* Posts by John Gamble

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Sharp claims Hisense reverse-ferreted its US telly licence deal

John Gamble

Yeah, I admit that my opinion was formed back in the VCR days, but there's a reason I stopped buying anything with the Sharp label.

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Cuffed: Govt contractor 'used work PC to leak' evidence of Russia's US election hacking

John Gamble

Re: Can someone with more knowledge on the subject answer me this:

"With respect, winning by the rules is what having a mandate is defined as."

That may be how it works in a parliamentary system, but in the U.S., where power is split between three separate organizations (President, Senate, and House of Representatives; I'm skipping the oversight power of the Supreme Court for the moment), a mandate is a psychological attribute dependent upon the margin of victory.

Despite his win, Trump's popular vote loss tends to offset any "mandate" claims.

Honestly, the last president who had a clear mandate was Nixon (in my opinion of course; your candidate's mileage may vary). And he had to resign to avoid impeachment. So even a "mandate" won't shield you from your actions.

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Seminal game 'Colossal Cave Adventure' released onto GitLab

John Gamble

How To Test Your New Computer

And of course it makes critical appearances in The Soul of a New Machine, by Tracy Kidder.

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RightNow founder turned politician gets assault charge after 'bodyslamming' reporter

John Gamble
Unhappy

Re: Unlikely to change the outcome

And depending on his district's beliefs, this might be of interest as well:

Gianforte, 56, is a billionaire businessman who sold his company, RightNow Technologies, in 2011 and apparently now spends his time funneling money toward the Glendive Dinosaur and Fossil Museum, which publishes a newsletter explaining that "the Biblical worldview is consistent with the scientific evidence we find in the fossil record" and argues that dinosaurs rode on Noah's Ark.

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John Gamble

Re: I'm sorry

He may indeed get voted in. Montana has early voting, and he may have had a significant vote count before this. Too late for them to change their minds.

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Has AI gone too far? DeepTingle turns El Reg news into terrible erotica

John Gamble
Boffin

Dinosaurs

"Clearly, it has a thing for dinosaurs."

Well, who doesn't have a thing for dinosaurs? Of course, that means the researchers have failed in their fight against "algorithmic enforcement of norms".

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Bloke charged under UK terror law for refusing to cough up passwords

John Gamble

Re: "if they didn't pick up arms and charge over the top"

"Im pushing 60. Both of my grandfathers were born in 1901."

Likewise. My grandfather (three years older) was a Canadian, about to be shipped over to the RAF, when WWI ended.

And here's a rule of thumb: the more exclamation points in a post, the less likely the poster knows what he or she is talking about.

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Uber red-faced from Waymo legal row judge's repeated slapping

John Gamble
Pirate

How To Look Like a Genius

"The judge also notes that it is more than possible that Levandowski simply kept the files on a personal device and referred to them whenever needed."

That was my first thought as well. What better way to look like an indispensable genius than to keep code and designs for yourself, to be produced after an apparently difficult work session when a tough problem needs to be cracked?

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Call the fuzz, says Google, get the reward

John Gamble

Re: What the fuzz?

Fuzzing

I believe this could be considered a follow-up article to Email client lib blown apart by CC: list of death.

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It's been a few days, so what fresh trouble has Uber got into now?

John Gamble

Re: Prediction...

I'm sure Volkswagen can supply enough to cover Uber's needs. It might even help VW's bottom line.

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Hackers emit 9GB of stolen Macron 'emails' two days before French presidential election

John Gamble

Re: swaying elections

"A week or two ago, giving time to analyse the massive cache, would have been far better."

No, it's the classic "surprise" strategy. Dump the so-called incriminating evidence just before the voting takes place. It allows no time for analysis or rational thought, which means one's tendency towards suspicion takes hold.

The only difference between this and the decades-ago technique of stuffing "scandal" flyers under windshield wipers the day before an election is that this can be done on a far more widespread scale.

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Apple fanbois are officially sheeple. Yes, you heard. Deal with it

John Gamble
Joke

Re: Licensees

I view it more that the British put forth the stodgy Ubuntu version of English, while its colonies everywhere produced the cool Mint versions.

