* Posts by Gene Cash

2927 posts • joined 22 Mar 2007

America's comms watchdog takes on the internet era's real criminals: Pirate pastors

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Re: FCC enforcement of radio spectrum usage

UN-altered REPRODUCTION and DISSEMINATION of this IMPORTANT Information is ENCOURAGED, ESPECIALLY to COMPUTER BULLETIN BOARDS.

-- Robert E. McElwaine

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US websites block netizens in Europe: Why are they ghosting EU? It's not you, it's GDPR

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The Orlando Sentinel?

Trust me... you're not missing much from that fishwrap. I have pressed littering charges to stop those bastards from throwing their trash in my yard. And to add insult to injury, they then mail a card asking if I enjoyed their complimentary copies.

Anyway, I think the Tribune bunch have realized if you block cookies, you get infinite free views, instead of just 5 articles before the paywall slams shut. Thus the "you can always block cookies in your browser" workaround to comply with GDPR doesn't fly.

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Police block roads to stop tech support chap 'robbing a bank'

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Re: Also watch out for hidden alarms

When I was a college student, and thus cheap labor for the computer science department, I was part of a group laying CAT-5 and fiber optics across ceilings.

One day, we're cabling up the robotics lab when a squad of campus police come in, followed by the local county sheriff, all with guns drawn.

Turns out we'd triggered a LOT of the sensors designed to protect the extremely expensive robots. Sensors that of course no one warned us about.

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It's hip to be Square: Twitter founder Jack Dorsey's other firm targets White Van Man

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Re: Startup finagling

Sure... but it only had to "scale" until they got funding to write the code.

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Big bimmer bummer: Bavaria's BMW buggies battered by bad bugs

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Re: Are You Surprised

Then perhaps you should read http://www.thedrive.com/news/21003/thieves-steal-mercedes-benz-by-hacking-the-keyless-entry-in-23-seconds

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EU considers baking new norms of cyber-war into security policies

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Good luck with that

> should be off-limits during cyber-conflict because of the likely unpleasant effects on civilians

Wow. They really don't understand war, do they? It's basically an "unpleasant effect on civilians" by definition.

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Sysadmin hailed as hero for deleting data from the wrong disk drive

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Grub rescue

I did apt-get dist-upgrade on the 15th as I always do, then discovered the new nvidia drivers weren't compatible with the new kernel, so I downgraded to the last kernel version.

Somehow I buggered my /boot, so I ended up in grub rescue. (not even grub - no tab completion, no help, no nothing)

Normally I'd download a rescue to a usb stick, but I had no laptop or anything.

I managed to get to the /boot on a backup drive and get to grub, and then to a booting system... about 20 minutes before I needed it to log into work. Yes, I was up most of the night getting it working.

At lunch I realized I could have used a Raspberry Pi to make a rescue stick. Sigh.

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NASA’s new exoplanet-spotter survives sling past the Moon

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> Have we really not figured this out yet?

No, actually we haven't. This will be a first.

So no, it's definitely not "again"

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Domain name sellers rub ICANN's face in sticky mess of Europe's GDPR

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> there is very real risk that someone will formally complain about the Whois service

You mean like El Reg...? Go git 'em!

Any excuse to beat ICANN with a stick is a good one.

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Want to know what an organisation is really like? Visit the restroom

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Company financial health

I can't find the link now, but i remember a comment from a female venture capitalist.

She would visit the loo, and if it didn't have feminine hygiene supplies, that was a sure sign it was in dire financial straits, and a far more reliable indicator than its balance sheet.

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Boffins bash out bonkers boost for batteries

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> a mobile phone that you only have to charge once a week rather than twice a day

Perfectly possible with TODAY'S technology, if they put a decent size battery in there.

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> Although that finding is based on computer modeling rather than a physical battery

Wow, even shittier than the usual pie-in-the-sky battery bullshit. At least most people have a working prototype first.

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Map app chaps Waze add shout-at-sat-nav support for Ford cars

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Re: Google

Bought 'em for $1.3bn 5 years ago

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/06/10/waze_tops_13bn_in_latest_buyout_rugoogle_back_in_the_frame_as_buyermour/

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Three-hour outage renders Nest-equipped smart homes very dumb

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> Stuck on the doorstep for half an hour? Sounds a bit shit.

Eh, I have my phone tell my Raspberry Pi to open the garage door when I drive up.

The couple times the phone battery has died, I've had to park and trudge all the way around back to my "front" door, go through the house, out the "back" (actually side) door, in the garage back door (whoo, it's really the back door!) and open the front garage door.

Too many fecking doors in a really shitty layout, so the network app really is a hell of a lot easier than opening the door myself.

Edit: the roll up garage door no longer has an opening latch. It broke decades ago and there are no spares available. Nor is there a new garage door as sturdy as the current one.

