* Posts by Dan 55

10432 posts • joined 13 Jun 2009

Linux love hits Windows 10 19H1 amid a second round of zombie slaying

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Re: Uncomfortable

How do you think that MS is going to make money out such a system?

Nobody who buys Windows cares what happens under the hood, it could be Windows NT, Linux, or a hamster in a wheel. What's important is the APIs look the same from the outside and Windows software they have still runs as usual.

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Re: 19H1? ?????

They've changed from YYMM to YYHX because it means MS PR can go back to sleep for up to three months.

Big names hurl millions of pounds at scheme to hoist UK's AI knowhow

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Re: UK is Europe's undisputed number one tech hub [Citation needed]

Unfortunately the nonsense coming out of Westminster at the moment reminds me of the King of Pointland. I don't think it's going get better in the short term.

Eggheads want YOU to name Jupiter's five newly found moons ‒ and yeah, not so fast with Moony McMoonface

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Re: Screw Your Rules

  • Attempt No Landing Here (this is a local moon for local Lunarians).

EPIC demand: It's time for Google to fly the Nest after 'forgetting' to mention home alarm hub has built-in mic

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Google claims that the mics were never used prior to disclosure, which would preclude the possibility of covert data collection.

Well, they would say that, wouldn't they? (MRDA)

So we should all be reassured, just like I'm sure we all were when Google claimed Street View WiFi slurp was done by a rogue engineer.

U wot, m8? OMG SMS is back from dead

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Re: Backwards compatible?

Not in the UK but the operator does (allegedly) support it.

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Re: Backwards compatible?

Supposedly RCS does fall back to SMS.

Having messed around pointlessly with RCS it still needs work. I couldn't get my phone to recognise another phone had RCS, and both phones were on the same operator. There was little I could do as it's all automatic after flicking the switch to turn on RCS in message settings on both phones, but it just didn't work.

WWW = Woeful, er, winternet wendering? CERN browser rebuilt after 30 years barely recognizes modern web

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Re: Interestingly,

Okay, here's why you're wrong. I remember the GUIs of 1987, it does not look out of the ordinary or special in any way.

It's difficult to tell the difference between the Next's GUI that we saw here and what was on UNIX, same menus, practically the same window decorations. Rending a text document in a window with clickable words and a context menu is nothing amazing. The Next's GUI might have been better at inter-process communication and drag and drop than UNIX but here we're just looking at the browser.

Other late 80s hardware aimed at the home or smaller business did eventually get browser software in the mid 90s when the Internet became more mainstream and again the browser software used the GUI toolkit available on those systems.

We will have to agree to disagree because I believe there is no shiny (and I did use image search and YouTube just to check and refresh my memory on what was available on UNIX, Mac, ST, Amiga, and even Archimedes) and you believe there is shiny.

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Re: Interestingly,

I see no shiny, just different windows with different documents being rendered inside them and dialog boxes. Seems pretty standard X Window-like stuff to me. I guess we'll have to agree to disagree.

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Re: Interestingly,

I don't think the Next's GUI was that far way from TWM and Motif on UNIX, and other hardware of the time (Amiga, ST, Classic Mac) ended up with web browsers of one description or another by the mid 90s, which I guess is understandable as that's when home access took off.

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The only external content is Google Analytics for simple stats.

Don't let your site become a tentacle on the Google octopus...

List of web analytics software

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No https for you

It doesn't take long to run into a brick wall. Not even the GDPR version of USA Today works. NPR does though as does the BBC.

Oddly enough, with ye olde formatting, the BBC site shows how we're being treated as simpletons with sentence-length paragraphs.

Just do IoT? We'd walk a mile in someone else's Nike smart sneakers, but they seem to be 'bricked'

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"promising a Back To The Future 2-like experience of power laces"

Might be my memory but I don't remember them fucking about with a phone app in the film. They just worked.

Secret mic in Nest gear wasn't supposed to be a secret, says Google, we just forgot to tell anyone

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Re: Whats the mic intended for

Google Assistant, apparently.

Turn on, tune in, drop out: Apple's whizz-bang T2 security chips hit a bum note for Mac audio

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Re: Who Actually Wants the T2?

