* Posts by RobThBay

220 posts • joined 1 Sep 2014


Sony responds to inflation with $3,700 gold-plated 'Walkman'


Re: Oxygen free

Probably only limited by the number of twits with money.

Hmm... oxygen free.... you could claim the music sounds purer, because the soundwaves aren't getting disbursed by those pesky oxygen atoms. LOL

RAD Basic – the Visual Basic 7 that never was – releases third alpha


Re: Xojo

I started using PowerBasic user before it was called PowerBasic. It started out as TurboBasic from Borland.

Ahhh... the good old days.

Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba makes 9 datacenter energy patents available


Chinese patents ?

Since when does China care about patents?

Take this $15m and make us some ultra-energy-efficient superconductor chips, scientists told


Re: Déjà vu

Why not put it in orbit? The James Web telescope is operating at these supercold temps.

The next problems would be power and data transfer rates.

Not to dis your diskette, but there are some unexpected sector holes


One of our sales guys used to tell customers to handle 8" floppies very carefully. The info on the disk might get scrambled if the disk was dropped or mishandled. The data "bits" could slide out of place with any sudden movement.


The good old days.

Cybercriminals do their homework for latest banking scam



I had something like this happen last Thursday.

My wife was transferring some money from our chequing account and the balance dropped below $100. A little while later a text shows up on my phone saying "....Chq Acct ***1234 balance is below threshold amt. Charges may apply. Review and deposit $ if req'd. Std msg rates apply. Txt HELP=help|STOP=stop."

Clues that it was a fake notice.

1. The account doesn't have a minimum threshold.

2. The bank wouldn't use short forms like chq, acct, $, amt, std and msg.

3. We don't keep very much money in that account, it often drops below $100 and this sort of message has never appeared before.

I admit the text did catch me off guard for a few seconds and I can see how some people would fall for it.

Rivals aren't convinced by Microsoft's one-click default browser change


Re: Infuriating

I switched to the ESR version a couple years ago because I was also getting tired of stupid "improvements & shiny new features".

A recent "improvement" that appeared in the ESR version replaced the always useful print preview with something that hides all the options (which pages, how many copies,etc) in new & improved submenus.

RIP: Creators of the GIF and TRS-80


Re: TRS-80 expansion interface

I worked at Radio Shack after school in the late 70's. Yup, returns came out of store sales.

Toshiba reveals 30TB disk drive to arrive by 2024


I remember hearing comments like that.... now I feel old. :)

Meta says it's building world's largest AI supercomputer out of Nvidia, AMD chips


...It basically means we humans can become quite IMMORTAL barring accidents!...

Ahhh, accidents like becoming a dinosaur's lunch.

Tesla disables in-car gaming feature that allowed play while MuskMobiles were in motion


In vehicle training

Playing Grand Theft Auto while doing GTA. Sounds perfect.

Canadian charged with running ransomware attack on US state of Alaska


federal enforcers

That's the first time I've heard the RCMP being called federal enforcers. Sounds pretty good, eh.

Sweden asks EU to ban Bitcoin mining because while hydroelectric power is cheap, they need it for other stuff


Re: I second that request.

I found this site the other day.... bitfarms.com

Their average cost to mine one bitcoin is an eye opener... $6,900USD!

What a massive waste of energy.

Giant Japanese corporations to launch bank-backed digital currency


Here's a shocker....

According to bitfarms (https://bitfarms.com/) it costs them $6,900USD to process 1 bitcoin.

International Space Station fires rockets to dodge chunk of destroyed Chinese satellite


Re: Misleading headline!

I'd forgotten that show. Thanks for the reminder.

140,000-plus drivers sent $60m in compensation checks after Amazon 'stole their tips'


Tax time

Now that the gubbermint knows about these payments, it probably won't be long before the tax demons show up wanting their share of the goodies.

Just imagine the tax bill some of those poor buggers are going to get hit with, especially that driver who's getting $28,000.

Zuckerberg wants to create a make-believe world in which you can hide from all the damage Facebook has done


Nothing new

This whole meta-crap sounds famiiar.... oh yeah, Bruce Willis in Surogates.

Sovereignty? We've heard of it. UK government gives contract to store MI5, MI6 and GCHQ's data to AWS


Re: "store their secret files in the AWS cloud"

Don't forget about spectre.

This setup reminds of the previous Jame Bond film where the intelligence services were going to house their data in the cloud.

Hmmm... did the JB writers know this plan was in the works??

Boots on Moon in 2024? NASA OIG says you better moonwalk away from that date, because suits ain't ready


Re: Nasa priority

Tall and very wide.

Facebook rendered spineless by buggy audit code that missed catastrophic network config error


No ad income for HOURS -- OMG!

How will Emperor Mark survive?

Windows 11 in detail: Incremental upgrade spoilt by onerous system requirements and usability mis-steps


Re: "design paradigms from those devices could successfully carry over into a new Start"

The company further explains that "every glyph in our system icon font has been redesigned to embrace a softer geometry and more modern metaphors."

I'm guessing the little darlings spent more time ...embracing softer geometry and more modern metaphors... than doing anything useful.

WTH is "more modern"? Will next weeks font tweek be called "even more modern"?

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


Re: firefox

That's why I'm using the ESR release of Firefox. You get the security updates and none of the new & improved "features".

Pretend starship captain to take trip in real space capsule



Will Yeoman Rand be along for the ride?

Airbus to help build Mexican Moon-mining automata



Mexico has a space agency?

We're all at sea: Navigation Royal Navy style – with plenty of IT but no GPS


Re: Reg units need not apply

Google "Gimli glider" in Canada.

