* Posts by cortland

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Drops the mic... Hang on, hackers could be listening through my headphones?

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Re: Listening in

Whoops! The Surface Pro 3 certainly does.

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HP Inc CEO Dion: Whey-hey, we're on the pull

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Way haul away, we're bound for better weather, to me!

http://www.makem.com/lyrics/lyricpage/haulawayjoe.php

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Ex-soldier slapped with sex offender order after flouting private browsing mode ban

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Re: Indecent image of a child

That would be a picture of Trafalgar square with any children under 18 in it -- and FWIW, any number of streaming television screens.

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Two new dinosaurs walked from South America to Australia, via Antarctica

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Does she

WALTZ?

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Czech, mate: Cops cuff Russian bloke accused of LinkedIn mega-hack

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I SEE you!

Thanks to Chekia for leaving the faces recognizable.

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AI software should be able to register its own patents, law prof argues

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They'll have to be

21 before they can own anything on their own.

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The exploding Note 7 is no surprise – leaked Samsung doc highlights toxic internal culture

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Re: When Tandy computers

I got to Tandy in 1989 or so, and working in R&D was a fantastic job, even if I did have to bark back at my manager from time to time. But they never sold enough computers (only marketed to their own stores -- and DEC, with that firm's nameplate) to reliably profit from building them.

And where else could I ever claim credit for a software compatibility lab's engineers all having to sit on wet seat cushions? For Origami ribbon cables? For an unpowered electric coffee-warmer (NOT our set-top-box) changing the colors on a TV set in the boardroom?

If you know things others don't, and can imagine what they can't, they'll think it magic ...

And without either a degree or engineering coursework. I had FUN!

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When Tandy computers

When Tandy's computer business was having trouble showing a profit in the mid to late 1990s, cost reduction assumed a much more important role in its planning, and Samsung offered Tandy what it it called a "strategic partnership".

After some time, this strategic partnership turned into a takeover, one of whose first overt symptoms was the replacement of 6 foot cubicle partitions with much shorter ones, the objective being to have each manager identify who was sitting at his or her computer at precisely 8 AM

It was when I learned that – as one of the engineering team – I was no longer allowed to make changes necessary to meet regulatory and performance requirements, and that only Korean engineers had that authority; it was then that I decided to leave AST, and as the full impact of the Korean management philosophy descended on the others it appears they all decided "the handwriting on the wall" was in Korean. An article on the AST bankruptcy once described what happened then as a "mass exodus of talent."

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AST_Research

My next job was at a telecommunications manufacturer specializing in the digital loop to subscriber equipment. It was a very good job, one with a good deal of responsibility, and I enjoyed it – and when that firm was acquired by a French multinational, those conditions did not change.

Those were the times, my friend…

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Telecom_Valley

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Student software finds new Minor Planet found way out beyond Pluto

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"finds new Minor Planet found way out"

Well founded, that.

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Samsung puts out battery fire (no, not that one)

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Days of fire

Who once sold a monochrome CRT monitor that apparently would emit smoke if f the computer used allowed higher resolutions to be set than the monitor power supply could support.

Whose 5MB HDD [for the Tandy 2000] acted similarly (unless modified*) because the stopped/stalled motor surge current was too high for the windings.

* IIRC, the fix was a series resistor that required a number of those HDD's be twisted back and forth to break stiction and start up.

Good. Quick. Cheap You only get TWO at a time.

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Ludicrous Patent of the Week: Rectangles on a computer screen

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Re: I'm happy with this

https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=2102757

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Mercedes answers autonomous car moral dilemma: Yeah, we'll just run over pedestrians

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Re: Would it pass the Kobayashi Maru?

"My understanding is that hitting moose can be very bad for the occupants of the car."

Heard on a Amateur Radio net one night; a Washington State net member in a backwoods SUV missed his turn in the conversation and came back in as the net was closing to explain why; a moose had decided charging an oncoming SUV would be fun.

I don't know if he got to keep the meat, but the vehicle was a write-off.

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Smell burning? Samsung’s 'Death Note 7' could still cause a contagion

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Flaming 'phone frenzy follows?

If the problem is BATTERIES, expect more flaming phone frenzies to follow.

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Speaking in Tech: Making $1bn profit from a $10m investment? We'll take it

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Are there

Are there transcripts?

