* Posts by DrBed

121 posts • joined 20 Dec 2017


Could it be? Really? The Year of Linux on the Desktop is almost here, and it's... Windows-shaped?


Re: About ten years ago I predicted

When Apple switched from PowerPC to x86, do you remember that, anybody? It is quite possible that Micros~1 is porting Win10 "desktop environment" to Linux already. Windows is in transiton to WaaS ("Windows as a service") already, officially.



Re: @Long John Silver - Nothing to do with Linux, all to do with Windows.

You see how lockdown changed everything instantly? "Work from home" is now a new standard. Everything is in the cloud, already.

Now imagine 5G, heck - 6G worldwide, new hardware adapted just for that + fast WebAssembly interfaces all around, on top of any OS. New standard for gaming will be Stadia alike, most probably. It does not need Windows for that; beside, whole those cloud gaming software will be made in some Linuxoid, probably.


Re: @Boris the Cockroach - coming soon

FTFY: "7. Here I'll have to make some corrections for you. Windows stays forever on desktop, Linux finally binned into oblivion for desktop, not much rejoicing - just as whole desktop concept. At least not from me."

I believe you. At some time, whole civilization and IT industry will be driven by cloud, ultra mobile, foldable devices, even using neuro-implants (hint: Musk efforts right now)... all of it will be driven by some unixoid, probably Linux. Still, you'll have plenty of old farts using archaic "desktops" with "Windows", like dinosaurs.

Project Reunion: Microsoft's attempt to tear down all those barriers it's built for Windows developers over the years


Groundhog Day, all over again

"The company has been trying for years to make the split more tolerable" ...and still struggling.

That's all what you'll find out here. Move along, nothing new here.

Nervous, Adobe? It took 16 years, but open-source vector graphics editor Inkscape now works properly on macOS


Re: Inkscape has it better than GIMP

>> Also, GIMP is to Photoshop what a ZX Spectrum is to a Mac Pro. Inkscape is still no Illustrator but it's much closer ...

BS. I am using Photoshop and GIMP for many years; last few years I don't even bother to install PS, it is just a bloated crapware. I do not need pseudo "3D features" or "smart objects" to apply what I need. Things like AnimStack or G'MIC just do not exist for PS, and plenty of other things (btw Liquid Rescale or Continuous Droste works much better then PS equivalent). Advanced scripting in GIMP is uncomparable to anything related to PS.

There is one thing only, related to CMYK colour space (e.g. colour separation for physical press): you have to use Krita for this (e.g. proper importing of CMYK .psd files). It is still doable with GIMP (CYAN add-on recommended), but too much complicated imho. CIE LAB is much more advanced colour space standard then CMYK, but this one is legacy standard. However, we're in 21st century, we depend on digital media and streaming to paperless society.

Speaking od Inkscape vs Illustrator, it has much more accurate tracer then other one. It is also very lightweight. I do not have problems switching from Linux to Windows and back, instantly, in Inkscape (GIMP, Krita, Scribus, MyPaint...), working with same project. I'll rather use Vectr, Affinity or Gravit Designer then Illustrator. CMYK support is also reduced a bit, but again, it is not a bottleneck.

All roads lead to Bork in Kansas as Windows puts on a show for motorists



We are Bork! Resistance ... encountered a problem communicating with redmondmatrix.

UK Defence Committee probe into national security threat of Huawei sure to uncover lots of new and original insights


PM's official spokesman told that the gov's ambition was to reduce...


Chips that pass in the night: How risky is RISC-V to Arm, Intel and the others? Very


Re: Problem?

> Someday, RISC-V will be popular. But unlike ARM, Intel doesn't need to buy a license for RISC-V. So it could churn out RISC-V chips whenever it felt like it.

Yeah; it is called autocannibalism. Shoot your left foot so that other one become stronger.

Just as few already said: If China decided, China would do it (...whatever). Surprise, surprise: China is already doing it. RISC-V is base for their (incoming) supercomputers.

'Unfixable' boot ROM security flaw in millions of Intel chips could spell 'utter chaos' for DRM, file encryption, etc


> "So, basically, an attacker needs to run some software on your computer in a tiny period before the processor has been switched on, let alone started running even the OS? That sounds like a risk I'm happy to take."

