* Posts by bombastic bob

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Microsoft's elderly .NET Framework shakes stick at whippersnapper Core while Visual Studio drops another preview

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VS/DS "Now it just gets in the way,"

Ack. 'Getting In the way' ever since the first release after VS '97

I liked VS '97, especially the dialog editor and class wizard integration. It was really easy to work with if you're a typist, ESPECIALLY if you want to leave BOTH hands on the keyboard, instead of having to lift one off of home row just to mousie-fiddle with some *STUPID* *[deadpool-worthy pejorativde]* *PROPERTY* 'SHIT'.

I *REALLY* *HATE* the VB-ness of DevStudio, nowadays... [worst of both worlds for a C/C++ developer]

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"On a different note, .NET Framework should definitely die. Too old gone HORRIBLY wrong."

Fixed it for ya. [being 'old' is NOT a reason for it to die].

And 'die' could be better expressed as: KILLED to DEATH by BURNING with FIRE, then DISSOLVING with SOLVENT. [that should 'solve' it, heh]

'.Not' and C-pound are 2 of Micro-shafts WORST decision in the last 2 decades!!! They should've just made C++ and MFC easier and tighter, and friendlier for STATIC LINKING. Well, THAT didn't really happen EITHER...

Day two – and Windows 10 October 2018 Update trips over Intel audio

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Re: rushed

" completely wrong"

your opinion has been noted, and rejected.

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Re: Dirty tactics with the settings reminders

Question: doesn't the data mining VIOLATE GDPR ???

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I think GWX is finally gone; however I'll keep a lookout anyway. Who knows it might be resurrected...

In windows 7 I can STILL say "pack sand, 'windows update'" and only manually install things I actually want to install.

that's why they shut that ability OFF in Win-10-nic - no more choice except THEIR choice.

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what users and businesses want from an OS

actually, I think Micro-shaft stopped CARING what users and businesses want a LONG time ago... (around the time Windows 'Ape' released).

7 was the last version that was made with users and businesses in mind. Everything else SINCE then has been "what Micro-shaft wants to cram up our asses". 7 deliberately became the version that addressed our concerns [not theirs]. Not all things that ended up in 7 were better than XP. But mostly, it was an evolutionary change, and better than Vista. For the most part, the users were 'sated'.

I've heard that the difference between a psychopath and a sociopath is that a psychopath does not know what he is doing is wrong.

I think Micro-shaft knows DAMN WELL what they're doing, and they continue to do it, deliberately.

Embrace. Extend. Extinguish. EX-TER-MIN-ATE!

Their goal: When there is only ONE choice available, it will be Win-10-nic! And, _YOU_ will be the commodity!

('predatory practices' indeed...)

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Re: rushed

"I've not seen your capital letters for a while"

why, are you one of my fans? Welcome aboard!

Funny, they do the same thing (capitalization and punctuation for emphasis) over at El Reg. I've seen it on occasion.

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Re: Cancel? Yeah, sure thing, buddy.

s/Cancel/F*** YOU/ <-- what MS needs to do for their 'cancel' button

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Re: Edge?

"What is Edge"

a) U2's guitar player?

b) The main character in 'Star Ocean: The Last Hope'?

c) something that "edgers" strive for?

(coat, please)

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Re: rushed

Article: driver problems that "end up sending CPU usage skyrocketing and battery life plummeting."

I've seen SIMILAR problems within UWP [CR]apps in general, including some of the built-ins. I reported this problem during the insider program.

There's an internal architectural problem within UWP itself. Applications tend to "CPU spin" on conditions they are waiting for. It could be one of the 'WaitForXXXObject[Ex]' functions, it could be the use of 'Sleep' with a 0 value (for some reason quoting the function call tripped a security blockage) or even 'yield' doing it.

This problem also exists in POSIX systems when you return immediately from things like 'poll' and loop without using delays. In the POSIX world, though, your polling loop can use 'usleep()' which is in microseconds [no guarantee it'll be "that long", it's somewhat 'advisory'].

