* Posts by Daedalus

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The good burghers of Palo Alto are entirely insane

Daedalus

Crazy like foxes

Probably the site owner is related to or otherwise connected to somebody on the council. If the circumstances say cockup, suspect conspiracy.

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Sysadmin ignores 25 THOUSAND patches, among other sins

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Run!

When you are just one guy, tackling stuff like this is career suicide. The rule is: the last person to touch the system gets the blame for all the problems. Don't fix things for idiots, because they will ignore all the benefits and only look at the problems (or even make them up).

They guy who recommended documenting everything had the right idea. Idiots usually love paper. If nothing gets done, it's not your problem. Move on. They have screwed up. They will screw up again. Just don't get any on you.

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Snowball spud gun shows comets could have seeded Earth with life

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What?

A peptide is just a bunch of amino acids held together with peptide bonds. A peptide bond is what you get when the amino- part of one molecule reacts with the acid part of another, eliminating a water molecule. You get the same result heating a bunch of amino acids together in a flask.

In other words, this so-called experiment is proof of absolutely nothing other than the fact that amino acids react with each other when heated. Wup-de-do.

Now if you take stuff like ammonia, methane, water etc. and whack them producing amino acids, even the simplest like glycine, then you have a result. Sort of.

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'I don't recognise Amazon as a bullying workplace' says Bezos

Daedalus

Oh boy!

Anybody who can make marketeers cry is OK with me. It makes up for the times marketing has brought tears to my eyes.

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Skills crisis? Not for long: More and more UK kids gain STEM quals

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Cannon fodder

More muppets for us to clean up after. We're in the money....

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Re: The CIA World Factbook

Don't knock it. It's the best set of facts about countries there is. Contrast that with the the Brit approach. "Call Jorrocks and see who we have in Ismalia..."

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Dead Steve Jobs' life and times are being turned into an OPERA

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Re: Hmmm...

Einstein on the Beach?

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Remember Impero, the school software biz that went ape over a vuln? Someone's got revenge

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He may be a sociopath...

... but he's OUR sociopath!

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HP slaps dress code on R&D geeks: Bin that T-shirt, put on this tie

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Re: Scooby Doo, where are you?

Smartly dressed people can write lousy code, but when somebody has that Who Cares look, I know they will write whatever they want and to heck with compatibility, integration, or standards.

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Scooby Doo, where are you?

it has become ridiculous in some quarters. I had an interview with a gang of guys in various stages of dishevelment. I looked around the table and picked out Shaggy and a few Velmas. Only the dog and the Mystery Machine were missing.

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Universal Pictures finds pirated Jurassic World on own localhost, fires off a DMCA takedown

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Any port in a storm in a teacup

Port 4001 is (was) apparently linked to the Microsoft Ants, an antedeluvian game. But it wouldn't be the first time somebody tunneled out on a port that was assigned to something else.

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Your gadget batteries endanger planes, says Boeing

Daedalus

Really?

Who ships bulk anything by air? Sea and land are way cheaper. Air is for stuff that can't wait.

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Dormant ALIEN SLIME LIFE frozen in SPEEDING comet will AWAKEN - boffins

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Re:

Wickramasinghe's theories may be out there, but he is no loon. I have been to academic seminars he has given. He deserves respect even if he is wrong.

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'The server broke and so did my back on the flight to fix it'

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Seriously?

If you are hurt you go home. No company, no job is worth pain, especially as the suits don't give a toss.

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Intel inside: Six of the best affordable PC laptops

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Re: Uninspiring

Anytime you have to sell to the general public in a showroom, the design goes crazy. Everything is about curb appeal, so glitzy but useless keyboards rule and shiny screens are a must. I'm surprised they haven't started adding fins already.

Thank Heaven for smartphones and pads. They are soaking up the pleb demand for cool ways to swap inanities and selfies. Eventually the pleb market for laptops will collapse and (hopefully) some manufacturers will start producing laptops that are useful for something other than checking your reflection.

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Nobel bro-ffin: 'Girls in the lab fall in love with me ... then start crying'

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The old bucket of manure trick

It's how to get the flies to come out and show themselves. Likewise the loudest critics here will be the hollow people who prefer politics to practice. And the social scientists, of course. Start taking names.

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Silicon Valley, episode 9: Too sexy for this headline, too sexy...

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Devil

American Cliche

American dramas tend to migrate to fixed forms that contain guaranteed points of drama (usually the kind that can be used to stop the action for a commercial break). Legal, Police, and Medical are the current cliches. The old Cowboy Western cliche has dropped out of use (why do you think Kung Fu was set in the American West?) Sounds like Silicon Valley is going Legal.

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Infusion pump is hackable … but rumours of death are exaggerated

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FAIL

Time is the enemy

Thanks to the regulatory process, medical devices are typically years behind the state of the art, particularly since the manufacturers have plenty of incentive to wring as much lifetime out of the product as possible. Any change to any part of a device requires regulatory review, so forget about weekly patching. Most manufacturers will focus on a new device rather than upgrade an old one. In 5 to 10 years time we may have sophisticated online threats going against devices that are designed with older, obsolete threats in mind.

