* Posts by cortland

1116 posts • joined 29 Mar 2012


Rookie almost wipes customer's entire inventory – unbeknownst to sysadmin


Re: And then billed 3 extra hours?

Some of the older Samsung monitors sold with Tandy/Radio Shack computers in the 1990's could be made to run at higher resolutions, which resulted (or so I heard) in a monitor catching fire.


re "big iron"...

When I retired from the Amy I walked into a job in electromagnetic compatibility at Wang Labs, in Massachusetts. It took three of us to wheel one of the TEMPEST machines up the ramp into the test chamber; HDD the size of a Fiat, outside, with cables that were like wrestling world-record Boa Constrictors.

Article 13 pits Big Tech and bots against European creatives


Re: Why do we have to keep paying for something, time after time after time?

Eh, or rounded corners on a smartphone.


Re: takedowns

And in the United States, copyright extends to original works posted online by even private citizens – no registration required.

Here's one original from me for now; it seems you would under the terms of the ruling violate *my* copyright by reading it.

There once was a board all atoasting, much alarmed at the prospect of posting -- with three words in a row that appeared in a show -- would justify banning and roasting.

Cortland E. Richmond 13 September 2018

Abracadabra! Tales of unexpected sysadmagic and dabbling in dark arts


Coffee, anyone?

This unworthy servant of the Great Ghu Hytek is known to have solved a display problem with a set-top box using what in the US we call an electric hot-plate. Without even connecting it to the mains outlet.

Ever wanted to strangle Microsoft? Now Outlook, Skype 'throttle' users amid storm cloud drama


It's Texas, Silly!

Between 1997 in 2002, I had an interesting position in Northern California with a firm based in Texas (since absorbed by others) . Telecom Valley has long since dried up and blown away, but I have a lot of memories of that time.

I was the de facto EMC expert in the R&D department there, and beside monitoring designs in progress, was often called on to fix problems that developed in the field. One such problem came up shortly before the inevitable layoffs began and one got me; equipment in Texas was shutting down mysteriously, not a cloud in the sky, nor high tension power lines collapsing on the telephone outside plant, no, not that.

Protective devices on telephone lines were just quietly dying of overload, burning out and and taking down-line equipment "off the net", as we would say now.

They had at the time other EMC engineers than myself, the headquarters being in Texas, so I am confident (ha!) somebody eventually fixed that – but here's my theory.

Clouds passing over the millions of miles of lines across the state carried quite sizable charges, despite never discharging via lightning until things REALLY got "charged up". And as they passed over portions of the network, the charge they carried induced a flow of current between different parts of the land-line system. Equipment protectors being designed to handle short if exceedingly high currents, were burning out because these slowly rising and slowly falling peaks of current exceeded their ability to dissipate it as heat.

It's a good theory, anyway. It's never nice to fool Mother Nature.

Astroboffins spy the brightest quasar that lit the universe's dark ages



Surely it's light, redshifted.

New York State is trying to ban 'deepfakes' and Hollywood isn't happy


Not just video

Writing in the same style – anonymously – as any well-known public figure, actor or actress, etc. could be taken for writing by that person.

Who shall be first?

You've been Zucked: Facebook boss refuses to face-off with Brit MPs


Re: "You can call me a dreamer..."

It's odd that the word "dreamer" should crop up in connection with the phrase "national sovereignty", considering that the national sovereignty of the United States is apparently threatened by the presence of so many "Dreamers" brought into the country without documentation, young people OUR national sovereignty apparently requires us to deport to nations speaking a language foreign to them.

Or that national sovereignty reaches into nations far away. Oh well; back to the days when government listened to every telephone call and read every telegram, eh? For the sake of privacy.

Humans are STRANGE.

Any social media accounts to declare? US wants travelers to tell


A WHAT curtain?

From Alaska to San Diego, an [idiot] curtain has descended on the United States...

User fired IT support company for a 'typo' that was actually a real word


Re: Is that how you spell...

Fernando Llamas?

Five things you need to know about Microsoft's looming Windows 10 Spring Creators Update


Somewhere around here

Somewhere around here I have an upgraded Tandy Model 100 that will work just fine for basic word processing – and the batteries last 40 hours. Windows? I'm dragging out my DOS 3.1 computer next week.

