* Posts by Herby

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Windows 10 networking bug derails Microsoft's own IPv6 rollout

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IPv6...

Yes, we need 128 bit addresses. Really?? An address for every grain of sand on the planet?

Yes, the 4 billion addresses for IPv4 isn't enough for every human on the planet, but 96 bits more, not really useful. IPv7 ought to pare it down a bit to something more reasonable. In my book, I'd settle for 48 bits, which strangely is the address field on ethernet (there may be something there).

Yes, Microsoft needs to eat its own dog food, hopefully BEFORE it releases things to the general public. This seems only right! There is the big FAIL!

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'Exploding e-cig cost me 7 teeth, burned my face – and broke my sink!'

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Sounds like me to be a good reason....

to stop inhaling toxic heated substances. Like those that contain nicotine, or THC (take your pick).

If you want oral gratification, a nicely formed wooden dowel will probably do the trick. Paint the end "red" and the body white, and let everyone complain at your inert oral fixation.

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Chelsea Manning sentence slashed by Prez Obama: She'll be sprung in the spring

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Who is next??

Seems that El Presidente is a pretty busy guy these last few days. I wonder if a person named Clinton is somewhere in the stack of papers, or just waiting till 11 AM on Friday (EST).

Maybe I'm to cynical (or not!).

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US watchdog sues Qualcomm for 'bribing' Apple to swallow chips

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Heard this one before??

Microsoft in 2000 or so. Microsoft licensed computer vendors on a per unit basis, even if said unit didn't have Windoze. Primary reason why it is difficult to get Linux pre-installed from a computer vendor is my understanding.

Of course if FTC goes after Microsoft, I'm sure others will be pleased, but I'm not holding my breath at all.

Great business model if you can get away with it.

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Stanford boffins find 'correlation between caffeine consumption and longevity'

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Fuel...

Is how I refer to the AM elixir of choice. Coffee in, code out (and some minor waste products we don't talk about). It has been that way for many a moon, and will continue as well.

Live long and prosper? Sure, there is a correlation. But there is also a more than casual correlation between breathing air and living long as well.

So, if a cup adds a week to one's life, I may even see the Unix epoch pass by at the age of 88. Highly likely since my mum is 98 and going string! She still drinks coffee as well!

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Google floats prototype Key Transparency to tackle secure swap woes

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I thought the tune was...

♪ I've got a brand new pair of roller skates, You've got a brand new key.♪

It's Friday, I'm outta here...

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Microsoft seeks Comcast subpoena to nab activation pirates

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At least they didn't ask for...

An address like 172.16.224.197.

Then again, maybe the lawyers did and modified the request. Kinda like looking at a mirror and saying "You talking to me??".

I'll wait until it turns out being a Microsoft employee that was leaking activation codes (or code generators), and they get thrown in the klink.

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Mr Angry pays taxman with five wheelbarrows worth of loose change

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Costs to government??

The article mentions that it took 11 driods from the DMV 4 hours to count the coins. With a little math, that works out to $68/droid/hour (I'm rounding here). Being as this was "overtime", and with generous government labor contracts, and given overhead, (lights, taxes, etc.), one can easily assume that the government lost money on this transaction.

So, opening up all the rolls of pennies (50/roll) was more than a waste of time, it was a waste of valuable taxpayer money as well. Common sense would have dictated that the DMV should have taken all these rolls down to the local bank (they most likely originated there anyway), and said "DEPOSIT PLEASE" and let the bank handle the problem.

Sadly common sense in a government agency doesn't exist, so they did it the "hard" way. (*SIGH*).

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Dieselgate: VW pleads guilty, will cough up $4.3bn, throws 6 staff under its cheatware bus

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Where does the $4.3e9 go?

Not to the people who were actually hurt (the owners of the vehicles) that's for sure. That much moola becomes a nice line item in the budget on the income side.

Oh, well.

