* Posts by YetAnotherXyzzy

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Engine cover flies from Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 during takeoff

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Southwest flies an all-737 fleet, and in the name of cost cutting has no interline agreements with any other airline. So it would have to be more of the same.

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Re: Is it Just Me??

Another example, and this from the airline industry: US Airways took over "nobody cuts more corners than we do!" America West, but found their board and C-suite taken over by the nickel-and-dimers. Then much larger American Airlines bought them, and the same thing happened. AA has been Always Awful ever since.

As AI booms, land near nuclear power plants becomes hot real estate

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Re: Hydro

Yes, it is crazy. Back when I was a young environmental activist, hydro was one of the darlings of the movement, and rightly so. Today's environmentalists trash talk hydro, leading to cases of the perfect being the enemy of the good. The developing country where I live has enough hydropower potential to cleanly provide the nation's electricity instead of what we have now, which are thermal plants burning bunker oil. For some reason our environmentalists think that would be a bad thing.

UN: E-waste is growing 5x faster than it can be recycled

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Re: Or.....

Yes. This.

There is a lot of bashing of big evil corporations but in the end they give the public what it wants, and what the public wants (no not you, dear reader, and not me, but most people) is New Shiny every couple of years. And if most people replace their stuff that often, then it is pointless to make stuff needlessly repairable. This is true not just in consumer electronics but in consumer tat generally. Fast fashion, anyone?

We have met the enemy and he is us.

Oh look, cracking down on Big Tech works. Brave, Firefox, Vivaldi surge on iOS

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Every time someone dares say that they liked the old Firefox but have since moved on to Brave, an army of Firefox fans piles on with the downvotes. Every other browser gets its full share of rightful criticism here, but there is a certain kind of Firefox fan that thinks their preferred browser is above reproach.

Have an upvote, Tubz. Everyone ought to be able to report what does and doesn't work for them.

The end of classic Outlook for Windows is coming. Are you ready?

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Re: Confused

"So how good are Linux mail clients, and can they handle Exchange mailboxes?"

Evolution is intended to be a drop-in replacement for classic Outlook, including connecting with Exchange. Although Evolution on Linux is my day to day mail client and I am happy with it, I don't have personal experience with pointing it to an Exchange server, but doing that is supposed to work.

Climate change means beer made from sewer water, says North Carolina brewery

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Re: Wouldn't put me off

Agreed, though I suspect that efficiency isn't the point. Gotta do that posturing.

HP print rental service seeks more users to become subscription addicts

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It seems to me that there are two separate issues here that are worth separating out.

One is the question of ownership vs. rental. There's nothing fundamentally wrong with renting, and for some people and some products it makes more sense. While owning my printer makes sense for me, it is a good thing that renting a printer is becoming a more common option for those who would be better off with it. Everyone needs to make up his or her own mind here.

A separate question is, how trustworthy is HP. That's an easier question to answer: HAHAHAHAHAHA!

US politicians want ByteDance to sell off TikTok or face ban

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Choice

"This bill is not a ban, and it's not really about TikTok. It's a choice."

Ah, this is obviously some strange usage of the word 'choice' that I wasn't previously aware of.

US accuses Army vet cyber-Casanova of sharing Russia-Ukraine war secrets

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All that you describe is the case in the US as well, or at least was in I was in the belly of the beast. Part of obtaining a security clearance is getting The Talk and signing an affidavit. There were periodic refresher talks, though those I had were agency-specific. And upon separation there was another talk and another affidavit to sign which was more or less an NDA.

Yes, I saw a lot of over-classification. Before I saw it myself I believed the commonly held opinion that it was due to craven functionaries practicing CYA, but upon seeing the process it turned out to be merely misaligned incentives. There is no incentive to ask "what is the lowest classification this really needs?" but there is a very high incentive to ask "might I be prosecuted if I innocently fail to recognize some subtle reason why this should have been classified higher?" The answer to the latter question is always yes, so there you go.

