* Posts by GBE

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So what the BLINKING BONKERS has gone wrong in the eurozone?

GBE

Re: HOW IT WORKS *

'there are no language and educational barriers"

I'm not so sure about that. I went to dinner with a bunch of people during a world-wide sales organization meeting at a corporate headquarters in Minnesota (which is where I'm from). I could understand the folks from South America, Europe and Asia a lot better than I could understand some of the folks from Louisiana.

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Slippery, slimy find: LEGGY, WRIGGLY fossil shows SNAKES weren't legless. Or ARMLESS

GBE

bit wallahs

Or byte wallahs

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Americans find fantastic new use for drones – interfering with firefighting

GBE

Armed firefighting aircraft?

Or maybe issue 12-gauge shotguns to a few of the firefighters on the ground?

Or just drop the water on the drones?

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FEMALE BLOOD-SUCKERS zero in on human prey by smelling our BREATH

GBE

Re: Not convinced.

"All this is already ancient news"

That was my reaction. We've known they are attacted to CO2 for ages. That's why people buy propane powered CO2 generaters to put in the far corner of the back yard to draw the mosquitos into traps.

http://www.amazon.com/Mosquito-Magnet-MM4100-Patriot-Trap/dp/B002RMBDIM/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top

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Neil Young yanks music from streaming services: 'Worst audio in history'

GBE

Neil's fooling only himself

I've been a Niel Young fan for decades, but he's just plain fooling himself if he thinks AM radio sounded better than even the lowest bit-rate streaming services.

A good song is still a good song regardless of the audio quality.

And a bad song is still a bad song -- even with a lossless megabit-per-second codec hooked up to thousands of dollars worth of amps and speakers.

Just write good songs, Niel. If they're worth listening to, they're still worth listening to through via a 9-transister AM radio with a 2" speaker or via an 32Kbps lossy codec.

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The Great Barrier Relief – Inside London's heavy metal and concrete defence act

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Re: How does the barrier defend against heavy rains?

Thanks for actually answering my question rather than acting like a 9-year-old.

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GBE

How does the barrier defend against heavy rains?

I don't understand the refereneces to the wet winter and heavy rains. Isn't the barrier _downstream_ from London in order to defend against high tides and storm surge? In order to defend against heavy rains, it would have to be upstream from London to hold back the rainwater that's coming down the river.

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Canuck chump cuffed over helium balloon flying chair stunt

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Re: They should throw the book at him

From http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2015/07/06/man-flies-balloon-powered-lawn-chair-over-calgary.html:

His airborne lawn chair crash-landed in a farmer’s field several miles outside Calgary.

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GBE

Why did he need "that altitude"?

"We couldn't find anyone who could get me to that altitude."

Why did he need to get up into controlled airspace?

Why was parachuting into the stampede from uncontrolled airspace at 5-10 thousand feet not sufficient?

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Let me PLUG that up there, love. It’s perfectly standaAAARGH!

GBE

Re: XML is so 1990's - version|value|value<CRLF>

"The someone has spent years at university learning XML and/or JSON,"

Somebody who spent years learning JSON? It's hard to even imagine somebody that stupid writing software. Or even getting to the office without hurting themselves.

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KRAKKOOM! SpaceX Falcon supply mission to ISS EXPLODES minutes after launch

GBE

Re: 23:44

"something was expecting standard US units of inches per day"

No, it's changed, the standard is now furlongs per fortnight. It's much more poetic.

$ units

Currency exchange rates from www.timegenie.com on 2014-04-02

2866 units, 109 prefixes, 79 nonlinear units

You have: 1 inch/day

You want: furlong/fortnight

* 0.0017676768

/ 565.71429

You have:

One of the units supported by a liquid flow controller for which I wrote the firmware was acre-feet per fortnight. OK, though it rolls of the tongue in a lovely manner, it didn't make much sense for the size of the controller and the industry for which it was targetted. But that unit actually does make sense to somebody managing a reservoir.

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Apple pulls Civil War games in Confederate flag takedown

GBE

Just be cause it was "honored" in parts of the US don't mean it isn't a symbol of bigotry, ignorance, hatred, racism, and slavery. It should have been hidden in shame 150 years ago. They're just a bit slow in some of those southern states. The Southern Baptist church only officially renounced its pro-slavery position in 1995. Yes that's a NINETEEN. They split with the rest of the Baptist church in the US when the rest of the church came out against slavery.]

