* Posts by Tams

83 posts • joined 17 Sep 2021


We've got a photocopier and it can copy anything


Re: Years ago....

Hmmm, free at the point of service healthcare or free at the point of service top quality maps in a country in which it's never that hard to find civilisation...

Might have to mull that over...

China seems to have figured out how to make 7nm chips despite US sanctions


Re: Another shoe of the US Clyddsdale falls.

Taiwan, Taiwan.

You Pooh bear shill.

One of the first RISC-V laptops may ship in September, has an NFT hook


Re: Not enough details.

No, no, no. You don't understand. All it needs is NFT.

TikTok: Yes, some staff in China can access US data


Re: Liars

The biggest 'biggie' is the Chinese state.

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


Re: I like 7Zip.

What a pathetic excuse of a Russian troll you are. You're not welcome here. Bog off.

Microsoft pulls Windows 10/11 installation websites in Russia


Re: I resisted for all of 20 seconds

Ummm, you are aware that they've taken over the McDonald's and are keeping them pretty much the same (well, as long as the sanctions allow them to, lol)?

Open source 'Office' options keep Microsoft running faster than ever


That doesn't change that the UI is ugly and in some parts obtuse. And yes, no one goes to the website often, but I think it shows the lack of care for producing anything aesthetically pleasing in general.

Anyway, I use MS Office because it offers the features I need that LibreOffice and the like don't or don't well. In particular Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote, the latter of which frankly no open source program has yet to get even close too.

It lloking nice is just icing on the cake. I don't know why so many have sticks up your arses about that though.


And they are still ugly as sin.

I don't expect much for free nor need an office suite to look great, but they could at least *try*. LibreOffice are the worst, as even their website is bad. Why, yes, a lurid green with web 2.0 styling is just what I want. And to think this was a considered a good redesign just a couple of years ago.

Google engineer suspended for violating confidentiality policies over 'sentient' AI


A very good question.


Re: You missed the important bit

It's clearly not, so it's not worth discussing.


And is your username supposed to stand for 'Contrary T. rex' or something?


It's also just bizarrely worded, even suggesting that said family and friends aren't 'happy and uplifting company' and therefore there needs to be some third party that provides such an atmosphere.

TSMC and China: Mutually assured destruction now measured in nanometers, not megatons


Re: Hcak the hackable.

If they invade, I hope they choose you as their military planner.


Re: When did Scorched Earth ever work?

Because if they end up getting invaded (and it looks likely that the PRC would succeed), then their leverage clearly won't have been enough. So of course they'd destroy what couldn't be taken at that point.


Re: Sure....

The Taiwanese will have rendered the fabs useless by that point.

And even with opposition to their destruction, it would likely end up Azovstal like. Some diehard Taiwanese fighters would likely hole up there and China would blow the place to smithereens (while likely not affecting the defenders much at all).


Re: Britain, alas, seems destined once again to blithely assume that it'll all work out in the end

'Don't worry, it's not our money'.

*Evil laughter*


Re: Cost optimization

JIT operations don't allow for that, and in some industries to not have been using JIT (well, until the pandemic) might even have made your business not viable financially.

Microsoft brings tabs to File Explorer


Re: Rigorous journalism

Because it's not relevant.


Re: Another productivity disabler

Microsoft have been idiots recently, but they aren't removing the ability to have multiple resizable windows of file explorer open, so I don't see what your problem is.

Just don't use them if you don't like them.

Vivaldi email client released 7 years after first announcement


Old Man

Maybe I've prematurely aged quickly, but why on Earth would you want to rely on Teams, Slack, or any other *instant* messenger?

I mean, sure, they have private messaging functions and the ability to send files so it's not 'chat' like, but it's still pretty 'chat' like. Not to mention proprietary.

Email on the other hand... there's just something about it that makes it better for leaving around for a while (if you want), rather than needing an immediate or quick response.

But maybe I'm just a dinosaur.

I love the Linux desktop, but that doesn't mean I don't see its problems all too well


Re: Choosing to choose

Yes, where is (a fully working) MS Office (and other programs)?

The ones available for Linux are decent (if usually ugly), but still nowhere near as good.

Next major update of Windows 11 prepares for launch


No Surprise

Well, it is mostly a new skin with bits removed or rewritten (often performing worse) just for the sake of it. New hires trying to push their 'vision' on us and justify the existence of their jobs?

Windows 10 was fine. No rehashing of bits that didn't need it and worked. It ran well. Compatibility and customisability weren't thrown in the bin.

Now we have this mess forced on us, and the complaints are either ignored or threated with condescension and scorn. It wasn't even this bad in the Windows 8 days And they added some actually useful functionality back then - Windows 11 as added what? Long overdue window tiling that doesn't even work with all programs?

Honestly, Microsoft, fire the Windows 11 leads and get the Windows 10 team back.

AI chatbot trained on posts from web sewer 4chan behaved badly – just like human members


Re: So he trained an AI on 4chan

Oh diddums. Are you upset? Do you need a Werther's Original?

Microsoft: You own the best software keyboard there is. Please let us buy it


Re: Proving yet again

Eh. Nuance gave up on Swype before they were bought.


Re: Android

Only half-arsedly as is the norm.

To the extent they make a multimillion investment in the Duo line and yet half-arse it.


I do like Swiftkey more than Gboard (especially after Gboard's recent update), but I'm in somewhat of a niche and like to use Gboard's Japanese handwriting input.

