* Posts by Herby

2950 posts • joined 14 Dec 2007

10Gbps over crumbling COPPER: Boffins cram bits down telco wire

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Wire up my home?

Please. I'll do beta testing cheap. Make that DSL line into a nice wonderful firehose of bits.

That AMAZING Windows comeback: Wow – 0.5% growth in 2015

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As the saying goes:

Be careful what you ask for, you may just get it.

Many have asked for things compatible with Windows (of whatever ilk) and they have been stuck in the Microsoft web for ever more.

Just now people are coming to realize that other alternatives exist, and to the detrement of Microsoft, have gone to them. These are the people who don't want all their eggs in one basket. Rightly so in my estimation. YMMV.

Boeing to start work on most powerful rocket ... EVER!

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Just remember...

The crowning achievement of the Apollo program was the Saturn-5 rocket. Werner did a really good job on that!

Everyone notes that when Apollo 8 rounded the moon in December 1968, the USA had won the space race. Finishing on time with Apollo 11 was almost anti-climatic. Exciting, yes, but almost a foregone conclusion.

A new rocket will put the USA back in space properly. I'm all for it!

Oh SNAP! Old-school '80s Unix hack to smack OSX, iOS, Red Hat?

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The paper is interesting, but wrong!

It has several examples of wildcard expansion, and fails to note that the expansion is done in alphabetical order (where '-' collates first). Then goes on to show several commands where the file name expansion takes place after ALL the options are processed (like the tar command) and options are ignored. Oh, and 'ls' collates differently as well.

This falls into the trick of putting a file name of '*' in someone's directory and then asking them to delete it. Not for the faint of heart.

NHS delivers swift kick to Microsoft's wallet over fee demands

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All of this "License Talk" has me wondering...

How much does it cost just to keep all these licenses in order? From the looks of it, it is a daunting task, that nobody really know how it works. This MUST be a cost involved, and I suspect that it isn't a small one.

Given that, how much does this add to "Total Cost of Ownership" that everyone talks about? From the looks of it it isn't even considered, but the compliance keeps popping up as necessary to do. Then consider the "overbuying" of licenses just to keep from not having the proper ones. All of these items add cost to the compliance.

Might be worth looking into!

Future Apple gumble could lock fanbois out of their own devices

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Make NSFW actually work.

When you get into the "work" zone, it automatically makes sure that NSFW is enforced.

Then again, there might be a NSFH(ome), which is different from NSFM(istress). This could get interesting when filtering mails as well as pictures.

All to insure domestic tranquility.

We need to talk about SPEAKERS: Sorry, 'audiophiles', only IT will break the sound barrier

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Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder...

Wonderful article. Even some good science. Time accuracy is important, and many of the first CD recordings did not have reasonable phase-linear input filters, and were noted as being "blurry" at the high end. As we generate sound from our computer sound cards, typically the "5.1" system, the low frequency is made to be non-directional by design. Good accurate transducers wouldn't need such band-aids.

As for "audiophiles" (audio-fools), they seem to be members of a mutual admiration society, and to enter the "club" they need to spend lots, without thinking about it. When they start talking about multi dollar mains cords and the "unidirectional" connections, I just want to puke. Put a bunch of them in a room and do double blind tests, and they will only give excuses (while they pick the inexpensive amplifier as being the best). What you see advertised boggles the mind. I don't know if the marketeers actually believe in the products, or are laughing all the way to the bank. Somehow I suspect the latter. They seem like the over-the-phone psychics I hear on TV.

Life goes on, and educating the audience to "good sound" in an ongoing exercise, often thwarted by those who should know better. (*SIGH*)

Bitcoin was illegal in California? Whoops, governor fixes that 165-year-old money law

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Then there is Article 1, section 8

The Congress shall have Power...To coin Money, regulate the Value thereof

We here in California do things a bit differently. Of course "coin money" means different things to different people.

Sorry, Governor Moonbeam.

Microsoft's anti-malware crusade knackers '4 MILLION' No-IP users

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Good thing...

