* Posts by jonfr

203 posts • joined 27 Jul 2010

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French woman gets €800 a month for electromagnetic-field 'disability'

jonfr

Non-ionising radiation does not harm people

If it's not ionising radiation, it's not going to affect people. The most damaging radio waves are infra-red, sunlight, x-ray, gamma rays due to how short they are. The frequency band of 2400Mhz is around 200mm in wave length, 13.000Mhz is around 10mm and so on. Mobile phones and such are close to 428 - 115mm range (700 - 2600Mhz). This means the frequencies used for mobile communications are to large for sells and DNA to cause and damage to them.

More details can be found here.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electromagnetic_spectrum

To calculate the wave length (in meters, millimetres and so on) of frequencies, please go here.

http://www.onlineconversion.com/frequency_wavelength.htm

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Samsung looks into spam ads appearing on Brits' smart TVs

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Profit and the stock market

The problem here is the stock market and the endless demand for increased profit. So the companies (that are under the control of the share holders) start injecting ads into everything they make in order to increase profit. They also obsolete there hardware at faster rate now than few years ago (10 - 20 years ).

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DOUGHNUT (donut?) and whale FOUND ON PLUTO

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Data rate from Pluto

The data rate from Pluto is around 1kbps (they can get it up to 2 - 3kbps for a short while), it means it is going to take at minimum of two weeks to get all the Pluto flyby data to Earth.

More details can be found here, http://www.planetary.org/blogs/emily-lakdawalla/2015/01300800-talking-to-pluto-is-hard.html

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Amazon enrages authors as it switches to 'pay-per-page' model

jonfr

Re: As a writer publishing on Amazon

If we put you trough Google Translate we might get some results or maybe not. I might have been too optimistic.

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jonfr

Re: As a writer publishing on Amazon

I must give you credit for decent trolling. Too bad you didn't learn the art from the irc days.

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jonfr

Re: As a writer publishing on Amazon

The problem with pay-per-page in the lending (that I am now going to avoid on Amazon) is that it leaves writers on a short stick. The general rule for libraries is that they pay {amount} x {number of lending} depending on agreement by the country copyright group for writers (or publishers). Popular authors get more out of that pool as is normal then less popular writers.

Details. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Public_Lending_Right

Details 2: http://www.theguardian.com/books/2013/dec/06/authors-public-lending-right-payments-frozen

This pay-per-page on Amazon lending undercuts this income source for writers. It won't change anything in the world of paper. Many writers might not allow lending of there ebooks on Amazon because of this. I sure won't allow it from now on.

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jonfr

Re: As a writer publishing on Amazon

The problem lies with English grammar rules, they are not spelled out as they sound, as many languages do. There are also no simple rules on how English is used.

Then there are all manners of varieties of the English language.

https://sites.google.com/a/sheffield.ac.uk/all-about-linguistics/branches/varieties-of-english/what-is-varieties-of-english

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_dialects_of_the_English_language

So this might not be my grammar, it might be your local version of English confusing you. I keep things mostly English - UK standard as I can and trying to avoid spillover from English - U.S variant.

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jonfr

Re: As a writer publishing on Amazon

It won't just hurt my income, it is going to hurt everyone income large writers and small. As for you making things up, I never sad that "as you believe them to be crap", that is your own word into my mouth, I am going to shovel you out of there right this moment. Since I don't take kindly to people claiming that I have sad something, when it is clear that I have not sad it.

You have not read my stories, so you can't criticise them. This are also just short stories, it takes a long time to write a good book and a complete stories due to all the details that must be right and to make sure that no holes are in the story as it is written. I am also just starting out as a writer, so it is going to take me a few years to build up a good collection of stories on Amazon and other ebook publishers if I want to.

Good story is not necessary based on page length, it is based on what is says and how the story is told. I doubt that you would understand such a detail, given on your behaviour here (that is to say, is sadly less then adequate for human communications).

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jonfr

As a writer publishing on Amazon

For me as a writer, this means only one thing. I won't allow renting of my ebooks on Amazon, since that is the publishing platform that I am using at the moment.

