* Posts by CRConrad

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Scumbag who phoned in a Call of Duty 'swatting' that ended in death pleads guilty to dozens of criminal charges

CRConrad

No it isn't.

The median value of number of arms a person has is most probably NOT less than two, but exactly two.

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CRConrad

Sure, that is an exaggeration.

Seems US police forces are only trained to fire first if the suspect is black. For white people they often do try to defuse first.

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Microsoft claims Office 364 back to business as usual. Oh no it isn't, say suffering sysadmins

CRConrad

Which corrections?

Headline still says 364.

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Boss regrets pointing finger at chilled out techie who finished upgrade early

CRConrad

And a principle.

Also, the principal was apparently rather small.

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Mything the point: The AI renaissance is simply expensive hardware and PR thrown at an old idea

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Captain Cyborg

Those articles — far more than two, AFAICR — about prof. Reading from Warwick University (or was it prof Warwick from Reading University?) certainly lead to a lot of readers being thoroughly entertained, which is no bad thing.

And what this article leads to is, hopefully, that just as many readers will realise that the current state of the art in “AI” is at about the same level of “cyborg” that he represented. How is that not a good thing?

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The Register translates VMware's VMworld Europe 2018 news into plain English – our free guide for every reader

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Re: you missed the REALLY important bit

Blockchain? Where? I went back amd scoured the bolded blockquotes, couldn't find it anywhere. Not even in the pic.

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CRConrad

Re: One more.

Actually, vSphere was mentioned, once: in the picture.

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SQLite creator crucified after code of conduct warns devs to love God, and not kill, commit adultery, steal, curse...

CRConrad

Bury the dead

MacroRodent wrote: “...so he exhorted monks to take care of stray bodies in the gutter.”

Possibly that, too, but I'd guess primarily to take care of stray _souls_ in the gutter:

I think Benedict — a monk, writing for monks — may have meant that mostly for the (implicit) “bury the dead _with the proper rituals”._ Like, give even a poor bastard who died alone, or without anyone who could afford to give him a nice burial, the required sending-off with prayers etc so as to give him the best possible shot at getting to the place upstairs instead of the one downstairs. For churchy folk — at least for folks as churchy as Benedict and the monks he wrote for, and especially at that time — that is the main part of a burial, I think, far ahead of any hygiene concerns like cleaning up the gutters. So, basically AFAICS an exhortation to do a last — but very important — charitable act for the least among us. Quite sympathetic, better than I'd have expected.

(All this just a WAG, haven't studied this at all, but feels like it stands to reason.)

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CRConrad

Re: It separates the men from the posers.

ITYM “it separates the men from the Posixers.”

There, FTFY.

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You love Systemd – you just don't know it yet, wink Red Hat bods

CRConrad

No it isn't.

onefang wrote:

“So is this the GNU SNU Linux then?”
No. That's precisely the point; it's “SNU”, not “GNU”.

GNU means “GNU’s Not Unix”, but that's only in name — it's not called Unix, but it's Unix-like. (So in practice it pretty much is Unix after all.)

SNU, for “SNU’s Not Unix-like” (or was it “Systemd’s Not Unix-like”?), is, well, not Unix-like, so not GNU.

The SNU acronym is in stead of the GNU one, not in addition to it.

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A decade on, Apple and Google's 30% app store cut looks pretty cheesy

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Holmes

Drooling retards

A " Loyal Commenter" writes:

Do you also consider those who listen to music to be gibbering loons?
No, not gibbering loons — mindless drones. Worse, people who are doing their best to make themselves mindless drones.

Come now, have you really not realised that people who walk around with earplugs in all day, constantly drizzling their brains in muzak, are doing that so as not to have to listen to their own thoughts (or lack thereof)?

Those who watch TV knuckle-dragging cro-magnons?
Depends. Is that something, say, narrated by Simon Schama they're watching? Or "Reality" TV...?

Maybe those who go to the cinema are slavering zombies?
No, just sheep eager to be shorn.

