* Posts by elkster88

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Epson says ink pad saturation behind 'end of service life' warning on inkjet printers

elkster88
Thumb Up

Re: Brother

I have an Epson ET-3760 Ecotank and it's brilliant. Saved $100 by not getting the top of the range model with touch screen and fax (!) capability. Still working off the ink bottles it came with. Scanner with ADF, seems to work as well as expected. Previously had a Canon multifunction unit which worked OK but gobbled ink cartridges like a gobbling thing. And of course would refuse to print in B&W if any of the color cartridges were empty.

I also have a Brother HL-5250DN laser which is going strong after a handful of toner cartridge replacements with no hint of print quality loss.

And even though the Epson is not marketed as a photo printer, it does a very nice job printing photos on semi-gloss photo paper. Good to know that the ink sponges are user-replaceable and there's a utility to reset the maintenance counter.

Yeah, we'll just take that first network handshake. What could possibly go wrong?

elkster88
Trollface

Re: And Bill kept his job.

Never forget: the most important product your company makes is your paycheck.

Heineken says there’s no free beer, warns of phishing scam

elkster88
Pint

Re: Heineken says there's no free beer, warns of phishing scam

Years ago at a Hewlett Packard training class in Fort Collins, my instructor was a Scot named Angus, who had lived in the Netherlands for some years.

He claimed that the Dutch had a saying:

"Dutch cows drink Grolsch and piss Heineken".

Which reminds me, I'm overdue for a refresher course of craft beer sampling in old Fort Collins.

Seriously, you do not want to make that cable your earth

elkster88
Coat

Re: Of earths

I had to get a Fluke to prove it to him.

I hope that put him in his plaice.

elkster88
Boffin

Re: Of earths

I've recently become aware that building power entry earth connections in the middle eastern desert might as well be connected to nothing but free air, until / if it rains heavily, at which time the earth connection becomes functional. Otherwise it's just a big metal spike surrounded by dry grains of sand, which functions as a good insulator. This plays havoc with sensitive noise measurements.

Apple to replace future iPhone Lightning port with USB-C next year, this guy claims

elkster88
Trollface

Re: Still doesn't change anything ....

Oh, look. Now you’ve made Tim Cook Apple cry.

FAA to airlines: 5G-sensitive radio altimeters have to go

elkster88
Boffin

Qualifying new radar altimeters.

"The problem is that qualifying new stuff for aircraft is expensive, as is the swap out of kit."

Spot on.

Also- the qualification process is not terribly speedy. Which is why it's incredible that this was not being foreseen and addressed long before 5G was deployed.

ASML CEO: Industrial conglomerate buying washing machines to rip out semiconductors

elkster88
Facepalm

From the title, I had a mental image...

Of someone throwing printed circuit boards into a washing machine and expecting a loose pile of ICs after the cycle ended.

China's top tech city Shenzhen locks down completely for at least a week

elkster88
Windows

Re: eggs->basket!

"we had backup suppliers, just for contingency."

One of the very few things that Dr. W. Edwards Deming[1] got wrong, in my opinion, was his strong preference for sole source suppliers. Hard to implement JIT with multiple suppliers, and we've been hearing about the evils of keeping too much inventory/safety stock for many years. But sometimes, systems fall apart.

I would dearly love to hear what he would have to say about the state of our supply chains now.

Here's a video of Dr Deming talking about his famous "red beads" experiment. He doesn't utter his catchphrase, but the video shows his inimitable manner of speaking.

[1] Yesterday, upon seeing that the hotel my wife and I are staying in is located on Deming Way, I involuntarily uttered "off to the Milky Way", which was one of his favorite catchphrases when I attended his 3 day seminar in Washington, DC about 40 years ago.

How to polish the bottom line? Microsoft makes it really hard to claim expenses, say staffers

elkster88
Facepalm

“ accounting folks had us use Concur but we also had to submit paper receipts for some reason.”

We’re required to keep the paper receipts for all expenses submitted for reimbursement under US government contracts. I also find that Concur is quite slick and easy to use with the smartphone app, simple and quick to snap a photo of a receipt.

