* Posts by wayne 8

363 posts • joined 11 Dec 2009


Reliable system was so reliable, no one noticed its licence had expired... until it was too late

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Re: 60 bit "bytes" aka word.

CDC 6400 and 6600. A large amount of information could be stored in one word.

Then PDP-8s with 12 bit words. Radix-50.

After those they were all based on eight bit bytes.

Florida man stumbles on biggest prime number after working plucky i5 CPU for 12 days straight

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"$3,000 GIMPS research discovery award cash prize"

Should not that prize have increasing value as the difficulty increases?

That is what makes Bitcoins so valuable, I hear.

Dear humans, We thought it was time we looked through YOUR source code. We found a mystery ancestor. Signed, the computers

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Re: Race

Stop reproducing and all problems would cease.

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Re: Many mysteries

Blue eyed blondes?

The DevOps Salary Report is in, and is great news for American men

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Re: Is pharma not healthcare?

Not really. Pharma is pushing drugs for profit without affecting health negatively. Why cure cancer when a palliative pill to hold cancer in check can reap a fortune over the rbalance of a lifetime. Profit margin is high.

Healthcare is insurance, hospitals, clinics, labs, healthcare professionals, etc. These run on tighter margins.

Pharma is a significant enough revenue/profit generator to justify its own category. The differential between salaries are significant between Pharma and Healthcare.

Two out of five Silicon Valley techies complain Trump's H-1B crackdown has hit 'em hard

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Re: Great news

No publicly held company hires undocumented tech workers. Great security is and liability. They need documentation that the company followed accepted background check protocols.

What they are looking for is foreigners who are used to being treated as slaves by management. Tech skill is secondary to servitude.

If American Tech work was done under German work rules, American companies would not be going through the trouble to hire foreigners.

Ding dong merrily on high. In Berkeley, the bots are singeing: Self-driving college cooler droid goes up in flames

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The pain in its diodes has gone away.

It was trying to make a cup of tea.

London's Gatwick airport suspends all flights after 'multiple' reports of drones

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Did you know that iOS ad clicks cost more than Android? These scammers did

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Victims are the advertisers willing to pay extra to advertise to iPhone users.

The end user is not a victim, just a carrier.

NASA names the date for the first commercial crew demo flight

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Pain in its diodes on its left hemisphere

Marvin the paranoid android.

Take my advice and stop using Rubik's Cubes to prove your intelligence

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Re: 1970s?

Think of as "After Birth of the Lord".

Anno Domini, "Year of the Lord['s birth]", was shorter. And avoided a messy afterbirth reference.

The fifties flowed into the "sixties" flowed into the seventies flowed into the eighties.

There is no precise point in time that cultural eras shifted from one to the next.

I, myself, do not associate Rubik's cubes with the seventies. Definitely eighties.

Arguing about zero or one being the first of a sequence. Was this ever an issue before Computers?

Sorry, we haven't ACLU what happened in sealed 'Facebook decryption' case, but let's find out

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gender benders

We called them gender benders.

What if a connector feels that it is a different gender than as manufactured?

Can't just swap pins for holes without changing the wiring.

Consultant misreads advice, ends up on a 200km journey to the Exchange expert

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Re: Spoilers in Tech Docs!

ring the doorbell.

Press the button.

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Re: Spoilers in Tech Docs!

ring the doorbell.

Oh, I wish it could be Black Friday every day-aayyy, when the wallets start jingling but it's still a week till we're paiii-iid

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One that doesn't "watch" you?

Tech bosses talk kids' books! Could they show a glimmer of humanity? You only get one guess

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Dreams of a Child

"Rosie lowered her voice to a whisper. 'And when I grow up,' she confided, 'I want to gather all the personal data in the world and sell it to advertisers.'"

Good one.

Talk about a cache flow problem: This JavaScript can snoop on other browser tabs to work out what you're visiting

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Use different VMs to separate general browsing from secure browsing.

