* Posts by Andraž 'ruskie' Levstik

204 posts • joined 24 Dec 2009

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Let's dig into how open source could KO the Silicon Valley chat silos

Andraž 'ruskie' Levstik

Re: Quick - call a sociologist

I personally dislike that feature as well.

Other thing that annoys me is the mutability of the messages themselves. This is what I like about email and IRC - you post it - it's there - can't delete it or change it.

No write something - look at it 5 minutes later - it changed to something different on gone completely.

Why I have bitlbee-discord on as well - that shows me the full trail.

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Andraž 'ruskie' Levstik

Re: Quick - call a sociologist

Ease of use. That's the simple one - As someone who has been running dovecot and prosody for a while - I more or less gave up on xmpp - it's very clunky it doesn't do stuff as easily as it can - certain things like message history is lackluster etc...

Since I'm a gamer I've started using discord and I can put it in simple terms:

It's easy to setup, it has oth group chats and servers - basically it's an improved IRC.

Need to share a file with a person or group - attach it to the message. It's there.

The feel of it is not that far from IRC as well. Of course if you prefer you can go with a more "chat" like feel as well. It gives you that.

There is no "setup an account on some xmpp server" - it's simple - create account, use existing email, start using it.

The user experience is what counts now-a-days. This is the main reason people go to something. They try it out and start using it. Then invite friends.

An example from a friend that only recently started using discord - "This is what I like about WhatsApp - I can tell when my friend saw the message."

Honestly even users themselves often don't know what that killer feature is that they want.

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Rejecting Sonos' private data slurp basically bricks bloke's boombox

Andraž 'ruskie' Levstik

Hmmm never did consider sonos but have been looking at some other similar kit(teufel being an interesting option) - I wonder if other such kits have similar issues???

El-reg research idea???

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IKEA flat-packs TaskRabbit to crack assembly code

Andraž 'ruskie' Levstik

Let's see - assembled near every piece of furniture - kitchen, wardrobes, various shelving units, tables etc...

Never had any issues with missing components, miss drilled stuff etc...

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Pretend Python packages prey on poor typing

Andraž 'ruskie' Levstik

That would be Slovakian - .sk - Slovenian would be .si.

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Why do you cry when chopping onions? No, it's not crippling anxiety, it's this weird chemical

Andraž 'ruskie' Levstik

Simplest solution?

Wet the knife before you start cutting - the water residue on the knife will bind it.

Refresh as needed - I find that doing it once is enough for one onion - and on average I need like half an onion for most things anyway.

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White House sicko sent down for 20 years after sexting underage girls

Andraž 'ruskie' Levstik

Re: What's the betting...

Think you have your geography a bit mixed up with regards to Slovenia.

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What is dead may never die: a new version of OS/2 just arrived

Andraž 'ruskie' Levstik

Re: Retro?

Sloppy focus - so windows don't lose focus when you go over your background XD

Still love it in my FVWM config.

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Sysadmin 'trashed old bosses' Oracle database with ticking logic bomb'

Andraž 'ruskie' Levstik

Re: Lots of revenge hacks recently...

> I know that it would take extreme circumstances for me to do anything like this.

Never. Simple as that. My duty is to keep things going, if the employer treats me poorly there are legal means to go after them - without making myself the target.

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Huawei's just changed the way you'll use Android

Andraž 'ruskie' Levstik

Re: Sailfish (Jolla)

After a few months of having my Jolla I gave it to my mom to play with - ran the tutorial for her and let her toy around with it.

30 minutes later(aka I wandered of to do other stuff) - I like it, can I have one?

We now both use Jolla phones.

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Munich may dump Linux for Windows

Andraž 'ruskie' Levstik

daft

Relying on any system without a support contract/entity that would get such things fixed as a core system sounds like a daft idea.

You find a system that works with your setup and pay for that.

If I were to deploy something like that - first things first:

- Is there in house support from IT to support Linux based systems? No? Can they retrain, how much does it cost, what would be needed, would an external provider be able to assist until transition is done?

- How to do standard office things like mail(this one can be as easy as use google apps for business, or some other web based provider, if need in house find a system that either your team can manage with or a third party provider(open-xchange comes to mind(they offer support packages and such)), documents etc...

