* Posts by ITS Retired

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Crash, bang, wallop: What a power-down. But what hit the kill switch?

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Re: No? Break.

The very first thing you need learn about big, noisy engines of all kinds, is how to stop them. How to start them is a few more steps doing the list.

The Apple Mac is 35 years old. Behold the beige box of the future

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Re: If machines have personalities

Microsoft is going way out of their way to make sure Windows 10 changes that percentage so that Apple and Linux both have a much greater percentage of the market than now.

Cops told: No, you can't have a warrant to force a big bunch of people to unlock their phones by fingerprint, face scans

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Re: Does it apply to US ports?

Why have a Constitution then? Just have everyone give up all their constitutionally guaranteed Rights and be done with it.

US midterms barely over when Russians came knocking on our servers (again), Democrats claim

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Our so-called two party system is so corrupt, neither can figure which way is up, even if they had a helium filled balloon, on a string, ready to release.

If I could turn back time, I'd tell you to keep that old Radarange at home

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Re: Running backwards ?

It is sensible to use the power line as a sync source. The 50/60 Hz power line frequency is held to very tight tolerances, traceable to atomic clocks..

The internal crystal controlled oscillators, not so much. How often do you have to reset your digital watch, or kitchen clock because the time is too far off?

An upset tummy and a sphincter-loosening blackout: Lunar spaceflight is all glamour

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Re: As time goes on the space program gets more amazing to me @jake

If you are an American, your heritage is either Native American, slave, refugee or immigrant. That's it.

Which are you?

US told to appoint a damn Privacy Shield ombudsperson already or EU will take action

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However the reverse sure isn't true. The US government thinks they are in charge.

On the first day of Christmas, Microsoft gave to me... an emergency out-of-band security patch for IE

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You'd think IE would be iron clad bullet proof by now.

One might think, but you'd still be wrong.

Boeing 737 pilots battled confused safety system that plunged aircraft to their deaths – black box

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Holmes

Re: Hey software, get the fuck out of the way!

Set it up so who every made the red button make its contacts connect first, has control. If they can do similar on game shows, they can do this in multi-million $$$ passengers planes, too.

What the #!/%* is that rogue Raspberry Pi doing plugged into my company's server room, sysadmin despairs

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Re: Legality

"Next you'll say something really ridiculous, like that foreigners are actually people."

People with Rights, not subject to United States laws. What a concept, huh?

People like Julian Assange, even.

Yikes. UK military looking into building 'fully autonomous' killer drone tech – report

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Holmes

This will all come to a head someday.

Then we can start all over by using rocks, up close and personal, just as we used to do it.

'He must be stopped': Missouri candidate's children tell voters he's basically an asshat

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There are some people that the

(R) behind the name, is enough for them to support anybody, no matter how vile the candidate is. That (D) stands for "evil socialism" and most of us know how destructive "evil socialism" is, because... Taxes! Never mind that those type of (R) people have no clue of how those taxes benefit them... Til they don't., then hear them scream.

Finally, a use for AI and good old-fashioned simulations: Hunting down E.T. in outer space

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We don't even understand everything that's needed for life here.

Or to maintain it for that matter. It has been only recently we really understood the roll our magnetic field played in keeping our atmosphere in place and otherwise protected us. Or the moon's roll in keeping that magnetic field going. Too many planets are like Mars, or Venus, without a large enough moon to keep the plate tectonics moving. No plate tectonics, no magnetic field, no life.

We can barely make out any planets out there, let alone if they have any moons large enough to matter.

While I'm sure there is life out there, even reasonably intelligent life (I'm not sure we count), we will never know for sure. The distances are just too great and the speed of light is too slow.

AI lifeline to help devs craft smartmobe apps that suck a whole lot less... battery capacity

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Re: I know what will help battery life!

And/or thicker smart phones to allow for bigger batteries. Paper thin phones are not being driven by the consumers. It is being driven by the manufactures, so they can say, "Hey lookie, something new and different.

