* Posts by bigtreeman

140 posts • joined 8 May 2018


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

ICANN responds to Ukraine demand to delete all Russian domains



Does Ukraine have a right to put up a firewall to block Russian domains ?

But ideologically I'm on Desmond's side.

Evil prevails when good men fail to act.

Linux-on-an-SBC project Armbian releases version 22.02


linux is small

Tiny Core Linux gives you gui with 21MB, bit more than a floppy, but hey when was the last time you saw an actual floppy drive or connector on a motherboard ?


it is exactly a distro

It uses uboot, dtb, linux kernel, linux firmware, systemd, debian packages,.....

What exactly makes it not Linux ?

I've used Armbian on a number of SBCs because it has great dtb and uboot support.

Other distros are based on Armbian - Dietpi

Americans far more willing to hand over personal data


Discount cards

We were at our favourite BoatingFishing&Camping store and her membership had disappeared from their system, so re-enter phone number, email and details to get the 5% discount.

Yesterday at RipEveryPersonalCustomerOff they had a week of 30% off for club members.

So are the marked shelf prices always more than 30% over an acceptable retail price ?

What is the real $$$ value of that data to the retailer ?

'She who must be obeyed' has a purse full of these loyalty cards so her purchases can be easily tracked and collated.

Discounts are more attractive than just user experience, and they tie in tangible consumerism with online data.

I don't have any loyalty, I am definitely polygamous,

and keep an eye on the sky for those black helicopters.

Microsoft details 'planet-scale' AI infrastructure packing 100,000-plus GPUs


virtual reality

... thanks to "a novel technique called replica splicing that makes it possible to time-slice multiple workers on the same device with negligible overhead, while enabling each worker to use the entire device memory."

... without doing massive task switching of the entire device memory from virtual reality.

... it's virtually possible, we're just looking into the nitty gritty of reality.

Is Microsoft really paying 26 people to spew forth this rubbish ? and why ?

Beware the techie who takes things literally


Re: RS232 and DOS

Forth could comfortable handle rs-232 on an old 8088 pc with dos up to 56k baud. That's why I quickly stopped using basic.


commercial compiler

I had made a small application for a production programmer using LMI Forth.

It wasn't interpreted, but turnkey native code running on a very tired, slightly modified IBM PC-XT.

I informed them they would have to purchase their own copy of LMI forth.

Before leaving their employ my supervisor had surreptitiously made backups.

Payback was no-one else there could program Forth if it required maintenance, so sad.

security by obscurity

Intel's plan to license x86 cores for chips with Arm, RISC-V and more inside


open sauce

All the proprietary processor makers are shitting themselves.

Just as Linux moved the goalposts so will risc-v.

It won't happen overnight, but it will happen.

Intel is making each way bets, plowing money into risc-v and offering x86.

They have a fucking lot to loose.

Taking a strong direction and going with the new tech would be much wiser.

AMD confirms Xilinx merger approved by regulators


riscy fpgas

Intel has signed up and cashed up with Risc-V which could make a more interesting companion with Altera.

If AMD could also get on board with Risc-V paired with Xilinx.

Along with open source software, the computing world might open up and get really interesting.

The dark equation of harm versus good means blockchain’s had its day


Re: We know it has no future

"BTC is unique among "cryptos", in that it's limited, decentralized, unconfiscatable."


BTC makes USA unable to put sanctions to limit a socialist country.

Capitalism is able to say socialism doesn't work because they block any socialist country from fair international trade and commerce.

Surprise, surprise, socialist economies always fail.

Maybe this will level the playing field.

Twelve years after Intel was fined $1.2bn for unfairly running over rivals, an EU court says: No need to pay



Now Intel has set a precedent that other companies can give the middle finger to EU.

'Please download in Microsoft Excel': Meet the tech set to monitor IT performance across central UK government


Excel(ent) Boat Builders

Just looked at a tech job for a major luxury boat builder who use excel spreadsheet NCR (non-conformance reports).

My son in law has just taken delivery of a 78 foot motor yacht (their largest) from this mob and it came complete with lots of teething problems from minor to fairly major, which you wouldn't expect for over $6M.

Otherwise an excellent employer building amazing boats.

