* Posts by jonfr

306 posts • joined 27 Jul 2010

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Microsoft Azure ████ secret ██ █████ ██ US govt's ███ ███ centers

jonfr

If it's on the internet

If it's on the internet or connects over the internet it's not isolated in any way. They can secure it up to a point, but failures are going to happen and that is going to leak data in one way or another.

If you want to keep data isolated, you keep them off the internet.

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The age of six-monthly Windows Server updates starts … now!

jonfr

If you are looking for easy time, it is wrong for you to move to Linux. If you want easy time you need to move to FreeBSD or NetBSD. You also have the option of OpenBSD. It is far easier to maintain and update FreeBSD than any Linux version that I've used so far. I have not yet used NetBSD but it is on my plan to do so (for web service or something else useful).

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Oath-my-God: THREE! BILLION! Yahoo! accounts! hacked! in! 2013! – not! 'just!' 1bn!

jonfr

Flickr accounts conntect to Yahoo! emails

Yahoo! forced everyone on Flickr to use Yahoo! email account. I have a Flickr account and I had to use Yahoo! email account after some date (around 2013) and I was unable to use my normal email account at the time. I just set-it up, saved the password and never used the Yahoo! email account for anything.

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FreeBSD gains eMMC support so … errr … watch out, Android

jonfr

Latest FreeBSD release is 11.1-Release

The version 10.4-Release of FreeBSD is legacy. The current release is 11.1-Release and is from July. The driver changes can be found here with other changes. I need to upgrade my FreeBSD server to this new release soon.

https://www.freebsd.org/releases/11.1R/relnotes.html#drivers

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Hubble spies most distant comet zipping through Solar System

jonfr

Re: ...cloudy in the UK that night

Europe is in the magnetic south pole as that is why you get the north arrow in a compass pointing north. Everything I knew about the polar thing until I got corrected on this detail. Australia is in the magnetic north pole. All the maps are wrong (again).

You can find the details here.

https://youtu.be/aVqN1tW1k7w

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Facebook claims a third more users in the US than people who exist

jonfr

In the nearby future

In the nearby future Facebook is going to simply vanish on the internet. Their revenue model is not as sound as they claim it to be. Currently Facebook is already awful to use (Google+ and Twitter are a lot better to use). Oddly as it seems, Facebook also seems to freeze Firefox (for a short time) and the website is generally doing something odd when used (not sure what).

I'll be happy when Facebook is gone and forgotten.

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Hubble Space Telescope spies possibility of liquid water in TRAPPIST-1

jonfr

Alien signals where detected by accident, promptly ignored

In May of 2017 an alien signal from Ross 128 was detected, this signal was promptly declared of human origins even if they were unable to explain in details were it came from (I don't even think they bothered to contact the operators of those satellites to check if this frequency was in use at the time of observations), or rather what satellite did broadcast the signal.

It is my idea that none of the satellite that are in the view of Ross 128 did broadcast the signal, reason being that it is not in use over the U.S. The 4,6 to 4,8Ghz is used for either Space to Earth communication or Earth to Space communication (ITU region 3, India). It is difficult for me to prove this since I'm on the wrong side of the plant (Ross 128 is below the horizon for me all the time) and I don't have the correct technology to do this (lack of money). I want to prove this, it just isn't going to happen for me at the moment.

The signal has dispersion properties showing or suggesting that it came from far away. There is always a chance that this signal is only coming from the direction of Ross 128 and might not actually be at Ross 128. I have no way to know for sure since this radio signal is not being studied. This radio signal was again observed in July-2017 on a follow up observation.

On the image of the radio signal that was published there is plenty of Earth based radio signals at 5000Mhz (?) and 4200 - 4400Mhz (C-band television broadcasting), little to nothing above that until the frequency goes up to 5000Mhz. Those Earth based signal appear clearly on the image and can easily be spotted. It is also worth noting that I don't know of any technology that can use 300Mhz of bandwidth in this way. I am also sure such technology would not be allowed on licence requirement frequency as is the case for 4500 - 4800Mhz.

