* Posts by cortland

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Is it humanly possible to watch Gigli and Battlefield Earth back-to-back?

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If one stands

I've been to Pearl Harbor. If one stands where he can watch Pearl Harbor, it's unlikely he'll be able to immediately after watch Gigli, unless he's taken along someone of that name -- and then he could watch both at the same time.

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HELLO HoloLens: Reg man scores face time with Microsoft's holographic headset

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Digital photography

Just a good [enough],cheap [enough] wearable display would sell to photographers using digital cameras. Bluetooth viewers, anyone?

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Increased gov spy powers are NOT the way to stay safe against terrorism

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Indeed

One approach used by insurgents -- and terrorists -- is to copy what government does, turning people against their own governments even if those really are defending them. Considering how many exploits and scripts are already running around wild, it seems additional surveillance can create an excess of less (shall we say) benign intrusions. There's no good way the average person can say who's taking his picture, writing down his licence number, reading his email or scanning his HDD when government insists on doing all of those and says he can't make it known or do anything to stop it.

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FERTILISER DOOM warning! PESKY humans set to WIPE selves out AGAIN

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Re: "ElReg is INTERNATIONAL."

And here's your Thruppence. Yeah; I was there, when.

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BATMAN LASER builds smaller, faster hard drives

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Hmm

Looks like resonance. Phonons or surface wave.

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Windows 7 MARKED for DEATH by Microsoft as of NOW

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An optimist says

30-year old software still runs in many of the world's organisations today, and there's absolutely no reason to expect the same won't be true 30 years from now.

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/12/02/docker_part_3_containers_versus_hypervisors/

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Re: Oh FFS

Want a 95 install? Heh.

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It almost seems

Microswat apparently wants to churn hardware sales, producing operating systems that -- if security fixes were treated the same as auto safety -- cannot run on existing and still productive hardware, refusing to repair deficiencies in their own products that result in what would be massive recalls in the auto business (who can't squirt repairs down a link).

I worked in Avionics in the Army from1964-1980, and some of the equipment I worked with in Vietnam could still be seen in Active Duty Air Force transports in 1990; one enterprising person in Massachusetts, noting that test standards called out a specific instrument, bought the name and rights to build a vacuum tube (valve, to you blokes) Grid Dip Meter first sold in 1949. (http://www.isquare.com/millen/eqpicts/90651.html), much more recently, I worked in the digital loop carrier equipment business, where we made and sold equipment to telco's who expected FIFTY years of service and support. Military electronics, in a 2006--2011 job, had a still going and gegantic (sp) employer, as parts became EOL and unavailable, redesigning equipment first fielded in in the 1970's.

It seems to me that if the concept of implied warranty has any meaning, it applies to legacy products rendered unsafe to use not by acts by the users, but because of manufacturer oversights and omissions, manufacturers who, though GLAD to sell a lot if it, didn't want to fix teir errors after years of even decades while those who'd bought them could and were still being harmed as the mistakes became evident.

It could be worse; an OS update might some day come without warning (they've stopped giving most of us warnings) and a six day count-down to wiping it. Are they selling us ransomware? Not yet, but... there's money in it.

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Professor's BEAGLE lost for 10 years FOUND ON MARS

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Doomed from the start? Aye, but a good try still.

http://www.armaghplanet.com/blog/what-ever-happened-to-beagle-2.html

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Users shun UK.gov flagship digital service

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Ah!

Nobody goes there anymore. It's too crowded.

--Yogi Berra

http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/y/yogiberra100418.html

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NHS: Go digital or you won't get paid, warns Kelsey

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will be at risk of having their funding pulled

Are you trying to"catch up" to the USA?

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Police radios will be KILLED soon – yet no one dares say 'Huawei'

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Re: Usual gibberish

Some comments I've heard from firefighters and the like speak to not being able to call the one behind you to turn around and run -- or for someone else to call you. No direct comms.

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YES, we need TWO MEELLION ORACLE licences - DEFRA

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That's

... licentious. Go, and sin no more.

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Marriott: The TRUTH about personal Wi-Fi hotel jam bid

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All of your

USB tethers should still work. Until they set up their own fake cellular sites; THERE'S a nice man-in-the-middle.

