* Posts by jake

7045 posts • joined 7 Jun 2007

RIP Leonard Nimoy: He lived long and prospered

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Sad, but inevitable in the great scheme of things.

You were a better human than most, Leonard.

Your family is sad, but proud. You did it right.

See you on the other side, my friend.

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Iran hacks America where it hurts: Las Vegas casinos

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Re: "the magnificent cultural institution"

That's the Lottery, Donkey.

Lost Wages profits go to individual corporations. Lotteries pay the .gov, and are a tax on idiots who can't do math(s).

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"the magnificent cultural institution"

Read "the separating fools from their money institution".

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Nerdgasm as Apple announces 'special event'

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Re: Oh, goody. I'm on tenterhooks.

"Do you understand how a field effect transistor, giant magnetoresistance and LEDs work - without referring to any books or online sources, and well enough that if they didn't exist you could describe them to engineers who could build them?"

Yes. Ta for asking.

"Some people don't care to understand how a product works, they just want it to do what what they ask of it."

You don't see a problem with people using powerful tools without understanding how they work? The mind boggles.

"I don't recall getting a degree in mechanical engineering in driver's ed before I received my license..."

Quite frankly, if you don't understand F=MA at a fundamental level, and how it applies to driving, I'd really rather you weren't licensed to share my roads ...

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@JDX (was:Re: Special event? I'll set my watch!)

"Will you then phone up your friend using a hard-wired pulse-based rotary dial telephone?"

Why yes, yes I will. But only if said friend also has that capability. You see, I live in earthquake country. The Rogers Creek Fault (probable home of California's next "big one") is not very far from here. My 1950s Model 500 Western Electric telephone and attendant landline will almost certainly survive the quake, the cellular system will very probably not. And even if the cellular system does survive, chances are that mains power will be out for a week or more. No battery, no cell.

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Oh, goody. I'm on tenterhooks.

Cupertino is adding yet another product-line that I'll refuse to bother supporting because the users of said product absolutely refuse to even try to understand how it works.

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El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

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Re: Joseph Eoff

"Or we could look at something far more accurate, non-self-selecting, and valuable: our actual traffic stats, which are showing increases in individual unique visitors across the planet, on a year-on-year basis."

Keep telling yourself that. A year-to-year basis isn't exactly germane in this conversation, now is it? We're discussing a recent awful overhaul of an interface that wasn't b0rken.

Old techie adage: "If it ain't broke, don't "fix" it."

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@diodesign (was:Re: Joseph Eoff)

"They're looking pretty good, to be honest."

There are 1100+ posts here, only one of which (other that yourself) that I can remember actually likes the new design. Why is ElReg in denial?

"Thanks for reading."

You are quite welcome. I read text, I eschew daft images.Lynx is a wonderful web browser:-)

As a side-note, none of all y'all have addressed why, exactly, that fucking irritating persistent navigation-bar that I doubt anyone actually uses is a necessary component to the "use and feel" of ElReg.

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@ diodesign

"enjoyed by thousands upon thousands of people"

"Enjoyed by"? Really? Can you actually demonstrate that?

"and not one comment about the amusing GIF (that I can see)."

I can't see the "amusing GIF" either. Must be something in the air.[1]

"There is absolutely no way we can keep everyone happy."

Except the ElReg Marketing Department, who are obviously out of touch with the readership, apparently. Before you nuke this post, kindly re-read the entire thread.

[1] Do I really have to point out the sarcasm?

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@diodesign

"Register traffic was up globally in January 2015"

Define "traffic". Is that individual people looking at ElReg, or bandwidth paid for by ElReg serving up useless advertising & huge graphics?

Define "unique visitor count". Is that by IP address, or by account handle? (as a side-note, I can't remember seeing a handle with a number higher than 75000 ... for awhile there last year, I was kind of curious if the system would get B0rk3d when all y'all hit 64K. Growth in vocal user-base has not been exactly staggering.)

ElReg badges are useless. We don't need no stinking badges.

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Churchill's blood valued at £560,000. Take that Stalin!

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Upper-class twit of the year.

Enough said.

On the other hand, "Yes, Madam, I am drunk, but in the morning I shall be sober and you will still be ugly."

Very different times ... Live & learn. I try.

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Debian on track to prove binaries' origins

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@ tnovelli (was:Re: Tip of the iceberg)

"Even the C guys will admit it compiles too damn slow"

HELL no! I'd rather be thorough than fast ... ask my wife ;-)

During the meanwhile, a dead-end? I'll bet you used bubble-gum that your telephone, your television, your car, and any other non-Redmond-based product you use that requires an OS is *nix-based.

