* Posts by Herby

2176 posts • joined 14 Dec 2007

I am Craig Wright, inventor of Craig Wright

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Nothing to see here, please go away...

NSA Nothing NSA to NSA see NSA here, NSA please NSA go NSA away NSA...

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Intel has driven a dagger through Microsoft's mobile strategy

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Just remember...

If IBM back in 1890 or so chose a different processor/operating system for its PC, both Intel and Microsoft would be much different than they are today.

When a major desktop machine builder goes away from X86 architecture people will need to adapt, and quickly. I believe that the trend started by the likes of a Raspberry Pi are just the beginning.

Sadly (or not as you chose it) both Microsoft and Intel are eating dust from the trail that is being pioneered by others now.

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Restaurant booked, flowers ordered ... Microsoft has a hot date for SQL Server 2016

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I just keep wondering...

Is the same company that produced ACCESS? One wonders if any features have drifted between the two?

Who knows what the answer is given how they publicize things.

Another question:

Is there a 'clippy' helper that allows you to write better SQL?

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Samsung's little black box will hot-wire your car to the internet. Eek!

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Similar to a "connected toaster"

And about as useful. What did we do before computers invaded every part of a vehicle. It seems that we got along "just fine".

At one time I drove a 1964 VW bug (seatbelts installed) and had little problems. Great car to learn how to drive, and not a computer in sight.

If you wanted a "self driving car" you hailed a taxi. Life goes on.

No, a toaster does NOT need to be "connected". Go away!

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Silicon Valley, season 3: CEO Richard learns humility, tech style

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Interest (possibly) lost...

When they (from what I remember) cut the scene that had a vehicle going down Page Mill road. Why do I remember this? I was at a stoplight waiting for the cops to release traffic when it passed by at the corner of Hanover and Page Mill. I just wanted to see if my vehicle showed up during the take.

Interesting how they film people in cars toodling down roads.

Yeah, it was the first season.

My experience: I've been in a company from its founding all the way through VC to Chapter 7 bankruptcy. It is quite a ride.

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It's World IP Day! Celebrate by making money from a dead teenager

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Simple solution...

1) No software patents.

2) Public review period BEFORE the patent is granted to show "prior art" (much of which is unpainted!).

3) Loser pays in patent suits.

4) Wishful thinking (*SIGH*)

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Germans stick traffic lights in pavements for addicts who can't take their eyes off phones

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Darwin award??

Maybe they shouldn't have the lights. The world needs people who pay attention to silly things like their surroundings!

A better idea might be to have a light bulb above their head so cars can run them down with impunity.

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US tech CEOs demand Congress programs US kids to be tech workers

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Given how people are taught...

And some of those who are "learning", the outcome of this will be that EVERYONE will get a "passing grade" and have absolutely no knowledge of the subject at hand. You see, university work is HARD, and takes WORK. Both of these are limiting factors, and those who want everyone to be educated see as barriers to learning. Yes, they will have a piece of paper that says "Computer Science", but will they actually know how to do addition without using a calculator application on their smart phone.

Good luck! Those hiring will need it. Welcome to mediocrity, the new norm.

All men are created equal, after that it takes hard work!

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MIT launches campus lunch bug bounty

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No beer??

Bummer. College/University life without BEER is terrible. This must be corrected!!

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Microsoft to hike certification exam prices

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And exactly what...

...is the value of this "certification"? I suspect it doesn't amount to much, other than a tick box in the HR department.

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Charter can gobble TWC for $78.7bn ... if it bins monthly download caps

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Which brings us to "The tragedy..."

"...of the commons". If there are no bandwidth caps, when 20 or so people start downloading a nice 1080p movie, it might get bogged down a bit. The nice cable has a finite bandwidth, and without some limiting factor, there WILL be a few resource hogs that will probably spoil it for everyone.

Weather this actually happens will be interesting in any event. At that point, Charter might say "I told you so".

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Meet the malware that screwed a Bangladeshi bank out of $81m

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"...Why go for a billion??"

The answer is pretty simple: Crooks are greedy. It is the nature of the beast. Otherwise they wouldn't be crooks in the first place.

Note: Most crooks are caught due to this flaw, or trying to brag about their exploits.

Note to self: Don't be greedy!

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FBI spies on how many?

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Pick a number...

Between 1 and 1,000,000. It should be in there somewhere. Rough enough??

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Amazon attempts rule fudge to take exclusive control of new dot-words

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Why don't they...

Just register ".amazon" and be done with it.

Then again, maybe Brazil and other governments in South America might not want it don't that way...

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Guess what's 'easily hacked'? Yes, that's right: Smart city transport infrastructure

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Re: Now all we need is a safe full of gold!!

Now the question: Are you the "Napster?"

I still like the HiFi that was demonstrated at the end of the movie.

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SpyEye duo behind bank-account-emptying malware banged up

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But...

