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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.

New systemd 248 feature 'extension images' updates immutable file systems without really updating them


Re: Errr but...

"Something must be done. This is something, therefore we must do it"

To this day, I still do not know what possessed the Debian Project to adopt systemd all those years ago.

They did appear to recognise the upset that this caused at the end of 2019 when the pro-systemd stance did appear to soften a little:

"[Retain] Systemd but we support exploring alternatives.

Here's the position for the Debian project described by that option:

The Debian project recognizes that systemd service units are the preferred configuration for describing how to start a daemon/service. However, Debian remains an environment where developers and users can explore and develop alternate init systems and alternatives to systemd features".

IBM, Red Hat face copyright, antitrust lawsuit from SCO Group successor Xinuos


Re: Ah shit ...

"Their mistake is thinking there is a chance of success"

Indeed, and I hope that this current incarnation SCO patent troll entity is legally finished off once and for all, never to return.

On a wider point, the US legal system really needs to take action against all these vexatious patent trolls of one form or another.

SD card slot, HDMI port could return to the MacBook Pro this year, says Apple analyst


Re: Very welcome

I fully agree with you and this time there's an opportunity for Apple to consult their users, see what they want and then give them exactly what they want. The result will probably be more happy customers and more sales.

Doctor, I think I have an HDMI: Apple starts investigating M1 Mac Mini graphics issues


I would have thought it's possible to come up with a more practical lead-free alternative solder alloy, e.g. something along the lines of silver and copper + A N Other to give a relatively low melting point as in 200°C or less.

President Biden to issue executive order on chip shortages as under-pressure silicon world begs for help


"They called upon the Biden administration to provide grants and tax credits to build new semiconductor fabs as well as increased spending to fund scientific research in the States"

^ And not before time too!

Dev creeped out after he fired up Ubuntu VM on Azure, was immediately approached by Canonical sales rep


Creeped-out dev...immediately approached by a Canonical sales rep

This article ought to be accompanied by the Twilight Zone theme music because this is seriously creepy (behaviour).

Habitable-zone exoplanet potentially spotted just around the corner in Alpha Centauri using latest telescope technique


Habitable-zone exoplanet potentially spotted just around the corner in Alpha Centauri...

The Alpha Centauri system is a triple star system comprising one red dwarf star, Proxima Centauri that already has a known planet or two circling around it, and two larger, Sun-like stars, Alpha Centauri A and Alpha Centauri B. This planet candidate is orbiting around Alpha Centauri A and this sighting now needs to be independently confirmed by other astronomers.

It would be great if it did exist because it again confirms that planets can arise in multiple-star systems. It would be even better if this planet turned out to be of roughly Earth mass and within Alpha Centauri A's habitable zone because that's when things really could start to get interesting.

Someone tried to poison a Florida city by hijacking its water treatment plant via TeamViewer, says sheriff


"Someone tried to poison a Florida city by hijacking its water treatment..."

Fortunately in this case, Florida has really harsh sentencing policies so when the culprit is caught, he/she will spend an awful lot of time behind bars.

Web prank horror: Man shot dead while pretending to rob someone at knife-point for a YouTube video


Re: Wait for it...

"Latest Darwin Award candidates right here, folks."

In an age where terrorism, fundamentalism and militancy can be found on all continents bar Antarctica, it is completely insane to even think about pulling a stunt like this.

The unanswered question at CentOS community Q&A: How can we trust you now?


"Q?: How can we trust you now?"

A!:You can't because that horse has already bolted. What you can do is use and support one of the community replacements for CentOS such as Rocky Linux.

The moral of this tale is that big tech companies ought to think first before they act and ask questions of themselves, "How will this affect trust in our brand if we do this?".

Windows' cloudy future: That Chrome OS advantage is Google's to lose


If GalliumOS ends up not working then Neverware's CloudReady OS (their version of ChromeOS) is another option to consider.

Both of those operating systems can be tried/used on older Chromebooks that are no longer supplied by updates from Google.

GitLab removes its 'starter' tier: Users must either pay 5x more or lose features


Re: Everybody is doing it

'Can't help but think it's short term greed because nobody is interested in the long game these days'

Indeed, and this was both a surprising and unfortunate move by GitLab. I could understand raising the price of the Bronze starter tier by a couple of dollars a month but to axe it entire comes across as excessive profiteering, presumably to make it more profitable and valuable in advance of an open public share offering.

