* Posts by timrowledge

81 posts • joined 11 Oct 2016


Boeing 737 Max chief technical pilot charged with deceiving US aviation regulators over MCAS


Re: Hmmm....

Well, it depends who you’ve given a peerage to...

CutefishOS: Unix-y development model? Check. macOS aesthetic? Check (if you like that sort of thing)



My 2012 iMac is still happy. I get updates to all the base apps regularly for free. I pay for occasional updates to indigodomo to run my Insteon setup. I’ve paid for a couple of updates to RapidWeaver over the last 15 years. Oh, and likewise for my accounting package.

Never yet been told to replace the machine. I probably *will* once a large screen ARM64 iMac appears.

Basically you appear to be doing it wrong.

We don't know why it's there, we don't know what it does – all we know is that the button makes everything OK again


Re: The light..

The light is a lie!

Guy who wrote women are 'soft, weak, cosseted, naive' lasted about a month at Apple until internal revolt


Re: "I'm actually honest, self-deprecating, and funny"

Except that the English language users of the world adore TLAs. Which constantly causes miscommunication problems.

Yes, an FLA would perhaps have been better - not mention cooler- if for example “Black Lives Also Matter” had been chosen. BLAM is kinda nice for a T-shirt slogan. None of which would have stopped assholes from being assholes.

And anybody that thinks women are weak really needs to be plugged into brain stim sim to experience childbirth.

Prince Philip, inadvertent father of the Computer Misuse Act, dies aged 99


Re: Bad greek

And Staplehurst Dene Wood. 4 eras word for wood.

I haven't bought new pants for years, why do I have to keep buying new PCs?


Re: I am privileged to be an Apple customer

I’d offer a down vote for feeble & just plain silly ‘sarcasm’ but it really isn’t even worth it. I have a bunch of circa 10y.o. Macs and several 15+ y.o. plus 10y.o. iPhones and almost as old iPads. All doing their job quite contentedly thank you.

Flash in the pan: Raspberry Pi OS is the latest platform to carve out vulnerable tech


The Dr needs to go back and make sure it is never invented.

SpaceX cargo ship splashes down off Florida with science in tow – but what we want to know is how space wine tastes


Re: Two Dragon capsules at the ISS at the same time!

Nobody, nobody, should use Scratch 2. I’d stick with the version 1.4 delivered with Raspberry Pi OS . Which, as it happens I am currently updating a bit to use the pulse audio that they decided to set as default.

It is, after all, the version in use on the ISS.

Mysterious metal monolith found in 'very remote' part of Utah


Re: 5th element

You’ll have us in stitches with jokes like that


Re: Simple explanation

I think you mean “45 corrupted sectors” ?

Trump fires cybersecurity boss Chris Krebs for doing his job: Securing the election and telling the truth about it


Re: The longest two months

It’s March 263rd today. Still a long way to go.

Apple Arm Macs ship, don't expect all open-source apps to work without emulation – here's what you need to know


The only bit that matters is that Squeak Smalltalk works nicely on the M1 Macs as well as several other ARM64 devices like Pi.

Let's... drawer a veil over why this laser printer would decide to stop working randomly


Ringer queue misdirected

Waaaay back I was an IBM Research Fellow at the UK Scientific Centre. We got a big (very) shiny new 4250 printer - a weird thing that did very high quality but on that horrible metallised paper that you had to then photocopy (never xerox, not at IBM!).

Couldn’t get any output. The driver insisted it was printing. Eventually the colleagues playing with sent a job saying basically “call me at UKSC if you find this” and shortly later we got a vnet mail from the Australian scientific centre.

2020 hasn't been all bad – a new Raspberry Pi Compute Module is here


Re: Still needs cooling

Simply mounting the board vertically solves a lot of heat problems. It’s when you put a Pi4 in a box that you need to arrange some cooling. It doesn’t need much.

Singapore Airlines turns A380 into a restaurant, delivers plane food to homes


Re: glory of air travel

The *bad* part is when you get to jump out the back unexpectedly...

Tesla to build cars made of batteries and hit $25k price tag about three years down the road


Re: Cars, cars, carcass

Bah, I got stuck there for more like 18 hours one winter ‘evening ‘. Such fun.

And mass transit ? Madness! I’m not sharing space with lurgy spewing plebs, in no-ventilation/badly-heated death boxes.