Will anyone get ANY money back from this scam?

I have my doubts.

This begs the question: Where did the money go??

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Big Cable threatens to sue FCC: You can't stop us ripping off customers

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Why do we need cable boxes at all??

Every new TV sold in the USA has "digital" capability which can provide LOTS of channels. Why not use that to distribute the signal. Seems pretty silly to go to the trouble of having another (redundant) box just to make the cable people happy.

Oh, if you don't want to have your subscribers watching HBO (because they haven't paid for it) go back to installing filters in the subscriber's cable. It worked before when we had "cable ready" TV sets.

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FBI boss: We paid at least $1.2m to crack the San Bernardino iPhone

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Note to FBI...

Watch the TV show 60 minutes. You might find out something and do it for far cheaper!

See: here. Keeping up to date on the news might help as well.

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Clucking hell! Farcical free-range egg standard pecked apart by app

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Just be thankful...

...that they don't have an app for sausage. You just don't want to know!

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Obama London visit prompts drone no-fly zone

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So when somebody tells me to...

"Go fly a kite" I can't do it??

What about if I blow on a dandelion? Would that be banned as well. Knowing our "El Jefe" I suspect it might be. You know national security and all that..

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Intel literally decimates workforce: 12,000 will be axed, CFO shifts to sales

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Makes one wonder...

What Intel would be if IBM had picked a different processor for the original IBM PC back in 1981?

I have doubts that it would be anything close to what it is now.

As for other directions, there is the ARM chips which are both cheaper and lower powered AND are being used in LOTS of mobile devices.

The X86 business is fading away.....

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Google's 'fair use' mass slurping of books can continue – US Supremes snub writers' pleas

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Why not let Google be your publisher

It isn't like they already have the information. They slurp it from every corner of the earth.

Why bother with the likes of Random House, Pocket Books, or Prentice Hall. Go direct to the eventual holder.

Lacking that, include a note on the title page:

"This book shall not be indexed while it is either "in print", or the author is alive".

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Chinese con-artists cop to US military counterfeit chip switch caper

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Alternative...

Just turn the "counterfeit duds" back to them, and pocket the $$$

It isn't like they should be able to tell the difference if they are good "look alike".

I don't know how happy the buyers would be, but it isn't like they could take me to court. Unfortunately they might resort to the same "court" as drug dealers use when ti comes to being "ripped off" (2nd amendment and all that).

Probably not a safe business to get into. I'll need to re-think the career path.

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US congresscritter's iPhone hacked (with, er, the cell networks' help)

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Maybe it is time for....

SS8??

Maybe not so much of a joke.

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Apple pulled 2,204lbs of gold out of old tech gear

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Just for the record...

Cupertino doesn't have a landfill. It takes its trash elsewhere. Most likely to the San Jose landfill.

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Verizon bribes customers

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Is it secure??

Will it comply with the proposed dumb bill that is trying to get off the ground?

Why are there so many standards on this issue??

Sounds like this is a case of the "second mouse gets the cheese".

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Drive for Lyft or Uber in SF? Your wallet is about to get lighter

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But I thought...

That those who do the work for Uber and Lyft are employees of same (at least that what was argued in court a while ago). If that is the case, only Uber and Lyft need get once license each, and I suspect that the $91 is "pocket change" to them.

Sorry SF, can't have it both ways!

(lemonade stands not withstanding)

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Vinyl LPs to top 3 million sales in Blighty this year

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Probably OK, unless...

They use an mp3 file to make the vinyl master (could happen). On the other hand, if you want that "warm" feeling, I'm sure a signal processing algorithm passed over the (digital) output of the CD can make it for you. Then this nice "warm" sound will be even "warmer" when you use vacuum tubes valves to distort enhance the output.

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Embrace, extend – and kill. Microsoft discontinues RoboVM

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Another example of Microsoft...

We're Microsoft, and WE DON'T CARE. We're going to make your life miserable and costly.

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AMC sobers up, apologizes for silly cinema texting plan

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Interesting that...

public opinion does count for something these days. I just wish other entities would listen as well, and as quickly!

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Music's value gap? Follow the money trail back to Google

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So YouTube (Google)

Is the new Napster. We're just pointers, don't look at us!

Me? I just listen to the 60's channel on the satellite radio service, the offerings today aren't much. Then again, I'm older now.

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Cinema boss gives up making kids turn off phones: 'That's not how they live their life'

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Maybe...

They can charge more to allow the use of texting devices. Then add a soundtrack of ringers and silly ringtones throughout the movie "just to make it interesting".

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Ad slinger Phorm ceases trading

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We only hope this...

Sets an example for others to follow. Now that the company is down (and almost) out, investors will thing twice (at least I hope) when attempting to finance other such endeavors.

Snake oil doesn't sell well!

