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I've got a broken combine harvester – but the manufacturer won't give me the software key

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Caterpillar big engines

Caterpillar puts a time-hold on a LOT of the error/warning signals, assuming that it's probably due to a sensor failure rather than an actual issue. Sometimes 1 hour, sometimes 10 hours (actual "engine running" time, since there is no real-time clock).

So when actual issues DO happen, they are often missed/overlooked. Only the long-term sensor issues got (eventually) noticed and fixed. But between detection and fixing, the issues usually result in merely an error code on the data busses without affecting engine performance [1].

1. Especially when you set a certain customer parameter to "warning only; don't derate" because the customer attitude is "don't let my vehicle slow down unless the engine actually breaks." My previous role occasionally involved using our CAT service tool software/dongle for telemetry and customer parameters [2], so it was up to me to build the official list of non-default parameter values to be set at Stryker factories when the engine's control module is powered on for the first time after leaving CAT's factory.

2. But, in light of "right to repair", we didn't have the "CAT engineer's password" that let us mess with the core calibration/fuel map. (There were also MANY mechanical fixes Stryker HQ couldn't do without voiding CAT's engine warranty.) Some colleagues used vehicle acceleration data to challenge Caterpillar that some engines were being shipped with the wrong fuel map, and they were right -- top speed, max torque, and max power had all tested fine in development; the secret was the transient response during acceleration which was hard to pin down.. Customer was much happier when CAT reprogrammed the mini-fleet of Stryker A1 prototypes to, essentially, "go faster."

The old New: Windows veteran explains that menu item

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Re: An idea

That's not overkill, it's what really happens when you get a team of 3 or more people reviewing the same documents over and over and over and not everyone uses the "latest" copy so you end up with unmerged comments and all persons are unclear about who is actually in charge to decide which changes stay and which do not.

...and like the sentence above, the file names become rambles of multiple iterators.

I wouldn't mind if, for Office documents (Word in particular), everyone just used "track changes", but we often have to keep the original, then at some point accept/baseline a portion of the changes thus creating a versioning point, iterating until the final, clean copy. We still end up with anywhere from 3 to 10+ versions, and you can choose an iterator (letter/number) or date to tell them apart. It's gonna' be a mess either way.

And no, CMS like Windchill or Sharepoint never helps, because instead of doing proper check-out/check-in, most folks will download, edit, rename, then upload as a separate document. You can train them but it won't actually make them do it right.

Annoyed US regulator warns it might knock SpaceX's shiny new Texas tower down

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Re: "The current regulatory system is broken"

"electric truck convoys"

Goal: Multiple load units using electricity originally generated by a single, large, more efficient generator compared to multiple small [1] diesels.

Downsides: A convoy of trucks taking up either the passing lane on the highway or worse -- the ramp-side lane so you can't enter or leave.

Idea: Remove the trucks from the public highway onto dedicated right-of-way.

Solution: Both the original goal and the idea are already fulfilled using heavy-rail freight trains. Single large-diesel generator running at higher efficiency, dedicated trackage... Why are we reinventing this?

Add-on: Keep the electric-truck idea around for the final mile from freight yard (rail or air) to customer, just not highway convoys.

[1] "Small compared" to massive diesels on ships, trains, mining equipment, and midsize engines for construction, firefighting, etc.

Amazon will know when its business, privacy practices keep you up at night – it has an FCC-approved sleep radar

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Re: But why?

"if an employee does not sleep well, it means they may have a problem and potential performance issues, so you could get fired pre-emptively."

Causing extremely anxiety, enhancing the sleep issues, rendering the person unemployable, causing more anxiety and sleep issues -- downward spiral to the bottom (depression/suicide).

Icon ----------> Kill ideas like this with ALL the fire, or the hordes of ex-workers will blow $h!t up instead.

BOFH: Where there is darkness, let there be a light

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Re: Diesel...

"Diesel inside a vehicle" isn't just a story idea, but a real-life tale told to me today...

