* Posts by E 2

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Anti-gay Indiana starts backtracking on hated law after tech pressure

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Re: Why is compelling servitude "freedom"?

That makes no sense.

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Re: Religious Freedom vs Persecution

What if the Christian is a pedophiliac Catholic priest?

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Re: The biggest problem facing humanity...

Sophistry.

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Re: How does this boycott thing work again?

Make sure you do not expose yourself to anything else that you disagree with either.

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Alien

Re: Why is compelling servitude "freedom"?

The history and power of "Go along to get along" should be enough explanation.

Mom & Pop florists or photographers who ARE willing to do the work for gay marriages will become targets of extremist hate filled anti-gay lobbies. This happens all the time. Shows like Ellen Degeneris's were break throughs because big TV grew the stones (pardon me) to tell the Moral Majority et co to get lost. Don't assume pressure tactics from the right wing religious nuts has stopped because big TV found some profit.

Making it illegal to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation protects the majority who do not have a problem with homosexuality from abuse by the zealots.

Alien because only a space alien could so poorly understand Human politics.

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Re: Politics. politics....and duplicity

Don't you know: there are no Muslimn gay, nor Japanese gays, nor Chinese gays. I know this because my Muslim, JP, CN friends assure me it is the case.

There are gays in Africa but in most African countries they are targets for state sponsored murder, kinda like pogroms against the Jews in eastern Europe in the past.

The "West" has faced the fact of homosexuality and the rights of homosexuals. We've mostly changed our laws and attitudes to respect homosexuality. We still have some troglodytes, sadly.

I suggest we kill the troglodytes.

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Mike Pence is so polished and shiny, he's gotta be gay. Deep closet, terrified of being outed... reminds me of that NYC mayor back in the day. Hiding his orientation from the voters by being the biggest gay basher in the state.

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Japan pauses asteroid BOMBING raid – still no word from Bruce Willis?

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Re: Thought the Japs were in a shitload of debt!

You know, I just now flashed that the JP PM is named Shinzo Abe. I meant Abe as in Lincoln as in the US Prez.

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Re: Thought the Japs were in a shitload of debt!

Well, Abe has been printing money like a madman for the past 6 years. The US trade imbalance is epic.

Thus dollars -> yen.

Though I understand it is much more dollars -> yuan.

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Virtual Vulture 2 swoops into Spaceport America

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Lester - you should look at launching from Canada. We don't generally actually define anything policy-wise until someone does something that raises the question. I dunno if this is because our politicians are stupid or if Canada is actually the bastion of libertarian values (you decide).

WRT drones - read the rules at http://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/civilaviation/standards/general-recavi-uav-2265.htm?WT.mc_id=1zfhj#apply. Basically it's saying "don't f*ck anyone else up, and we don't care".

I suspect you could drive out to B*ttf*ck, Saskatchewan, set up your gear, and press the launch button. Ottawa might notice 18 months later.

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Feds cuffed for allegedly PILFERING Silk Road drug souk's Bitcoins

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Drug eh eh eheheheh heeheehee cough cough Agency.

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Day FOUR of the GitHub web assault: Activists point fingers at 'China's global censorship'

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Whereas when the UK or USA does so it is not?

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Forget viruses: Evil USB drive 'fries laptops with a power surge'

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Re: Capacitors - caveat observer!

Oh, BS. Charged by convection. I can't believe nobody called you on this already.

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FFS. Using high voltage to "attack" computer is hardlly worthy of note and boost convertors are a dime a dozen in bulk. Must be a slow new day.

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Microsoft RE-BORKS Windows 7 patch after reboot loop horror

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My gaming box... Win7 & Ubuntu 14.10 dual boot. Windows updated: reboot: failed to apply patch: reboot: failed to apply patch: etc etc etc

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The Order: 1886 – Round Table gaming's all right on the knight

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Re: QTE's

Dunno about ports to PC from consoles.

On screen prompts and hand holding however...

I think if a C programmer starts writing assert() macros in application (not library) code then the programmer is not sure what problem s/he is supposed to be solving.

When a game developer has to resort to cut scenes and "direction" of the game, well, I think the game developer has lost the plot.

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I dunno, eesiginfo.

When DVDs first came out they were hyped as immersive and having viewer interaction. There were some DVD titles where I could choose the camera angle, or alternate scenes. My neighbour at the time was excited about it and showed me a few movies like that.

That was not exactly amazing: why not just watch the cut scenes via the DVD menu.

