* Posts by red floyd

47 posts • joined 16 May 2007

Hands off Brock! EFF pleads with Google not to kill its Privacy Badger with its Manifest destiny

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"and all but the most privacy-conscious users would uninstall the extensions"

Gee, do you think that maybe that's what the world's largest ad-monger wants?

User secures floppies to a filing cabinet with a magnet, but at least they backed up daily... right?

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3.5 inch floppies

The 3.5 inchers were more robust, though. Once I got my hands on a rare earth magnet (forget the specific type), and decided to test the urban legends.

It turns out that I couldn't wipe a 3.5 by sticking it on the file cabinet with a magnet. And I let it sit for a full hour before testing.

Israeli Moon probe crashes at the last minute but SpaceX scores with Falcon Heavy launch

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SpaceX also recovered the payload fairing for reuse.

Kent bloke incurs the anchor of local council after fly-tipping boat

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Re: Yacht on Earth did I just read..?

The beauty of a pun is in the "Oy!" of the beholder.

It was all Yellow: Mass email about a Coldplay CD breaks the internet

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At least it wasn't Nickelback...

If you play a Nickelback album backwards, you hear a message from Satan.

If you play it forwards, it's even worse... you hear Nickelback.

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Sounds almost like a Slashdotting to me


Carolina coward fesses up: I was a tech support scambag, and I made millions out of defrauding the elderly

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Re: I only hope he never bursts into flames

@Mark 85, They have you install a keylogger, and wind up getting your banking credentials.

Sure, we've got a problem but we don't really want to spend any money on the tech guy you're sending to fix it

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I once got put on a plane to flip a single DIP switch.

This was back in the day when PCs were configured by them. Our program used the COM ports to send and receive data. The customer was having an issue where it would write data, but not read.

So I packed up my briefcase full of everything I could think of -- breakout box, adapters, wire, dykes, screwdrivers (yes, this was WAAAAAY before the 9/11-you-can't-bring-anything-useful-on-board days). I fly from Los Angeles to Monterey (just south of San Francisco, for you UK'ers), and get to where the client is I look at his machine, and he has both his COM ports configured as COM1. I flip a DIP switch so that the second port is now COM2 and everything works. This occurred within the first 15 minutes. Now I have six hours to kill before my return flight....

Ah, this military GPS system looks shoddy but expensive. Shall we try to break it?

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Re: I've destroyed millions!

I once worked on a project where everything went wrong... faulty hardware, bogus software specs, etc.. You name it.

I was privileged to watch a sample unit undergoing explosive atmosphere testing. I could have sold video of that for a lot of money.

Customer: We fancy changing a 25-year-old installation. C'mon, it's just one extra valve... Only wafer thin...

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Re: Line editor without echo...

"Want to delete the 25th charcter on the line? 24 x space, "d", Enter.

Insert something? Space out to where you want to insert, i, text, Enter."

This was an HP NonStop, wasn't it?

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Re: The dirtiest four-letter word...

Been there, done that. Back in the days of unloved, unlamented Windows Me.

We were invited to a friend's house for dinner (or supper, if you prefer). I was asked to take a quick look at their PC. I wound up spending 4 hours slaving over the thing, while everyone else enjoyed a lovely meal. And I do mean lovely. Said friend's wife was an excellent cook.

It was at that point I vowed, "Never again!". My stock response when asked what I do for a living is now, "I'm a software developer, and no... I WON'T fix your computer."

RIP Dr Peuto, Zilog and Sun's bright SPARC

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"Zilog Unix boxes (System III - did anybody else use that)."

Me! Me! Me! I could make a ZEUS box sit up and beg!

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I once wrote a Z80 simulator for work. It ran on a Z8000. I even emulated some of the I/O we were using on our system.

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Re: Halt and Catch Fire

I loved the Z8000. We were doing embedded development for a Z8000 based system, and used the ZEUS System 8000 (essentially a port of Unix System III) for development. It was a great chip for its time.

