* Posts by Pompous Git

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Orland-whoa! Chap cops to masterminding $100m Microsoft piracy racket

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Re: Go big, or go home.

"It's not just the big companies who suffer from piracy."
Then there are the purchasers of this pirated software. Presumably this makes them pirates, too. "Honest Gov, I didn't realise that PK for two PCs of Office Pro 2010 for $AU24.99 wasn't legit!"

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DRM now a formal Web recommendation after protest vote fails

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"I think you'll find it was the British that invented Concentration Camps during the Boer War."
Norfolk Island and Macquarie harbour were British concentration camps founded in 1788 and 1822 respectively. The Boer War started in 1899.

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Re: FFS

It's The End of an Ear

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Fancy that! Craft which float over everything on a cushion of air

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Re: First hovercraft I saw...

AC wrote: "1959, I'm pretty sure. I was there, too."

I didn't even recognise you :-)

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Re: A word can be patented ?

"Definition of patented::originated by or peculiar to one person or group :individualized"
In the OED it is restricted somewhat:

"A licence to manufacture, sell, or deal in an article or commodity, to the exclusion of other persons; in modern times, a grant from a government to a person or persons conferring for a certain definite time the exclusive privilege of making, using, or selling some new invention."

There's also a special case for land in the USA. It's hard to see how a word can be an article, commodity or land.

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Re: A word can be patented ?

"Yew shure ?"
" For some years from 1961 registered as a proprietary term but now in the public domain." So no, a registered trademark, not a patent. C. S. Cockerell wrote in Hovering Craft & Hydrofoil that he and his wife tried to find a name and settled for the not altogether appropriate word ‘Hovercraft’. Up until then they were called sea-saucers.

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First hovercraft I saw...

... was a one man machine at Farnborough air show ca. 1960. I was suitably impressed. I spent a lot of time in my pre-adolescent years drawing pictures of aircraft. Mostly blowing the crap out of German aircraft.

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Boffin wins (Ig) Nobel prize asking if cats can be liquid

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Re: What I want to know...

"Depussy"
Presumably one of his piano pieces for four hands, the Gollywogs Cakewalk being racist filth these days.

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Re: Cats are neither a solid nor a liquid.

"Gambling is for people who can't do math(s)."
Try telling David Walsh that.

"Walsh made his fortune by developing a gambling system used to bet on horse racing and other sports.

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In July 2012, Walsh was involved in a dispute with the Australian Tax Office, which demanded he pay $37 million from the profits of his gambling system. The dispute was "entirely resolved" in October 2012."

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Re: Internal Loudspeakers

"Wrong. They are tired of men staring at OTHER WOMEN's wobbly bits in addition to not listening to them."
Don't be silly. Of course we listen to women's wobbly bits. It's just that we don't know what to say to them, so we stare instead.

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Facebook let advertisers target 'Jew-haters'

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Re: How about some balance?

But shirley only white folks are racist. Them with a very deep suntan are exempt because they are a "minority".

NB There are 1.9~2.0 billion whitish people around the world. Considerably fewer if you apply the US One drop rule.

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Re: I had problems with Google

"When searching for Jew sons."

Little Jewson and Kinky Friedman - They Aint Makin' Jews Like Jesus Anymore

Hope that helps...

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Boffins: 68 exoplanets in prime locations to SPY on humanity on Earth

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Re: Deep Time

"And how does that differ from the summary in my post? Nobody who knows anything about the subject would expect evolution to be invariably gradual."

I pointed out that there was no change for 800,000 years in response to your post where you claimed: "human tool making evolved very slowly for a very long time (in our terms)". No change =! gradual change.

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Re: Alien SETI project

"Good that we don't need to worry about our radio signals."
Can't say they ever worried me. I was rather delighted by the idea that the harbingers of humanity were the Cisco Kid, the Lone Ranger, Lucille Ball, Dr Who even. To discover that's not so is a bit disappointing... Poor aliens will never know what they've missed out on.

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Re: @Voyna

"Most people prefer to ignore all this but only a few hundreds of years ago the most brilliant scientists at that time were also considered to be heretics by rulers at that time."
Instead of parroting 19th Century fiction, why don't you read some actual history? It's not only more accurate, it's also a lot more interesting.

James Hannam: God's Philosophers: How the Medieval World Laid the Foundations of Modern Science

Phil Dowe: Galileo, Darwin, and Hawking: The Interplay of Science, Reason, and Religion

Edward Grant: The Foundations of Modern Science in the Middle Ages: Their Religious, Institutional and Intellectual Contexts

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Sci-Fi titan Jerry Pournelle passes,
aged 84

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"Nazis weren't Socialists by any stretch of the imagination."
Nobody seems to have read the essay I linked to so...

In socialist regimes production is controlled by the government. That is the government of Russia prior to the end of the Cold War, China, North Korea etc, all determine wages, prices and quotas for manufactured goods. This was true of the Third Reich also. While the factories were privately owned in wartime Germany, the "owners" were not allowed to exercise any of the rights of ownership. It's true they derived an income, but this should be seen as a government pension rather than a reward for decision-making.

