* Posts by ben kendim

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Ikea hopes to spare shoppers the one-way Helvete of its stores with ÅR app overhaul

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Never ever go into the rat's maze...

This is how IKEA is meant to used:

1- Find what you want online and get it's aisle / bin number.

2- Park you vehicle in the pickup area.

3- Enter, backwards, through the checkouts and into the warehouse.

4- Get what you want.

5- Pay for it.

6- Leave.

Put down the cat, coffee, beer pint, martini, whatever you're holding, and make sure you've updated Chrome (unless you enjoy being hacked)

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There are very valid reasons no not upgrade Chrome...

If you are running flash, especially in full screen kiosk mode, it is not feasible to upgrade Chrome.

Because Google took out a user's ability to always allow flash from specific sites using the chrome://flags/#enable-ephemeral-flash-permission flag in v. 69, anyone using flash in an unattended kiosk needs to use an earlier version. (Never mind that Google doesn't even have an ftp site for old versions, you need to get them from who.knows.what.malware.lies.here.com.)

See https://productforums.google.com/forum/#!msg/chrome/7y0gbgs06L8/3ehByJReGQAJ or many other posts from aggravated users.

So much for doing no evil. I wish I could take back the many thousands of $ I gave Google, buying many Nexus'es, Pixels, storage, Fi subscriptions, etc...

What happens when a Royal Navy warship sees a NATO task force headed straight for it? A crash course in Morse

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The Polish ship in the photo is not a destroyer..

... it's an Oliver Hazard Perry class guided-missile frigate.

Google settles Right To Be Forgotten case on eve of appeal hearing

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Costeja González has no right to be forgotten in the USA... Thankfully.

https://globalfreedomofexpression.columbia.edu/cases/google-spain-sl-v-agencia-espanola-de-proteccion-de-datos-aepd/

Mourning Apple's war against sockets? The 2018 Mac mini should be your first port of call

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A card reader or TTY would not talk RS-232...

... it would want a 20 mA current loop.

Ubuntu sends crypto-mining apps out of its store and into a tomb

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Re: New funding possibility?

Great idea... I wouldn't mind leaving pages open on El Reg, or The Guardian overnight.

Leave it to Beaver: Unity is long gone and you're on your GNOME

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Re: More evidence that the Gnome crowd have the Win10 problem:

"When software authors pull the "we know better, so no configuration for you" stunt, users get angry!"

Well said! After 5 years, I still have not forgiven Mathworks for going from the perfectly functional menu interface in Matlab to the Microsoft inspired 'ribbon' abomination.

No Windows 10, no Office 2019, says Microsoft

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Re: Office 2003 still runs well on

Office 97 runs very well on the only Windows machine I still have around, an XP.

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Kruge has the correct answer to MS

No Windows 10, no Office 2019?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0KW-Nw6XVWQ&start=65

No Office 2019 then...

Drone smacks commercial passenger plane in Canada

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Why does your desk assume it didn't hit a prop?

(The drone, I mean, not the desk.)

So, which craft landed without incident, the drone, the King Air, or both?

"There's also no news of where the drone struck. As the craft landed without incident, The Register's aviation desk will assume it wasn't chopped up by the plane's propellors with attendant spray of plastic and metal."

A King Air prop, with a PT6A driving it, could probably shred a DJI and never know it.

Essex drone snapper dealt with by police for steamy train photos

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So go get a commercial license and tell the railway to go jump in a lake...

Let me get this straight, if he were to get a CAA commercial drone operator license, then the railway would have no standing in the matter, right? (Unless he actually hit a train or landed on their tracks or right of way.)

WDC's My Cloud Home Duo is a natty piece of kit but beware iContent

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Re: An Internet facing file server...

Obviously, the easy solution is to give it a static address that is in a segment blocked from routing to outside the LAN subnet. There is no need for most drives to face the cloud - as long as you have one machine on the network providing ntp service so that they can keep reasonable time/date synch,

When the My Book Live's cry that they can't reach the WD mothership to get their update, it makes me so sad. :-)

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But it probably came with an arbitration clause...

The first My Cloud I bought had an arbitration clause in the terms and conditions that a customer had to accept to be able to use the drive. So I sent it back.

I have bought about a dozen of the old My Book Live drives (seven of which are right in front of me now) Only one of the MBL's has so far failed - not the disk itself, but the partition. (MBL uses a goofy block size) so I just converted to an internal drive, reformatted and reloaded it. (Seven days of the week, seven drives, each backed up weekly = daily backup,)

As long as that arbitration clause is there, I'm not buying any more WD stuff.

Boffins throw Amazon Alexa on the rack to extract hidden clues

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Re: Sales of these are going to crash at some point

"... convenience trumps security every flipping time."

Not if an airplane is involved, unfortunately!

'Tech troll' sues EFF to silence 'Stupid Patent of the Month' blog. Now the EFF sues back

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Welcome to the Stupid Australian Judge of the Month Club

But then again, maybe it's not the judge that's stupid at all. It may be the Aussie legal system that's goofy.

If so, I apologize to the poor judges that have to work within that system.