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Boy, 12, gets €100k bill from Google after confusing Adwords with Adsense

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Re: Twelve =/= teen

http://www.abc.net.au/science/articles/2011/11/15/3364432.htm

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Forgive me, father, for I have used an ad-blocker on news websites...

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If at the end

If, at the end of the month, one discovers he has gone 5 GB over his limit, and must pay $90 US for having done so, a lot of that guilt will be erased with anger.

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Microsoft disbands Band band – and there'll be no version 3

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I was once present while

The vice president of my employer's corporate division told an all-hands meeting – with a straight face – that [we*] can't make money selling hardware

I am still wondering if she meant that as an admission or an order.

*To protect the guilty.

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I want to launch thousands of drones, says Facebook's flying Wi-Fi router chief

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Can we

Put up barrage balloons in our back yards? Oh, it'll be a nuisance, and expensive, too, blowin' up all them balloons at night just to be sure of our privacy, but worth it to keep the drones out of our yards...

Be sure to put Aluminium foil strips under 'em, mind, to confuse the microwaves. Heh, heh, heh.

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Regulatory compliance problems? Promontory, my dear Watson

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Re: real challenges still facing human civilisation – regulatory compliance.

Called out of retirement, to fix a technical problem in a product, I told my manager that the problem wasn't technical, but structural.

When there are several competing managers telling one engineer to do three different things before the next day's conference call; when it will take three days to assemble the test equipment, and when they will have changed their minds by the next day anyway; that's not technical at all!

As the outside expert, I was listened to somewhat more readily than I would have been were I still on the payroll; I told them the objective was to put equipment in the customer's hands and what they kindly let the engineer do that.

They've yet to call me back again!

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So now the humans

So now the humans will not have to read them.; Goodie they are already ignoring a great many of the, and now they can claim ignorance.

I spent a few decades working in electromagnetic compliance. What is that? Our electronics is not supposed to interfere with our radio and television; reception and if we have a transmitter our computer is not supposed to shut down whenever wiki the Mike. That is a pretty course reading of things but it is.

Computers can't make that happen. Computers cannot make manufacturers leave parts out because it is hard to put them in, or to expensive, or are hard to find. Computers cannot make manufacturers perform incoming quality tests on the parts they do buy and statistically valid outgoing tests on products they make. Computers cannot make businesses protect the public from their own products.

Now, if we could get computers to replace lawyers…

And that is called paying the Dane-geld;

But we've proved it again and again,

That if once you have paid him the Dane-geld

You never get rid of the Dane.

-- Kipling

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Did last night's US presidential debate Wi-Fi rip-off break the law?

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Holmes

Thak goodness for

USB smartphone tethering. More secure, too.

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The law is an ass: Mooning banned at arse end of the world

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It's possible

It's possible thongs and Sumo uniforms might allow cheeky comment without putting expressive commenters in arrears

"For want of anal" etc....

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Lethal 4-hour-erection-causing spiders spill out of bunch of ASDA bananas

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Re: What A Way To Go....

Well, if you know people in the pharmaceutical industry, here's an opportunity; a new NATURAL cure for ED.

Should sell like (cough, cough) "gang-busters".

In commercial terms, it'll have legs.

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Asian hornets are HERE... those honey bee murdering BASTARDS

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Re: Killing bees at the rate of 40 per minute?

You can get 100 round drum magazines, but here's a test someone a ran manually loading 30 and 50 round (drum )magazines into a modified AR – 15 on full automatic. He used up most of the table full of ammunition before the barrel failed at 830 rounds.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BSizVpfqFtw

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Apple seeks patent for paper bag - you read that right, a paper bag

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Folds or gussets

Prior use since about 4000 BCE

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Upstart AI dreams of 'disrupting' digital marketing – with sex

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That borders on

Sects, all right.

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Post-Brexit UK.gov must keep EU scientists coming, say boffins

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How about

0.0015 percent taxes?

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Google hover-drones to drop burritos on campus

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Ai, chihuahua! (look it up)(clue: Look HARD)

On every corner -- and over head too! Tacoheads RULE.

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It's time for humanity to embrace SEX ROBOTS. For, uh, science, of course

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A distinction could be made

It would be instructive to make a distinction between sex and biological hydraulics, no?

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Of supermarkets, Volkswagen and the future of Dell-EMC

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"That's our stake in the ground."

At a crossroads. At midnight. With garlic. And a silver crucifix.

