* Posts by johnwerneken

234 publicly visible posts • joined 4 Jun 2011


User needed 40-minute lesson in turning it off and turning it on again


My Favorite

It's pushing midnight Friday the cue is flat we're on a downward roll. Call. Computer is 'busted'. Eventually we learn issue is no internet access. What shows on her screen? Nothing.

There is a cpu containing box but no lights are on.

Yes it is plugged in.

No no one else has a working computer.

Is the printer working I ask in desperation. No.

WHAT DOES WORK that is electrical? Nothing.


User is in a big fancy high tech law firm in the Transamerica Tower. Power to the whole city of San Francisco has been off for an hour.

I asked her why she called us? "cause the only thing working was the phone'.


Revolutionary Brit-made SABRE hybrid rocket engine to burn in 2020



Sounds like SABRE could if it scales be the Big Breakthrough

Silicon Valley granddad and HP boss-killer Tom Perkins dies aged 84


A GREAT Social Commentator!

I suppose many people dislike the truth -that they are inferior and do not deserve to be considered citizens - but so what it is still true. God Bless creative successful people who are also honest.

Arrests for 'offensive' Twitter and Facebook messages up by a third


OUTRAGEOUS. Let's Conquor the UK and enforce Freedom of Speach!

How absurd.

I can see restricting: speech assisting the enemy in time of war; speech causing financial damagers to others, or stuff like hollering 'fire' in a crowded movie theater. But just stuff that insults angers and pisses people off? Fuck them.

Should space be a biz-free zone? Join us on June 22 to find out


Business is the only decent part of modern civilization

Business is the only decent part of modern civilization. The only part run for the benefit of the people and largely controlled by the people. People deciding what to purchase largely controls what's provided and what's profitable; what's profitable and where people choose to invest largely controls what gets done next.

The only point in going off-Earth is to enable additional goods, services, energy, materials, and profit.

GM crops are good for you and the planet, reckon boffins


OF COURSE its beneficial and safe

Rich and powerful people and big companies generally DO know what they are doing: profiting by building a better future for all. All you egalitarians and whiners and 'precautionary <so-called> principle' and environmentalists are Criminals Against Humanity, holding back progress, and ought to be HANGED.

Uncle Sam tells Verizon and worker unions to settle spat


Heavin Forbid!

If the workers are locked out and starve without pay, or the firm goes out of business without workers, good riddance. This operation sucks always has always well. To Hell with both sides, and with the US Government for caring about either.

Nearly two billion in the bank and yet this VC is slowly losing his beach-blocking battle


so what who cares

People have a right to control their property. If you want to use mine, you will have to pay whatever I say. That's the way it is supposed to be.

Microsoft smells Musk, splashes on 'Mune' space program


april 1?

this has gotta be an april fool

Microsoft's equality and diversity: Skimpy schoolgirls dancing for nerds at an Xbox party


Equality does not exist - and would be a disaster if it did. Diversity subtracts value.

Equality does not exist - and would be a disaster if it did. Diversity subtracts value.

Many men enjoy watching women and girls dance; some women enjoy watching men and boys dance. So long as participation is voluntary I see nothing wrong with it.

And to Hell with the idea that any individuals deserve respect much less freedom from humiliation or insult, and screw the idea that groups of people, self-defined or otherwise, have rights or even matter.

Let's have more dancing girls!

How the FBI will lose its iPhone fight, thanks to 'West Coast Law'


to hell with both science and the desires of the people

Of course both politics and the armed deadly force of the State are superior to both science and the desires of the people, whether as alleged they desire "privacy", or otherwise.

Secret UN report finds against controversial WIPO chief


intellectual property is a crime against humanity

The concept that invention earns the rights to more than first-mover sales is absurd, but then so is the idea of either a world government or the united "nations"

When asked 'What's a .CNT file?' there's a polite way to answer


Re: Some people are totally beyond help - i found several

Once upon a time I was lead support tech trainer at a good sized call; center, 2000 seats to fill 24 x 7 x 365..the very worst calls got bucked to me.

