* Posts by Zolko

451 posts • joined 10 Nov 2010


Unable to test every tourist and unable to turn them away, Greece used ML to pick visitors for COVID-19 checks

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Re: Ahhhh, keeping the myth of the “asymptomatic super-spreaders” alive!

I've caught COVID myself from an asymptomatic carrier.

and ? Did you recover ? Did you have to go to the hospital ? If – like all people that I know – you only got 3 days of fever, then what is the panic about ?

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do you know what "asymptomatic" means ? That they are healthy ... therefore where is the "pandemic" ? "Alert, alert, we're invaded by millions of healthy people, alert ! "

Unvaccinated and working at Apple? Prepare for COVID-19 testing 'every time' you step in the office

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Refusing to get vaccinated is taking the risk to injure or kill somebody else.

like driving a car: you pollute the air and you take the risk of accidentally killing my children. If you refuse to walk or take a bus or ride your bicycle, you should be deported to some remote island where you can exert your dangerous lifestyle. I shouldn't have to put up with irresponsible and dangerous people like you.

See ?

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if they choose not to get vaccinated...

That is pretty much forcing

the problem is not only that, but the insidious inversion of proof, which is the very definition of non-science. People choose to get vaccinated, the default behavior is not to let anyone inject into your body any new product just because it's there. It's as ridiculous as saying that people choose not to buy an Apple product.

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where does it end ?

personally i would not wish to visit any establishment where people are NOT vaccinated.

ha, double vaccinated, how foolish ! I'm 4-times vaccinated and I don't want to meet people who are less than 3-times vaccinated. How irresponsible for people to only take 2 doses, these anti-tripple-vaxxers are a danger for humanity and should be deported to some remote place.

</sarcasm> although I'm afraid you might really mean it. Which would be stupid of course, because either your vaccine is effective and then you don't have anything to fear, or it's not and then on what ground would you want other people to take an ineffective product.

Apple arms high-end MacBook Pro notebooks with M1 Pro, M1 Max processors

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Re: Cool, but nope

Apple is one of the - if not THE - most customer privacy-focused large corporations out there

you surely mean: "Apple is PRETENDING to be ..." So that's where we got: it's enough to pretend something for it to become the truth. Remember the 1984 ad ?

Devuan debuts version 4.0 – as usual without a hint of the hated systemd

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Systemd opens up so many possibilities in terms of effective service management

but that's the point, isn't it ? I DO NOT WANT all those services to be managed. Effectively, I don't want all those services AT ALL. I've been running Linux as main workstation on all my computers for 24 years, what problem does SystemD solve for me ?

If YOU have some special use-case then install YOUR tools for that, why do you want to force them on all others who don't need them. For most users, SystemD is anywhere between useless to utter crap.

Nearly 140 nations – from US and UK to EU, China and India – back 15% minimum corporate tax rate

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"Tech" firms ?

Eight of the top ten companies in the world by market capitalization are tech firms

I have an issue with that: Amazon and Alibaba are online retailers, in what sense are they "tech" firms ? Google and Facebook are advertisement brokers, in what way are they "tech" firms ?

There is less "technology" in these companies' products than in a modern car. Apple and Tesla, OK, they DO technology. But Facebook or Alibaba : what innovative "technology" do they implement ?

Netflix sued by South Korean ISP after Squid Game fans swell traffic to '1.2Tbps'

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Re: broadcast -vs- streaming

I'd say 90% of internet traffic wasn't conceived of when the internet was.

At it's core, Internet is a decentralised point-to-point protocol ... which Netflix is trying to use as a centralised broadcasting service.

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The trouble is that the customers in this case are not 'paying for the bandwidth'. They are paying for a fraction of it.

it's the same as if you pay for the highway: if everyone wants to go to the same place at the same time, there is a traffic jam. A road is optimised for the mean usage, not the peak usage. If you wanted a highway such that even in the strongest traffic the throughput were fluid, the price during normal operation would be extremely high.

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Re: Looks like the ISP wants 2 bites of the cherry

None of that is the customers or Netflix's problem. They have no duty to fix your problems for you.

they could throttle Netflix, that would solve the ISP's problem. And then let Netflix sort out why their full-4K HD-videos don't stream.

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Re: Looks like the ISP wants 2 bites of the cherry

Because they aren't (in general) receiving any services from it.

