* Posts by Solmyr ibn Wali Barad

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This whopping 16-bit computer processor is being built by hand, transistor by transistor

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Re: Kudos and beer

Yes, TI 74LS181 seems to be the only 181 still in production. If you wanted industrial quantities of HC181, then it's a bit tough, there are only leftovers.

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Re: Kudos and beer

Quite obtainable.

https://octopart.com/search?q=74HC181

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"do you really need to be told that a transistor is a digital switch?"

Article said "acts like a digital switch". Which is correct in the current context. Saying that it *is* a switch sounds like an universal claim.

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Climate change alarmism is a religious belief – it's official

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Trollface

(with a voice of that other JC)

Some say...that our world was created by the trickster called Loki. Which would explain a lot. And shurely, he wouldn't mind a good fight and a decent pint.

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Chancellor Merkel 'was patient zero' in German govt network hack

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Re: A Quantum Chemist can never be hacked

Hmm. If there's a QC sitting in Moscow, leisurely flipping qbits, doesn't this flip associated qbits in Berlin? And vice versa?

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It's 2015 and Microsoft has figured out anything can break Windows

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Re: Surely...

"Linux kernel, year 2014: 135"

"Windows 8.1, year 2014: 38"

Nice set of numbers you've got there. Shame if anything happened to them...like discovering CVE-2014-8439 among the "Linux kernel" vulnerabilities, and being absent from the Windows 8.1 list.

It's none other than our good friend Adobe Flash.

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Wikipedia to go all HTTPS, all the time

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Re: Self-censorship

"so I carried on and looked up ricin"

...over the reliably fingerprinted connection. Thank you, citizen.

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Re: HTTPS and slow speeds

Lost packets & retransmits are a major pain. With plain HTTP they are barely noticeable, whereas secur-ish connections will suffer badly.

But hey, HTTPS is the next best thing after thorium (or was it sliced bread), so we should bow to the consensus here.

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It's 2015 and hackers can hijack your Windows PC if you watch a web video

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Wot, no video?

Lists are boooring. In 2015, it is customary to have a videotalk about such matters. Definitely with a nasal voice. Video should be embedded in the article, set to autorun.

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Elon Musk: How the Billionaire CEO of SpaceX and Tesla is Shaping our Future

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"but if Musk really could do her job and continues to do so"

We shall see. Few weeks without a major PR disaster is hardly an indication.

Just to squeeze in a movie reference:

"I heard that this Winston Wolf is supposedly good at solving problems. Well, it's been two weeks without any dead bodies or other "problems" to take care of. Remind me again, why are we keeping him on the payroll?"

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Chips can kill: Official

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Re: Coffee?

Coffee beans are naturally rich of oils and carbohydrates, and they are heavily roasted before use.

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"burning meat over fire was almost certainly the first cooking technique discovered by primitive man, acrylamide hasn't caused that much of an effect so far."

It increased their lifespans considerably. More a-somethings, but less b-somethings.

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Re: What about that 'High Fructose Corn Syrup' then?

"The fast food outlets could move to a diet-by-default approach, but seem to lack any initiative."

In the Nordics, they are usually content to replace fries with a salad, and fizzy drinks with a proper juice, for no extra charge. Have to ask, though, it's not default.

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Re: What about that 'High Fructose Corn Syrup' then?

"Other carbohydrates are just one small metabolic step from sugar."

Yet it's a beneficial step. It takes a decent amount of calories to break them up, and there may be some useful by-products to be gained in the process.

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Re: Acrylamide toxicity is nothing new

"shock horror as oxygen is known to produce carcinogenic free radicals !"

Aye, oxygen is a nasty poison. Especially in a monoatomic form. Reacts with pretty much anything it comes in contact with, often forming even stronger poisons in the process.

Yet so essential for sustaining life. That's one hell of a paradox.

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Gremlins in the first six months? It's the seller's problem – EU court

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Re: Warrantee repair

"Being polite but patiently insistent gets you miles."

Well met.

It is folly to start the contact with rudeness. Don't burn the bridge before crossing it.

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China's hackers stole files on 4 MEELLION US govt staff? Bu shi, says China

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Re: Fingers of blame can still point

point a finger

three point back

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Dre-stic measures: Apple Beats retreat from iTunes brand – report

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Re: The secret formula

We wouldn't want it to go pear-shaped, would we?

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Oh, shoppin’ HELL: I’m in the supermarket of the DAMNED

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Re: fun

"Are all $note denominations the same physical size or something?"

AFAIK US dollars are all the same size. But there's more to it. Cassettes are usually coded (with pins or chips) to indicate the nomination they hold inside. Pretty easy to mess it up.

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Re: Online buying is sometimes not much better...

