* Posts by Gene Cash

2712 posts • joined 22 Mar 2007

Why is Wikipedia man Jimbo Wales keynoting a fake news conference?

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Re: Wikipedia infaillible ? No!

Be my guest, go and try to correct something on Wikipedia ... good luck!

I've tried to correct articles, complete with citations, and had them uncorrected hours later.

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It's a decade since DevOps became a 'thing' – and people still don't know what it means

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Re: DevOps is still snake oil

> This is what banks do

Banks? Like the ones that are having constant unplanned outages?

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Oregon will let engineer refer to himself as an 'engineer'

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Oregon is a nanny state

They're one of two states that doesn't even let you pump your own gas. That's just the tip of the iceberg of their dickishness.

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Merger-hungry AT&T sued for price gouging by Texas ISP

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I hope that ISP has a good lawyer and they can afford to carry the fight to the end w/o settling.

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Data-slurping keyboard app makes Mongo mistake with user data

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Re: Keyboard Apps?

Really? With jokes like Apple spelling "corrections" and the letter "I" bug and crap like that? That's one reason I stay away from Apple.

Not only am I able to avoid baked-in keyboard bugs, but I've been able to try out a dozen predictive keyboards and find one that's decent and gets spot-on predictions for my writing style.

And my keyboard desperately wants me to enable internet access BUT I do have the option not to, and I haven't.

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Re: Why do people find the need to use a keyboard with Internet access?

My "Swype + Dragon" keyboard just absolutely pounds me with requests for me to a) give it internet access and b) create an account and log in, every time it updates or I go to settings, so I can get k-rad kewl stuff like different themes. Whee. Different themes. Yay.

I have done neither, and I keep using it because it actually is a really good predictive keyboard. The predictions are spot-on, otherwise I would have tossed it long ago.

And Hacker's Keyboard sucks balls... I used it when it was the keyboard with the best ConnectBot compatibility, but since ConnectBot has improved its keyboard handing, I've happily uninstalled it.

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Dentist-turned bug-biter given a taste of freedom

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FAIL

Nice to hear we're still the land of free speech. Is America great now?

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Did you unwittingly support the destruction of net neutrality rules?

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Re: VERY simple search form

Not really. My name was used, but not with my real address. And you can see my name is uncommon.

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Royal Bank of Scotland culls 1 in 4 branches, blames the interwebz

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Works both ways

My credit union closed both my local branches, so I closed my account.

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Huawei's Honor 9: The only mobe of its spec asking 'why blow £500?'

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Re: Apologies to hijack this thread...

Aerostich flogs 'em on this side of the pond for motorcycle commuters:

http://www.aerostich.com/banana-guard.html

Complete with cheeky description.

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A certain millennial turned 30 recently: Welcome to middle age, Microsoft Excel v2

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Re: Gene

You called?

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10 years of the Kindle and the curious incident of a dog in the day-time

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Not just pictures

They can't get footnotes right at all. Back when Kindle & Nook and all that crap came out, I tried out a couple of Discworld books that had a ton of footnotes.

Results:

* Footnotes at the end of the book with a clickable link to them... but no way to get back

* Footnotes at the end of the book

* Footnotes at the end of the chapter. Sometimes.

* Oh yeah there was a footnote here. Can't find it though!

* NO FOOTNOTES FOR YOU!

I always thought the best way to implement footnotes would be a tappable link that popped up a tooltip-style box, but apparently none of the ebook people agree.

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Boss made dirt list of minions' mistakes, kept his own rampage off it

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Re: Hot-plug

I was putting together a PC AT for a friend back when such things were $3500, and hard drives were full-height and multiple GB were rare. I think it might have been even pre-486.

We put the powered-on drive on top of the case, at which point there was a pop and it was an ex-drive.

Turned out a big old 1/2w resistor on the drive was destroyed, as evidenced by the smoke mark. Just for the hell of it, we replaced the resistor (this was long before surface-mount components) and the damn thing worked. It kept going for at least 3 or 4 years.

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Re: IBM PS/2

We had a problem in our uni lab of PS/2 motherboards dying. All at the same seat, which wasn't used by the same person, so this time it didn't seem to be user error.

Turns out someone had run a chair or something over the mouse cord and it was internally shorted. After a day or so, it would kill the motherboard.

I noticed there was a 90 degree kink in the cable and replaced the mouse, and then a week later noticed our semi-daily run of dead motherboards had ceased.

Remember the damned Model 80s that were so heavy they had a "two-man lift" warning sticker on them?

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Wizarding World of Harry Potter awaits Microsoft Office exam winners

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Re: Florida?

