* Posts by Frumious Bandersnatch

2651 publicly visible posts • joined 8 Nov 2007


Frumious Bandersnatch

It is pitch black.

You are likely to be eaten by a grue.

Elon Musk launches his own xAI biz 'to understand reality'

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Re: There’s that term again

gotta get up,

gotta get out

gotta get home

before the morning comes

what if I'm late

got a big day

gotta get home

before the sun comes up


Free Wednesday gift for you lucky lot: Extra mouse button!

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Re: shift-insert for paste

Unfortunately, not all apps implement shift-insert in the same way. I would love it if all apps pasted what you have just highlighted (ie, do the same as mouse middle click), but Firefox, for one, pastes the contents of the main copy/paste buffer.

At least shift-insert works the way I want in terminal programs. It's particularly handy for mouse-free copy and paste between an emacs buffer and a terminal. Still very useful if I have to use mouse to select text in other source apps.

Boss such a tyrant you need a job quitting agent? It works in Japan

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Re: taishoku daiko - the actual mechanics?

I am rather curious as how the taishoku daiko perform their task. In person? Can imagine it would be excruciatingly formal.

Not only in terms of business etiquette, there's also a higher level of language formality to deal with. Sounds like a difficult job all right.

Apologies JP speakers if I have commited a "the hoi polloi" on "the taishoku daiko."

No, it's not a "the hoi polloi" error on your part ("hoi" literally translating to "the?"). Japanese has no definite or indefinite articles, so when translating from Japanese to English it's OK to add one or some other surrogate word ("these", "such") as appropriate.

Creator of Linux virtual assistant blames 'patent troll' for project's death

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I guess you mean s/invidious/vexatious/?

The Twitpocalypse may have begun, as datacenter migration reportedly founders

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Re: Unrelated to this story,

I think there's been more than just two stories recycled over the last few weeks...

Twitch bans AI-generated Seinfeld show for making transphobic jokes

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Re: Is the intelligence really artificial?

like "The Puerto Rico Day" or whatever they called it?

(obviously not trans- or homo- phobic, but extremely dismissive of Puerto Ricans)

No more free API access, says Twitter: You pay for that data

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Re: They just did this in the wrong order

Yeah, and Travis Bickle was organasized.

(I don't know what kind of point I'm trying to make here, tbh)

It's been 230 years since British pirates robbed the US of the metric system

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Re: Learn both?

"you had to guess if it looked new enough to be km."

You mean you didn't notice that the new signs were a different colour?

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"forced to glide the aircraft, containing 69 souls"

While we're on the subject of archaic units of measurement ...

Tone deaf? Microsoft must have booked Sting for Davos because he's a good singer

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"the do do do, the 'da, da, da'"

Sorry, Comrade. (no, we won't be reimbursing you for burial expenses)


Time Lords decree an end to leap seconds before risky attempt to reverse time

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Re: Didn't someone previously propose

mmmm... if I could still edit, I'd move that "presumably" up a bullet point...


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Re: Didn't someone previously propose

No, what's "clunky" is that the OP:

* thought that some post was interesting

* (presumably) reached into his/her knowledge of Japanese and pulled out "omoshiroi"

* decided to post it using Japanese script (mostly .... that space between the words tells a different story, though; I call cut and paste)

* added a superfluous attempt at "being polite" (as they imagined they should) (that "desu")

Other low-effort interpretations are possible, but they mainly revolve around the OP not really knowing Japanese.

If something is genuinely interesting and you want to express it in Japanese, it's just 面白い (+ Japanese exclamation mark, which I'm not set up for at the moment). Same as "itai", "mazui", "umai", and so on. Tacking on unnecessary "politeness" defeats the purpose and actually sounds sarcastic.

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Re: Didn't someone previously propose

面白い + です = grammar fail, sorry.

omoshoroi no desu, otoh ... (or even "omoshirou gozaimasu" if you're a certain kind of purist/pedant)

Twitter is suffering from mad bro disease. Open thinking can build it back better

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Re: Immunize the Mastodon

Yeah, deserves an eschaton of upvotes.

