* Posts by Gary Stewart

39 posts • joined 30 Jul 2020

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

Gary Stewart

Re: Far to late

We GAVE hundreds of billions of dollars worth of military training and equipment to the Afhgan Army so that they could protect themselves from the Taliban. This was after giving them billions of dollars in military equipment and support with more than a little American blood in a half-hearted attempt to rid them of the Taliban in the first place. Given the history of other attempts to invade Afghanistan I wasn't keen on the idea of helping them in the first place. The fact that they were allowing terrorist that had attacked the US to use their country for training bases and the undeniably evil deeds of their government made me hope that we could help them. I blame the eventual outcome on Bush and his puppet master Cheney. They had the Taliban cornered with their backs against the admittedly porous Pakistan wall when they decided to run off to invade Iraq before the toughest part of the job was finished. And 20 YEARS later when it came time for their army to stand on its own two feet it dropped to its knees and gave up without firing more than a few shots. I don't remember hearing about any battles as each city fell, just that all the cities fell with breathtaking swiftness.

I have a lot of sympathy for the Afghan people, especially the women who must once again live under the boots of a brutally repressive government but it was not the US that betrayed them. It was their own army and government, with their "president" flying off to Russia (Russia?) with car loads of cash unwittingly(?) provided by the US.

Starliner takes off ... back to the factory and not space

Gary Stewart

Re: Tough cookies

To paraphrase a song from the lamentably late Tom Petty:

"The La-an-ding is the hardest part"

Plus you must have missed the last one. To be fair the next one, from orbit, is going to be much harder.

It doesn't even have a drone ship to land on just to make it a bit easier.

International Space Station actually spun one-and-a-half times by errant Russian module's thrusters

Gary Stewart

I commented in the original El Reg article why I thought that the 45 degree rotation declaration was probably wrong. I had no idea how wrong it was until I read earlier today at space.com about the actual 540 degree rotation. There is something else of interest that was also in the comments to the first article that I read about at space.come today. It said that the Russians could not send the shut down command until it was over Russia and that they were still an hour away when it started. The thrusters did shut down after about 15 minutes (?) which lends credence to the idea that the only reason they shut down was because they ran out of fuel. And yet they are still trying to down play the danger to the astronauts/cosmonauts and the ISS. Is there anything else they aren't telling us? My guess is absolutely!

Russia says software malfunction caused Nauka module to unexpectedly fire thrusters, tilt space station

Gary Stewart

Re: Those comments from Roscosmos are the biggest load of weasel-word flim-flam

I consider "started to gain control" as to when they finally got the rate of roll caused by the module's thrusters to start slowing down. It would then follow that "got it under control" would be when they got the rate of roll caused by the module's thrusters to stop and then reverse. So they were BS'ing because the ISS would continue to roll from - started to gain control until - they got it under control. In fact there are several other questions that clearly need full, OPEN investigation, such as what really caused the modules thrusters to shut down. No BS allowed.

Biden order calls for net neutrality, antitrust action, ISP competition – and right to repair your own damn phone

Gary Stewart

Re: Other side of the coin

Produced almost certainly, invented, I don't think so.

Gary Stewart

Street races of course. Which are as far as I know illegal everywhere in the US.

Wanna feel old? It is 10 years since the Space Shuttle left the launchpad for the last time

Gary Stewart

Pffft, I watched the first moon walk (actually I go all the way back to Mercury). Now, get off my

lunar lander.

Hyundai takes 80 per cent stake in terrifying Black Mirror robo-hound firm Boston Dynamics

Gary Stewart

Re: Random

Personally I prefer pineapples and pointed sticks.

Kiss goodbye to privacy forever when brain-implanted comms gear becomes the norm – guru Whit Diffie

Gary Stewart

Anybody remember "The Presidents Analyst" and TPC (The Phone Company)?

Another week, another issue: Virgin Galactic mulls test flight restart as VSS Unity fixed – but VMS Eve might be borked

Gary Stewart

Re: Sending the wealthy to space

I think when we are confronted with moral dilemmas like this we should always remember the wisdom of the late great Douglas Adams:

"Well not, not, not so much land in fact, I think as far as I can remember we're programmed to, er crash on it."

