* Posts by Mark 85

12515 posts • joined 22 Nov 2012

We don't know why it's there, we don't know what it does – all we know is that the button makes everything OK again

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Re: The knob......

We had an engineer designing a "box" for customers. It has one control besides the on/off switch. That control was labeled "wonderful" and only rotated in on direction. Per his comments this was designed that way as customers always wanted "more wonderful".

As I recall, the product was released but after a month or so, the company owner had him remove the "wonderful" control. While the marketing types loved it, the owner was a more practical person who realized it really didn't do anything.

Linus Torvalds tells kernel list poster to 'SHUT THE HELL UP' for saying COVID-19 vaccines create 'new humanoid race'

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Linus seems to have been holding back. I wonder what is response might have been if he hadn't held back.

EE and Three mobe mast surveyors might 'upload some virus' to London Tube control centre, TfL told judge

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Add to this... the article doesn't mention who owns the building. Apparently it's not TfL which probably could be in a better position to say "no".

In this round of 'Real life or Black Mirror episode', drones that hunt down humans by listening to their screams

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Re: Wot?

Not yet. This statement "In Varela's defence, the technology is not intended to allow future autonomous battle machines " about 'intentions'. But then, we all know what the road to hell is paved with.

FBI paid renegade developer $180k for backdoored AN0M chat app that brought down drug underworld

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Re: Trusting trust

The human factor is the big one. Seems crims (and even non-crims) forget the old "under the spreading chestnut tree, I sold you and you sold me".

There are a lot of people out there who'd like to fire Jeff Bezos into space – but he's doing the honours himself

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I don't believe that any insurance company at this point would offer coverage that includes a "space flight". Those companies do love their exclusions like "auto racing", "acts of war/terrorism", flying in "experimental aircraft". Maybe aircraft is close enough to "spacecraft"?

I take that back a bit... Lloyds of London would for a very heavy premium.

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So after his flight..what's next?

I'd almost bet he sells off his rocket company unless he wants to take a few more trips. I believe he's clueless as to paying others for their work or being philanthropic.

Ohio Attorney General asks courts to declare Google a public utility

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Google does have problems....

Not only from what the article mentions but I've noticed that if I enter a search and click on a link Google will open a new window to something like Amazon or Ebay for "prioducts I might be interested in" with nothing related to the search terms. Seems weird but close the open page and reclick and it works. If' I'm in the same search mode and look at more results, it will dump me to product page ever so often. Funny how it works. I search something like "WWII sea battles" and get products for hair restorer or makeup or other items just as wierd.

Aggravating to say the least. I've used Bing and the Bing clones like DuckDuckGo but don't get as many relevant hits.

Tiananmen Square Tank Man vanishes from Microsoft Bing, DuckDuckGo, other search engines – even in America

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Call me paranoid....

Bing... a Microsoft company, seems to the culprit. I wonder if they're just sucking up to China or were threatened that their production lines would be shut down? Given all the BS of the last years (more than a couple), nothing would surprise me. Money and power have overtaken anything relating to common sense.

Tech scammer who fooled Cisco, Microsoft and Lenovo out of millions jailed for more than seven years

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The Canned Statement....

“Through the hard work and collaborative efforts of the FBI and IRS, this sentencing sends the message to those who seek to make a profit through fraud and deception, that this conduct bears significant consequences.”

I don't think the message sent is being received by the crims. Every case has the prosecutor saying the same thing. Maybe keel-hauling would send a stronger message?

Just what is the poop capacity of an unladen sparrow? We ask because one got into the office and left quite a mess

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Re: Small guage chicken wire?

Screening or chicken wire is the answer. Window screening will also keep out flies. I guess I don't understand the entire problem as I would have put screening on all the windows and also a screen door.

Your private data has been nabbed: Please update your life as soon as possible while we deflect responsibility

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Re: Bellowing Boss!

The kind that show up and bark a few ill thought out orders and storm off, only to return a few days with newer, better, ill thought out plan! Only to show up next week and call a meeting to come up with a better plan!!

Been there too. Lately though it seems like politicians have picked up on this. The wilder the proposal and the more shocked response they get seems to encourage them. I'm believing bosses and politicians should both spend 100% of their time on the golf course and never, ever even get close to the office.