- Core business supporting systems - be it ERP, CRM, etc... etc... it's core to your business so you should have a support contract or at least some sort of business contact with whoever's software you are using - be it a cloud based solution, or some piece of software, if there is no business support available - don't use it. This isn't a hammer that will just work with no support.

People often forget that just because it's open source it doesn't mean it's free of costs. They are just elsewhere - software is free, and you get free support if you are willing to wait for responses from commuinty/do your own research. But if you need support on business critical things - then don't rely on that.

As someone who loves open source and software available for it even I need to look at the business case for everything I suggest to the company be it storage(go with $random server and disks or a dedicated storage system from a known storage vendor), be it servers, firewall etc...

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Programmer finds way to liberate ransomware'd Google Smart TVs

Andraž 'ruskie' Levstik

I'll stick to...

dumb. If I want smart I can add a PC to it easily and be done with that.

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Rogue One: This is the Star Wars back story you've been looking for

Andraž 'ruskie' Levstik

Re: Now if someone were to film Ian Banks culture novels

This is my worry as well, as much as there are some great books, once put on film it would be someone elses vision.

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Water divining project abandoned after blowing AU$60k

Andraž 'ruskie' Levstik

I believe...

there are these chaps... not really sure what they're called... geologist I would like to say... and they use all these fancy sciency thingies to try and discern whats below the ground and such.

I hear the oil industry is quite fond of them so they don't need to waste insane amounts of money on pointless drilling.

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Pas de problème ... Quebec just passed a website blocking law

Andraž 'ruskie' Levstik

Hmm

Well around here any online gambling site that isn't licensed localy is blocked - though I don't believe there is much effort put into it.

But it's basically the national lottery and other gambling taxes are put into sports and handicap funds so that kinda makes some sense...

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Admin fishes dirty office chat from mistyped-email bin and then ...?

Andraž 'ruskie' Levstik

Bounce...

Simple as that... don't do catch-alls but handle it appropriately... let stuff tat is wrong bounce and let the originator deal with it properly.

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BMW complies with GPL by handing over i3 car code

Andraž 'ruskie' Levstik

The GPL specifically states you do not need to provide source code unless requested to do so. And that you will be able to provide it for at least 3 years.

It nowhere requires you to provide the source code up front. You can even charge shipping and such for it.

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Blah Blah blah ... I don't care! To hell with your tech marketing bull

Andraž 'ruskie' Levstik

My condolences

And yeah the disconect is important.

Each year I get asked by my boss if I want a work phone - each time my answer is the same - if you consider I need a cell phone that I'll leave in the office after I head home - then sure - otherwise it's a waste.

I work while at work - outside of that - you do not exist for the most part. Sure I'll pull in the hours if needed and even respond to an occasional chat for help. But for me that world generally doesn't exist when I leave the office.

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When customers try to be programmers: 'I want this CHANGED TO A ZERO ASAP'

Andraž 'ruskie' Levstik

I do this as a sysadmin - when trying to help our devs sort out issue and figure out if it's a systems or a devs prob - I'd sit down with them and they would show me stuff and then we would go through stuff more or less line by line.

It's one of the more fun aspects of my work to be honest. As frustrating as it can be at times it's fun.

Guess it helps that most of my learning of coding was through pseudo code(some actual coding as well but the good stuff was the pseudo code stuff) and actually tracing through that required pen and paper to solve at times.

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If you want a USB thumb drive wiped, try asking an arts student for help

Andraž 'ruskie' Levstik

Hmmm people put sensitive data on tiny, easy to lose things that you can plug in any system? *shudder*

I'll stick to having stuff stored on my own server, on my own property that I can access anywhere via ssh and other secure methods and if need be can copy to a different location.

My uses for USB flash drives:

- random bootable linux distro 1

- random bootable linux distro 2

- random bootable linux distro 3

etc.....

Installers/etc... for stuff I might need to be using in an enviroment without good online connection,

err... random music/vids/etc....

