* Posts by quxinot

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Google experiments with user-choice-defying Android search box

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Re: Mobile Web Serches?

This is why having root access is important.

I choose what appears on my screen, same as my desktop. It's horrifying how much effort it is to maintain such a simple preference, though.

This is your final warning to re-certify, Red Hat tells tardy sysadmins

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Re: Car mechanic analogy

Or vapor lock.

More important is the understanding of the system, so that you can actually apply troubleshooting.

BOFH: Pass the sugar, Asmodeus, and let the meeting of the Fellowship of Bastards... commence

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Re: I don't care what his name is

"While you're at it, there are a few UI designers I'd like to have a word with... or their heads, which ever is easiest!"

The words I'd like to have with them include "HAHAHAHAHAHA" and "WAIT I CANT FIND THE BUTTON TO TURN THE ELECTRICITY OFF!" (the later also combined with manical laughter, yes).

Google Groups kills RSS support without notice

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Re: RSS isn't dead.

Hangouts, as well. What used to be a nice, usable XMPP with various clients is getting shuttled into 'Chat' which has an interface so bad that it's baffling to understand how it made it through a whole team of developers without someone questioning it.

Elementary OS 6 Odin released on a 'pay what you want' basis

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Re: Too Easy?

Easy is not the same as intuitive, possibly.

Dunno, I'd rather face a small learning curve with installing software. Put the effort into making the installer work seamlessly and not back the user into a corner, because once it's up and running, they should be hopefully enjoying their new toy and learning how to use it.

Redpilled Microsoft does away with flashing icons on taskbar as Windows 11 hits Beta

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Huh, you're describing the Debian installer.

Honestly rather than shoving changes down the pipe, shove options instead. Do you want the ancient Win2k start menu, the 7 menu, 8's fullscreen version, or this new thing that we've been building that we think you'll like?

It really shouldn't be that difficult to just provide options and customization. And it'd solve the overwhelming majority of the interface complaints.

(It would not solve the 'I do not want Cortana and I'd like to not install it in the first place' complaints, but those complaints are I suspect less common than the complaints about the UI adventures.)

Google fixes 'Chromebork' one-character code typo that prevented Chrome OS logins

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Re: "All three mitigations, however, clear local data on the device"

>I don't believe one can go through any significant spell without SOME data loss whatever the strategies employed

You're doing it wrong, then.

It is well and truly possible to not lose data, if that data has been proven to be important, and treated as such. Data that is inconsequential and treated as such can be lost regularly, but that's a very pedantic view.

Engineers' Laurel and Hardy moment caused British Airways 787 to take an accidental knee

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Jude, it's the story about the Google exec and his views on Jews. AC comment pretty far down the comments.

IBM's 3% sales growth may not seem like much but it's the biggest it's had in three years

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Re: What IBM did next

See? All those layoffs worked!

I no longer have a burning hatred for Jewish people, says Googler now suddenly no longer at Google

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Re: Ummmm

"Social networks get their hooks into those that were born in the 90s or later one way or another"...

There are those born in or after the 90s that aren't dimwits. You don't hear about them as much because they aren't posting their lives online.

(No, I'm older than that. But have known young people that don't fit the stereotype that they're stupid, lazy, and glued to their phones. They're bitter about the older folks who constantly assume wrongly about them.)

Ad tech ruined the web – and PDF files are here to save it, allegedly

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Re: Dunning-Kruger

If PDF is the answer, the question needs slapped.

Impromptu game of Robot Wars sparks fire in warehouse at UK e-tailer Ocado

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They were undoubtedly lead-acid batteries, which helped. Forklifts are disturbingly heavy (due to the need for a counterweight in the back--so the heavy batteries help). Normally it's faster to just swap batteries over than recharge them--easier to have a battery on the charger than a whole forklift.

All hands on Steam Deck: Fancy a handheld Linux PC that runs Windows apps, sports a custom AMD Zen APU and a touch screen?

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Re: Valve hardware and a bad track record

Nothing wrong with abandonware.

That will make them dirt cheap on ebay in awhile... there's a possibility for some neat and useful hacks at that point (I'm also assuming that someone will figure out how to stick a normal OS on it, blah blah blah).

The coming of Wi-Fi 6 does not mean it's time to ditch your cabled LAN. Here's why

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Re: This months of work from home showed too....

I think this tells the actual reality.

Wireless can be 'up to' whatever blazing amazing fantabulous speed.

In reality, it's frequently junk.

Wires (including optical 'wires' but you know what I mean) generally give you all the performance they're rated to give.

It had to happen: Microsoft's cloudy Windows 365 desktops are due to land next month

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Re: The way forward?

Is the market research so bad that it was decided that anyone wanted this?

I mean, really?

Cross-discipline boffin dream team issues social media warning: FIX IT NOW!

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>That depends. Academics are extremely poorly paid. This means some accept money on the side from various regimes and preach their agendas mixed with scheduled programme.

I was going to take a much more dystopian view and say that academics are people, and as such, Sturgeon's law can kinda apply. Most of them are not capable of teaching a concept that they're unable to demonstrate.

