* Posts by Jeffrey Nonken

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Sysadmin figures out dating agency worker lied in his profile

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Re: Enter == submit

Young punks. Get off my lawn!

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Soon only Ticketmaster will rip you off: Concert scalper bots face US ban

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"I'd also like to see venues insisting that only the original purchaser can use the ticket. If you can't go, you return the ticket to the venue for resale."

Because people never buy tickets as gifts.

Because if I can't go due to a last-minute emergency, it's better to refund the tickets and have those seats unsold.

Or, since it's more likely I won't have the leisure to return the tickets in time, it's better the seats remain empty and I pay for useless tickets than for a friend to use them instead. Or an acquaintance. Or a total stranger. I'd rather give them away than throw them away... but I'll have to throw them away anyway. That will show those dirty scalpers!

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London cops' tech slammed for failing abused kids – report

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Re: No child is 'streetwise'

"Well "living in a house with three men", her two older brothers and Dad?"

Didn't say "living in a house with". Said "alone and unsafe with".

As for your hypothetical dad and two brothers, abusers are usually family members, so dad and two brothers doesn't automatically make one safe. Doesn't automatically make one unsafe either, but if you're going to ignore context, hey, you can twist it any way you like.

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Google may just have silently snuffed the tablet computer

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Re: who cares

Post them here. We'll find a use. :)

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Guess I'm behind the curve as usual

Awww. And I just got this Nexus 7... Happens it doesn't do what I got it for, but turns out it's nicer for reading tech web sites and e-books than my phone and more portable than my laptop for Netflix. These ageing eyes appreciate the larger screen.

I can live without it but I'm glad I got it anyway.

(2nd generation, so I get updates through Marshmallow without having to root it. Which was the original point.)

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Canadian cops cuff 11-year-old lad after Grand Theft Auto gets real

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Re: "reset button"???

Also it's called RESPAWN NOT RESET. Jeebus. You'd think they'd never played a video game in their lives!

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...except that he's right, here in the U.S. it probably would have gone down that way.

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How-to terror manuals still being sold by Apple, Amazon, Waterstones

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Re: @Bloke

...Which just proves we are hypocrites. Something that is already pretty obvious. Your point?

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You want SaaS? Don't bother, darling, your kind can't afford it

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I just tell them the truth: I write firmware for a airplane simulator company. Most think that's cool enough to stop there. If they ask what that entails, the explanation leaves them glassy-eyed enough to never want to ask me a question ever again ever.

OTOH if they know what firmware is it often means a pleasant techie conversation will follow. Win-win.

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Veeam kicks Symantec's ass over unpatentable patents

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Re: Patentable?

"If all of these patents were shot down by the USPTO, why in the hell were they issued in the first place?"

The U.S. patent system is pretty broken right now, starting with the office. They were issued due to said office having collective rectal-cranial inversion.

Reform desperately needed.

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Pre-Trump FCC – get a grip on mobe data caps, racist Stingray spying, urge Dem senators

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Re: Janus

No. Because these Congresscritters see a problem, are trying to address it, and firmly believe that the Trump administration will strongly oppose their efforts. And OBTW they happen to be Democratic senators.

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User needed 40-minute lesson in turning it off and turning it on again

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Classic Carlin

Cookie box says "open here." I'm glad it doesn't say "open somewhere else", I'd be all day trying to find a good spot!

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Post-outage King's College London orders staff to never make their own backups

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A critical part of doing proper backups is redundancy. One way to provide it is individual users doing their own. There are drawbacks, to be sure. But if IT are botching the job, whom else can you depend on?

And vague reassurances are useless. I like Lee D.'s soapbox speech. Be explicit, be willing to demonstrate, be transparent. Be willing to listen.

Redundancy, and layers.

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Shhh! Shazam is always listening – even when it's been switched 'off'

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Re: Overreaction?

Maybe you can't please everyone, but giving the user the option to choose whether to leave the mic on would go a long way.as would being transparent about it.