NOW - if _THIS_ is at the core of the problem, then it's a MAJOR ARCHITECTURAL SNAFU and Micro-shaft basically has NOT listened to *ME* on this. I know I'm right because it's measurable and I even posted the measurements, got hammered and discredited and ONE particular fanboi was even getting PERSONAL over it all. [This is how they react when faced with 'OBVIOUSLY WRONG'].

Hey Microshaft: SEE! I! TOLD! YOU! SO!!!

And so FINALLY someone wrote a driver with the SAME! KINDS! of assumptions as the main loops in UWP [CR]apps. Yeah, maybe it only showed up IN A VM when I was testing it, but it REALLY means they aren't TESTING AT ALL.

So yeah - 'rushed' aka "being cheap" and your QUALITY GOES DOWN.

icon because: to the REST of us (aka 'not Micro-shaft'), it's OBVIOUS.

California cracks down on Internet of Crap passwords with new law to stop the botnets

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Re: Any device manufactured in California..

"no devices are actually manufactured in California"

OK technically you're right. but for a 'California corporation' that outsources the actual building of the thing, then does final assembly and test in California, it may still 'count' as 'made here'.

I guess I'd have to see the nuances of whatever was excreted from Sacramento's "law factory"...

[knowing them, they thought of this already]

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Re: Any device manufactured in California..

"Well, thats going to help a lot."

Ack on the snark. (you WERE being facetious, right?)

The laws of 'unintended consequences' are the usual result from the "legislate yet another law" crowd, who claim good intentions. But coming from Jerry Brown and the Sacramento legislature [one of the most corrupt organizations on the planet, where paid lobbyists mull about on the legislature floor waiting to be 'consulted' on EVERY!THING! before it's voted on] I can expect an 'ulterior motive'.

Cali-fornicate-you gummint can only affect California corporations and residents. And they can NOT stop competing products coming in 'at the border'. So you'll probably see a couple of things:

a) a drop in the quantity of things being built within the California borders;

b) an increase in prices to the consumer;

c) overly-complicated setup processes if "just firmware" is involved in this regulation;

d) all of the above

Some of this was alluded to in the article, but I'll just say it straight out: the more governmentium and petty regulation, the LESS PRIVATE SECTOR ACTIVITY you will see. Because it costs the legislature NOTHING to "pass yet another law". It only costs those who are AFFECTED by it. That would be everybody else who is NOT THEM.

(My state needs an enema, starting with that crap-hole called "Sacramento")

I'd also like to point out, for the record, that all of the cheap IoT junk being sold on E-bay and Alibaba won't be affected by this. And I wouldn't be surprised if THAT stuff is MOST of the problem...

Linux, HCI and more, all from the new release of Windows Server 2019

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Re: the arrival of Shielded VMs for Linux VMs

"Now fuck off and lie down before you give yourself an aneurysm"

no. [as if you cared at all about my health, but your comment is irrelevant anyway]

'Veeam'. wheeeeeee. (Yeah I'm not impressed)

FYI - if you've ever really used POSIX systems (like Linux, *BSD) you'd realize that even simple tarball backups are pretty easy to automate and manage - unlike windows, something that requires special file access modes and whatnot to do live system backups - and file systems like ZFS make disasters less likely.

FreeBSD also has a hypervisor built in: https://wiki.freebsd.org/bhyve

(I've heard really good things about it)

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the arrival of Shielded VMs for Linux VMs

Ok, ok... lemme get this straight.

If the host system is 'taken over' or has malware mucking with it, this "shielded VM" thing is supposed to stop it from mucking with the VM's too, right? And previous incarnations from the earlier server release only did this for VM's running some version of windows, right?

And this "new, shiny" _also_ includes Linux. Wheee.

I say, why not host everything on a NON-micro-shaft OS instead? You know, like *REAL* Linux!

I'm certainly not against running windows in a VM hosted on Linux or FreeBSD when customers want a VM that runs windows. Just don't have a windows host when you do it. Many reasons exist, INCLUDING the need for "Shielded VMs" in the FIRST place! (think bandade on a compound fracture, bubble gum patching the radiator, finger in a dike, bailing wire and duck tape...) That being said, 'windows VM host' = security crater out of the box as far as I'm concerned. Recent vulnerabilities and zero-days are good supporting proof of that.

