* Posts by Herby

2248 posts • joined 14 Dec 2007

Man killed in gruesome Tesla autopilot crash was saved by his car's software weeks earlier

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Darwin award??

Just thinking...

Or as Forrest Gump says: "Stupid is as stupid does".

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Apple, Amazon and Google are screwing us, warns Elizabeth Warren

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And what about...

Those up Redmond, Washington??

Note to tech industry: Be careful for what you ask for, you may just get it (and its baggage).

"Pay no attention to the man woman behind the curtain.

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Cali bloke accused of illegally trousering $68k using mom's Apple AuthenTec gobble tip-off

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No good deed...

goes unpunished. I suspect a big fine is in the offing, and the $50k debt will be the least of his problems.

I see a couple of years of porridge in his future.

Of course there are those who get $$$ by saying they are the IRS, and they won't even get their hand slapped. Yes, I got a phone call today. It went to voicemail, and I scrubbed it before it was over. They use machine voices so as to not be traceable.

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Medicos could be world's best security bypassers, study finds

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Then you get....

The half hour (or more) inquiry of medical facts when you go into the hospital EVERY TIME since they can't be bothered to "look you up".

One time when visiting my dad in hospital, I was AMAZED at how much faxing they did. They would print out something and blast it off to somewhere. Weird to happen in the last decade!

Maybe they would be more accepting if you had a PDF of your (brief) history on a thumb drive and they accepted it as well, but that is another story.

Computers? I've heard of them...

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Special delivery: Activists drop 100,000 net neutrality complaints on FCC

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Be careful...

For what you ask (net neutrality) you may just get it.

And that streaming video streaming will stop that nice stock trade you were hoping to get done in a timely fashion.

Kinda like trucks lorries tying up the Interstate motorway.

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Sliced your submarine cable? Fill in this paperwork

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Notification...

We have a TV Advert here in the USA that tells of a "notifier" that tells you that something is happening, then doesn't do anything to fix it (it is for a identity protection company which I won't name). This sounds like the same thing. A note goes to the FCC "the cable is out" and life goes on as usual. I can't see much coming from this other than TPS cover sheets that do absolutely nothing.

I'd go to the beach and cut a wire underground just to file a report to see what happens. My guess is "not much".

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NASCAR team red-flagged by ransomware attack

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When...

Will someone exercise their 2nd amendment rights to those at the other end of the wire? Law enforcement should be "on top" of this and get cracking.

Maybe when something like this infects a network at some big country capital will they start to so something!

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From Watson Jr to Watson AI: IBM's changed, and Papa Watson wouldn't approve

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I'd comment, but...

I'll leave it to a ElReg hack to privately email me and then they will know why.

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Google medical search

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Do they have a cure...

...for too much Google?? I suspect that some people need it at times!

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Dad of student slain in Paris terror massacre sues Google, Twitter, Facebook for their 'material support' of ISIS

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This is why...

...The USA needs "Loser pays".

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BOFH: Follow the paper trail

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Female sales reps and other observations...

For engineers, a female sales rep seems to have all the right buttons enabled. Maybe that's why Penny's career (on the _Big Bang Theory_) got a lot of sales (it was pharmaceuticals though). Irresistible to many people, and an "easy on eyes" helps as well.

Paper: Always needed, especially for "Honey can you print a copy of this" (again female persuasion).

Pens in pocket: I have lots, but they aren't all pens. I have a pen (duh!), a pocket screwdriver, a flashlight, a sharpie marker, and a camera (evidence) pen. Yes, people ask!

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Lester Haines: RIP

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Another reader writing with sadness...

So many comments, so little time. So much sympathy to express.

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The Microsoft-LinkedIn hookup will be the END of DAYS, I tell you

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Only thing left to do...

Is for ElReg to setup a "personality" that all us commentards can link to (and will get approved).

As for "qualifications", I value my "silver badge" from ElReg as quite unique. It says that I might have something to say, and others appear to confirm it. Pretty good in my book.

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Spam King sent down for 30 months

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A start!!

Now if others who are a prolific would get the same result, maybe my 300-400 messages a day that I get as junk might go away!

p.s. I don't need home warranties, or "free" electricity.

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RIP ROP: Intel's cunning plot to kill stack-hopping exploits at CPU level

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Maybe it is time...

To design a different CPU that from scratch has proper checks and the like. With known exploits cataloged it ought to be easy to try various threats against the CPU to see if they still work.

