* Posts by ROC

96 posts • joined 22 Jan 2008


Is Google purposefully breaking Microsoft, Apple browsers on its websites? Some insiders are confident it is


Re: "OS/2 did run Windows 3 quite successfully"

How is it then, that I could not get W98 to run on PC's with 512MB, or more, of RAM? Seems that there was some special patch needed for that?


Re: Brittle software?

SeaMonkey allows the user to edit the current page (Ctrl-E), hence a local copy. I do that whenever one of the pop-over notices about using an ad blocker covers the page - Ctrl-E, close the original page, then peruse my copy without hindrance (and edit if I have reason to). Take it from there...

Oz opposition folds, agrees to give Australians coal in their stockings this Christmas


Re: It's not encrypted...

I just read of a recent case ruling determined that biometric keys such as fingerprints could be used to unlock a phone, but NOT passwords.


This is still being argued case-by-case (more for living suspects) in various US jurisdictions (state and national courts). it does seem to be more acceptable in cases of immediate aftermath of a crime with high likelihood of probable cause.

But then there is also the 4th Amendment protecting from "unreasonable" search/seizure of private papers, but that does allow "reasonable" (for a warrant), so that could be argued case-by-case as to what's reasonable I suppose.

HCL picks up Notes, spanks total of $1.8bn at Honest John's IBM software sale


Re: That's a lot of notes for Notes

"mutated" might be more apt...


Re: @Ken 16 - That would be cruelty

Well, a few years back, I found switching from older, but in-house LN, to remote Outlook to be even uglier.

Support whizz 'fixes' screeching laptop with a single click... by closing 'malware-y' browser tab



From the ladies directly, or the guys they were leaning towards losing track of what they were typing?


Well, AV software has been known to miss some baddies (zero-day, etc), and legitimate sites sometimes are compromised, so don't be too quick to blame a user when they may well have been following SOP....

Consultant misreads advice, ends up on a 200km journey to the Exchange expert


Re: Spoilers in Tech Docs!

Ah, but these days, the action is "tap" - as on touch screens.

Bright spark dev irons out light interference


Re: Spark plugs on not-so-old cars...

Depends on the labor required to change the plugs - some seem to have been designed to keep mechanics paid for lots of their time.


Re: Knife blocks

My wife pointed that out to me long ago when we got her first kitchen knife block. I always thought it safer to keep the sharp edges down, and not worry about any dulling that a bit of contact with wood could do (and sharpen as needed if such a silly thing could happen...).


Re: Kitchen knives

Yeah - might keep a few bits of finger out of the pot that way...

Macs to Linux fans: Stop right there, Penguinista scum, that's not macOS. Go on, git outta here


Re: "secure" boot is *EVIL*

The USofA does seem to be far behind with acid attacks from mopeds...

Official: IBM to gobble Red Hat for $34bn – yes, the enterprise Linux biz



Dunno about most of your points, but there is a big difference between Linus' well-documented vitriolic outbursts online, and the overblown mess of "she said"-"he said" disputed memories (35 years ago) of Ford and Kavanaugh. Linus is supposedly coming "back to work".



Shouldn't that be Red BM?


Oracle impact

Interesting to see how they continue, or not, with their RHEL-based Unbreakable Linux.


Re: Redhat employees - get out now

Nah. Wait to see if an expected bidding war develops to run up the value of their stock options. I got a chunk of RH stock for my IRA (Individual Retirement Account) back when it was $6 per share, and am looking forward to see how much more it runs up for a while - already jumped from 116 just before the deal was announced this past weekend to around 170+ most of this following week, so biding my time. Just wish I had put more of my IRA funds into it back then....


Not Just IBM Products Supported

I was supporting Oracle Application Server on Sun (then) Solaris servers when IBM (Global Services) laid me off 11 years ago, and they still kept a lot of such folks (along with WebLogic admins, and some of those in Brazil thought they could support OAS satisfactorily...) after that round. Their contract support would hire whatever skills the customer demanded. Dunno about now, but seems they still attempt to do something of that sort, if not so thoroughly...


Beach office meetings?

Ain't no beaches in Raleigh, NC (except at a few lakes, and they're not very big as I recall).

SQLite creator crucified after code of conduct warns devs to love God, and not kill, commit adultery, steal, curse...


