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Mozilla accuses FCC of abdicating its role, ignoring comments in net neutrality lawsuit

Kimo

Re: "controversial decision to tear up existing net neutrality rules"

The new rules were put into place after several documented instances of ISPs slowing or blocking content for economic or political reasons, and as more ISPs are entering into "preferred" relationships with video streaming platforms.

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Google keeps tracking you even when you specifically tell it not to: Maps, Search won't take no for an answer

Kimo

Re: Stuff Like This Should Be Illegal

Or that your corporations and our corporations are not the same corporations.

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Happy birthday, you lumbering MS-DOS-based mess: Windows 98 turns 20 today

Kimo

Re: The ONLY things going for it were

I kept 98 SE until XP Service Pack 3 made XP usable. The initial XP release was also a mess, and the experience with 98 and XP trained many people to avoid Windows versions until after at least the first service pack.

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

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First place I worked that got optical mice I had to replace several people's excessively reflective mousepads that were throwing off the beams.

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

Kimo

Re: Pages rule (again)

Just pull down the Chrome menu and select "Request Desktop Site."

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Trump’s new ZTE tweets trump old ZTE tweets

Kimo

Nobel prize worthy...

He nearly ended the Korean War. And we are (fingers held slightly apart) THIS CLOSE to solving the Israel/Palestine conflict. Just wait til he gets started on Crimea...

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How's that Iran policy coming?

So the US unilaterally pulls out of the Iran deal (or in other words, violates an international agreement) and threatens repercussions to firms in Britain and the EU if they continue trade that is permissible under the agreement that we violated. Then he wants to bail out a Chinese company that...wait for it...lied about trade and technology transfers to Iran under previous sanctions. Unless he doesn't.

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Please no Basic Instinct flashing, HPE legal eagles warn staffers

Kimo

Re: "Thou shalt not go commando"

Is that camo pants, a dark tank top, greasepaint, and a Big Frelling Knife? Because we have a zero-tolerance policy on combat knives.

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Kimo

Re: Sounds like...

This is pretty basic, and training is better than a memo. I tech this to a communications class of (mostly engineering) students. And they still have trouble with it because they see so many bad presentations that they son't get a feel for what is good practice or why it matters.

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Kimo

Re: I Think I'm Going To Throw Up

Several points:

1. Nervous energy and enthusiasm look very much alike. I encourage my students to use that to their advantage.

2. Practice. David Byrne has a good bit in one of his books about how a presentation is really a performance. You don't expect people to just get up and play guitar for a group. You get better and more comfortable with practice. And like music, some people are just better at it. Use people's talents, don't expect everyone to have the same skills and abilities.

3. Try not to have three points in a reply to a post or a slide.

4. And figure out how to end it.

5. Or you get stuck in a loop and the slide never ends.

6. That's why numbering things is probably a bad idea.

7. Where was I going with this?

8. Will they have beer there?

9. And maybe a burger.

10. OK, I'll take questions at the pub...

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'Tis the season: Verizon first in line to flog Palm phone resurrection

Kimo

Re: Great Stuff!

Can't do phone, but I have the GPS module for my Palm Pilot.

It was a great system, but I'm it would have to be pretty damn impressive to get me excited for a revived Palm. If they could create a launcher and apps that duplicate the best parts of the Palm then maybe. A custom skin on a mid-level Android phone would not do it.

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Fleeing Facebook app users realise what they agreed to in apps years ago – total slurpage

Kimo

Re: well

You can check "Load desktop site" to get messages on the web page instead of the app.

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10 PRINT "ZX81 at 37" 20 GOTO 10

Kimo

Knew a kid who had one. Me and the other TI99 owners in my school would make sympathetic noises when he showed it off, then laugh behind his back.

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A tiny Ohio village turned itself into a $3m speed-cam trap. Now it has to pay back the fines

Kimo

Re: The usual practice

New Miami is nestled between several larger communities, and is on the state highway between Dayton and Cincinnati. I suspect most of the tickets went to commuters.

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Eggheads: Cities, don't woo rich Amazon with sweetheart HQ deals

Kimo

Re: How do they get away with it?

If you think Clinton invented it, read the history of the transcontinental railroad. Or the electrical industry. Tax and land incentives to private concerns go back to the road and canal system in the 1820s.

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Kimo

Offer incentives that make the city better.

As a resident of one of the finalist cities (Columbus, OH) I would love to see an offer that includes infrastructure that the city needs anyway as opposed to just massive tax breaks. With the inevitable disruption of adding HQ2, we would need to spend on water and sewage, emergency services, schools, roadways, etc. Many of these are needed anyway (especially a reliable public transit system that serves the entire city, as COTA is spotty especially in neighborhoods that need public transit and would likely provide a significant portion of warehouse and semi-skilled workers). I'd rather make the farm work instead of giving it away.

