* Posts by Primus Secundus Tertius

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So just WHO ARE the 15 per cent of Americans still not online?

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Re: In the UK

No, you are the one citing individual cases rather than populations. You are the one with no clue about statistics.

"my friends is" - I hope that is a typo rather than a measure of your English. I can forgive typos; as my fingers get older the keyboard dances around under them.

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In the UK

My subjective impression of my country, the UK, is that about half the population just does not do reading and writing except under severe provocation, e.g. to claim governemnt benefits. Even then, they usually expect somebody to help them.

But they all have TVs and mobile phones, so who needs that stupid internet thingy, even though it has been dumbed down in an effort to get more paying customers.

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Start learning parallel programming and make these supercomputers sing, Prez Obama orders

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Re: Weather? Certainly useful but...

How does natural language work? Is it really brute force and ignorance? Will we ever get beyond the current 90% accuracy of language translations, dictation machines, style checkers, etc?

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Find a coder

It is difficult enough to find good programmers for the classic von Neumann sequentail architecture, let alone designers of parallel algorithms.

The old analogue computers were essentially parallel machines.

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Today's smart home devices are too dumb to succeed

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Re: Debugging intelligence

E.g. abolish our need for vitamins: that random set of organic compounds that our cells need but cannot synthesise from plain food.

Then we could enjoy junk food and tell the diet freaks to get lost.

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Debugging intelligence

It seems to me that devices will become too 'intelligent' for us to debug long before thay are 'intelligent' enough to rule the world.

Here's hoping, anyway.

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YOW! Pluto STUNS boffins with HAZY, SHRINKY atmosphere

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Hydrides ?

Because of the cosmic abundance of hydrogen, we find carbon, nitrogen, and oxygen as their hydrides. Also, elements with odd atomic number (nitrogen) are less abundant than those of even number (carbon, oxygen).

Perhaps NASA have reasons for suggesting the ice is nitrogen rather than, say, methane. Or perhaps some mixture of methane, ammonia, and water. But please would someone give those reasons.

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Re: Bravo!

"Climate science"??

The biggest oxymoron of the current credulous era.

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Microsoft sets end date on Windows 10 support. Hey, wait, WHAT?

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re remote terminate

MS have just remotely terminated Security Essentials for XP, as reported in el Reg and confirmed by me personally.

If they can terminate that they can terminate anything they produce.

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Russian billionaire: GET me the ALIENS ON THE PHONE. Do it NOW

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Cosmic vandals

It would be cosmic vandalism for any civilisation to broadcast on the hydrogen 21cm frequency. But if they were run by accountants...

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Being common is tragic, but the tragedy of the commons is still true

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Big Society

So for those of us who live in cities or large towns (the great majority) voluntary solutions will not work because there are too many people.

Mr Cameron, prime minister of the UK and leader of the Conservative Party, had ideas of a Big Society that would harness the charitable instincts of people. In his own constituency, a small country town, it might sometimes work; but not for most of us.

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Wicked WikiLeaks leaks considered harmful: Alert over malware lurking in dumped docs

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Censorship?

Wikileaks: the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. Except where it has been censored to protect us, for our own good. Er, ?

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Farmer mooved after reunion with two-year fugitive cow

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Waltzing Matylda

Matylda went waltzing, but did not end up down udder.

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Horrifying MOCK BACON ABOMINATION grown in BUBBLING VATS as ALGAE

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Re: Grimbledon Down?

You beat me to that comment.

Let me add that the local tramp/vagrant at GD did describe Nu-Meths as "OK if you are not particular", but could not abide Nu-Food.

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Linux Foundation serves up a tasty dish of BUGS

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Is it CSV

The link in th Reg article claims to be a CSV but is actually an elaborate HTML file. Is there a real CSV file somewhere, that a spreadsheet can handle?

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PLUTO FLYBY: Here's your IT angle, all you stargazing pedants

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Close encounter

Close encounter - between Pluto and Bopeye.

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Download Festival face scan: You’re right to be annoyed, said UK surveillance commish

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Re: "I’m told these are heavy metal acts that performed at the festival"

@Valeyard

Nonsense! 10% of the public are always guilty. That is why the Romans used to kill off 10% from time to time: decimation, they called it. Poor understanding of probability, though. If they decimated at random, that would still leave 9% for next time.

