* Posts by Patched Out

130 posts • joined 29 Oct 2013


Return of the audio format wars and other money-making scams

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Re: Meh....

I totally agree. With all of the clicks, pops, wow and flutter, limited stereo separation, limited dynamic range and limited bandwidth of vinyl, I was happy to get rid of my collection. Still use/buy CDs (and lately, Bluray audio). I do like to have physical media as a backup to the digital rips having been burned with losing access to DRM'd media on my computer when transitioning to a new hard drive and the DRM key server no longer existed.

The most ironic part to the vinyl resurgence? All these new vinyl recordings are recorded and mastered digitally, so there is absolutely no, or even perceived, advantage to vinyl. Maybe if some classic albums came out having been created from the original master analog disks, one might be able to justify buying them for nostalgia reasons.

The only advantage to this new vinyl craze? Younger people may start to appreciate listening to an entire album instead of individual tracks as tends to be done in the MP3/Digital Streaming era.

Reliable system was so reliable, no one noticed its licence had expired... until it was too late

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Re: I generate the licenses..

I was thinking a large ceramic gnome ...

Yay, we got a B for maths. Literally, a bee: Little nosy nectar nerds smart enough to add, abstract numbers

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Re: Hex Lives!

Hex already has "Ants Inside". May not be compatible with bees.

Forget snowmageddon, it's dropageddon in Azure SQL world: Microsoft accidentally deletes customer DBs

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Customer Loses Own Use of Data

Q. China just landed on its far side, the US woz there 50 years ago – now Europe wants to mine it? A. It's the Moon

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Re: Facing us?

Down-voted because in the context the term is used in the article it is correct. When looking at a "new" Moon, you are looking at what is currently the dark side - with the far side of the moon at that point being the lighted side.

A double-D'oh to you!

Core blimey... When is an AMD CPU core not a CPU core? It's now up to a jury of 12 to decide

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I'm currently using an FX8350 Black Edition and I demand my $1.00 compensation (after lawyer fees, of course).

I'll settle for a 20% off coupon for a Ryzen, though.

TBH, After purchasing the FX8350, a new AM3+ motherboard and memory to support it, I was disappointed that I did not see much of a performance increase over my previous Phenom II system.

Thought Macbooks were expensive? Dell UK unveils the 7 meeeellion pound laptop

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At that price ...

It better be bullet-proof - literally!

2018 ain't done yet... Amazon sent Alexa recordings of man and girlfriend to stranger

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Alexa recordings

I am not condoning the storage of Alexa recordings, but it should not be a surprise to anyone. I setup an Echo for my elderly mother precisely for the reasons someone previously mentioned for use with a disabled person. In doing so, I installed the Echo app on her iPad so that we could setup certain services. While looking around the app I found that it can provide your complete history of Alexa use including being able to playback the audio recordings it made when you had made a request.

If you do own an Echo device, checkout the app. It's kind of creepy.

Poor people should get slower internet speeds, American ISPs tell FCC

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Re: LEO Latency

Fortunately for everyone, I don't do coding or IT. I stand sheepishly corrected.

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Re: LEO Latency

Propagation of light in a vacuum is 299,792 kilometers per second. At 350 km, a signal would take a minimum of 1.167 seconds ONE WAY. Any signal would have to be beamed to the satellite and then transmitted back to your earth-bound receiver, so 2.334 seconds as a theoretical minimum, not counting any latency getting from the ground station to the host website from which you are receiving the data.

So you are off by a few orders of magnitude.

IBM is trying to throttle my age-discrimination lawsuit – axed ace cloud salesman

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Employee Handbook

Isn't that one of those documents that HR holds close to the vest and makes sure the last people that have access to it are the employees?

Forget DeepFakes. This robo-Rembrandt with AI for brains is not bad at knocking off paintings

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I was excited at first.

When I read the title I thought they were using the 3D printer to reproduce each individual brush stroke. Now that would be something.

The reality is ...meh.

And BTW, I already own a photo printer that uses 8 ink colors, so what is the point to this?

Great Scott! Is nothing sacred? US movie-goers vote Back To The Future as most-wanted reboot

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I would vote for

... a remake of Eragon. The books were good. The movie killed the franchise before it could get started.

