* Posts by Blue Pumpkin

65 posts • joined 18 Oct 2007

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Oh snap! UK Prime Minister Theresa May calls June election

Blue Pumpkin

Re: Breaking news:

Shirley May 9th - why waste so much energy ?

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Blue Pumpkin

Re: Of course they won't listen

FFS do a bit of research - Thatcher did not take the UK into Europe. You will find that there are about 10 years between these events.

As for extortion, you will also find that every EU member has their own form of 'special deal' - the UK is not the first nor the last. Read the details of the Common Agricultural Policy - it would be hilarious if it were not so tragic and wasteful.

But you're right about the pound of flesh - the UK has unfortunately shown that not only has the EU project lost its way, it also shows little intention of reforming and engaging with the population to find it again.

You must be prepared for the consequences if you call somebody's bluff and they actually do what they said they would *. So yes - having exposed the arrogance and short-sightedness of the EU commission by showing them to having failed has no doubt made them somewhat upset.

Tusk and Junckers are pissed as they have managed to lose parts of the empire almost single handedly by refusing to acknowledge issues that almost all member states are grappling with.

A better solution would have been to adopt the Hungarian position, ignore democratic process and just impose whatever measures were felt necessary and wait for the EU to throw the UK out - it probably would never have happened.

But in a way it could possibly be the best thing that could have happened to the EU - assuming that they recognise and do something about it. Otherwise expect this departure to be a starting point.

Said with an incredibly heavy heart as somebody who truly wants a European project to succeed and hoped it would never have got this far.

But without destruction there is rarely reinvention ....

* That also goes for the numpties that called the UK referendum without a plan if the 'wrong result' ever happened.

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Pong, anyone? How about Pong on a vintage oscilloscope?

Blue Pumpkin

Re: Kudos for the effort....

This is the article you are looking for

http://www.americanradiohistory.com/Archive-Poptronics/70s/1976/Poptronics-1976-04.pdf

page 35 onwards :-)

Somebody has done a sterling job of OCR-ing the whole lot into PDFs for your joy and delectation.

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Minnesota, Illinois rebel over America's ISP privacy massacre, mull fresh info protections

Blue Pumpkin

Re: Minnesotan here!

But surely that's only because all the women are strong, all the men are good looking, and all the children are above average ?

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This AI stuff is all talk! Bots invent their own language to natter away behind humans' backs

Blue Pumpkin

Re: An infinite number of bots with typewriters

The quality of mercy is not strnen ...

.. with thanks to the Mekons

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This goldfish and its steerable robot tank will destroy humanity

Blue Pumpkin

Nature vs nurture ?

It always stays in the corner ...

.. presumably trying to get the thing to go round in circles

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It's now 2017, and your Windows PC can still be pwned by a Word file

Blue Pumpkin
Trollface

Re: Meanwhile, Adobe is updating blah de fucking blah

I have it on good authority that the number of patches exceeded the number of lines of source code several years ago and now they just release useless patches so that people don't forget who they are ...

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James Dyson's new startup: A university for engineers that doesn't suck

Blue Pumpkin

Phase 6 : Reward for the uninvolved

"after encouragement from Jo Johnson, the Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation, who was naturally chuffed ..."

.. at being able to take credit for something he was not involved in, nor had to fork out any money for, while still being able to neglect the rest of the system that piles huge amount of debt onto young people ...

But but but Brexit will solve it all for us of course .... and world hunger while it's at it.

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Nicole forces NASA resupply into Sunday launch: Crew must wait for their packet soup

Blue Pumpkin
Unhappy

Re: I can imagine the conversation now...

cf: Baldrick's tea in Black Adder IV ...

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Is Apple's software getting worse or what?

Blue Pumpkin
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It's downhill all the way ...

Even the basics are being lost.

For around 10 years, dragging a photo onto the mail icon used to open up a new message with the photo in it - now we have mice with multi buttons I am forced to go via a crappy pop-up menu hierarchy to the 'share' options or play with cut and paste if my app is not in the list - assuming it feels like it.

And don't get me started on what a pile of crap Preview has become - trying to save a file under a different name now involves duplicating and renaming or exporting or some other nonsense - what was wrong with 'Save' and 'Save as' - which BTW appear in all other applications.

Moaning about iTunes doesn't count as it's been crap for so long and every new release means you can't do what you did in the last one - assuming that you can find anything again.

The simple intuitive gestures are disappearing on the desktop and being replaced by menus and stuff you have to read - and are often inaccessible via keyboard shortcuts.

