* Posts by Greybearded old scrote

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Devuan debuts version 4.0 – as usual without a hint of the hated systemd

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WTF?

Re: Ok, I'll switch!

Oh Dog, another one?

I'm convinced that the main problem with sound on Linux is the churn. OSS, Esound, ALSA, Pulseaudio, each of them needing to support it's predecessors' APIs or else break applications.

I doubt that it can be fixed now.

Get real: Say what you like about your app but don't be surprised if I trollsplain

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Accidental truth

My fave marketroid bollocks is 'quantum leap.' Which of course means the smallest possible change of state.

Alternative search providers write letter to EU complaining that Google antitrust action achieved diddly-squat

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Re: Perhaps a "open search engine" is what is needed?

FSF tried, making it federated so that it wasn't tied to one company. Yacy, I think.

Hasn't got far.

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Re: "invested €100m into building their own search algorithm"

You're describing the search engines before Google. Man, did they get spammed!

Google's first billion was earned by doing search very much better than anyone else. All the other billions have come from having that first billion though.

Microsoft's .NET Foundation under fire as resigning board member questions its role

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Oh really

Sorry, but did he expect any different? Not just because it's MS, any corporate sponsored foundation is going to be just the same.

I'm sure I remember similar reports from Javaworld.

Brit law firm files suit against Google and Deepmind over use of hospital patients' data

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Stop

Weak phrasing

"Breach of doctor/patient confidentiality" is greater by far than "privacy complaint." They need the big hammer wielded.

Xero, Slack suffer outages just as Let's Encrypt root cert expiry downs other websites, services

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Re: LetsHaveAnOutage

Many failures to recognise sarcasm here. Maybe use the joke or troll icon next time.

tz database community up in arms over proposals to merge certain time zones

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Re: Is the database really that big

Up voted just for the Discworld reference. Nicely done.

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Re: Do we need two timezone databases?

Really?

Time zones are insanely complicated because of myriad political (pronounced "stupid with a capital F") decisions. But adding more complication can't ever make things simpler.

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We need more like Linus

This is the sort of "breaking userspace" change that used to break Linus' patience. Many of the sweary rants were directed at repeat offenders on that front.

If others are relying on you, don't "move fast, break things." Use care and deliberation, don't honk off the folks downstream.

Ofcom swears at the general public for five days during obscenity survey

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Another one

I was interested to see that bitch got rated as mild. More and more I hear women talk as if it's almost the worst thing you could call them. I've always seen it as equivalent to dick, or bastard at worst. (Interesting that bastard is almost exclusively used for men, when it's original meaning applied to both.)

I've had a rethink on what contexts I use it in.

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To their credit, they repeatedly stressed the significance of context.

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Happy

Well colour me impressed

They actually came up with two words I had to look up. Bumberclat and Bloodclaat, both from Jamaica as it turns out.

It did however cause an amusing flashback, of my Mum. <voice source="Monty Python" type="old lady">There's no need for it!</voice>

A low-key good experience for Thor-oughly new penguins: Elementary OS 6, aka Odin

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Re: "a Flatpak-only app store is the future"

Yeah, I want a refund!

It's the end of the world as we know it, and we should feel fine

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Devil

Re: "the standards are settled"

There was one. Then the service providers realised that interoperability is bad for lock-in.

Guess which won.

Crank up the volume on that Pixies album: Time to exercise your Raspberry Pi with an... alternative browser

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Go

Oh, please!

HTML4 and less javascript sounds like a good result to me.

If it were possible to evade facial-recognition systems using just subtle makeup, it might look something like this

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Re: How much make up needed to

To have the computer point the finger at her in every demo perhaps?

Ghosts in the machine learning pipeline will be impossible to exorcise

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Re: Abbatar

I don't think you quite got which part of their act I was referring to.

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Gimp

Abbatar

Bjornbot? Agnetha's bot surely. (Rear of the Year 1975, for those not as grey as me.)

When everyone else is on vacation, it's time to whip out the tiny screwdrivers

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"Swamped" sounds an awful lot like the closing credits of 'The Fifth Element' to me. It was driving me nuts until I could place it.

30 years of Linux: OS was successful because of how it was licensed, says Red Hat

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Re: Linux is not an OS

Even if Linus liked the idea, it's impractical. Linux is GPL2, not GPL2 or later. Imagine tracing everyone who has ever contributed to get their permission to relicence.

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Re: Still have my original, official Yggdrasil distro

Archive.org, bless 'em.

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I want things to "Just Work"

For the most part I run the installer (and users of certain other systems get to practice that quite a lot) and things do Just Work. What is really great is it then Just Continues To Work. Unlike some.

Although Bluetooth and WiFi are the worst faff I'd had the misfortune to endure in a very long time. What do most of the mundanes want? Right, most of them have never seen a network cable. Anyone working on the UI for those, please take a look around at the other OSs. Even if it's just Android. Biggest blocker as far as I can see.</rant>

Now I've said that, my personal desktops have been exclusively GNU/Linux since about 1997. It's almost always been capable of what I want from it, and it just keeps getting better. Anyone who has contributed to that, have my thanks and a few of the icon.

