* Posts by /dev/null

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Apple assumes you'll toss the Watch after three years

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Re: Support cycles

Did they also mention the infamous Nest Revolv IoT hub, all due to be rendered useless on 15 May?

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Pair programming: The most extreme XP practice?

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Re: 1+1 = 3

"The Typhoon is designed as a air superiority dogfighter, with a recent addition of an 'austere' strike package."

Going a bit off-topic, but the RAF's interest in what became the Typhoon started with the AST.414 requirement, which was intended to replace both Jaguar (another single-seat design) in the mud-moving role and Phantom (a two-seat aircraft) in the air-to-air role. The latter took priority (although the Phantoms were actually replaced by Tornado F3 in the meantime), which is why it took about a decade after entering RAF service for the Typhoon to start receiving some air-to-ground capabilities. And, due to a lack of funding for anything else, it's now also partially taking over from the Tornado GR4 (two-seat) bomber.

What this has got to do with pair programming though, I'm not sure...

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Bash on Windows. Repeat, Microsoft demos Bash on Windows

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Re: Right?

"Linux system call shims have been done before. Solaris and QNX both have one."

Not to mention NetBSD, which has provided binary emulation of various other flavours of Unix for yonks...

NetBSD Binary Emulation

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True believers mind-meld FreeBSD with Ubuntu to burn systemd

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"UbuntuBSD developer Jon Boden..."

Not THE Jon Boden, surely?

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Alice, Bob and Verity, too. Yeah, everybody's got a story, pal

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FAIL

Slightly disappointed...

...to see that you didn't take the obvious opportunity to photoshop your stock photo so that the button read STOB instead of STOP....

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Google robo-car backs into bendy-bus in California

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Re: Skytran Vs autonomous cars

115 years ago? Pah, this one opened 123 years ago...

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Reminder: How to get a grip on your files, data that Windows 10 phones home to Microsoft

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Re: NOPE!

"For personal machines, if M$ decided to release a stripped down version of their OS just supportign DX<x> so people could run it for games, I might be tempted."

Isn't that basically XBox?

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OpenBSD website operators urged to fix mind-alteringly bad bug

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Re: Closet? The psychiatric ward, I say.

What's a "psychophant"? - a psychopathic sycophant?

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Sir Clive Sinclair in tech tin-rattle triumph

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Planet Sinclair: The Black Watch

The casing was impossible to keep in one piece. It was made from a plastic which turned out to be unglueable, so the parts were designed to clip together. The clips didn't work either and the problem was turned over to a subcontractor. Sinclair later (much later) received a small box on which was written, "We've solved the problem of the Black Watch!". Inside was a Black Watch with a half-inch bolt driven though it.

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Good thing this dev quit. I'd have fired him. Out of a cannon. Into the sun

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Re: Let me guess, that last one was an academic?

I once worked on a complex Fortran-77 "code" (hard scientists always use the word "code" as a singular noun, not a mass noun) where all the important data was held in one giant 1-dimensional array. Some of it was integers, some floating-point, some elements were "pointers" into other parts of the array...

And then there was the module that was written by a mathematician who never added comments to his code because they would slow down the execution...

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Patch ASAP: Tons of Linux apps can be hijacked by evil DNS servers, man-in-the-middle miscreants

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Re: when was the bug created

This bug is said to have first appeared in glibc 2.9 in 2008.

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Google crafts custom networking CPU with parallel computing links

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Meiko never built any SIMD machines, AFAIR. Their first generation Computing Surface was based around transputers, later supplemented by SPARC and i860 processors using the transputers as an interprocessor network. They then binned the transputers in their CS-2 architecture, which used SuperSPARC/hyperSPARC processors connected via their home-grown Elite/Elan comms fabric chips instead. When Meiko fizzled out, Elite/Elan was bought by Quadrics and became QsNet. None of this was directly related to Myrinet AFAIK, apart from being a competing technology at around the same time.

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Why a detachable cabin probably won’t save your life in a plane crash

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Re: Personal parachute

"I've never been offered a parachute in any GA aircraft, not even in a Tiger Moth"

In an RAF Chipmunk, parachutes were mandatory, not least because the parachute strapped to your backside formed the upholstery of the cockpit seat.

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Re: Looks as though it requires a high-wing aircraft configuration.

Plus, Ukraine is the home of the very large high-winged aircraft.

Antonov An-124 Ruslan

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400 jobs to go as Texas Instruments calls time on chip fab in Scotland

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Not for much longer

IBM Spango Valley is due to close completely this year.

IBM Pulling Out Of Spango Valley

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Eighteen year old server trumped by functional 486 fleet!

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Adec400xP?

I thought I was reasonably familiar with the products of DEC, but I've never heard of an "Adec400xP Application Server"...

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Server retired after 18 years and ten months – beat that, readers!

