* Posts by Vasten_the_Barelegged

18 posts • joined 16 Jun 2020

Ancestry.com: Let arbitrator decide on auto-enrolling membership lawsuit


> Bought out by private equity? Worrying news for genealogists.

I found by accident that a member of my family had put a load of my personal details into this data collectors' heaven. I can't do a thing about it. Of course private equity probably thought $4.7billion was cheap.

We Kana believe it! Raspberry Pi Foundation launches Japanese keyboard


Re: Why make keyboards

> Being able to buy the whole kit from from a single source

I've just completed a little project involving a number of Pis as servers and workstations. Being able to buy the keyboards and mice together was administratively easier, technically easier, and in the end, aesthetically easier. They're good enough little devices, and the spare USB ports will reduce a handful of issues as the project continues, as the Pis themselves could be "hidden", while still allowing USB sticks etc to be plugged in.

Linus Torvalds pines for header file fix but releases Linux 5.8 anyway


"An energy driver for recent AMD CPUs"

... doesn't half seem to work. I've been running the rc's on my opensuse Ryzen5 laptop, and it's transformed the power consumption. The occasional mp4 transcode seems to have found more horsepower too.

'I'm telling you, I haven't got an iPad!' – Sent from my iPad


Re: Which is why I always turn off email sigs...

> it seems that for some types of dyslexia, comic sans works

May I refer Sir, and any other pseudo Greek philosophers, to https://opendyslexic.org/

Venerable text editor GNU Nano reaches version 5.0 and adds the modern frippery that is scrollbars


Re: An alternative editor.

joe for the wordstar win.


Re: Cult?

> that deters every self-respecting sysadmin?

Next release: a pop-up asking "Do you really want to do this?" when typing in a regex.

13 – lucky for some, but not BT because that's how hard pre-tax profits crashed in Q1


Re: Beloved Telco you said?

> The UK's beloved former state-owned telco

It's unlikely to be a tech journalist swallowing the Kool-Aid, it must be the herbal supplements to assist through lockdown

Oh deer! Scotland needs some tech smarts to help monitor its rampant herbivore populations


Compunding issues

> solar powered cellular game cameras

The "introduce a predator" kneejerk is fraught with unforeseen issues, but an attractive one. But the problem is, of course, much more layered and complex than simply that there are no more apex predators in Scotland. To give an idea of where the problem lies, it is worth noting that there is generally a higher clustering of deer near railway lines than elsewhere. Why? Because the railways were largely built to bring Sir Spotty Erbert and his Victorian brethren to their estates where they wanted ot prove their manhood by shooting a deer, an animal as frightening ads the average goat. To this day there is a cachet regarding a "magnificent set of antlers" as though an antler will stop a high powered rifle bullet fired via telescopic sights at extreme range.

But the same landowning class who caused the problem in the first place largely want their "sport" to continue, usually at he expense of virtually every other bit of wildlife on their patches. Landowners are supposed to formulate plans among themselves to keep deer numbers at levels at which they won't decimate the place. The result is, in our area, there are several landowners, all with mutually incompatible agenda. One wants hordes of deer he and his chums can easily shoot from the back of an Argo, another wants to re-tree their estate so wants no deer at all, another is reasonable in allowing some high-lucrative stalking but at low levels of deer density while another is pretty much bankrupt and can't afford the Rambos ^h^h^h who make their living culling deer. SO near ius, deer levels are approaching 70 per square kilometre. Some area look like deer farms in the evenings. And driving at dusk is extremely risky

It's an historical mess. And SNH are supposed to be arbitrators and enforcers, while having no teeth at all. I can't blame them for wanting some better stats than the occasional helicopter count.

--> Tux, because at the moment, there's no problem with our penguin population.

China’s preferred Linux distro trumpets Arm benchmark results


Re: Remind me

> there are no invisible partitions, no hidden processing cores watching our every keystroke, no trojans bypassing our firewall when the Chinese want to make the worlds biggest bot array.

The discussion is about KylinOS, not Windows.

Fret not, Linux fans, Microsoft's Project Freta is here to peer deep into your memory... to spot malware



Heal thyself.

LibreOffice community protests at promotion of paid-for editions, board says: 'LibreOffice will always be free software'


Such short memories

LibreOffice and TDF came about when OpenOffice started forgetting who and what it was. LO may be the best game in town at the moment, as a Free and free office suite, but going down the marketing-speak route of a "core" version (already dismissed as somehow inferior because of the implied unreliability of those "volunteers") always, always, ends badly for Free software companies whose business brains give them myopia regarding the bigger picture.

Beware the fresh Windows XP install: Failure awaits you all with nasty, big, pointy teeth


> an electric toaster go duff. Opened it up to find a dead lizard

Gecko for browsing now installs on toasters, maybe?

Huawei wins approval to plonk £1bn optical comms R&D facility in UK's leafy Cambridgeshire


I know...

