* Posts by Bucky 2

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By 2040, computers will need more electricity than the world can generate

Bucky 2
Alert

What is the consequence of being wrong?

I hear 7 predictions of doom before breakfast. We have to come up with some kind of disincentive for people to go off half-cocked, spewing nonsense.

If the doom-predictor hasn't vowed to scoop out his own eyes with a melon-baller if 2040 comes and goes with enough electricity to power the world's computers, then he doesn't believe it himself, and doesn't deserve an article about his claims.

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Nope, we can't find dark matter either, says LUX team

Bucky 2

The findings are consistent with my modified Terry Pratchett theory that we all live on the back of a giant turtle, swimming through the aether, on his way to mate (the "big bang").

The aether has mass, but being ubiquitous, it is impossible to detect because we have no concept of its absence.

Also: "There's no dark matter, really. Matter of fact it's all dark."

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Star Trek Beyond: An unwatchable steaming pile of tribble dung

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Ursula K LeGuin once said something like the point of science fiction is to create a distancing effect so you can explore aspects of the human condition without preconceptions.

I feel like the first several Treks at least gave it the old college try. I never felt it with Enterprise nor with the reboot. It could just be me. But it makes me sad.

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Ad blockers responsible for rise in upfront TV ad sales, claims report

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Apples and Oranges

My solution is to simply repeat the practice that is already in-place on television, and apply it to the web. Which is to say: The content creator eats the price of bandwidth for the ads, and uses his own equipment to broadcast them on the same station (i.e.: domain) that the primary content comes from.

It's absolutely no different than the system they prefer anyway, and would largely circumvent ad blockers.

If they applied the system they're using on the web to television, they'd be taking over your TV, switching to an all-ad station, make you watch it for a period of time, and then switching back to the channel you originally tuned to. Pretending surprise that people might resist such a scheme is completely disingenuous. I'm sure you would find ad-blocking devices becoming available for your television that would prevent the hijack altogether or block ad-only channels' frequencies.

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Facebook deleted my post and made me confirm pics of my kids weren't sexually explicit

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Coat

Difference between a whiskey bottle and....

If memory serves, Facebook periodically has links to articles about emergency room hijinks where just such mistakes had been made.

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Theresa or Teresa May? Twitter confuses nude model and new PM

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Paris Hilton

Gaping chasm

...mustn't...make...sexist...joke...mustn't...make...sexist...joke

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Linus Torvalds in sweary rant about punctuation in kernel comments

Bucky 2

Change over time

The argument in favor of Linus's preferred commenting format is that when the code changes, then the comments sometimes must be changed, too.

Comments with asterisks on the right are unnecessarily cumbersome to modify.

Taking a step back, we could conclude that developers that DO use asterisks on the right are not concerned about modifying code over time.

Taking another step back, we might conclude that developers who are not concerned about modifying code over time are foolish, or arrogant.

Taking another step back, we might decide that developers who work on kernel code could not be foolish, and therefore such comments are a display of arrogance.

You can't deal with arrogant people politely. You have to tear them a new one, or they won't listen.

It's a lot of presumptions. And any one of the steps could be false if you took some time to evaluate them. But you don't actually take the steps individually. You flash from the beginning to the end in blind fury.

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Behold the ROBOT RECTUM... medics' relief

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"the trainer then inserts an index finger"

Yeah. His "index finger."

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Microsoft releases cross-platform .NET Core 1.0 at Linux event

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What I just read

Q: Can I move my Windows-deployed .NET sites to Linux?

A: Not really. You'd effectively have to rewrite the whole thing.

Q: Could I move Linux-deployed .NET sites to Windows?

A:

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Supermassive black hole devours star and becomes X-ray flashlight

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Coat

I guess Clara didn't show it her leaf, then.

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Fedora 24 is here. Go ahead – dive in

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Coat

Re: "screenshots are problematic"

Carbon on the valves. Anyone? Anyone? Crap, I'm old.

