* Posts by Lomax

143 posts • joined 31 Mar 2009


Open sourcerers drop sick Fedora Remix to get Windows Subsystem for Linux pumping

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Re: Linux is moving on the desktop.

They (Adobe) also seem to have successfully infiltrated "The Gimp"'s devteam. How else can you explain its shockingly poor usability compared to PS - after *decades* of development?


Re: Linux is moving on the desktop.

Interesting read, thank you!

> Arm is where it is at

Definitely! And M$ will struggle as a consequence.

Google Play Store spews malware onto 9 million 'Droids


Re: Open an unknown PDF?

> they all have (differing) security problems

Evince seems pretty bulletproof: https://security-tracker.debian.org/tracker/source-package/evince

The D in SystemD stands for Dammmit... Security holes found in much-adored Linux toolkit


Re: what?

4) Everything is a (text) file

5) Store data as plaintext

6) Every program is a filter

7) Use the power of shell scripts

PoetteringOS != Linux

Before dipping a toe in the new ThinkPad high-end, make sure your desk is compatible


Re: Why does a large touchpad serve no purpose?

> Use whatever floats your boat.

I would love to, but unfortunately Lenovo are working hard to eliminate that option. I will blame people like you when they finally ditch the TrackPoint altogether, Mr Mouse on a Pant Leg.

New rule: anyone who wants to call themselves a ThinkPad user has to first learn to get along with the TrackPoint. Can't do it? Lucky for you there are plenty of other brands available. Now piss off.


Re: what lunatic decided to switch the Fn and Ctrl keys

OMFG, I didn't even spot that. What the hell is wrong with these people? Or are they just trolling us?


Re: Why does a large touchpad serve no purpose?

I can only assume that you are not a ThinkPad user. Any long time TP user would know that the machine is already equipped with a far superior pointing device: the little red TrackPoint that nestles between the keys, right where your finger rests when your hands are in the typing position. It is a major selling point to us. Why on earth would I want to use a sluggish, imprecise touchpad which necessitates shifting my hands away from the typing position just to move the mouse pointer!? Why on earth would I put up with having a huge surface right under my thumbs the only purpose of which seems to be to teleport the cursor around as I type, and randomly click on things? Why on earth would I sacrifice vital keyboard space in a subnotebook in order to equip it with one of these stupid and evil contraptions? The ThinkPad is supposed to be a machine for people who do actual work on their computers - everyone else already has plenty of choices! I am a computer programmer, which means I actually use all those funny looking keys with letters and shit on them. A lot. I need a portable computer that i can work on - this is not it.

> all the cool stuff


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Trying too hard to be like everyone else; huge touchpads that serve no function whatsoever. Flat top chicklet keyboard which impedes typing. Page Up/Down keys in the wrong position. No ThinkLight. Obsessively thin chassis. This is not a Thinkpad, it's a Macbook Air in black :(

A new Raspberry Pi takes a bow with all of the speed but less of the RAM


Re: 3 cameras

You might be interested in the IV Port from Ivmech - pricey, but lets you multiplex four cameras on the Pi's CSI port. You can even stack four of them together, for a total of 16 camera inputs...


Google logins make JavaScript mandatory, Huawei China spy shock, Mac malware, Iran gets new Stuxnet, and more


Re: Gmail alternatives

> it is a free service

Then you are the product.

Yale Security Fail: 'Unexpected load' caused systems to crash, whacked our Smart Living Home app

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A web where the user has complete control of their data? Sounds Solid, Tim Berners-Lee


Re: Just...

I used Allaire Homesite, before Macromedia ruined it. Great editor.


Re: Great. And he built it on Google's Chrome Javascript engine...



Buried in the hype, one little detail: Amazon's Alexa-on-a-chip could steal smart home market

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Re: 'I won't have it in my house'

> "America has had this for decades."

