* Posts by Gene Cash

3024 posts • joined 22 Mar 2007

Don't you just love Windows 10 refreshes, yells Lenovo

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Re: Seriously ......

Eh, you could definitely say the exact same for HP, and they're still coasting along.

These big companies take a LONG time to finally crash. Look at Sears & IBM.

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Distro inferno: Debian's still rocking at 25

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I was a Red Hat guy (I even have a Red Hat red fedora available with RH 1.0 or so) and I remember Debian saved me from "RPM hell" as apt had the ability to automatically determine dependencies and download prerequisites. I switched and I'm still running it today.

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Here's a fab idea: Get crypto libs to warn devs when they screw up

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Re: OK. Own up. How many coders...

> Stackoverflow

Ugh. when I was trying to do SSL client auth, I saw dozens of "it won't take my SSL certificate" answered by "here's how to accept **ANY** certificate" followed by "thanks, I put that into production"

I'd hope this API would simply segfault when asked to do something that retarded.

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Dropbox plans to drop encrypted Linux filesystems in November

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Re: Another case that proves RMS is right

I think RMS could add an addendum:

Don't depend on a Google service being around next year, unless it's search. And maybe maps.

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Er wait...

So they're encrypting their filesystems to keep them secure, then handing them over to Google in the cloud? What?

Isn't that like putting my spare key around the corner instead of under the doormat, then putting a sign up saying "key is here"?

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Clap, damn you, clap! Samsung's Bixby 2.0 AI reveal is met with apathy

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> If I bought a new Samsung

Well, the solution is actually a lot simpler: don't buy a Samsung. There are Android phones out there that are better.

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Revealed: El Reg blew lid off Meltdown CPU bug before Intel told US govt – and how bitter tech rivals teamed up

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> What a pity that nobody in this outbreak of cooperation thought to tell the BSD devs.

Didn't they talk to the BSD folks initially, who tried to start a bunch of drama, so they got shut out?

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Time to party like it's 2005! Palm is coming BAAAA-ACK

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Palm were crap, but they were all we had

I had a ton of them, starting with the III, and ending with the Tungsten T|X. I had over a dozen. I had several Zires and Tungstens and they died quite often and Palm sent me replacements.

First off, they had resistive touchscreens that required frequent calibration. I remember the surprise when I got my first smartphone and the capacitive screen never needed a calibration. You went through a process of "touch here. and here. and here."

Second off, the touchscreens had a mildly stretchy material, so if you did the same motions over and over again (such as playing solitaire) it destroyed the calibration. You ended up having to touch calibration points that it considered off screen, so the calibration process failed.

The black & white screens were awesome, as you could read them in the brightest sunlight. In fact, the brighter the light, the better the contrast.

The color screens were SHIT. They washed out in anything brighter than candlelight and made it useless outside or in a bright grocery store.

I did write a bunch of apps however, including a financial app that I ported to Android along with the data, meaning I have electronic checkbook records going back unbroken to 1993. That's nice.

I consider my Android phone my always-connected PDA, as I sure as hell don't make or answer calls on it.

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Wondering what to do with that $2,300 burning a hole in your pocket?

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Hype

Over-hyping things is what killed No Man's Sky, which is actually a pretty good game, just not what was it was hyped up to be.

This isn't even a pretty good VR headset though. And the hype is making smart people run far away and write articles like these.

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Make Sammy Great Again: Surprise – Samsung chucks cash at manufacturing

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Re: Flagship just too expensive

Per the article:

"the spiralling cost of the flagships only makes consumers think twice about upgrading"

So... yeah.

Personally, I stay away from Samsung not because of price, but because they've got to piss in Android and give it a good stir first, with TouchWiz. It's right in the name.

I have enough useless non-removable crap from Google. I don't need duplicates of it from Samsung.

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Facebook insists it has 'no plans' to exploit your personal banking info for ads – just as we have 'no plans' to trust it

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Clickbait on the WSJ?

I can't believe it! They're not quite to the level of The Sun, but they're getting there.

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Oracle's JEDI mine trick: IT giant sticks a bomb under Pentagon's $10bn single-vendor cloud plan

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Thanks. I wasn't quite sure I got the joke.

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Almost 1 in 3 Brits think they lack computer skills to do their jobs well

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Re: Just wait until all the old people die off

> Surely the figure will increase

I don't think it's age/ability... I think this reflects people that just can't afford broadband. I don't know about you guys, but it's a chunk 'o change on this side of the pond, usually about $50+ a month even for SuperShittySpeed.

11% sounds about right for "na, mate, can't afford it"

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Greybeard greebos do runner from care home to attend world's largest heavy metal fest Wacken

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> Perhaps the home should have booked a minibus trip for its residents.

Usually rest homes are complete dicks about this sort of thing. Nurse Ratchet won't hear of that foolishness.