What I think was detected was not a alien data transmission. This looks more like a radar signal of some type (I don't know the type, I checked for comparable techniques on Earth and found nothing). I don't have any idea how this signal works but I think radar is the most likely explanation since those are often the most powerful radio signal broadcast out. I don't know what signal strength is used, I do think it is several thousands kW or more.

As it stands now I suspect future alien signal that are discovered by accident are going to get ignored and given human explanation. I am starting to blame this on the narrow and possibly stupid definition and requirement of alien signal as it is set by SETI (and possibly the narrative that follows it). The result of this requirement is that nothing is going to be found by SETI. Not today and not 100 years from now.

I also want to point out that Ross 128 has no life like all of the other red dwarfs or low energy starts that exoplanets have been discovered in orbit around those stars. If you want to find life and possibly civilization you have to check this star types out.

F-type stars

G-type stars.

K-type stars.

Anything else is either to hot (O-type star, A-type star, B-type star) or too cold (M-type star, Y-type star and other classes of this nature). This includes Trappist-1 star system. It has water on the planets, but the planets are stone cold dead to life as we know it and it has always been like that.

I don't think that Earth has ever had an alien visit. At least not on ground, I don't know about high orbit (or even a low orbit). I don't think there is any interest among the aliens that can and do travel the stars to visit a primitive race with nuclear weapons. Smart phones and computers are not the top of technological scale after all. Rather primitive beginning of it and this technological scale goes higher and wider then people realise today.

This is just my view and some of it is not in agreement with current established ideas of today's science community.

Information.

SETI faq, https://www.seti.org/faq#obs3

Weird signal #1. http://phl.upr.edu/library/notes/ross128

Weird signal #2. http://phl.upr.edu/press-releases/theweirdsignal?utm_content=buffer0a5d3&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Star classification, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stellar_classification#Spectral_types

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Judge orders handover of Trump protest website records – DreamHost claims victory

jonfr

Dictatorship like by U.S Government

This is overly dictatorship like by the U.S government. They are in basic just fishing for anything that oppose Donald Trump in the hope that the person in question has spoken out against him. Why the judge allowed this is beyond me but this needs to be stopped (if that is possible).

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World's largest private submarine in mystery sink accident

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Arrested for murder of the Swedish journalist

The Danish news is now reporting that the captain of the submarine has been arrested for murder of the Swedish journalist. She is now been searched for.

DR News (in Danish): http://www.dr.dk/nyheder/indland/ubaadsejer-sigtet-drab-paa-svensk-kvinde

The yellow paper (Ekstrabladet) are reporting there might be a security footage from the harbour area where he travelled from a nearby restaurant. I will not link to Ekstrabladet news articles, due to other unrelated news articles that are seriously not safe for work by UK standards (fine in Denmark).

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WannaCry-killer Marcus Hutchins denies Feds' malware claims

jonfr

Re: Let's make a deal

@ BongoJoe, Technically, Assange is in Britain. Embassies are not considered to be on the soil of their home countries. They don't even fall under extra-territality rules that many military stations fall under.

The only reason why UK hasn't gone and got Assanage is that they don't want to cause a diplomatic incident at the moment. That might not be the UK government few forever. Something is going to break one day for one reason and Assange might find him self arrested and in UK jail being extradited to the U.S.

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WannaCry kill-switch hero Marcus Hutchins collared by FBI on way home from DEF CON

jonfr

I'm never helping anyone again - they can watch their own gates

After a minor run in with the police and the law 17 years ago in a accidental I.T security thing at my school I'm never going to help them or anyone else again. It didn't land me in jail but it did come dam close it. What it did was cost me computer hardware + data and good amount of money (by 17 years ago standards).

He is going to feel the same way once this is over. He might work for a company in the security I.T field (or he might switch fields once he gets out from the U.S) if he feels up to it. That might not be the case in the long run. This type of things have terrible results on one mental personality.

Today, if I see a security flaw I let it be. The owner of it can deal with it on his own time and cost once everything has started to burn because if his own incompetence.

