* Posts by Jeffrey Nonken

1047 posts • joined 3 Sep 2007


Nissan EV app password reset prompts user panic

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Hanlon's Razor it is, then.

CES flicks the off switch on massager award… and causes a buzz

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New Englanders will likely pronounce it medda dayda. Since there is no R in either word, Bostoners won't be leaving it out.

I could be wrong about the long A in data. I'm not actually from New England*, so my accent has variants, and it's possible that's one I don't know about. But that's how I pronounce it.

*Both parents grew up in Pittsfield. I inherited the accent and the attitude. I even drive like them.

Bish, Bash... gosh! Good ol' Bourne Again Shell takes a bow as it reaches version five-point-zero

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One thumbs-up for referencing the Bourne Supremacy's chase scene track, which is titled Bim Bam Smash. Bonus because it is my favourite track of the series. Also my favourite chase scene of the series.

SpaceX's Crew Dragon shows up at pad 39A, nearly 8 years after the last Shuttle left

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Re: Naming conventions

.. And Jerry Pournelle.

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Re: Simon Harris Excellent stuff!

"I think your 'intel' is at least thirty years out of date there."

... You mean that we Yanks DO drink at lunch? Huh. I've been missing out, then!

What happens when a Royal Navy warship sees a NATO task force headed straight for it? A crash course in Morse

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Acetaminophen (Tylenol) can destroy your liver. Do NOT OD (keep it under 6 extra-strength tablets per day -- adult dose) and avoid its use while drinking.

DXC hit with sueball over layoff steamroller's share price dip

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Re: Hot Dog Turds?

FWIW, I read "hot dog turds" as fresh canine fecal matter and not as "hotdog turds." The extra whitespace really makes a lot of difference.

For the record, yes, I am an American, so I don't have that excuse. Or maybe I do have that excuse? Damn. I always forget what that excuses me from.

FCC tosses aside rules, treats Google to a happy ending following request for handy tech

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Re: Typical Google...

"The weird part of this is that it's approved for use on airplanes.... fly by gesture?"

As I understand it, pilots are now regularly using tablets for navigation and airport charts, possibly other paperwork. We have even begun providing mounts and USB power for them in our simulators.

However, I believe the primary concern is passenger use interfering with airplane radios, especially instrument navigation. This has been controversial for quite some time. Where have you been?

It's 2019, the year Blade Runner takes place: I can has flying cars?

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Re: 30 years, perhaps more, to reach human-level AI

"EE Doc Smyth"

Smith. Viewed by many as the father of Space Opera, though it wasn't called that until much later.

Staff sacked after security sees 'suspect surfer' script of shame

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Re: Trying to avoid the Wrath of Swambo?

Depends on the spouse. I used to share my porn with my wife.

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Re: Access Denied

The pen is mightier than the sword; therapist will concur.

It's a lot of work, being popular: Apple, Tim Cook and the gilets jaunes

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Re: Who cares?

Some of us Android users like the fact that there are competing operating systems to prevent total monopoly and stagnation. Two really isn't enough, but at least there are two.

Though I haven't forgiven Apple for the notch.

'Year-long' delay to UK 5G if we spike Huawei deals, say telcos

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Re: Do we need 5G?

5G will not rid you of the need for a pesky landline if 4G doesn't. That's marketing hype.

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Re: Fair's Fair

You're haven't been following the stories. Do some googling. Huawei has been doing just that, nobody has been able to find anything wrong, but competitors keep accusing them.

Your two-minute infosec roundup: Drone arrests, Alexa bot hack, Windows zero-day, and more

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Re: Roundup

Use a password manager and generate a unique password for each site. Use a strong passphrase to access the password manager. Never let your browser's password manager keep your financial account login credentials, use a third-party manager.

Dutch boyband hopes to reverse Brexit through the power of music

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"'Your choice turns my spine grey'? So English isn't their first language..."

It's odd, but when I listened to it, what I heard was "your choice turns my sky grey". Possibly it's because my first language isn't English, but rather American.

