* Posts by Bleu

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Dumb terminals

Bleu
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Re: Dumb terminals

I think you are talking about something completely different.

A smart terminal had the hardware to handle things like scrolling and moving the cursor around in text.

A dumb terminal had a single active line at the bottom of the screen, display only above that.

Both were intended for use with something else, a mini or mainframe, or later, a workstation network.

I had to use a dumb terminal once during my thesis, because all of the other machines were taken. An interesting experience. It was hooked up to a workstation network.

My favourite smart terminals were the ones from IBM, hooked up to one of their mainframes. Very impressive!

I think that, by dumb terminal, you mean what thin client used to mean.

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The huge flaw in Moore’s Law? It's NOT a law after all

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Re: Spelling Police

It's called semi-literacy.

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Re: Spelling Police

Paid by the word, perhaps? I can't stand the '... count' expressions, must be the influence of Sesame Street.

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Re: Thank you...

Please check my one non-reply post on this thread, it is concise and to the point.

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Re: It was only a law because it rhymes with Moore....

De rigeur mortis?

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Re: Legacy

I, for one, avoid facebook like the plague, but they probably have a dossier on me, from morons using it mentioning me, and from my occasionally checking pages there because people don't bother updating their websites with 'what's on' information, instead doing it all through faescesbook and twatter.

Facebook has frequently been said to keep non-user profiles.

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Moore's law

may have started out as a description of a phenomenon.

It is now a law of the other type.

That's why industry groups draw up 'road maps' for integration density and so on.

It is a a law that is enforced by concensus.

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Re: Spelling Police

It's concatenation, not catenation.

Catenation is a term in chemistry. A url is not language. Running words together as in the article and several comments is simple ineptitude (although I'll grant that a commentor may have had the intention of highlighting the writer's ineptitude).

You've done a good job of highlighting your own ineptitude with misuse of 'catenation' and not knowing 'concatenation'.

What kind of techie are you?

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Philip Glass tells all and Lovelace and Babbage get the comic novel treatment

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Re: Another Glass anecdote

Don't believe it for a second.

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Re: Not rambling

There was a plan to do a Hollywood remake, thankfully cancelled for economic reasons, the Schrader movie is a masterpiece. Glass soundtrack matches it in many parts.

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Not rambling

just repetitive and bombastic.

Generally overrated.

I will again recommend Schrader's Mishima, a Life in Four Parts, and the Glass soundtrack.

The movie was long-banned here, because his widow has sway with the habitual ruling party, and members and friends of the party don't like like the brief depiction of his gay side.

For goodness sakes, it was a central theme in his own novel.

I recommend Mishima, a Life in Four Parts, to all Regtards, it is a brilliant movie, and IMHO, work of Glass on the soundtrack, not always great, is great in many places.

There was a pJa

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Re: Bowie's Low

However, that was where I became convinced that Glass was generally the Emperor's new clothes type of person.

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Re: Bowie's Low

Actually, I think it was Low and Heroes. Not worth detailed recollection. The ambient bits on the originals were brilliant, subjected to the Glass '123' treatment, they quickly become tiring.

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I agree

but there are exceptions, check the Mishima movie by Schrader, much or most of the soundtrack stands up well without the movie.

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Re: Overrated...

The smaller one was completed, the one to do calculus calculations, if I recall correctly.

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Bowie's Low

Glass's take on that was abysmally dull.

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Re: Overrated...

Glass sure is overrated in general.

I liked Einstein on the Beach many years ago. Ashamed of my lack of taste at the time, now.

Still love his soundtrack to Schrader's Mishima, a Life in Four Parts. Some is dull, most is very fitting and really works well with the film. ... but that is a movie soundtrack, presumably not what Glass would like to be remembered for.

Favourite for me.

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Mega fatcat Kim Dotcom in deportation drama over SPEEDING ticket

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Re: Disgusting article

14 eejits to do the thumbs down. Quite the achievement on my part, if I do say so myself.

... and all over an inoccuous post.

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Disgusting article

This dot com has a real name,

and the Reg should relegate you to 'comments only' ASAP.

