* Posts by Glenn Amspaugh

170 publicly visible posts • joined 8 Mar 2007


This is the military – you can't just delete your history like you're 15

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Re: Only Once...


IBM's self-sailing Mayflower suffers another fault in Atlantic crossing bid

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Look To Earlier, Successful Work

Why not look at what makes probes like Voyager 1 and 2 so resilient and make your ocean going craft based on that ancient tech?

I mean, with all these generator issues, why continue using a diesel generator? Use what they put on space and Mars probes.

The sad state of Linux desktop diversity: 21 environments, just 2 designs

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Re: Why are they all the same?

I wonder if Kai Krause has designed a desktop environment?


BOFH: Something's consuming 40% of UPS capacity – and it's coming from the beancounters' office

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Our college server room (1990s, a few racks of Sun Sparc 5s and 10s, Novell file server) had bright orange plugs for UPS, beige plugs for mains.

New guy decided to rearrange server room for some unknown reason and plugged the chain printer (pale green and white fanfold printer) into the UPS.

Save us from the eager clueless.

Star loses $500,000 NFT after crooks exploit Rarible market

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Used Crater Sales!

NFTs remind me of those folks selling title to plots of land on the Moon and Mars or selling stars.

Yay, you gots yourself a fancy certificate!

Only with NFTs you don't even get a bit of shiny paper.


If you fire someone, don't let them hang around a month to finish code

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Re: Gardening leave

Early '90s, worked as GIS tech in St. Petersburg (sunny place with beaches and pubs). There were 4 or 5 GIS shops in the area and when one got a large contract (i.e. map all utilities of St. Louis), they'd hire a bunch of folks for contract duration and then let us go. Could quickly find a job at another shop. Or course, with large pool of trained cart/digi-techs, wages stayed low.

Still, gave me my first exposure to SunOS and then Solaris so moved on after a couple years. Still have my rapidograph pens!

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Re: Fired...

Yup, heard of guy currently in prison after grabbing some code he worked on at previous employer. Said grabbing may have entailed actual physical trespassing.

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Re: Unhelpful comments

Love those 'friends and family' hiring decisions.

Saw an entire help desk ruined after one guy with large, local family was made manager.

Took years for that to sort out after he was moved up management chain to where he's no longer dangerous.

Council culture: Software test leads to absurd local planning SNAFU

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Re: Approving development without being bribed?


Contractors argue umbrella companies need improved regulation, not outright ban

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Difficult To Operate

Is this because of the brolly trouble that harlequin clown had at a funeral?

Troll jailed for 5 years after swatting of Twitter handle owner ends in death

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Re: Sentence should have been far longer

Do they have to work at the Daily Mail or just read every article of every issue?

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Re: the old classic ..

You are correct, sir!

Microsoft has a workaround for 'HiveNightmare' flaw: Nuke your shadow copies from orbit

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Re: Time to 'Nuke' Microsoft

It plays Skyrim pretty well. Less than 1 crash an hour!

Huawei dev flamed for 'useless' Linux kernel code contributions

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Code Fix Submission

"…and is no that hard to spot.”"

…and is not that hard to spot."

My quarterly performance review is in the bag!

Proof-of-space cryptocurrency Chia triggers HDD sales boom in Europe

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Re: GPUs

I got a reservation at EVGA for an RTX3070 for daughter's machine. Took about 3 months for it to become available but that was back in Nov 2020.

You get an email saying "8 hours to claim reservation or it goes to next-in-line".

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Re: Just great

Will Chia-pet drive space become more valuable than porn drive space?

The Newton lives, kinda: Boffin turns Apple eMate 300 into Raspberry Pi laptop

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I have one of those swing-arm flat panel iMacs (square-Stick-Circle) with a detached monitor cable. Maybe replacing the innards with Pi would be fun?

PrivacyMic looks to keep your home smart without Google, Alexa, Siri and pals listening in

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Roll Yur Own

I wonder how difficult it would be to set up your own local voice response system, air-gapped from internets?

