* Posts by Manolo

327 posts • joined 18 Jan 2010


Everyone back to the office! Why? Because the decision has been made


Re: We're not all British

Or you could write articles that do not necessitate your audience to use Google thrice per sentence.

And no, I'm not Murican.


Re: We're not all British

Wrong. Continental.


We're not all British

Would you expect people who do not know who Jacob Rees-Mogg is to know how Bertie Wooster looks like (OK, link provided), Sir Percy Blakeney sounds like and what Theakston's Old Peculier is?

Soviet-era tech could change the geothermal industry


Re: Could this be the energy source that 'solves' energy for humanity??

"It took a couple of days to get used to the eggy smell in the shower"

At least you don't have to blame the dog.


Re: Could this be the energy source that 'solves' energy for humanity??

"If we're talking about repurposing existing turbines in coal plants, there's unlikely to be much of a district to heat"

You can transport the hot water over quite a distance. In The Netherlands, waste heat from industries in the Rotterdam harbour is (going to be) piped to The Hague.


AI-designed COVID-19 drug nominated for preclinical trial


Re: The next.

"governments around the world to fast track the testing and approval process"

That is called a "conditional marketing authorisation" for EMA and a "emergency use authorization" by the FDA.

Not unheard of and not be confused with regular approval.

Not a GNOME fan, and like the look of Windows? Try KDE Plasma or Cinnamon


Re: Similarly, if you have a touchscreen

"Bank cashpoints don't use them, "

Where you live, maybe.

My experience is almost all ATM's have both options these days.

Dear Europe, here again are the reasons why scanning devices for unlawful files is not going to fly

Big Brother


You may still argue Brexit happened for the wrong reasons, but I am still convinced in the long run it is for the better. This kind of Orwellian crap is a prime example why.

The sad state of Linux desktop diversity: 21 environments, just 2 designs


I've once (in the nineties) driven a tractor (an agricultural one) that had brake and accelerator swapped.

Apparently not uncommon for that type of vehicles. Got used to it surprisingly quickly, as usually one's foot is on only one of the two at any given time.

That being said: back in Europe from thousands of kilometers driving in Australia for weeks I would turn on my windscreen wipers when I wanted to signal a turn and vice versa.


KDE keyboard shortcuts

"Alt-Space-X maximizes a window in an instant, and the same keystroke works in Unity or in Xfce – but it doesn't in KDE Plasma"

Take a look at the System Settings in KDE. There are more keyboard shortcuts than anyone could possibly remember for almost every possible action and (almost?) all of them can be customised.

Computer is sleeping now and me almost, so can't check, but I'm pretty sure if you want Alt-Space-X to maximise a window, you can make it so.

September 16, 1992, was not a good day to be overly enthusiastic about your job

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Microsoft points at Linux and shouts: Look, look! Privilege-escalation flaws here, too!


Well, I applied the patch one minute ago, so at least Kubuntu uses it.

(And happy to see it's been fixed so quickly)

Auctioneer puts Space Shuttle CPUs under the hammer

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Came here just to see if someone had already mentioned him and once again, The Vulture's readership does not disappoint.

You can buy a company. You can buy a product. Common sense? Trickier


Re: 'twas ever thus

Two jokes from Belgium:

A Belgian sees a Dutchman stripping the paint from his house.

"Allez, are you moving house?"




How was copper wire invented?

Two cloggies fighting over a cent. *

* You may know this one with Schotchmen in it.

Zlib crash-an-app bug finally squashed, 17 years later


Re: pubs and post offices

I think here post offices do not even exist anymore.

Google helps develop AI-driven lab machine to diagnose Parkinson's


"perfectly adequate for the diagnosis"

No, it is not.

See my other post.

There are more extrapyramidal movement disorders with similar symptoms, but of different etiology.


Re: Understanding the limitations

PD is always a "diagnosis of probability".

The only way to be sure someone had PD is a post-mortem brain analysis.

We have a lot of criteria to rule out someone has PD, but no test to unequivocally make the diagnosis.