Re: Structural Batteries?!

“Teslas already are pretty notorious for how easily their batteries catch on fire in accidents”

What utter tosh. BMW have a worse record by far. Petrol tanks ignite after days of being tucked away in a garage.

Classy move: C++ 20 wins final approval in ISO technical ballot, formal publication expected by end of year


Re: Evolving

Agree with almost everything you’ve written in this thread.

C++ was a bad idea and too complex right from the start. All it ever did was let lazy C users write a file with a cpp extension and claim “hey, I’m programming objects!”

It would be nice if any ‘new’ language had actually learned from Smalltalk, which is *still*, after 50 years, they only language good enough to be worth critiquing.

And finally

“New programmers should absolutely not be taught C++ “

I’d argue that new programmers should be taught documenting before any sort of programming language! Along with actually reading in order to understand specifications and requirements.

Voyager 1 cracks yet another barrier: Now 150 Astronomical Units from Sol


Re: So when does Voyager 1 run into the "Truman Show" wall the aliens keep around our solar system?

Almost certainly not the story you’re thinking of, but sounds rather like Brin’s “The crystal spheres”.

Mexican cave relics suggest humans were populating the Americas up to 17,000 years earlier than thought


I’m not saying..

“people here as early as the very start of the LGM”

Little Green Men!11!! I’m not saying it was aliens but...

Apple to keep Intel at Arm's length: macOS shifts from x86 to homegrown common CPU arch, will run iOS apps


Re: Cock of the walk one week, feather duster the next

Already here.


The incumbent President of the United States of America ran now-banned Facebook ads loaded with Nazi references


Re: What is scariest..

I think you mean “with only the stinky parts”. At least, I hope so, since anything else makes you look bad.


Re: I'm still not sure how much of this is pulling our leg

Context is as important in political matters as it is in computational.


“My recorded IQ is 143.”

I’m pretty sure your quality of argument demonstrates that any such claim is wildly inaccurate.

We really doing this again? Rumour has it that Apple is nearly finished developing augmented-reality glasses


Re: Blind people?

Potentially a very good assist device, yes. And conversely an ability to display visual info to deaf people could make things much safer.

It is unclear why something designed to pump fuel into a car needs an ad-spewing computer strapped to it, but here we are


Re: I hated the pump ads...

Except you don’t even need to stay around whilst the ol’Tesla charges. Amble off and enjoy the on-site burger’n’lap-dance emporium.

Square peg of modem won't fit into round hole of PC? I saw to it, bloke tells horrified mate


Re: DIMM Slots

As my grandfather used to tell me - “Don’t force it - use a bigger hammer!”

I've seen things you people wouldn't believe. Black hole quasar tsunamis moving at 46 million miles per hour


Re: Uh-oh.

We’ve already seen the outriders of the Fleet - what did you think Oumuamua was?

BOFH: Gosh, IPv5? Why didn't I think of that? Say, how do you like the new windows in here? Take a look. Closer...


Re: "There are no stupid questions..." as I always start my Q&A sessions

Wrong. Wrongetty wrong with wrongknobs on.

Quora provides an existence proof that not only are there stupid questions but that there are a near infinite number of people sufficiently stupid that they are willing to ask them again and again and again ad infinitum.

'Developers have lost hope Microsoft will do the right thing'... Redmond urged to make WinUI cross-platform


Re: Just use Qt

Java is never the answer to any question.

Famed Apple analyst chances his Arm-based Macs that Apple kit will land next year


Re: Arm 1987

“MS bailed out Dying Apple.” Nope. Apple had plenty of cash at the time.


No, it’s currently *compiled* for x64; rather different. Very little software is actually cpu specific.


Re: Where are the benchmarks?

Pi 3 is ARMv8 - as is the Pi 3+ and the Pi 4. It’s just that Raspbian is currently run in v7 compatibility mode for reasons. There is a 64bit/v8 kernel for testing and several other OSs such as Gentoo.

Pi 3 is A53 40nm quad core, Pi 4 is A72 28nm. For the only benchmarks I care about (Smalltalk) Pi 4 is about 3x faster than 3 and about 25% of my i7 iMac - for about 2% of the price.

