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50 posts • joined 27 Oct 2016

Blockchain study finds 0.00% success rate and vendors don't call back when asked for evidence


Re: Blockchains are a wonderful tool .....

>A "beowolf" has several meanings - one of which deals with clusters of processing/data nodes.

You're thinking about a Beowulf cluster. A "beowolf" is a wolf designed by Bang & Olufsen. Very slim and stylish, but at a price above industry average.

Nikola Tesla's greatest challenge: He could measure electricity but not stupidity


Re: Electricity

>IT related songs

I like Bad Religion's "I Love My Computer"; it reminds me of the better, more innocent days before Google and Facebook...


Re: our banknotes have poetry on them

>Maybe one day we’ll capture a fighting machine, learn how it works

The chances of anything coming from that are a million to one, I say...

Finally. The palm-sized Palm phone is back. And it will, er, save you from your real smartphone


Re: Nothing like trashing a product

You look more like a flooring inspector.

Alexa heard what you did last summer – and she knows what that was, too: AI recognizes activities from sound



That's not creepy at all...

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


Re: To some MSDOS was an major leap forward.

>Kids today can still have all the joys of working constrained bare metal on the Raspberry Pi GPU

They could, but I don't think it's as interesting to young people anymore. Around the time of the ZX-81 there was a certain energy, a certain excitement in tinkering with microprocessors, which I don't think still exist. Now it's mostly a trade, not a passion.

It's the way of the world: building your own ham radio, or stereo amplifier, or getting some old broken car and rebuilding it in your backyard used to be fun activities, if you were geeky enough. They have become unfashionable, just like building your own computer, writing your own low level code or playing World of Warcraft.

Mozilla changes Firefox policy from ‘do not track’ to ‘will not track’


AFAIK (please correct me if I'm wrong), since switching away from Yahoo as a default search provider last year, Mozilla gets a majority of its income from Google. I wonder: does this new tough anti-tracking policy also apply to Google trackers? If it does, will it still be worth it for Google to keep financing the Mozilla Foundation?

Abracadabra! Tales of unexpected sysadmagic and dabbling in dark arts


Re: Case sensor

>First HD I had in my own PC was 20MB

God yes, same here. The version of DOS I had couldn't even conceive such a large volume could exist, so I had to split the disk in a 16 MB and a 4 MB partition.

And I managed to play "The Secret of Monkey Island" all the way through, even though my 8086 PC only had a CGA graphics card *and* a green on black monochrome monitor. At some point in the game, the player gets a list of ingredients he needs to collect, written with multicolored characters. On the 4 color CGA display, different colors were merged, so the writing wasn't recognizable - only a few pixels of each letter could be seen. I didn't even realize it was just an issue with my bottom of the barrel display. I thought it was another puzzle, and the list was intentionally written in some secret alphabet - and cheerfully spent some quality time decoding it.

Fun times!

Oh, fore putt's sake: Golf org PGA bunkered up by ransomware attack just days before tournament


The servers were fine, but the firewalls weren't: they got a hole in one.

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


Re: Here's a PEP


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


Re: Killer App

>[Access not being available on Linux] may not be such a bad thing. [...] in so many cases the result far exceeds what Access was intended for, and really should been written as a "proper" application.

Agreed, but for each case where the business needs end up outgrowing Access, there must be tens or hundreds of cases where somebody who may not be a full-time developer was able to put together a small Access app that does what they need quickly and cheaply.

I sometimes need to fix something small in the house - I'm not a professional plumber, and I don't have a set of professional tools; this doesn't stop me from replacing the occasional gasket, using some generic screwdriver or wrench I happen to have around. And I disagree with the idea that wrenches shouldn't be available to non-professional plumbers because they're sometimes not the right tool for the job.

Science fiction legend Harlan Ellison ends his short time on Earth


>watching an actor trying to emote

Seems to have worked for Clint Eastwood who, according to Sergio Leone, managed just two expressions: one with a hat and one without a hat.

Potato, potato. Toma6to, I'm going to kill you... How a typo can turn an AI translator against us


Re: Nothing new here

From a Romanian friend, here's a catastrophically bad Google translation:

"Rahat" is the Romanian word for Turkish delight. It is also an euphemism for excrement. Google chooses the idiom instead of the main meaning, with hilarious results.

