* Posts by RM Myers

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Running on empty, out of battery, power draining... three things the UK government definitely isn't. Oh no

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"plentiful supply of sawdust and hot air available in Westminster."

And any place else with a high density of politicians.

BrakTooth vulnerabilities put Bluetooth users at risk – and some devices are going unpatched

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Great News - Not!

The AX200 is not just on laptops, it is also available on network adapters used in desktops, and is even built into some desktop motherboards.

Perl Foundation faces more departures after pausing Community Affairs Team

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Re: Social distancing…

The "idiots" in the far corner of the room probably are thinking the same thing about the "idiots"in the near corner. And thus the circle is completed...

The web was done right the first time. An ancient 3D banana shows Microsoft does a lot right, too

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Re: Web is already 30

And that is why I majored in math, not English.

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Re: Web is already 30

That was the best combination of accuracy, succinctness , and incitefulness I have seen in many a moon. Have one on me ===>

Remember Google Plus? Remember its privacy blunder? Remember applying for a slice of a settlement?

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$1.875m for the plaintiff lawyers; $2.15 for the regular plaintiffs

That seems like a fair settlement. Evidently the judge was looking out for the class member interests. Otherwise the plaintiff lawyers might have sold their own clients down the river so they could get big fees without having to go to trial.

Remember folks, it is he best justice system money can buy. And guess who has the money.

'Prophetic' Steve Jobs autograph telling kid to 'go change the world!' among Apple memorabilia at auction

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Re: Go change the world

Steve Jobs had Islet Cell pancreatic cancer, which is a rare and "milder" form that can be cured if caught early, which his was when he had a CAT scan for a kidney stone.However, he ignored his doctor's advise to have surgery immediately, and instead tried alternative treatments. By the time he agreed to have surgery, the cancer had progressed. Had he had surgery when initially advised, his survival chances would have been much better.

Customers warn Gartner of AWS's high-pressure sales tactics in latest verdict on public cloud providers

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Re: Public?

Gartner had credibility in the past?

'Login infrastructure issue' blamed as sustained Xero outage threatens payrolls

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"The cloud" is just someone else's computer.

Someone else's computer, and someone else's priority to fix any issues, but it's still the customer's problem when it all goes south.

Uncle Sam sanctions Chinese AI outfits for links to Xinjiang Uyghur human-rights abuses

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Governing versus Angry Birds

Different games for different gamers? At least with angry birds, real people don't get hurt.

IBM President and former Red Hat boss Jim Whitehurst quits

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Our hybrid cloud and AI strategy is strongly resonating with clients

Will the results of this resonation be similar to what happened to the Tacoma Narrows bridge in 1940?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j-zczJXSxnw

NASA talks up Perseverance Mars rover's self-driving rock-avoiding abilities

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...global speed limit of "oh God I'd be better off walking"

Ah, just like driving in New York City during rush hour then. or the 405 in Southern California anytime.

Hubble Space Telescope may now depend on a computer that hasn't booted since 2009

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"Old does not equate to infirmed nor non-functional."

Thanks for that comment. The way things have gone this week, I was beginning to think maybe the opposite was true.

Really, who thought it was a good idea to use micro-mini screws to secure M.2 drives in a computer. Darn whippersnappers should be taken out back to the woodshed and have their behind tanned!

Pre-orders open for the Mini PET 40/80, the closest thing to Commodore's classic around

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Re: KIM-1

The KIM-1 takes me back also. I hand built an interface to a cassette drive (with a lot of help from a hobby magazine for KIM-1 owners) so I could store the finished programs. It worked after a fashion - about 1 out of every 3 times it would read correctly. This is also where I first learned the advantages of socketed IC's after my incompetence at soldering an IC directly to the board killed the IC.

Good memories.

It doesn't really matter how many of us gripe about Google, nothing can stop it printing billions of dollars

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Re: Narrative

Very impressively done. I'm not sure how anyone could keep a straight face while reading the "googly" quotes. Do these people really believe what they say?

