* Posts by wsm

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We're all saved. From the killer AI. We can live. Thanks to the IEEE

wsm

Everyone knows...

that all you have to do is call Captain Kirk and he will persuade the AI to destroy itself after it corrupts its original design.

No need to worry...

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McAfee settles McAfee lawsuit over McAfee name

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Re: "Intel said it was pleased the case was over"

Over? With someone like McAfee it will probably never be over. One more wild night with those "nurses" from his video and he will be back for more fees because of another technicality.

Hopefully, his heirs won't be as loopy as he is. Then it will really be all over for John McAfee.

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Oops! Facebook outed its antiterror cops whilst they banned admins

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Who, what, when?

"Facebook's technical fix, according to the company spokesperson, involves the creation of administrative accounts not associated with personal Facebook accounts, because personal information represents a security risk."

How long did it take them to figure this out? Make your money first, worry about personal risk to your people later. That must be the Facebook way.

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Judge holds Uber's feet to the fire over alleged Waymo tech theft

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Joke

This is Waymo than I can stand

Will I ever get Uber this? Can anyone give me a Lyft?

Sorry, this case is a joke in many ways. I just can't take these people seriously and I have some sympathy for the judge.

Waymo? I wonder what kind of company they were if Levandowski was one of their guys. But they were the ones to get rid of him. As always, I imagine it's best to wait for some details before passing judgement.

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Payroll-for-contractors company named at centre of AU$165m tax scam scheme

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As if...

nobody would ever notice such a scheme? What were they thinking?

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FCC kills plan to allow phone calls on planes – good idea or terrible?

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Actually...

the most annoying thing would be for the airlines to make you pay for a non-phone section. Business travelers who want to avoid those capable of making calls would be charged extra.

The middle-eastern airlines already have outstanding facilities for business class on long flights. Maybe they could just install a phone booth for those who absolutely have to call. Domestic airlines are far too common to give up a seat for that kind of thing.

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Solaris admins! Look out – working remote root exploit leaked in Shadow Brokers dump

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Solaris?

Someone is still running Sparc boxes with Solaris?

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Douglas Coupland: The average IQ is now 103 and the present is melting into the future

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It's always 100

The way the statistic is setup, the average is always 100 if you test enough people. People aren't getting any smarter or dumber, they're just testing differently And if it seems there are more people who behave stupidly on the Internet, it's because it has been made too easy to get on--and click and point and comment on anything and everything.

Average IQ hasn't changed. We've just given too much access without raising the bar on entry.

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Redmond's on fire, your 365 is terrified: Microsoft email outage en masse

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Azure window has fallen into the sea

For a moment, I thought these two news items, this El Reg story and the other Azure window, were related:

http://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20170308/local/the-azure-window-lost-and-gone-forever.641810

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Gulp! Drones dodge spray from California's gaping moist glory hole

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Bell-mouth spillway is the correct term

http://twistedsifter.com/2010/05/giant-hole-in-water-bell-mout-spillways/

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Seagate soups up M.2 Nytro flash card

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NVMe

Non-volatile Memory Express. NVMe, but you've got it transposed in your title.

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Xmas software update knackered US Customs computer systems

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Re: Unfortunately...

Must have taken a lesson from Microsoft. Production, what's that? Users are our property and we know what's best for them.

Seriously, roll-outs of anything new, system-wide, during a holiday rush?

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Uber's self-driving cars can't handle bike lanes, forcing drivers to kill autonomous mode

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Next phase

Next will be AI in the cars, which could look around and see if anybody is nearby before doing anything--like moving forward.

The phase after that will be an AI with a random road rage mode which will allow it to fully duplicate the intelligence of current drivers.

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Stupid law of the week: South Carolina wants anti-porno chips in PCs that cost $20 to disable

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License to compute

Would a reference to the Aeropagitica help anyone?

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Los Angeles to extradite bloke from Nigeria after scores of city workers fall for phish scam

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I've seen it everywhere

But maybe it would be a good idea to offer the gentleman in question some employment. He could explain his methods and be one of those "offensive" support engineers who do penetration testing.

He could give the City of Los Angeles some good lessons.

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wsm

I've seen it everywhere

But maybe it would be a good idea to offer the gentleman in question some employment. He could explain his methods and be one of those "offensive" support engineers who do penetration testing.

He could give the City of Los Angeles some good lessons.

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It's round and wobbles, but madam, it's a mouse pad, not a floppy disk

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But the disk is square and the hole is round!!!

Nearly two hours on a support call to remove and replace a sound card driver. Why? Because, after almost one hour and 45 minutes we were ready to put the disk into the drive and load the new driver.

I already knew we were speaking in different vocabularies, but when she told me that the disk was square and the hole for the drive was round, I had to mute the phone for a minute or two while she sobbed.