So that will be a limitation of this system as well: it will be trained on clinically made diagnoses.

And we do know that in the nursing homes around a third of PD diagnoses later turn out to be incorrect.

Arch Linux turns 20: Small, simple, great documentation


Re: "No installer"

Aren't you confusing a "way to install packages" (package manager) with "a way to install the OS to disk" (installer) here? To the best of my knowledge pacman is the former.

Icon: for lack of a question mark.

The Human Genome Project will tell us who to support at Eurovision


Identified, but not "cornered"

"eventually cornering the suspect"

No, that didn't happen according to the article you link to.

Sounds more exciting though.


IT blamed after HR forgets to install sockets in new office


Re: I worked in companies where HR actually run the business.

Already 32 people who don't recognize sarcasm.

A tale of two dishwashers: Buy one, buy it again, and again


Re: You laugh

Or you buy two dishwashers so you don't need kitchen cabinets. Just cycle all your stuff between the two dishwashers as you use it.


Rap "music"

Rapping is a lot like burping: anyone can do it, but polite people don't do it in public or on radio.

Big Brother

Re: Adverts

That is disturbing.

I recently got adverts for burkinis (Islamic swimwear).

I'll have to ask my wife if she's about to convert.

50 lines of Bash to bring a Wordle fan out of their shell


What you will want to do is use the limited list from Wordle to pick the words from, but an extended list of words (/usr/share/dict/words) to check your guesses against.

Otherwise you'll be typing perfectly valid guesses and the script will tell you they are incorrect and not give you any information.

Let's see if my bash skills are sufficient to achieve that....


Never mind. Turns out my favourite opening "orate" is not in the wordelist.

Paris Hilton

That's why I just adjusted wordle.sh to use the previously downloaded wordlelist instead.

EDIT: Or at least that's what I tried.

Any idea why changing

words=($(grep '^\w\w\w\w\w$' /usr/share/dict/words | tr '[a-z]' '[A-Z]'))


words=($(grep '^\w\w\w\w\w$' /home/manolo/Games/words | tr '[a-z]' '[A-Z]'))

results in the game no longer functioning?

Linux Mint 20.3 appears – now with more Mozilla flavor: Why this distro switched Firefox defaults back to Google


Re: compiling kernels

When I started using Linux (Red Hat 5.x), in 1997, I sometimes compiled my own kernels.

Not because I had to, but for the challenge and the learning experience.

You've stolen the antiglare shield on that monitor you've fixed – they say the screen is completely unreadable now


Re: HAZMAT suit please, nurse, gloves please!

Smokers are indeed cheaper. The cost of cancer treatment for a few months is less than years spent in a nursing home.

Fans of original gangster editors, look away now: It's Tilde, a text editor that doesn't work like it's 1976


For different values of "few dependencies"

manolo@quokka:~$ sudo apt install tilde

The following NEW packages will be installed

libt3config0 libt3highlight2 libt3key1 libt3widget2 libt3window0

libtranscript1 tilde

0 to upgrade, 7 to newly install, 0 to remove and 0 not to upgrade.

The nub of the issue: Has your ThinkPad's TrackPoint gone TITSUP*? You aren't alone


Oblig XKCD


That's all.

How to destroy expensive test kit: What does that button do?


I used to have my CTRL-ALT-DEL remapped to `play pissoff.wav`, the wav being from Monty Python as well.

Bullseye! Debian-based Raspberry Pi OS scores an update with 'less closed-source proprietary code'


Drawing in the case?

"The GTK+ toolkit is used to draw standard user interface components in the case of the Pi,"

I thought it would draw on the screen.

Ubuntu 21.10: Plan to do yourself an Indri? Here's what's inside... including a bit of GNOME schooling


I still miss Mint's KDE edition, though I understood their decision to quit and I must say Kubuntu has gotten a lot better in the last five years.


Re: Workspaces

I have my workspaces on a 2x2 grid (a cube even) in KDE, but since using a dual monitor setup I hardly use the virtual desktops anymore.

