* Posts by jake

6950 posts • joined 7 Jun 2007

El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

jake
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@romanempire

"The 'Expand comments' crap forces me back to the mouse which doesn't help my RSI!"

Indeed. I don't have that problem, but my daughter's hubby does.

"The Register: Biting the eyes that read IT"

How about "starting to bite, in the world of IT"?

Seriously, ElReg, listen to your users. We pay your bills.

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Re: @ diodesign (was: @ChrisElvidge (was: Who brought back the "expand comments" idea))

"If you're pissed off I think you should immediately demand a refund, close your account and find another tech journal to give your hard earned cash to"

You are not listening. Adverts pay for this site. Ticking people off causes prodigious use of ad blocking software. Snowball rolling downhill, and all that.

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AVic (was:Re: @ChrisElvidge (was: Who brought back the "expand comments" idea))

"So is the "expand comments" link..."

Concur.

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@ diodesign (was: Re: @ChrisElvidge (was: Who brought back the "expand comments" idea))

"Demanding people be sacked is ludicrous."

Really? Rolling out an interface design change without pilot/alpha/beta testing it with the intended userbase? That's definitely a firing offense in my book. Pissing off the people who pay your bills isn't exactly a good idea ...

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Re: @diodesign (was:jake)

"A picture tells 1,000 words, etc."

Not necessarily. For example, about a third of a century ago I was fiddling about with C compiler design. I was timing the rendering of Mandelbrot & Julia sets (yes, this was work related, we were number crunching ... ). One of the janitors (known druggie, but never at work) came into my office late-night and said "WOH, dude! Is your computer on acid?"

My brain went through several hoops in about 5 seconds, until I came up with "Yeah, dude, somehow she managed to get a contact high."

Reply: "Cool! Maybe computers are are a good thing!"

During the meanwhile ... Anyone who has ever taken a Journalism class knows that a lead-in paragraph, describing the scenario at hand, before the first picture, makes a whole hell of a lot of sense. Especially in environments where most readers are textually inclined (thus the term "readers"). We don't pay much attention to pictures on news sites, just the news.

In summery: Headline. Strapline (for amusement, obviously). Who/what/when/where descriptive paragraph. Photo. Rest of story. It's not only a good idea, it should be the law.

I note that you chose not to address the fucking useless persistent navigation bar. Again.

(Before you reply, consider how many "up" vs. "down" votes I have received in this thread, compared to how many down-votes my fanbois generally provide for their wanking pleasure.)

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@ChrisElvidge (was: Re: Who brought back the "expand comments" idea)

"Sack him/her/it!".

Concur. H/Sh/it really needs to take a class in user interfaces ...

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@diodesign (was:Re: jake)

The hero pic works well HOW, exactly?

All it does is take up space, for no apparent reason.

I note that you chose not to address the fucking useless persistent navigation bar.

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Your anonymous code contributions probably aren't: boffins

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Re: @ Kristian Walsh (was: object orientated)

Again, not everything compiled with a "C++" compiler is actually written in C++.

HTH, HAND.

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Re: @ Kristian Walsh (was: object orientated)

No, Kristian, my ears are quite clear of bogus marketing bullshit.

But then I code close to silicon, not close to marketing memes.

For me, GCC spits out assembler. I hand massage it. My customers are happy.

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Re: @ Kristian Walsh (was: object orientated)

Symbian? There's a fail. And it was/is all K&R C.

scmRTOS? That's all K&R C.

miosix? "supports" C++ ... Straight C otherwise.

C++ is indeed a superset of C. That doesn't mean that everything compiled with a "C++" compiler is actually written in C++.

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@ Kristian Walsh (was: Re: object orientated)

"C++ code runs exactly as fast as the equivalent C code"

Uh ... no. Show me real-time code that is written in C++.

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@Dan 55 (was: Re: @Dan 55 (was: C++ ...))

"If the code doesn't have to hit the hardware"

WTF? Code doesn't run in a vacuum, code tells hardware what to do.

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@AC "21 hrs" (whatever that means, ElReg)Re: C++ ...

