* Posts by DubyaG

58 posts • joined 29 Jan 2015


I can hear the light! Boffins beam audio into ears with freakin' lasers



Perhaps this is how sharks communicate? They have lasers, right?

People say tabloid hacks are always looking for an angle. This time, they'd be right: Tilting disk of proto-planets spotted


Reminds me of a story

"Any inhabitants of the planets in the HD 98800 system would see four stars in the sky and the shadows of the stars would appear at different times. The amount of sunlight would also vary across different latitudes."

"Nightfall" by Isaac Asimov anyone? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nightfall_(Asimov_novelette_and_novel)

Millennials 'horrify' their neighbours with knob-shaped lights display


Jeremy Clarkson would love this.

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


Reboot Avatar? Yuck!

I saw that first movie was first impressed by the eye candy and then realized the dialog was 100% cliche.

Did they find another cliche dictionary to use for the second one?

US Congress finally emits all 3,000 Russian 'troll' Facebook ads. Let's take a look at some


Re: The poor English reminds me of the 419 scam.


Staying at home is not an option unless the vote is well and truly rigged. In my case, I had a choice between batshit crazy and criminal. I held my nose and chose the criminal. I fully expect the US to get itself into something that it really cannot get out of.

I told myself after season 2 of Obama that I would vote for the Republitards until the Donald got the nomination.

FBI tells Jo(e) Sixpack to become an expert in IoT security


Re: Internet of S***

The people that I know that would get such a thing already have one. Besides, I don't want to spread that kind of electronic disease.


Internet of S***

I'm in IT and I have that one solved. I have no Internet of S*** devices at home and never will. My wife received an Echo Dot as an office holiday party secret Santa gift. I told her to throw it away.

From Vega with love: Pegasus interstellar asteroid's next stop



I love the jokes, but this piqued my interest: "metallic atmospheres (titanium, for example), "

Who can speak to that? I can only think of exceedingly hot places as we're talking vaporized metal here.

Atto, boy! Eggheads fire laser for 43 attoseconds, fastest Man-made spurt



"...even chemical bonds can be broken by stopping the charge shift at a certain location in the molecule.

First step towards a "disruptor"? Breaking bonds might liquefy instead of annihilate, but...

Blade Runner 2049: Back to the Future – the movies that showed us what's to come


Re: Robocop...

For the corporation angle, you can go back to Rollerball (1975). First time I ever heard Bach's Toccata and Fugue.

Volterman 'super wallet': The worst crowdsource video pitch of all time?


Here's a use case

Some of this functionality would have been nice in my wife's case after she left her wallet in a rental car she returned to the airport (just last night). She discovered it while going to her gate. If her phone had barked at her 33 feet away from the car, she would have been tipped off. The other features (especially the honkin' battery pack) are fairly useless.

The video does point out a flaw in the design though. If tied to your phone and it really works, you should never lose your wallet (or phone) and allow someone to pilfer it. You will know you are about 30 feet away when it goes walkabout.

'Coke dealer' called us after his stash was stolen – cops


Re: Florida Man

I read that "article" and started rolling on the floor about half way through as it degraded like the last half of the story, "Flowers for Algernon". Misspelling, grammar and atrocious use of the apostrophe accelerated as I read and enjoyed. I hope it was written to be satirical.

It's time for a long, hard mass debate over sex robots, experts conclude


The "Perfect Housewife"

This reminded me of Helen O'Loy

Read it when I was kid. I still consider it really good writing.

Pizza proffer punctures privacy protection, prompts pals' perfidy



"If companies ask for consent, they should ask in a way that's not designed to induce the answer they want"

Yeah, right and companies always do what they should.

First-day-on-the-job dev: I accidentally nuked production database, was instantly fired


Last place I worked...

One of the analysts working with a Prod DB ran an update query without the WHERE clause. Much hand wringing and gnashing of teeth followed, possibly by some braid pulling.

Could US appeals court save us all from 10 years of net neutrality yelling?


Re: Activist Judges

@bombastic bob,

"make that 'activist judges' (the only kind that are on the 9th Circus Court, it seems)"

I have come to the conclusion that 'Activist Judge' means one with whom one disagrees; otherwise they are wise and impartial judges.

Microsoft plans summer CRM war opener against Salesforce


Re: Meh.

Too bad LinkedIn has become like Facebook with stupid puzzles and the like. I have not seen a cat video yet, but...

Trump's self-imposed cybersecurity deadline is up: What we got?



Let me add a few years. "I am not a crook".

We're 90 per cent sure the FCC's robocall kill plan won't have the slightest impact


I have Vonage

I have Vonage and implemented NoMoRobo and life is wonderful, I just never answer my phone on the first ring (of course, I can't move that fast anyway). Once I was called by my own number, that was a hoot.

CA forks out $45m to make claims it screwed over US govt go away


Re: Blame

I have seen some amazing discounts happen when you get the sales person at the end of the quarter or better yet, the end of their fiscal year. Salespeople, for some odd reason, seem to focus on and get compensated for bringing in revenue and not profitability. Now that defies logic.

User lubed PC with butter, because pressing a button didn't work


@Halfmad, I have worked in many organizations where IT reported to HR or Finance. You are correct, they end up being twits.

The trouble with business executives…



“The 'Hollywood' portrayal of IT is that a few keystrokes can solve anything. This has led to an unrealistic expectation on technology and timescales.”

Yeah, they watch Scorpion and see the hacker type furiously on the keyboard in front of a screen displaying something like the Matrix screensaver. The hacker gets in 30 seconds and saves the world.

