* Posts by Bleu

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'The troll stats saddened me as a human, but didn't surprise me as a boffin'

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Re: I used to have an old dictionary

It is not in the article here, it it is in the article at the link.

I have now read it, OK, direct ML, have done it on micros myself.

My error was in assuming it was in the early 1960s, not the 1950s.

I have also programmed a 1960s generation IBM machine on punched cards, much later than that time.

My central point remains valid, the auntie was not a human computor, but a programmer, in ML, and using a code book.

The former and latter are two different things.

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I used to have an old dictionary

Concise Oxford, from about 1950.

The only definition for computor was a human working on algorithms or log tables.

There was no entry for computer.

From her own words, this auntie seems to have been doing something rather different, i.e. programming, not working as a human computor.

So a Reg writer once again needs to exert a little thought before posting the article.

I would be interested to know the language, probably a pre-77 version of Fortran.

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Sick of Chrome vs Firefox? Check out these 3 NEW browsers

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They will never

even attempt to release a version that runs on XP, because they are so desperate to move users of all kinds away from it, and failing abysmally.

I also strongly doubt that a version for Windoze 7, like XP, not a terrible OS, figures in their planning.

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Re: El Reg readers would agree with this

If you bother reading, you would know that Google has been the main source of lucre for Mozilla for many years.

In return, Google is the default search engine for Firefox.

Generally easy to switch to another, though not in all versions (some seem to rely on a volatile setting, in history, cookies, or such, so when you wipe that, FF goes back to Google as the default).

Bad design there, but clearly not so bad for the 'Google is the only SE' and 'I find it convenient to leave all cookies and history, and to always click on "Remember Me on this Machine"' crowd, after all, clearly the majority.

Still like it in general.

Occasionally enter an erroneous site name directly, or do something else that unintentionally invokes Google. Irritating, but not a disaster.

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Elon Musk plans to plonk urban Hyperloop subsonic tube on California

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Re: Let's see how testing goes before coming to any conclusions

I gave you an (the?) upvote, you make some good points.

A large contingent of reg. commentards automatically downvote any question re. Musk Enterprises.

I wish I had taken a flight on the Concorde before its demise, not as a business traveller, but just to have ridden it once.

Went to see both it and the Tu-144 as a tiny thing, before the latter had a brief career of limited flights, and the Concorde was restricted to N.Y. as a destination.

I love the bullet trains, but they wreak havoc on local services. Unless someone else is paying, too expensive to ride in general, but of course, the company is paying for most of the regulars, particularly on the Tokaido.

Also, they are too fast to enjoy any scenery.

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Re: Is this intended to be a permanent fixture?

Paypal, sure. Not that I've ever used it, seen many complaints.

You may note the OP's reference to government loans for Tesla.

One has to wonder if Mr. Musk ever risks any of his own mountainous pile of money on the projects in the initial phases?

Anyone with *concrete* info. on that, I would be glad to hear.

Space X is now massively subsidised in the absence of an alternative to Soyuz and Progress (true reliable workhorses).

Was there ever a time where it was not subsidised? Only a question, but I doubt there was ever a time with any of Mr. Musk's personal hoard 'on the line'.

Here, too, I would love to hear any *concrete* information.

Don't bother posting in reply if you can't make a factual and accurate reply to the two points I raise.

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BOFFINS: Oxygen-free, methane-based ALIENS may EXIST on icy SATURN moon Titan

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I hear there are sirens on Titan.

Srsly, there is always the chance of life not as we know it, kudos to these people for demonstrating a workable cell membrane for cryogenic worlds.

I suspect that there is nothing more there than an interesting geology (based on water ice) and weather, but it would be lovely and very poetic if the place also hosts cryogenic life.

Personally, I would never be surprised if Jupiter, Saturn, or Sol itself were homes to life not as we know it.

I would be equally surprised if we ever have the means for detection.

Maybe after re-emergence from the approaching new dark age.

Re-emergence will take a lot of time, and most resources will be in rubbish dumps, nothing much near nor on the surface.

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How much of a mess has been left on the Moon as of now?

Serious question. Descent stages for six Apollos, the buggies for the later ones, Lunokhod, Ranger impact, etc. Any more?

If people are ever to visit the place as tourists, they will be among the prime sites. The vacuum will also ensure that any visitors behave a little better than, say, immigrants do in National Parks on Earth.

I agree with your sentiment, though, it does look as if all too many people can't resist treating any place as a garbage dump.

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HP's great – I prefer it on bacon rather than my printer, though

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HP?

