* Posts by quxinot

805 posts • joined 15 May 2016


The next deep magic Linux program to change the world? Io_uring


Re: Perfect for hackers :)

Please keep Poettering away from it.

Record label drops AI rapper after backlash over stereotypes


Re: Indians are slightly ahead of the AI game. Or are they?

>>There's been some changes recently to the phone systems mandated by the FCC which have cut dramatically the volume of Spam calls.

And yet, that's what I woke to this morning. Improved I can agree with, but like only adding half as much sewage to my coffee, it's still not acceptable.

California to phase out internal combustion vehicles by 2035


Re: America without V8's just isn't America

Shame about the hateful throttle response of them, not quite what you want on a good twisty road.

We tested all the Ubuntu remixes for resource usage so you don't have to


Re: Thank you for the report

Even without a bare metal test, it's nice to see, as I'm in the process of using up spare parts to build a machine to play with--which oddly, requires ordering more spare parts, as it would be clearly terrible if I ran out [this may be tongue-in-cheek, but anyone with a big stockpile of spares knows this as it's why we have so many spares!].

If nothing else it makes me think that I'll do some back-to-back playi... testing, myself. I was going to just stick Mint with MATE on it, but it raises my awareness that I haven't run Lubuntu for awhile and have never tried Ubuntu with MATE, so I'll have to have a good tinkering session to see how it goes.

Thanks for that!

Improve Linux performance with this one weird trick


There's an old adage about the tool and the job needing to be matched for best performance.

Why $52b chip subsidies are being held up – and what the White House is doing about it


Re: Congress's Main Task is Thinking Up Cutesy Acronyms

>Congress's Main Task is Thinking Up Cutesy Acronyms

It worked. Got you thinking about them wasting time being useless instead of actively being criminals and stealing your money and freedoms, didn't it?


Re: "These are the subsidies Intel and others have been clamoring for"

Easier still.

Tax the crap out of their imported chips, and notsomuch on their locally-produced ones.

But ffs can we stop giving tax breaks and other perks out? Let's see some stick and less carrot.

COO of failed bio-biz Theranos found guilty on all twelve fraud counts


Or your lawyer should share in the punishment. Would be nice to see the risk:reward ratio altered a bit to prevent so many of the obviously wasteful lawsuits/appeals bogging down the courts.

BOFH: HR's gold mine gambit – they get the gold and we get the shaft


Re: Favourite CPU socket?

Slot 1 (and the physically idential slot A), and Slot 2 were only really useful for dirty jokes.

Socket A was clearly the nicest of the ZIF types, though. :)

Never fear, the White House is here to tackle web trolls


You forgot the government representatives themselves, which would be one of the top priorities to have privacy, of course.

California Right-to-Repair bill quietly killed in committee


Re: The 1%


The American approach to freedom is MY freedom to tell YOU what you're allowed to do.


And I'm not sure when that really happened, as it seems really common today with the modern public, but if I think back to childhood I can pick up examples regularly. Perhaps social media has just made it easier to see and recognize, as you don't have to go to the PTA meeting or whatever gathering to notice that attitude.


Re: Not just tech

Uh no, the big commercial guys would much prefer to buy parts off the shelf cheaply and hire a cheap mechanic or two to be on staff for preventative maintenance when not fixing the big stuff.

The big commercial guys like to make money, you see, and not spend it at the JD service department.

I would still love to see alternative aftermarket support happen, though it'd be kinda a weird crossover to get the guys from microsquirt (an open-source ECU) working on tractors.

FTC says Frontier lied about its internet speeds amid $8.5m settlement


Re: Up to...

That is an amazing way to handle it. Pro-rate that payment when the speed does not hit advertised targets.

Engineer gets Windows 11 working on a Surface Duo


Re: I wonder who in the world would like to run Windows 11

"Yes, I still have my Yggdrail install media from 1993 in my spare room "museum"!!"

That's it, I'm renaming my junk storage as 'the museum" too. Brilliant!


It's cute that you think that 10 and even 11 started off as being anything but a complete mess of code.

Or 7, far as that goes.

John Deere tractors 'bricked' after Russia steals machinery from Ukraine


Re: Bad News

I suspect if they do reverse engineer the controls, they'd find (after the war is over, etc) a very ready market worldwide that would like to use their equipment without JD's interference.


