* Posts by anatak

70 publicly visible posts • joined 7 Jul 2013


China somehow got through COVID without MS Teams but – phew! – it's arrived


Re: No morals then

‘All indirectly supporting a CCP who is building for war.’

Well if you became the enemy du jour of the USA, who are extremely ready and willing to go to war, you’d be stupid not to prepare.

Technology can sometimes go from east to west: Ubuntu DDE 21.10 remix ships in 22.01


Gaming restrictions

With China having imposed gaming restrictions for children I wonder how big the gaming market will be. Especially if the games have to follow the appropriate content guidelines.

Can you get excited about the iPhone 13? We've tried


Iphone to linux?

Did you test if you could transfer a file /picture from iPhone to linux without using iTunes?

That’s the biggest drawback for me using an iPhone but it outweighs the long use life of getting updates long after most android phones that i looked at stopped being supported.

And also the fact that iPhone is ridiculously popular here (Japan).

US Homeland Security installs AI cameras at the White House, Google tries to make translation less sexist


Re: Guessing is not good enough

Of course Japanese being famous for leaving out the subject (almost always) and the object (often) it makes machine translations hugely fun to decipher. Basically if you can understand Japanese then you can understand the translation.

Linux.org domain hacked, plastered with trolling, filth and anti-transgender vandalism


Re: Follow the money.

Who is going to pay for that prosecution? And do you think you ll get the culprits extradited if they are in a different jurisdiction (which is very likely)?


Re: Using Yahoo! mail for something important?

Here in Japan the cellphone providers are so nice to block all email from non japanese domains, making my email address from my own domain a bit useless. I receive email from potential customers but when replying i get the errot message that the email address doesn’t exist. Yahoo.co.jp addresses are of course accepted.

Microsoft menaced with GDPR mega-fines in Europe for 'large scale and covert' gathering of people's info via Office


Fine the maximum amount. Use the fine to switch 90% to linux.

Check the remaining 10%. Fine again the maximum amount. Use it to switch 90% of the remaining 10% to linux.

Repeat till they get the message.

My hoard of obsolete hardware might be useful… one day


A deadline ?

Is that like an isdn line that you keep just in case ?

Sorry friends, I'm afraid I just can't quite afford the Bitcoin to stop that vid from leaking everywhere


Re: I've seen a definite uptick in these

My hosting company decided not to support catch-all anymore.

Could you tell me what hosting you use ?

Cathay Pacific hack: Personal data of up to 9.4 million airline passengers laid bare


Doesn’t inspire confidence

I flew recently with cathay so wanted to check.

Except they mangled the webform so I can’t enter my name.

Now i feel oh so safe.


AMD Ryzen beats Intel Core i7 as a heater (that's also a server)


Re: Their latest hardware is damn good, pity there are so few models.

Could you please tell me the make and model of your laptop?

In the market for a replacement.

Everything bad in the world can be traced to crap Wi-Fi


free wifi that requires passwords ?

Here in Japan all the cellphone companies had this great idea to provide free wifi ... for their customers... who are subscribed to and pay for the free wifi service. I guess translating free into Yen didn't work well.

So I leave my house and my phone tries to connect to a network. On the phone the wifi signal looks ok. But then of course it is impossible to get a connection. I have to turn of wifi on the phone and then it will connect to the 4G network. Of course coming home I forget to turn on wifi again and I blow my 4G (unlimited plan) allowed traffic watching some youtube video or similar. And then I will be on the throttled download rate. This is about as fast as a caveman inputting photons from his campfire into a fiber connection by means of blocking and unblocking the light of said fire.

linux laptop with hdmi recommendations ?


linux laptop with hdmi recommendations ?

My Vaio is getting a bit slow lately and I am looking for a (secondhand) replacement laptop. Opening A3 gimp files seems to make my laptop hang.

I am currently on a Celeron M 1,4 GH processor with .2GB RAM running Mint 17.

Does anyone has experience with a 15 inch laptop with an i5 / i7 or similar processor that has VGA and HDMI output, that will run Linux without too much problems ? (maybe switch back to Debian)

The T420 looked good except for the lack of HDMI output

Fujitsu SPARCs up liquid cooling for smartphones


difference between this and heat pipe ?

See title

Jaguar F-Type: A beautiful British thoroughbred


nice but

I drove it around for a bit. roadster S version.

There was an extra option for extra noise (exhaust bypass or something like that) and it was just embarrassing to drive this thing because of the noise.

My first impression was, wow this thing is big, fat and heavy. It is without a doubt a wonderful engine with a massive amount of power but I felt like sitting in an American muscle car. Not the refined elegance I had hoped for.

