* Posts by jake

9261 posts • joined 7 Jun 2007

PC rebooted every time user flushed the toilet

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Re: Yank here.

Strange. I grew up in Palo Alto, we were very late to the CableTV party and made do with UHF and VHF broadcast TV, with a simple aerial feeding the built in analog tuner. Might be why I honestly don't remember anybody calling the set top box a converter ... It probably doesn't help that I never really saw much use for DearOldTelly to begin with. Far too much noise, not nearly enough signal.

Thanks for the input, guys. Have one on me,

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Re: My Marshall McLuhan Moment

I still run a gopher server. It has one user ... my Great Aunt (101 years young). She is using it to publish her life's story. She started the project in 1992 (before RFC-1436), when I discovered the then early gopher & WAIS (I was at SAIL) and decided to show her what computers were useful for. I'd have moved her over to the Web years ago, but she's resistant to change and quite happy with gopher. I kind of suspect that the project is one of the things that keeps the old girl going ...

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Re: Replaced the pump

Do your homework. If you plan on owning said pump for any length of time, get one that is rebuildable. Might cost a little more at the outset, but over the long haul it'll save you a lot of money. Here in the US, Grainger's is your friend ... I also use Palo Alto Electric Motor. PAEM will do the pump rebuild for you, but they are equally happy to sell you the parts to fix it yourself. Both do mail order, and are recommended. Not an owner or an employee, just a happy customer of both for well over 40 years.

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I don't remember that one.

I do remember this one:

http://www.snopes.com/sports/football/flush.asp

A hoax, of course.

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Re: I read this story about 15 years ago..

The proper solution is NOT to replace the pump. Those things are spendy. The proper solution is to rebuild the pump. They are built to be rebuilt. I have one Sears 1.5 horsepower jet pump that is older than I am. It is on it's 6th rebuild ... and due for another one.

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Solution (was: Re: You want toast!)

I have a small fitted plastic case containing 154 bits that can be used to remove nearly every "tamper proof" screw known to man. It cost me all of $19.95 from Ace Hardware about 20 years ago. They are not the best quality tools on the planet, but they have done the job for me all these years. And wonder of wonders, I haven't lost one yet ...

Anyway, all you "remote job site" folks out there would do worse than to keep such a kit (and the required 1/4 inch driver) in your traveling gear. I also throw in a complete 1/4 inch ratchet set, just because I can. Has saved me I don't know how many hundreds of hours over the decades.

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Yank here.

No. A rectifier is a collection of diodes in these parts, same as in Blighty. Not sure what you are talking about, but it sounds vaguely like an inverter. Why it should correct for brownouts is anybody's guess.

We have 240V here, in nearly every home. Yes, most small appliances run on 120V ... However, most homes have two legs of a generator's output, called L1 and L2. Each provide 120V when you connect across the neutral. But if you connect L1 and L2, you get 240V ... Heavy electricity users, like clothes driers, water heaters, ovens, air conditioners, some pumps, etc. use 240V. Yes, that's simplified. Intentionally.

Never heard of a set top box called a converter. It's a set top box.

Never heard of a TV remote called a converter, either. It's a remote (control).

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Electric hares.

As a guy who allows his dawgs to course the lure, I'm here to tell you that it definitely wasn't the motor. Those things don't draw very much current at all.

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@TRT (was: Re: 'front bum')

Sorry to burst your bubble, but the noise cicadas make is called clittering. So Clitterhouse is, essentially, "the house of noisy insects".

(It could also be an old word for clay ... but adobes don't work all that well in the British climate, and don't make for as good a story either.)

Beer. Because what else could follow the above, especially on a Friday.

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Smart burglars will ride the surf of inter-connected hackability

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Re: But can the camera recognize approved cats, or not?

ALL cats are burglars. It's in their job description.

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Canadian sniper makes kill shot at distance of 3.5 KILOMETRES

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450g for a claw hammer?

What are you driving, push-pins? Mine runs 650g, near enough. (Vaughn 23oz California Framer ... probably a trifle heavy for a 40 hour work week, but I like it for my needs).

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Re: 29" barrel

"one then has to ask how they got the battleship up there in the first place"

Obviously, it stood in a chair.

Why do they paint battleship hulls red? So they are camouflaged in cherry trees.

Why have you never seen a battleship in a cherry tree? They use very good camo.

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Re: my wife was shaken

Not stirred?

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Breaking news, literally: Newspaper's quakebot rumbled for fake story

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Re: ERMAHGERRRD!

The "copy editor" died when the physical box called a "Web Press" died, along with typesetting and proofreading. This occurred right under our noses with the near ubiquitousness of the inherently ephemeral World Wide Web. If that's not ironic (and somewhat sad) I don't know what is ...

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@Keven E

The email from the USGS was addressed in the article. However, it is is probably normally generated by a computer that keeps an eye on a seismoscope. Seismographs have slightly different uses, as do seismometers.

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On the other hand ...

... "When, not If" is the mantra around here ...

