* Posts by DubyaG

86 publicly visible posts • joined 29 Jan 2015


Japan complains Fukushima water release created terrifying Chinese Spam monster


Just add water.

Meta's Oversight Board wants a prime minister banned from Facebook and Instagram


Time to make a change?

Perhaps he should move to Truth Social and join up with another autocratic jerk.

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


I remember

What?! This would be fodder for Celebrity Deathmatch. I'd pay to see that.

Apple's outsourced Lightning cable plant in India goes up in flames


This statement:

"... that smoke detectors, sprinklers and fire hydrants were faulty, and fire alarms did not go off."

Is inconsistent with:

"... as Foxlink is insured for plant, equipment, and inventory the blaze won't impact its bottom line."

Either their insurance company is run by fools, or something fishy is going on. Most commercial/industrial insurers, e.g. Factory Mutual use the evil eye against companies that do not comply with their loss prevention "recommendations".

Multi-factor auth fatigue is real – and it's why you may be in the headlines next


Re: The cure is ....

Sounds like a candidate for a BOFH article.

If someone weaponizes our robots, we'll be really, really sad, says Boston Dynamics


Re: They could probably detect use of firearms

But, but, but, think about the sharks!

Girls Who Code books 'banned' in some US classrooms


Re: The last sentence of the article has it.

"...worthy of honor."

People who commit treason are not worthy of honor just like the fools attacking the Capito on 6 January.

Amazon has repackaged surveillance capitalism as reality TV


Got an Echo

A few years ago, my wife received an Amazon Echo as a Christmas gift at an office party.

I told her we would get rid of it and returned it to Amazon for credit.

She agreed with me that we should have as few spy gadgets as possible in the house. Basically, our cell phones are it along with our home compute stuff.

NASA identifies landing sites for America's return trip to the Moon


Re: Selling the Sizzle before the Fizzle

No dried frog pills required if it's a Medbed.

Amazon shows off robot warehouse workers that won't complain, quit, unionize...


Re: Yin and Yang

Ah! The Midas Plague. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Midas_World

Beijing needs the ability to 'destroy' Starlink, say Chinese researchers


Re: re: hones/internet weren't available before Starlink

Wrong, that was Al Gore

Atlassian Jira, Confluence outage persists two days on


Routine Maintenance, Right

If this was routine, that implies something that is done on a regular basis. In the world of Change Management, I was under the impression that changes should always have a back out plan ready to go or some other Plan B. So a routine task shouldn't take down the whole enchilada. In my case, we use on-prem Jira and when notified of the "You vill all go to the cloud" announcement a search was started for another solution. Bye Bye Atlassian.

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


Re: Censoring ... is a direct violation of liberty and the constitution

Just goes to show you that most people have not read the constitution, so they miss the "Congress shall make no law..." part. The unfortunate part is that most of our pols carry their little pocket constitutions and say similar things. It's just performative bitching.

Windows what? PC makers have bigger things on their minds


Re: Hardly a good time to push out a new version that interests no-one

And nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition either.

Anyway, I have seen nothing compelling in W11 since rounded corners are meh.

Who'd have thought the US senator who fist pumped Jan 6 insurrectionists would propose totally unworkable anti-Big Tech law?


Performative Politics

"The bill has zero chance of passing which is perhaps why the first-term senator has failed to get any cosponsors for it."

That's because this is intended for Josh boy's base and stirs up the crazies. He does not care if it goes anywhere.

If you're a WhatsApp user, you'll have to share your personal data with Facebook's empire from next month – or stop using the chat app



Uninstalled it as soon as I saw the headline.

Supreme Court mulls whether a cop looking up a license plate for cash is equivalent to watching Instagram at work


How about Bribery?

It seems that this would have been better handled as using one's privileged position for monetary.

Bribery refers to the offering, giving, soliciting, or receiving of any item of value as a means of influencing the actions of an individual holding a public or legal duty.

So, cash offered, actions taken on the part of a person holding a legal duty, information transmitted, cash received.

Looks like they picked the wrong law to enforce.

Reference: https://www.law.cornell.edu/wex/bribery#:~:text=Bribery%20refers%20to%20the%20offering,a%20public%20or%20legal%20duty.&text=Solicitation%20of%20a%20bribe%20also,receipt%20of%20a%20valuable%20gift.

