* Posts by Baudwalk

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What's Big and Blue – and makes its veteran staff sue? Yep, it's IBM

Baudwalk

Here's a thought...

...if IBM youngins are "more innovative and receptive to technology than baby boomers", it might have something to do with the IBM of yore, that your older minions persevered through, having had somewhat of a reputation for not exactly encouraging thinking outside the box, blue or otherwise.

You know, back when young-and-hip Microsoft (how times have changed) were having your lunch.

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You know all those movies you bought from Apple? Um, well, think different: You didn't

Baudwalk

You pretty much have to approach iTunes, Google Play, Steam, Xbox, PlayStation, …

... as you would Netflix and Spotify: You’re only renting the stuff.

When buying apps on Google Play, I do so in the full knowledge they may (and some do) stop working at any time.

But the prices have to match.

That’s also why I only buy heavily discounted games for my son’s Xbox. Luckily, like me, he’s not into the latest multi-player FPS, so that’s never been an issue.

Similarly, PC games I only buy from GOG.com. They don’t have the latest AAA titles, but I can find what *I* want to play. And I don’t have time to fit in on-line multi-player anyway, so DRM-free single player (or LAN/off-line multi-player) titles fit my needs perfectly.

Funnily enough, when games are removed for sale from GOG, they’re still left in the libraries of those who bought them when GOG did have them for sale.

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No, seriously, why are you holding your phone like that?

Baudwalk
Paris Hilton

Say Mr. Dabbsy, anyone ever tell you...

...your stubbly self looks a wee bit like Detective Miller from The Expanse?

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GitHub given Windows 9x's awesome and so very modern look

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It looks old fashioned and...

...quite frankly a bit ugly.

But, at the same time much more easily navigated than the current everything-must-be-flat-and-indistinguishable design language.

The "commits, branches, ..." bit needs to be tabs too, though.

Personally, my idea of peak pretty AND functional desktop GUI design was one of the KDE 3.x themes (can't remember the name).

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IBM fired me because I'm not a millennial, says axed cloud sales star in age discrim court row

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Childcatcher

"Our leaders wear jeans"...

...Seriously?!?

>>>"IBM has devoted countless millions of dollars to its effort to rebrand as a hip, millennial-centric tech company,"<<<

Those guys are so unhip, it's a wonder their bums don't fall off.

(With apologies to President Beeblebrox.)

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Git365. Git for Teams. Quatermass and the Git Pit. GitHub simply won't do now Microsoft has it

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I'm just waiting for...

...SharePoint to be renamed to GitHub for Business.

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MSDN unleashes a fresh round of unintentional innuendo bingo

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I particularly liked...

... >>>The performance power slider controls knobs <snip> <<<

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Microsoft loves Linux so much its R Open install script rm'd /bin/sh

Baudwalk
Facepalm

Still better than...

...InstallShield.

*shudder*

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Microsoft tries cutting the Ribbon in Office UI upgrade

Baudwalk

Re: Stop complaining

Give me WordPerfect 5.1 for DOS, updated with support for the clipboard, arbitrary console window dimensions and long file names.

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GNOMEs beat Microsoft: Git Virtual File System to get a new name

Baudwalk

IntelliFile

System

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Electron patches patch after security researcher bypassed said patch

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Re: What is Electron?

>>>yet has very little actual functionality.<<<

Little functionality, you say?

But with Atom, your syntax highlighting theme can easily make parts of your source (e.g. TODO comments) gently fade between different background colours.

And all that essential functionality for only an installed size of 715MB!

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Tesla inches toward GPL compliance in low gear: Source code forcibly ejected into public

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Re: That'll scare them off

So be it.

If they willfully break the GPL, better to sue if need be, and scare them and their likes off in future, IMHO.

Otherwise, what's the point of the GPL?

Commercial vendors expect money for their product.

Contributors to GPL projects have a right to expect reciprocity in the form of source code.

That's the deal.

TANSTAAFL.

Except BSD, perhaps, but they didn't choose that for whatever reason.

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Can't log into your TSB account? Well, it's your own fault for trying

Baudwalk

I’m with you...

...on Baron Munchausen. Gilliam’s best, IMHO.

As for French flicks, few seem to know about, but should, may I nominate quirky action comedy “Les aventures extraordinaires d'Adèle Blanc-Sec“ and arty-farty “Le Scaphandre et le papillon”?

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Airbus ditches Microsoft, flies off to Google

Baudwalk

Wait for the rebellion...

...of the Excel Abusers!

Surprising move, really, that they've found themselves to be able to make do with Google's much sparser feature set compared to MS Office.

But if the missing features are no big deal for them, and on-line sync and collaboration is important, I can understand it.

MS Office is MUCH more powerful, but every time on-line access is involved, it's slow as mollasses.

Google, OTOH, does the snappy web experience well.

Completely ignoring the issues with going cloudy, of course.

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Good news: Apple designs a notebook keyboard that doesn't suck

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Re: A keyboard that doesn't suck

>>>would be called a mechanical keyboard.<<<

And have an orthogonal layout.