NSA urges orgs to use memory-safe programming languages

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Re: Best of all

Yeah, I agree. My objection against Rust was somewhat confected. I'm really a Rust fan, but I think that it's always good to preserve the "Reflections On Trust" Advocate position.

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Re: Best of all

The advice is sound. Given that memory corruption often allows RCE, it makes sense to use a language where memory corruption is simply not a concern.

But even rust grandfathers C/C++'s (what you might call) cargo cultism around order of execution (memory barriers and whatnot). The problem is that order of execution is a non-trivial (unsafe) problem where you're cribbing from C/C++, where your compiler can't check for non-compliance when it comes to translation of the standard, and the CPU can make up its own mind ...

But yeah, in general Rust is a whole lot better. Just not perfect.

Microsoft's Lennart Poettering proposes tightening up Linux boot process

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Re: *I* propose ...

He's clearly never heard of "least privileges"

"Zero Truss" as we call it around these parts...

(too soon? too late? Welcome to Groundhog day...)

Removing an obsolete AMD fix makes Linux kernel 6 quicker

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Re: The older the OS...

Upvoted for the use of the "Þ" and knowing NOT to put a "Y" there instead.

Yes, shout-out for thorne!

That emoji may not mean what you think it means

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Re: Eggplant

And of course this is highly variable depending on the country or your specific ingroup. In Japan the poop emoji can mean 'lucky'.

Yeah, but the kou'un -> unkou -> unko passage is pretty twisty...

China's blockchain boosters slam crypto as Ponzi scheme

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Re: Dumb as a sack of rocks

(sorry ... wrong conman ... but still worth reading up on https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Victor_Lustig)

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Re: Dumb as a sack of rocks

Speaking of Ponzi and the Brooklyn Bridge, the Eiffel Tower is still standing as far as I know


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Re: "Blockchains have a useful purpose outside of crypto."

which reminds me of a comment about religion and morality ... "name me one ethical/moral problem that religion solves that isn't solvable by Humanism?"

Bitcoin is just another cult, IMO.

Unbelievably clever: Redbean 2 – a single-file web server that runs on six OSes

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Re: Clever work around for artificial incompatibility

"COM" is a "file format" in the same way as a Bash script is a file format: it's not.

All it is is a file extension to denote files that, by convention contain machine instructions.

I love the Linux desktop, but that doesn't mean I don't see its problems all too well

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Re: Computing smarts in the cloud

well if it doesn't hold for you, you're probably holding it wrong

Symbiote Linux malware spotted – and infections are 'very hard to detect'

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Re: Detection is trivial

Even simpler: `touch apache2start; ls apache2start && echo ok`

BOFH: Where do you think you are going with that toner cartridge?

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Re: Vengeance

No, I think you'll find that he had a ragged right.

Perl Steering Council lays out a backwards compatible future for Perl 7

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Re: Backwards compatibility

Feel free to report the broken example (politely) to https://github.com/perlorg/perlweb. The fix is "use feature 'say';"

Or use the `-E` flag to Perl somewhere. Or, more neatly, specify what the minimum required Perl version is for your code, eg:

use v5.10;

Use `perldoc feature` to see what new optional features are available in your perl and what version they first appeared in.

Original killer PC spreadsheet Lotus 1-2-3 now runs on Linux natively

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I dunno if I'm in the right time zone, but ... NJStar, MultiEdit and ... Freemacs?

everything's a bit hazy after DesqView...

Jeffrey Snover claims Microsoft demoted him for inventing PowerShell

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Re: At the risk of being downvoted to hell

> Bring back DCL

Rexx here, please.

The wild world of non-C operating systems

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great memory lane

... but you had me at Wirthers.

IPv6 is built to be better, but that's not the route to success

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Re: IPv6 is actually there in the home user worls

A possible reason for this is that home users who want to edit are stuck behind NAT, so if one jackass starts making joke/vandalistic edits, everyone who shares that IP address will get blocked. I don't think that you can draw many inferences from the stat you posted.

European Space Agency whittles wannabe astronauts down from 23,000 to 1,391

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Re: Could there be a South Korean TV show somewhere in this?

