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MSX: The Japanese are coming! The Japanese are coming!

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It was training in autism.

"And then find out that it's not working due to a printing error in the book and you have no idea what the correct value should be?"

This. Much later did I realize that, had those editors not been clueless brats they would have included error-detection and possibly correction codes.

To be fair, books about arcane things like coding theory were hard to come by, but I'm sure there must have been articles on this in IEEE Computer or CACM, which did arrive in the mailboxes even in Yurop.

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The Amiga monitor was a refurbished Philips/Magnavox TV, wasn't it?

(Btw.... I remember an advertisement for a whole video manipulation set by Sony meant to be used with the Sony MSX 2 - never saw it anywhere in any store.)

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Re: Mine was the one with Hit Bit written on it

Hell yes, it's amazing what Konami and a large ROM cassette could do with that crappy TI graphics thing (on an 8-pixel wide strip, chose two colours, no more!) and the Z80.

"Penguin Adventure II" and "Nemesis" ... back then I thought the graphics were amazing.

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UK.gov finally admits it will MISS superfast broadband target

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I like the smell of politically-remeaninged "austerity" in the morning

It’s absolutely crucial, if we want to rebalance our economy .... that we are providing a further £250m to ensure that...

Right. And here I was thinking that savings, tax reductions and spending reduction as well to STOP PRINTING MONEY so that all the financial clowns DIE THE FUCK OFF would be the way to rebalance the economy. Silly me.

We need a "Statler and Waldorf" icon because the Reg readership is not getting younger... cough!!

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Re: No shit.

Oh come on. Those fibers feel pretty lonely all by themselves.

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Trick-cyclist's claim: I have FOUND how to get GIRLS INTO TECH

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Re: Doesn't it miss the point somewhat?

You can't model the world "emotionally".

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PlayStation 4 is FreeBSD inside

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I hope to $DEITY all of the posts above are SAMEFAG!

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Re: The righteous

Is this a /b/ raid in action?

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Wouldn't it be better to have a REAL-TIME OS?

Finally a good use for "process must finish before now + 5 ms"

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Windows 8.1 start button appears as Microsoft's Blue wave breaks

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Re: @hungee

Woah seems WIn8 really is for the Power User Master Race.

"A major boon in analytics, optimisation, specialisation and customization! Superior WiFi controls in one-click! End process, actually works - immediately!"

Really! Don't know whether "Babby's First Computer" or a Microsoft Marketing Campaign.

Where is mmeier btw?

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Re: @AndrueC

> boot to explorer as the shell

Can anyone enlighten me as to what people consider a "shell" in Windows?

In Unix, the "shell" is the command interpreter (the program) input/outputting to an interactive text interface (in olden days, a line printer complete with fanfold (hell yeah!), nowadays, some window in graphical user interface)

Clearly that's not it.

The "Windows shell" seems to be something on a sliding scale between the whole UI system (corresponds to X, swappable in Unix, not so much in Windows unless you want to look into the kernel), the look and feel of it (Gnome, KDE, XFCE) and some file navigator / application (Dolphin, Konqueror etc.)

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'Do the right thing and tell on a pirate' - software bods

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Re: IANAE

> I think the money would be parked in an account in Ireland?

Which would be cool too. That would be savings. Savings decrease the cost of borrowed money (i.e. interest rates). Hence investments can take off. Of course, in these fairy tale days of neverending bubbles, interest rates are kept low by ministerial decree followed by printing press noises, which causes inflation, puts the economy on amphetamine (no teeth after a decade or so) and nukes your pension scheme. But hey, that's pretty complex for people to understand. And the minister can take a hefty wank because he "helped the economy", natch.

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Re: IANAE

Of course.

Someone from dim & slow-witted country thinks that people have a money printing machine like a Central Bank and thus should be forced to keynesianistically pump it out to increase GDP. Similar ideas can be heard from 5-year olds and Krugman. Doesn't mean they make any sense.

Guess he's just shilling for the software rent seekers though (who brought us such nice presents like software patents and similar rapes of Joe Public) who have marginal production costs anyway, so don't expect a job to be created for a guy to watch the shrink-wrapping machine if you shell out for overpriced buggy stuff.

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"I he clicks on something, say something!"

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Planetary data merge shows three Earth-like planets in close star system

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Re: Erm...

Yes, because these are not their ARSES, you idiot.

