* Posts by Ididntbringacoat

56 publicly visible posts • joined 11 Jul 2016


AI girlfriend encouraged man to attempt crossbow assassination of Queen


Re: In Other News ...

"You are responsible for stupid/bad shit you do (or try to do). Even if your mates egged you on. Even if one of your mates was a malicious chatbot. Even if you are sad and lonely, and have no (real) significant other. You have the responsibility to THINK."

Yes. To THINK.

Isn't it a given that people with "mental health" conditions are NOT able to think rationally or at least in a manner consistent with "the norm"?

While that may not excuse one from societal retribution for an act, it should certainly enter into the form and term of the retribution. At the very least, the issue is not addressable in the "flat" manner you posit.

Bombshell biography: Fearing nuclear war, Musk blocked Starlink to stymie Ukraine attack on Russia


Yes, how sad it is that a potential nuclear exchange was averted!

This is one example of why "Armchair Admirals and Google Generals" should not be making decisions "ala Musk".

He was "snookered" by a bluff.


Re: "If Ukraine wants to fight a war with Russia"

"There's absolutely no evidence that the USA engages in proxy wars, influences client states, promotes regime change in countries which are of geographical signifiance, or anything like that..."

This has what do with a third party, non governmental entity, influencing the conduct and course of a War?


Scientists speak their brains: Please don’t call us boffins



I have heard, on occasion, the temporary sexual union of a male and female referred to as a "boff". Generally in the context of a quick adventure in whatever suitable (or not) location might be available.


Re: Hmmm

How about "boffette", or "boffinette"?

Potatoes in space: Boffins cook up cosmic concrete for off-world habitats


Mixed in a vacuum?

I take it this "StarCrete" was mixed and poured in a vacuum? Or at least an environment similar to the Moon or Mars?

So as to avoid entrained/entrapped air, with it's various gases that might, possibly, affect the chemical reactions taking place?

Vessels claiming to be Chinese warships are messing with passenger planes


Re: Peak China?

"No, I'm not a China fan, but on the other hand I dislike bullies, liars and BS and the motivations of the US appear increasingly suspect here."

Good for you. But you seem unwilling to apply those dislikes to evaluating the actions of China and Russia?

". . .it appears Biden has decided to ride along with what Trump started, which has in turn forced China closer to Putin's Russia."

No one is forcing to do anything. The Chinese leadership could choose a path of economic co-operation, respect for IP and Human Rights. Instead, it has chosen another path, one you condemn when allegedly pursued by the US.

"I note they're still keeping their distance somewhat as a signal that they're not just going along with what Putin is doing, but overall it's not good IMHO."

Yes overall things are not good. Surely you are aware that Xi is now visiting with Putin. which can hardly be seen as keeping their distance.

PC tech turns doctor to diagnose PC's constant crashes as a case of arthritis


Re: South don't work in the North

Worked for SONY for a bit in their doomed attempt to market an "almost nearly, somewhat" compatible PC, based on Z-80. .

Some of the "elders" with previous tech experience on Trinitron spoke of the Factory Techs that worked in production with awe. Field attempts at replacing a CRT were doomed to hours of alignment effort and rarely approached "as good as from the Factory".

Yukon UFO could have cost unfortunate balloon fan $12


Re: Republicans have a lot to answer for

"the puppet president . . . etc. blah, blah"

Ye Gads Man! What dd you step in on the way over here? At least scrape it off your shoes before you walk in. You DO wear shoes, don't you?

Creator of Linux virtual assistant blames 'patent troll' for project's death


Re: Shame but..

"Well, it would need the Wi-Fi password for starters."

I got two words for you, perhaps you have heard of them? Back Door.


Re: Shame but..

"There will NOT be any IoT. "

Than you know of.

"(That TV is turned off at the power strip when not in use, too, and I've gone through the privacy settings very carefully.)"

Great idea. But, how do you know the "privacy settings" do any more than say "Yes SIR!" and keep on sniffing and telling anyway? For that matter, how do you know there is not sufficient battery or capacitor capacity (ahem) to allow them to transmit a "Holy Shit!, this one is on to us. tell the Mother Ship everything NOW!"?

Eh? Paranoid, say you? Experienced, say I.

Microsoft Office 365 Cloud has a secret lining


Re: Is that not an oxymoron ...

Well, "moronic" in a literal sense does come to mind.

The concept of placing classified Government documents of any sort into a privately run "cloud" is ludicrous.

Words do not serve to describe such madness.

Space dust reveals Earth-killer asteroids tough to destroy


Yeah, but . . .

Regarding the "nuclear" options . . .

In order to "bury" a nuclear device in this rubble pile, presumably one would need to match "course and speed" in order to do so. Then having detonated, if the trajectory of this now radioactive mess, err, mass, was not altered sufficiently to miss Earth entirely, you can add nuclear "fallout" to the environmental horror show.

CES Worst in Show slams gummi gouging, money-wasting mugs, and other dubious kit



"Why does anyone anywhere take a dietary supplement without medical supervision? How many hundreds of thousands of years have we just been eating stuff?"

