* Posts by Mark 85

10940 posts • joined 22 Nov 2012

Dear humans, We thought it was time we looked through YOUR source code. We found a mystery ancestor. Signed, the computers

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Re: Many mysteries

My father referred to Americans as being "Heinz 57".... basically a mix of everything in everyone. Yes, I'm one also as was he. He did a genealogy of the so called family tree and it looked more like a massive fur ball instead of the nice straight lines one sees elsewhere. I suspect that most of us are like that with links going all over the world.

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Maybe examine management DNA?

IBM HR made me lie to US govt, says axed VP in age-discrim legal row: I was ordered to cover up layoffs of older workers

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It would appear that if these allegations are true and proven* then the rotating air movement device is about to get even filthier. I had a job offer from IBM way back in the mid-70's and in hindsight looking over the last 10-15 years, turning it down was a good idea.

*Given the nature of big companies closing ranks and stonewalling this might be tougher than what we've read about.

Protestors beg Google not to build censored Project Dragonfly search engine

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I posit that with leadership changes here in the west (possible but not likely) that each country or blcic could demand their own version of Google. I wonder what Google would do then? The quest for profit usually leads to a company willing to do almost anything for it to keep the shareholders happy.

Are you sure your disc drive has stopped rotating, or are you just ignoring the messages?

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I'm totally surprised that Trump hasn't come into this..... I know, I should have scrolled past all this stuff. but the post on otters was worth it.

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Re: I'm not even sure that half the developers read the prompts they are adding

Or maybe [cancel][kill it with fire] would be good also.

I used to be a dull John Doe. Thanks to Huawei, I'm now James Bond!

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Re: Pussy Galore ?

As I recall, he sold the rights to the title of his books and the rights to character names. The studios couldn't do a movie of the actual book.

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Re: Conquest of Africa?

Maybe it should be named in the Orwellian tradition: Department of Love, Peace, and Happiness???

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Re: national security but without explaining what

They only care that you are the same person that you were when they hoovered up all your personal data and browsing habits.

"you were when they hovered up"???? I thought that was a neverending thing, not a one time hoover.

Oracle boss's Brexit Britain trip shutdown due to US government shutdown

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Re: Shutdown as negotation

I didn't know whether to upvote this or reach for the mind bleach. I ended up choosing do both. I just hope the mind bleach is past it's "use by" date.

Man drives 6,000 miles to prove Uncle Sam's cellphone coverage maps are wrong – and, boy, did he manage it

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Reality check

Is anyone really surprised about this?

FCC: Oh no, deary me. What a shame. Too bad, so sad we can't do net neutrality appeal during the US govt shutdown

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Re: While I agree the speaker of the house shouldn't leave the US

Petty? I think that fits. If I recall correctly from all the media hype and mixed messages, he's taken a trip or two on AF1 for what some would call "campaign" purposes. But for her to try to do such a trip was just plain stupid on her part. No one is taking the high road nor being a statesman. It's all petty politics with the citizens and those laid off as the pawns.

Seems we have a dysfunctional government these days much like some other countries. Wish the children running things (here in the US and elsewhere) would either grow up or go sit in the naughty corner.

Happy Thursday! 770 MEEELLLION email addresses and passwords found in yuge data breach

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Re: A large post-it

I have a list using a notepad that sits on my desk at my house. The last page of said notepad. For "backup", there's a copy in my fireproof lockbox in the closet. Not too paranoid, right? If the house burns down, the lockbox should be safe although I'll probably have bigger problems than not having a password at had.

RIP 2019-2019: The first plant to grow on the Moon? Yeah, it's dead already, Chinese admit

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Why would you include such an experiment when it would be displacing any number of other experiments that were probably put forward by China's universities?


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Re: Bad planning

That needs a million upvotes. Impossible to kill and really has no use.

The Large Hadron Collider is small beer. Give us billions more for bigger kit, say boffins

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Time to check down in the couch. There might be a few hiding there amongst the lost coins, furry dust, and cookie crumbs.

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What benefits do we actually get from projects like CERN?

We don't or won't know until we experiment and gain knowledge. For all we know, the movement of the earth's magnetic north could be the result of CERN's experiments. Or it might not be. That's the beauty of science and research or as quaintly put decades ago: "To go where no man has gone before".

There's upsides and down sides to research but if we don't try then that's a failure.

US prosecutors: Hey, you know how we said 'net gambling was OK? LMAO, we were wrong

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What odds can I get on:

- American casino owners having to repay all the money they've earned online in the past

Fat chance of that happening.

- Antigua getting any settlement money, ever

See answer above,

- Campaign contributions by gambling interests increasing sharply in the near future?