Use different VMs to separate general browsing from secure browsing.

My financial sites browser only connects to limited sites with certificate checks. No searches or random sites accesses are done on that VM.

IDK if it has changed, but NoScript doesn't see "blobs" which contain Javascript code. For that an ad blocker that can block all third party objects does the job.

Oi, Elon: You Musk sort out your Autopilot! Tesla loyalists tell of code crashes, near-misses

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Windows on Warships

Reminds me of El Reg comments on "Windows for Warships" regarding inopportune BSODs and reboots for updates.

Which reminds me of "The Heart of Gold" and in the middle of an attack, the ship's defensive systems shut down to make Dent Arthur Dent a cup of tea.

Dutch cops hope to cuff 'hundreds' of suspects after snatching server, snooping on 250,000+ encrypted chat texts

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Re: Sending a message

"Dutch police presumably realise this, so it must be intentional. Why? It's a pretty high-value resource to give up!"

They wanted to alert the elite pedophiles.

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Re: New???

Without evidence of a criminal activity they seized the servers.

This two-year-old X.org give-me-root hole is so trivial to exploit, you can fit it in a single tweet

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Re: And this is news how?

1) the user has to belong to sudo group. For a single user linux system this should not be a problem, unless one of your alters is a malicious hacker and you don't have security policy that requires separate logins.

2) the /etc/sudoers file has to have NOPASSWD in it.

If you are running Linux and are concerned that you don't have to enter your password then use sudo to change #2 above. If you really don't trust yourself with sudo, then use Windows.

Silent running: Computer sounds are so '90s

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Re: Ringtones are cringworthy

Boone's Farm and Ripple in the American Colonies. "Alcoholized fruity drinks." was my term for the like..

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Re: Ringtones are cringworthy

A coworker attended a wedding where the music for bride's entrance was "Highway to Hell".

"Chop Suey" good choice. I don't see many references to SOAD. That and "Aerials" along with "Toxicity" are my favorite tracks.

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Re: Ringtones are cringworthy

If the 14 year old on the internet is actually a dog, then it would be a human 98 years old.

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Re: Ringtones are cringworthy

I had that same issue with the internal sensors in my right thigh detecting vibrations from a non-existent phone.

I no longer carry the phone all day long in the same pocket, I no longer have that experience.

Retirement has its perks.

Want some of that sweet government contract money? Obama's CIO gives tips to land deals with Uncle Sam

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Pay to Play

"could not tell him their plan to implement it and what consulting house would be partnering"

Which consulting house (Obama's CIO used "what" instead of "which") is the key to your success.

Those houses would be the consulting houses that put cash in the pockets of .gov bureaucrats and politicians.

Python lovers, here's a library that will help you master AI as a newbie

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So easy a caveman can do it.

"master AI - All it takes is a few lines of code"

Let me guess, the library is an AI itself.

Relevant, today's SMBC link:


I like BigGANs but their pics do lie, you other AIs can't deny

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Fake reality created by fake intelligence

Fake reality, now who would want to be able create that?

Resident evil: Inside a UEFI rootkit used to spy on govts, made by you-know-who (hi, Russia)

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NSA has been subverting encryption since 2006,

"NSA has been subverting encryption since 2006,"

And this issue is never brought up when a bitcoin believer is promoting The Blockchain.

I remember when non secret level users were only allowed 64 bit encryption and even that tech could not be exported outside the USA. The idea was that the spooks could only break up to 64 bit.

At some point "someone" must have developed the tech to break 256 bit in close to real time and they no longer care about encryption.

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Re: Hardware button?

"Intel(ligence agency, central) Inside!"

Oslo clever clogs craft code to scan di mavens and snare dodgy staff

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Re: It's all academic

There just focusing to cash in on early round venture capital. Then hope they get bought up by Oracle or Google before they have to deliver.

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Don't be surprised if there is a "university" in any Small Town, USA.

