* Posts by Jeffrey Nonken

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YouTube sin-bins account of KRACK WPA2 researcher

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Re: In Range

"AFAICT, one does not have to be "in range" personally."

Agreed. I've thought that one way to avoid being spotted suspiciously hanging around a hotspot would be to suitably provision a cheap smartphone, drop it into the bushes, then control it from a remote location at your leisure.

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A recap is a method whereby you recount all relevant details, usually in summary, to assure they're fresh in everybody's mind, in turn to assure that they're all operating from the same context. "On the same page." Sometimes that means mentioning details that some of those people haven't forgotten, or details that are obvious to some of them.

A brief mention of that particular important fact, no matter how obvious to you, shouldn't have inconvenienced you very much. Surely it took less of your time than formulating and entering a reply did.

There's really no need to get sarcastic about it.

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Survey: Tech workers are terrified they will be sacked for being too old

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Re: Experience?

My company had started seeing ghost digits on their multiplexed displays after updating to brighter displays. They tried all kinds of timing fixes that never worked, finally gave up.

After I was hired I spotted this, asked, was told, and had it fixed in 10 minutes. They were simply leaving the segment drivers on between digits. Took one line of code.

It wasn't visible on the dimmer displays so they assumed it was a problem with the newer ones. I walked in with a fresh viewpoint and, more importantly, more experience. I would never have made the mistake in the first place.

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I love disruptive computer jargon. It's so very William Burroughs

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As for my funny accent... If we ever meet, watch out. I'm gonna take YerAHRS and... buy it and you a pint at the nearest pub. We can sit for a while and poke fun at each others' cultures. And our own. I promise I won't be bringing my six-gun, they annoyingly don't like us to be armed on international flights for some reason.

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The correct pronunciation of ".GIF" is just as controversial as the pronunciation of "Linux". I don't think your friend gets to claim unequivocally how it's pronounced.

For the former, I personally consider that an acronym derives from the words it's abbreviating. All else being equal, then, I pronounce it with a hard "g". Also, it's the only way the joke "beware geeks bearing .GIFs" works.

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Re: Phew!!!

Hmmph.

We 60yo primordial slime don't think much of your patronizing us. Get off my lawn!

:)

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FCC gives Google's broadband balloons 'experimental license' in Puerto Rico

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Re: What could possibly go wrong ?

...Or try to fly around it.

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Ok... I know who Reuben Flagg is, but I confess I don't get the connection. (...No pun intended.) Maybe I just need to dig then out and re-read them, it's been a while and I've forgotten most of the details. Also it should be "American Flagg!" with the exclamation.

...Unless you're talking about a different "American Flagg" that I don't know about in which case never mind.

OTOH I think I'll dig out the comics and re-read them anyway because I like the series and haven't read it in a while. :)

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What is the probability of being drunk at work and also being tested? Let's find out! Correctly

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Re: and in the real world

I was going to say... Chances for me are preeeeety much zero. :)

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Un-Delled SonicWall beefs up firewall to wrestle ransomware

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Sorry, I gave up on them when Dell bought them. Granted I was using an older model for my home network, and it's obsolete now, but adding "Dell owned" did not fill me with confidence. Also they instantly dropped all remaining support for my model like a hot rock.

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MH370 final report: Aussies still don’t know where it crashed or why

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This is what Lost looks like to the rest of the world. They've simply gotten stuck in a TV series.

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Vibrating walls shafted servers at a time the SUN couldn't shine

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"I don't get how elevators shunting a dozen people at a time are easier to deal with than elevators shunting a few garbage bags full of coffee cups and snot rags."

Well, first, it was a "service elevator", which is a large lift used for moving large items. Usually not used for moving passengers, usually not located conveniently for passengers, and many companies forbid casual use for passengers.

And if people ARE using it casually, it's not convenient to the offices, so it's probably one or two guys in the shop not wanting to take the stairs or walk all the way to reception and back.

So it probably doesn't get used much. At most it gets used a lot for items that won't fit easily into a passenger lift but aren't particularly heavy.

OTOH a large building could need a large cleaning crew, each member having his or her own cart full of equipment, and possibly some heavy polishing equipment. It adds up.

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Re: DEC Alpha's scrapped

"Ended up costing around £100k to replace the two servers. Cost of air-con would have been £15k."

Heh. The very definition of a "false economy." Amazing how many people get it wrong.

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Harvard, MIT boffins ink up with health-monitoring 'smart' tats

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"still disappoints your mother"

Yeah, she'll be turning in her grave... OH WAIT, SHE WAS CREMATED

She's just gonna have to start haunting me if it bugs her that much.

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Bless their hearts: Democrats want $40bn to spruce up America's bumpkin broadband

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I voted for Cthulu. Got sick and tired of choosing the lesser evil!

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At last, someone's taking Apple to task for, uh, not turning on iPhone FM radio chips

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https://techcrunch.com/2017/09/28/whose-fcc-is-this/

Earlier models had the FM block in the phone, but not hooked up. So there's no way to make it work there, either.