Video intercom firm Doorbird wants $80 for device password resets

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Roll your own garage door remote

Beaglebone: $39

Relay, wires: a couple of bucks.

Time to code and install: half an hour.

Being independent of some company: priceless.

Airbus' Mars plane precursor survives pressure test

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And the landing/takeoff speed over ground would be???

I am sure it can fly. It can get up to the required INDICATED airpeed and fly about.

Tougher on landing or takeoff though. The actual speed over ground would be hundreds of miles per hour. So even if there were a 10 mile long runway on Mars, the tuchdown speed would be something like 600 mph.

Austin Meyer wrote about this long ago: http://www.x-plane.com/adventures/mars.html

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Re: Forward view

Not at that airspeed! (see indicated vs actual speed over ground)

Drone biz Lily Robotics takes $34m in pre-orders, ships nothing, shuts down, gets sued by San Francisco DA

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How does my credit card issuer fit into this story?

I wonder?

Gone in 70 seconds: Holding Enter key can smash through defense

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Re: Missing item in the series?

And how dare *you* make fun of people with lysdexia?

Lenovo downward dogs with Yoga BIOS update supporting Linux installs

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I have not bought SanDisk since one of their flash drives tried to install U3 on my machine, many years ago... I have not bought Sony since rootkit, how long has it been? I would never have bought Lenovo since the fishy thingy...

Do these manufacturers think we will forget?

Sysadmin flees asbestos scare with disk drive, blank pay cheques, angry builders in pursuit

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Re: Die Hard VII: Sysadmin

Pang! :-)

Google's AI finds its voice ... and it's surprisingly human

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They have Majel Barrett Roddenberry's voice digitized...

... that's what I want to hear from my droid! https://twitter.com/roddenberry/status/772493204121944066

Excel abuse hits new heights as dev uses VBA to code spreadsheet messaging app

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Used Excel for PC board layout...

OK, it was a small board, but Excel was the most convenient thing I had right then.

Select all, set column heights and row widths to 0.05", and use borders/lines with 0.025" thickness, and voila PCB design tool... Can do multiple layers using different colors.

Here is a sample I just did in 5 minutes...

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B6XOKbodr2nOVDV6a014X2JjRVk

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Re: @Gene Cash

Did mine in 6800 assembly...

Empty your free 30GB OneDrive space today – before Microsoft deletes your files for you

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Re: Not quite $0 per month ...

The cost of electricity is for access, not for storage. The drive would happily keep storing the data even if powered off.

Tupperware vehemently denies any link to storage containerisation

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Stuporware

is the perfact name.

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Call it anything but T....

Call it by other brands, ZipLock makes them, SnapOn makes them, why give the T... people free advertising. Heck, you should contact those companies with the story and use their names - with their blessings...

Cycling paramedics in epic rush to save patient who ate stale sandwich

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You'll take any kind of ambulance - when you need it urgently

My wife fell and broke her ankle in Positano on the Amalfi coast, right down by the beach, 200 feet below the main roadway. The Italian Red Cross showed up in a "Triporteur Piaggio Ape 401" (think Inspector Clouseau as phone repairman), put her on a stretcher across the back, with me next to her, and we went put-putting in the labyrinths up to the road - where there was a big ambulance waiting... A lot more efficient (and quicker) than a boat or helicopter...

(You haven't lived until you have ridden in an ambulance on the Amalfi coastal highway to the hospital in Sorrento. On arrival you will see "Game Over" flashing in your mind...)

Holy Crap! Bloke finishes hand-built CPU project!

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Architecture? Instruction Set? Clock Rate?

Come on Reg editors, you missed the most important details about the design...

This is how the EU's supreme court is stripping EU citizens of copyright protections

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How about the rot-13 of a hyperlink?

Does that violate copyright if the target contains copyrighted material?

Ridiculous that anyone could think hyperlinks could violate copyright.

Surface Book nightmare: Microsoft won't fix 'Sleep of Death' bug

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Re: Is it safe to go out?

I keep asking myself "Is it safe to get involved with MS products?" After 30 years, the answer still keeps coming back to "No".

They make a pretty decent mouse, though... Other than that, you're right.

Switch survives three hours of beer spray, fails after twelve

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Beer stress test

Tutorial for beer stress testing is at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0NwrzQ6M0g8

Microsoft's Windows 10 nagware storms live TV weather forecast

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LG Smart TV did the same thing

I have an L 'never again!' G smart TV, that displayed an update box that was overlaid on the BROADCAST TV screen and would not go away unless I accepted their new terms and conditions...

BOFH: Thermo-electric funeral

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Re: as if owning IT antiquity was one of those positive character traits

What's all this magnetic stuff? Nothing beats the TTY & paper tape I have in the basement...

The reassuring clackety clack that thing emanates when running at its glorious 110 baud can never be matched by any floppy...

'Devastating' bug pops secure doors at airports, hospitals

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Re: The service runs as root?

"I beg to disagree. I have a great need for a device that will flash an LED a negative number of times - it would eliminate the annoyance of all those other blinking LEDs in the bedroom at night. "

No, what you need is a DED - flashed a positive number of times. Digikey has lots of high intensity dark emitting diodes...

