* Posts by Zarno

44 posts • joined 11 Mar 2015

Cop films chap on body-worn cam because he 'complains about cops a lot'. Chap complains


Re: No wonder

I upvoted purely for the satire.

Bravo, AC, Bravo!

Techies tinker with toilet-topper to turn it into ticker-tracker


Yeah, I seem to remember it being a jewelers, where you had to have spent over some value with them in a single purchase to use the solid gold toilet in the solid gold bathroom with gemstone encrusted solid gold everything.

Or maybe?


Austin: Who are you, baby?

Ivana: Ivana. Ivana Humpalot.

Austin: Excuse me?

Ivana: Ivana Humpalot.

Austin: And I Vanna toilet made out of solid gold, but its just not in the cards now, is it? [laughs]


Techie finds himself telling caller there is no safe depth of water for operating computers


Re: Annoying pedantry

"In civvy life you just have to breath a keyword like "Wedding", or "new baby" for example"

Or "boat", "marine", "watercraft"...

An entire industry where people pay big $€£₴лв₪¥﷼؋ for the pleasure of a single stainless steel fastener blessed by BRP, Mercury, or similar.

Or anything with RGB LED accent lighting and a fancy heatsink marketed towards "power gamers" by the tech world.

Worried about Brexit food shortages? North Korean haute couture has just the thing


I think I'll stick with a towel, thanks.


Hey, Roosta, is there anything to eat in this situation?


Here Zaphod. Suck this.


You want me to suck your towel?


The yellow stripes are high in protein, the green ones have vitamin B and C complexes, and the little pink flowers contain wheat germ extract.


What are the brown stains?


Barbeque sauce.

[ZAPHOD sucks towel]


Yee-uck! It tastes as bad as it looks!


Yes. When I’ve had to suck that end a bit, I usually need to suck the other end too.


Why? What’s in that?




Ooh, my machine is SO much faster than yours... Oh, wait, that might be a bit of a problem...

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Re: 20Mb

I'd joke it was the Lenna test image, but that was significantly smaller than 20M.

I remember when we were using that image in college for a digital imaging course that involved convolution, filtering, fft, transforms, etc etc.

If memory serves, I nonchalantly asked the professor if we would be using an "un-crop" convolution kernel to recover the lost image data... Got quite a laugh from that one.

I nearly did Paris, but didn't want to sully Lenna...

Slack to fend off the collaboration competition with... a new logo


Getting shades of...

Getting shades of the MSN butterfly from that.

I don't think that's what they were going for though...

Excuse me, sir. You can't store your things there. Those 7 gigabytes are reserved for Windows 10


Re: Not a dig at MS, but a question.

I know that ext3/4 filesystems typically default to reserve 5% of space in case things fill up, so that the underlying root processes can still function.

I usually turned that off on data storage volumes, or down to 1% on system volumes.

You were told to clean up our systems, not delete 8,000 crucial files


Re: xfer

In a similar vein to the circular filing cabinet, I use a ramdisk for all the random stuff that I don't care about, but need for between a few days and maybe never.

It's also set as the download location for things from the browser.

If it nukes, it nukes, and the ethereal nature and fixed size of 1G max keeps me from having "accidental clutter".

I also have "NukeAfterUsed" "DeleteMePlease" "DO_NOT_DELETE", yada yada bing bang names for folders.

London Gatwick Airport reopens but drone chaos perps still not found


An interesting take on this.

Here's an article with an interesting take on all of this.


Windows 10 can carry on slurping even when you're sure you yelled STOP!


I have always wondered...

I have always wondered whether a solicitor/attorney/judge/courthouse/government/healthcare institution could actually, legally, use Windows 10 (or 8.1/8/7 after the telemetry updates), given how it sends things back even when disabled fully?

One would think that alone opens up all sorts of privacy concerns, when the data on the machine may not be yours to give consent to distribute to a third party...

CADs and boffins get some ThinkPad love


Thanks for the heads-up on the nipple replacement, the stock one is driving me BONKERS on the work M6800...


Oh mama...

I see a business expense to write off in the near future!

If I can get one with a wacom pen screen, this will likely be my new laptop, and replace the ageing Fujitsu T900 I currently have.

I've been a firm believer in the ThinkPad brand, having used a 760EL as my first laptop in college many moons ago running Win2kPro, briefly flirting with a 600E hand-me-down from an uncle at some point before that, soldiering on through the chicklet debacle, Lenovo spinout and the malaise period.

The Mum is running a W530 with an SSD, and the little bro got a W541 all decked out for university, maxed out on ram (aftermarket, natch), second highest processor, big ol battery, and an aftermarket M.2 SSD for Windows to live on.

The workstation grade ThinkPads have always been utter tanks, in all sense of the word. Only thing tougher is a toughbook.

I'm stuck with a Dell for work right now. The "tracpoint alternative" is utter dog turd. :(

Democrats go on the offensive over fake FCC net neut'y cyberattack


I remember...

I remember making a joke in the commentards section asking what the difference between a DDoS and people actually flogging an insufficiently designed site was.

Glad to know I was on the right track!