The term is applied very liberally in the States to anything beyond basic schooling.

Marketing to get suckers to take on massive student loans for worthless degrees.

WLinux brings a custom Windows Subsystem for Linux experience to the Microsoft Store

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This is not the Linux on Desktop

This is not the Linux on Desktop for which you are looking.

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Open source developer develops a hobbled Linux distro that runs only on Microsoft Windows.

And expects to be rewarded for the effort.

He should have pulled a Bill Gates and sold Microsoft a copy of Debian Linux. But then the OS dude's mother is not on the Board of Directors of Microsoft.

How an over-zealous yank took down the trading floor of a US bank

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Re: DevOps?

I was doing DevOps in 1978. One person computer shop. I added peripheral maintenance to DevOps when I replaced the print chain on a GE line printer. Fun times. Start a batch job, go over to Times Square to down one or two liter of Dinkelacker. BDevOpFH.

Do not adjust your set, er, browser: This is our new page-one design

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AI with its usual bungling, trying to figure out individual humans.

Amazon's "other items purchased with this item" feature.

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Re: Keep the desktop site

I use the mobe version on desktop.

Use to get every page m version. Now just the front page.

Nice to have options.

Latest articles is all I need. Do not care what others are reading.

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"Pretty" overruling functionality.

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Idiocracy version

More images. Less text.

Then bemoan the lack of reading skills and habits.

A supplier's site, that I use, changed over to six items per page with large images and minimal text. Takes six pages to get through the over 30 items under a major category with no search box.

Feckin' useless.

Then there's the bandwidth required to load the front page.

Microsoft accidentally let encrypted Windows 10 out into the world

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Accident or a test?

Accidental release or by design? What exactly were they "testing"?

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19H1 - virus id?

19H1 - sounds like a flu virus identifier.

A boss pinching pennies may have cost his firm many, many pounds

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Re: Penny pinching boss

How much did the lack of promotion and socializing impact revenues?

Early experiment in mass email ends with mad dash across office to unplug mail gateway

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Only to those unfamiliar with Worcester, Massachusetts or Worcestershire Sauce.

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Two state parks in northern Kentucky along I-75.

"Beaver Lick"

followed by

"Big Bone Lick"

"Lick" is local word for a small stream.

The "Big Bone" refers to a dinosaur bone that was discovered by the stream.

Was fun to watch people, especially young women, when they saw the signs for the first time.

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Re: Reminds me of ...

I know of one current blog where the triad "tit" anywhere within a comment will make the comment queue for moderation. "Constitution", "constituent", "titular", "title", all earn a timeout.

Scunthorp would probably trigger the same reaction.

AI, machine intelligence, so smart.

Nah, it won't install: The return of the ad-blocker-blocker

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Conspicuous Consumers

They want the brand name displayed to show they have arrived and/or are a member of a group.

Not buying a shirt, buying status.

"Conspicuous Consumption" is the name of the behavior. It's not a recent development.

Fake prudes: Catholic uni AI bot taught to daub bikinis on naked chicks

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Here's an idea. De-stigmatize the natural human body. Remove the excitement of seeing something that is not supposed to be seen.

Male nipples are nonfunctional and okay to be seen. Female nipples are functional, nourishing life, and not to be seen.

This is a fine example of the limited capabilities of machine learning/intelligence. It cannot differentiate between cloth and flesh.

This will only encourage searching for the original images.

Decision time for AI: Sometimes accuracy is not your friend

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Two buttons, Man? Woman?

Two buttons, Man? Woman? Done.

The cybercriminal's cash cow and the marketer's machine: Inside the mad sad bad web ad world

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Big Fuss over Interent Ads

Proctor & Gamble, USA corp, decided to slash their Internet ad budget. They found the cuts had zero impact on their sales.

Waste of resources to create a need for branded products in the minds of possible consumers.

Bernays would be so happy.


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