* Posts by 45RPM

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iPhones clock-blocked and crocked by setting date to Jan 1, 1970

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Testing is a thankless task. It's dull, it's repetitive, and it's not as glamorous as coding. So it isn't surprising that bugs like this sneak through in anyone's software (Apple's, Microsoft's, Google's, yours, mine)

It needn't be this way though. Automated testing, with intelligently designed scripts, can take care of all the boring repetitive tasks of ensuring that every function works the way that it is supposed to and regression testing. Those tests can be left running every night.

This frees up a lot of human tester time, not for redundancy (before all the accountants get excited) but to do the vital, interesting, and often overlooked task of what I like to think of as vandalism.

Vandalism is interesting testing because it's devious. It's imaginative. It doesn't concern itself with whether the software works as designed (the automated testing and UAT will take care of that). All it does is try to smash the software, crash it, break it by any means. And once a good exploit has been found, of course, it gets added to the test automation suite - and the tester goes back to be deviously destructive again.

I imagine that most of the big software companies do this already - but perhaps they should do it more. And I might point out that before you snigger too much at the 'notorious wobbliness' of Apple software, bugs like this are everywhere. Yes. Even in your own preferred OS.

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Motorola-powered Mac from 1989 used to write smartphone apps

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Re: Pascal on a Mac

And don't forget the Gaelic Pascoe - common in Cornwall.

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Re: Keyboards

That keyboard (Saratoga) is a proper mechanical one, with Alps key switches. Which might explain why they're so sought after.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apple_Extended_Keyboard

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@davidp231

Apparently, if you use A/UX then A/UX replaces the dodgy 24bit code with a 32bit alternative of its own - permitting use of the entire address space. I haven't tried that configuration though - so I can't confirm.

A better alternative to using the ROM from a IIsi or IIfx (the IIx and IIcx had more or less the same ROM as the stock SE/30, and IIci's ROM was soldered to the board) is to use a custom ROM specifically for the SE/30 - but 32bit clean. You can buy them (with a natty skull and crossbones silk screened onto the board), and they work very well - even with A/UX (or OS 8!). In fact, using modern chips, there's even enough room for an OS (just like a Classic) if you so choose.

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GCHQ’s Xmas puzzle proves uncrackable

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Yup. I suspect that the people with the intellectual wherewithal to break the code have better things to do with their time. Solving the mysteries of the universe, for example, trying to cure cancer, designing the next Raspberry Pi…

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Whatever Android-ChromeOS mashup looks like, it's gotta be better looking than this

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That EULA! This milk is sour, and I ain't the kind of pussy to drink it.

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Intel admits Skylakes can ... ... ... freeze in the middle of work

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Re: Re : BIOS issue?

@malle-herbert

Of course it is. I'll get my brown paper bag. My parser is clearly a bit off this morning.

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Does the problem also occur with EFI or is it strictly a legacy BIOS issue?

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Boozing is unsafe at ‘any level’, thunders chief UK.gov quack

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Consider for a moment, if you will, the danger to the economy of this quackery. Consider also the damage caused by ‘Dry January’ (and every other dry month - there are a worrying number).

I’m not saying that everyone should drink - some people might have very good reasons for abstaining (not least that they don’t like booze very much). I’m not saying that some people shouldn’t cut back a little (but, on the basis of this report, it seems to me that some people could do with upping their intake rather a lot). I am saying that, provided what I do affects only me, the government should butt the fuck out and leave me to get on with it. I’d hate for pubs to have to shut because of all this foolishness.

Join with me in a New Year Resolution - make 2016 the ‘Support the Publican’ year. Don’t drink at home. Don’t abstain (well, unless you’re teetotal - in which case, carry on). Go down to your local boozer at every opportunity and sink a couple. Your stress levels will go down - and your enjoyment of life will improve immeasurably - even as its duration shrinks infinitesimally.

chin chin!

