* Posts by jake

7825 posts • joined 7 Jun 2007

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

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Testing boundary conditions ...

... Not only a good idea, it should be the law.

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'Adobe Creative Cloud update ate my backup!'

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That is not "bizarre" ...

... That is a total, utter, complete lack of QA/QC.

If that doesn't permanently shutter Adobe, it will prove that the proles are even stupider than I had feared ... maybe I should put aside my scruples & start separating fools from their money.

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SCO's last arguments in 'Who owns Linux?' case vs. IBM knocked out

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Re: @misc. folks talking about Xenix ...

"SCO may have done the work but Microsoft paid them to do it."

No. SCO paid MS to have access to the source that MS licensed from MaBell.

Microsoft tried to make it their own after it actually started being used by all and sundry, but MS never actually did any coding on/for Xenix. All MS did was use a resale license for MaBell's code.

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@misc. folks talking about Xenix ...

"Wasn't Xenix a Microsoft OS?"

No. Xenix was actually licensed by Microsoft from AT&T in the late 1970s. From what I remember it was the standard PDP11 Version 7 Unix source code, un-modified by Microsoft. SCO ported it to the IBM PC's 8086/8088 architecture in roughly 1983. Most of us yawned ... although looking back, it was a pretty good hack by SCO[1]!

Before SCO's port was released, there was a TRS-68000 version, a Zilog Z8001 port, and an Altos 8086 version (not necessarily in that order). Microsoft didn't write any of them, rather the third-party companies in question did the coding. Seems to me I once saw an Apple Lisa running Xenix, not certain who did that port. Can anyone jog my memory?

For more on my take on *real* SCO, see these posts:

http://forums.theregister.co.uk/post/689823

http://forums.theregister.co.uk/post/730522

http://forums.theregister.co.uk/post/732820

http://forums.theregister.co.uk/post/619757

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@JQW

"I downloaded Slackware Linux ... it worked flawlessly."

Still does ;-)

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Other options, back in the day.

Mark Williams Company's "Coherent".

Best non-UNIX[tm] *nix that existed in that time-frame, IMNEHO.

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Good fsking gawdess ...

... Will this ancient money-waster never die?

The sad part is that the original SCO is getting a bad name for no good reason.

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Coding is more important than Shakespeare, says VC living in self-contained universe

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Clueless rich people pontificating ...

... about us GreatUnwashed[tm] is always amusing ...

"It's hard to imagine there is someone in greater need of the lessons that liberal arts can afford you than Vinod Khosla."

Concur. What a twat.

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Indonesian comms ministry orders 'gay emoji' block

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Re: Difference between obscenity and politics

"There is nothing wrong with blocking obscenity"

Define "obscenity", Kemosabe.

"when in the west there is today political censorship of twitter etc."

Who with a brain gives a shit about "twitter etc."?

I note that you did not even attempt to explain your subject line ...

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Sheeple trying to herd Humans ...

... will not work in the long term.

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Scariest climate change prediction yet: More time to eat plane food

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The more we know,the more we forget.

"Stanford University researchers have reckoned an hour's worth of slow strobe light exposure the night before long haul flights can help reduce jet-lag."

I was a global network troubleshooter, working out of Stanford and Berkeley, from the early '80s thru' the late '90s ... at any given hour I could expect to be flying off to anywhere on the planet.

0.25mg melatonin 45 minutes before "local bedtime" on the first night out, and I was fine for the duration of the trip ... until the next timezone. Lather, rinse, repeat ... I experienced no ill effects, could wake up immediately if required, and apparently it's not addictive (all unlike alcohol, sleeping pills, etc.).

Yes, I know, "studies indicate", yadda yadda yadda. I am not an MD, this is not a prescription, might be illegal in your jurisdiction, etc.

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When asked 'What's a .CNT file?' there's a polite way to answer

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What's a .cnt?

Yet another 'orrible attempt at MS re-inventing *nix stuff, specifically man files.

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Boffins freeze brains, then thaw them – and they're in perfect order

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Re: Via the sous vide method it looks like:

135C? You'd need a pressure cooker for that! That is WAY over cooked!

I give my brains a light sauté in butter, ta you very much ...

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Bitcoin's governance bungles stain the blockchain's reputation

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So basically, then ...

... punters who don't understand how the system works, and decide to trust hype, are going to get burned? Sounds like religion to me. Nothing new to see here, pass along please.

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Women devs – want your pull requests accepted? Just don't tell anyone you're a girl

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Somehow I doubt it.

"The non-peer-reviewed study"

Oh. Enough said.

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Putin's internet guru says 'nyet' to Windows, 'da' to desktop Linux

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Only a matter of time before everyone's doing it ...

... The toy MS desktop has never really been a secure option.

