* Posts by Agamemnon

156 posts • joined 9 Apr 2017


Anonymous: We've leaked disk images stolen from far-right-friendly web host Epik


Re: Must have taken them HOURS

*Roaring Laughter*


I owe you a beer for the laugh.

Report details how Airbus pilots saved the day when all three flight computers failed on landing


Re: "I can stop a car much quicker without the interference of the ABS system."

That is almost verbatim what my Uncle Don* would say to describe ABS.

* He invented then at General Motors.

A speech recognition app goes into a bar. Speak up if you’ve heard it already


Re: Palm glyphs

Palm Glyphs are just a variation of Drafting Vertical Gothic. Took me an hour to be decent and a day to be proficient since I spent four years in drafting in High School and College.

I wish my "Smart Phone" or any of my tablets was half as proficient at stylus input (including the LG Stylo I specifically bought for the task) as the Palm III.

(Roaring Laughter)... I shared this forum with my housemate and after a few moments, handed me a Palm III from his box o' silicon and plastic things that he also can't get rid of.

That made my week.

We're both having a good laugh so beers all about.


Re: Palm glyphs

I miss my Palm TX.

My ExGirlfriend of twenty years ago called me a few months ago:

Soooooo...I went through the old storage untit and I have some TShirts of yours that I'm not giving back and a Palm III with dock and manuals. You want me to send that to you?

[Queue Dabs a few weeks ago...]

Me. I literally cannot give that hardware away. RS232 Serial ports aren't a thing anymore. Trash it.

She: But the computer museaum in Boulder Creek (Santa Cruz-ish) might like it.

Me: It's literally not worth the fuel to drive it up the hill.

Branson (in a) pickle: FAA grounds Virgin Galactic flights after billionaire's space trip veered off course


This one's on me.

Previous comment was good in that...

I helped launch Space Ship One (both damned launches running up and down I-5 from Santa Cruz to the Mojave assisting the X-Prize Foundation).

Ok, so the engine is *basically* recycled rubber tires with Nitrogen Oxide pumped through some holes in the cross section as oxidizer. You can *sort of* shut the engine down but when it runs out by turning off the NO2 and it'll stop burning after it runs out of atmosphere. Then you loose velocity and surface control. Then, Space Ship One and Two become a Badmitton Shuttlecock on reentry.

Growing up at NASA AMES I've flown in some seriously crazy things (that probably violated a million regulations, fortunately Test Zoomies are particularly crazy and a good time was had by all, especially a little boy that loves to fly). That being said:

I would prefer the Zoomie In Charge (TM) keep the flight profile less Brick-Like, and Balls To The Wall is better than Lead Balloon.

Google Groups kills RSS support without notice


Re: RSS isn't dead.

I'm rather grumpy about them leaving XMPP since I had my own XMPP server with a wonderful bridge that allowed it to talk to both GChat and Facebook's (before Facebook became toxic and unusable).

And I could stack OTR on top of it completely disallowing content-based advertising on my chats.

Loved it.

Smoking smartphone sparks emergency evacuation of Alaska Airlines jet, two taken to hospital


Well, I just coffee showered my keyboard.

Horizon Workrooms promises a virtual future of teal despair


Re: The teapot with craft IPA.

Brew of choice in the US Pacific North West (Seattle, and bloody Redmond where I, as a Unix guy, unfortunately live).

One cannot hide from it. From my deck where I'm sitting, there are four breweries and five "tasting rooms" within walking distance.

IPA, Double IPA, Triple IPA, YouPA IPA, WePA IPA, Let's PA IPA.

I prefer a good Porter.


I've had a developer Oculus on my desk for some time now. Pre Facebook.

It looks cool and collects dust but it's otherwise worthless since I don't have a Facebook account.

Per Alastair Dabs: "I can't even Give my old hardware away."

At least my old 3.5" floppy drive comes in handy once in a while installing DOS 6.2.

Live, die, copy-paste, repeat: Everything is recycled now, including ideas


Re: Better to light a single candle than curse the darkness

Why does this address sound familiar?

