* Posts by VeganVegan

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Buffoon in 999 call: 'Cat ate my bacon and I want to press charges'

VeganVegan

Re: Too polite

@ Martin: pun a lot?

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Obama endorses 3D TLC flash. How else can you do exaflop computing?

VeganVegan

Buzzardmeat

There is a million-dollar prize for figuring out parts of the Navier-Stokes equations. Maybe they care to contribute some to the prize?

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Just ONE THOUSAND times BETTER than FLASH! Intel, Micron's amazing claim

VeganVegan

Re: Exciting, but...

Yes, I remember giant magneto resistive technology for the read/write heads, followed by colossal magneto resistive technology, then super-colossal. I lost track at that point, as the naming convention started reminding me too much of the size-grading of olives and shrimp.

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VeganVegan

Re: It will be a success in Datacenters and HPC only at high prices...

I also like new toys, and am willing to pay more to play.

However, in this case, the speed of the beast is such that the usual interfaces, including USB, SATA are much to slow. It'd be a waste to put it in a memory stick with an USB interface. It would be like putting a formula 1 car on rutted country road.

To really get a feel for the speed, you'd need PCIe (gen 3, perferably, or Thunderbolt 3), that or NVMe.

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Crazy Chrysler security hole: USB stick fix incoming for 1.4 million cars

VeganVegan
FAIL

Pathetic

Part of their response was that it takes time, effort, & skill to find a way to break in.

Well, duh! Isn't it true for most hacks?

And have they heard of script kiddies, who might have little skills of their own, but use someone else's tools?

It might take 3letter agencies' resources to break my cipher, but once the key is published, even my grandma can be taught to access my secret files. (Sorry Grans, your special Christmas cheese casserole is really that bad).

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ICANN further implicated in .Africa controversy

VeganVegan

My question is: who cares about a .africa domain?

Are there corresponding .asia, .americas (or should that be .namerica, .samerica), .europe, .antarctica domains? (Australia is the obvious exception, due to historical, geopolitical happenstance).

And, if these do exist, who uses them?

Just curious.

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Slippery, slimy find: LEGGY, WRIGGLY fossil shows SNAKES weren't legless. Or ARMLESS

VeganVegan

Sankes with legs are still around

they are called lizards

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John McAfee: Ashley Madison hack may ‘destabilise society’

VeganVegan
Pint

it's 'Hip Urp Olé'

Effervescent beer hour in Espana.

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SCORCHIO! This JUNE was the SIXTY-SIXTH HOTTEST on record

VeganVegan
Flame

You have to admit that Lewis had very few places to choose

Take at look at the global map for June 15:

http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/news/june-2015-global-climate-report

Kashmir might have been another cool spot.

(Yes, yes, it is from NOAA, so all the deniers can start the denying).

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there's no need to adjust the data

The favorite ploy used by deniers on both sides (pro- and con- global warming): all you have to do is to pick just those datapoints that you like (June 2015, in the UK), and pretend that the rest do not exist.

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Science sub spots lost Revolutionary-era SHIPWRECK

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Pirate

Re: Ship to wreck

I too have been searching the flotsam, jetsam, not to mention the wrack that are floating in my brain, trying to decipher the meaning of his comment.

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Being common is tragic, but the tragedy of the commons is still true

VeganVegan

Re: Rape of the commons vs sustainable management

Couldn't upvote you enough.

The trouble with economics is that it does not know how to value the so-called 'intangibles'.

Some have argued, for a while now, for adding the value of intangibles (e.g., air, water quality, esthetics) to the economic equation. They continue ot face an uphill struggle.

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VeganVegan

Re: Logical management?

Academic institutions come to mind. Many have survived hundred of years, much longer than the typical corporation. Some academic institutions do plan out 50 years or more, though the increasing number of bean counters are making it less and less likely.

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VeganVegan

Re: Revolutionary Stuff

Tim, I share your sceptisim about internetworking.

The basic question is what are the factors that allow small communities to work, but that no longer work with larger number of people.

It could be communication, in which case internetworking would be helpful.

However, it could also be other factors, such as the collective ability to enforce compliance, or the need to set down 'laws', or even the fundamental organization to do any of the above: i.e., it might be most efficient to organize some kind of hierarchical organization: i.e., government (I'm not necessarily arguing the inevitability of government, just positing the segue from community to government). In all these, internetworking can be a facilitator, but is not the solution.

