* Posts by itzman

1681 posts • joined 28 Jun 2011

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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Re: Now if just 1 major PC maker installed Linux by default...

I challenge your statement.

99.99% of people who buy pre-installed computers just want to be told how to make it send and receive emails print and browse. They couldn't care less if its windows OSX or a linux.

The fact that android exists shows that.

Dumb users are OS agnostic.

They might just bitch if they cant play DoomQuakeNukeEm on it tho

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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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WannaCrypt: Pwnage is a fact of life but cleanup could and should be way easier

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Re: This will happen again.

At least with linux you can apply what patches you need, and are not forced to take anything you don't need.

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WTF?

Windows IS ransomware.

nm

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British prime minister slams Facebook and pals for votes

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It starts when politicians use ideology instead of common sense to determine [immigration] policy.

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Init freedom declared as systemd-free Devuan hits stable 1.0.0 status

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Re: If you want to know what's wrong with systemd, try other bits from the same stable

Sigh. I can only sympathise. I remember when on SUNOS and other Berkeley derived systems we could have a printer going in ten minutes.

Then SysV Unix arrived.

And the horror that was lpadmin.

It took over a decade before CUPS essentially wrapped that cesspit in something remotely usable.

sadly the history of engineering is littered with bad ideas that became de facto standards simply because the effort to bugger them into shape was slightly less than the effort to write them from scratch again.

If we wanted to get to where we are now, would we today start with postscript, X windows. Sys5 printing, socket based network code, PHP, JavaScript or even MSDOS?

Legacy dear boy, legacy. And if it ain't totally broke, fix it.

As a friend who died a fortnight ago said in his last phone call to me 'it hardly seems to matter now, does it'

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'Major incident' at Capita data centre: Multiple services still knackered

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What they didnt tell you about te cloud...

was that it was your security and ability to do business at all you were outsourcing.

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Pirates hack was a hoax, says Disney boss

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Re: Just like

You can't buy that kind of publicity!

#except by abandoning every shred of dignity and self respect.

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After stiffing us with Trump, Weiner 'fesses to underage cock shot rot

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Re: coin toss

Why would anyone vote for a politician anyway?

It just encourages them.

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Wannacry: Everything you still need to know because there were so many unanswered Qs

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Re: hunts down vulnerable public facing SMB ports

and even if you wanted it open, why open it to the world?

This smacks of 'I want to be able to file share my hospital data anywhere in the world on my totally insecure laptop'.

I remember one of my staff doing a security audit for a major company. He realted te conversation...

'so how secure is our firewall?'

'well your firewall is fine, but the IT directors PC with the modem in auto answer mode on his DDI line is a bit of a problem'

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Re: SMB shares

Why? Gpod alone knows.

Most 'amateur' connections are via NAT routers. Which need explicit configuration to actually accept incoming connections.

One can only posit a very very poorly set up leased line system, in which intersite working was done simply by opening ports onto full publicly addressable IP spaces as 'the quickest way to get the job done'

You have to work quite hard to be this insecure.

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Microsoft to spooks: WannaCrypt was inevitable, quit hoarding

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Re: The lull before the next storm rolls in

A very pertinent observation.

What we are talking about here is the ability for legacy applications to run on modern (more?) secure operating systems that didn't exist when the applications were implemented.

Anyway you look at it this is a costly business. All solutions are expensive. As is no solution.

Open standards help: Linux systems support huge amounts of legacy printers for example, that Win 10 drivers do not exist for.

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Re: The root cause for the NHS is software that won't run on anything but XP.

As for "Our CT/MI/Ultrasound/Kirlian aura machine uses an XP UI" SFW? How much network access does that thing need and what business does the network have dropping stuff on its local storage?

It needs network access so that when the car crash victim has been CT scanned, and wheeled back up to intensive care, the surgeons can see the scans as well as the patient, and their entire record of medical history. Including what drug intolerances they have, what blood thinning and anti-clot medication they are on etc.

Medical care is enormously improved by proper networked IT.

They are slowly getting there. This is a wakeup call to ensure that they also pay attention to security.

At the root cause of this is the use of the file sharing paradigm as a substitute for e.g. a remote database access paradigm.

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74 countries hit by NSA-powered WannaCrypt ransomware backdoor: Emergency fixes emitted by Microsoft for WinXP+

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Re: Amazing you can leave the SMB port open

run it internally if you must, but across the internet uses sshfs...

Also, one questions why file sharing is neceessary in these days of web and other fat client based apps.

I was in the opticians (well known high street brand) getting new spectacles ordered. The computer was a terminal looking into what looked like and ancient Oracle database, all 80x25 and white on black..

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Re: after 3 decades worth of producing software

..and that is exactly the point.