I have also driven around a bit in an E type a few years back and that might have been the reason I was disappointed. My expectations were that this car was going to be a E type successor. After I reconsidered this car it was very nice to drive but there is nothing inside the driver / passenger compartment to put a file, laptop, cellphone, ... The trunk is also tiny so it might be good as a second car but it is not something I could live with on a daily basis, unlike the cayman / boxter.

Forget robo-butlers – ROBO-MAIDS! New hotel staffed by slave-droids


Re: Don't do it!!!!

My first guess without activating grey matter would be

1 neuromancer (Gibson universe)

2 Culture universe from Ian Banks

Thailand: 'The nail that sticks up gets hammered down'


another japanese proverb

high trees catch a lot of wind

Polish chap builds computer into a mouse


phone app ?

maybe a phone app where you can slide your phone as a mouse with the camera as a motion sensor. Than at last phones will become small enough to be used with one hand.

The Great Smartphone Massacre: Android bloodbath gathers pace


slider android please

I have been using a sharp IS14SH for the last few years.

I also have an iphone 5S through another job. The Iphone user interface just annoys me.

I use the Iphone mostly for consuming. Reading, checking facebook.

The android with the keyboard is used for everything that needs data input. I still win in typing speed against all my friends with my antique phone. a 12 key physical keyboard still wins against touchscreen keyboard in my case.

I can not use text prediction and autocorrect since I have to write in English, French, Dutch and Japanese sometimes using 3 languages in the same mail message.

Trickle-down economics works: SpaceShipTwo is a prime example


Formula 1

Is probably also one of those rich men playground.

I am pretty sure that most current car technology like ABS and assisted steering was pioneered in that game too.

Me give you $14 squillion gadziddly-dillion


He had a very good heart and loved to give out.

translation his heart gave out.

It's Big, it's Blue... it's simply FABLESS! IBM's chip-free future


scale and power

The main problem with for example agriculture on a global scale has nothing to do with economics but with the power those global companies acquire over the food supply and how they will abuse that power. A monopoly might be economically speaking the most efficient model but economics never takes into account about the human psychology. Giving someone power will be a real test of character and it is obvious that our big businesses don't have a nice character.

They can not have a nice character because if they would be nice they would be out competed by some other company without any morals / scruples.

I am not against globalization but I am against giving big business too much power.



Re: The history of civilisation

'real wealth' is land and the ability to defend it from being taken from you.

At the end of the day land will be what feeds you and it will always have its value. Especially since our demented rulers keep believing that a growing population is a good thing.

The more people there will be the more land will be worth.

Or real wealth is experience and a set of skills, the ability and will to learn new skills, to analyze and draw your own conclusions.

escape America ?


nothing yet

(that I know of) and I would like to keep it that way, thank you very much.

Why does something privacy violating have to happen before I would consider moving all my data out of the US ?

I don't have any real hopes that Europe is better but it has now been proven that the US hosting is utterly untrustworthy. Why would I keep trusting them ?


escape America ?

Can someone recommend a non USA hosting firm, CA, and dynamic IP service ? Preferably in a country that would respect some privacy laws.

Party like it's not 1999: Cry FREEDOM for a better web


Re: Hmmmm

I don't mind paying for a good application and there is the problem a 'good' application.

since everybody who can string a few characters together became a web or app developer and there is almost no quality control except for user reviews all the app stores are infested with scores of applications that are just not good. A trial version with 1 week to see if you like it and then pay for it would be perfect for me but maybe I am an exception.

Silicon Valley royalty royally slammed for 'persistent, troubling deficit' of diversity


not good enough

because you are the CEO and white. Please try again. (some politician's thinking)

Aereo has to pay TV show creators? Yes. This isn't rocket science


Re: @Justin... Flip the coin

But say that you use a cloud service to store the recordings and you pay for the cloud service. Would that be legal ?

Then of course you have to setup a business where 'everybody' uploads the program, everybody has 1 copy of that program on a cloud server, and everybody streams that program individually.

I can see the storage and bandwidth flogging industry being very happy about this.

Dutch firm passes the world's first e-spliff to the left hand side


like this ?


Samsung, Chipzilla in 4K monitor price cut pact



any chance to get half of the resolution as a standard for laptops ?

I keep hearing about HD or higher resolution tablets but would be really happy to find a decent resolution 15 inch laptop that does not require the sale of a first born son. The only place I have seen 1080 laptops consistently is at system76. Too bad their shipping cost to Japan makes it too expensive.

USA! USA! ... Aw, screw it. Motorola to close Texas smartphone plant


Re: Great Thinking

a news anchor who gets it and then loses it.


Still using e-mail? Marketers say you're part of DARK SOCIAL


encrypted mail ?

So what is encrypted mail then ? Black hole social ?

Tech that we want (but they never seem to give us)


modern smartphone with physical keyboard

shape of the sharp is14sh and sharp is15sh would be good

clamshell would be even better.

laptops with a mat screen and better vertical resolution or a laptop where you could put the screen in letter mode.

