* Posts by bob, mon!

144 posts • joined 27 Sep 2007

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Rowhammer RAM attack adapted to hit flash storage

bob, mon!

Re: "What was wrong with ECC in older RAM?"

In a lot of personal computers post-IBM-PC, the RAM didn't use ECC or even parity bits, because it was cheaper not to (and "it's only a personal computer").

I had a Zenith system (Z-150) with a jumper on the motherboard, that you could set if you wanted to buy and install the additional memory chips to support parity. The default was "no parity memory", though.

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Four techies flummoxed for hours by flickering 'E' on monitor

bob, mon!
Windows

Re: "an Ohio Scientific Instruments Challenger 8P"

Wow, someone else actually bought Ohio Scientific! My first personal computer was an OSI C4MP --- 6502 processor, something like 16KB of memory, and a 5.25" floppy.

Sort of an Apple II alternative, but OSI's attitude was that they built the hardware, the OS was your problem. As in, create a disk file by first loading the monitor routines from the system floppy, using it to manually allocate as many sectors on the target floppy as you expected the file to need, then load the editor from the system floppy, edit the file (typically in BASIC), swap the target floppy back in and save the file to the disk. If you got cheapthrifty and allocated too few sectors, nothing for it but to discard all your work, de-allocate the file and start over with more sectors.

Double-sided floppies? Cut a read/write notch on the other side, and put the floppy in the drive upside-down.

Old phart icon, 'cuz that was in the 1970s.

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Google unleashes 20m lab-created blood-thirsty freaks on a city. And this is a good thing, it says

bob, mon!
Black Helicopters

Re: Who stuffed the headline then?

"Google unleashes 20m lab-created blood-thirsty freaks on a city."

I was expecting 20-meter blood-thirsty freaks!

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One thought equivalent to less than a single proton in mass

bob, mon!
Boffin

Re: Confused units

Q. "How high is green?"

A. "The faster, the smarter."

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2 kool 4 komputing: Teens' interest in GCSE course totally bombs

bob, mon!

Methinks you're conflating http/https with html.

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Software dev bombshell: Programmers who use spaces earn MORE than those who use tabs

bob, mon!
Trollface

Of course there's a right answer!

Mine! Spaces are the ONLY way to go!

Do you KNOW what happens when you press the TAB key on an IBM 029 card punch? Do You?? DO YOU?????????

NOTHING, if you're good! Card punches don't have TAB keys --- the 029 has an Error Reset key there, like the Good Lord Watson intended! You tryin' to put spaces in your FORTRAN source, you're living in a state of SIN! Repent! Space out!

There's a reason it's called "whitespace", not "whitetab".

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Has riddle of the 1977 'Wow!' signal finally been cracked? Maybe...

bob, mon!
Alien

Arthur C. Clarke quote

Shurely more apropos:

"...the surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us." - Calvin and Hobbes

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Whoops! Microsoft accidentally lets out a mobile-'bricking' OS update

bob, mon!

“Today was a great exercise in our whole team coming together to solve a singular problem.”

Yes, they have now worked out a rock-solid methodology for closing a barn door once the horse has bolted.

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Fat-thumbed dev slashes Samba security

bob, mon!

Re: Interesting...

Annoyingly, the listed patches are for Samba 4.6, 4.5, 4.4, and some 3.x versions. My just-updated Ubuntu 16.04 LTS system is using Samba 4.3.11 --- I had to go into the changelog to verify that this version is in fact the patch for CVE 2017-7494. Done on May 19, BTW.

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Orbital boffins cut four years off NASA mission to shiniest object in the Solar System

bob, mon!
Joke

An attractive idea?

So what --- did they put a big magnet on the craft, so the asteroid just naturally pulls it to itself?

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Dell kills botched BIOS update that murdered punters' PCs

bob, mon!

Re: Quality? Assurance?

Than again, we've also heard of excuses, and we got lots of those.

Reading the end of the article, it would seem there was a dearth of those, as well.

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

bob, mon!

Re: Can you hold down the power button

> You've told people not to use jargon, but I have no idea whatsoever what 'top-up the jets' means*.

> I'd hazard a guess he's American and means topping up the screenwash, but it is only a guess.

As an American (pity me), I've never heard of "top-up the jets", and I refer to "washer fluid" when I think of the windshield washer. In fact, "top up" sounds like a British-ism to me.

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Why OpenCAPI is a declaration of interconnect fabric war

bob, mon!
Headmaster

a meta-view

...as I look forward to restructuring an undergraduate "Computer Organization" course for the spring...

Should I de-emphasize the CPU organization? Is it time to pay more attention to how various elements are interconnected, than to what the elements are?

Even the processor? After all, what is a processor? A CPU? A GPU? Some application-specific FPGA? Does it matter, if the system has all three, or is their mutual interconnect more important?

Maybe I'll cop out, and just hide behind discussions of "Moore's Law".

