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* Posts by swschrad

217 posts • joined 1 Dec 2010


Eye eye! AI could stop blindness, Facebook's after math, and how to get started in the ML biz


AI? ewww

can I just use it until I need glasses?

Microsoft Azure: It's getting hot in here, so shut down all your cores


how Big Cooling works

it is highly likely that there is a big-ass installation of cooling water assemblies outside to dump the center heat. I humbly suggest that San Antonio also being nicely warm, the filters inside before the actual air conditioning chillers are slathered with algae, having cleaned them before in other places. guys, stagger your maintenance so they don't all clog at the same time, ok?

Spies still super upset they can't get at your encrypted comms data


Re: Tide, stop coming in!

too much snooping, too deep, and that's what happens, buttercup. you made the mess yourselves.

IBM bans all removable storage, for all staff, everywhere


so, no tape backups? no HDA replacements?..

after all, this is what service and maintenence IBMers do for customer sites, and they ARE removeable storage....

Capacitor maker zapped with price-fixing charge


no pun, no point

leadless comments are not a component of this dialogue. please respecify.


they're gotten othere before in this scheme



this is the pun zone, pal

there is a mutual electrostatic rejection for straight charges here.


Re: Unfarad Business Practices

they coulomb understand that somebody would eventually shift polarity to protect the family joules. their resistance is futile. the EMF has them by the terminals.

'Your computer has a virus' cold call con artists on the rise – Microsoft


one of those schmucks woke me at 4 am for this

probably sent the weasel off on a curry break, for I railed at him with the knob at 11. or 12.

Prez Trump's $60bn China tariff plan to hit tech, communications, aerospace industries


Wisconsin can probably kiss Foxconn goodbye

multi-billion dollar LCD plant was going to be built in wisconsin. multi-million giveaway by the state to land them. well, I have my doubts that it will happen now.

Rogue IT admin goes off the rails, shuts down Canadian train switches


Hmmm, I wonder...

I wonder if this is the same guy who got FBIed for selling RFU Sunservers from our outift on eBay. If so, how'd CP hire him? If not, never mind, nothing to see here, keep moving. I expect he's got a career path at night drive-up manager at White Castle in the underprivileged area...

FBI tells Jo(e) Sixpack to become an expert in IoT security


next, The Ultimate Solution....

"Hi, we're the FBI. You can't manage your network, so we will do it for you. No problem."

Archive of 1.4 billion credentials in clear text found in dark web archive


I suggest the World Universal Password

which would be asswordP. they'll never guess. for servers, the combination admin/fired should work. let 'em guess THOSE....

Whew... Toshiba rustles up $5.4bn to avoid delisting


I have an even more pungent question

who in their right (corporate) mind would even consider buying Westinghouse Nuclear? no projects, bad purchases of incompetent contractors, a definite stink about them. the A1000 is under question, and the Chinese have a clone of the process underway, and the prospect of underbidding everybody. just because something is up for sale does not mean it's worth taking.

Fat-fingered Level 3 techie reduces internet to level zero: Glitch knocks out connections


major pain in ass, and you have to stay on top of it

it's not diversity if you are not reviewing the paths, offices, and facilities yourself.

and every time a maintenance announcement hits the mailbox.

costs a ton more.

but if you must have uptime, it's worth it.

Sprint, T-Mobile US's on-again off-again merger talks are now off


probably whose name and staff would survive

there was a rumor about that the week before the deal crashed, that ultimate control over the merged company was a sticking point. both SoftBank and T can't imagine backing off, right?

Amazing! Is WDC giving in to Tosh pressure?


WD, sell out

sell your share, get a supply contract for chips, run like a rabbit. keep your money, keep your sanity. and look for a second source because Toshiba is falling down the Westinghouse rathole.

Alert: AT&T customers with Arris modems at risk of remote hacking, claim infosec bods


gaping holes for remote ATT service, no doubt

as in "upgrade firmware," "let me check your credentials," and "your printer is jamming the network, try turning it off and see if you can surf."

No chips for you! Toshiba takes flash off the menu for WDC


not going to matter soon

as Toshiba is so hung out to dry that bankruptcy is likely.

