* Posts by jake

6832 posts • joined 7 Jun 2007

Forget Google's robot cars, now it's on to ANDROID cars

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@Lost all faith (was: Re: That's nice.)

No. Just no.

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@MrWibble (was: Re: That's nice.)

No. Because I don't like the .gov telling me that I'm not allowed to modify engines to be far more efficient, and thus cleaner, from a pollution standpoint.

My 1970 Mercury Cougar convertible with a 351 Cleveland 4V & 1983 Dolphin Coventry fuel injection system puts out about 650HP, and passes today's 2014 CARB new car emission standards. Every time I have to re-register the old gal, I have to go through major bits & pieces of paperwork EVEN THOUGH the smog machine says that her exhaust is cleaner than your typical new Toyota.

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That's nice.

Now ask me why I restore & drive pre-1970 vehicles.

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New fear: ISIS killers use 'digital AK-47' malware to hunt victims

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.zip? Really?

I guess they have progressed from goat herding to MS-DOS 3.0

I'm quivering in my boots.

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Banish the fear of Big Brother when you bring in BYOD

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Whatever.

My personal device is mine. End of discussion. I pay for it.

Work systems belong to work. They pay for it.

Trying to merge these two concepts borders on insanity.

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Judge spanks SCO in ancient ownership of Unix lawsuit

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Good gawd/ess.

Are the SCO Mk2 lawyers STILL trying to win?

How much money have they thrown away to date?

One clinical sign of insanity is doing the same thing over and over, each time expecting a different result ... Just sayin'

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Movie industry's evil plan to destroy the internet is going precisely nowhere

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Every time I point this fact out ...

... I get many down-votes from the proletariat.

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El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

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@ diodesign (was: Re: Is the story photo selection automated?)

"I swear every downvote makes me not want to spend my time here."

Might want to ask yourself "How can we fix this interface so I don't see negative comments about the current piss-poor version?", instead of ignoring the user-base opinion.

That persistent menu bar & "must see" pop-ups should be the first to go ...

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Update.

That fucking irritating persistent navigation bar is getting more and more fucking irritating. I mean, honestly, who was the genius who decided that it was a good idea on the "Week in Summary" page? Surely anyone who uses that particular page already knows how to browse ElReg and doesn't need even more of their screen real estate removed for no good reason?

I won't go into useless graphics & other meaningless whitespace, other than "ugly".

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Dealing with rain here in Sonoma ...

... first look during a couple minutes of down-time?

Fucking awful. That persistent navigation bar needs to go away, just for a start. (Yes, I know, I can nuke it, and will).

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Microsoft opens smiley-kids jangly guitar doc-maker to all

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@ Just Enough(was:Re:@Just Enough(was:@JDX(was:Yet another tens of millions of::snippage::...))

Stuck in my ways?

OK. I guess I'll stop contributing to the Linux & BSD kernels.

"Microsoft have no shortage of cash and I suspect the costs of developing this were tiny. They must innovate if they are to stay relevant."

Microsoft developing anything on a "tiny" level is always irrelevant, and never innovative.

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@ Just Enough(was: Re: @JDX (was: Yet another tens of millions of dollars of programmer-hours ...))

Translating Just Enough's comment: "I have absolutely zero clue about how the system works, but I'm perfectly happy fondling my iFad/Fandroid, therefore you must be stupid."

Enjoy your bliss, consumer.

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Re: @JDX (was: Yet another tens of millions of dollars of programmer-hours ...)

"And what expertise precisely does 40 years writing _back-end_ code give you when it comes to evaluating modern content creation/aggregation ideas?"

What part of "end user interfaces" did you misunderstand?

"The majority of your "expertise" pre-dates the internet (as a mass-market thing) for crying out loud."

Eh? I've been making a living at this for decades. I just choose to ignore the marketards meme of the week. Marketards are always wrong, year-to-year.

"As for common sense? It's not very common and it doesn't mean "whatever I think is obvious"."

Agreed. So-called "common sense" is usually neither. But that doesn't mean my decades old observations are automagically incorrect.

"You rather sound like a dinosaur I'm afraid."

