* Posts by Daniel von Asmuth

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The huge flaw in Moore’s Law? It's NOT a law after all

Daniel von Asmuth
Facepalm

Re: die, process!

The die size has been increasing steadily from millimeters the sixties to square centimeters in the teens, and the wafer size keeps increasing as well. Both contribute to the increase of the number of transistors on a die.

But if it's no law, that means I don't go to jail:-)

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UK now part of another Euro data-spaff scheme

Daniel von Asmuth
FAIL

GooglEnvy

As the Reg said: "In 2013, the system was accessed more than 1.2 billion times;" and "8774 persons were arrested". Now if you take the number of arrested persons who were not subsequently convected and the number of seized objects that had to be returned to their owners, our Eurocracy looks like a hallmark of inefficiency, if your average Google search turns up a thousand hits.

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Embarcadero’s cross-platform XE8 RAD Studio targets iOS 8, IoT

Daniel von Asmuth
Linux

Re: How much!!?

Lazarus may live, but whatever happened to Kylix?

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Microsoft comes right out and says backup software is dead

Daniel von Asmuth
Paris Hilton

Quooker Fusion and Microsoft??

It may not be eactly the same image, but it's close.

http://www.keukenstudiomaassluis.nl/images/uploads/keuken/Quooker-Fusion-pot-thee.jpg

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Cross-dressing blokes storm NSA HQ: One shot dead, one hurt

Daniel von Asmuth
Paris Hilton

Gender equality now!

Why does it have to be a couple of men dressed as women? It's about time women get the right to storm agencies.

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Europe could be drowned in 'worthless pop culture' thanks to EU copyright plans

Daniel von Asmuth

Didn't get the other part either

If the Single Market is bad for your region's culture, why would it be good for other businesses? Would our weak beer market get swamped by Polish brews? Our automobile market overrun by FIAT and VW? Our computer market added up by Apple and Intel? Our tobacco market go up in smoke?

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Daniel von Asmuth
WTF?

70 years after the author's death

Quick: extend that to 80 years to prevent Hitler's Mein Kampf reaching Dutch and German markets next year:-(

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Chipzilla spawns 60-core, six-teraflop Xeon Phi MONSTER CHIP

Daniel von Asmuth
Alien

Memory

6 TFLOPS makes a competitor for POWER8, 100 GB/s is pretty good, but 384 GB is rather modest, maybe just enough for the next MacPro model.

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Dutch Transport Inspectorate raid Uber's Amsterdam office

Daniel von Asmuth
Trollface

Re: I like their complaint

Legitimate Amsterdam taxi drivers like to break the faces of Uberpop drivers.... fair or otherwise.

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‘Digital by default’ agricultural payments halted: Farmers start smirking

Daniel von Asmuth
Holmes

Those Brits are ahead of us

Agricultural deals in Holland are still handshake-based rather than paper-based.

http://www.leukemuziek.nl/beeld/handjeklap.jpg

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Blighty's 12-sided quid to feature schoolboy's posterior

Daniel von Asmuth

Re: Still don't know why it's 12-sided

If it was round you would mistake it for a Euro coin.

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Zombie SCO shuffles back into court seeking IBM Linux cash

Daniel von Asmuth
Facepalm

Who wrote Unix? Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, or Al Gore?

Unix was created by employees of A T & T 's Bell labs. The University of California at Berkeley was a major contributor. Several companies hold source licenses, among them Microsoft, who sold a distribution called Xenix. The rights to that were sold to the Santa Cruz Organisation, who called it SCO Unix and later Open Server, before selling it to Caldera, which renamed itself the SCO Group, and old SCO became Tarantella.

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German chancellor DECLARES WAR on crap rural Wi-Fi

Daniel von Asmuth
Alert

Europeans unite!?

In other news, the Netherlands announced that its remote rural areas will get Internet access, but by WiFi rather than broadband.

Where do you want to go today?

