152 posts • joined 17 Apr 2010
Re: Apple making things easier
I love those type of solutions.
How many machines does it take to get to that process by trial&error?
This right here is why schools need these devices.
Lesson one, week three - Restoring your broken boot. Students must devise and apply a method to make their busted PoS machine run again. Pass/Fail to be determined by pushing the power switch and seeing what happens.
That is exactly what children need to learn how to do if they wish to live in a technological society.
I'm not being sarcastic either.
Facebook's inflection point: Now everyone knows this greedy mass surveillance operation for what it is
Re: A complete wipe?
The solution is the same no matter what generation of .gov software your country has installed.
Erase the partition WashingtonDC then create a new partition and format with whatever .gov system you feel you require.
If I might offer some advice; make the partition much smaller this time.
Re: Linux on the desktop, and printing
>>Mind you, Brother offers Linux drivers in .deb and .rpm formats on their website. But... I didn't need the .deb. It just worked. WTF?<<
I'm glad that worked out well for you, but it also raises another point against Linux in the eyes of the many.
On Apple you drop a .dmg on your desktop and a program installs. (At least that was it when I last used OSX years back.) On Windows you only have to click an .exe to encrypt your entire filesystem and let the ransom-ware folks know you're alive and well.
But on Linux...
.deb .rpm .pkg .tar.bz .etc ...It requires faith and hope to try to install anything that's not in your repo. (Faith, hope and a very detailed reading of the dependency list.) Even then the names of some of those things you need are going to change from distro to distro and versions will almost certainly be different.
This does not go over well with people who just want to do some new task in a hurry.
Yum, emerge, pacman, apt-get, etc doesn't bloody help either. Fragmentation is great for people who want to experiment and learn, but it's ass for everyone else.
Re: Blast from the past
>>because they have some industrial machine attached to their computer.<<
I had a disturbing occurrence of something similar last year. A machine needed it's control computer replaced and the replacement was Win10. It arrived already set up and patched with all software installed so all I had to do was re-do all the machine specific calibrations and everything was good to go.
I did not feel it needed to see the network so it wasn't connected.
One month in and the system decides it's pirated and pops up the notice continually. Plugging it into the network oddly solved that without any intervention from me (i.e. no activation needed as it had already been done before.)
Unfortunately it then said it needed to upgrade the system and drivers and dumped everything machine specific into the bin in the process, causing another re-do of all the calibrations. The new graphics driver it tried to load also buggered up the machine interface program and I had to disable it and run a fallback to get things back on the screen. I fully blame AMD for that one as their drivers are always ass, but why did my OS even try to push a new graphics driver? That is not it's damned job.
Thanks MS. Lovely new OS you've got there, makes me glad I'm not using it at home.
Now it's bugging me to upgrade again and I don't want to push that button.
Re: The Stages of MS Denial
You just reminded me of one of my long-time favourite bits of reading.
Especially the line;
"Then it told me to reboot my machine. Why should I do that? I reboot every night — why should I reboot at that time?"
I recall thinking at that time that perhaps ole BillG wasn't used to using Windows.
Re: Oops, a bit of truth accidentally slipped out
I'm no expert on the GPL but what is the problem with MS doing anything involving linux?
While it is wise to be suspect of their linux efforts, what exactly do you think they'll be able to do?
Other than trying to foist another variant of systemd on the userbase there's no possible way for them to EEE the GPL. Anything released under GPL isn't owned by any entity they can buy, they can't poison GPL'd code because they have to release the source. The only thing they could do would be to try and build a whole system from the ground up while avoiding the use of any GPL code... They already have that. It's called Windows.
Re: you are a 1st world problem
>>People don't need protecting
>Yes they do. From products that will harm their health.
Fuck right off. I'll smoke if I want to, drink if I want to and stay up late eating fucking crisps if I want to.
>>children should be taught how to think, not what to think
>Impossible under capitalism
Last time I checked, parents were still parents no matter what system they live under. It's their job to teach the children.
>>Go out and do something, be the best you can
>The proletariat don't have the luxury of choice.
Yes. Yes we do. No-one is forcing us to make shitty decisions, we do that all on our own and often refuse to learn from the mistakes. That's our failure. Every person who ever worked their way up from nothing to have a decent life is proof that the choice is there.
>>ignore them and got on with our lives
>Our lives as consumers right?
I almost agree with you there... But I dare you to live without consuming anything for a week. Being alive means consumption, no way around it. If you'd said hyper-consumers then I would have been on side.
So what is your solution to these ills if I may be so bold as to inquire?
