* Posts by bombastic bob

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Windows 10 a failure by Microsoft's own metric – it won't hit one billion devices by mid-2018

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Re: Perhaps ....

"They did not want to re-learn."

not a BAD thing... re-learn takes time, time = money which costs more to the business, PLUS productivity is lost, and you don't make a profit, and don't get raises/bonuses. yeah.

NOW, if Micro-shaft could make the case [which they can NOT] that productivity IMPROVES, and ease of use IMPROVES [which it does NOT] with Win-10-nic, they'd have NO PROBLEM [in fact, I would probably want it if such things were true, aside from the 2D FLUGLY which I hate].

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Re: Amazing

"It's like they've managed to shove their heads up into their asses so deeply that they've created the worlds first human-shaped mobius strip."

or an inverse ouroboros (you know instead of a snake swallowing its own tail, it's a man's 'tail' 'swallowing' his head... oh, whatever)

One in five consumers upgraded to Win10 for free instead of buying a PC

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Re: child requested a Linux installation

"Which Linux? Distro fragmentation doesn't help OEMs"

if you can install ONE kind of Linux, you can install ANY. not hard to download an ISO and re-do the install, assuming that the drivers aren't proprietary in any way. I purchased 2 'netbooks' for a customer project and installed debian on both of them (one being a backup of the other). It came with some crippled console-only Linux, but at least I knew that they would work WITH Linux. I booted up the debian installer, and everything worked as expected, from wifi to bluetooth. [and for the customer project, it needed BOTH of these].

(had they not come WITH Linux, they may not have been 'linux capable' without a lot of extra effort)

bombastic bob Silver badge

Re: child requested a Linux installation

"Indeed. It's time for OEMs and retailers to sit up and take notice, and start selling PCs with a Linux installation instead of Windows."

this needs 'Developers, Developers, Developers, Developers' to get on board, too. But the way Micro-shaft has been _TREATING_ Developers these days, erecting tollbooths (i.e. certification requirements), changing the rules (".Not", Silverlight, WinRT, 'Universal'), and basically RUINING the platform, SMART developers will read the writing on the wall and start creating TRULY 'universal' appLICATIONS, which can run on Linux as well. Gtk, Qt, wxWidgets - these all help you do this sort of thing. But developers need to be CONVINCED, or else they'll just look at "bottom line, now" and continue to code for 'windows only' using Micro-shaft's "windows only" stuff, INCLUDING the use of 'shared stuff' (like ".Not") that is SPECIFICALLY 'not licensed for other than a microsoft operating system'. [so first to go, any ".Not" dependencies, or depending on ANY microsoft technology, for THAT matter]

It'll take some marketing effort to make this work. But it *CAN* work.

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Re: Once again. We have passed peak PC.

"The PC as a piece of hardware in peoples homes is - for the large part - obsolete and irrelevant."

Uh, no. NOT obsolete. People generally don't use PCs for the same things they use "devices" for. I think most people would struggle with playing a high resolution PC game or doing anything but "simplified" tax forms on anything OTHER than a PC or notebook.

But machines from 10 years ago often do "those things" as well as NEW ones. THAT is the point. SALES are being measured, then interpreted as "market penetration". This is a complete FALLACY. The number of existing (in use) PCs is HUGE.

According to THIS:


The total number of Android and iOS based systems is around 41% (I added them up). The rest are either PC or Mac. So maybe ~60% of "devices" that run web browsers are PCs or Macs? It's something to consider. (a small number are probably game consoles, but it was small enough not to be broken out).

regardless of SALES, there's still a HUGE user base of the PC. It's not "going away".

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Re: Why would they have bought a new PC?

"Only a masochist would have stuck with Windows 8."

or down"up"graded a 7 machine to Win-10-nic.

