* Posts by Andraž 'ruskie' Levstik

240 publicly visible posts • joined 24 Dec 2009


Engineer sues Amazon for not covering work-from-home internet, electricity bills

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Re: Can of worms

Similar here.


It is considered a work related incident from the point of leaving your home to go to work, to the point of returning home from work(if you go shopping after work you are still considered as work related).

And yes - we have the lowest cost travel to/from work covered(usually monthly bus/train pass) as well as a certain amount for lunch/day.

Also some organisiations had a 1-2eur/day reimbursement for use of own resources during the whole WFH stuff.

So it's perfectly possible.

Broadcom's stated strategy ignores most VMware customers

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I'm mostly starting to look at KVM or XenServer - we don't have a need for all the candy of the vmware system and are already on the esxi free tier as is - so definitely considering that as a long term option. But I know others have different requirements. From toying around with Hyper-V it hasn't really impressed me much at all - though I know customers that run it, but predominantly it's still VMware - though we've had a couple of customers running KVM or Xen in production without any issues.

DuckDuckGo tries to explain why its browsers won't block some Microsoft web trackers

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Re: Googleless and Un-Binged

Startpage for me.

Early Skype developer Jaan Tallinn splashes cash in latest funding for Matrix-based instant messenger Element

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Re: Fizzled out

This is why matrix - end to end encryption - and anyone can run their own instance that federates with others. XMPP/Jabber is also an option.

Bit hard to get scanned when there is no service provider to threathen their business model.

Go to L: A man of the cloth faces keyboard conundrum

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Re: Font recommendations

Arkpandora Aerial Mono is what I use because it has a very good distinction between all those similar letters.

I work therefore I ache: Logitech aims to ease WFH pains with Ergo M575 trackball mouse

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Been using a Logitech MX Ergo for a few years - always wanted a trackball - friend had great things to say - bought it - a month later bought another one to have at work. Just amazing. I couldn't live without it now - and have been considering getting a third one as a spare.

Built in battery that charges via USB. One mouse can work on 2 devices(either 2 USB, 2 BT or combination of the two). Really great if you have 2 systems running at the same time and need to swap between them.

Surprise! That £339 world's first 'anti-5G' protection device is just a £5 USB drive with a nice sticker on it

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Let them

Honestly - I'd rather see ppl buy this then torch down the towers.

Otherwise yeah total bs

Hooray! It's IT Day! Let's hear it for the lukewarm mugs of dirty water that everyone seems to like so much

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Re: I drink both and I speak for me

Green tea definitely won't have anywhere near the kick of coffee because it has the least amount of caffinee. You want black tea for that.

EA boots Linux gamers out of multiplayer Battlefield V, Penguinistas respond by demanding crippling boycott

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Re: 2 sides of the story

If you looked more closer - Lutris is a launcher system(similar to steam, blizzard and all the other) - the difference is - it has a repostiory of installer scripts - some that tie to gog, some to steam others prompt you for the source of the installer.

Looking at a random 3ds installer - it asks the user to point it to the ROM. So there is no IP issue there. It's literaly - we're gonna setup an emulator for you with the provided ROM - which you could obtain legaly from a cratridge or a system you own.

El Reg presents: Your one-step guide on where not to store electronic mail

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Re: Deleted

That's why you have backups, maybe a daily cleaned trash can as well. And work with that alone.

Let's talk about April Fools' Day jokes. Are they ever really harmless?

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To be honest - trying to account for all the states is a good thing - that way if something does happen to trigger an completely unknown state - you know something odd is happening somewhere.

Vulture gets claws on Lego's latest Apollo nostalgia-fest

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Easy solution xD buy two - one for you one for the kid xD

The best and worst of GitHub: Repos wiped without notice, quickly restored – but why?

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Backup - ever heard of it?

Why is this a surprise to people? Why would you ever store something important only on someone elses system?

Always have backups of anything that's important to you.

Motion detectors: say hello, wave goodbye and… flushhhhhh

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Re: Japan

You mean the horse style? xD


Wow, fancy that. Web ad giant Google to block ad-blockers in Chrome. For safety, apparently

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Re: Firefox forever (except at work)

Ummm did you go fiddle in about:config - it has settings to support NTLM stuff in there.

Ooh, my machine is SO much faster than yours... Oh, wait, that might be a bit of a problem...

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And thus he learned that they ever upgraded the clients - they'll need to upgrade the network.

What the #!/%* is that rogue Raspberry Pi doing plugged into my company's server room, sysadmin despairs

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Why are you involving management into this? They won't know what it is even if they signed off on it 30s before.... Just unplug it, put it in your drawer and wait for the scream test.