They came out with the Z80000 as their 32-bit chip, which was backward compatible with the Z8000, but it was too late. :(

Intel SGX 'safe' room easily trashed by white-hat hacking marauders: Enclave malware demo'd

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Re: Hidden processing on a CPU?

I think you mean PowerPoint.

Who are the last people you'd expect to spill thousands of student records? A computer science dept? What a fantastic guess

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Everything old is new again...

Back in the mid-80s, when I was at a university, one of the professors in the Computer Science department did his grades on the departmental VAX running BSD. Unfortunately for him, he left the permissions at world-readable.

There was a minor scandal, as some student read the grades and started talking about them.

The amusing part of this was that the professor was teaching the Operating Systems class, and had LITERALLY just completed the *SECURITY* portion of the curriculum...

With sorry Soyuz stuffed, who's going to run NASA's space station taxi service now?

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Re: 1969-06-20 (Orbit Yuri Gagarin) - 1961-04-12 (first moonlanding) is slightly over 8 years.

Remember they chose to put big jointed solids (which cannot be shut down) on SLS after Challenger showed what happens if the joint fails.

At least they did two things right about that.

1. The crew compartment is at the top of the stack where the FSM intended it to be.

2. There actually is a Launch Escape System

(side note: Apollo 11 landed on 1969-07-20.

30-up: You know what? Those really weren't the days

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Re: 'Twas in the year of '88

Atari used GEM for the ST, didn't they?

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Re: Alternative 2018 floppy disc put-down

What I'm looking for is a 5.25" USB floppy drive. Or even an internal drive. I have a copy of Windows 1.03 that I want to install on a VM, but it's on 5.25" disks.

Whitman's split: The end of Fiorina's HP grand expansion era

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Re: Do HPUX and NonStop and VMS still exist?

Yes. They are part of HP Enterprise. Well, Nonstop and HPUX. Not sure about VMS.

Judge spanks SCO in ancient ownership of Unix lawsuit

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Re: I have a copy of xenix

This is correct.

Santa Cruz (the original SCO) sold some part of its business to Caldera, and then renamed itself Tarantella.

Caldera renamed itself as "The SCO Group" and became the evil SCOundrels we all know and hate.

The original Santa Cruz Operation was a fun place to work at (I had friends there), and while their Unix was a bit on the old and stodgy side (SVR3), it worked well.

Fedora 21: Linux fans will LOVE it - after the install woes

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Dumb Question

What happened to the Print button? It was great for reading multipage articles...

Sony Pictures struggles as staff details, salaries and films leaked

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Couldn't have happened to a nicer rootkit writer.


Yahoo! Mail users see crying baby who says firm is 'over capacity'

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Yahoo totally sucks...

Their "two factor" thing sucks. My mother had forgotten her password, so we went through their hoops. Sure enough, they sent a authentication text to her mobile phone. So far, so good.

BUT.... When she entered a new password, she was told that her password wasn't strong enough, even though it met every single criterion they had specified. She was trying to enter a 14 character password with upper case, lower case, numeric, and special characters. Yahoo! insisted it wasn't strong enough.

THEN, I tried to use their "email support" form. I filled out all the info, and hit submit, only to be told I hadn't entered my first name onto the form. Slight problem -- there WAS no place on the form to enter my first name.

Yahoo totally bites.

Happy 50th birthday, Compact Cassette: How it struck a chord for millions

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So nice to see consistency...

It's nice to know that in 50 years, the BPI hasn't changed a bit!

Dennis Ritchie: The C man who booted Unix

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Microsoft pushes Windows Phone Mango out to Japan

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They should have made it "Windows Phone MANGA"

For the tentacle pr0n fanatics

BOFH: Ready for the Judgment Day

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@Ken Hagan

I think that was Ken Thompson who wrote "Reflections on Trusting Trust"

US may disable all in-car mobile phones

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"Personal Responsibility"

So to promote personal responsibility, LaHood is going to make our decisions for us. And War is Peace, Freedom is Slavery, and Ignorance is Strength.

