* Posts by ElReg!comments!Pierre

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Samsung Gear S: Quick, LAUNCH IT – before Apple straps on iWatch

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Re: That's some serious spin.

> Anyone care to elaborate?

Unless I've missed something, all the "smart" watches now are just dumb extentions to a smartphone. This one is an autonomous device. That's a pretty big difference. Both have 2 wheels but a light trailer is not the same thing as a motorbike.

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Re: Battery life

"Might be nice to have one that supports motion-based charging (like my Seiko does) but you probably need some serious wrist action for enough charge!"

With sufficient data bandwidth and the right demographics that may be a self-solving problem...

Women-only town seeks men

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Re: spiders

"Didn't Camille Paglia recently say that if it was left to women we'd still be in mud huts?"

Very tidy and well-decorated mud huts though.

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Re: Did you read this?

And you joined just to post this comment?


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Looking for week-end slaves really

Apparently some of the women there are married but the husbands have to work out of town all week and are allowed in town only on the week-end. There <u>are</u> chaps interested in a wife and family, but this kind of family? Not too sure. That's a college fratboy kind of family life, and I doubt the townies and fratboys would be a good match, not least because I doubt the hubbies are supposed to have sex while away from home (all week, every week, for life)

Raspberry Pi B+: PHWOAR, get a load of those pins

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Re: Too bad about the video

Thx I must have missed that bit.

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Too bad about the video

I guess having more USB ports can't hurt, but it's not something that I would have put very high on the wishlist: with my everyday Pi I use a powered USB hub that provides both the power for the board and the extra USB ports (a D-LINK - DUB-H7, if you want to know. Excellent little piece of tech).

On the other hand I sometimes use the video output (not everything has HDMI even nowadays, and HDMI is also more fickle), so I'd miss that. Up until last year I still had a TV set hooked up to a Pi's video output with sound going to an external system.

BOFH: We CAN do that with a Raspberry Pi, but think of the BODIES

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Re: @ ElReg!comments!Pierre (was: Get a life, Simon.)

> my dawgs

A new Big Data project for El Reg WE Edition perhaps? In a fight, who would win, the BOFH or Jake's dawgs?

> Please lose it, ElReg.

Alternatively, you not reading it would result in the same overall effect as El Reg not publishing it, with one big upside: it's something that you can realistically make happen.

I agree on the Verity part, though it was never a reliably regular column.

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Re: Get a life, Simon.

> If you insist on nuking my post, how about nuking [...] the "thumbs" involved?

Things Simon has:

-your IP

-a bolt cutter.

Careful with what you ask for.

6 Obvious Reasons Why Facebook Will Ban This Article (Thank God)

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Re: @AC - Orlowski articles as ads

> I wish some of the other authors or editors would stop his type of abuse.

Tough luck: he's the Executive Editor.

I almost always strongly disagree with his views and his arguments, but El Reg was never a readocracy.


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Re: Orlowski articles as ads

> 0) HumoUr is in the eye of the reader.

Of course

> 1) Until recently, comments weren't usually permitted on Orlowski's articles.

Wrong. Comments were not disabled on all articles, mostly on the ones about filesharing and how it stole billionaires' lunch.

> 2) Even where comments are now sometimes permitted, it seems they generally need to be pre-modded

Yes, though not from everyone it seems. Mine always require manual check, and are often refused; but

> A delay like this does not normally make for "exhilariating comment threads"

is wrong. Usually the funny factor comes from the amount of pantytwist that gets crammed in there. Most of the time I don't really read the article in details, or at all (and I specifically avoid anything on El Reg that deals with Intellectual Property as I know it's going to be apoplexia-inducing). I almost always disagree strongly with the articles, and find the reasonning in them specious at best. So I often jump directly to the comments...

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Re: Ads as Articles

The guy loves to be irritating, too. Before the meaning of the word was changed by the mainstream media I would have said "he's trolling". The articles themselves are usually unsupported opinion (a.k.a. bollocks) but make for amusing reading and exhilariating comment threads.

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

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Re: Personally ...

> The best editor for markup is LaTex. Everything else is just handwaving.


> As soon as it goes for publication the first thing that will happen to your document is that it gets fed into LaTeX for reformatting

Nope. the first few things that will happen will be proofreadings and sub-editing; the people who do that are used to MSWord and Acrobat and that's why most editors require everything in .doc (or .docx) and sometimes .pdf. Which is a pain in the backside, but no big deal since my document processing software can output pdf and ODF (which is then easy to convert to whatever crap they want).

