* Posts by Aseries

52 posts • joined 3 Dec 2015


Who cares what Apple's about to announce? It owes us a macOS x86 virtual appliance for non-Mac computers


Apple Vaporware

Apple vaporware prior to rollouts and the Pavlovian reaction of tech blog writers and fanbois has become something between a social phenomenon and a bad joke.

Amazon spies on staff, fires them by text for not hitting secretive targets, workers 'feel forced to work through pain, injuries' – report


Taught to hate unions

Conservative propaganda has taught most Americans to hate the idea of labor unions. Right to work laws and outright illegal intimidation of union movements have mostly destroyed such activity except where long entrenched for many decades. Without a union in workplaces such as Amazon the result of suppression is obvious in a return to labor conditions right out of Charles Dickens. Interestingly, the strongest unions are law enforcement who support conservative politicians, judges and prosecutors. Wisconsin Governor Walker suppressed all the State public unions except the State Police, among his strong supporters.

Start Me Up: 25 years ago this week, Windows 95 launched and, for a brief moment, Microsoft was almost cool


Microsoft's Big Show

Back in those days Microsoft had flashy roll-out presentations for us geeks in movie theaters in certain large cities complete with free popcorn, software handouts, t-shirts and caps.

US Air Force shows off latest all-electric flying car, says it 'might seem straight out of a Hollywood movie'


Call it what it is

It is just a helicopter.

This PDP-11/70 was due to predict an election outcome – but no one could predict it falling over

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What legacy is IBM really shooting for? Cheating its own salespeople out of millions? Here we go again, allegedly


Corporate Arrogance

This is exactly the sort of corporate arrogance that is epidemic in the USA and I believe to be encouraged by the Trump administration if not by policy then by example.

'5G for Five Eyes!' US senator tells Parliamentarians the world would be better without Huawei


UK has options

OK, canceel those F-35s. Order up some Shenyang FC-31s.

Star's rosette orbit around our supermassive black hole proves Einstein's Theory of General Relativity correct


Re: Theory?

If you want to get really freaked out take a look at the theories that grow out of the math of a KERR OBJECT.

Why is ransomware still a thing? One-in-three polled netizens say they would cave to extortion demands


Ransomware Aftermath

People don't understand if they pay up and MAYBE get their data back their computer system is not theirs anymore. Unless the complete system storage is sanitized and OS clean reinstalled the criminals still own the system.

Microsoft nukes 9 million-strong Necurs botnet after unpicking domain name-generating algorithm


Re: MS at least try to be the good guys every now and then

Windows is not necessarily "weaker" but it is more numerous, providing a bigger bang for the buck.

Xerox hopes wining and dining HP shareholders will convince them of takeover


Desperation move

The question is, who will buy up the remains of Xerox when the buyout fails.

Dual screens, fast updates, no registry cruft and security in mind: Microsoft gives devs the lowdown on Windows 10X


Here we go again.

Everytime a new Windows is fed to the users it is like a Kabuki Play. Early Adopters jump right in and enjoy battling with teething problems. Mouldy Figs swear they will die before their current version is ripped from their grasp. Linux Evangelists have a field day with righteous conversion speeches. Business and Corporate users get caught between legacy applications and approaching support deadlines.

I can hardly wait to watch the fun.

So you locked your backups away for years, huh? Allow me to introduce my colleagues, Brute, Force and Ignorance


Just BOOT it up

Back in the late 1970s I serviced an aging mainframe system at a large metro newspaper. The combination device for reading and punching cards as well as printing was an even older device. The technology of the "printer" was based on numerous relays. The printer was having startup problems. I pulled out the box that controlled power, it was completely filled with relays. After cleaning the relay contacts it came back to life. I noticed the box had a large black mark on the outside. While I was attempting to clean the black mark the computer operator remarked to not bother, that was where they would give it a swift kick when it got cranky.

What are those Windows 10 PCs running? Several flavours from 2019, by the looks of things


GO, GO Surface GO

I have been using a Surface GO for almost a year. I had to replace my worn out 6 year old ASUS T100T with a similar configuration. The T100T came with WIndows 8 and Office. It was my entry into WIndows 10. I used to do a lot of mobile computing, not so much now. I like the Go with its backlit keyboard, 12 hour battery and 400 USD price point. Along with the GO I am running 2 self-built gaming desktops and 2 laptops, all more or less on the latest Windows 10 updates. Just for fun I keep trying to find a system where Windows 10 will not run. I got it to run more or less smoothly, all things considered, on pretty much everything, 2009 Gateway laptop, 2011 HP laptop, 2008 Dell 1.6 Ghz Atom netbook (upgraded all the way to 2GB RAM and 32 GB SSD).

