* Posts by bombastic bob

5200 posts • joined 1 May 2015

Soylent bars farting recall

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Re: Total Recall

repurpose the recipe as a gag item, alongside the hot pepper gum and the 'stinky' deoderant.

The exploding Note 7 is no surprise – leaked Samsung doc highlights toxic internal culture

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Re: #nothingtodowithnote7

the best explanation (something I google'd for recently) is that the batteries underwent mechanical stresses during assembly that caused the insulation tape to be dislodged, resulting in short circuits.

Or something like that. sorry, don't have source available but it was easy to find.

Then again, an *ANGRY* employee might be seen FORCING the battery into its confined space, afraid to speak up, afraid of losing his job or getting suspended for a period of time that results in economic hardship, yotta yotta. If work environment is THAT hostile, according to what the article says, 'other things' may simply grow out of that...

found: https://www.cnet.com/news/why-is-samsung-galaxy-note-7-exploding-overheating/

Without new anti-robot laws, humanity is doomed, MPs told

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Johnny Cab (from article photo)

Johnny Cab is a crowning moment of awesome for that one line: "I'm not familiar with that address" (watch movie for context)

[voiced by Robert Picardo, the 'emergency medical hologram' from Star Trek Voyager - kinda looks like him, too]

Twitter yanks data feeding tube out of police surveillance biz

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"it's more like anti-social media."

like IRC and USENET

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"If the police want to know what someone is saying, they can follow them."

as long as the information the cops have is the same information ANY of us can get, why is it a problem? leaving digital footprints is just what it is. As long as evidence-gathering laws and restrictions such as subpoenas and judiciary approval aren't violated, cops should be able to collect whatever they can. It's like the cops observing a meeting in a public place, or a conversation on a public street, whatever. Not the same as tapping your phone or bugging your house or using surveilance cameras through your windows.

So, that being said...

Water the garden on Tuesdays.

Do not consume the muffins.

Percival has new shoes.

Carry the flowers to the grave site.

Janet has a Ming vase.

Bill carries the book.

Untold mysteries await.

No shoes, no shirt, no service.

(that oughta feed the info-gatherers for a while)

PC sales sinking almost as fast as Donald Trump's poll numbers

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Re: The Kit Is Fast Becoming Just Tools

"If the job is still getting done 'well enough'; why change the tool(s)?"

exactly, like "my 10 year old PC does just fine, and does *NOT* have Win-10-nic on it!"

Which is a nice segue into the REAL problem: Win-10-nic is a reason NOT to get a 'new' one.

If Micro-shaft simply changed their policies to allow new computers to ship with '7 Home' on them again, sales would get a NICE boost. But ever since that's been "not happening", PC sales have suffered. Blatantly.

Because, 'new, shiny' isn't enough to sell a new computer these days. Especially if it's "wearing Win-10-nic".

Like it or not, here are ALL your October Microsoft patches

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Re: Is wheel-spinning replacing nagware as the new Windows 10 incentive?

"Why can't Microsoft get their own programs to be compatible with their own updates?"

something about knowing the difference between THIS and THIS.

/me realizes where 1st photo is located, now thinks it's funny

Nuke plant has been hacked, says Atomic Energy Agency director

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Re: PDP-11

" thought that PDP-11 assembler was called "C". Surely it should be possible to train the engineers needed to maintain the code."

nope. it's called 'MACRO' but the C language has many features that are actually implemented by PDP-11 in hardware.

Register modes include 'pre' and 'post' auto-increment and auto-decrement, and a sensible method of index-based indirection. Some of these are (obviously) found in other processors too (like x86, M68K) but PDP-11 pioneered a lot of this by implementing it in the hardware like that. The intent was to avoid accumulator-based operations by using GP registers, and significantly reduce the size of the code.

Anyway, it was pretty good tech at the time. If it weren't for the 16-bit limited address space (and klunky ways of extending it beyond 64k), it might have become the basis for PCs.

conclusion: what you said is _almost_ correct. The 'C' language WAS developed for PDP-11 and VAX (as part of developing UNIX, well known history), and has PDP-11-isms in it like '++' . It's like 1 step above MACRO assembler on a PDP-11.

(I'd give examples but I might get some detail wrong and get down-voted over it, ha ha ha)

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Re: One wonders ...