No, they really haven't - the Chinese system is in a whole different league (as befits the world's preeminent slave labour camp). From Wikipedia:

"Once implemented the system will manage the rewards, or punishments, of citizens on the basis of their economic and personal behavior. Some types of punishments include: flight ban, exclusion from private schools, slow internet connection, exclusion from high prestige work, exclusion from hotels, and registration on a public blacklist."

Euro bureaucrats tie up .eu in red tape to stop Brexit Brits snatching back their web domains


Re: Thank you, Boris …

Just saw this:

"Conservatives had whipped their 19 MEPs to vote against the motion to censure Hungary, with only one defying the order."


Who did you say failed to stand up to Orban? Maybe you should look a little closer to home...


Re: Excellent Idea

I've got a whole box of forks for you if you want to continue stabbing yourself in the face after that one's gone blunt.


Re: Thank you, Boris …

> "happily goes along with the governments of Poland and Hungary sacking judges, suppressing free speech, and, implementing blatantly racist immigration controls contrary to the EUs own rules."


EU parliament votes to punish Hungary over 'breaches' of core values

The European Parliament has voted to pursue unprecedented disciplinary action against Hungary over alleged breaches of the EU's core values.

Prime Minister Viktor Orban's government has been accused of attacks on the media, minorities, and the rule of law - charges which he denies.


Generally Disclosing Pretty Rapidly: GDPR strapped a jet engine on hacked British Airways

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> "the answer is Article 33 of Europe's GDPR, under which cyber-break-ins involving personal data must be reported within 72 hours. Security breaches are now understood as having their own lifecycle."

Thank you to everyone involved in making this happen. A bit late, perhaps, but better late than never.

UK getting ready to go it alone on Galileo


Re: Is their hardware history better or worse than their software history?

> We had great, innovative British industry even after we joined the EU. Sinclair, Acorn, Apricot, Inmos, even Rover, Jaguar, Aston Martin, Reliant and more besides.

You did mention Acorn, but I think ARM really deserves separate mention; perhaps the single most successful (civilian) (tech) company in (post-colonial) UK history. Still ruling the (electromagnetic) waves today, though sadly now under foreign (convenience) flag.

My preferred parallel univerb is any one where ARM - and not Microchip - bought Atmel.

Google risks mega-fine in EU over location 'stalking'


Re: "It's been quite clear for some time that funding development"

I'm not in the least bit confused, and I certainly didn't intend to make any claim about which concept had primacy. But your "chicken before egg" assertion does nothing to change the conclusion - that advertising funded operating systems are bad for the consumer, and bad for society, having as they do an almost unlimited ability to farm its users, and all of the incentives to do so. That the obscene profits generated from such anti-consumer practices have made a handful of companies wealthy enough to challenge the power of most nation states only adds to the depressing outlook - if we fail to act while we still have the upper hand we risk becoming locked into a corporatocratic future that would put Orwell (and Gibson) to shame.

Some might say this has already happened, but I have hope that if we keep calm and work together we still have the collective strength to defend the basic principles of open society, and our shared ideals. The European Union increasingly looks like the single most effective such effort, a solitary voice of reason in the epic storm of insanity that has befallen us - particularly now that the United States appears to have lost sight of the values of its founders.


Re: Confusopoly

Flat screen TVs is one product that springs to mind as having deliberately obtuse model numbers, making it virtually impossible to conclude an informed purchase. For example, a (very) quick look turned up the following list of 43" TVs from Samsung (other manufacturers may be even worse):



























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Google can only be fixed by being broken (up)

It's been quite clear for some time that funding development of the world's dominant mobile OS with advertising revenue will always lead to unacceptable levels of user surveillance and privacy intrusion. No regulation or fine can quell their desire to cheat, lie, and circumvent as long as this unholy alliance exists. Google needs be broken up, with Android becoming a separate entity funded by license fees, (whether from handset makers, operators or consumers is egal) - or be forced into the public domain. Anti-trust legislation must be brought to bear on the Big Brother in our pockets, swiftly and comprehensively. It is not an exaggeration to say that the survival of free and open society depends on it.

