* Posts by Col_Panek

190 posts • joined 13 Aug 2013

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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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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...

'Developers have lost hope Microsoft will do the right thing'... Redmond urged to make WinUI cross-platform

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Re: "The Register" needs more Microsoft stories / snoozers.

Oh, there's a separate story on that ...

https://www.theregister.co.uk/2020/02/28/ad_agency_website_seized_/

This AI is full of holes: Brit council fixes thousands of road cracks spotted by algorithm using sat snaps

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Alert

Re: I looked at the MS link provided

Simple algorithm - if you can see the license plate from above, it means the hole is big enough to be filling up with vehicles near-vertically.

Bon sang! French hospital contracts 6,000 PC-locking ransomware infection

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Re: murder

Better: extradite them to a former French colony, like Madagascar.

Open wide, very wide: Xerox considers buying HP. Yes, the HP that is more than three times its market cap

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HP's market cap is based on their assets, calculated by multiplying their stockpile of ink by $3.71 a milliliter. So, 0.683 Olympic swimming pools, times...

Conspiracy loons claim victory in Brighton and Hove as council rejects plans to build 5G masts

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Re: Definitely not loons

Thanks for the cut&paste from the echo chamber of looney. Every time I try to chase down one of the claims, it turns up bullshit. Active Denial? That's way higher power than 5G.

Oh, you forgot to mention "those birds that died in Holland in a 5G test". Bullshit.

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Re: Neoliberalism SUCKS

Many of those bathed in RF RADIATION when it first came out have died. Wake up, sheeple!

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Re: "e-m radiation does not have to be ionizing to be dangerous"

You aren't taking in to account the RAAAADIATION! pattern of the antenna. It is aimed just below the horizon, and right underneath the antenna you might find a null, but probably much less than if you were in the far field of the antenna. It's done to even out the coverage and not waste power where it's not needed.

Those folks holding a phone within a cm of their heads are getting more RAAAADIATION! than those standing around near a tower.

RAAADIATION! Are you scared yet? Look up the nocebo effect, yes, it can make you sick!!

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It's known to cause skin cancer!

Microsoft Surface Pro X: Windows on Arm usable at long last – but, boy, are you gonna pay for it

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Re: £1,700 for a Surface Pro X

MS is now in Monkey See, Monkey Do mode, trying to follow Apple and Google. So, overprice your stuff like Apple, might work as a strategy.

I'm writing on a Chromebook running GalliumOS.... no Windows has ever contaminated it.

Big bang theory: Was mystery explosion over New York caused by a meteor? Dunno. By a military jet? Maybe...

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Re: 20Km too low for MOST meteors.

It landed in southern Ontario, if anything was left.

https://www.democratandchronicle.com/story/news/2016/09/01/fireball-over-lake-ontario-wows-rochesterians/89667540/

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Re: military aircraft ...

"I assume that radar doesn't track those heights? Or is all tracking at that height transponders anyway?"

Air route surveillance radars are 2D, just show azimuth and range. The beam is shaped to be near the horizon, but if the target is far enough away it will be visible at ten miles up. The question is its speed; if it's way out of the doppler filter it would get rejected. Presumably somebody at the FAA is investigating to crosscheck vs. beacon data.

Electric cars can't cut UK carbon emissions while only the wealthy can afford to own one

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Germany followed them: they also use French nuclear energy.

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So why aren't you still driving diesels?

Despite billions in spending, your 'military grade' network will still be leaking data

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Or just outlawing Outlook.

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Re: Just the fax, ma'am...

Well, at least they've advanced to 20th century technology. But I did puzzle over the "fax a file" terminology, finally figured out a health care file is not a computer file, silly me.

UK.gov: Huge mobile masts coming to a grassy hill near you soon

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Re: 5G power consumption?

If they are a lot closer to you, your phone will put out much less power to reach the tower. The power density from your own phone is a lot higher than the tower power density.

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Re: 5G And Building Penetration?

But teh RADIAAAATION!

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Re: Beanz meanz heinz

You need a Pringle's potato chip can to make a proper wifi antenna

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They don't fool anybody.

Harvard freshman kicked out of US over OTHER people's posts on his social media

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Re: So to gain entry into America you MUST......

By the way, the Customs thugs' jurisdiction extends 100 miles from the border into the USA, so if you come visit me make sure you're clean.

