A loss to the world, and especially to his family. Heartfelt condolences to them. El Reg, I'm sure at some point you could gather up all these comments to pass on to the family. They mostly read the same and individually they probably aren't much help, but the number of them might offer some comfort that Lester was considered a friend in the pub by so many of your readers.
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They release /specifically/ (and only?) for Ubuntu LTS 14.04 and current 15.10. AS TARBALLS?
> Just open the pod bay doors
I'm afraid I can't do that, Dave.
Where's the logo
It may have a name, but I won't believe it's a genuine threat until it gets a logo
But surely everyone uses the 5*10^307-th prime?
I mean, no-one would use the first prime (2) as that's too obvious. Similarly the largest prime less than 2^2048 would be too obvious. So then the next primes you would obviously not use are the 2nd prime (3) and the 2nd to last prime below 2^2048. etc. Everyone decides to use the middle prime.
Re: I'll bet...
I agree with the sentiment of the post, but can't help wondering:
"The need to define issues in black and white terms is surely the sign of a simple mind."
... is that meant to be ironic?
cat /dev/slurp | grep terraced
Developer content only?
or will Google be slurping all your user added content too? Not necessarily to put out in a google search, but so you can't hide from them by not using gmail or google maps etc?
Re: re: Are you listening Window's users?
Ah yes, undoubtedly the ransomware followed the spirit of linux and made the source available. In fact all the researchers had to do was
sudo apt-get source linux-encoder-1-ransomware
to find out what it was doing ?????
Re: but but
And will we find out who it's from and to whom it's going before they discover there's something causing interference in the middle, and take steps to eradicate the interference?
on the big red brick ventilation tower. Failing that at the top of the Boddingtons chimney next door.
Re: One less ...
That's a red herring. Reducing by one doesn't change the that you're comparing a lower countable number of items (in this case, "Chromes", or presumably versions of Chrome). If there were 3 fewer Chromes instead of one fewer Chrome, you would quite definitely say "fewer" rather than "less" (even by your logic). It's just that it's misused even more when the quantity is reduced by just one (to you and lots of other people, although I'm hoping there might be one fewer people to convert ;) ).
On your side, however, you have the very erudite Alexander Armstrong continuing to say "can you score less points than ..." where the points are integers from 0 to 100 -- clearly countable. I've often wondered where the practical physical boundary between discrete and continuous occurs.
Re: One less ...
Of course the OED Usage statement (which should magically appear on the CLI whenever someone uses it incorrectly) is imprecise: Why "people or countable things"? Wouldn't just "countable things" suffice? And "things which cannot be counted ( less money)" clearly contradicts the well known fact that the King was in his counting house, counting out his money. Actually, we are never told if the King succeeds.
Re: One less ...
I think /you're/ wrong (not "your wrong" -- that should be "your bad").
As you say, to quote the Oxford English Dictionary: http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/few
scroll down to "Usage
Fewer versus less: strictly speaking, the rule is that fewer, the comparative form of few, is used with words denoting people or countable things ( fewer members; fewer books). Less, on the other hand, is used with mass nouns, denoting things which cannot be counted ( less money; less bother). It is regarded as incorrect in standard English to use less with count nouns, as in less people or less words, although this is one of the most widespread errors made by native speakers. It is not so obvious which word should be used with than. Less is normally used with numerals ( a score of less than 100) and with expressions of measurement or time ( less than two weeks; less than four miles away), but fewer is used if the things denoted by the number are seen as individual items or units ( there were fewer than ten contestants)."
Note the "strictly speaking" and "one of the most widespread errors made by native speakers".
Will wearing a tin foil hat make it harder or easier for them to detect you????
Reflection of the sun
Is the slightly bright spot in the middle of the earth a reflection of the sun on the oceans? (yes yes I know all the light in the picture has come from the sun, but the yellowy bright spot in the middle)
Re: Knock, knock....
I know you've used the original text, but I can't help thinking...
DAN DAN DAAAAAAAAAAAN! DAN DAN DAAAAAAAAAAAN!
I'm fairly sure a steam engine requires water to power the engine. It's in the name.
Re: @Ivan 4
3000 x 2000?
What the heck ratio is that??? Oh wait, it'll be 3:2
That's actually very appealing to someone who works on their laptop as opposed to watches 1 and a half films before the battery runs out.
Yet more practical astrology adjustment! What are they trying to do to us? (by "us" I mean capricorns)
Re: It'll be a rock
Anaqueta (sp?), or an actual buried stargate
Re: Space-time pedantry
Well, I'd say no. However, my wife says...
