# Posts by M. Poolman

66 posts • joined 19 Mar 2007

### 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"

Please distinguish theory from hypothesis.

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

Please re-read the relevant para in my orginal postg.

#### 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.

#### WTF

Has Assange got do to with whether or not it's OK to access the voice-mails of murdered children, for the entertainment of the Great Britisish Public ?

Back in your hole, troll.

Then STFU

### DEC founder Ken Olsen is dead

#### And another thing

Some years later I found myself at University and learned C & Unix on DEC Ultrix personal workstations, so I suppose I owe quite a lot to Ken Olsen and ilk.

Raise a glass to his memory !

#### Good 'ol days

I too cut my teeth on a PDP 8. It was the size of three wardrobes, had two mag tapes, a hard disk and hi-res graphics (A total of 600 spots on a B&W CRT). Booting consisted of entering (40 odd ?) binary numbers on a toggle panel (loads of really cool flashing lights) to be able to read a paper tape, then load a paper tape to get instructions off the mag tape, finally load a mag tape, and after an inordinate amount of clicking and whirring you were able to start using the teletype. All long term storage was on paper or mag tape. The disk only held a few k and that was used for the focal interpreter.

It really did look quite impressive when both mag tapes, the teletype and all those flashing lights were going 19 to the dozen.

But you tell the young people today, ...

### Lettuce head e-fit draws a blank

#### Please

let us stop all this silly punning

### What’s new and improving about IT today?

#### The best typo in the world

Probably. The mind (amongst other things) boggles. Made my Friday afternoon.

definitely Zappa

### Unsafe at any speed: Memcpy() banished in Redmond

#### title

memcpy(dst, src, sizeof(*dst))

might help. Better to use abstract data types with dedicated copy functions. If done properly problems like this will be manifest at compile time, not run time.

JM2CW

### Kettering to London: 18 hours by rail, bus and pack mule

#### @@M. Poolman(s)

OK it's quite a few years since I was drinking at the OGs and doubtless rail service, like so much else in this once fair country, will have declined somewhat. But +/- ~10 mins in comparison to the figures quoted above might appear a little pedantric.

#### King insanity

The picturesqe market town of Wellingborough is about 10 minutes bus journey from Kettering and has direct rail link to the big smoke that will get you there in ~3/4 hr. Northamptom, one time cobbler captial of the empire is about 20 minutes by bus and has an equally good rail link.

Surely this is some bizarre and belated April fool, Really. Honetstly. Can't be anything else.

### DHS offers glimpse into life of its top snot'n'slobber expert

#### Coughs'n'sneezes

Spread diseases, as my old Granny used to tell me. A saying doing the rounds in the 1918 flu epidemic. Good to see medical progress over 90 years !

The one with pockets full of hankies please.

### Boffins build omelette-making android

#### Earth to Mars

What do you know of KoenigsEggs?

Only that they go so fast they're likely to ovaturn and you'll end up cracked with your brains scambled. Either that or you'll be pecked up in a speed trap by the coops, and get brought before the beak, which is exactly the sort of eggistential crisis I want to ovoid to have any chance of getting layed.

Oh for the wings of any bird, other than a battery hen - that's just the soth

#### Egg-citing development in robotics?

Nah,

Just a bunch of eggotistical eggcentrics eggstrapolating eggstraenous eggsperimental eggology without eggonomics, eggscuses or eggcitement.

(all white, it's only a yolk)

Mines the shell suit top.

### Sysadmin admits trying to axe California power grid

#### Erm..

OK, lets get this straight. A single false alarm costs \$14k and 20 (thats what the man said, count 'em TWENTY) computer specialists seven hours to correct it , while the state of California faces imminent melt down.

So thats 140 man ^H^H^H person hours to find the reset switch. And replace the broken glass. Someones taking the peace out of someone here, but I can't quite see who. Hence the gratuituous Paris emoticon.