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I too used to hold a Top Secret clearance from Uncle Sam, and back then I was single and socially active. The vast majority of the ladies had no interest whatsoever in NDI and probably wouldn't have been in a position to formulate intelligent questions about it. So when a lady was able to formulate such questions (yes, it happened occasionally) that stood out pretty obviously and I would report it immediately to the security staff. So from personal experience I find it hard to believe this guy's claim to be an innocent fool.

Lenovo to offer certified refurbished PCs and servers

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Lenovo's talking head: blah blah circular economy sustainability carbon footprint.

Reg commentards: Sharing practical ideas on saving money on hardware. Have an upvote, everyone.

On-disk format change beckons for brave early adopters of Bcachefs

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Re: I don't trust btrfs either...

Me too. I'm big openSUSE fan. I've been told, probably correctly, that I'm as bad as the Apple fanbois. But even I draw the line at their penchant for not-ready-for-prime-time filesystems, having been burnt too many times. Now it's EXT4 on all of two partitions, / and /home. I haven't had a problem in years, and if I ever do EXT4 has more and more robust recovery tools, and more tutorials written about them.

AI comes for jobs at studio of American filmmaker Tyler Perry

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Pass the buck

"I just hope … that there'll be some sort of thought and some sort of compassion for humanity," Perry said. "I think the only way to move forward in this is to galvanize it as one voice, not only in Hollywood and in this industry, but also in Congress."

Translation: I and my ilk can't be bothered to do the right thing, so we'll pass the buck to the politicians. Who won't either, but the point is to have someone else to blame later.

Rivian decimates staff to put a brake on spending

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Re: The end of electric vehicles

Sadly, half or more of my acquaintances consider a new car purchase (ICE or EV, doesn't matter) to be an investment. Not downvoting you -- yes you are right and yes they are morons -- just pointing out that we are surrounded by gullible fools.

Or maybe I'm merely revealing that I hang out with dummies.

Mozilla CEO quits, pushes pivot to data privacy champion... but what about Firefox?

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Re: "Why hope... Brave... has had this for a long time"

"It is really interesting that whenever a story appears anywhere regarding Mozilla foundation or Firefox, these guys appear out of nowhere advertising that browser."

I can't speak for anyone else, but in my case I was responding to an expressed desire for Tor to be integrated into incognito mode. Firefox doesn't have it yet; Brave Browser does. It was a simple statement of fact and was not intended to trigger anyone.

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Re: "Why hope... Brave... has had this for a long time"

Although I'm a fan of Brave Browser, this is a valid point. I personally hold my nose and put up with it, but yes it is off-putting.

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Re: Translate

"I hope that the new CEO's push to focus on privacy will at the very least mean that Tor will finally be integrated into Incognito mode."

Why hope? Why wait? Brave Browser has had this for a long time now.

Tech bros are playing God, Catholic Church's AI priest complains

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Pot, meet kettle

"There is a paternalism in Silicon Valley, a tendency to play God, meaning a desire to do good for people whether they like it or not, which I want to challenge," Benanti told The Times.

Another airline finds loose bolts in Boeing 737-9 during post-blowout fleet inspections

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Re: preliminarily?

I don't like that word either, hence my choice of icon. Perhaps the intention was to emphasize that Alaska and United both performed these initial inspections on their own initiative, given that the FAA hadn't yet gotten off its ass.

Credit where it is due, the FAA did eventually call for inspections, presumably once their masters at Boeing granted permission. Regulatory capture can be a bitch sometimes.

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"corporate HQ is elsewhere probably"

That's literally true, yes. Back when Boeing was run by engineers, HQ was a quick drive from the Renton plant that now builds the MAX. Then the same MBAs that ruined McDonnell Douglas took over Boeing and moved HQ halfway across the country to Chicago. That wasn't far enough apparently so now they've moved to Virginia.

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Panama's national carrier Aeromexico

Panama's flag carrier is Copa. Aeroméxico is, surprisingly enough, from Mexico. Both have the MAX 9.

Google's Project Ellman: Merging photo and search data to create digital twin chatbot

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Thank you Google for reminding me that I need to finish moving from Google services to Murena.

