* Posts by Jeffrey Nonken

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BEEEELLIONth iPhone sold

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A million million, or a thousand million? "Billion" in the U.S. usually means the latter.

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BOFH: Free as in free beer or... Oh. 'Free Upgrade'

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Re: Sorted

Almost, but not completely, unlike tea.

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Free Windows 10 upgrade: Time is running out – should you do it?

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"As ever, taking a separate backup first is a good precaution, though there is also an undo option for the first month."

Right. Because you're doing brain surgery on yourself, and if it goes wrong, you're trying to undo it with more brain surgery. What could possibly go wrong?

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Microsoft to rip up P2P Skype, killing native Mac, Linux apps

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Viber?

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Re: All you conversations

Viber might be a contender.

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Windows 10 a failure by Microsoft's own metric – it won't hit one billion devices by mid-2018

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Re: Perhaps ....

60? Good god, I thought I was, um, maturing... sounds like you were finishing school around my birthday. Prolly about my dad's age.

I have a slipstick, but it's a cheap plastic one, and I never really learned how to use it. Electronic sliderules were juuuuust getting popular when I started college. Remember the old TIs with lensed LED displays and horrible battery life?

Dad used to have a nice wooden one, but I have no idea where it got to. A shame, I'd love to have it. Maybe my sister got it. It's a name brand I'm sure you'll recognize, hell, could be the same one you have, but damned if I can remember it.

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Google's Android Pay hits Australia

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"Users of rooted handsets and custom ROMs will likely be out of luck attempting to install Android Pay."

Which doesn't suck at all, except for a) all the tons of crap apps mobile operators force on you in the stock ROMs; b) the number of perfectly good phones that are orphaned once said operators lose interest in upgrading them. A year or two into deployment, I expect, or whenever they start pushing the latest new Shiny.

Cyanogenmod makes my phone more configurable and leaner at the same time, as well as being able to run the latest builds of Marshmallow instead of an old version of Lollipop. It's actually more secure than stock ROM, which will never be updated. Google Pay can suck my left nut.

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Much more Moore's Law: Wonder-stuff graphene transistor trickery

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Re: Except...

Son, move over. It's time for your nap.

The earliest commercial Personal Computers ran on 8-bit micros (typically the Z-80 or 6502) and had either 8" or 5 1/4" floppies as a high-priced option; otherwise, your mass storage was audio tape. The 8" floppies had more storage until they invented High Density encoding.

Of course, there were Personal Computers before that, but those were pretty much just for dedicated hobbyists. I myself owned a KIM-1 and still own an IMSAI 8080.

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Tesla whacks guardrail in Montana, driver blames autopilot

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"Now imagine the person to be an airline pilot."

Not a valid comparison for several reasons.

- I can't say what it's like in the Blighty, but here in the Colonies all that's required to get an automobile or motorcycle license is passing a written test, an eye test, and a brief driving test. Basically you only have to show passing familiarity with some laws and mechanical operation of the vehicle. Whereas to be an airline pilot takes years and lots and lots and lots and lots of training, plus certification, frequent training refreshers and re-certification. Even a private pilot's license takes a metric buttload of training and cert.

- As somebody pointed out in an earlier post, flying a commercial airline requires two pilots, and at least one must be alert and in the cockpit at all times.

- Flying is not driving. Flying is not LIKE driving. Generally once you're in the air... well, I wouldn't say you have fewer things to worry about, but it's a different set of things. Typical road hazards don't exist; most man-made hazards will be close to the ground, and airborne hazards are few and far between. (Though likelier to be deadly.) Weather is a larger concern, pilot error, mechanical breakdowns.

- Keeping the above in mind, the autopilot is very clever at keeping you on a constant heading and altitude, and in combination with a properly programmed GPS can pretty much fly you from one end of the trip to the other with minimal intervention. No trees, deer or wooden posts are likely to be encountered except possibly at the endpoints of the trip, though bird strikes are more likely (but not that common).

