* Posts by RM Myers

13 posts • joined 2 Jul 2012

'Software delivered to Boeing' now blamed for 737 Max warning fiasco

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Management - hear no evil, see no evil

Having worked in a very large organization, I always felt the primary role of middle management was to make sure senior management never knew about any problems. This is why it is critically important for management to "NEVER" jump on an employee for reporting a problem. This just leads to an environment where no one wants to be the messenger with bad news, and problems fester until they are so bad they can no longer be hidden. I've seen hundreds of millions of dollars flushed down the drain because senior management said they "didn't want to hear negative comments" about a project, and they didn't - at least until it was implemented and proceeded to implode. I don't know if this is the case here, but I wouldn't be surprised.

Self-taught Belgian bloke cracks crypto conundrum that was supposed to be uncrackable until 2034

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Re: Ronald Rivest - Age

My father lived to be 96, with a pig vein in his chest for the last 30 years, and my mother lived to be 102 1/2. They were hardly rich - I doubt they ever made more than $20K a year between the two of them. So yes, 86 is highly obtainable. When we were researching assisted living accommodations for my mother when she had just turned 102, we visited one facility where she would have been the 4th oldest resident, and they had fewer than 100 residents.

Office Depot, OfficeMax, Support.com cough up $35m after charging folks millions in 'fake' malware cleanup fees

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Re: So, no wrongdoing. But $35m in penalties.

I don't believe the FTC can file criminal charges. That would be the responsibility of the DOJ or state attorney generals. Also, a consent agreement doesn't mean criminal charges can not be filed, which is probably one reason they didn't admit guilt.

Security storm brewing for Oracle Java-powered smart cards: More than a dirty dozen flaws found, fixes... er, any fixes?

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Sounds like the Java Card Forum is responsible for the specs, and has been for over 20 years. Neither Sun nor Oracle have been members of the forum, but Oracle is currently listed as a "partner".

Who likes role-playing? OK, OpenAI puts on its robe and wizard hat... Game bot code released, plus Apple robo-car project blow, and more

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Re: Aaaaaaaaargh! No, no, no!

I believe this is just an attempt to make finding clinical trials for patients easier, not actually provide medical treatment. You can find trials now by going to https://clinicaltrials.gov/ and entering search terms and answering questions.

The first ZX Spectrum prototype laid bare... (What? It was acceptable in the '80s)

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Re: 16K

I had a chess program which ran on the 1K KIM-1 from the 1977 time frame. I found the source code (hex) in a computer magazine/newsletter.

Apple: You can't sue us for slowing down your iPhones because you, er, invited us into, uh, your home... we can explain

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Re: Lawyers

Have to strongly disagree. Are there lawyers who are cunts - for sure, and worse. But I've also known many lawyers who were not only nice but extremely conscientious and honest. Unfortunately, class action lawyers seem to overwhelmingly fall into the former group, as do many of the so-called "high power" attorneys.

Crispest image yet of Ultima Thule arrives on Earth, but grab a coffee while the rest downloads

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The rubber ducky comparisons are right on.

It really does look like my kids rubber ducky - if only it turns out to be yellow!

Remember CompuServe forums? They're still around! Also they're about to die

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CompuServe forums are still around! I used CIS in the 80's and CompuServe's former headquarters is only a couple miles from where I live, but I had no idea they still existed. I started (slowly) accessing CIS over a 300 baud modem., eventually moved up to the big times with a 2400 baud modem.

Windows 10 Start menu replacements shifting like hot cakes

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Re: They are mad the lot of them

Actually, I believe Classic Shell was originally developed when Windows 7 was released - don't know about the others. Third party replacement user interfaces (graphical or command line, complete replacements or just "enhancements") have been around for decades. They were available for DOS before windows was even developed, and unix/linux has numerous replacement interfaces (I can remember arguing over the interface to use for a SUNOS system in the early 1990's). My professor in Operating System design didn't even consider the user interface to be part of the OS - he just saw it as a specialized application program.

Forget the $2499 5K iMac – today we reveal Apple's most expensive computer to date

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Did the Apple 1 predate the KIM-1? It was a complete system on a board, no assembly required, and used the 6502 (and was built by MOS Technology, which built the 6502). I bought a KIM-1 in 1976, several years before I even heard of Apple.

Happy 75th birthday, Adam Osborne

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Memory Lane

My right arm is probably longer than my left from carrying the Osborne I back and forth to work. What a great machine. I got mine when they were including dBase II for free. This was quite an upgrade from the KIM 2 - screen, enclosure, and 2 floppy drives. Unfortunately, the ex made me get rid of the KIM and Osborne when I bought a new Gateway computer. Bad choice.

Samsung asks for US Galaxy Nexus ban to be lifted pending appeal

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Having just read the patent she based the decision on, I'm wondering how many thousands of programming teams have built identical search systems. People were doing this in the 1960's (maybe earlier, I don't go back that far). Probably every large business has systems to look up customer information based on name, address, customer number, or whatever else might be available, when bills are paid without returning the billing statement. The look ups were usually on one screen; you entered what you knew, and the system looked up the info in the appropriate database(s). The algorithms were all different to handle data requirement (names - had to check possible nicknames, addresses - abbreviations, customer numbers - transposed digits, etc). What next - patent the IF statement?

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