Seriously, not all the public are innocent. But in Britain we prefer the police not to make that too obvious.

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US govt now says 21.5 million people exposed by OPM hack – here's what you need to know

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Re: I would not be surprised

Just what I was thinking.

Now why do I get all that spam email in Chinese characters?

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Dormant ALIEN SLIME LIFE frozen in SPEEDING comet will AWAKEN - boffins

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Creative Headlines

Give the el Reg journos a break. This headline may keep them going until the next BOFH time.

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Another day, ANOTHER Windows 10 build for us Insiders

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Aw c'mon. It's a damn sight easier to talk to those guys than to someone in Calais, or even Glasgow.

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Github's 'Atom' text editor hits version 1.0

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Re: "This is no child of mine" - Emacs

It's a bit like that with a Markup processor called pandoc.

Except I did not uninstall.

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Re: What's next

After A_to_M I guess we have N_to_Z.

Then perhaps !to)

Or not, if you prefer EBCDIC sequencing.

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BT: Let us scrap ordinary phone lines. You've all got great internet, right?

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There is an option.

You can chuck out the phone line, but then you get charged for TV channels that you never watch. As I found out.

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It's OK – this was an entirely NEW type of cockup, says RBS

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Nobody checks

Perhaps there was a data error, then.

But nobody checks anything these days until something goes very visibly wrong. The doctrine in schools is that we must not query the creativity of the little darlings by anything so vulgar as re-reading and checking their work.

And so they become the programmers who let the customer find the faults and complain.

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Hey kids, who wants to pwn a million BIOSes?

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Firmware or crapware?

I guess that firmware updates are the responsibility of the computer maker, rather than Microsoft, and would rely on the manufacturer's "value added" software being present.

Unfortunately, new machines come with so much crapware that the first thing a careful owner does is a clean install minus all the crapware.

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How much info did hackers steal on US spies? Try all of it

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Re: This is rapidly becoming a world laughing stock

@keithpeter

In the UK they just send CDs of social security data in the post. As you say, they have not admitted that anyone has actually used that information. Also they leave memory sticks in pubs and taxis, but don't admit that.

The UK Treasury clearly did not believe in spending money to protect data about UK citizens. It looks as though the USA has a similar problem.

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Wall Street watchdog publishes its ultimate rules on Bitcoin biz

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Re: What?

No, not very old.

Only yesterday I saw XP on a machine at my local council.

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It's FREE WINDOWS 10 time: 29 July is D-Day, yells Microsoft

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Re: @Paul Shirley

@dogged

I seem to recall that Microsoft, or the US Government, once disabled the Windows machines owned by whichever wicked government was wickedly ruling Afghanistan in those wicked times.

True, MS are unlikely to bother a private individual who keeps himself inconspicuous, but corporations are another matter.

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NASA plots interplanetary cubesat swarms

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Bovine backscatter

Looks to me like GOAB - Good Old American Bull****.

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Manchester car park lock hack leads to horn-blare hoo-ha

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@Lee D

I find the radio key very convenient for opening my car in a dark garage.

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Re: Hanlon's razor

@Goldmember

Not far from Strangeways (a Manchester prison) I seem to recall.

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Russia will fork Sailfish OS to shut out pesky Western spooks

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What about the toolchain?

It's not enough to have source code that you trust. You also need compilers, linkers, assemblers, library editors, etc that you trust.

Maybe Russia has spent money on these things. I doubt that the UK has.

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Microsoft celebrates 25 years' SOLITARY SELF-PLEASURE with GROUP SESSION

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Re: But what about

And what about the Pinball Jingle, if you chose "music" rather than "sound"?

Calculated to drive the whole office insane.

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Stripped to the core and full of Xfce: Xubuntu Linux loses it

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And after apt-get

Get yourself a GUI installer.

The process is one of primary bootstrap, secondary bootstrp, ...

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Microsoft: Free Windows 10 for THIEVES and PIRATES? They can GET STUFFED

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End users and promoters

MS might be trying to say that end users will be allowed a free upgrade but resellers, promoters, and wide boys in general will have to pay.

