* Posts by Patched Out

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Super Cali goes ballistic, Starbucks is on notice: Expensive milky coffee is something quite cancerous

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Having vacationed in San Diego last year...

I am wondering why it is news now. The Starbucks on the boardwalk on Mission Beach had a Prop 65 warning placard already as of June of last year..

BTW, there are Prop. 65 warning signs at the entrances to Disneyland as well ... One of my tourist activities was to photograph all the Prop. 65 warning signs we encountered. It's such a silly law that pretty well exemplifies California.

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BOFH: Give me a lever long enough and a fool, I mean a fulcrum and ....

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Headmaster

To be precise, a cell phone is a phone that relies on cellular communications, as opposed to a satellite phone, which does not. Both of which are "mobile phones". I also have a wireless phone in my house, which also could be called a "mobile" phone.

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2 + 2 = 4, er, 4.1, no, 4.3... Nvidia's Titan V GPUs spit out 'wrong answers' in scientific simulations

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Re: Redlining memory? Buhahahaha! Not a chance.

This is possible because semiconductor structures on silicon can wear out due to metal migration based on current densities and temperature. This causes their switching characteristics to change or degrade over time. Device Mean-Time-To-Failure (MTTF) is typically characterized using the arrhenius equation where higher device temperature results in shorter life.

In a CMOS transistor structure, most power is dissipated when switching logic states. Power translates into heat. As operating frequency is increased, the transistors switch more often in less time causing more heat, which will accelerate wearout.

It used to be the characteristic life of a device could be a 100 years or more, but with operating frequencies now in the GHz levels and device feature sizes shrunk to pack more transistors into less real estate, the design margins have shrunk to the point where characteristic lifetimes are reduced to a decade or two and greatly shortened by overclocking.

Yes, I am a reliability engineer.

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No, Stephen Hawking's last paper didn't prove the existence of a multiverse

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Re: Multiverse Mania

You did. But so did everyone and everything else, so relatively speaking, you are unchanged.

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Half the world warned 'Chinese space station will fall on you'

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Re: Does Tiangong-1 contain Chinese steel or aluminum?

Shouldn't that be Uraninium or Plutoninium?

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Another day, another meeting, another £191bn down the pan

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I always arrive at a meeting 10 minutes late

This is the typical time that the meeting actually starts after the meeting leader will have finally gotten the conference room computer booted and logged into, the video connection to the projector worked out, gotten through all the problems with the Webex connections to offsite participants, etc.

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Star Paws: Attack of the clones

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Cloning aside ...

One reason we haven't adopted a dog out of a shelter is because my wife is allergic to most breeds except the "hypoallergenic" ones. With a shelter dog, you may not know what mix of breeds it is, so there is a risk she could be allergic to it.

Oddly, she is not allergic to cats.

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Intellisense was off and developer learned you can't code in Canadian

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Re: Boro

Actually we have both, so its even more confusing.

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Is this why Facebook is such a toxic dump? HP, HPE sued for 'leaking chems' into office site

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Re: Whenever I hear about PCB-pollution...

That is correct. I lived in the area at that time. Governor Carey offered to drink a glass of PCBs to show how safe it was. If I recall correctly, he was no longer Governor after the next election.

http://www.nytimes.com/1981/03/05/nyregion/carey-would-sip-a-glass-of-pcb-s.html

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Intel adopts Orwellian irony with call for fast Meltdown-Spectre action after slow patch delivery

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Re: What about homebrew computers?

Maybe the motherboard manufacturer will have a BIOS update that you can download. Check your motherboard manufacturer's support page.

I also have a homebrew PC with a 4 year old ASUS AMD motherboard. Since the motherboard was still be sold by ASUS a year ago, I'm hoping to see a BIOS update come out for SPECTRE, but I'm not going to hold my breath.

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Boffins crack smartphone location tracking – even if you've turned off the GPS

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Black Helicopters

It's that one time when your routine changes that will alert them to call in the black helicopters.

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Knock, knock. Who’s there? Another Amazon Key door-lock hack

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Re: Just part of the neighbourhood

The creepiest sensation I ever had was when I was on travel last year and I entered a hotel room for the first time after checking in. I heard music emanating from the bedroom space. I thought maybe the front desk accidentally booked me into an occupied room. I approached cautiously and found the room to be empty, but the TV was on, playing the music and displaying a personalized message to me as a welcome from the hotel chain.

Shudder.

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Morrisons launches bizarre Yorkshire Pudding pizza thing

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Re: Chicago Style Deep Dish Copy

That's called a Priazzo. I'm not kidding.

