* Posts by Paul Renault

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Canny Canadian PM schools snarky hack on quantum computing

Paul Renault

Re: Trudeau is no slouch in the speaking department

Props for correcting the Fla, proto-Canadian by bringing up the Turks & Caicos; though I would have linked to the Wiki page; next year, it'll be 100 years since Robert Borden first proposed it.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turks_and_Caicos_Islands#Proposed_union_with_Canada

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Bloaty banking app? There's a good chance it was written in Britain

Paul Renault

....There's a good chance it was written in Britain --- no, no, no...

Bloaty banking app? There's a good chance it was written in BLIGHTY.

Sleeping on the job, eh?

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Canadian rotter abducts giant Playmobil fireman

Paul Renault

They deny any involvement with the outrage, but they don't deny stealing it. A-ha!

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Diffie, Hellman scoop $1m Turing Award for key work on crypto keys

Paul Renault
Pint

It's about freakin' time.

Well deserved! Hear, hear.

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Science contest to get girls interested in STEM awards first prize to ... a boy

Paul Renault

Re: To Be Fair

Thanks, I came here to post the same opinion. These were proposals, the contestants didn't have to actually make or even design the product. I case the other commenters don't bother going to the EDF site:

Judges: Two women, one man, and last year's winners - a team of eight girls.

Winner, the boy: A game controller where the triggers creates energy by a wind up mechanism

Runners up, all girls: 1) a smart fridge system that monitors expiry dates, 2) curtains which automatically open when they sense the sunlight (the proposal didn't include 'closing them in the summer', not much of an issue in Scotland, eh), 3) a device which you put near your computer screen, which reminds you/monitors your pre-bedtime routines, 4) a bathtub mat so now you can surf while bathing.

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: The gargantuan Gatsby

Paul Renault

Re: food hygene people!

Hear, hear!

Most wood also have built-in chemicals which kill bacteria. FFS, how to you think trees manage to stay upright in filthy, bacteria-rich environments for decades, sometimes centuries?

In addition, on a wooden cutting board, bacteria sink in, making them unable to infect the food, and causing them to die. A Canadian scientist, decades ago, who was trying to show just how much safer plastic cutting boards were, had to develop/modify his sampling methods because he was having a very difficult time getting infected samples off of the wooden cutting boards. He had no problems collecting samples off of the plastic ones.

He came to the conclusion, along with many other researchers, that wooden cutting boards are perfectly fine. You'd think that by now, the meme that a wooden cutting board is unsanitary while a plastic one is inherently safer would have been dead, dead, dead.

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Why does herbal cough syrup work so well? It may be full of morphine

Paul Renault

They may wish to reword and correct the notice...

Link to the recall is borked. The correct one is:

http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm482524.htm

http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm482524.html - doesn't work.

But really came her to say: "The unware (sic) ingestion of morphine can lead to life-threatening respiratory depression and death."

So, if you aware that you're taking morphine, it's perfectly safe, eh?

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Brit cuffed for Kyrgyz 'horse penis' sausage quip

Paul Renault

Re: Not post-pub crawl nosh, but rather...

If I really puts some effort into it, I could milk this for all it's worth.

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Paul Renault
Pint

Re: Not post-pub crawl nosh, but rather...

No? Maybe penis pie? How about blue-vein sausage with blue cheese? Ok, then a schlong sub? Cock and cockle casserole? Trouser-snake terrine? Lingam lasagna? Schwanz mit Soβe?

I know: Wiener schnitzel!

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Paul Renault

Not post-pub crawl nosh, but rather...

...something to, er, pork out on mid-crawl, eh?

I'm looking forward to soon-to-come curried chuchuk post-pub review, complete with pictures.

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NEW ERA for HUMANITY? NASA says something 'major' FOUND ON MARS

Paul Renault

"Major" Announcement?

Major Tom?

/ Really, people need to add a "Joke Alert" icon?

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Cuffed Texan woman holsters loaded gun IN VAGINA

Paul Renault

What is that slide/switch for?

S = Shoot?

F = Fire?

/ damn designers...

// I wonder if it's the model 61-2, the Barrel Nut version.

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Fancy a mile-high EARJOB? We've had five!