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Why so much moderation?

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@1980s_coder

Why, PFY? What are you afraid of? Reality?

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Sci-fi series withdrawal

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Read a book.

Or several. Try Blish's "Cities in Flight" series.

That should keep you happily occupied for a week or so ;-)

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Why does the VR industry think 2016 is its year? It's the hardware, stupid

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1994?

We were doing fairly decent flight simulators in 64K of RAM in 1982ish.

After that? It was all about "waste as much system resources as possible to keep employed".

The mind absolutely boggles at the shear waste of computing capability.

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Fleet of 4.77MHz LCD laptops with 8088 CPUs still alive after 30 years

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@John Doe 6(was: Re: Just wait...)

"DOS 2.11 and 512 KB is not enough to support the TCP/IP stack"

Uh ... yes, it is. I worked on a (still usable) version of TCP/IP on a 256K system.

The REAL problem is that DOS didn't have networking hooks until 3.11 ;-)

Dumb terminal on 2.11? Yes. Actual networking? Not so much.

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Old portable kit ...

... I lugged one of these around the world for a couple years:

http://www.vintage-computer.com/panasonicsr.shtml

38 pounds (including case, modem, manuals & floppies), but at least it had a built-in printer :-)

It has an MFM controller in the expansion slot, a 20 meg hard drive in one of the floppy bays, and an aftermarket hack that upped the stock 256K of RAM to a more usable768K. I used an external modem. Yes, I still have it, and yes it still works. Came with Panasonic-labeled MS-DOS 2.2, but it currently boots MS-DOS 3.3 ... It might be hard for some of the younger readers to believe, but a LOT of RealWorld[tm] work was done with such primitive devices.

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What's it like to work for a genius and Olympic archer who's mates with Richard Branson?

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Re: @ VinceH

My sense of humo(u)r is just fine, thank you.

I'm just wondering why people are picking on poor old Jake.

Poor old Jake only posted twice, in November of 2008, see for yourself:

http://forums.theregister.co.uk/user/26670/

Or the other poor old Jake:

http://forums.theregister.co.uk/user/27355, who only posted 6 times, between mid Feb, 2009 and mid March, 2009.

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@Stoneshop (was: Re: @AC (was: Cray in the barn?))

"So, on wheels on a circular track. Nifty."

No. We almost never get wind from the South East here in Sonoma.

HTH, HAND

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@AC (was: Re: Cray in the barn?)

I don't own a Cray.Yet. Never claimed otherwise. If I had one, it would be in the machineroom/museum/mausoleum/morgue, attached to the main house.

The hog barn is about 100 yards down wind from all human habitation.

Methinks most ACs here on ElReg can't read for content, and/or can't fully comprehend what is actually being type(o)d on a day-to-day basis.

Sad, that.

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@ VinceH

What is it with people like you putting words into Jake's mouth/typoes? Jake never stated any of that. Are you delusional? Or do you simply have a massive inferiority complex?

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jake

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LinkedIn sinkin': $10bn gone in one day as shares plummet 40%

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@allthecoolshortnamesweretaken (was:Re: So I guess ...)

"So stop and smell the tulips."

Why? Tulips don't have much scent.

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So I guess ...

... Tulip bulbs aren't really worth all that much after all?

Whodathunkit?

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Norks uses ballistic missile to launch silent 'satellite'

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The entire concept of the NORKs ...

... being a world power is laughable.

It's almost as daft as Humboldt County succeeding from the United States.

The first time the NORKs actually attack anybody, the regime will die.

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Head transplant candidate sells souvenirs to fund operation

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Suicide by surgeon.

I suspect Hawking will call this "giving up".

I'm not being judgmental, just pragmatic.

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@COG (was:Re: I have seen the films)

Concur.

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FAIL - the most incompetent IT pros

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Re: @Mephistro (was: FAIL - the most incompetent IT pros)(@ jake)

Still has nothing to do with mains grounding. Your scenario discusses why, exactly, hiring a non-certified electrician to save a few quid(bucks) is a fast way to quadruple your insurance premium ...

There are no delays. This is TehIntraWebTubes. Time is suspended in these here parts.

Beer. Just because it's been awhile :-)

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Winning Underhand C Contest code silently tricks nuke inspectors

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Re: And then there is TheRealWorld[tm].

No. I typoed EOF, and I meant EOF.

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Re: RE: Back in the days of usenet

Actually, back in the day Usenet DID support attachments (of a sort). See "UUE", which was born on UUCP, a year or so before Usenet existed.

Kids these days ... they think they invented everything.

Hey, you! Get off my lawn!

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And then there is TheRealWorld[tm].

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It killed Safe Harbor. Will Europe's highest court now kill off hyperlinks?