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Rejoice, fatties: Giving chocolate electric shocks makes it healthier

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Consumer Product?

If my understanding is correct, the electric current helps prevent "seizing," which is also what happens when you add moisture to a low-fat chocolate (for example, dipping strawberries into dark chocolate).

So, what do I Google to buy the household appliance that will do this for fondue?

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Telia engineer error to blame for massive net outage

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Happy

Guilt Issues

The first thing that happens to me when I read an article like this is a sudden wash of profound relief that it wasn't me.

I suppose there's probably a complex named for it.

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Non-US encryption is 'theoretical,' claims CIA chief in backdoor debate

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What it means to me is that whether foreigners have high-grade encryption or not is uninteresting to them. It's a "theoretical" capability that may be true; it may not be true; it doesn't really matter.

It's their own citizens they want to listen in on. It's their own citizens they're trying to exert control over.

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Brexit threatens Cornish pasty's racial purity

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Shenanigans

So you're saying I can't give someone a Michigan Mop Job unless we're in Michigan? That give me sad feelings.

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Latin-quoting Linus Torvalds plays God by not abusing mortals

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Re: quidquid Latine dictum sit altum videtur

You mean: Romani ite domum. And I want you to write it 1000 times.

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Unicode serves up bacon emoji

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Coat

Forget the bacon. It also seems to include a Bacardi emoji.

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Arrests for 'offensive' Twitter and Facebook messages up by a third

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Re: Act 127 does not apply to women apparently

And I can prove it!

We know that corporations are legally people. We also know that it is appropriate to use "it" to refer to a corporation.

Therefore, any legal document would use "it" whenever it doesn't mean to be gender specific.

And consequently, the "he" in the act can only be interpreted to mean men.

QED.

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Swedish old timer pulls airsoft gun on broadband salesman

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She's my spirit animal

I seriously doubt the exchange was as abbreviated as they say.

I'm going to assume the salesman started talking, and wouldn't let the woman get a word in edgewise. After several minutes of mounting unease, the woman finally had to suspend any natural impulse toward politesse and slam the door.

Assuming the woman was NOT an Olympic athlete, and she was not able to retrieve a gun and point it at him in the second and a half it takes to tick a box, I'm going to further assume he spent some time screwing around on her stoop, at which point the woman, transitioning from irritated to terrified, finds a toy gun and tries to get him to leave her property.

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In-flight movies via BYOD? Just what I always wan... argh no we’re all going to die!

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Ah. A variation on the old "I saw an error message" riff.

"I saw an error on screen."

"What did it say?"

"I don't know."

One assumes that the reporter must exert a serious effort of will to invoke his powers of literacy. By the time the error appeared, his will was exhausted.

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Dropbox gets all up in your kernel with Project Infinite. Cue uproar

Bucky 2

I feel like what I'm hearing is that they're re-inventing NFS (for some reason).

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The underbelly of simulation science: replicating the results

Bucky 2

Small floating point differences

In college physics, we were required to calculate not simply the results of an experiment, but also the margin of error. This had to be included in each step of the primary calculations. This was referred to as "showing your work."

Surely small floating point differences are part of the computation of the margin of error? Don't they calculate that in real life, or do they just do that in school?

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Hack probing poodle sacrifice cuffed for public crap

Bucky 2

Ah. Smoker as in smoked sausage.

I thought at first they were inhaling the dog into their lungs, one cigarette at a time.

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Google asks the public to name the forthcoming Android N operating system

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Coat

Nixon

...because when the president does it, it's not illegal.

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SHOCK: GM crops are good for you and the planet, reckon boffins

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Chain of Reasoning

Science is always scary.

Nature is always safe.

Cross-breeding two crops via sexual reproduction is inherently safe. There is no reason to investigate the resulting cross.

Cross-breeding two crops any other way is inherently unsafe. There is no reason to investigate the resulting cross.

Gene editing is unsafe because the combination of those two words sounds scientific, and science is dangerous.

Anyone who disagrees is part of a political or financial conspiracy.