Seriously, WHAT advantages are there to running cloudy VMs on a Windows host, vs something LIKE CentOS or FreeBSD?

*crickets chirping*

As for "Microsoft Linux" - Embrace, Extend, Extinguish, *EX-TER-MIN-ATE*!!!

China's going to make a mobile OS and everyone will love it, predict ball-gazing analysts

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Re: "Government approved" OSs ?

"So what you're proposing is that we let pedophiles, muslimic [sic] terrorists hide their stuff?"

Unfortunately, too many people DO think this way. 'Joke Alert' indeed. Point well made.

I have a good name for a 'Government Approved' OS: We'll call it 'Brownshirt'. It will include [for every entry in your 'friends' list, the new name for the phone number list] a 'report' button that you can easily use to turn your friends/neighbors/family in for non-approved actions/speech/thinking/whatever. Then the entries will automatically be deleted once the secret police haul them away...

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Re: Russia already has an alternative phone OS

With respect to ReactOS [and other open source alternatives]: As long as the OS and core applications remain 100% open source, the Russians, Chinese, and even the N. Koreans and Iranians can go ahead and contribute whatever they want to it. I might even help them!

It wouldn't be anti-American to assist with the success of ReactOS and other open source alternatives to Windows and Android. It would be anti-MONOPOLY (and thereby, pro FREEDOM) to do so.

A 'No Slurp' 100% open source alternative. Looking forward to it! well, hoping...

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Big Brother

Re: Facebook will position itself as a provider of government digital services

yeah, a phone OS that *ASSISTS* in managing that 'Social Credit' system - no surprise here!

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Re: What could go wrong?

as I see it, if you don't trust Google with your privacy information, would you trust something invented in China?

AI trained to sniff out fake news online may itself be fake news: Bot has mixed results in classifying legit titles

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Re: 60 to 70% accurate?

well, when Fox News, which has members of BOTH the left AND the right on panel discussions on various shows, is called "right wing" or "far right", instead of 'fair and balanced', you know that the bias is already built-in. They've got both Geraldo Rivera _AND_ Juan Williams, after all (both liberals), as well as Hannity and Laura Ingraham (both conservatives). Of course you need opposing opinions to have a discussion. And that's the point. And yet, I'm sure the "judgement" would be for Fox News being "far right" or "extreme right" by any bot, because THAT KIND OF BIAS WAS PROGRAMMED IN.

So the main point is: The BIAS of the programmers will be exposed by the bots. Any 'training' algorithm will be flawed because of THEIR BIAS. This easily explains the 60-70% accuracy. Half of the sites labeled "right" may actually be "center" !!! (that would make it about 2/3 correct, if my math is working properly).

On the third day of Windows Microsoft gave to me: A file-munching run of DELTREE

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Re: Not a good look here.

I just hated having "My[whitespace]Documents" as a directory name, I always rebelled and used "C:\documents" (or similar), a _directory_ name of my own choice, to store things.

Besides, whatever dim-bulb "decided" to include white space in directory names deserves a CLUE-BAT.

[yes I operate in a command shell much of the time, especially in POSIX systems and Cygwin]

As for 'auto-delete your files' on up-grade... it's worse than RANSOMWARE!

[and WHY are they screwing around with your data directories ANYWAY?]

Apple forgot to lock Intel Management Engine in laptops, so get patching

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Re: the security of our products is a top priority for Intel

back doors into every CPU. "nice job". Not.

I don't care how many passwords they have. they're all "knowable".

What do we REALLY need? How about a hardware 'off switch' for anything similar to 'Management Engine'?

If I have to unscrew a panel to change the CMOS battery and/or swap hard drives on a laptop, how about the same panel for a jumper to ENABLE management engine? 'Off by default'.

Desktop motherboards should be a no-brainer. A jumper if you WANT the ME, off by default.

'Desperate' North Korea turns to bank hacking sprees to rake in much-needed dosh

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Re: Who?

economic sanctions are better than warfare. less damage all around

just sayin' [icon obvious]

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Re: There's a stupid, fat, paranoid, evil dictator at work here.

