Posts by M. Poolman

80 posts • joined 19 Mar 2007

VW's first US settlement nearly settled

Dieselgate

It's been >40 years since Watergate, and appending "gate" onto anything describing some piece of political and/or corporate naughtiness is not big and its not clever: it's simply lazy and unimaginative to the nth degree.

Here endeth this evenings rant.

Softbank promises stronger ARM: Greater overseas reach and double the UK jobs

Re: A week is a long time in politics

Well yes, it has happened many times before, but the UK aviation industry in 1945 had been driven by, thankfully, unusual circumstances for the preceding 6 years.

UK's climate change dept abolished, but 'smart meters and all our policies strong as ever'

we are forced either to read it ourselves (and I can't for the life of me get it right)

And yet you post on ElReg?

Quick question

How does this offering differ from the gnuradio sdr software in terms of capabilities offered to the end user? Is it essentially the same or something different altogether?

I'm thinking of getting into sdr so I'm quite interested to know. Please don't reply if you simply want to start yet another utterly boring and pointless MS v Linux trollfest.

Mighty CHASMS, craters FOUND ON MOON of Pluto

This rock is anything BUT lifeless

Is somebody _really_ suggesting that Charon has a teeming and vibrant community of little green men/women (other colours and genders may also be available) ?

PLUTO SPACE WHALE starts to give up its secrets

And another thing

Photography by the moonlight of Charon?!

Awesome, maximum respec !

Great, one of my favourite tunes of all time. I can hear Maggie Reilly's voice even as I type.

Airbus warns of software bug in A400M transport planes

Re: Fail Safe?

May I suggest

if ( statements = contradictory ) then

System.Alarm := True

if not airborne then

Engine.Active := False;

endif ;

endif:

if ( fire_status = burning ) then

System.FireAlarm := True

if airborne then

endif;

endif;

Cyber-scum deface Nazi concentration camp memorial website

Re: Que? @ Martin Gregorie

Spot on! I was going to post pretty much the same. I've been lucky enough travel to India as part of my job over several years and the impressions I get of the legacy of the British Empire is pretty much the same as yours.

Many aspects of the Indian system are directly modeled on those of the UK, and the fact that these were retained after independence says it all.

You could also mentioned the educations system!

Sysadmins, patch now: HTTP 'pings of death' are spewing across web to kill Windows servers

@ Destroy All Monsters

There might of been a point in there which might have been worth thinking about. Shame you put it in such a way as to ensure that the people who had most to learn from it will completely ignore your comment and think that such mindless trolling is the way to discuss technical problems.

GLOWING TAMPONS hold the key to ending pollution

Re: Why use tampons?

Sea water analysis is done microbiologically, which takes several days and can't be done in the field. This sounds like a quick, convenient and cheap alternative, although probably not very quantitative.

'Utterly unusable' MS Word dumped by SciFi author Charles Stross

Re: Content and Style

LaTeX + subversion does the trick for me. Both have a steep learning curve, but once you're past it all the problems associated with pinging word processor files between machines and co authors is a thing of the past.

Some enlightened publishers even supply the appropriate LaTeX style file, what more could you ask for?

Lenovo shipped lappies with man-in-the-middle ad/mal/bloatware

Re: I Wonder @ OP

Just what I was going to say but you got there first.

I've had thinkpads for years now and always been satisfied with them. First thing I do is zap any preinstalled OS and stick Linux (other operating systems are available).

Mozilla's Flash-killer 'Shumway' appears in Firefox nightlies

Scylla and Charybdis

That's a bit high-brow for a red top news site!

Computers know you better than your friends

Re: I know what I like

Have an upvote from another old Genesis fan!

Icelandic brewers knock up whale 'nad beer

Re: Trolls

Yeah,

Trolls are a big thing in Iceland, which by a funny coincidence is also host to the worlds only Phallological museum (http://phallus.is)

CURSE YOU, 'streaming' music services! I want a bloody CD

Icon

Says it all. I'd add a beer and thimbs up as well if could.

Hackers thrash Bash Shellshock bug: World races to cover hole

In the interest of fairness

I should make clear that the BBC report I heard didn't actually mention Ebola, but the breathless excitement with which they described the (potential) impact of the "shellshock virus" might lead one to think that the two were comparable.

It's getting worse

According to the BBC R4 news it's not just a vulnerability - it's a virus, and judging by the report only slightly less serious than Ebola.

'Windows 9' LEAK: Microsoft's playing catchup with Linux

Re: A little help required from somebody with a better memory ...

Multiple work spaces (or screens - the concept was pretty similar) were built in, not a third party add-on, at least on the later (A1200ish) amiga models. I seem to remember that it wasn't as easy to jump between as it was on various *nix systems that followed.

Don't panic! Japan to send nuke fuel rod into MELTDOWN in Fukushima probe

Technical question

To achieve meltdown you must first achieve critical mass, and a single fuel rod is much too small. Can anyone explain ?

