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716 posts • joined 17 Jan 2013

Urinating teen polluted 57 Olympic-sized swimming pools - cops

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Re: Peckham Spring

"Didn't Coca Cola try selling it?"

Sure, but only the Americans were gullible enough to buy it. It's called Dasani.

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Re: only poor people drink tap water

Just in case anyone didn't realise that was a joke:

Is it true that tap water contains hormones?

No. Analysis of water abstracted from rivers, in storage reservoirs and in tap water has shown no detectable levels of hormones. Laboratory studies have shown that current water treatment processes would be very effective at removing hormones - if they were present.

http://www.tapwater.org/faqs

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No need to invent a new word. 'The Colonies' is the colloquial term that you were looking for!

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Re: Some one else needs to be charged ...(@ Evil Auditor)

"by transforming it into salts, chlorides and stuff"

You mean like the exact sort of things that people think they have to pay for mineral water to get?

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Re: Urine is sterile

From Peckham Spring, surely?

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Re: No way near Homeopathic standards..

All this talk of diluted piss rather reminds me of the consistency of American beer...

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So you reckon Nokia-wielding Microsoft can't beat off Apple?

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What drives this is likely the soon to be implemented EU rules about standard charger connections.

Apple need to invent a new lock in method. A proprietary audio interface sounds like just the thing...

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Dogevault praying backups work after confirming attack

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Re: Cryptocurrency: How does it even work?

"Doge"

Presumably pronounced as 'Dodgy'

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Latest IE flaw being actively exploited

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Re: Tell me it ain't true!

"Can't software write MicroSoft. Rearrange."

'Wow A Certificate Fronts Storm' ?

Nice of you to remind us of that Open SSL issue....

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Scientists warn of FOUR-FOOT sea level rise from GLACIER melt

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I guess you didnt bother reading fully. It's not the air temperature that is causing the melting. It is the sea.

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Re: Hard to cope with?

"a massive 4 feet over 2 centuries is considered hard to cope with"

Yes, very - lots of inhabited costal areas will be below sea level. And this is from just one glacier.

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Or we could of course try and stop emitting so much CO2 and making the problem worse....

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Microsoft blinks, extends Windows 8.1 Update deadline for consumers

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Re: The amusing part?

"how a simple single user operating system upgrade got to be a 2GB download"

Because it replaces pretty much every binary and driver on the system.

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Powershell terminal sucks. Is there a better choice?

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Re: Questionable reason to use powershell over bash. Part II

Not even worth replying to most of these - for many of the points you clearly don't fully understand the concepts and for the others your comments are laughably weak. Here are just a few worth noting:

"An ad-hoc MS-only , non-portable stuff, it won't work with PostgreSQL server for me, "

Highly structured - very portable (for instance vSphere) and it WILL work with PostgreSQL - for instance see https://github.com/palpha/Simple-PostgreSQL-module-for-PowerShell

""kill -STOP process_pid" or "killall -STOP cmd_name" and then "killall -CONT pid" to resume it."

Won't survive a reboot....

"You can also automate it by writing an easy bash function to check for a signature"

So how do you check the signature checking function is not compromised AT RUNTIME before it runs?

"with parallel and some ad-hoc tools you can parallelize tasks inside your scripts with Bash as well."

With Bash you can only execute multiple things at once on a specific script task / line - by using third party tools. Powershell supports true multipath branching and parallel running WITHIN the script

"So, again, no Nginx, nor Apache....Sounds very fishy and insecure to me.

Both of those have had recent security vulnerabilities patched. IIS hasn't had a single hole in at least the last year, and has a much lower total vulnerability count over the last decade than Apache.

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Re: Sad but true

Powershell already has a fully capable Regex implementation. What you presumably mean is that it is different from what you are used to in say Perl.

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Re: jpsoft

Reasons to use Powershell over BASH, etc.

1) Object oriented pipes so that I don't have to format and reparse and be concerned about language settings.

2) Command metadata. PowerShell commands, functions and even *script files* expose metadata about the names, positions, types and validation rules for parameters, allowing the *shell* to perform type coercion, allowing the *shell* to explain the parameters/syntax, allowing the *shell* to support both tab completion and auto-suggestions with no need for external and cumbersome completion definitions.

