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* Posts by Col_Panek

145 posts • joined 13 Aug 2013

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

Col_Panek

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

First low-frequency fast radio burst to grace our skies detected at last

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Re: Pedantry

In the USA we call that TV channels 33 & 34.

Another German state plans switch back from Linux to Windows

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Re: Linux desktop

Is your phone sitting on your desktop right now?

People hate hot-desking. Google thinks they’ll love hot-Chromebooking

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Big step up

... from a VT100 piped to "the computer", because it uses a flat screen.

Meet the Frenchman masterminding a Google-free Android

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And Firefox OS.

Three-hour outage renders Nest-equipped smart homes very dumb

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Re: "manually adjust thermostats"

My son in law gave me one and it was kind of cool to read my house temperature from a wifi-enabled bus somewhere in the desert south of Jericho, Israel. Pointless, true, but I knew that the power was on and no burglar had broken in and turned up the heat so he could be comfortable whilst he pinched my kit.

I was also able to turn up the heat while an hour away from home, using the wifi at a service center. That was minimally useful. And no phone data used.

Still easier to just twist the dial down when we go out.

UK Court of Appeal settles reseller's question: Is software a good?

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Richard Stallman is right

Proprietary software is not "good".

MY GOD, IT'S FULL OF CARS: SpaceX parks a Tesla in orbit (just don't mention the barge)

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Re: Does it have all-season tires?

People think vacuum is "infinite", like pressure can be infinite. But the tires would probably hold 47 PSI, although how long I dunno. And the ride would be pretty rough.

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Re: Low mileage car?

It used no electricity, but thousands of gallons of kerosene and liquid oxygen. I didn't do the math because I couldn't find how much fuel the rocket carried. But I'd guess his mileage isn't so great until he starts coasting.

Google slaps mute button on stupid ads that nag you to buy stuff you just looked at

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Re: Does Google really not get it?

M = mille, one thousand. Your French lesson pour aujourd'hui

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Paris Hilton

Re: Can't remember the last time I...

I'm 70 and retired, yet I just got shown ads for a trailer hitch for my Focus, in case I need to get a few more!

PC lab in remote leper colony had wrong cables, no licences, and not much hope

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A while ago, I visited a school in the mountains of Uganda. There was a bunch of fairly new PCs (they had flat screens) and the adult ed class was learning how to run Microsoft Office. I asked them what they were going to use their training for. They had no idea, since there were no office jobs and internet service was slow and expensive.

I left them some Ubuntu disks, haven't gotten any word as to what they did with them.

New battery boffinry could 'triple range' of electric vehicles

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Re: No one will notice

We complain about range, but we only need to go as far as our bladders can take us before we need to get out and micturate. Thus if our cars can recharge in a reasonable amount of time during our personal maintenance, no problem. But finding a charging station, and recharging quickly, is where we're stuck now. It has nothing to do with range, unless your charging stations are 600 km apart. If they're 60 km apart as petrol stations are, the range problem is solved.

NSA bloke used backdoored MS Office key-gen, exposed secret exploits – Kaspersky

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Re: Oooooh, really?!?!?

> "Microsoft also like copies of any files that crash any of their software, along with the memory dumps."

That's why the new transoceanic fiber.

Chill out about net neutrality, says FCC head, because mobile phones are great

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This guy's name is "A Shit Pie"? Awkward.

70% of Windows 10 users are totally happy with our big telemetry slurp, beams Microsoft

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Re: No need to change the default settings! Erase all of WIN 10

"Linux-equipped model cost more, not less, than the standard Windows version..."

Around these parts y'all can get Linux Dells for $50 less than Windows. One of the few perks for living in 'Murica.

What a tit! Uber CEO hijacks his staff breast-pump room to meditate

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Where did you get the idea 'Murica is in the civilized world? Watch some Flat Earth YouTube videos.

The real battle of Android's future – who controls the updates

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My 6 year old

.... PC runs the latest Ubuntu MATE. If only it could make phone calls .... and fit in my pocket...

Geeks on quest for world's most pointless YouTube video

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Every Flat Earth video

...ever made. And the next. And the next...... the IQ of the world notches down with each one.

Faking incontinence and other ways to scare off tech support scammers

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The only defense?

Possibly the only good defense against these is NoMoRobo, where you forward your call to nomorobo and the caller has to key in one number to be forwarded back to you. I haven't tried it yet.

We get daily calls from "Bridget" who wants to "lower our interest rate". Most of these guys spoof phone numbers so when we see some bizarre area code we let the answering machine take it. Many of them will hang up when they hear the beep, which is possibly a robot doing the hanging up. I wonder if I could start with a beep just to force the hangup.

Harrassing the caller or wasting their time would only work if everybody did it all the time. These places spring up like mushrooms on cow shit and getting just one to stop won't work.

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Better to put the phone next to your computer speaker playing music, so they think you're on hold.