A new-to-the-test-site grunt was told to fill up a customized M2 Bradley. This is one of a small group of Bradleys that had the internal fuel tanks moved to the external rear, but the old fuel cap was still there. Not knowing the difference, said grunt dispensed about 100 US gallons before anyone knew what was going on.

The old fuel caps were welded shut shortly after.

Go to L: A man of the cloth faces keyboard conundrum

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Re: there can be only one

2.5 miles up the road is a St. Isidore Catholic Church. That will make the association so much easier to remember.

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I have a 1951-1954 [1] Remington-Rand Super-Riter on a stand next to me.

It has a zero (0) key but not a one (1) so the story really hit true!

It also has a lot more mix-up with punctuation compared to a "standard" computer keyboard, of which I've used since the mid-'80s, but to make up for that it has a cent sign and both 1/2 and 1/4 fractions.

(I'd say more about the typewriter itself but no one wants to hear about it, surely.)

1. I've tried placing the year comparing to other folks photos and serial numbers online. Mine has a single-key Keyboard Margin Control. Earlier versions had two and later had none (patent dispute). This range is the best I can do.

‘Fasten your seat belts, raise your tray table, and disconnect your Bluetooth headsets from the entertainment unit’

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Bluetooth? Thank you, no.

Long story short, I'll stick with my wired headphones thankyouverymuch. I travel with both the "good" ones for music (better passive isolation and sound reproduction) and the smaller "dry" ones for actual phone calls (better noise isolation on the mic even though the "good" ones have a mic also).

Now, offer me a seat with a built-in charging cable, with a guarantee it's power only and won't harvest my data, and I'll be willing to buy a splitter again to use that.

These six proposed bipartisan antitrust laws put Big Tech in the cross-hairs – and a House committee just OK'd them

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Re: All very laudable but...

"Laws are made with hindsight, not with foresight. Unfortunately."

Just like the military adage "you always plan for the last (previous) war". This happens to be a political-economic battlefield instead of an actual field marred by violence.

Researchers find evidence that stress does turn your hair grey, and it can be reversed – you just need a holiday

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A draft one ---> for the author

For using the line "taking a break from all your worries sure would help a lot", at a place where everyone knows their name.

Hungover Brits declare full English breakfast the solution to all their ills

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Back in college: junk food

Wish I even had options like those listed back then, although I would certainly avoid eggs in that situation, even to this day.

After many Friday night benders, Saturday morning came with waking by 0800 [1], no dormitory meal service until 1100, and plenty of homework to be done at the engineering computer lab before everyone else showed up in the afternoon. Despite the dehydration, plain water would not sit well, so the salt & fat components were often provided via vending machine, usually opting for a bag of chips/crisps and a candy bar. Pop (soda, etc.) was optional for the calming carbonation but I tried to avoid the additional dehydration of caffeine.

[1] No matter how late I staggered in, the traffic noise and general discomfort (stomach and/or headache) would always rouse me, save maybe once. I remember after a particularly bad night I had crashed with some friends, woke to my watch alarm, staggered back to the dorm, then crashed again. Not sure I even made "brunch" service that day.

US Air Force announces plan to assassinate molluscs with hypersonic missile

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Re: This is the US military...

Not true - the Dept of Defense is great at beating a dead horse!

(More accurately, the beatings move down the line when the management at suppliers, having learn from being beaten by the DoD customer, start beating their own engineering staff. I've been that horse before. And I've also beaten my own suppliers before, not realizing they were acting dead by refusing to make promised changes.)

Not really joking, so I can't use "joke alert" -->

Biden to Putin: Get your ransomware gangs under control and don’t you dare cyber-attack our infrastructure

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Putin quote

What I imagine he was thinking: “In my opinion, this is extremely important,” Putin said, that we keep it up and then some.

Do you come from a land Down Under? Where diesel's low and techies blunder

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Re: Check [your] phases....