Why do people choose their own diets, without Parental supervision? Repair their own vehicles without Certified Repair Person supervision? Choose their own News sources without Professional monitoring?

Perhaps because intelligent, investigative persons, relatively free of effects of psychological manipulation, choose to determine their own best course of action in life?

RADICALS!!! Better to just do as you are told.

Cleaner ignored 'do not use tap' sign, destroyed phone systems ... and the entire building


Re: Concrete dust = Kryptonite

In the "dim time", disc drives were huge affairs, spinning multiple platters of 14 inch (?) diameter on a single spindle. Often these stacks were removable, using a specialized device, allowing "unlimited" storage.

While the drive units were "sealed" when in use, recirculating HEPA filtered air and utilized a "cleaning cycle", "head crashes" where common even in "clean" environments.

An IT emergency during a festive visit to the in-laws? So sorry, everyone, I need to step out for a while


Re: Ch-ch-ch-changes

In most cases, those changes were always politically driven.

Zerobot malware now shooting for Apache systems


Too much Holiday Cheer?

Not to dampen the festivities here, but, a a Human proof reader might be in order. "monthy", "spared"? Yes, I did bring a coat, this time, why?

Uncle Sam needs novel memory for nuke sims. So why did it choose Intel?


How did INTEL come by it's name? What were the prior careers of the Founders? Old ties bind well.

Elon Musk to abused Twitter users: Your tormentors are coming back


Media bias ratings

"If anyone knows what I’m on about a link would be useful."

one is (?):


Twitter set for more layoffs as Musk mulls next move


Polled or Trolled?

If anyone accepts the validity of the "Poll", well . . .

Looking for a holiday DIY project? Build your own pen-plotter, for under $15


CalComp. The days of yesteryear . . .

My first foray into "Field Engineering" led me to spend several years as a Flying Tool Bag and Tech Support person with CalComp when it was still a leading force in x,y plotters and microfiche printers. That was when they had just absorbed "Century Data", the Storage Device thorn in IBM's side.

Ah, the memories . . . of all sorts,.

Firefox points the way to eradicating one of the rudest words online: PDF


Re: I don't mind PDFs

"Sounds like typical Mozilla arrogance culture there. They think they know better than their users, and it's for their own good too.

. . . and they just tell people they "should embrace change"."

So, you're a big Microsoft Fan then?

To make this computer work, users had to press a button. Why didn't it work? Guess


Re: Manual is optional,

Then there are those attending to other tasks or people while you demo. "Don't worry, I can multitask'.

Fake vibrating teeth could make great hearing aids


A biting comment

I'll have to chew on that for a while.

OK, Google: Why are you still pointing women at fake abortion clinics?


Re: re: sufficient reason to kill someone

"This planet is already overcrowded enough!"

Please describe "insufficiently overcrowded".

Doctor gave patients the wrong test results due to 'printer problems'


Re: Photocopier challange

But, but, that takes all the fun out of reversing out into the roadway amidst heavy traffic.

However, trying to reverse into a driveway, expecting the traffic behind you to be pleasantly patient, or even stop far enough back to allow your reverse maneuver, is, well, problematic.


Re: Photocopier challange

I failed in my first driver license "road test" for an "backing up" infraction. This was before mandatory seat belts.

Turns out, the "violation" was not having both hands on the wheel, as I tossed one arm over the seat while craning my neck to better see out the back window. When I protested and asked about the "correct way" I was told I needed to keep both hands on the wheel and use the rear view mirror(s).

When I further protested that method left lots of "blind spots", I was loudly berated and threatened with arrest. Even as a 17 YO, I had wisdom enough to shut up and reschedule my test. Yes, these clowns had "police authority" and could have affected an arrest.

How archaeologists can use AI to date our ancestors


AI invented a Time Machine?

Can't get a date in modern times, eh?

I am astounded that so many of you diluted the effect of my comment with you previous comments.

Japan reverses course on post-Fukushima nuclear ban


Re: Similar to the way scrap metal is treated on decomissioning

The metals in Nuclear plants become radioactive in different ways.

Some due to "neutron activation" of corrosion products that may form and deposit (normally kept to a minimum) creating a variety of radioactive materials and due to direct neutron activation of the reactor vessel, piping and structural components. Not to mention actual fission products that may deposit about the piping due to small defects in the fuel "cladding" itself allowing small amounts of fuel to escape into the coolant.

Thus the reasons for treating them differently.

In a time before calculators, going the extra mile at work sometimes didn't add up



I figured my entire post was written figuratively, doncha figure?



I am astonished, but not surprised, at the the lack of attention to detail in the article.

The first paragraph contains a glaring inaccuracy. A "mile" (as in "go the extra") would equate to 1.61 km, not 1 km. So "go the extra mile (or kilometer)" should have read "go the extra mile (or 1.61 km)"

This edition of "Yet Another Pedantic Comment" has been brought to you by the Publishers of "Pedantry in the Pursuit of Perfection is no Vice".

