* Posts by Inkey

73 posts • joined 9 Jun 2019


The sad state of Linux desktop diversity: 21 environments, just 2 designs


Re: The curse of overchoice

Is this whole shabang just trollbait? ...

It's not really hard

Not sure what distro to use try a whole bunch

Don't like any contribute to one add a request ... fork it make it one you do like or build it from scratch and make it your own .... or or just stick with windows and leave it at that....

Iv'e run a nginx server and a mongo db on a pi zero over wi-fi no window manager just a cmd line and it worked... and i don't work as an IT professional.

The flip side is you can play games on ms ... aint that why consoles exist...

I have never managed to do anything meaningfull with ms products and won't even consider it ever again. If all you are after is a fancey desktop buy a mac ... ffs whats the issue here really ...

People bitch about the duopely then bitch about being spoilt for choice...wtf

And if you can't install a live thumb drive and preview a distro become a gardener ... really ?

Mind you that explains why alot of IT is so bad (some of .gov has been in beta for over 3 years and is being used as product)

This article is so anal it should come with rubber beads and an anorack

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

Big Brother

Re: Get a grip

Having a store clerk suggest an umberela at checkout is not the same as wholsale data commerce full fekken stop... the clerk does not have your purchase history your aggregated spend on any particular platform and ain't going to rally a whole bunch of wetwearher gear sallers around for quik bid for info relating to a potential sale. And there are more than just weather related sales people bidding for the data too...

They will plug your data and whole nations data into a blackbox and then resell that data on to much higher bidders, and that there is where the problem starts and gets darker from there on in.

Theres a reason that the tenants of privacy and a right to self determiation are baked into democratic ideals ... if you can't see why you are either profitting from it or some jesuit sheep shagger

Intel energizes decades-old real-time Linux kernel project


Most ubuntu derivitives can run a low latencey version of themselves and is used in ubuntu studio for sound recording etc , however whats not clear to me is that the few os's that i used this for on embeded systems pi's, beagleboards are not real time systems ... more pre-emtive os's or device tree overlays and to be fair are comparitivly faster than "realtime' os's ... as far as ive read (not done any bench marking myself only read what others have done).

For robots printers and the like the paths are all worked out before execution and all that has priority over the rest of the busses and buffers is error correction... so a slightly larger compute before executing and smaller more managable compute during works bettet on a wider section of hardware...

also that might be why intel are interested as far as safe side execution code and pre-emtive exacution.

Internet Society condemns UK's Online Safety Bill for demonising encryption using 'think of the children' tactic

Big Brother

Re: Make the police & politicians an offer...

Yeah this...

I love the way the camera that caught hanncock In the lift with his surname out was disabled for "security reasons" .... this is a missnomer ... who's security? I would sleep alot better knowing that there were cameras watching the clowns in every political circus the world over, why stop there, public office, open to the public comms.

As far as little people being exploited i fail to see how back doors magicaly stop sick people... it's prety much always the people close or who have acces to them that perpetuate the evil. The web just does what it was designed to do move information.

If a youngster is bullied online, block them, change profiles, or just don't use it. Suicide is not a response from bullying but a much deeper emotional truma... again perental issue not somthing a clamp on encryption is going to solve.

It takes more clicks to reject their cookies than accept them, so France fines Facebook and Google over €200m


Re: Reject all

National geographic....

Fucking ludacris 46 trackers alone ....

Heart fm (rubbish radio station).... cant remember why i went there ...gave up ... 52 cookies didnt stick around to check illagitimate "interest"

We care about your privacy and security

Then stop fucking tracking, monitoring and slurping

as much of my usage as possible....

Now that the mood board, kinwah fart sniffing brigade are all earth friendly, would love to know what all this extra commpute does in terms of energy comsumption ?? Since bitcoin gets a rapp why not cookies and tracking and over use of java script

AMD reveals an Epyc 50 flaws – 23 of them rated high severity. Intel has 25 bugs, too


Re: unauthorized SPI ROM modification.

SPI is a trasmission standerd....from wiklpedia

The master (controller) device originates the frame for reading and writing.

Presumably it could be sent a an authenticated and compromised instruction thus routing to a very different memory (ram) address...