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'Wipe everything clean ... Join us ...' Creepy poem turns up in logs of 30 million-ish servers

Andraž 'ruskie' Levstik

Got as well both my personal(2015-12-30 04:47:21) and the one at work(Wed Dec 30 02:09:47.079195 2015).

And they got the clacks headers back from both as well

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ASCII @dventure game NetHack gets first upgrade in ten years

Andraž 'ruskie' Levstik

Ascended once

Played it a few years ago via the nice: telnet nethack.alt.org

Did some 100 games and managed to finish it once. It's fun and enjoyable, and seeing all the fails as they happen either by spectating it or just following the bot posting all the embarrasements to all to see ;)

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IT pros are a bunch of wedding and funeral-dodging sickos

Andraž 'ruskie' Levstik

Re: Miserable me

Well that just about sums it up I'd say.

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Earth wobbles on axis as Google rebrands

Andraž 'ruskie' Levstik

And the world....

yawns...

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Reddit meltdown: Top chat boards hidden as rebellion breaks out

Andraž 'ruskie' Levstik

*yawn*

/me goes back to bed.

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BONKERS apocalyptic WAR WAGONS circle Vulture South

Andraž 'ruskie' Levstik

Re: Where you using a camera on review?

Yup that I'd agree is a nice sunny day around these parts as well.

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Smažený sýr

Andraž 'ruskie' Levstik

To prevent escape routes double bread it. Once and then redip in egg and then in breadcrumbs again.

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C'mon! Greece isn't really bust and it can pay its debts

Andraž 'ruskie' Levstik

Re: There was never a need for a combined currency all over Europe

Been thinking the same(for a long time). There should be the Euro but it should be a currency on top of national currencies with an exchange rate relative to them. People could still pay with it, get paid with it but it should always be relative to the national currency(until such a time as it would make the optimal currency area a sense).

As for the EU... I'm still on the fence. It did do some good things but at the same time some bad things. Will see how it goes.

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Euro phone, broadband giants are the 1% – yes, single-digit growth. Wow

Andraž 'ruskie' Levstik

Re: Why is less than 2 digit growth looked on as failure?

Sad but true... now-a-days a lot of companies are burn through whatever you can to get the most profit then ditch and start fresh.

And to add on top of that... very few companies will bother to try and pickup the pieces as well. There is a company here that recently got their primary production assets seized by the tax agency because they couldn't pay worker benefits for a while. Why couldn't they pay them you ask? Because the state owes them a lot of money.

What did they do? They grabbed the old machines and in a day they were back up and working aiming to get all their orders sorted so they can keep the 200 or so people employed. This is missing in a lot of companies. The drive to keep it going, to keep people employed.

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Euro consumers have TOO MUCH choice – telco operators

Andraž 'ruskie' Levstik

Really... they are thinking oww 3 vs 4 has no noticeable effect on competition. No shit... they all know each other... You need a LOT of players to get decent competion.

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PlayStation Network blasted offline AGAIN. Just not Sony's decade

Andraž 'ruskie' Levstik

Re: Pissing off the wrong people.

You know you are stupid if you enter your credit card number or real details into a low security environment such as a gaming network(that includes steam, xbl, etc...).

I'm still using topup cards from game stores to buy stuff there. I'll never put in a credit card(or at most a prepaid thing that has 0 value 99% of the time and that I use up the moment it's loaded).

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El Reg reanimates Cash'n'Carrion merchandising tentacle

Andraž 'ruskie' Levstik

Where's the baseball cap or something along those lines...

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Sailfish OS tablet is GO: Fans stuff cash into Jolla's cap in hand

Andraž 'ruskie' Levstik

The Jolla devices have AlienDalvik that can run Android Apps don't ask me how it performs because I have yet to bother using it.

But yeah bought the phone half a year ago, kicktstarted the other half KEYBOARD addon(el-reg report about this as well both are running at the same time even):

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2028347278/tohkbd-the-other-half-keyboard-for-your-jolla

And now indiegogoed the tablet.

For my own uses the phone is perfect and the user experience is something I miss from all other devices so far. I was hoping for the longest time for a tablet from them as well... they seem to have a clue/ideas on how to make user experiences that are great and that are intuitive once you break the chains of the android/ios limitations.

