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Earth bombarded by interplanetary SLIME MONSTERS

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Re: Already debunked?

MAD SCIENCE!

These articles should all be accompanied by a picture of Isaac Kleiner.

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Re: Jesus.....

Yeah, his manly appendage was pretty sensitive.

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Heart of the Comet or Fortean Events?? YOU FSCKING DECIDE!!

Check April 1st ... no.

Check Mayan Apocalypse ... no.

Possible influence by Saturn ascendant in the Sign of Scorpion ... no.

Ok, that would be AMAZING IF TRUE but I remember the "Red/Blood Rain Over India" flap, which was originally panned to be panspermiotic interlopers TRANSPORTED BY METEORITE but could be explained away standard terrestrial microbiologic CELESTIAL PHENOMENA somehwat related to FROG RAINS!

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Czechs check cheques, reject £680m 4G auction

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Re: Completely unacceptable

The limit to exceedingly high charges are the punters.

And "gouging" is a concept of the progressive toolbox completely devoid of any meaningful content.

Of course Eurocrats like the build a up a head of steam about "high prices" which need to be "regulated", and make this a question of national or even continental "SUPERIORITY!" which needs to be nurtured and channeled. After the roundtable they visit expensive restaurants then retire to their apartments that they could buy due to high taxpayer-provided salaries despite housing bubble-level pricing...

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How UK gov's 'growth' measures are ALREADY killing the web

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Care-o-Meter hovering at zero

"Killing the Web" is NOT "sob stories about various 'creative people'". "The Web" is fine.

"But once the law is weakened, the economic hangover starts."

What is this? Whig Historiography? What we have now is the best and empowers photographers taking stock images in Bristol? Change can only be worse? Leads to Somalia and interventions by President Clinton?

Well, maybe ten 'less creative people' set up a shop in which they hire a cheap drone together and then sell photographs for 2 EUR each. Or contract a book printer first, who knows? Economics is about change and price finding, not about lockdowns and guaranteed income.

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En Garde! Villagers FIGHT OFF FRENCH INVASION MENACE

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Re: rant

Well, you always roam between networks. Even in a single town, there may be roaming. How it is billed is another matter entirely and subject to a game of prisoner's dilemma, it seems.

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Holy flying camembert, lads!

> why T-Mobile and other network operators can't fix this problem

Ja, because the kraut invazion was successfully repelled, nein?

VERHANDLE DU DAMIT!

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Uni profs: Kids today could do with a bit of 'mind-crippling' COBOL

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Re: 'mind-crippling' COBOL

> A bad workman blames his tools

EWD a "workman who blames his tools"? That's the guy who writes an Algol compiler in assembler and invents a few new things doing it.

It is "mind-crippling" because it doesn't help you to think about the problem, nor formulate the solution (trips you up and cripples you), nor help you prove that the solution is correct. But EWD may have been mistaken in thinking COBOL is a general-purpose programming language.

He also not not much good things to say about the several others:

https://cs.uwaterloo.ca/~shallit/Courses/134/dijkstra.html

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Can it do recursion yet?

I remember some guy coding up the stack in a database table (this on IBM big iron system) because there was no way to correctly handle the inherently recursive structure of the problem (which had to do with telecom cabling, but I digress)

COBOL wasn't even good at what it was designed to be doing. It just appealed to management types who went all "Oh english words! now I can understand computers too and I WILL CONTROL THOSE IDIOTS IN ICT". Retarded premise, retarded results.

And also, these you can have a DSL that compiles to whatever you want in about a week. Why use one of the first stumbling attempts at a business-oriented DSL in the first place (except for maintenance, rewrites and flushing down the toilet). These ain't the 90's anymore.

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Mozilla to Apple: we don't care about iOS

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Re: I got this one.

I hope we can fall back to "Foxconn rebadger".

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On International Woman's Day we remember Grace Hopper

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Re: @YAAc

Meanwhile, in Wilhelminian Germany, Emmy Noether could go to University of Erlangen in 1903 (which raised hackles) but allowing her to teach at Göttingen in 1915 took some serious arm twisting of faggots:

Emmy Noether at U. Göttingen

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Re: Now Let's Drop Romanticism

Work on code optimization over 4 decades makes code more optimal.

Vector processing is more vector.

Language born from a straightjacket in order to compile to optimizable stuff is easier to optimize.

Next: People in wheelchairs roll faster.

Yeah, well, I'm blown away kid. To warm myself tonight, I will burn my UNICOS manual.

