* Posts by bill 27

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Canon: Chip supplies are so bad that our ink cartridges will look as though they're fakes

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Starting to like my B&W laser printers more and more (a really old HP that I was gifted by a law office when Windows abandoned it somewhere around 2000, and oddly enough a Canon I bought several years ago). I actually have an ink printer...I keep it around to scan things with.

Apple warns kit may interfere with implanted medical devices at close proximity

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Re: Aside: Nuts and peanuts and Mangoes

When I was a kid I lived in Hawaii. We'd see new comers breaking out in hives from their exposure to mangoes.

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Re: kit may interfere with implanted medical devices

My ICD was installed in October of 2010. I was told then to not get my cell phone (brand nonspecific) within 6" of it, meaning I should use it on my right ear. I had it swapped out last year, battery was going flat, and asked. Same advice. I also never carry the phone in my shirt pocket. My original guess had to do with the EMP coming from the speaker, but I did say guess. Now days, if I worried about it at all, it'd be people reaching out and reprogramming it, it has wireless access after all.

openSUSE leaps to 15.3 – now built with 'same binary packages' as SUSE Enterprise

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Re: way back...

"Haven't there always been at least two very viable alternatives to Red Hat?"

Could be, I remember I first installed Red Hat to transition away from Mandrake. I did it because Red Hat was supposed to be able to be upgrade-able instead of having to completely re-install when the next version came out.

NASA sets the date for first helicopter flight on another planet – and the craft will carry a piece of history

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Re: Penguins in SPAAAACCCCEEEEEE.....

Well it should put an end to the "Penguins can't fly" nonsense.

Housekeeping and kernel upgrades do not always make for happy bedfellows

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It's OK.

Honest...it'll keep on chugging until it needs something not in memory. IIRC is was the network that gave up the ghost first, not that I've ever run that command as root, why fiddle with just /usr go for /, just to see what happened.

What does my neighbour's Tesla have in common with a stairlift?

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Re: Summon the lawyers!

Living in America, well Alaska actually, I called my city council person about the pothole in front of my driveway. He actually showed up and talked to us! As he left, saying there wasn't much he could do, I asked that he contact the local Fish and Game people and have them stock it with trout. The next spring they came by and completely re-did the street.

Snap decision: 74-year-old Florida man wrests puppy from jaws of alligator

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Re: What did the dude expect, walking his pup close to the water?

Well...we did have a raven chase the cat up the stairs trying to corner it for lunch.

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Re: What did the dude expect, walking his pup close to the water?

And in Alaska we call people walking small animals trolling for eagles.

As an aside, when I read about this elsewhere they quoted the guy as saying that from here on out the pup would be on a leash. I thought, like you'll ever get that dog near water again. I once had a Black Lab that would run in panic when suddenly faced with an open body of water.

AMD performance plummets when relying on battery power, says Intel. Let's take a closer look at those stats

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Re: Battery beats AC?

Yep, I have a mix of Intel and AMD machines. The AMD's are newer simply because...well they're newer. The CPU models are:

Intel B940, the sole laptop, and ancient.

AMD A12-9800

AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950x

AMD 9 3900x

AMD A8-6410

Intel G3220, qualifies in second place for age.

Needless to say I don't care about how well things work without wall power.

Whoa-o BlackBerry, bam-ba-lam: QWERTY phone had a child. 5G thing's newly styled

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Thanks for the laugh.

Ram Jam, huh.

Microsoft has a cure for data nuked by fat fingers if you're not afraid of the command line

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Re: Ooops!

Not anymore, I'm retired, but that doesn't mean I'm not still paranoid. There''s a reason things are called accidents, it's probably not done on purpose according to a schedule. I have got quite a bit of multimedia that would be impossible to recreate. When I was working, we'd tell people that while we'd do nightly backups across the network, if they left a file opened it wouldn't be backed up. So if it was lost...well we'd have the last good version somewhere, most likely. We backed up onto tape and rotated through them about every 6 months. Yes, we tested the tapes to make sure our backups were usable, I knew someone who went to restore his computer and discovered that he had 2 sets of completely unusable backups.

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Re: Ooops!

