* Posts by Grunchy

187 posts • joined 20 Mar 2015


Despite high-profile hires, Apple's TV plans are doomed


Best deal is OTA

I made an awesome antenna out of cardboard & tinfoil (had to trim sort of a zig-zag shape with a modeling knife). Picks up all the local channels. Fantastic!

I do have a HW150PVR which works "ok" (for $30), but only on one TV. I'm considering getting Homerun Extend to transcode OTA & put it on the home network, except it only has 2 tuners (per box). Hmm, hmm.

Apple, I want the $0-per-month solution. I know you will never deliver, nevertheless, that's what I want.

My unpopular career in writing computer reviews? It's a gift


I actually bought gloves like this

I got Kevlar knit refractory gloves, the working hypothesis being, if they are for handling red-hot forgings, they ought to have unusually good insulative properties (and also remarkably tough, and cut-proof). And if that is true, they might be warmer than the average glove. They should make remarkable winter gloves!

I paired them with a set of US military windproof gauntlet mitt covers I got from the surplus and now I've got me a kick butt pair of winter mitts !

Unfortunately, they are like 1 step down from boxing gloves.

PC rebooted every time user flushed the toilet



Whoever thought you'd need a voltmeter to diagnose an electrical fault.


Oh, wow, Canada: No more carrier-locked phones for Canucks


I dunno - I think I still boycott cellphones

It's like $100 a month for - what?

I have a free VOIP subscription with freephoneline.ca and that's adequate.

Sorry if it offends anyone, but I choose to put that money into investments instead.

Donald Trumped: Comey says Prez is a liar – and admits he's a leaker


Re: Impeachment?

Okay, wait a minute.

YOU are telling ME that, even though the President can have anybody pardoned for any crime at any time he wants,

* he is not able to commit any crime he wants?

* he cannot stop any investigation into any crime he wants?

What the F man?

This guy is Judge Dredd - He is the law!

The only thing I'm surprised is he doesn't just repeal the constitution and put the country under Trump law. Cancel all elections, repeal democracy, and set himself up as King Trump and Kiss My Ass.


What difference does it make

The only Americans who love Trump are assholes, everybody else already knows Trump is a piece a crap.

There's no direct evidence to win a conviction, furthermore Trump would have to be impeached by his own party, who are probably not keen to do so.

So, what does it prove? Trump is immune, and now emboldened to do even worse crimes.

Good work team!

F-Secure's Mikko Hypponen on IoT: If it uses electricity, it will go online


I'm not paying extra for that crap

I'll buy the cheaper, non-IoT equipment, thanks.

I'll do my level best to run "IoT" vendors out of business. Why?

It serves no worthwhile purpose to me.

Also, I'm a gonna save a buck too.

Software dev bombshell: Programmers who use spaces earn MORE than those who use tabs


Tabs and spaces are for BABBIES. You don't "need" any of that overhead. Oh right, this is the internet. Ok then, *I* do not need any of that overhead. *You* who need spaces & tabs also need gentle words of support from your MAMAs.

No matter which you use, the compiler summarily ignores all that extraneous trash.

Phew: ISS re-supply mission launches without destroying Wallops launch-pad


5 minutes late

Musk should get his lawers ready for breach of contract lawsuit.

I would expect Nasa has substantial damages due to the delay...

(imagine having to pay all of Nasa crew for 5 mins while Musk is wasting time in the bathroom, needlessly delaying the launch, of all the nerve)

Sorry to burst your bubble, but Microsoft's 'Ms Pac-Man beating AI' is more Automatic Idiot


Actually, I do want to see the computer beat Ms. Pac Man

I don't care about the machine learning, yeah it's a hack, whatever.

I just want to see the solution dammit !

WDC fires another shot at Toshiba in flash foundry spat, whispers: Pick me, Tosh!


Finally fixed my WD20EARS

Meanwhile I finally got around to fixing my old WD20EARS which was factory programmed to park the heads after 8 seconds. I had to figure out how to disable AHCI to boot into FreeDOS and set the idle to 300 seconds. The poor drive had been parking once a minute for 14,000 hrs! Its a wonder it didn't park itself to death.

