* Posts by wx666z

52 posts • joined 6 Apr 2012


Salesforce ‘Einstein’ now smart enough for customer service


former call center employee for an outsourcer

Maybe i'm just lucky, but the company I worked for was well regarded by our clients and participants. We handled medical/pension/401K plans for private employers. When I started it was a US company, after the great recession, we were sold to a Dutch company. From my POV, things got better. Any time I entered a file there was a record of what I did/info viewed.

My advice, read any doc you get about your employee benefits.And if you can run a diff on them .Perhaps one of the many more knowledgeable commentards can show how to do that.

LG chairman Koo Bon-moo dies, aged 73


Goldstar celphone

Early 90's. Living and working in Phoenix as a traveling salesman for an aluminum company. Covering from Mexico to Western Canada. My employer offered to provide a mobile phone. I said ok. It was almost as big as a shoe box and had an antenna with cable that mounted on the dashboard. Worked fine for several years.

Mind the gap: Men paid 18.6% more than women in Blighty tech sector


Re: do women make better office managers?

Wow! I just upvoted a Bombastic Bob post. Did not see that coming, since I could be considered a snowflake and SJW.

Watchdog growls at Tesla for spilling death crash details: 'Autopilot on, hands off wheel'



Roundabouts were unknown in my part of,the U.S. until a couple of years ago. Then the fascist city council dropped one on University Ave.at an inter change with Arlington Expressway. Much confusion and traffic jams ensued.The confusion continues to this day. I prefer the old 4 way stop junctions,

TRUMP: ICANN'T EVEN! America won't hand over internet control to Russia on my watch


The clip is safe,neither Trump or Clinton involved

Classic movie from the '80s clip...

Google hover-drones to drop burritos on campus

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Flying Burrito Brothers

Brought back some great memories!


Dwarf planet Ceres has a watery secret: An 11 mile wide ice volcano


Re: Salty Ice

Me too! But our grandchildren will....

Lowland Scots plunged into panic by marauding ostrich family


Re: Not to Worry

IIRC , we are a sept, not a clan. But we will take Big Bird, proudly.

No, the VCR is not about to die. It died years ago. Now it's VHS/DVD combo boxes' turn


Re: Transfer those tapes

Have an up vote! And I second that emotion.Went through that last year, 7 VHS tapes (mostly from the '80s or early '90's to computer then on to dvd. Then sent to kids/grandkids. PITA, but worth it.

Lester Haines: RIP


R.I.P. Sir

What a shock. Condolences to family and co-workers. We all will miss him.

Apple WWDC: OS X is dead, long live macOS



But will it run on my (old) Quadra 660 A/V? Anybody have an old DOS card?

Canny Canadian PM schools snarky hack on quantum computing


Not yet End times

Yeah! A(ny) politician who understands binary as opposed to multi-state is unknown in the US, well except OR. Is Canada accepting applications for additional provinces? Say FL.?

Can you hear me now – over the picket line? Verizon workers strike


Re: Good For Them

Having worked for a different major telco,it's probably the long hours and assignments far away from home and family. After over a year, my wife said enough. The wireless guys probably work 9:00 pm to 7:00 (that seems typical) with emergency calls during the off-time period.I wish the CWA and IBEW well...

Oh, and fuck Verizon!

Watch: SpaceX finally lands Falcon rocket on robo-barge in one piece



See title. And congrats to all at SpaceX.

Done making the big stuff better? The path to Apple's mid-life crisis


IT still works

I'm not an IT person, mere mortal. And all my Macs and Apple II's still work. From the II+ to The B&W G3.

They all still work, the Apples are for fun and to remind me of the old days, the 68k Macs either run NetBSD or Debian. The oldest is a IIsi. Now I'm sure someone is running a '386 still, a tip of my hat to you.

My point is simply this, the cost is nearing 0 for using these old boxen, other than electricity, And I love the classic Mac OS.And yes I'm typing this on some kind of quad-core AMD home built machine. The icon is for you who are still working.

China wants a 'Go' at Google's DeepMind


Here comes the answer

And when both AI's end up with a pattern displaying 42?

Mine's the old fart sweater.

Web ads are reading my keystrokes and I can’t even spel propperlie


Re: Very good, Mr D

Thanks for the Marcus Brigstocke reference, quick google and YouTube video appears in the first few hits. Quite funny and I had not previously heard of him, of course I'm on the other side of the pond...

Flying Scotsman attacked by drone


Lovely Picture

As usual, enjoyed the article and comments. And I must say what a lovely picture of a beautiful locomotive. Thank you!

