* Posts by Kimo

193 posts • joined 31 Dec 2007


Ecuador says 'yes' to Assange 'freedom' deal, but Julian says 'nyet'


Re: Yes, but you've omitted the most important bit...

The cat has been talking to Muller.

Reverse Ferret! Forget what we told you – the iPad isn't really for work


Re: Changed the ink .....

"No child, I haven't. Because you don't change the "ink", you change the ribbon ( or the cartridge )."

Unless you are exceptionally cheap, and re-ink your ribbons,


Re: Bend Test

(holds up left index finger)

Wanna know how I got these scars?

...and a lesson from my 15-year-old self in tool safety that I will never forget.


Re: Oh FFS

I work at a University of over 50.000 students. The higher ups just did a deal with Apple to get iPads for all incoming freshmen. Too bad we require SolidWorks for our Engineering courses (and now have to look at running it on servers and using the iPads to control the Windows installs).

Premiere Pro bug ate my videos! Bloke sues Adobe after greedy 'clean cache' wipes files


Re: user error

My video cache is on a pair of old laptop drives in a RAID 0 array. They could give out at any moment, but all that I will lose is my current cache. Raw footage and rendered is on my storage drive and external. If I made a living at it, I would spring for off-site storage as well.


Pleanty of blame to go around...

Courts can and do apportion blame. Proving the value of the files will be a tricky problem unless he had logs of what was shot (he should at least have logs for anything he billed to a client) but both Adobe's bug and his lack of sensible backups contributed to the loss. It is up to the court to set the percentage for each party.


Re: Biz math

Consider one off-site back-up in case of burglary or house fire.

When I was working on my PhD, I used two different online file storage services as well as copies of everything on my local drive, an external drive, and a USB stick for taking to the library.

Tech world mulls threat as new round of US China trade tariffs looms


Not what we are told they are intended to do.

The pro-tariff argument is that it will bring jobs to the US. But the effect will be to move jobs to other Asian countries that already have the infrastructure to build the consumer products that the US buys.

Should a robo-car run over a kid or a grandad? Healthy or ill person? Let's get millions of folks to decide for AI...


With careful programming....

...the car could hit both.

Android creator Andy Rubin's firm might think its phone is Essential, but 30% of staff are not


The phone ain't half bad...

But I picked one up when Amazon had it for $250 and after many updates to the camera app. The build quality is top notch, and at that price it was a steal even at the risk of becoming an orphan product.

It is too bad they keep changing what they want to make. The first phone was overpriced but gaining some traction as the price became reasonable. I think they could have made a go as a phone company if they had stuck to it and built the promised accessories (their web page is full of things I want to buy, but will never see the light of day). But it seemed like every week they changed focus between phones, home automation, HD audio, and whatever else.

Sure, Europe. Here's our Android suite without Search, Chrome apps. Now pay the Google tax


Best of both worlds. I would expect them to keep the budget model prices down as much as possible and add a significant bit to the flagship models to cover the loss.


Re: Actually, they haven't stated the price.

The commission's reasoning, according to another article that I conveniently don't have a link to at the moment, is that if Google charges for their apps, it creates an incentive for competition because now other app makers have a price point to compete with. If phone makers have to pay, then another paid option is more viable. If, for example, Microsoft wanted to push Bing and Edge to handset makers, they could compete on price. If Google is free and included by default, it is much harder to convince vendors to add another option, even if it is free.

I find your lack of faith disturbing, IBM: Big Blue fires photon torpedo at Pentagon JEDI cloud contract


You can cross the streams but...

Could you not at least find a picture with Ivanova in it?

Mozilla accuses FCC of abdicating its role, ignoring comments in net neutrality lawsuit


Re: "controversial decision to tear up existing net neutrality rules"

The new rules were put into place after several documented instances of ISPs slowing or blocking content for economic or political reasons, and as more ISPs are entering into "preferred" relationships with video streaming platforms.

Google keeps tracking you even when you specifically tell it not to: Maps, Search won't take no for an answer


Re: Stuff Like This Should Be Illegal

Or that your corporations and our corporations are not the same corporations.

Happy birthday, you lumbering MS-DOS-based mess: Windows 98 turns 20 today


Re: The ONLY things going for it were

I kept 98 SE until XP Service Pack 3 made XP usable. The initial XP release was also a mess, and the experience with 98 and XP trained many people to avoid Windows versions until after at least the first service pack.

User spent 20 minutes trying to move mouse cursor, without success


First place I worked that got optical mice I had to replace several people's excessively reflective mousepads that were throwing off the beams.

'Facebook takes data from my phone – but I don't have an account!'


Re: Pages rule (again)

Just pull down the Chrome menu and select "Request Desktop Site."