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@Alan J. Wylie (was:robots.txt)

Hopefully you're being sarcastic.

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Whatever.

If it's been made available on TehIntraWebTubes, it can't be made unavailable.

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Google to pump free gigabit Fiber into homes of hard-up families

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"Google said the rollout in Kansas"

It's not in Kansas. The roll-out is in Missouri. Different state, in many ways.

The Kansas half of Kansas City (across the river, and across the state line) would probably have serious issues with massive bandwidth available to all and sundry. c.f. "Kansas State Board of Education".

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Go phish your own staff: Dev builds open-source fool-testing tool

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Oh my fscking gawd/ess ...

Corporations STILL allow numpties who have zero clue about Internet[0] security un-fettered access to the corporate email system? The mind absolutely boggles ...

[0]Whateverthat is, of course.

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NOTHING trumps extra pizza on IT projects. Not even more people

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Daft thing is ...

We've known for decades that "management" (and it's bitch "marketing") and "engineering" are two completely different thingies. The culture of the management track absolutely, categorically, and pathologically refuses to listen to the technical track.

This newly-named "DevOps" continues the trend.

I, for one, seriously hopes this continues ... Cleaning up after various CEO/CFO incompetent technical disaster sessions are helping to fund my "retirement", without dipping into my savings :-)

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Re: One place you *worked* at?

Who actually likes Carlsberg?

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Back to the Future's DeLorean is coming back to the future

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@John 104

"I'd go with a Pantera."

The real DeTomaso Pantera was over in 1972 ... I fixed the b0rken 351C in my '71, just to make her both legal & drivable. Ain't the best handling car in the world, but she is pretty. And actually comfy, for distances of under two hundred miles.

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@John Brown (no body): (was: Re: Should have priced it)

I'm pretty certain that "giga" has the same root as "gigantic" ... Methinks "Doc Brown" actually had it right ;-)

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A couple points ...

"supposedly possessed of the amazing acceleration required"

Uh ... No. It just needed to get up to "88". Which it could. Barely.

Side note ... One of the most ill-handling supposed "sports cars" I've ever driven. Worse than the Porsche 911s of the era. Hanging a huge ass out behind beautiful bodywork is not consistent with day-to-day driving in the real-world.

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The monitor didn't work but the problem was between the user's ears

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Stupid old memories ...

Loma Prieta quake in mid-October 1989, 5PM-ish (Pacific Time)[0]. All of PG&E was out over much of the Bay Area. My boss called my DynaTAC & threatened to fire me if I didn't fix it immediately ...

[0] The so-called "Bay Bridge World Series Quake".

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Sensors, not CPUs, are the tech that swings the smartphone market

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That's not "sensors" ...

... Computers consist of CPU, Memory, and I/O. That is it. Three simple concepts.

Your "sensors" are just the tools that allow humans to use the triumvirate.

For small values of "use", from my perspective ...

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All-flash hope-dash: The future is hybrid

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You'll kill my tape library ...

... when you pry it out of my cold, dead data center.

This afternoon's user musings? Who gives a fuck. They certainly don't.

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TalkTalk CuffCuffs 'ScamScam CrimCrims'

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That reminds me ...

I need to take the sighthounds out for a peepee.

If you don't grok the over-all view of the situation, you're going to get pissed on.

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Apparently we have to give customers the warm fuzzies ... How the heck do we do that?

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Lovely.

Yet another TLA[0] for OtherwiseUselessMiddleManagement (OUMM) to bandy about in TotallyUselessMeetings (TUMs[1]).

[0] Yes, I know, but three letters seem to have been depreciated recently ... Probably an artifact left over from the observation that the latest batch of OUMM are seemingly no longer able to count past two.

[1] Something the investors might want to invest in ;-)

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Sena's multi-action camera monster, or Cardo's PackTalk club rider juggernaut?

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Re: When I ride, I ride.

"Never ridden anywhere where the cager count is less than one per hour?"

Many times. I've ridden Gracie[0] from Sonoma, CA to Anchorage AK and back with my wife a pillion passenger (7 days in, 7 days out. About 7,500 miles total. Once, never again. Unless there is another important wedding up there).

It's that one cage when you are distracted that is the problem.

[0] http://forums.theregister.co.uk/forum/containing/1230455

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How to help a user who can't find the Start button or the keyboard?

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"lorisarvendu" Re: The strangest call I ever had

"tubular models, one male and one female?"

Probably some kid read about teledildonics on USENET, and was hopeful. It was a fairly hot topic in the mid-1990s. The only reason I know this is because I was asked to setup a server for a startup building prototypes of the contraptions. I declined ... not because I'm a prude (I'm not), but because I thought it was a daft idea, and had better uses for my time.

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