* Posts by Ghostman

169 publicly visible posts • joined 30 Oct 2018


SAP hits brakes on Tesla company car deal


Re: Why does a software company need company cars?

Ever heard of trains or maybe the more efficient Zoom ?

How many houses, or business, have a train station at the front door?

Angry mob trashes and sets fire to Waymo self-driving car


Did anybody notice?

That the flashing light on the top of the car was blue? Folks must have thought it was a police car, or it came into a crowd on a street closed for the festival.

HP's CEO spells it out: You're a 'bad investment' if you don't buy HP supplies


Re: Yeah, I used HP cartridges & still got screwed over

I do have an HP AIO inkjet, which I have told HP by email, that this is the last HP printer I will ever buy. I also told them that I will inform my customers to not buy HP due to the problem with drivers, ink replacement, unable to use the scan function unless you log into your HP account in the cloud, and just how "helpful" HP support is.

I have figured a way to print without any connection to the printer and told HP "support" .

The HP "support" person was not impressed when I told them how I was going to inform my customers with a retort of go ahead.

He kinda got the message when I explained that I sell the 8600 and 8700 printers by the pallet load (one attorney bought the 8700 AIO for all the paralegals and attorneys). He liked the idea of being able to send a message to a certain para immediately instead of the company email to the printers email.

When I told him to look up the sales figures from my store, he kinda got defensive about me telling the bad news to customers.

Every store now needs to post that article in the HP printer section so consumers can know what HP thinks of them. Maybe HP will come to their senses and back down.

Drivers: We'll take that plain dumb car over a flashy data-spilling internet one, thanks


Re: The older the better

I don't believe you have experienced any of that. I've driven Fords, Toyota's, Chevys, Dodges, Nissans, a lot of different models while looking for a new car. Nothing like what you describe.


Re: The older the better

I've had to disable all those "features " on my wife's' car. Driving on the interstate it brakes any time someone comes between you and the car you've maintained what the car thinks is the "correct" distance, and it doesn't do it in a nice way. Try to move over a lane, the steering wheel would actually fight you to go over the line. The worst one was the "You seem to be tired, please pull over now" messages. The car would try to make you pull to the emergency lane. I've got experience with these cars. You obviously don't.

NASA, Lockheed Martin reveal subtly supersonic X-59 plane


Re: Slow down

Trump disqualified himself.

As much as I hate political discussion in a science thread, I've got to ask these questions.

How did he disqualify himself?

What happened to "innocent until proven guilty"?

Even if he is off the ballot, there is always the write in vote.

Sorry about continuing this folks.

A tale of 2 casino ransomware attacks: One paid out, one did not


Re: They wouldn't have done this 60 years ago

The next press conference 48 hours later:

We have called this conference to inform our guests, the public, and the media, that the threat of release of information from the recent data breach has been resolved.

All data and all media containing that data have been turned over to us. We are now contacting anyone whose account was found in the data breach to log onto their accounts, check for any problems, and to change the passwords to a minimum of 8 letters, 2 numbers, and a special character for a total of 11 inputs.

We are assured that the instigators will no longer be able to cause problems like this again, and that their network has been dismantled and destroyed.

We would like to thank the media for their response to our earlier requests in getting out the directives to the criminal element that caused this disturbance, and hope you will report that any more issues of this type will be met with similar enforcement.

Reporter: Sir! Does this have anything to do with the explosion a fire that burned down a warehouse complex in RickyTikistan last night?

Speaker: Where is that Rikistan place?

Reporter 2: Do you have any information on why 9 people were found dead, hanging from the railing of the police building? And why was their fingers and toes removed? Worse yet, did you know that their skin had been practically peeled from their bodies, including their faces?

Speaker: Somebody must have been really mad at whoever they were.

Reporter 3: Something different here, but I would like to acknowledge you for what you did this morning. This morning you grilled chunks of meat and then took it down to the homeless groups and gave the cooked meat to some of their dogs and invited the group to be at the rear area for lunch today. A very humanitarian guesture.

Speaker: Thank you, we try to do good in this mean old world for those less fortunate. We have to leave so we can set up for the big picnic outside, so we again thank you for coming to the press conference. Oh yeah. You are all invited to come and talk with those attending, and eat a little if you want.

