* Posts by pavel.petrman

74 posts • joined 23 Mar 2017


Blockchain is bullsh!t, prove me wrong meets 'chain gang fans at tech confab


There most certainly are reasonable use cases for what blockchain fanbois think blockchain does

... only the blockchain itself is utterly unnecessary in every single one of them.

There is one real and useful thing that utilizes the principle on which blockchain is built. The thing is called Git. It works, pretty well at that, and its working principles are very easy to understand which makes it appealing, transparent, and bullshit free. Which, sadly, can't be said of the whole blockchain "ecosystem" (I would like to, ahem, coin the term blockchain biotope, which I believe better describes this crock of rubbish in which there is no system and with electricity requirements similar to those of a ten million nation is completely anti-eco).

Why does that website take forever to load? Clues: Three syllables, starts with a J, rhymes with crock of sh...


Re: Easy to fix: Firefox with uMatrix

Yes, I tend to forget the fact that one does need to get the hang of how websites are built in order to be able to use the u-thing to their full potential. Which fact is not helped by Google behaving like the R. Scott's Alien - first hug your face with youtube and analytics and a fast browser and then bust out of your chest because without ajax.googleapis et al every other webpage can't seem to be able to show you a damn thing (which is what bugs me most, since you can block all other slurpers like Facebook quite easily without functional penalty).

I grew up at the time when every user had had to understand how a computer works before attempting to use it. Companies like Apple and Google did great work for computers to be usable without understanding them - and those who don't understand make for very good slurping targets, sadly.


Easy to fix: Firefox with uMatrix

Track off you bastards, I say. After trying many many things out as well as their combinations, I've found that the uMatrix add-on is enough to get a decent browsing experience. Its presets are well thought out and easy to change. I get only what I want and need and nothing else (well, one thing, I get to see the oh so very long list of stuff the website seems to want but I don't). It lets you black- and whitelist just about anything (images, scripts, iframes even). If I want to avoid Google a bit more, I'll toss Decentraleyes in.

Up until now I wouldn't push for FF in particular, as uMatrix worked for Chrome as well, but now Google decided it's their call and not yours about what to load and what not (in other words, it's impossible for add-ons to check your traffic in Chrome anymore) and just about everyone except Firefox uses the Chromium engine (with a custom add-on implementation being damn difficult to nearly impossible) it's just this one browser left which lets you do it.

Final note worth mentioning: there is a good thing to all this g-suite bloatware, and that is the blazing fast, if memory hogging, V8, which for the first time in history made platform independent programming for the end-user not only possible but viable as well. Java was a good try but the JVM landscape is bad, Qt looks good but C++ doesn't look like the best solution for the developing masses, and today a decent Javascript implementation is shipped on virtually everything with a display and an input interface. Google wanted their data-slurping bloatware invisible to the average Joe, and I must say I quite like the byproduct.

Ever used VFEmail? No? Well, chances are you never will now: Hackers wipe servers, backups in 'catastrophic' attack


Re: Backups?

In 2011 (that's 8 years ago) Google was purchasing 200 000 LTO tapes a year. If you can back up Google, you can back up anything.

Oracle's claims of secret deal is a bid to 'distract' from pay bias case, says US Department of Labor


El Reg is red, the Earth is blue

am I haluctinating this red blue one-uppery all over the homepage or do you see it too?

Seriously, was it an executive order to subtitle every article with this today? Because I'd love to see this theme combined with the beloved Yahoo! titling.

Airbus will shutter its A380 production line from 2021


Re: Looks like Boeing won.

"The A380 project was a disaster, over budget and late deliveries."

"Off the top of my head I can't think of a (genuinely) new aircraft or aero engine from any maker that hasn't been late and over-budget."

Let's not forget here that even the venerable 747 nearly got the whole of Boeing bankrupt at the beginning. To me it looks more like a lottery even with great business and engineering minds convened on the task. To get going you have to bet all in and then wait for the roulette to stop spinning some time later to see how well that went.

One click and you're out: UK makes it an offence to view terrorist propaganda even once


Re: Meanwhile back at the courthouse

Or, when it turns out that police are exempt, you just enroll for service, read all the - ahem - evidence material, and off you go!

Furious Apple revokes Facebook's enty app cert after Zuck's crew abused it to slurp private data


Google app may not be remotely similar, but it is of virtually no consequence - on iOS Google usually has maps, search, youtube apps, perhaps gmail, and on Android - ooops.