Customer was a partner in a law firm in downtown san francisco, one that mostly represented Sand Hill Road type silicon valley firms. Her HP printer would not print. I'm asking 'what do you see on your monitor'. 'nothing'

'turn pc off then on.' 'done'. 'what do you see' 'nothing'. i' is pc plugged in' 'yes'

close to stumped, I ask, 'well what IS working in your office today?'

'Only the phone. All power has been out in the building for hours'.

and that's why I like to drink after work lol. .

Patent Troll Unit set up by Virginia government to slay lawsuits



Rarely does any government anywhere do anything that makes sense (being all of them somewhat accountable to their subjects, who when acting as a group ae insane). This not only makes sense, it might promote progress.

How to build a starship - and why we should start thinking about it now


Do it!

I definitely think a starship would be much more useful than say Medicare, or Apple.

How business is taking the space race to new frontiers


Glad I lived to see it

Dreamed of this and read about it 60 years ago - when I also dreamed and read about waking up dead in a thermonuclear holocaust, and of billions of people starving or in chains or both. My nightmares are receding. The dream of affordable access to such things as energy, materials, room, and even places to toss dangerous trash - that's not a dream after this.

Nothing since 1942 made the world one, opens up so much opportunity for the human race as this.

Who owns space? Looking at the US asteroid-mining act


Excellent news!

There IS no 'international law' as there is no enforcer.

Commerce is an over-riding objective.

Who dares, should win.

The Romans also held that the purpose of the State was to be a tool in the hands of the most able - one of their few contentions based on evidence and backed up by their own behavior.

Downloads for Windows 10 November big-bang build axed by Microsoft


Actually, Threshold 2 and the iso and the update are all back now.

Hey, Facebook – these are the new Like buttons you should have used


They should use this one!


VW: Just the tip of the pollution iceberg. Who's to blame? Hippies


Blame Believing in Something, and being an Activist

ALL beliefs lead to this sort of cretinous behavior, whether its Communism Catholicism or Capitalism. Those who believe can worsen, and become ACTIVISTS. These people basically do not give a damn if they directly cause genocide, what they believe in to them at least is more important!

As for me, I believe that all Activist Believers must be executed, and the rest of the Believers, castrated, and I am actively working on it!


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Zuckered again? Don't think so

FB's ad-based model will most likely fade, so adapt they ought and it appears they are adapting. Bravo!

That which extends access and opportunities yo obtain, publish, share content are awesome.

Black and blue: The rise of the riotous Richard Pryor


Excellent article! Well done!

He was a great man, not just the funniest man of his time, perhaps of all time.

Microsoft replaces Windows 10 patch update, isn't saying why


allegedly it is

allegedly it is to fix Windows Store and TIFKAM AP issues. However afaik those sort of magically disappeared earlier on August 14th...just saying. http://www.zdnet.com/article/microsofts-third-windows-10-cumulative-update-said-to-fix-store-issues/?tag=nl.e539&s_cid=e539&ttag=e539&ftag=TRE17cfd61

BONK! BONK! Windows 10 whack-a-mole – Microsoft still fixing bugs


Re: so what lol

The Bleeding Edge shall remain in BioSafeLevel-4 containment, like Ebola or Plague or Smallpox, lol


Re: There are no service packs for Win10



so what lol

That's what rapid release does, buggy software. True the concept that more disease is the cure sounds terribly un-Vulcan, but as in medicine, in some cases, its true.

A wise bleeding edger ought to enable shadow copies aka restore points, and do frequent off-system full partition images with independent, boot at higher priority than the system boot drive, rescue media. Windows provides the first, and Macrium the second, at NO CHARGE.

As is usual with most folks, when people get screwed, it's mostly because they either asked for it, or might as well have, considering their thoughts words actions etc.

