Still in support?
So they can support some older hardware yet leave millions of old devices unsupported or landfilled.
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I've use a website that can't be linked to on facebook because of something about "community standards" yet there has never been anything offensive on the domain and it has been around for more than 25 years. I'm sure facebook is using some third party service but I can't find out who it is or how to have them re-review their data.
The US Dept of Ed has a program where a student can ask for a cancellation for student loans from Universities that don't deliver what they claimed. As this incident has made degrees issued by that department nearly useless, could all their current and many of their past student now ask for their student loans to be canceled?
Sunview would allow any logged in user to manipulate window positions. The 'w' command would helpfully point out the window id on the workstation user was using to edit code. We had a program that would move the window one pixel a second. On a 1024 pixel wide screen, it didn't take long for that to be annoying particularly when it was moved mostly to the right and slightly down.
Any earlier examples would have been turned into something else after they were no longer repairable. Anything broken thing made of metal would have found its way into the hands of a recycler if there was anyway to get it there. I think a survey of jewelry possibly made of gears would be an interesting thing to look at since there are mentions of other complex devices and turning a broken gear into a relatively shiny bit of ornamentation would have been an easy task.
The study of Ancient Egypt mentions devices made of wood including devices used to lift large stones yet no examples have been found but in a place where firewood was hard to get, any broken wooden device would be building material or firewood very quickly.
Robots.txt is a bit primitive but it needs far more metadata like:
Summary: 140 words
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Contract: 587597866e25dd2cbe40e4159d1f6845 /hot-news/*
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I have a $50 single induction hot plate. It starts off at 2000 watts which is enough to damage pans in about 15 seconds. I use it at the 200C setting 99% of the time and that would have made a much more reasonable default. It is odd that a $50 device can maintain a temperature yet the $2,000 built in types don't have that feature. The cheap one also keeps track of how many kWh I use when cooking which might be handy for using the thing in a caravan of off grid solar.
Why don't modern stoves have a "hold this temperature" setting? Are temp sensors on the glass too hard? I guess they aren't since my $50 device has it. They could also use IR detectors in the vent hood to read the temp of the soup.
Where is the magnetic stirrer? Chemistry labs have had nice hot plates that allow a magnetic bar to be placed in the food which allows it to be stirred. They also seem to be able to maintain very accurate temperatures.
I'm would like knobs with proper detents that work in deg C which is what is needed in cooking, not useless "gas numbers" which is how much energy you are pumping into a dish. Knobs also work for people who can't see that well. Every try to use a modern induction stove when blind? The best tech for blind people due to burn risk isn't usable because of touch on glass controls.
I want a microwave that doubles as a stove vent hood. The better ones will move more than enough air for a gas cook top and that amount of air keeps the microwaved food from getting soggy due to humidity. Too bad they aren't legal in Australia due to someone leaving out "or per manufacturers recommendations" in a standard when they copied it from overseas.
My old 6300 is my bedside alarm clock. It is the second best alarm clock I've ever used due to its features like pressing the 4 does a 4 minute snooze, yet non-numeric use the default value which can be set arbitrarily. Too bad I can't put a sim in it to reset its time anymore.
You can install one of the application firewalls where you can see just how all the applications are chatting with each other for a real shock. The mail app will talk to the map and vice versa. Many other apps are talking to apps that makes no sense at all. A friends Google branded phone was sending more than 8,000 messages a second between a multitude of apps.
Long ago I saw a backlit keyboard hooked to a Apple 1. The owner had created a typing training program that would light up the key you needed to press.
The status of each light could be read so it could be used to extended memory beyond the base 4k.
These coins are forever contaminated by proceeds of crime laws. Accepting or spending it is likely a crime and sending it over telecommunications infrastructure is "wire fraud" in the USA. Even if the US Feds launder it, it may not be clean at the state level not to mention the international implications.
So what happens to contaminated bit coins? They can't be removed and it may be illegal to use them or any of their digital descendants forever.
How many hundreds of millions of machines should be getting this patch but aren't because they are no longer in support? This shouldn't be much more than 100 byte patch.
The local criminal incompetency statutes don't have a statute of limitations and don't mention "out of support" at all. If you sold the hardware, you have a legal requirement to fix design deficiencies indefinitely or replace or refund the equipment.
When your engineering can harm third parties, there is no hiding behind corporate connivence.
The most commonly used firewall configurations used by many Linux based firewall have been optimized to the point where they aren't proper stateful firewalls anymore. The port filtering stuff doesn't keep state at all as it only trusts the packets to say they aren't established (RFC 3514 style) and rely on the NAT engine to keep track of the rest of the state info. One those routers, that means anything not using NAT, isn't stateful at all and anything that opens up external access on demand like UPnP effectively breaks the stateful nature of a firewall. The same is true for many business grade firewalls. An easy way to verify this is to check how much memory is used per data stream and if it is too low, it can't be stateful.
The Pentagon is an odd place. I went on a tour with a very paranoid friend that I told the expansion joints in the halls were metal plates so they could lock down an area in a second which resulted in him jumping over them for the rest of the tour to much amusement of the tour guide once I explained the odd behavior.
I knew someone who worked with wiring in that building and when visiting his office, he pointed me to a poster of the different areas of the building and how things were labeled for Army, Navy, AF and required standards for working on each area. The poster included a label for Soviet wiring.
The space above the drop ceiling on the ground floor is about 6ft (2m) yet is completely full of wires in places and that was long before they considered ethernet let alone switches and wifi.
Far in the future I expect archaeologist will dig it up and describe it as the highest holy temple to military bureaucracy.
Google have agreements like the one they forced on RIM which means they could no longer update the version of virtualized Android that ran on their QNX OS and forced all their new phones to be 100% Android thus completely killing a competitor. I would buy a new QNX phone today if there was one but Google's anti competitive actions mean there will never be another.
