Thanks for still supporting 32-bit x86 architecture
My Netbook Asus Eee PC 1000HE (which has Debian 11 + Trinity Desktop) appreciates a new Debian version which still supports 32-bit x86 architecture :-)
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"Maybe if Dropbox stopped doing idiotic things like removing external drive support for Mac users..."
Or forcing Linux users to use ext4. They lost me several years ago... Nowadays I am a happy user of MEGA (which encrypts my data in their servers, has a decent Linux/Android clients, and not least, the free storage is much larger than what Dropbox offers)
"By increasing the calendar length to 20 periods of 819-days a pattern emerges in which the synodic periods of all the visible planets commensurate with station points in the larger 819-day calendar," the researchers wrote.
The Mayan numeral system (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maya_numerals) was vigesimal (base-20) so I wonder why boffins took too long to figure that out :-P (of course I am just kidding, I am not an expert in Mayan civilization or calendars)
I experienced that 12 hours ago when I was pushing several commits (the first group Ok, the second one, a few minutes later, with the scary message)... and of course I panic because it wasn't my rsa key, but the one from GitHub. So I checked my keys, I checked my GitHub account... I ended up updating my keys and the ones from GitHub. My worry lasted until I read this article, thanks Liam.
I don't understand why Linux distros still have problems with high DPI screens. Every time I update the OS in my notebook (an Asus ultrabook from 2015) I have to deal with grub2, tty consoles, systemd, KDE, Wine, etc. All of them have issues, and the solutions are in many cases just workarounds (not to mention particular applications like the ones coded in Java or Python which require their own hack or configuration) :-(
"A preview snippet of Bard in action shows the model generates responses in bullet points."
I see where this is going... the production version of Bard for sure will emit ads in the first N bullets (or worse, it will suggest responses according to the sponsors)... nothing new, it is like the old broadcast TV with ads --> cable TV without ads --> cable TV with ads --> streaming without ads --> streaming with ads... so we always end up having ads (and paying for them). Corporations/industries always reinvent themselves to continue doing the same.
Yesterday I watched the latest episode of "C++ Weekly" about ChatGPT. The host, Jason Turner, performed several tests on it related to C++ and programming in general. I have to say that the chat is really amazing, and also disturbing for a (C++) developer like me. The level of accuracy in the generated code and the explanations given for it, blew my mind.
" I also have an old HP LasterJet 6 monochrome laser for almost 25 years now and it is still going on and only 3rd toner cartridge..."
The same here, I bought my HP 1020 Laser Jet in 2007, and still has the same toner! Yes, nowadays I don't print too often, but 15 years on a row is quite an achievement. Another thing were the drivers, OMG! HP Printer drivers on Windows and Linux (at least for this model) were pure garbage (printer/driver crashes all the time) when I bought it (and for several years after that).
I am almost 50... +30 years of C/C++ (currently learning Rust), 15 of Java/Python, 2 of Typescript among many other programming languages, AWS, SQL/No-SQL, English/Spanish/French, etc etc. Even with my daily super effort to stay up to date with new technologies guess what... unemployed since July 2022 :-( (note: I don't live in the UK)
As others said here, companies/HR prefer young staff because the payment is lower and also, they are easily manipulated. Another thing to mention is the recruiting process... it's a mess, with a lot of non-sense (especially for senior developers) programming tests.
"I'm getting rusty"
So do I. I am an experienced C/C++ programmer (more than 30 years using them) who used to love both languages, but about 6 years ago I started to hate C++ with passion. Even with my experience I can't longer say that I am an expert in C++, but with 15 years in Java or Python I can do it, why? because C ++ is so bloated with new features that's impossible to know all of them, and of course, at the same time, we have all the nasty features available (e.g. the fiasco initialization). The language is so complex now that each programmer does what they can with their knowledge, which in turn ends up in horrible code bases when new, old, good and bad features are mixed. Another thing to mention: The same feature present in other languages is always more complex in C++, OMG! (e.g. just look what multithreading, concepts or coroutines are).
I'm sorry for my rant, but that's why I am learning Rust these days (I am still don't know if it is better or not than than C/C++, but I will find it)
"or perhaps my too many extensions and 50-100 tabs open!?"
Well, this could be seen as the egg and the chicken problem, but there is an extension to manage the open tabs, "Tab Wrangler", it is very useful (at least for me)
"I'm looking at KDE, right here in front of me. I don't see any of this stuff piled on stuff that mention"
Well, I really love KDE, I was using it for about 20 years. Currently I use Trinity Desktop in a netbook and Plasma in several modern PCs.