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Bloke in Belgium tries to trademark Je Suis Charlie slogan

Daniel von Asmuth
Facepalm

Ik ben Kareltje

It doesn't sound cool if you translate it into Dutch. Better say "I am the Stig".

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RIP Sir Terry Pratchett: Discworld author finally gets to meet DEATH

Daniel von Asmuth
Angel

Death?

Terry wrote the book on that too.

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Microsoft man: Internet Explorer had to go because it's garbage

Daniel von Asmuth
Linux

Re: Let me be the first to say...

Redmond may have a peculiar notion of web standards, but don't I wish I could trade the buggy and slow Firefox (a.k.a. Netscape and Mozilla and Iceweasel) for a Linux verion of IE 6.

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May the fourth be with you: Torvalds names next Linux v 4.0

Daniel von Asmuth
Windows

How much longer do we have to wait

for Linux 10??

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: El Reg eggs Benedict

Daniel von Asmuth
Childcatcher

Re: Hollandaise ingredients?

Hollandaise sauce requires clarified butter. You melt the butter, let it stand for a bit, and then pour the liquid slowly into a bowl, except for the proteins at the bottom. Skim any proteins (white foam) from the top. In India you can buy clarified butter called ghee.

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BLAME ENGINEERS: Workstation sales soar by 8.9 per cent a year

Daniel von Asmuth
Gimp

What is a workstation indeed?

In the nineties a workstation was a desktop minicomputer, which meant RISC processors, SCSI discs and UNIX software.

What would a workstation be today? If you count your average gamer's PC or MacPro, then the term makes no more sense, nor does a crappy PC become a workstation just because it runs Ubuntu. Since crappy PCs have lots of storage (SSD), 10 Gb Ethernet and 8K video. 1 TB of RAM is a commodity server's fare, which leaves us with CPU power as the distinguishing factor. Workstation class might start at 100 cores or a couple of massive GPU cards. Above that you would approach HPC territory. Mobile? That means anything that fits in a big American truck (lorry).

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Chipotle insider trading: Disproving the efficient markets hypothesis

Daniel von Asmuth
Paris Hilton

The market is efficient at processing the information

How come so many Reg readers still buy Intel PCs, kown to be inefficient at processing information, instead of markets?

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Symantec sources claim exec teams in place by April Fools' Day

Daniel von Asmuth
Gimp

Quid est Veritas?

What old Veritas products will survive? (not to mention Peter Norton's brand name).

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SCREW you, GLASSHOLES! Microsoft unveils HoloLens

Daniel von Asmuth
Boffin

Re: Holographic?

Holography captures the phase relations, making it different from light-field photography, There has been talk of holographic storage, but the hardware has yet to materialise.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Light-field_camera

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holography

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EU, Google, Facebook, Twitter, Microsoft: We'll fight terrorists... with WORKSHOPS

Daniel von Asmuth
Mushroom

Re: Ah... the 60's are alive and well.

Fight terrorist propaganda? That amounts to censorship.

To fight terrorism means reducing the number of terrorists. The best way to achieve that goal is to alter the dictionary definition such that it matches fewer people. (that's how our government brought down unemployment numbers).

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Iliad owner coughs €2.3bn for Orange Switzerland

Daniel von Asmuth
Happy

Re: Illiad, who ?

Illiad is a literary pseudonym of J.D. Frazer, who published a daily comic strip on http://www.userfriendly.org. Maybe this story is about a different Illiad, though.

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EU VAT law could kill THOUSANDS of online businesses

Daniel von Asmuth
Trollface

This is entirely EUreasonable

This must be the first time the EUvil empire did something good.

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Microsoft: Hey, don’t forget Visual Basic! Open source and new features coming

Daniel von Asmuth
Boffin

Quoting Edsger W. Dijkstra: "It is practically impossible to teach good programming to students that have had a prior exposure to BASIC: as potential programmers they are mentally mutilated beyond hope of regeneration."

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Daniel von Asmuth
Windows

Which VB is better?