I use DynDns for my stuff. Thay might have better service too.

Of course, they just started charging for their use, and that gives an audit trail that crooks don't like. Thankfully I'm not (I hope) in that category.

BOFH: You can take our lives, but you'll never take OUR MACROS

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Re: I know this BOFH is only satire...but...

Look, BOFH is NOT satire. It happens every day, and we all want the proper cattle prod that we can use on the current "boss", but he hasn't approved the budget yet.

One of these days.

As for spreadsheets: My dad could "audit" spreadsheets that were produced manually in the 60's (sometimes they took a full day to do all the calculations). He could take a quick look and point to cell "H10" and say "This is wrong". It scared lots of people.

Average chump in 'bank' phone scam is STUNG for £10,000 - study

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A fool and his money...

...are soon parted.

It has been that way for a LONG time. The convenience of computers just makes it easier to find the fools. While (say) 50 years ago, scammers wanted the "big score", the more recent model is to find LOTS of fools and suck what little they have out of their "wallets".

Life goes on. As mentioned in previous posts, their needs to be a "standard" method of authenticating the "bank" on the other end of the phone. If all banks agreed (like calling you by name and something else) it would go a long way.

Will it happen? Probably not.

Got a botnet? Thinking of using it to mine Bitcoin? Don't bother

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Maybe we should encourage them...

To try the mining operation, so they can LOSE $$$ in the process and give up on the idea after all.

The herders will price themselves out of business. Novel concept. When do they start.

Brit bank Barclays rolls out speech recognition for telephone banking

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So you recite your card number

In a nice public place (Grand Central/Paddington) where everyone can hear the 16 digits of your account number.

I should equip myself with a nice microphone/recorder and standby. Shopping for goodies as I go. Wonderful!

Then they will raise my card fees to cover the added fraud that is BOUND to happen.

I don't think so!

Little known fact: Entering the number by keypad is much quicker and takes less compute power than voice recognition. Since it takes less time the costs of the call are less (the bank IS paying for it). So it is cheaper to use the keypad. Of course you don't get the prompts "tell me what you want to do?" that are so vague, you can never tell what it will accept.

p.s. The answer is "Deposit $1,000,000 please."

Senate heavyweights forge bipartisan accord on phone unlocking

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Now if they would...

Get rid of the necessary subsidy payments after the contract period as well, that would be nice as well.

The standard contract when you buy a Jesus phone has three components:

1) The up-front cost of the silly device

2) The subsidy that the carrier pays to the Jesus phone maker (makes my stock better!)

3) The cost of the plan you buy.

Unfortunately #2 and #3 are combined in what you pay FOREVER! Bummer!!

DISPLAY DESTRUCTION D'OH! Teardown cracks Surface Pro 3 screen

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So, they release Surface 3

When will "service pack 1" happen? Isn't that what everyone waits for these days??

Maybe this isn't a joke (*SIGH*).

France frostily foists flat fizz fear on ICANN's .wine plans

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You ask: What next??

This is a simple question to answer:


Gone in 60 seconds!

Mellanox gives InfiniBand a 5 BILLION PACKET/sec cloud dose

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Mighty Speedy!!

That's putting it mildly. Do we have CPUs that can keep up? Time will tell.

Yes, I know it is expensive.

Firefighters deliver trapped student from GIANT GERMAN LADYPARTS

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Reminds me of the "Cat stuck in a tree" call.

You see, after you call firemen about the "cat stuck in a tree" they reply: "Have you EVER seen a dead cat in a tree". Of course the answer is NO, so there is no need for the firemen to "rescue" the stuck cat.

I feel the same applies here as well. If he got into the mess, surely he can get out!" (probably in more ways than one!).

As for other comments, some pretty good ones. Lots of upvotes.

US spanks phone-jamming vendor with $34.9 MEEELLION fine

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If they could get ALL the devices that violate FCC Part 15 it would be even better. Plasma TV's are among the WORST.