Germany pushes router security rules, OpenWRT and CCC push back

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I mean I'd say anyone in IT would be eyeing PoS devices suspiciously anyway. And RFID enabled cards etc....

Junior dev decides to clear space for brewing boss, doesn't know what 'LDF' is, sooo...

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Re: Killing a database?

Being IT the essential requirement should be being paranoid tbh.

Bruce Schneier: You want real IoT security? Have Uncle Sam start putting boots to asses

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"The lifespan for consumer goods is much more than our phones and computers, this is a very different way of maintaining lifecycle," Schneier said.

Other then a few companies - most consumer goods won't survive beyond 10 years - at best. There are a few manufacturers where you tell them you have their machine that is 20 years old they go - yeah that is expected lifetime for it. But most are like 5-7 years...

Macs to Linux fans: Stop right there, Penguinista scum, that's not macOS. Go on, git outta here

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Re: Why Linux on Apple Hardware?

There's a laptop with 16:10??? Where!!!

Planet Computers straps proper phone to its next Psion scion, Cosmo

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If they make a less storage one I'd definitely get one. If that reduces ram though I'd get the full thing - but after it's released and there's a Sailfish X version for it.

IPv6: It's only NAT-ural that network nerds are dragging their feet...

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Asked my ISP when I'm getting IPv6 - "It's being worked on, we should be starting initial roll out next year."

That was 5 years ago... I still don't have IPv6 from my ISP. And yes I do have a public IP with no CGNAT stuff infront.

Either my name, my password or my soul is invalid – but which?

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Re: Plus sign in email addresses is often fun

Yeah - I ran into that one way to many times. At least the register lets me do it.

Notes/Domino is alive! Second beta of version 10 is imminent

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Quite a few users have raved about it how good the user experience was in Notes(compared to Outlook).

At the same time - read plenty of horror stories from the admin side. And given my own experience with the admin side of IBM products - would not surprise me - IBM needs to sort out the other end of the spectrum as well.

European Parliament balks at copyright law reform vote

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You mean the exception they had and other similar sites?

Firefox hooks up with HaveIBeenPwned for account pwnage probe

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So glad I dumped firefox ages ago. Really don't like it sending anything to a thrid party website when I want to create stuff.

OpenBSD disables Intel’s hyper-threading over CPU data leak fears

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They do let you turn it on or off at your own discretion. Unfortunately your reading comprehension seems to be set to off.

US Senator Ron Wyden to Pentagon: Encrypt your websites

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Re: Why is self-signed such a bad idea ?

I don't know about you but the pile of bits in my browser that claim they trust each other etc... yeah I don't trust. And stuff that happened over the years with some - not exactly confidence inspiring as well.

Perusing pr0nz at work? Here's a protip: Save it in a file marked 'private'

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Make it obvious it's private

It sorta goes the same here in Slovenia.

Infact it goes a step further - all data on your work computer is technically protected.

But in certain cases an employer might need to gain access - in such a case things marked "private" are off limits to them completely(even if it's in your work mailbox - if it's a folder marked private - no touching).

If you don't do an offboarding process and have the worker pass over the data - they can sue you if you access that data afterwards.

Meltdown's Linux patches alone add big load to CPUs, and that's just one of four fixes

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Re: For procurement...

They are immune against MELTDOWN. SPECTRE still aplies but MELTDOWN is the one that hits the performance hard.

User stepped on mouse, complained pedal wasn’t making PC go faster

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Reminds me of a story

Hahahaha. That mouse thing reminds me of the story my aunt told me.

She joined one such class.

When she was told to click with the mouse on screen - she took the mouse and physically tried to click on the screen.

It was funny but she did learn stuff there.

Mozilla edict: 'Web-accessible' features need 'secure contexts'

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How about... you give me some buttons that just disable all those fancy features as I want to?

China reboots internet conference with keynote from Cook

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Re: Please?

You are assuming they are not their own for some reason?

Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat, look out for must-have toys that are 'easily hacked' ♪

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Will stick to LEGO.

Sean Parker: I helped destroy humanity with Facebook

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Re: vulnerability in human psychology

Hmmm I have that same feeling - though I often am chatting with a friend on discord or some other such platform along the way. But yeah not social networks...

Let's dig into how open source could KO the Silicon Valley chat silos

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Re: Quick - call a sociologist

I personally dislike that feature as well.

Other thing that annoys me is the mutability of the messages themselves. This is what I like about email and IRC - you post it - it's there - can't delete it or change it.

No write something - look at it 5 minutes later - it changed to something different on gone completely.

Why I have bitlbee-discord on as well - that shows me the full trail.

