* Posts by jonfr

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How-to terror manuals still being sold by Apple, Amazon, Waterstones

jonfr

Amazon UK sent me an email

The other day Amazon UK sent me an email suggesting those books to me (and some other). I ignored that email because I got nothing to do with books about killing my own species in horrible ways.

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'Data saturation' helped to crash the Schiaparelli Mars probe

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Re: Why does this happen?

I do have standards. None of the current space endeavours set out by the human race meets those standards.

While I don't any experience in dealing with space (mostly because I haven't been there yet). I do have good experience in hunting down software and hardware issues in computers.

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Why does this happen?

Why does this type of fundamental error happen? They can get quite good RISC space able CPU for this type of thing that doesn't choke on high inflow of information. I also wonder what type of software error makes the sensor read it altitude in a such way that its a negative value.

I guess the software was of bad quality since this happened. I don't think ESA is going to admit that tough. I suspect they have that type of a problem and that is going to be a bigger problem in the future, along with lack of experience in space matters in general.

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Zuckerberg says just one per cent of news on Facebook is fake

jonfr

Re: Can't Be Zuckerberg Saying This.

Mark Zuckerberg is an idiot, a lucky one, because normally this type of people live in a card box somewhere. His regards for the social network that he created is mind boggling sometimes. At Facebook they are not doing anything to stop fake news. I suspect that it is only going to get worse as the time passes. I do hope that Facebook starts to get unpopular and die off like any other social network before it.

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Spain's Prime Minister wants to ban internet memes. No, really

jonfr

Given their roots

They are from Franco roots it seems.

Wikipedia info.

"[...] The People's Party was a re-foundation in 1989 of the People's Alliance (Alianza Popular, AP), a party led and founded by Manuel Fraga Iribarne, a former Minister of the Interior and Minister of Tourism during Francisco Franco's dictatorship. The new party combined the conservative AP with several small Christian democratic and liberal parties (the party call this fusion of views Reformist centre). In 2002, Manuel Fraga received the honorary title of "Founding Chairman".[...]"

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/People%27s_Party_(Spain)

It is clear that this idiot needs to be fired. Preferably soon, since this type of thinking is dangerous to democracy. As has been seen with the demonstration law.

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Trump's taxing problem: The end of 'affordable' iPhones

jonfr

Re: I am Mad

>As a Brit living in the USA I feel your pain. I was glad I wasn't there now there's nowhere left to run when things get sticky here. Iceland looks pretty cool, in all senses of the word.

Iceland is currently in a wast economic bubble. It is going to collapse one day with all the problems that come with it. My advice is look elsewhere, at least that is what I'm doing and I'm a Icelander.

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PC sales sinking almost as fast as Donald Trump's poll numbers

jonfr

Replace when failure happens

I only replace the motherboard, cpu and graphic card when a failure happens. That happened for me this April when the motherboard crashed (along with the dvd drive). Normal lifetime of a PC today is around 5 - 8 years, after that the capacitor and other chips wear out and just start to fail. Hard drives are replaced when they fail and that is normally every 3 - 5 years at the moment. It is not a surprise the unit sales of PC is going down, when its easy to just replace the motherboard and other hardware and keep the box. Most people don't want many old PC boxes in their homes.

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FreeBSD 11.0 lands, with security fixes to FreeBSD 11.0

jonfr

FreeBSD Desktop

If given the proper push, using a Desktop version of *BSD should not be a problem. I also like FreeBSD above Linux (I'm using Gentoo Linux) for many reason. The largest reason is that FreeBSD is far more stable then Gentoo Linux or any binary Linux distro that I've tested over the years.

The bugs and the general lack of stability in Linux distros is starting to annoy me. The problem I'm dealing with that the moment is lack of Desktop support in FreeBSD (or most of the BSD out on the market) and lack of multimedia support for the moment.

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Social media flame wars to be illegal, says top Crown prosecutor

jonfr

Don't they have anything to do in the UK?

Don't they have anything to do in the UK? Like capture real criminals that commit crimes. Making flame wars illegal like this is just stupid and waste of everyone times and a lot of money.

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CEO of shady ad site Backpage and owners arrested on human trafficking suspicions

jonfr

Re: How about actually legalizing it?

Norway, Sweden prostitution is illegal, using the odd logic that selling is legal but buying isn't. The real problem is that this has not stopped prostitution. It has only made life worse for those women and mean that are in this business. Only Denmark has prostitution legal, but its not regulated as in Germany or Austria.