I took it as sarcasm. Me, I carry a backup, on a 2TB USB drive, with me when I leave the abode overnight, and have another in a fireproof safe that I update whenever. Those little USB drives are cheap. Mine are 2TB (have 2 of them), 3TB, 4TB, and 5TB. Then again on my desktop machine I have 2x8TB mirrored drives, which I have multiple backups my personal stuff, one done nightly and the older backups removed after a certain amount of time.

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Ooops!

Sigh...nothing like having backups. You know, running nightly, keep a week or two on hand just in case?

Das reboot: That's the only thing to do when the screenshot, er, freezes

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Ah yes...long, long ago I was a sysadmin. We took care of the "Classified" side of the shop. I had an "Unclassified" desktop that they'd left me enough privileges to install a screensaver on. A really nice BSOD image. The other side would wander down to update somethingorother and invariably hit the power button first. At least they didn't complain to me...my other one said "Puppies, the other white meat".

Reg readers have not one, but TWO teams in Folding@home top 1,000 as virus-bothering network hits 2.4 exa-FLOPS

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Yeah, I've got 4 machines running Rosetta or World Community Grid, I'm almost in the top 1000 for Rosetta, but only 5000 for World Community Grid. Heats the condo nicely though. :-)

Must watch: GE's smart light bulb reset process is a masterpiece... of modern techno-insanity

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I didn't realize...

that Wally worked for GE in his spare time.

Never let something so flimsy as a locked door to the computer room stand in the way of an auditor on the warpath

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So one day...

As the first one in for several hours, I got to work and discovered I'd forgotten my key. I crawled through the window where stuff was passed out of the room. Next priority task...unlock the door, from the inside, and go make coffee.

Woman calls cops on shadowy baddie barricaded in bathroom... to discover: Roomba gone rogue

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I named mine Rachael, and not unlike the movie one...she's pretty oblivious as to her origin.

Crispest image yet of Ultima Thule arrives on Earth, but grab a coffee while the rest downloads

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WOW!

So I'm watching the old TV show Firefly and this picture pops up...

In Windows 10 Update land, nobody can hear you scream

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Re: Rigorously Tested

I think all the testers had new duties assigned. They had to go back to high school.

Microsoft still longs to be a 'lifestyle' brand, but the cupboard looks bare

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Microsoft Bob.

http://www.ibiblio.org/Dave/Dr-Fun/df9507/df950713.jpg

Windows Notepad fixed after 33 years: Now it finally handles Unix, Mac OS line endings

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Ahh...one less thing to worry about.

Now I can remove that bloated unix2dos file.

US Air Force networks F-15 and F-22 fighters – in flight!

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Belly pod.

Well there goes the belly fuel tank you need when you burn all your gas doing those neat vertical flying thingies.

Naughty sysadmins use dark magic to fix PCs for clueless users

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Once upon a time I got a phone call telling me their monitor was on fire. I figured it had gone up in smoke and said I'd get the hardware guys to look at it. He said "No, it's on fire. There's flames coming out the top."

SETI's mega alien hunt shovels more data onto IBM's cloud

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Uhhh...SETI@IBNCloud different from SETI@home?

So. Why don't people talk to invisible robots in public?

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I've always advocated giving broken phones to people who walk around talking to themselves. That way the rest of us would think they're just having a conversation with someone. I mean, how could you tell otherwise?

Warrant-less email snatching by cops, Feds under threat by draft law

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Hey!

I have that doormat. It was given to me by my lawyer.

Dodgy software will bork America's F-35 fighters until at least 2019

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Alien

Contractor name?

What's the name of the company developing this software? Where is the original contracting official working now?

HP Inc won't shake you down for ink in 3D printer era, says CTO

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Got 3 printers for my personal use. 1 is a HP, nice laser printer given to me after it became abandonware. 2 are inkjet/scanner types that I bought after throwing away the HP ones because I got tired of the ink problem.

'Microsoft Office has been the bane of my life, while simultaneously keeping me employed'

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It's like deja vu all over again.

Back in the stone ages, that'd be the 70's, I had a process that ran on a XXXXXX computer. The process would start, remove a old file, create a new one and take off. Blew up. Finally figured out that if I put a sleep between deleting and creating it would work. Seems that the multi-processor/multi-tasking was screwed.

