* Posts by petronivs

9 posts • joined 1 Feb 2010

Cupertino copied processor pipelining claims Wisconsin U

petronivs

Agree on the previous correction. You'll be wanting to refer to the "University of Wisconsin". The 'Madison' isn't necessary, although it's sometimes used locally to distinguish the main campus from all the other University of Wisconsin universities around the state.

For abbreviation, "UW" is often used.

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Wikipedia: It's not for girls

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Faulty reasoning

"In general on the internet it's safe to assume that a fair number of people claiming to be female are actually men or teenage boys, so this would suggest that only a tiny proportion of Wikipedians are genuine ladies."

I'd argue that the opposite probably applies to Wikipedia. There's little to no advantage to be a male pretending to be female on Wikipedia, in fact, the popular perception that females have less input there would even work against it. There are probably a fair number of female masquerading as men there.

Instead of looking at what gender Wikipedia users identify at, it would be much more instructive to isolate ways women and men compose their language (yes, there are differences), and put some algorithms together to see how that runs across Wikipedia articles in general. I suspect the results would be a lot more even.

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Note to Apple: Be more like Microsoft

petronivs

solid advice

I'm sure the Apple executives are taking this article to heart while lounging around in their olympic-sized swimming pool full of $1K notes, hookers and blow.

Apple will change its business practices when it suits Apple. Face it, Apple's current business practices suit them just fine.

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Chinese lecturer demands his students acquire iPads

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Good preparation, in a way

Oddly enough, this man is probably doing more with these rules to get his students ready for the real world. BOFH's Boss and Dilbert's PHB *are* reflective of the real world and *do* think like this. These kids are studying to be bean counters (poor bastards) because they obviously can't hack real work. Being the boss' yes-man and putting yourself in debt to pander to his crazy image of what a 'professional' looks like is how an up and coming bean-counter gets ahead.

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Disconsolate Spanish smokers driven out into blizzard

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Blizzard?

Blizzard? Seriously? How often does the weather there even get below freezing?

Here in the USA's upper Midwest, it's a veritable balmy day if temperatures get above freezing this time of year, and hovering around -15 to -20 C is de rigueur for the thermometer.

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ET voted fave family film fodder

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of course

"Reg readers with kids will doubtless be glad to see that classics from their own childhoods are well represented."

I'd be horribly surprised if they weren't. A poll like this is going to capture sentimental memories of movies that people haven't watched in decades, but still think are the bee's knees because they watched them when they were impressionable children. This is the same reason some people think that crappy cartoons like Thundercats and Voltron were the Best Evah.

I'm a bit surprised that any movies after 2000 made it into the top 10.

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Airline passenger videos Atlanta maggot horror

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time spent

"the aircraft had not been cleaned for so long that it had rotted"

No; just long enough for the maggots to hatch from eggs and feed, which could be as little as half a day in a warm airplane, depending on what kind of fly these maggots were larvae of. The meat didn't need to be rotten, just warm enough for the maggots to hatch and be active.

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Reg Hardware goes to the movies

petronivs

Netflix

I'm sure a large part of this survey is oriented towards your UK readers, but don't forget that a large part of your US readership rents/downloads movies from Netflix.

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The Loch Ness Stig gets pixellated

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obviously

In Soviet Scotland, The Stig pixellates Google!

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