Worse. It's Florida in July. As an inmate a resident, I can assure you there is no greater hell.

The actual attraction is not bad. It's IMHO probably the best of them. Certainly better than Disney.

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Clone poster girl Dolly the sheep's arthritis was 'normal for her age'

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Really?

"for all intensive purposes" in a quote from a purported English boffin?

#14 on the list of "20 Embarrassing Phrases Even Smart People Misuse"

https://www.inc.com/christina-desmarais/20-embarrassing-phrases-even-smart-people-misuse.html

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'Urgent data corruption issue' destroys filesystems in Linux 4.14

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Re: Just when

Linus isn't going to be the only one swearing when they lose data...

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HPE CEO Meg Whitman QUITS, MAN! Neri to replace chief exec in Feb

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Don't forget Carly Fiorina!

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Chainmail tires re-invent the wheel to get future NASA rovers rolling

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> The spring mesh wheel idea isn't the novelty here.

No, and even the article mentions that. Using the Ni-Ti metal is the novelty.

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Some 'security people are f*cking morons' says Linus Torvalds

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Google's Pixel security team

There's a crack bunch of professionals, right there!

When you have little enough confidence in your code that you introduce a fallback mode in case it takes a shit... then that garbage doesn't belong in an OS kernel.

Linus should have stabbed him in the eye. And the dick. And set him on fire.

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Anonymized location-tracking data proves anything but: Apps squeal on you like crazy

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Re: Disable GPS...

I've also discovered it has the side effect of massively increasing battery time too. Bonus!

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Internet of So Much Stuff: Don't wanna be a security id-IoT

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Re: What's in it for me?

> Am I really so infirm and disabled that I can't or can't be bothered to use a light switch or thermostat

No, but it's convenient, just like a TV remote control. It's nice to be able to up the heat on a cold morning before you get out of bed.

Granted, when I got a WiFi thermostat, I wrote my own Android client that didn't go through their server. The protocol was mostly plaintext JSON strings

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Prosecute driverless car devs for software snafus, say Brit cyclists

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Re: ICE's blocking EV Charging points

> ICEd charge points

This is why I have a tankbag full of roofing nails on my electric bike. Same for the people that park across 2 or 3 spaces.

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Uber loses appeal against employment rights for workers

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Re: Not an employer?

> does not tell the driver the destination

Ah. This explains it. So I needed to go from Orlando to Sarasota to pick up a repaired vehicle, which is about 150 miles, and I called an Uber.

I figured this was the case, so I told the driver about it (and he made quite a face) and gave him the option of backing out and I wouldn't be upset, but he took me anyway.

Now I drive a motorcycle as my main transportation, but it's been a long time since I've been consistently 25+ mph over the limit for that long a stretch.

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'Sticky runway' closes Canadian airport

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Re: On Google maps...

"Air Labrador" - I have one of those dogs!

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Give us a bloody PIN: MPs grill BBC bosses over subscriber access

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Re: Who would pay for BBC access?

I'd pay for BBC access, if I was allowed as a left-pondian. Beats the f*ck out of any American TV and/or news. I'd actually watch real TV again.

Edit: And no... BBC America can suck my eight-inch non-dairy creamer. I remember the day I found they were cutting LARGE chunks out to drop in commercials...

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It's 2017 and you can still pwn Android gear with Wi-Fi packets – so get patching now

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Re: "This frame reports only one byte remaining after it's fixed fields.\n"

From the end of the article: "He's also asked that the flaws he finds not be named or branded with a logo"

Kudos to him.

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Pixel-style display woes on your shiny new X? Perfectly normal, says Apple

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Re: History repeating itself

I should only wish for my phone to be 22 years old and still working like my Sony Trinitron is. Shame there's now nothing worth watching on it.

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Boffins: Sun's red dwarf neighbour is looking a little thick around the middle

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Actually, I think we should go back to clubbing each other with gazelle thighbones. This progress stuff isn't worth it.

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OpenSSL patches, Apple bug fixes, Hilton's $700k hack bill, Kim Dotcom raid settlement, Signal desktop app, and more

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Pixel 2 XL handsets shipped with no operating system installed. Oops!

What? No joke about how this is the secure version? Tsk, tsk.

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$10,000-a-dram whisky 'wasn't even a malt'

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Re: Give Credit where its due

'regional bigotry' option

Pfftt... as an American, I agree with Iglethal totally. Not bigotry when it's truth...

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Re: Carbon dating ?

"If it wasn't for Carbon-14, I wouldn't date at all"

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El Reg assesses crypto of UK banks: Who gets to wear the dunce cap?