US military drone goes AWOL, ends up crashing into tree 623 miles away

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Almost invaded Canuckistan

There's one at the bottom of Lake Ontario, not far from the army's Fort Drum. It was headed for the border ...

Windows 10 market share fell in September

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Unknown?

Is that a code word for Linux? It would make a cool name for a distro.

Windows 10 market share jumps two per cent

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Pint

Still holdouts to W10 upgrade?? Imagine

Maybe MS will pay you to install it, or send their goons around to wise youse up.

Won't work on me, all-Linux now. Well, Android too, that almost counts.

Windows 7's grip on the enterprise desktop is loosening

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Convince? First they advertised the crap out of it, then they lowered the price to zero, then they shoved it up your pipes without asking. What's next, sending goons around to beat you up?

Col_Panek

Re: Whatever

Mark Shuttleworth wants to go to Mars.

Half of me says good for him. The other half says good riddance.

Col_Panek

Re: Saddo!

My newest PC is 4-1/2 years old. All cheapos, all run Linux.

Col_Panek

Re: If they'd made Windows 10...

"You aren't going to have this mad dash to linux, it's not going to happen, not now and not in 10 years. "

How have your prognostications from ten years ago fared?

Windows 10 with Ubuntu now in public preview

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Re: Embrace..........

Bad idea? Look how bad it turned out for Google. It seems a few people actually use their mucked up OS based on Linux And with Microsoft being a Monkey See Monkey Do company, it is likely to happen.

Bash on Windows. Repeat, Microsoft demos Bash on Windows

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Re: Bashing Windows

You'd like Henry Ford...."any color you want, as long as it's black"

India orders 770 million LED light bulbs, prices drop 83 per cent

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Re: Have they finally solved strobing?

LEDs don't run on voltage - they run on current. I wish I had a whiteboard and ten minutes to explain.

But you need a driver between the (fluctuating) voltage source and the LED that wants a constant current. The design of the driver has everything to do with the flicker. One can design a nice smooth constant current driver, but it will probably use a more expensive storage inductor. Or, you can use a resistor and string a lot of LEDs in series, which will only conduct on the voltage peaks, creating a power mains frequency flicker. That is a lot cheaper, but runs a lot of peak current through your LEDs. Also, the current regulation vs. voltage input is not good.

Yes, incandescents were easier to shop for. Don't get me started on reliability claims.

Millions menaced as ransomware-smuggling ads pollute top websites

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Re: Ebay

Um, you're the last to find out.

Ben Nevis embiggened by a metre

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So you threatened to leave her there?

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Re: ffs

"enlarged" gets caught in my spam filter

Microsoft has crafted a switch OS on Debian Linux. Repeat, a switch OS on Debian Linux

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Is it on Distrowatch??

....and has the Cancer spread like Ballmer feared? How long does Windows have to live?

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Next: MS Linux for everyone

Including an NSA backdoor, and ad revenue for MS.

It's the Google way. And MS's corporate philosophy has become Monkey See Monkey Do.

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MS Office on Linux? Shit, we can't have Skype that works right.

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"Fire and brimstone coming down from the skies,....etc"

The righteous have already been raptured, and so enjoy the beatific vision of Linux. The rest will follow after the Purgatorial suffering of Windows. The evildoers will be cast into the pit of Hell, located just east of Seattle.

Uncle Sam's boffins stumble upon battery storage holy grail

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Re: Electric Cars: Rich People

....unless they all charge their cars at night, when power plants and wind turbines are loafing.

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Re: " the electricity to do it in reasonable time"

The difference is that you don't normally drive your car all day like you run your phone.

Windows 10 will now automatically download and install on PCs

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Re: Fucking hell

I brought a stack of Ubuntu disks to Uganda and passed them out.

Go thou and do likewise.

Col_Panek

Re: They own you.

I wish there was a way of setting Kubuntu's updater to do that. I want to make it automatic on a client's PC.

I suppose the evil Canonical was not successful in its nefarious plot to keep you up to date. Nice of them to ask, anyhow.

German Chancellor fires hydrogen plasma with the push of a button

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Re: magnetic coils

So a stellerator uses magnetism, but a tokamak uses current. Glad they cleared that up.

Trump's new thought bubble: Make Apple manufacture in the USA

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Re: And now, play the substitution game:

Easy for you to say if you don't live here.

Just remember, though, you live on the same planet, and the POTUS has nucular bombs.

Confirmed: How to stop Windows 10 forcing itself onto PCs – your essential guide

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Re: Thanks Microsoft

After a while, you'll find you're booting Windows just to do the updates. And the longer you wait, the more painful they are, until one day you give up .....No Gates, no Windows, you are free to move about!

TPP: 'Scary' US-Pacific trade deal published – you're going to freak out when you read it

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Re: What is it good for? WAR!

You don't have to eat that shit. I don't.

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