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NASA's SOFIA aircraft preps for final flights ahead of mission end


"NASA's SOFIA aircraft preps for final flights ahead of mission end"

Sad to see it go given all the good science that it's done but it is hideously expensive to run and so the money would be better spent on new specialist satellites.

Google calculates Pi to 100 trillion digits


"Google calculates Pi to 100 trillion digits"

Alternatively, you could more easily remember the rational approximation of π that is 355/113 instead. It is accurate to six decimal places and it is within 0.000009% of the value of π.

And finally... Oracle bags £25m ERP deal to replace East Sussex County Council's SAP R/3 system


"Guess who's council tax is going to go up massively in the next few years"

...especially when East Sussex County Council is on the receiving end of one of Larry's license compliance audits.

EU Commission may extend antitrust probe into Nvidia's $54bn merger with Arm


Re: I should damn will hope so

"To me, it's a no-brainer that this should be stopped"

^ I fully agree with this. This is too much concentration of influence and any of Nvidia, Intel and AMD should be banned from acquiring ARM.

In addition, Nvidia's promises cannot be trusted at all. For example, ARM will eventually be treated just the same way as Icera was if this takeover is allowed to proceed.

Nothing says 'We believe in you' like NASA switching two 'nauts off Boeing's Starliner onto SpaceX's Crew Dragon


"Is it not time for them to rebrand the Starliner as the Starliner Max?"

That is a very relevant comment because in recent years Boeing executives effectively abandoned their previous engineering excellence and public safety first policies in favour of bean counting and quick fixes and the inevitable result was the 737 Max with its terrible disasters.

Microsoft shows off Office 2021 for consumers ahead of the coming of Windows 11


Re: Standalone versions need an MS Account

"I could ditch Office were it not for Outlook"

Have you tried any of Mailspring, Evolution and Geary?

Microsoft's problem child, Windows 11, is here. Will you run it? Can you run it? Do you even WANT to run it?


Re: Want to run it?

"Contrary to popular opinionFUD, printers have mostly been a non-issue on Linux for about 20 years, thanks in large part to CUPS"

Same with scanners and printer scanners too thanks to Sane/Xsane plus there's Vuescan as a (very good) last resort.

Brit builders merchant Travis Perkins opts for Oracle after ERP disaster with Infor


"Brit builders merchant Travis Perkins opts for Oracle"

Good luck with that and let's see how happy they are after Oracle's first license compliance audit.

Oracle sets its own JDK free, sort of, for a while


Re: Only an idiot . . .

^ Exactly this, and you could write the script.

When Oracle starts charging for their own JDK again, they will harvest and examine all the contact details of everyone who downloaded when free and then they will set their license compliance officers on all those people and businesses.

End result: More $$$$ cheques for Oracle to fund Larry's next super yacht. Oracle effectively runs an extortion racket writ large.

Cloud is fundamentally more profitable than on-prem, says Oracle's Safra Catz as revenue misses mark for investors


"Cloud is fundamentally more profitable than on-prem, so says vested interest Oracle's Safra Catz"

^ Now that is more like it.

Off yer bike: Apple warns motorcycles could shake iPhone cameras out of focus forever


iPhones are just consumer lifestyle devices and expensive ones at that. Real durability would require a GoPro or similar.

Amazon says Elon Musk's wicked, wicked ways mean SpaceX's Starlink 2.0 should not be allowed to fly


"Amazon says Elon Musk's wicked, wicked ways mean SpaceX's Starlink 2.0 should not be allowed to fly"

*sigh* This is just another petulant missive from a sore loser who still hasn't been able to get anything into Earth orbit.

ProtonMail deletes 'we don't log your IP' boast from website after French climate activist reportedly arrested


That report stated that, "Proton’s marketing claims as a ‘user privacy centric’ company", whereas a more accurate description might be "Proton’s marketing claims as a ‘cave in at the first opportunity centric’ company".

I don't use that service and I certainly won't use them now if they do not protect the privacy of their users which is their supposed raison d'etre anyway.

This way up: James Webb Space Telescope gets ready for shipment after final tests


It's good that the article highlighted the differences between the James Webb Space Telescope and the Hubble Space Telescope as the JWST works in the infrared while the HST works in the visible light range.

