* Posts by Mike Moyle

1543 posts • joined 8 Feb 2007

Kim Jong-Un shoot-em-up Glorious Leader! yanked

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So, apparently...

...this "lost" game wasn't the Money Horse that they thought they could ride to riches on?

GoPro feels COLD BREATH of APPLE on back of neck

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The two appearing on the same date strikes me as an interesting coincidence -- and it could BE coincidence -- but consider:

1 -- A waterproofed/ruggedized camera, suitable for underwater use, and;

2 -- A control system designed to operate based on motions of 4 cm/sec. -- which is, as someone pointed out above, slow for normal use, but could be just about right for underwater motion.

An underwater camera/Google glass-type system mounted in a diver's face mask seems, at first glance, an awfully niche product, but niche products have a way of inspiring people to find new uses for them. (I wonder if such a system could be mounted in/on a NASA space helmet? Slow movements to minimize action/reaction problems seem to be pretty standard from what video I've seen.)

Ross Ulbricht trial Day One: 'I DID invent Silk Road ... but I'm innocent'

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Re: Innocent until PROVEN guilty!

"Their so called "proof" and witnesses should be investigated as much as the defendant has been."

If his lawyer has been half doing his job, that will have happened by now and will be presented in evidence at the appropriate time.

Windows 7 MARKED for DEATH by Microsoft as of NOW

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@ jason 7 Re: Bye Bye MS

Well, I got at least nine years from the time I purchased my mirrored-drive-door G4 Mac in 2002 until Apple dropped PPC support with OS X 10.7 in 2011.

From then until until I retired it in '13, I just kept it patched as security patches were released. Was still doing illustration, doc layout, and music and video editing on it until I upgraded.

What was your point, again...?

This $10 phone charger will wirelessly keylog your boss

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@ jzlondon Re: There is no sensible way to encrypt those on a budget

...And it's those few pennies that meant it wouldn't happen.

"The answer to any question starting, 'Why do they-', or 'Why don't they-' is almost always, 'Money.'" -- Robert A. Heinlein

I used to work for a company that made antitheft devices for automobile ignitions. the idea was to harden them just enough to (depending on the model of steering column/ignition) dissuade a thief trying to smash the housing or insert a screwdriver into the keyslot to over-torque the cylinder. Our main customers were the rental fleets, since they self-insure. Being a non-car person, I once asked our national sales manager why we were even necessary. His answer: "Because the car manufacturers want the absolute best ignitions they can get... for under a dollar."

Companies HATE spending that extra .00004% if there's any way at all to pass the cost off to someone else as an "externality" and the product's security once it leaves the shop -- unless you're making security your biggest selling point -- is an externality.

Lube company merger receiving second 'in-depth' probe

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Palms, hell...!

Generally, they grease the whole hand.

Wait... What were we talking about...?


never mind...

Cops think Mt Gox meltdown was an 'INSIDE JOB' – report

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Re: jake Gee, you think?

"Comforting as it would be to assume it was just "the Great Unwashed", I suspect the majority of the Mt Gox victims were probably techies that fell for the idea that their geekiness could actual make them rich."

So, the Lesser Unwashed, then.

NORKS? Pffft. Infosec bods BLAME disgruntled insiders for savage Sony hack

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So we still don't really know...

Was Kim Jong Un involved or it was Kim Jong uninvolved?

Shock! Nork-grating flick The Interview WILL be in cinemas – Sony

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Oh... Vitter... (eye roll)

The only reason that he'd suggest running the movie at the White House would be because he'd be hoping that whomever was responsible WASN'T kidding about being able to pull off a 9/11-style attack on anyone showing it.

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Re: Christmas Day

Since everything else is either: A -- closed, or; B -- broadcasting an orgy of faux Christian religiosity, going out for a movie and Chinese food on Christmas day is a grand tradition for the American Jewish community.

Who wants SLEEP DEPRIVATION for Christmas?

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More time to read, then!

So many books; so little time!

Sound and battery: 20 portable Bluetooth speakers

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Does the stand on the Ted Baker flip around to cover the speaker when not in use?

