* Posts by demon driver

24 posts • joined 11 Feb 2020

Space tourists splash down in Atlantic Ocean after three days in orbit

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Indeed. And might one not ask beforehand whether this world is not fundamentally misorganised when, even in the part we call the first world, the funding of a world-renowned hospital leading in cancer research depends on the generosity of a few rich people?

Microsoft does and doesn't require VMs to meet hardware requirements for Windows 11

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For what it's worth, at build 22000.168, my Windows 11 installation (which is in a VirtualBox VM on an old but still very usable Thinkpad X220T running Linux) was kicked out of Microsoft's Insider Program when bare metal installations were, too, for hardware requirements not being met, but updates seem to come in nonetheless. Just received 2021-09 cumulative update KB5005635 which updates to build 22000.194.

'Apps for GNOME' site aims to improve discovery of the project's best applications

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"Apps for GNOME"? I feel inclined to call that worse than "Apps for Windows"...

... because it divides the fragile Linux Desktop landscape even more, promoting developers who aim to specifically support one of the DEs instead of many, let alone all. One DE that has already earned and deserved much of the criticism it received over the years without actively trying to nudge desktop application developers towards ignoring other DEs...

Google killed desktop Drive and replaced it with two apps. Now it’s killing those, and Drive for desktop is returning

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3rd party sync tools

If we have to use Google Drive for whatever reason (I still do because there are one or two Android apps I rely on which don't cooperate as easily with Nextcloud), some third-party sync tools are a potential alternative to succumbing to Google's whims. Personally, I've been using Insync (the headless version for Linux servers) which is not free, but good, for some time now and I don't even notice that it's there, it just works. Better still, it converts Google Docs files to Open Document (or MS) formats and back, on the fly, transparently...

That said, succumbing to a third party vendor's whims isn't necessarily better, either. Insync had announced to discontinue their headless version some time ago, before they decided after all they wouldn't.

Debian's Cinnamon desktop maintainer quits because he thinks KDE is better now

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Now I know that Debian also packages Cinnamon

But wouldn't someone who wanted Cinnamon choose Mint in the first place?

And I like Preining's reply to the "thank you. We need fewer desktops" post: "In some sense I agree with you, so let us abolish Gnome3 as it has been a misconception right from the beginning! Maybe we can tunnel the energy of the developers to Cinnamon and a decent DE environment based on Gtk?"

Dealing with the pandemic by drinking and swearing? Boffins say you're not alone

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Re: about swearing

That's a particularly interesting question for me as a non-native speaker. The one hint that comes to my mind regarding the issue is the fact that Karl Urban's frequent use of 'cunt' as Billy Butcher in The Boys did indeed come across (for me) as slightly stronger than if he had been using 'motherfucker' instead. Or did I get that wrong?

As another vendor promises 3 years of Android updates, we ask: How long should mobile devices receive support?

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At least. See Fairphone.

Vietnam reveals state-run Alibaba-and-Amazon alternative, aims it at the EU

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Good move

Marketplaces should be run and governed by the public, ensuring fair regulations, not by corporations.

McAfee to offload enterprise business for $4bn, focus on consumer security

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Cryptocurrencies and motives

Hasn't "touting [...] cryptocurrencies through false and misleading statements to conceal their true, self-interested motives" been what is behind the whole cryptocurrency bubble right from the start?

1Password has none, KeePass has none... So why are there seven embedded trackers in the LastPass Android app?

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Bitwarden does not track

Translation from a recent post on golem.de:


They only use App Center to get crash reports and Firebase only uses the notification API for push notifications. It's not enough to look at what frameworks an app uses with some rubbish tool, you also have to look at what exactly it does with it, and anyone can do that, because Bitwarden is open source and anyone can convince themselves that nothing is tracked there:

Q: What third-party scripts, libraries, and services are used?

A: Currently, we load third-party payment scripts from Stripe and PayPal on payment pages in the Web Vault. In the mobile app, the Firebase script is used for push notifications. The HockeyApp is used for crash reporting. Please note, Firebase and HockeyApp are removed completely from the F-Droid build if you are interested in using that option. Turning off push notifications on a Bitwarden server will disable using the push relay server if you want to self-host.


To plug gap left by CentOS, Red Hat amends RHEL dev subscription to allow up to 16 systems in production

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Who guarantees...

... someone who changes their 16 CentOS production servers to 16 developer-subscription based RHEL servers that, two years ahead, Red Hat won't suddenly cut the number of allowed servers down to, say, 8, starting to demand fees for the others?

Just asking...

Back to the office with you: 'Perhaps 5 days is too much family time' – Workday CEO

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WFH is good, but...

... I could really do without the 'work' part.

Linux Mint sticks by Snap decision – meaning store is still disabled by default in 20.1

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That's not quite right. As far as I understand, Mint's purpose when it was started simply was to become more elegant than Ubuntu without sacrificing usability.

And then they created Cinnamon because the specific change from Gnome 2 to Gnome 3, while the technological progress was appreciated, was seen as a deterioration in usability by many.

Mint is not "for people who don't like change". If anything, it's for people who don't like change for change's sake, change without benefit, change making things worse instead of better.

Developers! These 3 weird tricks will make you a global hero

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And also started deviating from it

And then developers started to think, well, why should we care anymore, either?