CoC Updated

Maybe the CoC was updated since most of the foregoing discussion here the past 2-3 days, but it is now based on the Mozilla Community Participation Guidelines , and the original is identified as "more of a Code of Ethics of the Project Founder" - i.e. personal value system, and pretty much moot for this discussion:


They do have this "request" at the end of the "About" web page:

"We the developers hope that you find SQLite useful and we entreat you to use it well: to make good and beautiful products that are fast, reliable, and simple to use. Seek forgiveness for yourself as you forgive others. And just as you have received SQLite for free, so also freely give, paying the debt forward."

Note the use of the verb "entreat", which Merriam Webster defines in the primary explanation as "to plead with especially in order to persuade".

They ask "pretty please", and that's about it.


Or 100 million or so by Jihads (by one estimate)?

Haunted disk-drive? This story will give you the chills...


Green screens going snap, crackle, pop!

Reminds me of when I was managing the setup of a small college computing center in central Virginia. This was in the mid-80's, and the IT director had gone the "safe" route with an IBM 4341 "mainframe" running VM/SP to host a DOS/VSE CICS/ICCF Virtual Machine for admin "apps", and a MUSIC/SP VM (if anyone knows what that is, you get a Big Iron Trivia - "BIT" prize) for academic use.

I was officially the systems programmer, but did a lot of ancillary support, including various hardware support including setting up the student lab with Telex (or maybe Memorex?) green screen IBM 3278 CRT clones in a room built into a corner of the old gym. This "phase" was done in the middle of a typical steamy Virginian summer. The lab was set up pretty much like a standard classroom with the CRT's on individual computer workstation desks of the era in neat rows/columns.

We had also installed some high capacity window-mounted air conditioners (no central air in old small state college secondary gyms then), but in his typical ham-handed fashion, the IT director, doing a bit of token hands-on "leadership" decided the AC would be set to maximum coldness to offset the outside steaminess. Although I could not quite articulate a concrete objection, aside from the ergonomic issue of fingers getting too cold to type on the 3270-style keyboards, my mental alarms were clanging ....

After an hour or 2 of the big chill settling in, we saw the real issue when the room's door was opened long enough for the outside humidity to surge into the room: The condensation on the non-heated, plastic parts of the CRT's dripped into the electronics, and shorted out several of the units closest to the door - they were "sweating" like a cold glass of water. I immediately powered off all the units, and unplugged them, then set the AC to minimal coolness in hopes that would be a more reasonable balance of comfort for humans, and equipment. I believe I needed the Telex tech who came out with replacements to explain very clearly to the director why this happened to back me up in keeping it that way before turning the CRT's back on.

Does Google make hardware just so nobody buys it?


Re: It's simply the Google's hate for "personal" devices.

So that Samsung washer has not exploded during the spin cycle yet?


Decoding the Chinese Super Micro super spy-chip super-scandal: What do we know – and who is telling the truth?


All they need is to brush up on Minix....


MAGA angle indeed!

With all the known Chinese cyber attacks (siphoning data in all imaginable ways - IoT, routers, cell phone apps, etc), IP espionage, South China Sea aggrandizement, internal persecution, and external persecution of the likes of the Dalai Lama, they manage to demonize themselves quite well without external help.

If this is some "plot" to get more critical electronics manufacturing (consumer would be nice, too...) moved from their jurisdiction to about anywhere else in the world (not Russia of course, if they could even do it...), then I am all for it.


Re: 'None of the actors can be taken at face value

The report states that there was " one version" with the PCB-layered chip, not all.

That would make one wonder about the expertise, resources, and authority required to vary the modifications in such different ways, and why those differing techniques would be chosen among.


Re: One thing that apparently happened after this story was posted

Golly - Apple doesn't maintain a warrant canary?


Re: Anonymous coward

That is not how it works with regard to the 1st Amendment. It protects speech that is for political advocacy from government interference. However, national security orders (FISA?) for businesses would not be in that category. (The other side of that coin is how Twitter, Facebook, etc can get away with suppressing Alex Jones "speech - they are private entities).

Microsoft: OK, we have no phones, but look how much we love Android


Re: 3 Words - Don't be Evil?

That motto was officially dropped when Alphabet became the official parent of Google in 2015:


However, per the linked article they did replace it with a "positive" formulation for their code of conduct:


“Employees of Alphabet and its subsidiaries and controlled affiliates should do the right thing—follow the law, act honorably, and treat each other with respect,” the new code reads, noticeably dropping the famous motto.


Maybe a few things not covered leave some scope creep for "evil" such as being sneaky and obfuscating how user data are monetized, licensed, and shared?


