* Posts by overunder

477 posts • joined 22 Aug 2018


Bad news for 'cool dads' trying to bond with their teens: China-owned TikTok and WeChat face US download ban by Sunday

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John Madden Football.

The original John Madden Football video game developed its plays using a non-authorized copy of an actual playbook from real life. It was an older playbook but still worrisome for the original... wait I'm sorry... I thought this article was about some country copying the U.S.A. who themselves copied their playbook from China.

Woman dies after hospital is unable to treat her during crippling ransomware infection, cops launch probe

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"You can't take the pay-cheque that comes with responsibility and then shirk it when you fuck up."

This is absolutely correct. Even a complete black out of all power isn't an excuse.

However in this case, we have witnessed that when insurance company Y will up your rates and investment firm Z might stop payments along with the risk of a "Jones" lawsuit... then it's better to let people die.

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Re: Why?

"...because the ER was offline"

I'm not trying to excuse ransomware, but has anyone thought that if an ER can go offline, that ER isn't a ER? You can get caught up in a fish bowl pretty quickly thinking about software, but at the end of the day 99.9% of emergency services is actually non-software related. Remember, emergency isn't LONG-TERM care. So while software related devices are always helpful, but in an emergency you can't ever factor it in.

Man falls down having a heart attack, which software is needed to save him?

Woman starts chocking...?

Entering a diabetic comma...?

Bleeding out...?

... Is the ransomware sharks the only party that should be investigated?

You won't need .NET Standard... except when you do need it: Microsoft sets out latest in ever-changing story

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Re: Smug

Well, you're a little older than me, but yeh that can't be right (I hope). That line is presented as if it is seldom to see an "app" with no shared objects under 30MB. If true, wtf happened? That really seriously cannot be right, so I assume Microsoft just considers certain .so's to be dependencies unbeknownst to the programmer.

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"The long-standing problem trap..."

"... .NET 5.0 should target .NET Standard 2.0" <--- "5 == 2" makes perfect sense and clears everything up!

We want weaponised urban drones flying through your house, says UK defence ministry as it waves a fistful of banknotes

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So... free guns!!??!

As an American, I love free guns! As soon as a winner is decided, I finally know who I can contract out my EMP project to!

Go whitey!

Oracle's Java 15 rides into town, waving the 'we're number one' flag, demands 25th birthday party

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Re: so wrong

I'm not a C++ "fan" so I'm on the fence, but just because Java uses predefined overloads doesn't mean you shouldn't be able to overload yourself. You could argue that C++ should force an API of some sort when doing this, but I've never seen a case in C++ were an operator was overloaded and NOT also used in a logical API. Well, I mean you could do it, but that would surely be an intentional Jack-In-The-Box reason (or just flat out evil).

On one hand the way C++ does it can be seen as the absolute shortest way to overload, on the other, tying them to macros can be a thing. As someone who is _NOT_ a C++ pro, it's surely confusing to learn its "When in Rome" semantics, but if you are a pro I can see how it's not a problem.

I don't know. If you learned C++ in the 90's not much has changed honestly. If you've kept C++ on your radar you might even think not much has been added to the STL itself. I sit on the fence, but _IF_ you are a C++ pro, how do you excuse the Javascript IIFE's lamdas... shame... shame on your house.

Microsoft submits Linux kernel patches for a 'complete virtualization stack' with Linux and Hyper-V

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Re: The way forward?

"...it sadly looks like Linux may have passed its peak as an independent alternative operating system."

Correct. According to the article, that happened in July 2019 when it moved from alternative to primary MASTER.

"The Linux usage on our cloud has surpassed Windows." - Sasha Levin

As if you needed another reason not to use Visual Studio, C++ extension for Visual Studio Code is live

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Re: C++

No, it's always been there. In fact, Visual Studio (not Code) err... might be the best IDE for C++ (sorry :-/). However, I will admit that if you're not experienced in one way or another as a system programmer, you might not know that many see MS VS as basically the C++ compiler for WinAPI... and that's it (No c#, no VB, no wtf ever). So, yes it undoubtedly has and has had C++ support forever.

Truthfully, getting C++ working in any IDE I've used is no different than getting C working. And if you can't get C working? People shamefully say that this or that IDE didn't have this or that for C or C++, when the reality is that if it's written anywhere in C or C++, they just have no excuse (for tools at least... for tools).

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No, you can get gdb up on it. As far as what is new in debugging with VS since VS6, maybe not, but if you've used VS6 all that is there.

