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Stewardess first to book $250k Virgin Galactic 'space trip' with BITCOINS

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Tulips

Pity this isn't the 17th century, I still have a lot of Tulip bulbs lying around. Back then that was a valid and overpriced currency :-)

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The importance of complexity

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Unlimited scalability

1) State that NP complete means unlimited scalability.

2) state that a common engineering rule-of-thumb is that magnitude more precision/scaling costs a magnitude more money.

3) ask for an upper limit, however crazy.

4) Let the person asking (who probably just wants to be interesting) prove that with that upper limit to N, the problem warrants thinking (as opposed to copying).

5) never happens

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You like iPads, you like things called 'Air'. You will LOVE this puppy

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Air

The Air rule excludes anything from Adobe :-)

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Down with Unicode! Why 16 bits per character is a right pain in the ASCII

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Embacadero in the past usually narrowly followed Windows Policy in these kind of issues. Recently they seem to orient themselves more against Objective C, Mac (because of their iOS offerings, only their mobile offerings are LLVM), but that is also utf16

My guess is Embarcadero will adapt if their core targets adapt. Ranting against them (with baseless sentiment) is there for useless..

That is also my problem with this whole rant. The main problem is not UTF16, but there being two standards, with two opposing camps. Even if you thing UTF8 is superior, if your core platforms are utf16 oriented, you will spend your days fighting windmills

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Want to sit in Picard's chair while spying on THE WORLD? We can make it so – ex-NSA man

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Paramount

They simply handed the architect anything related to "Star Trek" and "Paramount" from their database.

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Torvalds: 'We're not doing Linux95 … for a few years, at least'

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Re: The Reg will assume...

Stress is measured in percentage writes, and the compiled object code is iirc larger than the kernel source, and refreshed/rewritten quite often (because usually cleaned after major updates).

Moreover he works with a DVCS so has a whole repo db, not just checkouts.

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Delta Air Lines makes mass Windows Phone 8, Lumia 820 buy

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Devil

Re: It's a smartphone ?

It's a smartphone, will it make a flight to Australia on one battery charge?

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Bjarne Again: Hallelujah for C++

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Re: C++

The problem with elegant languages is that they mostly meant to be displayed, not to be used :-)

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Windows XP support ends a year from … now!

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Meh

Updates

Basically it will get tricky when the first major vulnerability is left unpatched by MS.

Afaik MS did some fixes to win2000 after the expiry date, and since much larger XP user numbers won't be ready by April 2013, leaving something that is actively exploited or otherwise extremely dangerous would lead to big trouble and a bad publicity for MS.

So my guess is that they will continue fixes for the worst vulnerabilities a while longer, and in as many ways as possible give you a "subtle" hint to upgrade.

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Microsoft to end Windows 8 discounts on January 31

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Facepalm

Apple OEM version?

The article compares cheap Apple's OS X with the retail price. Shouldn't it compare to the OEM/system builder price?

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Canadian astronaut warns William Shatner of life on Earth

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Devil

We come in peace ! (Shoot to kill, shoot to kill)

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Linux kernel dumps 386 chip support

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Re: The writing was on the wall

9 times out of ten that you run such old systems, it is also attached to other hardware (read: cards) and software that are hard to replace.

If the 386 was a database server it had been virtualized or migrated eons ago.

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Re: 486?

The 486 also introduced some other instructions iirc, bound and bswap. (though for bulk swapping SSE solutions are faster)

Note that this might not only kill 386s, but also 3rd party x86 chips that are not entirely 486 compatible in the sense that matters for the kernel. Cyrix and UMC among others had 486 alikes.

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The Sons of Kahn and the assembly language of the internet

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Lazarus 1.0 ?

I had expected a remark about Lazarus going gold (1.0)

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The best e-readers for Christmas

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Re: Bedtime reading...?

Afaik the retina has some cells that are triggered by blue light that also play a part in day-night rhythm.

IOW it should be fixable by setting your tablet background to red :)

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EInk: Battery and readability

In addition to Nightfox's battery remark, for me EInk (I have a iRiver story HD) is way better.