Paul Renault

A table listing specs would have been handy.

Y'know, like with the noise-reduction numbers, battery life, and price (and how much of that price is because of all the ads..).

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Feeling a physical present: Ten summer games and gadgets

Paul Renault

Ten summer Games when summer's 2/3 over?

Wha?

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AIDS? Ebola? Nah – ELECTRO SMOG is our 'biggest problem', says Noel Edmonds

Paul Renault

"psuedo-Buddhist"?

Electro-smog fouling up your spell-checker?

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New study into lack of women in Tech: It's not the men's fault

Paul Renault

How about a link to the study, eh?

Don't be _that_ online magazine, ElReg!

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Vicious vandals violate voluminous Versailles vagina

Paul Renault

Finally!

An all alliterated article's apex! Attago!

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Bad Baidu boffin boss banished for bypassing bot body's bylaws

Paul Renault

Only commenting because you were soooo close...

"Bypassing bot body's bylaws banishes bad Baidu boffin boss."

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Config file wipe blunder caused deadly Airbus A400M crash – claim

Paul Renault

Shouldn't such a life-important software..

..check to make sure the config files are 1) there and 2) OK?

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Welcome, stranger: Inside Microsoft's command line shell

Paul Renault

Actually, that one would fail, as all directory listings were uppercased, so you wouldn't get any files listed.

One very hand piped command I used to use a lot:

CHKDSK /V | FIND "textstring"

CHKDSK /V all by itself would give you a scrolling list of every file on the disk. Piping that output to the FIND command would result in a list of only the files where textstring matched. A 'file find' program built in to DOS, and it was free.

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Google TUGS Nexus 7-INCHER from its online store

Paul Renault

I have both Nexus 7s..

The first edition, yes, runs pretty slow since the Android 5.x, but the second edition (2013?) runs just fine.

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Utah faints: Google Fiber to lay cable in thrilling Salt Lake City

Paul Renault

Yay! Utah can D/L even more porn!

http://people.hbs.edu/bedelman/papers/redlightstates.pdf

FTL: "the most-subscribing state is Utah (where 5.47 of every 1,000 broadband households subscribed to the service at issue)" [online porn subscriptions).

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Speaking in Tech: A Kardashian wearing the Apple Watch? Now that's success

Paul Renault

Yep, I'm going to take my hardware purchasing recommendations from Kim Kardashian...

I'll get right on it.

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Masala omelette

Paul Renault

1,176,182 Scovilles?

Really, you can measure Scovilles down to 6 significant digits?

Not to mention that the spiciness for a particular variety, er, varies a lot, even within different peppers on the same plant.

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Bryndzové halušky

Paul Renault

Alternate method of 'tossing' the potato mixture.

She uses a steaming sieve to 'cut' the dough.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MVPwCOUtaI4

In any case, whatever she's cooking, I want to eat. Smaczny!

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Bitcoin is GREAT and SAFE, says, er, the Bitcoin Foundation

Paul Renault

Gros Fromage? Large Cheese?

I would have gone with 'Grand Fromage' - Big Cheese.

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Get NAS-ty: Reg puts claws to eight four-bay data dumpsters

Paul Renault

Re: Or alternatively...

Why buy all-built, rather than roll my own? I considered using old hardware and freeware, but eventually settled on a Thecus N5550 (very pleased with it).

Reasons: 1) very easy to hot-swap HDDs, 2) lower power consumption, 3) few old PC MBs and cases can hold/support five HDDs, and 4) the Thecus is easy to set up to run other applications besides NAS (web and/or mail server, Time Machine, media server, etc, etc). Of course, YMMV.

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Google to let Chromebookers take video content OFFLINE

Paul Renault

Re: But no network shares

Where do you store it? Wherever your copy of DownloadHelper saved it...

/Firefox, what don't it do, eh?

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JJ Abrams and Star Wars: I've got a bad feeling about this

Paul Renault

Emperor Ming as the ultimate evil genius?

I would have gone with the Emperor Wang the Perverted.

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Two in five Brits cough up for CryptoLocker ransomware's demands

Paul Renault

Bad Headline Writer! Bad! Down boy!