Trump’s new ZTE tweets trump old ZTE tweets


Nobel prize worthy...

He nearly ended the Korean War. And we are (fingers held slightly apart) THIS CLOSE to solving the Israel/Palestine conflict. Just wait til he gets started on Crimea...


How's that Iran policy coming?

So the US unilaterally pulls out of the Iran deal (or in other words, violates an international agreement) and threatens repercussions to firms in Britain and the EU if they continue trade that is permissible under the agreement that we violated. Then he wants to bail out a Chinese company that...wait for it...lied about trade and technology transfers to Iran under previous sanctions. Unless he doesn't.

Please no Basic Instinct flashing, HPE legal eagles warn staffers


Re: "Thou shalt not go commando"

Is that camo pants, a dark tank top, greasepaint, and a Big Frelling Knife? Because we have a zero-tolerance policy on combat knives.


Re: Sounds like...

This is pretty basic, and training is better than a memo. I tech this to a communications class of (mostly engineering) students. And they still have trouble with it because they see so many bad presentations that they son't get a feel for what is good practice or why it matters.


Re: I Think I'm Going To Throw Up

Several points:

1. Nervous energy and enthusiasm look very much alike. I encourage my students to use that to their advantage.

2. Practice. David Byrne has a good bit in one of his books about how a presentation is really a performance. You don't expect people to just get up and play guitar for a group. You get better and more comfortable with practice. And like music, some people are just better at it. Use people's talents, don't expect everyone to have the same skills and abilities.

3. Try not to have three points in a reply to a post or a slide.

4. And figure out how to end it.

5. Or you get stuck in a loop and the slide never ends.

6. That's why numbering things is probably a bad idea.

7. Where was I going with this?

8. Will they have beer there?

9. And maybe a burger.

10. OK, I'll take questions at the pub...

'Tis the season: Verizon first in line to flog Palm phone resurrection


Re: Great Stuff!

Can't do phone, but I have the GPS module for my Palm Pilot.

It was a great system, but I'm it would have to be pretty damn impressive to get me excited for a revived Palm. If they could create a launcher and apps that duplicate the best parts of the Palm then maybe. A custom skin on a mid-level Android phone would not do it.

Fleeing Facebook app users realise what they agreed to in apps years ago – total slurpage


Re: well

You can check "Load desktop site" to get messages on the web page instead of the app.

10 PRINT "ZX81 at 37" 20 GOTO 10


Knew a kid who had one. Me and the other TI99 owners in my school would make sympathetic noises when he showed it off, then laugh behind his back.

A tiny Ohio village turned itself into a $3m speed-cam trap. Now it has to pay back the fines


Re: The usual practice

New Miami is nestled between several larger communities, and is on the state highway between Dayton and Cincinnati. I suspect most of the tickets went to commuters.

Eggheads: Cities, don't woo rich Amazon with sweetheart HQ deals


Re: How do they get away with it?

If you think Clinton invented it, read the history of the transcontinental railroad. Or the electrical industry. Tax and land incentives to private concerns go back to the road and canal system in the 1820s.


Offer incentives that make the city better.

As a resident of one of the finalist cities (Columbus, OH) I would love to see an offer that includes infrastructure that the city needs anyway as opposed to just massive tax breaks. With the inevitable disruption of adding HQ2, we would need to spend on water and sewage, emergency services, schools, roadways, etc. Many of these are needed anyway (especially a reliable public transit system that serves the entire city, as COTA is spotty especially in neighborhoods that need public transit and would likely provide a significant portion of warehouse and semi-skilled workers). I'd rather make the farm work instead of giving it away.

RIP Ursula K Le Guin: The wizard of Earthsea


On YouTube you can find the 1980 PBS adaptation of Lathe of Heaven. It is the only adaptation of her work that she approved of.

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


Re: Oregon is a nanny state

It's a pretty technically demanding job...which I was paid to do under the table when I was 15 and too young to get a work permit.


Re: let me guess

It is always safer to call a Lecturer "Professor" then to accidentally call a Professor "Lecturer" or "Instructor." Most people address faculty as "Doctor" just to be safe as well.


Re: let me guess

The title was applied to the people in charge of trains when they were a boiler on wheels, as it did take an engineer to keep the system running.


Re: let me guess

Not always. My father was employed as an Engineer in Oregon with two years of higher ed in Political Science. And 20 years experience in plant management in paper and steel mills.

Amazon to make multiple Lord of the Rings prequel TV series


Re: Numenor

Sauron's there too and busy with Celebrimbor in Moria a-ring-making, as are Aragorn's descendents.

Aragorn is descended from his descendants? Holy time paradox!

BOFH: Do I smell burning toes, I mean burning toast?