A Deadlock Holiday

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volatile is not really useful for multithreading, and never has been.

Where volatile shines, is when dealing with memory-mapped I/O. It essentially tells the compiler, "Don't optimize references to this variable -- it can change out from under you". This is not necessarily thread-safe, but makes writing device drivers a heck of a lot easier.

Apple condemns FileVaulters to seventh circle of Safari hell

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Jobs Horns

@Anonymous Coward

1. Opera is not Open Source, it's proprietary, though possibly the most Standards compliant browser around.

2. Is that you, Steve Ballmer?

Google a broken hell for five-year-olds

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Interview and other

@Bill : "What is the C-language function call for opening a connection with a foreign host over the internet?" I answered "look it up in K&R""

Well, that's the wrong answer. K&R doesn't discuss the Internet. If you had said to "Look it up in Stevens", that would be different.

My Google interview ranged from minutiae to algorithmic details, to "how would you handle this incredibly huge dataset?" I thought it was a decent interview process.

Hyundai and Kia's latest pitch to US drivers - Windows

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@Gavin Nottage

If you want an embedded Linux with a vendor behind it, Wind River sells Linux as well as VxWorks. And they also have an RT variant.

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Added to my list

I have owned several Ford autos, but will not buy another as my next car, since their ad campaigns push Microsoft ("Now with Sync... by Microsoft").

Looks like I won't be buying a Hyundai or a Kia either

BOFH: On the brink

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SCO user in rehab

I used to install and support both SCO OpenDesktop and Xenix/286 systems.

Back in the pre-Caldera days, they were considered stodgy, but not evil.

I had an OpenServer 2.0 box that ran for 10 years straight -- only reboots were hardware upgrades.

On the whole, though, I'd say this was a rather weak effort... hang on, someone's at the door... No! No, Simon, NOT THE CATTLEPROD!!! NOO; &*^%&^#^*&--- NO CARRIER

Stroustrup and Sutter: C++ to run and run

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@Andy Larter

The reason most kernel drivers are written in C is that there's no support in the kernel for the C++ runtime.

BOFH: Insecurity complex

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IT Angle

My sister

Who told me, to my face, in front of witnesses, that she knows more about computers than I do.

I have a degree in CS, at the time, I had been a professional software developer for 20 years, and had been playing with computers for over 30.

She was an English major, who never got her degree.

Every now and then, I and the rest of the family take some fun in noting that she knows more about my job than I do.

Microsoft poised to unveil WorldWide Telescope?

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Gates Horns

@Geoff Mackenzie

Microsoft didn't "do" CP/M. They bought 86-DOS lock, stock and two smoking barrels from Seattle Computer Products.

BOFH: The Silence of the Servers

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Fava Beans?

I was looking for the Fava beans and the nice Chianti.

Wernher Von Braun's 1934 PhD thesis auctioned

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Don't forget his biopic....

"I Aim For the Stars" (... but sometimes hit London)

Stuff string theory - try E8 to explain the universe

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Gives new meaning...

To the term "Wave Mechanics"

Honda offers FCX for '08, bitchslaps Google

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Wrong Fukui, darn it

I was waiting to hear what Ohta said!

Plan for 20mph urban speed-cam zones touted

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design out crime

"we should aim to design out road use conflicts in the same way as we can design out crime"

And just how has that "designing out crime" worked for you?

NASA names the day for Dawn raid on asteroid belt

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Not Dwarf Planet

Please, they prefer the term "Gravitationally Challenged"...

Or so my PC friends assure me.

MPs call for British manned space flight

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Importing Aliens

Well, I guess that would work, since they already did space travel to get here :-)

Amnesty Int to hold web censorship conference

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I would have gone

I would have attended this web event , but my internet access censored it out

Symantec pursues $55m copyright damages

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Not just pirated software

Installing legit Symantec software tends to break your computer as well.

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