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Cyber-security's dirty little secret: It's not as bad as you think

VeganVegan
Facepalm

Good one.

The OPM hack potentially affected 1 in 15 U.S. residents. The Target attack potentially affected 40 million. At this rate, almost everyone in the U.S. will have been potentially attacked (to say nothing of the letter agencies' spying), at which point we might as well call it a day and stop worrying about malware at all, because they would be the normalized norm by then.

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GOOGLE GMAIL ATE MY LINUX: Gobbled email enrages Torvalds

VeganVegan
Facepalm

Re: Does not compute!

Betacam, asdf, you beat me to it. It's astonishing that Torvolds uses gmail.

it would be almost as shocking as SatNad or Tim Cook using gmail.

Hasn't he heard of eating your own dog food?

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FEMALE BLOOD-SUCKERS zero in on human prey by smelling our BREATH

VeganVegan

Re: So what's new here?

What is new is that they showed that the response is conditional:

If CO2==true:

....Look for visual contrast

... If visualContrast == true:

........Look for warmth

........If warmth ==true

............Feed!

In the absence of CO2, they ignore visual contrast, warmth.

In the absence of visual contrast they ignore warmth.

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Thunder-faced Mozilla lifts Flash Firefox block after 0-days plugged

VeganVegan
Mushroom

There are bespoke software being used all over the place

They are free use what ever tools/language they want, including flash. Anything that goes wrong, it's their problem, no one else need to be affected.

The current, unfortunate state of affairs is that flash is so widely distributed, affecting so many users.

With concerted effort, flash can be made to recede into specialty applications, and not endanger the majority of folks.

Nuke it.

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iPod dead? Nope, says Apple: New Touch has iPhone 6 brains

VeganVegan
Holmes

The size of the beast

"the iPod has fallen out of favor these days as users moved from dedicated media players to smartphones. Apple's last quarterly report relegated iPod to an "other products" category that brought in just $1.68bn of revenue"

Let's say that's roughly $6 billion annual iPod revenue.

In comparison, it's ca.

1.5x Adobe's 2014 annual revenues (https://a248.e.akamai.net/f/1953/8974/2h/wwwimages.adobe.com/content/dam/Adobe/en/investor-relations/PDFs/AdobeQ4FY14EarningsRelease.pdf)

1/2 of Nokia's 2014 annual revenue (https://secure.marketwatch.com/investing/stock/NOK/financials)

1/3 of Microsoft's 2014 Devices & Consumer segment's annual revenue (http://www.microsoft.com/investor/reports/ar14/index.html)

Not too shabby for a 'relegated' product!

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Pluto Pic: Is it a DOG? Is it a HEART? Or is it ... is it ... BIGFOOT?

VeganVegan

You're holding it wrong!

Turn the image upside down and you can clearly see that it's time for Batman to respond: the bat image is clearly projected for all to see.

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GET PATCHED: Adobe plugs Hacking Team Flash holes and more

VeganVegan

Re: Let's start with The Register

I wonder if it's an opportunistic thing, contingent on browser & OS.

I'm typing this on an iPad, so there's no way I can see the flash ads. But, when I use Firefox on my laptop, I do not see flash ads either. I do have the flash plugin installed, and it is up to date (the July 14 version), but then I have the plugin set to 'ask to activate'.

In any case, flash needs to go away, and the best way to achieve it is to show the <strikethrough>awful</strikethrough> SWF* developers and advertisers that they are wasting their time and money because everybody is turning off or unistalling flash.

* even my auto-correction agrees, inserting "awful" for "swf".

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Someone at Subway is a serious security nerd

VeganVegan

Re: dogs and b-a-t-h

Our cats have figured out s-n-a-c-k. They snap out of their napping mode and start licking their lips when they hear us spelling out the word.

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Chopstick-collapsing Spam musubi

VeganVegan

Re: I quite like Spam these days

Yes, I was driven to try the low salt version as well. I agree that it tastes like cardboard, my only addition is that it tasted like greasy cardboard.

Whoever can come up with a non-salty version that also tastes good has a gold mine on their hands.