"A credit card or payment method should be requested only at the time I have decided to purchase goods or services, and only saved as necessary for processing the transaction."

Indeed. Fortunately, there is a good number of retailers, who do not save full card information. They authenticate the current transaction right away, and if it passes, they'll retain only last 4 digits from the card number for reference. Just like a long-standing practice with printed receipts - only a card issuer and last 4 digits can be seen there.

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IT-savvy US congressmen to Feds: End your crypto-backdoor crusade

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Re: Seriously, how stupid are we supposed to be?

Three famous examples:

- Passetto in Vatican, about half mile long. It provided an escape route for at least two popes. Alexander VI Borgia escaped during a French siege, and somebody else (Clement? Julius?) escaped during the Sack of Rome.

- Marie Antoinette escaped from the palace of Versailles, when the palace was overrun by the angry mob.

- Nottingham Castle has a passage which was used for breaking into the castle. To rescue king Edward III, if the memory serves right. And intruders had help from the inside.

So you are quite right about that part - secret passages are definitely a security weakness. To counter this they were cleverly hidden, rarely used, only a handful of people had the knowledge. Pure obscurity.

This model wouldn't possibly work for crypto backdoors. There has to be a wide circle of people with an official need to know, thus it's bound to leak sooner or later. Worldwide access - millions of people banging on the doors, some of them are quite bright and well equipped. Hopeless.

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Re: Seriously, how stupid are we supposed to be?

"Real castles do not have secret passages"

Quite frequently they do. In times of yore, security by obscurity had somewhat better chances, as geographical distances imposed a considerable limit on the number of adversaries, and there were no automated scanning tools available.

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Your servers are underwater? Chill OUT, baby – liquid's cool

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Re: Liquid metal cooling

Now that's really cool. Or hot.

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One USB plug to rule them all? That's sensible, but no...

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"The Thinkpads that changed the charger connector when we went from T4 series to T6 series and now again with T440's?"

16V/56W thin barrel was good from Thinkpad 360 to T43/R52, 1995-2005. Lots of generations and models in between.

20V/90W thick barrel from T60 to T430, 2006-2014. About six generations.

There were some exceptions, like 135W adapters for hungrier beasts, but as a generalisation, 8-10 years with one connector type isn't bad at all.

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"because you plugged the cable into the wrong Scart socket on the telly."

For the younger generation: decent TV set had to have 2 or 3 SCART sockets on the back. All of them were somewhat universal. Or rather having slightly varying values of universal.

From the look of it, USB-C is going down the same path.

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Use your Apple gizmos only for good, says Tim Cook

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Re: Funny

"turned powerful technology into tools that were easy to use"

Funny indeed. Companies wriggle like hell to avoid their products being seen as tools. To the point of designing the products as non-utilitary and intrusive as possible. These days it's all about the "experience", "lifestyle", "vision", "technology" and other BS-bingo material. With "ease of use" moniker serving as a warning label.

Gosh, I'm getting ranty. Need a coat, quickly.

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It's the Internet of Feet: Lenovo shows smart shoes, projector keyboard phone

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bootnote

Yet another acronym in the making.

SoS = System on Shoe.

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The yummy mummies' likeable wagon: Nissan Qashqai Tekna

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Re: Cannibalistic X-Trail

"The new X-Trail to my eyes looks very very similar to Qashqai, so much so they will be competing against each other?"

As +2 version of Qashqai disappeared from the lineup, new X-Trail had to fill that niche. Basically it's a blend of old X-Trail and Q+2.

About 10 inches longer than normal Q, has 7 seats, and 4WD (which +2 didn't have).

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Grand Theft Auto maker lobs sueball at BBC over biopic

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Re: The BBC's response

And if someone thinks that the hot scene would be only unlockable with a patch, they'd be gravely mistaken. Har har.

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Driverless cars deal DEATH to Detroit, says Barclays

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Re: "No more old guys in hats holding up the flow of traffic"

There's nothing you can do. White Van Man will always catch you.

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Mobiles at school could be MAKING YOUR KID MORE DUMBER

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Re: Back in the day ...

"But I have no fucking idea how a transistor works."

If used as logic gates, it's not that hard to understand. They'd be either almost open or almost closed. Everything inbetween is an unholy mess. But for some strange reason this mess seems to be a preferred state for the analogue folks. Go figure.

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Re: more?

Or dumberer.

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Are we looking at the first domain name meme? Neigh

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Re: It is both

And from a third viewpoint it's a .lemon

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Red-faced Germans halt NSA cooperation after Euro spying revealed

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Re: Commando Comics

Ah, that would be Weltschmerz. English phrase "weary of the world" is quite close to it.

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Re: Commando Comics

Too bad, because Germans have a very decent selection of strong words in the vocabulary, should the need arise. But we shall not utter these here.