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WW2 German Enigma machine auctioned for record-breaking price

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Why

do you think Ada Countess Lovelace a software developer? She developed vague ideas for things to do on the Babbage machines, but none were realised.

My fave old computers, and earliest to really deserve a place, are Zuse. Someone must make a simulator.

Seriously, I would love to be contradicted, what did Countess Lovelace come up with in programming or language design that flowed into or influenced the current era?

Did Babbage influence computers of now?

I really think that he did not.

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Why

do you think Ada Countess Lovelace a software developer? She developed vague ideas for things to do on the Babbage machines, but none were realised.

My fave old computers, and earliest to really deserve a place, are Zuse. Someone must make a simulator.

Seriously, I would love to be contradicted, what did Countless Lovelace come up with in programming or language design that flowed into or influenced the current era?

Nothing. Like Babbage.

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Since this part of the thread is completely

off-topic, I will add an on-topic reminder that Poles did much of the work on working out how Enigma (an ingenious design itself) worked. They did not just hand over a captured machine that they didn't comprehend to their intellectual betters at Bletchly Park, they understood how it worked, and explained that.

Earlier this evening, I was sorry for a rat (animal) for the first time in my life. A back-street going home from work at times, central Tokyo, often saw the rat. Not the nasty type.

The rat appeared briefly this evening, it looked pitiable, I really do not like rats, but I was moved by how it had been injured. Its movements were painful and it clearly had sense of mortality.

Then I saw the reason, a big cat, not quite domestic.

I hate the cat cult on the 'net, and the cat concerned would never qualify, but that is where cats do good, although I had seen that particular (lab I think) rat so many times, I was sorry to see it limping along last night, it was so pathetic in the original sense of the word, clearly injured.

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Woman caught on CCTV performing drunken BJ blew right to privacy

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Re: Harmed her social life and job prospects?

Although I am pleased to hear 'sound like the Irish', thank you.

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Re: Harmed her social life and job prospects?

Was the bottle full or empty? Was your bladder full or empty? Did you have a companion in whose penis you had a reason to have an interest?

No, thought not. Cannot see the relevance of your post.

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Actually

when I think about the type of smell and the *relatively* few humans (not rare, not anywhere near daily) I hear or see releasing their bladders there, pretty sure the worst of the stench must be from cats.

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Re: This is a very good example

F-N

I didn't correctly point out what you say I did, it is not an offense here, if done discreetly, and away from places where it causes real offense, I don't think it should be an offense at all, except if done in a specifically offensive way.

I live above a small car-park, too many people relieve themselves there in high summer, I do not like it, but I don't think they should be arrested or fined, usually quiet, also, for women, the vehicles provide a little shelter.

BTW, sincere thx for pulling me up on the auto-input slip.

I often tell people when there is a toilet nearby 'excuse me, there is a public toilet/shop with a toilet you can use just a few metres away', including at the afore-mentioned carpark if I happen to be arriving home or departing at the same time, although there, it is understandable if people who are not from the area don't know where they are or are lost, it's a bit like a labyrinth. Would never dream of doing more than embarrassing them.

As for FA players, I don't like the mentality of soccer in general, so I just about never watch it.

While not agreeing on all things, I would truly like to hear in more detail what you meant about problems with guiding a wheelchair-bound person about in the first comment.

People who piss in the car-park that I live above, they make it a little stinky in summer, but I clearly see that they don't make a problem for the people in wheelchairs who live in and travel about in the area.

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WikiLeaks reveals searchable trove of Sony Pictures documents

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Bubble

Sony buying media assets in the boom years now has the media tail wagging the tech dog.

Springer was/is a moron.

Morita would be spinning in his grave if he saw what Sony as a tech-media combo has become.

They still design and make many great products, video cameras, walkman, phones, game machines, etc.

That is handled by what is now the Japanese branch, with little support, much hindrance, and giant costs from the overpaid and inept American and European 'manager' types who now appear to be in control (look at the names in the linked articles).

Another factor for Sony is US media control, so when the latest Playstation doesn't randomly catch fire or crash like the latest X Box, thousands of US trolls raise their voices as loud as they can on the 'net to berate Sony's superior product.