"You can recognize a personality in any language."

OK, I'll bite.

"It takes me a few split seconds to look at a piece of the Linux kernel code"

Find me. I've been contributing to the Linux kernel for over two decades.

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Re: @Dan 55 (was: C++ ...)

"The remainder are C, or Objective-C for less performance-critical ones."

So the "performance-critical ones" are written in C? Seems to negate the entire rest of your post. Think about it.

"As it is, Cupertino's current device driver and I/O layer is written in C++, and so are many of the low-level libraries unique to OS X."

And the bugs creep in where, exactly? It ain't in the kernel ...

"But, going back to kernels: The reason why the BSD kernel is written in C is because AT&T's UNIX kernel was written in C, and that was because C was the language that K&R developed specifically to allow their UNIX OS to be portable across AT&T's various system architectures."

What you are forgetting (or ignoring) is that nobody has invented anything better than K&R for cross-platform kernel development. It's not inertia, it's reality.

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@Dan 55 (was: Re: C++ ...)

"the average program does not."

There's another problem. I was talking about fast, secure code. Not average code. See the difference?

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C++ ...

... there's your problem. Too much room for personality.

K&R C and assembler tell the hardware what to do, and don't leave much room for personality to stand out ... at least not when done right. And the result is a hell of a lot faster (and arguably safer from a security standpoint) than code written in C++.

(Before you try to argue with me, ask Cupertino what their kernel is written in.)

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What gets the internet REALLY excited? Kittens? No. EXPLODING Kittens

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You crack me up, Mr. Pott

When you put your opinion into the public domain, you should have the cajones/backbone to back up that opinion when someone calls you on it.

Or you can simply nix this post (as you did the other two), bury your head in the sand, and try to convince yourself that you actually know what you are talking about.

ElReg? How about not allowing authors to moderate posts to their own articles?

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Chickpea stew à la Bureau des Projets Spéciaux

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@Chris W (was: Re: Boil pancetta (note splelling)?)

"few people in Sonoma are an authority on Spanish spelling"

Uh ... OK. If you say so. Might want to look up and understand the meaning of "Alta California". And then come visit my foreman, whose family has been here for at least seven generations.

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Re: Boil pancetta (note splelling)?

Occasionally you'll boil the small-end of the ham in a soup or stew so as to not waste the wonderfulness that is pig. But it's not really a major part of Cozido.

"Panceta is the correct spelink."

Not where I make it.

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Re: Boil pancetta (note splelling)?

""remove rind and feed to dogs""

Oh. You don't know how to make pancetta. Thank you for the clarification. When done right, it's all human food.

But BOILING preserved pork? Would you boil jamón ibérico or jamón serrano? And which part of either of these would you feed to the dawgs?

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Boil pancetta (note splelling)?

Remove rind & discard?

Heathen.

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Oi, Aussie sports fans! Take that selfie stick and stick it

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Here in Sonoma, we're a trifle more polite ...

... "Would you like me to take that picture for you, so it's framed properly?" is a (fairly) common question around the Plaza.

You'd be surprised how many people get pissed off when they immediately assume that their photography skills are being dissed.

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'One day, YOU won't be able to SENSE the INTERNET,' vows Schmidt

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In other words ...

... Schmidt is a corporate biggie-wiggie marketard with no actual concept of how tehintrawebtubes actually work, and is listening to peon marketards who also have zero concept of how tehintrawebtubes work.

Gee. Whodathunkit.

Google. Shun them. It's a slow-motion train wreck in progress.

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SUPERHANDS! Fossils of early human ancestors reveal a GRIPPING development

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Sadly, several million years later ...

... all ElReg+readers find a use for this is one/zero "thumbs".

Bloody waste of evolution, that.

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4Chan man Moot logs off as admin for last time

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Was 4chan ever useful?

Given the existence of Usenet, that's probably a moot point ;-)

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Drinking to forget? OK. But first, eat a curry... QUICK!

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Hmmm ...

