* Posts by William Higinbotham

148 posts • joined 12 Nov 2007


Reason 3,995 to hold off on that Windows 11 upgrade: Iffy performance on AMD silicon

William Higinbotham

Reflection of Big Money and IBM type Sales

Ever notice the disparity of Intel to AMD computers in major computers companies and brick and mortor stores? Microsoft just follows suit with the same type support:-)

IKEA: Cameras were hidden in the ceiling above warehouse toilets for 'health and safety'

William Higinbotham

Last Used?

IKEA admitted they had been in place since 2015. The company did not say when they were last used.

If the light was on then it is active. Maybe the company was not using these, but with the weak security of cams 5 years old, someone is watching:-)

Big Blue's big email blues signal terminal decline – unless it learns to migrate itself

William Higinbotham

COBOL, Assembler, PL/I and Mainframes - possibly why IBM migration failed

I saw this quote from an alias named Peter Wong* who quoted: “It’s not uncommon for mainframes to process hundreds of millions of transactions on a regular day, per mainframe. It’s a very high throughput and stable system.” About two thirds of enterprise data goes through a mainframe computer. However, the speed is both an advantage and a drawback, as people try to integrate mainframe with cloud: mainframes were built to process transactions very quickly, but they were not designed to wait. “If you wait, it jams up. A hundred million transactions is nothing, but a hundred million waiting — that’s a disaster."

Reference: https://medium.com/supplyframe-hardware/its-mainframes-all-the-way-down-73de55d2884b

NSA: We 'don't know when or even if' a quantum computer will ever be able to break today's public-key encryption

William Higinbotham

We Don't Know When or Even If

Is the same as saying, The entirety of the NSA's systems can neither be confirmed nor denied, no matter how much information has been leaked to the press over the past year.

Tesla shows off the AI supercomputer training what it hopes will one day be an actual self-driving car

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Will it run over it's own driver when they violate too many of their own rules?

Space station dumps 2.9-ton battery pack to burn up in Earth's atmosphere after hardware upgrade

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Sorry SpaceX, did we just knock out several of your low orbit satelites and cause interruption with others. Think of it as trickle down theory.

Hacking is not a crime – and the media should stop using 'hacker' as a pejorative

William Higinbotham

Where are the kid's safety glasses?

I saw the photo assiciated with the article. The photo got me more concerned than the article itself:-)

Revealed: The military radar system swiped from aerospace biz, leaked online by Clop ransomware gang

William Higinbotham

Sales Ad opportunity

If I was in sales, I would ask the company to put up a honeypot copy of their website with what looks like sensitive information, but to actually be cleverly created advertisements to be uploaded to the dark web:-)

NASA's hefty Martian rover will use an AI brain on a robot arm to map out signs of ancient life on Red Planet

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Bet myself that they did not input Bugs Bunny and Marvin the Martian in their image library:-)

Supermicro spy chips, the sequel: It really, really happened, and with bad BIOS and more, insists Bloomberg

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Forget about an AI stealing your job, even pigs can be trained to use computers

William Higinbotham

Rethinking Sus Scrofa Domesticus

Author illustrates a shifting moral status view of human–pig relationships. Next, discusses personhood attributions through biological, philosophical, and legal frameworks; review benefits and risks of xenotransplantation; reflect on the moral status of non-human animals; and offer concluding thoughts.


Robinhood plays Sheriff of Nottingham as it pauses GameStop, AMC, BlackBerry etc stock sales, gets sued

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Robinhood - SEC Dec. 17 2020

People who use Robinhood should read this:-) One item noted is this:

B. Background

Principal Trading Firms and Payment for Order Flow

10. Rather than sending customer orders to buy or sell equity securities directly to

national exchanges, Robinhood, like other retail broker-dealers, routed its orders to other brokerdealers (often referred to as “principal trading firms” or “electronic market makers”) to either execute those orders or route them to other market centers. Principal trading firms attempt to profit from executing large volumes of retail buy and sell orders either by taking the other side of customer orders and exiting the positions at a profit, which is also known as “internalization,” or

by routing the orders to other market centers.


We regret to inform you the professor teaching your online course is already dead

William Higinbotham

Re: An Art History Lecturer dies

Such as Richard Feynman who's work will be enjoyed for some time!

'A guy in a jetpack' seen flying at 3,000ft within few hundred yards of passenger jet landing at LA airport

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Check out Go Pro video in helicopter


Breaching China's Great Firewall is hard. Pushing packets faster than 1Mbps once through is the Boss Fight

William Higinbotham

Through Earth - The Other Side

I remember a long time ago -"Flush twice, it is a long way to China"

ICE to see you: Homeland Security's immigration cops tap up Clearview AI to probe child exploitation, cyber-crime

William Higinbotham

Knock Knock. Who's there?

