* Posts by Chuunen Baka

59 posts • joined 17 Dec 2010

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Gun-jumping French pols demand rapid end to English in EU

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Lingua Franca

20 years ago if you went to a conference in Europe, you'd need translators for the French delegates but rarely for any others. Now conferences are conducted entirely in English and nobody seems uncomfortable with that. Virtually every well educated person in the world speaks some English. How many Asians or South Americans can speak any French?

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Brits don't want their homes to be 'tech-tastic'

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Re: IoT

Nest bought Revolv and bricked their existing customer base and sod the lifetime guarantee. No way am I going to depend on external software to run my home.

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Google: 'Here to stay on business cloud... but a long way to go'

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Tie in products

Google lost out because they wanted you to use their private APIs with instant lock in. They're starting to do Docker now so maybe if they push that and undercut the opposition they might do ok.

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Ireland's international tech sector bumps up against language barrier

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Re: Ek wonder...

Oor soveel as Afrikaans kan praat.

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Are bearded blokes more sexist?

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Windows

Age thing

In my day young men grew beards to appear more mature. Later they shaved them off to look less old.I suspect a lot of today's 20-somethings will be shaving them off as soon as the first grey hair appears.

I have no idea if any of that correlates with sexism.

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Why should you care about Google's AI winning a board game?

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Stamina

Well done AlphaGo team but what bugs me about these human vs machine things is that computers don't get tired. The poor old human has to sustain concentration for the whole duration and that mental strength is part of being a grand master / top dan / whatever.

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Aye, AI: Cambridge's Dr Sean Holden talks to El Reg about our robot overlords

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Cup of tea

Some bod on the Infinite Monkey Cage gave a great metaphor for robotic AI as the ability to make a cup of tea in somebody else's kitchen. I think we're a long way from that.

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How to save Wikipedia: Start paying editors ... or write for machines

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Style over content

WP is effectively run by a bunch of people enforcing the manual of style. Experts are frozen out because every time there is a dispute, the old hands come down heavy spouting chapter and verse from thousands of pages in the talk: namespace. I used to do a lot of editing in a subject area that now has tumbleweed blowing through its talk pages. Most of the knowledgeable editors have been bullied out or just got plain fed up with the bad vibe.

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Engineer's bosses gave him printout of his Yahoo IMs. Euro court says it's OK

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What was his offence?

We would need to know if he was sacked for excessive personal comms or the simple act of private use of work comms. If the latter, I think it's unfair unless they had a strict policy made clear to employees. Even then, one assumes there'd be a warning the first time.

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

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Pint

Confused?

14 units/week = 1% risk of alcohol related death.

From the Beeb article http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-35255384

"Prof Sir David Spiegelhalter, an expert in understanding risk from the University of Cambridge, said it was important to put the 1% risk in context. He said an hour of TV watching or a bacon sandwich a couple of time a week was more dangerous."

What?

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Assembly of tech giants convene to define future of computing

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Stop

More nebulous hype

Really, cloud this and that is just network and server hosting companies drumming up trade. Hype, hype, hype. There is no paradigm shift, just more marketing.

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Wikipedia’s biggest scandal: Industrial-scale blackmail

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Too late

For better or worse WP has evolved its own culture and is highly resistant to change. Anyone who doesn't like the way they do things is eventually frozen out. But if you can stay below the admins' radar you can get away with a lot.

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Typewriters suck. Yet we're infinitely richer for those irritating machines

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Accuracy

The main thing about using an old-fashioned typewriter is that it taught you accuracy. Mistakes were costly and even over-typing with Tipp-ex paper was still messy. And it didn't correct the CC.

And if you want a real challenge, try typing a long piece onto a duplicator stencil. Correcting those was a right pain.

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Attack of the possibly-Nazi clone parakeet invaders

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FAIL

Wrong parakeet

The illustration is of a Rose-ringed Parakeet (Psittacula krameri) of which there are large populations in southern England. The article is about Monk Parakeets which has only a small UK population and there are plans afoot to extirpate them.

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Google opens 'Inbox' heir-to-email trial to biz users

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Outlook?

A quick look at the promo shots on http://www.google.co.uk/inbox/ would seem to indicate this is less than revolutionary. Looks like Gmail with a to do list. Outlook's reminder flags has done this for years.

