* Posts by jake

12568 posts • joined 7 Jun 2007

'We don't want a camera in everyone's living room' says bloke selling cameras in living rooms. Zuckerberg, you moron

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Re: Pay YOU?

"explaining why politicians the world over have failed to protect the people they think they represent."

Don't be silly! Politicians represent EXACTLY the people they think/know they represent! With extremely rare exception (and becoming rarer, alas), politicians world-wide represent THEMSELVES, and nobody else.

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"Does he get that?"

Probably not. So ... Hey, Zuck, we don't trust you, your company, or anything else that you have your finger in. We want nothing to do with you and yours. In fact, if you were to take a long drive off a short pier and your heirs were to dissolve all the companies under your control, we'd party. I mean this in the most sincere way possible.

Somehow I suspect that'll fall on deaf ears, if his handlers allow him to see the message. And that's a mighty big if. The dimwit is entirely divorced from reality, and they like it that way.

Fancy a .dev domain? They were $12,500 a pop from Google. Now, $1,000. Soon, $17.50. And you may want one

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Re: so confusing

Way ahead of you., bob. See RFC 2606.

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But I've had a couple dev domains for over three decades!

They are dev.jake.TLD1, dev.jake.TLD2, dev.jake.TLD3 and etc.

The gookids could do the same ... dev.google.com, dev.google.net, and etc.

Why the fuck anybody would think that purchasing extra domains when they already have a .com (or a .co.uk or whatever) is a good idea is beyond me. This is pure marketing bullshit in it's worst form. And the suckers are falling for it in droves.

Secret mic in Nest gear wasn't supposed to be a secret, says Google, we just forgot to tell anyone

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No, google is not a government.

Not by any stretch of the imagination.

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"Don't be evil" my pasty white butt.

Oh, wait, they dropped that as a motto, and changed it to "Do the right thing". Right for whom? My guess is the shareholders ... So it's OK that they are evil now, as long as they are making a profit, right?

Some of us have been shunning google since the year dot ... not paranoid, pragmatic.

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Re: Don't be........

It's not paranoia when they really are out to get you.

Sounded trite on a bumper sticker 35 years ago. Nowadays?

Cut open a tauntaun, this JEDI is frozen! US court halts lawsuit over biggest military cloud deal since the Death Star

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Re: Who feels sorry for Oracle? No Really

To be fair, all telesalesdroids hate it when I inform them "Cold callers are put on my blacklist." ... What's really funny is when they call one of the other office numbers two minutes later and get me again, this time to hear "People who don't get the message the first time get a little star next to their name on the blacklist, meaning a permanent entry". Half of 'em bluster, the other half whine.

Telesalesdroids. Useless B-ark ballast, the lot of 'em.

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Re: Blakes 7

In this scenario, I think Dr. Who should say "Dammit, Jim, I'm The Doctor! Why should I know where my towel is?"

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It's not the first time ...

...the DoD has been told to go probe itself. Won't be the last.

U wot, m8? OMG SMS is back from dead

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Re: I use SMS...

The one service? Really? Have you never heard of "making a telephone call"?

Kids these days ...

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Or you can just phone me.

I've never seen the utility of SMS messaging, any more than the old un*x talk. My friends and family know it, and stopped trying a couple decades ago. Strangely, nowadays they have almost all stopped using SMS, too, and simply make an actual phone call. It's faster, and has far less chance of being misunderstood.

How do you solve a problem like Galileo? With a strap-on L-band payload, of course!

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Any .gov project will end up costing at least 4 times the original upper bound ... It's been this way since time immemorial.

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Re: Harumph. Away with all this satellite malarkey....

I came here to say pretty much the same thing. Fair Albion (& ancillary islands) is small enough that it would probably cost less in total than a single satellite launch!

As for military targeting, just use the US system for that. All y'all have been our lackys in that regard for decades anyway, so no real change ... and more savings! A couple billion quid here, a couple billion there, and pretty soon you're saving REAL money!