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Tell us about that $1m horse, Mr Samsung: Bribery probe slips deep into South Korean giant

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At least...

It isn't North Korea. There if you look the wrong way, your life expectancy goes down a couple of orders of magnitude.

As for the good old USA: Corruption, yes, we have heard of it (somewhere....). I believe it is called "politics" in some circles.

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New Windows 10 privacy controls: Just a little snooping – or the max

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Just a few years early in the prediction...

Yes, Scott McNealy was right. The all seeing eye is here, just the prediction was a few (33) years early.

(*SIGH*)

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TV anchor says live on-air 'Alexa, order me a dollhouse' – guess what happens next

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All we need now is...

"Alexa, please self destruct"

I suspect that others will have other things that Alexa can't do (to itself) that humans can't do either.

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TCL vows to keep BlackBerry alive

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How secure??

I guess we will find out when a presidential New York Mayor candidate gets their devices hacked.

Generally we will never know if a device is "secure" since it is likely that the "high security" devices (if hacked) will be done so by people (in three letter agencies) who can actually keep secrets.

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CIA director AOL email hacker coughs to crime

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Simple fact: Don't do the crime...

...if you can't do the time

Pretty easy proposition if you ask me. Sure others could have done it and the security was most likely terrible, but people should learm. If you keep at it for long enough, you will be caught!

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Florida Man sues Verizon for $72m – for letting him commit identity theft

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Loser pays...

Enough said.

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Robo-supercar hype biz Faraday Future has invented something – a new word for 'disrupt'

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Will it.....

Disrupt what my current vehicle does: Go over 350 miles on a single tank of gas (petrol). I can drive nonstop for over 5 hours (at speed!) in my big ugly SUV, going from the Pasadena, CA area to the San Francisco bay area (look on a map, ZIP code 91017 to 94040) with a single tank of fuel.

No current electric vehicle even comes close. So, don't bother to DISRUPT me as I don't really care. If you want to disrupt, feel free to build another lane each way on I-5 from Bakersfield to Stockton, and I might listen.

Yawn. More hype and hot air!

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Internet of Sh*t has an early 2017 winner – a 'smart' Wi-Fi hairbrush

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Fool.....Money...

Soon parted.

Of course this is obvious. Then I look at my wife's collection of hair brushes, which is around 7 or so. Many of these are used at the same time WITH a hair dryer (blasting away!). And I wonder why it takes so long for the female of the species to "get ready".

She is really good looking though, I have to admit.

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'Inventor of email' receives damages from Gawker's collapsed empire

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So, he "invented" a moniker we all now use.

So, what!! It might have been called something else or maybe "email" by anyone. "Email" is just an abbreviation for "electronic mail" (as opposed to postal mail) that moves electronic messages around. Big deal!

As for user-to-user electronic mail, I used one on a Tymshare SDS-940 back in the 60's. It was no big deal then. We used ASR-33 teletypes. The messages were "short" (thankfully).

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Apple sued by parents of girl killed by driver 'distracted by FaceTime'

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Lawyers...

Shakespeare was right. Especially in this case.

Next they will sue the auto maker that might have prevented the accident by limiting the speed (or something like that).

Who knows, I may even be picked for the jury (it is local to me).

Here is a dollar kid, don't bug me.

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Xmas software update knackered US Customs computer systems

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To err is human...

To really foul up things, you need a computer!!

Old saying that applies here. Then there is "testing, yeah, we heard of that (somewhere)".

This reminds me of the hours long wait for passport control at the Moscow airport. They had one guy (that took his time) for a plane load of us nice tourists (who want to spend good money). As the line got pretty small, (a dozen or so out of a plane load or two), they added more passport inspectors. Real understanding of queueing theory folks!!

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‘Artificial Intelligence’ was 2016's fake news

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Just remember...

Artificial Intelligence isn't

This becomes painfully obvious when my (wonderful!!) wife tries to get a request into Siri. She fills up the request with words of noise, and never gets the right answer.

