* Posts by Herby

2679 posts • joined 14 Dec 2007

.. ..-. / -.-- --- ..- / -.-. .- -. / .-. . .- -.. / - .... .. ... then a US Navy fondleslab just put you out of a job

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Remember: When all else fails...

Morse code will get through. Easy to send, easy to receive. How fast is a matter of practice, etc...

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'Coke dealer' called us after his stash was stolen – cops

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You won't be lying...

If you say criminals are dumb. If they were smart, they wouldn't be classified as "criminals", just businessmen.

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Cops harpoon two dark net whales in megabust: AlphaBay and Hansa

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Now if they went after the spam hawkers...

It would be a much nicer day. Maybe some has been done already, but you never know. Freezing assets sends a powerful message.

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Why can't you install Windows 10 Creators Update on your old Atom netbook? Because Intel stopped loving you

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It seems to me...

That if chipzilla doesn't want to do fixes to a chip, then they should hand over the capability to the user community so they can do the job. Of course it won't happen, because the chip has some proprietary stuff that is still used in current devices or some such legal talk (resolved to "NO").

If this keeps up, we will do CPUs as they do automobiles in Cuba. Just fix it.

I don't hold out much hope.

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The Atari retro games box is real… sort of

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So xmame for RPi

Put inside the box and call it a day. Might even work on a Pi zero.

HDMI output and Joysticks and buttons in.

Most of the work has been done to some extent.

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Broadcasters, advocacy groups and nonprofits weigh in on Microsoft's magical broadband

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Good luck.

They will need lots of it. A few years ago, some idiot "genius" thought it be nice to have internet over power lines. What a total disaster (as it should have been). Now this?

I don't hold out much hope. Somebody "owns" the spectrum, and is woe to let squatters use it.

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Electric driverless cars could make petrol and diesel motors 'socially unacceptable'

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Acceptable??

Let someone try a nice electric car and have it travel across the state of Nevada in one go. That's 400+ miles of nice comfy desert on Interstate 80.

My mom did it in four hours once (it was a while ago), but in an electric car, I don't think so in anything less than around 10 hours. A practical vehicle can do it in around 6 hours, and it DOES require a petrol/gas stop along the way. No, I don't want to stay a night in Elko!

Yes, when my mom did it, the speed limit in Nevada was "Resume speed, thank you". No longer (*SIGH*).

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Speaking in Tech: What is a Windows 10 licence worth these days?

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Manure??

True story: I was working at the "calf lab" (part of the medicine department) of a major university. As is well known, calves produce manure, and since it accumulates it needs to be gotten rid of. Rather than lab workers doing this (somewhat messy) task, someone suggested an advert in the student daily paper. After recovering from the phone ringing off the hook for "organic manure", inquirers were pointed to the corner of the corral and told that it was very "self serve". Yes, I did see a couple with long boots pitchforking waste products into a nice garbage bag.

Yes, that's what I think a Windows 10 license is worth. At my home we use Andersen windows actually.

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Ready, aim... Ignition! Valley VC bigwig ejects after conduct complaints

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Grown up?

From appearances it seems that many of these idiots never had their face slapped by someone in authority (a parent?) when doing "inappropriate" actions. If they want action that has no recourse, there ARE places in Nevada (as shown on HBO) that will accommodate said interest (for a small substantial fee). That being said, the fee in Nevada might be less than the legal hassles that might rise from such actions here in sillycon valley.

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Good news: Samsung's Tizen no longer worst code ever. Bad news: It's still pretty awful

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40 zero-days??

Looks a bit excessive if you ask me. Similarities to Swiss cheese come to mind.

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Blue Cross? Blue crass: Health insurer thought it would be a great idea to mail plans on USB sticks

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Memo to Blue Cross....

QR Code. Much cheaper, and can be printed on a letter that MIGHT have some credibility (like a letterhead, and an addressed name).

No excuses for a USB stick.

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Hey, remember that monkey selfie copyright drama a few years ago? Get this – It's just hit the US appeals courts

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I thought PETA stood for...

People Eating Tasty Animals, but now that I see "Patently Evil Tedious Arsenugets", I stand corrected.

Now where is that nice steak I want! Yum, tasty!

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Hackers able to turbo-charge DJI drones way beyond what's legal

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Interesting solution to "illegal" flying...

A shotgun (look, I'm in the USA, we have guns) comes to mind. Great practice.

PULL!

New sport. Taking out drones.

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Largest advertising company in the world still wincing after NotPetya punch

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Why why, why...

Doesn't this type of problem attack the command/control of the spam networks. I get multi-megabytes of junk about Glucophage (or whatever it is called) all day and all night. Please have an attack vector that looks for spam generators and KILLS them.

I might even contribute, but in the end it is probably illegal.

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BOFH: That's right. Turn it off. Turn it on

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Yes, users ARE fickle things...

