* Posts by TVU

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German state ditches Windows, Microsoft Office for Linux and LibreOffice

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"LiMux faced some technical challenges at first"

^ That was their first very big mistake - to go for their own customised Linux version rather than rely on one of the three existing supported commercial Linux distributions from Red Hat, Canonical or SUSE.

Want to keep Windows 10 secure? This is how much Microsoft will charge you

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Re: Year of Lunix desktop

I would say that some alternatives do come close such as the paid-for Softmaker Office that I use. No one (so far) can tell that I am not using Microsoft Office for documents, spreadsheets and presentations.

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I wish that Microsoft would distinguish between corporate and charitable and home users because the latter two groups may be less able to afford the newer pieces of kit that are needed to run Windows 11.

In contrast, the extended support Ubuntu Pro option is free for up to 5 computers or 50 if they are an official Ubuntu Community member.

Linux Foundation marshals support for open source alternative to Redis

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As System Initiative Co-founder Adam Jacob wrote on X/Twitter:

“Congratulations! You now have a competitor [Valkey] that’s well funded, ships a trustable product at $0, and will obviously be what cloud providers use to compete".

Thus the cynical $$$ grabbing move by Redis has now spectacularly backfired.

University of Washington's Workday woes leave research grants in limbo

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"$340M finance upgrade still working out the kink"

By any chance, was a certain Oracle involved?

FTX crypto-crook Sam Bankman-Fried gets 25 years in prison

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Under the circumstances, he has just got very lucky. After all, this is the land of 99+ year sentences.

UK skies set for cheeky upgrade with hybrid airship

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Re: Really???

I don't know why ammonia isn't used as a lifting gas. It's an industrial scale gas, it can be liquefied for transport, and depending on the source, it has about 60% of the lifting capability of hydrogen. It is relatively non-inflammable and it's also to easy to know if there is a leak.

Canva acquires Affinity, further wounding a regulator-bruised Adobe

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Re: Perpetual Licences Confirmed!

That is really good news and it is almost certainly the result of massive customer blowback.

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Re: I don't get the premise

True, but even Quark would be more cost efficient than any of these hideous perma-rental scams (here's looking at you, Adobe Corporation).

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Re: "There's no changes to the product [Affinity] customers know and love right now."

It turns out that one of Serif's directors resigned about a week ago and it may or may not be connected with this potentially unfortunate news.

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Re: I don't get the premise

You could also check out QuarkXPress and VivaDesigner as alternatives to Publisher. Although the interface is a bit old school, PhotoLine is a competent replacement for Affinity Photo and Photoshop.

The UK Digital Information Bill: Brexit dividend or data disaster?

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Re: A gift?

OK, so where are these magnificent signed and sealed trade deals with important partners like the United States, Canada and India? Oh, wait, they don't even exist like very many other Brexit promises. You have selectively mendacious with your choice of examples.

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Re: A gift?

"As soon as we left the UK was reaping the benefits of covid jabs"

^ That is overt fake news not least because interpretations of existing agreements would have already allowed for this to happen.

it is safe to say that the Adam Smith Institute is neither a revolutionary Marxist institution nor a bastion of committed Remainers but even they came out in favour of a sane EEA/EFTA-type Brexit that would not have inflicted so much economic damage on the British economy.

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Re: A gift?

"Oh Brexit has been an utter waste of time resources and money"

^ I agree and I am still waiting to see these most wondrous tangible benefits that we were promised. Indeed, I am still waiting for my free live baby unicorn and for the free crock of gold at the end of the rainbow for every household in the United Kingdom.

Boeing top brass stand down amid safety turbulence

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Re: Whether they will look outside the company

"I think they would do best to look externally. Because they are absolutely desperate for credibility. Inertia can keep their customers for a bit longer"

Indeed, and I think that they ought to start recruiting senior executives from the likes of Airbus and Embraer.