Another German state plans switch back from Linux to Windows


Re: "They dont have some sort of electronic calendar?"

> "It's the integration. Exchange will manage the booking, people/resource availability, notifications, rescheduling, delegation, mobile device support, etc. etc."

Which of these are not supported by CalDav/CardDav/GroupDav? All open standards and widely supported across platforms. https://tools.ietf.org/html/rfc6638

FWIW, our company recently switched from a self hosted groupware solution to KolabNow - now six months without a hitch, and our ops team able to devote their time to the infrastructure that makes money. With a mix of Windows, Mac and Linux desktops, laptops and servers, it's nice to have a truly cross-platform solution. Some people use Outlook, some Thunderbird, some use the Kolab web UI. I use it with my SailfishOS mobile and Evolution Mail on Linux and love it so far. YMMV.

Facebook's React Native web tech not loved by native mobile devs



"the lure of a cross-platform option" - cross platform for Apple & Google serfs perhaps, but not for the rest of us. The web was conceived to be a true cross platform solution - usable even by the blind if coded correctly. "Native apps" is just a way to trick people into leaking more personal data than the given use-case calls for.

Meanwhile, facebook's shares have plummeted 20%, shrinking their cap by a headache inducing $120bn - the largest such drop in corporate world history. Perhaps worth a mention, el Reg?

And with poetic timing this coincides with the release of the false and misleading "Vote Leave" ads run on the shite by AIQ, including some rather sneaky phising methods. Perhaps worth a mention, el Reg?

Or are you just bored talking about them?

Swan dive: Intel shares dip under interim CEO Bob as 10nm processor woes worry Wall Street



And facebook's shares have plummeted 20%, shrinking their cap by a headache inducing $120bn - the largest such drop in corporate world history. Perhaps worth a mention, el Reg?

And with poetic timing this coincides with the release of the false and misleading "Vote Leave" ads run on the site by AIQ, including some rather sneaky phising methods. Perhaps worth a mention, el Reg?

Or are you just bored talking about them?

Official: The shape of the smartphone is changing forever


Peak phone

Was reached with the Nokia N9.

EU plans for domestic exascale supercomputer chips: A RISC-y business



> "involves 23 partner organisations with ATOS and the Barcelona Supercomputing Centre (BSC) in the driving seats."

That bodes well...


A fine vintage: Wine has run Microsoft Solitaire on Linux for 25 years


2008 was "The Year of the Linux Desktop" for me. Ten years later my only regret is not having changed sides earlier. I pity those poor sods who are still battling with Redmond's crapware.

P.S. I don't even use Wine.

Pi-lovers? There are two fresh OSes for your tiny computers to gobble



Let's not forget Devuan:

"Ready-to-use images can be downloaded for a number of ARM platforms and SOCs, including Raspberry Pi, BeagleBone, OrangePi, BananaPi, OLinuXino, Cubieboard, Nokia and Motorola mobile phones, and several Chromebooks, as well as for Virtualbox/QEMU/Vagrant."


For those who don't know, Devuan is a Debian fork without the systemd dependency.

Startup bank Monzo: We warned Ticketmaster months ago of site fraud

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Couldn't have happened to a nicer company

Had an atrociusly bad experience trying to gift a ticket to a mate via the TM website a few weeks ago - ended up having to demand a refund, which they sat on for a week, and getting the tix straight from the venue's own site. My blood pressure has since returned to safe levels, but the day I spent trying to get the ticket booked is lost forever. The TM site sucks rotten eggs and customer support is typical for a company of this type (somewhere between Kafka and Dostoyevsky). What is it with modern day capitalism and the proliferation of useless monopolies - I distinctly remember being told that privatisation, and globalisation, would eliminate these?

Also, I take it this means I have to now go through the tortuous rigmarole of getting my Visa card replaced?