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GBE

Re: Fast track to offense

No, it's been offensive since the 1860s.

It stands for racism, hatred, and slavery and always has.

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Carbon nanotube memory tech gets great big cash dollop

GBE

Hey, I remember that...

When working on a project where we were adding radio transmitters to gas meters back in '84, the van that drove around gathering readings used a Compaq "suitcase" portable with a bubble memory card instead of an internal hard-drive.

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GBE

It must be real, there's a _picture_!

It must be real, there's a picture of an actual IC in the article.

Glad they've got the whole packaging/labelling/logo thing figured out, for some of the product designs I've worked on that seemed to be the major bottleneck.

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Sawfish are the VIRGIN MARYS of the SEA thanks to virgin births

GBE

Re: Some Female Lizards in the Wild

> I've never understood how that can work in the long term.

Maybe it hasn't yet -- how long have they been there?

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WOODEN computer chips reveal humanity's cyber elf future

GBE

Except the "chip" isn't wood, it's still GaAs or whatever.

From the article: "Boffins have developed a biodegradable semiconductor chip made almost entirely of wood."

Except that according to what I've read, the chip is still made of GaAs or Silicon or whatever it used to be made of. It's only the substrate on which the chip is mounted that is made of cellulose and epoxy.

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Creationist: The Flintstones was an accurate portrayal of Dino-human coexistence

GBE

What? He's not from the US?

I'm just glad that (for once) a story like this is about somebody who isn't from the US.

Having said that, I suppose karma is going to smack me upside my head with the revelation that this ignoramus was born and raised in Florida, or Texas, or Arkansas or somewhere like that....

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Will Hay: Britain's bumbling star of the screen and skies

GBE

Context, my boy

In that context "America" is clearly referring to a country, not a pair of continents. The hint is that the other two things in the list are countries, and not continents.

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Boring old Brocade just sits there making money. Damn them

GBE

Re: Translation?

Mostly it translates to

"Wooops! Sorry folks, some of your money's gone."

If you read up on goodwill (the accounting term) in wikipedia, there's a pretty good description. It basically means you paid X for something, and it was only worth Y (where X > Y). In order for the books to balance, when you spend X amount of cash, you've got to put X worth of assets onto the books. If what you bought is only worth Y, then you also put (X-Y) worth of "goodwill" onto the books. Or something like that.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goodwill_%28accounting%29

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US Air Force launches not-so-secret space plane. Thanks Russia

GBE

Atlas V is a "russian rocket"!!

"Not mentioned however was the fact that the mission was using a Russian designed and made Atlas V rocket"

I call bollocks. The Atlas-V was designed and built by Lockheed-Martin in the US.

The RD-180 first stage booster engine currently used on the Atlas-V is Russian. I don't think that makes the Atlas-V a "Russian designed and made rocket".

I suppose the Boeing 747 was a British designed and built airliner? After all, it had R-R engines didnt' it?

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Heartbleed, eat your heart out: VENOM vuln poisons countless VMs

GBE

A "new vulnerability" that has been there for 10+ years?

First sentence in the the article:

"A new vulnerability discovered in the QEMU virtualization hypervisor has left virtual machines open to attacks for over a decade, security researchers have disclosed."

How is it a "new vulnerability" if it's been there for over 10 years?

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US Congress promises death to patent trolls in bipartisan law scribbling

GBE

I'm sure this will delay the trolls for few days.

Great.

I'm sure it will take the patent trolls days -- weeks even -- before they've figured out how to game the new system as effectively as they're gaming the old one.

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WHY can't Silicon Valley create breakable non-breakable encryption, cry US politicians

GBE

Just because some guy doesn't understand...

former Michigan congressman Mike Rogers:

"I don't understand why we can't have both," he complained. "I think we can have both, and we should have it."

What an amazingly, astoundly stupid and arrogant thing to say in public. [OK, maybe if I knew the guy, I wouldn't be as amazed.]

Some random Joe (or Mike) doesn't understand why something is impossible, therefore it must be possible.

Hey! I don't understand why nuclear fusion isn't cheap and easy! I think it can be, and we should have it!

Well, Mike how about you "don't understand" in one hand and sh*t in the other. We'll see which hand gets full.

