* Posts by disgruntled yank

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Maserati Ghibli S: Who cares what Joe Walsh thinks?

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Bravo!

I hope that The Register will find a chance to review a flat-head Ford or little deuce coupe soon, and let us know just what Chuck Berry and Brian Wilson got wrong.

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City of birth? Why password questions are a terrible idea

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"For example, with just 10 guesses it is possible to correctly guess 39 per cent of a Korea-speakers' city of birth question, since there aren't that many big cities in Korea."

Setting aside the question of what constitutes a "Korea-speaker", what does it mean guess 2/5 of the city? So if, let us say, Cincinnati were in Korea, one would be able guess the "Cincin but not the "nati"? And if I were able to speak Korea[n] (beyond "kimchee" and "bulgogi"), one could guess "Washin" but not "gton"?

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Get off the phone!! Seven out of ten US drivers put theirs and your lives at risk

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the numbers seem high

I see a lot of folks driving phone in hand, but I'd estimate fewer than a third actually text.

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Driverless cars deal DEATH to Detroit, says Barclays

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Re: Not really

We got about 130 or 140 thousand miles on the last car traded in. It was a bit rusty, but its chief ailments were in the engine, and a general looseness in the joints, caused by driving over potholed streets. No doubt the electrical drive train will last better, but unless the pothole evasion systems are really good, driverless cars are still going to wear out at a fair rate.

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Milking cow shot dead by police 'while trying to escape'

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Moderation

Judging by the picture, they had to chase it to the Alps. It's a wonder they didn't call in the RAF.

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Use your Apple gizmos only for good, says Tim Cook

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For the non-Americans

I don't know whether universities outside the US go in for big commencement ceremonies. If not, you should know that it is routine for schools to bring in a celebrity to speak to the crowd. Generally the formula is a bit of self-deprecating humor, mixed in with world-in-your-hands cliches. (I did once hear an exception, delivered by Temple Grandin; but I imagine that Wilson College got away with it only because it is small and little known.) So I wouldn't spend a lot of time worrying about what Tim Cook said.

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Putin's lapdog? Zuckerberg questioned over quisling claims

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Quisling?

The purported activities have no more to do with the Vidkun Quisling than they have to do with James Gosling or Linus Pauling.

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Elon Musk: I'm neither a samurai nor a bastard

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Special Forces

Just for laughs, I had a look at the US Military pay charts (available at http://www.dfas.mil/militarymembers/payentitlements/military-pay-charts.html). According the chart of January 1, 2015, the lowest-paid enlisted grade gets $1546 per month after four months of service. The highest grade on the chart (major general/rear admiral) get $12827 per month with over 18 years of service, roughly an 8-to-1 ratio over the E1. A four-star general or admiral is limited to $15125 per month.

Do Mr. Musk's enterprises display a comparably narrow spread in compensation from top to bottom?

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Lies, damn lies and election polls: Why GE2015 pundits fluffed the numbers so badly

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"shy tory"

In the US we speak of "voting-booth candidates". Years ago, Jesse Helms was a couple of times polled as losing his senate seat from North Carolina, but then won handily. Then Marion Barry, who had been videotaped consuming crack cocaine, was elected mayor of Washington, DC, despite polls showing him doing badly. In both cases the voters polled presumably answered according to the tone of the question rather than according to their true intentions.

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Facebook echo chamber: Or, the British media and the election

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Hmm

First, http://xkcd.com/1521/ .

Second, back in late 2008, the NY Times asked various pundits to weigh in with advice for Barack Obama. It was slightly disturbing to find that the best advice came from Gore Vidal, but it did: Don't read the New York Times, read The Financial Times.

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How Groucho Marx lost his voice and found his funny bone

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Indeed

On the other hand, Groucho told in his autobiography of one of his brothers coming back from a vaudeville show and saying that he had just seen the world's greatest comedian: Charlie Chaplin

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2016 might just be the year of Linux on the (virtual) desktop

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What a streak!

What is it, twenty years in a row?

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Welcome, stranger: Inside Microsoft's command line shell

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fondly

"It's easy to look back now and wonder how people put up with such a manual, non-user-friendly system, but personally I still look back on it fondly. Many hours were spent learning every command available, all the switches and what they do."

Yes, indeed. I remember the customer's employee who was working his way through the commands manual one night, and zapped most of the data.

I have done a little scripting with PowerShell, but have not yet warmed to it. I'm not sure why.

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Japan showcases really, really fast … whoa, WTF was that?!

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Re: It would be great...

Making sure that people can't wander onto the track is a bad thing? I know someone who sat through probably six hours of delays following on two suicides between Aberdeen and Wilmington. And you may remember the disaster of some months ago on the Metro North line above New York, where a woman trying to beat the gates got herself killed, along with a few commuters.

