* Posts by kventin

46 posts • joined 7 Oct 2008

Parliament takes axe to 2nd EU referendum petition

kventin

antidemocratic etc

the man from the institute calling petitioners "anti-democratic" and "pathetic" and that "they prefer to have an elite in charge" has a valid point, even though he presents it as something bad.

it is just the european way (*). of course elite is in charge -- members of the commision are appointed, there's no place and no need for any funny election business (i especially like the name: commissioner. although commissar would be even better, there is some nice symmetry between commission and commissioner. it can always be changed when commission renames itself politburo).

or the notion that you have to respect a negative outcome of election. how would then the progress be achieved? no, either ignore the result, or you may indulge the voters and give them second chance. and it works: ireland, france, netherlands... they all saw the light. eventually.

i heard even the uk referendum isn't binding -- and there are already people calling for the repetition.

there is the light. you'll see. willingly, with a song on your lips. you will.

(*) you take the best from french and from german tradition. then you call it a "parliament" as a nod to british. don't sweat it, it really doesn't matter much.

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England just not windy enough for wind farms, admits renewables boss

kventin

Re: Knuckling under

@Phil Lord

"""

Against this, we have the clear difficulty that gas is not renewable, will run out and is causing significant damage to the environment. In otherwords, gas would never be cost competitive with wind power if dumping the waste were not subsidised (i.e. free).

"""

re "gas is not renewable, will run out" in 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 or 500 years? i know! soon (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bro-WwwroEA&feature=youtu.be&t=3)

re "is causing significant damage to the environment" as opposed to what? coal? diesel? hydro? nuclear? we change the environment with our sole existence, not to speak about numbers. we live, therefore we need energy. the real question should be how to provide, not how to stiffle it. if (more people) => (more energy needed) then conversely (less energy provided) => ??? (careful, borders on mass genocide)

"""

The world we operate in is changing. The correct response to these statistics is, "we have to use less energy" or "we have to make wind power more effective", not "burn, baby, burn".

"""

re """The correct response to these statistics is, "we have to use less energy" or "we have to make wind power more effective""""

WRONG. the only land that uses "less energy" is yesterdayland. throughout _all_ history we (genus homo, homo sapiens species) used progressively more energy. arguably that's what progress _means_. again, not to speak about numbers. ever heard of this? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kardashev_scale

in fact the _real_ correct reponse is "we have to stop wasting energy" and related "we have to stop polluting environment" -- and by pollution i don't mean by product heat or co2. had we not poisoned the oceans and felled down the forests we could have used them for changing heat and co2 to food.

"""

not "burn, baby, burn"

"""

agreed, burning is stupid when you have e.g. nuclear energy. correction: _if_ you have nuclear energy.

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As US court bans smart meter blueprints from public, sysadmin tells of fight for security info

kventin
Black Helicopters

"""Why doese[sic] a smart meter need an electret microphone on the PCB?"""

A hotel. A room for four with four strangers. Three of them soon open a bottle of vodka and proceed to get acquainted, then drunk, then noisy, singing and telling political jokes. The fourth one desperately tries to get some sleep; finally, frustrated, he surreptitiously leaves the room, goes downstairs, and asks the lady concierge to bring tea to Room 67 in ten minutes. Then he returns and joins the party. Five minutes later, he bends over an ashtray and says with utter nonchalance: "Comrade Major, some tea to Room 67, please." In a few minutes, there's a knock at the door, and in comes the lady concierge with a tea tray. The room falls silent; the party dies a sudden death, and the conspirator finally gets to sleep. The next morning he wakes up alone in the room. Surprised, he runs downstairs and asks the concierge where his neighbors had gone. "Oh, the KGB has arrested them!" she answers. "B-but... but what about me?" asks the guy in terror. "Oh, well, they decided to let you go. Comrade Major liked your tea gag a lot."(*)

i know, i know. u.s.a. != u.s.s.r.

yet

(*) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russian_political_jokes

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The Windows Phone story: From hope to dusty abandonware

kventin

Re: Shame

i'm not sure wp was doing that much for competition -- in the end they mostly competed with themselves.

now they've turned into another mobile-os-that-might-have-been, they are in distinguished company: qnx, palm, epoc.

maybe betamax always loses to vhs? (or is this something completely different?)