Further, there's tools, and not just for win 10 pro or for win 10 Enterprise, to screen and block particular updates, or entire categories, such as security or drivers.

As to the wisdom of the whole rapid release thing, I have both doubts and suspicions. The doubt is mostly the trade-off between less cost to modify, and a much greater risk of backfire. The suspicion has to do with lock-in, cloud dependence, and subscription fees.

But as long as I can still control what actually occurs, that I allow to keep on occurring, I am fine with it.

Yet, win 10 is not getting within range of any of my production systems until I'm pretty sure I have a stabile-when-used-as-I-use-the-system version, and that one is going to have it's legs sewn shut.

SpaceX's blast shock delays world's MOST POWERFUL ROCKET


Screw jobs

Eliminating jobs is progress and ought to be encouraged!

Government interference in the economy ought to be prohibited. I think it's unconstitutional, as it DAMAGES the "general welfare".

Since when does the United States Constitution empower the Federal Government to intentionally harm the entire American people, for the benefit of elites who have corrupted the political system - not just some firms or wealthy people, but ALL the damn pressure groups plus the activists in both political parties?

We ought to execute those corruptors for Treason, not screw the public for their benefit!

hive mind informs climate change believers and sceptics


Abivalent about Belief

Ambivalent about belief.

On the one hand, Belief - as in mostly shared belief - has an important evolutionary function: builds social trust allowing large societies of irrational beings to function.

On the other hand, ALL Belief by definition is completely irrational and tends to drive differences in circumstances and views to hostility and onwards towards war - a dangerous destination, given the proliferation both of weapons of mass destruction from thermonuclear to chemical to biological to software terrorism and the devolution of who can obtain and employ such weapons from Super Powers to States to Groups towards Individuals.

I'm hostile to all believers, regardless of what they allegedly believe in (usually as noted it’s just part of their self-image, the group identification part). I am moving however towards hating them all.

Perhaps impugning the alleged efficacy of ALL groups might be a useful substitute, as exterminating the believers without exterminating is all would be challenging.


Evil computers sense you’re in a hurry and mess with your head


lol me too

yesterday it was the disappearance of windows defender from my win 8.1 (6.3.9600) partition. last week it was two failed win 10 build 10166 updates followed by a failed iso install, which at least gave an error message...some genius had posted the answer, which was that .net 3.5 needed to be uninstalled. grrr.

All the fookin craptraptions seem to belong to the same Union...

We tried using Windows 10 for real work and ... oh, the horror


The UI doesn't concern me all that much.

Windows 10 10162

The UI doesn't concern me all that much. IMHO the whole idea of a GUI sucks, all of em, from first principle (images have value, which they do not) to the last implication (as stated, which dots hide what WTF could guess!).

Win 10 10162 does however run all my old aps just fine, and a few of the TIKFAM (The Interface Formerly Known As Modern) aps show promise. The concept of one general platform for multiple form factors appeals, a lot. The idea of cannibalizing aps and features from other platforms, android, iCraptraption, DumbPhone, that's a good move.

I think those new to pc's would have no problem with this. That could be important.

I think the BYOD thing might be more manageable with win 10 on them and in the enterprise as well.

I have noted that win 10 has seemed all along to be more robust and generally crash-resistant than anything from MS since 3.11

And yes most of the joint-concept features bells whistles and stupid UI tricks ARE either weird, buggy, inconsistent, or two or all three of those.

But I can now imagine this appealing, as a toolkit of sorts to make it more likely that the majority of applications for any particular environment will be in most respects available and more or less fully functional on all the others.

IF MS hardware side can demo devices that show this thing of, then I think it's established as an option.

AND MS clearly are paying more attention to user/potential purchaser/developer concerns than at any time since MS was in the early days of wine-and-dine with folks like me, in hopes we'd pitch their pc-based stuff to our bosses for use in enterprise settings.

