* Posts by Chemist

1991 posts • joined 24 Mar 2010

Victoria and Albert museum in narrow escape from Napalm Death

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Re: Sublime

"Disaster Area, a plutonium rock band from the Gagrakacka Mind Zones, are generally held to be not only the loudest rock band in the Galaxy, but in fact the loudest noise of any kind at all. Regular concert goers judge that the best sound balance is usually to be heard from within large concrete bunkers some thirty-seven miles from the stage, whilst the musicians themselves play their instruments by remote control from within a heavily insulated spaceship which stays in orbit around the planet - or more frequently around a completely different planet.

Their songs are on the whole very simple and mostly follow the familiar theme of boy-being meets girl-being beneath a silvery moon, which then explodes for no adequately explored reason.

Many worlds have now banned their act altogether, sometimes for artistic reasons, but most commonly because the band's public address system contravenes local strategic arms limitations treaties.

This has not, however, stopped their earnings from pushing back the boundaries of pure hypermathematics, and their chief research accountant has recently been appointed Professor of Neomathematics at the University of Maximegalon, in recognition of both his General and his Special Theories of Disaster Area Tax Returns, in which he proves that the whole fabric of the space- time continuum is not merely curved, it is in fact totally bent. "

Thanks Douglas

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Cyberspies send ZOMBIES to steal DRUGS from medical research firms

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Re: Why sell a cure for baldness when I can sell you a pill that stops your hair falling out as long

"A product that actually cures your condition (so you don't need to keep buying it) is actually a failure "

It must be nice to be so far removed from detailed knowledge of medical conditions to be able comfortably believe that.

There are really only two classes of condition. Acute - usually infections by viruses, bacteria and fungi. Viruses are hard but some short course treatments are available for some. Bacteria and fungi can be tackled by short courses although the nature of the organism or location of the infection can often require longer treatments esp. some fungal infections due to the difficulty of achieving therapeutic levels in, for example nails.

Some cancers can also be treated as acute problems depending on the mechanism being attacked.

Chronic conditions are very common, a product of life-style, genetics and environment. Reversing the disease in these conditions is MUCH less likely. A good example would be osteoarthritis where the damage to the joint may never be reparable. Here the aim of treatment may be to slow down the degeneration and ease pain. Ultimately large joints are best treated by replacements. Other chronic conditions like maturity onset diabetes again can't be simply reversed by drug treatment and in any case may require large scale changes to diet & exercise .

Ultimately many of the diseases may be tackled by vaccinations, gene therapy, stem-cell therapy, antibodies and life-style changes - these are still in many cases unknowns and potentially expensive unknowns.

By the way the current worries about antibiotic resistance are partly the result of the cost research combined with the limited returns due to the short treatment courses. The manufacturing costs of new, effective antibiotics can be enormous. I heard of one where the manufactured cost of the drug - which was enormous due to the length of the synthesis - was itself dwarfed by the cost of getting the lyophilised drug into a sterile sealed glass phial.

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Reg live natter with GNOME superstar Miguel de Icaza

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Re: Respect for the man, but didn't use his products

"I stayed with SUSE & openSUSE over the years and their default KDE desktops"

Ditto. Only time I used Gnome extensively was at work with RedHat.

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SCADA honeypots attract swarm of international hackers

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Re: This just in

"Interesting as I don' see that at all. I specifically moved the port to get rid of all the stupid login scans in the log..."

Same here. Although I see attempts all the time on standard port I've never seen ANY on my (very non-standard port). Mind of course it's just one of the mitigation measures and I certainly wouldn't rely on it alone.

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Researcher sets up illegal 420,000 node botnet for IPv4 internet map

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Re: Give the researcher a medal!

"Most routers I've come across only provide a ssh login on the internal interface."

Eh ?

How would you get in from outside then. I have mine set-up to port forward ssh to an internal server for the purposes of remote access and reverse proxy use. Nothing wrong with ssh as long as it's up-to-date and has sufficient security - the real problem is exposing telnet or web interfaces to the outside by default with weak usernames/passwords

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Re: Linux

" 99% of Windows exploits require user interaction, whereas 99% of Linux exploits don't."

HaHaHa!

By the way you've SO missed the point. These are devices configured badly with open telnet ports and bad defaults. The chances ANY of them run Windows seems vanishingly small.