The _FATAL_ problem isn't Code itself, it's Electron. After you open enough files the entire IDE drops into an unresponsive life wasting mess. In some cases it's just not a simple restart, sometimes plugins (platform.io) seem to vanish and in the most unfortunate cases so does your settings for them.

Microsoft thought Eclipse was too cross platform and fast, so they decided to eclipse... Eclipse. It's conceptually a really good IDE, but everything is absolutely, positively, undeniably SLOW. Because of Electron, it can literally never be, a serious IDE.

What a time to be alive: Floating Apple store bobs up in Singapore

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Re: Underwater access ...

Don't get too excited, if you put your shades on, you see different messages.


"underwater boardroom"


"underwater boardroom"

After 84 years, Japan's Olympus shutters its camera biz, flogs it to private equity – smartphones are just too good

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Re: Nah

Yeh, if they are expensive Leica's sell them immediately.

No matter the brand, you still wind up paying out the ass in lenses. I love portrait. I have a Nikon D850 with what I consider a complete and perfect collection of portrait lenses. That is 10 lenses. If I loved sports, I'd probably only have 4 lenses, but each lens would cost 2.5x as much... so still out the ass.

If you're young and can wait long enough, these digital MF cameras are starting to make ground. The latest sub $10,000 models don't yet hit official MF sizes, but it looks like in 1 or 2 more generations they will finally be in the low MF range. That said, if you had $10k, the Fuji GFX 100 looks like the ultimate mirrorless "SLR" (for portrait at least).

It's always a serious decision, because once you're in that camp, you're buying those lenses.

Open access journals are vanishing from the web, Internet Archive stands ready to fill in the gaps

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I don't understand, as what is the difference between a machine or a human downloading it?

I have to assume that wget didn't have a switch for $that and the IA said "oh well".

Oddly however, if wget can't retrieve it, it would seem that the journal authors themselves have put these documents in places they don't want them to be saved... so what's up with that?

Regardless, if the "Internet Archive" can't figure out how to parse a dumped stream archive, they need some serious work. Seriously, there's people out there saving 2 factor auth, live stream, multi-angled paid porn... and the I.A. can't figure out how to save a .pdf?

Microsoft to charge $200 for 32 GPU cores, sliver of CPU clockspeed, 6GB RAM, 512GB SSD... and a Blu-Ray player

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Damn, you poor kids...

I grew up playing Monopoly on a mobile wireless system with an infinite framerate using an organic processor communicating at 343 or 299,792,458 meters per second... and internal storage is still not full (although there is surely some "rot" and boot times are... oh... oh they're not good).

DPL: Debian project has plenty of money but not enough developers

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It might be, I don't understand what they want. I assume they want more "maintainers", but they should be able to hire those so...

In the end they might have to ask themselves who is Debian for. If it's for servers, then start removing packages. If it's for the Desktop, maybe team up with Ubuntu directly.

I leave this for speculative thought...

In 2010, if you downloaded Ubuntu LTS and installed KDE (full), you'd download nearly 7GB. In 2020, you now download ~4GB.

Unexpected risks of using Apple ID: 'Sign in with Apple' will be blocked for Epic Games

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Screw them both, but I did notice this...

- "...Bhavuk Jain landed a $100,000 payday earlier this year after he reported a critical flaw in Apple’s sign-in system"

O.K., this might sound like "greedy me", but companies need to pay these bug hunters A SHIT TON MORE. I bet it will cost Apple more to disable this stupid login.

This reminds me of the early days of NBA, NFL, etc. when players were paid pittance for their time (and in this case physical health). What is really stark is that this is one of the highest valued US companies paying what...?

US senators propose yet another problematic Section 230 shakeup: As long as someone says it on the web, you can't hide it away

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Re: not worse and more confused

I can't argue with "worse and more confused", but I will say at least there is _SOME_ light being drawn to the topic instead of being left completely left in the shadows.

Hey, the first plane didn't fly, the first boat didn't float. So the first of anything is just an attraction and this topic desperately needs attraction.

Apple to Epic: Sue me? No, sue you, pal!

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Oh come on

He pushed me!

He pushed me first!

Waaaaaa... sniffles sniflles.

This is all just embarrassing... no imagination what so ever. Boycott them both.

Power platform envy? Google wants to 'empower non-technical employees' with new Business Apps category

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Re: Nothing is new.