Or perhaps, your arrogant disdain for the ways in which others choose to entertain themselves in their own time just frames you as a small-minded idiot.
Perhaps. Or perhaps not.

FWIW, the global games market is worth well over $100bn annually, compared to the movie industry, worth somewhere shy of £40bn p/a.
"argumentum ad lots of money"?

That's a lot of "drooling retards", isn't it?
Yes, indeed, that's a lot.

Why, you thought "argumentum ad lots of people" is any better than "argumentum ad lots of money"? It isn't. Sturgeon's law, you know.

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CRConrad

Potential loophole?

They "aren't selling Fortnite for iOS" anywhere else...

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CRConrad
Joke

"Big established company to be trustworthy ... Oracle?"

Muahahahahahahahahaaah!

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CRConrad

So toilet paper would cost more than caviar?

No, it would just have a higher margin for the retailer. Low price-in + 6 cheap units of margin still equals a low price-out, whereas astronomical price-in + 1 cheap unit of margin still equals an astronomical price-out.

Yeah, still feels weird, but it wouldn't be as absurd as your example.

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CRConrad

People being ready to pay that price?

People "being ready" to pay that price in a captive market, you mean...?

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Ah, um, let's see. Yup... Fortnite CEO is still mad at Google for revealing security hole early

CRConrad

Yeah, I think you dont get the point.

How do "we know they are happy to take the 30% hit via apple store"?

Maybe they just avoid it only on Android because they can't (at least easily) avoid it on iOS.

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Google Cloud CEO admits: Yeah, we wanted GitHub too. Whatevs

CRConrad

"What if you don't want to use VS?"

Delphi Community Edition

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CRConrad

"Dating site for old codgers"

Codgerettes. To "git a hubby".

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Microsoft commits: We're buying GitHub for $7.5 beeeeeeellion

CRConrad

Re: "The Adderall Diaries"

I can't see the relation between "The Adderall Diaries" and your conspiracy theory. Can you enlighten us?
From en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Adderall_Diaries_(film):
The Adderall Diaries is a 2015 American crime thriller film written and directed by Pamela Romanowsky, based on a "true-crime memoir" book of the same name by Stephen Elliott. The underlying true crime is the Hans Reiser murder case.
Does that help?

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Donald Trump jumps on anti-tech bandwagon, gets everything wrong

CRConrad

Six thousand words...

...of pro-gun-ownership ranting, not a word about any of the other umpteen issues.

Q.E.D: Right-wing nutjob.

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Linux Foundation backs new ‘ACRN’ hypervisor for embedded and IoT

CRConrad

ACRN pronounced "acorn".

No, not in general language perhaps. But when you coin an acronym which gets used as a name for your product, you get to decide how it's pronounced _in that sense._

(Fortunately there seems to be some doubt about the intended pronunciation of 'SQL': I can't abide "sequel" here, sticking with "ess-cue-ell".)

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What the @#$%&!? Microsoft bans nudity, swearing in Skype, emails, Office 365 docs

CRConrad

Re: Linux Torvalds

The one who wanted to grow up to become an Elisa base station?

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CRConrad

Re: Linux Torvalds

Ihan vitun saatanan perkele, kyllä.

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The Psion returns! Meet Gemini, the 21st century pocket computer

CRConrad

Camera thickness

They should have not a "rear" but a side-facing camera. Hey presto, several inches-long objective built-in possible.

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So, what's happening with LOHAN? Sweet FAA, that's what

CRConrad

Ah, Copenhagen Sub-Orbitals

The leader of which has since acquired quite a different kind of fame.

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A Hughes failure: Flat Earther rocketeer can't get it up yet again

CRConrad
Unhappy

Re: El Reg camera on a spaceplane

Seems that effort never quite (sorry:) got off the ground:

http://www.theregister.co.uk/Tag/lohan

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/10/02/lohan_faa/

I'm guessing mainly because the driving force behind it, Lester Haines, checked out permanently a little over a year ago: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/12/27/the_life_and_times_of_lester_haines/

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Google kicks itself out of its own cache when serving AMP pages

CRConrad

AMP has been fucking up my links for months now.

