* Posts by Frumious Bandersnatch

2263 posts • joined 8 Nov 2007

Blighty flings £4m to help n00b games devs level up

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Funny you should say that, but the killer feature of my new game will be photorealistic palm trees and physically-accurate sand dunes. You say junket, I say vital research.

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BBC bypasses Linux kernel to make streaming videos flow

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Re: FPGAs

Why don't they just use multicast or UDP?

Well the BBC is doing what they're doing because it gives them zero copy and ability to amortise kernel/userland context switches over lots of packets. Cloudflare is tinkering around in a similar way because it allows them to quickly write unprivileged software that will deal with new attack traffic.

UDP-based transmission is all well and good, but the problem these guys are trying to solve is a different one to the one you're thinking of (TCP's reliance on ACKs for flow control, with all that implies).

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BBC contributing to open source

If that surprised you, then Dirac will probably completely shock you.

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Google's .bro file format changed to .br after gender bother

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3-column mind

Well done, Microsoft. You've successfully brainwashed almost everyone to think in the 8.3 mindset. You even still collect patent royalties on it!

For everyone else, what's wrong with .brotli?

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FBI boss: No encryption backdoor law (but give us backdoors anyway)

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The problem that governments have in this arena is that any time they open their mouths to mention "encryption", their audience will include a lot of very savvy technical people who understand how these things work. There are mathematicians, cryptographers and regular software/hardware engineering guys who will hear (paraphrasing) "we are committed to strong encryption, but we want backdoors/escrow systems anyway" and know that logically and mathematically speaking the two are fundamentally incompatible. The usual rules of political bullshit (say one thing when you mean the opposite) simply won't work on "us" (I'm including most reg readers in that group). After that, it doesn't matter how much bluster and misdirection ("but the terrorists!") the politicians and civil servants add on to try to make their lies more appealing to the common Joe since "we" will know that their arguments are a pack of lies right from the start.

Basically politicians are acting way outside their zones of expertise (such as they are) on this one. I guess that Obama (or one of his advisers) was shrewd enough not to call for mandatory backdoors, but this FBI guy is obviously too stupid to realise that he's just getting enough rope to hang himself (along with any US company that wants to do business in the EU or elsewhere).

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Top VW exec blames car pollution cheatware scandal on 'a couple of software engineers'

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modern configuration management systems are wonderful

They let you trace back exactly who checked in a given code set/patch.

Management often wants to have scripts running on top of this to link changes to requirements docs or other change requests. I imagine that there's a very embarrassing virtual paper trail stored somewhere. Unless something bad "accidentally" happened to the servers and all the backups ...

/git blame

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Itty-bitty pyttipanna

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Re: Abba and food?

"Chicken tikka, tell me what's wrong?"

I kind of ruined Kula Shaker's Govinda for myself by imaging them singing "Nasi Goreng, eating Nasi Goreng". Dunno how I got that from <clickety> "Nrsimhadeva, Jaya Nrsimhadeva". Still...

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where are the swedes? or turnips?

This (and an earlier post by AC mentioning that "Danish Pastries" are named Viennese) gave me the idea for a kind of Partridgesque cooking program where the presenter goes to Sweden to get authentic swedes, finds they're called something else there, packs it in there but then goes off in search of some other food named after a place (with the same result). So basically an excuse to travel around the world and not do any cooking. Any TV execs out there reading this? I'm available!

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Playmobil cops broadside for 'racist' pirate slave

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why on earth would she buy a pirate toy for her 5-yo kid?

Her kids are probably gonna grow up to be the menace the RIAA and the MPAA warned us about.

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Hey, Facebook – these are the new Like buttons you should have used

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HP boss hopes MS Surface Book will jack up notebook prices

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Headmaster

I was given free reign

I think you'll find that it's "free rein". It's a horsey thing.

(oh God, how many times have I had to explain that to someone?)

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Trio take Nobel Prize in Chemistry for ‘pioneering’ DNA repair study

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Re: Hopefully

DNA repair could assist me with re-igniting the other half of my wit

Sorry to say, but DNA is dead and he's not coming back. So no new hitchhiker or dirk gently books to inspire us, unfortunately.

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Apollo 15 commander's lunar timepiece goes under the hammer

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"carried as a backup"

Gha. What an idiot. Any fule kno that if you're going to wear more than one watch then you should at least have three of them on you.

Otherwise, if one is wrong, how are you supposed to know which one is right?

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Linux kernel dev who asked Linus Torvalds to stop verbal abuse quits over verbal abuse

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another analogy comes to mind

Back in the early days of the "sudden enlightenment" schools of Zen, it wasn't uncommon for a master to whack a student over the head, resulting in the student finally "getting it". I guess these days we might talk about a metaphorical "clue stick", though modern sensibilities simply wouldn't condone the actions of the master at all. Does that make it wrong, though?

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So is this all about a clash of personalities?

Or is this genuinely about improving the culture of kernel development so that it attracts and retains more high-quality volunteers?

Not being privy to what really goes on in kernel dev circles or what has gone on before between these two, I can't really say for sure. All I can say is that it seems that this is more about personalities and egos than the other option.

Remembering the great George Carlin, I'd compare Linus to Joe Pesci. To quote: "he looks like a guy who can get things done. Joe Pesci doesn't fuck around. In fact, Joe Pesci came through on a couple of things that God was having trouble with."

Basically, with Linus, you know what you're getting. It's not his job to make you a fulfilled and happy person. At worst, that attitude shows when he berates someone in public for what he thinks is sloppy work. Is that excessive? I don't know, but on the whole I think he's "harsh but fair".

