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* Posts by G.Y.

32 posts • joined 15 Dec 2011

Apple files patent for camera lens controlled by 'artificial muscle'

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Unfortunately, the USPTO stopped asking for working models some time before 1900 (ran out of storage space)

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How I poured a client's emails straight into the spam bin – with one Friday evening change

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re: Friday

In a multinational company, someone "revamped" the network (his word), effective _HIS_ midnight. Crashed all the way, hit us _OUR_ 2PM. Found is home 'phone, and he got a 2AM call. We were told never to do it again, but I expressed the pious wish that they revamp his balls off.

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Former Microsoftie becomes US ambassador, opts to swear in on KINDLE

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You may swear on a _stack_ of bibles, if you so choose.

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REVEALED: GCHQ's BEYOND TOP SECRET Middle Eastern INTERNET SPY BASE

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Re: Hmmmm

'1983' should by 1982

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FTC: State laws blocking Tesla's direct sales are 'protectionist'

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Re: There is always two sides

How many frachisees does Tesla have??

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Why won't you DIE? IBM's S/360 and its legacy at 50

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Re: Excel enables the next Holocaust!

Stalin DID have punch-card machines to run the purges on -- this is one of the first items sold after the embargo on the USSR disappeared.

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Re: Come and look at this!

an ex-IBM guy told me this was the reasoning behind the coat&tie rule: if you see a man in suit &tie, you figure he assumes the machine will work, and he will not have to crawl on the floor fixing it.

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Sick of walking into things while gawping at your iPhone? Apple has a patent app. for that

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I have tried out an app like this on my iPhone 3G in 2009-2010. "EmailNwalk" if I remember right.

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Chipzilla just won't quit: Intel touts 64-bit Atoms for Android phones, tabs

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killer feature

In a recent "flier" https://ilms.intel.com/aprimoportal/OutboundMessage.aspx?A=87144bbd78aff09964cca5937de9609c&O=664c8a60aa01db85ba39dd5c572028aa&T=b333208886639fd5&D=194e13319b5d48d29f3b706573901c28&M=b333208886639fd5&S=8aac5c2993895f67bc793c6121b4df98&I=3e7925015c832b66870e6ac6b792d7f6&MSGID=8e76f14230b53d645529482df90c4e58 , Intel quotes a great feature that makes them suitable ("Perfect") for embedded,

That feature is segmentation

I am not making it up ...

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RSA comes out swinging at claims it took NSA's $10m to backdoor crypto

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summary:

"we took the money, and we got shafted, but we're not whores".

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A whopping one in four Apple fanbois uses OBSOLETE TECH

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I have seen iOS4 cause an iPhone 3G to become slow as molasses; it was decent on iOS3. No downgrade path...

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The importance of complexity

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RL51, the Intel 8051 relocating linker, had to solve the bin-packing problem; solution (first-fit decreasing) was copied straight out of Garey&Johnson; worst-case penalty is 22%, but in practice it worked much better.

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MacBook Air fanbois! Your flash drive may be a data-nuking TIME BOMB

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Re: Not possible.

Apple is reliant on other manufacturers for parts, and I am reliant on other people (e.g. employers) for money. If they give me bad checks, should I write Apple bad checks?

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Re: Not possible.

"Apple is reliant on other manufacturers for parts", and I rely on other people (e.g. employers) for money, When they give me a bad check, should I go write Apple a bad check?

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Memory muddle muddies Intel's Exascale ambitions

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You forgot

the 186, 286, 860, 960

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Patching Xerox's number-changing photocopy phlaw will take weeks

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Re: One word: Pentium FDIV bug!

My mother told me the difference between an explanation and an excuse is that an explanation comes _beforehand_ ...

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Apple files patent for iPhone enabled auto-adjustable auto interior

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hackers

Can the car be "adjusted" by the car next to it on the freeway?

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Android MasterKey found buried in kiddie cake game on Google Play - report

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If rooteed

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Facebook foolishness foils (un)civil servant's squirm up greasy pole

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Re: Keep it separate....

I used to post on usenet with a signature line "I work for x, but x is in no way responsible for my opinions" . Never had any trouble with the bosses at x.

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Intel's answer to ARM: Customisable x86 chips with HIDDEN POWERS

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Re: We need fewer registers not more!

RISC chips have _more_ registers

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Silent Circle aims for email that's as secure as it gets

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Re: Expensive?

"both parities will have to subscribe" -- no so. Check out their Ronin card.

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Microsoft issues manual on Brits to Cambridge exports

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Re: amusement

I believe Ruth Benedict's "the chrysanthemum &the sword" was originally written as a guide for US troops about to invade Japan.

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TSA to pull backscatter perv scanners from US airports

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Re: Mike

The little Mike (Brown) reported to the big Mike (Chertoff); they can share the glory for Katrina between them.

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Mike

These machines should be called "mikes", to commemorate Michael Chertoff (of Katrina fame) who lobbied for them,

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Google to devs: Fragmenting Android is AGAINST THE RULES

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wrong target?

When Samsung and AT&T between them can delay updates by more than a year, does it make sense to blame developers for the fragmentation?

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Slideshow: A History of Intel x86 in 20 CPUs

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printable?

The "printable" version is unprintable (graphics, not rude words ..)

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Protestors target Google over that video

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ROT13

In the days of newsgroups, text would be ROT13 encrypted, marked (in plaintext) "offensive to ...." -- and if you decrypted that ROT13 and got offended, you had no one to blame but yourself.

Could something like that not be done for video, audio, pictures .... ?

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Mozilla Foundation and EFF join hunt for Syrian open source developer

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and now Syria is applying for a permanent seat on the UN human rights council

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The Register is rocking on Windows Phone 7

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tiny letters

text is hard to read, because of the tiny font used. Is there a fix?

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Revealed: Apple's plea for fairness in mobile patent war

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"What's mine is mine,

what's yours is negotiable" ...

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Duff Mars probe's flaming shards to rain down mid-January

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cobalt-57 half-life is 9 months

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The moment a computer crash nearly caused my car crash

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winter mode

I once had a Volvo 850 go into winter mode (i.e. start off in 3trd gear), with no known way to take it out of that.

A LONG weekend later, the dealer told me you have to power-cycle the electrics 4-6 times and then the computer resets to sane mode.

Merging with traffic, when the computer insists on 3rd gear, can be interesting ...

Problem was nowhere documented.

The Windows 3-fingered salute would have been a great improvement.

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