* Posts by ben kendim

78 publicly visible posts • joined 8 Nov 2013


YouTube's 'Ad blockers not allowed' pop-up scares the bejesus out of netizens

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what we need to do is make the advertisers hurt...

The ad blocking plug-in we really need is one that also examines the blockes ads and makes a list of the advertisers and products they advertise. Then, in addition to us not seeing the ad, we would know who tried to put an ad for what on our screen - so we can boycott them... You ask, who would pay for the servers and the creators? I don't really give a damn. If I like the content enough, I will donate directly to the creator (e.g. Tom Voelk of Driven fame.)

Owner of 'magic spreadsheet' tried to stay in the Lotus position until forced to Excel

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Re: ping

Obligatory response: https://youtu.be/jr0JaXfKj68

Learn the art of malicious compliance: doing exactly what you were asked, even when it's wrong

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As a new hire Assistant Professor I was tasked with keeping minutes of a faculty meeting. I did so, verbatim. Examples: "Professor X said the Dean supported us for opening a new faculty position, but he would like to not let Mechanical Engineering know about it for now." Or, "Dr. Y said we should put EEyyy on the schedule, even though there will probably not be enough students to open it." and on and on. Was never asked to do minutes again...

Seriously, you do not want to make that cable your earth

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Yellow? Perhaps in Britain.

All the DECNET thick cable I had in the US was orange.

Orders wrong, resellers receiving wrong items? Must be a programming error and certainly not a rushing techie

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Packing chads (acquired from the big waste drawer built into the punch machine) into a car's exhaust was always fun. Especially when it was parked with the aft end pointing where people were likely to line up, like the student lot at the university, right by where everybody lined up for ride share...

Woman sues McDonald's for $14 after cheeseburger ad did exactly what it's designed to

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Re: The Sin of Gluttony

Why are you being so negative?

cos the sin of pi is 1.

Microsoft warns against SMS, voice calls for multi-factor authentication: Try something that can't be SIM swapped

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Re: but I don't see any use for it anymore.

Bank of America had a feature that generated a new credit card number for use in online purchasers. It was good for a single merchant, you could set the monthly credit limit, you could set the expiration date, and the charges would appear in your regular credit card. Best thing ever! I used it, and never had need for PayPal, or any other payment processor.

Why BoA took it away last year, I'll never know...

SpaceX’s Starlink finally reveals its satellite broadband pricing for rural America: At $99 a month, it’s a good deal

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Starlink's website is just a service address and email harvester

I went to their website to check out about the system, and it just wanted my email and address. No way to get any information on what they are considering to offer.

So, I simply walked away.

The power of Bill compels you: A server room possessed by a Microsoft-hating, Linux-loving Demon

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Re: Wiring Issues

That's exactly why you test both magnetos during your run-up before taking off in a piston airplane.

Mozilla doubles down on anti-tracking tech: It'll be tougher for wily ad-biz cookie monsters to track Firefox

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Re: Barking up the wrong tree

Why do all other tabs need to see cookies set by a page in one tab?

Assign a tab ID to each cookie, allow it to be sent only to that tab, and clear it as soon as the tab is closed.

Here's why your Samsung Blu-ray player bricked itself: It downloaded an XML config file that broke the firmware

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Re: Why...? Just Why?

The correct response is to take the disk back to the retailer, have them give you a replacement, take that one back when it doesn't play, repeat as many times as you can...

LibreOffice community protests at promotion of paid-for editions, board says: 'LibreOffice will always be free software'

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"they should have subscribed to the board-discuss mailing list,”

He must have pulled this gem from the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

Philip Arthur Dent should have gone to the basement of the planning department to see that his house was scheduled for demolition.

Linus Torvalds drops Intel and adopts 32-core AMD Ryzen Threadripper on personal PC

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Re: AMD vs. Intel: War Games v3.0

Ah, I 'heart' AMD since the 2901/2910/2930 bit-slice days. Good times writing microcode....

Mick & Brick, was an excellent book as well.

OK, so you've air-gapped that PC. Cut the speakers. Covered the LEDs. Disconnected the monitor. Now, about the data-leaking power supply unit...

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Re: In Langley, Virginia, USA...

... and elsewhere... From almost 5 centuries ago...

"The large fireplace with gilded hood (ocak) stands opposite a two-tiered fountain (çeşme), skilfully decorated in coloured marble. The flow of water was meant to prevent any eavesdropping,[65] while providing a relaxed atmosphere to the room. "


LCD pwn System: How to modulate screen brightness to covertly transmit data from an air-gapped computer... slowly

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Re: Timex/Microsoft Datalink watch

Absolutely, first thing that crossed my mind!

I had one and in 1995. When receiving a security briefing, I told the briefer I had one, and that we should update the briefing materials to talk about these watches.

