* Posts by Jeffrey Nonken

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Denial of denial-of-service served: There was NO DDoS on FCC net neutrality comments

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Re: It beats me why some gun-happy Yanks haven't terminated him!

I realize that people in the rest of the world don't understand this concept, but murder is actually illegal in the U.S. Being allowed to own things that can be used to kill people doesn't change that.

It's much like in your country. It's possible that the list of deadly things you may legally own might be different in some details, but that doesn't change the fact that using them to kill people is just as illegal as killing people by other means.

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Sorry, Neil Armstrong. Boffins say you may not have been first life-form to set foot on the Moon

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Re: Buzz also says they didn't go to the moon.

Also Snopes. https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/buzz-aldrin-moon-admission/

Go peddle yer papers.

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Re: Buzz also says they didn't go to the moon.

I see your moon landing hoax conspiracy video and raise you a counter-video.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_loUDS4c3Cs

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So... cyanobacteria are known for their pedal extremities, then?

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Bank on it: It's either legal to port-scan someone without consent or it's not, fumes researcher

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"why are you running VNC on port 80?"

Bwah hah hah hah! Go ahead, try to connect to that. I double-dare you.

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Those are nowhere near my VNC ports.

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Cracking the passwords of some WPA2 Wi-Fi networks just got easier

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Nobody is claiming otherwise.

Meantime, THIS technique won't work against it, and for the moment, it's secure.

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The age of hard drives is over as Samsung cranks out consumer QLC SSDs

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I think it'll be when the operating costs drop below spinning rust.

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Re: Luxury

Thumbs up for the Burroughs reference, my father used to work for them.

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Re: Luxury

Ignoring for the moment the IBM 360 and the IBM 1620 at college, the first drive I ever worked with professionally was a CDC Hawk drive with 5MB fixed and 5MB removable.

When I described that to a colleague the following year he exclaimed, "five megabytes? You'd NEVER fill that up!"

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Re: QLC? It's not the one for me

"The endurance of some high-capacity enterprise HDDs is actually less now than SSDs."

Yes, but it's a technology people are comfortable with, therefore it's superior in every important way.

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Ever seen printer malware in action? Install this HP Ink patch – or you may find out

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Re: Had to give up on HP inkjet years ago

My (used, bought from a friend who needed some cash) HP laptop won't boot if I try to upgrade the WiFi module. Bios gives an error that the configuration of incorrect. Same module works fine in my Lenovo of the same era; they don't need to force me to spend money on little stuff.

All sorts of annoying things on the HP that are done right on the Lenovo.

Last month I bought two Acers.

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Game over for Google: Fortnite snubs Play Store, keeps its 30%, sparks security fears

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Re: this is only news because fortnite

I'm 61. Haven't seen a milkman since I was a child. Know enough to turn untrusted sources back off and to laugh at your presumption.

Young punks. Get off my lawn!

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Re: A free to play game

If Epic were interested in their users, they could check the OS and settings and pop up a reminder to turn off side-loading once installed. Even pull up the setting for you.

Now me, I do that as a matter of course. Only one or two things I side-load anyway, and I always turn off untrusted sources immediately. Also I own a Pixel. :) But I think Epic should include the reminder.

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Re: Sweeney shuns Google's haircut

I don't know where you are, but I'm in the US. Here you can sure anybody for anything.

But the first question is going to be: in what way did Epic _force_ you to install the game?

Look over this way. See this? This is me not installing Fortnite.

If I can do it, you can do it. Be brave!

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The Solar System's oldest minerals reveal the Sun's violent past

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You had me at "blue crystals."

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Early experiment in mass email ends with mad dash across office to unplug mail gateway

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My girlfriend used to claim that if Niagara Falls was a British territory it would be pronounced "Niffles".

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Here's why AI can't make a catchier tune than the worst pop song in the charts right now

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Re: Well mixing should not occur

Oh, trust me, it exists. Otherwise heterodyning wouldn't work.

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Skype Classic headed for the chopping block on September 1

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Well, the bad news is, next time I use Skype I'll have to run the upgrade, then learn the new interface.

The good news is that I don't use Skype unless I absolutely have to. Last time I did, it was to talk to my father (with my sister's assistance -- at his end). But Dad's dead now, so that leaves... zero reasons for me to use Skype.

As it is, Skype wants to be my Best Buddy and tries to take over my phone every time I install it; send me constant notifications about things I don't care about; chew up CPU cycles I would rather spend playing Candy Crush (note: I have less than zero interest in playing Candy Crush); chew up battery life I'd rather spend oh hell, you get the idea.

It's just a drain on resources and my tolerance levels. If I install it, it's to use it once, then I uninstall it. Then I gargle battery acid to clean out the taste.

Not quite as bad on my PC because I can set it to not start on boot.

Pros: It's not actually an incurable wasting disease.

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Scam alert: No, hackers don't have webcam vids of you enjoying p0rno. Don't give them any $$s

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Kitten videos?

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It walks, it talks, it falls over a bit. Windows 10 is three years old

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Re: "the Windows 7 hold-outs should finally feel able to make the upgrade"

Put the menu system back the way it was, stop pushing your solutions in my face, and let me turn off the Phone Home feature and we'll talk.

Also put the file explorer back to XP's style and stop burying the context of new windows.

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Farewell then, Slack: The grown-ups have arrived

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I don't see it as anything like a substitute for email. I see it as a chat system. The fact that it archives is a nice feature, that's all. The fact that it supports emojis is just an annoyance.

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FCC caught red-handed – again – over its $225 complaint billing plan

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And then there's this silly myth going around that every journalistic effort is required to present a "balanced" and unbiased viewpoint. Who decided that? Based on what criteria? What were they smoking, and how can I get some?