Self-driving cars may not have steering wheels in future, dev preview for PyTorch 1.0 is here, etc

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Joke

Re: Turn left here please

Must be using Apple iMaps.

Microsoft gets ready to kill Skype Classic once again: 'This time we mean it'

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Re: Microsoft like to change user interfaces in order to piss off users.

"This seems to be their main hobby.

If it works, break it.

If it's useful, hide it.

If they like it, change it."

That's the only way they know to make something "New & Improved".

Eventually MS will piss off the wrong people, or enough people, and go the way of a bunch of other used to be, world wide corporations.

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

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Re: Multi-GB Unplugging the keyboard = kernel panic ?

Computer side USB drivers can be full of bloat too. Remember Microsoft recognizes USB stuff and even sets them up to work; most of the time.

Developer goes rogue, shoots four colleagues at ERP code maker

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Re: A gun is involved in every single mass shooting.

Militias are mention in the first part of the 2nd Amendment. You know the forgotten part that many think was written in invisible ink.

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Re: A gun is involved in every single mass shooting.

Read the Title. It says mass shooting, not mass murder.

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A gun is involved in every single mass shooting.

Isn't it time to make it harder to acquire firearms? Have real background checks from a common federal government data base. Have at least a week long waiting period. Tax up the wazoo semi automatic fire arms, such as the AR-15. They are not needed and almost useless for hunted anyway. Psychiatric evaluations for anyone trying to buy a firearm for self protection. These are the people that end up shooting other people, Or getting shot with their own firearm by their 2 year old.

Only 35% or so of the U.S. population own firearms. Yet their are many hundreds of thousands more firearms floating around than the total population of this country.

Do something to stop the slaughter. NOW is the time to talk about what to do about stopping the violent gun deaths. Think you need a firearm? Join a militia first and show up every month for their meetings. Or lose your firearm.

Flying to Mars will be so rad, dude: Year-long trip may dump 60% lifetime dose of radiation on you

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Re: Anti-ageism

"> start with the very rich.

Start with the politicians."

Often the same people.

Microsoft pulls plug on IPv6-only Wi-Fi network over borked VPN fears

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Re: Welcome to the real world, MS

Microsoft has an arrogance problem. They think if they want, or did something, everyone else will just fall in line.

They need to answer their outside phones and read their outside e-mails for clues that they might be having problems that they don't recognize as such.

You'll never guess what you can do once you steal a laptop, reflash the BIOS, and reboot it

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Re: Again.. How many people turn their machine off?

The Boy Scouts of America? I suppose some teenage antics can get out of hand.

Redis does a Python, crushes 'offensive' master, slave code terms

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We can't be having descriptive nomenclature.

People might figure out what you are talking about. You know like some people might think male/female electrical plugs as being obscene (USA). I'm really surprised no one has redesigned the working ends of common extension cords and power cords plugs for appliances and household outlets as being less suggestive to safe guard the sensibilities of children.

(Frequency and Hertz is another example of confusion.) Everything new ain't necessarily better.

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

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I like it.

The new format works fine on my fondle slab, my phone and my desktop. Better even than before on the hand helds.

All that white space people are complaining about? I just assume it is space for ads that I don't see and never have seen. I just ignore it, by assuming it probably has some purpose for something by somebody. Otherwise it wouldn't be there. My curiosity doesn't even care.

I got used to the last change. This one doesn't need getting used to.

Microsoft: You don't want to use Edge? Are you sure? Really sure?

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Holmes

More bloat in an already over bloated OS

Microsoft need a legal lesson that our computers are not theirs to control and run as they see fit.

Regardless of which operating system is installed, or how many.

Voting machine maker claims vote machine hack-fests a 'green light' for foreign hackers

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Electronic voting machines need to be insecure, so that the local precincts can have the correct winner.