It seems that a large percentage of the population never learned the mantra of 'question authority'--in all guises, from church to government to schooling. And no, this isn't picking specifically on the young in any way. There often seems to be a push that it's the younger generation that lacks these skills, and it simply isn't so. It may be that the youth are more likely to be visible, but folks lacking in critical thinking skills are visible at all ages in various forms--for example, consider older folks that you've worked with (and if your bosses have been excellent, then look towards the accounting department!), or elected officials, or even those who were attempting to get elected and failed in spectacular fashion.

US Supreme Court rules teens cussing out schools on social media is protected speech

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Re: About fucking time.

Thank fucking God.

Where was this shit when I was in school?

UK competition watchdog launches investigation into fake review epidemic across Google and Amazon

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I'm one of the person that gives 1* reviews. It says, simply, that I would not buy that again, and I'm sorry that I did in the first place. Not sure how that's vindictive, just honest.

On some platforms, you're giving stars for the seller, not the item. Try to be fair there, but there's a lot of vendors that have absolutely zero business in selling things--from horrible packaging to misrepresentation and so on. I think you could argue that's vindictive as well, and it quite arguably could be. And yet, it's the sort of review that I wish I saw before trying to purchase something from that vendor and having a horrible experience.

Fortunately the fake reviews are generally detectable if you've been researching a product for awhile.

Happy with your existing Windows 10 setup? Good, because Windows 11 could turn its nose up at your CPU

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Re: Foot meet bullet

They will walk this one back fairly quickly.

Doesn't matter, I will offically point out that the largest problem with the OS will not be, in fact, the supported processor list.....

Windows 11: Meet the new OS, same as the old OS (or close enough)

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Re: What is an OS for?

(from the article:) "Windows 10 is so much better than its antecedents that it has stopped being a problem."

What in the actual fuck? Is there a good version that doesn't screw everything up constantly out there and I've just not had the luck of seeing it yet?

Windows 10 is not good in any situation that requires a stable platform to run software on. Or hardware, reliably. I can see the appeal if you are playing bleeding-edge games perhaps, and require the latest shiny features, and that isn't a very large portion of what many of us use our computers for....

Updating in production, like a boss

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Re: *wielded appropriately

Homework for the day:

How many post-it notes, combined with an adequate amount of glue for creating a solid block, and perhaps a piece of rebar for stiffening, are required to create a proper LART?

(A lathe may be used to create a more comforting handle for the wielder.)

Dependable Debian is like a rock in a swirling gyre of 'move fast and break things', and version 11 is no different

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Re: Pi's

LMDE is a weird mix that crosses the Mint and Debian lines. It's like Debian-really-unstable (which is still super solid for desktop use). Stick MATE atop it, and it's blisteringly fast like Xfce, but with just enough more bells to make it more luxurious for daily use. (And yes, I typed XKCD twice before my fingers would allow Xfce!)

And if you managed to get Windows 9x to last a year without a reinstall, you don't beat your desktops as hard as I do (well, or did at the time, anyway). That was an every-other-month sorta thing, at best!

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Re: If, on the other hand, you're one of us many disgruntled former CentOS users

Debian just flat works. Sometimes it takes some work to hammer in 'newer' features that it lags behind on adding, no question! And once it works, it continues to do so.

But boy, it's a joy to run updates that are improvements instead of needless jerking around with UI elements or other 'improvements' that don't live up to the name.

US Senate finds $52bn to keep chipmakers working, $195bn for tech R&D

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Re: Fat cats getting fatter

>The US - the county with the best government money can buy!!!

That's really depressing, given how expensive it is.

Stack Overflow acquired for $1.8bn by Prosus (no, me neither)

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Re: Hopefully they learnt from Freenode

In brief:

They are going to try to recoup their investment and make money off their new property.

This will not work.

The depressing part is that there's all these companies willing to buy things that either make no money or minimal money, then completely fail to convert them into actual useful moneymakers.

I make minimal to no money. Why haven't these companies thrown huge sums of cash at me yet?!

Firefox 89: Can this redesign stem browser's decline?

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Re: What does it take...

More than simply having privacy--there is an overarching concept that in my mind is greater still, and covers privacy like an umbrella.

Having control.

Allow the user to choose if they want privacy or not. If they want @#@#! 'pocket' or not. Build the browser as almost just a framework; minimialistic and fast. Use plugins to add features.

You know, like Firefox once was.

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Re: Please, Firefox, just go away already!

Are you talking about Chrome or Firefox there? ^

Why did automakers stall while the PC supply chain coped with a surge? Because Big Tech got priority access

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Re: Car security

Security in cars is really very easy indeed.

It doesn't need connected to anything. Job done. No, i don't need tracking or internet or anything else communicating in a bidirectional way in my car.

I will accept that it can have a radio for listening to music broadcasts. Which I will never use, as radio is only used for advertising and unpleasant noises, at least in the areas that I use a car within.

