* Posts by nautica

36 posts • joined 8 Apr 2016

Official: IBM to gobble Red Hat for $34bn – yes, the enterprise Linux biz

nautica
Holmes

Wait...wait...WAIT!

According to everything I've been reading--for YEARS--from the world's second-biggest blow-hard and grandstander from South Africa, is that Ubuntu is more profitable, much more beloved, head-and-shoulders bigger, and much more important than Red Hat.

IBM, you just don't pay attention to the really important stuff. You don't listen to the REALLY VERY IMPORTANT PEOPLE. If you want to know how important this person is, just ask him.

You could have had Ubuntu.

Jerks.

Microsoft liberates ancient MS-DOS source from the museum and sticks it in GitHub

nautica
Boffin

What's all the fuss about? What's the big deal?

MS-DOS 2.11--running a 3.5" floppy drive--is alive and well, in ROM, on my 1987 Toshiba T1000 laptop; bought brand-new--along with a $295, 512K RAM upgrade--and is still brand-new.

The other best investment I ever made was the 5.25" floppy-drive peripheral for it, which allows me to say to my friends--who bemoan the fact that they can't read (or write, of course) any of their legacy 5.25" floppies which they may still have for some reason--"You can't!? What's the problem?"

I'm not ever touching the original, but one of these days I'm going to put a back-light on the screen of the second--or perhaps the third--of the back-up devices I bought.

The T1000 in conjunction with reading Van Wolverton's book was how I learned DOS--and 'edlin'. No wasted youth there!

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

nautica
Boffin

Whatever happened to...?

What exactly has this function--Power-Over-Ethernet--got to do with the lofty intention of the Raspberry Pi's existence being the teaching of computer programming to small children?

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Eben Upton has yet to admit to, or have fixed, one of the most egregious mistakes one could make on an electronic product made for public consumption, to say nothing of the "8-year-old masses" target audience; and one which has existed since the introduction of the very first Raspberry Pi: a SIMPLE, rational shut-down procedure which does not corrupt the mass-storage device. It is unimaginable that one would design an electronic product, especially one designed for this one's purported market, without a simple "on-off" switch.

But I forget...this has been explained previously as a 'benefit': a 'real-world' teaching experience. Silly me.

Devuan ships second stable cut of its systemd-free Linux

nautica
Pint

A BIG favor please, El Reg...

As I can't explicitly find this information anywhere else, how about giving us a YOUR listing of the Top Twenty Linux distributions which are systemd-free?

I have never been moved to send a contribution until now, but I am definitely sending one--for a brew, or three--to Devuan for their ground-breaking work; and to MX Linux for their outstanding, dynamite MX-17.1 distribution. I predict MX-17.1 will be a first-place contender before much longer...and systemd-free, by the way.

Now, about that list...

You know what your problem is, Apple? Complacency

nautica
Holmes

No need to read the article...

If this has been touched upon in other comments, there's a reason for the duplication: those comments have not been read; just as, has not, the article.

When the entire message of the article--"Apple's Problem is Complacency"--is in the title, why waste time on "amplification"? "Amplification" of the title's very succinct and complete message is a fool's errand; it is not possible.

(Oh, and here's a 'freebie' for you, Register: simply replace the word "Apple" in the above quotation with the name of most any organization extant, of over twenty-five employees, and you have a virtually unlimited supply of titles for future articles.)

nautica
Holmes

No need to read the article...

If this has been touched upon in other comments, there's a reason: they have not been read. Just as, has not, the article.

When the entire message of the article--"Apple's Problem is Complacency"--is in the title, why waste time on "amplification"? "Amplification" of the title's very succinct and complete message is a fool's errand; it is not possible.

(Oh, and here's a 'freebie' for you, Register: simply replace the word "Apple" in the above quotation with the name of most any organization extant, of over twenty-five employees, and you have a virtually unlimited supply of titles for future articles.)

Happy as Larry: Why Oracle won the Google Java Android case

nautica
Holmes

Everyone is a lawyer...but EVERYONE!

The preceding comments, as well as the ones to come, prove the truth of the following--

#1: "Have you heard that medical researchers have decided to use lawyers for their experiments, instead of lab rats?"

#2: No; why?

#1: "There are three good reasons: (a) the lab workers have a tendency to become emotionally attached to the rats; (b) there are some things which you can't get a rat to do; and (c) there are more lawyers."

It's Pi day: Care to stuff a brand new Raspberry one in your wallet?

nautica
Holmes

Re: Fantastic!

Why not?

Doesn't everyone need a computer whose "...Gigabit Ethernet..." really runs at only 300 MHz?

Kudos to the Raspberry Pi organization for their being able to to foist this package of not-so-subtle prevarication and dissembling off on the majority of the 'Tech-Journalist' and RPi-fanbois world.

Heaps of scorn to The Register for its brain-dead acceptance, and lack of correction, of this load of crap from the RPi organization.

Morrisons launches bizarre Yorkshire Pudding pizza thing

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Thumb Up

What a golden opportunity...