Likewise, Sony in Japan has made many superior players, media devices, US state-supported Apple push (and I would extend that to MS and Google) means that people in many places are so bombarded by propaganda as not to seek an alternative.

As for this leak, it is rather amusing, but it would be nice to see the real tech Sony made by Morita separate from the morons controlling the company from the media-holdings side.

All of the fake claims that Assange did anything wrong in Sweden are the usual crap, groupies were around, he tupped them, they even boasted about it at the time.

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Don't shoot the Messenger: NASA's suicide probe to punch hole in Mercury

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Set the controls for the heart of the Sun!

Instead of smashing it into Mercury, it would have been far more dramatic and poetic if NASA had set Messenger's controls for the heart of the Sun.

What did Messenger launch? Surely there is a missing direct object there?

'The BepiColombo spacecraft, a joint mission of the European and Japanese space agencies, will blast off, and may, seven years later, start adding to our knowledge of the Sun's closest planet.'

Fixed that for you. BTW, thanks for using 'blast off' in that passage, 'launch' as an intransitive is so barbaric. The USA or NASA launched Messenger.

More seriously, suppose I should pay some attention to the photos from Messenger, Mercury seems to look like the Moon, only flatter. If only the old tidal-locking theory had been correct, slow rotation instead is a little dull.

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Silence is golden: Charlie Chaplin's The Tramp is 100 today

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He was very fond

of underaged girls. That is visible in many of the films and on record in his life.

Also, possibly a murderer who got away with it. That was on a yacht.

I can't watch his films now without thinking about those things.

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To BALDLY GO where few have gone before: NASA 'naut twin to spend YEAR IN SPAACE

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Re: Baldly go?

You can work that out for yourself. What part? Your opening para. It is not yours.

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Re: Baldly go?

You are truly a 'murican and you have seen no sign of those things?

Always postfixing adverbs is not part of American english as a very interesting set of dialects, I love the speech of the mid-west, the south.wbut, as I said, advice from moronic teachers, very recent. Barbaric as it is, the motive is fear of splitting the infitive.

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Re: Baldly go?

More than occasional, the cases where it really should be avoided are those that jar because of style and those where the meaning varies with post- or pre-verb placement (normally, etc.).

Otherwise, the 'rule' is a crock.

People with education 'split infinitives' in speech all of the time.

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Re: Baldly go?

You have cut-and-pasted part of your post, neither using quotation marks nor giving attribution. Shame on you.

I agree with the sentiment, though.

The reason the split-infinitive is such a fave error for spotting by the semi-literate is that even an idiot is able to spot it (a high rate of false positives from the idiots, prepositional 'to' frequently being identified as the start of a 'split infinitive').

In 'murica, it seems that many teachers tell their students to always (see what I did there?) place the adverb after the verb, even where it should naturally precede it.

That idiocy is all about avoiding the split infinitive. Unbelievable.

Then again, 'murican teachers also seen to advise their charges to avoid 'with' at all costs, except in such inane new formulations as 'I met with him at noon'.

Many more.

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Cross-dressing blokes storm NSA HQ: One shot dead, one hurt

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Re: Terrorists - definately terrorists

You can always drive an aeroplane, like the famous German jerk, but the Indian ocean Boeing seems to have been the same.

At least they know where the Germanwings idiot killed many people.

They should be checking the Indian Ocean garbage gyre for MH370, some flotsam from the flight should be there by now.

I have little doubt that it was somewhat similar to the germanwings murder, lack of the flight recorder is the only factor protecting the investigators from the screams of the doomed.

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I like that. How feminine an image did Brad ever manage?

Not much. Sure, with the army duties, not much time, but most of that seems to have been expended on the big dump to wikileaks, with which I agree 100% that it was the right thing to do.

I am also surprised that infantry PFC's are 'intelligence officers' in the US system of now.

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The Graun needs to get onto the relative victomology of this.

After they do, they will announce that this murder was all fine and alright.

Watch tomorrow's graun to see me proven to be correct.

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Atomic clocks' ticks tamed by 3,000 entangled atoms

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There will never be such a thing in thy or my lifetime. Reasons are many, sure you are aware of most.

