* Posts by HCV

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Sea of outrage after 'migrant-spotting app' turned out to be bogus

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Well, as Tay pointed out, you have to know things about stuff to instantly recognize how ludicrous the very premise of this app is. And to be able to prove it, you *really* need skills beyond that of basic journalism -- or at least be smart enough to ask someone who does have the skills.

We're in a world where people are *shocked* to discover that yes, a jet airliner can disappear without there being satellite videos that will show exactly where it was for every second of its journey. And people want to feel good about being able to help from their armchairs (slacktivism). If wearing pink cures breast cancer, can't we solve the refugee disaster by swiping right? Don't we *deserve* the opportunity to know that downloading an app will fix everything??

Well, someone else downloading an app, really. I'd download it myself, but it looks kind of boring.

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"ALL BUT useless?"

I suppose because it actually shows the weather for Misrata, Libya?

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The Windows Phone story: From hope to dusty abandonware

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Re: I wonder when Microsoft is finally going to pull the plug.

"FYI ... X86 has been "RISC" since the "Ppro" in 1999"

Why? Because, you quote at us...

"the highest performing CPUs in the RISC line were almost indistinguishable from the highest performing CPUs in the CISC line"

That has nothing to do with x86 being "RISC". That has to do with *high-end* chips being possible in either RISC or CISC implementations.

In the *low* end -- which is what the OP was talking about -- the difference between RISC and CISC is that if you're not lugging around a large instruction set, you can implement a reasonably powerful core (or lots of cores) with a *lot* fewer transistors, meaning significantly smaller size, and much lower power.

What would be a proof point for this? I would look for a "CISC"-bound company getting out of the low-end chip business. Oh, look at that.

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FAA doubles Section 333-exemption drone ceiling to 400 feet

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"Who nautical miles" are bigger on the inside.

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Oracle traps its cloud inside own tin boxes

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Re: what is

Presumably they mean these boxes are built from Oracle's X5 systems, which in turn use Intel E5-2600 processors.

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Canonical accused of violating GPL with ZFS-in-Ubuntu 16.04 plan

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"This appears to be Sun's fault, and now Oracle's fault, because they used a derivative of a well-recognized public license, the MPL, a clear violation of the 'must be literally blessed by a man who appears in public wearing a disk platter on his head under the alter ego of "St. IGNUtius"' doctrine."

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Cloud growth? Take a number, Microsoft. Two engines have stalled

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Antler heaven? Carry a big stick, Roger. The refrigerator is full

See? I can do this, too!

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VMware axes Fusion and Workstation US devs

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Re: Have to admit....

I imagine paragraph two will eventually be hit by a reorg, with the word "blog" targeted as redundant.

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Oracle, looks like your revenues were down. 'Cloud! Cloud! Look at the cloud!'

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"premise" is not the same thing as "premises".

"On-premise" -- to the point, germane, appropriate.

"On-premises" -- at your place of business.

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Google engineer names and shames dodgy USB Type-C cable makers

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Flaunt: to show off, to provoke envy

Flout: to blatantly ignore or disregard

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Oracle's Larry Ellison claims his Sparc M7 chip is hacker-proof – Errr...

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Re: I'm having a vague flashback here...

It would mean that in 2020, the amount of permanent data one person would generate in a year would fit in 3 millionths of the temporary working area of a single 64-bit application.

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

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boop. beep. boop. beep.

Does it stay at the same number when you look away and look back a few seconds later if someone tasked with dealing with it is busy wrestling with someone?

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Boffins: The universe is DOOMED and there's nothing to be done

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For shame: Asimov's expository style was definitely more Shatner to Clarke's Stewart. The good doctor would have written something like:

"My God!" Quarv Seldnar exclaimed. "The stars! They're all... going *out*!"

