* Posts by tracker1

50 publicly visible posts • joined 23 Mar 2017

Judge refuses to Ctrl-Z divorce order made by a misclick


Re: More Information Needed!

My guess as well. I'm thinking the ex husband got a much better deal from this oops than otherwise likely. Alimony or child support, etc.

Open source versus Microsoft: The new rebellion begins


Re: I wish them luck

Only if you and everyone with you leaves their phone behind and doesn't have a modern car.


Re: I wish them luck

If you work in a Fortune 100 company, your HR is likely already using a service to follow you and every other employee far more closely than you may realize it be comfortable with.

You might genuinely be surprised. This practice is only growing.


Re: I wish them luck

The Snowden leaks demonstrated that it's already possibly to meaningfully utilize the enormous amount of data being collected. I used to think it was way too much to be useful before that. I can only assume the technology has improved dramatically since.

Support contract required techie to lounge around in a $5,000/night hotel room


Re: So, a nice week-end then

It was probably an array in a degrades but working status.. The order was to wait unless it went down. The guy was in standby in case it went down.

It's actually pretty understandable

We never agreed to only buy HP ink, say printer owners


Re: This feels like an own goal...

I've stuck to laser printers the past couple decades. My current and previous were HP models though not sure if/when this one dies (it's a decade old) if I'll do HP again.

The last ink printer I had was from Canon. I didn't print though and though the ink was cheap, it seemed like every time I wanted to print the head was gummed up. I was able to clean it a few times but replaced it twice in the two years I had it.

I'm the end, much happier with a color laser where the toner lasts me years. I've replaced the black and colors ready once and have another black cartridge for next year when that runs out again. I can go months without printing it do a few hundred pages every day. They're proverbial tanks.

Yeah, the printer itself costs like 6-8x as much and the toner is 2-4x an ink cartridge, but both last so much longer it isn't funny. Better still if you only need black and white.

My only regret is not getting one with a duplexer... Then I'd be much more inclined to do dual side printing. I've messed up trying to do that with odd//even printing a couple times and it isn't fun.

Rust developers at Google are twice as productive as C++ teams


Re: I wonder...

I didn't have a crazy amount of experience with C/C++ or Rust. I've read a lot of all of the above. Generally the Rust code has been much easier to reason with. The lifetime syntax feels a bit weird to me though. Otherwise it's been pretty straight forward.


Re: "More productive"

It really depends on what you're doing in C/C++ vs Rust. Things like linked lists and other structures are harder to do in Rust with patterns like vectors already in place to help you with less cognitive overhead.

Idiomatic Rust can be very different from C/C++. Usually when learning a language I'll rewrite something I'm more familiar with in the new language. Getting a good grasp of the language Dynamics will often have you doing certain parts very differently.

Mozilla CEO quits, pushes pivot to data privacy champion... but what about Firefox?



I know that Mozilla needs some form of monetisation. That said, they literally had enough to cover development funding for decades in the bank a few years ago.

Instead of focusing on privacy and technology, they spend all the money on also ran efforts and fund raiser events. Just pouring money into marketing and VPN companies. When the belt needed tightening, they fired engineering instead of middle managers and marketing staff.

I just don't have a lot of sympathy for the organization and management. They need a return to management born off engineering mindsets. Not whatever fluff they've been pushing the past decade.

AMD crams five compute architectures onto a single board



For the geek in me, this is impressive. On a practical side, I'm not sure how well this will work. It feels almost worse than the Intel accelerators in terms of usability and ergonomics.

I'm not sure how one would leverage such a beast in practice. Almost anything you might do would likely leave half the capability sitting idle or be too complex to maintain on the software side.

It does in a way feel like the ultimate developer platform to be able to use these different technologies, but I don't know if it will be good in practice.

Google throws $1M at Rust Foundation to build C++ bridges


Re: Why is this news?

I agree.. this will find anywhere from 4-8 dev for a single year depending on location, taxes etc.

Will have to see what approach is taken, but C onterop is well defined... C++ is just, expansive to say the least. Of course this could just mean some magic that the rust compiler does,. Taking on the responsibility of also handling C++ compilation to LLVM, etc.

Either way, just guessing a few years of work on compilation followed by a couple more on LSP integration to make it more useful in practice. Lintinng integration on the C++ side will also likely be a necessity and take time.

