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Use Tor or 'extremist' Tails Linux? Congrats, you're on an NSA list

agricola
Big Brother

Tit-for-tat...

"...If something as innocuous as Linux Journal is on the NSA's hit list, it's a distinct possibility that El Reg is too, particularly in light of our recent exclusive report on GCHQ – which led to a Ministry of Defence advisor coming round our London office for a chat..."

So why don't you SHOW GCHQ that you will not be intimidated by them--and, more importantly, that you consider them nothing more than room-temperature-IQ arseholes, and pond-scum--by PUBLISHING this entire chat you had with this Ministry-of-Defence so-called "ADVISOR"?

Believe me, we would ALL simply delight in NSA's boot-lickers, the GCHQ, being made fools of.

The NSA has already taken care of that problem on its end.

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Microsoft: NSA security fallout 'getting worse' ... 'not blowing over'

agricola
Boffin

Re: Duh!!!

"Reader--Imagine yourself to be a blithering idiot.

Now imagine yourself to be a member of Congress.

But I repeat myself."

--Mark Twain.

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HP's $1bn 'Linux for the cloud' dream: Will Helion float?

agricola

Another H-P fiasco?

"http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/05/16/cloud_computing_is_fail_and_heres_why/

"Cloud computing is FAIL and here’s why

Stick that online service up your SaaS

By Alistair Dabbs, 16 May 2014"

The Register

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HP's Whitman rues 'biggest failure' at eBay Japan

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Sell your HP Stock

From one of the world's premiere technology companies--medical equipment; all forms of engineering instrumentation; the world's best industrial research organization; chip manufacturing--...

Wow! Carly Fiorina REALLY turned HP into...nothing.

And, Meg Whitman has all the credentials to finalize this transition.

Great going, GIRLS.

AND: GREAT GOING, H-P BOARD WHO JUST HAD TO SHOW THE WORLD WHAT DIVERSITY CAN DO.

OK. You've showed us. We're now believers, every one. Won't ever happen on my watch.

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SpaceX: We NAILED the Falcon 9 landing! The video, on the other hand...

agricola
Boffin

Now I haven't seen everything!

WHAT?!

The guy who knows absolutely EVERYTHING can't take a proper video?

AND, he's asking the amateur community for HELP?.

Sounds just exactly like the modus operandi of another South African: one Mark Shuttleworth. Must be a systemic South African disease.

Perhaps the Ubuntu-controlled (lifted straight out of a Tesla) fire extinguisher for the camera didn't respond to its Ubuntu commands.

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Ubuntu 14.04 LTS: Great changes, but sssh don't mention the...

agricola
Boffin

of COURSE, don't mention Mark Shuttleworth's INCLUSION OF SPYWARE !!!

...because this is TYPICAL MARK SHUTTLEWORTH.

A dumb-ass decision, POSSIBLY UNETHICAL, is made, the justification for which goes something like

"...this is NOT a democracy, I made the decision; it's good for you; GET OVER IT!"

And then what follows is a series of prevarication, circumlocution, out-and-out lying, and cover-up. Oh, and grandstanding, diversionary tactics to take the public's mind off the whatever-it-is.

BUT, MAINLY, SIMPLY NEVER MENTIONING THE WHATEVER-IT-IS EVER AGAIN, and doing whatever is necessary to ensure that it never appears in the press again.

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Batten down the hatches, Ubuntu 14.04 LTS due in TWO DAYS

agricola

WHERE ARE ALL THOSE BELLS AND WHISTLES?

"Batten down the hatches, Ubuntu 14.04 LTS due in TWO DAYS!"

Why?

Mark Shuttleworth has already dropped more announced features for 14.04 than will appear. AND, when the bog-standard Ubuntu is flawed, we'll get the same set of excuses: my ALL-TIME-FAVORITE was the brain-dead excuse when Unity didn't work when it FINALLY appeared:

"I never said it would WORK(!); I said this would be a work in progress" (!)

Get ready for another work-in-progress.

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Boffins make noise about D-Wave chip: it seems quantum

agricola
Boffin

I'm going with the odds...

Wishful thinking.

