* Posts by jake

8595 posts • joined 7 Jun 2007

BS Detection 101 becomes actual University subject

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Re: Its called Critical Thinking

I've been saying for decades that passing "Critical Thinking 101, 102 and 103" should be mandatory for High School graduation.

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Let's not ...

... run amuck with the grant money.

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Gulp! Drones dodge spray from California's gaping moist glory hole

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To be honest ...

... while pretty impressive, the drain is just doing its job. The real story is that we've had a LOT of precip in Northern California for the first time in a long time. We've had 28.25 inches of rain here in Sonoma since January 1st (roughly 25 miles as the crow flies from the Berryessa "Glory Hole"). That is close to three times normal. More importantly, the snow pack in the Sierra (California's "water bank") is much higher than normal, several reporting stations report over 500 inches of snow so far this season.

It's not enough to bust the drought, that would take four or five years of this kind of weather (need to refill the aquifers). But it's a start ...

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$350m! shaved! off! sale! price! as! Verizon! swallows! Yahoo!

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Re: Verizon, one buy away from the Fail Trifecta

I'm fairly certain that Who's Next is still selling quite nicely ... The album was hardly a failure, anyway ;-)

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Re: Responsibility and liability

Marissa's the one diving out the back. You'll see her when her 'chute opens. It's gold.

Yahoo will continue on, pilotless, to crash & burn in the vast swamps of Verizon.

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Re: Is this supposed to be a good deal for Yahoo! stockholders?

Who the fuck cares about market cap? That's just paper.

Real values, like P/E and PEG suggest "Run away! Run away!"

Verizon's buying a pig in a poke. Probably, as pointed out above, for tax reasons.

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Jun-OH-NO! NASA's Jupiter probe in busted helium-valve drama

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Re: My God

WOW! What an innovative comment! I never would have guessed!

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Re: Well, crap....

not.known@this.address, Jan 0's commentardary was non sequitur at best. Nobody was talking about Australia until she brought it up. We were discussing the UK and how may zeros in a billion. (The answer to the last is obvious ... ALL of them!)

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Re: Well, crap....

Because the ignorant hand-wringers had enough clout to ensure that RTGs were politically incorrect during the final design phase. Prats.

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Re: My God

No, it's only a part of a single proto-star. Probably another 40% more mass needed (or thereabouts) before ignition.

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Re: Well, crap....

Jan 0, might want to re-parse what you replied to. druck clearly typed "the UK" ... last I checked, Australia wasn't a part of the UK.

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Re: "Hopefully the electronics will last the extended duration of the mission. "

Jupiter itself isn't much of a radiation source. Its magnetosphere, however ...

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Re: One of the locals ...

Not that smart ... It runs a RAD750 CPU (radiation hardened PowerPC750).

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Re: Well, crap....

JPL is the project manager for the overall mission, but "the tough little critter" was actually built by Lockheed Martin.

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One of the locals ...

... was looking for a cold one & broke it.

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Mystery deepens over Android spyware targeting Israeli soldiers

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Re: Given Obama's last minute U-turn on Israel policy

I'm sorry if me having Jewish friends upsets you (and others, apparently), Rimmer.

Most of my friends (all of them?) do not choose sides in any mideast conflict. No point. All parties are in the wrong, near as we can tell.

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Re: Given Obama's last minute U-turn on Israel policy

I'm not antisemitic. At all. Some of my best friends are Jews.

I am very, very wary of the terrorist state of Israel, though. My Jewish friends are, too.

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Re: Bzzt.

Keep telling yourself that if it helps you sleep better, Gumby.

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Re: Russia

My thought was Shabak or possibly Aman, and not a test or an oops at all.

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Connected car in the second-hand lot? Don't buy it if you're not hack-savvy

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Re: Now ask me why ...

I tube/walk in central London, ta you very much. If I need other transportation, I'll use the two wheeled variety. The tree-fern powered bikes are also all pre 1970. But thanks for asking.