If you suggest socialism I'll point out that Venezuelan real-estate is really cheap right now. Go buy yourself some and live in your utopia. Personally I'll pass.
re : "I use p2p for nix based distros."
When are you *nix pirates going to learn. Your freetard ways are robbing the hardworking software writers of their livelihood. Without the support brought in by a measly $0.99 per-program-per-update every time you use apt/yum/pacman/whatever these poor struggling artists are going to have to go try to earn their living busking software edits in subway stations.
These thickheads don't really get it do they?
There was a functional list of IPs for filesharing "pirates" right there. They really didn't care that you could see them since such a low percentage ever got C&D letters, let alone lawsuits.
No. That wasn't enough for you. Gotta try to take down the whole infrastructure to show you're properly kowtowing to the Hollywood money. Try to force your laws onto other nations. Why not also pressure ISPs into filtering torrent traffic so that even perfectly legal users suffer and/or start obfuscating their traffic.
So once it's all moved onto TOR or similar and they have no access what-so-ever to a handy list of IPs to sue what are you gonna do? Try to make TOR illegal? Probably. Will it work? No.
Need any ammo for your other foot?
@ dbtx - "It bothers me that smart people are trying to "rescue" the less-smart people from having to do it, and teaching each other that it is a worthy goal."
True. The smart people that repair car engines "rescue" the less smart people from having to learn how to do it. The smart people who know how to apply roofing materials correctly "rescue" the less smart people from having to learn (and also from leaky roofs). The smart people who can use a bulldozer to build a road grade "rescue" the less smart people from having to drive to work on a roller-coaster.
Knowing how to use the sed command does not make a person more intelligent than knowing how to make a tree fall in the direction you want it to. (Also, the errors in tree falling make for better .webms than the sed command errors)
Got one to use as a cheap Cintiq knock-off. A job it handles well enough for a non-artist such as myself that can't justify the Wacom price but still likes to see where he's making marks on a drawing.
It has one major advantage over the Cintiq in that it doesn't have to be tethered to a computer to work.
It has one major dis-advantage in that it's vastly less powerful than the machine it would have been tethered to. Still, it's a decent little machine that runs actual graphics software, even if it does it slower than I'd like.
I would like to replace it with one that has more grunt, but Microsoft have decided to go down the Windows10 route and I can't stomach using that system so I won't be replacing this thing until the battery explodes.
Re: S is for Spyware
You know... Last time I browsed the Windows store it did not seem to have autoCAD available as a UWP application. I highly doubt there's any CAD/CAM, circuit design or, in fact, ANY engineering or manufacturing software of any sort on the store.
So what "third party applications" are these "engineers" using that the S version of Win10 could possibly offer them? A dictionary? Maybe a new alarm clock? Do they do their design work solely within the world of Minecraft?
Why wouldn't these folks just buy a real windows machine to actually get work done on?
I'm certainly no engineer, but I still prefer Win7 on a full-fat desktop complete with a vidcard you could brew coffee on and an uncanny ability to run any Windows software from any source.
It's Russian hackers, FBI and Wikileaks wot won it – Hillary Clinton on her devastating election loss
It's odd how they don't mention
The fact that THEY wrote those e-mails the "Russians" made off with.
Not once did I see Podesta or Clinton say that those were fabricated documents spread by her political enemies. Nope. That bit just got whitewashed by screaming Russians!!! loud enough.
The existence of emails in general wasn't the issue. It's what was in them that matters. The DNC wrote what was in them. The "Russians" only made it available to the public.
I think the American people should probably thank the Ruskies for a job well done and encourage them to hack the shit out of all the presidential emails so the people can keep tabs on their leaders.
After all... Their leaders certainly do spy on them.
In many cases yes, in others...
Not so much.
Blender has grown so far from the 2.4 days that when upgrading to the 2.6 & 2.7 versions I was amazed at how intuitive and easy to use it has become. I now use it as a primary meshing tool on both my windows and linux installs.
GIMP... Not so much. Though I do use it for a couple of file formats it has plugin support for, it's not my primary software. Especially not on the Surface where it's menu driven interface fails hard for me and my big, fat fingers. So for content creation that's a 50-50 split free vs commercial.
As for operating systems I have one dedicated windows machine, one dedicated linux machine and my gaming rig has both installed as the tie-breaker. I try to buy and run any games I want on Steam-linux to show a little support, but realistically most of my gaming is still on the Win7 install. So that probably tips things to 45-55 in favour of the commercial OS given approximately equal usage time for each machine.
