* Posts by LaeMing

2253 posts • joined 23 Dec 2009

Huge flying arse makes successful test flight

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Well I like it,

And I cannot lie!

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Alaska dentist 'pulled out patient's tooth while riding a hoverboard'

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Re: Unlawful Dental Acts

"Hoverboard dentist" sounds lame by comparison.

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You think your day was bad? OS X malware hackers just swiped a Mac dev's app source

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Re: Deathly silence

@LaeMing - "Also, I haven't heard any Mac user claim "Macs don't get viruses" since the '90s."

@ Andy Prough - "You must be only speaking to the reasonable and knowledgeable Mac users..."

Apparently so :-/

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Re: Lost ?

"Only wimps use [...] backup: real men just upload their important stuff on ftp, and let the rest of the world mirror it" - Linus Torvalds

Since this code was on a [non-public, in this case] GIT server, I assume it was backed up somewhere.

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Re: Deathly silence

Technically, it was a Trojan Horse. Entirely different attack vector. (Which doesn't mean MacOS doesn't have virus vulnerabilities, but this case wasn't exploiting one.)

Also, I haven't heard any Mac user claim "Macs don't get viruses" since the '90s. That decade might call and want you back.

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Dell BIOS update borks PCs

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Re: Ding Dong Dell

Ding Dong Dell

BIOS patch from Hell.

Who put it in?

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Re: So to get zero stars

Zero stars is when the Dell Tech (not their cat, even*) uses the keyboard as a litter box.

* cat litter box still gets 1 star.

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HP Inc wireless mouse can be spoofed

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Reminds me somewhat of the ghost-typist call-out.

Two people in adjoining offices had the same brand of wireless keyboards that just happened to have the same 8-bit ID code (this was many years ago, bluetooth is a little more capable than those old proprietary systems).

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We're calling it now: FCC votes 2-1 to rip up net neutrality on Thurs

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Re: (unsurprising)

Um... The 'Internet'* is not 'owned' by any one organization or country. That is sort of the whole point of the internet.

*As the name suggests, it is an INTERconnection of discrete NETworks, each independently owned but cooperating to work together for their common good. (Bunch of socialists!)

The US defence department developed many of the protocols that allow this to happen, on top of a lot of, I believe, British technology, with Australia contributing a good chunk of the technology allowing the wireless bits.

The US is, of course, entitled to do what they like with the pieces they do own, just as the rest of the world is entitled to rout their own pieces around the damage as best as they are able.

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Australia considers joining laptops-on-planes ban

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Re: And in other news,

And any people who is less likely to travel is less likely to notice how shitty their own country is compared to others. It is a big win for many Governments and their corporate sponsors.

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MP3 'died' and nobody noticed: Key patents expire on golden oldie tech

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Re: I don't understand how it 'died'

Didn't you hear? Now when a patent expires, the IP doesn't become public domain, it is banned for eternity so corporations can milk the Next Big Thing (TM).

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US judges say you can Google Google, but you can't google Google

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I prefer to "websearch"

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Beaten passenger, check. Dead giant rabbit, check. Now United loses cockpit door codes

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"The safety of our customers ... is our top priority"

Unless we have overbooked and want your seat back.

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Plutus Payroll finally pays up ... but pays people TOO MUCH!

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Re: Yeah but no but

"Ahh,but sometimes the machines do manage to somehow make mistakes."

I am pretty confident, if you dug deeper, you would find it was caused by an edge case that a human programmer had not accounted for, and yes, the computer was still doing what it was instructed to do.

About the only 'computer mistake' I will accept is the outside chance of a cosmic ray flipping a bit in memory, but even that could be blamed a designer not putting in enough redundancy, especially in a critical system such as used in finance.

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Re: Yeah but no but

My mum (bless her) gets absolutely livid when people (especially bank staff) try to tell her that 'the computer' made a mistake. It is usually the operator (or occasionally the programmer) that makes the mistake, and the computer does what it is told, as she is happy to tell them!