What costs more environmentally: Building from scratch and then driving a brand new vehicle 100,000 miles, or restoring an older vehicle with modern enhancements & driving it 100,000 miles? I honestly don't know, but I've been told that recycling is good for the planet since I were a nipper ...

Besides, they truly don't make 'em like they used to ...

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Now ask me why ...

... I drive pre-1970 "enhanced restorations". (There are a couple from 1972 in the fleet, and the Peterbilt is this century ... ).

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FAKE BREWS: America rocked by 'craft beer' scandal allegations

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Re: "India Pale Ale went *to* India"

No need, mon. Jamaica has its very own Red Stripe ...

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Re: If you're against fake news, stop regurgitating myths about IPA.

Symon, it wasn't actually called "IPA" back then, but the style of brewing was well known and understood. We call it IPA today as a tribute to brewers of the past attempting to make a palatable brew for folks in "far off climes".

Yes, alcohol is a preservative. But water + alcohol != beer ... Beer contains quite a few other odds & ends, chemical-wise ... and hops help to preserve the whole. Thankfully.

Don't believe hops are a major preservative? Brew two identical batches of beer, one with and one without hops. Keep a sample at home, under cold storage, and send another sample out on a long sea voyage approximating mid 1800s maritime conditions. The bilge of a boat at St. Ives for a year should do nicely Taste the end result. Report back.

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Re: Dilution of the language

Function overloading always seemed dodgy to me ...

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Re: REally @Ledswinger

My grapes contain no caterpillars. Critters like that destroy the clusters before they are ripe enough to make wine.

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Ladybirds for Grown-Ups (!!)

Somehow, I missed these titles (I live on the wrong side of the pond for some things). Birthdays just got easier to buy for ... I owe you some pints, Ledswinger! Ta :-)

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Re: "India Pale Ale went *to* India"

It's a style of beer, designed to survive the long trip from Blighty to the subcontinent in the days before refrigeration. Or even steam engines. Or canals across deserts. Folks liked the flavo(u)r, so the style still exists today, with the name a nod to the origin. But you already knew this, didn't you?

Or perhaps you think The Oxford Guide To Style (Hart's Rules, et alia) only applies to those living in Oxford? Or The Chicago Manual of Style only applies to folks living in Chicago? Or The Microsoft Manual of Style only applies to ... uh ... <Emily>Never mind.</Emily>

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Talk of tech innovation is bullsh*t. Shut up and get the work done – says Linus Torvalds

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Re: Or, in the vernacular ...

Trump's not running any code more complicated than his twitter client.And I rather suspect that even that is kept maintained by one of his sprog.

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Re: @Mark 85

Facebook (et ali) is just a kludged together combination of FTP, IRC and USENET with a hint of telnet, yet without the full utility of any of them, and all wrapped up in an ugly interface.

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If you find yourself "always right" ...

... it's time to take out a large insurance policy. Murphy is about to bite you in the ass.

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Re: No mention of 'Agile' in Linus' process

Finally, Zippy drives his 1958 RAMBLER METROPOLITAN into the faculty dining room.

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Well, to be fair ...

Agile & DevOps are only good for ephemeral shit, like that new-fangled WWWthingie. They are only used by OnPaperItWorks companies looking for angel investors, and FlyByNight industries in search of venturecap funding. No buzzwords, no free money. In other words, outfits that "talk of tech innovation", not the ones that shut up and get it done.

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Re: " I've actually dropped linux on an AIX frame,"

I've been running Slackware s/390 in an LPAR for about a dozen years ... and on z/VM for about ten.

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Re: " I've actually dropped linux on an AIX frame,"

I'm pretty sure government census, gunnery, and insurance use came before petrochem.

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Re: Never mind the code quality, feel the "innovation."

Well, to be perfectly honest, sometimes I think a coder has decided to throw code at the list, just to see what sticks. If I were Linus, I'd enjoy the odd rant at idiots like that, too ;-)

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Re: Or, in the vernacular ...

I know what that word means, and how to use it. The big, fat, orange idiot-in-chief can kiss my pasty white butt if it thinks otherwise.