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$10bn Oracle v Google copyright jury verdict: Google wins, Java APIs in Android are Fair Use

kventin

Re: @tekHedd - I haven't downvoted a post in a long time...

"""The stack trace is actually really helpful as well, if you know what you're looking at. ;)"""

an unholy mess of spaghetti code represented in a myriad helper classes incestuously calling one another?

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US nuke arsenal runs on 1970s IBM 'puter waving 8-inch floppies

kventin

Re: Degrees of Obsolescence

@Voyna i Mor

i daresay 'm' and 'M' SI prefixes can usually be discerned from context rather well; vide this fine example: "roughly $6m per hour (in early 90's money)".

should 'm' stand for milli-, the sum would have meant 6 tenth of a cent, which is implausible (especially as the context contains terms 'mainframe' and 'cost' in juxtaposition).

however, the very last sentence ("using m or M for 1000") suggests you might be a tad confused about the real meaning of said prefixes, not to say their usage.

don't worry, though. a simple perusal of any good introductory text on natural sciences will clarify any misconception about the subject.

at least no-one uttered 'billion'. or 'trillion'. it's always fun figuring how much money that should really mean (for a bonus filter it through a hapless translator. idk why, but they always end up working for news agencies)

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Czech Republic to rebrand

kventin

Re: Ah.. Marketing buzzwords strike again...

"""Which to me, implies using a red-hot rod with a logo and leaving an imprint on someone's backside."""

Kinky.

Will sir wish a sidedish of sweaty cowboys with that?

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kventin
Coat

Re: kidding aside

"""I can't find a proper way to transliterate that into English because there's just no way to put an H as in Hello inside a word. That "ch" is just the best approximation for the "H" (Hello) sound they use because they have to live with the "K" sound in English."""

were you to visit northern parts of UK someday, locals could give you some pointers about transliterating of that sound. they might even insist on using 'c' and 'h' characters.

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kventin
FAIL

Re: This is not rebranding

oh boy.

a Slovak here. your post is tad bit, how to say it, economical with facts.

"""Чехия or when using latin alphabet Czechia is how all Slavic nations refer to it anyway and have referred to it even when it used to be Czechoslovakia (to the extreme displeasure of the Slovaks).""""

first, about the displeasure. Czechoslovakia was quite a mouthful, so it was inevitable some shortening would happen. only, having been shortened out of the country does lead to some "displeasure". the feeling was similar to Ukrainians objecting to being called "Russian" (because "they come from ussr, i.e. russia, right?") or Welshmen objecting to being called English, only more so.

now, to that cute russia-centric view of slavic nations of yours (you _are_ Russian, aren't you?)

a short look to https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/Czechia gives us:

east slavic >>>

russian Че́хия

ukrainian Че́хія

belarussian Čechija (or when using cyrillic Чэхія)

rusyn Че́сько

south slavic >>>

bulgarian Чехия

macedonian Чешка

serb Чешка (or when using latin alphabet Češka)

croatian Češka

slovenian Češka

west slavic >>>

lower sorbian Česka

upper sorbian Čěska

kaszubian Czeskô

polish Czechy

czech Čechy, Česko

slovak Česko (but sometimes also Čechy)

silesian Czesko

(i left some slavic languages where i was unable to find a translation)

so, you see, not "all". not even "most".

however, there is a grain of truth in what you wrote about "restoration of a historic brand".

vide https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lands_of_the_Bohemian_Crown

even today some people distinguish in Czech between "Čechy" (the Bohemia, or "land of Czech people" proper -- i.e. without Moravia and Silesia) and "Česko" (the whole country), the latter being derived from the adjective in "Země Koruny české" (Lands of the Czech Crown). others use the two terms interchangeably.

hence: Czech is grammatically adjective (for historical reason), the whole storm in a tea cup is about what should its appropriate noun be.

lastly, re

"""At least they are not restoring it to "Moravia" (as that would mean a war with the Slovaks and Southern Polish for the name)."""