Got info? All of your bits are belong to us.

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Samsung forks 4K with Tizen tellies

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I want

I want UHD or more for my COMPUTER. Scrw television; I'm editing digital images. 19 inches, please. (Heh; quantum dot pixels.)

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21st century data protection: Get back up to date

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Calling

Calling on the Trained Bands?

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German minister fingered as hacker 'steals' her thumbprint from a PHOTO

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Re: Real Security systems

"... the Obama administration report showed that federal government agencies spent $10 billion on information security. The biggest culprits, experts say, are human error and a patchwork of different systems. Billions of dollars in security can't stop an employee from clicking a malicious link."

http://www.cnn.com/2014/12/19/politics/government-hacks-and-security-breaches-skyrocket/

Note also, that it's easier to buy, bribe, blackmail (e.g.: honeypot) convince or turn an operator than electronically intercept his work. Nothing fancy about the Snowden etc capers.

See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_American_spies#Americans_who_spied_for_foreign_countries

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CLOUD-to-CLOUD backup: A chasm-Spanning leap

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LOVE the Hed

http://www.ahajokes.com/hunt016.html

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FCC: A few (680,000) net neutrality comments lost in 'XML gaffe'

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When once comments are filed...

then needs must one despair; for all the good they do, no one will read them, there.

On the FCC's BPL Rulemaking (PLC for English speakers) my comments were backed up with reference to good data and a certain amount of what I thought was persuasive logic. Wasted effort; the Commission having seen the dagger readied to plunge into its budget in Congress, had orders from a higher authority; money.

Also see https://www.natoa.org/policy-advocacy/Documents/Deception&DistrustHouseRptFCC.pdf

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Hack hijacks electric skateboards, dumps hipsters in the gutter

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Re: ".. you could also just hit them with a car."

I used to work on technological security. IMO the gorilla in the room is that it's cheaper -- and (Snowden, anyone?) to just stir up (or buy) a user. Road rage or Roid rage; pick one.

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Countless Belkin routers go TITSUP in massive mystery meltdown

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If it's Tuesday

This must be a Mcirosfot Update. Oh, it wasn't? Are you SURE?

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Brit GUN NUT builds WORKING SNIPER RIFLE at home out of scrap metal!

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In 1963 some of my colleagues in green decided to make shooting blanks on manoeuvers more fun by tying the end of a cleaning rod into the flash suppressors of their M-14's with alumin[i]um wire from a box of C-rations. Full auto, for a while, then the wire broke and the cleaning rod tip got stuck into a tree somewhere. As far as I know, nobody was wounded or killed thereby -- but some got angry after a vehicle accident and apparently managed flesh wounds with pine needles down the bore. The exercise (look up Swift Strike 3) was suspended a day or so to let tempers cool.

http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1891&dat=19630713&id=s_IhAAAAIBAJ&sjid=YdUEAAAAIBAJ&pg=1200,1509914

Fun days,eh?

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Hold the front page: Spain's anti-Google lobbyists lobby for Google News return

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Re: Prospect of death concentrates the mind

Be careful what you ask for, etc.

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/Literature

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DARPA-backed jetpack prototype built to make soldiers run faster

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http://www.armchairgeneral.com/forums/showpost.php?s=a859a74fd8f9dcc20dd6c4f33557e0b5&p=2354036&postcount=2

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'How a censorious and moralistic blogger ruined my evening'

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Cannot hope

To bribe or twist. Etc.

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Sacre block! French publishers to sue Adblock maker – report

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Add BLOCK

http://pixabay.com/en/power-on-off-button-glossy-red-150638/

Click!

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EU bangs drum over its openness rules – from which it is exempt

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Trust me, he said

Oh, look over there!

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Brit boffins debunk 'magnetic field and cancer' link

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Field of screens?

I suspect plasticizers in the handset material.

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Parliament face-sit-in to spark mass debate on UK's stiff smut stance

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eh?

On F*ceb**k?

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Net neutrality: EU's three-headed beast now at war with itself

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"miles from an agreement"

Km, yes?

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Netflix: Sacre vache! French resistance from the vestibuleurs de consommation

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"To some it will seem eerily close to reality."

