* Posts by bombastic bob

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WannaCry-slayer Marcus Hutchins 'built Kronos banking trojan' – FBI

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no good deed goes unpunished

and the corollary: it only takes one "AW, SHIT" to un-do a zillion "Atta Boy"s (that's how I remember the phrase from when I was in the Navy)

Go fork yourself: Bitcoin has split in two – and yes, it's all forked up

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Re: In related NEWS....

"The Dutch ate tulip bulbs at the end of the second world war when there was fuck all else to eat."

they should've eaten NAZIS... [ok that was bad, wasn't it?]

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Re: "giant worldwide fraud created by bankers"

"Are you a Trump supporter, by any chance ?"

trolling, indeed. you apparently have no real grasp on who Trump supporters really are.

Ugh. The 'academic arrogance' of the elitist, socialist types. *groan* They see everyone who disagrees with them as uneducated tin-foil-hat conspiracy types, one foot away from being locked in the loony bin, "feel" instead of think, and assume that people in general will NOT do the right thing when given the responsibility of their choices, and so the population must be 'controlled' by 'the elite' 'for their own good'. because 'the elite' knows best. Always. *groan*

Big Internet balks at fresh effort to crack down on sex trafficking

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Re: Worst Way Possible

yeah, leave it to gummints to totally "get it wrong".

holding web site operators liable for the actions of their advertisers, especially when they use some kind of ad network [and can't necessarily review nor screen the ads] makes you wonder why they even BOTHER, knowing that the lawsuits over wrongful prosecution will keep this tied up in courts for, like, EVAR.

Why not just go after the perpetrators instead? Or is that just not good enough?

old fashioned police work does NOT need blanket surveilance, "unmasking", punishing of ISPs or web site operators, nor the kinds of idiotic "gun-control-like" laws that attempt to hold legitimate businesses responsible for the actions of a few that are inconsequentially involving them.

Chrome web dev plugin with 1m+ users hijacked, crams ads into browsers

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track down the perps!

did anyone chase down where the ad revenue was headed to locate the perpetrator?

just wonderin...

Browser trust test: Would you let Chrome block ads? Or Firefox share and encrypt files?

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Re: Add me to the above sentiment.

remember when they *FELT* we wanted THIS?

The 'Australis' makeover. Yes, it has a name.

The millenial elitist academic-arrogant 4"-ers [ref to screen size, i.e. everything on a 4" phone, otherwise would be 1"-ers] "feel" that we ALL want their RAPED-UP user interface, with it's "hamburger" menu and 2D flatness. These are the same *TYPE* of people behind Windows "Ape" and Win-10-nic, Gnome 3, and systemd. Do we REALLY want *THEM* determining what "features" we want for the future?

I say, NO!

Let's make the browser display web pages efficiently, clean up its unused memory properly, NOT crash nor stutter your computer system if it's left running with 43 tabs open on multiple windows for more than a month, and EFFICIENTLY run (and dispose of excess memory use for) javascript.

Did eye just do that? Microsoft brings gaze tracking to Windows 10

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Re: What's the pr0n angle?

"Why do you bother?"

because it's FUNNY in a prurient kinda way?

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Re: As always, it's a balance between benefit and risk

"The paranoia is just the result of Microsofts track record of ramming any and almost every potentially invasive piece of technology down users throats."

that would be the SANITIZED version of things. My opinion is that it's been shoved into the OTHER END the entire time. That way they can hear you SCREAM...

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Re: Masking tape, meet webcam

OK Stephen Hawkings release, fine with me. I still have access to my limbs, at least for now, and so I'll stick with keyboard+mouse k-thanks [mostly keyboard]

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Re: What?

"Biometric sensing a privacy concern? My Arse!"

Arse-cameras coming, too. Watching your anus pucker up based on what you're seeing/reading

And here I was thinking I'd be safe if I merely SAT on the camera...

Sun of a b... Rising solar temp wrecks chances of finding ET in our system

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Re: yep, we're interested in the water UNDER the ice

"we handed over the job to stay-at-home, pro-robot time-wasters after Apollo."

Unfortunately, politics entered the mix, back in the 70's. I could enumerate the details, but it's all there if someone wants to look for it.

