* Posts by Zenubi

81 publicly visible posts • joined 17 Jun 2021


AlmaLinux project climbs down from being a one-to-one RHEL clone


Re: Not the one

Using Photoshop and later Nuendo.


Not the one

I guess this all means that this is not the year of the Linux desktop ?

Free Wednesday gift for you lucky lot: Extra mouse button!


Re: Windows supports 5 buttons

" I forget whether XB1 and XB2 do anything by default (Most mouse utilities will map them to browser back / forward)"

Yes - so useful - these also work as back / up folders.

Elon Musk hit with insider trading claims over his Dogecoin crypto-hype


Everything Marx told us about Communism was wrong. Unfortunately, everything he told us about Capitalism was correct

Boffins snap X-ray closeup of single atom – and by closeup we mean nanometres


Big News

No small achievement !

AMD undercuts Nvidia's 4060 launch with a $269 GPU



Gamers Nexus

Do Not Buy: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4060 Ti 8GB GPU Review & Benchmarks


AMD is a Mess: Radeon RX 7600 GPU Review & Benchmarks


Nearly 1 in 5 academics admit close encounters of the anomalous kind


Astronomy 101 - How to identify that light in the sky


Datacenter fire suppression system wasn't tested for years, then BOOM


I have a friend who was a fireman - he said the local nurses home - quite a large block - was subject to kitchen and other false alarms.

He said the tender was crewed in record time for these - especially at night.

One imagines many sleepy nurses in the parking lot in less than normal clothing but he would not be drawn further.

iPhones hook up with Windows as Microsoft’s Phone Link dials up Apple's iOS


I use PhoneLink

I use PhoneLink with my Pixel 4a

Don't use the call function as cannot be bothered to faff about with B-tooth.

The text function is very useful - it lets me send very long messages complete with correct punctuation that some have said are "very annoying".

Wonderful !

Curiosity gets interplanetary software patch for better driving and more on Mars


Well worth a read

A decent article on the methodology used on the shuttle software. Eye opening.


Texts from your dog and brain-free astronomy: The best of the rest from CES


Chopping (what?)

Just what you want on a chopping board where you are using very sharp knives - a distraction.

LastPass admits attackers have a copy of customers’ password vaults


Sigh . .


Open source


PW file can be stored in the "cloud" / central location.


I honestly do not understand why people use / trust these online PW stores. That said I don't understand why people do lots of things.

NASA's Mars InSight uploads its (probably) final image, shares it in a tweet


Best Ending

To an article I have read for years

In praise of MIDI, tech's hidden gift to humanity


Re: Nice to have.

Sort of. B5 used Amigas but as the host for a thing called a Video Toaster.



Voice assistants failed because they serve their makers more than they help users


"Procrustean Bed of Late Capitalism"


Ever wondered how the AWS leviathan develops software?


More of this sort of thing


JAXA: Research simulating life onboard ISS contained fabrications


It's Life (Jim)

But not as we know it.

BOFH: We're an industry leader … in employing idiot managers


Thank You

"less likely to change than a basement-dwelling Linux geek with only three days on his t-shirt"

Thank You So Much.

IT manager's 'think outside the box' edict was, for once, not (only) a revolting cliché


Re: What was the packaging?

Yes - Sarah !

French-speaking voleurs stole $30m in 15-country bank, telecoms cyber-heist spree


Re: The Best

Yes - there can be only one. How can ANYONE think to remake a Clouseau movie. As bad as The Producers remake or Tinker Tailor.


Re: What did they always say to Red Hat?



The Best

Whilst not condoning crime in any way it does seem (to me) that the French seem to have the best bank robbers, jewel thieves and maybe cyber-crims?

Tumblr says nudes are back on the menu – within reason


Re: Do you know...

Those same credit card companies will let you buy weapons !

YouTube loves recommending conservative vids regardless of your beliefs


I block based on keywords

I have a nice browser extension that lets me block YT clips based on title keywords. It can do RegEx too. (BlockTube)

Thus I never see clips with words such as { insane, sick, unboxing, cat, dog, kitten, puppy, awesome, crazy} etc in there titles.

Works well but what I really want is a filter to remove clips with people wearing baseball caps* back to front - I would then be spared an even greater deal of dumbness. I know I don't have to click on these clips of course but just seeing people like this makes me grrrrr.

* Where do they buy those hats anyway? I can only see the normal facing ones when I looked on Amazon. ( I wanted to see what else people who bought these bought)

I know that this extension can see what I'm looking at but that ship sailed long ago and I don't care.

Fixing an upside-down USB plug: A case of supporting the insupportable



Support staff running to a job - outrageous behavior. If we don't get a BOFH today it's because Simon read this article and is in shock.

Nvidia unveils RTX 4090 – but it's the 4080 to watch out for


Looking forward to my 4080

Looking forward to a 4080 replacing my 4 (?) year old 1080ti.

People may moan about price but I don't really care - it is what it is and, in hobby cost terms not so expensive - seen the price of a bike frame or decent DSLR lens recently?

We buy tech for what it can do and this looks like the first card to render 4k at a decent frame rate.

I am hoping that the 12GB version is enough though as power consumption is a thing now.

