* Posts by RangerFish

11 posts • joined 7 Jul 2016

Visual Studio Code 1.35: Remote Development, TypeScript and (sigh) another new icon

RangerFish

Re: Some, of course, prefer to stick with the likes of Vim,

You have to switch to insert mode. In normal mode, most keys do things like move the cursor or change your selection.

This is the reason I don't use VsVim or VS Code's Vim keymap extension. It's not better for me than the chord keypresses you get by default in VS and VS Code. If people subjectively prefer it, then all power to them, but some people try to claim that anyone not using Vim are wrong.

In other words it's about as stupid as the dark/light theme debate

RangerFish

Re: Some, of course, prefer to stick with the likes of Vim,

It's also something that is available in VS Code.

Microsoft flings untested Windows 10 updates to users! (Oh no it doesn't!)

RangerFish

The main problem is there's no clear guidance for users about what the different release levels mean and the UI isn't very good making it clear how to choose which release level you want.

Of course even if they had one called "absolutely will contain bugs and you should only choose this option if enjoy things not working" people would still choose it then complain about bugs (not, y'know, raise them in a useful way) because people are people.

But at least then they'd be doing everything possible.

If at first or second you don't succeed, you may be Microsoft: Hold off installing re-released Windows Oct Update

RangerFish

Re: Q&A??

The previous comment needed more Q&A

Sure, Europe. Here's our Android suite without Search, Chrome apps. Now pay the Google tax

RangerFish

So my main problem with Android is the stupid nonsense that every manufacturer inexplicably feels compelled to shovel into it, and the EU wants to make it worse?

Well done, EU!

Microsoft Visual Studio C++ Runtime installers were built to fail

RangerFish

They're all versions of NT.

In the BEGINNING (not the real beginning of course , just as far back as I can be bothered to go back) there was DOS, and the world saw that it was shit.

Microsoft said "Let there be GUI" and there was Windows" 1.0 and it rubbish.

Eventually there was Windows 95 for home use or small companies and Windows NT with advanced features like user account passwords for bigger organisations.

Eventually (again) Microsoft said "sod the two versions" let's make Windows XP, base it on NT and ship it to consumer and business markets. And it was so and has been ever since.

Windows ME just never happened, OK?

RangerFish

MSI does work like that, sorta, but it's not very flexible.

A mixture of requirements from people who don't "get" deployment, the fact that it wasn't originally designed for general use, Microsoft designing a package system without understanding package systems, and MSI being highly opinionated about everything leads to some very complicated and flaky MSIs. Also it looks hideous these days.

Burn, which is the affected part of WiX, was an attempt to fix this issue.

The main problem, and it's one that affects all software development to some degree, is that devs don't keep libraries they use up to date. Managers don't want to fund that work because they think it's not important.

Half of all Windows 10 users thought: BSOD it, let's get the latest build

RangerFish

Re: "reflects perhaps misplaced confidence" @fandom

> Unfortunately, being a cloud

> §based laptop, there is no space

> to gain

Consider temporarily disabling page file and hibernation. Did that on my wife's HP Stream to fix the same issue.

Security guard cost bank millions by hitting emergency Off button

RangerFish

Re: most emergency buttons provide [..] no information on what, exactly, they are supposed to stop

> Taught me to be paranoid about server room aircon.

Similar thing happened where I used to work. Nothing got fried, but the engineer working on the AC in the datacentre forgot to put the fire suppression system into safe mode. When he switched off the AC, the rise in temperature triggered the gas.

My PC is on fire! Can you back it up really, really fast?

RangerFish

Re: I recall even my mum (a bit like Dilmom) telling me a fire story

There was an incident at work once. An A/C engineer was on site to work on the unit in our datacenter, but he forgot to put the fire suppression system into safe mode before turning the A/C off.

Because the A/C was off, the temperature rose and triggered the CO2 because the system thought there was a fire.

The guy is lucky to be alive (he had to go to hospital).

Edit: just remembered a separate incident when my dad put up a picture above the fireplace. He spotted an electrical switch he'd never noticed before (they'd lived there for several years I think) near the fireplace. He shrugged it off thinking if it was important they'd have known about it. He started to drill into the wall, coincidentally directly above that switch. The sparkys amongst you know what happens next. He woke up at the other side of the room, shaken but thankfully otherwise unhurt.

UK Home Office is creating mega database by stitching together ALL its gov records

RangerFish

Am I the only one who's reading this as 'we want to take a bunch of data we already have and reorganize it?' Maybe I'm reading it wrong, but that sounds like there's no privacy issue because they already have the data.

My GF is employed as an administrator for the NHS, so she's well aware (which means I am also painfully aware) of what happens when you try to maintain the same data in different places.

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