* Posts by Gene Cash

1613 posts • joined 22 Mar 2007

FCC boss sketches out bargain broadband for hard-up Americans

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Re: Broadband or running water?

Considering the computers/net connection at the 3 nearest library branches mostly don't work... I'd say that's not a serious option.

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Why voice and apps sometimes don't beat an old-fashioned knob

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The one they NEVER mention

IoT is SLOW AS HELL.

My thermostat and other IoT things are of course very small resource-starved computers. This means when my phone app simply asks it how hot it is, and what's the current setpoint, it takes FOREVER to process the overly complicated protocol (JSON over HTTP) and return an answer.

So just turning the A/C down a degree takes about half a minute at least.

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Aye-aye Eyeo, go safely on your way-o, says German judge

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It's not just ugly annoying ads. It's also:

* the bandwidth they take on my mobile device

* the dozens of ad sites exacerbated by slow DNS on many local ISPs which makes the page take forever to load.

* the pwned adware sites that start serving up malware

Plus I'm just tired of getting screwed by ads. My TV shows are now 20% shorter due to ads. They chop up repeats of older shows and BBC America to shove in more ads. I bought XM Radio, PAYING FOR RADIO on the condition I no longer had to listen to dozens of ads. Guess what? It's now got ads! So in addition to dropping TV and dropping radio, I now use adblock, even on twitter.

For the webcomics artists where I block ads, I've started using Patreon to send them some bucks because there's only so many t-shirts you can buy.

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Airbus warns of software bug in A400M transport planes

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Hm.

I wonder what was different about the 4th engine...

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King's Bounty (1990): Enter the kleptomaniac dragon

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Re: Cough.. cough... cough...

C'mon, any one who's read TV-Tropes knows the smaller the female's armor, the more hitpoints it can take.

Looks like that little lady could successfully take on Cthulu... tentacles or not...

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City of birth? Why password questions are a terrible idea

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Even worse

I've been asked for my city of birth....

"Ocala"

"Response must be 8 letters or longer"

"Ocala, FL"

"Response cannot contain spaces or punctuation"

My next response didn't contain spaces or punctuation, but it certainly contained my opinion of the bank and the coders.

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The yummy mummies' likeable wagon: Nissan Qashqai Tekna

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IT Angle

Sigh...

I guess as topgear.com will be going under soon, I'll be seeing more car reviews on IT sites.

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/NetworkDecay

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BONKERS apocalyptic WAR WAGONS circle Vulture South

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Re: Deuce coupe

There looks to be a very thin cut following the top of the pipes.

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EEeeeeek, complaints! Ofcom roasts BT-wannabe-spouse

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It could be worse...

Cant be worse than Comcast, Time Warner over here... I don't see any complaints here about being called nasty racist insults...

America! We're #1!!... in shitty customer service...

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Going up hills past blokes with coke-bottle legs: The Smart E-bike

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Nice change of pace

It's nice to see a review of a unique and interesting vehicle instead of the usual useless info about a car I wouldn't be caught dead in.

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Re: Why is so heavy?

Don't forget the motor & hub transmission still is a huge chunk of that weight.

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Re: ... "'so the chain can be replaced with a carbon toothed belt." ...

Note that's a perfectly maintained brand new chain, which IME has a lifespan of about 2 days in the wild before it becomes a rusted rattley unoiled pantleg-trap with kinked links.

The belt is just about maintenance free, as it's rare it becomes loose. I check mine on my electric motorcycle once a month with a tension tester but have never had to adjust it.

I'm shocked though as that's the first time I've seen anyone actually TEST the difference instead of just arguing about it. Isn't that against the internet law?

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With FTC suit looming, AT&T backs off on throttling 'unlimited' data plans

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Re: Yeah, well, to fair....

No. "unlimited" has NO meaning of "well, unlimited until you hit the unstated arbitrary limit"

At least Verizon had the decency to stop the "unlimited" contracts a while ago.