Red Hat defends its CentOS decision, claims Stream version can cover '95% of current user workloads'

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The "antithetical" claim is of course wrong and purposefully misleading. CentOS and CentOS Stream are no more antithetical than any two of Debian stable, Debian testing and Debian unstable would be antithetical. Or any other Linux's LTS and non-LTS distro. If we'd call any such pair antithetical, it would just show that being antithetical does not exclude fruitious coexistence. No, it's not CentOS vs. CentOS Stream, it's CentOS vs. RHEL, because profit and non-profit, trying to sell something while giving the same thing away for free are of course the really antithetical concepts here.

And there's no easy way out, either. IBM isn't healthy, they're massively lowering costs, and according to recent news it seems they're about to fire 10,000 people in Europe in preparations for separating their "managed infrastructure services" unit from their "Global Technology Services" division. Accordingly, there probably will be many executives thinking they cannot continue to watch Red Hat giving the same thing away for free that its primary business is built on.

Of course, whoever made the decision to kill off CentOS might not have thought about the possibility that people might actually not go to RHEL (or CentOS Stream) when they cannot have CentOS anymore, but rather to another distro altogether. I guess especially curtailing CentOS 8 support will be seen by many as the breaking of a written promise, which will not improve trust in Red Hat as such and in its commercial products and services, either.

Microsoft: After we said we'll try to promote more Black people, the US govt accused us of discrimination

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An old idea

1. "Everyone just ignoring race and promoting whoever is best suited for the job" is either not being done or not helping. That's why there's a large consensus that some things should be done differently there.

2. If the disparity is there and there's evidence that it's not just a disparity in representation of skin colour, but that black applicants are more likely to be not chosen than white applicants even though they're capable and suited, which is what all of this is about, it is irrelevant whether this it attributed to racism or not, or whether anyone wants to call it racism or not. Even if it wasn't racism or couldn't, for some reason, legitimately be called racism, a conscious decision to not change a thing about it would be.

3. While it has been cited by racists for ages to prove there couldn't be such a thing as racism, athletics is a completely different subject. In fact, it is the active denial that outside of athletics black people might be more often not chosen for senior roles than white people without even knowing whether they could do the job. It's not that anyone could let them run the mile to see how fast they are in recruiting such jobs. It's not in their black genes that black people would be, by tendency, less suited for senior roles than white people, an allegation that is implicitly made by citing athletics and claiming the disparity in senior roles wasn't racist. Any such alllegation, of course, is.

4. That there would be other, neglected discriminated-against minorities is no reason for not acting against the discrimination of obvious discriminated-against minorities. It can only be a reason for doing even more against discrimination.

5. The approach to apply positive discrimination to correct negative discrimination until there's no discrimination does not become racism just because racists say so. The more intelligent definitions of racism expressly deny that there even can be a thing like racism against a privileged majority. Racism always works against underprivileged minorities in that they stay underprivileged minorities. Something like that cannot even happen to the privileged majority.

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

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LKML should...

... just move from mailing list to usenet newsgroup.

If you think Mozilla pushed a broken Firefox Android build, good news: It didn't. Bad news: It's working as intended

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When open source software rollouts come over us with as little regard for how they affect users as we're already used to with monopolist commercial software, it's no wonder that open source developers' statements also sound like monopolists' corporate PR.

Bletchley Park Trust can’t crack COVID-caused revenue slump without losing staff

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It says a lot about the world and how it is organised when it leaves the existence of such institutions to the whims of short-term economic fluctuations.

After 84 years, Japan's Olympus shutters its camera biz, flogs it to private equity – smartphones are just too good

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The smartphone is not the problem...

The smartphone is not the main problem. Ok, it destroyed most of the compact camera market. But all in all, the smartphone just accelerated everything a bit. The main problem is that sales drop when a product has finally matured (the digital camera) and everyone finally has such a mature specimen. The better the cameras have become over time, the less people feel the need to replace and upgrade theirs. Virtually all digital cameras of lately are excellent, no matter which brand. They have already become more expensive, though, because the manufacturers already had to compensate for the shrinking quantities, making that upgrade even less attractive...

Olympus made mistakes, but no big mistakes (except perhaps, literally, the E-M1X). Its problem – like everyone else's in the industry, hardly any manufacturer is still healthy – is that the cameras they sold were too good. And that there is no new key technology in sight that could initiate a new era of cameras, like AF in the eighties or digital around the turn of the century.

'Come 75,000 workers, join us!' says Amazon. Just don't dare complain about the boss or you're out on your ear

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Meanwhile, in France



You've duked it out with OS/2 – but how to deal with these troublesome users? Nukem

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Re: Downgrading OS/2 to Windows 3, really?

I think it was last year that I read that the New York City subway ticket system still ran on OS/2...

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Downgrading OS/2 to Windows 3, really?

I bet there weren't much more banks which did that. Especially banks and insurance companies held on to OS/2 even for many years after IBM already abandoned it...

I guess Windows NT4 was the first Microsoft offering that would have justified a migration if there would have really been good reasons for one, i.e. something other than "we don't like OS/2" or "we're to stupid to administer and run OS/2". But OS/2 used to run DOS and Windows 3 applications better than DOS and Windows 3 themselves back then, as long as the machines were powerful enough, which they should have been in this case as they were already running OS/2 in the first place...

Crazy idea but hear us out... With robots taking people's jobs, can we rethink this whole working to survive thing?

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"Rethink this whole working to survive thing" indeed

But there's an intrinsic economic issue in there. Trying to seriously assess it would open a can of worms, so noone does. It's not only that the distribution of income changes through productivity increases, it's that the value of things (as in market value, not in value-in-use), and, similarly, the value of money slowly drops. The less people work for the things a society produces, the less value the society generates and the less money is there to either give to the people or to finance the whole society, i.e. health, education, security, infrastructure.


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