* Posts by VeganVegan

432 posts • joined 27 Oct 2009

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JAXA probe's lucky MASCOT plonks down on space rock Ryugu without a hitch

VeganVegan
Flame

Am I being too grumpy in my old age?

<grumpy tirade>

I find it annoying the way they cute-tify space probes, by anthropomorphing them (perhaps to reach a younger audience?)

NASA does it, and Japan is doing the same.

“Ooo, look, I farted some gas to change my course to the asteroid”, “My bad, I used non-metric units and completely missed my target”.

They are machines, designed by us! (Us, meaning talented humans). We can celebrate those who designed, built, and operate them, without needing to resort to baby talk.

</grumpy tirade>

For all this involve in the mission,kudos!

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Nokia reinstates 'hide the Notch' a day after 'Google required' feature kill

VeganVegan

Re: Can't make sense of this.

buenas noches, notches?

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Facebook pulls 'snoopy' Onavo VPN from Apple's App Store after falling foul of rules

VeganVegan
Holmes

"Sugar Mountain"

Oh, to live on Sugar Mountain

With the barkers and the colored balloons,

You're the product on Sugar Mountain

Though you're thinking that

you're leaving there too soon,

You're leaving there too soon.

It's so noisy at the fair

But all your friends are there

And the candy floss you had

And your mother and your dad.

prophetic verses by Neil Young, 1964

20 years before SugarMountain was born

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Tech support chap given no training or briefing before jobs, which is why he was arrested

VeganVegan

"But, if it's failed, how does one overwrite it?"

Just put the core frame on a big. powerful magnet...

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Python creator Guido van Rossum sys.exit()s as language overlord

VeganVegan
Unhappy

Re: Here's a PEP

Geez, now you've dredge up a memory I tried to suppress all these years. I once used a language (BASIC? On the Apple II? Fortran on the IBM 1130?) that insisted that constants start with I, J, K or something like that, while the other letters are reserved for variables, or some such nonsense (yes the memory is still somewhat suppressed).

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Creepy software knows what you are about to do... to that poor salad

VeganVegan

Heck, I can do better than this

"with predictive accuracy at 40 per cent over short periods"

I only screw up the next step half the time.

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British egg producers saddened by Google salad emoji update

VeganVegan
Alien

I apologize for coming late to this discussion

Given my handle, I felt that I had to make a comment.

First,: De gustibus non est disputandum.

Second: I consume about 5 lbs (2.25kg) of meat a week, go figure...

We presume that the planet Mars is the reference in the manfrommars handle; what do you call someone from the Vega star system?

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Monday: Intel touts 28-core desktop CPU. Tuesday: AMD turns Threadripper up to 32

VeganVegan

Re: Gimme speed

That’s the case for most users, but I have genetic analyses that are highly parallel, so more cores scales better than more clock speed.

For example, one of my jobs would typically take a month or so, using all 24 threads of a 12 core machine, running 24/7. I would love to have a 48 thread machine, because it should almost halve the time of the run. It is much harder, and gets into impossible territory, to scale clock speed in a similar way: A 2.5 GHz chip could possibly be sped up to 5GHz, but 10 or 20GHz? I do appreciate higher clock speeds, it’s just that more cores gives me more bang for the buck.

When you get down to the basics, a GPU is a massively parallel chip, because much of the graphics task can be nicely parallelized. One can imagine (hope?) that other common tasks can better take advantage of getting paralleized to the extent possible. Modern OS’s already generate many threads, to take advantage of the cores available.

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Un-bee-lievable: Two million Swedish bugs stolen in huge sting

VeganVegan
Unhappy

Also very much missing,

And missed: Samantha Bee.

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Shocking. Lightning strike knocks out neuro patient's brain implant

VeganVegan

A bit of levity

With all the comments so far, and nobody has mentioned yet another benefit of always wearing a tinfoil hat?

& where is the tinfoil hat icon hiding these days????

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Power spike leads Chinese police to 600-machine mining rig

VeganVegan
Flame

Color me astonished!

Almost a megawatt-hour per transaction?!!!

Here I am, switching to LEDs and adopting other power-saving measures, just to save a few kilowatt-hours per year...

Bitcoin is an ecological disaster in addition to all the other bad things they say about it.

Icon is most appropriate ——>

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Astroboffins discover the stink of eggy farts wafting from Uranus

VeganVegan
Alien

What’s the similarity between the starship ‘Enterprise’ and toilet paper?

They both orbit Uranus, and wipe out Klingons.

Kid’s joke a I heard some years ago.