Apollo had at least 2 moon launches canceled, an Apollo/Soyuz mission and Skylab re-purposed the remaining hardware [except that which became museum pieces], and for some stupid reason, the USA seemed to lose their passion for manned space exploration. [I never did]

I blame the politicians and the driving forces behind them [which isn't "the people"].

It was kinda like being neutered, in a way...

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Re: Well, the sun is only going to be in red giant phase for 500M years or so

"in less than 5000 years."

actually, that would be 6000 years, placing creation week at 4004 BC. Dates according to Usher, as I recall.

that's why "the end times" will take place in the year 2000, because 1000 years of 'whatever' following 'the end times" at the 6000 year point Rosh Hashana when "the rapture" happens. you know, because 7 days = 7000 years. etc.

(troll icon for obvious reasons)

How can you kill that which will not die? Windows XP is back (sorta... OK, not really)

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Re: april 2019 and the pink elephant in the room that nobody wants to talk about.

"Assets depreciate on a schedule"

this is useful when you want to spread the cost over several years. I see no value in it, though [as I don't spend that much on such things] and just expense things like computer hardware, software, OSs ,whatever (then, they have NO book value and I just use them). Actually it turns out that annual MSDN renewal at $900/year has been the most expensive of all of it... then again the business consists of "just me" and so depreciation is probably not necessary anyway.

I've never sold a computer. They always run until they break, or are so obsolete (like a 486) that I couldn't pay someone to take them.

[I'm also considering ABANDONING the MSDN subscription, even though I've had it since the 90's. Keeping up with what MS is doing is nothing less than frustration and disappointment. Might as well save the $ and flush them completely...]

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Re: april 2019 and the pink elephant in the room that nobody wants to talk about.

"Microsoft needs to put their boot down HARD on the OS detection"

I was interested in what you had to say until you said THAT.

Micro-shaft has ALREADY done the "boot down HARD" thing. Remember GWX? Also remember how much it PISSED! EVERYONE! OFF! when they kept JAMMING! IT! UP! OUR! DOWN! OUR! THROATS!!

So putting on their JACK BOOTS and GRINDING THE XP _CUSTOMERS_ INTO THE GROUND is only going to create even MORE anger, hopefully to the point of REBELLION (i.e. "Let's do Linux!" or BSD).

Anyway, icon obvious.

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Re: Linux 1.79 per cent (was 1.55 in Jan)

"did you include android in that stat"

probably not, because it would be considered a "mobile" OS and this was about desktop computing [pretty sure]. It's also consistent with what I've seen in the past.

And... the article said "FreeBSD nabbed 0 per cent of that tracked desktop traffic".

I didn't now they were tracking FBSD. But a lot of people like to 'anonymize' their browser self-identification with plugins etc. to limit tracking. So while I don't bother doing that [probably means "they" can track me] I also don't web surf to a lot of things that many people do, and when I do it, I've got NoScript and cookie blockers and things of that nature running.

(and when I need script for something, like maybe a digikey order - their shopping cart hates NoScript for some reason and I doubt they'll fix it - I do it from a VM running Linux, hosted by a FreeBSD box)

So yeah FBSD is getting low numbers, but there might be a very good reason as to why. I also have to wonder if SIMILAR reasons exist for *INFLATING* Win-10-nic's numbers...

And Linux's numbers may be artificially low, too...

[glad to see they're rising, though]

Google tracks what you spend offline to prove its online ads work. And privacy folks are furious

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I don't use a cell phone to pay so...

I don't use a cell phone to pay, so HOW could they track ME?

If they're using my financial data, such as purchases online, to track me in stores, then that falls under the FTC's requirements for banking transactions and privacy. I think there's both disclosure AND "opt out" in this one. I've opted out with my banks and so I don't expect they'd be able to do this LEGALLY with me...

However, if their "partners" disclose debit card information to google [for ad reasons], AND you purchase stuff at stores that have 'partnerships' with google, then perhaps they CAN track your purchases.

These 'partnerships' should be disclosed. Then I'll know who NOT to use a debit card with.

I can still use cash. I don't have to identify myself with cash. Maybe it's time to do that.

