* Posts by ScrappyLaptop2

6 posts • joined 5 Dec 2019

Are you getting it? Yes, armageddon it: Mass hysteria takes hold as the Windows 7 axe falls

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Re: one would think

They sure went through a lot of work making SQL Server run on Linux for nothing, then...

A fine host for a Raspberry Pi: The Register rakes a talon over the NexDock 2

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Ten years ago we called this the Droid Razr Lapdock 100

Same cumbersome cables to connect the Pi, same...everything. Probably a lower quality screen.

It was a satisfying repurposing of a newly surplused item when they showed up on eBay en mass, but turned out to be little more than a fun weekend project. There simply wasn't a practical use case until the R-Pi nano W came along. Even then, it was just a laptop. I ended up using mine for lugging out to headless servers in broom closets, IIR, but even that required an additional video adapter dongle.

There was that one issue with one of the power-good signal lines that required the most minor of hacks, but yeah - pretty much the same exact thing.

Vivaldi opens up an exciting new front in the browser wars, seeks to get around blocking with cunning code

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Re: I'm puzzled...

Or you can just install a User Agent extension on the Chrome store from within Vivaldi, change the browser ID to one owned by a corporation Netflix has an agreement with, and watch Stranger Things to your heart's content.

When is an electrical engineer not an engineer? When Arizona's state regulators decide to play word games

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C'mon - there's a Register article from Oct 2019 that says the opposite

(also, welcome to the American legal system where nothing is truly law until the Supreme Court rules on it a few decades later)

"After Mats Järlström lost an initial legal challenge in 2014, a federal judge in January this year ruled Oregon's rules prohibiting people from representing themselves as engineers without a professional license from the state are unconstitutional."

from: https://www.theregister.co.uk/2019/10/21/traffic_lights_changed/

If you want an example of how user concerns do not drive software development, check out this Google-backed API

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...in a future version if Chrome

"notice of Google's intent to officially support the API in a future version of Chrome"

Say, isn't Edge about to switch over to the Chrome engine next year?

Trump Administration fast-tracks compulsory border facial recognition scans for all US citizens

ScrappyLaptop2

Re: State border crossings, too

California's 16 border inspection station are manned by the State Dept of Food and Agriculture, not by Federal DHS. They were put in place to protect crops - and thus, the state's economy - from threats such as (originally, IIR) the Mediterranean Fruit Fly and have remained fairly true to that purpose by inspecting vehicles coming into the state. Especially commercial vehicles.

https://www.cdfa.ca.gov/plant/pe/ExteriorExclusion/borders.html

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