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2955 posts • joined 22 Mar 2007

Google says Pixel 2's narcoleptic display is being fixed in June update

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> Seems to me to be a perfect example of why software houses shouldn't do hardware.

I don't know... all of Microsoft's hardware seems to be top-notch stuff.

Hell, I'm using a Microsoft Bluetooth keyboard on my Nexus 6P right now, and it's probably the best BT keyboard I've ever used.

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Developer’s code worked, but not in the right century

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> There was no encryption.... just creative ascii. The innocence of the internet had not yet bee corrupted.

HEH. On this side of the pond, in my particular part of the US in the '80s, the power company sent an 80-column punchcard with your bill... which you returned with the bill, and they used it to process your payment.

Since my mother was a developer^W software engineer^W^W programmer, she took it to work and punched a card with a negative amount in the proper place, thus getting us credited for a nice chunk o' change.

Sigh. My mother... the hacker.

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Yes, since the date format is such a non-standard, the first thing I do is find out what it is... mainly precipitated by bad experiences like the article's subject.

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Linux literally loses its Lustre – HPC filesystem ditched in new kernel

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If you look at the history of the project in Wikipedia, it looks like a game of 1930s football...

It started at CMU, went to Sun, Sun got bought by Oracle, Oracle says it's ceasing development, Whamcloud picked it up, Intel bought Whamcloud, then Xyratex gets the IP from Oracle, and it's apparently now being developed by Open SFS.

Or something like that.

Whew.

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Boffins offer to make speculative execution great again with Spectre-Meltdown CPU fix

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Re: Hard as I try...

> what's the punishment for violating it

Torvalds will swear at you!

> 'whack my pee pee'

Don't piss him off *too* much...

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'90s hacker collective man turned infosec VIP: Internet security hasn't improved in 20 years

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> Anyone else have a wonderful sense of nostalgia

Nope... because a ton of shit didn't work.

I remember having to compute modelines to get X11 working for a particular monitor/graphics card combination, and if you got it wrong, you could damage your monitor.

And while I'm at it, I remember shitty fixed-sync monitors. And monochrome monitors. And burn-in. And focus/degaussing problems.

I remember the nightmare of getting RS-232 working between devices that weren't a computer and a modem, and playing "guess the pinout" and trying to figure just what parts of the "standard" each side supported.

I remember slow-as-shit networking. When it worked. I remember Winsock issues.

I remember if you wanted to play this cool game, you HAD to have THAT graphics card. And not just a particular brand, but a particular model.

I remember if you wanted something faster than 9600 baud, you had to buy the same brand of modem as the other end of the connection.

Fuck all that broken shit.

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Dinosaurs permitted to mate: But what does AT&T Time merger mean for antitrust – and you?

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Re: "The US approach maximises consumer welfare"

> AT&T and TW are largely in different businesses, and any local monopoly (eg on network or telco assets) already exists and would be unchanged

No, they're not. For example, my "choice" in local ISPs is AT&T... or Time Warner (Spectrum)

Hm. I wonder how the merger will affect me?

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Bank of England to set new standards for when IT goes bad

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So basically

This is the adults having to step in?

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

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Re: If cops had their way...

Sure there are... they just go by the name of "hoarded zero-days" instead of battering rams.

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I don't like Apple

But I do enjoy the two fingers they're giving the FBI...

We need an "enjoying the popcorn" icon.

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Computer Misuse Act charge against British judge thrown out

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Re: Black and white or various shades of grey?

The shades of grey has always been the level of access to the computer in question.

In this case, she was a judge, so she did have access. She shouldn't have accessed that particular file according to various unspecified rules of conduct, but she had never been trained/told otherwise.

I think that considering her motives to ensure an unbiased trial, this was a just and fair verdict.

Granted, there are the tones of "we wouldn't have got off so easy" but that's a different subject.

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Tesla undecimates its workforce but Elon insists everything's absolutely fine

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They're also not renewing the residential sales agreement with Home Depot where they were selling solar roofs and powerwalls.

Thank fucking god. It made going to HD even more of a pain in the ass, as the salespeople would jump out and harass the hell out of you if you showed the slightest interest in the display.

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Comcast's mega-outage 'solution'... Have you tried turning your router off and on again?

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Re: Duh!!!

> was support not key to that decision making process

Are you kidding "Which one's cheapest? ... ok, that one."

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Monday: Intel touts 28-core desktop CPU. Tuesday: AMD turns Threadripper up to 32

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Re: Gimme speed

> the program differentiated the different calls elsewhere by their entry point addresses.

Wait, what? Why the hell would it do that?

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IoT CloudPets in the doghouse after damning security audit: Now Amazon bans sales

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Re: Mixed Feelings

I had to stop upgrading Firefox at v43, since v44 removed several features, such as fine-grained cookie control. (i.e. it asks set/block/session for each domain it hasn't seen before)

I switched to Pale Moon, until they too removed fine-grained cookie control.