Canadian insurer paid for ransomware decryptor. Now it's hunting the scum down


So you think you got back your files

Criminals have been rooting around in your system locking down your files. You had great archives and recovery is looking pretty good. You think you are out of the woods? They could also have been hiding back doors all over and now your system actually belongs to crooks and you may not know it. Pretty soon the other shoe will drop.

Microsoft engineer caught up in sudden spate of entirely coincidental grilling of Iranian-Americans at US borders


How convenient

Trump needed a distraction and some "strongman" action to unite his "base".

Iran needed a symbol to unite citizens and a distraction from all the public unrest in large cities.

Good coordination. Iran has lots more creepy generals.

And then there were two: HMS Prince of Wales joins Royal Navy


RN was particularly ham-handed with Carrier operation. Primary was leadership. RN was ruled by Big Gun admirals who believed enough guns would always clear the air for their ships. Over and over they had to find otherwise. Carrier groups were commanded by non-flying Admirals with no sensitivity to the complications of air ops such as sailing into the wind and sufficient CAP. During the 1920s the USN was ordered to organize carrier operations with only commanders that were trained Naval Aviators. RN AIr Arm had this weird condition where flight operations leaders were often "observers" with little feeling for actual naval aviation. The Seafire was a poor carrier fighter with weak landing gear and short range that required they spend much of their CAP re-fueling. The RN Far East Fleet that operated with the USN was mostly populated with Lend-Lease US Hellcats, Corsairs and Avengers for more effective operations and RNFAA pilots trained in the USA. With the known state of RNFAA operation and available aircraft any RN carrier would have been meat on he table to the superior IJN aircraft, naval aviators, tactics and large modern carriers.

Remember the big IBM 360 mainframe rescue job? For now, Brexit has ballsed it up – big iron restorers


As 1980s mainframes go those are pretty small entry level systems for medium size businesses.

Gasp! Google Chrome kills uBlock, Adblock ad filters – grab the pitchfo- no wait, it's OK: They were evil fraud clones


ADs blocking vs. avoidance

I don't use dedicated AD Blockers but I do use facilities built into browsers. Most have some settings to help. I also like DUCK DUCK GO that suppresses tracking. Beyond that I avoid certain sites. One example is COMPUTERWORLD, mainly just a mass of sidebars stuffed with Ads. Also avoid the Lists of X this and that, nothing more than Click-Bait.

AMD agrees to cough up $35-a-chip payout over eight-core Bulldozer advertising fiasco


It was a crappy CPU anyway.

Bulldozer was a failure and was instrumental in 1000's of laid off workers.

I am running it's more successful follow-on the Piledriver 8350.

Still sniggering at that $999 monitor stand? Apple just got serious about the enterprise


Re: Shiny, shiny

The philosophy of product development profiting from earlier works of others is covered by two mottos:



HP boss: Intel shortages are steering our suited customers to buy AMD


Some hilarious comments. This article concerns the ability to fill corporate supply chains with a viable alternative to good old Intel. It has nothing to do with CPU fanbois. The Strawberry Pi suggestion really got me.

Last year, we joked that Amazon was a cloud giant with a gift shop. Looking at these AWS figures, we were right



From the tone of comments AMAZON's rep is suffering from a case of "what have you done for me lately".

Brit Parliament online orifice overwhelmed by Brexit bashers


Too Late.

As with the USA 2016 election day, Where were you all when it counted?

Burn an offering and backup your system cuz Windows 10 19H1 might actually arrive for spring


And here it is.

I am on 18353 right now, still checking out new stuff, but working OK.

SpaceX Crew Dragon: Launched and docked. Now, about that splashdown...


Hope for the best, plan for the worst.

To quote Adam Savage of MythBusters, "Failure is always an option."

50 years ago: NASA blasts off the first humans to experience a lunar close encounter


The reason for The Moon

Let's face it. The Human Race has to get off this planet before we are extinct.

It's a lot of work, being popular: Apple, Tim Cook and the gilets jaunes


Who cares?

Not Android users.

Do not adjust your set: Hats off to Apple, you struggle to shift iPhones 'cos you're oddly ethical


Apple Ethics? Really?

