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* Posts by waldo kitty

31 posts • joined 1 Dec 2008

As bankruptcy looms for RadioShack, we ask its chief financial officer... oh. He's quit

waldo kitty
Pint

Re: Retail bankruptcies are never fun

The funny thing is that I do remember when they were at least a reliable choice when you wanted something electronic, and they even had their own factories making components back before that got offshored. That's kind of the only reason they're not bankrupt yet...those early years let them build up huge reserves. Kind of like Dell, or to a lesser extent, IBM...still plugging along but a shadow of their size and influence during their "golden age."

on the factories thing... yep! they would find some product that was very good and they might have that company make the same product but with the tandy or radioshack name on it... if it went really well, they would buy the factory and start making the products for everyone else...

do you remember their batteries? the red and green ones? yup, same exact product as the name branded batteries they sold right beside them... came out of the same factory and the same production line at the same time... each was simply diverted to the separate labeling lines...

do you remember their cassette tapes? same thing! they sold them beside memorex tapes... guess who made the memorex tapes... yup! radioshack did :)

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waldo kitty

Re: Another one bites the dust...

They had a niche but weren't satisfied to stay in it.

agreed hugely... they really screwed the pooch when they got greedy and started chasing everything else... i used to go to them to purchase chips and electronics parts for building projects but one can barely get any of the good stuff they used to have yesteryear... they need to return to their roots if they truly want to stay around...

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Super Cali goes ballistic, Uber Pool is bogus: Ride sharing biz is illegal in the state, says regulator

waldo kitty
Coat

Re: It wasn't supposed to be this way

>Car sharing for profit without a licence is illegal.

This case goes one further, it's car sharing with individual passengers paying different fares to go to different stops. That is known as a bus.

really? all the city bus transportation rides i've ever taken charge one flat fee for riding the bus no matter how far you were going... some even gave "continuance" passes for use on the next bus you might have to get on at a transfer station since you had already paid the fee for the ride to your destination...

my coat because i've got another bus to catch...

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ATTACK of the Windows ZOMBIES on point-of-sale terminals

waldo kitty

Re: Chip and PIN

NeilPost:Yet another reason US banks need to stop resisting Chip and PIN, and PCI/DSS being implemented - works very well in Europe, where Card Scraping is almost unheard of [...]

perhaps you missed this little bit'o'news from yesterday??

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/07/09/teenytiny_skimmer_found_in_gullets_of_atms/

seems these devices are predominant in Europe...

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Aerospike: Thanks for that $20m, VCs ... next we'll OPEN SOURCE our NoSQL database

waldo kitty

What's in a name?

when i first read this, my immediate association was with the aerospike rocket engines.

https://www.google.com/search?q=aerospike+engine

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YOU'RE HISTORY: Ancestry.com goes titsup for TWO DAYS

waldo kitty
Boffin

I think of many targets that would be ideal for a DDOS but a genealogy site?! Doesn't seem like something I can imagine many hackers would gain much kudos from their peers for taking out of service!

@ Amorous Cowherder: ummm... there's huge amounts of identity information to be had on any genealogy site... not everyone listed is dead, ya know? ;)

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Code Spaces goes titsup FOREVER after attacker NUKES its Amazon-hosted data

waldo kitty
Facepalm

Re: Backups

They had perfectly good backups - the backups didn't fail, someone with the authority to do so deleted them! They could've stored their backups in different locations across different servers but if you let someone get in and delete the backups, that is a process fail, not an infrastructure fail.

the main point is that true off-site backups cannot be accessed via any sort of wire or radio signal... off-site backups are exactly that... off-site... that means manually placed there in their fireproof box and manually removed from there when the next set is put in OR they are needed for disaster recovery...

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Elon Musk's LEAKY THRUSTER gas stalls Space Station supply run

waldo kitty
Alien

wait... what??

[...] the next launch opportunity on Friday April 18, [...]

All of this is now on hold until the next launch window this Thursday. [...]

the alien because there's some weird time warp in effect or something...

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Quadrillion-dollar finance house spams Reg reader with bankers' private data

waldo kitty

Re: example.org

example.org is not the only one available, either... me@privacy.net is also available and has been for several decades... if me@privacy.net doesn't work, simply add a number to it... they're all flushed into the bitbucket...