"I've been making money from my knowledge of the PDP11 family since 1979"

It's MY opinion that a virus or trojan on a PDP11 would be hard to insert, depending on how the OS was built/installed. Without a multi-user system and a remote terminal, I'd say IMPOSSIBLE without physical access. And that would be noticed. RT11 *could* be re-built from an operator console, but the reboot of the new kernel would ALSO be noticed, like "reactor scram" due to the reboot (or similar).

You're probably more experienced with these systems than me, so would you concur? Mostly just curious.

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it's a fair bet that a reactor would use something like RT-11 since it's an RTOS that can support custom hardware. So guessing the OS is probably not hard.

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Re: "Try finding a virus that would both be capable of infecting a PDP-11"

RE: Using a PDP11 for the next 20 years...

it's actually not so bad. you could (theoretically) swap in an emulator running 'simhv' or some other well-known emulator [if such an emulator exists] when the hardware breaks down. Unless there's some super-custom peripheral device involved...

it also demonstrates that reactor control computers don't have to be all that sophisticated.

/me envisions doing it with an Arduino... or RPi . And RPi could run 'simhv'

(I did some PDP-11 programming back in 'school days' including MACRO assembler so I'm kinda familiar)

FreeBSD 11.0 lands, with security fixes to FreeBSD 11.0

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Re: Why the torrent hate?

"Do you see an even smaller boot only image? You can download that but that means you pull down binary tarballs at install time. The tarballs are quite small, however."

this is the option I prefer, for a number of reasons. The biggest reason: It's because I don't want to download anything I'm not actually going to install.

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plug for ghostbsd

and I'll put in a plug for GhostBSD, which is basically a "live CD" version of FreeBSD. The short answer is (as of a couple of weeks ago) "they're working on it" so I expect to see an 11-based GhostBSD at some point in the near future.

[it makes installing FBSD kinda like installing a Linux distro]

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FBSD means stability

"I remember an earlier FreeBSD being delayed by a whole year because it was deemed not ready."

For the most part, I find FBSD's "a bit behind" stability better than bleeding edge. Debian's Linux distro has a similar philosophy.

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Re: years of FreeBSD on the desktop

it will probably be a while before I put FBSD 11 on my main desktop [time to upgrade everything and need for everything "now" and not "when I finally get it working again" are the 2 main reasons].

However, I need to see if my RPi patches were implemented [bug 211979]. It makes it possible to use an 'ATX Raspi' board to safely power the RPi down when you do 'poweroff'. It detects the shutdown when a 'formerly output' pin suddenly becomes an input. The problem is that in linux, this happens as expected [GPIO resets]. In FBSD, they leave them all 'as-is'. but for the RPi I added a simple kernel driver [on someone else's suggestion] that resets the GPIO pins by hooking the shutdown event at the right point. it's pretty simple, yeah. upside, it COULD become a 'port'. downside, it SHOULD be built into the existing drivers, but apparently "something else" using ARM core needs it the way it is now... so THAT hack is taking precedence for some reason.

Anyway, aside from THAT, with my patch in place RPi using FBSD 11 RC-1 worked pretty well [with some other minor nitty things]. So it looks like I'll need to download the image, now, and see what happens. When I have a spare moment, anyway...

Otherwise - YAY. It looks like it should be a welcome release. It is supposed to have 64-bit linux support available, which would make it possible to do ALL of my dev work on FBSD instead of having to have a 64-bit Linux VM to run certain things [say "android dev" which oddly requires 64-bit linux binaries, go figure...]. Then, time (and maybe money) to get it onto a workstation so i can use it. Here's hoping! And it should have mate, so I'll need to see what changes THAT makes over my "classic" gnome 2 desktop I've grown to really really like and do NOT want it pooched up by "new, shiny" thankyouverymuch. It's a 'working/get-work-done machine' not a "play with new toy" machine.

(FBSD "main working desktop" user for over a decade, only updated when I have a week's time and a spare machine, solid otherwise)

Internet of Things botnets: You ain’t seen nothing yet

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why on earth would I want a wifi enabled XXX

@Olius - exactly!

"But Father, I don't want any of that."


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Re: telnet?

"Seriously, this needs shooting in the head now."


