* Posts by aregross

291 publicly visible posts • joined 4 Dec 2012


If anyone finds an $80M F-35 stealth fighter, please call the Pentagon


Re: So how much fuel did it have?

That's the first thing I thought!

Astronaut-menacing sunstorm spotted rippling across inner solar system



Reminds me of the book 'Space' by James Michner where the astronauts were belted with a CME. I wish I knew where my original hard copy is now.

What does Twitter's new logo really represent?


Re: No, no, really ...

Wow, I bet you're a lot of fun at parties!



Wasn't there a (semi) large hoopla when Apple announced the Iphone 10 (X) and everybody was calling it "Iphone ex"

So let's just consider calling the new Twitter "Ten".

Mark Zuckerberg would kick Elon Musk's ass, experts say


Re: Let's make it more interesting

Even *more* interesting would be if the warmup bout was MTG v Lauren Browbeater

NASA experts looked through 800 UFO sightings and found essentially nothing


Bill Nye (The Science Guy) said something years ago that convinced me there are no ETs visiting us... He said that if they're really visitors from another planet/galaxie/et al they surely they would've come down and said "Hi! Take me to your Leader" by now.

I thought about this for a long time and came up with the only logical conclusion, "IF" there really are UFOs flying around. They are time travelers from our future, like a Disney E-Ticket ride to "Go back in Time and see your ancestors". The reason they can't 'land' and do a 'visit' is they would then alter the future, *their* present.

Here's a fun idea: Try to unlock and drive away in someone else's Tesla


Cop Car Keys

Back in the early '70s I owned a '67 Chevy Cop Car that had a special ignition key.... it would unlock the doors and fit the ignition of almost any GM product back to ~'64. I only tried it on peeps cars I knew and had permission from but still, it was pretty surprising!

Microsoft and GM deal means your next car might talk, lie, gaslight and manipulate you


"I think that part of the reason why I hate the check engine light as a concept is that there is no nuance to the seriousness. It could mean "Stop now! The engine is about to fall out" or "There is a slight issue with one of the emission systems".

The car I have at the moment has a common EVAP code related to fuel tank vacuum testing. It's not that big a deal: it's not leaking fuel and it is likely a vacuum valve or the wiring for it. Or the fuel cap seal. The car is really old and would likely be far more expensive to fix than is worth it, so I tolerate the light. However, I have to check with my OBD meter every now and again because I want to know if anything more serious occurs.

It's a shame because having the light on bugs me so I will have to investigate it myself over the summer....."

Having been an auto mechanic for a good many years, I can say the easiest fix *I've* found for that particular issue is a piece of black electrical tape over the CEL!

Mozilla says 80 percent of Google Play's app safety labels are inaccurate


Well, maybe...

"Labelling scheme offers developers easy loopholes to play down personal info spreading"

For some reason I read that last word (spreading) as sporking.

Clumsy ships, one Chinese, sever submarine cables that connect Taiwanese islands


...and there are probably innocent explanations for the outages.

Yea, Riiiiight. If you believe that I have an island just south of Florida I'll sell you for one MIILLION Dollars!

Heads to roll at Lenovo amid 'severe downturn' in PC sales


One word...


Meanwhile, in Japan, pet fish run up credit card bill on Nintendo Switch



... he trained them or they trained him?

Lockheed Martin demos 50kW anti-aircraft frickin' laser beam


Re: Grouped?

I, for one, would like to know that answer!

Rentokil uses AI rat recognition to plot extermination in real time

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A great idea but....

...without training one rat to 'Rat' on the others, all this will do is sell traps... "Oh you need a LOT of traps!"

Although, the 'Rat' rat could be fitted with a frickin laser-beam on it's head... Hmmmm

Bill shock? The red ink of web services doesn’t come out of the blue


Are you feeling lucky, punk?

That's it in a nutshell, really.

Pro-Putin goons claim responsibility for blowing US airport websites offline



That's all you got? Bring It!

How do you protect your online systems? Cultivate an insider threat

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Re: I would want to see it 100% in writing

Oh it's much more than that... When I was the 'One Man Army' of IT at a past position, it's was interesting to hear other employees say things like 'Why are they (Admin) doing this? It would be much better to...' and rattle off their concerns and reasonings about how decisions were made at the Top and why they were wrong. This is an excellent article pointing out that the 'Little People' usually know much more about how a company is run, or run into the ground, than those at the top who are mainly results oriented.

Big Plus One to the author!

Juno what? Jovian moon Europa is looking rugged


Re: Can we get the water back here?

Ummm, I think you missed this part: "The white dots in the image are signatures of penetrating high-energy particles from the severe radiation environment around the moon," NASA added.

Fake vibrating teeth could make great hearing aids


Re: Radio Teeth

I remember an episode of Gilligan's Island like that.

Hi Fi Gilligan


Bad UI killed the radio star



..meet bullet!

NASA scrubs Artemis mission yet again because SLS just can't handle the pressure

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Gimme a spanner...

... and a ladder! I'll get in and fix it!

How Google uses mirrors to dynamically reconfigure its networks


Don't drop it!

I imagine there's an alignment procedure done, either 'dynamically' or manually.

How big (or small) are these mirrors? With only 136 fibres involved each I can't imagine them being very big.

After 40 years in tech, I see every innovation contains its dark opposite


I had to look up...