As for length of stories on the ebook platform. A study showed that shorter stories are better for digital devices then longer stories, since it appears that people don't like to stare for long period of time on a screen, since it tires them (or the eyes). This means for me that my books (120+ pages) have to come out in print (I will deal with that once I get at that time).

I can't find the link to that study, but I found this link about similar subject, it's interesting in my view.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/why-digital-natives-prefer-reading-in-print-yes-you-read-that-right/2015/02/22/8596ca86-b871-11e4-9423-f3d0a1ec335c_story.html

Here are the two stories I have published so far. I know that DRM doesn't work so it's disabled on all of my ebooks.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00ZO9I9LE?*Version*=1&*entries*=0 (UK link).

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00M9WD38I?*Version*=1&*entries*=0 (UK link)

If the links are not here they have been removed by a moderator. I price all my short stories around 3€.

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Vodafone splashes €2 BEEELLLION to kick German TV sideways

jonfr

Re: Geographic "bleed"

How the spectrum is used close to a other country is based on the border agreement. What they normally do is to limit the usage to 1800Mhz / 2600Mhz so it doesn't leak too far into nearby country. As it stands Germany is moving to DVB-T2 from mid-2016 and finishing the move in 2019.

More details on that can be found here.

www.ndr.de/der_ndr/technik/FAQ-DVB-T2,faqdvbtzwei100.html

The change on the 700Mhz block from TV to LTE service is going to take place from November 2015 (world wide I think). Once some meeting at ITU is finished.

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Linus Torvalds asks kernel devs to take a break so he can too

jonfr

Moving to FreeBSD

Since I like my systems with compile options I am going to move my desktop to FreeBSD (rather then PC-BSD) once I manage to find money to buy new computer. At least I plan on looking into it moving my desktop to FreeBSD.

As for Linux, both kernel and user-space environment, it is a mess and it has been a mess for many years now. I fear that might be Linux undoing in the end, when that end might happen I do not know.

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Would EU exit 'stuff' the UK? Tech policy boss gets diplomatic

jonfr

Re: A question of English?

Being in a country that is in EEA (Iceland). I can tell you one thing, everything is more expensive in EEA then in EU. It has everything to do with customs and all that. Inside EEA UK would also not have any power of EU laws that they would have to adopt in law.

Nigel Farage and all of the anti-EU crowd on the EU parliament (for the UK) would be out of a job. That is the only positive thing about UK leaving the EU.

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Manchester car park lock hack leads to horn-blare hoo-ha

jonfr

The 433Mhz band

The 433Mhz band is licensed as low power frequency band.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LPD433

It is also common to use 868Mhz for wireless sensor (LTE interference is now a problem in that frequency). I don't know about car keys.

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4K refresh sees Blu-ray climb to 100GB, again

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All the new standards

I don't rush into getting into new standards. I only got me a HDTV three years ago along with blu-ray player since they do give better image in HDTV then DVD players. The difference is that many DVD players are analogue (scart connected) while blu-ray players are all digital (HDMI).

As for upgrading to 4K blu-ray. I might do so in about 10 to 20 years. Since there is limit to how much resolution they can offer people in the long run. I don't think it is going to a lot above 4K.

I continue to use VHS and DVD. Even if they are old standards. VHS being analogue it doesn't has the sharp image of digital image. It does not look bad on HDTV if the tape is not damaged.

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PEAK PC: 'Most' Google web searches 'come from mobiles' in US

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Peak mobile

Now there is peak mobile (device) at the moment. When it is going to end I don't know. What I do know that once it ends there is going to be a lot of free spectrum around.

As for PC. I don't think they are going away. What might happen (and in short of has) are people living without computers and internet at all. I don't have any numbers that are new, but for Europe (EU) in 2012 that was at 73%.