Still good; CURRENT and inflammatory is OK.

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Masala omelette

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Re: 1,176,182 Scovilles?

Perhaps there's a algorithm: the number who pass out before someone asks for seconds.

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Orion: To Mars, the Moon and beyond... but first, a TEST FLIGHT through Van Allen belt

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Re: Architected?

Nah; the writers are paid by the syllababababble.

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Top Apple exec: 'I knew [ebook] prices were going to go up – hell, the whole world knew'

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The COOL thing

The cool thing about real books is that families and other subsequent buyers get to keep the ones they like. Our children might just think of us when they see the notes we made in them, too.

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Feds dig up law from 1789 to demand Apple, Google decrypt smartphones, slabs

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Re: still have a backdoor though right?

Travelling to another country on business? Some firms won't let employees take ANY data with them, but issue sanitized computers for use once they get where they're going. They might be getting even more restrictive, given USB-stick BIOS-level backdoors.

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

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FWIW department:

http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=albee%20beck

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Renewable energy 'simply WON'T WORK': Top Google engineers

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Re: reducing energy consumption

"Unless we do something now about large scale generation that is not fossil based."

Will the fossils in government agree?

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Rosetta science team thinks Philae might come to life in the spring

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Re: Hard surface

"Evil-looking things those harpoons."

Were we expecting lampoons? heh!

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Technology quiz reveals that nobody including quiz drafters knows anything about IT

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The winner is...

It's not about IT.

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Were those questions

about IT?

FWIW, Moore's law isn't, strictly, about the number of devices, but the rate at which that number grows. IT isn't much about that, either, but what we do with what we've got. IMO, OMG, YMMV et cvm spirtvvs Vodka. Amen.

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Antarctic ice THICKER than first feared – penguin-bot boffins

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Re: Great word/Intel history play

I've never seen a mouse freeze on a REFRIGERATOR. Or a frieze!

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Dawn raids on Orange over TROMBONING allegations were fine, rules EU court

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So it was

A trombone -- but they let it "slide".

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Your PHONE is slowly KILLING YOU

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Re: He must be several tera-furlongs out of his skull

Also, momentum is slug fps (US) or Newtons/sec in EU and the UK; arguably Fig Newtons, if hit with a sack of figs. It wasn't so very long ago (historically) that I was being coached on farthing's, ha'pennies, tuppence, thruppence and the like. And weight in stones.

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Why

Why were we not warned as schoolchildren that we were reading too much with books on a table or desk? Or writing there? Shall our parents, school teachers, and headmasters or school principals expect lawsuits? Is this now an officially recognized occupational health hazard that will have everyone writing and typing at eye level? Will the next warning add bursitis and shoulder injury?

http://www.ukessays.com/essays/health-and-social-care/shoulder-pain-among-office-workers-health-and-social-care-essay.php

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FCC to Obama on net neutrality: We work for CONGRESS, SIR, not YOU

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Zat was zen zis is now

"Congress specifically sought to regulate a new packet networking market differently from a national, circuit switched monopoly"

And now Congress (to be more accurate, those who send Congresscreatures money for "favors") seeks to regulate a national packet switching monopoly differently than a new network. It makes PERFECT cents! And not a few of them.

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YIKES: Combination of LIVING WOMAN and MACHINE sighted in NYC

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And snakeskin

Fangs for the memories.

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Bible THUMP: Good Book beats Darwin to most influential tome title

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in good old USSR...

...a man was once sent to the Gulag for claiming that Lenin's books were better than Stalin's, or so reports a book by an American held there.* They gave more heat.

*IIRC: An American in the Gulag, Alexander Dolgun, 1976;

http://www.amazon.com/Alexander-Dolguns-Story-American-Gulag/dp/0345250184

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THERE it is! Philae comet lander FOUND in EXISTING Rosetta PICS

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My bus driver vents gases too -- but it's not AIR.

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Pre-digital computer 'cranks out' Fourier Transforms

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Also note

http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/22416/analog-computer#ref255067

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Lights OUT for Philae BUT slumbering probot could phone home again as comet nears Sun

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Re: A lot of people think...

Could be worse; they could get there at night. [NB: A joke, people!]

But see http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=0e0_1390507888

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