Each version of windows is expected to run code intended from the previous version all the way back to a time before the internet even really existed.

What is needed of course in terms of mission critical desktop software built to industrial strength, is for all large corporates to start again, preferably with linux, unix, or BSD...and insist that their application supplier port their applications to it.

If Microsoft wants to be part of it they can ensure their applications run on it as well via whatever wine like interfaces they choose to sell.

The PC revolution has been a wild west ride, but its time the cowboys were eradicated. And that means Microsoft Windows.

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Flatpak and Snaps aren't destined for graveyard of failed Linux tech yet

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I thiought this was what PPAs did?

Get the right PPA, install it and hey presto, you are downloading the app straight from the developer.

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It's been two and a half years of decline – tablets aren't coming back

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re: what people wanted, rather than what they think will sell.

Apple, purveyors of ill engineered solutions I never knew I didn't want, to problems I never knew I didn't have.

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Forgetful ZX Spectrum reboot firm loses control of its web domains

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Re: We asked the firm about this but it did not respond. ®

So, are they trying to make themselves look as big and important as Apple Inc?

No, they are trying to remain true to the Sinclair business ethic.

Take the money first, and do nothing except bank it.

Did anyone ever receive a Sinclair Microvision?

http://rk.nvg.ntnu.no/sinclair/televisions/tv1a.htm

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Farewell Unity, you challenged desktop Linux. Oh well, here's Ubuntu 17.04

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Re: Won't install properly

Anyone running Nvidia really should be using the latest drivers or you are missing out on many performance fixes (vulkan in particular )

Not true. Performance fixes are not the while story.

Things like the ability to restore a video session after suspend or hibernate are crucial too, and Nividias own drivers often dont play nice here.

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Re: Nemo ... Files ... pah!

It's just that Mate was the only thing I could find that would get me a proper classic desktop experience, and last time I checked Mint's version of it was (after a fair amount of un-mintifying) significantly more polished and free of aggravating sticking points than Ubuntu's.

Yup. Linux is the best engine and gearbox, Ubuntu is the best chassis, and Mate is the best interior and dials.

I'm staying with Mint because its supplies all three in a well integrated package.

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Re: My thoughts on this ...

Yep, mate for me wins over XFCE but not by much.

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Re: My thoughts on this ...What is it about file managers that developers find so difficult?

Creeping Featurism.

I run some sshfs mounted files on a very remote server.

File managers take minutes to display directories that 'ls' displays instantly.

Why? because they must needs download loads of information - even construct thumbnails - that is totally unneeded.

Why? Because people they think like to see thumbnail images rather than renaming files to something human comprehensible.

When all you have is a GUI everything looks like a clickable icon.

"My little pony Sep 2016.JPG" versus "DSG_0901893257.JPG"

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Re: My thoughts on this ...

Once upon a time, a friend of mine who built minicomputers met someone...

"I would like to Computerise My Company Stock Control'

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He went along, spent a day studying what they did and then said 'OK'

'OK what?' '

'For what you do, the cost of implementation and staff training to use a database to replace the cardfiles is not worth the benefit, which would be precisely zero'.

(Stock control was a card for every item, with a number at the top - the part number and another number, which was how many items were left in stock, which you crossed out and reduced when items went out of stick to the shop floor or to customers.. When new stock came in, you made out a fresh card, added the number in the bin to the number in the shipment, and that was how you did stock control. I think it cost about £100 to set up, and staff training consisted in working with the storeman a day till you got the hang of sharpening the pencils, and subtracting one from any number.).

:-)

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'Nobody's got to use the internet,' argues idiot congressman in row over ISP privacy rules

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if i didnt use the internet

I would never have known what this guy said or looked like.

Maybe he has a point.

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ZX Spectrum reboot project's Great Ormond Street charity cash questions

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If you want to revive an authentic Sinclair product

You have to copy Sir Clive's business model as well.

This sort of behaviour is only to be expected.

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Back to the future: Honda's new electric car can go an incredible 80 miles!

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Honda's new electric car can go an incredible 80 miles!

..and that's just on the back of the RAC recovery truck.

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Machine vs. machine battle has begun to de-fraud the internet of lies

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Re: Consider the source(s) of your beliefs about Syria and Assad

No one in their right minds would use poison gas in Syria except as a false flag operation.

Its tactically almost useless and strategically a disaster.

It has marginal use as a terrorist weapon.

who deployed it and what their purpose was depends on which tinfoil hat you choose.

The only thing that is near certain is that whatever ever we are being told is not the truth.

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Re: Who could possibly design a good fake news algorithm?

Define good, by some objective standard.

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FAIL

More cat belling....

In order to discriminate or to build software that discriminates, one has to make a value judgement.

The question then arises...Whose values?

Net nannies set up by governments with agendas?

No thanks.

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