* Posts by jimbo60

104 posts • joined 23 Oct 2013


Staff sacked after security sees 'suspect surfer' script of shame


unfortunate name similarities

My kids' K-12 charter school system with a classical education focus uses a .org web site that has 'titans' (of Greek mythology) in the name, as that is the school system's mascot. Unfortunately, for quite some time the same web url but with .com instead of .org was a site celebrating large breasted women.

The offending .com name appears to no longer be in use, but I wonder how many young kids (and parents) accidentally typed in the wrong name. I know I did several times, including at work, leaving me scratching my head wondering why the company's firewalls were blocking a school web site.

A year after Logitech screwed over Harmony users, it, um, screws over Harmony users: Device API killed off


Re: They should stick to mice and keyboards

Nope. I bailed on them years ago when a 6 month old expensive USB webcam became a micro door stop because they never issued drivers for the next version of Windows that came out shortly after I bought it. That sort of non-support turned me into a non-customer.

The Microsoft web cam I bought after that episode keeps going and going, even after many years of windows upgrades.


Re: A bridge too many

> So what exactly makes S0NY a better company than say Logitech?

You mean the Sony that used to make great products like Trinitron screens, great prosumer camcorders and the like? But more recently seemed to specialize in things like music CDs with embedded rootkits, free game download with embedded rootkits, and that ghastly Securom game copy protection scheme that mostly seemed to excel at making my kids' favorite games stop working after any kind of hardware upgrade? That Sony?

I think it is likely that Sony and Logitech are neighbors in the same sewer.

Dell upping its margins again: Precision 5530 laptop will sting you for $13m. Yep, six zeroes


Re: Bah!

I thought Stackoverflow *was* the manual.

Apple replaces boot-loop watchOS edition with unconnected complications edition


Re: 176 Mb

Facebook Messenger on any platform is a bloated app. It's over 200MB on Android not including data, so Apple users get off easy. Seriously, though, I've written complex enterprise apps complete with diagnostic logging, phone home, etc., and the images are smaller than that even before symbols are stripped. I cannot begin to imagine how Messenger ends up being so large.

Zip it! 3 more reasons to be glad you didn't jump on Windows 10 1809


Nothing new under the sun

Back when Vista was being developed, Microsoft had external beta testers that were a group selected by Microsoft, not just anyone who self-selected to be an "Insider". It was a very active, very productive, very vocal group, with discussion forums, ways to track your bug reports, and all that good stuff. I forget what they called it, it was long before "Insiders" or preview rings.

You remember Vista, right? Where V1 was a wreck of issues? Every single one of the problems with Vista v1 was found and reported, repeatedly reopened, and screamed about in the forums multiple times by many testers. Every time they were closed by the internal triage team as "not reproducible", even though they were trivially reproducible.

The MS beta tester handlers were telling the testers "we won't ship until it is ready" and we were screaming that it was not ready. I happened to work for a major PC maker at the time, and the MS reps to the PC makers were saying "it's ready, shipping on this date" at the same time the testers were screaming about the problems. Even with that solid reporting and tracking arrangement, they utterly failed.

Marketing driven then, marketing driven now, with the same inevitable results.

Left hand, meet the right hand.


Re: Regressions

Six month release cycles can work just fine if the releases are at the end of a pipeline that is longer than six months, and the last substantial portion of that pipeline is testing AND correction of problems found.

That does, however, require product and program managers who can actually comprehend multiple streams in development+test at the same time.

On the first day of Christmas my true love gave me tea... pigs-in-blankets-flavoured tea


Good sprouts

Forget boiling. Baking / blackened is great. Here is one approach:

Cubed butternut squash, sliced red onion, sprouts cut in half (preferably smaller ones). Oil a baking pan, spread the above on the pan, season with salt and generous amounts of garlic powder, and bake in the oven at baking temp (350F in the US). Stir and turn occasionally. Done in about 45 minutes, or whenever the sprouts are cooked through, preferably with some nice blackened crispy edges. Bonus points if you can find some specialty butternut squash oil to sprinkle on everything.

Three of us consumed an entire pan of that along with some pan seared salmon the other day. Yum.


Re: Christmas is essentially Page 71 of the Brand New Monty Python Bok

> One of the few cultural advantages the Yanks have over the Brits is Thanksgiving - because it prevents Christmas from starting too early.

