* Posts by cortland

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Terry Pratchett's unfinished works flattened by steamroller

cortland

Re: I'm touched by the weirdness of this request...

It almost doesn't matter; each stands by itself, but the development of his writing over the years, and the complexity of their combined plots, suggests that a deeper appreciation might be had by reading in chronological (copyright age) order.

Some of his biographical work explains how he wrote (and how he thought), and may profitably be read before diving into the ocean of his words.

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TalkTalk fined £100k for exposing personal sensitive info

cortland

Just BUY it

http://www.iflscience.com/technology/judges-porn-habits-and-politicians-medication-found-in-anonymous-browsing-data/

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Watch this nanochip reprogram cells to fix damaged body tissue

cortland

Re: I want a tail,

Your "tailor" will be several kinds of upset.

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Manchester firm shut down for pretending to be Google

cortland

Re: More scum

Just herding sheep should do.

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They COULD have just googled the fraudster.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Google_(verb)

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Can the last person watching desktop video please turn out the light?

cortland

Yes, well

People would PAY for a "turn off video until requested' function.

Me, I junked my television in 1997 and refuse to watch movies -- films for you chaps. The occasional video? I pick 'em -- and fast forward to see if I WANT to see them in real time.

Transcripts are a blessing.

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Re-identifying folks from anonymised data will be a crime in the UK

cortland

Didn't I see you the other day in the newspaper?

Up shows the law, with handcuffs.

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Men charged with theft of free newspapers

cortland

Re: 1 per user

Zigaackly!

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Samsung releases 49-inch desktop monitor with 32:9 aspect ratio

cortland

Comes on a forklift, requires an industrial grade desk, and guarantees hernias and twisted necks.

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Brit hacker admits he siphoned info from US military satellite network

cortland

That's

That's an *interesting* charge.

I'm imagining three officers with handcuffs standing by a dialysis machine reading their arrest warrant:

"You're charged with causing a security breach with code written forty years ago... You'll have to come with us, sir."

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

cortland

it may be

It may be they _do more code and make more money_ (heh) because spaces are faster. and it's easier to avoid errors using them than tabs due to the large space bar and more accurate placement of typing digits.

Still, I can't justify the reported income discrepancy to typing speed alone; did e. e. cummings earn more eschewing upper case?

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No hypersonic railguns on our ships this year, says US Navy

cortland

Re: Downsides

Bingo! They had the POWER.

http://nationalinterest.org/blog/the-buzz/us-navys-railgun-dream-could-be-denied-by-two-big-problems-17301

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Receiver appointed to mop up Plutus Payroll

cortland

Subscribers only?

The AFR article is by subscription.

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When can real-world laws invade augmented reality fantasies? A trial in Milwaukee will decide

cortland

That's interesting

As I understand the intent of these restrictions, it could also ban flash mobs organized by smartphone and Twitter.

Verizon delenda est, eh?

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IBM: ALL travel must be approved now, and shut up about the copter

cortland

Look at it this way

"But they were just next door! I walk over there to fix their d**n server and keep 'em happy, and for this I get fired for not submitting some [%#XX(^&SS^] travel request?"

"Just as well, Sam, we already spent your pension money on executive bonuses."

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The biggest British Airways IT meltdown WTF: 200 systems in the critical path?

cortland

Five neins...

– it was far from clear that even senior NASA management were actually capable of understanding the warnings their engineers were raising –

Five nines, is it? On a good day, you might get that out of a resistor.

You want it actually to run software and process data? This is the system that never fails, is it? Did you say "lowest bidder"? It was a really good bid?

Oh dear.

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Huawei's just changed the way you'll use Android

cortland

Who?

Why?

This is NOT the android they are looking for.

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Video intercom firm Doorbird wants $80 for device password resets

cortland

The chalice from the palace?

Computer User Non Technical [Giving Into Foolish Things.]

http://www.dict.cc/deutsch-englisch/Gift.html

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Welcome to my world of The Unexplained – yes, you're welcome to it

cortland

Re: B'stard

Never buy a battery from a sailor; that's (wait for it!) a Salt and battery...

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cortland

Hmm

Lucas, Lucas, LUCAS?