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Sysadmins: Let's perch on Microsoft Santa's lap, show him our wish list

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Re: @anons

" they have essentially no commercial competition"

Yes I know the reasons for that. I was trying to point out the consequences not the reason. The fact that most of the world has managed to lock itself into a very unhealthy situation bodes very badly for costs and innovation. Even Trevor is suggesting giving MS even more money ( & power of course) in exchange for a few crumbs, admittedly crumbs he wants.

I don't know what can be done about it in the short term other than the change to mobile devices and a much healthier mix of OSs - I'm just glad that me and mine are completely out of it.

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Re: @anons

Your answer, wonderful as it might seem to you, still doesn't address the problem that Microsoft essentially holds the world in a grip of their own deriving. They are out to make as much money as possible of course but they have essentially no commercial competition and up to date they have been able to do much as they like - that's now changing.

By the way you seem awfully familiar , with the same stilted views, right down to the icon. Are you of the prostetnic class really ?

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"Imagine if there was no Microsoft"

I'd just settle for several competing vendors so that 'lock-in' didn't happen. Funny how 'everyone' ( by which I actually mean WP supporters) insist that the mobile phone market needs several competing companies

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Drilling into 3D printing: Gimmick, revolution or spooks' nightmare?

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Re: Part of the process

"But can't a 3D printer make a copy of the object to be cast in iron"

Don't see why not - the only complication is scaling the pattern to allow for the shrinkage of different metals in casting. These patterns used to be made in wood and various non-standard rulers were used to get the correct size for the finished product AFAIK

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OpenSUSE 12.3: Proof not all Linux PCs are Um Bongo-grade bonkers

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Re: Linux as a desktop is a failure, its time to move on

@the J to the C; The Vogon

I think you'd be better rushing over to some of the other forums where MS is under direct attack !

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Re: KDE submenus still don't work

"Never noticed this problem on any of them."

Thanks for reminding me about VNC - I've just opened a session to my dual-core Atom fileserver and even though this can be a little laggy depending on what else is going on the KDE menus are fine.

(For anyone complaining that I have a desktop on a fileserver the machine actually has many functions some of which are better with a GUI)

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Re: Linux as a desktop is a failure, its time to move on

"However there is no compelling reason for the average Joe Public to switch "

There is no likelihood 'Joe Public' as you call them will switch anymore than if all PCs came with Linux installed and people had to choose to switch to Windows.

1% market share, whatever that means, is a great percentage when people have to CHOOSE to change.

Given how disparaging you are about Linux I'm amazed you feel the need to bang on about it as though it threatens you in some way.

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Re: KDE submenus still don't work

"Ah I see. "Works for me, thus the other poster must be a liar (despite their supplying evidence)""

Not calling anyone a liar, I can only report what I find, no menu problems on 6 different machines with various OpenSUSEs/KDEs. After many years of using KDE I've never seen this problem

How about other KDE users ?

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Re: KDE submenus still don't work

""Works for me, thus the other poster must be a liar "

It does work for me, further on reading the bug-reports I can't see what they are talking about.

Click on a menu, menu drops down, slide down to a sub-menu item, sub-menu opens, slide across, ditto if there are any further sub-sub menus. No lag, no problems.

Of course replying to a group of individual ACs isn't the easiest - or are they all one person, and why the need for AC - it's not a confidential topic.Or have you reason to think that you might not get a warm welcome.

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Re: Upgraded. Hoping my NVidia card would still work..

"you look at any tutorial (assuming you network card actually works) you'll see the CLI"

Are you sure ? That's a rhetorical question actually as I know that you are not.

Try http://linux.about.com/od/linux101/a/desktop14.htm

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Re: Upgraded. Hoping my NVidia card would still work..

"want to share a folder?"

As it happens although I don't normally need Samba being all Linux so use NFS , my wife needed access to the fileserver for her Nexus 7 and Android phone. As the filemanager we'd installed on the Androids needed Samba I set it up on the fileserver. It took a handful of clicks. on the YAST GUI to get it working.

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Re: KDE submenus still don't work

"Then you clearly do not use KDE"

I use KDE all day, every day. I'm writing this on it now. Menus are all fine

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Re: Upgraded. Hoping my NVidia card would still work..

"It was good to see the troll being totally ignored"

It was but as you see I answered almost certainly the same one below. The reason is simple, experienced users of Linux know he's a troll, interested onlookers might actually believe some of the garbage spouted.