Beware the three-finger-salute, or 'How I Got The Keys To The Kingdom'


Re: French company

I used to work at a Palo Alto research lab of some repute. Meetings that ran over lunch could be catered, so obviously all meetings ran over lunch. Out of about 200 staff, two were catering arrangers. I swear they had an underground conveyor to the posh sushi place on University Ave. And 3pm Friday was Beer o’clock.

I miss Interval!

OK. We're off. Water ice found just below the surface of Mars. Good enough for us. Let's go. Impulse power, Mr Sulu


Re: "Arcadia Planitia [..] has [..] a thicker atmosphere"

You’ve noticed that the air pressure on Earth can be different in different places even when they are pretty much at the same altitude? I think they call it ‘weather ‘ or something?


Re: Long term solution...

The rings are doomed anyway in the not so-long term. Use’em while they’re there.

Den Automation raised millions to 'reinvent' the light switch. Now it's lights out for startup


Re: ???

Insteon does just that. It was the best bet when I built my house 10years ago but is probably beaten by ZWave now.

Makes it simple to have many lights operated by many buttons or timers or whatever - I have a button by my front door to signal ‘out for the day’ that then causes lights to turn on as it gets dark, change over an evening etc. When I return I press it again and a variety of lights come on , things go back to normal etc.


Re: MK would have been prime for this in their Heyday!

X10 is problematic because it has no feedback, no security and very limited addresses- that get de facto shared with your neighbors!


Re: Next Project is a reboot Spetrum

See https://www.raspberrypi.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=62&t=254492 for a pretty good version


Use a Pi as the main controller, ESP 32s or 8266 for ‘smartish devices, Sonoff or similar switches and mqtt to communicate.

Consider reading Pete Scargill’s blog (https://tech.scargill.net/)

Absolutely smashing: Musk shows off Tesla's 'bulletproof' low-poly pickup, hilarity ensues


I live in a very pickup populated area. Driving to the shops yesterday it struck me that suddenly all those Princess Pickups looked very old and a bit sad.

If the stainless body works out ok I’d be very happy to buy a car built along the same lines. With the... advanced... ages of the population here, parking skill is not exactly high. My current Subaru got dinged and scraped the first time I took it shopping. I haven’t bothered to repair it because I know it would get crunched again almost immediately.

Beardy biologist's withering takedown of creationism fetches $564,500 at auction


Re: Darwin is still a very naughty boy ...

Y’know, from the content of this post one might think that you have rather less understanding of science than you think.

Reaction Engines' precooler tech demo chills 1,000°C air in less than 1/20th of a second


Re: That's quite hot

Hmm, back in ancient times when I worked there (I designed a doohickey to help in the manufacturing process) the blades were investment cast, cooled in such away as to create a single crystal and then the root profile was cleaned up by broaching. I’d be surprised if bulk grinding is used instead of that basic process.

NASA Administrator upends the scorn bucket on Elon Musk's Starship spurtings


Re: Have I misunderstood?

You mean the test where the failed component was pretty much a standard part as used by much of the industry?

Pro tip: Plug in your Tesla S when clocking off, lest you run out of juice mid hot pursuit


Re: Apples and oranges

You’re aware of the statistics about vehicle fires, right? Several hundred fossil fuel vehicles catch fire every day in just the US. Ask BMW about their carefully covered up petrol fires in cars parked for several days, for one example involving modern designs.


Re: This is the unfortunate weakness of battery operated devices.

Obviously not - why, if you google for things like “police car runs out of gas” you get no hits at.... oh, wait. One day people will find something else to whine about, eh?

We're all doooooomed: Gloomy Brit workforce really isn't coping well with impending Brexit


Re: Repent, repent, the end is nigh

“It sort of reminds me of the gloom and doom predictions of the climate changers who switched glibly over from the 'Next Ice Age Is Upon Us', to the 'Global Hothouse is Upon Us'.”

Bovine excremental output. Didn’t happen.

Black holes are like buses: You wait for one – and three turn up at once in galaxy merger


I suggest some wider reading on the subject. That isn’t how it works.


Re: A singularity enters an event horizon

The “starts with a bang “ articles are pretty solid, being written by a real physicist that does actual astrophysics etc. By and large even Forbes can’t spin it for politics.


Re: @Jake That's going to make one hell of a racket.

Say what? Didn’t hear you.



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