Of course, there is the speech recognition software that wants to change the word "Poway" (a city in California) into two words "pow" and "way", then mangles the response when it can't find the city name.

The silly voice bots that are on the other end of the phone line are another thing. Look, we all know you have options, and yes a limited number of them, just tell us. No, I don't want to speak my credit card number when the public is listening.

And so it goes...

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Programmer finds way to liberate ransomware'd Google Smart TVs

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All this "smart TV" makes me wonder...

That I have made a very correct decision to keep the 5 CRT based 3:4 aspect ratio TV's in my house. Boy are they DUMB. About the only "smart" stuff they have is which channels they work on, and since my two SAT receivers have modulators to nice channels, we don't worry about much.

This has worked fine for me for quite a few years.

UGH, the "other TV" is a Visio huge one. It might even be "smart" (it does access my WiFi router). The problem is that in some respects it is quite DUMB as well. When it receives a letterbox picture "over the air" it should sense it and zoom up the active part of the picture to the whole wide screen (where I could see all the pixels of the 360x640 picture) and let it go at that. But nope, it postage stamps it in the center of the screen. When will the manufacturers actually listen and make things "simple".

Yes, I know it takes a LOT of work to make things "simple". Probably more than people are willing to do. (*SIGH*).

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Flight simulator sets fire to airport

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Gives new meaning to...

"Halt and Catch Fire".

(0x4E on a M6800).

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Virgin America mid-flight panic after moron sets phone Wi-Fi hotspot to 'Samsung Galaxy Note 7'

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This leaves open all sorts of pranks!

I'm sure there are lots of ideas that a typical BOFH could dream up on a moments notice.

This gives all sorts of pranks that one could invent with a Raspberry Pi with a small power supply/battery. If it were me, I make it a changing name so as to not have too much suspicion.

This gives a whole new meaning to in-flight entertainment.

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Did webcam 'performer' offer support chap payment in kind?

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lady of negotiable affections...

Well, everything is negotiable these days. For instance the dialog:

Q: How about for $1,000,000?

A: Of course.

Q: How about for $0.25?

A: What kind of lady do you thing I am?

We know what kind of lady you are, we are just negotiating the price!

Moral: The best things in life are "free".

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Backup Exec console goes AWOL

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Windows bug fix

Another oxymoron.

Enough said.

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Stupid law of the week: South Carolina wants anti-porno chips in PCs that cost $20 to disable

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Censorship & The internet...

When censorship is discovered, the natural instinct is for the internet to route around it. In this case, I'm sure that after a few milliseconds of a hardware device instructions would be published for the work around, and as for software, all I can say is "good luck with that!".

Stupid is as stupid does...

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IBM staff petition for right not to work on Trump's pet projects

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IBM also has the right to NOT PAY THEM

If they don't want to work on the projects.

Pretty simple trade if you ask me. I'm sure there are people who WILL work on the projects necessary.

Sounds like a temper tantrum to me, and I thought these were the domain of 4-5 year olds. Get real!!

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'Upset' Linus Torvalds gets sweary and gets results

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Re: Torvald's Tongue Back To Normal - XMas May Proceed

"At least Santa's list compiles...."

Are you sure. He needs to "check it twice!". Maybe the first pass had errors, so he needed to try a second run.

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Speaking in Tech: Right, he's smacked the journos. Now Trump's called the techies in...

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One of these days...

The flight attendant will be speaking to a pilot who knows better. I've got a couple of them in the family. Some actually fly commercial for airlines (sorry, not United).

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A single typo may have tipped US election Trump's way

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Now now...

Let's get real. This country of mine (USA) also does influence peddling as well. Hell, we even attempt to influence elections (mostly with rhetoric, but ...). And does anyone investigate the good 'ol USA for such indiscretions? Nope.

Recent example: Israel election a few years back. Thankfully it didn't work.

More recent example: Brexit vote. I'll leave it to those residing in Blighty to determine which was the better result.