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30 strong fingers but still no happy ending for robotic back rub

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Re: Sorry but.. he didn't teach nobody nothing.

At the beginning of the video, the robot's movements are stiff and uncoordinated, and only approximate the operator's movements. As time goes on the robot's movements become smoother, more accurate and better coordinated, and follow with less delay.

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Handroid? That's just a relabeled Waldo. A fancy one, to be sure, but a Waldo.

"Those who do not learn from Science Fiction are doomed to re-read it." - George Santaclaus or something

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Angst in her pants: Alleged US govt leaker Reality Winner stashed docs in her pantyhose

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Re: 10 Years? Fck!

"He won't break. Shall we bring out the Leroy Neiman paintings?"

"No, we can't risk violating the Geneva Conventions."

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Re: The Obvious

As is "not being a general".

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EasyJet: We'll have electric airliners within the next decade

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Re: Well....

"...the passengers could start peddling to recharge them!"

I think it's the airline that's selling snake oil here, not the passengers!

...Or did you mean "pedaling"?

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Helium's for balloons and squeaky voices, not this 10TB Toshiba beast

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40MB? My first personal computer used a portable audio cassette recorder for mass storage.

Get off my lawn!

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Apple’s facial recognition: Well, it is more secure for the, er, sleeping user

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One of Larry Niven's stories had a security system that scanned the skull.

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Monkey selfie case settles for a quarter of future royalties

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Headmaster

Slater doesn't own the copyright either. If he does, he shouldn't. US copyright law requires the creator be human, and the monkey took the photo, for all that it was Slater's equipment. Therefore public domain.

Nothing wrong with Slater making money from the photo, he just doesn't get a US-government-sanctioned monopoly. PETA doesn't have any legal right to Slater's profits, but there's no reason they can't sell copies too. Public domain, after all.

At this point, the only people making money from this photo are the damned lawyers that Slater and PETA are paying. They'd both make more money if they'd just STFU and roll with it. First rule of holes, guys.

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Developer swings DMCA sueball at foul-mouthed streamer PewDiePie

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Re: Perjury

"...this is not a case of false DMCA claims. As addressed in the article, everyone who uploads a recording of or streams footage of a game is violating copyright and potentially subject to DMCA takedown requests."

Because there is no such thing as Fair Use.

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Google to relieve HTC of its phones biz – report

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Re: My G1

I too still have my G1, though I've mostly kept it as a curiosity. It's running Cyanogenmod, takes three forevers to boot, and I can't get it to connect to the network (Ting/T-Mobile). Not that I really tried very hard. But it's nominally functional.

OTOH the phone I really miss is my Sidekick II. Totally irrelevant to this thread, but there you go.

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Dear rioters: Hiding your face with scarves, hats can't fool this AI system

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https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20170901/20023538138/uk-police-test-facial-recognition-tech-carnival-rack-up-35-bogus-hits-one-wrongful-arrest.shtml

Let's get it working, THEN get fancy. OK?

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User thanked IT department for fast new server, but it had never left its box

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Re: Praise or accusations of work not done?

Also known as PEBKAC: problem exists between keyboard and chair. Though my father used to call that simply a "cockpit error." Another is "user malfunction."

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VW engineer sent to the clink for three years for emissions-busting code

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Re: Did He Have An Option ???

Until you discharge the firearm in somebody's face, how do you know it's illegal?

That's what laws and regulations are FOR.

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Headless body found near topless beach: Missing private sub journalist identified

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Re: Making light of tragedy

Oh dear, you got me started.

Hanging on a wall: Art

Floating in a hot tub: Stu

Lying in the garden: Pete

Lying in a safe: Will

Sitting on a stage: Mike

Flying over a fence: Homer

What do you call a man with no feet? Neil

What do you call a woman with one leg shorter than the other? Ilene

If she's Asian? Irene

I trust there are people I haven't offended, but the day is young.

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Oldest flying 747 finally grounded, 47 years after first flight

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Re: Poor Design

Funny thing: the keyboard hates you, too. ;)

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Drive-thru drive-by at McDs after ice cream no-show, say cops

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Re: Flaunting a replica assault weapon in the US?

It also looks very strange to those of us literate in English and read it as "not known for it is armed staff".

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Judge yanks plug out of AT&T's latest attack on Google Fiber

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Re: @rh587 Is that fear I smell?

Not to mention that, chances are, Google will be using some of the same contractors that AT&T uses anyway.

AT&T doesn't really think Google is going to be blithely mowing down their data lines. They're just coming up with moral panics in an attempt to prevent competition.

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Atari shoots sueball at KitKat maker over use of 'Breakout' in ad

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I'm mightily curious which "intellectual property" they are alleging has been violated: copyright, trademark or patent?