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Re: Never mind the code quality, feel the "innovation."

Female seeking male? Absolutely not. The LKML ain't a meat market. <sfsf>

More seriously, the only person I can speak for is myself ... The only FSM I use is the one between my ears; no tool generated code here[0]. Reading through the source code, I suspect I'm not alone. The source is open, you can read along for yourself, if you like.

Disclaimer: I'm not a coder, per se, but I have been contributing for a long time.

[0] Yes, I know, I'm such a tool ... Feel better now?

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Or, in the vernacular ...

... Running code trumps all.

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High tides: Boffins spy on dolphins baked on poisonous piscines

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Re: Further splellings rekwired

It's a typo I always make. Dunno why. Mea culpa.

In future I'll just call it methanethiol. If I remember.

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Dead cockroaches make excellent magnets – now what are we supposed to do with this info?

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This kind of thing always starts down the pub.

After a couple rounds, somebody points out the obvious:

either a) We have money leftover from our grant, what to do?

or b) We're skint, and rent's due ... we need grant money!

Somebody swats at a roach, and science gets done.

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OK, it's time to talk mass spying again: America's Section 702 powers are up for renewal

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Re: Taking a second look at the "sheeple" label...

"usually pejorative"

Nope. None intended, nor implied. It's just a simple description.

"and implying people who follow the herd without thought."

No implication at all. Just observation.

As for actual sheep, they are completely incapable of understanding any of the aspects you so cavalierly assign them. Unlike actual people (hopefully!), which is kind of the point of the portmanteau.

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Re: Probably best to hit them in the wallet.

The word "sheeple" already exists. For a reason. (Insert something about "nature" and "vacuum" here.)

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Re: Hmmm.....

I'm glad I'm not THAT paranoid (despite the best classes money could buy ... ).

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What's wrong with the word "sheeple"?

It describes what it describes better than any other single word in the English language. I rather suspect that the people who don't like it know it can be used to describe one aspect (or more!) of their own behavio(u)r.

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Bruce Schneier: The US government is coming for YOUR code, techies

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Obxkcd

https://xkcd.com/1039/

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This string is only temporary. If you see this in prod this is bad!

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Re: This string is only temporary. If you see this in prod this is bad!

"lp0 on fire"

Ran across this about 6 months ago when trying to convince a very old bit of kit (IBM 1403) to cooperate with Linux. I jumped about a foot, it had been probably three decades since I last saw that error message.

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Roses are red, violets are blue, fake-news-detecting AI is fake news, too

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Ready for reality, kiddies?

ALL news is false!

No. Really. Please allow me to explain ... "the news" is entertainment, not education. It exists to sell razor blade, bog roll, tampon and beer commercials in order to profit the shareholders. It'll sell a bacon sarnie or a president in order to make a buck. IT DOESN'T CARE ABOUT "TRUTH"! All "the news" cares about is turning a profit, in order to keep the shareholders happy.

We now return you to your preconceived misconceptions. Have a nice day.

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New project "Logan"

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Re: New project "Logan"

Civilian frying of RFID bits & bobs might be frowned upon by the .gov of your choice. This is probably the wrong forum to solicit information on same.

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University DDoS'd by its own seafood-curious malware-infected vending machines

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Re: Ritchie and Kernighan again

ACM, not ASCM. Written by Thompson. No Kernighan or Richie.

http://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=358210

I'm not certain it supports your thesis. Perhaps elaborate?

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Tech Trailblazers Awards: Shortlist out - now it’s over to you

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Re: Who?

Exactly. Ive never heard of any of the "trailblazers" either.

It gets better. I've heard of one of the Judges (Mr. Pott), one of the Industry Supporters (VMware), and one of the Media Partners (ElReg). I could make a case that I would never have heard of Mr. Pott if I wasn't a regular reader of ElReg.

What demographic are they looking for, anyway? Obviously it's not system/network/security consultants with over 40 years in the industry and a home base in Silly Con Valley ...

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