Ayup; that'd explain it.

http://www4.ncsu.edu/~mtmorris/index3.html

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Has your spouse stayed on after Mobile World Congress? This sex doll brothel might be why

cortland

Thanks VERY much for the "electrifying" comments

Is there such as thing as a laughgasm?

A lightning bolt fused the switch closed and the Voice said "There is now."

OW!

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COP BLOCKED: Uber app thwarted arrests of its drivers by fooling police with 'ghost cars'

cortland

Re: State licensing

Yes, I had to:

Only Hugh can prevent florist friars...

https://forum.wordreference.com/threads/hugh-and-only-hugh-can-prevent-florist-friars.2478144/#post-12474321

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cortland

But this is MARVELOUS!

We could use this application to avoid all SORTS of people one wouldn't want to meet; surely that can't be illegal.

Um,er, CAN it? I don't want to EVER sit next to the Garlic Lady again; once in 1953 was enough.

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Teach undergrads ethics to ensure future AI is safe – compsci boffins

cortland

Who's

that with the girl in the picture? I thought Tin Head Ned was dead!

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Humanity needs you... to build an AI bot that can finger rotten headlines

cortland

In longhand -- with a red laundry marker.

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BOFH: Password HELL. For you, mate, not for me

cortland

Optional because it's easier than typing

Juebghohsili. Raflzkuurn waakhmi? Waakhnu slivilik?

Klingon is easier to remember,if you know it.

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Height of stupidity: Heathrow airliner buzzed by drone at 7,000ft

cortland

Re: Am I wrong in thinking that if ..

Heat accumulated during time on the ground without having the air-stream carry it away is a plausible cause for increased failures, on routes of mostly short-hop flights. especially if the engines are kept turning while loading and unloading passengers, baggage, and cargo.

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Windows 10 nags, Dirty Cow, Microsoft's Linux man love: The Reg's big ones for 2016

cortland

Re: Windows 10 upgrade suvivor

People with "only" 2 GB data plans might have to take two months to update a computer. THREE computers?

Oh joy.

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Lad cuffed after iOS call exploit knocks out Arizona 911 center

cortland

Internet of Jails hack

Soon: None of your doors are unlock to you?

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Oracle finally targets Java non-payers – six years after plucking Sun

cortland

Doing without caffeine?

http://news.softpedia.com/news/google-thinking-about-replacing-java-with-apple-s-swift-for-android-report-502717.shtml

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Not OK Google: Tree-loving family turns down Page and pals' $7m

cortland

Definitely not the right picture

From the cited article:

https://i.guim.co.uk/img/media/5c3dfe11b4587af8af80bd94c82acca020a84141/0_185_5189_3113/master/5189.jpg?w=620&q=20&auto=format&usm=12&fit=max&dpr=2&s=78a45c72c1feb5c71f2da4e66981a74d

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Sysadmin told to spend 20+ hours changing user names, for no reason

cortland

Shouldn't they

mac siccar?

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HMS Illustrious sets sail for scrapyard after last-ditch bid fails

cortland

Hmm

I wonder what Illustrious will be renamed by the Turks on entering active duty with that country's Navy...

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The UK's Investigatory Powers Act allows the State to tell lies in court

cortland

This could be interesting

It would be interesting to see someone accused of committing a crime when he was unconscious in hospital and not able to enter that as evidence in his defense. On the other hand, the existence of the ability to lie with impunity opens the prosecution up to the accusation that nothing it says can be trusted.

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Drops the mic... Hang on, hackers could be listening through my headphones?

cortland

Re: Listening in

Whoops! The Surface Pro 3 certainly does.

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HP Inc CEO Dion: Whey-hey, we're on the pull

cortland

Way haul away, we're bound for better weather, to me!

http://www.makem.com/lyrics/lyricpage/haulawayjoe.php

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Ex-soldier slapped with sex offender order after flouting private browsing mode ban

cortland

Re: Indecent image of a child

That would be a picture of Trafalgar square with any children under 18 in it -- and FWIW, any number of streaming television screens.

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Two new dinosaurs walked from South America to Australia, via Antarctica

cortland

Does she

WALTZ?

