where they hid the "network adapter properties" applet and make those changes, then if you need to change the computer name, find where they hid the "advanced" change computer name. If you want to have the computer start with a "magic bullet" over the internet, find the settings in Windows to start with the magic bullet and hope that your bios supports that function, make sure you setup your private network as private and be prepared to change it back to private when a Windows update changes that setting for you because they know you are a very public person. So, yes, Microsoft -- even if you mistakenly think that the previous group of incompetent software "designers" and "programmers" screwed up by putting things in the wrong spot, remember that where users expect to find icons and settings from previous versions is the right spot. Please keep the same look and feel. As much as I don't like Apple products, they have been spot-on with a consistent look and feel. I guess in some ways, Microsoft does have a consistent look (BSOD) and feel (where the f*xc!k did they put the g*mdmfkngthngnw?) Of course, some of the features and functions you may have used in the past, you don't have to anymore when they very unceremoniously remove it. So, I agree - pick something and just stick with it.


Re: Suggestions

Dear J.D., Microsoft has not improved boot time as you suggest - manufacturers of hard drives, cpu's, memory, support chips, and motherboards have. After your system appears to have completely booted and lets you start to run applications, Windows goes into overdrive sucking up resources to blast you with the next round of updates, virus checking, Windows Store updates (even if you have never done anything in the store), collecting data and performing telemetry to send info back to Microsoft. This ravenous consumption of resources I have seen go on for tens of minutes, consuming 70%-99% of cpu resources. On some systems I have watched the task manager report 0% resources being used because other Windows processes are sapping away so much computing power that the task manager can't get the information or report the use for minutes. Just for grins, I installed Windows XP Pro in a VirtualBox virtual machine hosted in Linux on an i3-3240 processor. Bootup and login total time was 10 seconds total for XP. Windows 10 Pro rel 20H2 bootup and login (automatic login) was 92 seconds. Don't tell me Microsoft has improved boot time unless you mean "improved" means more or increased. Speed of modern hardware is primarily responsible for any perceived improvement.

Congestion or a Christmas cock-up? A Register reader throws himself under the bus



All this IBM talk reminds me of when I was looking through an IBM repair manual (I forget what the device was), but one of the trouble-shooting steps was to replace the AMD. I had to look that up in the glossary - it was short for an Air Movement Device, which normal people would call a 'fan'.

ASUS baffles customer by telling them thermal pad thickness is proprietary


Re: eh

I can't imagine a 5mm thermal pad would be good for anything other than insulation. Is there a decimal point missing in these numbers? Even 1mm sounds insanely thick.

Microsoft hits Alt-F4 on Windows 10X: OS designed for dual-screen PCs axed


Reminiscent of Microsoft Bob...

... a non-solution in search of a problem.

Yep, you're totally unique: That one very special user and their very special problem


Re: When turn off/turn on fails

I find extremely irritating like the black power button on a black background and designed to blend into the rest of the computer as Tom 7 noted. Equally infuriating is the manufacturer who puts the model number and serial number in grey letters on a slightly different shade of grey in 8 point type.

If you can't log into Azure, Teams or Xbox Live right now: Microsoft cloud services in worldwide outage


Re: CURRENT STATUS: Microsoft rerouted traffic to our resilient DNS capabilities

Because that means running TWO 486SX's at the same time.

.... when did we upgrade from the 386's??

Apple iPad torched this guy's home, lawsuit claims


Phone or Battery Problem?

I replaced a phone (not an iPhone) about a year ago when I periodically noticed it getting very warm in my pocket. I could turn it off and back on again and it would be good again for a few days. However, I decided to replace the phone when it went into its high discharge mode (heating up), it would drop the remaining charge by 50% in less than 1/2 hour. I figured it was only a matter of time before it could go into a higher discharge mode and combust. In my case, I don't know if the problem was a battery that suddenly was self-discharging or a defective component in the phone going into a near short-circuit condition. I suspect the problem was the phone and not the battery, but I will never know for sure.

PSA: If you're still giving users admin rights, maybe try not doing that. Would've helped dampen 100+ Microsoft vulns last year – report


Re: Surely there must be a better way to do this

Unfortunately, there is still software out there where it will only work if all users have admin rights. Not as common as it was, but still there.

Microsoft quantum lab retracts published paper: Readings that cast doubt on crucial discovery went AWOL


Also not found...

... but reported to exist at one time are Microsoft QA "particles"...

So, bye-bye mighty nerd haven Fry’s, took Silicon to the Valley... and now you must die


What Is There To Buyout?