In 2006, Amazon debuted EC2. 15 years on, HashiCorp says firms blowing their cloud budgets is all part of the fun

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Joke

Either gender fits here

OTOH, they are frequently claimed to be a bunch of...

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

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Even a stopped clock

Has anyone kept track of Gartner's predictions?

I remember when they were frequently predicting that Linux would never amount to anything, 'coz Windows Rulez! Now only desktops and iThings have a significant presence of anything else.

Tired: What3Words. Wired: A clone location-tracking service based on FOUR words – and they are all extremely rude

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Oh, it's much more entertaining if they don't understand.

Perl Foundation faces more departures after pausing Community Affairs Team

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Not churn

Churn implies replacements are coming in. We're haemorrhaging.

New GNOME Human Interface Guidelines now official – and obviously some people hate it

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Real experts (Tognazzini again) strongly advocate testing.

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If you only ask experts you get software that only experts can use. You should watch the mundanes struggle to find out where you've screwed up.

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Re: Bug: "deactivate laser" and "destroy planet" buttons adjacent | WONTFIX

Classic Mac had them at opposite ends of the title bar for exactly that reason. Only Bruce Tognazzini seems to remember that.

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RALF!!

A pox on the 'Dark Cave' UI paradigm. Applications must be good for learners as well as experts. Else who's got the time and patience to become the expert?

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Re: Who cares?

Actually, GIMP uses GTK 2 because they've been too busy with the internals to keep up. They're doing the GTK 3 update now.

I hope that they can avoid that Gnome thing with the title bars usurping the window manager's decorations. Whether that looks good is a matter of personal preference, but it jars like hell unless you're all Gnome all the time.

I expect they couldn't imagine that you wouldn't be.

Ex-health secretary said 'vast majority' were 'onside' with GP data grab. Consumer champion Which? reckons 20 million don't even know what it is

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They've heard of it, they don't like it.

Thinking about upgrading to Debian Bullseye? Watch out for changes in Exim and anything using Python 2.x

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FAIL

Re: Sigh

Bit late for me to respond, I doubt that you'll see it.

GIMP Python is restricted to Python 2.7 by GTK. The GIMP team are working on updating to GTK 3 now.

Scheme is the scripting language built into GIMP, as I said. Once I solve the issues it has the least risk of being left behind in the way those earlier versions have.

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Sigh

I've been using Buster for about a year (I usually switch half way through a cycle, when the Testing distribution is getting to be reliable) and it's as solid as usual.

But my personal GIMP plugins bit the dust over the loss of Python 2.7, I'd only ported them from Perl a few years ago. My Scheme (the built-in scripting language) versions are proving a bit buggy.

Oh Dear Me, or words to that effect.

Russia's Pirs ISS module scheduled to fall away, much like Moscow's interest in the space station

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Headmaster

Re: Anyway

Quite a lot less than escape velocity, otherwise they'd have escaped.

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Maybe it's time

Given the recent pressure leaks, it could be argued that ISS is reaching the end of its service life. Sad but, "Only the rivers run forever." I wouldn't want to be living in an orbital de Havilland Comet.

The decision makers have shown their usual level of foresight over the next step, haven't they?

Apologetic Audacity rewrites privacy policy after 'significant lapse in communication'

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FAIL

Re: any new project forks?

Damn, 10 minute window was up before I spotted the typo in '4chan 4kers.'

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Re: any new project forks?

Hopefully somebody can fork it without the 4chan 4kerks noticing.

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Re: The new normal

For many companies 4% of turnover can exceed their profit margin. It's equivalent to hanging the company in chains.

As you say, there's no appetite for enforcing the rules.

Russia's ISS Multipurpose Laboratory Module launches after years sitting on a shelf, immediately runs into issues

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Joke

I didn't know Boeing were eligible for contracts in Russia.

The old New: Windows veteran explains that menu item

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Yeah

As we Perl fanbois like to say, TMTOWTDI. Don't say that in front of a Pythonista though, their motto is more "Highlander."

Our Friends Electric: A pair of alternative options for getting around town

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The door

That door on the front reminds me of all the stories about people getting trapped by parking too close to a wall. (What does it mean, "reverse gear?")

I wonder if was just an urban myth?

Windows 11: What we like and don't like about Microsoft's operating system so far

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They tried that in the '80s into the '90s. Apple lost.

Now modern courts are much more receptive to that sort of nonsense, but the old case set a clear precedence.

If you've mastered Python 101, you're probably better at programming than OpenAI's prototype Codex

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Yeah

We all know how that goes.

Go to L: A man of the cloth faces keyboard conundrum

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Re: Font recommendations

Not on my computer they're not. Did you look at that link?

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Re: Font recommendations

I like Go Mono. It's as good eye candy as I've ever seen in a mono font too. (I'm not any sort of a font geek, but not a fan of stripping the letters down to their minimum representation either.)

Former NASA astronaut and Shuttle boss weigh in on fixing Hubble Space Telescope

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Re: Build a New One

They have a couple.

I never heard of anything being done with them, but it will most likely take a few years to fit them out for science instead of spying.

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