WDC is the devil.

Soldiers bust massive click-farm that used 500k SIM cards, 100s of mobes to big up web tat


Re: "I've got 2 houses in that very village!"

I've got 9 computers, we should start a business venture...

(just need 1 other guy with 500 iphones and 1 another guy with 375,000 sim cards, I reckon)

Jailed fraudster admits running same cold-caller con from behind bars



My work is taking phishing more seriously since some viruses got into the network storage & had to be excised. So management started sending scam phishing emails to everybody on staff - and there are some that just cannot figure out the difference between legitimate communication and a suspicious phishing attempt. They click every link sent their way, probably in like 2 seconds without a care in the world.

So the company is (I imagine) working its way toward barring certain individuals from being able to communicate using company email.

It seems like they may also have to consider barring the same individuals from talking on the phone, or even receiving visitors for that matter.

The sad thing is that social-engineering phishers could easily get to those individuals merely by taking them for lunch, at which point they'd probably have to just be let go.

This seems like a logical conclusion, except I think just about anyone is susceptible to being fooled at one time or another...

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


To Be Fair: at least in Canada, you can fire anybody you hire within their first 3 months with no notice or explanation and no legal problem. Similarly, the new hire has the right to quit on the spot, within the same time period, without giving any notice or reason, either.

(Because giving notice goes Both Ways).

Firing the ignorant clumsy new guy who wrecks the whole operation seems wrong, but is it?

No, it is not.


Re: Documentation issue.

Well to be fair, most of the time the documentation people don't know what they are talking about.

They rely on "SME" or "subject-matter-expert".

That's probably the guy who should be fired. Or one of them...

Or the guy who never proofread the docs, or the guy who never asked them to be corrected/updated, etc.


Everybody should be fired

The new guy, because he's so ignorant/dumb he doesn't know what he's doing (for the job he's been hired for).

The CTO for same reason.

The docs team, same reason.

The rest of the company? Yes, they are indeed all fired.

Trump field day!!

3D printing and drones are the tech del día at Spanish startup fiesta


Pretty good rendering

Not bad CGI

Wowee, it's Samsung's next me-too AI gizmo: The Apple HomePod


Ohmigosh I am such a marketing sucker

A couple years ago I finally responded to the marketing suggestion that had been implanted into my psyche and I bought a Bose Wave radio, first gen, $50 off Fleabay.


I mean, it has nice bass response, but the reception kinda sucks.

Uber fires robo car exec for insubordination


Re: Dropped

Sallee Yoo

US laptops-on-planes ban may extend to flights from ALL nations


Who fights with aircraft security?

A terrorist fights with aircraft security, presumably.

Think about what security personnel are doing: securing YOUR LIFE. You're going to fight those people and impede that process?

Rather than 'fight the system' like a dope, why not think of a technological solution.

For Instance: why does your mobile computer need a battery anyway, why not bring something like a Mac Mini that has no battery.

It's just 'Pro' now, guys: Microsoft gives Surface a subtle resurfacing


I want to telephone people

If it has a SIM slot then I want to make calls on it.

I've got some headphones with a microphone. Microsoft, make it happen.

I don't give a damn if I'm the only one like me in the whole entire world, that's what I want.

Bye bye MP3: You sucked the life out of music. But vinyl is just as warped


Foobar 2000

I would just about play MP3s with VLC, I care so little.

But anyway I got Foobar 2000, its ok but doesn't play MODs.

What the hell, I can use VLC for MODs.

(I've got stacks & stacks of albums ripped into MP3s, I actually enjoy the snaps, crackles, and pops!)

Julian Assange wins at hide-and-seek game against Sweden


Whats all this BS about "innocent until proven guilty" that's only for the courts, who must be impartial if not "blind" to all matters.

People, sheeple -- we are allowed to think for ourselves. NOBODY is required to believe in "innocent until proven guilty", as a matter of fact, I personally believe in "Guilty the moment you do the crime".

With respect to A-hole Assange, sadly I know nothing about his case so I dunno. I am not such a fool to assume he's innocent though - he's definitely guilty of something.

Somehow or other, he deserves the scrutiny he's under.