Atlassian security advisory reveals four fresh critical flaws – in mail with dead links

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When my previous employer laid a bunch of us off earlier this year, my first thought was "at least I don't have to use Atlassian stuff any more".

SAP faces more accusations of breaching on-prem customers' trust

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Atlassian: No one annoys on-prem customers like we do!

SAP: Hold my beer.

Firefox slow to load YouTube? Just another front in Google's war on ad blockers

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I'm old enough to remember when most video was consumed via broadcast television. The cool kids started talking about the wonderful new world of online streaming video. "And the best part is," the cool kids said, "there aren't any ads!"

Rocky Linux and Oracle Unbreakable Linux also hit 9.3

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RHELatives

If I could upvote articles, I would for that wonderful word.

DDoS-like attack brought down OpenAI this week, not just its purported popularity

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Sorry, that was me

I asked it "do you know why I want a cup of tea?"

Batterygate bound for Blighty as UK court approves billion-dollar Apple compensation case

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Re: Apple shot themselves in the foot over this.

I personally agree with you about user choice, but not everyone does. Indeed, I'd argue that Apple's trying to make things easy for the user by reducing choice is what a fair bit of their user base wants and appreciates. You and I should avoid Apple, but that doesn't mean they're evil, they're just not for us.

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Re: extend the life of a failing battery

True, but anyone who chose to buy a phone with a nonreplacable battery, whether it be from Apple or otherwise, got exactly what they wanted. As my fellow commentard said, Fairphone.

Firefox 119 unleashes PDF prowess and Sync sorcery

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Re: Name one

I feel your pain Liam, having shared that particular boat with you, but that problem would be best solved by more PDF applications on Linux that don't suck. Bolting yet another blade onto the already 100-bladed knife that are modern web browsers takes us yet another step away from the "every tool does one job and does it well" rule that brought me to Linux in the first place.

Reading both your article and many of the comments here does make it clear that I am a minority in that opinion however. So no hate for anyone who is enjoying the new Firefox and its improved PDF support.

CEO Satya Nadella thinks Microsoft hung up on Windows Phone too soon

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"Over the years, I would sometimes say some stuff, but not really mean it. And then, well, that doesn't work. That's why getting what you think, what you say, and what you do aligned is a struggle."

CEOs almost never say anything thoughtful, but this is actually pretty good, whatever you or I might think about the speaker or his employer.

Still got a job at the end of this week? You're lucky, as more layoffs hit the tech industry

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Re: Hire as you grow

I have learned that when my employer gets big and successful enough to take on a full time HR person, it's time for me to move on.

Sony, Honda tease EV that aims to be a lounge on wheels

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A living room on wheels? If Sony has a hand in the software, make that a rootkit on wheels. Just ask Mark Russinovich: better safe than Sony.

Mozilla's midlife crisis has taken it from web pioneer to Google's weird neighbor

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WebMake? Back when I was making websites for myself and others, it was an invaluable tool.

http://webmake.taint.org/

As TikTok surveils staff's office hours, research indicates WFH is good for planet

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Re: Good for the planet?

Yes. This. There is space between the crazies on one side claiming that the human race will soon be made extinct by climate change, and the other side denying that the human race has any negative impact on the environment at all. And where we find that space is with the sensible process that MachDiamond describes.

Alas, too many people seem to prefer the adrenaline fix of manufactured outrage to the sometimes hard and often boring work of finding something constructive to do. But I can raise my glass in a toast to common sense even as I try to ignore the crazies.

Xebian is the Marie Kondo of Linux distros – it's here to declutter

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Ah, someone else ran into that too. OpenSUSE has always struck me as a sound, safe distro that doesn't put the user at risk by jumping onto bandwagons, so their IMO too-quick leap to Btrfs by default seemed iffy to me. Then the system lockups because thanks, Btrfs. Oh well, there's no place like /home when root goes bad.

Ford, BMW, Honda to steer bidirectional EV charging standard

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Re: Don't get it

I'm not sure why SundogUK got so many downvotes. Perhaps some readers are blessed with electric utilities run by angels. But here on the august pages of El Reg I only read about electric utilities that would do anything for a quick buck, including this.