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Mozilla DENIES reported claims of board rift over new chief Eich

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<b>Reverse Things!</b>

I'm so tired of all this political correctness sh*t I could puke.

I don't CARE what someone's stance on being homosexual is, either way.

What would have been the consequences of this gentleman's saying, "I don't care for heterosexuals."?

You know as well as I: effectively nothing. Heterosexuals would NOT have called for his head. They might have written him off as ONE MORE homosexual nut-case screaming for "the cause" (I have yet to deternine what that "cause" is). That's the very real risk you homosexuals run by your very strident approach to gaining notoriety. Those whom you haven't turned off laugh at you.

Oh, and by the way, I'm calling a press conference next week with a local TV station to announce my "coming out" of the closet. I've kept my heterosexuality secret for far too long. Boy, do I feel a LOT better about myself now.

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CERN team uses GPUs to discover if antimatter falls up, not down

agricola
Boffin

Einstein's answer:

Everyone knows that the universe is a composite of matter mixed with a vanishingly small amount of antimatter (that's why there is "something" instead of "nothing", to answer an age-old child's question). We also know that, by definition, antimatter has al the "anti-" properties of matter. Why does this question need investigating any more than does confirming the fact that an anti-electron in a magnetic field travels in a direction opposite to an electron.

Einstein's probable answer to the question, "Does antimatter fall up?":

"Of course. This keeps fewer dishes from breaking when a stack of them is dropped."

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Hold on, everyone ... Prez Obama thinks he's cracked this NSA super-snooping problem

agricola
Boffin

FOOL ME ONCE, SHAME ON YOU. FOOL ME TWICE, SHAME ON ME.

“I'm not upset that you lied to me, I'm upset that from now on I can't believe you.”

― Friedrich Nietzsche

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Oxfam, you're full of FAIL. Leave economics to sensible bods

agricola
Boffin

Misery really does love company, you think?

"The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries."

--Sir Winston Churchill

In a country well governed, poverty is something to be ashamed of. In a country badly governed, wealth is something to be ashamed of.

--Confucius

The most perfect political community is one in which the middle class is in control, and outnumbers both of the other classes.

--Aristotle

A wise and frugal Government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, which shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government, and this is necessary to close the circle of our felicities.

--Thomas Jefferson

My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government.

--Thomas Jefferson

Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny.

--Thomas Jefferson

I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.

--Thomas Jefferson

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Dying for an Ubuntu Linux phone? Here's how much it'll cost you

agricola
Boffin

Shuttleworth understands that people have been paying for emotional attachments for a long time.

I wonder if Canonical has patented a new use for the vibrator-annunciator used in phones?

[Keep it clean, folks. I can literally hear all those of you who want to say, "By George, this'll lend new meaning to the phrase,'I've got to get off, now.' ".]

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Fee fie Firefox: Mozilla's lawyers probe Dell over browser install charge

agricola
Boffin

What IS it about this industry that attracts slime-balls?

Let's see, now:

Larry Ellison, Steve Balmer, Mark Shuttleworth, Michael Dell, Samsung, ...

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Distro diaspora: Four flavours of Ubuntu unpacked

agricola
Boffin

Re: Your lack of Ubuntu knowledge is pegging you as a Shuttleworth Cult Member.

That's one.

Someone want to start a list of the number of Ubuntu Cult members who respond?

(It shouldn't be hard work at all; the list will be a LOT shorter than it would have been three years ago when there were more than one or two in the "ubuntu community": the ultimate oxymoron).

The interesting fact is that they still exist for some reason.

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agricola
Boffin

Your lack of Ubuntu knowledge is pegging you as a Shuttleworth Cult Member.

"...There are quite a few alternative flavours to the main Ubuntu: the Xfce-based, Xubuntu, the KDE-based Kubuntu,..."

Since WHEN, in the last three years or more, has Canonical and Mark Shuttleworth produced a Linux distribution called Kubuntu?

Shutlleworth decided more than three years ago to abandon the KDE version of Ubuntu, and fired the one man (he had ONE WHOLE PERSON!) dedicated to the entire (then-Canonical) Kubuntu effort: development, maintenance, bug-fixing, improvement...

