* Posts by 2Nick3

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Apache OpenOffice: Not dead yet, you'll just have to wait until mid-May for mystery security fixes

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Downvoted for the unnecessary political quip. The comment works just as well without the second sentence.

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Republicans want IT bloke to take fall for Clinton email brouhaha

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Re: but what about that election promise to 'lock her up'?

The prison at Guantanamo Bay is still there, too.

Funny how the power of the Office of the President isn't always what a candidate thinks it is.

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Plan to kill net neutrality is the best thing/worst thing ever! EVER!!1

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Ug

Partisanship has taken over any semblance of common sense. "If THEY are for it, I'm against it!" puts people in some dumb positions...

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Spotify seeks hardware boffins

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Volume knobs!

One of the advances in car/driver integration that I don't like is the movement of the volume controls to buttons on the steering wheel and the reduction of the volume knob on the dash to something little bigger than a #10 screw (with no resistance and a decelerator function so faster turning gives less change in volume).

When you want to crank up a song while driving down the road, either pushing a button or turning a Barbie-sized knob just isn't as satisfying. And having to turn the knob slowly to get the desired volume increase - the whole point of cranking up the stereo is to be blasting out my eardrums!

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Uber sued by ex-Lyft driver tormented by app maker's 'Hell' spyware

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Re: ...serious driver retention problem

I wonder what the retention is after a week, a month, and 3 months. I bet there is a decent number of people who never give a ride, either because they never bother or spend a day in frustration trying to catch a booking and getting beat to it. And I bet there is a significant portion of drivers who, after giving a ride or two, decide that that kind of work isn't for them and quit. And another good portion that find a "regular" job and quit.

The one year number looks bleak, but it's only a single data point.

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New MH370 analysis again says we looked in the wrong places

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Re: Still no changes

Do you remember what a cell phone looked like 30 years ago, right? The "mobile" one was the Motorola DynaTAC "Brick phone" - 28 ounces with an in-use battery life measured in minutes.

Or a 30 year old "laptop" - the Macintosh Portable. 16 pounds, 16 MHz 68000 CPU, 640x400 Black/White screen, lead-acid battery.

Just two examples of technology improvements over the last 30 years. With aircraft having longer lifespans than 30 years an upgrade is pretty inevitable. Modular might not make sense because the nest step on the technology here could easily be a system-on-a-chip with 3 connections - GPS antenna, SatPhone antenna and power. And only one of those attaches to the rest of the plane (power), and should have no data connectivity at all.

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Re: Still no changes

"You might as well just stick an sealed unit in the aircraft (inaccessible from the interior of the aircraft to prevent tampering) that starts pinging location data via satellite should all of the other electronics go off."

Or just have a real-time data connection providing basic telemetry information throughout the whole flight. Much easier to tell if it's not working (no takeoff clearance if the plane isn't sending the data), easy to isolate from the other systems on-board the aircraft. And it gives you a historical account of where the plane was and where it was heading.

For how much a plane costs and all of the other operating costs associated with flying doing this is barely a rounding error - there are <$100 devices I can strap to my wrist that gather this data and <$2000 satellite phones that can transmit the data - so the upfront and operating cost is insignificant over the operational lifetime of an aircraft.

And make it modular, so in 30 years people don't have to wonder why we are still using this 2010's technology and can just upgrade it.

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While Facebook reinvents Sadville, we still dream of flying cars

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Re: Better cars

#10 is here. And while the button in my Honda it is labeled "Start/Stop", the Stop is in a smaller font size.

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Microsoft promises twice-yearly Windows 10, O365 updates – with just 18 months' support

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Re: Dear gods...

"The users want the same thing they've always wanted: The choice to use software on their computer in a way they decide to, not necessarily in the way the software giants want them to."

That's a small handful of users, where most users want their machine to work without having to learn a bunch of new stuff, or perform extra steps, or type in something in a highly specific context. They don't want the power to do something in multiple different ways, they want it to work in one way, reliably, every time they do it. Why are there so many Windows XP systems still running out there (~7.5% based on https://www.netmarketshare.com/operating-system-market-share.aspx?qprid=10&qpcustomd=0) - users don't want to change.

Microsoft is aiming for the masses, and is more than happy to let some percentage of the population leak out around the edges.

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Apple's zippy silicon leaves Android rivals choking on dust

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What's old is new again

Android is the Windows of the mobile market.

Yes, I said it. And it's an accurate comparison:

Runs on all kinds of hardware / must run on all kinds of hardware

Compatibility between versions, drivers and applications can be very complex

OS developer doesn't have a big stake on the hardware side of things

HW vendors customize it (even more with Android than Windows, but think of all the bloatware/utilities on a new Windows machine)

Anyone can write an application for it and distribute it

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Yeah. Mine is the flame-retardant one because of the usual reaction to this statement.

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Sysadmin 'trashed old bosses' Oracle database with ticking logic bomb'

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Re: Lots of revenge hacks recently...

Or he was they guy who should have disabled the subordinate's ID and noticed when it was re-enabled. He was THE sysadmin at that point, and was therefore expected by his employer to act in a professional manner.