Oh, make it a big-endian CPU as well!

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Microsoft buys LinkedIn for the price of 36 Instagrams

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Begs the question(s)...

Who is going to buy twitter?

How soon are people going to leave...

As for the $60/user, just remember: If you can't see the product, look in a mirror, the product is YOU and it is being sold!!

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In obesity fight, UK’s heavy-handed soda tax beats US' watered-down warning

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Notice taken...

That beer isn't taxed like this (it probably has an alcohol tax already.

I don't know if club soda is taxed. It does taste nice and refreshing. Perrier?

They don't want to tax sugar directly, so I can continue to add it to my coffee/tea.

Governments are addicted to things as well. Usually those that they get LOTS of taxes from. I have yet to see an outright ban on smoking/tobacco/other stuff by any government.

I suspect that these taxes will go into the "general fund" and just be spent like any other.

Does this have ANY relation to the diabetes spam I receive every day??

These taxes are all a DUMB idea. What will they want to tax next? Hot Dogs, or Hamburgers? McDonalds?? NO, NO, NO!!

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If The Register made reality music TV, this is what it would look like

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I'm surprised...

No title with BOFH in it somewhere. That would make a nice series for El Reg's audience to watch.

One would need an endless supply of No. 2's bosses.

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US govt OKs handover of internet's control panel to ICANN

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Go

As long as it isn't some...

Corrupt (I'm being redundant here) UN agency that sucks up to not so "user friendly" governments.

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One entire US spook base: Yours for $1m+

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Then again...

The movie 36 hours comes to mind. In the movie they used the Ahwahnee hotel which is quite nice to visit.

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Not good coverage...

For cell phones due to the NRAO restrictions. These guys go after WiFi stuff if you turn it on. Makes for lots of 19th century communications.

Of course if you don't want to be heard...

Too quiet for me, sorry.

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Scots denied Saltire emoji

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More flags??

All 50 of the states here in the USA have individual flags (the one I live in says "California Republic"). We don't get emoji flags either.

Oh, the humanity.

I believe that cities have them as well. Does Unicode have enough spaces?? UTF-32?? I hope not!

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Would YOU start a fire? TRAPPED in a new-build server farm

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Just so you know...

Most fire sensors are removable for maintenance purposes. When they are removed, the lack of a sensor usually raises an alarm. So, instead of "starting a fire" simply remove one of the sensors (commonly they "unscrew" a 1/2 turn or so). While it won't indicate a fire, it will indicate a fault which should alert someone.

The other alternative I've seen is that some sensors have a magnetic reed switch in them for testing purposes. If you hold a magnet up to the sensor, it trips the alarm. The person testing the sensor wiring used a magnet on a stick to hold it next to the ceiling sensor. Truly a BOFH device when used properly (around noon on Friday).

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Our CompSci exam was full of 'typos', admits Scottish exam board

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And we complain...

When Volkswagen cleans up ITS act in order to pass its test, and blows smoke the rest of the time.

Tests are tests, and instructors (or car manufacturers) will teach to the test if they know the subject matter. Then after the test is passed, life goes on and we get sloppy programmers/cars.

Oh, well......

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The Fog of Cyberwar: Now theft and sabotage instead of just spying

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D-Day??

Strange how this was posted on the 72nd anniversary of D-Day. Makes one wonder what is next. I'll leave that to other speculators (or conspiracy theorists).

As for D-Day itself, we should never forget!

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Not two, not four, but 10 cores in Intel's new PC powerhouse

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Coincidence??

Windows 10.

10 cores.

You be the judge.

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Deloitte coughs up $11m to end claims it ripped off US govt with IT work

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Gouging the government??

While many contractors do take advantage of our wonderful government, it goes the other way as well. The many hoops and delays in the government procurement process can (and do) add up to real costs.

Now I have no knowledge of what Deloitte did, I sometimes wonder if some of the added costa are brought on by the government itself.

Good luck getting a government agency to admit it though!

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Get outta here, officer, you don't need a warrant to track people by their phones – appeals court

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Can you keep a secret??

So can I!

So I won't tell you anything. Third parties are dangerous.

p.s. Note to bank robbers: turn off (like completely) your phone when doing an illegal activity.

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Juno yields to Jupiter's gravitational embrace

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At least...

The antenna (and other stuff) is unfurled and working properly (Galileo). Oh, and the receiver isn't drifting around (Voyager aka MJS-77).

