156 posts • joined 15 Dec 2011
Re: I remember once
"it is amazing how hard it is to understand something when your livelihood depends on not understanding it"
ANY Re: Unplugging the keyboard = kernel panic ?
I am told lots of Russian keyboards have "ANY" (in Latin characters) handwritten on the space-bar (Russian has no definite article)
Multi-GB Re: Unplugging the keyboard = kernel panic ?
When goody-bag USBs are multi-GB, there is no room for decent error messages???
virtual card Re: gets worse, the bigger the company ...
Capital One lets you create per-supplier virtual credit cards; can be killed as needed.
(I am just a satisfied customer)
https: gets mad when I have to log on to a gateway (e.g. Starbucks) to get on the internet. I learnt to use http://xxxx.com to get to their login. (Use to use xxx.com, but one place came back with "why this porn site??")
ISBN Re: Probably just as easy...
When the US military published a book on battlefield surgery in Iraq &Afghanistan, someone had the bright idea to not give the book an ISBN, so it would be hard to find.
not always 0000... Re: Data format parsing
I once had to add someone to a US health insurance program, who did not (yet) have a social security number. 0000.. was no go. Playing with the last digit was no go. I then noticed a tax form that had a grey 222222... where the SSN has to go. I typed that in -- bingo!
credit-card Re: Data format parsing
Accepting that credit-card number (4 groups of 4 digits) was something Fortran _1_ could do, back in neolithic times.
A colleague tried to avoid US/Europe date confusion by outputting 12-May-2018 etc. Worked A-OK until the French insisted on French, the Hungarians on Hungarian, the Esperanto guys ...
The HAVE been robbed: Re: The Internet is international - and so are many supermarkets.
Rent was paid by quarter, laborers were paid by the day. The quarter around September 1752 (see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cal_(Unix) ) was bad news for renters.
The implementer's motto: Re: In the days of pen and paper, initials were double edged too ........
"if we can't fix it, it ain't broke"
It should be 10^15
Why a pressure vessel, rather than high-pressure air/nitrogen?
US law _DOES_ define crypto as munitions. See http://www.mattblaze.org/papers/export.txt
Re: Had the fire brigade called to a five star hotel, in Malta....
Some reactor in Chernobyl also had the safety devices disabled during an "unauthorized experiment" ...
Is this the same
Is this the same FBI that got repeated calls about the Florida school shooter, and did nothing whatsoever?
P Re: Possible scenario
"P" stood for Pursuit -- later became "F" for Fighter
8" Re: My Precious...
The Lowell observatory sells an 8" scope for a petty-cash sum
memorize? Re: Border crossings, with or without Network access
all you have to memorize is your 1st name &home 'phone number
Re: old lessons well learned
A medical device company went DD-MMM-YYYY. Worked OK _until_ the French customers wanted French months (just Jan-Fev-..., not Brumaire, Frimaire ...), the Germans wanted German, the Esperanto customers ...
Solitaire Re: Reminds me of a story
I believe this is what Solitaire was invented for
Trump gave Putin some Mossad secrets _without_ any backdoor ...
Re: AMD not vulnerable
X86-64 is an _AMD_ architecture, which Intel had to adopt after Itanium crashed &burnt. Guess who copied from whom ...
Mr. P has already got it
Now merged with AA
resurrect Re: FBI can't unlock smartphone
Maybe they can then resurrect some of the dead ...
"and here follow my conclusions
upon which I will base my facts"
humidity Re: Heating / Aircon
At one place, half the people complained it was too hot, half that it was too cold. The AC people ran round&round with a thermometer.
They never checked humidity; but one person would ride her bike to work, put her sweaty sweatshirt on her chair to dry -- and after 9+ hours it would be still sweaty.
I suggested they replace their thermometer with an astrology book -- more fun, and equally misleading.
The V is missing!
Re: I had a boss that kept forgetting his password.
Dialog re: bluetooth
me: use the 'phone # of the girl that would have been your girl firiend if only she had said yes
Turner Whitted (yes, him!): 722...
Me: hey that's a Seattle 'phone #!
Turner: I didn't specify the area code ...
This was the home 'phone of young Kathy Pappas, who is now (&has been for a while) Kathy Whitted.
letter to authenticate letter
At one place, a guy had a degree from a university they did not recognize. They asked for a letter from that university, to verify the degree was really a degree. I suggested they also ask for a 2nd-order letter to verify the letter, a 3rd-order letter to verify the 2nd-order letter, ...
The $1M goes into a private person's pocket. Ask Charles I how this worked out.
life&death? Re: Did He Have An Option ???
The shenanigans were not deadly to any individual; and if all polluters were murderers, the jails would be very full.
Re: Wasting the courts time
Israel's wage protection act lets the judge award up to 5% per week; this is mainly to make employers' legal departments to avoid delaying tactics.
195X Re: do not enter the hypen!
Fortran 1 could do it back in 195X
Chap.12 "the wheel of life" in "when the air hits your brain" https://www.amazon.com/When-Air-Hits-Your-Brain/dp/0393330494 has a similar story
NZ, Canada &Australia Re: Why Israel didn't ban electronic devices on flights to Tel Aviv?
also to the point: NZ, Australia &Canada share "5 eyes" intelligence with the US. If they have not banned laptops, what is different about the US?
battery Re: Security Theater
It's way easier to put out battery fire in the cabin than in the hold
(alleged) locker-cave talk:
"I grab women by the [deleted]; when you're a neanderthal, they let you do it"
per http://www.bbc.com/news/business-39425532 and http://fortune.com/2017/03/28/trump-electronics-ban-iata-criticism/ , the IATA boss does not believe this is about security, has mentioned protectionism.
I notice Canada, NZ and Australia, which share intelligence with the US and UK, have no ban
why a _reading/writing_ test, and not oral? I don't usuallycommunicate with a cab driver by paper notes ...
when Intel demonstrated the 487, they showed how "a nontechnical layperson" can just plug it in.
Unfortunately, they chose an IBM VP, who plugged it in wrong way round and broke it.
I took care of a hard dive once by putting it on a stone step and treading on it. The drive enclosure got bent 45 degrees; disk was unlikely to spin again
encrypt Re: Commercial Aircraft Locations
Data could be encrypted, with the key safe on the ground, sealed up, junked upon safe landing.
CYA Re: Aaand it's gone
Thus, the hackers can hack as before, but the general public won't get to the site ...
1973 Re: Teach, train, don't complain only...
The documentation for the 1st Unix to get out of Bell labs tells you how they salted password. This was in 1973.
no! Re: Fairly pointless, really
If the crypto is public-key, with the private key kept in a safe country, the journalist in the field cannot be forced to decrypt.
other way round
The CIA didn't tell Bush; Bush &Cheney told the CIA
If this were the US, the school would have been sued for a large sum of $s; concentrates administrators' minds wonderfully.
Russian has no definite article; I gather lots of Russian computers have "ANY" (in latin characters) written in sharpie on the space bar.