* Posts by cortland

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There may have been problems with the JEDI deal but you still wouldn't have won, Oracle told by US govt

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Military tools that last(ed)

I served 21 years in the US Army, retiring in 1983, and my last assignment, at a Signals Brigade HQ, had a computer that was housed in an "18-wheeler", generators not included. My first civilian employer was Wang Laboratories, whose 10 and 20 MB Top Secret rated drives were almost the size of a VW "bug", and felt as heavy pushing them up a ramp into the test chamber.

Fast forward a little and some distance: At "Smiths Aerospace" in Michigan [later GE aviation] I was testing the very first improvement to some electronics fielded with the US Army's M-1 tanks. Nobody made the a good many active components.

CK-722's, perhaps?

Prince Harry, the Count of Montecito, turns Silicon Valley startup exec with first job based in 21st Century

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Re: Name?

The CoE knows. What's on his baptism certificate?

Apple stung for $308m in battle over patent used in FairPlay DRM software

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The Flood...

IIRC,it was the Walt Disney lifetimes copyright decision that effectively opened the sluices for this.

Long-running age discrimination case against IBM enters discovery, as judge trims off some claims

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Oar In

Putting my own oar in turbid waters...

I got my last "pink slip" last month, if that applies to on-call contract employees, but considering my age and the pandemic, I could expect it at age 76.

HOWEVER...

My "career" in EMC Engineering began in 1983, when I retired from the US Army at age 39, though lacking both a degree or any college coursework, and my last full-time employment was in 2011, after five years at GE Aviation /nee Smiths Aerospace in Michigan, USA. I was 62 when Smiths recruited me, and had only learned at 67, that I'd a lifelong autism condition.

Age isn't the tripwire, but salary, with finance departments tripping the guillotine; I'd seen it before. And the first thing to go when talent is fired is likely to be quality.

‘Radiation upset’ confused computers, caused false alarm on International Space Station

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Re: A pound of water

EVERYONE remembers that little adventure.

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Re: A pound of water

Umm... Gimli Glider?

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Re: A pound of water

Think of it as a funds reduction.

US govt indicted me because I make privacy tools, says crypto-chat app CEO accused of helping drug smugglers

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Re: So tomorrow Signal, Telegram?

This would require a full-up criminal investigation for ANY transaction that includes an encrypted means of communication.

Scrabble, anyone?

OVH says burned data centre’s UPS, batteries, fuses in the hands of insurers and police

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20kV? Shocking is just the start.

Isn't there a 240V UK limit? Are any walls left after 20kV arcs?

A Code War has replaced The Cold War. And right now we’re losing it

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Woe are we...

I still have some slide-rules. Need I make or purchase a one-meter abacus?

NB: I lost all my marbles a LONG time ago.

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Love bots lecture thrills room full of Reg readers

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Technolgical stimuli:

Heterodyne ultrasound beams as a pleasurable means of keeping criminals from getting away.

Facebook tells academics to stop monitoring its political ads for any rule-breaking.... on privacy grounds

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An alternative:

Solicit non-members of the organization to complain, and not load FB themselves. Of course, this suffers from quite likely including falsehoods, but FB may be said to have "asked for it". Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

ISS? More like HISS, am I right? Space station air leakage narrowed down to Russia's Zvezda module

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Not to worry?

"At its current rate, the leak poses no immediate danger to the crew, according to NASA."

Once was enough,NASA. You accepted "random" one time too many, REMEMBER?

Good news: Boffins have finally built room-temperature superconductors. Bad news: You'll need a laser, a diamond anvil, and a lot of pressure

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Re: Superconducting gunpowder

Check the cellars at Parliament.

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£? Where;\'s the thruppence? (says the Yank)

Ancient telly borked broadband for entire Welsh village

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Re: 18 months?

Perhaps I should come out of retirement again. I had a career doing EMI/EMC after 21 years in the US Army.

IBM made ‘top-down’ efforts to fire older workers, says US employment discrimination watchdog

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Re: Standard Modus Operandi for IBM

That's so -- but the loss due to less experienced replacements could easily have been more than the savings in wages and benefits.

