* Posts by bombastic bob

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Early bird access to .NET Framework 4.8? Microsoft, you spoil us

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Re: Despite coding in it ...

"I never really understood wtf .NET was meant to achieve."

Back in history to the 'dot-bomb' era of the early 21st century... around 2002-ish as I recall.

Ballmer announced this ".Net" (aka '.Not') initiative, in which this web server backend would be magically developed, and everybody would use IIS on a Windows server instead of Apache with PHP on Linux, just to get this new wonderful "new, shiny" thing. Hop on the bandwagon, because THEN you'll have:

a) Microsoft 'Passport' - a one-login for the ENTIRE internet! [didn't happen, still not even with Win-10-nic's cloudy login]. In truth Amazon and others refused to pay the 'Microsoft tax' and wouldn't use it. DOA.

b) pre-made back-end services and that new programming lingo, "C#" (aka 'C-pound'). I have yet to see it go above 10% on the TIOBE index. Seriously, it's as bad as NodeJS and people are using NodeJS instead, from what I can tell.

c) and the implied lock-in to MICROSOFT PLATFORMS as "solutions". 'take over the world'.

well, it was probably an improvement over IIS in a lot of ways, except IIS was coded in NATIVE INSTRUCTIONS and didn't require some stupid P-code or interpreter. Later on, that part diminished.

After this, some "dim bulb" at Micro-shaft "decided" that ".Not" should be on DESKTOPS, too. And so it was expanded (read: bloated) to include ALL KINDS of 'GUI things' for C-pound's benefit.

THEN some independent people invented 'mono' and got "the blessings" of Micro-shaft, which culminated into the release of (you guessed it) ".Net Core". All of this over a period of more than 15 years in which as much bloat as you can imagine (and then a whole lot more) was injected into ".Not" until it became the monolithic cluster-pile of FAIL that it is TODAY.

Meanwhle, REAL developers of Windows and cross-platform software are either using C, C++, or Java to do so. C-pound is a *WANNABE* at best. I've seen attempts at writing Mono cross-platform applications in the past. Usually C-pound only gets the least common denominator of support on "anything that isn't Windows running the latest new, shiny version of '.Not'".

And so, I hope, there's more understanding of ".Not" now... and I really would NOT recommend tying YOUR success into one of Micro-shaft's control mechanisms.

FCC boss slams new Californian net neutrality law, brands it illegal

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Re: A / B comparison model

only anarchists are against ALL regulations. My point of de-regulation is that if it works WITHOUT new regulations, why add them NOW except for fulfilling some kind of ULTERIOR MOTIVE...

I have as yet to see a compelling argument about what "net neutrailty" is attempting to FIX. Rather, this mis-named concept is ACTUALLY attempting to DESTROY FREEDOM, one step at a time. Froggy in a pot of water on the stove, perhaps? When it hits a certain temperature, it's TOO LATE.

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Re: "I prefer a wild west internet to a potemkin village internet."

"priority given just because of ISP deals doesn't look fair at all."

SEE? SEE? SEE? It _IS_ about "envy" of "they get that and I do not" (even though they paid for it).

So why don't YOU make a deal yourself? Oh you don't have the money? Well I guess there's an actual BENEFIT to working hard and doing the right things so that you can AFFORD better!

And that's been my point all along. "net neutrality" (which is nothing about 'neutrality' but about "equalizing outcomes") is about, well, EQUALIZING OUTCOMES and _PREVENTING_ one party [whether individual or corporation] from BUYING BETTER SERVICE LEVEL, because it's - *ahem* - **NOT** **FAIR** [waaaah, waaaah, I'm a snowflake, waaaah waaaah].

OK that last part was uncalled for but I did it anyway, because it was *FUNNY*.

icon, because, facepalm

"Life _is_ pain, Highness. Anyone who says differently is selling something." - Dread Pirate Roberts, 'Princess Bride'

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Re: I'm glad the states are looking at net neutrality

"I prefer a wild west internet to a potemkin village internet."

then you should study what 'Net Neutrality' is REALLY about, because 'potemkin village' is what you'd actually GET.

