* Posts by Lars

3513 posts • joined 21 May 2007

One-size-fits-all chargers? What a great idea! Of course Apple would hate it

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Re: What a load of stuff and nonsense

Nobody is going to confiscate your equipment and you will never run out of old flavour of USBs you won't even notice the possible change unless somebody tells you about it.

Just calm down you are perfectly safe and that goes for all your stuff until they stop working, and so forth.

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I have 4 working laptops all have a different charger, and in a box I have at least 25 and that includes cellphone chargers.

Of course it's stupid and a waste, and it's not just the plug but all the different voltages too (that creates the demand for different size plugs).

It's a jungle and each company would like to make some money on it as long as they can.

Car manufacturers would create special size wheels too, more than they do, if given an opportunity

So the big brothers have to stand up and regulate it, and the EU is big enough to be able to do it.

And those who oppose it will pull the standard bullshit like - stifles innovation and harm consumers.

And who knows perhaps some Marxism and what not.

Fukushima studies show wildlife is doing nicely without humans, thank you very much

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Also some people decided to remain in Chernobyl and when people had to leave and could not take their cows with them they let them loose so that now they have "wild" cows living a "free and happy life" in mother nature.

There is a video on YouTube about that.

One could however add that no species come back, what comes back is what already is there or moved there, they are just given a better chance to multiply, or well get "wild" again.

I am all for green and nuclear power.

CutefishOS: Unix-y development model? Check. macOS aesthetic? Check (if you like that sort of thing)

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Re: Which do you choose a hard or soft option?


"Do you equally advocate developers only use the Windows Store....".

You don't sound like a developer with your problems so he did not advocate if especially for developers.

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The year of "Linux on the desktop" is the year you put it on your desktop. for me it was 1995.

I haven't had to use the command line once since more than 10 years, which is actually a bit annoying as I have started to forget commands.

There are things you can do using a script that are far faster than using the GUI, this of course is not part of the normal Windows world.

Also I have never had any problems getting a printer/scanner up running or any WiFi problems.

I settled for KDE now with Mageia, not because I consider Gnome or other distributions rubbish but I like to stick to something more European as we need the knowledge here too.

Comparing Linux to Windows is always a bit silly because Windows comes preinstalled in every possible shop.

Linux does not, so it will be up to you and perhaps your friends should you have some with Linux experience.

Steve Jobs understood very well that to compete with Windows side by side in the same shop was no good so he created his own Apple stores.

We won't find all that many Linux shops around.

First RISC-V computer chip lands at the European Processor Initiative

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Re: That….doesn’t make any sense?


So what, do nothing because somebody is ahead, or try to catch up.

Buy from abroad or try to produce a more domestic industry to buy from and sell to the rest of the globe.

What would have come of Airbus (or China) if they had thought like you.

Are you actually revealing the history of Britain without thinking of it.

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Re: That….doesn’t make any sense?


"I can’t find any record at all of anything that came out of any of them.".

I am not all that convinced about the honesty of your comment but could it be you should have worked a bit harder or perhaps searched a bit harder.

PS. Britain was a part of the EU, perhaps you should look at the British failing more so than those 27 other memberstates.

Perhaps the real failure the "EU" made was really to let the British with guys like you waste money like that achieving nothing.

PPS. what makes you think RISC-V is useless, and over fifteen years behind the times.

PPPS. That comment was as dumb regardless if he was American or British or whatever.

And with your knowledge what would you recommend in stead.

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Re: Can someone clear this up please

@Gordon Shumway

Interesting question, caught up with what?

You might know that on the whole it's China that is catching up with the west and surpassing too in many fields.

To quote CIA on China.

"Measured on a purchasing power parity (PPP) basis that adjusts for price differences, China in 2017 stood as the largest economy in the world, surpassing the US in 2014 for the first time in modern history. China became the world's largest exporter in 2010, and the largest trading nation in 2013.".


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"So the European tax payer is forced to subsidise big corporations." .

If you are American and wrote that then let me sell you a bridge, also, not that it matters, but I bet you have never read anything Marx wrote.

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Re: Laughable


"RISC-V is an open standard instruction set architecture (ISA) based on established reduced instruction set computer (RISC) principles. Unlike most other ISA designs, the RISC-V ISA is provided under open source licenses that do not require fees to use.".


PS. No engines were invented in the USA.

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European Processor Initiative

There is this link to Nextplatform from 2018.

The article ends like this.

"Time will tell if Europe will be able to pull off the massive hardware and software development necessary to field a true exascale system. An interesting parallel to the EPI effort is Airbus, another multi-country European collaboration. Airbus has managed to succeed over time versus tough competition from Boeing, selling more single aisle planes than the American company and, more importantly, doing profitable business in a cutthroat industry. EPI is an Airbus-like collaboration addressing even bigger markets, can they engineer the same success?".


