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

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Re: WTF???

"everyone should be equal" + "not being true to their Communist ideals"

Well, cry me a river. Practical attempts at Communism have always meant that everybody is equal, some are just more equal than others.

May the gods have mercy and save you from actually living in a society with Communist ambitions.

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Happy 40th Playmobil: Reg looks back at small, rude world of our favourite tiny toys

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Re: population growth

I, for one, welcome our new plastic overlords.

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Anatomy of OpenSSL's Heartbleed: Just four bytes trigger horror bug

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Re: So what happened to the coder

"Almost the entirety of the source code universe is a total mess"

Why, the entire universe is a total mess. Entropy is one of the most fundamental qualities of it, and an important driving force. It would be folly to hope that our puny sources would be unaffected by the Almighty Mess.

Excellent comment, though.

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The gift of Grace: COBOL's odyssey from Vietnam to the Square Mile

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Re: Real Programmers *and* Mythical Man Month?

Great indeed, but Real Programmer canon is not complete without Mel.

cs.utah.edu/~elb/folklore/mel.html

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Microsoft: We've got HUNDREDS of patents on Android tech

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Re: Is this why some Android devices don't take SD cards?

"what's the pro these days?"

There's one more, admittedly a variant of sneakernet. SD is a relatively easy way to salvage data, when the device becomes an ex-device.

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In three hours, Microsoft gave the Windows-verse everything it needed

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Re: None of this changes anything

"Only Microsoft.. well, perhaps Microsoft and Canonical.. have an idea of how it will all fit together five or ten years down the road."

Oh, why settle on five, when they're aiming for 500. It's got Electrolytes!

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Re: None of this changes anything

"AFAIK [DLL] versioning got better years ago"

WinSxS provides...ahem...wildly fluctuating values of $better.

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Nothing's as SCARY as an overly aggressive SOFTWARE PIMP

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Re: reminds me of a poster

Ahem. Now let us read another passage from The Fine Book.

And thus was it spoken in Murphy 4:4

If builders built buildings the way programmers wrote programs, then the first woodpecker that came along would destroy civilization.

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Raised £350bn in crowdsourced funding? Tell me about it (not)

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Re: FruitExpert Launches Free* Online course in lemon see-sawing!

Coming soon:

- Mushroom Milling

- Pearshaping

- [redacted] Polishing

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No Notch niche: Minecraft man in rift with Oculus after Facebook gobble

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re: Facebook Effect

It may be a variant of Reverse Midas Touch, something that's characteristic for most bigcorps. But FB learned it surprisingly quickly. Zuck is a quick learner, he talks like a true PHB now.

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Windows 8 BREAKS ITSELF after system restores

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Re: Is Windows 8 fundamentally broken?

"People just need to get their 'finger' out and adapt."

Oh, great. It's the bloody Church of Change at work. Again.

Embrace the Change, children. Change is goood. You must not fear, you must not doubt, let us Change together. All hail the Change!

But if you don't...we'll mock you until you do.

/disclaimer: all my lame jokes and sweeping generalizations are brought to you by a modern touchy-feely device, as those are the genres that are truly well suited to the touchscreens/

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Stop fiddling with your VMAX knobs or I'll chop your fingers off

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Re: Ex storage admin, here

"Who needs to rebuild a RAID group anyway ? This needs to be planned at installation time"

Requirements may change, usage patterns may change.

If you do not like that kind of control, fine, don't use it then, but please do not petition for removing it altogether. OMG, admin can break a LUN! What a shock.

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Re: Ridiculous comparison

"You need to abstract out complexity for any technology"

Yes and no. Definitely not out - that results in a dumbed-down technology, which in turn helps to dumb down people. High level languages (hello Java!) have done a lot of harm here.

Better way is to hide the complexity from the average Joe, but leave the knobs and levers accessible to the people who are able to use them. Behind another access level, if necessary. Start with good defaults and good configuration templates. That'll avoid most of the problems - sensible admin does not fiddle with sensible defaults.

