* Posts by navidier

19 posts • joined 6 Aug 2018

Microsoft debuts Bosque – a new programming language with no loops, inspired by TypeScript


Re: Ah, the loop

> Z80.... errr I'm beginning to get the feeling we're a bunch of OLD GUYS. Soon there will be discussions on 4004's.... :v)

Z80? What about the PDP-8's ISZ (Increment and Skip if Zero) instruction, where the skipped instruction is usually a jump to the beginning of a loop.

Ozzy app maker cancels hump day: We've tripled profits! scream slackers


Re: So let's see here


Never mind the emus, be wary of meeting a Cassowary in a bad mood



Strewth! Apoplectic Aussies threaten to blast noisy Google delivery drones out of the sky

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


Re: Needs pointing out...

> Sir PTerry knew ages back...

> “Some humans would do anything to see if it was possible to do it. If you put a large switch in some cave somewhere, with a sign on it saying 'End-of-the-World Switch. PLEASE DO NOT TOUCH', the paint wouldn't even have time to dry.”

> ― Terry Pratchett, Thief of Time

When I were a lad, we used to sometimes go into the Big Smoke (for us, that was Byron Bay) to do our shopping. There was a big department store on the corner of Jonson and Lawson where you were served individually at the counter and your bill and cash whizzed up on a cable to the cashiers on the second floor who then let the receipt and change fall down on the same cable. Next to the main counter was a small wooden sign:


Underneath it said:



Re: It took me years...

> We all know Big Red Buttons are irresistible!

> At CERN there's even a spoof one for visitors to press

Ah, yes; I was manning a mock-up of a portion of the LHC at a Norwich science fair a couple of years ago. There was a faux Emergency Switch near one of the exits. Several times I had to encourage young kids to press it while they dithered; nearly as many didn't need urging.

For my sins, I had two air-rifle pellets in my window on the way back to Cambridge; two other windows and the driver's side window were also hit. There must be SFA to do for young peeps in the Fens on a Sunday night...

Canadians moot methods to embiggen moose monument and make Mac great again


Re: Cheer up, Moose.

Why the long face?

Heavy dentures...

Feeling a bit gassy? Toshiba floats 16TB helium whopper


Re: How do they stop the helium from leaking out?

Physics, mainly. Actually, it's not that hard to contain He but if the pressure is around atmospheric there is not much driving force to lead to escape anyhow. If there is any leakage path for He, it's likely to be much harder for N2/O2 to leak back the other way.

There is a problem the other way. It's apparently not unknown for ancient "vacuum" tubes to have accumulated a significant amount of He because it can diffuse in through the glass envelope and electrode seals much more easily than N2/O2.

Could you speak up a bit? I didn't catch your password


"Hurrah for the western forces of good, globally renowned for its honest politicians, restrained security services and incorruptible police!"

Indeed. Even the Premier once commented that NSW had the best police force money could buy.

A few reasons why cops haven't immediately shot down London Gatwick airport drone menace


Re: Cut off the GPS so it lands

Do you want to be the one who signs off on the use of something that could potentially screw over the GPS receivers aboard dozens of airliners, opening you up to ruinously expensive compensation claims as well as properly grounding all the holidaymakers jetting off for Christmas? No, thought not.

Lack of GPS will not ground airliners, they have other navigation and precision landing systems. The main problem would likely to be passengers getting lost while driving to the airfield, despite all the signage.

I may be behind the times, but at one point aircraft were not allowed to use GPS to fix their position. Has this changed?

Pork pulled: Plug jerked out of beacon of bacon delight


Re: Mixed feelings

> And by pure coincidence, very generous pork-based pies are available.

Long ones, presumably...

[May I just interject a gripe here? I'm conditioned over many decades to indent my text with a <TAB> character -- but text entry boxes on web sites invariably take a <TAB> to mean "go to the next element in the page". I'm continually going, "WTF has my focus gone??!"]

Hole-y ship: ISS 'nauts take a wander to crack Soyuz driller whodunnit


Re: Bits of foil

My students in Zuerich used to deride English; "Vacuum cleaner? How can you clean a vacuum?" The (Swiss-)German for a vacuum cleaner is Staubsauger (dust-sucker).

No, you haven't gone deaf – the Large Hadron Collider has been wound down for more upgrades


@Tomato42 -- On the other hand, we are very slow to adopt new software because of the difficulties in verifying it against the older. Current CERN recommended OS is CentOS 7, but our software is only certified for SLC (Scientific Linux CERN) 6, so sites which have adopted C7 have to run analysis/Monte Carlo software in SLC6 containers. ISTR there was a glitch in this when it was first tried.

Huawei's Watch GT snubs Google for homegrown OS


Re: Photo, or it didn't happen.

>> "This watch is resilient to accidents because of its ceramic bezel design, stainless steel shell and DLC coating"

> DLC coating? Fucking microtransactions in everything these days...

But, seriously folks, if El Reg decides to investigate DLC here's a reasonable place to start:


Baddies just need one email account with clout to unleash phishing hell


Re: N-1 UK Unis don't use 2FA

> Which uni is that?

OK, I'm giving myself away here...

Brunel University London -- we have some very paranoid^Wprofessional IT security personnel.


N-1 UK Unis don't use 2FA

> UK Unis are an easy target. None of them use 2FA

Mine does; I'm told it works pretty well.

Microsoft pulls plug on IPv6-only Wi-Fi network over borked VPN fears


Re: Two questions if I may


> 2. The IPv6 seed might need to have its outer coating scored or scorched before it will sprout.

I see you've tried to grow lychee from seed too. I've further found that the seedlings need to be constantly kept moist or they die the instant they dry out. Please feel free to extend this factoid to your analogy.

First it was hashtags – now Amber Rudd gives us Brits knowledge on national ID cards


Re: Not wishing to trust Big Gov, but--

"Most of us already have a card - it's called a passport. It is simply not required to be presented for these purposes."

Hmm, no, doesn't fly... At this point of time the UK Gov't shouldn't have _any_ idea of my passport. It wasn't issued by them, and I've not yet used it to leave or re-enter the country. They do know about my confusingly-named "indefinite leave to remain", but that's housed in my next-to-last passport -- they want something over £500 to have it transferred into a newer one.

Hmm, there's something fishy about this graph charting AMD's push into Intel's server turf



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