* Posts by Herby

2947 posts • joined 14 Dec 2007

$195 BEEELLION asteroid approaching Earth

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Just wait for...

Earth capture. Then you can take your time. It also could impact the moon and we could fetch its booth from there.

Just a thought.

Kiwi Coroner says Coca-Cola helped kill woman

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Then there is the local soda machine...

Which just a few hours ago dispensed not one, but TWO nice 20 oz plastic bottles when I asked for only one. Having finished the first, my bladder has performed its function and awaits draining.

No cigarettes or 8 kids for me, but geeze, 9 liters, a day! Give me a break, any liquid in that amount on a daily basis would finish one off!

Permafrost melt to boost atmospheric CO2 faster than thought

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What happened to the ice age?

It seemed to go away, and we are none the worse for wear. Warming has been happening for quite a while, and will likely continue changing the climate for the foreseeable future. Get used to it. Us humans haven't been able to alter the weather and will most likely never be able to to any significant degree.

Of course when Al Gore turns off HIS electric switch, I might listen, but I'm not holding my breath!

New cunning linguist computer has got ancient tongues licked

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Latin ancient?? Not really! The pope's recent declaration of his stepping down was released in Latin, which is the official language of the Holy See.

Now can they do that with Cobol?

Linux Foundation ships UEFI Secure Boot workaround

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The answer to this:

UFEI = Antitrust.

The sooner a government accepts this, the better off we all will be.

Now to reverse engineer the signing keys (maybe a screen saver application?).

Microsoft's Azure SQL Reporting FAIL

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Repeat after me:

Nothing to see here, please go away.

Or at least that is what Microsoft would have you believe.

BYOD is a PITA: Employee devices cost firms £61 a month

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Be careful for what you ask for, you might get it!

Just a note about BYOD stuff. Here in the USA we just had a court case that indicated that workers who did company work "on the own time" were entitled to compensation and (possibly) overtime. If one does BYOD, then there is the opposite effect of having workers actually do work on it "away form the workplace". So, it runs both ways. Would you allow "work" stuff to run on your home network (tracking, etc.) and would you actually trust it to keep ALL of your personal stuff private.

So, it may be doubly costly to have workers BYOD. Then again, some places (like where I am) allow "work from home". Joy Joy Happy Happy.

Google to splurge $82m for exclusive airport exec enclave

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This is just a response

To the silly TSA wanting to inspect every body cavity they think exists. This is all a ploy to get around this. Of course the city of San Jose (no accent here!) likes the idea as it brings in lots of tax money during the process.

Ethernet at 40: Its daddy reveals its turbulent youth

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What? No Picture?

Of the beloved napkin?

Please add it (I'm sure it is somewhere out there!).

Tennessee bloke quits job over satanic wage slip

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Simple solution...

Put a '$' in front of it. When the guy says something like "I can't accept a payment like that", then you will know if he is REAL stupid.

So, quitting was the best solution for everyone. Let's hope he doesn't sue the company for some reason. Given that lawyers exist, I won't hold my breath.

El Reg contemplates the ultimate cuppa

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Real programmers...

Don't drink tea, they drink COFFEE. Nice strong COFFEE. None of this milk or cream stuff.

That's why god invented COFFEE cups.

General rule: COFFEE in code out.

Simple task: Find some tea in Seattle. Good luck with that! Of course one reason we here in the USA drink COFFEE is that a few years ago we dumped all the tea into Boston Harbor.

Just make sure that the COFFEE isn't computer animated, I'm told it is "dreadful".

Why you need a home lab to keep your job

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Access to the "home lab"

Look, this is easy. There are lots of dynamic DNS providers, and just about every firewall-nat-router box has provisions to do the update automatically. Once that is done, your nice "home" machines are accessible from the world (+dog), and you go from there. Of course, they have a variant of *nix, and opening up an SSH connection is quite easy. Once you are "inside" access to the other machines and other stuff (connected printers) si quite easy. In one instance I was able to do remote printing so my wife could pick up the information I had on my desk at work.

All of this goes without saying: What IT guy DOESN'T have a home system (and connectivity) that he uses "after hours" to do something work related.

The truth on the Navy carrier debacle? Industry got away with murder

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Simple problem, simple answer...

It is only a matter of money. Just spend more!

That's what we do here in the good ol' USA. Best government inflation will buy!

