* Posts by keith_w

659 posts • joined 25 Jul 2012


FYI: BMW puts heated seats, other features behind paywall


I already don't subscribe to GM's OnStar service. I survived before without heated seats. On the other hand, if they were to offer cooled steering wheels for those really hot days when you can burn your self on the steering wheel, I might be tempted.

NOBODY PRINT! Selfless hero saves typing pool from carbon catastrophe

IT Angle

Has this changed since last week?

"IT support," he told us, involved "anything with a plug on it."

Totaled Tesla goes up in flames three weeks after crash


Re: The more of these they make, the more often this will happen

I don't know about where you are, but if a fire engine here attends a fire or an auto accident, a bill is sent to the appropriate insurance company or property owner. I am not sure what happens if they attend a home health issue which they often show up before a paramedic ambulance arrives.

Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio: Too edgy for comfort?


I use windows 11 on my surface pro in tablet mode constantly with out problems touching screen top icons or other issues. In fact, my biggest problem with it is using the touch keyboard. I often hit the b, n, or m instead of the space bar.

Dell unveils new XPS 13 devices with Alder Lake CPUs


Whether the XPS-13 2-in-1 looks like a Mac, i have no opinion, but it sure looks like a Surface to me.

China 'must seize TSMC' if the US were to impose sanctions


Didn't you know that everything originally belonged to China. Personally I am surprised that they have not claimed at least the western shores of North America if not the entire continent, based on the visit of the Chinese admiral and his fleet, which was destroyed on his return on the orders of the emperor.

Japan's asteroid probe reportedly found 20 amino acids


Re: But then the free thinker / crank / conspiracy theorist would argue ....

Your FTFY implies, to me at least, that there is an issue with being an "Old" coboller, as opposed to a "Young" coboller (if there is such a thing).

Amazon not happy with antitrust law targeting Amazon


Re: Duh, you'd think

The other thing about those sellers is as soon as they are blocked they change their names to get unblocked.

Sick of Windows but can't afford a Mac? Consult our cynic's guide to desktop Linux


Happy with Windows

Reading this article, and many of the others about the joys of Linux enhances my understanding of why so many people stick with Windows. I hope the downvote counter is large enough for the number that I will be getting.

When management went nuclear on an innocent software engineer


Re: Dogs

and she had good taste.

Linus Torvalds debuts 'boring old plain' Linux kernel 5.18


Re: cryptographically signed licenses to enable dormant features in Intel silicon

The code doesn't have to be secret. The code unlocks secret functions in a chip. Presumably once unlocked, code provided by Intel under separate cover will put the now unlocked feature to work. Additionally, there is nothing saying that Intel chips currently have secret features which may be unlocked by this code. Nor is there anything saying the code is in the CPU. The code may unlock features in future CPUs, stand alone graphics chips, or other Intel products yet to be announced.

The sad state of Linux desktop diversity: 21 environments, just 2 designs


Re: Not that unreasonable

My car doesn't have a gear shift lever. Why would I want one? it is more efficient to allow the transmission to decide when to shift. Besides, my inside hand is usually doing something much more useful, such as conducting my coffee to my mouth.

Netflix to crack down on account sharing, offer ad-laden cheaper options



IP Address

Don't let ransomware crooks spend months in your network – like this govt agency did


Re: It's a disservice to not start naming names, giving specifics, in these articles

More like Sophos fears that naming names will cost them the client.

Are we springing into a Y2K-class nightmare?


Re: USA change its date format ...

Personally, I prefer the North American paper sizes to A4 etc.

Saving a loved one from a document disaster


Re: Rather computers than cars

While I echo your feelings about fog lights on when it's not foggy, My big complaint is about drivers who fail to turn on their lights at night, presumably because the console lights and daytime running lights (low beams) are on. However, their tail lights are not lit.


Re: Imperrfect

One company I worked at, the receptionist complained about how slow (a Xerox (?) 386 was. When I checked, she had the codes displayed - 22 lines of codes and lines of typing and it updated everytime she pressed a key.

'Boombox' function sparks Tesla recall


I read the article as indicating that the operators of the vehicle would no longer be able to select the sounds that came out of the Pedestrian Warning System (the Boombox feature). The PWS would be playing the default sounds, what ever they may be.

Real-time software? How about real-time patching?


