* Posts by Dog11

26 posts • joined 28 Aug 2010

London Gatwick Airport reopens but drone chaos perps still not found


Re: machine gun?

@RancidRodent I'd be more than surprised if a 9mm hollow point fired at a 70 degree angle from a sub machine gun/pistol could make it much further than a kilometre.

The accepted maximum range of a 9mm bullet fired from a handgun is 2300m. Fired from something with a longer barrel, it would be a bit more. Range does depend on bullet weight, but hollow points tend to be about the same weight (and aerodynamics) as solids to make the ballistics about the same as solid bullets. Range also depends on muzzle velocity, which for typical 9mm cartridges will peak at about a 16 inch barrel, yielding a velocity increase of about 30% over a handgun's 4 inch barrel. That would give a max range of around 2990m. So are there any unprotected people within 3km of Gatwick?


Re: War time innovation

African or European swallow?

Apple forgot to lock Intel Management Engine in laptops, so get patching



isn't all security based on some dependence on obscurity?

Nope. If I brick the doorway up, there's nothing obscure about it at all. But you won't walk through it.

Why are sat-nav walking directions always so hopeless?


Re: never seems to taste the same?

if you're limited on volts , just top it up with amps to make a lovely batch of kilowatts

The thing is, how many amps you can pull without melting your wiring depends on how heavy the wire is. This limits US appliances to 1.8 kw. Google suggests that the UK has kettles running anywhere up to 3 kw (twice the voltage, twice the power, using the same thickness of wire).

It may be poor man's Photoshop, but GIMP casts a Long Shadow with latest update


Re: once you put half a day or a day into it, it's actually easier

That really doesn't matter. You've lost most of the potential users in the first half day.

That must be why everybody uses Movie Maker instead of Adobe Premiere, eh?

Fingered: Pants-down 'poo jogger' alleged to be corp exec


Perhaps he was aiming for a spot on the Privy Council?

Fixing a printer ended with a dozen fire engines in the car park


Re: Don't wear high vis

army squaddies in their usual full cammo fatigues, plus each with a high-vis vest

Somewhere in my closet I have a (US Army) safety vest. The entire thing is dark olive drab, but if you shine a light on it red reflective bands will shine back. I liked the incongruity. I guess the idea was that the enemy would be silently creeping in the dark, not driving vehicles with headlights on.

LLVM contributor hits breakpoint, quits citing inclusivity intolerance


Re: White Hysteria?


SJW is the label THEY GAVE THEMSELVES. We capitalized the term because they don't fight for social justice, they fight for identity politics and discrimination.

I'd never heard that. I've never heard anyone describe themself as a SJW. Can you give a cite for usage prior to (negative) use by... trying to avoid terms you don't like... your group of friends?

'I crashed AOL for 19 hours and messed up global email for a week'


Re: Sendmail hacking to the rescue

Considering floppy disks used to carry 1.44 megs meaning 40 megs held less than thirty disks, and even back then a single floppy held basically not a whole lot of anything, that sounds a tad bit optimistic

You had 1.44M floppies? You kids didn't know when you had it good. We had 180K floppies, and were grateful for it, didn't have to hump cartons of punchcatds around anymore.

Batteries are so heavy, said user. If I take it out, will this thing work?


Oh, you mean the hard drive?

Uber: Ah yeah, we pay women drivers less than men. We can explain!


poor, hesitant, slow and drivers lacking in confidence are WAY more annoying for other participants in traffic. Those are overwhelmingly women.

While this may be statistically true for women in general (I don't know), it is likely linked to driving experience (hours put in behind the wheel). I suspect women get less (ever notice how when a couple goes somewhere, it's almost always the male who drives?).

But I also suspect that's not going to be true of the women who choose to drive for Uber. Those women aren't likely to be the ones who are nervous behind the wheel.

Fridge killed my baby? Mag-field radiation from household stuff 'boosts miscarriage risk'


Re: So who is Kaiser Permanente and what is "Scientific Reports" ?

Does anyone recall the studies about increased miscarriage rates of VDU operators in the 80's and 90's?...

...it turns out the key stroke recording systems were timing the operators and if you weren't fast, couldn't stay fast or were fast but inaccurate you could be fired, which (surprise surprise) the operators found quite stressful.

I dunno, but in the early 90s I troubleshot an office with a number of IBM Displaywriters (1 MHz 8086 with a CRT). One secretary complained hers made her break out in a rash on her arms. My theory was that it was maybe the electrostatic field on the CRT faceplate (if you held your arm near it, you could feel the hairs stand up) or maybe the dust that it attracted. A screen filter (glass with a metalized coating that was grounded) solved her problem. Psychosomatic? No way to know, and since she stopped complaining we didn't care.

Heating is not the only possible effect.

Red panic: Best Buy yanks Kaspersky antivirus from shelves


Re: What a turn round

Amusing to see the hard left Dems taking up McCarthyism and checking for reds under the bed.

There are no "hard left Dems" in Congress. The Dems are a center-right party, by world standards. So Congress has only "center-right" and "extreme right" wings. The US has been drifting right since the 1980s (it never has been left).


Re: What a turn round

Amusing to see the hard left Dems taking up McCarthyism and checking for reds under the bed.

There are no "hard left Dems" in Congress. The Dems are a center-right party, by world standards. So Congress has only "center-right" and "extreme right" wings.