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Czech, mate: Cops cuff Russian bloke accused of LinkedIn mega-hack

cortland

I SEE you!

Thanks to Chekia for leaving the faces recognizable.

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AI software should be able to register its own patents, law prof argues

cortland

They'll have to be

21 before they can own anything on their own.

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The exploding Note 7 is no surprise – leaked Samsung doc highlights toxic internal culture

cortland

Re: When Tandy computers

I got to Tandy in 1989 or so, and working in R&D was a fantastic job, even if I did have to bark back at my manager from time to time. But they never sold enough computers (only marketed to their own stores -- and DEC, with that firm's nameplate) to reliably profit from building them.

And where else could I ever claim credit for a software compatibility lab's engineers all having to sit on wet seat cushions? For Origami ribbon cables? For an unpowered electric coffee-warmer (NOT our set-top-box) changing the colors on a TV set in the boardroom?

If you know things others don't, and can imagine what they can't, they'll think it magic ...

And without either a degree or engineering coursework. I had FUN!

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cortland

When Tandy computers

When Tandy's computer business was having trouble showing a profit in the mid to late 1990s, cost reduction assumed a much more important role in its planning, and Samsung offered Tandy what it it called a "strategic partnership".

After some time, this strategic partnership turned into a takeover, one of whose first overt symptoms was the replacement of 6 foot cubicle partitions with much shorter ones, the objective being to have each manager identify who was sitting at his or her computer at precisely 8 AM

It was when I learned that – as one of the engineering team – I was no longer allowed to make changes necessary to meet regulatory and performance requirements, and that only Korean engineers had that authority; it was then that I decided to leave AST, and as the full impact of the Korean management philosophy descended on the others it appears they all decided "the handwriting on the wall" was in Korean. An article on the AST bankruptcy once described what happened then as a "mass exodus of talent."

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AST_Research

My next job was at a telecommunications manufacturer specializing in the digital loop to subscriber equipment. It was a very good job, one with a good deal of responsibility, and I enjoyed it – and when that firm was acquired by a French multinational, those conditions did not change.

Those were the times, my friend…

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Telecom_Valley

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Student software finds new Minor Planet found way out beyond Pluto

cortland

"finds new Minor Planet found way out"

Well founded, that.

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Samsung puts out battery fire (no, not that one)

cortland

Days of fire

Who once sold a monochrome CRT monitor that apparently would emit smoke if f the computer used allowed higher resolutions to be set than the monitor power supply could support.

Whose 5MB HDD [for the Tandy 2000] acted similarly (unless modified*) because the stopped/stalled motor surge current was too high for the windings.

* IIRC, the fix was a series resistor that required a number of those HDD's be twisted back and forth to break stiction and start up.

Good. Quick. Cheap You only get TWO at a time.

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Ludicrous Patent of the Week: Rectangles on a computer screen

cortland

Re: I'm happy with this

https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=2102757

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Mercedes answers autonomous car moral dilemma: Yeah, we'll just run over pedestrians

cortland

Re: Would it pass the Kobayashi Maru?

"My understanding is that hitting moose can be very bad for the occupants of the car."

Heard on a Amateur Radio net one night; a Washington State net member in a backwoods SUV missed his turn in the conversation and came back in as the net was closing to explain why; a moose had decided charging an oncoming SUV would be fun.

I don't know if he got to keep the meat, but the vehicle was a write-off.

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Smell burning? Samsung’s 'Death Note 7' could still cause a contagion

cortland

Flaming 'phone frenzy follows?

If the problem is BATTERIES, expect more flaming phone frenzies to follow.

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Speaking in Tech: Making $1bn profit from a $10m investment? We'll take it

cortland

Are there

Are there transcripts?

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Boy, 12, gets €100k bill from Google after confusing Adwords with Adsense

cortland

Re: Twelve =/= teen

http://www.abc.net.au/science/articles/2011/11/15/3364432.htm

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Forgive me, father, for I have used an ad-blocker on news websites...

cortland

If at the end

If, at the end of the month, one discovers he has gone 5 GB over his limit, and must pay $90 US for having done so, a lot of that guilt will be erased with anger.

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