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Angela Merkel's phone was being listened in on by FIVE foreign powers

waldo kitty
Thumb Up

Re: The real question here is

how many of the buggers knew how many other buggers were on her phone? And did they know their IDs?

well played, sir... well played :)

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Super-stealth FLYING CAR prototype seen outside GOOGLE HQ

waldo kitty
Black Helicopters

Moller Skycar

personally, i think i'd rather have the Moller Skycar... it just looks better for one thing... it has been in development longer, too... the 400 over the 100 or 200 but the 200 looks nice, too...

http://moller.com/dev/index.php/sky-car/m400-specs

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Autopilot guides Texan plane home from a dizzying 30,000m

waldo kitty
Boffin

"It was going something like 350 mph"

unless my calculator is broken, you're about 140mph slow on that guesstimate... 790kph = 490.8832mph

still, that's pretty fast and one would think there would be a bit of stress but we also have to look at the mass of the vehicle... more mass means more stress, right? ;)

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Beat this, cloud giants! Musk rocket flings 1TB hard drive into SPAAACE

waldo kitty

Re: So it's running into technical limitations then?

If you don't get all your data up(down)loaded then you have to wait for (probably longer than) 90 minutes?

depending on the passes over your location, you might get three good ones... maybe four but the middle one or two will be your best since they are the highest over head... the other passes will be your worst for signal propagation since they will be closer to each horizon...

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waldo kitty

Re: Why maths is important

www,heavens-above.com

obviously that should be www.heavens-above.com ... sorry for the typo :?

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waldo kitty

Re: Why maths is important

Assuming that this thing can sustain 340Mb/s for the 90 minutes it will be in the same hemisphere (unlikely but lets play their game)

ummm... the satellite is in LEO (Low Earth Orbit) so that's 90 minutes for one full orbit around the earth... then there's also the walking pattern where each orbit is offset by X degrees due to the rotation of the earth under the satellite... you might want to take a look at some screen shots of satellite orbit footprints... i'm sure that www,heavens-above.com and www.n2yo.com have some you can look at ;)

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Comcast court docs show Prenda copyright trolls seeded smut then sued

waldo kitty
Facepalm

Re: Fascinating case, more on popehat

We're lawyers. We're not in the honor business.

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JOBS from beyond grave: I AM NOT A CROOK, it was an 'aikido move'

waldo kitty
Facepalm

is it some new sense to join the senses?

All of a sudden I heard a sound of explosion-type firecracker, then I felt a strange chemical smell and my work pants began to catch fire.

how can you feel a smell??

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Americans attempt to throw off oppressive, unresponsive rulers on 4th of July

waldo kitty
Boffin

Re: WTF...

So this is a celebration of a bunch of insurgents whose terrorist activities overthrew the legitimate government and prolonged slavery for many years.

What "legitimate government" are you talking about, AC? There were numerous "legitimate governments" in the new world that Britain, France, Spain and others simply ran roughshod over and stole the land from. Perhaps you have heard of them? They are known as Native American Indians.

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Microsoft botnet smackdown 'caused collateral damage, failed to kill target'

waldo kitty
Angel

apt-get' is not recognized as an interal or external command, operable program or batch file......

I think you found the problem.

it only works on already installed linux systems, for one thing... Eadon's original wouldn't work anyway... not even on a working linux system... he can't even get that right :rolleyes:

@Ole Juul: PS: haven't seen you around in a while... 1:3634/12 ;)

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MySpace zaps millions of teens' tearful rants, causes wave of angst

waldo kitty

Re: What you post can vanish at any time...

This would be closer to all the BBS systems, FIDO net... all gone now.

Sorry but you are quite wrong there. Many BBS systems are still in operation. Some still have POTS capability in addition to telnet and/or ssh access.

And Fidonet? Fidonet is definitely still alive and active. Granted it doesn't have the 40000 nodes worldwide that it did back in the late '90's with all their hundreds and thousands of users each but it is still alive and active. Yes even offline mail via QWK and Bluewave are still very much in use by those who choose to continue to use that format ;)

1:3634/12

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Apple in Big Apple dock: iPhone goliath starts ebook price-fix trial

waldo kitty

Re: Allegedly?

I notice in the "Read more" section of this article, the tag "Price-fixing" has been applied. Innocent until proven guilty.

That rule only applies in some court systems. In some systems, the defendant is guilt until proven innocent.

Journalism classes have nothing to do with this ;)

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Sun attempts to ID entire FA Cup Final crowd

waldo kitty
Thumb Up

i wasn't there...

Piezor> Has anybody found Wally (Waldo for our overseas readers) yet?

there are very few sports events that i like and this wasn't one of them ;)

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waldo kitty
Paris Hilton

can google actually eat it?

