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* Posts by Tom 7

5134 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009

Crooks swipe plutonium, cesium from US govt nuke wranglers' car. And yes, it's still missing

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Dont worry - its just the NHS

stocking up in case of brexit.

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Sad Nav: How a cheap GPS spoofer gizmo can tell drivers to get lost

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Re: The Rout of Civilisation

Perhaps we can use it to stop those dickheads in lorries using roads they really shouldnt. Down here in the sticks we get them driving up roads they cant get down, and they dont seem to be able to reverse any more - is that still in the test? Just last week I had to make a 5 mile 40 minute detour to avoid two lorries who had tried to cross on the entrance to a single track bridge. They had to take them apart to get them out.

And the twat who couldn't be arsed to reverse 10 yds to a passing place on a single lane road and tipped on its side in the ditch invisible behind the long grass as he tried to pass me on the verge before I'd even come to a stop!

Feel better now thanks!

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Submarine cables at risk from sea water, boffins warn. Wait, what?

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Re: Except the USA

They'll just build a wall.y.

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Re: Total Malarky. This is abject stupidity

It may have been over-engineered a few years a go but sea level rise and its effects are not linear, they are heavily fractal - New Orleans is a good example. Another is Dunwich in Suffolk a couple of storns over 100 years removed more than half the village and moved the coastline back the same distance its moved in the last 500.

And as for a Tsunami - well you may think they could get it back online in a day or three but when the a storm like this hits then there is unlikely to be any roads left and no power anyway as the grid will probably be taken out too, We dont have enough redundancy cos profits for real disaster management.

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GitHub to Pythonistas: Let us save you from vulnerable code

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Every time I push the GPL to the server it claims its insecure code.

FTFY. MS Fucked That For You.

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Gov.UK to make its lovely HTML exportable as parlous PDFs

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Re: Stand alone, reliable documents

A PDF is out of date the minute it is made. The online HTML should be up to date, should be legible on phone, tablet or PC and does not self shuffle in the print tray or drink coffee.

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Re: Print to PDF

Loose printed PDF. Oh! Look its still on the fucking internet I can find it there. Print and repeat.

Pointless waste of trees/computer space.

Pointless Document Format!

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Python creator Guido van Rossum sys.exit()s as language overlord

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Re: Actually, this has already been said about Python. Many times over.

For a while until someone 'upgrades' something. I'm finding it increasingly difficult to 'get the job done again' as code that used to work no longer does due to different choices of which version of the language/libraries to settle on,

I'm trying to teach kids this stuff and having to take them through a virtual environment configuration for each flashy example is getting a bit fucking tedious.

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Imagine a patent on organizing computer files being used against online shopping sites. Oh, it's still happening

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Imagine what this would be worth

if they'd added the word 'phone'.

The patent 'holder' should have extremely large type copies of Knuth dropped on them from a height conducive to causing as much pain for them and merriment for the rest of us.

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Give Samsung a hand: Chaebol pulls back Arm to strike Intel's chips

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@Kevin . pipelines

And it seems these are full of problems with uncleared memory. I wonder how many pipeline paths will be de-utilised due to potential memory leaks.

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Re Leg

I'm assuming the GPU is for something other than graphics? I'd be seriously interested in some 7nm ML ARM stuff in my 'laptop' - that's doing 3TOPs per W at 14nm so it would be like having a Titan with no interest in my battery on the move!

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Boffins build neural networks fashioned out of DNA molecules

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It's l!E3 Jim but not as we know it

I have enough mutant text translations thank you very much.

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A fine vintage: Wine has run Microsoft Solitaire on Linux for 25 years

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@Shadmeister

If its just a spice simulator just run ngspice instead.

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Bankrupt Aussie Hells Angel scoops £750k lottery jackpot

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Re: "Buying" a ticket is a classic money laundry method.

Or you could put $4000 into a London bank and have a clean $4000.

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GPU fairy visits Huawei owners, leaves graphics boost under phones

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Re Unfinished product

Might not be them - ARM has been releasing software for its chips under the Compute Library and ARMNN and other stuff.

I'm even more pissed off at having my ARM shares stolen from me now!

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Drug cops stopped techie's upgrade to question him for hours. About everything

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Re: I order ed a book about computer veruses

I just used to look at the ones in the quarantine directory.

That was very instructive!

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New Python update slithers into release

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Re: A truly epic xkcd...

Gene Cash. I only have 2 installed as system wide pythons - the same as you. However many interesting python projects use libraries that are not consistent with the main distributions and so you have to run them under pipenv and each instance install the whole bloody world of libraries with your project.