That is the why of no paper trail, internet connectable, common admin passwords among machines, Some flavor of windows, propitiatory secret software and firmware and so on.

These people also make very secure ATM machines, so it is not like they don't know how to do voting machine security right.

No, eight characters, some capital letters and numbers is not a good password policy

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Facepalm

Or like one person I knew back in beige CRT days, who wrote the passwords in pencil around the front edge of the monitor.

Well, when you have some 2 dozen passwords with forced changes, depending on the login, from 30, 60, 90 days... and different password requirements for each password.

Too frequent password changes is a security breach. It leads to people to have passwords such as - Password1, or passw0rD1, Password#1, etc,

You won't believe this but... everyone hates their cable company: Bombshell study lands

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Re: If Google are 2nd best at things including customer service

I have Google Fiber.. Their response has always be timely and helpful. I have no complaints. They are much better that AT&T in everything, including speed and reliability.

No one wants new phones – it's chips that keep Samsung chugging

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Giles Jones: More battery life? But that would involve making the phone thicker. And everbody knoes we want paper thin phones we can roll or fold up and put in our pockets .

I have an idea, make the phones thick enough and add a layer of rubber around the edges, so it doesn't need a case to protect it. The very opposite of what we are being told we want. Replaceable batteries, with a built in USB port on the battery for charging, would be good too.

Former FBI boss Comey used private email for official business – DoJ

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Re: Lock them all up?

That's my prayer too.

Microsoft reveals which Windows bugs it might decide not to fix

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These bug fixes... Or not

"The document also explains that it rates bugs on a five-step scale - Critical, Important, Moderate, Low, and None – and that Microsoft only fixes Critical and Important flaws."

So, after a while the software will be so full of Moderate and Low bugs, as to be unfit for purpose?

ICO smites Bible Society, well fines it £100k...

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Re: How is this helpful?

Prison sentences for the CEO and anyone working there that condoned the illegal action. It has been obvious for a long time, that fines do not work very well. It worked quite well for Iceland and its banks.

Windows Notepad fixed after 33 years: Now it finally handles Unix, Mac OS line endings

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How much Slurp did Windows add to Notepad with this "Fix"?

I'm suspicious of any improvements and fixes Microsoft does anymore. What useful function did they take away? There has to be something, even something as simple as Notepad.

Audiophiles have really taken to the warm digital tone of streaming music

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I'm over 70 and have an Atlanta Georgia AM streaming Oldies on the Internet. Free. So some of us over 50s do have an interest.

However, you are correct about HiFi and real life. Real life is better if you can get far enough away, so as to not damage your ears. WTH is up with 130 db @ 300 feet, anyway?

Windows 10 Springwatch: See the majestic Microsoft in its natural habitat, fixing stuff the last patch broke

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Re: Zzzzzzz

That's not hate. It is well earned despise.

CEO insisted his email was on server that had been offline for years

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Re: Deleting emails

10,000+ emails in her inbox? I think mine has that many unread ones. She seldom deletes anything. Over 15 years worth of (web-mail) e-mails.

If she doesn't think it demands her immediate attention, it often goes unread. When ask about it, she will then find and open it.

US, UK cyber cops warn Russians are rooting around in your routers

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Holmes

Aren't we doing the exact same thing to Russia?

Of course we are. Also we are doing it to any and every entity that has a router, regardless of laws and countries the router is in.

Why do you think the Internet is actually so slow? It is not any DoS, it is our own government filling the Internet up with data sucking traffic.

Go away, kid, you bother me: Apple, Google, Microsoft, Mozilla kick W3C nerds to the curb

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Unhappy

bombastic bob: Using tiny light grey text on bright white background should be PUNISHABLE by DEATH!

There, fixed it for ya. Otherwise you are correct.

Almost every website does this light grey on white thing now. What is wrong with black on light gray. Light gray being close to the print shade on this site.

I am also noticing that dead tree, print material is doing this now.

