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Buffalox ,

Startpage and Qwant are the best alternatives IMO.
www.qwant.com
www.startpage.com

Buffalox ,

Startpage uses outside search results, but should be very secure like DuckDuckGo, and better certified.
Qwant is AFAIK more independent, and I like the layout better.

Both give pretty good search results IMO, but are somewhat lacking in map/geographic searches. For instance searching “Angola” could result in a restaurant in London. Just as a hypothetical example.
So I do use Google maps too.

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Germany has lots of grid connections to other countries, and are pretty surely selling off what they can get rid of, but France has nuclear, Sweden and Norway have hydro, Denmark has wind and solar. All these markets are also currently negative. We’ve had negative prices for almost 14 days now, but somehow they went into plus today here in Denmark, although we (personally) had lots of sun and could sell 61,9 kWh from our solar panels.

I just checked, and the prices are near identical between: Germany, Belgium, Poland, Austria, France, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.

data.nordpoolgroup.com/auction/day-ahead/prices?d…

Oh no, it’s too bad Germany isn’t surrounded by other countries it could sell that excess power to!

Your sarcasm is misplaced.

Buffalox ,

No it’s not, it’s a clear loss situation for producers. The companies that sell to end users may make a bit extra, but even when they have fixed price agreements, this is calculated in to some degree.
Here (Denmark) we have variable price agreements by the hour, and most companies stopped offering fixed prices at all, after the price hikes when Russia invaded Ukraine. That was a situation where many electricity traders (middlemen) made huge profits, and the bill was handed down to consumers. Some companies expected prices to increase more than they did, so the fixed price agreements were awfully expensive, Often more than double what they should have been. They were also generally payed in advance, which caused huge bills even if you cut consumption hard.
The electricity market is an awful market, because it’s treated as if it’s a free and open market, but in reality it isn’t, because it’s tied to a lot of infra structure, and it’s also tied to a lot of long term agreements, because that’s the only way to plan infra structure properly.

Buffalox , (edited )

Of course it was sarcastic, which is exactly why it doesn’t make any sense. The sarcasm is what’s idiotic about the comment I replied to. Because it indicates that Germany isn’t using obvious options. Of course they are using those options, as are all other European countries.

Edit:

I’ve changed the last part of my comment above to show that I responded to the original comment understanding it as sarcasm.

Buffalox ,

Ha not only that, they are also allowed to make money here, and play in professional sports tournaments. It’s disgusting.

Buffalox , (edited )

IMO it sounded fake, not fake like artificial or not being real, but more like not being honest or genuine. Like a bit too much or over-attached girlfriend.
Don’t get me wrong, it was very impressive, but IMO they should tone down the fake enthusiasm.

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Selling surplus production from solar panels have been pretty worthless the past month here too. But that doesn’t change that the production I use myself, is very profitable because the transport and taxes are very expensive and those are saved too. The electricity itself is dirt cheap currently, actually most days around zero during daytime. I bet it’s similar your place. (I’m in Denmark)

I don’t quite understand why you feel cheated, when in fact you are also doing some tax evasion of sorts having solar panels, as you don’t have to pay taxes on the electricity you have produced yourself. Are you really whining you can’t get above market price for the electricity you sell?

Edit:
OK since I’m downvoted I may be wrong, are you saying you have to pay taxes on the power you use you produced yourself? I find that hard to believe.

Buffalox ,

belasting

Ha that sounds like “burdening” in Danish. Funny your IRS is called that.
Here it’s called SKAT which is the same word we use for “darling”, also a bit ironic IMO.

Buffalox , (edited )

I’m guessing you mean a word that is pronounced the same, but with a c instead of k?
That’s actually kind of fitting. lol

Edit:
Ah it can also be a type of singing? Let’s go with that.

Buffalox ,

You forgot to mention the thing I asked, do you pay tax on the power you produce that you use yourself? Obviously you should pay the same taxes as everybody else on power you buy, here the power we sell isn’t taxed on private installations less than 20kWh I think is the limit. Above that, it’s taxed as income. Still I bet you don’t pay taxes on the power you make and use yourself.

There are 3 scenarios, and here the system is:
1 Power you buy (taxed for everybody)
2 Power you produce and use (not taxed)
3 Power you produce and sell (not taxed on private installations below 20 kWh)

The one I specifically asked about was situation number 2, and you only answered 1 and 3.

Tips on distro for gaming Swedish

Hi! I’m getting a new laptop any day now and I plan on going back to Linux after maybe a decade on Windows. What works best for gaming nowadays? Is manjaro good for that? I prefer a distro with a nice name but of course that’s not the central thing. I’ll also do some book keeping, writing et cetera but I don’t think...

Buffalox ,

I’ve used Manjaro for many years now, and it works very well for Steam IMO. When I chose Manjaro I checked ProtonDB to see if there was a trend where some distros had higher success rate for Proton games on Steam, and it seemed to me there was, and Manjaro was one of the best.