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Walgreens demands $140m refund from busted bio biz Theranos

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I have limited sympathy for Walgreens, who should have known better than to buy snake oil, but zero sympathy for Theranos.

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Russia shoves antitrust probe into Microsoft after Kaspersky gripes about Windows 10

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As long as you never visit the web, receive e-mail, download files or plug in an external drive... Sure, no need for malware protection. Oh, and don't connect to the internet or insert optical media.

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Google Pixel pwned in 60 seconds

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Re: It's not really the Pixel though.

"7.1 was released as CM 14.1 this week."

But not for MY phone. Waaaahhhh!

Seriously, though, my G1 hasn't had an update for ages!

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Re: Cheaper to pay bug bounties...

Because competent devs don't write bugs and hired testers find all bugs. It's like magic! And unicorns.

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A cardboard desk? I won’t stand for it (actually I will)

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I had no idea who David Hemmings was, but I immediately recognized the scene you described. (the movie showed up a few times on HBO during the few years I subscribed.) Unfortunately I couldn't remember the name of the movie, either, though I did remember Omar Sharif being the captain.

I looked up "David Hemmings" on IMDB and started scanning titles backwards until I encountered one that had absolutely nothing to do with exploding boats -- I did remember THAT much about the title -- and sure enough, "Juggernaut" turned out to be the movie I remembered, and presumably the one you referenced. High fives!

You sound pretty much like I'd expect. Only when I'm reading your articles, the voice in my head insists on speaking with an American accent. But then, most of the voices in my head speak with an American accent, even when I know better. Oddly enough, it's the same accent I speak with. (I'm sure it's a coincidence.) Now I've actually heard you speak, perhaps I can convince my brain to at least read your words with something other than "bland Midwestern US with a dash of New England but grew up in semi-rural PA". As I write this we (at work) have a guy visiting from Australia, maybe I'll get confused and you'll end up with an Aussie accent in my head.

Come to think, I'm already confused, that part's a no-brainer. Speaking of which... back to work!

"I may be stupid, but I'm not BLOODY stupid!"

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Angry user demands three site visits to fix email address typos

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People who never make mistakes are incapable of learning from them.

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Trump's taxing problem: The end of 'affordable' iPhones

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Re: I am Mad

"I guess all I can do now is go to Canada, where is that immigration portal."

Down. It was inadvertently DDOSed by all the Americans trying to leave.

I'm thinking that Reykjavik is lovely at this time of year.

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Tech Trump: Silicon Valley steps into the valley of unhappiness

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Re: One other thing that is a big concern...

"Expect some big problems there for the US next year. You heard it here first."

Not really, I'm a regular Techdirt reader.

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US citizens crash Canadian immigration site after Trump victory

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Re: and we thought brexit was a bloody stupid decision

Iceland is looking better every day.

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Re: Gimme A Break

"1) Most of America voted for Trump."

According to what I see here, at 98% reporting, Clinton has 200,000 more popular votes than Trump. But in the U.S., popular votes don't count in the presidential election.

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The big day is here and it's time to decide: Patch Flash, Windows, Office or Android first?

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Re: Time to decide?

I put Cyanogenmod on mine. A bit of bother, but worth it in the long run, for me.

Not for everybody though.

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Re: Why not

Drink the kool-aid; buy an iPhone.

Or just throw your smartphone away and get a flip phone.

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RIP EarthLink, 1994–2016: From AOL killer to regional ISP's attic

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No fond memory comments, then? I guess nostalgia just isn't what it used to be.

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Boffins turn phone into tracker by abusing pairing with – that's right – IoT kit

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Re: It's Used, not abused.

Hmm. If they picked the lock, though, it could be considered abuse of the normal function.

Or perhaps, since we're doing home break-in analogies, that would be climbing in through a window accidentally left open.

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British firm to build world's first offshore automated ship

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https://www.amazon.com/Floating-Zombie-D-F-Jones/dp/0425029808

That was supposed to be a cautionary tale, not a handbook!