Having said that, my rant: the other day I updated my main laptop to the latest stable KDE, 25.4 (openSUSE 15.4)... OMG! it is bl**dy buggy (compositor crash all the time, widgets lost their configuration after reboot, fill mode does not work in Gwenview, etc, etc), awful new redesigns (hamburger menus everywhere), new start menu!, task bar with icons... I spent nearly 5 hours to configure it in a familiar way (dolphin is practically unrecognizable with its default configuration). Why the necessity to change things all the time, to look like Windows in every aspect? It is so buggy that reminds me the worst years of KDE 4, and, IMHO, it is so buggy because the developers are more interested in adding new designs/stuffs than delivering stable releases.
"There is no 'good', no 'evil' For corporations, there is only profit."
C'mon, there are "ways" and "ways" to a make profit (some legal, some illegal). Microsoft has plenty of examples of dirty ways of making them. And for a recent "evil" way you have the "Uber files" (https://www.theguardian.com/news/2022/jul/10/uber-files-leak-reveals-global-lobbying-campaign).
"The findings, detailed on a separate website, proved sufficiently severe that Kim Dotcom, no longer affiliated with the file storage company, advised potential users of the service to stay away."
Well, I still prefer MEGA over Google Drive, Dropbox or Microsoft OneDrive... the last 3 don't have encryption at all.
IT companies and their respective human resources departments have lost their way. This is insane. That's why in my Linkedin profile I encourage recruiters to read (they never do by the way) the following:
The level of interruption that Slack generates in my daily workflow is astonishing (automatic channels, coworkers with silly questions, groups and groups and groups with the same people, etc, etc). I work remote so I have to be online, but Slack doesn't help here, it lacks of a simple busy status! (red icon, online and without alerts). I muted a lot of channels, but my boss complains all the time because I don't read messages on them. Nowadays it's more important to pay attention to Slack than to code a task. I have to tell you... I hate Slack... I was happy today.
Zillions of years using Thunderbird (mostly on Linux/KDE, but also on Windows) and we still have to rely on different add-ons to minimize the application to (system) tray. Add ons that support only one OS, or don't work very well or stop working at some point (the majority)... I don't understand why it is so difficult to implement that feature into the application (at least on Windows it is very simple)
"The reason I use KDE over GNOME is having the menu in the with the window bar."
Be aware that KDE guys are introducing hamburger menus everywhere :-( like in recent versions of Dolphin. Luckily there is still the option to show the "old" menu bar. The problem is that every time I install a fresh KDE Plasma I have to reconfigure the desktop in order to get rid of the new "simplicity". e.g. the not so modern default Dolphin configuration (without panels, hamburger menu, home restriction, big icons) is really awful, just a copy of MacOS/GNOME. On the positive side, Plasma remains as the most configurable desktop, that's why I still use it.
"Don't suppose there will ever be an rc of Linux that focuses on making it straightforward to install...?"
1. How is a kernel RC related to a distro installation? Linus and kernel developers don't create distros.
2. You can't generalize based on personal anecdotes. I can say the opposite, in more than 20 years using Linux I barely had problems when installing it, on the contrary, installing Windows sometimes was a nightmare due to driver problems. IMHO both of them are very easy to install especially nowadays.
"People view banks as a place where their money is safe, and currently they are"
No, they aren't safe: there are countless examples of banks acting as criminals (actually IMHO most of them are criminals) stealing the money of their customers... they never pay for their crimes. In effect, states always bailed out them in the name of lesser evil for the entire economic system. Banks never lose.
"I don't know where you are, but in the 1980s my mother was unemployed, we had no central heating, and no television. Today, I'm unemployed, have fully functional central heating, and a television. And this computer to reply to you. How is that "no better off"?"
Are you being sarcastic? (because of "I'am unemployed") If you aren't, just one thing: Personal anecdotes are not scientific evidence, you can't generalize based on personal experience.
"I learnt from a book all sorts of "proper"/extreme programming you could do with VB. Passing string pointers around, direct read and writes to memory locations, multithreading, accessing the real Windows API and best of all, how to hack MTS and COM+."
Was the book "Hardcore Visual Basic" from Bruce McKinney? I learned almost all those topics from that excellent book :-)
As a guy who was a developer for Microsoft OSs in the 80's/90's (MSDOS/Windows) I used a lot of tools from Microsoft like (Visual)C++, (Visual)FoxPro, GW-Basic, QuickBasic, and of course, VisualBasic (I even used the version 1 for MS-DOS). The language/IDE was good, but it was way behind Borland's tools like Delphi or C++ Builder. I used it in big businesses projects, but it was a pain. Having said that, one of the best programming book I've ever read, was one related to Visual Basic, "Hardcore Visual Basic" from Bruce McKinney. It was very funny, useful, and with a lot of "secrets".