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BT coughs £12.5 billion for EE as fourplay frolics pay off

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EE bye gone

I found the EE branding oddly annoying. "Everything Everywhere" - what idiot committee came up with that and the rubbish logo to boot?

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Hawking and friends: Artificial Intelligence 'must do what we want it to do'

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It all boils down to unemployment. Captialists will invest in IA to replace workers. The researchers can say all they want about that being an unwanted side-effect but for others, it's the main point.

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Vodafone: SPOOKS are plugged DIRECTLY into our network

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Big Brother

Jason Bourne

When I watch re-runs of the Jason Bourne films, I assume I am suspending disbelief at the CIA's ability to tap into a phone with the quick tap of a keyboard. Now, I wonder if that stuff is not so unrealistic after all.

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Charity: Ta for the free Win 8.1, Microsoft – we'll use it to install Win 7

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I don't know how hard TIFKAM is to learn because I haven't even tried. I just installed Class Shell and ignored it.

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The cloud awaits... but is your enterprise ready for the jump?

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Big Brother

NSA

That's all.

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Organic food: Pricey, not particularly healthy, won't save you from cancer

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Environment first

I buy organic for the environment and wildlife. Mind you, HMG once warned about excessive pesticide levels in root veg so I won't buy them if there's no organic available.

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Steelie Neelie 'shocked' that EU tourists turn mobes off when abroad

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Joys of Capitalism

It amuses me that people consistently vote for "business friendly" governments and then are shocked when businesses turn around and screw them.

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Gay hero super-boffin Turing 'may have been murdered by MI5'

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Re: @ TrishaD

I always call it the "Gay BLT".

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If you want an IT job you'll need more than a degree, say top techies

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Re: A time machine helps, too.

Unix equiivalent:

ls *.x | sed 's/\(.*\).x/mv & \1.y/' | sh -s

(Assuming El Reg doesn't mash my backslashes and ampersands).

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Amazon won't break into sweat about Google's cloud. Yet

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Lock in?

I sort of hoped OpenStack was a way to prevent lock-in and to open the market to competition. Instead we get three proprietary solutions.

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First the Yanks, now us: In-flight mobe use WON'T kill us all, say Eurocrats

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I once left my phone on (accidently) on a flight from Heathrow to Belfast. When I landed I found a text welcoming me to Guernsey. How does that work?

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Thought you didn't need to show ID in the UK? Wrong

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I fly between Heathrow and Belfast City often. At City they always call flights with "have your boarding pass and photo id ready". BMI (now, BA) never actually ask for id at the gate but Aer Lingus insist. When I asked why, I was told it was a "legal requirement".

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Thousands! of! Yahoo! Mail! users! driven! crazy! by! revamp!

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I've been paying for a Flickr Pro a/c for 8 years and have built up a shed-load of contacts. They're fscking the UI up so much I'm using the API to download all my photos with a view to starting over on another site.

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Quantum computing gets recursive

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Re: Useful?

"Two words: Grover's algorithm"

Wikipedia: "When applications of Grover's algorithm are considered, it should be emphasized that the database is not represented explicitly. Instead, an oracle is invoked to evaluate an item by its index. Reading a full data-base item by item and converting it into such a representation may take a lot longer than Grover's search. "

So it's still all to do with i/o unless someones working on a quantum database. Hey, your data's probably in here somewhere.

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Useful?

Are these hypothetical devices only useful for number crunching? Most computing is actually data storage, retrieval, filtering and transforming. The clever stuff is still in the design of algorithms to acheive new things with the data. Obviously you can run an algorithm more times but the time-consuming part is usually all in the i/o. I don't see how quanta help with that.

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I, for one, welcome our robotic communist jobless future

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Bleak

I only see a dystopian future of a workless underclass controlled by robocops and drones. There will be a continuing erosion of human work while politicos bang on about "hard working families". Too many people and not enough jobs will push wages down so the plebs can't afford the bounty the robots produce.

The masses used to be useful as workers and consumers. They will be failing on both counts soon.

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Radioaficionados españoles: Echadnos una mano

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Headmaster

Shouldn't that be "Echarnos una mano"?

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400 million Chinese people can't speak Chinese: Official

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鰻魚我氣墊船。

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Re: French?