Worth mentioning, if it has a NETWORK STACK, but uses TELNET, someone didn't go far enough with the firmware implementation. If it's got ROOM in the NVRAM for the network stack, it's got room for SSH and/or other reasonable security. And non-guessable user names [unlike 'root' or 'admin']. And force the user to change the user/pass credentials before the device will function. And press a button on the device to reset it if you forget your user/password. And so on.

not rocket science, just LAZINESS and CLUELESSNESS on the part of the IoT developers.

LIABILITY applies, In My Bombastic Opinion.

US govt straight up accuses Russia of hacking prez election

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Re: I can believe that the Russians are intentionally trying to influence/compromise things.

"Count yourself lucky we're limited to only one!"

heh, that's good. nice reply.

[what multiplication factor should I consider when seeing the totals?]

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Re: Obaka is just angry over his "legacy"

"Use that education, and that experience to make your thoughts and feelings "

I don't do FEELINGS. And last I checked, even EL REG uses capitalization and other, similar techniques, in the headlines and whatnot. It's a technique. I happen to *LIKE* it. That way, you can see the emphasis where I *INTEND* it to be.

you're welcome. /me not going to change based on the opinions of others. I'm "bombastic bob". You know, "bombastic". I take on that name because it's what I am, and I wear it with pride.

downvotes, thanks. but "getting personal" like that is just irritating, not 'helpful'. So, *MY* advice to the "helpful" is this: Don't waste your time. k-thx. But it's still fun to read, so I won't mind if you keep doing it. [now I don't have to address this again]

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Big Brother

Re: I can believe that the Russians are intentionally trying to influence/compromise things.

"you might want to make sure that the foundation is a solidly constructed one, where pests find it hard to do much damage."

sadly, even though the U.S. Constitution TRIES to make it hard for pests to do much damage, the "stacking" of the U.S. Supreme Court with extremely liberal judges essentially overrides any such attempts by "re-interpreting" it whatever way they 'feel'. It's how the liberal-lefties get what they want done. nevermind the majority, nevermind what's right, it's THEIR power grab and they're going to do what they do to grab and maintain as much power and control as they can.

[it IS the nature of gummints to do this, unfortunately, as elitists seek power and manipulate their way to the top]

(more howler downvotes, thank you)

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Obaka is just angry over his "legacy"

the only reason the fingers are being pointed at Russia is that Obaka's "legacy" is threatened by a Trump presidency, basically rolling back EVERYTHING that Obaka and the Demo-Rats have been trying to shove up our as... down our throats since 2009.

And so, like most politicians, he "does the sidestep" and points fingers elsewhere, to distract media coverage away from the REAL issues...

Right now Russia is the current target for finger-pointing. Nevermind that the Demo-Rat-tic national committee, Mrs. Clinton, and "others" were likely cracked by them (that's the accusation anyway), meaning potential blackmail later on, far WORSE than interfering in elections. yeah, no security risk THERE.

So with the way Russian media has covered Mrs. Clinton, is it any surprise? I think not. Typical 'media matters' style tactics going on here. Obaka is a 'civil unrest' kinda guy, and this plays right into his strategery book.

[and the anti-Trump "howler monkey" downvotes are a badge of honor, thank you]

Russia looks out for themselves and their own best interests. If they 'interfere', that's the only reason. Personally, I think helping Trump would help _US_, but that's just my opinion, right?

'There may be no hackers' says Trump in Presidential Debate II

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Re: Is she says the Rooskies did it ...

If the Russians *DID* do it, I'd like to buy them a round of beer!

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Re: Donald Trump is a plonker

at least Trump wants to do the RIGHT things - you know, lower tax rates, simplify the tax code by getting rid of special interest loopholes, enforce the LAW [instead of having 'special favor' grey areas decreed by executive orders], get rid of OBAKA-CARE [a SNAFU from the point it was rectally extrapolated from the bowels of HELL], and actually DEAL with ILLEGAL immigration... AND dealing with ISIS and other terrorists as they SHOULD be dealt with. And, don't forget appointing "originalist" judges to the Supreme Court. We're down by one 'Scalia' at the moment.

"Her Royal Heinous" aka "mother of lies" aka Mrs. Clinton isn't even REMOTELY correct on ANY of these policies. In fact, she wants to DOUBLE DOWN on what has been going WRONG over the last 8 years of Obaka. Talk about RUINING the country! If Mrs. Clinton gets in the white house [again], expect things to fall off the cliff, and be "locked in" for DECADES [due to Supreme Court 'justice stacking' by 'the left'].