I've even had someone tell me they wished I stopped sending files in "that weird .txt format" as they had to copy and paste them into Word to read them. I kid you not.

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Re: are the change tracking features in ODF and DOCX compatible?

What do you mean by that? Compatible, how?

The software I use when dealing with MSOffice users can read and write ODF and DOCX, including change tracking features, so I can open a DOCX doc and save it as ODF and vice versa but that's a feature of the software not the documents. If what you want to do is copy/paste bits between the source XML, forget it: ODF is pretty clean but DOCX is a mess, trying to faff around with the source has always resulted in a corrupted document in my hands (Although I've only ever done it to try and get something from an already corrupted file so that may be the reason).

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Re: @ Khaptain (was: Personally ...)

"A pencil and paper 'just works'. That doesn't make it a sensible choice."

Very right. Let's spend billions on the developpment of a pressurized ballpoint pen instead.


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Re: Personally ... (@Primus...)

> But for a complex technical document with tables, illustrations, and captions, you may not have the time to faff around trying to remember the Latex directives.

If you only have tables, illustrations and captions (all quite simple) you can use something simple like aft or ReStructuredText.

For more complex stuff I prefer Lout to LaTeX, as the whole install is around 1 MB instead of 5-700 MB for a usable LaTeX setup. It is also a single piece of software, maintained coherently, which means that everything from the C code to all the high-level metacommands is coherent. Makes it very easy to remember the parameters you may want to faff around with.

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Re: Personally ...

Why so? For simple things (text, the occasional title, table or image, regardless of length) rst markup is enough (usually I just rst2pdf it). For more complex stuff I use lout. Never a problem with putting half a word in italics or with randomly-shifting left alignments etc. That alone makes it worth trying... not to mention, the result is beautifully typeset.

For collaborative work, comments and corrections à la MSWord are a source of problem as often as a solution, so while I understand the reason people use them, I personally find inline corrections with comments markup (or a quick diff) more useful.

Matter of taste and work habits I suppose. There's something you can't argue against though: ressource usage. I typed entire sections of my last article on my Ben Nanonote.

IT blokes: would you say that lewd comment to a man? Then don't say it to a woman

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Re: Another solution

> if people wouldn't drink they would get into alcohol-related trouble, full stop.

That's stupid. If groping is the problem, just cut them hands off, problem solved, shirley.

These are not alcohol-related problems: although alcohol may act as a magnifier in some cases, the real trigger is the informal setting. The event where alcohol is served are always voluntarily "friendly" touchy-feely gatherings intended to make people feel like they're not at work. In these occasions jerks will tend to act as jerks, alcohol or not.

It's definitely not only men, either. In my line of work there are more galz than doodz, and the ones behaving in an inappropriate manner are more often women (although the men who do behave in an inappropriate way still do it in a more spectacular way usually, perhaps because they think they're not making a fool of themselves)

Bright lights, affordable motor: Ford puts LED headlights onto Mondeo

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Re: Fun factor

Alternatively, you could get a LED floodlight like this one:


Together with a sufficiently-powerful inverter (I have one that is rated for 120W, what a piece of luck), that should at least be enough to earn ou a not-so-quiet word with the fuzz.

US Copyright Office rules that monkeys CAN'T claim copyright over their selfies

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Re: ATeal

Shoot Raw. Duh.

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Bad analogy

This picture came to fame because he claims he had no input at all in its creation. You cannot admit that you have no input in a work, and claim copyright for it*.

I the case of triggered shot, the photographer still decides everything... except the precise time at which the animal will present itself. It is thus the photographer, not the animal, that takes the shot. Bad analogy.

*Well, you can, but you have to be the MPAA or the RIAA for it to work

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Re: Infinite monkeys

"Nor does his estate earn anything, because the copyright has long since expired"

Not everyone gets to be W. Disney's estate...

Vampires and Ninjas versus the Alien Jedi Robot Pirates: It's ON

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Who would win in a fight?

As in any fight, the winner would be the one hitting first, by surprise, preferably from behind.

With that settled, please do proceed.

ISIS terror fanatics invade Diaspora after Twitter blockade

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Re: But Diaspora is Haram*!

a ban on all music but the very worst

Oh, they can have 1Direction, no argument from my part.

