* Posts by ITS Retired

283 posts • joined 16 Dec 2010


As Hurricane Ian hits, FCC rules cell carriers must help each other in disasters

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What? cooperate with our competitors for something other than increasing each others profits? The nerve of some people.

Teardown shows Apple iPhone 14 Pro is not pro-repair

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Re: My response is...

That is pretty much all their is, that works the way they expect it to. Going to the cheap end and the features aren't there.

Microsoft says it's boosted phishing protection in Windows 11 22H2

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What did Microsoft break?

And when will it break from this? You know they did.

Don't want to get run over by a Ford car? There's a Bluetooth app for that

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More stuff to track people.

Will it ever end?

Me driving my 18 year old car, haven't hit a pedestrian yet, despite some of them doing stupid stuff. I think it's called driver awareness.

Do we really need all this "If we can, why" not crap in our cars?

Windows 11 update blocking some users from logging in

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I really think Microsoft does not know how its flagship operating system is put together. I assume it's because they let go, eased out, transferred to elsewhere, everyone that knew and/or understood anything about their OS.

And it is showing big time.

Microsoft warns of bugs after nation pushes back DST switchover

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Re: Why is DST still a thing ?

UTC does not observe the so-called Daylight saving Time. Nothing is actually saved. Especially not with the resulting confusion twice a year.

Mucking about with the time zones, either results in gaps in the 15 degree separations in the time zones. or overlaps.

No DST, no computer confusion. No wondering what time it is for that meeting, somewhere else. Are they on DST, or Standard time? Do they change with everyone else, or days, weeks differently.

Stop it already. Too much energy is being spent twice a year, when a simple fix is at hand. Just stay on standard time the year around.

LG makes a TV roughly the size of a queen-sized bed

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Re: Not to derail this, but

Yes, I have an antenna. Not paying for any streaming services, when their are enough free local off air TV channels to keep us entertained when need be.

My computers are all Linux. Not all tuners work properly, or even at all, with non windows computers. Even those that are supposed to work with Linux have multiple fixes listed when I do the googling on them to find something that should work.

Just give me a 24 inch TV/monitor, without the hassle of another plug in card, or USB gadget with more drivers I have to down load to make it work with Linux. Assuming I down load the correct one.

With a TV/monitor, two connections. One to the antenna and the other to the computer video out. Done! No fuss, no muss. can even us the TV without the computer if need be.

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Not to derail this, but

When are they going to start making 24 inch TV/monitor again, for those us us that don't have room for billboards in our homes?

All I can find are last year's warehouse surplus 24 inch monitors. I need both monitor/TV in one package.

James Webb Space Telescope finds first evidence of CO2 in exoplanet atmosphere

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What if they discovered a planet in the Goldilocks zone of a yellow star, with carbon dioxide, oxygen and nitrogen in more or less the correct proportions?

With all the galaxies full of solar systems, there hast to be a few more of those like ours.

Windows 10 update breaks audio for some systems

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There is a fix for broken MS updates.

It's called Linux. Your choice of flavors.

Googlers demand abortion searches ‘never be saved or treated as a crime’

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Women are people too.

It's past time they are treated with the proper respect as such.

Abortion is a medical procedure that is of no use to any man. Why is it being outlawed by those men who can't get pregnant?

Rocket Lab to search for signs of life in the clouds of Venus

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Human Being are so arrogant that

Earth has the only life anywhere in the universe.

Google gets the green light to flood US Gmail inboxes with political spam

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Almost every Republican political ad I've seen have been attack ads,

with little to no basis in reality. Nothing about actually correcting the problems. If a rival candidate does have working ideas for solutions, they are swamped with attack ads and become also rans.

What we need is 'Truth in Advertising' with teeth, in political ads. The current Republicans ads would all but stop. Problem solved.

While most political ads are spam, force them have facts and truth in them, not made up horror stories.