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Boffins create tabletop ANTIMATTER GUN

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Re: Nobody talked about the Bremsstrahlung. Nobody ever talks about the Bremsstrahlung.

No Bremsstrahlung today. Bremsstrahlung tomorrow. There is always Bremsstrahlung tomorrow.

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> relatavistic

relativistic!

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Apple reveals payouts for parents of in-app purchase nippers

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Re: My darling daughter

> the cost of their trinkets are far beyond their worth

So does anyone buy them? Worth is a relative notion.

Paris, obviously.

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PRISM leaker strands hacks on booze-free flight

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Re: International law?

Note that the "we" Kerry is talking about is basically the administration of a proto-authoritarian state talking to the administration of a proto-authoritarian state, and in a pretty gangster fashion, too. Quid-pro-quos, you smoke one, we smoke one etc.

Mobsterism is now ingrained in their blood and second nature.

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Re: the press had to endure a long flight with no alcohol

Expecting articles about "sex with prawns" to appear any minute now.

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Snowden dodges US agents in Moscow, skips out on flight

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Re: PHEW! What's that stench?

Oh hey Schumer is showing up:

Sen. Charles Schumer (N.Y.), the third-ranking Senate Democratic leader, warned that Russia could face serious consequences if it harbored Snowden. If Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin offered him asylum, it could impact negotiations to reduce nuclear arsenals, Schumer said.

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Re: It's just a matter of time

> It is illegal for them to deny a US Citizen entry into the country.

Correct. They just put you on the no-fly list while you are abroad.

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Re: @sisk It's not illegal, but it is uncool

"The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized."

Not Illegal?

GET. THE. FUCK. OUT.

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"I do think that when history looks at this, they are going to contrast the behavior of James Clapper, our national intelligence director, with Edward Snowden. Mr. Clapper lied in Congress, in defiance of the law, in the name of security. Mr. Snowden told the truth in the name of privacy. So I think there will be a judgment, because both of them broke the law."

[Sen. Rand Paul]

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Re: The internet version is a bit slow paced

Your message will now be retconned to talk about "Free Porn and Piracy"

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PHEW! What's that stench?

Oh, just Jerry Kerry and Yawn Feinstein.

Where's the inimitable Nancy Lugosi? Always meek and obliging during the Bush years, now dutifully defending the Obamaster (he invented FISA or something).

They make Repubs looks nearly acceptable again.

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HPC geeks ponder 100 petafloppers and quantum supercomputers

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Re: How do you rank them?

Real-time till a "highly probable correct" solution to a problem has been found?

This would also be a good criterium for classical computers. One would just increase the size of the problem linearly each year (in case of QM, exponentially...)

Suffer the little machines!

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"Quantum computing is easy if you leave the physics out of it"

> reading up on this quantum computing gobbledygook

You could do worse than check out:

PHYS771 - Quantum Computing Since Democritus, a course held by Scott Aaronson.

Apparently now out in book format, too.

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Spaniards deploy self-propelled ROBOT BALLS

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Re: The Prisoner

How soon?

That would be telling!

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Tearing a strip off Microsoft's Brazilian: That's no way to attract mates

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The naming is off

That would be project "Aguirre"

Lots of dead people, internecine struggles, the madness of the leader - and in the end drifting rudderlessly into the unknown.

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Cultivated dope-smoking Welshman barred from own shed

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Re: Good story

> Alcohol's impact on families and society is, for many people, appalling and life-wrecking.

Less so than HMRC.

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Re: The cost

> just to check

For a quick friendly smoke.

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Brits' HSBC bank cards, net access goes TITSUP

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You better learn to spell and express yourself correctly, son.

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When hospitals found out that you don't have any cash left because it all went to "free healthcare" while actual treatments went off-sheet because of "price capping".

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US DoJ: Happy b-day, Ed Snowden! You're (not?) charged with capital crimes

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Re: They don't like it...

"Stealing data" is not the problem.

Behaving like unaccountable royalty of bureaucracy that doesn't need nor want control by law or scrutiny by their paymaster is the problem.

Mr. Hopey Changey of Chicago, the Lawyeresque President of the Most Transparent Administration Evar doing the shilling for this control freakshow is yet another problem. Can't wait for that guy to be on the way out.

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Re: Not exactly...

You have been lost on the way to the Nazi thread of yesterday. Please let me redirect you....

