* Posts by FBee

33 posts • joined 9 Jun 2014

The eulogising of The Mother Of All Demos at 50 is Silicon Valley going goo-goo for gurus again

FBee

What the Dormouse Said - a real trip

Literally - LSD and the birth of the Modern computer Age. A trippy hallucinogenic tale of fuzzy warm counter cultural mores meets cold logic computer chips. T'was no tale, forsooth. Feed Your Head indeed...

Windows is coming to Chromebooks… with Google’s blessing

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Re: Don't need it, thanks.

The big problem is your local Apple-outfitted school that can't print assignments from all those iPads and carts full of Chromebooks with the same issue...

Cracking the passwords of some WPA2 Wi-Fi networks just got easier

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Nice Model M KB in piccie

IBM clicky keys rule!

Shatner's solar-powered Bitcoin gambit wouldn't power a deflector shield

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On the other hand, his cover of "Common People" (with help from Ben Folds) is essential listening.

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Re: @disgustedoftunbridgewells

Looks like...a few downvoters...don't...appreciate...Kirk's speech pattern.

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

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Sorry to report no problems on 11-year-old machines

Two ancient HP DT's w/core 2 duos both upgraded successfully last week to Spring Creator's Update as well as a 4-yr-old Dell xeon and a 2-yr-old Dell i7. I will admit the xeon required some coaxing (online upgrade failed so had to use a thumbdrive) but canna believe both core 2's sailed through without a hiccough...

Tech support made the news after bomb squad and police showed up to 'defuse' leaky UPS

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Re: "Why the massive emergency services response?"

They also took 27 8X10 colour glossy photographs with circles and arrows and a paragraph on the back of each one explainin' what each one was.

Last night's net neutrality episode had some good one-liners but a repetitive plot

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Meh

2 thumbs up

and/or 2 thumbs down

My PC makes ‘negative energy waves’, said user, then demanded fix

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Eithermouse

I have both right/left mice with properly orientated cursors operating simultaneously and trained via Eithermouse (as in Either or...) although every "new" mouse gets assigned a consecutive "number" meaning my two current mice are Mouse6/Mouse7

Ads watchdog to BT: We say your itsy bitsy, teeny weeny Ts&Cs too small for screeny

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"Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polkadot Bikini" by Brian Hyland circa 1959

Police anti-ransomware warning is hotlinked to 'ransomware.pdf'

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Did they BCC or CC?? If CC, then

Reply All: TAKE ME OFF THIS LIST RANSOMWARE ATTACHED

'Post-truth' beats 'chatbot' to Word of the Year Crown

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Truthiness

Truthiness is a quality characterizing a "truth" that a person making an argument or assertion claims to know intuitively "from the gut" or because it "feels right" without regard to evidence, logic, intellectual examination, or facts.

American television comedian Stephen Colbert coined the word in this meaning as the subject of a segment called "The Wørd" during the pilot episode of his political satire program The Colbert Report on October 17, 2005. By using this as part of his routine, Colbert satirized the misuse of appeal to emotion and "gut feeling" as a rhetorical device in contemporaneous socio-political discourse.

Farewell Patch Tuesday fragmentation: from October, MS will roll just one monthly patch

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Joke

Re: Then when a fox borks something...

The YAPPY Store...

Windows 10 pain: Reg man has 75 per cent upgrade failure rate

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Acronis could be the culprit

...if you set it up to "Press F11 to boot into Acronis Recovery"

Nope, we can't find dark matter either, says LUX team

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LUX-ZEPLIN?

Needs heavy metal, not noble gas - LED-ZEPLIN

Pokemon Go Directly To Jail if you hunt here, says Oz Justice Dept

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We do have a pokemon in the pen

The local Police Chief has purposefully put Pikachu in the pen and issued an invite on social media to visit the station but only if there is an active warrant issued. We'll see how that works out...

Study of asexually reproducing honeybee ponders: But why the mass murder?

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No Comment

That is all

China's Dalek-like robots fear only one terrifying nemesis: Stairs

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Weebles wobble but they don't fall down...NOT

US intercepts Bermuda Triangle bubble podule

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Other sources say he was equipped with a salt>fresh water convertor although where it is stored in his see-thru hamster wheel is unclear...

NASA celebrates 50-year anniversary of first spaceship docking in orbit

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The Ray-Ban Stuff

So cool that, even with an aborted flight/unexpected splashdown on the other side of the planet/floating in place until (hopefully) rescued by the U.S. Navy, they wore their Ray-Ban Aviator's with aplomb!!

My devil-possessed smartphone tried to emasculate me

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Andy Rooney would approve

Famous (on the left side of the pond) former "60 Minutes" commentator would label this one as comic gold!!

If MR ROBOT was realistic, he’d be in an Iron Maiden t-shirt and SMELL of WEE

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Source Code

http://moviecode.tumblr.com/

Rise of the Machines: ROBOT KILLS MAN at Volkswagen plant

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Re: It's just this chromium switch...

