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Lester Haines: RIP

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Sad news

It was always immediately clear when an article had Lester as its author (usually in a good way :) . The culinary journeys, the journeys over land and water chasing after projects, and even tilting at windmills enriched my life on a far continent, as they did many others, especially those who knew him personally. My deep condolences to Lester's family and to the Reg family.

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Boffins decipher manual for 2,000-year-old Ancient Greek computer

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Cool gadget

This is a really excellent article, Simon! Great context and a clear description of the many important new conclusions.

One minor clarification: polynomial *texture* mapping is a method to look at the *exterior* of an object by synthesizing images of it taken under different lighting conditions.

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Sysadmin 'fesses up to wrecking his former employer's IT systems

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UP TO ten years -- it'll be a lot less.

Reading the details makes you (sound) wise.

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New periodic table names

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Re: always good for educational value

Or you could read John Rain novels and learn about Nihon AND hand-to-hand fighting. :)

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As US court bans smart meter blueprints from public, sysadmin tells of fight for security info

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Re: "the household may have changed supplier a dozen times"

Not in Seattle -- the monopoly electrical utility for over 100 years has been the city-owned Seattle City Light.

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Great, IBM has had a PCM breakthrough. Who exactly is going to manufacture?

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Best article I've read here in a while!

Not too dumbed-down, useful background info added, handy run-down of the commercial implications and positioning. Good job!

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If you know what's good for you, your health data belongs in the cloud

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There are different types of diabetes

It's probably worth clarifying that the story author was writing about the autoimmune disease type I diabetes (often called "juvenile onset"), which is quite rare but getting less so. In it, blood sugar levels are not well controlled, and can get either too high or too low (the latter being the condition requiring prompt action alluded to in the story).

The vast majority of diabetes in the modern world is now type II diabetes (caused not by autoimmunity but rather by obesity and lack of exercise), where the problem is too-high blood sugar levels (not too low), which causes chronic problems, but does not demand a prompt response.

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Girls outpace boys in US IT and engineering test

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"gaming journalists"

is that like "military intelligence"?

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Miniature car maker drops massive malware

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I'm not surprised that "Joolma" would lack patches. I recently ran a diagnostic on my laptop's RAM, only to have it report that I had a "Kinston" module installed -- ?.

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Legal fight against USA Today's news app info-flogging OK'd by court

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Re: Beyond a visitor who clicked on a website.

I think you miscommented; this story is about tracking and other info gathered by smartphone apps, not by visiting websites.

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Cash-strapped Sprint to raise $2.2bn by flogging off its network hardware

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Re: Buh-bye, Sprint

Yep, I was a longtime Sprint customer until switching over to T-Mobile about 5 years ago. It was a revelation -- data fast enough to be useful! Even when I had WiMax signal under Sprint, there was plenty of lag and waiting.

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Re: Pardon?

@youngone

Sprint is in 4th place out of 4 major cell carriers in the US, and for a long time now has been running a promotion where customers of the other 3 companies can switch over to Sprint, pay only 1/2 the monthly plan price they were paying, have their old phone and multi-hundred dollar switching charges paid off by Sprint, and also get a good price on a new Sprint phone. Thus Sprint has to pay out many hundreds of dollars for each such new customer, and only gets half the normal monthly revenue from them until(if) they decide to switch to a different Sprint plan.

Big payouts up front for possible profits years in the future...

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PayPal freezes 400-job expansion in North Carolina over bonkers religious freedom law

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Re: Freedom

I think it all came about because a few years ago WA state's attorney general, in a publicity-seeking move to raise his profile for a crack at the governorship, sued an elderly flower arranger who didn't want to participate in a male-male wedding. That the government would take this type of action had been specifically denied by proponents of the earlier WA state-wide initiative to make official same-sex marriages (which passed, in a credit to WA state's voters).

That governmental over-reach then prompted many self-promoters in other states to try and pass laws to prevent such an action in their states. Sadly, most (all?) of these new laws seem to have been poorly designed or wrongly intentioned.

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Re: Reuters

I think it's more like IBM requiring everyone to wear white or light blue shirts and a suit.

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Re: Biggottry

Wwould that be straw hats or top hats, sir?

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Re: America

But it just might be a lunatic you're looking for...

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Re: America

@ Trixr

You might want to read up on the actual texts and historical contexts of those amendments.

For example, reasonable people can disagree on the individual right to possess firearms -- it's not a "shonky" interpretation. Similarly, the principle is preventing *establishment* of a state church, not "separation" of church and state, which is much more extreme.

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Hope for Hitomi after tumbling space 'scope phones home

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Hope it wasn't due to buying dirt cheap "genuine" brand name lithium batteries on Amazon...

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Sexism isn't getting better in Silicon Valley, it's getting worse

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Bogus premise

Did nobody (including the Reg story author) bother to check out the Stanford "survey"? It's nothing close to a proper scientific survey -- it's just a collection of anecdotes from whomever felt strongly enough to send in their comment. Thus, this story is just unfounded click bait, and you're all stuck wriggling on the Reg's hook.

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Amazon kills fondleslab file encryption with latest Fire OS update

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Re: A quick question....