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James Woods demands $10m from Twitter troll for 'coke addict' claim

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Re: He should be ashamed

Just sayin', not thinkin'

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Yes! It's DRONE PORN. And we don't mean shiny pics of UAVs

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Re: missle silos

Specifically -- for science, geography, history, and all that -- they're at Battery Guthrie on Fort Barry, near Rodeo Lagoon.

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Dark side of the DUNE: Probot snaps shadowy comet surface selfie

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Whisper tracks its users. So we tracked down its LA office. This is what happened next

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Facepalm

Hilarious

That's some serious industrial-strength messed-up, there.

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Sin COS to tan Windows? Chinese operating system to debut in autumn – report

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Where's the warning label?

TRIG-ER ALERT

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Expulsion from Garden of Steven: Apple staffers tossed out of Fruit Loop

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Re: Or, to summarise

But, FRUIT LOOP! Because it's FUNNY! *throws confetti*

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Obama: I'm the CTRL-ALT-DEL President

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Blue Screen of Death, or...

...Orange Screen of Smoke?

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

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Re: Accident or Malicious?

"Otherwise I'd just manage the problem by flying evenly, at altitude, in the knowledge that they're unlikely to notice anything is wrong that way."

And I guess turning off the mappy screens -- "We're very sorry, we've had a technical problem, please enjoy this single episode of 'Spongebob Squarepants' looped over and over and over again". That seems reasonable.

But hoping that not one of the passengers -- or flight attendants! -- would notice that the terrain is kind of different, and/or the moon isn't where it's supposed to be? (No, I haven't checked whether the moon would have been up during the flight)

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Bill Gates to pull a Steve Jobs and SAVE MICROSOFT – report

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Ya know what? I wasn't saying Steve Jobs was anything other than an egocentric, selfish bar steward. However, what I was saying was that Gates' response to what took place were shortsighted and clueless, albeit not in those words.

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Facepalm

Seriously

I cannot think of one single quote from Bill Gates since -- I don't know, when did The Road Ahead come out? -- that has indicated he has any kind of pool of visionary thinking he's going to be tapping into here.

The Steve Jobs biography is littered with Gates comments that could pretty much be gathered together and published as "Advice Well Worth Ignoring."

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Bill Gates: Yes, Ctrl-Alt-Del salute was a MISTAKE

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Re: Ignore the obvious choice

Er, yes, but the PC/AT wasn't around in the PC days. The PC-101 keyboard came out several years after the original PC.

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"Oops. Did hitting that mess something up for you?"

And I would like to add that asking for a single dedicated "BORK YOUR COMPUTER" key on a computer keyboard may be the single stupidest thing I have ever heard a multizillionaire brag about.

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WAT

"Microsoft. We're so confident that you'll need to reboot, we want a DEDICATED KEY for it."

We Unix people laughed and laughed when one of the most vaunted features of Windows 2000 was that it would go *so long* without rebooting -- like *30 days* -- that they built in a special "reboot at a regular interval" feature.

Which, of course, we would have called "cron". If we thought that it was a good idea in the first place.

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Microsoft Surface sales numbers revealed as SHOCKINGLY HIDEOUS

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Re: The purpose of Surface

Actually, the article seems to be pretty reasonable; the headline, which I'm sure Vance didn't write, is over the top and doesn't exactly match the content.

Article sez: Microsoft just threw a big faux-Apple show to introduce a product of the kind its OEMs weren't willing to make. And oh, by the way, the OEMs weren't willing to do so primarily because there's very little R&D money to be found for hardware once they've forked over the bulk of their margins to Redmond.

The most embarrassing part of the article is the gush over the stand (ZOMG, it sounds like a LUXURY CAR DOOR!). At least he called out the one guy who said he had a disturbingly deep love for his keyboard.

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Trollface

Re: "Damn you hamfingered digits and lack of proofreading"

I hear Jimmy Wales is eager to pitch in.

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Re: The purpose of Surface

"Linux on the surface would be awesome." Yes, because what Linux is known for is its AWESOME DESKTOP and SEAMLESS ESOTERIC HARDWARE integration.