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Re: Eh? Wifi?

You might have run foul of this problem :

http://lizards.opensuse.org/2013/03/13/one-that-got-away-12-3-networking/

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Re: Upgraded. Hoping my NVidia card would still work..

"The truth is that every OEM and service (e.g. Netflix, AMD, Broadcom...) supports Windows, almost none support Linux.

Broadcom : http://www.broadcom.com/support/802.11/linux_sta.php

Intel : http://www.intel.com/support/wireless/sb/cs-006408.htm

AMD : http://support.amd.com/us/gpudownload/linux/Pages/radeon_linux.aspx

NVIDIA : http://www.nvidia.com/object/unix.html

Even your beloved Microsoft is contributing to the kernel.

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Re: KDE submenus still don't work

"KDE submenus still don't work "

Nonsense, absolute nonsense. Never seen anything like that and IF I had it would be fixed rapidly.

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Re: Linux as a desktop is a failure, its time to move on

"Stuff Just Works."

Agree entirely. I've used SUSE & OpenSUSE for years at home, certainly since SUSE 5.0, and I've used RH at work again for years.

Installation on a wide variety of hardware has generally been trouble free even years ago and these days I'd no more expect to have a problem than I would expect to compile the kernel or use the CLI for installation. (I notice one of the usual troublemakers is spreading that FUD at the moment and in doing so is displaying the depths of his ignorance)

OpenSUSE is my only desktop these days and I also use it on my file/odds&sods/proxy server. 3 machines of 6 have wireless networking which never gives a problem ( and I travel a lot with a laptop or netbook and connect to all manner of access points ). I have a NVidia accelerated graphics card on one machine that I do 1080p/50 video editing on, scanner/printer and laser printer, webcam, RAW photo processing.

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"called a folder view."

Yes, I tend to have several on my desktop, regularly used program links in one and regularly used documents and network directories in another

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New nuke could POWER WORLD UNTIL 2083

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Re: connected to a drain plug of salt that has been frozen solid

"Although the idea of disolving stuff in molten salt is quite enthralling."

It's common in many industrial processes already e.g. aluminium production. Note that the article should say a salt not salt which many might take to be sodium chloride.

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Ten pi-fect projects for your new Raspberry Pi

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Re: How is that "netbook" running Windows?

That's, in fact, why I asked my question above as I couldn't see anything running Windows.

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Re: How is that "netbook" running Windows?

What netbook ?

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Boffins build robo-CHIMP for DARPA challenge

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Re: So is it a tele operated remote handler or a true robot?

"So is it a tele operated remote handler or a true robot? "

Both

""Humans provide high-level control, while the robot provides low-level reflexes and self-protective behaviors. This enables CHIMP to be highly capable without the complexity associated with a fully autonomous robot.""

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Enormo-display Apple iPhone prototype surfaces

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Re: RS232 is still relevant

"RS232 is still relevant "

Almost everything I do with PIC microcontrollers has a 232 interface along the lines of :

PIC-232----232/USB convertor ---- Linux daemon---client programs.

For quick look sees I find it a lot easier than PIC-USB

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New UK cyber-champ: Chemist's winning formula cracks 'F1 race hack'

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Re: What does it say?

"when the winner of their most elaborate competition is an untrained chemist?"

Now security I will accept is rather a specialist area.

On the other hand some of the best programmers I've ever met in industry and academia have not been IT specialists. Many have been originally scientists, who writing for their own needs at first, as scientists often need to, have found a niche and moved full-time into scientific programming. Others whilst not getting their hands 'dirty' writing code have generated some wonderful novel algorithms to apply to complex scientific problems.

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Microsoft preps UPDATE EVERYTHING patch batch

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Re: FUD

@AC 10.19

Your OWN link doesn't mention remote exploits at all !

It only mentions local exploits and remote password guessing/bruteforcing

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Re: Silverlight is widely used as an alternative to Flash @Irongut

"I'm going to go for arginine and proline."

Don't know who your post was directed to. If it was me and you're suggesting that arginine and proline are rare then think again. Arginine is very common, being one of those amino acids found on the surface of proteins and is also the source of the vasodilator nitric oxide that we all depend on, proline is also common especially in collagen where it is post-translationally modified to hydroxy-proline and seems necessary to generate the triple helix form of collagen.

On the other hand if you didn't mean me have a good weekend.

