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by Faust
Sat Jan 20, 2018 10:19 am
Forum: Open chat
Topic: ATTN!...Intel CPU owners (Spectre & Meltdown flaws)
Replies: 452
Views: 14122

Re: ATTN!...Intel CPU owners (Spectre & Meltdown flaws)

@Faust: for your amusement and inspiration, here's a translation of an old Dutch saying: "When the calf has drowned, one fills the pit". Implying: it would have been better to fill the pit before the calf drowned. :wink: Thanks Pjotr , I was both amused , and even a little inspired :D Tha...
by Faust
Sat Jan 20, 2018 5:14 am
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: need help with upgrade from 17.3 to 18.3 properly?
Replies: 5
Views: 87

Re: need help with upgrade from 17.3 to 18.3 properly?

.... Or maybe you can keep it on the old disk but still mount it as /home when booting from the new disk. But I have no experience doing that. .... Yes , it works just fine . I'm currently dual booting 17.3 and 18.3 and it saves a heap of grunt work in getting stuff that I want from my treasured 17...
by Faust
Sat Jan 20, 2018 4:56 am
Forum: Open chat
Topic: ATTN!...Intel CPU owners (Spectre & Meltdown flaws)
Replies: 452
Views: 14122

Re: ATTN!...Intel CPU owners (Spectre & Meltdown flaws)

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/red-hat-will-revert-spectre-patches-after-receiving-reports-of-boot-issues/ P.S. still non-existent malware continues to make its victims. It is something like horror movies about zombies. @BigEasy Arrhh ..... Thank you ! That's the second time in the ...
by Faust
Fri Jan 19, 2018 8:48 am
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: SOLVED: this PC too limited on resources : VirtualBox not Progressing past START when booting ISO
Replies: 16
Views: 183

Re: VirtualBox Auto Capture Keyboard argh!!!!

I saw this earlier and planned to reply , but I see that Cosmo has covered the same questions that I would ask . Can I ask if this is your first experience with Virtualbox ? This is not a problem with Mint you are having , but a problem using Virtualbox. You don't seem to be making things any easier...
by Faust
Sat Jan 13, 2018 6:31 am
Forum: Open chat
Topic: Bitcoin - cash up...
Replies: 7
Views: 213

Re: Bitcoin - cash up...

xenopeek wrote:..... Doesn't help you cash in your Bitcoins though.


Nope .... sort of a one-way street .
by Faust
Sat Jan 13, 2018 6:02 am
Forum: Open chat
Topic: Bitcoin - cash up...
Replies: 7
Views: 213

Re: Bitcoin - cash up...

All sound advice advice given above ( apart from trading it for fried chicken perhaps :mrgreen: ) It's worth keeping in mind the fees charged by exchanges ( both buy and sell ) , and shopping around could save money . Fixed fees appear to be rising as Bitcoin accrues value , and that makes no sense ...
by Faust
Fri Jan 12, 2018 6:30 am
Forum: Open chat
Topic: product responsibility and Snake Oil Sales
Replies: 20
Views: 416

Re: product responsibility and Snake Oil Sales

I wondered if anyone would even remember the fiasco about " hanging chads " , which effectively cheated the electorate out of their collective democratic will . I recall it a little differently. As I recall, it was the Supreme Court that cheated the electorate out of their collective will...
by Faust
Fri Jan 12, 2018 5:12 am
Forum: Open chat
Topic: product responsibility and Snake Oil Sales
Replies: 20
Views: 416

Re: product responsibility and Snake Oil Sales

Jim Hauser wrote:.....excluding punch cards......


I was going to mention that , but I wondered if anyone would even remember the fiasco about " hanging chads " ,
which effectively cheated the electorate out of their collective democratic will .
by Faust
Fri Jan 12, 2018 5:06 am
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: Intel-microcode update ?
Replies: 16
Views: 652

Re: Intel-microcode update ?

Please run the Linux Vulnerability Detection tool. The what? It does actually exist . But it was so interesting that I couldn't even be bothered to bookmark it ..... :) .... it's somewhere on Intel's site , IIRC . These types of tool seem to be becoming more popular with the tools who work at Intel...
by Faust
Tue Jan 09, 2018 11:58 am
Forum: Chat about Linux
Topic: Is it possible to read the contents of the swap file/partition?
Replies: 16
Views: 329

Re: Is it possible to read the contents of the swap file/partition?

You'd have to run malware on the guest OS that specifically targets these bugs. For most people the only untrusted code they run is in their web browsers: JavaScript or Flash on websites. You should have disabled Flash years ago if you are concerned about security. Major web browsers have already, ...
by Faust
Tue Jan 09, 2018 6:00 am
Forum: Chat about Linux
Topic: Is it possible to read the contents of the swap file/partition?
Replies: 16
Views: 329

Re: Is it possible to read the contents of the swap file/partition?