A few minutes later in an upstairs suite. Well Mr. negotiator, here is your million dollars we agreed upon. Keep your mouth shut, don't try anything like this again, and you won't become dog meat.


Re: They wouldn't have done this 60 years ago

A press conference from the Las Vegas Strip:

Good afternoon. The Casino has had a data breach. The ones who have illegally broken into our database with personal information of our guests is demanding a ransom of 30 million in crypto for the promise of them not releasing the data.

We spoke with their negotiator, interviewed him, and extracted the data we need to start the manhunt for those who thought this was a good idea. They should in a few hours receive the negotiator and understand the error of their ways.

We called the media here to announce that we will not be paying the ransom. We wish to let those who have created this problem know that we do take this seriously, but we will not tolerate it.

Any and all data, including the media it is stored on, will need to be returned, intact, with no, repeat, no distribution to us within 24 hours. There will be no recriminations other than the legal ones for the actual data breach.

If the data, any of the data, has been distributed, clients contacted, accounts hacked, then the gloves are off. If our demands are not met, the gloves are off.

24 hours from now, 10 million in cash will be placed in a reward account for return of the data, media holding the data, and physical proof that the miscreants can no longer steal data and demand a ransom for it's "possible return". You, the ones who stole the data, are not eligible for the reward.

In a few hours you will realize just how seriously we take this affront to the security of our guests and clients.

We know the requisite 4 Ws. We know Who you are, Where you are, When you are there, and What you did to enter our system.

We will not at this time entertain questions from the media, we do request that you put this out immediately.

You don't get what you don't pay for, but nobody is paid enough to be abused


Re: Jedes Schrift'l ist ein Gift'l

I sometimes need the subtitles for Top Gear when Freddie is speaking, and I'm Scottish, from the southern US.

Missing tomatoes ketchup with ISS crew after almost a year lost in space


Sonny Carter took Finchers Bar-b-Que on a mission. The sandwich was no problem, but the Brunswick Stew had to be thickened so it would stay in the cup.


Check out the menu. One of the old locations was only a mile from where we lived when I was a kid. If the wind was right, you could smell the meat being smoked overnight. Back then we slept with the windows open (note: before a/c)

Hunters International leaks pre-op plastic surgery pics in negotiation no-no


Find these guys, extradite them to the US, particularly the deep south. There are ways to get the information out of them that folks across the pond wouldn't know about.

Astronomers spot collision between two exoplanets, both feared vaporized


Re: Nah ... it just had an encounter

An Illudium Q-36 Explosive space Modulator?

Engineers pave the way for building lunar roads with Moon dust


Re: Inevitably


This has been used in the US for some time. A lot of roads in the boonies have been repaved this way. Less materials trucked in, less fuel used, less wear and tear on the roads.

Not even the ghost of obsolescence can coerce users onto Windows 11


Re: Mem'ries...

The result was that hardware that will run Windows 10 perfectly well will not accept the new operating system.

How many remember trying to run Win 95 hardware after an "upgrade" to Win98? Printers, scanners, sound cards, video cards, hardly any would run on Win98 after the upgrade.

The alternative to stopping climate change is untested carbon capture tech


Re: Carbon capture at home?

Well, I've got about 15K trees on my property, and my neighbor has pretty close to that amount. Add to that we live almost in the center of a small town, so I think we help "adjust" the co2 in our area. We agreed to not cut down live trees unless they were blown over by a storm, and use the wood to help heat our homes, which causes us to pull less power from the local grid during really cold days.

Chap blew up critical equipment on his first day – but it wasn't his volt


Re: Should this be so easy?

I actually built up some new customers who had problems with their new computers that weren't bought at my location. Guy brought in his computer saying it just wouldn't start up past the blinking cursor.

He had taken it back several times to the store he bought it at and they couldn't be any help since they were basically a department store who sold boxed computer sets as a sideline.

He set the computer down on my tech bench and i connected it up to my system. Turned it on, blinking cursor came up, turned off. Looked around the back, told him I can fix it.