If the official lyrics say "spine" then I guess it's "spine", but "sky" is what I heard. Of course, the official lyrics of XTC's "Sgt. Rock (is going to help me)" say "He can diffuse any bombshell" when, in fact, the correct word to use there is the homophone "defuse". But perhaps English isn't their first language, either.

London Gatwick Airport reopens but drone chaos perps still not found

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Re: Shoot it down?

Sharks with lasers. Misses would go harmlessly into space.

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Re: War time innovation

It could grip it by the husk!

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Re: Guns vs Drones


Have an upvote for your silly comment.

As a USian I'm allowed to think your implied depiction of our entire population as gun-toting maniacs is funny.

A year after Logitech screwed over Harmony users, it, um, screws over Harmony users: Device API killed off

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Re: They should stick to mice and keyboards

I've got several M525 mice that have lasted a couple years, at least. Including one that keeps getting knocked to the floor. Carpeted, fortunately.

I don't really keep track, but they don't seem to be going through batteries particularly quickly. I also use NiMH, FWIW.

Oh Deer! Poacher sentenced to 12 months of regular Bambi screenings in the cooler

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Re: Only one viewing a month?

As the father of a little girl who used to watch Snow White once a day for nearly a year (it would have been multiple times per day had we not imposed a limit), I can attest that after going through a period of hair-tearing, it ends up being background noise.

If you actually FORCE them to watch 24/7 then in a few days they'll go insane from lack of sleep. Literally. Seems like a human rights violation and disproportional retribution, though maybe you don't care about things like that wherever you're from.

One year on after US repealed net neutrality, policymakers reflect soberly on the future

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Re: "So perhaps the FAA action (or refusal to act) is unimportant."

Yeah, the Federal Aviation Administration is not ideally suited for the job. :)

Though unlike the FCC leadership, they might actually give a flying f*ck.

(I wasn't going to twit him for the mistake, really. Working close to the aviation industry means I've made the opposite mistake in conversation a few times, so who am I to judge?)

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Re: The USA has taken the final step and is now a banana republic.

California's Orange County plowed over their orange groves decades ago in favor of apartment complexes. Can't speak for Florida.

Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got till it's gone? They paved paradise and put up a parking lot.

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Re: "the internet is alive and well"

Thank you for wishing me ill.

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Re: Your headline says policymakers...

Deregulation is not good where there's a natural monopoly. Regulatory capture is happening here precisely because the monopolists desire deregulation so they can do whatever they want.

And the fact that we're ignoring you spouting the same opinion over and over is because you consistently ignore the facts of the matter.

You're not a libertarian, you're an anarchist. Also a hypocrite.

Apple iPhone X screen falls short of promises, lawsuit says

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Re: real name

The metric system is a tool of the devil! My car gets 32 rods to the hogshead and that's the way I likes it!

Poor people should get slower internet speeds, American ISPs tell FCC

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Re: Well, if they don't think it's fair...

I don't know what kind of libertarian Bob is, but he's not MY kind of libertarian. Not while he's spouting drivel like that.

Super Micro says audit found no trace of Chinese spy chips on its boards

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It's pretty well known that you can't prove a negative. Yet here you are, demanding exactly that.

Please prove to me that you're not schtupping my wife.

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Please prove to me that you're not schtupping my wife.

Boffins build bugged bees bearing backpacks

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"...their sensor pack design lacks power-hungry high frequency oscillators that typically provide the signal phase information used for localization."

Oh THAT'S what it is. I've always wondered why a passive radio system needed so much power. Transmission requires more power than reception, especially the more distant your base is, and GPS is receive-only for the client.

I've never heard an explanation, just blind assertion that GPS eats power. Now it makes sense. Thanks for throwing in this tidbit.

Tumblr resorts to AI in attempt to scrub itself clean from filth

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Re: "All of these images are both porn (at least to me)"

Also http://flem.keenspot.com/d/20000909.html

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Re: "All of these images are both porn (at least to me)"

Rule 34.

Wow, what a lovely early Christmas present for Australians: A crypto-busting super-snoop law passes just in time

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Re: In other news...

"the Earth is clearly flat."

It cannot be. If it were, by this time cats would have pushed everything over the edge.