Because if it does, then what you have there isn't a 1960s camera but a Star Trek:TOS Communiucator. Same vintage and aesthetic, though, so there's that.

Sony sued by ex-staff over daft security, leaked privates

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"This won't take us down. You should not be worried about the future of this studio."

Translation: "We're all screwed."

It's times like this that I wish "Google Translate" had a "Business-to English" or "Marketing-to-English" option.

Assange's WikiLeaks: Give generously this Xmas – for statue of our dear leader

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Any wagers...

...That if they can only make it to 1/3 of the desired amount, they'll "decide" to do the project in stages and so do Julian's "first" and do the others "later -- when we have the money"?

Although, if someone ever DID do a statue of Assange, it might entice me to convert to one of the religions that believes in reincarnation, in hopes of coming back as a pigeon!

Spanish scraper scrapped: Google axes Google News

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Does this rule apply to ALL content aggregators?

I mean, Facebook can be considered a content aggregator. The aggregation is done, in this case, mostly by human(oid)s, rather than by bots, but when someone posts a link to a news site, a thumbnail and excerpt of the original site appear in the timeline. It seems to me that that this is infringing at least as much as Google news -- at best, it can be argued that Facebook infringes retail, while Google News does it wholesale, but I don't see how that makes a difference of KIND, rather than merely one of DEGREE.

Does Facebook have a local presence in Spain? If so, does the "rights" agency go after FB next? And -- if A and B -- what do they do when FB decides to close its local presence and block local access?

Uber? Worth $40 BEEELLION? Hey, actually, hold on ...

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"After all, the robots aren't going to (...) rape anyone, are they?"

...Never saw "Saturn 3", did you...?

Woman who stung Tinder with sex-pest sueball stings again – with rival Bumble app

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"We're not sure exactly why the "Bumble" name, but the company has gone all out on it..."

Didn't I ever tell you about Bumbles...? Bumbles BOUNCE!"

Be real, Apple: In-app goodie grab games AREN'T FREE – EU

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Does this only apply to software downloads, or does the EU ban include, say "free" events that have concession stands selling food and tchotchkes...? ..."free" schools that have PAYG lunch facilities...? Do politicians have to stop referring to "free" elections...?

'Most advanced mobile botnet EVER' is coming for your OFFICE Androids

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@ Michael Thibault Was: Re: disguised as a system update...

Perhaps Mr. R79 was just trying to match the tone of the article, which looks as though it didn't get proofread before being posted; viz. "...access the botnet is been rented out...", "Various generations of NotCompatible has infected..."

Uber exec wanted to sic private dicks on critics ... Hey, Emil Michael, COME AT US, bro

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Re: "... if you're not causing trouble, you're not doing it right."

Unfortunately,. you can be causing trouble and STILL not doing news right. Viz. Fox "News" and any number of other sh!t-stirrers.

Holy vintage vehicles! Earliest known official Batmobile goes on sale

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At least this one doesn't have the stupid turbine engine.

Since the Barris conversion, every live-action Batmobile has had to have the honkin' big jet engine in it which was -- I suppose -- alright for the mood of the TV show, but makes absolutely NO sense if you're trying to be the movies' ninja-like urban legend.

Just sayin'.

FCC makes up its mind about net neutrality: Er, we'll decide in 2015

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Delaying the vote until after the first of the year will give the new, Corporate-controlled Republican-controlled Congress to get settled in and hold hearings on net neutrality, where they will blast it as more Obama-decreed government overreach stifling Amurrican bidness and passing a law that prohibits the FCC from classifying ISP as common carriers, taking the responsibility and the blowback off of their plates.

Or, that's what I'd think if I were a cynical sort of individual; which, of course, I'm not!

3D printed guns: This time it's for real! Oh, wait – no, still crap

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Re: no records check?

In many states, private transfers (e.g., transfers within a family, sales not involving a licensed dealer, etc.) and sales at gun shows don't require the background check.

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Not a perfect solution, but...

If one just wanted a one-off: while quite expensive these days, GyroJet ammunition can occasionally still be found. Being recoilless and not requiring rifling -- while, admittedly, introducing their OWN set of problems -- rocket cartridges seem as though they would be go some way towards making printed plastic handguns viable.