(Typing a couple hundred yards from the Rogers Creek Fault, probable home of the San Francisco Bay Area's next "big one". We're as ready as we can be at Chez Jake. Not paranoid, pragmatic.)

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Machine vs. machine battle has begun to de-fraud the internet of lies

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Re: Choice

Unfortunately, "Journalism" died with Herb Caen and Stan Delaplane ...

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Software dev bombshell: Programmers who use spaces earn MORE than those who use tabs

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Re: Cor, multiple pissing contests going on in this thread!

And a couple years later, recreated in C as unexpand and expand and shipped with 3BSD ... the pair are still with us as part of the GNU toolset.

I still use that book occasionally when teaching. Éric Rohmer, not so much.

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Who cares?

The next coder who has to finish/fix/maintain/port your shitty, badly commented source code, just for a start ...

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Re: Left handed touch-typist

So re-map your keyboard to something more pleasing for you.

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@miscellaneous

Zmodem: So tell your system that pressing the TAB key once inserts the appropriate number of spaces from the cursor position to the next tab stop. It ain't exactly rocket science; vi and EMACS have had this capability for decades.

Uplink: You are a coder. It's open source. Quit whining about it and make it possible.

Plinston: I read it that you were claiming to have developed CP/M and Wordstar using COBOL too. After doing a double-take, I figured just clumsy use of English ... Gawd/ess knows I've made similar mistakes over the years.

Plinston & assorted AC hangers-on: If all y'all were really interested in reducing bloat, you'd rent a room and get the inevitable over with.

AC: The bloat in _emphasis_ or *emphasis* or other variations on the theme is quite a bit less than the bloat in emphasis. And yes, even in a forum like this it could be considered bloat. If you're being pedantic for the sake of being pedantic.

Everybody: This round's on me, thanks for the entertainment :-)

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Re: My code won't run but the spaces are great

That's pronounced "Kaprekar".

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Re: Back in roughly 1975, one of my mentors had a bumper-sticker:

Yep. Quite happily, too. About to become Great Grandparents. They are insufferable. :-)

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Re: Missing information

ITYM "how often the coders get fired" ...

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Re: WGAFF??

Might want to ask the left hand if computers are any good at quickly and painlessly reformatting things like source code ...

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Re: tabs take fewer keystrokes

What's wrong with vi? I do almost all my writing/coding in vi!

When I need an IDE (rare), I use EMACS ... with a good subset of vi keybindings ;-)

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Back in roughly 1975, one of my mentors had a bumper-sticker:

Tabs are for typewriters!

A woman from the typing pool who much preferred Fresca to Tab took exception to the comment, so he offered to buy her lunch in compensation for the perceived slight. They are still married.

Personally, I prefer spaces, but I'll use tabs where required. When in Rome & all that.

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Hacker exposed bank loophole to buy luxury cars and a face tattoo

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The sheer brilliance of this guy's plan ...

... is absolutely breathtaking.

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

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Re: What about Oxygen?

I think "soap roots" is what makes 'em so slippery.

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Re: What will they do?

Both footballs?

You mean both blow and table? Or Aussie & Canadian?

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Re: Venus is too nasty, Mercury too hot and the moons of Jupiter or Saturn too distant.

Cohagen, Montana?

Come to think of it, it does look a bit like Mars ... Note that Cohagen's not what I would call "rural" because you can get a cold beer right in town; the bar is the building across the street from the Post Office ...

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So Musk wants to invent the ICBM, eh?

I wonder what kind of "package" exists that "absolutely, positively has to get anywhere on Earth in 25 minutes or less" ... NaaS anybody?

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Amazon.com just became a 90,000-seat Azure case study

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Re: Gut feeling?

The staff in charge are the same ... Or were last time I had a contract with WF. Which admittedly was a few years ago.

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Gut feeling?

Bye-bye Azure.

Whole Foods WWW presence has been worse than useless for years. Don't believe me? Go look for yourself. The new PTB will rip it out by the roots & start fresh.

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Debian devs dedicate new version 9 to the late Ian Murdock

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Re: Iceweasel

If anybody is interested in the LTS version of Mozilla, you can find it here:

ftp.mozilla.org/pub/firefox/releases/latest-esr/README.txt

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EU regulators gearing up to slap Google with €1bn fine – reports

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Re: Fines?

For a null route list, you can start with:

dig TXT +short _netblocks{,2,3}.google.com | tr ' ' '\n' | grep '^ip'

That's not a complete list of gootard space, but it's a start.

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You'll soon be buying bulgur wheat salad* from Amazon, after it swallowed Whole Foods

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Re: Horrible store

Cheese! How could I forget cheese? WF is the ONLY place in the entire USofA to purchase real cheese, outside of expensive boutique big-city specialty shops.

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Re: Eat Healthy

Unfortunately, even though it's tourist season it's still illegal to shoot them here in Sonoma, California.

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Re: Horrible store

In line with my other comment, the "house brand" 365 stuff is well worth checking out. Especially milk products, canned beans (tinned to you Brits), and things like olive oil. It's not exactly top of the line, but it's quite palatable and often cheaper than anybody else.

