* Posts by jake

13649 posts • joined 7 Jun 2007

LightSail 2 successfully unfurls its silvery solar sails, prepares to become a truly solar-powered satellite

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On the contrary!

It has been quite successful and has met its primary goal of being the first solar sailed satellite in orbit. Hopefully in the coming year it'll met and exceed its secondary goal of proving the concept of light propulsion for such small scale systems. Once the initial research is done, there is no point in leaving it to clutter NEO, so it'll gracefully dispose of itself.

One would generally consider learning to crawl before running to be a good thing.

Low Barr: Don't give me that crap about security, just put the backdoors in the encryption, roars US Attorney General

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Re: Doesn't the US classify strong encription as munitions?

I wore the PGP-in-perl T-shirt out of and back into the USA on maybe a dozen flights from '91 to '93 without anybody even blinking at me funny. Later, I occasionally carried a copy of Bruce Schneier's "Applied Cryptography" book containing source examples in the text (which did not fall under the export restrictions) and the disk containing the very same source, which was bound into the cover (and very definitely did fall under those restrictions).

This kind of security theater may be worth the paper it is printed on, but not much more.

I stopped trying to get arrested on principle when I grew up and had a kid of my own to take care of. Priorities & all that. Today, she tells me I shouldn't have wimped out ... but she did take the shirt into "show and tell" occasionally, to explain to the class why it was considered "munitions".

It's Prime Minister Boris Johnson: Tech industry speaks its brains on Brexit-monger's victory

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Re: TL; DR

But only better by 1. They are all pretty much on par, no?

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Re: Born in NYC

We don't want him back. We have our own problems.

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Now don't you lot ...

... wish you had spent more time and energy putting your own house in order, instead of expending all that hot air on Trump?

The term "whistling past the graveyard" comes to mind ...

On the bright side, perhaps all y'all will be rid of him before our own idiot in chief scurries off with his tail between his legs, bleating about fake votes and the like. (We're stuck with Trump until the next election, alas ... because the alternative (Pence) doesn't bear thinking about).

'Cockwomble' is off the menu: Uncle Bulgaria issues edict against using name in vain

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Re: A monster made by the media

So what you are saying is that television is made for the ignorant, uneducated masses? How surprised would you be if I were to tell you that I totally agree with you? One wonders if you would call me Juvenal were I to invoke the concept of panem et circenses ...

Enjoy your bliss, consumers.

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Perhaps one of our right-pondian cousins ...

... could compare and contrast cockwomble and twatdangler in light of TOA, just for the elucidation of those of us in left-pondia? I'm sure Uncle Bulgaria would heartily approve.

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Re: A monster made by the media

Is there, in fact, any "good" television? I've never seen any ...

Pair programming? That's so 2017. Try out this deep-learning AI bot that autocompletes lines of source code for you

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Re: Faster train wrecks

Well, why ever not amfM? The whole AI thing is a scam to begin with. Shirley you, of all entities, have noticed this reality?

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Re: Faster train wrecks

"Understands" ... You keep using that word, I do not think it means what you think it means.

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Now THERE'S a tautology a mother could love!

"a beta-grade cloud service"

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Re: What could possibly go wrong?

I used to have a problem with typeos. Then I discovered Model M keybr0ads.

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Re: No, just....no!

Indeed. There is a reason I never liked MTV videos ...

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Re: An interesting proposition

I have discovered that explaining it in detail to my Velcro Whippet generally works wonders for my own understanding.

Grandpa once told me that he didn't mind teaching me things because whenever he did he learned something new for himself. That stuck with me. Smart man, Grandpa.

BT boss warns 16-min walk from current HQ to new London base 'just the tip of the iceberg'

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Re: In reality

Point of order ... a couple of the hackers working on the 1- to 2BSD transition had "interesting" hair and nose rings in the 1970s. You don't really think today's kids have invented anything new, do you?

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Re: If only

The Greek would be hemerodrome,

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Re: In reality

Clearly J J Carter never learned anything from it's elders.

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On the other hand ...

"Interesting choice of words as big, bulky things and icebergs don't tend to mix well."

On the other hand, icebergs are huge, unwieldy things, drifting mindlessly at the whims of the wind and currents, and likely to roll over unexpectedly, exposing their ugly underbelly to all and sundry.

TypeScript is now a 'top 10' language – just in time for the 'feature complete' 3.6 beta

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My BigDic sez ...

... a manuscript is a hand written document, a typescript is a hand typed document.

So why is it that whenever I see "MS TypeScript" my brain automatically jumps to the 'orrible thought of how badly MS could completely cock-up PostScript ... and does Adobe really need any help with that?

