* Posts by Michael Hoffmann

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Body cams too fragile for Canadian Mounties – so they won't be used

Michael Hoffmann
Meh

Confused equestrian here

I can see the battery life criteria, but durability?

Going by the basic fact that they're horse-mounted police, I'm confused, as eventers use helmet or other mounted cameras regularly and what they drag the cameras through would surely match any durability requirement? OK, maybe Canadian winters, but I've used cameras in the Antarctic and they survive and work.

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RAF Club members emailed fake invoices. Has it been hacked?

Michael Hoffmann
Thumb Up

Love the photo

The Hurricane (always one of my personal favourites) probably throttle-to-the-firewall and the EF with its high angle of attack, every flap-n-friend extended, likely still practising slow flight at the edge of stall. :D

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Gone in 70 seconds: Holding Enter key can smash through defense

Michael Hoffmann
Joke

Re: Missing item in the series?

Reverse Polish Notation with only those two affected?

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Angry user demands three site visits to fix email address typos

Michael Hoffmann

Ah the memories...

From personal experience I can tell you one professional group that is worse:

Nurses!

To the 'tude add the look you get of "I've seen more men naked than a 2-bit hooker, often with a syringe in my rubber-gloved hands, therefore I know what you look like without clothes and I'm not impressed. Fix this computer problem or I swear I'll use a turkey baster as the syringe".

Truly frightening.

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Michael Hoffmann
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Re: Obviously...

You beat me to it.

I wonder if it'd be possible to place a target over her desk and then position yourself in an office across the hall for some crossbow shooting practise.

But, good lord, these people are educators who work with kids? Time to pull out Pink Floyd's The Wall methinks.

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Browsers nix add-on after Web of Trust is caught selling users' browsing histories

Michael Hoffmann
Facepalm

Re: Naming

Why am I not surprised, going by your comment history, that you would spout that "the Nazis were left-wing" rubbish?

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Str-NAND-ed: Flash chip drought hits tech world

Michael Hoffmann
Meh

Things that make you go...

... hmmm.

Just can't help thinking it may be an artificial shortage. We've been here before haven't we? With DRAM? Other storage? Anything to stop the price decline?

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Smoking hole found on Mars where Schiaparelli lander, er, 'landed'

Michael Hoffmann

Re: It's WAR

Bah!

The chances of anything coming from Mars are a million to one, I say!

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Cisco president: One 'hiccup' and 'boom' – AWS is 'gone'

Michael Hoffmann
Facepalm

Amazing coincidence

My timestamp on this article says 14 Oct 2016 at 11:39, and lo presto, at 14 Oct 2016 at 15:08 I see:

"Cisco's cloud whisperer CTO Zorawar Biri Singh blows free"

"His role was to drive “thought leadership” around Cisco’s technology roadmap, platforms and architectures. Singh would, we were told, set the foundation” for Cisco’s long-term investments.

Less than two years on, however, and Cisco is slashing heads: seven per cent of its global workforce, some 5,500 people, are getting canned in the current financial year and Singh is one of the casualties."

Hmm.

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Blighty's Home Office database blunders will deprive hundreds of GB driving licences

Michael Hoffmann
Pint

Re: Archibald Tuttle, not Archibald Buttle!!

Clicked on comment to post just that reference to Brazil. Beer to you for thinking alike!

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Without new anti-robot laws, humanity is doomed, MPs told

Michael Hoffmann
Gimp

Ticket for the migration fleet...

- intelligent machines preparing to eradicate or remove us - check!

- generation growing up with miserable immune systems (thanks to hoverparents) - check!

- preparation for fleet of space vehicles to get off-world started - check!

So, turns out *we* are the Quarians!

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Boffins eschew silicon to build tiniest-ever transistor, just 1nm long

Michael Hoffmann
Boffin

Abundance a problem

Silicon is number 2. Molybdenum is 54... sayeth Wiki. 2th most abundant in oceans.

Largest producers: The world's production of molybdenum was 250,000 tonnes in 2011, the largest producers being China (94,000 t), United States (64,000 t), Chile (38,000 t), Peru (18,000 t) and Mexico (12,000 t). The total reserves are estimated at 10 million tonnes, and are mostly concentrated in China (4.3 Mt), US (2.7 Mt) and Chile (1.2 Mt). By continent, 93% of world molybdenum production is about evenly shared between North America, South America (mainly in Chile), and China. Europe and the rest of Asia (mostly Armenia, Russia, Iran and Mongolia) produce the remainder.