... FOMO. None here, nada. However, my daughter and her generation (she was born 1990) is always wondering that, sad. I go out and look for it... if I can't find it, it probably wasn't worth finding, it's not gonna change your life, move on.

I did try and instill the concept of Cause and Effect and as much Zen as she would take, that's all you can do!

Where's that light bulb icon!

EDIT: LOL I fergot what I posted for,... that was the most intelligent column I've read in like for-eva!

Apple's latest security feature could literally save lives


This should be...

...de rigueur on all phones! Hello! (drat, no Light Bulb icon)

Getting that syncing feeling after an Exchange restore


Seems to me you needed to unmount the DB to get a proper backup. I think I remember doing that like once a month and yea, restoring .PST files. (Bless M$'s little heart)

...and the tapes were probably fine, I mean how could they *all* be corrupt! Prolly a switch missed in the backup or restore settings.

Totaled Tesla goes up in flames three weeks after crash

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Re: Another one.

"it'll likely catch fire whilst you're doing so."

+1 for use of the word 'Whilst'

SpaceX staff condemn Musk's behavior in open letter


Re: I'm split

re. very angry man...You left out the word "Snowflake"

Original killer PC spreadsheet Lotus 1-2-3 now runs on Linux natively


Re: Finally a decent word processor for linux! /jk

Ding! I was gonna say the same thing!

Beware the fury of a database developer torn from tables and SQL


Back in the '80s...

...when the IBM AT was brand new, my first IT job was at a chain that sold IBM exclusively (what else was there!) and the push was on to sell as many units as possible. I was assigned the task of un-boxing and setting up new ATs for customers.

While formatting the hard drive you were asked to name the volume. Every machine as part of the boot process was to run chkdsk /f in the autoexec.bat which would display the volume name and then the hard drive stats. I decided to name them all "Buying Pays" so when chkdsk would run it would then display "Volume Buying Pays".

The store manager had a potential customer in to demonstrate the shiny new AT. Of course when it booted up the first line on the screen was "Volume Buying Pays". After the demo I was 'instructed' to never do that again. Don't know why, I thought it was Clever Marketing! He didn't agree....heh

FBI warns of North Korean cyberspies posing as foreign IT workers


Well this explains how NK got Covid!

Google tests battery backups, aims to ditch emergency datacenter diesel


Flounder walks into a Harbor Freight...

.. and says, "Can I have 10 Thousand AA batteries please? My DCs fallen down!"

Software upgrades help Mars helicopter keep flying


Re: Great news

"Maybe the next Mars 'copter should be equipped with a telescopic feather duster attachment below it...?"

Doesn't Marvin the Martian have such a device right on his helmet? I mean... he's right there!


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It's called EVOLUTION

Nuff said!

Salesforce sued in attempt to block release of Capitol riot info

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Re: Be transparent.

LOL at the use of 'replicants'

Second Trojan asteroid confirmed to be leading our planet around the Sun


Re: Santa’s reward

I got that!

"All I got was a lump of Coal"

Perseverance on the rocks: Pebbles clog up the rover's Martian sample collection



Run the drill in reverse to un-clog the clog?

Web3: The next generation of the web is here… apparently


Why has nobody said the word...

Vaporware. It's what it seems like to me, though I do like the Pyramid-Scheme analogy.

Hubble Space Telescope restored to service: No repeat of those missing messages, but here's a software patch anyway


Good Thing...

"The Hubble has four active instruments: the Advanced Camera for .... It also has a Fine Guidance Sensor for...."

Good thing it has a compass in the stock... and Thingy that tells time!

Ho, Ho, HO!

The climate is turning against owning our own compute hardware. Cloud is good for you and your customers


Re: Charton Heston

I was just about to post that same thing!

...and that goes for my ICE car too!


First, stunning whistleblower leaks. Now a shareholder lawsuit lands on Zuckerberg's desk



I like Meh

Florida man accused of breaking Mastodon's open-source license with botched social network launch


Is there...

Lipstick on that pig?

If your apps or gadgets break down on Sunday, this may be why: Gpsd bug to roll back clocks to 2002



He's not really "random" then, is he!

Missouri governor demands prosecution of reporter for 'decoding HTML source code' and reporting a data breach

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Re: He's pissed because...

Well obviously he's Pissed Off... If he was Pissed On his last name would be Trump!

Thanx for the lead-in, heh


He's pissed because...

It was intentional! Now he'll hafta find other ways of leaking teachers personal info!

...and yes, he's an (R).

Air gaps have been 'shattered’, says new Indian policy on power sector security


Re: what can go wrong?

It sounds to me that something has already gone wrong, they've discovered it, and are trying to make sure it doesn't happen again.

A most uncivil display in New York's Civil Court


I Spy...

...a pinched cable under the left rear of the base?

Pretend starship captain to take trip in real space capsule


Re: You don't want to be the company

A 3 hour tour maybe?

I'll get my coat...

We have some sad news about Facebook. It has returned to the internet after six-hour mega outage



Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp and Messenger are Down!

You said that just like I cared!

What if Chrome broke features of the web and Google forgot to tell anyone? Oh wait, that's exactly what happened


"that big update over the summer"

I'm still hitting the "Dismiss" button on that update.

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Isn't that what was used when cars had bumpers?

Firefox, No-Script and Duck-Duck-Go for me!