* Posts by badflorist

413 posts • joined 28 Oct 2021


LinkedIn study suggests it's not your best pals who will help get you that next job


Re: Bias?

"Not-real-friends" is the answer. If you have "weaker connections" or anti-social traits and you're getting jobs through LinkedIn's "friends"... they're not really your friends. A real friend that gets you a job doesn't use LinkedIn to do it. So, it's no surprise this isn't tracked accurately on LinkedIn because a LinkedIn doesn't accurately describe "friend". You can dive down in the fish bowl looking for more answers but, really the data isn't there because your real friends aren't :-/

Intel's 13th-gen CPUs are hot, hungry, loaded with cores


i7... 253W TDP... nuts.

In an office environment? At a certain point you have to think of your HVAC system.

California to phase out gas furnaces, water heaters by 2030


"California said it plans to petition the EPA and call on the government to take its own actions"

If the EPA is to mandate new Californicated green love at the federal level that leaves doors open for companies to abuse other states. If California wants this, they should first attempt to annex themselves from the USA. New York city alone would be a nightmare.

*IF* this was on structures built after 2030, that would be 1 thing, but all furnaces... do Californians live in the real world?

AI won't take coders' jobs. Humans still rule for now


Re: Management Jobs Too?

A really good manager obsoletes themself, that is why you'll never have good managers. A good manager is a myth as it's always second hand that you hear about them (good_manager == BigFoot).

Oracle verifies Java licensing tools from Flexera and Lime Software


Sun to blackhole, soooo far down that hole.

It's still very strange to see just how far down the scum drain Java has gone.

I remember the late 90's to first couple years of the 2000's when Java was _THE_ thing to know. A 6 week course could yield a $90,000 pay check in California (for a short while, Colorado too). Long gone are those days but, the thing that was making Java so hot in those earlier years has long been extinguished by Oracle themselves.

Mozilla drags Microsoft, Google, Apple for obliterating any form of browser choice


Re: History

"Chrome, which was at the time, the most usable browser."

You've clearly never been a web developer. Hell is other browsers, but for a long time the only other browser was IE. "most usable"... WTF? Permanent "quirks mode" anyone...?

You clearly didn't use Firefox before Chrome came to be, not at any capacity. That's serious crazy talk for anyone that actually did. What's just as crazy is that the entire compare and contrast arguments between Firefox and Chrome has been almost completely biased towards Firefox's usability Vs. Chrome's speed, and it's still to this day the same.

SiFive RISC-V cores picked for Google AI compute nodes


"general-purpose RISC-V cores"

Are those Full RISC? Extended?

Federal agencies buying Americans' internet data challenged by US senators


Which government, when?

"...time-honored balance of power between the people and the government "

(as usual, Canada doesn't count)

GNOME hits 43: Welcome To Guadalajara


Re: KDE vs Gnome

For KDE it's a sideways move, maybe because of the decisions that have _not_ been made regarding QT 6 licensing. Or maybe because they're afraid of another 4 -> 5 fiasco (or 3 -> 4 ... or 2 -> 3... pick one).

For Gnome, Gnome sucks but now at least it sucks harder.

The article states this:

"we suspect that the flipside of such modernization efforts may be to might drive some users away" ( at least I think it should be "might" ).

... that might be true for anyone _besides_ KDE users, there's a reason we run it.

Alert: 15-year-old Python tarfile flaw lurks in 'over 350,000' code projects


This isn't about sitting at a shell prompt and 'cd ../../../../../../../boot' or what you can or cannot do outside of this "tarfile", this is about the module's tarfile.extract(). If "tarfile" simply passes the string to the OS, what is the point of the library versus simply using subprocess.run() for both tar and mkdir?

While off topic, there's also the question of why isn't "tarfile" reading the paths for validity regardless? Shoot, .tar doesn't have any built in parity types, not even 16bit CRC, so why assume the paths are correct at all?

It could be argued that path checking will make the extraction process painfully slow on low memory systems that can't cache but, blindly extracting any archive without looking should be a non-default option. Or more simply, protections should already be in place (to be optionally bypassed).


What....? Explain. In fact, the article doesn't explain how the exploit works at all, just that ".." is used somehow.

The usage of .. doesn't magically traverse to root so, how this exploit works is probably due to the parsing of the specific python module and not how the system interprets paths or any other bin tool like the first post suggests.

Meta told to pay $175m to walkie-talkie techies for infringing IP


Re: So many crap patents

"...stop the USPTO"

No!!! At this point you just pour on it like gravy and patent anything!!! Why should MegaCorps be the only ones granted these patents... pour it on.

Microsoft debuts Windows 11 2022 Update – now with features added monthly


Re: Testing Win 11 right now

"...I love Linux"

Guerrilla style advertising for Microsoft won't work on most of us, we can smell your kind

Now's your chance, AI, to do good. Protect endangered eagles from wind turbines


Or mount fake coyotes on the turbines.