"I would put my money - and time - on new OSes, languages, and hardware, all designed for simplicity and maintainability and uniformity."

OK. Enjoy. (hint: today's hardware/OS/language combinations are not exactly what I would call "simplistic", most are not easily maintainable, and almost all are proprietary, and nowhere close to uniform.)

"And that's for a secure communication platform only, not fun stuff - you can't have it all."

My very secure firewall runs BSD. Just like Cupertino's not-very secure commercial iThingies.

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Re: @ channel extended (was:Open Source Code)

You didn't answer my question, Channel Extended. Where, exactly, in your case, compiling Gentoo, did you get your compiler executable? To say nothing of the linker and assembler.

Kids these days refuse to see the woods for trees ...

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@ channel extended (was:Open Source Code)

Out of curiosity, where did you get your compiler binary?

http://cm.bell-labs.com/who/ken/trust.html

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@ tom dial (was: Re: What a complete joke)

"Is there a Gnu/Linux binary distribution that is functional and does not modify any developer's application code?"

Slackware is closer to that ideal than any other Linux distribution.

Be careful with Slack, though. If you use it, you might actually learn something.

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Redmond boffins build coffins for exploit kits

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Perhaps Redmond might look into ...

... learning to design an OS that isn't inherently insecure, instead? Would have saved a lot of people a lot of trouble, had they started on that track a couple of decades ago.

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The finest weird people in the world live here, and we're proud of it

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Gawd/ess, Stevie (was: Re: Bah!)

One really bad folk/pop song from 1967 doth not define The Bay Area.

I know you're trying to be funny, but honestly, most of us here in The Bay Area were fucking sick and tired of that song before New Year's Day of 1968.

Just to insert an alternate earworm into anybody still reading this thread: "Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head"[1] managed to bulldoze "Flowers" into submission, even though it's actually a worse song over-all, hard as that might be to believe. These two bits of so-called "music" probably underscored my own developing pre-teen cynicism when it comes to the mass-media.

[1]Here in drought-stricken California, we can only wish ...

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@RainbowTrout (was: Re: House prices....)

You don't purchase apartments in Walnut Creek. You rent or lease them.

Ten years ago, in Walnut Creek, you could purchase a 1500sq/ft detached home on a .30 lot with two car garage for $450K (it was the beginning of the housing bubble bursting, which peaked a couple years later when you could get the same home for ~$300,000).

Something about your story seems quite fishy.

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12 Miles West? (was: Re: "Housing is beyond belief")

You mean the Farallons? That's a trifle further than 12 miles. And potentially a worse toxic waste dump than Hunter's Point (hard as that might be to believe). Not that most of us would be allowed to visit, much less move in. The NatureNazis, in their infinite wisdom, have managed to ensure that TheGreatUnwashed[tm] aren't allowed access because of "the wildlife". Odd, that ... a nature preserve built on a nuclear disposal site. The Greens are total headcases.

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"Housing is beyond belief"

Yes, Richard, it is. Why techno-geeks insist on throwing money away just to live in The City is beyond me.

Suggestion: Move 25-30 miles North or South (not East, that's a hell-hole). If you do, you can actually afford to purchase a 3-bed, 1-bath, single car garage, house on a .25 lot for the same money you are wasting on rent for an 'orrible converted-into-a-four-plex Victorian in the Haight.

You ARE a computer dude, right? Shirley you can telecommute a few days/week?

And hopefully you understand the difference between "rent" and "mortgage"? The first example pays the owner's mortgage at your expense. The second pays the same money to your own benefit.

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Be your own Big Brother: Covert home spy gadgetry

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@Nigel Whitfield. (was:Re: "You" ::elided to fit the <s>Subject</s> Title length restriction::

Somewhat sadly, Nigel, according to ElReg's "thumbs"[1], roughly 10% of your readership approves of spying on their loved ones.

[1] Not that I think "thumbs" are a useful statistic, mind, but still ...

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"You want to be with your loved one every moment, or at the very least know what they're up to."

Uh ... no.

I trust my wife. She is her own person, and can do what she wants, when she wants to do it. I don't keep tabs on her, and she doesn't keep tabs on me.

If you are paranoid about what your significant other is doing, your significant other is in the wrong relationship.

Humanity is using technology for all the wrong reasons. Projection is an ugly thing.