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Microsoft says 'majority' of Windows 10 use will be 'streamlined S mode'

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Re: Mess

>>>I've never had ANY issue with Mint.<<<

I have. Also with .?Ubuntu. And Red Hat | Fedora. And Mandrake | Mandriva, SuSE | openSUSE, ...

But I'm with you on Debian.

Debian and Slackware are the only OS's that never caused me any grief at one time or another.

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A smartphone recession is coming and animated poo emojis can't stop it

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Re: I'll go with that.

What do you dislike about the X (apart from the hideous price tag, natch) when compared with non-X's?

Just curious. Never held an iPhone X myself.

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Remember those holy tech wars we used to have? Heh, good times

Baudwalk

Re: Sarcasm...

Hence 'erstwhile'.

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Baudwalk

>>>Does anybody know if KDE still better than Gnome?<<<

Since anything would be better than Gnome, by default it has to be.

--

Penguin botherer since before either KDE or Gnome were a thing.

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Re: Floyd reference

>>>I love 'The Final Cut' but I'm aware that is not a sentiment universally shared.<<<

Well, I'm certainly not fond of the whole suggesting Deckard was a replicant thing.

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Online outrage makes Logitech drop a brick: Now it will replace slain Harmony Link gizmos

Baudwalk
Meh

I was lucky...

...to dodge that bullet.

I thought about buying their Harmony stuff years ago, but remembered that there was a reason I hadn't bought a Logitech device in donkey's years: Hardware's OK, but they can't write software worth faeces. (SetPoint, anyone?)

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Forget One Windows, Microsoft says it's time to modernize your apps

Baudwalk

Sort of on the fence...

...about the Store thingy.

On the one hand, I recognise all the downsides everyone here has already mentioned, and agree with most of them.

On the other hand, running Debian (or a derivative), it's always been fantastically convenient to have almost every piece of software I need ready, pre-packaged and compatible in my distro's AppStore^W repositories.

OK, they're not completely equivalent. For one, Windows Store's apps are limited in ways DEB packages aren't.

But there are a lot of similarities too.

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Horsemen of the disk-drive apocalypse will ride upon 256TB SSDs

Baudwalk

So for personal backup...

...of up to 5TB, what would you guys recommend?

* Buy a couple of USB3 HDDs?

* Get a tape drive and media (which tech)?

* Get a Blu-ray burner and some discs?

* Encrypt the stuff and push it to Amazon Glacier?

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Bonkers call to boycott Raspberry Pi Foundation over 'gay agenda'

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Re: And ther rest...

>>>You'd only notice that it is a woman doing the hugging if you notice the earrings.<<<

<fashion_pedant_mode>

Considering the many earring-wearing males around, that buttons on her jacket are on the left would probably be a better indicator.

</fashion_pedant_mode>

Anyhu, I'd forgotten I wanted to get my hands on that deliciously cheap Zero W for some LG^H^HBLE-tomfoolery.

Now, where's that credit card at?

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Windows 10 S forces Bing, Edge on your kids. If you don't like it, get Win10 Pro – Microsoft

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Re: A few thoughts of mine.

Exactly! I can only upvote once (and I tried).

The only Windows Store apps I have are a few casual games (e.g. Lara Croft GO).

Mostly just out of curiosity to compare them against the Android versions.

How has Win10S been made to run on low-spec anyway? I couldn’t find any concrete info.

When Windows 10 slowed to a crawl on my Celeron box with a spinning rust drive, and I couldn’t re-install the old W8 (with Bing) again, I had to put Debian on it. Flies like ****.

And at least with Wine and DOSbox, that runs the few old Win32 and DOS games I still like.

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Need the toilet? Wanna watch a video ad about erectile dysfunction?

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Talk of tech innovation is bullsh*t. Shut up and get the work done – says Linus Torvalds

Baudwalk

Git command line

>>> Lots of the advanced command and option combinations are incredibly complex and don't make that much sense, so I tend to cut and paste them from SO. <<<

Not done battle with ClearCase much then? >:-)

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CES 2017 roundup: The good, the bad, and the frankly bonkers

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Re: Project Valerie

>>>The Predator keyboard has correctly-shaped keys<<<

But look at the horribly offset space bar. *yuck*

So close to perfection...still so far.

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Hollywood offers Daniel Craig $150m to (slash wrists) play James Bond

Baudwalk

Miles Jupp...

...and his posh voice.

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My headset is reading my mind and talking behind my back

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Re: Yellow sunglasses after dark

>>>With yellow sunglasses I see better and don't get the stabbing pain in my eyeballs.<<<

Particularly when driving a convertible through a bug-swarm.

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Your 'intimate personal massager' – cough – is spying on you

Baudwalk

Have you had...

...a humourectomy by any chance?

>>>Assuming you are British (for the sake of argument) what if I choose to trawl thru some of the odder local laws in Britain? If I find anything questionable, may I laugh my arse off at "You stupid Brits"?<<<

Yes. Yes, of course you can.