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The plot to kill Google cloud: We'll rename Windows Azure to MICROSOFT Azure

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Re: Ah the wisdom of nerds

Marketing is a form of propaganda. If done well, it serves as a useful communication vehicle, and doesn't anger people very much, but it's the abuses that are the problem. Geeks just happen to be quite sensitive towards the abusal.

Oh, and the most evil characteristic of bad propaganda - it polarizes people, turns them against each other.

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Re: Attempting to give a damn...

"Is it really going to be called Microsoft Azure tomorrow?"

Oh, yes. That leaves room for the next rebranding effort after a year or two. Most likely it will be Microsoft Cloud, or The Microsoft Network. Unless they'll have one of those rare hip'n'dandy moments and name it Ding or Fuzzy.

/damn, those corporate bingo sessions are making people way too cynical/

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Re: Attempting to give a damn...

An error has occurred while giving a damn. Please tell Microsoft about this problem. /.../

You know the drill, don't you.

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IBM PCjr STRIPPED BARE: We tear down the machine Big Blue would rather you forgot

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Re: oscilloscope

Oi, when I were a lad, we used to dream about oscilloscopes. Had to make do with a logic tester, built into the discarded felt pen. Syringe needle, bunch of wires, two crappy LEDs and one 7400.

Aargh. Shouldn't have mentioned 7400! Those bastards had zillions of 74LS chips to play with, and all they managed to do with them was to turn them into a PCJr!

/fakes a stroke and slumbers off the soapbox/

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Planes fail to find 'credible' candidate for flight MH370 wreckage

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Re: aliens

We need no steenking reasons to bring in aliens. They're an universal factor, like deus ex machina or Finnegans Finagling Factor.

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'Arrogant' Snowden putting lives at risk, says NSA's deputy spyboss

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Excellent PR

"He claimed the agency only slurped the communications of targeted individuals"

And vice versa, if your comms are slurped, it means you're a target. Let's hope that the actual scale of slurping never becomes public... oh, bugger.

"and said that the vast majority of people who weren't on the target list had nothing to fear from his spies."

Whereas the remaining minority who weren't on the target list...

Oh dear. What a way to dig themselves out of the hole. They must be half way to China by now.

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RIP Full Disclosure: Security world reacts to key mailing list's death

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So long, and thanks for all the bugs.

It's hard for the lone admin to fend off the trolls. Once they've gained enough presence, the whole place starts to stink.

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Mozilla takes Windows 8-friendly Firefox out back ... two shots heard

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Re: The silly thing is

"Microsoft can abuse the power of the default"

Well put. And not just this particular default. There is a long-running joke that in order to use MS products properly, you have to start by reversing all MS defaults you can find. An overstatement, yes, but quite humourous.

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Re: 1000 Users!

Hmh. There is a fine line between a thought-provoking post, and just provoking, it's so delicate and so easy to cross.

Have an upvote, though. For the previous posts, which would have deserved several upvotes instead of the one they got.

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Re: no surprise here

"Every show shows someone tapping on a rectangle to launch something"

It all started with a hospital scene in "Idiocracy". That touchscreen from the year 2505 was simply irresistible...

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Battery vendors push ultracapacitor wrappers to give Li-ions more bite

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Re: Ultra?

With 1mm layer around the battery surface it looks quite possible. Maybe a half mm will do.

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Re: Ultra?

That's because it has to endure higher voltages and higher currents.

1F at 5V can be much smaller.

cpc.farnell.com/1/3/1f-capacitor

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MEEELLIONS of unloved iPhone 5Cs gather dust in warehouses – report

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Re: @Don Jefe: Concrete railroad cross ties

Seems like this bit needs repeating (or reinforcing, har har)

"That 'steel reinforced' bit is the key. None of the major US trials of concrete freight rail cross ties have been sufficiently reinforced"

Concrete is able to stand tremendous weights, but breaks easily when twisted or pulled. Which is exactly what happens on the railroad - weight of the train is pushing the tracks apart, applying the wrong kind of force to the cross ties. It is up to the steel carcass to hold them together. And that concrete+steel combination has to be good, really good, to surpass the wooden ancestor.