Best of luck.

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These big-name laptops are infested with security bugs – study

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Uninteresting, but simple test...

Just put a brand new machine on a publicly available (exposed) IP address, and wait. See how long it takes a "brand new" machine to become taken over.

My understanding is "not long" is a typical answer.

No, I wouldn't do this without some very good isolation and monitoring.

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US computer-science classes churn out cut-n-paste slackers – and yes, that's a bad thing

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IBM vs. Microsoft way of thinking...

THINK vs. REGURGITATE.

Pretty obvious if you ask me. Modern languages (take your pick) are getting so complex that nobody really knows them completely. The only way to do things is to try what someone else showed you how to do (even if irrelevant) and paste it into your "solution". This yields debacles that are well documented. Yes in the 'old days' things were much simpler, but the complexity was something that the author of the software did in a "good way".

There are several videos on the Apollo Guidance Computer, and that was done with a code space of around 72kB (yes, kilobytes). Nowadays a computer program couldn't get a character echoed for that much code (I may be exaggerating but maybe not). In broad terms, people have become lazy with the implementation and put together Lego blocks hand hope it looks good. Not the best way to make up a "system" of things.

Life goes on.

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ISS pump-up space podule fully engorged

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Playroom?

Where is the bed and velcro sheets?

People have wildly different views of the word "play".

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Broadcom, Apple sueballed

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At least...

It wasn't filed in the eastern district of Texas. Whatever the outcome, it has a chance of being based on reasonableness (if that exists in legal proceedings).

But in general, software patents are EVIL, but that is a fight for another day (*SIGH*).

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'Australia tax' doesn't apply to Azure

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Isn't it wonderful.

Arbitrage is a wonderful thing. Someone has different exchange rates than you and you move money from place to place. Currency traders do it all the time.

The shame is that something as big as Micro$oft can't keep up to date on exchange rates, maybe they need to ask Google what the rate is today.

Oh, well. Better luck next time Microsoft.

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Feds raid dental flaws dad

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Unless you password protect...

Everyone is authorized. By definition.

Law enforcement please go away!

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Feinstein-Burr's bonkers backdoor crypto law is dead in the water

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Nothing is safe....

While congress is in session.

And so it goes. DiFi (our wonderful senior senator from California) should consult with some industry people, look there are lots of them here in SillyCon Valley. Just a phone call away!

Apple for instance is in area code 408, and HP (in its many forms) is in the 650 area code (both of which I have here on my multi line home phone!). Local call. Information is '411'. Shouldn't be hard.

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$10bn Oracle v Google copyright jury verdict: Google wins, Java APIs in Android are Fair Use

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Re: Oracle feels deeply that it ̶h̶a̶s̶ ̶b̶e̶e̶n̶ ̶w̶r̶o̶n̶g̶e̶d̶ should get all you monies

quid??

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The Windows Phone story: From hope to dusty abandonware

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Just a note...

Kodak isn't making Kodachrome any more either!

Filed under: Film? What's that?

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Microsoft's Windows Phone folly costs it another billion dollars

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I understand...

Nokia might be hiring. There seems to be available personnel available in Finland these days.....

As for Microsoft (jokes aside)... The only sad part is that the Gates foundation might have a bit less money to spend on medical research (but not much).

Maybe this will be a lesson learned (the more "expensive" the better learned!).

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Got a Fitbit? Thought you were achieving your goals? Better read this

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Doing heart rate on an instrument like that...

Isn't very easy. They have contacts pretty close together to detect EKG pulses (typically R wave) and just count the interval between R waves (the most predominant part of the EKG, and go from there. The math(s) is pretty easy to do (I helped in patient monitoring for anesthesia back in the 70's). The big problem is getting a good signal to the device, and there are lots of ways noise creeps in.

I'm sure FitBit can put all sorts of disclaimers out there and results might vary all over the map, but the number they display is probably pretty good, considering.

Not if they can get their FitBit Flex goodie a little more water proof. I used to wear it in the shower (and that was OK), but the trip to Hawaii last year and its encounter with salt water have seemed to foul it up. It blinks nicely (when charging) but it doesn't sense anything. Oh, well...........

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Citrix bakes up Raspberry Pi client boxes

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If you already have...

The monitor and keyboard/mouse you don't need much more. Sure, it is only a single display, but for LOTS of applications this is all you really need.