...eprom is a missnomer these days it related

to physically earasing the chip with ... a coded die and the re-imaging it with uv light ....now days they can be re-flashed in situ with sofrware (hopefully from a trused authentication point ) so two fir two in this case

UK Treasury and Bank of England starting to sound serious about 'Britcoin'


Re: National Infrastructure

The treasury used to actualy make some money back from the cost of producing notes and coin ...

However as you say it's only 10% of all money, could this be the treasury looking to turn a profit again?

JEDI mind tricks: Google said Pentagon contract didn't align with company values. Now it's chasing another defence gig


It's a $hame really...

I wounder if that says more about us as a society

How easily it became ok to be evil if it put food on a table, paid the bills, made the bottom line look good,

I wonder if google could just get off the hamster wheel and go "nah we jist wana do search and utube thanks"

imho i think they gave us alot Andriod, floating ballon drone thing, go, gearth, robot dogs with machie guns, street view, utube, amongest many others not my default browser or search obvs

Alphabet who knows ... a foss mobile os, nobbled to hoover and monetise, sell as much of you as possible, robot dogs with machine guns,

and what might they know about us as a society ...

And how is that being used.

Microsoft's problem child, Windows 11, is here. Will you run it? Can you run it? Do you even WANT to run it?


Re: Want to run it?

pointers on which distrib would be easiest




Mint is more windows centric

And element more ios centric

Both are a lot less hassle than m$ os's and can be set up to your prefrences, are great for starting out, or if you just want an os to run your olde laptop

Italian researchers' silver nano-spaghetti promises to help solve power-hungry neural net problems


Re: Mmmmm, spaghetti ....

It's not that new

And should be scalable, if you consider that actual human nuerons have been trained... although you would still have to feed them.


Truly fascinating though ...

Little head cheese with your bolignese sir?

Nvidia cosies up to Open Robotics for hardware-accelerated ROS


Re: We can only hope...


The nano uses arm cpu's does'nt it? From the article i thought it was mostly stack interoperable enhancement

A pizero costs 10 moneys, a beaglebone 60 moneys and the nano 200 moneys ... if you are correct then it means no one can get them(nvidea nano) they will be to expensive and even if i did win the lotto there woulnd't be any available ... ah progress


Boffins unveil SSD-Insider++, promise ransomware detection and recovery right in your storage


Re: "detecting infections and reverting unexpected encryption"

"How does the firmware know what constitutes a file

its a good point but they must have an idea of how the cell patterns "look" under certain conditions.

Not sure the whole idea solves the problems it attempts to solve other than moving it on a bit ...

It's trained firmaware i presume ....

Trusting trust etc.

UK.gov is launching an anti-Facebook encryption push. Don't think of the children: Think of the nuances and edge cases instead


Re: How can Facebook be encrypted end to end?

Thats what i thought ....well i thought it was just bs...

A thought did cross my mind though, about the hash functions on CSAM images being incorporated into the encryption algorithm ...such as to make it a massive flag...

Well i thought if they can encrypt a public forum like fb making CSAM images stand out like glow in the the dark sore thumb would be a walk...

What is interesting is now that fb trafic is ETEE how the goverment is spaffing ad money to chalange it ...yet when whats app was taken over by fb and claimed to maintain the end to end arrangement not a peep....

Gartner Gartner on the wall, which is the hypest cycle of them all?


Re: Even a stopped clock

Ahh why exactly....

is linux a server only os?

As far as im concerned it's an anthing os ...

Win doh s is just an office360 os

Try flying an aircraft on another planet with mSoft

84-year-old fined €250,000 for keeping Nazi war machines – including tank – in basement


Re: WTF?


someone did the same with a working, weaponised and fireable Nazi tank, to clear the snow in a leafy Surrey neighbourhood.

Like if his great granson lifted the keys (do they even have em) drove over his love rival's car, while his love and rival were in it.

People would have a shitfit ... start whinging how nothing was done. Live ammunition eh!

Maybe the fine is harsh but it does belong in a museam.

The AN0M fake secure chat app may have been too clever for its own good


Re: One Time Pads.

Crime and punishment ...shirly ?

