* Posts by LoPath

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Spacey McSpaceface: Artemis takes shape ahead of '2021' launch – but first you need to name the crash-test dummy

LoPath
Mushroom

Space Potatoes

I think this belongs here...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mv8mV5X0MR8

Pentagon pal Microsoft to supply US Army with 120,000+ HoloLens units in contract somehow worth 'up to $22bn'

LoPath
Trollface

Re: Just a natural evolution

Just imagine hours upon hours of computer based training slides on one of those bad boys!

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

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Trollface

Re: Pollution?

Kinda like mozzarella sticks... If you fry them when thawed, the cheese just oozes out. If you fry them frozen, they get nice and gooey in the middle. :D

GPS jamming around Cyprus gives our air traffic controllers a headache, says Eurocontrol

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Pirate

Arrgh!

Not just military... also pirates and smugglers.

Malware attack that crippled Mumbai's power system came from China, claims infosec intel outfit Recorded Future

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Mushroom

Re: Critical infrastructure

Very true, but nobody listens to those wacky IT guys.

Hundreds of Facebook moderators complain: AI content moderation isn't working and we're paying for it

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Meh

Re: "There should be no question over either of those"

I knew a guy that used to do background investigations for the US Dept of Defense. His job was to go to people's houses and interview them. They would interview the employee and their relatives, friends, business associates, etc. He told many stories about weirdos inviting him down to their basement, answering the door in a bathrobe, and other oddities.

Boeing Starliner commander Christopher Ferguson bows out of first crewed mission due to family commitments

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Alert

If I recall correctly, parachute riggers have to jump one of the random chutes they packed every few months. Helps to prevent sabotage and ensure quality.

Someone not only created a comment-spewing Reddit bot powered by OpenAI's GPT-3, it offered bizarre life advice

LoPath

Re: False information?

Replace "Stucky's" with "Casey's" and you're spot on.

Dunkin' Donuts drops some dough to glaze over lawsuit accusing it of covering up customer account hacks

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Paris Hilton

One on every corner

Many moons ago, I worked on a project for the Massachusetts State Police. It was strikingly odd and yet very noticeable that there was a Dunkin' Donuts within a block of every single police barracks in the state. And many of them were in strip malls right next door to a women's fitness center. Do you believe in coincidence?

Howdy, er, neighbor – mind if we join you? Potential sign of life spotted in Venus's atmosphere

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Linux

Re: From penguin poop?

I thought this meant that there was the possibility of a large penguin population on Venus.

Mate, it's the '90s. You don't need to be reachable every minute of every hour. Your operating system can't cope

LoPath
Pirate

Re: My first major upgrade

I remember the jump from 300 baud to 1200 baud was "incredible".

'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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Coat

Re: Radar?

Hey jetpack guy... squawk 7500

LoPath

Cameras

It's already been done. Before COVID, the company I work for had a tourism division. They had cameras mounted on the helicopter to take video that they would give to the tourists after they flew.

Is that croaky voicemail of your CEO just a Fakey McFake Fake – or does he normally ask you to wire him $1m?

LoPath

Re: a "software-generated voicemail message"

Pardon me... Do you have any Grey Poupon?

What the duck? Bloke keeps getting sent bathtime toys in the post – and Amazon won't say who's responsible

LoPath
Mushroom

Not brushing

This is no different than sending someone a "bag of dicks". Yes, there are companies that will send a bag of gummy dicks anonymously to your favorite politician or whomever. Someone's just having a laugh. A rather odd laugh...

CompSci student bitten by fox after feeding it McNuggets

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Coat

Journalist missed the obvious

What does the fox say... about all of this?

Facebook accused of trying to bypass GDPR, slurp domain owners' personal Whois info via an obscure process

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Thumb Down

Re: What do you think it is about

The first time I went to a Jimmy John's (sandwich shop), I went through the drive thru. On their menu, they have several sandwiches listed including toppings. Some of the toppings I didn't care for, such as brussel sprouts. I had the audacity to request a sandwich without the authorized toppings. I could hear in the order taker's voice that this was an extremely unusual request. In the end, didn't care much for the sandwich and never went back.