In other words, even if the problem isn't real now, it will be very real in a few years.

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Al Franken to FBI: We need MORE revenge smut arrests

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Him, Al Franken

Mr. F got his start writing for Saturday Night Live and doing pieces that typically revolved around him appealing for tributes or money to, in his words "..me, Al Franken", ending every other sentence that way. I guess he said it enough that it paid off.

More disturbing than a comedian being elected to the Senate is the perception the FBI is the personal police force of any Senator who cares to call on it. Last time I checked the FBI had jurisdiction over bank robberies, crimes on Federal land, espionage and generally any criminal activity that crosses State boundaries. I don't recall love spats between consenting adults being in that jurisdiction.

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Helium-filled drive tech floats to top of HGST heap

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Re: He is single

That's hard to believe, considering we've used it in neon signs for decades. It's easier to isolate than helium because it liquefies more easily.

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Boffin

He is single

"Helium molecules" ? Ain't no such animal. Like all the noble gases, helium in its normal state exists as isolated atoms, both lighter and smaller in size than the molecules of gases such as oxygen or nitrogen. That's why helium leaks out so well, since the atoms can get through the tiniest of pores.

I'm surprised the manufacturers didn't give Neon a shot. Cheaper all around and similar properties.

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Look, no handsets: How to do telephony without a phone

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In the closet

I once showed up at a small satellite office to do an install.

I was shown the office server, inside a coat closet with little or no ventilation. The temperature inside was like the Sahara. I called head office and they said not to bother.

That's what your vision of computer telephony is up against: hardware abused by idiots.

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Lies, damn lies and Wikipedia: Murder suspect NOT a Plaxo founder – ex-staffer

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Re: The trouble with journalists and foreign names

Regardless of Wikipedia, a journo who does not double check facts, especially when the name involved is so common, is the problem. That and short tempered trolls.

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The trouble with journalists and foreign names

They get them wrong anyway, and the problem is compounded when the name is the equivalent of John Smith. They don't know that, so they jump on the first example they find.

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30,000 people buy a box of BOVINE EXCREMENT

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Grot!

Wonder if the MD of CAH has the last name "Perrin" ?

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LOHAN's Plucky Playmonaut touches down at Spaceport America

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Re: You sure must love driving

Nope, whatever the video was, the article clearly implied that the drive started in Denver.

Speaking of ABQ, one of the greatest views on the planet is available at the end of the cable car from downtown to Sandia Peak.

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You sure must love driving

Next time fly into Albuquerque or El Paso and save yourself the drive. Seriously, dude!

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I'll be back (and forward): Hollywood's time travel tribulations

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Terminator

Where did all you zombies come from?`

"Predestination", a relatively faithful embellishment of Heinlein's beautifully twisted (and daring for its time) story "All you zombies..." is about to be released.

Clearly somebody nipped into the future to plant this story so it would be possible to slip in a plug for the movie.

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Get a job in Germany – where most activities are precursors to drinking

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Need the Idiot Indices

When considering another country it's always good to know how many ID10T's you will encounter and of what type.

Blithering Bureaucrats - all form and no substance

Grinning Idiots - everything's OK as long as everybody is happy.

Climbers - they've got your back, 'cos they are stepping on it to get higher

Panickers - promoted beyond their competence, they jump all over their subordinates because that's all they know how to do.

Sales Droids - nuff said.

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Will.i.am gets CUFFED as he announces his new wristjob, the PULS

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Bling bling

I always thought the hip-hop style was big, gold, and worn around the neck.

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'I went from a two-hour commute to a 10-min scooter ride by the sea'

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Warm blue waters?

Blue maybe. Warmer than the UK or much of the US definitely. But not always warm (sub 15 C for at least half the year) and prone to Portuguese Man'o'War plagues.

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Activist investors DESTROY COMPANIES. Don't get me started on share dealings...

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@Steve the Cynic

Excellent rebuttal. Right on point. You left out a bit though. It's the bit that goes:

"If you're not a shareholder then what companies and shareholders do is none of your bloody business"

Having said all that, as someone who encounters people running and working for tech companies on a regular basis, all I can say is I'm amazed at what a bunch of clueless chair-warmers most of them are!

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What’s the KEYBOARD SHORTCUT for Delete?! Look in a contextual menu, fool!

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Pity the poor drones

Software gets designeritis. Too many functions included only to please marketeers and sales droids. It's the Xerox Syndrome, the creation of full featured gadgets that get used for one thing only most of the time. At least Xerox knew about the importance of the Big Green Button.

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Oh God the RUBBER on my SHAFT has gone wrong and is STICKING to things

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Bodge and run!

If you happen to be a roving consultant of no fixed abode and you work for a well-known TLA company (no, not the obvious one) that specializes in DB type applications that users can theoretically use to, oh, look up documents and fetch the latest version, you can get away with GUI's so bad they would be thrown out by even the sozzled sots in the boardroom.

And the funny thing is, the bigger the client and the more you charge, the less likely you are to be called back after you run for the exit.