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Emacs and Vim both release first new updates in years

bob, mon!
Pint

And yet Notepad hasn't changed since the Win3 days...

Gvim. I keep my shell busy doing other things whilst I'm editing.

Or SciTE, if I happen to want proportional fonts (say, for a pretty screenshot).

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Childcare app bods wipe users' data – then discover backups had been borked for a year

bob, mon!

Re: Dead Data

I'd say that's just happened...

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SpaceX Dragon capsule lands in Pacific carrying 12 moustronauts

bob, mon!
FAIL

Eh?

"Stem cell-derived hart tissue was sent into orbit and will not be assessed to give data on the health risks of a Mars mission. "

I don't understand (a) why they wanted to send deer tissue into orbit, nor (b) why the won't assess it once it came back. Although maybe they realized they sent the wrong tissue sample and just don't care anymore?

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Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's... er, Graphene bubbles – 200 times stronger than Superman

bob, mon!

Underrr.... PRESSURE!

Great. Now I have Bowie and Queen stuck in my head.

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Das ist empörend: Microsoft slams umlaut for email depth charge

bob, mon!

Re: This is the end result of decades of outsourcing.

> they have at least moved on from 7 bit

This isn't really an improvement - 7-bit ASCII, stored in an 8-bit byte, is compatible with UTF-8. The various 8-bit codepages aren't.

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Kepler's K2 mission confirms 104 Earth-like planets

bob, mon!

Re: Altitude or attitude?

The article I'm seeing says "attitude" --- referring to the orientation of the telescope in space, i.e. which way it points.

The reaction wheels would have no significant impact on the altitude.

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Shocker: Computer science graduate wins a top UK political job

bob, mon!
Paris Hilton

"Two post-war Prime Ministers ..."

Which war are you posting? The Great War, WWII, Vietnam, the Falklands, Iraq 1, Afghanistan, Iraq 2, some other war I've overlooked...?

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Revolutionary Brit-made SABRE hybrid rocket engine to burn in 2020

bob, mon!

Re: My first thought was:

> "2020! That's ages. :(" <

That's unbelievably soon! They'll never get a working plane by then!

Well, maybe (probably) a drone.

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Physicists confirm X(4140)

bob, mon!

Seems rather strange to me.

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Mushroom farm PC left in the dark and fed … you know the rest

bob, mon!

Re: “one-man-and-a-dog computer dealer"

>"So Gerald and his boss ..."

>That may answer your question.

Maybe, maybe not. Was the boss an SOB?

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Citrix bakes up Raspberry Pi client boxes

bob, mon!

> "The Pi has HDMI and composite video outputs but they are exclusive"

Actually, they abandoned the composite video with the Raspberry Pi 2 (and 3...)

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Airbus to build plane that's even uglier than the A380

bob, mon!
Trollface

"Oh, and F4 Phantom FTW for modern."

"The triumph of thrust over aerodynamics."

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Ooh missus, get a grip on my notifications

bob, mon!
Happy

A furniture store in Boston used to have a slogan on its building: "34 years without a sale!"

I always wondered how they managed to stay in business. Rentals, maybe?

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Microsoft's Windows 10 nagware storms live TV weather forecast

bob, mon!
Thumb Up

Re: GWX Control Panel might help here

Works great for me, I have it installed on a physical machine and on a VM. Recommended if you've a reason to stay on Win7.

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Dropping 1,000 cats from 32km: How practical is that?

bob, mon!

Re: Acceleration pedantry

Properly speaking, 1024 bytes is a kibibyte. 1024 cats is a kibblecat.

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'Devastating' bug pops secure doors at airports, hospitals

bob, mon!

Re: Odd.

>I can't find any airlines that fly to the Southern Ohio Medical Centre......

Maybe some LifeFlight helicopters?

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Four of the top 10 places in the world for internet are, er, in the US

bob, mon!
Headmaster

Re: I don't want to pile on...

Just want to point out that Massachusetts, at 27,336sq.km and 6.745M people, and Maryland, at 32,133sq.km and 5.976M people, are both comparable in size but more rural than Belgium at 30,528sq.km and 11.2M people.

Granted, Belgium wasn't in the top10,but then it only houses the EU and NATO.

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HERE: We're still, er... HERE

bob, mon!
Pint

Thanks for that link

I now know that my Subaru Outback uses HERE maps.Outdated ones...

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Building a fanless PC is now realistic. But it still ain't cheap

bob, mon!
Boffin

Re: How about

'I wonder if it runs the GIMP?"

Yes. It installs via apt-get, and runs. "Fast?" ...Don't get greedy.

disclaimer: this is actually on a Raspberry Pi Zero, as my RPi2 is presently offline.

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Browser made by China's top search engine leaks almost everything

bob, mon!
Trollface

Re: "sounds much more like incompetence than government interference"

These two are by no means incompatible. Why not offer incompetent government interference?

