* Posts by StrangerHereMyself

309 posts • joined 9 Jul 2020


Samsung brags that its latest imaging sensor has the ittiest-bittiest cam pixels in the world



It's the size that counts. Ask any woman.

AWS Free Tier, where's your spending limit? 'I thought I deleted everything but I have been charged $200'



This is a good reason for me to avoid AWS altogether.

At least in Azure you can set spending limits.

Microsoft: Behold, at some later date, the next generation of Windows


Re: Where are the walls?

To be honest I've sort of lost track of what Microsoft is doing on the UI front.

First there was Win32, Winforms, then WPF, then UWP, then MAUI and now WinUI. In addition there's Xamarin Forms which is related to MAUI but not WinUI.

Seriously, I'll just stick to web development. That alone is hairy enough.

Toyota rear-ended by twin cyber attacks that left ransomware-shaped dents


What a feeling

I'm surprised you guys at The Register remember this slogan as it was from the 1980's.

WTH are NFTs? Here is the token, there is the Beeple....



In the US we have an adage: "There's a sucker born every minute" which pertains to those clueless individuals shelling out real dollars for NFT's.

Zorin OS 16 beta claims largest built-in app library 'of any open source desktop ever'


Re: Sounds Russian

I would advice them to rename their OS to sound a little-less Eastern-European (non-western).

And that's apart from the fact that naming an operating after yourself reeks of narcissism, which is never a good thing.

Make it LeprechaunOS, CloverOS or something.


I'm a very satisfied Mint user too. I've also switched many relatives to Mint and they never complain about it. Everything works on it, Netflix, Office, websites, email. PDF's, printing, scanning. You name it.

What I positively hate about Windows is that it seems to get slower the longer you use it. There's no such issue with Linux. I have old PC's with older Mint versions still running like the day they were first created.


Re: Wine?

You probably used (illegal) Windows DLL's to get FoxPro et al. working because WINE by itself can't run sh*t. Anything more complicated than Calculator.exe will give it trouble.


Sounds Russian

Isn't Zorin a Russian OS where the founder relocated to Ireland...on paper?

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



The West should simply define its own 6G standard, where we shuffle the bitfields around a little bit and patent the resulting standard.

I mean, that's what China used to do with their own digital TV standard, so why shouldn't we do the same?

China has a satellite with an arm – and America worries it could be used to snatch other spacecraft


Re: Arm the sats

I know that. That's why I mentioned it.


Arm the sats

Just add a small anti-aircraft cannon to some keep that satellite at arms-length, so to speak.

Won't somebody please think of the children!!! UK to mount fresh assault on end-to-end encryption in Facebook



It's good to see The Register push back against these nefarious Orwellian plans of the UK government.

The sad fact is that while many adults are indifferent towards terrorism and drug-trafficking, they get all pent-up when child pornography is involved. The idea that their little daughter gets her virginity taken by some stranger outrages them.

And the government makes handy use of this, continually stressing that massive eavesdropping is necessary "to keep children safe."

Google's FLoC flies into headwinds as internet ad industry braces for instability



I find it cynical that people are criticizing Google's effort to get rid of targeted advertising. I find the targeting of users as groups a viable solution that keeps both the advertisers and the users happy. It gives users at least SOME degree of privacy.

Targeted advertising isn't going to go away if this proposal gets ditched. Google will then simply continue targeting individual users. Don't think for a minute they'll stop targeted advertising just because FloC is thrown in front of the bus.

Google putting its trust in Rust to weed out memory bugs in Android development


I see no reason for it. (Pink Floyd Dark Side of the Moon background talk).

For Rust never sleeping that it.


Re: Too bad

The U.S. DoD doesn't require Ada anymore and hasn't for almost 20 years. They kind of figured out that few developers want to use Ada and they couldn't afford to lose hip developers.


Re: Size and Complexity

A couple of months ago I looked into KolibriOS, an operating system written entirely in assembler, and it got me thinking why OS'es are so large, cumbersome and slow these days.

If they can fit an entire operating system, including TCP/IP stack, USB HID stack, windowing system and utilities into 1.44MB (yes folks, that's megabytes), we must be doing something seriously wrong these days.


Re: Garbage collection

This has nothing to do with C# or GC, but with InterOp between C# and C program.

If the C code had been written in C# there would've been no problems.

Basically, every time you do InterOp between C / C++ and .NET you have a huge red flag waiving at you. You really need to take a very close look at that code.

Privacy activist Max Schrems claims Google Advertising ID on Android is unlawful, files complaint in France


Low impact

I wouldn't exactly claim that his actions had huge impact. Privacy Shield was suspended but will eventually be replaced by something that looks very much like...Privacy Shield.

The EU Commissioners are all corrupt and negotiated long ago that the U.S. internet giants could have a go at EU citizens...for a price.

