* Posts by The Mighty Biff

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Battlestar Galactica vets needed for online roleplay

The Mighty Biff
Grenade

Quake Live = Linux support

And it runs (sort of) in the browser...

And its waaaayy better than UT :)

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NY bomb scare bank worker 'evacuates self'

The Mighty Biff
Go

What what ?

This is srs news ! Srs !

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Sacked health care BOFH jailed for revenge hack

The Mighty Biff
Alert

These comments deliver

Worth $17m for these comments alone. And you people are eligable to vote....

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Boffins: Arctic cooled to pre-industrial levels from 1950-1990

The Mighty Biff
Headmaster

Less spots = cooler

Paradoxically, the sun is slightly cooler during a solar minimum :

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Solar-cycle-data.png

Less spots = cooler sun.

Science can be tricky like that sometimes

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UK.gov may cut BBC licence fee in 2012

The Mighty Biff
WTF?

Kwality telly

I wish I could find all this quality programming everyone keeps banging on about. Last time I looked there was feck all on the Beeb that couldn't have been made by Living TV.

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Microsoft's .NET at ten: big hits, strange misses

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Hah hah haaa ! OMG !

You're serious aren't you ??

Scattering begins and ends all over the place obscures the code. It makes things worse. {} && || symbols are much cleaner. If you can't handle that then god knows what you'd make of the bitwise operators or the ternary operator.

Overly compact code can be a problem, and coding clearly doesn't seem to come naturally to a lot of my colleagues, but I think you're aiming at the wrong target here...

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Art and engineering: do they mix? Yes they do!

The Mighty Biff
Headmaster

Mini Fusion reactor ??

Give them a Noble Prize and the keys to the World.

Unless it's 'just' a ball of plasma of course. Oh wait. It is. Plasma != Fusion.

Still awesomely impressive though.

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Mighty hard-sums special function toolset goes online

The Mighty Biff
Unhappy

Internet Explorer

Cannot display the webpage :(

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Games console 'killer' powers Avatar 3D power package

The Mighty Biff

Pew pew pew !

Meh.

I think I'll stick with Quake Live for now. With the graphics turned up, it's a thing of beauty, at 125 frames per second no less.

Playing at 480 would be like going back to the 90s. I could see this working for online Civ. But a fast FPS ?? In the evening ?? At weekends ?? Only for ignert teenagers. Oh wait, that is the console market. Hmmm. Profit ?

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Expedition to seek out 'alien' ocean-abyss life sets sail

The Mighty Biff

(untitled)

I'm pretty sure that's not the case. I thought the abyssyl depths were anoxic. They metabolise sulphur and methane and stuff like that. No oxygen required. And stuff.

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Waledac botnet 'decimated' by MS takedown

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Best thread evah

Well. today anyway. Lord knows what would happen if some of you lot bumped into Mrs Bardell (Sexton Blake's housekeeper, not the Dicken's one). You'd explode like a tyrannical Star Trek computer confronted by a logical impossibility.

Now it's off to the shops to buy myself some decimated coconut.

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Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Mini

The Mighty Biff

Generic MP3 player

This sounds like another iWhatnot only piece of kit. I'd be interested to know how much of the MP3 player market Apple has cornered. I assume it's most of it...

So, anyone know if there are any docks out there that work with other players, like my loverly Sansa jobby ?

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Windows 7 speculation claims SP1 will land in Q4 2010

The Mighty Biff
Unhappy

Start Menu

Ooo. Maybe it'll let me get an XP style Start Menu, instead of the god forsaken thing that I'm saddled with. Why can't I create my own folders, or change the order that things appear ? That's progress for you.

Bah. A small prize for anyone that shows me the way to enlightenment.

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Experts reboot list of 25 most dangerous coding errors

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Doom at Dilbert.com

Rather appropriately it appears that www.dilbert.com has been hacked this morning and is serving up a dodgy virus scanner instead of some pithy 3 pane comment on the IT industry.

Don't go there, especially if you've set your browser to 'download everything and infect me pleaase'.

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Combat walker machines: $3m for new studies

The Mighty Biff

Crush, Kill, Destroy !

Mighty walking tanks eh ? They sounds awesome. And with no tracks to get damaged they'd be invulnerable ! Unless they've got some other kind of weakness.

http://basicinstructions.net/basic-instructions/2009/11/18/how-to-create-a-weapon-that-is-devastating-and-unstoppable.html

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Wikisupremes eject UK Wikispokesman from inner circle

The Mighty Biff
Headmaster

Think of the children

It's nice to see them trying to clear up their act. Most of their articles are pretty good these days, but how would you spot minor mistakes like this :

http://www.chainsawsuit.com/20091202.shtml

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Google 'experiment' crossbreeds Python with C++

The Mighty Biff
FAIL

Sounds teh awesome !