Well played sir, well played.

Someone defeated the anti-crypto-coin-mining protection for Nvidia's 'gamers only' RTX 3060 ... It was Nvidia

Gary Stewart

Re: Gamers also have to contend with bots and scalpers looking to make a profit

I'd really like to see a double blind test to see if any gamer can really tell the difference between 120fps and any higher fps rating. My money is on that most if not all can't.

Gary Stewart

Re: Gamers also have to contend with bots and scalpers looking to make a profit

Off topic:

I just watched a very nicely restored version of Jabberwocky a couple of days ago for the first time in many years, otherwise the "half the kingdom and his daughters hand" would have gone right past me. Not my favorite "part Python" movie by a long shot but definitely worth a view every now and then.

On topic:

I'm I the only one that wonders about the accidental part?

Beijing pressures Alibaba to offload media assets, including Hong Kong's top newspaper

Gary Stewart

Re: China has to be bigger than one man

Yes, but in the USA we can also vote in a slightly older, much less senile, mostly coherent, and much less intransigent leader 4 years later. I'm certain this can no longer be done in China now. I do wish we would vote for people that are younger and more mentally agile than the last two, like the one we had before them. Unfortunately he spent most of his time fighting the "old, senile, incoherent, and intransigent" people in another branch of our government.

Asahi's plan for Linux on Apple's new silicon shows Cupertino has gone back to basics with iOS booting

Gary Stewart

Re: This is the one negative side of M1

"Documenting the M1 and verifying the documentation against the actual chip would require a significant amount of effort"

Please correct me if I'm wrong but don't they do that when they design the chip?

Twitter sues Texas AG to halt 'retaliatory' demand for internal content-moderation rulebook in wake of Trump ban

Gary Stewart

Re: Have their cake and eat it too

If you're under the impression that one side does not lie a lot more than the other, you're not paying attention either. And I don't like either side lying unless there is a valid reason like real national security (not political national security which in itself a lie) to do it.

Gary Stewart

I've lived in Texas all my life and I have heard and read it several times. It was supposedly a condition to joining the union when Texas became a state. I have no idea if it really exists or not, or is legally enforceble if it does. Either way I think secession is a dumb idea that seems to fit in nicely with the times.

Linus Torvalds issues early Linux Kernel update to fix swapfile SNAFU

Gary Stewart

Re: fragmentation

Whenever I run e2fsck on hard drive partitions (ext4) it usually shows fragmentation at less that 1%. For some reason SD cards and USB drives always seem to be around 14%. So at least as far as ext4 is concerned the original poster is correct.

Mobile spyware fan Saudi Crown Prince accused by US intel of Khashoggi death

Gary Stewart

Re: Mobile spyware

Last I heard those sentences were commuted to 20 years in prison. It's nice to have friends in high places.

Bezos denied: New Glenn launch pushed into 2022 after Space Force says no

Gary Stewart

Re: in the absence of those sweet, sweet taxpayer dollars

"I have an idea! Let's abolish governments and let private companies run the country."

You load 16 tons, what do you get?

Another day older and deeper in debt

St. Peter don't you call me, 'cause I can't go

I owe my soul to the company store

Linux Mint users in hot water for being slow with security updates, running old versions

Gary Stewart

Been using Debian (now Devuan) since 2005 and I have had a few video driver problems, some caused by using older video hardware. However I don't remember ever having a kernel panic after any update and only very, very rarely in normal use.

I've also been using Linux Mint since version 17, now running 19.3, and have few if any video driver problems and NO kernel panics so far. I do keep up it updated regularly, usually on a one to two week interval. I have no problem with automatic updates, but only if I can disable them.

House Republicans introduce legislation for outright ban on municipal broadband in the US

Gary Stewart

Re: AT&T breakup

All but two (if I remember correctly) of those regional operators were bought by another regional operator, Southwestern Bell. Which then, with enough irony to rebuild civilization as we know it, renamed themselves to AT&T.

Gary Stewart

Re: House Republicans

You forgot the real biggie, "take our guns"!