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Web searching died the day they invented SEO

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Re: And In Their Dreams ...... the Nightmare Awakes and Transforms SeeScapes

There must be something wrong with me. I'm beginning to understand amanfromMars 1.

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Intel alerted Chinese cloud giants 'before US govt' about CPU bugs

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Thanks Intel

Nice to see you have our back. Not!

Makes me feel even better that I've used exclusively AMD processors for my personal builds over the last 20 years!

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Private submarine builder charged with murder of journalist

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Headmaster

Semantics

"Peter Madsen ruled fit to stand trial, but denies allegation"

So... he denies that he is fit to stand trial?

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Magic Leap blows our mind with its incredible technology... that still doesn't f**king exist

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Re: mini-computer?

That's the magic! The main-framed sized computer to run this is located in a parallel universe so you don't have to carry it around with you.

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Argy-bargy Argies barge into Starbucks Wi-Fi with alt-coin discharges

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Why?

So if Coin-Hive is so regretful that this is being used nefariously, why haven't they removed access to this?

The code snippet shown is pulling the java script down directly from Coin-Hive.com.

Don't they have a new version that won't run unless it gets specific authorization from the user accessing the web page? Considering how the old version has been abused, they should only be providing access to this new version. Why make it easier for the crooks?

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Toucan play that game: Talking toy bird hacked

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Coat

It's just a mynah glitch.

Mine's the one with the cracker in the pocket.

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Hey girl, what's that behind your Windows task bar? Looks like a hidden crypto-miner...

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Re: Business model?

This is exactly the purported reason for coinhive in the first place. However, the developers naively did not consider that it would be abused by every malware miscreant on the planet.

They no longer support coinhive and now have a fork that will not run without user authorization, but the genie has been let out of the bottle, the horse has left the barn, the chickens have flown the coop, Pandora's box has been opened, etc.

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Jingle bells, IBM tells more staff it is D-day ♫

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Re: walking dead

"IBM seems to be very well placed in the early development of actual quantum computers....that could leave IBM sitting on top of practically infinite possibilities."

Heh, heh, I see what you did there!

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Give 1,000 monkeys typewriters, they'll write Shakespeare. Give them robot arms, and wait – they actually did that?

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Re: Squirrels.

Squirrels don't need prosthetics:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q7U2aVUAqPI

"Hold On to Your Nuts."

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KFC turns Japanese bath tubs into party buckets

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Coat

I heard ...

Anyone can get this for a poultry sum.

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A draft US law to secure election computers that isn't braindead. Well, I'm stunned! I gotta lie down

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Re: Safeguard elections from hacking

This is exactly what we have been using in New Hampshire for as long as I can remember. Paper ballots where you fill in ovals (like those standardized tests) with a special felt pen. The ballot is fed into the machine where it is optically tallied. The paper ballots are kept for audits/recounts.

When the polls close, each town gathers up its machines and town trustees tally and certify the votes which then get reported to the state voting commission.

I don't understand why other states make it so complicated.

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Jupiter flashes pulsating southern pole, boffins understandably baffled

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Re: New scientific term detected

I think I'm going to start using that, as in, "Well I'll be a baffled boffin".

Or...

"Holy baffled boffins, Batman!"

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DJI Aeroscope won't stop drone-diddlers flying round airports

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Headmaster

Or what?

"The real issue here is that their entire system can be defeated by ***either**** covering the drone with aluminium foil and using rubber bands to secure it so it won't be able to connect."

Syntax error. Still waiting for the 'OR' condition. Or is covering the drone with aluminium foil one option and the other is "using rubber bands"? In which case, exactly how do you use the rubber bands in a way that make the drone so it can't connect?

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Boss visited the night shift and found a car in the data centre

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MIT. 'nuf said.

http://hacks.mit.edu/Hacks/by_year/1994/cp_car/

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Sole Equifax security worker at fault for failed patch, says former CEO

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One deterrent ...

Would be to change the laws so that if a company (or the government) has such a data breach, no matter what the reason, they should be required to provide the effected individuals with fraud identification, protection and insurance FOR LIFE.

This only providing one year protection crap is completely useless.

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Mad scientist zaps himself to determine the power of electric eel shocks

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"3.9Watts = 1 eel"

A thumbs up for that. Count it as my vote for adoption of this new standard - though it may need to be scaled up for a full size eel. Get back to your research Mr. Catania and post back with your results for an average-size adult eel.

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User demanded PC be moved to move to a sunny desk – because it needed Windows

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Re: As any good medical professional will tell you

As an EE, the old joke was to send an intern down to the stockroom to get a Write Only Memory.

