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Submission + - Register Special Projects Bureau chief dies aged 55 (theregister.co.uk)

stinkydog writes: The end of an era in IT journalism from The Register:
It is with incredible sadness that El Reg must report that Lester Haines, one of our finest story-tellers and an all-round good bloke, passed away on Monday. Lester, who was 55, died of a heart attack at his home in Spain. He will be cremated on Friday 17 June.
I have been reading and enjoying his wit and wisdom for his entire tenure and most of my IT career. He will be missed.

Comment Idiocracy in Action (Score 1) 954

I can't say it any better than this...

Carl's Jr. Computer: Enjoy your EXTRA BIG ASS FRIES!
Woman at Carl's Jr.: You didn't give me no fries, I got an empty box.
Carl's Jr. Computer: Would you like another EXTRA BIG ASS FRIES?
Woman at Carl's Jr.: I said I didn't get any!
Carl's Jr. Computer: Thank you! Your account has been charged. Your balance is zero. Please come back when you can afford to make a purchase.
Woman at Carl's Jr.: What? Oh no, NO!
[She hits the machine. An alarm goes off, and a sign appears on the computer saying "WARNING! Carl's Jr. Frowns Upon Vandalism"]
Carl's Jr. Computer: I'm sorry you're having trouble. I'm sorry you're having trouble.
Woman at Carl's Jr.: Come on! My kids are starvin'!
Carl's Jr. Computer: [the woman kicks the computer, and it sprays a fast-acting tranquilizer in her face] This should help you calm down. Please come back when you can afford to make a purchase. Your kids are starving. Carl's Jr. believes no child should go hungry. You are an unfit mother. Your children will be placed in the custody of Carl's Jr. Carl's Jr... "F*ck You, I'm Eating."
[Joe approaches the computer]
Carl's Jr. Computer: Welcome to Carl's Jr. Would you like to try our EXTRA BIG ASS TACO? Now with more MOLECULES!

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Comment Like a LPR for electronics (Score 1) 120

So he wants to build a license plate reader for technocrap. As most gear is set in WiFi whore mode by default, you could build a decent database of "who, where, when" the same way LPRs work. Stick these up on lamposts, or even better at the entrance and exit routes of your town and start building your database. What could go wrong?

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Comment In other news... (Score 2) 122

20% of Healthcare CIOs are idiots or liars. Every healthcare organization has seen the basic web malware on the the inside of the firewall. If they haven't been cyptolockered at least once, the do not use the internet. Patching in healthcare sucks. Doctors do anything they want with IT systems. If you have an electronic healthcare record, someone unauthorized has seen it. Hospitals systems are busy building new sites and cutting IT 10%. I saw one EHR deployment where every client/user logged into the database as "SA". The only faith I have in the system is that it has been compromised already...

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Comment Harddrive for a 386 (Score 1) 620

My desktop tech brought me a 386 that had a failed hard drive due to a building collapse (a longer story). It was part of a 3 computer "network" that housed a database of "drug buy" money for the local police department. We replaced the harddrive and put DOS and the database back on it (via floppy backup no less). To the best of my knowledge, it is still in service today. That is how you keep the hackers out!

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Comment Guns, lots of Guns (Score 1) 87

Who says they need to replace existing memories? Booting up 5 years of flight school after one operation seems like an obvious use of this technology. Downloading a full Chinese or Korean vocabulary would be handy as well. Even if training the muscles took time, having the data local would sure expedite the process. Think of all the roles, military and otherwise that require memorization of facts/processes and the applications of this tech become had to imagine.

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