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Lovelace at 200: Celebrating the High Priestess to Babbage's machines

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Re: Sexist shite

Bit part? Jesus! Are you serious? Go away and research what she did - her genitals have nothing to do with it. She was a genius, and is rightly lauded for her acheivements. If her sex has been celebrated latterly, that’s just out of necessity - as a society we do need to get more women into STEM, and giving them heroines to look up to might just be a useful tool to do that.

Ada Lovelace was not only one of the very few who could understand what Babbage was on about (and presumably you believe that we should celebrate him, right?), she was also able to extend his ideas beyond anything that he had dreamed (not least looping) - to the extent that a Babbage / Ada machine (if built) would likely have been Turing Complete. Sure, it would likely also have ripped itself to pieces (steam not being the ideal power source for a computer) - but the principle was sound.

Having done all that she went on to propose a means for programming the damned thing. And you have the gall to suggest that she shouldn’t be celebrated? Seriously, dude, you have a lot to learn.

You might also want to read up on other mathematical luminaries such as Emmy Noether, Mary Lucy Cartwright, Florence Nightingale, Julia Robinson, Shafi Goldwasser, Sofia Kovalevskaya… I could go on.

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Swiss try to wind up Apple with $25k dumb-watch

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I can’t help thinking that Swiss Made is to watches what Apple Made is to computers. There may be very good reasons for choosing a Swiss watch (just as there may be very good reasons for choosing an Apple computer), but one size does not fit all and it seems to me that most purchases are made for reasons of fashion - and not because the merits of the device have been carefully considered by the purchaser.

Besides, if you want the very best, the apogee of damned expensive mechanical watch fashion then you need to buy English (http://www.robertloomes.com/robin-gents-watch/). I’ve considered the merits and decided instead to have a house and an old Seiko.

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Longing to bin Photoshop? Rock-solid GIMP a major leap forward

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Re: Luxury!

Dad? You knew who dad were? Reet posh you must be. Mam dunt knaa who us were. Tho t'munnys on er faatha or uncle Derek.

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The Register's entirely serious New Year's resolutions for 2016

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More of Lester Haines. More Worstall. Less Page. And don't forget the post pub Nosh and space articles. Get that right, and you've got it made - whatever else you may do.

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Apple had more CVEs than any single MS product in 2015, but it doesn't really matter

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Re: People?

The problem, perhaps, is that many (most?) managers have little or no understanding of the work that they're supposed to be managing. They're drawn from colleges with no more than an MBA to their name - rather from the ranks. And they've heard that measurability is good (and it is) but, since they don't understand their subject, they just grab desperately at any old number - no matter how meaningless.

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Cache-astrophic: Why Valve's Steam store spewed players' private profiles to strangers

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Re: Good idea.

At the risk of being downvoted into a smoking hole in the ground, this problem seems to be particularly prevalent on Windows - and I'm at a loss to see why consoles (other than, perhaps, Xbox) are similarly affected.

Taking one (admittedly small) example, when I installed Trine on my Mac I was able to start playing immediately. I installed Braid and the gameplay experience was the same. I did the same on Linux (with Trine and Braid) - install, and then play. No further messing.

When attempting the same on my Windows 7 PC, I needed to update DirectX (and a load of other stuff - it was a while ago, and I can't remember the specifics) immediately after installing Trine before I could play. I installed Braid and, despite just having done a major update of shared components, I had to wait while more components (often the same ones) got updated again. Wtf!?

Now I concede that Windows is the better system for gaming in terms of variety and performance, but in terms of user friendliness and immediacy Microsoft can learn a lot of from Linux and Mac OS.

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Adobe: We locked our customers in the cloud and out poured money

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Re: There is an alternative…

@Steve Davies 3

Fanboys everywhere on el Reg. It's a very partisan site.

I know that there are people who still swear by Adobe - my sister's business for one, and she's happy with the subscription model. I'm not even saying that the subscription model is bead for everyone - just that it's bad for me. I like to have a perpetual licence.