It's *REALLY* about perception, as the original poster of this topic (sort of) pointed out when he said "Would it have broken if MS hadn't decided to offer a free upgrade?"

that's the point. the EXISTING computer is PERCEIVED to be as good as a new one. So why buy a new one? THAT is where the market reality is, at the moment.

a) no more Moore's Law causing next year's machine to be 50% faster than this year's

b) Windows "Ape" (8.x) and Win-10-nic are generally NOT perceived as "improvements" over 7 and earlier (except by the MASOCHISTS)

c) getting a better hard drive or more RAM is CHEAPER, especially important during a slumpy economy

And all of this adds up to "no clear reason to get a NEW computer". A decent re-conditioned one can be pretty nice, too. I recently got a reconditioned 7 Pro box for $120 on e-bay, and it works really really really well as a 'windows workstation' for doing accounting and things like that. Many other similarly priced computers were available. I specifically wanted 7 Pro, of course, so it was a major selling feature that YOU! MAY! NOT! GET! WITH! A! NEW! COMPUTER!

Ban ISPs from 'speeding up' the internet: Ex-Obama tech guru

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why can't I pay for "better service" ?

Here's a thought that NOBODY ever mentions: why CAN'T I pay for "better service" if I can AFFORD it ? Where's the advantage of working hard and accumulating LOTS of money?

Actually, if I had a super-fat fiber line run from the nearest internet hub directly to my house, I COULD have that. but then my neighbors would NOT have that. And some dumbass would scream "Thats not fair" and FORCE ME to "share it". At least, that's how it seems...

(and I wish I _did_ have "that kind of money" - instead I have crappy DSL that barely gets 500kbits these days, even after the phone company re-built my phone line to deal with noise and frequent dropouts)

It's not our fault we don't hire black people, says Facebook

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Re: Hiring laws

unfortunately, demographics are used as EVIDENCE in discrimination lawsuits. So unless there was a lack of applications filed for a particular job by people of a particular race, it COULD hurt FaceBarph to have a lack of employees that are more a representative sampling of "normal demographics".

then again, there are more black people and hispanic people and S.E. asian-descendent people in specific areas of the USA than in others. You know, 'neighborhoods'. Areas surrounding Face-barph's office should be 'demographically analyzed' before any accusations are made... as well as an examination of the applications that were submitted.

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"People only hire people that remind themselves of... themselves. "

I disagree. the purpose of a business is PROFIT. Therefore, you hire the person who will MAKE THE MOST MONEY FOR THE COMPANY. Unless the employee is a flaming ASSHAT, is VERY likely to sue you for some B.S. reason [i.e. an 'issues' person and it's obvious], has a poor attitude towards others, or smells like a sewer in the interview, chances are NONE of the characteristics that are so often touted in 'diversity' arguments will even be looked at for a SECOND.

Not if the company wants to MAKE MONEY, anyway. And yeah, "Mr. Issues" probably won't get hired because he's already advertising the desire to SUE YOU at the drop of a hat. And so on.

I guess walking into an interview with an attitude OTHER than "how can I help you potential customer" isn't going to help you later.

(then again I have been a contractor for EVAR and have an actual interview with a potential 'customer' soon...)

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"How many poor people from working class areas do they hire?"

hopefully, NO MORE than are the 'best qualified' for the positions they apply for. And when I say 'best qualified' it _EXCLUDES_ race, sex, or any other "has nothing to do with the job" characteristic.

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Re: So what you're saying is...

"hire more people based entirely on the colour of their skin?"

it's what the 'affirmative action' weenies on "the left" would say, yeah, but Faceb[itch,ook] isn't practicing the kind of thing it probably (read: no doubt) preaches. Instead, they appear to be hiring on the basis of JOB SKILLS, which is what ANY responsible company would do (normally).

Perhaps Charles Barkley's take on "things of this nature" is the CORRECT explanation:


And if he's right, the relative lack of 'minority employees' at FB is mostly "self-inflicted", i.e. "not whitey's fault" nor outright racial discrimination in hiring.

just sayin'

Microsoft silently kills dev backdoor that boots Linux on locked-down Windows RT slabs

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not long before RT slab-tops are completely worthless

The RT slab-tops had at LEAST a chance at being useful, if they could run Linux... but now they have NO worth at ALL.

I pity anyone that was suckered into buying one of those...