You know what would look really good on it? OS X.

But this all misses the point. Microsoft is not really interested in selling razors. They're selling razor blades. Lovely, lovely razor blades with big colorful animated rectangles that you'll LIKE, dammit! Just give them a chance!

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Wikipedians say no to Jimmy's 'buggy' WYSIWYG editor

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I'm a frequent editor, but I don't think of myself as being part of the WP inner, middle or even recognized outer circle.

...and I find the new editor to be pretty awful. First of all, my editing is necessarily of the "get in, get out and move on" style; it's usually because I see something in an article I came to read, and it hurts my eyes. The new editor is slow than sin to fire up.

Second, anyone who edits WP regularly knows what's behind the skin, and I think it would scare us all to death to trust the fragile thing that is the markup to a visual editor of recent origin.

I suspect new/infrequent editors might like it better than having to learn the markup, though.

Here's one thing that made me laugh: if you go to your preferences to turn it off, you'll see that the option isn't something like "use the old editor" -- it's "temporarily disable VE during beta." You LIKE scented air! It's fresh and invigorating! Please stand by while we make it even MORE wonderful! In time, you will learn to love me!

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STROKE this mouse to make apps POP, says Microsoft

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Re: Yeah, about that Windows button...

Oh yeah, I'm delighted with some of the two-key presses. Windows-L, for example. That's why the "fix it with a table knife" solution is not optimal.

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Re: Yeah, about that Windows button...

A late reply...

it's really both. The fact that I accidentally hit the Windows key as often as I do is certainly due to the difference between the two OSes. (And: Microsoft's introduction of the Control key as a function modifier ranks right up there in the "teethgrindingly annoying decisions" Hall of Fame, right along with their using the backslash as the file path separator instead of slash, by the way. And yes, I *know* why they did both. Doesn't make it any better.)

But -- having a key that acts in two ways like this is still a bad decision, as well. Those who have pointed out that some Linux desktops do the same thing with "Alt" doesn't make that a good decision, either. Nor does the fact that the Windows key has behaved that way since before Windows 8.

I did finally discover on my own that pressing it again toggles back from Chiclet land to the desktop.

Oh and yes, I also very much hate the "multiple presses of Shift activates Sticky Keys" feature, and turn it off whenever I remember it. (I remember it, of course, when I press the Shift key a few times to wake up a blank screen.) But that doesn't help when I'm working on someone else's computer.

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Unhappy

Yeah, about that Windows button...

I have to ask: whose brilliant idea was it to have a key that's both a modifier key AND a function key?

As a recent conscript to Windows 8, I can't tell you how many times I've held down the Windows button instead of the control key (part of this is Mac reflexes). If I accidentally hold down, say, the Shift or Alt key, no problem. However, releasing the Windows key without pressing another key of course means the computer no longer thinks I was going to do something useful, and instead interprets the keypress as "Take me to the land of shiny colored boxes." Argh.

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Leaks point to new mystery Macs 'with Jony Ive's fingerprints on'

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Re: Park?

"but the NT kernel is the direct descendant of VMS. :)"

Well, more like the bastard brother of VMS, with Cutler jumping ship from DEC to MSFT to do his thing. And then, apparently, losing control of the project and having it mangled beyond recognition by his new colleagues.

I always did like the VMS -> WNT alphabetic progression, though.

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Bill & Jobs' excellent adventure: Steve's tech looked better than mine

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Meh

Gates: "The fact that he, with as little engineering background as he had, it shows that design can lead you in a good direction."

Remind me again of Gates' extensive engineering background?

I think "hanging out with Woz" might compare favorably to many undergraduate educations.

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FAA: 'No, you CAN'T hijack a plane with an Android app'

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WTF?

Traveling this week on Southwest, they actually made a point that phones now had to be *off* during takeoff and landing -- most emphatically not just in airplane mode.

