* Posts by itzman

1709 posts • joined 28 Jun 2011

Hotter than the Sun: JET – Earth’s biggest fusion reactor, in Culham

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Re: Fun times....

I visited Culham in 1966.

Years before we joined the 'common market'

However did it get paid for?

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Re: scaling up is the answer?

I believe you that fission is currently practically almost impossible.

But I dont believe the fission peole have anything to do with this.

There's enough economic uranium and thorium for several thousand years...

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Programming in the Middle Ages: Docker makes a lovely pair of trousers

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Re: inserting a clause that encourages users to remember to put the seat down afterwards

Anyone who has done a basic course in logic or optimised game theory realises this as the obvious fallacy it is.

In a properly multigender loo, simply leaving the seat where you last put it is by far and away the optimal way to minimise seat activity.

Consider.

It's a stream of females. Leaving it where it is is the same as remembering to put it down

It's a stream of males, and so putting it down is two seat movements per urination. a complete waste of effort.

Its a a random stream of either. So on balance there is a 50:50 chance of the seat being in the right place already. So that's one seat movement for every other gender that arrives. 50% seat movement per urination.

It's completely clear that putting the seat down is an obvious case of female laziness and sexism, since its net result is that females do no work, and it's all done my men, and it costs more than any other solution.

Beforr feminism: chopping wood and fetching water and getting nagged.

After feminism: chopping wood and fetching water AND putting the seat down afterwards and getting nagged more.

Ergo, the true purpose of feminism is to give women even more scope for nagging.

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Crackas With Attitude troll gets five years in prison for harassment

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The mosty frightening thing in the whole article...

...is that the head of the CIA has, or had, an AOL account.

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Stand up who HASN'T been hit in the Equifax mega-hack – whoa, whoa, sit down everyone

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Re: 'We pride ourselves on being a leader in managing and protecting data'

It was the Bovine excrement meter that was logarithmic.

And with good reasons, as drifting off topic, we are daily faced with two parts of the establishment essentially calling each other bare faced liars.

Politics is no longer about who has the best policies, its about who tells the most attractive lies.

Judging by latest polls, that would be Jeremy Corbyn.

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Indian call centre scammers are targeting BT customers

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Or it is an outsourcer in India who passed on prospective marks to his buddies...

Yes.

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Climate-change skeptic lined up to run NASA in this Trump timeline

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Re: Looking forward to the demise of the deniers getting steam rolled by a hurricane

"weak minded capitalist pigs who can't face reality..."

well you are clearly a neo nazi so I guess denial comes with the territory.

Only capitalist pig I knew was made of china, and you smaahed him when you needed a new cap gun

Really. The 1960s are that way--->

And te cold war ended with the complete collapse of an unworkable system. Communism.

Get over it.

The only legacy the Soviets left us was AgitProp and the Green movement that evolved out of the idea of nation destroying anti-nuclear protests into cultural Marxism which was designed to destroy nations by denying that anything had meaning.

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Re: I'm intrigued.

No belief involved. Just close examination of the evidence.

(If 'climate change' is short for 'catastrophic man-made climate change')

You should try it sometime.

Of course it takes more effort then listening to the BBC or reading the guardian.

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It's official: Users navigate flat UI designs 22 per cent slower

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Ergonomics

Was introduced by engineers so that peole could make split second decisions unhampered by any especial need to interpret the interface.

Then engineers stopped designing stuff, and the task was left to art students who could drive ';software productivity tools'

Leading to such wonders as the new Barclays Smart Investors site, which features an airbrushed pastelized couple being 'smart investors' but won't let me withdraw money.

Smart Investors are waiting until the site works well enough so that they can remove their portfolios.

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Crushed Juicero now officially a fruitless endeavor

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Re: Hipsters

Remember when good products didn't need a "mission"? They just did something useful at a price that was reasonable. I believe it was called "value".

Yeah but that means hard work by engineers and people with STEM qualifications.

What did you do with all the people with degrees in Art History?

Marketing.

