* Posts by jonfr

469 publicly visible posts • joined 27 Jul 2010


Millions of smart meters will brick it when 2G and 3G turns off


Re: 2G or not 2G?

No updates and the whole 2G system today is a major security risk, mostly because 2G got weak security and might as well not have any with today's standards. The same goes for 3G, its not being updated and security problems are not getting fixed.

X confuses the masses by removing all details from links


Re: "She has to get Musk out," an unnamed banker from one of X's lenders said

Elon Musk could have paid the penalty of 1 billion USD to get out of the deal. As a loser, his ego did not allow him to do this. Because he has to win at every turn, in every case, always with no exceptions.This illusion that he has created along with the fake reality he has created around him is one day going to go crashing down, like all of his stocks and he is going to end up $200 billion USD in debt with shares worth total of $0 USD. This is not a matter if this is going to happen, this is a matter of time. Government contracts are going to dry up in the next 10 years for Elon Musk, those are his only and biggest cash inflow and have allowed him to be richest man* on Earth. *This is only stock market value, its all fake-money that can be gone in a day or two if the market allows for it to happen.

Elon Musk has proved that he's all show and no talent. That can only end with big debts and a lot of lost money when the whole lie collapses. Whenever that is going to happen.

Don't buy Tesla cars, one day, they might just stop working for no reason as the Tesla company goes out of business.

Want to live dangerously? Try running Windows XP in 2023


Windows XP Pro

I have Windows XP Pro machine. I use it for old games. I just don't connect it to the internet or the local LAN either. It doesn't bother Windows XP not to be connected to the internet. Unlike Windows 10 and newer versions.

Dialup-era developer writes ChatGPT client for Windows 3.1



If people are interested, this can be tested by using PCem VM. Current version is 17. You'll have to find the roms for the BIOS for the computers your self, but they are out there on a development website free to download. This allows you to run Windows 3.11. I don't know about network access though. Because dial-up is quite dead today.

Ex-Tweep mocked by Musk for asking if he'd actually been fired


The price of Elon Musk aplogy

The price of an apology from Elon Musk seems to be the price of $100 million USD. I am also sure that lawyers explained this would be really expensive if he didn't stop.


GPT-4 could pop up in Bing, as Google races to build chatbot search products


In things that is not wanted or needed

Here is a good example of something that was not asked for, serves no purpose and is not going to be used.

Windows 10 paid downloads end but buyers need not fear ISO-lation


Windows 11 is moving Microsoft towards subscriptions

Microsoft is moving towards subscriptions only model. From buy once license model that current Windows 10 and Windows 11 have. That's why there's now a requirement for Microsoft account. I do have an Microsoft account for my Windows 10 computer and when I buy new laptop I'll be forced to use Windows 11 (with the same Microsoft account that holds the licenses for Windows that I have). Here's the thing though, I am moving everything important to OpenSuse Linux (rather than Gentoo Linux, since that's a lot of manual set-up I am not going to bother with) and only use Windows 10 Pro for games. I only play old games (while Windows works).

Twitter 2.0 signal boosts Taliban 2.0 through Blue subscriptions


How Afghanistan is going to turn out

It is clear that in few years time. United States is going to have to invade Afghanistan again because of the Taliban. This crazy religious people are going to increase their harm until they result in wave of new dangerous terrorism around the world. It can only ever end that way. I do hope that there's an internal rebellion against the Taliban, but for now that's not going to happen.

I also hope that the Taliban get blocked for all social media while that format of communication exists (because its going to go extinct in few years time, because the world just does that sometimes).

Twitter starts auction to flip the bird, furniture, pizza ovens, gadgets galore


Signs of bankruptcy arriving

Elon Musk is going to bankrupt a lot of companies that he owns or controls. He's starting with Twitter. Then I expect that around 2035's Elon Musk is going to be living under a bridge in Los Angeles, broke, bankrupt and forgotten.

Musk bans private-plane-tracking @Elonjet on Twitter, threatens legal action


When the far right turn on their own

This is just the far right turning on Elon Musk (a group of people that he loves it seems). This people operate in groups and they often do a lot of ugly infighting because some conspiracy theory goes to the top of the sewage flow in the far right. The people that Elon Musk loves have in part turned against him and that might not be for any particular reason (or he just did something wrong at random and this people go crazy, there's no way to know for sure).