Obama puts down his encrypted phone long enough to tell us: Knock it off with the encryption

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German lodges todger in 13 steel rings

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Mr. Haines + comments

One of the few remaining reasons for me visiting El Reg after the downgrade are the articles by Mr. Haines

and the comments. Congrats to my fellow commentards, I still have a spare keyboard hooked up to the Pi.

Which I will be using the rest of the day....

P.S. Thanks for the Pi U.K.!

Blah Blah blah ... I don't care! To hell with your tech marketing bull



First thing first, my and my wife's condolences. We are old, and have said goodbye to too many cat and dog friends. The loss always hurts.

The marketing emails are usually/always b.s. Give it some time and then rescue a new kitten or cat, been there, done that. Just wait until you are ready, our last poodle passed about 6 years ago, still not sure I'm ready for another, and now we are in our mid-sixties, we have to consider if we will be around to care for our friends

Salesforce.com storage fail causes lengthy outage



Now retired but last place I worked enforced the use of Salesforce. Complete waste of my and my customer's time and my employer's money.

Google robo-car backs into bendy-bus in California


Bus vs. meat bag

Here in FL., us meat bags have learned buses do not give an inch or a f**k. And our mass transit systems are a joke. Avoid at all cost...

Google human-like robot brushes off beating by puny human – this is how Skynet starts


Re: #Error 2035

All I get is a black box that does nothing, The same vid (probably) is on the bbc website


Fair play

In the interest of fair play can we have a vid of Atlas with a hockey stick and software upgrade? Same meat sack...

Bill Gates denies iPhone crack demand would set precedent


Thanks Bill

Thank you for reminding me that you are still "one of the leading as*hol** of our times" Who cares what you think about anything...

Helpdesk? I have a software problem. And a GRIZZLY BEAR problem


Bears vs. alligators+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Canada is a lovely country, I had the pleasure of working in B.C. decades ago. Would move there if the weather was better. Now in FL. the last place I worked, before I retired, had a drainage pond complete with an alligator. The real problem was the wild pigs and occasional raccoons, particularly very early in the morning. The pigs could be quite aggressive. Haven't seen a bear yet...

Feds look left and right for support – and see everyone backing Apple



Having dealt with the FBI, decades ago, They are not particularly bright. They have history of persecuting some of our (US) best. I would not piss on an FBI agent if they were on fire.

Xombrero browser replacement


Re: Xombrero browser replacement

Ran Arachne on DOS 5 box around 2000, great browser. You might want to look at Lynx, Links, or Links2, as suggested previously. Quick look into Synaptic showed .debs available for Mint, not sure what OS you're using. None of my business. If you find something, would you please post results?

After-dinner Mint? Stylish desktop finale released as last of the 17 line



just did the upgrade to 17.3 from 17.1. Only took about 15 minutes, including reboot. All my programs still where they were and still work. Very nice! No problems...

Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Tortilla de patatas


I only come here for the comments

And the great articles. Are huevos rancheros on the list? My lovely wife , She made them regularly for years

Conservative manifesto: 5G, 'near universal' broadband and free mobes for PC Dixon


If it's any consolation...

IIRC, U.K. elections are May 7. Presidential elections in the U.S. not until November 8, 2016! And they've already started.

US govt bans Intel from selling chips to China's supercomputer boffins



I'm not even in IT, and I can see this is stupid. If the Chinese don't have cpu fab already (they probably do)

they certainly will sooner rather than later. And then they will compete with us. Intel will lose sales and typically reduce employment. Eldest son worked for Intel in Chandler. AZ. Good gig...

Building a better society from the Czechs' version of Meccano

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Thanks! Excellent article, reminded me of the good times with an Erector Set. if you have not watched the YouTube video yet, I recommend it highly. Not only for the Merkur display, which is impressive, there are model trains as well! So good, I read the article twice and watched the video twice.

Hey kids! If you vote Facebook will give you EXTRA LIKES*


NOTA options

Here in the US.A., NOTA will never be an option. Our two dinosaur parties will make sure of that. So a couple of suggestions; I've voted for the SWP and the Greens and felt good about it. Of course, neither won, but neither "major" party got my vote. The only exceptions were two votes for Pres. Obama, and I'm pretty sure those ended being " the lesser of two evils". Lesson Learned.....

Turbocharged quad-core Raspberry Pi 2 unleashed, global geekgasm likely


Me too, please?

I'll buy one, as soon as I can track it down in the U.S.A., MCM doesn't list it yet, 8-(...

Careful - your helmet might get squashed by a Volvo


Having ridden a motorcycle to and from work for years in the '80's and early '90's in Florida, U.S. I can assure you that cyclists are invisible. My Honda was red and blue with orange fenders, I had an Orange helmet with red rain suit. Some elderly lady rear ended me at a stoplight with my left turn signal blinking brightly. No damage, but scared the crap out of me, Since then, I cut cyclists a lot of slack, and look for elderly drivers, especially now that I am one...

