* Posts by jake

10320 posts • joined 7 Jun 2007

Hospital injects $60,000 into crims' coffers to cure malware infection

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Re: NIMBY

"Sorry, Indiana. Your problem, not mine."

Are you sure? Did they explain the outage, with proof?

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First rule of animal training:

Never reward bad behavio(u)r.

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Upset Equation Editor was killed off? Now you can tell Microsoft to go forth and multiply: App back from the dead

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Re: I hadn't noticed.

I've used latex in offices on 6 continents and nobody's ever even commented. I must be doing it wrong.

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Re: I hadn't noticed.

Deviant? Depends on what you define as "normal", I guess. As long as it's mutually consensual and doesn't frighten the animals & children, who am I to judge?

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Re: People who keep old cars and bikes going

When asked, I make a few repops for various makes & models ranging from chainsaws & 2-wheel tractors, to cars, trucks & airplanes. Including badges & logos, along with drive-train and suspension parts and the like. The restoration crowd pays nicely for quality parts. Nobody's bitched about it. Yet.

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I hadn't noticed.

I've been using LaTeX for about three decades now ... sometimes with a little help from LyX for about the last half of that.

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Heathrow's air traffic radio set for shiny digital upgrade from Northrop

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Re: They should be as secure as ...

The article said "a surprising amount of internet connectivity baked into them", so I'm guessing it's going to be connected. Just a hunch, mind.

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They should be as secure as ...

... a very secure thing locked inside a secure safe running TCP/IP. That is to say, not very secure at all.

Who in their right mind thinks ATC shit should be Internet connected? And WHY? WTF are they smoking, because I don't want any.

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Flying on its own, Thunderbird seeks input on new look

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Re: Thunderbird Futures

I wrote my initial mail search tool in sh+standard utilities. I re-wrote it in perl about 15 years later. Haven't touched it in over 20 years. No need. CPU+memory has kept up with archive size, so it's plenty fast enough for me.

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Make it look and act like (al)pine.

Why? Because (al)pine does exactly what an email client should do, no more and no less. Which is exactly how a un*x tool should work.

Glitter doesn't get stuff done.

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Drone crashes after operator failed to spot extra building site crane

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Re: Common cause?

Unfortunately I do not own, nor have I ever seen, gunsmithing tools calibrated in linguine.

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Why?

The same reason people play with said toys. It makes 'em feel important.

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Re: @Chris G - cursory survey of the site

"If you visited a construction site with a few cranes on it, then a few weeks/months later visited the same site, would you be able to easily tell if a crane had been added or moved?"

If my job was to survey the building site, then yes. Yes I would. Kinda in the ol' job description, no?

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Re: Common cause?

A 12-gauge has an 0.729" bore ... Pet peeve :-)

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Butt plugs, mock cocks, late pay and paranoia: The world of Waymo star Anthony Levandowski… by his kids' nanny

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Re: Seems like they deserved each other...

I rather suspect both sides already have.

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The mind boggles.

I wonder when the "massive invasion of privacy" lawsuit hits.

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Oracle says SPARCv9 has Spectre CPU bug, patches coming soon

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It's not a bug. Stop calling it that.

It is a serious, fundamental design flaw.

A "bug" implies a mistake. This isn't a mistake. The affected CPUs are working exactly as designed, manufactured and intended.

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Now Meltdown patches are making industrial control systems lurch

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Re: industrial control systems

"I believe StuxNet proved that approach insufficient."

You may believe whatever you like (nice to have faith in something!). However, I know that Stuxnet couldn't have affected the industrial controls that I have put into place over the last thirty years.

SCADA should always be properly airgapped. This includes sneakernet.

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Junk food meets junk money: KFC starts selling Bitcoin Bucket

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Re: In 100 minutes ...

"100 minutes is enough time for the fire department to take your burnt out body to the morgue after you put too much chicken in the oil."

No, that's not how it works at all, as millions of home cooks world-wide prove every day. Suggestion: Learn to cook. It'll do you a world of good.

"You can't make your own KFC gravy"

I wouldn't if I could. Tasted it once. Once. Never again. Awful, awful stuff.

"as that is made from the drippings of thousands of fried chickens."

So make it yourself. After frying your bird, drain most of the grease, less about a tablespoon (15ml), out of the frying container. Leave the brown crunchy bits (BCBs, or "fond" if you're classically trained). Over medium heat, add about the same amount of flour[0] as there is grease. Stir it in for a couple minutes to remove the raw flavo(u)r from the flour. Add about a cup of milk[1] slowly, stirring constantly to dissolve the BCBs. Bring to a strong simmer/low boil and adjust consistency to suit yourself. Salt & pepper to taste. A little bit of your favo(u)rite herb from the garden at the end will impress your significant other; I usually go all traditional & add thyme with a hint of sage.

HTH.

[0] I use AP, my grandmother swore by Wondra, me DearOldMum uses pastry ...