On the same page, Google's advice to " do the dick test to check if it's baking" should instead suggest to "do the toothpick test"..

The strife of Brian: Why doomed Intel boss's ex86 may not be the real reason for his hasty exit


Re: They could have used the "He said Jehova" excuse instead

Context doesn't matter to the offence culture. You can even get sacked if you don't use the N word at all, but say something that sounds similar to uneducated ears - see not one, but repeated examples here . I can understand why somebody would be wary.

James Damore's labor complaint went over about as well as his trash diversity manifesto


>They literally asked for feedback on their diversity and hiring policies following a training session.

"I want someone to tell me", Lieutenant Scheisskopf beseeched to them all prayerfully. "If any of it is my fault, I want to be told."

"He wants someone to tell him," Clevinger said.

"He wants everyone to keep still, idiot," Yossarian answered.

"Didn't you hear him?" Clevinger argued.

"I heard him," Yossarian replied. "I heard him say very loudly and very distinctly that he wants every one of us to keep our mouths shut if we know what's good for us."

"I won't punish you", Lieutenant Scheisskopf swore.

"He says he won't punish me", said Clevinger.

"He'll castrate you," said Yosarrian.

"I swear I won't punish you," said Lieutenant Scheisskopf. "I'll be grateful to the man who tells me the truth."

"He'll hate you", said Yossarian. "To his dying day he'll hate you."

Whizzes' lithium-iron-oxide battery 'octuples' capacity on the cheap


Re: x8, x 4, x2

>Can [gasoline] burn IN water (not on, IN)?

I have some bad news about the environment where automobiles run for you...


Re: x8, x 4, x2

>Lithium burns nicely

I have some bad news about gasoline for you...

'Break up Google and Facebook if you ever want innovation again'


Re: Never going to happen.

>For the simple reason that Google et al are American companies, and if they got broken up it would mean the US would lose real dominance of the Internet.

That would imply that congresscritters care about America. Watching their activities, it doesn't seem to be the case. You're right however that it won't happen, but for a different reason. Google, well aware its whole business model is based on shaky moral and legal grounds, are on track to become the biggest spender on lobbying in the USA. As long as they keep their shopping bag full of congressmen, Google is in no danger of legislative action.

Open-source defenders turn on each other in 'bizarre' trademark fight sparked by GPL fall out


Re: Standing

>The GPL, unlike the MIT license, protects against people adding a small thing to an open-source program that might become necessary to use it - thus taking it out of being usable in its open-source form.

What are you talking about? If party A releases something under a MIT license, and party B adds some small thing to it, do you honestly believe party C can't use A's code anymore? If so, you have absolutely no understanding of how things work.

Windows on ARM: It's nearly here (again)



>>...vulnerabilities patched in Chrome OS!"

>There's the operative word, right there.

I'll venture to say that the operative word is "vulnerabilities".

Android at 10: How Google won the smartphone wars


Re: Google is Evil

Don't assume Google doesn't know about you just because searches for your name come up with nothing. You have no access to their internal databases . If you could search those, you may find a lot of stuff under your Google Advertising ID. You might find out it's correlated to your home computer's MAC address, to your phone UDID and phone number, to your credit card transactions, probably your travel history (from locations of IP addresses or cell phone towers) and web access history (from Google's DNS servers) - plus who knows what else.

French senator demands public inquiry into Microsoft military deal


Re: Apparently

> Toutes vos bases appartiennent à Microsoft

Meuh non, meuh non.

Toutes vos base sont appartiennent à Microsoft.

Interstellar space rock screams through Solar System


Re: That's a weird orbit

From the images, it passed very close to the Sun - deep within the orbit of Mercury. Statistically, given the size of the Universe, that looks really unlikely. If it was an alien spacecraft, it may have used the close passage for a gravity assist maneuver - keep into a mind we only saw it on its way out, and the incoming path is extrapolated. If it was just a space rock, either we were really lucky, or there are orders of magnitude more such objects passing through the Solar system, but somehow we failed to see any until now.

HMRC boss defends shift to AWS, says they got 50% knocked off


Re: Of course not

You mean something like this ?