This is a definite yes....

Given that fearless leader still has some interest in gambling establishments, if Congress puts this in a spending bill, it'll probably be signed off pretty quick. Hmmm.. might this be a ploy to pass a budget and end the shutdown???? The Bible belt may come into play though and try to fight it.

Huawei's horror show 2019 continues as Taiwanese research institute joins banhammer club

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Re: Accusations

I grow weary of this point-me-to-a-target-and-expect-me-to-rage climate that we live in.

Such are the times we live in. It's infiltrated all levels of government and even the population. All we can hope for is sanity to return or a very entertaining one last light show as the countries around the world go into destruct mode.

Googlers to flood social media with tales of harassment in bid to end forced arbitration

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Well, for a start, I would assume it means that vendor staff are actually employed by the vendor on the vendors contract.

Exactly and thus subject to different rules. So if a contractor complains, they'll probably just have their contract pulled and end up unemployed. Job-shopping/Contract Work has many advantages for someone willing to take such a position, but job security, benefits, and the ability to file complaints about the contracting company aren't part of the benefits. Contracting firms are more likely to just get rid of anyone who complains.

Start trek, the next generation: PCie 4 flash controller demo flaunts speedy peripheral vision

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Speeding things up they say..

So no more going to the coffee room to get coffee while the computer boots? The Force will be disturbed by millions of screams once this hits.

Google hands out roses to preferred Android MDM vendors

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The endorsed firms are also required to spring for Google-provided training for their sales and support staff and keep up-to-date documentation and user guides for Android admins.

With sales/marketing staff being a profit center and support being an expense, how many companies will actually have their techs get the training? I've seen more than a few places send some techs for training and then when they leave (better job or made redundant) the new kids get no training. The other wonderment is it's Google. How long will they actually support this?

World's first robot hotel massacres half of its robot staff

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Perhaps making technology more durable and reliable may eventually take priority over making it “smart”.

This would depend on who's actually running product development and design. If it's engineering then yes, reliability will come to the fore. If it's marketing than whatever is the latest buzz phrase will push the design. I saw this years ago with a simple voltage regulator development. Marketing decided instead of having several adjustment potentiometers for adjustment, they wanted a "wonderful" control. One dial that could only be turned one way to increase the "wonderful". Many of us in engineering never did sort out if they were serious or just having fun.

Spektr-R goes quiet, Dragon splashes down and SpaceX lays off

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Stainless Steel?

I'm puzzled by the use of stainless steel skin on the BFR (or whatever it's called now) capsule. Isn't there a severe weight penalty for using the stuff? I do recall some aircraft using it, but using it for spacecraft seems like the weight would be a big downside.

CES flicks the off switch on massager award… and causes a buzz

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I think the early users of the double working liked the way it rolled off the tongue, but <shrugs> who knows. Local lingo is what it is.

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Re: Nudist restaurants

It'll be back to dinner jackets before long.

Just a dinner jacket? What.. no tie????

Icon: Looking for the tie clip and something to clip it to.

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Back in the 70's I worked for a large company in the US Midwest. Data was pronounced "day-ter day-ter". Sometimes pronounced very fast and other times it was slow and drawn out. For some reason it had be pronounced that way and twice. Local cultures here can be confusing.

Cops told: No, you can't have a warrant to force a big bunch of people to unlock their phones by fingerprint, face scans

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Re: So does this also invalidate all facial recognition installed everywhere?

I'm probably mistaken but I recall something where photos of the phone owner could be used. So, would this be in violation of the court order?

Computing boffins strip the fun out of satirical headlines

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Do boffins have a sense of humor (or humour)?

My impression is that this group really doesn't have a sense of humor but feel the need to pick it apart maybe so they can understand it. Then again.... who knows why they chose this topic.

Brit hacker hired by Liberian telco to nobble rival now behind bars

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Re: Bandwidth!

Yeah, thanks for big-upping this asshole's ego.

I think that's a side effect of the plod and the prosecutor's self-ego enhancing statement. All prosecutor's seem to do this as if to show that they are smarter than the crims and to justify their time on the case. It also hides the fact that most of them have little clue about all things computer related.

IOW, it's bluster for the masses.

Huawei and Intel hype up AI hardware, TensorFlow tidbits, and more

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Re: deepfake?

But "deepfake" is so much more.. it's a buzzword.

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Re: So this can be used...

Go the other way.. it could be used by anyone to a produce a video of what they claim to have said or not said. The war of words and politics is about to get murkier.