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IBM botched geo-block designed to save Australia's census

Michael Hoffmann
Meh

Re: Fired? Nooo surely not

With the never-ending "resource actions" going on, how does anybody at IBM even tell whether it's resigning, firing or laying-off anymore?! Do you get a different coloured hat when walking out the door or something?

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Cosmology is safe and the Universe is one giant version of the Barbican

Michael Hoffmann

Pity...

... I liked the "quantum weather" idea from the aborted Tracy Hickman/Margaret Weis Starshield novels. Use your warp drive for a few lightyears, but then Laws change to a section of the universe where magic reigns and you have to bring out the dragons to tow your starcruiser.

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2,000 year old man found dead near 2,000 year old computer

Michael Hoffmann
Happy

Re: Γεια σου, φαίνεται σαν να προσπαθείτε να πλεύσει το πλοίο

Θα θέλατε να βοηθήσει με αυτό;

(or that's what Google Translate says)

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United States Air Force grounds F-35As after cooling kit cracks up

Michael Hoffmann
Thumb Down

Insult!

"Toothless Tiger Moth"?

Why is the author dragging the name of this great classic airplane

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

into the same realm of this failed boondoggle?

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World's largest internet exchange sues Germany over mass surveillance

Michael Hoffmann
Meh

What am I missing?

With interchange points in the US as well, will they sue or have they also sued the NSA? Or do they know well enough that they may have a prayer in German court, but wouldn't get anywhere in the US?

Seems weird - or very smart - going after the piddly BND and not the 800lbs gorilla.

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Australia boards the slow boat to Brexit

Michael Hoffmann
Meh

Re: Free Trade

Shouldn't there have been a Joke Alert or GetMeCoat icon?

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Replacing humans with robots in your factories? Hold on just a sec

Michael Hoffmann
Coat

Still a use for humans!

Using robots frees up humans for Testing!

So, volunteer for testing today!

Mine's the one with exploding lemons in the pocket.

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Super Cali goes ballistic, IT school is hopeless: Tech boot camp ITT frozen by edu officials

Michael Hoffmann
Coat

Dum...

... deedledeedle dum deedle die?

Sorry, sorry...

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Microsoft redfaced after Bing translation cockup enrages Saudis

Michael Hoffmann
Meh

Easy mistake to make?

Looking at the financial and ideological roots of IS/Daesh in the Wahhabite state, it could fall under "loose translation".

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Don't want to vote for Clinton or Trump? How about this woman who says Wi-Fi melts kids' brains?

Michael Hoffmann

Was looking for him on the Aussie ballot, as well, recently. No luck.

Got Pauline Hanson, though. So close...

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Australia to spend a billion bucks and seven years on SAP project

Michael Hoffmann
FAIL

Anybody know any bookies...

... who will accept a few squids on Successful Project?

Reckon I'd get brilliant odds and make a mint.

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Seminal adventure game The Hobbit finally ported to the Dragon 64

Michael Hoffmann
Meh

Re: Time passes.....

"Gold, gold, gold, gold..."

Oh, is that the one they used for the game? Thought back then they would stuck to more of the old classics like

"Gold, gold, gold, gold..." and it's bawdier "Gold, gold, gold, gold..."

Great, now you made me think of Pterry leaving us too soon and I'm heading to work depressed. :(

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Mobile broadband now cheaper than wired, for 95 per cent of humanity

Michael Hoffmann
Unhappy

Australia?

Dare I even look where Australia ranks in that, Simon?

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Hacker shows Reg how one leaked home address can lead to ruin

Michael Hoffmann
Unhappy

Re: it's moot

Sadly, very much this.

I (have to) use it for 2 things: family and sports/hobby activities.

The former I have a fairly tight rein over (you WILL do this and this and this to have a modicum of protected privacy and security or I will unfriend you - and actual dire threat when much of the family is half a world away).

The latter... clubs have apparently done away with maintaining websites or other means of updating members or other announcements. No matter how much I've tried to caution (even resigned from a secretary position when I just couldn't take it anymore) the "but it's so convenient and *everybody* uses it" just became knee-jerk. As leaving, in my chosen hobby, would be cutting off my nose to spite my face I can only throw up my hands in disgust and resignation.