A slick phone Linux for your pocket PDA? Ooh, don't mind if I do, sir

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Re: I wonder if they kept all the good stuff from Maemo

You can also ssh in of course, as I do with my Jolla phone (also for file transfers). Root is at your fingertip, and packages are managed with pkcon (PackageKit). Sailfish is a mature and full-featured Linux distro with a Qt based UI, reminiscent of (and inspired by) Nokia's brilliant MeeGo phone OS (Maemo 6). Anyone with more than a passing interest in Linux and open-source software ought to give it a try.

Devuan ships second stable cut of its systemd-free Linux



Already running a few instances, and Devuan has proven to be smooth and reliable. Run it with Xfce on my main laptop and love the simplicity and low overhead of a system free from systemd/pulseaudio/etc. Congratulations to all Devuan devs on reaching this milestone - I'm sure uptake will only increase as more and more people realise how clunky and monolithic systemd is, and how big a threat it poses to the fundamental concepts behind Linux. I for one have opted to put my money where my mouth is, and sent them a small donation - have a beer on me guys!

Microsoft commits: We're buying GitHub for $7.5 beeeeeeellion


Re: Opposite of Midas touch

And at one point they had 95% of the browser market. Not that I miss Internet Explorer (or whatever stupid name their marketing dept has rebranded it as in their latest vain attempt at remaining relevant) and it's stubbornly non-standard take on every goddam element - even on fundamental things like box-model and flow. I see it's down to 10% now. Good riddance IMO, but shockingly poor from a business perspective.

Edit: And yeah, don't get me started on Nokia / WP :o


Subvert the Borg

Am I the only one still happily using self-hosted Subversion repos, sometimes even for non-code content?

'Facebook takes data from my phone – but I don't have an account!'


Re: Adventures in a NEW Android 6 Phone

Unlike: https://jolla.com

Sailfish v3 has been announced, to be released Q3 2018.

UK's Royal Navy accepts missile-blasting missile as Gulf clouds gather


Re: What the hell are they burning


There will be blood: BT to axe 13,000 employees


Re: No people skills whatsovever

It's the Asshole Effect in action:


Europe dumps 300,000 UK-owned .EU domains into the Brexit bin


Re: Plenty of venom still

@MonkeyCee: I feel your pain; not much fun being an EU citizen living in the UK either, which I've done for the last 20 years. I have two businesses registered here too, and own multiple .co.uk domains. Despite repeated promises from the UK govt conditions a year from now remain opaque. Consequently I have no choice but to make plans for leaving. At least I'll still have access to the remaining 27.

Fleeing Facebook app users realise what they agreed to in apps years ago – total slurpage


Painful lessons

Makes me think of the endless number of meetings I've had over the years with various clients, where I've argued that a mobile optimised, or "responsive" web service, would be a better option than dedicated "apps", only to be told that "everyone else has an app", or "most users prefer apps" - usually by some marketing bod with little or no technical knowledge. I suspect "most users" would be perfectly happy with a mobile website if they understood the different security models and their privacy implications. Well, maybe now they're beginning to!

Recording Industry Ass. says vinyl and CD sales beat digital downloads


Re: "Comprising 47 per cent of the total market."

> "You're going to get some FLAC for that..."

Have a beer!

Brexit in spaaaace! At T-1 year and counting: UK politicos ponder impact


Re: Brexit is the end of UK science as we know it

@Sam Haine: Fitting name.


Re: Meh

@codejunky: I mean the ideology which refers to government funding as "spaffing money".


Re: Funny that there's no mention of...


> 12 July 2016

> The UK’s Farnborough airshow today saw ESA’s commitment to the next step in developing a revolutionary air-breathing rocket engine that could begin test firings in about four years.

> ESA is investing €10 million in SABRE, joining £50 million from the UK Space Agency. Since 2008, ESA has played an important technical management role.

> In 2010, ESA independently reviewed SABRE’s viability, opening the way to UK government investment.