Re: Knowing my bloody luck...
SPOILER (as if it hasn't been out for a while, or given away in the article)! From what I remember of the story, the monks had narrowed down the possibilities of the one true name to 9 billion (using a phonetic alphabet of their own devising) and had the software engineer write them something to go through all the possibilities one by one. Using a computer was much faster than their manual method and by the time he was leaving the monastery, it had found the right one and the stars had started to go out...
Very reminiscent of the "controversial" proof of the four-colour theorem in the ... 1970s?
Re: I think Asimov
Replace "Multivac" with "OK Google!" or "Siri!"... scary.
Re: What ?
What's needed is a series of cross-planetary cables (maybe pooling effort in the capacitor in the centre of the earth?) so high usage at night can be powered by solar panels situated on the other side of the planet (where it's daylight).
Either that or geosynchronous orbital mirrors.
> the US has two separate opportunities to get a copy of every incoming and outgoing email
Don't you grieve --
they're on our side, I believe.
But what about the beta gate?
I always thought geology was specifically to do with the earth (because of the "geo" bit). As in geocentric, apogee, perigee ...
"Consider the distances involved. NASA threw a probe over three billion miles through the Solar System, using the gravity from our largest planet to get it up to speed, and has now slung it past Pluto so close that it's less than an Earth-width distance away. Its relatively puny thrusters have given fine tuning abilities, but the mechanics of such a feat are immensely complex."
Yeah yeah, we get it. It /is/ rocket science.
Also... "Pluto could harbor extraterrestrial surprises". Whereas a terrestrial surprise, well.. that really /would/ be a surprise!
> This is convenient as long as you have a horizontal USB port handy, such as those on a MacBook.
Not the new ones: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KHZ8ek-6ccc
Re: Two self driving cars...
This happened first decades ago...
This is another great chance
for practical reverse-astrology to change our future.
Hmm, my watch seems to be running about 20 years slow.
Re: She could always have taken the offending banana and throne it in the freezer....
She needs a bird next.
Then a cat...
It /should/ have been done before
MacGyver on Mars...
actually I remember the Robinson Crusoe on Mars from seeing it at a very young age and I'd watch any space film. I remember it being quite good. But it wasn't anywhere near as good as MacGyver.
> I found that these emotional entanglements made life very difficult
Clearly that is talking about his own shortcomings, which the article finishes by saying he said.
Although the logical conclusion ought to be to keep Tim Hunt out of the lab, not women.
Re: Just so I understand this right...
far, /far/ away?
DDAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA da da da daaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa
an JetSet Willy.
They were even written by a Timelord
Re: Is this really going to affect many people?
Well I have a Pebble Steel and /would/ swap it for an Apple Watch. But only so I could sell that on eBay and buy pebble steels for the whole family! It is /incredibly/ useful, and I easily get 8 days use out of it between charges.
> tested on a 13 (for 3 years now) ... year old
Been reading The Picture of Dorian Gray?
If you have a neighbour who's a ham-radio enthusiast, AND you really want to annoy him/her, buy some homeplugs.
Re: 802.11 ay?
As farmers are forced to diversify and have cellular towers erected in their fields, I expect it won't be long before the standard signal is based on 802.11eieio.
And on that farm he had some antennae, eieio.
With a DG DG-A-DG DG-A-DG DG-A-DG DG-A-DG here and a...
> boring grey is a suitable colour then they are parked on concrete.
Why don't they just paint a load of planes on the tarmac? Perfect camo!
Call that an answer??? We expect you to get back up there with your LG G4 and take another snap!
Re: I agree
Soon the camo will be slightly red at the front and slightly blue at the back to compensate for the blue/red-shift when accelerating ;)
Re: The only bit I liked
On a trip to Peru I got a chance to try a small portion of guinea pig (not a whole one -- I got a back leg I think). It was cooked the boiled and fried-to-crisp way and it tasted not unlike duck. I would certainly eat it again. Much to my neighbours' children's worry.
> we need to use the moon as a spaceship.
> With nuclear propulsion on one side and a moon base on the other?
For the benefit of the younger readers, this is clearly madness because the attempts to do this 16 years ago completely missed Mars (see the documentaries on youtube).
Clearly what's really happened here is that there is a secret table of 512 different randomly generated 16 character passwords that every member of staff has memorised. The sticker on the monitor simply tells the operative that they should use Password number 1.
Just like when I memorised the colour code sheet for JetSet Willy.
I'm joking, I didn't.