France has also gone the way of Norway and Sweden. The problem with Norway is that even if a prostitution is legal in one country, a Norwegian citizen can still be prosecuted for buying sex abroad (where it might be legal) in Norway once it returns home. I find this a little bit fascist.

News: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/7806760.stm (On Norway)

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Linus Torvalds admits 'buggy crap' made it into Linux 4.8

jonfr

The linux kernels

Good thing I changed strategies on the Linux kernels, avoiding the mainline and going into long-term kernels is a better idea. As it allows for bug fixes to applied. I'm currently using Linux kernel 4.7.4 and I'm not going to update for a while now as the rest of the programs and drivers (mostly nvidia drivers) running on top of that have not updated up on the latest changes.

Mainline kernels are for those wanting to live on the bleeding edge.

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Apple iPhone 7 launch hysteria? Not in Viking land

jonfr

The next store

At least there where five people waiting in line at the Yousee store* a little down the same shopping street. Other than that, nobody else showed up. Only ~40.000 people live in Viborg.

*Yousee is a cable/mobile company in Denmark.

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EU will force telcos to offer 90 days of 'roam like home' contracts

jonfr

Border areas in Europe

This is going to make living in border areas interesting (mobile phones often connect to the nearby country mobile network on their own). Once the UK is out of the EU the roam price is going to go up. Its going to be like in Switzerland or any other 3rd country in Europe (whatever the price is in the UK for such service).

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UK nuke warhead builders shift IT gear into public cloud

jonfr

Stupid, stupid, stupid

They could just write the launch codes on a wall with the operation board and hope for the best. Public anything and secure infrastructure do not mix.

Some people never learn and corruption and greed in the public sector is a big problem (hint, its never called corruption, just something else).

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Larry Page snuffs out ‘too expensive’ Google Fiber project

jonfr

The list of Google dead projects gets longer

So the list of Google dead projects gets longer and longer. They are in a bubble now so they can do this, but bubbles are not forever and current IT bubble is going to end one day.

Also, on youtube there is a video called "If Google Was A Guy (Part 4)". It touches this fact about Google doing projects and then just ending them.

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BBC detector vans are back to spy on your home Wi-Fi – if you can believe it

jonfr

Re: How to fek with WiFi scum.

You can on many WLAN hardware turn the power levels down to minimum. It is not always possible. The other option is to turn off WLAN and just use LAN.

I don't pay a licence in the UK. But I do so in Denmark and if you own a computer or smartphone and have connection to the internet you have to pay a licence fee. You even have to pay a licence fee if you just own a radio.

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Windows 10 pain: Reg man has 75 per cent upgrade failure rate

jonfr

Windows 10 in general

Windows 10 doesn't need any special BIOS drivers, since the BIOS is the basic part of the computer and it doesn't require any drivers since it's a none interactive part of the computer when it comes to the operating system. Don't this people know anything?

It is however interesting that I did notice Windows 10 appear to interfere in the operating of and old 16bit BIOS that I was using with Windows 10. After using Windows 10 on that computer basic buttons to enter the BIOS settings did not work. I don't know what happened, but the motherboard did crash few weeks after I installed Windows 10 so it might just be that.

As for Windows 10 it's decent for games (older games might not work at all on W10), that is the only thing I use it for and I won't use it for anything else at the moment. I plan on adding few items later on. I continue to run Windows XP for things that are never going to work properly on Windows 10 or anything down to Windows Vista due to changes in how Windows works.

For servers I recommend FreeBSD/NetBSD or OpenBSD. The thing about BSD is that it's not really good with the desktop and it might never be good at it. If you really want to learn how to do Linux properly, install Gentoo Linux the hard way. Debian is fine, but it doesn't add new things quickly or allows much freedom (as is the case of most binary distros of Linux or any Linux distro out there). What distro of Linux works for the author of this article I don't know, he will have to discover it on his own.

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Bad blood: US govt bans bio-test biz Theranos' CEO for two years

jonfr

Re: Denial: It's not just a river in Egypt

"What I don't get is how she got all that money to begin with. I mean, she was hailed as some sort of visionary, despite there being no evidence that she had any actual product plan beyond a rhetorical question: "What if we could run a bazillion tests with a drop of blood?" Yes, that would be a wonderful thing, but at no point has she managed to demonstrate that she (or anybody she hired) had the least clue how to achieve it."