How about "if my brain is dead just for a tiny period, it sounds like a risk I'm happy to take." ?

Tiny in deed.


Re: – a tiny window of opportunity –

> "A one in a million chance."

Almost suitable for Infinite Improbability Drive (@ Zaphod's Heart of Gold).

Microsoft's Windows OEM, Surface sales looking a bit peaky as coronavirus takes toll on China supply chain


Re: Any excuse


Spider-eyed Lite version of Huawei flagship flies out before actual P40 launch event


...comes with Freebuds' 3 wireless earphones!

OMG, where should I plug 3rd?

Team China: Nation's biggest mobe makers link arms to battle Google's Play Store


Re: More work for developers

Now you're gonna have to submit your App through three bureaucracies to get it to market, and deal with three tomes of requirements ...

Probably, but as a user you'll have more choices, no?

Competitiveness should be a positive thing imo.

I'm just wondering does idea to force "Team China" happening came from Orange One himself, or Putin instructed so...

Google begs for US Entity List exemption to let Huawei use its mobile services – report


WinPhone revival at Huawei Mobile Services?

Now it will be fun.

Not that I prefer anything MS, but it could lead to even more schizophrenic situation then that is now.

"Google, no soup for you. Bad Google. MS nice." Orange One has spoken.

Huawei claims its Google Play replacement is in 'top 3' app stores after Trump turns off tap to the Chocolate Factory


Huawei App Gallery at top 3 app stores

It was half-sarcastic (or self-ironic) statement, obviously. Directed to absurdity of Play Store "monopoly". At the same time, Mr. Wu pointed at fact that AppleStore doesn't require GMS either. But this sarcasm came from Richard Wu, not Mr. Hughes.

What is warrying me is hypotetic situation when even mighty ElReg could not (or won't) recognise it as sarcasm. Instead, half of article is written to "debunk" that statement about HMS weight. Wait, HMS? Yes, whole article is (should be) about HUAWEI Mobile Services (and not just AppGallery that is part of), yet author did not find the reason to rmention it, nor even acronym of same. FYI: HMS is match for GMS; AppGallery for PlayStore, eventually.

Now, it is quite realistic that "lion's share (of "nonamed ecosystem") is likely in Mainland China"; still, author forgot to mention lion's share of $billions (invested/investing in HMS), going to Germany, Sweden and other development centers worlwide.

I suppose it has something with partiality for some iCompany that lacks foldables, 5G and losing momentum globally,

Or is it just BoJoism spreading?

Larry Tesler cut and pasted from this mortal coil: That thing you just did? He probably invented it


Copy&Paste in deed.

Somebody said that he just c&p'd Pentti Kanerva's work (fact check: "wiki", "clipboard").

But those Finns are doomed for that. Now Trump is supposed to copy & paste idea for assimilating (rest of) Nokia, as a salvation of MAGA idea (this time 5G instead win mobile). And Linus already saluted c&p to WSL. So, it has to be Larry.

Is Chrome really secretly stalking you across Google sites using per-install ID numbers? We reveal the truth



GDPR? BoJo said that UK is not GDPR compliant anymore, so who cares?

PM: "United Kingdom will develop separate and independent policies” LOL ... policies independent to privacy ;)

Welcome to Cambridge Analytica reloaded.

What is WebAssembly? And can you really compile C/C++ to it? And it'll run in browsers? Allow us to explain in this gentle introduction


Re: Also want more security info

but he wants to know much much much more about what is going on... pointless.


Re: Source code

So much FUD here.

1) swissrobin is talking primarly about complexity - non-productivity of Wasm coding. Then he concluded (wrong) about need of "high-level languages" LOL...

Please, just take a look at https://mbebenita.github.io/WasmExplorer/

Pick e.g. "testFunction" from C/C++ "EXAMPLES" on menu, left. Now check it.

According to swissrobin: C/C++ are so-high-level languages? "Wat" is less-productive because it's so-much-less-readable then JS (btw you can code for Wasm in JS too)? What is e.g. Forth then: ultra-high-level or ultra-low-level language? Btw, did anyone see 6502/Z80 ASM/MC (and it is 8-bit!)? Please, check it and compare to .wat/.wasm is it more/less complex.