Best I can do is obfuscate and hope for the effing best. :(

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BEELION-star dataset to land in September

Michael Hoffmann
Joke

FAA Advisory

Please, let somebody include the line in the dataset:

"Not to be used for interstellar navigation"

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Cash-strapped English and Welsh cops prepare to centralise all 43 forces' websites

Michael Hoffmann

Peter Grant - web designer

What, even The Folly? Nightingale will be utterly confused.

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Meet the 1,000 core chip that can be powered by an AA battery

Michael Hoffmann
Joke

In the case of collapse of civilisation...

... can it be powered by a potato?

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PC market sinking even faster than first thought, thanks to Windows 10

Michael Hoffmann
Thumb Up

Re: Knew it!

Thing is, you may be absolutely right.

Using the missus - non-gamer, doesn't use PCs beyond web-browing, social media, Office and some minor photo-editing - as coal-miner's canary (figuratively speaking, sheesh, you guys!), VR has been a topic of fascination for her.

Even since she read and enjoyed Ready Player One. Now she wants to get on the OASIS!

I had to gently talk her down and explain to her that with the utter incompetence of Australia in getting the necessary network infrastructure in our lifetime, a PC upgrade and some fancy headset wouldn't do her any good.

Still, in some countries with less corrupt and bungling politicians and unions, this may turn out to be the proverbial Killer App.

When the movie comes out is may give this whole complex a boost.

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Grim-faced 'naut Malenchenko prepares to return home

Michael Hoffmann

Re: Russian

The comments are more educational than the article. I say that without judgment on who's right. It's remarkably civil and offers insight about attitudes amongs the self-identified slavs on there.

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EU wants open science publication by 2020

Michael Hoffmann
Headmaster

Principally, yes...

However:

It's actually been long-standing and, I find, quite reasonable practise that give the principal investigator and affiliated researchers exclusive right for 1-2 years.

The reason is so they can get first pick at results, get their papers out, prepare for the Nobel acceptance speech, etc.

Then the data becomes public - if it was funded by the public.

Elsevier is simply a leech that interposed itself here - and if they Wiki article can be believed with less than ethical means. To hell with them, but don't throw the baby out with the bathwater.

I've worked closely with scientists in the Antarctic - they are often down there for long periods of time collecting their data. If they had to make it available immediately, while they're still "stuck" down on the Ice, they would come back to others having published the all-important papers, while they froze their butts off.

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Web site admins: Brace for weekend traffic surges from iOS devices

Michael Hoffmann
Coat

Do they...?

But do those Androids dream of electric sheep on the weekend?

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Newest Microsoftie Xamarin releases cross-platform mobile SDK as open source

Michael Hoffmann
Facepalm

Minor nitpick

Apparently to *build* an iOS app you no longer need the Mac either.

I know that because only last night, during a weary red-eye hack session. I was trying to merge several branches that had gotten away from me (yeah, yeah...) and just trying to get them to build. When I finally succeeded, both locally, as well as on my Windows build box controlled through Bamboo, at around midnight, I noticed I didn't even have my Hackintosh VM up and running. Still need it to run the sim or deploy to the iThing, though.

Still a bit befuddled, maybe it will come to me with more caffeine.

(the icon is actually me resting my weary head on my hand)

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Docker hired private detectives to pursue woman engineer's rape, death threat trolls

Michael Hoffmann

Two things I wonder about

1) How endemic is it? I mean, what percentage of males in IT commit these crimes (and yes, I consider it criminal behaviour)? A single sociopathic, misogynistic lose has a huge "force multiplier" nowadays and can reach hundreds of women anonymously. Is this the same minority of sick weirdos responsible for as many as 50% of women in IT receiving this sort of abuse?

2) Is vigilantism an answer if the police won't deal with it? >.<

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Jenkins 2.0, where the devil have you been?

Michael Hoffmann
Meh

Thought it was just me

But from the comments, I can tell it's not: I really, really wanted to make Jenkins work. Maybe if 2.0 had been out and really production ready. But in head to head and in demo to the powers that be (who are actually tech savvy), Bamboo won out by a large margin.

Once Bamboo was running, remote agents and all, it's done. With Jenkins (1.x) I felt the fiddling never ended.

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NSW Dept of Education IT system still in slow-motion collapse

Michael Hoffmann
Facepalm

Why?!

I stopped reading at "SAP".

Why? Just, why? Years of reading tech journalism and I have yet to read about a successful SAP implementation that didn't come out 5 times over budget. Or that didn't fail outright.