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Re: Quick - call a sociologist

Ease of use. That's the simple one - As someone who has been running dovecot and prosody for a while - I more or less gave up on xmpp - it's very clunky it doesn't do stuff as easily as it can - certain things like message history is lackluster etc...

Since I'm a gamer I've started using discord and I can put it in simple terms:

It's easy to setup, it has oth group chats and servers - basically it's an improved IRC.

Need to share a file with a person or group - attach it to the message. It's there.

The feel of it is not that far from IRC as well. Of course if you prefer you can go with a more "chat" like feel as well. It gives you that.

There is no "setup an account on some xmpp server" - it's simple - create account, use existing email, start using it.

The user experience is what counts now-a-days. This is the main reason people go to something. They try it out and start using it. Then invite friends.

An example from a friend that only recently started using discord - "This is what I like about WhatsApp - I can tell when my friend saw the message."

Honestly even users themselves often don't know what that killer feature is that they want.

Rejecting Sonos' private data slurp basically bricks bloke's boombox

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Hmmm never did consider sonos but have been looking at some other similar kit(teufel being an interesting option) - I wonder if other such kits have similar issues???

El-reg research idea???

IKEA flat-packs TaskRabbit to crack assembly code

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Let's see - assembled near every piece of furniture - kitchen, wardrobes, various shelving units, tables etc...

Never had any issues with missing components, miss drilled stuff etc...

Pretend Python packages prey on poor typing

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That would be Slovakian - .sk - Slovenian would be .si.

Why do you cry when chopping onions? No, it's not crippling anxiety, it's this weird chemical

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Simplest solution?

Wet the knife before you start cutting - the water residue on the knife will bind it.

Refresh as needed - I find that doing it once is enough for one onion - and on average I need like half an onion for most things anyway.

White House sicko sent down for 20 years after sexting underage girls

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Re: What's the betting...

Think you have your geography a bit mixed up with regards to Slovenia.

What is dead may never die: a new version of OS/2 just arrived

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Re: Retro?

Sloppy focus - so windows don't lose focus when you go over your background XD

Still love it in my FVWM config.

Sysadmin 'trashed old bosses' Oracle database with ticking logic bomb'

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Re: Lots of revenge hacks recently...

> I know that it would take extreme circumstances for me to do anything like this.

Never. Simple as that. My duty is to keep things going, if the employer treats me poorly there are legal means to go after them - without making myself the target.

Huawei's just changed the way you'll use Android

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Re: Sailfish (Jolla)

After a few months of having my Jolla I gave it to my mom to play with - ran the tutorial for her and let her toy around with it.

30 minutes later(aka I wandered of to do other stuff) - I like it, can I have one?

We now both use Jolla phones.

Munich may dump Linux for Windows

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Relying on any system without a support contract/entity that would get such things fixed as a core system sounds like a daft idea.

You find a system that works with your setup and pay for that.

If I were to deploy something like that - first things first:

- Is there in house support from IT to support Linux based systems? No? Can they retrain, how much does it cost, what would be needed, would an external provider be able to assist until transition is done?

- How to do standard office things like mail(this one can be as easy as use google apps for business, or some other web based provider, if need in house find a system that either your team can manage with or a third party provider(open-xchange comes to mind(they offer support packages and such)), documents etc...

- Core business supporting systems - be it ERP, CRM, etc... etc... it's core to your business so you should have a support contract or at least some sort of business contact with whoever's software you are using - be it a cloud based solution, or some piece of software, if there is no business support available - don't use it. This isn't a hammer that will just work with no support.

People often forget that just because it's open source it doesn't mean it's free of costs. They are just elsewhere - software is free, and you get free support if you are willing to wait for responses from commuinty/do your own research. But if you need support on business critical things - then don't rely on that.

As someone who loves open source and software available for it even I need to look at the business case for everything I suggest to the company be it storage(go with $random server and disks or a dedicated storage system from a known storage vendor), be it servers, firewall etc...

Programmer finds way to liberate ransomware'd Google Smart TVs

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I'll stick to...

dumb. If I want smart I can add a PC to it easily and be done with that.

Rogue One: This is the Star Wars back story you've been looking for

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Re: Now if someone were to film Ian Banks culture novels

This is my worry as well, as much as there are some great books, once put on film it would be someone elses vision.

Water divining project abandoned after blowing AU$60k

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I believe...

there are these chaps... not really sure what they're called... geologist I would like to say... and they use all these fancy sciency thingies to try and discern whats below the ground and such.

I hear the oil industry is quite fond of them so they don't need to waste insane amounts of money on pointless drilling.