She was not delighted at the prospect... :-) :-)

Ikea hopes to spare shoppers the one-way Helvete of its stores with ÅR app overhaul

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Never ever go into the rat's maze...

This is how IKEA is meant to used:

1- Find what you want online and get it's aisle / bin number.

2- Park you vehicle in the pickup area.

3- Enter, backwards, through the checkouts and into the warehouse.

4- Get what you want.

5- Pay for it.

6- Leave.

Put down the cat, coffee, beer pint, martini, whatever you're holding, and make sure you've updated Chrome (unless you enjoy being hacked)

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There are very valid reasons no not upgrade Chrome...

If you are running flash, especially in full screen kiosk mode, it is not feasible to upgrade Chrome.

Because Google took out a user's ability to always allow flash from specific sites using the chrome://flags/#enable-ephemeral-flash-permission flag in v. 69, anyone using flash in an unattended kiosk needs to use an earlier version. (Never mind that Google doesn't even have an ftp site for old versions, you need to get them from who.knows.what.malware.lies.here.com.)

See https://productforums.google.com/forum/#!msg/chrome/7y0gbgs06L8/3ehByJReGQAJ or many other posts from aggravated users.

So much for doing no evil. I wish I could take back the many thousands of $ I gave Google, buying many Nexus'es, Pixels, storage, Fi subscriptions, etc...

What happens when a Royal Navy warship sees a NATO task force headed straight for it? A crash course in Morse

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The Polish ship in the photo is not a destroyer..

... it's an Oliver Hazard Perry class guided-missile frigate.

Google settles Right To Be Forgotten case on eve of appeal hearing

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Costeja González has no right to be forgotten in the USA... Thankfully.


Mourning Apple's war against sockets? The 2018 Mac mini should be your first port of call

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A card reader or TTY would not talk RS-232...

... it would want a 20 mA current loop.

Ubuntu sends crypto-mining apps out of its store and into a tomb

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Re: New funding possibility?

Great idea... I wouldn't mind leaving pages open on El Reg, or The Guardian overnight.

Leave it to Beaver: Unity is long gone and you're on your GNOME

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Re: More evidence that the Gnome crowd have the Win10 problem:

"When software authors pull the "we know better, so no configuration for you" stunt, users get angry!"

Well said! After 5 years, I still have not forgiven Mathworks for going from the perfectly functional menu interface in Matlab to the Microsoft inspired 'ribbon' abomination.

No Windows 10, no Office 2019, says Microsoft

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Re: Office 2003 still runs well on

Office 97 runs very well on the only Windows machine I still have around, an XP.

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Kruge has the correct answer to MS

No Windows 10, no Office 2019?


No Office 2019 then...

Drone smacks commercial passenger plane in Canada

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Why does your desk assume it didn't hit a prop?

(The drone, I mean, not the desk.)

So, which craft landed without incident, the drone, the King Air, or both?

"There's also no news of where the drone struck. As the craft landed without incident, The Register's aviation desk will assume it wasn't chopped up by the plane's propellors with attendant spray of plastic and metal."

A King Air prop, with a PT6A driving it, could probably shred a DJI and never know it.

Essex drone snapper dealt with by police for steamy train photos

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So go get a commercial license and tell the railway to go jump in a lake...

Let me get this straight, if he were to get a CAA commercial drone operator license, then the railway would have no standing in the matter, right? (Unless he actually hit a train or landed on their tracks or right of way.)

WDC's My Cloud Home Duo is a natty piece of kit but beware iContent

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Re: An Internet facing file server...

Obviously, the easy solution is to give it a static address that is in a segment blocked from routing to outside the LAN subnet. There is no need for most drives to face the cloud - as long as you have one machine on the network providing ntp service so that they can keep reasonable time/date synch,

When the My Book Live's cry that they can't reach the WD mothership to get their update, it makes me so sad. :-)

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But it probably came with an arbitration clause...

The first My Cloud I bought had an arbitration clause in the terms and conditions that a customer had to accept to be able to use the drive. So I sent it back.

I have bought about a dozen of the old My Book Live drives (seven of which are right in front of me now) Only one of the MBL's has so far failed - not the disk itself, but the partition. (MBL uses a goofy block size) so I just converted to an internal drive, reformatted and reloaded it. (Seven days of the week, seven drives, each backed up weekly = daily backup,)

As long as that arbitration clause is there, I'm not buying any more WD stuff.

Boffins throw Amazon Alexa on the rack to extract hidden clues

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Re: Sales of these are going to crash at some point

"... convenience trumps security every flipping time."

Not if an airplane is involved, unfortunately!

'Tech troll' sues EFF to silence 'Stupid Patent of the Month' blog. Now the EFF sues back

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Welcome to the Stupid Australian Judge of the Month Club

But then again, maybe it's not the judge that's stupid at all. It may be the Aussie legal system that's goofy.