Only because of the Excel NCR reports I didn't apply.

Google says open source software should be more secure



Volunteers support a lot of areas in our society.

Fire, rescue, marine radio, the Olympics, clean up the environment, help the poor

the list goes on

Society would probably fall apart without volunteers

We need to look at the wealthiest 10 or top 1% who have just had the spotlight shone on them yet again.

Minimum wage, proper redistribution of wealth will make everything purr along.

Yes, suck it up, I'm a socialist, also a realist and don't care about the fascist, right wing agenda.

Open source, closed wallets, big profits – nobody wins the OSS rock, paper, scissors game


Heavenly bank account

He's got twenty million dollars

In his Heavenly Bank Account

All from those chumps who was

Born again

Oh yeah, oh yeah ....


£42k for a top-class software engineer? It's no wonder uni research teams can't recruit



Gee, don't get caught up on one word -"decimate"

Dr Ben is a dick and doesn't have any appreciation for the software engineer

who just sits on his ass and punches out a bit of simple code.

And the good Dr is so wonderful and important anyone will slave for him.

He's not paying for a skilled programmer, the base wage for an IT Guy is $42k, that's the pay scale.

Is it decadent that I use four different computers each day, at different times?


when you're 65

Wait till your 65 and can't see, just ask me

you just get a bigger collection of glasses


NixOS and the changing face of Linux operating systems


no hatred, in it's place, sorts ~/Documents and ~/Porn before ~/derzforth so I can find them Quickly


Re: All to be superseded

New boys on the block

got a better way to do it

supersede the whole lot

and rename it GobShite

MySQL a 'pretty poor database' says departing Oracle engineer


strength of conviction

He didn't have the strength of conviction to leave when he first knew he was working on rubbish.

Needed the paycheck, you dumb ass.

A recent job with lithium batteries lasted three weeks

because I couldn't put my name to shite held together with gaffer tape.

The rocky road to better Linux software installation: Containers, containers, containers



Thanks for the history, I have used Rox filer for a long time, preferred file manager and desktop skin usually over jwm, light and fast.



Only one mention of Debian ?

Debian packaging has worked for decades, with improvements along the way,

but not changing how you can use it, apt, aptitude, synaptic ... etc

You might infrequently suffer dependency hell,

security updates have always been a breeze

apt install package, apt purge package ... just works

maybe apt should be ported to all other Linuxes

(WARNING flame bait ;) why would anyone use another Linux

DRAM, it stacks up: SK hynix rolls out 819GB/s HBM3 tech


stacked ram

Been there done that.

We used to stack 8 x 2102PC 1kx1bit rams with the data pin sticking out, birds nest of wires to the data bus.

Walah!!! 1k byte ram upgrade !!!


Not just deprecated, but deleted: Google finally strips File Transfer Protocol code from Chrome browser


git, wget

I mainly use git these days.

ftp ?

wget, and don't care if it's on an ftp server but it is generally http or https

but the dedicated downloaders are generally redirecting me to other shit I don't want to see.

when was the last time you used command line ftp ?

Opt-out is the right approach for sharing your medical records with researchers



Our doctors surgery uses hotdocs to fill out various forms.

The "agreement" attached gives the hotdocs company too much scope to share your medical information.

This is just some dicky third party organisation facilitating the information sharing,

but they think it's their right to use your data as they see fit.

Have a look next time, don't just tick the box before using the hotdoc.

Australian regulator finds Google dominates adtech, seeks powerup to fight back


search as a network layer

If search was built into the networking protocol stack Google would be undermined.

I avoid Google most of the time,

but I end up using it when it is the only or best way to achieve an outcome.

I have a gmail account only because many suppliers rely on Google.

My android phone is intrinsically tied to Google.

ProtonMail deletes 'we don't log your IP' boast from website after French climate activist reportedly arrested


protonvpn tor

I use tor over protonvpn as suggested in the article.

30 years of Linux: OS was successful because of how it was licensed, says Red Hat



Linux is the kernel only.

