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TPP takes another tiny step forward

Kamal Hashmi

For the European/US version - you can do something....

https://stop-ttip.org/sign/

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Languages don't breed bugs, PEOPLE breed bugs, say boffins

Kamal Hashmi

Programming/Coding is NOT Design

Oh, for c**p's sake, the language is merely used for implementation.

You use (and learn) whatever the customer wants.

A proper study would have looked at bug rates in different language implementations of the same design.

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The 'fun-nification' of computer education – good idea?

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Re: Compulsion vs aptitude

Did they give a reason? Age? Ability/CV?

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Astroboffins map GIANT MASS of dark matter

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Re: That picture looks 2D to me.

Sigh.

In reply to The Serpent: I’m looking at a pretty, blonde girl in the office right now....

You have only one eye?

(I'll type slower next time...)

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Kamal Hashmi

Re: That picture looks 2D to me.

You have only one eye?

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Moon was formed when PLANET SMASHED INTO EARTH

Kamal Hashmi
Meh

Re: with that rendered photo

I thought it was beautifully shot and acted and didn't shy away from the End.

It was a bit boring though...

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Kamal Hashmi
Happy

Re: There are many ways to skin a cat...

I think the fact that the common point around which they orbit is inside one of them makes the other one a 'moon'.

If the point was even fractionally outside the Earth then I'd formally accept the 'double planet' description.

Regardless of that, the Moon certainly has a greater influence on this planet than most satellites on their planets - the tides and consequent evolution of land-based life being the most notable.

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Astroboffins to search for mega-massive alien power plants

Kamal Hashmi
Happy

Re: Reg Standard Units

googol is 10^100 (googolplex is 10^10^100).

Is there anything inbetween googol and yotta?

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Plan hatched to view Milky Way's black hole heart

Kamal Hashmi

Goudal-e-Markaz

Literally "Pit at Center"

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Equipping pre-teens with web mobes spreads beyond West

Kamal Hashmi

We used to dream of finding old newspapers...

...so we could sell them for clothes to richer kids.

We used to tie twigs round our waist then roll in mud and let it dry - brilliant clothes.

Now, if we could find good mud...

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Brit boffins print blinking booze bottle labels

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"feet like lightning..."

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Beeb measures Blighty in doormats

Kamal Hashmi
Unhappy

Re: Standard form - SI standards

SI prefixes with:short scale / long scale names

10^6 - mega - Million / Million

10^9 - giga - Billion / Milliard

10-12 - tera - Trillion / Billion

10^15 - peta - Quadrillion / Billiard

10^18 - exa - Quintillion / Trillion

10^21 - xetta - Sextillion / Trilliard

10^24 - yotta - Septillion / Quadrillion

Note that the short form bears little relation to the power of 10, e.g. Septillion is 10^24 but 24 isn't 7 times any integer, whereas 24 is 6 (million) times 4 - hence Quadrillion. Simples.

However the short form is more universally used as the world isn't run by techies but by Marketing and PR (e.g. D.Cameron).

This also explains a lot about the world today...

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Google+ opened to world+dog

Kamal Hashmi
Stop

Optional

Y'know why don't you have two accounts? One for your nefarious activities, online stalking, flaming etc; and one with your real name for your friends and family....

I have one of the latter (and one more for business use).

I may need one of the first kind when I turn into a grumpy old git in a few years (every time I think I already am one, I just read a few pages of comments on TheRegister and I realise I'm still relatively a cheerful positive bloke).

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ARM daddy simulates human brain with million-chip super

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> Well you're a large collection of neurons and you seem to simulate intelligence quite well.

It's all that's is needed....

> So the question is are you a smart machine?

We are all complex machines - but not very smart.

The only proper ending for the Terminator series of films is the future AIs make one that's much smarter than humans instead of just as smart but faster. It would end the war rapidly and the remaining humans would be contented pets.

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They shoot mainframes, don't they?

