* Posts by babaganoush

36 publicly visible posts • joined 3 Dec 2020

No more free API access, says Twitter: You pay for that data


Re: They just did this in the wrong order

... and a giant improvement for the internet.

Elon Musk flogs $8.4bn of Tesla shares amid Twitter offer drama


Twat buys twatter. A marriage made in heaven.

12-year-old revives Unity desktop, develops software repo client, builds gaming environment for Ubuntu...


Re: What is there to say?

What's wrong with talking to girls? I've always enjoyed talking to girls. And usually boys who can talk to girls are less likely to be sociopaths. You should try it.

Meta says it's building world's largest AI supercomputer out of Nvidia, AMD chips



What is this metaverse?

First they came for Notepad. Now they're coming for Task Manager


Thanks for the link.

What a suprise - it looks shit.

Mozilla founder blasts browser maker for accepting 'planet incinerating' cryptocurrency donations


Bravo Mr Zawinski.

Academics horrified that administration of Turing student exchange scheme outsourced to Capita


Third rate scheme in comparison to Erasmus administered by a fourth rate company. Sums up this government rather accurately.

Sweden asks EU to ban Bitcoin mining because while hydroelectric power is cheap, they need it for other stuff



UK Treasury and Bank of England starting to sound serious about 'Britcoin'



I could list around 2,000 proposals for major national infrastructure projects that have much more merit than a Britcoin. So why?

Want to support Firefox? Great, you'll have no problem with personalised, sponsored search suggestions then


I agree. Charging for a stripped-down, no-nonsense version that gets an update maybe every 5 years is the way forward. I'd pay for it.

Gartner's Windows 11 adoption advice: Explore but don't rush


And yet, in quite a few industries there is a strong negative correlation between "customer satisfaction" and "profitability".

You make money by becoming a quai-monopoloy and to become a monopoly you likely have to screw pretty much everyone else, including your customers.

Fairphone makes wireless earbuds less foul, by charging batteries carefully


Re: But no 3.5mm headphone jack?

Well I would have thought repairabilty and guaranteeing you longer support will cost them some money too in comparison to their competitors.

That it is expensive is a feature not a bug in this instance.

Labour Party proposes raising UK Digital Services Tax (so Amazon can pass the hike on that, too?)


Re: Ineptitude

I think I've cracked it now.

As far as I can tell in the mental universe inhabited by Davenumber, anyone who states an opinion that might be construed as being just a tiny bit to the left of, say, Ayn Rand is by definition any or all of the following: anti-semite; Holocaust denier, (neo, new or just plain) Nazi, fascist, far-right nutjob.

I hope we can all agree, no matter what our individual political preferences, that this is bollocks of the very highest order.


Is neo nonsense opposed to retro nonsense. And if so how would you classify your nonsense?


Re: Ineptitude

You're right. I remember a completely absurd discussion with davenumber a while ago where I was accused of being a fascist for reasons I shall never comprehend. The guy is either completely of f his rocker or a Nazi - quite possibly both of course.

Ex-health secretary said 'vast majority' were 'onside' with GP data grab. Consumer champion Which? reckons 20 million don't even know what it is


Re: Cronyism

Are most politicians corrupt? Sure.

Are the current lot in government a hell of a lot more corrupt than anything we've ever seen in this country? Hell yes.

I think pretty much anybody with two eyes can see that.

When free and open source actually means £6k-£8k per package: Atos's £136m contract with NHS England


Re: Bullshit jobs

""what I consider an excellent anthropological investigation into modern working conditions"

"What any of this has to do with Nazis, antisemitism, racism is anyone's guess."

There is no 'Jew conspiracy'. The Holocaust actually happened. You apparently live down a rabbit-hole. The book you're recommending is an old-fashioned antisemitic conspiracy-theory rant. If you can't see that, it's because you believe the conspiracy theories are true."

"Bullshit jobs a theory" does not discuss, or even remotely touch upon, Jews or the Holocaust, or any categorisaton of people by race, creed or ethnicity. It's also obviously not a conspiracy theory, because it gives an account on how systemic political or economic changes coupled with certain traits in our human make-up have enabled the bullshit economy to emerge. There are no hidden evil masters behind it. In fact there's very little human agency at all. The theory might be wrong - in my opinion it is overstated - but a conspiracy it most definitely is not.

The closest it comes to a Jewish connection is .... that its author happens to be Jewish.

Anyhow, and for rather obvious reasons, I won't engage any further in this frankly ludicrous discussion.

Just one last word: if the fight against antisemitism and keeping the memory of the Holocuast alive is what you're concerned about, I would suggest that you are actually actively undermining both these important endeavours with your crazed posts.