But maybe if I had checked other games I’d have other results IDK. But generally if a game has good score on ProtonDB it will work for me with my Radeon RX 6600 XT.

I would imagine most distros work well with Steam today, it is after all mostly similar libraries they all use.

Buffalox ,

I have it direct from the CEO of Boeing, it’s just a minor “quality escape”. nothing to worry about, we have them all the time.

When questioned further on what exactly is a “quality escape” he got confused, and failed to give a coherent answer.
But apparently Boeing does not recognize faults, because faults are bad, instead they have occasional quality escapes, which are OK, and not a big deal.

businessinsider.com/boeing-ceo-says-alaska-airlin…

Buffalox ,

Honestly, I find it contemptible, it’s always an attempt to spin something, either to tone it down or to sound clever or something, sometimes it’s even decidedly misleading. It’s sickening IMO.

Buffalox ,

So you read the part where they did NOT call police, but for mental health help, and clinicians came but the police came too. And yet you blame the parents?
I think you have a problem.

Buffalox ,

It’s not like anything he says is a secret:
www.linuxfoundation.org 900 open source projects 3M+ developers trained
It’s right there on the front page.

Linux foundation never supported desktop development, and I suspect they have their reasons. Maybe that a GUI is a very subjective thing, there are dozens of desktops, supporting one would probably cause major wrath from everybody else, so if Linux Foundation were to support the desktop, they’d have to support all. But Gnome has often shown to be hostile to outside influence, so maybe they don’t really care to mess with that. KDE is based on QT, and maybe the QT dual license isn’t within the scope of Linux Foundation to support? So with the biggest desktops being somewhat problematic, maybe it’s better to just leave it alone.

The real question IMO is why Linux desktop doesn’t have better support from other foundations? Why aren’t any of them able to attract more financial support?

Personally I liked Gnome 2, and I think Gnome did a lot of harm to Linux when they deprecated it before Gnome Shell was ready, and I think Gnome alienated many users with the design decisions of Gnome shell.

Then the problem is that almost every GUI Desktop on Linux is based on some flavor of GTK which is under Gnome, or based on QT with the dual license.

Personally I don’t mind the dual license of QT, but many Linux developers are very idealistic, and don’t like it.

Buffalox ,

Obvious strong blinking red light ahead, obvious train passing ahead…

Tesla FSD: Hmmm let’s not even slow down, I don’t see any signs of problems.

FSD is an acronym for Fool Self Driving.

Buffalox ,

Didn’t he recently claim Tesla robotaxi is only months away?
Well I suppose he didn’t say how many months, but the implication was less than a year, which has been his claim every year since 2016.

Buffalox ,

I don’t get it? Can anybody buy a gun at a gun show? Do you show ID, to have it registered?

Buffalox ,

OK so if I understand you correctly, at a gun show, you can buy a gun as if it was a piece of candy! No check, no registration no nothing. I’m sorry if it’s a stupid question, but this seems pretty crazy to me.

Buffalox ,

What!!! Are you saying you don’t have your constitutional rights if you are under 13? /s

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www.fbi.gov/how-we-can-help-you/…/about-nics

That sounds like a background check, so now I’m as confused as I was to begin with.

Edit: Maybe states are different, but apparently it’s possible to buy without any check or showing ID at least in some states.

Buffalox ,

Have you tried to open it in a private window?

Buffalox ,

Thanks for clearing that up for me. 👍

Buffalox ,

There is no bottom those fanatics won’t stoop to, it’s all one giant straw man.

Buffalox , (edited )

Yes they must have it tough living in one of the richest countries in the world.

Russia’s War Machine Revs Up as the West’s Plan to Cap Oil Revenues Sputters (www.nytimes.com)

The United States and its allies in the Group of 7 nations set two goals in 2022 when they enacted a novel plan to cap the price of Russian oil: restrict Moscow’s ability to profit from its energy exports while allowing its oil to continue flowing on international markets to prevent a global price shock....

Buffalox ,

A variety of factors have allowed Russia to continue profiting from strong oil revenue,

IDK the biggest energy company in Russia Gazprom recently posted losses for 2023. That was BEFORE Ukraine began to target Russian refineries and oil depots.
Also the strategy was to LOWER Russian profits, so oil production keeps going, to prevent global oil prices from exploding, but make it so Russia has as little profit as possible.

Apparently that strategy has worked extremely well, and with Ukrainian attacks on refineries, the effect will probably more than double, as Russia now needs to export crude oil, and re-import it as refined products, to sustain both the war effort and the population. Further stressing the Russian economy, but still without harming global oil prices.

It’s very clever IMO, and it must be extremely frustrating for the Russians.

Buffalox ,

That was a very successful bailout, government got all its money back, lots of jobs were saved, and competition was maintained to the benefit of consumers.