Yes. App that lets you say 'Yo' raises 1 MEEELLION DOLLARS

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I've got the string...

So, you have the Yo-Yo. What now?

Maybe it is a way to send secret messages and other stuff. What can they encode doint this.

Me? I can do a few tricks (still, 50+ years later) on a Yo-Yo!

US Supremes UPHOLD troll-busting Alice v CLS Bank decision

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Note to USPTO:

Please read this decision. Twice. Then read it again!

Oh, and FOLLOW IT!

Intel reveals its FrankenChip ARM killer: one FPGA and one Xeon IN ONE SOCKET

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Genetic diversity?

While it seems that ChipZilla is reasonable at getting speedy CPU chips out the door, why not have a little variety in the overall chip offerings? One of these days, we will all find out that there is a DEEP flaw and almost be powerless to do anything about it. To be sure every chips gets tested, but these things DO happen (Floating point divide flaw, etc..). One of these days the chip USERS will understand that it is probably a good idea to not put all the eggs in a single (ChipZilla) basket.

Who knows. There may be a problem with little endian architecture that has escaped up (I can only hope!).

Today's get-rich-quick scheme: Build your own bank

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Why not??

Call this "The Bank of England" and eliminate further middlemen.

Pretty simple to me.

I don't know what we would do here in the USA. Maybe the federal reserve will issue credit cards? Who knows.

A future queen, the spy chief behind the Iraq 'dodgy dossier' – and a war base rendezvous

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Who knows??

Maybe she will get a license. G3A?

FBI arrests claims NullCrew hacker in Tennessee takedown

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So how long will he be locked up?

"If convicted, French faces up to ten years in prison and $250,000 in fines"

Wonderful. I suspect that the real sentence will be a FRACTION of that. He will probably get off light if he talks!

Of course, how much did he 'earn' from the experience: If it was $1M, it might be a reasonable tradeoff ($100k/yr).

Bring your own device – as long as it's Microsoft

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So, you will have TWO phones?

One for "personal" use, and another for "corporate" use. Of course the "corporate" one will be Microsoft.

So why have a "personal" phone? So the "corporate" people won't screw it all up, and I can have my Angry Birds app on it.

Of course, you might need a lot of phone screen space to handle that nice "ribbon" interface you use to work on Word documents. Such fun!

Microsoft wants you to have everything (phone, tablet, laptop, desktop) all the same, and doesn't understand the environments are QUITE different. Phone and tablet are "one handed" interface devices, and laptop and desktop are "two handed" interface devices. Sorry Microsoft it isn't all the same!!

British boffin tells Obama's science advisor: You're wrong on climate change

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Please predict for me:

Would all these wonderful climate boffins please predict for me the "climate" say "next year". If all the models are SO accurate, please predict what is going to happen. Then next year we can guage how accurate your models are.

So, yes, Mr. Gore, I'm not worried about the flooding in Florida right now.

BOFH: On the contrary, we LOVE rebranding here at the IT dept

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Now that we have gone through "rebranding"...

Does ANYONE believe that it actually does anything.

Wasn't HR ("Human Resources") called Personnel?

Shorter is better!!

Most of the time this is some silly bored buy that needs to justify his existence as a living breathing person.

Brings me back to another "rebranding". They changed "NMR" (Nuclear Magnetic Resonance") scans to "MRI" (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) simply to eliminate "Nuclear" which seems to give everyone hives or some such.

Apple: REIGN OF FIRE coming to Europe courtesy of old iPhone chargers

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This is what you get...

..When you have 220 volt power and need to do (more) fancy things to get the voltage down to the iPhone's nice 5 volts.

Here in teh nice USA, we have the itty bitty cubes and they work just fine in taking our more placid 120 volts down to 5 volts.

Then again, there a LOTS of counterfeit adapters out there that don't have ANY protection against "bad things" in them at all. Beware!

Latest casualties of Iraq fighting: Facebook and Twitter

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What they really want to do

The insurgents task is to take the country (take your pick) back to the middle ages. They use social media (and cell phones) for this purpose. What they want as the end result is (of course) banning of said social media after they have taken over.

