* Posts by Mike Flugennock

2055 posts • joined 19 Nov 2007

Microsoft rethinks the Windows application platform one more time

Mike Flugennock

Re: Learning or just trying a different push??

If I go to acme corp and download the acme corp widget tool, then I know who I'm getting the code from. I;'ll rely on reputation and AV/AM tools that I choose to decide if they look safe...

Oh, for god's sake, NO! What are you, nuts or something?

Don't you know AcmeCorp were taken over by a coyote last year?

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Who'd be mad enough to start a 'large-scale fire' in a spaceship?

Mike Flugennock

Re: I hope

It will not be anywhere as bad as people think it will be.

A fire in zero G may not even burn unless you set it up in an oxygen enriched atmosphere or support it with electric heating...

Y'mean, more or less like Apollo 1?

OK, that was on the ground, but, still... many historians mention that the Apollo 1 fire -- ironically, sadly -- bought time for Apollo Block II development and improvements in fire-safe cabin materials and atmosphere.

I still don't like to think what it would've been like had the infamous "plugs-out test" gone as planned, and Apollo 1 had launched, and that goddamn' fire happened in orbit.

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$3bn for an IT services outfit? Bloody Dell!

Mike Flugennock
Coffee/keyboard

He didn't pay $3bn for that damn' JACKET, THAT'S for sure

Seriously, man, where'd he find that goddamn' jacket? Did he tear it off Sammy Davis Jr or something? Does his mama still pick out his clothes for him? DId he get dressed in the dark? OUT, MY EYES.

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Space fans eye launch of Lego Saturn V

Mike Flugennock

Re: Shuttle

*Pedantry welcome over the actual name of the flying brick.

You're close. The nickname I recall seeing/hearing was "flying brickyard".

Lego could probably just get the specs on all the heat shielding tile shapes and reproduce them as Lego blocks.

You'd need a whole lot of nasty-shaped Lego bricks to replicate the black heat-shielded areas, though.

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Mike Flugennock

Re: You want real models?

Wow, what an awesome page! Not into paper modeling myself, but man, there's some gorgeous stuff there -- and an impressive range of models available as well.

I like that they've included a good selection of Soviet/Russian craft and launch vehicles as well.

Still... no N-1 model? It'd be really cool to have an N-1 to the same scale to stand up next to your Saturn V.

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Mike Flugennock

Re: Count me in!

Wow, you actually had to nag your parents to let you stay up and watch the first visit to another world by humans?

My mom and dad rushed to my room and woke me up so I could watch it.

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Mike Flugennock

Re: Specialised Lego?

Yeah, I knew Lego was jumping the shark when they started issuing specialized kits for specific projects.

Granted, I was only 6 or 7 at the time, but looking back it always seemed more fun to figure out on my own how to build a spaceship with just the big box of standard Lego bricks that I had.

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Mike Flugennock

Re: I'd have that

I first got into the Airfix kits as a young teenager around '69 or '70, while our family was stationed in Germany.

The Airfix kits were way cooler than even the best Revell kits I built back in the States at the time. Airfix had models out of planes I could never get kits for in the States, lots of really sweet models of early MiG and Dassault fighters. I had a really nice Airfix MiG-15 hanging from my ceiling along with my Mirage and my F-100 and my X-15.

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Mike Flugennock

What, no VAB or Crawler Transporter kits?

This sounds really cool, but are they not releasing an accompanying VAB Crawler Transporter kit with it? Jeez, c'mon, you guys.

I had the Revell 1/72 scale kit back in '69, when I was about 12. It stood about three feet high and dominated the "model space" in my bedroom at the time, along with my separate larger-scale models of the Apollo CSM/LM stack, and Gemini.

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Touchnote breach: Wrote a postcard with us? Thieves have your pal's name, address

Mike Flugennock

Oh, yeah, Radio Shack pulled that crap some years ago

Sounds like Radio Shack when started pulling that crap here in the States about eight, ten years ago. Pretty goddamn' outrageous, considering they could've gotten my zip code if I were paying by credit card. I don't know if they still do that anymore, as I stopped shopping there after they started doing it.

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Verisign, .xyz and the ABCs of a cutthroat domain-name industry

Mike Flugennock

On the upside...

...the .xyz TLD has proven to be an excellent spam indicator.

Seriously, I'd love to know -- out of all the domains .xyz has claimed to have registered, how many of them are spammers? ...because the only email I've ever gotten from .xyz domains has been spam.

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Microsoft offers to PAY YOU to trade in your old computer for a Windows 10 device

Mike Flugennock

Re: Sad

Yeah, sad's the word. Microsoft's marketing has been crass, ham-handed and tone-deaf as far back as I can remember.