Not the only abuse of science in that show, but it always makes me cringe. Walter O'Reilly sold himself out for that show.

NASA bakes Venus-proof electronics


Re: What NASA should do....

I still have that game and all of its "accessories". Can't play it though. Finding a 5.25" floppy drive is too much work for a text game. Say "Kwee-Pa!",

US cops seek Amazon Echo data for murder inquiry


Probable Cause

Sounds like the investigatory powers that be have probable cause to serve a warrant on Google. A murder allegedly took place and a possible recording device was present. Since the device was the property of the victim, it seems appropriate for Google to submit what it has. If it was the property of the alleged perpetrator, it would get more complicated. The Alexa is like the surveillance cameras the the police go after when canvassing the crime scenes.

The sharks of AI will attack expensive and scarce workers faster than they eat drivers


This reminds me of "The Machine Stops" by E.M. Forster (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Machine_Stops). An interesting read from 1928.

Microsoft thinks time crystals may be viable after all


Dr. WHO?

Is the beginning of the road to a TARDIS?

End of life for Linux 3.14


No flames necessary, but I think your estimate falls short of the mark. I thought government procurement processes were designed to last five years longer than end of life.

UK IT consultant subject to insane sex ban order mounts legal challenge


This Yank says

I'm from across the pond, think this is quite nasty. Does the UK have the equivalent of the American Civil Liberties Union". Over here, they would salivate on a case like this.

BBC detector vans are back to spy on your home Wi-Fi – if you can believe it


I have heard about the cat detector vans and what they are like. My pet cat's name is Eric.

Mad-tech labcoat-sporters DARPA pit infosec AI against itself


Reminds of ...

Shockwave Rider anyone?

Server vendor has special help desk for lying, incompetent sysadmins


Re: Errr.... Is that you Ross?

I'm not one for proprietary connectors, but this looks like a job for a twist-lock style. If you pull that one out, you deserve what you get.

Milk IN the teapot: Innovation or abomination?


I'm from the US, but...

Milk in the teapot, ick! But I must confess, I do use a double bag of tea when making mine in the work cafeteria. I like it strong, no milk for me.

The Yank will leave now.

Torrent is a word, and you can't ban words, rules French court


And also remove any results for all reference to the SNEP. So, there!

Since you love Flash so much, Adobe now has TWO versions for you


Kill it! Kill it with fire!

I spy with my little fibre, ten million or so galaxies


Re: And as the last galaxy was counted...

Well, maybe there are more then nine billion of them, what with over 208 billion galaxies.

Ad-blocker blocking websites face legal peril at hands of privacy bods


A blocker to block the anti-blocker

Time for the next escalation of this war. We need an anti-anti-adblocker blocker. Perhaps one that convinces the site that you are not running a blocker. My head hurts now.

You won't believe this, but… nothing useful found on Farook iPhone



What do you expect from the Ministry of Truth and Justice? (They merged in 2001).

Picture this: An exabyte of cat pix in the space of a sugar cube of DNA


Hmmm, I wonder...

How many cat pictures would I find in my own DNA? In the human race's?

Former US anti-terror chief tears into FBI over iPhone unlocking case


Give them the source!

By printing it in Gothic font at 72 points and then scramble the pages. Make sure there are spelling errors and random Go To statements.

Moshe's monster seven-nines disk box blooms



Infinidat's home page uses Flash video. Darn it, I can't watch their engrossing video because I won't use Flash. I would think they would be using something more modern.

Storage device reported stolen from insurer RSA's data centre


It happens too often now. Data breaches are a daily thing and I just assume my data is out there flapping in the breeze.



Wrong Name

The Sputnik Planum is misnamed. If it is next to the Cthulu region, it should be the Plateau of Leng another cold nasty place in the Lovecraft universe.

Canadians taking to spying on their spies


Re: I hope that we're watching this in the States

The person that did not know Canada was only 12 miles away was a transplant from Texas. I am surprised he found his way to Washington State as Texans are generally ignorant of anything outside of Texas.

Geographic ignorance in the States is appallingly common. I have been in many parts of the country where people did not know where New Hampshire (my home) was.

ATTACK of the ZOMBIE SATELLITE: Run radio hams, run!


ISS anyone?

Couldn't they talk to it through the ISS, or is the time window just too short?

Buffoon in 999 call: 'Cat ate my bacon and I want to press charges'


The Cat

Is the cat's name Eric?

Natural geothermal heat under Antarctic ice: 'Surprisingly high'


Re: Debate? DEBATE????

There is only one turtle and you have get through the elephants first.

Union confirms two-day strike over Universal Credit's pisspoor IT


Uh, from across the pond here. How does 0.7% penetration to eligible users correspond to an "essential service"? Looks like they could go on strike for several years and no one would notice.

Hacking Team's snoopware 'spied on anti-communist activists in Vietnam'


Why didn't antivirus and antimalware software pick up them up?

Because those packages really only pick up things they know about. Heuristics is a "fuzzy" thing and not all that reliable for unknowns.

UK politicos easily pwned on insecure Wi-Fi networks



"No secure communications can be made on systems, protocols and designs created by the Americans."

The Americans (of which I am one) are not the only players. Everybody's stuff is being hacked by everybody else. Get your routers from Huawei and let the Chinese in your conversations instead of the Americans. Same stuff different pack of nerds.

Planet killer: Ex-army officer's Welsh space-rock mission



I thought the UK had the Doctor and UNIT to protect them from extra-terrestrial bad things.


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