I like the way that JetBrains do it - you buy a subscription and, after each year, your license changes to being perpetual for the major version that was current when the year's subscription started/renewed for you. If Adobe did that too I'd have no quarrel with their subscription model.

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There is an alternative…

If you don’t like being locked into the cloud, there is a viable alternative - and I speak as one who not only once used Photoshop and Illustrator, but was also paid to teach other people how to use it.

Affinity Photo and Affinity Designer are both viable alternatives, and they require remarkably little in the way of retraining in order to use. Sure, there’s some functionality missing - but since the missing functionality is largely in the field of automation (building panoramas and so forth) it’s stuff that you may be able to do without. Personally, I’m happy to make do without and abandon the subscription model at the same time. I’m sure that Serif will be adding in the missing functionality in future versions (fingers crossed).

Adobe does still have one worthwhile tool - Brackets. That one’s free. Download it now.

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Apple finally publishes El Capitan Darwin source

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Re: Job's the marconi of his day!!

@Simon Hobson

With regard to Microsoft's views of the GPL, I think that mainly applies to Steve Ballmer. But Ballmer wasn't the smartest tool in the shed (which explains Microsoft's precipitous decline in his tenure). Now that Nadella chap is an entirely different kettle of cleverness - and we don't know what his views on the subject are.

My problem with the GPL is that it explicitly states that the source code must be published - and there are times where that might be undesirable for competitive reasons. Attribution, I have no issue with - but source code publication? No - that's not for me. LGPL 'fixes' GPL - but I tend to prefer the BSD license (which didn't need 'fixing' to begin with.)

That said, I can also see the point of GPL for some - and so isn't it wonderful that we have a choice of license, and we can choose the one that suits us best?

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@kryptylomese

I was looking at Darling just the other day - but this probably doesn't make their work any easier.

You see, this isn't really anything all that new - the source code for Darwin and the kernel for Yosemite has been out for a while now - and, if you go back as far as Leopard, you even used to be able to download an image of the full built OS. So, as you can see, this doesn't give Darling anything that they didn't have already (it just gives them a newer version)

I used to use Darwin on my PC, and I liked it a lot. Scarcity of software, and lack of time to build for myself from the sources, pushed me into the arms of Ubuntu - and there I've stayed. The CLI isn't quite as nice (there are tools and ways of working on Darwin that I prefer), but the overall experience is a great deal better.

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Donald Trump wants Bill Gates to 'close the Internet', Jeff Bezos to pay tax

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Re: 45RPM YOU are the racist!

@Blitheringeejit

The tuning, mainly, which (as a guitarist) I find to be a little unnatural.

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Re: 45RPM YOU are the racist!

@CADMonkey - Oho! And my apologies to you then. It would appear that I have the wrong end of the stick and (sniff sniff) it seems to be covered in something unsavoury. Eww!

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Re: 45RPM YOU are the racist!

Really? Did I, at any point in my post, accuse all Americans of being dim? Or did I just pick on a group of Americans who might be characterised as having bombastic, narrow-minded, ill-educated attitudes? And I didn't even pick on all of them - I merely said 'might be'. I left the possibility open that there may be a few considerate, generous and well meaning Republicans.

A better analogy would be if I'd substituted 'Blacks' (for merkins) and 'Lords Republican Army' (for GOP). Or 'Jews' (for merkins) and 'Yisrael Beiteinu' (for GOP). You see, there are two parts to my statement - and you break the meaning of the paragraph if you consider them separately.

Judging by the way you cherry picked at my post, I'm guessing that I hit a nerve.

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You shore do have a purty mouth. Fer a city boi.

Seems to me that you can gauge the IQ of a merkin, to some extent, by the party that they support. If it's GOP then you might be looking at someone called cletus who screws pigs and whose idea of foreplay is to say "wake up, Ma". An evolution denying moron whose only talent is the ability to play the banjo very quickly. In short, probably not the sort of person you'd want to trust with the biggest economy and military in the world.

