* Posts by ComputerSays_noAbsolutelyNo

227 posts • joined 21 Feb 2020


Clean up orbit first, then we can think about space factories, says FCC

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Planetes - an anime series devoted to space debries

In the year 2075, mankind has reached a point where journeying between Earth, the moon and the space stations is part of daily life. However, the progression of technology in space has also resulted in the problem of the space debris, which can cause excessive and even catastrophic damage to spacecrafts and equipment. This is the story of Technora's Debris Collecting section, its EVA worker, Hachirota "Hachimaki" Hoshino, and the newcomer to the group, Ai Tanabe.


-> I'll put my space suit on

GitLab versus The Zombie Repos: An old plot needs a new twist

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If GitLab goes belly up, only the hosted-repo is lost.

There will still be local clones of the repo with the associated users.

Enough with the notifications! Focus Assist will shut them u… 'But I'm too important!'

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Outlook into the past

At work, as an occasional user of micros~1's finest (I usually work on a Linux desktop) I am regularly reminded to my bewilderment of meetings hours, days and weeks in the past. Whenever I turn my Windows machine on and Outlook starts up, it reminds me of all meetings that have taken place since the last time Outlook was up and running.

While a similar feature of facebook shows you pics you posted years ago may evoke fond memories, the reminder of yesterweeks meeting is simply pointless.

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Re: It's not just the OS...

A "do not disturb, except phone calls" feature would be nice.

After all, while the "smart" in smartphone translates to shitty computer, the phone part is still very much functional.

So, is there a way to turn the thing into a usable phone?

Samsung boss likely to be pardoned for bribery

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Money talks,

and money walks.

Microsoft warns Windows 10 patch broke printing for some

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Save trees

update your Windows

NASA's Lunar Orbiter spots comfortably warm 'pits' all over the Moon

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... that would be quite Kubrickeque, as in 2001 - A Space Odyssey

James Webb, Halley's Comet may be set for cosmic dust-up

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More of them

Now, that all the technical kinks have been worked out,

couldn't they simply build more of them?

Martin Shkreli, out of prison for running a Ponzi scheme, now pushes Web3 thing

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The magic of EULA

Sales tells you to pay up,

EULA tells you, you can't expect anything to be/work as advertised.

It's magic.

Software issues cost Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess his job

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"You can't lead on software with automotive people."

Imagine the firm-ware of your anti-skid braking system to be as error-free (I am joking here) as your typical produce of the Silicon Valley.

I don't mind Windows falling over itself (in fact I do, but on a different level),

however, I would mind vital cruise control software (e.g. lane keeping) falling over.

But, I am merely a risk-averse old-Continental, who isn't fully sold on the idea of becoming a casualty in someone else's beta test.

Eutelsat and OneWeb to join forces across orbits in $3.4b merger

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I guess that Eutelsat and OneWeb did not develop their satellites to be compatible with each other, e.g. the GEO bird serving as a relay for LEO birds.

So, getting anything out of the "best of both worlds" bucket is most probably merely an aspiration for some distant future, and not something that magically materializes post-merger.

We've got a photocopier and it can copy anything

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Re: Don't know if it's just that my coffee hasn't kicked in yet...

This level of stupidity deserves jail time.

What were they thinking?

That there is a sort of "privilege of confession" or "solicitor-client privilege" for copier tech-people?

It boggles the mind.

Uber to pay millions to settle claims it ripped off disabled people with unfair fees

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"This agreement sends a strong message that Uber and other ridesharing companies will be held accountable if their services discriminate against people with disabilities."

An out-of-court settlement without admission of wrongdoing, I'm not convinced.

Paying a fee to make legal problems go away isn't accountability,

it's more cost-of-doing-business

Bogus cryptocurrency apps steal millions in mere months

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Re: "legitimate cryptocurrency investments"

Here's some advice for people who find no use for their daytime when they have taken care of all their monetary need by virtue of crypto.

If you don't need to work during working hours, and you're bored because you don't work anymore, just get a job for the fun of it.


Dev's code manages to topple Microsoft's mighty SharePoint

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Re: Lotus 1-2-crash

Input from external, third parties is so much more welcome and easier taken in, than the input of the in-house people. Because the bosses are exactly that: your bosses.


Microsoft tests CD ripping for Media Player in Windows 11

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In a time, when you are hard pressed to find a laptop with an optical drive,

adding the ability to rip CDs is pretty innovative

FYI: BMW puts heated seats, other features behind paywall

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Big Brother

That's a nice Beemer you've got there

... it would be such a shame, if a subscription price-hike would happen to it.

AI inventors may find it difficult to patent their tech under today's laws

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"Do X with a computer" 2.0

I guess that would have helped innovation and progress

Even robots have the right to learn from open source

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Well, let's hope micros~1 only trawled the public code, and not also all the private repos.

It would be such a shame when e.g. CoPilot suggests values if you create a variable named passwordForSQL or similar.

There's potential for information leakage. But, most probably, it's only my imagination that's running wild.

Apple's new MacBook Air: Is the jump to M2 silicon worth another $200?

