* Posts by cornetman

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Survey of astronomers and geophysicists shines a light on 'bleak' systemic bullying

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Re: Qual, not quant

There is much in what you say.

However, the report is about bullying which is an unreasonable, aggressive act perpetrated against a person.

They are using "feelings" and perception as a measure of bullying and because of that they should be very wary of definitional creep.

At best, this is an unreliable measure. It might be that it is the best that we have, but I think that we should still acknowledge that fact.

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Re: Have a little think

> If your reaction to this is to try and debunk it, ask yourself why.

Perhaps you might consider the people that are regular visitors to this esteemed publication?

In the main, highly technical people in the professional realm.

Many involved in scientific research fields where they are used to seeing much more precision and careful trial control, who are very knowledgeable about bias and poor construction. I absolutely *would* expect criticism of a trial such as this.

And why not? This is how science works. You assert something, provide what you believe is the evidence, and then the rest of the scientific community tries to rip it apart. If it survives, then you have what is called "substantive" and your original point might have some merit.

Don't expect everyone to be glowing and gushing if your standard or evidence is shockingly lacking.

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Re: Excuse me?

Well I read through all the comments, and I couldn't find a single comment stating or implying that bullying doesn't exist or even a big problem.

I did see a lot of comments criticising the structure and possibly validity of this kind of survey to prove anything. I assume that such things would concern anybody interested in knowing the truth.

If I say that a rule is inaccurate, would I be suggesting that there is no such thing as distance measurement?

It is really a very bizarre assertion.

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> Maybe she's just a lazy cow

Why not "Maybe he's just a lazy cow"?

Your biases are showing.

> Besides, the examples you cite absolutely can be bullying if they're being applied to somebody who is doing perfectly acceptable work and isn't any less productive than their colleagues.

You are of course correct, but we shall never know if the situations reported by the respondents to the survey were one sort or the other. It is not reporting on actually substantive situations of bullying, just what people "feel" and they are not necessarily the same thing.

These things are very difficult to measure, but we would expect a reasonable minimum of structure and control to a survey of this kind. Certainly I would ask the respondents to categorise their bullying and, where they were willing, to at least describe the situation(s) so that we could at least control for perception individual perception, if anonymity could be assured.

Being "taken to task" could absolutely be perceived as bullying when it is actually no such thing.

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I wonder how bullying was defined by the survey or if it was defined at all.

Does "the quality of your work is unacceptable" or "you are lazy: you need to pull your weight" qualify?

The old New: Windows veteran explains that menu item

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Re: Always an important consideration

> I always use the Ctrl-Shift-Esc combo,

Same with me and I remember thinking the exact same thing when I read that article.

Lawn care SWAT team subdues trigger-happy Texan... and other stories

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Regarding the person fined while under Covid quarantine, I'm unsure as to why *receiving* cigarettes would qualify as breaking their quarantine.

Can anyone enlighten me?

Windows 11: What we like and don't like about Microsoft's operating system so far

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One of the reasons that I have a fondness for "old Windows" is that they had a consistent style guide for applications that made accessing things like menus and the like predictable and intuitive, and they stuck to it.

Ever since at least Windows 8, it always seemed like the kicked consistency in the nuts and decided that they would tack on any old fashionable fad and do it badly and only partially such that what we have ended up with some kinds of Frankenstein's monster of a UI which makes me want to cry every time that I have to use it.

At least with Classic shell, we can, in some small way, strap on something that makes Windows usable. I really don't understand why Microsoft just cannot get their act together in this regard.

Iffy voltage: The plague of PC builders and Hubble space telescope controllers alike

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Definitely time for the brown trousers. Fingers crossed here.

Report: 83% of UK software engineers suffer burnout, COVID-19 made it worse

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Re: Yup

Evidently at least *one* person didn't watch the same kids TV that we did. :D

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Re: Yup

> "Go and Do Something Less Boring Instead"*

So Why Don't You?

Revealed: Perfect timings for creation of exemplary full English breakfast

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Re: Probably the perfect topic for an (English) flame war!

Once tried black pudding unfried and it was vile.

However, crispy after a session in the fat converts it into a delight.

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Two points:

1. I see no mention of black pudding. WTF?

2. Fried bread, in the lard, cooked both sides. "Dipped" bread if you are in a hurry. Makes the frying pan much easier to wash to boot.

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Re: Lost me in the first paragraph.

We get a teaspoon and flip hot fat over the egg until it is fully cooked.

That way you don't get horrible runny white, but the top is soft rather than crispy.