My T-Mobile contract is "effectively unlimited" but they clearly state in bold print that when I hit 5Gb in 3 weeks, then my service goes from 3G to EDGE.

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Apple taxpayers swarm to stone-age iPhone 6+ purely for the bigness

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Re: You ignored the best-in-class camera

The only problem I have with my Moto G is if I want to replace it, I have no choice but that broken POS known as Lollipop. My Moto G on KitKat routinely goes 2-3 days w/o charging. My friend with Lollipop is lucky if he can make it through the day.

I am seriously considering an iPhone for that reason.

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Tesla's battery put in the shade by current and cheaper kit

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Re: Back of an envelope calculations

> What kind of house do you live in where 300kg on a wall is a structural integrity issue?

At least here in Florida all the houses are matchstick & tarpaper quality. I wouldn't trust 300kg on any wall including an exterior one. Hell, the outside siding is having trouble hanging on after only 10 years.

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FOUND: NASA's stray balloon located in the middle of nowhere

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Re: At least they are being responsible

> I wonder how much more advanced science would be if the president just flew on a commercial airliner like a normal person...

I wonder how much less of a bag of dicks the TSA would be...

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SpaceX Dragon crew capsule in 'CHUTE ABORT drama – don't panic, no one died

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Slight oops

It looks like one of the thrusters burped, and so the apogee and speed reached was not quite the target. It wasn't too much of an underperformance though.

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Bruce Schneier's Data and Goliath – solution or part of the problem?

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Re: Great analysis

"Don't use Google"

Have you looked at how many people hit Google for fonts, some sort of API, or something? From my Adblock+ filter hit-counts list for the past month:

18,052 fonts.googleapis.com

16,101 fonts.gstatic.com

72,047 google-analytics.com

25,981 googleadservices.com

50,836 googlesyndication.com

32,980 googletagservices.com

So quite a few sites will use Google for you.

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Samsung Electronics' sales go OVER A CLIFF

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@Tromos

Did you not read where he explicitly said "we didn't have to faff around trying to assert our rights under the durability of goods regs" ??

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MAYHEM in ORBIT: Russian cargo pod spins OUT OF CONTROL

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Money making opportunity!

I wonder how long Progress will be grounded for the investigation?

Now that Dragon is the only way to the ISS, Musk should adopt the United Launch Alliance pricing model and double his prices.

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Top Spanish minister shows citizens are thick as tortillas de ballenas

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Re: What You Said, almost.

Not just the flyover states. When I was in grade/high school here in central Florida, I was banned from computer activities because I disagreed with the "science" "teacher" about creationism and evolution.

Granted, the computers were TRS-80s and the school only had one for a while, but my mother retaliated by buying me my own.

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Stuff your RFID card, just let me through the damn door!

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Re: Surprising the guard was doing its job..

We had a lot of tailgating, but the problem is we're at Orlando int'l airport and used to be in the identical building opposite the local FAA office.

One day, a airline pilot managed to get to the sixth floor by tailgating people. Unfortunately, instead of realizing his mistake and slinking back out, he decided to get pissy and start demanding to know where the hell the FAA office was... from the security people who decided to take Official Notice of his trespassing in a controlled area. The FAA were notified and being as how it was 8 months past 9/11, things spiraled very badly downhill.

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I have the opposite problem: my work access card in my wallet activates the shoplifting alarms at most of the local stores. It's quite the conundrum to the average retail employee when it goes off and you're *coming in the store*

Nowadays the alarms are so frequent, they just sigh and press the silence button, no matter what the situation is.

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SUPERVOLCANIC MAGMA reservoir BUBBLING under Yellowstone Park

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Re: Not just Yellowstone.

How come the Hawaiian island chain isn't on that list? It's pretty damn big and still currently erupting and threatening houses...

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Google pulls plug on YouTube for older iPads, iPhones, smart TVs

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Re: Too late the "future" is here.

> The kids are getting very peed off with all the adverts.

