* Posts by Will Godfrey

5184 posts • joined 8 Sep 2007

AWS sent edgy appliance to the ISS and it worked – just like all the other computers up there

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Desperation

That's how this comes over to me - Oh, and extreme attention seeking.

Original Acorn Arthur project lead explains RISC OS genesis

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Re: Whoo-hoo!

Personally, I preferred Impression.

Wi-Fi hotspots and Windows on Arm broken by Microsoft's latest patches

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In other news

Dog bites man

SpiralLinux: Anonymous creator of GeckoLinux puts out new Debian remix

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Re: Just a better installer?

"gateway drug to Debian"

Great way to put it. I've been 'addicted' for years!

BOFH: Tech helps HR investigate the Boss's devices

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A thing of beauty

Skewered HR - BBQ ready!

EV battery can reach full charge in 'less than 10 minutes'

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Re: Full charge in 10 minutes?

Also consider that the kids (on low wages) have to first find the deposit on a house purchase to be able to get on the mortgage ladder - to say nothing of the risk of losing their job through no fault of their own, and having to move to where the work is.

Cable cut blamed for global four-hour internet disruption

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But not for much longer, or hadn't you heard. As far as reliability and sound quality is concerned we're being forced for^H^H^H backwards with BT's dash for VOIP only.

Ampere: Cloud biz buy-ins prove our Arm server CPUs are the real deal

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Holmes

Certainly looks interesting

I never did really understand why, once they had multiple cores, Intel and AMD went down the shared cache, FPU, etc. avenue. It seems a no-brainer that it was liable to cause contention issues.

New York to get first right-to-repair law for electronics

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D.I.Y.

My entire family do as much repair as is possible (and legally permitted). The list of things we actually can repair, and do so economically, is steadily shrinking. The next generation is going to have a tough time.

Taiwan claims ‘breakthrough’ in EU semiconductor cooperation talks

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No Surprise

It rather looks as if everyone is is now expecting China to invade at some point, so setting up bolt-holes for the Taiwanese to scarper to.

Newport Wafer Fab could be sold to US consortium – report

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Well, we seem to have long track record of selling anything of value.

When management went nuclear on an innocent software engineer

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Well Done Ellen

Obviously one of those people who can actually think on their feet - and endangered species!

BOFH: Where do you think you are going with that toner cartridge?

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And Friday is now all good

I don't think I need to say why!

UK opens national security probe into 2021 sale of local wafer fab to Chinese company

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Re: Process nodes

Hmmm. That's beggining to encroach on Ignitron territory.

(for the youngsters)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ignitron

P,S. although they are 'switch on' only devices.

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The rest of the time we are certain that's the case.

Seriously, you do not want to make that cable your earth

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Re: building earthed through ThickNet

... and are you sure nobody is going to read down this far?

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Re: ITN

After the wedding they took a light circuit round the guests before an ohm run to the bedroom.

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Sparkies

Nothing changes. These are the sort of people who wire up your homes, because we are not considered competent to do it.

Does that make you feel safe?

P.S.

I could probably provide a laundry list of all the dodgy stuff I've seen done by apparently qualified electricians.

New audio server Pipewire coming to next version of Ubuntu

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Re: A new Linux standard?

Sooner or later, someone would have to produce a standards cartoon to replace all the others...

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However...

If you're working specifically on audio creation you absolutely don't want some stupid audio notification jingle in the middle of a 30 minute recording.

Mind you, I never want those anyway.

Foxconn factory fiasco could leave Wisconsinites on the hook for $300m

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Re: Other options besides LCD?

You spelled NiFe wrong

China-linked Twisted Panda caught spying on Russian defense R&D

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Am I surprised?

Is the pope a Catholic? etc.

Will this be one of the world's first RISC-V laptops?

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Re: Some serious questions.

It's also likely to be more 'honest'. It will be harder to hide little extras in it - although obviously not impossible.

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

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As you read this comment you get the uncanny feeling it's only function is to discover if commentards actually read this far down the list.

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Re: I want a window manager for a 40 inch monitor

Clearly what you really need is a smaller monitor. I'd be prepared to swap (if you ask nicely)

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If only...

If someone ported a fully functional version of RISC OS to Linux I've be the happiest bunny in the world.