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Russian malware harvesting Telegram Desktop creds, chats

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"Python pogrommer"

A double pint for the headline editor!

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Meet Asteroid, a drop-in Linux upgrade for your unloved smartwatch

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Re: Is Linux the best starting place for a watch OS?

> It's hard to build a linux kernel for a system whose internals are considered trade secrets

And thus, in a nutshell why I don't have a smartwatch. I only wear my current watch for extremely sentimental reasons.

I don't specially like Android, except the alternative is Apple, and I need my PDA stuff.

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Blighty's super-duper F-35B fighter jets are due to arrive in a few weeks

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Crowds annoyed at RAF Derwent Dambusters flypast mix-up

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-derbyshire-44143634

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UKFast bit barn yarn: 'Cisco switch glitch' leads to service ditch

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A Cisco spokeswoman sent us a statement

"Wait, what happened? We haven't heard anything."

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Honor bound: Can Huawei's self-cannibalisation save the phone biz?

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Re: I've got a phone.

People's "phone" needs vary widely.

I've had my Nexus for 3 years now, and have made a sum total of 4 calls on it. Indeed, my T-Mobile SIM has a limit of 100 minutes a month. For me, it's a constantly-connected PDA, camera, and navigation system.

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Red Hat admin? Get off Twitter and patch this DHCP client bug

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Re: Is this dependent on Netcat?

>> "Because it manages the network"

> ...for those who don't know how to do it using traditional Unix-type facilities.

And we wonder why RedHat invented systemd...

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America's forgotten space station and a mission tinged with urine, we salute you

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Re: Further reading

> Whoever designed this toilet has clearly never taken a dump in their life!

Which is sad, because apparently the Skylab toilet turned out to be the best design so far, and the Shuttle one in particular was the absolute worst.

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Re: the final crewed mission of the Mercury programme

> Crewed? What's wrong with manned?

Or it doesn't have to mention it at all, since it was simply the last Mercury flight.

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Pointless US Congress net neutrality vote will take place tomorrow!

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One good thing

It keeps 'em occupied from doing anything stupider!

And basically it's just another bit of "look how those bad Republicans kept us from doing something good!" theatre.

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First SpaceX Falcon 9 Block 5 rocket lobs comms sat into orbit

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Shoot... I saw the two Falcon Heavy boosters land in tandem in person... and it still looked like CGI, it was so unreal and perfectly synchronized. I was expecting the director to yell "cut!"

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Sueballs flying over Facebook's Android app data slurping

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Re: I'm shocked, shocked to the very core.

> Nope, there are multiple runtime accept buttons

Depends on the version of Android... the individual permissions grants is relatively very recent.

On several phones, they've had facebook preinstalled and there was never any permissions dialogs.

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Cisco cancels all YouTube ads, then conceals cancellation

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This has the effect of pushing you to sites like NxA people showing you how to kill defenseless watermelons with their guns since that's their constitutional right.

Fixed that for ya...

Actually, the Slow Mo Guys (who are British) killed a poor watermelon once with nothing more than a handful of rubber bands!

Horrid! Red stuff everywhere!

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Re: For the best

Well one problem is that they expected to make a living off YouTube ad bucks and all they had to do was post content. That gravy train is finally ending.

The smartest folks realize they actually have to run a business, and join Patreon, sell merchandise, and do other things. It's not very far from making webcomics in that respect.

It's the typical internet cycle of people putting up stuff (software/videos/comics) because they enjoy it and don't expect to make money. Then people realize they can make a few bucks, so they churn out the content. Then it all comes to a head when the new content is crap/hate speech/child porn and people realize that no, you can't really make money that way other than getting your name out there and getting a good reputation.

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Chap charged with fraud after mail for UPS global HQ floods Chicago flat

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WTF?

USPS "will mail a letter validating the move to the original address"

Hell no, they don't! In 50 years and a dozen living addresses, I've never gotten such a letter, either at the old address or the new one. Nor have any of my roommates or friends.

Lying sacks of shit. He pulled that straight out of his ass.

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Microsoft programming chief to devs: Tell us where Windows hurt you

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"We think that is highly differentiated"

Tells me all I need to know. Put on my track shoes and keep running.

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Systemd-free Devuan Linux looses version 2.0 release candidate

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I don't understand...

Er, I have Debian Buster/Testing, and it's got SysV init on it, simply by blacklisting systemd in /etc/apt/preferences and installing sysvinit. Works fine. So I guess I'm missing something...

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NASA boss insists US returning to the Moon after Peanuts to show for past four decades

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Dmitry Rogozin

I wonder if he was one of the Russians to laugh at Elon Musk when he went there to buy some old ICBMS...

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Re: NASA returning to the Moon? Again?

Enough with the Moon Rovers and Mars Rovers. I really don't see the fascination with taking dogs to other planets...

