* Posts by keith_w

250 posts • joined 25 Jul 2012

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Didn't install a safety-critical driverless car patch? Bye, insurance!

keith_w

Re: So...

I think that either current taxi companies or auto manufacturers will be the ones renting you the autonomous vehicle. I would be more likely to trust an autonomous vehicle from Ford, GM, Jaguar-Rover, BMW, the VW group, rather than one designed by Uber or Lyft.

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keith_w

Re: So...

My spouse's 2006 Corolla received the air bag replacement last year. So not like cell phones.

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Re: Safety-critical updates?

That has been my thought about autonomous vehicles since people started talking about them. Why bother going to the expense of buying one when you can use your phone app to get your favourite luxury vehicle waiting at your door, fully charged and ready to go. Even the vomit from the previous nights last user cleaned up and de-odorized.

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Re: Safety-critical updates?

That would certainly be a fun hack for certain types of people.

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Drunk canoeing no longer driving offence in Canada

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Re: Surprised

Some are only pointy at one end so as to be able to attach a small outboard motor at the other.

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Ice-cold Kaspersky shows the industry how to handle patent trolls

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Re: What are lawmakers doing?

Also, do ARM patent or copyright their designs?

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keith_w

Re: What are lawmakers doing?

I would think that Arm's licensing the designs to multiple outside companies would count as "implemented"

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Don't buy Microsoft Surface gear: 25% will break after 2 years, says Consumer Reports

keith_w

Re: Not really a "survey"

Or a higher percentage of people who had an issue decided to respond than people who haven't had a problem. I have a Surface Pro 1, which admittedly I do not use as much as I use my desktop but I bought it when the Pro 2 came out and I haven't had a problem with it yet.

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US Homeland Security CIO hits ctrl-alt-delete after just three months

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Re: 99 green bottles hanging on the wall..

I always prefered:

99 bottles of beer on the wall

99 bottles of beer

take one down and pass it around

98 bottles of beer on the wall.

repeat as needed.

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Core-blimey! Intel's Core i9 18-core monster – the numbers

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Re: Gamers?

It was an IBM engineer, not Bill. The 640K was a limitation of the design an 8 bit IBM personal computer. The maximum memory size was 1024K, of which IBM reserved the top 384K addresses for IO functions, so no Bill had no reason to say it.

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Commonwealth Bank: Buggy software made us miss money laundering

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It may simply have been that they thought that no one was depositing $10000 at a time through an ATM. As a previous poster pointed out, the machines only accept 50 notes at a time, which means that to deposit $10,000 in a single transaction, ie stuffing sufficient notes in for a single counting episode, would require 10 $1,000 notes, or 20 $500 notes or 50 $200 notes or some combination such as 6 $1000 notes and 40 $100 notes. On the other hand, walking into a branch and slamming down 1,000 $10 notes would have been much more possible.

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Skype for Business is not Skype – realising that is half the battle

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Where I worked used SfB (and previously Lync). We used it for presentations, sharing screens, we used it for remote support, again, sharing screens while allowing the support person control, we used it for team meetings, sometimes with video, sometimes without. We even used it to allow the company that managed the building HVAC system remote access to their software installed on one of our laptops, via the SfB web access. I won't say that there weren't any problems, but there were very few.

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Sysadmin bloodied by icicle that overheated airport data centre

keith_w

Re: Creative license

I was wondering that too since 1CM is only 0.393701 inches, and checking the rest of the comments to see if anyone else noticed.

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keith_w

Because it gives you the weekend to fix your screwup?

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keith_w

Re: Frozen winter shit.

As you point out, there is no "I" in Team, there is however a "ME" in "tEaM"

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Blunder down under: self-driving Aussie cars still being thwarted by kangaroos

keith_w

Re: Roos

Perhaps because deer don't hop?

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HMS Windows XP: Britain's newest warship running Swiss Cheese OS

keith_w

Re: Don't need an Internet connection

Also, it was in '97 not 98.