Source: https://ec.europa.eu/digital-agenda/sites/digital-agenda/files/scoreboard_digital_skills.pdf

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Not so fast on FM switch-off: DAB not so hot say small broadcasters

jonfr

Denmark to turn off FM in 2019

Denmark is planning to turn off its FM broadcast signals in 2019. I don't know why since not many people in Denmark use DAB or DAB+ radios and few cars have them installed at the moment (far as I know).

This won't apply to cable companies in Denmark that send FM signal over cable.

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Microsoft uses Windows Update to force Windows 10 ads onto older PCs

jonfr

Re: Old joke

You should have installed FreeBSD or some other variant of *BSD. Linux is a mess today and that is not going to change any time soon.

Disclaimer: I am currently running Gentoo Linux, but I am working on moving to FreeBSD or PC-BSD as a desktop in the future. When that happens depends on the amount of money I have. At the moment that change is long distance away. I hope that is going to change.

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Turkey PM bans Twitter, YouTube as 'tools of terrorist propaganda'

jonfr

Google video ads

I've been getting annoying Google Adsense video ads that auto-play with sound in this article. I want to know if anyone else has been getting this also.

As for Turkey, there chance of getting EU membership any time soon are now far, far away and the distance is increasing at the moment. This blocks are against EU law and values (far as I know).

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SPY FRY: Smart meters EXPLODE in Californian power surge

jonfr

Smart meters location

Meters are placed before the fuses (or circuit breaker) in the house. So they are not in place to stop this from happening, this is according to what I know about house electricity at the moment. As for the smart meters exploding, the electronics in them are clearly weaker then in there older analogue power meters (higher level of complexity).

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Ofcom can prise my telly spectrum from my COLD, DEAD... er, aerial

jonfr

I don't see the need for this

I don't see the need for this. While 2G (GSM) is currently being used the usage of that old standard is dropping, since many users have moved over to 3G and LTE connections already. What is the problem is coverage, that has nothing to do with spectrum.

Current mobile bands are today, 800/900/1800/2100/2600Mhz. It is my view that such coverage is enough and steps should be taken in order to start phasing out 2G slowly. That would free up 900/1800Mhz in Europe for 3G and LTE. It might happen naturally as thing advance, at the moment, it is not doing so.

As for usage in 700Mhz. I think that UK is the only country in EU that is planning such usage at the moment. Rest of EU is going continue to use this spectrum for DVB-T/T2 broadcast signals.

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Bye bye, booth babes. IT security catwalk RSA nixes sexy outfits

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Re: Friend zone

@AC.

Friend Zone was invented when standards that cannot be met did go into force. It might have existed in some form all the human history. I just can't back that up with any data so that is going to remain a guess at best. Social demands today are based on unrealistic standards, both for men and women. Men also put women in friend zone, you just don't hear about it. Since often (among the population) women have more chose then men.

As for this banning of the booth babe, this is in fact "political correctness" gone completely crazy with power. What this mean is those trade shows (disclaimer: I have never been to one and I might never been to one) are as about exciting as building with nothing in it. While there are those how remain against this they should not force there view on others as is being done here. Being that U.S is the home of puritanism that left Europe in the 17th century, since nobody listened to them (and they wanted to control people) this is no surprise as such to me.

The most sexist people that I know of are those how often (not always) claim to have the best and most correct and highest ethics around.

As for me. I don't care what people do for long as they do so with there own free will. If they are being forced and that is something else and needs to be stopped.

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Twitch stitch-up: Gaming vid streamers in data breach hack alert

jonfr

The email message

I got this email message also. I had assigned Twitch its own password, but the email address is shared among several thing. I don't plan on closing down that email address unless I start to get massive amount of spam emails.

I did change the password for security reasons. I don't remember if I logged into Twitch on 2 and 3rd March.

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HUGE Aussie asteroid impact sent TREMORS towards the EARTH'S CORE

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Re: Devonian? @ ~Spartacus

@ Dewix

I don't know how fast material degrade in space. What I do material in space does degrade with time. If any reptile type of civilization was in place all its monuments on Earth are long since turned into dust.

