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by Portreve
Mon Jan 15, 2018 2:49 pm
Forum: Open chat
Topic: U.S. Nuclear Missiles Are Still Controlled By Floppy Disks
Replies: 9
Views: 168

Re: U.S. Nuclear Missiles Are Still Controlled By Floppy Disks

Pierre wrote:maybe they should retrofit this level of system over in Hawaii ?.

Ya think? :shock: :lol:
by Portreve
Sun Jan 14, 2018 9:00 pm
Forum: Open chat
Topic: U.S. Nuclear Missiles Are Still Controlled By Floppy Disks
Replies: 9
Views: 168

Re: U.S. Nuclear Missiles Are Still Controlled By Floppy Disks

The comments above very much remind me of the description in NuBSG of the Galactica: deliberately antiquated and purposely limited to prevent meaningful compromise by (ostensibly Cylon) threat forces. The main issue I have, whether in a real- or fictional world scenario, is that there comes a point ...
by Portreve
Sun Jan 14, 2018 10:36 am
Forum: Open chat
Topic: product responsibility and Snake Oil Sales
Replies: 20
Views: 394

Re: product responsibility and Snake Oil Sales

Hey DAMIEN1307 : or just maybe we could add a catorgory for discussion on the forum boards that could discuss any issue that may just also, because it cant be avoided, be able to include the "politics" involved because it could be so intertwined with a particular issue at hand...just make ...
by Portreve
Sat Jan 13, 2018 6:36 pm
Forum: Chat about Linux
Topic: Read this
Replies: 24
Views: 499

Re: Read this

pbear wrote:Darn, there goes the retention bonus for THIS month!

DANG IT!!!!!!!!
by Portreve
Sat Jan 13, 2018 6:26 pm
Forum: Open chat
Topic: product responsibility and Snake Oil Sales
Replies: 20
Views: 394

Re: product responsibility and Snake Oil Sales

I live in Florida. After the debacle of the "dangling chad" election in 2000, my state has now gone through several different systems. Having had doubts about computer-based voting machines, we now use broadsheet-sized paper ballots which are essentially scantron-like, and these are then m...
by Portreve
Thu Jan 11, 2018 3:33 pm
Forum: Open chat
Topic: Fountain pens and carpal tunnel syndrome
Replies: 5
Views: 113

Re: Fountain pens and carpal tunnel syndrome

One of the people I follow on YouTube, Fran Blanche, did a video on fountain pens. Fran mostly does interesting tech-related videos, but veers off into art areas as well. Lemme see if I can find the link... YouTube.com: FranTest: Affordable Fountain Pens You may want to check out some of Fran's othe...
by Portreve
Sun Jan 07, 2018 4:16 pm
Forum: Open chat
Topic: Meltdown, Spectre: unfixable security flaws
Replies: 28
Views: 2244

Re: Meltdown, Spectre: unfixable security flaws

Well, at the moment, I'm running a 4.10 kernel, so it should be fairly interesting to see what winds up happening.
by Portreve
Sun Jan 07, 2018 10:18 am
Forum: Open chat
Topic: Meltdown, Spectre: unfixable security flaws
Replies: 28
Views: 2244

Re: Meltdown, Spectre: unfixable security flaws

What is with these non-stop Meltdown and Spectre threads on LMF? I'm not saying M & S is a non-issue, but it's like everyone is just going around screaming "The sky is falling! The sky is falling! OMG!" It's a good thing it's just this, and not something causing true despondency. Can y...
by Portreve
Sat Jan 06, 2018 8:53 pm
Forum: Chat about Linux
Topic: [solved]Will Linux require BIOS updates for Meltdown/Spectre like MS Win?
Replies: 15
Views: 797

Re: Will Linux require BIOS updates for Meltdown/Spectre like MS Win?

interestingly enough, intel has released 4 microcode updates since july of 2017...the latest update was yesterday in the wee hours of the morning...ive already changed over 3 of my 4 computers (my main driver for everyday is an AMD) INTEL computers to not only the 4:13 series kernel (only 4.4 and 4...
by Portreve
Sat Jan 06, 2018 11:32 am
Forum: Chat about Linux
Topic: GNOME 3.28 Removes Option to Put Icons on the Desktop
Replies: 17
Views: 432

Re: GNOME 3.28 Removes Option to Put Icons on the Desktop

MintBean wrote:I wouldn't be surprised if GTK either has to be patched or forked at some stage, or Cinnamon moves to something like QT. Shame as it will create a lot of work.

Yeah, that's kind of what I'm wishing for in my up-thread post.