Who will stand up for European democracy? Us! says US software giant Microsoft

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From my perspective ...

... Redmond is one of those miscreants inserting malware.

Physician, heal thyself.

Visited the Grand Canyon since 2000? You'll have great photos – and maybe a teensy bit of unwanted radiation

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Occam says no.

There are buckets of ore sitting around at many (most?) Natural History museums all over the American West. They are either part of a display of mining in the local area, or leftovers from such a display. I rather suspect it's the later in this case.

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Kinda makes me wonder ...

Back in 1970 I found a small chunk of pitchblende on one of Hoy's friendly beaches. I carried it home to California and added it to my mineral collection, next to a similar sample I found not a million miles from the Museum in the article. When I say "carried" I mean just that; it was a last minute addition to my carry-on luggage (a freebie from TWA that we used to call a "flight bag" ... ugly red thing it was). On a new-fangled Boeing 747, no less ... Heathrow to SFO, non-stop! Ain't modern life wonderful?

So I wonder ... what would happen today if some kid tried to get such an obviously "dangerous" specimen past the security theater of a major International airport? Or worse, tried to import it into the USA or the UK?

The mind absolutely boggles at how afraid of our own shadows we've become ...

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Re: Mountains.

It's not ElReg's reportage I was referring to.

One wonders why a dude named after a small English village just off the Fosse Way in Nottinghamshire, and with a good British surname, would have the nickname "Swede". Embellishment probably runs in the family ...

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What did turbonerds do before the internet? 41 years ago, a load of BBS

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Some would say ...

... that the BBS thing started with Community Memory in 1973.

Bloke thrown in the cooler for eight years after 3D-printing gun to dodge weapon ban

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First paragraph reads "A Texas fella banned from owning firearms is now behind bars for trying to 3D print a gun for himself."


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Re: @ Bush Rat ...But Background Checks Don't Work!

"old Russian SKS rifles"

Useless pieces of shit. Can't even keep 'em within an inch at 100 yards. Still, I guess accuracy is relative ... at least they are better than the all but useless AK series.

"mostly by virtue of the fact that they and crates of 7.62*39 are dirt cheap."

Ah, yes. The "spray and pray" technique of accuracy.

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Ah, yes.

Reductio ad absurdum. The last resort of an argument without a leg to stand on.

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Re: Because

"in the USA, there's a right to own nuclear bombs, is there?"

Don't be stupid. The NRC regulates the fissile material required.

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Re: @ yank lurker ... Gun show

"Claiming some time afterwards that it was stolen, without that report existing, is a pretty good indication that you're lying, which makes you an accessory."

I have a gun safe on this property that I hasn't been opened in probably two years. I'm pretty certain that my Great Grandfather's long guns and a couple handguns and collectable military weapons of the same era are still in it ... but I suppose there is a (vanishingly) small chance that someone has opened it and stolen the lot.

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Re: @ yank lurker ... Gun show

"Also it depends on the caliber of the weapon."

No dammit, Gumby! It depends on the cartridge. The .220 Swift barrels are the same caliber as the .22lr barrels for my T/C Contenders.


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Nice little temblor here in Sonoma ... Just about five-six seconds of rattling doors & windows. Caused a few wild birds to take flight and/or squawk, none of the domestic critters seemed to notice it. Anybody else feel it?

Edit: Never mind ... USGS reports it was just a M3.8 about 8.3km down, halfway between Sonoma and Yontville. Probably scared a few drunks (2am is last call around these here parts).

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

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Re: Lightbulb Moment

I don't know about an average age of 70, but there are quite a few of us who have been making money with computers since the 1960s or early 1970s. Isn't that groovy?

Peace, man!

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Re: No? Break.

The very first thing I teach people about my big, noisy engine is "Keep your hands off if you want to keep them!" ... She's a 1915 Case traction engine.

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Re: "an alum in good standing"

hint: Look up the meaning of "alum".