"On 21 September 1997, a division by zero error on board the USS Yorktown (CG-48) Remote Data Base Manager brought down all the machines on the network, causing the ship's propulsion system to fail.[5][6]"

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Yorktown_(CG-48)

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Google hit with record antitrust fine of €2.4bn by Europe

keith_w

Re: Erm

You don't actually have to change the default search engine. All you have to do is type "google.com" in the UrL bar.

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Elon Musk reveals Mars colony rocket capable of bringing pizza joints to the red planet

keith_w

Re: Hmmmn.. pizza!

But didn't the watchmakers fixed the coffee machine? (been a long time since I last read it)

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You're all too skeptical of super-duper self-driving cars, apparently

keith_w

Re: Shills ignore Public Transit

Self-driving cars will effectively be public transit. I enjoy driving and if I cannot drive my car, then why would I bother owning it? It costs a fortune in maintenance and insurance to own a vehicle, not to mention the initial purchase or lease cost. There is a reason that Uber is designing their own. Taxi companies will also be quite happy to purchase autonomous vehicles and dispatch them to transport you at need and at a lower cost than self-ownership. Indeed, you will probably be able to order, at a higher cost of course, a luxury vehicle rather than a basic one. And, if after a night of carousing at your local watering hole, you should accidentally soil the vehicle, because you have paid with your credit card through the app, the cleaning cost can also be charged back to you, with video evidence from from the in-vehicle camera.

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keith_w

Re: I'm in charge of me

Anti-lock brakes are fine on dry pavement and you just need to stop. They are not so fine on gravel, snow, or just plain wet roads.

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I fought Ohm's Law and the law won: Drone crash takes out power to Silicon Valley homes

keith_w

Mr. Clean has a clean shaven head, so no, not him.

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Windows 10 Creators Update preview: Lovin' for Edge and pen users, nowt much else

keith_w

Re: Cortana and OneDrive?

Since any cloud drive requires that you sign up for a provider's account, those are also utterly worthless to you. If you don't want to sign up, then don't. But stop whining about not wanting to agree to the requirements of the provider to get something free.

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keith_w

Re: Just to be clear

Really? I had no problem pinning the other 2 browsers or any other program I use to the start menu. I would try with chrome, but I don't want it on any machine which I use, for various reasons including the fact that I consider it to be bigger spyware than Windows 10.

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Windows 10: Triumphs and tragedies from Microsoft Build

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Re: There's a life outside of mobile

I have been known to occasionally edit a vacation video.

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Sweaty fitness bands fall behind as Apple Watch outpaces sales

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Re: Not surprised fitbit is having problems

I have no problem syncing my Charge HR with either of my windows machines. Since I use a BB phone, it does not sync with that. I did use my ex-work Iphone to sync as well and as a result, I got message notifications on it. I have since realized that I do not miss getting notifications on my fitbit. If my phone notifies me that I have received a message I may or may not look at it. If it rings, I will probably answer it even if I am working out. The battery usually lasts about 5 days. I am quite happy with it.

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US copyright law shake-up: Days of flinging stuff on the web and waiting for a DMCA may be over

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Copy write vs Copyright

A copy writer writes commercial copy especially for advertising.

A copyright reserves the right to use a copy of the copyrighted materials to the copyright owner, who may,or may not, grant permission, usually for a fee, on request, either directly or through a copyright management process such as is implemented by BMC and other music management organizations. Copyright holders have requested that people not use their copyrighted material for their own purposes, such as promoting their political point of view especially when a) no fee was paid, and b) the political point of view was not in accordance with the copyright holders political point of view.

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'I feel violated': Engineer who pointed out traffic signals flaw fined for 'unlicensed engineering'

keith_w

His bridges didn't fall down within a reasonable period of time.

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keith_w

Re: Landgrab again

My father was an operating engineer for Trans-Canada Pipelines for many years operating the pumps that pushed natural gas across Canada.

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keith_w

Re: Not regulated?

To quote Jimmy Hendrix "are you experienced?"