I remember the 'secure boot' fiasco, and how Micro-shaft ASSURED us that for x86, you would be able to DISABLE the 'secure boot' and load "a legacy OS" onto a windows-logo certified box. But, NOT SO with the ARM-based boxen. We have to wonder *why* this was... and I think we're seeing some of that coming back like a turd that won't flush.

Facebook deleted my post and made me confirm pics of my kids weren't sexually explicit

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Re: Topic

exactly. who needs it? USENET is FREE. Or, if you were creative enough, you could set up your own web site on github and do 'whatever' with it. Or rent a space and NOT have to deal with `echo "FaceBook" | sed 's/ook/itch/'` policies.

Linux cloudy tie ups: SUSE and Microsoft, Canonical and Pivotal

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Embrace, Extend, Extinguish

I don't think this plan has EVER changed.


IoT puts assembly language back on the charts

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Re: Stop, just stop

"Java is not 3 times more in demand than C#"

*sniff* *sniff* - smells like a Microsoft Shill

I mentioned C-pound already, and that ".Not" _thing_ that goes with it. It deserves it's "under 5%" ranking on TIOBE.

whereas, the ENTIRE point was that IoT and other micro-controller-based projects *DEMAND* the kinds of low-level coding that assembly language lets you do. And if you're mixing inline assembler with your C code, it's the same *kinds* of coding as pure assembler [except you now get to deal with some of the quirky syntax things that 'inline' forces you to deal with].

explained HERE for AVR processors:


it takes the *right* kind of coder to deal with this kind of thing, yeah

bombastic bob Silver badge

Re: Assembly Language?

"I can't see its relevance to run-anywhere processor/platform independence."

yeah, I guess you'll just have to continue coding C-pound for ".Not". Which was STILL under 5% on the TIOBE index, from what I can tell.

On a related note, really good C code is a close second to tiny assembler code for microcontrollers. but sometimes you have to at LEAST do inline assembly, especially to take advantage of some special instructions (like in a bootloader, flashing NVRAM - did this for a project that ended up on github, XMega port for Arduino IDE).

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Re: Assembly is OK, but...

"but only if you've got at least five years of hands-on experience with Agile DevOps. As a service. In a Docker container. "

'What Color is your Parachute?' indeed... gotta find a way to get your resume to the HIRING MANAGER, an individual that understands enough about software and engineering to recognize talent, even when the resume doesn't have the "buzz words" that H.R. weenies live to screen by, or a 4 year degree (even in something irrelevant). "Wow, that guy has a basket-weaving degree! I bet he makes a GREAT programmer!"

smaller companies who don't have H.R. departments are your best bet, anyway, especially for contractors.

Linus Torvalds in sweary rant about punctuation in kernel comments

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Re: RSI ?

"Typing // means less typing fatigue than /* */ . The slash is directly accessible on US keyboards, the asterisk requires shift. That alone should decide the issue."

that, and people wearing wrist-braces from carpal tunnel syndrome.

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"If 'blah blah' happens to be a block of code you commented out, you want a fast method to uncomment: just remove 2 lines."

how about this:

#if 0

commented = out * code;

fprintf(stderr, "line %d in %s\n", __LINE__, __FUNCTION__);

#endif // 0

works nice for test or debug code.

Using the '#if 0' block makes it so that if your code contains /* */ comments, you can STILL 'comment it out' with only 2 lines, but then you only need to change the '0' to a '1' to re-enable it afterwards...

or you could get really good at 'tapping out' the keystrokes for putting // at the beginning of a bunch of consecutive lines of code (being a drummer helps), using a rapidly repeated sequence of '//' left, left, down with left hand on '/', right hand on cursor keys [or else use a keystroke recorder to make a macro of it, playable with a hotkey]

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Re: Reflection on the author...

"Bad, or incorrect comments are worse than no comments at all. Documentation is something that needs to be done."

With doxygen, you can kinda get BOTH at the same time (but you have to format the comments properly, and that goes back to Linus' rant)

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Re: Tabs vs Spaces

"May I humbly suggest a decent code editor with colour highlighting of reserved words etc,"

pluma or gedit (prior to gnome 3) will do until I get my own IDE editor finished.

sorting functions alphabetically, though... *shudder* [unless you name them deliberately by functionality].