Got that? Shuttleworth fired the one person responsible for Kubuntu, and abandoned Kubuntu. Period.

The sole development and maintenance of Kubuntu was picked up by a company named Blue Systems, and--according to all accounts--has done one OUTSTANDING job of creating and maintaining what some claim to be the best of the KDE distributions, bar none. Once again, that's BLUE SYSTEMS, folks (it is VERY interesting to discover that when people (commenters to articles) started pointing out that Kubuntu is NOT a Canonical product, file photos from 2006--THAT'S 2006, MIND YOU!!--showing Mark Shuttleworth sporting a Kubuntu tee shirt--and requisite 'rock-star headgear' started showing up in articles on Canonical...articles which have absolutely NOTHING to do with Kubuntu, and articles which have been written in the last six to nine months. Canonical's crap machine does nothing if not churn out crap exceedingly well).

Of COURSE Mark Shuttleworth wants credit for this Kubuntu effort, and will NEVER admit that Kubuntu is NOT A CANONICAL PRODUCT. Go ahead. Ask him. Ask Ubuntu for help with some ginned-up problem you're having with "...the very latest version of Kubuntu...". We'll all be waiting.

Oh, and by the way, Register: You, as a supposed leader in the world of all things technical, pull another boner like this, and you're toast.

I hope I'm wrong; I sincerely do. I stay on top of developments in the Linux sphere well, and I do NOT remember having seen any news to the effect that BLUE SYSTEMS gave or sold ownership of Kubuntu back to Canonical. As a matter of fact, I downloaded Kubuntu FROM BLUE SYSTEMS not a month ago, for installation on one of my laptop computers.

The word "Canonical" appears nowhere.

Not to put TOO fine a point on this, Register, I DOWNLOADED KUBUNTU FROM BLUE SYSTEMS, AND DID NOT DOWNLOAD IT FROM CANONICAL. Want me to draw you a picture?

Prove me wrong, Register.

AND, ADVERTISERS: WATCH VERY CLOSELY; YOU'RE GOING TO LEARN SOMETHING.

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The Sun ERUCTATES huge ball of GAS at 4 MILLION MPH

agricola
Boffin

Why I won't let my children resd El Reg...

"ERUCTATE":

Isn't that a dirty word? For shame, potty-mouth.

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Tata says USA rejecting HALF of Indians' work visa requests

agricola
FAIL

ONLY HALF?! THAT MEANS THAT TATA STILL HAS ALL THOSE PEOPLE TO RUIN PRODUCTS!

"Tata says USA rejecting HALF of Indians' work visa requests "

Perhaps that's because one can see direct evidence of the quality of Tata's work in what they have done to Jaguar/Land Rover since they bought it/them.

Turn out sh*tty work and then bitch about the people who complain. Tata has learned its lessons well from us..

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Schneier: NSA snooping tactics will be copied by criminals in 3 to 5 years

agricola
Boffin

And you think the Feds DON"T want to make an example of Edward Snowden, why?

"I am not sure why the ones who know better are so quiet..."

WHAAATTT ???!!!

We have a saying in my neck of the woods which applies admirably here:

"DAMN, BROTHER, I DON'T RIGHTLY BELIEVE I'D'A SAID THAT!

The tooth fairy really exists; and Snow White is still a virgin.

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agricola
Boffin

There is wonderful entertainment here!

Doesn't it give you great joy and pleasure, and an almost limitless sense of entertainment, to know that common criminals, crooks, and thieves are at LEAST as smart as the cretins and boneheads at NSA and GHCQ?

Will Rogers--

"I don't write jokes. I just report on what goes on in the government."

"If it was stupidity that got us into this mess, why can't it get us out?"

"Be glad you're not getting all the government you're paying for."

"Reader: imagine that you're [a member of the government]. Now imagine that you're a blithering idiot. But I repeat myself." --Mark Twain

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You'll NEVER guess who's building the first Ubuntu phones in 2014

agricola

I can take a shot at who SHOULD be...and have every chance of getting it right.

"No, Seriously, You Probably Can't..."

Sears?

Ace Hardware?

Mister Sparky Electrical Contractors?

Mack Trucks?

Tonka Toys?

