* Posts by John Gamble

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Google SUES Mississippi Attorney General 'for doing MPAA's dirty work'

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So. Living in the 1950s ... how's that working out for you?

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Git thee behind me, Git crit security bug!

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Also Git Bash

This should not be confused with the git bash download for Windows, which is a git client from the git community (as opposed to github). They also have a GUI, although I can't compare the two as I use the bash shell almost exclusively.

Hmm, looks like git bash for Windows has also had a very recent update -- and looking at the release notes, it's for much the same reason.

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Dr. Dobb's Journal sails into the sunset - yet again

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Goodbye, DDJ

Behind me, as I type, are a couple of decades worth of DDJ, stored away in protective containers. In them are articles on the Small-C compiler, Cortesi's columns (in particular the one excoriating an over-priced book telling us how to get past 1999 safely -- he summarized the solution in one paragraph), the introduction of 386 BSD, and the name-and-shame of the guy who was holding up the ANSI C standard.

But as noted above, Windows articles became the majority subject, source code became harder to list, and one columnist... how should I put this ... became more interested in proselytizing than in informing. I'd have to dig to check, but I don't believe I own a 2000-era issue.

Farewell, DDJ.

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American bacon cured with AR-15 assault rifle

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Re: Wacky the lot of 'em

Feh. I'm an American, and I'll say flat out -- bacon is terrible. Cooking it to a crisp is about the only way one can make it edible enough to choke it down.

There are edible pork products out there, but bacon as it is practiced in the States isn't one of them.

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Is there ANOTHER UNIVERSE headed BACKWARDS IN TIME?

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Re: @Mark 85

"The Tea Party is also fragmented; it is a series of anarchistic local chapters that each believe something slightly different."

Just to augment that point a bit: at the same election year that gave Tea Party loyalist Ted Cruz a senate seat, Tea Party affiliation was used as a negative campaign ad point in my own area -- and it worked, the incumbents lost. I find that the "slightly different" beliefs are effectively insignificant, but the districts that they run in do affect their campaigns, since being labeled as loons doesn't help.

And in fact, several Tea Party organizations have already changed their names to avoid looking like Tea Party organizations.

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Real Ale TWATS: In SPAAAACE, no one can churn your cream

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Re: Headline

The problem with that strategy is that no headline writer has ever been known to get sober.

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Ford dumps Windows for QNX in new in-car entertainment unit

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"An F22 would be nice for X-mas"

If we get you an F22 young man, you'll have to promise to feed it and take care of it yourself.

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Why, hello there, Foxy... BYE GOOGLE! Mozilla's browser is a video star

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a) That's not a bug.

b) If it really bothers you, you can easily pin your homepage in the new tab's screen. It doesn't require a plugin.

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FBI warns of disk NUKE malware after Sony Pictures megahack

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Re: Doubt it's the norks who did it then

Shrug. Movie's coming out regardless. It's in their interest to see that Sony doesn't profit from it.

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Google's Chrome to pull plug on plugins next September

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Re: Wow, I'm way out of touch...

"How the hell is Sliverlight even in the list, let alone #1?"

Streaming sports, at least here in the U.S. I don't know how widespread it is -- I still use the television for such things.

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Anonymous ‪hacks the Ku Klux Klan after Ferguson‬ threats

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Re: Anytime the KKK are mentioned...

"KKK - so 'powerful' a comic book was enough to decimate them."

Radio show actually. Stetson Kennedy had infiltrated the group, had information to pass on to the FBI, and ... couldn't get them interested (cue comments on FBI).

He did know writers on the Superman radio program though. Wikipedia has a brief summary on "The Clan of the Fiery Cross".

(Hmm, it's not on archive.org, although there is a fan rebroadcast there.)

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FCC to Obama on net neutrality: We work for CONGRESS, SIR, not YOU

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Re: Reports to Congress?

No, Congress acts as a middle man between the FCC and the corporations. There's more plausible deniability that way.