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The age of hard drives is over as Samsung cranks out consumer QLC SSDs

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Re: Until the price...

> Still cheaper than large SSDs

Sure, but the SSDs are such a metric assload faster, and so noticeably improved the response of my PC, I coughed up the extra dosh. The performance was worth the price.

At least Samsung isn't doing a Kodak and ignoring SSDs, hoping they'll go away.

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Re: Ah, but

Haha, my first was 40mb, the size of my current desktop case, and cost $5K. It was a Fujitsu Pragmatic PD40M.

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Pleasant programming playground paves popular Python path

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Lambda is used (at least by me) for tiny little anonymous one-line snippets, used only in one place, usually as an argument to a function, so they don't need to be a full function by themselves.

For example, if you wanted to sort a list of lists by the 2nd item in each sublist, you'd do "output.sort(key=lambda x: x[1])" which is a perfect use of lambda.

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Sur-Pies! Google shocks world with sudden Android 9 Pixel push

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WTF?

"the ability to swipe up to see an overview of the device."

WTF does this mean? What is "an overview of the device"??

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Re: Survey...

Ugh. Google Navigation has already tried to kill me by INSISTING on taking I-4, which is the pretty deadly local interstate.

I specifically selected a route avoiding it and set off... only to have it go "faster route detected" and switch back. Several times.

I had to pull over and turn off cell data to stop it.

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Cracking the passwords of some WPA2 Wi-Fi networks just got easier

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Re: Nice Model M KB in piccie

Nope. Not a Model M.

My Model M doesn't have the two recesses in the very bottom, and it has a ledge above the function keys (toward the camera)

I have 12 in the bin over here, so I think that makes me the local expert. And NO, I'm NOT sharing.

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Basic bigot bait: Build big black broad bots – non-white, female 'droids get all the abuse

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Re: African American

That's the PC term used because in America you can't call someone Negro or Black.

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New Zealand school on naughty step after ransomware failure

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Go

On the good side...

The students have learned to make offsite backups!

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Build your own NASA space rover: Here are the DIY JPL blueprints

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Kudos to El Reg

Absolutely no one else put out this story, including the near-dozen space sites I read daily.

I'll buy y'all a pint in person if you're ever near Orlando.

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I feel a plead... a plead for speed: FastMail naps amid network blunder

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Re: I like Fastmail

Exactly the reason I've migrated away from gmail myself. Plus the Web UI is far better than Google's.

My other issue is that Google is famous for yanking your account if, for example, it doesn't like your name or something you posted to Google+ or YouTube... and there is NO customer support to get it fixed. (I've had people in real life tell me my name "isn't real")

https://www.zdnet.com/article/google-plus-deleting-accounts-en-masse-no-clear-answers/

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Make Facebook, Twitter, Google et al liable for daft garbage netizens post online – US Senator

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This would be GREAT

All the social media platforms would shut down and there would be a lot less hate flowing everywhere. Win-win.

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Some of you really don't want Windows 10's April 2018 update on your rigs

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Re: Use Linux...

Heck, I use Debian and run Windows 7 in VirtualBox to run crapware... best of both worlds!

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Re: From experience...

> I have exactly ONE piece of software which I can't run on Wine and has no equivalent on Linux. That's all I need this box for.

Does VirtualBox do the trick? It runs Suzuki Diagnostics System for me, which is a very nasty piece of kit, and even talks to the dongles properly over USB.

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If you were a firm-swallowing storage giant, how WD you digest them all?

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SanDisk brands have more market presence than WD flash brands

Yeah, as "the one to avoid at all costs" kind of like Belkin, Linksys, Insignia, and Dynex.

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Is it OK if we call $53bn-a-quarter Amazon the Bit Barns and Ignoble?

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Re: Amazon is in my good books

Mine too... their website works (well, search is a bit iffy) and they get me my stuff. Encounters with their customer service have been good.

They're definitely not a tenth as dickish as Apple, Microsoft, or Google.

Won't ever have Alexa or be a Prime member though. I can wait a couple days for my free shipping.

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Oracle Database 18: Now in downloadable Linux flavour

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deb?

An rpm but not a deb? Racist bastards!

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Robo-drop: Factory bot biz 'leaks' automakers' secrets onto the web

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Joke

Now we know why Tesla's assembly line suddenly improved!

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Sysadmin sank IBM mainframe by going one VM too deep

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My US keyboard "has" a pound sign, as Shift-3 is #, but Shift-4 is still $, and we don't have a "£" key, so I had to copy-paste it from your post.

We do call £ "pound" and this weekend I had to tell someone about the pound/shilling/pence system, as he was wondering about the "weird 3 part prices" in his vintage catalog.

Also, my uni statistics teacher insisted it was called "octothorpe" as it had eight pointy-bits, and he was extremely pedantic. He's the only one to ever use that term.