Elon Musk is also entering into SLAPP lawsuits laws if he tries to sue people to stop covering him and his public registered movements on his private jet.

Elon Musk is also using public own ADS-B protocol and there are a lot of trackers out there. I plan on getting my own (or two) in the future.

https://thepointsguy.com/news/how-flight-tracking-works/ (more details on the ADS-B tracking.)

Intel offers Irish staff a three-month break from being paid


Billion dollar companies always acting they are going broke

Why do billion dollar companies act they are getting broke when their profit is not 1000% more than last month. This is nonsense and I hope people fight this.

Norway has a month left until sun sets on its copper phone lines


Iceland closed down its PSTN network on 1. November 2022

Best I can see Síminn shut off its last PSTN stations in Iceland on 1st November 2022 (it takes them about 1 month to turn off all the stations). I don't think many are going to notice since most people in Iceland have moved to mobile only communication and most people don't have landline phone of any type. There are exceptions in Iceland because of lack of mobile signal but that is changing as VoWiFi is starting to get used in Iceland with the mobile phone companies. Allowing mobile calls in areas without any mobile signal.

Twitter set for more layoffs as Musk mulls next move


Elon Musk is not going to pay the electric bill. So the light are going to go out on their own.

Multi-tasker Musk expects to reduce time at Twitter, seek another leader


Almost no one works at twitter now

It seems that no one works at twitter any more and everyone that worked there just called Elon Musk on his demand. Twitter seems to be going down as is (at the writing of this comment).

Investor tells Google: Cut costs now and stop paying staff so much


Clueless money people

This people are clearly on the clueless level of Elon Musk. It is my guess that in 20 years time this investment fund is either going to be bankrupt or merged with another fund to avoid bankruptcy. Because outside of luck, this people don't know what they are doing.

Twitter engineer calls out Elon Musk for technical BS in unusual career move


Re: What a bunch of idiots!!!

That also get people fired according to latest reports. Elon Musk is a person that can't take any criticism and everything he touches goes bad in the end (when all the people that can do stuff leave him). He's just a different version of Donald Trump. Both are equally awful and bad in their nature. Elon Musk just has a better image creation department (for now).



Re: Glass ego cannon

It is far worse than just being thick. Elon Musk is on the level of incompetence that result in whole countries suffering economic damage and recession in that same process.The question is always when the collapse happen in this type of incompetence. I am sure that at this point, all of Elon Musk companies and wealth start to unravel. It starts slowly and then gains speed until everything is bankrupt that Elon Musk has touched in last few years (when it comes to companies. All of his ex-girlfriends don't want to talk to him, best of my understanding of that situation).

Mythic bet big on analog AI but has run out of cash


Re: 10 years old?

Because technology is all about what is fashionable today. Actual stuff, that actually works is not as this company just proved. For development like this, I don't think that ten years is that long. But they clearly needed some other revenue source then just investment into their development.

Developing new technologies is also really hard and expensive. I am sure this basic for androids (think star trek) is going to get used sometimes in the future.

UK facing electricity supply woes after nuclear power stations shut, MPs told


Re: Funny

White dwarfs are around 10 million degrees C hot. They cool slowly. When it turns into a dark dwarf star takes around 100.000 trillion years. That sphere is going to turn into iron sphere in another trillion years. Then it is going to quantum it self out if existence in x trillion years (this is not a typo, this takes ridiculous amount of time).


Thorium is not nuclear fuel

No. Thorium is not usable as nuclear fuel. It is possible to change Thorium into uranium-235 and plutonium-239. But that is an expensive energy process.



https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2011/jun/23/thorium-nuclear-uranium (from 2011, but remains valid today.)


Re: Hmmm.

No. This is wrong. Nuclear waste is safe and not a problem if handled correctly. Accidents do happen, but they are rare. What you are repeating is propaganda from Greenpeace and other anti-nuclear liars. You are more likely to die fossil fuel pollution from their ash (that is slightly radioactive) and other related pollution from fossil fuel.

You can find all the technical details here.


Twitter's most valuable users are ghosting the platform


Users leaving from Friday

It is my guess that from today and for the next few weeks that Twitter is going to get ghosted by a lot of people. This is going to be MySpace type of collapse, with the difference it is not going to be replaced with a new social media. I for sure not going to sign up to anything new. That time has passed.