Of course, but now with so many DB types understood, DB admins also have more job security. Remember way back when admins (or someone) used to hide C: or D: or whatever, but all you had to do was type that in manually for access... this move has that type of foreshadowing.

I have no idea why you should give anything, people or machine, access to protocols that have no business using them. However, the sunny side is that this does give hope to prisoners as they may soon be making not just license plates, but firearms.

Hold on to your hats, Net Neutrality version 2 is on its way courtesy of Trump and the FCC's moves on Section 230

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Well then.

"If we honor the Constitution, we will reject this petition immediately.”

Soooooo.... this will be considered, reviewed and passed, in what... 24 hours? After all, to be a true patriot you have to honor the freedom of violating the constitution, given by the constitution... right?

Intel, Apple, Cisco, Google sue US Patent Office – Tech police, open up!

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Re: How else is the IPR process supposed to happen?

"But that time has passed."

Would you say, 40 years passed? Are you understanding what is happening to the patent system, political system, capitalism... just the whole system in general?

Anything done in favor of today's large corporations hurts people. But, like you say, it would be nice if that wasn't the case.

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Re: How else is the IPR process supposed to happen?

"The USPO should be forced to do its actual job, of checking the actual validity of patents..."

The USPO does do that.

Would you like it if the USPO had a legal team to fight people filing patents? Large companies surely would, which is why large companies always use the children "patent trolls" to ever push their control over the USPO, which in turn greedily isolates large companies from poorer creators.

This isn't about what you think it's about, and it hasn't been in 40 years.

TCL's latest e-ink tech looks good on paper, but Chinese giant will have to back up extraordinary claims

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Re: Looking forward to seeing this in action

This is hype, nothing more. I've tried 2 on Arduino, I won't be back for a 3rd.

"e-ink" makes it sound like it is the ink that is supposed to look real, it's not, it's the paper (I guess "e-ink" is more believable than "e-paper"). When you look at the screen shots you think "ooh neat" but when you get it you're like "wait...". The problem is, while the screens are cheaper than their more sophisticated competitors (at least on Aliexpress), the competitors can use tricks to mirror or out perform "e-ink". ie. magnification, dimming, dithering.

For 60 years "Etch A Sketch" has held a pretty unique crown, e-ink won't be stealing it (sadly).

Help. The political process is corrupted, full of lies and state-sponsored deep fakes. Now Microsoft's to the rescue

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Re: Seriously?

"At the moment the cost appears to greatly outweigh the benefit. "

As soon as you authenticate, you've elected a judge. How much $$$ to be that judge? Apparently, Microsoft has enough $$$, who else would bid?

BTW, disclosure != honesty, as the best lies are formed with truth. ie. "Humans are intelligent".

Google Chrome 85 to block ads that hog power, CPUs, network: Web ads giant will black-hole 0.3% of web ads

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It's not hard to imagine...

Connecting to Google.... O.K. (2 seconds)

└--> Connecting to Facebook... FAILED (5 seconds)

└--> Retrying to Facebook.... O.K. (2 seconds)

Connecting to Twitter... O.K. (2 seconds)

└--> Connecting to Facebook.... FAILED (5 seconds)

└--> Connecting to Google... O.K. (2 seconds)

└--> Retrying Facebook... O.K. (2 seconds)

└------>Connecting to Shady3rdParty... O.K. (10 seconds)

└----------> Connecting to SharingYourDataWithWorld... O.K. (30 seconds)

... something like that.

What's 2 + 2? Personal info, sniffs Twitter: Anti-doxxing AI goes off the rails, bans tweets with numbers in them

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Re: Simplify all the things

"Isn't a white box against a dark background the "spherical horse in a vacuum" of machine learning?"

I'm not the smartest person so I don't know, but I can say that from my whopping 2 "hello world" tutorials with OpenCV, I can't help to think I've taken 2 more tutorials than Twitter.

A 100% guess at your meaning of "spherical horse", but yes, you kind of want as few contrasting colors as possible to increase accuracy, or in Twitter's case... not to.

Zuck says Facebook made an 'operational mistake' in not taking down US militia page mid-protests. TBH the whole social network is a mistake

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"Evolve a better human first."

Yes, but first you have to have an environment to evolve in. We're currently in a controlled catch 22 state, so I'd argue that a disruption to that control is needed first.

While you lounged about all weekend Samsung fired up its biggest-ever chip factory and started cranking out 16Gb LPDDR5 DRAM

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Always registered.

