* Posts by Jeffrey Nonken

1167 posts • joined 3 Sep 2007


AI assistants work perfectly in the UK – unless you're from Cardiff, Glasgow, Liverpool, Birmingham, Belfast...

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I don't think it's my accent

Oddly enough, any time I ask Google to arrange a three-way with Siri and Cortana, she claims not to understand the question.

In the market for a second-hand phone? Check it's still supported by the vendor – almost a third sold are not

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Also networks abandoning 3G.

If you own one of these 45 Netgear devices, replace it: Kit maker won't patch vulnerable gear despite live proof-of-concept code

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Re: Netgear flew off of our list years ago.

Off my personal list as well. From what I can tell, the WiFi radios tend not to last past a year or so. True or not, the "refurbished" one I bought stopped working for WiFi soon after I bought it; I ended up buying an RT-N56U and setting it up as an access point to handle the WiFi.

Not sure how much I'm liking Asus right now, either. I recently bought a GT-AC5300 and paired it with an RT-AC68R via AiMesh. My duplex is small enough that AiMesh should be overkill, but I had the 68R, so why not? Turns out the 5300's WiFi continually disconnects, even from devices less than two meters away. OTOH the 68R is rock-solid, so I moved it to a more central location and we've been happily using it ever since.

So much for MU-MIMO being the be-all to end all. My high-end WiFi router doesn't even WORK.

NHS contact tracing app isn't really anonymous, is riddled with bugs, and is open to abuse. Good thing we're not in the middle of a pandemic, eh?

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Re: One would have throught...

...perhaps. He has a point, though. My property abuts a major street with a sidewalk. Do I and my daughter get placed in permanent isolation? For that matter, ours is not the only house. One suspected infected person per fortnight walking down the street can keep hundreds of people in permanent isolation. And that's just one street. You seem cavalier about the potential.

Apple owes us big time for bungled display-killing cable design in MacBook Pro kit, lawsuit claims

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Re: This was an Apple device

I could do that on my 2016 Macbook in about 5 minutes.

It would take me closer to an hour, now. 55 minutes of that would be spent finding which box it's in.

Spyware slinger NSO to Facebook: Pretty funny you're suing us in California when we have no US presence and use no American IT services...

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Re: defined almost entirely by what it does not say.

A thumbs-up for the Tom Lehrer reference.

Audiophiles have really taken to the warm digital tone of streaming music

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Re: Streaming? Nah!

I followed that link and read the description.

My head exploded.

You owe me a spatula. I ruined this one scraping my brains off the wall.

Cloudflare family-friendly DNS service flubs first filtering foray: Vital LGBTQ, sex-ed sites blocked 'by mistake'

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And so is Masnick's Impossibility Theorem proven correct once more.

Google reveals the wheels almost literally fell off one of its cloudy server racks

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If your girl is one in a million, there are at least six of her in any major city.

Unfortunately for me, several people have already made the same point, just with different phrasing. I won't even bother with my coat.

We regret to inform you there are severe delays on the token ring due to IT nerds blasting each other to bloody chunks

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Happened to us, too

We had a 10base2 network at the time. One day one of the main IT guys was asking me if I knew something that would start flooding the whole network starting at about 12:15 every day and would end around 1:00 or so. I didn't make the connection, but one of my fellow Doomers caught on right away. "That sounds like us, playing Doom." Uh... oh, yeah. That.

Apparently the first iteration of Doom I used broadcast packets, so it was flooding the local network and pretty much shutting down our connection to our offsite offices, which ran at a considerably slower data rate.

Once we 'fessed up, Weldon simply told us to try not playing it. Problem went away. We got around it by stringing our own wires around the cubie farm and switching over during lunch; we'd avoid tanking the main network by the simple expedient of using our own.

iD software actually patched the problem away reasonably quickly, but nobody but a few of us peons were interested in getting Doom running, and we had a solution of sorts; so we used our ad-hoc solution for a few months before we got permission to test on the main network again. Weldon watched the network stats while we played and declared it good, so we were free to pursue our mayhem on the main network after that.

Grab a towel and pour yourself a Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster because The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is 42

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Re: fun facts

"Ford Prefect is Ford Escort (makes sense since we never saw the Prefect, here)"

Nor did we ever see it here in America, and hardly anybody I know got the joke. Including me. Until a friend who'd spent some time stationed overseas explained the joke. I've passed it along when I can.

... But we still seem to have gotten the English version instead of the American version. :)

Disk stuck in the drive? Don't dilly-Dali – get IT on the case!

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I frequently used to put a laptop on a narrow stretch of counter between the stove and the 'fridge, turned towards me so I could watch movies while I was cooking, which left the front left corner sitting on a burner. One day I turned on the wrong burner on High...