Some of the things I saw during an second, post-military career that started in 1983 and retired from in 2011 lead me to believe that penny-pinching firms that don't take advantage of that much experience will eventually end up paying for a lower level of expertise.

About 12 years ago, working on an aircraft electronics system, I noticed one of the test labs certifying compliance with mandatory aviation standards (look up ED-14*) had computerized test stations, and had put a janitor to running one. That's probably a rare occurrence, but I've seen engineers with degrees making mistakes just as bad. *https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DO-160

For want of a nail...

A bridge too far: Passengers on Sydney's new ferries would get 'their heads knocked off' on upper deck, say politicos

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Re: Thinking outside the box

Then there's that sinking feeling...

US Air Force shows off latest all-electric flying car, says it 'might seem straight out of a Hollywood movie'

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Imagine...

"Hey!" what's wrong with the prop...............AAAAH!

Um, almost the entire Scots Wikipedia was written by someone with no idea of the language – 10,000s of articles

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Someone should be

... locked in a room with books only by David Crystal -- I'm reading a hardly used copy of his 2004 "The Stories of English" and now I'll have to look into the pages where he mentions or discusses the evolution of Scottish English. The appendix has some 20+ entries for that general subject. Those who have a copy, or a Kindle (tm) download, might find some relief on pages 488-490.

Many of my fellow Americans -- US type -- hardly know enough to recognize quotations from Shakespeare, and at 76, my own memory is nothing to be proud of; could it be that the Wikipedia source knew less?

Ex-Apple engineer lifts lid on Uncle Sam's top-secret plan to turn customized iPod into 'Geiger counter'

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Not exactly new now...

From the How To Geek site:

>>Android: While we’d hope you’d never need it, clever researchers have figured out how to turn the camera on your Android phone into a makeshift Geiger Counter with nothing more than an app and some black tape.

It’s not as versatile as a true Geiger Counter (it doesn’t measure as broad a spectrum) but for a free application that could be quickly deployed during an emergency to the hundreds of millions of smartphones floating around, it’s pretty awesome. From the app author’s web site: <<

https://www.howtogeek.com/103184/your-android-phone-can-do-double-duty-as-a-geiger-counter/

What does London's number 65 bus have to hide? OS caught on camera setting fire to '22,000 illegal file(s)!!'

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Don't worry

The facial recognition software just had a problem connecting with the usual government agencies.

Hey, Boeing. Don't celebrate your first post-grounding 737 Max test flight too hard. You just lost another big contract

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Shortcuts

Below the navel, perhaps; there's a saying in the engineering profession that you can get only two from the profiteer's Trinity, "Good, Quick and Cheap".

Cereal Killer Cafe enters hipster heaven, heads online: Coronavirus blamed for shutters being pulled down

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Old -- really old

The cereal we got at St. Piran's in 1952 couldn't have *cost* more than a ha'pence. The caning was free.

Huge if true... Trump explodes as he learns open source could erode China tech ban

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Tsk, tsk...

You were doing SO well... until the giveaway at the last.

You could have milked this for WEEKS.

Surprise! That £339 world's first 'anti-5G' protection device is just a £5 USB drive with a nice sticker on it

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It may even

WORK!

Clock it just right and it'll be good at shutting down 5G for meters. HOWEVER.. that runs the user afoul of national and international standards of maximum RF possessions.

What for? Why, to protect subscribers of the medium.

Apple: EU can't make us use your stinking common charging standard

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I ran into a similarly proprietary problem about ten years ago, when I was looking for a well built but inexpensive connector to use in a telecomm's bay abut to be introduced; the firm that actually made it it were ready , but the patent owners stopped it.

Judge snubs IT outsourcers' plea to Alt-F4 tougher H-1B visa rules: Bosses told to fill out the extra paperwork

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Hmm.

Das Heimatsicherhietsamt sieht ALLES.

Irish eyes aren't smiling after govt blows €1m on mega-printer too big for parliament's doors

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The Prints of Dublin?

Or are they just Dublin down?

It's just paperwork.

Behold Schrödinger's Y2K, when software went all quantum

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Some computers still work

My Tandy model 100 "laptop" still works; it's got about 29 kilobytes of storage, too!

