For quite a while now, I’ve been annoyed by the system notification
volume going to 100% on my Debian systems, regardless of my attempts to
set it to a lower level. For example, when I open the KDE System
Settings app, change something, then try to close the window, the sound
that accompanies the save/discard/cancel alert is always startlingly
I think I have finally found a fix: in your /etc/pulse/daemon.conf,
put in a line saying
flat-volumes = no
(You should find an existing comment “; flat-volumes = yes” that
indicates the default.)
You can make this new setting take effect in the current session
immediately without having to logout or reboot, by executing the
following as the currently-logged-in user:
(This kills and restarts the PulseAudio daemon for your user session.)
There are several discussions of the pros and cons of this issue online,
going back some years. For example, here
<https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=1265267>. Also a mention
about the “flat-volumes” setting in the ever-reliable Arch Linux Wiki
Seems the Wi-Fi Alliance is having yet another crack at coming up with
a really secure protocol, this time to be called WPA3
Does anybody care? Remember that on the Internet, security is
implemented between the endpoints, the protocols are designed not to
care that everything in-between might be pawed through by
eavesdroppers, or even active attackers trying to inject fake data.
'ARM-based server processors have threatened to take on Intel in the
data center for some time but not much has materialized thus far in
terms of significant deployments. However, a new breed of low cost ARM
server implementations may be in the works with a many-core platform
called Banana Pi. The latest Banana Pi device being teased is
something very different in the form of a 24-core ARM server that
speculation suggests might be sold as a Banana Pi server board or as a
finished server product.
A video has surfaced that reportedly shows a 24-core ARM Cortex-A53
processor with 32GB of RAM, though the OS only sees 29.4GB of that
RAM. The OS is Ubuntu 18.04.1 LTS with MATE desktop. Unless the
processor used in this device is something unannounced, and that seems
unlikely, the chip itself would likely be a SocioNext SC2A11. The same
processor is used in the Linaro Developer Box. The demo shows the
server fully loaded at 100% CPU utilization building a Linux kernel
and reportedly the system also supports NVMe storage as well as
TensorFlow workloads for machine learning. Not much else is known
about the system at this time but it's an interesting development in
the Linux server space to be sure.'
-- source: https://hardware.slashdot.org/story/18/12/27/0556243
Dept. of Computer Science
University of Waikato, NZ
+64 (7) 858-5174
Article from a correspondent for the Otago Daily Times
about what he discovered when he asked Google, Facebook, the NZ Police,
the NZSIS and various credit ratings companies what information they
had on him. All except one responded with rather sobering amounts of
Here’s a site <https://www.librehunt.org/> which purports to suggest a
suitable Linux distro for you, based on your answers to questions about
your ability, needs etc. The selection is made from a “curated” list of
just 44 distros, to simplify things.
... they sure as hell have been rather free and easy in sharing it with
Seems a bunch of companies have had extra-privileged access to user
data on Facebook, and they in turn supplied information about those
users back to Facebook.
This is how the “People You May Know” feature is
able to make links like between different patients of the same
psychiatrist, and other things equally dodgy ethically, if not
downright illegal (or at least they should be). And this may be how
Amazon was able to make a (spurious) association between a book
reviewer and the book author, and disallow the review on that basis,
just because the reviewer had previously followed the author on
When I try to start kflickr from cmd line I get a msg
HTTP request to Flickr.com failed. (msg: SSL is required).
Am I missing a pkg? or is there another problem?
System is x86-64 running Mageia5
Some good background on the origins of all the current hubbub over
automated image recognition:
A key breakthrough came in 2012, when a team at the University of
Toronto combined the “convolutional” neural network concept with a
massive deployment of sheer computing power to leave its competitors
in the dust in the “ImageNet” image-recognition competition that year.
That team are now working at Google.
Oh, and the recognition algorithms are now scoring better than many
humans in some areas.