Wonderful concept this authoritative government.

Déjà spew: US would accept higher bills for less CO2 by two-to-one

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What is "reduce"?

This is the big question. The steps many propose (as mentioned in some comments above) will not "reduce" things much at all. Even less when considered in a world context. The world runs on energy (lots of it). If it available for all to use, we WILL use it and if it is cheap enough (pick your price) the economy will take off. Put constraints or taxes (however well intentioned) and things slow down.

Most reduction in "pollution" is in self interest. If we have fewer waste products (everything makes them) then the process is more efficient, and the energy costs will be less.

Sometimes there is a problem. Humans are more efficient (they do much less manual labo(u)r than a century ago. The problem is that we tend to consume the same amount of foodstuffs. This leads to being overweight. What the efficiencies have done is allowed humans to eat less (which some do). If we don't we get overweight. Overweight in its own form is "pollution" to some degree.

Of course, the "climate change" people need to take into consideration that silly star that is 93M miles away and how it effects EVERYTHING! here on the 3rd rock from the sun.


Everyone can and should learn to code? RUBBISH, says Torvalds

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We teach all grade schoolers the finer points of medicine? Let them go home and "play doctor" in their spare time. Look, everyone needs to understand the function of the human body, shouldn't they all be doctors?

Yes, it does seem a bit silly to me.

It boils down to "can you follow directions?", which many don't do (*SIGH*).

Flying cars, submarine cars – Elon Musk says NOTHING is beyond him

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Q section has a new supplier.

Might work.

Pay attention 007.....

You'll never believe it: Apple stock is going for CHEAP

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That my mum got the stock on the "cheap" bunches of splits ago. Then again, capital gains taxes are horrendous. Live & learn.

Oh, wow. US Secret Service wants a Twitter sarcasm-spotter

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Doesn't someone hold up a sign or something?

Remember, Leonard DOES hold up a sign that says "Sarcasm", when he sees it. It helps Sheldon understand.

Yes, the dividing line between the two is a fine one, and many times it is a bit difficult to tell the difference.

As for Custom agents: "Look, I'd make a joke about it, but then you would need to do lots of paperwork, and I'd get detained for hours/days, so I'll skip it" A "reasonable" agent would understand.

US citizens want stricter CO2 regulations by two to one – Yale poll

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Cut ALL sources!!

There are lots of things that produce CO2. Among them are animals (please talk to PeTA), and those people who pound keys on keyboards and watch displays (Humans for those of you in Rio Linda). If you are going to regulate CO2, you must do it for ALL sources.

Now wouldn't that be "A modest Proposal"??

New 'Windows-8.1-with-Bing': How's it different from Windows 8.1?

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One version will load Linux easier? Is there an app for that??

Sorry, I can't say which version it would be, as I am not informed.

Seagate in surprise $450m LSI Flash gobble

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Cheaper than...

Beats Audio by almost an order of magnitude.

$450M vs $4G

Now "stuff" is cheaper than "thoughts". Who would have known.

Tomorrow's headline:

Fruity Factory buys Disk Drive vendor for $(fill in amount here). You heard it here first.

What can The Simpsons teach us about stats algorithms? Glad you asked...

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Lies, Damn lies, and Statistics.

All bad. When my mom took a statistics class, the professor went further. He had a bunch of examples of "this is how you can alter the results to your liking". It happens all the time. Of course EVERY politician uses these techniques, so nothing is new in the world.

Of course, my dad also told me something: "Don't average averages, it doesn't work". You can't average 100 MPH and hope to catch up doing 300MPH to compete with a 200MPH vehicle. It just doesn't work.

Mom & Dad were smart! MBAs do that to you (yes, they both had MBAs)!

128-bit crypto scheme allegedly cracked in two hours

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All of this is why...