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Our week with Soylent: Don't chuck out your vintage food quite yet

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Re: Organic?

> I'm not hot about eating pesticides, most Genetically Modified Organisms, and unnecessary chemicals after a cancer scare a couple years back

I have bad anecdotal evidence for you along the lines of "this doesn't help at all with that"

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Sunday's night sky to be flooded by MASSIVE SUPERMOON

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Re: Eadon's GeeK QuiZ

That's your 2748th post, Eadon and it's too easy to take seriously.

NEXT!

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THANKS OBAMA!

But seriously, I will check out the night sky....

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Top Norks bone up on Hitler

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Yet another urban legend

Can't have been that inefficient if they conquered half of Europe in a year or two? Let's be fair, they knew what they were doing

No they weren't. Hitler was just a monomanical gambler who struck lucky. If the French had rolled in when he seized Rheinland, it would have been over. When the Anschluss occurred, Mussolini could have struck north and it would have been over. When Hitler turned on Poland, generals were not sure whether they would prevail or what Stalin would do even though there was a contractual agreement about ripping the corpse of Poland. The attack on France could have gone either way - military innovation and daring carried the day over fixed point defense. But then things stalled. Not enough resources to jump the Channel, stupid adventures in the Balkans, too late in the year to roll into Russia. And a wartime control economy brings in the resources only a limited time.

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Re: Yeah, right.

an insult to all social democrats, socialists and members of the Communist party who were persecuted and killed by the NSDAP in the Third Reich

Argumentation by sympathy isn't valid. Consider that the German Democratic Republic was a straight-line continuation of 3rd Reich habits, just run by the dudes recently liberated from the camps. No winners. Do not pass go, do not take 1000 Reichsmark.

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Re: Yeah, right.

Yet another urban legend

"Hitler was not socialist at all, on the contrary he was sustained by the big business."

Not true at all. While the Nazi party undoubtedly had funding from biz partners, "Big Business" quickly learnt how the wind was blowing. Not being in control and having some small arsehole with a party card order you around is pretty galling.

Hitler was not socialist at all

How so? A centralised economy, where the good of everyone is rigidly managed by people from the proletariat, from jerks in Three-Letter-Acronym organizations down to the balding, potbellied "Blockleiter" from next door who checks whether your daily routine is party-approved. Private property no longer exists and the individual's power of decision goes to zero. Sounds exactly like what it says on the tin. You may get additional nationalism, but hell, why not.

Of course you must realize that germans were shitting bricks about a possible violent red revolution, and not without reason, the communist agitation was pretty intense (moderate Sozialdemokraten got beaten up by browns and reds...). So better go with the boys in brown instead of the ones in red, at least they are for a German-style order, not a Lenin-style order. So supporting the little mouth-breathing corporal might not be such a bad idea, after all, how bad can he really be? Let's hope for some change etc..

Sounds very 'left', but in fact it was very 'right'

False dichotomy. It's called "collectivism". And truly, Hitler killed less than the other two Great Collectivist Organizations EACH, so he's basically the less worst of them.

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Re: Not COMMUNIST!

Is this a new version of "he's not a REAL communist/collectivits/marxist/national-socialist" spin?

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Re: I don't have a pair of tongs to hand...

Tongs? You know where to find the Internets.

Hitler is somehow angry about Jews, but doesn't say much about "mongoloids". He's into "Aryans" though, whatever these are. You have to read the following in a "rolling r". The German style is pretty bad though and probably would have entailed demerit points at my school:

Würde man die Menschheit in drei Arten einteilen: in Kulturbegründer, Kulturträger und Kulturzerstörer, dann käme als Vertreter der ersten wohl nur der Arier in Frage. Von ihm stammen die Fundamente und Mauern aller menschlichen Schöpfungen, und nur die äußere Form und Farbe sind bedingt durch die jeweiligen Charakterzüge der einzelnen Völker. Er liefert die gewaltigen Bausteine und Pläne zu allem menschlichen Fortschritt, und nur die Ausführung entspricht der Wesensart der jeweiligen Rassen.

