* Posts by J27

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Why did he even pay for the misprinted shirts? This story doesn't add up. If you request a shirt design you send it over to the manufacturer, recieved a test printing and then confirm the design. If you don't confirm and they print them anyway, you don't pay.

So either this guy is an idiot or his story is suspect.

What is GitOps? This is the technical introduction you've been looking for

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Re: But wasn't the cloud supposed to simplify things?

You should see my deploy scripts. I think it took me about 2 weeks to write ALL of them. I think every generation of devops systems gets more complex and the documentation gets worse. Kubernetes requires you make packages to deploy your images you already made and configure all the inputs and outputs manually. It's great functionality, but it takes forever to set up.

Black screens in Windows 11? Bork has seen it all before

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Re: W11

Just switch to the release track.

Things that needn't be said: Don't plonk a massive Starlink dish on the hood of your car

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Re: Spaced-GenX?

Yeah, but putting it on the roof would have been legal and then we would never have read this story.

Developing for Windows 11: Like developing for Windows 10, but with rounded corners?

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Re: Better hope they sort out the CPU and TPM support

Modern AMD and Intel CPUs contain a TPM, you just need to turn it on on the BIOS.

Google: About that whole getting rid of third-party cookies thing – we're gonna need another year or so

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So glad I switched to FireFox.

Will containers kill VMs? There are no winners in this debate

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Containers are VMs, the whole point of containers is to make managing and deploying code to VMs easier. The core technology is the same.

What you need to know about Microsoft Windows 11: It will run Android apps

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Is it weird that I'm exciting about the Window Tiling features AND ONLY the Window Tiling features?

Price of Microsoft's Surface Duo plummets to better represent middling hardware ... but only if you're in the US

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Re: Fool me once

Me neither, but how many people actually bought Windows Phones? I mean, I did, you did and 3 other people. I even wrote some apps for Windows Phone... that were very hard to sell.

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Honestly, it should have launched at this price. Microsoft has let the opportunity to launch themselves into the phone space with this device fall by the wayside. Anyone who was interested in one has already discounted it as an option. They may manage to move the rest of the inventory, but they've lost the chance of having a big hit.

Microsoft should consider building a "flagship-killer" type phone. One with most of the specs of the best for a really killer price (break-even instead of profitable) to break into the market.

Now that China has all but banned cryptocurrencies, GPU prices are falling like Bitcoin

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Re: Chinese government is not stupid

Perhaps, but this particular idea is very smart. It allows them to control their people much better. Keep all of their money in the Chinese system and force them to use their new fedcoin the Digital Yuan.

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Re: China bad

Bitcoin has the potential to destabilize economies. It's not surprising that governments would be against ceding the economic control that fiat currencies have. China is pushing their new digital yuan and I don't think it will be that long before the US Federal Reserve releases their own digital currency.

Bitcoin probably won't be made illegal in the US, or any other freedom-oriented democratic country but there is a good chance it'll get out-competed by more convenient and government supported digital fiat currencies.

Chinese web giant Baidu unveils Level 4 robo-taxi that costs $75k to make

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If you drive for a living, start looking for another opportunity now.

Antivirus that mines Ethereum sounds a bit wrong, right? Norton has started selling it

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I suspect this will result in unintended consequences, primarily from people who don't understand Ethereum mining profitability running up their electrical bills unexpectedly.

It is very hard to actually make money mining cryptocurrency, unless you're stealing power and if you don't have optimal equipment it's basically impossible.

Stack Overflow acquired for $1.8bn by Prosus (no, me neither)

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Why does this make me want to start my own Stack Overflow with blackjack and hookers?

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Yes, that's about it. It's a structured forum based around questions and answers. Mostly for software development problems but they have some off topic sections too.

Microsoft previews Hot Reload for .NET developers, sets date for .NET 6

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Sounds great, can't wait for the official release.

After staff revolt, Freenode management takes over hundreds of IRC channels for 'policy violations'

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Re: Freenode is sinking

I'd say it's impossible. Lee seems to have forgotten that he's operating a volunteer-run service and that he only has volunteers and users if they want to use the service. Without the people, all you have is an IRC server.