When humanity perishes in nuclear fire, the University of Essex's radiation-resistant robots will inherit the Earth

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Poor replicating robots just going around building one power station after another, until surface of Earth is covered. Battersea plants as far as the eye can see!

I'll see myself out.

Mullet over: Aussie boys' school tells kids 'business in the front, party in the back' hairstyle is 'not acceptable'

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Re: It's the 1950s again (or is it?)

Now the Yanks are in on it?!!

BOFH: 7 jars of Marmite, a laptop and a good time

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Re: US Customs, etc, was "Does what it doesn't say on the tin"

Dutch courage, what?

Homo sapiens: Hey you, Neanderthals! Neanderthals: We heard that

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Great Artists Steal

So this is where old Bill got that great line for Mark Antony.

The wrong guy: Backup outfit Spanning deleted my personal data, claims Cohesity field CTO

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Rules Testing

Reminds me of numerous stories going back to compuserve/AoL days; users would use a verbal/ad loophole to abuse a commercial offering and then be all rage upset over inevitable take down.

Excel is for amateurs. To properly screw things up, those same amateurs need a copy of Access

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Re: Access

Power Point is the true DTP hero of MS Office.

Remember the days when signs were signs and operating systems didn't need constant patching?

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In Vegas for a tech conference 8-10 years ago; fancy new Coke Machine in the mezzanine, BSOD rendering it useless as thousands of geeks streamed past in search of caffeine.

Busted out laughing.

So it goes

So it goes

So it goes

Google reveals the wheels almost literally fell off one of its cloudy server racks

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Re: What were they thinking?

If they want whole-rack modularity they shoulda used small but strong turtles.

Apple reseller Solutions Inc pulls down shutters, calls in administrators

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Re: One wonders...

Picture scenario, Monday morning: "All right folks, we're shutting down. No separation bonuses, no two-week compensation. Everyone, ya gots 15 minutes to grab your personal stuff and get out."

Five minutes later, bare shelves with just a tumbleweed blowing through.

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Same here; Mom-N-Pop Apple/HP warranty repair place in late 90s. First couple of years, things were great, fueled in part by several school systems support contracts. Also helped there were lots of Apple recalls on monitors and such (popped capacitors plague). Third year, payroll was missed for new year. I left after a couple of months. Later, heard the store had been busted by Apple for doing too many unneeded warranty repairs. Hard business, Apple.

81's 99 in 17: Still a lotta love for the TI‑99/4A – TI's forgotten classic

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Still Got Mine!

I have a beige Ti99/4a and it still runs great. Just wish I hadn't left my data cassette in the cassette player, and then stored in the attic for 20 years. It snapped, trying to read.

I'd coded a flat file Traveller ship database on there, with vector drawn deck plans, as well as a D&D character generator and of course, a dice roller. I also had a 4 channel conversion of Steven Howe's Mood For A Day. No, not a nerd, not nerdy at ALL!

Put your private parts on display if you want to keep earning a living

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Re: Nazti

The ignorance of arrogance.

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Watering Hole Monitoring

What's wrong with facial recognition built into coffee/tea/water dispensers? It's where the bodies congregate, right?

'Unauthorized code' that decrypts VPNs found in Juniper's ScreenOS

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Will this impact the workings of the monitoring code burnt into the chipsets?

Man goes to collect stolen-car court docs found in stolen car in stolen car

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Home Town Hero

Oh man, I lived in St. Pete for 10 years, doing both mobile computer repair (mostly businesses and schools) as well as IT at a small private party college. To help understand the west central Florida population: the entire area was settled by folks from other parts of the US, who screwed up and needed to start over. What a strange, jacked up town. So glad to be gone.

