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by GS3
Wed Jan 16, 2019 6:04 pm
Forum: Open chat
Topic: If you want a divorce
Replies: 13
Views: 498

Re: If you want a divorce

Talking about marriage my boss once said to me "with my marriage you could make a movie like Romeo and Juliet ... but with a sad ending". :)
by GS3
Wed Jan 16, 2019 1:12 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Using Linux to log external HW events / switches
Replies: 3
Views: 73

Using Linux to log external HW events / switches

I would like to log events like closing of switches. Very simple requirements. Log, in a text file, time and change in switch status. First problem to resolve is how to get the info to the PC. My machine has a serial DB9 connector and that seems to me like the simplest way to interface. I would have...
by GS3
Fri Dec 21, 2018 5:09 am
Forum: Open chat
Topic: Who is spying on us?
Replies: 29
Views: 702

Re: Who is spying on us?

What I find interesting about the case is that the app was not spying directly on the owner of the phone and user of the app but on his surroundings. So I need to be concerned, not only with my computer, my phone, my apps, but also with those of people around me or with whom I interact. In other wor...
by GS3
Thu Dec 20, 2018 3:08 pm
Forum: Open chat
Topic: Who is spying on us?
Replies: 29
Views: 702

Re: Who is spying on us?

Spanish soccer league admits it's listening to app users through smartphone microphones The official streaming app of Spain's La Liga soccer division has been listening to its users, according to Spanish newspaper El Diario. The app activates the microphone when GPS detects that users are in a bar,...
by GS3
Tue Dec 18, 2018 3:31 pm
Forum: Open chat
Topic: can not open anandtech forums
Replies: 6
Views: 161

Re: can not open anandtech forums

https://forums.anandtech.com/
The forums will be down for a short period of time on Tuesday morning, December 18th, 2018 for maintenance and a few feature upgrades. During this time, forums will not be available, and we apologize for any temporary inconvenience. Thank you for your patience!
by GS3
Sun Dec 16, 2018 12:54 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: New installation in old desktop
Replies: 36
Views: 638

Re: New installation in old desktop

OK, I am running Live DVD Linux Mint 18.3 Sylvia XFCE and it seems to work. I guess the only way to check for real speed would be to install it on a hard drive. Any suggestions of tests I can do before I commit to installing on HDD? Especially some tests to confirm the video adapter will work reason...
by GS3
Sun Dec 16, 2018 12:49 pm
Forum: Open chat
Topic: What do the sea lion and the seal lie on?
Replies: 3
Views: 161

Re: What do the sea lion and the seal lie on?

Moem wrote:
Sun Dec 16, 2018 11:50 am
I would guess it's "the seabed". It's funnier that way.
Very good! I like it!
What noise annoys a noisy oyster most?
Any noise annoys a noisy oyster but a noisy noise annoys a noisy oyster most.
by GS3
Sun Dec 16, 2018 2:17 am
Forum: Open chat
Topic: What do the sea lion and the seal lie on?
Replies: 3
Views: 161

What do the sea lion and the seal lie on?

I came across this impressive drone video of orcas swimming with a swimmer in New Zealand. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bTIcQMwYC1o Then I mentioned to my wife how orcas kill seals for food and can be aggressive and dangerous and I searched for some videos of orcas killing seals and sea lions. An...
by GS3
Sat Dec 15, 2018 8:47 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Icon at the bottom right corner of the screen
Replies: 11
Views: 328

Re: Icon at the bottom right corner of the screen

What hardware are you using? I was reading some Lenovo computers have a similar problem that certain controls like brightness or loudness will put an icon on the desktop when they shouldn't. In this case I think it is OS independent. You can try running another OS or the same from a live dvd.
by GS3
Sat Dec 15, 2018 7:04 pm
Forum: Open chat
Topic: Neither ... nor, without neither.
Replies: 43
Views: 797

Re: Neither ... nor, without neither.

there are definitely official rules in English What official body issues these official rules? and, like it or not, using double negatives is considered poor English grammar. It is considered poor English grammar if you are using the Queen's (and my) English but there are English dialects where it ...
by GS3
Sat Dec 15, 2018 9:58 am
Forum: Open chat
Topic: Neither ... nor, without neither.
Replies: 43
Views: 797

Re: Neither ... nor, without neither.