Tide Washing Detergent?

Raspberry Pi Foundation? Uuhhh, they build only real, high-quality product.

Since they've turned Jaguar/Land Rover into what they have, how about Tata?

Did I get close?

(I have since gone back and READ the article, having answered before I read it. It appears as though even though I didn't get the precise answer, I DID get very close).

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Reports pump fuel into iCar gossip: Apple in 'talks' with Tesla

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Secret to success?: Don't do what you don't know

What an absolute formula for failure, and a disastrous one at that:

1. Elon Musk is really not an automobile manufacturer (please spare us all the mindless blather about your hero d'jour until you can provide pictures of an honest-to-God auto manufacturing plant--where automobiles are consructed, beginning-to-end--and with the words "MUSK AUTOMOBILE, INC." in large metal letters on the front of the building).

2. Apple and Tim Cook know ZERO about automobile manufacturing,

3. What do you get when you combine #1 with #2?

Answer: a full-fledged disaster.

(The similarities are more than apt:

What do you get when you combine a cup of wine with a barrel of sewage?

A: a barrel of sewage.

What do you get when you combine a cup of sewage with a barrel of wine?

A; A barrel of sewage.)

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Must be something about South Africans:

1. Mark Shuttleworth has been overpromising and underdelivering for so long that he's considered a jerk joke, in most circles. And the way he has been getting away with this for so long is by continually coming up with headline-class diversions to make you forget (he hopes) about his last disaster/un-fulfilled grandstanding promises (you DO have an Ubuntu TV, don't you?).

2. Elon Musk can only get away with (a) not being a REAL automobile manufacturer (anyone can put together ANYTHING from a kit of parts, and do it ANYWHERE) for just so long; and (b) can explain away his products' "ain't-my-fault" fires-for-no-reason for only so long. "WHAT WE NEED NOW IS A REAL DIVERSIONARY TACTIC, BOYS! That ought to take their minds off of what is obviously a MAJOR, BASIC design flaw."

You've learned your lessons well, Musk. Only problem is, for you and your fellow countryman, continuing to come up with NEW diversions is an end-game. That's harder than actually doing real work.

3. It wasn't apparent at first, but the honor of beginning this saga belongs to a South African by name of one Adam Osborne, who started out by flexing his massive ego brain muscle by giving seminars to Silicon Valley giants and writing books in the midst of the microprocessor craze, starting

in the mid-1970s (I was the personal recipient victim of an Adam Osborne pontification at Fairchild Semiconductor, Inc., as to how the future of microprocessors lie in the magic of MICROCODING. In support of what he hoped would become a blockbuster of a hit book on MICROCODING (what's that you say? What's 'microcoding'? Clearly you have ZERO potential for signing up for South-African bullshit.

To make a long story short, Osborne, having a full-blown case of the South-African national disease--suffering from delusions of adequacy--started his own computer company, because he was obviously brilliant, and knew much better how to build computers than anyone else.

And then promptly ran the company into the ground.

He did this via the absolutely brilliant move of announcing his second, MUCH MORE CAPABLE machine while the first model was enjoying a modicum of success, mainly due to 'early adopters'. Because of his loud mouth and massive ego (no similarities here, right?), sales of machine #1 dropped to zero. Like, overnight. Osborne went bankrupt.

BECAUSE OF THIS FIASCO, Adam Osborne has the unique distinction as having gone down (good choice of words, that) in history as being THE source of a neologism which refers to the killing off of a product (line) by announcing its much-better successor far too soon.

This brilliant strategy--and neologism--is now universally known as 'osborning' a product, or an entire product line.

There exist enough data points now, I think, to consider that there exists a National Disease of South Africa.

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Satya Nadella is 'a sheep, a follower' says ex-Microsoft exec

agricola
Boffin

The ONLY way was to find someone who'd never heard of Microsoft.

So you expected something different?

The only way to make a passenger balloon REALLY rise is to throw all the ballast overboard.

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Is modern life possible without a smartphone?

agricola
Holmes

"Is modern life possible without a smartphone?"

The article which would accompany such a title is a joke, right?

I, as well as most people, can 'make a leap': That's the reason I didn't waste my time reading the "article''.