We see how Amazon's AI for offensive posts work. Be ready for a knock at the door, or more like tactical offensive into one's home:-)

This NSA, FBI security advisory has four words you never want to see together: Fancy Bear Linux rootkit

William Higinbotham

Find more information from hospital sector than our own:-)


University of California San Francisco pays ransomware gang $1.14m as BBC publishes 'dark web negotiations'

William Higinbotham

Write-off instead

I wonder if they tried to bargain a official form showing the organization donated $1.14 million worth of technical support for tax deduction instead?

One year ago, Apple promised breakthrough features to help iPhone, iPad, Mac owners with disabilities. It failed them

William Higinbotham

IBM has had tools for handicap/disabled and blind for years.


Wow, Microsoft's Windows 10 always runs Edge on startup? What could cause that? So strange, tut-tuts Microsoft

William Higinbotham

It does what it wants to do, brought to you by Open SourceProject

This is why it does what it does. Under About Microsoft Edge - "This browser is made possible by the Chromium open source project and other open source software." I had older Windows 10 and for some reason, Microsoft Edge did not update itself to this new version. Then I came across about it and installed the new version on top of the old. I have not a clue. This is why I have 4 different versions of browsers on my machine:-)

As Uncle Sam flies spy drones over protest-packed cities, Homeland Security asks the public if that's a good idea

William Higinbotham

Re: You asked my opinion about drones...

Until your wife and kids are in the back yard sunning themselves and gets leaked.

Sony reveals PlayStation 5 will offer heretical no-optical-disk option. And yes, it has an AMD CPU-GPU combo

William Higinbotham

Here is the Sony PS-X5

I was looking for their manual and came across this. https://www.vinylengine.com/library/sony/ps-x5.shtml

Russia drags NASA: Enjoy your expensive SpaceX capsule, our Soyuz is the cheap Kalashnikov of rockets

William Higinbotham

Re: Foot in mouth

There are 2 other countries that can offer lifts - China for one and the other that may become a contender is India. But I wonder if China's seats are big enough for American astronauts, should we even ask how their toilets work? :-)

Hooray, space boffins have finally got InSight lander's heat probe back into Martian ground again

William Higinbotham

Temperature of planet?

And we will find out the planet has COVID-19 infection.

Amazon declined to sell a book so Elon Musk called for it to be broken up

William Higinbotham

Reply to Author

We are a creature of habits and I am still learning about my own.

Virgin Orbit at last ready to live up to its name: Branson's other space adventure set for maiden flight this weekend

William Higinbotham

Other counties nuclear readiness alert.

I sent a question off to the company as to how they are reporting the launches to other nations so that they will not think we are delivering a first strike:-)

Behold: The ghastly, preening, lesser-spotted Incredible Bullsh*tting Customer

William Higinbotham

Spooked Myself

Companies keep tweaking up features with their software, and like all above, I catch myself asking what the hell !? I then wish for the old Norton Commander and Compuserve again for a short minute. Then I realize I am stuck with this feature until I try to see if I can turn it off.


Microsoft decrees that all high-school IT teachers were wrong: Double spaces now flagged as typos in Word

William Higinbotham

Word is dead anyway.

Everyone is going to Twitter and who would use double spaces in this app anyway?

Linksys forces password reset for Smart Wi-Fi accounts after router DNS hack pointed users at COVID-19 malware

William Higinbotham

Password Reset???

I logged into Linksys website and my old passwords worked?

Why did Linksys not ask that we change this one too.

Some people use same password on both the router and company website login:-)

Academic showdown as boffins biff-baff over when Version 1.0 of Earth's magnetic core was released

William Higinbotham

Asteroids can have magnetism

Even asteroids can have magnetism. The gravitational perturbation of Mathilde on the passing spacecraft was apparent.

EA boots Linux gamers out of multiplayer Battlefield V, Penguinistas respond by demanding crippling boycott

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The only Lynix Game I Play

Stream's DEFCON where no one wins:-)


Why is a 22GB database containing 56 million US folks' personal details sitting on the open internet using a Chinese IP address? Seriously, why?

William Higinbotham

Where is the Proof

So I went through the feed here. Still no IP address to prove that this article is true. How do we know that the IP may not be that in China but in the back door of NSA or some other US Cyber Warfare/Security site?

