* Posts by richdin

21 posts • joined 24 Aug 2018

Dutch Gateway store was kept udder wraps for centuries until refit dug up computing history


Re: I've been there! 1998?

Cow tipping?

And what is this infatuation with bovines? Tucows? Cult of the Dead Cow? Gateway...? Mad Cow disease?

Smile? Not bloody likely: Day 6 of wobbly services and still no hint to UK online bank's customers about what's actually wrong


Re: "for we like sheep ..."

I have a NO ONLINE TRANSACTIONS order on my account - I can RECEIVE money, but cannot TRANSMIT funds online, only over the phone or by conventional means (check, cc). I sleep much easier this way - even if someone hacks my account, the bank can only blame itself.

BTW - Surely you all don't mean Shirley (or am I missing a Britishism?)

Hey NYPD, when you're done tear-gassing and running over protesters, can you tell us about your spy gear?


Re: $8.8 trillion looted

A study was made whether the tribe of Indians who sold Manhattan Island got stiffed or not - turned out that the $24 deposited in an account with compound interest for 400 years was worth more than the combined real estate on the Island!!


Before IBM started axing staff, it told them Q3 2020 would be super-busy with post-lockdown catch-up jobs


Once it was the other way around...

Back in the good ole days, I worked for IBM and the company had a fantastic way to get us to use our vacation days - when we had a short business trip, for example a 48hr jaunt to London, the company would induce us to buy the week long ticket (which was much cheaper than flying out Monday and returning the day after)... and the savings on the ticket was applied to your extended hotel stay. It didn't cost the company a penny more, and got us to reduce our vacation days balance (which was a direct hit on the company's bottom line as these needed to be set aside on the budget). Not to mention doing wonders for morale. A win-win.

eBay users spot the online auction house port-scanning their PCs. Um... is that OK?


Re: Fraud is a big issue for etailer

Diet? Makes sense about the flavour. Though better us on them than vice versa...

Mad dash for webcams with surge in videoconferencing has turned out rather nicely for Logitech


It's called DroidCam

...and it's great!

I wanted to use my old Microsoft webcam on the MS Win10 box I had to set up for the kid's remote school platform... but it wouldn't work. Obviously. Refused to shell out for a new MS webcam on principle. Connected the cam to one of my Linux systems - which worked flawlessly - and took out an old phone from the junk drawer with a USB cable and DroidCam. Problem solved. I'll buy him a new Logitech camera when prices return to earth.

So how do the coronavirus smartphone tracking apps actually work and should you download one to help?


Re: The Bells!

or Yellow six-pointed stars?

Wanted: An exit strategy from the overt surveillance of smartphone contact tracing


Burners won't help

What do you think will happen with a burner phone? You still have to connect to some network in order to talk. All they have to do is filter out the "known" phones (ID'ed) - showing just the burner phones... you make it easier to track and marked yourself as an object of interest.



I installed a piece of [governmentally created] tracking software on my phone, which tracks my location vis-a-vis potential infection vectors... as I am only going from home to supermarket and back (we are under lock down). When this is over, I intend to flash my phone with a new operating system (/e/) - don't even trust the removal of the program to suffice... one can never be too paranoid.

Cloudflare dumps Google's reCAPTCHA, moves to hCaptcha as free ride ends (and something about privacy)


Re: Audio versions

A Milky Way is a Mars Bar, a 3 Musketeers is a Milky Way, etc.

This is why we kicked you out of the colonies.

Samsung's Galaxy S7 line has had a good run with four years of security updates – but you'll want to trade yours in now



How about installing an alternative OS for your now unsupported phone?


Where's the best place to add Mentos to Diet Coke for the most foam? How big are the individual bubbles? Has science gone too far?


Worthy of ig-noble award...

After 20-year battle, Channel island Sark finally earns the right to exist on the internet with its own top-level domain


Re: TLD's of interest to radio amateurs (hams)

Waiting impatiently!~


London's Metropolitan Police flip the switch: Smile, fellow citizens... you're undergoing Live Facial Recognition


Re: Corona masking

Not only eyes - the ears are a big factor

The time PC Tools spared an aerospace techie the blushes


timescales - you certainly know millisecond, microsecond, nanosecond, picosecond...

An ohnosecond - that brief period of time between you pressing Enter and your brain comprehending that you have done something stupendously irreversible

WeWork, but We don't IPO: Self-styled techie boarding house calls off cursed stock offering


Re: No Meat... No IPO!

I eat processed greens... cow eats grass... I eat cow.

Intel swallows Brit chip slinger Omnitek in bid to boost FPGA business


TAM goes with SAM (served available market)... as in "the TAM is $8B, but we are targeting this little niche - where we have 95% market share of $100k"

Israeli Moon probe crashes at the last minute but SpaceX scores with Falcon Heavy launch


Re: as the saying goes – space is hard.

Lithobr[e]aking - resulting in rapid unscheduled disassembly?

Lunar lander's brief jaunt will place Israel as fourth country to make soft landing on Moon


Re: Question

Using the earth as a slingshot instead of carrying a lot of fuel...

You can see a simulation (and track live): http://live.spaceil.com/

Be'eresheet = Genesis (first book of the bible)

BT: We're stocking warehouses with kit ahead of Brexit to avoid shortages


Re: import from America or else where?

The UK can have trade agreements in place to simplify matters - without being a member of the EU.

Israel, not an EU country, has agreements with the EU (and exactly like the trade agreements with the USA) to simplify transfer of goods (and in most cases without even paying any customs taxes)...

(disclosure - it's usually the Israeli Standards Institute that is the big pain in the rear trying to get their pound of flesh with mandatory "testing" for anything remotely interesting...)

Just how rigged is America's broadband world? A deep dive into one US city reveals all


Not always a matter of BW

I get 200/200Mb service for ~ $30 in Tel Aviv. 1000/1000Mb for $50 if I wanted it.

Problem is the link from Israel to RoW. That's throttling the experience more than anything else.


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