In wenigen Jahrzehnten wird zum Beispiel der ganze Osten Asiens eine Kultur sein eigen nennen, deren letzte Grundlage ebenso hellenischer Geist und germanische Technik sein wird wie dies bei uns der Fall ist. Nur die äußere Form wird - zum Teil wenigstens - die Züge asiatischer Wesensart tragen. Es ist nicht so, wie manche meinen, daß Japan zu seiner Kultur europäische Technik nimmt, sondern die europäische Wissenschaft und Technik wird mit japanischen Eigenarten verbrämt. Die Grundlage des tatsächlichen Lebens ist nicht mehr die besondere japanische Kultur, obwohl sie - weil äußerlich infolge des inneren Unterschiedes für den Europäer mehr in die Augen springend - die Farbe des Lebens bestimmt, sondern die gewaltige wissenschaftlich-technische Arbeit Europas und Amerikas, also arischer Völker. Auf diesen Leistungen allein kann auch der Osten dem allgemeinen menschlichen Fortschritt folgen. Dies ergibt die Grundlage des Kampfes um das tägliche Brot, schafft Waffen und Werkzeuge dafür, und nur die äußere Aufmachung wird allmählich dem japanischen Wesen angepaßt. Würde ab heute jede weitere arische Einwirkung auf Japan unterbleiben, angenommen Europa und Amerika zugrunde gehen, so könnte eine kurze Zeit noch der heutige Aufstieg Japans in Wissenschaft und Technik anhalten; allein schon in wenigen Jahren würde der Bronnen versiegen, die japanische Eigenart gewinnen, aber die heutige Kultur erstarren und wieder in den Schlaf zurücksinken, aus dem sie vor sieben Jahrzehnten durch die arische Kulturwelle aufgescheucht wurde.

Basically he is saying that Japanese progress would stop if the Yurop and USA aryans were not there to push and kick it and inject technological know-how. Adolf U R CLOWN!

On second thoughts, this kind of text should fit into Nork Goodthink, no problemo. Hmm...

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Because of Gangnam Style.

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"I accidentally the whole Nork"

one of three or four possible candidates for kicking off World War 3

Not the chance of an icecube in hell. More likely a possible candidate for being bought by China in a yard sale, (accidentally, natch)

Meanwhile I can recommend Space Nazis in Iron Sky

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Re: Mein Kampf is many things...

She was interesting enough that leftist webzines and zones of goodthink feel the urge to pump out a "weekly article of hate" about her views, which I can only imagine must be strenously followed and parsed by the proletarian acolytes.

Even libertarian Murray Rothbard couldn't avoid a pastiche moment: Mozart was a Red:

The living room of a modern luxury apartment on New York's upper East Side. The walls are a lush, tropical green. Sofa (c), several armchairs and sectional chairs (r) are all over-sized, so designed that no one can sit comfortably in them. Sitting back, no one under eight feet tall could place his feet on the floor. Therefore, for anyone in the room, there are only two alternatives: (a) to sit perched precariously on the edge of the sofa or chair, clinging to one of the arms for support, or (b) to curl up in it, feet pressed against thigh and upholstery.

To CARSON SAND, owner of the apartment, this choice presents no problem. She is now curled up in one of the sectionals (lc), cigarette holder raised aloft. This is to symbolize mocking contempt of, and hostility toward, men, and therefore rationality and high romantic standards.

CARSON is a little woman with straight hair seeping down one side of her face. Her figure can only be described as protoplasmic, amorphous; her age, too, is indeterminate, but is presumably in the fifties. She wears a shapeless suit with military shoulders, in the height of fashion (Moscow, 1925). Her eyes are beady and intent, and when she talks, she is invariably curled up, ready to strike.

CARSON skyrocketed to fame as author on the basis of a novel, eagerly bought for its graphic rape scene. She believes its popularity demonstrates the mass devotion to her philosophical message.

On the other hand, Ayn's righteous anger and attempts at finding an explanation about why the 20th century turned into the largest slaughterhouse moment seen in history are not to be dismissed.

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Tokyo beak rules against Samsung in Apple 'bounce back' case

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Re: Score?

The only score you need is who is using the most retarded patent (or "design patent", marketocratic droidspeak for "unpatentable craptistic fap product from whalesongheads which we will duly accept anyway because it brings in the money").

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Using encryption? That means the US spooks have you on file

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Re: All of 'em

> Beer cos its Friday

No beer for you because there are these little things called "laws" you are forgetting about which were, once upon a time, regarded as a great advance to check the power of kings and administrative forces.

Don't let the door of the cattle truck hit you when you are getting out. Inside the "perimeter zone", natch.

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Not all data encryption is created equal

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Re: outrun the raptor?

Kim Dotcom?

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