"Around two in five people who fall victim to CryptoLocker" <> "Two in five Brits"

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Enterprising French chap cranks up €100k 'flying car'

Paul Renault

"Enterprising French chap"? Missed opportunity..old chap!

I would have gone with "Bauphin".

Sacre bleu!

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Eggheads give two robots vodka and tell them to text each other FOR SCIENCE

Paul Renault

Really?

..You couldn't work the 'bender' or 'bend' into the article anywhere?

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Don't crack that Mac: Almost NOTHING in new Retina MacBook Pros can be replaced

Paul Renault

..in the real world...

Yay for hardware that's make to last, to be repaired, and upgraded.

Yay for manufacturers who provide parts lists and service manuals.

Definitely not a Apple fanboi.

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Behold, the MONSTER-CLAWED critter and its terrifying SPIDER BRAIN

Paul Renault

Behold, the Mighty Craw!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ftgAG3Vnif8

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MS Word deserves DEATH says Brit SciFi author Charles Stross

Paul Renault

No kidding! Just this morning I was thinking: "Why doesn't anyone implement WordPerfect's oh-so-useful "Keep Text Together" command?

(I don't know if it's in Word, but I know it's not in LibreOffice.)

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Myst: 20 years of point-and-click adventuring

Paul Renault

Re.: ..."let's make it look good but play like on-rails shit"

Came here to say the same thing. Maybe Mac users, who weren't used to playing big complicated games as were available on PCs, were impressed, but Myst left me very bored and frustrated.

Take a step, wait for the CDROM, take another step, wait some more... I don't know how I managed to not blow my brains out, waiting for another frickin' chunk of code/data to load....

And all the eye-candy, and you can't explore. It was sooo boring. Maybe for Mac users, used to Apple's "You will do as you are told" policies, didn't mind, but I hated it.

Then, at the point where my feeling was that I was about thirds of the way through the game, it was over. Whaa? Not a very good puzzle, but yes, it was pretty. But you couldn't really play Myst. When Riven came out, I gave it a pass.

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Getting worried, Assange? WikiLeaks spaffs out 'insurance' info

Paul Renault

Re: The one way this could work properly

... he can't turn himself in for the rape charges because he will then get spirited away by USA

Um, there haven't been charges. Accusations, but no charges. Your recollection of the details may be hazy. He's already been interviewed once by the Swedish Police. At the time, they decided that there was no case. See here:

http://www.theguardian.com/media/2010/dec/17/julian-assange-sweden

The article is longish, but worth the read.

There's a question that Assange (among lots of other folk) has asked, over and over: "Why won't the Swedish Police come to the UK and interview him there?" This is allowed by Swedish law. Because of the cost? The UK government could save millions by paying the Swedish Police's expenses, no?

I think that Assange's suspicions are entirely reasonable.

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Boeing batteries back under spotlight as 787 burns at Heathrow

Paul Renault

Maybe it was one of these cigarettes...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6psWFGYPHO8#t=05m30s

(I couldn't find a 'Mercan language version of Superagente for this episode.)

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US public hate Snowden - but sexpot spy Anna Chapman LOVES him

Paul Renault

Re: Propoganda

Came here to say roughly the same thing: The American public isn't immune to NSA cointelpro, eh?

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Spam and the Byzantine Empire: How Bitcoin tech REALLY works

Paul Renault

Re: Nice... no mention of how the very first Bitcoins were minted though?

Not strictly true either. The difficulty of mining Bitcoin doesn't increase exponentially. The difficulty of mining is automatically adjusted - either up or down.

Essentially, the next hash is computed from, amongst other things, the hash of the previous block's transactions - which can't be predicted ahead of time - so work on mining the hash which comes after the next one can't be done ahead of time.

That 'next' hash which is being mined needs to have a specific number of leading zeros. The number of these leading zeros that is required varies depending on, essentially, how much world-wide computing power is dedicated to the task of mining. If the protocol detects that megatons of computer power is applied, the number of leading zeroes is increased, making the mining operation much more difficult, and keeping the rate at which these hashes are found constant (at about one every ten minutes.

If the amount of computing power which is mining was decreased (meaning that it would take longer to stumble upon a hash that fits the requirements), then, after a while, the protocol will decrease the number of leading zeros required in the 'next' hash - making the mining operation easier.