Ta! :-)

"No doubt you'll win many up-votes"

Who, honestly, gives a rat's ass about "thumbs"? The mind boggles ...

"because the Reg readership are very conservative as a rule, and love tearing down anything new."

It's not conservatism. It's pragmatics & reality. At least in this medium.

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@JDX (was: Re: Yet another tens of millions of dollars of programmer-hours ...)

"Really?"

Yes, JDX, really.

"What makes you an expert on such things?"

I don't claim to be an expert, but 40+ years experience with back-end code and end-user interfaces has probably given me a couple of clues. Common sense helps.

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Yet another tens of millions of dollars of programmer-hours ...

... for a useless bit of code that nobody will ever use. Kinda like all the useless crap that MS has bundled with Office since Office2K.

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V. R. R. Stob's magnificent saga A Game Of Dog-and-Bones

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STOB!

Welcome back to your second home!

(Most folks here have no idea what Dr. Dobbs Journal is/was.)

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Nork-ribbing flick The Interview AXED: Sony caves under hack terror 'menace'

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Wimps.

The crackers (NOT hackers!) are toothless.

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'Turn to nuclear power to save planetary ecology from renewable BLIGHT'

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@ John Hughes (was:Re: There is no such thing as "renewable" energy.)

I give a fuck, John Hughes. Folks with fuzzy thinking bamboozling TheGreatUnwashed are a large portion of why the world is as screwed up as it is. Using loaded terms incorrectly, just to scare the prols, is a sad reflection on the people using them.

There is science, and there is religion. Religion sucks.

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There is no such thing as "renewable" energy.

In the game of entropy, you can't even break even. You always lose.

The entire "green" movement needs to get the "renewable" meme out of their collective heads. Until they do, scientific minded folks will point and laugh.

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Terror bomb victims demanding Iran's .ir will appeal US ruling

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More daftness by clueless idiots.

Domain names aren't actual IP addresses (Thank you & kudos to the original DNS/BIND folks, especially Jon Postal[RIP] & Paul Vixie). Judges (in any country) can seize any domain name they want, but until they come up with case law allowing actual IP addresses to be seized/blocked, seizing the common name is absolutely pointless.

And even then, it only applies in their own territory ... and can't cover proxies outside that territory. The only way to control information available on TehIntraWebTubes[tm] is to shut down international access at the borders for TheCommonPeople. See North Korea.

I don't really think the free world wants to go there ...

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Swiss McDonalds serves up no-holes-barred cheesy action to punters

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One wonders ...

... what idiot allows "any" video channel to be displayed in the awful McDs attempt at mass pseudo-food delivery in CH?

I mean, really? Has the network manager been fired yet?

(I'm no prude ... watch what you like, as an adult, but kindly don't display it to the pre-teens, who seem to be the only people who actually enjoy the swill ...)

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The STEALTH Plug-in Hybrid: Audi A3 e-tron Sportback

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@ Ashton Black (was: Re: What happens to the grid ...)

You've avoided the obvious.

We already have rotating brownouts. The local grid will fail if a large percentage of the population uses said "green" plug-in transportation.

Battery powered transportation simply doesn't scale.

Fuck CO2, that's a red herring. H2O is a far worse greenhouse gas. Don't believe me? Try running a CO2 scrubber in a greenhouse[1]. Take note of temperature. Then run a desiccator, take note of temperature. The high H2O/low CO2 environment will be much hotter than the high CO2/low H2O.

[1] To say nothing of the fact that CO2 is plant food ... and H2O contributes to rotting.

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What happens to the grid ...

... when a large percentage of the population plugs their cars in?

To say nothing of the fact that the so-called "green" energy that recharges them is almost always fossil-fuel derived?

There is no such thing as "renewable energy". In the game of entropy, we are all losers.

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Are we ready to let software run the data centre?

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Whatever.

Your software is ephemeral. My hardware exists. Both are buggy, admittedly.

Marketards are marketards, know nothing of code or hardware, and should be ignored.

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Devs: Barack Obama's gunning for your job!

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Re: Let me guess: "Hello, World!"