I suppose that is OK with a bacon sandwich, we have Lea and Perrins and a few types of Ooster.

The really essential thing is a little hot mustard.

Ketchup? I cannot believe it, even hand-made tomato sauce doesn't work too well with bacon.

Does our Reg. scribe put tomato ketchup on everything savoury?

Eurgh.

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How many Watches will Apple flog? 20, er, 18.5, no, five, wait, 50 million!

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Re: Who wears watches anymore?

I agree, I am in the hiking and 'as jewellery' camp for the time being.

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Re: Millions of people will buy one.

Err, I gather that Sony, Samsung, and the Pebble people, among others, already have superior products with similar intentions on the market.

I will love it if Apple loses its bet on its cult-like devotees guaranteeing this thing market success.

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I saw what you did there.

Nice.

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To Sealand

Beautiful sentiment, although I speak as one who wears a watch two or three times a week and am considering a return to daily use because checking time on the phone is a pain and too many public places have no clocks.

Sure as hell won't be turning to this overpriced throwaway battery-devouring monstrosity.

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Re: I just cant see it taking off

I agree with you Nathan, but am afraid you are sadly underestimating the power of Apple brand mania.

Superior similar products are already on the market, but Apple merchandise to a fan is much as a Louis Vuiton (or however it is spelt) bag is to the sleazier teen here, except that the latter is more sensible, treating the designer gifts as a form of currency, which is why most of the pawn shops are full of 'designer' handbags.

I may buy a new watch in response, sure will get a new band for my old self-winding one, maybe buy a Casio data watch or recent pro-trek, anything but Apple.

Wait and see, it would be lovely if the Apple watch turns out to be a huge flop, but I fear that the cult-like nature of their fandom may prevent that desirable outcome.

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HAWKING ALERT: Leave planet Earth, find a new home. Stupid humans

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Sounds like a moment of relief for the islanders. Ergo, it is not wrong.

I read an old SF short story called 'March of the Morons' or similar, no spoilers, recommended to anyone.

Mars One appears to be similar, but the people they are deluding seem to be good-hearted for the most part (except for the plain egomania displayed by many).

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An earlier

commentard said it all, Hawking is a philandrerer.

That is not to remove his contributions to theoretical physics, but what are they?

I do not really understand.

It seems to be a time-keeping standard.

On second thought, I can't see much that is new.

One fave personal memory is of being on my back, watching meteors, chatting with a friend about the universe, in some Austral desert.

At that time, I think another English thinker was most influential for me regarding things stellar.

I cannot recall his name right now, but he was very interesting on many things other than black holes, also had many interesting ideas about black holes.

He was not from Oxbridge (Leeds? London?), but had intriguing and convincing ideas about black holes, worked out much of the theory, too.

Mathematician.

I loved his writing, but don't have it to hand at the moment.

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Linux clockpocalypse in 2038 is looming and there's no 'serious plan'

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Re: a single thing I have which relies on time values and is over ten years old,

I greatly admire the zaurus, mine is also still going.

The claim to use it as an alarm clock does not ring true. You must be living in a place that is extremely quiet until the time-span where you wish to be awoken, if so, fortunate you.

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Re: Testing is too expensive !!!

'Ovepriced and inane'.

There, fixed it for you. Agree with the sentiment, but the fatuous rule the world. Nature of bureaucracy and nepotism.

Why do you think the brief experiment of some countries with genuine meritocracy (as part of competition with communism) was abolished everywhere but in parts of Asia well before the end of the Cold War?

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Don't touch me up there! Photoshop creator appeals for 'ethical' use

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The more interesting question is

just what does this person consider ethical or unethical use of the program?

Beyonce, for one example, has massive thighs. Major Photoshop efforts are made to project a different image.

If you check, you will be able to confirm it.

That may be distasteful, but I am not so sure it is unethical. There are many similar examples. Many men adore thunder thighs.

So what, precisely, does this co-writer of the original Photoshop program mean by 'unethical'?

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Re: OB GIMP disclaimer

You just have to learn the models, if you use the GIMP regularly and get used to the models, it is not frustrating and even becomes quite fast.

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@ Moyle

I hope you didn't damage your hands too much with all of that punching walls and office furniture!

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Re: Bring out the GIMP!

There are books for GIMP in Japan, I don't know about other places.

Mainly explaining how to do the same kind of cheap and low-key image manipulation for which most photoshop users use that program.

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Re: Bring out the GIMP!

The GIMP model takes a little accustomisation, seems to me to be very suitable for anyone who has both an analytical and aesthetic side.

