* Posts by Proton_badger

25 posts • joined 24 May 2020

Reason 3,995 to hold off on that Windows 11 upgrade: Iffy performance on AMD silicon


Re: Good to see

And then there’s the companies I’ve worked in where incredibly creative engineering managers were going to revolutionize things by introducing their never thought of before version of Agile,- with a few er “practical modifications”, in reality making it the bastard child of waterfall and agile.

Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou admits lying about Iran deal, gets to go home


Re: It really wan't [Canada's] fault?

Yet, Canada never released her into US custody.

Amazon says Elon Musk's wicked, wicked ways mean SpaceX's Starlink 2.0 should not be allowed to fly



Musk is a smart man. "Besos" is Spanish for "kisses", it's speculated to be an intentional and ironic play on Jeffrey Besos' "sweet" personality.

UK's competition regulator fires red flare over Nvidia's $40bn Arm takeover deal


Re: NVIDIA needs breaking up

They make what? Graphics cards, computing/machine learning cards, roughly based on the same cores and some mildly successful ARM SoC's with some their of Gfx/ml IP - mostly used by Nintendo and in cars. What do you want to break up? I guess they could outsource the HR dept.


Re: Far to late

I think the Afghan army was poorly organized and had exaggerated their ability. We can yell cowardice but as a grunt if you see clearly your unit is in shambles and you'll be overrun anyway, why stay to die for nothing?

I don't know if that's the reason why they crumbled but the point is, the afghan army was not one entity but lots of units all over the place with people making their own decisons for their own reasons, facing an enemy who'll slaughter anyone, including families for fun.

One province is mounting an organized planned resistance I wish them the best but the country will probably be in civil way forever.

Version 8 of open-source code editor Notepad++ brings Dark Mode and an ARM64 build, but bans Bing from web searches


Re: does not balk at file size

Last I looked the Atom team said they’d never support macro recording. It’s a bit pretentious to call that bloated pus covered whale a programmer’s editor if it doesn’t support macro recording.

Thunderbird 91 lands: Now native on Apple Silicon, swaps 'master' for 'primary' password, and more


Re: So far so good

Yeah, I installed it and cheered at seeing the account wizard had found calendars but after setup saw no sign of calendars/contacts. Turns out I had to click on them in the setup wizard and click on somewhat hidden "connect" buttons, there's no easy way after the fact. The wizard could make this more obvious for people like me who over-confidently clicks through too fast...

Besides from that I'm rejoicing that it supports Google Calendar+Contacts directly. Older version were a sh*t show of flaky Calendar/Contact sync extensions that only worked with specific outdated versions and only some of the time. FF 91 is a huge leap in this respect.

Now if only the spam/block buttons in mail apps could connect with/report to the mail host like Google...

SpaceX Starship struts its stack to show it has the right stuff



Yeah Musk is a nerd and an engineer. He's bad at interviews, public speaking and sometimes at gauging what's acceptable to say in public, and he would prefer not to be a CEO. That's why he lives in a $50.000 modular home near Starbase rather than a $163 million Beverly Hills house (or on a $500m yacht) like Jeff Bezos.

On the Everyday Astronaut Youtube channel there's "Starbase Tour with Elon Musk [Part 1/Part2]", they're enormously informative about the entire thing.

Report: 83% of UK software engineers suffer burnout, COVID-19 made it worse



Yeah, have been through a number of companies that tried to adopt agile and wouldn't let go of waterfall and ended up with a bastard child, every time exactly the same when a creative engineering manager was gonna revolutionize the way we worked with his original brain child - agile but with a few "improvements". I'm sure many here have seen it also.

Mind, both waterfall and agile can work well with talented managers and total team buy-in but project managing is really hard and there's a shortage of truly good ones, including good support from above, and team morale is often a problem for a number of reasons. And ofcourse Wagile usually just ends up a mess.

Wish you could play tabletop Dungeons & Dragons but have no friends? Solasta: Crown of the Magister offers a solution



On the subject of Divinity Original Sin 2, I bought it on a Steam sale a month ago. I'm an old BG/Neverwinter fan and just finished Pillars of Eternity so I thought it'd be a good way to fill the space until BG3 - but I wasn't prepared for it to be so completely mind blowingly good, the combat, dialogue, music, graphics - it's absolutely spectacular. I guess I'm a Godwoken now.

I ended up buying both Steam and iPad version. It performs very well on the M1 and with some directory hardlinking f@ckery and iCloud on the PC it shares savegames between the two seamlessly.

China claims it has stolen a march on 6G with colossal patent portfolio


Re: Diminishing returns...

A lot of people won't notice the upgrade to 5G and after the fact in cities they will never realize that if they hadn't upgraded to sub-6 5G they would have suffered more and more congestion.

But can it run Avid? The Reg hands shiny new M1 MacBook to video production pro, who beats it with Blender, Handbrake, and ... Hypercard?


Re: "Maybe one day Apple will decide to sell those CPU's for other manufacturers"

Designing a new more performant processor is *exactly* what they did. It has a 8-wide decode block, which is by far the current widest commercialized design in the industry except for IBM’s POWER10 (Intel sits at what? 4-wide? ARM Cortex-X1 is 5-wide). Further, its Re-order Buffer is a crazy 630 instructions deep, and let's not forget number of executions units, the caches, etc etc. This is a completely new and more performant custom design.