I can think of several really awful movies where the story is deserving of a remake/reboot. Stop messing with the great classics!

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Re: Reboot Avatar? Yuck!

"You mean blue Pocahontas?"

Yes! I actually said that out loud in the theater as I was watching it: "This is just a remake of Pocahontas!"

And using the element name unoptanium? Really?!? That name had been a joke among us geeks and engineers forever.

After all the hype, I was greatly disappointed in Avatar and never went back to see Avatar 2.

Finally a platform for train puns: IBM Halt station derailed

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I hope people won't ...

mind the gaps ... in service.

5.1 update sends Apple's Watch 4 bling spinning into an Infinite Loop of reboot cycles

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Another update failure from

Microsoft. What? ....Oh, never mind.

Bomb squad descends on suspicious package to find something much more dangerous – a Journey cassette

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Re: Escalation

Bill & Ted ... pah that's kid's stuff. it could have been "Ernest Saves Christmas"!

Apple breathes new life into MacBook Air with overhauled 2018 model

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Let's compare ...

I have a Lenovo 710 2-in-1 that I paid less than $300 USD for that I've been very happy with for 3+ years. So lets look at a newer Lenovo with similar specs:

Lenovo Yoga 720 2-in-1: Price $743 USD. 13.3" screen? - Check. Resolution? 1920 x 1080 - Check. Intel Core i5 at 1.6GHz? - Check. Memory? 8 GB - Check. Harddrive? 256GB vs Apple 128GB - Check. Ports: 2 x USB Type-C with Thunderbolt? - Check. Weight? 2.87 lbs. vs Apple 2.7 lbs. Table Mode? Lenovo - check. Apple Air? No.

Other than the need for something running OS X, why would someone buy this new Apple?

SQLite creator crucified after code of conduct warns devs to love God, and not kill, commit adultery, steal, curse...

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Had to be (an) iPad(s). They broke when Moses dropped them.

Forgotten that Chinese spy chip story? We haven't – it's still wrong, Super Micro tells SEC

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Thinking outside the box

China is well known in the industry for getting counterfeit chips into the supply stream, so it is not unfathomable that they could have introduced a counterfeit version of a device that is in the design of the motherboard already - maybe the Flash memory used for the BIOS with some hard-coded instructions built-in. No need for special traces on the board for power or data; and board level X-rays or IR scans would find no rogue device embedded in or on the circuit board. Chip level X-rays might detect differences in the silicon, but that might be fool-able as well. Obviously they would have several technological and procedural hurtles to get over to accomplish this - but a determined, state-sponsored effort might be able to do this.

Just thinking outside the box on how it might be done. I'm not conjecturing either way on if it actually was done.

Leaked memo: No internet until you clean your bathroom, Ecuador told Julian Assange

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Does anyone else ...

...think it ironic that this memo was leaked by another entity rather than Wikileaks?

Shoe, meet other foot.

Working Apple-1 retro fossil auctioned off to mystery bidder for $375,000

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You are correct in that there was only one flag deployed on the surface of the moon during the Apollo 11 mission. However, there were several flags flown to the surface of the Moon along with other mementos to be returned to Earth. It must be one of these flags. (This was described in "First Man", an authorized biography of Neil Armstrong which I just finished reading. An excellent read, by the way.)

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

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Droid Maxx 16GB

Yup. Still works fine for me. And it's still on its original battery.

Python joins movement to dump 'offensive' master, slave terms

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Re: How weak are we to be affected by such terminology...

I think you are on to something. Why don't we revamp the entire language to not use words at all? We could replace them with Emojis!

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Re: What's next?

These terms are already gone. Proper terms are "Mainboard" and "Mezzanine" or "Peripheral Board".

P.S. The term "Motherboard and Daughter board" always seemed a bit incestual since the daughter board "plugs in" to the motherboard.

P.P.S. On that basis, daughter board doesn't seem correct either on the basis that the "daughter board" tends to have the "male" connector.

P.P.PS. With gender definitions being redefined, a plug-in board with male connectors could now be legitimately called a "daughter board that identifies male".

Ever wanted to strangle Microsoft? Now Outlook, Skype 'throttle' users amid storm cloud drama

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"Gee ..."