Plug in your iPhone, iPad, iPod, fire up the App Store: You have new Apple patches to install


Re: The Joy of updates

I don't check my settings either, but I've seen services and options activated after an update which I most certainly had deactivated (imessage, facetime, that bluetooth-like share thing, just to name a few). What I've never seen are the app-specific settings or restrictions.

Huawei's horror show 2019 continues as Taiwanese research institute joins banhammer club


Re: Why is this a surprise?

I can't wait to see if Mrs Hua has it her wei.

I'll take my coat and leave without Honor.

German competition watchdog toys with ban on some Facebook data-slurps


Re: About time

Re "Row of buttons": no, I have not, since I block most irrelevant things as a matter of course. What I se with The Register, are requests to www.theregister.co.uk, nir.regmedia.co.uk, forums.theregister.co.uk, which are okay, and than admedo.com, google-analytics.com, and googletagservices.com, no Facebook (I'll look into it later). Even with no requests sent to Facebook this and other sites seem to work fine, which can't be said of requests to Google which, when blocked, usually mean you have to work hard around the crippled functionality or, even more usually, give you a plain blank page.


Re: About time

The number of domains doesn't really say much, it's the number of requests and the information they contain that counts. Once you are sure you have blocked everything, you can than compare the number of requests blocked and examine their payload. Only then can you reach a meaningful conclusion.

I use different approach to avoid tracking - detection and blocking out-of-origin content, which is more informative than the number of blocked domains because you celarly see which website loads what (and the correlation of browsing data with other data sources is what I talk about in the original comment). Google is nearly everywhere and is not filtered by any ad-blocking solution because the content doesn't really bug the user visually the way ads do, and sometimes is even deemed useful. And I find it quite interesting that from all social network venues out there it's the readers of The Register who somehow seem to believe that Google is eternally immune to leaks.

Even if you don't like it and are swayed by the Schrems case publicity (it is very natrual for humans to assign more importance to more visible events and phenomena), it still holds that you can avoid Facebook much more easily than Google and that Google has way more data on an average European citizen than Facebook can have.


Re: About time

Re "What rock have you been living under": Please note that I don't say Facebook is harmless. I merely state that the Facebook button, which is the topic of the article, is nothing compared to Google's reach. I know that The Register Forums is a den of Google fanboys, which sadly doesn't change a thing about Google being one or more orders of magnitude bigger slurper than Facebook.


Re: About time

Microsoft and Apple are great slurps in their own right, but no other publicly accountable* company in the world has nearly as much coverage as Google. Microsoft has "only" windows and cloud, Apple has "only" iPhones and services (iTunes etc), Facebook has only the data you and your friends willingly input (maybe they will scan the temporal and location data in your smartphone storage, but even that is getting more and more difficult) plus a "like" button on only the most questionable websites (even Twitter has more coverage in this area).

But Google has everything - Android (with geolocation and wifi profiling always on, even when disabled per user settings), cloud services, and is in about 80 - 95% of websites one visits, regardless of reputation. Search, Gmail, Youtube et al are just the cherry on top. And it doesn't take any AI to correlate all of this data - even (and most disturbingly) about people who don't use any of Google services explicitly. Trying to avoid Google in one's life is like avoiding security cameras in downtown London - nearly impossible and very very labour intensive. Facebook doesn't come any close to Google's coverage.

* Yes, Five Eyes etc. are much worse than even Google, but (or, better, because of) they are accountable to no-one.


The Like button is at least visible

I do hope this is just a beginning and that Google's next.

"this happens even when they visit a site but don't press the "Like" button" - there is at least a clear marker of Facebook's presence on the page. Not that there are too many of them. Google, on the other hand, is almost everywhere (Ad*, Apis and CDNs, Fonts, Analytics, Maps and Map Apis) and they have much broader coverage thanks to Android (which has means to be far more telling than your friend and watch list on Facebook).

Huawei and Intel hype up AI hardware, TensorFlow tidbits, and more


Re: Deepfakes

The thought of doctoring a Trump video for masturbatory purposes got me really disturbed.

Glad to hear the case of your niece ended at least somewhat well and I hope that is not a rare thing!

If I could turn back time, I'd tell you to keep that old Radarange at home


Interesting piece of history

Taking a look at what a Radarange might be I found an interesting piece of history - that the first commercial microwave ovens came from Raytheon, who were looking at finding a new market for their magnetrons, no longer selling well after the end of the war dramatically lowered the demand for radar equipment.