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El Reg gets schooled on why SSDs will NOT kill off the trusty hard drive

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Re: warnings

I dont think that is intrinsic to the technology though.

Wear levelling will use up blocks till there's no uncorrupted blocks left to use up, and could easily flag the fact.

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The sky is blue, water is wet and UK PC shipments are down

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Re: Will M$ be forced to do a u-turn?

Why don't MS employ Poettering and complete their self destruction?

Systemd AND the Registry combine would surely cause nuclear winter in all PCS running MS.

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Rotten Cores

I suspect I will never in my life buy an apple product.

Having tried them extensively.

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re: Down 3% in rest of EU, down 11% in UK.

Britain leads Europe in tech.

I remember I had broadband years before my sister in Germany got rid of her government issue modem.

PCs are dying. For perfectly good reasons, like everyone who needs one has got one now, and there is no software led drive to cause people to buy new ones.

In fact the reverse is true. As many people are so happy to point out, WinXP was almost as good as it needed to be for many many people.

Slabs & smartphones are where the consumer tat is at.

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Re: re: the sky is blue etc

I think this is so true.

I remember the PC thing from the beginning. We bought them because there was something only they could do, and we bought faster and bigger ones as they became available because there was something only they could do,.

I haven't seen a new killer app on a PC since Netscape really. Maybe Minecraft .

PCs are now like cars. They do what they do, they are all much of a muchness, and when yours wears out you get a new one.

Frankly any 64 bit CPU with 4GB of RAM could run this desktop faster than I can keep up with it.

And frankly the apps of 5 years ago are probably good enough too.

I am increasingly dismayed by upgrades that result in slower performance, and creeping featurism that I do not want but cannot turn off.

It is a mature market.

Even the software is mature

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Linux-loving lecturer 'lost' email, was actually confused by Outlook

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when he closed the lid with Outlook open, the screen would press delete and remove everything for him.

Sounds like a perfect sort of laptop to me.

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Batteries that don't burn at the drop of a Galaxy Note 7? We're listening

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Re: Lithium batteries are last century's technology

Now look at lithium air..

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Creepy backdoor found in NetSarang server management software

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Re: It does look like the companies development and distribution servers have been compromised

I am sure you could set up a shadow file in MySql

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Hell desk to user: 'I know you're wrong. I wrote the software. And the protocol it runs on'

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Reminds me of teh first time...

I tried to get a Cisco going on UK ISDN

In desperation I phone Cisco in the States and was put through to...

...a pleasant sounding dude who asked a few questions before reciting the magic spell which I think was 'set switch type=3' or something.

That he assured me, would work.

Are you SURE I insisted.

Well yes, he said, since he had just returned from a 3 week tour of all the European countries to test his Cisco ISDN driver software personally...in the field...

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Your top five dreadful people the Google manifesto has pulled out of the woodwork

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Re: I am utterly perpexed

honey, you cant say that these days. you are a potential closet woman.

anything else is sheer bigotry in these gay days

However it has absolutely NOTHING to do with software.

The principle of orthogonality seems to have passed you by.

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Re: Ad hominem

Claiming people are biased because they are white is either

(a) as true as for any other skin color or

(b) racist bigotry.

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I am utterly perpexed

A woman I dont know writes a long tirade about men and women I dont know either.

What has this got to do with computers?

I finished my tea, but there are no signs of global warning induced unusual weather in it.

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Big question of the day: Is it time to lock down .localhost?

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Re: Is localhost even needed?

No, I dont have those in my /etc/hosts

127.0.0.1 localhost

127.0.1.1 petname

# The following lines are desirable for IPv6 capable hosts

::1 ip6-localhost ip6-loopback

fe00::0 ip6-localnet

ff00::0 ip6-mcastprefix

ff02::1 ip6-allnodes

ff02::2 ip6-allrouters

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Windows Subsystem for Linux to debut in Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

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Re: Has anyone commenting actually tried it?

Scribus is not too bad at all as a replacement for Quark/Indesign.

