* Posts by Not Enough Coffee

51 posts • joined 25 May 2018


Maryland: Make malware possession a crime! Yes, yes, researchers get a free pass

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Re: Interesting.

And does this mean bacteria can sue me for taking an antibiotic?

Beer necessities: US chap registers bevvy as emotional support animal so he can booze on public transport

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No no no, he should have registered his support yeast, which happens to be crated in a chilled can.

Astroboffins discover Sun is surfing on 9,000-light-year gas wave that acts as Milky Way's stellar nursery

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A lot of nice links there, thanks!

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My brain doesn't work in a way that lets me understand even how the Sun's diameter and mass was discovered, there's usually an explanation about triangles and projection on a wall, but you'd have to know the distance to the Sun, and that's pulled out of a hat as well. And how can you calculate the Sun's speed? Anyway, if someone knows of a web site that explains this stellar stuff I'd appreciate it. It reminds me of how explanations of electrical circuits fall apart after the analogy to water in a hose and resisters are spigots and presto here's a multi-phase circuit diagram!

Why is the printer spouting nonsense... and who on earth tried to wire this plug?

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"ripped open a whole bag of angry monkeys"

Thanks for the new phrase, love it!

ICANN demands transparency from others over .org deal. As for itself… well, not so much

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It doesn't make sense to me that this new company is merely interested in domain name renewal fees. Why go through all of this shady-looking nonsense for $10 per organization per year (or even $100/org/year).

Registrars can charge all sorts of other fees, and I think this is what they are more interested in extracting from their million-odd victims.

Internet Society's Vint 'father of the 'net' Cerf dodges dot-org sell-off during public Q&A

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Re: "Republican moneybags"

Er, no.

And you think I'm Republican how?

I just want politics out of articles if it's not a political article. Or if you're going to mention the political slant, do it for all sides. Otherwise you're trying to get readers riled up for your own selfishness.

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"Republican moneybags"

Slanted much? I don't see similar tags for Democrat moneybags in other articles.

Internet world despairs as non-profit .org sold for $$$$ to private equity firm, price caps axed

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Thanks for the great article. I don't think this amount of detail will be provided elsewhere.

Email! HUH! Yeah. What is it good for? Absolutely nothing...

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So no one in the company subscribed to their own marketing email as an easy way to check the basic process was working?

UK ads watchdog slaps Amazon for UX dark arts after folk bought Prime subs they didn't want

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Heh, class action. What you'll probably end up with is a coupon good for a free month of Prime.

Baby alert! Japan Air lets passengers book seats far away from screaming abdabs

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I'd love to have flights where the oxygen is reduced enough that everyone sleeps for the duration. Exchange the seats for bunk beds.

Your ugly mug may be scanned yet again – but at least you'll be able to board faster at Gatwick

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"Ah, my time to shine." - Evil Twin

GIMP open source image editor forked to fix 'problematic' name

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Re: A Boaty McBoatface moment


Y'know how everyone hated it when tuition fees went up? Cutting them now could harm science, say UK Lords

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Yeah, I read "the government should make up the shortfall" and immediately thought he should have said what he meant - "the taxpayer should make up the shortfall".

Fed-up graphic design outfit dangles cash to anyone who can free infosec of hoodie pics

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A photo that comes to mind is your WIFI-enabled dishwasher sipping a martini on a tropical beach with your bank account money piled next to it.

Anyone for unintended ChatRoulette? Zoom installs hidden Mac web server to allow auto-join video conferencing

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but everyone else is doing it

Typical immature response.

I'm guessing Zoom mentions this web server in the typically lengthy license agreement? I'd want to have an option during installation to include it in the setup or not.

What do we want? Decentralised, non-siloed social media with open standards! When do we want it? Soon!

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decentralised, interoperable social media platform

Usenet was kind of like this. But I doubt it would work again - I can see endless ad posts in every group.

Open-heart nerdery: Boffins suggest identifying and logging in people using ECGs

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Another stupid idea looking for a budget.

Ahhhhh! What year is it?! Users left without direction or clue after Google Calendar 404s

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Good reminder to run an export, haven't done it in a while.

Labs are for nerds, it's simply Kaspersky now – just hold still while we cyber-immunise you

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They forgot "Bitcoin". You're not a modern company without it.

Cali Right-to-Repair law dropped, cracks screen, has to be taken to authorized repair shop

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Amazingly, this argument the envelopes stuffed with money appeared to hold water with elected representatives.


It's an Easter Jesus miracle: MS Paint back from the dead (ish) and in Windows 10 'for now'

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"34-year-old program"

Probably the remaining developer retired and no one else wanted it. Unfortunately that happens with useful but non-flashy things, it's not like someone can pad their resume with it. It's unfortunate that plain old maintenance and reliability aren't appreciated more.

As Alexa's secret human army is revealed, we ask: Who else has been listening in on you?

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These companies could at least be helpful and share

Hey Google, what was that conversation I had with my accountant about interest income last year?

Hmm, did I delete that picture my brother emailed me? Let me look it up on NSA.

All's fair in love and war when tech treats you like an infant

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And speaking of self-service junk why is it that I'm the one who always has trouble with automated sinks and automated paper towel dispensers? I have to wave my hands around like an idiot to get them to work!