Kim Jong Un as Cartman from South Park - RESPECT MY AUTHORITAH!

At least he's not launching rockets over Japan, or blowing up mountains.

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"That's where the money is"

I believe it was Willie Sutton who was reported to have said something like what's in the title, in response to "why do you rob banks". [some research suggests that the news reporter might have imbellished a bit]

from the article: "Why the use of such sophisticated and intricate operations just to attack banks?"

(see title)

What do Zuck, Sergey, @Jack and Bezos have in common? They don't want encryption broken

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If you 'stick with government on this one' with respect to encryption, you're missing the point. If the weakening of the encryption took the form of a 'back door', it would be more obvious.

Although the legislation itself seems to CLAIM that it does not involve 'back doors', it DOES seem to involve circumvention of encryption for law enforcement, etc.. so how are they going to accomplish this?

I suspect it will be some 'weakening' of encryption, such as 'man in the middle' SSL certs or disclosure of server private keys, so that traffic can be easily decrypted.

In any case, take a look at what's happening over here in the USA, involving certain 'rogue' factions wtihin the government and their uber-LOUD 'howler monkey' protesters/activists help to drive it in the public eye. Even when 'innocent until proven guilty' is CLEARLY written directly into the Constitution, you have "trial by emotion", in the public eye, where you're PRESUMED GUILTY until PROVEN innocent, based on 'political correctness' of the day, assisted by a willing press corps. Couple that with FBI interviews and "special investigations" that consist of 'perjury traps' for political enemies, in which you're JAILED for LYING [or potentially impeached, *cough* *cough*] because of the trap [and in many cases, some have spent YEARS in jail until the appellate court figures out they were SET UP and ACQUITS them, damage and 'mission of the moment' accomplished anyway].

A 'bad' example of a perjury trap:

Cops: do you sometimes pleasure yourself to on-line porn?

You: No way!

Cops: is that your statement under oath?

You: Of course it is! How dare you insinuate [etc.]

Cops: Well look what we have here, it's your BROWSER HISTORY and images taken through your web cam, which we compromised using a special added script we injected into the web pages... oh, my, you're such a NAUGHTY BOY! And what were you looking at? WEll I'd say 5 to 10 YEARS for LYING TO INVESTIGATORS!!!

And these dirty, politically-motivated 'investigations' are a way of COERCING "testimony" from political adversaries in order to take out OTHER adversaries, a filthy, sneaky, "tin horn dictatorship" way of operating. Might as well wear BROWN SHIRTS with red,white, and black armbands...

I don't think Australia is immune to this kind of corruption. The USA obviously isn't. And giving gummint MORE power to go on a "fishing expedition" into YOUR life, or anyone else's for THAT matter, is a very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, BAD idea. History CLEARLY shows what happens when there's "too much spying going on out there" by gummints on their own citizens. "Does not end well" is an UNDERstatement.

Windows 10 1809: Now arriving on a desktop near you (if you want it)

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"I only boot into Windows about once a week as it is."

looks like it's time to move your windows schtuff into a VM, hosted on Linux. Yeah, system backups will be easier (in virtualbox, "export appliance" - so simple!)

Python lovers, here's a library that will help you master AI as a newbie

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Re: Question re:mixed precision traininf

hopefully the AI API has both GPU and non-GPU versions of the core functionality with a simple way to pick the right one based on your hardware. Otherwise why use Python? The kind of thinking that drives users to a specific hardware platform is WORSE than something that uses ".Not" or C-Pound (or requires you to log in as 'administrator').

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Re: Maths

"explain why their super-duper AI doesn’t want to give mortgages or jobs or whatever to" [insert special interest group here]

well, if race/sex/whatever wasn't an input parameter to your algorithm, the answer to this should be obvious. The moment your algorithm includes something that *could* be a matter of discriminatory practice, an improperly trained AI *could* make use of it in a discriminatory manner.

Otherwise, FUD.

Besides, wouldn't having a "simplistic" library, something that n00bs and kids can easily make use of, help people to understand the basics of AI and thereby avoid the FUD-trap?

