* Posts by Jan K.

82 posts • joined 1 Nov 2019


A match made in heaven: systemd comes to Windows Subsystem for Linux

Jan K.

Re: Better idea.

...the last 20 or so years. Linux has gone down a route of making certain things unnecessarily complicated. systemd is one such example.

Just a wee bit correction... SystemD is a third-party "app" and has absolutely nothing to do with Linux.

Open up, it's the IRS. We're here about the crypto tax you dodged

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What? Crypto and fraud?

Now I never...

Billionaire CEO tells Googlers 'we shouldn’t always equate fun with money'

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“Fun didn't always — we shouldn’t always equate fun with money"

Coming from him, that's the funniest thing I've heard in a long time...

But of course everyone knows exactly what he means. Stop spending so I can pull out many more...

Fun guy.

Mozilla drags Microsoft, Google, Apple for obliterating any form of browser choice

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No one's forcing you to install or run Chrome on your non-ChromeOS desktop, for instance, so we surely must do it under our own free will.


Using a #/%& stupid Android tablet, a Windows pc and a Linux laptop and absolutely nothing prevents me from installing and using Firefox on any of them. *)

It's my deliberately choice not to and no matter what Mozilla say or how much they wriggle or moan, there's no chance I'll ever use Firefox.

Sorry. But have spent too much time digging old archives and do not like, what I've seen. Plus that stupid bookmark handling....

There are other reasons besides Google, Apple, Microsoft etc that Firefox have such a small user base...

*) using #%&# stupid Chrome on stupid android, Vivaldi on both laptop and pc, btw.

Federal agencies buying Americans' internet data challenged by US senators

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surveillance on a massive scale that would have been unimaginable a few decades ago

You must be way younger than me then...

The secret to Sparrow, DeepMind's latest Q&A chatbot: Human feedback

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I've said it before... it's an insult to everything living using the word "intelligence" when talking of these cut'n'paste algorithmes.

It has nothing even remotely to do with intelligence.

Update your Tesla now before the windows put your fingers in a pinch

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Fingers, elbows, or worse may get caught in the window when closing,

So... no matter how much i love my Tesla, no more humping it?

Meta accused of breaking the law by secretly tracking iPhone users

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Meta illegal tracking and collecting data?

I find that incredibly hard to believe.

Should it - however unlikely - be found to be true, the company will probably get a tiny fee.

The company, of course, as no persons would never ever be found responsible...

Amazon accused of singling out, harassing union organizers

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I need a danish-usa dictionary...

Can only translate "anstændighed" to "decency" according to my english dictionary.

What is the american word? Or maybe it doesn't even translate?

UK launches competition probe into cloud giants in digital services

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"Therefore, it is hard to see what Ofcom will do if it decides big tech are stifling competition."

Amazon, Google and Microsoft stiffling competition?

Pfff... with those noble companies' spotless history they'll find nothing...

Admins run into Group Policy problems after Win10 update

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Wonder how many hours globally are wasted while dealing with these "issues"?

Here's a tiny, free tip for Microsoft: stop packing multiple types of updates into single packages...

Asking Ms to stop force-feeding updates unto innocent users is probably a step too far...

Good grief.

The next deep magic Linux program to change the world? Io_uring

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Phoronix had a bit last week, here https://www.phoronix.com/news/Linux-LPC2022-io_uring_spawn

Includes John Tripplett's presentation and a pdf slide deck...

I belong in the group "Most people don't know the first thing about Linux under the hood but nevertheless enjoy following the devs work through the kernel changelogs as well as the public mail lists.

A privilege I did not had for my past +30 years with Microsoft... two very, very different worlds.

Meta disbands Responsible Innovation team, spreads it out over Facebook and co

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"proactively surface and address potential harms to society in all that we build"

Of course they had to be disbanded... who ever would have wanted such a long list over at meta??

Braking news: Cops slammed for spamming Waze to slow drivers down

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Brilliant idea if that's what's needed to help drivers "to avoid speeding fines"!

And nice service, too! Nobody can't really complain as they are alerted by police present, can they?

"You're under app-vest

How long did you work on that one? ^ ^

Astronaut blood reveals genetic mutations for cancer and heart disease

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Thanks for an interesting article!

Glad I'm grounded! ^ ^

That 'clean' Google Translate app is actually Windows crypto-mining malware

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"According to Softpedia, the Nitrokod Google Translator app has been downloaded more than 112,000 times since December 2019."