There are of course two factions that want us to see National Socialism and Communism as poles apart: Nazis and Marxists.

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"1) Can't speak for the others you refer to, but how is replying to your post, which had nothing to do with a person dieing, it was a single sentence which was presenting a false equivalency (that because it had socialist in its name it was socialist), rude and obnoxious?"
The "false equivalency" I presented was a direct quote from the OED. Presumably you believe that you know better.

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Re: Pass? Why not die?

"Not sure of Jerrys religious beliefs, but as a non-believer I always cringe at "pass" since it implies pass over to something else, ie an afterlife of some sort."
Jerry was a Roman Catholic and frequently quoted from the liturgy in Latin. Euphemism in avoiding offence tends more to do the opposite.

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Re: Science provides facts, you decide.

"The IPCC is tens of thousands of scientists, not politicians."
This is manifestly untrue. IPCC chairman Rajendra Pachauri claims 2,500. Dr Mike Hulme: "Claims such as '2,500 of the world's leading scientists have reached a consensus that human activities are having a significant influence on the climate' are disingenuous ... The actual number of scientists who backed that claim was only a few dozen."

"it is no longer rational to dispute the greenhouse effect (as any gardener would tell you) or that it is the direct and indirect consequences of human activity that is the overwhelming contributor to the accumulation of CO2 and CH4 in the atmosphere."
You conflate two very different processes here. The greenhouse in the garden works by inhibiting convection. "Carbon pollution" does not inhibit convection.

"When Jerry Pournelle wrote about it, the science was less clear cut."
Warmists regularly invoke Svante Arrhenius' (19 February 1859 – 2 October 1927) and his erroneous explanation of how greenhouses work in support of their case. I make no doubt that none of them have ever read what Arrhenius wrote:

"We often hear lamentations that the coal stored up in the earth is wasted by the present generation without any thought of the future, and we are terrified by the awful destruction of life and property which has followed the volcanic eruptions of our days. We may find a kind of consolation in the consideration that here, as in every other case, there is good mixed with the evil. By the influence of the increasing percentage of carbonic acid in the atmosphere, we may hope to enjoy ages with more equable and better climates, especially as regards the colder regions of the earth, ages when the earth will bring forth much more abundant crops than at present, for the benefit of rapidly propagating mankind."
[Emphasis mine]

Worlds in the making: the evolution of the universe 1908, p63.

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"That wasn't directed at you Pompous Git. I was responding to Peter...."
In that case please accept my apologies. I'm afraid there was something resembling a moat in my eye this evening...

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Re: IT angle

"Your thesis is entirely wrong.

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For the record, the term was "microcomputer," to denote a computer smaller and less powerful than a minicomputer or a mainframe, suitable for use by a single person. The term "personal computer" quickly (and long before 1980) became more or less synonymous."

You appear to contradict yourself.

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"But Nazis weren't Socialists by any stretch of the imagination.

Oh, and while I'm at it, Socialist isn't a dirty word..."

Ludwig von Mises disagreed with your first assertion. I agree with the second assertion; I grew up in a socialist household.

Why Nazism Was Socialism and Why Socialism Is Totalitarian

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Re: Jerry will be sorely missed

"Western profligacy, that the USSR couldn't match, won the 'war'. SO it's just as valid to say The Beatles won the war, or Levi's Jeans won the war."
If you can't tell the difference between nuclear-powered X-ray lasers and a pop group, I guess the following might reinforce your beliefs.

"Let It Be" - Soviet Version

I have no idea whether министерство обороны российской федерации financed this, or not. Enjoy...

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Re: IT angle

"I'll assume that's not willful misunderstanding."
Australian Personal Computer magazine was first published in May 1980. It's my understanding that IBM released their PC on 12 August 1981. It's also my understanding that PCs had been around for some time prior to Australian Personal Computer magazine's debut.

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@ eldakka, uncle slacky and others

Are you always like this when someone dies? Rude, obnoxious and totally lacking in either knowledge or couth. Frankly I wouldn't piss on you if you were on fire.

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Re: IT angle

Dunno jake. The first PC/computer I had anything to do with was a friend's Exidy Sorceror ca. 1978. I was a latecomer and didn't purchase a computer until ca. 1985. A Tandy 200!

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Re: IT angle

"Actually, no, he did not. He started on an S-100 Bus system, running CP/M"
So was that a mini or a mainframe? If it wasn't a personal computer, it must have been one or the other.

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"Nazi <> socialist"
Nazi = National Socialist Workers' Party

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Re: Jerry will be sorely missed

"SDI was a catastrophic and expensive failure, not one of the projects succeeded."
Jerry's thesis was that US investment in SDI led to USSR investment in retaliation. The US economy could withstand the economic impact, that of the USSR could not and consequently led to its collapse.