Fairphone makes wireless earbuds less foul, by charging batteries carefully


Re: Which is greener?

Fairphone also sells an USB-C to 3.5 mm jack adapter. Something another review I read overlooked, but faulted Fairphone for.

Maker of ATM bombing tutorials blew himself up – Euro cops


Re: Pretty much standard

I recall, from my practicals in analytical chemistry, that picric acid had some use there, but the details elude me now, about thirty years later.

Navigating without GPS is one thing – so let's jam it and see what happens to our warship


Re: Not as easy as it used to be

A sunstone?


With a Lidl bit of luck, this Windows installation will make it through the night

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Only one song comes to mind

Needs subtitles even for the Dutch:


Report details how Airbus pilots saved the day when all three flight computers failed on landing

Paris Hilton


"It was raining at the airport as the aircraft approached so the runway was wet (although still well within margins). The captain disengaged the autopilot at approximately 773 feet and continued the approach. The A330 touched down between 1,500 and 2,000 feet from the runway threshold"

I know very little about flight procedures, but shouldn't one land closer to the runway threshold when conditions on the runway are suboptimal?

It would seem they could have 1500 feet more to spare. Not trying to be an armchair pilot here, but is there someone more knowledgeable who can comment?

A speech recognition app goes into a bar. Speak up if you’ve heard it already


Re: Bunker

I assume it refers to being free of ground lease for the next 982 years.


Re: Only once a month ..

Less than three weeks ago:


A new island has popped up off the coast of Japan thanks to an underwater volcano



I'm still hoping for Kick 'em Jenny to form a new Grenadine. Mostly because it's such an awesome name for a volcano.


Debian 11 formally debuts and hits the Bullseye


manolo@quokka:~$ cat /etc/resolv.conf

# This file is managed by man:systemd-resolved(8). Do not edit.

manolo@quokka:~$ cat /etc/lsb-release





(It's actually Kubuntu)

Breaking Bad or just a bad breakpoint? That feeling when your predecessor is BASIC


You got courses in Rocket Propelled Grenades?

Cool, where do I sign up?

Malware and Trojans, but there's only one horse the boss man wants to hear about


Re: Not as bad as I expected

Bust intersections... Freudian slip?

Galaxy quest: Yet another sub-£500 phone comes to trouble mobile big dogs in the form of Realme GT 5G

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Re: Too big

Agree. I want a phone that fits in my trousers, so well under six inch screen. No bloat, so Android One. No slouch, but less than 500 euros. That leaves very little on the market. Settled on the Pixel 4A, not available in this country, so imported from Germany.

Wish you could play tabletop Dungeons & Dragons but have no friends? Solasta: Crown of the Magister offers a solution

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Re: Tip: Subnautica

Yeah, after my post I was thinking about that.

Remembered looking into it after the game was reviewed here.

Thanks for remembering me!


Tip: Subnautica

One of the games reviewed here earlier is on sale now.

Subnautica is now 50% off.

Got an email alert for it, only to find out there is no Linux version D'oh!

US Air Force announces plan to assassinate molluscs with hypersonic missile

Black Helicopters


I've heard through the scuba telegraph that Kwajalein is supposed to have the best scuba diving in the world.

Clear warm blue water, pristine reefs teeming with life, part of one of the largest shark sanctuaries on the planet, wrecks.

It's the kind of destination I dream of.

But only accessible to US Navy personell on the island, unless you are personally invited to visit.

Would be a waste if the Airforce starts blowing up pieces of reef. Why not go a bit northeast and dump your missiles in the Mariana Trench?


Debian's Cinnamon desktop maintainer quits because he thinks KDE is better now


Re: KDE = Kmail

Mostly agree with you, but Kwin and multiple monitors?

Fine as long as you remember to turn on your monitors first before waking up the computer from sleep, or your desktop orientation will randomly get borked. It might switch left and right, it might turn in to a single monitor setup displayed on both monitors.

Then again, might be problematic with other window managers too.



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