Intelsat orbital comms satellite is back online after first robo-recovery mounting and tug job gets it back into position

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Black Helicopters

Re: I wonder what it really does?

Let's see... what kind of military application would you have for a satellite that can latch onto another one? Hmm...

Vodafone chief speaks out after 5G conspiracy nuts torch phone mast serving Nightingale Hospital in Brum

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Mushroom

Re: Possibly OTT on my part but..

Not sure about the treason part, but I agree, it's damaging critical infrastructure. These towers that are getting torched typically have a lot of equipment on them and the 5G equipment. So while you might be torching the 5G equipment, you're also torching everything else. Many towers share space with other carriers and some also include public safety radio equipment.

Apple: We respect your privacy so much we've revealed a little about what we can track when you use Maps

LoPath

Re: If you don't like it...

...not to mention that your phone will still triangulate its location from cell towers when you turn off your GPS. You can actually run Google Maps with GPS turned off... it can be a little wonky, but it tries!

Apple bans COVID-19 games and restricts virus-related apps to authoritative souces

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There's no joking with Alexa

Here's a fun one.... ask Alexa "Tell me a coronavirus joke". Nothing, nada, silence.

Austrian foreign ministry: 'State actor' hack on government IT systems is over

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Coat

Re: Oh those Russians...

Putin' on the Ritz!

Day 4 of outage: UK's Manchester police deploy exciting new carbon-based method to record crime

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Coat

Re: typo?

Or maybe iPOPO if they're in the hood. My coat's right there next to yours...

Clunk, whirr, buzz, whine. Shared office space can be a riot and sounds like one too

LoPath
Pint

Noise Complaint

I could have lived a lot longer if I hadn't known that was a cover song. Hell, all of Quiet Riot's songs pretty much sound just like that. Time to find a pint to wash that out of my mind!

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare fragged our business VOIP: US ISP blames outage on smash-hit video game rush

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Mushroom

Let us know if you encounter any similar snafu moments.

With Windstream? Like all the time...

If the words 'new', 'AI', 'for', 'the', 'physical', 'world', 'accelerate' and 'Facebook' scare you, click this headline

LoPath
Paris Hilton

Re: Robots and Pizza, I don't think so

Um, here's your, um, pizza, sir... um, sir? Carry on then, I'll wait...

Blame of thrones: Those viral vids of PC monitors going blank when people stand up? Static electricity from chairs

LoPath

Re: Hold my LaCroix

If ever there needed to be a video...

LoPath

Re: Office refurbishment...

We called that the "static strip".

Today's budget for application improvements is brought to you by the letters "Y", "K" and the number "2"

LoPath
Facepalm

Y2...um... okay?

Reminds me of when the US Dept of Defense when on their tizzy about getting everything Y2K compliant. Anything that plugged into an electrical outlet had to get a sticker. Anything found to be non-compliant got put on a spreadsheet for funding to replace it. I got to take a peek at that list for our base and saw that the medical squadron had a dozen VCR's on the list. Of course everyone got what they wanted... but I couldn't help but wonder if the clock on the VCR's would flash 13:00 instead of 12:00?

Questions hang over Gatwick Airport after low level drone near-miss report

LoPath

Re: Units

Actually, it's not unheard of for an airport to change their runway markings due to those wandering poles.

Bloodhound gang hits 1,010kph, retreats to lab to work on smashing the land speed record

LoPath

Re: sponsorship opportunity?

I would think that the Bloodhound Gang would enjoy a romp with LOHAN. Unn-tiss unn-tiss unn-tiss, baby!

Gas-guzzling Americans continue to shun electric vehicles as sales fail to bother US car market

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Facepalm

Re: A little education is needed

Indeed... outside of California, there are 49 other states.

AT&T: We did nothing wrong in promising unlimited data that wasn't. We're just giving the FTC $60m for fun

LoPath

Money can't buy you love

Granted, it's a drop in the bucket versus the amount of money they bring in, but all of the hoops they're going to have to jump through to demonstrate compliance should be enough of a deterrent to get their attention.

Boffins don bad 1980s fashion to avoid being detected by object-recognizing AI cameras

LoPath

Re: Great

So I need an outfit with a solid yellow line going all the way up and down it. Got it!