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Re: RIP Jerry.

"Jerry was griping about a couple cheap made in Taiwan Ethernet cards that someone had shipped him having the same exact MAC address ... I checked mine, and you guessed it."
Not just cheap Taiwanese cards with that problem. Friend had a carton of mainstream USA-manufactured Ethernet cards with the exact same problem.

As Jerry always said: "We do these silly things so you don't have to".

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"A pity you can't skip the politics and climate change issue and just mourn the loss of one of the iconic Science Fiction writers of the time."
I would if I could, but there are some who seem unable to suppress the urge to bad-mouth my late friend.

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Re: IT angle

"However, Len Deighton wrote 'Bomber' on an IBM in 1968."

Jerry started writing on a PC with Electric Pencil. There was no IBM PC in 1968.

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"Not to mince words, he was a Nazi asshole."
I usually find that when people use words such as you do here, they are referring to themselves. I strongly disagreed with Jerry politically, but he was not Nazi (a socialist? FFS!), he was a paelo-libertarian.

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"You just don't, though - that's the problem!"
And your evidence is?

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"Making up your own mind.

Because that's how science works folks!"

Some of us have a distinct antipathy to Lysenkoism.

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"It's a shame his understanding of climate change was so clueless."
Unlike you, Jerry investigated and made his own mind up rather than believing what the politicians tell us.

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Jerry will be sorely missed

Jerry was not only a great author, but he was one of the first bloggers though he hated the term and preferred the term DayNotes. Thus he was the first among the DayNotes Gang. As well despite our political differences, Jerry alerted me to the two dimensional nature of political thought: not just left/right, but also the orthogonal authoritarian/libertarian axis.

"Requiem æternam dona ei, Domine

Et lux perpetua luceat ei:

Requiescat in pace."

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US government sued by 11 pissed-off travellers over computer searches

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Re: Hang on a moment

"if you dont want to express said pov, just give something for ppl to figure it out."
Throatwarbler Mangrove can't possibly give out what's required: brains/intellect/comprehension!

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Re: these exploits are worthless

"how about ¨People of African ancestry¨ or simply African Americans"
Every living human on Earth is of African ancestry. Only a minority are American. Thank goodness!

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Re: Anything they can do..

"I'll see your Peter & Gordon and raise you :"

Back at ya! :-)

Polly In A Porny

Edit: missed your reference below....

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Re: Anything they can do..

"staffed by topless young ladies in Coventry."
It's in the nature of the place...

Lady Godiva - Peter & Gordon

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Re: I am sure the plod had to probe deeply into this...

"all you're left with afterwards is a greasy box to put your bones in."
I think you misspelt boner.

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Re: miaow

"Is Grab-N-Go a Trump franchise?"
More likely a Rump franchise.

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The new, new Psion is getting near production. Here's what it looks like

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Re: Put a small screen and a numeric keypad on the front...

"You're not supposed to sing to it."
Egads man! I do hope you're not going to suggest he play his bagpipes at it!

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"Reminds me of the Olivetti Quaderno from circa 1993, which was a fine form factor but embuggered with NECs take on the 8086 processor in an era when the 386 was well established."
I still have mine and the manual says March 1992. I thought the cpu was a 286, but looking it was a V30HL running at 16 MHz. I thought it an excellent replacement for my Tandy 200 when I purchased it. Twenty meg of hard disk!

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User demanded PC be moved to move to a sunny desk – because it needed Windows

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Re: Ah, so _that's_ what a courgette is

"Elsewhere, you'll no doubt have spotted a reference to an "Aubergine". That's the French word that the Brits use instead of the English word "Eggplant"."

The original word is aubergine and as jake says, French. It was a variant of alberge which is a variety of peach. All aubergines used to be purple, but plant breeders being the breeders they are, bred a white variant. This latter was called an egg-plant to distinguish it from the purple aubergine.

"Hopefully these fine examples of the ongoing mutation of the English Language are clear as mud, and have enhanced your reading pleasure." © jake™

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Re: As any good medical professional will tell you

"I managed to set her straight without getting HR involved, but I'll be damned if I can remember how!"
Surely by pointing out that she had made you straight ;-)

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A big ask for any nerd, but going outside (your usual data sets) can be good for you

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""Ask" is a verb."
Also a noun: "1886 ‘Cavendish’ Whist 127 When your three comes down in the next round, it is not an ask for trumps."

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F-35 firmware patches to be rolled out 'like iPhone updates'

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Re: Same old.

"I recommend Col. James G Burton's book The Pentagon Wars as an insight into how things are arranged and managed in the procurement of weapons at the Pentagon."
I usually recommend Fred Reed's Au Phuc Dup and Nowhere to Go: The Only Really True Book About Viet Nam as a primer on US military management.

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Re: About our spiffy new aircraft carrier....

"Once again "keeping us safe" seems like an expensive lie. What am I missing?"
That it's one less weapon the government can deploy against its own citizens.

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