* Posts by VeganVegan

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Lester Haines: RIP

VeganVegan
Pint

We will miss you, Lester

More than anyone at El Reg, you built a community around the many interests you pursued.

Our condolences to your family.

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I spy with my little fibre, ten MEELLION or so galaxies

VeganVegan
Alien

Why don't they just use a very dense array of fibers?

And let the software figure out which fibers are pointing at which galaxies (versus you run-of-the-mill stars and other objects).

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Microsoft buys LinkedIn for the price of 36 Instagrams

VeganVegan

A cunning plan indeed

Step 1. Buy LinkedIn to create a Clippy on steroids-cubed, and sic it on the users of Office365

Step 2. ?

Step 3. Profit!

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Chrome OS to get Android apps via the magic of containers

VeganVegan

Do the apps come with their insecure features as well?

that's all.

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Chaps make working 6502 CPU by hand. Because why not?

VeganVegan

Re: Kane HAwkins and Levinthal

I don't have that book, but Levinthal was prolific: I still have his 1979 sole-authored book ("6502 Assembly Language Programming" ), as well as the 1982 Leventhal and Saville "6502 Assembly Language Subroutines".

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VeganVegan

Yup, check,

All 5 of my 6502 assembly language books are still up there on my top shelf.

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Swede builds steam-powered Raspberry Pi. Nowhere to plug in micro-USB, then?

VeganVegan

Steampunk!

See title

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Amazon's Lumberyard invaded by zombies

VeganVegan
Pint

@allthecoolshortnamesaretaken

Shaun, is that you?

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US rapper slams Earth is Round conspiracy in Twitter marathon

VeganVegan
Trollface

I knew global warming was fishy

There is no globe to warm, it's a disk!

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Comet halo theory for flickering 'alien megastructure' star fails

VeganVegan
Mushroom

Planets

destroyed by a deathstar a hundred or years ago? (That qualifies as a long, long time ago to me, and it's certainly far enough away).

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Plain cruelty: Boffins flay Linux ransomware for the third time

VeganVegan
Facepalm

They made a hash of it

From my reading of the description, the most hilarious part is that they hashed the original value 8 times to generate the key; the trouble is, they didn't specify a hash function (!). So all that hashing did nada. The output was the same as the input.

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From Zero to hero: Why mini 'puter Oberon should grab Pi's crown

VeganVegan

Re: PS/2 mouse

and the fact that their connectors are all male: gay mice?

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Enraged Brits demand Donald Trump UK ban

VeganVegan
Devil

You got off lightly about religion and your wife

Imagine if, instead of the piece of halibut, you had discussed the piece of cod...

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Suck it, Elon – Jeff Bezos' New Shepard space rocket blasts off, lands in one piece

VeganVegan
Flame

Re: "Elon must be grumbling to himself today that he didn't get there first"

I totally agree with Big John.

McDonnell Douglas had already demonstrated vertical takeoff and landing by a rocket some 20 years ago.

It's that order of magnitude greater delta-v and all the challenges that come with it that is the real rocket science.

Not to belittle the New Shepard achievement, but Musk is openly aiming for Mars, Bezos is only aiming for 100 or so klicks up.

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Coffee fixes the damage booze did to your liver, study finds

VeganVegan

Re: I'm buggered

Coffee enema?

(Amazon has loads of offerings)

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IT luminaries stranded in tropical paradise with Indian crime lord

VeganVegan

Bali is not that small of an island

It is small (2200 sq. mi) in comparison to, say, the British Isle, but not as small as the cartoon tropical island notion might suggest. It's a bit smaller than the Greater London metropolitan area (3200 sq. mi).

I'd wager that many would relish the propspects of being trapped on Bali for a few days.

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Further confusion at TalkTalk claims it was hit by 'sequential attack'

VeganVegan

Re: Maybe they were going for Sequel

Hush, she might starts blaming écureuils next, maybe even the one that is in some of the XKCD drawings.