Steve Bannon wants Facebook, Google 'regulated like utilities'

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'utility style' isn't the right approach

'Utility Style' regulation isn't the right approach. Google and Facebook aren't required for intarwebs access.

HOWEVER - _SOME_ regulation is warranted. And when I say 'regulation' I'm talking PRIVACY, where the source of the problem is.

There's nothing stopping anyone from asking people directly to advertise something on a web site. So advertisement marketing regulations wouldn't be needed, either. I can ask my friend who owns a web site "hey can you put these ads on your site?" and then pay for them. Nothing stopping this.

Now, with Google and Faceb[ook,itch] dominating the market and providing marketing strategies to make your ads more effective, a lot of people will want those services. For now.

There's nothing stopping anyone from getting into the same business, except maybe a lack of target-market data [which Google and Faceb[ook,itch] have built up for a few years.

So they have a competitive advantage. YET.. the USE of that data might need some regulation, to avoid privacy violations.

Otherwise, let them do what they want. Personally, I see it as Trump doing "Art of the Deal" again. You make a bold statement about what you want to do. The other side fires back. You end up in the middle. And win something.

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Re: "Clash of civilisations"

"The resurgent Right is a greater threat to Western civilization than anything coming out of the Mideast."


It's a bloodless war. For our freedom. I want mine *BACK* !!! That's what it is. No more, nor less. Why do you think Trump has made a MARINE CORPS GENERAL his new chief of staff???


/me plays "This is War" by 30 Seconds to Mars

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if you'd lived in California at the time, 'Grey Out" Davis (and the DemoRats in general) was to blame, for gummint intervention, etc. and obstruction of construction of a sufficient number of power plants and other infrastructure. Gov. Swarzenegger campaigned on un-doing that blockade during the recall, and won. And it worked.

Example: the Moss Landing power plant had been in a state of disrepair for YEARS. Once Gov "Terminator" was in office, that thing was back up and fully operational in a few months (as I recall, it's an oil burning plant). Basically, snip the red tape and let the company get things done, and you'll get PLENTY of electricity. It was _OBVIOUS_ to those who were "there", no matter what Wikipedia might say about it.

(part of the Moss Landing story might have been PRICE CONTROLS for power generators, and allowing certain plants to charge MORE during peak hours, i.e. 'market forces', ALSO helped keep the lights on)

So THAT was the problem: gummint was GETTING IN THE WAY.

Also, please remember, Wikipedia articles are often written by activists the left, re-edited by activists on the left (often in 'edit wars'), and then used as "proof" for the left's agenda. It has an obvious bias. On non-political things it can be VERY helpful, like describing math formulae or internet protocols. On political things (and even history), not so much. It's not even REMOTELY balanced. It's not even REMOTELY fair. Because CONSERVATIVES and LIBERTARIANS don't have enough "free time" (read: paid editors working for media matters with a leftist agenda re-edit things, because they don't have to have REAL jobs) to spend re-re-editing Wikipedia and undo the re-editing (assuming they had time to post/edit in the FIRST place, working hard and living their lives).

Microsoft won't patch SMB flaw that only an idiot would expose

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Re: the problem is Microshaft's design

"just the anti Microsoft diatribe attached to it."

no diatribe, just POINTING OUT FACTS that are easily verified.

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the problem is Microshaft's design

the problem is Microshatf's design. The idea that a networked box would expose services on the intarwebs is in and of itself a MAJOR problem.

In other words, they should have designed it to ONLY listen on RFC1918 IP addresses, and ONLY listen if you enable networking.

But NOOooo... they have to bind to (i.e. everything) and THAT is the problem!

And they do that with other "well known" or "easily discoverable" TCP stuff. Just do a "netstat -an" some time on you Winders box, and see what's listening...

And if it shows up as the SAME port on everybody ELSE's box, and there's a vulnerability on it, and you connect directly to the intarwebs on a publically visible IP address [including _ANY_ IPv6 address!] then you're exposing your winders box's soft underbelly to the intarwebs.

"Only an idiot" would have DESIGNED! IT! THIS! WAY!! Right, Micro-shaft??

[the need to bind to publically visible IP addresses could be a kind of "opt in" setting, and THEN it would be the customer's fault for doing it...]