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Meg Whitman: HPE software's new owner? Kill a product? NEVER!

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Just a note...

Remember...

MicroFocus makes Cobol. This wouldn't be too bad for all concerned, but then one needs to understand that MicroFocus Cobol (the compiler) is WRITTEN in MicroFocus Cobol itself.

This isn't eating your own dog food, it the dog eating its tail.

I'm sure there is a good reason for this, but COBOL??

Yes, I know, IBM Fortran 4/Level H was written in Fortran 4/Level H (opt 02 as I remember, it has been a while). It was the 60's, and if you remember the 60's you weren't there.

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ESA to try tank-to-tank fuel switch on sat that wasn't designed to do it

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Fueling....

Will that be Regular or Hi-Test?? Sorry no Diesel today.

Can I clean the windshield?? By the way, your oil is fine.

Sorry, couldn't resist...

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Military reservist bemoans frost-bitten baby-maker on Antarctic trek

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Re: On a serious note

When I was there is was called "The Ice".

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US think-tank wants IoT device design regulated, because security

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Enterprise...

"Some penetration testers have gone further satirically arguing that a vendor's state of software security is inverse to its use occurrences of the term 'enterprise'. "

Now this is something that seems to ring true in many cases. Usually because some higher up wanted to look "important" (see this weeks edition of On Call for a GREAT example).

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Samsung, the Angel of Death: Exploding Note 7 phones will be bricked

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Maybe they should...

Have the update display "return for refund" on the screen, and not do anything else. Might get the point across.

Surrounding the message with flames is of course optional.

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Sysadmin told to spend 20+ hours changing user names, for no reason

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Four pages of comments...

With almost as good content as a BOFH story. Including LOTS of ways to make the process work "so well". Yes, it must be Friday.

Cheers.

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HBO slaps takedown demand on 13-year-old girl's painting because it used 'Winter is coming'

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Simple Solution...

Maybe rename the piece as "December 21 is coming" (northern hemisphere centric, for sure).

Yes, this is a bit silly.

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Oi, you, no flirting, no touching in the back of our rides, sniffs Uber

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Maybe Uber needs to have...

A cab setup like the one in taxicab confessions. That way we can all see what is going on in the back seat. Of course it would "educational" for all involved.

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90 per cent of the UK's NHS is STILL relying on Windows XP

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Re: Yummy ransomware target

"When you say "ransomware", are you referring to malicious software attacking a vulnerable OS, or are you referring to the price that MS is charging to maintain support?"

YES

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For God's sake, stop trying to make Microsoft Bob a thing. It's over

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But...

I'm farsighted, and will probably have problems with focus at such a close range. Have these VR headset people even thought about that?

Yes, it does get a little bit blurry at close range unless there is a LOT of light to constrict my pupils increasing my focus range.

Sadly most of these things are used by youth that haven't been subjected to presbyopia which comes as you enter later decades in life (*SIGH*).

Me? I just go to Costco and pick up +2.75's in the three packs and scatter them all over the place (soon to be +3.25's I suspect).

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If your Xmas party expenses left you with a hangover, you should see Dell's spending

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Need...

POSITIVE...CASH...FLOW!!!

Unless you are doing something illegal (which DOES happen), if you can get this right, things have a habit of curing themselves.

So, don't go into debt to cover operating expenses, that is a bad idea!

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Qualcomm, Microsoft plot ARM Snapdragon-powered Windows 10 PCs, tablets, phones

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Cores??

Maybe intel will make one of the cores in a multi-core ARM chip execute x86 code directly. That might be interesting. Different instruction sets for different cores. You have lots of space so why not??

You heard it here first, so when the patent trolls come knocking over a year later (it will probably take that long to have something patented, I hope), it won't be. I can only hope.

Now they need to get rid if that UFEI (or whatever it is called) "secure" (aka lockout) boot stuff.