Put both hands on the front and back, and in my best faith healer voice said "A-HEALLL". Turned computer back on, up came the POST screen and then the set up screen.

The guy was speechless. Asked how much he owed and I told him nothing. All I did was change the power switch from 220 to 115 when I was holding onto the computer.

Turns out, he was a local pastor and told his congregation he had met the best person to work on computers. Got a lot of customers from that.

No, no, no! Disco joke hit bum note in the rehab center


How about In-A-Godda-Da-Vida, with the drum solo.

We need to be first on the Moon, uh, again, says NASA


Re: Stupid

Frankly, an off-the-shelf .22 LR modified slightly to allow gloved operation should be all that's necessary into the foreseeable future. Ammo's lightweight, too, making it cheap to lift out of Earth's gravity well.

Look up the trigger actuator for winter operations made for the M-1 rifle. There were several different ones that could be used by simply using the gloved hand to squeeze "the bar" and pull the trigger. Others simply looped through the trigger guard, secured with a set screw and you pushed down on the extended trigger pad.

BOFH: Postman BOFH's Special Delivery Service



here is the house the developer of Crisco built in my home town.

Florida man might just stick it to HP for injecting sneaky DRM update into his printers that rejected non-HP ink


Re: Used to buy Lexmark

Back in the day I used to buy Lexmark inkjet printers, cost of printer with a black and a color cartridge was £19.99.

I worked at a big box computer/office supply store until I retired. I had several Lexmark printers because back then you had one for photo printing, one for the odd print that needed color, and a laser to print most of your pages.

Well, up comes a firmware update for the huge for home laser printer. Works fine for about a week. Then, every printer came up "end of life". Didn't matter which one, all were "end of life" and would do nothing.

Calls to Lexmark were wasted time since they told me basically that my printers no longer worked since they were at their "end of life". Didn't care that one was so new that replacement cartridges had just been bought since the ones that came with it were almost empty. No help at all. Told them where I worked and I would be telling all my customers about what Lexmark had done to my printers and how much it cost to replace them. Very few of their products were sold at my store from there on out. Only exception was the $10.99 printer that was sold for a while and only used one cartridge for printing. Cost of that was $29.99. Sold one hell of a lot of those printers, but no refills. They discontinued that printer a couple months after it came out and pulled all the ink from the stores.

Lexmark then got the contract with Dell to supply their printers. That didn't last too long either.

lexmark closed the inkjet division and made only laser printers for a while, in 2016 APEX pretty much bought them out but the laser printers are still under the Lexmark name.

Quirky QWERTY killed a password in Paris


Re: All your QWERTY belong to us...

The correct way is 30/Jun/2023, which is very hard to misinterpret

NOPE: June 30, 2023


Re: All your QWERTY belong to us...

As for 4th of July, note that they don't similarly say 11th of September, so it's not merely a convention to refer to significant dates in D/M order. This makes me wonder if the discrepancy is then a historical thing based on their linguistic influences back when the 4th of July occurred - i.e. they started referring to it as the 4th of July simply because that's how they said dates back then, and that particular combination of words has then stuck as a way to refer to the event even though the way in which they say dates in general has subsequently changed?

No, not at all. The heading on the Declaration Of Independence has the date written out "July 4, 1776". You can say July4th, talk about what you're going to do for the 4th, if you are taking a trip for the 4th, or even ask "planning to do something on the 4th?

The date has basically become a question from the middle of June till July 4th. The date to us in the USA is so important to us that we say the date as if it was a title, much like Christmas Day is a title for December 25th.

The day to us is just that important.

Pakistan turns its back on crypto to keep anti-terrorism watchdogs happy


Re: I feel bad for Pakistanis

Yep. Think of us in the US. High inflation, higher prices, and the Dems want to install a national digital currency.

BOFH takes a visit to retro computing land


Re: Short, shameful confession

Like the ones I used to program the CNC machines to produce the brackets to hold coffee pots on the KC-135?

BOFH: The Board members are looking very ill these days


Re: Compassion

Only three stars? Oh, doesn't work in the US. Alrighty then.

BOFH: Ah. Company-branded merch. So much better than a bonus


Re: When do people understand that cash rules?