'Wild west' is the internet WITHOUT 'net neutrality' [which again, has NOTHING to do with protecting freedom nor free speech, it's about keeping everyone 'the same' when it comes to service level, *AND* setting the precedent of CONTROLLING INTERNET CONTENT - that last part SHOULD frighten you, yes].

Think about it: What was the internet like BEFORE Obaka's FCC decided to REGULATE it? And is it STILL that now, with Trump DE-regulating it back to what it was? What makes you *FEEL* [not think, obviously] that this will create "a potemkin village" ? It's "wild west" now, and will remain so, as long as it's kept DE-regulated!!!

Yes. the potemkin village deception is FROM THE LEFT. Liberty = 'wild west' = de-regulation, not MORE regulation. See?

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Re: On track to get fired

"I know zero people, even the most "right wing" who think Pai should be in his job even 1 more minute"

Not any more. I think Pai is doing _JUST_ fine!

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Re: States' rights! States' rights!

the U.S. Constitution is clear when it comes to interstate commerce. Long ago the decision was made that communications networks are (by definition) a form of 'interstate commerce', beginning with telegraph and telephone services. Even 'last mile' is under FCC jurisdiction, and this is where Cali-fornicate-you law would be superseded by Federal law. That's generally how it's done.

Besides, "net neutrality" is such a MISNOMER anyway, it doesn't describe what 'they' are really trying to do with it. The single biggest thing seems to be prioritization of some packets over others, particularly when it's paid prioritization. The end result is that everyone ends up having the same mediocre level of service, despite what you can afford to get. And so the "everyone is just another brick in the wall" militant-gummint-control-freak-socialist-types, who *FEEL* that *NOBODY* should *EVER* be able to "get something better for more money", want to PUNISH achievers by essentially DENYING them "the better level of service" that THEY can afford!

That's all it is. ENVY, and 'equalizing outcomes' on the backs of the achievers... with the notable exception, of course, of EXEMPTING those who MAKE the laws and their crony friends and contributors, because *THEY* will *ALWAYS* have *THEIRS* through special favors and exceptions, whereas 'the rest of us' must LIVE with that crap. It's _ALWAYS_ "the masses" aka "just another brick in the wall" minions, regular folk, who will pay for it somehow.

Watt the heck is this? A 32-core 3.3GHz Arm server CPU shipping? Yes, says Ampere

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Re: It runs Linux

well, couple that with *NO* 'Management Engine' [or its equivalent] and I'll be wanting one for my desktop.

It'll need to run FreeBSD though... maybe I'd have to wait longer for that one

(nobody said - IS IT infected with a 'management engine' like Intel and AMD? Or were the designers security conscious enough to AVOID that trap?)

App-y, app-y, joy, joy: Pain-free software installer Flatpak (kinda) works on Windows Subsystem for Linux

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Re: Pulseaudio not present on WSL

I happen to _LIKE_ OSS, thanks. It's the driver model on FreeBSD. Not sure why Linux didn't just adopt it, too. Ah, well...

As for running things on WSL, maybe there should be a LSW or BSDSW i.e. something Microsoft writes and supports such that Windows software can run with Linux or *BSD as the OS. I'd even PAY MONEY for it.

And yes, this means a PROPER GUI that layers itself onto X11 and does _NOT_ require Wayland!

Linux kernel's Torvalds: 'I am truly sorry' for my 'unprofessional' rants, I need a break to get help

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Re: That's right Linux community... bend over...

Compare Linux 'code of conduct' with "subjective whatever 'we' FEEL at the moment" which is more like what Micro-shaft forums are like. I've seen it first-hand, especially with the Win-10-nic 'insider' forum at the time Win-10-nic released.

I'm sure this 'code of conduct' is just a reaction. It'll be modified into something reasonable at some point, assuming that the political correctness nazis aren't the ones behind it.

I'd just say it in a single statement: "Don't be a pain in the ass". Sorta like "do no harm".

The FreeBSD code of conduct was a little "rainbowy" but nothing seriously bad enough to stop using the OS nor stop submitting changes/fixes/bugs/etc..

The code of conduct you should fear should be the SUBJECTIVE kind, which is at the whim of whatever brown-shirted political correctness fascist "feels" at the moment. Otherwise, just interpret some common sense into it, assume that the PC Nazis had their chance to 'contribute' and have some pink liquid to quell the nausea. It'll pass eventually, like a bowel blockage.