EC fines Facebook €110m for 'misleading' data on WhatsApp deal


Where's the beef?

What makes any of this worth anything?

I guess it's because Facebook can exploit that data to compel a certain portion of the population to buy something or other, for which Facebook demands a commission.

(Sorry, I remember there was some question from the 'social network' movie which was: what exactly is the value of Facebook, what is it that makes it a business - and I guess ultimately this is what it is? I'm actually not sure.)

US Coast Guard: We're rather chuffed with our new Boeing spy drone


Time to get SERCO involved

Am I right??

SERCO will fix everything up good.

Fancy a relaxed boozy holiday? Keep well away from Great Britain


Ha ha that's funny

Especially since the government & advertisers know for a fact that people pretty much cannot think for themselves.

This is the whole advertising game, you don't waste time & effort trying to convince people to buy smokes/drinks, you merely show images of people enjoying whatever poison you peddle (literally: poison) and let "freely thinking" people do the work for you.

Next thing you know, the addicts are doing the recruiting. For free!

Two nasty things about big tobacco, from top-of-head:

1. You can sue them for damages, and you can win billion$ or hundreds of million$ in damages, but they will never pay you. They will appeal and appeal and appeal until the day you die.

2. They advertise the hell out of the third world. They advertise the hell out of third world children. They go wherever the regulations are not - they have to, in order to survive.

Just because it's legalized, doesn't mean it isn't pure evil in its heart, and that's not bombast, that's a sober true fact (ha ha, "sober").

Elbow's up, lads! That's an order :)

Facebook is abusive. It's time to divorce it


Re: Just say NO to Social Media sites/apps

Rich 11: there's a tragedy about democratic voting wherein one is allowed to cast votes only in support of one candidate; even though most often, none of the candidates are all that acceptable.

My proposal is to permit the choice of casting a negative vote. The premise is that if enough people are PO'd enough about a candidate that they achieve a net-negative vote (more votes cast against them than for them), then they are declared un-electable.

Here's the best part: let's say many people hate all of the offered candidates, let's say it was Hillary vs Donald. Well in this scenario, it is highly likely that BOTH candidates would generate net-negative results, and so both would be declared un-electable.

In other words -------

neither candidate would win, and the election would have to be a do-over, with new candidates.

And there's the possibility of a distant, third runner who somehow squeaks in with +5 votes, becomes declared King of the Kountry.

(I've had people tell me this idea is ridiculous, but I promise you, there is precedent: sometimes if you answer a customer satisfaction survey they allow you to craft your response on a scale from "highly satisfied" to "highly dissatisfied". Somehow this isn't too complex to judge your satisfaction with a burger stand; yet I'm told it's far too complex for selecting an elected official. Hmm, I'm not convinced.)

It's a question worth asking: Why is the FCC boss being such a jerk?


Re: Personally I have no strong opinions on it?

I agree.

I always thought Net Neutrality was an issue of contention between the 99% of users VS the 1% of internet service providers.

You would think (democratically) that the needs of the many would automatically outweigh the wants of the few (especially since the ISPs do not actually "own" the internet, it's certainly not their turf that the 99% majority are accessing).

I suppose so long as the marketplace is fractured & people have options, they will have to keep that in mind if their ISP isn't giving satisfactory service - and as long as all ISPs don't all start working together as an internet access bloc.

Need the toilet? Wanna watch a video ad about erectile dysfunction?


I'm the one that brings a paper towel

We had this innovation known as "baby wipe" which I have found is a good device to use post-number 2. This is my personal opinion, merely sharing for the benefit of others.

Anyways, they don't carry baby wipes at work, because they don't let anybody bring babies into work.

So what I have found is if I were to take a dry paper towel, and moisten it in the sink, why it has become practically the same thing!

Unfortunately that means that I'm that guy who tends to flush those. Because, come on, how do you chuck your TP (PT) into the garbage can.

Now I've never known the plumbing to suffer the subsequent 'backup failure'. The one rule I've seen about flushing matter is that you should ensure whatever you flush is capable of pretty much dissolving into water; which tends to not include such sturdy toweling (which you need to really get a pristine wipe; I tend to not only use both sides of the PT wipe, but also get a couple folds to open up new surfaces, as well).