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Hello Barbie controversy re-ignited with insecurity claims

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Hi! I'm Barbie. I love you very much.

Question is, will this new cutting edge technology be resistant to the best efforts of Mr. Snodworthy? Better yet, will it be able to get one over Mr. Snodworthy with, perhaps, a carefully placed arm?

We should all watch these developments most carefully.

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Top Android app devs found exfiltrating mystery stealth packets

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Re: Comparison of android, iOS, Windows

The trouble is that when research of this type is published, concentrating on only one platform, it doesn't provide enough information for purchasers to make an informed decision. At worst, it provides more grist to the mill of adherents (fan boys) of other OSs that theirs is somehow better. Safer. And it may be - but there isn't enough data here to make that kind of judgment. Equally, it may not be - it may be worse.

I would genuinely be interested to see this research but covering all the major mobile operating systems.

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How does this compare with Windows or iOS?

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Commentard achieves bronze badge, goes directly to jail

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Err… Yes. But you also need to have a certain number of upvotes - and this isn’t a great way of getting those.

Must try harder, I’m afraid. Quality as well as quantity.

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I visited a friend in chokey once. I got frisked and x-rayed for drugs - which I, as a tweedy kind of a bloke, thought was hiliarious. I don’t do anything stronger than whisky, tea and bacon.

They took dabs too. So presumably I’m on record somewhere.

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GCHQ 'smart collection' would protect MPs from spies, says NSA expert

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Re: Who has more power?

@strum Since Parliament is supposed to be democratic, our politicians must be subject to the same protections and laws as the rest of us. That includes encryption and privacy on the net.

The ideal solution is just to forget about this whole sorry mess, and permit hard to break encryption.

The next best solution is to educate everyone how to use Tor, and write off the public internet as a sorry fucked up mess.

Finally, if we must have broken encryption, politicians must have broken encryption too - and whistleblowers will have to fall back on the old, non electronic methods.

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Hi, um, hello, US tech giants. Mind, um, mind adding backdoors to that crypto? – UK govt

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Unfortunately, the security czars and special advisors to HM Government are unqualified in mathematics or cryptography - in fact, one wonders how they got the job at all. Cameron and Co appear to be somewhat brainless (it's not as if people who are qualified haven't been clamouring to be heard), and the Queen isn't taking her responsibilities seriously (she should dissolve parliament and require an election before Cameron n Co make us a complete laughing stock).

It's a sad state of affairs when we need to rely on massive corporations to stand up for us against our government. I'm not certain that I trust the massive corporations- but I definitely don't trust our government.

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Raspberry Pi grows the pie with new deal allowing custom recipes

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Please may I have a Mini ITX Pi, and two SATA connectors onboard. That would make a sweet homebuild RISC PC.

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GCHQ starts hunt for tech-savvy apprentices

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Prospective recruits (who need to be 18 and above) need a strong interest in programming and technology and questionable morals when it comes to respecting other peoples privacy.

Fixed that for you.

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Bacon as deadly as cigarettes and asbestos

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Re: Wouldn't be worth it...

@CarbonLifeForm

Queues? Depends on the severity of the condition.

For a non life threatening problem, like a broken bone, you'll be waiting hours.

For a serious or life threatening problem, they'll deal with you to the point of stability immediately- and then you'll have to wait for whatever is needed next.

For a non essential operation, where essential is defined as you can life without it (albeit not necessarily very well), you could wait months (depending on the area)

It also depends on your age and general health. Ain't triage wonderful? All of which explains why I think the NHS is wonderful, and I'm happy to be taxed for it, but why I choose to reduce the load and go private when possible (only once so far, thankfully)

But we seem to have strayed far from the topic of bacon.

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Re: Call it correctly

@Voland's right hand

Es kann nicht sein "Beobachter" genannt. Das ist "The Guardian" am Sonntag.