I rebuilt my first motorcycle engine/trans when I was 9 (a Bultaco dirtbike, with the help of my gear-head Uncle). I cast my first main bearing in place (Atlas-Imperial marine engine, same Uncle supervising) when I was 11. I still own that motor and the late-1920s 45 foot cocktail cruiser that we put it into. My Daughter owns the Bultaco, and is restoring it for my 3 year old granddaughter's 7th birthday present.

I haven't actually designed a motor from the ground up, but I did build a series of cross-flow heads for Datsun L-series engines using my CNC Bridgeport.

Knowing how the nuts & bolts work isn't a bad thing.

Fondling an iFad or Fandroid doth not a computer scientist make.

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Re: Let me guess: "Hello, World!"

"I understand the value of going back to basics but its not a good introduction at all."

Oh, my. The child thinks it can run before learning to crawl.

In my mind, this is EXACTLY the problem with modern computing.

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Re: Let me guess: "Hello, World!"

"How did you start coding then?"

Wire-wrap and relays. No magic, just nuts & bolts. There are no magic bullets.

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Let me guess: "Hello, World!"

Faithfully copied from an aide provided brief, which was faithfully copied from an email written by somebody, somewhere, who once took a programming course and still had the textbook(s).

So-called "#HourOfCode!" is just as sensible as "#HourOfPlumbing" or "#HourOfMudding" or "#HourOfFraming" or "#HourOfWiring" or "#HourOfCooking" or "#HourOfFarming" or "#HourOfFishing" or "#HourOfBaking".

Or, the ultimate stupid option: "#HourOfEngineering".

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Yes, Obama has got some things wrong on the internet. But so has the GOP

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Re: Oh, the republicans think, AC ...

Note the "supposed to be", Fatman. I wrote that for a reason.

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Re: Oh, the republicans think, AC ...

That's the very definition of graft, earl grey.

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Oh, the republicans think, AC ...

... They think about their bank accounts.

So do the Democrats.

Unfortunately, neither thinks about Citizens.

It's supposed to be "government of the people, by the people, for the people", not "I've been elected, so I can collect graft until I retire from politics" ... The idiocy of the American general public (as assisted by Government dropping funding for schools) doesn't help the one-way flow of money. The rich get richer, the poor get poorer.

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The real problem is ...

The left wingnuts and the right wingnuts will never agree on anything as long as lobbyists are allowed to spend money without public oversight.

That, and the general public wants change[1] NOW!, despite the fact that making change in US government policy takes a decade (or more) to come into effect.

The US public is totally, completely, stubbornly, intentionally ignorant when it comes to politics ... and the politicians & their lobbyist suck-ups like it that way. (Why do you think school funding keeps falling?)

Waste, America. I weep for my nation.

[1] And the idiots are GETTING change ... I think they actually want dollars ...

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This Christmas, demand the right to a silent night

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Re: Good article

Whatever, Vinyl-Junkie.

Religious folks don't give any consideration to anyone who haven't sampled their particular brand of cool-aid. Why should I give any consideration to them?

That said, sensible people celebrate Solstice. Not for religious reasons, mind, but rather because the hours of daylight (and thus the planting & animal breeding schedule) have tipped over for the second time in the current twelve months.

Religious folks, follow your bliss. Just don't try to involve me in it.

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Humanity needs to realize something very important ...

TehIntrawebTubes runs over TCP/IP ... which is a store & forward protocol.

In other words, it's not an instantaneous communications medium. Nor is it a guaranteed delivery system (read the relevant RFCs, if you don't believe me).

There is no law that says you have to answer your land-line phone. Why do you think that you have to answer your Internet contacts immediately? More important, why the fuck do you think that you absolutely HAVE to not only read, but also answer, Great Aunt Maud's twit within fifteen seconds of receiving it, 24 hours a day, 365.25 days per year?

Relax, twits. Put down your Cell and get outside. Ignore your connectivity for a day or two occasionally. You'll be happier overall. Seriously. You (and I!) are not important enough to require 24/7 connectivity. It's not worth the headspace.

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Orion hacker sends stowaway into SPAAAAACE

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Why the fuck ...

... did NASA feel the need to send 1.3 million "names" into space? Surely the idiots making their names available realize that if they use cell phones, their names are already in space?