Running out of serious material, El Reg?

Hey! I've got a REAL blockbuster for you: "Is Modern Life Possible Without Mark Shuttleworth?"

Go with it!

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Boffins measure 27 quantum states of light

agricola
Boffin

All It Takes is a Galaxy-Sized Computer. The NSA Could Do It if They Had Spare Time

Was there ever any salmon of doubt?

Poor Heisenberg; Poor Physics Discipline; Poor Physicists; Poor Physics Students:

now , instead of not knowing which of two states (I know, I know: at the same time) is the correct one, now we don't know which of twenty-seven states, at the same time, is the correct one.

But this is great news for all the "quantum physics pseudoscientists": more fodder for their artificial intelligence.

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"Aachh!"--one can almost hear him exclaim--"This [(quantum physics) paper/hypothesis] is so bad, it's not even wrong."--Wolfgang Pauli

"If you think you understand quantum mechanics, you don't understand quantum mechanics"--Richard Feynman

42.

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Our Milky Way galaxy is INSIDE OUT. Just as we suspected, mutter boffins

agricola
Boffin

All You Need is a Galaxy-Sized Computer to Figure This Out.

Was there ever any salmon of doubt?

42.

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FreeBSD 10.0 lands, targets VMs and laptops

agricola
Boffin

Good show, FreeBSD worker bees (or is that 'worker-BSDs'? Sorry; I couldn't resist).

It's heartening to see FreeBSD alive and well, even if it's not giving Linux distros sleepless nights.

It's a good, solid operating system which provides a viable option if you would like a different FOSS system with good support--via the FreeBSD community--and good documentation, both on-line and via many good books. And--by the by--a good way to learn 'almost'-UNIX (I personally think of it as UNIX, but I know I'd be flamed by the purists if I had not provided the qualification).

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Look out, Earth! Here comes China Operating System (aka Linux)

agricola
Boffin

What a bunch of wimps.

WhatEVER happened to Mark Shuttleworth's much-bragged-about (so what else is new?) Chinese adoption of Ubuntu?

Can't these Chinese wait for a few more missed deadlines--with accompanying feeble, transparent, prevaricating excuses by Mark Shuttleworth--on Ubuntu Touch?

What a bunch of wimps. WE can, and DO!

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HP sticks thumb in Microsoft's eye, extends Windows 7 option for new machines

agricola
Boffin

A Linux User Just MAY Buy a New HP PC To Get the Last of the Real Windows OSs.

Want to have some good, clean fun?

Just wait until the other PC manufacturers see what this move by HP does to their already non-moving inventory--and how THEY respond.

AND: watch Microsoft go apoplectic: couldn't happen to a more deserving organization.

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Ubuntu desktop is so 2013... All hail 2014 Ubuntu mobile

agricola
Boffin

We're all missing the main point...

The world simply does not need one more "smart phone" with features promised by an individual who has a long and unenviable history of MAKING grandiose promises, but NOT delivering on ANY of those promises.

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Microsoft hires Pawn Stars to shaft Google

agricola
Boffin

If I had wanted a brick, I'd have bought a brick.

There is no defense (sic) for the existence of, or foisting on the general public, a 'computer' which is not a stand-alone device. Since when is a personal computer a device which absolutely NEEDS an external communications connection a personal computer?

Microsoft may be the epitome of sleaze, but not in this case: Google is.

Microsoft is merely pointing out what the press refuses to do; making the non-technical gullible aware of the fact that, in the Chromebook, they do NOT have a device which can be used in planes, trains, cars, or any place without internet--the objections of the cognicenti and artificial intelligentia notwithstanding. And yes, I realize (sic) that Microsoft is doing this, all the while practicing their own brand of larceny on the technical AND non-technical gullible.

This is the first time in my long career in CS that i have ever said, or thought, this: "Right on, Microsoft!".

As for the post(s) accusing us Yanks of having no sense of humor (sic), we created the Chromebook, didn't we?

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Tiny, invisible EXTRATERRESTRIAL INVADERS appear at South Pole

agricola
Linux

What?! No acronyms, nor abbreviations?