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Re: Lost me in the first paragraph.


What on earth would you dip your pieces of sausage in?

Richard Branson uses two planes to make 170km round trip

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Re: "Taking humans deep into that environment"

That this surprises people is strange. Pretty much all tech that comes to us plebs starts off way too expensive for us and the rich carry make that development possible. It's not particularly unusual.

Linux Foundation celebrates 30 years of Torvalds' kernel with a dry T-shirt contest

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Is there some reason why these tee-shirts must be dry or is there a stipulation that only very British comedy is acceptable?

Dell bigwig: Expect another 6 months of supply woes. Oh, hello Windows 11

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Re: "a collection of kit that's now two years old"

> "And most corporations run their assets between a three and a five year lifespan so some of those assets will now be seven years old.

I came here to say pretty much the same thing.

After 2 years, you've weeded out the lemons and are left with relatively reliable kit.

Why kick all that good kit out to take the chance of getting a load more lemons again?

OpenUK's latest report paints a rosy picture of open source adoption

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Re: A company's commitment to participating ... would be much more prevalent

It's easy to forget that an important way that companies can contribute to free software is by reporting bugs and following them up. People often think of bug reporters as takers, but in fact they are giving back in their own way, especially if they are willing to front the testing of fixes.

The other shocking gap is in decent doc. I wish more users that can't program would step up and contribute in this way.

Ransomware-hit law firm gets court order asking crooks not to publish the data they stole

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It could be that they are looking to set up a situation where court sanctions, if the perpetrators were caught, would be more extreme, as in contempt-of-court for example.

As the old adage goes, 'it is easier to gain forgiveness than it is to get permission', which is an imperfect fit I grant you.

Of course that assumes that the crooks are in the same criminal jurisdiction.

Audacity users stick the knife – and fork – in to strip audio editor of unwanted features

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Re: Audiance

I really like that.

Not for children: Audacity fans drop the f-bomb after privacy agreement changes

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Re: Absolutely standard privacy provisions

The GPL is specifically constructed such that consent to use the software is not required.

As someone above commented, I'm not entirely sure that such a provision is even compatible with the GPL since the whole point of the license is to grant permission to *everyone* and prevent anyone from denying others those same permissions

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Re: Blatant GPL violation

Certainly, it would seem to be in violation of the spirit of the license.

What is God's name are they doing specifying that children can't use the software?

That stood out to me as the most bizarre stipulation.

Don't we want to introduce free software to children at the earliest possible age?

Muse Co seems to have completely lost their minds.

Taikonauts complete seven-hour spacewalk, the first for China since 2008

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Re: Well done

> We shouldn't be giving a platform to countries with not exactly great human rights track record.

Well how about just congratulating 3 men on their massive rocks to be able do such a thing? They are not responsible for what their government do.

Condemn governments on what they do wrong.

Congratulate them on what they do right.

Otherwise, we just come over as contrary ar*eholes.

Microsoft wasn't joking about the Dev Channel not enforcing hardware checks: Windows 11 pops up on Pi, mobile phone

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Re: You're nuts

> Even this is nonsense. My personal laptop is a Thinkpad with 4GB RAM. It runs Win7 Pro x64, and I frequently run VMs on top of that.

True, I guess my main use is for development of the software we develop and it is quite memory intensive and we test it in VMs. As others have said, it depends what you're doing, but since memory is so cheap at the moment, it makes sense to bulk it up a bit so you're not running close the edge.

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Re: You're nuts

> For Windows 7, Borkzilla had the gall to state that 2GB was all that was needed (for the 64-bit version). What you actually needed was 8GB at the bare minimum, 16GB was much, much better.

Nah. 8GB for Windows 7 is more than enough for most users doing regular things, including playing AAA gaming titles. 16GB must be the practical minimum really if you want to run VMs but it is not impossible to do that with 8GB.

Pretty much the same for Windows 10.

Much more recently (last couple of years perhaps), 16GB is the recommended amount for most new builds, mainly because RAM is pretty cheap at the moment and some recent games titles run much more smoothly with it. It's not really an OS requirement.

Microsoft releases Windows 11 Insider Preview, attempts to defend labyrinth of hardware requirements

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> Well, being on the supported list means they have actually tested it. How many combinations of the thousands of CPU SKUs, hundreds of chipset SKUs released in the last decade do you think Microsoft should test? How many years back? 3, 5, 10, 20?

Well if you're talking about AMD, actually not that many really, even going back to Zen 1.

