* Posts by Tom 13

7611 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

Twitter censors bow to police, suppress Nazi tweets

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That's a socialist talking point not a real one. The Nazi's were only ever to the right of the International Communists. With the release of the Verona files, we now know the US government was pretty well infiltrated at the time they crucified McCarthy for trying to remove them from government. That their propaganda has persisted for as long as it has does not make it objectively correct.

Moon was formed when PLANET SMASHED INTO EARTH

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Bah! Everyone knows the Minervans did it.

As documented by James P. Hogan was back in '81:


Newsweek succumbs to ad slippage, will kill print pub

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Re: Did they ever consider

Nope. Those thoughts get drowned out in the leftist echo chamber that is the US MSM.

Apple banishes Java from Mac browsers

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I'm surprised it took Cupertino this long to remove it.

It was a dumb choice from the beginning. Continuing it would have been stupid and unprofitable. Not something you want when trying to maintain your image as the cool dude.

Craig, Connery or ... Dalton? Vote now for the ultimate James Bond

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Re: there can be only one

That's not only a different actor, it's a different genre!

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I'd like to say it was a tough choice,

I find Moore completely enjoyable and like Lazenby's single appearance. And to be honest, most of the ones I find blah are because of really lousy scripts not the actors or the way they played the character.

But the truth is that when I get together with friends and the GM is snarking a character with an angel on one shoulder, It's not the devil on the other side it's Sean Connery. So he wins without even thinking about it.

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Re: Brosnan totally looked the part...

Have to agree with that. Brosnan had the charisma and flair for the roll, but the scripts shafted him like a two-bit henchman.

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Re: closest to the character that Fleming actually wrote.

He probably was, but that's not why people go to see Bond movies. And exactly why I don't care for Craig and would put him at the bottom of my Bond actor list.

Users grumble after Adobe cancels Acrobat X Suite

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Re: 2 things...

Let's assume I'm a home user and I wanted to legally own the suite. So I've been saving my pennies for the last 6 months to finally be able to buy the product. And now, with no fanfare, the price has tripled.

And you don't see a problem?

Protestors target Google over that video

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Re: The Barbra Streisand effect.

No, The Barak Obama effect.

Nobody even knew the damn thing existed until he started lying about how it sparked the Benghazi attack.

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Re: Historically Islam was a faith of teaching

Historically, Islam is a religion of the sword. It didn't go anywhere until they started beheading people who didn't "submit" to the will of Allah. The Crusades were a response to that aggression, not the cause of it. We may look down upon the "religious idiocy" of those who sent millions to their deaths, but in the context of the times it was a reasonable political move. Life was cheap and nothing motivated the average person more than religious fervor and the chance to become a martyr for God. If you wanted to maintain your political status, you had to harness that fervor to your political goals.

Kaspersky Lab to create new OS 'to save the world'

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About 10 years ago a friend of mine said

the way to break a 50 year cypher is to wait 5 years for the hardware to advance while working on your algorithmic logic. Then buy a bunch of systems, and crack the code in the next 5 years.

Time has proven him largely correct. So to some extent, it doesn't matter how well intentioned or developed the initial ICS is, it will be vulnerable within 10 years of release.

So the Gordian Knot in this problem is actually: How do you build a code base that is secure, stable, and seamlessly upgradeable? Even Torvalds et al. didn't solve that one with their kernel, and he seems to have made the best run at it to date. Seems like you can pick whichever two of the three you want, but you'll never get all of them.

Now pay attention, 007: James Bond's Q re-booted

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I'd like to add something here but,

I think Lee Dowling has the definitive post for this thread.

Pints all round as Register Special Projects hacks hack off feet

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Re: I shall celebrate with

He's a bleeding SI goon! What did you expect? Possibly the best reason of all to tell them to sod off regardless of poll results is that none of them have a sense of humor (or should that be humour?).

Swiss photographer sues Apple for pilfering her eyeball

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Re: simply send them a letter or email pointing out the infringement

Nope, been there, done that, bought the tee shirt. It rarely ends well.

First letter is always a registered letter from the lawyer spelling out exactly what has to happen. Problem is Jobs had an ego the size of the former Soviet Union, and infused his company with it. They get that kind of letter and their immediate reaction is to fight it. Big mistake. Especially going up against the only industry where everybody has an ego just as big as Jobs did.

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Re: don't get anything other than "ooh look, pretties".

The creative types yes. But every successful marketing department consists of at least one business type paired with one or a few creative types. And nothing gets done without the business type's okay.