WordPress-powered sites backdoored after FishPig suffers supply chain attack


As If

"FishPig said affected customers can also reach out for "a free clean up service for anyone who is worried that this is affecting their site and needs help to resolve it."


As if I would let then into the root of my site *!

Their InfoSec is not exactly trustworthy at this point although I suppose for some WP "admins" this might be welcome

( * If I was dumb enough to run Magneto as a WP plugin)

MX Linux 21.2: Middleweight Debian-based distro is well worth a look


Multimedia !

That menu - Multimedia - takes me right back to the 90's

(Beavis and Butthead laughing sound)

PanWriter: Cross-platform writing tool runs on anything and outputs to anything


Re: "This editor is the best ..."


BT demos 4-carrier 5G aggregation – on a live network


Tech I want . .

Is an internet connection without having to pay for a feking phone line and a price that does not increase by 20% each year !!!!

(I have FTTC - going to change when the contract rolls over)

China's 7nm chip surprise reveals more than Beijing might like



"an amazing, tottering pile of near-magic photon-wrangling audacity, a mélange of multiple overlapping mask exposures and complex production tricks"


Micron's 232-layer NAND is a game changer for database workloads


Not so long ago

"to pack up to 2TB of capacity into a package smaller than a postage stamp."

Seems like not so long ago I was swapping out my Amiga 20mb drive for a 400mb IBM monster and wondering how I would ever use all that space.

(It's been emotional)

Thousands of websites run buggy WordPress plugin that allows complete takeover


Built In

Ah yes - Wordpress. A suite of security issues and attack vectors with a built in blog.

A client asked me, years ago, to take on an existing WP site. I was quite shocked at how basic it was and what a mess with all the plugin "extensions".

I declined.

First-ever James Webb Space Telescope image revealed


Re: Here they are!

Thank you

NASA's CAPSTONE silence down to a software flaw


How to write space software

Specifically the shuttle code. Very interesting article.


Misguided call for a 7-Zip boycott brings attention to FOSS archiving tools


Re: I like WinRAR the most

A big plus of WinRAR was it's use on Usenet and the potential to make parity file set for it.

Like seemed simpler then

NASA's 161-second helicopter tour of Martian terrain


Outside our original design limits

" We are now operating far outside our original design limits,"

Amazing to say that this is almost standard practice for so many rovers and probes.

I am bowing in JPL's and NASA's general direction.

Voyager 1 space probe producing ‘anomalous telemetry data’


Re: Awesome!

A rare use of the word awesome that actually fits.

Arm CPU ran on electricity generated by algae for over six months


Re: Or..?

Solar cells and batteries use some nasty chemicals - (see article).


Re: Size matters

Read the article - says size of an AA battery.

Nvidia releases $1,999, 8K-capable GeForce RTX 3090 Ti GPU


Anyone using a RED camera system (8K) is going to be opening their wallets. This costs less than many camera add-ons (like preview screens).

2 Grand is more or less nothing in 8K video land.

(Yes I know that few can watch 8k - not the point - that massive frame lets editors do wonderful things before it all gets downscaled to 4k)

The IBM System/360 Model 40 told you to WHAT now?


Easter eggs

About 5 years ago while doing some website admin training at a company whose website I looked after I showed said admin how she could change system / user messages via the localisation feature and how one could include tokens such as user names and how messages where tied to roles.

I did this as an exercise after she asked what the localisation system was for. Tuition moved on and I thought no more about it.

About 2 years later I got a a call from the companies MD demanding to know why, when he tried to delete some users, the website told him by name that he did not have the intelligence to carry out this operation and that he should employ a proper admin and not be such a cheap *******.

Turns out he had made the website admin redundant and she had left some "Easter eggs" for him (and other execs) some of which were very rude and probably impossible.

She exhibited a high degree of Bofh'ness so I hope she went on to have a nice career.

Microsoft says the internet is the nicest it's been since 2016. Obviously they didn't look at The Reg comments


"I rarely find hardware offensive"

Not bought a Dell PC lately then.

(A friend - not me)

'95% original' film star Spitfire could be yours for a mere £4.5m (or 0.05 Pogbas)


Re: One of the best 5 minutes of my life

With Space X

Hauliers report problems with post-Brexit customs system but HMRC insists it is 'online and working as planned'


"GVMS is online and is working as planned."

Well - they would say that wouldn't they?

Microsoft Paint + car park touchscreen = You already know where this is going


Re: Back Rock became black rubble

OMG yes - we used to use bacon rind tied to string.

VMware 2FA flaw can divulge that vital second credential to malicious actors


Bad Actors

“The Hack DHS program incentivizes highly skilled hackers to identify cybersecurity weaknesses in our systems before they can be exploited by bad actors.”

Whilst disturbing on a number of levels I am not sure the likes of Jenifer Aniston or Jim Carey are much of a threat.

US grounds investors in Chinese drone maker DJI over 'Xinjiang human rights abuses'


Re: Those that live in glass houses

I agree completely however blocking investment in these companies is still the right thing to do.

China's road to homegrown chip glory looks to be going for a RISC-V future


Nanhu Nanhu