I do agree with him that it's inexcusable that Google makes itself look good by requiring third-party advertisers to target pooled users whilst it itself can target individuals with no way to opt-out.

Boffins revisit the Antikythera Mechanism and assert it’s no longer Greek to them


Re: Not a computer

Wikipedia isn't the sage of all knowledge. A computer these days refers to a programmable machine, not a glorified calculator.

Babbage's Analytical Machine can be referred to as a computer, but this thing is merely a calculator.


Not a computer

Although the mechanism is intricate and ingenious, it's not a computer in the modern sense of the word. So please stop calling it that.

Call it a mechanical calculator of some sort, but not a computer.

Mozilla Firefox keeps cookies kosher with quarantine scheme, 86s third-party cookies in new browser build


Don't understand

Firefox already had a setting that blocked third-party cookies, but they replaced it with its Tracking Protection setting.

Thing is, I don't really know what it does, and which third party cookies are henceforth blocked. If they only block a known subset it becomes an arms-race with trackers continuously coming up with new cookies and tracking schemes.

Australian government fights Facebook news ban by threatening 0.01% of Zuck's ad revenue



It has been suggested that PM Morrison is merely a shill of Rupert Murdouch and doing his bidding.

Murdoch instructed bough PM to introduce extortionist legislation benefiting his News Corp.

Supermicro spy chips, the sequel: It really, really happened, and with bad BIOS and more, insists Bloomberg


Re: Suprised

Vietnam, Philippines, Laos.

It may be their backyard, but it's not THEIR yard.



I'm somewhat surprised that the U.S. didn't hit back at China by banning the Chinese manufacture of components used in DoD or Federal agencies

Instead they're waiting to see China's hacking capabilities? I'd have thought that they'd already demonstrated their supply chain infiltration capabilities.

China needs to be held accountable for this by quietly pressuring manufacturers to leave the country and to set up shop somewhere else in Asia.

Euro privacy watchdog calls for end of targeted advertising plus a squeeze on the processing of personal info


Re: No advertising

I don't agree. As an individual I hate advertising as much as the next guy, but as a business owner I need advertising to market my product to customers.

People simply will not buy a product they've never heard of, no matter how much they claim to the contrary.

Targeted advertising is an exceptionally powerful tool for businesses to market their product to possibly interested customers. Killing it would be a great disservice to the economy as a whole.


Trade war

The EU is instigating a trade war by banning targeted advertising.

Why don't they just mandate that targeted advertising can only done on groups of individuals of say, 10.000 people and outlawing all other forms which target individuals.

Besides, I doubt that European advertisers will want targeted advertising outlawed. Most likely the EU will then change the legislation so that targeted advertising is still possible for SME European enterprises, effectively handicapping the U.S. tech giants, which will inevitably lead to a trade war wit the U.S.

Xiaomi a Snapdragon 888 flagship for €749: Yep, the Mi 11 is rolling out to world outside China


Re: No punchhole please

Could be, but I think it's unsightly.


No punchhole please

I've decided not to buy any new smartphone until they get rid of that ugly punch-hole notch in the display. I want a uninterrupted display with no blemishes for a camera or sensor.

They can either solve it with a pop-up camera or under-display camera, I don't care.

Cisco reveals critical bug in small biz VPN routers when half the world is stuck working at home



Rust people, that's the answer to all our problems, Rust.

In Rust we trust: Shoring up Apache, ISRG ditches C, turns to wunderkind lang for new TLS crypto module


Re: Valgrind says 'hi'

The problem is that the C++ language doesn't enforce good usage and that's basically what Rust brings to the table.

I've seen many so-called C++ programs which were really just C programs with some OO-sauce added to them.

With C++ programs the memory corruption problems were potentially solved decades ago, with RAII, but the dire fact it that no one uses it consistently in their programming.

The wxWidgets framework consistently uses RAII and AFAIK there have been few, if any, memory corruption bugs found in it.


The problem is that there are legions of developers who insist on using the absolutely fastest programming language there is. And C, because of its lack of safety features (safety generally means overhead) fits that bill.

Most of those programs could've been easily written in Pascal or some other safe application programming language, but they insist on using a systems programming language for their trivial applications for the sake of speed.

Since people can't be waned off this we need a safe systems programming language which everyone knows will be used for application programming.



The 737 MAX become unsafe BECAUSE they added a computer to it.

The code was rubbish too, and so was the design. Written by Indian programmers who got $5 an hour IIRC.


Rust is taking over

It's about time too. I'm sick of all those C programmers who keep telling me *they* can write code without memory management errors.

I've been writing C / C++ code for almost 30 years and even I do not believe I can write C code flawlessly all the time (certainly not the code I wrote 20 years ago).

Xiaomi proof that we're a military company, says Chinese tech slinger as it sues US over ban


Re: Investors

This is not really investing but something more akin to gambling.

