* Posts by Bruce Ordway

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UK lacks engineering and tech skillz to make government's industrial strategy work – report

Bruce Ordway

Re: All the jobs were sent offshore to get it for cheap....

>> German Manufacturing StreamRoller is the FREE technical education

I believe up until the late 70's early 80's,the US offered a lot of free/cheap trade/tech education too. As far as I know... they've mostly been discontinued and today we have more education "businesses".

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The Quantum of Firefox: Why is this one unlike any other Firefox?

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Re: 30 per cent faster -- but NoScript?

>>but sometimes you have to choose.

In my case had to choose FireFox 56 with NoScript

I'll be happy to upgrade after things mature a bit.

For now I've turned off auto-updates.

off-topic....auto-updates

Reminds me why I am still running Windows 7.

Maybe I'm paranoid but I think developers consider users like me as "outliers".

Features that are important to me seem more likely to be dropped/disregarded in version updates.

(And stuff I could care less about keeps being added).

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How did someone hijack your Gmail? Phishing, keylogger or password reuse, we're guessing

Bruce Ordway

Re: VPN

I use a PC with a VPN, NoScript and auto-clear my browser cache.

Google constantly recognizes my device as "different" and presents a series of verification steps.

I slipped up on a recent trip and ended up being locked out of my account for several hours.

I have a few backup email accounts but... didn't have those credentials handy on this trip.

So I'm not currently a big fan of Googles system.

But don't know what better alternatives there are.

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Why are we disappointed with the best streaming media box on the market?

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The exciting future of streaming TV is going to be in personalization

If I were just starting out I'd probably stream but...I still prefer downloading.

My wife also has just about every streaming device, streaming services and cable services so... I have been able to experience A LOT of media types. She gave me a Roku last Christmas. While I saw the potential I still felt like it was not "quite there" yet. Navigation felt clunky, limited personalization. Even with all that variety available to me (that is basically free)... I still prefer downloaded content.

Granted downloading requires more gear, waiting time and storage space, etc...

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Telco forgot to renew its web domain, broke deaf folks' video calls – now gets a $3m paddlin'

Bruce Ordway

Re: Here in the UK... off topic

>>Police-only-investigate-burglaries-at-even-numbered-homes

>>no noticeable impact on victim satisfaction,

>> and nor did it affect the overall ratio of scenes visited and suspects identified

Interesting article - it tells me it is too difficult for police to solve most simple theft in modern cities.

In the US don't police really investigate the site of burglary either. They file a report and with luck, stolen goods may pop up later and assuming your property includes unique identifiers, might even be returned. Maybe it's time for some online crime reporting.

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Equifax mega-breach: Security bod flags header config conflict

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Experian, FICO, Equifax, TransUnion, Innovis, PRBC

I'm wondering if any other review will take place as a result of this breach.

I'm sure there is a need for some of the services these companies provide but they way they have evolved has left me feeling uneasy.

I especially like this from Wikipedia....https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Credit_bureau#United_States

"So far an economic model to describe this industry has not been attempted, while the fundamentals are counter intuitive to any market known, since other industries (finance, banking, insurance) sponsor consumer reporting agencies to process information while consumers pay CRAs to receive that information. The utility of the consumer is hard to calculate since the consumer is given no recourse to correct mistakes processed about them, hence the dynamics of this triangle involving consumers, credit reporters, and sponsoring industries remain undefined."

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US Navy suffers third ship collision this year

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Brings back memories

Luckily my ship was only damaged once while it was being piloted into port. Nobody was injured in that incident. In fact it was a nice break for most of us. Our stay was extended for repairs at one of the nicer foreign ports .

I do remember having frequent, vivid dreams about collisions. Especially when we were involved in exercises. I'm a bit of a pessimist anyway and at that time I really didn't have a lot of faith in my fellow crew-members.

I think it is very hard to train and maintain crews during peacetime in general. In my time, (I believe) the quality personnel went to the carriers and subs. Smaller ships like mine received whoever... when they were available. Ships are (usually) going to be sent out if needed, regardless of manpower issues. Imagine a bunch of bored kids after months at sea. Accidents always seemed like an inevitability to me.

