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21 posts • joined 7 Oct 2008

'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

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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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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

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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

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@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

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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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