* Posts by Jeffrey Nonken

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Apple sings another iTune following Brexit as prices rise by up to a third

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Re: "United Kingdon"?

No, that's it, I'm stopping this sketch. It's gotten silly.

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Seagate hauls out fat form factor throwback hard drive

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Re: Gah - I thought that meant a return of the...

Kinda what I was thinking too... I still have a couple Bigfoot drives in a box in my garage somewhere.

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Fake History Alert: Sorry BBC, but Apple really did invent the iPhone

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Re: Impartiality

Xerox. Kleenex. Scotch tape.

...Crapper.

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Re: Was it delicious served cold?

Yeah, I noticed that too. I figured it was my own inability to count to three due to my American public education.

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I too have watched Connections many times. Also The Day The Universe Changed.

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Top cop: Strap Wi-Fi jammers to teen web crims as punishment

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Re: Hmmm

Also, phone data service != WiFi. That's my mobile sorted.

If I want, I can tether to my phone via Bluetooth. If it's a blanket white noise jammer, that won't work either. But if it's protocol-based, I'm golden.

More expensive, yeah. So?

Think I'll hang out in Starbucks and sip coffee for a few hours. Read a book.

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TV anchor says live on-air 'Alexa, order me a dollhouse' – guess what happens next

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Not the news broadcaster's fault. Fault belongs to the people who sell Alexa.

If you make a system that can affect people's lives, you have a moral responsibility to assure it does not operate by accident.

Niven and Pournelle covered this in The Mote in God's Eye.

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Could YOU survive a zombie apocalypse? Uni eggheads say you'd last just 100 days

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Re: Sorry, they modeled survivability of a zombie outbreak without allowing for defense ?

Yes thank you! I've read the article before but couldn't remember where to find it.

They also missed a trick. Most zombie movies seem to assume that zombies without a source of brains will simply wander around aimlessly forever. But without food, their bodies will chew through their energy reserves very quickly. Fast zombies will waste away even more quickly than slow zombies. Running takes a lot of energy! Any assumption that has the zombies using body mass as fuel will simply have the bodies collapse when they run out of sufficient muscle mass to keep them upright. Which won't take long. Fat zombies will last the longest. But not much of a respite unless the virus can discriminate between muscle and fat. And...

Too many problems with this model, my head is spinning. Suffice to say the zombies would collapse in hours, I should think.

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Slim pickings by the Biggest Loser: A year of fitness wearables

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Please feel free to flatter yourself. For myself, I missed my usual pre-weekend dose of Dabbsy humour and am pleased you're back.

'Grats on the weight loss and condolences on the pater loss. My own still lives but is in a nursing home, needs constant care, can no longer express himself in words... There's still a mind in there, he stays awake and pays attention when I talk about work, but the peripheral systems are slowly failing.

I cannot imagine anything more boring than me talking about work, but I suppose it's the only geek talk he gets to hear any more.

Anyway, glad to have you back.

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Re: You can stick it ..

Depends on how many layers of sports bra she's wearing, a process my wife used to call "double-bagging".

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Flight simulator sets fire to airport

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Re: 'contained a replica passenger cabin'

Somebody spilled McDonald's coffee.

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Folders return to Windows 10's Start Thing

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Re: Does anyone even use the Win 10 start mess?

Classic Shell is what I use on every Windows PC I own, except that I personally am stuck in the year 2000. ... For Windows menus, anyway. But Classic Shell gives you all the choices.

Also stuck at Windows 7. Have exactly one WX system, at work, for testing our USB devices against WX. It spends most of its CPU cycles running a Killing Floor 2 private server.

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Peace comes to troubled embedded-Linux-for-routers community

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Re: Second Law of Thermodynamics confounded!

Entropy just isn't what it used to be.

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Google's latest legal opponents: Shooting victims' families – and a cheesed-off ex-manager

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Pfft. All the Google hate here is balderdash. This is a Steve Dallas lawsuit, plain and simple.

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Spotty battery life costs Apple's MacBook Pro its gold-star rating

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"+screwdriver for the baseplate"

Phillips.

"the star screwdriver for the hard drive pegs"

Torx.

Really, we're all geeks here. We can handle the proper names for things.

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Twas the week before Xmas ... not a creature was stirring – except Microsoft admitting its Windows 10 upgrade pop-up went 'too far'

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"We know we want people to be running Windows 10 from a security perspective..."

Another lie, Chris. Microsoft wants it from a marketing perspective and couldn't give a rat's ass about security. Unless it brings in money, of course. You're just trying to save face.