Sysadmin sank IBM mainframe by going one VM too deep


Re: Those keyboard did make a racket...

Can confirm.

I have a Unicomp EnduraPro (USB cabled reproduction IBM M13 (the one with the tracpoint) in black with grey caps) for my work keyboard.

It sounds like an ammo depot cooking off when I start typing in earnest.

So far, the office mates haven't had any real issue with it. :)

The original model M is someplace in the black hole of storage at the house...

We shall call him Mini-U – Ubuntu reveals tiny cloudy server


Am I the only one who remembers...

Am I the only one who remembers when a full command line linux distro fit on a 3.5 floppy?

I also remember Damn Small Linux doing full GUI fun on the old 64M flash drives of the day, with room to spare for data.

And I'm not even that old. But sometimes I feel it.

Happy birthday, you lumbering MS-DOS-based mess: Windows 98 turns 20 today


Re: W98 and USB support

I remember 98 SE had USB 1 support for flash drives, once the proper driver was loaded.

WIN95B had USB support as well, but I never really played with it.

I do know WIN2KSP4 on my Thinkpad 600E ran circles around regular-consumer-spec Vista machines of the day. At least for the important things like DOOM, word processing, Autodesk Inventor, and Altera Quartus.

Fond memories.

I've never ran XP, VIsta, 8, 8.1, or 10 before on any machine I've owned.

The bad part being I did run ME for a bit. Once you re-enabled DOS access and tweaked things a bit, you could get it to be slightly less bulimic with the BSOD's...

US senators get digging to find out the truth about FCC DDoS attack


What's the difference between...

What's the difference between a DDoS Attack, and a fairly large portion of the country hitting a poorly designed sham-tastic comment system?

In my opinion, not much, except a DDoS attack probably would have been less traffic.

Exclusive to all press: Atari launches world's best ever games console


Re: I'll keep my upright arcade version of Space Invaders.

Yep, and the colors are masked onto the face of the black and white CRT with gel tape.

I never got around to adjusting the positioning on this one, so the saucer runs only partways through the orange area.

After reading Ready Player One I'm tempted to feed it quarters till I can beat the game.


I'll keep my upright arcade version of Space Invaders.

It's got way more class than the Atari version.

Now Meltdown patches are making industrial control systems lurch


One thing to note.

Most of the Rockwell products impacted by these patches are used to develop and program, not run, control systems.

So the hardware isn't always affected, so much as the ability to design with it.

Time will tell if it impacts me at the day job.

Home Sec Amber Rudd: Yeah, I don't understand encryption. So what?


If (When?) they get their way...

Makes me wonder how many femtoseconds would elapse between the "Security agencies only backdoor" encryption being popped wide open on every service (banking, browsing, shopping, "special content") that the politician(s) use, and them demanding that the backdoor be removed to keep their "Christmas holiday photos", "secret blends of herbs and spices", and "important personal notes and drafts" safe...

Eds off their meds: Does this headline REALLY need to be so astronomically long it can be measured in parsecs?

Paris Hilton

Re: Listicles!

Listicles???? I read that as something else entirely, and nearly snorted my martini on the ceiling...

Paris, because, well...

BOFH: In-depth IT training needs a single-malt distillery


To help remove surface oxides that can cause the solder to "M&M" (think melted coated candy, with a hard shell...), and reduce possible pad damage.

Squeeze the banana to log into this office Wi-Fi


Better a banana than a durian!

Facebook 'Free Basics' service frozen in Egypt


People seem to forget

That all of that traffic is funneled through their servers, and they still sell the viewing/browsing/etc info that they collect.

Debian Linux founder Ian Murdock dead at 42


We now know the question to the ultimate answer. :(

I always preferred Debian, in my opinion it is the easiest to maintain, and gave a lot to the Linux/GNU desktop and server space.

So long, and thanks for all the fish.

'Powerful blast' at Glasgow City Council data centre prompts IT meltdown


The BOFH kind.

I think that datacenter needs a new director or IT boss now, if you catch the drift.

US government pushing again on encryption bypass



I wonder if they'd give Russia a copy of the nuclear arsenal launch codes that are in the presidential football, encrypted with the "US Government only backdoor" encryption, but not the encryption keys?

After all, only the US could EVER unlock that backdoor...

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


Re: Yes, laser is the solution

Yep, all valid concerns.

I've had some of my early college stuff that came out of a HP laserjet 4 stick together after a few years, and it is indeed annoying.

We have an HP color laser, and it's on it's first refill after the 4 included toner+drum assemblies lasted 2 years. We re-upped with extended capacity modules, so we should get 3-5 years at our print rate.

The color toner is expensive, but it lasts if you have the settings proper in the driver, and HP still allows you to print after the "low toner" alarm goes off, so you can use the last of it up before you toss in the hot spares. Mail the old carts back prepaid, and everyone wins.

I'll write my will with a fountain pen methinks...


So how much are the replacement print heads?

I went to laser because the inkjets were always clogged and streaky, and consumed half a "tank" to clean the heads.

Not to mention the forced cleaning cycles every few pages.


The frames are seen as "status symbols" by a swath of the population, and the prices match because the manufacturers can do it, and most people have their insurance company foot the bill.