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Re: Now Let's Drop Romanticism

> Fortran, which was invented almost at the same time and still is the best numerics language

For some values of "best" that have to do with cleaning toilets at McDonalds.

Seriously, if there is anything good about that crud collector language it has been added in the 90s.

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Re: Caption for that last picture: -)

Why did they shop Forrest Gump out of that historical picture?

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'Seriously Kelly? I may as well call YOU the unelected networks tsar'

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Re: There is no shortage !!

So they are on the dole?

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Holmes

Lump of labor fallacy detected.

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Google Glass to recognize you by your FASHION SENSE

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WTF?

WHY!

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Seattle drinking den bans Google Glass geeks

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Hey David, how is it going in the "minding other people's business, gotta appeal to the state" club?

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Re: Hmmm..

> how do you suggest this be enforced? Rent-a-cop? Vigilante justice meted out by drunken customers? Ohh....

It's called bouncers. And indeed some "burly guys" helping.

What exactly about the real world don't you understand?

Next you will be telling us that bars disallowing patrons to carry projectile weapons at their premises are infringing your progressive rights to carry heat wherever you go. Ah no, hold on ...

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Google sends Street View car into Fukushima dead zone

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Re: @Phil

That may be because it's the guy actually taking the photograph?

Another Map of Japan, sadly not with underlying images.

I once amused myself to overlay Fukushima and Chernobyl maps. As El Reg does not provide image upload, I shall upload this to a known den of scum and villany, where it survives only limited time:

Comparison

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Re: Is there any data

Precise data exists! See above for link, or see page 35 and 43 of

http://www.grs.de/sites/default/files/pdf/P18827_GRS_Fukushima_WEB.pdf

It's in german though.

On page 37, they have reused the XKCD chart w/o credit....

Course, how much is in the sushi now?

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Re: Who Is Doing The Street Cleaning

There are no "Freedom" camps-of-Stalkers.

Back to serious. For anyone who can read german:

Fukushima - 2 years after

With the restricted areas at end-of-2012 depicted:

Evakuierungszone_Fukushima.jpg

Area 1: Load < 20 mSv/y - You can move around but can't stay the night.

Area 2: Load > 20 mSv/y - Restricted access

Area 3: Load > 30 mSv/y - Only short-time access under special circumstances permitted

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Re: Unsecured WiFi

It's probably easier to send a Global Hawk to do precise mapping for that.

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BAN SMUT, rage MEPs: Purpose of internet must be EXTERMINATED

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"genuine culture of equality"

I'm for that, as I'm into all sort of weird pr0nz. Dwarf sex, Handicap sex, Homo-on-Lesbian, People-on-Bike, Donkey-vs-Donkey, Lasagne Sex you name it! Let's be equal in there!!

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Bacon sarnies can kill: Official

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Re: Why is bacon "processed"?

> it seems that any effort to prolong the shelf life of meat has a negative effect on your when you eat it

Maybe.

But we only know that people in the QUICK DEATH group like to eat government-pushed stuff (through subsidies, though then it is labelled as 'not good for you' in government-issued warn letters) that can be bought for cheap at Tesco's or at the Kebab corner and have otherwise strong correlation to the LOW INCOME/NOT POSH group.

Conclusion to causations are.... open.

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'Quantum fridge' gets close to absolute zero

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Re: Paging Maxwell! Mawell to the white courtesy phone!

> his free will to do the filtering, thus reducing entropy

No free will is involved as this is a fully mechanizable procedure. So a Maxwell's Daemon is anything that reduces entropy of a closed system with no expended energy.

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Re: maxwell's demon

Nah... this guy is using 700 pW / 1.9 cm³ of cooling power, so that can't be him.

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BRITAIN MUST DECLARE WAR on Cervinaean menace

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Re: Control emissions?

Unfortunately burning your forest happens faster than its regeneration. Add subsidies for creating wood chips and/or "guaranteed prices" and the forest is gone in a forthnight. Did I mention that you don't actually cover a lot of energy needs with this kinda stupidity? In the old times, whole forests were transformed into ocean-going ships at least.

Well, sounds like a good idea from the ministry of silly walks.

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Hunger Games!

Armed bears? Well...

Why not give the task to university robotics research groups?

Robots in camo, equipped with spears, crossbows and kives slithering through forests doing pattern matching on Bambi Creatures To Terminate.

It's fun! One can probably obtain a few grants from the ministry of clusterfucks and ordinance, too.

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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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Holmes

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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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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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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