* Posts by dlc.usa

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Russia poised to unleash 'Son of Satan' ICBM

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What has changed to make the outcome different?

Perhaps the ratios of debt to GDP?

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Storage-class memory just got big – 256Mbit big, at least

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Re: Does It Also Need DRAM-style Refreshing?

The Wikipedia article makes it plain it persists without power--no refreshing required.

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Does It Also Need DRAM-style Refreshing?

No mention of that so I suppose it shares that feature.

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Show us the code! You should be able to peek inside the gadgets you buy – FTC commish

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Re: We need another Underwriters Labs!

UL does not test for resistance to sabotage/subversion.

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Trend Micro AV gave any website command-line access to Windows PCs

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"Ouch! That has to hurt."

Indeed, but entirely earned. They clearly need outside help.

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VMware lawsuit fallout causes funding issues for GPL lobby group

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Re: Please help Conservancy !

Do you have evidence they are ignoring non-compliance regarding any rights they hold?

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Re: Please help Conservancy !

"Conservancy is the only organization doing GPL compliance work in the USA."

Ah, I think you forgot about the Free Software Foundation. They also seek to assist offenders with becoming compliant, and a lot of GPLed software copyrights have been assigned to them so they have standing to go to court if necessary.

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Junk patent ditched in EAST TEXAS

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Pint

Re: USPTO is the real problem.

Outsource it to the Swiss? An interesting approach and worthy of a feasibility study that probably can be completed within a few decades.

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US librarians defy cops, Feds – and switch on their Tor exit node

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Joke

Unique Experience

Hands down, The Donald has more experience going bankrupt than all the other candidates combined. I expect that will come in handy for the next POTUS, if not the sitting one. On top of that he's a sublime twofer--bread AND circuses.

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Sunk by 'patent troll': Iron Speed director asks 'anyone want to buy us?'

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"Also if the patent is found to be bogus then the Patent office should foot half the reward to the wounded party."

This assumes the responsible people in the Patent office really care about the taxpayers' money; i.e., this is not good enough, but it's moving in the right direction.

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Mind-blowing secrets of NSA's security exploit stockpile revealed at last

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Re: "Extra Toner"

Inquiring minds want to know if the increased expense of magnifying apparatus for vision-challenged employees and contractors was accounted for.

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UH OH: Windows 10 will share your Wi-Fi key with your friends' friends

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Ignorant Users

"When it comes to technology, they are utterly clueless - they wouldn't have the first idea how to look for them through the file system (let alone know what a file system is), and I'd be amazed if they had the wherewithal to go downloading apps to reveal the passwords."

I think many script kiddies fit that description. Heroin addicts usually start by associating with a pusher.

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Where Were The Lawyers?

Wasn't their legal staff involved in looking at the liability exposures the design could potentially allow? Do they believe MS is immune here? Or is there no defensive legal section? These decisions are not making good sense from a shareholder's perspective.

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Chrome, Debian Linux, and the secret binary blob download riddle

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Re: Change Is All That Matters

Note to DDs: anything_newer != always_better ;

Funny definition of evil Google has there.

That's only the second time I've upvoted an AC comment.

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Zombie SCO shuffles back into court seeking IBM Linux cash

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Unhappy

Re: No Lose?

That would fit most non-legal professionals' definitions of "reasonable" to be sure; thus, it cannot happen in a court of law. ;-) However, the judge that gets saddled with this one may become annoyed enough to find some "lawyers" in contempt of court, we can hope. Surely IBM can have no dreams of ever recovering its legal costs dealing with this freak of the legal system.

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Charles Townes, inventor of the laser and friend to both science and religion, dies

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Re: Great example

"because he couldn't get a grant unless he toed the line" even with his Nobel. What's wrong with this picture?

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UK air traffic bods deny they 'skimped' on IT investment after server mega-fail

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Re: S/390

Well, I gave the AC an upvote (second I've ever granted, I think) because it's absolutely spot on. A Multiprise 2000 isn't even the end of that product line (3000). Almost a decade ago I was supporting both for a client. By 2009 the 2000 was out of support (IBM would provide a CE for $400/hour though). However, parts availability was becoming a big concern. I failed to convince management to buy one or two 2000s on eBay for parts cannibalization. I don't want to know what supporting a 2000 entails these days. While this failure does not seem to be in the hardware, the infrastructure is an accident waiting to happen. It's not the systems programmers (they have at least one, right?) that are at fault here, I'm certain.

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Independent inquiry into British air-traffic-control IT nightmare

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Re: iphone app?