Adam Smith was right about that invisible hand, you know


Great Article

Smith properly understood is about the philosophy of political economy. One attempts to observe the world and the human condition, so as to learn facts upon which an understanding of what is, and of what is good, might result. That’s philosophy. Political economy is how do we most effectively and efficiently promote the betterment of human life, without attempting to violate what appear to be unchangeable facts about how things actually work.

So, we can appreciate personal desire for status, and for an improvement in life conditions, and for justice. We can see that there are many cases where compulsory collective action may be warranted: defense, transportation, education, standards of measures, methods for the safeguarding of one’s personal life, safety, freedom, and property, including contractual property. We can see where some sorts of similar actions, such as mercantilism or arbitrary manipulation of currency values, may in fact produce the opposite of the intended goals: less wealth, a greater likelihood of spectacular economic collapse.

We can also see that while rational thoughts and words are quite valuable when we wish to get a bunch of us on the same page, and when we are describing what is objectively and reproducibly measured by physical means (weights, or accelerations, for example), rational thought is only a part of how human beings individually and/or in groups actually make decisions. For example, people fear what they do not understand and have not experienced, but not what they do understand and are accustomed to. As in fearing a nuclear power plant but not the three packs of tobacco cigarettes one might be smoking each day.

We have not yet made those cigarettes unlawful, probably because many just do not fear them in that fashion, while others feel such a law might accomplish only the creation of a new criminal industry whilst lessening public revenues. So laws are an example also of what is not entirely designed using rational thinking. We do however regulate the power plants, thus giving some expression to the fear, and to the potential utility, of such things, and a place to sort out particular disputes.

Microsoft: This Windows 10 build has 'NO significant known issues'


Windows 10 fbl_impressive Professional 10158


very nice; so far, so good.

Microsoft vs AWS: If you can't bark with the BIG DOGS get off the PORCH


Competition benefits all

Competition benefits all, among other things simply by providing choice. The competitors benefit also - they get better. Investors do also, there is a way to tell what worked lately and might do so some more.

I think others such as Amazon tend to be better ground-breakers into new fields. Microsoft however are the undisputed champs at making offerings for differing customer targets, form factors, and objectives work together, and also at providing an ecosystem as an infrastructure for third parties, essentially as the Roman Empire did, let others profit from securing the Empire, but largely at the risk and expense of those others.

I was also glad to see Microsoft humbled under Balmer - I've dealt with him directly and was not impressed. Microsoft are not quite as good at their core shtick as they usually imagine (witness Windows Phone, Windows 8, etc.). But they have theirs ups and downs, its not just one up, now one down. Today I think they are on one of their ups.



Proof of the intolerability of democratic decision making

Voting should be limited to replacing the dastards in charge, not allowed to decide anything that matters Who cares if the checks are late or too big. Did not these fools know that both would happen, when the insisted on cost sharing and control sharing, rather than rational competition-to-the-death that historically works so well to produce progress? Idealists out to be strangled at birth, so should believers, regardless of belief.

ITER was set up in the first place not because it made sense, but because it could be sold, sort of, to the publics in the few places capable of getting this done. The Europeans, not one of those few, ought to sit down and shut the fook up.

Big Data shocker: Over 6 million Americans have reached the age of 112


Want in THAT club lol

Only 61 Members lol

Windows 10 will finally drop in 'summer' says Microsoft


Sweet Gates, Save me!

A ay for every human and non-human pest on Earth to hound me 24 x 7 x 365, on my %^%%$& own WRIST? Forget it!

The secret of Warren Buffett's success at Berkshire Hathaway


Hoorah for Buffet!

THAT is replicable: look for something wildly profitable, not currently being done on a wide scale, and capable of being taken to the big time league. Do it first do it fast do it with all you've got. The world will beat a path to your door, carrying money to give to you!

Microsoft man: Internet Explorer had to go because it's garbage


Hope IE desktop interface unchanged in spartan

I can't stand firefox, chrome, or safari style interface defaults, and there seems to be a limit to the tweaks I am able/willing to do to make the interfaces function more as IE's does, which is the one that matches what I do...which eschews images whether still or moving as much as possible.

