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Pre-digital computer 'cranks out' Fourier Transforms

Herbert Meyer

Re: Wow

No, we are pompous middle aged engineers being pedantic. You too can be one, just learn tech deeply (as in science), and wait 40 years for some sucker to ask your opinion.

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Herbert Meyer
Boffin

be careful about calling it Non- or Pre-Digital

Without a serious analysis of the mechanism, I will not commit to "Non-Digital". Since I see gears, it may work by counting gear teeth, which would qualify it as digital.

I will immediately accept mechanical, rather than electronic or electromechanical.

Calling it Analog, rather than Digital, would require use of continuous (such as differential pulleys, or turntables), rather than quantized (discrete gear teeth) mechanisms.

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Consumer group SLAMS NASA for letting Google rent $1bn 'playground'

Herbert Meyer

Mythbusters ?

I think the Mythbusters have been using the facility for some of their experiments. I hope Google will continue to rent to them.

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Languages don't breed bugs, PEOPLE breed bugs, say boffins

Herbert Meyer
FAIL

Re: It's the programmers, stupid

Or maybe it's the stupid programmers. I always feel stupid when a typo kills a program. Misplaced commas, semicolons, misspelled names and keywords, etc. I usually shoot myself in the head (no serious damage, I was not using it), and go have a drink.

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KRAKKOOOM! Space Station supply mission in PODULE PRANG EXPLOSION CHAOS

Herbert Meyer
Mushroom

just like the good old days.

Ach, you young people do not remember how it was, back in the the beginning. Vanguard ? Polaris ? "I don't know if it will work on the Russians, but it sure kills gators well."

Notify range safety, wait for the fires to go down, go out and look for dangerous debris: Thruster tanks, stage separation pyrotechnics, pressurization cylinders, destruct charges...

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City council thinks what we're all thinking: 'Comcast is terrible – and NOT welcome here'

Herbert Meyer

Re: There's a "New" in that England

We have a similar complaint about the merger in Lexington - the Lexington in Kentucky, not the one in Massachusetts.

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How the FLAC do I tell MP3s from lossless audio?

Herbert Meyer

goto a live ACOUSTIC performance

As soon as there is a pickup or mic and an amplifier and speakers involved, we enter recursive arguments. Similarly, some recognition of room acoustics must be made.

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FTC: We didn't robocall you and thousands of others asking for bank details. IT'S A TRAP!

Herbert Meyer
Big Brother

FTC can't find its fanny in a phone booth

If Americans ask the FTC why, years after the do not call list, we still get telemarketing calls, the FTC moans that the bad telemarketers spoof caller ID information, so they cannot be tracked.

The NSA is listening to every phone call in the world, they damn well know who the telemarketers are. The NSA could earn a few friends by exposing these parasites. Or maybe a couple of hellfire missiles from a drone would help.

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Time Warner Cable customers SQUEAL as US network goes offline

Herbert Meyer

Approve the merger and nobody gets hurt.

This is just a little taste of what will happen if the TWC-Comcast is not approved. They have ways of dealing with puny little regulators. And lots and lots of hostages.

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Facebook goes down, people dial 911

Herbert Meyer

Re: What can I say?

f'ing idiots ? Is that what they are doing instead of FaceBook ? Is there a queue ?

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MANUAL STIMULATION: Whack me with some proper documentation

Herbert Meyer

for the illiterate, by the uninterested

Remember RTFM ? My experience was the users (or the tech support drones) would call me up, and ask me to read the manual for them.

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Hypersonic MEGA METEOR pulled from lake, then Russians drop it

Herbert Meyer
Coat

Re: Aerobraking

Followed by windowbreaking ?

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500 MEELLION PCs still run Windows XP. How did we get here?

Herbert Meyer

scuze me, microsoft breath.

"The average user" is abandoning PC entirely for phone and tablet, because they never understood PC in the first place. "They" made them use them. Now "They" (who must be obeyed) are using web-cloud apps that just talk to browsers independent of architecture, os, etc. Soon the only ones left with PC will be us nostalgic techs. And we can run whatever we damn please.

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Herbert Meyer

why am I bothering ?

Despite the fact I seldom use it, I have XP on a couple of dual booted computers at home. One is a "desktop" that I use for a file server. It has been rumbling lately that the pata disk that I use for a primary disk is failing. I have the pata because unpatched XP cannot run sata.