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Can the last person watching desktop video please turn out the light?

Bruce Ordway

Re: Not surprised. No. Not even slightly.

>>a big screen, makes for better TV viewing.

>>And the twenty-buck-stick makes any old TV relevant again

I prefer a PC/Laptop output to any flat screen TV with VGA input.

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Bruce Ordway

I have blocked via noscript

noscript here too

- now some sites are blocking me (instead of me blocking them) - if that's the way they want to be, I don't need them.

With flash disabled too, only a few things been slipping thru.

But... I'm sure advertisers are working hard to overcome blocking techniques.

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Bixby, why is Samsung's heir apparent facing 12 years in the slammer?

Bruce Ordway

Re: Off Topic

Now that you mention it

I watched a movie about - Korean with english subs.

One detail that really stuck with me was that Korea has a "Blue House" instead of a White House"

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Largest ever losses fail to dent Tesla's bulging order book

Bruce Ordway

16 billion

Share price from $181 to $347 since December 2016?

Betting "there will be profit"?

>>why volume car makers are so cautious

Introducing a brand new, defect free model does seem like a lot to ask.

Good luck to them.

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It took DEF CON hackers minutes to pwn these US voting machines

Bruce Ordway

Re: Which models?

>> When/where used

Per http://www.politico.com/story/2017/07/30/hackers-voting-machines-las-vegas-241130

- used until just two years ago.

- a model still used in parts of seven states, as well as all of the state of Nevada.

And this was nice too....

>> Though the device was supposedly wiped before it was sold by the government at auction

>>the hackers were able to uncover the results the machine tallied in 2002.

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Bruce Ordway

Which models?

>>Diebolds to Sequoia and Winvote equipment

>> were bought on eBay or from government auctions

I wonder how old these voting machines were, when/where they were in service?

I do remember Diebolds as being notoriously insecure... a long time ago.

I wouldn't know about today... would not be surprised if they've been improved, are still junk or both.

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China censors drop the soap operas, sitcoms

Bruce Ordway

Prison populations

>>Country Prison population Population per 100,000

>>US 2,193,798 737

>>CHINA 1,548,498 118

>>RUSSIA 874,161 615

When I see a list like this I ask what is being left a lot out of the story.

Smaller numbers may not always be better if we had more to work with.

Source, types of crimes and sentences?

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Judge uses 1st Amendment on Pokemon Go park ban. It's super effective!

Bruce Ordway

liablility

>>Large crowds of like-minded people suddenly appearing at the local park

>>are at the very least quite intimidating

No doubt. I'd blame warm sunny days.

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Jodie Who-ttaker? The Doctor is in

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I'm probably more interested in knowing about the next batch of writers.

If the stories are good, who cares what gender or color?

I think part of the charm from the Tom Baker era is light fun, tongue in cheek.

The last few years it seemed to me like Dr Who would occasionally try a little too hard to make us feel or awaken our social conscious.

Not that I'm not opposed to stories that deliver a message. I just want to be entertained while they are at it.

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Curb your enthusiasm, 'India's smartphones are changing the world' fans

Bruce Ordway

Re: Carphone warehouse

>> MP3 player, camera, FM Radio, eBook reader (epub or mobi)

>> SD card slot would be nice.

I'm hoping for a phone that will finally make my current gear desktop.

i.e. ability to connect to my wi-fi, output to multiple monitors, use an external keyboard and power up from a wall socket.

Until then I'm happy with the conventional equipment while I'm in my home office and a simple flip phone when when I'm "out and about".

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When 'Saving The Internet' means 'Saving Crony Capitalism'

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Funding...

I still can't tell if he is saying net neutrality is good or bad.

Or just us telling us to give up because of the powerful groups who have a special interest in the outcome?

The author is definitely entertaining and accomplished at debating issues but... I get the feeling he really only cares about is being controversial.

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Discredit a journo? Easy, that'll be $55k. Fix an election? Oh, I can do that for just $400k

Bruce Ordway

people can insulate themselves

"...cross-checking stories... beyond the headline"

I also watch out for those stories that are "so good" I don't even care if they're true.