3) Robust risk management. Look up common parameters -WhatIf, -Confirm, -Force and consider how they are supported by ambient values in scripts you author yourself.

4) Multiple location types and -providers. Even a SQL Server appears as a navigable file system. Want to work with a certain database? Just switch to the sqlserver: drive and navigate to the server/database and start selecting, creating tables etc.

5) Fan-out remoting. Execute the same script transparently and *robustly* on multiple servers and consolidate the results back on the controlling console. Try icm host1,host2,host3 {ps} and watch how you get consolidated, object-oriented process descriptions from multiple servers.

6) Workflow scripting. PowerShell scripts can (since v3) be defined as workflows which are suspendable, resumable and which can pick up and continue even across system restarts.

7) Parallel scripting. No, not just starting multiple processes, but having the actual *script* branch out and run massively parallel.

8) True remote sessions where you don't step into and out of remote sessions but actually controls any number of remote sessions from the outside.

9) PowerShell web access. You can now set up a IIS with PWA as a gateway. This gives you a firewall-friendly remote command line in any standards compliant browser.

10) Superior security features, e.g. script signing, memory encryption, proper multi-mode credentials allowing script to be agnostic about authentication schemes which may go way beyond stupid username+password and use smart cards, tokens, OTPs etc.

11) Transaction support right in the shell. Script actions can join any resource manager such as SQL server, registry, message queues in a single atomic transaction. Do that in bash?

12) Strongly typed stripting, extensive data types, e.g first class xml support and regex support right in the shell. Optional static/explicit typing. Real lambdas (script blocks) instead of stupidly relying on dangerous and error prone "eval" functions.

13) Real *structured* exception handling as an alternative to outdated traps (which PowerShell also has). try-catch-finally blocks.

14) Instrumentation, extensive tracing, transcript and *source level* debugging of scripts.

15) Consistent naming conventions covering verb-noun command names, common verbs, common parameter names.

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Cost-cutting Barclays bank swings axe on 5,600 IT and ops bods

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Re: I'm sorry, but ...

Yep - I wonder how the remaining 'support technician' will cope?

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'Bladdered' Utah couple cuffed in church lawn sex outrage

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Re: Mormons?

Even If I did want to try and read an imaginary language, sticking my head in a hat with some rocks isn't very high up the list of how I might try and do it.

However If I wanted to mountebank the gullible, well then perhaps it sounds good...

Just to note "Scholarly reference works on languages do not, however, acknowledge the existence of either a "reformed Egyptian" language or "reformed Egyptian" script as it has been described in Mormon belief. No archaeological, linguistic, or other evidence of the use of Egyptian writing in ancient America has been discovered"

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Re: Mormons?

So you believe in a religeon partly based on the Christianity myths, but also the 'Book of Mormon' - that was written by sticking 'seer stones' in a hat?!

And I thought Scientologists were guillible....quality stuff this - you couldn't make it up. Oh - wait.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seer_stone_(Latter_Day_Saints)

Perhaps you would be interested in buying some Power Balance bracelets?

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Maybe they could claim that it wasn't her vagina involved, but was one of her wrinkles?

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Report: Climate change has already hit USA - and time is RUNNING OUT

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Re: Aren't clouds where rain and snow come from?

"there's been no increase in that rate"

Perhaps you missed the sharply upwards curving graph in the article?

"there is plausible evidence that temperatures were higher than they are today about 1000 years ago as well as during other periods in the last 10,000 years."

No there isn't - see the Wikipedia article on the temperature record.

"The predictions of significant warming before 2100 *are* in fact based on computer models"

~ 800,000 years of available figures for average temperature versus CO2 in the atmosphere also predicts a similar outcome.

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Re: Starting point of graph is deceptive to unscientific brains

"the lack of warming in the last 20 years."

Average global surface temperature has still been increasing in the last 20 years. A tiny bit slower than before, but that's because the heat is currently going into the oceans instead. And guess what - the oceans' capacity to store heat is finite...

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Re: "Truthy" math

See http://www.physics.mcgill.ca/~gang/eprints/eprintLovejoy/neweprint

/Anthro.climate.dynamics.13.3.14.pdf

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Re: Aren't clouds where rain and snow come from?

"I learnt to be wary of computer models..."

I can sympathise at least with that view.

"None of this is incorporated in the grossly over simplified climate models used by the AGW hypothesis."