Re: Site Acceptance Test

In Vancouver for a week in January setting up a Netware 3.2 network and although I was in an office building downtown, and walked from my hotel to the office each day, I did not see either the sun or a mountain, which Vancouver is surrounded by, until my last day there as Vancouver weather, raining from low heavy clouds precluded seeing anything scenic.

Make assistive driving safe: Eliminate pedestrians


I used to think that Dabbsie wrote his articles based on the videos he linked, and must admit that I thought so today as well, until he switched from Doze to Tesla. When self-driving cars were first talked about seriously, I imagined dozens of pedestrians stepping out into roadways bringing all traffic to a standstill. This article startled me into realizing that if dozens of pedestrians did that, there would instantly be a need for dozens of ambulances.

Icon because

No, I've not read the screen. Your software must be rubbish


Re: Simples...

Downvote because most users are tools.

Hardware boffin starts work on simulation of an entire IBM S/360 Model 50 mainframe


I'm not sure what the O/S was either, even though my first 2 jobs were as operators on that model. Looked it up, according to Wikipedia, it was "Disk Programming System",


What about 360/20's! I know, not really a 360 (totally different architecture) but it still bore the label

Rolls-Royce consortium shopping for factory sites to build mini-nuclear reactors


Re: Money for old rope

Same in Ontario... it costs 2-3x the original suggested cost and takes twice as long (if they are quick about it.)


Re: SMRs are expected to produce 300MWe per unit.

Why would there be any waste heat, since heat is precisely the point of the whole thing. Make heat, transfer it to a boiler, use the steam to turn a turbine to make electricity.

Wolfing down ebooks during lockdown? You might want to check out Calibre, the Swiss Army ebook tool


Re: Upwards thumb

I use the Kobo reader, whose default format is EPub, on my Windows and Android systems.

Dog forgets all about risk of drowning in a marsh as soon as drone dangles a sausage


My step-son's dog occasionally bursts out the door when someone is entering or leaving without him. Our usual method of retreiving him involves a treat, usually a Denta-bite or rawhide wrap which can be waved so he can see it.

Software guy smashes through the Somebody Else's Problem field to save the day


Re: Dodgy connection

Strangely enough, I came downstairs this morning to discover an error message on my desktop screen. Apparently one (or more) of the cats had been playing near the desktop (which is on the floor beside the desk) and dislodged the HDMI cable.

Admins report Hyper-V and domain controller issues after first Patch Tuesday of 2022


Whilst not condoning MS's issuance of patches that do these nasty things, I have to wonder why they were installed without extensive testing.

Icon chosen because there's nothing like nuking your running system with untested patches.

Secure boot for UK electric car chargers isn't mandatory until 2023 – but why the delay?


Re: Secure boot is going where?

i thought it was all about protecting your banking info when paying to use the charger - something that i feel certain your father never did, other than 6 pence in the meter.

Snap continues to make a spectacle of itself as it tries to trademark the word spectacles


thank you for the shout out to one of my favourite beers.

When product names go bad: Microsoft's Raymond Chen on the cringe behind WinCE


Re: I swear it was unintentional...

Still in Canada too.

Google advises Android users to be careful of Microsoft Teams if they want to call 911


Re: Surprising bug

she did note that she was able to reach her other contacts, and that it was ONLY the 911 number that she had the issue with. I wonder if she would have had issues with the other *11 numbers that in use in North America, and that the issue is the length of the number being only 3 digits, rather than the usual 7, 10 or 11.

Shocking: UK electricity tariffs are among world's most expensive


Re: Electric should be cheaper, gas more expensive

ICE vehicles run on petrol. Petrol is stored in big tanks in the ground. Petrol is moved from the big tanks in the ground to your vehicle by a pump. The pumps are run by electricity.

Dev loses copyright appeal over forensic software after judges rule suite was owned by his employer


Re: From memory...

And if, you should devise in your own time, based on the knowledge you gained while employed, a program which would compete with the programs offered by the company which employs you, do you think that that IP should belong to you or to the company? There is a reason that these clauses exist.

Microsoft makes tweaks to Windows 11 Start Menu for Insiders but stops short of mimicking Windows 10


Re: Microsoft's 'PC Health Check' is the new name for Get Window 10 'malware'.

Just a reminder: Microsoft licensed you to use the operating system, they didn't sell it to you. They still own it so they can do to it whatever they please. If you are not happy with this, you should not have agreed to the license.

How do you call support when the telephones go TITSUP*?