Did Arthur C. Clarke call it right? Water spotted in Moon's sunlit Clavius crater by NASA telescope


Re: 3 cubic meters of regolith might givee 1 litre?

Actually, "The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress".

And it's off! NASA launches nuke-powered, laser-shooting, tank Perseverance to Mars to search for signs of life


Re: 23 cameras, microphones and a helicopter …

Lasers? But no sharks? I have chum in my pockets.

Don't strain yourself, Zuck, only democracy at stake... Facebook makes half-hearted effort to flag election lies by President Trump


Re: I almost wonder if his politicization of coronavirus was deliberate

Unfortunately, his supporters will infect others on a non-partisan basis, not to mention their elderly relatives and other vulnerable people.

SAP proves, yet again, that Excel is utterly unkillable


Re: ExcelShop

Have an upvote. I watched the Youtube video. Impressive and looks like it may have been a tedious job.

Forget James Bond's super-gadgets, this chap spied for China using SD card dead drops. Now he's behind bars


Re: Whiskey Tango Foxtrot?!

Four years for just being a mule seems appropriate. What you don't know is if the feds are on the hunt for "Ed". That guy if they catch will be breaking big ones into little ones for a long time. My guess is that they did not arrest him for a while to see if they could find the other end of the drop. I be we don't hear about that one for a while, if at all.

Wham, bam, thank you scram button: Now we have to go all MacGyver on the server room


Re: Dont have your machine room at the top of a building

Plumber's grease is used to lubricate various rubber parts like O-rings and seals in things like water filters and valves. There must have been some valves in the system that probably had tags on them that said, "Do not lubricate" and were duly ignored.

We're not trying to be rude here but... there's an ice giant stripping down, emitting gas as it orbits a hot white dwarf


I've already made my reservation at The Restaurant at the End of the Universe.

Avast lobs intruders into the 'Abiss': Miscreants tried to tamper with CCleaner after sneaking into network via VPN


I remember that movie, saw it when I was a young sprout.

Deus ex hackina: It took just 10 minutes to find data-divulging demons corrupting Pope's Click to Pray eRosary app


Re: Why should buyers (believers) worry about this?

I'll take the comfy chair AND the soft pillows, please.

Looming US immigration crackdown aims to weed out pre-crime of poverty. And that may be bad news for techie families


Probably confused BoJo with Bozo the Clown.

Astronomer slams sexists trying to tear down black hole researcher's rep


Let's hoist one

Here's Ms Bouman and team (I'm a Yank, so perhaps I shouldn't use the term "Boffins"). Great science and a god awful amount of work. Icon, because.

I can hear the light! Boffins beam audio into ears with freakin' lasers



Perhaps this is how sharks communicate? They have lasers, right?

People say tabloid hacks are always looking for an angle. This time, they'd be right: Tilting disk of proto-planets spotted


Reminds me of a story

"Any inhabitants of the planets in the HD 98800 system would see four stars in the sky and the shadows of the stars would appear at different times. The amount of sunlight would also vary across different latitudes."

"Nightfall" by Isaac Asimov anyone? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nightfall_(Asimov_novelette_and_novel)

Millennials 'horrify' their neighbours with knob-shaped lights display


Jeremy Clarkson would love this.

Great Scott! Is nothing sacred? US movie-goers vote Back To The Future as most-wanted reboot


Reboot Avatar? Yuck!

I saw that first movie was first impressed by the eye candy and then realized the dialog was 100% cliche.

Did they find another cliche dictionary to use for the second one?

US Congress finally emits all 3,000 Russian 'troll' Facebook ads. Let's take a look at some


Re: The poor English reminds me of the 419 scam.


Staying at home is not an option unless the vote is well and truly rigged. In my case, I had a choice between batshit crazy and criminal. I held my nose and chose the criminal. I fully expect the US to get itself into something that it really cannot get out of.

I told myself after season 2 of Obama that I would vote for the Republitards until the Donald got the nomination.

FBI tells Jo(e) Sixpack to become an expert in IoT security


Re: Internet of S***

The people that I know that would get such a thing already have one. Besides, I don't want to spread that kind of electronic disease.