Right - but temperature and sea levels have been demonstrably rising for a long time - and the conclusions of what will happen based not on a computer model, but on say historical measurements of CO2 versus average temperature over the last few hundred thousands years are also pretty clear...

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Re: "Truthy" math

"...the science now shows with 95 percent certainty that human activity is the dominant cause of observed warming since the mid-20th century," is actually just based on the report writers' personal opinions, and not on any mathematical or statistical calculation"

No - as it it says 'science shows' so via measurements and probability statistics. You are confusing this with 'I think'.

"it's also worrisome that the opinion has gone up from 90 percent in the previous IPCC report, even though the current IPCC document reports *more*, not less, uncertainty about our understanding of the climate system"

No that's not worrisome. We might have greater uncertainly about the climate system as a whole under extreme conditions caused by AGW, but we are now statistically sure that AGW itself is at least partly caused by human burning of fossil fuels and near certain that it is the primary cause. There is no conflict in those conclusions.

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Re: Tragedy of the commons (1)

"Anthropogenic or otherwise doesn't matter"

It does - it means we could choose to try and do something about it.

"The evidence to hand shows that no appreciable warming has happened, nor increase in ocean levels"

Only if all you have to hand is Faux News. The overwhelming scientific evidence shows quite the opposite. We know both temperature and sea levels have risen - and continue to rise.

"statistically no significant warming has happened this century."

Statistically, 100% of scientists would disagree with you.

"CO2 wasn't enough on the physics to account for 20th century warming"

See above. And see for instance the long term records of CO2 levels versus average surface temperatures.

"Assuming there is any economically available fossil fuel by then."

Even if we stopped burning fossil fuels and emitting CO2 tomorrow - the planet will likely take 10,000+ years to return by itself to a lower level of CO2. This is not something that we can easily go and fix later. We need to reduce CO2 output now.

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"Until there is a real explanation available for the last 22 years of stagnation on the warming front"

You mean the apparent slow down in the rate of warming when looking at the figures from a very specific average surface temperature measurement method? That has already been largely explained.

Firstly that the data for that method wasnt complete:

http://www.realclimate.org/index.php/archives/2013/11/global-warming-since-1997-underestimated-by-half/

And secondly that the remaining small slow down in the rate of surface temperature increase has an explanation - the oceans have been warming instead:

See http://www.theguardian.com/environment/planet-oz/2014/feb/12/global-warming-fake-pause-hiatus-climate-change

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http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/feb/09/global-warming-pause-trade-winds-pacific-ocean-study

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http://www.nature.com/news/climate-change-the-case-of-the-missing-heat-1.14525

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Re: Marvin would love this news

"no one can agree on anything."

All scientists agree that anthropomorphic climate change is happening. The scientific doubt is effectively zero. And has been for well over a decade.

The only uncertainty is about how bad it's going to get and in what timescale...

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PEAK APPLE: Mystery upstart to hurl iLord from its throne 'by 2020'

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Re: Optional

Actually, Windows Phone now outsells the iPhone in 24 countries:

http://wmpoweruser.com/great-infographic-on-where-and-why-windows-phone-outsells-the-iphone/

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Bill Gates: Sell off Bing? Nah. Xbox? Maybe...

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Re: Ready market...

"money-losing online division"

Erm, not quite:

"...which includes Office 365 Home, Bing, and Xbox Live revenues. This group was up 18% in revenue over Q3 2013 driven by strong subscriptions for Office 365 Home – now at 4.4 million subscribers and up 1 million for the quarter. Bing search advertising revenue was also up 38%, and Xbox Live revenue was up 17% contributing to the strong increase for this business segment, and unlike the other Consumer lines, Gross Margin was also up 26%."

http://www.anandtech.com/show/7967/microsoft-q3-2014-financial-results

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Australian government apps access smartmobe cams but 'don't film you'

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Re: "Its specific responses to permissions sought"...

"but 'don't film you'"

They just take a rapid continuous sequence of close together photos instead...

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Docker ported into Hadoop as benchmarks show SCREAMING FAST performance

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Re: Let me get this straight...

Sounds a lot like App-V but without the streaming capabilities.

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Microsoft forms 'Special Projects' black ops team

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Re: Surely this is just Microsoft Research under a different name?

