* Posts by Jan 0

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80-characters-per-line limits should be terminal, says Linux kernel chief Linus Torvalds

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Re: not the terminal, the punch card

All hail Zappa, allright, but that's not the origin. It was written on the envelope that contained your credit or charge card statement, printed on a Hollerith card. You weren't supposed to damage it, because it would be reread when you sent it back with a cheque. Was Harvey Matusow the original cracker? Didn't he repunch his card to change his balance to a large positive value, withdraw the balance, then scarper from the USA with the cash?

International banking wasn't very international back then. I knew of a guy, the departing business partner of my neighbour in the 60s, who emigrated to Australia a couple of days after maxing out his Barclaycard with professional camera equipment bought on Oxford Steet (Dixons, maybe?). He was never chased for the balance.

Nokia's reboot of the 5310 is a blissfully dumb phone that will lug some mp3s about just fine

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>EDGE. Oh yeah, that's when you spend all day on the edge of getting a connection.

It's fine if you just want to use a terminal over ssh.

BoJo buckles: UK govt to cut Huawei 5G kit use 'to zero by 2023' after pressure from Tory MPs, Uncle Sam

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Re: Build it here

I think we have evidence from countries like China (either one), Vietnam, Singapore, etc. that it is possible to rapidly build a first class industrial economy without colonies.

We can't produce enough food in this country, because we don't try. Our agricultural industry maximises profits not food production. I would guess that the WW2 productivity of allotments is still well ahead of current agribusiness.

What we need is a government made up of STEM experts and a supportive electorate. We would also need an entirely different model of management in our industries.

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Re: Security or politics or economic competition ?

> If we ban Huawei then Western kit will be bought. At greater expense which will slow the rest of the economy

Ermm, no. If we buy Western kit, we're circulating money in the Western economy. Growth is all about circulating money, not sending it out of the economy.

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It's time to relaunch it. Shouldn't a first world country be able to build its own infrastructure?

Forget BYOD, this is BYOVM: Ransomware tries to evade antivirus by hiding in a virtual machine on infected systems

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As usual, it's for Windows, the gift that keeps on giving (to malware writers).

Hooray! It's IT Day! Let's hear it for the lukewarm mugs of dirty water that everyone seems to like so much

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Re: I drink both and I speak for me

I'm not Italian, but my experience is that Italy is one of the few places in the world where you can be sure that wherever you go, whether it be the street vendor at the 6 am fish market, or the Palazzo turned hotel at 3 pm, the coffee will be pleasantly drinkable and often divine. All you have to do is ask for "un caffè" and a perfect espresso will be delivered, I have no idea what you get if you ask for a Machiatto or an Americano, nor do I care. I just want the unsullied flavour of pure, fresh coffee.

Although I've got a fancy Pavoni machine somewhere, I find it best just to use a 1 cup "Moka" pot at home. Incidentally, you can make good coffee with nothing more than a small pan - surely less equipment than tea.

<rant>As for putting milk anywhere near coffee or tea, I don't understand why some adults are so keen on this calf food! The dairy industry is already dumping a lot of its waste into other food products, how long before it starts encouraging us to put whey into tea as well (anything that saves them the cost of tippng it down disused mines:) I am aware that with time, effort and experience milk can be converted into exquisite cheeses, but it seems that the dairy industry prefers a minute profit following a huge advertising budget </rant> Don't get me started on butter!

Bionic eyes to be a thing in the next decade? Possibly. Boffins mark sensor-density breakthrough

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Re: We have the technology

Maybe call it the "Quarter of a Billion Dollar Man" to account for inflation.

More interestingly, what is the liquid metal in the "wires"? Mercury? Gallium? Surely not Rubidium! The design is interesting, but how are they proposing to interface it with the rest of the brain? I think I'd prefer an external camera with a supercomputer that whispers in my ear: E.g. "Just to the right of you there's a really cute guy, they look interested." or "The coffee cup is on the table two inches in front of your middle finger." I think I could adapt to that, without having dangerous metals in my skull.