Hardware-level Apple Silicon vulnerability can leak cryptographic keys

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Re: You're packaging it wrong ...

Just to say thank you for the laugh of the day! XD

DARPA tasks Northrop Grumman with drafting lunar train blueprints

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Re: silicate-rich particles are sharp enough to destroy

It was also surprising to me that those NASA scientists did not try out growing the plants in a mixture of the lunar regolith material with sterilised human liquid and solid wasted as featured in The Martian (book and film). That would probably have made for a noticeably better plant compost.

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Re: silicate-rich particles are sharp enough to destroy

Yes, it was thale cress and the plants seemed stressed at growing in lunar regolith material. Surprisingly, they didn't test any actual food crops and l think that was a mistake. Link below:

https://www.nasa.gov/humans-in-space/scientists-grow-plants-in-lunar-soil/

Caffeine makes fuel cells more efficient, cuts cost of energy storage

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Caffeine makes fuel cells more efficient

I originally misread that as 'Caffeine makes brain cells more efficient' and that would have been vindication of what we already know but to find out that caffeine can actually enhance the efficiency of fuel cells as well is awesome!

Fedora 41's GNOME to go Wayland-only, says goodbye to X.org

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Re: Oh, have they finally finished it yet?

Probably not as the article says this:

"There are reasons to still want X11 even now: for instance, if you use some accessibility tools, or you need certain graphics driver features that only work with X.org. A fairly common example would be if you run Fedora under VirtualBox and want the additional facilities provided by the Guest Additions' graphics drivers, such as dynamic guest display resizing".

^ That says to me that Wayland is still a work in progress and not a finished product and the comment from another forum still applies:

"You failed to read the fine print at the bottom of all the wayland promises over the past 12 years:

"It will improve your performance. Next year. Or the year after that. Or maybe the year after that. If you have the right hardware. And the right desktop. On certain tasks with certain apps. Maybe. Depends on the alignment of the stars and the moon, and if Jupiter is in the 2nd house"."

Trying out Microsoft's pre-release OS/2 2.0

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Re: Very Different

https://www.zdnet.com/article/stop-the-lies-the-day-that-microsoft-saved-apple/

Thank you very much for the above link providing the interesting story behind Microsoft's actions.

What we effectively had back then was a diplomatic cover up of the real situation by both parties that avoided scandal, reputational damage and lower stock prices - all highly convenient at that time.

Linux for older phones postmarketOS changes its init system

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Awilfox's comments on, and the call for reform and refinement of, the mission creep monster that is systemd were eminently sensible:

https://catfox.life/2024/01/05/systemd-through-the-eyes-of-a-musl-distribution-maintainer/

Reddit wants to raise $748M with IPO, sets value at $6.4B... and it has yet to turn a profit

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"Reddit wants to raise $748M with IPO, sets value at $6.4B... and it has yet to turn a profit"

That sounds like pure greed and unjustified greed at that since Reddit has not made a profit so far, only large losses.

'We had to educate Oracle about our contract,' CIO says after Big Red audit

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"For example, Gartner estimated the new subscription model to be two to five times more expensive than the legacy model"

Beware the counsel of the Oracle! (the Austin, Texas one, that is)

Broadcom CEO pay award jumps 164% to $160.8 million

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You know when a company starts the downhill run when executive pay rockets, when solutions of acquired companies are deprecated, and when there are massive lay offs.

Ubuntu, Kubuntu, openSUSE to get better installation

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I just wanted to thank Liam regarding those people with disabilities and those with lower incomes who would find it very difficult to buy a new desktop PC or laptop just so that they can get a supported Windows 11 computer.

Given that we're meant to be taking more care of the environment, Microsoft's unnecessary specific hardware requirements for Windows 11 are going in the wrong direction.

Duo face 20 years in prison over counterfeit iPhone scam

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Re: This should have ended at the…

"This should have ended at the…“Hey, how about we….” stage"

Exactly, and these two are not the brightest bulbs in the sockets because if they'd thought this through then it might have dawned on them that the company that actually makes these products just might be able to tell them from poor fakes. D'oh, as Homer Simpson would say.