Alright, the reality is nothing get done without the business type pushing it.

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Re: almost certainly an oversight.

Not a chance. Big companies like Apple also don't do anything without a raft of lawyers signing off on it first. Lawyers who are supposed to be on the watch for just those sorts of terms and clauses.

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Re: she's been paid but wants more.

If the license Apple bought explicitly denied use for commercial purposes, she hasn't been paid.

Particularly dealing with a fashion photographer I'd expect that sort of license requirement and Apple were just plain stupid to not pay attention to the details. I mean they're dealing with the only people on Earth who more vigorously protect their copyrights than Apple does. Apple would be smart to settle out of court by just asking "how much should the check be?"

Windows 8 pricing details announced as preorders begin

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Re: came from the mid-1950's

I was thinking more 60's LSD induced view of a barf patch at a frat party.

Free games for all after EA discount code goes viral

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If it doesn't involve the EXCHANGE of valuable property

it isn't a contract. Now, "valuable property" may only be 1 dollar or pound depending on your locality, but if money doesn't change hands, you got nuttin.

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Re: probably the result of very, very poor client-side validation,

Or a very, very, clever marketing scheme the coders were in on.

At least that would be my story as I asked who you were going to believe: me or your own lying eyes?

Metric versus imperial: Reg readers weigh in

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Re: ...how come NASA continue to...?

'Cause they keep outsourcing the work to EU types who can't handle it!

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Anyone who can't operate in both

his local standard measurements and metric is not a proper boffin, and does not even deserve to be a boffin's assistant.

Supreme Court confirms telco immunity on spying charges

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Re: could have prevented 9/11

There are a lot of things that could have prevented 9/11, many of them were in fact, in place (including agents actively reporting the suspicious behavior at the flight school which could have been used to legally start surveillance and get search warrants for wiretaps). The one critical failure was that at the highest levels for the previous 4 years there was an active denial that events like 9/11 were possible let alone being actively planned. The current mess in Libya is deja vu all over again.

Boffins build program to HUNT DOWN CO2 polluters where they LIVE

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Re: Look at France

Yes, let's take a look at France. France pushed their nuke policy through because they had a fascist (although they called themselves socialist) government that pushed it through without having popular support. Everywhere there is a truly democratic government the enviro-weenies have convinced everyone nukes are more dangerous than the Third Reich was and are off the table.

That leaves fossil fuels or unicorn farts. I'll take fossil fuels thank-you.

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"tax assessor information"?

What the hell does the amount of tax you are paying have to do with the amount of CO2 you are emitting? I'm looking for a causal analysis, not one of those Freakonomics statistical soft shoes routines.

Speaking in Tech: The worst PR in the tech industry

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Maybe nobody's defending Huawei because

everybody knows they were originally setup by the Chicoms to spy, and being in the spy business is sort of like being in the mob: the only way you ever leave is feet first at room temperature.

Bloomberg's bomb: How SEC shredded Facebook's pre-IPO claims

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Re: Shares are valued on expectations of future profits distributed as dividends, right?

Once upon a time, before tax laws made a hash of it, yes. These days, a decent dividend is more a sign of a moribund, government regulated monopoly/oligopoly than anything else. Stocks instead are bought and sold on the basis of how much you think you'll net when you sell it for capital gains. The overall negative effect this has had on the market, and its usefulness as an economic indicator is tremendous.

Of course, the safest estimate of that gain is a division of expected profit from selling widgets to the public divided by the number of shares, with a simultaneous examination of the sales growth trend for the company. Facebook doesn't make widgets so that first bit is right out the window, and now what we're hearing is that FB knew they were on a down slope for their "sales growth" proxy to boot.

So the end result of your analysis stands, albeit via a more circuitous route.

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Re: MS haters would find a way to get a dig in

Just because you call us "haters" doesn't mean it isn't true.

See my post above for the more generalized statement. His post is just specific.

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Re: wealthy sheep.

Problem is, it isn't just the wealthy sheep. This is hitting mom and pop investors whose primary vehicle is their IRA/401k/retirement fund.

And as far as I can see, most of the wealthy sheep who were in on the scam aren't getting sheared because they took precautions to protect themselves.

Is lightspeed really a limit?

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Re: Limits.

The limit question in Special Relativity is intrinsically more nuanced and interesting. Einstein assumed continuous increase in acceleration. Quantum physics gives us discreet increases. The equations still work if V > c and you assume the i is an indicator of (for lack of a better term) a phase shift. Which is what these mathematicians explored.