Free software is definitely a much bigger part of my life than it was 18 years ago (my first Linux install... Redhat5.2 bought at a big-box store on a whim), but it can't cover all the bases. So commercial software on a free base would be the next best thing.
I've been saying that for all of those 18 years though and it still hasn't happened.
Re: Why not
The helicopter IS the flying car. The reason you won't be able to pop down to the shops in your 'flying car' is the same reason you can't do it in a helicopter. You'll blow the neighbour's dog through his basement window, clip the telcomms lines off your home, snag a high-tension cable by the highway and come crashing down right in front of a 40ton freightliner. If you're sober.
It'll get messy after a few pints.
The license, training. airport and flightplans all exist for a really good reason.
Oh... and screw automation. Once you've got a few hundred thousand fliers in the air around a big city you'll get to see the three dimensional version of gridlock with the added bonus of falling out of the damned sky. How would the central control (there would need to be a central control for a city or you'd have absolute flaming chaos) for that many aircraft actually work?
Re: My 2 cents regarding ditching Unity
Ditto on the compiz here. Always one major regression away from being usable.
I tried unity when it first came out and was sort-of getting used to it when I noticed something up after an update, my fans were on while watching a video. Why? The system was using 25% processor to run an 8-bit vid, and 70% to decode hi10p. On a quadcore...
Swapped to my ever-present fallback UI openbox and those numbers were 2% and 15%.
Filed a report to the unity devs and got the reply it was a compiz thing and they would look into it. I installed Mint instead. Never went back to Ubuntu and though I departed from Mint quite a few years ago, I've never left cinnamon behind for long.
We're all stupid, get used to it.
It's all relative...
Welders know little of the physics of welding and those who study physics can't weld for shit.
A "fake news" filter could easily be installed client-side to filter out anything in direct conflict with the users bias and it would be 99% accurate. To cite the current example in this thread, I'll venture that a vanishingly small number of us have even been to Syria, let alone seen any of the conflict first-hand. Therefore we all spout our opinions based solely on what we've been fed by our sources of choice. Were any of the reporters even there, or are they just relaying third-hand information to us after writing in their own editorial spin?
Also wise to remember that the "stupid" people you talk down about here (those who don't confirm your current views on what makes a human intelligent) not only vastly outnumber you, but also perform tasks of equal or greater value than you and won't even notice if your contributions as a highly evolved paragon of humanity cease to exist tomorrow.
Unless you're the guy who fixes potholes in the road. They are a blessing upon this earth and should be appreciated as such.
Put down your coffee and admire the sheer amount of data Windows 10 Creators Update will slurp from your PC
Re: Fighting back?
Every so often I try to find a flak generator for the modern internet, some little program I could piggyback to the browser that randomly pings various sites off some whitelist of millions constantly in the background. I always come up empty handed and forget about it by the next day. It's easier to go the VPN route than to try and mess the system about for fun anyhow. Though I've always wondered what sort of ads would show up. Probably just as effectively targetted as the ones I get now... Not at all.
Seems similar would be a good idea for telemetry. Just a hook into a valid channel that injects a little trickle of nonsense, like 500,000,000 handwriting examples from some OCR database somewhere fed into their system one line at a time. Anything disruptive would be helpful (or at least fun).
Respond first, read thread later.
Strangely, if you enter "The Windows 10 Creators Update is a significant step forward, but by no means the end of our journey," into google translate it comes out in english as "Bend over and clench your teeth, because here it comes."
I have never.. Ever.. been so damned happy I decided to turn off updates and purge my system during that GWX onslaught. My Win7 desktop and Win8 surface are doing just fine thanks. Doing things I want them to do that is, not things I'm told to do by the OS developer. I don't need you to look into my workflow during one of your many application crashes to see if there's anything you want to sell to advertizers, steal, or have me sued for stealing... <cough>... I mean, anything you can use to determine the cause of the crash... Yeah. Fuck right off.
Luckily my Linux machine doesn't require this level of developmental input from me. The folks responsible for the various programs seem to be able to fix most issues without needing to know what music I was listening to at the time and what my signature looks like. Thanks guys, that's why this machine is the one actually connected to the WAN.
I actually liked Windows. It was a decent enough general purpose platform for all sorts of uses, but this is just a step/mile/lightyear too far. Open note to Microsoft, if you quit shitting all over your users diskspace I personally promise I won't do the same to the lawn outside your corporate HQ.
I can see a great use for this internet connected tat.
Go on vacation and get your mother-in-law or whomever you don't like much to housesit on a few known nights. Log in and fuck with the place until they shit themselves and call an exorcist.