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"I'm sure Linus would find other reasons to hate me, if not that."

no doubt. A record of Linus' quirky antics would make a funny book.

And I saw that Nathan Hale quote written like this once:

"I only regret that I have but one * for my country"

took me a while to figure out what the hell the '*' meant... and then the 'fridge moment' when the light came on.

(As I recall, the '*' quote was on a 'Wretched Mess' calendar, which I don't think still exists in live print, but I google'd and saw a blog that mentioned it, and a books page for the author "Milford Stanley Poltroon" that had a few books about fishing with Monty-Python-worthy titles like 'The Happy Fish Hooker')

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Re: Well there is a point to this

"Code primarily is read by humans, and in fact comments are more commonly read than the actual code. So it makes sense to improve their readability."

Coding style guidelines are (generally) a good idea. it makes things consistent and easier to visually scan. I suppose 'comment style' could just be part of that.

If you use Doxygen, following Linus' comment block style recommendations 'just works'.

When it comes to formatting the actual CODE, however, I have little respect for people who _INSIST_ on K&R style bracing, and believe that 'Allman Style' yields the MOST readable code. (/me ducks to avoid flying objects). Then there's the practice of using hard-tabs for indenting, which ALSO needs to "just go away" (/me ducks again). That way you can use 'cat' and 'less' to view source files in a Linux console, and they'll appear CONSISTENT with what you see in an editor.

(I also do banners with 'figlet' and a shell script that puts a nice 'right-hand edge' on them, centering the text, sticking a copyright statement underneath the banner, yotta yotta - let the script do the right-hand edge and you don't have to fiddle with it)

Bomb-disposal robot violently disposes of Dallas cop-killer gunman

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Re: Hows the Robot?

we'll give Mr. Bomb-bot a post-scrapous medal.

/me wonders, if the robot loses an arm, can it be replaced with a biological one?

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Re: slight correction

assault rifle vs assault weapon.

maybe true, but (sarcasm mode ON) we ALL know that those 'assault' thingies SHOOT PEOPLE ON THEIR OWN which is why politicians have to ban them, which we all know keeps them out of the hands of CRIMINALS, too...

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Re: Gunman murdered by the police?

if the cops use DEADLY FORCE on a POTENTIAL THREAT to civilian lives, safety, and also the lives and safety of police officers, it's not "murder".


(expected down-votes from unnecessarily squeamish 'feelers' who feel instead of think)

self-defense is, and always WILL be, a HUMAN RIGHT. Defense of OTHERS is HEROIC. The COPS were HEROES.

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Re: @YetAnotherLocksmith ... It makes sense, but...

"They wanted a race war and here it is."

unfortunate, but most likely true. Obaka's roots are in "agitation" of unhappy citizens. The 'civil rights coalition' becomes EMPOWERED when there is racial strife.

If people stopped caring or making a big deal about race, pointing it out whenever possible, making it an excuse or reason or motivation for 'whatever', there would be no racism. But then "they" wouldn't be powerful, important, or perceived as "needed" any more...

so there you have it.

(expecting lots of thumb-downs, just like the other two).

Oh, and gotta LOVE the geek factor of hacking the bomb DISPOSAL robot's usage to dispose of a cop-killing perp!

Farewell to Microsoft's Sun Tzu: Thanks for all the cheese, Kevin Turner

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Re: 2007 was the turning point

"When in their sordid history did they ever listen to customers?"

beta programs prior to 1995 worked out pretty well. They were trying VERY hard to support legacy hardware as well as current. They really _did_ do a good job of it back then.

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Re: And, what has happened at MS since 2005?

"The reason why UAC broke many programs is because quite often lazy programmers did not follow best practices."

In part you're right. UAC has its benefits, as well as its irritations. When 7 'mellowed it out' it became palatable. It's a good point to make.

However: the REAL fix would have been to re-do the security model to be friendly to the idea that running as ADMINISTRATOR is to be DISCOURAGED, and ALL steps should be taken to make applications run NOT as administrator without any real difficulty. This last part is problematic, even with major applications. You'd think they could put their files into a place where you don't need to be an administrator to access and/or modify them... (or prompt for admin privs to update them, as needed).