Top five reasons to move from CentOS to RHEL (according to Red Hat)

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Re: After almost 30 years ...

"Red Hat you largely had a nice symbiotic relationship going with Fedora and downstream Centos. I believe a massive own goal! Short term gain at the price of the long term"

Indeed, and pretty much everyone can see that this decision was only about more $$$ and not ultimately about better customer service.

Oracle faces continued legal battle over alleged NetSuite software misrepresentations

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"However, River Supply Inc. (RSI), a Pennsylvania-based architectural construction material supplier, was told it could amend its claim, which originally alleged that Oracle committed fraud in the way it sold the software"

Now who'd have thought that Oracle would ever do a naughty thing like that? /s

Euro shoppers popping more and more premium phones in the basket

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I'm fine with people buying new shiny pieces of kit but I'd also like to see much improved reuse and recycling.

That last aspect is particularly important as recovering the rare elements from phones means fewer new mines and less dependence on autocratic countries to supply such elements.

When red flags are just office decoration: Edinburgh Uni's Oracle IT disaster

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Re: So easy

It would not surprise me at all if it came out the the university's own IT department had raised concerns about the implementation of this project but were overruled by management and the rest is history as they say...

Oracle partner gets multimillion top-up after Edinburgh Uni disaster

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"It appears as though the new system, Oracle ERP Cloud and Oracle HCM Cloud, is taking a bit of time to bed in"

That seems to be a very polite way of saying that everything is still in Oracle clusterfuck mode. I hope that other universities across the planet take note of what is going on at Edinburgh University.

Apple has botched 3D for decades. So good luck with the Vision Pro, Tim

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""Apple has botched 3D for decades" - No, you're just looking at it wrong"

^ I see what you did there!

NASA lost contact with Mars helicopter Ingenuity, then managed to find it again

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I like the way that Ingenuity is able to photograph its own shadow when it is doing a rather good impression of a dragonfly.

Huawei prepares to split from Android on consumer devices with HarmonyOS Next

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"If Huawei can develop an ecosystem of third-party players, it could create a viable alternative to the Android/iOS duopoly"

That is possible but it might only extend to Chinese language areas although that would be a substantial market in itself.

Microsoft touts migration to Windows 11 as painless, though wallets may disagree

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Microsoft touts migration to Windows 11 as painless, though wallets may disagree

Memo to Satya:

You should not have made the hapless Win 11 such a fugly kludge that no one can customise to their own liking.

Microsoft suggests command line fiddling to get faulty Windows 10 update installed

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"Windows as a whole never did. But certainly the GUI experience regressed to such an extent since Windows XP that it is now on par with the Linux offerings"

Tbh, I would take the plain and simple Mate desktop environment over that of the Win 11 clusterfuck any day.

Chinese company's rocket debut makes waves by launching from the sea

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This is yet more of Thunderbirds coming to life and I'd like to think that Gerry Anderson would have loved what's going on today.

Nearly 200 Boeing 737 MAX 9 airplanes grounded after door plug flies off mid-flight

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^ Thank you for pointing out that other safety issue and Boeing should not still be relying on a kludge fix that icing issue which requires the pilots to remember to manually switch off the engine anti-ice system without any hazard warning reminder.

This matter will also be a test of the Federal Aviation Administration and its willingness to put public safety first. This time, they should stand up to Boeing and deny Boeing's request to allow a kludge fix while Boeing comes up with a proper remedy.

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Re: Nearly 200 Boeing 737 MAX 9 airplanes grounded after door plug flies off mid-flight

"Boeing doesn't actually even manufacture the 737 fuselage themselves, the sold off the factory and outsource construction to Spirit AeroSystems".

^ That is an excellent example of why Boeing is in the state it is as of right now and that sell off should never have happened.