(This comment brought to you by the "if you have to explain it" Group, LLC.)

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Re: Not Unique...

You're feeding your cats too much if they aren't hunting. Cut back their rations, they'll catch rodents that you didn't even know lived in your neighborhood.

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Re: Yank version of the above.

Yes, I do keep that story on hand. It's called a memory. I might post it again, eventually. Not everybody reading here today was here last time I posted it; It's new to them. And that would include yourself. Nice to see that you find my drivel important enough to read my backlog, though.

Do you have anything on-topic to contribute, or are you just here to bitch?

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Re: It took me years...

I still have that urge. So I decided to build data centers for a living. Now I get to test that Big Red Button, pretty much whenever I like (really, it's in the contract) ... It's not really as much fun as you'd think.

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Yank version of the above.

I was just putting the finishing touches on a small cluster of vaxen at SLAC one fine Friday afternoon. The annual Big Game between Stanford & Berkeley was to be the following day. A couple of grad students started passing a football (American version) between themselves. In the glass room (that wasn't glass). Just as I was threatening mayhem if they didn't knock it off, the ball hit the Big Red Button, Needless to say, a bunch of pissed off people couldn't attend the game the following day. The grad student's computer privileges were suspended for the rest of the academic year. Personally, I'd have hung them by the thumbs in the Quad as a warning ...

(As an alum in good standing of both schools, all I can add to the above is "Go Bears!")

One click and you're out: UK makes it an offence to view terrorist propaganda even once

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Re: @ Jake - Chemistry

"You've packed much into that statement"

It wasn't a statement, it was a question.

My purchased textbooks all have ISBN numbers, and are all probably available from the original publisher (albeit probably at a bloody ridiculous price and unnecessary edition level by now). At least here in the United States; the rules in the UK seem to have become rather draconian.

The only text I still have from my Uni years that could possibly be considered contraband would be an autographed first generation Xerox of Lions' Commentary ... and as far as I'm concerned, because that was a personal gift from John, it has zero value beyond the personal. I already had complete access to the AT&T source code because of my time at Berkeley. This has been moot since 1996, regardless.

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Re: Chemistry

I am no longer at Uni, no longer doing research, and refuse to prostitute myself as a journalist (sorry, ElReg!). Is it illegal for me to possess the chemistry textbooks that I was required to purchase to get my Masters in Organic Chemistry?

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4chan posters are old enough to steal beer? Whodathunkit.

Granddaddy of the DIY repair generation John Haynes has loosened his last nut

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The factory does it on purpose.

And it's getting worse.

Consider my Father's Nissan Altima. At around 65K miles, the silly thing refused to shift from park into drive. Dad, not being the clueless sort, found the safety switch over-ride and got himself and Mom home safely. I wandered over the following weekend to figure out what was wrong with the thing. After a little simple troubleshooting, it turned out to be a microswitch that (combined with another switch on the brake) applied power to a solenoid that moved a lever that allowed shifting out of park. A 49 cent part.

Except Nissan won't sell me one. They insist on selling the complete shifter assembly "because the old one might be worn out and a safety hazard". At somewhere north of $600+labor. So I pulled the microswitch, with the intent of finding one that I could install in its place. When I got it out, I demonstrated my circuit tester to my youngest niece (she was 6 at the time, and an aspiring mechanic), only to discover that the fscking thing worked normally out of the car!

We got to looking at the problem, and discovered that the metal actuator arm on the microswitch had become bent with wear. I bent it back and re-installed it in the car. Result: working car and successful unexpected lesson for my niece. Win-win.

It went out again 70K miles later. I re-bent the part, taking note that there was no appreciable wear on any of the other shifter components after 135K miles ... the shifter assembly that the Stealer insisted had to be replaced, mind you.

Total cost to my parents: $0/parts, $0/labor, and 2 mom-cooked meals for the wife and I. The Stealer would have charged just about $1,600 for the two repairs ... and they tell me this is NORMAL for modern cars!