They are getting the paying customers from them. No ISP, no Netflix customer.

that's the exact same "business model" as tax heavens: big corporations make stuff in a country with good infrastructure, good universities that provide skilled workforce, but make all their "profit" on a small remote island where they only have a virtual office and pay no taxes. They want a free ride, like Amazon, Google, Facebook ... and all the US net giants.

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But the bandwidth used by Netflix on any particular home Internet connection is just a fraction of the bandwidth you're allegedly being supplied by the ISP.

peak -vs- mean, that's why there are traffic jams on roads.

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broadcast -vs- streaming

they want to watch things that others don't want to, they want full streams which aren't popular with their neighbors

did you read the article ? It specifically talks about videos that everybody wants to watch ! Which means that this should be broadcasted and not streamed. Netflix is using/abusing a system which was not meant for that.

What if Chrome broke features of the web and Google forgot to tell anyone? Oh wait, that's exactly what happened

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Re: To put this article in another light

So in other words , advert slingers can't use popups.

"other advert slingers" you mean. Google is forbidding others doing alert() while it has managed another_way() for itself to do the same.

Anonymous: We've leaked disk images stolen from far-right-friendly web host Epik

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Re: Split decision

However, the service offered by web hosting is not the same as the service offered by a restaurant.

it's exactly the same, they both say: "please come in and give us your money, in return we give you this service". If one would now add: "... unless I don't like you're political opinions (skin colour, religion, sexual orientation ...), in which case I can throw you out without notice" : that would be illegal.

Offering a service to enable people to incite hatred and plan violence against others is unequivocally a bad thing.

you're confusing bad with illegal.

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Re: Split decision

any private business has the right to additionally censor any information coming out of it

does that also apply to restaurants ? Like: "I don't agree with your political views, therefore I won't serve you in my restaurant". I hope you see where I'm going with this argument. Therefore no, a private business cannot choose its clients. It can refuse clients based on some factual evidence - like proper cloths for entering a night-club for example - but it can't refuse clients because of political views. Or religion, or skin-color, or sexual orientation, or ...

The really funny part of this is that it's the self-proclaimed "left-leaning liberals" who are the most venomous arguing for the right to censorship by private mega-corporations. Icon, obviously.

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Re: Free speech?

the problems appear when people lie and are not held responsible for their lies

like Tony Blair about Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction, which lead to the Irak war and its hundreds of thousand of dead ? Does that count ?

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

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Re: We need a Windows simlation plugin

a process that randomly freezes and/or reboots the system

no no, not randomly: preferably when you are launching a presentation in full-screen, that's an appropriate moment.

Dependable Debian is like a rock in a swirling gyre of 'move fast and break things', and version 11 is no different

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Re: Dependable Debian

Same here. And it won't be something with systemd in it.

then I suggest MX Linux. Debian-based (not Ubunutu like Mint) and SystemD-free. MX-21, based on Debian 11 Bullseye, is in beta2 now.

A low-key good experience for Thor-oughly new penguins: Elementary OS 6, aka Odin

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FlatPack -vs- AppImage -vs- Snap

Would El Reg write an article once that explains the difference between these 3 (are there others ?) standalone software packagers ?

China's taikonauts return from heavenly palace after 92-day mission

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Re: why aren't they going to the ISS?


the international community ...

... doesn't exist, and is in reality the USA meaning itself. And even there, it's actually the (crumbling) petro-dollar empire.

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

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If a project can't garner users it's pointless.

the usual marketing bollocks: exactly what advantage is it for an open-source developer to have 10, 1000 or 1000000 users ? (apart from the dick-measuring contest POV) They don't pay so they only use resources. They complain about stuff not installing in some random setup (recently, a user wanted to run FreeCAD in Windows 8 through RDP and wondered why it didn't work !!!). They request features that some expensive proprietary software has ...

The correct thing to say is:

If a project can't garner users contributors it's pointless.

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

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Re: Linux is not an OS

It's [Linux] an OS - it operates the system.

not without a bootloader and an init system. To have a complete OS you need at least a kernel, an init system, and the toolchain to compile it. Therefore, Linux alone is NOT an OS

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Re: Late to the party

My first experience with Linux was 1997 also, on a Motorola Macintosh clone with a PowerPC 603 CPU : it had a 2.1.125 kernel (with loadable modules !) and KDE: 24 years later and I'm still using Linux and KDE. But instead of the crappy RedHat RPM hell I use Debian-based distributions.

