* Posts by bigtreeman

180 publicly visible posts • joined 8 May 2018


Musk lashes out at Biden administration over rural broadband


NBN equivalent

faster | cheaper | better | sooner

pick 2

initially cheaper that is, until it falls out of the sky

Just as Australia should have built a government owned, fiber network,

before making promises of a better internet for all.

Redundant, full coverage, future proof, disaster proof, corporate corruption proof.

Microsoft 365's add-on avalanche is putting the squeeze on customers


Profit and loss

My partner, who has drunk from the 365 Kool-aid,

just puts the extra charges into her profit and loss equation.

Tesla owners in deep freeze discover the cold, hard truth about EVs



Telstra owners and dealers, RTFM

Don't sell these EVs to stupid people without warning them about the shortcomings.

EVs are great where I live 10C-30C,

Eben Upton on Sinclair, Acorn, and the Raspberry Pi


CP/M or PC

Soon after the PC came out I had a choice of a 64k ram Z80, STD bus, CP/M boxen or a 640k PC-XT clone out the back door of a Chinese factory, both the same $1500. Wouldn't even think about any of the little, basically useless toys out there.

The PC came with a mountain of pirated software and IBM firmware proms with a math co-processor.

So the choice was pretty simple, that ugly beige box and green screen looked pretty good and did everything was asked of it, work or play.

To be, or not to be, in the office. Has returning to work stalled?


World's End

We were camping at World's End S.A. (Oz) when she had to do a conference call. Of course there is no signal at the end of the world, so, into the car and drive till we have 2 bars of 4G reception, and Bob's your uncle. But if we had StarLink it would have been easier.

Word turns 40: From 'new kid on the block' to 'I can't believe it's not bloatware'



No mention of Staroffice or Openoffice ?

One person mentioned Libreoffice.

How can something free threaten the profits of a commercial application ?

Pay nothing, get nothing ?

How to get a computer get stuck in a lift? Ask an 'illegal engineer'


home workshop bench

My Dad's workshop bench was made from the very sturdy frame of an IBM 402, centre of the workshop for decades.

Three signs that Wayland is becoming the favored way to get a GUI on Linux


development stopped because it works


I just compiled and installed Aqualung music player,

because it works....

I tried a number of active alternatives which were crap.

It has been forked and even has new dev work

I use bits of software that haven't been advancing for many years,

but they work...

and there's nothing else does the job I want, the way I like doing it.

don't fuck with it if it works


Six Stages of systemd....

.... linuxcon.au 2014 titled "The Six Stages of systemd." ....

how many stages and stumbles for Wayland ?

sound like the 5 stages of grief

develop, release, debug ...

fuck me it's Windowz for Linux

Linux has nearly half of the desktop OS Linux market



Used a *BSD lately ?

Even if not the kernel, a lot of the stuff that makes Linux Desktop is in *BSDs.

That would add another 0.0001% to the count

Microsoft and GitHub are still trying to derail Copilot code copyright legal fight


Ah fork it

So is Copilot in effect forking small segments of code ?

If so is it then legal ?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fork_(software_development) fairly well describes what Microsoft is doing.

VMware, AMD, Samsung and RISC-V push for confidential computing standards


Pwn the world

Port that "secure" framework into desktop operating systems and the corporate world has pwned everyone and all their data.

Gen Z and Millennials don't know what their colleagues are talking about half the time



Some of the best office jargon can be seen on (Australian) ABC Iview - Utopia.

Yes it's back, it's galling, politically correct and so much fun.

Dell reneges on remote work promise, tells staff to wear pants at least 3 days a week


wear pants

Here in Brisbane commuting can take 2 + hours, same getting home.

Wear pants might mean a nappy if you get the shits on the way,

which is very likely.

CAN do attitude: How thieves steal cars using network bus


Re: Easily solvable....

Tech people will want a clever tech answer to a problem.

Adding another layer of complexity, another point of failure

and a challenge for future hackers.

How about a low tech, old school, key lock somewhere in the network.

Only has to short CANH and CANL, could be retrofitted to all can bus vehicles.

A modern version of a steering lock (youngsters can google that).

FBI boss says COVID-19 'most likely' escaped from lab



Fucking bullshit

just stirring up the next world war

believe the FB fucking I

or the scientists

How to get Linux onto a non-approved laptop


Re: Pre-installed

My Asus laptop came Win pre-installed.

I tried to boot Windows before installing Linux, just to see what a new (Win10) looked like.

100 questions later, signed up to some Microsoft account, on and on it went.

I gave up, turned off boot security and installed Devuan in minutes.

It took months before that Microsoft account was removed.

Microsoft upgrades Defender to lock down Linux gear for its own good


Not our friend

You have been warned - only use Windows desktop.

I'm tired, this has always been Microsoft 101.

Microsoft hasn't cosied up to Linux to be our friend.