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VeganVegan
Pint

Re: I quite like Spam these days

I do like spam and canned corned beef, despite my handle. Fried, with eggs, or in a sandwich. I will even admit eating them cold, right from the can.

However, what turns me off both is the amount of salt they put in them. Corned beef I can sort of understand, given that the 'corned' part refers to the corn-sized salt granules used to make corned beef. But spam? I never understood why they needed to put in so much salt.

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WHAT ARE the 'WEIRD' SPOTS seen on far-flung PLUTO?

VeganVegan

Re: It's and it's

You are absolutely correct that apostrophe-s is used to indicate possession. The confusion is between the contraction and possession, that the rule of thumb I was taught helps.

The additional source of confusion is that " its " seem strange not to have an apostrophe, even though it indicates possession. The 'explanation', more of another rule of thumb (isn't English marvelous?): possessive pronouns do not use an apostrophe, witness his (his true spots are showing), or hers (those spots are hers), and theirs (the spots are theirs).

And let's not even get started on all the other forms of contractions, like I'd, haven't, could've (the mother of could of), etc..

Some languages are so orderly that one can easily remember the small number of exceptions to the rules. English is one where the number of exceptions just might exceed the number of rules.

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VeganVegan
Childcatcher

Re: It's and it's

At the risk of severe down-voting due to excessive pedantry, please take the following as a public service message.

I learnt from my grammar teacher too many years ago that that apostrophe takes the place of a missing letter, often 'i', but can also be 'a'.

Thus:

it's == it is, there's == there is, etc.

Similarly,

they're == they are, we're== we are.

This makes it easy to apply the correct words. When in doubt, ask yourself if it's sensible to say "Pluto and its spots", versus the incorrect "Pluto and it's (==it is) spots".

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Wristjobs, whopping big 4Kers and fondleslabs: Currys' Xmas tech

VeganVegan
Meh

Me too,

I was momentarily interested when I mis-read the subtitle as something to do with 'strap-on bush'.

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Microsoft SLASHES 7,800 bods, BURNS $7.6bn off books in Nokia adjustment

VeganVegan
FAIL

Re: Microsoft, by Pam Ayers*

To be fair, it was Balmer's need to ape Apple that got them in this mess.

Nadella gets the fun job of cleaning up the mess.

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Giant male member spontaneously ejaculates over Norway

VeganVegan
Devil

Re: Mohel

you mean like:

Easy come easy go will you let me go

Brit milah! No we will not let you go - let him go

Brit milah! We will not let you go - let him go

Brit milah! We will not let you go let me go

Will not let you go let me go (never)

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Vegan eats BeEf, gets hooked

VeganVegan
Alien

It all sounds rather fishy to me.

That's all.

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OPM data breach: Looking at you, China! National Intelligence head stares out Beijing

VeganVegan
FAIL

Deterrence?

If you can't firmly identify the attacker, what is the use of 'deterrence'?

The USG needs to secure its own house before making belligerent noises.

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Hey, Sand Hill Exchange. Shouting 'blockchain!' won't stop the Feds

VeganVegan

Generalizing 'market'

A 'market' need not be confined to financial system per se. One could use market forces to deduce/summarize the sentiments of the crowd; crowd-sourcing is one new terminology for this.

The University of Iowa has run a health prediction market for some time now, quite successfully, it appears. http://fluprediction.uiowa.edu/fluhome/index.html

The market is set up just like a stock exchange. They use a virtual currency for the markets, and at the end of the exercise, the virtual money is converted to real money, as an incentive for people to participate, and to participate more or less honestly insofar as their opinions go.

I participated in one of the earlier ones they ran, on the likelihood of a H5N1 pandemic. Made a reasonable amount of money, & donated it to ProMed Mail.

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Germany says no steamy ebooks until die Kinder have gone to bed

VeganVegan
Go

Re: "in Munich, you simply pronounce it like 'sh'"

I had a German teacher from Saarland way back when, so my German ch's are all sh's.

He was a poet, and had a low opinion of guttural throat clearing ch's.

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Mum fails to nuke killer spider nest from orbit

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Thumb Up

One happy note?

Went looking for more info about the spider:

Wikipedia claims that its venom can cause priapism, and is being investigated for use against erectile dysfunction.