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Re: That's right Linux community... bend over...

@Justthefacts - if you are offended by the term 'rainbow-haired pronoun people' and simply assume it means 'anti-gay' or 'anti-woman', then you just don't get it. It has nothing to do with sexuality nor discrimination.

It has *EVERYTHING* to do with being a shrill, irritating, chaos-promoting pain in the butt and "political correctness brownshirt" to those that don't conform to your preconceptions of how other people should behave. Saying "Because *you* are the problem" is an example for why so many of us (Linus included, probably) are so EXASPERATED by political correctness. Unwelcome amateur psychology is only an irritant.

Like I said earlier, "live and let live" works BOTH ways. And if you and people _LIKE_ you plan on disrupting any office you work at with political correctness fascism, please do not apply where I work. thank you. I like getting WORK done.

[as for race, sex, behavior, religion, and politics, none of those matter to me. just don't be a pain in the ass with any of it. Consider that religious proselytizing at work has been frowned on for decades. Political correctness should be, too. It's about getting work done. Check your feelings at the door (you can stuff them into your coat pocket).]

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Re: That's right Linux community... bend over...

" You seem to be suggesting that tolerance of other people’s identity, whether sexual, gender, religious, and anything else, is a bad thing. Live and let live."

I don't think he meant intolerance. When I read the phrase 'rainbow haired pronoun crowd', I see those who seek to foist their version of morality upon the rest of us through political correctness, "all about feelings", yotta yotta.

'Live and let Live' works _BOTH_ ways, ya know. It's the "force" part that I dislike about the 'rainbow haired pronoun crowd'. [they can be as gay or straight or religious or not, whatever they want, freedom. Just don't take MY freedom away in the process].

In any case, the 'rainbow haired pronoun crowd' seeks to create chaos, not solve problems. They whine if you don't use the correct term of the day and add "phobe" to many of the adjectives they use about you (and also add 'mis' as a prefix), always a pejorative accusation, always shrill, always irritating and disruptive, and RARELY correct.

THAT, I am pretty sure, is what Snow Wombat meant when he said 'rainbow haired pronoun crowd'. It's why I like the term. It's perfect.

(falling into the 'I am offended' or 'he might be offended' trap is too easy. it's best NOT to even go near it. And I chose to use 'he' because it's grammatically correct. HAH!)

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Re: That's right Linux community... bend over...

"rainbow haired pronoun crowd"

You know, THAT is such a concise and self-descriptive term that I'm going to have to remember it.

And yeah I hope Linus just needs a break away from THEM, and not from Linux itself. "They" are EXHAUSTING aren't they? Maybe that's their plan, a form of passive-aggressive BULLYING, wearing down the STRONG individuals until they're too tired to continue, with their constant yapping and nipping at your heels.

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Re: That's right Linux community... bend over...

from article: "vowed to take a break from the open-source project and seek help."

Damn. I wonder who it was that got to him...

LINUS! DO NOT LISTEN TO *THEM*! Be YOURSELF, because BEING COMMITTED TO QUALITY and letting those who deserve it have BOTH BARRELS with FULL PROFANITY is actually a GOOD thing!

That, and it's entertaining when it hits the news.

Princely five years in US big house for Nigerian biz email scammer

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Re: I thought the whole idea was they lived in Nigeria

yeah what _IS_ it about Nigeria that so many of these scumbags are its citizens... ?

/me plays the 419 baiter "africa" video again, just for laughs - just look at those idiots holding up their signs!

Don't put the 'd' and second 'i' in IoT: How to secure devices in your biz – belt and braces

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Re: "No MDM no connection... if the user doesn't like it, tough"

"I actively don't want my personal electronics to connect to my work network"

assuming it's non-trivial to have 2 network configs, yeah (or to shut off the stupid MDM crap when you're using it outside of the office, or with a non-company login).

Very often a corporation will have a 'guest' network that anybody can use, the kind of thing you'd offer up for a visiting exec or a potential client. I would suggest leaving that as an unmanaged network outside of the normal company firewall, with minimal filtering on it [just enough to prevent obvious abuse] and also DISABLING uPNP on it.

then you don't need MDM stuff just to access company web-mail etc. via https using the 'guest' network. But yeah maybe some idiot upper manager bought some overpriced pile of software that included MDM for every kind of phone invented, and he needs to justify his purchase...