Want the very latest Windows Insider Dev Channel build? Check your disk space

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Microsoft needs that space for the programs that do all hoovering indexing, filtering and transmitting of your personal information back to home.

Google's ChromeOS Flex turned my old MacBook into new frustrations

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Big Brother

Keep in mind that 'The Cloud' is someone else's computer.

Someone else owns it. Someone else controls it. Can someone else look at your data? The police and alphabet agencies think they have a right to. I prefer to keep control of my own data. Not everybody is doing something dodgy. Most of us are reasonable honest, regardless of what the paranoid control freaks in charge think.

Backups for your data are as simple as a flash drive or a portable hard drive. Interment or no Internet can be a pain when everything is cloudy.

As an aside, everything computering, including the Internet thingies, have has a UPS on the mains powering them. Around here (US of A), area wide power failures don't seem to affect the Internet feed.

New Outlook feature: It freezes up when dealing with tables in emails

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Re: ...and on Mac, don't dare to use emojis

The fix is to use as little of Microsoft as possible. Their scrip has a lot of typos the last few years.

Lockheed Martin wins $213m contract to update F-35 datacenter

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How much more money is going to be poured into this money pit?

One machine cannot be all things for everything. Then there is the problem of too much interrelated electronics in these planes. Does it still take 20 minutes to boot up so they can take off? War planes of old could roll out to the take off point as their engines were revving up to speed. Seconds.

And as for the A10, those things were pretty much indestructible. One even flew home and landed safely with only one wing. Try that with a F-35.

Microsoft hits milestone to replace datacenter generators with fuel cells

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Re: Hydrogen - Fuel of the Future

That was my question. what do they plan to do with the carbon/2 and other green house gasses left over, if from national gas, or other fossil fuels?

Breaking down water is very energy intensive. Making wind mills and solar panels requires fossil fuels and only last 15 to 20 years, so these ain't really free as some people think either.

While I think fuel cells are good, the fuel problem actually hasn't been solved yet.

Feds put $10m bounty on Putin pal accused of bankrolling US election troll farm

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How about some Truth in Advertising laws for our own political ads? The spin, out right lies, libel, anything but the facts and truth in our political campaign ads is a scandal in itself. No wonder we only get to choose between evil and almost as evil for our candidates in the general elections, even when much better candidates are running in the primaries.

Scientists use dead spider as gripper for robot arm, label it a 'Necrobot'

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Re: Rise of the machines?

I have one of those can openers. I ignore the pull tab and use the can opener on them. No sharp edges.

British intelligence recycles old argument for thwarting strong encryption: Think of the children!

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Re: Only the Guilty?

That would be the Navajo Code Talkers.

Israel aims to build its own upgradable quantum computer

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How much money is the United States giving them to do this?

And how much will be side shuffled into pockets?

SCOTUS judges 'doxxed' after overturning Roe v Wade

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Privacy is mentioned nowhere in the US Constitution.

Not even in the 4th Amendment, where it states:

"The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and

seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue,

but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched,

and the persons or things to be seized."

Nothing about "privacy", even though it is described in the 4th amendment..

The word "private" is mentioned in the 5th Amendment, as in private property, i.e., land.

That's it as far as the Constitution is concerned.

Google updates Chrome to squash actively exploited WebRTC Zero Day

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Re: Could not have happen with HTTP/1.0

You forgot the quotes around "friendly".

NASA wants nuclear reactor on the Moon by 2030

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What does the gender, or a person's skin color have to do with qualifications?

I can see why under certain circumstances why gender might make a difference, because of physical differences, but skin color?

Windows 11 22H2 is almost here. Is it ready for the enterprise?

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Re: What is it with people ?

I moved to Linux. Don't even miss Microsoft. Reading articles and comments like here reinforces that I made the correct choice.

Microsoft pulls Windows 10/11 installation websites in Russia

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Has Russia thanked Microsoft for stopping Windows 10 & 11 from being installed in that country?