Truly these are the GOLDEN YEARS of Storage

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Big question for everyone...

Is 64 bits of address enough?

You only get a range of 64 exabytes (64 x 10^18, more or less).

You never know? IPv6 allows for 128 bits of addresses 4 x 10^40, so maybe not?

Of course there is the guy who wanted to be paid by grains on a chess board, one grain then two, then doubling for every succeeding one. Problem was there weren't enough grains in the world to satisfy him, and (as the story goes) he lost his head. Never mind.

Rotund Mega baron Dotcom offers bounty for breaking his crypto

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Could be problamatical...

In the USA at least. Just published rules regarding things like copyright and the (dreaded) DCMA say that the simple act of "jailbreaking" a cell phone so you can use it on another carrier is an offense. Not good! What will the penalty be for breaking Mr. DotCom's crypto. Who knows?

Me? I really don't want to find out.

Then again, he may be hiding some child porn and that could get you into trouble as well!

Oracle loses appeal in HP row over Itanium

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As the saying goes...

Easy come, easy go. Or: If you make public promises, you better keep them!

Linux boot doesn't smash Samsung laptops any more

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Speedy fix!

It seems that the Linux community is pretty quick to respond to problems. At times I wish other vendors were as good, but it will take a while.

Comp Sci becomes 'fourth science' in English Baccalaureate

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What do they churn out?

From the looks of it, all we will ever see are some script kiddies.

An engineering background (putting things in practical use) should be part of something.

Oh, well.....

How to destroy a brand-new Samsung laptop: Boot Linux on it

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Maybe we can get Samsung to get the point

Actually it may be quite easy. Just walk into a friendly computer store and ask to see the products. With a nice flashy USB key in hand (attempt) to boot from it. When the device bricks up, mention it to the management "That's funny, I can't get this to work, do you have another?".

Repeat as often as necessary.

When you run through a chunk of inventory (at the store), and they no longer have items to display/sell, they will complain to Samsung and a solution WILL happen.

Being able to "brick" a computer this easily is a major failure mode. I guess it would be similar to putting the wrong brand of gasoline (petrol) in a vehicle, and causing the car to never start again at the gas station. Bad, very bad!

You thought watching cat videos was harmless fun? Think AGAIN

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They ARE interesting animals!

My cat (custody from my ex-) was a wonderful "lap-cat" for almost 18 years. Yes, he did his share of dispatching both birds and mice (just a few), but overall a nice animal.

As for cats in general, one theory is that the great plague ravaged Europe because cats were "unwelcome". They previously did a job of cleaning up vermin, and had a partial immunity to the Plague. Maybe that is their great purpose.

I do understand that cats have domesticated us humans quite well when we keep them as pets.

Dell buyout stalled by Microsoft, low takeover price?

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City heat leak can disrupt high-altitude winds

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So we want to reduce "hot air"

I feel that some urban areas have more population density than others. Given that one of the HIGHEST population density is in our nations capitol (Washington DC), maybe thinning it out a bit might help the cause. Given that politicians DO blow a bunch of hot air, this is doubly important to thin out the people.

Simple removal of half might be a nice start.

Then again it is wishful thinking (*SIGH*).

Apple releases iOS 6.1, adds LTE carriers, tweaks security

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Re: "... what was yours?"

Simple Porsche 356B (1962) with a disc brake transplant and a 912 powerplant.

Yes, only 1600 cc, but quite speedy!

Microsoft teases possible Jan. 29 launch for Office 2013

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Another widgit from Microsoft


Lotus 1-2-3 rebooted: My trip back to the old (named) range

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It is interesting to study this now.

My brother (he has an MBA) went ga-ga over Lotus 123. He was doing predictions for a business, and they would get bigger and bigger. For a while, he would be a customer for more and more memory for is lowly IBM PC.

I really don't know how big he made it, but you needed to add in lots of cards to get memory up to a decent level. I believe he started with an XT, but he may have started with an original PC with floppies, as that is all that was produced.

I suspect that even to this day, he likes 1-2-3 for spreadsheets, but probably uses Excel "because it is there".

Yes, memories of the early 80's!

Naked intruder cracks one off in Florida rampage drama

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What isn't mentioned...

Well, the gun stuff is a bit outrageous, and commenting further just re-hashes previous comments. My big question is what was the intruder on?

