* Posts by M. Poolman

169 posts • joined 19 Mar 2007

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Zealous Zoom's zesty zymotic zone zinger: Zestful zealots zip zillions

M. Poolman

Re: Why zoom?

Since lock-down, I've used (for work and leisure) FB messenger, Google meet, MS teams, Skype and Zoom. Zoom for me is head and shoulders above the rest: simpler to set up, better audio and video quality, and more reliable (of course your experience may be different)..

I think it's telling that this is from a start-up who focus on doing one thing and doing it well, as opposed the the offerings of various mega-corps who see something new and want to add a slice of the action to their portfolio.

I guess it's only a matter of before Zoom get bought by someone much larger, and I'll have to start looking for an alternative.

In case you need more proof the world's gone mad: Behold, Apple's $699 Mac Pro wheels

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Re: The longer I live, the stranger things get...

Wheels on a MacBook - the ultimate hipster skateboard?

Linux fans thrown a bone in one Windows 10 build while Peppa Pig may fly if another is ready in time for this year

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Re: Embrace phase is working well.

Having done neither, I bow to the voice of experience.

Real-time tragedy: Dumb deletion leaves librarian red-faced and fails to nix teenage kicks on the school network

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Re: Amiga C compiler

I got that from a Fred Fish PD library floppy. The developer actually had his personal telephone number in the docs, I rang it once and a slightly fed up sounding better half answered it and shouted up the stairs in a rather resigned tone of voice "Stevie, North C!".

You tell that to the youngsters today and they won't believe you.

M. Poolman

Amiga C compiler

There was a free compiler for the A500 called NorthC, gcc was available for the A1200, but I'm not sure about earlier Amigas. With either, it was a problem getting hold of the header files to access various OS and UI functionality. I seem to remember that the price of Lattice C with a full set of header files cost more than the hardware itself, and can't help wondering how much this had to do with the Amiga's ultimate demise.

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Hensa sure brings back memories, also from a poly, although I don't remember it being blacklisted. I seem to remember accessing it via ftp. One of the great things about was a good selection of Amiga software. I downloaded both gcc and LaTeX for the Amiga, (split over about 10 floppies if I remember correctly).

From Amanda Holden to petrol-filled water guns: It has been a weird week for 5G

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Mushroom

Dowsing a mast, or any other large object with petrol, especially by *spraying* petrol FFS sounds like a great way to get yourself a Darwin award.

As Frank Zappa said:

"Physicists say that hydrogen is the more abundant than anything else in the universe; they're wrong - it's stupidity"

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Boeing 787s must be turned off and on every 51 days to prevent 'misleading data' being shown to pilots

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Re: A point of order seems to need clarifying.

42 days without a reboot results in accumulated stale data causing serious malfunctions in humour detection sensors.

Remember that clinical trial, promoted by President Trump, of a possible COVID-19 cure? So, so, so many questions...

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Re: The most important statement in the whole article.

The version I remember (from the early '90s?) had a backpacker, the Dali Lama and Bull Gates in the plane.

Microsoft staff giggle beneath the weight of a 52,000-person Reply-All email storm

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"Whatever the amount, it's a steel."

Although if you're using Chrome, your reputation will remain stainless.

Captain Caveman rides to the rescue, solves a prickly PowerPoint problem with a magical solution

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"Twenty-five quid??? ...

For wiping off a thumb-print might be a bit steep, but for coming out for a home-call on Boxing-day sounds like pretty damn good value to me.

House of Lords push internet legend on greater openness and transparency from Google. Nope, says Vint Cerf

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his supervisor ... promptly racked the objective lens through the preparation

Have a thumbs up for making oi smile!

Xilinx's high-end Versal FPGA is like a designer handbag. If you need to ask the price, you probably can't afford it

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Re: High-level

Been a long time since I thought of C(++) as high level!

Death and taxis: Windows has had enough of clinging to a cab rooftop in the London rain

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I think you had your sarcasm filter turned up too high.

Voyager suffers a power wobble as boffins start the final countdown for Spitzer

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Pint

Re: W10

"I still envision an alternate history where X86 was only a bit player and we're all using Commodore-compatible instead of IBM-compatible machines."