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SUPERVOLCANIC MAGMA reservoir BUBBLING under Yellowstone Park

GBE

Re: But how many Titanics would it fill?

"11.x Grand Canyons is a bit abstract? No?"

I guess that depends on whether you've been to the Grand Canyon.

Comparing X to something you've actually stood next to is about as concrete as it gets.

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Al Franken to FBI: We need MORE revenge smut arrests

GBE

Re: Recently re-elected.

While he spent much of his life as a comedian and writer, it is woth noting that he graduated cum laude from Harvard with a degree in government.

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JetBrains releases CLion - new cross-platform IDE for C/C++ users

GBE

Why "Data Networking"?

I'm curious: why is this article filed under "Data Networking" rather than "Software"?

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Exchange Server 2016 will be mostly Cloud Exchange ported back on-premises

GBE

Re: Really?

"Cue adblock to remove all Reg images."

Yup, just added a rule for those.

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Bloke hits armadillo AND mother-in-law with single 9mm round

GBE

Re: Varmint?

"Likewise the makers of the trailer and/or reclining chair for not using something a bit more resilient!!"

You can't use anything very heavy-duty for trailers or they won't fly through the air and/or disintegrate properly during a tornado.

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Oh, hi there, SKYNET: US military wants self-enhancing software that will outlive its creators

GBE

feather an egg?

"feathered a fair number of consultants' nest eggs"

I like the clever mixed metaphore.

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Bell Canada pulls U-turn on super-invasive web-stalking operation

GBE

Re: On the brighter side...

> It's really telling - and cause for optimism - that 170 complaints is "unprecedented".

Well, remember it's Canada. They tend to be pretty easy going up there (as long as it's not about hockey).

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Dell's scaly-headed file system gets bigger and bitier

GBE

What's the photo from?

I've a nagging feeling I should know, but can't place it.

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Big Blue securo-bods warn of dire Dyre Wolf AMONG WOLVES

GBE

Users are like that.

A couple years ago a got a phone call claiming to be from a large brokerage and financial services firm. The caller said there was something in my account that needed to be updated, but first she needed my birth date, account numbers, and social security number to confirm my identity.

I said I'd call back on the corporation's toll-free number. She said she'd put a note in my account so that whoever got my call would know what needed to be done. Before I hung up, I asked her if people usually provide all that information over the phone when she calls them out of the blue like that.

She said "always".

At that point, I realized that Bruce Schneier was right. Crypto can't solve the problem: the weak point in computer and network security is in the the wetware.

[I then hung up, called the company's toll-free number, the

aforementioned note was on my account, and we took care of whatever it

was that needed to be done.]

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Midlife crisis, suck ingenuity? Microsoft turns 40; does the dad dance

GBE

Hey, I've got one of those in my office!

That's it, there, in front of Paul Allen, next to the Commodore PET. A Heathit H19 terminal.

And mine still works. :)

There's space inside for a Z80 CPU board (in addition to the Z80 that does the "terminal" stuff) which turns it into an H89 CP/M computer. But if it were an H89, there would be a floppy drive above the numeric keypad (to the right of the CRT). So I'm pretty sure that's an H19 terminal.

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Tape thrives at the margin as shipped capacity breaks record

GBE

Re: Great picture of Tape Drive

It would be cool if the Reg would provide a little info (if possible) about the pictures displayed above articles like this. The pictures are often more interesting than the article.

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Comcast: Google, we'll see your 1Gbps fiber and DOUBLE IT

GBE

The most speeds.

"We’ve consistently offered the most speeds to the most homes"

Since it's Comcast, god only knows what they mean by that. Comcast probably doesn't, and wouldn't admit it if they did.

Perhaps they are being literal, and they offer the largest number of tariff options. There's a long tradition in advertising of bragging about stuff that's true but doesn't matter (it's even better if it sounds like it matters).

Perhaps they mean they offer higer speeds than their competitors. In most Comcast markets, they offer up to 20-30Mbps. The competition is almost always the local phone company flogging ADSL that maxes out at 3-7Mbps).

I've been a Comcast broadband customer for a few years, and they do a decent job of shifting packets to/from the internet and seem happy enough to let me use my own mode. But, nobody in their right mind would depend on them for email, DNS, or anything else.