That's the only use case I can come up with though.
This should be fun.
I do wonder at the mindset of the government bodies sometimes. They bitch and moan about how encryption and tunneling are making their law enforcement (spying) more difficult and then they go and put in (or remove) rules that make it so more people who otherwise would never have bothered are going to encrypt and tunnel.
I wonder if they'll wake up soon, or if it will only happen after 90% of the network is dark.
I'm looking forward to the next decade or so being a good horserace between business/government and the folks writing new encryption tech. Place your bets now.
Any Adbackers still out there?
Not long ago on this very site a thread like this could be relied upon to bring in a few shills to remind us that without easily exploited advertising systems the whole internet would go bankrupt and collapse into fiery oblivion, dragging us all along with it. Any attempt to actually make anyone accountable was a grievous blow to the free market economy guaranteed to doom the entire world to an internet with zero content.
Anyone still feel like stepping up to defend these plague spreading rats?
Anyone at all?
I'll restate my stale, old opinion. Ads should go back to how they were long (not really that long) ago. The site that hosts the content hosts the ads and accepts responsibility for vetting them. No middleman, bullshit script linking. Until then my blocks on all ads, trackers and scripts remain fully enabled. Even if half the links I click show up totally blank, at least it's a safe(r) blankness.
VM's all the way down...
Everyone took this way too seriously and missed the opportunity for fun.
Just keep spinning up and betraying "friends" until the week is almost up for your real machine. These guys will think they're going to have enough coming in at week's end to buy Bolivia and then you send a reply that just says "Nah, Fuck it." spin down all the VM's and format your machine like you were going to have to do anyhow.
This could probably be automated.
Re: Open post to the NSA
It's a funny thing but maybe an hour after that post a little lightbulb icon popped up on my Android phone telling me that I should add emergency contact info.
Now I know it's just Google trying to get me to add my relatives to their database for better ad tracking (we see your son has just died, click here for links to funeral homes with big savings), but the timing could not have been better.
Open post to the NSA
Maybe if you'd spent less time trying to jam your finger up your own citizen's arseholes and more time trying to secure the network by fixing exploits instead of hoarding them...
Here's hoping every single one of your dodgy programs gets used on you in the future. Preferably by your own people.
Oh.. and don't bitch when folks encrypt their drives and their comms, it's only a natural response to your continued idiocy and egotism.
Re: MS is in decline, but Linux will never replace it
I feel inclined to supply a few more examples since Nvidia graphics cards will always be an issue until they finally stop with the firmware nonsense and release some decent source.
From personal experience with the machine I'm typing this on;
BD burners do not work well out-of-the-box on any Debian based distro. A licensing issue lead to them dropping cdrtools from the repos ages ago. The cdrkit they use is not able to close a BD data disk properly. You can compile cdrtools yourself and fix this, or run a distro that supplies it. Try one that's Arch based.
A Samsung CLP-320N printer doesn't work out-of-the-box on Manjaro. You need to remove their print driver blob and replace it with just CUPS and the Samsung unified driver from ArchUserRepos. This printer worked perfectly out-of-the-box on Mint last time I tried. (Mint 14 iirc)
Hotswapping hard-drives is not always fully supported, even when set to swappable in BIOS/UEFI. It's a good idea to use "sudo hdparm -y /dev/sd<x>" to shut it down before removal since umount won't reliably stop it spinning and park the heads. Newer Linux installs will pick up the new drive when you put it in, but some older ones needed "echo "0 0 0" >/sys/class/scsi_host/host<x>/scan". There may be a more elegant way to do this, but it's one I don't know.
These are all work-arounds I've used for this particular machine, most of the hardware has spanned multiple distro's over it's lifetime. It's been on Manjaro for the last few years and is running almost exactly how I want it to, but I'd be lying through my teeth if I said there wasn't a fair bit of tweaking involved to get it there.
I'm a Linux user and supporter, but I'm not a fanboy.
Re: Seems to bork "Mouse Without Borders", too.
That is a really cool idea right there that I did not know even existed.
Would be a bit of a pain though if one of those machines was playing twitch shooters wouldn't it? Or is there some trick that prevents un-intentional switching?
I guess I should have said "prevented" if it's not bloody working anymore.
Re: Windows 10 = Windows Vista
Grove giveth and Gates taketh away.