UNFORTUNATELY, my expense reports are now being audited by a “machine learning” system, which has repeatedly kicked back every report due to expenses paid by cash, since the restaurant and commissary here in the secure compound we foreigners stay in, accept nothing but cash.

I’m convinced that the US government warehouse where the paper receipts are filed is the same one where the Ark of the Covenant is stored…

EthereumMax, a Kardashian and Floyd Mayweather Jr sued over alleged 'pump and dump' cryptocurrency scam

elkster88
Headmaster

cryptocurrency scam

A principle of good writing: Never use multiple words, when one will do.

Redundant.

Aircraft can't land safely due to interference with upcoming 5G C-band broadband service

elkster88
Boffin

Re: A better explanation?

TL;DR:

See this diagram.

5G vs. Radar Altimeters

RAF shoots down 'terrorist drone' over US-owned special ops base in Syria

elkster88
Boffin

Re: Heat?

> What heat does a small, presumably battery-powered, drone emit?

Very little- but having seen some of the Houthi "drones" downed by the Saudis, they're more akin to an over sized radio-controlled airplane with a combustion engine + propeller, not a quad-copter style drone. Basically a conventional light aircraft, without a pilot, plus a cheap GPS guidance system and an explosive payload.

Big enough to cause actual damage, so cannot be ignored. Not expensive to produce, compared to the sophisticated missiles and the cost of operating the aircraft used to launch them, so as long as the Houthis and their backers can afford to keep producing and launching them, they will.

Ironically, the main danger on the ground is to be hit by drone debris from a drone being shot down, vs. from one of the drones successfully reaching their target, since the reported rate of success in downing them is pretty good.

Cryptocurrency 'rug pulls' cheated investors out of $8bn in 2021 – report

elkster88
Trollface

66,239

"The website currently has flagged 66,239 crypto tokens as potentially problematic"

I've got a better number- all of them.

How to destroy expensive test kit: What does that button do?

elkster88
Windows

Ah, fond memories ...

I once added assembly code to an unused block of EPROM memory in an add-in PC floppy disc controller, that caused the PC speaker to say "Help! Somebody get me out of here, I'm trapped in this computer!" every time the system booted up. Said PC was a common use system in an engineering lab.

Didn't even have to change any of the existing code, just put the required 0x55aa signature at the beginning of the block, plus the size in 512 byte blocks in the 3rd byte, and an INT 20h at the end / or a RET instruction (IIRC). And not to forget- had to make sure the checksum of the entire collection of 512 byte blocks was zero.

It lasted a couple of weeks before I was asked to restore the original contents of the controller's boot ROM.

My copy of Peter Norton's "Programmer's Guide to the IBM PC" hasn't been cracked in over 25 years but I still have fond memories of playing in that domain.

Computer scientists at University of Edinburgh contemplate courses without 'Alice' and 'Bob'

elkster88
Terminator

What's in a name?

I suppose replacing "Alice" and "Bob" with "X Æ A-12" and "X Æ B-12" might be going a bit _too_ far...

EurekAI... Neural network leads chemists to discover 'four new materials'

elkster88
Trollface

Are any of them ...

... (the finest) Green?

Boffins say Martian colonists could pee in buckets, give blood if they want shelter

elkster88
Facepalm

Is it difficult to build on Mars?

Nah. Piece of piss, mate.

Big Blue's quantum rainmaker jumps to room-temp diamond quantum accelerator company

elkster88
Joke

Vapor something

“ A process called "plasma-assisted vapor deposition" is a promising candidate to get the job done.”

So, IBM are saying it’s essentially vaporware at the moment, got it.

8 years ago another billionaire ploughed millions into space to harvest solar power and beam it back down to Earth

elkster88
IT Angle

Re: Cool idea, but...

Agree, solar panels in space to provide power on earth is a definite R. Goldberg solution. Technically possible, but at a huge cost. Maybe if that space elevator gets built... naw.

The obvious solution to reliable, reasonably priced solar power is to add energy storage, and/or use solar energy to create "green" fuels for vehicles, neatly meshing the intermittent nature of solar with the energy density/power/recharge time problems of current BEV technology. Could even be batteries, but doesn't need to be the expensive Li-Ion type since weight and bulk are not as important for a fixed installation.

