* Posts by Imhotep

427 posts • joined 17 Aug 2019


Geneticists throw hands in the air, change gene naming rules to finally stop Microsoft Excel eating crucial data


Interesting - I just today read Humble Pi which touches on this exact problem. And I'm sure we've all had to wrestle with Excel when it insists on treating text as numbers and then mangling them.

It does seem odd to tailor your processes to accommodate a vendor's quirky software, but realistically: Excel isn't going to change.

Self-driving car supremo Anthony Levandowski sentenced to 18 months in the clink for stealing trade secrets from Google's Waymo


I Can Wait

Reminds me of the prisoner who, when allowed to pick his method of execution, pointed to a seedling and said "Hang me from that tree. I can wait."

Aviation regulator outlines fixes that will get the 737 MAX flying again


Re: Hmm.

The remediation steps are so simple and so logical that one wonders why the system was not implemented this way originally.

Two large flightless birds walk into a bar... The pub's owner was not emused *ba-dum tsh*


Re: It's understandable

I believe the term you looking for is oviduct. Can we say that?


Re: Toilet as a verb!

It is the new normalcy.


First time I have heard the word "toileting" and toilet used as a verb.

The language is evolving in strange ways.

EU orders Airbus A350 operators to install anti-coffee spillage covers in airliner cockpits


Remediation Experts

So pilots are expected to place and remove these covers at different phases of the flight, and these odd bits of plastic are't expected to just walk off?

Have some Boeing engineers recently found new employment?

Seven 'no log' VPN providers accused of leaking – yup, you guessed it – 1.2TB of user logs onto the internet


Or Hong Kong-China in this case.

Oh sure, we'll just make a tiny little change in every source file without letting anyone know. What could go wrong?


Re: Cost me £millions

Too late. Last I heard the Nigerian prince had died of starvation, surrounded by mountains of cash he had been unable to give away.

Tragic, really.


Opportunity is fleeting

"....the early part of the century"

I would have gone for the early part of the millenium.

Tony Blair tells Russian infosec conference that cross-border infosec policies need more gov intervention


Re: My normal response to Tony Blair

His mother had positive things to say about him.



I was skeptical of the "teach them IT" boot camps that were supposed to be the solution to unemployment, but it may be there is something to it.

It appears that Mr Blair had some retraining after losing his job and is now a cyber security expert.

Something of a blow to my self esteem, as I used to say not just any idiot can do this sort of thing. Turns out they can, and make a good deal more at it than I ever did.



Well, he is or was in Russia. Do you have to let him back in?

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: one egg in one basket

It's amazing how many people never catch on to the point you make about "demanding" things.

If your goal is to actually solve a problem, it really is the onlybway to go.

Heir-to-Concorde demo model to debut in October


Re: Can it reduce the time spent at airports

I used to have to travel from St Louis to a number of locations. Flying has become so aggravating that I opted to drive for the Chicago, Nashville and Atlanta trips.

When you factored in time spent getting to and from the airport, picking up luggage, renting a car and driving to the actual location - I actually ended up trading a large amount of aggravation for a small amount of time.

NASA trusted 'traditional' Boeing to program its Starliner without close supervision... It failed to dock due to bugs


I'm curious exactly what Boeing's traditional coding methods are as opposed to SpaceX.

Traditional = buggy?

Honestly, more detail on what that means would be appreciated. It's what I used to do for a living and I haven't got a clue.

Capita Consulting ditching more than a quarter of its workforce 45 days after consultations with consultants


Who Talks This Way?

"getting good traction in certain verticals such as cyber and justice..."

I guess that explains the tread marks on the bodies.

Detroit cops employed facial recognition algos that only misidentifies suspects 96 per cent of the time


Just A Correction

I don't if that is really misreading it, since the software can't recognize faces.

'Google cannot stop it, control it or curtail it...' Inside the murky world of fake addiction treatment center search spam


Re: there's been significant progress in the substance abuse treatment industry?

I have a great deal of respect for people that can tackle and overcome that problem. Here's to your continued success.

I was screwed over by Cisco managers who enforced India's caste hierarchy on me in US HQ, claims engineer


Well, I wouldn't want you on the jury. You've already determined guilt based on no evidence at all.

It’s happened again: AT&T sued for allegedly transferring victim's number to thieves in $1.9m cryptocoin heist


Re: It looks like the Wild West out there

In the US it is $250k per account, per bank.

CompSci student bitten by fox after feeding it McNuggets


Re: This is why we can't have nice things.

Going by personal experience: No, they won't. Not until they leave campus and have to.


Re: Let them eat rabbits

If the next step is to swallow a spider, remind her that this is Australia.

Electronic health records firm Epic Bristol bags £454m in UK deals as creaking care sector chases digital transformation


Good Choice

Healthcare implementations are what the latter part of my career was.

I've found Epic one of the better healthcare systems.

It is so widely used in the US that pretty much any integration that you can think of has already been implemented and has some years of improvement behind it.

Ex-eBay security execs among six charged with harassing, threatening bloggers who dared criticize web tat souk


Re: Did they think they would get away with it?

And these were their security people. It makes you wonder how effective they could have been in those positions.


Re: Bunch of tossers

Yes, it is. I was curious and went to it yesterday.

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


Not that it's common, but people do go through drive-thruson their horses occasinally without a problem. I thinks it's not a problem until someone makes it one.


Re: WTF?

I don't know about the waistline, but our we3kly food bill went down.


Re: Ubbereats?

Yeah, make the food worse for an additional cost?

The drive-thru windows never closed here ( south of Nashville, TN), so it's just never been a problem.

As of now, life is going on as normal for the most part.