REVEALED: Apple fanbois are 'MENTALLY UNSTABLE' - iShop staff

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@ Stuart Castle: PREACH IT, BROTHER!

I spent too many years working retail gigs when actual living-wage-paying jobs were thin on the ground.

I have come to the conclusion that you can ALWAYS tell people who have never worked in service jobs by the way that they treat service/retail workers. The rude, entitled ones have never been on the receiving end; the ones that are willing to at least be polite and treat you like a fellow human being have been there -- or have, at least, had empathy inculcated in them at some point.

First space Hasselblad goes under the hammer

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Re: But why.....?

Redundant systems.

Virgin 'spaceship' pilot 'unlocked tailbooms' going through sound barrier

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"Alan Bond of the British "Skylon" spaceplane project has compared the Virgin "space ships" to a "fairground ride".

...Never read "The Man Who Sold the Moon", did he?

HP settles suit with popstar Chubby Checker over todger tester app

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Re: because no one else will say it

Because the big stars can afford more and higher-test drugs, no doubt.

Microsoft WINDOWS 10: Seven ATE Nine. Or Eight did really

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Re: So...

"'We will carry forward all that is good in Windows,'

Were they not doing that with previous releases?"

Well, first they had to *FIND* something good, didn't they?

I mean... Be fair...!!

Ice, ice maybe: Evidence of 'Grand Canyon' glacier FOUND ON MARS

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Re: Schrödinger's glacier

...or maybe not.

Sun of a beach! Java biz founder loses battle to keep his shore private

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Re: Armchair lawyer strikes again!

AND -- speaking here whilst wearing my municipal-government employee hat -- he would also doubtless face a tangle of assorted local, state, and federal Conservation, Environmental, Historic, Wetlands, and Whatevere-Else Commissions who might have jurisdiction over dredging up sand and/or changing the beach contours.

Damien Hirst, eat your heart out - these guys chop up TAXIS

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Re: London catching up as usual?

Back in the early '80s, when Banana Republic's thing was comfortable and durable traveling clothes -- before they went all Ralph-Lauren-y -- the store in Cambridge, MA, had a military Jeep that was sliced diagonally in half, and bisected by one of the main windows with one half outside of the store and the other half inside.

iPhone 6: The final straw for Android makers eaten alive by the data parasite?

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Re: What?

Market share doesn't help the individual companies, except in the indirect "a rising tide lifts all boats" sense.

What you SHOULD be noting is that 51.7% of the smartphone users in the U.S. are split among a half-dozen manufacturers, while ONE manufacturer, Apple -- even WITH significantly higher prices for a given feature set -- has northwards of 40% of the market to itself.

AND Apple has higher margins than Android handset manufacturers can generally claw out while trying to differentiate their offerings from the Android handset on display next to it at Best Buy or Wal-Mart. And it's MARGIN, as has been pointed out, that gets money-men wet.

Now, none of this means that Apple will ALWAYS have that sort of market share to itself, or that it will ALWAYS be able to make those sorts of margins, but as with any war of attrition, they only have to do it long ENOUGH to drive a couple more of the mid- to large- companies out (vis. Sony) and watch the Android market fragment further as smaller companies try to fill the (perceived) gap left by the big boys' exit. If Apple ends up with 30% of the market but keeps their margins up, while a dozen or more companies are splitting Android's 60% and driving their own profits (and, hence, their attractiveness to investors) down to do so, then, even -- with loss of market share -- Apple wins.

'There is no downside – unless you count the total bath you take moving your stuff'

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As an American who rides buses...

...I always make it a point to say good-morning (or whatever is appropriate for the time of day) when boarding and thank-you when leaving buses, trolleys, etc., and taught my daughter to do the same.

Part of this is simple courtesy of course, but part of it is enlightened self-interest as well. Treat the driver well and, comes the inevitable day when you're still one hundred feet away from the bus stop in a driving rain, a driver who is well-disposed to you is more likely to stop and wait than one who doesn't know you from Adam and whose only interest is not getting ticked for not keeping on schedule.