Who hit you, HP Inc? 'Windows 10! It's all Windows 10's fault'

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Screen logo?

I could swear that's the one I had from OpenSUSE before I changed it. Yes, it WAS MS's fault it was there.

Website admin cPanel hacked, loses a bunch of folks' contact details

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"Passwords ought to be safe too, but cPanel is taking the opportunity to get customers with older password encryption to change up anyway."

Uhh...how old is old? At least gimmee a hint!

Nude tribute to Manet's Olympia ends in cuffing

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Well.

Oddly enough I'd planned on going there in the fall. Not to see her of course, but I understand they have some works by Van Gogh. All I say is l'art pour l'art.

Fed-up Colorado man takes 9mm PISTOL to vexing Dell PC

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I guess it's time to break out the 12Ga magnum scattergun.

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Pint

Re: Survived by a monitor and a keyboard

Once, long ago, we had a SUN mouse die. I cut the tail off and put it into a mouse trap, then inside the case of a dead PC we were turning in.

I was worried when I saw the article. I know several people in the Springs who could have done it, so I was relieved to not see a familiar name.

Confirmed: How to stop Windows 10 forcing itself onto PCs – your essential guide

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It'd be wonderful. If I had those things in my registry. Searched for "OSUpgrade" and came up empty.

Win 7 Home.

UH OH: Windows 10 will share your Wi-Fi key with your friends' friends

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This stinks to high...

heaven of NSA.

NASA shock: Flying saucer predicted over Hawaii on Wednesday

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Childcatcher

Nice place...wouldn't want to leave myself.

Been to Kauai. The "Pacific Missile Range Facility" has a really nice beach to the north of it. It's where my wife, from Colorado, discovered the error of turning your back to the surf.

Get off the phone!! Seven out of ten US drivers put theirs and your lives at risk

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WTF?

I'm a cat?

Granted I only speak Murican, if you speak English to me slowly and clearly I can usually understand you, but how many lives do I have? "theirs and your lives".

Go for a spin on Record Store Day: Lifting the lid on vinyl, CD and tape

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Re: Legality of torrent downloading vs ripping old vinyl?

Probably. Closest I've come is watching a Raven, with outstretched wings, herd the cat up onto the porch. Critter had "lunch" in it's eyes, it was considerably larger than the adult cat.

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Re: Legality of torrent downloading vs ripping old vinyl?

YahBut...I didn't have a cord that long! :-) Computer was in the spare bedroom and the amp was in the livingroom. Probably 30' apart, as the crow flies.

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Re: Legality of torrent downloading vs ripping old vinyl?

Done exactly the same thing. Mine were usually good, but obscure, LP's that went from issue to the cutout bin in 3 weeks.

My method of cutting LP's to MP3's was a lot more complicated that the article methods. Mainly because there wasn't such a thing as a USB turntable, so I had to convert phono output to input for Audacity using stuff I had laying around.

Ancient SUPERNOVA EXPLOSION contains enough dust for 7,000 EARTHS, say boffins

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Re: We are stardust...

Apparently recycled stardust.

Why 1.6 million people will miss Microsoft's Windows Server 2003 date with fate

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Pint

Cute graphic.

Reminds me of the TV show Dead Like Me.

'Camera-shy' Raspberry Pi 2 suffers strange 'XENON DEATH FLASH' glitch

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Alien

Re: Bizarre, but in the interests of science...

Oddly enough in the 70's I subscribed to a monthly newsletter from NCAR (I think) which had solar event projections in it. The big mainframe my equipment was attached to crashed pretty much about the same time as the predictions.

Microsoft will give away Windows 10 FREE - for ONE year

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MEE TOO!!!

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Google reveals bug Microsoft says is mere gnat

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Well I feel a lot better.

It's comforting to know that MicroSoft will not only decide what a bug/security problem is. But will fix it, if they decide it's a problem. Probably in the dead of the night after they've whined enough and I turned automatic updating on. Guess that means that all I have to do is turn the critter on, go do all the stuff I use it for, like online banking, and turn it off. All with 100% certainly that nothing bad will happen...after all MicroSoft is watching over me.

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