Embrace, extend, extinguish

Atlassian CEO's bonkers scheme to pipe electricity from Australia to Singapore collapses


rich dreamers

If they had used the Tesla Wireless Power Transmission system,

I would have believed they were for real,

and not just rich, wanking dreamers.

Shame on Infrastructure Australia for giving the business case a big tick.

Pity they didn't run it by knowledgable engineers who would have given it a big fail.

BBC is still struggling with the digital switch, says watchdog



The ABC down here in Oz started their digital transformation back in 2006 with video podcasting and has grown with technology since then.

Good on you Aunty.

Ventana targets hyperscalers with customizable RISC-V server chip


pivot to risc-v

I am pivoting to risc-v from arm.

Currently waiting for a StarFive VisionFive 2 board

and looking forward to an open future.

'What's the point of me being in my office, just because they want to see me in the office?'


Re: Contract clauses

Gold Coast to Brisbane commutes one to two hours each way, adds 25-50% extra, wasted time out of your lif.

then the rising cost of fuel and parking and lets not mention child minding.

Is it time to build that shit into your contract.

Remember folks an employment contract is not a one way, boss takes all agreement.

Strike out some of their clauses,

put in some of your own clauses.

It's called reaching an agreement,

and the more people do it,

the sooner employers will have to suck it up.

Microsoft's Lennart Poettering proposes tightening up Linux boot process


Devuan is working for me.

no Poettering


Lennart works for Microsoft

So why does his odour still linger in Linux.


He now has to do what his employer tells him to do

and if that is detrimental to Linux ?

How GitHub Copilot could steer Microsoft into a copyright storm


Re: Am I the only one

So you are going to repeat errors fixed by past programmers.

Most businesses repeat past mistakes by not learning from their history.

We stand on the shoulders of giants.

IBM published it's bios code and all the circuit diagrams

so people could copy without copying.

This created the clone PC industry, hoo fucking raa.

I got a Chinese clone PC with it's own bios and spare eproms with IBM bios.


What, hoped Micro$oft had gone soft ?

..."When Microsoft bought GitHub in 2018, a lot of open source developers – me included – hoped for the best. Apparently that hope was misplaced."...

I've never had that problem, always expect the very worst from Micro$oft

OpenBSD 7.2: The other other FOSS xNix released, runs on Apple M2 Macs


7.2 arm64 framebuffer

Graphics via framebuffer make the arm64 port basically useless

unless you aren't running a headless boxen.

Wireless keyboard and mouse, not a problem, has worked for a long time.

Senior engineer reported to management for failing to fix a stapler


fix my glasses

I had a general manager who required, from time to time, me to come and maintain his glasses with my jewellers screwdriver, Duh.

Water pipes hold flood of untapped electricity potential


fucking horseshit

Water and waste water cost an enormous amount of electricity.

Pumping, filtering, treating.

The Reg has some dumb ass articles.

No, working in IT does not mean you can fix anything with a soldering iron


solder wick

A recent job interview, I had to show my proficiency removing a surface mount resistor with solder wick and a crap soldering iron.

That was pretty much how the whole place operated.

They were in a basement (dungeon) and got badly flooded in a big storm.


Thats whats the deal we're dealin in

You thought you bought software – all you bought was a lie


Re: Implicit in the article, but not explicitly stated:

Outlook is one such data lock

until LookOut by Mozilla

which became abandonware

then was reborn and works with new versions of Thunderbird

that's where the open source is so useful

and it's still being maintained

and this is the type of tool needed to set people free from lock-in

Girls Who Code books 'banned' in some US classrooms


choose coding

Go girls,

get into coding

and loose your life

I chose Life.

Open source biz sick of FOSS community exploitation overhauls software rights


monetise and get stinking rich

We have had commercial software up to here.

You want to make money OR you want to make free software.

Not both.

Make your business position, free or not free

you can't have it both ways.

US warns cryptominers must cut power use to avoid busting US carbon goals


tax on carbon

Tax crypto for carbon emissions to the point where mining is not profitable.

The effects of man made pollution are all too apparent

and can't be ignored for profits created by something as worthless as crypto.

Left-wing campaign group throws weight behind BT strikes


Capitalism doesn't add up


Capitalism doesn't add up.

It isn't any better than the feudal system.

The oligarchical system rules over much of the world,

with the 'democratic politicians' being their pawns.

Any country which deviates to the left is destroyed with embargoes and sanctions.

and for 'Disgusted Of Tunbridge Wells', 4 years out of Uni and not a lifetime of experience,

When you have experienced the world with open eyes for 60+ years you should have become a socialist.

Nuclear power is the climate superhero too nervous to wear its cape


LNP loosers

When our former government hit the opposition benches, they chimed in with "a new nuclear strategy" to solve the world's climate crisis.

They didn't even acknowledge a climate crisis for most of the last 10 years, did all they could to stop solar and wind, even brought a lump of coal into parliament.

The did a study into nuclear in their dying days which showed nuclear was a no go. But they bring back the red herring to show what losers they are.