"Useful" for languages depends on context. I've found French very useful in north and west Africa. My Japanese isn't much use outside Japan (and wasn't much use in it). And I think the "Chinese" people in UK speak Cantonese anyway so I can't even order a take-away in Mandarin.

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Give us a break: Next Android version to be called 'KitKat'

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Unhappy

Re: I would have been very surprised if either company had objected.

You mean there's even worse milk chocolate than the British 'vegelate' rubbish? You live and learn.

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Facebook, Microsoft beg Feds: Let us tell users what YOU asked for...

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Would you care to name these safer Euro services that you've chosen? (Just curious, not being sarky).

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New rules to end cries of 'WTF... a £10 online booking fee?'

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Believe it when I see it

We once had to miss a domestic flight. BMI (as was) were obliged to refund the £40 air passenger duty and they deducted £25 "admin fee". Money grubbing bastards. Will this really be the end that sort of abuse?

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Drunk driving: No more dangerous than talking on handsfree mobe

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Re: Tested a drivers skill...

"are they going to make talking to passengers illegal too?"

With a passenger you can break off briefly in mid sentence to do some driving stuff and they can see why you've stopped talking. A phone call has different etiquette.

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Google Chrome feature helps you silence noisy tabs

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Noise blocker?

I'd prefer a noise blocker equivalent to a popup blocker. This site wants to use audio ... [x]

Or is a that just feature creep?

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Email is so last century

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Thumb Down

If email is declining as it's only because IM partially replaces it between colleagues and close business partners. But FB and Twitter? You cannot be serious.

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'Boson' Higgs: Yes, CERN has seen the coming of the God particle

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Stop

Re: Hardly catastrophic

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/11/27/el_reg_commentard_badges/print.html

A new mechanism so you can see that a stupid post is not from some drive-by idiot but from an idiot with an el reg comment addiction.

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Skype 3.0 lands on Android tabs, says all your bass are belong to it

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Why bother?

It's not clear to me why MS should even bother to spend money developing free software to run on alien OS's - Android, Linux or Mac. And why upset their WLM user base? But I guess if you pay £5.3bn for something you sort of feel obliged to promote it.

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Galapagos islands bombed with 22 tonnes of Blue Death Cornflakes

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Re: Seriously, though,

Been done before: this list http://listverse.com/2011/11/20/10-successful-island-eradication-projects/ includes several rat clearances (including ones where they had to temporarily capture endangered mammals).

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Mexico to Apple: You WILL NOT use the name 'iPhone' here

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Headmaster

Geography

Can I just thank you for telling us that Mexico is in North America. I feel much better informed now.

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Ubuntu goes fishing for donations with new download page

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About time

I've used Ubuntu on various boxes since about 7.x and it always puzzled me that they didn't beg for any donations. They just gave the impression of being funded by the largesse of Canonical.

I use lots of free software and do make donations for stuff I like and use frequently.

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Ice core shows Antarctic Peninsula warming is nothing unusual

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Greenland melting

This is similar to the "unprecedented" Greenland melt story a few weeks back that was headlined as evidence of climate change but the ice cores indicated that the top layer melt happened every 150 years or so.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-18978483

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Thief open-sources Richard Stallman's laptop, passport, visa

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Re: Shitty thing to have happen

Abroad I always keep passport, some cash and a spare credit card in one of the those over the shoulder money belt thingies tucked well away under my clothes. Leaving your passport out of sight is negligent.

But anyway, we shouldn't be mocking another's misfortune.

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Spy under your car bonnet 'worth billions by 2016'

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Re: @JetSetJim, was Before anyone says "here comes big brother"...

If someone is tail-gating really close, I usually turn on the hazard lights and gently ease off the accelerator. Farting around with tapping the brakes is just making an already risky situation worse.

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Cloud Foundry aiming to be 'the Linux of the cloud'

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Re: Aim higher

I guess this was bound to head off topic immediately. But I must say that last year I tried to get several "modern distros" to work on my mainstream laptop and they all let me down. Should've stuck with Windows - at least it just works.

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Brazil sues Twitter over police checkpoint tweets

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SatNav speed cameras?

I don't know how the SatNav makers get away with their "safety feature" of telling drivers where the speed cameras are. Seem obvious they're encouraging speeding between cameras.

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