NOW you're concerned about "Browsers becoming OSes ... what is there to guarantee that they're "correct"" - but what is your garantee that OSes are correct right now (whatever "correctness" means)?

> "CPU manufacturers start adding WASM execution cores to their chips so that browsers don't have to bother themselves? Then we're back to square one, aren't we?" - You're oversimplifying; this is philosophical, rethoric question. Yes, at that time browsers (as we know) will be useless middle step, because browsers will become OSes (> Chrome OS). Now spot the difference: CPUs asm will be multi-compatible through the web-asm. Now you just have to turn-off the humanity (as useless middle step) and you are at square zero. ;)


Re: Source code

> "If WebAssembly is a low-level language, then coding directly in it will result in poor programmer productivity. So WebAssembly isn't typically going to be the source code"

OMFG you have clearly written in article: "There’s a binary format for distribution (.wasm), as well as a human-readable text format (.wat). The .wat and .wasm formats represent exactly the same thing." - heck, you have a screenshot proof of WasmExplorer!

IBM, Microsoft and Linux Foundation link arms to fight patent trolls with 'multimillion' scheme


Re: The only way Microsoft could make some people happy

I am desperate to see ribbons at Edgium.

WinUI and WinRT: Official modern Windows API now universal thanks to WebAssembly

Thumb Up


Jérôme Laban, Uno Platform CTO... OK, MS found brand new De Icaza, new apprentice in search for his own green card.

Speaking of Miguel, please let him retired. Mono, Silverlight, Moonlight... again? "Anything a Silverlight application can do, you can do with Web Assembly." WOW.

Next step will be Xamarin-Uno ActionSript API, adapted to WA through WxWidgets XAML version, which could run anywhere if your browser is Edgium with UWP patch which will merge TIFKAM with brand new version of XNA for xCloud that is easily controlled by slightly modified version of ASP.NET Razor.

So simple. The future is bright.

The system works today, Laban said. "Mono for Web Assembly needs to improve, ... so lots of things need to move for the whole thing to be more efficient. But it is in a damn good place for now. It actually works. It is not efficient enough for some specific scenarios...

...just like the rest of De Icaza XimianXamarin's few hundred unfinished projects (aka "the purest Xamarin" ADHD quality) .

Who loves Brexit? Irish distributors ... after their sales jump by a third


Re: "the country has an advantageous business and digital tax environment"

> By the way, you STILL haven't told us why you think brexit is a good idea.

Because people voted for! Putin approved, so nothing shady there, bloody remaoners.

"The Tory party donors ... include Alexander Temerko, who has worked for the Kremlin defence ministry and gifted more than £1.2m to the Tories over seven years."



American telcos get 90 days to wrap up deals with, er, dangerous Chinese supplier – that's Huawei the news goes


China is a totalitarian regime, and the government can secretly force otherwise independent businesses to do things they don't want to.

Yeah, like force Huawei to NOT give some fake dirt about Biden.

Yovanovitch would say: "It's Very Intimidating".

Thanks, Brexit. Tesla boss Elon Musk reveals Berlin as location for Euro Gigafactory


Re: No, the UK was never in the running

> There's a lot that you can pin on Brexit, but not this

FYI - check timeline - "totally unrelated" LOL


( from https://www.bbc.com/news/business-49170387 )

Senior GitLab exec resigns over plan to stop hiring engineers in China and Russia


Re: Security

Donald, is it you? Incredible Sulk?


Re: Security

Trump's great wall will solve all of your problems.


Re: Security

How about hillbillies instead? MAGA. Manic Miner 2 JSW :)


Rudy Giuliani would not agree with you


In USA criminals and government are very hard to tell apart...

Google goes full Anti-Flash-ist, boots Adobe's insecure monstrosity out of web search index


But wait!

What about Silverlight? And Moonlight? M. de Icaza said...

Now for real: I'm missing Xara web plugin, it was astonishly fast (much faster then AS/Flash imo), too bad it stumbled.

Tinfoil-hat search engine DuckDuckGo gifts more options, dark theme and other toys for the 0.43%


Dark theme and Bing ads

How appropriate.

Come to the dark side, it's so much darker here: Yahoo & Bing approved. We don't need your profile (and frankly we don't care), we already know what you really want. Candy Crush and Sling TV everywhere!