F-35B Block 4 software upgrades will cost Britain £345m


Re: and Pigs might fly a.k.a F-35

Not so much discussed is that multiple 35's whose radar and computational power is networked may be practically as good as having an AWACS circling around some hundred kilometers from the scene.

It's all new, that. I wonder if it will work as well is expected the first time it has to.


Re: I ain't never seen a white elephant fly.



Troubled Watchkeeper drones miss crucial UK flight safety certificate



Perhaps they should be tested where they'll be used in earnest, hmm?

Air gapping PCs won't stop data sharing thanks to sneaky speakers


Re: I suppose someone will tell me next that my LED screen/light-bulb is watching me...

Some years ago, there was an article – I don't recall where – about recovering data off screens by looking at the illumination of window blinds or curtains from a distance.

This may be easier with low resolution screens, as detection of individual pixels will be easier at the slower pixel rate.

America yanked from the maws of cellphone complaint black hole


I was one of those laid off – and our employer eventually folded – when one of the Baby Bells, not wanting to cut the people actually installing the technology in on the profits, decided to renege on a $4 billion (over 10 years) contract to install the then-new ADSL systems in its district.

That's water over the dam. Or used beer.

The last I saw of them, a local medium wave broadcaster had changed from easy listening music, which (even if it got into everybody's telephone lines was at least easy to listen to, to full-time Korean-language evangelist preaching.


Re: FCC in favor of ruling

>>Having the FCC do it makes about as much sense as having the Department of Energy do it because phone lines use energy.<<

Actually, that dates back to the days of the Bell company monopoly on telephone service. They got the monopoly and the FCC got to require a really good quality of service.

You get a criminal record! And you get a criminal record! Peach state goes bananas with expanded anti-hack law


No problem; call in the Russians.

Нет проблем! Каменные горы красиво летом. Stone Mountain is beautiful in the summer.

Drone perves defeated by tinfoil houses


It's possible

It's possible that a receiver able to demodulate these frequencies might allow confirmation by listening to its audio output. And yes, I own a few.


Heathrow Airport's local council prohibits drone flights from open spaces


Re: This is totally unsurprising

Next: Eight Year Old Busted...



Re: What about?

Duck? Substitute other vowels for effect...

FCA 'gold-plates' EU rule, hits BYOD across entire UK finance sector


Still allowed:


US govt to use software to finger immigrants as potential crims? That's really dumb – boffins



Al Gebra has been sighted in a local school; takedown team has been dispatched.

Did last night's US presidential debate Wi-Fi rip-off break the law?



If the content is available on the Web you can access it via your mobile provider direct without using Wifi.

Tor for IoT toothbrushes


Wthout evidence

"I am a suspect character;

No one knows what I do,

Nobody can prove anything,

Not even you."

© Cortland Richmond 2003


Gov contractor nicked on suspicion of Official Secrets Act breach


Or Over... Somewhere , over the hard drive

Bluebirds fly.

Lock 'em up.

What about the Russians?

We don't talk about THEM.

FCC commish cites infamous porn ruling to slam shady US mobile competition report


Re: US v UK

One cannot hope to bribe or twist, etc.

Terry Pratchett's unfinished works flattened by steamroller


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.

TalkTalk fined £100k for exposing personal sensitive info


Just BUY it


Watch this nanochip reprogram cells to fix damaged body tissue


Re: I want a tail,

Your "tailor" will be several kinds of upset.

Manchester firm shut down for pretending to be Google


Re: More scum

Just herding sheep should do.


They COULD have just googled the fraudster.


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


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.

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


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

Up shows the law, with handcuffs.

Men charged with theft of free newspapers


Re: 1 per user


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


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

Brit hacker admits he siphoned info from US military satellite network



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."

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


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?

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


Re: Downsides

Bingo! They had the POWER.


Receiver appointed to mop up Plutus Payroll


Subscribers only?

The AFR article is by subscription.

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


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?

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


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."

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


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.


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




This is NOT the android they are looking for.

Video intercom firm Doorbird wants $80 for device password resets


The chalice from the palace?

Computer User Non Technical [Giving Into Foolish Things.]


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


Re: B'stard

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



Lucas, Lucas, LUCAS?

Ayup; that'd explain it.


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


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."


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


Re: State licensing

Yes, I had to:

Only Hugh can prevent florist friars...



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