Along with John Deere, Apple Service Center scamming consumers over ultra expensive repairs to push upgrades, lack of transprarency about self-repair and increasing use of monolithic device design has brought on themselves the cry for Right To Repair Legislation in the USA.

You'll never guess what you can do once you steal a laptop, reflash the BIOS, and reboot it


Hybrid Sleep

I use HYBRID SLEEP with Windows 10. Let the machine sleep and after a preset time it puts itself in hibernation.

HP Inc strips off, rolls around as Windows 10 money pours down


Re: HP printers becoming a rate sight

I have two so I guess the world is still in balance.

'Can you just pop in to the office and hit the power button?' 'Not really... the G8 is on'


Been there, done that.

I would spend many hours running logs and updates on dozens of servers from remote access windows. I actually executed a SHUTDOWN just like that. Fortunately, just had to jump in my car and make a 20 mile trip across town to our business continuation site and push the button. There was an operator on site but I had a previous bad experience trying that method. Typically, I fell to the "3 AM syndrome" just like the famous "Three Mile Island Reactor" cock-up.

It walks, it talks, it falls over a bit. Windows 10 is three years old


Re: "the Windows 7 hold-outs should finally feel able to make the upgrade"

You are still watching TV with WMC? Does the program schedule service still work? I had engineered all the PCs and network to use WMC seamlessly until WMC failed to make the jump to Windows 10. I tried all the various hacks with little success. I even had problems with WMC under Windows 7. A key part of WMC was the use of HDHOMERUN. No other cable interface was even close to usable after Comcast turned on encryption. Every Windows 7 update I would have to refresh the HDHOMERUN drivers. Once HDHOMERUN acquired the capability to record cable content I made the jump to Windows 10. I did the free upgrade using a redundant drive on each of 2 laptops and 1 desktop. Then I put the Windows 7 drives back. I repeated the process for every Windows 10 update for about a year. Now I am running Windows 10 on 4 laptops and 2 desktops. I do a lot of experimenting with Windows 10 on one of the desktops with numerous self-inflicted problems. One laptop is an ASUS T100 tablet that came with Windows 8 so I have seen it all. TV with HDHOMERUN on Windows 10 is very nice. The content recording is far better because the files are generic format instead of the WMC proprietary. format.

Not OK Google: Massive outage turns smart home kit utterly dumb


Home Automation

My house is saturated with WiFi connectivity and high speed internet routing. The extent of my automation is a bunch of dumb motion sensing lighting so I can walk up to my doors and in and out of my windowless garage with little fear of mishaps in the darkness. I have no plans for the near future to automate with anything internet connected and subject to arbitrary code updates. I took me a year to clean up my 4 laptops and 2 desktops to get Windows 10 under control. I don't care to be under surveillance by my own home devices just for some marginal convenience. Someday, perhaps.

We rented a home in Arizona for two months this winter. The environment was controlled by a NEST system that had never been configured properly. I had to attach via WiFi, create a user and do a complete configuration. Operation with the manual control interface is possible but annoying in the extreme. I never removed my user from the NEST, unsure of what would happen if I did. I look at it once in a while so I am sure no one there has a clue.


Re: Repeat

Trump Derangement Syndrome?

How soon we forget the treatment of Pres. Obama for 8 years and who engineered the primary assaults.

What? Trump again? How could that be?

UK.gov told: Draw up code of practice for cops bulk-slurping car plates


Personal HighwayPrivacy

How can it be assumed that there is any such condition as personal privacy on public streets or highways. All the vehicles and drivers are licensed with known IDs respective of passengers who should realize they are also in the public eye. Nearly everything that occurs in a licensed vehicle on a public road is tightly regulated. If you choose to pick your nose, everyone can see it. If you tailgate or weave in and out of traffic you are essentially showing your ass on stage. People seem to believe they drive in a little bubble of invisibility and sharing space on the road is someone else's problem. If the authorities find it necessary to scan millions of license plates to construct some kind of database for who knows what...well welcome to the 21st Century where someone is always watching just as in Arthur C. Clarke's Childhoods End or Facebook. The police are watching us and we are watching them.

NASA finds satellite, realises it has lost the software and kit that talk to it


Sometimes OLD is just really OLD.

Back in 1970 I worked on mainframe comm hardware that was used on the Apollo missions. The encryption was done in hardware that was basically 40 playing card size PC cards full of pre-IC discrete components.