There is enough evidence of their unfitness of use in ours.

Microsoft readies Windows Autopatch to free admins from dealing with its fixes

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It is time to start checking other operating systems.

Before Microsoft claims complete ownership of your computer.

US senators seek ban on sale of health location data

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Control by men of the woman's uterus is based on ancient religious beliefs.

Therefor being religiously based, control by medically ignorant political bodies, has no place in modern law. Abortion is and should be a medical decision between the woman and her doctor and not be the political football is has become.

When will women get full human Rights and as much autonomy of their own bodies as men have?

US must adopt USB-C charging standard like EU, senators urge

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I have been collecting adapter cables and adapters for years. Both cables and actual adapters for different types of plugs. I can and do adapt USB2 chargers on USB3 devices and vice versa.

And the old wall warts? I have a drawer full. If working, I never throw any away. Saves a lot of time and frustration.

DARPA wants to refuel drones in flight – wirelessly

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How much if that 100kW gets lost in the conversion? And if they miss the target area and hit a few sensors on the drone?

Record players make comeback with Ikea, others pitching tricked-out turntables

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Re: That vinyl sound

Back in the day, vinyl only had tube/valve amps. Tubes/valves do not have a sudden hard cut offs when the limit was approached and reached. Digital/solid state on the other hand does. When a solid stare amp hits the limit, square waves, full of harmonics are generated. These have a strong tendency to not sound good to even normal listeners.

Taser maker offers electric-shock drones to stop school shootings

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Another cause of mass shootings -

Our government does not take care of its citizens. Where is the Universal Health Care? There is too much of "Your Money, or Your Life".

Why are our prescription drugs so costly?

There is too much racism, to much sexism.

How about paying people what the job is worth? Wages haven't kept up with inflation since the early 1970's. Inflation cause by profit taking.

Development often means displacing the people of color living there.

Our prisons are full of people who have harmed no one before going in. Not so much getting out.

Our country is being run by people that get off on hardships, death and destruction of others. Even profit from it.

Too many firearms doesn't seem to be enough.

Need help? Got any money? If they had money, they wouldn't need help!

Amazon accused of obstructing probe into deadly warehouse collapse

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Federal marshals need to descend on the upper management, starting from Jeff himself, and put them in jail on remand, until such time the requested document are produced.

That is the only way to get their attention. Otherwise, with Amazon's power, money and lobbyists, the government will never overrule Amazon.

BTY, Amazon is so bad, they are hard pressed to defend, except for their size and wealth.

US Supreme Court puts Texas social media law on hold

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Re: Now there’s ya problem

That is pretty obvious. The many unconstitutional "Huh, WHAT!!!1!?" laws they pass, or try to pass is the proof.

Salesforce staff back an end to its relationship with NRA

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Re: "How do we protect our 2nd amendment & our kids at the same time? "

Why do we have to protect the 2nd Amendment? Are not our kids more important? I know my kids are, as are the rest of the kids in the school, or anywhere else for that matter. The same goes for most adults anywhere.

That is a badly worded question. It assumes the importance of the 2nd Amendment equates to the importance of our children.

Our children are our future. Firearms pokes holes in that premise.

San Francisco police use driverless cars for surveillance

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If corporations are persons with Rights...

Then how long till these cars, with actual 'intelligence', be declared persons also and be allowed to be armed to protect themselves from damage. 2nd Amendment and all that.

Or will they only be allowed to shoot at other cars?

Biden signs cybercrime tracking bill into law

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Will this also apply to the cyber crimes of certain of government agencies?

One can still fantasize of a better world.

OpenAI's DALL·E 2 generates AI images that are sometimes biased or NSFW

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Re: Sorry, computer said "no"

Like when they started to use computers for automobile designing, instead of clay models. All cars started to look alike. That only lased for a few years, till the designers wised up, otherwise a Yugo would have been shaped pretty much the same as a high end Land Rover.