Two (personal) examples:

One: Our company installed terminals in answering services (in the 80's), and in those places the operators smoked like chimneys. The CRT terminals would attract the smoke and slowly deposit a layer on the front of the screen. We would go to the customer site, and with Windex in hand clean all the terminal screens. Invariably this would elicit comments like "Gee, it works much better now.", without comment about the lack of crud on the screen.

Two: Scene: A recording studio. One day a kid of one of the engineers is fooling around, and gets ahold of the Dymo labeler, and goes to town. He decides to label LOTS of things. At the time the TV show "Laugh-In" was on the air and one of its sayings was "Look that up in your Funk and Wagnalls" (a dictionary). So he proceeds to label a few things (dumb controls that do nothing) as "Funk" and another as "Wagnalls". Fast forward to another day, and another client at the recording studio. Some "executive" is in the control booth and spots the "Funk" control and says "Can I control the funk with this", and the bewildered recording engineer says (knowing the control's history) "sure". End result, a very happy "executive".

So, it happens ALL the time.

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Well, that escalated quickly: Qualcomm demands iPhone, iPad sales ban in America

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Joke

Pretty soon...

This might escalate to Nuclear Weapons or something equivalent. Then again, maybe I'm reading the North Korean missile thing incorrectly.

But the advice of stocking up on popcorn is a pretty good one. I see salvos coming in from both sides. Both sides have lots of $$$ to spend on legal beagles.

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McAfee settles McAfee lawsuit over McAfee name

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Moral of the story...

Don't name a company after yourself and sell it off. Require that as a condition of having the name, they must keep you on salary at $$$$ every year.

To said companies: Wait until the founders die before doing anything rash, it is a bit easier.

Think what it would be if that company were called "Bill Gates' Software", maybe shortened to "BS".

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Tape lives! The tape archive bit bucket is becoming bottomless

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Interesting how it has evolved...

"Still miss my old QIC tapes. ". Interesting devices. For me it was the nice 10.5 inch reels of 1/2 inch tape. On a good day you could back up a single disk pack (IBM 2314) to one reel. There were times when a tape merge/sort could be faster than one on a disk drive set.

It has some a long way. I started out with 7-track 200 bpi (IBM 727 tape drive). LONG time ago.

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Microsoft hits Alt-F4 on 3,000 global sales staff

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So a few less arm twisters are around.

Who knows, they might even call the left overs "sales" and not "insurance salesmen" for the protection racket (see BSA for details).

Then again I always thought they had "extortionists" trying to squeeze every last dollar out the unsuspecting directly, or indirectly.

Me? No, I don't use Windows, at work, or at home, thankfully.

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Speaking in Tech: Rock your body now, Java's back...All Right!

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Nail clippers??

So very Un-geek. I use nice big bulky wire cutters. They work wonderfully. The one time I asked to borrow a pair at a place I worked at (to cut my fingernails, toenails is way to gross!), I was asked to leave the "lab". Live and learn. I haven't tried on flights, might be interesting.

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Civil rights warriors file US lawsuit: Let us see Five Eyes agreement

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Good luck...

They are going to need it. Nice try, but it isn't going to happen. An intelligence agency disclosing something, nice try. They don't talk about anything publicly. Any attempt is going to be wishful thinking.

Of course it would be nice to know, but exactly what good is it going to do for the "average Joe".

Now where is that check that comes every month from a funny company :-). (I wish!).

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Not that scary or that hard: Two decades of VLANS

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DHCP is you friend.

Yes, you can assign static IP addresses to DHCP clients and go from there. Assuming that the clients actually take the IP address and correctly use it, it works quite well. While you are there, have devices in different subnets.

Sounds much easier than VLANs, but what do I know. Doing this stuff at level 2 of the network stack seems a bit backward to me.

I could be wrong though, and it wouldn't be the first time. Don't flog me too hard.....

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Ubuntu 'weaponised' to cure NHS of its addiction to Microsoft Windows

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Five years?

Let us know in five +- years what the status of all of this is.

By then, Microsoft will probably have the operating system in the cloud, and all the data as well. If you want your health records you can call Bletchley Park Redmond and ask them.

Being dependent on a single vendor for the basis of your platform that is holding sensitive information who doesn't want to talk much, looks like a fools errand, and a move to open source looks good.

A recent (two days ago) visit to the doctors office had machines in every room and more at reception desks. I suspect that they were windows boxen, and hope that they were up to date. From the looks of it, they used it as a fancy web browser with (reasonably good) two factor authentication (RFID cards).

Me? Pretty healthy (knock on wood).

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NASA tells Curiosity: Quit showing off, no 'wheelies' please

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Re: Well duh!