Kamal Hashmi

Re Bad idea

You prefer buggy software and a ramshackle OS? (And I'm not talking about Linux).

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Steven Moffat promises 'darker' Doctor Who

Kamal Hashmi

a title

Er... yeah.

You do realise that they no longer like to admit that Dr Who is Science Fiction? (*)

All the emo stuff is to satisfy the critics who want to see a more 'real' story.

(*) The critic's criterion is "If I happened to read/watch it and liked it then it can't be SF, but I'll make up some other excuse". (**)

(**) See http://news.ansible.co.uk/a283.html#12 - there are many other examples.

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BBC-led RadioPlayer arrives at last

Kamal Hashmi

small internet stations ...

The £200 doesn't seem like much to me - how much is it to belong to OfCom?

Or they could always get together and do one for internet radio - this should do well as it needn't just be limited to the UK. I'd definitely be interested in finding foreign stations easily.

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Kamal Hashmi

Re: Iots of other internet radio stations...

Thanks for the url!

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Kamal Hashmi

Re: Another new standard →

You need a UK based proxy.

I think the BBC should sell an optional license for people outside the UK - and I should get one free!! (With my TC license).

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Fukushima explained in crap cartoon

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title

Doh! Missed that.

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Kamal Hashmi

Cartoon

Yayy! A comment about cartoons!

Yes, the Japanese use comics to tell a story much more than in the West.

Also, I think the article title is an insult - it's a decent cartoon. Should change it to "kids' cartoon" instead of "crap cartoon".

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Hamburg vice girls to be serviced by cable car

Kamal Hashmi

Other things to see in St Pauli

FC St Pauli! Well worth a visit. Even when they lose.

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Jobs stand-in ranks iPhone over sex

Kamal Hashmi

Re: Ummm, sorry that's not right → #

So how does the research that baby monkeys value love/belonging over food/water fit in with this very logical triangle?

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Mobile industry looks forward to spanking Apple

Kamal Hashmi

RE: this is not a title

Not quite in sync...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zX9wKN2lKiU

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China plans city 'twice the size of Wales'

Kamal Hashmi

this is not a title

I've been to that hell-hole called LA - that's roughly 200 miles long N-S and 100 miles W-E

Of course, most of that is empty wasteland or freeway.

And there's a constant haze in the air, and every breath feels like you're in a smoke-filled room.

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Ford cars get draconian parental controls

Kamal Hashmi

shawl?

No, but I wear a scarf when I watch them play football with their teams.

They don't have a Wii, or an Xbox. Got them a 2nd hand PS2 a few years ago - but they don't play computer games much.

The Buzz Lightyear ride is good, but we don't have a competition - it's not much fun me beating my wife or my teenagers beating the younger ones is it? We just have fun.

Small World is still the one ride I'd buy to have in my back garden if I was rich enough.

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Kamal Hashmi

Best Ride Ever!

You're mad! Small World is the best ride in Disney with usually a small queue - the mesmeric music means you can doze while the kids are entranced and quiet for a few minutes. Once took the kids round three times for a long rest. Also good at the end to calm them down so can rush them past the shops and into the car.

Ah. I understand why you don't like it now. You go to Disney for yourself?

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Standard smartphone charger to dominate in two years

Kamal Hashmi

The Wonderful Thing About Standards .....

is that there are so many of them. ;-)

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This year's comedy Xmas No. 1 contender: Silent song 4'33"

Kamal Hashmi

How many other works by John Cage have you heard?

At the RNCM on Monday, one of the encores was a nocturne by John Cage - it was excellent!

(Violin/Piano - Faust/Melnikov)

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Christians vs metalheads in FB flame war

Kamal Hashmi

re Crusades

> No. The Crusades were staged (initially, at least) in an effort to roll

> back Islamic military conquests in the Levant, which had subjected

> the population to Islamic rule (where non-Muslims had the choice

> to convert or pay heavy 'infidel' taxes.)

