* Posts by KA1AXY

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Wait, wait – I got it this time, says FCC as it swings again at rip-off US TV cable boxes

KA1AXY

cut the cord

The only reason to have cable TV at all is live sports. Otherwise, the internet provides far better, watch-anytime, alternatives.

Simply by canceling my cable, I halved my bill from Comcast. My phone is through ooma at $15/mo. $70/mo for 35/15 internet is still too much, but it's half what I was paying..

BOFH: Follow the paper trail

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Re: Sounds like

As someone who actually did some psychology as part of a Natural Sciences degree in a university where psychology was part of the science faculty, and did things involving rats, electrodes and neurones you have no idea how much this type of 'psychology' annoys me.

I hope you remembered to mount a scratch monkey...or rat, whichever was appropriate

Microsoft won't back down from Windows 10 nagware 'trick'

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Re: While we are bashing MS...

Or, he could do what I did for my brother -- install Linux Mint. For the exact reason that it does not randomly break things, or catch viruses.

If I'm doing free support for relatives, no matter how much I enjoy seeing them, I want to minimize the time we spend working to fix their computer. That's not quality time.

Gillian Anderson: The next James Jane Bond?

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Re: Tom Hidlestone?

Liked the TTSS movie, also The Spy Who Came In From the Cold. But LeCarre's books always leave me without any faith in my ability to judge people, and in a pretty black funk. I suppose they're meant to, He is a terribly good author, though.

I don't think I would have the temperament to be a spy.

Theranos bins two years of test results

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Nope. Not buying what you're selling. I worked hard at uni to become the best engineer I could, and have spent my entire life learning. I have met a few who never finished uni and went on to become great engineers, but by far the best and brightest managers and developers I have met have been the first to admit they do not have all the answers and need to keep learning. You stand a much better chance of creating a breakthrough if you have experience in the field.

I refuse to admit that the Theranos CEO knew enough about biology, testing or medicine to start that company. She took a leap of faith, based on flimsy understanding and youthful optimism, and sold it to others, who are at fault for not doing due diligence. You do understand that term, I hope, as it is crucial to making intelligent investment decisions. If you do not understand the tech in which you plan to invest, find someone who does, and have them dig deep before you invest. Clearly, that was not done, and the result is that a lot of folks were taken in by Elizabeth Holmes and her unfounded optimism.

Real progress comes by hard work much more frequently than it does from an outsiders inspired guesswork. Holmes took a guess and her lack of background or experience caught up with her.

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You would not expect a special snowflake who has not completed university to know this, although one could argue that she should have. You WOULD expect venture capitalists and others lending their names and cash to a startup to have a much more skeptical view and to have done true due diligence. Those caught out by the Theranos hype (with the exception, of course, of the innocent patients) richly deserve their fate.

NASA 'Kilo-Kitty' Super Pressure Balloon goes aloft at last

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1 whale = how many Bulgarian airbags?

Is uBeam the new Theranos?

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Re: Worlds best tranducer, Worlds best microphone

Path loss, and beam spreading. However, it works GREAT underwater :-)

Microsoft boots fake fix-it search ads

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Re: I don't know why people are so fucking stupid

Clever. Using the correct website is the first part of the test.

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I just ask him why Microsoft is calling about my Linux machine.

Aussie wedges spam javelin in ring spanner

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Re: Bah!

According to the photo accompanying TFA, metric, 22mm

Non-police orgs merrily accessed PNC without authority, says HMIC

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Re: 1970s Fujitsu mainframe

The fact that it's still operating is an accomplishment of which the owner(s) should be proud.

Barbie-brained Mattel exec phell for phishing, sent $3m to China

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Video, or it didn't happen.

We bet your firm doesn't stick to half of these 10 top IT admin tips

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Re: One rule to rule them all

Token ring?

You have my sincerest sympathy.

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Re: I recently received a phishing attempt

I regularly delete any request to "verify" my account. If it's blocked I'll call and have it unblocked. That has never been necessary.

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New parents usually learn that AFTER the pger has been flushed.

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Re: Nowhere to hide

Thanks to HIPAA, I now get content free emails from my doctor and pharmacy, reminding me of an appointment (withholding the date and time), or prescription renewal reminders (withholding name of the medicine).

I ask you, what purpose do these emails serve? Mind you, I have expressly opted in and agreed to a lengthy pile of legalese in order to get them. Yet, apparently, "email is not secure", so names of medications and time of appointments must be withheld, even if I have requested them to be sent to me.

Idiots. And expensive as well.

PayPal freezes 400-job expansion in North Carolina over bonkers religious freedom law

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Re: States rights & hypocrisy

"States rights" is code for "let us discriminate and don't tell us we can't"

At least, that's how it seems lately

KA1AXY

Old, white, hetero male here. I could care less abt the technical details. As long as there are bathrooms available, and everyone can do their business in peace and relative comfort, the gender, assigned or natural, of the person in the next stall is of no concern to me, nor should it be to you.

I have plenty of more important things to worry about, and so, I suspect, do you.

KA1AXY

Re: "...bathrooms across North Carolina were 'safe' again."

John, what prevents "male perverts" from entering female bathrooms today? A law? By the time the cops show up, the offender is gone?

And...is this "male pervert" problem of great concern where you live? It's not where I live.

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Re: America

@BigJohn

For my entire time at university, 18 - 22 year old men and women shared the same bathroom and shower. There were some initial issues, but they were dealt with in a way that prevented further problems.

Now, in this case, we are talking about adults. I predict even fewer issues.

I think your fears are unjustified and I base this upon personal experience.

KA1AXY

Re: America

Parts of it are. The rest of us are doing our best to cope.

