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Fedora 'Spherical Cow' delayed by bugs, Secure Boot

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Re: Jesus Christ slow the fuck down!

I commend you for being easily amazed [somehow the patent on exercising a cat with a laser pointer comes to mind, uncalled-for], but....

Did I say anything about "extended support"?

FUCK NO!

Did I say something about Cannonball-style-barreling-down-the-upgrade-highway-with-bug-police-in-tow?

FUCK YES!

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Jesus Christ slow the fuck down!

There is no need for a Spherical Cow right now. I'm just getting used to F17/KDE, having performed a destructive reinstall from F15. This death march speed gives me the willies.

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Astroboffins spot smiley face on Mercury

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"deficit-crazed, ax-wielding Congress"

LOL what?

"According to the CBO projection the budget deficit could fall to $641 billion in 2013 from $1.128 trillion in 2012."

Only 641 billion overspending? How do they manage to do that magic?

"According to the CBO data, government outlays are expected to fall in 2013 by $9 billion to $3.563 trillion after a projected decline of $40 billion in 2012."

Holy shit, they cut a full 9 billion dollars!! Call the wahambulance!

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Sellafield's nuclear waste measured in El Reg units

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Re: Rename all things nuclear

> It seems NMR=MRI or MRI=NMR

thatisthejoke.jpg

> chromodynamic power stations

Actually the energy comes from the potential energy stored in the electromagnetic field, so one would have to call them electromagnetic power stations. Which is boring.

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Sellafield - the British attempt to go further than NUMEC, Pennsylvania?

Yes, yes, yes. However, I do hope that no-one is going to vaporize 2t of Cs-137 just for the hell of it. It will not be in concentrated form, and I hope they transformed it into salts. Reactors accumulate it as vapour in the Zyrcalloy tubes, IIRC.

Having a 30-y half life, [which is why it has such a high Bq number], vitrify the hell out of it, then off to the pits for a 300y wait. Problem solved.

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Re: Too cheap to meter

> H-bombs went out of fashion

When did they go out of fashion? "Having enough Pu" is not the same at all...

For example.... refurbishing totally useless airplane-carried nukes? Yes we can: Billions more needed to refurbish B61 nuclear bombs

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68000 m³

Thus a cube of 41m on each side equals about 1 Sellafield?

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Facebook's IPO was a disaster? RUBBISH, you FOOLS

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> And if $20 is twice as good as $40, then is bankruptcy infinitely better than $40?

Slow down with the rhetorical flourish. If the markov model says that 20 -> 30 is possible and 40 -> 30 is possible, but 40 -> 50 is unlikely, would you take more shares at 20 or less shares at 40?

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Re: Very good

> I think you have rather skipped greed mind

I'm so tired about the frankly progressive "greed complaint". If there were no "greed mind", there would be no Facebook in the first place. Indeed, everyone would be seriously out of a job. Maybe old grandmas would be weaving pullovers by hand and giving them out against food...

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Re: Errmm

Do is look like it has been written by an infinite amount of monkeys?

No

Does it make sense?

Yes

Does it make a lot of sense?

Yes

Do YOU make any sense?

No

NEXT!

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Re: Genius

Considering that their shirts are currently being transformed into Obamacare and Sandpeople-BBQ, they should be proud!

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Microsoft to biz: Just so you get off XP, we don't mind if you go Win 7

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Re: virii

1) It's written "pedantry"

2) Pedantry is useful, especially when used on people who need it

3) Additional downvote for "virii". It's even more pretentious/wannabe than "cyber" and it's wrong to boot.

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The GPL self-destruct mechanism that is killing Linux

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Re: The beautiful cathedral of Unix, ...

1/10, because at least MULTICS was mentioned.

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Re: Clerk

lolwhat

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Re: lest they give you a Therac-20

Alzheimer strikes again

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Nein! Nein! Nein! Nein! Plan 9!

"A pile of old festering hacks, endlessly copied and pasted by a clueless generation of IT 'professionals' who wouldn't recognise sound IT architecture if you hit them over the head with it"

Woah, I am relieved that I am not alone in the WTF reaction I had when I checked what happens underneath "./configure".

Also, the original rant (a bit over the top, and dated August 15, 2012 but then again this is El Reg) and the comment section is of paramount reading importance. The commentariat is often better than the rant, but then you have things like this:

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metageek | Mon, 20 Aug 2012 16:11:54 UTC

This is a typical engineering point of view. Engineers like to think that the world could be designed, however Nature shows the opposite. Any sufficiently complex system cannot be built out of design, it has to be *evolved*. Evolution is messy (anarchic?): pieces that work get reused, pieces that do not are lost. There must be something good about autoconf that has enabled it to survive and eliminate those awful "designed" makefiles that needed manual tweeking even though they did not check for 15 different Fortran compilers (the status quo of the 1980s). Does it matter that autoconf looks for those now extinct compilers? No, but it gives it robustness which is why it has survived. Someday a new, less bloated, alternative to autoconf will appear and it will slowly overtake autoconf. In the meantime we are doing very well with it, thank you very much.