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I wouldnt be surprised...

if Windows didn't morph into a window manager, desktop apps and API running on Linux.

Microsoft has to decide where its future lies.

It's lost the home desktop to smart phones.

It's lost the smartphones to apple and android.

It's lost the servers to Linux.

What is left apart from legacy? The corporate workstation and its apps.

If those apps would run on a linux chassis, who cares about windows, per se?

I.e. a Microsoft supported version of WINE plus a Microsoft branded suite of desktop apps and window manager...

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Autonomous driving in a city? We're '95% of the way there'

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Of only we could get the average city driver

..up to level 5.

Or I suppose 'to get an AI to drive as well as a human does is

(a) no great shakes

(b) bloody useless.

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How can you kill that which will not die? Windows XP is back (sorta... OK, not really)

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How can a free operating system...

have a 'market share'?

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Boffins grudgingly admit they may have found an exomoon

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Re: Score!

Don't be silly. All that is required to make the earth flat is to bend the universe properly.

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The Atari retro games box is real… sort of

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Nice bit of solid modelling...

Bet they didn't do that on an Atari...

They certainly didn't do in in real life materials....

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Linus Torvalds may have damned systemd with faint praise

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Re: Women Linux Lord ?

It's rightly said that you should love a woman for her personality.

If you want a woman to be nice to you, hire a whore.

If you want true love and affection, buy a puppy.

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Ubuntu Linux now on Windows Store (for Insiders)

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Re: But...

Slime

Some Linux in Microsoft's Emulator

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Distro watch for Ubuntu lovers: What's ahead in Linux land

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Re: Desktop Linux ?

...written on a linux mint equipped laptop that installed and ran 'out of the box'

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Microsoft boasted it had rebuilt Skype 'from the ground up'. Instead, it should have buried it

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Re: Market research

"(People preferred the iPhone over BB because it was better!) "

FSVO 'Better'

Many people who used blackberries have tried to hang on to them as long as possible, because Iphones are a heap of unadulterated wombat turds in their opinion.

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Re: Market research

No, just rocking horse poo.

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Britain's on the brink of a small-scale nuclear reactor revolution

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Re: Heat engines

Not true. all straight steam plant heat engines yes, but combined cycle gas turbines WITH steam plants can better 60%.

But with nuclear fuel being dirt cheap, there is no economic driver to create more efficient installations.

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Re: Underground

and it wasn't failsafe. it needed active cooling.

Fukushima is an absolute tribute to basic good design.

in the end its last safety feature - secondary containment and a core meltdown pool - did their jobs.

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Re: no, still NIMBYish

gas cooled reactors could drive gas turbines then use steam as in combined cycle.

but who cares? uranium is dirt cheap and saving a bit of it is not worth the hassle.

French reactors use rivers for cooling

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Re: Placed underground you say ?

Sigh.

more variables than weight. Size. Speed.

To punch through concrete you need a depleted uranium shell, not an aircraft

Or something like this

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disney_bomb

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Re: Wasn't Fukushima a "fail-safe" design?

decay energy IS fission, just not as we know it, Jim, (chain reaction)

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Re: Wasn't Fukushima a "fail-safe" design?

You appear to have no knowledge of anything

The reactor did shut down

As it was designed to.

The decay heat is what was needed to be dealt with. A working reactors is fizzing and popping with lots of short lived isotopes that cause it to get hot even when the main chain reaction is stopped.

That is what you need emergency cooling for.

Otherwise the core melts.

As it did,

Which is why you have secondary containment to shield it.

Which it did.

which is why outside of the containment vessel, the radioactivity was pretty low.

And would have been lower still if they had flooded the thing with seawater and let the hydrogen escape, instead of trying to trap everything ..

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London cops hunt for drone pilots who tried dropping drugs into jail

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Re: Solution - Netting

almost no one ends up in gaol for nicking food to live on.

most gaol terms are for robbery with violence, at a minimum.

Murder, gbh, serious drug trafficking, contempt of court, these re what land you in chokey.