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RIP Ursula K Le Guin: The wizard of Earthsea

Kimo

On YouTube you can find the 1980 PBS adaptation of Lathe of Heaven. It is the only adaptation of her work that she approved of.

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Oregon will let engineer refer to himself as an 'engineer'

Kimo

Re: Oregon is a nanny state

It's a pretty technically demanding job...which I was paid to do under the table when I was 15 and too young to get a work permit.

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Kimo

Re: let me guess

It is always safer to call a Lecturer "Professor" then to accidentally call a Professor "Lecturer" or "Instructor." Most people address faculty as "Doctor" just to be safe as well.

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Kimo

Re: let me guess

The title was applied to the people in charge of trains when they were a boiler on wheels, as it did take an engineer to keep the system running.

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Kimo

Re: let me guess

Not always. My father was employed as an Engineer in Oregon with two years of higher ed in Political Science. And 20 years experience in plant management in paper and steel mills.

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Amazon to make multiple Lord of the Rings prequel TV series

Kimo

Re: Numenor

Sauron's there too and busy with Celebrimbor in Moria a-ring-making, as are Aragorn's descendents.

Aragorn is descended from his descendants? Holy time paradox!

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BOFH: Do I smell burning toes, I mean burning toast?

Kimo

Not servers, but a museum that I worked in had the collections in a basement storage room. Great protection in case of tornadoes, which are common to the area. Except for the cast iron drain line suspended over the collections, ensuring that if there were a significant hit from a storm then all of the storm water would end up on the most valuable artifacts. They also kept the archival collection on the seventh floor, surrounded by glass windows. In an area prone to tornadoes...

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Drones thrown a bone: Americans can ask nicely to go where FAA says they can't roam

Kimo

Re: Stop it!

"Free Range" is usually public land. And the FAA covers all airspace, no matter if it is your property underneath it or not.

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Kimo

Re: Stop it!

I can agree that flying over crowds is problematic, but line of sight is a different issue. Let's say I have a herd of cattle running free range in Eastern Oregon, where the population density is about 1 person per square mile and air traffic is sparse at best. I want to use a drone to locate strays. If I am restricted to line of sight, I am little better off then driving a jeep all over sage brush country to find them. It is a little more risky flying outside of line of sight in Portland with a population density around 4,740 people per square mile and a busy international airport.

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Canucks have beef with Soylent as to whether or not it's a real meal deal

Kimo

Re: We'll stick to real food, thanks

I call Russian trollnet sent to increase cross-border tensions by reminding Americans that Canada is still a thing.

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Kimo

Re: We'll stick to real food, thanks

It will do in a pinch if you don't have access to real chili cheese fries.

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'There has never been a right to absolute privacy' – US Deputy AG slams 'warrant-proof' crypto

Kimo

Who's warrant?

As I understand the AAG's position, he wants to be able to serve a warrant on a third party (the hardware/software company) to get access to information. Right now, there is a mechanism to compel defendants to comply with a warrant (contempt of court). But it isn't 100% effective, and trying individual cases is time consuming. Why serve individuals when you can serve tech companies and get lots of cases resolved at once? It also eliminates that pesky problem of individuals challenging the warrant instead of putting a gag order on the warrant so the subject never knows until they are hauled into court.

We have never required safe manufacturers to create a master key for law enforcement. Why should electronic devices be different?

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FBI iPhone hack lost forever, White House mobe compromised, SSH – and plenty more

Kimo

Re: Kelly's phone

Has anyone checked Trump's phone? As far as anyone can tell, he still has an older Android with no security modifications. What if those leaks coming from the White House are coming from insecure hardware?

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Commodore 64 makes a half-sized comeback

Kimo

Fond memories...

...of the start of the console/PC wars. I had a C64 after my TI 99/4A. Friend had an Atari 2600. Good times.

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BOFH: Come on, PFY, let's pick a Boss

Kimo

I was hoping...

...for the ROBOT murder/suicide command.

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More are paying to stream music, but YouTube still holds the value gap

Kimo

YouTube better for some artists

This is something that I have discussed with a number of regional and niche bands. They never see any revenue from sales or streaming on Google, Amazon, Apple, Spotify, Pandora, or any of the other music sales/streaming sources, only the big names see any revenue at all. But they get enough traffic to get ad revenue on their channels from YouTube.

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Unloved Microsoft Edge is much improved – but will anyone use it?

Kimo

My machine counts...

...because the Edge button is right next to my Outlook shortcut. Hit the wrong one at least once a month. I really need to remove that.

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Mazda and Toyota join forces on Linux-based connected car platform

Kimo

Re: 3 years of supported apps?