All that effort/time/money people put into mining simply makes the mining difficult and much more expensive. The rate at which someone can find Bitcoins remains relatively constant. The number of Bitcoins found each time will be reduced as time goes on. After a while, mining operations will produce no more Bitcoins.

At that time, all these mining operations will stop, and the hashing requirements will be relatively easy.

Copy'n'pasting from the Bitcoin FAQ at https://en.bitcoin.it/wiki/FAQ

== How does the proof-of-work system help secure Bitcoin?

==

== To give a general idea of the mining process, imagine this setup:

== payload = <some data related to things happening on the Bitcoin network>

== nonce = 1

== hash = SHA2( SHA2( payload + nonce ) )

==

== The work performed by a miner consists of repeatedly increasing "nonce" until the hash

== function yields a value, that has the rare property of being below a certain target threshold.

== (In other words: The hash "starts with a certain number of zeroes", if you display it in the

== fixed-length representation, that is typically used.)

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Jailed Romanian hacker repents, invents ATM security scheme

Paul Renault

Re: Chip n Pin

Came here to say the same thing. I believe that the near-100% prevalence of chip'n'pin cards in Canada has made skimmers obsolete.

Now, if we can just get rid of white label ABMs...

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Don't bake your Raspberry Pi - now you can WATER COOL it

Paul Renault

I shudder to think what the coolant used here is.

Y'know, 'cuz it's a Raspberry pi.

A Raspberry PI!

Oh, don't you know anyone who speaks Greek? Ask them how to pronounce that letter.

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BlackBerry 10 passes US defence department tests

Paul Renault

Re: Imperative

"Submitted..for the same certification"?

Is that like Ken Brockman's 'Emmy-submitted' Six O'Clock News?

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Want to know what CIA spooks really think of spy movies and books?

Paul Renault

Re: Reminds me of...

One of the late-night talk shows on Radio-Canada used to get a classical music reviewer to review the heavy metal rock albums - all in good fun. Generally, the reviewer would draw parallels with opera.

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Is this the first ever web page? If not, CERN would like to know

Paul Renault

No, no, no, that's not what it looked like.q

I distinctly remember that page when I first saw it: It had glowing amber phosphor letters on a black background. No, really!

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US Navy blasts drones with ship-mounted LASER CANNON

Paul Renault

...What's to stop people from using reflective paint?

...note that the delta-shaped plane in the video is painted matte black.

/While we're at it, why not fly smart drones with mirrors?

Y'know, so that the beam can be reflected back to the ship? Heh...

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Kissinger and tell: WikiLeaks scrapes 1.7m US diplomatic reports from the '70s

Paul Renault

Re: Mostly harmless

From The Register, just a few days ago:

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/04/04/assange_extradition_unlikely/

Justice Stefan Lindskog, a senior judge from Sweden’s supreme court, has told an Australian audience..

...snip, snip, snip,...

[/That] his personal view,..., is that Assange has done good works.

“At the end of the day Assange will be thought of as someone who made public certain pieces of information,” Lindskog says, adding that he feels many of Wikileaks’ leaks “were good for society and should not be punished.”

“The good made by leakage of such information cannot be underestimated,” he says. “It should never be a crime to make known the crime of a state.”

Me, I'm from the "You are what you do, not what you (or others) say you do" school... On the whole, IMHO, Assange's contributions have made the world a little better.

Now, if we can just arrest Bush and Blair and drag them to the ICC...

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Study: Megaupload closure boosted Hollywood sales 10%

Paul Renault

Any bets that despite that 10% bump...

..thestudios still didn't quite make enough money to pay anyone any royalties?

https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20120531/07313919143/darth-vader-is-most-successful-star-wars-character-ever-still-no-return-jedi-residuals-actor.shtml

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Shatners talks space, acting with fellow Canuck on ISS

Paul Renault

Barenaked Ladies, not Bare[space]Naked Ladies.

Boy, if I had a million dollars for every time THAT happens...

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Ten... tech stocking stuffers

Paul Renault

Re: Yikes!

You have to remember that El Reg's reporters' salaries start at a quarter million plus.

To them, £200 is chump change.

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