Games are supposed to be fun: nobody wants to sort of participate in a few scenes that have strictly limited options and then watch video for a while, then rondo. What's the point? It's the worst of both worlds.

Take Deus Ex for example. In Deus Ex HR, there were cut scenes and voice overs (ie: orders) from Command Central, and these things either broke the game play or imposed choices on me.

In Deus Ex Invisible War I could choose my path modulo there being only 6 outcomes - but I was often surprised how my choices influenced the outcome. Maybe a faction leader nagged me but I could tell him/her to F off.

I think Deus Ex IW offers a way forward: many and surprising choices without a fascist director imposing a decision tree on the player... yes you ultimately have to get to the end of the game but there are many paths to the end state and they are not tightly scripted.

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Meh

Disclosure: I've not played this game, just looked at the 'reg screenshots.

Victorian (Edwardian? Out here in the colonies we get a little lost) England with steam-punk styled automatic weapons.

Whatever.

I'll invade your little colonial era haven and use a Quake II rail gun on your plush bottom.

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You'll get sick of that iPad. And guess who'll be waiting? Big daddy Linux...

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"The tightly controlled, rarely compromised world of app stores and mobile contracts is not limiting if that's all you wanted in the first place. "

Yet on my android devices almost every app wants to read identifying info about my phone, wants to read my call logs, read who is on the other end of a phone call, read my address book.

That's apps ranging from messaging apps to 3rd party soft keyboards and simple games.

Tightly controlled indeed.

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Intel offers ingenious piece of 10TB 3D NAND chippery

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I like it. 64GB uSD is proving too small. My MP3 and docs collections currently are pushing 150GB and I would like to fit them all into a phablet.

Also - what if this stuff becomes small and cheap enough that it is more convenient to add more storage to servers or PCs than to actually erase anything? That would be interesting?

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UK.gov sinks another £1.6m into Internet of Stuff spec HyperCat

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Is "HyperCat" an acronym, if so what does it stand for?

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IBM boffins stuff 16 million-neuron chips into binary 'frog' brain

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Will it get me 100 FPS in Crysis?

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Boffins build FREE SUPERCOMPUTER from free cloud server trials

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This is not an attack or exploit. They used freely offered legitmate services to do computation.

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ANGRY ALIENS hit by BEBO SPAMGASM probably don't exist

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Re: TheOtherHobbes

Thankfully Frank Herbert's logorrhoeic idiot son has not latched onto it yet.

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Physicist proposes 1,000-foot state-sized walls to stop tornadoes

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Untimely

This proposal is old, is not news.

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Who needs a ride-on mower when a ROBOT will cut your grass

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Re: What happened to GAGA

"That electronics diagram was from 1963..."

Doubtless Apple is drawing up a patent application for this.

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Toyota catches up to William Gibson with LED hood

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How about if it used high power LEDs in the 10 watt range. It could blind other motorists, not just distract them.

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Redmond is patching Windows 8 but NOT Windows 7, say security bods

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"...dedicated libraries intsafe.h and strsafe.h..."

Those'll be C or C++ header files, not libraries.

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'I found the whole idea of an alien very exciting until it demanded all of my weed'

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Ok fine but why is he cultivating the long hair Jesus look?

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Rich bitch sorority girls actually more likely to put out than low-class 'sluts': Study

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Re: re: goat jam

"...rather the use of lables..."

surely you meant to say "...rather the use of labias..."!!

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Google's Nexus devices get stealth Android update

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It turns on GPS location without any UI indication, and it sends users' realtime location to NSA, GCHQ, CSIS and whatever ANZAC calls it's spies. Also sends your emails and text messages.

A small amount of code leverages existing caching mechanisms in Android to send the info when in range of a wifi hotspot for those users who have not agreed to provide their personal data via cellular networks.

Nothing to really worry about.

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Apple: We'll tailor Swift to be a fast new programming language

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complexity and obsequiousness

Vs. toadying.

WTH is wrong with brackets?

At least they save me from diverse tab settings.

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Re: I'm sure there's nothing at all retarded

Apple merely stealing a page from Microsoft's book: rename the APIs and make a new language.

And then some magical thinking... by the time the furor and Apple Tame Press and Apple Fanboies quiet down, the Ghost of Jobs will have offered inspiration for New Product.

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Don't drink the Koolaid

Plainly an openCL implementation.

Apple got no new physical shiny things, so rolls out shiny ephemeral things.

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Intel cutting prices, taking on all comers in fondleslab market grab

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I have two laptops, an HTPC, a gaming rig PC, and a Samsung S4. I scoffed at tablets for a long time.