Texas blacks out, freezes, and even stops sending juice to semiconductor plants. During a global silicon shortage

Gary Stewart

It was 1980 and it was 42 consecutive days above 38 deg. C. Dallas set a record high for itself at 45 deg. C. I know, I was there.

President Biden to issue executive order on chip shortages as under-pressure silicon world begs for help

Gary Stewart

Re: building up industry

" it's about building up an industry where choosing America becomes the logical choice for other manufacturers, because they've got the skilled and trained workforce and myriad other companies supporting the supply chain and providing all the widgets and doodads needed to set up and support a production line"

I actually go back far enough (mid 70's) to remember when that was already true. Even back then the offshoring had already started with a vast majority of the IC's where I worked being assembled in Malaysia. Somehow, as a young man just starting in electronics I knew that wasn't a good idea. Where we are now is a direct consequence of the direction set by the "leaders" in business and government. Fix it, but use your own damn money. That, among other things are what profits are for.

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

Gary Stewart

I fairly sure Debian has put out a patch since it has shown up on my computer running Devuan.

Top engineer who stole trade secrets from Google's self-driving division pardoned on Trump's last day as president

Gary Stewart

And it was written when America didn't have a standing army to protect against several large

groups of native people that were understandably upset about the forced acquisition of their


It should be noted that America actually does have a well regulated militia in each state. They are

called the National Guard and their duties include those described in the constitution (Article I,

Section 8) for militias which is also rarely mentioned.

Debut firing of NASA's Space Launch System core stage cut short following 'Major Component Failure'

Gary Stewart

Re: Sad but not unexpected

I'm with you on your sentiments about all space travel. Still I believe that it is well beyond obvious that

the SpaceX way is the future of manned space travel for at least the next couple of decades. I just wish

there were some way to get congress (lost cause I fear) and NASA to act on this. I haven't given up on

Bezos Origin yet but I would like to see some real progress, as in orbital payloads and first stage landings

from them.

Gary Stewart

Not enough data to proceed

"a delay now seems inevitable unless engineers decide that the truncated firing provided enough data to proceed"

According to NASA they needed a minimum run of 250 sec. to get enough data. Since the firing only lasted about

1/3 of that it looks like another test will be required.

CentOS project changes focus, no more rebuild of Red Hat Enterprise Linux – you'll have to flow with the Stream

Gary Stewart

Re: Someone already has - Rocky Linux

That someone is non other than Gregory Kurtzer, the founder of CentOS. So it looks like there may be hope for CentOS users after all.

So bye-bye, Mr Ajit Pai. You drove our policy into the levee and we still wonder why

Gary Stewart

You drove our policy into the levee and we still wonder why

Money, it's a gas

Grab that cash with both hands and make a stash

HP CEO talks up HP-ink-only print hardware and higher upfront costs for machines that use other cartridges

Gary Stewart

Re: What is "lifetime" ?

I don't know. The last HP inkjet printer I had about 15 years ago quit feeding paper from the paper bin less than two years after I bought it. I looked for some kind of adjusting mechanism and didn't find one. Haven't bought an HP printer since.

Master boot vinyl record: It just gives DOS on my IBM PC a warmer, more authentic tone

Gary Stewart

Re: That's the Hi-Tech option...

When I worked at Mostek, they had probably a hundred memory testers that used PDP-11's (I don't remember the exact model, I was a repair/maintenance tech for the Fairchild Sentry testers that shared the room with them) and I remember when I started that was the way they loaded the test programs when they needed to. Eventually they connected them all through 9600 baud RS-232 serial lines to a PDP-11/70 which sped things up quite a bit. The 11/70 was in a room in a main hall with large glass windows which as I passed every day. I always stopped and gazed into the room wishing that one day I would be able to own one.

I had a paper tape reader that I used for my first Z-80 computer, a Mostek Z-80 Evaluation board with 16 K bytes of dynamic RAM. Mostek sold the PCB boards to employes and you could order the parts from the stock room to build one yourself. I added a 48 K byte dynamic RAM board that I wire wrapped for my AS degree hardware project. Ah, those were the days.