And worse you have to remember to close the pipenv your working in when you move to another project otherwise all hell breaks loose again!

And if you accidentally install anaconda....

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Re: A truly epic xkcd...

All this effort to re-invent dll hell.

I was just reading up on pyenv for my teaching kids programming wot I am starting and then realised I've got 40 separate python installations on my system. I'm not sure I want to teach this to kids!

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UK taxman warned it's running out of time to deliver working customs IT system by Brexit

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Re: Hanlons Razor

this government could cut its throat with anything that sharp.

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Re: Don't be cretinous

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What he meant is "I haven't a fucking clue what I'm talking about but it should sound good for brexiters desperate for this problem to go away'

Quite simply, if we dont implement some form of border control then someone else will as if we dont it we could be shipping any form of shit in and out. This will take the form of "not trading with us with anything other than humanitarian aid".

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Happy birthday, you lumbering MS-DOS-based mess: Windows 98 turns 20 today

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Re: I dont miss it

I remember discovering cywin and being amazed my programs ran fine compiled under that but almost exactly the same code bombed on 98.

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Have YOU had your breakfast pint? Boffins confirm cheeky daily tipple is good for you

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Re: Well I'm safe..

Interestingly 'neat' spirits is absorbed into the system more slowly that the optimum alcohol strength of 20% ( ie half diluted standard UK whisky). I have heard if you drink spirits neat then the stomach in some people can produce an enzyme that breaks down the alcohol so in some ways its better to have the odd glass of water to get the full benefit.

It always used to baffle me how I could sit down and neck a bottle of spirits and yet a lot less alcohol in the form of beer had a far more noticeable effect.

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Lite drinking?

Not that american piss - I'd rather die now.

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What's all the C Plus Fuss? Bjarne Stroustrup warns of dangerous future plans for his C++

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RE: why std::shared_ptr<T> or std::vector<T>::ite....

So you've identified somewhere in the language where there could be a problem if you dont write your code properly and rather than adding some check in your coding procedure you are going to wait until someone updates the language?

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Re: Code style

You dont understand, The purpose of Code Style is so that no-one can ever learn the full set of quirks in your company so you will always make a mistake here or there and then the really shit managers can go off on one for several weeks explaining to everyone in the department how its your fault you couldn't solve Fermat's last theorem in 20 lines of python as he'd demanded in the project plan.

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Re: There are several C++ map-reduce libraries

I do like them myself.

I do not like the fact Qt seems to take up several gig and when I have to upgrade so I can compile a 500 line graphics app I seem to have to download all possible libraries. I'm sure I've see a QT library for the Manchester Baby in there!

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Re: Design by committee

Strangely (for most) is I can see why most of C++ is like it is as for some reason or other my personal programming development has matched what went on with C++. I think the problem you have is its not designed by your committee. All languages will, if allowed to develop, will eventually encapsulate the same concepts. All languages will try and square the circle slightly differently - the square will simply be presented with a different rotation and the greek use of epicycles to calculate the orbit accurately will crop up in different places.

Learn the square, learn the circle and dont fight the epicycles - its a fucking pointless self defeating exercise that just makes you miserable.

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User spent 20 minutes trying to move mouse cursor, without success

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I used to occasionally work in a clean room

where microchips were made. Air was filtered, everyone wore suits covering everything and you had to tear your feet off the sticky mat in the airlock that sucked every last piece of shit off the suit and very nearly the suit too.

You could open the PCs in there and not see a trace of dust after a couple of years even on the outgoing filters. The mice rollers would still get covered in blue grey lint. I think it must be created by quantum fluctuations and dark matter is really the stuff that doesnt stick to mice rollers.

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Tech firms, come to Blighty! Everything is brill! Brexit schmexit, Galileo schmalileo

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Re: This isn't rocket science, it's simply a total rejection of

reality.

Ayn Rand wrote fantasy childrens books where the underpinning of even primitive economies just magically appears out of fresh bullshit.

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Microsoft loves Linux so much its R Open install script rm'd /bin/sh

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Re: Demonstration of Incompetence

the MBA had absolutely NO relevant experience of anything.

FTFY.

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No fandango for you: EU boots UK off Galileo satellite project

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Re: Dictionary anyone? Lucas North

Sorry only one punctuation error and no random exclamation marks. Your just a remainer causing trouble!!!!!!!

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Re: Ja, Christoph...

The way the brexit game is played has to be kept secret. This is just one of the ways it isn't played.

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Woman sues NASA for ownership of vial of space dust

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Re: Three Monoliths just down the hall,

Are they called the Belgian Marbles?