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Car-crash television: 'Excuse me ma'am, do you speak English?' 'Yes I do,' replies AMD's CEO

VeganVegan
IT Angle

At least the drivers didn’t have to download and install drivers

I look forward to the day when autonomous cars become common, the IT folks will then need to download both kinds of drivers.

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Bots don't spread fake news on Twitter, people do, say MIT eggheads

VeganVegan
Big Brother

It is rather odd though,

On the face of it it, the observation that fake goes farther than non-fake says that the twats, at least in the aggregate, can and do know the difference, and treat the one differently than the other.

Being more inclined to pɹɐʍoɔ snoɯʎuouɐ's point of view (how stupid the average person is, etc.), I wonder if they analyzed if there is a distinct subset of twats who are responsible for most of the fake re-tweets.

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Farts away! Plane makes unscheduled stop after man won't stop guffing

VeganVegan

Re: I am secretly impressed at someone having to be told off by the captain ...

In flight attendant. "Your attention please, passengers. I would like to draw your attention to the fact that the captain has now illuminated the fasten-seatbelt sign; as we are encountering s spot of flatulence."

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Magic Leap blows our mind with its incredible technology... that still doesn't f**king exist

VeganVegan
Facepalm

Re: come on, be fair...

I'm with you, they already have an amazing virtual reality product, not involving hardware at all, just look at how many people already bought it! Even us sceptics have been persuaded to chime in.

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2001: A Stob Odyssey

VeganVegan
Alien

Did anyone point out

That ‘Stob’ is bots spelled backwards?

Truly bots, huh, makes you wonder who (or what) is writing these columns.

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VeganVegan

Re: A neck of the shiniest Brass !!! :)

I liked that the best as well.

My feeble try:

Hoping the cod stay thawed.

Let’s see if the commentards can come up with more, better variations.

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Your future data-centre: servers immersed in box full of oil, in a field

VeganVegan

Re: How hot...

Imagine 10 x 100W light bulbs in a closed 70 cm cube.

I would not want to touch the surface.

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My #95Theses of #Digital

VeganVegan
Unhappy

My cat nailed 95 feces on the bathroom door

She felt that her cat pan was too corrupted.

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Google now mingles everything you've bought with everywhere you've been

VeganVegan
Boffin

Can't resist

Eclipse (Waters)

All that you touch

All that you see

All that you taste

All you feel.

All that you love

All that you hate

All you distrust

All you save.

All that you give

All that you deal

All that you buy,

beg, borrow or steal.

All you create

All you destroy

All that you do

All that you say.

All that you eat

And everyone you meet

All that you slight

And everyone you fight.

All that is now

All that is gone

All that's to come

and everything under the sun is in tune

but the sun is eclipsed by the moon.

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US military's latest toy set: Record-breaking laser death star, er, truck

VeganVegan

Just 2 mile range?

The effective range and laser power are tremendously important:

Even a relatively slow 500 mph missile/projectile traverses 2 mile in only 14 seconds.

This is all the time available to the laser to kill it, or be killed.

I wonder how long a 60 kw, presumably IR laser needs to dwell on the target to melt thru.

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This is where UK's Navy will park its 65,000-tonne aircraft carriers

VeganVegan
Happy

Be glad it's Portsmouth,

and not somewhere in Scotland, that will likely leave the U.K. after the new referendum.

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NASA brews better test to find ET in cosmic cocktails

VeganVegan
Pint

Too narrow a focus?

Bacterial cell walls (peptidoglycan) consist of, in part, D-amino acids.

Perhaps they should also test some bacterial cultures, and see if they find any signature of life.

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Devonians try to drive Dartmoor whisky plan onto rocks

VeganVegan
Trollface

Get back at them

if obnoxiousWebsite.com does that to me, and assuming I still would like to get in and take a look, I give them "theidiots@obnoxiousWebsite.com".

Seems to let me in most times.

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China's Great Firewall to crack down on unofficial VPNs – state-approved net connections only

VeganVegan

Re: Sub heading?

good medicine tastes bitter

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The Life and Times of Lester Haines

VeganVegan
Pint

Re: The reminder we needed

Let me echo "Ad Astra Tabernamque".

Aim high, and make sure you have a drink in hand.

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CIA-backed big data firm Palantir says secrets pinched by investor

VeganVegan
Happy

They should have seen this coming

If they had lived up to their name and their mission.

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Bees bring down US stealth fighter

VeganVegan

Re: not nearly as much sting

We do miss the sting of the dearly departed Sarah Bee.

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What's long, hard and full of seamen? The USS Harvey Milk

VeganVegan

Ignorance + Righteous indignation =

Gold.

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IoT puts assembly language back on the charts

VeganVegan
Happy

Re: Stop, just stop

I like that term, manglement.