I just make sure my own gate is secure on my own systems. Everything else is treated as possible security risk.

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Big Internet balks at fresh effort to crack down on sex trafficking

jonfr

Re: (@ AC)

It is also smallest part of slavery trade today. I was not able to find any good statics on it due to search pollution on Google.

There are however older news reports on this subject that anyone should consider. Sex trafficking is a problem, it just isn't nearly as bad as many claim. Many other sectors are lot worse in this regards and I'm not exactly seeing any law to help those people. I want all slavery stopped, but something major has to change before that happens (sadly).

Article from 2015.

http://www.salon.com/2015/03/22/the_slave_labor_behind_your_favorite_clothing_brands_gap_hm_and_more_exposed_partner/

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'My dream job at Oracle left me homeless!' – A techie's relocation horror tale

jonfr

Oracle is not ethical company

This is the most of not ethical companies and this story is a good example of that. I'm not sure if this is legal under EU laws or even laws in the Netherlands. This is should at least be banned by laws if it is not already.

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FCC 126MHz 5G auction

jonfr

Re: What do TV stations and ITU think?

They are just looking at the range on any given watt they can send out (to use the poor technical terms). But this area of frequency has its own problems. At this low frequency of 600Mhz there is a slight chance of signal bounce from distant location under certain conditions in the atmosphere. That risk drops with higher frequency. The risk here is that mobile transmitters located ~60 km away start to ping at location where there is no or poor signal during the day, as this is most common during the summer in the afternoon and in the mornings.

That is the same reason today that people can hear FM radio (or DAB+ radio at VHF 3 frequencies) at longer distance or get a television signal when same thing happens.

This might make mobile reception interesting in the U.S. This is less of a problem at 700Mhz and no problem at 800Mhz and above.

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Brit prosecutors ask IT suppliers to fight over £3 USB cable tender

jonfr

All the fake jobs

I guess some people need jobs even if they are fake. Until the robots take the fake jobs too.

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Hotel guest goes broke after booking software gremlin makes her pay for strangers' rooms

jonfr

Banks are not to be trusted

I've come to the conclusion that banks are not to be trusted. As for this case, holding up her money is nothing but a case of theft and should be treated as such. Regardless of payment type. As for this programming "error" I find it strange that this "anomaly" appeared in the system, it sounds odd that it would behave that way (I'm in no way expert on payment systems, I just find this odd to start with).

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KickassTorrents kicked out again, this time by Australia

jonfr

Re: In related news...

The film industry is always loosing money. Its only few films over the year that actually make profit first time around. Some films do make money in the end, but that might take up to two to three years until that happens.

Blaming a loss on internet piracy is stupid. They should make less of the stupid crap that Hollywood is always making.

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Don't install our buggy Windows 10 Creators Update, begs Microsoft

jonfr

Upgrade and then downgrade Windows 10 - issues happend

I did install the upgrade to Windows 10 version 1706 from version 1607 only to find out it was buggy and many basic things that worked. I did complain about what I found when I was at version 1706 and that was just SNMP service that I found. I did downgrade back to version 1607 only to find out that process made Windows 10 inconsistent with it self and made part of Windows 10 Store stop working, breaking Netflix and Microsoft calendar app (or something like it) and there doesn't appear to be any good way to repair that problem without doing a complete reset of the system.

I'm currently trying to repair the damage without having to put the system into default state. As a matter of rule I don't keep my data on the C: drive (that I can avoid placing there) due to the experience with Microsoft and their bugs.

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TVs are now tablet computers without a touchscreen

jonfr

Germany has moved to HEVC/H.265

Germany has already moved to HEVC/H.265 and that leaves my television out in the cold as it can't receive that signal at all. The best my television can do is H.264 codec. The only signals I now get over antenna are the Danish ones that continue to use H.264 codec. I don't think that's going to change any time soon.

I'll get me a external receiver to get the signal. I'm going to have it a double type that can handle both DVB-S2 and DVB-T2 (its from Technisat).