JDX> Google's picasa has face-recognition already; upload your photos and it identifies

JDX> you and your friends.

ummm... doesn't have to have a known picture of you already for it to work? ;)

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Mozilla to shift 12m surfers off 2-year-old Firefox 3.5

waldo kitty
WTF?

i gotta be missing something...

@Head: my FF4.0.1 has separate stop and reload buttons... at least on one of my machines, it does (w2k)... my vista laptop, on the other hand, does not (yet)... both are running in their "default" configuration that they came up with when they were installed over FF 3.6.18 (or whatever the latest version was a few days ago)...

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waldo kitty
Boffin

if flash is unusable since the upgrade then...

you have a problem in flash... not FF... this isn't rocket science, people :?

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waldo kitty
Black Helicopters

flash is the problem?

if this is correct, what makes you think that it will work properly in IE??? this is a serious question...

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waldo kitty
Boffin

you have a problem somewhere...

... and it isn't in FF as released by Moz... what OS are you running?

1. it is possible that you have an infestation that is as yet unknown... i've seen it more than once in my 30+ years in the industry...

2. there may be some sort of hardware or driver problem... this is another item that has been seen for many many many years... i know of several folk who cannot run the latest ubuntu on their gear due to some weird hardware problem (likely video related)... in the same breath, my father has a new x64 box with Vista and all updates and patches that reboots all the time... near as we can figure, there's some problem with the video driver mess...

there are many places where the problem may be that are not related to the application having the problems... especially in this day in time with shared libraries and services...

FWIW: FF4 runs peachy on W2K which isn't touted very much ;)

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UK.gov says extreme porn isn't illegal if you delete it...

waldo kitty
Unhappy

what is "obscene"??

the classic definition of "obscene" is "what ever gives the judge a "hard-on" ;)

in other words, what you and i may see as "not obscene" may very well be seen by a conservative person as "highly obscene"...

as an example, there is a movie from several years back where an Amish female has a child by a non-Amish male... they are "forced" into a separation where the mother returns to her Amish roots and lifestyle... the child's father retains custody of the child and takes numerous videos and pictures to send to the child's mother so that she won't miss out on the child's growth... however, her (the mother's) highly conservative father is a member of the state's gov't or has ties into said gov't... enough so that the child's father is brought up on charges of "interstate child pornography" since he lived in one state and the mother lived in another and he was sending her the VHS video tapes and Polaroid pictures...

i've just spent over 2 hours trying to find the movie's name so as to be able to point to it for others who are interested to be able to find it... the movie is based on true facts and i seem to recall that Dennis Quaid played the part of the father in the movie... however, i am unable to find anything related to such a movie :( i've seen this movie more than once and may very well be mistaken on who the actor is who plays the father but the religion involved is Amish, Mennonite or possibly even Mormon... it has been many years since i've seen the movie... it seems to me to have been something out in the early 80s, though...

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SanDisk flash holds secret flash sauce till after Christmas

waldo kitty
Pirate

so, what's wrong with this picture?

so why not use "standard" memory chips with a battery on the card instead of relying on capacitance to hold the charge? standard memory chips are quite fast so why not add in a (re)chargable (via USB since that seems to be wher all the id10t corps are going) battery and go from there? sure, the batteries have a 5-7 year life-cycle but we're already having to deal with that on many other fronts :? :? :( :(

looks to me like yet another bean counter "conflaguration" :( :( :(

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What if computers went back to the '70s too?

waldo kitty
Unhappy

st00pid f4rkling bean counters :(

you know what the biggest thing is that i see everyone posting comments on this thread is??

they all forget about the bean counters! why else would DEC have not gone ahead with their plans contrary to the fact that they would have another machine that would have "suppressed" their sales on their "main machine" at that time???

and let's not overlook IBM's huge failing where their "experts" figured that there would only be several hundred PCs desired when, in fact, what they did was to promote "compatible" machines which the market took to heart and ran with which also resulted in numerous other computer manufacturers loosing their marketshares... and it all comes down to the basics of bean counters and poor mismanagement :(

imagine where we'd be today if the same growth curve had been evident in the sixties... heck, just look at the space industry for a similar and very familiar failure :( :( :( ;(

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EU Commission backs Reding on data caps

waldo kitty
Black Helicopters

say what???

the biggest problem is that the telcos and ISPs have hidden the fact that sending SMS (and other format text messages) don't cost them 1/100th of a cent because they/it is all on the "back channel"... in fact, you can say more in a text in 1/100th of a second than you can speaking across the same channel...

the plain fact of the matter is that folk are paying 100x+ times what it should cost them for text messages and the bean counters are laughing at everyone behind their backs all the way to the (failing) banks :? :(

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