Yes, the commute to/from JPL on I-210 is gruesome. There are FIVE lanes on one part, and even with a carpool lane, it is really plugged up for most of the daylight hours. So, yes, the rover can go faster than the commute. And I thought that I-280 here in sillycon valley was terrible, it doesn't even hold a candle to I-210 near Pasadena!

Thankfully the rover doesn't need to worry about traffic and accidents with other vehicles (yet!).

Me? Yes, I driven both of these parking lots freeways.

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Virus (cough, cough, Petya) goes postal at FedEx, shares halted

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Attention necessary...

We also need to get law enforcement involved as well. Somehow make the purveyors of such malware get sent to the gulag, as well as getting all the $$$ refunded. Attach the command and control and lay waste. Maybe they will get the picture.

We could also ask where are such agencies as the NSA, but maybe it is their covert fund raising technique. Don your metal hats for this one.

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Amadeus airline booking system TITSUP and it's not ransomware

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So...

If the booking system is down, and the flights are operating, how do they know who is flying? Those that are, have no boarding passes, and can't get through security.

Maybe the flights are free, "Why of course I booked first class, why do you ask!"

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Concorde without the cacophony: NASA thinks it's cracked quiet supersonic flight

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Noise complaints...

You get these even if the plane is flying or not. This was proven on the days the flights were canceled for various reasons. The "concerned public" called in anyway to complain.

Why fly? Well, on August 21st, a quick plane across the USA might be able to enjoy the eclipse for its entire length! Maybe they should get the SR-71 out of mothballs just to do that flight. Of course another reason to fly quickly is to make up the time waiting in lines and security theatre checkpoints we must all endure nowdays.

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US engineer in the clink for wrecking ex-bosses' smart meter radio masts with Pink Floyd lyrics

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Don't do the crime...

If you can't do the time...

Lesson to be learned here, even if it was a small (relatively speaking) interval.

Of course, no humans were actually harmed in this picture.

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Researchers blind autonomous cars by tricking LIDAR

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Wile E. Coyote Lives.

Got to have that tunnel painted on the side of a cliff!

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Linus Torvalds slams 'pure garbage' from 'clowns' at grsecurity

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Hornets nest??

From the looks of the comments, it appears that nothing stirs up a hornets nest (and downvotes) like:

1) Politics

2) Religion

3) Linus Torvalds

4) Linux Kernel.

From the looks of it, we might want to calm down.

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AES-256 keys sniffed in seconds using €200 of kit a few inches away

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Meanwhile...

Amazon reports that a multitude of software defined radios have been ordered by someone near Ft. Meade VA, along with antennas with sensitive amplifiers.

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US Secretary of State: I will work with Russia on cyber security issues

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Diplomacy....

...is the art of saying "nice doggy" to a rabid dog, while you reach for the 2x4 and hold it behind your back.

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Heaps of Windows 10 internal builds, private source code leak online

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Maybe they will fix the bad parts

So, the users (not me, thankfully), will get a better performing OS. We can only hope, but I won't hold my breath.

Of course the conspiracy theorists will have all sorts of explanations on how this was done, probably involving all sorts of three letter agencies (from many countries) and Microsoft itself.

Prometheus modem for sale (a reference that goes back a ways).

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Amazon squares up to Walmart over boycott calls: Talk sh!t, get hit

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Re: Yeah, well

Not using a "competitors" product if you are a client of theirs is only PR on your part. I suspect that the edict in your case was not the client's (Coke's) request, but rather an internal decision.

It is kinda like going to work for Ford, and driving up in a Chevy. You won't win friends, or in political speak, it is "bad optics". I suspect that you won't get fired, but you might be harassed a bit.

Life goes on.

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Florida Man to be fined $1.25 per robocall... all 96 million of them

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Where do the fines go?

Probably to some FCC enforcement desk jockey. They should of course go to those who were called. Automatic credit on their phone bill. NO LAWYERS involved, please!

Look, I can dream.

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BOFH: Putting the commitment into committee

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Re: Yes, I used lynx for this

Yes, 80x24 terminals. Just remember that there are 80 columns on a punch card. That is the reason for the number of columns.

There was a treatise about the width of vehicles and the like, culminating with the width of a SRB for the space shuttle.

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Re: Definition ...

Yes, collective nouns are interesting. For a bunch of crows it is a "murder" of crows.

Who knew!

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Breaking news, literally: Newspaper's quakebot rumbled for fake story

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To err is human...

...to really foul things up you need a computer.

Point proven!

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Walmart tells developers to stay away from AWS

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Business opportunity??

Let's see... ACME Cloud services. Setup a server in my closet, and go from there. Even better if you conveniently "co-locate" on your clients premisses (as step two). What a way to go. Allow self administration as well. What a deal.

Just remember: "Cloud" means "Somebody else's computer that you have no control over".

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Darkness to fall over North America from a total solar eclipse

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You should have booked your stay by now...

And hopefully sometime last year. Most lodging facilities are double (at least) price in the path of totality, and by now are all reserved.