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I want to get my information for free. What is the ip address? But if I have to download the whole database first, forget it.

Socket to the energy bill: 5-bed home with stupid number of power outlets leaves us asking... why?

William Higinbotham

Birthplace of Rusty n Edie's BBS


The time PC Tools spared an aerospace techie the blushes

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Hard Disk Failure

A software database manager was working on a PC where the HD failed. Sent it to Ontrack recovery services for a thousand dollars only to not be able to recover the ones database file he needed.

Where's our data, Google? Chrome 79 update 'a catastrophe' for Android devs with WebView apps

William Higinbotham

Re: Where, where... There!

It all went to a cloud called Old Smokey that never rains back down.

Mayday in Moscow as devs will be Russian to Putin mandatory apps on phones, laptops, TVs

William Higinbotham

New Voice APP

On Russian devices will be an app like Alexa, but it will be call CHEKA!

Oracle and Google will fight in court over Java AGAIN and this time it's going to the Supremes

William Higinbotham

Just like 'The case that just won't die'

JAVA will never be secure. But the winner will only find this out after the final court settlement.

Help! I bought a domain and ended up with a stranger's PayPal! And I can't give it back

William Higinbotham

Forward to someone who cares

I would forward to CEO of PayPal with signage "PayPal is the Best"

Thanks to all those tax dollars, humans can now hear the faint sounds of earthquakes on Mars

William Higinbotham

Voice heard

Greetings Earthlings - It's Marvin the Martian.

Handcranked HTML and JPEG japes. What could possibly go wrong?

William Higinbotham

Netscape Web Page Tool

I built a web page once about my resume and father. Seems like great utility that did not last very long in this environment. Was fun while it lasted though!

Pi in the sky as ESA starts testing encrypted comms on International Space Station

William Higinbotham

Is it to study radiation effects in space or just grant money for creating more papers

The problems with all the spectrums in space has been studied. Shielding, manufacturing radiation hardening resistant process, error correction design, redundancy. - even dual mirror channel architecture with fault error design between the two was used in military hardware since the beginning.

We also have facilities that does this here on earth such as https://www.bnl.gov/nsrl/ . Someone convinced the grants team that they need real time data.

I think the biggest problem is radiation emitting contamination getting into our electronics (as well as all man made products including shielding) manufacturing which we have not been able to completely rid of since the beginning of the above ground nuclear tests and more recent nuclear disasters (Chernobyl and Fukushima)

Example Reference:

1987 - https://books.google.com/books?id=a-pQAAAAMAAJ&dq=redundancy+computer+space&focus=searchwithinvolume&q=redundancy+

1971 - https://books.google.com/books?id=cTuT_TnzCjUC&dq=space+radiation+resistant+computer+design&focus=searchwithinvolume&q=radiation

Recent - http://www-physics.lbl.gov/~spieler/radiation_effects/rad_tutor.pdf

Backdoors won't weaken your encryption, wails FBI boss. And he's right. They won't – they'll fscking torpedo it

William Higinbotham

What Key

So I am designing a backdoor for the government. Problem is, I did not write a changing key algorithm to go with it, (was not specified in the contract.) Good luck.

You'll never guess what US mad lads Throwflame have strapped to a drone (clue: it does exactly what it says on the tin)

William Higinbotham

Lighting it up

Maybe they will have a device for lighting bovine flatulence in the fields till they get new strain of grass developed.

Low Barr: Don't give me that crap about security, just put the backdoors in the encryption, roars US Attorney General

William Higinbotham


What if everyone put in the backdoor in but forgot to write down the pass key?

Iran is doing to our networks what it did to our spy drone, claims Uncle Sam: Now they're bombing our hard drives

William Higinbotham

Why is it the IRS does not get targeted?

I would have thought that Iran would target the IRS. How does the old adage go? Hit'em in their pockets... Oh, that's right; they use some arbitrary currency. https://www.xe.com/currency/irr-iranian-rial

Lenovo channels the spirit of IBM: Lays off 500 staff, savages Data Centre Group

William Higinbotham

Where are all the numbers

Interested in seeing hirings since 2015. Numbers of employees increase and decrease as per volume of sales (Lagging). Always been that way.

Apple in another dust-up with its fans: iMacs, MacBooks lack filters, choke on grime – lawsuit

William Higinbotham

Where is the instructions again?


Stingray phone stalker tech used near White House, SS7 abused to steal US citizens' data – just Friday things

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11Year Old

In the end it will most likely be some smartass 11 year old with embedded micro platform. Want to show his close black web associates his craft :-)



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