Then I bought a tablet on a whim... since then I don't turn on the PCs and laptops very often.

Intel may well see much of it's retail x86 PC market simply dry up and blow away. If it fails to get market share in tablets (and I suppose cell phones) Intel may become the next fail - a la Microsoft in the server market.

Apple has started designing and fabbing it's own CPUs for a good reason.

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Congress divorces NIST and NSA

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Re: R.I.P. NIST outside of the US.

Yes, B, that's all true, but the USA can and does bring enormous pressure to bear on other countries to conform to USA crypto standards.

As well, what is good for the goose is good for the gander: Russia, China, UK, etc all have exactly the same interest as USA when it comes to influencing peoples & corp's choice of crypto. All the gov'ts want us using broken crypto - it is not solely a USA thing.

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Whereas Linux is most popular OS for internet and cluster servers, and

whereas the most popular role-based Linux security system is SELinux, and

whereas SELinux was written by and donated to Linux kernel by the NSA;

therefore how secure do you think the Internet is?

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Boffin fights fire with EXPLOSIVES instead of water

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Re: Hang on...

Nope, they used explosives to blow the fire away from the oil. You can see wids of the procedure, and after the fire is out the oil gusher is still gushing.

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Alien invader plunges tool into virgin 'Windjana', sniffs powders

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We should send some real drills - deep oil drilling tech - and drill some real holes.

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AMD unveils Godzilla's graphics card – 'the world's fastest, period'

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Diminshing returns

It does whet my technolust, but I've an HD7970 that floats my boat nicely.

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MH370 airliner MYSTERY: The El Reg Pub/Dinner-party Guide

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Different theory

Diego Garcia is nicely located to recieve the jet...

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Chaps propose free global WiFi delivered FROM SPAAAACE

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Ubuntu?

Shorely you meant to say Slackware!

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Amazon, Hollywood, Samsung: PLEASE get excited about 4K telly

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Re: Devaluation of the K

Yes, yes, yes...

1024 is supposed to be a kibbi- and 1024^ a mebbi-, and 1024^3 a gibbi-.

Which ever gaggle of wankers came up with those prefixes should be made to speak pig latin for the rest of their natural lives.

Common usage is good enough for the OED: in computer context a kilo is 1024, mega is 1024^2 and so on.

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Re: 4K Streaming?

6D - you can go back in time, watch original release of great flicks of the past and do so in alternate universes while moving along a different vector!

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Re: WGAF

I want one in the 32 to 40 inch range for use as a computer monitor, but it has to be priced at $500USD or lower.

Qua 4K TV: I mostly am still watching upscaled DVD content on my HD TV. Bluray still does not have enough content, never mind 4K.

In any case, the reason for consumer apathy is not the tech. Such a low percentage of Hollywood movies are good movies that the future of HD and UHD is a steady stream of vapid action flicks with a very rare quality drama or sci-fi in the mix. Explosions look great at UHD and HD, but more pixels do not equate to dramatic tension, good plot, good dialog or good acting.

Given Hollywood's lack of interest in releasing re-mastered HD quality back-catalog movies, I see no future in UHD panels for TVs.

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Seagate's LaCie whips out bonkers posh silver-plated storage ball

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Lacie has never heard of networked storage?

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Meet NASA's Valkyrie: A SILKY BUSTY ROBO-MINX that'll save your life

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Not search and resue only

The spec is perfect for a robotic soldier. Bad idea.

Imagine Bush Junior with an army of these at his command. No Americans die, he could have laid waste all of central Asia and the Middle East and nobody in the USA would really know. Or imagine Obama ordering the robots to run down random people in cards in Yemen and Pakistan: "Intel said there was a high probability the people we just had dismembered might not like the USA".

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Inside IBM's vomit-inducing, noise-free future chip lab

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"... built eight metres into the ground beneath IBM’s Zurich labs."

Get the ground penetrating missiles ready: obviously IBM is preparing to manufacture nukes!

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El Reg Contraption Confessional No.1: The Dragon 32 micro

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Get a life

These nostagia articles are just as irritating as classic rock stations. I remember most of these machines, they were crap at the time to anyone who looked at mini and mainframe tech. My then TI calculator was easier to program and use than a typical home computer of the day.

Rehashing your youth is something you should do in private or in small groups.

Look forward not back.

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Mars defends: HUMANS to SEND UFO to Red Planet by 2016

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24x7 comms

What about when Mars is occluded by the sun?

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