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Re: Entitled douchebag, much?

The main issue with railing against cancel culture is that most people actually support it, as long as it doesn't go against their own values. I hate to see pundits railing against cancel culture in one breath and then cancelling someone in the next.

The hypocracy is palpable.

The Fuchsia is now. Google's operating system lands on real-world consumer devices, starting with 2018's Nest Hub

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QNX is small, but it still carries a bit of cruft with it because it's a POSIX compatible OS, Google probably wanted something lighter.

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It'll run Android apps, they may even call it the new version of Android. This feature vhas been on the board from the start.

Steve Wozniak to take stand: $1m suit claiming Woz stole idea for branded tech boot camp goes to trial

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You can't copyright that kind of idea. Common thing + your branding isnt a unique idea, but even if it was it would be too obvious and simple to get copyrightable.

This guy has no case.

Internet Explorer downgraded to 'Walking Dead' status as Microsoft sets date for demise

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Re: It makes sense

You can remove IE from the add/remove Windows components feature, new installs also don't include it by default.

For the marketeer that has everything – except a CPU fan

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Re: No Keyboard detected.....

Most bios settings screens have an option to turn off the keyboard check, but it does the check if there are any other errors.

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Re: Microsoft Error Messages at their Best

Everyone who assembles computers knows AMI still exists. It's right there on the config page, behind the motherboard manufacturer branding you see on startup.

Another platform on which Java will not run – platform 1 of Newcastle's Central Station

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When you see something like this it probat means they just got someone to knock it out instead of paying for real developers... Or the people who commissioned it were so out to lunch that they hired frauds to do the work, this happens a lot in software.

Intel throws sand in the face of 'musclebooks' with 10nm Tiger Lake tech

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Damn those AMD based "Musclebooks" like the Asus Zephyrus G14, you can throw your back out carrying them they're so heavy! 3.5lbs? How am I going to carry that?

Tesla Autopilot is a lot dumber than CEO Musk claims, says Cali DMV after speaking to the software's boss

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Re: Fully Automatic my arse!

It only works on roads with lane lines, so it wouldn't be suitable for huge swaths of the UK. It's mostly designed for motorways.

Visual Basic 6 returns: You've been a good developer all year. You have social distanced, you have helped your mom. Here's your reward

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Visual Basic 6 was a useful tool when it was released, but it's not suitable for new projects. Why? Everything it did well, simplicity, ease of use, etc is done better by newer systems that have better community support and better performance... Visual Basic 6's model doesn't even support multithreading.

Microsoft's Edge browser for Linux hits the Beta Channel ... if you're into that kind of thing

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Re: Thumbs up from me!

I wonder if I could get away with that. Right now I have a whole Linux install hidden in WSL2 behind Windows.... Could I flip the table?

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I'd like Edge a lot more if it auto-installed on all versions of Windows from 7 up and salted the earth afterwards to make using IE impossible.

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Watch out, because when devs start using Microsoft's new "WebView2" apps will start crashing if you don't have Edge installed. Resistance is futile!

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Re: Eh?

It's Chrome with Microsoft spying on your instead of Google... Basically much of the same with a different logo. I suppose it's better than them building another inferior crapfest but why anyone would use it on Linux is a real question.

JetBrains shoves TeamCity into the cloud, pitches Kotlin for build pipelines because YAML is 'really a pain'

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Re: Anything but YAML

I'm not a big fan of YAML, but you can get an editor that validates your file to avoid things like that.

AWS on track to be bigger than IBM by Christmas, once Kyndryl is spun out

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I keep forgetting IBM still exists, they're not exactly a growth stock. More like a legacy provider that exists by milking all they can get out of a shrinking customer base.

Shadow over Fedora 34 as maintainer of Java packages quits with some choice words for Red Hat and Eclipse

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It's not the language, or even the design of packages. What you're describing is just poor or overworked developers. You can misuse even the best tools.