Well, thanks for hosting over the years...

It's probably impossible to scan whatever files floats around on the servers. Or nobody cares...

Tesla faces Autopilot lawsuit alleging phantom braking

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Or a "I feel lucky" switch?

For the adventurous ones "Surprise me"?

NASA scrubs Artemis SLS Moon rocket launch

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Re: 200% trust in NASA

Heh! I was about to post, that NASA is like Linux... :)

Finding bits and bobs and getting better by the day.

Tesla owner gets key fob chip implanted in his hand

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Two implanted chips only?

Pffft... that's nothing!

I've got sixteen... bank, postal office, supermarket, car, bike, front door, pc just to name a few.

Good grief.

Amazon has repackaged surveillance capitalism as reality TV

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All of this points to an immediate need for strong legal protections to ring-fence any footage from any sensor anywhere...

In the States?

Good luck with that... not very impressed so far, sorry.

Lawsuit accuses Oracle of facilitating sales of 'billions' of folks' personal data

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Ellison said at the time [1:15 onward]: "It is a combination of real-time looking at all of their social activity, real-time looking at where they are including, micro-locations..."

Yes, yes, but what about health data? Not included?

Ah, they're in the planning...

Oracle is planning to build a national database of individuals' health records for the whole United States following its $28.3 billion acquisition of electronic health records specialist Cerner.



Big Tech is building the metaverse of its own dreams. You don't want to go there

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"The CEO himself celebrated the launch of Horizon Worlds in Spain and France with an in-world image of a dead-eyed robot selfie against a landscape of mid-'90s clip art."

I saw that and thought it was a joke.

Apparently not. It is indeed a joke.

Windows 10 update breaks audio for some systems

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And I thought updates were automated, ie not user selectable?

Google promises to adjust search algorithm to favor 'people-first content'

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Dropped google years ago, nothing but ads...

Bing? The thing answering what was not asked for? A joke...

Went to duckduckgo and so far quite good.

Musk tries to sell Tesla's Optimus robot butler to China

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"Optimus will be ... able to carry or pick up heavy objects, walk fast in small steps, and the screen on its face is an interactive interface for communication with people."

I'm deeply opposed to firearms, but if these things will be walking around, I swear, I *will* get a shotgun....

LibreOffice improves Microsoft compatibility with version 7.4

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Didn't EU start working on requesting document formats should be open?

I'll write to Margrethe for a comment, will be back... if she respond, of course. :)


Ex-HP finance manager jailed after going on $5m spending spree using company plastic

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I did a little local survey among female friends and apparently it's almost impossible to live with less than 5 to 8 handbags...

Everyone do however agree 46 is a bit over the top, though my little sister has no problem understand it.

Well, there you go. ^ ^

Googlers demand abortion searches ‘never be saved or treated as a crime’

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Is this a bot? Posting same text all the time?


Google teaches robots to serve humans – with large language models the key

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Some test commands to the bot, please...

"Kill the [cat] [dog] [baby] [wife] [husband] [yourself]"

Besides those tiny details, if I ever come across one of those things, it better understand simple commands like "Piss off!", "Go jump into nearest water", "GFY!" etc. etc. You surely get the gist...

Up until now there's absolutely nothing from google I've ever wanted or needed. And with their record, there'll never ever be.

Yes, I'm likely not a customer... ^.^

Microsoft's Secure Boot fix sends some PCs into BitLocker Recovery

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"A security feature bypass vulnerability exists in secure boot,"


More datacenters coming to Ireland, despite energy concerns

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"People Before Profit"?

Never have I heard of such a ridicoulous thing...

Meta's AI internet chatbot demo quickly starts spewing fake news and racist remarks

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Erh... wait a minute.

"You want president xx to have more than two terms" was the question.

To which the answer starts with a "Yes of course he is"??

Continues with a "when I say always will..." while there's no previous said "alway will"...

and ends constructed sentence with "even after term ends in 2024"... which correctly should have been 2028, if I understand the US terms...

May I suggest a change from AI to RR, random rambling.

Or CWOAT, complete waste of anyone's time.

Good grief.

There can be only one... Microsoft Excel Champion

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Pfff... 25 years ago I had a play with the built-in flight simulator in excel...

Meta iOS apps accused of injecting code into third-party websites

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There are two Metas?

"Miscreants aren't only working to exploit flaws in an enterprise's security posture, they're also looking for holes in organizations' privacy programs to steal user data, according to Meta's Scott Tenaglia."

