* Posts by William Higinbotham

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Opera sells open-source Chromium browser for $600m to Chinese bods

William Higinbotham

Except the encryption

I understand that this is open software per se but I hope they remembered to check that the encryption does meet export codes of Bureau of Industry and Security. Intel payed a hefty fine for such last time:-)

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If we can't find a working SCSI cable, the company will close tomorrow

William Higinbotham

Glad to be out of the business

I was working on antique Nova mini computers systems in 1984, then worked on PCs when 80286 was hot. Was told to keep IBM original PCs going because they do not want to recompile one-of-a-kind programs. Left business when XP was going away and never looked back.

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Reg readers cluster in pub to ponder artificial intelligence

William Higinbotham

Humans program, so the program will have inherited the human traits.

I remember in the military their was a talk given by an officer. The programmers at the base was told to program their new computer to do exactly the same tasks as the older one that it is replacing. They achieved their goal. Only one problem. It ran as slow as the old computer as well.

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New strain of data thieving malware Qbot unleashed

William Higinbotham

Off the Grid

Off the grid is becoming very appealing to me these days.

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New DNA 'hard drive' could keep files intact for millions of years

William Higinbotham

Microsoft wants to write something into all our DNA strands. Copyrighted by Microsoft

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On her microphone's secret service: How spies, anyone can grab crypto keys from the air

William Higinbotham

Decoy

Sometimes organizations come up with just enough falsehood to misdirect the fact that they are just able to crack the code with some new technique or flaw. Remember Tempest? http://fas.org/irp/program/security/tempest.htm

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Feds raid dental flaws dad

William Higinbotham

SSAN Only

The FBI should only be interested if the server had Social Security numbers on it, otherwise it should have been passed on to the local enforcement office.

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Seattle Suehawks: Smart meter hush-up launched because, er ... terrorism

William Higinbotham

Check this out:-)

https://patents.google.com/patent/US20090243869A1/en?q=sensus

Now read some white papers

http://sensus.com/resources/white-papers/

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Google-backed solar electricity facility sets itself on fire

William Higinbotham

Thank You

To all that entered good critique on issue. Yes it is an expensive endeavor but we learn from our failures as well. We will have to see what will become of this interesting power station. My thought is that the mirrors could be replaced with solar panels and track the sun or is the mount setting only good for reflection angle?

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NSA newsletters published

William Higinbotham

Remember Mr Clippy or Office Einstine from Microsoft?

Well after reading several NSA SID postings, I was wondering what SID looked like? Acts like a theoretical Apple Siri. And the posts are as boring as, Don Rickles once said "Watching a casket warp".

Please post your image of SID below:-)

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Docker hired private detectives to pursue woman engineer's rape, death threat trolls

William Higinbotham

Starting or being a member of support and education organizations is important. One such group is Association for Women in Science (AWIS) http://www.awis.org/

I know of one that is called Brookhaven Woman in Science https://www.bnl.gov/bwis/

I personally feel that in this day and age we still need support groups to help our society grow and mature. Hopefully we will get to the point where these hostile environments will no longer exist.

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South Korea to upgrade national stereo defence system for US$16m

William Higinbotham

DMZ-IN Movie Theater

Wouldn't it be better to put up large outdoor movie screens and play the latest movies and some old ones like Dr Strange Love (subtitled in Korean of course). The politicians and brass up north would not know how to keep their troops eyes and ears focused while watching the DMZ. Tell them not to look in that direction and wear ear plugs! What a hoot it would be.

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I miss Rise of the Machines Column

William Higinbotham

I miss Rise of the Machines Column

http://www.nytimes.com/video/us/100000004255656/the-terminator-and-the-washing-machine.html

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Oldest gear that's still in use?

William Higinbotham

Not old enough.

I had IBM OS/2 working in under Linux/VMware. It was great to run Lotus Suite again. Brought back many memories and of all those User Group meeting we all use to go to...

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Let's NUKE MARS to make it more like home says Elon Musk

William Higinbotham

Just getting off the ground first.

Watching SpaceX is like watching Germany's development of the V-2 rockets all over again. :-)

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SCREW YOU, net neutrality hippies – AT&T halts gigabit fiber

William Higinbotham

Obama Plan for Internet?? - Nooooo!

Is Obama trying the same tactic on the Internet as he did with Obama Care?? Equal access services like medical insurance. Like I need rates to go up back to the days of CompuServe. What was it? $16/HR I think?