*sigh*
by Portreve
Sat Jan 06, 2018 11:29 am
Forum: Chat about Linux
Topic: [solved]Will Linux require BIOS updates for Meltdown/Spectre like MS Win?
Replies: 15
Views: 797

Re: Will Linux require BIOS updates for Meltdown/Spectre like MS Win?

With standard x86 hardware, it is normally possible to get an update where you just reboot using a floppy, CD, or flash drive, and it re-flashes your BIOS chipset. With Apple, the only way such a hardware update is distributed is such that you must be actively running their OS. They are such insane ...
by Portreve
Sat Jan 06, 2018 11:20 am
Forum: Open chat
Topic: The experience with my smartphone
Replies: 9
Views: 251

Re: The experience with my smartphone

Why in the world would you folks bother spending money on a smart phone if you really don't want to actually use the thing?

I'm sorry, but I'm calling you out on this. You're being intellectually disingenuous.
by Portreve
Sat Jan 06, 2018 11:16 am
Forum: Open chat
Topic: Worried?
Replies: 3
Views: 177

Re: Worried?

A significant part of why I've moved away from proprietary operating systems, software, and even file formats is I have no trust in anything which cannot be absolutely unrestrictedly audited and peer-reviewed. When I have the money to do so, my intent is to support companies like Purism and Fairphone.
by Portreve
Sat Jan 06, 2018 11:08 am
Forum: Open chat
Topic: Meltdown, Spectre: unfixable security flaws
Replies: 28
Views: 2244

Re: Meltdown, Spectre: unfixable security flaws

I was reading a statement released from AMD: An Update on AMD Processor Security I found this: The research described was performed in a controlled, dedicated lab environment by a highly knowledgeable team with detailed, non-public information about the processors targeted. (emphasis added) after h...
by Portreve
Fri Jan 05, 2018 4:03 pm
Forum: Chat about Linux
Topic: GNOME 3.28 Removes Option to Put Icons on the Desktop
Replies: 17
Views: 432

Re: GNOME 3.28 Removes Option to Put Icons on the Desktop

The Great Gnome Split occurred for two reasons: 1. The Gnome 3 direction was not what many (even maybe most at that time?) wanted; 2. Gnome Devs basically said "Our way or the highway, so FU", and the community said "LOL... GTFO, bye-bye!" Honestly, I don't know at this point if ...
by Portreve
Fri Jan 05, 2018 3:38 pm
Forum: Open chat
Topic: Meltdown, Spectre: unfixable security flaws
Replies: 28
Views: 2244

Re: Meltdown, Spectre: unfixable security flaws

Here's my I'm-not-a-programmer 2¢ thoughts and questions about the matter... JavaScript: 1. Why is JavaScript called Java Script? Is it in some form or fashion related to Java? 2. Has JavaScript been altered or changed over the years it's been around? If so, is this exploiting expansions to the orig...
by Portreve
Thu Jan 04, 2018 4:43 pm
Forum: Open chat
Topic: "Rebuilt" my machine...now what do I do...
Replies: 23
Views: 500

Re: "Rebuilt" my machine...now what do I do...

I've built several computers for myself over the years, and several for friends. One of my favorites was a Shuttle XPC unit that had a liquid cooling system for the CPU. I really liked that little box. I have a definite preference for industry standard-compliant parts, from the case to the motherboa...
by Portreve
Thu Jan 04, 2018 4:39 pm
Forum: Open chat
Topic: Best Hardware for Backups
Replies: 4
Views: 206

Re: Best Hardware for Backups

This past Black Friday, I bought a Western Digital 4TB external HDD, reformatted it to GPT with an ext4 partition on it, and I migrated data from an older (ca. 2008) 1TB drive (and cleaned and massaged the data in the process). What I would advise is to have redundancy to your data backup. I could u...
by Portreve
Mon Jan 01, 2018 1:07 pm
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: Mint 18.3 Cinnamon already installed on a Mac Mini Core2duo
Replies: 12
Views: 435

Re: Mint 18.3 Cinnamon already installed on a Mac Mini Core2duo

I have an old Mac Mini that was given to me <snip> Honestly, the thing I would do if I were you is to repurpose it as a headless home file server running Debian. It would completely rock that sort of role. It's what I've been using a G4-based Mac mini for, which is even lower-spec'd than what you'v...
by Portreve
Sat Dec 30, 2017 9:20 pm
Forum: Open chat
Topic: LM 18.x Software Manager and Android Tools...
Replies: 0
Views: 70

LM 18.x Software Manager and Android Tools...

I've got a question that all the research I've attempted up to this point, which has included Google searches and reviewing Google's own archives has simply not answered. When you're installing ADB and fastboot , there are two different versions for each: ADB: android-tools-adb and android-tools-fas...

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