Our church is still "small" but a large enough building to require a 3-phase feed from the lines at the main road, fed to different parts of the building.

Last Easter (yes, 2020, during lockdowns) when the church was only doing Facebook Live (and the worship team still came in person to perform), one phase was dropping intermittently, and we had no way to cross-connect, probably to avoid overloading the others. Half the sanctuary lights were out as were the outlets on one side, which fed:

  • Audio "digital snake" (Allen & Heath) for instrument microphones/inputs and monitor outputs
  • Keyboard, digital drums (also the sizeable Hammond organ that wasn't being used that day)
  • Powered monitor speakers
  • PoE switch feeding two "smart" headphone monitor mixers (Allen & Heath ME500)

The main AV system, including main mixer, main speakers and front monitors, screens, HDMI camera, iMac, etc. were fine, as well as the Wi-Fi and cable modem elsewhere in the building.

The sounds and visuals as the phase went in and out were scary: lights flickering, HVAC ramping up then going quiet again. Finally a member who was an electrician -- who had brought his daughters that day to sing -- figured it out and shut the affected main panels down completely.

On a "normal" Sunday, we could just use the piano (baby grand) and acoustic guitar and carry on. But no, this year we HAD to stream the service, so we HAD to have working audio. Thankfully, saving our Easter merely required some extension cords across the sanctuary stage from still-working outlets. Those outlets were never used, so we had capacity to spare.

(The local utility had things back up and running the next day, and by His grace we didn't toast any equipment in the process.)

IBM pulls up the ladder behind some supercomputer customers

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Lousiville Ladders

They made the ladder leading up to the attic over my garage, the fold-up kind that fits between joists and attaches to panel that also hides it; I assume they also made the spring/hinge/linkage system for the panel itself.

Giving the height of my garage ceiling, the first owner of the house (I'm the third) built a custom wooden "foot" with one more step plus a piece flat on the floor. This foot slides up into the main ladder's main rails; tight but effective and still removable to stow the ladder itself.

All together it's a very solid system as tested by me (250+ US pounds). It's safe enough that I let the kids up and down it whenever I have reason to open the hatch, with one basic rule: one on the ladder at a time.

I also have a Little Giant (quite versatile and strong but heavy!) and a Werner fiberglass (lighter for most indoor work but still solid). Can't argue with the established brands.

Prez Biden narrowly escapes cicada assassination attempt, hunkers down in Cornwall

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I have rarely been more proud of El Reg's unique reporting

If I could afford it, beers all around Vulture Central! Friday comes early!

No change control? Without suitable planning, a change can be as good as an arrest

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ALL engineering needs configuration management of the design, whether hardware or software/firmware.

I've worked major projects with "full" but inefficient CM that tied everyone up in meetings and layers of problem report (PR) > change request (CR) > change notice (CN) with the Change Review Board (CRB) involved at each step. This was in parallel with the Problem Review Board (PRB) that handled Test Incident Reports (TIRs), assigning them for engineer analysis and discussing/approving the results, leading to issuing Failure Analysis & Corrective Action Reports (FACARs) to the customer. Often the FACAR's corrective action approved by PRB included the PR fed straight to the CRB for action. Most of 2014-2017 was tied up in one or both of the processes (lots of meetings) and it was all tracked in Siemens Teamcenter.

I've done other tasks -- both at that same employer and my current one -- where engineers are getting hands-on doing the work of technicians and almost nothing is being documented. Wire harnesses, mechanical brackets, fluid fittings/hoses/pipes are being built and fit as needed and 3D models, 2D schematics, and software code/config lists are woefully incomplete. As such, when something goes wrong -- which it always does -- it's impossible for anyone from the outside to track down.

I've seen proper CM performed yet ignored when the "shop boys" grab a transmission control module (about the size of a large USB hard drive) to go with the new, upgraded powerpack only to find during road test that it shifts funny (or not at all under full throttle) since it had the config of the previous engine (different redline speed) and no one checked the vendor's part number on the TCM label which literally included the configuration identifier. I quickly identified the problem and all was resolved quickly but I also learned I had to check it myself before each prototype left the high bay.