Or rather, it sounds a bit like C#, only without the huge number of libraries and a nice IDE. Presumably there will be an IDE ? I hear that vi is good.

And who really cares about compile times anyway (cue post from someone that does...)

Java, C++ and C# cover everything for me and there's always Coral 66 for those special occasions.

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Cornish separatists take aim at pasty students

The Mighty Biff
Flame

Priced out ?

Not wanting to be too picky, but who sold all those houses at vastly inflated prices to the hoorays ? Would that be the locals then ? Hmm. I guess it must be...

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French workers threaten to blow up factory

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I'm missing out

Hey, I can't see any pop up ads ? And IE8 isn't reporting blocked pop ups. I feel like I'm missing out here. How will I know what to buy if I'm not informed by adverts ?

Not sure I entirely agree with Citizen Kaned, much as I enjoyed the Scargill vs Thatcher saga when I was a lad. Breaking the law cos it suits your view of how the world should be is only going to end in guillotines and lycnhings you know. Or an India free from colonial rule. Anyway, it's one of the two.

Still, I'm happy to watch the French blow their factories up, as long as they don't spoil the family camping holiday on the Cote D'Azur in a fortnight by blockading Calais for no readily apparent reason.

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Business throws cold water on gov hot air proposals

The Mighty Biff

Nationalise El Reg !

Oh yeah, I'd love to live in a country where you could only get food from the State... That sounds awesome. Though I wasn't aware that was the case in Germany and France. Must look up Lidl on Wikipedia..

The State is godawful at running anything. The private sector may not provide utopia, but if it's regulated properly, it's a much better bet than any other party in town. If nothing else, it's much easier for the government to step in with an axe if they're not in charge (see the East Coast mainline shennanigans recently).

I agree with comments about the CBI - they're not known for long term thinking.

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Tories don black cap for ID cards

The Mighty Biff

Smash the rich

Well it ent the Tories that'll be paying to break these contracts - it'll be the Treasury, i.e. the taxpayer, i.e. us.

So, James, you've got it completely back to front.

Wayland - perhaps they're saying they're going to scrap em because, er, well, maybe they are actually going to scrap them ! Gumpf !

They've said this fairly consistently over the last few years, so it seems unlikely that they are really in favour of them. Contrast that with their reticence to go into much detail over other policies...

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Yahoo! exposes very own stuffed elephant code

The Mighty Biff

Hadaway and

But what was the elephant named after ???

Curious minds (with nothing better to do) demand to know !

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Swivel-shed v polar stilt-scope in Big Bang boffinry clash

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Thumb Up

Nearly there

I think that Garret got it more righter than I did. Thanks Garret !

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The Mighty Biff

Re Ripples

They ent detecting gravity waves directly - they're looking for the effects that this primordial space-time wibbly wobblying would have had on the cosmic microwave background radiation, a la COBE.

It should see hot spots where the waves are in compression, and cold bits where they stretched space (well, relatively - it was all being stretched humunguosly; the gravity waves just overlayed a little extra squishing and stretching on top).

Presumably, their awesome theory predicts a particular pattern of hot and cold, rather than just a bunch of random speckles ?

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Blighty's black honeybee comes in from the cold

The Mighty Biff

One million dollars !

10 grand ? Isn't that basically no money ?

Or have I banged my head and woken up in the 60s ?

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Opera scrambles to quash zero-day bug in freshly-patched browser

The Mighty Biff
Unhappy

IE7 rules ! Oh wait...

Hmm. Click me eh ?

IE proudly announces that it's blocked a popup ! Then raises a javascript permissions error (sounds good doesn't it ?). Acknowledging the JS error then activates my mail client (Eudora).

So that's a FAIL then.

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Silverlight 2.0: killer features, no Flash killer

The Mighty Biff
Jobs Horns

Corporate users

But it will be popular on corporate intranets. Web app front ends are still somewhat lacking in performance and features when compared to client executables running on every user's machine. This would seem to fix that problem nicely.

It's all about building and maintaining the developer base. People tend to develop applications using tools that they know. Flash and Ruby on Rails may be teh awesome, but if Megacorp has a gross of .NET programmers on the payroll, they'll start using Silverlight.

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Fancy nipping for a quick two-thirds of a pint?

The Mighty Biff

London bleergh

I'd gladly pay to drink less London beer. I mean, London Pride ? You ought to be ashamed.

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Lehman Excel snafu could cost Barclays dear

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re re re

No sensible suggestions on what should have been used I see.