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How AGILE DIPLOMACY will spike PUTIN'S GUNS

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Re: Let me describe how it feels being a Ukrainian

Truly sorry about that. Although El Reg seems to make a serious effort of ignoring the world politics (unless there is an IT angle to it), so this site is still relatively Putin-free.

Hang on there, and please try to keep the blinkenlights working, no matter what is coming through the gates. Because that is what we do.

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Twitter blew $36m on patents to avoid death by lethal injunction

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"if a CEO said he was looking into buying up shitloads of patents that may, or may not, be useful to the company"

It's become a form of gambling. With holds, folds and bluffs. Just as investment banking has transformed over the years - towards the casino, away from the banking.

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Why can’t I walk past Maplin without buying stuff I don’t need?

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Re: The future that wasn't

Thank you, that's just wonderful. Being 35 years late is not a problem, no grand vision has ever arrived on time.

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Re: Great headline!

"sufficiently rich that I could just call in a tradesman at any hour of the day or night"

Assuming there are any to call. Or if you manage to find somebody, living in the place you've never heard of, you'll have to fly him in at great expense. So much for the riches then.

Hyperbole? Yes. But craftmanship is slowly fading away. There is already a shortage of people able to maintain critical infrastructure (ahem, mostly referred as the legacy stuff, which is still standing, despite desperate attempts to offload it to someone else), and the future may well go by the Asimov's Foundation series. Unless the lessons are learned early enough to reverse the underlying processes.

Cherish the skill you have. Even if it won't make you rich today.

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The future that wasn't

Ah. The disappointments.

One magazine from the late 50's, which shall remain nameless, had some bold visions of the future - by the year 1980 we would have flying cars (obviously), no poverty, no unhappiness, etc, etc.

And...gasp...there are power lines running over the beautiful hills and valleys, on the pylons that are made out of PLASTICS!

Well, screw those flying cars, screw those utopian societies, screw those frikkin-sharks-with-frikkin-lasers! I want my plastic pylons and I want them now!

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Windows 8.1 Update 1 spewed online a MONTH early – by Microsoft

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Re: A question

Yes/no questions are not always simple. Most of the real-world scenarios cannot be approximated to one-bit values. Too much loss in the compression. And if the end result, the gained knowledge, is not useful, there is no good reason to ask at all. It's nothing more than a noise.

Even worse, question may be set up in a way that both answers would be actually the same - like the good old "have you stopped beating your wife?" or "do you still drink in the morning?"

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is it W8 Enterprise Edition?

"Also, forum posters warn that it's essential to install all of the updates in the correct order, or the process will likely fail."

That sounds very much like SAP, Tivoli, or other fine examples of enterpricey software. Although, there is usually no correct order, just an obscure order that happens to work, and nobody knows why.

Years of talk about MS wanting to move upmarket. Now the day has dawned.

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Steve Ballmer: Thanks to me, Microsoft screwed up a decade in phones

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Yep, same here, first MS product in 20 years I actually wanted to buy. Of course, final product may have been wildly different, as manglement would definitely have wanted to bolt on some last-minute changes. To "enhance" this, to "integrate" with that, better "experience" all around.

Maybe it's even better this way. Noble death instead of half-life.

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Roll up, roll up for the Commentards' Ball

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"What kind of cynical, embittered, angry mods must you be - if you've had to read all that."

Maybe the mods are quietly weeping at that, having seen the darkest sides of the human mind, mourning the loss of mental greatness that once was...err, probably never was.

Still, that would make it perfectly understandable if our dear Regtards are looking for a nice excuse to drink all London pubs dry. And then some more for the celebration of the fact that they do not have to deal with Youtube comments.

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Belgian judge mulled BANNING APPLE (actually, its website) in Euro warranty row

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Re: Apple's shitty batteries.

"their batteries are specially designed in such a way that they last with near-max capacity for longer, and a side-effect of that superior engineering is that when they die, they utterly die. "

Wow. What a load of spin.

Apple does not have very much control over the batteries. There are just a handful of companies producing the lithium cells, and Apple is not among them. They select the suitable cells, have some input on packaging and the interface board (which contains protection circuitry) and that's pretty much it. No magic recipes of their own. And ye cannae change the laws of physics, no sir.