Microsoft, Apple, Google accelerate push to eliminate passwords

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All these new and improved ways to log in either involve a gadget, or or something that can't be changed when needed, like fingerprints and faces. Or gets changed because of damage to same and can't be updated because - Damage.

The problem with passwords is passwords commenced with the beginning of computers and have been working reasonably well for decades. That means some people think passwords are old and need to be replaced with something "new".

Never mind this "new" can't cover all the devices that need passwords. Different devices need different way to sign in. The have been trying to eliminate password for how many decades now? There is a reason they are still around.

My 2005 HP, with a fresh load of Linux Mint and an IBM Model M keyboard would be hard pressed for facial recognition, with no camera, led alone any fingerprint reader. It works just fine for what I need it for. Word processing, banking, web surfing, any of several web sites I frequent... All without a hassle.

Cable giants, ISPs, telcos end legal fight against California's net neutrality law

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What happened to State Rights over riding Federal law?

Only if you can't get your way with the state, apparently.

US Cyber Command shored up nine nations' defenses last year

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Back doors in firewalls,

Painted to look like the surrounding wall.

Why does anyone trust the United States for security anymore?

Outlook bombards Safari users with endless downloads

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What's their excuse with the breakage of their own stuff when they change or update something else?

Human-made hopper out-leaps rival robots in artificial jumping contest

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How high can this thing jump before it needs something

to slow its decent to keep it from becoming wreckage when it hits the ground?

Nothing is free. There are always trade offs that can and will get in the way of any new miracle gizmo ideas.

US appeals court ruling could 'eliminate internet privacy'

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Re: Internet Anonymity is a Hard Issue to resolve

It is gearing up to go full bore, here in the United States. Currently their main targets are pregnant women, or woman wanting to avoid pregnancy in the first place and anyone who helps them with any kind of birth control. Even going across state lines to drag both the woman and anyone helping them back to stand trial.

Some people still do not see women as autonomous human beings, with equal Rights, but somehow women need being told what and how they are supposed conduct themselves, especially in matters involving sex and reproduction. But not the men who have no knowledge of the lives of the women they are trying to control, of course.

This is the start of a very slippery slope, that get slipperier the farther it goes down. Rights? You have no Rights. You helped a woman living in this state violate the law! Crossing state lines, country borders to do so makes no difference. You living in another state does not protect you. You are now a felon under our state laws.

US Army may be about to 'waste' up to $22b on Microsoft HoloLens

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Can this equipment be used in diplomatic negotiations to avoid war in the first place?

Think of all the money saved in war equipment not needed because the two sides talked things out. Yeah, I know peace is not as manly, or profit inducing, as fighting is.

BTY, why is it assumed that war is inevitable and diplomatic negotiations are always after the fact? I think we need better leaders.

COVID-19 contact tracing apps were suggested as saviors. They sometimes delivered

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Right here is the reason for so much public facing, hard to use software.

"The analysis points out that contact-tracers weren't involved in the app's design, so it is little wonder the software's output was not useful."

End users are not involved in the design of the app, program, etc. Too often we are being told what we want, regardless of what we actually want or need.

Scientists make spin ice breakthrough

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Another idea that will always be 10 years in the future?

Kinda sounds like it.

Windows 11 growth at a standstill amid stringent hardware requirements

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Is anyone else seeing a major opening for switching to another Operating System?

Some flavor of Linux, or Apple's Mac OS? Either, or both, applying themselves to take over the general business part of needed business software?

Microsoft should not be trying to set new hardware requirements as a goal, but to work on a stable, reliable OS and software, with the IT department and stable, ease of use for the end user in mind. MS is failing miserably.

Win 11 adds 'requirements not met' nag for unsupported hardware

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Re: The Windows 11 ISO has 'hard blocks' in place, even with a clean install.

That's because Microsoft believes it is their computer, not yours and they only want the latest and best hardware for their attempts at a working OS.



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