- Oh yeah, and no flying home from the local pub. Again, I can't speak for other countries, but pilots have to be alcohol-free for a minimum of 8 hours (varies -- some airlines may increase that). But as long as my blood alcohol is within legal limits, I can jump into my car and drive -- in fact, I can anyway, just not legally. But they have to catch me to enforce it. Airline pilots? Shown the door.

Thing is, the autopilot doesn't have to worry about turns in the road -- it's not following a road. It doesn't have to worry about pedestrians, dogs, cars cutting you off, discovered checks, traffic jams, traffic signals, posted speed limits, the car ahead of you applying emergency braking... or any of thousands of road hazards or conditions. Icing is a concern, but not slippery roads.

Navigation consists of following straight lines from one point to another, (mostly) unrelated to geographical conditions on the ground. Driving a car is ALL ABOUT ground conditions.

I wish people would stop drawing this parallel, because the two are nothing alike.

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Win 10 Anniversary: 'We're beginning to check in final code' says Microsoft

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Re: There is absolutely no way

Windows Classic Shell can take a lot of the sting out of the metro interface. Try it.

I always install it anyway, I'm still stuck in the year 2000. Never saw a reason to change.

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Linus Torvalds in sweary rant about punctuation in kernel comments

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For comments on lines of code, I prefer to use the double slash.

For block comments I generally have a slash followed by a line of asterisks, followed by one or more lines of text (no asterisks), followed by a line of asterisks ending in a slash. Separates the block visually, nice symmetry, easy to edit.

I'm sure Linus would find other reasons to hate me, if not that.

We should all remember Nathan Hale's famous line, "I only regret that I have but one asterisk for my nation."

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IoT puts assembly language back on the charts

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Re: You can "learn" assembly?

... Yes, and no.

Yes, assembly is tied directly to the architecture, so varies accordingly. Learning one is NOT learning all.

No, because there is a paradigm, a way of thinking, that is different from higher level languages. Once you learn how to program in machine language, moving to a new machine is mainly just learning the architecture, syntax and op codes. I know, that sounds like all of it, but it's not really... There's that difference in thinking from other languages.

I was lucky enough to have access to a very simple machine when I was young, an IBM 1620, where I was able to teach myself its machine code. In spite of the fact that it was a register-less system, applying the understanding to new CPUs has never been a problem for me. Generally takes me about a week to get comfortable, a month to get proficient.

Then again, I'm one of those weirdos who LIKES programming in assembly. So maybe my experience doesn't count.

Anyway, I agree it's not a language per se, but I feel that knowing a machine language gets you closer than only knowing only high-level languages. (Or 'C'. Which is basically an abstraction layer over machine language. IMHO. Still protects you from the underlying architecture.)

Sorry you don't like it; you are in the majority. Your contempt is noted.

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White hat banned for revealing vulns in news sites used by London councillors

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Shooting the messenger is always the best response.

...said no sentient being ever.

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Scientists want you to know how to have sex with a hyper-long dong

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Not everybody has to be quick in the natural world. Snakes, for instance, can copulate for days. As for penises, they have two, and they switch off. (As in "take turns".) With corresponding anatomy in the female.

And yes, they are themselves predators, but they are not at the top of the food chain.

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Cafe killer remote code execution affects 140 million MIUI Androids

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It has its issues, for certain. But a) I would not want to live in a world without choices and b) be fair, this particular mistake is on a third party port.

Also c) other options are hardly without blemish. Apple has some nice phones, but when is the last time iOS had a problem? Say, bricking iPads? On an upgrade meant to fix a security hole?

And they leave devices behind, too. There's an iPhone 4 in this house that only runs iOS 7, and a clutch of perfectly good 3GS phones that only run iOS 6. My Galaxy S4 only runs 5.0.1 stock, but at least I have the option of installing a third party port that brings it up to date.