Windows boss takes on taskbar turmoil, pledges to 'make Start menu great again'


Typing in the start menu

My usage has generally been to press the start/super let in the keyboard and type the first few characters of what I'm looking to run.

Of course I also ran insiders builds for years. A couple years ago I saw an ad in the results. Since then my personal desktop has been booted on my Linux drive. I've booted into Windows twice since, once for Windows updates and then to run a firmware update for my hardware.

While but perfect, the old programs structure was better than the approaches since windows 8. I think the windows 7 start menu was probably the best they've done.

Microsoft touts Visual Studio Code as a Java juggernaut


Yeah, I'm not sure about their narrative on this one. I love VS Code, and don't care for Java. I'm not sure that VS Code can go far enough to meet what IntelliJ offers... Java Dev just triggers heavily on an IDE. And frankly, I'd rather see Microsoft improve the C# experience in Code.

I think the decline in Java usage is more about Go, Rust and Python gaining ground. Not to mention C# actually being open source now.

My own use of VS Code is nearly as much time in the integrated shell, I don't use a lot of extensions all that heavily.

CompSci teachers panic as Replit pulls the plug on educational IDE


Don't get it...

I'm not sure that I understand the problem. From the comments it looks like it's about some AI grading which is BS just based on what AI generated for all but the most trivial code.

For the Dev, there's VS Code and other IDE options with free education licenses. For the collaboration, there's GitHub, GitLab and other options for free or cheap. These are tools people use in the real world.

Just my own $.02

BlackBerry to split into two companies, foraging for tastier fare for shareholders


If Blackberry had created email integration apps for iOS and Android from the beginning they would likely still be relevant today. They had integration for exchange servers well ahead of everyone else at the time. They could have kept their niche as well as possibly made custom hardware for Android.

But they wanted to beat their own path and got out offlanked.

Venture capital firm makes 'unsolicited' bid for MariaDB buyout


That was literally my first thought. All said, I prefer PostgreSQL.

Google exec: Microsoft Teams concession 'too little, too late'


Re: Windows Server?

You seen to be comforting NT and 32-bit Windows software.


Re: Windows Server?

Just be glad you never went down the rabbit hole that is Windows Containers...

Oh, the windows server update literally broke every application that you have deployed?


Re: Windows Server?

SQL Server runs under Linux and even in Docker. Not to mention PostgreSQL does more than MS SQL Server in many ways and has a better dev experience overall, while supported by every major and second tier cloud provider.

There is literally no compelling reason to choose MS SQL Server for a new project.

As to Windows Server, sure if you want more complex deployment and live to pay more money to run your software. Even for the C# apps I've written in the past decade, they're all containerized and deployed in Linux.



This from a company that has literally killed more projects actively used and profitable than I can count at this point.

Including GCP deployments and most recently domains.

And it's not like Hangouts isn't included with Google Apps.

Arm's lawyers want to check assembly expert's book for trademark missteps


Risc-V where available

Time to start pushing for more Risc-V solutions where available.

Arm wrestles assembly language guru's domains away citing trademark issues


Re: C#

C# was also not an expansion or rebrand of J++…


Re: C#

VB.Net uses the exact same runtime as C#.. There's no VM to it.


I'm tempted to create something like arm-holding.tld with only a picture of someone holding another's arm or an arm with something in the hand. No mention of the tech company.

Maybe a message about Chinese business culture for snark.

Why do cloud titans keep building datacenters in America's hottest city?


I'm in Phoenix with a limited roofline for solar. Fewer panels than most houses my size. It's covered more than half my summer energy and almost all of the cooler half of the year. May not be oak efficiency but definitely works better than I had expected.


A major Cc company days center in Phoenix has 3ft concrete walls. Another of a major ISV has 3x what most commercial buildings have. Not sure on phxnap but it's uncomfortably cold in the server space.


Servers generate way more great than people. Data centers are usually really well insulated and some use massive water cooling systems to control heat dissipation.


The three Phoenix data centers I've been in are around 60°F in the server space and close to 68 in the rest of the building. It's unfortunately cold if you aren't used to it.

Most offices are 68-75 in Phoenix. Will really vary.


Not as bad as it sounds...

Phoenix is very geo stable. Very little risk of natural disaster. Can't speak for all,. But a few high security data centers have buildings with very thick concrete walls and don't take as much cooling as other buildings in the area. The server racks do take a lot of power.