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"As we look ahead to the rest of 2021,

four big themes continue to guide us," said Pichai. "First, building and providing the most helpful products and services that allow us to scrape every morsel of private information we can get from users . Second, continuing to earn the trust of our users by investing in high quality information and keeping users' data safe and private so only we can sell it to the advertisers. Third, strong execution as a company, particularly as we start to reopen our offices and fire any employees who question are ethics. And forth, building sustainable value in our own business and for our partners , or at least the partners that our bots don't kick out of the play store or off Youtube without any explanation ."

There, I fixed that for Mr. Pichai.

Apple supplier Quanta Computer confirms it's fallen victim to ransomware attack

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Quanta Quality

I bought 2 old HP laptops (DV9000 series) which had Quanta branded motherboards, so I assume they built the computers. I wonder if any emails will be dumped online. It would be interesting to know who was at fault for the GPU and monitor cable issues which plagued this model - HP, Quanta, or Nvidia. And yes, I'm still bitter that I was never notified about a class action lawsuit settlement for the affected GPU's and an extension of the warranty period by HP until after both had expired. Ugh!

Fridges... in... Spaaaaaaace: Engineers book ride on the Vomit Comet to test astro-refrigerator

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Re: No student's at Perdue ?

I believe they would call them interns at Perdue* - I doubt they are called students. However, at Purdue** they definitely have students.- over 45 thousand from all over the world.

* A major food and agribusiness company

** A public university particularly known for their engineering department.

Jensen Huang's kitchen gets another viewing as Nvidia teases Arm-powered supercomputing chip Grace

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Also from GTC...

Eight more Ampere RTX GPUs for laptops, desktops and servers "that you won't actually be able to buy at MSRP". The sidebar left off the last, and most important, part.

South Africa's state-owned energy firm to appeal after court rules Oracle does not have to support its software

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Re: Don't blame Larry

!@#$%^ proofreading fail. That should have been Department of Treasury.

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Re: Don't blame Larry

You might want to tell the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, US Department of Department. I would tend to believe them. Although this was never put into general circulation, it was and is still technically legal tender (if any still exist).

https://www.moneyfactory.gov/100000goldcertificate.html

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Don't blame Larry

Blame Covid-19. Larry needs a new island, and with the pandemic raging, the demand for islands is sky high. As anyone who has tried to buy a CPU or GPU lately can tell you, when the demand is high, the prices are even higher. Larry needs all the money he can steal earn. After all, he can't spend every penny on the island, he still needs to eat.

Pity the poor multi-billionaire - so many demands on your wallet, so few Wilsons* to spend.

* $100,000 USA paper bill only printed in 1934. It had a picture of Woodrow Wilson on the front.

What's this about a muon experiment potentially upending Standard Model of physics? We speak to one of the scientists involved

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Very Interesting

My flirtation with physics as a possible profession was very brief, math was much easier for me and IT paid better, but the incredible precision of these experiments is still amazing to me. Good stuff all around.

Apple's pending privacy clampdown drives desperate marketers to overwhelm domain database

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"Apple created this issue in the first place"

No Benjamin Savage, it was companies like your employer, Facebook, tracking people across the web that caused the real problem - the attack on personal privacy. Apple is trying to fix that problem. That fact this causes an issue for companies trying to measure tracking clicks is unfortunate for those companies, but it is not Apple's fault.

Beloved pixel pusher Paint prepares to join Notepad for updates from Microsoft Store

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Re: I'm pissed off...

Actually, windows dedia player is still free, it just doesn't have a DVD playback feature. As others have mentioned, VLC media player is far better anyways and I would use it even if windows media player had DVD playback capabilities. I've been using VLC for many years - highly recommended..