Microsoft adds Windows module support to PowerShell Core while Amazon unleashes it on Lambda

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Re: Windows 10 1803 Powershell only option

yeah requiring you to use power-hell on win-10-nic, that's Micro-shaft's doing. I *SPECIFICALLY* do *NOT* want this happening on POSIX systems, however.... (Embrace, Extend, Extinguish comes to mind again).

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Re: @"Two reasons:" How come they can't learn bash, perl ?

"At least 20% of any Bash script seems to be spent parsing out the results of other commands using a witches' brew of sed, awk and grep"

If the entire script were "that" and it worked reliably, I'd give the author a beer. AND, maybe a promotion.

The alternative is to write a C language utility that does some of the more complex stuff. Usually a 1-pager that does stdin/stdout with printf and scanf etc.. Not too hard even for a junior coder right out of "pre-school" (aka CS major that just graduated from college - the REAL schooling starts with your first paid programming assignment!).

You may be confusing bash with Perl in this regard. Perl is often filled with regex stuff. It also has objects if you like those. The fact is you don't have to do it "that way" (with the "witch's brew"). But often, it's faster to write if you DO do it "that way". In fact I kinda like the "witch's brew" analogy. I think I'll start using it.

/me likes to encapsulate the "witch's brew" as functions. that way, the real code is readable and maintainable, and you can debug the "witch's brew" separately, with test data, before putting it into production. Been there, done that, should've written the book. I also use comments so others can maintain it.

added note: pre-emptively I'm going to mention using "the more secure versions" of printf/scanf when unknown input sources are involved. Someone will criticize me and narrowly focus on one tiny nitty detail like that. this is to pre-empt it. Yes, captain obvious, you DO want to keep security in mind.

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Re: How come they can't learn bash, perl ?

"see all the bash scripts which break if a path contains a space."

spaces in file names are *EVIL*. don't allow them on your network. and you can backslash the spaces in case you absolutely MUST allow them, like this.

/the_share/Some\ Idiot\ Put\ Spaces\ In\ The\ Name.whatever

you can make that happen with this:

sed 's/ /\\ /g'

you're welcome.

EXISTING tools. they exist. and they still do the job, very very well. Best to learn how to use what's there and not inject some Micro-shaft NIH-agenda bloatware onto a perfectly good Linux or BSD system...

Also keep in mind - Embrace Extend Extinguish.

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Re: How come they can't learn bash, perl ?

"BASH doesn't support consuming .net libraries directly like PowerShell does"

you say that as if it were a BAD thing... I think the 'lack of .Not support' is a GOOD thing. It means it's not internally polluted with "that architecture" in mind.

"PowerShell has some very powerful processing features built in that BASH is utterly missing"

And it's missing in Perl as well? How about (instead) writing a quicky piping filter in C, in accordance with the 'UNIX principle' of "do one thing, well". Yeah, 'too hard' for Windows admins. I believe they don't have that much of an intelligence vacuum, to be honest. But I suppose I _could_ be wrong about THAT detail...

As for Python, it's too bass-ackwards for efficient coding (much like '.Not' and C-pound). I find Python to be extremely useful for quicky things but a poor choice for anything above prototype level.

if the only thing keeping you away from bash and perl is the alleged 'arcane syntax' I prefer 'arcane' over 'bloatware inefficient' (aka ANYTHING using '.Not' in ANY fashion) **ANY** day.

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How come they can't learn bash, perl ?

How come they can't just learn bash, perl? Why must we inject Microsoft's insane model (read: power-hell and '.Not') and way of doing things into the world of POSIX shells and scripting lingos?

This is like building your house out of glass because you like windows. Yeah bad 'pun'ishment there. Careful not to play ball games in the yard [or throw stones].

Redis does a Python, crushes 'offensive' master, slave code terms

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Re: A silly issue, distracting from real work

"A refusal to change with the times"

I am _OFFENDED_ that you *FEEL* I'm REFUSING to CHANGE "with the times".