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Another career suicide as reporter leaves The Register for broadcaster

John Gamble

Re: Move #1...

Move #2 (stop that giggling) I think, as another El Registite went to the Wall Street Journal maybe a couple of years ago.

The annexation proceeds.

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NASA's Cassini snaps pic inside Saturn's ring – peace among the stars

John Gamble
Happy

Re: A colour photo, please

Also, quite frankly I find the B&W photos a lot more compelling. There are a few color shots on the Cassini website, and they're just not as interesting.

My computers have a dozen or so JPEGs from Cassini as desktop images, all of them black & white.

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A bot lingua franca does not exist: Your machine-learning options for walking the talk

John Gamble
Boffin

Julia

Julia is definitely a powerful language -- but it's just about to release version 0.6. The goal is to have every corner of the language nailed down by version 1.0, and that goal is very close (the Github repository is here), but if you start using it now, you have to be willing to risk having some code go obsolete on you.

(My projects in Julia are definitely in the "toy" area right now, so the updates are fairly painless to me.)

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Would you believe it? The Museum of Failure contains quite a few pieces of technology

John Gamble

Re: Several sorts of fail

13: Marketing attack (not, strictly speaking, sabotage) -- RCA's marketing of their "RCA SelectaVision VideoDiscs", which from the outsider's viewpoint looked like an attack on the Philips system with a cheaper and technically inferior design. But it divided the market, and the Philips system didn't get the market share it needed to succeed, at least in the U. S.

14. I presume some failures might be due to actual sabotage or industrial espionage, but I'm not familiar with any cases that may be out there.

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Apple's zippy silicon leaves Android rivals choking on dust

John Gamble

Re: It's just a shame

"Well it should be OpenBSD, the best of all the BSDs."

Ahem.

(I still up-voted you, but FreeBSD for the win.)

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'Trash-80' escapes the dustbin of history with new TRS-80 emulator

John Gamble

Re: Dragon 32

I was impressed with the durability of the CoCos, as I saw them in use far beyond (by over a decade) what I thought would be their end-of-life. And the software that their owners would run was impressive. A grand leap over the ancestral TRS-80.

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Miss Misery on hacking Mr Robot and the Missing Sense of Fun

John Gamble

Re: Tech props only

"But it is purely gratuitous. The techy detail "revealed" does nothing to further the plot..."

That's true, but lack of that detail often goes hand-in-hand with other types of sloppiness. So while I agree that it's not a feature that makes or breaks the show, it is nonetheless a feature that demonstrates that the effort is being made.

Note, haven't seen any episodes myself, so I don't know how well I'd receive it upon watching. Maybe I too would switch over to another show for relief. Leverage is a show I don't get tired of.

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Boffins crowdsource hunt for 'Planet 9'

John Gamble
Coat

And Its Moon Would Be Called Nithon

Hmm, very surprised to not see Yuggoth suggested thus far.

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What should password managers not do? Leak your passwords? What a great idea, LastPass

John Gamble

Re: Fuck LogMeIn.

You can never have too much milk.

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This AI stuff is all talk! Bots invent their own language to natter away behind humans' backs

John Gamble

"I am trying to remember if it was Clarke or Asimov who had a giant computer that was hidden underground in a secret location and needed other computers and technicians to translate between it and people."

I believe you're referring to "The Machine That Won The War", by Asimov. Nobody trusted the data coming in, and everyone secretly cooked it.

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Bloke cuffed after 'You deserve a seizure' GIF tweet gave epileptic a fit

John Gamble

Re: What an asshole

"JG tried to rebut the obviously-correct and he utterly failed."

Oh dear. Still didn't read the article.

Read the article. Rebut with evidence and facts. Don't try to impress with made-up scenarios (seriously, not one, but two imaginary cases? You really don't know what a straw man argument is, do you?)

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John Gamble

I'm not certain what there is to question. Yeah, the Reg could have used an alternate headline from "A Confederacy of Dunces", but that doesn't change the facts of the case. It doesn't matter how big a nitwit the victim is, he was still attacked.