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Google has some sort of plan for not favouring its own shopping service

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Google's plan is thus:

"Dear EU, Bite my shiny metal a$$*!"

* Note American spelling of a$$

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San Franciscans unite to smite alt-right with minefield of doggy shite

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Re: Fines?

Actually, that would be battery. Assault is just threatening bodily harm.

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So what's in the new Windows Insider build? Bug fixes, an AR goof-around, and a font

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Windows 10 Updates? What's that?

For some reason my Windows 10 installation always fails when attempting to update to a new edition. I started with the free upgrade version that installed over Windows 7, so thinking that was the problem, I did a complete clean install last winter to get the November Update. But all subsequent attempts at updates have failed since then.

Maybe this is a good thing.

On the brighter side, the normal security updates are working fine.

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A sarcasm detector bot? That sounds absolutely brilliant. Definitely

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Re: Time for a bit of education

So the Brits didn't invent sarcasm?

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Did eye just do that? Microsoft brings gaze tracking to Windows 10

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Black Helicopters

OMG!

Does that mean they will be able to turn my monitor into a camera?!?

First the microwave, now this!

Their software is going to think my face looks like the sticky side of some black electrical tape.

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Microsoft hits new low: Threatens to axe classic Paint from Windows 10

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Re: The end

The last version of Picasa is still available on FileHippo. If you still use Picasa (as I do), I suggest you download the install file for safe keeping.

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Re: The end

"One cannot draw on IrfanView."

Yes one can. Edit > Show Paint Dialog (or hit F12). You're welcome.

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Good luck building a VR PC: Ethereum miners are buying all the GPUs

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Re: Catchy name

Ethereum - derived from Ether. You know that imaginary substance that was believed to bind everything together?

Ethereum = imaginary currency = truth in advertising, unlike most of our physical currency systems. ;-)

Besides, Unoptanium was already used.

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Human-free robo-cars on Washington streets after governor said the software is 'foolproof'

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Re: Total confidence is dangerous

Too bad its Washington State and not Washington D.C.

I'm all for allowing self-driving vehicles in Washington D.C. If they do run someone over, it will more likely be a politician, lobbyist or lawyer!

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Live blog: Fired FBI boss spills the beans to US Senate committee

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Re: Best quote

"Tapes"? - How quaint.

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While Microsoft griped about NSA exploit stockpiles, it stockpiled patches: Friday's WinXP fix was built in February

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Real world car analogy

If you want to apply a car analogy that is closer to this, I would suggest looking at the wide-spread defective air-bag problem. An embedded defect that is not dangerous until the air-bag is needed to protect the occupant.

And yes, my 14 year old car is part of the recall and is to be fixed for free.

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SpaceX settles $3.9m shift pattern class action lawsuit

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Class Action

I always thought that once you joined a class action, that you could not sue separately. ...Unless California law is different. You are normally sent a notice and are given the option of not being a part of the class action. From the article it sounds like Mr. Smith was a member of the class.

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Android O-mg. Google won't kill screen hijack nasties on Android 6, 7 until the summer

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Trollface

Re: They'll fix it, but users won't get it

Just get an older Android phone for which updates are no longer being provided. Problem solved!

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French drone bods Parrot wheel out 'prosumer' division

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Doh! Moment

I didn't catch the battery sizing issue, BUT I couldn't believe these "geniuses" didn't think to put fresh batteries into this mission essential equipment!

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Months after it ordered a review into allegations of mismanagement, how's that ICANN accountability drive?

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Accountability Drive?

... More like Improbability Drive.

Tip of the hat to Douglas Adams. Icon because.

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Please don't call them Facebook chatbots, says Facebook's bot boss

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Re: Well, even if it works

But taking the time to type "go f' yourself!" may be much more satisfying to the user.

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

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Re: What next?

Well they certainly can't have them taking computers apart anymore, so you have to give them something to do....

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Bloke whose drone was blasted out of sky by angry dad loses another court battle for compo

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Re: Surely this could have been avoided.....

You sound like a responsible drone operator and I would not mind you operating your drone if I were your neighbor.

Unfortunately, there are always the few irresponsible operators out there. I don't pity them if their drone is subject to extreme perdition.

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Holmes

Re: Only

All of these alternate solutions pre-suppose that the homeowner had time to go out and procure or build such an alternate weapon for taking out the drone. My impression from the narrative is that the daughter came in complaining about the drone, he grabbed what he had on hand, went outside and took care of the problem when the drone re-entered his property.

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Joke

Re: Cricket bats

Those silly Brits. Always adding extra syllables when the minimum will do.

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