Except, of course, I _AM_. Refusing to behave like AN IDIOT is a good thing.

see what happens when the OTHER side is "offended"? I bet you don't give a crap! And neither do I, about people being "offended" about the terms master / slave in a technical context.

Let's all STOP GIVING A CRAP. Then we'll get along.

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Re: A silly issue, distracting from real work

OK if we *MUST* offend *EVERYBODY* equally let's just call them both "Semprini"

/me runs after grabbing coat

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I'm always suspicious of "undisclosed complaints".

It's a form of passive-aggressive behavior, to pretend it's "others" then "bring it to your attention" like that...

'Passive-aggressive' is considered (by some at least) to be a psychological DISORDER. For most of us, it's just A PAIN IN THE ASS.

Ever had to work with a passive-aggressive who targets you? I have. Several times. No thanks. And getting them punished for it: impossible. All you can do is *QUIT* and say why on the way out the door...

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Re: They should ask Torvalds to rename git.

"male dominance over a female partner!!"

yeah and with all of the BDSM references for master/slave LAST time around...

I still think Tori and Uke would get past the radar. They're Judo terms. Judo. 'Tori' literally means 'bird' and is the person doing the throw (also according to the web page from the verb 'toru' which has a meaning of take or pick up or choose - but if you've ever had a bird steal your food, it makes sense). 'Uke' means 'receiver' more or less and is the person being thrown.


any OTHER connotation, political or sexual, was (*cough*) accidental.

/me thinks "at least I didn't say 'tops' and 'bottoms' - no, wait..."

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"start using the 'n' word more. It just means black person."

Uh, no. Direct racial epithets aren't the same thing as the use of the term 'master' and/or 'slave' with respect to one another in a technical context.

[but maybe you made a good point anyway, in a backwards kind of way - 'master' and 'slave' aren't racial epithets unless you WANT them to be, so that you can control other people's speech or something]

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SJW indoctrination

"And on a more general note, how exactly do you become 'offended'?"

It has to be CAREFULLY TAUGHT which is why 'the left' pretty much pwns education these days...

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This is just silly.

big thumbs up for brevity AND accuracy

Microsoft accidentally let encrypted Windows 10 out into the world

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Re: Micro$haft

Oh, come on now... at least point out something we can snark at, not just make fun of their name and use profanity.

Like maybe that they treat end-users like Minions instead of Customers, by FORCING us into 2D Flatso, spyware, adware, forced updates, strong-armed 'Cloudy Login', 'the Store', yotta yotta. And being their QA department.

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"The next time these chuckleheads boast about their quarterly profits, remember part of that largess comes at the expense of having anything resembling a responsible QA process."

cannot be emphasized enough

(insiders and end users - those are the new 'QA department', with forced updates to perpetuate it)

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Re: Accident or a test?

Microsoft does not do "testing" any more. It's why they have minions insiders.

And they probably don't have a sense of humor, either.

Hey Micro-shaft: it's ready AIM fire, not ready FIRE aim. Or, in your case, patch, TEST, upload to servers, not what YOU did: patch, upload to servers, test.

Well, that's right - you don't do "test" any more! So you REALLY did patch, upload [no test].

icon, because, facepalm for the OBVIOUS 'lameness' of this moment

Russia: The hole in the ISS Soyuz lifeboat – was it the crew wot dunnit?

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Re: Zero G

this problem was solved in the 1960's during the Gemini program. They also had a drill-operated wrench, if I remember correctly. the back story, as I recall, was that they put a test rig filled with typical operations like turning wrenches and screwdrivers and using a drill into the back end of a gemini capsule where it had an equipment space set up for this kind of thing. An astronaut went outside in a suit and tried to do all that, but failed miserably. Then NASA came up with a brilliant plan of using a swimming pool to simulate zero gravity [which they've been doing ever since]. They rehearsed the mission, and tried it again, this time successful.

Anyway, a bit of NASA history from the dark spider-webbed recesses of my mind.

also mentioned (sort of) here

The swimming pool helped them 'get it right' with Gemini XII

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I still think it was done by a Russian technician

who was trying to plug a leak by drilling down to where the leak was so he could put some kind of leak-stopping material in there. the hole would've been considered 'benign' and apparently it was covered up so it couldn't easily be seen.