City hidden beneath England's Stonehenge had HUMAN ABATTOIR. And a pub

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Are they CERTAIN that it was a human abattoir...?

...Could have just been the prep area for the takeout. I mean, you've got a lot of hungry henge builders, menhir delivery men and the like coming out of the pub next door of a Friday night and you're the ONLY curry shop in 5,000 miles -- you're going to be making a LOT of chicken vindaloo, is all I'm saying...

General Motors to intro hands-free driving tech by 2016

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So, will the government now mandate the use of hands-free-free phones when driving?

Women-only town seeks men

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Re: cannibalism

But the important question is:

Guacamole or clam dip?

This'll end well: US govt says car-to-car jibber-jabber will SAVE lives

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Re: Never trust a 'Merkin to build a roundabout.


Stupid Americans... Oh, wait... Did *WE* design this rotary with the traffic lights...?

As to the one that you showed -- Dupont Circle in Washington, D.C.; you can blame the French for that! Pierre Charles L'Enfant designed it in a grid, with diagonal streets radiating from large open squares spaced around the city. Which worked passably well for horses and carriages, but not so well for lots and LOTS of cars. Rotaries were the only real answer. And with lots of cars, and lots of pedestrians wanting to use the greenspaces in the middle of those areas, yeah... Short of constructing pedestrian over- or under-passes to go from the outside of the rotary to the park in the middle, stoplights at pedestrian crossings were really the best solution in a high-traffic area like that.

Specifically regarding Dupont Circle: Given the limitations imposed by L'Enfant's original street layout, there are only two streets on which you can unerringly pass through the intersection: Massachusetts and Connecticut Avenues. Mass. Ave. (The one that runs from 10 o'clock to 2 o'clock) uses the inner ring of the rotary.You can only ENTER the inner ring FROM Massachusetts Ave., and you can only EXIT it ONTO Massachusetts Ave., so it's not like you don't know where you're coming out -- you're coming out on the same street that you started on, going in the same direction, just on the the other side of the Circle. While one COULD enter from one of the other streets and veer into the inner ring at one of the Mass. Ave. entrances, you'd pretty much have to ACTIVELY turn into it -- the "bump-outs" to the outer ring at the Mass. Ave. exits and the divider between the two are fairly obvious guides. With Connecticut Ave. (The next street clockwise from Mass. Ave.), you can either ENTER the rotary, or -- if you simply want to continue down Connecticut -- pass UNDER it and come out on the other side, staying on Connecticut the whole time. Considering that L'Enfant's plan put FIVE major thoroughfares crossing in that square, it actually seems a rather elegant solution.

Chomp that sausage: Brits just LOVE scoffing a Full Monty

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Re: A question for our British friends...

The only reason for cinnamon on French Toast (we never used it, ourselves, but some families apparently did) is if you were using that flavorless, bastardized concoction, "Pancake Syrup", instead of the pure maple syrup.

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Re: A question for our British friends...



That's... horrifying.

THESE are baked beans (although, personally, I'd say they could use more chunks of onion and salt pork in there, but that may just be family preference):


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A question for our British friends...

I recently went to a restaurant (stateside) which offered what was claimed to be an Irish breakfast -- eggs, back bacon, sausage, fried potatoes, fried tomatoes, toast and baked beans. Now, I grew up near Boston, MA, so, to me, beans are supposed to be done up al dente in a rich brown -- almost black -- molasses and brown sugar base. The beans that appeared before me seemed to have been stewed until mushy in some sort of tomato-based soup. Was this abomination just the restaurant having a go, or is this really what people over on that side of the pond consider "baked beans"?

...'Cause I gotta say -- seeing those things called "baked beans" nearly put me off the rest of my meal!

LOHAN acquires aircraft arboreal avoidance algorithm acronyms

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Nowt Up Trees System

World's only flyable WWII Lancaster bombers meet in Lincs

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Ferrying planes...

I suspect that my dad's crew would have LOVED to only have to ferry their plane to England during the war. Ferrying B-25 Mitchell medium bombers from the states to India was a long and dangerous haul, even with the reduced risk of being shot down on the trip over. I recall him mentioning (I think) stops in Venezuela, Rio, Ascension Island, Cape Town... And I know I'm missing a good few.