Any social media accounts to declare? US wants travelers to tell

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Re: its optional....

No, no, no... That would not be enough hassle. You have to arrive at our border first, so they can then refuse entry. After the refusal for entry, you have to spend hours, or even days, waiting for the flight back -- Both ways on your dime of course.

Uber's disturbing fatal self-driving car crash, a new common sense challenge for AI, and Facebook's evil algorithms

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Re: Driving 101

Safe driving also includes movement on both sides of the road, not just whatever may or may not be on the road. The human brain is not very multi-user.

If you are looking for children, then you might not see the motorcycle. If you are looking for cars at an intersection, them you might miss seeing any people. The list can rapidly get longer then the brain can process in the time given to react. So no making up lists of stuff to look for.

If anything moves against the background, pay it some attention.

Will the defendant please rise? Utah State Bar hunts for sender of topless email

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Re: Terribly American

Many people here in the US of A and elsewhere have a real problem with anything reminding them that we humans are animals too. They often use the children as the excuse to deny this, instead of the proof we are.

Equifax hack worse than previously thought: Biz kissed goodbye to card expiry dates, tax IDs etc

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Re: Clearly allowing companies to hold this kind of information should not be allowed

"Then add in real punishments if they abuse the system or attempt to get around it by pressuring their customers for information unrelated to the transaction."

Why don't we go after the CEO, the Board of Directors, middle management and anyone else in the chain of command and personally make them responsible and paying for correcting the wrong, including prison.

This dipping into the company's petty cash to pay a fine is obviously not working.

Creep learning: How to tamper with neural nets to turn them against us

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Childcatcher

So, if I understand things correctly...

This is another step towards machines thinking just like humans.

F-35 flight tests are being delayed by onboard software snafus

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Re: Hindsight is the view after you have used your arse to look at something, not eyes and brain

@ Grant Fromage, you are not seeing the profits being made here. That is the important thing. Actual war is secondary to the profits. Why? Because actual war costs money in replacing stuff this expensive, when it gets blown out of the air by some pilot, in a 50 year old fighter jet, eye-balling it in.

C++? What is this Windows 10 software?

Electronic voting box makers want kit stripped from eBay – and out of hackers' hands

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Re: Ontario, Canada doesn't have these problems . . .

"In Ontario, and many other jurisdictions, a recount is easy - just rerun the scanning operation."

Using different scanners than used the first time!

If there is a discrepancy, first check ballot count against voter count. Then check the accuracy of the original scanners. If election fraud is indicated, then start looking for people to put in prison.

In a few election cycles, honest elections might start happening.

Nest's slick IoT burglar alarm catches crooks... while it eyes your wallet

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Re: Game Cams

Some common sense there. You are correct.

I triggered the burglar alarm at a isolated work location one time and spend 10 to 15 minutes finishing the work I went there to do. I was 10 unhurryed miles away, when I was notified by the truck 2-way that the alarm went off. I had to go back and reset it.

Paranoid management thought we needed the burglar alarm because the building was off by itself. There wasn't much to interest a burglar anyway. A waste of money.

Opportunity rover survives Martian winter for eighth time

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Holmes

Re: The American Government Might Be Run By The Biggest Idiot Of All Time But . . .

And some people say governments can't do anything right.

They they run for office and prove themselves correct.

US government seizes Texas gun mass murder to demand backdoors

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Joke

Re: If you can't get rid of the guns ...

"Last box of .22 I had, two rounds failed to work!"

Maybe they were reloads.

How we fooled Google's AI into thinking a 3D-printed turtle was a gun: MIT bods talk to El Reg

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"One, or a few, false positives, yes. Massive amounts, no. If everyone is triggering automatic security systems and the human searchers cannot find anything suspicious, at some point the humans will assume the system is wrong and ignore it even when it does flag a real positive."

It doesn't matter as long as the proper people make a profit on the machines.

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