I personally think the thing (Hey! That's what Morrisons can call it..."The Thing") looks absolutely scrumptious. I think they'd make a bazillion bucks by packaging it up and mounting a sales effort aimed directly at the U.S! After all, a people who will eat at McDonald's will eat anything, so "The Thing" is a shoe-in to be a phenomenal success. And...what better way to get retribution on the U.S for exporting McDonald's to the U.K.?

Firefox to emit ‘occasional sponsored story’ in ads test

nautica
Go

Now's the time to be a pioneer, again.

Remember those 'sideays' glances when you told people your browser was something new called 'Firefox'?

Midori is looking really great right now!

Linux Mint 18.3: A breath of fresh air? Well, it's a step into the unGNOME

nautica

Re: Question [Friendly Advice]

If it's not already 17.3, upgrade it to 17.3.

If it is 17.3, leave it alone; just use the 'update' icon on the panel to stay current.

17.3 is acknowledged to be THE BEST of all the latest MINT distros, hands down; the most rock-solid; the most trouble-free. Newer does NOT mean 'better'.

I have two Lenovos (T430, T420), one running 17.3; the other had 17.3 RE-INSTALLED after trying out the "new, improved" version. The MINT Linux organization set the bar really high with 17.3.

nautica
Happy

Re: I wuv MSFT

I really don't understand--

...do the recipients of your hoped-for largesse not understand the phrase, "I do not work on, nor provide advice on, any Windows computer"?

Works for me. ALL the time.

How's this for a stocking filler next year? El Reg catches up with Gemini

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Thumb Down

Re: Want one ... but will it sell?

"...I can't think of any Penguinista who wouldn't want one of these..."

Are you prepared to 'root' the device?

Would you know how to 'root' the device?

Neither can I think of any "penguinista" who wouldn't want one of these, as long as it were a TRUE LINUX DEVICE, and not something that runs Linux under Android.

nautica
Thumb Down

Re: Linux

Then you don't want THIS.

Read EVERYthing on the Gemini...including the fact that one MIGHT be able to

ROOT THE MACHINE to make it run Linux natively.

Uber sued after digging up medical records of woman raped by driver

nautica
Megaphone

Not even close...

Wrong word.

Raspberry Pi foundation merges with CoderDojo Foundation

nautica
Holmes

No matter what they say the reason is, the real reason is declining sales.

There is absolutely no mystery here.

The large segment of more-mature RPi buyers which has been overlooking the RPi's shortcomings--and they are far too many to be overlooked in today's environment--has stopped doing that, and has stopped buying (tried programming the RPi in Assembly Language? You can't. Most wannabe serious designers don't find this out until they've ordered one or two. Or ten). The RPi group will cheerily suggest that you design your project as an embedded Linux application.

That leaves what market segment? Why, the very young crowd, of course, which was supposed to be the original target of the RPi Foundation's pitch, and who are now responsible for generating large sales numbers. How can we do that?

Well, the PiZero didn't work. Buying the MagPi magazine didn't work. Developers--who are, by definition, serious--have universally shunned the "Compute Module" because it is, after all, STILL a poor excuse for a serious design tool (a "cheap little board", as one website recently put it). This leaves what?

Why, merge with a CoderDojo, of course.

Now it will become clear as to who has been creating all those numbers for the RPi.

And it will become very clear that the party's over.

Uber responds to Waymo: We don't even use that tech you say we stole

nautica
Boffin

Howzat again?

"...We don't even use that tech you say we stole."

"...I didn't say all them things I said..."--Yogi Berra

Microsoft promises free terrible coffee every month you use Edge

nautica
Happy

I'm totally in the dark...

Why isn't Microsoft tempting us with something which really matters to the average consumer? Like, for example, points to be used to shop at Wal-Mart?

Oh, never mind...it just struck me-- not millenial enough. Hog swill trumps butter and eggs every time.

Microsoft: You liked Windows 10 so much, you'll get 2 more in 2017

nautica
Happy

What should have been said...

"...The delay would almost certainly help on the consumer front, as home users begin to potentially digest--and get over the dry heaves-- Anniversary Update."

Microsoft buries the bad Windows Phone news: Mobile sales collapse

nautica
Happy

And then, there's always...

...the Ubuntu self-driving car, the Ubuntu fitness monitor, the Ubuntu microwave oven, the Ubuntu whatever-it-is-which-will-get-Mark-Shuttleworth-ANY-press-space, and, last but not least, a real

UBUNTU LINUX DISTRIBUTION FOR THE DESKTOP.

nautica
Happy

Yes, but there's always the...

Ubuntu phone. Oh, and uh, the Ubuntu TV. And the Ubuntu watch. The Ubuntu refrigerator, of course; and the Ubuntu...

nautica
Happy

Yes, but there's always the...

Ubuntu phone. Oh, and uh, the Ubuntu TV. And the Ubuntu refrigerator; and the...

Who should deliver our next Reg lecture? You tell us

nautica
Happy

Never assume too much.

"...Think you're up to it? Get in touch with us here."