The kids started using Adblock Plus far quicker than anyone else. That's why a lot of podcasts/streams I watch do the '30s old-timey radio method of actually reading ad copy. As a plus, it's usually a product/company vetted by the streamer, so it's not the usual unrelated junk ads.

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That's right: FBI agents can't pretend to be ISP repairmen to search homes without a warrant

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Unhappy

It's sad

... when I'm rooting more for the crooked gambler than the government, because he's less of an asshole.

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BuzzFeed: We don't pull 'articles' due to advertiser pressure VERY OFTEN

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Re: advertising is pointless.

They certainly are not doing news.

I've noticed a lot of articles on Google News where they're nonsense word soup.

At the bottom, they'll say "this article was regenerated by the editors from internet information"

It looks like they're using Eliza to mash together articles about a particular topic. Seriously.

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BLAM! Valve slams brakes on Steam flimflam with $5 spam scram plan

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Re: WTF?

> shunned from the Steam community

And nothing of value was lost. Remember, Steam is mostly just a DRM system at heart. The rest is just window dressing to attract punters. I've made sure my copy of Kerbal Space Program and other games I've bought direct from the developers never goes near it.

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HOVER ROCKET space station podule mission LIGHTNING HOLD DRAMA

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4pm == rain in Florida

It's that time of year when it pretty much always rains some time around 4pm in Florida. The clouds rolled in and the weather rapidly went from nice'n'sunny to total shite in about 45 minutes.

The Texas site will be a lot better, as it has the same "shoot rockets down the Atlantic without hitting anyone" advantage, but no NASA/USAF red tape and a lot better weather.

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Welcome to the FUTURE: Maine cops pay Bitcoin ransom to end office hostage drama

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Re: Backup verification matters

Or as a wise old boss once said:

"Nobody wants backups. What everybody wants is a restore."

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HOT HOVERSHIP-ON-HOVERSHIP ACTION: SpaceX ready for barge boing

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Dragon at KSC-VC

FYI, one of the ex-ISS Dragons is at the Kennedy Space Center visitor's center, next to the "space shop" for a limited time, next to the Orion capsule & Dreamchaser mockups.

I'm hoping the weather stays clear until 4:30 so I can see things. The last attempt was at night, so I got to see the huge plume of the stage reignition.

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'Granola-eating tree hugger' takes plunge, becomes IoT upstart

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Re: Buses

That's a problem with the stupid route, not the tracking. Why is he going empty to the shopping center if he can't actually pick anyone up? And if he's empty, it should be understood why he's not going there.

And if he's not empty, he can take people there but not bring anyone back? That makes no sense to me. (that may be because I've never been on a bus, nor do I plan to be)

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You’ll be the coolest guy in IT if you ain't got your ID

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Re: Seperation alert tags

One of those retractable keyrings helped me get out of jury duty once. Apparently they're a garotting weapon.

The fun part was the security moron instructed me to take it back and lock in my my vehicle (i.e. lock my keys in my car)

So I responded with equal nonsense, saying my vehicle had no doors (motorcycle, but I didn't say so) and couldn't be locked. I was escorted out of the building by another one of the police officers, who waited until we were out of earshot before doubling over in laughter. He wrote me a note.

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Linux 4.0 debuts with the usual no fanfare

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"Torvalds thinks that it looks a bit silly when version numbers go beyond x.19"

Er, no, he doesn't. Nowhere in the linked article, or the LKML post or anywhere else has he said that. Have you forgotten the days of 0.99pl13? He decided to go to 4.x because people seemed to say they preferred it.

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Can't patch this: Mozilla pulls Firefox encryption feature after just a week

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Re: Firefox usage

And it's gotten even worse. With the revision rolled out yesterday, mobile Firefox now crashes if you try to take a picture for a tweet. Nice.

Also, I have a very simple webcam page, one 640x480 image, 4 links. That's it. Mobile Firefox decides to double zoom the image 50% of the time (i.e. on alternate refreshes) without scrollbars, losing the ability to see the links or the whole image.

