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Android 'splits' into the Good and the lovechild of Bad and Ugly

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Re: +1

> will not go back to Android

You will not go back to a Huawei Ascend G300. There is a difference.

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Re: Come on....

Don't know who downvotes this. Have an upvote.

"would look like if the software was free. Now we know, and it's a rather depressing sigh"

That's all about the free things are bad for you and your neighbours and won't enable you to collect the Intellectual Property Riches that you, as a Creative Person, so richely deserve" meme propagated by some. But you know that.

It's the same as if you read an article by Krugman in the NYT. There will be at least one statement to the effect that "printing money and state intervention saves the economy". All empirical evidence collected since 1920 says NO in bold letters, but that doesn't stop the author from clinging to his cherished view (which opens up the doors of the political cocktail parties, natch).

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The amount of man-hours wasted during the whole story of humankind is huge.

You always have to compare it against something ...

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Gnome cofounder: Desktop Linux is a CHERNOBYL of FAIL

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Clearly you are a Win/Apple user - otherwise you would be able to murder yourself.

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Spoken like a true liberal arts student.

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Re: Insecurity?

> bloated

This can be changed by choosing an "unbloated" (by your standards) distro.

The choice is yours.

> Windows/OS X

> more tolerable than varying flavors of Linux, particularly when issues are encountered

Are you insane?

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Re: @another coward Huh. - Jason

> See how that looks? How would you feel 30 mins into a course learning something new and you were called incompetent in front of everyone on the course?

THE TRUTH.

Also, I would call you ANNOYING.

Do you think these are motherfucking classes for people with special needs and daily doses of ritalin?

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Re: Lots of negative AC comments.

A wild RICHTO appears!

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Re: Fragmentation

> For instance, on Solaris you can change the task scheduler on the fly, without recompiling nor rebooting. I consider it as a good thing.

Okay, cool.

Can you do it in MacOS?

Why would you want to change the task scheduler of your OS while on vacation?

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Re: Insecurity?

Insecure about your name, anon?

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Re: the Unix vs. Windows battle in Linux

Actually NetworkManager is a good example why you should have text configuration files. What NetworkManager does is that it tries to somehow magically find out what you want. It's great when it works, but horrible when it doesn't.

YES!

And it generally doesn't and/or the edge case isn't implemented "yet".

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Re: funny

Sadly, "I recompile the kernel" means "I'm so operator at Linux" in the age bracket commonly associated with the larval stage or the wannabee.

Myself - Last kernel compilation: before the War on Terror

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FAIL

Guy leaves the rickety house he was instrumental in constructing, complains!

Film at 11.

Also, can he actually distinguish between "Three Miles Island" (the actual one, not the 'conspiracy, sky split, thousands and thousands dead') and "Chernobyl"? If not, time to get good with numbers.

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Japanese password protector floods screen with hoax cursors

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But there the whole screen was noised up, right?

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Re: Easy to defeat.

"a little training should enable someone to distinguish the random motion of the fake cursors from the more-directed motion of the real one"

1) Read not-too-well explained stuff with no accompanying pics on El Reg

2) Run to the pulpit

3) Declare to world and dog that it won't work, make peremptory statements and a clown of yourself

FAIL icon doesn't begin to describe the situation

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RBS and NatWest FAIL downs services across UK

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Re: In other news...

The War On Cash hasn't worked in Sweden so far....

And you know what that is all about. Not convenience but surveillance.

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Penguins, only YOU can turn desktop disk IO into legacy tech

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Computer Architecture 101, huh?

> It is simplification that allowed Alan Turing to design and implement the worlds first practical computers.

You are mixing this up with John von Neumann. Actually Turing was involved in the ACE, but that came even after the ENIAC (not to mention the Atanasoff-Berry Computer)

> Running a program in flash could potentially damage the flash over extended periods of time

Quite a lot of the pages are "unmodifiable" program text or even static data, so can be advantageously left in nonvolatile memory. DB "files" can. In-memory datastructures can. And of course the filesystem can. If what you are saying were true, there would not even be a use for "flash memory cunningly disguised as disk drives" even today.

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Re: I've mentioned this before.

I guess one can add an option to the bootup screen whereby "zero all working memory" can be selected on an as-needed basis. This can even be pretty fast if done correctly, just mark pages as "unitialized" and have the OS read all zeros on first use..

I wouldn't count on the "BIOS" manufacturers to get that even approximately right though.

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> I want it to be faster than the speed of light

You cannae change the laws of physics...

But otherwise.

1) Install flash memory that maps into the one-dimensional address space of the CPU.

