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* Posts by GBE

211 posts • joined 22 Sep 2010

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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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BILL GATES DRINKS 'boiled and treated' POO. Ah, 'delicious'

GBE

"delicious" drinking water?

I've never had water that tasted "delicious" (unless you count various beverages and dishes that have had so much stuff added that nobody would ever call them "water"). I find water to be pretty much tasteless. How something like that could be called "delicious" is beyond me. The goal for water is to be comletely bland and tasteless.

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Alien Earths are out there: Our home is not 'unique'

GBE

Re: According to a certain Mr Arthur C Clarke...

"Two possibilities exist: either we are alone in the Universe or we are not. Both are equally terrifying."

True for me, but not in the way that AC seemed to think. I find neither option terrifying at all.

I find the former much _sadder_ than the latter. I'm much happier thinking there is other life out there (though I'm not really sure why). Due to the vast distances involved, I don't see why we would have anything to fear from extra-terrestrial life.

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The Reg's review of 2014: Naked JLaw selfies, Uber and monkey madness

GBE

Re: I know it's a long article...

"but a proof read would have worked wonders. This reads like a ten year old's homework assignment."

Yea, that was painful.

Most of it was decipherable despite the typos, subject/verb disagrements, incorrect/missing punction and various other grammar problems. There were a couple sentences where I just plain couln't figure out what they were supposed to mean: there seemed words missing (or perhaps extra ones thrown in by mistake).

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You have a 'SIMPLE QUESTION'? Well, the answer is NO

GBE

Re: I like to think

> What part of World War 2 took place in Spain? Is history teaching in the UK really that bad nowadays?

The spying part. Based on what I've read, about 2/3 of the population of Spain during WWII were spying, trying catch spies, pretending to spy, on their way somewhere else to go spying, on their way home after spying for one side or the other.

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Don't panic, US Navy has only deployed a ROBOT SHARK (but where are the lasers?)

GBE

Tuna _are_ lean, mean, killing machines.

> No way are they going to model the look on a harmless fish when they can make it look like a lean mean killing machine.

Tuna can swim 75km/h and are very active, efficient and deadly predators. They are just as much lean, mean, killing machines as are sharks. They just don't happen to mistakenly attack H. sapiens the way sharks do. ;)

I'm not sure being attacked by a 2m tuna would be much better than being attacked by a 2m shark...

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NY premiere of The Interview cancelled after hackers' terrorist threats

GBE

Re: Actually...

> I think the studio that made the film win this one

>> I thought the same. But if the film also gets cancelled from theatrical release, then it'll be a big loss for the studio.

The release won't get cancelled -- only a single premier got cancelled. That's probably a net gain considering nobody actually _pays_ for tickets to premiers and Sony can probably get some of the money back on the catering.

I'm pretty sure this is going to be a huge win for Sony.

If I were more cynical I'd credit Sony's marketing people with a lot of the rumors and threats that came out after the data dump. I don't think I'd go so far as to credit them with the data dump itself.

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Sony sued by ex-staff over daft security, leaked privates

GBE

Sony marketing?

I'm not going to claim that Sony's marketing people are behind the data dumps. But, once they had occurred, starting rumors that it was done by North Korea attempting to supress a Sony movie wold be a brilliant way to geenerate press and get people to go see the movie...

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US Navy's LASER CANNON WARSHIP: USS Ponce sent to Gulf

GBE

Re: "Ponce"

Really?

We have to explain this to you _every_ friggin' time there's an article about this ship?

The ship was named after the city in Puerto Rico, which was named after the Spanish conquistador who became the first Spanich governer of that island. The connotation (which is strictly British BTW) over which you are giggling like a 12-year old didn't come into use until later. One might more logically ask why Brits named effeminate men after after a Spanish conquistador.

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El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

GBE

Didn't notice the change.

I honestly didn't notice any difference until I read the article about it.

I do now see that the layout of the comments page is broken rather badly (at least in my copy of Firefox). There's a tall column of coments with several inches of whitespace on each side. Below that, there's the login/logout stuff shoved up agains the right hand edge of the window. Then below that there's a column of ads a few inches wide and a couple feet tall with 10-12 inches of whitespace on the left. Then the footer way, way down there below all that.

Fail.

I honestly don't understand why peple think web sites have to be redesigned every year or two simply for the sake of change. Is the web designer union that strong? Web sites don't ever seem to get any better -- just different.

I assume the real purpose is to intentionally move everything around so that people can't find anything. That way they have to waste time stumblling past more crap and more ads before they find what they actually came for.

I'm pretty sure large brick and morter retailers swear by that...

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AT LAST! London gets BONKERS FLYING PRINTER TEST LAB

GBE

Drones carrying 3D printers?

So the drones will be able to swim while carrying 3D printers?

I don't get it. Is that a joke that just went over my head?

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