LibreOffice 7.2 brings improved but still imperfect Microsoft Office compatibility

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Re: Does "compatibility" mean having the same issues?

Microsoft office has trouble with Microsoft office compatibility

exactly that: we have been working in an international environment (public research) and had a mixture of Windows and Mac computers, a mixture of Office generations (2007, 2013, 2016) and a mixture of languages (German, French and English). End result was that documents written/saved on 1 computer could sometimes not be correctly opened in another (references missing, apparently because in German a table is "Tabelle" and in French it's "Tableau" while in English it's "Table": when one wanted to add a table from a french computer to a doc written on a german computer, the references numbers didn't follow: we had to manually adjust them all and each time.).

Scientists reckon eliminating COVID-19 will be easier than polio, harder than smallpox – just buckle in for a wait

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Re: Fairly worthless comparison

the development both of treatments and vaccines

I missed what treatments have been developed, all I ever hear is that vaccines and only vaccines are effective. It seems even that potential treatments are actively forbidden by governements and fraudulently badmouthed by leading scientists.

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idiots saying swine flu was nothing. I had it, it literally knocked me flat

And you recovered all by yourself ? If so, what's the big deal ? The "idiots" seem to have been right after-all

It's the same with this Covid : mostly harmless for 99.5% of the population. What's the big deal ?

Microsoft suspends free trials for Windows 365 after a day due to 'significant demand'

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Re: How much?

or your developer is working with sensitive data

you put "sensitive" data in the "cloud" ?

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: sub-£500

Samsung Galaxy 10e : amoled 5.5'' display, 3.5mm Jack, usb C, 72 x 142mm, 128Gb interna storage + SD card...

You can only find it second hand. It' s à pity that they don' t manufacture such phones anymore

I'm feeling lucky: Google, Facebook say workers must be vaccinated before they return to offices

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Re: Acid test

none of them have been hospitalised

so ... what's the big fuss about this whole affaire then ? Why close the entire civilization for an illness that people get over-with by themselves ?

Some people died ? Well, I have bad news for you: we ALL are going to die.

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Re: FREeDomZ

I don't want you killing mine

that's perfectly reasonable. And for that same reason I want you to be forbidden to drive a car because I don't want you killing my family. So from now on its bicycle and public transportation for you.

You MUST present your official ID (but only the one that's really easy to fake)

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Re: Get it on paper

Would a tattooed QR code be acceptable? It could be tattooed somewhere discreet

good idea: what about the inside of your wrist ?


icon, obviously

Windows 11 comes bearing THAAS, Trojan Horse as a service

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Re: Browser History

the "Rebel Alliance" was Firefox, and Firefox alone

Don't forget Konquerror - the KDE browser - was already there in 1996. It's pretty niche (*) admittedly, but still.

(*) yes, I know

Windows 11: What we like and don't like about Microsoft's operating system so far

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Re: Windows 11 Local account

I'd be interested to know if this really does work.

My Mum just bought a new Windows computer, with Win10, and it was impossible to create a purely local account, it kept asking for a Microsof (or Skype ?!?! WTF ?) account. So we did create such an account, and when the computer was finished setting up, created a new, local, administrative account, and deleted the first one. So now, the computer is set-up without any Microsof account linked to it (minus the possibilities that Microsoft has kept some hidden shadow files somewhere)

So while don't know for sure whether your procedure works in Win11, a workaround might be to really create an MS-account with a throw-away email, and then do what you suggest. Worked in Win10, let's see in Win11.

CentOS Stream: 'I was slow on the uptake, but I get what they are doing now,' says Rocky Linux founder

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Re: Corporate rag?

I mentioned FreeCAD because it's older than CentOS, has no company voices ...

this is actually really becoming a problem.

US offers Julian Assange time in Australian prison instead of American supermax if he loses London extradition fight

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He lost. Repeatedly.

as a general rule, you should read the article before commenting on it:

a ruling by Westminster Magistrates' Court that Assange couldn't be extradited.

It's the USA who lost, and are appealing against that, all the while forcing the UK to keep Julian Assange in prison for no apparent reason.

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Re: Out of the loop here

He skipped bail.

yes ... and then, what's the sentence to skipping bail : forever imprisonment ? Heck, is he even tried for skipping bail ? All we ever hear is that the USA are forcing the UK to keep an Australian guy in prison for warcrimes that the USA ha done in Irak. Doesn't make any sense to me.

