* Posts by Col_Panek

277 publicly visible posts • joined 13 Aug 2013

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Microsoft mulls cheap PCs supported by ads, subs

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I love my Chromebook. It runs Linux Mint.

Why I love my Chromebook: Reason 1, it's a Linux desktop

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Re: Security

I bought a 2013 Pixel for $200 (original $1100) and eventually installed Linux Mint on it. Still my best laptop.

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Re: Windows machines lifespan

He refers to the business users' timetable. These are great machines to scoop up: they've been lightly used and are burned in & heavy duty, so very reliable.

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Re: Windows machines lifespan

Many times, and my answer is "I don't do Windows". Then offer to install Linux.

Your next PC should be a desktop – maybe even this Chinese mini machine

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Re: the year of the linux desktop?

189 euro/dollars isn't such a bargain for an underpowered machine, compared to a refurbed business class SFF desktop. One of which I have.

Laugh all you want. There will be a year of the Linux desktop

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Re: Is it "Linux _on_ the desktop" or should it be "KDE _for_ the desktop"?

"I wouldn't expect anyone who isn't tech savvy to use it though."

You mean like my wife, who can't change the stations on her car radio? I got news for you. Mint is easier than Windows nowadays.

California wildfires hit CTRL+Z on 18 years of CO2e removal

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Best way to sequester carbon

I cut down a bunch of spruces and started burning them in a biochar retort, which in my case was a meter deep ditch in my garlic patch which took ten minutes to dig. I got about 35 gallons of biochar which went into my mulch piles to soak up nutrients. When spread in the garden, it will sequester the carbon for hundreds of years, and keep nutrients from leaching out.

A retort relies on the structure to pyrolize the material at the bottom of the pile, starving it of oxygen. An untended fire that's a level pile of brush will just turn to ash and the CO2 will just escape into the atmosphere. Of course half the fuel in a retort is gone, but the other half is eternal carbon (to a first approximation).

So, getting rid of brush, sequestering carbon, and making fertilizer. What's not to like?

Scientists pull hydrogen from thin air in promising clean energy move

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Re: Storage ? Transport ?

The way to reduce artificial fertilizers is to burn trees. When they're hot enough, cut off the oxygen so they pyrolize into biochar. Throw that into the ground and it keeps nutrients from leaching out, and it holds water too. It sequesters carbon for hundreds of years. Scrap wood that's just burned to ash turns into carbon dioxide. Compost lasts for a decade then it escapes as CO2.

The crime against humanity that is the modern OS desktop, and how to kill it

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Re: It does suck

My Windows 7 skin is called Linux Mint.

California asks people not to charge EVs during heatwave

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Re: Most EV chargers already support time based charging

Grid operators are happy that they're selling power from base load plants. Although they'd probably like you to wait until midnight.

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Re: Har Har

No, it's a dry heat. You don't sweat, just form a film of sat on your skin. At night it gets chilly.

Underwater datacenter will open for business this year

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Re: On Call

In a couple years, the hoover Dam site might not be available.

California to phase out internal combustion vehicles by 2035

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Re: America without V8's just isn't America

..... until you can't get parts.

Googlers demand abortion searches ‘never be saved or treated as a crime’

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Re: Women are people too.

Abortion is necessary so that men can use women for sex without responsibilities or consequences.

I love the Linux desktop, but that doesn't mean I don't see its problems all too well

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Facepalm

Ever rent a car and try to figure out the nav system, run the rear wiper, or shut off the auto-start/stop?

Seriously, you do not want to make that cable your earth

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Re: Much applause for this one...

Simple enough to open it up and snip the LEDs out so no more "radiation".

MIT's thin plastic speakers fall flat. And that's by design

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Re: PET indeed

They've been tested to 100 Hz, not telling you how well they work there.

Windows 10 still growing, but Win 11 had another bad month, says AdDuplex

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Linux

Re: So which is it?

> Windows 11 is more secure.

Than Windows 10, maaaaaybe. But not more secure than Linux. And that will run on your "old" Windows 10 machines. Also, on your Windows 8, 7, Vista, and XP machines.

Why the Linux desktop is the best desktop

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Re: Linux "Desktop"

Munich syndrome.

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Re: Linux "Desktop"

I just ran my 25 (?) year old HP scanner that was too old to run on Windows 7. I use MX on my 12 year old Dell desktop. I have a Hauppauge video capture card in it, too, for digitizing my VCR tapes. No analog TV to watch, though.

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Mushroom

It's the people who use chisels as screwdrivers who are really dangerous...

FAA now says 5G airports may interfere with Boeing 737s

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Re: Boing it on the cheap.

How about a decent bandpass filter tacked onto the antenna?

Google's Chrome OS Flex could revive old PCs, Macs

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Re: Hot Garbage

"As for home users, they're not going to use this if they wouldn't use Linux. "

It remains to be seen if there is a subset of home users who are unaware of Linux or think it's for hackers and geeks but certainly not them, who will be able to follow simple instructions to resurrect their closet PCs.

Some may subsequently discover that installing Zorin or Mint is just as easy. At any rate, this is a step forward and needs to be publicised. It's well worth the ink (or electrons).