"If you've had the kind of Patch Tuesday that ends in a mass attack of BSODs, new vulns in Java and someone advertising your routes as traversing Norfolk Island ..."

Uh ... I think I divested myself of all that half a decade ago.

Redmond-free, since Jan 1st, 2010.

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Netadmin wanted for 'terrible, terrible, awful job nobody wants'

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No.

I'll happily take the gig to fix the problem later, though ;-)

Ta for the tip, ElReg! I'll keep an eye on the clusterfuck.

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New York State plots broadband future

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@AC "2 days" (whatever that means, ElReg) Was: Re: Words, words, words

"Yes - NYC is soooo much older than London, Paris, Rome, or Tokyo."

When it comes to internet access, why yes. Yes it is.

In certain neighborhoods, anyway.

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@ Radelix (was: Re: Go ask New Jersey)

"This was more in the vain of the early 90's when NJ" dot dot dot.

.gov does't get more vain than NJ politicians ...

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@ Dan Paul (was: Re: EVERY city's infrastructure is old)

The REAL problem in hamster-house-collectives like NYC is that yanking out all the completely overloaded copper cable tracks and replacing it with fiber would probably take down land-line capability of tens of millions for up to two months per user account.

Ain't going to happen. If you want connectivity, move to the 'burbs. If you can afford to rent in NYC, you can probably purchase[1] a home in NJ, less than half an hour outside Manhattan.

[1] As apposed to throwing away your money on rent ...

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Remember back when "Broadband" ...

... meant frequency division multiplexing, not "as many bits per second as I can personally get"?

How many frequency divisions, exactly, does your so-called "broadband" system operate across? And in what frequency spectrum are they running, exactly, Cuomo?

Kids these days. No clues at all, just believers in marketing hype.

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$500 TEDDY BEAR teaches tots to spit up personal data

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@Sweep (was: Re: @JDX (was: Nearly 60 years ago, my parents started raising me.))

You wonder: "What do you reckon the infant mortality rate was 100,000 years ago?"

I dunno. Do we have stats from an electronic 100,000 year old teddy-bear? Until you can answer that, the question is pretty much moot, at least in this scenario & in this forum.

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Re: @JDX (was: Nearly 60 years ago, my parents started raising me.)

"By the same argument we don't need anything invented since the birth of man"

Of course! :-)

Needs and wants and abilities are different things, though ... But good old homo-sap made it until not very long ago without what we now call "Modern Medicine" ... and we would continue on as a species without it, if it were to magically go away tomorrow.

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Let me fix that for you, JDX.

"play on the worried parents' insecurities about their inability to look after the child."

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jake
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@JDX (was: Re: Nearly 60 years ago, my parents started raising me.)

A poor argument, JDX?

Your multi-great-Grandmother lived in East Africa, probably over 100,000 years ago. The same woman was also likely my multi-great-Grandmother[1]. Not a single family in the ensuing years seemed to have had a need for this kind of contraption. We ARE here, today, right?

Marketards, on the other hand? They only live for this week's profit ...

[1] Like it or not, we are probably cousins. As is everyone else reading this.

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Buggy? Angry? LET IT ALL OUT says Linus Torvalds

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"for bullying" (was: Re: So he admits it)

OH KNOWS!!! HE KNOWS HIS SHIT AND ISN'T AFRAID TO SPEAK HIS MIND!!! HE MUST BE A BULLY, BECAUSE I HAVE NO CONCEPT OF MAJOR REVISION CONTROL OVER A SOFTWARE PROJECT!!!

Grow the fuck up, AC. If you can do it better, please demonstrate.

Or stick with Redmond or Cupertino for a desktop OS, all the while ignoring that most of your telephone/media/TV appliances run Linux (and that Cupertino is BSD, for the most part).

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@SolidSquid

"on the darknet"

There is no "darknet". That meme was generated by computer illiterate journalists. Probably after hearing about "dark fiber", which by definition isn't really important in this kind of discussion.

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There is a difference between asshatery and "not-my-problem & I'm tired of hearing about it".

"Might Torvalds have been aware of Google's twin disclosures of as-yet-unpatched Windows flaws last week? Sadly that question didn't come up during the talk."