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Japanese researchers spin up toilet paper gyroscopes for science

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@Number6

It's the civilized way to live!

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Re: Papering over the crack

Error: Excess Rotation. ... Did you just get a new kitten?

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Does it account for which way the janitorial staff put the roll on (which seems random here)? Will it report me as a pedant for always turning the 'backward' rolls the 'right' way around?

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Linus Torvalds stops personally signing Linux kernel RC tarballs

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He is also married to a mother.

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Strap yourself in, fasten your helmet, and try out FreeNAS 11.0-RC

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Re: Crash test dummies. Off topic..

Ironically, most actual children, given the option, would probably insist on it. As part of their funeral.

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Try not to scream: Ads are coming to Amazon's Alexa – and VR goggles

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Re: Get me of this f'in planet...

Of course we can (and do) make such things. You just won't find them in the regular retail channels. Some assembly may also be required.

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Re: "OK, you can scream now..."

I'm pretty confident the average paramedic has seen far worse!

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Re: Why Do They Persist....

Adverwhats?

Even without an add-blocker, I just don't see them without explicitly looking for them.

Advertising as it is generally presented to the masses generally just doesn't work on me. Presumably the demographic I am part of just isn't important enough to tailor advertising for (it would have to be ads with a lot of easily-parsed technical detail about why a product is genuinely useful to me - there are products like that out there: I generally find them via a combination of hard searching, accident and reading datasheets).

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Bot you see is what you get: The cold reality of Microsoft's chat 'AI'

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Re: ymmv

"Command lines have to be learnt and there isn't an AI behind the scenes trying to figure out what not only did people type but also what they meant."

/Yours/ might not!

But the modern one on my Debian box is moving well in that direction, especially with intelligent tab suggestion/completion!

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Re: "Headless apps"

"Headless" does imply "Brainless"

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Well this is awkward. As Microsoft was bragging about Office at Build, Office 365 went down

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Re: Take home message

I got 365 problems, but LibreOffice ain't one!

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nbn™ trials 10 Gbps fibre tech most of you will never see

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The article picture is great! I'm still chuckling at it.

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Chip design chap arrested for using photocopier

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Re: On the other hand....

It's the usual 9:1 rule* of common sense that tends to apply across all humanity.

*9 people got none for every 1 that has some.

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On the other hand....

.... I was once on an interviewing panel for a mid-sized Chinese tech company (they wanted a native English speaker to verify the applicants actually could speak intelligible English). Several of the interviewees were from competing companies and each was asked if they had any inside information they could bring with them.

Plot-twist: the one who said "Sorry, No" got in the take-serously tray and the ones who claimed they could were binned. This company was smart enough to realise that if a prospective employee would do it to their previous employer on the way in, they would later do the same to them on the way out.

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Don't install our buggy Windows 10 Creators Update, begs Microsoft

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Re: Don't inhale

I actually installed cut-to-size form-ply boards over all the bottom panes for that reason (leased premises, so no permanent mods). Does that count as a security wall?

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Last week they removed all the old windows from my apartment. Ancient-looking things and full of bugs (redbacks at the front, a bull-ant nest under the bedroom window). They then installed nice new windows, which look much better: cleaner, newer design, easier to operate. Only downside is I can't use more than one major appliance at a time until I upgrade the RAM.

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Thank you, I'm here all week! :-P

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Australia scraps temporary visas for skilled workers

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Re: My Take

It is basically a big political circle-jerk, is what we are saying.

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Re: The nation is not creating enough jobs to keep up with population growth

Technological advancement without a pull-back in working hours will do that for ya!

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Re: There is no shortage

Sounds a bit like the recurrent 'shortage of school teachers' the govt. likes to trolley out from time to time, which is actually a shortage of 'paid (at any rate) teaching positions'.

I ended up out-sourcing myself to China for several years back in the early '00's due to that one, since the door actually swings both ways sometimes.

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Re: Visa?