Clegg on its face: Facebook turns to former UK deputy PM to fend off damaging headlines

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OMG Arthur the cat

What is it with you, I wrote "that the pressure in both pipes is equal." and "It's as simple as that".

And now you write I don't understand what you are missing. Incredible.

OMG again, there are two pipes one with hot water and one with colder water.

They meet in a mixer in that one multipurpose tap (all without any air), in front of the boss, the person who decides how warm he/she wants the water to be coming out of the tap.

That person operates that incredible multipurpose tap "handle" by moving it horizontally, colder to the right and warmer to the left. For more or for less water that person will lift it higher for more, and for no water at all he/she will press it totally down. That works exactly as when screwing down one not so modern water tap.

I am beginning to understand the Brexit vote.

PS.there are more advanced taps too but lets wait with that.

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Re: re. Brits' issues with ID is one of the things that baffles us the most

"sometimes to carry,"

There are no such countries in the EU where you have to carry an ID and I don't think there is in the rest of Europe either.

PS. If I have to prove my identity I use my driving license.

I think they are not unknown or hated in Britain either.

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"there are two separate pipes right up to the end"

Of course there is, Sherlock, but the reason you can join them into that one tap is that the pressure in both pipes is equal.

It's as simple as that.

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Clegg wrote this

Clegg wrote this many years ago and I had to copy/past it because I was surprising a politician had the guts to be both honest and brave and British.

"All nations have a cross to bear, and none more so than Germany with its memories of Nazism. But the British cross is more insidious still. A misplaced sense of superiority, sustained by delusions of grandeur and a tenacious obsession with the last war, is much harder to shake off"

And I would claim he has managed to find a less crooked future than Cameron.

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Re: Intelligence

Facebook exists only because ..... people use it, I don't, nor should you.

PS. I was able to stop smoking too.

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No the water problem is absolutely ridiculous you let your self remain behind the rest of Europe in exactly the same way taking a vote in the parliament takes half an hour with MPs wandering around the chicken house when the rest of Europe uses a minute or two before pressing a button.

Most Brits don't actually understand why they need two taps and I now wonder if it's still true, and for sure, it cannot be so in any bigger town.

Your explanation for the two taps is rubbish, also there was a time when you had no cars and still you have cars today.

I love you too and wish I could help you.

This is AUKUS for China – US, UK, Australia reveal defence tech-sharing pact

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Re: A hint at the UK's future

@ I ain't Spartacus

There is nothing wrong in being proud and optimistic about "oneself" but there is also a limit to the superlatives one can use before it gets ridiculous.

I once pointed out to one Brit that Britain is not the world's fifth largest economy anymore.

And his response was - yes but Britain is traditionally the fifth largest.

My question is what is it that makes the British repeat that in front of every text, every speech.

Is there even one other country that has this same funny need, France, Germany, China, India ?.

Is this need the result of a immense lack of belief.

A bit like a woman who keeps repeating - look I am beautiful, look I am beautiful.

Britain was number two in car manufacturing for some time after the war but about number thirteen today and foreign owned, an industry hardly happy with Brexit.

But I give you credit for not using the "world leading" even once.

The exports look like this so far.

Country Exports 2021

China $2.16 Tn

United States $1.58 Tn

Germany $1.40 Tn

Japan $683.30 Bn

South Korea $577.40 Bn

France $551.80 Bn

Netherlands $526.40 Bn

Italy $499.10 Bn

Hong Kong $496.90 Bn

United Kingdom $436.50 Bn

Canada $433.00 Bn



The services part would make me worried due to the word that shall not be mentioned.


All the best, life goes on.

ExpressVPN bought for $1bn by Brit biz with an intriguing history in adware

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More like a Sponsored article

"generally known for being one of the best"

"to form the global leader in digital privacy.", with six million users.

Vaccine dreams: A trip to Oxford to see a biscuit tin, some bed pans and ChAdOx1 nCov-19

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AZ is still AZ in the EU, I got the PF while my wife got the AZ.

But you are right, no head of state in the EU will start every speech with any mention of any vaccine.

Using the Wikipedia we find some information on price per dose and what has been produced around the world.


SAP 'investigating' after viral video allegedly shows anti-mask employee coughing on shoppers

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Re: It's sad

It's very sad just listen to these two Christian pastors, madness.


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Re: Regardless..

"It's not just a US problem, and it's getting worse."

It's more or less only a English speaking problem and to just mention a few reasons, lets start with Rupert, the two party system, education for profit, the "parliamentary" system and there is more.

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Well done SAP

What else could one say.