Many years ago a 737 was enroute and ran low on fuel. The pilot ended up gliding into an old unused airport that was hosting drag car races at the time. The pilot was familiar with the Gimli airport because he used to fly gliders in that area.

Metric conversion error caused them to not load enough fuel.


Re: "two main reasons why the Royal Navy no longer uses [paper charts]"

If you can't do it yourself, how do you know the technology is giving you the right answers?....

Something like that happened at work quite a while ago. The boss was using Google to give him time and distance info between bus stops. I knew the numbers were wrong since I drove route on a regular basis.

One day I took a stopwatch and noted all the actual driving times between stops. I showed him my results and got told off for wasting time, he claimed my numbers were wrong because he used a computer and checked with Google.

That was the last time I tried to be helpful and schedules are still wrong.

UK funds hydrogen-powered cargo submarine to torpedo maritime emissions by 2050


Re: How stupid is this?

Sounds like something drug smugglers would fund.

DoorDash, Grubhub, Uber Eats sue NYC for trying to permanently cap delivery fees


So why can't I order a meal for takeout and pay the same amount that the restaurant ends up with after dealing with a door dash order?

Intel's Mobileye unveils first 'production-grade fully electric self-driving vehicle,' partners with Sixt for Munich launch


A Johnny cab?

...claimed Johann "JJ" Jungwirth, Mobileye's vice-president for....

Does anyone recall when it was referred to as a JohnnyCab?

Rumors of satellite-comms-capable iPhone abound. The truth could be rather boring


13 or X3

Hmm... I wonder if Apple will really call it an iPhone 13? Or will they chicken and use X3 instead?

US govt calmly but firmly tells Blue Origin it already has a ride to the Moon's surface with SpaceX, thanks


Re: "NASA hopes to send astronauts to the Moon by 2023"

So it'll be a one way trip?

For a true display of wealth, dab printer ink behind your ears instead of Chanel No. 5


Re: Ditched inkjets

My ancient (from mid 90's) HP 6P is still going strong and I have 1 more unopened toner sitting on the shelf.

I guess I'll have replace the printer after I run out of toner.

Hubble, Hubble, toil and trouble: NASA pores over moth-eaten manuals ahead of switch to backup hardware


Re: Sounds Like...

Where's Elon's space Roadster these days?

Huawei hits the highway as Volkswagen signs to put 4G in 30 million vehicles


Hmmm.... didn't Huawei buy a bunch wireless tech patents (90?) from BlackBerry earlier this year?

‘Fasten your seat belts, raise your tray table, and disconnect your Bluetooth headsets from the entertainment unit’


by guaranteeing a slot in an overhead bin for every passenger...

Sounds like they're getting rid of the seats.

Will there be different size bins for big vs small passengers or are they using a one size fits all scheme?

Japan assembles superteam of aircraft component manufacturers to build supersonic passenger plane


Subaru and helicopters

Cool.... so my next Subaru might be a helicopter.

I wonder if a Subaru Bell 412EPX will still have the turbo hood scoop?

Mark it in your diaries: 14 October 2025 is the end of Windows 10


Re: Obvs

...unless the year is divisible by 100, except if the year is divisible by 1000.

1800, 1900 and 2100 aren't leap years, but 2000 and 3000 are leap years.

Plus, years divisible by 25,000 aren't leap years.


Baby Space Shuttle biz chases dreams at Spaceport Cornwall


Re: It's a bit big to ship back to the USA

Or when the Moonraker shuttle was brought over in a James Bond movie (don't remember the movie title).

Four women suing Google for pay discrimination just had their lawsuit upgraded to a $600m class action


It's Hedley Lamar, not Hedi....

This icon was the closest to a blazing saddle I could find.

Big red buttons and very bad language: A primer for life in the IT world


Re: SMD 80 meg

I used to questioned when taking a single platter drive pack from a CDC Winchester unit through airports.

Ahhh... the good old days....

BlackBerry says it’s virtualised macOS for M1 on an x86 CPU


Re: Who?

Yup, they're still here and doing some interesting stuff.

Unihertz Titan Pocket: Like asking Mum for a BlackBerry and she tells you 'but we've got a BlackBerry at home'


New Blackberry phone coming soon

Don't worry a new Blackberry/android phone is supposed to be out later this year. Made by an American company (Onward Mobility) using tech licenced from Blackberry.



China says its first Mars rover Zhurong has landed on the Red Planet



Did the news release actually say "plop"? LOL

Elon Musk hits the brakes on taking Bitcoin for Tesla purchases


Coal powered Tesla

Tesla is concerned about the "increasing use" of fossil fuels, particularly coal....

I guess he should quit selling his cars in countries that use coal fired generating stations.

Vietnam’s biggest industrial conglomerate quits smartphones and TV biz, bets on electric cars


VinFast, sounds like a Fast & Furious title. Followed by:

VinFaster, VinFurious, VinFaster & Furiouser...

Chinese rocket plunges into Indian Ocean, still lands sharp rebuke from NASA


Re: I love watching heavenly bodies...

You're right. It was from one of his books, but I don't remember which one.

Google will make you use two-step verification to login


Re: Another Attempt By Large Corporations To Erode Privacy

Age snooping. I've been getting hassled by google lately that I *must* give them my birthdate to continue using their calendar.

I give all these services the absolute minimum amount of personal info.

American schools' phone apps send children's info to ad networks, analytics firms


Re: Really ?

Hmmm.... I wonder how many of that 130 million voted for Trump?

China claims it has stolen a march on 6G with colossal patent portfolio


Re: How many were actually developed

I read a book about rise and fall of Blackberry (RIM) a few years ago. When the RCMP were moving into a couple RIM's former research centres they discovered all kinds of spy stuff hidden in the building. They think it was feeding back to China and helped them accelerate their "research".



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