Why do you cry when chopping onions? No, it's not crippling anxiety, it's this weird chemical


and rub hands on the sink afterwards

only thing worse is wiping your eyes after cutting onions, and they burn right out of your skull.

however, run a little water over the stainless steel sink, and rub your hands on it. apparently the nickel breaks the compound up.

Sputtering bit-blasters! IBM's just claimed densest tape ever record


wow, write-only memory has come a long way!

now you can write-only ten times more data than the world has on one reel!

Creditors urge Toshiba to consider bankruptcy – reports


what is Japan's equivalent of Chapter 7?

because with obligations like Toshiba's, once they are in the court, liquidation starts to become a real option for the creditors. in the US, three major creditors can flip a reorganization plan into the trash and start liquidation hearings.

Broadcasters, advocacy groups and nonprofits weigh in on Microsoft's magical broadband


2 meg, eh? that's a godsend (heh heh)

2 meg will get you on The Reg in about a minute and a half. similar money will get you higher power wifi, direct-link microwave or lightwave, lots of options. lots of power poles out there in Tumbleweed Corners to hang things on.

Oh my Tosh: Western Digital takes Toshiba to arbitration


assets are cheaper in Chapter 7

which is probably where Toshiba will end up at this rate. years of cooked books, nuke business meltdown (not the nukes, the business, due to brain-dead money tossing), and top-floor chasing after the next big thing that wasn't. even if they'd stayed with 50-inch TVs they couldn't mess up this badly.


they want to. they have a bid in.

unfortunately, it appears to be a bid based on fair market value, which makes it the lowest of the 4 or 5 reached in the first round.

Beaten passenger, check. Dead giant rabbit, check. Now United loses cockpit door codes


try 1234

and thank you for flying the >bang<

US spymasters trash Kaspersky: AV tools can't be trusted, we've stuck a probe in them


don't be, Kaspersky is top-shelf security

better than the holes and backdoors in your computer and OS. I just dumped the slop on my wife's machine and bought a nice new install of Kaspersky for it. I've had 7 packages over the years. Kaspersky doesn't bug me until it needs to, and it blocks ad weasels with dodgy certificates as well as the occasional accidental click on bad stuff.

Boffins reveal how to pour a perfect glass of wine with no drips. First step, take a diamond...


oh, for crap's sake, roll the bottle

why gouge the bottle and risk dropping a sparkly thing inside, amateurs and professionals alike have rolled the bottle a quarter-turn for multiple generations. no drips. these guys never caught on???

Gift cards or the iPhone gets it: Hackers threaten Apple with millions of remote wipes


where did you get a good browser for that Imsai of yours?

cause I could use one for my 1802


back the phone up early and often

and I see where glitches when upgrading to the next version of iOS can blow your data away, so, dittos

Why are creepy SS7 cellphone spying flaws still unfixed after years, ask Congresscritters


customer data does not hit SS7

the system only controls call set-up/teardown/billing. no user traffic ever hits SS7. the Kazaks can't get bank information from it because there is none in it. SS7 spits a bill stream to a telco's other systems to generate billing, it is not resident in SS7. I'm not going further.


uh, SS7 connects everything... VoIP, landline, cell, 911...

the core switching/billing protocol for all voice set-up/teardown/billing control is Signalling System 7. not just cell. if a call connects to anything public, on whatever mode, it hits SS7. the whole voice system worldwide is interconnected by SS7. VoIP has to gateway through it. cell. 911 calls. this is why you don't get a picture of a SS7 server. the security breach is going to be somebody's telco, probably some country like East Freaking Nowhereistan. the voice doesn't touch it, only the setup/teardown/billing. which in itself is data you don't want on the darknet.

Kaspersky launches a range of perfumes to, er, defend your odour


uh, folks, you DO realize it's a marketing stunt, right?

I doubt this is going to the counter at Macy's or Walgreens. although, maybe Fry's....

AWS's S3 outage was so bad Amazon couldn't get into its own dashboard to warn the world


eh, feller, nukes kill op-amps. get off my lawn!

while tubes, on the other hand, will just keep on working.

You're Donald Trump's sysadmin. You've got data leaks coming out the *ss. What to do


or, don't be a dick, so folks don't try to undermine you

but that hardly applies to the Really White House, does it?

