Thanks for the fascinating article. I knew basically nothing about any of this - only read the article because disabling cua mode is one of the first things I do when configuring emacs. Now I actually know what cua mode means!
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Re: Russian politics aside
> For HPC, ..., so long as it has a fully functional Linux toolchain including Python, Numpy, Scipy, Julia, C, C++, Fortran... I really don't care which instruction set I'm using.
Tell me you've never used an HPC without saying you've never used an HPC...
Clue: it's not the hardware that HPC vendors sell, it's the expertise to use that hardware properly.
> and RAM is not upgradeable (which almost everybody wants to do at some time).
Did you read the article? "Fortunately, Apple hasn’t (yet) dished out the same treatment to the iMac’s RAM, which remains user-serviceable and uses standard 260-pin DDR4 sticks. ".
In fact, for the hard of thinking, the article mentions the user upgradable RAM twice, the second time being the second half of the sentence you half-quoted: "It won points for the use of a socketed (and thus, upgradable) CPU, as well as the user-serviceable RAM."
Re: Hunt to blame for NHS attack
Back when I programmed in perl, I used to use xmodmap to remap the row of number keys to the symbols (!, @, #, ...), and shifted press to the numeral (1, 2, 3, ...). Programmed perl in emacs for years without getting RSI, so it was worth the ten minutes to set up.
Re: "Countless 32-bit apps"
You can use Apple Configurator 2 from the app store to do app management, local backups from iOS devices etc (and possibly ring tones - not sure about that) from the computer. It's Apple's management tool for enterprise iOS deployments, but it's free and works fine for a single iOS device too.
Re: "will need updating"
On my third android phone now - an HTC, a Motorola and a Lenovo. Not one has received an update more than 18 months after the handset was released. Each time, there's been stories that "In this years update, google have solved updating without needing handset manufacturers/carriers" - it's like the year of the linux desktop.
74 countries hit by NSA-powered WannaCrypt ransomware backdoor: Emergency fixes emitted by Microsoft for WinXP+
Re: Hunt to blame for NHS attack
Win 10 is not vulnerable if the patch from March was applied. So staying on XP and not paying MS for supporting XP since 2015 (as per the article) is the reason the NHS was so badly affected. Not blaming the NHS here - it's the fault of the person (rhymes with Jeremy Runt) who decided they shouldn't pay.
Re: Surely the 4G/Simm provides good tracking anyway?
More than that - the mobile broadband info is held by the phone company. The wifi info is held by the local shop you're in. It's probably easier and cheaper for the local shop to set up a wifi access point to get the information than to try to buy it from the mobile provider.
I'm pretty sure the line length limit in the FORTRAN f77 I used as an undergrad in the 90s was lower than 80 characters. You lost the first 6 or so characters on every line (okay, they weren't really lost, but they had specific meanings so for most lines of code they weren't used), and I'm pretty sure everything after character 72 was ignored, no?
2nd Gen ipod still useful
Still have my 2nd Gen iPod from December 2002 - and found an alternative use a couple of days ago. Internal hard disc died on my iMac, so installed Snow Leopard on the iPod via firewire and ran the iMac for a couple of days from there while waiting for a replacement hard disc to arrive. The iMac was surprisingly useful from the external iPod, although the boot time was horrendous.
Used this setup to update an iPod touch to iOS 5 too.
Hang on, your units are all messed up! As any fule knows; the correct units for volume are:
# Walnut = 0.16gf
# Chicken's egg = 0.35gf
# Bulgarian airbag (C-cup Posh Spice - allegedly) = 1.1gf
# Bulgarian funbag (DD-cup Jordan) = 3.27gf
# Football = 11.07gf
# Olympic-sized swimming pool = 4,780,114gf
# Known universe
(As defined in http://www.theregister.co.uk/2007/08/24/vulture_central_standards/). Can we have an update with correct units?