Facebook Oversight Board upholds decision to ban Trump, asks FB to look at own 'potential contribution' to 'narrative of electoral fraud'

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Re: Came here ...

What are you, Mr. Cruz, some kind of Commie?

I think "commie" is the wrong word. Think political party in Germany in the late 30's to mid-40's. Cruz's party does seem to be following certain playbooks published by that German party.

As my wording.. I'm censoring myself. I have friends on other sites that have been blocked for using the real names of those I mentioned.

For blinkenlights sake.... RTFM! Yes. Read The Front of the Machine

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Re: Broke my little toe...

Does anyone win? I thought they just went on and on until everyone lost interest.

Usually whoever is the "banker" in my experience. My little brother used to win a lot of times and always as the banker. He turned that experience into a carrier. And now people wonder why I don't trust financial types.

NASA's Perseverance rover in brick form: China set vs unofficial Lego fan design

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I see that Lego has brought out a Space Shuttle with a Hubble telescope. https://www.lego.com/en-us/product/nasa-space-shuttle-discovery-10283

Staff and students at Victoria University of Wellington learn the most important lesson of all: Keep your files backed up

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Re: New variation on “my dog ate my homework”

Perhaps in say 10 years from now, there will be a "Who Me?" article that will explain what happened.

Google's ex-boss tells the US it's time to take the gloves off on autonomous weapons

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Re: What happened to "Don't Be Evil"?

Well, kill them but make sure that all the data they hold has been slurped. Or something like that.

While Reg readers know the difference between a true hacker and cyber-crook, for everyone else, hacking means illegal activity

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When you see how inaccurate the popular media (Newspapers, movies, TV) are about topics you know something about, you have to wonder if they're just as sloppy about "dramatising" other areas, e.g police procedures.

I think you hit it. Current media, etc. doesn't seem to hire the best qualified but the cheapest which are usually the cheapest and consists of those fresh out of school (if they actually pursued a degree is questionable). It's getting worse do to "influencers" (hate that term) who just get followers of the same mindset. But the language is changing, for good or bad and usually "bad".

I am an old "hacker" and proud of it having spent many years hacking away at the IT coalface.

Choose your fighter! March Mammal Madness pits poor, innocent critters against each other in mortal combat

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Re: Sounds good, I'll start

Duel of the Titans.... Boris Johnson vs. Donald Trump.

Someone tried to poison a Florida city by hijacking its water treatment plant via TeamViewer, says sheriff

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@bombastic bob -- Re: For the love of the wee man

Too many places would suddenly cause a major firestorm in IT since manglement would want easier access. Probably set all passwords to "password121".

One careful driver: Make room in the garage... Bloodhound jet-powered car is up for sale

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You'll want to avoid any routes with sharp turns by the look of it

Also avoid potholes, high berms, ruts, and probably any road less than flat.

Loser Trump's last financial disclosure docs reveal Tim Cook gave him $5,999 Mac Pro, the 'first' made in Texas

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Re: Can he keep it?

Even if he keeps it, what good will it do him? Reports say his active vocabulary is about 100 words. I doubt he would even know how to turn the thing on.

Top engineer who stole trade secrets from Google's self-driving division pardoned on Trump's last day as president

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In Trump's pardons, apparently it wasn't just political. There were news stories about pardons being sold for $2,000,000. And junior was running the pardon show not the official office for Pardons.

Read into that what you wish...

Suckers for punishment, we added a crawler transporter to our Saturn V

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Re: Nicely Done - Going to need a bigger house.

Now where's your Vertical Assembly Building

Nothing like pushing the envelope a bit. After that, assorted bunkers and control area, fueling equipment, and a lengthy roadway from the Assembly Building to the launch pad.

Am I missing anything for the launch site?

Icon: The stuff exiting the rocket at lift off.

Trump's overhaul of Section 230 stalls, Biden may just throw the web legal shield on the bonfire anyway

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Re: Missing the point

I have to agree here. He's used the old maxim about "tell a lie often enough and it becomes truth". but the one that gets overlooked is "the first victim of war (or politics) is the truth". Reality is what one perceives as true and the last four years truth has been trampled.

The last several months, the truth has been kicked to curb with all the claims of fraud and no evidence. Trump seems to admire dictators and from watching, many of his attacks and lies tell us more about who or what he thinks he is than what the Constitution says the President should be and do.