Creatives up in arms over claim that AI is killing human art


Re: Only since the 50s?

"Genuinely creative people..."

These are shortcuts for the lazy regardless of personality. The process returns art/pictures but, it could just as well return debits or credits.

$30/mo plus your 'fast_pic.py' script is "Genuinely creative"?

Don't get me wrong, it's a simply matter of financial fact that you will not hire an artist to do cover work or any illustration for you if you can pay $30/mo and have unlimited retries at getting something you like.

The candle maker welcomes the illustrator. If you make your living as an illustrator, especially a digital one, you should be very scared (or at least advise/warn anyone thinking about becoming a future illustrator).

Intel pushes out NUC mini PC with Arc graphics


Re: Not this Gamer...

What about the price? Drivers or not, rolling out a new product with prices set as if you're the market leader is insane. Seriously, even if the drivers are stable are you willing to try one at the current price... seems nuts.

You didn't ask for it but Nvidia's gonna get you a metaverse-as-a-service cloud


The context...

this == scam + trap

It seems to me that if you're one of the many companies pushing one of these "XXXverse" 3D paradigms, then one day your company is going to be perceived as a bad investment.

Document Foundation starts charging €8.99 for 'free' LibreOffice


Re: I'd pay

For now, Office doesn't have the option of keeping your stuff _ONLY_ local.

Microsoft low code branches into lightweight GUI widgets


"write JSON" ?

But if you want to customize it, you must know how to write JSON and so forth.

In the very literal sense of "write" maybe, but most humans would say format JSON.

The "so forth" part should be highlighted because you know it's going to be some confusing hierarchy of object nodes that are circular... the Microsoft way.

Don't want to get run over by a Ford car? There's a Bluetooth app for that


This years new Ford Ranger!!!

You've just past this years hottest vehicle and if you act now, get 10% off at who-the-fuck-cares Ford certified dealership!!!!

Linux luminaries discuss efforts to bring Rust to the kernel


Re: Rust is desirable simply because of its memory safety

Come on, of course you get _SANE_ memory safety.

Otherwise, insanely: Stray radiation do-hickies from space? Strange gremlin voltages across motherboards? Resonating frequencies from adjacent industrial buildings? Insectoid induced electrical shorts? So many uncommon things, so little time.

GPT-3 'prompt injection' attack causes bad bot manners


Elise Murphy, said that its kernel-mode anti-cheat software "does not degrade the security posture of your PC."

Oh O.K.

Listen Elise, I'm stuck in Somolia because of my evil step uncle, please send $5,000.

Arm execs: We respect RISC-V but it's not a rival in the datacenter


If you replace "RISC-V" in that sentence with "Linux" I think it's a Microsoft statement in verbatim, circa 1999.

It's worth realizing that ARM would be another declining Japanese company if it wasn't for phones. Peak phones == Peak ARM. As far as system on chip integration works, ARM's good, RISC is even better. I wonder what Japan's Softbank is thinking.

Actual real-life hoverbike makes US debut at Detroit Auto Show


What happens when it rains?

The next deep magic Linux program to change the world? Io_uring


Re: LMAX Architecture

Super fast if the computations will be quick*, otherwise the cascade puts the system to a crawl, which has and always will be the cautionary gotcha with any asynchronous system, ring based or otherwise. We've all been there as programmers... a bazillion things returning home all at once :-/. Either the system halts or the order of return makes everything worthless (_OR_ you did it correctly the first time like master you are!!!).

There's a popular saying in parallelism which is Why Wait? Well, typically you don't but if you're going to keep everything in RAM with lo_uring... you're going to need a LOT of RAM so you don't have to wait to ease the stack. I can see committing a bunch of financial or medical transactions quickly but, anything greater than that and resources will grow drastically.

*quick as in much quicker than the time it takes to round trip this post.

Automating Excel tasks to come to Windows and Mac


"I can write Powershell..."

The museum called, they need you to translate some scrolls.

SEC charges VMware with hiding slowing sales from investors


This is illegal?

Maybe not identically but, companies have been doing this forever with "discounts" and "promotions" since... ever. "Holiday sale", "Easter Sale", "Summer Sale"... any time I see a sale I think of a quarterly dump/pump.

SAP to increase support fees in January to offset inflation costs


inflation... v1 -> v2

FCC floats 'five-year rule' for hoovering up space junk


Re: Point Avoider

I imagine you're right because I'm now under the belief that people should design and build their own satellites, which thanks to many new open schematics, it is only a matter of money, not difficulty. Yes, I also mean people should launch their own satellites, which is where things become interesting. Fuck it though, let everyone play up there.