I finally worked up the courage to ask her if she had one of the round disks. She did! We got the disk in, found the driver, actually installed it and the system rebooted with sound.

She immediately hung up without another word.

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Dirty COW explained: Get a moooo-ve on and patch Linux root hole

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Pint

Live with it, or not

It's been patched and now we all know that there is no such thing as perfect software.

Good thing it's Friday and mine's a pint.

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NFL is No Fondleslab League: Top coach says he'd rather use pen and paper than Surface tab

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Which technology?

The pictures to which the coach refers are digital photos distributed via fax machines on the sideline. Each team gets the same pictures. If that produces the consistency he wants to see, who will argue with him?

The only problem is that I believe this coach is the same one who has his email printed for him because he couldn't carry his PC to meetings and point at the screen while shouting at his staff.

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Pocket C.H.I.P. makers go Pro with cloud-linked ARM-flexing module for IoT gizmo builders

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Joke

Can't be all bad

After all, there's a /great/ chip in the middle.

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No surprise: Microsoft seeks Windows Update boss with 'ability to reduce chaos, stress'

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Huh?

Reduce stress and chaos at MS? I didn't think they gave much care to anything anymore anyway.

Real work would be something like returning WinX to Win7 quality.

I know that's all relative--the quality thing. But still...

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User couldn't open documents or turn on PC, still asked for reference as IT expert

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Clueless users?

Yes, but they've all been management, so I can't say anything about--oh shi..............

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Sad reality: It's cheaper to get hacked than build strong IT defenses

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Actuarial tables

I can see the insurance industry and some in-house risk management departments getting a look at this and saying "So what if we lose a few million accounts?" It's all about the bottom line and, despite some politicians making capital on some mild outrage, we might not expect much better security looking forward.

We will most likely see just an acceptable risk formula applied to our very dear personal identities.

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Windows 10 now rules the weekend, taking over from Windows 7

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Re: Lies, Damn Lies, and Statistics

Numbers don't lie--people do. But I don't believe real (intelligent) people really like Windows 10. It's only the ones that think they got something for nothing using it anyway.

Except for those like my least-skilled friends who said "I didn't want it, but it just started being Windows 10. So how do I get my printer to work again?"

As it turned out, we had to download Vista printer drivers because they let us choose a have-disk option and load drivers that actually worked.

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Microsoft's HoloLens secret sauce: A 28nm customized 24-core DSP engine built by TSMC

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24 cores?

And you still get jittery floating things that disappear at random, until finally your entire world is a blue screen.

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Windows 10 Anniversary Update completely borks USB webcams. Yay.

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All in a days work...

"Engineering and customer support are investigating these on a case by case basis and offering trouble-shooting tips as necessary."

Isn't this just the ordinary users as beta-testers approach MS have been using for the past few years, even more so with Win10?

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Microsoft to overhaul Windows 10 UI – with a 3D Holographic Shell

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2D first

When learning to draw, most art teachers will begin students with some 2D skills--line, shading, white to black ratios, then color. Perspective and 3D come later.

Microsoft has gone downhill with the UI since Windows 7. What makes them think they can now jump to 3D and get anything useful out of it?

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NASA to begin first asteroid sample mission: Seeks 'pristine' specimen

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Pristine

If it's anything like their Mars missions, they'll blast the surface with retro rockets, then take their samples from the same spot.

I suppose an asteroid crawler is a little beyond their capabilities at this time.

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If this headline was a security warning, 90% of you would ignore it

wsm

That was a security warning?

Whatever happens to those pop-ups that disappear as you are typing? Some of us actually use our computers for work and when those little warnings take the focus of our keystrokes momentarily, then disappear, we never know what we did.

There's got to be a better way than something so easily accidental.

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Thieves can wirelessly unlock up to 100 million Volkswagens, each at the press of a button

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Golden keys

Are VW in groupthink with Microsoft?

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AT&T: Money? Oh, sure, no I'm fine – I'm doing great (if you ignore my phone business)

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AT&T - the stalwart monopoly

AT&T still has the same mentality they had when they were an authorized monopoly, overcharging their customers at every opportunity with the now laughable "long-distance" services.

They have acquired and reduced to almost nothing credit and phone services, now they are attempting to ruin satellite TV too.

Just a reminder of their past attitude: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CHgUN_95UAw

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Sysadmins: Use these scripts to fully check out of your conference calls

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Completely unrealistic video

I didn't see anyone texting or playing Candy Crush. But I'm pretty sure the man who couldn't open the door was my former supervisor. The one who thought he entered the wrong number was his replacement until they found out his visa had expired. He went to work for someone who would pay the visa fees.

So, the faces change but the calls remain the same. Was that a Led Zeppelin number?

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Hillary Clinton: My promises to America's tech industry

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A Clinton promise?