It must be the water in Florida or something, as they get all sorts of screwballs there. Sad to say that locally here in sunny California, isn't far behind in is ration of screwballs either. Funny how it seems that quite a few of them are in out state Capitol, Sacramento, doing "political" things.

Yes it must be the water!

Helium: Can it prevent the onset of Shingles?

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Helium leakage...

Yes, there is a problem with helium, it leaks through lots of things (its molecule being quite small). Everyone knows this, and putting helium inside a drive can be a bit problematical. That being said, there IS a solution, replenish the gas that leaks out. Pretty simple if you ask me. There are lots of things that have alpha decay (which is essentially helium nuclei in disguise) and just pop a little bit of a nice isotope in a corner of the drive. Alpha particles don't need much shielding and many have long half-lives so there shouldn't be any problem.

Or as the saying goes: "How hard can it be?"

Samsung demands Apple's iOS 6 source code in patent case

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Seems to be a case of:

You show me yours, and I'll show you mine.

NFC Forum: We're not just about paying by bonk, you know

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Maybe there should be...

...permanent luggage tags. You buy one to attach to your bag, and it is scanned at the airport and inserted into the database. It is latched onto your name and address, so if it gets "lost", the bag could find you.

In this case the cost of the tag happens ONCE for the user (per bag), and you don't have "throw-aways" that the costs add up on.

An interesting idea, you heard it here first. No, I haven't patented it yet.

Silly gits upload private crypto keys to public GitHub projects

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Given the incidence of SSH probes

This is a real problem. Just about every day I get one or two ip addresses that attempt to use SSH to invade my site. Thankfully I have setup SSH to only allow a few accounts to "enter", but they still fill up my log files.

The scanners seem to think that if there is an SSH server out there, it must be hiding something. Of course, if there is a telnet server, they seem to ignore it. Go figure!

Climate shocker: Carry on as we are until 2050, planet will be fine

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The "science" of climate change....

"Nothing to see here, please move along"

Should apply to all of this silly debate!

Greenland ice did not melt in baking +8°C era 120k years ago

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ALL doomed. Life is a terminal disease!

Backdoor root login found in Barracuda gear - and Barracuda is OK with this

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SSH scans?

From my recent experience, there are people who do SSH scans looking for open SSH ports and throwing LOTS of account names up to see if anything sticks. I have a home network with a "public" SSH port and it gets scanned all the time (about 1/day). Yes, they fail (but fill up my logs) but they are out there.

Be afraid, be very afraid!

Oh, those crazy Frenchies: Facebook faces family photo tax in France

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I want to tax this "internet" thing. Where is its headquarters? How come I can't see it? Is it like a telephone or some such. They pay based on time connected, so why not the internet, and take a fraction of that?

Yeah, that's the ticket. Make people pay for connection time and tax that. Just like a telephone!


French moaning: "Why does my internet cost do much"

Sorry, Apple-haters, but Cupertinian doom not on the horizon

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Now if the stock will hurry up...

...and get back to $700/share we would ALL be nice and cozy. Still its hovering around $500 (+-) isn't bad for year over year price.

Yes, my wife DID buy an Iphone 4S about a year ago, and likes it very much! Me? I sometimes want to be away from all things connected at times, and just want a "phone" (nothing fancy). But that's just me.

So, go buy them Jesus Phones and fondleslabs!

Red supergiant Betelgeuse heads for SMACKDOWN with 'dust bar'

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So, this is the cause....

...of global climate change.

Yeah, that's the ticket, supernova causes climate change. See it in 1500 years.

I'll pass!

Google v Microsoft mobile war: Who's REALLY to blame?

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Google vs. Microsoft seems similar to the eastern front in WW2. For us in the "west", it was one part that we really didn't want either to win, although one of the protagonists WAS fighting a common enemy, so we backed them.

I'll leave it to the reader to assign characters to the struggle, which implies who to support.

I also do not mention the leaders, as that would come close to invoking Godwin's Law, which I really don't want to do.

TSA to pull backscatter perv scanners from US airports

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Now the next step:

Get rid of the silly TSA. After all it is only security theater. Expensive security theater at that!

Microsoft to end Windows 8 discounts on January 31

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So what is the cost to DOWNGRADE?