As for comparing to a work of fiction, since when is there anything wrong with pointing out how ridiculous are a person's actions? ... Oh right, since we decided that news reporting must be "balanced".

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Fresh cup of WTF with lunch? TeamViewer's big in Twitter's domination-as-a-service scene

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Rule 34.

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Re: To do the same for free...

What happens to me is that I verify that my colleagues are mature adults who respect me.

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The butterfly defect: MacBook keys wrecked by single grain of sand

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One definition for insanity, yes.

OTOH there can be legitimate reasons for re-trying actions that fail repeatedly. Regression testing comes to mind. Also, if you've seen it work at least once.

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Hipster horror! Slack has gone TITSUP: Total inability to support user procrastination

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Well... There's always discord.

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BlackBerry KEY2: Remember buttons? Boy, does this phone sure have them

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Re: Phone cameras

TL;DR "economies of scale".

Mr Orlowski likes his photos. If you don't like that, don't read his gadget reviews. Or else learn to scroll.

Photography isn't my priority, but I like Andrew's reviews, so I sometimes read and sometimes scroll past depending on my mood.

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UK Foreign Office offers Assange a doctor if he leaves Ecuador embassy

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But even Brits can't all grasp English punctuation rules.

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Reality Winner, liberty loser: NSA leaker faces 63 months in the cooler

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"Being called Reality Winner should itself be an indictable offence."

Ad hominem! ;)

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Buttonless and port-free: Expect the next iPhone to be as smooth as a baby's bum

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No, don't hold back! Tell us how you really feel.

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Chrome sends old Macs on permanent Safari: Browser bricks itself

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A shame. My 2006 MacBook still works, even though it's a bit creaky. I hesitate to upgrade past Snow Leopard due to performance. But it works.

It's not like I refuse to upgrade. I just bought an Acer Predator Helios 300 and passed along a nearly new Nitro 5 to my daughter. But I hate to throw working hardware away.

Maybe I can get a couple quid for it on eBay.

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Apple will throw forensics cops off the iPhone Lightning port every hour

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Re: Aiding and Abetting

The government would have to arrest themselves. After all, they're the ones maintaining the roads used for the getaway.

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User spent 20 minutes trying to move mouse cursor, without success

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Re: Trackball can be worse....

And if you don't have both balls and sockets you may have hip dysplasia.

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Re: Trackball can be worse....

I hate meeces to pieces!

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AI built to track you through walls because, er, Parkinsons?

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Re: What do they use for reception?

Have an upvote for the Kiera Cameron reference.

Bingeing through my second watching even as we speak. :)

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Aussie bloke wins right to sue Google over 'underworld' images

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Re: Autocomplete on a name

I have to type almost my complete name before I see myself. Once I have my surname complete, mostly I see myself and pianist Marilyn Nonken.

AFAICT my name is unique.

Apparently my wife's name is also unique, both maiden and married names.

And my daughters... well. My surname is VERY unusual.

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Four hydrogen + eight caesium clocks = one almost-proven Einstein theory

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Some of us have seen The Secret Life of Machines and managed to figure out what a lift was from context.

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You blithering Ajit! Huawei burns Pai for FCC sh*tlist proposal

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Re: unverified and unsupportable factual allegations

It's lawyer-speak. Don't try to use logic on it.

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Uber 'does not exist any more' says Turkish president

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Re: NYC medallions

It's the crab bucket.

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Platinum partner had 'affair' with my wife – then Oracle screwed me, ex-sales boss claims

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Re: That's life

Trolling for downvotes?

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Game over: Atari cofounder Ted Dabney dies aged 81

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Re: "Syzygy"

It's an astronomy term about alignment. Also used in other disciplines. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Syzygy

A bit obscure, but the odds aren't really that low. Even comic book writers have heard of it. (TBH that's where I first encountered it, in Dreadstar, where it was used as a character name.)

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Sysadmin's PC-scrub script gave machines a virus, not a wash

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Re: Blame my ex!

Yep, but that Trojan often used your contacts. I once opened one from my father.

... Immediately realized that it was out of character* and took steps to disinfect. But yeah, I've been caught by the I Love You Trojan, if only for Long enough for a cleanup.

* We're not a demonstrative lot. It wouldn't have been beyond the realm of possibility, but unlikely.

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I'd rather have a 3.5 inch hard one than a 5.25 inch floppy one.

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Ongoing game of Galileo chicken goes up a notch as the UK talks refunds

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DohRa9lsx0Q

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US Senator Ron Wyden to Pentagon: Encrypt your websites

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Re: Here's an Idea

I don't know whether to be offended by this or declare it Actually Pretty Funny.

I think I'll punt, and be offended instead by your use of an apostrophe in a plural. You cad!

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Re: Trust me, I'm a network engineer.

I play Sombra in Overwatch and I agree with this statement.

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HTC U12+: Like a Pixel without the pratfalls, or eye-watering price tag

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Re: HTC Sense

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.droid27.senseflipclockweather

That one?

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'Facebook takes data from my phone – but I don't have an account!'

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Re: Pages rule (again)

At least you CAN disable the feeds, unlike that stupid search bar.

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Re: Pages rule (again)

"I'm a long time Nexus and Pixel owner, so I guess I've had a sheltered and uninfected life."

... Other than all the Google crud. And it's got all kinds of "keep you informed" alerts enabled. If you don't want your phone constantly telling you which celebrity is dating whom and who won various sports events, you need to go through a painful process of individually shutting down a crap ton of feeds.

Fortunately neither Facebook nor WhatsApp seems to be installed here. Pixel XL here, with a Nexus 7 2nd gen and a now-broken Nexus 5x, all running stock. ... Well, except the broken phone, which doesn't run anything.

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