* Posts by Greybearded old scrote

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Drowning in code: The ever-growing problem of ever-growing codebases

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Re: 10ms

I have, but atm only using it to keep a backup. There's a lot of more urgent stuff to teach her.

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Yes, and

Joe Armstrong (of Erlang fame) gave an excellent talk on a similar theme.

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Re: 10ms

I have a friend who frequently complains that the computer I gave her is slow. I point out that it's fast enough play HD videos. Therefore if her web mail (OK, let's name the guilty party, Yahoo) can't keep up with her typing it's them who are to blame.

But being right doesn't sort the problem, and the newer lappie that I'm about to give her will only be somewhat faster at running the manky web mail.

50 years ago, the all-rookie, final Skylab crew returned to Earth

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Documentary about all the Skylab missions

Searching For Skylab, America's Forgotten Triumph Hat tip to El Reg, which is where I learned of it.

That's not the web you're browsing, Microsoft. That's our data

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Re: Remind me again

You've not heard of any Free (both Libre and Gratis) operating systems then?

You can find a whole bunch reviewed on a site not a million miles away.

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Re: Remind me again

You don't even need to pay, except in time to relearn. Mostly that is, there are some use cases that the free world doesn't cover yet.

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Yeah, right

Good luck with that.

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Re: Keeps one on Edge.

And go through the preferences switching off all the 'phone home' features I can find. On both.

Cory Doctorow has a plan to wipe away the enshittification of tech

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Well

That was slower than I expected.

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Re: Root Cause

The stock market was created to fund expensive startups. (Originally vessels to sail east for tea and spice, or for the foul triangular trade.) Why do they still have power after that phase? Because they are rich enough that the law of, "Because I say so" applies.

As much as I wouldn't take it literally, there's a reason why Cory's website icon is a guillotine.

United Airlines’ patience with Boeing is maxed out after repeated safety issues

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Re: The 737 Used To Be A Good Aircraft ...

That turned out to be a reverse takeover. Boeing bought up the remains of McDonnell-Douglas, but then they put the MDD execs in charge. Who thought that was a good idea?

And yes, I remember when satyrists would sing, "I believe that pigs and even DC-10s can fly."

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Re: Manufacturing

I tend to say that he diagnosed the disease very well, but his prescription turned out to be as much use as leeches.

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WTF?

Have to say

That's a really big straw.

COVID-19 infection surge detected in wastewater, signals potential new wave

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Re: Why did everyone get vaccinated?

Not stop, but reduce the probability of catching it and the severity if you do.

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Re: It is only Covid if you take a test

Either way bloody well keep it to yourself once you know you have it. First thing we should all have learned but haven't.

Second thing is, we should be drafting public health regs concerning ventilation of public and work spaces. Using CO2 levels as a proxy measure.

Both of those will reduce the misery and time lost to colds, flu and any future surprises as well.

UK government lays out plan to divert people's broken gizmos from landfill

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Re: How many

We really need to push them to make kit that is durable, repairable and practical to upgrade. The result will be much more expensive, if only because the producers will get paid less often. But those of us currently buying cheaper not cutting edge tat can spend the same on older and still perfectly good devices second hand instead. (My current phone is a 3 year old from Backmarket, practice what I preach.)

The whole planned obsolescence, linear consumption model must go. As you said getting the manufacturers in line will be a non-trivial problem.

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Need to make it easier

My area's red recycling bins are marked that they accept household electronics, but then add, "no screens or batteries.'" How useful is that?

More generally, the recycling rules vary from place to place and the general population are expected to know and understand them. (Think which type of plastics are taken where.) The companies should be accepting any sort of recyclable waste and doing the sorting there. If they can't handle some type themselves pass it on to another firm that can.

Then it's important to encourage use of recycled materials. It there is no market for the product then it doesn't matter how much we send to be recycled.

To BCC or not to BCC – that is the question data watchdog wants answered

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Re: Nope

It's more destructive, so make it harder to do.

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Nope

If training could help then it would have done by now.

"Are you sure" doesn't achieve anything, not one of us can say that we don't click the OK button out of muscle memory. Even if you didn't click automatically, you are sure right up until the Ohno second when it becomes clear that you shouldn't have been.

It needs to be a UI issue. No mail client to accept more than one address in 'To' and the CC field to be at least two clicks further away than BCC.

Unite the union claims Vodafone and Three merger is about 'corporate greed'

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And in other news...

Water still wet, etc.

Epic decision sees jury find Google's Play store is illegal monopoly

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Breaking up doesn't mean destroying. Just makes the various divisions operate independently. Linking up the data from all those services is about as evil as everything MS do, to the point that they got jealous and imitated the practice in recent Windows versions.

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Re: Breaking up is hard to do x

About the only things Google ever created that succeeded are search and gmail. The rest they bought in.

Doom turns 30, so its creators celebrate seminal first-person shooter’s contribution to IT careers

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I suspect

Was your colleague who grumbled about the graphics quality too young to have experienced a 486 with 1/100th the clock speed that we get today?