In high school chemistry class we made phosphine.


Re: Acronym-Ignorant

I'm from the US, and I approve your message.

Professor freezes student grades after ChatGPT claimed AI wrote their papers


Re: LLMs: plagiarism devices

I'm taking a little effort here to give you some information you seem to not know. Well, hopefully you didn't know this and weren't just spreading the same ole crap around.

There never was an American Civil War. No mention of it in government papers from either side, even the large collection of books printed by the War Department in 1880 referred to it as "The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies". Hows' that for a title? This was printed by the Government Printing Office by an act of congress in 1880. I'm fairly sure that if it HAD been a civil war, it would have been mentioned in the title, or at least somewhere in that series of books.

The Confederacy did not want to take over Washington. If so, they would have done so very easily after the 1st Manasas battle when the Union troops fled the field, ran past the spectators/picnickers and hid out amongst the buildings of D.C.. Actually, the war could have been over before that.

Have you ever been to Arlington? Did you know that it was the home of Robert E. Lee? Have you been to the grave site of John F. Kennedy? Think a few cannons at that location, or even on the higher ground around the Lee homestead? Not very much of D.C. at that time would have been out of reach of Naval cannons. A couple hours of bombardment would have brought the Federal government to it's knees. A capitulation by Lincoln would have closed the deal fairly quickly.

The ONLY reason people refer it as a civil war was that Lincoln in his Gettysburg address said "we are now engaged in a great civil war".

So please refer to it as the War of Secession, War Between The States, War of Southern Independence, The Late Rebellion, The War of 61 to 65 (most accurate), and not use the improper name of civil war.

If needed, I can send you digital copies of the over 300,000 pages. You may need those if you still believe the war was fought to free slaves.

How insecure is America's FirstNet emergency response system? Seriously, anyone know?


They trusted who?

AT&T. Oh My God!! At least they didn't give the contract to somebody that's been hacked 5 times in 6 years. Yes, T-Mobile, I think it's time to change my phone number again. What with somebody calling me every 4 minutes with offers of free Covid tests, calling from the "Medicare Help Center" and all the numbers come back as not in service.

America ain't exactly outlawing gas cars but it's steering hard into EVs


Older Cars

We could find older cars and trucks. For the 80K+ price of a new one (truck), you could take an older model (70-90) put in a crate motor, refurbish the vehicle to 0 miles quality, new paint, needed safety features (3 point seat belts, air bags), and a Bluetooth sound system. OH, yeah, an EFI fuel system.

Techie fired for inventing an acronym – and accidentally applying it to the boss


Re: Three Letter Acronyms are not enough

I've run into quite a few SNOACs in my day. People who Should Not Own a Computer.

John Deere urged to surrender source code under GPL


I just use my old Ford 8-N

We use an old Ford 8-N tractor. While it will only plow, furrow, plant, spray, and harvest 2 rows at a time, all I have to do is make sure it's got gas and the battery is charged. Hook the appropriate machinery to the three point hitch and the PTO if needed and I'm ready to go.

Nothing electronic on it, still uses the old points, plugs, and condenser ignition system. Use is measured in hours by a cable hooked to the driveshaft.

I look for some of the bigger farms to buy up a lot of these and use them in tandem. Makes more sense to hire a few more people to run tractors that will almost always be available and any average farm guy can fix than have an expensive piece of iron sitting in the shed keeping you from getting anything done. Repairs on the old Ford can be done in the shed down to and including rebuilding the engine.

Biden: I want standard EV chargers made in America by 2024 – get on it


Re: I'm starting to think this is the wrong approach

There's so much focus on chargers on the road because people are too locked into thinking about the way it works today with gas stations. If everyone had a way to charge their car where it is parked each night, that's where 98% of charging would happen. The overwhelming majority of places that sell gasoline today would not refit with charging stations, they would probably continue as convenience stores - just look at how many people park in front, fuel is far from the only reason people go there.

You forget several things:

1) Not everyone has a garage. In urban areas there are more apartment dwellers than home owners. Is the company that owns the apartments going to supply a charging station at each parking spot?