Linus Torvalds suggests the 80486 architecture belongs in a museum, not the Linux kernel


Older CPU

Anything below Pentium D (2005) should be removed from the Linux kernel. Only takes up space and is not used today best to my knowledge (but the world is a large place and all that, so I might be wrong and not wrong at the same time). Same goes for AMD, anything older than 2005 to 2010 should be removed from the kernel.



G7 countries beat UK in worldwide broadband speed test again


I don't understand this list

In Iceland there's fibre connection almost everywhere or in the works. What people buy depends. The areas that don't have fibre connection have VDSL connection. Same goes for Denmark, with the addition in areas that don't have fibre connection, there's either cable or VDSL options. Speed on VDSL depends on many factors (phones lines are often bad in Denmark). Then United States doesn't have good internet in most areas as I understand.

Google tells Apple to 'fix text messaging' in bid to promote RCS protocol


RCS is a failure

I've tried to use RCS. To use RCS I had to register my phone number with Google server and if I did that too many times the registration failed. I had to re-register every time I rebooted my mobile phone and there's a limit on that on the Google servers. This should not how you design a message protocol. Both SMS and MMS have their failure, because of when they where designed but they at least work as expected and do not require me to register my phone number every time I reboot my phone.

New message system is needed, one that works over 4G and 5G and WiFi. RCS is not that message system. I've turned RCS off on my phone.

This malware gang plants incriminating evidence on PCs, gets victims arrested


Re: So NSO.

Governments that use NSO aren't nice. That's the default here and it can't be changed.

How to get banned from social media without posting a thing


Social media is not effective for marketing of anything

After having dealing with social media for my website (about earthquakes and volcano activity in Iceland). I've come to conclusion that social media platform of any type is not effective in advertising anything of any type for any reason. Its easier just to get an advertisement in the local paper and use that. Its also more effective anyway for any business to do that then to use internet advertisement on social media.

Social media is the most over-hyped and good stuff turned bad that has existed in modern world so far. The idea is good in theory but it doesn't properly account for human nature and that is going to remain its failure. Time of social media is going to end, because of nature of the human race and how things are possibly going to develop in the future.

Shut off 3G by 2033? How about 2023, asks Vodafone UK


Re: Rural coverage

There also is a GSM-450 standard but it was never used. I don't know why that happened. I don't think this is a problem with the antenna design since the antennas can be designed to deal with this frequency, even on modern smartphone.


Re: Rural coverage

Both 4G and 5G* can work on 700Mhz and that is good for rural coverage. Both 2G and 3G are limited to 900Mhz/2100Mhz frequencies and 2G is limited to 900Mhz/1800Mhz.This are the frequencies allowed in Europe.

Both standards are today insecure and easily hacked. That just invites problems.

*4G can also work on 450Mhz and 5G is soon going to be adjusted for that frequency but its not in the standard yet. The problem is that there are no phones on the market that work on 450Mhz frequency. There is some special hardware that can use 4G on 450Mhz.

**4G on 450Mhz is used in Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Germany. There might be more countries that use this standard without me knowing about it.

Munich mk2? Germany's Schleswig-Holstein plans to switch 25,000 PCs to LibreOffice


Linux userspace

The main problem with Linux distros is the problem with user space. Its not in any standard and that is a problem across distros. I hope that Linux distros create a standard for use space, but I don't expect that to happen soon. In house standards in a single distro exist but it doesn't work everywhere and that creates problem for the program creators.

There are Enterprise solutions that Schleswig-Holstein can use today, that might not have existed in today's form 10 years ago. I only know of Red Hat Enterprise Linux but others that take care of the user space issue and other problems in normal Linux distros. I think Red Hat also solves the problem with user space problems in common Linux distros.


What happened in Munich was that Microsoft made a deal offering a 90% discount of their licence and moved their headquarters into the city. Best I can read is that when this happen, the Linux solution that Munich was using was working close to perfectly. I don't think Munich was using an Enterprise Linux solution though.

FYI: If the latest Windows 11 really wants to use Edge, it will use Edge no matter what


Re: Windows 10 last version used

The years are 2000's, early 2010's. There are not many newer games that I play. I have few newer games, but I plan on having a special Windows 10 game computer for newer games. The few that I have.