...you PUBLISH your encryption algorithms. Then they can be reviewed by others in the field, and the weaknesses exposed. This works most of the time until some goverNment'S Agency finds out the "solution" and keeps it to themselves. Thankfully there are other eyes that will speak up and tell you the problems, as in this instance.

Encryption looks simple, but it isn't. Best leave it to experts than roll your own.

Poll: Climate change now more divisive than abortion, gun control

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Is Al Gore a "scientist"?

I didn't think so either!

Apple wheels out sueball cannon, again

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Full employment

For Lawyers.

Enough said.

Bing's the thing in Microsoft's push for cheap Windows devices

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Probably locked!

You only have one choice. Bing (Bong?) or nothing at all. Now how can I repurpose the device to have some other operating system, and a proper search engine.

The Internet of Things helps insurance firms reward, punish

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Can one hire out "fitbit" people.

Makes sense. For a "small fee" they will put the device on THEIR arm and be a nice healthy person. Then you take it back from them after the proper interval to get it read-out. What a healthy lifestyle you lead.

Of course, you might be able to put it on your dog as well, and after a day inthe park have all sorts of "healthy" data to report in.

There are ways around everything. Look how spammers pay $$$ for kits that will make their lives "easier". When there is a will, there is a way.

Now then, how do I make a "fitbit" simulator. Dial in the 'health" of the patient (0-100).

Expulsion from Garden of Steven: Apple staffers tossed out of Fruit Loop

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Maybe executives want...

...to be on the "top floor" and survey their dominion. Loopville and spaceship don't have altitude. Loopville is only two floors (ground, 2nd floor, US conventions). I don't know where Tim Cook will park himself.

Now where are those charge stations??

Redmond slow to fix IE 8 zero day, says 'harden up' while U wait

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Problem here...

Microsoft in its infinite wisdom decided LONG ago to do the embrace-extend model where they locked people into their products. Now that they have done "updates" and have better products, this comes back as users that can't upgrade since they are locked into the products that Microsoft designed to be locked into.

Users that took the bait (locking into a Microsoft product) and now find they are unable to change have no one to blame but themselves (and the Microsoft marketing droids).

What comes around, goes around.

Boeing CEO says no more 'moonshots' after 787 Dreamliner ordeal

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Boeing is not too bad at moonshots...

Their first (or second) was the B29. The project was started after WW2 started, and they finished up with a plane only a couple of years later. In the day, the MOST expensive war time project (even more than the A-Bomb!). In 1940's money it was $3 billion. That today is much more than the cost of the 787. Of course, they didn't finance it themselves they has a nice partner willing to foot the bill. Still a massive undertaking.

Goes to show, when sufficiently motivated, lots of things are possible.

I don't know if the B17 counts as a "moonshot" or not. Some will debate this too.

Google: The Internet of Things to become the Internet of ADVERTS ON YOUR THERMOSTAT

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How much?

Will it cost (eventually) to be Google (Ad) Free? Can it be done in a lump sum, or do I need to pay a monthly fee?

Google might try to market this idea. It could be a $$$ maker, you never know.

Remember if you don't know what the product is, YOU are the product!

JJ Abrams and Star Wars: I've got a bad feeling about this

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Interesting choice of initials?

You have J.J. Abrams.

You have Jar Jar (J.J.) Binks.

Coincidence? Only God really knows.

We wait for the release, and see what happens. Time will tell!

Microsoft walks into a bar. China screams: 'Eww is that Windows 8? GET OUT OF HERE'

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Touchscreen on a Desktop?

Sorry, it just doesn't make sense. The places that use "touch" are much different than those that might use other pointing methods (Mouse). Most of the "touch" interfaces are one handed (the other hand usually supports the device you are "touching"). The desktop model, is a two handed one with nice widely spaced keys (and lots of them) and enough real estate to allow a mouse to be active. These are two VERY DIFFERENT environments, and Microsoft doesn't understand this, forcing a common solution on all of us. It is like having a steering wheel on a motorcycle. Sure it might work, but it just doesn't work out too well.

Microsoft needs to get a clue and understand the difference between one- and two- handed computing.

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