It is said that eskimos have a t least forty (or more) different words for different types of ice(s).

Anyone want to hazard a guess as to their word for "ice" which stops neutrinos?

And: I realize we're talking about different parts of the world; no geography lesson needed.

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agricola
Boffin

Cold fusion, anyone?

Let's see if I understand correctly...

Neutrinos, which supposedly can travel from one end of the universe to the other, passing through absolutely ANYTHING, including Kryptonite, strip shopping malls, and that densest of ALL known materials, administratium, can be stopped dead in their tracks by Antarctic ice?

Sounds like we're on to a new defensive weapon which lends new meaning to the term "cold war".

Just don't let the Neo-Nazis, Neo-Commies, or the Academic-Research bandwagon-jumpers-on know about this.

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Your kids' chances of becoming programmers? ZERO

agricola
Boffin

"If you have anything of importance to tell me, for God’s sake begin at the end.

--Sara Jeanette Duncan, 1861-1922

I have not read any of the comments--sorry, I'll do that later--but I feel as though I could summarize the general tone fairly accurately.

I will give you a brief bio in following Ms.Duncan's advice. I will also use the term "we" rather than "I", because thinking in those terms makes, I think, for a more accurate fable.

We started programming minicomputers and writing productive programs in assembly language in the 1960s.

We also learned Fortran and Basic. We were in a good position to design and program the micros which came along; F-8, 6800, 6809, Z80, Z8000, TI9900, 680xx, I80xx series, and on and on.

We learned to program and we learned languages for the same reason we wrote our own peripheral drivers--using devices which were never meant to be used as a computer "peripheral. We wrote our own operating systems.

It was nirvana when the 8080/5 and Z80 became so popular that the CP/M operating system was created BECAUSE of these devices. Suddenly, there wa an operating system with rational demands and rational ends, and one could be more productive in a much shorter period of time.

All this changed in a very short time as IBM saw the success of machines such as the TRS-80, et al.

When Microsoft entered the picture, there was no longer any need to learn anything, except how to USE pre-written software.

And one contributing factor is the lack of any stability in the programming field. No sooner had we learned to use BASIC and Fortran, than we were told that APL, Pascal, ad nauseum were the waves of the future.

God help the poor CIS kids: their resumes better include the entire alphabet soup of ADA, Perl, Python, XML, HTML, Java, JavaScript, C++, C#, Ruby, and ON and ON, and ON...

Oh,kids, don't EVER mention that you know COBOL, or BASIC. The one has only, at last tally, more than USD 60 trillion worth of installed, running code which MUST be maintained. The other? I teach, among other things, the discipline of Digital Signal Processing. I recently received a fairly new text on the subject for review. The author had to include large sets of data, complex numerical calculations, and ordered output, all in a well-formatted and labelled manner. He reproduced, for the benefit of the reader, all his computation. It was, every bit, in BASIC, one of the most powerful languages you have at your disposal.o u

Just don't EVER mention that you know how to use it, if you do.

Some after-thoughts:

I steadfastly maintain that this pathetic state of affairs exists because the educational process was hijacked by two groups:

a) hardware and software manufacturers who saw in the educational market an opportunity to literally print money by convincing the second group that all they had to do was teach students to USE THEIR PRODUCTS; and

b) the worst of the two groups: "PROFESSIONAL EDUCATORS", who are totally and completely clueless as to the proper way to teach young people how to use--and that means ALL aspects of digital technology--this new promise of the future.

Consider this fact: if you are a "professional educator", it is career suicide to admit that there is ANYTHING

which you can't teach a young person.

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Galaxy is CRAMMED with EARTH-LIKE WORLDS – also ALIENS (probably)

agricola
Boffin

NO KIDDING?! SERIOUSLY?!

"Galaxy is CRAMMED with HABITABLE WORLDS – and possibly ALIENS"

ALIENS!? NO WAY! You've obviously been brainwashed by Carl Sagan ("One must always keep an open mind, but not SO open that one's brains fall out.").

All the aliens are right here, stealing our precious body fluids (we won't even touch on Social Security funds), abducting us for all kinds of nefarious, unmentionable--even in impolite society-- experiments, and then wiping our memories so that we have ABSOLUTELY NO MEMORY OF ANY ALIENS.