Apparently, 'alternatives to gitlab' is a popular search term right now on Google.

Fedora's Chromium maintainer suggests switching to Firefox as Google yanks features in favour of Chrome


"No, from Google's view anything that is not Chrome is danger to its bottom line"

Indeed, and it only confirms that Google is only just another dubious snake in the grass mega corporation (but we kinda knew that anyway).

Rocky Linux is go: CentOS founder's new project aims to be 100% compatible with Red Hat Enterprise Linux


"One thing that Red Hat has not stated is why it is ceasing development of CentOS Linux"

That's easy - to try to turn existing CentOS users into paying RHEL customers. I don't think such a crude measure will work though and it's perhaps more likely to send people over to Ubuntu and Debian.

CentOS project changes focus, no more rebuild of Red Hat Enterprise Linux – you'll have to flow with the Stream


Re: Someone already has - Rocky Linux

"Someone already has - Rocky Linux"

...and I wish them well because they will become what CentOS used to be before the creeping RedHat takeover took place. I would certainly be wiling to donate to this particular worthwhile cause and more can be found here: https://hackaday.com/2020/12/09/centos-is-dead-long-live-centos/#more-451425

SpaceX Starship blows up on landing, Elon Musk says it's the data that matters and that landed just fine


Re: re: Go SpaceX

"At least this rich one is spending money on research and building things"

Indeed, and his operation is still more advanced than the equivalent offerings from both Boeing and Blue Origin.

Back to the Fuchsia, part IV: Google's in-development OS now open to community contributions


Re: Whatever.

"but I think there are both technical and legal reasons for wanting an alternative"

Indeed, and I suspect that we shall see a rapid deployment of Fuchsia by Google if the pending Oracle vs Google Supreme Court Case goes against Google.

The nightmare is real: 'Excel formulas are the world's most widely used programming language,' says Microsoft


"The business refuses to accept it’s the wrong tool for the job and then moans that it needs stuff like this because IT aren’t giving them alternatives, because they are spending all their time supporting this crap"

Indeed, and Excel has far too often been misused as a database when Access or FileMaker would be much more appropriate plus I've even heard of it being used as customer relations management tool which it was never designed to be either.

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


Re: Failings in Mobile

"Mobile works best for viewing, browsing, not serious data creation"

^ I fully agree with you and I haven't done any serious work on a smartphone. Occasionally, I might use my phone to record some brief ideas that later get incorporated a current project but that's about it.

Oracle upgrades MySQL with an analytics speed boost albeit only in the Big Red cloud


Re: Question

"Mostly in companies that would previously have gone straight to MySQL"

Given their conduct in respect of their own customers, i.e. checking up on them to try to extract more significant extra cash sums from them, there is no way these days that I would sanction the use of MySql on any enterprise that I am involved in despite its merits. It is just too risky.

OpenZFS v2.0.0 targets Linux and FreeBSD – shame about the Oracle licensing worries


Re: "acting within the rights granted"

"If RedHat, Apple, Canonical, iXSystems, Nexanta, Delphix etc. etc. have done anything wrong in shipping their own ZFS implementations (or ones based on the Open Source forked under de CDDL) in their products, why hasn't Oracle sued them?"

Because OpenZFS has not yet officially and formally been included within the Linux kernel itself. That's when Oracle is likely to start to take an interest and see what potential legal options they might have.


Re: "acting within the rights granted"

"It's not a conundrum. It's a bogeyman. People see the name of Oracle, stop using their brains, then run around in circles while flailing their arms and screaming"

Hold on; this is exactly the same Oracle Corporation that both routinely resorts to litigation in the courts and that investigates its own paying customers for license and payment compliance.

PC makers warn of battle for air freight capacity, will have to fight for cargo space with... the COVID-19 vaccine


"PC makers warn of battle for air freight capacity"

I hear that there are plenty of unwanted and unloved 737 Max planes waiting around and looking for something to do.

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


Re: The problems:

"My Epson, which I use probably once a fortnight, needs print head clean and about 5 pages of printing every time I turn it on"

I had a similar problem with my Epson printer but only with the Epson black ink.

That black ink was a pigment ink that regularly clogged up the print head and all I had to do was switch to a generic black dye ink and that solved the problem. As for the three Epson colour inks, they were dye inks and they never caused a problem.



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