Buying a Chromebook? Don't forget to check that best-before date

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I bought an original Pixel (originally $1100) for $200 refurbed, a couple years ago. I tried crouton for a while, tried Mint and KDE, too much fiddling. GalliumOS has the right drivers for the sound, touch screen, display, etc. so you just get right back to work. It has an i5, hi res touch screen, great speakers, solid. I use an SD card for extra storage.

Boeing's 737 Max woes trigger BEEELLIONS in losses – and that's just for the latest quarter

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situation normal

I was just reading the story of the B-47, which had a propensity to blow up in flight due to flexing of the wings breaking the fuel lines. Went on for months without grounding the fleet because Boeing was too big to fail back then. Some things never change.

'Is this Microsoft trying to be cool? Want to go to the Apple Store?' We checked out London's new retail extravaganza

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Linux

Waiting for a Linux store

... where the beer is free.

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Re: Did they have a floor...

You didn't notice the cameras and microphones? Good.

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Re: @Ragarath - Pavement Plodder

Microsoft's business plan: "Monkey see monkey do."

The Year Of Linux On The Desktop – at last! Windows Subsystem for Linux 2 brings the Linux kernel into Windows

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Re: I looked at the MS link provided

I'm more worried about NSA code being used in the Linux kernel.

Ex-Mozilla CTO: US border cops demanded I unlock my phone, laptop at SF airport – and I'm an American citizen

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Re: Need more court challenges

It also doesn't apply to us "Muricans in New York who are within 100 miles of the border protection area. Many have been stopped on the Northway outside Albany, mostly smuggling untaxed cigarettes from the Mohawk reservation on the border.

Boffins baffled by planet nugget whizzing round white dwarf that should have killed it

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Re: If that white dwarf keeps dense object in orbit ..

Trump would like it, because it's a white dwarf and not a black hole.

Prepare yourselves for Windows 10 May-hem. Or is it June, no, July?

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Re: Such vitriol for something that costs virtually nothing...

Windows is only free if your time is worth nothing.

Want to know what 2020 holds? Microsoft has a little something for you

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Linux

Re: Windows 10 is almost four years old...

"...upgrade when they think they have no other option."

FTFY.

Man drives 6,000 miles to prove Uncle Sam's cellphone coverage maps are wrong – and, boy, did he manage it

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According to the article, he was driving a Prius.

Excuse me, sir. You can't store your things there. Those 7 gigabytes are reserved for Windows 10

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Re: 32GB HP Monstruosities

I've discovered that nobody ever watches home movies of ... anything. Enjoy it live, not through the peephole of a camera. Take a couple stills, and keep the best one.

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Re: 32GB HP Monstruosities

I bought an original Pixel for $200 and put GalliumOS on it. It's my "new" laptop and I can do anything with it. (Original price $1100). SD card stores my stuff.

Crystal ball gazers declare that Windows 10 has finally overtaken Windows 7

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Re: Who cares?

Somehow they've managed to figure out how to run smartphones.

I've never taken more than ten minutes to get people up to speed on running their KDE desktop that I converted from Windows 7.

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Re: Right. Sure. Whatever.

At least with Linux you have your choice of Cinnamon, KDE, Gnome, Enlightenment, XFCE ... and the other 20.

Tech support discovers users who buy the 'sh*ttest PCs known to Man' struggle with basics

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Re: It's 2018

Wait til you see the "glass cockpits" coming. Ample opportunities to muck up the UI for the sake of new&shininess. Renting one will be hell.

'This is insane!' FCC commissioner tears into colleagues over failure to stop robocalls

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Re: I use a blocker

nomorobo is free for landlines, 2 bucks a month for mobile. You can't record your own voice, just pick a number.

Don't use it, as my wife considers it a unreasonable imposition for people to hit "1" to be connected.

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Re: Poor FCC Commisioner Rosenworcel. She will now be inundated and the carriers will laugh.

"Just yesterday, we had a call where the callerID was my own. "

We did, too, but now block our own number, because we never call ourselves.

Robocall scumbags already target Hurricane Harvey victims

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Re: If I was in any way religious...

Big difference between true religion and superstition, where people think God is their special uncle who can be bargained with.He gave you a brain, now don't live in a flood plain.

make all relocate... Linux kernel dev summit shifts to Scotland – to fit Torvald's holiday plans

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Compromise: meet in New Edinburgh

In the Ottawa neighborhood, where Trudeau lives. Halfway between Scotland and Vancouver

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