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Flash banishes the spectre of the unrecoverable data error

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I see dead disks...

...right next to the pile of dead flash. Once so glorified, almost deitified, so full of hype, starring in countless powerpoints, having a future oh-so-bright. Yet there they are. Mere mortals like everybody else.

Oh, well. Back to work. Gotta keep the blinkenlights flashing.

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Spooks BUSTED: 27,000 profiles reveal new intel ops, home addresses

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Re: MASTERSHAKE?

Also well trained in LOGORRHEA and BLABBERMOUTH.

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Why OH WHY is economics so bleedin' awful, then?

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Re: У Лукоморья

"AIexander Pushkine [whose surname translates as "Cannon's son"]"

Ha! Never thought of that. And going by the countless anecdotes about him, "son of a gun" is an apt translation.

Charming guy and a great poet.

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Who thinks Microsoft Edge SUCKS? Erm, Microsoft

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Re: downvotes.

First rule of downvotes - we don't talk about downvotes.

And this seems to be the only rule that holds water. All other theories are just delusions.

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Re: WHAT DID YOU FUCKING SAY TO ME???

Seal who is trained in gorilla warfare?

Now that's a really scary beast.

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One bit to rule them all? Forget it – old storage types never die

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Re: Print Button

Sticking 'Print' into the URL still works. Which is essentially what the print button did.

www.theregister.co.uk/Print/2015/05/01/bits_on_a_disk/

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Oxford chaps solve problem in 1982 Sinclair Spectrum manual

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Re: please can we have some of those geeks?

You can, but it's not easy. You'd have to swim against a lot of tides.

Firstly, do not rely on HR. Qualities you're looking for do not show up in their keyword lists, because these qualities are nigh impossible to define in HR terms. You'll recognize The Knack when you see it. Others probably won't.

Secondly, start the search early. In the schools. Best chaps tend to avoid the job market if possible - once they get the job they like, they'll stay there indefinitely. So it's pretty much a matter of being first to spot a young talent.

Thirdly, you should start in the schools, because the education system does not work in your favour. There's a huge lot of anti-patterns, academic navel-gazing and other cruft to be learned, that has to be unlearned later on. If it's not too late by then.

OK, the last one was a radical statement - please do not take it as an absolute, but as a problem for your specific use case. Once the younglings have got several years of treatment to the finesses of Academically Approved Ambitious Architectures, they'd probably have a hard time to get their minds back in shape for doing the embedded stuff. Unless they've had it as a side hobby all along.

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E-voting and the UK election: Pick a lizard, any lizard

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Re: estonia - embracing the future!

Gosh. Is it September already?

/edit: Never mind, irony detector malfunctioned a bit. Upvoted./

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Apple Watch RIPPED APART, its GUTS EXPOSED to hungry Vultures

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Re: Quinting

Yes, the fun factor. It may be a bit underestimated at times - small skunkworks projects may unexpectedly bring about a major breakthrough, and a motherlode of other goodies to go with it. But sometimes it turns out to be nothing but a twattery. Apparently it has to be a delicate mix of playfulness, skill, determination, luck, and deity-knows-what-else. Pegasus really doesn't give advance warnings about his next visit.

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Re: Quinting

Ah, but it doesn't seem to be about solving a problem. It's more likely doing something for the sake of doing it, just because they can. Design awards and press buzz as a bonus.

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Beowulf Gods — rip into cloud's coding entrails

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Yeah. Happy days. Still have some Inmos chips in the bottom drawer. And AMD 2900 bitslices.

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Google pulls plug on YouTube for older iPads, iPhones, smart TVs

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Re: Don't tell me you were stupid enough to buy an expensive "SMART" TV

Oh dear, oh dear. This reminds me - I may have forgotten to pick up that fancy smart TV from the store. Come to think of it, I also forgot to swipe the credit card.

With my old memory failing like that, I'll never be a model citizen. [sob]

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"In other words, that's a yay for landfill then."

Seems that some people are not 'on message' yet. It is time for a leap forward, we need a nextification of the landfills. Behold the SmartFill!

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Ex-Windows designer: Ballmer was dogmatic, Sinofsky's bonkers, and WinPho needs to change

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IT Angle

Bugger.

So Ballmer & Sinofsky behaved pretty much like they appeared to.

That's sad. Because cynical viewpoint can't be always right, could it? There should be a bit of hope, if only a fool's hope, that behind the curtains there's more valour than meets the eye. That the emperors are more decently clad than they appear to be. That affairs of their courts are less petty than they seem to be.

But in the end it's just another night in the circus. Lots of smoke and mirrors, loud noise, pretty costumes, carefully staged performances - and after the show, somebody has to clear up all that elephant dung.

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