2) Many of the local filling stations are putting in two and sometimes three charging stations, along with expanding the "deli" area. Stop in, get a drink, a pastry, look at the local hotel/motel coupon books, walk to the Waffle House/Denny's/Burger King/Chik Filet and fill up your own tank while using the charging station.

3) Pump credit card readers are all the rage here in the USA. Slide in your card, fill the tank/charge the battery, bill is sent to your credit card processor (Visa, Master Card, Discover, Shell, BP, whichever). No need for the vehicle to know anything about your finances. No need to register your vehicle with the charging station.

4) Around Chicago and other very urban areas the theft of copper wire is an everyday occurrence. People complain about pulling up to charging stations and all they find is an inch, if that much, of the cable protruding from the unit.

5) Unplugging a vehicle charging and plugging in your own. Check YouTube for the videos. One instance a fellow (in England) was in his front room. He saw a Toyota like his pull into his driveway, the driver get out, unplug his (the owners') vehicle, plug in his, and start to walk away. The owner stopped him and told him to unplug the car, plug his back in, and leave his driveway. The guy then told him to bug off as it would only take a few minutes to charge his car long enough to get home. Ended up the man kept walking away. The owner unplugged the car and plugged his back in, called the local police. He stood for a moment at the charger port, but I don't know if he did anything to it since you couldn't see if he did. Eventually the guy did come back, to an empty parking spot.

China's spy balloon barrage earns six of its companies a spot on US entity list


Re: 51st State

This has not been a total Brit site for a l-o-n-g time. I've been here for around 17 years, even done a few posts here and there. The site was recommended by a relative, started reading the articles, checking Odds and Sods quite frequently. Told some techie friends and coworkers about this great site that featured tech stories and humor about some tech problems we had all run into.

Would you believe that some of the news reported on here isn't given in the US?

I find it hard to believe that the Brits aren't on here more, but I guess the aging group that we are from the early days of computers, internet, networking, building, repairing, and fixing the problems that arise from the interface between the chair and keyboard is starting to get in it's dotage.

Also, we from the USA have been supporting the advertisers by purchasing their products from time to time.

Sometimes the phrase I ordered it from (name a store) since it was talked about on the Register came about, followed by the statement "You ordered that from England?"

So we've helped keep the site open. You're welcome.

PS: You'll have to get in line for that 51st state thing. Puerto Rico and a bunch of islands in the Pacific are ahead of you.

BOFH: Generating a report the Director can show the Board – THIS is what AI was made for


Re: Relocated

I'm from the US also, but I've been here since 2007. I miss the old Sods and Bods. I always wanted to get one of those "vaginal devices" that responded to a bass beat for one of my lady friends. I would have loved to seen her reaction to the opening of 'Whipping Post" by the ABB.

Icon for how I think her reaction would be.

Tesla's Autopilot is losing out to Ford, GM in self-driving tech


AutoPilot, years ago

Back in the age of saber tooth cats, Popular Science Magazine had an article about the new "super highways". Each lane was for different speeds, 70, 80, 90, 100 mph. Your vehicle was controlled by a device mounted beside the engine and picked up signals from a wire embedded in the road. You got to speed in one lane, moved to the next and so on until you traveled at the desired speed. The device maintained safe distance between vehicles, kept speed at the desired rate, and handled all driving needs such as steering and selecting radio stations as you traveled across country. You put in the destination you wanted to get off and you were eased into the slower traffic toward your exit point.

They didn't address the needs of the driver and passenger, such as restroom and dining stops, or the need to refuel the vehicle. I guess there would have been male/female "relief tubes" to handle the wet end of that problem.

A really good idea that didn't catch on. Since the advent of EVs, this would have been a good way to power the electric motors on long trips, with a chance to recharge along the way. Toll stations at the exits would bill for miles driven for the EV.

Google institutional investor calls for wider cuts: 30k jobs


If this guy only holds the .27% as El Reg claims, why is Google afraid of him. Tell him no, and when he says he'll sell his stock at a loss, advertise it as a way for people to get Google stock at fire-sale prices and for others to hold onto their stock as it will go back up.