The late 2014 Apple Mac Mini: The best (and worst) of both worlds

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Apple Refurb; save cash

At the bottom of the main Apple Store web page, you can find a link to their refurb store. For recent versions of hardware, can usually save $100-$200 dollars (3£ - 5£ if my conversion maths is correct). Refurbs come in new cases, with regular packaging and 1 year warranty like new stuff. In order to recycle components from returns and stuff (boards, drives, RAM, etc), they have to be labeled as refurbs. Just got 3 iPad minis for $200 each. They shipped directly from China factory.

Is living with Dolby Atmos worth the faff?

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Re: So,


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Re: Dear Santa

With Klipschhorns in the corners.

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Re: Well it's not just the hassle and faff is it?

I never finished the roof on my Man Shed. At least the rainy season is over for the year.

Best shot: Coffee - how do you brew?

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German Design

I prefer the Chemex. I don't mind the time spent pouring water over grounds as I'm already at the stove making breakfast (ham-n-cheese omelette, bacon, fried potatoes with green chile every day). Even with acidic coffee the filters do a good job of pulling the acid out and leaving it bean sweet.

Dungeons & Dragons relaunches with 'freemium' version 5.0

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Re: I'm firmly...

I'm 46, with 13 year old daughter. Found my town has a gaming group (Abq RPG Gamers) and singed up for their newsletter. They do frequent one-shot games and game tests. Makes it easy to drop in on a Saturday afternoon for 4-6 hours. Ok, it is 30 miles away but this is all about geeking up my kid.

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Re: Any suggestions

Got to do a play through of Firefly RPG a couple of weeks ago. It's running Cortex 2 rules, tweaked to make a game seem like a television episode. Basically, no matter what you have planned, trouble will pop up and improvising will be required. Comes with a bunch of base characters as well as the tv show characters so you can drop people into a game with minimal fuss. Looking forward to getting my printed copy, one day...

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Re: Any suggestions

Paranoia / Call of C'Thulu mashup games are great. Will you die before you go insane?

Cambridge's tiny superconducting magnet breaks strength record

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I barely knew 'er!

/mine's the one with old joke book in pocket

Han Solo headed for lengthy stay in bacta tank after Bay Door Control cockup

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Corvette Summer is the name of the movie. And yeah, a Corvette ate his face. Is why Empire started off with goggles and scarfs and then the Wompa attack.

The hoarder's dilemma: 'Why can't I throw anything away?'

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It still runs!

I have a Quadra 650 (upgraded to 128 MB of RAM!) and it still runs. Ok, it takes three different adapters stacked on top of each other to connect up to a monitor but still, it's never died in me. And the metal case makes a great stepping stone when I need to reach a high shelf.

Now, about the TI-99/4A that still runs...

JJ Abrams and Star Wars: I've got a bad feeling about this

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Re: Nonsense and crap

Nope. Daughter, now 13, grew up watching eps. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, Clone Wars. Up until age 8 or so, she liked the first 3 films (cool special effects!) but as she's gotten older, she likes 4 & 5 now but says Clone Wars has the best storytelling and characters.

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Re: Star Wars generated plenty of imitators at the time, but few - if any - are remembered.

What was that?

Mumble-mumble, space herpy!

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Re: Guys, this isn't difficult.

Heh! There's a web comic using still images from the Star Wars films, but the storyline is it's a bunch of teens and a 10 year old little sister playing a space based RPG (laser swords, laser 10 foot poles, etc). The game quickly goes off the rails when the "cheddar monks" head down to a hastily created planet and Lil' Sis creates her character: a tall dinosaur with bunny ears and long eyes. He then tells the monks they have to travel through the planet to reach the wise old queen who is 14.

It makes as much sense as Lucas' version.

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Re: Guys, this isn't difficult.

Lucas originally tried to buy the rights to Flash Gordon and make a modern version of that (Di Laurentis had rights?). After that, he filed off th serial numbers from Throne of Blood and went at it.

US taxman blows Win XP deadline, must now spend millions on custom support

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Re: Can you envisage the following conversation?

Not sure who to cheer for. Maybe I'll just cheer against both.