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John Gamble

Re: Ignoring the deliberate assault aspects of the case

Nope, but I can go back even further and bring up A. E. van Vogt

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John Gamble
Boffin

Re: What an asshole

"Actually it's a perfectly good counter-example to unlimited free speech."

Didn't read the articles, did you? Start with the first link, the one to the Atlantic article. Your argument is flatly wrong.

If you need a broader historical perspective, I recommend Perilous Times: Free Speech During Wartime, by Geoffrey Stone.

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Hell freezes over: We wrote an El Reg chatbot using Microsoft's AI

John Gamble
Coat

An Handy AI for Bannon

"That said, none of it is very sophisticated. Throw anything more than a short, simple sentence at LUIS, and it will quickly get confused or give up."

Soon to be a White House staff member then.

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User jams up PC. Literally. No, we don't know which flavour

John Gamble
Headmaster

"And that was a nursery (kindergarten for you colonials) where a 3 or 4 year old... "

Minor American English quibble: if the children were three or four year-olds, then over here it's a "nursery school". Kindergarten is (generally) for five year-olds, the class just before first grade.

Good story though.

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Naming computers endangers privacy, say 'Net standards boffins

John Gamble
Coat

Re: If you want to start an argument..

Hmm. Maybe I shouldn't have named my machine "Tabs4Ever".

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Force employees to take DNA tests for bosses? We've got a new law to make that happen, beam House Republicans

John Gamble
Boffin

Re: The two things combine quite nicely

How wonderful that you can make up preposterous scenarios.

(Here's a clue: If you're shot, the first thing the surgeon is not going to do is perform a liver transplant. And oddly enough, matching candidates for livers doesn't require instantaneous matching of genotype. Why, you'd almost think medicine had advanced enough to keep people alive while performing what are now routine tests.)

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If fast radio bursts really are revving up interstellar sailcraft, here's the maths

John Gamble
Boffin

Re: 2015?

More accurately, Niven got there in 1971. And of course over four decades earlier Konstantin Tsiolkovsky suggested the idea.

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AMD does an Italian job on Intel, unveils 32-core, 64-thread 'Naples' CPU

John Gamble

Re: @Titter

Pizzeria Uno hasn't been Pizzeria Uno for a couple of decades now (this is true of all of the formerly great Chicago pizza places, as they got bought by "entrepreneurs" and immediately lost all of their individuality and unique recipes.

Plus, deep dish pizza, despite being introduced in Chicago, is hardly what I would call Chicago-style.

(Currently buying my pizzas from Apart, FWIW).

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Mars orbiter FLOORS IT to avoid hitting MOON

John Gamble
Boffin

Re: strictly speaking

" ...tidal forces are simply the result of differential gravitational forces - the force on one side of an object is greater than it is on the other."

And this is where I bring up Larry Niven's Neutron Star, because a) it's relevant, and b) J. P. need to read it.

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This week on GitHub: Facebook's forecaster and a sysadmin CURSE

John Gamble
Stop

Re: don't know about your side of the pond, but...

How can anyone celebrate T-shirt cannons after the horrific tragedy in Springfield (Youtube link).

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Uncle Sam needs you... to debug, improve Dept of Defense open-source software at code.mil

John Gamble

Re: Oh, and pay us?

Shrug. I don't get paid for the contributions to the I make to Open Source software now. I imagine that here, as is true elsewhere, whether you get paid is determined by whether you were actually hired to do a specific task.

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Oh happy day! Linus Torvalds has given the world Linux 4.10

John Gamble
WTF?

Re: -0.8

"The Firefox versioning system was one designed for people like you. Also the reasons I use chrome."

???

Chrome is where that numbering system started, which Firefox slavishly copied, much to my annoyance.

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Haven't deleted your Yahoo account yet? Reminder: Hackers forged login cookies

John Gamble
Coat

Alohanumeric (was Re: Until we fine)

No, wait, that's perfect!

My next password checker will definitely insist on alohanumeric characters. It's just that the password will have to be at least 25 characters long.

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Toshiba chairman quits over $6bn nuclear loss

John Gamble
Stop

Re: That's a real problem in the US; corporations are in control and inflate all earnings

Despite its title, the Christian Science Monitor (founded 1908) isn't a CS house organ. Indeed, whatever one may think of Mary Baker Eddy1, she did manage to found a paper that held journalistic standards better than most papers of the day.