So I just use FF v43 again, and it'll never be "upgraded" again.

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Finally, San Francisco cleans up the crap from its streets – yes, all those fscking scooters

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Re: Surely the solution is simple

> If they cared about the scooters they would be picking up the abandon ones

Actually they do pay people go retrieve and charge them

https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2018/05/charging-electric-scooters-is-a-cutthroat-business/560747/

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Yarrrr, the Business Software Alliance reckons piracy be down, me hearties

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Cloud?

Or another change in usage, where now it's all in the cloud and there's nothing to pirate?

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UK's first transatlantic F-35 delivery flight delayed by weather

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Coat

ETOPS

Engines Turn Or Passengers Swim

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DIYers rejoice: Hitting stuff to make it work even works in space

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Re: The book

It's an AMAZING book. I've read it twice. She's a hell of a writer and explainer, and she makes the driest of technical details interesting. She also does a good job of fitting all the bits together into the whole system and showing how it all interacts.

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Apple WWDC: There's no way iOS and macOS will fully merge as one

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OpenGL deprecated

Good to see Apple upholding non-proprietary standards.

And also good to see Mac gamers getting screwed even worse than Linux gamers. That's quite the bar to jump.

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You have suffered without red-headed emoji for too long. That changes Tuesday

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WTF?

Nerd Face 1F913

Is it just me, or does that look racist as fuck?

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Send printer ink, please. More again please, and fast. Now send it faster

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Re: Back in the 80's

> today is my last day of gainful employment in IT

Here's to you and the decades of shIT you managed to endure...

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Re: In the early days...

> That won't be available in the future - what's the chance of a thermal print-out not having faded totally in 100 years?

Heck, I had the printout from my TRS-80 Quick Printer II thermal printer fade to nothing after just a weekend in the back of a car in the Florida summer.

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Whois? Whowas. So what's next for ICANN and its vast database of domain-name owners?

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> a request to contact the registrant by forwarding on the request to make contact.

So then you're suggesting they use an Ouija board to contact the dead owner...?

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Facebook finally fully embraces GDPR – Generally Derailing Pages Recklessly

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Good... there should be no such thing as Facebook business pages anyway.

If a vendor is too lame to have a real page, then I just skip them.

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Arm emits Cortex-A76 – its first 64-bit-only CPU core (in kernel mode)

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Re: Shame there is still a spectre in the background

One of the benefits of streamlining a CPU like this is reducing the attack surface for things to pop up like Spectre.

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Mirror mirror on sea wall, spot those airships, make Kaiser bawl

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Re: Precision

Actually, I was hoping for a banana in the picture for scale... or failing that, Dabbsy.

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'Autopilot' Tesla crashed into our parked patrol car, say SoCal cops

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> the ~40,000 people who died in US auto accidents alone in past year get almost no coverage

He's right. This has always pissed me off personally.

12 people get shot in a school and it's the end of the world (which it is) but 3,000+ die EACH MONTH and it's completely ignored.

And the penalties are nil. An old geezer killed someone on a bicycle and got a whopping $80 fine - until the local community revolted and she got 3mos in jail - 3 months for killing someone!

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America's comms watchdog takes on the internet era's real criminals: Pirate pastors

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Re: FCC enforcement of radio spectrum usage

UN-altered REPRODUCTION and DISSEMINATION of this IMPORTANT Information is ENCOURAGED, ESPECIALLY to COMPUTER BULLETIN BOARDS.

-- Robert E. McElwaine

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US websites block netizens in Europe: Why are they ghosting EU? It's not you, it's GDPR

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The Orlando Sentinel?

Trust me... you're not missing much from that fishwrap. I have pressed littering charges to stop those bastards from throwing their trash in my yard. And to add insult to injury, they then mail a card asking if I enjoyed their complimentary copies.

Anyway, I think the Tribune bunch have realized if you block cookies, you get infinite free views, instead of just 5 articles before the paywall slams shut. Thus the "you can always block cookies in your browser" workaround to comply with GDPR doesn't fly.

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Police block roads to stop tech support chap 'robbing a bank'

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Re: Also watch out for hidden alarms

When I was a college student, and thus cheap labor for the computer science department, I was part of a group laying CAT-5 and fiber optics across ceilings.

One day, we're cabling up the robotics lab when a squad of campus police come in, followed by the local county sheriff, all with guns drawn.

Turns out we'd triggered a LOT of the sensors designed to protect the extremely expensive robots. Sensors that of course no one warned us about.

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It's hip to be Square: Twitter founder Jack Dorsey's other firm targets White Van Man

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Re: Startup finagling

Sure... but it only had to "scale" until they got funding to write the code.