To answer your question, Apple, because:

1) Can't use 3rd Party SSD replacements,

2) Certain components can't be repaired without the blessing of Apple,

3) Alternative Operating Systems have somewhere between no ability to see the internal SSD and intermittent support

Expect more and more things to be pulled into the T2 chip in future models, so it becomes less and less repairable.

Guess who's working on a health data-slurping digital tool? Bzzt! Nope, it's the UK Department for Work and Pensions

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Hostile environment turned up a little more for everyone

"It's getting a bit warm in here" says the frog to nobody in particular.

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Re: proof of concept to expose NHS data to the department's systems

It's the DWP, that can be very easily arranged.

Here come the riled MPs (it's private, huh), Facebook's a digital 'gangster' ('disingen-u-ous'). Zuckerberg he is a failure (on sharing data)

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Re: Regulate the algorithms?

You don't need to regulate the algorithms, just the output.

If it recommends flat earth videos or Alex Jones, drop that output, tell the machine learning algorithm it's been naughty so it'll recommend it less in the future, and go back to get another recommendation.

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Now, will the government act...

... or will it be buried, like it seems anything to do with the Leave campaign and foreign funding has.

Want to create fake web profile pics? This creepy AI tool makes them on demand. Plus predictive policing, and more

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Re: I love that site - for privacy reasons!

One-time profile photos that don't show up in a reverse image search such as Tineye or Google Images... They must be getting a lot of hits from St. Petersburg right now.

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Couple the nVidia profile pic generator with OpenAI...

... and you have an all purpose commentard generator for Facebook, Twitter, and below the line on newspaper sites. What could possibly go wrong?

Oh, according to the Commons report into Facebook out today, it already did.

Dratted hipster UX designers stole my corporate app

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That's what I do. Doesn't everyone?

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That link is the link equivalent of a modern UI suffering from all the typical problems we're on about here.

1. It's not actually a link, it needs to be copied and pasted.

2. You don't know what it is beforehand so you don't know if it's relevant or not.

3. Time could kill the link shorter (Google will be killing goo.gl).

4. Link shortners can take you to malware.

Here you go:

Don Norman - The Design of Everyday Things: Revised and Expanded Edition

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Re: Do what Microsoft used to do...


Windows 95 Usability Testing (1993)

There was a lot of thought put into it, unlike Windows 8, 8.1, and especially 10 where they fling any old shit at the wall to see what sticks.

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Re: It's not just designers

How will the intermediaries justify their salary if developers sit down and talk to users and produce something they actually want?

It has to be "intuitive" but slow as that means no training and any slow work is the user's fault.

No fax given: Blighty's health service bods told to ban snail mail, too

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Re: 2FA

You don't get a call and a robot voice speaking the message to you when you answer?

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Re: 2FA

Now you have to implement, maintain, pay for and secure two communications channels, and keep them both operative in order to do anything.

So the same as SMS then. Only SMS is more easily got round (a bit of social engineering with the operator's call centre droid or someone on the inside and you've got a duplicate SIM).

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Re: 2FA

SMS doesn't need a smartphone, they'll work with dumbphones. You can send them to landlines too.

TOTP would be better though. By which I don't mean the BBC programme.

Fun fact: GPS uses 10 bits to store the week. That means it runs out... oh heck – April 6, 2019

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Re: On the subject of ancient history

That was because Sinclair reused the ZX80 RAM pack mould instead of Rick's ZX81 RAM pack design.

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Yay landfill!

For older devices, however, a firmware patch is going to be necessary to handle the week epoch rollover, and GPS.gov recommends anyone who is unsure about their readiness for the turnover, particularly enterprises, consult the manufacturer to make sure they have the proper updates and protections in place.

What do you think Garmin and TomTom are going to do, put out updates or sell the most they've sold in years?

Roses are red, we've received about fifty. Google's next trick? Pixels for the thrifty

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Can I correct the subheading?

Roses are red

Violets are blue

Have this cheap mobile

So we can stalk you

Take your pick: Linux on Windows 10 hardware, or Windows 10 on Linux hardware

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"full-blown Windows 10 desktop"

Is it curable?

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Re: Neither, please

Oh, Linux on an ARM laptop would be nice. It's the old Asus EEE laptop come full circle, useful for sysadmins, developers, and as a kid's computer. And you can have more colours than bright green.