And why can I enter a long distance phone number with or without a "1" on my cell and it will figure it out but my home phone service says a 1 is required, please hang up and try again! Or better yet, saying a 1 was NOT required please hang up and try again!

And ATMs that always ask what language I'd like it in for the billionth time, why can't they store that on the ATM card!

Sorry for the rants, my caffeine wore off!

Watch out, Bali! Big Bluers set to realign their chakras at Best of IBM event in May

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Just wondering - did they invite any of the older employees?

Six Flags fingerprinted my son without consent, says mom. Y'know, this biometric case has teeth, say state supremes...

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"You can cancel your credit card but you cannot cancel your face."

Worthy addition to a book of quotes.

Computing boffins strip the fun out of satirical headlines

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"Human–computer interactions will never be truly natural without giving users the option to say something funny and have it understood that way," the paper stated.

I don't need a computer to understand "funny". When I contact customer service it's because I already couldn't find the answer online, so it's not going to be a simple question that the AI can parse. I end up getting passed along to a human anyway, which means the AI interaction was a waste of my time. Making the AI try to be funny is only going to piss me off.

Mainframe brains-slurper sues IBM for 'age discrim', calls Ginny and biz 'morally bankrupt'

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Ah, ok. That's why it's my handle!

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@Nolveys My date of retirement when I start drawing a pension.

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As a literal greybeard I'm fortunate to be nearing my pension date.

What's funny is that the new kids they're hiring here leave after a year or so anyway because they're a part of the floater generation - no long-term loyalty to any place of work.

Businesses will soon have no long-term knowledge of any systems and they'll have to keep spending money on new computers and software because the people they *can* hire only know the new stuff.

And as for documenting things, they tried that here as well.. Several times. But changes happen so often that documentation became low priority, and then no priority.

Ho ho ho! Washington DC sends Zuckerberg a sueball-shaped present

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"cash for consumers"

Yeah right.

Postmates plans rollout of autonomous delivery robots in US

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More stupid auto-delivery crap. How about developing a 3D food printer? That would take care of it all.

Waymo presents ChauffeurNet, a neural net designed to copy human driving

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Self-driving cars won’t learn to drive well...

until the company's CEO is forced to use it everyday.

Peak tech! Bacon vending machine signals apex of human invention

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The most impressive bacon I ever saw was the plate-full James Herriot had trouble consuming on the All Creatures Great and Small show.

Court doc typo 'reveals' Julian Assange may have been charged in US

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"The news that criminal charges have apparently been filed against Mr Assange is even more troubling than the haphazard manner in which that information has been revealed"

Yeah too bad they didn't post it on Wikileaks which his lawyers don't consider a "haphazard manner" to reveal information.

Some credential-stuffing botnets don't care about being noticed any more

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So, based on the attack sources, why don't sites remember "typical" login areas and automatically require two-factor auth for new locations? That is, if I normally log into Wordpress from Florida, why assume I'm suddenly in China? If I'm not logging in from my usual location, have me confirm it even if the username and password were correct.

Nokia reinstates 'hide the Notch' a day after 'Google required' feature kill

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And what if you rotate the thing to landscape? Does it take a bite out of the side?

Roskosmos admits that Soyuz 'meteorite' hole had more earthly origins

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Time for a new Reg series about Russian hardware cockups - Why I'm In Siberia.

IBM slaps patent on coffee-delivering drones that can read your MIND

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How stupid, like some drone is going to make a Pavlovian move on me - wait, do I hear an ice cream truck??

Crooks swipe plutonium, cesium from US govt nuke wranglers' car. And yes, it's still missing

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Black Helicopters

Interesting article on missing nuke stuff, however I'm NOT going to click on any of the links provided.

Microsoft Teams goes free, as free as the wind blows... up to a point

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I guess we can see how out of touch we are by how many of the apps we know. My count is 7.


For €10k, Fujitsu will tell you if your blockchain project is a load of bull

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Does "Fujitsu" translate to "Dogbert"?

Happy birthday, you lumbering MS-DOS-based mess: Windows 98 turns 20 today

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Happy Birthday Reg.

You should at least point to the archive.org site:


Uber's London licence appeal off to flying start: No, you cannot do driver eye tests via video link

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Uber also said that it "would never knowingly compromise public safety".

Considering their self-driving tech, I'd want them to define "knowingly".

Microsoft CEO wades into ICE outcry: Cool it, we only do legacy mail

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Once a business gets into social politics, it's going to alienate half of the country and eventually be used as a puppet by the other half. On the other hand, it's nice to know I can stop and pee in any Starbucks without having to buy anything.

Microsoft commits: We're buying GitHub for $7.5 beeeeeeellion

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That's a lot of money to spend to pretend they're cool. Will they be buying Starbucks next?

Ex-US pres Bill Clinton has written a cyber-attack pulp thriller. With James Patterson. Really

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Re: Write the ending first, please!

@Tikimon One of my favorite movie endings is Aliens. I would have been very satisfied if it ended when Ripley returned to the ship. But then there's more!

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Since you mentioned Stephen King... I haven't read anything of his in ages, but if you plan on reading his old stuff, the best way to enjoy it is to rip out the final chapter and imagine your own conclusion. He was excellent in character development but lousy with endings.



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