Microsoft has not one, but two followings: a hardy crowd that holds on to VB 6.0 with all it's might, and a loose crowd of youngsters for whom VB.NET is their first programming language.

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A nation of CODERS? Yes, says UK.gov, and have some cash to do it

Daniel von Asmuth
Pint

What would help most to lift the British economy?

The nation needs more beer brewers.

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Sinclair is back with the Spectrum Vega ... just as rubbish as the ZX

Daniel von Asmuth
Happy

Kewl!

Do you know if the BBC trademark is still being used, so maybe we can revive the Acorn BBC micro?

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Pity the poor Windows developer: The tools for desktop development are in disarray

Daniel von Asmuth
Windows

Move on - nothing to see here

The Win32 API has been around for twenty years and it's half stable, so C or C++ are the main languages, but maybe someday, we'll switch to C# when it gets better.

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Daniel von Asmuth
Gimp

What software was developed for the Mac?

You mean Microsoft Office and Adobe Creative Suite?

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Firefox decade: Microsoft's IE humbled by a dogged upstart. Native next?

Daniel von Asmuth
FAIL

The Mosaic browser begat Netscape Navigator and Internet Explorer

The Netscape browser is actually 20 years old - happy birthday 2 U - and in 1998 it gave birth to the Open Source Mozilla project. In 2002 a new branch appeared which was to become Firefox. Afaik Firefox or Iceweasel is a standalone browser edition of the Mozilla Internet suite.

The Netscape browser was seen as bloated, buggy, and not standards-compliant. The Open Source project seems to only have added more features. If only Internet Explorer 6 ran on Linux.....

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The late 2014 Apple Mac Mini: The best (and worst) of both worlds

Daniel von Asmuth
Gimp

Upgradability

I understand the Macbook Pro is a laptop; enough said.

Now why didn't they design the Mac Pro so that there's no room for expansion like discs or PCI cards? It comes with one two year old processor and a measly 64 GB or RAM.

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Daniel von Asmuth
Gimp

Re: To think Apple once marketed the Mini as a server machine (do they still do that)?

What, a 5400 RPM disc, when we've used 15000 RPM part since the turn of the century? 1 Gb Ethernet that has been around for an equally long time?

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Computer misuse: Brits could face LIFE IN PRISON for serious hacking offences

Daniel von Asmuth
Pirate

punish serious hacking offences

Offend a serious hacker like L. B. Torvalds or R.M. Stallman and spend the rest of your miserable life off-line!

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Origins of SEXUAL INTERCOURSE fished out of SCOTTISH LAKE

Daniel von Asmuth
Childcatcher

Re: Microbrachius Porn?

Indeed! About time that England declare independence from obscene Scotland.

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French 'terror law' declares WAR on the INTERNET itself, say digi-rights folks

Daniel von Asmuth
Big Brother

Re: Terrorists win some more....

"this suspicion would be based on secret notes from intelligence services that people would not be able to challenge."

This sounds like the bad old times preceding the French Revolution.

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'Urika': Cray unveils new 1,500-core big data crunching monster

Daniel von Asmuth
Go

Progress, Oracle, Intel, Digital (call it anything you want)

If you want performance on Cray scale, you have to buy 1000 of these boxes, and you will get nice designer seats for free.

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EU waves remote at Liberty Global's Dutch telly takeover

Daniel von Asmuth
Facepalm

Low countries sinking to new depths

There is something repulsive about having your TV served by some for-profit company (cable TV is mostly for watching BBC and ARD/ZDF/WDR channels). Next thing you get another Berlusconi-style reverse nationalisation where the TV operator buys the government.

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Activist investors DESTROY COMPANIES. Don't get me started on share dealings...

Daniel von Asmuth
Megaphone

Re: Activist Investors & Venture Captialists

There is a system for legally taking value out of a company: it's called taxation.