And remembering I'm consuming news as entertainment can keep things in perspective.

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Congressman drafts COVFEFE Act to preserve Trump's Twitter tantrums

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What is Lord BucketHeads stance on tweeting?

I've recently become aware of a British politician called Lord BucketHead.

I wonder when he might take comment on tweeting and any futuristic legislation relates to it?

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Hotel guest goes broke after booking software gremlin makes her pay for strangers' rooms

Bruce Ordway

Re: never use a debit card for credit ?

I actually prefer my debit card over my credit card.

The only issue is my debit has a daily cap, so occasionally I have to use my credit card as a backup.

>>customer didn't qualify to get a credit card

I thought that is impossible in the U.S.?

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Amazon granted patent to put parachutes inside shipping labels

Bruce Ordway

Depending where you wnat to land

I thought I saw Amazon is already using parachutes to drop packages in Africa?

Seemed like a good idea..... for remote areas.

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'My PC needs to lose weight' says user with FAT filesystem

Bruce Ordway

IHTFP

IHTFP with alternate meanings at my old workplace.

To your co-workers:....................... I hate this f***ing place

But if your manager ever asked:..... I have truly found peace

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Feeling Locky, punk? Ransomware grew eight-fold last year

Bruce Ordway

Numbers behind percenage?

>>more than eight-fold (752 per cent) increase as a mode of attack

Would be nice to see the numbers behind this.

I've noticed a lot of articles are using percentages these days.

I suspect it's easier to be dramatic without the details to put things in perspective.

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Redmond puts wall around Windows 10 for Chinese government edition

Bruce Ordway

Legal, Pirated or Free?

>>a sustained campaign by Microsoft and the Chinese

>> most copies of the OS used are now legal

Does this statement seem a little bold?

Could only find an old article.. maybe no longer applies?

http://www.techrepublic.com/article/microsoft-gives-up-on-charging-for-windows-in-china/

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After stiffing us with Trump, Weiner 'fesses to underage cock shot rot

Bruce Ordway

So sad

Weiner looked like such a promising politician until... he didn't.

I'm a little sick whenever I think of him now and all the people he damaged.

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Fake news is fake news, says Google-backed research

Bruce Ordway

Optional

Is this article an attempt to defend one specific online source?

I am still a fan of Noam Chomsky and believe that inaccurate views are continually generated by multiple sources. I routinely hear people repeating this information as if it were an established fact.

As for the term "Fake News", my view is that it is just a nice buzzword.

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Forensic accountants appointed to pore over Post Office IT scandal

Bruce Ordway

pore

...pore as in “to read or study attentively"

My spelling seems to be getting worse with each new year.

This morning I would have used "pour".

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Leaked NSA point-and-pwn hack tools menace Win2k to Windows 8

Bruce Ordway

Re: So... do you believe that Clinton's Server wasn't hacked?

None of us can be sure if it was hacked but... wasn't it an Apple server?

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Paper factory fired its sysadmin. He returned via VPN and caused $1m in damage. Now jailed

Bruce Ordway

Re: Call me old fashioned if you will but...

Years ago an employee was let go in the middle of the week. This was a very competent, well liked individual and his dismissal came as a shock to me and my co-workers. In the coming weeks users reported to a series of missing files. I was able to restore them and I didn't think too much further at the time.

The next time I ran into the person I mentioned the files.

He was a little embarrassed to tell me had deleted those files while collecting his belongings from his desk. I've never forgotten since that even normally reasonable people can do very strange things when they are upset.

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One BEEELLION dollars: Apple sues Qualcomm, one of its chip designers

Bruce Ordway

China, CDMA

Seems like I remember an old story about the Chinese and TDSCDMA development to avoid Qualcomm? Makes me wonder if we'll ever reach a point where the telecommunications industry needs to be nationalized/internationalized? A bigger, badder "Ma Bell"?

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Happy birthday: Jimbo Wales' sweet 16 Wikipedia fails

Bruce Ordway

Re: Citation needed

I learned early I life to question anything and everyone, even my teachers.