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SPACED OUT: NASA's manned Orion podule pushed back to 2023

VeganVegan
Go

Re: "Astronauts will fly for the first time on EM-2

If Elon Musk were to crowd source funds for a Martian mission, I would gladly contribute, and I am sure there will be millions like me.

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Squawk, squawk: Today is Vulture Awareness Day

VeganVegan
Thumb Up

Endangered species

I saw a California condor in the wild many years ago, before they captured all remaining 20 odd birds and put them in a zoo for captive breeding, to try to save the species.

What a magnificent beast it was, one could easily have mistaken it for a small gilder plane. It must have glided a mile or more, riding the thermals, before it twitched its wings a bit, and went in a slightly different direction.

Here's a link for a vulture smile: http://www.gocomics.com/theargylesweater/2008/09/23

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Holes found in Pocket Firefox add-on

VeganVegan

Re: Phocket

Thanks for the hint.

It's easy to search for pocket (search box at the top of the page) to get at the other relevant settings

I also found that if you set

browser.toolbarbuttons.introduced.pocket-button

to false, then the toolbar button is not displayed.

To really put a stake thru its heart, I also nulled the string in

browser.pocket.enabledLocales

and set

browser.pocket.userLocaleList

to false.

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You've been Drudged! Malware-squirting ads appear on websites with 100+ million visitors

VeganVegan

What if

AdSpirit & its ilk is held legally liable for damages by malware that they transmitted?

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Brassiere belays boob-bound bullet, begetting bruised breastbone

VeganVegan

Re: Boared now

To wit, not all signs are boards, and not all boards are signs.

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Techies told to GO FORTH AND MULTIPLY by Microsoft, Netflix

VeganVegan

Literally

a b *

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McAfee tells El Reg: 'My shootout with the police was highly exaggerated'

VeganVegan

He's shooting blanks

In more ways than one.

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Sengled lightbulb speakers: The best worst stereo on Earth

VeganVegan

Re: IoT

Idiots own Trash?

Items of Trash?

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IBM and Apple sitting in a tree, k-i-s-s-i-n-g e-n-t-e-r-p-r-i-s-e b-u-y-e-r-s

VeganVegan

Back in 1984, who in their right mind

Would have foreseen this situation.

The more things change, the more things change.

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Biggest security update in history coming up: Google patches Android hijack bug Stagefright

VeganVegan
Meh

Puzzled

Granted, the manufacturer, the phone co., they all add cruft to / modify the base Android setup, but am I being too naive to think that Android was properly designed, so that users can get Android software (not the added on crap) directly from Google?

I mean, even Microsoft manages to update various components of Windows, despite a zillion sku's, and add-on crapware.

I suspect that the answer is: No. Android was shoved together and sent out the door, with little thought for the long term.

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Assessing the power of Intel’s SSD 750 … but check your motherboard before buying

VeganVegan

Re: A Hard Disk - on a card? @ Kubla

You have me beat. The first disk drive I worked with was an IBM1131, it had 512kb capacity. Goes well with the magnetic donuts strung in wires that made up the 8K RAM of the 1130.

Learned all kinds of bad habits programming on that machine. I still can't shake off trying to optimize the heck out of compute time, RAM and storage requirements, even tho' I now use a PC with 12 cores, running 5000x faster, with 4 million x more RAM, and 4E9 x more disk storage.

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Don't want Windows 10 FILTH on the company network? Step this way

VeganVegan
Alert

Simples.

Ban all windows os.

Mission accomplished.

(Joke icon, because it is next to the troll icon).

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El Reg touches down at the ESA's Spanish outpost, sniffs around

VeganVegan

Think of the children!

"there are alternatives to studying economics or finance or something like that"

No truer words!

How can we tolerate our children growing up to do naught 'cept count beans? (Our favourite in-house economist excepted, of course).

More of this kind of article, please.

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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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VeganVegan
Flame

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

VeganVegan
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

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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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