That is, someone who didn't hate science, maths, logic at school.

Photoshop is far more suitable for those who did.

I used to like the Corel products, still have a purchased copy from their peak about somewhere.

This idea of a lease-only deal and murky data exchange with the 'cloud' is a killer app. for me, it kills any chance of me ever buying it.

Doubtless the same for many others.

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Boffins baffled by the glowing 'plumes' of MARS

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Re: A martian base

It couldn't be ours.

I drove for almost two hours in the countryside after midnight to watch the launch of Nozomi, magnificent sight, never saw a really big rocket take off before.

Also scary, the sudden illumination and great noise. At such a dark time, easy to think 'this is what a small a-bomb looks and sounds like', many others felt the same for a moment.

The base (seldom used now) is in such green and beautiful countryside, the rocket soon turned into the most magnificent upside-down candle, illuminating the beautiful green coast, hills, and valleys.

I am not an expert, but I doubt there is a more beautiful launch site around.

I cried when all efforts failed (it was years late but still on track for Mars, after many adjustments), but was sent into the void because the international body said there was a chance of impact.

However, while not being A Man from Mars on the Reg., I, too, am truly a Martian.

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Kyocera: Torque among yourselves on our unbreakable ruggedmobe

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That will depend

on the network provider, not Kyocera.

My Kyocera is free of bloatware, except for the facebook and twit programs, and the obligatory ones from Google, haven't installed any.

There is one pre-installed called 'Daily step', I think it is made by Kyocera, but I like it. Since I never switch location on, it often records time on my bicycle or in bed as time on a train, but gets it right on time walking or running.

For the OP who says their great ceramic knives are over-priced, you can buy a set with a cutting-board and grater for the equivalent of about five pounds here. Maybe it is an import tax thing.

Their stand at CEATEC generally has some interesting things.

I am a bit of a fan, I still use my old phone from them for low-res. video, photos, and as an alarm clock, but getting the broken USB port fixed may be too costly.

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

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Heat control

would entail a lot more weight than this result of 'brainstorming' suggests.

How is any kind of craft to operate if it is boiling away the medium around or under it?

As with the radiation problem with manned interplanetary spaceflight, thermal problems on super-cold worlds tend to be ignored in favour of fantasy.

Did this 'study' suggest a solution?

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

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I finally saw a 'selfie-stick' in captivity

... being used by a couple of girls to take shots of both of them.

The one with the stick was clearly delighted to be carrying it, no offer to her friend to try it, I was able to see how they become a pestilence.

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Re: Humans are dumb.

My assumption: he was going for an angle she wouldn't be able to reach.

You may be right, maybe he was just an idiot.

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Re: Humans are dumb.

I think you are either missing the point or do not explain enough.

So what if this German gent wanted to take a pic. of himself with Stonehenge in the background?

Likely had some artistic reason for doing so, sounds like a time there weren't too many people about.

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Re: Just maybe they meant,

Beautiful comment Jonathon!

Why do people make ostentatious displays of taking photos on tablet computers? The photos are always crap.

The point always seems to be 'look at me,look at my Apple corpse tablet' (sorry, I have only ever seen Apple tablet owners pull that shitty attempt at showing off).

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Re: So does this mean...

Maa,you can do the same thing with a small tripod without the podes being spread.

... but you will have a more stable platform if you hold the camera as far above your head as you can, pick the best position, and stand on tip-toes.

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Re: Wouldn't this problem take care of itself?

I have visited there, they are a strange nation of conformists pretending to be brave individualists, and relying in all of the cities on a London-style property boom for their futures.

They have no productive industry. The economy is built on, in rough order, real-estate and construction bubble, minor stock markets by regional standards, mining, bureaucracy, and agriculture.

Of course, all of those except agriculture are a net loss for most in the medium-to-long term.

Interesting place.

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Re: I don't watch much TV.

Well, aren't we the charmer?

As I pointed out to a similarly retarded commentard to you, I prefer at times to ask directly when I know there are people about who know.

That is the point of reg. comment threads, to respond to the article, to argue about things related to the article, and to ask questions and converse on things related to the article.

Maybe you will catch on some day.

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Re: I don't watch much TV.

No, I just have a camera that has sockets for attachment to accessories for the GoPro. I have never seen a GoPro camera, except in a photo, I suspect that the Sony cameras for similar purposes do a better job.

The one I have is largely made here, but not Sony, and not claimed to be rugged, so I need an umbrella if it rains (as now) or snows (as it will be at times where I am going from Wednesday).