Or they might not.

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Re: 7 to 8 ...

I vaguely remember a similar situation with Vista and its upgrade from XP.

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DEEPENING MYSTERY of BRIGHT LIGHTS on dwarf world Ceres

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@apophis22

No, sir! The bright spots mean we have been rumbled, and They are signalling to us, in some exotic unicode, to F*** Off.

And they have camouflaged the rich fields of grain after which their planetlet is named.

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Lies, damn lies and election polls: Why GE2015 pundits fluffed the numbers so badly

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Re: "Shy Tories"

@Pen-y-gors

What's more, make them vote in Welsh, for their sins. Except in Wales, where they would have to use Gaelic.

Latin would be a very civilised voting language. Graduates of Oxbridge would be allowed to use it, as it was a traditional entry requirement there.

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Re: We don't vote for parties...

@Grikath

Yes, yes, but then you look at the alternatives, of which the most important is the European Parliament.

There, one votes for a party list. There is no way of voting against a particular candidate unless you also vote against his or her colleagues. Voting against is a very important facility.

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Re: "shy tory"

@John H Woods

The newspapers are allowed to be biased, and they are generally honest about their bias. The BBC is supposed to be not biased, and therefore hides its bias.

BBC election night began at 9.55pm, and for a few minutes they were relishing the prospect of a Labour coalition. Then they were stunned by the exit poll, and more or less behaved themselves.

However, in 1992 they did not admit until the following morning that the Conservatives had actually achieved a majority of parliamentary seats. Same again this time.

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Weird ARCHAEAN LIFE FORM found at 'Loki's Castle' DEEP beneath Arctic Circle

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Re: Eukaryon with your research

He may be a fun guy but I am with the protistas.

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Is Grant Shapps being naughty on Wikipedia – or did a Lib Dem stitch him up?

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BBC and sources

The BBC are not supposed to call anything "News" if there are not at least two sources. That is, or was, written into their "Guidelines for Producers".

Some ten years ago I prepared a set of comments relating to the renewal of the BBC Charter, and studied those Guidelines.

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Ruskie hackers nab unclassified Obama emails

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Re: Why??

@Keef

There are so many different versions of unicode that she could claim they were using the wrong version.

In the computing world, the prefix "uni-" is a disaster.

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Fed-up Colorado man takes 9mm PISTOL to vexing Dell PC

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@Rich 11

Who said anything about faith? He was selling the stuff, not believing in it.

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Something's missing in our universe: Boffins look into the SUPERVOID

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Re: Does there have to be a reason for it?

@boltar

Yes.

The very early universe went through an "inflationary" phase, when everything was smoothed out: the geometry, and the distribution of photons and other particles.

The reported temperature deviation is about four standard deviations, so is worth investigating.

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Thank heavens for the silicon chip: A BRIEF history of data

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Perhaps interesting

Maybe this was an interesting article, but I am not prepared to wade through four pages.

PLEASE bring back the "print as one page" button.

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Google drives a tenth of news traffic? That's bull-doodie, to use the technical term

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Re: How many of these are using Google as their address bar?

Duh?

Am I the only one who just clicks on a URL in my favourites list?

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Scummy transients FOUND ON MARS by NASA rover

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@boltar and generally,

What puzzled the people who before ca 1930 speculated on the origin of life on Earth was, how could life get started in an oxidising environment?

Then astronomers realised the universe was mostly hydrogen - had to be to explain our sun - and people realised that life here began in a reducing or at least neutral environment.

I cannot see how any kind of life could survive a perchlorate environment, unless it is at most a trace component.

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RELICS of the Earth's long lost TWIN planet FOUND ON MOON

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@sureo

Even if it had been so placed at one time. perturbations from the other planets would have moved it.

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Saturn's rings, radio waves ... poetry? At home with Scotland's Mr Physics

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Not measured

Apols in advance for tips & corrections in these comments, but my email is down while I rebuild my main computer. But, as others have said, interesting article.

1. "The breakthrough was his measurement of the speed of electromagnetism".

It was not a measurement but a prediction: a formula based on known electromagentic constants, arising from his equations.

2. "(Principle's) daughter". No, principal's.

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