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Microsoft sues US DoJ for right to squeal when Feds slurp your data

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Possibly a way to do this...

Charge the government a fee (like $10,000) to keep things secret. While law enforcement might have the $$$ to pay the fee on a one-time basis, a fishing expedition would get costly quickly.

Many places have tight budgets, and need to beg legislators to get them approved. The cost for 100 records ought to spring up pretty quickly.

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This headline will, in part, cost pepper-spraying University of California, Davis $175k

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He should of used...

Bull S**t repellent instead of pepper spray. It might have worked even better if the can was labeled as "toxic poison".

As for the reputation, not much can fix that but TIME, or outlawing search engines (good luck with that!).

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Feds OK to stalk phones

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Note to self...

Turn off cell phone after robbing bank. Better yet, throw it away. Even better, destroy it like in the movies/TV shows.

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US anti-encryption law is so 'braindead' it will outlaw file compression

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An analogy perchance??

This bill seems much like requiring car manufacturers to put devices in their automobiles that will reverse the effects of a crash. Isn't a crumpling of a car much like encrypting it with no reversal in sight?

Maybe an explanation like this will get the point across (but I doubt it!).

Of course there is the NSA body works, but that is another story.

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HGST has an entry-level 14PB archive box... is that enough for your, er, home collection?

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SA1000??

Interesting model number. Way back when, it was the model number for a Shugart 5Mb 8 inch contained disk drive (think c. 1980).

I suspect it won't get mistaken, but if you have some old ones around, someone could sell them as "genuine".

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'Apple owes me $2bn'

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This proves only one thing...

That anybody can sue anybody else. We need the "loser pays" doctrine here in the USA. Especially in these types of sueballs.

One way of getting around the fact that a bigger company DOES have more resources, is to make the loser pay the cost of their own legal fees to the winner. If you DO rack up a big bill and lose, you will pay a bunch of money. Then again I am just dreaming.

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Vulture conservationists hatch cunning 3-D printed egg plan

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Any of these eggs...

At Vulture central?

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US bus passenger cracks one off for three hours

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Did he...

Post it to You Tube? that would make an interesting video (which wouldn't last long) and would be satisfactory to have an IT angle.

He might have said: "Look at the megabus!!"

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Reusable autonomous swimming microbots soak up 95% of spilt lead

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Memo to self...

Flint Michigan.

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Windows 10 debuts Blue QR Code of Death – and why malware will love it

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Is it just me, or...

Don't you need a computer to get whole pages of information about the QR code. Sure you scan the silly thing with a nice iDevice and get a web page, but will it be optimized for the "small screen", or will you need a nice big 20+ inch screen (on the vary computer that just crashed) to get all the info you really need/

When in danger, or in doubt

Run in circles, scream and shout. (The Microsoft way)

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America's Intelligence Transparency Council to meet for the first time … behind closed doors

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And the minutes of the meeting...

Will be encrypted for your safety. Stored an iPhone of course.

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Microsoft gender pay gap

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$200 per year??

Plus or minus a few bucks. And what does the "diversity program" cost (let's say one full time person)? That one person would cover about 5000 people, and that doesn't count overhead.

Of course it prevents lawsuits, which can be VERY costly if those nasty people (lawyers) get involved...

Then again, the whole thing could be rounding error (probably a more likely scenario).

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The future of Firefox is … Chrome

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Genetic Diversity??

This talk about different browsers may be good thing. Let's hope that there continue to be different browsers. If the "world" decided to only have one (a company in Redmond tried this) they will control the standard and it could go down a very bad path. Hopefully if we can keep a few different based browsers around, the herd will improve.

One can only hope that the content makers will come around and stop "adapting" to bad browsers. I don't hold much hope, as some still adapt to IE6.

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NASA gives blacked-out Kepler space 'scope the kiss of life

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Don't you just reset the thing??

CTRL-ALT-DEL,and start it up again. Isn't that the Microsoft way??

Start over (which may mean another launch) and try again to see if it faults the same way...

Oh, you mean it costs money not in the budget to do that??

Never mind...

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FBI, Apple continue cat-and-mouse game over iPhones in New York

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Looks like Scott McNealy was right...

A quick search will yield the proper quote.

The problem is that this time it will be government required.

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Look who's here to solve the Internet of Things' security nightmare – hey, it's Uncle Sam

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We're from the Government and here to "help"

Run, don't walk to the nearest exit. The government can't help with much, and that that it does "help" usually gets really screwed up.

Again: RUN!

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Google, Facebook's CAPTCHAs vanquished by security researchers

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Why not try ...

Exponential rate limiting. Start over at a random time of the day. If the user input is supposed to be typed, measure the time it takes for a reasonable typist to enter the comment (or whatever). Go from there. Display a clock if you must allow for cutting and pasting, but double up on the time out period.

Yes, they are a pain. I doubt that the google people can solve all of them accurately.

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