* Posts by wayne 8

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I've got a verbal govt contract for Hyperloop, claims His Muskiness

wayne 8

Musk thrives on Welfare

Musk wants to suck on the Public teat to finance his ideas.

It would be fine if he were to privately finance his train.

Everything he is doing is heavily subsidized by Public funds.

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Hot HoloLens models 'shafted by Microsoft'

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Re: Pictures or it did not happen

Recently I wondered what has happened to the "Everywhere Girl".

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BOFH: That's right. Turn it off. Turn it on

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Eyeballing is Art.

Eyeballing is Art.

Digital is Code.

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Sysadmin bloodied by icicle that overheated airport data centre

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Had a new bathroom installed. Plumber installs drain. Concrete guy leveled the concrete floor around the drain. Contractor shrugs.

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New work: Algorithms to give self-driving cars 'impulsive' human 'ethics'

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A half century of driving

Over a half century of driving, driving professionally for a time, driving a NYC taxi, driving long haul buses, commuting into NYC on motorcycles, etc. I have racked up 72K miles in one year.

I have never had a real life trolley problem involving people, pets, or vehicles.

Reduce speed when conditions become ambiguous. Be aware of the area your vehicle is entering. Constantly scanning for possible "targets".

Situational awareness. [Also useful to survive as a pedestrian in current year London.]

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Extreme trainspotting on Britain's highest (and windiest) railway

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Re: 1,097m (3,599ft)

Texas is not known for its elevation changes.

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Photobucket says photo-f**k-it, starts off-site image shakedown

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Re: Lolwut

Say Photobucket goes tits up. Then what do the hot linkers do then?

If you are preserving for posterity, don't depend on a third party.

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Bitcoin would make it okay.

It would be okay if Bitcoin was accepted payment method?

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Smart burglars will ride the surf of inter-connected hackability

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Re: Who needs to hack?

They had a trick cyclist ready at a road test of the AI?

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Re: I can imagine the fun of hacking one...

My immediate reaction was "Dalek" said in a Dalek voice.

Surprised "Dalek" was this far down in the comments.

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Anthem to shell out $115m in largest-ever data theft settlement

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Re: "Anthem will not have to admit to any wrongdoing"

GDPR is not involved. Anthem is US based.

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Darkness to fall over North America from a total solar eclipse

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Re: As Yoda said, "There is another...."

Still Niagara Falls. Do you work for the local tourism council?

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NASA interested in the Sun

"NASA has been interested in discovering the close relationship between the Sun and Earth for a while."

They have been concentrating a lot on carbon dioxide lately.

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Elon Musk reveals Mars colony rocket capable of bringing pizza joints to the red planet

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Re: Human Survival - a good thing?

How long before Mars devolves into the usual human population center.

No matter where you go, what you do, you are always you.

Ten thousand, give or take, years of human development on plant Earth and we have what?

Higher Technology allowing the few to control a greater many.

Check out "India Stack".

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Ark B

Ark B. First and Last Mars mission.

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Yahoo! cleanup! will! cost! Verizon! half! a! billion! bucks!

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Was Yahoo! a toxic waste dump?

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Teen texted boyfriend to kill himself. It worked. Will the law change to deal with digital reality?

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He escaped a dismal, no end relationship.

And she did not get half, or all, of his stuff as the usual reward.

Too bad the guy never learned about what a normal relationship should be. Letting anyone talk to him in that way and thinking that her opinions mattered. No self esteem. Victim who thinks abuse is normal and he deserves it.

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H-1B visa applications from India plummet (and Trump can't claim credit)

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The article was not produced to tell us why H1B hires are trending lower.

Just that Trump cannot take credit, and because Trump.

I know more about their attitude towards Trump than I do about the titular subject of their report.

Is the trend a result of systemic changes? Or short term due to cyclical business activity?

Inquiring, active minds would like to know.

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When can real-world laws invade augmented reality fantasies? A trial in Milwaukee will decide

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Re: a Mortal Threat...to augmented reality games

Thank you. Saved me a posting.