Many of us fear for the Republic as the norms have changed, many broken and killed. Where we'll be in the coming years is hard to say. The US could recover and be restored or it could keep descending to the level of banana republic.

I hope it recovers but that remains to be seen.

What can the 1944 OSS manual teach us before we all return to sabotage the office?

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I believe that someone, somewhere as a form of humor, took this book and re-titled it "Management Handbook" and everyone took it seriously.

Trump administration says Russia behind SolarWinds hack. Trump himself begs to differ

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I do note that Kreb's was fired as head of cybersecuriy just before this all came out for saying that the election was secure. I would think that he was so busy fighting with the WH over "secure election" that his staff was distracted from the hack.

Trump is good at "distraction" like stage magicians use and with Russia involved, he really needed to distract everything away from them. The mere fact he owes big money them is enough for any prosecutor to start making a case. His many denials also seem to point to it.

Basically, Trump isn't known for honesty and is in things only for himself.. One just needs to look at what its benefiting him financially and follow the money.

This product is terrible. Can you deliver it in 20 years’ time when it becomes popular?

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Re: Infra-red

The best thing about line-of-sight remote controls is that they don't upload your button presses to a server in California.

Which is why they're considered "obsolete" by the industry.

Cruise, Kidman and an unfortunate misunderstanding at the local chemist

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Re: Hmm

Back in the mid-80's I was doing racing photography and occasionally some model work as a second job. I learned very quickly that photo processing places weren't to be trusted when I went in to pick up some work and found they'd printed some large photos to hang in the shop. I also learned from others that often, most photo shops had a "secret filing cabinet" in back for copies of the more.. shall we say "interesting" photos.

After the photos being displayed (with out credit to me), I bit the bullet and bought the equipment to develop and print the photos myself. A lot less stressful and actually pretty enjoyable.

FBI confirms Zodiac Killer's 340 cipher solved by trio of amateur math and software codebreakers

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Re: Auguste Kerckhoffs

Other articles say that the text was not written left to right but diagonally which probably stopped many who might have decoded it. Zodiac did some thinking outside the box.

Reading El Reg while working from home? Here's a pleasant thought: Kaspersky says 1 in 10 of you are naked right now

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Re: a "growing new interest in nude cleaning in British society"

Just go outside and hose down with a garden hose. The neighbors may go blind at what they see but then, they shouldn't be looking over the fence.

Chuck Yeager, sound barrier pioneer pilot, dies at 97

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RIP Chuck Yeager

As a kid living in Dayton, Ohio, he went around to the local schools over several years time. He inspired many of us to look beyond ourselves. Many of went into tech or science. I remember the Q&A session afterwards as he didn't take the piss on those who asked dumb questions nor over explain things to those who asked tech type question. A true gentleman.

Footnote.. at the time Wright-Patterson AFB was home to lot of developmental and space experiments so he as well as the future astronauts and others were common in town. Joseph Kittenger lived on the next block over from my parents. Back then, these guys had to have had guts of steel.

There are two sides to every story, two ends to every cable

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Flipping through Dilbert....

I did that also... and came across this: https://dilbert.com/strip/1996-05-20 It would seem the US is currently being run by Dogbert. https://dilbert.com/strip/1996-05-20

Let's check in now with the new California monolith... And it's gone, torn down by a bunch of MAGA muppets

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Re: Video is still on his Twitter feed

Many of these types have left Twitter for other sites that are more open to their madness. There's a rumor that the biggest one is actually an FBI site to track them, but who knows.

This whole last four years has been one of chaos, wild-ass accusations with basis no in fact, and over all stupidity and all stirred (not shaken) by the guy at the top.

A pretty sad state of affairs in these parts.

Where's the mysterious metal monolith today then? Oh look, it's atop a California mountain

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Re: Not aluminium?

Article: "The rectangle was said to be made of stainless steel..."

No further comment.

The new ones are obviously bad copies that blew it. The original was a triangle and thought to be stainless steel. I tend to agree that these "copies" are just pranks. Maybe the first one was also? The one mystery not solved is "who took the first one?".

China unleashes fearsome new cyber-weapon: A very provocative meme

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My vote for Xi "Winnie" Jinping for dick of the year is in. Stolen from Mr. Trump at the last hurdle.