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VeganVegan

Re: You can "learn" assembly?

I totally agree with you. My 1st job was to do assembly programming. It taught me how to go about learning new languages, low-level and high.

Assembly language programming itself is not particularly difficult. It's just damn demanding, in a tedious sort of way: you have to take care of bloody everything yourself. Most of the time, you don't get to call on some module wrtten by some else, because it simply doesn't exist.

Maybe with the IoT demand, there will be the equivalent of modules that will become available. That would be nice, if you can trust it, that is.

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Behold the ROBOT RECTUM... medics' relief

VeganVegan
Alien

Send it to Area 51

Maybe it will save some UFO enthusiasts from getting probed by aliens.

Wait: Is Imperial College London an undercover, alien institution, finally coming up with a product based on decades of alien abduction and probings?

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Lester Haines: RIP

VeganVegan
Pint

We will miss you, Lester

More than anyone at El Reg, you built a community around the many interests you pursued.

Our condolences to your family.

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I spy with my little fibre, ten million or so galaxies

VeganVegan
Alien

Why don't they just use a very dense array of fibers?

And let the software figure out which fibers are pointing at which galaxies (versus you run-of-the-mill stars and other objects).

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Microsoft buys LinkedIn for the price of 36 Instagrams

VeganVegan

A cunning plan indeed

Step 1. Buy LinkedIn to create a Clippy on steroids-cubed, and sic it on the users of Office365

Step 2. ?

Step 3. Profit!

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Chrome OS to get Android apps via the magic of containers

VeganVegan

Do the apps come with their insecure features as well?

that's all.

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Chaps make working 6502 CPU by hand. Because why not?

VeganVegan

Re: Kane HAwkins and Levinthal

I don't have that book, but Levinthal was prolific: I still have his 1979 sole-authored book ("6502 Assembly Language Programming" ), as well as the 1982 Leventhal and Saville "6502 Assembly Language Subroutines".

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VeganVegan

Yup, check,

All 5 of my 6502 assembly language books are still up there on my top shelf.

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Swede builds steam-powered Raspberry Pi. Nowhere to plug in micro-USB, then?

VeganVegan

Steampunk!

See title

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Amazon's Lumberyard invaded by zombies

VeganVegan
Pint

@allthecoolshortnamesaretaken

Shaun, is that you?

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US rapper slams Earth is Round conspiracy in Twitter marathon

VeganVegan
Trollface

I knew global warming was fishy

There is no globe to warm, it's a disk!

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Comet halo theory for flickering 'alien megastructure' star fails

VeganVegan
Mushroom

Planets

destroyed by a deathstar a hundred or years ago? (That qualifies as a long, long time ago to me, and it's certainly far enough away).

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Plain cruelty: Boffins flay Linux ransomware for the third time

VeganVegan
Facepalm

They made a hash of it

From my reading of the description, the most hilarious part is that they hashed the original value 8 times to generate the key; the trouble is, they didn't specify a hash function (!). So all that hashing did nada. The output was the same as the input.

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From Zero to hero: Why mini 'puter Oberon should grab Pi's crown

VeganVegan

Re: PS/2 mouse

and the fact that their connectors are all male: gay mice?

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Enraged Brits demand Donald Trump UK ban

VeganVegan
Devil

You got off lightly about religion and your wife

Imagine if, instead of the piece of halibut, you had discussed the piece of cod...

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Suck it, Elon – Jeff Bezos' New Shepard space rocket blasts off, lands in one piece

VeganVegan
Flame

Re: "Elon must be grumbling to himself today that he didn't get there first"

I totally agree with Big John.

McDonnell Douglas had already demonstrated vertical takeoff and landing by a rocket some 20 years ago.

It's that order of magnitude greater delta-v and all the challenges that come with it that is the real rocket science.

Not to belittle the New Shepard achievement, but Musk is openly aiming for Mars, Bezos is only aiming for 100 or so klicks up.

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Coffee fixes the damage booze did to your liver, study finds

VeganVegan

Re: I'm buggered

Coffee enema?

(Amazon has loads of offerings)

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IT luminaries stranded in tropical paradise with Indian crime lord

VeganVegan

Bali is not that small of an island

It is small (2200 sq. mi) in comparison to, say, the British Isle, but not as small as the cartoon tropical island notion might suggest. It's a bit smaller than the Greater London metropolitan area (3200 sq. mi).

I'd wager that many would relish the propspects of being trapped on Bali for a few days.

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Further confusion at TalkTalk claims it was hit by 'sequential attack'

VeganVegan

Re: Maybe they were going for Sequel

Hush, she might starts blaming écureuils next, maybe even the one that is in some of the XKCD drawings.

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