[1] Can use any stock you have lying around instead of milk.

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Re: Sold Out?

I think you';ll find that Americans didn't model the idiot in chief, rather his cheetoness did it all by his widdle seff.

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Re: Such sadness in all these BTC hater posts

"hater", Prop. Noun, often used by the under-educated (usually teenagers) in order to attempt to put down actual educated people (usually adults).

Translation of 'hater' into English: "Everybody who doesn't agree with what I have faith in, despite the fact that I (me, personally) actually have faith in the belief of the given faith, and can't actually offer up a real, honest scientific argument confirming it's existence."

Alternative translation: "I hate adults. They don't know anything!".

HTH, HAND.

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Truck hat.

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In 100 minutes ...

... one can fry their own. Easily. And a hell of a lot cheaper. Probably healthier. And still have time to do the clean-up.

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Remember those holy tech wars we used to have? Heh, good times

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'70s computing at home.

I had a 16-bit Heath H11 ... in 1977. I guess I was on the correct side of the iron curtain.

http://www.decodesystems.com/heathkit-h11-ad-1.gif

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Re: "Religion gave way to pragmatism"?

"Take Linux, for example. It's hard for me to advocate, as I used to, something that has now fully embraced the Windows mentality via systemd."

Contrary to popular belief, Linux does not have to use systemd. There are plenty of distributions out there who have not drunk the coolaid. Do be a nice chap and try not to spread FUD.

And then there are the BSDs, which I note you haven't even mentioned in your learned treatise ...

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Butcher breaks out of own freezer using black pudding

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Re: Ee, bah, eck etc

Don't laugh too hard. This stuff is all the rage among the "high tech" crowd in San Francisco. It sells for about $6 per 375ml bottle. In San Francisco, where almost all taps have water from Hetch Hetchy reservoir. For those who don't know, Hetch Hetchy is the only major above ground water source in the USofA that is allowed to be delivered to consumers without treatment ... it's that pure and uncontaminated. I guess there really is a sucker born every minute. Time to capitalize ...

Next year, I'm planning on selling gluten free, dairy free, non-GMO, unfiltered, organically grown xmas trees with no tree nuts. After a little quiet test marketing this last Marketing Season, I'm fairly certain the morons will snap them up at eight to ten times the cost of "regular" xmas trees ...

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Re: "milled somewhere that doesn't also handle wheat"

"in the US, where one very seldom finds natural, unadulterated food products, since nearly everything over there is heavily processed, genetically engineered and saturated with chemicals."

BWAHAHAHAHAHH!!!!

You truly are deluded, aren't you? Ta for the laugh! Best I've had in ages.

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Re: Fridge light mystery solved.

The light switch is next to the door in walk-in fridges, just like in most unrefrigerated rooms. In fact, many (mine included) have a switch on the inside, and on the outside ... with an indicator light on the outside to show if the interior light is on or off without opening the door.

Strangely enough, walk-in fridges are designed with (temporary) human occupation in mind. Imagine that!

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Re: Gluten sensitivity

"Chorleywood"

Derogatively known to us kids in Yorkshire as "plaggy bread". About the only thing it was good for was catching carp and eels.

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Re: Gluten sensitivity

"It tastes sour because of relatively elevated levels of metabolic acids from the yeast."

Sourdough sometimes tastes sour because of the activity of one variety or another of lactobacillus, which has a symbiotic relationship with the yeast. I say "sometimes" because different strains of yeast & lactobacillus produce different flavo(u)rs in the finished product.

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Re: Tastes like chicken...

The Brexit thread downvoting is the usual religious idiocy in Brexit threads. No bot needed.

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Re: Ee, bah, eck etc

HM Sheridan can't be real butcher. They advertise gluten free black pudding and haggis. Catering to the post-modern psychosomatic illness crowd[0] is a sure way to let standards slip.

That, and the fact that black pudding has been around a lot longer than HM Sheridan (or indeed Aberdeenshire!) kinda suggests someone's telling porkies.

[0] NOTE! I'm not poo-pooing Celiac (Coeliac) disease! I know a couple people who are affected. It's a very real, and very serious problem for them. This is a very small percentage of the general public, thankfully. The people I am talking about are the never diagnosed idiots who are convinced that gluten is evil, and the cause of all their digestive issues, because they saw it on TV ... all the while subsisting primarily on fast so-called "food".

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Strangely enough ...

... unlike dwarf bread, black pudding isn't fiction, no matter how much the heathens of the world wish it were.

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Re: Let's hope that the button manufacturer...

"no cigar"

Ouch.

Beer :-)

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Re: Tastes like chicken...

I suspect it's not a pun-hater or Vegan doing the downvoting. It's someone much worse. It's probably someone who doesn't know what Bootnotes is. BURN THE HERETIC!

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Re: 1.5Kg?