Then, the patch that was made on Earth failed, causing the recent leakage. Their fix was kinda like what I propose the original fix was - inject something into the hole to stop the leak, and cover it up.

Occam's razor in this case.

(not nearly as interesting as snarking all over it and pointing fingers and conspiracy theories)

Trump shouldn't criticise the news media, says Amazon's Jeff Bezos

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Re: Poor Jeff is so right, nobody takes his leftist hate pamflet seriously anymore

"Washington Post claims president Trump is a sorcerer creating storms."

you know, that's worth a pause for thought, at least...

when you take *THIS* kind of lunacy into consideration, and apparently from all angles [except Fox and a handful of others], is it any wonder Trump is 'a little unhappy' with 'the media' ? They've been filtering out all of the good things he's done (economy, trade, N. Korea, etc.) and only reporting what they perceive to be the bad, mixed with obviously biased opinions, continuously, for the last 2+ years, worse than they ever did to Nixon as far as I remember - admittedly being a snark-meister is more fun, but they are being at least a *little* irresponsible, ya know?

Oh, and the new Amazon location is possibly the one here in the San Diego area. They're apparently looking to hire 'DevOps' people. One of the ads I saw practically begged people to come work for a 'socially conscious' company or something like that. I think I'd rather sleep at night, thanks (and keep my stomach contents on the inside where they belong). If the benefit for working at Amazon is working for a 'socially conscious' company, I have to consider some of the recent news about Google where they (*LITERALLY*) did a big 'group hug' in response to Trump being elected, and someone recently leaked the video to Breitbart.

In the past, certain 'Silly Valley' companies have been reported to have colluded together to drive down wages with secret 'do not recruit' pacts, and to use H1-B visas to hire foreign workers and kinda 'trap them here' so they can pay them less and drive the wage scale down. Trump's approach to immigration threatens this kind of thing [which is good, because nobody outside of 'them' likes wage manipulation].

Couple that with some of the 'big tech' company policies with countries like China (Google helping the 'great firewall' to block content, for example, something called 'Dragonfly') ya think maybe *THAT* kind of thing is ultimately why a lot of these very wealthy "tech" CEOs don't like Trump??? Trump is in their way for driving down wages and controlling the flow of information and goods here in the U.S. (and of course 'the world'). And apparently they're 'globalists' and Trump is 'America First'. It's an obvious divide in politics that can't be crossed.

So yeah, maybe Amazon's CEO should review his own company policies, and remove the obvious blinding 'log' from his own eye, before trying to remove the spec of sawdust from Trump's eye. Yeah, that was in the bible someplace, an illustration about hypocrisy.

Microsoft lights a fire under .NET Core teams, just in time for Ignite

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what if you 'outgrew' ".Not" (aka ".Net") itself?

I 'outgrew' '.Not' back in the early noughties, when they thought it up.

I just do a native compile. Seems to go blisteringly fast, too. It's WAY better than some p-code wannabe that's part of ".Not". Bleah. Throw it away along with 'garbage collection' and the bass-ackwards pseudo-object-oriented way of doing things that's so "core" to ".Not".

I mean, do you REALLY need "Universe.Galaxy.system.planet.continent.country.province" <line break> ".county.city.district.street.house.pet.flea" just to get to "flea"? beginning by enumerating the 'universe' collection? And getting EVERY! STINKING! DETAIL! about EVERY! OTHER! FLEA! during the enumeration to find the matching flea? Seriously?

OK maybe not THAT bad, but it was an illustration of the bass-ackwards thinking behind ".Not"s very design. Thanks, I'll use API functions instead, and write efficient C/C++ code that compiles to a NATIVE BINARY and doesn't need a MONOLITHIC TOP-HEAVY SHARED LIB [that gets updated _ALL_ of the time because it's so flawed] just to LOAD [let alone RUN].

[and - dirty little secret - if I design my C++ code properly, I can compile it for MFC _or_ wxWidgets with the SAME! CODE! BASE! Imagine that!]

Martian weather has cleared at last: Now NASA's wondering, will Opportunity knock?

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Re: I hope the little booger is still alive

martian dust storm, more like the martian equivalent of a hurricane. a planet-wide one.

here, rover, heeere rover! good doggy - come and get your biscuit!