How can we recruit for the future if it takes an hour to send an email, asks Air Force AI bigwig in plea for better IT

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Linux

Old timer USAF tales

My first work PC was a Heathkit/Zenith 286. We had an in-house word processing system, VT100s all over, but everybody of course wanted PCs. The only way to get one is to claim you needed it for classified processing, meaning it came in a 40 pound Tempest shield. To get off the top you had to take out about 40 screws.

Then I got clever and specified a Leading Edge Model D as a deliverable "controller" from a research contract. It had a color monitor! And I bought memory chips to bring it up to 640K!

Some time later (2005), I rescued a laptop from the turn-in pile that couldn't run all the antimalware/spyware and put Linux Mint on it for fun. I of course could only use it off-line. After that I was done with Microsoft. I moved to an off-base office with an antique PC, put Linux on it, and have never used Windows since.

Getting off Windows is the key to safety, security, and using "old" machines. They could probably get rid of half the IT staff, too. The problem is the brass have never used anything but Windows.

Linux Mint 20.3 appears – now with more Mozilla flavor: Why this distro switched Firefox defaults back to Google

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Linux

Re: But

It took little time to flash the bios and install GalliumOS on my 2013 model Chromebook (which I got real cheap). It runs Kubuntu just fine now. Check the compatibility list on the Gallium website; only Intel machines can be de-Googled.

5G frequencies won't interfere with airliners here, UK and EU aviation regulators say

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Re: Odd safety standard

Running into an iceberg results in expected behaviour.

Notes on the untimely demise of 3D Pinball for Windows

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Linux

Works fine in Linux

Well, I had to install the flatpak version in MX, but no issues

James Webb Telescope launch delayed again, this time by weather

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Mushroom

If it blows up on the pad

Most of the cost was in design. S/N 2 would cost far less. They probably have enough spare parts laying around to cobble one together. Still would be a bad day.

Dutch nuclear authority bans anti-5G pendants that could hurt their owners via – you guessed it – radiation

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Black Helicopters

It's full

Maybe they've soaked up so much 5G and now they're reradiating it? So, you need to get a fresh one.

A proposal to beat below-the-belt selfies: Crowdsourced machine learning using victims' image stashes

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Flemish eat blood sausage. I had plenty of it as a kid in Detroit.

Google joins others in Big Tech: Get vaccinated – or you're fired

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Re: I used to believe that too

Care to explain exactly where he/she/they is wrong?

Meg Whitman – former HP and eBay CEO – nominated as US ambassador to Kenya

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Re: Is America getting a lot, lot more corrupt and venal...

Competent people are getting big bucks to run corporations. The dregs run for president.

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Re: Give Biden some credit

Case in point: Donald J. Trump, former Democrat.

Aircraft can't land safely due to interference with upcoming 5G C-band broadband service

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Re: Frequency allocation

They're 4.2-4.4 GHz and run an FM-CW waveform. Their receivers suck and have poor filters, but in olden times nobody had adjacent interferers.

Shocking: UK electricity tariffs are among world's most expensive

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Re: You say the UK is expensive?

It would seem that solar power would work well in Bermuda.

Ch-ch-ch-Chia! HDD sales soar to record levels as latest crypto craze sweeps Europe

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Re: Quick buck

I tear apart dead HDDs for the magnets. They come in handy now and then, but maybe the market will pick up to the point that they can be recycled for cash.

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Re: All of them work on proof of idiocy...

Just be thankful it's not toilet paper again.

Microsoft makes tweaks to Windows 11 Start Menu for Insiders but stops short of mimicking Windows 10

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Re: Is that a feature or is it a bug?

That's now called ZorinOS.

When you think of a unit of length, do you think of Antony Gormley's rusty anatomy?

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Re: Angel of the North, Rusty? not really...

The key being that Cor-Ten 's rust layer is also a barrier to further corrosion, unlike regular steel which flakes off and allows further corrosion until failure.

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Do the conversion

1 Angel of the North = 31.727 Smoots.

OK, now it makes more sense.

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

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Re: Not saving money?

Right off the bat, no shelling out for new PCs that run Windows 11.

Microsoft: Many workers are stuck on old computers and should probably upgrade

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My 8 year old Chromebook runs Kubuntu just fine, and my 12 year old HP/Compaq runs MX just fine. But a cheap, newer refurbed one would be nice. So satisfying to hear Windows scream as I wipe it.

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Linux

You need to change your icon. That is not a joke.

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Re: Just enough is enough.

Well, that would be fine if you run Linux on it.

What a clock up: Brit TV-broadband giant Sky fails to pick up weekend's timezone change, fix due by Friday

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Re: I hate DST.

It's the Spam. Yecch. Outside of that, it's heavenly because there's no time changing.

A Windows 11 tsunami? No, more of a ripple as Microsoft's latest OS hits 5% PC market

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Re: What a joke

If that was mine I'd take out all but 8 GB of the RAM and save it for later. Then put Linux Mint on it and run it until EOL.

Product release cycles are killing the environment, techies tell British Computer Society

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Linux

... and I want their old shiny, CHEAP, to put the latest Linux on and run til deceased (me, or it).

No more buying brand new bottom of the line consumer gear. I want it high spec, and burned in first.

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?

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