Windows 10 last version used

It is clear that Microsoft is slowly pushing Windows users to subscription model (more locked down operating system). I guess Windows 12 is going to be subscription only. This is also against EU laws. I don't think Microsoft is going to get away with this for a long time. Just few years or 10 to 20 years at most (because slow process of justice in this).

I wonder if I can run the only few games I play on Debian Linux with Wine (32 bit since I am playing mostly old games).

Hibernating instrument on Hubble roused as engineers ponder message problem


Re: Use the backup

NSA built few for them self. That one in orbit is pointed at Earth and has a resolution about 30cm to 1 meter. How good it is remains a guess work because its classified on the technical specifications.

NSA donated the two remaining to NASA in 2012.


Reg reader returns Samsung TV after finding giant ads splattered everywhere


Don't opt into allowing advertisement and other information collection

I have a Samsung television and I had to avoid allowing the Samsung to display ads on my television when I did set it up. I didn't agree to the EULA that would have allowed advertisement. At least I think that is the case, I am located in a market that has few advertisers for most things (Iceland as a country is ignored by most international companies).

On Samsung television the advertisement enabled "feature" can be found under "Terms and Privacy -> Interest-Based Advertisement Service Privacy Notice". It has to be enabled to allow for advertisement to happen. I have it disabled. I also don't allow Samsung to collect information from my television.

I hope from next year that I can go away from streaming and just go back to normal dvd, blu-ray and blu-ray 4K. Since there is no possible way that I can watch everything on streaming services anyway. I just want to finish Star Trek and the Expanse before I make that step. Once that is done there is no reason for my television to be connected to the internet. Software updates can be done with a USB stick.

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


International borders are a serious matter

The river is the border (unless the river changes it self, then the border is on land where the river used to be). Since Russia is a non-EU/EEA/EFTA country the border is as strict as it can be. This is no better in Finland with its border with Russia. The border appears clearly on Google Earth in both countries (Norway and Finland). Getting a good street view of the border with Russia is difficult for that same security reason.

Naughty karaoke is China's next tech crackdown target


Everything is risk to national security

It is clear that everything is a risk to national security in China. But this micro-management of a nation can only end one way. Its rather bloody and ends up in a civil war style war. This purity policy brought in by the current totalitarian dictator and whining loser in China is not going to result in anything good for people of China that currently have to live in this jail that has been constructed around them.

BT to phase out 3G in UK by 2023 for EE, Plusnet, BT Mobile subscribers


Re: Not that simple - some 4G/5G devices and/or SIMs currently use 3G and 2G for voice!

That is called 5GVoice (Vo5G/VoNR) and that standard is not yet ready for use. That means all 5G networks are going to be data only for a while. Currently there is also no support for 5GVoice in any mobile phones on the market that I know of (it might be built in but not enabled).

VoLTE and Vo5G are both build on IPv6 network connections.





Re: Hmm...

Both 4G and 5G can use lower spectrum than 2G and 3G. The limitation is the following.

4G (band by frequency in Europe).


5G (band by frequency in Europe as of 2021).

700Mhz/800Mhz*/900Mhz/1800Mhz/2100Mhz/2600Mhz/3500Mhz/3700Mhz/26.50Ghz - 29.50Ghz*

*Not supported by every 5G phone on the market as of 2021 in Europe.

3G (band frequencies in Europe)


2G (band frequencies in Europe)


Lower spectrum use allows for better coverage but at lower speed. This is the same for 4G and 5G.

There are more frequencies that can be used but have not seen any use in 4G or 5G as of 2021 or allocation by regulators* and those frequencies are not supported by mobile phones either. Most phones support more frequencies then are used in any market for reasons of travel between Europe, North-America (ITU region 2) and ITU region 3 (Asia, Australia and more).

*The reason for this is that spectrum is being used by something else. Military, government, private communication by companies and so on. Fixed links communication and more.




Dozens of Iranian media websites devoured by the Great Satan, apparently


Faking the takeover

This looks fake. As this is how the standard takeover message (see announcement from 2020 for actual takeover of domains used by Iran) of a domain looks like from the United States government. They don't write text in Arabic. It just doesn't happen.


Edit: Update, the takeover has been confirmed. But they are doing it differently now it seems.

Windows 11: Meet the new OS, same as the old OS (or close enough)


Windows 11 - Subscription only

The first thing I want to point out is that the main reason why Linux is not on Desktop computers is just because of companies and marketing. Most of the Linux distros don't have any marketing. Few do but that is just minor compared to what Microsoft spends on marketing Windows and other programs they make.