[I can't believe how my original positive non-snarky post about this got 8 downvotes - probably ALL from my 'fan club' - which means its personal and unrelated to content. howler monkeys. go fig. the up/downs are meaningless - well i wear the 'downs' as a badge of honor, heh!]

Icon, because "think of the children" which is why I also mentioned RPi - when kids get this kind of AI API working with an RPi (in Python) along with whatever science project they're interested in, things could get really interesting.

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this has some potential

An open source AI lib (etc.) for Python. This DEFINITELY has some potential!

Additionally I'd like to see some API stuff for quantum computing included with it (if it hasn't been done already). All open source, of course!

/me sees possibility of AI stuff running on RPi

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

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

"that it searched the whole bloody file-system"

I became 'slurp-aware' when pre-installed Adobe reader on a reconditioned windows 7 machine asked me for an e-mail address to register with their online services, EVERY! STINKING! TIME! I tried to use it.

The possibility that they're ALSO scanning your network is VERY, VERY, DISTURBING...

[what we need is actual confirmation of their data slurp so that no doubts will remain]

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Re: For @#&% Sake,

there are at least 2 alternatives I'm aware of [atril and evince] and they run on Linux and FreeBSD [although evince may have mono dependencies now, DAMMIT - I use an older version of evince on windows machines, however, and so maybe it's there but I didn't notice]

in any case, PDF is well supported in the open source world. We don't need Adobe's "special sauce" nor their attempts at *SLURP* [why ask me to LOG IN using my E-MAIL ADDRESS just to view a PDF file????]

So yeah, toss Adobe's reader in to the trash and get something that actually WORKS! Atril is my current favorite. That may change if they do something stupid (like include mono dependencies).

Windows 10 transition props up business box revenues in Western Europe

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What would a transition to Linux do?

I bet the overall cost savings alone would drive more expensive hardware purchases.

"Rockin on without Microsoft"

Brit startup plans fusion-powered missions to the stars

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Re: Quite a bit of nuclear fallout

" Launched from a remote location, most of the pulse-bombs detonated at altitude, with careful pauses for different layers of the atmosphere, you could get a massive Orion into orbit with negligible environmental impact."

I dunno, having worked in the nuclear industry I have this nagging desire to keep the fission products out of the atmosphere... [they really ARE pretty nasty]. It's why we don't use A-bombs nowadays for any kind of major excavation project.

Sure, it'd be "convenient" to blast open a canal with 10K-ton atomic bombs, but I think I'd rather put a few industrial diggers in there instead, and do it the "somewhat old" fashioned way.

And there's no reason why Orion-style nuclear propulsion can't be done out in space. Just not inside of Earth's atmosphere. It's basically why we need efficient launch systems, to get that stuff into orbit where it can be assembled safely and operated without impacting anyone on Earth.

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Re: Wonderful?

If electric cars were powered by fusion reactors, and not fission, nor coal, nor oil/gas [as they mostly are now], then the anti-freedom crowd [in the name of the environment] would find some OTHER reason to whine about it and convince gummints to curb our freedom [but not theirs, of course].

Seriously. You know I'm right.

But I'd love to see fusion reactors making electricity. It would make electricity COST LESS.

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Re: Don't tell AUstin Texas!

Austin Texas a 'nuclear free zone'... [facepalm, see icon]

Isn't the ENTIRE PLANET heated by a nuclear fusion reactor? You can't BE "nuclear free". It is the way of the universe.

/me points out that I got MORE radiation standing on the surface of the earth than I did while living inside of a submarine while underway on nuclear power...

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@Yet Another Anonymous coward

Ah, a stellarator. It is interesting because it solves one of the biggest problems with plasma instability in a tokomak. But tokomak lets you "research" indefinitely...

Good luck getting "research" scientists and the bureaucracy that funds them to actually USE a stellarator... it might actually produce stable power, and we can't have THAT, now can we?

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Re: Mission energy requirements....

"if you can build a fusion reactor in space, you probably have the capability to build small ones for powering cargo ships"

ACK, and a virtually unlimited supply of potential fuel - aka "the ocean".

It'd be _perfect_. And every Navy on the planet would want YOUR design for their warships.