Gotta agree with LaF here -- I consider the Fires as cloud-based media-consumption devices only. If a Fire breaks, toss/return it and log into another and you're good to go. When elderly relatives have questions or even real problems, just hit Mayday and video chat with helpful customer service.

It's already got all the benefits and intrusiveness drawbacks of cloud-based devices, so quibbling about device encryption seems moot. For personal/professional work and communications, I use a more standard tablet like a Nexus 7 or iPad -- works great.

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SpaceShipTwo ready to slip the surly bonds of Earth for Virgin Galactic

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So soon they forget!

The first two Mercury flights (on Redstone rather than Atlas boosters) were suborbital, but nevertheless qualified Shepard and Grissom as true astronauts.

As for your example, I tend to think of the Donald as a "Trumpus" -- derivation from Krampus or rumpus or both, your choice.

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Google to snatch control of Android updates from mobe makers – analyst

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" a release of Google Pay designed to work only on locked handsets."

Quibble about a common error -- "locked" does not mean "not rooted" -- it just means the handset will only work with a given Telco's cell network (it's locked to that network). Google itself sells zillions of "unlocked" handsets (its Nexus phones) that work fine with Google Pay on whatever cell network the hardware will support.

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EMC's Chad Sakac once made a Gangnam Style parody music video

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Re: He's all over it

F5 GS FTW (plus, it's shot in their building right by downtown Seattle).

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Girls! Girls! Girls! Intel brags about diversity push, Silicon Valley tells itself it's doing great

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Maybe it's all just a diversion...

A cynical observer might wonder if Intel's new attention to the sex and race of its employees might not be a result of Intel's recent performance declines in the market and the lack of prospects for significant improvement. That is, perhaps Intel's leadership is simply trying to distract analysts and observers from its failing business strategy.

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Re: Proof of concept? @jonathanb

Social engineering and justice is too important to be stopped by petty civil liberties -- presumably, the government would just pass a law like the one that forces people to disclose their encryption passwords and similarly force employees to disclose detailed political profiles to their HR departments. There's always MI-5 and GCHQ waiting in reserve...

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Re: Proof of concept? @DCM

Yes, exactly! I hadn't known of this (I'll blame it on living in the distant colonies) -- thanks for mentioning it!

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Re: Proof of concept? @AC

I agree that "There is a benefit to having a diverse set of employees: ..." --- the silly part is assuming that race/sex are valid proxies for intellectual diversity, and are indeed so important that they are the only measures that society should care about.

One would think that something like Republican/Democrat/Green/Socialist Alternative party membership would be a much more useful proxy for social engineering.

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Proof of concept?

If there were really a large pool of interested female software/hardware engineers going un/underemployed because of some pervasive "bro" bias, you would think that someone could pretty easily start a company aimed at hiring these folks, and end up with a superior staff at a lower price.

As far as I know, this simple proof-of-concept of the existence of a problem hasn't been done, which naturally brings into question the very existence of such a problem.

I don't understand the idea that every company or other sub-grouping of society needs to match the population structure of society in general. There doesn't seem to be any societal advantage in it, and it would certainly be very disruptive to society if half or more of all our companies, nonprofits, sports teams, etc had to be totally reorganized to reflect some sort of "social justice" employment quotas.

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Article error?

According to the article, Intel has brought "... the total number of women in its workforce to 35 per cent, and minorities to 12 per cent." However, the "A Snapshot of our People" slide shown indicates that minorities comprise a bit more than 46% of the total Intel workforce. Apparently, some minorities are more equal than others...

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Cruz missile slams into DNS overlord ICANN over Chinese censorship

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Re: how

NK struck a blow for goodness by hacking Sony :)

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Mall owner lays blame at Apple's door for dragging down sales

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Mall landlords DO know tenant stores' sales

The story seems a bit confused on this -- mall operators usually take a percentage of a tenant store's sales as rent; thus, they know the stores' sales and would directly know the sales of any Apple stores they have as tenants.

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Eight budget-friendly 1TB SSD data packers for real people

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Re: Ever had an SSD fail?

My only SSD to have failed so far was also a Vertex 2.

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Re: SanDisk?

The BX200 has been reported to have performance issues, so it may not be a good benchmark for comparison.

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Fan belts only exist, briefly, in the intervals between stars

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Good job!

This review is one of the most enjoyable articles I've read here recently -- hope it's a harbinger of the new & improved Reg.

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American cable giants go bananas after FCC slams broadband rollout

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Re: fiber in Seattle

You are misinformed on the situation in Seattle. The previous mayor did sign a deal with a company to bring really fast speeds, but it turned out the company didn't have funding, so it went bankrupt and still owes the city tens of thousands of dollars in unpaid bills. That mayor was a notoriously bad manager, so that was perhaps par for his course; he took no other action to bring gigabit internet to the city.

I'm not sure what you are referring to regarding the new mayor's actions. He did act promptly to change a local ordinance that effectively blocked fiber-to-the-block, and Comcast's competitor, Centurylink, is now bringing gigabit internet to large areas it had previously served only with slow DSL.