Me? Thankfully my sister has a beach house on the Oregon coast, right in the path. I'll be there. Last time (1979) her house on the Columbia River basin was right in line as well. I must have good karma.

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'OK, everyone. Stop typing, this software is DONE,' said no one ever

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Dependencies...

While YOU may classify a chunk of software done, it may depend upon other software that is evolving and isn't "done". This automatically makes YOUR software NOT done as well. Sorry, this is a simple fact of life.

One can only hope that what you depend upon makes compatible changes which have little impact on your "done" software.

I suppose the only thing that is "done" is something that can't be altered in any meaningful way. The micro that controls my microwave oven comes to mind. Now we have "connected appliances" and again these are never "done", and we will all pay the price.

No, I don't need a connected refrigerator with a silly display. I need a box that keeps my soda & beer anti-warm.

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Re: When was the last update for...

You forgot the commands 'true' and 'false'. Look at their size, and think on how they could be optimized. You need to ask does this REALLY need both help text and version displays.

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Stack Clash flaws blow local root holes in loads of top Linux programs

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sudont

Enough said.

If you need root access for some reason, you should know the root password and use su. If you don't know how then who are you anyway, and get off. Sudo is a pretty big crutch, and is used WAY to frequently. Sadly I have to use it as well, but that is a topic for another rant.

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Intel: Joule's burned, Edison switched off, and Galileo – Galileo is no more

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Dust??

Rewind the clock to around 1980 or so. If IBM had not chosen Intel, they might as well be dust now. Probably making dram chips or rom's. Of course IBM did chose Intel (they had good reason to, they owned part of it), and history was written.

The x86 instruction set is not the best in the world, and has gone through many band-aids to get it where it is now. I still wonder why it is still being used. Only because of good compilers and the like and big increases in clock speed does it make any sense. Then again, what Intel gives in speed improvements, Microsoft takes away in bloated software.

Life goes on.

Me? I still like the 68k processors, but that's another story.

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Report estimates cost of disruption to GPS in UK would be £1bn per day

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Have map...

Will Travel. Email Herby, Sillycon Valley.

Yes, I do know the way to San Jose. It is south on I280, or US101. Four lanes each. Wonderfully depicted on the nice AAA (it is called AA in the UK) maps which have great detail.

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Virtual reality audiences stare straight ahead 75% of the time

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Operative word in title...

Is stare. Most people when doing these things are mindlessly looking straight ahead (as mentioned), but lack the ability to look elsewhere. Yes, you have good stuff in your main field of view, but the most sensitive parts of your eye for motion and light are at the edges. We evolved that way, as the things at the edges were out to get us, and having sensitive eyes there helped us get away.

Of course, what most of us are doing now is (wait for it) staring at the screen in front of us.

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

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Re: Of course there's a right answer!

Anyone who knows about keypunches KNOWS that yes there is a TAB key on an 029, and it is called the SKIP key. You set the columns you want to skip to on the drum card as god intended (you did take that class didn't you). Thankfully you could select on an 029 which settings you could use (PROG 1 and PROG 2) so the first was Fortran, the second was your Assembler (which had different tabs fields than the Fortran program did. When you used assembler, the skip positions were columns 10, 19, 37 as the proper gods determined. This allowed for 8 character labels.

Of course when you went to terminals (an ASR33 for sure), the software set things to have a tab every 8th column, so you used to after you typed your statement number in Fortran. Then tabs were ALWAYS set to 8 characters, and if you have a reasonable editor, it put them in for you even if you pounded on the space bar.

Of course when I was in typing class, the standard indent for paragraphs was 5 spaces, but that was a LONG time ago. Now it is 1/2 inch, which is the same thing on 10 cpi fix spaced fonts.

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What can you buy with 12 bucks? Avocado on toast? A slice of Tintri?

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This looks like a company that has the slogan...

Lose a little on each one, and make it up in volume.

And if you look at the charts, that is exactly what they are doing.

Me? I don't like avocados. Ever. Green slime!

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BOFH: Halon is not a rad new vape flavour

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Mercedes or Boxes?

For the sales droid and the denim guy it probably wasn't a difficult choice. You see the Mercedes was probably the sales droid's own and of course he didn't want to scratch it.

As for the sales tactic, it is all to familiar. Really "cheap" up front, but the implementation and recurring costs are the ones that really kill you (hopefully the sales droid).

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Yeah, if you could just stop writing those Y2K compliance reports, that would be great

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A Y2.1k problem...

Is also that the year 2100 is NOT a leap year. That is going to make lots of things break. Microsoft had to do lots of things to make/unmake/make the year 1900 a leap year.

The simple solution to the Y2038 problem is to use unsigned as time_t. Then it is officially not my problem

Of course, governments are governments and they will ALWAYS screw up things.

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