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Solution to tech bros' disgust of SF homeless people launched

bob, mon!

Marketed under the Joo Janta brand name, no doubt?

After all, the homeless represent a source of peril to the affluent....

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Pilot posts detailed MS Flight Sim video of how to land Boeing 737

bob, mon!
Mushroom

747 in old Microsoft Simulator

Back in the Atari 400 days, we used to put the MS Simulator's Boeing 747 through loop-the-loops. Hard to get up enough airspeed...

Landing was easy, though. Just point at the ground and wait.

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UC Berkeley profs blast secret IT monitoring kit on campus

bob, mon!

Legality trumps morality

While I sympathize with the faculty on this (to some extent), I would be surprised if they didn't explicitly acknowledge that their uses of university equipment are not private. After all, it's not their gear.

At my school, I click through an agreement not to abuse the system every time I log in. Of course the admins can see what I do, and they need to.

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'Dodgy Type-C USB cable fried my laptop!'

bob, mon!
Angel

Re: Who the hell...

"...tests suspicious cables with expensive equipment..."

Someone whose employer is buying the equipment?

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The monitor didn't work but the problem was between the user's ears

bob, mon!
Pint

Re: Office nasty

Or just super-glue the handset to the base.

A less permanent one was to replace the bell with a portable klaxon alarm (or whatever they're called). Some people did that to their own phones, just so they could recognize when theirs was ringing.

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Medical data experiment goes horribly wrong: 950,000 records lost

bob, mon!
Headmaster

Re: Ya'll left out one biggie

No, not "you will". Best understood as "You all", not to be confused with "you-uns" ("you ones") or "youse" (ummm.... New Jersey).

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Virginia man charged in intriguing 'suspicious bacon' case

bob, mon!
Thumb Down

Re: Felony wearing of a mask in Public?

"Virginia borders Washington DC, where anything even remotely related to "terrorism" is considered illegal."

Yes, and Germany borders the Netherlands, where marijuana and prostitution are sort-of legal.

Is there a point there somewhere?

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'Wipe everything clean ... Join us ...' Creepy poem turns up in logs of 30 million-ish servers

bob, mon!
Trollface

Re: Haiku

Bloody haikuers.

I got stupid message too.

No snow this winter.

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Bah humbug. It's Andrew's Phones of the Year

bob, mon!

"...until it dies. Next will be a Google, for the update cycle."

This. My Galaxy S III just decided its non-replaceable battery was toast, so I'm getting a Nexus. Not through Verizon, they don't update the OS and they do force unwanted bloatware onto the phone. I currently have over 40 updates waiting, all of apps that I don't use and all wanting to be more invasive of my privacy.

A plague on 'em. If anyone else had coverage in my rural area, I'd go provider-shopping.

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Help! What does 'personal conduct unrelated to operations or financials' mean?

bob, mon!
Devil

Golden parachute clause

He was planning ahead when he specified the wording in his contract....

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DEFCON 1 to DEFCON GONE: One of NORAD's spy blimps goes missing

bob, mon!
Meh

We're POWERLESS to stop it!

Well, powerless, anyway... its trailing tether took out power lines throughout Columbia County before grounding in a field over in Montour County. No work for me this afternoon! And no webserver, or utilities, or ... you get the idea.

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Caption this: WIN a 6TB Western Digital Black hard drive with El Reg

bob, mon!

MUHAHAHAHAHA! I shall call my invention: SELFIES!

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Wheels come off parents' plan to dub sprog 'Mini Cooper'

bob, mon!
Trollface

Obligatory xkcd reference:

https://xkcd.com/327/

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Experian-T-Mobile US hack: 'We trusted them, now that trust is broken'

bob, mon!
Unhappy

I will never use Experian again!

Oh wait... I didn't want to use them in the first place. And I have no influence and little-to-no choice over whether companies I deal with do use them. Sigh...

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Internet Doomsday scenario: How the web could suddenly fall apart

bob, mon!

Re: But if the root zone server is offline

"The" root zone server?

There are 13 of them, each one replicated in different geographic locations.

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Amazon reveals $50 Android-ish Fire tablet it will axe in two years

bob, mon!
Linux

Re: An honest question

<uninformed-opinion>I have an older Kindle Fire that was used almost exclusively for reading. It's very good for that, but my Kindle is even better (for books that don't use color/colour).

If you expect your PDF's to include color (ah, t'hell wit'it) then I expect a larger Fire would be great; in fact I might think about doing that myself... except I don't read many PDF's. Or if you just need a larger format than the Kindles offer.

</uninformed-opinion>

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MYSTERIES of remote ICE WORLD PLUTO: New pics BAMBOOZLE boffins

bob, mon!

re: Who would have thought 30-40-50 years ago ...

30-40-50 years ago we dared to dream that we'd be there in person by now. Wahhhhhh.....

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