Given Seattle's recent status as one of the most expensive cities in the US wrt rental and housing prices, the cost of internet here is becoming a moot issue.

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Re: "FCC's fault" & Comcast

At least in my area of Seattle, Comcast has been quite reliable and relatively high-speed in its normal-level home offering. Certainly, over time they have nickel & dimed the customers to slowly but consistently raise effective rates, but their customer service has been friendly and helpful, and their service reliable. In all those aspects, the municipal garbage, sewage, and electricity services (all city-owned) have performed much more poorly.

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iOS 9 kludged our iPhones, now give us money, claims new lawsuit

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Meaning of "kludged"?

I had thought that "kludged" meant roughly "made to function adequately by means of a notably inelegant modification". The story's headline writer clearly disagrees.

(Boosting my sense of self-worth, dictionary.com defines "kludge" as "a software or hardware configuration that, while inelegant, inefficient, clumsy, or patched together, succeeds in solving a specific problem or performing a particular task. ")

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Got a pricey gaming desktop from PC World for Xmas? Check the graphics specs

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Low-wattage efficient power supplies

You should check out what Shuttle sells; I recently bought one of their SH87R6 mini boxes which has a 300w 80 Plus Bronze rated power supply.

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Good news! US broadband speeds are up. Bad news – they're still rubbish

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Re: Welcome to the Third World

Reminds me of a story I read a few years back of a longtime NoCal net guy who strung his own cable from his house to the peering center in downtown Palo Alto to get true high-speed internet!

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Password-less database 'open-sources' 191m US voter records on the web

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Re: Remember Choicepoint?

These databases are also widely used for legitimate purposes, such as get-out-the-vote efforts targeted at people who you think will be inclined to vote for your preferred candidate.

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Microsoft to OneDrive users: We're sorry, click the magic link to keep your free storage

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Re: Disingenuous little f*ckers

@2+2

Just trying the OneDrive keep-the-bonus site now, it also says lower down after asking for all the access that "You can change these application permissions at any time in your account settings."

Not great, but not a deal-breaker either, IMHO.

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US Navy's newest ship sets sail with Captain James Kirk at the bridge

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Re: One missile hit and it's all over.

Aside from the ship sinking, the other worry about a single hit is that a hit to a magazine will effectively disarm the ship by destroying most of its missiles.

The Zumwalt design deals with this in two ways: 1) The VLS missile pods are dispersed around the perimeter of the ship next to the hull, rather than being centralized and concentrated as in other USN ships, and 2) taking a page from modern tank ammunition storage design, the hull-side armor of the VLS pods is significantly thinner than the interior-side armor; any explosion in a pod should vent most of its force and projectiles outside the ship rather than towards the inhabited interior spaces.

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Re: Stabilty

There was much controversy over the stability of the "tumblehome" hull form. The Wiki notes: "A return to a hull form not seen since the Russo-Japanese War in 1905, the Zumwalt-class destroyer reintroduces the tumblehome hull form." and "In April 2007, naval architect Ken Brower said, "As a ship pitches and heaves at sea, if you have tumblehome instead of flare, you have no righting energy to make the ship come back up. On the DDG 1000, with the waves coming at you from behind, when a ship pitches down, it can lose transverse stability as the stern comes out of the water – and basically roll over."

There is reason for hope -- the 1/4-scale tumblehome-hull "SeaJet" demonstrator ship did *not* roll over in tests in Lake Pend Oreille, Idaho.

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Re: Zumwalt's OS

Interestingly, unlike most of the rest of the Navy's missile ships, the Zumwalt class will NOT be running the Aegis system (and thus will not have ABM or area air-defense capability), but will instead be running a Linux variant! Quoth the Wiki: "The Total Ship Computing Environment Infrastructure (TSCEI) is based on General Electric Fanuc Embedded Systems' PPC7A and PPC7D single-board computers[71] running LynuxWorks' LynxOS (Linux kernel)[72] RTOS.

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Has Voyager 1 escaped the Sun yet? Yes, but also no, say boffins

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Re: the "solar system"

IIRC, it's the region where the Sun's influence (solar wind, magnetic fields, etc) dominates over the interstellar void.

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Northrop wins $55bn contract for next-gen bomber – as America says bye-bye to B-52

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Re: So...Neil Barnes @ AC

Everyone is free to try and stop our activities, but nobody except the Chinese and Russians seems to be willing to pay to play. Is it true the new British carriers will be "armed" only with Amazon delivery drones? :)

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Re: Crew

Well, it WOULD be embarrassing if the Chinese and Russian hackers promptly took over the new bomber fleet to attack Ukraine/attack anyone who sails the South China Sea. Presumably, there will be a hard-wired switch for manual mode.

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Re: Crew

They will be able to fly without crew, but having the ability to crew them is a requirement for missions like nuclear strikes.

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Re: B52s/B2s...

Actually, B52s and B2s are quite effective when used properly, as in the 2001 air attacks that helped drive the Taliban out of power in Afghanistan. The big bombers are able to loiter for many hours at high altitudes out of range of guns and portable AA missiles, providing on-demand precision bombing using the (relatively) ridiculously cheap GPS-guided JDAMs.

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