* Posts by William Higinbotham

121 posts • joined 12 Nov 2007


Behold: The ghastly, preening, lesser-spotted Incredible Bullsh*tting Customer

William Higinbotham

Spooked Myself

Companies keep tweaking up features with their software, and like all above, I catch myself asking what the hell !? I then wish for the old Norton Commander and Compuserve again for a short minute. Then I realize I am stuck with this feature until I try to see if I can turn it off.


Microsoft decrees that all high-school IT teachers were wrong: Double spaces now flagged as typos in Word

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Word is dead anyway.

Everyone is going to Twitter and who would use double spaces in this app anyway?

Linksys forces password reset for Smart Wi-Fi accounts after router DNS hack pointed users at COVID-19 malware

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Password Reset???

I logged into Linksys website and my old passwords worked?

Why did Linksys not ask that we change this one too.

Some people use same password on both the router and company website login:-)

Academic showdown as boffins biff-baff over when Version 1.0 of Earth's magnetic core was released

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Asteroids can have magnetism

Even asteroids can have magnetism. The gravitational perturbation of Mathilde on the passing spacecraft was apparent.

EA boots Linux gamers out of multiplayer Battlefield V, Penguinistas respond by demanding crippling boycott

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The only Lynix Game I Play

Stream's DEFCON where no one wins:-)


Why is a 22GB database containing 56 million US folks' personal details sitting on the open internet using a Chinese IP address? Seriously, why?

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Where is the Proof

So I went through the feed here. Still no IP address to prove that this article is true. How do we know that the IP may not be that in China but in the back door of NSA or some other US Cyber Warfare/Security site?

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I want to get my information for free. What is the ip address? But if I have to download the whole database first, forget it.

Socket to the energy bill: 5-bed home with stupid number of power outlets leaves us asking... why?

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Birthplace of Rusty n Edie's BBS


The time PC Tools spared an aerospace techie the blushes

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Hard Disk Failure

A software database manager was working on a PC where the HD failed. Sent it to Ontrack recovery services for a thousand dollars only to not be able to recover the ones database file he needed.

Where's our data, Google? Chrome 79 update 'a catastrophe' for Android devs with WebView apps

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Re: Where, where... There!

It all went to a cloud called Old Smokey that never rains back down.

Mayday in Moscow as devs will be Russian to Putin mandatory apps on phones, laptops, TVs

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New Voice APP

On Russian devices will be an app like Alexa, but it will be call CHEKA!

Oracle and Google will fight in court over Java AGAIN and this time it's going to the Supremes

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Just like 'The case that just won't die'

JAVA will never be secure. But the winner will only find this out after the final court settlement.

Help! I bought a domain and ended up with a stranger's PayPal! And I can't give it back

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Forward to someone who cares

I would forward to CEO of PayPal with signage "PayPal is the Best"

Thanks to all those tax dollars, humans can now hear the faint sounds of earthquakes on Mars

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Voice heard

Greetings Earthlings - It's Marvin the Martian.

Handcranked HTML and JPEG japes. What could possibly go wrong?

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Netscape Web Page Tool

I built a web page once about my resume and father. Seems like great utility that did not last very long in this environment. Was fun while it lasted though!

Pi in the sky as ESA starts testing encrypted comms on International Space Station

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Is it to study radiation effects in space or just grant money for creating more papers

The problems with all the spectrums in space has been studied. Shielding, manufacturing radiation hardening resistant process, error correction design, redundancy. - even dual mirror channel architecture with fault error design between the two was used in military hardware since the beginning.

We also have facilities that does this here on earth such as https://www.bnl.gov/nsrl/ . Someone convinced the grants team that they need real time data.

I think the biggest problem is radiation emitting contamination getting into our electronics (as well as all man made products including shielding) manufacturing which we have not been able to completely rid of since the beginning of the above ground nuclear tests and more recent nuclear disasters (Chernobyl and Fukushima)

Example Reference:

1987 - https://books.google.com/books?id=a-pQAAAAMAAJ&dq=redundancy+computer+space&focus=searchwithinvolume&q=redundancy+

1971 - https://books.google.com/books?id=cTuT_TnzCjUC&dq=space+radiation+resistant+computer+design&focus=searchwithinvolume&q=radiation

Recent - http://www-physics.lbl.gov/~spieler/radiation_effects/rad_tutor.pdf

Backdoors won't weaken your encryption, wails FBI boss. And he's right. They won't – they'll fscking torpedo it

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What Key

So I am designing a backdoor for the government. Problem is, I did not write a changing key algorithm to go with it, (was not specified in the contract.) Good luck.

You'll never guess what US mad lads Throwflame have strapped to a drone (clue: it does exactly what it says on the tin)

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Lighting it up

Maybe they will have a device for lighting bovine flatulence in the fields till they get new strain of grass developed.

Low Barr: Don't give me that crap about security, just put the backdoors in the encryption, roars US Attorney General

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What if everyone put in the backdoor in but forgot to write down the pass key?

Iran is doing to our networks what it did to our spy drone, claims Uncle Sam: Now they're bombing our hard drives

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Why is it the IRS does not get targeted?

