* Posts by GrumpenKraut

1225 posts • joined 9 Sep 2014


Happy new year, readers. Yes, we have threaded comments, an image-lite mode, and more...

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Re: How long...

> ...has this been goin' on?

Yes, harmonically.

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Re: How long...

Could be that the added widths go in a geometric progression (and the total therefore converges)?

[edit: Oh, already answered: "harmonic" is the word]

Anyway, beer o'clock where I am.

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Re: Width

Thready McThreadFace!

Florida man stumbles on biggest prime number after working plucky i5 CPU for 12 days straight

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Re: "when written out in full"

OK, pendant fail on my side.

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Re: "when written out in full"

> 82,589,933 is not the prime number, ...

Actually, it is a prime number. Exponents of Mersenne primes need to be prime.

Apologies for being a bit of a Klugscheisser. ----->

Techie basks in praise for restoring workforce email (by stopping his scripting sh!tshow)

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Re: I learnt to test my WHERE clauses on a DELETE with a SELECT first @GrumpenKraut

> But then, many people think I'm far too old to make relevant comment about modern computing.

Welcome to the club...

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Re: I learnt to test my WHERE clauses on a DELETE with a SELECT first

> find <dir> -name -print | xargs rm

You surely meant

find <dir> -name -print0 | xargs -0 rm


Uncool: Google won't be setting up shop in disused Berlin electrical substation

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Re: Berlin is an odd place...

> ...avoid national service...

True. You just needed to move to Berlin. Nasty surprise for many who did that when the wall fell: a letter with a "friendly invitation" to start army service... to people in their end twenties.

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Can't get pranked by your team if nobody in the world can log on

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take-a-screenshot-of-the-desktop, reverse-that-image, make-the-image-the-wallpaper-turn-off-icons, reverse-monitor.

Sit back, watch victim spiral into insanity.

Cops called after pair enter Canadian home and give it a good clean

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Re: anti-crime

> Find those unpatched plastic routers with known vulnerabilities on the internet, gain access and update the damn firmware.

Colleague of mine sort of did that: broke into servers of his internet provider and patched a (nasty) kernel bug in all of them. Things went to court. Judge: "So, are you root-at-provider-dot-com?". Sadly he got more than just a slap on the wrist.

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Raspberry Pi fans up in arms as Mathematica disappears from Raspbian downloads

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Re: On the other hand...

Hint: Sage exists. Free (as in FOSS) and very impressive indeed!

On the seventh anniversary of Steve Jobs' death, we give you 7 times he served humanity and acted as an example to others

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> No mention of the way he treated his daughter?

Try some "Extreme Article Reading"[TM]:

..., Steve bravely decided not to burden his daughter Lisa with an actual father. ...

Haven't updated your Adobe PDF software lately? Here's 85 new reasons to do it now

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Stopped using acro%^$7 when I found...

that it searched the whole bloody file-system. A stale NFS mount stalled it, that's how I noticed.

mupdf needs to be mentioned here, the fastest pdf reader I have met so far: with simple pdfs it can render at a rate of 100 per second on a decent machine. pdf-movies are possible and totally fun.

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Windows 10 passes 700 million, Office Mobile in a coma and Intune, er, cracks time travel

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> https://github.com/zeffy/wufuc

Do I understand correctly that the Windows Update checks for the CPU and, if a newer one is detected, just PRETENDS that things won't work?

That would totally not be the underhanded shit we know from this fine company, honest.

Why are sat-nav walking directions always so hopeless?

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Re: Tea with milk

> ...horrid strange-tasting UHT muck.

And low fat, just to make sure every little detail is perfectly horrible.

Android Phones are 10: For once, Google won fair and square

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Re: Define "win"

> You have to provide a counter argument. The fact is that Linux IS built for speed not security.

No, I don't have to provide a counter argument to your unsubstantiated (and frankly silly) claim.

Linux may well not be part of the "security first and foremost" camp of OSes, its track record regarding security is not bad. Considering the wide deployment, it's actually quite good.

By the way, "works" (not "speed" as you suggest) is Linus' main goal for all I can see.

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Re: Define "win"

> http://ianjoyner.name/Open_Source.html

"The Failure of Open Source

Open-source software is supposed to promote the idealistic notion that software should be freely available and cheap for all. It is actually achieving the opposite effect. Here is why. [...]"

"While Google might have developed Android (???is it open source???), Android is mainly based on Linux (more warm, fuzzy open source sentiments) – a system developed for speed, not security. "

BS of the highest order.