That's the *REAL* choice, and NOT the media soap opera that's fodder for late-night comedy.

(thanks in advance for the downvotes, they're a badge of HONOR when you stand up for Conservative and Libertarian ideals)

Linus Torvalds says ARM just doesn't look like beating Intel

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Re: Now that ARM has been bought by a bank its future is uncertain IMO

" I doubt they'll be moving their IP <snip> to China."

maybe true, it'll most likely go to S. Korea first. THEN maybe China [or elsewhere, as appropriate].

I suspect, however, that this won't happen at LEAST for a while. Japanese employees probably cost more than the existing group in UK.. Japan is expensive when it comes to cost of employing people. It's probably MORE expensive than UK. [that would make an interesting study]

"Offshore" of engineering work is USUALLY a bad idea. Now, when it comes to actually MAKING the things, you go with the cheapest 3rd party vendor...

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Re: ARM is not very popular as desktop 2gb

"I'm not sure - most of the grunt seems to go in the GPU these days and even 1G seems to be enough for even the most evil spreadsheets."

Maybe for Open Office, but try some "cloudy" version [google docs comes to mind] and you'll be stressing a 2G or even 4G system trying to do ANYTHING with it [as well as your bandwidth].

(facepalm for the javascript-based *CRAPWARE* that poses as a substitute for an appLICATION that runs natively on YOUR CPU without some "layer" that takes up 10 times the RAM)

I only use a (single) google doc spreadsheet because a client INSISTED upon it, and I've complained about it many times (when appropriate). I don't like waiting 2 seconds after I press 'enter' for "something to update". OK it was written by a junior-level (millenial) "programmer" who was really more of an ACCOUNTANT, but still... [what do you MEAN, your computer isn't FAST enough? Your bandwidth isn't UNLIMITED? Something WRONG with YOU! - yeah typical 'millenial' thinking, who doesn't have to increase monthly expenditures by $100 for the 'better connection', nor purchase "new" hardware at confiscatory prices on a limited budget because they're not giving you enough work to PAY! THE! RENT! and then ENCUMBER YOU with THIS... and then bitch at YOU about it! yeah, if they didn't pay me money, I'd take a hike]

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Re: Is Linus's vision really this narrow?

Linus's gripes about ARM seem to have more to do with various incompatible 'flavors' at the hardware architecture level. ARM is a CPU core that defines an instruction set. x86 defines the architecture as well, from what I can tell anyway. Though I remember having a *LOT* of trouble with a motherboard that had an NVidia chipset on it (about a decade ago), because it would only boot up a single core of a multi-core CPU under FreeBSD, and I don't know if Linux had a fix for it at that time. My solution was to get a board with an intel chipset and keep everything else [CPU, RAM], and it also forced me to get a separate video card (which turned out to be another NVidia device).

THAT is the kind of thing that drives OS developers nuts, having to support some vendor that INSISTS on NOT being 100% compatible with "a standard"... especially when there appears to be *NO* standard.

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Re: Linux has facilitated the cituation he is lamenting about

"80/20 rule" (etc.)

well, SOME of what you're saying is correct, but I think you got it backwards for other stuff...

The biggest problem with Windows has been TOO MUCH on the "20%". Except NOW they're removing that 20% and saying "do it OUR way" and taking away choices, legacy hardware support, etc.. (Win-10-nic and 2D FLATSO being the 2 worst outcomes from this).

On a related note, Linux has focused more on the 80% until recently, with a huge push to support every possible bit of hardware that exists, and NOT remove legacy hardware support while doing it.

The RT system with ".Not" - just "ew". It was a SNAFU out of the concept box. It should have NEVER been done, like disco "music" and Obaka-care. Developers took ONE look and went "W.T.F.?" and didn't play in Micro-shaft's sandbox under Micro-shaft's ridiculous rules. And, with lack of "Developers, developers, developers, developers" even the CUSTOMERS said "W.T.F." and now it's *HISTORY*.

The ".Not" initiative was the _WORST_ thing (next to Win-10-nic and Windows "Ape") that Micro-shaft EVER rectally extrapolated out of the bowels of HELL. Ballmer did it the moment he took the reigns from Bill. But I'll reserve THAT discussion for another forum...