Read a real history book, dimwit.

Four hundred years is a long time to wait to 'roll back' conquests.

The Crusaders were a lot less tolerant of other religions than the Muslims.

And the tax is the equivalent of the 2.5% Muslims have to pay for the poor - so it evens the field rather than discriminates against non-Muslims.

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Sir Norman Wisdom dies at 95

Kamal Hashmi

Flowers for Algernon?

Wasn't it Norman Wisdom who starred in the TV version of the short story "Flowers for Algernon"?

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Google, boffins crack Rubik's Cube mystery

Kamal Hashmi

others too

Doesn't work unless they're dumb people who just learnt the moves. Someone did this in the Maths coffee bar in 1982 and everyone recognised what had been done while solving the cube.

David Singmaster wrote an interesting note about the Cube and Group Theory about that time.

If you're bored of just solving it then get someone to randomly make 5 or so moves and then try and get in back in the same number of moves.

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Internet 1 - England goalkeeper 0

Kamal Hashmi

The title is required, and must contain letters and/or digits.

There wouldn't be any "normal" crowd noise anyway at most world cups - especially the later rounds. Maybe the rustling of notes in wallets and the ching of jewellery... Like at Arsenal games ;-)

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Government says axing Becta will save £10m

Kamal Hashmi

Re Someone lied to you...

It was probably the Local Authority that forced the deal. Most (state) primary schools have little or no IT expertise and depend on help. This is also true for a lot of secondary schools even though they teach IT - the teachers are employed to teach not set up or maintain the system.

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Britons: iPhone eighth most important invention — ever

Kamal Hashmi

Re: Pacifists?

<quote>"Law is an important invention missed in the list."

Whose law, Kemosabe?

</quote>

Just the concept of rules that apply to everyone.

The details of who draws them up and who applies them - well that's where the problems occur....

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Kamal Hashmi

Re: Pacifists?

I agree with you about the flint knife - but it was not mostly used for peaceful purposes as our teeth aren't sharp enough to cut hide.

Guns and grenades definitely had an impact on history - but I wouldn't count them as important or useful inventions. I can live without them.

Law is an important invention missed in the list.

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Exam board deletes C and PHP from CompSci A-levels

Kamal Hashmi

Re: BCPL...

More seriously, the basic set of languages should be:

Algol (60 first, 68 optional extra)

LISP

SmallTalk

Prolog

Learn these and you can pick up most others pretty quickly

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Kamal Hashmi

Maths starts from defining en empty set, so software design should start from ....

BCPL

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HP agrees to buy Palm for $1.2bn

Kamal Hashmi

What best replaces the PDA-ness of a Palm now...

So does the Hero fully sync with multiple computers?

I've been using Palms since '98 - it very effectively replaced my bulging filofax with it's scribbled notes/appointments and out-of-date addresses. What I really liked was that it would sync everything with both my home and work PC so if it was nicked I could recover all the data.

I was very tempted by the iPhone but I discovered it wouldn't sync notes at the time. Now I believe you can only sync with one PC. Has it got better as a PDA Palm replacement? I don't give a shit about the games or beer&fart applications...

Anyone got any real experience with any of the other smartphones - do they work well as PDAs with full sync with multiple PCs?

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BlackBerry sees iPhone shrink in rear view mirror

Kamal Hashmi

a title

When Orange started selling the Pre in the UK, I tried to look at one at four or five orange stores. Only one had a working one to try out. Recently I tried again - none had it on display.

With friends like these...

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Mozilla gives passive-aggressive missive to pre-Firefox 3.6 hold-outs

Kamal Hashmi

Re: I like Chrome → #

You like chrome because it upgrades itself without telling you?

And you don't like it for not just growing and growing in its use of memory?

Are you the anti-me from the other Earth on the opposite side of the sun?