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Let's kick the tyres on Google's Android P... It's not an overheating wreck, but UX is tappy

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"Any kind of long press invokes the Google Assistant"

Fuck you, Google

This is intentionally to ensure you pop it up by mistake.

Did I say "fuck you, Google" already?

And Kotlin is buggy crap too.

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Peak smartphone? Phone fatigue hits Western Europe hard

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Re: Oldy but Goody

> the camera is the most important feature of a phone

Well, it's important to me since it's usually the only camera I have with me, but if I don't have a headphone jack, then the phone is useless for GPS navigation on my bike, as I need earphones to hear the directions, and the Bluetooth shit always has a dead battery.

So "no headphone jack" is a simple non-starter.

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Microsoft reckons devs would like an AI Clippy to help them write code

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What?

M-x clippy isn't good enough?

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Google's socially awkward geeks craft socially awkward AI bot that calls people for you

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"the phone will check your orientation"

Great. Just the thing for phones with a shit compass, like my Nexus 6P...

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The Rocky Planet Picture Show: NASA Mars InSight ready for launch

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Marco A/B Cubesats

What's REALLY interesting is they're having 2 cubesats follow the probe into Martian orbit and record the entry/descent/landing with cameras. Apparently they cost almost nothing but will provide a metric shit-ton of extremely useful engineering data.

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Re: Why from Vandenberg?

Yes it is indeed launching pretty much due south.

They have a fluff video with lots of pretty pictures but not much info: "Atlas V InSight: Designing the Trajectory" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nH9OEykMne8

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Microsoft's latest Windows 10 update downs Chrome, Cortana

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Re: GIMP is pretty good

No, it's not. I've used it for about 10 years now, and it's still pretty shite, and nowhere near the capabilities of Photoshop. I simply refuse to use Adobe so I just soldier on.

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Huawei P20: Snappish snaps, but for £200 less than Pro, it’s Notch bad

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Re: Notch too much for me

> Notch too much for me

Perhaps if you'd deigned to actually read the article, you might have seen "Unlike the iPhone X, the Notch can be "turned off" to present a smooth horizontal border"

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If you're a Fedora fanboi, this latest release might break your heart a little

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Red Hat

Also, Fedora needs to start selling the red fedoras again, they're cool.

I still have mine from when I bought Red Hat 1.0 (or 2.0, don't remember)

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> Linux tip: Avoid Nvidia graphics cards if possible

Hm. My GTX-1060 and Debian drivers would disagree. It works just fine in Kerbal Space Program.

Granted, they did break xrandr in the latest release, if you're turning off/on monitors.

But then I wouldn't have to turn monitors off/on if all my ill-behaved Java apps didn't shit their pants at the sight of more than one monitor.

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LLVM contributor hits breakpoint, quits citing inclusivity intolerance

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> The code of conduct that Rafael has so much trouble

If you read the article, you'd realize that it's not the code of conduct he has a problem with... it's the association with Outreachy who are apparently a bit discriminatory.

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I've got way too much cash, thinks Jeff Bezos. Hmmm, pay more tax? Pay staff more? Nah, let's just go into space

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Jeff Who?

All that money he's thrown at it, and all he's got is a fancy sounding rocket that can't even make it to orbit.

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Vlad that's over: Remote code flaws in Schneider Electric apps whacked

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Oh and FYI, Schneider owns APC, the folks that make UPSes. If you've ever wondered why their software was so shitty, well now you know.

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New York looks at California, drafts net neutrality legislation

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So how does this fare with Comcast's new "no TV - no speed boost" bit? Would it notice that sort of thing?

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DIY device tinkerer iFixit weighs in on 15-month jail term for PC recycler

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Re: Pedant Alert!

> Yours, the local grammar nazi.

Man, I'm tired of hearing from the alt-write...

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Take-off crash 'n' burn didn't kill the Concorde, it was just too bloody expensive to maintain

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Re: The most amazing engineering

> The Saturn V was an amazing machine, but you wouldn't want one taking off a few miles away from you every damn day

I live not far from KSC, and remember all the double-sonic booms from landing Shuttles. It was something I looked forward to, and something I miss. I'd give a kneecap to see a Saturn V fly even monthly, much less daily.

Top article by Mr. Ambasna-Jones! Hats off to him.

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Motorised robo-coolbox biz Starship makes lunchtime pitch to campus-dwellers

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Re: There is a different (and useful) campus based application

> It is gofering lab samples, medication, supplies, etc.

Working on it: https://makezine.com/2018/04/25/raining-blood-drone-flown-vital-fluid-network-proposed-palo-alto/

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Bill Gates declined offer to serve as Donald Trump's science advisor

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Re: "No man is so ignorant as one whose livelihood depends on his ignorance"

> Isn't it time you sorted out that election system of yours?

Yeah, we had a "choice" between Hillary and Trump. They both suck.

What will REALLY take the cake:

1. Trump runs for re-election.

2. The Republican party LETS him

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