That's one reason why the HST needs to be kept going for as long as possible because the JWST is not a like for like replacement.

Blue Origin sues NASA for awarding SpaceX $3bn contract to land next American boots on the Moon


"Blue Origin sues NASA for awarding SpaceX $3bn contract"

I see that Bezos is unfortunately following the Oracle Larry way of doing things - petulantly sue because you can't get your own way. I hope that some wise judge throws this lawsuit out at the first opportunity because Blue Origin hasn't even been able to achieve Earth orbit.

Pi calculated to '62.8 trillion digits' with a pair of 32-core AMD Epyc chips, 1TB RAM, 510TB disk space


"Pi calculated to 62.8 trillion digits"

Alternatively, the good approximation 355/113 is much easier to remember.

Debian 11 formally debuts and hits the Bullseye


Re: Support for init

"Support for init systems other than systemd is significantly improved"

To this day I still do not know what possessed the Debian Project to adopt Poettering's aggregated kludge as the init system for Debian (and hence downstream distributions too).

As with MX Linux, there ought to be easy user choice, not just increased support.

Starliner takes off ... back to the factory and not space


"The Boeing merger with Mcdonnell-Douglas seems to have led to an excess of bean-counters and a lack of engineers"

Indeed, and tl;dr version is that in the merged company, the bean counter McDonnell Douglas managers then effectively took control of Boeing, so diminishing Boeing's engineering safety culture, and they then moved the headquarters from Washington State to Chicago so diminishing communications and direct, personal managerial interactions with engineers. The rest is history.

Taiwan president pokes the bear by saying the nation needs to lessen its supply chain dependency on China


Re: A courageous decision, minister

Given the way that autonomy has been eroded in both Hong Kong and Macau, including the banning of pro-democracy candidates, there is no way that the Taiwanese people would voluntarily opt to join the increasingly harsh Xi Jinping dictatorship (We need you back, Hu Jintao).

NASA blames the wrong kind of Martian rock for Perseverance sample failure


Re: Fix the Earth first!

"You could start by giving up your holiday flights"

What would help there in the short term is switching to more fuel efficient turboprop aircraft for short and medium haul routes. It also has the added advantage that fewer Boeing 737 Max's would be needed.

Boeing and Rocket Lab hope for the best as both return to launchpad following failures


Re: Title goes here

That successful launch is good news but unfortunately Rocket Lab shows no signs, or interest in, launching from the United Kingdom.

eBay ex-security boss sent down for 18 months for cyber-stalking, witness tampering


Re: What about EBAY

"Why do I get the feeling that EBAY , as a company, is getting away Scot free from this absolutely wicked situation"

That might indeed be true but at least this time there have been consequences at this tech giant in the form of criminal convictions, prison sentences, fines and reputations destroyed beyond repair.

That should serve as a warning not only to Ebay, but also to Facebook, Amazon and the rest, that they are not above the law.

GitHub stuffs $1m in Stanford Law School's pocket to provide free legal advice to DMCA-hit developers


Wonders will never cease - here we have Microsoft's GitHub helping open-source developers by providing them with free legal advice.

Thinking about upgrading to Debian Bullseye? Watch out for changes in Exim and anything using Python 2.x


Watch out for changes in Exim...

It would also be nice if we could look out for a change in init systems away from the all-encompassing cacodyl that is Poettering's creation.

NASA's InSight lander expected to survive most of summer before choking to death on Martian dust


Re: Excellent engineering

"It really is impressive that the thing that is worrying NASA is the dust on the solar panels rather than some failing equipment"

What might help there is building in a fixed static inline into those solar panels so that dust particles are more likely to fall off (best compromise angle to be determined by NASA).

Oracle introduces frequent clouding points loyalty scheme


Re: Loyal to Larry?

"Wow I just marvel at the way these tech giants find ways to commercially entangle people into their eco-systems"

Oracle is like one of those ugly Anglerfishes - first there is the bright, shiny thing to attract your attention...and then the jaws with the razor sharp teeth clamp down on you.