I meant to add "An average modern smartphone is far superior to the 80386, to be sure, but the totality of the S/390 infrastructure dwarfs the smartphone's--there is no way it can get near the throughput of the S/390." but the edit timed out.

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Mushroom

Re: iphone app?

"Well, there's probably more processing power in the avereage[sic], modern smartphone."

Impresively off the mark. I will grant you that an actual S/390 platform is nowhere near as capable as a zSeries platform of any vintage (almost like running Windows on a 80286 these days). If this is true, the PHBs need to explain why that is what is being used. But you served up a massive failure concluding a smartphone is more capable than a S/390. If we compare the 80286 to an entry-level S/390, it is immediately obvious the 80286 is rudimentary. Comparing the 80386 is more sporting but it's still not even close.

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UNIX greybeards threaten Debian fork over systemd plan

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Fork != Starting Over Again

You are clearly no greybeard (and I gather proud of it, too).

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Solaris deposed as US drone-ware, replaced by Linux administration

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Boffin

Re: I've missed something here

Perhaps they're using the RT patches (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RTLinux). That's what I would do, anyway.

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NSA denies it knew about and USED Heartbleed encryption flaw for TWO YEARS

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Joke

Re: Protect?

As Alan Cox observed, Snowden should have run to the only place on Earth beyond the reach of U.S. law enforcement: Wall Street.

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Why won't you DIE? IBM's S/360 and its legacy at 50

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Boffin

Sole Source For Hardware?

Even before the advent of Plug Compatible Machines brought competition for the Central Processing Units, the S/360 peripheral hardware market was open to third parties. IBM published the technical specifications for the bus and tag channel interfaces allowing, indeed, encouraging vendors to produce plug and play devices for the architecture, even in competition with IBM's own. My first S/360 in 1972 had Marshall not IBM disks and a Calcomp drum plotter for which IBM offered no counterpart. This was true of the IBM Personal Computer as well. This type of openness dramatically expands the marketability of a new platform architecture.

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dlc.usa

Re: "Why won't you DIE?"

I presume the person responsible for the mention of DIE is unaware that z/OS systems DIE all the time. The acronym is Disabled Interrupt Exit and coding one requires knowledge and authorizations beyond that of most applications programmers.

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Micron: Our STACKED SILICON BEAUTY solves the DRAM problem

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Boffin

Yawn

Now they're starting to think like a mainframer... ;-)

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KVM kings unveil 'cloud operating system'

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Boffin

Re: OSv Vis-à-vis CMS

CMS started life independent of the original CP-67 hypervisor development, so it is not a good comparison. GCS, OTOH, was later developed to provide all the MVS facilities needed to support the port of VTAM into the VM suite of products. CMS maintained its ability to be IPLed on bare metal for long time, but GCS never had that ability (or need). CMS did have some MVS (and VSE) facilities including VSAM but nowhere near what was needed for VTAM, particularly multiple task support (process in POSIX-speak).

I have the beard, too (moustache isn't grey, though) and started working with VM around 1978. The VM community inside and outside IBM developed virtualization into a powerful paradigm despite much resistance inside IBM and that history is well-documented. A major pillar was the VM-specific hardware development throughout the process that provided crucial performance gains and also allowed the hypervisor to itself be IPLed in a virtual machine. To our minds, z/VM provides industrial-strength virtualization, as the number of busy Linux instances a mainframe could handle with great stability even over a decade ago testifies. In general we would like to see desktop computers get there, too, while hoping mainframe virtualization will always continue to lead the way.

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Boffin

Yes, But...

This reminds me of the time some guy named Linus announced he'd just thrown an experimental, GPLed 386 kernel over the wall for other Minix users to try out. Today's version is quite a bit more sophisticated. If the fundamental concepts are indeed sound, this could prove to be a very interesting homesteading within ESR's Noosphere.

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Autogyro legend Ken Wallis hangs up wings at 97

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To Quote Kenny Roberts

"I may be crazy, but I'm not stupid."

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Pint

Hands Off and Hats Off

I think many here do not get the point. Unless computer controls have been developed to offset the natural instabilities of the system, you cannot let go of the cyclic when flying a helicopter unless you want the machine to rapidly come unglued. Flying a helicopter has been compared to staying on top of a ball, especially when hovering in gusty conditions. Of course, an autogyro cannot hover.

Bob Hoover is another great pilot, one who is no longer allowed to fly in the USA because the FAA will not renew his license on a medical technicality. Last I checked, however, he was still performing in airshows in other countries, still killing the engines of his Twin Commander and gliding through loops and other precision maneuveurs enroute to full stop safe landings as his signature demonstration of conserving momentum.