That foto reminds me of that video from a few years ago, of the dancing sales drones at a Microsoft Store in a shopping mall.

That's MS's marketing strategy in a nutshell... nothing about specs, capabilities and such -- just a bunch of singing and dancing.

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A thousand mile Atom merci mission: Driving from Monaco to London in an open-topped motor

Mike Flugennock

The Rolls is a sweet-ass ride, I'm sure...

...but I'd rather cruise in the Atom. Kinda reminds me of Patrick McGoohan's Lotus in "Danger Man" (or "Secret Agent" in the States).

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Mike Flugennock

Re: The bloody flies (and other airborne thingies)

On a cross-country motor trip about 25 years ago, the most discouraging part of the trip was taking two days to cross Texas despite making time as good or better than I had going from Washington DC to Arkansas.

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PRIME SPACE: Bezos in Cape Canaveral SPACE PODULE debut

Mike Flugennock
Childcatcher

I can't help it, but...

...I keep seeing the Blue Origin launch vehicle as a giant rocket-powered dildo. Did Bezos do this on purpose?

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Tech turned on its head: 'Dislike' button in Facebook, pay Snapchat $1 to defuse self-destructing sexy selfies

Mike Flugennock

Pay to replay?

On reading this news, I can't help wondering... just what the hell kind of crap is on Snapchat that anyone would pay to look at again?

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Mike Flugennock

Facebook introducing a "dislike" button is all very well...

...but what I think they really need is a "Fuck This Post With A Baseball Bat" button.

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'To read this page, please turn off your ad blocker...'

Mike Flugennock

Re: Fight!

What seems so ironic to me about all this is that most of the sites pulling this shit are the kind of sites I almost never visit... like the Amaz... uh, Washington Post.

Besides, we already get the print edition (for what it's worth) at our house.

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Mike Flugennock
Mushroom

What these clowns don't realize...

...is that there are many, many, many other places I can go on the 'Net for unbiased, unfiltered -- and often underreported and mis-reported -- news and information entirely free of marketing bilge slowing my load time and attempting to dump malware on my computer.

Bite me, Bezos.

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Mike Flugennock
Mushroom

So, Ad Age thinks I'm a "thief" who's "interfering with business"?

Somebody call the WAAAHHHHHmbulance!

I'm not obligated to assist your goddamn' "business", Advertising Age. I cordially invite you bastards to bend over and smooch my ever-widening...

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Did GCHQ illegally spy on you? Now you can find out – from this page

Mike Flugennock

Not that I don't think PI is doing a good thing here...

...but I can already sense the first wave of phishing spam from identity thieves claiming to be from Privacy International, and saying that they can find out if the GCHQ has been spying on me if I'll just send them my name/address/email password/mobile phone number/credit card info.

After all, I've already gotten three phishing spams from people claiming that they can find out if my non-existent Ashley Madison account has been compromised.

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Arizona lads recover epic stratovid – two years after launch

Mike Flugennock
Alien

Re: Curvature

If you check out some of the photography from the X-15 altitude record flights and the early Mercury suborbital flights, the curvature of the Earth is quite evident from about the 100km neighborhood.

Still, it's not quite as curved as it's shown in the video; this is, in fact, an artifact of the GoPro lens.

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Earth wobbles on axis as Google rebrands

Mike Flugennock
Boffin

Re: To be fair though...

Point well taken. I also had this pointed out to me in my junior high school astronomy class. Still, as the Earth/Moon system's barycenter is within the Earth, most regular folks are good with the idea of the Moon "orbiting" the Earth.

Now, if you want a really good example of a "wobbly" system, check out some of the time lapses of Pluto and Charon taken by New Horizons on approach prior to the flyby. The barycenter of the Pluto/Charon system is well outside Pluto, and Pluto can be seen visibly wobbling in space as Charon tugs at it as they orbit their common barycenter much in the manner of a binary star.

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Mike Flugennock
Coffee/keyboard

So, minimalist design has finally jumped the shark

Just how much did they pay somebody's 14 year-old kid to type six characters in different colors into Illustrator?

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Sick of politicians robo-calling you? Bin your landline, says the FCC

Mike Flugennock

Re: No.

Seriously, is that the best advice they can come up with -- ditch my landline? Not friggin' likely, man; I get my DSL through a landline. Useless-ass motherfuckers.

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Mike Flugennock

Re: FCC is a fucking joke

Tell me about it, man. Tell me all about it.

