* Posts by Daniel von Asmuth

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Storage with the speed of memory? XPoint, XPoint, that's our plan

Daniel von Asmuth
Facepalm

Re: Paradoxically, storage media that doesn’t move is faster ...

As Xeno pointed out, motion is paradoxical, so most computers run zero meters per second.

For sequential access, magnetic tape can be faster than disc, but for random access it's the other way around. The author forgot optical discs, which have lousy seek times.

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This is why copy'n'paste should be banned from developers' IDEs

Daniel von Asmuth
WTF?

Re: Code Review

Bash is the name of the language I currently develop in:-(

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Learn you Func Prog on five minute quick!

Daniel von Asmuth
Alien

Exhuming McCarthy

The ultimate functional programming language is Lisp and it is the new wave since John McCharthy invented it in 1958.

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Periodic table enjoys elemental engorgement

Daniel von Asmuth
Holmes

Asimovum?

Hawkingum (physicist), Merkelium (politician). Laudanum (drug), Belgicum (country), Democratium (mythical concept). Frankensteinum (ficitional scientist), Tellerium (scientist).

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China wants encryption cracked on demand because ... er, terrorism

Daniel von Asmuth
Big Brother

Terrorism in China

That would be the Dalai Lama, the Falun Gong sect and the artist Ai Weiwei.

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Windows' authentication 'flaw' exposed in detail

Daniel von Asmuth
Linux

Kerberos

Does this flaw extend to other implementations of Kerberos, such as the ones used by Unix and Linux?

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Windows 10 market share growth rate flattens again

Daniel von Asmuth
Linux

Re: 2016!

2016 will be the 25-th year of Linux on the desktop! Just image, a market share of 1 % is not thousands, but more than ten million "computers".

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Daniel von Asmuth
Windows

Popularity

There may be a load of folks who have no choice but to 'use' Windows, but that doesn't make any more popular than the Tax service. Popular Operating Systems are of course Mac OS, BeOS, OS/2, Atari TOS, AmigaOS, the Commodore 64 Kernal, Unix and Multics.

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

Daniel von Asmuth
Windows

WOW!

This Windows sported colors (when the MacIntosh was just black & white). By version 3.0 iit even supported overlapping windows and the cooperative multi-tasking and virtual management beat Apple's. How many of you are still using Windows 3.2?

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Kids' tech skills go backwards thanks to tablets and smartmobes

Daniel von Asmuth
Windows

Re: we approach the post-literacy world

I wonder about the digital literacy of my great-grandmother. Would she use coal to fuel her search engine? Surf spider webs? Does social media mean gossiping while waiting for her turn at the village well?

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Space fans eye launch of Lego Saturn V

Daniel von Asmuth
Boffin

Educational!

At last, a toy for math geeks that comes with plenty of pounds (not Sterling), feet and gallons for our kids to convert into metric units.

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UK's internet spy law: £250m in costs could balloon to £2 BILLION

Daniel von Asmuth
Trollface

Re: "Terrorists / IS / bigtime criminals" already do use encryption, they have done for years."

Never mind. That still leave a big amount of unencrypted information.

The consequence of all this intelligence gathering is that foreign groups who dislike Britons need only break into the government's big data warehouse and download all in bulk. Thus you become more vulnerable.

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Old, not obsolete: IBM takes Linux mainframes back to the future

Daniel von Asmuth
Meh

Re: I'll root for anything not Intel

It appears that this Rockhopper mainframe comes with up to 10 TB of RAM - the same as a current high-end Intel PC.

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That great sucking sound? It's data going into the public cloud

Daniel von Asmuth

Re: ORT (Overall Response Time)

Don't you wonder how much faster those response times would have been if the data had been stored on an SSD inside the client PC? Does this system achieve huge speeds by caching all of the data locally?

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Oracle Java 'no longer the greatest risk' to US Windows PC users

Daniel von Asmuth
Facepalm

The way software is installed and updated in Windows is an absolute disgrace!