What is there for a group like Gamestop to buyout? All that is left is a damaged brand and empty buildings. The closest Fry's to me was 138 miles away. One a trip to Las Vegas a couple years ago, I made a stop at that Fry's. About half the aisles had only totally empty shelves. The software aisle had hundreds of boxes of software consisting of three brands of antivirus software - nothing else. The only aisles still fairly well stocked were the discrete electronic components, such as resistors, capacitors, LEDs, switches, transistors, ICs and other misc components. After seeing that, I no longer made any purchases from their website. I now rely on Newegg, TigerDirect, for computers and computer components. I do use Aliexpress for miscellaneous items not readily available locally, but the wait is long.

Axe-happy Microsoft halves support for Windows 10 Long Term Servicing Channel


Re: Stability. Who wants that...

I don't give a damn about the UI. Sure it is flat, lifeless and uninspiring, but so what? What I want is an operating system that is reliable, consistent, and doesn't arbitrarily change my settings with updates. Oh, I don't get that from Microsoft.

The killing of CentOS Linux: 'The CentOS board doesn't get to decide what Red Hat engineering teams do'


Re: So...

Beware of the "Snap" applications in Ubuntu 20.04 desktop. I don't know if they are in the server version of Ubuntu, but I had to switch from Ubuntu with the 20.04 release because of system stability issues and the snap applications, in some cases, just don't work at all. The transition to Debian was quite painless and involved much less time to implement than the time I wasted trying to get a working Ubuntu 20.04 system. I tried on several systems (old and new) with similar results. Still running Ubuntu 18.04 on a new Lenovo laptop, however, as I can't get Debian to complete the boot process. Your mileage may vary.

Must 'completely free' mean 'hard to install'? Newbie gripe sparks some soul-searching among Debian community


Re: RE: doing things behind the curtain

Windows often doesn't "just work". There are too many crappy software engineers and programmers out there that don't seem to understand what the user needs to do. I have had to deal with finding solutions to software that doesn't work for a standard user and the product tech support "team" solution is to have all users log in as an administrator. As for the crappy Microsoft brainchild of 'dll's, I once had to support a computer with only 4 applications on it. There were two which were incompatible with each other to the point if one were run, the other wouldn't work until the computer was rebooted because each manufacturer had a custom dll with the same name. Printer drivers can be troublesome as there is no standard way to install printers. And of course, Microsoft want to install WSD ports for printing, which constantly breaks the ability of certain printers to work. I switch to TCP/IP and a Microsoft update (or some other strange event) switches it back to a WSD port, once again breaking printing. Microsoft constantly changes the look and feel of Windows, deprecating things or moving them around so trying to debug an issue becomes an Easter egg hunt, except there isn't always an Easter egg to find. True, the more you understand of Linux, the faster you can solve problems, but the Linux community has solutions easier to find than most of the Windows issues I come across and seldom can I find the correct solution on the Microsoft website. The usual Microsoft solution is to reinstall Windows and that is seldom anywhere close to the real solution.

All I want for Christmas is cash: Welsh ATMs are unbeatable. Or unbootable. Something like that


Spit out another's deposit envelope

Several years ago, my wife made a deposit at an ATM, back when deposit envelopes were used. The ATM successfully completed the transaction, but then proceeded to eject someone else's deposit envelope with the contents still inside. The branch was still open, so she took the envelope in and explained to a cashier what had happened.

Yes, Microsoft Access was a recalcitrant beast, but the first step is to turn the computer on


An Access Database "Server" That Is Off Is A Good Thing...

... it won't corrupt your data. In the early days of Access and the Microsoft Jet Engine, I was called in to look at the problem of Access periodically deleting a series of records when the users were doing editing. The users were able to repeatedly demonstrate the series of actions that would cause this to occur. My expertise was not in databases (especially Access), but in hardware problems and configuring DOS and Windows 3.1x, including the networking. Where I worked, I developed a process where I could test for hard-drive store/read issues (necessitated by a hard-drive manufacturer not testing a new model drive that would periodically repeat a word in the middle of a track read, shifting the remainder of the data). The procedure was easily modified for testing reliability of network communication. Their network tested fine. My conclusion was that the issue was solely with Access and the Jet engine and I had no useful guidance for them. My understanding this was a common complaint of Access users, but Microsoft continued to deny there was any problem. I seem to recall reading an article a few years later that Microsoft acknowledged there was a bug that would cause this behavior, but it was a couple years later before they had a fix. I personally have never had a problem with any Microsoft database at home or where I now work - I just won't use one.