Apparently those experiments were a success:

http://www.prweb.com/releases/2013/12/prweb11444758.htm

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AOL Mail locks down email servers to deal with spam tsunami

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Re: Getting spammed

Surely it was "Army of Lamers" ?

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95 floors in 43 SECONDS: Hitachi's new ultra-high-speed lift

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Re: One for Newton...

"Your analysis is flawed as it has a single period of acceleration which means you'll be existing the top of the tower at some considerable speed"

No it isn't. I was assuming that even the most clueless would realise that a matching period of deceleration would be required. Hence why the distance used is 220m, not 440m, and the time is 21.5 seconds, not 43 seconds.

And your first calculations are all wrong. Unlike mine.

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Assuming no period without acceleration:

We know it does 220m in 21.5 seconds

Given d = Vi * t + 1/2 at^2

220 = 0 + 1/2a * 21.5^2

220 = 231.125a

a = 0.952 ms/s

0.952/9.80665 = ~ 0.097 G

(And a maximum speed of ~ 20.468 m/s)

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Will they still be able to manage it in 2 seconds less?

http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/146231/Its-sex-in-the-City.html

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EU: Let's cost financial traders $400m a day, because EVIL BANKERS. Right?

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Re: What a waste of skilled programmers…

"Thank how much better off we would be if these programmer were doing something of benefit to the world"

Unfortunately useful things like writing ICBM guidance software or the NSAs latest Spyware don't usually pay so well...

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Spanish village called 'Kill the Jews' mulls rebranding exercise

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Re: @ Winkypoop @Don Jefe

"I am totally unprejudiced against all human beings other than those mindless bastards who drive Audis."

What's wrong with the Royal Family?

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Google spends in three months on data centers what used to take a year

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The Borg

"Google's push into the corporate cloud space is going to be interesting. They are among the last companies most people would trust with their company data."

+1 - they are not known as The BORG without good reason. Plus most of their stuff is Open Source, so undoubtly has many security holes that can be easily discovered by a motivated attacker.

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Tamil Nadu's XP migration plan: Go Linux like a BOSS

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Re: Because they didn't believe in it

" you want how much for a server OS and how much for patch management? "

That's a lot cheaper on Windows than say with Red Hat. And much less likely to be successfully attacked as an internet facing server too.

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Re: The man from Munich

(After carefully hiding the ~ €30 million it actually cost to migrate ~ 80% of their users fully and to have to run 2 sets of infrastructure for the foreseeable future...)

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ISPs CAN be ordered to police pirates by blocking sites, says ECJ

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Re: Next up.....

The worlds most pointless and never to be won game of Whack-A-Mole continues....

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Meet Microsoft's latest Windows Server reseller – come on down, Google

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Re: 2008 r2?!?

More to the point, why would anyone want to host anything with The Borg ?

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Re: 2008 R2?

It is Windows Server 2003 that has only slightly over a year of support left. And the latest version is 2012 R2.

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Microsoft's SQL Server 2014 early code: First look

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"hannes.kuehnemund's blog is from .... 2008 ... 6 years old!"

So Windows Server could match Linux for performance 6 years ago as well as a decade ago. Your point is?

"As for SAP benchmarks ... the first link gives DB2 the upper hand (point taken), the second Oracle on Solaris (where is Matt Bryant when you need him)."

But beats Oracle on Linux hands down as was stated.

"Listen, when it comes to performance, real performance, you can forget Windows"

It's a better starting point than Linux these days. Especially for the really high bandwidth / low latency stuff like 40 Gbit Etherrnet and 56GBit Infiniband interconnects, etc. windows has the full capbilities to handle this sort of traffic directly built in - not as bolt on afterthoughts and customisations to the kernel like with Linux.

AIX? Pfft. Again - a dinosaur. No one cares how fast it is once they see the price tag of the hardware...

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Re: Some questions

"Is the insert performance achieved by reducing reliability?"

No.

"Is query performance better?"

Yes - see the presentation URL above.

"maintaining ACID compliance. Is this on the horizon for SQL Server?"

It supports sharding with full ACID compliance across up to 56 nodes.

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Re: But shoorli ... ?

The author has missed stacks of new features. For a real list, see here: http://www.slideshare.net/d501159/sql-server-2014-mission-critical-performance-level-300-deck

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