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Re: Boffinry!

Personal jet packs have long existed, been in movies and on TV, they just don't seem to have much staying power.

The New Zealand crew attempting to do something similar with fans seem to have a good idea.

One would imagine that it would still be as noisy as hell for the person mounted in the thing.

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Does the writer understand

the difference between tic and tick?

Apparently not.

Shame on the Reg.

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Street Culture: Reg man's snazzy snaps of punky London go on display

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Re: What comes around goes around

No.

They may have, except that the modern subjects would be plastered in middle-class tatoos.

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IS 'hackers' urge US-based jihadis: 'Wipe yourselves out trying to kill 0.00005 of US forces'

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Re: Hmmm....

May have been your intention, but the definitions I offered in an earlier post have a far stronger connection to language and logic.

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I gather he had, he did serve in Afghanistan, although whether he did or didn't made no difference to his insane murderers.

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Tim Cook: I'll give just a THIRD of what Gates gave to charity last year

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Re: Utter fail

Have to agree with 'struggling to fill the page [or site]'. The Reg is not posting many interesting articles of late.

Cook is obscenely wealthy, so it was a very lame thing for him to say.

In other news last week, William Gates was reported to have massive investments in evil energy corporations, but then, he never claimed a ridiculous motto like 'Do no evil'.

That said, I very much enjoyed the one time I saw him speak live, even if he was wearing an all-too obvious toupee. At the time, he was pushing obj. linking and emb. (OLE), and DLLs. MS did not invent the latter, but was sure the main populariser of the idea, even if their implementation was as clunky and bug-ridden as hell until at least Windoze 2000.

Rambling me. Carmageddon 2015: The Need for Sleep.

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Bye bye, booth babes. IT security catwalk RSA nixes sexy outfits

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Strange article

You are bemoaning women and perhaps men dressing in rather cheap party clothes at a conference for a well-known encryption standard (you do say it is RSA)? Why should they not?

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Ring Roads, After the Crash and The Age of Earthquakes: Guide to the Extreme Present

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Re: Two apparently unreadable books, one a picture book for children

The Society of the Spectacle by Guy Debord, his post-Situationist Commentary on the Society of the Spectactle (gnomic and I don't understand it all, but he makes the reasons clear), and his essay on wine from the same time, a joy.

The Revolution in Everyday Life by Raoul Vaneigem.

You can find many of the earlier ones, some of the later, at the Situationist International archive, which you must not entirely trust, there are so many great essays and ideas, I find the American and British ones to mainly be stupid (an intentional split infinitive), some of the French and other ones, too.

Many are brilliant.

Apologise for not replying earlier, so you will probably never read this reply.

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Scientists splice mammoth genes into unsuspecting elephant

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Re: Darwinism In Reverse

Better still, they suddenly grow tusks, long shaggy coats, and an extra elephantid layer of subcutaneous fat from lack of care in handling the genetic materials.

Unable to contain their hunger, they lumber to a fast-food shop.

A crowd of human hippotami, arse cracks on display, watch them eat, exclaiming 'Ooh, that is just so gross'.

As the mammoth-experimenters lumber out, they are trailed by hippos ...

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That is an insult to the long-deceased mammoth.

I always think of them as hippopotami.

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Another announcement, another project of dubious worth

Reviving the mammoth is more than thirty years old as an idea.

I don't think this research comes much closer than announcements from teams with collaboration between Russia and Japan or Korea in past years.

Maybe they can emplace the genes for hair growth and sub-cutaneous fat and switch them on, but it is on the same level as making a fruit-fly grow an eye where a leg should be, or making other insects grow antennae instead of legs (both already done), for the time being.

As many point out, WTF is human science doing with such projects when the locust-like population growth of our species and its lack of regard for so many others keeps putting more at risk of extinction?

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Re: I'm thinking that a mammoth is itself

Really unfunny.

Is it true that some down there enjoy licking the skins of cane toads or drying then eating or smoking the skin for a psychotropic effect?

I am sad that a nearby public garden has only toads, never frogs. The water is clean enough for frogs to live, but between children 'collecting' and carp, I have never seem a frog there.

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