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Re: FUD

@CreosoteChris

I think you missed the point - the FUD was directed at opensource update mechanisms.

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Re: Silverlight is widely used as an alternative to Flash @Irongut

"A lot of people could say they couldn't name 2 amino acids."

That's a very strange way of stating the bl**ding obvious. Most people can't know most things, given the size & complexity of the universe .

Now I can name all the amino acids and indeed some rather rare variants - but I don't know many sites that use Silverlight

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Re: XP through to Win 8....

"Don't MS keep telling us that all the code is new at each release?"

Yes, so they keep telling us

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World's 'smallest' mobe unveiled in Japan

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Re: The terrible word 'phablet'

"Tablerone"

Never used a triangular screen but at least it gets around Apple's so-called patents. Mind the Swiss'll be after you.

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Gnome cofounder: Desktop Linux is a CHERNOBYL of FAIL

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Re: funny

"All my laptops are hand-me-downs"

Well my Lenovo is, donated by a relative when a Windows update trashed it. Mind I have a new battery and, indeed somewhere to recharge it on most holidays.

I was going to post about choosing a distro after trying a few and then sticking with it - that's the way to happiness in my view, but I see you've already done something similar.

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Re: Usine arborial defecation

"The only time I have ever had this issue is"

The only time I have ever had this issue is when I got one of the first Canon 550Ds - Dave Craws RAW converter wouldn't handle the 18MP files. A couple of days later it updated to the latest version that did.

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Re: KDE

"hat doesn't look anything like the KDE that I'm writing this on"

Me neither !

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Re: Linux Desktop ? Yes

"Why bother going that far? Once would be enough to indicate once too often."

Don't you write any software ? I do so I compile on Linux. What I don't NEED to do is compile the kernel !

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Re: funny

"Machine would suspend and resume without problem, WiFi just worked, audio did not stop working, I spend three weeks without having to recompile the kernel to adjust this or that, nor fighting the video drivers, or deal with the bizarre and random speed degradation that my ThinkPad suffered."

I take my Lenovo laptop everywhere and for much longer holidays. Using OpenSUSE I can also say I never have any problems - what is this guy going on about - anyone who is constantly recompiling the kernel ( and isn't a kernel dev) has a problem it's true, but inside his head not his laptop

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Europe tickles Microsoft with €561m fine for browser choice gaffe

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Re: No choice popup on Apple, Google or Linux devices devices

"The original poster said Apple and Google, no-one suggested Linux didn't have a plethora of browsers."

Are you sure ?

because the OP's title was "No choice popup on Apple, Google or Linux devices devices "

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Re: No choice popup on Apple, Google or Linux devices devices

"No choice popup on Apple, Google or Linux devices devices "

Well every Linux install ( I use OpenSUSE) gives me a two browsers immediately available (FF & Konqueror) and another 5or 6 others available in the distro. IF Microsoft deigned to write IE for Linux then I assume that would be available too.

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Indian atomic boffins draw up plans for 50,000 TONNE magnet

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Re: Just think...

"your girlfriend has a collection of vibrators you say? I wonder why."

Presumably she works a lot with concrete.

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New class of industrial-scale super-phishing emails threatens biz

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Re: Hmm

"Possibly because anyone booting their own OS in a library"

I wasn't suggesting anyone should boot another OS on a library computer - I'd assume they'd have disallowed that in any case. The OP seemed to suggest that he used a library computer to specifically deal with this sort of e-mail, not for all their computing.

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Re: Hmm

"they were all responded to from a library computer,"

If you really wanted to have 'fun' with this why not use a LiveCD distro ?

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Moscow's speed cameras 'knackered' by MYSTERY malware

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Suspect it's spread by ..

A drive-by download !

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Best Buy takes axe to touchy Windows 8 PCs - lops $100 off price

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Re: or finally ...

"You can't say that for Windows 8 either...."

True - after all people keep saying it's not worth writing malware for an OS with ~1% of the market

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Hands-on with Ubuntu's rudimentary phone and tablet OS

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Re: High Hopes

"Hi Chemist"

I don't know what you are going on about - I didn't criticize or dismiss Ubuntu, I merely pointed out via the illustration of another distro that the problems were being sorted out across Linux. Ubuntu may well have been trivial to install but so was Suse

I have Ubuntu in VMs and have installed Kubuntu on EEEPCs but I find the process no easier or harder than OpenSUSE.

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