Facebook sued for exposing content moderators to Facebook

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Re: You can find right wingers saying the same thing

Left vs. right:

In capitalism people exploit people, in communism it's the other way around.

The one with the very old joke book in the pocket ------>

How an over-zealous yank took down the trading floor of a US bank

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Re: Unplugging the keyboard = kernel panic ?

> ... Gate A20, I assume it is still there in current CPUs and chipsets!

Nope, Wikipedia says: "Intel no longer supports the A20 gate, starting with Haswell." (in 2013).

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Re: Unplugging the keyboard = kernel panic ?

> .. .a mouse-driven GUI ...

And still, for a menu item "Set XRLZP" with selectable settings nup/zup/gargl the help text reads "XRLZP settings". Correct?

BIOS programs ------->

I want to buy a coffee with an app – how hard can it be?

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Re: Soda jerks

> ... carefully study all the drink choices before ...

...sometimes having a conversation with themselves about the pro's and con's of each item.

I hope there is a special place in hell for those folks. -------->

Tech to solve post-Brexit customs woes doesn't exist yet, peers say

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Re: This is an Event Horizon

> Once past it there is no way back... Ever.

I suspect that several years after this clusterfuck the UK will re-join.

This from a German, possibly being the most unpopular post ever, down-votes away! *sniffle*, *sob*

for (unsigned int i=0; i<100; ++i)

{ printf("I shall not comment on Brexit\n"); }

30-up: You know what? Those really weren't the days

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Re: How the frak did she do that ?

> Do you ever go on YouTube? If so, do you ever read any of the comments?

Once, years ago. I am still regretting it.

Holy macaroni! After months of number-crunching, behold the strongest material in the universe: Nuclear pasta

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Re: Sorry, what?

> ...what those "competing forces" actually are?

Electromagnetic force driving apart versus strong force binding. See also fundamental forces (there are four: gravitational, electromagnetic, strong, and weak).

The Reg chats with Voyager Imaging Team member Dr Garry E Hunt

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Lovely article

Much appreciated, thanks! ------------->

Article 13 pits Big Tech and bots against European creatives

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> I'm a number, not a name.

Not quite: there is a letter 'I' in your handle.

I noticed because I tried to factor it. Don't ask...

By gum: Supermicro's Samsung storage ruler server uses secret SSD

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> Cost?

Hellacious, obviously!

Volkswagen faces fresh Dieselgate lawsuit in Germany – report

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Re: Tze Germans...

> VW had the misfortune to be caught first

Yes, and it took surprisingly long to test other brands of cars. That the scandal wouldn't be VW only was everybody's suspicion, right from the start. The German government is lenient towards all German car manufacturers, to nobody's surprise.

If buyers in the US get recompensated whilst German buyers don't, that would be seriously telling.

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Tze Germans...

It's bloody depressing: think VW should do some fixing for the cars sold? Nope, not happening (too expensive for poor VW). Financially compensate customers? You. Gotta. Be. Kidding.

What they did consider is financial aid for VW (and the likes).

What they did find out is that those owners need to pay more tax now.

Should you ever meet a German mocking another nation: point him to this.

The one with the Pickelhaube in the pocket --------->

Pluto is more alive than Mars, huff physicists who are still not over dwarf planet's demotion

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Re: Active geology

Stuff I learned in El Reg's comment section: Cruithne. Thanks!

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This comment section needs a shovel.

Because we need a proper debate whether Pluto is a planet.

Official: Google Chrome 69 kills off the World Wide Web (in URLs)

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JFYI: in firefox, set media.autoplay.enabled to false. So far, I have not encountered any auto-playing video after making this setting.

The icon has nothing to do with this post, apologies in advance.

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Re: Just like MS

> Because that's not caused any grief at all over the years, has it?

Come on! It is much more comforting to see trustme.pdf instead of that scary trustme.pdf.exe

P.S., for firefox, set browser.urlbar.trimURLs to false to stop it hiding the http:// prefix.

Go Pester someone else: TSB ditches CEO over bank's IT meltdown

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> ...putting it in a TSB account, locking you out of your accounts...

Cue angry phone call to support:


Oh yes, we do.

Fourth 'Fappening' celeb nude snap thief treated to 8 months in the clink

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Re: I'm not a particularly draconian 'eye for an eye' person...

> Congratulations. ...

LOL (after noticing your handle, double LOL).

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Re: Gymnophobia:

And your point is?