The disgrace is in the idea that software should be patched regularly. If software is good, keep using it indefinitely. If several bugs have been patched recently, your best guess is that some unpatched ones remain, so you should refrain from using unsafe software like Windows, OS/X or Linux.

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Bacon as deadly as cigarettes and asbestos

Daniel von Asmuth
Facepalm

What? Me worry!

Will our warmongering government now decide to put pictures of bacon on packs of fags to illustrate the danger of smoking?

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So just what is the third Great Invention of all time?

Daniel von Asmuth

Liability

Maybe the limited liability companies was the worst invention in all of economics.

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Daniel von Asmuth
Angel

Money makes the world go square.

Take money, then add theft and slavery: the answer is business or economy. The other two are war or politics and religion. Or maybe those are three names for the same thing.

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Terror in the Chernobyl dead zone: Life - of a wild kind - burgeons

Daniel von Asmuth
Mushroom

Re: Despite me being pro-nuclear...

Less than a hundred years after nuclear war makes Homo Sapiens go extinct, planet Earth could be teeming with wildlife.

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Microsoft Office 2016 for Windows: The spirit of Clippy lives on

Daniel von Asmuth
Gimp

Re: A few things are needed to make Office great again

Do you mean some version of Word was usable?

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A krayshee sexy Dutch post-pub nosh neckfiller: Stamppot

Daniel von Asmuth
Facepalm

In case you ever need to flee your native land

...remember this is what they feed to refugees in Holland and never pause to think that many Syrians are muslims or jews whose faith forbids them to eat treif.

Should you ever get down and out in the Low Countries, you could buy a 'rookworst' at a HEMA shop.

Stamppot is a generic term for a number of dishes which mash spuds with various vegetables and some meaty substance like lard, and they generally pour gravy over it because farmers need calories. The most famous variety is hutspot (not to be confused with Flemish hutsepot).

https://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hutspot

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The last post: Building your own mail server, part 2

Daniel von Asmuth

Why Postfix?

BSD and Linux may be similar, but there are significant differences between Postfix and Sendmail configuration.

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Microsoft has developed its own Linux. Repeat. Microsoft has developed its own Linux

Daniel von Asmuth

Re: RedmondHat Inside

"focuses on feature development based on Microsoft priorities"

What will that get us? Switches to make sure that Windows 10 Desktops will never loose their route to Redmond HQ so they can phone home?

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Windows RT gets new Start menu – but no Cortana or Win 10 apps

Daniel von Asmuth
Alien

Circular Frames

Windows that are round instead of oblong? Must be the biggest hype since Doug Engelbart invented the 'mouse'!

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PRIMITIVE TOOLS found near MICROSOFT headquarters

Daniel von Asmuth
Windows

Caves don't come with windows

But when was the oldest Graphical User Interface (sometimes called cave paintings) created in the Americas?

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TCP is a wire-centric protocol being forced to cut the cord, painfully

Daniel von Asmuth
Holmes

Why TCP over POTS? The Royal Mail handles packets

The Telephone networks have their suites of age-honoured protocols like SONET, so why on earth did they adopt TCP/IP. How about ax.25?

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Xiaomi aims to knock Apple off its branch with move into computers

Daniel von Asmuth
Paris Hilton

Re: Upvoting because you will be proven right!

At least you got to see the photograph - but it does not look like a laptop very much!?

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Windows 10 now on 75 million devices, says Microsoft

Daniel von Asmuth
Windows

Re: pushing a free upgrade

Indeed, I suppose many of those 75M devices used the free upgrade option. Heck, there are more devices running Linux these days. How many copies of Windows for Raspberry PI did they sell?

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Blueprints revealed: Oracle crams Sparc M7 and InfiniBand into cheaper 'Sonoma' chips

Daniel von Asmuth
Headmaster

What market?

