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First C compiler pops up on Github

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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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Gnome cofounder: Desktop Linux is a CHERNOBYL of FAIL

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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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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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Incoming comet will probably miss Mars, says NASA

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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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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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A question of style: scare quotes

Dear El Reg,

I do think the "longline" adjective should be within quotes as it is a term used by proofpoint (but it's not), whereas "drive-by downloads" and "rootkits" should not be within quotes (but they are) as these are standard, accepted terms.

Yours faithfully etc..

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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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So...

Anyone have a porcelain pig lying around so that a few thousand can be bought and one can check where they are / reinstall them remotely with Linux?

Btw, El Reg, can we have a less fugly Tux icon, please?

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US gov cash slash threatens manned trips to asteroids and Mars

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World + Dog complains: I need more greenbacks

> $85bn worth of cuts that would be painful to both sides

HAHAHA ... SNORT!!

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Queen of Tech City says she will decide what Tech City does soon now

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"TURING is such a visual magazine that it can't be viewed without welding goggles"

Yes but -- The partys! The hobnobbing! The glossy business/lifestyle mag articles! The Intellectual Property glow!

Feels like a hedge fund superstar!

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Storage glitch sends Curiosity into safe mode

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Re: windows

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VxWorks

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No so autonomous now, are we?

Mission control still need to gingerly fix stuff remotely from behind the radiation shield offered by several kilometers of atmosphere ... and the hardened explorators are in no way capable of running interesting AIs either. Autonomous exploration and exploitation of the asteroid belt is still some way away!

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Health pros: Alcohol is EVIL – raise its price, ban its ads

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Re: Say WHAT, bro?

> helping to end the Great Depression

Been brainwashed by Krugman, buddy? It often helps to believe in the tooth fairy, indeed.

Seriously, the "Great Depression" was made great BECAUSE of Roosie. Played the Keynesian and Control Economist for about 10 years with no improvement in sight - normal, considering his earlier admiration for the command economy of Mussolini's Italy. Then WWII came and he didn't have to justify himself. For this to happen, he trolled Japanese and Germans relentlessly, hoping for a "first shot", which came to no-one's surprise. Popped his clogs just before his 4th term (fraudulently obtained, as much as the 3rd), after having secured the votes of the Poles, the country of whom he had already secretly sold to Stalin. Buried in a mausoleum prepared a bit earlier at taxpayer's expense.

A right dirtbag he was.

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Yeah but repealing this kind of B.S. is the one thing which made Roosevelt popular.

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VMware execs shake fists at Amazon Web Services cloud

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Angel

I remember an article in "The Economist" from 2004 or even maybe earlier where the point was that amazon is not a bookseller - but actually a software company that happens to also sell stuff..

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"That is no arrow. We just imagine the arrows because we fear them."

"VMware's situation sounds disturbingly like the plot of Werner Herzog's Aguirre"

Not so! VMware is not a rogue band of know-nothing brutes venturing into a vast, unknown, quasi-mystical space that they think they can conquer and dominate utterly with superior technology, mumblings from the priest and the will to power but which will instead silently absorb them and their little heinous minds by not giving them anything to hold on to, by disallowing any point of reference - moral, cultural temporal or geographical.

Quite unlike this and far more prosaic, VMware and its competitors are just trying to punt their wares. EC2 is not particulary absorbing...

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SpaceX: 'We have control, it's just a glitch' Musk tells world+dog

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Re: Don't sign up to a commercial provider..!!!

@MyBackDoor

He's just talking about the current New Mexico

Wait a minute...

Papers, please! Are you aware that as per Contact Regulation 415A, Extraterrestrial Tourists are NOT allowed to access the Internet during their stay EXCEPT to passively gather information?

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Re: I wonder...

You think Gordon Freeman works there?

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Re: contingency plans

"They have thought of and have contingency plans THAT WORK for every situation."

Yes. Note that in Russian Roulette, you are alive after all the trials until you are dead.

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Re: contingency plans

"SpaceX has the rather unenviable responsibility to report on every little thing"

"Unlike NASA or the Russians"

Do you really think that what you are saying makes any sense?

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MWC 2013: The Chinese are coming - and you ain't seen nothing yet

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Actually I AM a global warming denier.

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Tito's Mars mission to use HUMAN WASTE as radiation shield

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Re: Stopping crap

Not sure Eadon isn't just some crazy experiment in AI text generation. A bit Eliza, a bit Watson.

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Re: Great idea

That sounds like the movie "Dead Calm - IN SPAAAACCEEE!"

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Re: One way trip

But what if the superbug has developed ways and means to catapult itself from the surface then latch onto flybying spacecraft?

We might be doomed regardless!

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RSA roundup: Big trouble in not-so little China

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Who let the dogs out?

> Bill Clinton. Tony Blair. La Condi. Le Chertoff.

I thought this was the RSA conference, not the Fletcher Memorial Home? How are those Middle Eastern Birth Pangs coming, Condi?

> Dr. Hugh Thompson

Clearly PROFESSOR GENKI.

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SpaceX rocket reaches orbit but Dragon fails to spit fire

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Re: I see the AC snipers are out in force today.

Also random downvotes and deletions by moderators. Bizarre.

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