I would have thought that Iran would target the IRS. How does the old adage go? Hit'em in their pockets... Oh, that's right; they use some arbitrary currency. https://www.xe.com/currency/irr-iranian-rial

Lenovo channels the spirit of IBM: Lays off 500 staff, savages Data Centre Group

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Where are all the numbers

Interested in seeing hirings since 2015. Numbers of employees increase and decrease as per volume of sales (Lagging). Always been that way.

Apple in another dust-up with its fans: iMacs, MacBooks lack filters, choke on grime – lawsuit

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Where is the instructions again?


Stingray phone stalker tech used near White House, SS7 abused to steal US citizens' data – just Friday things

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11Year Old

In the end it will most likely be some smartass 11 year old with embedded micro platform. Want to show his close black web associates his craft :-)

What if tech moguls brewed real ale?

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Cannot have a Bit of beer without a Byte to eat :-)

NASA finds satellite, realises it has lost the software and kit that talk to it

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Here is some of the manual for Image Spacecraft:-) https://books.google.com/books?id=hT_wCAAAQBAJ&printsec=frontcover&dq="image+spacecraft"+title&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwizn6WE6_TZAhUFSN8KHemtBAcQ6AEIJzAA#v=onepage&q&f=false

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The software and manuals are in the basement of one of the Smithsonian buildings. Good luck.

OK, deep breath, relax... Let's have a sober look at these 'ere annoying AMD chip security flaws

William Higinbotham

Look for those undocumented opcodes:-)


NASA's zombie IMAGE satellite is powered up and working quite nicely

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Open source the satelite:-)

NASA budget shock: Climate studies? GTFO. We're making the Moon great again, says Trump

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Trump Plasa Moontel

DeepMind says it's given AI an imagination. Let's take a closer look at that

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President Trump is the mental health model in this study in which to compare results against:-)

But how does our ransomware make you feel?

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Kevin Mitnick wtote about all this in his books which are copy rrighted. Therefore all malware writers owe Mr Mitnick royalties:-)

Fan of FBI cosplay? Enjoy freaking out your neighbors? Have we got the eBay auction for you

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Ask for VIN number. The van looks like there wad an accident - white on the side. Then ask the FBI why they did not report the accident?

Britain's warhead-watcher to simulate Trident nukes with Atos supercomputer

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Re: Do you...

I stand corrected. Or is it, Shall we play a game? Computer memory is better than mine only if not compromised by some random act.

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Joshua: Would you like to play a game?

The brave British boat men hoping to poke Larry Ellison's lads in the eye

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Untill a PIKACHU CHEAT shows up in their app and they go off course to capture it:-)

Why Firefox? Because not everybody is a web designer, silly

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Screen of Help Me

I am for any web browser that does not show the Exclamation Mark.

A very Canadian approach: How net neutrality rules reflect a country's true nature

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Will Godfrey final comment sounded like Bob and Doug Mckenzie describing net neutrality:-)

WikiLeaks exposes CIA anti-forensics tool that makes Uncle Sam seem fluent in enemy tongues

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I can only look at all this as if I am at the Guggenheim Museum and admire the art form. Always evolving.

Take that, creationists: Boffins witness birth of new species in the lab

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Donald Trump under microscope.

Defies all and any theories on how he came about. Still scratching head trying to figure this out.

Major outage at broadband biz 186k

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We have the same problem

On Jan 20, 2017. All Americe will loose service. All citizens will need to find other countries to continue to service them:-)

Snowden: Donald Trump could get pal Putin to kick me out of Russia

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We do not want him!

The deed was done. We survived and moved on. Let Russia keep him and pay for his living. We do not need to spend money on trials and keeping him in our prison. He doing a good job aggrevating their own government anyway. He just a pompus brat now. No respect for him what so ever!

DNS devastation: Top websites whacked offline as Dyn dies again

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Look at other counties internet traffic.

Interesting that Asia traffic delay time started exactly the same time as US denial attack. http://www.internettrafficreport.com/asia.htm

Artificial intelligence will eradicate channel drudgery, says Lenovo boss

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In memory of the column Rise of the Machine. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-05-20/forward-thinking-robots-and-ai-spur-the-fourth-industrial-revolution?cm_mc_uid=67890287670514757187379&cm_mc_sid_50200000=1475718737

US Air Force declares F-35 'combat-ready'

William Higinbotham

I heard they installed a bit bucket from the old teletype machines under the instrumenation panel for when they have to reboot in the air to catch the memry dump data. Reboot and Eject

Opera sells open-source Chromium browser for $600m to Chinese bods

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Except the encryption

I understand that this is open software per se but I hope they remembered to check that the encryption does meet export codes of Bureau of Industry and Security. Intel payed a hefty fine for such last time:-)

New strain of data thieving malware Qbot unleashed

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Off the Grid

Off the grid is becoming very appealing to me these days.

New DNA 'hard drive' could keep files intact for millions of years

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Microsoft wants to write something into all our DNA strands. Copyrighted by Microsoft



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