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Microsoft promises twice-yearly Windows 10, O365 updates – with just 18 months' support

jonfr

Re: Dear gods...

MacOs (I guess it also applies to iOs) are NeXTSTEP based, not FreeBSD based. What Apple used from FreeBSD is the driver base for the main system, nothing else was used far as I'm aware of. NeXTSTEP is Unix based like many other operating systems.

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Script kiddies pwn 1000s of Windows boxes using leaked NSA hack tools

jonfr

Move Windows XP to VM

The solution is to move Windows XP to a VM to run software that doesn't run elsewhere. This is excluding games that I don't think run well in a VM at the moment. I haven't tried so I don't know yet.

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Prisoners built two PCs from parts, hid them in ceiling, connected to the state's network and did cybershenanigans

jonfr

Re: They would have got away with it

@Dagg, I've come to the conclusion that Linux isn't for Desktop. That's just my view after using it as such for 14 years. During that time the progress has been painfully slow and it is now good five to eight years behind Microsoft Windows and Apple MacOS. The reason why it isn't popular is clear, it isn't competitive as a desktop Os on the market. If it was, it would be used.

Mobile is different thanks to Google (Alphabet).

I was speaking about Microsoft Windows server. I don't know for sure how progress has been going on it for the past 14 years, but I don't think its an ideal environment to use due to how its structured on the system level (with hard drive a:, b: and so on). Servers need a different set-up since they are doing a different thing. I guess in all Microsoft environment it can be useful, unless you use something else for a gateway and firewall to connect to the internet.

I have found that Microsoft Windows 10 is highly useable as a Desktop (but I'm no fan of it). But I'll keep my server FreeBSD or Linux, that's not going to change.

Hat tip: If you are using Microsoft Windows shared folder network (also known as samba) you can access remote computer hard drive by typing in ${drive letter} into the address bar on that computer. Example; \\192.168.0.4\F$ - Type in user and password and you got access to all the files, read-write access included.

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jonfr

Re: They would have got away with it

I've never been the caps lock type, too much time on the IRC in the past where such behaviour got one banned from the channel from hours to days.

Those people you speak of have left the internet to do other things. I think it's mostly cocaine and opioids and other such things if they do drugs at all (many don't). Some return, most don't return I guess (there is no study into this, so guesses go wild).

Some views on this subject are interesting.

https://www.dailydot.com/unclick/i-quit-the-internet-for-4-years/

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jonfr

Re: They would have got away with it

Anything server from Microsoft is useless in my view. I only consider them good for Desktop and I only consider Linux* (*Your distro of chose) good for server work as it does what is expected of it**.

** Also applies to *BSD (FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD and so on).

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How's that for a remote login? NASA puts New Horizons probe to sleep 3.5 billion miles away

jonfr

Download speed at this distance

The download speed at this distance is around 0.9Kbps at best. I don't know the upload speeds for the commands and software. Currently the lag time is around 5 hours one way or 10 hours both way. Voyager is around 15 hours out one way (I think).

I did find this information on New Horizon communications.

http://www.planetary.org/blogs/emily-lakdawalla/2015/01300800-talking-to-pluto-is-hard.html

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'No deal better than bad deal' approach to Brexit 'unsubstantiated'

jonfr

Re: WTO rules which seem to work well enough

@ cork.dom@gmail.com

The EU is not the worst performing economy in the world. It is the second biggest in the world or the biggest (depending slightly on measurements, I don't know why that is). Growth is slow, but the reality is that growth is over-estimated by economists and economic growth as such is just a myth popular with the media.

http://www.edwardgoldsmith.org/851/exposing-the-myth-of-economic-growth/ (from 1992)

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/myth-of-perpetual-growth-is-killing-america-2012-06-12 (from 2012)

Little reading material on the EU. I don't know how up to date it is and that means some of it might be outdated.

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

http://ec.europa.eu/trade/policy/eu-position-in-world-trade/

http://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/statistics-explained/index.php/The_EU_in_the_world_-_economy_and_finance

UK leaving the EU is going to tank UK economy. Start growing your vegetable and get chickens (for the eggs, if nothing else), you're going to need it.