That's pretty incompetent.

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Streak life: Oz woman flashes boobs at Google Street View car

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Tests show HTC, Sammy phablets BEND just like iPhone 6 Plus

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Re: In other news…

That's because capacitive touch sensors work only on glass, and resistive touch sensors suck elephant dongles for a large variety of reasons.

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Comcast: Google, we'll see your 1Gbps fiber and DOUBLE IT

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Competition? Not really...

From people I have talked to in Austin, TX, they carve the city up on a block-by-block basis. AT&T "serves" these blocks, Google gets this chunk, Comcast gets another area, and the local gigabit guys get what's left over.

For any particular house/apartment, you have one and only one gigabit provider.

Some "competition"

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El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

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Print article

Well, that was my way of not slogging through half a dozen "pages" at one or two paragraphs of content per page. It was pretty rough when 8 "pages" boiled down to half a properly formatted page.

For an example, look at the book & car reviews and the current cloud printing inkjets articles.

So I'll probably be cutting way back on my reading, as I just don't have the time & patience. I'll also be turning AdBlock back on.

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Spanish scraper scrapped: Google axes Google News

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Re: How silly

I don't have a radio, nor a TV, and I sure as hell am not paying the local fishwrap MONEY for it's poorly researched typo-filled unedited crap.

As a matter of fact, my local paper switched to a website layout so spectacularly difficult to use, that the only way I can read stories from it is Google News.

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The future looks bright: Prepare to be dazzled by HDR telly tech

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Then it's compressed to shit for broadcast

If I watch sports like motor racing, I can't distinguish the logos on the vehicles because of the artifacting, and 10% of the time, the picture just breaks up into blocks. Watching the Orion launch with the ocean behind the pad was annoying because the waves were artifacted into a grey slush.

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Intel: Grab these platform shoes and dance to OUR Internet of Things standard

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Battling standards

That's sure to kill IoT, or at least really delay it. I'm not putting things in my house where each appliance talks a different proprietary standard.

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RIP Ralph Baer: Father of the games console dies aged 92

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Hoisted one in memory of Mr. Baer when I heard yesterday... I had both a Magnavox Odyssey and a Simon, of course.

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Why, hello there, Foxy... BYE GOOGLE! Mozilla's browser is a video star

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FF 34 Mobile broke Twitter

I don't know if it's Firefox or Twitter's crap code, but when I updated to 34 on Android, Twitter started painting the page then instantly replacing it with "something went wrong"

I had to downgrade back to 33.1.

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Orion hacker sends stowaway into SPAAAAACE

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Re: Why the fuck ...

> Space-cadet wannabes.

Yup, that's me!

> Rah-rah cheerleaders for the future.

Last week, I designed a coin box for my motorcycle myself with a computer, and transmitted the design across a worldwide network to a robot that automatically created my design for a small fee.

This week, I'm riding an electric motorcycle, with a portable connection to that same world wide network of computers, that can locate itself and show me on a map where the nearest charging station is.

It don't get much more "future" than that.

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Linus Torvalds releases Linux 3.18 as 3.17 wobbles

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Re: Linux future

> if you were aiming at the authors of systemd, then.......

I think you'll find a LOT of people willing to pay for gas for that bus!! And fighting for the privilege to drive...

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IBM Research wants laptop batteries to retire and slum it

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Nope, Lithium batteries actually use the AA (and C) form factor too now.

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VW's Scirocco diesel: A sheep in Wolfsburg’s clothing

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WTF?

DSG?

What the hell is that? Dick's Sporting Goods? Dakota Supply Group?

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'Why do Register commentards get so frothy-mouthed?' Thus started WW3

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Re: Florida1920 If you have to ask

> For them, the introduction of reality is often a brutal affair

Yup. This country went from landing on the Moon to THIS BAG IS NOT A TOY in 40 short years.

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