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


Re: If I'm not mistaking

I agree. The tests should also let you know if the Urobricks would make a gas proof barrier. You wouldn't want to build a shelter that leaks your oxygen, would you?

Crims steal data on 40 million T-Mobile US customers


As if I didn't need that last push to get off T-Mobile. I have as of yet not seen a notice from T-Mobile about this data breach.

Intel offers desktop chip that can hit 6GHz if everything goes right, you can keep it cool, stars align, pigs fly


How about all of these running at

8Ghz and better. https://hwbot.org/benchmark/cpu_frequency/rankings#start=0#interval=20

A lot of AMD FX chips have done it over the years, and a few Celeron chips.

Using liquid Helium under certain conditions makes chips go faster. Been proven since the days we used to put motherboards into dorm fridges to get more umph out of them.

Forget the climate: Steep prices the biggest reason EV sales aren't higher


Like many here in the USA, my vacations rarely take up less than 2,000 miles of travel. A trip to the closest beach is 500 miles, trip to the mountains about the same. I've made many trips to the beach over the years leaving at 6AM and getting back home before midnight. How can I do that with a EV? I generally make the trip and have gas left when i get home, driving a V-8 truck.

A trip through the Smokies needs a vehicle that can pull you uphill for about 80 miles after you get to Turnerville, Ga., and not make you pull over for an hour or so to charge up enough to get to the next charger. And there is hardly anywhere in the Smokies to put chargers except the Ranger stations and Clingmans dome.

I take trips from mid Ga. to Washington, DC, Florida Keys, all over Texas, New Orleans. On some trips I'll go through as many as 7 different states, and that covers more territory than England.

So the guy goes mountain biking in the winter? If he likes doing that, why not?

Tesla driver blames full-self-driving software for eight-car Thanksgiving Day pile up


You can drive as careful as you can--

and use all the "manufacturer installed safety features" and can still have situations where some other idiot tries their best to get you killed.

My Camry has the adaptive cruise control. If I'm on an Interstate highway, I turn it off, unless there is very little traffic. I've had the thing on and kept the distance the radar thought was right. Someone wanting to pass the car in front of them decided to swerve into my lane and pass. The "adaptive" monstrosity quickly applied the brakes and almost stopped the car in 70+ mph traffic. After several times of this happening, I shut it off and drove normally, and closed to a space where others wouldn't normally think of trying to get in. BUT, being in Atlanta, Ga traffic, those folks think over four feet is a merge lane.

I also did away with the "lane error" gizmo. Driving on a curved bridge that was 100 feet above the Chesapeake Bay, and a low retaining wall, I wanted to stay as close to inside line as I could. The damn thing kept trying to make me steer right as I would sometimes get close to the line. By trying I mean it actually was making the steering wheel pull to the right as i was pulling to the left. When I could get off the highway, I went through the manual and disabled it through the dash controls.

Next car will be a used car for about 2K, spend about 15K to get it where I want it, and not deal with all the so called "safety features".


Re: can you set the cruise control to a speed which is illegal on a given road?

Such as the marijuana (non)enforcement in many areas even though it is still illegal by Federal Law.

Right to bear arms Is Not conditional for a well regulated militia. The right to bear arms is given to THE PEOPLE, not the militia.

the armed populace is part of the militia.

Data loss prevention emergency tactic: keep your finger on the power button for the foreseeable future


Re: The "half click" and related moves

Ok, what's up with the unit hate on the 'muricans when brits measure a person's weight in Stone? Can't go all of the way and use Kg's?

I'm from the USA and I don't hate the use of stone in a persons' weight figures. But, I'm not familiar with what a British "stone" weighs. Is it where you go to the local quarry, find a stone you like and declare this is what I will use as a measure? Is it an equal weight as the "Stone Of Destiny"?

Could it be that someone on a walking adventure in the hill country was crushed by a large stone falling off the face of the escarpment, the fellow with him incuriously asked "How much does that stone weighs to have made Percival (don't know if that's his real name.) as flat, and as thick, as a leaf." One of the other hikers declares "Egad, we should use that as a weight measurement, but what shall we call it?" Another chirps "We shall call it a Percival (Again not sure about the name.) as that it was he who left behind his mortal shell to give us this unit of measure." The well lubricated member of the group makes an observation. "I would wager that if we remove the stone to recover Percival (Still not sure on the name, but I digress), we would find that being the stone landed on the top of his skull and compree-compris-oh bloody hell, squished him straight down, we could most likely pull him up straight, punch a few holes in his chest, and play him like a concertina."