Website maker Wix embarks on weird WordPress-trashing campaign, sends 'influencer' users headphones from 'WP'

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Re: wix commercials

Yes and no for me. I don't see the standalone ads, but any ads buried in the video still show up. Generally, these have not been intrusive, at least in the channels I watch. Actually, if they were intrusive, I probably wouldn't watch that channel.

W3C Technical Architecture Group slaps down Google's proposal to treat multiple domains as same origin

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the W3C Technical Architecture Group (TAG)

I don't understand. Is W3C a standard setting group for the internet? If so, why do we need another one? I thought that was Google's job. I'm fairly sure that Google agrees with me.

Airline software super-bug: Flight loads miscalculated because women using 'Miss' were treated as children

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Serious misstake

Either that or a serious mstake.

Taiwan’s PC-fest COMPUTEX cancels real-world edition – three months after promising in-person gathering

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Everything is going virtual

COMPUTEX will now revert to a virtual format, and hopefully retain its status as the source of big PC-related pronouncements...

Pronouncements about products which you won't be able to find for sale at anything close to MSRP. The trade show format won't be the only thing that is virtual. 2021 - the year of the best computer hardware no one can actually buy (at least not at a reasonable price).

No, no, let's hear this out, says judge waving away Apple's attempt to kill MacBook Pro Flexgate lawsuit

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I assume your sarcasm detector is broken. You might want to take it in for repair. And Apple is a $2tn company largely due to planned obsolescence of their phones as well as Android phones.The whole phone market would shrink drastically if the average phone lasted as long as the average PC. Apple has a very limited number of products, and is extremely dependent on the phone replacement rate being high. If Google wasn't doing the same thing Apple would take a real hit to their market valuation.

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That's not a problem - it's a feature (for Apple, not the consumer). Planned obsolescence has become a business model, and nothing promotes planned obsolescence like a very expensive repair which costs close to, or better yet, more than the value of the product. It's a win-win situation - either you make a new sale, or you rake in the money through your repair business. The key is getting the product to fail after the warranty period!

Yahoo! Answers! will! be! wiped! from! the! internet! next! month!

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Re: What a great loss.

Don't worry - there is still an endless supply of worthless knowledge left on the Internet. This won't even make a dent in the supply.

State of Maine orders review of $54.6m Workday project as it alleges delivery failure and threatens cancellation

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Presumably the majority do go smoothly

I would presume at least 2/3 rds go anything but smoothly. The number of failed ERP projects is extremely high, and that doesn't include the projects which are declared a success even though they are late, over budget, and don't deliver many of the benefits promised. Companies (and government agencies) often don't want to admit that a project was a failure, since it looks bad for everyone involved. Instead, the project is declared a success, the customers work around the deficiencies, and the attempts to fix the mess are buried in maintenance budgets or called enhancements.

Intel accused of wiretapping because it uses analytics to track keystrokes, mouse movements on its website

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Re: How many times?

Unfortunately, I've visited many websites that limited their testing to internal users before deploying. Every website is easy to navigate AFTER you know how it works, and when the software/hardware of the user is well known.

South Korean regulator recommends Apple be prosecuted for hampering fair trade probe

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Re: Such blatant disobedience deserves a harsher punishment

Are you implying Apple is rotten to the core?

No payrise for Oracle CEO Safra Catz, but at least there's $76.4m from trading company shares to fall back on

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Only $950,000 salary?

Won't someone think of the her children? That SOB Larry gives his kid a fighter jet, while Safra's kids have to make due with a Gulfstream. How embarrassing.

Cryptic US Strategic Command tweet reveals dangers of working from home with kids in the way

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Twitter manager for the US Strategic Command???

Why the hell do you need a twitter manager for the US Strategic Command.

We're doomed.

Payment app MobiKwik denies customer data was stolen from it, has no idea how the info ended up on the dark web: Maybe it was your fault?

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the times they aren't a-changin

Nice to see that the "shoot the messenger" approach to handling a security breach is still alive and well in 2021.