Oh! It's my old BofA. If stop there on the way to O'Reilly's pub on (Beach Blanket Blvd) Green St.

(I'd get cash on the way to the pub because the two times I threw down my credit card ended either really well or really poorly, depending on one's point of view.)

It's still there. I promise.

Internet Explorer 3.0 turns 25. One of its devs recalls how it ended marriages – and launched amazing careers


I recall IE on SUN. Most of my gear including my home Sparc 25 was Solaris.

I said at the time: "You can hold a gun to my head but I'll not be installing Microsoft Code on my SUN Boxes... Have you lost it? Should I call a shrink, or the sheriff's office (while backing away slowly, have very not threatening, edging to door).


Because it was built into the browser as Core.

Mozilla would eventually split it out into Thunderbird and Microsoft would make Outlook but it was originally integrated.

Email could, would, and cheerfully did, kill your fucking browser by polling the email server(s) while you were doing other things.

It's why those tasks were separated into different attested agents.

IMAP can be rough... Polling IMAP in your browser every five minutes is murder on the client, the network, and the server... In 1997.


Oi. I actually recall that one.

I build the first independent ISP in central California (Stockton/Lodi[of "stuck in fame"], Manteca and Modesto) and it was all 56k moderns except for a few businesses running ISDN <ooooo, 128k bonded ... Giddy joy>.

Their email system was crap. It barely did POP3 and University of Washington was pushing IMAP and that was Worse.

If you had IMAP you were screwed. If you had POP3 sweet to fifteen minutes for a mail check residually if some asshole sent you a 1MB (pdf, gif, etc).

I could watch the logs...

C. Send me mail.

S. I'm giving you the email you asked for.

C. Send me mail.

S. I'm sending you mail.

C. Send me mail.

S. Know what? Fuck off.

It's why I still use (Al)Pine to get stuff done.

Philanthropist and ex-Microsoft manager Melinda Gates and her husband Bill split after 27 years of marriage


Re: break up after a long marriage

I've been through a few breakups and you sir are Correct.

It's Rough.

Separating, bazillions or not in play it's personalities.

I live in Redmond. I can walk to Xadadu2 [Bellevue not Redmond] for kicks before the sun goes down.

I'm actually stunned.

Breakups suck and I... Wish both of them Well.

People grow and move.... Ideally Forward.

Bill and I have been a few rounds in business, internet, etc. Came to my desk at WiReD to apologize (with a security team to keep me from beating him with a 2x4)

Dunno what his home situation is. It's really none of our business.

I walk by the Foundation at least once a month. I take the bus to Seattle and pass their home.

People are folk and like the test of us have Issues.

I was in LA when Arnie got busted for screwing the maid.


People are people and we fuck up and are stupid.

This seems a pleasant disconnect.

No scandal! That's new.

Privacy purists prickle at T-Mobile US plan to proffer people's personal web, app pursuits to ad promoters


Repeatedly it's been proven...

That anonymous identifiers Can be linked back to an individual. This blatant blathering that it cannot it getting on my last nerve.

With depressing predictability, FCC boss leaves office with a list of his deeds... and a giant middle finger to America


Re: Off Topic

This post moved me.

Thank you.

And may I please... since I live in this mess.

I love us folk around here because we're from all over and that makes me happy.

The US is down but not out.

You cats in Europe, I think, New Zealand, etc etc, have some Serious excellence that I wish we had here. But please don't lose hope... and hope isn't my bag (last thing out of Pandora's box), and I'd ask to let us Grow, again.

As an analyst, I got... nothing.

As a human I'd ask for some time to try and figure things out... and I Do think some of this crap will start to get sorted.

Make no mistake, my patience is zero, but next to this lint in my pocket I just found a little more. Split it with you?


Unfortunately, this is legally Correct.

Right, I'm drinking a cider now at 1300... you folk are welcome to join...

BARTENDER! Round for my mates, please?

*sits back to watch the fun*


Net Neutrality...

Is and always Has been a lie.