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jonfr

Re: Unforseen consequences of Brexit, number 93

The Channel Islands have never been inside EU in any shape or form. They just take part in freedom of movement for the British citizen living on the islands, it doesn't work the other way around. The Channel Islands also take part in the customs union of the EU.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special_member_state_territories_and_the_European_Union#Channel_Islands

https://ec.europa.eu/taxation_customs/business/vat/eu-vat-rules-topic/territorial-status-eu-countries-certain-territories_en

I can also see on the EU list that I was wrong in part about Gibraltar. It's not part of the customs union so customs inspection applies to it (no change after March 2019).

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jonfr

Re: Unforseen consequences of Brexit, number 93

@ Smooth Newt, This is going to get considerable worse than that once UK is out of EU. Once UK is out of the EU all persons living in Gibraltar are going to require a visa permit and work permit to continue to work in Spain and to travel over the border to Spain.

There is also going to be more strict passport and customs check on the Spain side (and UK side equally) once UK is out of the EU. Tariff on both sides of the border and other details that might show them self as things move along.

Due to Gibraltar and UK on whole not being in Schengen there is already a passport control on Spain/Gibraltar border.

Gibraltar status is protected by a treaty from the 18th century. That treaty name is "Treaty of Utrecht".

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

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Robo-AI jobs doomsday may, er... not actually happen, say boffins

jonfr

That's what they sad about the PC

This is the same thing they sad about the PC at the time (1977).

"There is no reason for any individual to have a computer in his home.

Ken Olson, president, chairman and founder of Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC), in a talk given to a 1977 World Future Society meeting in Boston. This is widely quoted but Olsen claims it is taken out of context, that he was not referring to personal computers but to a household computer that would control the home.

Reference: "Ken Olsen", Snopes, includes bibliography."

https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Incorrect_predictions

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I need an ISP that offers IPv6. Virgin Media: Whatevs, nerd

jonfr

I got the same answre from my ISP

I got almost the exactly the same answer from my ISP (Stofa, DK). It is only when their IPv4 addresses start to run out that they might start to consider that option. That might *never happen*, short of programs just removing IPv4 support or limiting it to local IPv4 address.

I suspect that in this case its more about greed (somewhat) rather than anything else. Since they do charge money for the static IP addresses when people ask for them. With IPv6 that is impossible to do.

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Manufacturers reject ‘no deal’ Brexit approach

jonfr

Re: Welcome to Trump.UK

"Why do you think the Common Travel Area that includes Ireland and the UK will have to end? It already includes territories that are not in the EU."

Once UK is out of EU they become none EU citizen. That means they fall right into this group of rules regarding border travel into EU regardless of Schengen status of that country (different set of rules).

http://europa.eu/youreurope/citizens/travel/entry-exit/non-eu-nationals/index_en.htm

http://ec.europa.eu/immigration/what-should-i-avoid/how-to-enter-the-eu/crossing-the-eu-borders_en

There are going to be border post at the N-Ireland border with Ireland after 2019 when the UK leaves the EU formally (with an agreement or not). One travel zone is not a possibility under current EU laws that apply in Ireland. If Ireland applies to join Schengen area after UK leaves the EU then a whole new rules are going to apply, along with the requirement of Schengen visa for UK nationals.

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jonfr

Re: EEA requires an EFTA membership

@Jess, No. While UK can join EFTA a membership of EEA requires a agreement between EU commission and EFTA states. Currently new EEA states are only added on the EU side (EU membership does not mean automatic EEA membership, the EEA agreement is updated as new EU members join).

EEA members are also required to adopt EU laws in everything except.

1. Agriculture.

2. Customs union.

3. Euro.

4. Other issues that might not fall under the EEA agreement.

Everything else, this includes Schengen has to be adopted into laws of EEA member state. This does not happen automatically as is the case with full members of the EU. EEA member also don't have any say how EU set it's laws and makes decision.

For UK to re-join EFTA and then join EEA would making leaving the EU a pointless act for UK.