However, you're #3 comment is RIGHT ON. "Having apps run without being retargeted for different CPUs conflicted with MS desire of a walled garden. They wouldn't be able to have a controlled App store under the "RT" model.". THAT it DOES! Though, of course, using ".Not" run-time might as well cripple your 'app' into a 'CRapp', so 'go figure' on THAT one.

Developer note: If I MUST need a VM to run my application, I'll write it in JAVA. THEN, it should run EVERYWHERE, literally, and NOT just on stupid ".Not" capable winders boxen. The fact that I don't really like Java is the only reason I haven't done this... [ok I've been forced into it for Android development, but still...]

Social media flame wars to be illegal, says top Crown prosecutor

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Re: Ok...

"Hey stopping insulting the ghettos! They're never as bad as Twitter!"

does insulting ghettos AUTOMATICALLY make you a RACIST? What about insulting Tw[a,i]tter? Based on how _I_ usually spell it, would THAT make you a SEXIST?

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Re: If I say go kill your self...

most trolls on the intarweb would cheer you on. plenty of THOSE outside of the UK. So what's the point of an idiotic [unenforcable] anti-speech law?

"feel good" to the constituency, perhaps?

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Re: chief prosecutor Alison Saunders boasted

You[all] may want to consider that if there's a law that's "being ignored", it's WORSE than prosecuting it to the fullest extent.

Reason: a society ruled by LAW (not by 'whim' or 'feel') is more stable, less prone to corruption.

I mean, just look at Obaka's non-prosecution of IMMIGRATION laws for a clear example. It's almost like "such laws" can and maybe WILL be used at some time to 'get even' with those who don't "play along" like they're supposed to, or to favor those who've contributed funds in some "expected" way... (almost like a tin-horn dictatorship, where 'anger dear leader' is a crime, punishable by whatever 'feel' dictates).

So it's like: it's a law or it's NOT. It's prosecuted or it's NOT. but make it "grey" and the abuse and corruption is likely to thrive within the 'greyness'.

[I rarely consider using the 'think of the children' icon, but hey, it fits, in snarky and more realistic ways at the same time]

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"legal imposition" - good one. like calling all Lawyers 'Lyers'.

/me adds that one to "the list"

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Re: Re : As ever, age is fair game for discrimination. Kids!!

careful, you said something BAD about living in a Muslim country. Islam has special protected "you can never say anything negative about it" political correctness status, at the moment, and the Crown Prosecutor will COME! AFTER! YOU! now. [as for me I'm across the pond and give the 'digitus impudicus' to all of that, ha ha ha ha ha 1st ammendment]

Astronauts on long-haul space flights risk getting 'space brains'

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Re: "...Earth’s magnetosphere deflected harmful radiation particles away."

(Pavel Checkov voice): Kep-tin, the compass is spinnink like ballet dancer...

I guess they had better radiation shielding in the 22nd century.

Seriously, though, you need an earth-sized magnetic field to do the job THAT way. high velocity radiation is best blocked by mass, the denser the better [except for neutrons, which need to be thermalized and then absorbed]. So yeah, lead and borated polyethylene.

Another good shielding option is water. If you can basically put the entire "people tank" inside a water tank, it would be highly effective. If the water tank can be part of a recycling system, it wouldn't be depleted. So for a 3 year Mars mission, the crew spends MOST of their time inside of the shielded 'people tank', surrounded by a foot or more of water on all sides. Water with borax in it.

[for the unaware, boron absorbs neutrons]

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Re: @kain .... Not sure if serious...

another point, good sarcasm is funny no matter who you support. If a Trump supporter can't laugh at 'Hair Force One' or sending him to Mars, he needs a reality check or something. As for me, I think it's pretty damn funny. Just like calling Mrs. Clinton "Her Royal Heinous" or "mother of lies", right?

The Donald has made a characature (spelling?) of himself for years, on national media. Is it any wonder he's said one or two things (understatement) that *might* offend someone? So yeah, lots of late night material making fun of the things he's done in public. No problem there.

The only problems I have is when Trump is completely mischaracterized, and the mischaracterizations are THEN harped on as if they're truth, in an ATTEMPT at humor. But that's pretty much the case for ANYONE who isn't a leftist-communist liberal politically correct "one of them" type, these days...