/me runs the electric can opener - usually works

Microsoft: You don't want to use Edge? Are you sure? Really sure?

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Re: Another weird feature in 1809 (current release)

"Windows 10 search is utter shite"

better to install Cygwin, use 'find' and 'grep'. Or, just not run Win-10-nic at all.

(see icon)

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Re: Another weird feature in 1809 (current release)

"Windows 10 is worse than shite. It's broken to the point of being utterly useless."

well, I couldn't go THAT far and remain accurate. It's not 'utterly useless'. IRRITATING for sure. But, unfortunately, people really ARE able to use it to get things done. Except during certain phases of the mandatory updates. [and I don't want to schedule my life around Micro-shaft's convenience, thank you]

I still despise Win-10-nic and the horrible attitudes of those who continue to try to force-market and strong-arm us into it.

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Re: It's OK; you can set firefox as your default!

there are a handful of people, admittedly, who actually _LIKE_ windows 10. What *REALLY* *PISSES* *ME* *OFF* is how *THAT* is used to *JUSTIFY* *CRAMMING* *IT* *INTO* *THE* *REST* *OF* *OUR* *RECTUMS* because Micro-shaft and a small percentage of windows users *FEEL* it is better, and so the *REST* of us *MUST* *USE* *IT* *TOO*.

taking away choice is BAD customer relations. It's more like... *A* *MONOPOLY* !!!

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Re: I bash google when possible

"like a equation has parts that cancel each other out."

until you divide by zero...

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Re: Links to resolutions, will work with any browser

"running software that only runs on Windows"

In many cases, this is easily rectified. In a few cases, sadly, it is not. However, alternatives most likely exist. I think it was said best when Ernie Ball got one of those "predatory audits" back in the _very_ early noughties, and has been "Rockin' on without Microsoft" ever since.

link: "https://www.cnet.com/news/rockin-on-without-microsoft/" (I hate captcha, using 'a' tags forced it to happen, go fig, I'm not a bot, and 'noscript' breaks captcha anyway)

According to the article, Ernie Ball (the company) saved about $80k 'right away', nearly paying the $100k fine+costs. No doubt he's got 'a fleet' of computers, people who need to be trained to use them, etc..

Yeah, "not that hard". No thanks for the FUD. here's a nice example of why Linux is a viable (and in this case, WAY less expensive) solution. Worth pointing out they use a commercial Linux (RH). Imagine what kind of money (and maybe even time!) you might save by using CentOS or a Debian derivative [including Devuan] and just having Linux-savvy IT on the premises.

bombastic bob Silver badge

Re: More bloat in an already over bloated OS

"SatNad and his crew in Redmond get more like [Big Brother] each and every day"

Like that graphic with Bill G. as Locutus of Borg. It's been happening for a while. SatNad is just the latest. I would say 'Borg Queen' but that has so many alternate implications I figured I'd leave that one alone... oops, too late.

When i went to check on a security vulnerability yesterday, I had to load the MS link for the CVE in a separate security context and process incarnation of firefox that allows script AND cookies [and then dumps it all when I close it - ha ha]. Upon loading the MS link for the CVE report, which basically didn't tell me anything useful, I had to AGREE to their TOU for some @#$% reason...

just how far are they gonna TAKE that #&%$ anyway?

bombastic bob Silver badge

Re: Dear Microsoft

"a shitty, intrusive and annoying feature for the next iteration."

like 'Clippy' ?

/me plays oblitatory "It looks like you're writing a letter" salmon days BOFH video clip.

C++ devs take a Step Back, let the UWP guy play with Visual Studio

bombastic bob Silver badge

finally they acknowledge the C++ devs

I might give them a nice slow-clap for that.

In the mean time, all of that "special attention" to UWP, when practically NOBODY actually doing that, can only be driven by some kind of internal agenda to cram UWP "development' into our body orifices.

Isn't that "special" !

However, being able to 'go back a line' sounds like a cool feature. Too bad I'll be sticking with the last DevStudio I'll ever need (2010) because everything SINCE then has the 2D FLATSO, UWP, Metro, and so on look, even on 7. And I might have to re-learn how to NOT have ".Not" be a dependency of your project. There were several steps to ensure that in 2010, and MFC is becoming more and more bloated as time moves forward, and static linking (to me) is MANDATORY for all too many reasons.