It is not like they are shutting down Speakers Corner.

Okay, I am posting.

Active US military wasted our time playing Pokemon Go? Are the skilz transferable to remote killing of enemies of the State?

I see where this could go.

Citizens are connected to a government AR app. The app forms a crowd and sends the crowd after non compliant Citizens. Citizens gain privileges by success in the game. Win win.

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Cuffed: Govt contractor 'used work PC to leak' evidence of Russia's US election hacking

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The report did not "reveal", it suggests.

Already someone put forth the idea that the report functioned as a honeypot to catch leaks.

Go further and the "leak" becomes a way to "legitimize" an inconclusive report and blackwash the election result and President Trump.

The report was leaked, it was not "released for publication". The NSA would have no authority to publicize an unverified report that only "suggests" a conclusion.

Rabbit holes.

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Re: Any incompetent should know what todo by now.

Err, Madame Secretary Hillary Clinton in the role of Secretary of State.

She did all of that and wiped ("you mean like with a cloth?" Direct quote from her testimony to Congress.) the server to destroy evidence of her "no criminal intent" wrong doing.

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Re: Any incompetent should know what todo by now.

Also important is to have no criminal intent when breaking a law.

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For those unaware, the first duty of the NSA is to send a raw feed of ALL intercepts directly to Mossad HQ.

Then they apply filters and legal requirements to the feed before submitting pieces to relevant USA agencies.

Any questions about who wags the USA?

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If you have faith in your or any other government, you aren't paying attention.

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Re: Can someone with more knowledge on the subject answer me this:

Winner take all. No need for a mandate or a coalition.

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Earth resists NASA's attempts to make red and green clouds

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Re: Blasted weather!

The Great Disappointment happened in 1844.

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Google to give 6 months' warning for 2018 Chrome adblockalypse – report

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peel several layers of adverts off

Ah, you have never experienced the false ad cover over the real cover on a magazine or a special advertising section wrapped around a content section in the newspapers.

There were (are? I no longer consume magazines.) magazines that had several pages of ads before the table of contents with the only option to sequentially page through to find the TOC to find out on which page a cover story starts.

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Utah fights man's attempt to marry laptop

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Re: OK Computer

I've already brought up the 18+ rule and the date of manufacture of a sex bot on another forum.

Sticky issue.

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wayne 8

Re: 18+ years old

I slept with a PDP-11/04 back in 1979. NYC was pretty crazy.

The PDP (RT11) was busy printing a massive General Ledger on greenbar fanfold paper. When the printing stopped I would wake up and see what it needed. Another box paper or something more serious. Then back to sleep.

Earlier in the evening I would start a job then walk over to Times Square to grab a liter of German beer. Finish that off and go back in time to start the next step.

I also developed the Financial software that was producing the reports.

I was a DevOP before there were DevOps with a side of BOFH.

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The Linux cloud swap that spells trouble for Microsoft and VMware

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Has to do with the sub headline "Containers just wanna be hypervisors" a play on "Girls just wanna have fun" sung by Cyndi Lauper back when MTV played music videos.

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Reg now behind invisible HTML5 Bitcoin paywall

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I was thinking "my eyes, what's wrong with my eyes?"

Glad they finally mentioned the fading text.

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Microsoft kills Windows Vista on April 11: No security patches, no hot fixes, no support, nada

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I thought users killed off Vista a while back.

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Spammy Google Home spouts audio ads without warning – now throw yours in the trash

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Re: Easily fixed

Already happening. Third Party Blobs. Use AdBlockPlus and look for those in the list of items to block, then block each one. NoScript doesn't see <script> so ignores the blob.

Should be a way to block any blob from executing. Who knows what's in the blob.

"Bob's Blob Block"

PS Somebody has to get the personal assistants together and report back.

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COP BLOCKED: Uber app thwarted arrests of its drivers by fooling police with 'ghost cars'

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How did illegally operating get to be rape?

