* Posts by Squeensnex

13 posts • joined 28 Jan 2015

PC printer problems and enraged execs: When the answer to 'Hand over that floppy disk' is 'No'


As Mark Twain wrote...

It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble. It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so.

Microsoft expands AI features in Office, but are they any good? Mixed, according to our vulture


Not off to a great start...

Is it just me, or does the quote "write polished prose, craft impressive emails, and posts on your favourite sites like LinkedIn, Gmail, Facebook, and more." seem to have an errant comma or three? Perhaps they mean "write polished prose to craft impressive emails and posts on your favourite sites like LinkedIn, Gmail, Facebook and more."

'That's here. That's home. That's us': It's 30 years since Voyager 1 looked back and squinted at a 'Pale Blue Dot'


It looks like selfies...

were popular even before cell phones!

Chrome suddenly using Bing after installing Office 365 Pro Plus... Yeah, that might have been us, mumbles Microsoft



Now I have this jingle stuck in my head.


Give 1,000 monkeys typewriters, they'll write Shakespeare. Give them robot arms, and wait – they actually did that?


Re: WTF happened to these monkeys

The article says "we used unilaterally amputated monkeys that had undergone therapeutic amputation several years (two of them with 9 to 10 years and a third monkey over 4 years) before they arrived in our lab." It doesn't sound like they were amputated for the study, and the length of amputation is relevant to eventual studies in humans, who may have been missing a limb for a long time.

I think they used electrodes in either "contralateral" or"ipsilateral" motor cortex to study the reorganization of neuronal circuitry that was (ipsilateral) or wasn't (contralateral) controlling an intact arm at the time. The reorganization was different in the two cases.

While people do have brain electrodes permanently implanted to help control Parkinson's disease (deep brain stimulation), having electrodes implanted isn't for the faint of heart!

Would you like to know why I get a lot of action at night?


Re: Sorry

I have two words for you: nasal steroids. It may be a few days before they take effect, but they are awesome with no cognitive side effects.


They should be available over the counter.

College fires IT admin, loses access to Google email, successfully sues IT admin for $250,000


Re: If I were black I'd be rich

Statistics suggest otherwise. The average net worth of a black household in the US is $11,000. For a white household it's $141,900. Mind boggling, really,


300 million pelicans? Pah. What 6 billion plastic bags really weigh


Ocean plastic

The ocean garbage patches seem quite large to me, and the plastic may ultimately enter the food chain.


But getting the family to stop using plastic bottles of water and drinking straws has been an uphill battle.

Which keys should I press to enable the CockUp feature?


Tangentially related

When text paging was new, a friend of mine was making a presentation when his pager went off with the message "Your fly is open!" A quick check showed his zipper was actually up, and he continued the presentation. A few minutes his pager went off again, this time with the message "Made you look!"

He never did figure out who sent the pages.

The paperless office? Don’t talk sheet


"Print is dead"

...“print is dead” first arose in the late 1990s...

Actually, it was around in the mid 1980's, and I have proof!


Tesla X unfolds its Falcon wings, stumbles belatedly into the light


Ungodly fast

I test drove a Model S last month. It goes 0 to 60 miles per hour in 3.1 s with no wheel spin and no noise except the whine of the electric motors. It feels like you're being shot out of a cannon (at least, that's what I think it would feel like to be shot out of a cannon). My regular car is a Shelby Mustang, and the Tesla is much quicker. I'm told the chassis has 22 moving parts, with no oil changes, timing belt changes, spark plugs, etc. If only I could afford one.

Ford recalls 433,000 cars: Software bug breaks engine off-switch


I'm sorry, Dave...

I'm afraid I can't do that.

GoDaddy in doghouse over puppy-flogging Super Bowl ad



Go Daddy is in the news. Exactly what they want. If they have to annoy some people to accomplish this, no worries.


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