Don't let Google dox me on Lumen Database, nameless man begs

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Arguing with the judge how things should proceed...

How very clever. Angry judges, bad news for the angree.

Spillchucker says 'angree' is not a word, bah!

Give yourselves a pat on the back, top million websites, half of you now use HTTPS

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image: keyboard with...

...one key having a word on it related with the article's content.

Pretty please let that die!

£1 in every fiver that UK biz, public sector spent on software in 2017 went to *drumroll* Microsoft

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Re: Don't include me in that.

Just got the offer for a new Workstation from my employer (Uni, Germany): Either system with an intel CPU and Windows license or sweet FA (I kid you not).

Easily the 15th Windows license payed by either myself or employer that will never be used.

Use Debian? Want Intel's latest CPU patch? Small print sparks big problem

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Re: Groan...

> ...what the hell are you going to do with Intel processor microcode except use it to program an Intel processor?

I used it on my moped. Now it's super duper fast! Sadly, it also leaks.

Heads up: Fujitsu tips its hand to reveal exascale Arm supercomputer processor – the A64FX

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Re: Why no ARM servers?

> ... licensed per core...

Interesting. Though this should not matter for the majority of compute clusters used in research.

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Bloke hurls sueball over Google's 'is it off yet?' location data slurping

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Re: It would be nice to see who upvotes/downvotes.

> ...to see who upvotes/downvotes.

Not sure, as that may trigger down-vote wars. I am glad this does not happen here (right???).

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Re: Bots on el-reg

I have to admit that I sometimes up-vote so many comments in a row that it may seem strange to the observer. Whenever I find a comment informative or funny/original I give an up-vote. The comments under some articles like "Who, Me?" are often very entertaining to me, so five up-votes in a row are not really exceptional. Similarly under "Something for the weekend, Sir?".

I rarely down-vote, only for utter shite like conspiracy crap and pseudo science (as from Faux Science Slayer, who luckily has been slayed).

The one with the "Peace" sign on it. ----------->

SUSE and Microsoft give enterprise Linux an Azure tune-up

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Predictions of doom and gloom

Being not exactly a friend of Microsoft, I still cannot understand those predictions. It is just that SuSE offers a streamlined kernel, giving them an advantage over other distros. I fail to see how that is selling your soul to Microsoft.

Top Euro court: No, you can't steal images from other websites (too bad a school had to be sued to confirm this little fact)

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Re: A bit much...


> 1. Contact the infringing party direct and...

That may well have happened.

If not, the school should have gone all "mea culpa" after the first contact from the photographer (or his lawyer). Letting this go to court, especially with the only argument "things from the internet are public domain" is incredibly stupid.

Another thing: When you put something online it gets nicked all the time. People trying to make a living, say as a photographer, sometimes get enormously annoyed by that. So the photographer may have wanted to actually get things to court.

I am pretty certain it's not about the money. Ask anyone whether it's worth the time for a few hundred bucks.

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Re: What's new?

Here is why so many lecture notes/slides are not available to the public (German situation, may well apply to other countries):

You are allowed to use other content (think images and text fragments) to a greater degree than other types of publications. Therefore, however, you cannot make your stuff available to the general public (IF you are exercising the mentioned greater use of other content) . Unsurprisingly Unis lock access down by default.

Imagine Python fan fiction written in C, read with a Lisp: Code lingo Nim gets cash injection

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Re: Interesting but ugly


3 - https://github.com/nim-lang/Nim/wiki/Unofficial-FAQ#why-is-it-caseunderscore-insensitive

"Case insensitivity is widely considered to be more user friendly. This holds for file systems, ..."

Frankly, this is bollox. The rest of the arguments ranges from weak to silly as well.

The advice/opinions "why unsigned ints are bad" is misleaded at best.

I'll stop there. Not tempted.

UK.gov to tech industry: Hands up who can help cut teachers' admin

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"...the problems facing the UK's overworked, under-funded schools, .."

Hmm, this is a hard one. What could one possibly do about this? Sufficient funding?

Communist ideas!!!argh!madness!!!! ------------>

P.S.: similar problems exist in GrumpenLand, including but not limited to buildings in bad need of repair.

Greybeard greebos do runner from care home to attend world's largest heavy metal fest Wacken

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Update to the article

From an article by Deutsche Welle:

"The two men, who are actually 58- and 59-years-old, have mental health issues, ...". They (reportedly) consumed alcohol and where in a "helpless situation."

This pretty much invalidates all of the (widely spread) earlier reports.


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