* Posts by mickaroo

76 posts • joined 16 Oct 2016


Microsoft highlights 'productivity paranoia' in remote work research


What's My Productivity?

Before the recent unpleasantness, I would turn up at work, then chat a bit, then go grab a coffee, then chat a bit more, then work for a while, then go find lunch.

After lunch, I'd chat a bit, then go grab a coffee, then chat a bit more, then work for a while, then go grab a caffeine-free Coke, then work for a while more, then go home.

Since the recent unpleasantness, I arrive at my home office coffee in hand, work four hours or so, then find lunch (which I may take back to my desk), then work until knocking-off time.

I don't make widgets, so 100 per day won't work.

I write testing protocols, or reports, or investigations, or operating procedures. Some take a day, some take a week. How do we measure that? By my typing? I may be on Chatterbate...

Microsoft warns of bugs after nation pushes back DST switchover


Re: Hmmm...

My version of Linux appears to have an entry for Santiago.

I've heard a rumour that may be somewhere in Chile...

USB-C to hit 80Gbps under updated USB4 v. 2.0 spec


Re: EU will love this

My office USED to be like that. "You need what cable? Oh, I think it's in this box over here..."

Then we moved to a condo and my wife made me "rationalize" my stuff [:-(

How to get Linux onto a non-approved laptop


Re: Old linux person here....do not understand......

I can update my firmware from Linux



I Already Lived This Dream...

...on a Lenovo ThinkPad T14.

It took FOREVER to figure out how to disable BitLocker (they don't make it easy), Including a couple of recovery boots courtesy of my Microsoft 365 account.

But we made it in the end. Linux Mint Una just rocks.

Intel demos multi-wavelength laser array integrated on silicon wafer


More Electronics Landfill?

>> if the optics fail, the entire chip becomes useless <<

I guess the chips will be soldered to the motherboard then...

IBM-powered Mayflower robo-ship once again tries to cross Atlantic


Re: What is the actual goal?

Canada is part of America.

I shall assume you meant "The United States of ..."

AI beats top players at Bridge in two-day tournament


Re: So where are we going?

So Machine Learning (I cringe at calling it "Artificial Intelligence") can beat us all at Bridge. But can it play Cribbage? Or cook a cheese omelette?

It seems to me that each ML system that's developed is good at ONE THING ONLY. When someone creates an ML that is good at EVERYTHING, then we'll need to worry.

The time you solved that months-long problem in 3 seconds


Re: Fuck that

I am a consultant (not IT) and I would say that "client management" is part of my job description.

If I arrive on-site and fix an on-going problem in two seconds, chances are I'm going to cause someone to be fired. Maybe they deserve it, but maybe not if they're not the Subject Matter Expert.

Chromium-adjacent Otter browser targets OS/2


Re: I always feel a certain nostalgia...

I, too, used OS/2 from the mid-nineties well into the 2000's. I LOVED the desktop GUI.

At the time, I worked at a company that was all Windows 3.1 except for our group, which ran an OS/2 application. So we were all on OS/2 workstations with an OS/2 Warp Server back-end. I remember a young lady calling from IT to tell me they were coming to upgrade my workstation to Windows 95. I politely suggested that she go forth and multiply. Or words to that effect...

Hmmm... OS/2 desktop theme for Linux Mint?

Canadian Netwalker ransomware crook pleads guilty to million-dollar crimes


Geography Lesson

Gatineau isn't Ottawa.

Gatineau is next to Ottawa.

Lots of new toys, caps lock still stuck on: ONLYOFFICE hits version 7


I hate to bow to The Great God M$...

But under Linux, it seems more Office 365 friendly than LibreOffice.

Linux Mint 20.3 appears – now with more Mozilla flavor: Why this distro switched Firefox defaults back to Google


I, too, have been installing a variety of Linux distributions on a variety of hardware systems for more than 15 years.

I have compiled a kernel... Because I wanted to try it, not because I NEEDED to.

NDISwrapper... Whole different story.

Snap continues to make a spectacle of itself as it tries to trademark the word spectacles


I Can See The Hiring Slogan Now...

"Join SNAP, and make a SPECTACLE of yourself".

Sun sets on superjumbo: Last Airbus A380 rolls off the production line


Re: A380 for long haul every time

Only flown an A380 once... Singapore Airlines from Frankfurt to Changi.

Amazed at how quiet the aircraft was, and SIA plain-vanilla Economy rivals some other airlines' Premium.

UK and USA seek new world order for cross-border data sharing and privacy


Re: Did conversations go like this?

If I remember correctly...

We weren't kicked out of the EU. We dragged ourselves out, kicking and screaming...

US trade watchdog opposes Nvidia's Arm buy, mostly over fears about datacentre innovation


...from stifling the innovation pipeline...


Facebork... Stifles as much as they can that impacts their business model.

Micro$oft... used to stifle a lot of stuff, but kinda lost their edge.

Google... stifles everything.

Oh wait, they're all based in the Good Old U.S. of A.

Lenovo ThinkPad T14s: Impressively average, which is how corporate buyers like it


Can't Speak for the T14s...