Seems like they've moved on to another of Orwell's classics ..

The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which.

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iPhone 7's Qualcomm, Intel soap opera dumps a carrier lock-out on us

Blue Pumpkin

That old saying ...

"CPU benchmarks are like statistics: to paraphrase an old saying, 'there are lies, damned lies, and benchmarks'," Mark Hung, a Gartner research veep, told The Register this week.

What he meant to say was 'there are lies, damned lies, and Gartner'

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Gun-jumping French pols demand rapid end to English in EU

Blue Pumpkin

yes they do ...

But generally you find that the code is more or less English with comments in French.

Variables and function names usually end up as some kind of Franglais.

Sometimes you get a fully blown 100% French set of code. However, this is still quite rare especially when compared to Spanish where often everything tends to be in Spanish.

And finally there are local home grown things - I remember that there used to be 'LTR' - Langage Temps-Réel that was promoted by defence companies such as Thomson and Aerospatiale in much the same way as CHILL and CORAL-66 were done here.

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French authorities raid Google's Paris HQ over tax allegations

Blue Pumpkin

Re: Huh??

In the cloud .. you must be joking ... you have never had to deal with the French taxman.

Everything has to be available as hardcopy for umpteen years - or else another 'fine' opportunity - often in dodecaplicate and stamped by some other government authority whose office is only open between 10 - 11am on the 4th Tuesday of the month if it has an R in it ... and no you can't email it

Having recently had to deal with French govt and financial institutions again, I had forgotten just how bad and bureaucratic everything is .... UK is a paragon of efficiency and helpfulness in comparison

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Elon Musk takes wraps off planet-saving Model 3 vapourmobile

Blue Pumpkin

Re: Interesting - Just hope the dates match up.

But unlike most of the others, Teslas actually look like cars you'd want to drive and (certainly for the Model-S) have enough room to fit stuff in them - including people.

But convincing people to pay twice as much for something that doesn't go as far and is more inconvenient to refuel when away from home is still difficult. For £30k you can get an equivalent sized vehicle and at current UK prices (high compared to other countries) still have enough to travel over 100k miles.

Unless petrol prices rise significantly (unlikely until the oil producers have had a good go at putting shale and other competition out of business) or battery technology improves by orders of magnitude, electric vehicles will unfortunately remain toys for the rich.

Doesn't mean to say I don't want one :-)

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Ever wondered what the worst TV show in the world would be? Apple just commissioned it

Blue Pumpkin

Re: Streaming services are a joke

Shirley you mean the Decline and Fall of the Times New Roman Empire ?

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You say I mustn’t write down my password? Let me make a note of that

Blue Pumpkin
FAIL

Re: Passwords and disaster recovery.

Oh yes, I remember when the power went and the generator didn't kick in .... only then did they realise that the emergency procedures and DR process were securely kept only in electronic format.

Needless to say that did not last

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Linux fans may be in for disappointment with SQL Server 2016 port

Blue Pumpkin

Re: Perfectly understandable

Well as it used to be called Sybase ( version 7 II think but it is a long time ago) and it used to run happily on all manner of operating systems except Windows until MS got their mitts on it, the Unix / Linux code is probably hidden down the back of the sofa somewhere....

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MAME goes fully FOSS

Blue Pumpkin
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You are standing at the end of a road before a small brick building.

Around you is a forest.

A small stream flows out of the building and down a gully.

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LOHAN sponsor knocks up nifty iMac fish tank

Blue Pumpkin

Some guy called Jake ....

.... makes his living from it http://macquarium.jakeharms.com

But there is a nicer collection of Maquariums here based on various models over the years:

http://www.theapplecollection.com/Collection/MacAquarium/

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Spanish cops discover illegally parked flying car

Blue Pumpkin

Re: Mini on a second floor flat roof

Yep - ours was lifted from the car park sideways into the goods lift at the back of the Computer Science building to reappear later in one of the lecture halls ... happy days indeed :-)

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Feds look left and right for support – and see everyone backing Apple

Blue Pumpkin

Re: It doesn't matter

You don't need to go that far.

Once you've given in to one government why shouldn't other countries demand the same for their 'terrorist' or 'crimes against the state' cases ?

On the list of national agencies you'd trust to do the right thing the FBI is (unlikely as it may seem) pretty high on the list in a relative way.

So Mr Apple you can do this for the US but not for us ? Some nice looking market share and shops you have there, wouldn't want anything to happen to them would you ...