Re: They can be completely bricked, sadly

"[0] Fun fact: where in a car your steering more or less self-centers when on a level road, so that when you let go of the steering wheel you end up going straight ahead again, "

Shouldn't. Almost no roads are level, they're always crowned for water runoff. If you drive on the right side of the road, the car should pull very slightly to the left to fight the crown. It's not a very noticable effect, but drive with the car set up for the street on a much flatter surface (an airstrip, a racetrack, etc) and it is distinctly present. [Reverse for driving on the left, of course].

Point stands though, you're describing the 'on-center' feel that comes from caster/trail in the way the wheels are held to the chassis in relationship to the normal direction of travel (and is a big part of why your car becomes very unstable when driven backwards fast).

Don't hate on cryptomining, hate the power stations, say Bitcoin super-fans


Re: My reasons for not investing are because I don't understand all my biases and levers

In fairness, I suspect that very argument doesn't fly if you use it in the more obvious condition...

....e.g., taxes.

Microsoft exposes glue-free guts of the Surface Laptop Studio


>The old Haynes manual rule applies. Reassembly is the opposite of disassembly.

Yes, but you swear in different places.

US Army to build largest 3D-printed structures in the Americas


Re: Earthquake-resistance? Tornado resistance?

In fairness, a tornado hit of any significant power is going to flatten pretty much any structure you can name, excluding those built actually underground. And even if you build so robustly that it survives, the rest of town is devastated and you likely have no infrastructure functioning anymore (sewer, water, electric, internet, etc).

Tornados are fortunately very small and quite rare on any given spot. Building for hurricanes would be possibly useful though (albeit, obviously on the coast).

Interesting to see 3D printing being used for this, even if it's in infant stages. I'd say that the end game is not to build housing or other structures on Earth though--I have to think that the primary goal is figuring out how to repeat the process on the moon, or Mars, or some other similar place where moving building materials is prohibitively expensive.

Happy birthday Windows 3.1, aka 'the one that Visual Basic kept crashing on'


Around this era, I recall if your computer was 9 months old, it was decidedly out of date, and drastically slower than the latest.

Whereas today, the hardware has been perfectly acceptable for years, but the software is just slowing down as it bloats. Today's 'slow computer' probably just needs the software trimmed. Yesterday's 'slow computer' was measurably slower on tasks a user would actually do.

Boeing demos ground-based anti-jam system for satellites


Re: spread spectrum hopping


Crypto inferno: Intel's Bitcoin-mining Blockscale ASIC to arrive in Q3


Re: Efficiency

And 'best' with an asterisk being of the air-cooled stuff.

Tomorrow Water thinks we should colocate datacenters and sewage plants





Web3 'contains the seeds of a dystopian nightmare' says analyst firm


Re: Wait, what?

So many buzzwords in the article that I thought it was about a storage startup for a moment. :)


In fairness, what other phone options were there again? Specifically, trustworthy ones?

Not a lot of options there. So yes, the only option that's widely available is going to be the most popular one. Doubly so when it's very much beyond most users to customize things to meet their needs.

Next versions of both Fedora and Ubuntu head into beta


..." though we still miss Unity"

No, we don't.

Intel debuts Arc discrete GPUs for laptops


Re: "This is sort of the future of rendering as you know"

I am so glad to know that i'm not the only one with an immediately cynical response to this.

It's Intel. It'll cost drastically more than any other option, or it will perform like trash. That's held true for their CPU's, SSD's, and motherboards--I see little hope in expecting otherwise.

FTC sues Intuit for false advertising, says 'free' TurboTax isn't always free


Re: Bizarre system

Did you seriously just use the words "simple" and "government" together in the same breath while discussing taxes?

Put the can of paint down, you're not that thirsty.

GParted 1.4: New version of live partition-manipulation tool



>(The best tool for repairing NTFS remains Windows, .....

Also the best for damaging them, as far as that goes.

Nvidia reveals 144-core Arm-based Grace 'CPU Superchip'


I miss when Nvidia made video cards that were remotely affordable and in adequate supply.

Review: ASUS dual-screen laptop may warm your heart, will definitely warm your lap



32 bit games at lunch are retro?

Sorry, I'm off to play prehistoric 8-bit games while ranting about thedamnkidsthesedays.....