Just in the last few months I have a manager who demands changes quickly, but doesn't allow for proper checks of the changes, then often enough sends the wrong (older) version out for customer review. It's quite embarrassing in review meetings to point out mistakes, especially his mistakes, and I'm certainly not earning any respect from him or customer but someone has to be focused on what's technically correct.

Tech teams of all flavors -- engineers, technicians, architects, scientists, and management -- who aren't doing CM at all -- or poor CM, or proper CM that gets ignored during build -- are not doing their company any favors. Proper review boards, or for smaller teams a single final approver, is a good call that I rarely see.

An anti-drone system that sneezes targets to death? Would that be a DARPA project? You betcha

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For the Schlock Mercenary fans

Sounds like "goober rounds" to me!

(Except they haven't figured out the respiration detect-and-protect nanomotile effect for living meat yet.)

That thing you were utterly sure would never happen? Yeah, well, guess what …

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Black Helicopters

Re: Guest Login

It was mentioned the system connected to was classified.

On a classified system there is No. Such. Thing. as a "guest login" PERIOD.

One may learn this the normal, tedious way -- proper training when becoming "cleared", and the whole process is not exactly easy but also not "hard" -- or the wrong way (allowed said access), which certainly counts as the "hard" way, since it will mostly likely end with doing "hard time" in prison.

Now that Trump is useless to Zuckerberg, ex-president is exiled from Facebook for two years, possibly indefinitely

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Re: Lifetime ban

Maybe after an appropriate application of aforementioned size 13 they'll rush to re-implement FB meetings again to prevent a repeat performance of such repartee. Don't wear out your welcome!

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Big Brother

Re: Not holding my breath

"Unless you choose to believe everything he says, which would require self-erasing memory to deal with the contradictions and any knowledge of existing facts."

'Murican Doublethink.

(Unless "doublethink" is universal enough to not need the prefix.)

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Re: Not holding my breath

"He cheats at golf. I've heard that can be very bad for one's health."

Depending on whom you are playing with cheating against. Some folks may be sore losers. I've heard of his golf outings and he probably actively avoids playing against those fair-minded yet violence-biased folks.

Snakes on a Plane meets The Simpsons as airline creates ‘whacker’ to scare reptiles away from parked A380s

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Joke

Is this or stomp on some weasels.

(This joke reserved for Close Personal Friends of (Weird) Al.)

Space junk damages International Space Station's robot arm

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Re: CSA goes all Monty Python

Good thing this line in that same scene didn't come true:

"A flesh wound?! Yer arm's off!"

Unfixable Apple M1 chip bug enables cross-process chatter, breaking OS security model

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Re: Just goes to show

Can I keep my typewriter, or is that too prone to mechanical interference/tampering? (1951 or -52 Remington Rand Super-Riter; all levers and rods, no 'leccy. It's a heavy beast.)

P.S. Someone messed with the ink vial when you weren't looking -- the quill has been hacked!

Be careful, 007. It’s just had a new coat of paint: Today is D-day for would-be Qs to apply to MI6

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"A large part of the job involves writing complex animations and unfathomable user interfaces on an unfeasibly large screen when you're trying to break a password."

It's been done for decades; I usually visualize the climactic scene of "Wargames" when it comes to complex animations, unfeasibly large screen(s), and brute-forcing launch codes (passwords).

Just what is the poop capacity of an unladen sparrow? We ask because one got into the office and left quite a mess

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Re: Birds...

'Tis true! You can buy the fancy (and expensive) pre-mixed pepper oil, but I make my own with a bottle of hot sauce and veg oil (both can even be cheap dollar store variety). I found mixing only what you need at a time works best. Recipe for my tube feeder: start with just under three pounds of mixed seed in a dedicated bucket, mix 1 oz oil with 1 oz hot sauce in a small glass, drizzle over seed, stir until fully coated, pour into feeder.

