* Posts by Tom 7

6400 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009

SpaceX is about to launch its first Starlink internet satellite sporting a sun visor following complaints by astronomers

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I thought the idea of this was to provide broadband for remote communities.

But, like affordable housing units, they will be last and least on the list.

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Re: Vantablack

You make it sound like a problem!

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That's good to not see.

Otherwise...

Amateur astroboffins spot young brown dwarf playing with planet-forming hula hoop just 102 parsecs from Earth

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Re: Nice artists impression.

Not sure of the reg units of temp. Neve seem to be able to find them when I need them. Try twice a kebab in an afterburner.

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Re: Nice artists impression.

No fusion perhaps but you can still get pretty warm just collapsing in on yourself - the earth was probably 3,600° Fahrenheit around the time of its' creation. That would make your bum glow!

Lenovo certifies all desktop and mobile workstations for Linux – and will even upstream driver updates

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Re: Vendor support is one thing...

No. Not given most of the output seems to have jpg features all over it.

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ISTR that while Dell did indeed install Linux on its machines it only used to do it on the pretty much lowest spec one in the range..

I've never had any trouble installing Linux on one that they'd charged me for Windows on - though getting the correct drivers was sometimes a bit googly.

That being said I've had nothing to do with them for many years - apart from occasionally finding my 386 Dell laptop and booting that up into the Linux on it. If only the machines they made now were as reliable!

'Beyond stupid': Linus Torvalds trashes 5.8 Linux kernel patch over opt-in Intel CPU bug mitigation

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Re: git broke English

"Huck" sounds like the noise you make when you want to swear but your stupidity means you would spit teeth and blood doing so.

Boffins step into the Li-ion's den with sodium-ion battery that's potentially as good as a lithium cousin

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Re: A materials win-win?

I doubt its a materials win of any note, I'm not sure how many batteries are recycled but near 100% round here are. The tricky stuff is the rare metals and there seems to be a sulphur based solution (well framework) for that.

Contact-tracer spoofing is already happening – and it's dangerously simple to do

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The gross incompetence of the people in charge of the actual system.

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This one is.

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Re: re: 1) my phone blocks numbers not in my contact list

My Doctor informs me when I'm going to get a call.

Privacy activists prep legal challenge against UK plan to keep coronavirus contact-tracing data for two decades

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Re: There is no F in weigh

One consolation is they'll probably lose all the data every couple of weeks anyway.

80-characters-per-line limits should be terminal, says Linux kernel chief Linus Torvalds

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No, that's an old typesetting thing - a perpendicular problem to cards - the typesetter can gather the letters and hold them as a line between thumb and forefinger for placing in the press.Also good for moving blocks of test around the layout.

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Re: not the terminal, the punch card

Back in those days the programming limits weren't on the amount of ram available but more the length of available elastic bands!

Programming FORTRAN IV on an ICL at uni was literally a juggling act.

Watch SpaceX's Starship SN4 prototype accidentally self-destruct in a rocket test burn

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Virgin fail last week

any video out there?

This'll make you feel old: Uni compsci favourite Pascal hits the big five-oh this year

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Re: Oregon Software Pascal

I thought I'd have look at FORTRAN again just to see how the old dear was getting on and inversely you no longer have to shout to be heard!

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Re: MODULA-2

The pedantry of the syntax is nothing to the pedantry of the way a computer works!

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Re: MacOS

Fortunately GCC now produces really helpful compiler errors for C++!

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And FreeDos has FreePascal (fpc) for that real experience of small model coding should you be feeling too sane during lockdown!

After 30 years of searching, astroboffins finally detect the universe's 'missing matter' – using fast radio bursts

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Re: "the width of a human hair held 200m away"

The unit of social isolation given to a computer scientist in a pub on discovery of their profession in a non-pandemic situation. The 'I'll be right back after I've answered this important call' unit of length!

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Re: Astroboffins. Really?

Life is wasted on the living.

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Re: average office

I think the way the better half has been cleaning since lockdown they aint round here! I've go my 6 pack back from all the feet lifting when the hoover comes round.

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Re: What maketh a man?

I'm still trying to work out which one of my computers blew up so badly that its distributed around the universe. I think it might have been the TTL on with the faulty power supply.

So you really didn't touch the settings at all, huh? Well, this print-out from my secret backup says otherwise

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Re: Ah, customers.

I have worked for managers who claim they dont need to know what it is they are managing. Fortunately knowing what you are working with means you can keep control of the bits that that can save your arse. If you know something is going to fuck up get it in writing date post the email or whatever where you informed said manager it would fuckup. HR tend to get on your side with that kind of evidence. Any manager who thinks they can manage something they haven't got a clue about is almost certainly an utter twat and you can normally run rings round them but its important to have evidence.

In Rust, we lust: Security-focused super-C++ language still most loved among Stack Overflow denizens

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Re: Yep

"Except it makes keeping up with it a full time job." Really? I tend to read through the new features from time to time and if I've a use for them it doesnt take long to get your head round them

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Re: Five ways to initialise a variable?

No - its as complicated as needed and no more. Computing is complicated, C++ doesnt try to pretend it isn't.