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jonfr

Re: Speculating

EEA requires an EFTA membership (UK was a founder member, but left for EEC membership). However, EU has sad that they are not interested in extending the EEA agreement to new EFTA states or update the agreement any more than needed to. No other EEA like agreement are going to be made in the future.

Either a country is a member of EU or not. That was the line Switzerland got to hear when they almost voted them self out of the 120 deal package they have with EU at the moment.

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'Windows 10 destroyed our data!' Microsoft hauled into US court

jonfr

Re: @Will

@ shade82000, The 12 hour window on upgrades is for the office environment. What it's doing on the home operating system is something I don't understand. Since it has no business is being there.

As I understand it, the best way to deal with this problem with update is set Windows 10 to metered connection setting and then all updates have to be done manually.

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Germany to roll out €100bn gigabit internet network

jonfr

Re: Cable speed in Germany

@ big_D, I don't know why Germany still has analogue cable. Wikipedia says its because of popularity and in part due to ancient agreements all over the country, that is mostly Kabel Deutschland problem as I understand it. I plan on setting up a flat panel satellite dish or a 50cm dish once I move to Flensburg (if I can). I'm waiting for the DVB-T to DVB-T2 change. It is going to be interesting to see what I pick-up over the antenna.

I still have to get the basic cable television channels over the cable due to an agreement the housing company has with cablesurf (or its parent company, Wohnen & Telecommunication) when I finally move to Flensburg. I think it is the type of deal that makes everyone pays for cable television, but having internet is optional.

This is going to be a major problem for upload speed as I mentioned before (lack of frequency bandwidth needed). It is also going to affect download speed, but since many are already at 400Mbps it is less of a problem. It only becomes a problem when speeds are pushed up to 1Gbbps due to frequency bandwidth requirement.

I checked and Kabel Deutschland (Vodafone) has analogue channels going. You can find the list here.

https://helpdesk.kdgforum.de/sendb/belegung-201.html

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jonfr

Re: Cable speed in Germany

@big_D, You're almost next door to me (~200 - 800 km). I plan on moving to Flensburg (Schleswig-Holstein) from Denmark, I'm located 7 km from Flensburg, in a small danish town called Bov (or just Padborg to make things simple).

I guess the upload speeds on cable are around the same as in Flensburg. The main problem is as I understand it the amount of analogue channels still on cable in Germany (around 20 - 40, depending). They just take up bandwidth that might be used for internet, in Denmark YouSee has turned off FM radio and analogue television to increase internet speed up to 1Gbps down and I guess around 500Mbps up at best conditions. Other cable providers (local) continue to have FM radio, but all have turned off analogue television channels. DAB+ radio is now also offered over cable (not possible with analogue television channels on VHF 5 - 12).

I hope that once I move to Flensburg that upload speeds have gotten better. I got few years, until then its just a lot of trip over to Germany with the bus.

I also think, since I'll be living in a block apartment* (rented) that I can't really refuse cable and I'm not sure how good the telephone lines are in Flensburg. I think they are old that just gives worse internet speed. The good news is that I should get IPv6 (no static IPv4 for home accounts) according to cablesurf website.

* I think this is the right word. I'll be free of garden work.

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jonfr

Cable speed in Germany

I don't know about your location, but from what I've seen (I'm going to move to Germany in few years) the cable speed is decent down, but upload speed is rather bad. Where I'm planning on moving (housing company with a deal with cablesurf internet+tv company) are currently offering 400Mbps down and only 12Mbps up. I plan on taking that deal with minimal television package. I don't want or need the "premium" television channels.

I currently have fibre internet in Denmark, 100Mbps up and down.

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Facebook shopped BBC hacks to National Crime Agency over child abuse images probe

jonfr

Re: Answer

Reporting anything to Facebook is useless and is more likely in some cases to earn you temporary ban or permanent one from Facebook.

Why the Facebook HQ is not raided by the police is something I do not understand.