Fortunately, Phoenix is fairly stable for power generation and use, unlike the west Coast by contrast.

The heat in oak summer sucks. Most people stay inside and many have remote start. My 2016 Dodge can start remotely from my phone. So it's cooled off by the time I get to it. It's not much worse that places that are always cloudy and rainy though.

InfluxData apologizes for deleting cloud regions without performing 'scream test'


Re: It seems like a mistake they won't want to repeat

Negligence, plain and simple. Damages will be very easy to prove for a lot of their customers. All couple have been avoided with a simple scream test or automated backups.

Red Hat's open source rot took root when IBM walked in


Re: not paying Red Hat for RHEL, but getting the majority of the value of RHEL for free.

> The majority of the value of the OS was not created by RH, they didn't write the kernel, the user shells

They are in fact one of the biggest contributors to the kennel and other parts of Linux. I'm not giving them a pass on this, but don't under cut their actual contributions.

I have chosen other distributions so along as I don't like a lot of their business decisions and IBM absolutely should be avoided.. The same for Oracle.


It's about Oracle

I think it's more about Oracle than anything else. Oracle has leached lon the downstairs work, not contributing and offering undercut support for RedHat's own services. Which is really sleazy.

Being IBM, they're cutting off their nose to spite their face and limping all non paying users together.

That said, I avoid anything Oracle or IBM touches as a general rule.. I've been very happy with Debian and Ubuntu Server.

As a contrast, Canonical (Ubuntu) has played much nicer with the community and is both more and less successful than RedHat as a result. Outside of big business circles they are fast more broadly recognized and used. They are also much less profitable..

Attorney sues Microsoft for $1.75M, claiming his email has been useless since May


Re: real lesson

Who said it isn't his corporate domain? It's entirely possible you'd is entertained with office 365 through a management account tethered to email on said domain. Can't transfer it without login access which is the same as email.

Red Hat to stop packaging LibreOffice for RHEL


It's probably for the best.

Projects on Flathub are generally more current and better maintained than distro packages.. Yeah it will use more space but it decreases the distro image size. Especially for those that use a different suite like only office or 0365 or Google docs.

I know a lot of people don't like them but I just assume have most UI applications distributed via flathub or app image downloads.

Google sued over 'interception' of abortion data on Planned Parenthood website


Re: Google should get a free pass

I'm with you on this one... There are other, self-hosted, options that Planned Parenthood could and should have used here. I'm not a fan of Google, but IMO this falls squarely at the feet of Planned Parenthood.

Cloudflare engineer broke rules – and a customer's website – with traffic throttle


Re: mmm

CF has a pretty good reputation as an engineering first culture. TBH, the only "error" was not notifying the customer.

Guessing the escalation process being added will address that.

Basecamp details 'obscene' $3.2 million bill that caused it to quit the cloud


I'd go split usage strategy

I'd definitely bring computer, db and search in house. And would replace S3 with Cloudflare R2, for the usage that's public facing.

Search services seems to be the most singularly overpriced SaaS out there compared to self hosting elastic or similar.

I would probably replace the Dynamo with Cockroach which will increase usage options and slightly easier to manage than Cassandra.

Depending on the total usage a couple racks at 2 hosted facilities should be a cost savings and likely better performing.

It's funny, VPS makes the most sense at small scale... Cloud at mid so you can save on personnel, but hitting the point where self host in a rented days center eventually takes hold.

CEO told to die in a car crash after firing engineers who had two full-time jobs


Couldn't manage it.

When I was younger there are points I did have two jobs. But it wasn't a secret and was very long hours.

If you can fill expectations for two jobs at once, more power to you. I know there are jobs that are simply under provisioned out there. I've considered it. I could take two lower-mid level positions and make slightly more than the very senior positions I've been in the past few years. So who knows.

If your job performance sucks, then your performance sucks and the reason shouldn't matter.

Microsoft offers SQL Server 2022 release candidate to Linux world


Glad to see it

Not sure that I'd push for any new projects using Microsoft SQL Server over PostgreSQL, But having sequel available on Linux is really helpful especially in containerized scenarios (docker) for testing and local development.

Especially considering a lot of windows service/web projects developed in the last 5 to 10 years can easily be migrated, or just recompiled to a Linux host environment.