As for space, there is always a chance something might remain, while not in working state, at least in highly degraded state. If this actually happened I don't know, the interesting fact however is that it only took the human race around 10 million years to evolve to current state. So this might have happened more than once and more than twice. Since 65 million years is a long time.

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Teen sex pic swap shop SnapChat seeks Saudi cash to keep selfies flowing

jonfr

The IT v.2.0 bubble goes on

So the IT v2.0 bubble goes on and on. While this man has plenty of money to spend it is clear that he is going to loose it once the IT bubble implodes in on it self.

As for his worth. That is going to be a subject of debate after the oil (in Saudi Arabia only) and IT crash in few years time.

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'YOUTUBE is EVIL': Somebody had a tape running, Google...

jonfr

Google is the worst

Of many bad things on the internet. Google is the worst (they might even be worse then Paypal). Google Adsense for instance is now so difficult to get into that it is almost impossible. Unless you get tens of thousands of views pr day. Youtube is getting worse and they are slowly moving it towards subscription model.

Google search is now getting rather useless due to the filter bubble that exits. That filter bubble is preventing good results appearing in the search results and it is now also heavily filled with advertisements and sponsored links. There many more things that I could count up. But most people get the idea what I am saying (I hope).

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SURPRISE! Microsoft pops open Windows 10 Preview build early

jonfr

The internet

Too much reliance on the internet is dangerous. One day *poof* the server that you need to use is gone and never coming back. Making your operating system useless in the process. That is a rather bad future for users.

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Venture Capital investment in Silicon Valley hits dot-com boom levels

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Deth of internet bubble 2.0

The internet bubble v2.0 collapse is going to be massive (on a massive) scale. I don't know what the effects are going to be in the long run, but it is going to be something.

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The Year of Living Danishly, The Internet is Not the Answer and Classical Literature

jonfr

Denmark

I used to live in Denmark for two years and seven months, then I had to move back to Iceland. After one month and two weeks living in Iceland I am ready to move back to Denmark. Sadly that won't happen for a while, but I am going to make it happen in due time.

What most people don't understand about Denmark is that the culture is a bit different, since it is in Scandinavia (Denmark, Norway, Sweden) and part of the nordic countries (Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Faeroe Islands, Iceland + few others). As for the culture in Denmark, you get used to it and most people integrate into it properly.

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Denmark mulls new EU-defying session-logging law

jonfr

Meanwhile in Iceland

This type of law is in effect in Iceland. The data must be stored for six months in Iceland. Authorities demand the data to be stored for "security" reasons.

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Brit iPad sellers feel the pain of VAT-free imports

jonfr

UK and EU customs Union

UK is a member of the EU. That also means it's a member of EU customs union. When you shop anything from other EU member you only pay local VAT (Amazon charges at the VAT rate in your country) that is charged by the seller. If you shop outside EU the import rules that EU has set apply to that you bought.

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Sony releases Nork flick The Interview straight to DVD (digital video download)

jonfr

Re: Blu-ray release

>Sounds like your using BT. Ditch them and get a real ISP!

Not in the UK, but living with my parents for now (until I get my own place again) and they only got bad 3G connection with download quotas and that is the best connection they got. Iceland in general has download quotas (in downloads outside Iceland) and I do consider that a bad thing, but they are worst at Siminn that now has download quotas on every (inside and outside Iceland) they sell and in many places (smaller towns) the only way to get 50Mpbs speed to is to deal with them. There largest package has 3TB download limit, but it counts both UL/DL in it, so it burns up fast for any active internet user.

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jonfr

Blu-ray release

Since I don't have any streaming option available to me (limited bandwidth, download caps and so on). I do hope they release it on blu-ray soon so I can buy it.

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'Open source just means big companies can steal your code.' O RLY?

jonfr

About the flash drives

No wonders flash drivers don't last. They are using quartz for clock/cycle thing. I wonder is there is anything that can be used instead of quartz that last longer and is more stable.