What a TERRIBLE job of objective reporting. Hmmmpf!

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Say, here's a thought:

perhaps you could expand this idea into, say, a television series. Call it "The X-Files", or some such. On further reflection: forget it. It would never draw any viewers.

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SR-71 Blackbird follow-up: A new TERRIFYING Mach 6 spy-drone bomber

agricola
Boffin

The comment Eric Snowden made popular: "Don't believe anything, or anybody..." was always true.

I worked in the aerospace industry (company redacted) during the extremely active phase of the SR-71. It is common knowledge that whatever specifications were admitted to by the contractor or contractee were off the mark by almost any number you'd like to guess.

What do you think of whatever 'facts' will be admitted to regarding the SR-72?

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FREEZE, GLASSHOLE! California cops bust Google Glass driver

agricola
Boffin

Not good enough.

Don't stop here. Arrest anybody, anywhere wearing Google Glass, or anything similar which the CopyAsses are getting ready to introduce.

Invoke "Invasion of Privacy" laws.

Simply wearing the device is 'de facto' evidence of use.

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Cinnamon Desktop: Breaks with GNOME, finds beefed-up Nemo

agricola
Boffin

A Big Surprise?

Clement Lefebvre can always be depended upon to ultimately employ the correct solution for his users.

This is why he and his work will be one of the "last men standing" when the big Linux 'shake-out' occurs

Puffery, dissembling, circumlocution, prevarication, and lying are no longer nearly as widely-tolerated and embraced (except, of course, by the ignorant) as they, unfortunately, used to be.

Absolutely nothing is to be read into this comment.

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The Raspberry Pi: Is it REALLY the saviour of British computing?

agricola
Boffin

"...NOBODY STOPS YOU..."

Three points:

1. Good arguments, all.

2. The REAL message of your response totally escapes me.

3. Since you've chosen the format for a reply to my (I--supposedly wrongly--thought) fairly-well-thought-out defense (sic) of one small step taken by some very selfless and very concerned individuals to START the stemming of a pernicious tide, I can assure you that we'll all be awaiting your VERY long list of EVERYTHING WHICH I AM NOT DOING BUT SHOULD BE, which no one is stopping me from doing.

I DO have to question the logic of some of the items in your list as to what they have to do with, and how the results compare with the long-term effects of the efforts of Eben Upton, Cambridge University, the Raspberry Pi Foundation, and all who have selflessly devoted themselves to the increase in knowlege of our young people. But, then again, having taught logic for many years, I can assure you that your perception of logic can differ markedly from others'.

We'll all be eagerly awaiting your voluminous additions to the list you've started.

I will read every one. I will not speak to the level of possible boredom of anyone else.

Warmest regards; hands across the sea; be careful what you wish for; and all that. ("Not ending a sentence with a preposition is one of those pathological rules of grammar up with which I will not put..."--Sir Winston Churchill).

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agricola
Boffin

"Is the Rπ the savior (sic)..."

Caveat: from an EE, ECE, CIS, Solid-State Physics prof:

As one of my favorite (sic) (have you ever considered that if we Yanks had lost 'The Big One', we'd probably be speaking--and spelling--English today?) tee-shirts says, "What?! Do You Think I'm a Rocket Surgeon?"

The obvious--to most, but I'll get there in a moment--answer is, "OF COURSE NOT"!

Only an idiot would (I'll get there in a moment) so think, and formulate, and implement, a program based upon such a premise. Being a college teacher, I tend to ramble, so I'll make this shorter than I can.

The problem with education at any level is that its direction and--most importantly--implementation has been hijacked by people who have no idea how to teach and motivate CHILDREN--those REAL, HONEST-TO-GOD PEOPLE, people, whose formative years are between two and seven.

Until YOU get the "Professional Educators" out of the way of the education of our young, you will see only what you're now seeing: disaster. 'Nother (sic) caveat: I quit teaching, in no small part, because of this problem.

Again: from someone who has seen for far too long what Cambridge and the Raspberry Pi Foundation has observed; and are trying, in their own small way, to provide a starting point for attacking the problem.

