* Posts by Oom Bryce

5 posts • joined 5 Oct 2015

Bomb-disposal robot violently disposes of Dallas cop-killer gunman

Oom Bryce

The Automation of Justice

Summing up what's been said so far, it looks as if this is the thin end of the wedge comprising the "Automation of Justice".

I think we have embarked on a dangerous journey. The outcome has been predicted in many science fiction novels and movies.

Is there any way we can turn back?

The Windows Phone story: From hope to dusty abandonware

Oom Bryce

Everyone wants to be on the winning side

I just upgraded (sort of) from a Lumia 1020 to a Microsoft 950. The new phone does everything the old one did, but maybe a bit faster. The camera resolution has gone down from 40 Mp to 20 - but that's hardly noticeable and the snaps are much snappier.

The sales people are only interested in selling iPhone or Samsung/Android. They have no knowledge of WP. They tend to diss the device as somehow "unfashionable" and "think about your image".

In public (here), people take their phones out of their pockets and place them on restaurant tables prior to a meal. Do this with a WP - and you get funny looks.

I don't think people care about apps, or OS'es or technical matters as much as they care about appearances and being cool. iOS and Android are the in-thing and successful and success breeds success. And if you are struggling with your iOS/Android - you can always ask the person on the next table what to do next.

I could tell you that WP 10 does everything I want - browsing, email, photos and especially the maps etc. etc. I can even use it as a phone - but none of that matters, because it has not managed to gain an "image". Too bad.


Stop resetting your passwords, says UK govt's spy network

Oom Bryce

Password Encrypter ?

Faced with a gazillion dictionary attacks, I wrote a crappy Javascript program that converts easily remembered passwords into a string of garbage e.g. 1234 becomes =O*02ydeOo9k etc.

You just cut and paste the encoded password. Anyhow, it works for me and my fellow admin.

Obviously, I can't post the source code, but it works on the enigma machine principle.

Chip company FTDI accused of bricking counterfeits again

Oom Bryce

Innocent Victim ?

I suppose like many of you, I bought an Arduino Nano from what I thought was a reputable source, and after a short while it was bricked. I then bought a Nano from an ultra reliable source and it worked. I also bought a genuine FTDI chip, in case....

The counterfeit chip looks identical to the genuine chip - the trademark etc. all look the same. I was able to get the fake chip to work again using some fairly user-hostile software from FTDI and reloading archaic drivers.

I am disgusted at the counterfeiters, disgusted at FTDI and a bit disgusted at myself for being stupid enough to buy cheap rubbish from a country that doesn't respect "meum et tuum". (tr what's mine is mine, and so is what's yours is my own)

NOW I have one working Arduino ISP and many non-working ones. I fear for my sanity...

Slander-as-a-service: Peeple app wants people to rate and review you – whether you like it or not

Oom Bryce

Deja Vu again

Don't know if its been mentioned - there was a similar web site called "abouteveryone.com". You had to pay to get removed. It isn't around any more, so I think it got taken down.

I got a mention, but I knew it was a fake, because all my enemies are now dead.

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