Uncomfortable Truth is that the "provider contract" you sign is what they come up with.

I built the first independent internet service provider in central California after net "deruglation"... dug up miles of town for my OC48 (much ISDN....lol, idiot, hindsight, oi) to the City switch. That was Easy...

The lawyers were Insane with trying to figure stuff out, vis a vis: Liability, naturally. That was quite painful.

Net Neutrality is a lovely concept and it really boils down to: I pay for (personally) and provide (professionally) 65,535 TCP and another in UDP ports... unrestricted.

^ At the end of the day this is really all anyone gives a damn about.



Ohhhhh man...

Wouldn't that be Awesome?

I'm from SillyValley and live in Seattle...

Ron from Oregon* Really Really Would be a good fit from a Reg Commentard / USTelCo (law) (us goobers) perspective. That would play out better than This shit show.

Unlikely to happen, and, if you have ideas on how to make it so let me know because That, my new friend, is just genius.

x There's a brewery around the corner, buying it for you.

* Joke from my partner's son: Even Oregonians think Oregon is strange.

Bill Gates debunks 'coronavirus vaccine is my 5G mind control microchip implant' conspiracy theory


Re: What if MS had not become dominant ?


SCO and I go Way back (I'm from Santa Cruz). And SCO was my primary desktop (also ran NT 3.51, and this little mutt called Slackware had just come on scene, plus a DOS/Win toy).

One of my mentors, and a good friend worked there. I found some nasty bugs with SCO-E and and a new Intel chipset... they rewarded me with a complete developer package. Just the OS would have been prohibitively expensive for Joe User.

Ah the Good ol Days of hot tubbing in the Redwoods and SCO Follies.

I would quite have preferred SCO be the dominant desktop, to be blunt.

BOFH: Switch off the building? Great idea, Boss


Ours was "The Purple Stick of Thumping" delivered to the poor soul, by the Engineering Team** (33 people packed around the desk), silent and glaring.

The only way to have it removed was someone had to screw up worse than whatever got our ire up in the first place.

** Nobody in Eng could screw up as bad as a sales flunky and occasionally someone from Admin. V-and-C level employees were not exempt and PSoT made a few laps through the upper floors.

The GIMP turns 25 and promises to carry on being the FOSS not-Photoshop


It's a fucking Acronym, hell it's A Backronym.


Do we really need the periods? Seems we do.

It's always DNS, especially when a sysadmin makes a hash of their semicolons


Re: Back in th eday? Still!

Beer for you.

That made me laugh.

Microsoft tells staff work-from-home is now ‘standard’ – with caveats galore


Re: Commuting

Being from SillyValley during that time, I lived in Los Gatos and was loathe to drive to Mountainview or Sunnyvale daily [I was whiny about going to the Data Center in San Jose and I could ride my bike straight up LG Creek Trail, making it tolerable].

I worked for a NOC and was the Sr. so 25x8x366 I was on call. Had a home office, my own SUNs, and pushed my NOC to home and company paid T1 [no DSL yet], got a bonus/stipend for space and power.

The offset was having to come in to the office at 0300 when the Fan Got Clobbered but I lived ten minutes away by car and five by bike.

I Had to be in the office 50%, sometimes across the three shifts [team coherence and gave time with my boss and Powers That Be].

The arrangements we Most Excellent indeed.

The Better Half was less than amused when I assembled a small network lab in the living room once, and I paid for it, but that was the only 'incident' to speak of.

Tableau continues to pursue monogamish marriage a year after Salesforce nuptials



I live newr one of Tableau's offices and to be frank, I still have no idea what the hell they actually DO.

But, any entity "Going Deeper" with SalesForce is someone I will Certainly not be doing business with.


Circling back around to Excel

"to help business users "automatically" discover relevant patterns based on their data without relying on data scientists to build models."

Weren't we commentards raging about this very sort of thing in the Excel articles earlier in the week?

Business Dudes, get a Data Scientist and a Developer or two, you cheap, mangy bastards.