It is with a heavy heart that we must tell you America's richest continue to pay not quite as much tax as you do


Re: The obvious question is...

Allegedly he paid more tax in china for do a real estate and hotal/ casino deal there a few yeaars ago i think it was in $260 000 region

Reported else whate on el reg

Activist millionaires protest outside Jeff Bezos' homes to support tax rises for the rich


Re: Tax avoidance costs


'The imbalance between the top earners in a company and the rest of their staff is just getting worse and worse.'

Wich just goes to show that mayortocricies don't work ... If they did amozon workers would be minted

Beagleboard peeps tease dual-core 64-bit RISC-V computer with GPU, AI acceleration, more for $119


Re: RPi4 vs Beagle V

Jason Kridner

BeagleBoard.org Co-founder

Email: jkridner@beagleboard.org

Webex: Jason's meeting room

Telephone: 713-234-0535

That was easy ... also there are still loads of pi driver firmware that is proprietary....this is still an awsome thing ... from TaloSpace

---"on the the other hand this might be a truly open system based on the fact that the Freedom E300 and U500 series are open scource under the Apache licence.While some parts of SiFiveare propietary, this line is not, and we presume that the U700 series will be like wise.---


you must try harder grasshopper

Id have one to complement my bbb arm cortex a 8 rev c, and then all i need to do is learn to use C in anger

USA adds China’s top chipmaker to list of companies American money can’t legally buy a slice of


Re: more of a world bully.

And complete and utter whores for profit

The ones who brought you Let's Encrypt, bring you: Tools for gathering anonymized app usage metrics from netizens


Re: "could be a sensor on a road for the valid purpose of determining traffic patterns"

"An anonymous example? Company making Wotsits finds that 75% of units returned to retailers under warranty have a broken Thingy. Company redesigns the Wotsit MK II to have a thicker Thingy, or to use a more durable material to make Blahhhblahh..."

I fail to see how collecting user data and having a metric for every bit of user involvement makes a better thing ... this could easily be cordinated between manufacturer and sales outlet...

In fact if the product had been tested for its intended purpose it would be plainly obvious to even the janitor that said whotsit neended to be made more durable...

A better example would be to make great products that sell themselves last long and dont cost the priverbial arm n leg .... do that and you wont need to sell users data to all sorts of bottom feeders and worse ... make the net a fekken joyless contrived shit cake with a ribbin it seems fast becoming...

Your argument seems more like a marketing driod shtik about "great after sales" and "we care about your privacy" .... its like the emperiors new coat ...

A new economy of data which adds no value to the user nor in most cases the the recipiant of all the slurp.... controll groups are more often than not cagey about what they really think of product x and just came for the bisciuts and doughnuts... and a third of them will be friends with marketing driod to help them flatter the client so they get repeat business...

we have let people who make and create stuff all convince the people with stuff all between the ears that this is progress ...it's not

Anonomisied it may be, open source potentialy... but it's more bandwidth more compute and more resource ... roll your own ... now you need another processor and someone to manage it and its another attack vector.... for what exactly "insight"..please

National Geographic 42 cookies excluding whats termed legitimate interest and partners ...what insight could NG get from my single visit other than an interest in astronomy that would make the need for all of that slurp a benifit to me or their magazine

At best it's amozon showing me products i have already bought at worst it's sold to fuckwit politicos intent on scaring history by inteligengce researchers

who belive they can acurately gauge a populace's sentiment and droids who think the insights they get can be spun into a narative that paints a skewed version on reality that benifits niether the populace nor the creators of data...

Someware in the middle big data has a fantastic benifit to the whole wide world.... but while it sits with wealthy shareholders whose only contribution is to use wealth in pursiut of ever more power its an unsastainable dead end!

I feel bad for the folks who have do this sort of thing for a crust ...i do but it is what it is... just ask microshaft the OG of slurp ...are their products any better fuck no .... in fact i haven't used my M$ box in months cause it's to scary and stressfull... And i would tell them that.... all they had to do was ask!

Researchers made an OpenAI GPT-3 medical chatbot as an experiment. It told a mock patient to kill themselves

IT Angle

Re: Trained on 570GB of text scraped from the internet...