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Take your pick

The M2, the war, the pandemic, the disruption of supply lines, <insert excuse to hike prices>, ...

Trouble hiring? Consider loosening your remote work policy

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Politicians and the like like to ramble on about how the western economy is transitioning into a knowledge based economy, rationalizing to themselves the loss many industrial jobs. However, if the players in a knowledge economy fail to acculumate institutional knowledge in the form of an experienced workforce, they condemn themselves to a life of perpetual beginners, which is as sustainable as slash-and-burn agriculture. It works as long as there is new land to burn and as long as everyone else does the same. If someone finds a better way of doing business, you're screwed

Tim Hortons collected location data constantly, without consent, report finds

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Re: ...but not when it was closed/quit.

Yeah, smartphone are simply just shitty computers.

IBM's self-sailing Mayflower suffers another fault in Atlantic crossing bid

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Re: Electrical problems

That's what you get, when you let software or IT people do engineering.

I am sorry to sound harsh, even as I am a number cruncher myself. However, I have a background in mechanical engineering.

Beware the fury of a database developer torn from tables and SQL

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Re: Just a quick question.

I once came across a book, that was similarly either machine translated or translated by a bad translator.

The phrase "Jesus, it's hot in here" or something to that tune was translated literally into my native language.

Nobody starts an exclamation with "Jesus, <insert stuff>" in my language.

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Re: Just a quick question.

Nobody knows a foreign language well enough to do a proper translation, except trained professional translators.

It's one thing to speak <insert language> with english words if you are at a conference or somewhere else; but it's an entirely different thing to do translation.

My significant other is a professional translator, and the things that the non-translator people come up with when they translate themselves are at best hilarious at worst cringy and wrong.

"The component X has been foreseen to do Y".

False friends are not your friends, when it comes to translating languages.

Monero-mining botnet targets Windows, Linux web servers

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Re: Linux as a target? But is this really the case?

While I agree with you, I think the distinction should be made.

"You do not get any viruses on X" can only be true if you only use the on-board tools of X, but first of all even X can have vulnerabilities; and second, who doesn't use third-party software?

If a virus exploits some weakness of the underlying OS, then we can and should specify the OS as a target.

But, if the vulnerability is purely on the side of the app or framework, then the underlying OS isn't relevant.

In this case it doesn't matter whether the app/framework is only available on one OS or is cross-platform.

If I have understood the Log4Shell vuln correctly, no vulnerability of the underlying OS is necessary to exploit Log4Shell, hence this is framework-weakness.

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Linux as a target? But is this really the case?

"She listed more than two dozen Sysrv exploits that are useful against a range of software suites, including Jboss, Adobe ColdFusion, Atlassian Confluence and Jira, various Apache tools, and Oracle WebLogic."

This paragraph sounds more like: various software frameworks are the target, which happend to be cross-platform.

So, if I manage to infect some framework, which happens to run on top of Linux, did I really infect Linux?

I would say not.

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

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Re: Not that unreasonable

I like the vehicle analogy. Let's take it a bit further:

Car : office workstation with keyboard & mouse, probably more than one screen

Motorbike : laptop, with a (less comfortable) keyboard, and a mousepad

Bike : tablets, touch only, maybe a stylus

Scooter : smartphone, similar to bike, but substantially smaller

So, having each class of vehicle a different UI, but having the same UI within each class of vehicle makes absolute perfect sense.

Elon Musk 'violated' Twitter NDA over bot-check sample size

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What's the endgame?

So Musk offered to Twitter for roughly 54 USD per share, his "interactions" with Twitter, the world and the universe send the share price plummeting. What sense does this make?

Discounting him having shorted Twitter shares, which would be very serious money crime, what's his motivation?

The deal does not get cheaper for him, if the Twitter share loses value, since he's offered a fixed price.

The deal also isn't going to go away, since any pre-this-whole-story owner of Twitter shares is even more likely to see the deal through, because of the fixed price offered by Musk.

So, what could be his strategy?

Elon Musk puts Twitter deal on hold over bot numbers claim

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If Elon want's to eliminate spam bots from Twitter, why is he critizing the ban of the Orange One?

Half of developers still at screens even during breaks

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Sport and fun

While we all know we should do more sport/exercise, we all find ourselves often/occasionally prefering the couch.

I have found for myself that I need to combine the physical exercise with some fun activity. In my case, historical european martial art (HEMA), i.e., fencing, does the trick. While fencing in itself isn't particularly exerting, my club's weekly training begins with a 30 min. warm-up which really exerting. Without the fun part (playing with swords) I would not be motivated to do these 30 min exercise blocks every week. However, since it is part of the training, I am motivated.

Here's a random video from YT for all who are unfamiliar with HEAM, note that this shows a tournament. General training and sparring looks a bit different. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6yVkVGwSSL0

Another thing I found over the years is that it also helps to combine sport with social activities. In my case, after the weekly training, the club members convene at a local pizza place. So, going to training not only means exercise and sweat but also pizza and chatting afterwards.