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Samsung slams door on OLED TVs, makes QUANTUM dot LEAP

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Quantum Dots (About To) Arrive, But Now Where I Thought They Would

Huh. I've been waiting for QD in LED lighting, as they are predicted to give better color rendering at lower wattage. I wasn't expecting to see an article extolling them for televisions.

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Race is on to touch down on COMET 67P before WHIFFY SPACE DUCK breaks up

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Re: It would be embarrassing

"... and, er, we broke it..."

Wait, no, that would be great! A new game: "Comet Crush".

Pity the price is a bit extreme.

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Tim Cook: The classic iPod HAD TO DIE, and this is WHY

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Re: I'm getting a Fiio X5 for my birthday.

Hmm. Plays FLAC files, looks sturdy, has a thumb wheel. Okay, adding it to my list of possible iPod replacements. Thanks.

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Storage, probably like a college girl buying a belt. Be ready for the freshman 15

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Re: Still waiting for someone to invent an "engine" for "search"...

Although when I was in college, it was the freshman 10. I blame candy bars advertising themselves as food.

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Reg hacks see the woods or the trees In the Forest of the Night

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Re: Gallifrey 90210

Hmm, interesting. Thanks, I've just backed the Ministry of Chance project even though it looks like it might fall short. At the very least I hope to get updates on the state of the show.

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Internet finally ready to replace answering machine cassette tape

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Re: 718- 387-xxxx

Hmm. My earliest TMBG CD is a 1987 release, and it has the 718-387-6962 ("Free if you call from work") number.

I suppose it's possible that this is a re-release (I bought it in the nineties) with the booklet updated. And of course your point on the area code stands.

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Watersports-friendly e-reader: Kobo's Aura H2O is literary when wet

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Re: e-ink

Yes, but... while I love my now-aged Kobo, I've also said that I'd upgrade once it had some features that I've been wanting.

In particular, EPUB3 support (I read a lot of math texts). So finally, a reason to buy a new e-reader.

(Plus, back-lighting that doesn't have to be used until actually necessary is a plus as well.)

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Experts brand LOHAN's squeaky-clean box

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A Little Extra Bit Of Information

For those who are wondering why the heat treatment is required on the shipping boxes, see the links here on the asian long-horned beetle and the emerald ash borer.

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LOHAN crash lands on CNN

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"Backronyming"

No no -- that's how you define mission scope.

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Gotham gets the Smallville treatment with Jim Gordon in lead role

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Before They Reached Their Peak

Comparing this to Smallville is definitely damning it with faint praise. At least this show isn't littered with people who can't act pretending they're still teenagers.

It's a bit early to make a judgement here. Yeah, the future Catwoman isn't a very good pickpocket yet, but that's probably because she's still a kid. I'm more interested in how they're sorting out the characters from Gotham Central that they're using -- Bullock, Montoya, and Allen were all fully-drawn characters, and I'm just hoping that they're not being used as cliched antagonists (unfortunately, after only three episodes, I'm already concerned about how they're using Montoya).

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Woman says narco-cops used her PICS to snare drug lords on Facebook

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Re: Forced to use their real name?

"So how do you go about differentiating between the various people called John Smith..."

Not using John Smith's photo, nor photos of John Smith's children, would be a good start.

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Re-light my diode: Trio of boffins scoop physics Nobel for BLUE LEDs

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Re: Reducing Electricity Consumption???

"LEDs will also be sold for fashion rather than practicality, their size and low heat output allowing a whole new generation of lighting which will be exploited because it looks different, ..."

Until it goes out of fashion, that is. Fashion is inherently over-priced and costly, but it is also transitory.

In the mean time, using an LED for its basic purpose -- light -- will always be cheaper than the equivalent incandescent, even if you add a few extra bulbs1. This is what the Defenders Of Incandescents (a tinfoil hat subsidiary) keep trying to draw our attention away from.

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1. I doubled the number of bulbs in my kitchen, bringing the wattage to ... 24. Still a bit less than the original 175 watts.