Three words: Synthetic gene circuit. Self-assembling bacteria build pressure sensor


These are things man was not meant to know!

>The phrase "Just because you can, doesn't mean you should" is obviously lost on these scientists.

"Learn from me, if not by my precepts, at least by my example, how dangerous is the acquirement of knowledge, and how much happier that man is who believes his native town to be the world, than he who aspires to become greater than his nature will allow."

— Victor Frankenstein, Frankenstein

The power JavaScript: 'Gandalf of JS' Wirfs-Brock on ECMAscript 2017


Re: Gandalf of JS


Fly, you fools!

Sysadmin tells user CSI-style password guessing never w– wait WTF?! It's 'PASSWORD1'!


Re: "They looked for the password on the CD . . ."

>Need to log in to a user's workstation? The password is 1: Under the keyboard, 2: On a post-it stuck to the monitor or, if you're very lucky, written on a notepad in the top drawer under the desk.

And this can be fine, if you understand your security threat; if your attacker has physical access to your office, you have bigger problems. Passwords under keyboards can't be read by hackers in Russia or China, which are in most cases the bigger risk.

Add the fact that many companies with bad understanding of security require passwords to be at least 75 characters long, contain mixed case letters, digits, and at least two wingdings, and be changed every full moon and you can't reasonably expect users to memorize them.

Homeland Security drops the hammer on Kaspersky Lab with preemptive ban


> they try to scupper any hopes for MS's AWS services

I heard they'll be putting spyware on all new Google iPhones too!

Weird white dwarf pulsar baffles boffins as its pulsating pattern changes over decades


Re: a teaspoon ... would weigh 15 tons.

You have those slightly completely reversed though

Terry Pratchett's unfinished works flattened by steamroller


Re: I'm touched by the weirdness of this request...

>I think Dirk Gently was the best book Adams wrote.

I agree - and I believe it shows Adams' evolution as a writer paralleled Pratchett's in some ways. They both started with gag-driven works, with little or no characterization, and with no plot to speak of beyond a flimsy framework to hang gags to - that's particularly the case for Adams' Hitchhiker books, but also for the first few Discworld books (especially the Rincewind the Wizzard series). As they both matured as writers, their later books become less dependent on gags, the plots become interesting in themselves, and the characters grow deeper and better fleshed.

Pratchett grew immeasurably as a writer - amazingly, without losing his humor; his later books are still laugh out loud funny. I think the Dirk Gently books show Adams was following a similar path. It's a tragedy Adams died so young; I think his best work was still ahead of him.

Nasty firmware update butchers Samsung smart TVs so bad, they have to be repaired

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Re: Get an nVidia shield (or your box of choice)

Doesn't the nVidia shield require a Google account? If I have to be spied on, I'd rather have it done by Samsung than by tracking masters Google.

Your top five dreadful people the Google manifesto has pulled out of the woodwork


Re: Can't Believe I Read ALL these Comment's !

>Poopy face

While this reply is certainly more cogent and well argued than your article, I still can't help feeling it lacks a certain je ne sais quoi to be utterly convincing.


Re: Ad hominem

>>Claiming people are biased because they're white is an ad hominem.

>No it fucking isn't

Technically speaking it's a fallacy known as Bulverism.

Si vous comprenez ces mots, vous êtes français ou l'intelligence artificielle de Facebook


Re: Out of sight, out of mind

I thought it was "blind idiot"?

Creepy tech tycoons Zuck and Musk clash over AI doomsday


Re: Safer cars?

I don't particularly like black - I'll only wear it until they find a darker color.

Semiconductor-laced bunny eyedrops appear to nuke infections


Re: Double-edged sword?

Your question piqued my curiosity, so, since nobody seems to have answered, I went looking it up on the web; I found this rather informative article on the Royal Society of Chemistry's site: . Here's a relevant excerpt:

Nanoparticles can be formed naturally via processes occurring in all “spheres” of the Earth, [...] by chemical, photochemical, mechanical, thermal, and biological processes separately or in combination, [...]. In addition, NPs are also formed spontaneously as a result of human activities (e.g., during mining, production of wastewaters and wastes in general, and other industrial processes). A recent estimate suggests the formation of NNPs, only from biogeochemical processes alone, occurs in the range of several thousand teragrams per year (1 Tg = 1 million metric tons). Comparatively, the mass of ENPs [engineered nanoparticles] produced per year is orders of magnitude lower, in the range of several hundreds to thousands of Tg per year

Oh my Word... Microsoft Office 365 unlatched after morning lockout


> So just what has been gained by going online/to cloud?