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Mozilla, EFF, Cisco back free-as-in-FREE-BEER SSL cert authority

Andraž 'ruskie' Levstik

cacert says hi

Randoms: Hey look we're doing this thing...

cacert.org: Hey look we've been doing this for years - with the added benefit that we are actually thinking how to get better at verify the user identity and how to handle if we can't

Frankly CAs are way way overrated - it's basicalyl I claim I am such and such and I have money to prove it...

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'Scope boffins get INSIDE URANUS after snapping mystery spots

Andraž 'ruskie' Levstik

Powering up

So that's where the death star has been hidding all these aeons...

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Would you recognise the Vans shoes logo? Neither would Euro trademark bods

Andraž 'ruskie' Levstik

The what where when logo? Never heard of them...

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Renault Twingo: Small, sporty(ish), safe ... and it's a BACK-ENDER

Andraž 'ruskie' Levstik

Hmmm

as a not car person(does it have 4 wheels and moves and can I control it)... This is one of twe cars I am actually interested in... the other being the clio grandtour variants.

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Australia deflates Valve with Steam sueball

Andraž 'ruskie' Levstik

Not fit for purpose...

Valve can just adjust that sure we will provide refunds under the conditions that game ending achievment has not yet been achieved and in 14 days have not passed since day of purchase. I think that would be reasonable as a valid refund policy.

Considering that some games can start off well enough but will eventually degenerate into a PoS that makes them unplayable.

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Nice computers don’t need to go to the toilet, says Barclays

Andraž 'ruskie' Levstik

I for one

Enjoy using the self checkout machines as well. I can get through faster than at a normal checkout but they sense... they really do that I work in IT so they will on occasion cause ALL maner of nonsense...

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Microsoft's Lumia 930... a real HANDFUL

Andraž 'ruskie' Levstik

And I smuggly observe from

My Jolla perch.

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Google went behind our backs and really hurt us, squeal upset porn kingpins

Andraž 'ruskie' Levstik

While they are at it...

Can we please block cig ads, alchohol ads, political ads(I don't enjoy being bombarded by the same dodgy politicos I try and ignore in real life while watching youtube), dodgy weight loss ads, the stupidity that youtube ads are where you are listening to a song and in pops an ad that is... a FULL length song from a diff youtube channel...

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Amazon sues former employee who took Google cloud job

Andraž 'ruskie' Levstik

Well atleast my no-compete

And the law itself state that if a company wishes to argue no-compete they are then required to pay me until that no-compete is up(without me doing any work for them).

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Researchers defend Facebook emoto-furtling experiment

Andraž 'ruskie' Levstik

Yet...

most people will keep on using fecesbook. Gotta love the stockholm syndrome...

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Home automation while it's hot: Winter warmth for lazy technophiles

Andraž 'ruskie' Levstik

I can agree with AdamT on wanting a per room profile that will heat up a room and such. Basically requires setting up each room as a zone with each radiator having it's own controlled valve. And a bit more temperature monitoring.

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Cisco open-sources experimental cipher

Andraž 'ruskie' Levstik

And after it's accepted... they drop...

the P bomb on the world...

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WORLD HISTORY in SELFIES: So AMAZEBALLS your EYES will EXPLODE

Andraž 'ruskie' Levstik

Think I blinked...

Because - blank -.

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Pirate Party runs aground in European Parliamentary elections

Andraž 'ruskie' Levstik

Pirate party in Slovenia

They or should I say the one lone wolf got a total of:

Pirate party (2,58 percent)

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Google staggers toward BEEELLION-dollar Twitch gobble - report

Andraž 'ruskie' Levstik

God no...

Please please no...

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What the frag? Earn millions as the world watches you SLAY rivals

Andraž 'ruskie' Levstik

HDCP

Well PS4 has a disable HDCP button... But otherwise there are things that decode HDCP and pass out plain HDMI.

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A real pot-boiler kicks off Reg man's quid-a-day nosh challenge

Andraž 'ruskie' Levstik

Re: Try harder!

Stinging nettles are a perfectly reasonable substitute for spinach and if I recall can make a decent herbal tea as well.

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