I have a PiDP-11 that I have all the parts for but haven't put together yet. It is almost at the top of my priority list now so it looks like I will finally own a PDP-11/70, well close enough for me at least.

Soyuz later! SpaceX gets NASA green light to lob astronauts to the International Space Station full time

Gary Stewart

Re: Hyperbole

Actually I believe the Boeing Starliner will be plan B within a year or so assuming they can properly fix their software problems, and Soyuz will be relegated to emergency only plan C. I know Boeing seems like a bit of a stretch at this time but I am sure that they will eventually get it right with the proper incentives (place your favorite way to "fix" management here).

Biden projected to be the next US President, Microsoft joins rest of world in telling Trump: It looks like... you're fired

Gary Stewart


X.Org is now pretty much an ex-org: Maintainer declares the open-source windowing system largely abandoned

Gary Stewart

Re: What's wrong with stuff that works????

"And what about grub versus grub2 - grub had a config. file you could read, and I could remember the boot commands from memory. "

I use a custom version 40_custom in grub.d which can have (more or less) the same complexity and the readability of the original GRUB configuration. You need to delete some of the other files in grub.d: 10_linux, 20_linux_xen, 30_os-prober, and 30_uefi-firmware (I save them in a backup directory in grub.d first, just in case) that may override 40_custom or add to grub.cfg when update-grub is automatically run after kernel updates. The biggest downside is that you have to edit 40_custom to match the kernel version when an update changes it and then run update-grub before you reboot. And you have to manually add any OSs for dual boot just like the original grug.cfg. I haven't done this with UEFI boot with GPT partitions yet so I have no idea at this time what if anything else is required to make that work.

I can post an example of a custom multi-boot 40_custom if you like.

After Trump, Congress, Supreme Court Justice hit out at tech giants' legal immunity, now FCC boss wants to stick his oar in, too

Gary Stewart

Re: Biden Crime Family and their enablers

I would also like to point out for the record that the New York Post is a tabloid owned by Rupert Murdoch, that the repair store owner refuses to go on record to say that it was Hunter Biden that left the notebook there, and to say that the timing of this "revelation" is to say the least highly suspect.

USA decides to cleanse local networks of anything Chinese under new five-point national data security plan

Gary Stewart

Re: Clean Path...

I hear they intend to send somebody to California with a rake, obviously one that is not made in China.

And it's off! NASA launches nuke-powered, laser-shooting, tank Perseverance to Mars to search for signs of life

Gary Stewart


"Black Books is conspicuously absent from that list"

As far as I know it was never shown in the US, at least not on PBS when I was watching it.

"Shoot yourself, before it is too late."

OK, but wouldn't you like some toast first?

Gary Stewart


Long time listener, first time caller.

"This will only work for Brits"

Au contraire, I live in the city where PBS (the Public Broadcast System) first introduced British Comedy in the form of Monty Python's Flying Circus to the US in the mid 70's. Since that time I have watched so many Britcoms on PBS, including Red Dwarf, that I have trouble remembering them all but here is a list of the ones I remember, some better than others:

Monty Python's Flying Circus, The Two Ronnies, Butterflies, Are You Being Served, Red Dwarf, Black Adder, To The Manor Born, Benny Hill, Ripping Yarns, The Good Life/Good Neighbors, Open All Hours, Only Fools and Horses, Mr Bean, The Young Ones, My Hero, Absolutely Fabulous, Yes Minister/Prime Minister, 'Allo'Allo!, Chef!, The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin, Fawlty Towers, French and Saunders, Goodnight Sweetheart, The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, Jeeves and Wooster, Keeping Up Appearances, Up Pompeii!, Waiting for God, The Vicar of Dibley

I'm sure they didn't show all episodes from all the years that some of these shows ran but at least I got a good sampling of them. I stopped supporting and watching PBS many years ago after they started airing commercials, and pretty much all TV shortly after that so I don't know about any of the more recent ones that they might have aired. Judging by my previous experiences with Britcom, I'm sure there are more than a few I wish I did know about.

P.S. I am currently designing a talking toaster with on the edge AI. Any suggestions?


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