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Re: Wouldn't be worth it...

@Anonymous Coward

I've been seeing too many people who've swallowed up the divide and rule and have a 'fuck the fatties/smokers/anyone who partakes in something I don't' crowd who seemingly know the cost associated with every behaviour ever and the value of none

Yup. And I did rely on the NHS earlier this year - they patched me up a treat when I spilled from my bike. And if the NHS should stop treating smokers because they brought it upon themselves, or treating bacon eaters for the same reason, then it should also stop treating cyclists who have spills, climbers who have tumbles, walkers and runners with sprains and so on. Pretty soon they'll have no eligible patients at all.

Wait a minute… No eligible patients? That means no queues! Lower costs for the NHS! We might be onto something here…

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Re: Wouldn't be worth it...

@sabroni - smoke on, my friend, smoke on. As long as what you’re doing doesn’t harm me, why should I object to you doing it? It isn’t any of my business. And although I’m lucky enough to be able to go private, I’m delighted to pay tax for an undiscriminating* NHS that will look after whoever, whatever they’re suffering from, whenever they need it.

And, in the mean time, I shall go on enjoying the occasional bacon sandwich, vindaloo, rare roasted meat and all the other goodies that might be bad for me but which I will continue to stuff down my gluttonous gob.

*in the sense of not judging the patient and saying ‘ooh, well you’re not from round these parts’ or ‘ooh, well you brought it upon yourself…'

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Laid-off IT workers: You want free on-demand service for what now?

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Yeah. Thing is that Programmers are way worse than operators. You know the Iron Maiden cover with Eddie controlling Satan controlling Man? Well the BOFH is Satan. The Programmers are Eddie. BOFH can make your life miserable for a period of time. A programmer with a grudge can make you wish you’d never been born.

Don’t piss off the programmers. ’t’ain’t worth it.

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Future civilisations won't know how the universe formed

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@Spiracle

Surely, unless you subscribe to Orwell's idea that the national lottery is a hoax to placate the proletariat (1984), it's statistically likely that someone will win the lottery this week. It's just not statistically likely that it'll be you or anyone that you know.

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GCHQ to pore over blueprints of Chinese built Brit nuke plants

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Re: At the end of the 1960's the UK had...

D'ya reckon he'd have forgone the pint in favour of his name being spelled correctly?

I believe he preferred "Brian Trubshaw". And at least he's been spared the sellout cockup that is 21st Century Britain

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Re: At the end of the 1960's the UK had...

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Yup. We got rid of the stuff that we can use, and we kept the stuff that we can't. We could be a global superpower again - not in terms of land, of course, but in terms of influence and value - if we had great technology and owned our own infrastructure. Sadly, that would require bravery and a greater degree of selflessness from our politicians. Actually, perhaps not even selflessness - merely the ability to resist the temptation to rapaciously line their own pockets at the expense of the country's greater good.

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I'm not sure that the tense is wrong. We still have brilliant physicists. Brilliant engineers. Brilliant people of all disciplines. Maybe some have gone abroad - but they'd come back with the right incentives.

The only stumbling block is our spineless bumbling wally politicians.

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Gotta love the way our government is opposed to state ownership - except, apparently, when the state isn't ours. We can't be trusted with our own infrastructure, apparently, but other countries (even ones which could conceivably harbour less than beneficial intentions) can.

It's especially infuriating in fields which we invented. Railways, nuclear, telecoms, high speed flight. We're really good at this shit - so why not invest in our indigenous capability - and sell it instead of buying it from others?

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Terror in the Chernobyl dead zone: Life - of a wild kind - burgeons

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Re: @45RPM: "Lewis Page has very little scientific knowledge"

@Chris Miller with regard to Mr. P's master's. Bully for him. But since it's in engineering, this no more qualifies him to pontificate on climate change, biological systems or pollution than Roger Harrabin's degree in English. The difference is that Roger Harrabin has listened to scientists from many eminent institutions who are qualified in these subject areas.