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PHABBA-DABBA-DOO! Samsung Galaxy Note 4, Edge, Gear VR – feast your eyes

William Higinbotham

Do Not Sit Too Close to the TV Set

There is a reason why our parents told us not to sit too close to the TV. We should do the same with cell phones. Why? Go to the National Cancer Institute web site and look up Cell Phones and Cancer Risk and you will see the fact sheet under Best Bets for Cell Phones

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Use Tor or 'extremist' Tails Linux? Congrats, you're on an NSA list

William Higinbotham

The Register does not make the cut with NSA!

As I though was said in advertising or maybe it was on line dating, any news is good news.

Well, The fact that the Linux Journal site was targeted by NSA certainly will get the conspirators emailing each other and on on blogs. My theory - No one is volunteering to work for thge US, so the US Gov has to try to profile the best possible recrut. Despirate for a few good hackers.

I only know assembly and Basic so I do not have to worry.

Warning, do not go to the journal's site if you wish not to be on a list!!!

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Siri, what do you make of IBM's Cognea gobble? Oh, we can't print THAT

William Higinbotham

Virtual sales person

How can you tell when a salesperson is lying? A: The holographic image is talking.

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GIANT FLESH-EATING DEVIL CHICKENS roamed North Dakota

William Higinbotham

Re: Giant Demon Chickens

Or where you referring to Atomic Rooster (British)?

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5 Eyes in the Sky: The TRUTH about Flight MH370 and SPOOKSATS

William Higinbotham

Followup

Check out Swoardfish, India's long range radar http://defence.pk/threads/history-of-indias-state-of-the-art-radar-making.243398/ and other web news

Also another author did have the right question

http://www.aviationweek.com/Article.aspx?id=/article-xml/awx_03_13_2014_p0-672073.xml

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William Higinbotham

I was talking about land based over the horizon radar. Totally different than Satellite.

Wrote to Ministry of Defence

Dear Honorable Senator the Hon David Johnston, Minister for Defence I was reading about your military's radar capability at http://www.lockheedmartin.com/us/100years/stories/jorn.html. It would be terrific if your military data from radars was evaluated. I am afraid that because there has not been any data released, that your radar program is defective or the military personnel are failing to do their job. I am afraid that this may show the Russian military that their is a weakness in your system that they can exploit. Sincerely William B. Higinbotham

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DARPA hands IBM £3.4m to develop SELF DESTRUCTING CHIPS

William Higinbotham

Manufacture in China

Just have these manufactured in China. QC is such that thy will self destruct at the most (un) convenient time

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For Windows guest - KVM or XEN and which distro for host?

William Higinbotham

Have a good backup plan.

Backup, backup. HDs are cheap these days. Mirror your drives to external. Why rebuild, when it is so much easier to restore (unless your MB goes bad and you do not have another of the same - get another board for insurance). I replace my computer about every 5 years - but I buy cheap low end ($200 Lenovo desktop). Duel boot. I had VM with OS/2 on it. OS/2 Lotus Suite. Was fun. Have fun with your new system. Wish I could afford such a nice unit.

Billy

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Army spaffed MILLIONS up the wall on flawed Capita online recruiting system - report

William Higinbotham

Duplacate Web Site

Same company most probably did the initial U.S. Obama Care Site. Need I say anything more?

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Don't PANIC, but these SMARTWATCH-stuffed boxes are going NOWHERE

William Higinbotham

alternate option

http://www.ti.com/tool/ez430-chronos&DCMP=Chronos&HQS=Other+OT+chronos

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Cisco: We'll open-source our H.264 video code AND foot licensing bill

William Higinbotham

Save bandwidth

It would make sense it the compression is better for minimizing bandwidth. Then they say that the new routers work better to deliver the bandwidth the companies want. And so on...

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The web needs globally backed, verifiable security standards – says Huawei

William Higinbotham

Verifyable

Verifyable in NSA means breakable!

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NHS tears out its Oracle Spine in favour of open source

William Higinbotham

Total Overhaul - Really

How many projects failed under the stress of total overhaul. They should build in sections. I'll bet they put the contract to end when their system/software maintenance contract is up. Way too soon. The present system contracts are probably adjusting their monthly/yearly contracts agreements for when that day happens.

Reference: http://www.pcworld.com/article/246647/10_biggest_erp_software_failures_of_2011.html

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Down with Unicode! Why 16 bits per character is a right pain in the ASCII

William Higinbotham

EBCDIC

Remember Esoteric IBM EBCDIC? en.wikipedia.org/wiki/EBCDIC

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Linux 3.11 to be known as 'Linux for Workgroups'

William Higinbotham

I was a tech during DOS, Win 3.x and so on. Thank God for QEMM. Lots of Autoexec and Config backups (We numbered them for historical reference - and bat files to load different versions depending on tasks and software to be used). Our facility use to use Wordperfect. Everyone was sad to see it go because Washington DC went to Microsoft office apps. I miss those DOS boot jokes that made the characters fall to the bottom of the screen or flashed some message at the user. Had a lot of laughs within our group playing joke at one another.

