* Posts by FatalR

21 publicly visible posts • joined 27 May 2020

FYI: BMW puts heated seats, other features behind paywall


They will get to a point where its "too old" to support, and won't be able to enable features.

This may happen even if you're the 1st owner 10 years down the line, even if you paid to permanently unlock something.

They even say "as long as the technical prerequisites are met for this vehicle".

Back to school for Microsoft as it prises apart the repairable Surface Laptop SE


They're advertising that they can be opened? This is the future! Why didn't we think of this before?

Linux Mint 20.3 appears – now with more Mozilla flavor: Why this distro switched Firefox defaults back to Google


Re: And this is why

You're being a little silly.

For personal use, use whatever you want, you have the choice, why should people decide for you?

For buisness, well it sounds like it is your decision? So you need to do some testing. Corporate use is very different and it really depends on what you need to connect to etc. Most of the mainline distros already have domain join options so you have most AD work out of the way.

As for software availability, welcome to the world, this is obviously nto a distro choice problem. And FYI, some of us have a game with people who want software on Windows that just doesn't exist for windows....

Microsoft gives Notepad a minimalist makeover to match Windows 11 style


Re: Darkness Visible.

Also overly big and fat, for fingers.

Because you need easy to reach file menus whilst you're typing into notepad on your touch screen...

OVH data centre destroyed by fire in Strasbourg – all services unavailable


Re: welcome to the new world...

I've always felt that a good setup would be to have most of it local, with "backup" going onto 3rd party services which can provide you DR, and for a bit of flexibility in scalability/high load etc.

Most people NEED some kind of DC setup - though don't want to have to deal with over and under provisioning problems.


Re: welcome to the new world...

You *could* have your stuff running in 2 separate companies, which covers billing blackmail and stuff.

But that starts to not look as cheap as the calculations did when people only look at the most basic...


Re: Who knew data centres were tinder boxes?

Isn't a data centres burning down worse for the environment though?

Linux maintainer says long-term support for 5.10 will stay at two years unless biz world steps up and actually uses it


Need companies using it to extend the date, but companies don't want to use it until they extend the date...

Maybe there is a reason... "every year we go through the same thing."

No cards, thanks, we're contactless-less: UK supermarket giants hit by card payment TITSUP*


Re: cashless society

I can imagine a few ways to deal with this, but obviously if they felt they could get more money out of it they would already be doing it.

The POS should be setup to work with multiple readers/back ends. Doesn't help if the EPOS goes down.

Larger places could run 2 independant systems, at every other till. Worst case you have slightly longer lines when half go offline.

Internet back end is normally leased lines and such with SLA, and sometimes with failover. I know a few places that used to use satellite backup, though mostly 4G now.

Even BT Business Broadband (which is basically a glorified off the shelf consumer broadband) gives away a 4G dongle that goes in the router which is suitable for smaller companies.

Europe considers making it law that your boss can’t bug you outside of office hours



Also make sure it accounts for the time you were accounting for your time.

We put a category on the timesheet software at one place that said "Filling time sheet". Everyone did it roughly on a Friday and it usually took that long.

Company was happy enough to have rough estimates throughout the week, they felt it was better than none so wasn't the end of the world.

(For companies that actually charge to projects and clients this is obviously important in its own right)



You could spend your own time working on your own projects.



The waiver shouldn't be needed - it should be a fixed amount of recompense over the normal rate over the set hours (as per waiver).

Sure some companies will try to suggest "effective" salary, but it goes a long way towards proper compensation for work done.

And maybe a few more jobs for others.


Re: Simple approach - wages

For non hourly staff, how many get compensated for this though?

Some have specific hours on all (not 24/7) which they get a stipend, then hourly rate after that.

I do feel that we should have automatic overtime at more than 1x these days over 40 hours. With *no* opt out allowed.

In some part, I don't think its just the company that is the problem, its the staff. The company obviously turns a blind eye to it, provide phones, laptops because they think it will gain them free hours. I have straight up been told its a "win win" to provide laptops to people. No one that we have done this for has any kind of on-call agreement or hourly rate. Some of us have no OT clauses too.

A few years ago I saw another management level employee on linkedin comment on another's photo which had laptops in docks on desks out of hours . They said "Its a bug bear of mine seeing laptops left in the docks at work". Could be seen as "this is why we should use PCs" but from the discussion it was obvious that was not the case. I'm glad to see that some others were commenting on the shittiness of his situation.

Reminds me of the Microsoft poster about working whilst sat on the toilet, or in bed in the evening.


Re: Been there, done that.

I think most people aren't compensated which is main problem here.

Decade-old bug in Linux world's sudo can be abused by any logged-in user to gain root privileges


Re: Only sissies use sudo

If you're only logging in to do maintenence tasks every so often, sudo is useless. And as we see now, one extra step/attack vector.

For users, "sudo this sudo that", people are so used to typing sudo the mistakes its supposed to protect from are void. Commands to use online are often written with sudo in front of them, copy paste.

Not many people actually tie sudo to an authenticated/centralised back end, and almost all uses of sudo allows any root commands to be run, not tied to specific tasks you want to give a non admin user.

# sudo su

sudo is pointless.

Police drone plunged 70ft into pond after operator mashed pop-up that was actually the emergency cut-out button


Re: Touch screen emergency shut off?

They could release an app update, or EoL it and release Drone 3.0.

Google Cloud (over)Run: How a free trial experiment ended with a $72,000 bill overnight


Re: Surely though...

"It's too complicated" is the excuse.

But they added the complications into billing for very finite events, so its their problem.


Re: I never quite understood this privatisation thing....

Competition drives the prices down, but of course never below their source cost, so....

There has been companies trying this in the UK, but apparently more common in Denmark or Belgium, who charge source pricing for power, but you pay a monthly "membership" fee, which covers the power companies costs etc - and its in their interest to keep costs/admin down etc and compete via their service charge.

This better not be a cruel prank: Microsoft promises 99.99% uptime for Azure Active Directory from 1 April


Re: They can't hit 3 nines

I'm confident they could manage 4 days.

Multiple customers knocked offline as firefighters tackle flames at Telstra's London Hosting Centre bit barn


Re: not-so-cloud

Yes this is unfortunate.

Also annoying that they only go through one data centre as well, apparently.

Would be nice to see calls routing direct between PBXs but no one seems to care about this, and email is being killed off where possible.

Man responsible for least popular iteration of Windows UI uses iPad Pro as a desktop*


Re: Overpriced joke

Anyone that "works" on a tablet probably doesn't have much work to start with.