* Posts by pyite42

34 posts • joined 7 Sep 2017

Here's a little Intel: Beware of Linux graphics vendors bearing gifts of shared code – open-sourcer


Re: Are you sure that this "community of developers" exists?

A complete GPU software stack that doesn't taint the kernel is worth having, whatever it takes.

By "complete" I mean a VDPAU equivalent, the same crypto-mining performance as the closed source driver, etc etc. (hopefully Intel won't even release a closed source driver... there's no point for a hardware company to stick to closed source).

The old Intel 3D hardware (from like 15 years ago) was great as far as GPL driver support - 3D screen savers worked out of the box without kernel tainting.

ATI (AMD?) tried and failed to get a proper open source GPU driver, and NVIDIA isn't even pretending to care about the GPL. Intel has always been better about this -- hopefully their new GPU line will finally make kernel-taint-free GPUs a reality.

Boffins find proof that yes, Carl Sagan and Joni Mitchell were right, we really are all made up of star stuff


Don't forget about Moby

We're all made of stars.

We strained our eyes with Lenovo's monster monitor: 43.4 inches for price of five 24" screens


Re: Vertical space rules

Unless you need perfect color matching, why not just get a 49" or larger screen for $500 or less at the local Wal Mart? I have been doing this for years and they work very well for both programming and gaming.

The only drawback I've had is that the front plastic part of the screen scratches very easily. They are typically HDMI-only as well, which may be annoying to some.

Cassini may be dead – but its data shows basic building blocks of life spewing from Enceladus


Re: I wonder

IIRC, the main problem with Enceladus is that the sub-surface ocean is expected to be too salty to support life as we know it.

Minecraft's my Nirvana. I found it hard, it's hard to find. Oh well, whatever... Never Mined


Minecraft is dead, who cares?

A few years ago, everyone played. Now all the servers are empty... they spend $2 billion just to kill the most popular game in the world.

But it is probably worth it for Microsoft because back then so many kids were learning Java as their first programming environment... and it actually worked on Linux. This is the Skype model... destroy anything that works properly on Linux.

The Year Of Linux On The Desktop – at last! Windows Subsystem for Linux 2 brings the Linux kernel into Windows


Please fire your headline writer - this is exactly the opposite of a Linux Desktop

The whole point of a Linux Desktop is to run without Windows at all.

Decoding the President, because someone has to: Did Trump just blow up concerted US effort to ban Chinese 5G kit?


Follow the money...

Never forget about "Trump's Razor" - his actions are usually explained in the stupidest and most corrupt way possible.

I don't have any specific evidence, but based on the way Trump is acting it looks like one of his buddies (or Trump Org) has investments in a Huawei competitor.

His goal was simply to slow Huawei down a bit so they didn't get quite as large a share of the global 5G projects. And of course Trump is willing to blow up the world economy as long as he gets what he wants personally.

Pandas so useless they just look at delicious kid who fell into enclosure


Pandas are vegetarians


Hungover this morning? Thought 'beer before wine and you'll be fine'? Boffins prove old adage just isn't true


This study is seriously wrong headed

This saying only applies to whether or not you are likely to throw up before the end of your drinking session... drinking a lot of beer first makes shots a lot easier to swallow. Go ahead and ask me how I know!

In fact, I would suggest that throwing up the night before is likely to make your hangover less annoying.

The Six Billion Dollar LAN: Intel hopes to gobble network kit biz Mellanox 'for $6bn'


This is a much better option than MS

Take a look at how terribly Microsoft handled the Skype and Minecraft acquisitions -- there is no way they can be allowed to do the same to Mellanox. The first thing they did was make it so Linux users can't use either product.

Open sourcerers drop sick Fedora Remix to get Windows Subsystem for Linux pumping


This is horrific

Nothing good can ever come from this whole approach. The whole point is to eliminate all dependencies on Windows, not to give people a reason to abandon bare metal Linux.

If you can get things like WPF to work on Linux+Mono, then you will have a good story. This whole "Linux subsystem" nonsense is the most depressing tech story imagineable.

Montezuma's Revenge can finally be laid to rest as Uber AI researchers crack the classic game


Possible to play this game on Linux?

I haven't played this game since the 80's! I would love to give it a try and see how well it has aged.

Douglas Adams was right, ish... Super-Earth world clocked orbiting 'nearby' Barnard's Star


Who cares - red dwarf stars are a-holes

Isn't it true that the periodic and insanely hot flares from red dwarf starts make it impossible for life to survive in these systems?

Huawei Mate 20 Pro: If you can stomach the nagware and price, it may be Droid of the Year


Replace EMUI with e.g. Nova Launcher

I have had a Mate 8 for a couple years now (no plans to replace it). It lets me get rid of the EMUI interface in favor of other launchers -- Nova is the one I prefer.

Does the Mate 20 work well with other launchers? I would never get a new Mate if I couldn't use Nova.

Macs to Linux fans: Stop right there, Penguinista scum, that's not macOS. Go on, git outta here


Another trick they used to do... CPU voltage

I remember last time I tried a Mac laptop that the CPU voltage regulator was undocumented... this meant that under Linux the battery life was minimal and the case got almost too hot to touch.

NAND so it begins: Micron mounts head-on attack against 10K disks


Where can I get a WLC drive to try?

More seriously - there is a typo near the middle of your article... WLC instead of QLC.