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Looking for an Ubuntu Unity close cousin? Elementary, my dear...

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Re: ...one of the better file browsers

years ago

" why not write it in C"?

" you cant write C on an apple II"

"why not?"

"there are no '{}'s on the keyboard...

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Canadian sniper makes kill shot at distance of 3.5 KILOMETRES

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Re: my wife was shaken

I can't remember the exact quote, but "For every woman tending a child, there is a soldier with a rifle tending a frontier" was the gist of it.

How civilised is a flush toilet? But someone has to build the sewers and maintain the sewage plants.

A large part of today's problem is that we have a generation who have absolutely not the first clue as to how the world works, who have de facto political power.

They have the ethics and morality and comprehension of 6 year olds at kindergarten, demanding 'safe spaces' from authority figures.

There are no safe spaces in Afghanistan. People are killing each other daily. They would like to kill people in Britain too, and sometimes they succeed.

Yet the siren call of socialism 'if everybody were nice to each other' remains a childish plaint. People are not nice to each other. Basic game theory shows that being a murderous barbarian is actually a successful strategy against 'nice people'.

We have an army, so that nice people can be nice to each other. By killing the ones who are not so nice.

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Runs those numbers again?

in 9.7 second an object in 1g will fall 1/2 g t^2

say 10 seconds and 10 meters per second square for simplicity that's 500 meters/1500 feet to very round approximations.

But I seriously doubt that anyone would be using ammo that was transonic and only just

speed of sound 600mph. distance about 2 miles = 12 secs.

So far numbers stack up, but 50 cal sniper rounds have far higher muzzle velocities..around 850m/s. and are optimised for low drag so flight time to target at 3750 meters is 4.5 seconds.

And suddenly the T squared term is way way less. Only 100 meters drop.

And 100 meters at 3750 meters is a mere 1.52 degrees above line of sight.

Its hard to get precise info on the actual ammunition, but 50 cal sniper rounds are said to be able to remain supersonic up to 1500 meters...

So maybe that 9 second flight time is realistic.

Oner is reminded of the wartime instruction 'never fly straight for more than a secind for every thousand feet you are up' as the flight-time of AA shells was about that., You simply moved away from where they aimed at.

Perhaps that is the answer to long range snipers. a constant drunkards walk should see you randomly off ground zero.

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Ailing Brit chip designer Imagination Technologies up for sale

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My thoughts exactly. Oldest trick in te book when you have one major customer

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Openreach to comms providers: Why can't we be friends?

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Re: Competing with BT Wholesale?

you have that backwards AIUI. openretch look after the infrastructure and own it, wholesales sells it on

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Cuffed: Govt contractor 'used work PC to leak' evidence of Russia's US election hacking

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Re: These are not microdots

The good bit will come when they get in Benedict Cumberpatch to help and he identifies you immediately.

"Obviously, Watson, we are looking for a person of intelligence who has read the Register and understands IT, and who had access to the documents."

"There is only one in the whole FBI."

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UK PM Theresa May's response to terror attacks 'shortsighted'

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If Islamic terrorism can only be defeated...

...by draconian limitations on personal freedom and democracy..then Islamic terrorists have already won.

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Amazon granted patent to put parachutes inside shipping labels

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Re: This is Getting Out of Hand

Well I already had one Amazon delivery that I found three weeks later after a period of intense rain languishing in the middle of the side garden after amazon claimed to have delivered it to the front porch.

So it will merely formalize the random delivery of parcels into accessible recondite areas of unsuitable delivery.

As I boy I spent many hours searching for model planes that had unexpectedly actually flown well enough to be outside of a 50 yard radius from launch.

Perhaps this will be part of a 'citizens fitness' initiative.

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Bill Gates joins $170bn climate change investment club

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Re: Ability to use a keyboard...

is no proof of intelligence..

of course you missed the only salient point: how MUCH temperature rise?

the REAL science says probably about 0.2-0.8 degrees when all is said and done

totally not worth bothering about. Mildly beneficial.

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