At some point you have to trust someone. When that person turns out to be untrustworthy you are in a really bad place.

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Super Cali goes ballistic, Uber drivers are stocious (allegedly!)

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Which way do you error here? Not suspending the driver immediately, even if not mandated by law, surely opens Uber up to all kinds of liability. If they have a driver that they get a warning on crash and injure his next client then things get very ugly for them very quickly.

And I would assume the driver knows this has happened right away via the app. If I were a driver being falsely accused of DUI I would drive right to the nearest police station and ask to be sobriety tested. That should resolve the investigation very quickly.

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Cloud computing is bigger than AWS and Azure

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Mainframe was the first Cloud

Centralized and shared storage and compute, remote users who don't need to know about the backend, Yes, Cloud is more than just that, but so is mainframe computing.

IT is great at recycling old ideas and reapplying them with a new name. What is old is new again.

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TCP/IP headers leak info about what you're watching on Netflix

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Re: Not even HTTPS can hide your secret Gilmore Girls fetish

The AC is completely open??

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FCC kills plan to allow phone calls on planes – good idea or terrible?

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Re: erm,

At $5.00/minute you needed to be a rich jerk to make a call with those, or have someone else paying for it. I had to call on one once, having been paged for a Sev1 issue just before boarding and having a VP tell me being on a flight wasn't an excuse to be unavailable. The sound quality was horrible (like an old analog cell phone at the range limit from a tower), it dropped the call a few times (like an old analog cell phone at the range limit from a tower), and the 65 minutes of calls came to $325 (like an old analog cell phone at any range from a tower).

The drinks for the two other passengers in my row was another $16. When forced to be a jerk you can at least own up to it.

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BOFH: Defenestration, a solution to Solutions To Problems We Don't Have

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Re: I think we see

I'm wondering if Simon will retire as the BOFH, Steven gets promoted to BOFH, and James becomes the new PFY.

The PFY has pretty much mastered the BOFH skills to this point, it might be time for him to fly. No, not out the window - that's reserved for the boss!

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Crafty Fokker: Norfolk surgeon builds Red Baron triplane replica

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It would have been easier...

...to build Snoopy's Sopwith Camel, a.k.a. dog house.

Go get him, World War One Flying Ace!!

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It's 30 years ago: IBM's final battle with reality

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I still have one of those devices to charge the ports in a CAU (or was it MAU - it's been a while. One was unpowered, the other plugged into mains) in my "Interesting things I've used in IT" box. Took a 9V battery and charged up the capacitors so when you plugged in a cable it would be detected and the client system would connect. If a port on the CAU wasn't active for too long the capacitors would lose their charge and you'd have to dig one of these out to get it back online.

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As of today, iThings are even harder for police to probe

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Re: You trust a closed ecosystem ?

At least as much as I trust an AC on a message board.

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UK.gov confirms it won't be buying V-22 Ospreys for new aircraft carriers

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Re: A bit drafty

Since they use traditional helicopters for that now, and do it all the time, it's really not a big difference. Plus it's hard to haul someone up to an aircraft in forward flight, and you can't get a boat to a lot of places on the high seas fast enough in most cases. Plus, if you had to bail out of a plane into the ocean, or were escaping a sinking ship, you probably wouldn't care much about how you get rescued.

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I've Been Moved: IBMers in same division slapped with 2nd redundo scheme in 2 months

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There were numerous "redefinitions" of IBM:

I've Been Moved

It's Better Manual

I've Been Misled

It's Been Marginal

In Boca, Maybe...

I Better Misdirect

I could go on, but then I'd have to post anonymously...

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User jams up PC. Literally. No, we don't know which flavour

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Re: jam

"But they couldn't find the key with the legend "any"."

The "any" key? That's the space bar. Manufactures stopped putting a label on it because, as the most used key on the keyboard, the label would wear off and they'd have to replace the key. Not labeling became the standard, and now you have the keyboard you see in front of you.

I had to have used that 50 times when I worked at the help desk for the big TLA. I got to the point where I could tell if a user was going to have issues with pressing "any key" and would just tell them to hit the space bar. Or "W". Why "W"? Why, so it will Work!

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Pure: We see a billion dollars in our future. No, not profits, silly!

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Re: Someone help me with the math

Revenue was $728m, loss of $245m, so costs/expenses were $973m.

Simply put, Gain = Revenue - Expenses. Except in this case it's a Loss, not a Gain.

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Sysadmin's sole client was his wife – and she queried his bill

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I once worked an OS/2 system that was up for over 5 years. OS/2 2.11 on a PS/2 Mod 80. It was a print server and sat under the table the LaserPrinter 4029 sat on in the printer room. I only had to look at it because the date was wrong after February 28th, 2000, . The print queue got moved over to an Windows 2000 Server, where the date was right but the queue went offline weekly, which was resolved by rebooting.

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'I'm innocent!' says IT contractor on trial after Office 365 bill row spiraled out of control

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Career limiting?

"While at a careers fair at Lanier Technical College, the IT contractor was pulled aside by officers from the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office, cuffed, and taken to the county jail."

He probably didn't make a very good impression with pospective employers. Or maybe not - "Hey, we can probably get that guy who was arrested pretty cheap!"