So I shopped about a bit, found a 1 TB sata disk, and an OEM 64 Win7, total cost under $180. As soon as the boxes arrive on the porch, and it rains (I have a driveway to seal), I will pull the pata, replace with sata, split in half for use with a linux fit for humans, and install the Win7.

I use the XP to run a TV tuner card, the linux DVB does not quite work yet. Unknown is what will happen to the data on a sata data disk in the chassis when I turn off pata emulation in the bios. Will sector mapping change ? I have backups, matters little.

I still don't know why I am bothering, the tuner is connected to a settop box for cable, I just use it to record the occasional movie. The other XP computer with is a netbook with a GPS nav application that I need once a year or so. Nostalgia ?

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Thorium and inefficient solar power? That's good enough for me

Herbert Meyer
Boffin

Re: Thorium reactors and A-bombs.

Yes, it is possible to make weapons from U233, the US did it back in the 50's when they were not sure how much Uranium was easily mined. U233 is to Thorium as Plutonium is to Uranium, it can be produced in a breeder reactor. See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uranium-233 for sketchy information about two U233 weapons tests in the 50's.

My opinion is that the other uses of thorium are raising the price. Thorium is used in vacuum tube cathodes, and gas lamp mantles. There is a US patent 3692689 from 1972 about a Thorium Phosphor used in lamps of unspecified type. Perhaps a CFL lamp ?

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Typical! Google's wonder-dongle is a solution looking for a problem

Herbert Meyer

stream DVD from my computer ?

A quick read of the sketchy documentation for this wonder leads me to believe that I can use VLC to stream to it, from my computer.

Whatever it does now, the API and some code will allow me and my programmer buddies to do all kinds of interesting (at least to us) things. Being able to write code for it changes a lot of things.

Just wait until Amazon gets the next batch, and we register them.

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Surface RT: A plan worthy of the South Park Underpants Gnomes

Herbert Meyer

perhaps the chief gnome is named Balmer ?

Although using Gnome and Balmer in the same sentence is very difficult. But put Balmer in a cap and costume, and leave him out in the yard - your yard, please.

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Planet-busting British space bullet ready to bomb ice moon Europa

Herbert Meyer
Boffin

speed of sound ?

Only in Earth's atmosphere at STP. Try just MetersPerSec, do not be Terrocentric.

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What's the most secure desktop operating system?

Herbert Meyer
Big Brother

closed source is OUT !

Any closed source operating system can be, according to the martyr Snowdon, regarded as insecure, as they have back doors for NSA access. Unless each and every line of the OS source and toolchain can be inspected by suspicious minds, such as the Unix anarchists, and compiled from source, the OS will have a back door for NSA to insert its Iron Fist up the rectum of any system using it. Any back door used by the Iron Fist can also be used by third parties.

Further, according to the martyr Snowdon, other security holes can be unpatched and unpublic, until the Iron Fist allows them to be patched and publicized, because they are not being exploited by the Iron Fist.

My Finnish is not good enough to translate the response to "Please Mr Linus, can we put a back door in your kernel ?", It would start with "F no !", and contain a graphic description of your grandmother having sex with a reindeer. Similar responses would come, in various languages from the BSD authors.

I trust these boys a damn sight more than the sons of Balmer and Cox, even if the Sainted Jobs did not allow it.

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Nuke plants to rely on PDP-11 code UNTIL 2050!

Herbert Meyer
Go

Re: Pah

The instruction set and runtime libs are forever preserved as "C" language and the std C runtime library. Don't tell me that "C" is a high level language. It depends what level of abstraction you want to (or know how to) write at.

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Herbert Meyer
Boffin

you are wrong, VMS breath !

The PDP-11's (and PDP-8's) did not (at least in the late 70's) run VMS, they ran a group of OS's named RTS/E, RSX and Ultrix. Ultrix was a clone of Unix, which was born on At&t 3B systems, which were clones of PDP's.

The PDP (Peripheral Data Processors) were used in process control and industrial automation. They succeeded TI 960 in these applications. Universities and others used the larger boxes to run data centers, and there was a two-chip implementation called LSI-11 that was one the first "personal" computers. The process control application is what the Nuke industry is using them for, controlling the pumps, control rods, indicators and alarms of the melters.