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Coding: 'suitable for exceptionally dull weirdos'

agricola
Boffin

There's a REALLY GOOD point HERE; It simplyneeds to be better articulated.

I think the commenter might be confusing opportunity with mandatory requirement.

There's no question but that there is a desperate need to teach our children how to best handle the teaching of this "new" technology, There's also no question that the way it's been handled so far is an absolute disaster.

The reasons for all this and the methods to combat it MUST be revolutionary and are too important to be left to professional "educators" and pedagogues.

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My suggestion is very complicated: it's called 'Back to the Basics Plus Two": back to 'readin', writin', and 'rithmatic, PLUS a very strong dose of DISCIPLINE and LOGIC.

You'd be amazed at what young people would accomplish under this regimen, and out from under the thumbs of "professional educators".

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Mark Shuttleworth labels Mir opponents 'the Open Source Tea Party'

agricola
Boffin

There can be no dignified title to these ravings.

You discredit yourself by deigning to give Mark Shuttleworth a forum. Ever.

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Give it a wrist, fellas: Sony's back with $200 Android Smartwatch 2

agricola
Boffin

Where did you discover your first clue, Sherlock?

"...but somehow El Reg doubts customers will be flocking to the stores. "

REALLY?

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Ubuntu penguins strain to squeeze out bug backlog by mobe OS deadline

agricola
Boffin

Re: S.O.S.S.: SAME OLD SHUTTLEWORTH SH*T

Learned some new words from your comic books, today, eh?.

Pity, but the only new word you learned, you misspelled:

The word is not "noobuntu", but rather "NoUbuntu".

Kindest regards...

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agricola
Boffin

Re: IT'S LACKING A LOT

What else would you expect from Shuttleworth?

S.O.S.S.

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agricola
Boffin

A SHUTTLEWORTH DEADLINE? DOES THE WORD 'OXYMORON' RING A BELL?

"I LOVE deadlines. I like the 'whooshing' sound they make as they go rushing by."

--Douglas Adams

and, obviously (based ONLY on everything he's EVER announced), so does Mark Shuttleworth.

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agricola
Boffin

S.O.S.S.: SAME OLD SHUTTLEWORTH SH*T

"Shuttleworth, speaking at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), said he was committed to unleashing a “full smartphone experience”, powered by Ubuntu 13.10, on the world."

Hasn't Shuttleworth unleashed far too much on the world already?

"Shuttleworth wants his distro to power 'tablets, phones, TVs and smart screens from the car to the office kitchen'."

Hasn't Shuttleworth unleashed far too much bullshit on the world already?

"Given how far short that project [Shuttleworth's crowdsourcing fiasco] fell, and given the huge amount of coverage it generated, we were left wondering whether the whole thing wasn’t just cheap PR ..."

"Hasn't Shuttleworth unleashed far too much cheap PR bullshit on the world already?

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City of Munich throws Ubuntu lifeline to Windows XP holdouts

agricola
Boffin

Re: I'm NO MS supporter, but can't figure out why corporates haven't moved to Open office ?

Can't understand, eh? Choose from the following list ("all" is a perfect answer):

Lazy

Stupid

Can't read

Won't read

Mouth-breather

room-temperature IQ

Couldn't understand if they would/could read.

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Feel free to add to this list.

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agricola
WTF?

City of Munich: Four Steps Forward, π Steps Backward

"City of Munich Throws UBUNTU Lifeline..."

WTF! The tone of this article, or rather the title, suggests that Munich is doing XP hold-outs a favor.

Munich is doing a favor by suggesting that people use an operating system whose goofball, megalomaniac, SelfAppointedBenevolentDictatorForLife has gone on record as saying that Ubuntu is NOT Linux, and he'd rather people didn't refer to it as such?

Some favor.

XP Hold-outs: try Linux MINT instead; it's been much more popular than Ubuntu for a long time.

Everyone says it's much more XP-friendly, and every Linux user KNOWS you won't get shafted by ITS founder, Clement Lefebvre.

Suggesting they use Ubuntu, huh? Incredible. I thought these people were tech-savvy.

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agricola
WTF?

Balmer on skis?

Get serious!

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