Windows Subsystem for Linux to debut in Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

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Re: application windows just show up like normal in your Windows session

"Meanwhile Windows has moved backwards and Linux forwards."

"MS has missed the bus"

For that I upvoted, but with a caveat about EFI: EFI just plain *SUCKS*. It's another MICRO-SHAFT SCAM to try and ELIMINATE LINUX and BSD, to "require" that for a windows-capable sticker on the hardware or something. (fortunately, many operating system distros have adapted, but they should NOT have had to do so in the FIRST place)

Let's not forget that the very existence of EFI is due to Micro-shaft's EVIL PLANS to DESTROY COMPETITION. They behave according to their nature, after all...

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Re: grep and awk and redirection

Yes, 'grep' and 'awk' and redirection. I get that with Cygwin on winders. Why do I need Micro-shaft's LAME ATTEMPT at copying Linux? Or rather, embracing, extending, and EXTINGUISHING Linux?

grep in SFU/SUA didn't work quite the same, nor did awk from what I remember (and there were other irritations and limitations as well). As such, I couldn't get a proper grep search to work the same way with THAT thing. So now round 2.

why not just install LINUX instead, if you need Linux?

/me been living in the FreeBSD desktop, day to day, for YEARS now. Since some time before 2005, in fact.

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Re: POSIX subsystem for Windows NT...

SFU became SUA because they didn't like the acronym maybe?

the command line utilities were missing things like 'tar' (but it had 'pax' instead, go fig)

It had libs for X11R5 <-- yes, 5

it had an ANCIENT version of gcc on it

it didn't work very well with autotools

I couldn't compile certain gnu libraries, even after trying really really hard

there were numerous header incompatibilities and missing features

in short, it was already ~10 years out of date when I finally realized it existed, and installed on XP, then later on 7, to discover that it was being discontinued and would NOT install on any later version of winders.

ABANDONWARE, to say the least.

How about Cygwin, instead?

Linus Torvalds pens vintage 'f*cking' rant at kernel dev's 'utter BS'

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Re: I think I'd be less than delighted

"Too many snowflakes around these days."

You, sir, deserve, MANY THUMBS UP for THAT one!

/me takes a FLAMETHROWER to the snowflakes. Look, a puddle!

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Re: As I've said before ...

"I'm wondering just how long Linux has got left as a cohesive, foundational project"

a long time, I'd say.

"RedHat / Pottering are trying to steal it."

let them try. systemd kernel? HA HA HA HA HA! that's a laugh!

"Intel have had staff walk away from the project."

rage-quitters should STAY 'quit'. it's likely they were unproductive anyway. My $.10.

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg: Crypto ban won't help trap terrorists

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open source crypto outside of jurisdiction

If services like Facebitchook can't provide privacy for people sending messages to one another, then it may be up to open source to provide a solution. It could be stored someplace outside of the jurisdiction of nations that hate this kind of thing.

(South) Korea has a closed-source method of encrypting bank transaction data that it developed during the 90's, in the middle of the "crypto cluster-blank" where the USA wouldn't allow the export crypto technology with a full 128 bits [now considered pathetic] of encryption. It uses ActiveX, which forced a LOT of people to use insecure operating systems with insecure browsers to do their online banking, with the predictable results of malware, etc.. And it's a closed source encryption tech.

this article is from 2012, I don't know how relevant it still is:


In any case, we've been there before, we've seen its ugly mug, and we know how it's going to behave. The tech will be developed by OTHER countries that are not encumbered by "this kind of stupidity", and will be made available via open source, regardless of whatever "certain countries" might legislate. This goes QUADRUPLE (or more) if BACK DOORS become legislated, since any CROOK will find "the key" for THAT and exploit it, and it would take ACTS OF GODS to fix _THAT_ level of cluster-blanking.

Anyway, preaching to the choir, probably.

I mean, how hard is it to setup an instant messenger application that acts like a TORRENT TRACKER, but enables person 'a' to find person 'b' and send something, encrypted with a standard protocol (like SSL), using standard methods of key negotiation (like DH), and sending directly from peer to peer without the need of a "sniffing server" in between???

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"fighting things that actually pose a threat."

how about lying, manipulative, power-snagging politicians?