.... read the data content of the swap file? If that made any sense? :D Oh yeah ! It makes perfect sense , especially if you can read a hexdump . I'm not joking here , and long ago I worked on a joint C++ project with someone who could He came to ask if I would "pad" some of the output of...
by Faust
Tue Jan 09, 2018 5:42 am
Forum: Other topics
Topic: Change the properties of a music file
Replies: 6
Views: 164

Re: Change the properties of a music file

I like Puddletag best .

I've tried the others mentioned above ..... nothing wrong with any of them .
Just a personal preference .... :)
by Faust
Mon Jan 08, 2018 12:31 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: [Unre-Solved]Is Flatpak supposed to take up so much storage space ?
Replies: 21
Views: 305

Re: Is Flatpak supposed to take up so much storage space ?

Does Flatpak install ALL dependencies by default , without any kind of checking ?
That looks to me like a recipe for redundancy , and bloat ....

The word "perverse" has been mentioned , and if I were to put on my old-timey UNIX hat , I'd have to agree - :)
by Faust
Sat Jan 06, 2018 11:00 am
Forum: Open chat
Topic: ATTN!...Intel CPU owners (Spectre & Meltdown flaws)
Replies: 452
Views: 14122

Re: ATTN!...Intel CPU owners (Spectre & Meltdown flaws)

Actually definite surprise there: "image editing" in the sense of say rescaling or cropping or applying effects is a pure user space task; should not be affected at all. Now, that's also something that isn't easy to benchmark and what he undoubtedly in fact benchmarked is e.g. batch-resca...
by Faust
Sat Jan 06, 2018 5:13 am
Forum: Open chat
Topic: ATTN!...Intel CPU owners (Spectre & Meltdown flaws)
Replies: 452
Views: 14122

Re: ATTN!...Intel CPU owners (Spectre & Meltdown flaws)

..... KB4056892 (Meltdown & Spectre Fix) Fails to Install Users complaining of boot issues after installing the patch] Shock ! ... Horror ! .... tell me it's not so ... :mrgreen: https://www.reddit.com/r/pcmasterrace/comments/7obokl/performance_impact_of_windows_patch_and_bios/ [A user’s perfor...
by Faust
Fri Jan 05, 2018 4:12 am
Forum: Open chat
Topic: ATTN!...Intel CPU owners (Spectre & Meltdown flaws)
Replies: 452
Views: 14122

Re: ATTN!...Intel CPU owners

...... wait awhile to see how every thing settles ..... Wise words .... a breath of fresh air ! The internet is currently awash with " headless chicken " mentality . Users should keep in mind that this vulnerability may lead to a possible memory leak . Hackers are not going to get any ele...
by Faust
Wed Jan 03, 2018 6:09 am
Forum: Open chat
Topic: ATTN!...Intel CPU owners (Spectre & Meltdown flaws)
Replies: 452
Views: 14122

Re: ATTN!...Intel CPU owners

I don't think "jumping ship" to another chip manufacturer will be a benefit . The similarities are far greater than the differences . As an example - When I found out about Intel ME a few years ago I set about disabling it at the hardware level on a " disposable" laptop ( and it ...
by Faust
Fri Dec 29, 2017 7:01 am
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: I need to copy and backup files from drive to drive in LM Cinnamon Sylvia 18.3 [SOLVED, thanks to Moem! :D]
Replies: 8
Views: 255

Re: I need to copy and backup files from drive to drive in LM Cinnamon Sylvia 18.3 [SOLVED]

Well! You could knock me down with a feather! It worked just fine! I can't believe it was that easy. :shock: ...... Why so surprised ? You are using Mint , and it was designed to be easy from day one , from the ground up :) Anyway , good to see that your problem was speedily solved , and a warm wel...
by Faust
Tue Dec 26, 2017 7:16 am
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: How can I search for files from the menu?
Replies: 16
Views: 589

Re: How can I search for files from the menu?

FSearch is also a nice tool: http://www.fsearch.org/ Good search tool ! Thanks for posting - :D " .... inspired by Everything Search Engine .... " I've been wanting something like this for a while ..... still in Beta though , but I'm happy to try it . I always liked the way Everything con...
by Faust
Fri Dec 22, 2017 11:35 am
Forum: Open chat
Topic: Merry Christmas 2017!
Replies: 24
Views: 475

Re: Merry Christmas 2017!

Seasons greetings to all people of all faiths .

Dear old Richard Stallman sent this card out some years ago ..... go figure ! ( as they say ) .... :D
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