May the May update be with you: OpenSSL key sniffed from radio signal

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Re: Lesson from the early 1980s

Heh! I retired from the US Army in 1983 -- and started a second career in EMC engineering with a few years doing TEMPEST testing.

Traffic lights worldwide set to change after Swedish engineer saw red over getting a ticket

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I need to take this up with my Michigan State representative; it's possible to enter an intersection on green and have the light go through yellow to red before one gets around the corner.

SpaceX reveals chain of events that caused the unplanned disassembly of Crew Dragon capsule

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Holy Doctor!

They've made a space-going Dalek.

... Aaaand that's a fifth Brit Army Watchkeeper drone to crash in Wales

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Hmm. Nudist camps?

They bare watching.

Imagine being charged to take a lunch break... even if you didn't. Welcome to the world of these electronics assembly line workers

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"A spokesperson was not available for immediate comment."

Lunch?

UK.gov whacks export ban on 'grotesque' crab made by famous Brit potter bros

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Too late!

The image has gone all over the world by now,and will be showing up soon in Chinese toy boxes and advertising.

Comms room, comms room, comms room is on fire – we don't need no water, let the engineer burn

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Re: Great post

Personal experience.

Taking a physics course during the Summer holiday I was making some money washing the chem-lab glass containers etc. and asked the Acting Dean of Students if it was safe to dispose of the the leftovers down the drain. He said yes, it was safe.

It wasn't':phosphorus trichloride decomposes on contact with water into phosphorus, and HCL.

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Re: And then some fool fills up a car with Li-ion...

Booming down the tracks?

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Re: And then some fool fills up a car with Li-ion...

You may have my "on a ladder three feet from a full rev's spinning tale [sic*] rotor" story beat.

* I like puns.

Oh, the massive sky dong? Contrails from 'standard' F-35 training, US Air Force insists

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Control says

Extend the linear segment.

This is a sett-up! Mum catches badger feasting on contents of freezer

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Perhaps

Next: a badgerigar.

Investors whack red alert on tech reseller Computacenter over lack of women on board

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No problems

AI will replace the humans. Microsecond response to events -- and NO discrimination!

It's Wikipedia mythbuster time: 8 of the best on your 15th birthday

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Re: There was always a near monopoly on encyclopedic knowledge

This may be an older post, but I must point out that in time of yore (heh) countless bright children were often known to read encyclopedias and even unabridged dictionaries for the pleasure of discovery.

I did, anyway.

Self-taught Belgian bloke cracks crypto conundrum that was supposed to be uncrackable until 2034

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Wrong turn

A spherical Bolt breaks the thread.

Ok Google, please ignore this free tax filing code so we can keep on screwing America

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Re: 'tis the Merkin way

"Fee", see?

Parents slapped with dress code after turning school grounds into a fashion crime scene

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Someone had to say it. But bears dont have arms.

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Undershirts?

If they don't want men to wear undershirts, there'll be a lot of sweat-soaked shirts stinking up the place — and what's wrong with a satin yarmulke?

You spin me right round, baby, right round like an exploding asteroid, baby, right round round round

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Painful asteroids?

The spam begins — "Buy our Solid Rock Creme, and stay hard forever." Or something like that.

FYI: You could make Tesla's Autopilot swerve into traffic with a few stickers on the road

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Glass overkill

They could much more easily and reliably be able to control the windshield wipers with a low-power laser shooting edge-on from the bottom of the glass to the top, or one side to the other; refraction from raindrops on the glass could be detected as modulation of the laser beam and turn the wipers on.

Only one Huawei? We pitted the P30 Pro against Samsung and Apple's best – and this is what we found

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I suspect the major difference between these rivals is due to what camera manufacturers would call "Art" settings; emphasizing contrast and color to please those who want a little more snap in their picture.

Getting enough stabilization to do a 50 times zoom is amazing – but my mirrorless camera,with both in- body and on-lens stabilization (depending on the lens) lets me shoot pictures down to 1/5th or even 1/4th of a second exposure indoors, with a 100 mm lens. The races are on, and the Percheron's still deliver more beer per night.

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