Would I ever want to be the test monkey in an experimental device based on these assumptions? Hell no! But it can be fun to talk about, even though Al's musings based on practicality are probably spot on.

Linux on ARM breakthrough to take away Torvalds' arse pain

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Re: Bloody hell, talk about a spoilt little brat.

He's not complaining they aren't making complex processors. He's complaining that there are four companies that are putting little red 2mm x 2mm x2mm boxes on their board that are supplied from commodity red 2mm x 2mm x 2mm vendors and that the logical interface to the box is the same. But company A calls it a hoser, company b calls it a lifter, company D calls it a vator, and company calls it a faucet, and each of them customize a front end that only interacts with that box and Linux has to work with the front end instead of the box, or even better, a cross industry standard that would let you talk to the box regardless of which ARM chip is used.

Canada: We'll boot 'security risk' firms from gov network bid race

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Re: And all those US chips designed in Israel?

I see antisemitism is alive and well in the UK, all the while disparaging rational reasons one might not want dictatorial governments running the companies that are installing hardware.

Frankly, I would expect that if the UK were building out a secure network for their military, that they'd exclude Yanks for the same reason. And have no objection to it.

SpaceX confirms Falcon rocket suffered engine flame-out

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Re: Though

Strictly speaking, the statement is still true. What you described are design elements to reduce the probability of "the failure in an engine which takes everything with it." This is something at which good engineers excel.

I'd also note that a "failure which takes everything with it" isn't necessarily an explosion. If an engine came loose and slammed into another engine (or worse engines) and disabled its capability to direct thrust, that could be just as catastrophic as the more visually impacting explosion. Indeed depending on when in flight it happened, ground control might have to activate the self-destruct which would be visually stunning.

New Zealand issues Hobbit money

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@Graham Triggs: That's probably be because you don't collect coins.

At today's spot price for gold, more than half the cost of the 3 proofs is in the bullion value of the coins. They'll need a fair chunk of overhang to allow for the increasing value of that. Then there's the premium for the proof. They issued them as legal tender because that makes the collectable as official currency instead of as medallions (for whatever reason this tends to make them worth more as collectibles). Typically the size of the coin is set by the size of the officially circulating piece, regardless of the bullion value of the coin, as is the case with US "silver proof" coinage. The sizes for the coins are usually the result of the last date at which coins were actually minted from gold or silver. I think if they changed the face value of the coin they get into other problems because nobody issues legal tender made from precious metals anymore.

If I had the money, I'd probably buy a set for myself. If I really, really had the money, I'd buy sets for my friends too. But I don't have the money. Might get one of the peasant priced pieces though.

Inside the real-world Double-O section of Her Majesty's Secret Service

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Re: Lewis

You should consider the possibility that Lewis DOES bring his knowledgable and methodical approach to AWG and that it is your own prejudices/religious beliefs which are offended. And yes, he did include a few deliberately inflammatory remarks (which I will let slide unless pressed) because it was, like his climate articles, a fun and informative read.

Samsung claims Apple jury foreman LIED to get REVENGE

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Re: CTO of some hi-tech Californian outfit

you can't swing a live-dead cat in Silicon valley without hitting a CTO.

Whether or not he's a CTO worth talking to is another story.

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Re: How did he end up being a candidate for the jury?

Juries pools are drawn randomly - typically the phone book, voter registration polls, or some such. Where it goes from there is anybody's guess. The judge questions the potential jurors just like in this case. The expectation is that everyone answers truthfully, but there's no cross examination and no investigation. The lawyers are allowed to strike potential jurors, sometimes with cause a some number without. When they think all bias has been removed they ask for hardships depending on the length of the trial. When they finally get to the potential pool, the jurors are still chose randomly. If anyone in the process acts with malice, the whole system is subject to collapse. I'd classify misleading/lying to the judge as malice.

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Re: Seagate?

Whether he's got a grudge against Seagate or not isn't the only point of the question. The question is raised to determine who has a potential bias. If he's been in a patent suit before as either plaintiff or defendant, he's likely to be biased, and as such, excluded by one side or the other from the jury pool with cause*. When he didn't truthfully and fully answer the question from the judge he opened the pathway for Samsung to rightly request a new trial. What, by his own admission, he did in the jury room only further strengthens Samsung's plea that they be given a new trial.

