* Posts by Peter Simpson 1

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El Reg celebrates Back to the Future Day

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21st century and we still can't do anything without coffee...

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Microsoft boss Satya Nadella is paid $18m – and would trouser $20m if sacked

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Re: So the rumours are true

Rule of thumb: If you're working for a company and you start hearing the phrase "maximizing shareholder value"...polish up your resume.

// should be focused on doing business, not share price

// share price follows if business is good...

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Re: So the rumours are true

It's called "maximizing shareholder value".

// trying to imagine how I could spend $18M/yr.

// would be many donations, methinks

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So just what is the third Great Invention of all time?

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Three isn't enough

Come on, if you expect civilization to involve (admittedly, that seem s to be asking a lot, nowadays), the number should be open ended.

I couldn't leave any of these off the list:

1. Language (extends to written language, and a common language) - to allow ideas to be passed efficiently between generations and continents

2. The wheel.

3. The boat.

4. The airplane

5. The (general purpose, digital) computer, including software for the same.

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Wheels come off parents' plan to dub sprog 'Mini Cooper'

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Turns out, it doesn't mean "move your ass" at all, it means "to butt in", as to a conversation:

On dit d'une personne qu'elle "ramène sa fraise" lorsque, dans une discussion, elle intervient souvent sans que le sujet de conversation ne la regarde ou sans qu'on lui demande son avis. Ici, la "fraise" n'est autre que la tête. En effet, il s'agit d'un vocabulaire argotique désignant le visage. En réalité, "ramener sa fraise" signifie tout simplement s'"approcher", ce qui a également donné l'expression "la ramener". Quant à ce verbe "ramener", il pourrait provenir des plus anciens "ramoner" et "ronchonner" qui signifiaient familièrement "râler".

Bad translation:

We say someone "ramene sa fraise", when, in a discussion, she intervenes frequently in a discussion that doesn't concern her or which hasn't asked her for her opinion. Here, "sa fraise" refers to her head. It's an argot term referring to the face.

Perhaps also "come over here"...when used as "ramene ta fraise", literally "bring your [face] here"

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They often have a crease running down them, like pears. I suspect that's where it comes from.

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Re: Could be worse

It's pronounced "AH-noose", TYVM!

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So, I guess Ford Prefect would be out as well, then?

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Amazon Echo: We put Jeff Bezos' always-on microphone-speaker in a Reg family home

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Re: Optional extra

"Baldrick!"

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US Navy grabs old-fashioned sextants amid hacker attack fears

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Re: USCG & USN binned the eLoran system for GPS

Backup is RDF and they still have that, even on cruise ships.

Identify a few AM stations, take bearings and plot an estimated (within a few miles, at least) position.

It won't get you into the harbour entrance, but it might tell you which way to look for it.

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Re: "Next you won't get a position at all, what you get is a line"

My cheap and waterproof quartz wristwatch is accurate to a few seconds a month. John Harrison would be amazed.

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Re: Computer?

Addition and subtraction and looking up values in tables mostly. As long as you have your copy of Bowditch, there's no heavy math. Adding and subtracting hours, minutes and seconds is about as tough as it gets.

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Re: Coast Guard?

Always, always have a backup, and a backup to that backup. Mother Nature is a cruel, heartless bitch, and she will kill you without a second thought if she thinks you're not giving her the respect that she deserves. And that goes double at sea (as the crew of the El Faro, RIP, found out recently).

I'm frankly surprised that the Navy discontinued celestial navigation courses. The Army's still teaching Land Navigation with map and compass.

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VW offices, employees' homes raided by German prosecutors

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Re: Or just vague requests

This is not "Joe's Software Shop", this is a large, German corporation that does business all over the world. Additionally, the ECU was manufactured and programmed by a third company (Bosch?) -- likely to VW's specifications. Which will be produced at the appropriate time. We've already heard the caution from the ECU vendor -- "make sure you don't leave this bypass code in for production, it's for test only"

To suggest that some disaffected software engineers somehow took it upon themselves to add the bypass code to the shipping product is to indicate complete ignorance of how these things are done.

Being a German company, process and procedures are likely paramount. So there will be specification documents with signature pages for every single thing in those cars. Of course, some of those documents may have been misfiled...and some signature pages may have fallen off. We shall see. And, there will be written test procedures for that ECU. Test procedures and code review notes. And a source control log.

But it sure wasn't a rogue software engineer who put that code in there because he wanted to bring down the company.