Sorry, no. Certain 'warehouse' stores (Costco, etc.) put out big stacks of Christmas stuff weeks ago. The giant stacks of Thanksgiving pumpkin pies won't be there for another few weeks. Ironically, most of their Christmas stock will be gone by the time December begins, because the early shoppers know it will be gone.

At least the music has not started.

On the seventh anniversary of Steve Jobs' death, we give you 7 times he served humanity and acted as an example to others


Re: "oh boy"

Jobs was, quite simply, one of the best snake oil salesmen in ages.

Former Apple engineer fights iPhone giant for patent credit and denied cash, says Steve Jobs loved his 'killer ideas'


Re: How should patents work?

In US patents, corporations are never inventors, only individuals are inventors. Employee inventors generally sign over rights to their employer, but they remain the named inventors.

Deliberately leaving off an inventor can be grounds for invalidating a patent. Smart companies try to be careful and rigorous about making sure all involved inventors are named.

The fact that one of the ideas was disclosed on his hiring paperwork as prior inventive work is a pretty strong document legal position.

Microsoft accidentally let encrypted Windows 10 out into the world


dang...now I have to try it

Half Life 2 loading screens? Whoa, that jogged some memories. I enjoyed that so much I may have to try the blurry bits.

Apple in XS new sensation: Latest iPhone carries XS-sive price tag


another 'first'

"This is the first ECG product offered over the counter to consumers,"

Cue all the news article about AliveCor selling a personal ECG product for years, for $99.

The reality distortion field is alive and well.

Fast food, slow user – techie tears hair out over crashed drive-thru till


Re: Ahhh, memories...

Recalling the "Internet Helpdesk" skit by Three Dead Trolls in a Baggie. Worth a watch if you haven't seen it.

Lyon for speed, San Francisco for money, Amsterdam for fun: the best cities to be a techie


San Fran for money?

Are you talking about income or cost of living?

Fire chief says Verizon throttled department's data in the middle of massive Cali wildfires


Re: Um...so what does this have to do with net neutrality?

Exactly what I was thinking. First, net neutrality has nothing to do with throttling your entire connection because you exceeded contract terms. It is about giving priority to some traffic (like the ISPs own or paying third parties) over other traffic (all the other schmucks), or even lowering priority for some traffic (e.g. political views your ISP disagrees with, video sites hogging bandwidth) below baseline priority.

This is a situation where the FPD should want to be prioritized above all other traffic. That is the opposite of neutral. And they certainly should be prioritized over all the people doing things like livestreaming the fire from their phones. This seems like the clueless jumping on the neutrality bandwagon for all the wrong reasons.

London's Gatwick Airport flies back to the future as screens fail


> Pulling a multi-pair cable is a sensible precaution

Sorry, multi-pair cables don't offer any protection against diggers slicing the entire thing. You need to have different physical routes to avoid that problem.

Who was it that hacked Apple? Ozzie Ozzie Ozzie, boy boy boy!


Re: embezzlement.xls

kids_college_fund.xlsx. You could put millions in there and nobody would blink.

Dudes. Blockchain. In a phone. It's gonna smash the 'commoditization of humanity' or something


So if I drop the thing and it shatters...

...then I've lost all my bitcoin and my ID?

Git365. Git for Teams. Quatermass and the Git Pit. GitHub simply won't do now Microsoft has it



...has the appropriate comedic aspect for this entire farce.

Da rude sand storm seizes the Opportunity, threatens to KO rover


Re: A place in history

My first personal computer was a Heathkit H89 with a 2MHz Z80 CPU and about 48K of RAM. And I did plenty of useful work on it, in addition to learning a lot.

Microsoft commits: We're buying GitHub for $7.5 beeeeeeellion


Gotta love twitter humor. Post below is accompanied by a screen shot showing gitlab is being hosted by Microsoft Azure. Numerous related posts show the same. :)


Jun 5

For all the people who left #github and migrated to #gitlab on a rush because you don't like Microsoft, welcome to Microsoft #Azure


Stop assuming such evil intent!

Wow, everyone is assuming such evil intent on Microsoft's part! That's not the Microsoft way.

The Microsoft way is:

- Decide to change the web interfaces every few months, especially rearranging all the menus every time.

- Decide that git and http aren't the best interfaces. Come out with new mandatory interfaces and APIs and associated client tools.