Open-source software starts with developers, but there are other important contributors, too. Who exactly? Good question

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Re: How about the translators?

As a Finnish programmer (ex) in a country with two official languages, Finnish and Swedish I can assure you it cannot be automated and it's not so easy at all.

One of the big reasons for that is that when, what you want to "say" in one language is fine in 10 characters it's gibberish in that other language.

I got 40 years of experience in that particular problem and it's easy only if you accept the result to be as we say in Finnish - "kuin juosten kustu". And no Google Translate is not there jet but you could of course try it out to understand it.

UK gov blocks the acquisition of Welsh graphene fiddler Perpetuus Group over national security concerns

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It remains childish to call it stealing, so save it and if you are too dumb to do it let the Chinese save it.

Arm says it has 'successful working relationship' with Chinese joint venture run by CEO who refuses to leave

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Re: This is a no-win for China

Size matters.

This on the transfer topic.

The importance of China’s high-speed tech transfer policy.


But I would shut up regarding the "stealing", companies are there because they expect to gain from it, and if they are not somebody else will and they don't like that to happen either.

If we want to be really worried about technology transfer we would close universities for foreign students but that would perhaps bankrupt them so it won't happen.

Can we talk about Kevin McCarthy promising revenge if Big Tech aids probe into January insurrection?

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The African ex president indeed.


EU to formally probe Nvidia's $54bn takeover over British chip designer Arm – report

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Re: Whatt???

It's indeed called the Brussels effect:

"The Brussels effect is the process of unilateral regulatory globalisation caused by the European Union de facto (but not necessarily de jure) externalising its laws outside its borders through market mechanisms. Through the Brussels effect, regulated entities, especially corporations, end up complying with EU laws even outside the EU for a variety of reasons. "


'No peeing towards Russia' sign appears on country's Arctic border with Norway

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Re: “Norway is the only neighbor that Russia has not been at war with.”

@Irony Deficient

Yes, sorry you are right. I stand corrected as they say.

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Re: We don't see it like that...


• State established prior unification


• Old Kingdom of Norway (Peak extent)


• Kalmar Union


• Denmark–Norway


• Re-established state[10]

25 February 1814

• Constitution

17 May 1814

• Union between Sweden and Norway

4 November 1814

• Dissolution of the union between Norway and Sweden

7 June 1905

Free to choose a year as you like.

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Re: “Norway is the only neighbor that Russia has not been at war with.”

Among those countries mentioned, that is Norway and Finland.

I am too lazy to find out if there was a war when Norway was a part of Sweden or during the Kalmar union when it was all one country.

Trekking in northern Fennoscandia is quite fun (very good fishing too) as you can move between Finland, Sweden and Norway without seeing any borders and only your chart will tell you in which country you are.

Oh the humanity: McDonald's out of milkshakes across Great Britain

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Re: A number of sound decisions?

"The UK got vaccinated quickly".

It might be too early to celebrate, unfortunately, and several EU countries have by now surpassed Britain in vaccinating the population, as expected.

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Re: A number of sound decisions?

"But what about the bent bananas ?".

You find it under "Euromyth" in the Wikipedia here:


"Straight bananas

The alleged ban on curved bananas is a long-standing, famous and stereotypical claim[16][17][18][19] that is used in headlines to typify the Euromyth.[20][21] With other issues of acceptable quality and standards, the regulation specifies minimum dimensions and states that bananas shall be free from deformation or abnormal curvature.[22] The provisions relating to shape apply fully only to bananas sold as Extra class; slight defects of shape (but not size) are permitted in Class I and Class II bananas. A proposal banning straight bananas and other misshapen fruits was brought before the European Parliament in 2008 and defeated".

You can also enjoy yourself just googling for "bendy bananas", it's all free.

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Re: A number of sound decisions?

"If you no longer want to be bound by a treaty you can withdraw from it - losing both the obligations and the benefits associated with it.".

That is a very simplistic view though, take the Belfast agreement and similar for instance.

An agreement might be part of British law or withdrawing might just be too difficult due to international reactions.

Britain is, remember, not an Empire any more and totally depending on international goodwill like in fact the rest of the world.

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Re: A number of sound decisions?

"However, some don't seem to understand the loss of benefits aspect and keep complaining about being punished.".

So true, the brexit way to hide this is to claim that the EU has introduced new rules just for Britain that did not exist earlier just to punish poor Britain.

I suppose it's all too difficult to grasp for a brexiteer.

I keep telling myself that all Brits are not retarded, and that my British friends are not, but with all the balloony, vitriol, lies and lack of knowledge coming out of Britain it's getting harder and harder.

I also keep telling myself all Americans are not Trumpists.

But there is something very similar in both countries.