I also watched it, but I found it quite enjoyable. Super obvious that they're mining various western sci-fi tropes (too many to mention), but I treat that more as "homage" than "rip-off". I'm sure they did a "Right Stuff" part at some point too... Anyway, despite all that, I thought it stood by itself in terms of story-telling.

For the OP, nice subversion of the obvious 10-legged diversion reference...

Mediatek unveils its first ARMv9 smartphone chip for advanced handsets

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to affinity and beyond ...

man taskset

If anyone can explain why Jupiter's Great Red Spot is spinning faster and shrinking, please speak up

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you know ...

Just your usual Storm and Drain ...

Tobacco giants don't get to decide who does research on smoking. Why does Facebook get to dictate studies?

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Re: Oh Really?

Youth culture killed my dog ... and I don't think it's fair.

Radioactive hybrid terror pigs have made themselves a home in Fukushima's exclusion zone

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Re: “Re-wilding”

As opposed to the Spanish, where it means "very"/"well", as in frijoles refritos...

(I am the very model of a boring etymologist)

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Re: With apologies to HG-

I still think Jeff Wayne put it better.

Oooh LA!

FreedomFi's 5G gateways will mine HNT cryptocurrency for owners who dole out coverage to passing users, IoT devices

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Re: Weasel words

First I've heard of this Helium thing, so thought about it for a bit and then looked up the docs...

My first impression is that this couldn't be using a proof-of-work algorithm, which, as you say (or at least I think you're saying), is just an invitation to throw more power (leccy) at calculating the crypto currency.

Turns out, they use a "proof of coverage" algorithm. So I think that your complaint isn't valid in this case.

PS, as per TFA, the final lines suggest that it may not be a great idea to advertise the location of your 5g micro-cell due to nutters. If there's a complaint to be levelled at the scheme, it's that the above proof-of-coverage algorithm would help such nutters track down cell locations.

Crazy world we live in, eh?

Tech ambitions said to lie at heart of Britain’s bonkers crash-and-burn Brexit plan

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Re: No track record in the tech industry?

came here to make the exact same comment :)

Anti-5G-vaxx pressure group sues Zuckerberg, Facebook, fact checkers for daring to suggest it might be wrong

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Re: Welcome to the post-sanity world

like a tattoo of the number of the beast?

US govt proposes elephant showers for every American after Prez Trump says trickles dampen his haircare routine

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<em>They new ones suck</em>

Well I can see why you're upset.

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Re: Wrong lightbulbs...

I think that the short life of dimmable LED bulbs is to do with heat build up. As in, the light fittings themselves aren't really suitable for bulbs of that kind. CFL might suck, but they seem to be a better match for the kind of light fittings that people want to use with dimmer switches. Mood lighting.

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Re: "followed closely by UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson"

Upvote for going a little bit over the obvious "hair-larious." Can I join your fringe?

Bill Gates debunks 'coronavirus vaccine is my 5G mind control microchip implant' conspiracy theory

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Re: Bill

I always doubted AManFromMars' provenance. I always thought of him as A Huge Ever Growing Pulsating Brain That Rules From The Centre Of The Ultraworld.

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Some first posts are good. Some are by people who blundered into the wrong forum by mistake.

Some gulls(*) wander by mistake / into the mess that scalpels make.

(* which I am using to mean "trickster", "fraud", "troll", etc. So Humpty Dumpty of me. Respondents can figure out their own role in this conceit)

You call Verizon. A Google bot answers. You demand a human. The human is told what to say by the bot

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Ya tvoi sluga

Ya tvoi rabotnik!

Road trip on Mars: Thrill as Curiosity rover races up to 0.06 miles per hour. Marvel as it takes a mile-long detour

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Note to Martian self

Remember to hide evidence of pre-Event civilisation on top of sand dunes.

One does not simply repurpose an entire internet constellation for sat-nav, but UK might have a go anyway

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Is it "Hammer Time" yet?

(aaaw, I thought it was always Hammer Time)

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Re: Full-blown kakistocracy

It was on glossy paper and they used HP ink.

So when they can't make the repayments it will be repossessed?