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Security hawker gives the bird to mid-east hack group

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Re: The lack of posts so far -

Kaspersky has been all over the news recently. Gut feeling is they are out of money.

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For pity's sake, you FOOL! DON'T UPGRADE it will make it WORSE

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::heh::

"In fact, according to the press release in front of me, they shag 550 per cent more often than bankers."

That much more than a Wunch of Bankers? Actors aren't getting any, are they?

As for your wife ... SHMBO and I have used identical HP Pavillion zv5105s, with docking stations & proper monitor, dumb terminal on a serial port, wireless mouse & keyboard, for over ten years. They run Slackware-current, and have since the year dot. Don't tell me I'm archaic, AC, I can do everything you do WITHOUT spending money every $HARDWAREUPGRADE.

Gut feeling is that humanity needs to change priorities.

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Ads! People! love! ads! in! their! apps! Please! use! ours! cries! Yahoo!

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I! Have! Never! In! My! Life! Ever! Met! Anyone! Who! Enjoys! Advertising!

Except the marketards, of course.

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El Reg chefs whip up Post-Pub Noshographic

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The most astonishing thing about this series is ...

... that all y'all seem to think that getting crocked is more important than actually learning to feed yourselves, and keep yourselves healthy.

WTF? Seriously? Are you all suicidal?

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PENGUINS are just TASTELESS, say boffins

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@AC"9hrs" (whatever that means. ElReg (was:Re: @AC "35 mins" (whatever that means, ElReg)

"Yes"

Post proof or retract.

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@AC "35 mins" (whatever that means, ElReg) waqs: Re: Penguins aren't tasteless, not at all.

"#532 Zoo Keeper"

AC is wrong again. As always. Actually, I was pre-vet, dabbling in exotics. I went with the money, computers & networking.

Do you actually have a life beyond reading my posts, AC? Just askin'

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Penguins aren't tasteless, not at all.

Penguin tastes like a cross between seagull/rat and old, oily fish. And it's really, really stringy. Quite narsty, actually.

The scene: Accident with a cage door at the San Diego Zoo in 1983ish ... A two year old tried to poke his head back at us just as the door was closing. The otherwise healthy bird died instantly (broken neck) and we decided "waste not, want not", and fired up the hibachi ...

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Hello Barbie: Hang on, this Wi-Fi doll records your child's voice?

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@thomas k. (was:Re: "Math is hard!")

That was actually “Math class is tough!”. The Wife owns one in the original box, never actually played with. One of her elderly aunts gave it to her as a birthday present in 1992 ... The Wife was over 21 years old at the time. Auntie was diagnosed as probably an Alzheimer's patient shortly thereafter, alas, and she died a few months later. During the wake, my Wife's toast was "Losing important people is TOUGH!" Not many in the room got the reference ...

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::shudder:: Do not want! At all! This is the definition of creepy.

What parent, in their right mind, wants a corporation listening to the private musings of a Barbie-aged child and/or neighbor children, talking to a doll?

I'm not a big Barbie fan, mind. The entire "pink princess" thingie that evolved from it is already dashing the dreams of little girls entering adulthood, and it's only going to get worse ... That said, when the person playing with said doll has a mind that works, the results can be ... err .. interesting ... see:

http://forums.theregister.co.uk/forum/containing/694378

Back then, before batteries were required, the little girls were not only allowed, but expected to invent their own story. Today? Marketing can't allow that. Sad.

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Canuck Bitcoin exchange gives up after security SNAFU

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And yet people will still drink the cool-aid.

Unsecureable, untraceable, no real-world financial backing, and capable of evaporating any time someone (MtGOX comes to mind) decides to "leave the market" ... Yeah, I really want to put my hard-earned cash into that.

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HOLY SEA SNAILS! Their TEETH are strong enough to build a plane

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Ummm ... limpets.

Yummy.

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TITANIC: Nuclear SUBMARINE cruising 'Sea of KRAKENS' may be FOUND ON icy MOON

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Baby steps, NASA, baby steps.

Instead of wasting money on "designing" this kind of complicated thing (which will never happen as envisioned, because we have absolutely zero clue as to the actual conditions involved on the ground), how about figuring out how to finance getting small boxen there for a reccy?

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A cookie with a 7,984-year lifespan. Blimey, Roy Batty only got 4!

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Cookies?

I bake them in TheRealWorld(tm), occasionally.

In TCP/IP space? They don't get baked, they get nuked on sight.

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Jamie Oliver serves up steaming pile of malware

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So his handlers are not only clueless about food ...