Before dipping a toe in the new ThinkPad high-end, make sure your desk is compatible


Two things are wrong

One, 14.95 mm - really? What does this precision even mean? It smells horribly of dead butterflies, if you know what I mean, nudge nudge.

Two, all the carbon and micrometres and whatnot, but no decent docking station? Just look at the last photo with the two displays stacked one on the other. If I wanted cables laying about on my desk, I'd buy an Acer for 99.99, wouldn't I? Mind you, it's not Lenovo alone, recent Latitude laptops have lost the bottom connector as well, but here I find it just stupid - chasing hundredths of millimetres and carboning us to death on one hand and losing the utility and elegance of a real sit-on dock on the other. Uninformed form over function through and through.

(I know there is thing they sell as "dock", but the laptop can't be docked to it. At best, there will be one thick unwieldy cable that is to be stuck like a thorn to the side, with all the best of user experience we had with the original USB "a" connector.)

Great, you've moved your website or app to HTTPS. How do you test it? Here's a tool to make local TLS certs painless


It used to be like that - every developer indeed had to understand memory management, because it was involved in every development effort. Today it is not anymore so - even in languages and environments with explicit memory management (for example c++), there is rarely need to venture to the memory management territory for most developers (there are tools for that, and increasingly, advanced language or standard library tooling as well). And I for one find it a good thing - more useful programs can be done in less time because people can concentrate on productivity and understanding the usage, instead of being busy with the hardware idiosyncrasies, or worse (and very common in the olden days) burdening the user with them.

My pet theory, albeit not underlined with substantial rigorous sources, is that the number of people who need and indeed do memory management programming is constant in time and the understanding doesn't go away, as is so often feared. Only now these people don't do the GUI and the whole works, they do the memory management only and more often than not do it well. It is a bit overstretched, but I still like to compare this sigh to a grampa few thousand years ago saying "these youths have their house built, how are they going to live in it when they haven't built it themselves! In a generation or two, houses will start falling on people's heads, take my word for it."

Linux reaches the big five (point) oh


Although an arbitrary versioning decision, not the worst one - it still could be Linux Kernel V or Linux Kernel XP.

Nobody in China wants Apple's eye-wateringly priced iPhones, sighs CEO Tim Cook


Re: Re "Idiot tax"

"We get it, you're an apple shill." well, you don't seem to get anything (which is a case in point with my opposition to the "idiot" in the term "idiot tax" as not being extended to other people as well).

The thing is, there are situations and even whole lives in which one doesn't need to use a smartphone or have one on one's person, but they are rare. Requests to employers, for example, to limit the necessity of carrying a smartphone are quickly dismissed by people like you, who don't understand what's going on, and who take a smartphone being firmy attached to one's person as a preset fact of life (just like a TV set or two at home were a standard not even a decade ago, and one could meet a human being every day who simply wouldn't believe that other human does not have one at home at all).

So if you take a step or two back, and try looking at the problem along the lines of "I don't want a smartphone on me all the time, but I'm forced to carry one for one reason or another", you are out of your black and white world of Android fanbois and, to use your own term, apple(sic) shills. (I understand at this point that it is very difficult to accept, or even imagine, that such a fellow human can exist at all, you needn't worry, vast majority of Europeans is like that). And in such a case there is a very poor and sad choice available - Android or Apple. And since you (and your thumb-uppers) consider personalised and on-topic rebuttals as a mantra, you lot are free to look up the explanation why Android is worse off in this scenario elsewhere in this forum.


Re: Re "Idiot tax"

"It's perfectly possible to be careful about privacy on Android" - with geolocation on all the time? With wi-fi profiling on all the time? You see, the main problem is not Android itself, it's the collation of all the slurped data with your browsing profile (you don't need to have a Google account to be followed all around the Internet when you browse, but you have to have one with your Android and it takes a whole lot of active measures to prevent that being combined with data gathered from your desktop browsing). No Google competitor is getting even near that level of coverage.

"What iphone user doesn't use Google maps or search" - you'd be surprised. If you need an example, I don't (to be precise, I use my old beaten smartphone only when there is no possibility not to use it). The main thing is having a choice. The problem with Google, compared to others, is that it's everywhere - 50 to 80 per cent of websites you visit "report" you to Google (sorry for the oversimplified language here - I believe if I used correct terms, I wouldn't need to explain at all. Once you understand how web pages are built together and look at your own traffic, its self explanatory), which is a position no other company has (Facebook tries hard, but they are at about 5 percent, depending on your browsing profile).