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Microsoft phone support contractors told to hang up after 15 minutes

Bucky 2

My experience with Tier 1 support is that they have the FAQ section of the company's web site open on their computer. If the answer isn't there, they can't help. They're there to act as gate keepers to keep the sub-literate masses from wasting the time of upper-tier employees with valuable problem-solving skills.

The emotional down-side of working that kind of job is severe. I try to be as kind to them as possible. Occasionally you'll get someone who is dramatically horrible of course, but mostly they're just ordinary people working a crappy job.

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Laser-zapping scientists will save the Earth from meteorite destruction

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The challenge is that objects in space are usually spinning. Something as "small" as an asteroid may be spinning comparatively quickly. So the laser blast would have to be energetic enough to heat just a portion of the asteroid to affect its trajectory before that portion rotated away.

Otherwise, all you get for your effort is a whole lot of nothing.

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Android's security patch quagmire probed by US watchdogs

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You've got to feel for the phone vendors, though. Every couple weeks, there's a new patch of one kind or another. If they have a couple dozen phone models, they might need to type "make" several dozen times.

My God. Think of the carpal tunnel.

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29 years of data shows no mobile phone brain cancer link

Bucky 2

I'm hopeful that those who insisted that cell phones caused cancer will at least have the good grace to commit suicide.

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

Bucky 2

+1

There are plenty of us looking for jobs, but not ENOUGH of us that we're willing to work for less than the offshore folks.

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Secret UN report finds WIPO chief 'broke procurement rules'

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Coat

So that old hymn was prophetic:

"WIPO mine eyes and see snot."

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How IT are you? Find out now in our HILARIOUS quiz!

Bucky 2

The "IT" Quiz

(c) Ask what they've tried so far, then berate them for lacking initiative

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Florida weed suspect cuffed after hoverboard pursuit

Bucky 2

Re: Weed

tax the crap out of it... unless you have a medical pot card

In California, it's only available by medical referral, and it's taxed that way, too.

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Adobe preps emergency Flash patch for bug hackers are exploiting

Bucky 2
Paris Hilton

Waiting for XTube to migrate to html5.

Porn is the only reason I have Flash installed.

No, it is not installed on my work machine.

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Your pointy-haired boss 'bought a cloud' with his credit card. Now what?

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Mistrust

Hmm. If one department is taking on the responsibilities of another (PHB doing IT by credit card instead of delegating it to internal IT), it's probably important to figure out why.

Some folks seem to be saying that if the PHB mistrusts IT, and that mistrust is well-founded, then it's okay for the PHB to make decisions without IT's input.

That sounds like an argument for two wrongs making a right. That kind of thing usually doesn't end well.

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Patch Java now, says Oracle. Leave the Easter chocolate until later

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I blame Citrix.

I mean, I can't remember the last time I saw an in-page java applet, so that's been disabled for ages.

But I have at least two clients who use a Citrix VPN who only allow me to connect via Citrix "applications" (which run through a Java helper).

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Apple engineers rebel, refuse to work on iOS amid FBI iPhone battle

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It's likely I'm missing something.

You can duplicate the phone data into a VM and brute-force a 4-digit code in no time at all.

Under such circumstances, the FBI's request to break the encryption itself, as a "one-off," is bizarre.

And if Apple has received a court order, I don't see why they don't offer brute-forcing as an alternative, either.

When something seems that obvious, then it's likely that I've either completely misunderstood the problem at hand, or else there are shenanigans going on.

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Computer says: Stop using MacWrite II, human!

Bucky 2
Pint

In order to move forward, first back up

I remember those days.

We had a package called Retrospect. It was ostensibly a backup program, but part of its functionality was to run AppleScripts remotely on any workstation that had the Remote extension installed.

Our nagging problem was that Word's preferences file would frequently become corrupt, so the Quit Word/Delete Preferences/Restart Word procedure was first eye-opening non-backup script we created.

It was awesome.

Damn, I'm old.