Los Angeles' weather is just like MORDOR, says Brit climate prof

Re: Don't think we need a spare planet Earth (@ NomNomNom @ AC)

"If the hypothesis is that increase in atmospheric CO2 causes increase in temperature (the Anthropogenic Global Warming Hypothesis) and temperature fails to increase (over 17 years) despite a continuing increase in CO2, then the hypothesis is falsified*."

No, because you won't know what would have happened had CO2 remained constant. This is one reason why there's so much interest in modelling.

The fact that it's not testable is absolutely not to refute or support the notion. Personally I think that not turning as much fossil carbon into CO2 as quickly as possible is a rather sensible idea.

Re: @ NomNomNom @ AC

"That is a grotesque oversimplification of Popper."

Grotesque is a value judgement, but of course it's a simplification - what do you expect - a 4000 word dissertation complete with references ?

"There is no requirement that the theory as a whole must be abandoned the second a contradictory piece of evidence is found"

"Congratulations, you have just asserted that astronomy, evolution, paleontology, and every other science which cares about past events, is not science at all."

Re: @ NomNomNom @ AC

Popper's philosphy was that to count as scientific, then a _hypothesis_ must be _falsifiable_. A hypothesis cannot be proved correct, we can only fail to disprove it.

For example, I might propose, on the basis of any, or no, evidence whatsoever, that gene X influences phenotype Y. This is still a falsifiable hypothesis, because assuming I (or anyone else) can knock out gene X we can determine whether or not phenotype Y has changed.

In this sense (and this sense only) most hypotheses about climate change are not scientific, it is not possible to perform an experiment whose result would falsify the hypothesis (e.g.) increased atmospheric CO2 will lead to an increase in global temperature (amongs many other things, we don'y have a spare planet earth to try it out on).

The same general problem applies to many other areas study (Anthropolgy, Archeaology and Astronomy all spring to mind). Whether or not we reject anything not meeting these rather stringent criteria is a matter of debate, but I find the idea a useful mental tool to asses exactly how useful a given piece of work might be.

Re: WTF (@TheOldGuy)

I dunno, ask him, or maybe write an indignant letter to the universtiy authorities and/or the Daily Mail.

On the matter of shooting down Amazon delivery drones with shotguns

Re: Guns won't work, so let's look at alternatives...

The new Robot Wars - in glorious 3D !

(seriously beeb, have a think about it)

'Ultimate nerd chick’ prompts C64 clone cancellation

Upvoted

Cos at least my sense of humour is still functioning. Joke alert for the overly literal.

Corrupt their way of living

Yeah, like it was westerners who first thought that having a light source when sun went down was a Good Thing (tm) ?

MIDI: 30 years old... almost

the gradual switch to MIDI over USB

shouldn't be a a problem, midi<->usb adapters are only a few quid.

UK.gov's minimum booze price dream demolished

@ AC 1239

All well and good, but how do you identify the reason(s), and what do you propose could be done about them ?

'Inexperienced' RBS tech operative's blunder led to banking meltdown

Yes, but

That is now a tautology. Something is unique or it is not, hence any qualifier must either be a contradiction or tautology, and so shouldn't be used.

Surface: Because Microsoft does so well making hardware?

Re: @AC

What is your point here ? (and who is "they" ?)

Every new release of windows generates pretty much the same stream of pro and anti arguments. If you just modify them to match the current release name/number, they're almost indistinguishable. What really matters is users reactions 6 months or so down the line.

I don't use windows myself, but I know plenty who do. Wasn't Vista the most hated version of windows ever ?

Met bobbies get CSI kit to probe perps' mobes

Pah !

Beat me to it. Reg - you may have a red top but this is supposed to be a tech site. Unimpressed.

Crooks sell skint fanbois potatoes instead of iPhones

Re: @M. Poolman

The phrase usually implies dire consequences from revealing the secret. e.g. Accidently allowing the wielder of authority (and the cat) to discover some breach of the Kings Regulations deserving of summary punnishment is to let the cat out of the bag.

Re: Indeed...

That's one explanation of the saying. The other is that it's nautical. The cat in question is the cat o' nine tails. Thus an action that lets it out of the bag is one that is going to lead to Big Trouble.

Rebekah Brooks quits - Murdoch accepts this time

Erm

"... or it pleases some people to think so. I personaly don't consider myself to be particularly niave, but hey - it's all depending on how much you know (or at least, think you do)."

??

"My Uncle gave me one of the most useful (and profound) pieces of advice I ever had when I was young. "The worsth crime in the world, is getting caught". Sadly, it took me a long time to really understand how true that is, and what it really signified about human nature."

How profound that is. I got caught for riding my push-bike with out lights (at night would you believe). I hear about the massacres at (e.g. srebenica, rwanda, etc.) committed by loads of people who never got caught. I 'd look up to them if I wasn't hanging my head in shame.

"I'm not going to waste your time stating the obvious - I'm not even going to bother to vote a certain post down. I"

Good

"I'm sure there are many here as 'clueless' as me who know what I mean."

I doubt it.