I click on a link in a certain Android app, and more often than not I get "...google.com ... 400 Page not found".

The irony is that the app is Google's own Google Plus.

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PC not dead, Apple single-handedly propping up mobe market, says Gartner

CRConrad

The problem isn't that it's too wide...

...for its height, it's that it's too low for its width.

But you knew that, so go stand in the corner and be ashamed of yourself.

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Nokia trademark filing reveals name of upcoming drone brand

CRConrad

Perhaps it's a portmanteau of "Ovi" and "Omni".

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Shock! Hackers for medieval caliphate are terrible coders

CRConrad

Re: Hormones?

Conscription used to be such a rite of passage; "a year in the Army will make men out of boys!"

Also had the advantages of throwing young people of different socioeconomic strata in with each other, and creating an army of the people in stead of only military professionals, with its concomitant danger of clumping only gung-ho types together to develop into a right-wing society within the larger society. Oh, and giving kids a year off from school, which is developing into an unbroken slog of decades from kindergarten to university, to let them figure out what they want to become.

Humongous benefits which seem to have been left out of the calculus of countries (yes, western Europe, I'm looking at you) which have abolished conscription in the last few decades.

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How does Apple chief Tim Cook's package look now? Like $89m

CRConrad

I don't think that word means what you think it means.

"A company is a team effort - the clue is the word 'company'."

I think that usage of "company" refers to the company of owners of the enterprise, not their employees.

(Sure, Cook is both, but as I understood it he got his shares from working there, not the other way around.)

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AMD Ryzen beats Intel Core i7 as a heater (that's also a server)

CRConrad

The headline seems to be getting it exactly the wrong way around.

The reg is quoting the Frencies as saying "Ryzen Pro is producing the same heat as the equivalent Intel CPUs we were using while providing twice as many cores."

Same heat = equal as a heater; provides twice the cores = beats it as a server. The headline should be "AMD Ryzen beats Intel Core i7 as a server (that's also a heater)".

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

CRConrad

Re: The ultimate irony

Colour and shape I give you, yes -- but "doesn't stand out at all"?

If you're talking about the speech bubble icon next to the number of comments, "stand out" is literally exactly what it does, thanks to that big fat drop shadow.

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CRConrad

Re: "Only 11 downvotes? You can do better than that!"

Yup, a lot better: Now you're at eleven for this one; 37 for the original.

And, at the time of this writing, not a single up-vote on either.

Shouldn't that tell you something?

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CRConrad

Re: "Cogs. Yup, those too"

"Doctor Syntax" writes:<blockquote>What does a cog say to the rest of us? This is a moving part.</blockquote>Yeah, well, exactly: It's something you can move, to make things happen.

One of the less-badly chosen metaphors in modern UIs, IMO.

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CRConrad

Re: A serious question.

What "The Mole" said...

Or, in other words, lacking clues as to what is content (text), what is interactive interface (buttons, toolbars, etc), and what is informative interface (window or group-box titles, etc).

In old MS Windows, menus were distinguished by being in a separate colour and place in a row along the top; toolbars and buttons looked 3-D by lighting and shading; grouped elements could have a line around them with a group name as an interruption of the line itself, and windows had a clearly distinguishable title; the rest was actual content you worked on, and was usually "flat-looking" -- like, say, text in MS Word or Notepad.

From about Windows 8, the 3-D effects were apparently declared old and un-hip, so now everything looks the same: It has become much harder to find what just tells you something, what does something, and what you can edit.

As an example, my wife uses Windows 10 with the new Web browser, Edge. When she wants to show me something or, worse, wants my help with something, I usually can't see where the browser ends and the Web page begins. I have to find my way around by trial and error, clicking on stuff to see if anything happens.

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Google to kill its Drive file locker in two confusing ways

CRConrad
Childcatcher

What's to "hate"?!?