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Mozilla burns Firefox on old Androids

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...it'll weed out those people who just punch in at home...

Presuming they don't know how to operate a VPN.

Does your office really have a vast tonnage of employees who would punch in from home and sleep? I'm betting not. So really they're throwing technology at a problem which could have been solved with one or two well-placed firings, meanwhile casting a veil of suspicion over their entire workforce.

I say run, don't walk, to a new job. Even the unemployment line would be preferable.

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Bucky 2

Jira?

If Jira seems to be the main target for the usage of tab groups, then I feel like this is a problem that's best fixed in Jira's own UI. For exactly the reason we're seeing here.

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Sexism isn't getting better in Silicon Valley, it's getting worse

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Re: As a side-note ...

On the one hand, refraining from feeding trolls is a good policy.

But in terms of real-life discrimination, "simply ignore them" is functionally equivalent to "shut up and take it."

I'm not offering any clear rules. I'm suggesting that situations can sometimes be more complicated than they appear on the surface.

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My devil-possessed smartphone tried to emasculate me

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Pint

Pictures or it didn't happen.

Just saying

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Confused as to WTF is happening with Apple, the FBI and a killer's iPhone? Let's fix that

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Black Helicopters

Re: It's probably just a false flag case...

That makes the most sense to me.

The 1000 VM idea is the most obvious solution. So obvious that it's reasonable to assume they've already done this, have all the data, and have people under surveillance already.

So the point of the media circus must be to convinced the surveilled people into thinking they haven't been fingered, and therefore lure them into doing something they can be nabbed for.

....at least that's how I'd write it if I were working on a spy novel. But we wouldn't find that out until the last chapter.

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iPhones clock-blocked and crocked by setting date to Jan 1, 1970

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Re: NTP rejects bogus times?

I think it's important here to disambiguate the protocol NTP from the ntpd daemon offered by the folks at www.ntp.org.

The ntpd daemon by default ignores time offsets that are huge. BUT it's also a common practice to do an ntpdate in the script that starts the daemon to set the hardware clock first. I think this is to handle wacky-ass BIOS clocks and make it so network time Just Works.

The NTP daemon chronyd respects large offsets -- at least on startup (also I think during running, but I'm not as clear on that).

Long story short, you can't rely on rejecting large offsets to protect you.

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Apple’s retail chief: ‘Touching customers’ key to retail success

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Coat

Re: Touching customers

Show me on this doll where the Apple retail chief touched you.

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Aircraft now so automated pilots have forgotten how to fly

Bucky 2

Heinlein

I think this very situation was described for the semi-ballistic transportation that the heroine like to use in "Friday."

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Kentucky spies stricken: Ban on web snaps of horror accidents mulled

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Who are we protecting here?

If I were to summarize the bill, I'd say:

First responders, members of the press, and victims of an accident are free to post images of an accident on social media (or wherever) without restriction, and without regard for taste or morality.

Everyone else is forbidden from an hour. Also regardless of whether the images are tasteful or not, or moral or not.

So either way, the images go up. It sounds like it's simply a way for the press to make money off it before the bloggers make it available everywhere.

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Longing to bin Photoshop? Rock-solid GIMP a major leap forward

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The best software

...is the software I prefer.

If you do not prefer the same software, the only possible conclusion is that you have made a mistake in your evaluation.

Since you have made a mistake in your evaluation, you are a bad person.

Since you are a bad person, you must be insulted with all the rage I can summon.

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Here – here is that 'hoverboard' you've wanted so much. Look at it. Look. at. it.

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Coat

Dumitru Popescu is pretty dishy

Just saying.

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Feds widen probe into lottery IT boss who rooted game for profit

Bucky 2

Re: More proof

"I'd love to help you out son, but you do have to buy a ticket first..."

The odds of winning without having bought a ticket (perhaps finding the winning ticket on the ground or being left one in a will or something) are pretty similar to winning after having bought a ticket.

So...God's mistaken on this one. Much the way he screwed up by making the avocado pit too big.

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