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Brits unveil 'revolutionary' hydrogen-powered car

Blue Pumpkin
Trollface

Re: A better offroad vehicle than a Range Rover?

And managing to be less ugly than a Range Rover Evoque

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Pilot posts detailed MS Flight Sim video of how to land Boeing 737

Blue Pumpkin

Re: 747 in old Microsoft Simulator

And the even older VAX version that would let you define your own planes and then would take over your MicroVAX completely.

We used to land the 747s on the aircraft carrier - or not - as we usually ran out of runway - but they did float :-)

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Who would code a self-destruct feature into their own web browser? Oh, hello, Apple

Blue Pumpkin

Re: Sooo...

Errr ... All the laws of thermodynamics apply to EVERYTHING ....

1st law : You cannot win.

2nd law : You cannot break even

3rd law : You cannot quit the game

IIRC Ivar Jacobson has a small section entitled Software Entropy in one of his books ... But then again analysis and design is old hat these days ...

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You've seen things people wouldn't believe – so tell us your programming horrors

Blue Pumpkin

Re: Bad code? Don't talk to me about bad code...

That and the "I can do table joins in memory quicker than the database" brigade by reading the contents of two tables into memory and then looping over them ...

Yes very good, until it went live and failed in the first 20s when presented with the 4+ million records in the initial load table ...

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Five technologies you shouldn't bother looking out for in 2016

Blue Pumpkin

Re: From Hamlet

Yes but methinks he was dead right about 'cloud computing' ....

Amazon Weasel Services ..

Google Whale ..

Oracle Camel ...

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Aircraft now so automated pilots have forgotten how to fly

Blue Pumpkin

Re: Pilots will soon only be needed for taxiing

Indeed - I remember one time being in the cockpit for a landing at Zurich.

The tower announced the gate number - the crew looked at each other and shrugged their shoulders.

The co-pilot reached into the pocket next to him and out came a printed map of the airport, which he turned until it looked right and then said - take the 2nd left ....

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AMD's 64-bit ARM server chip Seattle finally flies the coop ... but where will it call home?

Blue Pumpkin
WTF?

x86 was NEVER the right choice

for the last 30 years ....

Unfortunately the margin here is too small to present all of the reasons ...

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Intel admits Skylakes can ... ... ... freeze in the middle of work

Blue Pumpkin

Re: VAX microcode

I also remember there being a bug in the VAX hardware on the Venus machine (can't remember the number - 7300 or 7400 maybe) and some bright spark reprogrammed the microcode on-site to work around it.

Plus some recollection of something called MEEP which basically converted an ICL 2900 machine (aka MU5 V2 :-) ) into a 1900 machine so that it could run GEORGE 3 on newer faster hardware with better performance than the native VME operating system.

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IT security is a safe job? Tell that to Norse staff laid off this week

Blue Pumpkin

Re: Howard

Usually because as a start up you've grossly overstated the number that you actually have and that give you money .... staff outnumbering customers is generally not a good place.

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UK research network Janet under ongoing and persistent DDoS attack

Blue Pumpkin

Guilty

I is one of them computer engineerz.

Though we were more interested in getting that new fangled Telnet working on our PDP-11 at the time. Janet were but scribblings on a white (possibly even black) board ....

Some interesting historical notes here:

http://www.uknof.com/uknof7/Reid-History.pdf

Though there was internet - just not as we know it.

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WIN a 6TB Western Digital Black hard drive with El Reg

Blue Pumpkin

Even from this angle she still couldn't make out the bloody captcha codes ...

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Apple ordered to write a $234m check to uni in A7 chip patent spat

Blue Pumpkin

Re: Tracking out of order execution?

... indeed .. though CDC 6600 is unlikely to mean much these days.

Seems that despite "everything" being on the internet, the history of computer science is not one one them ...

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WIN a 6TB Western Digital Black hard drive with El Reg

Blue Pumpkin

Guys, guys guys, I specifically said big-endian ...

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Get whimsical and win a Western Digital Black 6TB hard drive

Blue Pumpkin

You must provide both a title and a message

B*stards - this is not thé iPhone 6 upgrade I was promised ....

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United Nations sends peacekeeping forces to Internet of Things war

Blue Pumpkin

Yes but ...

.. how else do we get the universal protocol and connector so that R2D2 can tap into the Death Star's main computer ?

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Five years of Sun software under Oracle: Were the critics right?

Blue Pumpkin
Facepalm

Whatever ...