Sure, there are increases in cost if you add storage. But it's GOT to be cheaper than lifting solar panels into geosynchronous orbit, PLUS needing the collector/converter equipment on the ground.

Redpilled Microsoft does away with flashing icons on taskbar as Windows 11 hits Beta

elkster88
Unhappy

" ... make finding what you need easier."

> Microsoft said that "we've also rejuvenated Settings to keep pages from feeling overwhelming and make finding what you need easier." This was done with a "consistent navigation system," which sounds good, but also with "progressive disclosure, which allows advanced settings to remain hidden until you want to look at them."

Really?

How about just leaving the fucking menus and control panels alone for a change, and making everything work better under the hood?

The constant drive to move things around and change the user interface in Windows, simply for the sake of change, is infuriating.

It's akin to moving the letters around on a keyboard to make them easier to hit (yes, I know, Dvorak, etc.). Millions upon millions of us have spent literally decades finding the obscure places Microsoft put the various Windows controls, only to find with each new version, they hide/move them to new and difficult to find places.

Hungarian tech store closed by World War II bomb

elkster88

UK celebrates 25 years of wasteful, 'underperforming' government IT projects

elkster88
Joke

Re: Elephant in the room

" you pay peanuts, you get monkeys."

Or elephants.

Which are famously hard on keyboards and office chairs, hence the budget overruns.

That time a startup tried to hire me just to push clients' products in job interviews

elkster88
Coat

Re: Current par for the present course of future event horizons

Anyone know if Google Translate is accepting nominations for languages to be added to their Translate product?

Asking for a friend. Mine's the one with the dried up babelfish in the pocket.

Thailand bans joke cryptocurrencies and non-fungible tokens

elkster88
Trollface

Re: Can we do the same here ?

I suspect you may have an objection to Monnetising some types of mathematical operations.

How many remote controls do you really need? Answer: about a bowl-ful

elkster88
Boffin

Re: Give me buttons ON THE TV!

> my next project: build a "remote control translator" out of an IR diode and an arduino

Hah!

I did exactly this. I have a Yamaha soundbar attached to the Samsung TV with optical cable. No integration of control codes over HDMI (CEC?). Lived with two remotes for some time until I hit upon the idea of using one of the unused A B C D buttons on the Samsung remote to operate the soundbar power, and translating the Samsung Volume + and - codes into codes the Yammy soundbar would understand. Arduino, IR photodiode sensor, IR emitter diode + a couple of resistors. Put it all in an old video camera battery charger enclosure so it actually looks like something a toddler didn't make.

It took a couple of weeks of fiddling with hardware & code but it's been working flawlessly now for years. Sure, I probably could have bought a universal remote but I learned a lot and that's worth something to me.

That Salesforce outage: Global DNS downfall started by one engineer trying a quick fix

elkster88
Joke

"We have taken action with that particular employee"

Presumably involving a a shovel, a roll of carpet and two 20kg bags of quicklime.

South Africa's state-owned energy firm to appeal after court rules Oracle does not have to support its software

elkster88
Headmaster

Re: Don't blame Larry

The author Vartanig G. Vartan wrote a book called "The Dinosaur Fund" which I read many years ago.

The _only_ fact I remember[1] from that book is that the highest denomination US note to ever be in circulation was the $10,000 bill, featuring Salmon P. Chase.

[1] Besides of course, the name of the author.

Airline software super-bug: Flight loads miscalculated because women using 'Miss' were treated as children

elkster88
Facepalm

I would have thought...

...that normally on takeoff, the pilot would be using everything short of War Emergency Power, throttles to the stops. I would hate to clip an obstacle at the end of the runway because the airline was trying to save a few bob's worth of fuel, and the passenger cohort had more than the normal fraction of bloaters.

Every day's a school day.

Master boot vinyl record: It just gives DOS on my IBM PC a warmer, more authentic tone

elkster88
Coat

Ah, happy memories...