And to your assertion that "Similary it's possible to be "owned" by Google [...] via Apple." - well, it is hardly similar possibility, you'd need to try hard and give it considerable effort to achieve the same level of coverage. Passively, simply not (photos, wi-fi data and geolocation, main sources of personal data, are per default much better guarded, and can be easily set up to be very highly secure against google access).


Re: Re "Idiot tax"

"I'm going to have to see some maths on that." - please refer to the endless stream of articles about the Equifax hack here on The Register. Yes, personal data security can be compared to nuclear power plant safety - invisible thing, everyone relies upon it being done by a third party directly accountable to no-one (de facto, of course there are de iure responsibilities, which are of virtually no power even if excercised). It's just not many tax-payers ever calculated for themselves how much, for example, the Windscale story had cost. And as you see by the thumbs-up storm here, not many people consider their personal data of any value - now.


Re: Re "Idiot tax"

Well, case in point about the idiots, as exemplified by your completely misinformed post - and getting thumbs up for it.


Re "Idiot tax"

Yes, Apple kit is overpriced. But the reality is that with smartphones one has to pay, one way or another - either on acquisition (Apple) or throughout the ownership (Android. I mean really "ownership" and not "usage", very many Reg articles attest to the fact that you don't have to actively use an Android thing for it to be able to spy on you). And the other tax costs much much more dearly than a thousand dollars once in four years.

So in a situation where one can't choose not to have a smartphone the only alternative to being a Register's idiot is a modern, digital form of voluntary slavery. In which case I fail to see the reason to call Apple's customers idiots and leaving the voluntary useds* of Android without similarly derogative name.

* Stallman has this one right: https://stallman.org/facebook.html


Re: Overpriced kit

Re "Why pay more?" - one reason would be to escape being totally owned by Google and doing the same to all your friends, acquaintances and random people around you. (Yes, you end up being owned by Apple, but that would be many orders of magnitude smaller problem than being owned by Alphabet).


Re: There's disposable income then there's

Re " the exact same thing priced at a point where you might pick it up with the crisps & beer" - what you don't pay with money you pay with your own, and all your aquaintances' very personal data. I'll leave it to you to decide which of the two is dumber.

Suunto settles scary scuba screwup for $50m: 'Faulty' dive computer hardware and software put explorers in peril


Suunto. Replacing luck.

... with bad luck.

Having swallowed its pride and started again with 10nm chips, Intel teases features in these 2019-ish processors


"Open a Start menu"

"Open a Start menu on Windows, and one of the performance cores will fire up in anticipation of starting an application, like Photoshop."

Well, with Windows 10, the reality will be more like "Open a Start menu and all of the performance cores will fire up on the insane computational demand of the Start menu itself."

Google CEO tells US Congress Chocolate Factory will unleash Dragonfly in China


Re: tl;dr

Re "Full-on evil": sadly, yes. Our hope now is that in twenty years time Page, Brin & Co. start to care about their legacy and go a bit Bill Gates. There's no guarantee, though, and if the China business goes well, there will be no need either.

College PRIMOS prankster wreaks havoc with sysadmin manuals


Re: Value added installer

Re "copy mailbox to local pst for backup" - its clearly the first human-like artificial intelligence thing. As in "let me just file this old mail away without opening a single envelope and reading every line of the letter and finding myself in my armchair two hours later with the very same letter in one hand and a glass of whisky in the other, lost in thought remembering the good old times". So basically that is how Outlook does the pst backup thing.

It was a lit CeBIT see, got teeny weeny, world's biggest tech show yearly party... closed its German fest's doors yesterday


Re: English..

Re " I can only assume that you are too young to..."

I suspect it serves as an age filter of sorts - if one doesn't understand the title, one will not care much about CeBIT anyway.

'Cuddly' German chat app slacking on hashing given a good whacking under GDPR: €20k fine


Re: correct dumb mistakes and bankrupt the bastards.


Contrary to popular belief, Europe could actually learn an important bit in the mosaic called "success" from Germany. My several years long experience with scores of Beamte (German public servant) is that they are given quite a wiggle room by the law and they tend to use it with consideration of all parties involved. Single mother failed to file a tax report appendix gets a different treatment than a used car dealership making the same mistake third time in a row. It is my unsubstantiated feeling that the loose law is not abused to a greater degree than a seemingly strict one in other countries. Matters of public interest, like this one, are accompanied by a sentence or two of explanation, again, usually to the point and without much political newspeak. I like to call it a governance soft skill, and to a great regret of the almost dead citizen in me it is not given the sort of attention it ought to earn in other countries proclaiming the intent to get as rich and effective in governing as Germany.

