* Posts by herman

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HomePod, you say? Sex sex sex, that's all you think about

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Nope - they give them super expensive sugar pills, which work every time.

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Re: >> Antibiotics for flu?

Note, your ex-better half probably got prescribed placebos instead of anti-biotics. Doctors and pharmacists know how to handle people who self diagnose and insist on medication.

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Well, if you have an 8 inch floppy, then 'Insert Carefully' will not really help.

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Who wants dynamic dancing animations and code in their emails? Everyone! says Google

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Better spam filters

The new craptags will make it much easier and reliable to filter out email spam.

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Meltdown's Linux patches alone add big load to CPUs, and that's just one of four fixes

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Well, if your video playback is already stuttering, then it will be stuttering more and if it was smooth before, then it may start stuttering after. Also, your electricity bill will be a little higher.

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No sh*t, Sherlock! Bloke suspected of swallowing drug stash keeps colon schtum for 22 DAYS

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The smell of police food? That explains why he is still stuck up.

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You're the IT worker in charge of securing the cloud for your company. Welcome to Hell

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Re: Scrambled timeline, anyone?

Have you ever tried to edit a document on a time share system over a 300 baud modem?

The worst was when you accidentally reached the bottom right corner and the screen scrolled up. All you could do then, was sigh and get some more coffee.

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Plunk: SK Hynix drops 72-layer 3D NAND on enterprise SSD market

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I learned programming in Fortran on a Sperry Univac using punch cards. I honestly cannot say it is a fond memory. Working with old tech was just as frustrating as working with modern tech!

Now, please get off my lawn, eh.

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No, Windows 10 hasn’t beaten Windows 7’s market share. Not for sure, anyway

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On my own web site, Windows is about 40%, Mac about 10% and about 50% is Linux, meaning that UNIX-ish is at 60% share, which is 50% more than the Windows 40%.

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Web searching died the day they invented SEO

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Re: Actually, NASA has the code.

Well, a dead bird can be very dangerous: https://globalnews.ca/news/4004192/dead-canada-goose-knocks-hunter-unconscious/

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NASA finds satellite, realises it has lost the software and kit that talk to it

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Re: Need help, NASA?

OK, so that is why the satellite reboots every 49.5 days!

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You can't ignore Spectre. Look, it's pressing its nose against your screen

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Sir Mick said it best

Hey, you! Get offa my cloud!

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User stepped on mouse, complained pedal wasn’t making PC go faster

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Re: How do we survive?

Baby pictures on cans... I take it that you haven’t seen an African Muti shop.

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Re: Reminds me of a story

Pong is very old. It goes back to about 1975, so more like 40 years.

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Re: At the other end of the spectrum

Ayup - it is all Algol to me...

Bear in mind that it is today’s senior crowd who invented TVs, computers and space ships and actually went to the moon also.

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Stop us if you've heard this one before: Tokyo crypto-cash exchange 'hacked' for half a billion bucks

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Occam's Razor

O'l Occam tells me they are claiming "Hackers Stole My Homework! (TM)" in a bid to confuse matters, while they try to run away with the loot.

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Perv raided college girls' online accounts for nude snaps – by cracking their security questions

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Re: Inevitable Consequence

The funniest thing is when the password field limits the characters that can be used, but the questions do not. The obvious improvement then is to treat all these fields as random passwords stored in KeepassX.

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Microsoft whips out tool so you can measure Windows 10's data-slurping creepiness

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If you run Win10 in a VM with host only networking, then the data leaks are not a problem.

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H-1B visa hopefuls, green card holders are feeling the wrath of 'America first' Trump

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Re: Go Trump Go.

Silly you. You should have taught him the Remark command 'rm'.

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Re: i am wondering about unintended consequences

Indian Business Machines? Why, they are based in India. What is your problem?

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Death notice: Moore’s Law. 19 April 1965 – 2 January 2018

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Re: so Desperation

It is all ALGOL to me.

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Drone crashes after operator failed to spot extra building site crane

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Why do they waste their time investigating toy crashes?

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Brit transport pundit Christian Wolmar on why the driverless car is on a 'road to nowhere'

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Re: It's too Black and White

Err... you mean the non-killer app.

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Leaky credit report biz face massive fines if US senators get their way

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If they don't back date the law, it won't be much use.

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UK exam chiefs: About the compsci coursework you've been working on. It means diddly-squat

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So, interest declined from 60000 to 64000...

That seems like disk drive size mathematics.

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Mystery surrounds fate of secret satellite slung by SpaceX

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W0t? Nobody even alluded that it is all Trump's fault?