One click and you're out: UK makes it an offence to view terrorist propaganda even once

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Re: Has anyone seen the film "Minority Report"?

The UK does not and has never had free speech rights until the Human Rights Act 1998 came along (which incorporates Article 10 of the ECHR into British law).

Government ministers have said on numerous occasions that they want to rescind the HRA and replace it with something else.

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Re: https://www.conservatives.com/

That really should come under "economic terrorism" which is an actual thing in British law, because she can revoke A50 at any time but chooses not to.

Granddaddy of the DIY repair generation John Haynes has loosened his last nut

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Re: First remove the engine...

This the life one...

Baby Manual (3rd edition)

Conception to two years. All models covered.

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RIP Haynes

Although your manuals could have been a bit less terse than "assembly is the reverse of disassembly".

iFixit's instructions also follow their lead as well with "to reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order".

US kids apparently talking like Peppa Pig... How about US lawmakers watching Doctor Who?

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Peppa Pig, for those fortunate enough to have avoided the cartoon, is an ageless talking pig-child who lives in a world populated by talking mammals. The squeaking of the creature and associated theme tune is usually enough to kick off an involuntary twitch in a parent’s eyelid while also assuring a few minutes of peace as offspring are transfixed.

It's like a David Attenborough documentary compared to competing cartoons.

I also identify with Daddy Pig and agree with your analysis. <twitch>

It's now 2019, and your Windows DHCP server can be pwned by a packet, IE and Edge by a webpage, and so on

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Re: Disk in continuous use.

Where might one discuss this topic further?

Ask Woody

This month they've highlighted a bug with SMB/NTLM.

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Re: Disk in continuous use.

It's a brave person which installs patches less than 24 hours after MS releases them...

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Re: Is it Acrobat or PDF itself?

The chances are pretty slim. The client is probably better coded than that mess on Windows (unless it's Adobe's client of course), if the PDF file contains an x86-only payload it won't work on ARM, and it has to deal with Android's sandbox.

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It's 2019...

... and Microsoft's server daemons still don't spawn a low-rights process to parse untrusted input from the Internet.

RIP Dr Peuto, Zilog and Sun's bright SPARC

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Low-level programming on the old 8-bit processors with their paucity of registers and addressing modes etc. always felt more like puzzle solving than most of what I've done since.

You should have tried the Z80, there are quite a few more than the 6502... I never thought the zero page was an adequate substitute.

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This definitely needs porting to the +3 and Next.

Alternatively, try FUZIX for Z80 machines.

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Re: Halt and Catch Fire

Sorry, got to be pedantic, on the Z80 it's:



Never got to learn Z8000 unfortunately, but it deserved to do far better than be steamrollered under the '86 (as did the 68000).

Ivan to be left alone: Russia preps to turn its internet into an intranet if West opens cyber-fire

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Re: Airgapped

Or Ivan disconnects from the net, there's a huge cyber attack on a western country, Ivan connects, Putin appears on RT and says, "What's happened here? We weren't connected. lol".

Thanks for all those data-flow warnings, UK.gov. Now let's talk about your own Brexit prep. Yep, just as we thought

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Re: a second *binding* referendum and cancel the madness that is Brexit.

The EU is willing to offer Single Market + Customs Union to the UK without it being a member of the EU, so where's the lack of compromise on the EU side?

The reality is this would have been all done and dusted six months ago if Theresa May didn't change her backstop from a NI-wide thing into a UK-wide thing... and then vote against it anyway.

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Re: Why would anyone be driving *any* lorries through them...

Trouble is come March 30th there's going to be a big obstruction in the way:-

The UK.

Ireland is working on that. New routes from Dublin and Rosslare around the UK, skipping a possible logistics nightmare.

And going the other way, it seems the UK is also the obstruction, denying ECMT permits to Northern Irish haulage operators so they won't be able to work in Ireland in a no deal scenario, and if you read the tweet there's a lovely UNIX epoch bug in the message shown to haulage operators, which bodes well for the magic unicorn customs system on the NI border that the UK is proposing if they can't even get a date right.

Mini computer flingers go after a slice of the high street retail Pi

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Re: Can I buy more than one Pi Zero?

The Zero is made in small batches.

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