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Ouch! Microsoft sues recycling firm over 70K stolen Office licenses

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Re: But why?

Wouldn't MS have a record? They're so obsessive about control, I find it hard to believe some intern's job wasn't de-authorizing all those product keys before they sent them out to be recycled.

And who cares, anyway? Have they not perused the various bittorrent sites?

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US Treasury: How did ISIS get your trucks? Toyota: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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I expect their MOT is a bit lax over there at the moment.

Yeah, but they behead you if you don't pass. Actually, they may behead you anyway.

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Re: Stones and Glass Houses @cirby

Maxim licensed his gun to all sides in WWI to his extreme profit.

Charming.

And his son, with all that money, founded the American Radio Relay League, our national ham radio organization. Can't say much bad about them, but the founder...don't much care for how he got his money.

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Linux kernel dev who asked Linus Torvalds to stop verbal abuse quits over verbal abuse

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Re: YoLotD

Linux has no momentum.

But Android does...

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'Can you hear me now? Oh Peeple, you're so mean *sad face*. It's a leftist agenda!'

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Re: The Volkswagen saga

I'll just leave this here:

http://www.printmag.com/wp-content/uploads/vw.jpg

// child of the 60s

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Mars water discovery is a liberal-muslim plot, cry moist conspiracy theorists

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Re: Just goes to show

Rush Limbaugh is a paranoid xenophobic fool.

// and feels the need to constantly demonstrate that fact

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The Steve Jobs of supercomputers: We remember Seymour Cray

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CYBER 74

My university took delivery of a previously owned (they got a deal) CDC CYBER 74 while I was there. It was on this machine that I took my required assembly language programming course from the CDC applications engineer who came with the machine. 60 bit words, hardware floating point operations and a "count ones" instruction. "Anyone know why that's in the instruction set?" he asked. No one did. "By special request from a three letter government agency", he replied.

// much more fun than waiting in line at 3AM for time on the PDP-11

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Want cheaper AT&T gigabit service? Move to a Google Fiber city

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As AT&T found out years ago

Once you've paid off the infrastructure, there are years and years of nothing but profit ahead.

Data costs literally nothing to move, once you have paid for the highway. And if you're at all competent, that happens in the first few years.

That $60/month pays salaries and shareholders, not costs.

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Woman makes app that lets people rate and review you, Yelp-style. Now SHE'S upset people are 'reviewing' her

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Nose stud.

// I'll be happy when those and ear gauges go the way of the dinosaur.

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So, what's happening with LOHAN? Sweet FAA, that's what

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Re: Come on....

No, it's far worse -- it's US Government bureaucracy!

// I wish I could help...

// probably spent all their money on JADE HELM 15

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MYSTERY PARTICLE BLASTS from Ceres strike NASA probe Dawn

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Re: mystery particle blast which rattled the probe's sensors

Ob: "That's no moon!!!"

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Hash-tag CompSci: FBI grooms pre-weed teens

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...and if three people do it...

Walk in, sing a bar of Alice's Restaurant, and walk out.

// they may think it's a movement

// FBI -- wouldn't be surprised if they did

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175,000 whinge to Microsoft about phone tech support scams

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<click>

That's me hanging up.

At the most, they get "Sorry, mate, only Mac and Linux here."

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Lies from VW: 'Our staff acted criminally but board didn't know'

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Re: @A.C. -- The dangers of embedded software, at last the world knows.

HP, Tek and IBM also included complete schematics for their instruments, so you could repair them yourself.

I once built an optional 500MHz LO for an HP tracking generator, based on the schematics in the manual. Plugged it in and it worked a treat.

Those were the days. We shall not see their like again, I fear.

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Herbie Goes Under Investigation: German prosecutors probe ex-VW CEO Winterkorn

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Re: he was unaware of the "defeat device"

I'd love to see the comments in the code that decides whether to enable or disable emissions control, and in the source control system when that change was checked in.

// turn off emissions controls unless on dyno

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Sgt. Schultz defense

"I know nuzzing! I zee nuzzing!"

// pull the other one, Martin

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PIGS IN SPAAAACE: HAMS send porker to 25,927m

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Piiiigs in Spaaace!

// we just need to get Satan on skis and wonderful things will happen, right?

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US military personnel investigated for splashing $96,576 on strippers

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Re: Young stupid kids with a company issued credit card.