Which keys should I press to enable the CockUp feature?

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(In the US) set the VT240 terminal to 50 Hz refresh...

... gave them a headache in 15 minutes, they never knew why...

How Microsoft copied malware techniques to make Get Windows 10 the world's PC pest

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I am not fully Microsoft free yet...

... because I still have a Microsoft mouse.

All my desktops & laptops are now running Ubuntu and Libre Office, and all the BeagleBones are Debian.

The only thing that I am feeling cramped about is Netflix, which I may drop just for this reason.

Intel shows budget Android phone powering big-screen Linux

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Re: "The concept is broadly similar to Microsoft's Continuum for Windows 10 Mobile..."

Yes, and the reason is that Int-ows doesn't sound good. :-) :-)

Google to snatch control of Android updates from mobe makers – analyst

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And the FCC will say ... exactly what to this?

Yeah right, it will happen, sure...

And the carriers will let Google have full control over the device. I can just see Verizon going with this...

Trane thermostat is a hot spot for viruses on home networks

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And IoT devices that DO have an updating mechanism are...

.. prone to being patched surreptiously, and become vulnerable to compromise.

The Mad Men's monster is losing the botnet fight: Fewer humans are seeing web ads

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If this is not reason enough to leave the EU, then nothing is..

The EU is spending 2.5 million Euro for "Transforming digital in-content advertising to deliver global scale"???? Trying to make adblockers less effective, eh?

Here is the project link: http://cordis.europa.eu/project/rcn/198800_en.html

The money is given to an outfit called Kiosked and its objective is stated as follows:

"Today, digital advertising is dominated by big, US-driven companies like Google and Facebook, who provide the majority of the ads we see online. The old dominant concept has been to sell and show static banner ads in a fixed location, separated from Publisher digital content. The problem with this approach is that ads are placed where they are usually ignored and, being mostly poorly targeted, are not adding value to end users. The next generation concept in digital advertising will be in-content advertising, where advertising is turned into a service in order to enhance the end user experience. It means that advertisements are placed dynamically inside the actual content of the Publisher digital property and served in the right context for the right audience as identified by behavioral data. In-content advertising unites programmatic advertising technology with real-time bidding and performance based advertising.

Kiosked launched its innovative in-content advertising platform in 2014, generating significant interest from publishers, advertisers and investors. Kiosked has grown over a 9 month period in a highly competitive marketplace to serve over 250 million people with more than 3 billion ads on a monthly basis. Growth continues, however, the current manual sales process has been identified as a limiting factor to growth; the next innovation is to enable a data driven automated online marketing and sales service. In this project, the Kiosked platform will be developed into a fully automated, end-to-end service, thereby allowing any digital publisher to onboard the service at any time. Data drives Programmatic advertising and effective advertising performance delivering enhanced end-user experience. This project enables Kiosked to efficiently connect Publishers’ audience with programmatic advertising buyers delivering greater data driven value and granting Kiosked the ability to scale globally into one of the world’s biggest players in digital advertising."

Death Stars are a waste of time – here's the best way to take over the galaxy

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There is already one proven way to destroy a planet...

... put a population of humans on it, and they will do the task nicely.

Biology is more efficient than mechatronics for weapon building and destruction.

Yahoo! Mail! is! still! a! thing!, tries! blocking! Adblock! users!

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What does the word "for" mean Marissa?

"This is a test we're running for a small number of Yahoo! Mail users in the US"

Or did you mean "on", as in "This is a test we're running on a small number of Yahoo! Mail users in the US"?

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Aren't yahoo !users vertebrates???

... not to mention humans.

Last I checked you had to go through protocols to perform experiments on vertebrates.

And it is a lot tougher to test with human subjects!

So, what ethical review board was consulted before this ecperiment? Was the FDA / NIH / NSF / FTC informed?

New Nexus 5X, 6P smarties: Google draws a line in the sand

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Re: I pity the US if $10 dollars per gigabyte is considered good.

Have you looked at the map lately? :-)

Britain 60,800,000 people in 88,745 mi²

US 321,605,012 people in 3,535,932 mi²

Samsung looks into spam ads appearing on Brits' smart TVs

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Re: Same thing here

Firewall it at your router so it can't call home... c

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Re: Easily solved.

No, that was BITNET... :-) :-)

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Re: Easily solved.

Nor LG... My LG TV does this and I swore I would never eber buy any LG product. At the time I had even checked and Samsung had said they do not serve advertising to their TV's.

So it seems my next television will not be smart or connected, just a plain HDMI input!

Look! Up in the sky! It's letters on a plane read with a 250MP camera

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With what lens and what atmospheric conditions?

If they saw text on the side of a plane 18 km away on a cool morning in the Atacama dessert, fine.

If they saw it at Death Valley in the afternoon, bravo.

But what optic was used? What was the field of view, what are the FPA dimensions? Without those text on the side of a plane is a meningless measure!

more info here http://www.canon.com/news/2015/sep07e.html

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