MS Android Patents Revealed

As I mentioned earlier in this discussion, Barnes & Noble did hold off Microsoft's Android patent demands in 2011, and formed a joint venture with them as part of the ongoing efforts by MS to keep the patents secret. But then the venture was dissolved, and they parted ways about a year later, and, it seems, the patents remained secret then:


However, the patents were revealed by Chinese government regulators per this 2014 ZDnet article ( https://www.zdnet.com/article/310-microsoft-patents-used-in-android-licensing-agreements-revealed-by-chinese-gov/ ). The linked ArsTechnica article spells out many of the patents' disclosed, and that many were acquired from Nortel's portfolio via the MS participation in the Rockstar consortium that acquired a huge cache of patents with Nortel's bankruptcy liquidation:

"The company has never revealed the patents and fees centered within licensing deals, unless required to do so in the courtroom. However, documents posted on the Chinese Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM)’s website detail the full range of patents included within licensing agreements. As reported by Ars Technica, the patent lists were submitted as part of the Chinese government's review of the purchase of Nokia's handset division by Microsoft for $7.2 billion.

Chinese regulators approved the deal in April after examining whether Microsoft's licensing agreements could be used in an anti-competitive fashion, and whether Nokia might be tempted to ramp up the costs of licensing.

The patents, which are found on the Chinese language version of the website, include 73 standard-essential patents generally used in mobile technology, as well as 127 Android-implemented patents -- both developed by Microsoft and acquired by participating in the Rockstar Consortium. In addition, a number of non standard-essential patents were examined by Chinese regulators, including 68 patent applications and 42 issued patents."


Re: Point?

They probably see the other way around from their perspective ;-}


Re: Microsoft Android ®

Especially interesting to know how Barnes & Noble stood up to MS regarding its refusal to pay license fees for its Nook tablets such that MS avoided an open trial by settling with a joint ebook venture with B&N to keep them quiet (as I recall the gist of it).

Anyway, I thought some Chinese source with access to the licensing specifics for phones made there spilled the details as part of some Chinese governmental filing requirement?


Re: Surprised they don't make their own Android phones

After trying to get away from Google/Android about 3 years ago along with a cellular provider change (Verizon to AT&T), and going with Window Phone 8.1 on Lumia 640's for me and my wife, it seemed a good move. It was her 1st smartphone after years of feature phones, and I felt more comfortable getting her up to speed on that platform (for a lot less money, $50 for a Lumia 635 at first) than the Androids of my experience over the prior couple years. Her experience was so good, I decided to make the switch myself from Android to WP, and we both got 640's at that point (under $100 - good enough). The built-in MS Office-ish apps and others such as for photography, messaging, weather, and navigating (Waze and Here Maps/Go for me) were good enough, and reasonably well integrated at that point, and there were just enough other apps to satisfy our rather basic needs/wants.

Then WP 10 came along, and it seemed to be disintegrating as it went along "upgrading" from WP 8.1 (in my testing - kept wife on 8.1), and never did get up to the usability of WP 8.1. So this year, after I got back on Android, then I got my wife switched over, and it has been a bit rough for her, but she is settling in with it. LG's mid-range phones for under $100 seem to do the job, and the MS android apps have eased the transition, but they just don't seem to work quite as well as the native version on WP 8.1 did. I am still dabbling with a Lumia 950 to see if it ever gets it together.

Oh well, hoping Purism next year will give a better option for me at least - my wife does NOT handle techno change well at all. Just hoping Android updates don't become a bigger challenge for her than Purism would be...

Attempt to clean up tech area has shocking effect on kit


Re: Cleaners and lights

Nah. Missed it last time...


Re: C

So most Oregonians never travel through other states where they have to refuel? That explains a lot...

Security bods: Android system broadcasts enable user tracking


Re: Your wi fi should be off by default

Isn't this issue all about wifi info leaking, to compromise networks used by the targeted user, not the location of the user?

Interestingly,it appears the enabling app has been available, with no updates, for almost 6 years, so that makes me wonder a bit why it has taken so long to be highlighted as a risk just now.

Sysadmin trained his offshore replacements, sat back, watched ex-employer's world burn


Re: Not in IT... Legacy Skills

"Legacy skills/software" has increasingly come to mean that it is older than the young techies who are taking the jobs away from the older ones who grew old with the skill/software. It will only get worse...

IBM memo to staff: Our CEO Ginni is visiting so please 'act normally!'


Re: Desks should be clear anyway,...

Yep, same company, same policy ding a while before I got laid off so my work could be done by bozos in Brazil with no training in the product I had been supporting (non-IBM per Global Services customer requirements).