Compliance requires network scans for all open and previously used protocols. Modern machines all have IPv6 enabled by default so the scans must test for IPv6 yet no scanning vendor I know of does that properly. If the system was ever hooked to a Novel lan or old IBM mainframe, you need to test that as well just to verify that old stuff is all off or come up with a compensating control saying you are very sure the system can't be hacked by something like a Banyan VINES Christmas tree packet.
I live in Australia and I have been contacted a number of times for jobs in the USA. Once they find out I don't need a visa to work in the USA they aren't interested in me anymore. I've heard the same for a number of ex-pats. The strangest request needed someone that was a citizen for a security clearance but they were trying to find a way to fill the job with an H-1B.
The hardware to support this has been around on better phones since before 2013 and android 4.4. The reasons not to support older phones aren't technical. For the tracing app used in Australia, there are more than a million phones in use that have the proper hardware but just don't work.
I'm finding that it takes more research to avoid made in China but it can be done. Most of my new servers have motherboards, power supplies and drives that aren't made in China but the Ryzen CPUs are. My home solar system has some of the roof mounts that are made in China but the rest is made in Australia, Canada, Malaysia or Finland. The new floor I had installed was made in Germany. New kitchen tap was made in New Zealand but used Chinese made cartridges which failed and were replaced by Spanish ones. New tyres were made in the UK. I haven't bought an electronic device over $120 that was made in China in more than a year. China is involved in a trade war and I'm not going to play that game and I don't have to if I read labels.
I don't want to firewall every host on the network in their own little bubble but it looks like that time is here.
This is hurting their iPhone sales. We do not allow work computers to leave the office with their storage incase it has something sensitive on it and that means no soldered in storage. Since we told people we don't support the soldered in storage macs, they tend to pick a Windows or Linux system. When it is time to upgrade their phones, they tend not to pick Apple products. When asked, our IT staff all use the phase "We can't recommend Apple products" with an ever increasing list of technical reason why.
How many recent outages have been caused by 5G sabotage? Some idiot trying to burn down a tower ended up damaging the fiber going to work causing nearly a whole day outage due to the fire being started in a pit.
I've started collecting magnetrons out of dead microwaves. I'm not sure if I should mail them to the idiots I find or just put them up on sane neighbors roofs.
Should I have used the warning icon rather than the fire icon since that will be inside the box with "warning microwave generating magnetron!"
I hope the researchers don't mind Microsoft going through their research and making useful suggestions to other researcher via "AI". In the publish first of perish culture of universities, I figure this would have been shot down.
I have stopped interviewing recent students from universities with large corporate style administration since it is a waste of my time. I have suggested to some of the recent graduates of what used to be outstanding schools to ask for a refund for their tuition.
Their dashboard has plenty of useless data. So the site downloaded 90 gb of data? Over what time frame as it isn't mentioned except in conflicting forum posts. Throw in a white text on black design mixed with black text on white for a nearly unreadable system and version specific chrome requirements make their web interface look amateurish. Their support forums tend to have their search engine optimization around the wrong way so looking for a problem will result in the 5 year old solution, not the current one. If they put google parseable dates in their metadata would fix that problem. One USG has dropped out 4 times in the last month requiring power resets. That was after replacing a unit that died more than a dozen times over the last few months and it usually happens in the wee hours of the morning. Being a "cloud" device, there is no viability into it and a serious lack of logs that can be pulled off it after a reboot. Someone needs to tell them about a watchdog feature. Their radios do tend to work well but the USG seems like a joke of a product and I'll be looking for a replacement if they can't find and fix the problem real soon as it isn't up to the task.
The local labor government in Victoria has a ad up at the train stations with the typical "we are sorry for the delays" while patting themselves on the back for spending our money. There are 4 people in the picture of "rail construction" and 3 of them are doing things that should get them kicked off a worksite. The other one is just standing around looking like a supervisor.
I think it should have Endianness included in there as well and I'm not sure it should be limited to integers as it could be fixed point. The implementation of pointers will get weird as a now a pointer to the 5th element of a 5 bit array will be larger than a pointer to 64 bit int in classical architectures as it needs to include a real memory base pointer and an offset as well as a size. It would also be useful to be able to tell the compiler what the base char, int and long sizes are. An option to set int=31 and crash on overflow conversions would be very useful for testing most C code.
In metric parts of the world, the Feet in aviation aren't a real vertical distance to the ground but an approximate distance based on air pressure which drives the altimeter which is adjusted to a nearby location and adjusted periodically during a flight. Above a point of about 10,000 feet, the altimeter will be adjusted to 29.92 inHg or 1013 mb. This result is in a low or high pressure system, the 500 ft separation of planes is slightly different than 500 ft, but they don't hit each other because they are all using the same reference. A pressure altimeter when calibrated is more accurate than a GPS altitude.
Feet aren't used for horizontal distances in metric countries. Places like Australia which mostly copied the US FAA's rule book down to the section numbers, rounded all the nice round feet to nice round meters (1000 ft became 300 meters, not 305m) but sometimes they rounded up, sometimes down.
Late 1990s Saabs had 3 CAN buses. One for the ABS, one for the Engine/Transmission systems and a third for everything else. The speed of the car is determined by using the ABS sensors so as long as one wheel is rotating, it have a very good idea of of the speed and it took me about an hour on an icy parking lot to trick it. The thing is the radio needs to know how fast the car is going so it can make slight adjustments to the volume depending speed so I wonder just how isolated the busses are.
A friend made the comment that a rental BMW wasn't true to its heritage when its traction control system complained after it was briefly airborne. That message was of course displayed on the integrated console.
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