What I find interesting about DDR5, I guess, is that supposedly all DDR5 is registered. It would be nice when buying RAM to _NOT_ have to check that you picked the "buffered"/"unbuffered" version. That said, if you look at DDR6 (six), you kind of have to wonder why they just don't skip 5, as 6 is not too dissimilar and seems to better approach the low power goal of 5. That part scares me a bit, as DDR6 (six) appears to be more like DDR5.1, so could a ".1" appear in the future, taking the USB 3.x confusion approach (where nobody has a fuck'n clue which USB 3 standard we're on)?

Forget Fortnite and FIFA: India wants to develop games based on local legends

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Re: Modi

I agree, what has been stopping them anyhow, or what's stopping elsewhere to turn eyes to video games for $$?

This seems very MAGA/political like, but the problem here is that they seem to be omitting the reasons they have not been participating already. If it hasn't been financial motivation to NOT participate, then it must be something like video games are too "English" or "Western" for their culture. Think about it, excluding porn, which digital market is more open than video games for 1.3 billion people to ignore, for 40 years? There has to be reasons.

"Computer games are a new trend, liked by children and adults," <--- new you say?

Brave takes brave stand against Google's plan to turn websites into ad-blocker-thwarting Web Bundles

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Re: Solutions...

Every page fighting against AMP is probably not using AMP, so it's at least 10 pages deep in Google search.

Even if you _ARE_NOT_ using a site's AMP page, that page will still have better SEO with Google search as long as an AMP page exists.

Don't just stare back, fight the snake... DuckDuckGo : https://duckduckgo.com

Two arrested in Congo after Google Loon mobe balloon meets terra firma more than 1,000km from operating area

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Letting Google slide?

The article should of put A LOT MORE emphasis on Google censoring purely for profit without excuse. That is the real interest for real people, the rest of the article should of been a footnote, but what we got was a heap of yet another crashed flying thing.

Accenture scores £20m contract extension with UK pensions department: Competition? We've heard of it

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Re: I smell rotting Pork

As a US citizen I have no idea about any of this, but from that point of view, the entire thing reads like one of those condo time share scams where the scammers keep rotating fictional access times over top of a fictional location. In the 80's, before GPS and satellite, I read a story about a family here in the US that paid into one of these scams for years and when they finally cashed in, they arrived at a carnival ground where a traveling circus was performing.

India's contact-tracing app grows an API to share health status info with businesses

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"It might look like a good idea on the surface..."

It does?

Alright... well... I'm doing these brain implant trials, call me.

Physical locks are less hackable than digital locks, right? Maybe not: Boffins break in with a microphone

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Re: LockPickingLawyer

Actually, the headline implies any of this makes sense... it doesn't.

Strangely, the student is going for a PHD and is not only writing about something they've apparently never done, but worse for their education, never even heard someone do. How in the hell do you get that far along and yet are still clueless about the practical application...?

Putting the d'oh! in Adobe: 'Years of photos' permanently wiped from iPhones, iPads by bad Lightroom app update

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Re: so I never saw a need for backing up photos

"There's the problem right there."

Stop rolling in backup strategies like a bar of soap for bad, no, HORRIBLE filesystem management by billion dollar corporations!! You're trying the old tried and true corporate PR of... My Mistake, Your Fault..?? Booooooo... go home you Adobe rep.

Backup a sec – is hard drive reliability improving? Annual failure rate from Backblaze comes in at its lowest yet

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Re: YMMV...

I still have a 1280 Quantum kicking. It's always in use out of the novelty of waiting for it to die... but it won't. I can't find a utility to read the MTBF or hours, but it ain't play'n. It currently sits bare balls out with a USB->ATA adapter, no case, nothing... still kick'n. Sometimes I think i hear it laugh at the vastly larger new comers, it's a bully. Without explanation, the drive label no longer reads anything but "SATA == SISSY".

Since this is an opinionated thread, WD has been the worst over the last 20 years. All problems started when they moved to ATA133, so I'll buy ANYTHING but WD (I gave up after their ~1TB, which was about 20 WD drives past their 40GB ATA133). Samsung has been the best, but since they no longer make desktop platters, I bounce between Seagate and Hitachi (using minimal reviews and price for decisions).

They're 'clean': SoftBank gets thumbs-up from Uncle Sam for keeping Chinese gear off its Japanese 5G network

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Back to the drawing board I guess...