All-electric plane makes first flight – while lugging 2 tons of batteries aloft


Re: Compulsory El Reg commentary moan

On #7, those sockets are always monopolized by people charging their phone.

But the Tesla charging stations outside are available.

Bite me? It's 'byte', and that acronym is Binary Interface Transfer Code Handler


Creative Spelling

Or a nation that manages to pronounce Eoghan as Owen!

They just get a shovel and keep piling letters on the page any old how.

So you really didn't touch the settings at all, huh? Well, this print-out from my secret backup says otherwise


Re: Load?

One of our presidential candidates said we needed to develop a sytem to transport coal and wind. None of the reporters asked about what he meant, but maybe a windfarm will do?

The longest card game in the world: Microsoft Solitaire is 30


PCs helped develop my strong right hand*

I remember being at a conference where the presenter had a PowerPoint up, one of the slides having a graph that showed a steep drop in user productivity once the PCs had been upgraded from DOS to Windows.

The drop was a mystery they couldn't explain.

He then closed PowerPoint, revealing the open Solitaire game.

*By constant mouse use

Far-right leader walks free from court after conviction for refusing to hand his phone passcode over to police


Hmmm. If he had been a left wing extremist entering the US, we'd be hearing an outcry about the abuse of his rights.

Tech's Volkswagen moment? Trend Micro accused of cheating Microsoft driver QA by detecting test suite


Re: They have a credibility problem.

You have a bad attitude.

Funny how attitudes are classed as "bad" by the people caught in bad behavior.

Imperial College London signs £5m campus sponsorship, 5G deal with Chinese comms bogeyman Huawei


Re: Anyone else reminded of John Hammond

There have been a number of arrest of professors here in the US (and will be more) who were secretly taking money from the Chinese government.

In return they were providing China with the results of their research while also being funded by the US.

Three is the magic number, unless you're Apple. That's how many million iPad shipments it was down in Q1


Re: Overpriced

I use my laptop hooked up to dual screens for real work. Wouldn't think of trying to use a tablet for that.

But I did just buy an IPad for reading the news, email, browsing, etc - and I'm pleased with it for that purpose. It's nice to be able to carry it out to the sunroom or patio for breakfast or lunch time reading.

And the price of $300 new and discounted seemed reasonable.

Square peg of modem won't fit into round hole of PC? I saw to it, bloke tells horrified mate


Re: *Hisses & wards against Evil*

Hewlett Packard must have hated that company, because Packard Bell customers couldn't seem to know which company to bad mouth.

My first pc was a Packard Bell, solid metal case and well made. Then they moved to foil lined plastic cases, crappy components and no QA. I guess it was a profitable strategy for a while.

SpaceX's Elon Musk high on success after counting '420' Starlinks in orbit and Frosty the Starship survives cryo test


Re: This may be a really obvious question.

Or a good deal of the rural US - especially the west.

The rumor that just won't die: Apple to keep Intel at Arm's length in 2021 with launch of 'A14-powered laptops'


This Time I'm Telling The Truth

I don't believe anything when the sole source is Bloomberg. They've been too wrong, too often.

We're all stuck indoors, virtual reality tech should be hot. So why is Magic Leap chopping half its workforce?


All Publicity Is Good Publicity

With each article, Mr McCarthy probably has Magic Leap convinced that they could probably do with a little less of a good thing.

NASA makes May 27 its US independence day from Russian rockets: America's back in the astronaut business after nearly nine years


Re: Thanks To A South American Immigrant

Yes, it would. My apologies to Mr Musk. And to any South Americans I may have offended.


Re: Now, if it just doesn't explode

I seem to remember a response from one of the original astronauts on what he was thinking about while strapped in to the capsule awaiting blast off: That every part on the ship was supplied by the lowest bidder.


Thanks To A South American Immigrant

I'd be interested in the ratio of immigrants to emigrants. That's probably one of the best measures of how a country is doing.

Suspicious senate stock sale spurt spurs scrutiny scheme: This website tracks which shares US senators are unloading mid-pandemic


Re: How long before his site is DoS'd or forced to be taken down?

Yrs, I missed it. Can you provide some more detail?


Re: How long before his site is DoS'd or forced to be taken down?

Most, if not all of those stocks, are held in blind trust for those senators, in theory removing them from any decisions regarding the holdings.

The Wall Street Journal has covered these particular transactions in more detail - it makes for interesting reading and highlights some weaknesses in how transactions are tracked and recorded.

In any case, good on the gentleman for creating this site.

Watch out, everyone, here come the Coronavirus Cops, enjoying their little slice of power way too much


Re: Wear face protection?

An example: someone called 911 for their child, who died when her caretaker rolled over on and smothered her. The governor of the state at a press conference listed this as the first death of a child from the virus in their state, omitting the actual circumstances.

We're seeing a lot of bad numbers and some pretty contemptible politicing over here.


Re: "Where does it say that on the official advice, or did you just make that one up?"

"Oh bore off"?

I think I get the general intent, but what does bore mean in that context?

(I like to keep my repertoire of abuse current.)


Re: petty power

Here in rural Tennessee, our town's cops have:

Parked cruisers in the local parks and outside some stores to provide wireless access points for those that need access.

In the parks, watch that the walkers, joggers, etc maintain distance on the trails. All I've seen them have to do is wave and say "Hey, how're yall?"

We're getting a rapid test center (30 minutes) to check for the virus.

A little common sense and a desire to help go a long way.

Still waiting for your Atari retro gaming console? You're not alone: Its architect has just sued the biz for 'non-payment'


Send Me Money

At what point do these transition from being vaporware to fraud?



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