* Posts by Harmless Drudge

12 posts • joined 4 Nov 2009

Zorin OS 15 nods at Ubuntu and welcomes Windows escapees

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No problems here

I've been using Mint for years (currently 18.3; wife on 19.1). Never had the slightest issue with our HP multi-function printer (OfficeJet Pro 8600 Plus). Works perfectly and was trivial to configure for Linux (automatically found, recognised, boom, working).

This is simply not an issue for most printers. What IS an issue is that my printer only supports SMB1 protocol which means I can't scan to my NAS unless I configure it to use SMB1 instead of a more secure (later) version of that protocol. However, I'm disinclined to discard a printer (and expensive set of ink cartridges incl replacements) on the off chance of getting hammered by an SMB1 based exploit. Fortunately we have no Windows machines in use.

National Enquirer's big Pecker tried to shaft me – but I wouldn't give him an inch, says Jeff Bezos after dick pic leak threat

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Re: I have some questions

There have been suggestions that US security services obtained the communications at the direction of the Trump administration, which is hostile to Mr Bezos and his support for the Washington Post. If so, they could conceivably have been passed to the White House or a Trump friendly person who forwarded them to the National Inquirer.

Whats(goes)App must come down... World in shock as Zuck decides to intertwine Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp

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Re: Signal

I deleted WhatsApp the day Facebook's purchase of it was announced. I knew perfectly well that the claim they wouldn't use the data was a lie. And so it proved.

The Iceman cometh, his smartwatch told the cops: Hitman jailed after gizmo links him to Brit gangland slayings

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Re: "Massey died in a fusillade of bullets"

Mass shootings in the

UK (since the Dunblane massacre 22 years ago and tighter gun laws): 0

US: every other day

Mark Zuckerberg did everything in his power to avoid Facebook becoming the next MySpace – but forgot one crucial detail…

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No problems here

I detest this website (FB) and this company, principally because of its scumbag ethics. I deleted WhatsApp the day they bought it as I knew their assurances they wouldn't use user data were not to be trusted. Surprise.... I was right and they duly got a slap on the wrist from the EU (would be a much bigger one now, post GDPR). People I know, including my wife, just can't give it up. It's a vicious circle. A usage tax on services with near monopoly status might help regulate their use and mitigate some of the adverse social effects, but Facebook looks to me like a clear case for considering public ownership and (distributed) governance -- or v tough regulation as a utility. Uncle Sam will never do the needful under a Republican controlled govt, and maybe never.

Recently I discovered that my choice of new phone, if I bought one now, would be Chinese or Chinese. This was a bit of a penny drop moment. It followed my adding Aliexpress to my list of places to check prices on, and a few other such indicators (not just things one reads about in the Economist). Which leads me to suspect that the Facebook replacement may well be Chinese.

Microsoft menaced with GDPR mega-fines in Europe for 'large scale and covert' gathering of people's info via Office

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Re: What about Windows 10 that Office is sitting on?

It allows you to request the information that Microsoft has collected and to demand that it be deleted or corrected. There are substantial costs associated with those activities so if Microsoft gets requests and incurs those costs it will be quick to provide opt outs rather than incur them. If you object to the data collection in the first place just ask for the information. If people don't do so Microsoft can only conclude that people don't care.

I gave up using Microsoft products after Windows 7 precisely because I do care (I now use Linux and mostly open source software).

RIP Bill Godbout: Cali wildfire claims the life of master maverick of microcomputers

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I was in grad school in the US in the early 80s and got sucked in to the world of microcomputers in the heyday of CP/M. This is indeed a nostalgic read. I hadn't heard Bill Godbout's name in years. At the end of my student days I camped for a few weeks in the attic of a friend, a pipe-smoking professor with an electronic engineering background. I can still remember his enthusiasm for his S100 bus home-brew stuff in that attic and mentions of "Bill" as he pointed his pipe at things that warmed the cockles of his heart (8 inch floppy drives among others). (Works of both Bill Morrow and Bill Godbout represented in that attic).

The chromebook on which I'm writing this was hardly unimaginable then but I never wondered how long it would take; I was happy to, among other things, submit the first word processed dissertation in my dept., and, of course have fun. I just asked my Amazon Alexa who Bill Godbout was. She had no idea but had told me earlier in response to a morning greeting that it was Mickey Mouse's birthday. /eyerollemojigoeshere

I feel a plead... a plead for speed: FastMail naps amid network blunder

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Customer since 2002. I have my backup MX pointed to Tuffmail with everything copied to Fastmail. This works for me and has guaranteed continuity twice. Once during a DNS problem at my then university about 10 years ago when I needed something time-critical from my inbox, and again during this outage.

Happy that FM is again an employee-owed company. It's responsive, ethical and good value. Also transparent. Highly recommended.

Harmless Drudge

No problems here

Fastmail user since 2002. I have Tuffmail on my backup MX with everything forwarded to Fastmail. Works for me. This guaranteed continuity twice. Once during a DNS outage at my then university that blocked Fastmail but not Tuffmail when I had a time critical need to get something out of my inbox, and then during this outage, though the downtime didn't matter so much (nothing urgent pending).

Fastmail is ethical, responsive and good value. Very happy it's an employee-owned company again.

Linux on Windows 10: Will penguin treats in Creators Update be enough to lure you?

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No problems here

I bought a laptop with Windows 10 on it recently (upgraded from Windows 8.1). I sacrificed a 16Gb USB memory stick for a recovery disk and made an image backup and wiped it and replaced it with my currently preferred Linux (Mint).

I simply have no reason to use Windows 10. I run Windows 7 on an older laptop for a few things I don't have open source alternatives for yet, but nothing really all that important. Most things run under WINE. I don't even need Play On Linux. I'll virtualise at some point.

Windows, it was a good innings. BYE.

Windows 10: A sysadmin speaks his brains – and says MEH

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Re: This says it all really

Agree 100%. In fact, I'M PASSING on this and advising my family to do so also. Microsoft has had the last penny it's going to get from me, for a very long time, maybe ever.

Early adopters bloodied by Ubuntu's Karmic Koala

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No problems here

I took the precaution of doing a clean install. Had no problems at all.


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