RIP Microsoft Clip Art – now you can fill your slides with web cat pics


Re: It's a pity they didn't kill of Powerpoint

So sorry I could only up vote once. And the really useless part is when the presenter provides a printed copy of said slides, which I then have to shred...

Tough Banana Pi: a Raspberry Pi for colour-blind diehards



This does look interesting.. OTOH my Pi does exactly what I bought it for, low power SAMBA server and minidlna server. It works well, wife and I can both stream high quality video to our respective Linux desktops at the same time. It works, why fix it? YMMV. Hell, it even works with Windows Media Server when guests visit...

Our Vultures peck at new Doctor Who: Exterminate or, er ... carrion?


view from the U.S.

IMHO, Capaldi is excellent, "Listen" was as good as any Classic Dr. Who episode. Jenna is coming along, Could we get some stronger scripts to take advantage of Capaldi's and Jenna's abilities?

BBC Trust candidate defends licence fee, says evaders are CRIMINALS


Re: The BBC Brain Trust should consider...

I live in the US., south of the Mason-Dixon line, and would cheerfully pay the BBC for online access .legally. I already have Netflix and Hulu, just can't wait months for Doctor Who. and yes I pre-order thru Amazon....

HP busts out new ProLiant Gen9 servers


release schedule?

"first in four waves of a Gen9 launch between September and June 2014." Neat trick, will Doctor Who be involved?

Take the shame: Microsofties ADMIT to playing Internet Explorer name-change game


IE 4 on Mac

The only time the wife and I used IE was on classic Mac OS 7.6, IE 4 to be exact Netscape would not run, so I drank the Kool-aid and MS sent me a cd. Worked fine, until I discovered NetBSD and a working Netscape/Mozilla, and Lynx. I have to use IE at work, and have learned to live with it. at home FF/Chrome/Opera. Use what works for you...

RIP net neutrality? FCC mulls FAST LANES for info superhighway


end of an era?

This seems a major setback to the 'net we have grown to love/hate. Big money will dominate, small innovators will be excluded, content/delivery will be in the hands of the oligarchs as in the past age

of broadcast tv. Oh well, back to bbs's and ham radio, if push comes to shove. I seem to recall being

able to move from one bbs to another and something like email, but it's been a long time... Anyone have their notes from the day? I may be over reacting, time for my meds...

Internet is a tool of Satan that destroys belief, study claims


What's the problem here?

Having been raised in the Southern Baptist church by my father, a pastor. What's the problem? There is a lot of bovine fecal matter on the 'net, to be exceeded only by religion..

IBM PCjr STRIPPED BARE: We tear down the machine Big Blue would rather you forgot


still have one of these

Last time I tried, it still boots. I did not buy the PCjr, I bought a Tandy 1000SX with 40 meg hard drive for $25 (U.S.), the terms of sale included me hauling off the PCjr, monitor, normal wired keyboard, and a box of books and cartridges. The 1000SX runs rings around the peanut and was cheaper, but still Happy Birthday!

Roll up, roll up for the Reg Readers' Ball


two suggestions

Playmobil video reconstruction

With real-time audio track, voice modification required.

How much for the DVD?

Is it ok to drink a Guiness in support in the U.S.? Other suggestions welcome...

Labour calls for BIG OVERHAUL of UK super-snoop powers in 'new digital world'

Big Brother

Re: Where are the American commentards?

As a citizen of the U.S., I'm appalled that both the U.K. and the U.S. seem to be on the same trajectory, a speeding freight train on rails laid long ago. No matter the engineer/driver, our course is pre-determined.Not sure about the U.K., but have decided here I can no longer vote Democrat or Republican, have voted Green several times. We did not win, and perhaps never will. Just don't play within the system.

Forget fluorescents, plastic lighting strips coming out next year


Re: Free the light bulbs

In one word, yes, to both questions.

40,000 sign petition to oust Rep. Paul 'pit of hell' Broun



I grew up in a Southern Baptist home, my Dad was a minister. Once I started to read about the belief system I was taught, I was sickened, slavery is biblical, science is Satanic. Yet my parents encouraged my interest in science, gave me a chemistry set and electronics breadboard for Christmas, always encouraged me to do well in school. We had "interesting discussions" over decades. They also taught me not to discriminate based upon race, we had gay family members whom we were taught to love. Both parents are sadly dead. My point is that it is possible for someone with that narrow a view of the world to deal with others without the blinders. I could not and had to abandon that belief system. My concern is that this powerful Congressman can not deal with reality the same way. Flame away!



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