Not servers, but a museum that I worked in had the collections in a basement storage room. Great protection in case of tornadoes, which are common to the area. Except for the cast iron drain line suspended over the collections, ensuring that if there were a significant hit from a storm then all of the storm water would end up on the most valuable artifacts. They also kept the archival collection on the seventh floor, surrounded by glass windows. In an area prone to tornadoes...

Drones thrown a bone: Americans can ask nicely to go where FAA says they can't roam


Re: Stop it!

"Free Range" is usually public land. And the FAA covers all airspace, no matter if it is your property underneath it or not.


Re: Stop it!

I can agree that flying over crowds is problematic, but line of sight is a different issue. Let's say I have a herd of cattle running free range in Eastern Oregon, where the population density is about 1 person per square mile and air traffic is sparse at best. I want to use a drone to locate strays. If I am restricted to line of sight, I am little better off then driving a jeep all over sage brush country to find them. It is a little more risky flying outside of line of sight in Portland with a population density around 4,740 people per square mile and a busy international airport.

Canucks have beef with Soylent as to whether or not it's a real meal deal


Re: We'll stick to real food, thanks

I call Russian trollnet sent to increase cross-border tensions by reminding Americans that Canada is still a thing.


Re: We'll stick to real food, thanks

It will do in a pinch if you don't have access to real chili cheese fries.

'There has never been a right to absolute privacy' – US Deputy AG slams 'warrant-proof' crypto


Who's warrant?

As I understand the AAG's position, he wants to be able to serve a warrant on a third party (the hardware/software company) to get access to information. Right now, there is a mechanism to compel defendants to comply with a warrant (contempt of court). But it isn't 100% effective, and trying individual cases is time consuming. Why serve individuals when you can serve tech companies and get lots of cases resolved at once? It also eliminates that pesky problem of individuals challenging the warrant instead of putting a gag order on the warrant so the subject never knows until they are hauled into court.

We have never required safe manufacturers to create a master key for law enforcement. Why should electronic devices be different?

FBI iPhone hack lost forever, White House mobe compromised, SSH – and plenty more


Re: Kelly's phone

Has anyone checked Trump's phone? As far as anyone can tell, he still has an older Android with no security modifications. What if those leaks coming from the White House are coming from insecure hardware?

Commodore 64 makes a half-sized comeback


Fond memories...

...of the start of the console/PC wars. I had a C64 after my TI 99/4A. Friend had an Atari 2600. Good times.

BOFH: Come on, PFY, let's pick a Boss


I was hoping...

...for the ROBOT murder/suicide command.

More are paying to stream music, but YouTube still holds the value gap


YouTube better for some artists

This is something that I have discussed with a number of regional and niche bands. They never see any revenue from sales or streaming on Google, Amazon, Apple, Spotify, Pandora, or any of the other music sales/streaming sources, only the big names see any revenue at all. But they get enough traffic to get ad revenue on their channels from YouTube.

Unloved Microsoft Edge is much improved – but will anyone use it?


My machine counts...

...because the Edge button is right next to my Outlook shortcut. Hit the wrong one at least once a month. I really need to remove that.

Mazda and Toyota join forces on Linux-based connected car platform


Re: 3 years of supported apps?

Based on my experience with the system in my 2013 Prius, 3 years is too long. I just connect my phone to bluetooth and ignore the in-car apps, especially the Bing-connected navigation.

I only ended up with the satnav enabled car because you can't get a sunroof without it.

Paris nightclub red-faced after booze-for-boobs offer exposed


Re: Not unusual

Polaroid sold a professional film that produced an instant print and negative for medium and large format cameras. It was mostly intended as a way to check lights at professional photos shoots.

Jodie Who-ttaker? The Doctor is in


It's not so much the Doctor..

...it's the writing and showrunners that I've thought needed replacing for a while. Capaldi has had a few really good moments (chained up with Robin Hood was a joy to watch) but has generally not had great stories to work with. The actors in the role have been pretty good in general, but some got better scripts than others. Jodie Whittaker has done well in both comedy and drama, and I have no doubt she can handle the role well, given a good script and story arc. I have not seen all of the most recent series, but I liked what I have seen of the companions. I was getting sick of every companion being the most important person ever with some universe-saving destiny. I want to see more low-stakes but fun episodes, not super serious melancholy fatalistic musing all the time.

His Muskiness wheels out the Tesla Model 3


Only slightly above the average price of a passenger vehicle in the us ($33,560) with a much better range than the BMW that only gets to 180 miles with add-ons that bring it to about $48,000. If gas stays low (currently $2.35/gal in Central Ohio) than maybe a bit of a hard sell. But the next spike in fuel costs will make these look very attractive as a commuter car.


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