The ASCII Guy

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Dell explores wearable computing as PC base crumbles

William Higinbotham

Remember The Homeless WIFI Hotspots?

First Homeless WIFI Hotspots http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/13/technology/homeless-as-wi-fi-transmitters-creates-a-stir-in-austin.html.

Now they want homeless to wear their computers as well!

What will we call these Homeless Hotspot Geeks (HHGs)?

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What's the most secure desktop operating system?

William Higinbotham

Apps on top of OS

I personally feel that the browsers or applications(that uses internet communications) that run on top of the OS can compromise the OS faster than the OSes themselves. But nothing beats a cinder-block on top of hand written paperwork. Just had to say something for NSA to read.

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The future of cinema and TV: It’s game over for the hi-res hype

William Higinbotham
Facepalm

Vision Study

My problem is that I personally cannot follow moving objects very well. I think it comes from closing my eyes when something came at me fast (reflexes) when I was young. How the eyes and brain work is still being studied. An article I saw was "The Myth of Persistence of Vision Revisited," Journal of Film and Video, Vol. 45, No. 1 (Spring 1993). But I could not understand it. Here are the notes - The article is copyrighted.

NOTES

[1] A sampling of recent texts that perpetuate the notion of persistence of vision are:

• Steven Bernstein, The Technique of Film Production (Boston: Focal Press, 1988) 3

("retention of image").

• Thomas W. Bohn and Richard L. Stromgren, Light and Shadows, 3rd ed. (Mountain

View, CA: Mayfield Publishing Co., 1987) 6.

• Steven E. Browne, Film Video Terms and Concepts (Boston: Focal Press, 1992)

132.

• David A. Cook, A History of Narrative Film, 2nd ed. (N.Y.: W.W. Norton & Co., 1990) 1.

• Louis Gianetti and Scott Eyeman, Flashback: A Brief History of Film (Englewood Cliffs,

NJ: Prentice-Hall, 1991)2.

• Gorham Kindem, The Moving Image (London: Scott Foresman, 1987) 16.

• Bruce Kawin, How Movies Work (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1992) 48,

550.

• Lynne S. Gross and Larry W. Ward, Electronic Moviemaking (Belmont, CA:

Wadsworth Publishing Co.,1991) 81.

• Gerald Mast and Marshall Cohen, A Short History of the Movies, 4th ed. (NY:

Macmillan, 1986) 9-11, 28.

• James Monaco, How to Read a Film (N.Y.: Oxford University Press, 1981) 2.

• Edward Pincus and Steven Ascher, The Filmmaker's Handbook (N.Y.: New American

Library, 1984) 2

[2] For an explanation of the "phi phenomenon" see Lloyd Kaufman, Sight and Mind:

An Introduction to Visual Perception (NY: Oxford University Press, 1974) 368.

[3] Portions of this historical survey were presented in Joseph and Barbara Anderson,

"Motion Perception in Motion Pictures," in Teresa DeLauretis and Stephen Heath (eds.),

The Cinematic Apparatus (New York: St. Martin's Press, 1980): 76-95.

[4] See, for example, Andre Bazin, Qu'est-ce que le cinema? 4 vols. (Paris: Cerf, 1958-

62); trans (selection) What is Cinema? 2 vols. (Berkeley: University of California Press,

1967 and 1971); George Sadoul, Histoire generale du cinema (Paris: Denoel, 1948); and

George Potonniee, Les Origines du cinematographe (Paris: P. Montel, 1928).

[5] Joseph A. Plateau, as quoted in Georges Sadoul, Histoire generale du Cinema, Vol.

1, p. 25:

Si plusieurs objets differant entre eux graduellement de forme et de position se montrent

successivement devant l'oeil pendant des intervalles tres courts et suffisamment

rapproches, les impressions qu'ils produisent sur la retine se lieront entre elles sans se

confondre, et l'on croira voir un seul objet changeant graduellement de forme et de

position.

[6] For discussion of work done by Rudiger von der Heydt and Esther Peterhans on the

response of cells in V1 and V2 to illusory contours, see Zeki 76.

[7] In the motion picture, a series of rapidly presented, closely spaced images, the

duration of each image (34.72 ms with two interruptions of 6.95 ms each), the interval

between images or interstimulus interval (6.95 ms), and the spatial displacement from

one frame to the next (generally less than 15' of visual arc), fall well within the

parameters of short-range apparent motion.