I have honestly no idea what could you mean about Southern Polish (or even which Southern Polish).

As far as Slovaks go, we consider Czech to be our brother-nation: we may bicker and tease one another, but in a friendly way (an occasional ice hockey match being a notable exception).

We simply don't wage wars with our brothers over perceived historical grievances.

For God's sake, we're more civilised than that!

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Watch six tiny robo-ants weighing 100g in total pull a 1,769-kg family car

kventin

Re: Imagine a spherical car...

"""...at standard temperature and pressure."""

OP required vacuum.

hence, the only temperature and pressure would be originated by something "quantum" (another bloody quantum)

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Blah Blah blah ... I don't care! To hell with your tech marketing bull

kventin

Re: Been there and done that

reminds me:

Q: what is the most stable platform?

A: powerpoint. everything works there. nothing ever breaks there.

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Aye, AI: Cambridge's Dr Sean Holden talks to El Reg about our robot overlords

kventin

Re: "the only rule is that you can't tell a new player what the rules are"

"""

But, supposedly, you do tell them when they've done something they can't. Sounds suspiciously like Calvinball to me.

"""

obligatory xkcd reference (spot on, as usually)

1002: Game AIs

https://xkcd.com/1002/

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How exactly do you rein in a wildly powerful AI before it enslaves us all?

kventin

Re: "sees humans for what they are"

"""

"sees humans for what they are"

And decides to keep us as pets.

Asimov....

"""

even there's a gamut of possibilities fromi Ellison's AM to Banks's Culture Minds.

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Microsoft releases Windows 10 preview for Raspberry Pi 3

kventin
Windows

so much anger

so much hatred

even if MS does for once something decent, you just wouldn't trust them.

and what makes you think so?

(ok, so there is common sense and a bit of history. like, almost all of it, sure, but don't lose the big picture because of the gory details)

just try to look at MS without bias -- it is a good company.

great, even. ask their shareholders.

put history to rest, _everyone_ deserves second chance

(or twenty second, there were those updates and new versions).

they are flexible -- remember that web thing? they missed the boat, caught up, boarded it and then pretty much defined the thing. MS is the company that gave us embrace and extend methodology. and now they're embracing IOT and extending it into their own ecosystem.

what is there to be afraid of? what could get wrong?

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Borked ESET antivirus update says entire web is too risky to browse

kventin

"""Slovenia-based firm"""

Slovakia-based firm

FTFY

i know eastern marches of the continent could sometimes be a tad bit confusing. the names are similar, flags all alike... here's a clue: Slovakia is the one in the Group B in Euro 2016, along with Russia and, yes, England and Wales. Slovenia is not. HTH

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Google crafts custom networking CPU with parallel computing links

kventin

Re: A bit like a ... 386?

wow. first news of any kind in ... what? something like 2 years?

i knew about the tools (okad, right?), not about the yield problem. the redesign idea didn't go down well with mr. moore i presume. the patent fees -- wasn't there a lawsuit of some kind? and i/p issues... i won't ask about.

however what i would ask is: what _is_ happening (if anything) now? if you could shed some light.

thanks for the info anyhow.

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kventin

Re: A bit like a ... 386?

"""If it's a very simple architecture with no legacy baggage, they're probably tiny enough to be crammed into computers by the thousands. Most well defined tasks with well defined inputs can be implemented within a crude instruction set."""

somewhere Chuck Moore suddenly started hiccupping like crazy

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kventin

Re: "number theory"

4294967296 ought to be enough for almost anybody

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Boffins smear circuitry onto contact lenses

kventin

Re: Application?

"""Is this more than a solution looking for a problem?"""

Google Lenses(TM) -- soon banned in theatres near you

speaking of which: how soon till computerised lenses (the internal kind)? or shall we go for tapping the optic nerve?