Huawei dev flamed for 'useless' Linux kernel code contributions

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Re: More to the Story?

That sounds likely TBH.

Happy with your existing Windows 10 setup? Good, because Windows 11 could turn its nose up at your CPU

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Re: bad for the planet

My dev machine here is a Lenovo Thinkpad W530 and it's a solid piece of kit and I absolutely love it.

I don't think my company is looking to change this out soon which is fair enough. It's super reliable and still able to run multiple VMs and such.

With a 1TB SSD and 32GB upgrades it's still a beast.

I run Linux Mint on the bare metal but I run Windows server 2016 in VMs for development.

In wonder how long it will be before running an up-to-date server Windows becomes impossible on this kit.

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> 3.2 Connectivity

> Windows 11 device must include at least one network connectivity option, such as Ethernet or Wi-Fi.

Hmm. I wonder why?

Open-source projects glibc and gnulib look to sever copyright ties with Free Software Foundation

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Re: Why fix what ain't broke?

> I've always been against the politicisation of software.

It has always been the case that those that value their freedoms the least are the ones that are privileged to have them. Software is just one arena where freedom is fought which is why when Rishard Stallman talks about freedom, it is not specifically about software. It worries that so many seem to listen to the message, yet get so superficially little from it.

You're free to hold that view. Despite that, I, Richard and many others will defend your tenuous freedoms.

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Re: Why fix what ain't broke?

I don't know if the battle is quite won yet. It has merely changed its face.

Many people just don't understand that the battle was never really about whether or not you could see the source. It was about freedom. Freedom from companies that want to control and manipulate you. Companies used (to a lesser extent now) software to control. Now we have web facilities attempting to do the same. I despair when I see figures proclaiming the that fight has been won because companies are "embracing" open source. The source is not the point, it is about freedom and we will *always* have to fight that war.

You don't have to use Twitter, Facebook, Google, Amazon etc, but they are becoming so embedded in our society that to entirely avoid them comes with a price. Such is the societal power that these companies wield.

As such, what Richard Stallman has to say about freedom is as relevant today as it ever was.

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Re: Why assign copyright?

I believe the point being made was that ordinary lay people do not generally have the will, resources or knowledge with which to defend their copyright in practise. It is not a question of whether it is possible. It is a question of expediency.

Racist malware blocks The Pirate Bay by tampering with victims' Windows hosts file

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> This is also done in rap music


It's almost, I dunno, like what's important is intent rather than the words themselves.

Realizing this is getting out of hand, Coq mulls new name for programming language

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Re: Member obsessed

And also a really good pork pie. :D

God, I'm right hungry now.

There was a crooked man who bought a crooked M1 iMac, and we presume they lived together in a little crooked house

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Wine 6.0.1: For that one weird app on that one weird Mac

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Re: Easier to run a VM

I suspect that the majority of usages of WINE in one way or another are game-related.

The WINE team have been making a lot of progress over the years but Valve's recent involvement has accelerated that somewhat in terms of progress and exposure. The recent Vulkan support is certainly welcome.

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Re: Easier to run a VM

> Wine was a nice idea at the time and is a great demonstration of technology but it's also fatally flawed. Virtualisation of the hardware supplanted emulation of the sofware around the time IBM added support for Windows to OS/2. This is why there are virtualised mainframes out there running code for which the source code no longer exists.

The number of users running WINE is rocketing skyward, especially in the guise of Valve's Proton which is opening the horizon for a lot of people that do not run Windows to run Windows-only games and it is doing it extremely acceptably.

I used to have a separate boot partition for Windows 7 to run games but since Windows 7 support was dropped and I upgraded my hardware to something that didn't really work well on it, I realised that for most things I just didn't need Windows any more. I've been running AAA games on a separate Linux partition ever since. It used to be that most games had big problems running on WINE. That hasn't been true for quite a while.

There are also a growing number of people that just don't want to run Windows with its increasingly aggressive tracking and profiling, something that I can sympathise with.

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Re: Easier to run a VM

Perhaps I could add to that, that not all Windows applications run under a recent version of Windows.

WINE has compatibility layers so it can emulate previous versions fairly well.

I know some versions of Windows also do but it doesn't always work, especially if the application is a bit naughty.

Linus Torvalds tells kernel list poster to 'SHUT THE HELL UP' for saying COVID-19 vaccines create 'new humanoid race'

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Re: Masks and the Flu

I heard an interesting comment on this very question here by some doctors in the field of influenza on the radio.