HAWKING ALERT: Leave planet Earth, find a new home. Stupid humans


he's right

Hawking hits the nail on the head. Survival depends on progress which includes expansion to places beyond the reach of all Earth.

Basic minimum income is a BRILLIANT idea. Small problem: it doesn't work as planned



That is the problem alright with sharing the wealth - there is not enough of it to share!

THE DEATH OF ECONOMICS: Aircraft design vs flat-lining financial models



High time myths like democracy, limited resources, and the planet were buried. The purpose of a government is to provide external security, internal order including the protection of property, and a sound currency. None of that requires popularity, let alone elections.

Elections are part of providing security FROM THE GOVERNMENT that's all they are. NOW they make government MORE dangerous, not less. Not the economists' fault; blame the voters instead. They have forgotten why they are allowed to vote in the first place. It's not so they can gain out of it

The sun and the solar system have as compared to Earth unlimited resources of energy and of material, including the ability to create environments supporting biology. All it takes is property rights, profit, and will. It is happening. Then there are the multipliers of inter-connection, communication, education, and technology both physical and organizational. The surface here has only been scratched.

As to the ideology, the general good of the human population and the safety and freedom of the individuals are the purposes of the planet. If the polar bears or the whales are in the way, too bad for them. Likewise for Islam.


You can thank Brit funnyman John Oliver for fixing US broadband policy, beams Netflix


thas funny

Well what would that make his Boss, President Obummer? Ebola?

Class war! Wikipedia's workers revolt again


Phoerey on Democracy and Community

Free is worth the p[rice paid. Nada.

The Return of BSOD: Does ANYONE trust Microsoft patches?


The Cure lol

For actual issue and cures, see here http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2982791

You'll find Yoda at the back of every IT conference


The piss always taking is he. Bastard the.

Then there is the same chit run through Google Translate and back out again. THAT is really Yoda talkin, then lol

Lawsuit claims SpaceX laid off hundreds without proper notice, pay


sorry mates

Fire at will unless a union contract says otherwise. To heck with laws in general, that law in particular.

Facebook goes down, people dial 911


I dont believe anything facebook says

The message they out up for me excused this odd time for an outage"Scheduled Maintenance" lol

Just TWO climate committee MPs contradict IPCC: The two with SCIENCE degrees


No Surprise

Yes the questions are, are the likely changes worth bothering with? How much bother? With thar much bother, is the change or the bother better?

Yes, politicians represent the ignorant opinions and irrelevant but deeply held belief of their constituents.

Leadership is ignoring people's beliefs and opinions and focusing on what they are willing to sacrifice to accomplish, and making deals so the most generally important things get taken care of well enough tat the society services and the lives, liberty, and living circumstances of as many members as possible might be safer or even improved.

What I did for decades as pretty much the principle leader in my neighborhoods city and on some issues, state and rather large national organization. Not hard when you know how.

Adobe Flash: The most INSECURE program on a UK user's PC


free software

Free software from commercial teams tends to be worth the price charged. This is particularly true when the whole idea is an attempt at monopoly, as is the case with flash/reader and quite a few others. Ubiquity being the driving goal, all else is basically shoddy.

Today's Facebook fury: Coppertone-like baby pic ban baffles US mom


F**K the Law

How can it be argued that any person, group of people, or the entire human race unanimously less one, has any right to regulate or prohibit ANY information or image whatsoever, true or false, defamatory o9r not, insulting or not, racist or not, moral or not?

The problem is that there is no way to prevent folks, and them assembling as a sovereign or world state makes no difference, trying to DO whatever they please also, such as punish people uttering, broadcasting, or obtaining disapproved information/images.

The solution is that technology will enable one person to publish whatever they please, and any other to obtain it, without it being physically possible for any or ALL others to even find out, much less interfere. THIS is the GOAL!