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Mozilla births first Thunderbird 3.1 beta

Kamal Hashmi

verbification

Yes, it is a noun.....

However, I believe the poster objected to it being verbed.

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Note to Captain Kirk: Warp speed will kill you

Kamal Hashmi

@ Michael H.F. Wilkinson RE: After all, they allow cross-breeding

There was an ST episode where they discovered that the humanoid races (Humans, Klingons, Vulcans,...) had a common ancestor - so the DNA would be nearly the same, with much less than a hundred thousand years of genetic drift.

As for appearances being so different within such a relatively small time - note that dogs have amazing variability in appearance despite being virtually identical in DNA (hence being able to cross-breed).

They never followed up that episode unfortunately....

I once read a short story where the preponderance of humanoid races in this section of the galaxy (in the story!) is because a very intelligent race visited all the planets nearby and left behind their equivalent of cockroaches - which became humans.

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Manchester united against ID cards, ID minister finds

Kamal Hashmi

re: Apparently a title is required

Only a mile?!!?!?! That makes me a "non-local" and I regularly walk to OT for matches!

What half-wit devised that survey?

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iPhone and Windows Mobile get the (Gmail) Push

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@Monty Burns: Standards of reporting

> " Short sighted and ignorant comments like that do you no favours."

I, on the other hand, like a little leavening of sarcasm.

If I am needed by work when I am off work they can ring or text me as an exceptional circumstance. I do not want the mindless prattling of HR and management taking up my valuable time.

And I have taken a person's phone from them when they were about to look at a text or email while I was talking to them. I was tempted to chuck it in the bin.

I may have to join facelessbook but only because my old school group is posting pics there and to check up on my kids.

-Grumpy Git.

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T-Orange: How it's going to work

Kamal Hashmi

new name ....

For god's sake people - Tangerine obviously!

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JG Ballard — 1930-2009

Kamal Hashmi

@Luther Blissett

Interesting comments...

Nowadays, it seems the post-modern pre-dates the modern. Have we stopped reversing into the future?

He was one of my favourite authors. 'Nuff said.

-Kamal.

P.S. Are you a singular "Luther Blissett" or a plurality?

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2008's top three compact cameras

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re which camera is quick?

Well Sir Runcible, you've hit the nail on the head - the one number missing in almost all reviews is the shutter lag. This is because most of the reviewers are techie nerds who don't buy cameras for their girlfriends or wives (or boyfriends) .... ;-)

I, however, had to buy my wife a digital camera recently(ish) when her 35mm compact finally crapped out. First I bought her a fancy one that got good marks in all reviews. She hated it. Almost all her pics came out blurred or with the kids heading out-of-frame. And she doesn't like to have to piss around with dials and buttons - she'd have been using my ancient SLR otherwise.

She wanted a new film camera. I couldn't find one (you try it - the alien conspiracy has got rid of yet another useful working device in favour of a harder to use one). While looking I managed to buy an 2nd hand fisher-price 35mm binocular viewfinder kids camera for our children - excellent value, much better than their new digital one, even 4 year-olds can take good pics with it.

Anyway, to cut a long story short, I found the URL below:

http://www.cameras.co.uk/html/shutter-lag-comparisons.cfm

And ended up buying a Canon Powershot which she likes. Her old bells-and-whistles digital camera will be on ebay soon.

-K

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Nike pulls Air Stab trainers

Kamal Hashmi
Thumb Up

Re: meh

meh

By Anonymous Coward

Posted Thursday 17th July 2008 14:42 GMT

Nice analysis. Too sensible for a Register forum? Is that the reason for the Cowardice?

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Smile! Nikon's smile-spotting camera is watching you

Kamal Hashmi
Alert

taking pics of kids

It's not the start-up time I care about - it's how long it takes for the camera to take the pic once I've pressed the button. They should always quote this number.

Some very fancy digital cameras are crap at this, which is why I always try a camera out at a shop first.

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