If bidirectional EV charging were implemented in a way that it was not technically possible for anyone but the vehicle owner to change its settings in any way, and those technical safeguards were simple and open enough for even me to to understand, then and only then would I consider it. And yes I am aware that what I propose would make it much less useful to the utilities, and no that's not the problem of the vehicle owner.

Google promises eternity of updates for Chromebooks – that's a decade for everyone else

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Upvoted, because you are right.

Before you spend all that money, have you considered flashing something like LineageOS or e/OS/ on them? That will get you several more years of security updates.

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At Google, 10 > 13

SUSE Linux Enterprise offers 13 years of support. I'm not minimizing ChromeOS's admirable increase to 10 years, but their claim that it is "more than any other operating system commits to today" is inaccurate.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SUSE_Linux_Enterprise#End-of-support_schedule

Alibaba set to unleash AI that offers financial advice – do you feel lucky?

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Yawn

Roboadvisors have been a thing in the U.S. financial services field for years. Perhaps I'm misunderstanding, but isn't the big innovation here to simply call it AI?

Lithium goldrush hits sleepy Oregon-Nevada border

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Re: Everyone knew

I raise my glass in salute to your optimism. May it prove to be well founded.

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Re: Everyone knew

"I don't think I'd want to buy stock in whatever company tries to exploit this"

Agreed. Not only for the good reason you give, but also for a political one: some of the same people who demand that we replace ICEs with EVs also shout "oh no you don't!" every time someone tries to mine or refine or process anything needed for the EV revolution. Readers of El Reg largely understand that technology, and life in general, involves tradeoffs, and that the perfect is often the enemy of the good, but I wish that awareness were more common among the more shouty bits of the general public.

Elon Musk has beef with Bill Gates because he shorted Tesla stock, says biographer

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When quizzed by Isaacsson on why he had shorted the stock, "he explained that he had calculated that the supply of electric cars would get ahead of demand, causing prices to fall." Pressed to clarify, he admitted that it was to "make money." Old habits die hard.

Well of course the intention was to make money. That's the usual intention behind all investing, whether it be your money (e.g. in the stock market) or your time (e.g. in improving your skills). Why is that something shameful to "admit" to?

22 million Brits suffer broadband outage blues and are paying a premium for it

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I work from home, so 3 hour outages aren't acceptable. Which is why I have a second ISP and automatic failover set up on the home office router. Problem solved.

GNOME 45 formalizes extensions module system

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Re: 'Enterprise' Distros

An advantage of using anything but Gnome is that you'll never be afflicted by these things. Xfce for me but there are lots of good choices out there.

Samsung realizes behaving ethically is good for business, says compliance boss

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If I were Samsung's compliance boss, I'd say that too. Either that or kill myself in shame.

Japan complains Fukushima water release created terrifying Chinese Spam monster

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Pint

The headline of this article is wonderful even by El Reg's high standards. Cheers!

Uncle Sam accuses SpaceX of not considering asylees and refugees for employment

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Re: ITAR is a mine field

Yes. This.

My previous employer was pivoting into a USG space contractor and subject to ITAR. They set up a wholly owned subsidiary that would do that work and would be compliant, and employees like me (U.S. citizen living outside the U.S., as well as non-US citizens) would simply not be transferred into the subsidiary nor see that work. Nope, said Uncle Sam, that's not good enough, and so we were all made redundant. Never mind that, irony of ironies, one of the things that originally got me that job was that I had previously held a TS security clearance.

So Uncle Sam yelling at a space contractor for not hiring the kind of people that Uncle Sam made my previous space contractor employer fire is a bit rich.

Amazon's latest directive: Report to the office 'cos we're watching you

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Those who are following the policy will see this email and react with "well, this doesn't apply to me."

I've never worked at Amazon, but I have at another "too big to do anything right" organization. Whenever I and my co-workers got a message like that and we had been complying with a disliked policy, our conclusion was often "oh, an admission that others don't comply and get away with it". Such messaging made us less, not more, likely to comply. Which is why Cliffwilliams44 is right: the way to deal with noncompliance is privately, not broadcasting that there's a compliance problem.

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