Software is the most complex construction that mankind has so far created. It is so complex that it can only be evolved much like Nature's products are. Engineers can continue living in their nice little artificial world of linear systems and planned devices. Those that venture in the real-world of complexity and are successful will take up Nature's ideas.

Goodbye Unix of the 80s. Linux is here to stay

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These is exactly the kind of person you actually want just carrying the boxes in the basement lest they give you a Therac-20, again.

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Habitable HEAVY GRAVITY WORLD found just 42 light-years away

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Re: Meanwhile, 42 light years away....

A reference to "To Serve Man"? Respect, good sir.

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Re: Meanwhile, 42 light years away....

Excellent. I seems everyone is looking for jobs in their centrally managed economies. Prepare a standard Galactic Forces Recruitment Flyer Package.

These mammals are really good for one thing only.

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Re: This is where physics meets theology via IT

> Indeed, we don't yet know for sure whether consciousness is a wholly classical phenomenon.

Seeing that most people cannot even hold half a thought at any one time, let alone infinitely many, odds aren't good.

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Re: EE 'Doc' Smith? Larry Niven?

You understand SciFi at twelve? I don't think so.

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Re: About that picture caption: "Super-Earth HD40307g alongside its host star"

Nah. When the planet's other side comes into view, you will see the addy for the local McDonalds. It's pretty realistic.

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Coffee next on climate chopping-block

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You forget creeping socialization. Chavez for example has basically managed to kill Venezualan coffee output all by himself. Price and export controls, and voilà. No more coffee.

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Re: No 'coffee' shortage as long as we have Soy Beans

Are there hipsters here tonight?

Pro tip: "Ersatzkaffee" has been in existence for a long time. As for the people who are unable to distinguish the Real Stuff from the rest and pull out SCARY CHINESE, well can I say?

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Re: @Khaptain

Why do you think they are "low priced"? Because of subsidies, natch...

> Worse yet: food (components) like butter, sugar, grain which doesn't sold at auctions is simply destroyed "because".

> Welcome to the modern financial world....

This is not new; food destruction "to keep prices high" was an important part of FDR's New Deal. Steinbeck, an economically illiterate fiction writer known for such works as "The Grapes of Wrath" was incensed at food destruction while people were starving. It was the evil capitalists of course...

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FOlA judges: Secret 28 who made the BBC Green will not be named

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Re: So....

0/10 would not troll with. Or maybe has a defect in logic sequencer? Can't tell.

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Microsoft's touching Xmas gift for Brits: MORE licensing price hikes

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Trying to meet Wall Street expectations?

Looks like they want to try to close some additional sales before the end of the year and damn 2013.

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UK chancellor dishes extra £60m to European Space Agency

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Re: ESA is not EU

Correct. It will also flow back via the "geographical return" redistribution which consists in dishing out contracts to member states in proportion to their pay-in (frankly an economically bizarre idea)

Still, what's it with politicians wanting to command that future technology come to their neighborhood, when they are quite incapable of even comprehending major economic upheavals?

Hold on, the ghost Freddy Hayek is at the door...

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Judge drops TV ad-block block: So how will anyone pay for TV now?

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KILLING ADS KILLS TV! YOU WOULDN'T NOT WATCH AN AD!

Product placement by the ad industry in El Reg? Discussions about TV contents in 2012? The broadcaster's bleeding hearts unable to feed the starving artists of "CSI" and "Homeland" exposed? Really, now.

"Author would never consider downloading a pirated copy of a film - as that would make him a freetard too."

Also uncalled-for advertisement of good, religiously correct, IP credentials.

Lighten up. Take a good pull on a bong, it won't kill you.

After this message...

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Apple seeks cooling fan patent for iPhone, iPad

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Re: That's not how patents work.

Correct assessment. Who's downvoting? iPhone wielding IP lawyers?

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Re: I shall-

Unfortunately resistance to flow is not a linear function of the size of the pipe ... This is why heart attacks happen. A small fan and a small jack may well not be able to compete with a standard heat sink.

Well, needs MATLAB I guess.

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ALIEN DETECTION was SUPPRESSED by the BBC - top boffin

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Re: I can believe it too

We read:

....However, this evening, Cox tweeted: "As @daraobriain pointed out, we did the "health and safety" aliens story live on air last year as a joke. Not really news!"

Tossers. They only got themselves to blame. OPEN THE AIRLOCK!

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Re: I can believe it too

"The BBC is a fantastic institution. IMHO something to be proud of, as a Brit, like the NHS."

Oh my god. Fainter praise can only come via radiowaves from outer space.