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Linus Torvalds lashes devs who 'screw all the rules and processes' and send him 'crap'

jonfr

Not surprise reaction from Linus

This is not a surprise from Linus, bugs do happen and due to complex Linux is something A not working with something E, G and D is hard to avoid at all. Lack of quality of code happens due to pressure and rushing things along, even if its just in rc builds.

Disclaimer: I'm not yet a programmer, but I've been looking into it as a next step in learning more about computers.

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Nokia’s big comeback: Watches, bathroom scales, a 3310 PR gimmick, Snake, erm...

jonfr

No 3G and lack of quad band support

It is a minimum requirement that phones today at least support 3G, since many mobile networks are going 3G only and soon only 4G. It is possible to make a 4G VoLTE only phone without a browser or anything else. A range of frequency bands would be required, resulting in a slight more drain on the battery.

I have two Nokia 301.1 feature phones and they have both GSM 850/900/1800/1900 and 3G 900/2100 (not U.S compatible, but I'm not going there anyway so it does not matter). The minimum requirement have changed since 2000 and feature phone makers have to upgrade their minimum requirement for those phones.

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Vinyl, filofaxes – why not us too, pleads Nokia

jonfr

Basic phones

They have to change the basic phones in the future. Since closure of 2G and 3G networks is about to start in the world. Everything is going LTE-A with Voice support in few years times. Basic phones continue have their usage, we don't all want a smart phone. Just a phone that works without a big screen on it.

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GitLab.com melts down after wrong directory deleted, backups fail

jonfr

Re: Backup of my backups

The second layer of backups is a cloud service (no good way to test, but reported size is correct), the primary backups are fine. I always test them and the reported hard drive usage is as expected.

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Global IPv4 address drought: Seriously, we're done now. We're done

jonfr

NAT is a problem

Just having NAT on IPv4 connections is a problem, specially when dealing with all the problems that come with it.

As I plan on moving to Germany in few years time, I was searching for a way to get static IP address since I need that for few things I run on my home network. No private IPv4 address to be had, few days ago I discovered that the ISP I'll be using once I move supplies an IPv6 to all new connections. That is going to allow me connect my own WAN router to the cable modem router and get a proper connection to the internet and allows me to run the services I want (I hope) without problems. My WAN router has IPv6 firewall, so that security aspect is good.

Currently my Danish ISP doesn't offer IPv6 at the moment. It has statics IPv4 addresses, but I don't know how long that is going to last.

NAT breaks your internet: https://blog.webernetz.net/2013/05/21/why-nat-has-nothing-to-do-with-security/

There is no IPv6 NAT: http://www.internetsociety.org/deploy360/blog/2015/01/ipv6-security-myth-3-no-ipv6-nat-means-less-security/

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Munich may dump Linux for Windows

jonfr

Re: The thing about Linux Desktop

@ Chemist, I did go with lightdm in the end. It worked, but I can't say its user friendly. Far as I know, the "default" KDE Plasma 5 log-in manager (sddm) continues to be a buggy pile of not working programming problems.

See here,

https://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?id=193286

http://askubuntu.com/questions/776937/sddm-not-starting-after-upgrade-to-16-04-gnome-and-kde-both-installed

Some of the older bugs might be resolved by now (one can always hope).

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jonfr

Re: The thing about Linux Desktop

@ BinkyTheMagicPaperclip

The problem in Linux/GNU are many, too many to list in this one or several comments. But one among those problems is lack of direction, even among the open source companies. Since they just take the vanilla packages and make small changes to them and send it along its way.

The reason for instance why I use Gentoo Linux is that at the time (2003) it was the most manageable distro of Linux/GNU to use. I had to learn it from start at the time, since I had not been into Linux or Unix environment at that time.

Then there are other problems, like unresolved bugs. Linus throwing tantrum at developers and other such issues (https://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/04/05/torvalds_sievers_dust_up/). It does not help in the long run and damages the workflow (seriously, it does do that).