Report: World's population of developers expands, JavaScript reigns, C# overtakes PHP

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Re: Doom

All modern Java toolchains (yes, you need a bunch of tools to "build" JavaScript now), are designed to strip out unused code. Now, you might think I'm defending this practice, but I'm not. The JavaScript ecosystem is now so heavy and complex that you absolutely NEED an entire toolchain to strip out entirely unused code to ship a half-decent website.

Unfortunately, JavaScript is the tool we have, not the tool we want. Maybe changes are coming with Web Assembly, or maybe it's another dead end.

Penguin takeover: We tried running some GUI Linux apps on Windows the official way – and nothing exploded

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Re: I worry...

No, WSL is mostly a play for software developers who need to deploy to Linux VMs. This allows them to build and test everything on windows (even in VS if they want). Even Microsoft is deploying their own web applications to Linux hosts now so it makes sense. They want Windows on the desktop to remain even after all the servers are running Linux.

I can see how WSL could be useful for sysadmins, but they're not the target audience. General users aren't even going to care about WSL.

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Not really, the Windows faithful would never use this and therefore why would they ever care?

From cash machines to commercial kitchen appliances, Doom really will run on almost anything

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Meh, this was a real simple one, didn't even need a recompile because the hardware is already a DOS PC.

Sure, your app is crap, but Windows won't tell. Promise

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You see broken Linux and FreeBSD systems too. Billboards are a good place for embedded software that just displays the images, but using a general-purpose OS is a lot cheaper so you're going to keep seeing this.

Microsoft revokes MVP status of developer who tweeted complaint about request to promote SQL-on-Azure

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Yet another example of why Microsoft's "certifications" are only fit for lining the bottoms of bird cages. There is a good reason that more and more job applications do not list them and most hiring managers don't care if you have them.

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Re: Bloody Azure

Azure is quickly becoming Microsoft's marquee product. Windows is free, Office 365 runs on... Azure, SQL Server is frequently run on... Azure, so it's not surprising.

Microsoft bows to the inevitable and takes Visual Studio 64-bit for 2022 version

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I predict this just results in Visual Studio using more memory with any real improvements.

Microsoft OneDrive for Windows 7 drives off a cliff for business users

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Re: TLS 1.2

Amazon, Google and Microsoft are all basically forcing anyone who uses their cloud platforms to disable TLS < 1.2 for everything. Onedrive uses Azure Storage in the backend, so this is necessitated by that.

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Re: Is Win10 stable yet?

It's like Linux, just use the LTS releases.

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You can uninstall OneDrive. It's right there in "Add or Remove Programs"

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Re: What's going to cost more?

Unlike Windows XP to Windows 7, application compatibility isn't a big issue so this isn't a huge deal.

Unity devs warned of breaking changes ahead in video game engine as team gets to grips with mutating face of .NET

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"Microsoft's unification of .NET is in reality a process, not something that happened overnight with the release of .NET 5.0 last year."

Sort of, not really, no. Microsoft's "unification" of .NET is more about adding features to .NET Core to make it suitable to replace .NET Framework, Mono or any other .NET runtime. There will not be a point where you can compile .NET Framework code in .NET 6 or 7 or 8 etc. Microsoft has made this clear. They're providing some tools to help you migrate, but it's a big task. Skills transfer very easily between .NET Framework and Core but when it comes to software you need to migrate a lot of things. For web applications MVC Core is very different from the older MVC, the entity framework versions are different (yes, you can use 6, but it doesn't interface with MVC Core so that's also an issue, although one that might be fixed at some point).

The TLDR is that it's not so much a unification is it is a replacement. This is a big change for Unity to support.

Key Perl Core developer quits, says he was bullied for daring to suggest programming language contained 'cruft'

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Re: Cult and control

The concept of open source is that if you want something done, you're expected to do it yourself. They don't want suggestions, they want you to fork it, make the changes and then they'll consider it. It's not a customer-based system.

Does that suck for everyone who isn't a developer? Heck yes, but the devs don't care because they're not being paid to take requests. It's a fundamentally unfriendly system.

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