I say this in full awareness of the fat-bergs they suffer down in the sewers. But in my defence, I'm not the guy rinsing grease, or non-soluble coffee grounds, down the drain.

I have an inkling that even sturdy paper toweling must dissolve, eventually. Am I wrong?

Switch on your smartphone camera and look how fertile I am


Re: Too big to flush...

Omg, you folks are not aware of the new green "Paris Agreement" chemical bio-cremation method?

This one is practically built for the basement. All you need is a bit of alkaline hydrolysis, a flushing toilet, & 4 hours.

The benefit is saving all that natural gas from the combustors and being converted into CO2 or whatever.

This is a technology that evolved from the vet clinic to relieve us of our unwanted pet burden.

Microsoft splashes Virtual Reality-slinging 'Scorpio' Xbox


Re: Two tier gaming isn't new

No its TWO TEAR, ya big butt!

'Grueling' record-breaking VR movie marathon triggers hallucinations


All world records are stupid

You may as well asphyxiate yourself setting a hot-dog eating record.

Script kiddies pwn 1000s of Windows boxes using leaked NSA hack tools


Can you hack my DOS 6.22?

If you can't then I don't think I've got a problem.

Apple wets its pants over Swatch ad tagline



That's Swatch-Mercedes-Art. Utterly panned by Consumer Reports.

Who did they score: they scored ETA, Blancpain, Omega, Rado, Longines, Hamilton, Mido, Certina, Tissot; and more besides. Those crumb bums!

You cannot 'tick differenter' than Swatch Beat. However, they abandoned that stupid idea long time ago...

Toshiba conglomerate: Can we keep going? We don't know


Bereft of life, it rests in peace

May 2015 accounting scandal - profits had been exaggerated by $1.2 billion over the previous 7 years. CEO Hisao Tenaka & 8 other senior execs (including 2 former CEOs) all resigned at the time. Chairman Masashi Muromachi took over until May 2016 when Satoshi Tsunakawa took over from the medical equipment division.

This Norwegian Blue ain't pining for the fjords, this is an ex-parrot!

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


Cellphones are only allowed on private jets

Rude people on public jets shouldn't talk on cell phones, nor should they talk to their Siri & other helper services, and furthermore shouldn't be allowed to talk AT ALL.

You'll all sit back (up) & zip it. Press the call button if you want something, curs.

WileyFox disentangles itself from Cyanogen


I never had any luck with Cyanogen

I was able to do all the stuff and get it installed and operating, but it always flaked out.

I 'updated' my Ouya to Cyanogen, but it's duffed. I can still access the install menu and all that, but Cyanogen totally doesn't work.

I've updated to Lineage as well, no luck.

It's Duffed!

Boaty McBoatface sinks in South Atlantic on her maiden deployment


Clickbait, yes

But is it Fake News as well...

Customer satisfaction is our highest priority… OK, maybe second-highest… or third...


The problem is the Apple iPhone

This very thing happens to me All Of The Time and I totally blame Apple Operating System.

It has a nauseating habit of connecting to any old Wi-Fi and disparaging the cellular data connection, causing inexplicable dead comms while it hums and haws "whats that gov? yes I'm looking, just a mo - just a mo - just a mo - just a mo...", and even when I tell it repeatedly "forget this network", it will disconnect for a moment, then the very next nano-second connect right back up to the exact same faulty network. Apple is BROKEN, the only way to defeat it is to shut off the Wi Fi radio completely. I hate Apple - I hate them, I hate them, their smug condescending attitudes. I shan't ever buy an Apple, the only reason I have this junk is because I got it gifted via the Staples recycling bin.

Startup remotely 'bricks' grumpy bloke's IoT car garage door – then hits reverse gear


The peril of the Cloud

Don't borrow some asshole's stuff. Buy your own stuff.

And then tell the assholes "hey you, cloud vendor: you're an asshole".

Alabama man gets electrocuted after sleeping with iPhone


My dog doesn't wear dog tags, because they jingle too much and damage his sensitive hearing and make him mentally oblong.