Swiftkey doesn't have Japanese handwriting support and likely never will (as Microsoft translate doesn't either - Windows has an IME for it though, so Microsoft have had the data for it for years).

I'd use Swiftkey and Gboard's Japanese handwriting keyboard together if only Microsoft would make switching between different company's keyboards quick. Instead it hijacks the keyboard and you have to go digging into the settings to change it.

And Gboard does allow quick switching to different company's keyboards. You just can't quickly switch back.

Minimal, systemd-free Alpine Linux releases version 3.16


Re: Alpine is one of the better ones

I think they more meant the rest of the laptop isn't anything special.

If it has 32GB of RAM, then it's probably quite powerful, but you're not going to have to go to some boutique vendor to get it.

DuckDuckGo tries to explain why its browsers won't block some Microsoft web trackers


Re: Right

For certain things they either don't give a shit about, or actively want to expose*.

*these need to be taken with a grain of salt as they also like to exaggerate or just make stuff up.

I wouldn't just say Yandex or Baidu for anything Uighurs or Ukraine, but I would on, as mentioned, a superinjunction in a Western country.


And so you jumped onto Brave of all things...?


Why is any surprised about this?

If you use DuckDuckGo because of privacy concerns, surely you'd know it's pretty much just a customised version of Bing? And from that worked out that there would almost certainly need to be some allowances for Microsoft? I mean, you'd have done the research into that right? Because you care about your privacy so.

Oh, they're all fluff and are just lazy. Sorry, forgot about that.

Export bans prompt Russia to use Chinese x86 CPU replacement


Re: Russian politics aside

What was the point of this essay?

The only thing I can take from is it that you are salty that we're having a bit of irreverent fun. And if that's the case... then maybe this site ain't for you.

*I didn't actually bother reading it all as it really just seemed like a long boast about how great China is. And you have gall to call us pompous...


O Danny/Dannie boy...

And 'Tonk' is such an appropriate for a Russian manufacturer.

All thoroughly deserved by the bastards.

Surf the web from your parked Renault: Vivaldi comes to OpenR


Re: I can understand why.

On the consumer side, that's been Microsoft since Windows 8.

And when they knock that attitude off, they always regress again as a new generation of those trying to justify their jobs and 'visionaries' get hired.


Re: Megane specs kneecapped for UK models.


You're spoiling the party.

Putin reaches for nuclear option: Zuckerberg banned


Re: Well, damn

Looking at the state of him, he might well be incapacitated or even dead by then.

Twitter preps poison pill to preclude Elon Musk's purchase plan


Re: 'I have much trouble agreeing with'


ESA: Fly me to the Moon, just not on a Russian rocket


Re: If the Ruskies want it...

Yes, but Altas V has been long in the legs for a while now. It should have been moved on from years ago. It's EoL, though does have all its remaining slots sold.


Re: Solo a space-mano

The gas money they get from Europe each day just about covers the cost of the war in Ukraine each day, provided, they errrr, don't lose any big assets... bit of a sunk cost now.

Everything else? Whatever money they can scrounge together from the back of the metaphoric sofa.

Why the Linux desktop is the best desktop


Re: "Linux Desktop"

I mean, there's a whole industry for customising Windows UI.

You can even wholesale replace it with the likes of Cairo.

There is a good point to having ine default UI. And until 11, Windows were good with providing a good one, while keeping tinkering even without third party stuff.


Re: re. Anyone who tells you Linux is hard to use wasn't paying attention

Ah, it only took the first reply for the condescending Linux fan to turn up.

Every. Single. Time.


Re: Linux "Desktop"

You mock Office, but it has no counterpart after all these years. Apple come closest, and other than being restricted, their offerings range from an utter joke to competitive.

As for the open source world... LibreOffice, or whatever they are calling themselves this year, recently updated their website. It went from looking like an early 2000s one to a late 2000s one. So if they can't even make their website look decent (despite making much noise about it)...

First rocket launch from UK soil now has... a logo


For a six year old it's pretty impressive. But I wonder how they'll actually use it.

On another note, wouldn't it be good if the UK had a spaceport somewhere... useful? It's a shame Guyana decided they wanted independence as it hasn't exactly turned out well for them.

Debugging source is even harder when you can't stop laughing at it


No, instead you came here to preach at us about morals. With no fun allowed (or at least your definition/prescription of it).

Hence why you are a wet wipe.


Oh mate... you've completely misread the crowd here.

Adobe anticipates $75m hit from Russia, Belarus pullout


Such a small amount, and as if most Russian users were paying in the first place.

UK's largest union to Arm: Freeze job cuts now


Re: On the other hand...

It wasnct whining, and it was the FTC getting involved that really killed the deal.

AMD to Intel: Take our GPU talent? Two can play that game


Wasn't Raja Koduri in charge of Radeon at a time where it was struggling? Didn't he leave AMD on quite acrimonious terms?

Boys outnumber girls 6 to 1 in UK compsci classes


Perhaps there is something putting women off compsci? Perhaps it's the sex ratio itself?.

But given how society is now, I think it may well mainly just be the different sexes tending to like different things.

Oh, and are we going to have an article about the sex imbalance in nursing? After all, the number of male nurses is around 11%. Or around 1-in-9 for the hard of thought.

What? No? Because it's not really a huge problem*? Well then....

*actually there are reports of male nurses being bullied and abused

Intel to spend €17bn on chip mega-factory in Germany


Re: How big?

Then how big's the battered haddock going to need to be?!

RISC-V keeps its head down amid global chip war


Re: But pronounced JIF




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