Microsoft's code name for 64-bit Windows was also a dig at rival Sun

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Re: Missed a trend

More bullying than marketing, convicted monopoly abuser remember.

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Missed a trend

Not so much missed as failed miserably, over and over.

MS had been trying to get the 'hand held' market since Windows CE (nicknamed wince) in 1996. Never made it. Destroyed Nokia along the way.

It's ba-ack... UK watchdog publishes age verification proposals

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Re: How to teach people the wrong thing

Well if they learn that the government is thick, perhaps they will manage to vote more intelligently than their seniors.

I'm not going to be holding my breath, mind.

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Re: "facial age estimation"

They will keep thinking that adding silicon can make phrenology work this time.

Spanish media sues Meta for ignoring GDPR and harvesting data

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Re: Mmmm.....

Far enough then. He's about as far left as a '70s tory.

Do we really need another non-open source available license?

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Re: If Only

To make the sound of hollow laughter.

Have you met people?

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Re: Isn't there an obvious flaw?

Not really, that's why we have Git et al.

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If Only

What the world needs is a license that allows you to do anything with this freely donated code except make it not be free any more.

Oh.

UK's cookie crumble: Data watchdog serves up tougher recipe for consent banners

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Re: Adverts on sites are so easy

Yes, and a few years ago it was found to bring in more income. The ad duopoly are taking 51% of the advertising fee after all.

Hey ElReg, fancy having a stab at doubling your profit?

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The mobile vesion of TVTropes is a shocker too. I don't see the consent form on my desktop somehow.

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About time too

Has the ICO just aquired a new boss or something? One who knows where their gonads are?

To me there is no excuse for any more than a session cookie if you are logged in.

Then let's remember that GDPR is about tracking, not just cookies. How do we detect and punish the passive tracking?

Firefox slow to load YouTube? Just another front in Google's war on ad blockers

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That Melania moment

"I don't care."

I put up with their ads for a long time despite their attempts at tracking. (I have several methods of screwing that up all active at once.) I installed a specifically YT ad blocker when they got too greedy and were interrupting videos every 3-5 minutes.

Now they can Go Find A Warmer Place.

OpenAI staff threaten to leave if ousted CEO Altman is not reinstated

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Never threaten

JFDI

SpaceX celebrates Starship launch as a success – even with the explosion

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Possibly expecting too much

I think we are comparing a new machine with the reliability expected from the established boosters. There is ample footage of past failures to show how hard it is to get there.

Come to that if your first flights are perfect your ship is over engineered and over weight. And you don't know where you can sensibly save weight.

YouTube cares less for your privacy than its revenues

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Sadly

No amount of logic is likely to achieve very much.

Google bins integrity API that looked more than a bit like horrible DRM for websites

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Re: This has only two purposes...

I've seen claims that the adblocker blocker only works if you're logged in to Goggle. I've certainly never seen it. Is it worth trying a 'clean' browser session?

CompSci academic thought tech support was useless – until he needed it

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Re: EMACS

Also

Emacs Makes Any Computer Slow

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EMACS

A passable operating system, which only lacks a good text editor.

Europe bans Meta from using personal data to target ads

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I'm surprised that you haven't reported on this one. LinkedIn have lost a case that may be bringing Do Not Track back. Once the inevitable appeal is over, natch.

Martin Goetz, recipient of the first software patent, logs off at 93

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That's copyright. Patents are for 20 years, so that one expired long ago.

The damage caused by that precedent endures however.

Raspberry Pi 5: Hot takes and cooler mistakes

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Re: So what was the passive solution?

Yes. I have the RP3 version of the Flirc Case, and it sticks to the chip with a standard thermal pad. Others are available.

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So what was the passive solution?

With my Pi 3 some heat sinks small enough to fit in the official case didn't achieve much. Switching to an all aluminium case took 10 C off the running temperature. Would one of those be good enough?

When Microsoft complains that you're a monopolist you know things are bad

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Re: App stores

I had a brain-fart. Make that nearly 30 years.

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App stores

Your guys asked, "when everything is required to be free, how are app stores to monetise?" Surely they can't all be ignorant of F-Droid? For those who haven't seen it, it's a repository of "free as in freedom" android apps.

After more than 30 years favouring libre apps on my desktop, I'm not about to tolerate anything less on my phone. (I'm still looking into getting a de-googled android on the model I have.)

EFF urges Chrome users to get out of the Privacy Sandbox

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Re: Monopoly law backfires hard

The amusing thing is that he thought only half was being wasted!

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Re: Regulators are indeed a pain in the arse.

Not the regulators' fault entirely. That's all malicious compliance on the part of the creeps running those sites.

A bit more appetite for enforcing the regs (otherwise why have them?) would go a long way. Any site that requires more clicks to refuse than accept, or don't have a refuse option, are still breaking the law. A few eye-watering fines would focus minds nicely.

Microsoft CEO whinges about Google's default search deals

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Peace on them both

Damn autocorrect!

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