In an elementary school lecture on the Panama Canal I asked my teacher why they used locks instead of cutting right through. She told me the Pacific was higher than the Caribbean and that the use of locks prevented wide scale flooding. Until I found better information, I carried the image of Brazil partly underwater with me.

The general spread of "bad info" related to current events is what scares me more than Wikipedia.

Wouldn't it be nice if we always had access to accurate knowledge or scholarly information.

Until something better comes along I will continue to use Wikipedia for my light entertainment and answering trivia questions.

Then there is http://www.snopes.com/

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Apple sued by parents of girl killed by driver 'distracted by FaceTime'

Bruce Ordway

Re: It probably *is* possible to detect a driver...

Ignoring the lawsuit for now...

Driver distraction is probably only going to get worse.

I wonder what it would take to accurately identify the driver and restrict phone features.

If phone proximity sensor(s) and a vehicle "driver" signal(s) could work.

Or maybe at some point governments will mandate all cars include a default, driverless mode?

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Beauty is in the AI of the beholder: Young blokes teach computer to judge women by their looks

Bruce Ordway

a curiosity

>> how male graduates expect her to act.

Boys will be boys...

I've previously seen sites where you can rate women by photos.

I imagine there will be an app someday if there isn't already.

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Hack attack fear scares Canadian exam board away from online tests

Bruce Ordway

Optional

>> tests online or in the old-fashioned way

Wonder if schools might want to try a third choice that is a little lower tech? Maybe students could just enter their answers into a file an upload it to a central site for processing. It would allow for some automation and might even be a useful skill for them later in life.

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AWS is coming for UK infrastructure suppliers' lunch – report

Bruce Ordway

Optional title?

If I understand the numbers in this article, I might come up with an alternative title.

- Large % growth rates in IaaS/PaaS do not translate into big revenue gains for players

- Top 20 2015 revenue.... £11.29bn.... -1%

01 - HPE....... £2.17bn .......... + 2%

02 - IBM....... £1.41bn .......... + 0%

03 - Fujitsu... £1.25bn .......... - 9% (temp conditions)

15 - AWS....... £0.25bn ......... + 45% (UK data centre planned)

XX - Microsoft. 2015 N/A (2016 growth est 60%.... £0.90bn)

YY - Google.... 2015 N/A (2016 no data)

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Meet the Loughborough 'emo' boffins who predicted Trump's victory

Bruce Ordway

Re: focusing on how people 'feel'

>>And yet the Trump phenomenon was NOT emotion-based

As I understand it, people voting for Trump are hoping to break the a cycle of non-responsive government. This last election reminds me of an earlier race in Minnesota where I live. Here the frustrated population elected Jesse Ventura as governor. It may not be "purely" emotional but how well thought out was frustrated voting? In the case of Jess, not very. TDB how it works out with Trump (and Brexit). I just have to hope for the best for all people involved.

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Bruce Ordway

Re: Recount in Wisconsin?

I still haven't heard which paperless voting machines were used.

I didn't think Diebold was being used any more due to the ongoing concerns with their systems?

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San Francisco's sinking luxury Millennium Tower: Tilt spotted FROM SPACE

Bruce Ordway

Too early to tell

>>estimates, rules of thumb (and rather than)"shady developers" it's usually incompetence or ignorance.

I'll be looking forward to learning the full story at some future date. In the short term I expect A LOT of energy spent covering backsides and plenty of finger pointing. I'll be betting that "normal" practices were followed for the most part and that somehow ignorance is involved.

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Emulating x86: Microsoft builds granny flat into Windows 10

Bruce Ordway

Re: They tried that once already

>> I don't see the demand for Windows on phones and tablets, at all.

I'll get more interested when/if I could get a docking phone with multiple monitors, inputs, outputs, etc... as powerful as my desktop. For now I'm still holding on to my flip phone and a Windows 7 desktops.

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Facebook Fake News won it for Trump? That's a Zombie theory

Bruce Ordway

Facebook?