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Linux Free-Nas?

I think you'll find FreeNAS is based on FreeBSD. Unless that's another "Free-Nas" you're talking about?

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How about an old laptop?

Speaking of DEC products, I've been running a DEC HiNote VP710 laptop (circa 1998, fanless(!), upgraded to 112MB RAM, 20GB disk, 233MHz Pentium MMX) as a NetBSD server more or less 24/7 for the last 8 years. Quite surprised it's still going tbh. At some point I expect I'll replace it with a VM, but seems a shame to retire it while it's still chugging away...

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Apple finally publishes El Capitan Darwin source

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Actually, I remember finding a random and completely irrelevant OpenBSD man page in OS X 10.0 (maybe 10.1), so I think there were some bits of OpenBSD in OS X in the early days. But yes, they did settle on FreeBSD to source most of the Unixy userland from.

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Re: "key part of its ongoing software strategy"

Apple had plenty of time to write a modern OS and made several attempts to do so (Pink, Taligent, Copland). None of them worked out very well, hence the need to co-opt NeXTStep, which had borrowed from open source (4.3BSD, Mach) several years before Apple got their hands on it.

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From Zero to hero: Why mini 'puter Oberon should grab Pi's crown

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Re: Click-Bait much?

The Pascal-based OS for the PERQ was usually referred to as POS (PERQ Operating System). No sniggering at the back, please.

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Mozilla: Five... Four... Three... Two... One... Thunderbirds are – gone

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Re: telnet pop3.superfrog.com 110

I remember when mutt actually WAS newfangled!

/usr/ucb/Mail FTW.

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Remember Windows 1.0? It's been 30 years (and you're officially old)

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Windows 3.11?

Actually, I'd say it was with Windows 3.0 in 1990 that Windows hit the big time. And lets not forget 3.1 either, which added a few bells and whistles like TrueType and drag'n'drop in 1992.

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Food, water, batteries, medical supplies, ammo … and Windows 7 PCs

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What about Windows 7 Enterprise?

AFAIK, the Enterprise edition is still available to Software Assurance customers, but I haven't seen an End-of-Sales date for that one. Given that Windows 8.1 sales are due to be knocked on the head next October too, I would be surprised if 7 Enterprise survives longer than that.

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Post-pub schnellnosh neckfiller: Currywurst

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Don't forget VW-Currywurst

It's a little-known fact that Volkswagen sell more currywursts than cars. Probably a lot more, now...

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Why are Google and 'VW group' having a 'global summit' in San Francisco today?

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Re: Probably Android for Cars

But infotainment system aren't quite separate. They have to talk over CANbus, just like the safety-critical systems.

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Raspberry Pi gains new FreeBSD distribution

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Re: For those interested in servery type projects

According to the FreeBSD wiki... "A 64-bit system is preferred due to its larger address space and better performance on 64-bit variables, which are used extensively by ZFS. 32-bit systems are supported though, with sufficient tuning."

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Re: NetBSD...

And the next major formal NetBSD release (7.0, coming Real Soon Now) will have complete support for RPi (1), plus RPi 2. See the NetBSD wiki.

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Your poster guide: A fascinating glimpse into North Korea's 'internet'

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Re: Internet Directory

I think the previous commenter was referring to this book, which I rememember seeing in a university bookshop at the time: "The Internet White Pages", published in 1994, right in the gap between the web exploding out of academia, and the emergence of AltaVista and its ilk.

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Apple's iOS 9 public beta lands: El Reg pops it on a slab, strokes it up

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iOS 9 replaces the Helvetica Neue used in iOS 8 with the new San Francisco font first seen in the Apple Watch. You'd have to look closely to spot the difference though.

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Why the BBC is stuffing free Micro:bit computers into schoolkids' satchels

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nRF51822

According to the Nordic website, this device has either 16 or 32k of RAM on-board, so it resembles a BBC Micro quite closely in that respect...

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'The server broke and so did my back on the flight to fix it'

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Boffin

"Apple hasn't made any servers for quite some time"

Erm, you don't have to go back to the good ol' days of A/UX ...until fairly recently they did a version of OS X called OS X Server (which is now just an "app" for OS X), and it wasn't so long ago that you could buy a proper rackmount XServe system to run it on.

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Nobel bro-ffin: 'Girls in the lab fall in love with me ... then start crying'

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Re: Are Men Really More Intelligent Than Women?

"You have to be courageous, naïve or stupid to talk about sex differences in intelligence or indeed sex differences in anything."

Courageous, naïve, stupid or IN DRINK. I suspect Sir Tim may have been the latter at this "lunch".

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Les unsporting gits! French spies BUGGED Concorde passengers

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"Concorde was a joint Anglo-French project that ran between January 1976 until ..."