Without the pepper, not only did we get squirrels but even white-tailed deer could eat the whole tube-full in a night.

Pepper-flavored suet works great also, as long as it's not cheap. C&S Products works best compared to any store's house brand. Anything non-pepper, especially heavy on the peanuts, brings the squirrels like crazy.

Microsoft: Purveyors of the finest BORK since the 1990s

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Re: Back Orifice

Like this?

User Friendly used to be "the geek's strip" before XKCD came along.

Steve Wozniak to take stand: $1m suit claiming Woz stole idea for branded tech boot camp goes to trial

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In my opinion, this issue is not copyright; the name of a school is a trademark (TM)/service mark (SM) depending on if you view the education sold as a product or service. (Remember, US law, you fine folks in Blighty, Oz, and elsewhere; not sure if your law differentiates.)

How can anyone other than Woz himself create/own a TM/SM for a school name/logo based on Woz's name unless it was a licensing agreement and Woz essentially "sold" his name away? Thus, there would have been money changing hands and Woz may indeed owe this guy something.

If the initial "school" had its own curriculum developed, that could be copyrightable, and if copied by Woz later, that's an issue, however the article indicates both attempts were going to use someone else's coursework.

Apple sent my data to the FBI, says boss of controversial research paper trove Sci-Hub

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WTF?

That's fine for academics, but...

What about industry groups and standards?

Wouldn't it be a whole lot easier to design to standards and be able to select standardized components for use if the standards themselves were free? There is no single author I can ask for a copy.

(I'm looking mostly at you, SAE**, because you've become a major repository of tech data the US DoD doesn't want to maintain itself in publicly-accessible copyright-free "Distribution A" military standards/specifications.

** Society of Automotive Engineers. My last job had a company-wide unlimited IHS subscription include the entire SAE Digital Library, but I'm not sure my current employer has company-wide access yet -- they do for IEEE Xplore. They pay me well, but not well enough for me to use my own dosh at $80 a document.)

43 years and 14 billion miles later, Voyager 1 still crunching data to reveal secrets of the interstellar medium

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Re: Often overlooked

Just in my lifetime (and speaking from my own country, YMMV):

* Growth of analog TV channels, then sudden conversion to digital = likely lower total broadcast power and less "noise" of spillage to other frequencies.

* Death of many radio stations (which may have a digital conversion of their own someday).

* Rise of analog mobile phones, then quickly killed for digital, which is limited to only a few frequency bands.

* Rise of Wi-Fi, again limited in frequency spread.

* Overall better EM design in many products compared to industry and appliances of 50 to 100 years ago.

Does this actually mean we're wasting less EM/RF into space even as we use more in this thin shell of atmosphere? Maybe. Can NASA tell us?

Crane horror Reg reader uses his severed finger to unlock Samsung Galaxy phone

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Re: finger in glove

Got my right thumb smashed in mid June 2013 or 14 by my nephew wielding a maul while hammering in stakes to hold our newly-built "playscape" to the backyard lawn. Nothing broke, but had urgent care use what looked like a soldering iron to burn two holes right through the nail to bleed out the extra blood to ease the swelling. Lost the nail within a couple weeks; it grew back in about six months, stronger than ever.

Yahoo! and! AOL! sold! for! $5bn! as! Verizon! abandons! media! empire! dreams!

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Re: Believ[ing] in Gods

Don't need the plural -- just one God will suffice for me, although the whole trinity thing (one? or three?) is understandably a bit confusing to many folks.

Traffic lights, who needs 'em? Lucky Kentucky residents up in arms over first roundabout

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Re: Check out Freakonomics episode 454

(Either you're joking, and I'm about to ruin it, or you're hinting at the reality which I'm about to detail...)

That's next door, over in Oakland County, so yeah I've heard about them and know the concept.