I am. You're not.

nautica
Happy

Calls 'em like he sees 'em

"...a modest man who has much to be modest about..."--W. Churchill re C. Atlee

European privacy body slams shut backdoors everywhere

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Happy

sex munths ago i cunt evn spel injuneer...

"When someone builds a bridge, he uses engineers who have been certified as knowing what they are doing. Yet when someone builds you a software program, he has no similar certification, even though your safety may be just as dependent upon that software working as it is upon the bridge supporting your weight.";

and

"There are no standards for computer programmers and no group to certify them."--David L. Parnas

UK employers still reluctant to hire recent CompSci grads

nautica
Happy

Computer science is no more about computers than astronomy is about telescopes.--Djikstra

"UK employers still reluctant to hire recent CompSci grads"

WHAT?! After all the millions of "Raspberry Pi" s sold?

Free Windows 10 upgrade: Time is running out – should you do it?

nautica
Happy

A two-word answer to 2000-word question:

"Free Windows 10 upgrade: Time is running out... should you do it?"

Hell, no.

Linus Torvalds in sweary rant about punctuation in kernel comments

nautica
Happy

Poor Linus...

One particularly well-informed, intelligent, and THINKING expert has posited that the recent rash of Linux-OS sh*t, as best exemplified by the abortion known as Ubuntu 16.04, is likely heralding the end of any hopes of--and indeed, even the death of--Linux on the desktop. This comedy by Linus Torvalds does nothing to make one feel good about being at odds with this prognostication.

"Programming is the art of telling another human being what one wants the computer to do."--Donald Knuth

"Programs are meant to be read by humans and only incidentally for computers to execute."--Donald Knuth

"Besides a mathematical inclination, an exceptionally good mastery of one's native tongue is the most vital asset of a competent programmer."--Edsger Djikstra

Net neutrality victory: DC court backs full rules

nautica
Pint

Howzat again?

I would be ECSTATIC to have 56 Mb/s internet dial-up service. Where do I sign up?

Americans cutting back on online activity over security and privacy fears

nautica
Holmes

What about the REAL culprits which most non-thinking people consider innocuous; "safe"...?

1) FACEBOOK;

2) Google;

3) Always-send-your-PRIVATE-INFORMATION,-ALL-THE-TIME-to-Microsoft Windows10.

Forget the NSA and the GCHQ; they're bumbling idiots compared to the dangers listed above.

nautica
Holmes

What about the real culprits most people consider innocuous; "safe"...?

No culpability for Facebook, Google, or "send-all-your-private-information-all-the-time-back-to-Microsoft" Windows10, huh?

Intel literally decimates workforce: 12,000 will be axed, CFO shifts to sales

nautica
Linux

Food for thought?

Nooooooooo, Microsoft has NOT killed every facet of the PC industry...how could you even THINK such a thing?!

Idiot millennials are saving credit card PINs on their mobile phones

nautica
Holmes

Why did the chicken cross the road?

Q: What makes a millenial an idiot?

A: Aversion to work.

Thinking is work; thinking is bad; ergo any new technobauble which reduces the need to think is guaranteed to be snapped up by the millidiots.

Millenials need not apply here. You can be spotted a mile away, and, thankfully, you're not protected by the government (which, laughably, is becoming overrun with millenials).

Hey, Atlantis Computing. What the heck is this in your EULA?

nautica

A real CRISIS is what we have here...

What we have here is a crisis of creativity.

It is somewhat mind-numbing that all you creative Reg-types can’t see the ridiculously simple solution to put these as*-holes in their proper place. How’s this for starters: assume I’M writing a review on an Atlantis device, their high-handed attitude has really pissed me off, and I’m aware of all the ramifications of their EULA [review follows]--

“What follows is a review of the Atlantis Computing Model ZZZ. It is not a ‘normal’ review, because of Atlantis’ high-handed and totally-beyond-the-pale EULA. ALL readers are urged to review Atlantis Computing’s EULA regarding their products for further enlightenment.

“A few notes before getting started: (1) all information is strictly hearsay; (2) I do not own, nor do I have I in my possession, nor will I ever have in my possession any Atlantis Computing product; (3) there exist no written records of any alleged discussions I may possibly have had with any alleged owners of any Atlantis Computing alleged product.

“It seems that the general consensus of opinion, based on memories of discussions held with people who may or may not have any knowledge of Atlantis Computing product, and this product specifically, is that Atlantis Computing products are, in general, pieces of sh*t. Aside from this slight technical detail, one is urged to deem this product worthy of one’s consideration when it comes to buying a piece of sh*t.

“On a POS scale of five stars, Atlantis Computing’s equipment rates five stars.

“Takeaway: you can’t get a more complete POS!”

Oculus, why do you need to record our every move? Al Franken asks

nautica
Linux

WHAT problem? Easy solution...

Easy problem; easy solution--

(1) DO NOT BUY ANYTHING FROM OCULUS RIFT;

(2) LET OCULUS RIFT KNOW OF YOUR DECISION.

This technique worked beautifully when applied to Amazon, when it decided to drop encryption of its product.

Oh, and just as icing on the cake, one might also use the same technique with Facebook (use your imagination...)

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