So I want to go from W8 to W7. What does that cost me? Maybe if they start selling downgrades for "less" (I want W7, not W8, give me back some money!) it might be a bargain!

When this whole thing hits the fan, a bunch of people are going to be not to happy!

Smarm-bot Siri seeks side-splitting script-writer for charm transplant

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Does this relate to...

...an episode of _The Big Bang Theory_ I saw a few days ago when Raj takes flowers to "Siri" with interesting results!

I believe they used the person who does the voice, but I'm not sure.

Happy birthday, Lisa: Apple's slow but heavy workhorse turns 30

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Understand the Lisa for what it really is!

In the grand scheme of things, it was the prototype for the Mac. You develop all the features and work lots of the troubles out. Then you go and make a "second system". While this "second system" really isn't related to the first one, it grows and improves upon the the original. Sure, it did take a while to get the Mac up to the capability of the Lisa (around the Mac plus), things did work out.

My feeling is that it was a shame they dropped the 68k processor. For a given clock speed the 68k is far superior to the 80x86 chips. When they went to the PPC processor the deveopment of the 68k kinda died. Had it continued, I suspect the 68k processors would have kept pace. Oh, well!

New slicker Shylock Trojan hooks into Skype

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If Microsoft isn't bad...

...let them prove it. They can easily push out a fix rapidly and show the world+dog that they are "on top of this".

Me? I'm not holding my breath!

The Spherical Cow lands, spits out Anaconda

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Give up on Gnome!

Me? I'm using KDE, which seems to be just fine for me. Yes, it has quirks and seems to grind away at resources, but it does work, and thankfully doesn't have those silly cashews floating around the place. Browsers and office applications work with both styles of desktops and there isn't much difference there, the differences are in the "minor details", for me I just want out of the way.

Yes, I use F17 (presently) with KDE. It works just fine with my style. F18 with a new installer? I'll have to see. Maybe in a couple of months when F19 comes out I'll switch then.

NASA snaps pics of China's 'Airpocalypse' pollution disaster

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Ah, the haze...

You can usually tell which kind of day it is in sillycon valley by looking across the bay to Monument peak and attempting to discern how many of the three towers you can see the top of. If you could only see the tallest (old channel 36), it was a yucko day. If you could see all three (old channel 36, old channel 48, and old channel 54), it could be counted to be a nice clear day. If you REALLY wanted to see smog, go to Southern California in the 60's. I had a friend who used to fly from the bay area down to the LA area in his private plane. At Tejon pass one could see the ooze bleeding north through the gap from the air.

As for Oakland, best to skip it (and most of the 510 area code for that matter). As for the Raiders, best watched on TV (just win baby!). Me (present day)? I'm a 49ers fan as they are in the playoffs.

Titsup Windows Phone 8 orders user to cram 'boot disc' in mobe

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Next step?

So, now one presses CTRL-ALT-DEL?

John McAfee goes Hollywood with Warner Bros. movie deal

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Gotta love...

...the pic on the top stories scroll. Looney Tunes it is!

Dell PowerEdge boots up after Hurricane Sandy acid bath

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Another thing that helps

Is a freezer. It takes the humidity and condenses it out. Make sure that the equipment can "take" it.

One notes that if you leave an ice cube in a freezer, it tends to "disappear" after a few weeks.

Siri, will Chrome's new speech features kill you?

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Just remember if your administrative assistant (nee secretary) took dictation at a 99% accuracy, any executive worth their salt would just as soon fire them. Given that most voice recognition is not that near, as said in a previous post, it remains a nice fun tool. You will always be asked a confirming question (did you mean...?) and go from there.

Yes, great strides have been made, but it isn't "production quality" for the most part. I wouldn't bet my life on the recognition the first time. Even us humans don't get it right all the time and need to ask questions.

Life goes on.

Computers are 'electronic cocaine' that make you MANIC

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Less clinical methods...

Then there is the opposite: Caffeine, which is provided as well (usually for free in most work settings) to enhance the work flow.

Some of us to not imbibe in ETOH (C2H5OH) as much. There are better activities to counter depression. I'll leave those to another (probably NSFW) discussion. Suffice it to say that it works quite well.

Cisco sued by East Carolina University

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USPTO use Google??

That would be the day. I believe that the only thing the "search engine" of the USPTO is an internal one. It really doesn't look THAT far.

Most likely by design (unfortunately!).

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