1. Michigan Dept. of Trans. (DOT) used that in Auburn Hills at Interstate 75 (I-75) & University Drive, north of Fiat Chrysler HQ, leading to Oakland University. I haven't driven through that yet, and even if my kids eventually go to OU I'll just use M-59 to get there from Macomb.

2. Another is under construction a-ways south of there, in Troy, at I-75 and Big Beaver Road. I have been through that area quite a few times, but only to go to a certain mall for a certain restaurant that recently opened a standalone location down the road only 3 miles from home. So again I will likely never have reason to traverse that future Div-D.

Michigan may have more but that's all I know of for sure. If #1 didn't work okay, they certainly wouldn't build #2, which has more lanes.

(Roundabouts and Div-D in Michigan are possible. Making Ohio stop the endless construction on I-75 is not. Go ahead and try. Better luck getting them to give back Toledo.)

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Re: Check out Freakonomics episode 454

In my opinion, roundabouts are helping here in Macomb County, Michigan (north of Detroit, of all places).

The first major one (2-3 lanes, no lights) can be a bit of a mess when certain directions back up, but a particular couple (only yards apart, both 2 lanes) have been a HUGE improvement over the former light-induced gridlock. Most others are small single-lane affairs replacing stop signs that work but they don't experience as much traffic.

The County is planning more and I'm glad for it.

I've commuted, I've driven the family around (school, church, errands), and I've even done gig driving (GrubHub). Anything that reduces crashes and delays while increasing general throughput is fine with me.

Now, if you want to talk about the effectiveness of the "Michigan Left", be ready for a flame war -- many on both sides feel strongly. I've been here 16 of my 41 years and am mixed about it, especially since the devil is in the details about the turnaround distance from main intersection, turnaround width (some are way too narrow), light timings, etc.

Don't cross the team tasked with policing the surfing habits of California's teens

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I made a friend at my last job (Stryker / Abrams HQ) that was a janitor (cleaner), along with some of his friends who did maintenance (mostly A/C and boilers), all union.

Naturally, all the "blue-collar" guys in the prototype shop, especially the "high bay" driver-mechanics [1] were all union with the big one: UAW (United Auto Workers).

Whenever the UAW agreements were up for renegotiation, the others quickly followed. Thankfully I never had to cross their picket line, because without contracts us engineers had zero solidarity [2] lest we be shown the door, and management remind us of this every time.

Janitor Friend kept me in the loop the last time this happened before I left for good. His union had been protecting bad apples and company management knew it. The union could have everything they wanted THIS time, but they were warned that the next time there would be no negotiation -- the contract would be finished and all the union janitors would be let go for cheaper non-union, probably outsourced to a cleaning company.

I've been at my new job 3 years now, so I'm sure the trigger has been pulled on my friend, the Good Guy of the cleaning crew. It's sad that those with proper work ethic get burned by association.

1. Union driver-mechanics actually built and drove the prototype vehicles -- us engineers just got to occasionally direct them if we were nice about it. I learned some of their names eventually; they trusted me because I knew my $hit and didn't act arrogant about being a white-collar engineer.

2. Us engineers still got at least one tangible benefit: the unions around Detroit, UAW especially, still push for a full week of paid holiday between Christmas and New Year's Day -- owing to the strong Catholic Polish/Italian and Lutheran German local populations -- so naturally everyone in the company got it also. Without the shop, maintenance, janitors, etc. it wasn't worth it to stay open. (In this new job, I have to spend vacation time instead, but I get more of that to use; it's a wash.)

iFixit wants you to be legally able to break software locks to repair gizmos. Unsurprisingly, manufacturers are less keen

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Even DNA is open source: with the right tools, anyone can read your personal source code from a suitable sample. Copy (duplicate) it -- just the code -- too. Works for other organisms, although the language may differ.

(Duplicating the entire wetware created FROM a complete copy of source code is another matter entirely.)

We seem to have materialized in a universe in which Barney the Purple Dinosaur is designing iPhones for Apple

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Re: Bondi Blue?