+1 for Firesign Theatre reference

All right, who guessed 'street mapping' for those mystery Apple vans? Congratulations

FBee

On a related note - Apple wardriving

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skyhook_Wireless

A decade ago I was employed (informally as a contractor) and issued a PDA with an accessory "black box" that had GPS & wireless capability which plugged into my car's power tap. The whole contraption, wired together as it was, sat on the car dashboard although the PDA itself was to be attached to the windscreen in typical smartphone fashion on a l-o-n-g flex-neck the likes of which I've never seen since. The PDA booted right into a wifi logging program that recorded GPS coordinates/MAC addresses/time & date of every passing access point - a precursor to what every smartphone does these days via tiny embedded chips...but with a much stronger external antenna. Unfortunately no GPS mapping available to Yours Truly the driver of the automobile, as all results were recorded directly into the PDA.

VERY unfortunate as I would simply receive an emailed territory map and be tasked with driving up and down every accessibly road within said territory. Not too bad in the countryside but in crowded areas I had to highlight (on my printed map) each roadway as traversed - all those Avenues A/B/C and dead-end side streets get confusing after a while. Had to drive for at least 30 hours weekly (at $15 an hour and pay for my own fuel) to remain on contract but could freely choose hours/days for the task. At the end of each day I would upload the day's records via a stop at the local Starbucks, about the only widespread free wifi outfit at the time at least here in the U.S.A. One particularly long 12-hour day (spent in a major city) there were upwards of 100,000 results uploaded...and this was back in 2004!!

I could stop at any time to take in the sights/food/whatever but also had to log such "timeouts" which were easily tracked by Skyhook. I even ended up annotating the maps with exceptional sightings as I drove up (and often back down) every single local street in an aimless fashion always worrying the authorities would notice and label my car as suspicious.

Best job I ever had! Despite the seeming tedium I found enjoyment in the variety of neighborhoods spied upon, fully satisfying some kind of wanderlust in the process. When I finally got a Real Job it was sort of sad to give it up. I had no idea but apparently Skyhook was providing this data to Apple for their (at the time) GPS-less mapping functions.

No, really, the $17,000 Apple Watch IS all about getting your leg over

FBee

DFFD

As the Dictator's amazing 2001 comeback album succinctly stated in "Pussy and Money"-

What's it all about?

Pussy and money

I ain't tryin' to be cute

I ain't tryin' to be funny

Everybody cries about

Pussy and money

It's always gonna be that way

It's always gonna be that way

Amazon tries to patent 3D printers on trucks

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"...though the idea was shot down by the FAA"

I see what you did there.

Yes! It's DRONE PORN. And we don't mean shiny pics of UAVs

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Re: I realise some guys love their gadgets...

It's a (not so) sly take on the phrase "prone bone" meaning to (quoth UD) "The sex position in which the girl is laying flat (emphasis on laying completely flat) on her belly with penis entry from behind. This position often enables the female to work the muscles in the region resulting most likely in an overpleasurable time for the man involved, thus causing premature ejaculation." although Yours Truly doesn't require this position to experience PE...

City council thinks what we're all thinking: 'Comcast is terrible – and NOT welcome here'

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From the banks of the Thames River in (New) London

Pronounced in Connecticut as the voiceless dental fricative /θ/ (Thing) rather than /t/ (Thailand)

Tricked by satire? Get all your news from Facebook? You're in luck, dummy

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The Daily Show w/Jon Stewart for all your satirically accurate news

Watch any daily riff and tell me it doesn't make more sense than the "real" news!

Physicist proposes 1,000-foot state-sized walls to stop tornadoes

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Re: According to other boffins, won't work

Frank Zappa - "Billy the Mountain" from 1972's 'Just Another band from L.A.' wherein Billy the Mountain, along with his wife Ethel (a tree growing off his shoulder) decide to leave California for a long-overdue vacation in NYC by way of Las Vegas.

Oddly enough, as they set off on their journey, Billy's mountain-scale footsteps render the earth and accidentally set off old Cold War-era germ & poison-gas bombs stored underground at Edwards Air Force Base in Glendale, CA with the now-airborne contaminants swirling back over the Watts neighbourhood of L.A. (in 1972 fresh from the Watts Riots) courtesy of a freak TORNADO!!

Oculus seeks partners in drive to get a billion people into virtual reality

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Gram Grammer Grammest

Google Goggle ASAP

Happy Birthday Tetris: It's flipping 30

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100 bucks for Tengen version

One of my first online purchases was in 1996, buying the Tengen version for NES for $100 from some unknown person. I snailmailed the cash and got the game the same way...and was the laughingstock of the Usenet gamers group for a couple of years afterwards...is it still worth the price? To me, YES! Firing up the NES and enjoying a two-player round with the seldom-heard Tengen soundtrack RULES

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