Whatever happens, don't audit the US Congress credit cards...

// will make these expenses look like chump change

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BOFH: I'm not doing this for the benefit of your health, you know

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Re: For the nice people across the pond

Knowledge is Good

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We saw the future: Apart from the bath apps it looks like the past

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As with most things

A very little goes a long way. Except, I suppose, with lighting power cords...

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Gold bugs, concrete bog roll holders and frolic-friendly furniture: What IS it with designers?

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Re: Have to admit...

I predict the varnish on the wooden tub will start peeling within two years, and the tub will develop a crack (and therefore, a leak) within five.

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Happy birthday to you, the ruling was true, no charge for this headline, 'coz the copyright's screwed

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Re: How long is the copyright?

As long as Disney wants it to be, apparently.

// Sen. Sonny Bono

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Re: now... what about those rings...?

Never mind the rings.

What are you going to do about those four calling birds?

They sh*t all over my coat...

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Ex-HP boss and US prez wannabe Carly sings about her dog on TV

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Sings about her dog...

Hey, it worked for Nixon...

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Microsoft has developed its own Linux. Repeat. Microsoft has developed its own Linux

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Re: New Dawn

Is thewe somthing humowous about my pwoduct's name?

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I use Linux Mint on the desktop, and it works just fine for me.

// doesn't suck any worse than Windows.

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Ahmed's clock wasn't a bomb, but it blew up the 'net and Zuckerberg, Obama want to meet him

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Re: just a question

Here's the problem: the device was harmless. He showed it to a teacher who realised this. In spite of that, he was detained, arrested and suspended from school, AFTER it was clear the device was exactly what he said it was.

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Re: Nerd radar

You might assume that police officers would get training as to the basic characteristics of an explosive device: timer, detonator, power source and explosive material.

I'm all for caution, but one look at the device tells you that two of the required items are not present.

Yet the police on scene, instead of smiling, patting Ahmed on the back and telling him "best not bring any more of these to school, someone might get the wrong idea", decided the best course of action was to arrest him for "posessing a hoax device".

The stupid is overpowering. With, it's pretty clear, just a touch of "we're going to make sure you never step out of line again"

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Re: Nerd radar

The school administrators could have defused the whole thing by calling in the engineering teacher, to whom Ahmed showed the clock when he first got to school (thereby fulfilling any requirement that he notify school authorities). Instead, they convinced themselves that his device was a bomb...wait for it...because it "looked like a movie bomb". It's difficult to comprehend how people in this day and age -- professionals who must have had some kind of training -- could be so damn stupid.

However, they chose not to listen to Ahmed, not to speak with his teacher, and to railroad him. This is not "zero tolerance", this is hammering down the nail that sticks up. When they realised they'd "f'd up", they doubled down, published a press release and had a 14 year old student, who had not committed a crime, arrested on trumped-up charges of "possessing a hoax device".

The school administrators and the police department deserve to be sued for this, and I hope Ahmed and his family can find a lawyer to do this. I read this morning that he's planning to transfer out of the school. Smart decision. Clearly, there's very little education to be had there.

// the FAIL is for the school administration and the police in Irving TX.

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Brown kid with Arab name arrested for bringing home-made clock to school

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The former.

// I believe JADE HELM 15 ended yesterday

// Sorry...my country is populated by idiots

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Murder suspect alert? Nah: Scammers fling cop-style malware

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Re: And the non-stop emails from Transport For London

And the new one 'from' PayPal - We Need You To Help Us.

"F" PayPal, and the horse they rode in on.

// not a chance of me ever "helping" them

/// except over a cliff edge.

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'I promise you I will win', says completely sane presidential candidate John McAfee

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Re: McAfee -v- Trump smackdown

As long as Palin (either Sarah or Bristol) is the VP candidate, I'm supporting the winner!

// Vote Cthulu...why settle for a lesser evil?

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Cuffed Texan woman holsters loaded gun IN VAGINA

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Out of the fog, into the smog...

// I wonder where Ruth is...

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Well, what d'you know: Raising e-book prices doesn't raise sales

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Re: Shift to paper?

$10 for the Kindle version, $3 plus $2.99 shipping for the used paperback?

I'm buying the paperback.

Guys, this doesn't make sense.

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Is John McAfee running for US president? 'My campaign manager told me not to comment'

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Re: Shame Hunter S Thompson is no longer available

And Trump has already claimed Sarah (or is it Bristol?) Palin...

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