TIP: When migrating, convert all dates to transmit and store as UTC unless paired with a location. Convert to and from local at the client. Configure servers to operate as UTC/GMT

Oh no, that James Webb Space Telescope snap might actually contain malware


Language FUD

I just hope that talking about some of these languages and some of these types of articles don't discourage the use of those languages. Going roster actually very capable in gaining in popularity. P The fact that they are used for malicious purchases should not discourage anyone.

Big cloud rivals hit back over Microsoft licensing changes


Linux is the way...

And this is precisely why nearly everything I've developed in the past decade can run in Linux. Even apps hosted on azure. I abhor lockin, some things are easier to swap out than others.

Other than AD for a lan, there's very little reason to run windows servers. For office/email, may as well rent it. I like some MS software and service.. But windows has much less of a place in my life.

NASA wants a hundredfold upgrade for space computers


The goal is 100x their current tech which from other comments seems to be 2+ decade old production of even older tech.

A combination of redundancy better fault Torrance and shielding could give a combination of current arm CPU design with some custom processors for certain ai tasking more than a chance. Given the state of Arc, it may be a good fit for the task... At least as a starting point.


Re: They're still round?

I think pay of the design is going to come down to enclosure and sorrowing requirements. In addition to daily tolerances. I'm not sure if split brain is the way to go.



I'm guessing 64-128 core current arm server CPU design with ECC and a heavy shielding enclosure with an exposed bus interface similar to thunderbolt. Probably 7-12nm production.

Could be an opportunity to partner with Intel for the AI component, salvaging from Arc.

Dev's code manages to topple Microsoft's mighty SharePoint


SharePoint of still pretty garbage.

The only place I would use SharePoint is transparently behind the MS Teams application. I like Teams, the user of does and wiki should generally stick to only the main channel for a team though. It's been very useful.

I worked with the first few versions of SharePoint and hate it to this day.

What if Chrome broke features of the web and Google forgot to tell anyone? Oh wait, that's exactly what happened


For mobile, I mostly use Brave. It's far from perfect, but it's about the best option I've used in Android.


I'm not a fan of nested I frame

While I recognize that there are useful places for these features, they are most often used by "your computer is infected" ad scams. For that matter, I'd like to see JS disabled altogether for content more than two iframes deep. Look at ad network content and browser overhead sometime.

Even in a monster JS app, loading way too much JS, a single ad frame can dwarf it easily. I reviewed a web app for a friend that was behaving badly... It wasn't the app itself, it was the third party "chat with us" module in the corner.

It iris me to no end far more when integration plugins like that,. Or ads aren't coded with extreme care for the impact.


Re: Absolutely agree

While I don't use a screen reader, I do get it. I spent years developing contents for e Learning with strict accessibility guidelines. It's not even that hard to just stick to sensible semantic markup with css and add a couple aria attributes here and there.

You're off course not surprised how ignorant the output from some devs can be.

And for those wondering, yes, you can make all this work in JS driven apps. Of course having to meet WCAG 2.0 for an app meant to visually process scanned documents, that's nuts (have had to do that).


Yes, they are

There are ARIA attributes and other assignments that work perfectly fine with JavaScript applications. So yes, they do work. Some frameworks (mui for react, for example) take a lot of care to have the appropriate markup for controls, of needed you can still do partial or full rendering server side via next.js.

That doesn't even get into semantic elements or the proper use of css, which work perfectly fine with browsers and don't require J's at all.

Microsoft loves Linux so much, its OneDrive web app runs like a dog on Windows OS rivals


It wasn't malicious

There was a caching method in place supported in windows, but not in osx... Chrome on OSX didn't have the sluggish behavior on the fallback that it has on Linux, same fallback. Safari on osx didn't support the feature at all, so they turned it off for non-windows. It's actually a regression issue with Chrome regarding the fallback. That said, apparently it's corrected/on for the next release/update/patch and should be online soon.

Beyond this, not all functionality can be detected, especially specific browser/version/platform bugs via feature detection. The support agent could have been a bit more courteous, and should have forwarded the issue to the dev team anyway... apparently some devs picked up on the related story via Hacker News earlier yesterday. And they'll be adding linux more testing to the product in question (likely their automated regression suite).

In the end, I believe it wasn't malicious... I've seen MS devs go out of their way to help projects that only even connect to their stuff.