* Posts by Gabriel Vistica

25 publicly visible posts • joined 5 Feb 2009

Robot land-steamers to consume all life on Earth as fuel

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Yeah, but that was just a logging machine, and the crew fell unconcious when the chili from the night before finally settled in. (I'm not joking! Watch the episode!)

Royal Navy warship almost fires on UFOs

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Civilian RADAR doesn't work quite like that...

Civilan RADAR systems, especially at international airports, actually rely on a plane's transponder. Military systems are the ones that physically send out RADAR waves that bounce back. That's how they can track planes that TURN OFF THEIR TRANSPONDER.

NASA explores 'Curiosity' for nuclear-powered Mars rover

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So we've been killing Martians the entire time we've been looking for them?

Just wait until we start sending robots to other planets. I'm sure some of them (like Saturn) will have more easily provoked life-forms than Mars.

IBM ships SSDs for Power Systems

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I'm an uber-Star Wars geek, so when I saw that IBM was shipping SSDs, I thought they were finally making a Super Star Destroyer! Now I have to wait another 500 years. :(

Governator revives anti-violent video game crusade

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Free speech?

What the heck does free SPEECH have to do with playing video games, of any rating?

Conficker: Hold the funeral, it's not dead yet

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About that heat map...

What about the countries with EXACTLY 340751 infected computers?

Google hires goat army for lawn maintenance

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That works even better when you do it with greased pigs!

Ballmer email kicks off second round of Microsoft layoffs

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Don't blame the dev team

Yes, their code was pathetic, and full of bugs, and it barely ran at all.

But the people who are really to blame are the "concept people" who tried to make the developers put in certain features, even though the developers knew they wouldn't work very well.

Also to blame is the entire marketing team, who decided to bill Vista as the best thing ever (including sliced bread). They should've been a little more realistic, and then, IF it took off, they could up the hype a bit.

Google Chocolate Factory patents Data Center Navy

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"Don't forget the sharks"

Or the frickin' lasers.

Or the mutant, ill-tempered, sea bass.

Google streams data center pods to world+dog

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From all the technobabble and big words that no-one could possibly understand, I thought I was watching Star Trek: TNG again!

UK police bust lottery scam centre in Somerset

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@ AC


SOCA might think you're on the side of the scammers and raid you too.

Wi-Fi Beeb viewing may break law

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Television license?

And I thought Microsoft was bad! The BBC has them all beat!

Microsoft to offer Windows 7 downgrade to XP

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"Our volume-license customers can always downgrade to any previous version of Windows"

Does that mean that if I buy enough licenses, I can downgrade all the way Windows 3.1?

IBM turns back on server history

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They got it half right...

"IT vendors always have a theme, because they have to tell budget-time stories to CEOs and presidents who don't necessarily know a lot about computers other than how expensive and cranky they can be. (Actually, that's the system administrators, but that is a different story...)"

Right on the first part. Only sometimes right on the second part (I should know; I'm be one of them from time to time). Though in the case of the BOFH, the second part IS always true.

Final countdown to Conficker 'activation' begins

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Re: Skynet

You forgot one entry:


Realizes that no matter how hard it tries, it always loses. Decides to take over the world instead.

Hefty 'battle strength' electro-laser breaks 100kW barrier

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"Such equipment will never do for head-mounted shark use."


... I mean ...


Crackers latch onto year-old Windows token vuln

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There's only one thing to say at a time like this...


Microsoft dumped after India PM's emails go AWOL

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"It took the Government techies so much time to realize that the email system of the most powerful man in India was not working properly for 3 months!"

That is pathetic.

Boffins finger reason for non-aligned cows

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Paris Hilton

Wow. That is Interesting.

And we care about this, why?

Paris, because she doesn't care either.

Ice in fuel feed caused Heathrow 777 crash

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Re: AC

Or maybe you're just a conspiracy theorist!




Apple's Snow Leopard set for June 8?

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That guy is GOOD!

Stargazers spy elusive binary black hole system

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Accretion disks

"The matter falling into the black hole doesn’t go directly in, but orbits around the black hole forming a flat accretion disc, much like the soap scum on water orbiting around an open drain."

Oh, yay. Intergalactic soap scum. Another page in the Hitchhikers' Guide.

Microsoft aims 'non-security' update at gaping security hole

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"In this case, we are communicating the availability of an update that affects your ability to perform subsequent updates, including security updates. Therefore, this advisory does not address a specific security vulnerability; rather, it addresses your overall security."

Doesn't that fit the definition of "security update"?!

Super Micro squeezes four servers into one chassis

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Hot-swappable motherboards!

Windows 7 UAC vuln not a vuln, MS repeats

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Too many?!

Only two is two many?! That ridiculous.

I had WAY too many in Vista. I work in my company's IT department, and I do a lot of OS reinstallations. When I did Vista installs, I was getting one every time I tried to change a Control Panel setting. Sometimes, it would even close Explorer because it was trying to do one of the good-ol' illegal operations.