Red Hat defends its CentOS decision, claims Stream version can cover '95% of current user workloads'


Re: The RedHat corporate spinners won't fix this

And I am going to switch from Ubuntu because of their phasing in "Snap" applications which made the boot and login time go from 34 seconds to 121 seconds after switching from release 18.04 to 20.04. Snap applications also take more time to install and to open. I don't know what release will work for me now.

Google reveals version control plus not expecting zero as a value caused Gmail to take an inconvenient early holiday


Re: Old school

Sounds more alpha-ish.

US aviation regulator issues safety bulletins over flaws in software updates for Boeing 747, 777, 787 airliners


Unsafety Features

I am a private pilot that hasn't flown for about 30 years. Almost all my time is in a tandem 2-seat prop plane with no electronics and only the basic instruments needed for safe flying in good weather. However, I knew how that plane would react, even in adverse conditions. There was no "safety" features to change how the plane would fly when conditions changed. The last thing any pilot needs is for a flight computer to hand him what is effectively a new model aircraft by changing throttle settings; aileron, rudder, or elevator performance; automatically putting on reverse thrust when a go-around is needed, pulling back the throttles when more thrust is needed. The pilot should be in command, not some pimple-faced engineer or software designer who doesn't know his ass from a bagle. Too many major aircraft accidents and near accidents have occurred in the past when aircraft manufacturers put in these little "safety" features in their flight control systems and don't properly document the "features" or put the same changes into simulators. During an emergency situation is not the time to tell the pilot he is now flying a different aircraft.

How to leak data via Wi-Fi when there's no Wi-Fi chip: Boffin turns memory bus into covert data transmitter


Back in the day (late 1970's, I worked at a military installation). Our new Dec VAX 11/780 was installed in a grounded Faraday cage with the incoming power lines filtered to keep RF from escaping. And yes, it was cold in there, in the middle of summer, we wore hats, ear-muffs, winter coats. We also wore gloves most of the time, except when having to type.

LibreOffice 7.1 beta boasts impressive range of features let down by a lack of polish and poor mobile efforts


And yet, many times I have had to open up a Microsoft Office document in Libre Office to fix then save what couldn't be fixed In Microsoft Office.

HP CEO talks up HP-ink-only print hardware and higher upfront costs for machines that use other cartridges


Re: Dictionary

Many new Epson inkjet printers also won't accept third-party cartridges. I'm glad HP is up-front about their new policy. I will stock-up on a couple older printers from the local thrift stores so I can continue using refillable cartridges. I am very happy to not become an unprofitable customer of HP since they have become an unsupportive provider with this and other things like not providing BIOS updates on servers if you don't have a support contract. Bye, bye, HP - Lenovo will probably be my next server purchase, and certainly not my next printer purchase.

Privacy campaigner flags concerns about Microsoft's creepy Productivity Score


Very little of the work I do is productive using Microsoft. Most of my work involves unbreaking things that Microsoft breaks with "feature upgrades", security patches and resetting defaults during security patches. If I were a manager using a productivity score from Microsoft, I would probably look very closely at an employee with a high score why they are spending so much time screwing around with a Microsoft product and not doing real work.

LibreOffice rains on OpenOffice's 20th anniversary parade, tells rival project to 'do the right thing' and die


Re: "We were caught quite off guard"

I second that - I quit using Office many years ago when I would put more than 3 images in a Word document and the images automatically arranged themselves to where they wanted to go, rather than where I anchored them no matter what anchor method I chose. I ran across Star Office and bought a new copy whenever a new version came out. Star Office (and later, Libre Office) handled formatting much betther than Microsoft Office. When Oracle acquired the Star suite, I continued to use my last version of Star Office as I don't ever intend to intentionally install anything Oracle to keep from running afoul of their licensing. When Libre Office forked off from OO, I started using that and have been quite pleased with it. I do provide technical support to Microsoft Office users and when I have to fix a document that Microsoft Office totally messes up, I open up up the offending document/spreadsheet in Libre Office, fix the document, and resave it. In recent versions of Microsoft Office, I have seldom been able to setup a pivot table that works properly (trying to help a user) in Excel. Calc's implementation of the pivot table is much easier to setup for the tasks I need done. I can't say whether OOO or LO is better or worse than the other. I have just stayed with LO.

Excel is for amateurs. To properly screw things up, those same amateurs need a copy of Access


Re: Access

Fortunately, I don't have to deal with databases. Back in the early '90s I had a service call at a business using Access for their database. They could reproduce the problem of a whole range of records would disappear with a certain sequence of adding, editing and deleting single records. Microsoft vehemently denied any problem with their Jet database engine for years. I don't know if they ever did fix it as I quit following that issue with computers after about a decade.



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