Anyway, I've vented my spleen on how Micro-shaft is "doing it wrong" countless times already. Or more like "The right way" "The wrong way" and "The Micro-shaft way".

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And, what has happened at MS since 2005?

From the article I'd guess that 11 years means he was hired in 2005?

And what has happened SINCE then? How much of this guy's influence has gone into product development?

Marketing OFTEN dictates what THEY believe (or more likely, 'feel') is the direction the market is going, and development WILL comply with that.

And it seems obvious to me that this guy, if he was driving development, could NOT have been more wrong...

With the exception of Windows 7's "backpedaling" to give people a MORE XP-like and less "buy new expensive hardware" experience (without actually BEING XP 2.0), we have Vista, "Ape", "Ape point 1", and Win-10-nic. NONE of these was a marketing success.

And there's this (from the article):

"It took years for people to adjust to the new Office 2007 UI, hurting sales. Windows Vista? That was Windows 8, before Windows 8 was Windows 8."

Whereas previous (prior to THIS guy) versions of Office had a MORE FAMILIAR interface, something people wouldn't SCREAM about after upgrading or buying a new computer with the new software on it.

THIS guy may be the source of "force the market to change so we can dominate it" kinds of thinking that *I* believe are behind Micro-shafts STUPID moves in product development.

Vista tried to force us AWAY from really cheap (yet functional) PCs. Fail. UAC and signed driver requirements just made it all WORSE.

The 'new' office paradigm (which I haven't used, but have heard complaints about) REALLY angered people into "not upgrading". Or, they went with Open Office or Libre Office. I did (even on Winders).

The 'new' look of Windows "Ape" (8) was even MORE appalling (to MOST people). It helped to KILL new computer sales (along with Moore's law no longer compensating for Micro-shaft OS inefficiencies, so "keep what you have" instead of "downgrade to a 'new' model").

And *NOW* we have Win-10-nic. And Satella is kicking this guy out the door, but making it look like a "re-organization". I think the board of directors may have played their hand in this one.

But here's another question: Was THIS guy responsible for GWX? If I understand the description of him, he may very well BE "the guy" who THOUGHT IT UP!!!

Win 10 Anniversary: 'We're beginning to check in final code' says Microsoft

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Re: 'Free' update to end.

"Penguin, because well, you still can - anytime (no hoops to jump through)."

honestly, I don't disagree by much (and want very much for Linux to succeed as a regularly used desktop OS for non-geeks). And now the "big but": BUT, you have a lot of windows-only software out there that won't run with Wine. For those software packages, you (unfortunately) need a winders box.

It's a note to software devs to "get hot" on Linux versions, to help CREATE the migration. Because, WHEN it happens, YOUR package will be the one people will migrate TO [edge on competition].

But yeah, Micro-shaft's "underwhelming" Win-10-nic is just plastic flowers on the grave. Or lipstick on the boar. Whatever.

Wannabe Prime Minister Andrea Leadsom thinks all websites should be rated – just like movies

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Sounds like yet another politician trying to regulate something they have zero understanding of

@Oliver Mayes

deserves its own topic

oh, 'well said' by the way.

and remember THIS?


(that was a crowning moment of awesome!)

Microsoft's cringey 'Hey bae <3' recruiter email translated by El Reg

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Re: Makes you wonder

"Since MSFT is committed to diversity and finding talent from wherever"

"diversity" is *HIGHLY* overrated. If it's not skills-related, it should _NOT_ be JOB-related, for hiring or any other reason. But it would figure that Micro-shaft would focus on non-job-related "things" as a hiring basis, such as being a "hip" youngun' who understand the lingo of that letter... (we need more 'insert non-job-qualification-characteristic here' in our employ).

yeah, diversity may be thought of like a well established alloy (in someone's dreams) but REALITY is more like a POORLY DONE alloy, something that shatters under stress, or bends well before the design load is reached. Making 'diversity' a primary hiring factor just WEAKENS the outcome, overall, because you're not focusing on hiring people who can DO! THE! JOB! - you're playing "social goody-goody" instead. Typical stupidity of the left, yeah.