And most office kit ran the other way to almost-black grays.

(Then Apple went full black with the iDevices, then white, then shiny metal, then colors, now returning to their desktop kit. This style stuff appears to go in cycles, just like everything else in culture.)

Cracked copies of Microsoft Office and Adobe Photoshop steal your session cookies, browser history, crypto-coins

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Re: You're cracked if you're running cracked software

FnordBook.

At least that's the sense of uneasiness and dread I get when I see what my "friends" have been posting.

I've got the power! Or have I? Uninterruptible Phone-disposal Stuffup

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Re: "Doing an OVH"

More mix-up: I'm about to take a trip to my parents' place, through multiple metro areas with HOV lanes. With the whole family in the rental minivan we certainly qualify as HOV, but sure hope it doesn't OVHeat! (Thermal, that is, not to be confused with the 'overeat' I might do at a few choice restaurants; if that were OVH-eat you may call me Mr. Creosote.)

What's that? Go on and leave and take the lame jokes with me? Fine...

Android, iOS beam telemetry to Google, Apple even when you tell them not to – study

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"Because knee-jerk absolutism has achieved little in the last twenty years."

Or forty, most of which I can remember. (I'm not counting my first orbit for sake of a large, round number.)

Trying to argue subtleties against knee-jerkers would make me lose ALL my social-media friends... if I paid more attention to social-media and actually tried to argue reason and nuance.

We all understand communication is important to relationships, be they transactional/professional or deeply intimate and everything in between -- man is a social creature, after all. But technology is now creating, storing, and sharing information outside of our direct awareness at a speed too fast for our limited wetware (as an AI in one webcomic put it: "MEAT IS TOO SLOW"). That lack of direct awareness causes many to resign to apathy and others to paranoia -- both resorting to their own dogma -- and thus nuance dies.

BOFH: Bullying? Not on my watch! (It's a Rolex)

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Re: Contracts? Must be nice.

"That's only for you southern left-pondians."

Sorry, I forgot the "left-pond" description also applies to you fine folks across the rivers (Detroit & St. Clair) from me.

(With regards to the "southern" bit; the majority of GWN population is more east of my average personal position than it is north. But if taking 'Murica as a whole, the geographic and population centers definitely are more to the south.)

Can I come over and stay a while -- a LONG while -- and bring the family, too?

Clothes retailer Fatface: Someone's broken in and accessed your personal data, including partial card payment details... Don't tell anyone

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Re: Please do keep this email ... strictly private and confidential.

A pure Streisand moment.

Icon: closest person/thing ===>>

Workday bets big on staff coming back to the office by splurging $172.5m on HQ and five more Bay Area buildings

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Re: Nope

At Stryker HQ, meetings that had more than local people -- quite often -- used one platform or another (no telling what they use now; I left 3 years ago) with all the local people huddled in one room since the desk phones were old (speaker but no mic), rarely anyone had headsets, etc. Sometimes it was phone-call-only, sometimes desktop share actually worked.

In current role, we often started projects that way using Webex, mostly for the desktop sharing. Everyone had laptops and often brought them. Then everyone slowly migrated back to their own desks and still used the Webex, especially once the computer-phone audio got bridged. During pandemic, we all converted to a competitor (no, I'm not telling) but the meetings haven't changed one bit. A month ago they also cancelled the former phone/voicemail service so my office desk phone is dead and my line routes to my laptop as a softphone.

Force me back to the office; I still won't leave my desk just like I don't leave my "home office" now. Same laptop, same headset, same El Reg to read.

Prince Harry, the Count of Montecito, turns Silicon Valley startup exec with first job based in 21st Century

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Re: Name?

"Proper" would actually be Henry, not Harry. Henry Windsor or Henry Mountbatten sound so much more priggish*.

* I hope that's a sufficient descriptor; I'm just a stupid Left Pondian versed in a bastardized language, but I do know his legal name from his popular/nick-name.