Fortunately I was right there and smelled the burning plastic right away. The case was melted and scorched on the bottom of one corner, but there was no other damage. I gave the laptop away to a friend, still working, two years later. Of course, I had to explain where the damage came from, much to his amusement.

Not long after that incident I had a dream where I'd placed my tablet on the same burner, but not with the burner turned on. Instead, I absently placed a hot cast-iron pan on top of the tablet, damaging the case and the display. The dream was so vivid that when I woke up, I had to check the table to be sure it hadn't really happened.

I gave the tablet to my (estranged, now ex-) wife a few months later, but didn't have to explain away any funny-looking scorch marks. Alas, it fell to its death not long afterwards when a cat knocked it off a table.

That's how we know the Earth is spherical, BTW. If it were flat, by now cats would have knocked everything off the edge.

Surprise! Plans for a Brexit version of the EU's Galileo have been delayed

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If they're anything like my boss, the answer is "never."

Your McDonald's demo has expired. For full functionality, please purchase a licence or try another fast-food joint

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Re: Demo food

I like their mochas. Mostly because they're wayyyyy too sweet.

I'm sure the excessive sugar goes a long way towards covering up the flavor.

...I tend to avoid them. One thing I don't need in my life right now is more sugar.

Call us immediately if your child uses Kali Linux, squawks West Mids Police

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Re: Whatever next in the UK... reporting our neighbours for harbouring Jews?

I married one, so... Quite so.

Artful prankster creates Google Maps traffic jams by walking a cartful of old phones around Berlin

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99 Lost Cellphones... maybe somebody can write a war protest song or something.

So you locked your backups away for years, huh? Allow me to introduce my colleagues, Brute, Force and Ignorance

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The "crazy hammer guy" who got your PC running and saved all your data? That's gratitude for ya.

You're not Boeing to believe this: Yet another show-stopping software bug found in ill-fated 737 Max airplanes

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Re: Those moneychangers...

"How does a 737 Max land on a carrier?"

Nose down.

US hands UK 'dossier' on Huawei: Really! Still using their kit? That's just... one... step... beyond

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I get the feeling that the super-secret document is a finger-painting by President Trump. And that thought reminded me of poor General Knoxx (possibly my favorite Borderlands franchise NPC). I wonder if dealing with our beloved POTUS is not entirely unlike dealing with Admiral Mikey?


"I have received your sit-rep written with magic marker on the back of a cupcake. It reads, 'Cats are kool!' And you misspelled 'cool'."

We’ve had enough of your beach-blocking shenanigans, California tells stubborn Sun co-founder: Kiss our lawsuit

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Re: Academics

Agreed, prison rape jokes are always hilarious. Hah hah. Guffaw.

GSMA report: Sorry, handset makers, 5G is not going to save the smartphone market

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Re: "It just so happens that there's something better."

The reason DAT never replaced cassettes, regardless of hype: cassettes were cheap, simple, convenient, reasonably reliable, and well established. DAT was higher quality. It took MP3 to replace cassettes -- a format that was cheaper, more convenient, and more portable.

Cassettes were Good Enough for most people.

4G is Good Enough for most people. 5G holds no draw for me.

EA boots Linux gamers out of multiplayer Battlefield V, Penguinistas respond by demanding crippling boycott

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Re: Few things jump out

But us uncool old people play games like Doom, Quake, Unreal, Half Life, Team Fortress, Payday, Killing Floor, Borderlands, Sanctum, Portal, Destiny, Resident Evil, Overwatch, and 7 Days to Die on our PCs.

None of those count, of course.

Train-knackering software design blunder discovered after lightning sparked Thameslink megadelay

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Re: Bugger

"Of course that costs..."

...far less than live testing would.

Greetings from the future where it's all pole-dancing robots and Pokemon passports

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Re: Any chance of the lottery numbers for next week?

"I am the poor me!"

Of course you are. You own two boats.

Boat n. A hole in the water for throwing money into. ;)

What's that? Encryption's OK now? UK politicos Brexit from Whatsapp to Signal

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And both apps are based on the same app: Signal!*

Another advantage to Signal: It's not owned by Facebook. You know, the company whose entire raison d'être is to sell as much info about you as it can?

*OK, yes, I know. They both actually use Signal's e2e encryption protocol, which isn't quite the same thing. I'm just being snarky.

** https://www.wired.com/story/ditch-all-those-other-messaging-apps-heres-why-you-should-use-signal/

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Re: "Tinge of irony"

Two downvotes now.

Perhaps they thought he didn't go far enough? I know I think that, but I gave him an upvote.

Gospel according to HPE: And lo, on the 32,768th hour did thy SSD give up the ghost

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Not just an integer; a signed integer. Unsigned would be good to 65535.

Questions hang over Gatwick Airport after low level drone near-miss report

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Re: Units

"...you'd have to change runway names when the poles wander around."