This was new to me. Is this new bit of security theater in reaction to this hacker's claim, or is there some other reason they've turned up the silly? Are other airlines doing this as well?

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StreetView spots possible roadside nookie down under

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Paris Hilton

Most likely explanation: couple driving, notices Google car, races on ahead, creates a Kodak moment.

Paris, because I don't think I have to explain why Paris.

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The ten SEXIEST computers of ALL TIME

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TRS-80 Model I FTW

The monitor was an RCA XL-100 television, spray-painted "Space Patrol Silver."

The name plate covered up the holes where the channel knobs would normally have gone.

The monitor cable came out of the hole where the vertical hold knob would have gone --with a "V" still prominently embossed above it.

Jony Ive and frogdesign only *wish* they could have been this sleek and innovative in their design.

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Gates and Allen reshoot historic 1981 Microsoft photo

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Proper name

Typo -- should've been Heathkit H89 / Zenith Z-89.

I built the "terminal only" version of this kit, the Heathkit H19, which could later be upgraded to a full-fledged CP/M computer, the H89.

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The one in front of Allen appears to be a Heathkit/Zenith HP-89.

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Windows Phone 8 support to end in 2014

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I've got this question in to Jessica Alba. I'll let you know as soon as she replies.

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Ten serious sci-fi films for the sentient fan

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Facepalm

Is it really surprising the that ST:TMP isn't well-regarded by Star Trek fans? It's missing the character interplay that was a hallmark of the series, is snail-like in its pace, and lifts the bulk of its plot line from a TOS episode.

On the plus side, it *looked* awesome. It was amazing to see the Star Trek universe lifted out of its $162,000-per-episode box. But Nicholas Meyer showed in ST:WoK what you could do with less budget than the first movie and a script with some real exuberance to it, and an understanding to what made the characters interesting.

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Apple, Facebook, Google: Same-sex marriage 'a business imperative'

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FAIL

Re: Equality?

Ah, very much like Anatole France, then:

The law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal bread.

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John McAfee remains on the run, but outside Belize

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Coffee/keyboard

In other words

Message follows, comprising two parts:

1. I have been conducting an extensive ongoing campaign of misinformation. It's pretty much what I do.

2. Additionally, here are some things that are absolutely true. Please believe them.

Your pal,

John

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Ballmer bets 'all in' on Phone 8 and Windows

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I'm guessing that prior to this event, Jessica Alba thought "curate her content" was a job for her daughter's pediatrician.

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One more try: Metro apps are now 'Windows Store' apps

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Facepalm

From now on, the items formerly known as "chairs" and "tables" will be referred to as "Ikea merchandise." Pull up an Ikea merchandise to the Ikea merchandise and let's talk.

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Mozilla shoots down Thunderbird, hatches new release model

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Happy

I see no problem here

I happen to prefer IMAP clients to web-based mail. Thunderbird has done pretty much exactly what I've wanted it to do for years now, so I'm very glad it's here. If it continues to exist and be maintained, I'm good.

Feeping creaturism for its own sake is not required.

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Google+ dying on its arse – shock new poll

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Re: Personally

But it completely removes the serendipity factor. It's why I hate tailored news sites: "Oh, you looked at this article once -- here's 200 like it! And we're starting to filter out anything you've never looked at before!"

Great. I ate applesauce once, and now it's applesauce dinner time.

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Neighbours not Liking Facebook's new campus

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Facepalm

"part"?

*All of which* used to be a Sun campus.

Confusion may lie with the fact that a few of the buildings are still, in fact, occupied by former Sun units (now part of Oracle, of course) for a little while longer.

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Mythbusters cannonball ‘myth-fires’

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Facepalm

Brick in quakeland

The day after the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake, I drove through a neighborhood 10 or so miles from the epicenter, with lots of houses made of "chicken wire", basically the same construction as the house in question.

They all withstood the quake nicely, except that many of them had piles of reddish-pink dust next to them that used to be their brick chimneys.

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