* Posts by IGnatius T Foobar

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.Science and .study: Domains of the bookish? More like domains of the JERKS!

IGnatius T Foobar
Unhappy

Block all email from vanity TLD's

Spam got so bad that I ended up just blocking all email from vanity TLD's.

blacklist_from *.info

blacklist_from *.work

blacklist_from *.ninja

blacklist_from *.science

blacklist_from *.rocks

blacklist_from *.space

blacklist_from *.top

blacklist_from *.win

blacklist_from *.stream

blacklist_from *.website

blacklist_from *.bid

blacklist_from *.download

blacklist_from *.today

blacklist_from *.date

blacklist_from *.trade

blacklist_from *.party

blacklist_from *.webcam

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Sorry Google, it's boring old workloads that are pumping up AWS and Azure, not sexy AI

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Meh

Amazonopoly

Amazon is becoming a monopoly and should be broken up.

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Robot lands a 737 by hand, on a dare from DARPA

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FAIL

rubbish

Was the "robot" flying the plane without instruments or was it just tracking the airport's localizer? The latter is unimpressive and the airplane can already do that by itself.

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DeX Station: Samsung's Windows-killer is ready for prime time

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Linux

This will usher in...

...the year of Linux on the desktop!

Seriously though, this could be a big deal if it's done right and has enough takeup. As a home office dweller I would love to have nothing but a phone (and its monitors and keyboard) on my desk. Everything I do is already running from our servers anyway.

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All that free music on YouTube is good for you, Google tells music biz

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Megaphone

Hey, record companies!

Hey, record companies, listen up:

We will NEVER return to the days of paying 20 quid for an album full of mostly crap.

The genie is out of the bottle. Find a way to work with music listeners or we will continue finding ways around you. And eventually you will be obsolete.

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IBM: Remote working is great! ... For everyone except us

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India Business Machines?

Didn't they used to be a tech company or something?

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Rich professionals could be replaced by AI, shrieks Gartner

IGnatius T Foobar
Facepalm

Gartner makes boatloads on CYA

The only thing Gartner has *ever* done, for many decades now, is to issue papers which basically state that current trends will continue. Pointy haired execs pay megabucks for these statements, because they use them as CYA material to back up their (often poor) decision making

Nice work if you can get it, but let's face it: what Gartner does can basically be replaced by a simple shell script.

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Facebook is abusive. It's time to divorce it

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Alert

Kill facebook. Just do it.

Facebook is one of those once-in-a-generation mega monsters that is an existential threat to everything except itself. Forget the vapid "friends" you have there. Just kill your facebook in one fell swoop. Don't "suspend" your account either. Follow the full procedure to delete it. Then, install the "Facebook Blocker" extension on your browser, so they can't keep a profile on you anyway through those wretched "like" buttons on every web site.

Facebook is a cancer on the Internet and it must be eradicated.

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Post Unity 8 Ubuntu shock? Relax, Linux has been here before

IGnatius T Foobar
Linux

KDE looks like a desktop

I just installed the latest Ku-buntu and am really enjoying it. While the Unity/GNOME/Mac/Windows crowd are trying as hard as they can to build desktops that work like phones or tablets, venerable old KDE seems content to keep having a desktop that works like a desktop. KDE had gone off the too-much-chrome deep end for a while, but they now seem to have dialed it back to a usable level. And it's usable now. I plugged in disks that were formatted with NTFS or UDF and the file manager just appeared on the desktop, no fuss, no muss. I dropped the laptop into my dock (which it shares with a 'doze machine) and it immediately detected my second monitor, hardwired network connection, etc. and "just worked."

Linux may be a minority player on the traditional desktop but it's not because of any problems with it. It just never got the momentum, kind of like no one (even Microsoft!) can seem to penetrate the Android/iOS mobile hegemony. But I've even made peace with that, because Linux has utterly *dominated* everywhere else. Enjoy!

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IGnatius T Foobar
Linux

Linux desktops are where the technology is born.

Linux desktops may not be a money maker but that's where most of the Linux technology is "born" -- it comes out of the community of people running Linux desktops. Starve the desktop and you starve Linux in general.

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Today's bonkers bug report: Microsoft Edge can't print numbers

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Windows

Recount!

Not to worry! Jill Stein will be arriving soon to demand recounts of the bullet points.

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Always late to the party, IBM reveals itself to be NVMe fanboy

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IT Angle

India Business Machines?

India Business Machines? Didn't they used to be a technology company or something?

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Best be Nimble, best be quick. You're out of a job at HPE – and that's sh*t

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FAIL

HPE fail

Nimble storage is really good, but if HP"E" does to it what they did to 3PAR... oy.

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Apache OpenOffice: Not dead yet, you'll just have to wait until mid-May for mystery security fixes

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LibreOffice 365

Develop the code to run LibreOffice (or even OpenOffice, merge the damn projects already) and simply publish it to the world. Now everyone can run an online office suite on their own servers, or on any of the thousands of providers that will inevitably appear. The benefits of online without the lock-in.

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Google's 'adblocker' is all about taking back control

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Megaphone

Ad blockers? More == better.