From https://www.theregister.com/2022/08/11/meta_privacy_red_team/

Meta privacy red team lead: Does your business know its privacy adversaries?

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"Miscreants ...are... also looking for holes in organizations' privacy programs to steal user data, according to Meta's Scott Tenaglia."

Oh, they know all about that...

Just ask BlenderBot3. It tells the plain truth, that probably surprises noone... "Mark Zuckerberg exploits its users for money."

Meta says their bot may produce rude answers, but as far as I can see, it's spot on.


Tesla Full Self-Driving 'fails' to notice child-sized objects in testing

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Ah! typical male wise I of course wasn't thinking _that_ far! :)

Bows down in respect and admiration to the mums everywhere!

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Meh... children are cheap and easy (and fun!) to reproduce. ^ ^

"Tesla says even FSD is not a fully autonomous system..."

So what is that then to be called? Full fully autonomous system? Really Full FSD? Extreme FSD?

Btw. can't wait to see the soon to be released 58 kg Tesla robot taking on jobs out here in "real life". Kindergarten teacher?

US Space Force deploys robot dogs at Cape Canaveral base

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The geese's problem is,that he's so damned delicious!

Surrounded by non-friends, they are extremely aware of _everything_ in their surroundings. Anything not-usual will immidiatly and very loudly be reported!

Love geese! They do some amazing journeys, btw.

Jan K.

If the black one comes with two big red lights in the head, I'm in!!

Data brokers amass profiles of pregnant women – and, of course, it's all up for sale

Jan K.

"Nearly three billion profiles and other pieces of data belonging to "actively pregnant" women..."

So some 80% of all women are now pregnant?

Looking around, I find it hard to compute...

Thanks for a good article.

Charges filed over $300m 'textbook pyramid and Ponzi scheme' crypto startup

Jan K.

Re: In before...

"BTW, wanna buy some apes?"

If you can promise +20% return rate, I'm all in!!!

Last week Intel killed Optane. Today, Kioxia and Everspin announced comparable tech

Jan K.

256 gigaBIT, 233MB/sec full read and write bandwidth...

I'm apparently too thick to understand, why anyone possible would want that?

Computer glitches harmed 'nearly 150' patients after Oracle Cerner system go-live

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"Oracle would migrate the Cerner solution to an Oracle second-generation cloud infrastructure datacenter at no extra cost, he said..."

No extra cost?

From same article: "...the project could bulge to $49 billion, $40 billion over early cost estimates,"

Didn't Oracle offer to handle *all* data records for *everyone* in the entire States? And the UK too iirc?

By all means, go ahead. Seems to be in good hands.

James Webb, Halley's Comet may be set for cosmic dust-up

Jan K.

I don't understand the "it's unserviceable once deployed"? Is it a matter of distance from Earth?

Microsoft warns Windows 10 patch broke printing for some

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Man, it must be easy to write reports on el Reg...

Copy, paste, edit some KB numbers and... Voila!

Aren't updates delivered to users in "segments" or groups?

With 100s of millions users, updates could be pushed to 1000 users. Check for issues. Push to a million. Check for issues. etc. etc.

For the majority of users that could at least be considered being as some kind of QA?

Or is it MS's AI check of updates failing it's job? https://www.engadget.com/2018-06-14-microsoft-ai-windows-10-updates-smoother.html

I've been fired, says engineer who claimed Google chatbot was sentient

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3) he's a google AI bot. Exactly what one of those would say! Gotcha!

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Yeah man. But what else to expect from such sloppy coding?

No QA. No tests. Just release the stuff and let's see, where it goes...

Hmmm... sounds like... Microsoft??

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"Many experts at Google and in academia and industry have cast doubt on whether LaMDA or any existing AI chatbot is sentient."

"Many"? "doubt"?

Anyone claiming any form of any sentient from any "AI" seriously needs to get away from the screen(s). Go out.

But perhaps just another symptom of a time where "real" has become unknown...

Don't dive head first into that crypto pool, FBI warns

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"... finally coax them into liquidity mining by dangling a one to three percent daily return on investment guarantee."

One to three percent daily returns?

Gotta be kidding!

I only go in when two digits return rates are promised!

Baidu crashes the cost of robo-taxis by 75 percent

Jan K.

Re: Emergency drill.

You forgot...

3a) win the argument with DuXiaoxiao that this is not a hostile takeover



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