Microsoft has made an Android phone. Repeat, Microsoft has made an Android phone. A dual-screen foldable mobe not due until late 2020

LoPath
Trollface

Re: Fear of missing out

Foldable laptop = Fappy?

Despite billions in spending, your 'military grade' network will still be leaking data

LoPath
Holmes

Just the fax, ma'am...

Unfortunately faxes are still quite the thing in the US Healthcare sector. Many companies have adopted electronic fax solutions now. If only there was some way to send information electronically from one computer to another without using a phone line.....

GM Cruise holds off on self-driving taxis for this year, says it needs more testing time to be safe

LoPath

They already have some around here that are remote controlled running around train yards. The dream job of every kid that loved playing around with toy trains!

What happens in Vegas ... will probably go through the huge bit barn Google is building in Nevada

LoPath

Re: SI Police

Is that larger or smaller than mini-Whales?

Not quite the Bake Off they were expecting: Canadian seniors served weed-infused brownies

LoPath
Trollface

High Grandma, how ya doin?

Boffins put the FUN into fungus by rigging yeast to squirt out the active ingredients in cannabis

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Trollface

Young Einstein

But did they try splitting the beer atom?

RIP 2019-2019: The first plant to grow on the Moon? Yeah, it's dead already, Chinese admit

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Pint

Am I the only one that caught it??

...it proved no match for the Moon's frigid temperatures, which can drop as low as -170 degrees Celsius (-274 degrees in Freedom units) on the arid satellite.

Have a freedom pint on me!

Do you feel 'lucky', well, do you, punk? Google faces down magic button patent claim

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Go

Re: never used it

http://bfy.tw/LqLl

Y'know how you might look at someone and can't help but wonder if they have a genetic disorder? We've taught AI to do the same

LoPath

Re: Why not test the system on politicians ?

Convolutional Neural Network (CNN)? That's fake news!

Senator Wyden goes ballistic after US telcos caught selling people's location data yet again

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Coat

Re: The bigger issue

Back in my day, we weren't allowed to use any cell phones while deployed. I'll grab my coat when you GET OFF MY LAWN!

Bruce Schneier: You want real IoT security? Have Uncle Sam start putting boots to asses

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Facepalm

Re: More seriously

The last measuring gadget I bought from China has an FCC logo on it. They have a misspelling on the sticker, though. "Laser radiation - Aovid direct exposure to beam" I highly doubt it's actually registered with the FCC, but putting the logo on the sticker is easy!

Facebook, Google sued for 'secretly' slurping people's whereabouts – while Feds lap it up

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Black Helicopters

StingRay

"The logical next step is for the Feds just to have the raw data sent directly to them via intercept at the towers or somewhere else in the system and cut out the middlemen. A win for the corporates as they can claim they "didn't know" and all will be well once again amongst the users."

They can already place their own "tower" near a suspect and collect data from everyone in the neighborhood.....

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stingray_phone_tracker

Look at me! Phone industry contracts nasty case of 5g-itis

LoPath

Re: And what is 5G?

Could they actually hear each other on the call?

Fire chief says Verizon throttled department's data in the middle of massive Cali wildfires

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Alert

Oh really?

Time for AT&T to advertise FirstNet. Oh, Verizon throttled your bandwidth? We built a nationwide network for first responders, as directed by Homeland Security...right over here...

Pentagon sticks to its guns: Yep, we're going with a single cloud services provider

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Facepalm

Cloudz?

Insert meme here: What if I told you that a cloud was just someone else's computer?

In this case, several computers. How many several-several computers does it take to make them happy? It makes perfect sense to have all of the computers under one cloud with one service provider. As long as that service provider has diverse and alternate paths and carp-loads of redundancy, what's the issue? If the other bidders take issue with how the contracting process is being run, they can file a formal protest. They know how to do this. Let's not confuse contracting with politics.

Beyond code PEBCAK lies KMACYOYO, PENCIL and PAFO

LoPath

Re: What the fuck means "F***"?

Putting your bosses name in autocorrect and replacing it with "asshole" is always good for a laugh!

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