> Back in 2012, ESA oversaw the testing of a key element – the precooler that chills the hot airstream entering the engine at hypersonic speed. To render the air usable by the engine as oxidiser it needs to be cooled from 1000°C to –150°C in just a hundredth of a second – at the same time as avoiding the formation of potentially dangerous ice.

> A number of research and development projects followed through ESA, helping to demonstrate the feasibility of other elements, such as the novel rocket nozzles, air intake design and thrust chamber cooling. ESA also helped to refine the overall SABRE design, looking at how it could be manufactured.

> Today saw the contract signing by Franco Ongaro, ESA’s Director of Technical and Quality Management, and Mark Thomas, Chief Executive Officer of Reaction Engines Ltd, to commit the next stage of ESA funding towards SABRE.



Re: Meh

@codejunky: You are blinded by your ideology.

> "it was pointed out to Maw that SpaceX had received substantial funding from the US government and that much of the commercial space industry is spun out of research funded by governmental bodies."

Tim Berners-Lee says regulation of the web may be needed



Stephen Elop and the fall of Nokia revisited

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A reminder of what could have been

From https://www.theverge.com/2011/10/22/2506376/nokia-n9-review

"As the first new Nokia smartphone to operate without the chains of legacy software, the N9 finally demonstrates some of that dormant software innovation from the labs in Espoo. I first saw it at Nokia’s introductory event in June of this year and, though my expectations were low, was blown away by how intuitive, responsive, and fluid the whole interface was. I wasn’t alone, either. Just about everyone who got a chance to play with the N9 remarked upon its superlative design and wondered aloud why Nokia was abandoning such a promising platform. Because, oh yes, Nokia had decided a few months earlier to transition its entire smartphone strategy to Microsoft’s Windows Phone OS and consign MeeGo to the status of a one-hit (i.e. the N9) wonder."

"The thing that ties everything together on the N9 is Nokia’s new concept of a Swipe UI. There are no physical or capacitive menu buttons on the N9 because of this one devastatingly simple and equally effective innovation. Swiping in from any edge of the screen drags the app you’re in out of the way and brings up your most recent homescreen. It’s so easy and natural that I honestly started doing edge-swipes on other phones, an experience that filled me with equal measures of disappointment and embarrassment."

"The N9′s onscreen keyboard is sublime. Every key is just about the perfect size, the comma and full stop sit either side of the space bar (where they belong), and there are three levels of haptic feedback. For the first time in my life, I didn’t switch off the haptic option, it actually contributes to the experience of typing exactly the way it was always meant to but never managed before this exceptional phone."

"It’s hard to overstate how much of a departure the N9 is from Nokia’s old comfort zone. Whereas the company’s previous effort at building a new touchscreen OS, once known as Symbian^3, was all too timid and reluctant to move too far away from its roots, this new MeeGo stuff has no qualms about dispensing with the old."

"The only other company that has shown this kind of immaculate care with keeping design themes consistent is Apple. Ultimately, what Nokia has put together in the N9′s UI is nothing short of a triumph. It feels cohesive and, remarkably, lives up to the fantastic elegance of the phone’s physical design and construction."

"From the moment you unlock the N9, screen animations flow around your finger like gentle waves of awesomeness. Transitions between homescreens, scrolling, and pinch-to-zoom are all delectably smooth and fluid. That applies to the full range of preloaded native apps, like the browser, maps, gallery, and mail and messaging clients. Both recording and playback of 720p video work flawlessly, and though there’s no Flash support in the default browser, the YouTube app does a perfectly fine job of playing back web content."

"The Harmattan UI is fresh, slick, and as natural as anything the smartphone world has yet introduced, while the physical design is unmatched. Not even the shiny new iPhone 4S feels as luxurious in the hand as the N9."

"Stephen Elop has personally shut the door on future consumer products running MeeGo Harmattan, which renders the N9 and its developer-focused sibling the N950 the only exhibitors of this essentially abandoned OS."


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