Ticker tape and a binary message: Bank of England's new Alan Turing £50 must be the nerdiest banknote ever

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I got Marconi off eBay and he's a bit crinkled.

To be honest, I suspect most of us would be a little crinkled if we had been dead for almost 84 years.

Hey, stop pushing! I'm going.

Defence Industrial Strategy suggests the UK is ready to start taking its homegrown infosec industry seriously

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Re: Taking homegrown infosec seriously?

Don't forget the training part of the contract, which will produce emails warning staff to not click on links in random emails, and will themselves include (shorted URL) links for those staff to get further information on not clicking links in emails.

UK prime minister Boris Johnson reluctant to reveal his involvement in the OneWeb deal

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Re: Cagey about the exact purpose of the OneWeb deal

Seems obvious to me. All the major powers have a space presence, so the UK has to have one also. Just a further extension of "but all the other kids have a (insert Xbox/Playstation/etc.) mommy". No self respecting government leader wants to be the only boy/girl without the latest toys.

We'll figure out what to do with them later.

US state AGs: How can Facebook, Google, Twitter say they tackle misinformation when *gestures wildly at COVID-19 BS everywhere*

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As those wiser than me have said

"The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has limits".

Please stop leaking your own personal data online, Indonesia's COVID-19 taskforce tells citizens

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Oh Goodness

My son just sent me a picture of his vaccination record today, showing his first jab. However it didn't have a QR code - just his name, where he got the shot, and the date. It also was in an (insecure) text message, not in a public social media post.

We've seen things you people wouldn't believe. A halo of light polarized by a gigantic black hole's magnetic field...

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This article is a good reminder to us all

that endless video conferences in the age of coronavirus are not the only things which can warp the very fabric of space and time.

BTW, also some very good work in the field of radio astronomy.

Oracle gets the bunting out for UK Home Office's Fusion go-live amid enterprise software shakeup across Whitehall

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Good News!

Now Larry should be able to afford to buy another island. Maybe something in the Atlantic this time? Possibly a bigger island, just to the northwest of France? I've hear that their is one which can be bought, if you have enough money and the right friends.

Clothes retailer Fatface: Someone's broken in and accessed your personal data, including partial card payment details... Don't tell anyone

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Fatface or Fathead

Considering the quality of the notification email, Fathead might be a better name for their business. Oh well, I'm not a customer, so at least I got a laugh out of the "Strictly Private and Confidential". It reminded me of the "don't tell anyone, but ..." rumor spreading technique pre-social media. When you really, really want people to tell the world, then just tell them it's a secret

Guilty: Sister and brother who over-ordered hundreds of MacBooks for university and sold the kit for millions

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Crime really doesn't pay

Pity the poor people who ended up buying the stolen Macbooks with the butterfly keyboards. They were just trying to get a 5 finger discount, but typing with some of those fingers just didn't work.

BTW, what is Apple's policy on repairing stolen laptops? Do you still get warranty repairs?

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

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Eastern District of Texas

I'm not going to claim any special knowledge about the merits of this case, but anytime I see that a federal lawsuit was filed in the Eastern District of Texas, I just assume the plaintiff has a weak case and is court shopping. There have truly been some amazing jury decisions in that district which defy all logic.If I was a business owner, I would make a concerted effort to have no presence in that district so no one would be able to sue me there.

John Cleese ‘has a bridge to sell you’, suggests $69,346,250.50 price to top Beeple's virtual art record

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The times we live in

Nothing says 2021 quite like this article. When I was a wee lad, you could almost always tell when someone was being sarcastic. Now days, you really do need a "joke icon". The theater of the absurd has just evolved into normal life. Ugh.

OVH writes off another data centre – SBG1 – and reveals new smoking battery incident

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power outage.... Klaba described as “the worst incident that can happen to us.”

I strongly suspect he no longer believes that a power outage is the worst thing. OVH seems to have taken the reactive rather than proactive approach to management.

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