"Wow, I think my alloy needs more LEAD in it. There's no LEAD representation here. Better get some LEAD in it, otherwise the LEAD representatives will SUE ME for NOT ADDING ENOUGH LEAD because it's POORLY REPRESENTED based on the available metals and their percentages in nature..."

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Re: Every time I see "<3"...

"Looks as if someone tried to depict BAE letting off gas."

or an unusual (and apparently partial) depiction of male anatomy

bombastic bob Silver badge

this trope is older than television

when your parents try to act all 'hip" like they're teenagers, only to end up acting "lame" instead (and embarrassing the offspring, but it's their job to embarrass offspring, so go figure)


seems applicable, to me...

Microsoft COO jumps ship

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employees ranking one another

"what made Turner such a hated figure at Microsoft was his introduction of score carding – a system he brought over from Walmart where employees rank each other on their output. Since this is tied directly to bonuses, it led to a poisonous political atmosphere in the company and is cited by many as the worst thing about working for the software giant."

too bad they didn't have CUSTOMERS rank them... that might actually make *SENSE*.

[then people like ME, who *HATE* Win-10-nic and Windows "Ape" (8.x), can give them all a 5 'stinky diapers' rating, as deserved]

but yeah, the internal politics of employees 'ranking' one another, well, RANKS.

Debian founder Ian Murdock killed himself – SF medical examiner

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Re: Bah!

"Mixing Aspberger's with an addictive personality disorder and you have the recipe for an unhappy life."

Ass-burger's. What a CROCK of CRAP *that* is. It used to be called 'absent-minded professor' or 'genius personality'. It's when you are SO smart, that stupid things like "emotional sensitivity" are _ignored_, because they _should_ be. But, whatever. Let's just call 'genius' a 'disorder' now, so we can make morons "feel better" about themselves. HAH!

That being said, your psychological diagnosis is rather narrow. What drove Ian to suicide is most likely a LOT more complex. If he was making delusional reports about police brutality, it might be an indicator of a LOT of different things, from tumors and chemical imbalances to an underlying psychosis of some kind that went undetected for a long time.

Or... MAYBE he started on some kind of treatment that caused it? Nobody's said ANYTHING about that, and I've heard (from people who know, in the media) that certain kinds of mental disorders (that require medication) being treated by the WRONG STUFF can cause suicidal tendencies and delusions and things of that nature. And shrinks "go shopping" to find the 'right' treatment, more often than not.

Personally, I think TRUE genius is a hair's width from insanity, anyway. So there you go.

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"Not very sensitive."

Ugh... the 's' word 'sensitive'. Almost as bad as the 'f' word 'feel'.

'Sensitive' is *HIGHLY* overrated. snarky irreverant comedy, on the other hand...

Still not happy to see someone so accomplished and intelligent driven by some kind of apparent mental disorder to the point of suicide.

FBI won't jail future US president over private email server

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Re: elReg trolling?

"Seriously, H. Clinton vs. D. Trump, is that the best the US can do?"

well, _I_ didn't have the time and money to run for president this time around. So I'd say, "yeah".

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Re: Interesting downplaying there

"The fix was in and he knew that he couldn't get the indictment to go forward."

PRAGMATIC, indeed. good observation.

And the thumbs down:up ratio is 2:1 - nice job! [the shills and Soros minions are down-thumbing like madmen]

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Re: How about...

"Call me a conspiracy theorist if you like, but I do not believe for one instant that several thousand emails no longer exist."

the Clintstones are well known to have shredded a bunch of documents at the Rose Law firm related to Whitewater... (according to actual testimony from a courier in 1994). "What evidence?" Exactly!

This is nothing new, in other words. Nor, is it unexpected from the Clintstones.

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Re: Interesting downplaying there

'Classified as "secret".'

'They're ignoring it because it's not bad."

