* Posts by Sporkinum

383 publicly visible posts • joined 21 Sep 2011


The great wearables myth busted: Apps never, ever mattered


Garmin Vivoactive

I have been wearing a Vivoactive for a bit over a year now and love it. Easy to read screen, 2 week battery life, water proof, and a tiny bit of phone integration. Only issue I had was when I crashed on my electric skateboard, I shattered the glass. Watch still worked fine though. Got it replaced by Garmin for $50.

IBM's Watson Health wing left looking poorly after 'massive' layoffs



I currently administer a Merge system at a hospital. Hopefully this will not affect the service we get.

I have a phone conference with them next week where they are going to be talking the new version of software including "AI".

We shall see, said the blind man.

Microsoft whips out tool so you can measure Windows 10's data-slurping creepiness


You can do the 7 to 10 back to 7 thing multiple times. I have done it 3 times. Once at launch, once after a major upgrade 10 had, and most recently to try out a Mixed Reality VR headset. The nice thing is their revert tool is excellent. I was back up and running with 7 in about 10 minutes.

US Navy suffers third ship collision this year


weight and manuverablity

Tanker was 30,000 to 50,000 fully loaded. Destroyer 8,000 to 9000 tonnes. Destroyers are maneuverable, tankers are not. both should have done avoidance maneuvers, but the most effective and culpable should have been the destroyer. Not only that, the destroyer was bristling with radar/instrumentation, and should have had unimpeachable situational awareness.

Wife thinks with 2 accidents, it was some diddling with gps signals that gave bad info on purpose.

Facebook's left hand is fighting for Americans' right to privacy


You got your left hand

You got your right hand

While the left hand diddling

While the right hand goes to work

I said the left hand diddling now

While the right hand go to work

Walmart tells developers to stay away from AWS


limited use

Right now Walmart is used by us for only prescription drugs and cat litter. Anything else is either Aldi or Amazon. They need to step up their game.

Darkness to fall over North America from a total solar eclipse


Re: You should have booked your stay by now...

Tried to book a hotel in my dad's hometown in Illinois back in February. They were all booked back then. As a matter of fact. My dad is having his high school class reunion this year and it was originally scheduled the same day. They bumped it a week later due to no rooms available. The lady in charge said the had been booked a year in advance. I will be making a day trip to drive down state, 4 hours and about 220 miles.

Chester, Illinois, home of Popeye.

The Internet of Flying Thing: Reg man returns with explicit shots


Spot the part modified for modern times!

Is this it?

Pai guy not too privacy shy, says your caller ID can't block IP, so anons go bye


The blue alerts would be on constantly, as police always feel threatened whenever they pull over someone with brown skin.

Back to the future: Honda's new electric car can go an incredible 80 miles!


It all depends on how you use it.

I have a plug-in C-Max hybrid with 20 mile electric range. For what I do, it works great. I would love a long range electric, but always having an engine is great. I get 48 mpg (imp) hwy on gas anyway.

Ford slurps 400 BlackBerry devs in smart car software push


Re: Ford Sync 2

Yeah, I have Sync 2 in my 2014 C-Max Energi. It's not bad, but the voice recognition sucks, the maps are proprietary and locked, and the phone integration is pretty limited as in all I can do is play music from the phone and make calls. Supposedly it's a bit better with iPhones as it supports Car Play. The latest version of Sync 3, which is on 2016s and newer does Android Auto as well as Car Play.

As an example with voice dialing, my wife's name is Lene', pronounced Linae. I have to say call Lean to get it to dial.

Good news, everyone! Two pints a day keep heart problems at bay


No moral reason

I just never have drank much. I may have a beer once or twice a month. Same with wine. Just never has been a thing with me.

BOAR-ZILLA stalks Fukushima's dead zone


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Bebop. http://turtlepedia.wikia.com/wiki/Bebop_(1987_TV_series)

Confirmed: Facebook shifts away from AI… and like a miracle, the bots start working


Just one in a line of

Facebook's platform is just one of many coming down the road. For me personally, I don't use facebook to interact with businesses. Once in a blue moon, twitter, because it's public and I am anonymous.

As far as shoes, mary janes got nothing to do with lesbians. Pretty much the primary shoe my wife wears. She called them chinese flats when she first started buying them.

Huzzah! Doctor Who comes to Playmoverse


Re: Well I liked...


I'LL BE BATT: Arnie Schwarzenegger snubs gas guzzlers for electric


Plugin hybrid

I just got a plug-in hybrid version of the C-max. With plugging in at home and gas used when on longer trips and when needed to run the heater in winter, I have been getting combined 49 US MPG/59 IMP MPG. Or 20.9 km/l. Plugin hybrids are a nice compromise for some of us.

The rise, fall, and rise (again) of Microsoft's killer People feature


Same as it ever was

Excellent bit 'o snark..