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Re: Heavy handed treatment for possession of dirt

My Dad cam home with a vial with a lump of moon rock in it that had been passed to the university he worked at. Never opened the vial but it came within 1/16th of an inch of my hand.

Boring looking TBH, but what it did to my imagination!

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Re: no

I wouldnt bet on it - you may have collected it but did you have permission? I'd bet it counts as stolen.

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Tech rookie put decimal point in wrong place, cost insurer zillions

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Re: One meelion dollars

I was working behind the bar one night/morning and being tall couldn't see the amount without bending down which was getting difficult to return from. Next day the boss asked me about the missing £1/4 million or so from consecutive transactions being incorrectly returned,

I told him I'd drunk it!

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Plans for half of Europeans to get 100Mbps by 2020 ain't gonna happen – report

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Re: Have 200Mbs now, 100Mbs would be a downgrade

My old next door neighbour had the audacity to complain that their new B4RN fibre was running at 3/4 promised speed - a mere 760Mbps.

He's a scientist at the local university and uses it for massive data files. Its still barely used at capacity though.

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British egg producers saddened by Google salad emoji update

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Re: What did you expect...

It doesnt really matter how you stack a cheeseburger. The only important element it the tomato must be sliced at an angle that mean it will be launched across the room at first bite.

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Re: A limp excuse of a salad

I frequently have salad consisting of just my home grown variety of iceberg lettuce (I forget the brand name but it has flavour!!!) and if there are toms from the poly tunnel they get added as a bonus. People fail to realise that a salad is merely a device for eating salad dressing and the greenery is there for the crunch and to provide a greater surface area for the sea salt to stick to.

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Re: Pointless emojis

Incomprehensible emojis are only required when the other content is incomprehensible. They merely advertise inadequate content.

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US regains supercomputer crown from Chinese, for now

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Re: Recycling

I wonder about the sense in re-using old supercomputers - bang per watt tends to be a lot less than on the newer ones and I'd imagine old code makes fine configuration testing for the new ones which are near impossible to run at 100% for a while.

Having said that I'd be more than happy to take something that peaks at 3.8kw so I can run it for the 5 or 6 hours my PV is maxing out at these summer days. And if the cooling water is warm enough I might be able to brew up some ale while I'm about it!

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NASA finds more stuff suggesting Mars could have hosted life, maybe

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Not holding my breath

These seem to be precursors to life not products of it. Though they will be very helpful in trying to work out how we got here,

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Re: And the remnants had fled to Earth.

Quadragesimomass to a place or two.

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Monday: Intel touts 28-core desktop CPU. Tuesday: AMD turns Threadripper up to 32

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Re: 10Ghz as hot as the sun?

Last time I checked out a rig like that the rig cost far more than buying another computer and provided less performance increase. Pretty coloured tubes though.

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FTSE has a nap after a full English IT glitch

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Anomolies in the pricing data

I wonder if insiders are trying to game the system?

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Nadella tells worried GitHub devs: Judge us by our actions

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Re: Yes!

Bugger - GitOut.com appears to be an off-roader site.

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Re: No, Microsoft, judge us by our action.

No, The open source community has found a way to bankrupt M$ in the same way the craft beer movement is bankrupting the brewing giants and similar pseudo monopolies that have long run out of original ideas - make a successful company, sell it to monopoly, rinse and repeat.

While Monsanto spends billions bribing governments in schools the open source movement is unleashing billions of solar powered raspberrypi robots that can clear fields of weeds and pests for less than the price of an MP's lunch.

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No lie-in this morning? Thank the Moon's gravitational pull

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Re Circadian rhythm

Its always best to have your circadian rhythm longer than the thing it needs to sync to - otherwise you might fall asleep and miss something!

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Four hydrogen + eight caesium clocks = one almost-proven Einstein theory

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its the measuring stick problem again

"due in part to better clocks and improved data on the Earth's position and velocity in space"

would these be the better atomic clocks used in the experiment?

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NASA spots asteroid on crash course with Earth – with just hours to go

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Re: velocity of a sheep in a vacuum in El Reg units

The fact the sheep is sheared or unsheared is very pertinent. Mine are awaiting the clippers at the moment and I would estimate their cross sectional area to be 4 or 5 times that of when they are sheared. Given the mass will barely chance during shearing their acceleration due to light pressure from the sun in vacuo will be a mere 25% when sheared.

I think even you would notice the difference between a sheared and unsheared kebab after a few aeons if it smacked you in the face on a Saturday night.

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