I don't get a whole lot of telemarketing calls or SMS's on my mobile -- I make a point of not giving out my mobile number to anyone except people I actually want to stay in touch with -- but they come on a fairly regular basis despite my mobile number being on the Do-Not-Call list. At least three of 'em were that robot claiming to be from the IRS, trying to run that overdue tax scam or whatever the hell it is. These days, I just let 'em ring over to voicemail if the number isn't in my contact list; none of them have left any messages. The occasional SMS spam is almost always the classic penny stock tout. The numbers go straight into my block list.

And, yeah -- the FCC is toothless and useless.

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Google's Chrome to gag noisy tabs until you click on them

Mike Flugennock
Meh

It's not really that cool...

...if it doesn't give you the option to override auto-play completely, instead of just on a tab that isn't in "front".

Now, if you had a Preference that would allow you to disable auto-playing media across the board -- that would be cool.

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French woman gets €800 a month for electromagnetic-field 'disability'

Mike Flugennock
Coffee/keyboard

Liberté, égalité, électrosensibilité?

Liberté, égalité, insanité, more like.

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Google tells iOS 9 app devs: Switch off HTTPS if you want that sweet sweet ad money from us

Mike Flugennock

Re: Actually, iOS developers: DON'T!!!

Join the club. I have a grand total of two third-party apps on my 4S: Twitter, and an ad-supported free flashlight app which I rarely use except to read menus in dimly-lit restaurants. That's it -- no games, no bullshit. I do fine with the apps that came with the phone.

My wife's 4S, on the other hand -- don't get me started...

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Geeks on quest for world's most pointless YouTube video

Mike Flugennock
Thumb Up

You read my mind, man...

If nothing else, you can find almost the entire series run of MST3K -- the only '90s TV show that matters -- on YouTube.

Don't forget the series' own urging to fans at the end of the closing credits for the first five seasons: KEEP CIRCULATING THE TAPES.

Hi-keeba!

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Mike Flugennock

Re: Ridiculing and bullying

Believe you me, the stuff these guys are holding up for ridicule isn't even close to art -- not even "outsider art". This stuff is pure, down-to-the-bone crap.

Hell, as far as that goes, Mystery Science Theater 3000, one of the most influential TV shows of the last century, became famous for raising public ridicule to a high art -- but only by going after movies that truly deserved it.

...kinda like these guys.

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Mike Flugennock
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A big "plus one" to you...

Really, man... pretty much every tutorial on YouTube EVER. I'm at a point where whenever I'm searching for information on a software issue or for a tutorial, I always add "-youtube" to the search criteria to weed out all the stupid-ass tutorials done with a QuickTime screen recorder.

...and while we're at it, all those screen-recorder-generated videos of MMF hucksters showing off how they Made Money Fast On The Internet ought to be nominated as well.

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Mike Flugennock

Re: Why?

To paraphrase Bob Dylan in an interview he gave in the late '90s: ...because all of the truly great pointless YouTube videos have already been posted; it remains for us to judge them well.

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Mike Flugennock
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Hell, it's pretty much ALL pointless now, isn't it...?

Plane crash porn, car crash porn, Chuck E. Cheese fight footage, cats falling off of table tops, people throwing chunks of dry ice into swimming pools, time-share pitches, drunken frat punks launching bottle rockets from their butt cracks, "unboxing" videos, those goddamn' ice bucket clips -- hell, any actual interesting or useful content left on there is pretty much drowned out by all the friggin' bullshit.

I don't know about NoTube judging criteria, though. I wouldn't judge on description, or the number of hits, or the number of comments, or even on whether or not the shooter had the presence of mind to rotate her phone 90 degrees. The most godawful, shit-assed clips I've seen posted have "proper" descriptions, are shot in landscape, and have a crapdillion hits.

I abandoned my YouTube account several years ago because of the idiotic dross listed above -- not to mention being hounded about my "third-party content" for the 15 seconds of an old Pink Floyd song I used in the background of a video I posted eight years ago.

Vimeo, FTW.

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Malware menaces poison ads as Google, Yahoo! look away

Mike Flugennock
Thumb Up

The roof, the roof, the roof is on fire...

"...Blocking that source of revenue as a permanent solution only throws fuel on the already raging fire..."

We don't need no water, let the motherfucker burn.

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Mike Flugennock
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On the upside...

"... PageFair statistics indicate some 198 million users operate ad blocking software, up by 41 percent globally since last year, and digging a $22 billion hole in the online ad industry..."

Wow, 22 BEEEEELION dollars. Keep at it, gang.

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Spotify climbs down on new terms and conditions

Mike Flugennock
Coffee/keyboard

The hemming and hawing, IT BURRRRRNSSSS

"We should have a better job..."

