* Posts by VeganVegan

416 posts • joined 27 Oct 2009

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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 MEELLION 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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SPACED OUT: NASA's manned Orion podule pushed back to 2023

VeganVegan
Go

Re: "Astronauts will fly for the first time on EM-2

If Elon Musk were to crowd source funds for a Martian mission, I would gladly contribute, and I am sure there will be millions like me.

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Squawk, squawk: Today is Vulture Awareness Day

VeganVegan
Thumb Up

Endangered species

I saw a California condor in the wild many years ago, before they captured all remaining 20 odd birds and put them in a zoo for captive breeding, to try to save the species.

What a magnificent beast it was, one could easily have mistaken it for a small gilder plane. It must have glided a mile or more, riding the thermals, before it twitched its wings a bit, and went in a slightly different direction.

Here's a link for a vulture smile: http://www.gocomics.com/theargylesweater/2008/09/23

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Holes found in Pocket Firefox add-on

VeganVegan

Re: Phocket

Thanks for the hint.

It's easy to search for pocket (search box at the top of the page) to get at the other relevant settings

I also found that if you set

browser.toolbarbuttons.introduced.pocket-button

to false, then the toolbar button is not displayed.

To really put a stake thru its heart, I also nulled the string in

browser.pocket.enabledLocales

and set

browser.pocket.userLocaleList

to false.

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You've been Drudged! Malware-squirting ads appear on websites with 100+ million visitors

VeganVegan

What if

AdSpirit & its ilk is held legally liable for damages by malware that they transmitted?

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Brassiere belays boob-bound bullet, begetting bruised breastbone

VeganVegan

Re: Boared now

To wit, not all signs are boards, and not all boards are signs.

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Techies told to GO FORTH AND MULTIPLY by Microsoft, Netflix

VeganVegan

Literally

a b *

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McAfee tells El Reg: 'My shootout with the police was highly exaggerated'

VeganVegan

He's shooting blanks

In more ways than one.

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Sengled lightbulb speakers: The best worst stereo on Earth

VeganVegan

Re: IoT

Idiots own Trash?

Items of Trash?

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IBM and Apple sitting in a tree, k-i-s-s-i-n-g e-n-t-e-r-p-r-i-s-e b-u-y-e-r-s

VeganVegan

Back in 1984, who in their right mind

Would have foreseen this situation.

The more things change, the more things change.

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Biggest security update in history coming up: Google patches Android hijack bug Stagefright

VeganVegan
Meh

Puzzled

Granted, the manufacturer, the phone co., they all add cruft to / modify the base Android setup, but am I being too naive to think that Android was properly designed, so that users can get Android software (not the added on crap) directly from Google?

I mean, even Microsoft manages to update various components of Windows, despite a zillion sku's, and add-on crapware.

I suspect that the answer is: No. Android was shoved together and sent out the door, with little thought for the long term.

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Assessing the power of Intel’s SSD 750 … but check your motherboard before buying

VeganVegan

Re: A Hard Disk - on a card? @ Kubla

You have me beat. The first disk drive I worked with was an IBM1131, it had 512kb capacity. Goes well with the magnetic donuts strung in wires that made up the 8K RAM of the 1130.

Learned all kinds of bad habits programming on that machine. I still can't shake off trying to optimize the heck out of compute time, RAM and storage requirements, even tho' I now use a PC with 12 cores, running 5000x faster, with 4 million x more RAM, and 4E9 x more disk storage.

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Don't want Windows 10 FILTH on the company network? Step this way

VeganVegan
Alert

Simples.

Ban all windows os.

Mission accomplished.

(Joke icon, because it is next to the troll icon).

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El Reg touches down at the ESA's Spanish outpost, sniffs around

VeganVegan

Think of the children!

"there are alternatives to studying economics or finance or something like that"

No truer words!

How can we tolerate our children growing up to do naught 'cept count beans? (Our favourite in-house economist excepted, of course).

More of this kind of article, please.

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Buffoon in 999 call: 'Cat ate my bacon and I want to press charges'

VeganVegan

Re: Too polite

@ Martin: pun a lot?

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Obama endorses 3D TLC flash. How else can you do exaflop computing?

VeganVegan

Buzzardmeat

There is a million-dollar prize for figuring out parts of the Navier-Stokes equations. Maybe they care to contribute some to the prize?

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Just ONE THOUSAND times BETTER than FLASH! Intel, Micron's amazing claim

VeganVegan

Re: Exciting, but...

Yes, I remember giant magneto resistive technology for the read/write heads, followed by colossal magneto resistive technology, then super-colossal. I lost track at that point, as the naming convention started reminding me too much of the size-grading of olives and shrimp.

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