How does the economy actually not catch fire and burn, several times per day, with "Business People" trying to line up Data and Information? Somedays stun me more than others. Reading that, today would be "More",

Excel Hell: It's not just blame for pandemic pandemonium being spread between the sheets


Upvote, you used West Hollywood zipcodes in a snark.


Re: Relax...

Oh Wow! Thank You!!!

She was praised by the CEO and promoted. After her brother and mom died, she returned from compassionate leave. IBM laid her off


IBM, You BM, We All BM, For IBM

I was once told by a....really *blush* yeah in an elevator in 90 I was told by an IBM regional VP, Woman, in the elevator:

"Never, ever, let them make you cut your hair."

(I was 18 training on the AS400/PS2 ... And fucking Token Ring)

Because of her, I've kept my hair long in the industry.

Another fun story: At WiReD I had meeting with HP and IBM becausre I needed some not SUN servers. HP showed up (being SilliValley) in shorts and Berkenstocks, IBM showed up looking like the Blues Brothers. I bought my servers from HP.


Re: Logan's Run

I haven't heard Logan's Run in thirty years...

Dude, More than a beer I'll buy you a damned Brewery for that reference.

Nice job.


Re: What the Hell Has Happened to IBM?

Beer for you.


Re: @Beep54 Too technical

I've been in the ass end of Discovery and worked with Lexus Nexus discovery products...

Give me six hours with their mail servers, will figure out the truth when Was go through Sr VP/C-Suite email, wouldn't we?

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


Leopards don't change their spots.

Haha *Falls over*

Like when Microsoft released Internet Explorer for Solaris on SUN SPARC. I RUSHED to install their shit code on my vastly superior architecture (had a Sparc 25, two Ultra 5s and an Ultra 10 in my spare bedroom). Not.

I'll install Edge on my Linux box about the heat death of the fucking Universe.

Bloke rolls up to KFC drive-thru riding horse-drawn cart only to be told: Neigh


Re: WTF?

I sprinkle a little curry powder on mine... I'll give the chili a shot.

Papa don't breach: Contracts, personal info on Madonna, Lady Gaga, Elton John, others swiped in celeb law firm 'hack'


Re: OK ...

Something I learned doing IT in Media and New Media (as it was called in SOMA in San Francisco in the mid 90s, pre .com) ...

* All Press is Good Press (when you Spin Spin Sugar).

[Except perhaps the Sony US hack, nothing good could be done with that.]

Please be aliens, please be aliens, please be aliens... Boffins discover mystery mass beneath Moon's biggest crater


*Dumps Tea out of Keyboard*


Re: Final resting place of unwanted leftover Christmas fruitcakes is also a possibility



Re: Final resting place of unwanted leftover Christmas fruitcakes is also a possibility

I take *all* the fruitcakes out off The Regift Stream™.

I like to hike and mountain bike. Those are high-density, mostly indestructable fuel items.

Those, a tub of pseudo butter, apples, a salami (or similar meat product), block of cheese, sourdough bole', granola trail-mix, liter of water, liter of juice ... I'm solid for All Day.

I find when one bikes 50mi in a day, those little bastards are right welcome around second breakfast, lunch time, second snack, third snack, &c.

This must be some kind of mistake. IT managers axed, CEO and others' wallets lightened in patient hack aftermath


Re: What about auto-updates?

Super On Point.

Usually some poor schmuck would get taken out back and shot, the body delivered unto The Powers, with Promises to never fail again.

This was, whoever was involved, handled in a Really Classy Way... and no, you just don't see that very damned often.

Attention all British .eu owners: Buy dotcom domains and prepare to sue, says UK govt


Re: Wow, it's almost...

Vasectomies and Tubal Ligations are not only reversible, the body tends to reverce the surgical procedure all on its own! The body fixes itself. [Not hinting or making a miulti-leveled argument here**, just saying.]