Nah rats on a breadboard would be better or should that be cheeseboard...


Touchscreen holdout? This F(x)tec Pro1 X phone with sliding QWERTY keyboard might push your buttons


I would

Not a big phone person .... well i was ...but that was before they became monitoring devices...

So a mobile with ubuntu is a big YES for me ....

Presumably you could use any Debian / Ubuntu derivitive ... keyboards not that much an issue i could get by/ used to it just like touch screens which im not that big on ....

But Mint on a phone hell yes

Five Eyes nations plus Japan, India call for Big Tech to bake backdoors into everything


And the....

Five Eyes nations plus Japan and India

Can fuck right off!

It's not like the 3 letter agencey's don't have enough access .... if they are given the keys to encripted comms it will end badly ....

This is how it starts....


Already a marketing stazi.....

Ah yes, Sony, that major player in the smartphone space, has a new flagship inbound: The Xperia 5 II

Thumb Up

MY xz3

they are neat fones and do every thing you would want a phone to do with less bloat and in my case any way a decent price ...

Agree about the 8k resolution being over kill

Also Sony are no slouchers when it comes to updates.... and they have a half decent support with regard to thier kit.....

Their dev site is great and play nice if you want to root the phone... have good advise and how to's etc... there's even some library's and help with drm on a rooted phone .....mine came with an app that creates 3đ models from the camera....

It's my first andriod and while not a massive gamer I have played on it and it worked well.. the battry life was one of rhe reasons for getting it and it has not dissapointed me there's even inbuilt battry maintenance apps.... I watched both seasons of Altered Carbon on it in 2 sit ins .....

Im supprised they are'nt more popular

Not content with distorting actual reality, Facebook now wants to build a digital layer for the world


Eye bleach sold seperatly

Aria search .... blue waffle .....images ....open all

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

Big Brother

Re: How much data is accessible from one of these unrestricted blobs

Depends on who you mean by They

Yes all your browser addons and plugins will stop your machine being used by the lower level marketeers... and also most of the bloat.. ie cross site scripting, j tags and what not, the caveat being that it may downgrade the experiance(think 3d scripts yummy eye canydy web pages etc).. beacause it's deemed sensable to use a CDN closer to you.. mmv

But once you start getting higher up the corpperate inteligence ladder nah!………

And futher up the plain old inteligence ladder forget it ... It's no strech to profile you by proxy from your oh... For example if two phones come togerther and they both turn off for a while and then turn back on and leave... they get flaged and become "of intersest"

Christ i hope you wern't being sarcastic and i just typed this all out for fekkall

The take away is these blobs will not only bloat out exponentialy but if you Attempt to stop things like js and cross site linking you dont get zip...

Sent from my Brave Browser ... i use ff as well

Relying on plain-text email is a 'barrier to entry' for kernel development, says Linux Foundation board member


Re: "they don't know how to send a plain-text email"

She herself said it's hard to keep maintainers

I'll bet my 8 bit ASCI that a plain text mailing list is not the reason its hard ..... more like trying to keep the concept pure, especialy from the corporate money hungry dinosours from eating everyone at the table

Microsoft sides with Epic over Apple developer ban, supports motion for temporary restraining order


Hear me out.....

Or...or they could just open the platform to the users who bought their products to load, purchase and otherwise use software from whom they see fit...

It might even encourage content creators to not use in app purchases to pay extortionate idiot taxes..


Bad apple...bad

.i hope from my philasophical pov .... Epic stick to theIr guns >>> people are simple and simple is fickle...if kids can't play fortnight or the next what ever realeased through unreal then they wont want istuff. Simple

Ifones are like bmw'$ and bently'$....$tatus$ymbols..if either go under it's not going to stop simple buying cars!

If Epic switched focus to linux they may shake things up ... apple could keep it going in court for years, but they can't stifle imagination and inovation

And yeah fuck the money stuff they have enough!

China requires gamers to reveal real names and map them to frag-tastic IDs


Re: Good move

Yeah thats what my first thought was ....how many simone lee's or wang chang's there are in China

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



Hah bazza beat me to it


Redox OS

"that there is probably space for a research / hobbyist OS to be built from ground up using modern paradigms"

I see theres a microkernel called redox os written in rust... its early days... theres no usb drivers yet and form what limited experiance i have could only emulate it ....