Google is welcome to create an ad blocker, and I will be happy to use it. I will also keep AdBlock Plus, plus several more extensions that I have installed to specifically block the most intrusive sites: Taboola, ZergNet, and Facebook.

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Amid all the fanfare and cheerleading, Amazon's AWS growth is slowing

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Stop

Amazonopoly

Amazon is becoming quite a dangerous monopoly in both technology and retail. Make no mistake, the ultimate goal of Jeff Bezos is for him to be the only person in the entire world who has a job. He must be stopped.

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Adieu pour toujours! VMware flogs vCloud Air hosting biz to OVH

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Thumb Up

Win.

This is a win. VMware should not be selling software to cloud providers and competing with them at the same time.

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Stop us if you've heard this one before: IBM sheds more workers – this time, tech sales

IGnatius T Foobar

India Business Machines?

India Business Machines? They still do something in the western world?

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Robo-AI jobs doomsday may, er... not actually happen, say boffins

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Balance?

It would seem that if automation is capable of driving down the demand for human workers, it will also drive down wages, in which case it will often make economic sense to hire humans. Not the best possible outcome, but not the worst, either. On the other hand, Jeff Bezos is trying very hard to create a world in which he is the only one who has a job. I hope he dies.

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Microsoft cloud TITSUP: Skype, Outlook, Xbox, OneDrive, Hotmail down

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FAIL

Microsoft FAIL

'nuff said :)

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Spammy Google Home spouts audio ads without warning – now throw yours in the trash

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FAIL

Show stopper

Wow ... I officially don't want one now.

The only way I would accept advertisements on this piece of hardware would be if they gave the device to me for free.

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Top cop: Strap Wi-Fi jammers to teen web crims as punishment

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Thumb Up

I like it.

Rendering a teenager unable to access Facebook will produce an *outstandingly* well-socialized adult.

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Oh happy day! Linus Torvalds has given the world Linux 4.10

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Re: -0.8

Actually, in the 21st Century world of rapid releases and agile development, the whole idea of having major/minor release numbering is broken.

Just axe the decimal point completely. Make it version 4009 and version 4010 and just start sequencing up by integers. Software releases are not like movie debuts anymore.

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IBM's Marissa Mayer moment: Staff ordered to work in one of 6 main offices – or face the axe

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FAIL

Last gasp of a dinosaur

These are the dying gasps of a dinosaur. By consolidating into a few main offices they will be able to fire everyone next year and replace productive workers with cheap H1B's ... but it won't help.

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US Congress asks FCC to snuff out Google's TV landgrab

IGnatius T Foobar

It's all about the forced bundling.

It's all about the forced bundling. The networks force the cable companies to take bundles of channels (which is why they all include ESPN at $8/month) and the cable companies force consumers to pay for a set top box on every television. None of the entrenched players want it to change, and ALL of the consumers want it to change.

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Is! Yahoo! dead?! Why! web! biz! will! rename! to! Altaba! – the! truth!

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Ya who?

Didn't they used to be a web site or something? Why does the phone company want that?

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Fake History Alert: Sorry BBC, but Apple really did invent the iPhone

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statism at its propagandic best

Sounds suspiciously like Barack Osama's famous "you didn't build that" speech. Pfooey.

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Peace comes to troubled embedded-Linux-for-routers community

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And next...

We remain optimistic that Solaris and AIX will merge next.

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We've been Trumped! China's Alibaba is a 'notorious' knock-offs souk, says US watchdog

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Alibaba, Amazon, no difference

There is no difference between Alibaba and Amazon. Both are run by ultra left wing lunatics who hate Western civilization.

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Woman rescues red pepper Donald Trump from vegetarian chilli

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Doesn't look like him

That pepper really doesn't look like Donald Trump at all, unless one has a very twisted idea of what Donald Trump looks like. I'm thinking that maybe y'all should just chill.

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Is that your television? Or a zero client running a virtual desktop?

IGnatius T Foobar

Re: Software (Blast)

Nearly every device built today has H.264 hardware decoding

So ... the smart money would be on delivering the remote desktop as an H.264 stream.

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Linux 4.8 gets rc8

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Linux/Linux

Happy to see that there is an upcoming release of the Linux kernel, which is an important part of the Linux operating system.

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Forgive me, father, for I have used an ad-blocker on news websites...

IGnatius T Foobar
Linux

Don't whitelist sites... whitelist ad providers

Don't whitelist sites ... whitelist the ad providers who deal in static, non-blinky, non-obnoxious ads. This encourages site publishers to use those ad providers.

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Sorry Nanny, e-cigs have 'no serious side-effects' – researchers

IGnatius T Foobar
Childcatcher

Looking for an excuse to regulate (tax) them

All this hullabaloo about e-cigs should make the obvious clear: governments are looking for an excuse to regulate e-cigs because they want to tax them like tobacco. That's the beginning and end of it.

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Nvidia: Eight bits ought to be enough for anybody ... doing AI

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Happy

8-bit FTW

The truth is, most of the people reading and commenting aren't all that interested in neural networks, but we'd love to spend some time waxing nostalgic about the days of 8-bit computers.