In Space, Still: 20 years since Russia hurled first bit of floating astronaut hostel into orbit


Re: $220m for 12m x 4m storage?

Re: "Big Yellow Storage" - didn't you mean Bigelow?

Germany pushes router security rules, OpenWRT and CCC push back


Re: Giving the vendors a choice will give the users a choice

Re: Reely? Mikrotik?

The "learn how to configure it" part follows directly, after an "and". Obviously, one doesn't recommend Mikrotik or anything else to anyone who hasn't yet learned to read, since that impedes the said learning. And every single popular vote and referendum since the Internet has been available to public shows how well jumping to conclusions after reading the first two words works out.

Off course Mikrotik comes with vulnerabilities, just like Cisco, Juniper, and everything else does. The thing is you can configure them away pending a patch. And there has always been a patch, unlike from D-Link and other SOHO-priced vendors.


Re: Giving the vendors a choice will give the users a choice

Re: Given the choice between a $50 Mikrotik and and a $150 DLink, many will take the Mikrotik

One can argue that even full open defcon Mikrotik is less of a security problem than a D-Link regardless of its configuration. Press references about Mikrotik have been referred to, so everyone reading anything about D-Link being better should google at least the first half a million articles about same number of D-Link built in vulnerabilities and how D-Link flatly and consistently refuse to address them.

Japanese cyber security minister 'doesn't know what a USB stick is'


He is leading by example

It would actually be quite an achievement: As soon as nobody remembers what those pesky USB sticks were, a whole big attack landscape will be done away with (I know, it will inevitably be surpassed with an even worse one, but don't spoil the hope!). It's like walking around with your laptop and receiving all those happy kitten videos on a PCI Express card - just plain insane.

Once everyone had the Flash Player inside their Internet Explorers. Security nightmare, yes, and where it is now? As much as I hate my Apple telephone for forcing its nonsensical workflow on me, I must admit I see a pretty decent security model behind it all. I believe the days of those pesky sticks are numbered as well, and the Japanese minister just lives in the future.

iPhone XS: Just another £300 for a better cam- Wait, come back!


No mention of Idiot Tax?

Come on, what happened? It used to be a constant, whatever iProduct made its way to the Register's print, there had to the "idiot tax" mentioned somewhere.

Has someone in the Reg Headquarters finally realized that of the two remaining players in the smartphone game, it's actually the customers users volunteering subjects enslaved drones of Apple who end up paying less for a smart phone than those of Google, who inevitably started leaking both data and their don't be evil agenda to show that money isn't the sole currency to pay with?

I guess the tax is here to stay in one way or another, and the sooner everyone of us smartphone addicts realize after all those flamewars everyone had waged that the biggest idiot is the one we look at every morning in the mirror, the better.

Wi-Fi Alliance ditches 802.11 spec codes for consumer-friendly naming scheme


Renaming the Internet?

For many a lay(wo)man WiFi = internets*. "I'm not getting good internet in the bathroom", "The internet is four of five but Facebook still takes ages to load!" and such is what I hear regularly even from highly educated people. Thanks to WiFi consortium I will now be asked if this or that router supports the newest internet, whether "internet 5" is enough to get good reception in the far corner of a flat I've never seen etc.

*Yes, as every "it guy for the whole family" knows, the "internet" is quite another thing from the actual Internet.

Windows XP? Pfff! Parts of the Royal Navy are running Win ME


Re: Oh boy, ME

Re: Specialized hardware.

I once talked to a man who thirty years ago designed a fancy computer controlled fountain for a spa resort and still is in charge of maintenance of the old thing (to get the idea, the pumps beneath the fountain draw about 70 kW). Of course, he has a limited budget, and a very special application. And, crucially, the thirty years old industrial computer still runs reliably today and is repairable. Which means a big no-no to an upgrade to Siemens, Honeywell or similar toys for the millennials.

It has a downside, though - the control computer will only accept rs-232 connection for updates of the program from a certain Intel 286 running one particular version of DOS. His family resents all the weekends he spent in the control room with an oscilloscope, trying to get to the bottom of the mystery and be finally able to use a modern computer, since his stock of 286 PCs he received as a gift from a local bank is running thinner every year.