Systemd 249 release candidate includes better support for immutable OSes and provisioning images


Re: Sys V init

"What a pity, my laptop doesn't have systemd as init (*), I won't be able to profit from these great new enhancements"

To this day, I still do not know why the Debian Project voluntarily chose to adopt systemd all those years ago as the init system and in that one move, all the downstream distributions were also unfortunately affected/infested.

Hubble Space Telescope to switch to backup memory module after instrument computer halts


"The space agency is supposed to launch its much-delayed James Webb Space Telescope later this year. The JWST views in the infrared, compared to Hubble's optical and ultraviolet captures, and the two together could be a powerful tool, we’re told"

^ That is the really important bit that gets lost in so many other news reports. The James Webb Space Telescope operates at different electromagnetic spectrum wavelengths to the Hubble Space Telescope so it can never be a direct replacement for the Hubble Space Telescope. Therefore, it is essential that the Hubble Space Telescope is kept going for as long as is practically possible.

Apple ditches support for pre-2015 MacBook Air, Pro laptops with macOS Monterey


"...not a single problem was had with WiFi, sound or built in camera"

It would be really interesting to know what distribution it was, e.g. Ubuntu, Pop OS, etc. Thanks.

Oracle hits UK reseller with lawsuit for allegedly reselling grey market Sun hardware


So, Oracle is suing someone (again).

Ultimately, I think this will be self defeating in the long term. If companies can't get used kit from reputable resellers then they will have no choice but to abandon Oracle and Sun equipment entirely.

Bull in a cosmos shop: Edinburgh uni boffins strike deal with Atos for BullSequana supercomputer


"As opposed to what?"

SLES as in SUSE Linux Enterprise Server that's used by the SuperMUC supercomputer at the Leibniz Supercomputing Centre, Garching, Bavaria, HPE's Cray supercomputers also use a customised variant of SLES plus a handful have used Ubuntu.

Assorted flavours of Unix used to completely dominate the supercomputer operating scene but that all started to change in 1998 when Linux started to eat into Unix's market share. Now all the top 500 supercomputers on the planet all use Linux of one form or another.


This reminds me of the new Met Office supercomputer - there's an on site supercomputer assisted up by additional cloud computing capability. While Atos haven't explicitly said what operating system of the BullSequana XH2000 is, I'm pretty sure it's RHEL.

Oracle accused of eating software maker's lunch with hostile hiring, trade secret theft


Re: Oracle suprise

"I mean really, does this article surprise anyone?"

What surprises me even more is that people would voluntary go to Oracle without first checking its employment rights record.

Wyoming powers ahead with Bill Gates-backed sodium-cooled nuclear generation plant


Re: Go for it

"Call it Thorium, call it Natrium, I don't care. Get it up and running and stop those coal-based generators ASAP"

I wish they had gone for a thorium reactor as it is near term technology and the current nuclear industry should not have trouble in adapting to use thorium as a nuclear fuel.

Link - https://science.howstuffworks.com/environmental/energy/thorium-nuclear-reactor.htm

Who gave dusty Soviet-era spacecraft that unwanted lick of paint? It was an idiot, with a spraycan, in Baikonur


Re: Shame

That Buran ought to be cared for and curated in a proper aerospace museum somewhere.

Arm freezes hiring until Nvidia takeover, cancels everyone's 'wellbeing' allowance


Re: This is a good idea

"All Jen cares about is profits at any cost, no matter how many defective solder joints it takes. Get used to being a just a crunchy cog in the wheel of profits, you pathetic worms"

...and that is just one good reason why the current buyout proposal by Nvidia should be vetoed by the British government.

Oracle sues Envisage claiming unauthorized database use amid licensing crackdown


I'm glad that you mentioned CentOS because Oracle is now saying "Oracle Linux: A better alternative to CentOS" whereas other CentOS alternatives like Rocky, Alma and Springdale won't come with any future nasty financial surprises.


Re: Oracle are litigating again.

Indeed, which is why ensure that I have nothing to do with them, their services or their software products because their presence can suddenly turn into a huge, unannounced liability.

'A massive middle finger': Open-source audio fans up in arms after Audacity opts to add telemetry capture


Re: Faceplant

"It seems that they're heavily linked to the Russia-created website called Ultimate Guitar"

The company itself appears to be registered within Belgium in the European Union so that might serve as a limitation on their excesses but the developers themselves are based within the Kaliningrad Baltic exclave of Russia.