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Learning any programming language is a worthwhile endeavour. You may never write a line of code in it in anger but it will make whatever language you may write in easier so long as you dont get all proprietary. Remember a bad programmer always blames the language but when it boils down to it its all just machine code!

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Obligitory XKCD

https://xkcd.com/2309/

Embrace and kill? AppGet dev claims Microsoft reeled him in with talk of help and a job – then released remarkably similar package manager

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Re: Embrace...

There's another one there 'Envelop'. I know of quite a number of people who have been enveloped by MS - given a job and a post and enough money to keep them from working for someone else. A surprisingly cheap way of reducing the competition.

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Re: All big guys have similar attitudes

The thing is even a patent is of no use if you dont have billions to defend it.

Surprise! That £339 world's first 'anti-5G' protection device is just a £5 USB drive with a nice sticker on it

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Re: "an operating diameter of either 8 or 40 metres"

A Schroedingers pox on them!

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Re: If it weren't for the fact

Yes but you'll have to redecorate your whole house to match.

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For those of you old enough and northern enough you may remember "Oor Willy" used just this technique to protect himself from the ills of TV signals and to pretend he's had a haircut.

Not going Huawei just yet: UK ministers reportedly rethinking pledge to kick Chinese firm out of telco networks by 2023

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Re: TLA backdoor

Assuming there is some logic behind it (by no means a given) perhaps its an attempt to keep the US ahead of the competition in terms of actually having a functioning 5G infrastructure.

Ardour goes harder: v6.0 brings 'huge engineering changes' to open-source digital audio workstation

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From my use of Ardour I would say that there seems to be absolutely nothing that would need to benefit from hardware acceleration. Unless you're running it on a pentium.

5G mast set aflame in leafy Liverpool district, half an hour's walk from Penny Lane

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On an electric bike

Oh god the poor man will hve covid cobblets to deal with now!

Coronavirus masks are thwarting facial recognition systems. So, of course, people are building training sets from your lockdown-wear selfies

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Re: I find your lack of face disturbing ...

While using their phone in the car...

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Re: I find your lack of face disturbing ...

It comes with time hopping too?

Linus Torvalds drops Intel and adopts 32-core AMD Ryzen Threadripper on personal PC

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Re: Minimum spec?

I must confess that when I had to wait 20 minutes for something to compile I'd often thought of a better way of doing it, I could say that was because I was learning at the same time as doing - but I'm still doing that now 45 years or so after having written my first line of basic on paper to be taken away by the computer club leader who then took it 20 miles to the nearest available computer.

People tend, like electricity, to take the path of least resistance. Its definitely not the best way to get power to where you want it. Sometimes that extra compile time takes the pressure off your brain and lets it do something the computer cant. I've seen people hammer out hundreds of lines of code a day that impresses the boss and prevents them breathing down their neck all the time but it was often re-engineered later. You may not be in that category but I'd advise you to at least enjoy the chance of a chill out.

And I dare say a charcoal sketch on a piece of stone by Picasso will likely fetch more than you or I will earn in a lifetime! And letting the paint dry makes it less likely to smudge and become useless.

Beer rating app reveals homes and identities of spies and military bods, warns Bellingcat

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Re: We've reached peak fuckwit

I've not tried that surmstrum (??) rotted fish thing from seriously oop north so It may complement that sour but even if it doesn't it seems to have a similar effect.

Chicago: Why I just grin like a dork... It's my kind of Bork

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No its when all available connections are taken. I would put money on many of them being idle. I bet if they wrote some proper code that only allowed each sign one connection then it would all probably work a lot better.

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Re: Jumped up quiche?

In the US is seems to be partly vulcanised latex. They dont seem to have cheese available to the general public there,

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Re: Jumped up quiche?

Every culture invents pretty much every food you can make from the things available,

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Re: Jumped up quiche?

In the US they have flaaauns.

Microsoft drops a little surprise thank-you gift for sitting through Build: The source for GW-BASIC

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Re: every byte mattered ...

I dont recall any problems with 16 bit operators in odd places - but the assembler should sort that as an option anyway. I used a CP/M 68K machine for doing some programming learning and it whupped Intel for ease of coding. I would put money on the wrapper and coding checks you had to put in to ensure you didnt wander over segment boundaries wasted far more storage and even a weeks coding on a PC would come up with so many peculiar happenings - code you thought was solid for months would fall over so you'd trace your new code for hours - that a lot more ram would be cheaper.

I learned a huge amount of defensive programming on the PC which has helped me in many ways but the joy of Linux and even the pre-release version of NT in the early 90s were game changers. I'd used unixes on 68000s for chip design work and they had been very stable but I'd not coded on them - largely because I was afraid of crashing them and they did disk checks on reboot! It turns out I probably could have and not worried!

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Re: how long before we port GW BASIC to Linux?

About 10 minutes if you run it in FreeDos in a VM.

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Re: every byte mattered ...

The IBM PC and segmentation put programming back about 10 years and sent many a capable programmer mad. I wonder where we'd be if the 68008 and CP/M68K had been chosen instead of Intel and MS.

BoJo buckles: UK govt to cut Huawei 5G kit use 'to zero by 2023' after pressure from Tory MPs, Uncle Sam

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Being too lazy to investigate the supply chains

Can I just say we will be buying pretty much the same product just re-branded by a non Chinese company?

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