Eradicating double negatives where one negative is meant, improves linguistical logic. So it would improve practical communication quality if we would avoid those logical abominations. Abominations to you. Completely logical to others. Like the American inch-pound-gallon measuring system. An abomin...
by GS3
Tue Dec 11, 2018 8:09 pm
Forum: Open chat
Topic: Neither ... nor, without neither.
Replies: 43
Views: 797

Re: Neither ... nor, without neither.

Yes, I am aware of the existence of regulating bodies but they are mostly for show because languages evolve and those bodies just include a few years late whatever new words or expressions have been adopted by the general speaking population. In English there are a few prestigious dictionaries which...
by GS3
Tue Dec 11, 2018 1:32 pm
Forum: Open chat
Topic: Neither ... nor, without neither.
Replies: 43
Views: 797

Re: Neither ... nor, without neither.

À propos double negatives: Did you know that there's also a double positive that indicates a negative? It goes like this: "Yeah, right." :wink: In southern Spain a very strong affirmation of agreement is a triple negative, "no ni ná" ("no nor nothing"). Because of its brevity and three similar syll...
by GS3
Mon Dec 10, 2018 8:44 pm
Forum: Open chat
Topic: Neither ... nor, without neither.
Replies: 43
Views: 797

Re: Neither ... nor, without neither.

[...] the logically wrong use of double negatives. Nothing "wrong" about it. Languages evolve and mean whatever their speakers agree they mean. Many languages, including some English dialects, use double negatives to reinforce the negative meaning and there is nothing wrong about it. When someone s...
by GS3
Mon Dec 10, 2018 4:27 pm
Forum: Open chat
Topic: Neither ... nor, without neither.
Replies: 43
Views: 797

Re: Neither ... nor, without neither.

rene wrote:
Mon Dec 10, 2018 1:01 pm
Coleridge.
They make great camping stoves! :lol:
by GS3
Mon Dec 10, 2018 11:56 am
Forum: Open chat
Topic: Neither ... nor, without neither.
Replies: 43
Views: 797

Re: Neither ... nor, without neither.

I once read some obscure writer:
Water, water, every where,
And all the boards did shrink;
Water, water, every where,
Nor any drop to drink.
and it did soundeth strange to mine ears.
by GS3
Mon Dec 10, 2018 5:05 am
Forum: Open chat
Topic: Who is spying on us?
Replies: 29
Views: 702

Re: Who is spying on us?

The examples and links I gave in the OP are entirely of a commercial nature. It is commercial entities spying on us for their commercial benefit. Of course, once anybody has a detailed file on private citizens then governments will have access and use that information. Use and abuse. Again, I am not...
by GS3
Sun Dec 09, 2018 5:50 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Icon at the bottom right corner of the screen
Replies: 11
Views: 328

Re: Icon in the bottom right corner of the screen

redlined wrote:
Sat Dec 08, 2018 6:09 pm
perhaps this is a drop-file location for dropbox??
Dropbox rings a bell too.
by GS3
Sun Dec 09, 2018 1:06 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: New installation in old desktop
Replies: 36
Views: 638

Re: New installation in old desktop

I just find it strange that the same 19 version will boot with Cinnamon and not with XFCE and wonder what the cause may be.

I guess I will give 18.2 XFCE a try.
by GS3
Sun Dec 09, 2018 12:45 pm
Forum: Open chat
Topic: Who is spying on us?
Replies: 29
Views: 702

Re: Who is spying on us?

There's two issues at hand. One is our privacy in our computers and our communications with others. This aspect is the easiest to deal with by using encryption and trusted devices and software. I encrypt my data at rest and I sometimes encrypt some of my emails just so that they do not call attentio...

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