...that this not be nothing to do with their networking, but we've just got a Huawei Magicbook for my wife. The price is remarkable, the build excellent (aluminium chassis), the design very impressive and the specs pretty good. If this is the type of thing Huawei are producing, no wonder there is pushback against them. The competition must be unwelcome, and some seem to find it unacceptable.

Faxing hell: The cops say they would very much like us to stop calling them all the time


Re: I called the cops

In the late 90s, when dial-up was all we had, I thought I'd forgotten we thought it was the height of coll to have a dial-on-demand setup, ppp and chat scripts and all.

Unfortunately, under SuSE (yes, correct case for those days) the test numbers built-in started "999....". Of course I knew this, but once forgot, fortunately when setting up a system at home. I heard the dialling beeps and thought it odd that I hadn't yet configured the numbers, and felt that bum-clench when you know you've done it again. I unplugged the modem, and few minutes later the phone rang. It was the police wanting to know if someone had placed a call (the controller must have sent it straight to the police when the line went dead.) I explained my mea culpa and after a bit of persuasion that the call hadn't been made by the person lying in the bath with the axe through their head, they let it go.

PC printer problems and enraged execs: When the answer to 'Hand over that floppy disk' is 'No'


Re: We had the inverse issue

> She was also in charge of the office furniture

I worked at one company from before it moved into new offices. Some years later, I left, and afew years after that, I returned as a consultant, spending 3 days a week there, (the same company as in an earlier post above). I had known these open plan offices for 8 or 9 years. Most people had a standard four-block cubicle desk but some, who regularly needed to speak with others. had a longer section ending in a tear-drop round-ish table. I had one of these.

But along came my boss and said that someone had complained that I was at a desk to which I wasn't entitled. I said "Do you mean the teardrop?" "No," my boss said. Your desk has rounded edges.

Yes, the edges of the desk, for the great and the good, had rounded edges, while apparently the plebs were only entitled to desks with sharp edges. In 9 years I, and no doubt most others, had never noticed. Pity the person who made the complaint when suddenly nothing happened. What else may have been on his mind?


Re: "The IT manager turned up clutching a clipboard"

"The only time clutching a clipboard is acceptable..."

Oh good grief. That reminds me of the time when an IT manager (I was a tech consultant to the company at the time) insisted on monthly reporting of helpdesk calls, which was fine, but insisted that the more calls they got, the better they were performing. Almost up there with one company where I did take over as IT manager who had a concept of "normal problem"

Splunk to junk masters and slaves once a committee figures out replacements


Re: Relaxed of Tunbridge Wells

> its harder often to say "i'm wrong" or "i might be in the wrong" then it is to ignore things.

This is true, and perhaps the downvotes to my post, which I find genuinely puzzling, prove it. Maybe it's because some Kentish commentards know I'm not really from Tunbridge Wells


Relaxed of Tunbridge Wells

May I turn this issue rather personal. It's likely that most commentards around here are white, and most are probably older than they care to admit. I know I am in those categories. And I know it is difficult even to acknowledge that one may have an entrenched view that really is unnecessarily entrenched. And I know that the IT industry really can use some self-scrutiny, as a lot of the time, it is ideologically up itself, and that sometimes the ideology that underpins it has been a problem rather than a solution.

I will further admit that I have difficulty in understanding what the fuss is about regarding some things. But just because I can't understand it, does not seem to me, on reflection, a reason to dismiss it, as that is a circular argument which is intellectually bereft. And I must place into the category of things I do not fully comprehend many aspects of the societal discussions currently taking place.

Why all that introduction? Because for the last several years, I have called myself by a silly little in-joke here on ElReg and elsewhere - tinslave. It's just an anagram of my first name and initial of my last name, but is a little in-joke that probably could only be made among those in the IT industry (unless another industry refers to hardware etc as "tin".) As far as I was concerned, that is an utterly innocuous name, and if someone objected to it, it would almost certainly be because it's such a pathetic in-joke rather than for other reasons.

But I have changed that name, and registered a new domain as well.

Why? Because its not a problem to do so, and it is a small acknowledgement that there is something I do not fully understand, but do understand that words carry connotations for some that are unhelpful. I don't think for one second that anyone would be "offended" by my tiny strand in the web, but that's not the issue. Similarly, the "it's only a word" argument applies to me too - it's only a word, so replace it. So I took action and changed the name. If you like, I did it for myself, for my own intellectual good, and perhaps the good of my conscience, rather than for others.

I am not concerned about the "whatever next" argument either, as I understand enough about the current societal debate going to see that there really is a systemic issue to be corrected, even if my understanding is not thorough. That argument is also not a rebuttal to the issue at hand.

I offer these thoughts not as a confession of any kind, but simply because I've thought long and hard about this recently, and concluded that the "it's no big deal" aspect applies more t my use of these terms than it does reflected the other way. I therefore support the idea of re-thinking entrenched concepts when new or hidden information comes to light.

----> Beer, because I needed it after so much thinking.


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