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Microsoft thought of the children and decided to ban some browsers

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Ah! THERE'S reason to not DL the latest "required update". I'm only 72, FAR too young to be allowed to bypass parental controls.

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$329 for a MacBook? Well, really a 'HacBook' built on an old HP

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Re: 1600 x 900

I thought 640x250 was fantastic resolution on my old (bankruptcy sale) Hyperion. Of course, I came to it from a TRS-80 Model 4P!

http://www.sinasohn.com/cgi-bin/clascomp/bldhtm.pl?computer=dynhyp

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John Ellenby, British inventor of the first laptop, powers off

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I was there when...

AFTER Tandy acquired GriD, and after it sold its whole computer business to AST Research, I got to work on FCC qualification of the GriD convertible, a clever laptop whose screen could be pivoted on its hinges to cover the normal keyboard and allow operation with Microsoft Windows for Pen. A number of them were sold, too. An RF-emitting pen device could be detected by electrodes in the screen, and it was a decent enough laptop for its time, if a bit of a power hog. I'd worked on worse GriD's, tho..

A color version was in development when AST was taken over by Samsung and basically imploded.

Sic transit etcetera ...

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Tim Cook: EU lied about Apple taxes. Watch out Ireland, this is a coup!

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"I am not a lawer" etc

But as I understand the law here in the US, income not taxable abroad is taxed in the US, if any of it gets back here.

I wonder where Apple wants to spend it?

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Height of stupidity: Heathrow airliner buzzed by drone at 7,000ft

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Take off your eyeglasses, you!

“The person in charge of a small unmanned aircraft must maintain direct, unaided visual contact with the aircraft sufficient to monitor its flight path in relation to other aircraft, persons, vehicles, vessels and structures for the purpose of avoiding collisions.”

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Speaking in Tech: Open Source fixes a Microsoft engineering problem

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Are there transcripts?

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Maplin Electronics demands cash with menaces

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Re: Repeating the same mistakes

"Resistors are futile."

Feudal. ain't it?

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What next for the F-35 after Turkey's threats to turn its back on NATO?

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How about

NATO leaving Turkey?

It is no part of the defence of Europe and the US to prop up a regime as Islamist as ISIS (if presently less violent) and as democratic as North Korea.

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Speaking in Tech: Nope, sorry waiter. I won't pay with that card reader

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Are there any transcripts?

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Milk IN the teapot: Innovation or abomination?

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Here now

I've been long away from Blighty but *I* thought one had to boil tea until the spoon either stood up in it or dissolved.

Or was that Army coffee.... not sure: I think COFFEE came by the slice. US Army coffee, that is.

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Cortana expelled from Windows 10's new school editions

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Not to worry...

There'll be an app for that. Google's, of course.

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

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No it won't

" and the ITRS says the current trajectory is self-limiting: by 2040, as the chart below shows, computing will need more electricity than the world can produce."

LOGICALLY impossible, technologically unlikely and practically impossible.Will the Master Breaker at the Fortress of Solitude trip and the Earth go dark? No more will a teenager playing VR Thrones bring the world of business to a halt. VR Pron now; that's another matter.

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Tupperware vehemently denies any link to storage containerisation

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No

No tupping, eh?

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

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Grammar?

Cameron can't; Theresa MAY.

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Sociology student gets a First for dissertation on Kardashians

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Re: ?

Hmm. Your reference to Newton Minow's characterization had me thinking that in the kase of klan K, TV is s a "half-vaste wasteland". Did I spell that right?

Hmm.

For what it's worth department: http://adage.com/article/rance-crain/minow-tv-a-vast-wasteland/227002/

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Huawei: Our fake phone camera pic shame

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Scale of what?

For unabashed failure to know what one is doing, this is not nearly as bad as losing a Mars Orbiter in 1999 when someone didn't convert pounds to Newtons for every system on the spacecraft. Not even close

But it'll do for just plumb dumb.

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Humans and bees share the same sociability genes

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Pratchett called us Pan Narrans; stoyy-telling chimpanzee.

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The buzz is ...

There's a state prison in California where beekeeping was a permitted activity for good-conduct prisoners, but this had to be prohibited after some of them were discovered breaking out in hives. ...

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Prominent Brit law firm instructed to block Brexit Article 50 trigger

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Re: From another angle...

Now, don't go throwing a spaniard in the works.

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Plane English?

"SHOULD the United Kingdom... " is only advisory, right?

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