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November 13th, 2017

I'm a long time reader of this IT news site. In order to not see advertising it's worth it to pay 3 EUR a month. IMO.

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Ruthenium 106 over Europe

November 13th, 2017

Once again the medias are not reporting the truth. There is several reports on non-mainstream media that ruthenium-106 has been detected in the atmosphere over Europe. Possible causes are a nuclear accident in Russia or Kazakhstan! Come clean!

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The giant void google and co leave behind

November 13th, 2017

Google and co are not necessarily ethical. They weave advertising or self- advertising in everything they do. Sure they got the big money, but is that what's driving computing today? IBM and Google are said to have 49+ qubit quantum computers with these they are likely able to further their artificial intelligence to do stuff like face recognition, breaking strong crypto, photo content recognition, strong game opponents, and who knows what else! And all in little time. Aside from the glamourous quantum computer, what are they doing to humans who are constantly faced with advertising? It can't be good.

For me I've disabled all my google accounts except for my dayjob where I don't have this control over it. I've decided not to use advertising to make a buck off my website. I think my website is nicer that way. But given the threat of google and co (namely facebook and microsoft) we're being left behind is my fear. While everyone is using high technology _unliberated_ meaning they use high technology in return for giving up every single private detail of their own self, we are left behind when we try to protect little pieces of our lives. I live in a region where noone has ever heard of the operating system that I use. We're said to be decades behind and laughed about by the ignorant population. But to me we're at the forefront of technology that isn't advertising or closed-source driven. We are the warriors, we are the best, but we're being beaten anyhow by google and co. I think ethically and morally what's happening in my perspective is wrong. There oughta be a halal or kosher Internet that adjusts all these wrongs to right. I don't know if we'll ever beat the advertisement Internet and stomp it to nothingness but it sure would be nice to see that.

whew, had to get that off my chest.

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Politics: Coal

November 12th, 2017

The exit from coal fired powerplants for 2030? Too late. We should strive for a 2020 or 2022 exit date. That's my opinion.

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My high risk investment

November 10th, 2017

I'm thinking of starting an Internet Cafe. I'm passionate about this. The high risk here is that I won't recover the money invested (ROI) and another risk is that I'll go out of business within 2 years. Basically these two years will be pre-paid and if it doesn't make money then I'll end with what I started seven years ago (around 5K EUR). I'm gonna let it run through my head and also ask my dad's advice. I've summed up some numbers. 3500 EUR for advertising in two years and 15K-20K EUR initial investment in things I need, plus XXX EUR rent for the place. I'm also going to re-use some computers that I already have, just need to upgrade them in some ways. Still thinking and running the numbers...

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Reparations for Greece but not for Poland

November 6th, 2017

Why is it that I don't think Poland should get reparations? For one Poland has taken german territory after world war two and that adds to their prosperity. Anything beyond that is just greedy. Greece on the other hand deserves reparations as I indicated on this blog before I think. Their demands in the 1970's or 1960's were met with a lump sum but it was not nearly enough.

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Mom is back in the hospital

November 4th, 2017

My mom is at the hospital to get X-Rayed. She fell last night going to the washroom, my dad told me. I hope she hangs in there.

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The TriNet

November 4th, 2017

Here someone wrote about the TriNet which is comprised of Facebook, Google and Amazon (all american companies btw). See here. BTW I have half a dozen websites on the Internet, but none of them do much in terms of user interaction. Of those three companies I use Amazon, to get my books, but I use Google less and less (use duckduckgo for searching now) and don't use facebook at all (last use was 2011?). I think the Web is not going to be surplanted by the TriNet like the author here says. But who knows? If anyone has ideas how we bloggers can appeal more to people let me know.

Currently I get most traffic from the USA, this is probably directly linked to the language I chose on this blog. Next is France, Germany, China and Ukraine. I have room to grow really as I get 2 TB volume on my VPS that hosts the web, but I'm not there yet. Currently the websites take up 1 GB of traffic. So I have lots of resources that I pay for but that aren't utilized. I wish I could say "people wake up", but wake up to what? Many people are clueless to know that they can write a blog, or maintain it. Perhaps something like Facebook is needed for them. Too bad Facebook is not a not-for-profit though, and we already know my stance on the advertising. So yeah the web is dying.

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Internet bandwidths

November 3rd, 2017

In 1994 I first had Internet. Off a 28.8 kbit/s analog modem. In 1998 then I upgraded the analog modem to a 64 Kbit/s ISDN-NA channel. In 1999 I got 1 Mbit/s ADSL and gone were the analog modems. Today I have 100/40 Mbit/s VDSL , so between 1994 and 2018 that is an increase of a factor of 3555.56 over a timespan of 24 years. So in 2042 if this trend keeps up we can enjoy bandwidths of 350 Gbit/s. I think this is only doable with fibre and currently with 1 laser only 100 Gbit/s is achievable, so there is room for improvement in the FTTH technology. I'm locked in to a contract on VDSL until 2019, but in 2020 I'm planning on upgrading my home network to 10 Gbit/s speeds. Once that is done, my router will be switching faster than the 300 Mbit it currently does and I'm ready for gigabit to the home. Whether that is over copper or fibre I don't really care, but by 2024 I sure hope to have over 1 Gbit/s speeds available at which FTTH or FTTB (I'm in a building) should be here. That's 6 years turn-around time for the Telekom or other providers to deliver. Time will tell. BTW I'm for the government to privatise the Deutsche Telekom and use the money to re-invest in fibre to the home.

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20 Years since I started at Globalserve.NET

November 2nd, 2017

It was in November 1997 when I started working at this ISP. At first I started part-time but that changed to full time as I dropped a math course I was taking at the University of Toronto. Dan M. (RIP) had introduced me to Robin D. who was CEO of Globalserve. It launched me on a career that was like a roller coaster. I wish Globalserve hadn't sold but there was no money to be made with analog modems anymore so they had no choice. I worked really hard at that place, and for low wages for the type of job. At Globalserve there was a guy named Dustin (or Justin?) who ran OpenBSD on his laptop, which I thought was really cool. With help from Figz on IRC I installed OpenBSD on my workstation there too. First time I ran OpenBSD (it was 1998), the computer then was called geeklab.globalserve.net, which was odd but I wanted to be a geek back then or something, hehe. Am I a geek? I don't know you tell me. Some people I met at or through Globalserve/Primus are still in my friend-circle, and I miss some other people that I lost contact with. 20 years gone.. damn.. almost half my life, through thick and thin, I'm still here.

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