* Posts by teknopaul

716 posts • joined 11 Mar 2011


Ardour goes harder: v6.0 brings 'huge engineering changes' to open-source digital audio workstation

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Re: free version works for 10 minutes

I call bullshit on that Morten.

Ardour Free Open Source Software. Free as in beer and free as in speach.

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You've never had to pay for liblame

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I'll upgrade when my distro does. If Ardour disappears from ubuntu over the gtk2 issue I'll miss it, but happy with Audacity.

I dont like opensource software where the build is so difficult you cant excerise your rights.

I do hack at sound software.

Built some of those "missing plugins".

I do that on a Linux PC and if apt install xxx-dev does not worrk I lose interest rapidly.

Gone in 9 seconds: Virgin Orbit's maiden rocket flight went perfectly until it didn't

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I cant believe I got this far down the comments without "Branson needs Cosmic G1rl to get it up but cant keep it up", phnar phnarrr.

Tits insufficient to sustain useles pr1ck.

Microsoft blocks Trend Micro code at center of driver 'cheatware' storm from Windows 10, rootkit detector product pulled from site

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Re: Hanlon's Razor does not apply today...

re: The question is why?

My theory is that they are trying to bypass the check so they can dynamically load changes without paying Microsoft the fees charged to resign driver changes.

I thought at first Microsoft would side with Trend, Trend is paying them money.

The fact that Microsoft has not tells us something about the why.

cmd.exe is dead, long live PowerShell: Microsoft leads aged command-line interpreter out into 'maintenance mode'

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Re: Strings

The point about the CLI is not the cmd/bash you use, its EVERYTHING supports starting sub processes with command name and args and handling the streams and exit code.

_everything_ works like that.

Not just shells, but all languages C, c++, python, perl, awk, everything can start a program using this totally ubiquitous interface.

All build tools make, maven, grunt, npm, jenkins travis, git hooks support this interface.

Powershell API is nonsense, it misses the point entirely.

PowerShell ignores everything that exists and tries to tell you they know better,

"PowerShell is better than CMD.EXE" but it is wrong by definition, its comparing a shell that is able to run every application ever written and something that thought what was cool about the shell was that you typed instead of clicked and could write scripts. That is cool (bit clunky) but that is not the point.

What is cool about the CLI is that EVERYTHING integrates. Well or Badly we can argue about that over a pint, but it is always possible (outside of Microsofts world).

The CLI is the worlds most simple application integration interface and Microsoft still dont understand it.

Looks like they never will.

Help your fellow IT pals spruce up their virtual meetings: Design a winning background, win Register-branded gear

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I replaced my unsmiling professionally taken photo sporting regulation corporate blue shirt, with a custom circular logo that reads


Everyone likes it, except the IT bods that are trying to deal with the 100 gb of .m2/repository that got auto uploaded and can only be deleted file by file using the web interface.

I'll post jpegs in all sizes.

China to slice internet connection costs for locals as part of plan to rebound from recent unpleasantness

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Re: What the US and Europe need to do

1mb? I need 100 mb to do any real remote work.

Where are you writing this from that 1mb is not already available?

Microsoft announces official Windows package manager. 'Not a package manager' users snap back

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Ooh I didnt know you could do that.

Thats up ther with apt erase netplan

and replacing systemd in Ubuntu.

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The (frankly ridiculous) C:\ D:\ thing made it impossible to install software in the same place. %ProgramFiles% is not reliable enough because installers still ask you on which drive to install.

I imagine all existing package managers define a root.

Windows Update predefines storage requirements on C:\, but other apps cant share a common path and use all disk space.

Its a crazy design flaw really.

Trivial fix. Define C:\ as /, support symlinks across drives, treat / and \ as path separators.

I doubt Microsoft would admit unix was right.

If they did, _all_ package managers would just work.

Building windows containers would be possible with all package managers.

You would not need to boot windows and read env vars or the registry to find an existing file or decide where to install a new one.

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Re: More than one distro?

Incidentally pacman runs on windows used by msys2.

Its great. You still have windows anoyances like line endings, and no root, but development process feel relativly normal. Pacman has lots of common libs and dev packages/headers.

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I spend so little time in office apps.

Word was replaced by emails and wikis years ago.

I never format and print docs.

Markdown makes the tool I'm using irrelavent.

True there is no competition but if word, powerpoint, excel, and access all died tomorrow I would not be impacted in the slightest.

I'd fire up my browser.

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Re: One software manager to rule them all!

Dev workstations typically have a ton of tools installed that interact. As well as libs, tools have to play together nicely and access the same filesystem. It makes sense to tackle desktop app compatability and lib compatability with the same approach.

Server deployments have different challenges.

Despite theoretically risking a bork of more than one app, package mangement in all the distros I have ever tried works very well.