" So it pulled the People feature into a standalone app, and invited services to write to a new API. Nobody did, and so the People app became a neglected shadow of its former self.

Without really trying to, Microsoft had just snuffed out Windows Phone's "killer feature". But last October, Microsoft announced that platform-level contact integration would return to Windows via a "universal contacts database". There would be a new API and Microsoft invited developers including social media services to write to it."

Same as it ever was

Flight simulator sets fire to airport



It vas chust following orders!!!

Nokia's great lost smartwatch? #SavedYouALandfill


Guess it depends

I got a Garmin Vivoactive about 2 months ago for $85. The best things for me are that the GPS tracks my walks and my commutes on skateboard without the GPS eating the battery on my phone and it gamifys my stats so it encourages me to be more active. It's waterproof to 50 meters, and a battery charge lasts for a week. Without the good battery life, cheap price, and being waterproof, I would not have bought this watch.

Hypersonic cruise missile scores US$175m DARPA cash


Re: SCRamjets have only really ever looked good for weapons systems

PowerPoints are going to get worse. 3D Powerpoints are part of Windows 10 Creator Update, coming next year.

Microsoft goes back to the drawing board – literally, with 28" tablet and hockey puck knob


As a radiology workstation

The specs on this would be great for a radiology workstation. If someone would get 510k approval for mammography, you would have a whole workstation for less than the cost of one 5MP mammo monitor. As it is, it would work great for all other modalities.

Finally, that tech fad's over: Smartwatch sales tank more than 50%


Re: Batteries

I just got the non HR version of the VivoActive and I love it. 1 week or so of battery life, customizable, water proof to like 50 meters, and it cost me $85. Not fully smart as you can't reply to texts, but I can read them, see who's calling, see the weather etc. Replaced my beloved 26 year old G-Shock (at least for a while).

London cops strap on new body cams


Evidence of the old glazzies. Nothing up their sleeves. No magic, little Alex. A job for two, who are now of job age. The police.

Will Microsoft's nerd goggles soar like an Eagle, or flop like a turkey?


The band

My guess is that there were too many warranty returns on it. Typical things I had seen were people getting the wristband replaced under warranty at least 2-3 times. Since the wristband was integral to the functionality of the HT sensor, it couldn't be replaced by an ordinary watch wristband. Also, there were several reports of the battery dieing prematurely.

Amazon supremo Bezos' Blue Origin blows its top over Texas desert


Re: certification

With the untimely passing of Mr Haines, has someone picked up the mantle of LOHAN?

Windows 10 market share fell in September


Re: Windows 10 only activated for an instance.

Exactly what I did. I have a license for my machines, just in case. Otherwise, they are still all on 7.

Oh Snap! How intelligent people make themselves stupid for Snapchat


Re: I tried

Interesting explanation, but I don't get it. I don't use twitter for anything but an occasional bitch to a company as it seems to work better than emails or web forms that go directly to /dev/null. He acts like all gods chillin' use twitter since 2009, and that snapchat is the same. Guess I am too old since I started out with BBS s in the '80s.

Official: Windows 10 has hit the 400 million device mark


Automatic update problems

A guy at work DJ's on the weekend, and was not able to play as his laptop started updating automatically. Locked it up for an hour. Had to play from his phone for the first hour.

Windows 10 backlash: Which? demands compo for forced upgrades


reverted 3 times

Installed on my desktop system, couldn't get my work's vpn connection to work, so reverted. Installed on laptop, ran poorly even after tweeks so reverted. Tried again after AU came out. Still had performance issues, but they cut revert time to 10 days, which didn't leave me enough time to fiddle with it to try to get to run as well as win 7, so reverted again. The good thing is that the revert process worked great every time.

Opera debuts free VPN built into desktop browser


was going to try it

I downloaded it and was going to try it as I hadn't used opera in like 10 years or so. It said it imported my bookmarks, but they were nowhere to be found. I even tried exporting as HTML and then importing them that way. Still no joy. Sent them a note that bookmarks were borked and marked it as one star.

Never got to try the VPN out. BTW, I use Chrome on my laptop for only one thing. Watching BBC and 4 using the Hola VPN plugin. It only runs while we are watching shows, so the VPN only runs during that hour or two a night. (Laptop docking station connected to TV via displayport to hdmi cable.)

Microsoft promises free terrible coffee every month you use Edge


$260 since Feb 2013

I've gotten $260 worth of Amazon $5 cards since February 2013 when I started this. I certainly don't mind the 5 minutes a day it takes. It usually takes around 3 weeks to acquire enough points for another gift card. Might be slower once they change though, since I am not on Windows 10.