With millions upon millions out of work in the US, here come the scammers claiming victims' unemployment money using stolen info

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There's something fundamentally flawed about calling a secret service The Secret Service, especially when it makes itself known to the world and makes Press Releases.. Nobody knows about my secret cellar laboratory for instance, oh, wait...

Fancy watching 'Bake Off' together with mates and alone at the same time? The BBC's built a tool to do that

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Does this use multicasting in an attempt to cut down on bandwidth? This could be a blessing in disguise.

Apple's MagicPairing for Bluetooth fails to enchant after mischief-making bugs found hiding in the stack

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Re: So

Yes indeed. Just see how many commentards here use "of" when they mean "'ve".

Beer gut-ted: As many as '70 million pints' spoiled during coronavirus pandemic must be destroyed in Britain

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Re: It's probably not actually "bad".

Ah, now I know why I like dark beers:)

Mines the one with a bottle of Baltic Trader in the pocket.

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Re: K'in eejets.

Agreed. Wash for whisky is essentially unhopped beer.

Similarly ,although you can't make a drinkable fermented product from potatoes, they make wonderful chips* and the best vodka!

That's the fried potato stakes that you dip hot into <insert favourite>. Garlic mayo for me.

Mirror mirror on the wall, why will my mouse not work at all?

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Re: problems getting started

> .. but these days, at least one manufacturer has made the logo light up, thus wasting battery life.

Well, no. That's the backlight for the screen, lit up when the screen is in use . All you have to do is to make the lid transparent where you want the light to shine through.

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Re: obvious

It was the lack of buttons that irked me. I was used to Sun's three button mice.

Serial killer spotted on the night train from Newcastle

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Re: Manufacturer???

Ferrograph? The British company that used to build reel to reel Wearite tape recorders?

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The EDP website is a festering pit of scripts. It makes other newspaper sites look refreshingly home grown.

Comms giant Telefonica confirms O2 in talks to merge with Virgin Media

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>Prices aren’t that bad either...

Maybe not, but you'd have to live in Peterborough. (A bland and soulless town, save for a few interesting shops with Asian owners, a maglev train and a shabby sculpture "park".)

Latvian drone wrests control from human overlords and shuts down entire nation's skies

Jan 0

Considering it's massive size and minimal mass, it sounds as if it's mostly balsawood and tissue paper. No so good for radar unless they upgrade the tissue to aluminised mylar:)

Bye, Russia: NASA wheels out astronauts, describes plan for first all-American manned launch into orbit since 2011

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If cost rather than shame was the driving factor, I expect that they'd be buying a Chinese launch package.

As Brit cyber-spies drop 'whitelist' and 'blacklist', tech boss says: If you’re thinking about getting in touch saying this is political correctness gone mad, don’t bother

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Re: Irrelevent

But there isn't a single melanin and red and ginger haired people have both eumelanin and pheomelanin in their skin.

Florida man might just stick it to HP for injecting sneaky DRM update into his printers that rejected non-HP ink

Jan 0

Re: Canon inkjets on Linux

What are these "drivers" that you speak of? This is Unix/Linux-land. A printer is just a file.

Fright at the museum: Bored curators play spooky Top Trumps on Twitter over who has the creepiest object

Jan 0

Re: had a live cow with a hole where you could look into its stomach

Mr. Alexis St. Martin was even more interesting and useful than a cow.

Iran military manages to keep a straight face while waggling miracle widget that 'can detect coronavirus from 100m away'

Jan 0

Try Kornbluth?

You might enjoy reading "The Marching Morons".

Google: We've blocked 126 million COVID-19 phishing scams in the past week

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Re: Pointless

> The number that matters is how many have they let through?

It would be so nice if Google could return 20 million emails to every spammers' real mailbox.

Star's rosette orbit around our supermassive black hole proves Einstein's Theory of General Relativity correct

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Re: Theory?

> originally 100% proof alcohol was concentrated enough that black powder would still ignite if soaked in the stuff

It's not "% proof", just proof or degrees/° proof, 100% alcohol is 175°, that's 75° over proof.