(He needs to be able to update the program because the ever more stringent rules for everything mean, for example, that when he needs to equip the pump motors with inverters which in turn distort the finely tuned timing of the fountain shows which are played to background music. Or a new show is proudly presented from an artist, including a fountain choreography, which needs to be tailored to the characteristics of the various pumps, etc.)

Roscosmos: An assembly error doomed our Soyuz, but we promise it won't happen again


Re: I can't get the sensor to fit

The last hundred years conditioned the whole country to be a QA nightmare, and it can't easily be conditioned away. I'm writing from a country with only about 40 years of "peace and socialism" under its belt, which was done away with thirty ears ago, and the ripples are still to be seen and dealt with today.

Wow. Apple's only gone and killed off Mac, iPad, iPhone family... figures for units sold to fans


Re: Revenue up, units down

My thoughts exactly - perhaps the pinnacle of appleness, as opposed to the unwashed-mass-iveness of the competitor, is Sir Ive handcrafting one unit per year which would then be sold to a sheikh or an oligarch for hundreds of billions.

You like HTTPS. We like HTTPS. Except when a quirk of TLS can smash someone's web privacy


Re: Wait, wut?

Yes, why not get a free Kudos where you can. The rationale, as I see it, is tat Microsoft is very weak at its "invisibile"* Internet presence, so they can't harm themselves by offering a bit of an advantage to users of their browser.

*By invisible Internet presence I mean all the Google Analytics/Fonts/APIs, Facebook like buttons etc, which are virtually or logically invisible to ordinary users, but do the bulk of user/browser tracking.

Open-source this, open-source that, and the end of the Windows 10 Creators Update


Re: Too True.....

I'd love if there were a more "win+r"-ish way to do this. Any suggestions?

I've been using Launchy since XP and it did better job than any Windows built-in thing (though the Windows 7 start-search is not far behind). On Windows 10 it's the only sensible application launcher. I can only recommend the thing.

Google actually listens to users, hands back cookies and rethinks Chrome auto sign-in


Google still know everything about almost everyone, regardless of a switch.

There are browser extensions (for Firefox at least) which show you (and let you choose) the domains from which there are javascript files loaded and executed on every website you visit. I installed one recently and have noticed that about seventy to ninety per cent of websites load assets from one Google domain or another. Couple that with one or two android phones in your vicinity (even if you personally don't have one) or, God forbid, being photographed with one. Send one or two e-mail messages to a Gmail account every now and then. Basically, all our base are belong to Google already. Public pressure achieving this one switch hidden somewhere deep in the guts of Chrome - if it ever has an effect (cf. the switch for the location services in Android) - does one thing only: lulls some more gullible DK's* into thinking that everything is actually quite fine.

* DK for Dunning-Kruger, meaning here those who are a bit above the uninitiated mass thinking they got a hunch when they actually don't.

Cookie clutter: Chrome saves Google cookies from cookie jar purges


Case for a new Marx

This time it won't be labour, it will be personality (or, euphemistically, personal data). New movements, new fights for data-welfare state, new iteration of communists insisting on all your base personal data, photos, location info etc. are belong to us - and the iron curtain after the war. The whole package. With a bit of luck, our generation (I'm 30) will still be able to have a bit of fun before the storm comes.

I've had this though for the past four or five years and Google et al. are doing their best to prove me right, which is very sad indeed.

When something's weird in your ImageMagick upload, who ya gonna call? Ghostbusters!



We've used the thing as a quick solution some years ago to convert user-submitted PDFs and pictures to standard formatted and resolution limited image files. A few months ago we gave up our laziness and wrote our own thing, which had two effects - the conversion takes tenths of a second instead of tens of seconds, and the servers suddenly ceased to develop unexplained instances of bluescreenitis. Together with the change in licensing of GhostScript some months (or is it years already?) ago makes the whole ImageMagick&GhostScript Combo not very appealing.

Techie's test lab lands him in hot water with top tech news site


Re: ...top tech news site

I can't help remembering the classical "And that is a baaad miss" in David Mitchell's voice.

Wondering what to do with that $2,300 burning a hole in your pocket?


...to effusively wax lyrical about any new technology just because it's new

Exactly - magic Leap isn't new anymore, even to tech journalists. Even the best paid PR babble eventually wears out (except, apparently, the political PR babble).


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