Methinks Torvalds doesn't give a shit about Windows flaws. Not his problem. Nor mine.

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Alabama tops US teacher-pupil sex league

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Red or Blue?

Don't bother responding. We already know.

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: 1.5 MILLION SCOVILLE masala omelette

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Re: "Carolina Reapers, rated at 1,569,300"

Hey, I was feeding 18 adults. Knock it off on the highschool humor, AC, it doesn't become you.

The remainder made an awesome batch of frijoles refritos (proper refritos, with wild-boar lard).

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@ Colin Miller (was: Re: Sympathy...)

"capsaicin is only slightly water soluble"

It's not water soluble at all. All water does is spread it around.

"High-fat milk is the best drink to calm chilli fire."

Not high-fat milk. Heavy cream. Sour Cream, Greek Yogurt, Crema, etc. also work nicely. The capsaicin binds to the fat, instead of the "I'm in pain now" receptors in your mouth.

I've used olive oil as a rinse&spit. It works, but it's not exactly pleasant.

One bit of folklore says "mouthful of salt" ... Don't try it. All it does is open up your salivary glands, thus spreading the capsaicin even further thanks to your water-based spit ... You can imagine how I know this.

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"Carolina Reapers, rated at 1,569,300"

One wonders how TGBOWR figure out their ratings.

My Trinidad Moruga "Scorpion" peppers top out at 1.8 Million SHUs, as tested by the food science boffins at UC Davis. In theory, they can go over 2 million SHUs, I suspect I'm babying them too much. Peppers need stress to develop maximum heat. I believe the Carolina Reaper can go up to 2.2 million SHUs in the right conditions, I haven't tried growing them (yet, I'm starting from seed in the next week).

Tonight's chow at the Ranch included a large pot (12 quarts) of black beans spiced up with the last four of last year's fresh Scorpions[1]. Hot, yes ... but also nice & fruity :-)

[1] The rest have been dehydrated for use over the winter.

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Re: Only half the story

Strangely enough, the wife & I have never experienced the supposed "exit pain", despite being serious chiliheads. (We grow Ghosts & Scorpions here.)

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Re: Sympathy...

Water (beer, juice, whatever water-based liquid) doesn't work. It just moves the capsaicin around, making things worse. What you want is full-fat dairy. Milk, cheese, yogurt, etc.

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David Cameron: I'm off to the US to get my bro Barack to ban crypto – report

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Re: @AC "11 mins" whatever that means, ElReg (was:Whatever.)

" know Jake always gets highly agitated about the capitalisation"

Actually, AC"3 days" (whatever that means, ElReg), I find it highly amusing that folks like you don't actually understand how computers work.

I'm not agitated, I'm amused. But it would seem that the folks down-voting me in this thread seem to be quite agitated for one reason or another ... and yet most of the thumbs-down cowards don't seem to actually have the cojones to comment directly to my on-topic post ;-)

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Saudi govt pauses flogging dad-of-3 for Facebook posts – after docs intervene

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Re: Bully

As a yank entering 2nd year at a Yorkshire highschool fresh out of California, miscellaneous idiots tried to bully me. I located the ringleader, and kneed him in the groin. He cried, loudly ... seems nobody had ever stood up to him before.

The bully dropped out of school mid-way through 3rd-year.

I passed all the Os, and later the As, that I sat.

The fastest way to shut down a bully is to hit 'em right in the mouth. Or knee 'em in the groin.

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Al Saud ...

Fuck you.

This is the 21st century, not 2000 BCE. Grow the fuck up, join the modern world.

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Get coding or you'll bounce email from new dot-thing domains

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@AC "38 mins" whatever that means, ElReg. (was: Re: Reality might suck for some people ...

"more people use proper English online"

I'm not talking about TheGreatUnwashed babbling. That's irrelevant. I'm talking about how it works. Read the RFCs. Read K&R C source comments. Read BSD source comments. Read Linux source comments. It's all American English. You don't have to like it, it's just reality.

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