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Re: On the subject of wildly optimistic deadlines

yeah without the urgency of winning a war [i.e. Manhattan Project to get fission to work] fusion power is likely to be "researched" until the cows come home [with no results, "always more research"].

Of course, being "the guy" to make it work for realz is a true motivator for SOME scientists. Good luck getting that past the upper management bureaucracy that is perpetually funded by "research" grants.

In any case I worked the maths out on this quite some time ago.

In order to get propulsion to be efficient, you have to accelerate a large mass by a small amount, but if that amount is too small, the engine isn't efficient.

There's a point at which the amount of fuel you need, accelerated by the engines you can build, will be minimized for maximum acceleration for whatever mission you're running. I'm pretty sure NASA's "rocket surgeons" run these numbers a LOT.

Now, the best fusion reactor design wouldn't (primarily) produce electricity. Fuel to produce elecricity along with thermal losses would be essentially _wasted_ unless you're accelerating fusion products, but they're too lightweight to be effective fuel.

To make up for that a hydrogenous material [like water or methane] would be used. You'd have to separate out the hydrogen fusion fuel from that, but no big deal. Then the engines get to use that fuel to product propulsion with the bulk of the hydrogenous material. And "some electricity" can be produced along the way. So yeah you'd have to run the engines occasionally to recharge the batteries [or use fuel cells, or both].

In any case, using current tech [that does not involve warp fields and wormholes] you'd need to produce a reaction engine (one that produces a given amount of energy from the fusion of hydrogen into helium, then transfers that as kinetic energy of the propellant), such that the energy produced becomes velocity of the propellant, and gives you an impulse for acceleration. All of that coupled against the total weight on takeoff [with 100% fuel load] etc. etc. etc. even if that 'take off' is in earth or lunar orbit.

Anyway, thought I'd mention it. Sorry about bursting any bubbles. The equations really aren't that hard.

post-edit - looks like my fan club is already thumbing be down. thank you!!!

Robot Operating System gets the Microsoft treatment

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Re: Be afraid... very afraid...

"because it's not UWP"

Hey it's PWA now, new, shiny, change directions yet again, the NEW NEW NEW bandwagon!


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Re: Exterminate!

the 4th 'E'

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Re: Warning! Warning! Will Robinson, out of control microsoft robot approaching!

I can do a _really_ convincing impersonation of the Lost in Space robot.... *evil grin*

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Embrace... Extend... Extinguish...


(BBC America has been playing a Dr. Who marathon - heh)

Actually this meme might be better served by quoting a cyberman, but they don't repeatedly say anything beginning with the letter 'E', not that I can remember anyway...

[ok who uploaded that 'cyberman' virus to all of the windows robots - as an "upgrade"]

The ink's not dry on California'a new net neutrality law and the US govt is already suing

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The rest of CA can't even manage to pay for its roads..

that's because it's propping up the welfare state and the state employee union's demands.

and continuously they BEG for more, DEMAND more, and it's always "for the children". Or in the case of what proposition 6 is trying to stop, increasing registration fees and gasoline taxes to "pay for the roads" so they can divert the funds into buying more votes later on, and then BEG FOR EVEN MORE, "oh it wasn't enough" [when they'd have PLENTY of money if they stopped giving illegal aliens and the state employee unions 'free everying'].

I know someone who works for the state of Cali-Fornicate-You in a management position. I've been told that it's ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE to fire someone who's totally incompetent, insubordinate, shows up late all of the time, goofs off at work, etc. etc. etc. and way too many people will strive for that 'cushy gummint job' to get the retirement benefits, barely working etc. so they have to HIRE EVEN MORE PEOPLE to compensate for inefficiency amongst the ranks. Yeah THERE's your problem...

That, and benefits for non-citizens [particularly for the ILLEGAL variety]. Clean that up and they can balance the budget and start CUTTING TAXES.

"think of the children" - for REAL this time!

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Re: Why companies can regulate interstate commerce, and States cannot?

"Companies will be able to regulate and set policies"

proof, please, or else this is just FUD.

"pretending to defend the Constitution while they are actually breaking it fully"

/me facepalms at the ignorance and FUD. see icon.