I don't entirely disagree. I just think that "pile of poo" might be a bit unfair. Also incomplete. Possibly disingenuous.

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I'm guessing the remark about Cyanogenmod is an aside, just for comparison of usage statistics. I'm wondering if the paragraph was inserted as an afterthought, it is rather confusing. I think Mr. Pauli should move it and add a few more words of context. Or at least add the context, though the following paragraph might want a few more words to properly shift the context back.

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Rolls-Royce reckons robot cargo ships are the future of the seas

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Anybody remember a book or movie named "Colossus: the Forbin Project"?

In 1975 the author (Dennis Feltham Jones) wrote "The Floating Zombie".

This will all end in tears! ... And a grade school named after a security guard.

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Dying satellite sends boffins one last surprise before disappearing

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People who never make mistakes cannot learn from them, and will never grow.

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AMD promises code fix for power-hungry Radeon RX 480 GPU

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Ahhhh, yes... The voodoo 3. AGP, remember that?

My first one burned out. I fitted my second witha custom cooler, plus I bought a small blower from Radio Shack and fitted it with clothespins (the spring-loaded kind) to clip it to the card. Worked a treat.

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Wannabe Prime Minister Andrea Leadsom thinks all websites should be rated – just like movies

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Uhhhhhhh... No.

Apparently she's only connected to reality at a few widely scattered points.

Also I don't think it's any damn business of hers who I have sex with.

Lucky for me I'm on the other side of the pond, so this is nothing to do with me. Best luck with this, England.

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You can’t sit there, my IoT desk tells me

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Re: I know that feeling well...

A housemate had one of those kneeling chairs, a good high-quality one. After a period of adjustment, it was surprisingly comfortable, and encouraged better posture than a traditional chair.

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Loose wrists shake chips: Your wrist-job could be a PIN-snitch

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Advanced html my left foot. ...Oh, damn, the stupid phone substituted a smart quote, didn't it? *facepalm* THANK YOU SO MUCH AUTOCORRECT.

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Yeah, well. I wear one of <a href="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/kqJJbfSgakdy5lT-aB8RhM0Sxto7Jx1cdRtbYonShFyClKDfPxV0l-ijqJtAPZtvda6E3jyWbQ=w2160-h3840-rw-no”>these</a>. Good luck hacking it. Also, another dexter with his watch on the sinister.

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Bloke 'lobbed molotov cocktails' at Street View car because Google was 'watching him'

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Re: I lost that bet

No. Because... if I have to explain it, it isn't funny.

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Huge double boxset of Android patches lands after Qualcomm disk encryption blown open

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Galaxy s4 here running cm13, so I'll probably have the patches soonish. Not for the average user, though, for sure. And a damned shame, this is actually a pretty decent phone.

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Attention, small biz using Symantec AV: Smash up your PCs, it's the safest thing to do

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Symantec is garbage anyway

I say we take off and nuke 'em from orbit. It's the only way to be sure.

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Sociology student gets a First for dissertation on Kardashians

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Re: You could win a prize

Which reminds me of something a friend said after watching Wanted:

Only Morgan Freeman could say "motherfucker" and make it sound classy.

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Australia's ABC suspends presenter over 'Wi-Fi is dangerous' claims

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Indeed.

What do you call the person who graduated last in his class at medical school?

"Doctor."

The point being that a degree doesn't necessarily indicate the quality of one's work. Nor vice-versa.

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Bacon is not my vodka friend

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...But somebody else who doesn't know that possessives aren't plurals.

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Theft of twenty-somethings' IDs surges

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Re: Share at your peril

Yeah, but 18 Thermian years is about 57 Solar years.

Hah hah! Seriously, sounds like we're contemporaries.

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Linux letting go: 32-bit builds on the way out

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Re: Netbooks

I have an IMSAI 8080, though it needs a bit of work.

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Honey, why are porno apps on your Android?! Er, um, malware did it!