Not a good look, Google: Pixel 4 mobes can be face-unlocked even if you're asleep... or dead?


So I'll have to buy iPhone 11...

But wait... what if you are sleeping with open eyes (I know some people do)? Or if you're drunk and your eyes are weld barely half open, how do you call a cab? Or if you upgrade to Molly Millions (>Neuromancer)? I have to buy it and ask Siri about these issues.

Microsoft Surface Pro X: Windows on Arm usable at long last – but, boy, are you gonna pay for it


£1700+ ?

For that sum (err instead of), some should buy decent laptop and there will be left for private servant to carry it around.

It is all about mobility and productivity, after all.


Just needs Apps :D

Or: "It is beautiful, just it does not working."

If you leave "S" mode (that is for "Stupid, no Software here"), suddenly it will become sluggish (and unpleasantly hot... and forget about 15h of autonomy).

But you forgot the main feature: it will warm your fingers at cold winters... just beware of overburning ;)

A funny thing happened on Huawei to the bank. We made even more money. Hahaha. Here till Friday


Re: Far from rosy

The situation is not that good for Huawei. It only sold 47 miillion smartphones in Q3, a 9 % decline YoY, and 12 million less than in Q2.

Where did you get those numbers? FoxNews? Huawei sold around 60m every each quarter, 58-59m @Q1 iirc. It means at least 60m @Q3 (185m total in first 3 quarters). Btw, YoY constant growth.

No soup iPhone for you.

Remember Windows 8? Microsoft is still trying to reunify the API it split for the touchy OS's benefit



I don't beleive it until I see "reunification" like this one:


btw: Windows 7 going out of support in January 2020 ?

Nope, Tim. 2023. You should start reading ElReg ;)


Astronaut Tim Peake reminds everyone about the time Excel mangled his contact list on stage at Microsoft AI event


Re: Not defending Excel but

How about Gnumeric? (LOL from that bloody traitor De icaza that sold his soul for Green Card)

Not updated for some time afaik, but old versions still working good.

Devs getting stuck into Windows 10X on Surface Neo will have to tussle with UWP


Re: Immature giggle ("One Core")

This is a relict from Sinofsky's "One strategy, One OS, One organization..." (OneDrive... renamed after Vista's Windows Live SkyDrive, Windows Live Folders, Windows Live Mail... such a buzzwords... One, Live, Neo... where is Morpheus btw?).


Which in turn was adaptation of "Ein Volk, ein Reich..." that is quote from much less funnier author.

Sinfosky was fan of Tolkien too, obviously ("One ring to rulle them all": x86, ARM; 32-bit, 64-bit; mobile, desktop...)

You know SS? MS CEO that turned SurfaceRT into the skateboard... At least, Megiddo will not have the opportunity to make the same with SurfaceNeo. Not because he is so much more serious guy then SS (look at his statements @yt about Win10S, where chatbox described himself as a "mobile warrior"), but just because of dimensions of SurfaceNeo. But you never know. He is mobile warrior, after all; don't underestimate him.

We're all doooooomed: Gloomy Brit workforce really isn't coping well with impending Brexit


Re: When to move abroad

> You lost the public voted just accept it.

omfg that referendum was like it is made by Malcolm McLarren, not Cameron.

You know, "The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle". Just, it is not RnR at all, now more like weird, trashy requiem.

Dominic Cummings is not McLarren that's for sure. As Cameron said, some type of psychopath.

"Anarchy in the UK", in deed.

We're great, boasts Huawei in founder's Little Red Book – but isn't that a video game screenshot?


Fox & Friends ?

Shame on you, Gareth & El Reg. Whole article sounds like weird agit-prop propaganda from Bolton &co cuisine. Bloody deja vu.


1. "Little Red Book" connotation is plain fictionary work of Garfield Corfield. Nothing similar there to Mao Tse-tung, Cultural Revolution nor glorification of (OMFG) communism. "On the Record: Huawei Executives Speak to the Public" - is exactly what title is saying. Not more, not less.

2. Common practice of corporations is to make some kind of guerilla marketing PR when companies struggle to achieve common, desired impression. The truth is that Huawei is under witch hunt, aranged by orange baboon and his jolly fellowship. It is sad to see that El Reg joined to that dishonest mission. What's next? Nonexistent "Weapons of mass destruction", this time from China instead Iraq? BoJo & Trump instead Blair & Bush?