Investors are always clamoring that they need to be in the driver's seat, but when potentially really profitable companies are involved they prioritize possible windfalls over anything else.



What really bugs me is that big venture capital investors are putting money into Chinese companies of which there's no trail who owns it and in which they have essentially zero control.

Is the West digging its own grave with the shovel the Communist hand them?

Bye-bye Bridenstine: Outgoing chief leaves NASA in good shape, though Boots on Moon by '24 goal looks doubtful


Re: Lost leadership

If Biden switches the goal to a manned Mars landing you *know* it will never happen. That'll be the end of the U.S. lead in space exploration. It will merely be a jobs program that only produces PowerPoint slides and costs tens of billions without ever launching anything.

With a manned lunar landing there's at least some chance it will occur, if only to head off the Chinese at the pass.

The U.S. cannot rely on some crazy billionaire that has a dream of settling Mars. If Musk dies for whatever reason his dream dies with him.


Lost leadership

The U.S. will lose its leadership in space exploration if the Biden Administration curtails Artemis, which I believe they'll do just out of spite.

Microsoft SolarWinds analysis: Attackers hid inside Windows systems by wearing the skins of legit processes


Re: No shit sherlock

This is one of the reasons I switched most of my workloads to Linux Mint.

I still use Windows for work stuff (I need to make a living too) but whenever I can I switch to Linux.

Former NCSC chief says US sanctions made Britain strip Huawei from mobe networks


Re: Goner

I don't see the problem. These cell towers are mass produced and most of them were put up in only a year or so.


My guess is that it will not work out well for them. In Africa in particular there have been riots near farming land owned by Chinese cooperatives. The Chinese pillage the land and ship all the food produced there to China. leaving the local population hungry and benefiting only a few big honcho's who're paid off.

Once Chinese nationals are killed or attacked the CCP will most likely send in troops to protect the Chinese workers, which in turn will lead to even more resentment and a call for their expulsion. It will be difficult for African leaders to ignore those calls.

The Chinese may end up with some worthless IOU's and a badly damaged reputation.



Huawei will be gone much sooner than 2027 since Huawei will not have the motivation to support its kit if it knows it's gonna be booted no matter what it does.

Telecoms will therefore replace Huawei kit much sooner. My guess is that by 2023 all Huawei equipment will have been replaced, maybe even sooner.

Plans for Entity Framework Core 6.0 revealed as Microsoft admits it is unlikely to match Dapper for performance


Round trip

But the ADO.NET benchmark doesn't take into account the conversion from the SQL driver output (for lack of a better word) to the C# class or record. That conversion IS included in the Dapper benchmark time (the same holds for the EF benchmark time).

So the difference is probably a lot less than implied.

NASA pulls the plug on InSight's mole after Martian surface bests boffins


Re: Huge failure

Exactly my point! If it doesn't work here on Earth, why assume it would work on Mars?

Another Rust-y OS: Theseus joins Redox in pursuit of safer, more resilient systems


Re: Rust is the future

The *real* problem is that C is a systems programming language, but we're using it as an application programming language.

Systems programming languages are for writing operating systems, device drivers and low-level stuff. However, some people think they need the last ounce of speed a machine is capable of for their trivial applications and insist on using an unsafe language.

That, in a nutshell, is why C / C++ is eating the world.

Since it's almost impossible to wean application programmers off the notion that they need that last ounce of speed the only way to correct this is to introduced a safe systems programming language which everyone knows will be used for application development as well.


Rust is the future

I've been a proponent of using Rust for writing operating systems for a long time since the C language is almost literally eating the world with its vulnerabilities and insecure memory management. We desperately need a language like Rust.

All three of these Operating Systems written in Rust are excellent and viable and Theseus is an interesting experiment to see if state-spill free operating systems bring something useful to the game.

However, looking at KolibiOS and MenuetOS recently, I also believe it might be worthwhile to write a micro-kernel in assembly language to reduce size and increase execution speed. Due to its small size it may be feasible to write this by hand without significant errors.

Taiwan’s silicon titan TSMC says three-nanometre tech is on track for 2021 debut and a 2022 flood of kit


Re: No worries

There you have it.

They'll undoubtedly will want to produce their high-end Xeons on the smallest node, since they can use the bragging rights to up their prices.


No worries

TSMC shouldn't be concerned with the loss of its business from Huawei since Western fabless manufacturers are almost desperate to get the smallest node for their products. Even Intel may start producing its CPU's though TSMC as they can't seem to plug the leak they have moving towards smaller nodes.

Thou shalt not hack indiscriminately, High Court of England tells Britain's spy agencies


But will they listen?

But will the UK intelligence agencies abide by the court's instructions or will they merely work around them?

I personally believe intelligence agencies have gone off the track, often side-stepping the law with nefarious constructions. For example where the Brits spy on Americans and the Americans on Brits and exchanging info they couldn't possibly accrue themselves since it would be unlawful for them to do so.



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