In any case, if the rocket to Mars has an orange 'Trump wig' on it (painted or otherwise) I'd be laughing.

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Re: What problem?

Lead-foil hats, lined with borated polyethelyne. needs to be at least an inch thick.

Robots blamed for wiping 10 per cent off the value of sterling

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Black Helicopters

bot-based currency manipulation

ya think MAYBE someone made money off of this?

nobody comes to mind... not even George Soros. He'd never do THAT, right? No, wait...

Windows updates? Just trust us, says Microsoft executive

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"Ironically dear old auntie or granny with her computer set to accept patches automatically is LESS of a disease vector on the internet than Mr. Badass-sysadmin-@-home"

how about Mr. Linux admin that knows how to properly set up a POSIX compliant computer?

[I bet there are a few of THESE people reading these comments]

The problem with these straw-people you concoct is that they're all STILL using Winders...

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Re: How does microsoft say screw you?

Reminds me of a joke, "How do you say F.U. in New York City"

So it's "How do you say F.U. in Redmond WA" now

"Trust Us"

/me keeps hearing the old Jungle Book from the 60's in my head, with Kaa singing "Trust in meeeeee..."

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Re: El Reg sat down with....? Wow!

"easily 99% of you who say that Windows 10 is the last straw said that about Vista and said that about Windows 95. then you moved to Linux and then tried to listen to an mp3 or print a file or read a Word document"


I don't remember people saying _bad_ things about '95. In fact, it was 'huge popular'. it fixed a lot of problems with 16-bit applications limiting performance, etc. etc. If you must blame ANYTHING, blame Micro-shaft's crappy software architecture on the negatives [not the OS at that time, but the Office applications and things of THAT nature].

then again, they TRIED to get it right for '9x.

what I see NOW is a whole lot of "the opposite" of the way it was for '9x. '9x got a LOT of user-customization ADDED to it [now taken away].

In ANY case, what "drove me to POSIX" (not necessarily Linux) was the ".Net initiative" and the OBVIOUS "wrong direction" that was taking, from Passport to C-pound to that redonkulous monolithic PIG collectively known as ".Net runtime".

(applications load/run faster when you statically link, and with proper library organization [_not_ the latest MFC, they broke it] won't add more than 100k or so to the application's image, pathetically small on a 'modern' computer)

anyway, Micro-shafts "all eggs, one basket" thinking has resulted in MORE security craters than open source, by a very large margin, obvious based on CERTS and the constant "security patch for" updates.

And I like using FreeBSD. It's really "a developer's OS".

FBI wants to unlock another jihadist’s iPhone

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Big Brother

FBI needs to stop "the lazy" and do REAL police work

The FBI just needs to stop being "the lazy" and do some REAL police work. You know, like the way things were BEFORE smart phones.

Bullying corporations into bending over and "saying hello" like a female bonobo monkey, and accepting whatever 'end around' in evidence rules that the FBI coughs up at themoment, is NOT doing things the RIGHT way.

Or maybe they just need to ASK NICE instead of bashing everything in sight with a (willing accomplice) judge's gavel...

[yeah this is about getting 'special investigative rights' and/or forcing encryption to go away]

of course, you KNOW that some non-US-ian developer will make it possible to encrypt WITHOUT Apple's help, and THEN the FBI can COMPLETELY pack sand. Their best bet: work WITH Apple, not against them.

I bet some clever tech can hook up a JTAG to the device and force decryption on all of the data using Apple's inside knowledge of the system. So maybe all the FBI needs to do is *THAT*, and play nice, and get APPROVAL from a judge to LET Apple do this, and not a commandment for Apple's legal team to object over, ORDERING Apple to COMPLY.

[and they can keep it all "quiet like" and not irritate Apple customers wanting real privacy and protection AGAINST unwanted gummint (or other) snooping]

Windows 10 market share fell in September

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Re: Spammer Stats

"won't show up for StatCounter or NetMarketShare which rely on JS running in the browser."

REALLY??? So users of 'NoScript' (like me) aren't being "counted" then?


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(regarding spoofed browser identifier strings)

"mine say I'm running Lynx on a Commodore Vic-20."

awesome! I'm changing mine, next

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Re: ... we know mass enterprise adoption is still to come - ?