To create a new right of way between Washington and New York would require massive use of eminent domain, which can be a touchy political matter. Even with the leanest construction budget it would be quite expensive, with the money coming largely from appropriations. It would probably not be practical to have such a train stop anywhere but at the current Metroliner stops, and maybe not all of them. So if I live in Aberdeen and have my commute disrupted for years so that I can some day drive an hour and a half into Baltimore and save a couple of hours train time to New York, I might not see the benefit.

Yes, I guess it could get political.

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National Grid's new designer pylon is 'too white and boring' – Pylon Appreciation Society

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the band will feel left out

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pylon_%28band%29

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Australia finds $1 BEELLION to replace No-SQL DATABASE

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Non-relational != flat-file

Model 204 is not really a flat-file system. A friend used to work with it years ago.

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Popular crypto app uses single-byte XOR and nowt else, hacker says

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Old school

Back in the day, WordPerfect used XOR encryption. A key was created by XOR-ing the password onto itself with right-shifts('ABC' -> (SLR ((SLR 'A') XOR B)) XOR C), then the text of the file was encrypted with a running XOR against the password. The key served to reject obviously wrong passwords. In 5.1, you had a sequence of a dozen or so null or space bytes following the key: for short passwords there was no point in even checking the key.

Sendero Luminoso naively trusted in the security of WordPerfect's encryption, with disastrous results when one of their safe houses was raided.

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SPY FRY: Smart meters EXPLODE in Californian power surge

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Re: Just because the US still have an outstanding number of wires on poles...

Ah, but if the local water utility drills down and nicks the cable.... They did it once in our development, and I came home to dim lights and an unusable stove.

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Starry-eyed hackers stuff Eurovision's voting app

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results

"TIME's Person of the Year is a common target of hackers in web cesspit 4Chan who will direct bots to get tyrants to the top of nomination lists."

I would point out that in a pre-computer age, Hitler made Time Magazine Man of the Year once and Stalin twice. And there were plenty of second-tier sorts with less than a deep commitment to democracy.

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Guardian: 'Oil reserves will soon be worth NOTHING!' (A bit like their stock tips, really)

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excessive

"It's not going to come as all that much of a surprise that those who worry excessively about climate change aren't really all that up to speed with economics as a subject in general."

It would be useful to know what "excessively" means. Perhaps The Register should introduce a measurement for degree of concern, where 1 would be just right, The Guardian something large, and the American Petroleum Institute something very small. Since Mr. Worstall seems confident of his judgment in the matter, could we call it The Worstall? Since it would be our own arbitrary scale, nothing prevents us from damning the API with "milliWorstalls" or mocking The Guardian with "kiloWorstalls".

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Smažený sýr

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Another option?

Since we are no longer in the nuclear heat phase, why not have a look at what the western US calls the Denver omelette and the rest of the country calls a Western omelette? It is not one of the masterpieces of world cuisine, it probably isn't on the American College of Cardiology's heart-healthy list, but it is very decent comfort food.

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'Why Digital?' Seriously? You plainly don't Get It enough. Or at all

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More titles, please

How about we designate a Chief Information Architecture Officer? He can then ask the scoffers, "What part of CIAO don't you understand?"

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Revealed: Facebook Boss Zuckerberg's One Weird Trick When Hiring

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should have been two articles

One on Zuckerberg's odd remarks about hiring and organization size, one on the privacy matter. I don't regard this as trickery, just carelessness.

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C'mon! Greece isn't really bust and it can pay its debts

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"that the US has only become an optimal currency area in the past 30 years or so - it being the growth of the federal government that has made it so. Pre-WWII, the Feds were really pretty piddly in size compared to the States."

WW II ended rather more than thirty years ago. To be sure, I can remember some very odd dealings in the 1980s when so many thrift institutions went bust, but that much odder than went on the bubble of 10 years ago. Indeed the federal government was much smaller before the world wars, but the state governments were not that large.

And if you're going to give us the School of Athens, shouldn't we have Angela Merkel as Plato, pointing up to indicate the size of the debt, and Varoufakis as Aristotle, pointing down to show where the Greek economy is?

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Re: There was never a need for a combined currency all over Europe

It generally is the leaders who start the wars; however, the reluctance varies greatly. In 1914 there was considerable enthusiasm in quite a few countries, likewise in 1861 in the American Civil War.

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Trolls prevail because good men do nothing: boffins

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Boffins?

I thought El Reg considered the managers of such studies to be Trick Cyclists.

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'Utterly unusable' MS Word dumped by SciFi author Charles Stross

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Re: Content and Style

How many authors are content to be considered content producers?

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Tim Cook slurped our brains, snarl fat battery bods A123

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Headline

The headline looks as if it might work for the zombie edition of your Post-Pub Nosh series.