I well remember saving programs to (and sometimes successfully recovering them from) cassette tape on my Timex/Sinclair ZX81. I don't think I ever had a program on a vinyl record, though. Still have the computer and the tape player, and I'll bet if I dig deep enough I'll find the primitive drawing program (1 bit graphics!) I wrote.

Mine's the one with the audio jumper cables in the pocket.

Bad software crashed Boeings. Now it appears the company lacked a singular software supremo

elkster88
Boffin

Re: Interesting spin

"What no one has asked or disclosed is who is making the [AOA] sensors? Name and shame."

Angle Of Attack sensors are reliable, up to the point that they suffer a bird strike or other FOD. Which is why all A/C have two or three of them. Only using one of them as a basis for actuating MCAS, or not adding a third sensor, is another discussion altogether.

More evidence your work/life balance has gone to $%£*: Atlassian says user-interface interactions show hours tacked on to workday

elkster88
Big Brother

Work is work, and my home life is my own

I suppose I could be accused of being a 'clockwatcher' but the idea of responding to work calls and emails outside of work hours is a complete non-starter for me.

Voicemail and email is there for those times I am not 'at work', even when I'm working from home. Once you start down that slippery slope of essentially being on-call at all waking hours, it's hard to claw your personal time back. Before the pandemic, I might have taken my laptop home with me less than a half-dozen times in 5 years, while my co-workers did nearly every night. Still don't understand that mindset.

No need for more asteroid-blasting attempts, NASA's OSIRIS-REx has more than enough space dirt

elkster88
Headmaster

Re: Units

"NASA hoped to collect at least 14 MilliJub 2 ounces (60 grams) of the asteroid’s dirt and soil."

Microsoft takes another shot at the Windows-on-Arm thing with a revamped Surface Pro X powered by new SQ2 silicon

elkster88
Pint

Re: "frank self-awareness"

> I skipped mentioning his frank self-awareness

You're a better man than I. I'm afraid I would have no such degree of control should the opportunity ever arise to respond to such a low and slow pitch.

A virtual pint for priming the pump, so to speak ->

I love my electricity company's app – but the FBI says the nuclear industry bribed politicians $60m to kill it

elkster88
Holmes

Re: Scandal, but not this

"So if unprofitable apps got cancelled, it's no great loss."

Maybe not everything beneficial to society as a whole should be "profitable" as in putting money in some corporation or individual's pocket, especially when it's in the area of public utilities or basic infrastructure[1]. If it's helpful to consumers and results in decreased electricity usage, it's a boon to everyone and maybe the utilities should be actively encouraged or perhaps even required to provide such useful apps by the agencies that regulate them, rather than forbidding them.

[1] Postal service, anyone?

Microsoft will release a web browser for Linux next month. Repeat, Microsoft will release a browser for Linux – and it uses Google's technology

elkster88
Trollface

Re: "This means Linus Torvalds has definitely won, doesn't it?"

"Increasingly irreverent"

They may well be. Hadn't really considered their religious views, up til now.

Oh what a feeling: New Toyotas will upload data to AWS to help create custom insurance premiums based on driver behaviour

elkster88
Big Brother

This is but the nose of the proverbial ...

Rest assured, the other bits, including both humps, will soon be squarely in the tent.

I won't be surprised when this is SOP for all cars, and in fact I expect it will eventually be illegal to disconnect or tamper with the government mandated spy system(s).

They'll need to replace fuel tax when all cars go electric, for one thing. No doubt the powers that be can come up with as many other excuses as needed. Joe Public won't care so long as the car's got plenty of USB outlets and multiple cup holders.

Dynabook Portégé X30L-G: So light, you might even forget about its terrible keyboard

elkster88
Flame

Re: "...a capable machine for the road warrior..."

Those are all good- I just want to know what to call those cunts in airports who talk loudly on their phone set to speakerphone, held a good 2 feet from their face, thereby forcing us to hear both sides of their conversation, instead of holding it up to their ear so we only have to hear from one of the participants.

Admittedly that twat would still be bellowing his side of the conversation. Why is it that some folk can't just talk at a normal level and trust that their device's microphone actually works? And why can't they get a set of earbuds, a headset, or something else that doesn't subject all and sundry to their inane drivel? Hanging's too good, &c.