Perhaps there is something here to consider.


How Murdoch’s Fox News allowed Trump's propaganda to destabilise democracy

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Re: A number of sound decisions?


You don't seem to learn anything do you.

In a large market like the EU buyers want to know in advance that what they order is what they get.

To accomplice this rules and standards are introduced in any part of the world.

A shop wouldn't be happy with half a ton of banana that look odd or half a ton of chicken egg a quarter of the "normal" size.

Standards serve both those who sell stuff as those who produce stuff, they both need them.

I would recommend Fintan O'Toole, "The Politics of Pain"


as you don't seem to know what you fell for and why.

The damned thing is that for Boris and his ilk it was all a "funny game", sadly gullible people took it all seriously and still believe it to be true.

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Re: A number of sound decisions?

And what about the driver shortage in Kazakhstan.

Google's newest cloud region taken out by 'transient voltage' that rebooted network kit

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Re: Sutpid

The article says this "Google hasn't said if the networking equipment that rebooted belonged to it, or a supplier.".

Happy birthday, Linux: From a bedroom project to billions of devices in 30 years

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Re: I've got a suggestion...

"character set would be restricted" argument is nonsense."

I wonder, are miss understanding it all on purpose or what is it.

It's not about the number of words in the Bible or elsewhere.

Somebody provided a link to an ascii-table, link below, and as you can see in that table there are 127 different codes, removing say lower case characters will leave a smaller number of different codes, and that is all there is to it.


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Re: I've got a suggestion...

I would like to add that we do need both upper and lower case characters or the character set would be more restricted for no good reason.

Certainly many have been forced to use both upper and lower case letters in passwords by now.

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Grattis, Onneksi olkoon

Linus, Linux.

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Re: I've got a suggestion...

The normal unwritten solution in Unix -world is to use only lower case letters and that will then leave Upper case to really stick out.

I still hate the Downloads, Music, Desktop ... on my Linux.

Why the hell should I need to press Shift just to write music, (not that there is a lot of writing these days).

(and the reason is no doubt to make life easier for who??).

I actually think there is something cheep, a smell of cheep in capital letters because that was all there was in the cheep OS beginning some of us remember well.

ESA swamped by over 23,000 applicants for astronaut program

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A few points on ESA and for those more interested try:


"The political perspective of the European Union (EU) was to make ESA an agency of the EU by 2014, however, this date was not met. The EU member states provide most of ESA's funding, and they are all either full ESA members or observers. ".

Note Britain was a EU member in 2014.

Budget contributions in % 2020.

France 26.9

Germany 20.1

Italy 13.7

Britain 9.5

Spain 5.1



Non-full members

Canada contr. 0.6%



Slovenia 0.1%

Apart from that the EU also takes part in the budget.

I don't think Brits working for the ESA are all that vocal.

30 years of Linux: OS was successful because of how it was licensed, says Red Hat

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Re: licensing technology

free and better is even tougher to beat.

Japan's aerospace agency hooks up with Boeing to make planes quieter when they land

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Re: golf ball exterior

Perhaps water sticks to a surface in a different way than air, not to mention that the speeds are very different.

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Re: golf ball exterior

There is what is called shark skin tried on yacht hulls, as a paint, to decrease drag and that is because it's not completely smooth.

This is not to rebuff your comment.

Judge dismisses objections to spaceport in Scotland from billionaire who also wants to build spaceport in Scotland

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Re: Vertical orbit??

Top surface and bottom surface, compared to what?

China's Mars rover assigned extended mission after exceeding life expectancy

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Who are those who generally hold China to have been second to the USA in the rover-landing caper.

Looking at the dates I would say that's rather silly.

It was the first successful landing on Mars after all. (Mars 2 was the first, (if not the last) unsuccessful landing on Mars).

Mars 3, Prop-M rover, landed successfully on December 2, 1971. 4.5 kilograms (9.9 lb) rover tethered to the Mars 3 lander. Lost when the Mars 3 lander stopped communicating about 14.5 seconds after landing.[18] The loss of communication may have been due to the extremely powerful Martian dust storm taking place at the time or an issue with the Mars 3 orbiter's ability to relay communications.

So who will be next then.


The European-Russian ExoMars rover Rosalind Franklin is planned to launch in 2022.


The JAXA Melos rover was supposed to be launched in 2022. JAXA has not given an update since 2015.

NASA Mars Geyser Hopper

UK's competition regulator fires red flare over Nvidia's $40bn Arm takeover deal

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Re: Far to late

Adding to my own comment.

There are those too with better inside information regarding Afghanistan than the majority of "us".

They will hardly agree on everything.

I think this is worth listening to also.


The U.S. ignored corruption within the Afghan government. Did that lead to its fall.


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