* Posts by Col_Panek

230 posts • joined 13 Aug 2013

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Got enterprise workstations and hope to run Windows 11? Survey says: You lose. Over half the gear's not fit for it

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Re: another Vista ?

Hasta la Vista, Microsoft! I left and ain't coming back!

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Re: On the other hand

(x)Ubuntu 25.10.

Or one of the other 300 Linuxes.

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Re: "an upgrade will have to happen in the coming months or years"

I'm writing on a 12 year old HP/Compaq that came with Vista. I've upgraded with more DDR2 RAM and a small SSD... oh, and MX Linux.

So why upgrade?

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

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Pop!, Zorin, Bodhi, Elementary, Neon, Lite, Peppermint, Trisquel. Plenty more start from Debian.

There are many which should be voted off the planet, though. Different wallpaper and icons do not make a distro useful.

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Mine was 2013.

Hasta la Vista, Microsoft!

Hellfire and damnation: Two French monks charged over 5G mast arson attack

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I read the original article

I hope that's allowed.

They state it was an "ultra-conservative" monastery. I wonder what that means, could be fringe crackpots.

Out of 1 billion Catholics, there are bound to be a few on the tails of the curve.

Second, a spokeswoman for the monastery stated that "5G is dangerous to health", probably an institutional position. Not the Catholic Church, but whoever runs this "monastery".

Proving that something is safe for humans is difficult. There are also untested theories, like the one where your sweat pores act as antenna for millimeter waves (?). There is always the nocebo effect, where fear of something (even imagined) makes you sick.

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

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I've been to Shemya and could have done it there, but the wind was at least 20 MPH from the West, so inadvisable.

That was a fairly light wind day. When it gets above 75 MPH, people aren't allowed to go out because they could blow off the island.

Microsoft, flush with cash, raises cloud office suite prices for businesses

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Get the teachers locked in to MS, and they require the kids to use it. Because it's "the standard".

LibreOffice 7.2 brings improved but still imperfect Microsoft Office compatibility

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

I've done exactly the same thing with some ancient .docs.

8 years ago another billionaire ploughed millions into space to harvest solar power and beam it back down to Earth

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Re: Iceland - not the shops

Take CO2 out of the air, combine the C with the H and make methane, pipe that around.

We can't believe people use browsers to manage their passwords, says maker of password management tools

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Re: PTSD much?

It's RACIST, somehow.

Audacity users stick the knife – and fork – in to strip audio editor of unwanted features

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Chutzpah?

or maybe ... balls?

What Microsoft's Windows 11 will probably look like

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Ever met anybody who buys a new Cadillac when the ashtrays get full? That's the Microsoft upgrade mentality. More chrome (not the Google kind), more spyware "for the convenience of out customers", etc.

Well, it looks a little like Elementary or Gnome, so I guess that's good.

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Re: muppets

Wasn't Windows 10 kind of like that? Or am I thinking of Microsoft Bob?

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Re: Just

And it works, um... well, the same on Linux as on Windows. Too bad the same can't be said of Skype. I dunno about any other Microsoft apps, that's all I use.

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Re: Just

Yes, there are dozens of customers who will gladly pay for Office rather than LibreOffice!

Present company excepted.

Linus Torvalds tells kernel list poster to 'SHUT THE HELL UP' for saying COVID-19 vaccines create 'new humanoid race'

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Re: Tricky to do that with people.

That was working well in New York until people caught on.

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Linux

Re: That Should Be Farming Investments

We have a huge garden, and also have no need of Microsoft products.

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

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Re: "A standard light bulb is 60 Watts"

Everyone has a box of incandescents in the cellar, in case they have a use. This is it.

Tired: Linux fans using the Edge browser. Wired: Linux fans using a Microsoft account to sign into the Edge browser

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Yes, he would have totally run Microsoft into the ground by now. A golden opportunity lost.

Global tat supply line clogged as Suez Canal authorities come to aid of wedged 18-brontosaurus container ship

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Re: 40 Whale Sharks!

Please convert to Smoots for the USA audience.

‘Radiation upset’ confused computers, caused false alarm on International Space Station

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Re: A pound of water

They should have used the international standard for volume, which is Olympic swimming pools.

Apache foundation ousts TinkerPop project co-founder for tweeting 'offensive humor that borders on hate speech'

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Re: Hey, Apache Software Foundation ...

Uh oh, FoMoCo has a brand named for a unwoke former President, whose name is being removed from California schools and avenues.

The wastepaper basket is on the other side of the office – that must be why they put all these slots in the computer

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Re: oh crumbs!

Obviously you've never had to clean the cigarette tar out of a piece of gear. Hopefully nobody ever will again have to.

With depressing predictability, FCC boss leaves office with a list of his deeds... and a giant middle finger to America

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Re: PDNFTT

Wait - why does my hospital keep sending me bills then??

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Re: Spam call-and-response

If I could charge 5 cents for each incoming call, I would 1)double my income, temporarily and 2) put a stop to scammers calling when they figured out I'm not such an easy mark, delivering them grief instead of profit

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

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Grandpa, what's a fax??