When my crying manager told me of the layoff (figuring she would be next I think) on the phone from 2000 miles away, my reaction was "Free at last!" (nice layoff package 11 years ago, that is not offered any more helped...). Two tears after I took my skills back to my employer previous to IBM, I learned from that former boss (still at IBM) that the US-based customer was fed up with "communications" issues, and had the work brought back to the US to be supported by a guy I had mentored - ha!

Anyway, IBM's downward spiral still seems to be descending per ongoing chronicling by "Robert X. Cringely" (actually Mark Stephens) - look for his writings on that slow motion suicide ( https://www.cringely.com/ )


Re: "Act normally! Ginni and the team are here to see what Austin is really like."

Yeah - what about the last few rounds of layoffs, or did they escape them somehow? Oh, right marketing is more essential than what IS marketed...


Re: "Act normally! Ginni and the team are here to see what Austin is really like."

Damn! No OS/2 or "VM Bigot" stickers?


but do keep it zipped!

Developer’s code worked, but not in the right century


Re: timestamp is a date format

Full story here:


Looks plausible, but read yourself, and decide ;-}


Re: No standard for epochs - @katrinab

Probably some industrial process controller running on 80386 Xenix (assuming 16-bit architecture already fell over (if anyone noticed ....)

Microsoft Edge bug odyssey shows why we can't have nice things


Re: Depressing - more depressing re IE, or not?

The big hoorah is about Edge support, but what about IE?

Stats shown on Wikipedia reporting as of May, 2018 show IE still is used far more than Edge (presumably on Win 7, and earlier, plus those stubborn enough to switch the default on Win 8.x/10).

Seems it would be even more relevant than updates for Edge,

Is Microsoft about to git-merge with GitHub? Rumors suggest: Yes


Re: And Google is just as bad

IBM has not ceased screwing us up for decades. Just search for articles (and a book) by Robert X Cringely (aka Mark Stephens) over the last 11 years or so. As he wrote in his latest annual predictions column (fun stuff: https://www.cringely.com/2018/02/23/predictions-8-10-apple-ibm-zuckerber/ ):

"A recently-departed IBM sales guy told me the other day “you know they really hate you.” And it’s true. They hate me for my eleven years of reporting bad executive decisions and poor planning ever since I discovered in a hotel bar in Rochester, MN back in 2007 that IBM employees hated their company. I’ve probably cost IBM millions over that period but IBM management cost the company tens of billions over the same time. Hating must be easier than actually listening. "

In fact 2007 is when I was included with the thousands of IBM employees laid off that started Cringely on that crusade (actually, after 6.5 years, my feeling was "Free at last!"). Many of us were tageted for being over 50, having participated in a US labor law overtime violation settlement, and/or being paid more than non-US workers with the same nominal job skills/functions (Oracle Applications Server web admin in my case - replaced by Brazilian WebLogic admins, and the client, fed up with incompetence and "communications problems", demanded the support be brought back to the US 2 years later, which was taken on by a guy I mentored - I was happy where I landed, and retired from there 3 years ago with a layoff package to boot ;-} ).


Re: Slurp the Clueless

More like one of the Ango-Saxon "kings" who thought he could cut a deal with the Vikings... yeah, right!


Re: the survey only listed Disney as a viable acquirer. How about AOL?

So you're ok with Verizon owning Github through its AOL subsidiary? That's how it would be...

You love Systemd – you just don't know it yet, wink Red Hat bods


Alternate translation:

The beatings will continue until morale improves.


You should consider that you just might have a lot less to change as compared to those who have been running Linux systems a lot longer than you have, and therefore have more "legacy" applications that are depended upon than a newbie would. Your pains will come with "maturity"...


Re: Anchovy pasta ?

Not to be seen as supporting Systemd, but the kernel version on my Android 7 phone is 3.18.31 (Anyone know what version Android 8 is generally at?), and I am under the impression that Google has a much different approach overall as to how they fit all the Android OS pieces together due to phone architectural/operational needs (not to mention their "intrusion requirements")?

Leave it to Beaver: Unity is long gone and you're on your GNOME


Re: On the face of it

You are missing the point that "habit" is more efficient for those of us settled into it. We don't have to waste time/thought on task-distracting mechanics of how to perform basic mouse and screen management for the sake of the latest "efficiency" fad. Frequent UI change is anathema to people who want to focus on what they are doing without wasting time and effort on the how, once they have found that which "just works".

If you can start off with something so wonderfully efficient, or change over to it, more power to you (literally!), but for me, if ain't broke, don't "fix" it.

To each their own.


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