* Posts by jmecher

17 posts • joined 23 May 2019

Huawei's P40 and P40 Pro handsets will not ship with Google Mobile Services, Richard Yu confirms

jmecher

Re: Huawei?

>If they provide a good alternative to the Play Store, I'd be more than happy.

A few months back while I was looking for a new phone and doing the research, Huawei was not on the short-list. Reason: they're not unlock friendly, and no Lineage (or at least AOSP) support.

You'd have thought the embargo would have made them more flexible on this front; it would have been an no-cost way for them to score points with the rest of the world in addition to making easier for people to get their google dope if they're so inclined.

Google are jealously guarding their wares for business reasons, but Huawei seem to be equally control-freak for no obvious reason.

jmecher

Re: Maybe not such a bad thing

FDroid-the-client and FDroid-the-repository are two separate things; of course they work together to produce what is commonly referred to simply as FDroid, however one can pick and choose.

The repository accepts only open source apps, so it doesn't have a wide appeal, however the client is designed such that it can easily use additional repos; someone willing (or as in Huawei's case - being forced to) can piggy back on the client instead of creating their own from scratch. Pooling resources together instead of reinventing the wheel, etc.

I have the impression that Huawei doesn't "get" open source, though. They're big so they can certainly throw resources at the problem, will it be enough? Or, possibly, they want to make it on their own, which would be a silly mistake of course, but given that decisions are at least influenced by political cadres, it's possible.

Microsoft joins Google and Mozilla in adopting DNS over HTTPS data security protocol

jmecher

Re: not going to work

You're only blocking 3 major DNS providers, just on ipv4, and the code is already sizeable.

If you add more of them and throw ipv6 into the mix it's going to get out of hand pretty soon.

I'm doing it differently, by just allowing my pi-hole outbound acces to 53/853 udp/tcp and dropping everything else by default; it's certainly shorter. I'm not addressing DoH in any way, but neither is your setup.

Take the bus... to get some new cables: Raspberry Pi 4s are a bit picky about USB-Cs

jmecher

oof

The official rpi4 power supply works well but it's size/shape is too big for EU sockets obstructing access to adjacent ones.

I'm only complaining because I couldn't use the only spare socket due to this.

Go fourth and multi-Pi: Raspberry Pi 4 lands today with quad 1.5GHz Arm Cortex-A72 CPU cores, up to 4GB RAM...

jmecher

libreelec already has a beta supporting it

...see https://libreelec.tv/2019/06/libreelec-9-2-alpha1-rpi4b/

Other uses I'd like to get it for: RetroPie as I have the controllers already and a lightweight desktop.

Lightweight desktop is deployable today provided you have a cooling solution, the rest would need a bit more time to mature.

'Bulls%^t! Complete bull$h*t!' Reset the clock on the last time woke Linus Torvalds exploded at a Linux kernel dev

jmecher

>You always have the recourse of moving to another job

If you do that every time you had an argument, you were either allways right (yeah), or are part of the problem.

In my experience, most of the time friction comes from chasing different ideas (or different means of chasing ideas); not to say personal vendettas or such is not a thing, but the case the article is describing likely isn't.

Also, Linus can't kick anybody out of linux development, they can keep doing what they do and getting paid while ignoring him. I wonder if this is the reason Linus gets mad sometimes...

jmecher

If you haven't had "sparks flying" moments while working on things, it's probable you haven't been doing useful things all along.

Many of the times, after tempers cool, people realize it's nothing personal, and competing ideas are part of the game. Egos play a part here, and recognizing when you were wrong is a good trait to have - both for self preservation and for still having developers left at the end of the day.

Unlike in a commercial setting, where if boss pulls rank you have basically no recourse, developers will walk away eventually, and that I think is ultimately keeping Linus in check..

Chrome ad-blocker crackdown preview due late July. Here's a half-dozen reasons why add-on devs are still upset

jmecher

question is

Is there going to be enough fallout to force them to back track?

It's obvious to privacy minded people that this is google trying to take advantage of the situation to score against add blockers, but I personally think that google is testing the waters and is ready to retreat if too many defect.