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Friday FYI: 9 out of 10 of website login attempts? Yeah, that'll be hackers

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Not just websites

Open an ssh port, and you'd better have fail2ban running, or there will be hundreds of logins a day, at least on my home machine.

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Boss helped sysadmin take down horrible client with swift kick to the nether regions

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URL is wrong?

It points to a Wang 720 desk calculator instead of a 702 plotter?

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Google Cloud Platform reins in its trigger-happy account-axing AI cops

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"training among customer service personnel"

Google has customer service personnel?

I'd be less surprised to see a unicorn.

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Microsoft's 'room-scale' Ginormonitor probably not as big as a room

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Still only 4K

4K is great, until you stretch it across an entire conference room wall. How blocky and pixelated does it get?

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Fork it! Google fined €4.34bn over Android, has 90 days to behave

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Re: You can't fork Android

And if you look at the latest OS, you'll see that even root is no longer powerful enough.

For example, my app needs to turn on cell data and GPS to communicate with my garage door and find out if it's close enough to open the door.

In Marshmallow, I can do that. In Android Oreo and P, I can't.

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IoT search engine ZoomEye 'dumbs down' Dahua DVR hijackings by spewing passwords

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No kidding, especially when "updates" include the removal of multiple important features - I'm looking at YOU, Firefox...

I'm stuck on Firefox 43 because of this.

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Intel buys eASIC because FPGAs aren't always the answer

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Re: FPGA vs ASIC

> An FPGA is primarily for prototyping an ASIC

Not always. I've seen satellite designs where switching the telemetry compression and/or encoding scheme is done by reprogramming FPGAs on-the-fly. (no pun intended)

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Apple gives MacBook Pro keyboard rubber pants

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Re: Maybe so

Well, the only part of my last 3 laptops I've replaced/upgraded was the disk, so it seems normal to focus on that to me.

I've never seen a laptop where the battery doesn't just unclip. That's insane if it's soldered on.

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China-based hackers take an interest in Cambodia's elections

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Yeah, I'll believe it a little more when/if Kaspersky confirms it.

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AAAAAAAAAA! You'll scream when you see how easy it is to pwn unpatched HPE servers

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No... "doozy" is actually a vestige of the Dusenberg car brand, which was quite an expensive and hot item, so "it's a doozy" means something out of the ordinary.

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Tired sysadmin plugged cable into wrong port, unleashed a 'virus'

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Confessed? Really?

I would have just said "oh? really? wow, that's incredible... good job finding that, mate!"

Anyway, I had a problem 15 years ago where the network would go down at 3pm every day.

Turns out the new network admin had taken a fan-out of 6 hubs side-by-side and reconnected them serially. Ethernet really doesn't like that many hops, but I never figured out why it went down at a particular specific time every day instead of just having problems all the time.

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Leatherbound analogue password manager: For the hipster who doesn't mind losing everything

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Deckeled

Speaking of "Artisanal"... I learned a new word recently: "deckel" which means "we couldn't be bothered to finish the book and cut the paper properly"

I ordered a book, and I thought I'd gotten a screwed up copy, because none of the pages were cut square. I went back to Amazon and found out I had the "fancy" deckled copy and I'd paid extra for this "privilege" and so I gave it a 1-star review for this wonderful feature.

It made reading the book a nightmare, because it was REALLY difficult to turn the individual pages.

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Cops suspect Detroit fuel station was hacked before 10 drivers made off with 2.3k 'free' litres

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Re: Note to my fellow Yanks ...

> Note to my fellow Yanks ...

"bing-bong. Brimish Rull regret that mumble maz bem dermumble a mir mumble mumble bimble late. Passengers mizzing to mumble rimble mumble are advised to momble mar at murmble. Thank you mor mumble mimbling Brimble mum. bing-bong."

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Re: Outrageous!

> Don't forget that most of that is green taxes from the Climate Change Act - cut those out and the duty becomes reasonable.

And people wonder why the US refused to be a party to that...

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Cancelled in Crawley? At least your train has free Wi-Fi now, right?

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SPRINT

One of the US cell network providers is called Sprint, because it started out as Southern Pacific Railroad Internal Network Telecommunications, where it had fiber optic cable laid along all the rail lines.

Why can't that be done here?

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Every step you take: We track you for your own safety, you know?

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Re: Being on Stage is stressful

> Actually, a pet fountain raises various images. Assorted animals cascading into the air

You can make a cat fountain in Minecraft....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=87kiWHY5bIs

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European Parliament balks at copyright law reform vote

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FT article paywalled

So how did they decide they were bots?

I know in the US there's a terrible tendency to "be activist" by just emailing a standard form letter, so that would seem to be a "bot" if you wanted to spin it that way.

I smell bullshit.

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