> Oh for the days

It's still not difficult to make your own black powder, 'though you can't walk into a chemists' shop like I did as a kid and walk out with three twists of paper containing charcoal, potassium nitrate and flowers of sulphur.

Doom Eternal: Reboot sequel is cluttered but we're only here for the rippin' and the tearin'

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The "grandads" here will also recall that Doom was developed on NeXTSTEP and available as a free download for Linux & Unix machines. Certainly for Irix and Solaris, maybe HP-UX and Tru-64?

COBOL-coding volunteers sought as slammed mainframes slow New Jersey's coronavirus response

Jan 0

Do these mainframes run the ICL OS whose source code has been lost?

Planet Computers has really let things slide: Firm's third real-keyboard gizmo boasts 5G, Android 10, Linux support

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Re: Whilst I loved (and still have) my Psion5mx...

Is a Jorno too big for you? Properly staggered keys and a rugged case that props up your gizmo.

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Re: "deforming shirt pockets"

Try a thigh pocket. They can often hold a 10" tablet. 8", no sweat. Bonus: your 'phone doesn't fall out when you want to pick something up from the floor.

What are you doing at quarter past? WebEx wants you on calls then, to ease corona-congestion

Jan 0

Re: A lesson for crontab as well

Thumbs up for mentioning rrdtool. How sysadmins live without it is beyond me.

White House turns to Big Tech to fix coronavirus blunders while classifying previous conversations

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Re: Oh My!

Does the Communist Party USA still put up presidential candidates? It's a long time since I was last aware of one, maybe now's the time.

Hear, hear: The first to invent idiot-cancelling headphones gets my cash

Jan 0

Re: Recommendations

I suggest that you start with a manufacturer that already makes excellent headphones. It's not a good start if their expertise lies elsewhere, for example, in reflecting sound of walls.

The delights of on-site working – sun, sea and... WordPad wrangling?

Jan 0

Re: Wordpad has saved me more than once

catdoc was my friend.

Help! I'm trapped on Schrodinger's runaway train! Or am I..?

Jan 0

Re: Enquiries


That's Still one too many. They could just email everything.

Guilty as charged: Apple confesses some Smart Battery Cases are having 'issues', offers replacements

Jan 0

Re: Hey Apple, there's another way!


How much does a "smart battery case" add? I don't think my trouser pockets care anyway.

Jan 0

Hey Apple, there's another way!

How hard would it be for Apple to put a bigger battery in some of their 'phones?

I have a Moto G7 Power and it shames my iPhone 6s Plus every day. My iPhone (with it's new battery) needs charging everyday, the Moto every other day. That's just to be on the safe side, 'as it looks like the Moto could run for 3 days. I use the Moto as a WiFi hotspot and for mapping. It's the iPhone's interface and and software integration that stops me looking for a premium Android 'phone

Tea tipplers are more likely to live longer, healthier lives than you triple venti pumpkin-syrup soy-milk latte-swilling fiends

Jan 0

Re: Nothing new here

That linked article is a pretty good summary of the pros and cons of fluoride water treatment, from a mid twentieth century viewpoint. The author strays from neutrality by careful use of pejorative words like pollution (like weeds, pollution is something that's not owanted in particular contexts.) Pretending that FSA is something frightening, but carefully not revealing what FSA is. (Fluorosilicic acid. OOH! It's an acid! Run for the hills. Err wait, I've got acid in my stomach;) If FSA is contaminated with arsenic, then it requires further treatment, not abandonment.

Flaming Death, via Frank Zelko, seems to think that we should have waited until the 21st century before introducing fluoride for the prevention of tooth decay. I'd like to know how much chemistry Frank Zelko has been taught.

In the light of 21st century knowledge, we can now further optimise the use of this frightening pollutant:). Does Flaming Death have a better plan to optimise fluoride levels in humans?

Jan 0

Although SE Asia produces wonderful coffee, won't the majority of the non tea drinkers in this study drink water, fruit juicers and beer?