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Pluto plastered in what looks like 1970s orange wallpaper – proof

VeganVegan
Joke

Not just 1970's colour scheme

but also 1970's pixel resolution.

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Say 'cheese'! Cassini probe ZOOMS IN on Saturn's craggy Dione moon

VeganVegan
Happy

Astonishing feats of celestial navigation

I am always amazed at how accurately they guide Cassini around the Saturnian system, what with all the various satellites and ring system to visit (and to dodge).

The same with how they control Rosetta orbiting around the comet with such precision.

Hats off to the engineers & their celestial mechanics. Newton would be very proud.

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FLICK my FLINT and SNIFF my TREE on the streets of Naples

VeganVegan
Trollface

Re: Welcome Back

Obligatory XKCD ref

http://xkcd.com/1540/

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PRATCHETT chats to Oz from 31,000m above Planet Earth

VeganVegan
Pint

Magnificent!

While you are waiting for the FAA, Is there any chance of testing LOHAN in a wind tunnel to verify its aerodynamics?

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Moon blocks Uranus for stargazers Down Under

VeganVegan
Happy

Down under, moon, uranus

What about the starship enterprise, to wipe up all the cling-ons?

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A 16 Petaflop Cray: The key to fantastic summer barbecues

VeganVegan
Holmes

Re: Can anyone clarify?

I actually asked a U.S. National Weather Service forecaster this same question. After all, if it is raining where you are, it is certainly raining; if not, not. It is a binary choice, no probabilities needed.

His answer was that when it says x% chance of rain/snow/thunder/whatever, it means either of 2 (!) things;

a. That there is an x% chance of the event happening during the forecast time period;

or,

b. That x% of the forecast area will experience the event.

While either interpretation seems not unreasonable to me, I asked him which was the correct one. He refused to be pinned down.

This was some 30 years ago, and they might have made up their minds in the meantime, and I have become more tolerant of ambiguity, so I never followed up my enquiry.

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Chips can kill: Official

VeganVegan

Re: I believe the bacon...

Feed your head, feed your head!

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ROBOTS in sinister public-relations push ahead of coming WAR ON HUMANS

VeganVegan

They can also wield katanas (samurai sword) quite well

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=O3XyDLbaUmU

Light saber next.

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Pundits ponder perilous placement of STANDING STONES on Comet 67P

VeganVegan
Alien

Re: Obviously religious

Rock of ages, cleft for me.

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Amazon cloud to BEND TIME, exist in own time zone for 24 hours

VeganVegan
Alien

Re: 1 second per month in 3752

If we're off the Earth, there is a decent chance that we would have learned how to travel really, really fast. In which case, time dilation might become significant and need to be corrected for; and we're back to leap seconds, and perhaps even leap years or decades, depending on how fast we are going!

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Are we looking at the first domain name meme? Neigh

VeganVegan

The last time I looked

There was a decent export trade to France, where horse meat apparently is appreciated.

Btw, horse is slang for heroin, so there's your potential Mexican connection.

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BONKERS apocalyptic WAR WAGONS circle Vulture South

VeganVegan

Re: that's mad max

For sheilas you should watch The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.

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Win 95 code gaffe nearly made Stuxnet Suxnet, say infosec blokes

VeganVegan

The objective evidence

Is the windows version stuxnet actually infected at the time.

If I recall correctly, there was a very large number of infections reported, e.g., in South Asia, and only when the PLC wrangling came to light that people put 2x2 together.

Maybe someone has the time to go back to reports at the time, 2007-2010, and see if anyone reported on the so version, as versus just reporting a generic windows machine.

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Strange radio telescope signals came from microwave ovens

VeganVegan

I assume that you are stirring food in a metal pot

in which case the pot should be shielding your spoon from the field.

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ICANN urges US, Canada: Help us stop the 'predatory' monster we created ... dot-sucks!

VeganVegan

I can has .sucks, who knew!

They should startup a .lolcats TLD, and be the only registered domain in it.

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Extensive 3D NAND drives very expensive to make

VeganVegan

Re: Is the yield very low ?

Good points made.

Furthermore, bean counting alone isn't the only consideration. I'm willing to wager that the capex for the latest Xeon manufacturing is much greater than that for the 8086 (if we manufactured it today), but who would want a thousand 8086's beavering away compared to a single Xeon, even if the Xeon is more expensive?

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