Physicists are rather giddy after creating a rare type of laser using laughing gas

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My reaction exactly!

High Court dismisses nameless Google Right To Be Forgotten sueball man... yes, again

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Re: If this who

All he has to do is make an RTBF claim and it's all good.

Can't you hear me knocking? But I installed a smart knocker

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I would think this song would have been closer to the mark. https://youtu.be/YTD5_FwdiBU

Sure, we made your Wi-Fi routers phone home with telemetry, says Ubiquiti. What of it?

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Opt out?

Sorry, you've misspelled "opt in". This should not be a default setting.

Socket to the energy bill: 5-bed home with stupid number of power outlets leaves us asking... why?

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Holy Swiss cheese, Batman!

Antivirus hid more than 9,000 'cybercrime' reports from UK cops, says watchdog

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So... a hot mess complicated by the usual political nonsense.

Big Red tells crypto-coin publication: One does not simply call one's website 'OracleTimes'

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There was an MGM tape rental (videotapes, ofc.) not far from my flat. Told me once the studio had sent a pack of lawyers 'round for a chat. He showed 'em his driver's licence, they cried bitter tears and left him alone after that.

Japanese hotel chain sorry that hackers may have watched guests through bedside robots

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Or this one: https://www.amazon.co.uk/OX-Hammer-Sledgehammer-Fibreglass-Hammerhead/dp/B00JFY66LY/ref=mp_s_a_1_8?keywords=sledge+hammer+10lb&qid=1571765681&sprefix=sled&sr=8-8

Sod 3G, that can go, but don't rush to turn off 2G, UK still needs it – report

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Nonsense and balderdash. Cat videos are the _best_ use of bandwidth!

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Re: On the other hand

"Realistically 2G should not be disabled for at least 20 years with at least a 10 year countdown."

Heh. I agree with you, but nobody will switch over unless they're forced to. Everybody will say "I have plenty of time" until the last minute. Then there'll be a panic during the last six months as people realize the end is nigh. One month before the end, the decision will be made to extend the deadline because nobody is ready. Everybody will relax and go back to their normal state of putting off the transition until the last minute...

And thus it always goes.

Hundreds charged in internet's biggest child-abuse swap-shop site bust: IP addy leak led cops to sys-op's home

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Re: Bitcoin anonymity

So is Tor's. Don't burst an artery congratulating yourself on cleverly pointing out the irony, Bob. People are wrong about things all the time.

Well, well, well. Fancy that. UK.gov shelves planned pr0n block

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Re: Yay!

"...simply responding with insults brings nothing to the discussion."

Wrong! It brings trolling to the discussion.

Conspiracy loons claim victory in Brighton and Hove as council rejects plans to build 5G masts

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There's an awful lot known for a technology that's only been hastily deployed in a few select neighborhoods.

Stalker attacks Japanese pop singer – after tracking her down using reflection in her eyes

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Re: Gap in the app (market) ?

Or Scotland Yard.

Europe publishes 5G risk assessment; America scrawls ‘Huawei’ on the side of a nuke and goes for a ride

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(In case that's blocked in your country or some such nonsense, "You're So Vain" by Carly Simon.)

US games company Blizzard kowtows to Beijing by banning gamer who dared to bring up Hong Kong

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Re: couls gamers care less, really?

62, married just shy of 31 years, two adult kids, divorced once, full-time job doing firmware development (been here 11 years), renting half a duplex.

Not hiding from anything. Not even trolls.

The mod firing squad: Stack Exchange embroiled in 'he said, she said, they said' row

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Re: Is this just an English thing ?

"The Artist Formerly Known as Prince"

He spent the year dead for tax reasons.

Atari finally launches its VCS console. Again.

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Re: This is about retro and nouveu combined

The actual timeline is "exactly one week after Hell freezes over." Chill indeed.

Chef melts under heat, will 86 future deals with family-separating US immigration agencies

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Re: Screw Chef


This image-recognition roulette is all fun and games... until it labels you a rape suspect, divorcee, or a racial slur

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A simple turn of the head changes me from a wrangler to a vintner, and removing a hat makes me either a "beard" or pill-pusher. Those are... rather different things, I should think.


Captain's coffee calamity causes transatlantic flight diversion

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Type "spill proof coffee mug" or "travel mug" into your favorite search engine and stand well back.

Or you can just, you know, spill coffee and ruin hundreds of thousands of dollars' worth of delicate aviation electronics and divert an expensive commercial airplane flight, throw away expensive fuel, piss off customers... because, you know, that would be easier than buying a $25 mug from Starbucks.

Some of the comments suggest that all the electronics should be liquid-proofed. Something that's easy to say, but could cost millions in R&D and easily add thousands to the cost of each device. Or, you know. $25 travel mugs.

(Lest you think I'm exaggerating... Feh. Never mind. Just assume I'm exaggerating.)



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