I hope to one day launch a completely autonomous satellite designed for the search and destruction of all other satellites. I don't care about your 5G, your GPS, your emergency services bullshit... all I care about is destroying all your fake ass satellites and becoming the sole orbiter.

Dump these small-biz routers, says Cisco, because we won't patch their flawed VPN


Re: I was all set to be mad

When it comes to the software exclusively (minus phone support etc.), the complexity of the fix should determine "support" not some fixed time period.

Companies like to argue about the cost of "testing" while it's ever apparent that basically no company spends money on testing, I doubt they even run a POST before being boxed in China.

Elon Musk claims SpaceX was in talks with Apple on iPhone 14 satellite services


I'm running my mouth...

... now pay me.

DuckDB, database wrangler used by Google, Facebook, and Airbnb, hits 0.5.0


I'm only using a hobbyist ~40 million meta record set for audio files/songs but, I found no differences in read only queries between DuckDB and SQLite. I only really care about SQL read speed so I'm under the impression that column based storage is faster but I've yet to find anything faster than SQLite :-/

It would be really nice in general if "FOSS" DB softwares would demonstrate the min/max record complexity and the same for tables/rows, at least for read operations. I don't mean O notations as those vary across CPU's, I mean actual real world data/record sets given for examples. Sure it can be said "it depends" and of course the record set could be rigged to a bias but, the sooner I have a working record set the sooner I can judge for performance and biases.... give me something to test run!!!

The answer to 3D printing equipment on Mars might lie in the Red Planet's dust


Re: Forget cost, look at weight

Why would anyone send such a printer? That's a multi-material, single bed, single head printer. The support contract on it looks good but, I'm not sure how long it takes their technicians to get to Mars :-/. Whoever on Mars is running this is going to be more than qualified to DIY and repair it so it makes more sense to send dozens of smaller printers.


Almost certainly tensile strength, I doubt they're printing hammers :-/. Ceramic, granite, carbon fiber, etc. is already used for this in 3D printing (with fancy ruby/diamond tipped nozzles).

I don't see how gravity will be a problem for long as layer height is rarely bigger than 3mm and with a hefty extrusion width that can be smooshed down easily. I'd bet a few spools of material that my little residential printer with 1.75mm filament could print up to ~1.25mm layer height without gravity.

Open source biz sick of FOSS community exploitation overhauls software rights


Re: New concept

"...balance that against..." ... 36 million? The number 36,000,000 was used as an example and that number more than justifies hiring a fleet of programmers to not only develop it but to specialize it.

Seriously, 36 million... that's a lot of programmers for a project like this. (100 @ 360k/yr)

Apple app transparency changes bring in the ad bucks... for Apple


"With iPhones reportedly surpassing Android devices in US market share..."

Haha. This site has high standards.

Intel details 12th Gen Core SoCs optimized for edge applications


"Edge" ... you're using it wrong.

"Intel said the new SoCs are aimed at a broad range of industries, including point-of-sale kit in the retail, banking, and hospitality sectors, industrial PCs and controllers for the manufacturing industry, plus healthcare"

So, anywhere a desktop fits? Basically desktops?

I now live exclusively in an embedded world of RISC, ARM, ATMEL, etc. software and hardware and these SoC's are simply replacements for desktop machines and "thin" clients. In no way are these anymore "Internet of Things" than that mall kiosk that sells you shoes.

"Edge" is a term coined by The Edge to sell more U2 albums. Every time someone optimizes for The Edge... well you don't want to know.

I had to re-read that: "45W parts 8 to 14 cores... for IoT edge". How in the hell is that IoT...? WTF is going on???

Lenovo launches face-mounted monitor


It's been over 10 years since Google announced their take on these, April 2012, and after an entire decade no one found a useful enough purpose for these... April Fool's indeed.

BTW, it's kind of crazy that it has been an entire decade since the announcement :-/. Over 9 years since all the news of data points people wearing these and walking around violating other people's privacy.

GM's Cruise revises self-driving software after San Francisco crash


They should feel safer! Full audio and video recordings of them being picked up alone... dropped off alone, with the added benefit of their locations and which times they're alone being uploaded to a large real-time network and database. All this without having to worry about another human being you'll see face to face, just truly alone! Safety FIRST people... safety first!

If you really think about anyone rolling around alone in a vehicle they can't control... well they're just 1 ski-mask away from a memorable night. At least if they're driving the vehicle themselves they could speed away but, with a robot... a robot will simply feed you to the criminal.

USB-C to hit 80Gbps under updated USB4 v. 2.0 spec


Re: EU will love this

"There is no change in USB Power Delivery specification..."

July 17th, 2022 " Revision 3.1 Version 1.5"

:-/ not 2 months ago.