Most of their bulk bin stuff is good, and inexpensive, with a discount if you purchase the entire refill bag (ranges from 20 to 50 pounds, depending).

THAT said, forget their produce. It's expensive & moth eaten ("organic", don'tcha know). Their meat, poultry and seafood is excellent quality, but the prices are astronomical. Likewise for bread. And so-called "convenience" food. As for prepared food, well, it's not exactly difficult to make potato salad, now is it? Do you REALLY need to spend that much money on it?

Just to wrap it up, you can make good choices at WF, if you're careful. And know how to cook. I fully expect Amazon to completely bollix this up.

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Re: Horrible store

To be fair, most WFs have self-serve "grind to order" peanut butter, in salted and unsalted. Some of the larger stores also have grind to order almond butter. In both cases, it's nothing but nuts, plus or minus salt. They also have peanuts (almonds, cashews, whatever) in the bulk bins, for you hard-core, green & granola, grind-your-own-at-home types. If you're going for the bulk bins, also check the price of the pre-bagged "365" house brand nuts; they can be the cheapest alternative you'll find anywhere. Because they have a high turn-around, the nuts are never stale. The only place I purchase nuts out of season these days is WF.

Note: I'm in the lower 48 ... If you live elsewhere, YMMV.

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Re: Have you ever or would you eat bulgur wheat?

I have never had that issue after eating bulgar, and I eat it three or six times per month. I must be doing something wrong.

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Facebook has a solution to all the toxic dross on its site – wait, it's not AI?

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You do realize that ...

... by using the term "virtue signaling" in that manor, you are in fact doing the very thing you are trying to decry?

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Earth to Zmuck ...

"Facebook has a solution to all the toxic dross on its site"

So do I ... avoid FB entirely. Works for me.

That said, I'm reminded of a story ... About a hundred years ago in Internet Time (2012ish), I was helping a friend clean up a recently purchased property off of Red Rock Road, North of Reno, Nevada. He asked me to "take all the rocks off that hillside with the backhoe". My jaw about hit the ground ... the poor guy honestly didn't realize that the rocks were the hillside ...

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Fighter pilot shot down laptops with a flick of his copper-plated wrist

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Oldie but a goodie.

Mid-80s, I was working for a company that built gear to dynamically allocate bandwidth between video, voice and data.

Incredibly Big Monster of a company started getting weird bit error rates on their global T1 (E1, T3 etc ...) network, which was larger than the Internet itself at the time. The network used our kit to terminate the telco supplied wire, and because telcos are perfect ::coff:: & it couldn't possibly be Monster's fault, it must be our problem, right? I was assigned to track down the problem after lower level techs couldn't figure it out.

Going thru' the data, I discovered that once the problem started occurring at any one site, it gradually became worse ... It was never bad enough to actually take down a connection, but network errors ramped up over time.

Further review showed that the same team of installers had installed the gear at the sites with the problem.

I flew out to Boca and discovered that they had installed punch-down blocks in a janitor's closet ... directly over a mop bucket full of ammonia water. A couple quick calls confirmed similar placement in other offices, world wide. Seems it was the only wall space that was unused almost universally in such spaces.

Corroded metal replaced and blocks relocated, no more bit-errors ... Rather than a "thank you", I got the task of updating the installation documentation. Naturally.

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I still haven't found what I'm malloc()ing for: U2 tops poll of music today's devs code to

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Re: when I do coding I listen to...

"8am" (or 9:30am, or ...) isn't exactly a useful value without an offset.

Regardless, upvotes/downvotes as implemented by ElReg are meaningless.

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Voyager 1 passes another milestone: It's now 138AU from home

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Re: Gliese 445?

According to NASA, "in about 40,000 years, it will pass within 1.6 light-years of the star Gliese 445".

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Ye Bug List

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Re: @Drew Spurious Blank lines at end of comments

I'm still not seeing it on Slackware-stable, bog-standard HP laptop. Not poo-pooing you, just a data point that may or may not be useful to ElReg.

You can get a copy of the link to any given post/comment by right clicking the "date stamp" in the upper right corner of any post & following your nose.

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Connectivity's value is almost erased by the costs it can impose

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Re: "Stupidity we haven’t seen in many years"

Does the term "ochlocracy" mean anything to you?

It should. We're getting there. Be afraid, be very afraid ...

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PC, Ethernet and tablet computer pioneer 'Chuck' Thacker passes

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Re: I first met him at Stanford ...

I was born, grew up, went to school and entered the workforce in a very strange place and stranger time. Some people hate that.

::shrugs:: Their issue, not mine.

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I first met him at Stanford ...

... when we were debugging the tymeshare system, and then he showed up at D.C. Power to help with the TOPS-10 system that was being bastardized into WAITS. Later, I worked with him at DEC. Good guy, always thinking, not afraid to get his fingers dirty debugging and wirewrapping a backplane.

He'll be missed by his neighbors, not everybody can say that.

RIP, Chuck.

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