This tool looks lame to me. It does not look like they understood the problem.

I suspect users would prefer a tool that lets them decide when to

windows update && windows upgrade

Chicago: Why I just grin like a dork... It's my kind of Bork

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Re: Jumped up quiche?

I would not be happy if i found bits of Loraine in my flan of a morning.

Tech's Volkswagen moment? Trend Micro accused of cheating Microsoft driver QA by detecting test suite

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Re: "We believe this allegation is misleading"

Microsoft said it is aware of the issue, and is "working closely with Trend Micro to investigate these claims."

And Microsoft is notably not working with the bloke that found the issue.

Because, Trend pay the tax Microsoft impose on driver writers, they are both interested in finding a way for Trend to save face and keep up the payments.

SAP proves, yet again, that Excel is utterly unkillable

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Re: Excel excels

There was originally competition, but Micro$haft blatantly abused its monopoly position on the desktop and they became victims of bundling.

Difficult to dislodge it now so the world has one sub-par product, instead of a whole market segment dedicated to smb math/analytics.

Rust marks five years since its 1.0 release: The long and winding road actually works

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Re: Meh

With JavaScript your lucky if it compiles.

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Re: Meh

O == x

I find it help to think Yoda style

Powerful you have become.

Patience you must have.

Zero is your x.

Yoda style helps with TDD. Changes "this is what I got, is it ok?" into "this is what I want, did I get it?"

Fear of change is a path to the darkside.

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Re: Meh

Borrow checker is a pain in the butt.

Damn cool but terribly frustrating.

Best thing: unit tests in the same file. There must be a way to backport that idea to C.

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Re: The language might be super-safe, not so sure about the installer

curl sh.rustup.rs

if you want to see what it does.

Why cksum and sign something downloaded over ssl? Its already chksummed and signed.

If you're appy and you know it: The Huawei P40 Pro conclusively proves that top-notch specs aren't everything

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Yandex. Fully featured apps. Professional. Look slick. They run their own chromiun fork thats always been better looking than chrome. Very similar approach to Goolgle in terms of spyware. I prefer to have the Ruskies spying on me than the Yanks. Its easy to ignore Yandex ads, they are in russian.

I dont need maps to go from the sofa to the fridge but when I next doYandex maps looks good too.

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Re: Google apps etc. via browser?

No phone but the iPhone has its browser crippled.

Swedish data centre offers rack-scale dielectric immersion cooling

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Re: In days of yore

Our hacklab had a fish tank* filled with oil and a 486 sunk in it that ran for years. Cpu fan and all.

* complete with san, placcy fish, lights and a sunken galleon.

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Re: Interesting but .....

The idea that allowing servers to be less power efficient is Eco is pure marketing bs.

Clever tech but "Eco" is painting a green leaf on a petrol engine.

Everything OK with Microsoft? Windows giant admits it was 'on the wrong side of history' with regard to open source

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Micro$haft was spent incorrectly throughout that article. I thought we had all ageed at least the "Microsoft" was technically incorrect.

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Re: So...

Side note: 15 years from now they will be saying one particular MS exec was on the right side of history.

Now there's nothing stopping the PATRIOT Act allowing the FBI to slurp web-browsing histories without a warrant

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Re: DNS-over-HTTPS will take care of that

DoH centralises the data, and removes caching, so every lookup is tied to an ip address.

It is the most crazy privacy fail.

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Re: Land of the free

Thats coming. Right after the cure for the common cold.

Danger zone! Brit research supercomputer ARCHER's login nodes exploited in cyber-attack, admins reset passwords and SSH keys

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Re: Vaccine

Citation Needed.

Its the US that needs a vaccine, because peeps there see a mask as an infringement on their freedom.

Countries with piss poor covid responses need a vaccine.

China, and various other countries, are doing quite well with masks and travel restictions.

'iOS security is f**ked' says exploit broker Zerodium: Prices crash for taking a bite out of Apple's core tech

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Re: Fucked.

UK is suffering serious omnishambles inflation. They will have to devalue the word. They might even have issue a new word. Or not. Or not now. Or in the future.

Node.js creator delivers Deno 1.0, a new runtime that fixes 'design mistakes in Node'

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Re: Interesting

Agreed and its not like nodejs was a flop.

Funny architecture this tho. Node + libuv + v8 components fit nicely.

This has a threaded locking runtime in its guts. Rust guarantees threadsaftey with single writer, but in the real world that means copying a lot or Atomic Ref Counting and locks. Rust's guarantees dont integrate with other languages since its all done it the compiler.

V8 and js are not able to use multiple threads or locks at all afaik. Seems like this will do a lot more copying.

Thus at a time when io_ring becomes available. Seems to me io_ring only makes sense if you dont copy. This thing might be obsolete already if it has to copy to perform io.