... they are also clueless about technology. Whodathunkit.

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UN negotiations menaced by THOUSANDS of TOPLESS LADIES with MAYONNAISE

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Hellmann's, Sir Barry?

Best Foods, Shirley ... But then I'm on the proper side of the Rockies.

(Personally, I make my own. Aioli sans garlic isn't exactly rocket science.)

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Methinks Mr Grinevich is hopeful ...

... that his trolling will provide the intended results. Is he prone to taking snapshots with his iFad? The peanut gallery is honestly curious ;-)

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Your hard drives were RIDDLED with NSA SPYWARE for YEARS

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Oh. Windows.

Nobody with a clue thinks redmond understands/cares about security.

kaspersky is grasping at straws, looking for free press.

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Torvalds turns to Sir Mix-A-Lot for Linux versioning debate

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Don't do it, Torvalds.

Save 4.0 for a major change in architecture, as usual with dotzero releases.

ElReg: I know it's teh intrawebtubeplumbing ... butt seriously?

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Hackers fear arms control pact makes exporting flaws illegal

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I wore a T-shirt similar to this one on several trips (10? 12?) ...

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/9/96/Munitions_T-shirt_%28front%29.jpg

... between the US and several other continents (and back) between late-1991 & mid-1993(ish). Not a single idiot in charge of so-called "security" even blinked.

Security theater, when you examine it, is absolutely hilarious.

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STINKY nerds: Sick of horrifying chums with your terrible BO? Nosey Google wants to help

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Good gawd/ess.

Most of us wash/bath/shower on a regular basis.

gootards? Apparently they missed that early important bit of human education.

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Smartphones don’t dumb you down, they DUMB you UP

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@AC "14 hrs" (whatever that means, ElReg) (was:Re: Alistair (was:Whatever.))

"You're so full of crap Jake."

No, eat my veggies and get in plenty of fiber.

"3 hours on a Super Dream? No Way"

It's only ~140 miles. The little 250s could go almost twice as fast as needed to bridge the distance.

"M1/A1/M42?"

As I said, it was a long time ago. Details are rusty. Read the follow-up.

"But definitely South of Nottingham and North of Leicester..."

Oh, you did read the follow-up. So my brain isn't totally toast (yet), then? Ta.

"All three of your friends are living in the same poxy villages 35 years later?"

Wow. An ad hominem comment on folks (all of three towns full of people, no less!) who have had absolutely zero to do with this thread? I'm not surprised you're posting AC.

"Jake has friends, and he still calls them friends..."

Yep, I do. And it's mutual, a third of a century later :-) Will you be able to say the same in 2050?

"Can't even begin to believe any of that."

Reads like you have issues that I can't even begin to understand.

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Lashed Saudi blogger Raif: Prince Charles has word with new king

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@AC "just posted (whatever that means, ElReg) was:Re: Dear Al Saud,

Yes, I deride all faiths equally. I'm an equal-opportunity derider.

Don't TELL me it's real. SHOW me it's real. During the meanwhile, let me & mine get on with our lives without getting into our faces with your delusions.

Until then, then? Ta.

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@"24 mins"(whatever that means, ElReg)was: ACRe: Dear Obama,

My .gov isn't perfect. I never claimed otherwise. But some .govs are less perfect than others. In a discussion such as this, one should ask oneself "where, exactly, would I prefer to raise my daughter?". It ain't anywhere near Al Saud controlled territory, that's for sure. Over the long-haul, I think I'll stick to California, Washington & Oregon, despite (or because of?) the fruits & nuts.

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@AC "32 mins" (whatever that means, ElReg) Was: Re: Dear Al Saud,

"Got any evidence to back that up"

For a start, Aisha bint Abu Bakr ... Marriage consummated when she was 9 years old, according to all sources but one, who suggests she was ten. You do know what consummation means, right?

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Hacker kicks one bit XP to 10 Windows scroll goal

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Re: Again "popped"? That's three times ...

So, basically, the consensus is that "popped" is just as meaningless a term as "hacked" in articles like this?

I can live with that.

Now, once again, can anyone show me where the term originated in this context?

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Again "popped"? That's three times ...

... can ANYBODY please point me at a link explaining this new terminology?

If it's just a stack overflow, call it a fucking stack overflow, for gawd/ess's sake.

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Linux kernel set to get live patching in release 3.20

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Hands up everyone who expects Slackware ...

... to adopt this kind of idiocy any time soon.

I mean, X86? Really? With no MMU? Are they serious?

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