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UK prison reform report wants hard-coded no-fly zones in drones to keep them out of jail

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Re: "hard-coded no-fly zones in drones"

"While squaring a negative does result in a positive, cubing a negative results in a far larger negative."

Unless it's a negative 1. Or between 0 and -1.

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Mobile beats desktop traffic

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It's the Negroponte Switch in action.

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FCC backs Google Fiber

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The more competition the entrenched incumbents get, the better for everybody else.

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The web is past peak innovation: It's all negative returns from here

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"In all the nuking I've ever done, "give or take" 10 seconds on that would not be an issue. There's variation in the amount of ${food}, there's variation in composition of ${food}, there's variation in where on the plate ${food} is put, ..."

When I use the microwave to soften butter, 10 seconds is easily enough for most of the stick to go from hard to liquid. Sometimes having precision is useful.

If you never use it for that particular task, I can see why you wouldn't care.

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Alleged ISIS member 'wore USB cufflink and trained terrorists in encryption'

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Re: So it's now a crime to have a USB device which doesn't look like a USB device?

Ipod nothing, it's now illegal to own a smartphone.

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Hell desk thought PC fire report was a first-day-on-the-job prank

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Back in the 1980s I managed to spill tea into the open top of my printer -- an old Centronics dot matrix printer with some fairly hefty motors. At the time I took my tea with milk and sugar. A friend helped me find replacement fuses, and advised me to carefully wash the electronics in water, not alcohol -- alcohol doesn't dissolve sugar.

It really doesn't.

The tip was a good one, the printer worked for several more years afterwards.

Fast forward into the 1990s when I spilled a sugary drink into my keyboard at work. I went to IT for a replacement keyboard and talked to them about washing the old one; they said they always washed them with alcohol. I pointed out that didn't dissolve sugar, but took the replacement with me. At the time computer hardware was a bit more spendy than now, so there weren't a lot of spares hanging about; I didn't like the new one, so I took the old one apart, washed it with water, rinsed with alcohol (dries faster) and used compressed air to dry it. When I brought the replacement back they asked why, I said that I'd fixed my old one and didn't need the replacement. The response? "How did you do that? We can never get them to work again!" "That's because you wash them in alcohol!"

I don't have a 100% success rate (last keyboard I dumped a sugary drink into works 99% -- for some reason I can't get the numpad + to work) but, generally speaking, washing with water > washing with alcohol. Once the contaminants are washed off, however, alcohol makes a good rinse. Best combined with disassembly so there are no trapped pockets of liquid. Take a photo of your keyboard before pulling off the keycaps, if you do that, so you know where they all go back. :)

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Getting your tongue around foreign tech-talk is easier than you think

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No tea bags, I buy loose tea from Harney & Sons online, but you're in luck -- they do sell it in sachets.

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iPhone fatigue and fading Samsung. This planet is bored with big brand phones

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Re: Right

I generally like Apple's phones, don't like their walled garden and their blindfold dartboard approach to app management. Prefer a phone I can put into my pocket, and pick up with one hand, so IF I were to but an iPhone today it would probably be a 6E.

Meantime I have four Galaxy S4 phones (including my daughters') that are working OK. Wouldn't mind an upgrade but don't feel a strong need. Mine's running CM13 for a multitude of reasons. The kids are running apps that don't want rooted phones so they're on Lollipop stock ROMs.

One of the drawbacks of running old Android phones that aren't Google brand is update support. But we can Skype and stream and send MMS and do phone calls and for now it's Good Enough.

Also I can read and comment on El Reg while on the can. :)

So maybe there's some market saturation going on. But when I think about new phones I also think, maybe Chinese next time. We'll see. Keeping an eye on them.

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The new FCC privacy rules are here, and nobody is happy

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Whine whine, not screwing over our customers will destroy the internet, whine whine.

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Self-driving cars doomed to be bullied by pedestrians

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So... driving anywhere will be exactly like trying to drive through downtown Davis, California. Not a pleasant prospect.