Azure security boss tells sysadmins to harden up and properly harden Windows Server

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Captain Obvious says...

"Windows Server admins keep making mistakes that let criminals target the OS"

Ya think? Of course, they're less to blame than HAVING! THEM! ENABLED! BY! DEFAULT! IN! THE! FIRST! PLACE! but at least someone's paying attention now... we hope.

It took DEF CON hackers minutes to pwn these US voting machines

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Re: There's a fix for this

"Require all electronic voting machines to produce a paper trail that the voter can see to verify the vote was properly recorded."

paper trail for auditing purposes, period. it would be needed for doing a recount. I think the machines already have that capability but it might not be mandatory. Collecting the printouts once per hour might help, like they way old-style ballot boxes are typically collected [multiple times throughout the day].

Seriously, though I think the electronic voting thingies are just "new, shiny". Old school paper ballots, with optical counting machines, work really well. My ballot had circles on it that you darkened with a blank felt pen. It's obviously read/counted by computer, and the overall design is hard to screw up.

Facebook's freebie for poor people under fire again

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yet another symbolic gesture

if Zuck really DID care about "the poor", he would start businesses that they could be EMPLOYED at. And, if they're not sufficiently educated, build SCHOOLS. etc.

Zuck: Do something that will help SOLVE the problem, and STOP rewarding people for their unlucky circumstance in life. There is NO virtue in poverty. So DO NOT REWARD IT! And if you want to SOLVE it, CREATE JOBS!

(and if you do it right, you'll at least break even on the costs, giving you even MORE money to do the same thing with!!! This is better than just giving it away, which as I see it, buys poverty, and you get what you pay for)

Latest Windows 10 preview lets users link an Android to their PC

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Re: Even so, this will be better for most users

"Has MS got a new suit of clothes?"

No they're using a new brand of LUBRICANT. Instead of "Micro-shaft Astro-Glide" it's now "Micro-shaft CURARE-GLIDE" (relax, this won't hurt a bit!)

Microsoft: Get in, IT nerds, you're now using Insider builds and twice-annual Windows rollouts

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Re: Did we mention...

My RPis either run with FreeBSD or I'd shut off "auto update" (it doesn't appear to be enabled in the Raspbian that's based on Debian Wheezy). If I want to update, there's the apt package utilities and a command line. And ONLY if _I_ want it, at a time chosen by _ME_.

So, just don't use a Raspbian version with either systemd or auto update running, and you'll be fine. the one based on Debian Wheezy still works, and it's only a couple of years old... [and apparently still being maintained/updated]


apparently THIS guy has a version that he ran the updates on, and he says it boots ok on an RPi 3


You're welcome

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Re: Right!

"What we need is a competent rival to Windows that runs win32 apps flawlessly. It could be ReactOS, it could be something else."

As much as I'd love to make THAT happen, using Linux (or FreeBSD) and WINE (if possible), the #1 disadvantage it would have is NOT the quality of the OS, the compatibility of the win32 API, nor people's willingness to "re-learn LESS and Go Linux" to switch to it [over what happened with "Ape" and Win-10-nic].

The problem is *MARKETING*. This is THE MOST EXPENSIVE PART, and Micro-shitshaft has (unfortunately) NAILED THIS for 3 DECADES since the inception of Windows 1.01 in 1985.

For this, I'd need a BEELION dollars. At least. And no hope for return on investment for at LEAST a decade. But, it would be FUN, wouldn't it?

Now, if we could convince Intel and AMD and Dell and HP and Lenovo and others that THEIR SALES REVENUE could be greatly IMPROVED by this, I think they'd be on board. So THAT might get the necessary BEELION dollars going. But yeah. That's what it would take.

[and I'd *LOVE* to do it!]

/me waves the Jolly Roger, being the 'privateer' type

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Re: Windows As A Service... Official ???

"Are Microsoft psychologically preparing people to pay for Windows with a subscription in the future ?"

Reading THOSE tea leaves has been OBVIOUS for a VERY long time...

The answer is: YES. They want a TOLLBOOTH. And on the low end, it will be PAID FOR with ADS. f they must boil us slowly like the proverbial "frog soup" then THAT is what they will do. It's how they see US, not as CUSTOMERS, but as MINIONS.

