* Posts by Falmor

7 posts • joined 15 Sep 2016

User secures floppies to a filing cabinet with a magnet, but at least they backed up daily... right?

Falmor

Re: Well if the US ships want the Chinese to keep out of the way

In the 90s, I saw this sort of thing so can believe this is true. Once CDs became established, I also had someone write on the silver side of a CD with a ball point, ripping the surface and making the CD unusable. Working a materials science lab, they'd sputter coated the CD but couldn't understand why the data hadn't been restored.

Who needs malware? IBM says most hackers just PowerShell through boxes now, leaving little in the way of footprints

Falmor

Re: Not true

Both Per and Python allow you to call shared libraries on any platform.

Falmor

Default for .ps1 files is edit

Also, Powershell scripts don't run if you click on them or a link to them. Instead they open in an editor, either notepad or the ISE. Makes it much more unlikely that someone would accidentally run one.

Crash, bang, wallop: What a power-down. But what hit the kill switch?

Falmor

Cray Red Button

I used to work at a site that had a lot of mathematical modellers. One of the Cray Supercomputer models we used was just the right height for a raised elbow. The designers hadn't considered this but did consider the perfect place for an emergency stop button was on the top of the box. We put a plastic cover over ours so no one ever accidentally shut the thing down. Seeing this a Cray engineer tells he'd been to a site that had used half a coconut shell for the cover.

CMD.EXE gets first makeover in 20 years in new Windows 10 build

Falmor

Re: What's the point?

Not everything works in a Powershell console. Legacy Perl scripts are the only thing I can remember at the moment but there are others. Biggest improvement to CMD has been allowing Ctrl-C/Ctrl-V to cut and paste. Not having to reach for the mouse to paste when you're typing is so much better. If I could remap Ctrl-C/Ctrl-V to Alt-W/Ctrl-Y for the whole of Windows, I wouldn't then keep pressing Ctrl-C/Ctrl-V in Emacs.

Take that, creationists: Boffins witness birth of new species in the lab

Falmor

Re: Meh...

Viruses aren't technically alive but its not the viruses that showed evolution, it was bacteria who were infected with the virus. If you want strong evidence for evolution, take a look at Ring Species: http://www.actionbioscience.org/evolution/irwin.html

Pass the 'Milk' to make code run four times faster, say MIT boffins

Falmor

Re: Language feature really?

Didn't sound like a language feature to me either. A compiler that knows what data will be handled at runtime would be very impressive.

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