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Cookies & scripts from .ru

After I log into my chase.com account, I get cookies and scripts from .ru sites for ads and marketing tracking.

Nice.

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Beware Paris Hilton's investment advice, SEC tells investors

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Re: Does anyone still give a toss what Paris Hilton says/endorses?

Actually, I think we do owe her a beer or two. Since her meltdown, the news media (at least in the US) has apparently decided these sorts of people are not newsworthy. One tiny insignificant bright spot for humanity.

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Tesla share crash amid Republican bid to kill off electric car tax break

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Actually, he's probably referring to the legendary EV-1 fiasco.

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Landlubber northern council shores up against boat-tipping

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Re: One of these days...

On the kerb it's probably some kind of obstruction, and taking something on the presumption it was intended to be taken is a potentially risky venture

Hm. Here in the US (Orlando) I leave things "on the kerb" every Thursday night for the waste people to pick up on Friday. I pay local taxes to have them come around every week.

The major stipulation is that you kindly break it down into chunks of 50lb or less. Heck, they even took chunks of fence and other hurricane debris recently.

If you have something as large as a boat, there's a number to call to arrange pickup. They even accept cars.

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NASA reveals Curiosity 2020's 23-camera payload

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Microphone

There's also a microphone. It's the 3rd attempt to capture sounds on Mars.

It's actually supposed to hear the ZAP from the laser vaporizing samples, and they want to correlate the loudness of the zap to the amount vaporized.

However, when it's not doing that, it'll still be on to hopefully capture wind, dust devils, footsteps, Martians talking, amanfrommars1 composing his posts, etc.

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Hells door-bells! Ring pieces paralyzed in horror during Halloween trick-or-treat rush

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Pint

The headline editor is absolute gold! More candy for him!

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Car insurers recoil in horror from paying auto autos' speeding fines

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Re: Look! Fun games ahead!

Relax... the "immobilise the vehicle" rule will last just until it's a minister's car that won't get him to the pub.

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In a small city here in Florida (Waldo) they suspend 2 police chiefs and disband the police force, then you depend on the surrounding county for your essential services.

There was a nearby town (Hampton) that was nearly disincorporated (dissolved) for being a speed trap.

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Official: Perl the most hated programming language, say devs

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Re: Sad really...

> Now, people CAN do stupid things with Perl

Yes, and my experience at $VBC shows people try their hardest. I'm tired of "code" that looks like line noise and modem barf, with not one comment in 1100 lines

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Google's phone woes: The Pixel and the damage done

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Re: Rip Nexus

Yup. As far as I can tell, Google laid off everyone associated with Nexus, and all those hard-learned lessons are now standing in line at the unemployment office.

I have my Nexus 4 & 6P, and my next phone sure as hell won't be from Google.

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Spare me the confected 'Innovation Theatre' that is hackfests and their ilk

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Free exposure!

This is not much different than the requests that artists get for "I need a logo!" or "I need an album cover for my band" or whatever artwork they want for free.

Recently there's been a lot of "I need someone to write ${THIS} Android|Apple app!"

The usual "payment" is "you'll get exposure and something for your portfolio!"

Just say "no" like everyone else.

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RIP HPKP: Google abandons public key pinning

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Shock and astonishment

"a half-baked standard got deployed to production"

From GOOGLE? No way! That NEVER happens!

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F-35s grounded by spares shortage

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Both SLS and F-35 are to create jobs, not flying products.

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Don't be a turkey: Help Linus Torvalds finish Linux 4.14 before it ruins Thanksgiving

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Hacking. A HELL of a lot more fun than shopping. Especially on Black Friday.

I consider the time from Thanksgiving to Christmas to be pure hell, and stay home as much as possible. The traffic and people out there are complete and total assholes.

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Discover potholes in the information super-highway with this handy new tool (which itself just hit a roadblock)

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Re: Time to update that certificate, but otherwise

Most of the time I see bad certs, it's not expired but misconfigured with an illegal wildcard or just the plain wrong DNS name. It's sad how many people can't get the name of their own damned network right.

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This is no yolk. Newegg scrambles against rotten shell company claims

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NewEgg has gone downhill

They've gone from selling fairly decent electronics at fairly decent prices, to trying to be another Amazon by hawking whatever random half-ass consumer shit they can get their hands on.

I hope this isn't part of it, but I would not be surprised.

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We talk to Tron artist Syd Mead: On the other side of the screen, it all looks so easy

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Syd Mead

That's a hell of a big name! Thanks for the interview.

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Hack apps, attack code drawbacks for cash stacks, Google yaks

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ObDilbert

From 1995, for god's sake...

http://dilbert.com/strip/1995-11-13

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