Where I've live, we've got a third option: municipal WiFi, but it maxed out (theoretically) at 3Mbps. I tried to use that for a few years, and it was miserable. It worked (mostly) in one neighborhood I lived in, but typically ran at 1-1.3 Mbps. After I moved to a different neighborhood, it often didn't work at all in the evenings.

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Cross-dressing blokes storm NSA HQ: One shot dead, one hurt

GBE

Re: _THAT_ was the plan?

> Perhaps it was aliens trying to rescue a crew member.

That's just silly. Everybody knows it's the CIA not the NSA that has the aliens locked up, and they're nowhere near Ft. Meade.

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GBE

Re: A minivan...

> It wasn't a minivan. It was a Ford Explorer.

Latest stories say it was a Ford Escape (Kuga in the UK?): a smaller, unibody "crossover" SUV. Still not what we call a "minivan" in the US, but that maybe different in the UK.

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GBE

Re: A minivan...

Huh?

It wasn't a minivan. It was a Ford Explorer. Until a few years ago that was a station wagon (aka estate wagon) style body on a mid-size Ford truck frame. It's sort of like a range rover. Fairly large wheels and good ground-clearance. I think the past few years they've switched to a unibody design with a lower CoG (so it wont' be quite as likely to flip over), but it is still more "truck-like" than the traditional station wagon.

Though I still don't think planning and rational forethought were the strong-points of the two guys involved...

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GBE

_THAT_ was the plan?

Dress up like women, pack up some drugs and guns, and ram a security gate at the NSA.

WTF did they think they were going to accomplish if they got past the gate, and in what sort of delusion does that sound like a good plan to do it?

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BOFH: Never mind that old brick, look at this ink-stained BEAUTY

GBE

Re: says:

> Hang on - I'm still using a PS2 keyboard on my test rig.

I'm stull using an IMB-AT keyboard on my main desktop at home, and works like it did when it was new.

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Health & Safety is the responsibility of Connor's long-suffering girlfriend

GBE

Option R: upgrade from crash to re-entrancy problem

The obvious answer is you change the stack variable to a static variable. That way it won't crash. Instead you'll have much a much more subtle re-entrancy or race-condition problem

to deal with.

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This ISN'T Net Neutrality. This is Net Google. This is Net Netflix – the FCC's new masters

GBE

You mean the FCC isn't looking out for me?

Even if this is simply a realignment of the FCC with new corporate overlords, I'd have to say that so far the interests of Netflix/Google/etc have always seemed much more aligned with my interests as a consumer than those of Comcast/Verizon/etc ever were.

Nobody thinks that the new network wold order (in the US) isn't going to suck, but we're somewhat hopeful that it might suck a little less. We'll see how long that hope lasts...

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Minecraft debuts new block – one that blocks Java crapware, that is

GBE

Optimizing customer support costs

When they talk about optimizing the game by bundling a JRE, what they're actually optimizing is probably support costs. [I assume if you pay for a copy of Minecraft, you get some modicum of support.] I wouldn't be surprised if Minecraft's customer support staff spend 3/4 of their time dealing with borked Java installations.

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Give biometrics the FINGER: Horror tales from the ENCRYPT

GBE

TROW

....that dark and dangerous place outside the US known as "the rest of the world" (AKA "terrorists").

I think you're oversimplifying things a bit implying that the US goverment thinks everybody outside the US is a terrorist. We here in the US are quite aware that not all foreigners are terrorists: there are also Communists, drug dealers and white slavers.

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What a hang-up: AT&T dumped from Dow index, Apple installed

GBE

Re: Survivorship bias

I don't really understand why "the Dow" is such a mainstay of financial news. It's a small sample of very large companies and is being constantly "cooked". Nobody who knows anything should be paying any attention to it at all...

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Lenovo: We SWEAR we're done with bloatware, adware and scumware

GBE

Re: To become the leader in providing cleaner, safer PCs

The problem with "borking" the 99% is that it's the volumes provided by their purchases that make the hardware cheap enough that teh 1% can afford to buy it.

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Vint Cerf: Everything we do will be ERASED! You can't even find last 2 times I said this

GBE

"digital lives wiped from history"

"Webpioneer Vint Cerf has warned – once again – that our digital lives are in danger of being wiped from human history."

Good god, I hope so. Has he _seen_ what comprises "our digital lives"? It's pretty much all cat videos, selfies, and tweets that should have been wiped from history before they were even posted.

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