I mean, people bitch about Microsoft, they moan about Oracle, but SAP just seems to take the cake.

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Amazon attempts rule fudge to take exclusive control of new dot-words

Michael Hoffmann

despicable.moi? </minion>

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Video folk, you'll love the 96TB, 2.6GB/sec LaCie 12big HDD

Michael Hoffmann
Meh

Re: Units !

Uhm, it says 2.6GB/sec and 2,600MB/sec. I don't see any Gb. Seems fairly clear - or was that changed after you wrote your comment?

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Job ad promises 'Meaningless Repetitive Work on the .NET Stack'

Michael Hoffmann

I was tempted...

Pity it's in Brisbane. Was actually in the process of giving him a ring until I caught that (I scrolled down before I looked in the upper right corner).

I'm fortunate enough that I'm currently working in the absolute opposite - let's call it "Buzzwords Done Right". I therefore have no idea why I feel this strange attraction, yet I do.

Us nerds are weird...

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Lizard Squad back to blast Blizzard’s gaming hub

Michael Hoffmann
Joke

Re: Any Claims?

Pandas?

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Apple pulled 2,204lbs of gold out of old tech gear

Michael Hoffmann
Coat

Memorial...

Are 2204 lbs of gold enough for a life-size statue of Steve Jobs on Infinity Loop? Holding an iThing in one hand and with the other pointing at... oh, I dunno, the main Foxconn plant?

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Uninstall QuickTime for Windows: Apple will not patch its security bugs

Michael Hoffmann
Facepalm

Trailers Site?

Stupid question: Apple's own movie trailers website (apple.com/trailers) demand QuickTime. What are they proposing for that? "Only access our trailers site through QuickTime on a Mac"?

That's one approach to marketing, I guess...

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Send tortuous stand-up ‘nine-thirty’ meetings back to the dark ages

Michael Hoffmann
Coat

Re: Those humans-

Don't you want me, baby? Don't you want me? Aaaaaah!

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Submarine cable cut lops Terabits off Australia's data bridge

Michael Hoffmann

Microwave?

Not by any means a telco specialist, so honest question:

Has a multi-hop microwave link from the mainland ever been considered? Line of sight should work, IIRC - say, Southern tip of VIC, King Island, northern TAS.

Even if just for backup purposes such as this.

Are there technical/financial/environmental issues why this wouldn't work?

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German Chancellor fires hydrogen plasma with the push of a button

Michael Hoffmann

Disappointed...

And not one single shopped photo of Merkel as Palpatine with a "and now witness the power..." caption.

Or would that now be the General Hux speech?

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Danish Sith Lord fined in Galactic Republic rumpus

Michael Hoffmann
Coat

Re: unspecified techniques

"Much more civilized."

Using a lightsaber would also be more civilised. Obi-Wan said so.

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Secret Service Silk Road scammer in the slammer

Michael Hoffmann
Facepalm

From 71 months to...

Off the cuff, anybody have an idea what the 71 months are now going to turn into?

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Hackers mirror 250GB of NASA files on the web

Michael Hoffmann
Alien

Too much X-Files watching

This actually brought back memories: in the early noughties a similar event occurred when Romanian hackers stole some GB of data they obtained by hacking into the South Pole computers.

They then proceeded to try and blackmail the NSF and the Antarctic Program to pay up or the data would be released to Show The World The Truth. The FBI even got involved, but it was somewhat clear that the dorks through that they had stumbled upon data on the Soopr Sikrit UFO bases: the X-Files series and movie wasn't that long ago. The truth was out there, the hackers had found it and the NSF was going to pay ransom or the world would find out about the nefarious alien bases at the South Pole!

In reality, of course, this was science data on the various elementary particle experiments going on there - neutrino/muon/etc detectors and such cool things. And yes, this data would enter the public domain anyway after a 2-year (IIRC) period in which the principle investigators got first rights to write their papers and publish their findings.

For me the outcome was that I was sent to the Antarctic (incl South Pole) to assist the science teams with system lockdown and security awareness training. A once-in-a-lifetime experience I will cherish forever.

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Seagate’s triple whammy: Disk numbers, costs, and flash

Michael Hoffmann
FAIL

Kodak moment

Am I the only one who thought the CEO's snitty comment on spinning rust vs flash was similar to Kodak's dug in heels re: film vs digital?

We all know where that ended.

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