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Screw EU! Apple to fight back over €13bn tax bill

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No wonder they've been trying so hard to beat up Samsung for their lunch money.

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Facebook's internet drone crash-landed after wing 'deformed' in flight

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Somebody please ship the NTSB a supply of apostrophes. They appear to have run out.

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Beauty is in the AI of the beholder: Young blokes teach computer to judge women by their looks

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Re: Deeply Flawed article

*wince* mimicking.

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Re: Congratulations!

Thus do we teach our machines confirmation bias.

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Re: Says more about young Chinese men than the women

My reaction was similar: they're all attractive, but the top group looks younger.

OTOH I prefer strong women and also closer to my age than my daughter's.

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Don't panic, friends, but the Chinese navy just nicked one of America's underwater drones

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Surely they're privateers, not pirates, as they are backed by a government.

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New US rules on 'vehicle-to-vehicle' communications under consultation

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"The DoT said that mandating V2V communications could add $300 to the cost of making each vehicle, but that it would save up to $71 billion as a result of lowering the number of vehicle collisions."

So is that a savings or not? How many billions per year is $300/vehicle, or how much per vehicle is $71 billion? The figures sound impressive but they're in completely different frames of reference, so can't be directly compared.

Also, dollar figures are fine, but presumably one of the costs of collisions is lives lost. How many lives saved are we talking about? How many permanent disabilities?

For that matter, there may be other costs associated with the addition of the new system, some of which have been enumerated by my fellow commenters. Who will be paying for attack mitigation? How many people will be late to important meetings because of some script kiddies?

The mind boggles!

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Climate change bust up: We'll launch our own damn satellites if Trump pulls plug – Gov Brown

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Re: Idea

So... wait until the building is burning down before installing fire suppression equipment?

Note: Not a car analogy, sorry.

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Dixons warns of looming Brexit storm cloud amid bumper results

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Re: Warranty

Extended warranties and such are a form of gambling. There's a chance the product will fail during the lifetime of the plan.

When you buy the plan, you're betting the device will fail during that period, and that it will cost at least the price of the plan to fix.

When they sell you the plan, they're betting the device will NOT fail, or will cost less than the plan's price to fix.

The house gets to set the terms and the price. You've only got Hobson's choice. In the meantime, they have your money to collect interest on, you do not, if you buy.

In the long run, the house always wins.

To win the game, take the price of each plan you're offered and put it into savings or other investment (instead of buying the plan). You get to collect interest, and you have money set aside for repairs that should, statistically, exceed the cost of the repairs. There are some assumptions baked into that but you should come out ahead in any case.

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Bluetooth-enabled safe lock popped after attackers win PINs

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Re: @AC

Yeah, that "feature" of the vault always bothered me in Die Hard.

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Remember that brightest supernova ever seen? It wasn't one

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Re: ASSASSiNated?

What a load of Schlock.

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Russia's bid for mobile self-sufficiency may be the saviour of Sailfish

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Re: Market size?

Did you mean "differential"? "Deferential" is a behaviour.

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Busted Windows 8, 10 update blamed for breaking Brits' DHCP

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"I had to give my Harmony Hub a static IP address as well. This was last month so they've apparently not fixed it yet."

Oh, is that what happened? After I tried restarting a couple times I reconfigured it into the bin. Was more fiddly than doing things by hand. Lucky I got it at a discount.

That was months ago, though. You say this was last month? Hmmm. Maybe my kit just died.

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Say bye-bye to net neutrality next year, gloats FCC commish Pai

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"Mexicans are mostly descended from the Spanish, fuckwit."

Mexicans are mostly descended from indigenes, fuckwit. http://www.banderasnews.com/0707/eded-racesofmexico.htm

Both statements are true. And your point is...?

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Re: AC " "give him a chance" to change to "Give him the F***ing Boot" "

The US is a republic.

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Bluetooth 5.0 emerges, ready to chew on the internet of things

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Re: Reliability?

Been streaming Netflix on my Windows laptop for a while. It has a Hell of a time; losing sync, or slipping into HSP mode even with the mic disabled.

Got a Nexus tablet, started watching on that and haven't had a single glitch. Not one.

I'd guess that many problems are implementation-dependent.

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Has Samsung, er, rounded the corner with Apple court win?

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I always though that patent was un-obvious. To me it makes more sense to have a triangular display, and spiked corners on my phone.

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Neo-Nazi man jailed for anti-Semitic Twitter campaign against MP

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Re: Well

"Is he doing some sort of live experiment on recursion?"

Nope, he just doesn't know the First Rule of Holes.

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Re: sigh..

"And there you have it. The trouble with locking some people up for what they say is that soon you think about locking others up as well, for even less."