A quick glance at TehIntraWebTubes suggests that this is a generic problem with the Altima, and has been for years. Nissan is well aware of it, and could have fixed it permanently over a decade ago at ZERO ADDED COST OF PRODUCTION! Now ask me why I'm sticking to 1970ish and earlier restorations. At least the old car set is (mostly) honest.

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BSA Bantom manuals.

Dr. S ... They DID write a Haynes Manual for the Bantam.

While I've got your attention, you might want to visit this site and download everything for your "do not delete" archive. You never know, you might actually find one and want to restore it someday.

Before you pooh-pooh that, my Wife found a Yamaha DT-1 for me to restore for her ... I had no idea, but she had wanted one in the early '70's, when her brothers were racing Hodakas and Bultacos. Hers showed up at a garage sale here in Sonoma ... A roller with non-seized motor & trans, and not one but two parts bikes, all of which had been stored out of the weather since the late 1980s.

I say above that I was going to restore it for her (in her mind), but I managed to convince her to do most of the work herself. Was fun, if occasionally frustrating for both of us ... but today she can troubleshoot fuel or wiring problems, replace the clutch or rebuild the carb, do the brakes or repair a puncture, etc. with no help. Recommended!

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Re: When changing bearings

Then it's a good thing not many of us have a Merlin engine in need of bearing replacement. If you DO have that luxury, you could do worse than talk to my friends down at 51 Factory. And you thought Silly Con Valley was just about computers.

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They say memory is the first to go ...

1994-2000, Shirley?

(From memory; double-checked at fiatcoupeclub.org)

Want to know what 2020 holds? Microsoft has a little something for you

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Re: Windows 10 is almost four years old...

" 'not a surprise' why?"

I suspect it's a reference to the New Age set (common as muck in the Great North Wet) and their ... interesting ... approach to science and logic.

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"a little something for you"

Ah, no. For you perhaps, but not for me. Never again. Once bitten & all that. Thanks for the offer, though!

Go big (with our bandwidth) or go home, Verizon: Texas mulls outlawing 911 throttling after Cali wildfire fiasco

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Re: What you are missing

For somebody without a dog in this race, you sure are emotional about it, Neoc. Why? What difference does it make to your life?

Please, try to understand that the rules and regulations regarding the wording of advertising vary widely from country to country. Lingo that is legal in your jurisdiction might be illegal in mine. And vice-versa. Shirley it would be easier to simply live with that fact instead of spending all this energy on something that you do not today, and will not ever, have any control over?

The contract that Verizon provided spells out EXACTLY what the bandwidth limitations are for the contract that the fire department chose to invest in. Including explaining what "unlimited" means in that context, which any of our teenagers already knows. And this definition is legal, according to our laws. The fact is that the fire department decided that reading and understanding the contract wasn't important. Turns out they were wrong. Very, very wrong. And here we are.

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Re: 25GB though??

ALL plans are limited. You can't get around physics.

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Re: Has anybody asked ...

"could have sold them an appropriate plan"

Had the customer asked for one. Which they didn't. In fact, they insisted on the cheaper consumer-grade product in order to save money.

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Re: What you are missing

"Speed, I only have 70G download speed!"

So your "unlimited connection" is, in fact, limited.

"Yes, and it says absolutely nothing about throttling me when I reach any seemingly arbitrarily defined limit"

That's your contract. There are many more on this muddy rock.

If you want a vision of the future, imagine not a boot stamping on a face, but keystroke logging on govt contractors' PCs

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Questions for Peter Bradley

Who are you, and what's your stake in this?

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Re: Back in the real real world

"f I have an employee who only works one day a week but is twice as productive as the average employee, why would I complain?"

Because he's only producing two days work instead of five?

US kids apparently talking like Peppa Pig... How about US lawmakers watching Doctor Who?

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"dont ask me why it wasnt pork"

New York has a large percentage of folks who keep kosher. Know your customer base if you want to make a profit!

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