When there are several stakeholders in a company:

1) its employees

2) its customers

3) its suppliers

4) the community

Should not each group get its share in the policy-making of the company?

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Want the EU to work on making cloud snoop-proof? Speak up, my good 'stakeholder'

Daniel von Asmuth
Pirate

Re: Just a few suggestions

Just one: forbid organisations offering services for profit on the Internet, the cable TV network, the telephone network, and the cloud.

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Economics prof denies digital pirates plundered €20bn from EU coffers

Daniel von Asmuth
Holmes

The great Internet robbery

Blimey! To think that our Eurogov has that much coin in its coffers (that's about 16 billion Pounds).

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One Windows? How does that work... and WTF is a Universal App?

Daniel von Asmuth
Windows

Re: Just provide one API

"No - code and conventions should be managed - otherwise you get a zoo - and incompatibility issues forever more - which is what the .Net Common Language Runtime already fixes"

1) In what way does Microsoft .NET 'manage' code?

2) In what way does Microsoft .NET 'manage' conventions?

3) Should coders, code, and/or conventions be managed? Why?

4) Is Microsoft .NET successful in this aspect?

5) Precisely what goes wrong without such management? Aren't there better ways of preventing that?

6) How does Microsoft .NET fix compatibilty issues?

7) Doesn't Microsoft .NET just create new compatibility issues? How 'universal' is it?

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Daniel von Asmuth
Trollface

Re: Just provide one API

The Universal API for Microsoft is DOS (more or less compatible with CP/M and OS/2).

From the C programmer's point of view the DOS API is somewhat similar to the POSIX API, that all versions of Windows NT more or less support.

Microsoft are making things easier and easier for the developer with newer, better, and/or shinier API's, one or two per decade....it's just that the number of APIs 's gone out of hand:-)

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Mozilla shutters Labs, tells nobody it's been dead for five months

Daniel von Asmuth
Gimp

Firefox eats thunderbird

Does this mean the Mozilla team gives up its attempt to create a web browser?

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SHIP OF FAIL: How do we right capsized institutions we thought would NEVER go under?

Daniel von Asmuth
Childcatcher

"politically unstable, if not ideologically opposed to western democracy"

I suppose this is referring to the North-Sea oil wells, that may soon fall into the hands of the Republic Of Scotland.......

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Jony Ive: Apple iWatch will SCREW UP Switzerland's economy

Daniel von Asmuth
Paris Hilton

Chocolate was a Dutch invention

Do you suppose that Apple's Cocoa is killing the Swiss chocolate industry?

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Cave scrawls prove Neanderthals were AT LEAST as talented as modern artists

Daniel von Asmuth
Boffin

Re: I know what it is...

It denotes the Neander Pound currency, or it's the name of a minor deity.

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BBC: We're going to slip CODING into kids' TV

Daniel von Asmuth
Holmes

Let's try to see if coding works @ El Reg

178 static int gcov_seq_open(struct inode *inode, struct file *file)

179 {

180 struct gcov_node *node = inode->i_private;

181 struct gcov_iterator *iter;

182 struct seq_file *seq;

183 struct gcov_info *info;

184 int rc = -ENOMEM;

185

186 mutex_lock(&node_lock);

187 /*

188 * Read from a profiling data copy to minimize reference tracking

189 * complexity and concurrent access and to keep accumulating multiple

190 * profiling data sets associated with one node simple.

191 */

192 info = get_accumulated_info(node);

193 if (!info)

194 goto out_unlock;

195 iter = gcov_iter_new(info);

196 if (!iter)

197 goto err_free_info;

198 rc = seq_open(file, &gcov_seq_ops);

199 if (rc)

200 goto err_free_iter_info;

201 seq = file->private_data;

202 seq->private = iter;

203 out_unlock:

204 mutex_unlock(&node_lock);

205 return rc;

206

207 err_free_iter_info:

208 gcov_iter_free(iter);

209 err_free_info:

210 gcov_info_free(info);

211 goto out_unlock;

212 }

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