Based on my experience with the system in my 2013 Prius, 3 years is too long. I just connect my phone to bluetooth and ignore the in-car apps, especially the Bing-connected navigation.

I only ended up with the satnav enabled car because you can't get a sunroof without it.

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Paris nightclub red-faced after booze-for-boobs offer exposed

Kimo

Re: Not unusual

Polaroid sold a professional film that produced an instant print and negative for medium and large format cameras. It was mostly intended as a way to check lights at professional photos shoots.

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Jodie Who-ttaker? The Doctor is in

Kimo

It's not so much the Doctor..

...it's the writing and showrunners that I've thought needed replacing for a while. Capaldi has had a few really good moments (chained up with Robin Hood was a joy to watch) but has generally not had great stories to work with. The actors in the role have been pretty good in general, but some got better scripts than others. Jodie Whittaker has done well in both comedy and drama, and I have no doubt she can handle the role well, given a good script and story arc. I have not seen all of the most recent series, but I liked what I have seen of the companions. I was getting sick of every companion being the most important person ever with some universe-saving destiny. I want to see more low-stakes but fun episodes, not super serious melancholy fatalistic musing all the time.

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His Muskiness wheels out the Tesla Model 3

Kimo

Only slightly above the average price of a passenger vehicle in the us ($33,560) with a much better range than the BMW that only gets to 180 miles with add-ons that bring it to about $48,000. If gas stays low (currently $2.35/gal in Central Ohio) than maybe a bit of a hard sell. But the next spike in fuel costs will make these look very attractive as a commuter car.

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Research suggests UK consumers find 'fibre' advertising misleading

Kimo

Re: Plain label packaging

The internet does not make people stupid. They already were. Now they are just stupid on a bigger stage.

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BOFH: Halon is not a rad new vape flavour

Kimo

Re: Software-Biz is a kind of drug dealing these days...

I was hired on to a museum that had a Unix catalog system that was on it's last legs (and was far too complex for the small organization that was trying to use it). My first task was to sort the problem and recommend either getting a version upgrade of the existing system (at substantial cost) or replacing it. When I called for a quote to upgrade, I found out that the price did not include migrating our data from the labyrinthine database to the new poorly documented version, which would cost as far as I could tell about $5 per record. We replaced it with a different system, and one of their programmers (who knew he was on his way out) helped us work with the new vendor to map and export the data.

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Kimo

Extinguishers can make a right mess to clean up.

On an unrelated note, always be sure that before you take your freshly restored MGB for a "test drive" turning donuts in an empty University parking lot, be sure to secure the fire extinguisher in the trunk.

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Judge holds Uber's feet to the fire over alleged Waymo tech theft

Kimo

Probably because the self-driving division is the point of Uber. They use human drivers now because (1) the tech isn't ready and (2) they are building a huge database of driver and consumer behavior that will help them to build a better automated system without those pesky contractors asking for a cut of the fares.

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'I feel violated': Engineer who pointed out traffic signals flaw fined for 'unlicensed engineering'

Kimo

Re: He'd have been OK if he was a train driver

Because steam engines really needed engineers to operate. On a steam train you could tell who the operator was by the whistle, as one of the first tasks that a new engineer was given was to design a train whistle, which they switched out every time they took over a train.

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Kimo

Re: Not regulated?

My father was employed as an Engineer in Oregon without a college degree (but with a few decades of experience in large plant automation).

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This ferry is said to weigh 250 cows. We say that is actually 20,600 Lindisfarne Gospels

Kimo

Diary or beef cattle? Please be clear when specifying units which system you are using.

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Who do you want to be Who? VOTE for the BBC's next Time Lord

Kimo

Re: Next Timelord

I always wanted Romanadvoratrelundar to have her own series. In the current Whoverse, there is a female Doctor clone running around that we never hear from...

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Kimo

Re: Tom Baker

I read that as Sir John Lennon school the first time.

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Kimo

1. Martin Clunes. Can do comedy and be a right asshole.

2. James and Oliver Phelps. Ginger this time. Twice.

3. Ingrid Oliver. Osgood? Osgood. Osgood who?

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AI and robots? Will someone think of the jobs, says HPE CEO Whitman

Kimo

We just need to require that robots receive a salary, have an AI that includes a desire to own artisinal products, and a requirement that they all have a direct connection to Etsy.

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US cops seek Amazon Echo data for murder inquiry

Kimo

Re: Interesting...

Arkansas has single party consent for recording. So conversations including the homeowner could be recorded, but conversations where the homeowner is not present would be a violation unless one of the other parties agreed.

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Russia accuses hostile foreign powers of plot to undermine its banks

Kimo

If you know your banking system is about to go tits up, blame the foreigners first.

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