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Schneider Electric plugs gaping hole in industrial control kit

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Well, 25 years ago I was writing firmware for Industrial Process Control, so I suppose this was all my fault.

Hah hah. Perhaps we were naive and short-sighted, but understand that the Internet wasn't A Thing yet. It was there, but had very limited use. It never occurred to us that we'd need or even want to hook into it, or any clue what it would become.

First, I'd have to dial into my ISP, then get into Usenet to download my pr0n. Usenet was intended for text, so it was mostly discussions, but there were also automated e-mail lists. (Think "Yahoo! Groups.") Speaking of Yahoo!, it didn't exist yet. Google was in the distant future. Searches were done using Gopher, often via Archie, Jughead or Veronica. IRC handled your chat rooms. Assuming you were online in the first place. Wolfenstein 3D was a year away. We were using MSDOS on 80286- and 80386-based computers on a Novell network.

Our own protocols weren't even inter-connectable without huge effort. One of my biggest projects was one allowing our main networking protocol to talk to HART devices via one of our small systems devices -- an enormous kludge.

I can't speak for the minds of my fellows, but none of us were thinking in terms of the Internet for inter-connecting systems, and we had no more clue as to the need for security than the very people who were making the 'net.

I certainly didn't expect to be carrying the Internet around on a phone in my pocket. Why would I be expecting people to be able to hack into a power station from their living room? Why on Earth would anybody want to connect a power station to a public network anyway?

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WD gets flash boom bang from SanDisk swallow

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If cuneiform was good enough for my grandfather, it's good enough for me!

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Render crashing PCs back to their component silicon: They deserve it

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Somebody please teach that woman how to punch... just as soon as her bones heal. Thank you.

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Re: Dune

Steak for dinner sometime soon. Boffo!

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Not call, Intel – not call: Chipzilla modems in iPhone 7s fall short

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Squeaky bum time for Apple: It hasn’t made enough iPhone 7 Pluses

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Re: 3-4 weeks is in still time for Christmas...

It's not December yet.

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This is not a drill: Hackers pop stock Nexus 6P in five minutes

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Re: Say whaat?

I took that to mean that the clock didn't start immediately on the next attempt, but they had some time between attempts to consult their notes, tweak their tools and gird their loins. That amount of time is variable.

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Hackers pop top 'secure' wireless keyboard and mouse kits, gain RCE

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Re: Alternatively....

"I just can't see any advantage to a wireless keyboard or mouse anyway"

I prefer them. Especially the mouse, no cable to drag. Takes less space in my backpack. *shrug* That's just me.

"liable to run out of battery at awkward time"

It is a drawback.

"the stupid keyboards sleep and miss your first few keystrokes"

Huh. Haven't noticed that.

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Is Google using YouTube to put one over on Samsung?

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Awww. Mike's views are a bit more nuanced than "anti-copyright".

Anyway, here's a link back to the Techdirt article, if anybody wants to read it: clicky

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Sysadmin flees asbestos scare with disk drive, blank pay cheques, angry builders in pursuit

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Re: Windows NT

I've heard the same thing many times. I've actually found DDS to be quite reliable, but with a major caveat.

When our HP drive stopped reading the tapes it had written, I called support and was asked just how many hours a night I was running it? I answers 14, and was scornfully told that there was a 20% daily duty cycle limit on the heads. After that the heads would heat up enough to soften them and they'd experience excessive wear.

I asked where I could find that in the manual... At which point he admitted it wasn't there. So I said, ok, I get warranty on this unit, and afterwards it's up to me to keep the wear down on the next unit, now that I'm informed.

Next time we bought (non-HP) DDS drives I proactively asked about the duty cycle and was told 15%.

So I very meticulously scheduled backups to limit the duty cycles, and after that the drives worked pretty well.

If the manufacturers were not bothering to mention the little detail of the heads smoking after 3-5 hours of use, no wonder DDS has such a bad rep. I don't actually know if that's the case, I haven't exactly been doing surveys, but so far nobody I've talked to has admitted to knowing about the limit.

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