There is market payback now in the form of Boeing shares losing 9% of their values today with Spirit AeroSystems shares losing 12% of their value as well.

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Nearly 200 Boeing 737 MAX 9 airplanes grounded after door plug flies off mid-flight

Good, and Boeing deserves everything that's coming its way. There's been high demand for 737 Max aircraft and Boeing's been pumping them out without regard for other factors so it should come as no surprise that there's been shoddy workmanship and precious little checking.

In the good old days of the 707 and 747, Boeing was engineering-led and had a good safety culture. That all changed with the McDonnell Douglas merger resulting in the McDonnell Douglas bean counter managers effectively taking over Boeing and putting $$$ above everything else.

It is quite clear that things have not sufficiently changed since the two 737 Max crashes and I'd like to see a complete clear out of the Boeing executives and board members.

NASA celebrates Perseverance Rover's 1000th Martian day with lakebed history lesson

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Re: Top banana

"I would argue no humans should go to Mars until we decide we know what we need to know about past or current life on Mars, as humans would almost certainly contaminate the biosphere there -- if there is one"

Here's the thing though - Mars' protective magnetosphere pretty much died at the end of the early Noachian era on Mars so allowing solar winds to directly strip away the planet's atmosphere so ending any potential for life to develop on Mars. Today, Mars' atmosphere is in stable equilibrium and that in itself is a strong indication that there are no native life forms on Mars, not even microbial ones.

That said, there's a distinct possibility that there are quite a few dormant Earth bacteria on Mars now such as Staphylococcus, Streptococcus, Cutibacterium and Escherichia species from incomplete lander and rover disinfection.

Adobe warns it may face massive fines for subscription cancellation practices

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Re: Not a good experience

Unlike Adobe, one of the great advantages of Luminar Neo is that you can own it outright albeit for a larger cost than the annual subscription.

Personally, I detest Adobe's perma-rental way of doing things.

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Re: Finally

"Just AE remains, one day I'll sit down and learn Blender and finally break the chains"

DaVinci Resolve also has the advantage of a free version plus its multi-OS.

Broadcom halves subscription price for VMware's flagship hybrid cloud suite

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"Broadcom halves subscription price for VMware's flagship hybrid cloud suite...Also kills perpetual licenses"

And Lo! The Oracle-style snakery has started and you can surely bet that there'll be above inflation price hikes for the VMware's flagship hybrid cloud suite.

Microsoft issues deadline for end of Windows 10 support – it's pay to play for security

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Re: ESU only delays landfill.

Have you looked at Moneydance which has a Linux version? It does cost (they have a one-off payment version) and it does get good reviews.

Wayland takes the wheel as Red Hat bids farewell to X.org

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Therefore Wayland is just not an option for me until that is fixed.

And there's the problem - all the issues and the lack of features should have been ironed out by now.

Over now to my favorite quote from elsewhere:

"You failed to read the fine print at the bottom of all the wayland promises over the past 12 years:

"It will improve your performance. Next year. Or the year after that. Or maybe the year after that. If you have the right hardware. And the right desktop. On certain tasks with certain apps. Maybe. Depends on the alignment of the stars and the moon, and if Jupiter is in the 2nd house"."

Hubble science instruments still out after going down 3 times in a week

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Re: Boosting

NASA still has one unused ex-National Reconnaissance Office space telescope left that was donated to NASA back in 2012 or thereabouts if I recall correctly.

US nuke reactor lab hit by 'gay furry hackers' demanding cat-human mutants

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US nuke reactor lab hit by 'gay furry hackers' demanding cat-human mutants

The heck it is; it is just more Putin-supporting scumbag Russian hackers operating out of somewhere like Nizhny Novgorod or similar.

Europe says Adobe's $20B buy of Figma will kill competition

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Software duo must respond with remedies

The only remedy is for Figma to return to full independence from monopolistic Adobe Corporation whether they like it or not.

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