Facebook rolls out full-page ads, website complaining Apple is forcing it to get consent before tracking you


Re: Custody of my eyes

> I consider myself relatively immune to advertising

Most people says the same and it's an argument often heard. That's because people don't know how ads and brand awareness work on our subconscious. Once an ads has flashed by your eyes, or has been heard, a little something remains and we're quite helpless against it. After that, clicking through is just an occational bonus for the advertisers.

The GIMP turns 25 and promises to carry on being the FOSS not-Photoshop


Happy Birthday GIMP

Many years ago I needed to do some photo manipulation and found The GIMP. Since then I have used it a lot and become very experienced with it. A lot of help can be found in the official user manual, the countless Youtube videos each covering specific situations and the all GIMP guides on the Javapoint website. It has helped me with anything from advanced photo restoration/colorization to removing drunk Uncle Bob photobombing wedding photos (I liked them better With Bob, but the bride didn't) to making fancy kids birthday invitation.

The most magical plugin is The Resynthesizer plugin (Heal Selection filter when installed) which can intelligently remove things from an image and replace them with the surrounding context so it looks like they were never there. I wish the plugin would be merged into the main application.

My 12 year old is now using it for things like his school yearbook. He already understands the alpha channel, layers and various tools, kids learn quickly.

Thank you GIMP and Happy Birthday!

Geekbench stats show Apple Silicon MacBook Air trouncing pricey 16-inch MacBook Pro


Re: On chip DRAM

This chip is an 8-wide design with a instruction reorder buffer 630 instructions deep. The only other design this advanced is the IBM POWER10. The 12MB cache also helps. I think we can safely say there's a lot more than RAM being responsible for its outstanding performance.

Who watches the watchers? Samsung does so it can fling ads at owners of its smart TVs


Re: Good reason not to upgrade

Sure if we see an ad in an unexpected place at an unexpected time we have the opportunity to get mad and boycott.

But in general that's not how ads work, they're everywhere, in real life and on media and they'll put images in your mind you don't even notice. Next time you shop for something and have a choice between two similarly priced brands there's a non-zero chance you'll chose the one you saw in an ad, not because you remember the ad but because you somehow have a good feeling about it. Research shows we're helpless against this. Ads works.

Only thing we can do is to get Netflix, cancel TV and use ad blockers. I saw a debate the other day on a friend's TV and between the ads and the two politicians being infantile ignorant nincompoops I realized how much I enjoy life without cable.

BTW: Some Smart TVs now bypass your local DNS, to avoid DNS based blocking so they can still send back collected data (whether they show ads or not). Maybe some day they'll even come with their own 5G radio to bypass your network.



I recall an executive of a big TV manufacturer 3-4 years back said publicly something to the effect of "The profit margin on TV's is now only 7%, granted we did this to ourselves but here we are and that's why we use SmartTVs to collect information about people's habits to generate extra revenue."

Windows to become emulation layer atop Linux kernel, predicts Eric Raymond


Re: Sadly... this is the beginning of the end

That's unfortunate. If the command does not remove the symbolic link for starting the service at boot as indicated in the documentation that's a bad thing. Perhaps a bug have been raised?

Personally I like it as well. I spent a few hours reading up on how it works and investigating the commands and find it very practical. The unit files are great as well.


Re: Edge using chromium

It doesn't really matter which browser you use. Google is taking over the world wide web, pushing its own standards onto it. Anybody using a Blink based web browser is helping the WWW becoming the Google Wide Web.

Qualcomm flexes latest Arm chipset for laptops: Snappy performance and battery life if you can put off your upgrade long enough


Re: There won't be laptops with 25 hour battery life...

These will be for quite light laptops, more for web browsing, Powerpoint and Word. Your laptop sounds more like a developers (gfx?) laptop which is about as far from the targeted market as you can get in the laptop realm, right in there with gaming laptops.

Worried about the Andromeda galaxy crashing into our Milky Way in four billion years? Too bad, it's quite possibly already happening


Ark Fleet Ship B

I'm sure our population of Social Influencers are keen to board Ark B and I see no reason to delay them.

Money talks as Chinese chip foundries lure TSMC staff with massive salaries to fix the Middle Kingdom's tech gap



It seems like SMIC is further than I thought. It may or may not be a great 14nm node but it has entered mass production and there are a lot of chips being made on these slightly older processes, fabs does not exist solely for cutting edge flagship smartphones. However the fact that China have a successful 14nm FinFET production is proof that they can make things happen and will continue to do so.

My life as a criminal cookie clearer: Register vulture writes Chrome extension, realizes it probably breaks US law



If you use Firefox you can use the Temporary Containers extension set to Auto. This will run each new tab in a new temporary container that gets deleted when you close the tab, including not only cookies but also on device storage, etc.

With the multi account containers extension you can also assign permanent containers to sites where you want to be permanently logged in.

Containers are an isolated browser environment preventing sites from sharing data. They also allow you to have multiple simultaneous logins to the same site in different containers/tabs.

BoJo buckles: UK govt to cut Huawei 5G kit use 'to zero by 2023' after pressure from Tory MPs, Uncle Sam


Re: Is it wrong to be in favour of this?

Indeed, anybody with sensitive data should use safe protocols on top of the network. As you suggest: No network can be trusted.


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