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Rejoice, Penguinistas, Linux 4.4 is upon us

kventin
WTF?

i fail to see a problem. Most casual PC users doing anything slightly administrative usually indicate huge problems later on. Also, i thought command line tool with gui front is the unix way (along with "you missing a gui? so add it"). Also, certain non unix os vendor lately added command line tool to help administer its products -- power something. power builder? power command line? something like that. yet i didn't hear any cry of anguish of millions of terrified users.

so what's the problem? (oh, you said "the desktop"... ok, so maybe linux would fail on desktop. again. but there's still server room, car, tv, tablet, phone, router... etc ad nauseam)

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Weather finally cooperates with NASA, ISS resupply launch successful

kventin

Re: Hot air rises

"""Now contemplating a Rapberry Pi with a cooling fan and a battery pack gently cruising around the space station."""

Now contemplating a Rapberry Pi with a cooling fan, battery pack and a mounted laser gently cruising around the space station.

For science, of course.

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You want the poor to have more money? Well, doh! Splash the cash

kventin

Re: I'll be damned...

"""

So, what's worse for an economy?

1) Corruption on truly Herculean scale?

2) Idiot* socialism?

"""

as anyone here in CEE (that's central and eastern europe, thank you. we consider anything west of iron curtain, well, "west") will tell you, this isn't either-or question. more like "how much of each" and i'm afraid those two options are related with positive feedback: idiot socialism breeds corruption (when you can't get what you need by official channels, you'll find less official ones) and the best way for corrupted to stay in office is populism which pretty much overlaps with idiot socialism here (ymmv, i think there is a cultural difference here: you might have different socialist and different idiots than we do.)

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UK.gov wants to stop teenagers looking at tits online. No, really

kventin

Re: I wish politicians would learn...

"""...the Internet is trans-national..."""

but does it have to be?

clearly there is too much wrong with today's internet. not to mention severe lack of responsibility and accountability.

the solution is left as an exercise for the reader.

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This whopping 16-bit computer processor is being built by hand, transistor by transistor

kventin

something like this?

http://www.homebrewcpu.com/

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'Bill Gates swallowing bike on a beach' is ideal password say boffins

kventin

"""But typing the f%$king things is another matter altogether."""

german keyboard layout (and derived c-e european) has 'y' and 'z' swapped. imagine the joy "i'm positive i typed the %@!$ thing right! oh, blimey, wrong keyboard layout again!"

of course, who in their right mind would set anything different than plain US as default keyboard layout?

well... apparently it's our new domain default. which cannot be changed. enforced by domain policies. updated on every reboot. they can even reboot your computer for you. arghhh!

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Microsoft C# chief Hejlsberg: Our open-source Apache pick will clear the FUD

kventin

Re: It is not a cancer

"""

"they were risking C# becoming a niche for line of business applications"

You realise thats exactly what it is for, right?

"""

hey, you can make a catchphrase with it: C# is the 21st century COBOL.

as for who (or what) you catch with it, well...

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Los Angeles' weather is just like MORDOR, says Brit climate prof

kventin

Re: Dick

"""On a second look, it also shows how well TeX generalizes beyond the fonts for which it was originally designed."""

yes. and how PDF messes up accents and diacritics.

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kventin

Re: As with all Climate models

"""Applying it to Orbitals, Rings or Spheres might be more interesting."""

yes and no. Banks' O and R consisted of Plates, every one of which could have its own climate. Spheres and Niven's Ringworld however would be interesting, yes. btw isn't Ringworld unstable?

and then there are Banks' shellworlds.

OT: is it Banks' or Banks's?

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Do not adjust your eyes: This Kobo ten-incher has a 2560 x 1600 resolution

kventin

Re: Tablet and/or ereader

for something not completely different look for pixelqi displays (as used in infamous olpc "100 $ notebook")

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Green German gov battles to keep fossil powerplants running

kventin

i like how there is always someone pointing out hidden costs for running nuclear plants but noone talking about hidden costs running solar plants or weathercocks parks. take germany. they built vast wind farms in the north, where the wind blows, because it's good pr, but somehow neglected to build transmission network to deliver the electricity to their factories. luckily, they can route the electricity through polish and czech networks... f*cking them up, but that's collateral damage.

oh, and austria is even better case. first they built a nuclear plant, then they didn't start it, built thermal power station for burning coal instead (green) and use there czech and polish coal, which incidentally contains higher than normal amount of uranium so some inevitably escapes to atmosphere (supergreen). nowadays austrians travel abroad to visit czech and slovak nuclear plants and do a little protesting there, although they have their own perfectly good and functioning reactor in the middle of Vienna (at Tech.Uni.).

there's actually a law in austria forbidding use of nuclear energy.

fun fact: hq of International Atomic Energy Agency is in Vienna.