Apple appears to be charging Brits £309 to replace AirPods Max batteries, while Americans need only stump up $79

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Re: This is a crime against the planet

My newest laptop is a 2013 Chromebook Pixel, which I bought (cheap) at 5 years old. I've flashed the bios and ran GalliumOS for a while, now Kubuntu. Does everything I need it to do, and no Google (never had any Microsoft).

Arecibo Observatory brings forward 'controlled demolition' plans by collapsing all by itself

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Re: It is literally a black hole...

"Exponentially", too ..

The GIMP turns 25 and promises to carry on being the FOSS not-Photoshop

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Re: full-fat PS just as confusing

I trained my wife on XNView for Windows, in preparation for moving to Linux Mint with no kerfuffles.

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Re: Can you really get a version that says "Bringing on........

7 seconds on my 9 year old Dell, but I cheated with an SSD and KDE Plasma.

Tax working from home, says Deutsche Bank, because the economy needs that lunch money you’re not spending

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Tax ex-motorists for not using the roads!

Election security fears doused with reality: Top officials say Nov 3 'was the most secure in American history.' The end

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Re: Some <irrational> thoughts on the election <from a brainwashed idiot>

You've forgotten Hilary telling Biden that he should not concede.

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Re: Some <irrational> thoughts on the election <from a brainwashed idiot>

The other spoiled rich kid who lost, in this case, is Mike Bloomberg, who spent over a billion dollars and lost Florida and Ohio for Biden. But he won Samoa, so there's that. We hope he moves there from NY.

Halt don't catch fire: Amazon recalls hundreds of thousands of Ring doorbells over exploding battery fears

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Re: Don't drop it on your foot

Warning: this manual has been determined to cause cancer in the State of California. Anywhere else, you're fine.

HP: That print-free-for-life deal we promised you? Well, now it's pay-per-month to continue using your printer ink

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Re: I use HP Instant Ink and it works well for me

In the mail today was a stack of prints from Snapfish for our Christmas cards. They were 2 cents apiece, although we had to wait 3 days for them.

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Joke

" ... to enable customers to enjoy more flexibility and options. " God bless them. See, they have our interests at heart.

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Re: I envision the (class action) lawsuits being filed by the hundreds if not thousands

It would be better if HP, faced with a huge consumer backlash, stayed in business and started competing with companies that produce printers with less ridiculously expensive ink.

Imagine surviving WW3, rebuilding computers, opening up GitHub's underground vault just to relive JavaScript

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When they stop laughing.

Everything must go! Distributors clear shelves of ALL notebooks in Q2, even ones gathering dust over last 12 months

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Re: Still plenty of good used laptops on eBay

And much more suitable when properly fitted with a Linux operating system.

China’s preferred Linux distro trumpets Arm benchmark results

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We're trending fascist. We'll see what happens next election. Both choices are bad.

Linux Mint 20 isn't exactly bursting with freshness but, hey, there's kernel 5.4 and it's a long-term support release

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Re: Linux flavours

MX or Arch.

Actually, MX is fast and light. But I'm not sure why it's so popular on Distrowatch.

After huffing and puffing for years, US senators unveil law to blow the encryption house down with police backdoors

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Re: stupidity out of ignorance or avarice

Minoring in English got my grade average up in engineering school.

The incumbent President of the United States of America ran now-banned Facebook ads loaded with Nazi references

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Re: Incumbency

You thought it couldn't be worse. 2024: Cuomo/AOC.

God Help Us.

Did nobody tell them about the lockdown? Logitech releases new 'luggable' mechanical keyboard for LAN parties

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Re: 200 quid?

For that amount I'd expect a velvet-lined hard case. I bought my last two computers for less than that.

The Great British anti-5G fruitcake Bakeoff: Group hugs, no guns, and David Icke

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Re: They are the virus

Some of us are microwave engineers, driving past a car wreck.

In case you need more proof the world's gone mad: Behold, Apple's $699 Mac Pro wheels

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Re: Real BBS wheels can be had for 426 quid.

I've bought several cars for less than that, actually.

From Brit telly presenter Eamonn Holmes to burning 5G towers in the Netherlands: Stupid week turns into stupid fortnight for radio standard

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Flame

Re: Care for some “Harmless” non-ionising microwaves?

Microwave Death Rays don't work like you think they do, due to 1/R^2. You'll have to use lethal powered lasers instead.

Minister slams 5G coronavirus conspiracy theories as 'dangerous nonsense' after phone towers torched in UK

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I have no idea why that article is labeled satire.

BT CEO tests positive for coronavirus, goes into self-isolation after meeting fellow bosses from Vodafone UK, Three, O2 plus govt officials

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Productivity

"no disruption to business".

March Madness in USA cancelled.

Useless onsite meetings and conferences cancelled.

Worthless business trips cancelled.

Working from home boosted.

The list goes on...

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