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UK smart meters arrive in 2020. Hackers have ALREADY found a flaw

jonfr

Re: Soon you will be able @James Micallef

@ Ledswinger, I didn't find anything about smart meters and them being requirement by EU regulation. What I did find was this thing here.

"(27) Member States should encourage the modernisation of dis­tribution networks, such as through the introduction of smart grids, which should be built in a way that encour­ages decentralised generation and energy efficiency."

If you can point me towards the article that says smart meters are an requirement it would be helpful.

http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:L:2009:211:0055:0093:EN:PDF (Directive 2009/72/EC)

http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:L:2009:211:0094:0136:en:PDF (Directive 2009/73/EC)

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Facebook shares flutter as firm reports user growth slowing

jonfr

End of the social network

When the current IT bubbles implodes it is going to hit the current social networks hard. Mostly Facebook since it is based on weak foundation and always has been. I don't know if anything is going to replace Facebook or the social network as we know them. It might not happen, or something else might appear out the chaos the IT bubble v.2.0 crash is going to bring.

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Doctor Who becomes an illogical, unscientific, silly soap opera in Kill The Moon

jonfr

Still haven't got past episode two

I still haven't got past episode two. I don't like this new "what-ever-it-is" in the episodes. This was bad in the last series, but it is unbearable now. Somebody (the writers) is clearly doing a job that he does not like or care about, but wants the pay-check for it anyway.

While I won't ignore the current season. It won't be on any of my favourites lists.

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CURSE YOU, 'streaming' music services! I want a bloody CD

jonfr

Re: CDs for me

@ Craigness

Until that streaming service goes the bankrupt path. Should happen soon, when the I.T 2.0 bubble goes burst. I am sure that is going to happen soon. Since that bubble has expanded high and wide over the past few years.

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Steelie Neelie: Enjoy your EXCLUSIVE UHF spectrum in 2020, mobile operators

jonfr

What about stop using GSM?

What about killing something like GSM, a outdated technology by any standard today. It uses 900/1800Mhz.

Mobile doesn't need anything from 700Mhz and up to 2600Mhz (with gaps in it). They already have huge amount of spectrum to use. In fact, this is what they got already.

800Mhz (LTE)

900Mhz (GSM/3G)

1800Mhz (GSM/LTE)

2100Mhz (3G/LTE)

2600Mhz (LTE)

I think that would be enough for everyone if controlled in reasonable manner.

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London cops cuff 20-year-old man for unblocking blocked websites

jonfr

Don't talk to the police

Whatever you do if you get arrested. Don't talk to the police, it cannot and does not help you in any way. Play a chess in your mind or something while being arrested.

I am not a lawyer. This is just a common sense.

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Shine on you crazy diamond: Distant dwarf may hide space jewel

jonfr

Re: Dense diamond

@ Anonymous Coward

"I think you'll find the density would indeed change quite a bit if you managed to [...]". Now you have to explain this claim to me. With data, please.

I did not find not the explanation I was looking for, but this is close enough. Teaspoon of white dwarf stuff has the weight of around 5 tons.

http://www.popsci.com/technology/article/2009-10/what-would-happen-if-i-ate-teaspoonful-white-dwarf-star

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jonfr

Re: Dense diamond

@ Grikath

This is just regular old physics. This diamonds are heavier than the diamonds you find on Earth, since in each one of them have more carbon molecules than in diamonds found on Earth due the gravity and compression that they did undergo when they where formed in a core of a supernova. That density is not changed even if a peace of them would be removed from the surface of a white dwarf (I don't see how that would be possible, this white dwarf has the same gravity as our own sun).

It is also worth noticing that this white dwarf is orbiting a neutron star, even heavier and more dense star then the white dwarf.

You can read an science paper on this subject here.

http://cds.cern.ch/record/435428/files/0004317.pdf

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jonfr

Dense diamond

This also means that the diamonds, or crystallized carbon is also dense. A piece with a size sand particle having the mass of a two or three buses (maybe more). Not useful on Earth at all and not even is space. A size of pebble would have same gravity as the moon.