Also, they could short out his iphone (duh).

Zuckerberg says just one per cent of news on Facebook is fake


One thing to thank Trump for

For inventing the issue of FAKE NEWS.

The issue is irrelevant anyway, people by and large don't care about 'factually truthful' things. Sad fact of the Universe.

Us 'sheeple' mostly rely on trusted reporters to find out & interpret the facts for us, then we just follow who is the most impassioned & persuasive. That's the bottom line.

That's the entire reason behind the continued existence of things such as: alternative medicine; every kind of religion; multi level marketing schemes; every kind of voodoo fortune-telling mystics; gasoline additive companies; all 'luxury' marques; just about every crazy conspiracy theorist; the entire premise of Facebook; holocaust deniers; the list is practically endless.

The greatest power is the power of persuasiveness (which is fueled, incidentally, by 'intensely believing your own bullcrap'). You would hope people would temper that power, but we are each born into this universe a wee little person in an infinitude of possibility and a singular viewpoint, and intense self-serving instinct. I will murder you so I can eat that Taco, sucka!

Microsoft's in-store Android looks desperate but can Google stop it?


My solution: flip phone + psion gemini

Because the Gemini is going to come able to run some sort of Linux, which is good. Good enough for me, anyway.

If I ever need to telephone somebody, ohmigosh I can easily use any old flip phone. There's no OS and furthermore, instead of costing like $750 or whatever bonkers price, they're free.

It can also serve as a wifi modem or whatever.

Forgive me for observing, I don't need Microsoft nor Apple nor Google. I need none of the above for nothin'.

Forget robot overlords, humankind will get finished off by IoT


Only needs a gunstick

"Exterminate! Exterminate!"

If they're as good as Mars Explorer, they can traverse 42.2 km distance within only 11 years, 2 months.

SpaceX yoinks $96m GPS launch deal from under ULA's nose


Helicopter Snatch vs Rocket Landing

When NASA landed on the Moon way back when, I do believe they used rocket thrusters to do that.

The parachutes don't work well there.

However: I can imagine a helicopter technique being more reliably successful.

Because if you miss the first time, presumably you could swing around & have another go, maybe two.

If the rocket landing doesn't work out, that was your one chance.

Uber wasn't to blame for robo-ride crash – or was it? Witness said car tried to 'beat the lights'


The main issue

This argument about whether the light was green or yellow or red is totally beside the point.

The fact is, the self-driving robot car did not detect (or anticipate) something in its path, or try to evade the collision.

Lets say for example you had a small child who got loose and ran into traffic - what good is the self driving car sensors if it cannot see something the size of a car? Presumably if it misses something big, it cannot sense anything smaller.

I fear the Uber self driving car is programmed with defeatist instructions: "collisions are inevitable; lets put this beta system out there and see what its flaws are". POOR SHOW UBER. DON'T LIKE IT. WON'T HAVE IT.

Your internet history on sale to highest bidder: US Congress votes to shred ISP privacy rules


Re: And they claim to be the land of the free

I heard of a guy who did a similar prank to a buddy's dog he was watching for a couple weeks.

He taught the dog to absolutely freak out as soon as anybody mentioned a phrase such as "child pornography".


Good news, everyone! Two pints a day keep heart problems at bay


I'm a bit like Withnail

Well, more like Richard Grant. He's famously unable to metabolize alcohol, thereby rendering him by necessity a life-long teetotaler.

Anyway I looked through the linked article, they say it's an observational study so no firm conclusions can be drawn regarding cause & effect.

So, the Reg has blown this out of proportion. Click bait article. Fake news, even!

Personally I don't drink, I don't even care about alcohol. The only reason I'm participating at all is to point out, yeah the actual report doesn't conclude what the Reg says.

Gift cards or the iPhone gets it: Hackers threaten Apple with millions of remote wipes


If they're gonna wipe data by April 7, what if you backup before then?

Because if they wipe it out you could probably recover your backup and problem sorted.

Didn't cost $100,000 or anything!

$1m Popslate e-ink screen venture tanks, Indiegogo backers flame out


Yipes - and then I bought into Psion Gemini.

Shudder !


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