Internet of S***

I'm in IT and I have that one solved. I have no Internet of S*** devices at home and never will. My wife received an Echo Dot as an office holiday party secret Santa gift. I told her to throw it away.

From Vega with love: Pegasus interstellar asteroid's next stop



I love the jokes, but this piqued my interest: "metallic atmospheres (titanium, for example), "

Who can speak to that? I can only think of exceedingly hot places as we're talking vaporized metal here.

Atto, boy! Eggheads fire laser for 43 attoseconds, fastest Man-made spurt



"...even chemical bonds can be broken by stopping the charge shift at a certain location in the molecule.

First step towards a "disruptor"? Breaking bonds might liquefy instead of annihilate, but...

Blade Runner 2049: Back to the Future – the movies that showed us what's to come


Re: Robocop...

For the corporation angle, you can go back to Rollerball (1975). First time I ever heard Bach's Toccata and Fugue.

Volterman 'super wallet': The worst crowdsource video pitch of all time?


Here's a use case

Some of this functionality would have been nice in my wife's case after she left her wallet in a rental car she returned to the airport (just last night). She discovered it while going to her gate. If her phone had barked at her 33 feet away from the car, she would have been tipped off. The other features (especially the honkin' battery pack) are fairly useless.

The video does point out a flaw in the design though. If tied to your phone and it really works, you should never lose your wallet (or phone) and allow someone to pilfer it. You will know you are about 30 feet away when it goes walkabout.

'Coke dealer' called us after his stash was stolen – cops


Re: Florida Man

I read that "article" and started rolling on the floor about half way through as it degraded like the last half of the story, "Flowers for Algernon". Misspelling, grammar and atrocious use of the apostrophe accelerated as I read and enjoyed. I hope it was written to be satirical.

It's time for a long, hard mass debate over sex robots, experts conclude


The "Perfect Housewife"

This reminded me of Helen O'Loy

Read it when I was kid. I still consider it really good writing.

Pizza proffer punctures privacy protection, prompts pals' perfidy



"If companies ask for consent, they should ask in a way that's not designed to induce the answer they want"

Yeah, right and companies always do what they should.

First-day-on-the-job dev: I accidentally nuked production database, was instantly fired


Last place I worked...

One of the analysts working with a Prod DB ran an update query without the WHERE clause. Much hand wringing and gnashing of teeth followed, possibly by some braid pulling.

Could US appeals court save us all from 10 years of net neutrality yelling?


Re: Activist Judges

@bombastic bob,

"make that 'activist judges' (the only kind that are on the 9th Circus Court, it seems)"

I have come to the conclusion that 'Activist Judge' means one with whom one disagrees; otherwise they are wise and impartial judges.

Microsoft plans summer CRM war opener against Salesforce


Re: Meh.

Too bad LinkedIn has become like Facebook with stupid puzzles and the like. I have not seen a cat video yet, but...

Trump's self-imposed cybersecurity deadline is up: What we got?



Let me add a few years. "I am not a crook".

We're 90 per cent sure the FCC's robocall kill plan won't have the slightest impact


I have Vonage

I have Vonage and implemented NoMoRobo and life is wonderful, I just never answer my phone on the first ring (of course, I can't move that fast anyway). Once I was called by my own number, that was a hoot.

CA forks out $45m to make claims it screwed over US govt go away


Re: Blame

I have seen some amazing discounts happen when you get the sales person at the end of the quarter or better yet, the end of their fiscal year. Salespeople, for some odd reason, seem to focus on and get compensated for bringing in revenue and not profitability. Now that defies logic.

User lubed PC with butter, because pressing a button didn't work


@Halfmad, I have worked in many organizations where IT reported to HR or Finance. You are correct, they end up being twits.

The trouble with business executives…



“The 'Hollywood' portrayal of IT is that a few keystrokes can solve anything. This has led to an unrealistic expectation on technology and timescales.”

Yeah, they watch Scorpion and see the hacker type furiously on the keyboard in front of a screen displaying something like the Matrix screensaver. The hacker gets in 30 seconds and saves the world.

Not the only abuse of science in that show, but it always makes me cringe. Walter O'Reilly sold himself out for that show.