Palantir summons specter of nuclear conflict as share price collapses

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"I always misread Peter Thiel as Peter Thief."

A Freudian slip?

Email domain for NPM lib with 6m downloads a week grabbed by expert to make a point

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The flashlight app of the programming world

So, can we say that there are npm packages around that are the programming equivalent of the flashlight app?

Other question: if I need to include a package X which in turn includes e.g. the foreach package, is there a way to eliminate the foreach dependency from X?

Europe's GDPR coincides with dramatic drop in Android apps

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Re: Echoes of Brexiteer arguments

I imagine how free the choice to eat radioactive food is, when there's no one around to force the radio-activist food companies to declare their radio activity.

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If you can't innovate when you're not allowed to siphon off as much private data as possible, maybe you're not innovative?

Mars Ingenuity helicopter and Perseverance are talking again

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What better way to celebrate Star Wars day than taking a day off

May the force be with, you little flying robot.

FTC says Frontier lied about its internet speeds amid $8.5m settlement

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The ISPs in my country (central Europe) publish, although sometimes deeply buried within their webpages, a document stating maximum, normal and minimum speeds for their internet services. Turns out that 100 MBit aren't a 100 MBit after all.

Maybe we need another conversion of the SI prefixes for Bits?

So besides the bases of 1000 and 1024 we need another prefix based on as-advertised.

I suspect that this is the result of some EU regulation forcing them to be honest about the true speeds, even if this is done only in hush-hush small print in some dark corner of their webpages.

Elon Musk wants to take Twitter public again 'within 3 years'

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Re: LBO does LBO stuff

But who would buy shares of a now-debt-ladden Twitter 2.0?

What's there to gain?

I guess that's Musk being Musk, selling chickens before the eggs have been hatched.

Maybe this is a test of his messianic properties.

Can he sell a future IPO of a company he has yet to buy and take private?

Don't hate on cryptomining, hate the power stations, say Bitcoin super-fans

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Guns don't kill, bullets do

Well, technically they're correct, however, they're wrong.

Would they be content to run their mining rigs only when there's a surplus of wind and solar power, though?

A discounting disaster averted at the expense of one's own employment

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Re: Alarming, fired.

"... as our contract paid a percentage of the overall final cost ..."

No wonder such infrastructure projects always go over budget and way past their schedule.

US Army may be about to 'waste' up to $22b on Microsoft HoloLens

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Well, we already have had a couple of proxy wars that did not escalate into WW3, so let's be hopeful.

However, I agree with the getting worse part before anything gets better

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Re: I Did Something Like This

If the drone can operate independent from the tank, say within a couple of miles, then the tank commander can get a picture of the situation; barrel out and shoot on the move at pre-identified targets.

Using the tank's gun as a stick to mount a camera on, might sound good in theory, but has all the flaws you described.

The actual worth of such a system depends on how it operates, but a system that can give the individual tanker, or the individual group <insert smallest tank formation above the singular tank> eyes in the sky sounds pretty promising to me.

I dare to say that the Ukraine would have done much worse, if they would have had access to data gathered by NATO using all their flying radar sets.

But I agree with you, any system that interferes with the tank's movement and positioning will be equally a liability. Hence the idea of using drones.

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Re: I Did Something Like This

This. The IT industry is happy with the billions of military money, but when it comes to requirements in the field?

I could see a proper use for such things in the military, however, in warfare you can't take anything for granted. So if it does not work offline, everybodys time and money is wasted.

The use-case that comes to my mind is a small camera-equipped drone that is paired to a tank. The tank commander can then use the VR set and the drone to get a bird's eye view from the surroundings even though the tank is fully buttoned up and resting somewhere in a camoflaged position.

If the drone is shot down, launch the next one. If a viable target is identified, the tank gets into action.

Crooks steal NFTs worth '$3m' in Bored Ape Yacht Club heist

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If you do that X many times, and there is a non-zero percentage of Y people who actually pay out a Z percentage of finders fee, you might actually make money for a large enough X.

You should automate that process, though

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Re: Dumb and dumber

Like in the olden days, when a travelling merchant had to pay taxes and tolls at every town, bridge, etc.

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Re: Dumb and dumber

Some people actually buy air: https://www.evairy.at

As they say, every day a sucker get's out of his bed ...

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Re: Why the hate ?

In my country, there were some tokens - basically plastic coins - you could use to buy a weekly paper. This was well before the free (fake?) newspapers were a thing.

As kids, we used these tokes at the dumbest vending machines that sold chewing gum. If the machine only passively checked for size, and the token was sized like an actual coin, then the machine vends.

This did not last long, though.

Swedish firms ink deal to make green hydrogen with wind power

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Nirvana fallacy


Buying a USB adapter: Pennies. Knowing where to stick it: Priceless

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Never ...

... let people know how long you actually need for the job.

This only destroys the magic.

The time you solved that months-long problem in 3 seconds

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Re: I replaced a network cable.

We have a saying (my background being Austrian) along the lines:

The thing that doesn't cost anything,

isn't worth anything.

... and shockyingly, in many businesses that seems to be accepted management practice.



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