Need a green traffic light all the way home? Easy with insecure street signals, say researchers

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...when of course, as any fool knows, the correct way to ask for a BSD install is "I need some tail from a horny beast"

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On El Reg? Yes, you're probablly the only one.

People here are more likely to parse "I feel horny" as "please install FreeBSD on my laptop".

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Re: Uhh flashing red would not be safe

> As title, it'd confuse the HELL out of anyone not in merika

What? No! Although it's not part of the standard sequence for traffic lights in most of the world, flashing lights (OK, usually orange, but red ain't very different) are the standard danger signal for contruction works, road obstructions etc., so I reckon pretty much anyone allowed to drive a car would instinctively understand that it means "caution".

The Register to boldly go where no Vulture has gone before: The Weekend

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Re: Nubile young women lusting...

With the same techniques they use on celebs, you'll get catcalls in no time at all.

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And it will deplete the red toner.

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Re: Motoring and Cooking Section

Oh, making fuel is not illegal but where I live any mod to the engine (such as supercharging the pre-heating system, required in order to run on pure vegetable oil) have to be rubberstamped by the appropriate authority before the vehicle can be considered road-legal. Perhaps it's not the case in the UK though.

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Re: Motoring and Cooking Section

> vegetable oil in your turbo diesel

Why, that works perfectly well with almost any modern injection pump (up to 1/2 oil). With minor modifications you can run on pure oil (eg colza oil). All is needed is a serious boost to the pre-heating circuitry (once the engine is hot it runs on pure oil without a hitch). The torque is (reportedly) increased, too. But the exhaust smells of fries...

I've only seen the full mod on agricultural machines as it's illegal on public roads, but I do know a number of people who routinely run on 1/2 vegetable oil in their unmodified turboD car.

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Well spotted

Vultures working on the WE seemed a bit odd. Now I understand: they'll be using the TARDIS to post WE stuff on weekdays.

BOFH: The Great Backup BACKDOWN

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Re: Welcome to Urfscked. Population: you

> Some businesses are really tight with the wrong budgets obviously.

Yup, I'd say that. Well to be honest there's perhaps 10 times that in bulk when you account for the RAID array and the offline backups, and it's all expensive 1st-tier drives, but it's still only 5TB accessible to the lusers. Endemic underfunding of research and all that...

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Re: Steven R Welcome to Urfscked. Population: you

> the device *might* have a one touch backup button

Yeah, we were kinda hoping to avoid that actually, especially as I have no idea whether the data in there has any value at all (Most of it doesn't, that I know for sure).

The good news is that I just went and plugged my laptop into the ethernet port of the NAS box, took a bit of fiddling to ifup with an IP in the right range but thanks to wireshark I can now talk to it in samba. The shared part is now saved, I just need to gather login/password info from the half-dozen of other users to check if there is anything of value on there before we can wipe everything and start fresh!

As most of them undoubtedly use the same password for banking I expect a bit of friction, but hey, if it's either that or lose their precious excel templates...

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Re: i'm thinking

Thermite, phosphorus strip, small torch triggered by the opening of the drawer. Just for the look on his face when the wreck unfolds live before his very eyes.

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Welcome to Urfscked. Population: you

We have a nice shared filesystem with a 5-tier permission system that is working relatively well here. automatically mirrored and backed up, nice. Only there's 5 TB of space available for ~700 of us. And No. Fucking. Quotas. So of course it's chronically full to the brim, and we have a locally-managed NAS box in a cupboard for our backups. Which had to be set up by the network guys so that it is accessible by the lusers without having to "configure" anything.

But it's locally managed, so the netops promptly forgot about it (2 years ago) and just switched the static subnet it was part of to dynamic... just before the holiday, as it were. When contacted, it becam (slowly) evident that they had forgotten everything about the config or the admin password that they set. We're headed to a factory reset as I type. As I am the cautious type I mirrored the part I have access to just before The Events, but a few of my colleagues did not see the need for it and are now well and truely screwed (that is, until I tell them I can pull the -single- drive out and restore from that, but I'm going to let them marinate a bit before I do that)

Call off the firing squad: HP grants stay of execution to OpenVMS

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Re: Ooooh yeah

Not quite the same, but cool link thx.