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12 simple rules: How Ted Codd transformed the humble database

kventin

"""you are supposed to update wikipedia"""

unless you can't be bothered. anyway, supposed by whom?

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IBM opens up Power chips, ARM-style, to take on Chipzilla

kventin

CHRP, PAPR...

remember those?

btw. that mentioned "open sourced firmware" -- any connection to OpenFirmware?

so: what went wrong with CHRP/PAPR/OF? why wouldn't the same thing happen now?

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Forget Snowden: What have we learned about the NSA?

kventin

Re: What we learned

you call that beer?

In the words of the philosopher:

is there beer in America?

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Elon Musk's Grasshopper tops 300m, lands safely

kventin
Boffin

Re: Totally useless "technology" "invention".

magic.

(don't listen to any pseudo-scientific mumbo-jumbo and use Ockham's razor: the simpler the explanation, the likelier it's true.)

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PRISM leaks: WTF, you don't spy on your friends, splutters EU

kventin

Re: Sauce for the goose

"""

Isn't that exactly what citizens keep telling their governments whenever a new, more intrusive, form of surveillance is announced.

"""

there's a difference, you know? citizens telling their governments is how things are supposed to be.

but in this case them, the government, were surveilled and that's clearly unacceptable. furthermore they had no idea, which is just shaming. and they weren't invited (obviously), which is a disgrace.

i mean how come americans have all the toys and get to play soldiers and stuff. europe is a power too! (one of these days we're find out power of exactly what, and then they'll see)

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Raspberry Pi 2.0 ready to ship

kventin
Joke

Re: Holes?

yes, they conform to a quite new standard. i'm not sure about its name, rpi form factor or something along these lines; its main feature being that holes for screws and ports are aligned to ports found on raspberry pi (however to use screws you need raspberry pi rev.2).

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Ten... smart TVs

kventin

... or wait a few weeks and get raspberrypi for $35

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RIM demos PlayBook OS2

kventin

base 8?

because... just because

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SCADA vuln imperils critical infrastructure, feds warn

kventin
Joke

Or presumably a Large Hadron Collider..?

...and there are 53 more in this segment alone!

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Fusion boffins crack shreddy eddy plasma puzzle

kventin
Go

"...CO2 could be extracted from the atmosphere..."

nice idea.

only i would suggest not doing it by some crazy chemical process. let's be more creative. this is 21st century, after all. so, let's create some kind of living organism, that would capture the CO2 for us. it could be kept in the places now taken by solar plants (which we won't need anymore). only you have to make it sedentary, so it cannot scamper away. the only problem would be to transport the super cheap energy there to feed it. but as the energy would be almost free...

oh, and make the little critters green, that makes good publicity. (and don't listen to the idiots who would claim the big green areas replacing solar plants would destroy the countryside. they will get used to it. eventually. they always do.)

well, i can dream.

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Second explosion rocks Japanese nuke plant

kventin

nah. *wind*mills are too high-tech.

treadmills.

and he's first in line for duty.

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Mozilla orders Jäger shot for Firefox engine

kventin

@jlocke

or combine the two approaches -- try googling for "slim binaries" of Oberon.

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Intel touts NAND-killer breakthrough

kventin

@William Clark

> Now all we need are OSes which would work with this architecture.

something along the lines of single-level store? as in Multics or OS/400?

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Wireless-data LED lamps to replace lightbulbs - US profs

kventin
Paris Hilton

blast from the past?

data: tick

lamps: tick

wifi: kind of

as hot as back in 2004: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2004/04/07/london_wi_fi/

(Ms. Hilton, because she looks as if she has forgotten something. (where is The Forgetting Vulture(TM) icon when you need it?))

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