OK, a nice VESA mount and built-in supply to make it better, but in reality, the most expensive part of a "THIN CLIENT" are the peripherals. If you go to a warehouse store and get a nice TV which has HDMI input(s) and a cheap keyboard/mouse you are in business. In my case, when I got the 55 inch TV for the living room, I plugged it in. The keyboard mouse combo was a nice IR based one that I could use form the couch across the room. What more do I need for a thin client (I used a WiFi dongle). The RPi was $50 on Amazon (with wall wart WiFi and SD card) the IR keyboard/trackball was $20 at the local surplus store.

What a deal!

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Hate Windows 10? Microsoft's given you 'Insider' powers anyway

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Where...

Do I begin?

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Norton bans kernel.org

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Maybe they should label...

Microsoft.com as a major virus threat. Look, it has infected millions of computers with this "Windows" virus, in many forms. Most lately in its most recent form "Windows 10".

I'd label this with "Joke Alert", but I have doubts.

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A UK digital driving licence: What could possibly go wrong?

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And I thought the California DMV was bad...

Nothing compares to this nonsense. Yes, we here in sunny California have this miraculous public service bureau call the Department of Motor Vehicles (commonly referred to as the DMV). They issue drivers licenses and vehicle registrations. Licenses are issued every 4 years (I believe the last one cost $15 or so) and vehicle registrations (which include vehicle property tax) are anywhere from $50 to much more (newer cars). Other than the lines in the local office (about 1/2 day if you don't have an appointment) they aren't too bad. If all you need to do is simple payments, online with a credit card will do, and you can even change addresses as well. The nice drivers license (generally accepted as identification) has a nice mug shot (for quite some time since 1950 I guess) and they changed to color back in the 70's. Luckily you can keep your old license (while they make you a new one you get a note saying "in process") and you go from there. My experience is that they have been relativetly error free (they do serve a population of over 30 million, so I suspect that there are some errors). Overall it has worked out well. The current form is a nice mag-stripe credit card size thing with ALL sorts of validation stuff (holograms, raised signatures, etc.). We haven't gone to virtual (stored on an iPhone) ones yet, but you never know with the younger set so attached to their devices.

Me? I'm afraid that you might need to insert your license in a slot to get a vehicle to work, and it will broadcast on request to the policeman following you the details. It might get scary in that case. Or as was mentioned above "what could possibly go wrong?".

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Google still faces legal spat with SEO biz that claimed it was wiped from web

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So, who do you pay?

Google to get high marks (works most of the time), or:

Some fly by night SEO company that believes that they can outfox Google at their now game, and charges you to do it.

As the saying goes: Youse pays your money, youse takes youse chances. The Google alternative looks more reliable to me. If you do pay a SEO company, you might get what you pay for, but if that other company changes its mind, you can get bypassed.

Good luck!

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Typewriter for iPad review

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Not truly "typewriter"

If it were, it would have the big lever that returns the carriage and indexes the platen up one line. Most of these were actually attached to the mechanical carriage suitable for reaching with your right hand and slinging it across in front of you. Of course it might also ring the bell when you got too close to the edge of the paper as well.

Yes, dial phones are cool as well, and (at least here in the USA) work on most telephone exchanges.

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Discounts boost wearables

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If you do make a "wearable"...

Make sure you don't obsolete the hardware too quickly. People wear the same watch for a LONG time. I suspect that the time between "new" watches is around 10 years or so. In my case it has been closer to double that (and it works just fine!).

P.S. Please make them functional for left handed people, and those who wear the watch on the inside of the wrist. Being able to fit commercial watch bands would be nice too.

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Chaps make working 6502 CPU by hand. Because why not?

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I'll really be impressed when..

They do a 6809 that runs at full speed. That was a proper 8 bit micro.

My first micro was a 6800 when you got the kit of parts in a $300 (1975) and a nice big applications book. Did LOTS of things with it!

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Raspberry Pi Zero gains a camera connector

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Prophecy coming true.

A person of "great influence" mentioned to me a long time ago that the computer would become "just a bump" in the power cord. Devices like this indicate it coming true.

Of course in those days, the power cord was to an ASR33 teletype, but it still holds true today.

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Bitcoin-ransoming Romney tax 'hacker' faces 25 years inside

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Now if they could...

Go after other "ransom" people. There are all sorts of them out there, and they ALL need to get the same treatment.

I dream on (*SIGH*).

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