What was Boeing through their heads? Emails show staff wouldn't put their families on a 737 Max over safety fears

Jan 0

Nominative determinism?

In the UK the name Calhoun has a silent L and is pronounced "Kahoon". In the USA, is it more like "Kerlown"?

(Sorry, I can't do phonetic symbols).

Beset by lawsuits over poor security protections, Ring rolls out 'privacy dashboard' for its creepy surveillance cams, immediately takes heat

Jan 0


I have just bought an excellent example Headley. My €1.5 mains powered mosquito zapper: a few blue LEDs and (I presume) a resistor bridging the two interdigitating metal combs connected directly to the mains. A flimsy plastic screen has holes big enough for a child's fingers to go through or an adults to easily push aside! Too simple to

amuse Big Clive, but seriously out of line with EU safety standards.

Long-term Linux Mint: 19.3 release unchains the Gimp, adds HiDPI, is kind to your older, less-beefy kit

Jan 0

re: shame forums

> How can a one-armed user achieve the equivalent of a shift+click in a list to select multiple items ? WITHOUT sticky-keys ?

Errm, I'm a two armer, but I often hold a glass or 'phone in one hand while I use a thumb and little finger on the other to press a key pair. Isn't your problem triple key presses?

Say GDP-aaaR: UK's Information Commissioner pours £275k fine into London pharmacy's teaspoon

Jan 0

If you were taking care of people, would you do business with a company with such a childish name?

Valuable personal info leaks from Facebook – not Zuck selling it, unencrypted hard drives of staff data stolen

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How is the trunk of your car any more secure than the rest of your car?

It's a billion-ton, 14-million-mile long mysterious alien formation – and Earth is heading right into it

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I'm perplexed

If the dust trail occupies just 14 million miles of the complete orbit of 3200 Phaethon, why does our orbit intersect it every year? Or is it just that we're in the appropriate historical period and maybe in a few years time no one on Earth will be seeing the Geminids? (3200 Phaeton's orbit must have a circumference in excess of 250 million miles, so why doesn't the Earth usually travel though the empty part of 3200 Phaeton's orbit?)

Samsung Galaxy S11 tipped to escalate the phone cam arms race with 108MP sensor

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Re: Now if they can fit in a f1.2 1" diameter lens

Perhaps I could knock up* a mount to attach my Cannon F0.95 "Dream" lens to my phone? With a focal length of 50mm it might make an awesome telephoto - for small values of might.

*maybe by cannibalising my 7s?

Just in case you were expecting 10Gbps, Wi-Fi 6 hits 700Mbps in real-world download tests

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> [*] Unless you're a prisoner in the dungeon in which case, I've heard that The Prisoner of Monte Cristo is a good read. ;-)

I think he should read the Count of Zenda first, the story will then make more sense

123-Reg is at it again: Registrar charges chap for domains he didn’t order – and didn't want

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Uh oh, Easily too?

Although Easily is not part of the GoDaddy empire and I've not had any problems with them, it seems that 96% of Trustpilot respondents rate them in much the same way as 123-Reg. Should I hope that Easily won't wreck my .org registration in the remaining two years (I got a really good 5 year rate from them), or should I move now, before they shaft me?

UK parcel firm Yodel plugs tracking app's random yaps about where on map to snap up strangers' tat

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> Yodel garners regular gongs as the UK's least favourite courier company, although it would probably point out that it does not get much credit for delivering several hundreds of thousands of parcels a day successfully. ®

Do they measure success by counting how many parcels remain in the vans and subtracting that from the original load?

It would be so nice if all retailers gave us a choice of delivery services.

You can forget about that Black Friday deal: Brit banks crap out just in time for pay day

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Re: I'm exposing myself as a boomer by making this comment, but ...

This cultural engulfment is no weirder than the way that we Bulge Babies, gradually got to be called (Baby) Boomers after Trivial Pursuit - Baby Boomer Edition made it's way across the Atlantic in the '80s.

Closest icon that I can find for a Bulge Baby



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