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IT'S OFFICIAL: Hipster era is OVER – sorry, beanie boiz...

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Coat

Re: What about the religious nutheads?

Hmmm... Am I the only one around here to notice how those self-identifying Christians are in turn picked on by non-self-identifying Christians, even to the point of being subjected to hate crimes (violently objected to by some non-self-identifying Christians) by some non-self-identifying Christians?

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CURSE you, EINSTEIN! Humanity still chained in relativistic PRISON

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IT Angle

Re: A similar argument applies to Time Travel - if it were possible, they'd already have visited.

Then, if possible, he does the typically human thing and tries it again, establishing a closed loop for all eternity.

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Re: Gravity Propagation Question

[blush] Kindly substitute "force" for "light" in the foregoing post.

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Gravity Propagation Question

The force you impart to the rod propagates through the entire rod much faster than light speed, but all the molecules only increase velocity per the force imparted. This does bring up the question of gravity propagation, however. If a mass pops into space-time, is its gravity manifested everywhere in the Universe instantaneously or does it propagate out from the mass, and, if the latter, at what velocity does it propagate? Inquiring minds want to know.

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IBM claims first with Hadoop data security suite

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FAIL

My Post Was NOT Deleted By Me, For The Record

El Reg has astonished me with this move and lost me patronage. How sad.

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Big Blue Fellow lured aboard by Dell

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Boffin

Cool, Mr. Cathcart

I really hope you guys can demonstrate impact to the bottom line sufficient to justify your continuing efforts at innovation there. Of course, you'll need the help of marketing, won't you?

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Boffin

He's Likely To Miss...

...the aggregate smarter infrastructure he's left behind. I doubt Dell has anything approaching what he had access to. However, it may be they really aren't expecting any great innovation to obtain, only increased customer buy-in due to his rep.

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AMD, Oracle tag-team on GPU acceleration for Java apps

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Well,

For now, only the geekiest of geeks will be working on the project. Maybe mere mortals can have a go at it around Java 9, when GPU monitors are likely to be more mainstream, wouldn't you think?

I'm interested in what the Scala crowd thinks of this initiative.

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NASA working on faster-than-light drive capable of WARP TEN

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Boffin

Re: Make two

Or in a universe once contemporaneously shared by Chiang and Jonathan Livingston Seagull ("IT WORKS!" "Well, of course it works, Jon. It always works when you know what you're doing. Now about your control...")

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Boffin

Bring Back V'ger

(before the Borg get it) and put it on display at Udvar-Hazy.

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Re: Warp is not a linear scale

"I thought Warp10 was transwarp or is that when you turn it up to 11 ?"

Only if you have a Marshal warp drive. ;-)

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Dice swallows Slashdot, SourceForge, Freecode in $20m deal

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Meh

Next Up?

El Reg?

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Mushroom

Yeah?

So what's you LinuxCounter.org number, hmmmm? (;-))/2

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Brains behind Kazaa and Morpheus unleash patent storm

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Boffin

Re: Don't mess with IBM...

Indeed, SCO should be most grateful IBM never got their day in court. Instead, they got off relatively easily.

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Boffin

Re: It certainly seems a bit rich

How about unearthing a patent covering patent application infrastructure and methodologies?

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Monster camera preps for dark energy search

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Re: "TARDIS-sized"?

Inquiring minds want to know if the down-voter of the second instance also up-voted the first instance. Somehow, that possibility feels somewhat resonant with the subject matter.

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Titans of tech: Why I'll never trust 'em

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Re: Apple doesnt effect the landscape?

"Apple can 'have an effect on the landscape', but 'they affect the landscape'."

Or "they can effect a change in the landscape".

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NASA captures mind-bogglingly gorgeous solar video

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Boffin

Re: America bashing

If you don't want us to go to war any more, simply stop lending us the money to do so. Please.

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Torvalds bellows: 'The GNOME PEOPLE are in TOTAL DENIAL'

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Re: A bit off topic but...

"And the 99.999999% are not thick, stupid, ignorant users, they are people that have more important and interesting things in their little lives than tinkering about in a forge...."

This includes Linus, you know. He's not interested in tinkering with desktops nor having one dictate how he goes about pursuing the "more important and interesting things in [his] little [life]." I believe he has made his position exceedingly plain. Last I heard he was running Linux Mint Debian XFCE. Me, too, but not because it's what Linus uses--I use it because of why Linus uses it; i.e., he and I agree on how to choose and have very similar priotities.

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Wireless Power breakthrough: Iron Man can lose the chest reactor

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Re: Inductive coupling?

"Why haven't medical devices used it for decades?"

Repeat business model?

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