2) Tweak Virtual Memory Manager with an additional "this is flash" flag per page.

3) Make apps aware of 2) or, barring that, just define a flash-based "RAM disk" with the appropriate filesystem and put files and memory-mapped storage there

4) ???

5) Sanic speed attained

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Incoming comet will probably miss Mars, says NASA

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Re: Nudge

DO IT!!

I HOPE SOMEONE WITH THE SPIRIT OF DR. STRANGELOVE IS RUNNING THE PHONELINES TO THE CRAPPY WHITE HOUSE OF MR. MILQUETOAST DRONER RED, RED HOT RIGHT FSCKING NOW!

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Re: Gonna

Maybe the Galactic Council has decided to allow humanity a break and a stepping stone.

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IT BEGINS!

Looking forward to Cult Craziness.

Still, that a lot of INTERESTING activity in the INNER SOLAR SYSTEM since the MAYAN BEST-BEFORE TIME HAS BEEN EXCEEDED. And now the POPE has VOLUNTARILY RESIGNED, too! And now this. NOT a SPACESHIP HEADED for CYDONIA? Uh-huh.

Supplementary commentariat grounding question:

Will the next visitor from the Oort split URANUS OPEN? Time will tell!

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First C compiler pops up on Github

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Re: No link to github repo?

Correct. First post remedies this.

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Re: Engraving

> object-oriented programming in Java

It is sufficiently nice and complaining about it is for pseudo-toughs. Like retarded colonels that need a good fragging phoning in will-to-power-bring-me-my-medal orders to the front lines.

Really, it frees you up for the NEXT gnarly problems, like programs that navigate in the real world, or actually delivering stuff through the bureaucratic maze of a company.

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Re: Stupid Question

> But this is the first C compiler. How did they compile it? By hand?

It's magic! People don't have to explain bits!

K&R are the Siegfried and Roy of....

Awww.. ok: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bootstrapping_%28compilers%29

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Re: @Condiment (was: I'll delve into my archives ... )

> Because .. no skin off my teeth.

This!!

I once saw a TV film about some german hacker/carder guy in his teens who ordered up an old PDP-11 because of its nostalgia value. He was then rather surprised when a truck showed up at his door...

Sadly, the guy was later found hanged in a public park. Apparently "suicide" but then he had become involved with turkish mafia.

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Indian atomic boffins draw up plans for 50,000 TONNE magnet

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Re: Good to know all that aid money is not being wasted, eh?

Well, the US is also sending "indispensable aid" (not affected by sequestration, natch) to Israel. So why complain?

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Malware linked to Chinese hackers aims at Japanese government

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Re: Outrageous to let this cyberwar go on

Nothing that a Quadro-Pounder with Cheese, a side dish of supersized Freedom Fries and a large Coke couldn't fix, it hope?

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Cruel Microsoft will drive us into arms of iOS, Android, warn resellers

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Re: MS is squeezing the enterprise and channel

> It costs much more than the equivalent Microsoft product!

LIES!

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UK injects £88m into Euro bid to build Hubble-thrashing 'scope

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Re: spEak You're bRanes

How about gamma-ray bursts?

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Re: 16 times sharper...

Zooming in on the photo of the reflection in a car's rear view mirror of a shop window on the other side of the street reflecting the sniper as he shoots, then sharpening...

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Re: Daily defence spending...

> Stuff like this creates jobs

Actually it does *not*, because it will be paid by money hoovered up from the economy where said money would be used to buy TV sets, diapers, holidays in Spain, houses, swimming pools, hookers and coke. In other words, jobs may actually be *destroyed*.

You can argue that you funnel money into "more worthwhile developments" but unfortunately this is being done by the guns and badges of the state (in order that taxes may be collected) or even the printing press (hidden taxation by inflation), so a strong argument for amorality can be made.

But I don't care. FUND IT! BUILD IT!!

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Open Virtualisation Format 2.0 lands, world+dog yawns

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Re: Numinous computing?

BLINDED BY THE LIGHT!

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Canonical announces Mir display server to replace X Windows

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> jake

> running X on Slackware 1.0 on a 386sx16+mathco on 8megs of RAM and an 80meg Maxtor hard-drive. 20 years ago

Slackware 2.01. Still have the dual-CD jewel box (there is something called a "GNU-Archive" and an "Elisp Archive" and a "high-end Linux distro 'bogus'" on it, as well as Scheme, Oberon and .. Sather?). I just had 4 megs... 4 sticks of EDO RAM? And they came in a sort of long transparent plastic stick ...

I now need my my anti-melancholy pills. Nurse, please!

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Re: Huh...