Space archeologist discovers new evidence of Vikings invading America

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Re: Does this mean

Don't forget radio...and more importantly, building an extremely profitable business around it.

Ordnance Survey unfolds handy Mars map

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Black Helicopters

Re: Those damn Martians....

They'll just get a copy of whatever they need from NIMA/DMA/NGA or whatever the US mapping agency is calling themselves this week.

You've seen things people wouldn't believe – so tell us your programming horrors

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Real Programmer should be capitalized...:-)

Why does herbal cough syrup work so well? It may be full of morphine

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Re: Tip of the iceberg

"We"???

I've got all the lead and melamine I need in my diet already

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In surprising news today

Chinese made "herbal medicine" contains something not on the list of ingredients.

Color me shocked...not

Recall: Bring out yer dead and over-heating Microsoft Surface Pro power cords

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Mushroom

Re: Are "electronic" components involved in the failure?

AKA: Quality Chinese Engineering

...just how cheaply can we make it and still have it work (for a very lax definition of "work")

Viglen staff mark CEO Tkachuk's passing with a royal tribute

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Re: Umm. news?

Just keep a quart bottle by your desk.

Cardinal sin: Ex St Louis baseball exec cops to 'hacking' rival team's db

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"Two people can keep a secret if one of them is dead."

HPE's London boozer dubbed the 'Hewlett You Inn?'

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We have Top Men on the job.

Top Men.

// "man", actually...

Americans massively back call for more police body camera tech

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No War on Police, but...

...we would like them held to the same standards we are held to. Little things, like telling the truth in court and not covering up for each other. Seems like this is enough of a problem that the unbiased view provided by cameras is necessary.

Aroused Lycra-clad cyclist prompts Manchester cop dragnet

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Re: Nips?

The only sensible thing to do, would have been to take multiple photos of this outrage, preferably from several angles, to be used in court.

Riddle of cash-for-malware offer in new Raspberry Pi computers

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Spam, not a serious offer. Although, I'll bet they spam this out to PC integrators and get a nibble or two from those at the bottom of the barrel, I.e.: white box builders in china.

Facebook arrives at commonsense 'real names' policy

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Re: I wouldn't dream of using a fake name on Facebook.

I use my real name, but all the information I supply is false

Outsourcer didn't press ON switch, so Reg reader flew 15 hours to do the job

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Re: what colour are the lights?

Am a colorblind hardware designer, can verify. Which is why I scrupulously avoid using bicolor LEDs, and prefer the "traffic light" green to the old yellow-green type in my designs.

GCHQ goes all Cool Dad and tags the streets of Shoreditch with job ads

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Re: Enterprising Company ... ?

Outsourcing, mate. It's happening everywhere.

El Reg revisits Battle of Agincourt on 600th anniversary

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Re: Fromage

Vous avez oubliez:

Petit contretemps avec Les indochinoise - 1954

Et avec les algeriens - 1963?

Microsoft offers to PAY YOU to trade in your old computer for a Windows 10 device

KA1AXY

Re: Now you know how much your privacy is worth

...Yet.

Man goes to collect stolen-car court docs found in stolen car in stolen car

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Re: Oxymoron List

Peoples' Democratic Republic

LOHAN chews the fat with US TV station over Spaceport's FAA-ilure

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Re: Contact with the FAA

He retired? And they're binning all mail addressed to him?

// just your luck

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Re: South Africa?

RE: Woomera

Probably need clearance from FAA there as well...or NSA

A thousand mile Atom merci mission: Driving from Monaco to London in an open-topped motor

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Re: Not So Clever

When your choice is abandoning a reserved spot on the ferry during peak season, or coaxing a van with suddenly nonfunctional brakes aboard, you are thankful (not necessarily in this order) for the handbrake, the 2 setting on the transmission and having had several cars in your youth which did not have everything working at once.

We made the ferry. The van was repaired on island, at great cost and much inconvenience, but the holiday was saved, and we rented a Jeep for the duration (at $300/day!)

How long does it take an NHS doctor to turn on a computer?

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Re: In fairness...

Ahhh! The good old Omnitec 701. You could ask into a terminal room and whistle them on. The attached Teletypes would chatter their welcomes.

KA1AXY

The coffee maker is designed to be operated by those not yet in complete possession of their faculties and who will react badly to any subtlety in user interface design (usually by pitching the damn thing into the bin)

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Re: OH that computer...

Combining your posting with the previous one, its a stroke of genius for Jonny I've to hide the damn power switch for the Mac on the back, flush and with no hint for your groping fingers to know when they're on it.

Every time I have to find it, I curse him.

Aircon biz fined $1.3m after boss set up attack websites slamming critical punters

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The Stooges provide an example of what to expect:

https://vimeo.com/12390592

Will IT support please come to the ward immediately. Weeeee have a tricky problem

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Re: Pharmacutical Company.

We were there swapping Token Ring cards for Ethernet cards

I hope the Token Ring cards were going in the trash, where they belonged.

// networking technology of the Devil

Bletchley Park remembers 'forgotten genius' Gordon Welchman

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Re: Please can we keep the accolades coming...

Had the bomb not been dropped on Japan, my father would have been part of the invasion force and I very likely would not be writing this. As it was, he had nightmares about the fighting in the Pacific (1st Marines) until his death. No PTSD back then.

Mum served in the Navy at Nebraska Ave, and while we knew she had been doing work with codes, she never bothered to mention that the codes had belonged to someone else. Both parents went on to other government service, until I was born. My dad remained in government until his death.

Greatest generation, indeed. They deserve all our thanks and respect.

RFID wants to TRACK my TODGER, so I am going to CUT it OFF

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The nice thing about barcodes is they work by proportionality, not by absolute width. So, as you code "scales", the data bits remain readable

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