And I thought it was only me - have a beer!

Star wreck: There's a 1 in 20 chance a NASA telescope and US military satellite will smash into each other today

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Re: Pittsburgh, Philadelphia? Slough.

Come friendly bombs ...

'I am done with open source': Developer of Rust Actix web framework quits, appoints new maintainer

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People publish Open Source software because they're hobbyists

I was trying to think of a sensible reply to that, but remembering the quote from AC immediately before yours, it would probably be a waste of time.

Oi, Queenslander who downloaded 26.8TB in June alone – we see you

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Re: Consumer hardware

Pah! When I were I lad I had to spend ten minutes toggling binary into the front panel before the computer (good ol' PDP8) could even read a paper tape!

Google Chrome will check for leaked credentials every time you sign in anywhere

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Holmes

...worry here is that sending your credentials to Google ... could ... be a security risk

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(ellipses because title too long)

50 years ago, someone decided it would be OK to fire Apollo 12 through a rain cloud. Awks, or just 'SCE to Aux'?

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Gene Kranz's book Failure is not an option is well worth a read.

I'll look out for it. In the mean time I'd recommend Tom Wolf's "The Right Stuff" for those interested in this kind of thing.

Judge shoots down Trump admin's efforts to allow folks to post shoddy 3D printer gun blueprints online

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Re: Why a 3D printed gun?

Have an upvote for beating me to it!

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Countries with strict gun control

tend to be equally strict about control of sale of ammunition. Perhaps that could be 3D printed too.

Probably safer all round.

Remember the 1980s? Oversized shoulder pads, Metal Mickey and... sticky keyboards?

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Wait till Fat Freddy puts on his steereo headphones

One for the old freaks and pheezers out in commentard land

A History of (Computer) Violence: Wait. Before you whack it again, try caressing the mouse

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that reminds me

Around the same time when EVERYONE in the building having their OWN personal computer was really rather exciting. One (fairly senior) chap, complained that his PC would spontaneously turn itself off at random intervals. Cure the usual visits from BOFH types. No hardware problem, but as this only seemed to happen two or three times a day at unpredictable intervals, a bit of nightmare to diagnose.

After a couple of weeks of to-ing and fro-ing the cause was finally identified: the machine was in a tower format, and installed under the desk at the back. The power button just so happened to be at almost exactly knee height ...

Thanks to all those tax dollars, humans can now hear the faint sounds of earthquakes on Mars

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Some of it was funded by UK

There's quite an interesting Sky at Night program on BBC iPlayer about it. The sensors were developed in Oxford.

Train maker's coder goes loco, choo-choo-chooses to flee to China with top-secret code – allegedly

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Didcot GWR museum and railway center

In the picture - well worth a visit. Low tech, but great engineering and restoration on view.

I don't have to save my work, it's in The Cloud. But Microsoft really must fix this files issue

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Chalkboard erasers.

Yep, really did used to happen, good old days...

ReactOS 'a ripoff of the Windows Research Kernel', claims Microsoft kernel engineer

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Re: It's an opinion. This story may even boost name recognition for ReactOS.

Sure does,

I'd never heard of ReactOS until now. Don't think I'm likely to switch to it any time soon though.

Large Redmond Collider: CERN reveals plan to shift from Microsoft to open-source code after tenfold license fee hike

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Re: Its the updates

The only only advantage the ~15yrs has given me is to reinforce the message always stick with the defaults unless you are absolutely sure you need to do something different, you understand why you need to do something different, you understand how the alternatives work, and then try it out on non-production system first.

14.5 years ago, I only had 6 months experience with apt, and I'd never seen a dependency problem. That is why I now have 15 yrs experience. 99.9% of what I have ever installed has come from the standard repo's.

PS when I mentioned apt in my OP, I meant the overall packaging system, not necessarily the command line. The synaptic package manager provides a very nice gui and is what I use most of the time, and would certainly recommend to noobs.

M. Poolman

Re: Its the updates

To be honest, I think you might be installing things wrong.

In ~15 yrs of administering a small network of Ubuntu and/or Debian machines, I don't think I have ever seen a dependency problem installing from apt, and any other problems are as rare as hen's teeth.