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BBC: SOD the scientific consensus! Look OUT! MEGA TSUNAMI is coming

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Also

I don't watch much TV, but are American history and science shows that terrible? I confess that I haven't seen any of the latter since "Bill Nye the Science Guy" about 20 years aogo, and my impression was that he overdoes the presentation but has the basics down.

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Yes, pedantry

But the expression "mega tsunami" strikes me as about as graceless as "ichi ban agora". Would a Mega Tsunami leave a Kill o' Sushi behind?

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Big Blue drops a billion dollars to refresh its pig herd's lipstick

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Billion, but for what?

According to the first paragraph, the Gigabuck is to be invested in the storage portfolio over the next several years. I'm assuming that the make-up application cost a good deal less.

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UN negotiations menaced by THOUSANDS of TOPLESS LADIES with MAYONNAISE

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Calling ISO

Or at least El Reg. Clearly we have the basis here for a measure of civil disruption: the TLWM. I admit that the male tendency to ogle must be discounted here, for one TLWM would cause traffic jams on most of the roads I know. But, pretending that this is not so, you might rank the average anti-World-Bank demonstration as 1000 TLWM and so on.

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Jeb Bush, the man who may lead the US in 2016, dumps Floridians' private data on the web

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Re: JeB Bush? TL;DR

The Bush family consists of Connecticut carpetbaggers who have successfully assimilated in the Sun Belt. They have mostly been schooled (expensively) in the mid-Atlantic states and New England: Andover, Yale, Harvard. That you imagine otherwise may be a tribute to their protective coloration, I suppose.

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2017, anyone?

The next presidential election will be in 2016, the next presidential inauguration on January 20, 2017.

But you have to admit--Bush v. Clinton--always something new out of America!

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'Giving geo-engineering to this US govt is like giving a CHILD a LOADED GUN'

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Bah

If Barak Obama needed congressional approval to buy lunch, he would starve to death. There is no way in the world any geo-engineering proposal will make it through the US Congress before ex-President Obama is off on the rubber-chicken circuit, giving speeches and opening libraries.

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Turing notes found warming Bletchley Park's leaky ceilings

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Sounds like a case for Verity Stob

"The Insulation Game". Next stop, the Oscars

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Twin Adam Sandlers shake El Reg's movie unwatchablathon team

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Yes, I have

In my defense, I was talking several middle school boys to what looked like an innocuous movie. It was in fact pretty bad. But I would say that it lacks the touch of self-importance that distinguishes the really awful from the just plain bad.

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A Bombe Called Christopher, or A Very Poor Imitation

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Re: Oh, dear

Ms. K is always worth a look. In this case, though, she was handicapped by period costume and hairdos, and by having to recite the distinctly sub-Stobbian dialogue.

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Oh, dear

The Stob version not only exhibits the wit and sense lacking in the movie, but would've got me home an hour earlier.

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NSA gunning for Google, wants cop-spotting dropped from Waze app

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Re: strange...

Do you remember a governor of New York state, one Eliot Spitzer? Admittedly, his downfall was in connection with a transaction in Washington, DC.

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Netadmin wanted for 'terrible, terrible, awful job nobody wants'

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Mowing

Sorry, is the Australian functionary supposed to mow down Canberra along with hackers, or is he supposed to protect Australian assets and also, by the way, Canberra?

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Open-source Java pals Groovy and Grails seek moneybags backer

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Well

I did a very little bit of experimentation with Groovy several years ago. It was fine, but did not inspire the need-it, gotta-have-it feeling. There was also the minor difficulty that Google tends to offer absurdities when one goes looking for help.

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Wizard of Oz OFFICIALLY 'most significant movie' EVER, says PNAS

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By a remarkable coincidence

"The Wizard of Oz" turns up first by own preferred movie metric, appearances of flying monkeys.

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Latest menace to internet economy: Gators EATING all the PUSSIES

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bum rap

I side with Mr. Hegedus, thinking that the cats would be digested by now. And I will add that the greatest Angeleno menace to cats must be the coyote.

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Suck on this, Larry: NoSQL pair hit the G-spot

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As the man said, above

Venture capitalists pouring buckets of cash into this or that company proves only so much.

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Computers know you better than your friends

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Re: Computers know you better than your friends

The reunited friends who remember a 1979 (was it?) wedding as occurring in 1966. No real surprise there.

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Preserve the concinnity of English, caterwauls American university

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Re: What's "Dumfounded"?

I'm off to the jewelers for an anti-American English pendant. How much do you think it will set me back?

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Boybanders ONE DIRECTION launch DoS attack on open-source bods

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Bah

Good think OD didn't try to horn in on a Sinatra conference.

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World's largest ship swallows 900 MEGATINS of baked beans

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Re: BB measurements

It has been about nearly 40 years since I saw "Tommy", so without going to YouTube, I can't really say. And even that might not help, for I'm not sure she was actually floating.

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BB measurements

Somebody has to figure out a way to get Ann Margret into the baked-bean measurements standard.

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