"We shall deal with your inexcusable frivolity later. Percival (Damn, I've got to figure who that guy was, really.) is dead. DEAD, dead, no longer living, gone to the great beyond, reaping his heavenly reward, partying with the angels" COULD SOMEBODY GET THIS BLOODY ROCK OFF ME? "Percival (does anybody know what his name is?), you are alive?" "Yes, I am alive, but I don't feel well."

While removing the rock, the well lubricated member said, "Well, I guess we shall just call our new unit of measure Stone!"

Don't know if that's how it went, but, if someone could tell me two things.

How many Imperial gallons would equal the weight of a Stone.

Was Percival his real name?

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


Re: This reply so you can't moan about no reply for the downvote.

Roadkill, one of my favorite TV shows on MotorTrend, along with Engine Masters.

US Supreme Court asked if cops can plant spy cams around homes


Re: Solution....

Just mount a a plug in laser on a gimbaled base and aim it at the camera. Cops come by and complain, tell them not to put a camera where it looks into the laser, in the bedroom, of my daughter/wife.

International cops arrest hundreds of fraudsters, money launderers and cocaine kingpins


Re: A safety measure

Here in the US of A, we get phone calls that sometimes come from familiar numbers,but aren't who you wish to talk to. My son actually answered a call that said it was coming from the cell phone in his hands.

I love getting the calls about my "vehicle warranty". Call come on with the recorded hook, "our agent has the paperwork concerning your car and will speak with you shortly". You hold a few seconds and you hear, "Please give me the make and model of your car, please."

Didn't I just hear hat you have the paperwork on your desk concerning my car? "Yes, i do. I just need to confirm some information about your car."

Which one? "Huh?" Which car? Is it a truck, sedan, van, SUV, or a semi-truck? "Which one needs the warranty?" Look on your paperwork and tell me which one you think needs it? "LOOK, I just need to get some information on the vehicle that needs the warranty!" I'm trying to help you, but getting loud with me is not helping you cover my vehicle. So, which vehicle are you calling about?

I've been referred to "managers" 'supervisors" and "bosses" and just keep asking the same thing. I've also tied them up for as much as a half hour.

We now get the infamous "V" calls (VOIP). When I see that, I answer, "Please leave your full name, the name and address of the company you work for, the company phone number with your extension number, your home address and phone number, the last 4 digits of your Social Security number, and your mothers' maiden name."

Just something to do to spend part of my day since I retired.

Microsoft mulls cheap PCs supported by ads, subs


The same thing was done with AOL subscriptions. I kept pointing out to customers the difference between the "free" machines and ones that could be upgraded (Ram, CPU, hard drive, etc). Also, you paid more for the AOL in the subscription mode that if you signed up using the thousands of AOL disks you got each year in the mail and magazines (you got one every week in the Sunday newspaper). At the end of the subscription you had paid enough to buy a better computer and monitor and still get on AOL.

Note: On the "free" computers, RAM, CPU, and almost everything else was soldered onto the motherboard. No upgrades, no repair if something went wrong.

HP's consumer PC biz shrinks by a fifth as inflation bites


I've already told HP-

That after the experience with the printer I bought several months ago that I will NEVER buy another HP printer again. Why I had to log in to use my printer, multiple times, while setting it up was not only inconvenient, but also a problem since every time I would be asked to log in, a pop-up with a "secure password" would show up on the screen.

I also reminded them that I am a computer tech at a big box office supply store and I HAD BEEN a proponent of their Office Jet Pro products. No more. I will advise customers of my experience and direct them to Brother and Epson printers from here on.

Convicted felon busted for 3D printing gun parts


Re: So what's this "second amendment" then ?

The right wasn't given to the "well regulated militia, it was given the "the people". No where does the 2nd say that someone has to be part of a militia.