So it can't be awarded jointly with both sharing it? Or is the election rigged? LOL.

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Big Brother

Twitter probably needs to hire more censors. Trump's been keeping them pretty busy of late.

Icon.. the censors at Twitter.

Ever had a bogus call from someone claiming to be the IRS? A tax scam ringleader just got sent down for 20 years

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This scam is still ongoing. I suppose that a new group has entered play. I'm still getting about 1 or 2 calls a week from some heavily accented guys who claim to be IRS. I've been playing along and then hitting them with "I bet your mother is proud of you. I'll ask next time I see her.". Oh the cries and screams and the anguish.

Don’t panic, but five jet drones just used their AI to chat and collaborate while in flight

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Re: Seems to me the real value of AI aircraft

Which leads me to ask... are passengers freight? Bombs obviously are though.

Glastonbury hippy shop Hemp in Avalon rapped for spouting 'plandemic' pseudoscience

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Re: Sums up the current state of things...

Much of this nonsense about the dangers of wearing a mask and "it's my choice" seem to be coming from here in the States and in particular a certain looney at the top. Certain memes seem to sum it up about "ignoring science, medicine, etc. and trust what some politician says."

President Trump's rushed-through H-1B techie visa crackdown halted by federal judge

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Xenophobia at the highest leve.

Pure and simple to understand this proposed change. Trump hates foreigners who come to the States. Yet, his hotels use them for a serious percentage of his workers because they will work for less money and thus more profit for him.

Don't believe it? Go do some research on his statements about immigration and then look at his business practices for the workers.

Retired engineer confesses to role in sliding Microsoft Bob onto millions of XP install CDs

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Re: "Sorry about that"

I hear Maxwell Smart's voice every time I read that.

Considering the colonisation of Mars? Werner Herzog would like a word

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Re: Where's the money? @frankvw

While I tend to agree with you on all your points, there is the unknown factor here. We've only explored a tiny bit of Mars. And nothing very deep below the surface to learn what's there. Are there resources below the surface? Who knows.

Even here on Earth, there's vast so-called waste landds (desert, marshes, etc.) that haven't been fully explored below the surface.

So the real problem with Mars, etc. and even Earth is that too much we don't know about what is there.

Mysterious metal monolith found in 'very remote' part of Utah

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Much ado about this...

Just your average random block of stainless steel sticking up out the desert. Nothing to see here... move along.

Not sunshine, moonlight or good times – blame it on the buggy

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The Fifth Theory

The fifth one is missing: "All the computers are networked and talking to each other. This network has become sentient and loves to screw us over every chance it gets".

One does not simply shove elephants on a ballet shoe point and call it an acceptable measure of pressure

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Unexpected Reaction?

"The team applied pressure equal to 640 African elephants on the tip of a ballet shoe, doing so in a way that caused an unexpected reaction among the carbon atoms in the device."

They got diamonds... were they expecting something different like turning coal into gold or some other alchemy?

We see what you did there: First-stage booster from Rocket Lab's Return to Sender mission floats back to Earth

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Re: Exclusive club - huh?

Yes, but there's a difference. Those boosters were basically just a huge pipe without complicated parts like pumps, etc. Once on land, hose them down inside and out and job done.

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Re: The Scottish Solution

I've been wondering about this also.... big blades spinning overhead and something huge falling at it and some how the helicopter has to get above the falling rocket.

Police warn of bad Apples that fell off the back of a truck after highway robbery

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Re: Inside Job, and not the sharpest whats it in the thingy

IT, a janitorial role in the eyes of the many “adults” upstairs

In many ways it is. IT cleans up other people's problems. "ON CALL" is proof of that.

The revolution will not be televised because my television has been radicalised

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Re: Better still

Do away with it completely. Off buttons are a HUGE first step for people but after you've been TV free for a few months and you see something, then you'll be amazed at how even 'quality' programmes are contrived.

No TV here and I haven't had one for 3 years. Ah.. peace and quiet. No ranting "news" types or politicians. I do keep up using a variety of sites and with diverse opinions. But then, I'm a non-aligned voter... an independent if you will.

I can go through my news sites over breakfast, and maybe if in the mood, again later in the evening.

Try it. It's enlightening and relaxing to read instead of the media screaming in your ears. And you'll get more of an article than in any sound bite that TV news has to offer.


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