Re: Bullshit jobs

Have you read the book? No. Thought so.

Keep your nonsense to yourself.


Re: Bullshit jobs

I was commenting on what I consider an excellent anthropological investigation into modern working conditions. I recommend the book to you.

What any of this has to do with Nazis, antisemitism, racism is anyone's guess.


Bullshit jobs

"They've hired directors of everything, and yet they still haven't actually turned out any particularly useful products. The NHS COVID app, something they brandish as a success of NHSX... well, that was delivered by NHS Digital."

The whole story strikes me as rather perfectly supporting the late David Graeber's Bullshit Jobs theory - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bullshit_Jobs

Now that China has all but banned cryptocurrencies, GPU prices are falling like Bitcoin


Re: Phew that was close!

Hmmm, an IOU issued by a government usually is backed by something ... It's called a state which usually has power to extract value from its citizens. You might not like that, fair enough, but to pretend that bitcoin is essentially the same as normal fiat currency is simply nonsense.

We've found another reason not to use Microsoft's Paint 3D – researchers


I agree. MS Paint is ace.

Funny how Sir Tim Berners-Lee, famous for hyperlinks, is into NFTs, glorified hyperlinks


NFT? Blockchain?

So Blockchain is still a solution in desperate search of a problem?

Linus Torvalds tells kernel list poster to 'SHUT THE HELL UP' for saying COVID-19 vaccines create 'new humanoid race'


Re: Man makes idiotic statement on a mailing list...

I have yet to meet anyone who uses the completely redundant term virtue signalling who is not, in fact, an uneducated far-right shithead.


Re: Man makes idiotic statement on a mailing list...

Could you tell us precisely how Linus comment could possibly be conceived as "virtue signalling"? I understand of course that there is a rabble that uses this term simply to refer to things they don't like, but I give you the benefit of doubt here.


Bravo Linus

Title says it all.

Googler demolishes one of Apple's monopoly defenses – that web apps are just as good as native iOS software


Re: Missing the point

I find this argument a bit weird to say the least.

Why should third-party developers of programs finance the long-term maintenance of Apple mobile phones?

Apart from the fact that this is clearly quite a bizarre notion theoreticaly, I would also have though that practically such long-term maintenance is already amply paid for by the hugely inflated prices consumers pay for these phones.


What the hell is a web app? Is this what used to be called a website?

Mayday! Mayday! Microsoft has settled on a build and Windows 10 21H1 is inbound


Re: Not just windows....

Isn't a "patch" by definition only a few lines long - i.e. typically much less than 1kb?

Microsoft celebrates Ignite by ramming 21H1 down the throats of Windows Insiders


"The most recent emission, build 21322, ripped one of the last vestiges of years past from the OS with the removal of the 3D Objects special folder from File Explorer."

This almost makes it worth considering installing it.

It poses the question as to why this folder was created and put there in the first place.

EFF urges Google to ground its FLoC: 'Pro-privacy' third-party cookie replacement not actually great for privacy


Re: Fiendish levels of confuusion

Indeed. The interesting question is why anyone would actually install the piece of spyware called Chrome-FLoC ...


Re: We should support it

There is a much, much more elegant solution to this particular problem:

sudo apt-get remove google-chrome-stable

And this solution has no nasty side effects. In fact it has a hell of a lot of collatoral benefits.


Why anyone would install a "browser" on their machine that uses machine learning across their browse history to assign them to marketing groups that is then exposed to absolutely anyone completely eludes me.

Why would anyone in his/her right mind ever even contemplate doing that?

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


Re: Could they pick a better example than Firefox?

I am still using Yahoo! mail, and update my OSes - including Mint - regularly, thank you very much.

In the 20+ years I've used Yahoo mail, I never once had a problem. And most pleasingly I can still pretty much use the same interface and workflow to compose an email as I have done two decades ago.

Is Yahoo! modern, sexy, cutting edge - no! no! no!

Is it perfectly and consistently serviceable at what it does - absolutely.

Microsoft pokes Cortana's corpse to give her telepathic abilities on Windows 10


Re: Waste of space

I obviously agree about Cortana.

Bing is ok, however. I've used it for more than a year via ecosia.org now, and find it much superior to the abomination that is Google.

LibreOffice 7.1 beta boasts impressive range of features let down by a lack of polish and poor mobile efforts


Re: Too many bells and whistles?

"Perhaps this is an interim stage toward software showing 'intelligence' for adapting to each user's needs and offering sage advice on how to proceed; ..."

But we have had Clippy for decades already?