Rust in peace: Memory bugs in C and C++ code cause security issues so Microsoft is considering alternatives once again

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Re: "a bad workman blames his tools"

Dovetailing with a screwdriver? Heathen!

Everybody knows proper dovetailing requires the use of beer.

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Re: Eh? Assembler OS?

Of course I need 8 megs! Can't run EMACS without it ... Of curse, even then it hits swap. Make that 16 megs!

(Wait ... will this motherboard support that much?)

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Re: Or you could drop the Redmond option from your list

Yes, thank you, I know rust is mozilla. I was discussing the advisor, not the advice. Please, do try to learn to read for content ... unless it will get in the way of your near-constant ire and/or bile of course. Ta.

The rest of all y'all ... I know what rust is, and where I would use it. But that wasn't what I was talking about, I was merely pointing out that the poster I was replying to had another option. The world has a place for good C coders, and pays well for them, so why take career advice from an outfit that clearly has issues when it comes to the profession?

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Re: Hummmmm

"this was true 30 yrs ago, when I was told MVS+COBOL would rule forever.

45 years ago. MVS (zOS)+COBOL still runs government/big business. It's not going to go away any time soon.

"20 yrs ago when it was client server.

50 years ago. We're still client/server, and it's not going away. Maybe the names will change, but the concept isn't going to any time soon.

"10 yrs ago when Java/J2EE was the one language to rule them all."

20 years ago. That was just a lie. We all knew it, but it pretty much signaled the rise of marketing becoming in charge of engineering, which is why we're in the shithole we're in today. Marketing minds making engineering decisions pretty much guarantees a clusterfuck.

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Re: And when we get shit code in Rust ?

But if everybody copy & pastes the shit Rust code from some website somewhere, it'll become a standard!

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Re: Hummmmm

Or you could drop the Redmond option from your list and move on. It has worked quite nicely for me and many others.

C isn't going away until long after COBOL and Fortran are cold, dead and buried ... and that isn't going to happen until long after my Granddaughter is retired.

For pity's sake, groans Mimecast, teach your workforce not to open obviously dodgy emails

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Re: you could do that, but...

I haven't seen that many years yet. Let me know when I have, as I'll probably miss it ;-)

I counter with dum vivimus vivamus (the basis on which I try to live my life).

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"Now which countries use French?"

France, Switzerland, Belgium, Canada, Louisiana (yes, it is too it's own country! Ask 'em if you don't believe me) ... I'm sure I missed a couple ;-)

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Re: you could do that, but...

Perhaps when you're old enough to be called "grandpa" (and have a laugh at the child who thinks that it is an insult) you'll understand why several more years experience helps you remember all those terribly difficult to memorize functions.

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Re: you could do that, but...

"Changing what media is available will not change which scams are attempted."

But we can make our systems less vulnerable, right?

Note that it's not simply "a higher cost", it's several (many?) orders of magnitude higher cost to use the non-email variations on the theme. That's why they use email. It costs them just as much to send 10 as it does to send 10,000,000 ... all at one push of a button. Con artists are lazy ... and cheap.

(Yes, people still use faxes. They are actually quite common.)

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Re: you could do that, but...

But Dr.S, then they would have to continue working when TehIntraWebTubes was down! Can't have that, now can we?

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Re: you could do that, but...

As I said in the other thread, all you have to do is make a business case for that access. Sorted.

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Re: Individual people can be smart.

Of course I don't run a union shop, silly! I work in the 21st century, not the 19th.

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Re: you could do that, but...

You need new developers.

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Individual people can be smart.

However, people as a group tend to be ineducable.

The easiest solution is to not allow email and Internet access to the vast majority of employees. When you think about it, most people have absolutely zero use for the Internet in their day to day corporate work anyway, so this is no great loss. In fact, getting rid of access to timewasters like twitter, facebook, instagram, youtube, amazon, google and the like can only increase corporate productivity.

Of the remainder, tell 'em that opening and/or responding to such emails is a firing offense. No exceptions. Help the insanely curious amongst them along by setting your MTA to keep a close eye on attachments and links in email, and beg steal or borrow an extensive block list for the rest of the Internet.

More draconian (perhaps, this is work, not play-time!) I've actually had some luck with whitelisting corporate Internet access for the subset of employees who actually need Internet access. If the user can't make a business case for accessing a site, then that user can't access the site. Whitelisting is a bit of a pain to set up at first, but after the first week or so it pretty much runs itself. Try it before you poo-poo this.