It's called the internet bubble version 2.0. I guess this might mark the end of that bubble. I'll wait and see what happens next.

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Not everyday

It is not every day that you read about person that has less net worth then my self (at least for the moment). It is impressive to go from $4,5 billion to $0 in this short time span. I'm not sure this company is going to survive this whole thing, so that is a factor.

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Verizon, KT, Telefonica: On three continents, operators prepare for 5G

jonfr

Too many G in use

I barley got 4G signal where I'm living, in some other areas this is a lot worse. Some areas don't even have 3G or even 2G signal at all. This is even if 5G won't go into use until 2020 at the earliest.

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Prominent Brit law firm instructed to block Brexit Article 50 trigger

jonfr

Re: And the house of lords?

@ nuked, The EU council is appointed by the governments of EU member states (elected) and approved by the European Parliament (elected). Since EU is not a country this is the way things are done.

The EU Commission has limited power in suggesting legislation (since EU parliament and the Council of the EU can also make law suggestions) and legislation can only be approved by the European Parliament by a majority. Most of the EU laws come from the member states them self, the elected leaders of the member countries (depends of the ministry what laws are suggested to be made EU wide). Those legal suggestions are done in Council of the European Union.

The only country the hold referendum on Lisbon Treaty was Ireland, due their own legal requirement on such agreements. The rest of the EU member states at the time just got parliament approval for it. It was approved after Ireland got legal opt-outs regarding some matters they considered important.

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Osborne on Leave limbo: Travel and trade stay unchanged

jonfr

Scotland is going to leave England+Wales

Scotland is going to leave England+Wales, so is Northern Ireland, I'm just less sure how that is going to work it self out.

Scotland (5,3 million) has a population close that of Denmark (5,5 million). They can easily be on their own as a independent country.

Northern Ireland has the population of 1,8 million. That is close to being the same population as Latvia (1,9 million). This is good enough to independent nation and to join the EU again proper. Not saying the change is going to be easy, it never is. But it can be done and I think it is going to get done once the UK is out of the EU (for the next 60 + years as England + Wales).

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jonfr

No EEA for UK

@Dan 55, That option is not an option for the UK. EEA is an EFTA deal, if it was an option it would mean that UK would have to rejoin EFTA, that they left for EEC in 1973 (now EU). However, EU has sad that no such agreement is an option for the UK or any other country, they are either members or not. Switzerland option is not an option for UK, since EU no longer makes such deals today.

Switzerland agreements and EEA are relics from a time long gone, this was mostly used during cold war era and before current treaty of Lisbon. Today, a country is either an EU member or not.

ENP countries that have free trade agreements with EU do so for one reason only. They are on the way to become EU members (if in Europe). But due to historical reasons and other reasons, the path to membership of the EU is difficult and long.

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jonfr

Re: Even here at the bottom end it's a mess

Since I'm from a country that regularly suffers this type of fall in currency (ISK), what you claim is not correct. This fall in the pound is going to increase cost of living, increase inflation, increase interest rates and the list goes on and on when it comes to this.

In short, this is no good and is going to cost the pubic in the UK billions and that is just in the short term.

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EU GDPR compliance still a thing for UK firms even after Brexit

jonfr

Re: Pop!

"[...] Sorry, was that the sound of another Remain bubble bursting?"

Consider this. No business by EU based companies in the UK (or England as it's going to get renamed to). All the money just going somewhere else.

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Three non-obvious reasons to Vote Leave on the 23rd

jonfr

Re: So where is the post to balance this out?

Then UK had earlier agreements with those countries. If it falls to them if the UK leaves then visa free travel for some number of days would remains. Since once the UK membership treaty stops being valid, UK goes back to whatever was before that time.

You can read the UK accession treaty here.

http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=OJ:L:1972:073:TOC

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Enojy visa application to Spain, Italy (Schengen Area)

I hope the people enjoy the new visa arrangements to the Schengen area once they enter into force. I guess Ireland will be joining soon (unless the common travel area between Ireland and the UK holds, its passport free travel zone, just like Schengen). Anyone from Europe would also need visa to enter the UK, even if the UK already has the power to deny EU citizen an entry into the UK (I think this might be an opt-out of a rule from the common rule of free movement of people).