Having been through DEC, Sun and others (not Oracle thankfully), still nothing comes close to VMS clusters ...

Never underestimate the power of crappy operating systems and databases in large numbers ...

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Who wants SLEEP DEPRIVATION for Christmas?

Blue Pumpkin

Re: Backlight levels

Unfortunately not as Apple won't allow you access to the API required to mess with the screen. You need a jail broken device to do this. There are some musings about this on the f.lux site.

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COMET lander DRILL CLIFFHANGER as last dregs of power used

Blue Pumpkin

Re: shock absorbers for landing

I hope they worked, as whenever I drop something fragile on the kitchen floor I always find it breaks on the last bounce ..

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AMD's first 64-bit ARM cores star in ... Heatless in Seattle*

Blue Pumpkin

Oooh an SCP with it's own OS ...

.. how very 1980's ...

Hopefully it will not be running a cut down version of RSTS or look like a Pro 350 boat anchor !

Aye lad them were the days ...

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New Star Wars movie plot details leak, violate common sense and laws of physics

Blue Pumpkin

Re: As fans on the expanded universe know...

Damn .. I was hoping the hand would end up with Morticia and Gomez ... it would be a much better film.

Give me the Empire ...

What do you say ?

Right now ...

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Chrome browser has been DRAINING PC batteries for YEARS

Blue Pumpkin

Re: Poor Bug Fixing

The first law of thermodynamics says you can't win.

The second law says you can't break even.

And the third says you can't quit the game.

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High Court derails Google defence in Safari browser stalker cookie brouhaha

Blue Pumpkin

According to Companies House ..

Google UK Limited

Company Number: 03977902

Registered Address:

Belgrave House

76 Buckingham Palace Road

London

SW1W 9TQ

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It's JUST possible, but Apple MIGHT not make an iWatch in 2013

Blue Pumpkin
Meh

What goes around ....

Intel used to have a line of digital watch chips in the 70s, that were probably more successful than Itanic.

At one point it was manufacturing the whole product, having acquired Microma in 1972. It then got out of the business in 1978 selling on Microma so it could concentrate on inventing a CPU with a screwed up address space that would hamper us all for the next 35 years ...

Apparently Harrison Ford was wearing one in Blade Runner. But even with a flying car, he is still forced to use public pay phones ...

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US gov boffins achieve speeds FASTER THAN LIGHT

Blue Pumpkin
Angel

I thought bad news was the only thing that travelled faster than light ....

It certainly went faster than Railtrack, that's for sure.

.. apologies to Mr Adams

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Renault Fluence ZE

Blue Pumpkin

At least it wasn't named ZEFluence ...

Up there with the Audi E-Tron ...

... where etron translates as 'turd' in French

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MobileMe web app features shapeshift into Apple's iCloud

Blue Pumpkin
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iWeb replacement

I use Sandvox from Karelia - its like iWeb but slightly more flexible and the generated code is better.

It also publishes to any ftp site as well.

Sure you have to pay, but £30 over the last 5 years is not really a lot - including all updates during that time.

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PARIS in 89,000 ft climax

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Only the beginning ...

I can only believe that this is the start - and Vulture II will soon be up there to steal everybody else's thunder.

Just think, a decent overcoat and an oxygen mask and it'll be "move over Mr Branston".

PARIS will show you she's no Virgin ...

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Apple inks Ping trademark deal with golf gear maker

Blue Pumpkin
Jobs Halo

iPong will be next ...

.. a light apple fragrance with a delicate hint of mouldy turtleneck sweaters

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Google's Wave flop: Spare us the warm fuzzies

Blue Pumpkin

Your way of working isn't everybody's way of working ..

In the 80's in DEC (remember them ?) VaxNotes was THE way that the company collaborated. Sure there was email too, and other technologies (VTX anybody ?) but Notes was the way to find stuff and get information.

Unlike web sites (which came much later) it had history, threads, archiving, moderators and the like. It lacked graphics - but who cared when all you had was a VT100 (or VT220 if you were lucky ! )

Although DEC tried to sell it, very few companies managed to use it in such as successful a manner as its creator. Even when it went off to become Lotus Notes and on to IBM, with integrated mail and documents and all the rest, it still never inspired the enthusiasm and take-up of the original (having been through several organisations who tried to use it).

It looks like Google Wave is suffering from the same - it has a place, a time and a corporate culture. But once it gets outside into the big wide-world, there is no corporate culture, ecosystem or technical capability that makes it compelling compared to what is already out there ...

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