If so, I apologize to the poor judges that have to work within that system.

Video intercom firm Doorbird wants $80 for device password resets

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Roll your own garage door remote

Beaglebone: $39

Relay, wires: a couple of bucks.

Time to code and install: half an hour.

Being independent of some company: priceless.

Airbus' Mars plane precursor survives pressure test

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And the landing/takeoff speed over ground would be???

I am sure it can fly. It can get up to the required INDICATED airpeed and fly about.

Tougher on landing or takeoff though. The actual speed over ground would be hundreds of miles per hour. So even if there were a 10 mile long runway on Mars, the tuchdown speed would be something like 600 mph.

Austin Meyer wrote about this long ago: http://www.x-plane.com/adventures/mars.html

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Re: Forward view

Not at that airspeed! (see indicated vs actual speed over ground)

Drone biz Lily Robotics takes $34m in pre-orders, ships nothing, shuts down, gets sued by San Francisco DA

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How does my credit card issuer fit into this story?

I wonder?

Gone in 70 seconds: Holding Enter key can smash through defense

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Re: Missing item in the series?

And how dare *you* make fun of people with lysdexia?

Lenovo downward dogs with Yoga BIOS update supporting Linux installs

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I have not bought SanDisk since one of their flash drives tried to install U3 on my machine, many years ago... I have not bought Sony since rootkit, how long has it been? I would never have bought Lenovo since the fishy thingy...

Do these manufacturers think we will forget?

Sysadmin flees asbestos scare with disk drive, blank pay cheques, angry builders in pursuit

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Re: Die Hard VII: Sysadmin

Pang! :-)

Google's AI finds its voice ... and it's surprisingly human

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They have Majel Barrett Roddenberry's voice digitized...

... that's what I want to hear from my droid! https://twitter.com/roddenberry/status/772493204121944066

Excel abuse hits new heights as dev uses VBA to code spreadsheet messaging app

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Used Excel for PC board layout...

OK, it was a small board, but Excel was the most convenient thing I had right then.

Select all, set column heights and row widths to 0.05", and use borders/lines with 0.025" thickness, and voila PCB design tool... Can do multiple layers using different colors.

Here is a sample I just did in 5 minutes...


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Re: @Gene Cash

Did mine in 6800 assembly...

Empty your free 30GB OneDrive space today – before Microsoft deletes your files for you

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Re: Not quite $0 per month ...

The cost of electricity is for access, not for storage. The drive would happily keep storing the data even if powered off.

Tupperware vehemently denies any link to storage containerisation

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is the perfact name.

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Call it anything but T....

Call it by other brands, ZipLock makes them, SnapOn makes them, why give the T... people free advertising. Heck, you should contact those companies with the story and use their names - with their blessings...

Cycling paramedics in epic rush to save patient who ate stale sandwich

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You'll take any kind of ambulance - when you need it urgently

My wife fell and broke her ankle in Positano on the Amalfi coast, right down by the beach, 200 feet below the main roadway. The Italian Red Cross showed up in a "Triporteur Piaggio Ape 401" (think Inspector Clouseau as phone repairman), put her on a stretcher across the back, with me next to her, and we went put-putting in the labyrinths up to the road - where there was a big ambulance waiting... A lot more efficient (and quicker) than a boat or helicopter...

(You haven't lived until you have ridden in an ambulance on the Amalfi coastal highway to the hospital in Sorrento. On arrival you will see "Game Over" flashing in your mind...)

Holy Crap! Bloke finishes hand-built CPU project!

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Architecture? Instruction Set? Clock Rate?

Come on Reg editors, you missed the most important details about the design...

This is how the EU's supreme court is stripping EU citizens of copyright protections

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How about the rot-13 of a hyperlink?

Does that violate copyright if the target contains copyrighted material?

Ridiculous that anyone could think hyperlinks could violate copyright.

Surface Book nightmare: Microsoft won't fix 'Sleep of Death' bug

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Re: Is it safe to go out?

I keep asking myself "Is it safe to get involved with MS products?" After 30 years, the answer still keeps coming back to "No".

They make a pretty decent mouse, though... Other than that, you're right.

Switch survives three hours of beer spray, fails after twelve

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Beer stress test

Tutorial for beer stress testing is at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0NwrzQ6M0g8

Microsoft's Windows 10 nagware storms live TV weather forecast

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LG Smart TV did the same thing

I have an L 'never again!' G smart TV, that displayed an update box that was overlaid on the BROADCAST TV screen and would not go away unless I accepted their new terms and conditions...

BOFH: Thermo-electric funeral

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Re: as if owning IT antiquity was one of those positive character traits

What's all this magnetic stuff? Nothing beats the TTY & paper tape I have in the basement...

The reassuring clackety clack that thing emanates when running at its glorious 110 baud can never be matched by any floppy...