Actually this made me re-read Eric Raymond's take on The Unix Hater's Handbook take on X, here, scrolling down a bit.

Dammit, Eric's web page encoding is fubared. What the hell.

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Re: Huh...

None of your bull makes any sense

> you could barely get a window manager to run on X on a 486.

Oh yeah. So it runs on a Sun 3/60 but barely on a "486". Get a real computer, buddy.

> X is a bloated nightmare of design by committee

Fark off. More like, everything not needed had been left OUT. Though I remember his Billness personally declaring X "insanely dumb" (that was when Microsoft was still on the OS/2 trainride)

> make it do everything (badly)

Like address large bitmapped screens?? Note that "unlike most earlier display protocols, X was specifically designed to be used over network connections rather than on an integral or attached display device" [q.v. Wikipedia]. Granted you don't need that when arsing around in your bedroom on knockoff 486 running Windows 3.1.

> excuse for a graphical driver

LOLNO

> Similar to PostScript..

Kinda confused here, buddy. Postscript has nothing to do with X. Though indeed I want NeWS back. Yet another Sun Microsystem production - "Nearly good, then Abandoned".

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Naysayers everywhere!

Ok, that sounds ambitious. Maybe too ambitious? I mean, re-designing and re-writing the display server (will it still be a "server"?) from scratch for end-of-year would make me check my supply of Death March pills. How do they expect to manage this?

"None of the existing solutions would allow us to implement our vision without taking major compromises which would come at the cost of user experience and quality,"

You see what I mean.

I hope they have a framed version of the X Design Principles

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LHC spots mesons flipping between matter and antimatter

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About the lifetime of a typical meson

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Re: You lost me after "The"

In France, one would not be allowed to do quarks!

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Very nice

How does that look in a Feynman diagram though? Does the arrow along the "one of the infinitely possible particle paths" alternatively point to the future and to the past?

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SpaceX Dragon eventually snared by ISS

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Re: Er...

Possibly a similar anomaly that did in the USS Thresher...

No, not Chtulhu. Water in the expanding gas.

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Re: Redefining the word

Nah, that cowboy talk is over. Today we have norms!

From:

European Coordination for Space Standardization (ECSS), Glossary of Terms, ECSS P-001B, 14 July 2004 (c) 2004 by the European Space Agency for the members of ECSS (costs EUR 20).

Anomaly - Any deviation from the expected situation. [EN 13701:2001]

but

Accident - Undesired event arising from operation of any project-specific item that results in a) human death or injury, b) loss of, or damage to, project hardware, software or facilities that can then affect the accomplishment of the mission, c) loss of, or damage to, public or private property, or d) detrimental effects on the environment. NOTE: Accident and mishap are synonymous. [EN 13701:2001]

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Re: Good job, gentlemen!

Why make people suicidal?

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Re: metric tonnage

Still a lot of work because, even though you may now be able to LIFT it, you still have to pump/unpump the tonne with kinetic energy while watching that it doesn't squish fingers or poke holes in the compartments.

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Good job, gentlemen!

"The ISS's robotic arm was used to grab and secure the capsule at 0531 EST on 3 March"

I do HOPE they played the Imperial March LOUD with MAX BASS in the ISS while doing so!

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New class of industrial-scale super-phishing emails threatens biz

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Re: Guess I'm not important enough

Those guys that secretly close banks on Friday 16:00?

Yes.

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Apple: OK, we tracked your every move... but let's call it a caching bug, m'kay?

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Re: Google does no evil (tm)

Thread hijack LOL!

Seriously though, why is Lucy Koh on that Apple case, too. Do they appoint work to judges in "famous company" equivalence class-sized bits?

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Re: Apple is refusing to hand over certain documents which might prove this one way or the other

> This is something I've seen on quite a few of the US "Cops" style TV shows,

If they do that, they must first show "probably cause" and then "detain you" upon which they may proceed to take your car apart. Of course, "probable cause" these days amounts to their 40-kilo mastiff sneezing once ("it was the weed") and "detention" occurs through judicious tasering (if lucky).

Have a load of these commendable cheeky breekies refusing "access all areas" at the DHS checkpoint.

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Need an army of killer zombies? Yours for just $25 per 1,000 PCs

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Re: So...

Really, would those people think anything? They wouldn't even know what Linux *is*, and if they did, why care? It's the rat cellar....

"Oh, the colours have changed. Hey, where is my Internet Explorer? I NO LONGER CAN WATCH MY VIDEO! HEY!!"

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Re: So...

No, these would be UNCOMPROMISED machines, of course. Configure max lock on iptables and set SELinux to enforcing. Gnihihihi....

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