(sarcasm appreciated)

Keeping it in perspective, here's a nice way of saying what the different classifications might mean:

for official use only: potentially embarassing

confidential: disclosure could compromise security or military advantage

secret: disclosure could GET SOMEONE KILLED [or worse]

top secret: disclosure could START A WAR [or worse] or cause the U.S. to LOSE a war

(and there are higher levels but I don't know what they are)

most of the interpretation of what each level means is just my opinion, but I was in the military back in the day, and I had access to classified material as part of what I did (nuclear reactor operator on a submarine). The location of a submarine is considered 'secret' and there was actual top secret equipment on the boat. Other things, like whether or not nuclear weapons are on board, are also 'secret'. The propulsion plant and mechanical details were 'confidential', and at the Nuclear Power school in Orlando, Florida, we had to stamp all of our notes and keep them locked up when not in class or studying.

Anyway, in case nobody understood what 'secret' really means: In short, disclosing 'secret' information (or higher classification) can EASILY get people *KILLED*.

You know, like the TERRORIST ATTACK at Ben Ghazi a few years ago...

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Re: You can now call her O.J. Clinton.

"Just wait until Vlad starts blackmailing her."

which is why we don't have "proof" of any Russian break-ins to the Clintstone private e-mail server aka "a way to prevent 'Freedom of Information' requests from revealing their dirty secrets". It's easier to blackmail someone if nobody can prove that Russia has that info. Or anyone ELSE for that matter (China maybe?).

Not just 'one law for the Clintons, and another for everyone else', but communications and records and paper trails and all of that stuff that got Nixon in trouble. Mrs. Clinton was *kinda* involved in THAT, on the Demo-rat side anyway [to OUST Nixon].

And what about that 'Foundation' of theirs, that allegedly accepts 100 million dollars in bribes charitable contributions from foreign interests, many of them NOT acting in the USA's best interest [a kinder and gentler way of putting it].

Donald Trump is going to have a FIELD DAY with this. You KNOW it's coming. Mrs. Clinton's flat out lies to the American public, reminiscent of Bill's "I did not have sex with that woman" followed by LYING UNDER OATH [which Mrs. Clinton may NOT have done, but seeing her ADMIT things under oath might prove fun to watch, intermixed with her LIES to the American people, in a political ad]. Mrs. Clinton *CLEARLY* tried to skirt 'Freedom of Information' records-keeping and has NOT provided sufficient evidence that she's disclosed *ALL* work-related e-mails, classified or otherwise.

As for the comparison to O.J., I was thinking of that earlier. O.J. certainly lawyered up and got away with murder. And the Clintstone legal team is probably the best and most powerful in the world.

Linux letting go: 32-bit builds on the way out

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Re: There's always FreeBSD

"Ubuntu like to think they're trend setters, but they get it wrong more often than they get it right."

unity and gnome 3 - there's two right there.

And here's a thought: does dropping 32-bit support _INCLUDE_ the 32-bit 'binary compatibility' libraries? sure they're in a separate library directory, with an appropriate name [I forget where they go], and you have to deliberately install those packages. HOWEVER, if they're no longer AVAILABLE in future releases, THAT could be a BIG problem...

bombastic bob Silver badge

Re: what about RPi?

well that's the point, the IMPLICATION of 'x86' is why I ask the question, "what about RPi"? But if all they meant is x86, then there may be some point to that, except for us legacy computer users who might have an old Toshiba laptop laying about that still works, doesn't support PAE, but has plenty of RAM and disk space to run Linux (and works well for testing certain things, particularly bluetooth connectivity and microcontroller-related serial port stuff). Oh, wait, I _do_ have one of those!

They're also forgetting it's possible to load a 32-bit build onto a 64-bit CPU... (so testing on newer hardware is STILL possible).

In any case, there's also another bit of 'forgetting' going on here: we forget that 64-bit binaries run SLIGHTLY SLOWER than 32-bit binaries, because the data and instructions are (by default) BIGGER than they would be for 32-bit, so you suck more RAM through the pipeline. The binary files are also slightly larger, and memory requirement is slightly higher.

Further, how many programs _NEED_ >2Gb of RAM space in order to operate? Not a lot, yeah, unless they're coded by _IDIOTS_ that waste resources, assuming "no limits", and/or rely on 'garbage collection' to compensate for a lack of knowledge of 'malloc' and 'free' (Mozilla, that's YOU).