The first thing to notice is that it takes some cool millions to design a processor. Most companies now act like ARM and design processors, but do not produce them. Building a fab will cost many billions. but some fab owners will produce third-party chips.

You don't get to buy SPARC processors on your local hight street. The conclusion: all that matters is the price and performance (and reliability) of a complete Oracle system.

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Microsoft will explain only 'significant' Windows 10 updates

Daniel von Asmuth
Windows

Re: The seem to be going in an unsavory direction...

Where is the "don't install inexplicable updates" button? Why is Redmond wasting time on software alterations that have no apperant reaon or purpose?

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Preserve the concinnity of English, caterwauls American university

Daniel von Asmuth
Headmaster

Autothalassic

My favarite: a rare word occurring in 'Roverandom' by J.R.R. Tolkien, apparently meaning 'sprung from the sea'.

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PALE, MALE AND STALE: Apple reveals it has just ONE black exec

Daniel von Asmuth
Gimp

Techies?

I used to work for Apple in Brussels. They had women on the staff, but all the techies (who were needed to provide customer service) were locked up in a single windowless room (OK, they had a PC with Windows, but it was rarely used).

They also had good diversity: many Flemish speakers, a few Walloons, and even some who understood English.

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Desperate Microsoft PAYS Win Server 2003 laggards to jump ship

Daniel von Asmuth
Windows

Pickle me, tickle me!

What will Redmond do to convince me upgrading my trusty Windows 2000 to Windows 2016?

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So what the BLINKING BONKERS has gone wrong in the eurozone?

Daniel von Asmuth
Paris Hilton

The New Deal

The great depression in the U.S.A. was largely due to the domino effect of banks collapsing as their customers pulled out their money. Bank runs happened in the U.K. and Greece more recently, but the governments stepped in to prevent them from going under. Tim forgets that bank collapsed ceased after Franklin Delano Roosevelt entered the White House and announced the New Deal.

The Federal Reserve Banks believed in laissez-faire, which meant they would not intervene directly in the crisis.

Since 1990 the German Federal Republic has poured like half a billion of Marks annually into restructuring the former German Democratic Republic. After 2010 this strategy has turned out almost into a happy ending, but Chancellor Merkel is not going to bankrupt her nation by pouring multiple billions into South-Eastern Europe.

It would not be so tough if these nations got to keep their favourite coin and their own monetary and fiscal policies.

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HP slaps dress code on R&D geeks: Bin that T-shirt, put on this tie

Daniel von Asmuth
Holmes

Trousers?

Have kilts gone out of fashion?

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Intel TOCK BLOCK: 10nm Cannonlake delayed to 2017, bonus 14nm Kaby Lake to '16

Daniel von Asmuth
Boffin

Re: we're all doomed!

"Broadwell parts are branded fifth-generation Intel Core chips (Core i3, i5, and i7) "

You mean the commercial name is Intel Core Pentium?

If they can't get the EUV process working, maybe we'll have to switch to Pentaquarks. For the moment the market is not demanding huge numbers of Windows 10 PCs.

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China wants to build a 200km-long undersea tunnel to America

Daniel von Asmuth
Facepalm

Re: Well, allright

A high-speed train from Edinburgh through the chunnel via Paris, Moscow, Bejing, and the Bering tunnel via Anchorage and San Francisco to New York City will be more practical.

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Starship Troopers beat Aliens, Robots AND Chuck Norris to WIN in a FIGHT

Daniel von Asmuth
Alien

Alia (Paul's four year old sister) Atreides

Dune for destruction.

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Uitsmijter

Daniel von Asmuth
Paris Hilton

¿Hablas Castellano?

What is jamon serrano doing in a Dutch recipe? NL.wikipedia.org says the ingredients are one or two slices of bread with ham or cheese and at least two baked eggs. No mention of tomatoes, but bacon is sometimes used. The German Wikipedia shows a variety where the cheese is baked with the eggs. The name 'Strammer Max' supposedly refers to the erect male organ.