While backlit tablets read better in low lighting, reading a lit surface in a dark area is more fatiguing. So unless you specifically target places with bad lighting (planes mostly), I'd go for EInk.

Between EInk devices, ask around, battery life and startup time can be worth shelling out a few tenners extra if you are a heavy user. (my old story HD takes nearly a minute to come from sleep and load the book. Not a dealbreaker, but any improvement would be great, as long as it doesn't reduce battery life too much)

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Coffee next on climate chopping-block

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Robusta, Chicory anyone?

The prospect of drinking Robusta your whole life isn't terribly attractive ;-)

Or worse, chicory.

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ARMed warfare on the server: Intel versus AMD plus world?

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AMD or ATI

Article seems to assume the license is for the traditional AMD biz. Maybe it is for the ATI part (a controlling CPU core on GPGPU cards?)

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Quite contrary Somerville: Behind the Ada Lovelace legend

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Megaphone

Lovelace day: general beta science or math/computing.

What struck me when I read the site of Ada Lovelace day is that it doesn't pretend to be just about mathematics or computing. It seems to target more beta science and engineering as a whole.

And if I then have to pick a female figurehead, then my vote goes to Marie Curie (-Skłodowska), not Lady Ada.

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Got loads of old databases clogging up your company's storage?

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Devil

Pascal

Does it work with Pascal?

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Register SPB hacks mull chopping off feet

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Devil

Re: Yes please!

I think Imperial unit standardization already went a step to far, let alone the even more radical SI.

Every town should have its own measurements again! It's like insane that a mile in London is the same as a mile in Brighton! Reverting to the old tried and tested practice from before all this standardization nonsense will encourage thinking local again !

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Microsoft: Azure now holds FOUR TREELLION objects

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Choice of metric

Why is this an interesting metric at all?

Live objects per day/week/month is the interesting metric to gauge the real use, and profit (since people using Azure as a backup serivce at least pay)

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Google ordered to censor 'torrent', 'megaupload' and more words

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Legal torrents

What does this spell for legal torrents? Most *nix distributions have torrents mentioned on their main download page.

I personally don't want to go back to the days that *nix sites were unreachable for at least a week after every download. Torrent solves that, despite some minor Hollywood collateral damage,

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RIM should focus on BBM, find a human CEO

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next bad thing

Seems NXP is suing RIM for infringement of 6 patents relating to integrated circuitry and communicationtechnology:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/news/telecom/NXP-sues-BlackBerry-maker-RIM/articleshow/12528939.cms

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Busted in the US? 'Drop your trousers, sir'

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WTF?

Spanish Inquisition

I assume

""who must have substantial discretion to devise reasonable solutions to problems."

was part of the mandate of the Spanish Inquisition too.

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Shuttleworth: Ubuntu rockets up at enterprises

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long term

Fedora simply excludes itself for server use due to its 18 months support policy.

The more popular ones (Debian, Centos, Ubuntu (Server which are LTS)) all have long support periods.

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Metro breakdown! Windows 8 UI is little gain for lots of pain

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Great article

Great article. An island in an ocean of media insanity.

Seems that the media (and Microsoft) are still writing for a time when 80% of the people still had to get acqainted with computers.

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Flood-hit Thai disk fabs to pour out 140m drives

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Kobe earthquake all over again

But then it was for DRAM, not HDDs.

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IT guy answers daughter's Facebook rant by shooting her laptop

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Seems overreacting runs in the family.

Seems overreacting runs in the family.

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Blistering chip pumps 1.5 Gbps down wireless channel

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Coffee/keyboard

And line of sight?

Besides the distance already mentioned, it doesn't mention if the said frequencies will penetrate walls, floors etc.

This is quite useful for wireless usage :-)

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Google will ignore your Wi-Fi router ... if you rename it

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Devil

SSID not logged, mac is.

As far as I know they log your mac address, not your SSID. The SSID is only used for the opt-out feature.

I already had thought about rotating the SSID monthly, but that will be pointless, since nothing is attached to it.

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WTF?