Just when you think you're clean, you get the USA thumbs up :-(

While the world pushes back against COVID-19, Facebook has a pandemic of a different sort – medical misinformation

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Re: The big question

Your down vote is from that Facebook user that finds his "Penis Enhancement" working (or his hopeful wife).

SQLite maximum database size increased to 281TB – but will anyone need one that big?

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Re: Looks like I need to

You can joke but what the hell is going on with memory capacity anyways? People are rolling with 16TB drives on a system with 8GB of RAM... Shouldn't someone finally come forth and try to push system memory the same way permanent storage has been?

A song writer named "Weird Al" released a song ("All about the Pentiums") in the 1990's that was a joke, but in that song he states he as 100GB of RAM... that was the 1990's.

Linux kernel maintainers tear Paragon a new one after firm submits read-write NTFS driver in 27,000 lines of code

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Re: Why not in 0.5 file?

"There's nothing like trying to work on C code that spends 40% of it's time pretending to be C++."

Ha, how about C++ code that pretends to be C++ code? Pointers to member functions seemingly weren't C++ enough, so (this->*that[val])( foo ) becomes something similar to: [ this ] ( val ) -> return best_guess_lamda {}.

As far as the article, 27k lines isn't that much, but if you present a 27k blob to be maintained.... so, I see it both ways and am on the fence.

Node.js community finally prodded to patch Chromium XHR bug after developer refuses to let flaw stand

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Re: _Chrome_ sets the FIN bit?

It's a ...Chrome bug... I guess? The way the article is written I can't tell if it is exclusive to using Chrome with node.js servers or Chrome itself everywhere, the article goes back and forth with context.

*IF* it's exclusive to Chrome+node.js servers, yeh that's a bad look and I'd say that in itself is a security risk regardless of XHR.

Cluster bomb: Mirantis shells out for Lens, a management system for Kubernetes

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"Kubecon Europe Mirantis... has acquired the intellectual property rights for Lens... It was open-sourced on GitHub in March this year."

Of course... git people to work for free.

1. "KickStarter" something

2. "GitHub" that something

3. Sell that something


Foreshadow returns to the foreground: Secrets-spilling speculative-execution Intel flaw lives on, say boffins

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Re: Exploitation

"One thing it's done is highlight the semiconductor world's rush to put speed over security, and also the holes in Intel's SGX."

So for Intel, an exploit that only financially suites governments corporations entities with massive resources was an accidental rush job? To be fair, you did "comma-and" the SGX part so...

Honest thinking sees honest mistakes.

P.S. it gets hot wearing this hat.

Have I Been Pwned to go open source – 10bn credentials, not so much, says creator Hunt

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Huh, does it log searches?

If you search for your email and that search is logged, the logs become $$$.

Linus Torvalds pines for header file fix but releases Linux 5.8 anyway

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Re: One of the last releases?

Sure... sure...

I understand you're trolling, but I see it as if Windows is becoming a graphical "Desktop" toolkit. KDE, Gnome... Windows?

960 LinkedIn employees will be let go... If only there was some kind of 'social network for suits' to assist job hunts

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They do $26.2 billions worth of reach arounds. 26.2 billion.... for LinkedIn?... crazy

Microsoft to pull support for PHP: Version 8? Exterminate, more like...

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"Microsoft saw... IIS slump... behind the likes of Apache and NGINX."

Dude... IIS was never and has never been ahead of Apache, why does the article make it sound that way? What is going on...?

.NET Core: Still a Microsoft platform thing despite more than five years open source

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Re: Unsurprising

"... build it for Linux."

Like it or not, .NET core really is tainted by the word "Microsoft" and I think Microsoft knows that. Microsoft now has a huge financial interest in bringing Linux to them and to make that work .NET has to be nowhere near it, not even in a small print blurb, so expect .NET neglect from Microsoft .

Rust has proven you don't need languages like C# or Java to have convenient syntax and of course better performance while still being portable. So much so, I expect Microsoft to wane development towards it, particularly future .NET developers.

LibreOffice community protests at promotion of paid-for editions, board says: 'LibreOffice will always be free software'

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Re: Free @NoneSuch

"... really free Red Hat Linux was discontinued in the early 2000's."

As a non-business user I had no idea this was coming. I logged in one day and bam, no more upgrades. It made sense for them, as before that it seemed to be just a slow momentum of uptake by businesses and the job openings started to slightly decline. However, there still was a sense of betrayal that I fear Libre will endure like me and RedHat. What is odd though is that the Libre fork kind of exists for this very action they're about to pull themselves.



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