They said that the reduction in influenza was largely down to the restrictions on travel. Apparently, a lot of the new strains are incubated in some of the more tropical climes and we bring them back with us when we holiday.

Here in Canada we have only had a handful of cases of the 'flu this last year, presumably because of it.

Version 8 of open-source code editor Notepad++ brings Dark Mode and an ARM64 build, but bans Bing from web searches

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Re: Notepad++ is genius

I think it is very pretty. Although I use Eclipse most for dev work, I still do open it for misc config files and the like.

I love the fact that it efficiently handles very large files. Some of the files that I have to search through visually are many MB log files.

Proof-of-space cryptocurrency Chia triggers HDD sales boom in Europe

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I wonder if you could use a RAM disk, assuming you has sufficient ram at your disposal.

Apple settles with student after authorized repair workers leaked her naked pics to her Facebook page

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Re: How to tell if you're stupid.

> Try substituting 'nude pics of yourself' with 'pictures of my mother dying alone in a hospital bed'. The total disregard for personal privacy is the issue here, not the actual data involved.

Not only that, perhaps substitute images or any information that you hold in a professional capacity that you have a responsibility to keep private.

On Louis's YouTube, there is a dumb as f*ck commentator who calls himself "Spenser" trolling for Apple making the same arguments as to the alleged stupidity of the phone's owner. Trivial damage to a phone could easily make it non-functional, a failed battery or charging socket, a cracked screen that makes the display unreadable so that the data couldn't be removed before shipping. And the data is supposed to be encrypted.

As stated by others, this is a huge breach of privacy expectation by an Apple contractor and they should be slapped down mercilessly.

Surviving eclipse season and resurrecting 25-year-old software with Windows for Workgroups 3.11: One year with Mars Express

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I guess all manufacturers go through periods where their reliability is suspect.

I used to volunteer at a local recycling non-profit where IT stuff is repurposed and cycled back out into the community. In the little room where hard drives are wiped, tested and installed with Ubuntu, there is a tub under the desk for any Maxtor drives that come in. They are busted up and recycled. They don't have a very good reputation there.

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MAXTOR drives? Good luck with that.

Google's diversity strat lead who said Jews have 'insatiable appetite for war' is no longer diversity strat lead

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Re: disagreeing with my views

Well that might have been his feeling 14 years ago. For a youngster, that's practically an eternity.

It might not be in any way representative of how he feels now. And as I suggested above, we have no idea about that.

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I wonder if anyone has checked to see if these are still his views.

I'm sure we all have some skeletons from the past that we would rather not come to light in later years, having presumably matured in our positions somewhat.

Judging someone now on what they thought 14 years ago is probably not all that fair, although I do not know this chap at all.

That's the problem with having everything recorded for eternity in the Wayback machine. Nobody cares if you change your mind.

Microsoft releases command-line package manager for Windows (there are snags)

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> How about Chocolatey? Is it any good?

It's OK. I use it here. Sometimes a package fails to upgrade for weird reasons, but in the main it works well. The closest I have come to having a convenient installer.

One good aspect is having choco update all installed software. So I have many of the classics like notepad++ and every now and then I just run a blanket update to get the most recent versions.

I can recommend giving it a try.

The Audacity: Audio tool finds new and exciting ways to annoy contributors with a Contributor License Agreement

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Re: Getting rather annoyed

Agreed. Some great videos on UI design fail. This move seems a little unnecessary. People get very touchy about CLAs.

Sounds like they are getting into monetisation mode, which isn't necessarily bad per se, but they are taking code that others have built and possibly intending to manipulate it in ways that those contributers would not like. The excuses given seem a little weak.

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

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So, does anyone actually know what kicked this whole situation off?

I have followed a lot of the discussion about this online. Other than the Shells.com affiliate link allegation, which seems a bit weak, I can only find this from https://ariadne.space/2021/05/20/the-whole-freenode-kerfluffle/ which appears to try to summarise the situation without providing much of any substance:

"Because of this, I believe Andrew’s intention is to preserve IRC as it was formative in his transition from childhood to adulthood. He finds IRC to be comforting, in the same way that I find the bunny plushie I sleep with to be comforting. This is understandable to me, as many people strongly desire to preserve the environment they proverbially grew up in.

However, in implementing his desire to preserve the IRC network he grew up on, he has effectively destroyed it: projects are leaving or planning to leave en masse, which is sad."

So Lee loves IRC and wants to preserve it. That's hardly a shocking indictment in of itself. I really do feel that there is something weird going on here, but no-one seems to be interested to actually talk about it.



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