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Myspace: Where are you going? We still have all your HUMILIATING PICS

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Myspace account deleted

I once had a Myspace account. It has been deleted long time ago. I did try once to re-lunch my Myspace account. It failed and it got deleted again.

It is going to stay that way. I don't plan to return to Myspace any time soon. I also expect a lot of accounts to be deleted in next few days and weeks with this email campaign taking place.

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Creepy Facebook urges users to pester friends about their SEX LIVES

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It is already considered suspicious if you are not on-line

@ adnim, It is already considered suspicious if you are not on-line if you have been that in the past. A pregnant women found that out in the U.S some months ago. There was a news on this on BBC News few weeks ago. I don't know if it was covered here at The Register.

The general assumption seems to be that everyone is on-line on the internet if they can. This applies mostly to the younger generation. There are some people who are not on-line due to economic or social factors (this is all calculated by the NSA and other spying organizations around the world). In the U.S at least there are around 35 to 50 million people that are not on the internet and never have been on the internet. The number is around the same (in counts of %) in the EU.

As for Facebook, that platform is already dead. I have noticed a sharp drop in postings on it over the past few months. It is my best guess that this drop started around 20 or close to it months ago and has been continuing since. People don't delete there accounts right away, but I think Facebook has just gone the MySpace way and nobody noticed it yet (at least, not many people anyway at this point).

I am sure as going to drop Facebook soon as I can, in the same manner as I did when I dropped MySpace when it died few years ago. MySpace still exists, it just doesn't have so many users today as it did on its peak.

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Hey, does your Smart TV have a mic? Enjoy your surveillance, bro

jonfr

No camera or microphone

If you want smart TV (I got one). Just get one that doesn't have a microphone or camera installed. That is the simply way of avoiding this issue.

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Minecraft players can now download Denmark – all of it – in 1:1 scale

jonfr

No TNT in Minecraft did go well, short of

According to DR Nyheder the plea about not using TNT did not go that well. The map of Denmark has been so good as destroyed by 10.000 players taking a poke at the Minecraft server hosting Denmark. The traffic was so high at one point that the server crashed. I hope the creators of the map of Denmark made a backup copy of it for an hard reset in the future.

http://www.dr.dk/Nyheder/Indland/2014/04/25/124123.htm

There are pictures of the damage in this news. Its in Danish.

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jonfr

Denmark is Scandinavian

Denmark is not Baltic. It's Scandinavian, there is an difference in terms of culture. As for the map. Many people need bigger hard drives before they can download the map.

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AOL Mail locks down email servers to deal with spam tsunami

jonfr

Getting spammed

I've been getting a lot of spam in recent days. They are not from AOL but rather spam-bot registered domains that have no function and no content. The IP address range also suggest an new spam bot network that is currently working overtime pumping out spam emails.

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Next Windows obsolescence panic is 450 days from … NOW!

jonfr

Can't afford Windows 7

I can't afford Windows 7 for my gaming usage. I have one computer running Windows XP doing other things (recording earthquakes) (that's two copies of Windows 7 that I would need to buy). I would move it to Windows 7 if I could, but I can't. No money. That's why I am sticking to Windows XP for few more years at least.

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VAT's all folks: Telecoms and services tax to be set at consumer's homeland rate

jonfr

Re: Glad I live in Switzerland...

I live next to Germany in Denmark. In Denmark the VAT rate is 25% on everything. While it is only 7% on food and 19% on everything else in Germany. The price is also lower in Germany then in Denmark.

There is however no limit on how much I can take with me over the border. Unless its soda (coca-cola and such) or beer. Since that is limited to 250 Liters on person according to EU rules. If it goes over that you have to pay toll of it and maybe VAT. For normal person it is not an issue since most people don't shop that much. But there are people how buy way more then the rules allow and if they get stopped by customs they loose everything they bought and get a fine here in Denmark (a big one).

EU rules also allow VAT free shopping for up to 300€ from none-EU countires that have borders with it. I checked the rules some time ago.

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