/me recalls the movie Idiocracy, where "the Lawyer's" giant screen TV screen is 3/4 covered with ads, and only the middle 25% has the actual content you want in it. And he's watching the #1 rated show, "Ow, My Balls!"

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Re: Acme of Perfection

"As no one seems to schedule the updates to run at a quiet time I guess they've decided to make it effectively a background task. It's not like speed of updates is a concern for your average user"

It is for _THIS_ user. I watched, as multiple parallel downloads effectively nuked my bandwidth during their all-important update download, and ate my bandwidth for HOURS. And I was only TESTING Win-10-nic. But, I refuse to use it, _ALSO_ because of CRAP like THAT.

(the short explanation is that a single TCP stream will share bandwidth with other TCP streams. but if you create 20 TCP streams simultaneously, and max out bandwidth on all 20 of them, when #21 comes along (i.e. you're watching a video or listening to streaming radio), it's effectively DOS'd by that all-important goddammit you MUST get this done IMMEDIATELY (because, Microshaft) update download! And on my necessarily pathetic connection, it takes *HOURS*)

a) someone at Micro-shitaft must own stock in a telcom or something that gets a percentage of the revenue whenever ginormous amounts of traffic go across "teh intarwebs" from those updates...

b) Micro-shaft doesn't give a rat's backside about what their "bandwidth theft" does to customers, from not being able to stream live radio/video to effectively being DDoS'd (and that includes ISPs with the torrent-like "sharing" of bandwidth that exempts MICRO-SHAFT from having to serve it up, basically burdening EVERYONE ELSE with it)

c) Even though they say " Windows and Office for desktop and notebook PCs will get roughly two updates a year that add features and fix bugs" it's really "TAKE AWAY features that you want, cram a bunch of 'new, shiny' up your ass down your throat, and trade in 1 old bug for 3 NEW ONES"

And to think the chaos that one 'windows update' cycle can cause! And has done. On several occasions.

UK.gov: You can't have our drone test results because... er, security

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Re: could not find a way to launch...

get the mythbusters to help them. Or shoot the plane at the drone.

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Re: Not just drones

I hear they shoot whole chickens (after being plucked and butchered, no live chickens were harmed in this kind of testing, dammit, because I wanted to watch the fun) at airplane windshields in order to test them. And of course, an urban legend says someone tried this with FROZEN chickens and blew a hole through an aircraft doing it. (and maybe the mythbusters tested it, because they did have a chicken gun handy for some reason...)

Anyway, keep the drones below 1000 feet, and the planes above that, and we'll be fine. That's what the fAA regs already say. And keep drones out of the controlled airspace around airports. Then we'll all "get along".

The ultimate full English breakfast – have your SAY

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Re: Proper Full English

"It's called English Breakfast Tea actually. It's literally designed and named for this purpose."

I can get that over here across the pond (Twinings) at any grocery store, along with Bigelow's 'English Teatime' (very similar, strong black tea). Makes for good iced tea, too. 4 bags per 5 quarts, on the stove for 10 minutes, cool down (inside the pot) in a sink of water, then into a 5 quart pitcher in the fridge (with 2.5 cups of fake sugar). Keeps me going for a day.

I had an "English Breakfast" when I was in Hong Kong in the 80's. It seemed to be the only thing on the breakfast menu that was close to something I am used to. The only thing unusual (to me) is that they cut the bread crust off of the toast. Other than that, same kind of thing they serve every morning in diners across the USA (like Denney's, IHOP, etc.).

Microsoft adds all of Windows – including Server – to extended bug bounty program

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things that SHOULD be reported (but won't be)

here's a list of bugs that SHOULD be reported but won't be

a) operating system SPIES ON ME, sends my data to different servers without my permission

b) 2D FLATSO everywhere

c) ADS keep showing up - is there some kind of malware installed?


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Re: I'm a winner!

what's with the downvotes? Have an UP vote

GitHub wants more new contributors, because that's what GitHub is for

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Re: Excessively sweary?

What the FORNICATE do they mean by THAT *excrement*? Holy Bat Guano! That's a load of Bovine Sewage! [do i get a badge for 'swear avoidance' ?]

also getting my coat.