Microsoft tells AMD-powered Insiders they're unblocked in new Windows 10 Dev Channel build: 'Oh no we're not!'

elkster88
Trollface

A humbly crowdsourced edit

"In Windows land, sometimes it can feel like everyone is a tester."

SoftBank: Oi, we paid $32bn for you, when are you going to strong-Arm some more money out of your customers?

elkster88
Linux

SoftBank bought a goose that lays golden eggs...

And the first thing the proud new owners do is decide to practically squeeze the life out of it, to extract more eggs, then they wonder why it's suddenly stopped laying.

Penguin icon for obvious reasons.

What does London's number 65 bus have to hide? OS caught on camera setting fire to '22,000 illegal file(s)!!'

elkster88
Pint

Re: There's a reflection in the screen.

I regret that I have only one upvote to give (and of course an obligatory virtual pint, hence the icon).

If Fairphone can support a 5-year-old handset, the other vendors could too. Right?

elkster88
Windows

Re: planned obsolescence - It's everywhere

I'd be interested in knowing which model of Sony Blu-Ray player has Windows 7 embedded in it. I've got a Sony Blu-Ray player myself but the "smart" network dependent features, I never use. So far it seems to play DVDs OK (I don't think I actually own any Blu-Ray disks).

Arm wrestle round two: Chinese outpost says it's fired the replacement CEO foisted on it by HQ

elkster88
Terminator

First thing I thought of

51 > 49.

If ARM wanted to retain control of their China operations, perhaps they should have made the cut on the _other_ side of 50 percent.

Western Digital shingled out in lawsuit for sneaking RAID-unfriendly tech into drives for RAID arrays

elkster88
Happy

Another good reason to be an El Reg reader

As it happens, I *just* unpacked a 4TB WD Red drive that I ordered three days ago. And thanks to Chris Mellor's article, I specified the old 64MB cache version (model WD40EFRX, CMR) rather than the new 256MB cache (SMR) drive.

The model number is identical to the 4TB drive I intend to pair it with in my NAS... but there is no external indication on the label that it is the 64MB cache version, unlike the older drive that explicitly says "64 MB". I suppose hooking it up to a Linux box and running hdparm is in order.

Resistance is futile: Some Cisco security appliances are ticking time bombs of fail thanks to faulty resistors

elkster88
Windows

Have a euphemism on us.

"non-deterministic endpoint behaviour"

I'm nicking that for my next status report.

Schermata blu di errore: Italy might be in lockdown, but the sh!tshow must go on

elkster88
Big Brother

In the spirit of F. U.

"You might well think that- I couldn't possibly comment."

No joy for all you Rover McRoverface fans: NASA's next Mars bot is christened Perseverance

elkster88
Coat

Ok then...

So Perseverance McPerseveranceface it is.

It has been 15 years, and we're still reporting homograph attacks – web domains that stealthily use non-Latin characters to appear legit

elkster88
Coat

Re: A þorny problem, to be sure

Þú, feld, núna.

Honeywell, I blew up the qubits: Thermostat maker to offer cloud access to 'world's most powerful quantum computer' within months

elkster88
Headmaster

Re: Honeywell thermostats as a brand

On an uncharacteristically serious note, Honeywell has recently split off the thermostat business. It was spun off into an independent company, Resideo.

Ah. I've been pipped to the post, I see.

It is with a heavy heart we must inform you, once again, folks are accidentally spilling thousands of sensitive pics, records onto the internet

elkster88
Alien

Re: Four sig fig?

Every time I encounter such unwarranted precision, I am reminded of this exchange:

KIRK: Mister Spock, can we get those two guards? What would you say the odds on our getting out of here?

SPOCK: Difficult to be precise, Captain. I should say approximately 7,824.7 to 1.

KIRK: Difficult to be precise? 7,824 to 1?

SPOCK: 7,824.7 to 1.

KIRK: That's a pretty close approximation.

SPOCK: I endeavour to be accurate.

KIRK: You do quite well.

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