When I think of Facebook it's more of online entertainment, the equivalent of printed media like People and the National Enquirer. In my area it seems like more people are getting their political insights more from radio or cable news... CNN and FOX. I might encounter someone who is still reads newspapers or magazines too. Rarely do I hear lines repeated that are obviously from some "fake" story online.

As to why people liked Trump over Clinton? I have a few right in my own family & I still can't figure out why they feel that way.

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Three quarters of Oz science grads can't get science work

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arty farty parents

On the other hand, my parents were pretty strict about what I studied and how my time was used.

TV and recreational activity was limited to a few hours each day.

Naturally I have worked most of my life in engineering & IT.

Finally going back to get a BFA for fun when I was around 50.

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US investment 'heroes' are the people you love to hate

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Context?

Just wondering if there are any historical references for the results of this study? Would be nice to see trends. How have the entities, areas of investment and amounts been changing over the years.

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Criticize Donald Trump, get your site smashed offline from Russia

Bruce Ordway

Re: Trump will win

>>What do we have to lose?

I'm reminded of the time Jesse Ventura was elected governor of my own state, Minnesota.

There was an enormous sweep of national elections by Democrats right after the Nixon resignation too. The good news for me is that the U.S. has a history of surviving elections skewed by angry, dissatisfied voters.

I'm wondering how much damage Trump could do? I just don't see him getting enough support from those in government. Sure, I think he's half nuts and would screw some things up... but, how bad?

I view this election in the same light as I do Brexit. Hoping everything will work itself out, so people will look back and wonder what all the fuss was about.

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Assange returns to Earth

Bruce Ordway

if the rumours about Assange

I've been wondering what we can really believe now.

In general I find it difficult to separate fact from fiction in news media.

And he's pissed a lot of people off.

Not that I have a lot of sympathy for Assange.

It does seem like he brought all this attention on himself.

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FBI Clinton email dossier

Bruce Ordway

FBI records

The FBI record is an interesting read and has some hardware/software details I'd been wondering about.

Now I can see how Hillary might have started down this path. I mean doesn't an @clintonemail.com address look a lot cooler than her old @blackberry.net? Since Bill already had the server, all she had to do was ask for her own account? Once she had used for a while didn't want to give it up. Who does want to change email addresses? Unfortunately for Hillary, public officials don't get a pass. And probably shouldn't?

At least now I can imagine this as human nature and less sinister.

From my own experience of running an email server out of my bedroom I know that family and friends will want personal accounts too. Lucky for me that none of the accounts under my control were ever used by the secretary of state. (as far as I know).

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The developer died 14 years ago, here's a print out of his source code

Bruce Ordway

Re: Portrayal of computer tech guys in films/tv.

>>...Perkin Elmer

Wow, I haven't thought of that company for a while.

I was working in engineering before switching to IT..... what a cool place in the late 80's!

CAD hadn't quite taken off yet so I was making pencil drawings for one of their machines... "high vacuum vaporized metal coating". It was a Perkin Elmer site in Minneapolis and I believe they were working on the mirrors for Hubble at that time too.Unfortunately I've heard the 2015 version of the company is not quite the same.

>>remember Highlander

Also cool.. at that time.

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Microsoft: You liked Windows 10 so much, you'll get 2 more in 2017

Bruce Ordway

Windows 10

If I were in charge I would certainly hold off on rolling out any more OS "features" for a while.

I'm so sick of all the direction changes in the Windows OS since version 7.

After testing 10 I've opted for a new Win 7 system & will worry about 2020 when/if that time comes.

What can MS do in the short term that will sway any more users like me to its side now?

For now I think they're stuck it a sort of stalemate with users who have embraced Windows 10 and those who have not.

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My Microsoft Office 365 woes: Constant crashes, malware macros – and settings from Hell

Bruce Ordway

Re: Yo we heard you like broken!

>>What the hell is going on?

I like to blame smartphones and fashion.

Seems like a lot of the software I use for business has regressed since mobile took over.

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Plenty of fish in the C, IEEE finds in language popularity contest

Bruce Ordway

Ladder Logic as interesting

Nice.. I didn't know there was quite that much Ladder Logic gong on out there.

It's been a while since I've done any PLC work but I remember it as great fun.

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