I also hope the UK enjoys the new roaming chargers on their mobile. It's going to be like 3,6p/m (based on Switzerland roaming rates). Data is 3,6p pr MB.

There is a long list of what is going to go away if the UK leaves the EU. I'm not just talking about Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland (it might stay a little longer due to complexities).

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Brexit: More cash for mobile operators or consumers? Pick one

jonfr

Re: Scaremongering

Turkey is at least 50 years away from joining the EU based on how things are currently going for them. That is being a good estimate, it might take them up to 90 years or more until they are able to join the EU.

Under current government in Turkey it just won't happen. They don't qualify for any of the renaming chapters. Not even the super easy ones.

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Dad of student slain in Paris terror massacre sues Google, Twitter, Facebook for their 'material support' of ISIS

jonfr

Re: Some points to consider.

Reporting violent content, like a picture or a video on Facebook for instance is a useless process in most cases. It is met with "It didn't break our rules", report a nipple (or a breast, or a nude women) of a women and its removed just about soon as you press the report button.

This is little better at Twitter and YouTube, but not by much. They remove some of this propaganda material from the terrorist, but not everything, calming that some of it doesn't break their rules.

This man is not wrong, but I don't think he has any grounds to sue those companies. That is the government job.

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EU referendum frenzy bazookas online voter registration. It's another #GovtDigiShambles

jonfr

All the visa applications

Once the UK is out of the EU, all the people from the UK have to start filling out visa applications before they go on holiday to Spain, Portugal, France and so on.

It is going to next to impossible for people from UK to move to other country in Europe, being outside EU and all.

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EU ministers to demand more data access after Brussels attacks

jonfr

Burner phones

It seems that the attackers in Paris and Brussels where using pre-paid burner phones. No amount of data access can stop that. This demand is just a security theatre and does nothing but infringe of rights of people.

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Google spews critical Android patch as millions of gadgets hit by Linux kernel bug

jonfr

That covers Android 6.0 (most versions)

At least the version on my phone is 3.10.84 so it means it is vulnerable. I don't know when Sony is going to issue a patch. At least I'm not holding my breath over it.

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Time acquires Myspace, creates 2004's most fearsome media giant

jonfr

Myspace users?

Myspace has users? I don't have account with them any more. I deleted mine back in 2011 and never looked back.

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EU could force countries to allocate 700 MHz band to mobile by mid-2020

jonfr

My Sony Xperia Z5 supports EU 700Mhz plan* (I think, it supports bands 12,17,28), even if it's not offered anywhere at the moment. But it also supports 2300Mhz that is supposed to be used for LTE. The problem here is not spectrum, but old systems in use. They could phase out 3G in favour of LTE (better speed) and use 2G for voice and slow data speed.

EU / U.S 700Mhz bands are not compatible.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_2008_wireless_spectrum_auction

*If they use the same plan as APT countries.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asia-Pacific_Telecommunity_band_plan_in_the_700_MHz_band

As for antennas for TV, they are going to receive the signal but the televisions don't do anything with it. The risk is if the strength of the signal is higher than the tuner can handle, resulting in a burnout.

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'Blue light services will get 4G on London Tube!' Cool, how? 'Errrrm...'

jonfr

Re: What's wrong with TETRA?

TETRA is secure, since it allows for encrypted communication, since it is a digital standard designed for military and emergency response use. SDR is not able to brake that encryption at the moment, since new versions of TETRA have upgraded the encryption standard (far as I know).

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jonfr

What's wrong with TETRA?

What's wrong with TETRA? It has voice, granted it doesn't have any data support speed (691.2kbit/s latest version) as LTE networks have. It only supports low speed data, but over a long range (up to 200km from a transmitter).

It is possible to build a dual radio set today, that can support TETRA for voice and LTE for data, with a decent frequency range (TETRA is designed for 380/410/450/480/810/900Mhz). For LTE the normal frequencies applies.

The hardware is stable, secure (as can be) and no risk of blockage or overcrowded transmitters in a emergency.

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Boffins baffled by record-smashing supernova that shouldn't exist

jonfr

3,8 billion years ago is a long time ago

This did happen really long time ago, around 3,8 billion years ago. When it happened our one solar system was nothing more than a gas cloud and some alien imagination.

But the energy numbers from this explosions are mind boggling. What did happen when this did explode was no small thing and nothing anyone want to be a nearby when it exploded. I'm sure the afterglow is going to be interesting to monitor.