Well, there is this thing called "the web" now; you can actually get to your data from other computers than your main machine! If you can believe it, I once went to a coffee shop IN JAPAN and I didn't have to fly my large tower PC over at all! I used a small laptop connected to the "cloud"! And, get this, I didn't even have to find a power outlet, I could do it all FROM THE LAPTOP's BATTERY!

Robots will enable a sustainable grey economy


Re: Dumb yanks

I intellectually agree public transportation should be the most efficient way; however, at least for me, the old joke is true more often than not: public transportation takes me from somewhere where I'm not to somewhere I don't want to go.

Tanks for the memories: Building a post-Microsoft Office cloud suite


Re: "Google will argue that everyone has a Google account"

They may not even know, but they have it.

Linus Torvalds slams 'pure garbage' from 'clowns' at Grsecurity


Re: Ego Overload

@hplasm: are you saying open source supporters have small dicks then?

Uber wants your top tips to mend its rotten image


Re: Tips

Walk on your tip toes

Don't tie no bows

Better stay away from those that carry around a fire hose

Keep a clean nose

Wash the plain clothes

You don't need a weather man to know which way the wind blows.

US voter info stored on wide-open cloud box, thanks to bungling Republican contractor


Re: 200 million people in the DB?

From a BBC article: [The data contained] "citizens' suspected religious affiliations, ethnicities and political biases, such as where they stood on controversial topics like gun control, the right to abortion and stem cell research"

Bye bye MP3: You sucked the life out of music. But vinyl is just as warped


Re: Hipsters

And now... No. 1... The Larch...

Comey was loathed by the left, reviled by the right – must have been doing something right


Re: The truth?

Even if the truth DOES come out, will it even matter? Nobody seems to care about truth anymore - Republicans haven't shown any interest in truth since at least the beginning of the Dubya years, and Democrats don't seem to give it any thought lately either. On both sides of the aisle ideology trumps reality (not intended as a pun, it just comes out this way), loud shouts trump common sense, the best lack all conviction while the worst are full of passionate intensity.

Amazing new boffinry breakthrough: Robots are eating our brains


Re: "examines whether educational methods and institutions can keep pace"

There is another issue though; even with education, humans won't be able to keep pace with machines. Humans have hard built-in biological limits; education may help humans perform closer to those limits, but can't expand them. And improvements in the current generation of machines are inherited by the next generation directly, while your hard earned education won't be passed on to your kids: humanity's evolution is Darwinian while machines evolve under a Lamarckian model. The capabilities of machines grow so much faster than humans' that, if things continue apace, quite soon there will be nothing physical or intellectual an average human can do that a machine can't do better and faster.

Android O my god! It's finally here (for devs)


Re: So what's the "O"?

When they write a book about the development of this version, they must name it "The Story of O".

Microsoft’s ‘Home Hub’ probably isn’t even hardware at all


Re: MS Watch

That would be the SPOT watch; I used to have one of those, made by Fossil; useful enough, but it became redundant when smartphones showed up. I believe that's the product the Net Micro Framework was initially developed for.

Trump's torture support could mean the end of GCHQ-NSA relationship


Re: You mean the US still has any secrets to share after they've passed thru Hillary's server?

H. L. Mencken said it:

Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard.

Microsoft's Surface Studio desk-slab, Dial knob, Surface Book: We get our claws on new kit


Re: Good spec

2-4 GB is the graphics card RAM only; the lowest spec comes with 8 GB system RAM, and the highest with 32 GB


Re: Surface pens

For what it's worth, Gabe from Penny Arcade has received a Surface Studio (the lowest specced one, with an i5 and 8 Gb RAM) and played with it for a bit. Here's his take on it after using it for a week: . A relevant quote: "Tycho asked me to compare it to my Cintiq, and I told him that drawing on the Cintiq now felt like drawing on a piece of dirty plexiglass hovering over a CRT monitor from 1997."

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