Why didn't you judge "One Strategy: Organization, Planning, and Decision Making" from ex MS CEO Steven Sinofsky? It is real succesor of "Ein Volk, Ein Reich, Ein Führer" PR agenda, product that Goebels would not be ashamed of.


3. This pic of plain is just imaginary, fiction illustration. It is nowhere said that this photo is authentic WW2 document. Beside allusion in this El Reg agit-prop article, of course. But: do you really think that MS ex CEO made his "surface skateboard" by his own hands, or did he really use it anywhere beside lousy PR Surface promo campaign?


...and so on. It seems that El Reg is preparing for Trump's post-brexit era. BoJo forever. omfg

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson moves to shut Parliament



I'll tell you what is going to happen (spoiler alert!):

Boris Kemal de Pfeffel, Trump's puddle (which is in turn Putin's puddle), for some reason, decided to chlorinate :D ... well, ruin UK.

He managed to force No Deal Brexit chaos, but he also obstructed ANY future trade deals (negotiations) with EU, because of refusing to pay the Brexit bill (UK debt), which in turn accelerated incoming stagflation (see below). It all brings common reasons for SNP, Northern Ireland... to leave UK (and join EU).

Oh, he also achieved to tear apart his own party, disgrace Parliament and Queen as useless, and so on.

Sith apprentice made excellent job. It is not just that he "deserves a special place in hell" (D. Tusk), he managed to make UK exclusive type of recession: Roubini brought a special accentuate of UK in his "The Anatomy of the Coming Recession" (Aug 22nd, 2019):

"The same applies to Brexit: leaving the European Union will saddle the United Kingdom with a permanent negative supply shock, and thus permanently lower potential growth. ... Such shocks cannot be reversed through monetary or fiscal policymaking."

Now, enjoy your popcorn.


Re: Cut out the politics and stick to IT please

1) wtf Google has with this?

2) this is under Business/Policy section;

2) You see, no supply chains - no IT. Now, connect the dots...

hint: stagflation (by definition) can result when the economy faces a supply shock. (wiki) ... "The same applies to Brexit: leaving the European Union will saddle the United Kingdom with a permanent negative supply shock, and thus permanently lower potential growth." (c&p from N. Roubini: "The Anatomy of the Coming Recession"; google it urself)

Now ask "what does shutting of Parliament has to do with Brexit" and you'll win another 20+ td.


Re: Don't Care

Oh yes. I just waited for that. In total madness misogyny should be answer... LOL

Beside: "dumb" Nicola Sturgeon will be not of your concern anymore, in year or two. Scotland will be part of other Union. Just hate and don't care, u proud male.

GIMP open source image editor forked to fix 'problematic' name


"AP's so much better, only 50 quid..."

> Sorry, but I stopped using Gimp as soon as I bought Affinity Photo - it's so much better, and only 50 quid for life. It also kicks Photosh*t in the face!

Does it have G'MIC or AnimStack? I didn't think so. Yeah, so much beter.

Also I bet you never heard of Krita...



Agree with most of it, just this:

I will only ask one thing, please try to use QT for the UI! (snip) QT based apps worked better on Ubuntu, than GTK on OpenSuse, in terms of the amount of dependencies needed.

...use MATE @Mint (or Ubuntu) instead: good, old, stable and fast Gnome 2x / GTK - GIMP likes it ;)

Google touts managed Linux, gets cosy with Dell in Chromebook Enterprise push


Re: Could this be it - Linux on the Desktop ?!

> What advantage would Google's Chrome offer? Wait a second: the other option is to get Windows 10 preinstalled, which includes a Linux subsystem as well.

Not nearly close. It is not "Google's Chrome" but "Chrome OS" - it is already Linux. It means Linux kernel. So, it means virtualized, sandboxed Linux desktop apps are sharing same kernel resources as main OS - it is not overhead like running VM of other, uncompatible kernel to the main OS (Windows 10). Same stands for Android apps (if needed) - almost native support. Crossvm and termina are low-level vm, different beasts then common known vm.