He wasn't locked up for what he said, he was locked up for what he did.

"Thank God for our First Amendment."

Which gets kicked to the curb by our so-called justice system any time it inconveniences law enforcement. But ignoring that, it guarantees that we're allowed to express ourselves, but not that anybody is forced to listen. I'm allowed to express my opinion to you, but if I were to do it on your front lawn at 2AM with a PA system and a light show, I seriously doubt that you and your neighbors would just say "It's OK, he's just exercising his first amendment rights", turn over and go back to sleep.

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Re: El Reg reader?

"...I knew a Jewish girl who'd go completely bursar if someone mentioned Hitler, yet failed to realise that but for him, she probably wouldn't have existed..."

And I know a Jewish girl who feels survivor guilt because if her mother's first husband hadn't been murdered in the Camps, she wouldn't have existed either. But thanks for cherry picking the data.

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Wannabe Cali governor gives up against beach-blocking billionaire VC

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Re: Time to bring in the drones

...Unless, of course, vc calls the police and gives them temporary access. Just because you're not allowed in my house without invitation doesn't mean I can't invite you.

Contrariwise, if it's a public beach, as long as the beachgoers don't trespass on his private land, the police can tell him to go pound sand. Metaphorically, of course.

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Sysadmin figures out dating agency worker lied in his profile

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Re: Enter == submit

Young punks. Get off my lawn!

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Soon only Ticketmaster will rip you off: Concert scalper bots face US ban

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"I'd also like to see venues insisting that only the original purchaser can use the ticket. If you can't go, you return the ticket to the venue for resale."

Because people never buy tickets as gifts.

Because if I can't go due to a last-minute emergency, it's better to refund the tickets and have those seats unsold.

Or, since it's more likely I won't have the leisure to return the tickets in time, it's better the seats remain empty and I pay for useless tickets than for a friend to use them instead. Or an acquaintance. Or a total stranger. I'd rather give them away than throw them away... but I'll have to throw them away anyway. That will show those dirty scalpers!

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London cops' tech slammed for failing abused kids – report

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Re: No child is 'streetwise'

"Well "living in a house with three men", her two older brothers and Dad?"

Didn't say "living in a house with". Said "alone and unsafe with".

As for your hypothetical dad and two brothers, abusers are usually family members, so dad and two brothers doesn't automatically make one safe. Doesn't automatically make one unsafe either, but if you're going to ignore context, hey, you can twist it any way you like.

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Google may just have silently snuffed the tablet computer

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Re: who cares

Post them here. We'll find a use. :)

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Guess I'm behind the curve as usual

Awww. And I just got this Nexus 7... Happens it doesn't do what I got it for, but turns out it's nicer for reading tech web sites and e-books than my phone and more portable than my laptop for Netflix. These ageing eyes appreciate the larger screen.

I can live without it but I'm glad I got it anyway.

(2nd generation, so I get updates through Marshmallow without having to root it. Which was the original point.)

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Canadian cops cuff 11-year-old lad after Grand Theft Auto gets real

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Re: "reset button"???

Also it's called RESPAWN NOT RESET. Jeebus. You'd think they'd never played a video game in their lives!

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...except that he's right, here in the U.S. it probably would have gone down that way.

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How-to terror manuals still being sold by Apple, Amazon, Waterstones

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Re: @Bloke

...Which just proves we are hypocrites. Something that is already pretty obvious. Your point?

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You want SaaS? Don't bother, darling, your kind can't afford it

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I just tell them the truth: I write firmware for a airplane simulator company. Most think that's cool enough to stop there. If they ask what that entails, the explanation leaves them glassy-eyed enough to never want to ask me a question ever again ever.

OTOH if they know what firmware is it often means a pleasant techie conversation will follow. Win-win.

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Veeam kicks Symantec's ass over unpatentable patents

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Re: Patentable?

"If all of these patents were shot down by the USPTO, why in the hell were they issued in the first place?"

The U.S. patent system is pretty broken right now, starting with the office. They were issued due to said office having collective rectal-cranial inversion.

Reform desperately needed.

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Pre-Trump FCC – get a grip on mobe data caps, racist Stingray spying, urge Dem senators

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Re: Janus

No. Because these Congresscritters see a problem, are trying to address it, and firmly believe that the Trump administration will strongly oppose their efforts. And OBTW they happen to be Democratic senators.

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User needed 40-minute lesson in turning it off and turning it on again

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Classic Carlin

Cookie box says "open here." I'm glad it doesn't say "open somewhere else", I'd be all day trying to find a good spot!

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