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Micron blames dismal PC sales for EVERYTHING

Daniel von Asmuth

Re: PC sales do suck

Sure, but who or what are you going to blame for the flagging PC sales?

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Wake up, sheeple! If you ask Siri about 9/11 it will rat you out to the police!

Daniel von Asmuth
Unhappy

Re: re: 2015-June-02 is pretty unambiguous

Is that 2015 years after:

- the beginning of the Mayan calendar

- the biblical creation

- the founding of Rome

- the birth of Jesus Josephson of Nazareth

- the Prophet moved from Mecca to Medina

- the founding of the first French Republic

- the ascension of Emperor Akihito to the Japanese throne?

What would happen if you ask Siri about 7-11??

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This whopping 16-bit computer processor is being built by hand, transistor by transistor

Daniel von Asmuth

Beat the clock

I wonder what's keeping him from increasing the clock speed.

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Cinnamon 2.6 – a Linux desktop for Windows XP refugees

Daniel von Asmuth
Linux

The year of the top Ikea desk!

Dual monitor support? Our company sold Windows NT PCs with 8 monitors some twenty years ago.

But then none of your Linux programs will run on XP or vice versa. So what is the point?

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Why are there so many Windows Server 2003 stragglers?

Daniel von Asmuth
Windows

Support? What support?

The author assumes that Windows 2012 users receive support from Microsoft, but perhaps the difference between supported and unsupported Windows is too small to matter.

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Would EU exit 'stuff' the UK? Tech policy boss gets diplomatic

Daniel von Asmuth
FAIL

The single language

You want the whole EU to speak the language of the UK? I believe it is called Welsh. Not much chance of that happening! Latin is the language of Europe.

Fifty years ago the EU had plans to bolster its electronics and computing industries, but they could not beat IBM and Sony then and they won't beat the Chinese and Indians now.

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Chips can kill: Official

Daniel von Asmuth
Boffin

Re: The chief cause of death in laboratory rats...

Animal-friendly scientists should keep their rats on a low-chip diet with the result that the creatures will behave more scientifically.

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Fanbois designing Windows 10 – where's it going to end?

Daniel von Asmuth
Gimp

Re: Democracy?

Real democracy works by *not* giving every person a vote. Children, prisoners, slaves, immigrants and women don't get to vote (OK, in some countries women can now vote and some even abolished slavery). In some countries only wealthy taxpayers got to vote. The Insider program is real democracy: the people who count do vote and they get to convince their fellow lusers that the right decision was made.

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Gigabyte and Cavium team on super-dense ARM servers

Daniel von Asmuth
Happy

Kewl

The plural of Cavium would be.... Cavia.

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'I thought we were pals!' Belgium, Netherlands demand answers from Germany in spy bust-up

Daniel von Asmuth
Black Helicopters

friends don't spy on friends to sell the info to the yankees

Of course Holland has an intelligence agency. It spies on its citizens on behalf of the NSA.

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Windows 10 won't help. The PC biz is doomed, DOOMED, I TELL YOU

Daniel von Asmuth
Windows

Re: Does anybody remember

Windows 2000 (NT version 5.0) was a complete rewrite of Windows NT (from version 4.0) and brought improved stability and a new driver model. Furthermore it was a lot slower and needed more memory (barely ran in 64 MB of RAM). The most notable feature it brought was Active Directory and support for 64-bit processors (DEC Alpha, Intel Itanic and eventually AMD x86_64). The Terminal Server functions were now standard. I forget when they added IPv6 support. There was an HA edition. Windows XP added a couple of screw-ups like the licence activation feature.

Windows Longhorn was the ultimate OS with WinFS and Palladium security and the Aero Macalike GUI. The latter appeared in Vista, along with UAC (whatever that is) and support for MAC in the ACLs (and SMB2 and standardised IPV6 and a different driver model). The main selling point would be HyperV, but the HPC edition went nowhere.

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