'A proper document'. (www.properdocument.com ?). Ah yes. That's the solution. We can add up all the numbers by hand and then scribe them to vellum.

Surely the Reg readership would prefer to stick it to the 'junior LAW associate' than the much beloved Excel ? This is what happens when you let liberal arts students loose with technology (etc etc etc).

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Microsoft sneaks out Silverlight 2

The Mighty Biff

Boogie

Mmm. Crystal Reports. The name is ironic I think.

Anyhow, surely some competition in the browser plugin market is a good thing, or do we prefer monopoly solutions, I mean standard ways of doing things ?

It's certainly ironic that it's not Microsoft with the monopoly this time, and given the amount of Silverlight content I've found on the web so far it probably won't be for some time.

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Thousands more City workers to lose jobs, says CBI

The Mighty Biff

The rise of the (self) righteous

Uh oh. It's starting to turn into "Have your Say" around here... It's becoming increasingly difficult to tell the Daily Mail readers from the Morning Star readers. United at last.

Yeah bankers are evil ! They eat babies you know ! Without paying for them ! Or cleaning up afterwards !

At least we haven't got any posts all in capitals yet.

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Calls to ban hoodie-busting sonic weapon

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Cor

It's gone all Daily Mail on the Reg comment board.

What's the effect of these Mosquito devices on house prices, that's what I want to know.

And are they doubly effective on foreign teenagers ?

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Submarine cable cut torpedoes Middle East access

The Mighty Biff
Happy

Block cold calls ?

Try registering your phone with a cold call blocking service. I did and now the laydeez love me. Or something.

Anyway, that would seem to be the logical thing to do, if you're plagued by cold calls. Works for me.

Of course you could not bother, and continue to rage against furriners in call centres. Whatever floats your boat.

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Visual Studio beats SQL Server in 2008 stakes

The Mighty Biff
Gates Halo

It's news to me.

Tech news on a tech news site. Who'd a thunk it ?

I'll be sticking with VS2005 for a few months though I think.

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Forget passports - teachers and kids are the new ID card targets

The Mighty Biff
Paris Hilton

Sub-Brains ? Wrists ?

Erk. This is a disturbing admission, given the quantity of Paris based articles on El Reg.

"It's not me. My wrist has a mind of its own"

Appalling images are coming to mind ! Aaargh ! My eyes !

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Tighter controls likely after SocGen debacle

The Mighty Biff

I blame the parents

Yay. More rules. I expect that these are special ones that won't be broken.

re Graham - if he'd been caught after making massive profits, he'd have been sacked sure as eggs is eggs. Despite the impression you may gain from the media, banks aren't interested in gambling their entire future on the markets and having nutters like Kerviel around isn't good for one's long term survival.

Making a bazillion bucks one minute and then going bankrupt the next isn't a solid business plan and it certainly hasn't been good for Bouton or the board's reputation. They'll be spending most of the next few years fending off lawsuits from the shareholders and the French regulator. Fun fun fun for them !

The idea that this is some sort of way of covering up their sub prime losses is laughable too. Pretty much every bank in world has taken a hit of some sort from the sub prime debacle. Covering it up with a massive c*ckup like this is akin to shooting yourself in the foot when you've got a veruca. And so has everyone else.

re Brent.

That's the top catchphrase in the wife's office (software development), always said in a nervously chipper fashion. Usually the answer turns out to be "Ooo. It's a bit more complicated than we thought".

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Inside the Windows 2008 stack experience

The Mighty Biff
Happy

When you're right, you're right

I'm with Stephen - it's nice to see an article about a large, real world project on El Reg.

I'm certainly interested to see how he gets on with 2008 - it'll come to all us MS shills at some point. More please !

And btw, I'd have no problem reading about somthing similar done with an open source project. It's all good.

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Major HTML update unveiled

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Unhappy

Frames ?

I've heard rumours that frames have been dropped in HTML 5.0.

I know I could have a look at the spec meself, but I'm about to nip out for a paper, so I thought I'd harness the mighty opinionsphere that is the El Reg comments form instead.

If true, it will be a bit of a pain. I know tha tpurists rather look down on frames, but I do find them to be useful on occasion.

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Do we need computer competence tests?

The Mighty Biff
Black Helicopters

Bonkers

Utterly bonkers.

Utterly unpolicable.

There's so much wrong with this idea, practically and ideologically it's difficult to know where to begin. If you want to have a free internet, suggesting that massive government oversight of all users is the way ahead suggests that you regard freedom and security to be in perfect correlation, with security as the driver.

Presumably licenses would be revoked for catching a virus (aargh ! One click and that's my software business ruined !), it's the spammers that the ISP would send the bill when your 1p per email limit is breached and it would all be run by a benign and completely competent goverment organisation.