Because they only scrapped 457 of them, there are plenty left.

*Wait for meeeeeee*

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Don't panic, Florida Man, but a judge just said you have to give phone passcodes to the cops

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Re: Fingerprint unlocking...

Considering the habit in some less-savory parts of the world of cutting off the required appendage... possibly not!

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Forgetful ZX Spectrum reboot firm loses control of its web domains

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Re: Bum Fun Gaming

Homeless people deserve games too!

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Ewe, get a womb! Docs grow baby lambs in shrink-wrap plastic bags

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Re: Actual Highlight

Good luck, but I hope you aren't expecting a positive energy output!

I still think the Matrix should have turned out to be the machines' last-ditch effort to preserve humanity after humanity wrecked the Earth (and Xion were a bunch of idiots who missed the memo).

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eBay threatens to block Australians from using offshore sellers

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A typical shopping trip in Australia for me.

Me - Goes to shop that could reasonably be expected to sell ITEM. "Do you have ITEM?"

Shop - "What is an ITEM?"

Me - Shows diagram or picture, "One of these."

Shop - Looks at me like I am a bug squashed on the sole of their shoe. "There is no such thing as ITEM."

Me - "Yes there is. Could you order one in for me?"

Shop - "No. We only stock NOT-ITEM. You should buy NOT-ITEM as it is what we want to sell."

Me - "Sorry, I can't use NOT-ITEM for what I want to do with ITEM." Leaves shop, goes home (via several other shops with same result, if I am feeling particularly masochistic). Orders online. Has it a few days later.

Shop (to government) - Waaaaaaaaah. We can't compete in a free market by selling crap no-one actually wants to buy. Waaaaaaaaaaaah. Protect us from the evil foreners! Their supplying what the customer actually wants is unfair trade! Waaaaaaaaaaaah.

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Would you believe it? The Museum of Failure contains quite a few pieces of technology

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Re: FFS...

Linux is, by far, the least-worst desktop OS.

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Re: Minidisk

I recall reading about the frustration of one user who couldn't make digital copies of a minidisk *he had recorded himself* (It was, IIRC, his brother's wedding) because Sony's DRM was convinced you would only ever do such a thing for piracy purposes.

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Bic pens perfectly good!?

You obviously have different Bic pens over there. Horrible scratchy, jam-uppy things guaranteed to run out mid-word at least once a sentence, in my personal experience (which is admittedly a couple of decades old - haven't used that brand of ball-point since I got sick of them in junior high back in the 80's).

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Make America Wait Again: Trump hasn't stopped H-1B visas

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Re: I'm wondering if the Trump families potential investments in India impacted this...

The POTUS doesn't have absolute power to do whatever he likes as Trump (and many TV/movie-influenced people) thought.

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BDSM sex rocks Drupal world: Top dev banished for sci-fi hanky-panky

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Re: Bah!

Gor may be what furries make fun of, but yes, it is still no reason for firing someone.

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So my ISP can now sell my browsing history – what can I do?

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Track Me Not

Suggested over at ArsTechnica was https://cs.nyu.edu/trackmenot/

I haven't looked into it in detail yet though.

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Federal Police toss nbn™ under a bus over leaks to Senator

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Re: Does nbn mean anything anymore?

It isn't an acronym anymore. You are meant to pronounce it phonetically. Sort of a mumbled grunt.

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UK Home Sec: Give us a snoop-around for WhatApp encryption. Don't worry, we won't go into the cloud

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Re: Deadworld ahoy

A zombie can kill you, but it can't 'murder' you any more than a run-away trolley car can 'murder' you.

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Watching the criminals is easy - just install a small shaving mirror on each minister's desk.

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Happy Motherboards day: Here's some (Optane) memory

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32 GiB!

Screw fancy acceleration algorithms! I can run my entire OS, applications and userspace out of that!

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USA can afford golf for Trump. Can't afford .com for FBI infosec service

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Re: Public Private Partnership Initiative

I thought communism was what .com meant?

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