When it comes to *BSD the problems are different. Lack of direction is not the issue there, but as you mention, in part due to lack of manpower and support from hardware companies. There also seems to be, at least in part to be a lack of will of moving forward. Hardware development has moved forward and today's computers are based on UEFI standard that has made the old BIOS standard obsolete. That issue was not address until it was too late in Linux/GNU and it's still a major problem in some distros (I switched to Lilo in Gentoo Linux to in part avoid the problem with GRUB2 and UEFI). I don't know the status in *BSD, but it might well be that they have moved things more along then Linux distros.

For instance, there seems to be a growing problem in KDE development and it is only getting worse as the time passes (article: https://ask.slashdot.org/story/16/08/21/0327239/ask-slashdot-is-kde-dying).

GNOME is not doing any better, I however had problems finding articles about it.

Sure, Microsoft has major problems them self, so does Apple. With all the mess that is going on in the world today, the major software companies are going to have issues and often they make policies (as Microsoft has done, http://www.computerworld.com/article/2878026/microsoft-to-business-dont-worry-about-windows-10-consumers-will-test-it.html), current polices on several matters are just plain stupid and dangerous.

Linux has great usage in many fields. For instance my router runs a Linux based operating system and so does my mobile. The thing about Desktop usage is that it is focused on one task, that is generally watching video, playing games. There isn't much else in Desktop usage for people, the nerds and the geeks have there own special usage that falls slightly outside of this category, but not by much.

I can also add, one of the problems with KDE Plasma 5 is that they didn't even bother to include a log-in manager as they did with older versions of KDE. Now I have to run lightdm log-in manager, I did try to run SDDM log-in manager but it is so buggy that is in fact useless. That's no good for the Desktop user or anyone making distros for desktop usage.

There is always going to be a market share for open source desktop. That is not going to change the current state its in. Things might improve in the future and I hope it does, but until then, this is going to be a big mess.

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jonfr

Re: The thing about Linux Desktop

@ Doctor Syntax

Stability is one thing, stagnation is a different thing. Its easy to confuse those two together. Linux/GNU has somewhat stagnated over the years. I'm not sure who's fault that is, but it has happened for some reason and getting out of or attempts to do so don't appear to be going nowhere.

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jonfr

Re: The thing about Linux Desktop

Anyone that is developing GUI for Linux. As for FreeDesktop website it says a lot about the current progress that the website hasn't been updated since 8th May 2013.

As for a list of Linux Desktop problems. It appears more people than just me are fed up with this nonsense. You can read the list here.

https://itvision.altervista.org/why.linux.is.not.ready.for.the.desktop.current.html (2017)

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jonfr

Re: The thing about Linux Desktop

"Interesting. We're in the process of setting up a new company, but we too have this Linux vs FreeBSD debate, mainly because most FOSS things such as email servers and CMS work quite well on FreeBSD but the platform itself offers a far smaller attack surface as it's not as widely used. [..]"

For network use I really recommend NetBSD or OpenBSD (on corporate level). They are more secure then FreeBSD (a lot more secure then Linux), but has its own set of problems. Anything can be configured with FreeBSD, but the default settings is something to contend with for secure usage. FreeBSD can be made really secure, it just takes some work and I don't think mass deployment is a big problem. Updating it is easy compared to Linux.

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jonfr

Re: The thing about Linux Desktop

@ Doctor Syntax

Yes and no. For instance with KDE they still haven't figured out a way to install program icons properly into the menu due a lack of standard way to do so. Not all programs that exist in Linux support KDE and so on. Making this a rather big problem.

Systemd is a security risk (from what I have seen of documents about it, I don't bother to switch to it), the reason why FreeBSD doesn't use it is for the fact that the base system (kernel, drivers) is maintained separately from the program base (Apache, samba and so on). It is far easier to use FreeBSD and to maintain it then to do so on any Linux distro I have used since 2003. That's why I'm going to continue to use FreeBSD for my server usage. Like Linux, FreeBSD and other like it are no good at Desktop. Why FreeBSD has not hit the mobile market is something I don't understand yet.

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jonfr

Re: How does any of this address....

There is no such thing as Online Privacy. If you want privacy, keep it off-line.

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