At roughly 5" per link, and 5 links per pound, that's only 16 or 17 links. I can easily triple that with a single natural casing. With artificial casings (not in MY larder!) the sky is the limit. If you don't twist them into links, you get a single, massive sausage. Diameter depends on the casing, large or small intestine, hog, sheep or cow, how old they are, how hydrated they are, etc.

A "Tom Thumb" (sausage stuffed into a hog's appendix) is usually well over 1.5 kilos. It's not the traditional casing for black pudding, but any port in a storm ...

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Re: Ecky thump?

This Yank was in Yorkshire when KFK was first aired. About halfway through, the meter ran out of shillings ... My cousin, visiting for six months, still refers to that evening as the one where she fully realized she wasn't in California anymore.

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Re: This is a serious problem.

If the seal on the outside of the mechanism is faulty, and the outside air is quite humid, hoar frost can build up to the point of the inner release sticking. This shouldn't happen with modern doors, but I've seen it in more elderly examples (1960s and earlier), as often found "out the back" of small, family run butchers. As noted, a good (ecky) thump will shift it.

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Those of you who think that black pudding is purely british ...

... should probably not order a Sundae in Korea.

That said, whenever I harvest a hog or sheep I make a fair copy of the Stornoway variant, and another version that would feel quite at home in Bury ... although I would probably horrify the locals in those places because I've been experimenting with cooking them in my smokehouse, instead of the more traditional boiling. The results are quite tasty. I'm also working on fully cured and dried versions, in the tradition of Lap Cheong. So far, the results are promising.

Sausage is gawd/ess's gift to those of us who like playing with our food.

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Infamous Silicon Valley 'sex party' exactly as exciting as it sounds

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Re: Definitely bullshit.

Typo. Croydon. Mea culpa.

Source: Ian Dury, interviewed by John Peel, probably 1979.

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Definitely bullshit.

I've been part of the tech world in Silly Con Valley since before it was called Silicon Valley. If you want Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll[0], everybody around here knows you have to head for Los Vegas[1]. Why do you think CES is held there?

[0] Note that the phrase itself was invented in Croyden, UK, or thereabouts.

[1] And that's not even in California, it's in Nevada.

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Astroboffins say our Solar System is a dark, violent, cosmic weirdo

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Re: If anyone had a doubt we live in a weirdo world...

Reminds me of an anecdote I heard/read somewhere back in the mists of time[0]: "I was at a party and heard some people laughing at the stupid drunk, so I jumped up on a table and looked around ... and everyone but me was drunk!"

Not casting aspersions. Beer?

[0] Spider Robinson?

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Re: If anyone had a doubt we live in a weirdo world...

But the news is supposed to be entertainment. That's what sells commercials. Instead, for a look at the everyday weirdness of the world, simply go shop for groceries.

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Re: a dark, violent, cosmic weirdo

I dated someone like that in college.

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Boffins use inkjets to print explosives

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Flour.

Can demo this. Take a six foot length of 4" PVC pipe. Drill four 3/4" holes around the circumference of one end, about 2" from that end. Place a votive candle on the ground, and put the pipe over it. Light the candle through one of the holes. Dump about a 3 tablespoons of sifted[0] flour into the open end. On a calm day, the minor explosion[1] can be fairly loud, and the resulting smoke-ring can rise & expand far more than you might think. All sizes are approximate. I've never actually measured anything when doing this, yet it always works despite my lack of care and attention.

NOTE! While I've never had an issue playing with this toy, nor have I ever heard of anybody getting hurt or doing damage to anything, this may be illegal in your jurisdiction. Most such toys tend to get lawmakers upset, probably because they are always vaguely afraid that somebody, somewhere, is having fun.

[0] If you don't sift it, it might fall as a clump & extinguish the candle.

[1] Depending on pipe size, hole size & number, grind of flour, and other variations, the noise can range from a mild "pop" to a dull "thud" to a deep "bang".

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I can't be the only one ...

... who has long thought that mixing thermite and inkjet printers is good idea.

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US Congress seizes net neutrality, stuffs it into a bipartisan black hole

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Politicians ALWAYS worry about votes!

They demand the best that money can buy!

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Trump vs Winfrey

One's a spoiled-rotten, fat, rich person, totally out of touch with the reality of the vast majority of the American public, with zero international diplomacy or political skills, totally demands the fawning attention of yes-men, and is completely incapable of a change of opinion.

The other is Donald Trump.

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LEDE and OpenWRT kiss and make up

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Thanks, folks.

I'm all for competition, but it's much better to (re)merge the talent in this case. I look forward to using your code for many years to come.

This round's on me.

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WD My Cloud NAS devices have hard-wired backdoor

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I wonder if Marketing will ever learn.

They can certainly sell shit.

Unfortunately, I don't want to purchase shit. Mayhap put Engineering and QA back into the loop? It's just an idea, what do I know ...

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