Chairman, CEO of Nominet ousted as member rebellion drives .uk registry back to non-commercial roots

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Re: It ain't over til it's over, or as was said many Moons ago

Meet the new boss;

same as the old boss...

WiMAX? 'Dead with no known users': Linux tips code in the recycle bin

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FAIL

A small town in Minnesota

...attempted to create "municipal broadband" using WiMAX, one transmitter of which was located on top of a recently-built water tower, which was on the opposite side of the small lake my parents live on.

Previously said parental units had dial-up, usually courtesy of my brother or I's accounts through local-ish Major State Public University. But after we all left, they decided to go the high-speed route and neither cable nor standard telco had decent offerings in their neighborhood [1].

Due to a direct sight-line across the lake, they thought they had a great solution (the closest base in the other direction was up a hill with a grove of tall pine trees in the way).

It. Plain. Sucked.

The signal was weak from Day 1, and the transceiver flaky. The city IT kept blaming my parents computer, FINALLY upgrading their equipment after years of issues and sending a tech with tools to find just the right spot in their home office (spare bedroom) to mount/orient the antenna.

They might have been the first/last/only customers (as far as I know) right up to the point when the city pulled the plug. By then the local telco finally upgraded things well enough for a DSL-like connection that was worth the price.

Wasted time, wasted money, lots of frustration. No tears shed for the passing of WiMAX.

[1] Their "neighborhood" is an old section of a state highway that ran close to said lake and was bypassed long ago but only annexed into the city proper within my lifetime; the wiring infrastructure is older than me and they are almost 2 miles from "downtown".

(If my brother visits these forums, he can feel free to correct anything I remembered wrong, because most of it is secondhand hearsay from "the folks".)

We can't avoid it any longer. Here's a story about the NFT mania... aka someone bought a JPEG for $69m in Ether

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Re: What is this

"there could be a billion copies all identical"

Where's it stored right now? Another leaky S3 bucket? An unattended FTP with anonymous login still enabled?

Given enough time a vuln will be exploited* and the data will flow.

* My bet is the biggest vuln is the stupidity of the "buyer" to believe they "own" this data. They will do something even more incredibly idiotic causing the copies to commence.

Surprise: Automated driving biz finds automated driving safer than letting you get behind the wheel

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Devil

Weather

"Chandler, a popular venue for testing automated cars in the United States due to its favorable weather..."

OA mentioned Waymo's issue with snow, but how about rain, fog, poor lighting (especially dawn & dusk [1]), blocked vision by large trucks (lorries for most of you) [2] are more of the real-world conditions I want simulated and tested. Devil's in the details! ----->

Univ of Michigan in Ann Arbor and the Center for Automotive Research (CAR) have a nice test facility in Ann Arbor. What do actual results from that say?

[1] Amplified by other drivers who won't turn their lights on even though the sun hasn't yet risen or has already set. I've only owned cars -- oldest being a 1998 Buick -- that are quite liberal with "daytime running lamps" (headlights on, low beam, but taillights off) whenever in gear at a minimum, later ones (Chevys)whenever the engine is running. The Chevys could be overridden at any time for the current ignition cycle, but funny that the Buick couldn't -- lights on when in gear, period, no override.

[2] Go ahead, try to leave proper stopping/vision distance behind any vehicle, not just large ones. You'll get someone cut in Every. Damn. Time. Sure the AI responds by slowing to leave more distance, but how much time will that waste? (I know, if a crash happens because I didn't leave more distance to the person who cut me off then it doesn't matter if I saved 5 seconds up to that point. Statistically it's probably a wash in the long run.)

Google's ex-boss tells the US it's time to take the gloves off on autonomous weapons

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Re: Question....

What happens when the current media -- and populace as a whole -- are split nigh-evenly into thinking the "other half" are inhuman?

New personal working theory: US politics only works because of MAD.

---> Mine's the windbreaker; it's quite breezy up here on the tightrope over the narrowing middle ground. Don't look down.

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