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Four techies flummoxed for hours by flickering 'E' on monitor

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We had a user with a constant 60Hz flicker on his crt. Wasn't a nearby fan. Swapping monitors didn't fix it. The same monitor worked fine elsewhere. Changing settings just changed the patterns.

I was totally stumped until I realized that the ginormous breaker panel that fed half a factory office floor was directly on the other side of the wall. The user simply rearranged his desk with the monitor on the opposite side and all was well.

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GPS III satellites and ground station projects get even later as costs gently spiral

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Re: Do you have any idea how GPS works?

Keeeerekt! Give dah man a ceegar.

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Big Cable falls into wormhole to alternate universe, sends back blog post about USA's amazing broadband

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I first read "88 percent of American consumers can choose from at least two wired internet service providers" as "88 American consumers can choose from at least two wired internet service providers" and I thought, yeah, that's actually about right.

But of course of those two providers, one is a cable provider that charges twice as much if you don't bundle TV and phone and an alarm system with your Internet, charges you $10 monthly for renting a cable box you can pick up for $100 on eBay, limits your throughput if you exceed a few gigs/month, then adds below-the-line fees to jack up your bill well beyond the advertised price. The other is DSL artificially limited to 6M down/768K up at a price point disproportionately high per unit bandwidth compared to the cable provider, though the monthly fees are lower (even after adding their own below-the-line fees), though they'll be happy to sell you 12M down for about what it costs for cable. So only one of them even qualifies as broadband. If you call either company's customer service you end up in menu hell, then on hold for 15 minutes or more; you talk to somebody with an incomprehensible accent who tries harder to upsell you than to resolve your problem. Then they schedule a visit where you're required to stay home all day, even though the problem turns out to be in a switching station 5 miles away and nobody actually has to show up to your house.

And if the problem is that you lose connection every time it rains, the first thing they want to try is a replacement modem which for which they charge you $60 for overnight shipping without warning.

It turns out that the DSL is unreliable because the phone company buried the cables and an unsealed junction box 30 years ago and haven't touched it since. It takes 3 weeks and two tries for them to dig it up and replace it with another junction box, seal this one with black electrician's tape, before burying it again.

The only mitigating factor is they can't charge you for the work, but the field tech tries to lecture you on how much better service you'd get if you were dealing with them directly instead of through a third party. You know, one with real customer service and no artificial throttling.

NOT THAT I AM BITTER.

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What can you do with adult VR, some bronze gears and a robotic thumb? On a Friday?

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Dabbsy, the series of accomplishment-cheapening double entendres is why we come here week after week. :)

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Jesus walks away after 7,000lb pipe van incident

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Re: Jesus!

*rolls eyes*

He clearly meant "pronounced" and either made a typo or was helpfully auto-filled or autocorrected by his phone.

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MH370 researchers refine their prediction of the place nobody looked

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Re: What can be learned of the crash at this late stage?

"Now remove the links to the avionics including to the engine computers, inside the engines. They obey the last instruction given - maintain the power setting. The aircraft flies blindly on until fuel exhaustion."

It is a fly-by-wire system, so yoke and power control could be lost in such a scenario. Otherwise I would have said to pull the breakers for the autopilot and fly manually.

...So pull the breakers and use the mechanical backup controls.

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Bonkers call to boycott Raspberry Pi Foundation over 'gay agenda'

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https://goo.gl/images/HgtLwQ

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Fresh cotton underpants fix series of mysterious mainframe crashes

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That electrostatic discharge engineer should be fired, or at least censured.

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Wanna tap 3 MEELLION phone calls? All it takes is one measly warrant

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46 years, Holy crap. That's old enough to have kids of its own, with the first grandkid on the way.

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Dead serious: How to haunt people after you've gone... using your smartphone

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Re: Like those Chryogenic companies

Oh and AFAIK it's technically not part of Known Space, though one could be forgiven for thinking it was.

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Re: Like those Chryogenic companies

"The central character happily enters into the future hedonistic culture without realising that he is then rapidly exhausting his residual funds."

That bit sounds a lot like Age of the Pussyfoot by Frederick Pohl.

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Re: Like those Chryogenic companies

World Out of Time. Something about processing the brain for the RNA and using that to transfer the memories, IIRC. He ends up even farther into the future and a completely different dystopia.

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Ride-snare: Lyft ruse helps cops cuff suspect in tech CEO murder case

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Important information missing from article

...But what were the cop's and Lyft driver's cars' make and model?

This critical information was left out of the article. It's not complete without them.

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Apple, LG, Huawei, ZTE, HTC accused of pilfering 'find my phone' tech

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Re: Nice try

But then there's Prior Art. Have we eliminated that?

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Uber wants your top tips to mend its rotten image

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Or possibly he just wants a guarantee that Uber won't take a cut of the tip. If so, that's less clear.

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You misunderstood him. He's merely insisting on tipping the driver, and the only scenario that would stop him would be the unlikely one he described and you berated him for.

IOW he's not demanding the company give up all its money. He's demanding the right to tip.

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