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Home Depot: 56 million bank cards pwned by malware in our tills

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Its not the replacement credit cards...

... It's having to change all my online accounts that's th real pain.

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Bono: Apple will sort out monetising music where the labels failed

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You can all join in!

Remember that sampler album from Island Records? The one whose cover photo showed all the musicians featured on it? Well, that's about how many stand to benefit from the latest wave of "new tech" music. What the recording industry achieved in the second half of the 20th cent. was to create a way for a few people to get very rich indeed (along with various executives and media functionaries, with or without Hawaiian shirts) while leaving the rest to fight over the scraps and aspire to a place feeding from the trough. Bono's messianic pronouncements are the tail end of the dying of that business model. For 99.999% of active musicians, nothing will change.

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NASA said a 60ft space alien menacing Earth wouldn't harm us: Tell THAT to Nicaragua

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Boffin

107,200

That's the distance, in km, that the Earth moves every hour. So the two rocks had to be at least ~1.3 million km apart. So yes, they had nothing at all to do with each other.

Just shows that government press people are dim as the old NAAFI candle.

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Vote NOW for LOHAN's arboreal avoidance algorithm acronym

Daedalus

Been there done that...

...and noticed the amazing lack of trees in the US desert southwest. Perhaps rock avoidance is needed instead?

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One step closer to ROBOT BUTLERS: Dyson flashes vid of VACUUM SUCKER bot

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Just wait until...

...some guy accidentally falls into it.

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Banking apps: Handy, can grab all your money... and RIDDLED with coding flaws

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Drones will be drones

The latest way of ensuring poor software quality is to suck everybody into compliance review meetings, or make them work on compliance documents that nobody reads before going into review meetings, which then consist of interminable sessions of dealing with irrelevant questions from people who shouldn't even be there, let alone causing unnecessary distractions.

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This is how I set about making a fortune with my own startup

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Re: What's in a name

If Damon is really Adam's son, then Lordy be I may have met him many years ago back when A H-D was working for YTV and complaining about not being able to mention the word "molecule" on air. Got invited to sup, don't you know. Wasn't invited back!

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Nothing Duff about this guy

Don't underestimate the effect of the name "Hart-Davis" in getting yourself heard....

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Brookhaven boffins boggle at baryons

Daedalus

It's hard to fault the Reg hacks, because the BNL release doesn't do a very good job of getting the pertinent facts up front. The known strange baryons do get a mention, but the release doesn't make the point that higher mass (i.e. higher energy) versions can exist as well as the ground states, just as an atom can be excited to higher states. I don't like the "freezing point" analogy at all. Better they should have said that the "temperature" at which ordinary hadrons melt into quark-gluon plasma is lower that it otherwise would be.

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Nuts to your poncey hipster coffees, I want a TESLA ELECTRO-CAFE

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Re: It's good not to be back

STYWKO

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It's good not to be back

Reading Dabbsy's tales of woe confirms that all the reasons I had for decamping 30 years ago are still in place. And they don't even speak English in central London anymore! Come visit any city in the northern half of the US, Al, and you can get a steaming cup of Joe with a smile (and free refills in some places). But don't forget to tip!

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World's only flyable WWII Lancaster bombers meet in Lincs

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Lucky me

I have actually been on board the Canadian Lanc, and I didn't have to pre-book or stand in line for hours either! Ah the joys of living in an undercrowded country! And add in a B-17, B-24, and a B-25. And a Canuck Avro Anson...

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Americans to be guinea pigs in vast chip-and-PIN security experiment

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50 ways to love your lever

The USA does it differently, sometimes 50 times differently. It's not long since banks were local to states, or in some cases counties within a state. The US govt. can't always crack the whip to enforce one way of doing everything, even if it wants to. Sometimes the best it can do is promote a common model for everybody to work from. So if we appear to be behind the times relative to those in electoral dictatorships, bear with us.

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Report: American tech firms charge Britons a thumping nationality tax

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This is not new...

Let's face it, for a long time not many people ever got a chance to compare US and UK prices. I did, starting back in 1980. The rule was simple: take the price in dollars, replace dollar sign with pound sign, that's the price in the UK. It applied mostly to electronics where you could compare like with like in the brand dept, even with Radio Shack/Tandy and their Realistic lines.

Back then I simply blamed the UK commercial structure: monopoly monopoly monopoly. Limited suppliers, limited retailers, controlled imports.

Sounds like not much has changed.

Anybody remember Comet, with their "we'll advertise it but we may not have it" policies?

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Why has sexy Apple gone to bed with big boring IBM?

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Re: In a world...

Just for fun I pasted the article into Word and ran the checker. A lot of tech-ese got flagged, as you might expect, including iPhone etc. The "three" didn't get flagged directly but the adjacent verb "exists" was flagged for inconsistency with "here three". Certain dangling phrases were caught, as were Mr. Clarke's neologisms. Maybe the last items, all too frequent on the Reg, were the reason for not bothering to run a checker.

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In a world...

...where spell checking is built into everything but the fridge, you'd thing taht three would be no possibility of publishing an article that mis-spelled "that" and "there".

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