Buffalox , (edited )

The bank bailouts is where they went wrong. The car industry didn’t cause the financial crisis, the financial institutes did, those are the ones that should have been allowed to crash IMO.
It’s a misunderstanding that it would have been damaging to the economy to allow them to crash. Iceland did just that, they were among the hardest hit, but they were first to recover.
The amount of money to keep the system going, is NOT dependent on the existence of irresponsible money losing financial institutions.
Whoever came up with that argument to save the banks, is a straight up con man.

Saving an industry or company under extraordinary circumstances they didn’t cause, is patching an imperfect free market to minimize harm is fair, and we all know that free markets are never perfect. Claiming otherwise is delusional.
Saving the ones that caused the harm by acting extremely irresponsibly is idiotic and unjust.

Buffalox ,

Free market economy is inherently imperfect, and needs to be both regulated and adjusted by government.

Buffalox ,

I’m confused, is the image about Linux? I don’t see it says Linux anywhere in the red circles. /s

Buffalox ,

I absolutely recommend my preferred flavor of Linux to friends that don’t run the same distro I do.

Buffalox ,

I’m no expert, but I could imagine rail-guns would be a huge advantage on nuclear powered vessels. For one the ammo doesn’t explode if hit by enemy fire, and I’m guessing the ammo would be super cheap. In theory you could shoot bars of iron.

Exclusive: Tesla doing damage-control, discounts for European fleet buyers (www.reuters.com)

LONDON, May 20 (Reuters) - Tesla is working to appease some European leasing companies after the automaker’s repeated retail price cuts tanked their fleets’ value and its slow service and expensive repairs alienated their corporate customers....

Buffalox ,

slow service and expensive repairs alienated their corporate customers.

I see statements like this often, especially about Tesla, but I’ve never seen or heard reviewers mention it as a problem compared to other cars.
Originally low maintenance cost was pushed as a huge advantage for electric cars, because an EV has fewer components that are likely to break.

But particularly Tesla has been criticized for often very expensive repairs, but also other EV’s where a new battery that may be harmed driving over something, can cost as much as a new car. Where on an ICE car it would be a minor repair.

Buffalox ,

Wow that’s an outright horror story!! If this is common I don’t see how that won’t hurt Tesla sales over time.
Tesla probably still has a decent reputation, because they were by far the best electric cars not too many years ago. But I doubt anyone experiencing anything close to what you describe, would buy a Tesla again. It’s pretty often you hear both about the long wait even for simple repairs, but also very expensive repair cost. The creeks and rattles are also often heard complaints, latest with the Cyber Truck, which one reviewer called worse than any truck he had ever tried. Still he gave it a decent review, as being innovative and fun. Which I guess would is fine if you buy it as a toy.

Buffalox ,

Yes it’s a common problem with reviewers that they depend on makers to allow them free and early access to review products, if they lose their privileges they are finished as reviewers.
This is not just for cars, mostly everything in reviews is corrupted by dependencies if not outright bribes.
Funny thing is I once saw a review of a USB microscope, that was very critical to the product. Yet the review caused sales to shoot through the roof, because although the criticism was true, the product was very cheap, and the problems could be worked around. So even bad reviews can be good, if the price is right and the basic functions work.

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I am very unsure that planet picture is real, I don’t think they can get that kind of detail even with James Webb telescope. It’s also not described below the picture what the actual source is.
Seems extremely misleading to include that picture claiming to “look” at James Webb images.

Buffalox ,

It honestly look inaccurate to me, so I downvoted it as IMO misleading.

Buffalox ,

Move to Europe, that NDA isn’t legal here, which makes the whole thing void.

Buffalox ,

A decline is ALWAYS relative to something, otherwise it wouldn’t make sense. So what is it really that you mean?

Intel used to be the undisputed leader both on CPU design and production process. Those positions are both lost, Intel also always used to have huge profits, but has had deficits lately, that used to be absolutely unheard of. They have lost both their economic and technological lead and they have lost marketshare, So how is that not a decline by every measure?

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Don’t you mean standing relatively still? /s

Buffalox ,

It’s literally the fist sentence of the article:

Tesla might be dropping Steam support

Buffalox , (edited )

Wow they are actually copying what digg did, and expecting a different outcome.

Edit: Changed DIGG to digg for correctness.

Buffalox ,

Sorry digg.

Buffalox ,

Shame reddit didn’t have the same amount of people jump ship like when everyone left Digg

For me that would mostly be schadenfreude, people use all kinds of social media I am not at all involved with, and I’ve stopped caring about it.
The way Reddit is run is all about monetization and stock value now, I seriously doubt they can do anything to attract me again. But it’s better that certain people stay over there IMO.

I’ve contributed to “Fedihosting Foundation .world group” and I’m considering monthly contribution, as I do use it on a daily basis.

Buffalox ,

Mercedes: Requirements to be used Legally.
Tesla: Not Legal unverified results.

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