Results so far are good to great.

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Re: I don't watch much TV.

I look forward to viewing the flowchart (too tired now), pretty sure I neither need nor want the stick.

Thx.

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Re: I don't watch much TV.

I think I don't need one, although one or two of the other GoPro mount attachments look like they might be useful.

Narciss-stick! Love it, Mr. Woods!

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'Revenge p0rn' kingpin Kevin Bollaert faces 20 years in jail

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You are enjoying that thought?

Anybody who enjoys the thought of prison rape for someone else is a moron.

Your system is a joke.

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So you may consider what kind of free speech you want. Excluding slander and libel, it should all be free.

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Re: He's getting off too easy

To DavCrav.

We do in Japan. What's presented internationally as something like a jury system (new) internationally is not. I forget the english term. They just advise on the punishment, instructed by relatives or friends of the victims.

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Why

do people feel the need to send nude photos, photos of genitals (like those US politicians), film themselves having sex?

Not without experience, but 'can I take a photo of you nude', 'allow me to take a shot of your secondary or primary sexual features' or 'may I make a video of us in the act' has never occurred to me, let alone in a moment of passion.

Same for 'can you please send me ...'

People really are becoming stupider and impossibly vain.

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Re: WTF

From what I see as an outsider, they are equally fucked up, only in different ways. Not that ours is great, many confessing to things they didn't do under pressure, prison, a desultory apology when the original is proven to be wrong.

'Err, sorry for wrecking your life.'

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You are just as much an ethical monster by supporting the UK/US system of prison rape.

The punishment is wrong-headed.

A better idea: much shorter time, asset confiscation.

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There must have been a system

for sharing the extorted money with the uploaders.

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Lost SPACECRAFT believed FOUND ON COMET

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Hitchhiker's

the novel closely followed the plot of a US novel called Venus on the Half-Shell.

The parallels are so close that the probability that Adams didn't use that as his model (for the first novel) asymptotically approaches zero.

To maximize down-votes, I will add that I was the first Reg. commentard to note that Philae had likely failed altogether ... as indeed it has.

Wishful thinkers will be wishful thinkers.

I would have liked it to succeed, but spiteful comments about our asteroid probe (which at least got back to earth) and Russia's Phobos-ground make a certain schadenfreude at those commentards inevitable.

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Re: BORING: "Yes, we are pointing out that “GIF” is pronounced “jif”. Again."

Captain Daft,

I love your suggestion of 'wafflebangzitshammer' as the way to pronounce 'GIF'.

... but you let your point down by confusing pronunciation and grammar.

Giving you a vote for wafflebangzitshammer anyway, hope you made it up!

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Re: BORING: "Yes, we are pointing out that “GIF” is pronounced “jif”. Again."

PNG is pronounced 'ping', with a sharp rising inflection, like in the quote from an old English comedy sketch, 'the machine that goes ping'.

Really only ever heard pea N G.

I remember seeing a cleaning product called Jif or Jiff overseas, I can't remember what it was for cleaning, but I will stay with gift -t.

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FROSTY MISTRESS of the Outer System: Pluto yields to probe snapper

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Re: Billion

BillG, I checked that too.

I understated Crowe's statement, it was something like 'why not just give everyone a million dollars?', but that was only for the earliest round of handouts to the banksters in the US.

We had

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Re: When it took off.

I believe the mission organisers have been paying close attention to that, at least one of the moonlets was discovered in obversations to assist the craft.

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Wanted: Brit Facebook and Twitter trolls for counter-jihad psyops

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It goes without saying

that many other countries have similar units, some defensive, some not.

Many also tolerate sites that are hotbeds for nationalistic trolling and hacking.

Israel seems to be the keenest on stealing commercial and industrial secrets, including from their benefactors in the USA.

The USA is pretty keen on stealing that and diplomatic info. from everywhere but Israel. They already know pretty well what Israel has as far as military tech., because much of it was stolen from the US.

This new unit as described sounds more like Israel's Internet megaphone than anything else, differences being that it is under army control instead of Interior Ministry (Home Office for the British) control.

Why would a troll operation (albeit in a good cause, except that it is impossible to forget the UK govt's role in creating the hellish conditions in Iraq, Libya, Syria, and other places in central to northern Africa, and the groups this '77' is said to be intended to troll) be made an army regiment?

Maybe the intention for the members in uniform is entirely different from the stated intention.

This 77 designation is also an insult to the soldiers who risked all fighting the equally brave soldiers of the Imperial Army.

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