Re: Reclaiming Private Call Costs

One company I worked for did project time accounting as well although, but had a project time booking number for time spent doing the project accounting work.

Smart things are so dumb because they take after their makers. Let's fix that


Re: "Server error 500"

My house will be even more upset with me as I would not be able to lock it without the key that is on the same ring as the car key

BOFH: What if International Bad Actors designed the vaccine to make us watch more Steven Seagal movies?


Re: The Arnie dream was different...

We all know there are hidden Martian colonies because we have amanfrommars1 here, sharing his infinte wisdom with us. 42.

A lightbulb moment comes too late to save a mainframe engineer's blushes


Re: I’m sure a lesser techie would have sussed that in a flash

but the IBM CE probably tested the bulb last month after which it burned out as he released the test switch

Seagate demos hard disk drive with an NVMe interface. Yup, one with spinning platters


Re: Server simplification, really?

We recently went through this with a Dell 5480 at work in order to double the storage. We looked up the specs on the Dell website, and then checked the model of the SSD that was installed. We then ordered the correct replacement and it worked well. We even managed to image the old drive to the new one successfully.

This drag sail could prevent spacecraft from turning into long-term orbiting junk. We spoke to its inventors ahead of launch


If you want to catch up to another spacecraft in the same orbit, you slow down your spacecraft so that it moves to a lower orbit, which being shorter also means that you are orbiting the earth faster than the higher orbit (this is why low earth orbits are c.90 minutes compared to geosynchronous ones c.24 hours) so travelling in your lower, faster orbit, you catch up with the other spacecraft and at the right time, you speed up and raise your orbit to intercept the other spacecraft.

Windows 10 2004 is nearing the end of the road. Time for a Windows 11 upgrade?


Re: Thin ice

Until such time as Linux or any other alternative operating system is as easy to use as Windows (and yes, I say that with a bit of tongue in cheek) the hoi polloi of average users (by which I mean people who basically use it for browsing and email) will not be switching. Oh, and it had better come pre-installed. I was thinking that it would be more likely for people to switch to IPads, but I then realized that those who would do that have done that.

Expired cert breaks Windows 11 snipping tool, emoji panel, S Mode features, other stuff


I don't know how long Microsoft has been doing this, but I do know that if your domain attached computer didn't log on to the domain on a regular basis, the trust would be broken and you would have to remove it from the domain and add it back in again. And if your Windows 7 machine didn't get on the internet or connect to your license server on a regular basis, you could lose activation, so it's not like this is a particularly new trick.

Remember when you thought fax machines were dead-matter teleporters? Ah, just me, then


Re: coworking

Scottish inventor Alexander Bain worked on chemical mechanical fax type devices and in 1846 was able to reproduce graphic signs in laboratory experiments. He received British patent 9745 on May 27, 1843 for his "Electric Printing Telegraph".[2][3][4] Frederick Bakewell made several improvements on Bain's design and demonstrated a telefax machine.[5][6][7] The Pantelegraph was invented by the Italian physicist Giovanni Caselli.[8] He introduced the first commercial telefax service between Paris and Lyon in 1865, some 11 years before the invention of the telephone.[9][10]


Re: "Era of innocence, my arse"

Thank you for reminding me of the Carry On movies. I still fondly remember Carry On Doctor - "No Sister, the other end", when the nursing sister trainee was wondering how the patient was to swallow the huge pill she was holding.

Software Freedom Conservancy sues TV maker Vizio for 'GPL infringement'


Re: I smell a fight coming on

I used to work at John Deere (though not FOR John Deere). Their programmers are expressly forbidden from using GPL'd software. They had an annual refresher to remind them of that requirement.

Mind your Ps and queues: Bork makes a visit to the A&E


Re: OK, I'll bite

being from north of Darlington, but south of Newcastle, I definitely disagree about either of those places being anywhere but 'South', Also, I am currently living in the great white north so to our friends from Minnesota and Wisconsin, if you are south of 45, you are south.

Oh my, Grandma, what a big meteorite you have right there on your pillow under that hole in the roof


Re: A meteor shower in Golden

No thank you. if I hear anymore suggestions of this nature I will petition Mr. Trudeau to re-close the border.

Electric car makers ready to jump into battery recycling amid stuttering supply chains


Re: Shoudl have from the start

As I recall, used Tesla batteries are re-purposed into Solar <whatever> power wall packs.



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