I believe that 1984 is now here and soon we will be seeing "government" outrage because "we're at war with Eastasia and have always been at war with them." And the proles will buy into it 100%

*taps on glass* Hellooo, IRS? Anyone in? Anyone guarding taxpayers' data from crooks? Hellooo?

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I wasn't living in Oregon when he got into office, but I have to admit that I keep voting for him. He is a rarity in Washington.

Hubble 'scope camera breaks down amid US govt shutdown, forcing boffins to fix it for free

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Re: How many Shuttles could have been kept operative..

So what exactly do you want, Bob? A wall? A shuttle? Low taxes?

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Re: "Proper Border" security why, exactly?

Ah, we all forget the "My mind is made up and now don't confuse me with the facts. So get off my lawn" types?

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Re: Crazy


As anyone in the military knows (or criminals for that matter) a wall won't stop anyone determined to get over it, around it, or under it. On the other hand it will get Trump votes from his hard core followers who don't realize that walls don't work.

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Re: Crazy

This has annoyed the cock so he's now digging in his heals until he gets what he wants or someone points out to him its making him look like even more of a tit than he already does.

So he's thrown himself to the floor and holding his breath until he turns blue?????

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Re: Crazy

It's part of the Presidential Protection Program that's been around for a long time. Mike Pence is the reason why Trump is still in office. We have long history of that... Nixon had Agnew for example.

SpaceX sends Iridium-8 into space while Musk flaunts his retro rocket

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Is a large ironing board and steam iron on the schedule? Starch or no-starch?

Germany has a problem with the entire point of Amazon's daft Dash buttons – and bans them

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The list would be shorter if it were "non-evil" companies.

Q. How exactly do you test car seats? A. With this sweaty 'robutt' that twerks for days and days

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Re: They could have just paid me (handsomely)

But there should be an extra charge for spilling coffee, soft drinks, beer, maybe French fries and other tidbits. Then there's the "special" cases that have been reported by various "news" services about people eating whole fried chickens and other greasy foods.

AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, T-Mobile US pledge, again, to not sell your location to shady geezers. Sorry, we don't believe them

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Weasel wording at it's best...

If one looks closely they all promised something along lines of not selling to "shady operators"... err.. what ever that means to them. So, if they say they're not selling to 'shady operators", then they can still feed the bottom line by selling it to 'non-shady operators". In spite of what we "common" people believe, the profit margin is all that matters and we are bought and sold every single day. Maybe I should amend that as many of us techies may have figured out how to block most things but the average person hasn't a clue on how to do it.

If I could turn back time, I'd tell you to keep that old Radarange at home

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Re: Radar Ranges

I'd bet that the word got out on when the sweep would be made and illegal equipment was shut down. Most engineers are very good at networking with other engineers and lab techs... word of mouth moves quickly.

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Re: Data transmission problems at month-end

Menstruation? I've not heard that one before. I thought you were leading up to static from pantyhose....

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Re: Interesting piece of history

And to think that in the military one of the demonstrations about the power and dangers of radar was to put a chicken (dead, de-feathered, etc.) on a long wooden stick and hold it in front of the air strip radar. Everyone got a piece of well done chicken to nibble on while contemplating the power of this battle station the radar system.

Medical advice app Your.MD could have been tampered with by anyone, alleges ex-veep

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Re: Sounds to me...

this whole court case seems to be an exercise in saving face for the people still at the firm and profits and thus bonuses for the board.

There's a reason why the high levels didn't want to talk about "security" as security costs money. When in doubt, follow the money.

Alphabet board smacked with sueball for paying off Google execs accused of sexual harassment

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Why a sueball?

This is a union's pension so why don't they just sell of the Google stock and move on to another investment? Or if they're so outraged over this, why not do a class action suit and get all the investors involved. I realize it's probably greed but still....

xHamster reports spike in UK users getting their five-knuckle shuffle on before pr0n age checks

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Re: You can't be free publicity.

Another interesting bit is the uptick in "visits". The article implies it's "curious adults". I'm thinking it's the kids loading up their stash for "later".....

Two out of five Silicon Valley techies complain Trump's H-1B crackdown has hit 'em hard

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Re: Great news

Well there's two sets of rules... one is that you have jump through hopes, proper papers, etc. The other is you hire undocumented workers. I'll leave it as an exercise for the reader to figure out who hires undocumented workers.

Wanted – have you seen this MAC address: f8:e0:79:af:57:eb? German cops appeal for logs in bomb probe

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Flawed thinking maybe? One doesn't have to be "in" a café, etc. to use the WiFi. Just in range of the signal. But then, when playing with a 'puter, a cuppa' is mandatory.

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