How did this story get to be about Uber drivers raping mothers, wives, daughters, sisters, girl friends, et al.?

I doubt that if they want to arrest a Uber rapist, the authorities wouldn't be using the app to hail a random nearby Uber.

I would be more worried about someone giving illegal pink mustache rides to strangers.

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Fireball in Tasmania: Possible CubeSat re-entry sparks alien panic

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desktop edition

I considered that this was an article about another distro of linux.

Lemur-2-NATE.

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Magic Leap sued for sex discrimination … by woman it hired to stamp out sex discrimination

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Re: "Wizards Wanted"

A guy named "Rony Abovitz" is not representative of American culture.

He looks and sounds like Dov Charney of American Apparel. Minus the public masturbation and blow jobs.

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Corpse of US anti-spying law unearthed, reanimated, pushed blinking into the sunlight

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No need for new laws

Just respect the inherent rights recognized in the Bill of Rights.

But what do you expect from lawmakers.

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IBM's Marissa Mayer moment: Staff ordered to work in one of 6 main offices – or face the axe

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Re: She has no clue

I was dinged on a review because I wasn't hanging out chatting with coworkers.

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Traditional IBM

"I've Been Moved" I heard this canard in the mid 70's.

I wonder if this is to reduce head count by culling those who value their life balance more than work.

Or does work from home not work out?

From a corporate financial perspective it is a win to offload the expense of buildings, power, heating/cooling, etc. to individual workers.

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Would you like to know why I get a lot of action at night?

wayne 8

Re: State of the art

Toggling the instructions on front panel rocker switches on a PDP-8.

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'Treat your developers like creative workers – or watch them leave'

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Exactly, and why I quit.

My motto was "Throw a problem over the wall and ignore any grumblings or other noises. I'll let you know when it is solved."

The managers who understood that were few and far between and they got exceptional results.

When it got to be that my job description was sit in my cube and answer questions and attend conference calls, I initiated my retirement. I was never going to be allowed to solve another puzzle, err problem. It wasn't worth the paycheck to sit in a cube.

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Oh, the things Vim could teach Silicon Valley's code slingers

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Re: Speaking of web browsers,

My first web "browser" was Lynx. Something to be said for unformatted text with placeholders "[image]" [IIRC] for images. No entrypoint for malware.

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wayne 8

Re: Emacs would be great, if it had a decent text editor...

Knowing how to use a CLI means you actually know the steps involved.

GUIs hide the important stuff and the deeper understanding that comes with hands on experience.

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Rounded Tabs

Reading the remark about rounded tabs, I looked at my FF and saw squared off tabs.

Then I realized why the Classic Theme add on is no longer maintained by the FF crew.

A Blue Peter badge to the FF crew.

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Re: Default != popular

I used Notepad.exe. Now I use Mousepad and especially for copying formatted text from a web page into plain text, before inserting same into a web browser email.

Paint was easy to use. I have looked for something like Paint to easily and simply do very basic image copy and paste with minimal edits. Gimp should be called Ginp, "Gimp Is Not Paint".

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Re: As a long-time Vim user (since 2005 or so)

EDT was my DEC editor of choice. Lighter weight than EDiT. I used ini files for EDiT to make it act like EDT, until conversion to HPUX in 2011 and I had to say goodbye to OpenVMS. I then used VI to relive my days with...

TECO on RT11. That was the cat's meow. Coded an entire financial report system in FORTRAN using a VT52.

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El Reg drills into chatbot hype: The AIs that want to be your web butlers

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Re: I see your problem

And how many of these aspiring software engineers are from India or China?

Now you know why Alexa is only competent enough to be a call centre rep in India reading from a script.

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Re: "It’s a trillion-dollar industry"

Hyperinflation.

At the that time it will cost a billion for daily bread and circuses.

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Thanks, Obama: NSA to stream raw intelligence into FBI, DEA and pals

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Does not apply to Israel

Israel/Mossad has been getting raw feed from NSA for a while already.

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