Sensor-rich traffic info shows how far Silly Valley has to drive

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"behind something with Florida plates blocking the carpool lane"

Florida drivers, WORST in America. I lived in Florida for a while... [it's like they think everyone has enough time to waste, just like they do, and they don't need to get out of the way nor stay in the slow lane]

So yeah there's this thing called an ACCELERATOR that needs to be pressed to the floor if there's a large gap between you and the vehicle directly in front of you, or the light just turned green and you're driving the front car, etc.. i.e. "STEP ON IT or GET OUT OF THE DAMNED WAY!"

it's a pet peeve of mine. slowpokes and those who stop excessively long to "wave the other guy to take THEIR turn", i.e. self-righteous PRICKS, who don't give a rat's ass that they're an OBSTACLE to the rest of the world [they're too busy feeling SMUG about their "courtesy" to the people in FRONT of them], where 'taking your turn' and 'keeping up' would be the MOST courteous things to do, in reality...

(fortunately I've been able to work from a home office, most of the time. commuting drives what little sanity I have left COMPLETELY OUT OF MY HEAD)

An 'AI' that can diagnose schizophrenia from a brain scan – here's how it works (or doesn't)

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just because your'e scizophrenic...

doesn't mean the voices aren't real.

What, you DON'T hear voices in YOUR head? It must be lonely in there...

"I told it to go away, and it DID, precious!"

grabbing coat, now.

Adobe will kill Flash by 2020: No more updates, support, tears, pain...

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Re: Won't Somebody Please Think of the Children?

"The animation, of course, is done in... **cue moaning ghosts, rattling bones...** Flash!"

use ffmpeg or mencoder to convert it to something else?

either that or have a necromancer summon the Flash Player for ya, just for Halloween night. Muahahahahahaha!

(icon for the 2nd part, and because the original poster had it too)

HP Inc, HPE both slapped with racism, ageism lawsuit

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Re: Ah the magic number or how the game is rigged ...

well, the population of employees would theoretically be higher for "over 40' than "under 40" due to the birth rate reduction over the last few decades as compared to what it was before... yeah, society is becoming "older" but everyone already knew this.

So targeting a lot of 'older' employees is probably happening. The question is whether this 'targeting' is due to the age, wage, or population age distribution. Wage is probably the most likely.

As for the assumption that a "predominantly Caucasian" group of employees, who allegedly make the layoff decisions, would in any way FAVOR the retention of Caucasians over anyone else, is extermely PREPOSTEROUS in my view. I don't personally know anyone who'd say "let's lay off all of the black employees because we're Caucasians". I doubt very many exist in the 21st century, in spite of SJW whining.

Anyway, this suit may have no merit, but as an "old guy" in my 50's, I can see a bit of age discrimination happening here and there. But it may also be WAGE discrimination, as in "do we want the guy with 30 years experience who knows he can earn twice as much, or will we take our chances on the 'just graduated' guy who doesn't know what he's worth, then pay him HALF AS MUCH".

It may just be WAGE, and not age. Yeah.

[but if they want the job done in HALF the time, even though I charge twice as much, they'll hire ME instead]

Amazing new algorithm makes fusion power slightly less incredibly inefficient

bombastic bob Silver badge

Re: Here are some free ideas

"This misses out the heat exchanger commonly found in fission reactor plants"

actually, the differential temperature across the tubes in a typical nuke plant boiler isn't all that much, maybe 40 deg F or so. The main limitation is the steam pressure. The Molier diagram for water more or less outlines the physical properties, and if you operate around 1000psi or so, you get maximum benefit. Most nuke plants will use oil-fired steam superheaters also, from what I understand, most likely to prevent condensation on the way to the turbines. Condensation is bad for turbines. It tends to damage the blades.

Anyway, all of this has been taken into account, more or less, which is why pressurized light water reactors are more common. Other designs exist, but these are generally the safest [unless something stupid happens, like no emergency cooling for several days (Fukushima), or the relief valve sticks open on the pressurizer and nobody notices because the indicator light is off and they're paying attention to pressurizer level, which is going up because of the pressure drop, so they DUMP COOLANT to lower it [this happened at 3 mile island].