Lewis, on the other hand, bangs his ignorant drum like a demented Duracell bunny and waits for his fan base to say "Ooh. Shiny degree. He must be qualified."

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Re: Nuclear power: safe for humans, great for the natural environment

@phuzz a nature reserve doesn’t make a good comparison because it’s still a managed environment - managed by, and impacted by, humans. Culls take place in nature reserves (please don’t think that I’m arguing against culls, by the way, I’m not - culls are necessary to ensure a healthy population). Similarly, humans abound in nature reserves - with all that that entails. It’s not a bad comparison - better than nothing - but not perfect.

Besides, and as I said originally, some life has been more seriously affected than others. Fungi are doing very badly, for example, and that might be a better indicator since funguses lack the ability to migrate from outside the zone.

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Re: Hmmm

@James Micallef

I see that you have selected yourself as being part of the 1/10th to stick around…

Correct. But if I’m the selector, I’ve also selected you, and Lewis Page, and everyone else here. For good measure, I’ve selected everyone else on the planet too. What I suggested is widespread and compulsory contraception as a way of reducing the population. If the birth rate falls then the population will necessarily fall too. No need to do it in on day - or even in one year.

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Re: Hmmm

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Now can we remove an entire useless third of our population?

Best point here! Because I can’t see anything much wrong with enjoying gadgets, driving cars, flying in jets, eating meat, drinking milk or doing any of the other million and one things that we’re told we mustn’t do. Yes, there’s a problem with resource scarcity and pollution - but it’s putting the cart before the horse to say that we must now all eat muesli and quorn and walk everywhere, before going back home to our yurts. The problem is overpopulation - fix that and we’re golden. 1/3rd might be enough, but I’d rather see a 9/10ths reduction - and then we can enjoy peace and solitude, without all this stress about our environmental impact on the planet.

The church must play its part. For years it’s been crapping on about how bad contraception is - and the gullible have lapped it up. Now’s the time for religion to show that it’s a force for good in the world and mandate that all adherents are prohibited from sexual congress on pain of hell, unless they use a 100% effective contraception. No exemptions.

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Re: Nuclear power: safe for humans, great for the natural environment

@Dewix

Quite. But Lewis Page is a troll, and has very little scientific knowledge. What he is good at is shouting loudly and mobilizing group think - he’s pure link bait. An empty vessel makes the most noise. What he ignores is that there are plenty of deformed animals in the exclusion zone and some parts of the food chain have been so badly damaged (particularly fungi) that dead matter isn’t being broken down properly - this presents the very serious risk of wildfire (all that dried, undecomposed, matter lying around) which would redistribute the radioactive material over an ever wider area.

It’s true that there has been significant recovery of some wildlife in the area - but only because humans aren’t competing for resources. If the recovery of wildlife in the exclusion zone were compared with a virgin, unpolluted, abandoned zone* then the recovery figures for Chernobyl would seem far less impressive.

In fairness, I am pro-nuclear provided that we can make reactors much safer (tick - we’ve done this) and provided that we can deal with the waste such that it doesn’t continue to be a highly dangerous problem for future generations (cross - we haven’t done this, and it will take significant investment in future generation highly efficient reactors before we can do so).

* which doesn’t exist because, if it did, why would we abandon it?

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The Steve Jobs of supercomputers: We remember Seymour Cray

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From the stories on Folklore (which don't mention a Cray), I'd guess that the Apple Cray was used in the design of the Power Macintosh (but I'm far too lazy to find / cite any sources). Seymour Cray, on discovering this, reputedly laughed and said that he was using a Macintosh to design the next Cray. Which only goes to show what an incestuous (and possibly full of bullshit and myth) business we're in.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook: Email keyword sniffing? We'd NEVER do that!

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Re: If I paid £600 for a handset

@LDS

What about Paris in a hotel? How much would that cost?

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