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The headline

My wife would never be upset that I was downloading porn, but she might be upset if I didn't share it with her.

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No means no: Windows 10 nagware's red X will stop update – Microsoft

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If you believe that, I've got a bridge to sell you.

GWX Control Panel FTW. I have it installed pretty much everywhere.

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US Senator Wyden: Why I had to halt FBI's latest internet spying push

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Palpy doubtless has the right of it.

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Honestly, I can't tell you its actual origin, but it is doubtless based on the idea of a con man selling property that doesn't belong to him to unwitting victims. The result is a common theme, where one might say "If you believe that, I have a bridge to sell you" or "I have some land [in Florida] to sell you". Whether we imported the saying from England, somewhere else, or it's home grown, I couldn't say. Could be as old as confidence tricks.

By offering to sell you multiple bridges Senator Wyden is suggesting the lie is particularly egregious.

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Hillary Clinton: My promises to America's tech industry

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Encryption: we will mandate that every lock on every domicile accept a skeleton key that only law enforcement can access. Every police station, state and federal agency in the country will have a copy, unlimited blanks and a copy machine. You are safe from abuse because You Can Trust Us, and criminals aren't smart enough to reverse engineer the skeleton key. Criminals cannot prevent us access because they have to obey the law and only buy locks that accept our keys.

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Hillary: assuming she keeps any of them after election.

Trump: ...And making it easier to sue people.

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Gun-jumping French pols demand rapid end to English in EU

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Re: Pedant alert

Wait. Pedants? This is the reader forum of an IT rag. How many people here are NOT pedants? Show of hands, please. Yes, both of you. Thank you.

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'I urge everyone to fight back' – woman wins $10k from Microsoft over Windows 10 misery

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Re: Let the lawsuits begin

Blaming the victim always works!

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Big Pharma's trying to kill us, says man with literally millions to lose

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Seems legit!

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Magnetic, heat scanners to catch Tour de France electric motor cheats

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Re: Being blessed with a body honed by sitting at a desk all day...

Your tongue-in-cheek detector wants calibrating, I think.

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Brexit and data protection: A period of shock and reflection

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Re: 5 eyes will not be happy

I've been thinking about Iceland, myself, but I'm also starting from the 'States. Don't know if that's relevant or not.

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'Leave EU means...' WHAT?! Britons ask Google after results declared

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Re: A few thoughts...

Already been done. Just fix up Hadrian's Wall and you're good.

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Time to re-file your patents and trademarks, Britain

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It sure looked easy when "leave" was just a tick mark on a ballot, didn't it?

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Israeli researcher fans fears: here's another way to cross the airgap

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...any computer with a variable-speed fan. FTFY.

You don't even have to go fanless. Just pick 3-wire-or-less fans.

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Re: Distance

Gratuitous American-slamming. How... witty of you.

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Holy kittens! YouTube screens go blank

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Re: second person plural

Correct. Second person plural would be "all y'all."

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Telia engineer error to blame for massive net outage

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Scarier than your surgeon saying "Oops!"?

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Get-rich quick trick Twitch snitch: Bots sued for fake video views

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Ooh, love the implied Widowmaker/Tracer slash. I guess Tracer isn't as innocent as she seems in-game... or won't be, soon enough.

“Cherché la femme.”

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Hey cloud lawyer: Can I take my client list with me?

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Re: Suspenders?

I was wondering what this thread was all about. I couldn't see the cartoon on the mobile site. Now I'm at my computer at work, I can slack off AND see the illustrations.

What you call "suspenders" we call "garters" in the US. Your braces are our suspenders. I have no idea what "garters" are to you, so I don't know what word we use for it.

Sometimes I think our forebears changed some word usage and certain symbols just to be spiteful. We WERE a bit ticked off at you back in the late 1700s.

I expect the cartoon was drawn by an American artist. Sometimes American culture manages to get out and pollute your information stream. It's worse than a cholera outbreak!

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