DDOS google.com tilll they rename it to www.google_noddos.com

DDOS google.com tilll they rename it to www.google_noddos.com

Companies that don't want to be a testsubject for ddos tools should opt out by appending "_noddos" to their domain.

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Oracle gives Solaris 11 final spit and polish

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openslowaris

If they open up a new opensolaris, at least its ZFS implementation will see many x86 based systems

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OpenSUSE 12.1 delivers Fedora punch with GNOME 3

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Yes, and this new versioning will just cause them to restate that as "never use the first release of a new series".

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Win 8 haters are just scared of change, say MS bosses

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Touchscreen tablets

... and it will depend even more on the fact if those tablets will run Windows. That's not a done deal yet.

I don't see the PCs with touch screens (or normal laptops for that matter) in the shops, and Dell and HP are not offering them for businesses either.

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Computer sim explains why hippies became extinct

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Tell it to Louis XIV

I miss the word "revolt" in this article :-)

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Microsoft bans all plugins from touchable IE10

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Silverlight

So Metro doesn't support Silverlight?

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Ten years after the Twin Towers: What's the Reg angle?

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teletext

I was at work at the time, so no television. We mostly survived on webbased teletext pages.

While the main websites crashed down, a lot of webbased portals to teletext remained up, probably because they were lowbandwidth and static.

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Wikipedia: It's not for girls

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"critical information resource". Apparently not to women.

"As Wikipedia continues to be a critical information resource,..."

That's a very male centric view :-)

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Firefox maker moves towards a browser-free world

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Powerpc

Does that mean they finally going to provide PowerPC/ OS X builds of modern versions?

Otherwise I would say this is over their heads. They can't even manage reasonably open platforms yet, let alone they want to attack walled gardens

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Microsoft kills Windows Vista SP1 support

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Not really fair to consumers

On the other hand, larger businesses have licenses to run any version of Windows. Consumers actually have up to cough up extra cash.

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'Lion' Apple Mac OS X 10.7: Sneak Preview

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FAIL

Diablo II

Sorry, still playing Diablo II from time to time :-)

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German chemical giant depending on biscuit-based security

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WTF?

Conclusion?

That English tins are apparently inferior to German engineered ones?

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MeeGo and the Great Betrayal Myths of tech history

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Go

OS/2

I always had the feeling OS/2 failed as much on memory requirements than on apps.

Microsoft hasn't inserted two other Windows lines (16-bit Windows 3.x and 16/32 hybrid Windows 9x) before OS/2's sister NT was made the only Windows version.

In short, OS/2 was too early, and IBM didn't have a decent transition horse.

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Intel: Windows on ARM won't run 'legacy apps'

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What is legacy ?

The problem is what they define as legacy ? In increasing magnitude of evilness:

Dos apps? Win16 Native apps? Apps not adhering to Win8 HIG ? Win32/64 apps ? Native code ?

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Apple reportedly plans ARM shift for laptops

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Apple != Laptop market

Apple is the part of the laptop market that _is_ movable. If you count 64-bit versions, it will just be Apple's 6th (m68k, ppc,ppc64, x86,x86_64,Arm) architecture change.

I think the early netbook situation demonstrated that the PC crowd is not very appreciative to everything which is not dog standaard and Windows based.

So even if Apple makes this move, I don't think it is a telltale for laptops as a whole

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Royal Weddings, PCs and Cameron's brass balls

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Inflation

It is interesting that in an article like this you factor in technological inflation, but not monetary inflation.

Specially if you have productivity/worker charts in dollars.

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Ubuntu 'Natty Narwhal' breaks the surface

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1024 MB required.

Pity it requires a one GB. My test machines are using still relatively expensive DDR-1, and the one that is free is only 512MB.

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GNOME 3: Shocking changes for Linux lovers

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WTF?

Ubuntu useless, Fedora useless, what next?

Did I just leave Ubuntu for Fedora to escape experimentalism, if I understood this correctly, now Fedora starts with it.

Does Slackware still exist?

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From messiah to pariah: The death of open source on mobile

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Does it have a place at all?

The average mobile phone cycle is 2 years or so. One can wonder if relatively slow moving Open Source has a place there at all.

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