Jerry Brown and his "successor" are a major problem in this state. Do you think that this is ACCIDENTAL, 2 months before an election that will attempt to replace "2nd Time Around" Brown with someone even WORSE??? (yeah I'm voting for Cox)

Brown and his cronies in Sack-of-who-knows [Sacramento] have been forcing socialism onto Cali-Fornicate-You for a LONG time, with little or no opposition. They have funding from Silly Valley zillionaires and George Soros. Surely you recognize that THESE people aren't working in YOUR best interest, right?

If you want to talk about 'corporations' running things, I suggest starting with the Demo[n,c][R,r}at "machine" that's already in place. It's all there, and extremely obvious if you look at it.

Jerry Brown has gone against the feds on MANY things since Trump was elected. I'm glad the feds are calling him on it. For the liberals would say "Federal law supercedes state law" for those things that are convenient, such as Obaka-"care", but when it comes to controlling 'teh intarwebs' and potentially taxing the HELL out of it [as mentioned earlier], they claim 'states rights'.

Hypocrisy takes many forms. And I'm voting for COX to try and put a STOP to this insanity!

Send up a satellite to zap space junk if you want Earth's orbit to be clean, say boffins

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Re: It all seems a bit far fetched, to me

How about a ginormous ball of sticky ballistics gel equivalent going in polar orbit. that way the orbit won't decay so quickly. kinetic energy remains the same after colliding, and "live" satellites can be steered out of its path. Anything NOT live gets to be part of the thing. launch it at an altitude that collides with most of the space junk.

it's as good as any other idea, and doesn't require propulsion, just enough time to stick to everything [like using tape on a suit to get the cat hair off]

Microsoft liberates ancient MS-DOS source from the museum and sticks it in GitHub

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Re: Ah! So you ARE *that* Richard Speed

Yes, thanks Richard!

Now (different Richard), can you do the same thing with Windows 2000 ? so we can FORK it? And update it to 64-bit? And have something that is *NOT* 2D FLATSO slurp-o-matic Win-10-nic ??? Maybe just as sample code for the ReactOS developers to work with???


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

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Re: Win32 is dead long live .Net, .Net is dead long live Silverlight, er, RT, er, UWP, er PWA

"Not surprising developers just sit there watching the framework merry-go-round go round."

queue background music.... "You spin me right round, baby, right round, like a record player, right round, round, round..."

[WHAT? 23 spins? THAT was just because of the apoplectic shock! I was STUNNED, I couldn't find the 'off' button fast enough!]

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hardly gangbuster growth

for Win-10-nic. doesn't surprise ME in the least.

From article: "With Redmond now very keen on Progressive Web Apps (PWA) and UWP having singularly failed to set the world alight"

I would think that PWA has the potential to replace UWP with "yet another" 3-letter acronym "new, shiny" in Micro-shaft's eyes. Wishful thinking on their part, again. They obviously need a CLUE-BAT.

'Progressive Web Apps' - yeah, THAT sounds _wonderful_. Wheeeee.

I have a better idea: Promote Win32 _WITHOUT_ ".Not" with a subsystem that runs cross-platform _WITHOUT_ using Mono nor ".Not Core" nor any _OTHER_ "Micro-shaft Uber Alles" slurp infestation library. Admit the world wants cross-platform and deal with it. Make it easy for developers, particularly if they want to static-link in lieu of DLL hell.

Yeah, like it'd be 2003 again! [before the '.Not' monster emerged from the bowels of Redmond, in which "this" kind of crap originally started and Micro-shaft jumped the shark]

Sunny Cali goes ballistic, this ransomware is atrocious. Even our IT bill will be something quite ferocious

bombastic bob Silver badge

Re: The title is no longer required.

strangely I found out about this ransomware from a UK news source (El Reg), but I live in San Diego. Go fig.

And I think the 'Super Cali' titles are entertaining.

As for the new layout (since it was mentioned by the previous poster), please make it work better with 'noscript' running. Try and you'll see what I mean.

Who knows maybe it's a consulting gig waiting for someone like me to help them clean it up...

(what, win-10-nic? Office 365? Heh, THERE's your problem! - yeah they don't wanna hear THAT, now do they!)

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