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Doctor Who becomes an illogical, unscientific, silly soap opera in Kill The Moon

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Re: It's Dr Who

"As far as I can recall ACC never had FTL travel in any of his stories"

You do not recall correctly. He didn't dwell on it -- he didn't have anyone try to justify the travel in-story -- but he certainly had characters moving from point A to point A+many light years.

His best stories were all either on Earth or within the Solar system though, so that may have contributed to your not recalling this.

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The elegant, strange and fascinating world of Three Body comes to English readers

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Re: Point of clarification?

Perhaps you could clarify this comment yourself, and provide links? Why should El Reg provide links to books by a different author?

The Tor website link (provided in the article) was informative, and there's a Wikipedia article for Liu Cixin, which in turn provides external links for more information on the author.

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Japanese volcano eruption reportedly leaves 31 people presumed dead

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Re: Hopefully there is no nuclear reactor involved this time.

Like it wasn't totally screwed before he got into power?

Didn't you know? Everything is the fault of Keynesian econonics -- volcanoes, manufacturing errors, programming languages we don't approve of, and so on.

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Super Cali so litigious, Uber is the focus. Even German judges say it's something quite atrocious

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Re: Taken a ride?

You have to admit that black suit is much better than black soot.

Unfortunately, the sizes are always wrong and the tailoring is atrocious.

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Tearful LOHAN Playmonaut bids adiós to Spain

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Raising A Glass for Brid-Aine Parnell

Not only for her ability to navigate bureaucracy, but also for her excellent articles.

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Researchers tell black hats: 'YOU'RE SOOO PREDICTABLE'

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I'm wondering about the degree of randomness the domain generators use.

The spam from the random-four-letters dot eu addresses seem to be tapering off, but that seems to be a factor of the anit-spam utilities, and surely it can't be that hard to reset the code creating these malware domains. Particularly if the paper and future ones give a list of techniques to avoid.

It makes me think of the early days of creating crypto-level hash and random number generators, and the race to crack them. Which resulted in better, more difficult to crack functions. We may be seeing something similar here.

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Bash bug: Shellshocked yet? You will be ... when this goes WORM

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Re: When do the films come out?

Ooooh. I like "Bay of Pings".

Please somebody, find this vulnerability, as soon as possible.

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Last chance to snaffle LOHAN Kickstarter goodies

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Tosed In A Few Bucks/Quid More

With 21 minutes to go, I felt a need to round the pledge amount up.

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Students playing with impressive racks? Yes, it's cluster comp time

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Links, Please?

Searching did get me the pages for Quantum Espresso and OpenFOAM, but GADGET-3's site was left behind in a plethora of other 3D "gadgets" and the sites explaining Inspector Gadget in too much detail.

So... where can GADGET-3 be found?

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Mathematica hits the Web

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Re: Open source maths packages

And SAGE, which incorporates many existing packages with a python interface.

They even say on their main page, "Mission: Creating a viable free open source alternative to Magma, Maple, Mathematica and Matlab."

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SUSE Linux owner Attachmate gobbled by Micro Focus for $2.3bn

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Re: This announcement worries me

"...does Micro Focus actually have any commitment to Linux ..."

Hard to say. As a company, Micro Focus actually does good work (even if it is mainly known for its COBOL products), so I'm not concerned about SUSE suddenly being re-written into an unrecognizable mess.

If this is a response to Micro Focus's presumably shrinking product base, more power to 'em. Let them grow past their boundaries.

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3D scanning made easy: Reg man ponders terrifying Xmas pressie

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I've Grown Accustomed To That Face

I take it that the "World's Creepiest Chess Set" sub-title was written by an editor who knows what Simon Rockman looks like?

Maybe a Cthulian chess set might be a better Christmas choice.

Just a friendly suggestion...

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FCC boss Wheeler: Lack of broadband choice is screwing Americans

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Re: @ John Gamble -- Well, then...

Everyone has influence (oh look, a list). That wasn't what was claimed though, and we've got enough conspiracy theorists here without adding one claiming that the FCC is Sekretly Kontrolling the DoJ.