Explain! yourself! US! senators! yell! at! Yahoo!


Presidente Grandissimo El Chumpo likes waterboarding...

so, hey, new reality show! Executive Producers Moran and Trump... "Making Yahooligans Talk."


more like "you pay us $5 billion to take you over."

Yahoo! is a mystery floating thing in the punch bowl.

I've got a brand new combine harvester and I'll give you the API key


uh, you never saw front plates, then, have you?

the load of ag tools often makes it next to impossible to start from a dead stop without flipping the machine backwards. hence, for a century, front plates to put extra weight on the front axle. this keeps the tractor on all fours, and when you gear down and start flooding in the diesel fuel, those big lug tires will actually turn. forget to raise the blades once without front plates, ass over teakettle. with them, you either go, spin a new ditch, or stall out. all safer alternatives.


soil sensors and mapping pests saves chemicals, too

and we all know how costly and dangerous farm chemicals can be. "apply to label" can be wasting and overusing them in much of a field. if the soggy sector pushes up more weeds, that's where you need to spot the label amount.


you missed the point in the middle

that they need to use proprietary buzzwords as the ISO standardized ones are not approved yet.


we'll always have GPS

it's really interesting to watch a smart tractor cutting perfect, PERFECT, rows with 12 plow bottoms. brother-in-law's place has the usual interesting end of row wiggles, but then after the turn, punch in the GPS, and you can concentrate on looking for obstacles, letting the tractor guidance cut perfect straight parallel furrows.

Ruh-roh! Rick Ruhl rolled out of Ham Radio Deluxe in software kill-switch aftermath


hey, if you're fragile, you test all the time

not like he couldn't afford the test strips. that goes back to basic arrogance.

Barcodes stamped on breast implants and medical equipment


on the other hand....

I had an acquaintance whose wife needed two knee implants. doctors put them on the wrong sides.

so you can keep trying to make things foolproof, but there will always evolve a better fool.

Real deal: Hackers steal steelmaker trade secrets


does EVERYTHING need to be on The Connected Internet? Really?

common problem, easy fix. sales engineer gets a question, say, and delves deep into the inner workings to look for an answer. same computer, often out in the field. why? save half an hour? is it going to crash a corporation client if the answer comes in an email from the home office half an hour later? nobody's government is going to fix that, and asking them to is going to cramp your gizzards ten ways from Sunday if they try.

Stay out of my server room!


oh, yes, it comes with keys to change the combination

you might also get a carpenter in to add a simple $30 keyed doorlock. they won't have that key. if needed, hey, firemen have axes. stockers with pallet handlers don't.

Researchers expose Mirai vuln that could be used to hack back against botnet


there is another way... governmental recall of the devices

if you have a BitDropper 666 modem, or webcam, or baby monitor, or whatever that is known vulnerable, the FTC could order a recall. industry would wake up pretty quick if all their DVRs and Smart TVs were forced to be recalled and refunded because the software was shit full of holes.

Low-power transistors hint at alternative to battery bonfires


how's the bias load?

unless you are using transistors solely as digital switches, you have to bias them into a linear region of operation. that can take more power than an analog amplification. periodically I see bias applied across a digital switching transistor, probably for a speed profile. so, in a complex array of these new-based units, are they consistent in performance, and what's the bias or transient draw per X number?

Actually, yes, Samsung, you do have to pay Apple $120m


"we're sorry. here, have a free phone. loaded Note 7."

"and have a speed charger also. slip it in your briefcases, and we'll see you next week."

AT&T tries broadband over power lines again


more than familiar

any radio signal will induce wired signals when crossing a wire. and any wired signal will induce radio waves over its distance, diminishing as the LRC damps them. this is older than Tesla, it goes back to Edison actually.

and Marconi and Popov and deForest and Fessenden and on and on and on. there is so much prior art that ATT can be blown out of the financial waters on this over the patent alone.

and yes, as a ham facing enough freakin' interference from crud plasma TVs and puck lights under cabinets powered by junk switching wall warts, I will support efforts to slap this nonsense down hard.

Larry Page snuffs out ‘too expensive’ Google Fiber project


Welcome to telco, Google.

costs a million bucks a mile to lay fiber. without lighting it up. you can't white-box your way out of that one.


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