Are we springing into a Y2K-class nightmare?


Re: USA change its date format ...

Stone is the best. Prevents the infamous 'lp0 is on fire' error.

FCC gives Pacific Networks 60 days to leave the US


Re: But of course

It helps that if the US government makes a big song and dance about trying to protect US interests, it's good PR. Nevermind that what they're undoubtedly protecting includes their own spying.

That horse has already bolted, of course. But there always exists the question of how many are still in the stable.

UK Supreme Court snubs Assange anti-extradition bid


There's a big pile of terms that don't really refer to what they used to mean, or their root meanings don't translate right anymore. Not just in law, but in anything that's been around a long time and updated through the years, be it law, medicine, astronomy, even IT.

Being melancholic doesn't mean having too much black bile and thus an imbalance of your humors anymore, for example.

Why do we call them SSD's? Solid state disk. Disk generally doesn't mean a rectangular thing full of smaller rectangular things, it means something round and flat.

There's an argument that language evolves, but a better argument that language doesn't evolve fast enough to keep up with what the meanings of the words are using to represent!

Ford to sell unfinished Explorers as chip shortage bites


Re: Thank god for small favors

There are cars that have additional heating (electric) elements in the HVAC controls for precisely this purpose. Can't think of the specific model, some eco-box thing, could do 0-60C quicker than it could do 0-60mph.

(I want to say mid-90's Ford Tauruses [Taruii? Taurxen?]......er....)

(The mid-90's Ford Taurus was one such car that I recall having this feature [nailed it!]. Shame about the rest of the car, but the heat worked very quickly.)

Why Nvidia sees a future in software and services: Recurring revenue


Re: turn on car features, such as driver assistance, through subscription services.

That ensures that there will be an even more active aftermarket in hacking cars.

I'm amazed that remote start is even an option in any case though, seeing as starting the engine to have it run without anyone in it nor movement strikes me as not the most eco-friendly option, surprising that hasn't been legislated out of existence.

Intel blasts Bitcoin mining, unveils own mining kit


Re: Yeah, but no

Not at all true. In recent history, Intel has proven that it has the solution.

They'll never hit yields, so the product won't ship. People will wait for the miners, and while they wait, less electricity will be consumed. See? Solutions!

AI-created faces now look so real, humans can't spot the difference


Heck, I'd open half a dozen.

Russia 'stole US defense data' from IT systems


Re: "CISA's response is a long list of security controls and practices"

That's the most elegant way I've seen that stated in some time. Good on you.

Notepad Dark Mode and Android apps arrive on Windows 11


Only gently trolling here, but it's amazing how nice it is to use an OS where you feel like the dom, not the sub.


Dark-mode Task Manager unveiled by original's creator


There's a time to skip 'pretty' and aim at 'fast'.

Function > form.

Geomagnetic storm takes out 40 of 49 brand new Starlink satellites


Re: Insured?

If you insured the whole rocket, including the contents (read: propellant), wouldn't that be arson?

NASA taps Lockheed Martin to build Mars parcel pickup rocket


Re: Are they actually going to open them on Earth ?

I think the realistic fear is the final dropoff coming back to earth crashing and releasing the Andromeda strain upon us.

(Though it's not from Andromeda, the Martian strain? Invaders from Mars? I'm sure there's a suitably cheesy reference to make here!)

Google and Facebook's top execs allegedly approved dividing ad market among themselves


Re: Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact?

Welcome to the internet. Useful never gets in the way! :)

European Space Agency: Come on, hack our satellite if you think you're hard enough


And yet no one has done the obvious thing, so I suppose I'll have to say it with the obligatory:


India says: Xiaomi the $88m in missing import taxes, please


Re: "the company could remotely enable censorship tools"

Got it in one.

The whole world wants censorship, but very few of us agree on what should be censored.

BOFH: What if International Bad Actors designed the vaccine to make us watch more Steven Seagal movies?


Re: It's not just the doctors ...

Yes yes, I don't care what microchips are involved.

The bigger question is if insurance covers it.

Desktop bust and custom iPhone 13 Pro made from melted-down Tesla car for the Elon Musk dork in your life


They're not cars. They're phones with wheels, you throw them away when you're done with them.


If we are going to kneel at the altar of geek, I'll be over at Wozinak's.

Not the guy who removes features from your car after you buy it.



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