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Re: "a lot of power merely amplifies mistakes"

As someone who started driving in a laughably underpowered car and yet managed to get a fair number of state-issued awards for performance in it, this is not true for everyone. Once I got a car that had an intimidating amount of power, I had a much larger respect for it, and slowed down dramatically.

Desktop renaissance? Nope, rebound of hefty PCs is just because there's notebook shortage – analysts

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Desktops are only upgradeable in theory, lately.

Go buy a good video card. Good luck. :(

Refurb your enthusiasm: Apple is selling an 8-year-old desktop for over £5k

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The biggest upgrade comparing old cars vs new is an invisible one.

The odds of surviving a crash.

Many of the other upgrades, more visibly, are also available to the older cars (better tires, for example).

The Audacity: Audio tool finds new and exciting ways to annoy contributors with a Contributor License Agreement

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Sounds like he's desperately trying to drive people away from it.

Again, please put an article out with the new name when it gets forked, so we can switch over.

Steve Wozniak to take stand: $1m suit claiming Woz stole idea for branded tech boot camp goes to trial

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Re: My idea

Oblig:

https://xkcd.com/827/

Ampere teases ‘Arm-compliant’ homebrew cores that deprecate instructions clouds don’t need

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Re: "in the bag"

Honestly?

It sounds like the metric they were looking for was "we can charge a lot, because we have way more cores and are targetting the richest customers".

I sometimes do wonder what it would be like to have a desktop with a comical number of cores. Probably irritating the majority of the time, and unbelievably fast in niche things that can take advantage of that much parallel processing.

Protip: If Joe Public reports that your kit is broken, maybe check that it is actually broken

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Obligatory:

https://i.redd.it/byjurblzhf6z.jpg

(SFW)

Audacity's new management hits rewind on telemetry plans following community outrage

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Re: Audacity have announced a U-turn on plans to introduce "basic telemetry" into the product.

Well, "What wrong-footed us completely was that the news got out before we were ready to make an announcement about it." strikes me as a complete lack of understanding about what your users want, it wasn't the timing of the information, it was the information itself.

As far as "We'll have to make do without telemetry for the time being.", you should try ASKING your users, rather than being so bent on being a creepy spy.

Keep the forks ready, kids! This is absolutely going to be tried again, as Mr K does not seem to understand that telemetry is something he wants, not something the users want.

Ransomware victim Colonial Pipeline paid $5m to get oil pumping again, restored from backups anyway – report

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Re: The entire IT and " security " team

^

Which beancounter? All of them.

Preliminary report on Texas Tesla crash finds Autosteer was 'not available' along road where both passengers died

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Re: Into the rear seat?

Or, disturbingly, in many seats as well as outside the car.

Train operator phlunks phishing test by teasing employees with non-existent COVID bonus

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Re: Context missing

Any management would have paid a large bonus anyway.

To themselves.

They're management.

Indian government says 5G doesn’t cause COVID-19. Also points out India has no 5G networks

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Re: Hmmm

You're looking comparably well for a person your age. What skin cream are you using?

NHS App gets go-ahead for vaccine passport use despite protest from privacy groups

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Re: No need to worry

That raises an important question.

I'm absolutely certain that this will be found to leak data at some point; only the timeframe is in question.

But given the sheer quantity of data leaks we have today, I really wonder how many of them are full of horribly wrong data. I never actually considered that the 'oh noes, a million emails were hacked' vs 'it's the email of a bot/throwaway account' ratio, for example.

US declares emergency after ransomware shuts oil pipeline that pumps 100 million gallons a day

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Re: The Internet...

On a postcard?

The majority of the internet seems to be hosting that particular answer!

Tesla Autopilot is a lot dumber than CEO Musk claims, says Cali DMV after speaking to the software's boss

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Re: Fully Automatic my arse!

If you live in the snow belt, you see distinctly fewer electric cars of any description.

Wonder why that is.

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

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Re: F**k It

Thanks. Was tired and not thinking :)

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Re: F**k It

Dear Vulture friends,

Please tell us when it's forked, so we know what software to replace Audacious with, as many of us would like the heads-up.

Love,

Everyone

China has a satellite with an arm – and America worries it could be used to snatch other spacecraft

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Re: Low earth orbits will be unusable ...

I wouldn't grab things with an arm. I'd shoot a weighted net at them, and screw their mass up. Figure they'd run out of any fuel long before figuring out what happened and be able to correct it.

Red Hat pulls Free Software Foundation funding over Richard Stallman's return

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Re: Woke, Blame.....

It seems like I've been living that life for years, Bob.

Semi-autonomous cars sales move up a gear with 3.5 million units leaving forecourts

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Re: Tell you what...

If I wanted my car to take me whereever it wanted rather than where I wanted to go?

I'd let the wife drive.

(Jury's out on which the more expensive option is, mind you!)

Move aside, Technoking: All hail the Sweat Master and his many inspirational job titles

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Re: Mock tech-knocking as much as you like ...

>I bury all my victims in disused salt caverns

Doubles as a trophy room once they mummify, too.

Remind me not to look at your Instagram.

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