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Installing disks is basically LEGO, right? This admin failed LEGO

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Re: HTFU?

I once saw a VGA cable that the user had managed to plug in upside-down. Yes, they even got the set screws to thread and tighten. Needless to say the shell was a big mangled and the pins were all bent. But they got it to mount to the port on the PC, and that's all that counts (until you actually want it to work).

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Microsoft foists fake file system for fat Git repos

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GVFS eating its own tail??

Assumedly the GVFS code is checked into Git on GVFS. What if there is a bug in the GVFS code that takes GVFS offline? How will they get to the code to fix it?

Way too deep for a Friday afternoon - off to the pub!

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Coming to the big screen: Sci-fi epic Dune – no wait, wait, wait, this one might be good

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CHOAM?

"There was no reason at all it to exist. Nothing useful in the economy. There was no basic trade going on. Only spice trade."

There is a huge amount of trade in the Dune universe. Caladan exports Pundi rice, Hagal jewels, Theilaxu was the source of a lot of medical supplies, the list goes on. Yes, Melange is the most valuable substance in the universe, but certainly not the only one.

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Annoyingly precocious teen who ruined Trek is now an asteroid

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Ouch. Now that makes one feel old...

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Assange reverse-ferrets on promise to fly to US post-Manning clemency

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Sometimes 140 characters isn't enough

Squeezing his message into just 140 characters obviously took out some of his intended meaning. Maybe a two part tweet next time?

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Did Oculus swipe blueprints from rival? Zuck takes the stand

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Well, they weren't trending on his feed, so what can you expect?

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US Marines seek more than a few good men (3,000 men and women, actually) for cyber-war

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If, after 4 years, you were still counting tent spikes your command had no faith in you to do more than that. Showing no personal drive or initiative is exactly how you make sure that no one minds if you don't re-up, and prevents you from finding opportunities down other career paths.

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Meet the Tesla of the backup world – Datos IO (no, it doesn't make boxes that catch fire)

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Sorry...

...still thinking about cars catching fire or crashing.

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Render crashing PCs back to their component silicon: They deserve it

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Paris Hilton

They're as sneaky as a Bene Gesserit's G-string.

Sheer genius, that.

What is Paris listening to? Why, some Toto, of course!

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In-flight movies via BYOD? Just what I always wan... argh no we’re all going to die!

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"Actually, sod that, I’ll go straight for Chuck Yeager’s Air Combat."

IIRC, that came on 2x 3.5" HD Diskettes.

Which I will now spend the weekend trying to find in my "closet of almost lost things" only to discover, after many hours of trying, that I can't get enough free memory under the 640k line in DOSBOX to run it.

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Microsoft phone support contractors told to hang up after 15 minutes

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15 minutes?

I worked at an internal helpdesk for a large IT company, and it would often take 15 minutes for the user to be able to convey their ID so I could get a ticket open for them. There were times I was given social security numbers, drivers license numbers, gym membership numbers, and once was even offered "my hot sister's phone number." All of which were interesting, but none of which allowed me to create a ticket.

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Norks stabilise non-threatening space speck ... for about five minutes

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Re: Dirty bomb

If the satellite's a rockin', don't bother knockin'...

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Caption this: WIN a 6TB Western Digital Black hard drive with El Reg

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Mobile video chat just wasn't ready back when you had to have someone pushing the camera around for you...

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BOFH: I'm not doing this for the benefit of your health, you know

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"Looks like that email was a waste of my valuable time..."

The number of times I think that a week is disturbing, but sadly never as much fun as reading it this time. Two thumbs up, and a toast in about 6 hours, for this week's BOFH!

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Email reply-all cat-nado drenches Cisco inboxes with pics, memes

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Ignore is (almost) your friend.

Hence the "Ignore" feature in Outlook, which works pretty well. At least until you get someone with the brilliant idea to change the subject line, which sometimes confuses Exchange, or better yet start a new email thread and copy/paste all of the recipient email addresses/groups to their new email.

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Stop taking drug advice from Kim Kardashian on Twitter, sighs watchdog

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Most shocking!

"Kardashian, a high school graduate..."

That's easily the most shocking statement in the whole article!

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Epson: Cheap printers, expensive ink? Let's turn that upside down

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CapEx vrs OpEx

CapEx vrs OpEx. CapEx (Capital Expenses - bigger one-time purchases) are often easier to get approved than OpEx (Operatiing Expenses - smaller recurring purchases), and can have tax implications as well. Epson seems to understand that difference and is making an offering on both sides of the equation. Smart.

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Data AWOL? Thank God for backup. You backed up, right?

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It's not just when a server is newly deployed.

And don't forget about re-purposed systems, or those that have "functional scope creep." That file server that had an extra drive added, or the web server that had a database instance deployed on it. It really takes cooperation between the System Admins, DBAs and the Backup Admins to make sure that backups of the relevant data are happening the way they should be. And we all know how well those three groups communicate.

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Call of Duty daddy considers launching own movie studio

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Don't forget...

...that Activision has released the last few Zork entries.

I can see it now - Coming to a theater and game console near you: "Call of Duty - Grue Hunter!"

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