I also read that Linus Torvards said microkernels were a bit pointless...and that he could see kernel drivers being written in rust

Burn baby burn, plastic inferno! Infosec researchers turn 3D printers into self-immolating suicide machines

IT Angle

I'd be more worried about...

The dodgy conectors to the driver boards and PS connecters ... they may as well be made of chocolate ... well some any way.. had to appese ms 1nky with fancy co fire alarm and a all pupose fire extingwisher( kept away from printer so you can get to it) after a connection to the board wiggeld a bit loose and started “smouldering" ... properly soldered connection fixed that right up... and i have seen/heard of printers catch fire and damage homes because of subpar connectors...

Honestly unless you doing prints that take more than 10 hours why would you leave it on and why would need it connected to the big blue.

There are platforms that can cope with multiple machines on a network and have pretty good security.... yocto is foss...

Also if you need acces to the network to get the compromise to stick why not just use a molotove cocktail way more efficient....

An email banning our staff from using TikTok? Haha, funny story about that, we didn't mean it – Amazon


Faceless evil

Who are all the fear mongering AC's ...no really?

This is the third article ive read this weekend where some ac tard has been making basless claims about how china are riffiling through all our digital comms... with no thought for the children or our democrecy and freedoms...

do these tards have no faith in our western inteligence agencies and there contractors... our great and mighty tech giants and established social platforms?...... oh wait never mind

China’s preferred Linux distro trumpets Arm benchmark results


Re: Remind me


Oh so like apple or any phone that uses arm ip ... or any western oligarchy, goverment department that,s "defending" your "freedom"... oh wait if we do it its capitalisim .... and we should demonise the chinese because they do it better ....

Merkia is in a massive hole to the chinese and instead of diplomacy they send the war machine to defend their egregious and greedy short commings

Some one here once remarked that the world is run by fuckwits ..and now i understand why ...

Linux kernel coders propose inclusive terminology coding guidelines, note: 'Arguments about why people should not be offended do not scale'


Re: Loaded words replaced by euphemisms


To some degree yes.... But buy changing words aren't we in danger of earseing history by proxy.. It's not going to change the great unwashed collective bias, or stereo type racial personification... I get why people want to do and to be seen doing something about other's suffering...and yeah I'm all for "doing" some thing..

I'm just a little jaded by how the hype and marketing soft touch, dilutes the facts and as soon as the next drama that gets played out in the media, we'll be back to where we were before...

Euro police forces infiltrated encrypted phone biz – and now 'criminal' EncroChat users are being rounded up

Big Brother

You're looking at it wrong

I'm sure that if you aggregated the blood on hands and damage done to the "most vulnerable" it's not those that want to get high or those that enable them too that have the most to answer for... altough depending on how much kool aid you drank, sniffed or smoked your perception may vary...

There were probably stoics at the time that felt that the stazi and the nazis had merit...and how about those who dared to proclaim that the earth was a sphere and orbited the sun... highfalutin indeed

It's a human folly to believe that you can charge other humans to protect humans and that if you did that they actually would

Skype for Windows 10 and Skype for Desktop duke it out: Only Electron left standing


I like the idea... Made me wonder if they would exceed what m$ did with them .. Balence of past experiences etc... More than likely...

Maybe there is hope for 2020: AI that 'predicts criminality' from faces with '80% accuracy, no bias' gets in the sea


Re: Very dodgy subject

That's all just bias,.. And conditioning.... Men in three piece suits and $100 hair cuts ripp people of every day everywhere... They start wars and fuck others countries over for profit.

It's always the "he seemed so "normal" pillar of the community that up and kills his ex wife and kids, Catholic priests on any of the data set?

It's actually a trait of psychopaths to blend in and be "normal"....

ML gets another black mark against it because people who lack real intelligence think its a magic bullet, the fuckwits who thought research like this had merit deserve a kick in the balls.

Someone got so fed up with GE fridge DRM – yes, fridge DRM – they made a whole website on how to bypass it

IT Angle

Re: Next great idea

They do that for linux drivers too...