Sarah Sharp, on the other hand, is pretty much an unknown quantity. She seems to be quitting on some sort of principle, that the inner circle of kernel developers "spew whatever vile words they needed" to "maintain radical emotional honesty". I don't know what's so bad about "radical emotional honesty" (whatever that's supposed to mean), but whatever her real reason, she's painting it as her struggle to make things better for everyone.

Honestly, though, I don't buy that. I really think that what's playing out here is a sort of power struggle. I think that Sarah wants to be on top, but that job is taken. She wants recognition and validation of her ego, but instead of admitting that (and also that this particular job simply can't fulfil her in the way she wants), she just hides behind the passive-aggressive strategy of claiming that she's doing it for everyone, so that the kernel devs won't be mean to anyone.

So I don't know her and maybe I'm judging her to harshly, but I'm only basing this on what she has said. She's not complaining that anyone is bullying her personally or making snide comments behind her back. On the face of it, she does claim to be doing what she's doing for other people. I'm not unsympathetic to her role as a crusader against some institutionalised "bad behaviour" (been there), but I'm siding more with Joe Pesci on this one and I think that she could do with a touch more (not less) "radical emotional honesty."

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

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Desiderata

Tread carefully between the trees

And remember to pack spare batteries

Speak truthfully to all, and listen

Like the trees, for they too have ears

Avoid moany gits, who would compare

their gifts unfavourably to an X box

Enjoy your disposable income

and spend it as you see fit

Be careful where you tread,

unless it conflicts with keeping your chin high

Be yourself. No matter how bad things get,

You will always have the forest. It does not judge.

Yield to the impetuousness of youth

When the path ahead is narrow and treacherous

Never mind the ears you saw,

for they are probably due to the hallucinogenic mushrooms.

You are a child of the universe no less than the trees and the ears;

you have a right to be here.

And whether or not you understand the game,

Believe that you are making progress.

Though your life may be no more than sham, drudgery and broken dreams,

You will always have the forest (and the ears)

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The hipsters were in for a "soylent surprise" when they got back to camp.

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<obscure>Ironically, the two were watching "Matango" when the Cordyceps attacked.</obscure>

<ps>I love the way you can make up fake HTML tags in the comments system</ps>

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Say, this "alone time" with the son isn't actually so bad. Maybe next week I can skip all the outdoors stuff and just log on from home...

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Umm Dad.... why is a cougar nibbling on me leg?

Your mother?

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The Elfin Safety Pixie looked out in horror from behind her tree and tutted loudly as she noted a string of hazard factors in her enchanted clipboard.

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Bear with it just a little bit longer, son---we're about to meet the Pope!

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I don't get this article. Where's the technology angle?

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Ironically, the two were playing "The Last of Us" when the Cordyceps attacked.

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See, son, it's just as good as the real Disneyland and a fraction of the cost! Son? Son?

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Dad? Are you sure Rodents of Unusual Size aren't real?

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Oculus Rift meets Auricular Graft

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Dad... I, um, have something to tell you. I'd, eh, really rather have the smart bra from two weeks ago.

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The jungle---where men are real men and do manly stuff like ... Wait, what the hell are those two doing?!

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Chuang Chou could not say whether he was a man dreaming of being a butterfly, or a butterfly caught up in some seriously weird shit.

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Remember, Grasshopper, all that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream.

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Taking off the peril sensitive goggles so close to the lair of the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal will turn out to be a fatal mistake for one of our protagonists.

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Sorry, just got to take a break for a mo. Feeling nauseous :(

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Is this the real life?

Is this just fantasy?

Caption the photo?

No escape from earality.

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God, look at those silly humans. They think they're so clever and "with it". Don't they know that us Fungi invented virtual reality millions of years ago?

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After passing through the Uncanny Valley, users face the Eerie Forest.

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Virtual Reality---The final front ear? Discuss.

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If a tree falls in the forest, would it hit these guys? I sure hope so.

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Using VR gear in a completely inappropriate environment? A giant unexplained ear? Some sort of butterfly creature attached to one guy? Nah, I got nothing.

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While most agreed that Occulus Rift's choice of venue for this year's annual outing was pretty dumb, at least there were fewer fatalities compared to last year's trip to the Grand Canyon.

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After failing to secure rights to "The Hills Have Eyes", Oculus Rift brings out "Trees Have Ears" VR game.

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Well that's one way to completely miss the most spectacular specimen of Auricularia auricula-judae ever!

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Is the world ready for a Raspberry Pi-powered Lego Babbage Engine?

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Re: Waste of time

re: Pi stuffed in a Lego box=pointless

But sometimes being completely pointless is part of the charm

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not proper Victorian

The legs on the engine are bared for the whole world to see. Needs some nice lace doilies to preserve their modesty.

/Victorian Dad

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Boffins: We know what KILLED the DINOS – and it wasn't just an asteroid

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Re: Alternatively...

Oi! My car resembles that comment!

And that joke is way older than your Beetle. Not that it's a bad one, mind.

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Dodgy amphetamines drive drug-crazed man on to pub roof

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"Possession of Class-B goodies" plus

"Sgt Pete Latham asked anyone with info on the bad narcotics to get in touch"

Always kind of a problem asking for witnesses to come forward when they're technically guilty of a crime punishable by "up to 5 years in prison, an unlimited fine or both"

Time to decriminalise yet? You never know, it might even help prevent people getting fake drugs like this if they could go somewhere and get them tested without getting banged up.

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Mars water discovery is a liberal-muslim plot, cry moist conspiracy theorists

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Re: Just goes to show

The downvotes you collected are further proof, should it be needed, that your thesis is correct.

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