"...As long as the system is already down due to the storms, why don't we go ahead and install this update while we are bringing the systems back online?"

"What could possibly go wrong?"

Huawei pleads with FCC to overturn US ban, says it's 'anticompetitive'

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Re: When it comes to national security...

Apple and other manufactures can protect against this in their careful use of encryption keys and cryptographically signed firmware/software.

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Re: When it comes to national security...

If the foo shits ...

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When it comes to national security...

... Governments must always err on the side of safety. If there is the smallest suspicion that their kit is compromised or the company operates as an agent of a foreign (hostile) government, then they should be banned from government use. If they can somehow prove beyond a doubt that their kit is not compromised and can never be co-opted by their government in the future, only then can their products/services be considered for government/military use.

The same argument goes for the use of Kaspersky AV. Just the fact that the Russian government has laws in place that could force Kaspersky to cooperate with their government to provide access to customer data means they are effectively compromised, whether their software actually is or not.

Once the horse is out of the barn and all that ...

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

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Re: Do you want fries with that?

CPU - Central Potato Unit?

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

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Re: embezzlement.xls

I prefer to use the file name "nothing_to_see_here.xlsx"

Prank 'Give me a raise!' email nearly lands sysadmin with dismissal

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ON CALL was formerly written by Simon Sharwood, who has left The Register.

BOFH is written by Simon Travaglia. Hopefully, he is just on break.

Nah, it won't install: The return of the ad-blocker-blocker

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Re: They Live....

I once purchased some polarized sunglass clip-ons at one of those mall stores specializing in sunglasses. I couldn't understand why they seemed to bother me and even give me headaches until I looked at an LCD display while outdoors and wearing the clip-ons. One lens blocked the display while the other passed it. The two lenses were polarized in different orientations - one vertical, one horizontal!

Windows 10 Insiders see double as new builds hit the deck – with promises to end Update Rage

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I don't get it.

I have plain old Windows 10 Home on both my desktop and laptop PCs and have never had a problem with deferring reboots for monthly patches or deferring installation of the two-a-year feature updates.

Its nearly August and I still haven't updated my laptop to the April Spring update even though Windows has asked me twice.

The only annoying part I see is when I shutdown and MS wants to install the updates before I can turn off the computer. But even that has an override if you right-click on the Shutdown button and select Shutdown without Update - its just that sometimes I forget to do this.

And I'm not even an IT professional. It's not rocket science.

By Jove! Astroboffins spot 12 new spanking moons around Jupiter

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Re: That's no Moon!

That's a 1/1000th scale Proof-of-Concept model for a planet destroying super-weapon!

Google-free Android kit tipped to sell buckets

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Re: What do people want in a smartwatch?

... and all encased in a classic Omega analog time-piece. With kinetic recharging capability.

Microsoft shoves US govt IT contract where ICE throws kids: Out of sight in a chain-link cage

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Re: At last they said it!

I'm glad my sarcasm sensor is working today. Have an upvote.

No lie-in this morning? Thank the Moon's gravitational pull

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Wait ...

... you mean people in other countries get paid for their lunch break?


DIYers rejoice: Hitting stuff to make it work even works in space

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Is there a problem

if the drill remains extended for more than four hours?

Half of all Windows 10 users thought: BSOD it, let's get the latest build

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50% Complete

Of my two computers running Windows 10, my desktop PC updated with no problems. I was very surprised given the problems I had had successfully completing the previous upgrades. And this is with Avast and Classic Shell installed. No missing desktop issue. Yay!

I have not yet allowed the update on my Laptop. Keeping fingers crossed for when that occurs.

Three-hour outage renders Nest-equipped smart homes very dumb

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I see a bright future for him in politics

Since he assumed you could magic him a charging cable, he probably also assumes you can legislate backdoors into encryption algorithms that only the "good guys" have access to.

Medic! Orangeworm malware targets hospitals worldwide

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Say what?

"The attack is believed to have been operational since at least January, 2015"

"If there is one bit of good news, it's that Orangeworm and its Kwampirs trojan are not particularly discreet. The malware tends to perform easy-to-detect activities, such as pinging a long list of command and control systems and trying to copy itself over network shares, once infected."

So, if it is so easy to detect, why are we just now hearing about it over 3 years since it has been operational?

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.

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

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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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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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