Loose tongues and oily seamen: Lost in machine translation yet again

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Just to further make people think ...

... to a computer, the letters "j" and "J" are as different as "@" and "`" ... Have a beer on me if you know (without looking it up!) why I chose the latter pair.

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Re: ASCII

Well, to be fair, ASCII (more properly US-ASCII) came about from the widespread use of the English Alphabet, which has it's modern roots in the work of Byrhtferð back in the year 1010ish. Back then, the only European style writing in North America would have been Runes. Blaming "the country which probably has the greatest mix of original nationalities and names in the world" on the accident of history which lead to modern English orthography seems a trifle puerile.

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Didn't that feature a band run by ...

... the one and only Louis Schreurs?

Oh, wait, that was about a year and a half earlier ...

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Re: You underestimate the rate of progress,

It may very well be pork free ... does it claim to be kosher and/or halal?

Most coffee given as a gift is a fashion disaster, so I see no issue there.

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Re: are better understood these days

"It is perfectly legal to scan library texts

::snippage has occured::

What is not allowed is to reprint and sell copyrighted material."

Please note that this depends on jurisdiction. The gory details of copyright law vary widely from country to country. Caveat auditor.

Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean Google isn't listening to everything you say

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Re: "And then start living your life in a cave."

I disagree. It IS your business as an employee to bring up things that could adversely impact your employer's business.

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Re: Less is More

"why not just use the tech that doesn't require reprogramming in the first place?"

Or use tech that is designed specifically to be (re)programmed by the end user. Arduino comes to mind, or AtMega328[0] if you want finer control of the hardware. If you like tinkering and haven't discovered these tools (and their ecosystem) yet, I strongly suggest bringing up your .fav search engine and poking around a trifle. Fun, useful, and a learning tool ... what's not to like?

[0] There are other AVR microcontrollers ... Check 'em out :-)

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Re: Welcome Captain Obvious

"Lots of tinfoil hattery to be had."

It's tinfoil hattery to not want a device that has been proven to record private conversations without so much as a by-your-leave in your house and as many other places they can put one?

I suppose you don't have a problem with insurance companies placing a GPS device in your vehicle in order to micro-manage where you are and how your got there?

They really have your number, don't they, consumer. Are you sure you want to live in a totalitarian surveillance state? Because that's where we are heading.

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Re: "And then start living your life in a cave."

I have a huge problem with the concept of using gmail for corporate communications. If you can't understand why, you aren't thinking about it very hard.

US border cops' secret racist Facebook group a total disgrace, says patrol chief. She should know, she was a member

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Re: Stones

There is a difference between making an off-colo(u)r remark and going out of your way to share said remark on Facebook, so as many people as possible can see your (t)wittery.

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Re: This surprises who, exactly?

Patrolling the boarder isn't law enforcement, it's defending the country.

(Before answering this, please note that I am no fan of the Trump administration, nor of its policies. Ta.)

Discrimination in the workplace?

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Re: EEO COURSE

"There are so many people who are having employment discrimination problems and do not know how to address them. A discrimination complaint starts in the informal stage knowing how to legally articulate what you want to say in your complaint. If you do not know how to do this you will never win or get your case resolved. Most people file a case because they are emotionally driven . Most attorneys do not know the administrative arena. I am a trained EEO counselor with over 30 years experience. Let me know if you need some help."

I feel safe is quoting this complete post as an example, because the moron posting it provided absolutely zero contact information. Suffice to say that the poster, responding to this seven year old conversation, created an ElReg handle specifically for this one hit-and-run post ....

What is it about ambulance-chasers/land-sharks supposedly "helping" the disadvantaged that leads them to think that spamming is a good idea?

More to the point, why do the idiots spout off without bothering to understand the nature of the medium they are babbling in?

Rhetorical questions; answers on a postcard.

300,000 edgy folk pledge themselves on Facebook to storming supposedly UFO-tastic Area 51

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Re: @StagateSg7

I suspect that the ranting comes about from his fear that the .fed won't react in exactly the manner that he has invented. This will have the effect of bringing down the entire house of cards he has built up for himself, leaving him with nothing ...

We (TINW) should probably invoke Formosa's Law and ignore him.

Now that's just offal: Heap of pig guts hog road after truck spills load in Kansas City

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Back in the day ...

... riding a motorcycle anywhere near Livingston, California was fairly hazardous thanks to Foster Farms ... A friend spent a week in the hospital after hitting a pile of chicken guts on Highway 99.

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No.

They gave up their lives for barbecue. The levity is just gravy.

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Re: Well,

You've never eaten sausages with natural casings? Poor thing.

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