- Add significant new capabilities. And introduce lots of bugs. Don't fix the bugs.

- A year later change the APIs again.

- Bind all the interfaces to Microsoft single-login services. But don't provide fully functional account management.

- Change the APIs again.

- Wonder where everyone went.

- Decide the level of interest no longer warrants focus on that business. Cancel it.

No evil intent necessary.

New Monty Python movie to turn old jokes into new royalties


Re: My two favourites

My favorite theater moment was the couple in the row in front of us that overheated during the Castle Anthrax scene.

Yes, people see straight through male displays of bling (they're only after a fling)


Re: Really?

Where are you getting a new F150 for $35000? A new F150 (or Expedition, which is an SUV on the F150 frame and drive train) with the new ecoboost engine and a package with decent bling costs nearly as much as my first house!

Used all the way for these family movers. Yes, I've had to do some repairs myself (some major), but who can afford those new?

Nest reveals the first truly connected home


Which Dave?

Sorry...I was thinking the correct response should be "Dave's not here."

Then repeat mindlessly multiple times.

Either way I'm dating myself...

Astro-boffinry world rocked to its very core: Shock as Andromeda found to be not much bigger than Milky Way


Is that digital or film?

Apple's top-secret iBoot firmware source code spills onto GitHub for some insane reason



Re: Pascal Monett

"Our computing platforms must be managed by things we can trust, and the only way to trust them is to have them based on open-source platforms."

Really? Do you have some sort of realistic basis for that claim? Recent history of Linux does not exactly support that premise. Just because anyone CAN inspect the source for flaws does not mean that someone DID. At least not someone ready and willing to share the finds back to the open source community. So in that regard open source that enables experts to find and hoard flaws for nefarious purposes makes it less secure.

What did we say about Tesla's self-driving tech? SpaceX Roadster skips Mars, steers to asteroids


Re: I can see the accident report now...

"and this red car came out of nowhere...and did not even try to stop"

'The capacitors exploded, showering the lab in flaming confetti'


Old DEC lore

This train of thought reminds me of the origins of the phrase "always mount a scratch monkey", one of several great pieces of old DEC lore.

http://edp.org/monkey.htm for one version of it...

Hawaiian fake nukes alert caused by fat-fingered fumble of garbage GUI


Re: Oh my GUI

Naw. The latest trend is to put about 10% of the function in menus, and hide the rest in text commands, secret invisible spots, and shortcut keys. Kinda like Unix systems 30 years ago.

Type Win+Crl+C on your windows box and try to find a menu entry to put it right again. Go ahead, I dare you.

Online outrage makes Logitech drop a brick: Now it will replace slain Harmony Link gizmos


Re: I was lucky...

Same here...a fairly new laptop webcam I purchased was useless because of no drivers when the next version of Windows came out...no more Logitech for me.

One thing I still don't get. Did they not make it possible to replace an expiring certificate in this device? Doh! I wonder what the write-down will be for that mistake.

First iPhone X fondlers struggle to admit that Face ID sort of sucks


Re: Innovation vs "innovation"

Ironically, some of the last real innovation was in the Nokia-made Windows phones. You can see what good that did for them...

US voting server in election security probe is mysteriously wiped


Isn't it obvious?

Logan Lamb: "You could just go to the root of where they were hosting all the files and just download everything without logging in," he said. He also noted the files had been indexed by Google, making them readily available to anyone looking in the right place.

Um...why not just get a copy from him? Or maybe Google cache?

My name is Bill Gates and I am an Android user


Re: the nokia purchase...

Um...did you ever actually own one? Nokia windows phones had ground-breakingly great cameras, with very high pixel counts, first optical stabilization in a phone, brilliant picture quality, etc. Battery life was always > 1 day, software quality was very high. Prior to Windows Phone 10, they were very stable.

Subsequent versions, especially the Windows 10 versions, and now the fast ring betas, are consistently getting worse and worse in quality. I guess Microsoft no longer has anyone who knows how to do software test or quality...

Unloved Microsoft Edge is much improved – but will anyone use it?


hardly finished...

Edge on current Windows 10 still cannot open a local html file...something I do every day with automatically generated html reports. Edge cannot "share" (i.e. send link) via Outlook email. Also something I do almost every day. So for me it is a non-starter.