Such was Vista. A victim mostly of it's own marketing department. The devs had to drop most of the planned features and re-write the system to get something to market since XP had been going on too long for corporate liking. The marketing folks hyped the shit out of it (Vista Wow). When it was released it was un-finished with bad drivers and crap performance on the hardware of the day. This popped the marketing bubble and the resulting implosion did far more damage to Vista than it deserved.
Windows 7 IS the patched copy of Vista that should have been it's actual release candidate if time hadn't been such a factor for Microsoft.
Win10, as you say, has it's own core issues, but it also suffers from the marketing push it's been so ruthlessly given. Forced GWX installs, pop-up ad windows practically yelling at people to upgrade, all the sorts of things that either alienate your consumers through the perception of desperation (WinX Wow), or drive their expectations so high that failing to live up to them is almost inevitable.
Then they release a system riddled with spyware in the era of NSA concerns, and furthermore break it regularily with badly planned update roll-outs. Another bursting of the marketing bubble though maybe this system deserves it more than Vista did. (at least Vista wasn't spying on anyone)
Personally I think they should have doubled the size of the QA department instead of sacking them all and instead should have scorched the marketing department to the bedrock and focused on the development of a quality OS that would have stood up on it own merits.
But I'm not a businessman or a tech... I cut metal. Maybe they know things I don't.
Re: MS is in decline, but Linux will never replace it
Somewhere between the AC's the truth is buried.
A glance down the WIP and TODO should be sufficient to see whether you'll get a great "out-of-the-box" experience on your hardware. Note that NV130 isn't on that chart, so when you drop in your new 1080GTX assume all boxes are red.
I appreciate the hard work the Nouveau guys are doing a lot, especially in the face of the help Nvidia is giving them (none), but it's always going to be a long game of catch-up.
Those binary blobs are still a necessity for many users.
There will always be tweaking and driver issues to consider, especially on newer hardware and obscure devices, but that goes in Windowsland too.
It's just as wrong to say "Everything works perfectly out of the box" as it is to say "Built by developers for developers".
Most hardware works well and you don't need much IT experience above knowing how to google for instructions. So give Linux a try and see how you like it.
Windows 10 Titanic Edition
The comparison needs a bit more fleshing out to truly appreciate how incredible Microsoft really are.
Their Titanic version is sailing now while the welders are still working to join the hull. There's mechanics in the engine room that have to dodge between rotating parts in an effort to fix the fact that certain pistons just aren't getting any steam. The captain is currently not at the helm because he's trying to decide which MS ship he should captain next. They gave away all the tickets for free so now are trying to flog high-price food in the restaurant but not enough people are buying it. The merchant area is deserted. The highly mobile lifeboats have been jettisoned due to the fact that no-one was using them while the main ship was floating.
Now there's a few icecubes in the sea to deal with, but that seems like a mere technicality compared to actually keeping the whole boat from simply tipping up and dropping into the sea all on it's own.
All it needs is a catchy soundtrack.
@a_yank_lurker - There are a lot of factors used to determine the given value for "soon" at any moment for both source definitions.
Dealing strictly with Microsoft's "soon" here;
If it's a fix that will prevent a hacker from accessing your system then "soon" means between the first big media report and the next Windows release.
If it's a fix that allows you to actually use your own machine as you want to then "soon" means 'maybe we'll get to it after the next Windows release, but it'd be easier to just find third party workarounds.'
If it's a fix that effects Microsoft's revenue stream then "soon" means in the next patch rollout if we can actually fix the issue, we'll probably break a few things trying. Eggs - Omelettes. Windows users will understand.
Re: Totally unrelated. (almost)
I was actually kinda happy about my Windows machine there for a minute and you had to go and fuck it all up.
I'd forgotten they plan to roll out dungball patches in the future for all their releases.
(I was going to say "tarball" but that's already taken by a vastly more respectable application and I refuse to conflate the two.)
Re: The science of psychology
I agree with your experience, having worked with a few like that before.
The crucial thing missing is learning, both for the robot and for the human. If they apologize for the mistake it's good, but ultimately the same mistake must be avoided in the future.
At least they aren't trying to hide it. Those are the worst. The hidden mistakes usually show up in QC, but sometimes it's the customer that finds them and that makes everyone's quality suspect.
Always best to apologize, present a way to fix the mistake (if possible) and then change your process so it doesn't happen again. Once the robots can do this they'll actually be decent workers.
Has anyone running the search bots to game this system checked to be sure it's not spam-searching PTHC and similar? I mean it'd be a good idea to know that before a van shows up outside your door.
Still... It'd be good for laugh. "Here's your $5.00 coffee and violent interrogation. Will there be anything else sir?"