Singapore releases the robot hounds to enforce social distancing in parks

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Can it avoid real dog shit? If not its no good as a parkie where I live.

These things are still a solution looking for a problem.

Parkie would be better served by a drone.

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Re: The important questions...

Your really pushing the "think of the children" angle there. This thing travels at a snails pace.

Worry about joggers.

What do you call megabucks Microsoft? No really, it's not a joke. El Reg needs you

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Re: Tricky

"The ex-glaziers"

ICANN finally halts $1.1bn sale of .org registry, says it's 'the right thing to do' after months of controversy

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They might think twice about that, with the vulture circling.

Well done. As a .org owner, thank you.


From attacked engineers to a crypto-loving preacher with a questionable CV: Yep, it's still very much 5G silly season

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"obedience drug" ??, you cant even get a Toker to pass the ash tray.

Watch now the three UFO videos uncovered by Blink-182 star – and today officially released by the Pentagon

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What makes you say they are capable of hiding from light and radar given we see them on youtube and are being tracked.

All These video say is that there are things out there traveling at hyper-sonic speeds, & that are not shaped like conventional aircraft (Not surprising given the speed they are traveling at)

The fact that the US releases the footage shows that they did not make them and don't care if the truth gets out there, or that they did, and don't think knowledge of them affects their usefulness. Perhaps, like nuclear weapons, the existence of them is a threat.

There also exists more groups on the planet with engine manufacturing capability than the US government. There are some pretty crazy rich Russians out there. Uncle Sam might be happy for their tech to be known about.

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"At which point I was done with *that*."

Not sure I follow? Why does proving to yourself that such trails exist, prove that Aurora does not cause them? Surely this just proves that they are a real world phenomena. Making in more likely that Aurora could produce them, since they are not unique to Aurora.

ICANN delays .org sell off after California's attorney general intervenes at last minute, tears non-profit a new one over sale

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Re: Follow the money.

Just because you steal one dollar from a million charity boxes, does not mean you are not stealing a millions dollars from charity boxes.

No matter what you do with the money.

And it is theft. They were not asked. When they found out they said no.

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Re: Sorry!

You are wrong. Prices will rise. Each .org does not have profits to pay for that rise. Every penny that Ethos Capital makes will be stolen from a charity box.

Star's rosette orbit around our supermassive black hole proves Einstein's Theory of General Relativity correct

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Re: Theory?

"We didn't evolve to understand the universe, but merely to persist as a species."

Maybe. But then there are these things that require an observer to become real, so sometimes I doubt your statememt.

Started from the bottom, now we're near: 16 years on, open-source vector graphics editor Inkscape draws close to v1.0

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Re: Mac support is hugely important

Of couse Mac OS contains loads of free software.

My perception of Mac buyers is that they dont care too much if its foss or not, as long as Apple provide the spit and polish.

For Linux users it is important that it is free (as in speach)

For Windows users it seems it is important that that either someone paid for it or someone stole it.

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Re: "people usually work on what they are interested in"

I find documentation is without fail better in Open Source projects.

Provided you can read code.

Many os projects follow gnu doc approach for text.

E.g. readme install authors etc. This approach is efficient for the document writer and effective for the reader. A quick entrypoint to the code is usually better that some fat computer manual you are not going to read.

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Re: Should move to Qt

A port to QT for inkscape makes no sense to me. Inkscape is a graphics app itself. Not something that makes heavy use of a prebuilt ui toolkit.

I'm a fan of QT, in its place. Its almost its own language, as well as a ui toolkit. It would be a rewrite.

I see no benefit in porting an app that is 16 years stable.

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Re: 275 GTB vs Midget

Oooh Corel Draw. I still have a nervous twitch that makes me type Ctrl +S from its crashiness.

Long time user of Inkscape. Big fan. I only just found out it has a cli like imagemagik, or as a renderer for imagemagik.

Go team Inkscape. Big up yer 1.0

Taiwan to develop military exoskeleton because it's not like these things are open-sourced or one-size-fits-all

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Re: Aren't.....

"Well, I can drive that loader."

Whrrrr buzz buzz.

"Where do you want it?"

Linux fans thrown a bone in one Windows 10 build while Peppa Pig may fly if another is ready in time for this year

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Are you for real?

Linux users dont use VS.

Not even when building on windows for windows. We use msys, cygwin and linux like tool chains even when forced to use windows.

If you are using photoshop for your buttons instead of an svg editor like inkscape your doing it wrong.

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Re: Windows awoke to discover it had metamorphosed into...

Why on earth would you want explorer.exe when you have mlocate

Signal sends smoke, er, signal: If Congress cripples anonymous speech with EARN IT Act, we'll shut US ops

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Wasn't there an email provider that shut up shop all of a sudden and everyone presumed it was because they were asked to backdoor and not tell anyone. I forget the name.



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