There are now clues that I am seeing that Windows 11 is going to be subscription only based on early requirement (among them is TPM 2.0). I don't know what other requirements are going to be for Windows 11 since this is just what I've found online so far. I guess TPM 2.0 is going to be added to all PC soon from TPM 1.2 (current) and it might not be possible to turn it off. The requirement of TPM 2.0 is what I consider the main clue on that Windows 11 is going to be a subscription only as it allows for hard drive encryption (enabled by default) and prevents hard drives from being moved between computers.

I guess that Windows 11 is going to be a hard pass or if required to use it from Windows 10. The cheapest option of Windows 11 that I can find (or closer to Windows 10 Pro if possible).

Everything else is going to be moved back to Debian or Gentoo Linux when I get me a new computer for that. I am only going to use Windows for games in the future. Its not suitable for desktop work anyway.

Bill to protect UK against harmful foreign investment becomes law


UK gets more irrelevant

This type of laws always result in one thing. UK becomes a place where no foreign investment happens. Unless the government begs for it. This is continued path of failure that current UK government has been following in recent months. Brexit being the largest of all failures in history.

JavaScript developers left in the dark after DroidScript software shut down by Google over ad fraud allegations


Nobody works at Google anymore

Nobody works at Google that handle this type of problems. The company is today just people that run stuff and nothing else. The rest is just stupid A.I bots that have two functions. Approve and ban in most cases.

Sucks to be you, any aliens living anywhere near Proxima Centauri's record-smashing solar flare


Re: Red dwarf systems are always dead

The owner of the study refuses to release the data for everyone to look at (I've not read anything suggesting the data is pubic for now). The signal was detected in a study funded by a billionaire and I think he might be Russian or something. The project is called Breakthrough Listen Initiative. Here is their website, https://breakthroughinitiatives.org | The Wikipedia page, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Breakthrough_Listen

I wish I would be able afford several 30 meters radio telescopes around the world. But I am nothing but a poor man so that is never going to happen.


Red dwarf systems are always dead

Red Dwarf systems are always dead because they are too cold. However there is possibly life around one or both stars in the Alpha Centauri A/B systems based on the mysterious and unexplained signal from the direction of Proxima Centauri at 982.002Mhz (known as BLC1). There have been no other explanation that point to the radio signal to be Earth created since it didn't move as any nearby object would have moved. Scientists are as always busying denying that this might even be a slight possibility that this signal is not from Earth. The radio signal was detected several times over a time period of 30 hours. While confirmation is good it is a bit difficult to get that with random signals that are detected on Earth by random chance.

Its going to be a long while until we accept the fact that the human race is not a lone in the universe. This is true even if claims otherwise are being told in the media and by scientists.

Microsoft issues emergency fix for Wi-Fi foul-up delivered hot and fresh on Patch Tuesday


Windows Update Catalog

There is always possible to download all of Windows updates in a offline file.

The update mentioned in the news above can be downloaded from here.


UK on track to miss even its slashed full-fibre gigabit coverage goals, warn MPs


England soon going to be slower than Germany

At current level of incompetent England is going to be slower than Germany when it comes to internet speeds, 4G speeds there won't be any useful 5G in England for a long while.

HP bows to pressure, reinstates free monthly ink plan... for existing customers


Never buying HP printer

This makes that clear that I am never going to buy a HP printer. This is just blackmail the buyer of the hardware to their subscription service. This needs to be made illegal.

Google Cloud (over)Run: How a free trial experiment ended with a $72,000 bill overnight


Re: The cloud is a scam

@SecretSonOfHG Depending on the hosting provider you either have unlimited traffic or you have traffic limit in the TB's of data. Last dedicated server I was hosting on had 25TB data limit.


The cloud is a scam

There isn't much more to it than the cloud is a scam. Just get a dedicated server with a monthly fixed price and never have to deal with this type of problem again.

Cops raid home of ousted data scientist who created her own Florida COVID-19 dashboard


Made up charges

When this whole thing is over it is going to come to light that the whole thing is based on fabricated evidence and bad actors in Florida government. Those alert systems in the United States have also been proven to be widely insecure in the past based on news reports and I don't think that has changed in recent years because of Republican incompetence. The government and the police of Florida need to be sued over this case.