* Posts by david 136

18 posts • joined 24 Aug 2015

Bun fight breaks out after devs, techie jump ship: Bakery biz Panera sues its former IT crowd

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Solution: move to California.

GCHQ pushes for 'virtual crocodile clips' on chat apps – the ability to silently slip into private encrypted comms

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Re: Virtual crocodile clip?

Bulldog clips have short jaws, used to avoid short circuits on nearby things. Typically sed in large size for jump start/car charging cables.

Alligators have long jaws, for fine things with some risk of shorting nearby. Good for punch down terminal blocks or relay racks.

david 136

Re: Somebody is not reading carefully

In the logical sense, that's true, but in a practical sense things designed with N=2, always, are quire different from those that are built for N >= 2. You either have a connection to a multiplexer of some kind, or you don't.

Bloodbath as Broadcom slashes through CA Technologies personnel

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Re: As ye sow, so shall ye reap

Couldn't happen to a nicer company.

When they bought ASK, Wang said, "You lost. We bought you cheap."

Data watchdog fines Brit council £120k for identifying 943 owners of vacant property

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Re: Alternative solution

You forgot

* FAX to self

* Copy to microfiche, then print

* Copy 4000 times

* Send to monastery for transcription by copyist monks.

* Translate to ancient language for transmission in the oral tradition

* Rely on a stone in a museum to translate back to English

(Order of steps may be varied)

Mystery surrounds fate of secret satellite slung by SpaceX

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"Billion" dollar Zuma?

May reports say the payload was a billion dollar expense, with no source for that figure. Anybody heard where that came from?

Boffins use inkjets to print explosives

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I'm for this 1000% if they use it to make it easier to open blister packs.

The ultimate vendor lock-in: High school opens on Oracle campus

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Helicopters -land- at nearby San Carlos, which coincidentally has the airport code SQL.

80-year-old cyclist killed in prang with Tesla Model S

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Re: What's the point of all these anecdotal comments???

SMIDSY! (Sorry mate, I didn't see ya)

Oracle has to pay top sales rep stiffed out of $250,000, US court rules

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Re: Wasting the courts time

Can you point to any data suggesting appeals succeed often? My understanding is that overrulings are very rare. The first data I could find does not seem to support your view, see page 33 of http://www.courts.ca.gov/documents/2016-Court-Statistics-Report.pdf

where just 4% of all appeals are upheld.

Dude who claimed he invented email is told by judge: It's safe to say you didn't invent email

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Re: To speak to someone?

Phone call contents aren't subject to discovery.

Four techies flummoxed for hours by flickering 'E' on monitor

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Give the user a medal for moving back with a shield.

Windows 10 networking bug derails Microsoft's own IPv6 rollout

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Re: "but Android doesn't support that"

"(Why the F*CK doesn't Windows support open file systems like ZFS, EXT, etc!?!), :

Because they are GPL, not open source in a way that MS can absorb in its ecosystem.

Robo-taxis, what are they good for? Er, the environment and traffic

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Re: "shifting to electric, autonomous taxis in 2030 would cut vehicle emissions by 90 per cent"

Nuclear is only the future if it is affordable compared to alternatives, and Hinkley Point isn't giving any indications of being cheap.

Making fission cheaper may involve taking some risks, mitigation of which is a big part of the current cost structure.

What we really need are economical storage mechanisms that can be used to capture excess renewably generated power.

US nuke arsenal runs on 1970s IBM 'puter waving 8-inch floppies

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Re: It costs more to write new software than to maintain old hardware

compared to what on a real processor?

Walmart sues Visa for being too lax with protecting chip cards

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Re: Zip code for non-US cards

I am still living a nightmare of French toll roads not accepting US cards, two years later.

Russia poised to unleash 'Son of Satan' ICBM

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Obsolete 30 years ago

Why in the world would they make new liquid fueled ICBMs? The US phased out Titan IIs ending in 1987, and they were really obsolete and worthless at that point. This is clearly a dick-swinging operation, not a rational response to anything.

Twenty years since Windows 95, and we still love our Start buttons

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The key reason W95 worked for consumers compared to NT 3.51 was that it played the games you wanted it to play, and NT would not.

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