Of course the situation is different if you are installing stuff from tarballs, in that case dependency problems are not unknown, and are, I agree, a PITA. However, given the range of software available in the standard repositories, it's pretty unusal to need to do this.

Introducing 'freedom gas' – a bit like the 2003 deep-fried potato variety, only even worse for you

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Re: ScyFy?

I wish I hadn't asked now!

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ScyFy?

This surely isn't really a thing is it?

Wine? No, posh noshery in high spirits despite giving away £4,500 bottle of Bordeaux

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But only if you remember to use: "software respected for its fastidious bit-accurate transcriptions"!

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Re: Wine is wine

"Wine is wine" was quoting the OP, and I was disagreeing with the statement!

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Wine is wine

Not really, I think most people would identify a £30 bottle as being better than a £5 bottle. The problem is that the improvement in quality is subject to the law of diminishing returns as the price goes up. Same with whisky.

Age verification biz claims no-payment model for 40% of Brits ahead of July pr0n ban

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criminals, wrong'uns and law enforcement agencies

I'm sure at least one item in that list is redundant!

Geiger counters are so last summer. Lasers can detect radioactive material too, y'know

M. Poolman

Re: Not a nuclear scientist here... (Nuffield Physics)

Happy memories. In those bygone days my physics teacher used a fag paper to demonstrate how easily alpha particles could be stopped.

Hapless engineers leave UK cable landing station gate open, couple of journos waltz right in

M. Poolman
Mushroom

20 minutes with an axe

Or 30 seconds and can of petrol.

Techie in need of a doorstop picks up 'chunk of metal' – only to find out it's rather pricey

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Also I think from the place where the bloke took some platinum mesh home to make a trellis.

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Yep,

I heard that story too. You didn't live in accomodation with the initials RCH by any chance?

It's now 2019, and your Windows DHCP server can be pwned by a packet, IE and Edge by a webpage, and so on

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Re atril seems to work for me,

Okular is well worth looking at if you want something more featurefull than atril.

Reliable system was so reliable, no one noticed its licence had expired... until it was too late

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Never assume soon means less than lifetime of Universe

Likewise always assume that temporary means permenant.

This includes locations of downloaded files that have been placed in a temporary directory until I can think of somewhere better, temporary one-off scripts to fix an imediate problem, and the temporary location of last weekends curry that I was planning to reheat.

We did Nazi see this coming... Internet will welcome Earth's newest nation with, sigh, a brand new .SS TLD

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By a funny coincidence the tld for Sudan is "sd" (Sicherheitsdienst)

I can hear the light! Boffins beam audio into ears with freakin' lasers

M. Poolman

Re: Surely some mistake

Many zeroes dropped, I make it ~160THz

Friday fun fact: If Stegosauruses had space telescopes, they wouldn't have seen any rings around Saturn

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Mass of Mercury = 3.3x10^23 ( https://nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov/planetary/factsheet/)

3.3x10^23 / 2x10^4 = 1.62x10^19

So at 1.54 x 10^19 kilograms, they’re slightly less than 1/20000 the mass of Mercury.

Or a fraction more than 10^16 skateborading Rinoceri

Smartphones gateway drug to the Antichrist, says leader of Russian Orthodox Church

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Re Lost in translation

Two thumbs up if possible - one for the comment and one for the Master and Margarita (even if it was an Amzon link)

Found yet another plastic nostalgia knock-off under the tree? You, sir, need an emulator

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And Dizzy.

And Lemmings

Influential cypherpunk and crypto-anarchist Tim May dies aged 67

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Re: Tilting at Windmills ..... is the Old Way They Jousted with Ghosts

Ye Gods! why all the downvotes for aman ?

Oh Deer! Poacher sentenced to 12 months of regular Bambi screenings in the cooler

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Re: Not my idea of sport

I eat some venison in Portree and it was *very* gamey

Just as long as it didn't come with its own disco rice you'll probably be OK

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Re: 'Murica never ceases...

RE : "Erm I don't think that bears prey on deer"

Grizzlys do.

Really? I thought that a deer would probably be to quick.

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