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China is building a full scale replica of the Titanic to repeatedly crash into iceberg

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Does the realism extend to...

The ship sinking? Do they get the life rafts out so that only a portion of the "passengers" will survive.

I has relatives that were enamored with the movie, to which I said "The ship sinks", they called "spoiler alert". I'll leave it at that...

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I was a robot and this is what I learned

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Robots: "Danger Will Robinson"

With a telepresence droid, I couldn't resist.

Could happen, you never know.

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Online criminals iced as cops bury malware-spewing Avalanche

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A plus for the operation. Spam volume down??

Time will tell. I certainly hope so. My current count is over 300 messages per day, some that include "buddy" or other such words in their subject (usually with asterisks somewhere, most NSFW). Most I suspect want me to click on some nice link that has lots of javascript to do nasty stuff. Yuck!!

Off with their heads (I wish!!).

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Vegans furious as Bank of England admits ‘trace’ of animal fat in £5 notes

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Vitamin B12

Is provided by animal products, and very necessary for human health.

Need to get it somewhere, so why not a fiver??

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NASA Mars rover FINALLY equals 1973 Soviet benchmark

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Now if they built cars this way...

Of course we would all be going around 5 MPH, and having daily runs of 20 feet or so.

JPL had a pretty good record when it comes to building things. They have a couple of boxes escaping the solar system. A bunch of vehicles on Mars, and other things. All in all if it lasts thru "infant mortality" (check your unit conversions), they are bound to last a while. The engineers there would make Howard Wolowitz be very proud.

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Shhhhh! If you're quiet, Linus Torvalds might release new a Linux

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Bugs and their effect...

Yes, bugs come in a variety of severities...

Yes, many bugs are not very tolerable, and result from unknown interactions between things, and with Linux growing in complexity the number of interactions grows as well (and that is just the kernel!). Sometimes bugs can be a bit esoteric and for the most part benign. An example I noted on an operating system from long ago (the 70;s) was that leap year was calculated when the date was manually entered on the console (at boot time). This would have bad effects if the date were entered in December of the year, and the machine ran continually for another two months (till February 28/9th). Since the leap year was for the year before, it might think that Feb 29, 2017 existed (no it doesn't, I know). Sure this was an esoteric bug, and AFAIK it was never fixed, because reboots happened more often than the two month interval necessary for the bug to appear.

This is why some software is released with "known bugs". They are ones that usually 1) Aren't commonly seen, or 2) Have work-arounds that are acceptable to the user base. They are usually documented as well.

Then again, I have no idea how Microsoft and Windows do their releases, or if they follow any of these "reasonable" practices about "known bugs". Such is life.

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Have some sympathy for the AT&T devil

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Broadcast or Point to Point?

That is the question. Most video things are broadcast in nature (like over the air TV). When you go to point to point, lots of thing change. For one thing you need bandwidth, and someone needs to pay for it. Most of the time the monthly fees contribute to the build-out of the connections that support high bandwidth. Eventually the users pay for much of the capital cost of the bandwidth, then the operator can keep charging people even though the capital cost is now zero (it was paid for). This happened for long distance in the period leading up to the "divestiture" of 1984. Because bandwidth was so cheap, long distance subsidized local service which was more costly to maintain, and so it goes. Fast forward to cellular service, and a similar circumstance happens. You charge for minutes while you build out the physical plant and keep going. Eventually the cell towers get paid for and all that is left is the electricity bill (cheap by comparison). Then the bandwidth hogs take over and you then need to make more bandwidth between points, and charge for it. If the pipe to the service provider (netflix, amazon video, etc.) pays for some of this it makes the consumers happier since they don't have to (directly) pay for it. So, it is all about cost shifting and capital costs. Pick your poison. Yes, AT&T (a modem test command if you are interested) will make money, possibly obscene amounts of it. If you are interested, the symbol on the stock exchange is 'T', and invest there.

Life goes on. Movies will cost money, bandwidth will cost money, and we will all pay.

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