If you don't want to look like Velma from Scooby Doo, you pay through the nose for what sits on your nose. It also goes up 5X in price if a brand name is associated with the frames.

Although now the styles are changing, and the "Velma glasses" are getting more expensive, the "high school librarian" look is catching on again, and people are starting to like the idea of the pince-nez...

Obsolescence of food is complete: Soylent now comes in bottles


I thought hospitals already had this...

Isn't this the same as the stuff used for nasogastric feeding?

I think I'd rather have some grilled swordfish with grilled zucchini and squash, a pasta salad, and wash it down with a semi sweet white wine.

Apple pulls Civil War games in Confederate flag takedown


I'm now sadly thinking of the same thing...

Even if they were to "sanitize" the imagery, some of the level maps are based on fractal swastikas.

So they'd have to totally rework the levels to be fractal puppies or begonias...

That reminds me of Chex Quest, the fun filled free advertisment game that was re-skinned DOOM..

Stuff your RFID card, just let me through the damn door!


Re: ID

My guess is a Wozniak issued Department of Defiance badge, or the Brit equivalent of that lovely tale.


Spot on description of acess control purgatory.

As someone who has been in charge of access control system instalation in a former career, I can say this happens all too often, and I've been on the receiving end of dead cards and locked cupboards.

Even more fun when the door strikes are "fail secure" on power cut, the power goes out, the panel backup battery isn't connected (needed to power cycle the controller earlier and forgot to reconnect...), the breaker panel and acess panel are inside the room that is now a vault, and you don't have a master key.

Almost as fun as when I was instructed to install a damn obnoxious lift truck horn to sound if someone proped the doors open more than 10 seconds...

FTC: Hey, Network Solutions, time we had a chat about 'refunds'


Re: I can only think of this...

Yet more reason to always have your towel on hand. ;)


I can only think of this...

"It was on display in the bottom of a locked filing cabinet stuck in a disused lavatory with a sign on the door saying 'Beware of the Leopard'."

Google takes ARC Welder to Android, grafts on Windows, OS X

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This is awesome.

Now I can use andchat on the browser with ZNC, and not have to swap between client UI's all the time. :)

Yes, AT&T, you do have to go to court with the FTC


But, but, we just lobbied against this... Now we like it?

I find it rather funny, that AT&Terrible was so vehemently opposed to Common Carrier the last few months, but now is using it as a basis to try to weasel out of trouble.

"We didn't want to be classified as Common Carrier, but now that we are, we don't answer to you. Nah nah nah nah!"

Business as usual, whine about it, but find a way to make it benefit the bottom line.

GLOWING TAMPONS hold the key to ending pollution

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Pull the felt ink retainers out of hi-lighter pens, steep in glasses of water (or rubbing alcohol), and you'll have green/pink/yellow/blue/etc solutions to color your art installation.

Not all hi-lighters will glow under UV though, so check before hand.

Standard General bids to save RadioShack from oblivion


Re: Radio Shack was useful at one time (And still is)

The one thing I noticed, having perused their once well-stocked shelves since back before the dawn of blue LED's, (early 90's), is that they slowly raised prices and dropped selection.

A disc cap assortment of around a hundred pieces was around $5 (going on foggy childhood memory here..), chump change, but eventually price stayed the same and quantity went down.

Soon the "RC toy" craze went full nards to the wall, then the cellular craze started, and then the MP3 players, overpriced computer accessories ($35 USB cables...), and other "OMG AWESOME!!!" stuff creeped in.

Since a store is only so big, what once was 4 aisles of components, turned to 4 half-aisles, then to 2 halfs, then to one half aisle, to accommodate. Entire wall of cellphone cases, kiosks of Verizon, Sprint, Etc phones, walls of cables, bluetooth speaker gizmos...

The arduino/pi/beaglebone/etc came in too late, at too high a price point, for most to buy them. Those who knew about them bought online, and those who didn't were put-off by the price.

The 1000-in-one electronics kits never really dropped in price with the reduction in component costs, and were always on the expensive side to begin with.

They were great though, I have many fond memories of messing around with mine and driving the parents nutty with bloops, squeals, bluarps, and the occasional bit of magic smoke when I biased a transistor too hot.

Add to it that the old white-beards and EE students were no longer working there, and you got "I don't know what you mean?" when you asked if they had decoupling caps or any new microcontrollers in stock.

I'm rambling... :(

Oh RadioShack, we are saddened by your transformation into CellHut...

Well.That.Sucks: New rude dot-word sparks outrage


So when do we see...

http://www.electrolux.sucks rear it's head?

FTC to DirecTV: No more lies! Tell viewers what you really charge


Re: Really????

The fun one is when you get their internet service...

I know someone who had to use it (till LTE coverage came to their neck of the woods), and they said it was horrible. Strictly enforced usage caps from 5:00 till midnight, throttling, laughable bandwidth, and all around crap service, for a huge premium.

That's without going into the usual high latency, packet loss issues, and weather related problems, that are admittedly (in most cases, but not all) outside the carriers control.

Take a read through this doozy if you dare...


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