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Yeah, but what if Hitler appears live, opening the Olympics?

What the hell is "Threapleton Holmes B"? Where does that name come from?

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Prime Minister on Twitter: Me and Obama, we're like THAT

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Re: iFail using LOOSER

0/10, would not troll with.

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Re: What's the problem with the picture?

Don't know what the problem is either.

I would probably be picking my nose, too.

It's just Obama on the other side. Guy falls down stairs, plays the clown, rips the constitution, prints money, has fun grilling sandpeople ... swell person. Always ready for a laugh.

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iPhone maker Foxconn hatching US factory expansion plan?

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Tough shit.

...pricing oneself out of the market like that.

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Apple is granted a patent on the rectangle. No, really

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Re: Why...

"Hmm.... this primate civilization is being overtaken by dumbasses and lawyers - Oh hell. Prepare Krytonic Rays, we don't wanna stay any longer than necessary."

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Re: Can't go on forever

Holy shit, I have used this... I have been a pirate all the time!

That's kinda cool.

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Yeah yeah yeah. "Very specific", huh?

Seeing as what happened last time with the "design patents" on the similar-if-you-had-a-bong-and-squinted Samsung device, I won't bet that sanity prevails...

"Oh hey, that's nearly the same as OUR RECTANGLE .... call my IP ATTORNEY!!"

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Re: Should be interesting

Behaving like they do is certainly contrary to established manners.

I could also be that the lawyers of each actor are in collusion and are having a gas making the various companies sue each other.

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Obama win may mean NASA 'nauts to Deep Space as soon as 2021

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I'm all for SPACE ---

But is this really the moment? Has anyone looked at the debt numbers? Does everything really believe that things get better by printing money? How about cutting back the military first? Yes, there is talk about "draconic cuts in defence" by Obama. Turns out he actually means to increase spending by just 10% over the next decade instead of 20%. Which is nice....

Oh well, Israel is sure to start a little war, with the Prez then feeling obliged to pile in. This will occupy us for the next few years.

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Patent troll sues just about the whole tech biz over 4 years

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"using a shared seed value"

Must be an Apple seed.

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App designed for safe sending of naughty selfies is rife with risks

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It's just a stupid file transfer app

Comes with all the problems of file transfer.

As for the people reflexively yelling "child porn" and "ratings" in here that are not doing so in a cynical way but are actually Pennsylvania-level pants-on-head retarded:

1) Go down to the newspaper stand

2) Grab one of them magazines on the upper shelves

3) ???

4) You are now feeling better

Then reflect on how FTP can be used by your daughter/son to pump around nudies of themselves.

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Twitter survives election after Ruby-to-Java move

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Re: As a programmer, I say..

> Java only has it because it usually runs in a VM which is in effect a mini OS

LOL no. Completely different concepts.

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Re: As a programmer, I say..

> Can someone tell me why they used Java

Because lousy programmers. Primadonnas who think they can handle C/C++ then shit all over themselves are the worst. But even so anything employable at market rates these days is lousy even with Java.

If programming needs to be ghetto style, I would rather they do it in Java.

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Re: Not surprised

> Use a statically typed language and decent framework

Oh I agree with that. It's just that rather often I barf in anger as I have to write the exact same code for different types or must enter the infinite verbosity torture chamber of boilerplate code (which introduces bugs in and of itself) that you don't need with Groovy.

Indeed, look at it like this: things that are errors in the statically typed language no longer are. It's like moving from a language without class templates to one with class templates. It really helps. Generally.

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Re: Meh

Please get in contact then, of hallowed AC one. Fame and fortune awaits.

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Re: Not surprised

Well, "Grails" is actually "Ruby on Rails using Groovy", and Groovy essentially _is_ a scripting language on the JVM.

I really prefer it to Java, too (though Clojure is sitting there like a nice cake that I cannot have ... hmmmm) and it can be used without much pain. It's slower but certainly not painful for maintenance if you stay reasonable. And you always should stay reasonable.

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BBC in secret trial to see if you care about thing you plainly don't

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Long Wave is Long!

1) Isn't AM actually "long wave"?

2) Submarine communications are around 50 kHz. I don't think the BBC is involved and many people have the required numbers of meters in their garden to span the antenna for that...

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AMD shutters German Linux lab, gives devs the axe

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Re: AMD chaos

And then they are getting hit by an Obama Tax Bill, closely followed by QE4.5 and the demand to raise wages across the board because purchasing power has degraded. Then comes an Apple Patent Lawsuit, an IRS audit because the the money paid for the democratic campaign was a tad low, increased energy costs because of a cakewalk with Iran, demands that they replace Silicium by Unobtanium because it's greener. Then union activists riot hard as they have discovered that work is being "exported" to faraway lands. Finally an accusatory film by a fat filmmaker with a baseball cap puts the company under for good.

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