This must be the only forum on the intertubes with no US Liberal readers.

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WD My Cloud NAS devices have hard-wired backdoor

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I made my own 'NAS' from a Raspberry Pi and a couple of flash memory sticks in about 20 minutes. For any self respecting geek, there is no reason to use off the shelf exploit kits.

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Some simple New Year's resolutions for vendors – lots of love, suffering IT grunts of world xox

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Hmm, is this the sister of the EEE PC lady?

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How to hack Wi-Fi for fun and imprisonment with crypto-mining inject

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Re: mining efficiency

Sure, but if you get 100 million other people mining bitcoin on your behalf...

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Re: VPN use

Well, they must have port 25, 53, 80 and 443 open, so just run your own VPN or Socks Proxy on one of these unblockable ports.

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The healing hands of customer support get an acronym: Do YOU have 'tallah-toe-big'?

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Well, fortunately it wasn't Celine Dion.

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We translated Intel's crap attempt to spin its way out of CPU security bug PR nightmare

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Re: Mixed signals on CPU's

I think an Intel 8080 processor running MSDOS 6.2 at 500 kHz should be fine.

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Kernel-memory-leaking Intel processor design flaw forces Linux, Windows redesign

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Maybe enlisting the ME as a co-processor for I/O can speed the chips up again.

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Russia could chop vital undersea web cables, warns Brit military chief

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It's OK, the Prez Jimmy Carter sub can fix the cables again and bypass the Rusky taps with Merrican taps.

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NiceHash diced up by hackers, thousands of Bitcoin pilfered

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Occam's Razor tells me it was simply the owners of NiceHash that ran off with the cash.

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Meet the woman with a supernatural affinity for stiff lovers

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Angel

Hell's Bells, Highway to Hell, Bat out of Hell...

She sounds batty all right.

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VW's US environment boss gets seven years for Dieselgate scam

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If one considers that the noxious NOX emissions from high compression ratio diesels actually kills people, then they are getting off lightly.

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Voyager 1 fires thrusters last used in 1980 – and they worked!

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Re: how is assembler outdated and by what?

What tool set? In those days we assembled the code by hand and entered the hex code into an EPROM programmer directly.

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156K spam text-sending firm to ICO: It wasn't us, Commissioner

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Re: RE: Kenny

"potatoes in the freezer" - Wow, man, you don't need to torture them with frozen potatoes. A room temperature coconut will do fine.

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...and her arms and legs came off when she passed through the next smaller hatch. Honest yr'Honor...

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Pokémon GO caused hundreds of deaths, increased crashes

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Tip a Canoe County

So, these people cannot even canoe, nevermind drive. That makes the whole survey a little bit suspicious, doesn't it?

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Some 'security people are f*cking morons' says Linus Torvalds

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Re: Linus Torvalds is not a Security Expert

There are lots of critical systems using various embedded Linux kernels. Linux is very popular in military, medical and industrial systems. Anyone who is interested in military aerospace embedded work, have to learn Linux. I can tell you, but then I'll have to shoot you...

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Re: Aircraft Engine Example

I got news for you: Linux is used in many airplanes, satellites, UAVs and missiles.

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Linux

Aircraft Engine Example

I explain these issues with a simple aircraft engine example:

If the engine controller of single engine plane encounters an anomaly, it cannot simply throw an exception and shut down.

Linux is used in embedded systems and there are numerous examples like the above. The OS has to be resilient and carry on working regardless of most/all errors.

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Chainmail tires re-invent the wheel to get future NASA rovers rolling

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Spring Steel

"Shape memory" - We used to call it Spring Steel. Kids, these days...

Now, get off my lawn!

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Brit cops slammed for failing to give answers on digital device data slurpage

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How many millions of pounds of equipment did they destroy in the process and was it really worth it?

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Inmarsat aircraft Wi-Fi lift off set to fill coffers

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Hmm, I haven't ever seen anybody actually use inflight internet - people don't want to pay for it.

The reason people don't want to pay for it, is because it is ridiculously expensive and people don't expect it to work well enough to be worth paying anything for.

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Brit moron tried buying a car bomb on dark web, posted it to his address. Now he's screwed

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Well, the guy is sick alright. Whether he is sikh or muslim, is another matter.

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Facebook's send-us-your-nudes service is coming to UK, America

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Pics, or it is fake news.

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Parity calamity! Wallet code bug destroys $280m in Ethereum

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Re: This is when I know I'm getting old...

"Old is when you remember the invention of the 8" floppy."

Hah, kids, these days - bring me my Winchester... no, not the 38-40!

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