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Big bimmer bummer: Bavaria's BMW buggies battered by bad bugs

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Re: Are You Surprised

Then perhaps you should read http://www.thedrive.com/news/21003/thieves-steal-mercedes-benz-by-hacking-the-keyless-entry-in-23-seconds

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EU considers baking new norms of cyber-war into security policies

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Good luck with that

> should be off-limits during cyber-conflict because of the likely unpleasant effects on civilians

Wow. They really don't understand war, do they? It's basically an "unpleasant effect on civilians" by definition.

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Sysadmin hailed as hero for deleting data from the wrong disk drive

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Grub rescue

I did apt-get dist-upgrade on the 15th as I always do, then discovered the new nvidia drivers weren't compatible with the new kernel, so I downgraded to the last kernel version.

Somehow I buggered my /boot, so I ended up in grub rescue. (not even grub - no tab completion, no help, no nothing)

Normally I'd download a rescue to a usb stick, but I had no laptop or anything.

I managed to get to the /boot on a backup drive and get to grub, and then to a booting system... about 20 minutes before I needed it to log into work. Yes, I was up most of the night getting it working.

At lunch I realized I could have used a Raspberry Pi to make a rescue stick. Sigh.

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NASA’s new exoplanet-spotter survives sling past the Moon

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> Have we really not figured this out yet?

No, actually we haven't. This will be a first.

So no, it's definitely not "again"

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Domain name sellers rub ICANN's face in sticky mess of Europe's GDPR

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> there is very real risk that someone will formally complain about the Whois service

You mean like El Reg...? Go git 'em!

Any excuse to beat ICANN with a stick is a good one.

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Want to know what an organisation is really like? Visit the restroom

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Company financial health

I can't find the link now, but i remember a comment from a female venture capitalist.

She would visit the loo, and if it didn't have feminine hygiene supplies, that was a sure sign it was in dire financial straits, and a far more reliable indicator than its balance sheet.

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Boffins bash out bonkers boost for batteries

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> a mobile phone that you only have to charge once a week rather than twice a day

Perfectly possible with TODAY'S technology, if they put a decent size battery in there.

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> Although that finding is based on computer modeling rather than a physical battery

Wow, even shittier than the usual pie-in-the-sky battery bullshit. At least most people have a working prototype first.

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Map app chaps Waze add shout-at-sat-nav support for Ford cars

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Re: Google

Bought 'em for $1.3bn 5 years ago

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/06/10/waze_tops_13bn_in_latest_buyout_rugoogle_back_in_the_frame_as_buyermour/

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Three-hour outage renders Nest-equipped smart homes very dumb

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> Stuck on the doorstep for half an hour? Sounds a bit shit.

Eh, I have my phone tell my Raspberry Pi to open the garage door when I drive up.

The couple times the phone battery has died, I've had to park and trudge all the way around back to my "front" door, go through the house, out the "back" (actually side) door, in the garage back door (whoo, it's really the back door!) and open the front garage door.

Too many fecking doors in a really shitty layout, so the network app really is a hell of a lot easier than opening the door myself.

Edit: the roll up garage door no longer has an opening latch. It broke decades ago and there are no spares available. Nor is there a new garage door as sturdy as the current one.

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Russian malware harvesting Telegram Desktop creds, chats

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"Python pogrommer"

A double pint for the headline editor!

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Meet Asteroid, a drop-in Linux upgrade for your unloved smartwatch

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Re: Is Linux the best starting place for a watch OS?

> It's hard to build a linux kernel for a system whose internals are considered trade secrets

And thus, in a nutshell why I don't have a smartwatch. I only wear my current watch for extremely sentimental reasons.

I don't specially like Android, except the alternative is Apple, and I need my PDA stuff.

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Blighty's super-duper F-35B fighter jets are due to arrive in a few weeks

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Crowds annoyed at RAF Derwent Dambusters flypast mix-up

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-derbyshire-44143634

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UKFast bit barn yarn: 'Cisco switch glitch' leads to service ditch

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A Cisco spokeswoman sent us a statement

"Wait, what happened? We haven't heard anything."

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Honor bound: Can Huawei's self-cannibalisation save the phone biz?

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Re: I've got a phone.

People's "phone" needs vary widely.

I've had my Nexus for 3 years now, and have made a sum total of 4 calls on it. Indeed, my T-Mobile SIM has a limit of 100 minutes a month. For me, it's a constantly-connected PDA, camera, and navigation system.

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Red Hat admin? Get off Twitter and patch this DHCP client bug

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Re: Is this dependent on Netcat?

>> "Because it manages the network"

> ...for those who don't know how to do it using traditional Unix-type facilities.

And we wonder why RedHat invented systemd...

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America's forgotten space station and a mission tinged with urine, we salute you

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Re: Further reading

> Whoever designed this toilet has clearly never taken a dump in their life!

Which is sad, because apparently the Skylab toilet turned out to be the best design so far, and the Shuttle one in particular was the absolute worst.

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Re: the final crewed mission of the Mercury programme

> Crewed? What's wrong with manned?

Or it doesn't have to mention it at all, since it was simply the last Mercury flight.

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