Bondi shark alert systems beams warning to nobody on Google Plus


laser discriminating ?

Can these buoys detect lasers mounted on the sharks ?

CERN and MIT chaps' secure webmail stalled by stampede of users


time frame ?

is this a daily / weekly / monthly / yearly fee ?

I can hardly imagine it is a one time fee.

Amazon granted patent for taking photos against a white background – seriously


my patent

I am going to patent 'displaying something in one or more colors on something in one or more other colors'

and after that I am going to patent portions of the electro magnetic frequencies. So stop using your eyes unless you pay me. And if you look at something you have to pay me double.

Epson takes on Google Glass with wired 'augmented reality' glasses



I keep thinking about how these glasses could project the ideal line in racing.


still running android

so Google has plenty of opportunity to spy on you.

Speedy storage server sales stumps sysadmin scribe: Who buys this?


didn't you answer your own question ?

CSA's are more complex. Non IT management does not understand complex IT things. Maintaining a CSA is more difficult. The person who installed the CSA has a higher job security. (slightly cynic view of course)

Sony on the ropes after revising losses UP to $1.3 BEEELLION


Re: Pride goeth before a fall

you forgot their proprietary memory. Duo and Duo plus I think.

They made great technology but as most Japanese companies have been trying to dictate consumers what they want along with an aversion to take any risk and now that mentality is biting them.

Voters pick luminous tech spacesuit as NASA's off-world fashion statement



Maybe NASA should put some more effort in human rated transport to Mars before planning what to wear ? By NASA I mean the USA government budget deciding committee / cabal.

US judge: Our digital search warrants apply ANYWHERE


Re: No Taxation without Representation

you seem to forget that 'the rest of the world' does not exist for the USA.

But... you work in IT... Why aren't we RICH?


existed ??

I remember somewhere in the previous decenia or maybe millenia that there was this email service that replaced all your words with sound bites from songs. I guess the IP crowd killed that idea as I can not find it anymore.

for example

I will see you tonight. (I will: sung by Mariah Carrey, I will always love you) (see: sung by the Bee Gee's, lady's man) (tonight sung by Outasight lyrcs, tonight is the night)

Tired of arguing with suits? Get ready to argue with engineers!


IT has to learn to say 'yes' ?

I am sure once the beancounter department learns to say 'yes' that the IT department will say 'yes' too.

MPs back call to boycott low-taxed tat from Amazon over Xmas


Re: Sort your own mess out first..

If politicians spent money without wasting it and for the best uses, I would agree with that.

Let me know when that happens and I ll consider buying local again. Also if local businesses would be willing to sell me what I want instead of what they want to sell to me I ll set foot again in their shops.

BOFH: It's DANGEROUS to go alone. Take THIS



I drive classic motorcycles for a hobby and that makes you hear every new sound because new sound normally equals expensive rebuild. I am always amazed when I drive in someone else's car and I tell them that there is something wrong with drive train and they didn't notice the sound until you point it out.

I can also hear most electric signals (fluorescent lights, old lightbulbs about to go bust) but I have very little taste.

Fukushima fearmongers: It's your fault Japan dumped CO2 targets


Re: It is an engeneering problem not a nuclear problem.

No, it is not an engineering problem. It is a social / economic problem.

The calculations were made to harden the plant against a massive tsunami but the accounting department deemed the chances too low to that actually happening so the height of the protective wall to be build was lowered with all the current problems as a result.

IMO the problem is greed. Companies like TEPCO are only out to make as big a profit as possible. You can do this by upping prices (see how electricity became cheaper per the prediction of the pro nuclear lobby from the 60's - so cheap we don't have to meter it) and by reducing costs. Safety features are expensive so the bare minimum is implemented. Maintenance and actual repairing faults is also expensive so it is easier to bribe the inspector. the lifespan of reactors is being extended until they fail or the government will shut them down. This may all sound horrible and irresponsible but from a business perspective this makes perfect sense and that is why it is happening.

As long as we will have greed I don't think nuclear power is safe. And running it by a not for profit outfit will not work either because there is too much power (the influence power, not the electric power kind) involved and people will get corrupted.

The only way to run a nuclear plant is build by engineers, run by engineers, managed by engineers without restriction on budget to have the safest plant available. This will never happen.

And then we did not even start talking about the mining of the fuel and the disposal of the waste.

If we could move society to another reward system than money / power maybe then we could have safe nuclear power.

My nut case proposal would be to ban all commercials and tax all companies to the exact amount that they spend on marketing and use that money to fund independent scientific research. Preferably from the blue sky kind.

The truth about mystery Trojan found in space


Re: Vapourware !!!!

or just move to linux ?

Hyenas FACEBOOK each other with their ARSES: FACT



how do you put this on your resume ?

olfactorial social interaction research ?