More about it here: https://chromium.googlesource.com/chromiumos/docs/+/master/containers_and_vms.md#Overview


Re: Sounds oddly familiar

"However Chrome books is a big step as you are walking in to a vendor lock in situation with your eyes wide open this time"

...like, Macs and Windows you mentioned before is not "a vendor lock in situation"???

> "the exit strategy, if it all went wrong"

...but Chromebooks are exit strategy - kind of - because most of it went wrong already. It is all about diversification. You are arguing about diversification as essentially wrong move, and recalling back to the old vendor locked in situation, because of... "it could be hugely expensive as you would have to replace all the hardware too (IF it all went wrong)"???

Btw, regarding your "exit strategy", I bet you're Brittish. Brexit strategy indeed. "Sovereignty".

> "Also it is Google and they will use all your company's IP for advertising purposes and anything stored on its servers belongs to them and not you, so you forfeit your copyright and patents to it all." - Bollocks. Redmond FUD. It is called "Chrome Enterprise" - no advertising there. So, basicaly, what you said is that you pay for Enterprise edition so that your data belongs to Google. Utterly stupid.

Obviously, as said above: "Better the devil you know" ...(although) "But for the sake of fairness, Microsoft snaffles your data as well."

All of that reminds me of this joke: A fish and a crab were playing with a ball. Then the crab wouldn't toss the ball back to the fish. The fish cried, "You're shellfish!"

Chips 'n fish: Globalfoundries casts patent net at rival TSMC


Re: If you can't compete, troll

Exactly. It seems that it is the main MAGA formula.

"All your base are belong to us" ROFL

Buying a Chromebook? Don't forget to check that best-before date


In other news, Google is providing Linux "kernelnext" for older Chromebooks

Despite the BoJo mess and adaptation to inevitable incoming of new covfefe reality, I've expected less chlorinated articles at El Reg.

"Google has been hard at work on a project called “kernelnext,” which seems poised to update the Linux kernel of certain devices, starting with the 2015 Chromebook Pixel ... (and) eight other Chrome OS devices" (Aug. 12th 2019)


Somehow, not a word about it at The Register.

It means, beside other things, that some happy owners will enjoy using brand new Android Studio 3.5 that is heavily optimized to work at chromebooks, even 4 years old.

Unfortunately, this possibility is barely mentioned at El Reg (only: "ton of interesting stuff here, not least official support for developing on Chrome OS. Running the IDE on Google's OS requires installing Linux, which then lives in a sandbox."):


Mind you: Android Studio, NOT Visual Studio (although Visual Studio Code should work too!) - ask Mr. Woodward for clarification. :D Because, Martin Woodward is not just a "Vice President of the .NET Foundation", he is also a "Principal Group Program Manager on the Azure DevOps team" (FYI: "Azure DevOps" is MS Visual Studio @ MS Azure, as SaaS)...

Yep, same Martin the informer.

Martin, who is main "responsible for the tools that Microsoft use to ship stuff ... to Android apps", so much so that "scale sometimes blows his mind". His words, his own tweet, this month: https://twitter.com/martinwoodward/status/1156848870762131456

Instead of those great news (kernelnext & ASv3.5), after 10 days of silence: "Google provides each new hardware platform with 6.5 years of Auto Update support", but Martin's Dad "bought new less than 3 years ago that it is now out of support" (tweet from Aug. 20th 2019)... major concern ftom relevant source.

"veep of the Microsoft-supported .NET Foundation, though THAT IS NOT RELEVANT HERE". I bet it is not. Nor that he is *THE* head of SaaS MS Visual Studio division. I bet his Dad is still happy with his Windows RT Surface, because it is "2020 ready" for sure. I believe that Martin is still working on his Windows 10S Continuum edition Surface from last year. Including MS Visual Studio. Sure. (FYI: UWP Visual Studio does not exist nor will ever be).

Bit of a time-saver: LibreOffice emits 6.3 with new features, loading and UI boosts


Re: Don't they also accept pdf?

Digression, but had to write it:

1st thing I did with my new old Kindle is to jailbreak it - to get read of azw3 bs limitation. Epub is what I am using, in 90% cases.

Sigil & Calibre are great, but for more professional design you should check Scribus (it does have epub export iirc); Pandoc should be of great help too.



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