VMS was a creature of the 1980's, living in VAX hardware. I am not even sure there was a PDP version of VMS, but I cannot say because I had moved on to the IBM 370 architecture, or at least the 43xx air-cooled variants. VMS was really for running data processing, either a data center or a PC ("everybody needs a little VAX"). When M$ abandoned OS/2, VMS was cloned into WindowsNT, later Windows2000 and WindowsXP.

You have not been corrected previously because all the programmers from that age who were not teenage hackers are Alzheimers or dead. You are an ignorant GenXY moron. Whine about the Boomers some more, we were Men with Wooden Pencils and Slide Rules who wrote for the Big (and Small) Iron.

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NSA: We COULD track you by your phone ... if we WANTED to

Herbert Meyer
Big Brother

e911

American call phones are required BY LAW to be locatable, either by GPS hardware in the phone, or by triangulating delay times from two or more cell towers. It is required for enhanced 911 service, so calls to 911 can be located, without user intervention or knowledge of their location. How convenient.

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Pyongyang to unleash NUKULAR horsemen of the Norkocalypse?

Herbert Meyer
Boffin

cough... Nitric Acid

IRFNA will form Nitric Acid, rather than Hydrofloric acid, on contact with moisture in the air.

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How to destroy a brand-new Samsung laptop: Boot Linux on it

Herbert Meyer
Linux

other distributions

I bought a new Samsung 305 laptop to replace a 2003 Dell with a lowgrade Nvidia graphics controller that can run neither recent Ubuntu nor Fedora desktops (except for XFCE).

I installed Fedora 18, after pushing the Win7 installed on it out of the way. No problems so far (2 days), but UEFI is not turned on or needed. I even found good artwork for the desktop, a spherical cow at the origin, from Berkley.

Anybody want a old Dell, runs XP real well ?

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Stroustrup on next-gen C++: I didn't want to let go of my baby

Herbert Meyer
Meh

Re: C++ put me off programming

Too lazy to learn the concepts ? No, too old to live long enough to finish the program.

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Herbert Meyer
Meh

Re: C++ put me off programming

Not harder to use, more dangerous.to use.

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Forget fluorescents, plastic lighting strips coming out next year

Herbert Meyer
FAIL

Rand Paul

Kentucky's junior Senator, Rand Paul is not only opposed to more efficient light bulbs, he does not like low flow toilets. Being from KY, he thinks we need to burn more coal, and pollute more water.

He is busy this month with his newest stooge, Rep. Massie, legalizing "Industrial" Hemp.

Yeah, we need some of that Industrial Strength Hemp, if we smoke enough of it, we will become wacky enough to agree with him.

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Old men who use computers less likely to get dementia

Herbert Meyer
Meh

you don't have to be demented to use a computer if you are over 65...

But it helps, especially if you are using Windows 8.

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Evil plot to control souls via Wi-Fi thwarted

Herbert Meyer
Devil

tools of the Antichrist

If Morgan Stanley is handling their IPO, they are certainly in league with Satan.

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SpaceX taps Texas for 'commercial Cape Canaveral' site

Herbert Meyer

Re: Why not just rent the proper Cape Canaveral?

Nasty cynic that I am, I am gonna guess that State of Texas offered a whole big pile of tax incentives, subsidies, and just plain bribes for this facility.

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Musk muses on middle-class Mars colony

Herbert Meyer
WTF?

Middle class to Mars ?

Their days on Earth are certainly numbered.

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More evidence that neutrinos are NOT faster than light

Herbert Meyer

Re: still quite impressive

Best data I heard of was the Sandleuk supernova, Kakamonde detected neutrinos within seconds ? of light flash, over about 100 million light years ? A while ago, knowledge decay.

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Xbox 360 video cable boasts NOISE VIRUS protection

Herbert Meyer
Devil

Re: So

Depends on how tightly you wrap the cable around their necks.

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Space FIREBALL over Blighty sparks hunt for rich meteorite

Herbert Meyer

Russian Booster ?

Well, not likely. North to South track means polar orbit. Few satellites go for polar orbits, very energy expensive. But useful for observation, good ground coverage.

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Metro breakdown! Windows 8 UI is little gain for lots of pain

Herbert Meyer
Devil

Re: Isn't 1024 x 768 good enough for them?