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Obama administration defends mass call-data slurping

William Higinbotham
Boffin

High School Reunion Contact List

Obama just really wanted to be sure to be the organizer for his high school class next big reunion. They put it under threat of terrorism so that he will not be embarrassed by charges of abuse of governmental resources and authority.

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Microsoft honcho pleads with media: 'Stop picking on us!'

William Higinbotham
Mushroom

Re: "Microsoft honcho pleads with media: 'Stop picking on us!'"

What Microsoft (Apple is not far behind) is not telling anyone is that their operating system is going toward that of Cell phones. A locked OS where you can only add programs from the Cloud or legitimate online store. They are allowing themselves that capability to leave the PCs behind at a moments notice. I actually grin at what big business is trying to do such as Adobe. This is the future - love them or live without their products. Mankind (starting with the next generation) will be assimilated into the Corporate Borg. The rest of us will be sitting on the roadside curb with our pencil and pad wondering what just happened.

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'Ultimate nerd chick’ prompts C64 clone cancellation

William Higinbotham
Coat

Ultimate old type game machine

Why have something emulate such an old technology. Yeah; I owned a Commodore VIC-20 and 64. Got allot of use on CompuServe in 1982-1986 and fun out of them. What we need is a embedded system that has the following items in addition to central chipset - HDTV/VGA out, Wifi, sound chip(HDTV compatable) and output (if VGA setup is used), ports for controllers(again-non royalty), and USB. Must be small enough to fit in pocket. Now all we need is a simple language to have fun programing. It should be new so not to have to pay royalties. Simple enough for the average person to use. Complete documentation as the early computers gave to their users to program and ... Guess what, these products already exist! Such as http://www.viaembedded.com/en/products/systems/1990/1/ARTiGO_A1250_%28Pico-ITX%29.html

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Scramjet X-51 finally goes to HYPER SPEED above Pacific

William Higinbotham
Mushroom

SR-71 Intake Design

I wonder if the design of the intake is similar in basic concept as the SR-71 http://www.wvi.com/~sr71webmaster/j-58~1.htm ? I just wonder what this could be used for. Delivering your owed taxes 1 second before midnight!

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The ten SEXIEST computers of ALL TIME

William Higinbotham
Linux

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder

Mine was my first computer in 1981. The Heathkit ET-3400. http://www.vintage-computer.com/heathkit3400.shtml

It awoke me to the fact that I can program this to do what I want or dreamed up. It was a tool that I can customize to my imagination. It was not anything I had before. Well there was building blocks and erector sets:-). That New Math really came in handy.

William B. Higinbotham, The ASCII Guy, Bellport, NY, USA

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Rocket 'Grasshopper' leaps higher than tall building in single bound

William Higinbotham
Coat

Lets try this

Extra fuel can be put into space by a conventional rocket to be rendezvous later. The rocket will have two chutes. One to slow it down, the second to steer it to the location to land. If failure, the rocket will launch it into the drink to be humbly picked up by the ships :-)

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The LINUX TABLET IS THE FUTURE - and it always will be

William Higinbotham
IT Angle

My idea of what the android OS is made from

Enbedded system programming.

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John McAfee blogs for help, offers $25K reward for neighbour's killer

William Higinbotham
FAIL

$25K seems low these days for awards of this type. Maybe he can throw in Bobby Fischer's autobiography signed by him.

I may be crazy, but I am more sane than most folks.

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To Russia with Love? Georgia snaps 'cyber-spy' with his own cam

William Higinbotham
Black Helicopters

Face recognition

I am not familiar with Apple or Facebook face recognition software. Has anyone tried this to see what they hit? Post hits below.:-)

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New York tech firms form 'bucket brigade' to fuel flagging servers

William Higinbotham
Pint

Use the cloud

Why do they not have redundant Cloud? Fast, reliable, and not affected by disaster, war, political discontent. Though in this case, it will still be hard to not have your cloud become part of the hurricane. Maybe we should think of having a more inland alternate backup Wall Street. The military has multiple redundant headquarters. How about the Poconos? Any site suggestions?

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Made for each other: liquid nitrogen and 1,500 ping-pong balls

William Higinbotham
Pirate

Liquid Nitrogen Safety

This is a great way of showing the dangers of handling liquid nitrogen. I know a story where a home thermos was used for holding liquid nitrogen (never use a non-approved container). Even the persons knew how to handle this gas, the lid was accidentally closed tight enough to cause pressure buildup. Extremely lucky enough, for the individual, he suffered injury which was not permenent. It could have been much worse.

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