USB-C PD is a shit show and I think anyone who has tried to implement it themselves knows this because they probably gave up. If you're reading a ridiculous amount of pages (~2,000) to figure it all out, you're probably being paid to do so. There's been so much shit added to it that it's taking on a life of it's own and essentially it has become the serial version of X.500... just too fuc'n complicated without buying an IC to do it all for you.

USB-C gives the impression of plug and play but every new version reminds me more and more of a static style connector that you hook up your washer and dryer with.

240v is O.K. but, look me up on Revision 3.5.3.a-r2 Version 2.1.3.c when 480v is added... I have some industrial excavating equipment I need powered up.

P.S. I like how it's already "2.0" of USB4.0... good to see they're keeping the none-sense going.

Lenovo’s folding portable ThinkPad grows to 16.3in, adds keyboard


Re: M1

The M1 is hailed as something it's not by people who don't need power. I don't need power, I need energy conservation so the M1 would be nice for me. If you need power, you're not looking at the M1 (unless there's a forceful reason).

I can't find it, but someone made a video of their threadripper "laptop". It was basically a desktop with a wall watt power brick that you put on your... lap's top.

Find a security hole in Google's open source and you could bag a $31,337 reward


Re: Cheapskates

"...more than what many other companies are doing."

In violating privacy and twisting ethics?

In 2022 it seems socially responsible to sell the bug to a black hat for some cash AND hurt Google at the same time. Realistically at some point people need to "do the right thing".

Japan to change laws that require use of floppy disks


*IF* the IRS accepts paper documents, the system is how it has to be.

The article is _VERY_ misleading with "... staff opening envelopes and typing in details by hand from the submitted forms rather than using automation and OCR". While technically true, in the late 1990's IRS "Service Centers" tried to have employees use OCR on small business documents and most individual forms, it was catastrophic. The results were that it took longer to align and fix OCR mistakes than it did to input these forms by hand on custom made keyboards (about 3x longer). Those were primarily business forms processed at service centers and the individual forms are essentially impossible to OCR if filled by hand so, sometimes 3x longer turned into 3 whole shifts longer (1 full day).

The IRS does/did have a large OCR process that utilizes primarily a custom C backend with embedded CSQL Although this system was/is being phased out for a system I do not know, it was the system used during the highest volume (80's to early 2000's).

When you have ~350 _MILLION_ people who basically file their taxes and can do so with paper, you're going to have to deal with MASSIVE amounts of paper with erratic pen/pencil/crayon/shit marks all over them. OCR will never speed up work but, stopping paper submissions would (doubt that will ever happen).

BTW, it's legal to pay your taxes in pennies, so the IRS also has a system in place to count say $100,000 worth of pennies (it's large sliding trays... but systems like these exists).

Big cloud rivals hit back over Microsoft licensing changes


Re: "Customers should be able to move freely across platforms"

After enough time and news articles you'd think the correlation between "cloud" and "unfair" would foreshadow.

AMD refreshes desktop CPUs with 5nm Ryzen 7000s that can reach 5.7GHz with 16 cores


Re: ECC....yes!

Quick note - AMD Athlon/Opteron CPU's have "supported" ECC for ~20 years (consistently since "Sempron").

Quick note 2 - support != utilize

Big Tech is building the metaverse of its own dreams. You don't want to go there


"...would you be willing to pay $3/mth for it?"

For facebook?... I'd pay $5,000 a month... a fucking HARD 5k!! If there was a "Super-Zucker" premium version I'd pay $20k/month... straight up!! The value is comparable to fresh drinking water and clean socks... Zucker has built a utopian reality touched by higher being.

Windows 10 update breaks audio for some systems


Re: Printers

Windows., such a stable OS :-/

I really like the totality of the fix, which is basically... on a per app basis or system wide affliction it might or might not happen and if or when it does you may or may not be able to fix it. So concrete!

There's no place like GNOME: Project hits 25, going on 43


Re: JavaScript?

Then what should it be? C++? Strange manipulations of XML files? As a KDE user, I know about these woes.

I don't see anything wrong with it and if the GNOME project wants to become a commercial success it will need an API anyone can use. The problem is, it's GNOME. Without articles like these being written and Ubuntu sticking with it, it wouldn't have articles written about it (circular dependency detected). Anyone who uses GNOME and tells you it's great... doesn't use GNOME.

As for gasping for breath, well, the fact that it's 2022 and GNOME seemingly has less options than win98 and is hanging on to a UI KDE deemed trash in 1999 which was then copied by Apple for their BSD OS 10 "OS X" but then they as well deemed it trash in ~2007... well... it's just all sad for GNOME.

Open source VideoLAN media player asks why it's blocked in India


Re: VLC is awesome.

The new UI in 4.0 is horrible. It looks like when you'd hide everything but the detached queue in Winamp 2.

Basically, it looks like something Microsoft will design next year.



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