Scientists use supercritical carbon dioxide to power the grid


Re: But what about . . .

Proper you posted AC. "Walkways . . . you keep saying that word. I don't think means what you think it means (in support of your fabricated scenario)".

You initially bought up walkways as a red herring and and when I did not bite, you kept fishing anyway, landed nothing, and built a "fish tale" upon it.

You're one of those guys that makes statements well know to be true, (high pressure steam leaks are invisible within several feet of a leak and can cause detachment of body parts), using that as a cudgel to attempt a beat down of point that was not made..

Further, "because walkways are supposed to be safe corridors" is a statement only a fool would make, as no one in a high pressure steam plant assumes any place is a "safe corridor" and exercises extreme caution at all times, or pays a price.

But, you win the Pedants Prize today.


Re: But what about . . .

Yes, well "or the occasional severed digit, if careless", I think would cover that.

Most people in plants that use "superheated steam" are fully aware of the dangers of being careless around indication of leakage and potential loss of digits or limbs.


But what about . . .


Gosh, in a "steam" plant, leaks in various places might cause puddles, high humidity, or the occasional severed digit, if careless. Such leakage might even be tolerable and repair deferred to a normal maintenance period.

But CO2 leakage, well, not quite a breath of fresh air, is it?

Huawei under investigation for having tech installed near US missile silos


Re: The US still trying to justify its anti-Huawei stance

No "justification" is necessary.

Any Country that does not restrict or ban sales and use of computer and comm gear built by a foreign interest that sees itself as an economic and Military opponent is deluded or suicidal.

China now purports to have the largest, Navy on the planet and continues to operate as if preparing for War. With whom, one might ask?

Engineers on the brink of extinction threaten entire tech ecosystems


No, not "slavery" . . .

"Indentured service" perhaps, but not "slavery".

It is, in reality, a reasonable way for talented, "got no special privileges", person to get an advanced education they might not obtain otherwise.

Just ask the US Navy, which churned out thousands of highly qualified Technical people over the decades.

FYI: BMW puts heated seats, other features behind paywall


"Has the world gone absolutely mad?"

That's a rhetorical question, right?


How refactoring code in Safari's WebKit resurrected 'zombie' security bug


Re: ...allows the user to modify the history

Kind of makes "forensics" a problem, yes?

To allow modification of browser "history" is to invite all sorts of mischief when a malicious individual, group, or Government, decides to fabricate or enhance a potential case against someone.

Paranoid? Really?

UK Home Office signs order to extradite Julian Assange to US


Re: While ya'll

Ah, finally I get why some call Australia "Oz". Well, I am past 70 now so, . . . wait, what was this about?

Voyager 1 space probe producing ‘anomalous telemetry data’


Re: "Voyager 1 is now 45 years old"

"Well it only has about 70KB of storage anyway"

We had REAL coders back in the day!

Open-source leaders' reputations as jerks is undeserved


Re: Offensive and poorlt thought through

"It is precisely because these worthless stereotypes persist. . .."

Such as "neurotypical man"?

Thinnet cables are no match for director's morning workout


Then there were

- A Regional office I often visited had a secretary named "Dottie" (something). First time she was introduced to someone she's say "And I am". Each interaction with her proved she was correct.

- A Co-worker among the Field Engineering staff was named Ron Hiscock. He was quite proud of his name and was prone to prove it's validity.

- A Vietnamese war refugee fellow that worked where I consulted once was named (spelled phonetically) "Fah Kiew" and loved to relate tales of starting fights with GI's when they asked his name.

First Light says it's hit nuclear fusion breakthrough with no fancy lasers, magnets


Paper beat Beta?

Paper stops Beta? You meant Alpha, yes?

The time you solved that months-long problem in 3 seconds


Re: I replaced a network cable.

Ah, but he left them in the car . . .

The month I worked for DEADHEAD: Yes, that was their job title


Furses! Coiled Again!

DAMN! And here I was all fired up to spin up an NFT. What ever that is.

BOFH: All hail the job cuts consultant


Re: "Gerard's going to recommend firing the board."

You're going to send them to ceramics class?

Tesla to disable 'self-driving' feature that allowed vehicles to roll past stop signs at junctions


Re: Not a "bug"

In the US, a STOP sign means STOP. Octagonal. Red with white lettering

There is a sign for "give way" if not clear. It is called a YIELD sign. Triangular. Yellow with black lettering.

US Commerce Dept says China has brain-control weaponry

Big Brother

Re: Brain Control, Havana Syndrome, Microchips, USA and China

Any cavity? Posterior cavity preferred? So THAT's what those "Alien abduction probes" are about . . .

The truth is out . . . where?

Big Brother

Re: Aren’t most weapons brain controlled…

But, umm, aren't most sci-fi stories, just, umm, stories? I mean, like, in fiction.

For a moment there, I thought you were actually suggesting US HAS anti gravity machines.

Canadian charged with running ransomware attack on US state of Alaska



That case must have been a tough nut to crack . . . .