Friendly piss-taking like that, is^W should be a basic human right.

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Lenovo scrambling to get a fix for BIOS vuln

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Re: Not Again!!! - Because ...

>>>As a side note the quality isn't as high as you'd think. I bought the yoga pro 2 <<<

That's why I went for the ThinkPad Yoga.

Bulkier, true, but (appearance of) vastly higher quality than the IdeaPad Yoga Pro.

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Re: Not Again!!! - Because ...

... which other vendor makes anything as nice as Lenovo's ThinkPad Yoga line?

Serious question.

Looking around for a new machine for the Supreme Commanderess, the TP-Yoga seemed by far the most reassuring going by quality, finish, features and simple sturdiness in the sub €1000 segment.

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You can’t sit there, my IoT desk tells me

Baudwalk

Well, if that Gaze contraption was foisted on me...

... I'd have to put a controller on my chair, to make it automatically follow the desk's height.

Problem solved.

Ilva has a fairly nice, non-smart, electric desk in the same price range as the Refold cardboard thingie. (And with a considerably longer expected life-span.)

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Computerised stock management? Nah, let’s use walkie-talkies

Baudwalk

Not only the English...

...I'm Danish and have feet like Donald Duck.

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Look out, Windows Phone 8 users – yes, both of you – here's ... Windows 10 Mobile

Baudwalk

Glad to see...

...my mum's 630 is not on the list.

8.1 is a terrific phone OS, and very OAP-friendly for a smart phone.

10 may get there eventually, unless it's axed before then, but is still too rough around the edges, IMHO, and has lost a few of the little UI quirks (when compared to Android & iOS) that actually made it so bloody good in daily use.

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We're all really excited about new smartphones, laptops, tablets – said no one ever

Baudwalk

I wonder what overlap...

... there was between those who wanted VR headsets and those keen on drones.

That combination might be a fun (and expensive) toy.

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So why exactly are IT investors so utterly clueless?

Baudwalk

"Let RsWyp take the stain!" ...

... there, fixed it for you.

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PHONE me if you feel DIRTY: Yanks and 'Nadians wave bye-bye to magstripe

Baudwalk

"the Joliet-standard verbal password"

The Rock Ridge extensions were much more reliable.

But of course only worked on some systems (glass doors).

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Hilton hotels in credit-card-stealing malware infection scare

Baudwalk

Damn...

...that bed is a mess.

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Game CARTRIDGES make a comeback ... for smartmobes

Baudwalk

Great idea...

...because we're all so tired of buying and instantly downloading a game when we get a sudden urge.

Much better to wait for a cartridge in the post.

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Sparks and recreation: TomTom's stealth wearable success

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Looks like a variant...

...of their Runner watch.

As GPS watches go, a very nice budget choice, IMHO.

But I wouldn't recommend buying it on-line without testing it on your wrist.

The curve down to the D-pad didn't fit me. For that reason I went for Garmin's Vivoactive.

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BOFH: An architect and his own entirely avoidable downfall

Baudwalk

Keep fighting the good fight...

...nobody who does any actual work likes open plan offices.

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Neat but narky at times: Pebble Time colour e-paper watch

Baudwalk

How does the display compare to old school transflective LCD as seen on Garmin's Vivoactive?

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Windows Phone is like religion – it gets people when they are down

Baudwalk

My BB Bold 9900 was...

...replaced with a Lumia 630 when our IT department switched last year.

My first experience with WinPhone, it was a very positive surprise.

Going from the premium build quality of the 9900 to one of the cheaper Lumias was not a problem. The beating my phones sometimes get, the cheap looking, but extremely robust, Lumia 630 was actually a better fit for me.

Something about the UI appeals to me, and it ticks all my work features.

The built in calendar app is crap, but Chronos+ solves that, and is better than even Android's great Business Calendar 2 for displaying my schedule.

The app gap is substantial, and will be a deal breaker for many. But with mSecure and Simon Tatham's Puzzle Collection recently making their appearances, I'm covered and could easily make the switch from Android.

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Yes! It's DRONE PORN. And we don't mean shiny pics of UAVs

Baudwalk

I realise some guys love their gadgets...

... but the images "drone boning“ conjure up, make paper cuts seem mild. What with those propeller blades and all.

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iPhone user shamegasm: 'I beg of you', delete sex app from my purchase list

Baudwalk

Sit on my face...

and let my lips embrace you.

Or wasn't "SitOnMyFaceTime" a prompt to sing Monty Python songs?

It's always Monty Python time.

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Creepy battery-operated teddy bear sex toy..,sadly, this is for real

Baudwalk

I wonder...

... Is that bearly legal?

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Fanbois Apple-gasm as iPhone giant finally reveals WWDC lineup

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Apps for the phones of China

Sung to the tune of "Oil for the lamps of China".

Well, that's what my inner ear was imagining, anyhu.

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Minecraft players can now download Denmark – all of it – in 1:1 scale

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Paris Hilton

Baltic?

Even Paris is confused.

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