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Re: Compatibility and elephants

I still use ROX (with the Open Box window manager). It works as it did baring a few applications. Unfortunately nobody is maintaining it so eventually it will die :(

GPL legal battle: Vizio told by judge it will have to answer breach-of-contract claims

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Re: There Oughta Be a Law

Indeed. Described as 'Not fit for purpose'

Software patching must work like car safety recalls, says US cyber boss

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Hmmm

Perhaps the gentleman would like to define precisely who he regards as the 'Vendor'.

Your software doesn't work when my PC is in 'O' mode

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I find this totally belevable

As an impressionable teenager, my first proper job was home-visits TV servicing. I was permanently scarred by the 'unbelievable' things I saw. Bare wires stuffed in the old 15A unswitched round pin sockets for starters!

"Well you see, it saves messing about when you've got lots of things you want on at the same time"

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Re: Saw that coming

Same here - having dealt with many 'I' mode problems over the decades, and even the occasional 'O' mode that wasn't - sticking contactor comes to mind leaving one phase connected... 'interesting' results.

Problems for the Linux kernel NTFS driver as author goes silent

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Re: Nitpick

Indeed. Seeing as you 'Pull' code from a repository, a 'Pull Request' is about as obvious as it gets.

BOFH: Something's consuming 40% of UPS capacity – and it's coming from the beancounters' office

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Re: The security system

There's no way I'd even enter an area like that (assuming of course I was able to discover that was the case)

Cloudflare stomps huge DDoS attack on crypto platform

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Even fleas have fleas on their backs to bite 'em.

Google Cloud sees storm brewing over API security

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It's Google

So does anyone trust a word they say?

They're still screwing about with email left right and centre!

Fancy a remix? Ubuntu Unity and Ubuntu Cinnamon have also hit 22.04

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Linux

Meh!

Devuan lite

LightDM

Rox Filer

Openbox

Then just the programs I want on top of that.

Uni team demo algorithm to shield conversations from eavesdropping AI

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Analog solution

A long-gone solicitor relative of mine told a group of us kids that the way to defeat eavesdroppers is with anything that rustles. To demonstrate he had one of us sit opposite him at a small table, and the rest of us were at the other end of the room. He just casually rustled a newspaper, while speaking in an even quiet voice. We couldn't work out anything, except just the occasional random word.

Brave, DuckDuckGo to unplug Google's AMP where possible

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Heres a suggestion

Cut out all the javascript crap and pointless animations and overlays from web pages and they'll load dramatically faster.

Five Eyes nations fear wave of Russian attacks against critical infrastructure

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Re: Choose one

... and the answer is always 'convenience'

This won't change until/if the decision makers are held personally liable for the consequences.

So, what happened with GitHub, Heroku, and those raided private repos?

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Hmmm

So contrary to Google's apparent claims Oauth everywhere isn't the ultimate answer to security. There are other factors. Who knew?

Oh well, back to Password password on all my accounts then :P

Cisco's Webex app phoned home audio telemetry even when muted

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Re: Proper design

Also, make LED got OFF when the mic comes on. Failure becomes a warning.

Atlassian comes clean on what data-deleting script behind outage actually did

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Re: well

Paranoia is a basic requirement for any design that comes into contact with wetware.

Threat group builds custom malware to attack industrial systems

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Greed + Stupidity

The engineering company I used to work for was asked to provide network access to complex machinery a few times. The on-site crew (the ones the manglement wanted to get rid of) understood the risks immediately, but the Ivory Tower lot only started to think a bit when they saw our contract terms in big bold lettering:

"The company accepts no liability for loss or damage due to network faults or external interference."

You can buy a company. You can buy a product. Common sense? Trickier

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'twas ever thus

I've seen this sort of screw up a few times, but none as extreme as that. Usually it's things like transit screws/pegs either missing (so the unit is destroyed in transit) or alternatively glued in place.

Vital UK customs system outage contributes to travel chaos at its borders

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Re: Bit late to blame brexit

"A post she shouldn't even have been in since managing the killing of Charles de Menezesz"

A fact never forgotten by some of us.

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Re: Sounds about right

Never mind that. I want my 10 days back!

Finnish govt websites knocked down as Ukraine President addresses MPs

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Black Helicopters

I'm reminded of:

"Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent."

Seems to describe Putin rather well.

Remember when Huawei's CFO was detained in Canada? She's been promoted to chair the board

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Re: "The US is so convinced Huawei's products represent a security threat"

While this may be true.

a) where did the information come from that this was happening?

b) is any other country doing that or something similar?

Any fool can write a language: It takes compilers to save the world

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Too many have!

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