Actually... the Concorde project started in 1962, the first Concorde flew in 1969, and the first scheduled service was in 1976.

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VirtualBox 5.0 beta four graduates to become first release candidate

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Ah, but...

When comparing VB with VMware or whatever, it's worth remembering that while VB itself is GPL'd, the VB Extension Pack is not open source and it's licence says it's only free of charge for personal use or product evaluation.

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That EVIL TEXT that will CRASH your iPhone: We pop the hood

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Re: Amiga coders lecacy, perhaps?

Well you'd HOPE you'd find something useful in the 68000's reset vector location... ;-)

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Manchester car park lock hack leads to horn-blare hoo-ha

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"You sure this was down to the keyfob? IIRC VW Group cars (SEAT, Golfs, etc.) can do that by putting the key into the driver's side, and then turning and holding the key one way."

VW remote locking fobs work the same way - holding the button down has the same effect as turning and holding the key. As I proved when I found my car's windows down one morning after I had been crawling about under the floorboards with the car key in my pocket the previous evening...

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Volkswagen Passat GT 2.0-litre TDI SCR 190 PS 6spd DSG

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Re: Heated steering wheel???

You obviously weren't driving to work in central Scotland in the winter of 2010/2011...you'd be surprised how cold a steering wheel can get.

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Re: the illusion of choice

Well, actually the latest Golf, Passat, Octavia, Leon, A3, and this year's new Superb (among others) were all designed using the MQB "modular transverse construction kit" (probably the best translation of the German), so the old distinction between different VW Group "platforms" is becoming quite blurred.

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Crowdfunded ZX Spectrum revival just days from shipment

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WTF?

Those keys...

Still trying to think of ANY Spectrum game that could be played with just the keys 1, 2, F, R and S...

I mean, you need J and P just to type LOAD "" for a start (hence the name of the original DOS-based ZX Spectrum simulator, "JPP").

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Oxford chaps solve problem in 1982 Sinclair Spectrum manual

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Re: Rockets... no really...

You're spot on there, I have a distinct memory of seeing Mr Bond on the telly, when the HOTOL project was in the news (1986?), using a ZX Spectrum at home to crunch some kind of numbers for it. Proof, if proof were needed, that the Spectrum was a REAL computer!

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Citroën C4 Cactus BlueHDi: A funky urban crossover

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Re: No rev counter

Various reasons. I like to limit the revs while the engine is cold. It's useful sometimes to have an accurate indication of idle speed. Sometimes you forget to change up to 5th (or 6th) until the tachometer reminds you. On some cars the engine can be so quiet, the tachometer is the best way to ascertain whether it's actually running. I once had a car which developed a crankshaft position sensor fault - I now know that erratic tachometer behaviour that doesn't match what you can hear is a symptom of that (pity the RAC guy didn't know this at the time though). And I just like machines that give me information on what's happening inside them.

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Re: No rev counter

I'd rather have gauges for stuff instead of indicator lights too - and some of that "stuff" is how fast the engine is going round!

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Re: On mirrors on the left and the right

TFA mentions *vanity* mirrors, not door mirrors - the car clearly has two of those in the photos. I presume only one vanity mirror is one of the Cactus's weight/cost-saving measures, like not having a split rear seat.

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Windows 10 Device Guard: Microsoft's effort to keep malware off PCs

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Re: IOMMU?

Perzackly. IOMMUs (in the classic sense, as described in the Minix paper) combine the concepts of virtual memory and DMA and have been around for yonks. VT-d/AMD-Vi, on the other hand, does the same thing for virtual *machines*, and is rather newer.

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DRONE ALONE: US Navy secretary gives up on manned fighters

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That's all great in theory, but AFAIK, nobody is seriously talking yet about UAVs with air-to-air capability that could mix it with a manned fighter in a dogfight.

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Err, it's the F-35B that's the VSTOL/STOVL variant, the F-35C is the CATOBAR one.

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Android lands on Microsoft's money-machine island fortress

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Never understood why they used Windows (and OS/2 before that, and DOS before that) on ATMs. There's always been far more appropriate approaches to driving what amounts to a screen, modem, keypad, card reader and cash drawer.

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All Mac owners should migrate to OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 ASAP

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Actually, OS X Security Update 2015-004 (see https://support.apple.com/en-gb/HT204659 ) which includes the CVE-2015-1130 fix, has been released for 10.8.5, 10.9.5 and 10.10.x, so in theory all these releases are still supported. However, not all of the fixes in it apply to all these OS X versions, so in practice, maybe not?

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Microsoft goes cloud KERR-AZY, chops Windows Server to bits

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No GUI?

Server Core still had a desktop, it just had Windows Explorer and most of the desktop apps removed. Is Nano Server the same or does it REALLY not have a GUI? (Or in other words, a windowless Windows?)

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