On a Technical note, I think that cutting a person or business from the .eu TLD is bunk. How many US URL Shorteners use TLS from freakin' Everywhere (New York Times gets their NYT.MS from Montserrat) and my vanity domain uses Montenegro's TLD while I'm sitting in Seattle. In short: Who Gives A Shit? I do think that it's petty to boot the legal owners of an Internet Property and a Brand that they (may or may not) have put effort into building.

**I'm an American so I know jack and shit about that game of yours on the other side of the pool, other than you all seem very excited about it. Sorry, we've been trying to keep from drowning in stupidity over here to pay a whole lot of attention, my apologies.]

An upset tummy and a sphincter-loosening blackout: Lunar spaceflight is all glamour


Re: Fake news! The moon landings were a hoax!

>.< -- All The Beers for You.

Wow, what a lovely early Christmas present for Australians: A crypto-busting super-snoop law passes just in time


Re: I promised I'd keep doing this...













Re: This is good

I have lived in both places and times where "Lock Your Door" was just a concept worthy of ridicule. I would be aghast!

Looking back, I realize now it was laziness and hubris, mostly.

[Note: I suspect your down-vote came from someone who hasn't lived in those times, or who has and got burned.]

Microsoft readies the swatter as more bugs wriggle out of the Windows 10 woodwork


Re: Codecs?

VLC has so many more CoDecs than WiMP (<- poor impulse control).

I use it on Linux/Windows/Mac/Droids because it Just Works™. THen there's DRM in WiMP that Has Prevented me from playing Centrifugal Media that I actually own (Buckaroo Banzai being my favorite Fail).

I see no point in using anything other than the thing that does what's on the Tin.

Microsoft slips ads into Windows 10 Mail client – then U-turns so hard, it warps fabric of reality


Re: Why would anyone tolerate this?

(al)Pine if I'm on my servers because it's convenient.

K9 on my Droids.

Kontact on my Laptop.

No Ads.

Windows 10 Pro goes Home as Microsoft fires up downgrade server


Re: Contractor rights

It pains me to do this as I'm a xNIX person, and no fan of Redmond (in fact, I live in it), and so much more likely to sound like Bombastic Bob than makes me personally comfortable, and so:

Bill's (formerly unchallenged) greed has absolutely nothing to do with anything at Microsoft these days. Oh, the Interns know who he is a vague way (seriously!) but Bill drives around Bellevue in a minivan and is a great deal more interested in other things (according to El Reg, Poop, specifically) these days. Bill is not, nor has he been for some time, responsible for the retarded shit-storm that is today's Microsoft. Ballmer set much in motion, and adjusting with both nudges AND hammers we have SatNad who is quite firmly in control, and thus, to blame.

I don't mind calling out villany, just make sure you get the right villan. (Oracle and Amazon continue to make this easy.)

Russian computer failure on ISS is nothing to worry about – they're just going to turn it off and on again


Re: It's the second one that's scary...

I grew up in a military environment (Navy AND Air Force), and at NASA in the 80s. I also sail (badly). Rules of thumb:

* If you need it carry two.

* If you Really need it, carry three and lash one to your effin' body.

Tripple Redunancy is SOP.

Slabs, huh, what are they are good for? Er, not quite absolutely nothing


Re: Not surprised...

What you said...only: I have to have a phone too. With a BT Foldable Keyboard and ArcTouch mouse, my 8" Tablet replaces my laptops (I have bunches of those too). But I like that everything fits in a cargo pocket on my thigh, it's all 4G (which was handy doing network/POS at a resort).

* And actually, with the foldable BT Keyboard I Could actually use my phone since all the tools are the same, but my eyes are getting old and if I'm carrying a Fresnel Lense, may as well carry an 8" slab.

Google logins make JavaScript mandatory, Huawei China spy shock, Mac malware, Iran gets new Stuxnet, and more


Re: "uranium subterfuges", O Joy

I was at a company Eng lunch where 104 shots of Cuervo were on the reciept...as a line item...it was a long receipt.

Dawn of the dead: NASA space probe runs out of gas in asteroid belt after 6.4 billion-mile trip


Re: Is that US Gallons or Imperial Gallons?

Beer For you... waiter, please, here for this one!



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