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Nokia, ARM, twisting Intel bid to reinvent the TCP/IP stack for a 5G era

jonfr

Re: What about 2G, 3G, 4G?

"If I remember my el reg articles correctly 4G was a term coined by the marketing rather than the engineering department. 5G maybe the same. I take your point about network coverage though. Will handsets have to support three generations of wireless standards and their various flavours around the world? Could end up pushing the price of phones up."

They also have to support wide range of frequencies. My newest mobile phone supports.

GSM 850/900/1800/1900

WCDMA 850/900/1900/2100

LTE (4G) 1(2100), 2(1900), 3(1800), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 12(700), 17(700), 20(800), 28(700), 38(2600), 40(2300)

What is missing is LTE 450 that is being tested and developed. It is going to be used in the Nordic countries (Iceland, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Finland + Greenland and Faroe Islands).

All this spectrum is big drain on the battery due to scanning. It also has NFC (13.56Mhz). Bluetooth (2.4Ghz) and WLAN 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz. This is a lot of antennas (some might be shared) for one phone and battery drain if everything is turned on. I try to keep most of this turned off.

I got Sony Xperia Z5.

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jonfr

What about 2G, 3G, 4G?

They haven't even finished building 3G network in many places and some areas are not even close to have 4G connection and they are going directly for 5G already.

This is not going to end well I say.

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Estonian vendor sparks Li-Fi hypegasm with gigabit demo

jonfr

What about 61Ghz

What about using 61Ghz - 61.500Ghz, that frequency has 500Mhz free for short range devices.

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Commentard achieves bronze badge, goes directly to jail

jonfr

Bade system, upvotes, aliens?

While I don't know or care what this person did go in jail for. I hope just for minor offence, anything more serious would be awful, since it made the news.

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One Bitcoin or lose your data, hacked Linux sysadmins told

jonfr

Re: ZFS is looking more and more attractive...

If you want secure BSD you go with OpenBSD or NetBSD. FreeBSD is fine, while secure than any linux out there it is less secure than OpenBSD or NetBSD.

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Microsoft now awfully pushy with Windows 10 on Win 7, 8 PCs – Reg readers hit back

jonfr

Don't go with Linux

While I might be stepping on some toes. I don't recommend linux today (any distro). Due to the mess it is in (linux being the kernel, not the top layers build on it). Along with the mess of many of the system layers like systemd that is being used today.

What I recommend is *BSD, a desktop friendly version of it.

http://www.ghostbsd.org/

If you want something more secure you can go with NetBSD or OpenBSD.

As for Windows 10. What Microsoft is doing is putting the base for operating system that is in subscription. While I have to use Windows 10 for games (mostly streaming that I'm planning) I don't plan on buying any subscription for anything from Microsoft. I expect that subscription is going to start with Windows 11 or 12 (version equal of it).

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Miss Brittany dethroned for posting 'nude' Facebook pics

jonfr

Twitter accounts suspended

I did notice that twitter accounts of the former Miss Brittany and the new Miss Brittany are both suspended. Possible that they were fake accounts, but I don't think that is the case. I wonder what is going on.

Beauty pageant are strange and have even stranger rules. John Oliver covered it here.

https://youtu.be/oDPCmmZifE8

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Don't want to upgrade to Windows 10? You'll download it WHETHER YOU LIKE IT OR NOT

jonfr

More options then Linux out there

You can always test out *BSD that is out there. You got several distros to work with. You have.

OpenBSD

NetBSD

FreeBSD

GhostBSD

PC-BSD

This are all the major BSD versions that I know of. There are others used in different tasks.

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jonfr

Illegal activty by Microsoft

This is illegal activity by Microsoft in any country that has computer crime law. As it falls under chancing person computer without permission, illegal use of bandwidth and so on.

I can't see how Microsoft can justify this. This is also how the cloud is supposed to work in personal PC level. I don't want that. I do need Win10 for gaming in few months. I'm only going to limit it to that activity.

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Astroboffins EYEBALL 13 BEELLION-year-old galaxy far, far, farthest away from Earth

jonfr

Re: re: those galaxies 20 billion light years away won't register on Hubble

Light can and does travel from none observable parts of the universe all the time to our observable part of the universe. What matters is time.

More details can be found in this youtube video, https://youtu.be/XBr4GkRnY04

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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

jonfr

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

jonfr

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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