Unplug em all I say ! Especially those teenage game players.

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Dip into concept programming

The Mighty Biff

Frameworks are the new black

Or not that new really.

Seriously though, if you took the .NET framework away from C# and the host of Java libraries (Swing etc) from Java, they wouldn't be much more use to anyone than good ole C++, or Ada.

Whizzy new languages are nice to have - C#'s lock and event specifiers are loverly, as is garbage collection, but the real power is in the .NET framework. I can code up complex applications very quickly on my own, because most of the work is being done by someone else's code, code that is likely to be considerably more bug free than my own.

I'd rather use an old fashioned language with a great framework than something cutting edge that requires me to write my own linked lists...

Maybe Concept Programming is brown and we'll all be wearing it next summer. Or maybe not. If it is useful, then no doubt some of the concepts will permeate into the mainstream. As long as it doesn't involve pair programming I'll give it a chance.

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Showdown over encryption password in child porn case

The Mighty Biff
Pirate

re Ikabod

Oo ! Scary terrorists !

Sigh.

I don't imagine Ikabod is going to reveal his password to the infidel policemen just because the law says he has too. After all he is planning to nuke New York which is also, like, totally illegal.

I expect in your world, the police really ought to be allowed just to pop a cap in any bad guys like him. I mean, they know he's evil right ? Although that didn't work out so well for Jean Charles de Menezes, or the Forrest Gate 'terrorists'.

Still, a few dead innocent folk is a price worth paying. Oo. I hope one of them's not me though !

Mind you, Judge Dredd always got it right...

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Sun pulls MySQL into its orbit

The Mighty Biff
Heart

Ain't Free

It ain't free. Well, not completely.

It's free to download and free to use if you're not deploying it commercially.

Otherwise they do a range of webserver and CPU licenses, costing a few hundred quid upwards. Not sure how adept they are at chasing up unlicensed users mind you.

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Boffins slashed in big-science budget blunder bloodbath

The Mighty Biff
Alien

Headline recognition shocker

Good grief.

Your splendid headline has gained recognition from esteemed physics blogger Peter Woit :

http://www.math.columbia.edu/~woit/wordpress/

It always gives me the shivers when two websites, which are unrelated other than by my surfing habits, link up like this. I expect I'm living in the Matrix, or something.

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AI egghead: Human-robot humping, marriage by 2050

The Mighty Biff
Gates Halo

von Neumann

How can none of you have spotted the real danger here ? What happens when these luvbots start having sex with each other and reproducing ? ROTM that's what !

Before you know it we'll be corralled into organic slave camps and forced into gladiatorial combat for the amusement of our electronic overlords. Or something.

Our only hope will be Patch Tuesday (which is either the pseudonym of a heroric freedom fighter, or a once a month worldwide reboot leading to a global BSOD). Microsoft as saviours of humanity. How ironic is that ?

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Japanese diggers unearth dino skull

The Mighty Biff
Alien

Rarr !

As an atheist I'm totally offended by the name Godzilla. God has no place in explaining the existance of Oriental supersaurs. Given that there are many manifestations of the giant lizard, I hereby propose the name Mozilla.

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Judge rules Gore's film an inconvenient catalogue of errors

The Mighty Biff

Legal fees ?

Anyone know who paid the rest of his fees ? 66 grand is whopping heck of a lot for Mr Dimmock to find and presumably it wasn't the school that funded the case ?

I'm genuinely interested to know the answer.

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Apple prepares iPhone WebApp catalogue

The Mighty Biff

AJAX has all ur base

re Correction

If you're paying through your iNose for bandwidth and are surfing through a crappy EDGE network , then AJAX type web apps are what you want, otherwise every refresh is a full page refresh - slow and pricey.

Anyway, I thought Web 2.0 was all about loverly web apps. Downloading stuff to the client machine is so last year, shurly ? Maybe that's Web 3.0, what with Apple always being ahead of the curve and all ?

PS need more icons ! No Jobs iICon ?

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Virgin Galactic: Flights 'still a few years away'

The Mighty Biff
Coat

Duty Free

They'll make their money on the duty free sales. And Space Beer.

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This emergency alert has been cancelled by Hotmail

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Clearly no student

His spelling's far too good for that. And he's even used punctuation ! Like totally ! OMG !

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MS drops nagware validation for IE7 installs

The Mighty Biff
Jobs Horns

Ooo ! I like these icon thingies

Must play with icons...

Oh yes. And I haven't had any bad experiences with IE7.Yet. Or IE6 for that matter. Or ever got a virus, unless you count the version of Vista that came preinstalled on my nice new machine. It was nice to see XP again...

Oo. Icons !

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