If only enough people will do it...

Cyber-IOU notes. Voucher hell on wheels. However you want to define Facebook's Libra, the most ridiculous part is its privacy promise

jmecher

Re: Better than Libra!

> Who's with me?

Are there special deals available?

Why are fervid Googlers making ad-blocker-breaking changes to Chrome? Because they created a monster – and are fighting to secure it

jmecher

Re: Or, simply...

>And remember some applications can bypass our host file, and even the DNSes you set

Apple seems to be one (bad) example here.

I'm forcing everything inside the internal network to go through the pi-hole I set up for this purpose - the (company issued) iphone 5s can't find apple store, and other apps running on the phone report no internet. Imbecils.

Zorin OS 15 nods at Ubuntu and welcomes Windows escapees

jmecher

Re: The 39 Steps

>Installing any printer - particularly multi function ones. Any single time I've ever had to install a printer on any distro it's a pest.

I haven't installed a printer driver on Windows for a long time, but I still have flashbacks from the HP installer bringing a decent spec computer to it's knees while doing it's thing - with the extra benefit that from then on a boat load of useless services would be added to the boot times.

Not saying Linux shines in this aspect, but printing is possibly not the best show case of Windows being better.

It's that time again: Android kicks off June's patch parade with fixes for five hijack holes

jmecher

Re: Great news

>Why are you relying on your provider? Why don't you have LineageOS/any custom ROM/your own builds from source (which is easy to do if you have device/kernel/vendor trees)?

You're probably joking, but LineageOS users will get it sooner than the average joe.

I'm one of the former, and I currently have the May security pacth level since May 17th when I last updated.

Building from source, though...not really. I did it once when Lineage had build system issues and haven't published a ROM update for some time, and it's not a trivial amount of effort. Ultimately, the most important issue was that my own build was using a separate signing key, and I couldn't get back to the official LOS build using OTA update. These days they publish official builds daily, with the occasional hiccup of a few days once in a while.

I'll just clear down the database before break. What's the worst that could happen? It's a trial

jmecher

Re: There needs to be something visible

Boo!

In more articulated terms, the notion that "if you're paying attention, it'll not happen" is only accurate a set percentage of the time.

Every little thing that can be done to improve the chance of bringing that percentage up is worth doing (but it'll never be 100).

Lightening up a bit, around the place I call home there's a joke going like: "only those who don't work, don't make mistakes...and the mistake-free deserve a promotion". Which begs the question: are you a manager?

No Huawei out: Prez Trump's game of chicken with China has serious consequences

jmecher

this is going to get ugly

..and we're all going to be poorer for it. Americans, Chinese and bystanders.

I was recently watching the WW1 channel on youtube (awesome thing, go Indy and team!) - the delusion, lack of situational understanding and short sightedness underscoring the actions of the main actors that started the Great War can certainly be paralleled to the situation here.

The very idea that you can manage to send China 40 years back in time with no harm on your side is bonkers.

Twist my Arm why don't you: Brit CPU behemoth latest biz to cease work with Huawei – report

jmecher

Re: Conspiracy theory No. 1

Couldn't agree more. Someone political has threatened had a word with ARM over what might happen to anything using their designs if they continue to supply China companies with licenses.

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The word was had with Softbank, rather? Regardless how you look at it, ARM is worse off than before, I can't imagine them being so eager on their own, it probably was forced on them...

(this is pure speculation, no insight whatsoever, personal opinion)

jmecher

Re: loss for ARM

Both RISC-V and MIPS are subject to US embargo.

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That does not have quite the same impact.

ARM fences improvements to the architecture and instruction set behind a business contract, thus making it unfeasible.

For RISCV/MIPS you can download them freely, or you can license already existing IP from a non-encumbered vendor as a start off point for your thing.

jmecher

loss for ARM

As someone said above, once you stop being neutral, you can no longer be seen as a "universal" thing.

This will improve the visibility of alternative, more decentralized options like RISCV and MIPS.

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