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Pope meets Zuckerberg

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globalists

Pope Francis and Mark Zuckerberg -- two non-Christians conspiring to make the globalist cabal even more powerful.

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Rolls-Royce reckons robot cargo ships are the future of the seas

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Better solution

Instead of trying to reduce the cost of freight, how about everyone starts producing more goods domestically so we don't need as many cargo ships. I don't like the direction we're going.

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Windows 10 Anniversary Update is borking boxen everywhere

IGnatius T Foobar
Linux

This is the Windows with Linux in it

I installed this one because it's got the "Windows Subsystem for Linux" that lets you run most of Ubuntu Linux inside a window (and by the way, if you run it inside MobaXterm instead of Microsoft's crappy terminal window, you get a usable terminal and the ability to run X11 programs). As much as I'd rather be on a native Linux OS, this beats having to run virtual machines to get both environments up and running on the same screen.

Of course, with the Linux userland running on Windows pretending to be a Linux kernel, I'm sure Richard Stallman will have an autistic tantrum until we start calling it "GNU/Windows."

As for the installer breaking my computer ... I had to disconnect my external monitor and most USB peripherals before the installer would stop locking up.

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Looking good, Gnome: Digesting the Delhi in our belly

IGnatius T Foobar
Linux

Remember how Nautilus was born?

Nautilus needed to be stripped and rebuilt anyway. It had too much "framework." Does anyone even remember how Nautilus came into existence? It was written by a startup called Eazel which came into existence during the dot com boom, and they had this "wonderful" plan that they were going to sell add-on services on top of Nautilus. When the dot coms all went bust, Eazel faded into the night and we were left with the hulking colossus of Nautilus. And all we really wanted was a file manager. It's ok to strip it down and focus on the core functionality that a file manager needs to have.

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Now Google backs everyone's favorite trade pact: The TPP

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Megaphone

TPP is BAD and there's only one solution

TPP is universally bad; it totally eviscerates the US economy except for a few billionaires like the folks who own Google. There's only one fix: vote for Donald Trump, outspoken opponent of the TPP and globalism in general.

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Brexit threatens Cornish pasty's racial purity

IGnatius T Foobar
Holmes

Trademarks?

Wouldn't a good set of trademarks serve this function better than trying to let international borders figure into it?

Anyway ... thousands of miles away here in the US, my oven quite often churns out a Cornish Pasty or two, and I've never even thought to check with some foreign registry.

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Verizon! to! bid! $3bn! for! Yahoo!'s assets!

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Ya who?

Didn't they used to be a web site or something?

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Capitalize 'Internet'? AP says no – Vint Cerf says yes

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Happy

Very simple

Very simple; I learned this 25 years ago.

An "internet" is multiple networks linked together by routers.

The "Internet" is the global public network.

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TeamViewer beefs up account security after rash of PC, Mac hijacks

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FAIL

Not TeamViewer's fault

If someone uses the same password to unlock TeamViewer as they're using on public web sites like Reddit ... frankly, they deserve to have their computer broken into. This isn't TeamViewer's fault.

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US work visas for international tech talent? 'If Donald Trump is elected all bets are off'

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Here in the US, the big companies that use H1B workers aren't looking to fill positions that they can't fill with domestic talent. They're using it to get indentured servants who will work for a fraction of the cost.

Trump is looking to put a stop to that, and good for him. American jobs need to be filled by American citizens. Unless the unemployment rate is ZERO, the H1B cap should be ZERO.

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Smartwatches: I hate to say ‘I told you so’. But I told you so.

IGnatius T Foobar

Someone read too many Dick Tracy comics and thought a "2-way wrist computer" was a good idea. Evidently they didn't see the billions of people *not* having any trouble pulling their smartphones out of their pockets to check the time, read notifications or whatever.

The only people I see wearing smart-watches are the ones who buy every new gadget -- and even they don't keep wearing them for very long.

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The Windows Phone story: From hope to dusty abandonware

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FAIL

Windows Phone FAIL

No one wants a Windows Phone. No one has ever wanted a Windows Phone. Microsoft, please discontinue this product and give yourselves a renewed focus on making the deskop function like a desktop, not like an overgrown phone.

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Former Sun CEO Scott McNealy has data on 1/14th of humanity

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Pint

We're getting there, Scott.

Thin clients are still a great idea and we ARE slowly getting there. Sun's idea of a thin client failed because it required the entire universe to be rewritten in Java. But now we're getting there a bit faster because the entire universe *is* being rewritten in HTML5 and JavaScript. There's also remote desktops for everything else, with that client being written in HTML5 and JavaScript too. It's taking a while, because it took the ubiquity of mobile devices and cheap broadband to unseat the ubiquity of Win32 and x86.

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Your next server will be a box full of connected stuff, not a server

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FAIL

Predictable

Floggers of some new technology predict that the mainstream will pivot towards their new technology.

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Adpocalypse 'will wipe out display ad growth' by 2020

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FAIL

Ad-supported sites FAIL

Imagine if the zillions of ad-supported sites actually had to deliver content worth paying for. Oh my!

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