Price, lead times and scarcity of fiber optics may derail projects


not this little black duck

For fucking yeah. FTTP

Fibre is being rolled out in our town NOW.

They were coming up our street yesterday and should go past our gate today.

Phoning my ISP today.

We have suffered the Malcolm Turdbull NBN fuckup for too long.

I'm not concerned about the price per kilometer. The real cost installed is way different to that.

The first part of the upgrade was checking and clearing the conduits which seem to have been in good order because they didn't have to dig.

Now it' seems to be a pretty swift cable pull.

My smartphone has wiped my microSD card again: Is it a conspiracy?


F3 diagnostics

Has anyone tried f3, check if it is a 'fake' flash memory

# f3probe /dev/sdb

F3 probe 8.0

Copyright (C) 2010 Digirati Internet LTDA.

This is free software; see the source for copying conditions.

WARNING: Probing normally takes from a few seconds to 15 minutes, but

it can take longer. Please be patient.

Probe finished, recovering blocks... Done

Good news: The device `/dev/sdb' is the real thing

Device geometry:

*Usable* size: 14.84 GB (31116288 blocks)

Announced size: 14.84 GB (31116288 blocks)

Module: 16.00 GB (2^34 Bytes)

Approximate cache size: 0.00 Byte (0 blocks), need-reset=no

Physical block size: 512.00 Byte (2^9 Bytes)

Probe time: 2'12"

After 40 years in tech, I see every innovation contains its dark opposite


Re: Speech recognition...

Early 80s, John and Stan did a demonstration of speech recognition at work.

John showed it off and Stan was sitting at his desk surreptitiously switching the leds on.

"Into the microphone, say red or green" and magically the red or green led would turn on.

Until Stan was spotted and the gig was up.

Lots of fun though.

Hive to pull the plug on smart home gadgets by 2025


open source discontinued products

This is one reason we have open source.

Luxembourg judge hits pause on Amazon's daily payments of disputed $844m GDPR fine



Amazon annual revenue for 2021 was $469.822B

Amazon annual gross profit for 2021 was $197.478B

$844m (€746m) fine

requiring a daily $750,000 payment

payments over ~1253 days (~3 years)

just fucking pay the piddly fine and stop jerking off.

Sick of Windows but can't afford a Mac? Consult our cynic's guide to desktop Linux


Ubuntu means

as used in this sentence

" Don't tread in the Ubuntu ! "

here Ubuntu means elephant shit

Version 251 of systemd coming soon to a Linux distro near you


Re: There is a simple solution to all of this nonsense

You are so close to the future.

The eWaste has much higher concentrations of end products than mined ore.

Taking all the eWaste, crushing it up, then put it through extraction processes is the cheapest and easiest way to 'create' all those rare and not so rare materials.

We're looking at the end of mining if we already have enough materials in the re-cycling loop.



Lennart has pwned Linux

ServiceNow ordered a year's worth of hardware to avoid supply chain hassles


tiolet paper

ServiceNow panic shopped on hardware,

here in Australia we panic shopped on toilet paper.

When you end up in the shit,

I know which supplies are more useful.

Seriously, you do not want to make that cable your earth


phone line earth

A customer had some gear supplied by a competing IT shop. One of their special deals was disconnecting the building earth from ground.

Yes, floating earth, what fun.

When lightning struck, everything electrical in the office and their home was utterly destroyed. But the lightning also went down the phone lines and took out the local Telstra substation.

I found and reconnected the earth at the ground stake and thought nothing more till I found the same modification at a couple of other customers also supplied by this shop. They used to get quite a lot of storm damage insurance jobs.

RISC-V CEO seeks 'world domination' by winning over the likes of Intel


Extended Intel RISK-Y

Windows tied to Intel extended instruction set Risc-V CPU.

sound familiar ?

Intel wanting nothing less than "world domination"

Study: How Amazon uses Echo smart speaker conversations to target ads



I have turned her Bose smart speaker off.

It uses Alexa and ages ago I suspected it would be used for surveillance and data gathering by Amazon.

It is a really nice quality speaker but I can't use it to play my music files offline.

Just seemed suspicious that it is tied to Amazon only.

Does anyone know how to get local use out of these speakers ???

If you fire someone, don't let them hang around a month to finish code


asked to hang around or go

Once I was let go at the end of a trial period, we both agreed it wasn't working.

The boss offered for me to work out the final fortnight or take the money and run.

What is a guy meant to do ? go to work ? get paid to go surfing ?

decisions, decisions

Deere & Co won't give out software and data needed for repairs, watchdog told



An Amana fridge,

no circuit diagram available,

service costs $150 travel $100/hour,

guy maybe isolates fault $250,

phones repair will cost an extra $400,

fault is obvious,

remove faulty part, test with meter - yes faulty - 5 minutes,

Google part - cheapest $55 delivered.


I don't mind paying for professional repair,

but won't pay for having an extra hole ripped