But the T14 I recently bought is now Minty fresh.

A small kerfuffle with the Intel AX210 WiFi, but that was sorted by a little web-surfing and 5.11 kernel upgrade.

And I like that it has an RJ45, for those odd times when hard-wired makes sense.

Lenovo pops up tips on its tablets. And by tips, Lenovo means: Unacceptable ads


Re: Burn it to the ground

Easy fix...

Blast Windoze, install Mint.

Bonkers rocket launch sees craft slip sideways, barely climb and tear up terrain


Rocket Science Is Hard!

I watch stuff like this and I am still in awe of Apollo 11.

I was a teenager then, and it really was Rocket Science!

International Space Station actually spun one-and-a-half times by errant Russian module's thrusters


Typographic Error



Someone mis-typed. I can see that how that discrepancy happened.

NASA warns Mars: We're about to laser your rocks and start stealing them


New Reg Standard Required

"a core sample roughly the size of a piece of chalk"

What kind of chalk? Blackboard chalk? Sidewalk chalk? A goodly sized chunk of the South Downs?

The James Webb Space Telescope, a project dating back to the late 1900s, may launch this very century


Worth Waiting For?

I subscribe to "Inbox Astronomy", which touches on things interestingly astronomical. Many times, the articles will be about the James Webb telescope, and what it will be used for.

Don't tell me what it WILL do, show me what it CAN do.

Especially in these times that it may be "Adieu pour toujours" for the HST.

Do you come from a land Down Under? Where diesel's low and techies blunder


Need a bigger UPS

Back in the day, I was leading a team qualifying the server room for a government service responsible for medical supplies across the entire country. The project scope included building security, server room air handling, server room fire suppression, and emergency power.

The power test was to take down the main power to test the generator auto-start, then take down the generator to test the switch over to UPS, then bring the generator back on line, then switch back to main power. I had been told by the IT manager that the UPS was good for forty, maybe forty five minutes.

Take down main power feed: Reassuring rumble from the roof as the generator kicked in.

Take down generator: Everything still running as the UPS kicked in.

IT Support Guy: "You better get the generator back up. The UPS is overloaded; it's only good for about ten minutes" WHAT!!! I was told forty! IT Support Guy: "Who told you that?"

Frantic walkie-talkie call to guys on roof to fire up generator... NOW! Reply from guys on roof, "It needs a five minute cool down before we can restart".

The generator came back online with about two minutes to spare.

We've been shown time and again that strong encryption puts crims behind bars, so why do politicos hate it?


Re: Old encryption is returning?

Yes, the criminals will go back to using one time pads. The only winners are the government snoops, and the only losers are Mr.and Mrs. Joe Average.

Remember Anonymous? It/they might be back, and it/they are angry with Elon Musk


Re: 400 miles from ... ?

One could say the same about Pennsylvania.

Although they do have Steamtown National Historic Site, which makes up for it a little bit.

And the Liberty Bell...

Facebook faces competition enquiry on two fronts as EU and UK officials scrutinise its ad data


Is the Facebook Handle "Anonymous Coward" Already Taken?

I shall have to open a Facebook account.

I read these articles and realize that I have NO FECKIN' IDEA what you're talking about. On the other hand, ignorance may be bliss...

Fancy trying to explain Microsoft Teams to your parents? They may ask about the new Personal version


Re: I guess it may work here...

1) Zoom: Disables the microphone on my laptop; I have no idea why. Using Zoom is an exercise in frustration.

2) Webex: I can run it through a browser, but the Webex client crashes Windows with 100% regularity.

3) Teams: Mostly works...

Bill to protect UK against harmful foreign investment becomes law


Downvoted because Bovril is for making gravy and Marmite is a spread for toast. It's like comparing apples and oranges.

Move on folks, no "poor man's Bovril" here...

We need to talk about criminal adversaries who want you to eat undercooked onion rings


I'm a LONG WAY past my 20's, and homebrew kits are again my friend now that I'm on a fixed income... and can no longer afford to just buy all the booze I want.

OMG! New free speech social network won’t allow members to take the Lord’s name in vain


Sorry, you're not allowed to "arse".

Ass, yes; arse, no...

5-year-old Fairphone 2 is about to receive a major update to Android 9


Re: "an upgrade to Android 9 feels marginal at best and outdated at worst"

My phone battery is a Chinese knock-off, my wife's phone battery is a Chinese knock-off, her Sony CyberShot and my Pentax WG-1 are both powered by Chinese knock-offs, as is my Black&Decker cordless drill and one of two UPS's that keep us up and running during blackouts.

Nothing's caught fire yet...

The torture garden of Microsoft Exchange: Grant us the serenity to accept what they cannot EOL


Re: Situation normal for Microsoft

I was using Evolution EWS with great success.

Until our company went to 2FA and everything went pear-shaped...

Chrome zero-day bug that is actively being abused by bad folks affects Edge, Vivaldi, and other Chromium-tinged browsers


Mozilla Firefox

I'm enjoying my moment of smugness...