Requirement for deprecated hardware and software

About 10 years ago I found an old video game I wanted to replay. The game was an updated sequel to a game by a different publisher with patented code. The sequel performed tricks with object code to avoid patent conflicts. The game would not install on a modern PC because it was compiled with Pascal optimized for the Pentium 45. I had to find an old PC, run the installer and create images of the games I wanted to play. I might have been able to decompile the code and fix the incompatibility but that is a EULA violation. As it turned out someone actually got permission to use the source code to update the game and unify the code. NASA is most likely frantically hunting down the IMAGE simulator package so they can relearn how to have a digital discussion.

F-35 'incomparable' to Harrier jump jet, top test pilot tells El Reg


Re: The perception of a fighter is proportional to the number of video games named after it.

It's not the $$$. There are only so many weapons stocked on an aircraft carrier and resupply is not always convenient when things get hot.

Destroying the city to save the robocar


What we need is an UBER rickshaw.

Yahooooo! says! its! email! is! scrahoooo-ed!


I have used YAHOO email since at least 1998. I have changed my address at least twice. Since Gmail came on the scene I only use my YAHOO as a dummy for transitory contacts that don't actually matter. I would NEVER actually use it to communicate. My HOTMAIL is similar. I only use it for a Microsoft ID. I have a COMCAST email only because I have to. I don't get why people bother with YAHOO. If I sound like a snob, I apologize.

Disk drive fired 'Frisbees of death' across data centre after storage admin crossed his wires


Printer that shoots javelins

I once worked on a computer impact printer that printed on green bar paper 132 columns wide. The printing mechanism was a bank of 132 electrically actuated hammers. The hammers impacted a the paper against an inked ribbon onto the printer font. The font characters were cast on a bar about 40 inches long. This bar rode in bearings linked to a powerful electric motor that made the bar reciprocate back and forth very rapidly so the printer could print hundreds of lines a minute. There was an access door on the side of the printer so the bar could be removed for maintenance. Occasionally the link would break and if the timing was right it would strike the access door so hard it would fly open. The story was going around that someone left the access door open, the link broke and the print bar embedded itself in the side of the mainframe computer nearby.

The Quantum of Firefox: Why is this one unlike any other Firefox?



I use a FIREFOX a lot for doing things that might cause problems with Google or as a check if something fails. It's always good to have a backup.

Logitech: We're gonna brick your Harmony Link gizmos next year


Happy Harmony User

Remember Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy: DON'T PANIC.

I daily use a number of Logitech products, wireless Mice, Keyboards and several Harmony products. I am quite satisfied with the operations of the devices and the support. I have seen other suppliers stuff come and go and Logitech is still here. I am on my third Harmony, a cheap one, but it does way more than any other such product, It even operates a really obscure HDMI switch that actually shocked me when I gave it a try and it worked.


Google's phone woes: The Pixel and the damage done


Smartphones over $200 not worth it

I have been a Virgin Mobile user for about 10 years. I have progressed through a succession of cheap smartphones. The one I have for the last two years does everything I need for not much over $100. When something better comes along at that price point I'll give it a try. No smartphone can possibly have a real value much more than that.

Oh no, Silicon Valley! Failed startup CEO on fraud rap after allegedly bullsh*ting staff and refusing to pay them


This sort of business behavior should have it's own category under TRUMPISTRY similar to Ponsi Scheme.

LG’s V20 may be the phone of the year. So why the fsck can’t you buy it?


Life's Good with my LG

From my view LG is on the right track. I recently bought a STYLO2 for $99 mainly because of the 13 MP camera. Sure, it has limitations and as an Android OEM it may never get an update but there's nothing new about that. I refuse to shell out more than a 2 digit price for any smartphone when the technology has the lifespan of a fruit fly. Bleeding edge Smartphone users are pathetic, led by the nose with their tongues hanging out grasping for the latest brand vaporware.

Facebook replaces human editors with McChicken romping, Fox News faking AI bots


Poles apart

In the world of self-styled "conservatives" anything is too liberal if it is not liberal bashing.

How Microsoft copied malware techniques to make Get Windows 10 the world's PC pest


GWX Control Panel

So far GWX CONTROL PANEL has kept Windows 10 nags off my three systems still running Windows 7.

3 of my systems are running happily with Windows 10 but the other three are for support of Windows Media Center. There would be a lot less push against Windows 10 if Microsoft had just carried WMC forward.

Lights out! Newbie IT manager's dark basement trip


As Mrs. Malaprop might say, "a great victory over diversity."

Good story...looks like ComputerWorld SHARKTANK has competition.



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