I'd just like it if the 'class wizard' and dialog editor interfaces went *BACK* to the way it was in 1998... if you are a typist, and don't like lifting your hand off of home row to mousie-clickie-mousie-clickie, you'll know what I mean. I __**REALLY**__ __**DESPISE**__ the VB-ish 'property' things. "Cumbersome" is an understatement.

(and don't even get me STARTED on ANYTHING that tries to type things in for me... at least I can shut that OFF)

/me observes there's really only ONE feature I REALLY like about DevStudio. It's been around since "Programmer's Workbench". 'Virtual Space'. ALL editors need that!!!

Python joins movement to dump 'offensive' master, slave terms

bombastic bob Silver badge

Re: Thinking about others feelings?

so you can more easily poke fun and ridicule the feelings. because everybody has them, and they make a *HORRIBLE* basis decisionmaking. I feel with my fingers, curled upwards in a perverse kinda way.

bombastic bob Silver badge

Re: What's next?

it would only be a problem if it were "fatherboard".

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bombastic bob Silver badge

Re: BDSM will deliver the goods..

I was kinda hinting at the whole BDSM thing with some of my name suggestions earlier. might as well make it a title

I should add 'Owner / Gimp' to the list...

Raspberry Pi supremo Eben Upton talks to The Reg about Pi PoE woes

bombastic bob Silver badge

Re: not skookum

"The foundation perpetuates an elitist attitude that no one can do things as well as they can"

this IS a discussion about the Raspberry Pi, right?

I haven't found any of what you said to be true. Maybe some time surfing around the web site would be a good idea.

Sometimes the info you want _IS_ hard to find, but if you surf around a bit you'll eventually get to it. "Poorly indexed" might be a good criticism to use, and it's obviously not done deliberately.

Some links on their web site lead more down rabbit holes than to useful information. Yeah, that's irritating. Eventually you find the right set of pages and links and VOILA it's all there! Or at least most of it. Then you download the broadcom CPU docs and surf around other sites like elinux.org and sometimes their info isn't 100% accurate, so you occasionally tear out your hair over it, but in general, it's pretty good docs for something this inexpensive and flexible.

bombastic bob Silver badge

Re: Oh dear, a fan

the fan may be a necessity with certain Pi versions, having that circuit board over the top of the 'otherwise open' ventilation space for the CPU...

Otherwise, it's probably cheaper to get a simple $10 PoE adaptor on amazon [several versions exist at around the same price with very good reviews], one of the 'wye splitter' variety at any rate. [yeah this was discussed on IRC last week, along with links to one particular device that fits the category of what I just said].

but PoE is less important (to me) than having a proper power/shutdown switch... and yeah external boards exist for that, too.

It's September 2018, and Windows VMs can pwn their host servers by launching an evil app

bombastic bob Silver badge

"see i told you so"

with respect to 'safe surfing' practices, how many times have _I_ been DOWN voted for saying things like this?

With respect to CVE-2018-8475 at least:

a) do NOT surf the web logged in with admin or root credentials

b) do NOT use a Micro-shaft browser

c) if possible, do NOT surf the web with a MICROSOFT OS

e) do NOT view mail "as HTML", and especially do NOT preview images 'inline'.

(see? see? see????)

e) run 'noscript' or other script blocker BY DEFAULT

f) never "just open" the attachment to an e-mail [even if you know the sender]

and so on.

I ALSO expect that ad servers, image-related blog sites, spam mail with images embedded in them, and even web pages on places like 'deviantart' and 'imgur' and so forth can become VECTORS for the exploit.

And it's very difficult to get *DETAILS* on this one, meaning it's probably VERY bad, enough that search engines are maybe DELIBERATELY keeping us from [easily] finding those places where it's properly explained... [my 'google fu' is usually pretty good, but not with THIS, not THIS time]

yeah a little paranoia, and a *BIG* *FAT* "see I told you so" on the SAFE SURFING!!! because, even if they SAY it is patched, what OTHER similar vulnerabilities are STILL THERE waiting to be found???

[sloppy coding is as sloppy coding does]

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