They are all worth about as much as Bill's promises to Monica. There's nothing much any self-respecting person would expect from such political posturing. Believe them and...well you won't be getting what you expected.

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Google bows to Dutch

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Which kind of privacy?

Do they keep enough information to identify me so they know I didn't agree to their terms? While I was browsing certain sites, when I was in a certain location using a certain device and connected to what network by what provider along with what others when I definitely said no, don't track me?

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Geek's Guide to Britain – now a book. Permission to geek out granted

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Does it explain...

what things are for and why they are there? That could be dangerous.

http://refspace.com/quotes/Douglas_Adams/Q3463

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8K video gives virtual reality the full picture for mainstream use

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Just sayin'

All the UHD in the world and they didn't notice that the image of the camera is upside-down?

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SELECT features FROM bumf... What's new in MS SQL Server 2016

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SSRS, that is all

The only reason we don't use other DBMS is because of SSRS. The report development, options and ease of putting them into secure web sites is why we use MS SQL Server. All the others cost more and offer less.

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Microsoft's Windows Phone folly costs it another billion dollars

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Re: I might be the only one but...

Not the only one. I have a $30 Lumia 640 which I unlocked, de-branded and turned off the Windows 10 upgrades.

Unlimited talk, text and data for $40 a month makes it complete.

For everything else, I have gigabit bandwidth on a multiplicity of devices provided by my employer. But my no-nonsense phone is mine.

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Seattle Suehawks: Smart meter hush-up launched because, er ... terrorism

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IOT

Is it the Internet of Things or "everything is the Internet" that spells doom for humanity?

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A cracked window on the International Space Station? That's not good

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Surely...

Dyson has a solution by now.

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Hold on a sec. When did HDDs get SSD-style workload rate limits?

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Fast, big, cheap

When it's a business that's buying, it's got its priorities in order: fast, big, cheap. When consumers buy, or when they buy from manufacturers/assemblers that want to please them, it's the other way around: cheap, big, fast.

When SSDs can satisfy both sets of buyers, HDDs with all of their disadvantages will be a thing of the past.

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3-in-4 Android phones, slabs, gizmos menaced by fresh hijack flaws

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Android Security Bulletin?

Now it all falls into place.

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Red Hat bets on RHEL to sell its OpenStack elastic enterprise

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elastic enteprise

Is that anything like a stretchy business venture? Enteprise, enterprise; tomato, tomatoe?

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Windows 10 Mobile races to summer with useful facelift

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Megaphone

Re: Yes, we get it. MSFT BAAAD!

Agreed. I won't update WIn8M either. My $30 phone with all of the mobile bands, WiFi calling and no tracking apps installed works very well and I don't want MS to fix that!

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Michael Dell takes $11m pay hit

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$46 million?

"The filing also revealed that if Michael Dell's position were terminated, he would be paid $46m."

On Wall Street, that used to be called the poison pill, or the golden parachute, depending on your point of view.

Either Mike really wants to stay there or he really wants to make it impossible to succeed without him.

Perhaps both?

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Teen tricks leaky Valve into publishing hot new Steam game: Watching Paint Dry

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Removed?

It was the only game I could play without getting killed in the first level.

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Spanish launch heroic bid to seize Brit polar vessel

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Not to give offence

All floaty things we put on the water will henceforth be named Boat1, Boat2, Boat3...

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Surface Hub: A Howard Hughes folly, or a cunning Post It Note killer?

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Latest headline--MS now shipping Surface Hub!

The question that came to mind--someone actually bought one? I remember some of our people getting excited about having clickable presentation screens in the conference rooms, nearly 15 years ago. The novelty wore off after some calibration difficulties and frustrations with having to reach all over the place.

Now it's projectors everywhere just to make the picture big and everyone passes the wireless keyboard and mouse to make their point.

Having to wave all over the place to do the same thing? What will the Surface Hub improve over that?

Oh, and Windows 10. That's going to help sell it.

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Mud sticks: Microsoft, Windows 10 and reputational damage

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Re: Don't blame users for the UI

Yes. Can't you hear us screaming? Give us back the desktop!!!!!!!!

Oh, and everything that goes with it---the Start Menu control, the transparency control, the control of the size of windows, organization of all things we add that aren't MS. It's really all about control, isn't it?

But why go on? Nobody at Microsoft is listening.

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The bill for Home Depot after its sales registers were hacked: $19.5m

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The BORG

The nickname given Home Depot by its competitors years ago was "the BORG" which stood for Big Orange Retail Giant, given that the orange-colored logo coming to your locality indicated the death of the local hardware store with its variety of goods, local expertise and general good will.

Once the credit data of millions was "swiped" the nickname took on another meaning.

How many more compromises of retail transactions will there be for which resistance is futile?

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