Since M$ and hp are all good Foss friends now and offering support for open projects... Weirdly a cups update sent hundreds of older machines to the obsolete pile. Love to know what criteria they use to decide which printers get the chop as there are some drivers that are as old and older that did not get tossed on the pile, considering that there's very little difference between the drivers for similar models... Try installing a driver with the printer off and use a similar model driver...

10 year old desk jet works fine but according to hp it's obsolete

eBay users spot the online auction house port-scanning their PCs. Um... is that OK?

Big Brother

Re: Barffff

Yeah I feel your pain.... The spin some of these vapid scum suckers come up with.. It's like vomiting in your mouth and then swallowing it...

We respect your privacy and your security is our number 1 concern.... That's why we track you, profile you and then sell it on to all manner of bottom feeders.. Cause we really care

Linux desktop org GNOME Foundation settles lawsuit with patent troll


Good win for foss

Nice to hear this.... Great job Gnome for standing up to the trolls....

Could it be? Really? The Year of Linux on the Desktop is almost here, and it's... Windows-shaped?


Re: If only!

What distro are you using?... Some have better driver support than others....

Most Ubuntu clones have proprietary drivers.. although you both seem to have an edge case scenario amd and nvidia cards side by side...

The latest amd drivers work well from what I've read so check the webs

The recent cups update did put a whole bunch of printers (hp) down as unsupported.. Very cheeky

as other printers in the same vintage are still supported. It's a bit of a faff getting it to work the way it should but is doable...

Angain driver support is a vendor issue

If American tech is used to design or make that chip, you better not ship it to Huawei, warns Uncle Sam


Re: Responsible Corporate Citizen?

You must be very young and or a merkin....

Cast your browser back to a little before 1995...

Before China become a power house manufacturer... Japan could land a small car and pay for the rent for the month, for said car for the same price uncle spam could land a crate of apples... like the crane off the ship.

If you want to see a flourishing economy look to the middle classes... At the time Japan had the highest, longest running and most prosperous middle class.,

That changed when the US "adjusted the markets" to promote whatever the feck it was called "free trade or some such... Look at the disparity of the wealthiest and lowest earners in the US and check how the middle class has shrunk in. Merika..

Trump hasn't had a successful business venture since a little after that period in time... The 11 billion he claims is his fortune is more than likely the write off that investment bank loan for the land and building for the stuff in Atlantic City that got a bail out... free market capitalism you say ahh no to big to fail...

Thing is allowing something to fail allows another thing to be created orders better than before.. Or at least insight into how to do so.... This will only slow China down a little and in the long run be of no real value to the majority of us business

Microsoft doc formats are the bane of office suites on Linux, SoftMaker's Office 2021 beta may have a solution


Re: Permanent and Rental are incompatible.

Yeah similar experience here...

I've noticed that on the occasions I've needed to open a word doc or xml file in LO there seems to needlessly be an extra page... By turning hidden characters on and deleting the line breaks at the end of the page it seems to work... Fonts and formatting aside....

One wonders how/why so many people are unwilling to break free from Saas yolk... The more that do the better the open offerings become

UK finds itself almost alone with centralized virus contact-tracing app that probably won't work well, asks for your location, may be illegal

Big Brother

Whats the point then!

And there is the problem with it...

What good is it if people don't want to use it?

I wouldn't if it slurps as much as it can for someone else's reasons... Thanks but the decentralised version is a better idea and probably works better than reported.... You could use some thing like Matrix or riotx... And have the room server's anonymise the privacy stuff....

Can we all get over having to have an app for everything ffs

Also tldr: because on balance of previous experience it won't go away and will be used/hacked by and for neferios types

Yeah, that Zoom app you're trusting with work chatter? It lives with 'vampires feeding on the blood of human data'


Re: What are the alternatives?

How about a home spun solution like riot or riotx.

It's a pity cause riot has been depreciated and riotx isn't finished. But you could cobble a solution from the matrix sdk.... Check out vector on github.com

Breaking bad... browser use: New Mexico accuses Google of illegally slurping kids' private data via G Suite


For a start

Nail...... Head..... You hit it....

For starters anyway... Although not sure why privacy should not be a right no matter what age..



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