Honestly, get a grip.

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Re: Well, then...

"Well, then, seems that the best thing you could do, Mr. Wheeler, would be to put a stop to the Comcast/Time Warner Cable merger. I'm sure you'll get right on that, now won't you?"

Yes... because anti-trust law is handled by the Federal Communications Commission.

Oh, wait. It's not.

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If you think 3D printing is just firing blanks, just you wait

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"Brits, by contrast, ..."

We are insufferable boors.

Now now, don't be too hard on yourself. You're not insufferable.

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Firefox 32 moves to kill MITM attacks

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Re: Call it what you like.

"It is still "paid for" by Google. Whatever they have done - they will not "bite" the hand that feeds them."

Okay... just what in the way of "biting" do you think Firefox should be doing? Because right now your comment looks like a context-free knee-jerk.

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Ice cream headache as black hat hacks sack Dairy Queen

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Re: Is it just me…

"Who on earth uses anything other than cash to buy low-cost items like icecreams?"

Possibly someone who is buying more than one? Like for a family, or a softball team?

Or possibly someone who is reserving their cash for emergencies instead of a frozen treat?

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Brit Sci-Fi author Alastair Reynolds says MS Word 'drives me to distraction'

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Re: Personally ...

I can imagine that you might do some scripting with VI but 250 pages of Sci-Fi novel sounds a bit dubious.

Seriously?

First: Look up "typewriter".

Second: Do a page count of Brit Sci-Fi author John Brunner's novel Stand On Zanzibar

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Echopraxia scores 'diamond cutter' on the sci-fi hardness scale

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Re: "the tone is rather unremittingly despondent"

The exact quote

"Whenever I find my will to live becoming too strong, I read Peter Watts."

—James Nicoll

is on Peter Watts' website.

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BAT-GOBBLING urban SPIDER QUEENS swell to ENORMOUS SIZE

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Re: *whimper*

Vernor Vinge had a scene like that in Marooned in Realtime, although "group mind" wasn't necessarily there.

J. G. Ballard had a spider whose web had usable neurons in one of his "everything's going to pot" short stories.

For what it's worth.

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LOHAN gets laughing gear round promotional mug

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Re: Beer glass - excellent idea ...

Hurrah! The will of the unwashed mob of commentards people has triumphed!

Now, about the option to put the logo on a Tesla Model X...?

(Mine's the one with the LOHAN patch on both shoulders.)

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LOHAN packs bags for SPACEPORT AMERICA!

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By the way, I'll be trying to get both a Europe-view and North America-view patch. Will you have your Kickstarter rewards set up to handle this?

I only ask because this sort of thing often gets asked on KS itself, at which point the project owner starts to realize they need to do special tricks. I thought I'd maybe save you some effort.

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A Very Special Project

I'm in.

So... just how close to Area 51 will your launch or landing site be?

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Re: **** the European badge

Downvoted for failing to check if the poster was an American. And possibly missing a point.

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Look, no client! Not quite: the long road to a webbified Vim

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Instead of Javascript

...why are we taking the one of the most irritating languages around and putting it on the server rather than dedicating some effort to picking one of the many excellent languages that exist already and making it run in the browser?

Because Ryan Dahl got there first. Less flippantly, because it's easier to write a language for a server than it is for a browser, and even if you manage it, there's still the question of getting the browser makers -- a dwindling number, but still more than one -- to adopt your language.

We're sort of approaching your scenario -- if you view js as something to compile to, instead of a language to develop in, then emscripten is doing good work, and my current programming interest, coffeescript, has cleaned up a lot of js flaws (although not the '+' operator flaw, alas).

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Re: Perl ... that actually is the sourcecode

I always understood Perl to be write-only? ;-)

Sigh... yeah, Perl "golfers" have a lot to answer for. Like any language (well... maybe not COBOL), it's possible to write readable, well-commented code in Perl.

For that matter, I seem to recall the write-only charge being leveled at C (not surprisingly, this was usually said by Pascal's adherents -- back in the day, they were quite numerous).

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