In any case, the RPi and other 'embedded' platforms (x86 included) are reasons NOT to dump 32-bit in general. But, we've seen bad decisions before. I suppose a FORK will happen, just like for systemd, just like for Gnome 2 (now MATE), just like for Open Office and 'MySQL' (when they were sold, so "something" would STAY OPEN).

/me points out that "faster hardware and more RAM" is *NOT* justification to use inefficient code, because you CAN now - Micro-shaft does EXACTLY that, and we hate it, don't we? Rather, it should be reason to produce MORE inexpensive hardware (with yester-year's specs) that can be used for mundane purposes, like embedded systems basically are.

bombastic bob Silver badge

what about RPi?

someone out there is cluelessly forgetting EMBEDDED SYSTEMS, and the Raspberry Pi, when they so ARROGANTLY PROCLAIM that everything MUST be 64-bit now... like 32-bit is now STONE AGE or whatever.

they're starting to sound a bit like Micro-shaft... [best sung like it's from musical theater or something]

Prominent Brit law firm instructed to block Brexit Article 50 trigger

bombastic bob Silver badge

we get court challenges a lot in the USA

We get court challenges to legitimate 'wins' in referendums ALL of the time here in the USA. This is because hand-picked (activist) judges are relatively easy to manipulate, compared to what the PEOPLE want. Expect to get THEIR agenda shoved up/down/into various orifices as a result. It's how "they" get things done. Not by referendum, not by convincing your representatives in Parliament to legislate, but by ABUSING the legal system to block, frustrate, and ram an agenda through. Because "they" are a minority opinion, but "they" won't tolerate not getting "their" way in SPITE of the majority. "They" know BETTER, after all...

Microsoft's Windows 10 nagware goes FULL SCREEN in final push

bombastic bob Silver badge

Re: It's fine

"Windows 10 is absolutely fine, no worse than Windows 7"

"after upgrade it consumes less CPU and works noticeably faster."

you forgot to include the 'sarcasm' tags... (oh, were you SERIOUS? I'm sorry, your experience differs so much from mine that I can't see any possibility of you even being REMOTELY correct here)

bombastic bob Silver badge

Re: Disability legislation


Micro-Shaft is ALREADY skirting *THAT* one after having limited our choices with respect to screen colors and OTHER settings (ones that _I_ believe 'assist' *MY* old eyes, like having borders for windows that are MORE! THAN! ONE! PIXEL! WIDE! and with a COLOR assigned on top of the grey edges - I like red, makes the border VERY visible, but can't have THAT in 'Win-10-nic' now can we?).

I've mentioned it a zillion times on the 'answers' forum, before they threatened to ban me because of my writing style (you know, using CAPITALIZATION for EMPHASIS, and occasional BANG! MARKS! for even MORE emphasis), but it was REALLY because I _constantly_ _complained_ about these *kinds* of things, trying to turn the barge around [but to no avail]. Usually the fanboi-trolls and MS-shills would make rude comments like "refusing to change" and kept calling the 'new' stuff "modern" like I was some *OLD* *FART* stuck in his ways, unwilling to 'modernize'.

And I think that's Microsoft's attitude these days, which should REALLY anger everyone over 40... or those who have some kind of disability, for whom the windows settings and simple assistive technologies usually made computers usable.

bombastic bob Silver badge

Re: Simplix

"There is a lot of good stuff that comes out of Russia too... they have a lot of really talented programmers over there"

ACK - I've worked with several Russian engineers in the past (would visit the U.S. from St. Petersberg periodically) and they'd come into our office with their Russian-made laptops etc..

There is a kind of 'N.I.H.' mentality inside Russia. They like making their own stuff, NOT importing. So you can see some potential here. And they ARE pretty good at it.

Now, if a company in Russia were to produce its OWN OS, something that people outside of Russia would want, something that might COMPETE DIRECTLY WITH WINDOWS, it would be a rather interesting outcome from Micro-Shaft's big blunder with Win-10-nic...

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