We regret to inform you the professor teaching your online course is already dead


Gone But Not Forgotten

If memory serves...

Whilst doing a bachelor's degree by distance education many years ago, one of the course packages (course notes and cassette tapes) had been prepared a couple of years earlier by a professor who had subsequently died. (Not of old age. Possibly cancer?)

The course-work was still current, so if it ain't broke don't fix it. And the course was administered by another lecturer.

Android without Google – and yes it has apps: The Reg talks to founder about the /e/ smartphone



Is it available in Canada?

Need a new computer for homeschooling? You can do worse than a sub-£30 2007 MacBook off eBay


Been There, Done That...

Did all of the stuff that the article says to my wife's 2007 vintage white Unibody MacBook.

2Gig of RAM, 120GB Samsung SSD, cleaned the heat exchanger (dead cat, I think), new thermal paste, installed Linux Mint with a MacOS skin on it. ET VOILA! Runs like a charm.

The only thing it won't do is connect to my router with WPA/AES encryption. But falling back to TKIP works.

Who was behind that stunning Twitter hack? State spies? Probably this Florida kid, say US prosecutors


No, I actually read the news...

>> "Increasingly we rely on platforms like Twitter to receive news and other information... "

No, I actually read the news. As depressing as that may be.

Zealous Zoom's zesty zymotic zone zinger: Zestful zealots zip zillions


Video Won't Be My New Voice

"I truly believe video is the new voice, video is the new form of communication,"

I travel for business (maybe not so much right now), and I keep in touch with my family via Skype. AND I HATE IT...!!!

On a positive note, after two months of being cloistered with my wife because of coronavirus AND Canadian winter, neither of us has attempted to smother the other with a pillow while they slept.

'I wrote Task Manager': Ex-Microsoft programmer Dave Plummer spills the beans


Pinball Wizard

I had forgotten Pinball.

I used to lose interest being unproductive playing Solitaire, but I could be unproductive playing Pinball for hours.

China successfully launches its biggest-ever space truck to fire up its space station ambitions


I thought the USA stole the scientists, not the technology...

As Zoom bans spread over privacy concerns, vid-conf biz taps up Stamos as firefighter in totally-not-a-PR-stunt move


Facebook Security...

Isn't that an oxymoron?

Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2 earbuds: They're good – though for close to £300, they really should be


Re: Waxy build-up

I must have weird ears because I've been through a multitude of ear buds, including Bose StayHears... and they don't stay here. Or possibly "ear"...

I presently have Sennheiser earbuds with over-the-ear clips, which kinda work, but I've mostly thrown my hands up in dismay.

Bose QC-35 headphones are my go-to now. They make me look like a dork, but still not likely to drop three hundred quid on earbuds any time soon.

Remember when Europe’s entire Galileo satellite system fell over last summer? No you don’t. The official stats reveal it never happened


Re: WTF?

You're obviously not a professional lefty...

You turn the page upside down and write right-to-left with the letters inverted.

When you turn the page right-way-up, everything is just dandy.

Long-term Linux Mint: 19.3 release unchains the Gimp, adds HiDPI, is kind to your older, less-beefy kit


HDMI and Audio

My "venerable Lenovo T440s" has a Mini DisplayPort and I use a Mini DisplayPort-to-HDMI dongle. Video is auto-detected but I do have to manually select "Digital Stereo (HDMI)" in Sound Preferences. Not a huge challenge as I've added Sound Preferences to my shortcuts; and once selected, the HDMI audio works too.


My Minty Lenovo

I have Mint Mate 18.3 running on a venerable Lenovo T440s. Boot time is measured in seconds, not minutes, and it "just works". I have a VirtualBox installation of Windows 10 for compatibility with my co-workers, and even that boots up faster than some of my co-workers' laptops.

I did look at upgrading to Mint 19 a while back but it seemed pretty daunting at the time, kind-of "if it ain't broke, don't fix it", Maybe time to take another look?

Rowhammer rides again as FPGA attack, RSA again reportedly up for sale, anti-theft kit to nuke laptops, etc


Please Don't Laugh...

But I have actually done this while stranded in an airport... chained my laptop to my leg while I caught some much needed ZZZs.

EA boots Linux gamers out of multiplayer Battlefield V, Penguinistas respond by demanding crippling boycott


Now I feel like a Luddite...

I still use a desktop computer (coincidentally running a variant of Linux).

And I also have an Android phone, which I mostly use as a... phone.

Space Force is go, go, go! Because we have a child as President of the United States


Re: It Is With Such Baubles That Men Are Led.

A wall around New York would serve no useful purpose. Just ask Snake Plissken...

Robocop needs reboot, $200m for AI research, UK govt knowingly deployed racist passport system – plus more


Sexist Facial Recognition?

"Several experiments have shown that they’re less accurate when looking at women and people of color"

My wife and I recently used HM Govt On-Line Passport Service (beta) to renew our passports. We acquired digital photographs as directed.

The system accepted my photograph first time. It required three attempts to acquire an acceptable photograph of my wife.




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