History: it's not just for the non-technical.

(Having said that: yeah, the article quoted is a little too old for this subject.)

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1. Not religious myself, in case that's an issue with this thread.

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College fires IT admin, loses access to Google email, successfully sues IT admin for $250,000

John Gamble
Boffin

Re: What ever happened to exit interviews?

You have exit interviews with fired employees?

I've only known exit interviews to happen when the employee's leaving isn't contentious.

Hmm, student population is barely over 3,000 (no undergrads), so the IT department probably isn't much bigger than found in some small businesses. I doubt anyone else had the keys to the castle right when the administration needed them.

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Boffins link ALIEN STRUCTURE ON VENUS to Solar System's biggest ever grav wave

John Gamble
Alien

The alien overlords are extremely busy and wouldn't waste their time on this.

The alien middle management are the ones for this job.

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Euro space agency's Galileo satellites stricken by mystery clock failures

John Gamble

Re: HARRY LIME

Hmm. It looks like Welles had to improvise a line for timing purposes, but he got the comparison from someone else (possible source: James Abbott McNeill Whistler).

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D-Wave goes public with open-source quantum-classical hybrid software

John Gamble
Boffin

Re: Point?

Minimization techniques rarely guarantee absolute minimums, as they are usually applied to much harder problems than you solved in your high-school (or equivalent) algebra class.

There's a PDF on the github site that basically claims a nearly 2 times speed up in problem solving over quantum annealing. Having never used quantum annealing, I am supremely unqualified to say how the algorithms compare, but the code is there to test.

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IBM staff petition for right not to work on Trump's pet projects

John Gamble

Re: Merit doesn't care about "diversity and inclusiveness"

"Any business owner or manager wants to hire the best person for the job, regardless of sex or color of skin."

Historically untrue, and you'd have to be living under a rock to to make this patently false claim.

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NASA – get this – just launched 8 satellites from a rocket dropped from a plane at 40,000ft

John Gamble

Re: Thats nothing.....Named meat costs extra...

Because they're said to be quite tasty?

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AI brains take a step closer to understanding speech just like humans

John Gamble
Headmaster

Re: Context is everything

Which shows that the alleged virtues of regular spelling have been highly overstated.

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Latest loon for Trump's cabinet: Young-blood-loving, kidney-market advocate Jim O'Neill

John Gamble

Re: Organ payments

Yes, I did. The situation need improvement.

Now, how does setting up a kidney market improve things? Can you demonstrate that there'd be an uptick in donations, beyond a money-solves-everything wish fulfillment? And how will your market will treat the people who aren't wealthy who need kidneys?

Convince us without resorting to libertarian fantasies.

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Fitbit picks up Pebble, throws Pebble as far as it can into the sea

John Gamble

Re: Shit

Depends on what you use it for. Mine is strictly for 1) being a watch, and 2) notifying me when my phone is set to silent. It works fine for me.

But I imagine there are applications that might leave some disappointed owners.

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How-to terror manuals still being sold by Apple, Amazon, Waterstones

John Gamble
Boffin

Re: NOT terrorist publications

Yeah, I read The Anarchist's Cookbook in high school, and definitely did not know enough then to recognize the flaws in the recipes. Fortunately I had no interest in making them either.

A friend's son once made some nitro glycerine, and my friend (the daughter of a well-known organic chemist) reamed him out both for making the nitro, and for "using that crappy recipe from the Anarchist's Cookbook."

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RIP EarthLink, 1994–2016: From AOL killer to regional ISP's attic

John Gamble

Eh, the only memory I have of Earthlink is when they came in and bought almost all of the local, independent ISPs. Their wannabe-monopolist dreams went nowhere, fortunately.

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Three LibTIFF bugs found, only two patched

John Gamble

In fact I would have sent a FAX out a couple of months ago (first time since 2007) if the connection hadn't failed. After calling the person who was getting the document, I finally went with an encrypted PDF sent by e-mail, with the recipient calling me for the password when she was ready to read it.

I didn't ask if they printed these things out, or just read them electronically.

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