Every time Apple said 'machine learning', we had a drink andsgd oh*][


Re: "Machine learning" not new

Buzzword, dude.

Seminal game 'Colossal Cave Adventure' released onto GitLab


Re: Left -- right?

You are in a twisty little maze of passages, all different.

You are in a twisty maze of little passages, all different.

You are in a maze of little twisty passages, all different.


You know where you are by tracking the wording variations. Unlike the "all alike" maze, where you have to drop things to figure out the map.


Beautiful programming

Ah, yes, good memories. I played the FORTRAN version in college on an IBM mainframe timesharing add-on, I think ORVYL? I hacked it so that it could store and load state so I could save and resume playing later.

The original is a jewel of programming too. All state machine and state table driven, it's a real beauty. Still some of the best and cleanest programming I've seen, even in the original FORTRAN.

Somewhere I still have the map I drew for it. On fanfold line printer paper, no less.

Pulsating white dwarf described as a 'dynamo' found, no, not in the back pages, 380 LY away


good article on these magnetic fields

A good (and readable) article on such extremely strong magnetic fields, in the context of magnetars as a likely source for gamma ray repeaters, can be found at


Fascinating stuff!

The top doc, the FBI, the Geek Squad informant – and the child porn pic that technically wasn't


This is repair?

"the image was pulled from unallocated space on Rettenmaier's hard drive"

Um...why is a Geek Squad tech recovering deleted files to repair a computer? That sure doesn't seem like a typical repair procedure unless the customer went there specifically to get files recovered.

Much as I despise anyone involved in kiddy porn, it sure seem like the legal grounds for this case is crumbling away.

It's nearly 2017 and JPEGs, PDFs, font files can hijack your Apple Mac, iPhone, iPad


Re: Cupertino is ...

Keeping up or catching up? That reads like a Windows vulnerability list from three years ago.

Apple’s macOS Sierra update really puts the fan into 'fanboi'


Re: Activity Monitor

Because it's really an open source Unix system. The "top" command does the same on multi-core systems.

HP Inc's rinky-dink ink stink: Unofficial cartridges, official refills spurned by printer DRM


Re: Are the complainers...

Um...more than half of the printers in the author's list (at least all the OfficeJet Pro 86xx printers) use ink tanks separate from the print head, and individual color tanks. That series is advertised as "cheaper than laser". I've got one and love it...easily more than 1000 pages of regular office printing per black cartridge, and even more than that for color (I'm not regularly printing photos) so the ink cost isn't a huge hassle. Those also use the newer pigment inks, which are much nicer than dye inks (less smearing, more accurate colors on all paper).

Excel hell messes up ~20 per cent of genetic science papers


Re: My pet gripe is

Well, how about this then: If you type in a custom date / time format as suggested, it completely fails to work when creating pivot tables from that data. You have to use one of the non-custom fields for the pivot table to correctly separate the timestamps. Not cool when I'm analyzing data timestamped to fractions of seconds.

Lab-grown black hole proves Stephen Hawking's radiation claims – physicist


Re: I'm confused

Hmm...there must be some way to use this to get the audiophile nutties to part with a few more million. Phonon-damped speaker cables, perhaps?

Very peed off: Ohio urologists stay zipped after embarrassing leak



So how does a urology practice 150GB of patient data? Even with many thousands of patients, that's a lot of data per each. An awful lot of it would have to be imaging of some sort, which they aren't going to use on all of their patients.

The stolen data that would be harmful to those affected would be a tiny fraction of that 150GB, namely all the personal information in text records.

Windows Phone users beg Pokémon Go creators for attention


Re: There are dozens of us, DOZENS!!!

While we're wishing we should ask that the Win Mobile port not have any blatant privacy violations.

Intel has driven a dagger through Microsoft's mobile strategy


Re: I used to be a huge windows mobile fan

Agreed. My Lumia 1520 running 8.1 is my all time favorite mobile phone. When it developed some hardware issues after years of use I picked up a cheap holiday special and put the fast ring Win Phone 10 betas on it. There is just no comparison. Fortunately the last two weeks of betas are almost decent, so it is getting better.

Mechanical black hole: Microsoft settles music royalties sueball


Re: Has anyone actually heard of the band doing the suing?

Perhaps you missed the bit where it said "class action". That can change the amounts by tacking several more zeroes on the end.


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