Why millions of Brits' mobile phones were knackered on Thursday: An expired Ericsson software certificate

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Re: Don't feel so bad Ericsson, you probably did us all a favour!

OK, grandpa, you've identified a problem: things are changing in ways that you don't like. You've expressed dismay and contempt, which thousands of others have done before you.

Do you have a solution to propose? I mean, other than simply shutting down the cellular network and/or the Internet, which (aside from the problems doing so and making it stick) has its own negative consequences.

Because if not, you're in danger of looking like Abe Simpson. https://i.kym-cdn.com/photos/images/newsfeed/001/044/247/297.png

Surface Book 2 afflicted by mystery Blue Screen Of Death errors

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Re: A veritable smorgasbord of fixes

And then there's the classic "the operation was a success but the patient died."

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Re: A veritable smorgasbord of fixes

"It's fixed, but it's still not working".

Let me guess... First time cat owner?

Google: Psst, hey kid, want a new eSIM? Our Fi has one right here

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Re: How did they come up with the project name?

Short for WiFi and pronounced with a long "i". Because it can seamlessly switch between WiFi and multiple carriers depending on what's available, or something.

I bet you could find out with a Google search!

Gigabit? More like, you can gigabet the US will fall behind on super-fast broadband access

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Re: A variation of the early computer model then...

In a similar boat here. I sometimes casually twitch-stream my games, but I have to reduce the resolution and compress the hell out of it, and then can only solo local games.

Letting my phone upload a video to my Google account can take hours and ties up all my bandwidth.

Forget posting a video to YouTube. Takes all night, all my bandwidth and is likely to fail. I take it to work, instead, remote in and start it uploading at night. It's usually up in an hour.

1MB up is useable for gaming and chat but you can't do much else.

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Re: Gigabit Internet costs

Fiber... hell, laying a pipe with a fishing line would do.

It was a good thought, though. Which is what confused Verizon so much.

Using a free VPN? Why not skip the middleman and just send your data to President Xi?

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Re: run your own? really?

Not everybody's use case is the same as everybody else's use case. Some of us prefer to obscure our origin.

Where to implant my employee microchip? I have the ideal location

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Doubtless RFID-blocking gloves will become a fashion statement.

Microsoft slips ads into Windows 10 Mail client – then U-turns so hard, it warps fabric of reality

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Re: Why would anyone tolerate this?

Wow, Memory Lane. I've used Eudora, Thunderbird, and I still use Agent for home. (I only use Outlook at work because I have to.) I don't think I've used The Bat but I'm pretty sure I've looked at it.

RIP Bill Godbout: Cali wildfire claims the life of master maverick of microcomputers

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I have some Compupro S100 boards stuffed into an IMSAI 8080 chassis out in the garage. Alas, I have not tinkered with them in decades.

Bright spark dev irons out light interference

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Re: It's called a choke.

Richard Lederer. Love his books.

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Re: Have you ever put something apparently useless to good use?

I used to have a pet peeve, but it died of overfeeding.

Another 3D printer? Oh, stop it, you're killing us. Perhaps literally: Fears over ultrafine dust

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Re: You know what's always fatal?

"It isn't usually being born that kills you."

...it's the sudden stop at the end.

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Re: Cheesy.

"While perhaps an FDM is about as safe as a BBQ..."

If it is, then there's cause for concern.


Brit boffins build 'quantum compass'... say goodbye to those old GPS gizmos, possibly

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So it's an inertial tracker that will work on the Discworld, provided you don't need to know your elevation.

Bloke jailed for trying to blow up UK crypto-cash biz after it failed to reset his account password

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Re: A note to USAian authors

For the record, this benighted colonist (born in Philadelphia... that's in Pennsylvania, USA in case there's any doubt in anybody's mind WHICH Philadelphia I meant) automatically assumes that London means the one in England, Paris means the one in France, Berlin in Germany, and so on unless otherwise specified.

However, I cannot speak for any of my fellow colonists.

CinemaSins likes to make fun when movies specify the countries of famous cities.

UK rail lines blocked by unexpected Windows dialog box

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Re: Ancient meme is ancient

Glasses Pull

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Sorry, I've spent far too many hours on tvtropes.org.


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