Chinese chip designers hope to topple Arm's Cortex-A76 with XiangShan RISC-V design

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China in general doesn't give a rats ass about IP

this whole "IP" thing is a blatant imperial way to (try to) tell other people what they can and can't do. Conceptually, intellectual things aren't property, because you can't take them away.

The real concept behind this is "commercial exclusivity" meaning that if you have invented something, you have a temporary exclusivity to sell stuff based on this. But it doesn't roll off the tongue as nicely. And accusing someone of violating your exclusivity doesn't sound as bad as accusing someone of stealing your intellectual property.

Basically, we're all standing on shoulders of giants, all our inventions are built on other people's inventions.

Systemd 249 release candidate includes better support for immutable OSes and provisioning images

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Neither does MX-Linux (well, it's optional, and works like a charm without it)

NOT sorry

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Re: Sys V init

If I remember right, at that time it was sold as a modern INIT system, in competition with runit and OpenRC. Only later did SystemD become the monstrosity that it is today. Could they have known at that time that it will evolve as it did ?

But today they can't pretend anymore to not know, so I wonder now whether Debian will revert course or not.

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Sys V init

What a pity, my laptop doesn't have systemd as init (*), I won't be able to profit from these great new enhancements.

(*) MX-Linux: Debian stable based, with KDE as default desktop and without systemd. I recommend for everybody.

Reserve Bank of India warns against Big Tech's potential to dominate financial services

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I understand their concerns

Since these big-tech depend on US regulations, any entity too dependent on such "services" is exposed to blackmail pressure by the US government.

Google has second thoughts about cutting cookies, so serves up CHIPs

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Re: Back in the Day...

If they carry on like this then the anti-trust hawks all over the world will start hitting them hard...

actually, I'm surprised it didn't already happen. Android (the Play Store really) and Search (can include Maps and Mail) should be split into different entities. That would solve the monopoly problem.

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Re: Optional

So if I want to be able to see roughly how many people who visit my website, and use a paid for analytics service to do this who set a cookie, I...shouldn't ?

yes, you may but not with external cookies. You can, for example, embed your own - 1st party - cookie, and each time that cookie is found by your website, your server queries the paid-for service's server. Thus, you will be in contact with your service provider, and not your visitors (who don't care about how much people visit your site).

If there's a need, there will be an offer and I'm sure there will be 3rd party providers to propose this service. Of course, the big loser will be Google because it will have to play on level playing field with other service providers.

Russia spoofed AIS data to fake British warship's course days before Crimea guns showdown

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Paris Hilton

Easier said than done. Would you care to show the way ?

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Re: A couple of things here

There's not going to be any way short of military action that Putin's going to leave the Crimea

agreed. And who would want to risk his life to fight for Crimea's independence ? Especially considering history where the West did actually fight for Crimea previously, and it didn't go very well.

Unfortunately, I think that we'll see Western support for Ukraine fading over time now

but I disagree here: why is this unfortunate ? It's the West's interference in Ukraine's internal politics that brought the current instability to Ukraine in the first place: it was a peaceful country 10 years ago. The best that could happen to Ukraine is to be left alone so they - the Ukrainians - can sort out the mess for themeselves. The end-result will probably be that their country will be somewhat smaller than it was before the West's meddling ... a lesson to learn may-be ?

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Ally ?

The UK and other NATO allies do not recognise Ukraine as enemy-held territory so Defender was sailing through an ally's waters

in what formal alliance are the UK and Ukraine again ? UK and US are in the NATO, but Ukraine is not. So, for completeness, would you please inform us when and in what occasion did the UK and Ukraine enter an alliance, and what reciprocal obligations does that alliance contain ?

Because without that information, there could be suspicions that Ukraine is only used as a scapegoat to piss-off Russia. Suspicions that might be fueled by the presence of journalists on the Royal Navy vessel prior and during this incidence.

Roger Waters tells Facebook CEO to Zuck off after 'huge' song rights request

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Assange -vs- Navalny

@Tom 7

I cant stand Assange

do you know him personally, or is your opinion based on what you get from the media ? Did it occur to you that the CIA might have spent recent years smearing his reputation exactly so that people like you "dislike " him ? And the same CIA might have whitewashed Navalny's reputation so that people like you "like " him ?

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

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Re: I detect a theme here

And what about the "dark" themes fashion ? With a light theme, you can highlight the active window by "raising" it with shadows, clearly showing which window is above the others. With a dark theme this becomes impossible, there is no indication which is the currently active window.



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