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Republicans want IT bloke to take fall for Clinton email brouhaha

keith_w

It is a witch hunt, just as the Republican's multiple investigations of Benghazi, and all the other investigations of "Clinton wrongdoing" were witch hunts which never found a single trace of wrong doing. The Republicans want to hang someone out to dry and if they cannot get Hillary, then they will get someone else.

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keith_w

According to the FBI, no she did not send or receive classified information from her server.

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Don't stop me! Why Microsoft's inevitable browser irrelevance isn't

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I am glad someone brought that up. I was planning to if someone else didn't. I was recently at a client's who was using Chrome, when asked she replied "What's Chrome?" so I presume she got it via a drive-by download. I dislike Chrome intensely for it's nasty habit of taking over every possible extension whether you want it to or not, especially .PDF so that Chrome launches even if you are opening a locally scanned document and it takes longer than if you are opening whatever version of Adobe reader you happen to be using.

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Expedia IT bod gets all-expenses-paid trip to prison after hacking execs' emails for profit

keith_w

Re: Expedia

Isn't that why senior management and the Directors have shares and options in the company they are managing?

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China 'hacked' South Korea to wreck Star Wars missile shield

keith_w

Re: action and reactiion

THAAD is not a threat to China's strategic nuclear forces. It doesn't have the range to take out ICBMs launched from China, nor is it meant to attack during the launch phase. It is a defense against Intermediate missiles, nuclear or not, in their terminal phase (the "T" in THAAD).

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Hard-pressed Juicero boss defends $400 IoT juicer after squeezing $120m from investors

keith_w

Might I suggest that you check the ingredients in packaged juices. While I would never buy the juicer machine neither would I buy packaged juices. On the other hand I usually limit my fruits to a banana a day and some thawed frozen fruits in my oatmeal on the weekends.

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Would you believe it? The Museum of Failure contains quite a few pieces of technology

keith_w

Re: Bic for her

Thank you for making me waste hours and split my sides.

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Farewell Unity, you challenged desktop Linux. Oh well, here's Ubuntu 17.04

keith_w

No wonder LINUX still doesn't rule the desktop.

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Prisoners built two PCs from parts, hid them in ceiling, connected to the state's network and did cybershenanigans

keith_w

Re: Odd that there were network ports available inside the secure area

it was mentioned that the parts were obtained from the computer recycling business that was operating in the prison. Perhaps the monitor(s) were obtained from that supply.

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keith_w

Re: Hats off to them...

you don't actually need the case, just the power supply and the on.off switch.

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Head of US military kit-testing slams F-35, says it's scarcely fit to fly

keith_w

Re: Will any Minister be sacked for this?

I thought he was referring to the aircraft carriers currently under construction.

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BlackBerry admits dying BB10 is in pain

keith_w

I have a z30 on 10.3.3 which has exhibited zero problems since updating. Similarly BB Link works to sync my address book, calendar, music, pictures, videos and documents without issue. For BB Blend there do seem to be issues with the Hub and Text messages although the rest seem to be working ok. On the other hand, I don't use that very often.

On a personal note, there is no way I want to share my information with google or with apple, so there is no way on GGE that I will own an android or IPhone.

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This is where UK's Navy will park its 65,000-tonne aircraft carriers

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Only 500 men per day?

I was surprised that the new "Brows" can only handle 500 men per day, and that the old ones for the Invincible class carriers could only handle 100 men per day. Would that be 250 men off and 250 men on or just 500 men on or off in any combination?

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US and Russia engaged in legal tug of war over LinkedIn hack suspect

keith_w

I think the Russians put in a claim because they don't want the US talking to this guy.

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Devonians try to drive Dartmoor whisky plan onto rocks

keith_w

Re: Whisky Galore

Thanks, that was fun seeing the sights in beautiful Princeton ;)

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Oh, the things Vim could teach Silicon Valley's code slingers

keith_w

Re: As a long-time Vim user (since 2005 or so)

I knew that was coming! Best text editor ever.

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Meet the Internet of big, lethal Things

keith_w

Re: the eff is way out of line here

John Deere does not permit the use of any OSS in their software.

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