Since my old laptop died (last month) one of my Pis is my main desktop, which revived my enthusiasm for fiddling with the lil' guys (which over the years had turned into XBMC media centers only). So I think I'll try this. But I only have one spare at the moment, so I can't try the "cluster" part. Oh noes I'll have to buy yet another one!

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Ooooh yeah

Good good good.

I'm a bit torn on one point though: an ARM port. On one hand I'd love to have an OpenVMS SD card to slot in my Pi; on the other hand a VMS server kinda has to be heavy, that's part of the package. Or perhaps I could build a tungsten case for my Pi.

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If only...

Paris is too close to London to be of any interest to you guys I suppose. Bah. I'll just have to stick to my day job then.

Just TWO climate committee MPs contradict IPCC: The two with SCIENCE degrees

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As a scientist by training myself...

I'd say that even though absence of evidence is not evidence of absence, it seems rather hard to interpret said absence of evidence as positive proof as the IPCC is doing.

"There's no evidence, and that's no evidence of absence, therefore it must be happening" seems a bit twisted to say the least.

Mozilla keeps its Beard, hopes anti-gay marriage troubles are now over

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Jumped to Midori and xxxterm myself. Plus the trusted oldies: Dillo, for when scripts and other eye-candy is not wanted or w3m, for when a graphical environment is not available.

Secure microkernel that uses maths to be 'bug free' goes open source

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Ignores hacking attempts and keeps going...

How long till it ignores control attempts from fleshies altogether and does the Logical Thing by itself?

UK.gov's Open Source switch WON'T get rid of Microsoft, y'know

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Re: IT support

"many ran poles"

I bet that was pre-Sept. 2001. Running poles these days... not a good idea. Especially in the tube.

Closer to the topic, I'm a bit curious about the polls you mention. I have no first-hand experience of UK.gov, but in all other gov dept I've seen or been part of end user were never asked for their opinion. Is your gov really _that_ more considerate (and foolish)?

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Re: Of course it won't get rid of MS

"Outside UK.gov itself, people will send the government documents in the format of their choosing. UK.gov will read documents in whatever format they come in."

In my experience in dealing with govs in general, you either punch in the data in an ad-hoc piece of software (either online or downloadable application) or you sent the doc in the precise format they ask. They most certainly don't "read documents in whatever format they come in". You do have to send it in their specified format or it goes directly to the bin. It used to be MS formats most of the time; sometimes even the version is indicated. I have had to install software specifically for gov dealing-with purpose; on a dual-boot machine kept specifically for that usage, using MS licences bought specifically. If I could have had sent ODF files at the time I would have save a few hundred quids. No biggie, but still.

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'nuff said

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Of course it won't get rid of MS

On the other hand what it will do is that it will allow people to work with UK.gov without paying the MS tax.

It will also ensure that critical documents will still be accessible in 20 years.

NSA man: 'Tell me about your Turkish connections'

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Be as vague as humanly possible

When asked ANY kind of question by a US govman, make an effort to be as vague and uninformative as possible. That's not because of some tinfoil-hatted theory but because they are almost all poor sods who failed the interview to enter Wallmart security. They just follow the script, and they have keywords that they have to followup on. To avoid inadvertently muttering one of these, always be as vague as possible, avoid multisyllabic words, basically avoid saying anything that you would not find in a "my first book of words" book (and make sure to avoid the more complicated ones in these, too).

Black Hat anti-Tor talk smashed by lawyers' wrecking ball

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Re: So not just insecure to the Chinese..

"The alternative to a broadcast system is a mesh. The would require a node to transfer traffic not meant for it, but would help decenteralize the network."

No, I'm not the one who downvoted you but a mesh won't work. As long as you piggyback on the TCP/IP protocol there has to be a machine somewhere that knows the destination machine's IP. Tor is pretty good at hiding this from an outside observer but an inside attacker with enough ressources will eventually find out. Litterally the only way to avoid that is to remove the concept of "target" machine entirely. In a broadcast model the target being an encryption key makes it almost impossible to pinpoint it ot a physical machine (unless you go out of your way to do stupid things). Tor already largely operates as a mesh (same as for freenet for example) and it is well known that it is only a mitigation measure; it's not bulletproof.

The "only tiny little problem" with a broadcast model is the frigging mess that would ensue. Imagine the tube at rush hour, and then imagine everyone in there shouting at the top of their lungs.

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