Who cares ? I have had develper's preview running on a 1024x600 netbook with a touch screen since last fall, using strictly the desktop interface. It's still there, if you know where to look. The start menu may be gone from the lower left, but all the start menu shortcuts are in the usual place in the file system. Same for control panel. Just put some desktop shortcuts to 'em, and F microsoft.

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40,000 Apple fanbois demand ethical iPhone 5

Herbert Meyer
Flame

a quotation

"The hungry sheep look up, and are not fed, But swoln with wind and the rank mist they draw, Rot inwardly, and foul contagion spread ." - John Milton

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FCC (finally) cracks down on BLARING! TV! ADS!

Herbert Meyer
Stop

4 years my *, how about 60 years

The difference in volume has been obvious since the beginnings of TV broadcasting. I could find old cartoons from Mad and the New Yorker and other US mags, dated from the 50's, observing the phenomena.

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MIT boffin's 'truth goggles' probe print and pols

Herbert Meyer
Happy

Thats too easy

They are all LYING ! Every word is a lie, evasion, or misdirection.

Thank you, I feel much better now. Time for my medication, NURSE ! NURSE !

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Rock star physicist Cox: Neutrinos won't help us cheat time

Herbert Meyer
Stop

Fermi's joke

Neutrinos are an explanation of the violation of conservation of energy in Beta Decay, made up by Fermi, in the 1930's as a joke. Their existence was not demonstrated until the 1950's, in observations at Nuclear Reactors. Almost every experiment involving neutrinos, like the Solar Neutrino observations, has produced puzzling results.This joke has gone on long enough, we do not understand neutrinos.

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Enormous orbiting solar raygun power plants touted

Herbert Meyer
FAIL

citing Heinlein, Asimov already cited.

Heinlein thought low orbit was the best place for fission power plants. But then "Blowups Happen".

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Why GNOME refugees love Xfce

Herbert Meyer
Facepalm

for foot injuries

I have XFCE installed for the inFrequent occasions when I shoot off my foot, trying to "Improve" the gnome or unity desktop. Until recently, wifi required a graphical desktop to start, so I would have to find the ethernet cable to run a command line when I had improved the system too much.

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US decommissions massive Cold War nuke

Herbert Meyer
Mushroom

better yet...

Where are the handholds for Major Kong ?

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Pumped-up radio telescope seeks new moniker

Herbert Meyer
Pint

It's on the Rio Grande

And the imagery may have been shot the week after a rainstorm.

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Herbert Meyer
Boffin

Sorry, wrong hemispere

New Mex is in the Northern Hemisphre.

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Herbert Meyer
Mushroom

WTF

Having driven through the array, on US60 west from Socorro, NM, the best name is "WTF is That ?" No, we knew it was there, but were unprepared for the scale of the thing. Then we got directed off the road by a NM State trooper, to make way for a portable building being moved.

The thing is between a long stretch of NOTHING, the array, then MORE NOTHING. You should drive it someday. It is just west of the Trinity site. After visiting, you understand why they blew it off out there, it is nowhere.

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Future wars will be over water not fuel, warns Intel sage

Herbert Meyer
Happy

title for Hydro-Despot

Perhaps Pharaoh ?

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New iPhone offered for sale via unauthorised outlets

Herbert Meyer
Holmes

up the supply chain

This, and the reports of "Apple Stores" in China, leads me to suspect the manufacturers are running the production lines overtime, and shipping production to somebody other than Apple. One of the hazards of outsourced manufacturing.

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Amazon's Kindle Fire is sold at a loss

Herbert Meyer
Pirate

If you don't know

And if you don't know how to root it, they will sell you a howto book, published by O'Reilly. And a couple of books on Android development, a book on java programming, one on python, maybe a tune or two to listen to while you read....

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AMD spills secret to World Record clock speed

Herbert Meyer
Boffin

as expensive as good beer

No, liquid nitrogen is not expensive. I suspect that having done this once, AMD will redesign with a closed loop cooler, and do it repeatably (a bit slower). Anybody (engineers please) know how to build a liquid nitrogen heat pipe ?

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UK, US ink boffinry pact on laser fusion 'star power'

Herbert Meyer
FAIL

cynicism

Fusion power has been 10-15 years away for almost 60 years now.

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