The ties with Yandex are of potential concern because that corporation is subject to oversight and influence by the Putin government by way of the Putin-friendly Public Interest Foundation.

If you're the 1% and have 10 mins to spare this July, bid for a place on first Blue Origin space tourism launch


Re: Who would be daft enough to PAY ...

"You wouldn't catch me dead in that thing ... not even if THEY were paying ME!"

Indeed, and while SpaceX is now successfully delivering and returning astronauts to and from the International Space Station, the best that Bezos and Blue Origin can manage is a suborbital flight which is something that can already be done by high altitude balloons.

Samsung stops providing security updates to the Galaxy S8 at grand old age of four years


Re: planned obsolescence

"So much for FOSS - I'm leaving the Android ecosystem - its clearly better for my wallet and the planet"

The last thing I heard was that Google are going to be increasing their support time for Chromebooks (a good thing) whereas certain individual Android phone manufacturers, including Samsung, only offer limited time support, presumably in an attempt to boost sales, but that's not good for the customer or the environment.

RHEL, RHEL, RHEL, fancy that: Rocky Linux would-be CentOS replacement hits RC1 milestone


"You can trust them to come along and "audit" you, which means they make up a number you owe them as a starting point for the shake down negotiations"

^ Exactly this, and that's why I have nothing to do with them or their products because they are potentially a significant liability and the very last thing you need is an unwanted surprise communication from Oracle.

At the time of writing, there are at least three other non-Oracle CentOS alternatives (Rocky, Alma, Springdale) so there's no need to go down the Oracle route.

GCHQ boss warns China can rewrite 'the global operating system' in its own authoritarian image


Re: Who are they addressing?

"China is far from being a threat as far as I'm concerned"

You might care to tell that to the Uighur population in East Turkestan/Xinjiang and to the democratically-inclined population of Hong Kong.

Also China is already a known and identified perpetrator of cyber attacks on democratic states and corporations therein.

Zorin OS 16 beta claims largest built-in app library 'of any open source desktop ever'


Re: Sounds Russian

While they might have eastern European ancestry, the two Zorin brothers were brought up and educated in the Republic of Ireland which is why they have Dublin accents. They are nothing to do with the current Russian state.


Re: Kinda trying to run Zorin

If a flatbed scanner isn't communicating properly, then I'd suggest trying out Vuescan software (runs on Linux, macOS and Windows) and if it gets your scanner working then you can buy the product. The cheaper Vuescan Standard Edition licence should meet all domestic needs.

Cracked copies of Microsoft Office and Adobe Photoshop steal your session cookies, browser history, crypto-coins


Re: Great advert for LibreOffice and Gimp

"Great advert for LibreOffice and Gimp"

...and indeed for Paint.net and the venerable Photoshop CS2.

NASA writes software update for Ingenuity helicopter to enable first Mars flight


Re: Applying patches .... please wait

"Obviously systemd will be handling all mission critical calls"

Who knows, they might be using Devuan to avoid using Poettering's excrescence?

That said, I really would like to know what Linux variety they are using even if it's a specially commissioned NASA one.

South Africa's state-owned energy firm to appeal after court rules Oracle does not have to support its software


"Oracle conducted a software licensing audit of the company...and concluded it was using more software than it was entitled to. Oracle first claimed the users had underpaid..."

^ Now that really does sound ever so familiar and unfortunate.

Yep, the 'Who owns Linux?' case is back from the dead


Re: Follow the money

I agree with you that Nadella's Microsoft won't be involved or be behind this not least because they've thrown their lot in with coexistence.

The question then becomes who is involved and why are they doing this? I suspect it's a punt and I hope that investigative journalists expose who they are.

Personally, and in view of the very recent Oracle vs. Google case, I don't think that they will get anywhere if this matter comes before the US Supreme Court.

Over a decade on, and millions in legal fees, Supreme Court rules for Google over Oracle in Java API legal war


I am so relieved that Google won this case because the implications for developers would have been horrendous if notoriously anti-open source Oracle won.



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