"Please do not pretend to perform any analysis where you've already determined the conclusion"

ok how about MY story then?

a) got into insider program in january 2014 so I could help microsoft correct the problems they CREATED when they created windows "Ape" aka 2D FLUGLY and tile screen.

b) saw what was happening, made LOTS of noise about it (along with MANY others) as part of the insider program AND on the answers.microsoft forum. Was generally IGNORED.

c) watched win-10-nic roll out, hit icebergs, still trying to stay afloat but LAST month took on more water than the pumps could handle. Let's see what happens NEXT...

So yeah, I _GAVE_ _IT_ _A_ _CHANCE_, Microsoft COMPLETELY screwed it up, rolled out a WORSE version of windows than "Ape", and I most definitely _HATE_ it.

I didn't determine the conclusion before my analysis. I honestly wanted micro-shaft to succeed. But they don't listen to customers any more. It's "take what we shove into your orifice" in lieu of "have it your way", on a daily basis. No *WONDER* it declined in September!

Oh, and keep in mind: end of availability of Win 7 Pro is looming over our heads.

‘You can’t opt out of IoT’: Our future is the Rise of the Sensor Machines

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Re: Resistance is right!

As already mentioned, the 'microwave on high' method is probably the easiest. and you'll get a light show to go with it.

(hey it works for destroying DVDs, as an equivalent to shredding, and makes a cool-looking pattern)

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Re: Even the "positive impact" example is rubbish

"The environment senses you’re feeling a bit drowsy"

and ups the rate/dosage on the caffeine injector pump.

'My REPLACEMENT Samsung Galaxy Note 7 blew up on plane'

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has there been any news on WHY they catch fire?

has there been any news on WHY they catch fire?

I do things with LiPo batteries and I use a charging control IC (by Microchip) to prevent this kind of thing. I charge at less than '1C' (basically the amp-hour rating of most batteries) and it takes 2-3 hours for a full charge because of it. The charge control chip limits charge current to a value you set, then when it hits a max voltage, maintains that voltage and lets charge current drop until the charge is complete. Pretty straightforward, but if you charge it too fast, or at wrong voltages, you could get a battery fire.

Another possibility is wiring, or insulation, being inadequate - the proverbial short circuit. You know, when Murphy's law says that if there is a short circuit, it will always be between power and ground...

So what's Sammy doing wrong with their phones and slabs to cause battery fires? Charging too quickly and damaging the LiPo's internal structures? [that would do it, actually...]

Microchip makes several battery control ICs for this purpose, as an example. perhaps they just chose the wrong one? Or the wrong brand?

anyway... I'd like to see "why" but don't expect it to be made public any time soon.

‘Andromeda’ will be Google’s Windows NT

bombastic bob Silver badge

Re: Curtains for Windows

many of us HOPE for a replacement for Win-10-nic to "surface" (PUN-ishment deliberate) but I don't think _this_ is it.

Then again, who knows? Win-10-nic assumes we're all content consumers. Chrome kinda does, from what I've seen, and 'droid DEFINITELY does. All I can see is "content consumption" here, no actual work getting done. So, slab-fad, 2nd time around. Just keep the barphing cat away, we don't want to "inspire" anything with the '2nd time around' concept...

what chance is there that 'ghostbsd' would be the 'new windows'? Probably none...

True man-in-the-middle: Transmitting logins through the human body

bombastic bob Silver badge

Re: Prior Art

"I have also noted, with much discomfort, that the human body can conduct signals at 50Hz."

I've heard it works at 400Hz as well. Definitely works at 60Hz.

bombastic bob Silver badge

Re: Is it a good idea?

"In any case, 25 b/s still gives only 10 seconds to transmit a 256 bit key."

if you use ONLY ONE frequency to send with, perhaps [I'm guessing they're not using multiple frequencies already]. If we're going to compare to old modems, let's start by sending 'multiple FSK frequency tones' simultaneously. You know, like touch tone phones and old modems. Later we can apply Heddy Lamar's method (spread spectrum), or graduate to full-blown multi-path Q.A.M. (with error correction so you can increase the data rate) to speed it up even further.

just don't chip my head/hands, I don't want the 666. ha ha ha ha ha.

Apple to automatically cram macOS Sierra into Macs – 'cos that worked well for Windows 10

bombastic bob Silver badge

"we all know you don't support printer drivers correctly on models a few years old."

can't you still use CUPS on a Mac ?

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