Additionally the physics of water as a moderator is actually very good, much better than helium or heavy water would be. Still you can moderate with liquid sodium, and other materials, as long as the reactor design allows for it. Yet most reactors still use pressurized water. Must be something 'right' about it.

anyway... I used to operate a nuke plant for the U.S. Navy on a submarine a couple of decades ago. So I have some experience with it, though it's been "that long".

bombastic bob Silver badge

Re: Here are some free ideas

steam tech is pretty good for large amounts of power. all heat engines reject heat, and solar panels are no exception. I think their efficiency is in the 20-25% range nowadays, which is about like a 1000psi steam plant, i.e. your basic power plant. It's all 2nd law of thermodynamics and so on.

Some people like the idea of using air turbines instead, but it's harder to get the air flow to work that way. Steam naturally goes from liquid to gas and run down the pipes, then you condense it [in a vacuum of course] and pump back into the boiler. If you can find a liquid that works BETTER than water for that, well maybe you can improve the process a bit, but it's a tried+true tech and works exceedingly well.

The only other things I know of that convert heat or radiation directly into electricity are Peltier devices, and they'd probably reject even MORE heat than a steam plant [and be less efficient].

But yeah a linear reactor design - that's what I'd suggest, and I'm glad MIT is looking into it. It's something that's more likely to get you a sustained reaction and enough power to power itself.

and of course, some kind of "impulse drive". to which you'd have to add water. because momentum is mv, and you double mass flow rate to double thrust (which is twice the energy), or you quadruple energy to double velocity to double thrust. So you'd have to add mass for an impulse engine to work. So you'd still need fuel, but it could be something really heavy instead. [I figure best fusion rocket design would squirt water on the inside surface of the engine and into the center of it, to boil off and prevent engine melting, and provide the extra thrust from the mass - the fusion would provide the energy for velocity and therefore delta momentum = thrust]

but yeah, screwing around with Tokomak isn't getting anybody anyplace, but consumes a LOT of research money.

bombastic bob Silver badge

Here are some free ideas

To the research scientists trying to understand fusion (instead of building reactors that make electricity).

Here's some free ideas. You're welcome.

1. start acting like this is a problem that needs to be SOLVED, instead of UNDERSTOOD

2. 1 word: RESONANCE [if you're a nuke scientist you know what this means]

3. Study how a 'travelling wave tube' works when it's creating or amplifying microwave frequencies, particularly with respect to "electron bunching" (and RESONANCE). Applications obvious.

4. Consider magnetic lenses and magnetic compression, not a toroid

5. There's an existing design that seeks to eliminate the effects of a torus causing the inside track to be slower than the outside track, something that was once pursued by the U.S. Navy, but somewhat recently abandoned [probably for something a whole lot better that's classified]

6. You're going to have to get energy out of the reaction at some point. Have you figured out how to do this? I suggest making the reaction happen inside a cavity within a large tank of water [aka 'boiler']. Steam systems would then attach to it. the rest is kind of obvious.

7. superconducting magnets lose their magnetism and/or superconducting properties under high doses of gamma radiation. don't use them. Pulsing electromagnets would have other benefits as well. Try those.

8. electrostatic focusing has been used for DECADES with various kinds of vacuum tubes/valves. Resurrect that tech, except using it for protons/deuterons/tritions etc.

9. deuterium and tritium are NOT the only fusion fuels. How about firing high energy protons at a solid lithium target? Or maybe lithium at lithium? Whatever, just try things. Inertial confinement seems to work kinda well with a solid fuel pellet, though it takes too much energy to burn the fuel. How about if that pellet crashes into "other fuel" ?

anyway, just thought I'd mention things like this in a different venue. who knows, it might work.

Microsoft ctrl-Zs 'killing' Paint, by which we mean offering naff app through Windows Store

bombastic bob Silver badge

Re: Windows 10 = Toblerone

"But the truth is, the original XP received the same kind of hatred that Win10 does now."

among a very small number of people, maybe. The Win-10-nic hate is MUCH bigger. Even 'Vista Hate" pales by comparison. Perhaps 'windows 8 hate' is on the same level, though...

[at least, from what I've seen - YMMV]

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