Oh. Wait. Idiots. Space-cadet wannabes. Rah-rah cheerleaders for the future.

Never-mind.

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: The fantastical Francesinha

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Looks mushy/soggy.

That's not good eats ... unless you have no teeth.

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How HAPPY am I on a scale of 1 to 10? Where do I click PISSED OFF?

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@Stoneshop (was: Re: Such surveys are invented by marketards.)

I find it amusing how many commentards put words into my mouth ... Do you, Stoneshop, actually believe I claimed anything you wrote? Why? Inferiority complex?

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@DAM (was: Re: Such surveys are invented by marketards.)

"That's what he is saying"

No, DAM. What I am saying is that if you apply yourself, you have options. I could take my boat to SF Giants home games. I don't; rather the wife & I take the Larkspur Ferry. Fun trip, every time, even on the return after a loss!

It's not about "economy class", it's about sensibility.

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@Vociferous: (was: Re: Such surveys are invented by marketards.)

I wasn't complaining. I think you are, though.

Get an education, get a useful job, save some money, invest wisely, live a little (not a lot!). It's not going to happen overnight. There are no magic fix-it pills. You have to work early on if you don't want to worry about paying the bills later in life.

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Re: Such surveys are invented by marketards.

Actually, Vociferous, I own and fly a couple of small aircraft.

Try thinking outside of the box.

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Such surveys are invented by marketards.

And, like everything marketard-driven, are best ignored.

I don't visit the federally mandated molestation stations. How do I avoid them? Easy. I don't fly commercial air anymore. Life's too short.

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Guy Kawasaki's guide to social media, Hanif Kureishi's cash crash catharsis and more

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Kawasaki on the original MacIntosh:

"Lets get it into schools, and get the kids hooked on it! It'll be better than heroin!"

I was at that meeting. Turned me off to marketing forever.

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Ten Linux freeware apps to feed your penguin

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@ gazthejourno (was: Re: freeware?)

The silly-ass thing is that there is no actual thing as "software". "Software" does absolutely nothing on it's own. So-called "software" is merely the instructions required to set up the state of the hardware for a given situation.

Nobody (and I mean NOBODY!) owns all paths to a given hardware state.

HTH.

Sonoma Decentralized Language Institute.

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Hominid ancestors beat humans to the drinks cabinet, say boffins

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Uh, seems to me that humans ARE ...

... hominids. Just sayin'.

(Pardon me while I tend my still.)

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systemd row ends with Debian getting forked

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@ sisk (was: Re: What is systemd)

"My home desktop gets shut down every night before I go to bed and doesn't get turned back on until I eventually sit back down at it."

Mine gets suspended. Not totally power-off, but close. Hit a key, grab a swig of coffee, and get back to work where I left off. No muss, no fuss.

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Re: What is systemd

"systemd came about to try to improve boot speed"

How often do you have to reboot your system, A Non e-mouse? This box (Slackware-current on a nine year old HP ZV5105) hasn't been rebooted for close to a month.

The BSD-based router that it connects to TehIntrawebTubes through hasn't been rebooted in probably 6 months.

The "improved boot speed" illusion is a side effect of consumers using consumer gear. The existing Debian devs apparantly don't grok this. *nix wasn't built to be booted up two or three times a day. It was (and is!) built to run continuously until a major security issue requires a rebuild & reboot.

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Re: Stupid name

It's the System Daemon. Thus systemd. The trailing "d" denotes a daemon, or background process. Do you have a better name for this simple nomenclature? I thought not.

Note: I'm not a fan of systemd. Yes, I've fiddled with it.

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From this install of slack-current:

jake$ apropos systemd

systemd: nothing appropriate

jake$

::heh::

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Masala omelette

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Re: When you're older

I'm not ElReg[1], but here's one option:

http://forums.theregister.co.uk/forum/containing/1468085

[1] I'm in Sonoma, an hour's drive north of The City.

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Typo (was: Re: My Trinidad Moruga "Scorpion" peppers top out at 1.8 Million SHUs ...)

That's "UC Davis" ... One of the Whippets is demanding lap-time.

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