"We understand people's concerns..."

Oh, cut the crap. You did a GREAT job of communicating what your policies mean. Quit jerking us around.

Man, I'm so goddamn' glad I didnt fall for the streaming hype. CDs and locally-stored mp3's FTW.

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Now Ashley Madison hackers reveal 'CEO's emails and source code'

Mike Flugennock

Hot damn, now we're getting somewhere

IBM and HP leading the pack? Why am I not surprised?

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Adulterers antsy as 'entire' Ashley Madison databases leak online

Mike Flugennock
Thumb Up

I'm actually thankful to the Impact Team...

...for no other reason than that what they did helped bring down a hypocritical little right-wing shitstain named Josh Duggar.

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Biz that OK'd Edward Snowden for security clearance is fined $30m for obvious reasons

Mike Flugennock
Thumb Up

You had one job, US Investigations Services…

And thankfully -- for the US and the world -- you whizzed it.

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Antiques in spaaaaace! Retired space shuttles cannibalised for parts

Mike Flugennock

I think you got 'em mixed up

Actually, the Model T was made first, about a hundred years ago.

The Model A -- a.k.a. "A Bone" or "Deuce" to '50s and '60s hot rodders -- was introduced in the early 1930s.

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Mike Flugennock

Re: Nasa contacts BBC Top Gear

Pilot, hell. He'd probably plow the thing into the ground. Clarkson would be better used as the goddamn' nose cone.

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Mike Flugennock

Not as horrible as it sounds, really

As I recall, the fuel tanks and engines of the retired Shuttles were removed and the engines replaced with replicas before they went on display, owing to concerns about toxic residue, and the weight of a full-up SSME, which runs to nearly 4 tons (3390 kg). In the retired Shuttles you see in the museums, all you see is the outwardly visible hardware in replica, not the actual engines.

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You've been Drudged! Malware-squirting ads appear on websites with 100+ million visitors

Mike Flugennock

Re: It sites want to use adverts, keep the content safe or watch revenue fall off a cliff.

Hell, I can't remember the last time I had Java enabled in any browser I've ever used, as it could pretty much be counted on to slow page loads to a crawl, if not flat-out locking up and crashing the browser.

They call those little turd nuggets "crapplets" for a reason, y'know...

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Mike Flugennock

Re: What if

I have NoScript set to "Forbid Scripts Globally". You should see the amount of 3rd-party JavaScript in the NoScript pop-up menu; on many sites I've seen lists of domains so long that it makes the menu scroll.

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Mike Flugennock
Coffee/keyboard

Re: All your eyes are belong to us

I don't know about your side of the pond, but I'm reminded of a TV ad-industry flack I saw fuming and bitching on the NBC "Today" Show back in '99 or so, saying that people who tape shows and skip the commercials were "thieves".

Oh, how I laughed.

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Mike Flugennock

Re: All your eyes are belong to us

Uhhhmmm... you're being sarcastic there, right? Right?

It's hard to tell, as we Yanks don't do sarcasm very well.

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Mike Flugennock
Gimp

Interesting to see that "Drudged" has become a verb...

...to describe the act of having malware inflicted on your system by a skeezy Web ad. I don't know all the sordid details, so I won't say that Drudge Report deliberately serves up skanky ads, but I've always had the distinct impression that Drudge sure as hell doesn't care what kind of ads are served there.

I read Drudge Report regularly -- only for cheap laffs, of course -- and I noticed very early on that it was Skeezy Web Ad Central, notorious for the infamous wildly-flashing phony "Virus Alert" banners made up to look like a Windows alert box, along with other varieties of nasty-looking, tacky animated banner ads.

Mind you, it's been ages since I've seen one of those, as I've been AdBlocking, FlashBlocking and NoScripting like a sonofabitch for as long as that technology's been available.

Of course, I've also used only Macs for the past thirty years, so that helps, though I've never bought into the idea of "security through obscurity". Still, every time I read in the Reg about the latest Windows malware scourge, I think "there but for the grace of Steve go I..."

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Apple tries to patent facial recognition

Mike Flugennock
Coat

Re: Facial Recognition?

Unless the USPTO still thinks you can patent anything by tacking the words "on a mobile phone" onto the prior work...

Yep, you pretty much nailed it. Kinda reminds me of that silly game you play with the fortunes in fortune cookies, where you read the fortune with the words "in bed" after it.

Next week, I'm filing a patent for software which allows me to fry bacon -- on a mobile phone.

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Mike Flugennock
Coffee/keyboard

Never mind the facial-recognition patent issue...

How come their patent-application art plagiarizes XKCD?

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