As lithium cells in the packs are not individually charged, sooner or later there will be a disbalance between them (nothing mystical, age does not treat cells equally) and charge current starts to destroy the weakest cells. That's where the protection should kick in. To prevent cells from overheating and catching fire.

It is possible to play with the variables - increased values of allowed disbalance would extend the lifetime a bit - but it might be risky.

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Re: Apple's shitty batteries.

Going suddenly to zero is not that uncommon. It sounds like a failsafe has tripped. Multi-cell lithium packs are stuffed with protection circuits, they have to be, and some of those will never recover. Pressure valves on the cells are definitely one-way, main fuse usually too.

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Cyber battle apparently under way in Russia-Ukraine conflict

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Times have changed. A shiny new Merc, straight from Stuttgart, with legit papers, is the most desirable. Other variants not so much. BMW has a factory in Russia, but Beverian ones are still more prestigious.

Cutting these supply lines would be perceived as the greatest geo-political catastrophe of the 21st century.

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Turkey did close the straits in 2008. Both ways. To cool things down.

But the cruelest thing to do would be to cut off Mercedes exports. Now that'd create an almighty mess.

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MtGox has VANISHED. So where have all the Bitcoins gone?

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Re: You'd think it was 'qui bono' ...

Thanks.

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Re: For an Technical IT site the level of ignorance here is shocking.

More along the lines "oh, this is so sophisticated, it cannot be just a scam".

Alas, smart people can be easily deceived, if their attention is channeled at those wonderful complexities, and the most fundamental questions are neglected.

What questions?

Qui bono, for one.

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Re: And yet we're still to believe...

"I know all too well just how hard it is to mitigate yourself from being a target."

Quite a disproportionate struggle. Defenders must cover all the possibilities, whereas attackers have to find just one to succeed.

Then again, getting away with it is the hardest part. That does level the field somewhat.

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Intel's new Xeon: Easy to switch between dual memory modes? Uh, no

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Re: what is new, exactly?

Quite common in 4-socket servers, actually.

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Infinidat quietly files THIRTY-NINE patents. Let's take a closer look

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And has been for the last 15 years or so. Always in motion the future is.

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The other end of the telescope: Intel’s Galileo developer board

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Re: 400 Mhz?

CPU stuck in 1998, AC stuck in 2001. Lovely.

/spoiler alert/ Megahertz wars are long over. They lost.

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Opera founder von Tetzchner: It's all gone to crap since I quit

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"Plus, it had a killer feature: when you click Back in Opera, it goes back; it doesn't try to reload the frikkin internet."

Indeed. Back to the previous page, just like it was, even POST forms filled out as they were. Presto's in-memory caching is really good.

Another neat trick - HTML part of the page is shown quickly, without waiting for all those goddamn image servers and click analyzers.

For 15 years of heavy usage, these probably amount to a few months of time saved.

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Is modern life possible without a smartphone?

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Re: Sometimes, a telephone is just a telephone.

Neat indeed. I'm wondering about it too. Either they did not follow GSM specs to the letter, or employed some special tricks there. But yes, 30 miles over the sea, with a reasonable call quality.

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Yes, HP will still sue you if you make cartridges for its inkjet printers

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Re: I've had a claim 1 in 3 HP cartridges can't be refilled as they are too borderline to do so.

Hey, no reason to trip the WTF flag in this case. Of course there are replacement chips and whatnot.

JS19 just asked whether that claim has any merit. Well, it has, kind of, depending on, etc.

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Bill Gates to pull a Steve Jobs and SAVE MICROSOFT – report

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@ShelLuser

Excellent post, and it definitely was worth reading in full. Cheers!

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Re: Seriously

Uh-huh. If SJ was not wealthy enough, then maybe Larry will do?

/from the article/

"Bill Gates wants people to think he's Edison, when he's really Rockefeller," Jobs' longtime pal, Oracle CEO Larry Ellison, once told Newsweek. "Though I wouldn't mind being Rockefeller either. But referring to Gates as the smartest man in America isn't right. I'm not the fourth smartest man in America. Wealth isn't the same thing as intelligence."

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