*Sometime it may take them a while. I've only ever been called for one jury pool. One of the guys who was called should have been dismissed by the judge after about the 4th question (real estate case, he knew multiple realtors including some tangentially involved in the trial, was constantly giving police statements because he was an EMT and EMTs wind up doing a lot of that, etc. etc. etc.), but was actually called to be seated before the lawyers realized what had happened. Then one of them raised an issue and he was removed from the pool. I'm guessing both sides assumed the other was going to disqualify him and as a result neither did until the very end. Oh and I think the judge asked the questions the same way Koh did: no time frame for when you knew/did something that potentially raised an issue.

HP's Whitman: 'I will turn this company around – by 2016'

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Re: Not sure there's much margin

If there's no margin, they need to kill or spin off the business. If they intend to keep it, they have to fix it.

It isn't just the consumer market either, the business end sucks as well because they aren't doing what business needs. About 5 years back I got into a bit of a fight with the purchasing manager because every time he bought a new printer for the company it was a different model that required us to stock a different toner, and our toner supply closet was already as well stocked as the local Office Despot, if not better. He said "Tom, I tried. But they just don't keep printer models for more than 6 months these days." When I checked the HP website he was right. That has to be costing HP in tooling costs. Manufacturing makes money when you can write off the investment over a period of years, so products with a 3-6 month shelf life kill HP's bottom line too. Time was you could buy the exact same HP model for 4 years and expect serviceable equipment for 6+ years. Even if they don't get back to that level of machine reliability, they need to get back to that level of ordering reliability.

Democratic congresswomen 'less feminine in appearance' than Republicans

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Re: but fail to mention

Even the CBO admits the Republican plan scores the change more accurately.

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Re: Education, perhaps too difficult to measure.

No, it's because you can't even cherry pick the data to make Dems look good on that one. And while it would be easy enough to get past peer review, once it hits the stands it's subject to public revue and subsequent ridicule. Followed inevitably by pulling the paper for academic fraud, and loss of prestige for the journal.

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Re: Fits in with Republican Ideology

No, Republicans believe ANYone can be any of those things. It's Democrats who believe EVERYONE should be one of those things. It's an important distinction many under-educated and overly self-confident liberal opponents fail to make.

Microsoft: 'To fill 6,000 jobs, we'll pay $10K per visa'

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MS, I've got a counter proposal for you:

You can buy your first "extra" H1B1 visa for $10,000 per year. You can buy any additional H1B1 visas for a cost of ($10,000 + (n-1)*$1,000) per year where n is the number of extra visas you will have after you hire him. Same thing goes for everybody else who needs extra H1B1 visas. Oh, and we'll index that to the inflation rate so we're talking about real dollars going forward.

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Re: Less pay, more work

I have to concur with the hiring practices bit. My first real job was working for a manufacturer located in a college town (30,000 students and 20,000 townies). For one project they needed a pair of programmers. They brought in two foreigners on H1B1 visas. Yes, they wrote a decent program, but I don't believe for a minute that in a town where a student couldn't get a job on campus without a student "grant" and all other jobs were burger flipping and pizza or sub delivery that they couldn't come up with two comp sci majors or grads who could handle the work.

Tibetan STATUE found by 1930s NAZI expedition is of ALIEN ORIGIN

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Re: capitalisation is meant to refer the things in the films

Nah, that would also require italics.

I think he's just pissed because Lewis wrote something that wasn't about disproving AGW and he can't rant about what an imbecilic moron Lewis is.

Politico's locked room mystery Linux install crime solved

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Re: someone in possession of such a thing

The first owner sure. The second?

Perhaps not.

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Re: Does Richard Stallman have an alibi?

Richard? Is that you?

You sly dog!

Salt marshes will suck CO2 from air faster and faster as seas rise

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Re: I imagine Lewis...

Having worked at a scientific journal once upon a time, yes actually I do. And a far better idea than the myth you and the rest of the warmists portray. Peer review is an even worse piece of crap than anything a politician says during a campaign, because in a campaign you at least KNOW what they are peddling is crap.

White House 'wants Feds to draw up cyber-defences' for power plants

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I don't work in a power plant either,

but I've at least done enough reading to have an inkling of what the real problems are instead of your mindless rant.

The primary issue for power plants these days is monitoring the grid, not the furnace/reactor. That means scads and scads of remote monitoring scada equipment. And the best way to get it all connected back to the central monitoring station is via the internet. Yes, they do need to do a much better job at hardening things, but a magic wand solution simply doesn't exist.

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