If you just do nothing(*), then a specify-folders system with only one single folder specified must work exactly like a single-folder system, mustn't it?

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(*) Nothing, besides possibly re-specifying your single sync folder in the new app.

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Holmes

What's so complicated?

"Blotto" complains:There will be no simple folder you dump stuff in, now you tell it which folders to sync which I guess are then viewable in the cloud, no idea how or if it copies that data to your other machine, how will it cope...What is it that you don't get, and how can you not get it?

If you're upset that you'll have to specify which directories to back up and want to keep the simplicity of a "simple folder you dump stuff in"... What's to stop you from not specifying any other folders, and keep dumping stuff in that single one?

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CRConrad

Have I missed something?

Since when is Google+ a chat app?

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Facepalm

Re: I dont get it....

What's so complicated?

If they change from syncing just one folder to any folder you nominate, and that's too complex for you... Isn't the obvious soution to just not nominate any other folders, and go on using it as you always have, with that single old folder the only one to be synced? It doesn't MAKE you set up any other folder, does it?

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Sub plot subplot thickens: Madsen claims hatch fumble killed Swede journo Kim Wall

CRConrad

Re: how do you say

"Skitsnack".

HTH!

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Blighty will have a whopping 24 F-35B jets by 2023 – MoD minister

CRConrad

Firefox doesn't need to be No 1 – and that's OK, 'cos it's falling off a cliff

CRConrad

Re: "for a start where is the search box?"

WatAWorld wrote: "In the URL box. Just overtype the URL. Or open a new tab and type in your search."

Yeah, just like on Firefox. The original poster must live even more in the past than I do; why have another text box up there when a single one has done both jobs for I don't know how many years now?

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CRConrad

Firefox number of tabs

Up until a few weeks (couple months?) ago, Firefox often crashed once you got close to a hundred tabs or so. Since then, they've changed something -- the multiprocess stuff that was in the news a while back, I think. Now it seems to me FF is able to handle more tabs than Chrome, which also crashed on a few hundred tabs last I "tested" (well, left a lot of tabs hanging around).

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Childcatcher

Re: "Try the 'F5' key..."

"Try browsing with mainly one hand on the mouse, and the other hand far away from the keyboard."

But he was talking "blah blah developer blah blah", not pornhub-dot-com.

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CRConrad
Facepalm

"Just tried it again. You can drag/drop all the other buttons but not the reload button."

Perhaps not the one inside the address box. But the other one, yes you can. Waitasec... Yes, you can; I just did. Well, added one, since I didn't have it on the toolbar, knowing what the keyboard is for. Gimmasec again... Yup, you can move it too; just moved it from the right to the left of the back / forward arrows.

You can't put the reload (or any) button _between_ the arrow ones, it seems; they're linked, move as a unit. (Dunno how long they've done that; been aeons since I last customised the toolbar.) But next to them on either side, no problem.

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Holmes

Honestly, "as a developer" -- huh?

You claim to be a developer, and have a problem with "the reload button is an annoying distance away from the navigation buttons causing instant and constant extra mousing around"?

So if you couldn't be arsed to customise your toolbar by dragging the navigation buttons to the right of the URL textbox (with its own reload button on the right end), then why didn't you just add a dedicated reload button next to wherever you keep the arrow ones?

Or maybe get a keyboard with function keys and try F5...?

Sorry, but I'm having trouble swallowing your "developer" credentials.

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Take a sneak peek at Google's Android replacement, Fuchsia

CRConrad
Happy

Which syllable has the emphasis?

The dame, although it ought logically to be the cad.

See, language is a gentleman after all!

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CRConrad

Re: A wonderful name

Actually, in "Fuchs", the ch is pronounced 'k' in German; not the "ch" sound of /ach/durch/loch at all.

So to spell the German pronounciation in English, "Fuchsia" is pronounced "fooxia", with the same (paradoxically, short) "oo" sound as in "book".

(Und ich bin in Deutschland geboren; Deutsch ist meine Muttersprache.)

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