Some Windows 10 Anniversary Update: SSD freeze


Threw Windows 10 just before the expiration of the "freebee". 2012 HP Elitebook without SSD. Ran poorly and had 100% disk usage issue. Found info online that had be do a registry entry. That stopped the disk issue, but still ran poorly, so I reverted back to 7. After Anniversary Update came out, I tried again. No disk issue then, but still ran poorly. Since Microsoft shortened the time for rollbacks to 10 days with AU, I rolled back, because I didn't have time to mess with it. Probably just keep it on 7 as there were other issues, like VPN not working, and various drivers that I may or may not have been able to get working. Just not worth the hassle. At least the rollback worked great both times!

Adblock Plus blocks Facebook block of Adblock Plus block of Facebook block of Adblock Plus block of Facebook ads


It only shows 1 for me. I guess the other tools are doing their job.

Windows 10 Anniversary Update is borking boxen everywhere


Re: In completely unrelated news...

Thanks for the info. I tried 10 on my laptop just before the 29th. It ran poorly, even after a bunch of tweaks were applied, so I reverted back to 7. I just threw AU on over the weekend to see if it ran better, and it does, but still doesn't seem as responsive as 7. Maybe with a week or so of dicking around with it I could get it to run as well as 7, but now that it appears that I have 10 days or less to roll back, they are forcing my hand. I'll be rolling back tonight once I get home. I tried it on my home desktop PC a month ago, but had to roll back as it wouldn't work with my company's VPN. That machine has been imaged, and I'll need to image the laptop as well since there is no roll-back any longer. If I want to "try" it again in the future, at least I'll have a way out.

Windows 10: Happy with Anniversary Update?


Re: Then the "experienced" W10 user showed me the path to power-down

I viddied a malchick walking down the street and this made me tolchock him in the yarbles.

Free Windows 10 upgrade: Time is running out – should you do it?


Re: Windows As A Service - What Cost

That's a very good point. I am a cheap bastard and my computers are all old. They may decide, at some point, to no longer run on my old CPUs. I'd be up a creek then, but with an older OS (7-8.1), that should not be a problem.

Ad viewability worsens



I'd be interested to know what ad watching data gets back to the advertisers from smart TV tracking. Like how many people switch channels, or hit the mute button when the ads are showing.

Smartphones aren't tiny PCs, but that's how we use them in the West


yes they are.

Smartphones are tiny PCs. They may be used differently, but they are exactly that. Why would you even say the weren't?

Man killed in gruesome Tesla autopilot crash was saved by his car's software weeks earlier


2 things. The truck driver was the one who caused the accident by pulling out in front of traffic. The other is that many trailers have devices to smooth airflow under the trailer that would block light underneath. Possibly their software was relying on that instead of an open undercarriage. When I checked on the trucking company, it turns out it is just one guy and a truck.


Re: @Schultz Yes but ... this process will make autopilots safer

My first thought was that LIDAR, or some other active sensor type, would have not been confused like a passive camera. I would guess that Tesla will make a software change that requires more active participation by the driver. More frequent hands on wheel checks, etc.

Win 10 has Update date


Don't foget this trick

I plan on doing this, so I can install later if I want to.

How to pre-activate all your Win7/8 systems for Windows 10 without actually installing Windows 10

Lester Haines: RIP


Sorry to hear that.

Always enjoyed his work. Hope the family is doing well. He will be missed greatly!

Smartwatches: I hate to say ‘I told you so’. But I told you so.


Re: MS Band

25 year old Casio G-Shock on 4th battery. Have a hard time selling me a watch that I need to charge all the time and can't abuse without worrying.

Microsoft won't back down from Windows 10 nagware 'trick'


Thanks for the reminder reminder. Checked updates a couple of days ago and nothing. Checked today, and there it was for the umpteenth time.

UK eyes frikkin' Laser Directed Energy Weapon


World of Warships

I've been playing a lot of World of Warships, and that is one thing that is missing. They just added weather that affects one map's visibility, but still need to add rolling seas. Pretty hard to program without killing frame rate I'd bet.

US work visas for international tech talent? 'If Donald Trump is elected all bets are off'


Re: “It's very bad for business, [..] unfair for our workers. We should end it.”

Bummer.. I did the West-East bike trip when I got out of the USAF back in '95. Would love to do it again, but I would also love to come visit the UK, as I never had the chance when I was station in Italy.

A cracked window on the International Space Station? That's not good


Chrome edges out IE for desktop browser crown



The only place I use chrome is at work, where they have it set up for some of the intranet stuff. IE Most of the time at work, and Firefox with IE used occasionally. Nothing comes close to Firefox and how you can customize it. That may be changing soon though.

Comcast Com-templates Com-trashing Com-crap Com-pact Com-caps


current usage

We currently use around 400-500GB a month. They aren't enforcing caps right now in our area, but if they did, I was going to switch to cheaper/slower DSL that doesn't have caps. At 1 TB, they would probably keep me as a customer.