UK not as keen on mobile wallets as mainland Europe and US


I live in the US, and while I'm aware of the existence of phone payment, I have never seen anyone actually do it. As far as that goes, I don't think I've ever seen anyone do a contactless payment, either. And PIN is rare for credit cards (more common with debit cards). Not everywhere even has working chip readers, though they are becoming more common (and disliked, because the chip is slower than a swipe). Typically over some floor limit (~$50) you'll need a signature, chip or no. Even if there is a signature, it's rare for a clerk to look at it, though occasionally a clerk will notice a card that hasn't been signed yet, and get the customer to sign it (in that case, of course, the signature always matches the credit slip).

Shadow Brokers crack open NSA hacking tool cache for world+dog


Re: "Assad is a doctor"

@who really doubts that the USA had good intel on aircraft movements that matched the attack?

Oh, nobody has doubts about that. Where the doubt comes in is that we don't know whether the USA lied about it.

Dishwasher has directory traversal bug


Re: Bewildered. (That's grown-up speak for "wtf")

@AC "prosumer"

Wankiest word of the day.

It's been in use for quite a while. E.g. a video cam that costs $4K (which was what a Panasonic DVX-100B went for new, though today it's called "obsolete"). That's way less than a real pro cam, but almost as good and way more than Uncle Bob will spend to make pictures of the kids.

Two words, Mozilla: SPEED! NOW! Quit fiddling and get serious


Re: Thunderbird

"In Thunderbird, F3 isn't used for anything at all. Why not attach it to the search function? Another couple of common keystrokes for search are CTRL-F and CTRL-S. Guess what they do in Thunderbird? Yep. Nothing. Morons."

Ctrl+F opens a "Find in Page" toolbar at the bottom of the Message Pane in my Thunderbird v45.7.0 on Linux Mint. F3 then does "Find Again in Current Message".

And 45.7.1 does the same in Win10.

Trump's FBI boss, Attorney General picks reckon your encryption's getting backdoored


Re: Back to MD5, et. al.

it will be like the restrictive gun ownership laws in most European countries. Bad guys and bad governments will have boat loads of them, working people will have to be nice like sheep, hoping nothing bad happens to them.

Yeah. Like US gun owners stopped the "Patriot" act from being passed and enforced. Like they prevented Shrub from attacking Iraq. Like they prevented Ruby Ridge and Waco. Like they stopped government torturers. Like they blocked the path to the White House for TV stars with fascist tendencies.

Hopefully, it was just a bad analogy.

Sysadmin figures out dating agency worker lied in his profile


Re: Bless....

Sure you can still get Letraset, though it's a bit harder to find these days. How else to make a front panel with lettering that looks silkscreened? A little polyurethane varnish on top will make it just about indestructible.

Julian AssangeTM to meet investigators in London


Re: i know but...

Are the British Isles in fact part of Europe?

I mean geologically/geographically. It would seem to me that they are Islands "floating" off the coat of Europe and thus not part of it.

Just like Sicily, eh?

Philando Castile death-by-cop vid mysteriously vanishes from Facebook


Re: Moderation

"While I'm all for shedding light on police misconduct, brutality or even murder, it is not unreasonable to think that someone at Facebook thought that video of the bloody aftermath of such a murder should not be readily available on their platform which is commonly used by all kinds of people, including children."

Children need to be educated to the fact that our police must be viewed as incompetent, armed and dangerous.

China's Great Firewall inventor forced to use VPN live on stage to dodge his own creation


>> To the audience's amazement, Binxing then tried to bypass

>> the firewall using a VPN installed on his computer – the

>> same tool secretly installed by millions of Chinese to get

>> around censorship efforts, but whose use is heavily frowned

>> upon by officials.


> Perhaps frowned so much as to put Mr. Fang to good use at

> the local salt mine for, say, ten years?

No, he's an official. The rules don't apply if you're sufficiently high in that category (and that's not only in China), though it was very bad form to do it in front of an audience.

Microsoft replaces Windows 10 patch update, isn't saying why


<i>It skipped version numbers because of lazy 3rd party app developers in the time of Windows 95 / Windows 98 who coded applications to look for Windows 9* rather the discrete numbers</i>

That's their story, sure.

But I was a beta tester for another piece of software (that shall remain nameless). The developers did the same sort of skip in version numbers, and internally admitted that the reason was that the competition's software had a higher version number. They thought that in the eyes of the public, higher number meant better.

If the competition's version number is 10, even if it's in a Roman numeral, could Redmond risk falling behind? I think not.

HP slaps dress code on R&D geeks: Bin that T-shirt, put on this tie


Ah yes. When the consulting firm I worked for introduced a dress code (the owner had just taken a course at Harvard Business School, the wellspring of many terrible ideas), most of the employees just obstinately wore the same clothes they always wore (the geologists tended to jeans and flannel shirts). I think one of the secretaries wore pantyhose, and bitched about it all day. But I wore white pants, a lemon yellow tuxedo jacket (purchased at a thrift store a few years earlier for a band gig), and sunglasses. It was a big hit. Pity the boss was out of the office that day. By the next day everything was back to normal and no one ever mentioned the dress code again.

Porn and pirates hide Android's money maker


Only 49% "earning less than they'd expected"?

Seems like a pretty good number to me. I'd expect most apps (as with most new products in general) are written by people who wildly overestimate how breathlessly the world is waiting for their product. If half are making as much or more than they'd expected, that likely shows the public will buy just about anything.

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