Microsoft flings features at Teams to close the Slack gap


Re: Impressive growth?

It isn't even close to feature parity.

At least the Skype people make a half-assed attempt to make Linux work properly (though the first thing they did when MS bought them was break desktop sharing for Linux users! But I digress).

Teams is useless for us.


No Linux support, of course!

There is only one feature they need to succeed: feature parity on Linux.

As it stands, it is more effective to use smoke signals to communicate than this piece of garbage.

App-y, app-y, joy, joy: Pain-free software installer Flatpak (kinda) works on Windows Subsystem for Linux


This is the opposite of what is needed, of course

The whole point is to make Windows apps work on Linux, not the other way around. This is a complete waste of time unless there is a way to use it to reduce the number of Windows licenses in use.

Python joins movement to dump 'offensive' master, slave terms


Frankly, I'm more offended by "umount"

Let's keep the bestiality out of *nix, mmmkay?

A fine vintage: Wine has run Microsoft Solitaire on Linux for 25 years


Great for World of Warcraft!!

I was devastated when Cedega went away, but luckily Wine has kept up for the last 9 years.

Currently I am rocking a 1080 Ti and I can play WoW on ultra mode and get full frame rates much of the time. I'm currently using the Lutris launcher FYI.

Infinite Thanks to the Wine project!

The Notch contagion is spreading slower than phone experts thought


Notch isn't so bad

Just make sure to look out if you see Herobrine.

Trump kept ZTE alive as ‘personal favour’ to Chinese president Xi


Re: I am sure it had nothing to do with Trump receiving Chinese bribes

Exactly, and this is also the reason he granted China exemptions to the Iran sanctions -- something he isn't willing to do for European allies.

US Congress finally emits all 3,000 Russian 'troll' Facebook ads. Let's take a look at some


They didn't change anyone's mind, but probably helped with GOTV

In such a close race, the most important thing is to Get Out The Vote.

Red Hat sticks its storage software cap on Supermicro hardware


Why Gluster instead of Ceph?

I suppose the obvious answer that more people are willing to pay for a pre-configured Gluster system, but maybe you could buy the Gluster config and replace it with Ceph fairly easily?

I went through both Red Hat traning modules and I can't imagine why someone would choose Gluster, unless it is already deployed of course. Nothing wrong with Gluster of course, I'm just not a fan of NAS-only solutions.

The CephFS NAS feature is now officially production ready, and I have had great luck with it so far. It is great to have a storage system that supports both block and NAS equally well.

Now if only Red Hat can get the Ceph cache tiering to production quality... it is the most important missing feature (since BlueStore is a foregone conclusion in the next major release)

I agree that the lack off SSD options is crazy these days. Presumably they have identified a good market to go after first.

18.04 beta is as good a time as any to see which Ubuntu flavour tickles your Budgie, MATE


Watch out for Netplan!

I have been using Ubuntu 18.04 (Mate & Server) for a couple of months now. I moved all of my desktops and my test Ceph cluster (4 physical machines and 30 or so VMs) and overall it has been good. There is one notable change to watch out for: network configuration. The configuration system we have come to know and love for decades, /etc/network/interfaces, is now officially dead :C

The default network configurator is now Netplan, which is a YAML based network config system that generates ephemeral configs for either NetworkManager or systemd-networkd.

I like it overall, but there were a couple of glitches to watch out for. DHCP no longer uses the MAC address to identify your computer. Also, the MTU setting is dropped unless you disable the new unpredictable NIC naming and go back to good old eth0.

Apart from that, things have been good. We don't have to worry about a repeat of 10.04 (the worst LTS release by far).

What if I told you that flash drives could do their own processing?


How is this different from Fusion-IO VSL

Their driver runs on the host too.

Chilly willies: Swedish nudie nightclub opens in -11°C to disgust of locals


Helpful, actually

It is good for depressed people to get out of the house and mingle with other people. This is a great alternative to isolation.

Huawei Mate 10 Pro: The unfashionable estate car wants to go to town


Nova Launcher

I have a Mate 8 (Nougat) and the Nova launcher works fairly well -- I gave up on EMUI.

This mule is the best phone ever - I only have to charge it every couple of days. The only drawback of this phone was the decision to stick with USB2, it takes awhile to copy videos.

Want a new HDMI cable? No? Bad luck. You'll need one for HDMI 2.1


How about adding USB?

There must be enough bandwidth on there to fit a USB3 channel. This would be useful for remote system deployment.

Overdraft-fiddling hackers cost banks in Eastern Europe $100m



Banks deserve this for the way they try to encourage as many overdrafts as possible.

Their systems have the capability to prevent overdrafts from ever happening, but they choose not to use it.

Quebec takes mature approach to 'grilled cheese' ban


Grilled Cheese Blues

A song by the Quebec band Dans l'Shed:


Google to kill Chrome autoplay madness


It is really bad over RDP

I only use Windows as a WebEx launcher. I dread the times when I have to go to webex.com to join because it auto-plays a video that makes rdp freeze for awhile because it insists on rendering every frame.

The only acceptable solution is to deny auto-play by default and have a popup to whitelist them, similar to the way browsers can currently handle popup ads.

We don't need another hero: Huawei overtakes Apple – even without a big-hitter


They've earned it

I have had a Mate 8 for about a year now I think, and it is excellent.


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