*nix is a toolbox of utilities,

sits on top of a C compiler,

calls routines from the libraries,

gets placed on a file system,

and everything is a file ...

elegant in it's simplicity

Only plebs use Office 2019 over Office 365, says Microsoft's weird new ad campaign



fails on a leap year

Green hydrogen 'transitioning from a shed-based industry' says researcher as the UK hedges its H2 strategy



Hydrogen stored as ammonia creates an excellent method to store and transport renewable energy for end use applications. CSIRO has been developing a membrane based process to convert hydrogen into ammonia.



Re: Might be worse than burning coal

CCS is a joke and has, in Australia been a conduit for reckless government funding to fossil fuel companies. For all the $millions wasted there is little solid technology come out. Could have just ploughed all that money directly into planting trees, natures proven CCS and already had decades old forests doing their stuff.

Tesla battery fire finally flamed out after four-day conflagration



How many times do I have to say Nickel Iron is the best technology for large scale batteries.

Environmentally friendly,

nearly indestructible,

good for 50 + years ...

yada yada yada, the list goes on

oh, only problem, they last too long

and don't have to be replaced every 5-10 years

so not economically feasible.

Hubble Space Telescope may now depend on a computer that hasn't booted since 2009


Re: Sad to see End of Life

I've seen gold plated T.I. mil spec memory chips from the 70s in gold plated sockets with the pins corroded out from the inside with just the gold shell of the pins remaining. bimetalic corrosion. Even the very best die.

Proms die, it might be random bit failure, that's why there is ECC memory and controllers, they expect random failure. Random means there could be three bits fail together and the ECC can't correct the fault.

Such is life, so random.

Boffins promise protection and perfect performance with new ZeRØ, No-FAT memory safety techniques


more smaller safer faster better

Memory protection and multitasking is an old 'mainframe' paradigm,

Now smaller processors are ubiquitous why multitask ?

We can afford a processor for each process.

Remove the complication of memory partitioning and checking.

When we see fuel supply interruption because of ransomware,

we just have to ask why those business processes haven't been compartmentalised and air gapped.

They deserve to be hacked if their critical tasks are being carried out on the same systems where idiot office assistants are wasting their time on Facebook, looking at porn and being tricked with social engineering answering fake emails.

BOFH: When the Sun rises in the West and sets in the East, only then will the UPS cease to supply uninterrupted voltage


new battery dry as a nun's

we had a UPS fail.

The battery was dry, never filled with electrolyte

UK gets glowing salute from Bezos-backed General Fusion: Nuclear energy company to build plant in Oxfordshire


already got one

We've got a perfectly functional fusion reactor hanging up in the sky.

Power is transmitted by light.

It works right now, it's always worked,

we're only now figuring out how to use it.

Fastly 'fesses up to breaking the internet with an 'an undiscovered software bug' triggered by a customer


measure twice cut once

We will test our code before we deploy to a critical system.

For a carpenter, measure twice, cut once.

First Forth, C and Python, now comp.lang.tcl latest Usenet programming forum nuked by Google Groups


Go Forth young man ....

Dunno, Forth's back up,

first time I've looked at comp.lang.forth since pre-internet

good to see it's still active

Oh hello. Haven't heard much from you lately: Linux veteran Slackware rides again with a beta of version 15



I now only use Linux for cad/cam and Netflix. (OpenBSD)

Yesterday I installed 14.2 because I'm sick and tired of Debian crud. Amazed at how old and outdated I went looking for Slackware devel branch - Current. Downloaded this morning, burned to usb while walking the dog, installed, then read this article.

Because Slackware still uses lilo, the dual boot to OpenBSD is totally effortless compared to grub which can't do it. Install and initial configuration (almost) with my eyes closed and it all just works. Now setup my cad/cam and get back to work (or Netflix fix)


SpaceX small print on Starlink insists no Earth government has authority or sovereignty over Martian activities



Shrink wrap agreement,

sounds good,

but will it hold up in court ? probably not

Corporations think anything scribbled on a piece of paper gives them legal authority.

Microsoft kills broad entry-level IT certifications, replaces them with all-Microsoft curriculum


Re: Getting closer to time to retire?

- got the caravan for the trip around Oz

- too much time on your hands, make a wooden surfboard and go surfing (or learn)

- caravan around, surf at spot X

- caravan around, surf at spot X

- caravan around, surf at spot X

- caravan around, surf at spot X

- caravan around, surf at spot X



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