The standard joke was that, if your were carrying maximum fuel and minimum everything else and if you had a good tailwind and your navigator and pilot were on the top of their game, you had just enough fuel to fall 10 feet sort of the runway at Ascension.

Dad was the radio operator and, as the time approached for him to pick up the Ascension radio beacon, everyone was understandably on edge -- there was a LOT of water out there -- and all eyes that weren't busy flying the plane were watching the navigator. Finally, he caught the beacon -- they were coming straight down the beam. As he told it, he first patched the navigator in to his signal so he knew they were on the beam, but he apparently didn't hear it and continued checking and rechecking his maps, tables, and calculations, getting visibly more nervous as time went on. Dad checked his system again -- radio beacon good, patch to navigator good... He was just about to speak up when the nav just grabbed everything on the table up in his arms, screamed "I CAN'T TAKE IT ANYMORE!!" and threw the whole mess out the hatch.

There was a moment of horrified silence before dad patched everyone else in, so the whole crew could hear the beacon. The nav fell over laughing hysterically at his little joke. How did the others take it? As dad put it, "We almost saved the Japanese the trouble of killing him."

NASA tests crazytech flying saucer thruster, could reach Mars in days

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Re: Questions for rocket scientists:

I'm not a rocket scientist so, being basically lazy, I Googled up this site:


If I'm doing this right, an acceleration of 0.1G would get you Earth to Mars at nearest approach in 5.5 days and at their farthest, 15 days (plus a bit extra on that last one to avoid taking a straight line and running into the sun).

If you're not in a hurry, or are on tight power rations, accelerating/decelerating @ 0.01G would get you to your destination in 17 and 47 days respectively.

The beauty of constant acceleration, of course, is that -- just like keeping your money in the bank and letting the interest repeatedly compound -- constant acceleration quickly builds on itself to your advantage. So while our 0.1G drive could get us to Mars in between 5 and 15 days, it would get us out to the Jovian moons in something like 20 days, or to Pluto in less than 60. (These are all really quick and dirty averages but I'm really rather abusing the privilege with Pluto, since its orbit is so screwy, but the average should be in there, somewhere.)

Philip K Dick 'Nazi alternate history' story made into TV series

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"We want to control every part of your lives," and "No Jewish state should be allowed to defend itself"?

Doesn't sound left-wing at all, to me. Unless you consider the Nazis liberals, that is...

Israel's Iron Dome missile tech stolen by Chinese hackers

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Re: Maybe ongoing payback for Israel bad to China and it's trading partners e.g Iran.

"Semite is a member of any of various ancient and modern peoples originating in southwestern Asia, including the Akkadians, Canaanites, Phoenicians, Hebrews, and Arabs..."

Or, as a Jewish friend of mine once said, "I wouldn't mind the anti-Semites if they were only anti-ALL-the-Semites!"

MonkeyParking FLINGS AWAY San Francisco service

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" 'Our mission is to get rid of circling the block turning a random parking process into a predictable one, saving people time while also reducing traffic congestion and generated pollution,' the firm said in a statement announcing the shutdown."

Easily solved: Produce an app that allows a user to push a GPS-determined address -- and nothing else -- that gets, in turn, pushed to anyone using the app in that area.

Trust the "Sharing Economy", and all that!

Mission accomplished!

Rockall batters plucky Brit adventurer

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Re: "Those seagulls will be start to look awfully tempting soon then"

I assume they would have by the time he got near the 60 days, but I expect that right now he's more interested in food.



Never mind.

Retiring Reg hack explains how bass playing = tech reporting

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Ave atque vale

You will be missed, sir. I've enjoyed your writing from the MacAddict days to the present. It's been fun.

Now get out there and enjoy your semi-retirement. (And, if you should ever decide to occasionally downgrade it to a demi-semi-, or even a hemi-demi-semi-retirement in order to write the occasional opinion piece, I hope I find out about it.)

Google Glass gets 2GB of RAM. Think about this. Two gigs of RAM

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Re: My biggest reservation

C'mon... This is Google...!

The prompt should be "Hail Hydra!"

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