* Posts by Arthur the cat

1869 posts • joined 18 Aug 2009

A crypto-trading hamster is outperforming the S&P 500, Nasdaq, Bitcoin

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Oh dear

His only goal is becoming a crypto whale one day

Hamster to whale. Imagine how the transphobes will react.

Texas cops sue Tesla claiming 'systematic fraud' in Autopilot after Model X ploughed into two parked police cars

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Which group kills more people?

Tesla cars on autopilot or US police officers?

Fukushima studies show wildlife is doing nicely without humans, thank you very much

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Re: Fukushima is big

You may think it's a long way down the road to the chemist radioactive terror boar butchers, but that's just peanuts to space Fukushima.

Nothing works any more. Who decided that redundant systems should become redundant?

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Re: Chuddies (sort of)

"overbust and underbust"

I now have the Wombles theme music running through my head.

Hellfire and damnation: Two French monks charged over 5G mast arson attack

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Re: They've probably been reading

Which is one Dan Brown novel.

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Re: Punishment

They should be made to do community service in a local brothel

Which meaning of "service" did you have in mind?

Enquiring minds, etc …

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Re: No Sheep were harmed

They should have drowned them.

'Large-scale computing' needs a government team driving it, says UK.gov

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Re: Sure thing, boss

Yes, let's have state of the art chips fabricated using a 35 picofurlong process.

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Re: It's a gas

And newspapers are nothing to do with the government.

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A report from the Government Office for Science … as it bemoans the nation's weak standing in the international supercomputing sector and makes a series of recommendations for improving matters.

Have supercomputers replaced nuclear arsenals as the politicians' strap-on penis of choice while I wasn't looking?

Mobile mobile museum looks to chart the history of portable phones

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I do hope …

the mobile Mobile Museum will pay a visit to the new Northern Line extension's Battersea Power Station Station.

Clegg on its face: Facebook turns to former UK deputy PM to fend off damaging headlines

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No, you misunderstand. At the outlet of the tap there are two separate pipes producing two streams of water that mix in the air. The pipes are never joined.

What you're probably missing is that most UK housing does not have mains pressure hot water(*). Joining cold water at 2-3 bar mains pressure and hot water at the pressure produced by a header tank maybe 3-4 metres higher than the outlet isn't a recipe for success.

(*) My 1890s house does but only because I had it replumbed during major building work ~12 years ago.

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as European citizen in the EU I can guarantee that Brits' issues with ID is one of the things that baffles us the most.

1) Brits believe government should prove its validity to exist to the people, not the other way round.

2) If you have to have identity papers, then information like "Juden" or "Tutsi" or other religious/ethnic affiliation can be printed on them at the whim of government. The first is why two generations ago half of my wife's family lost both identity papers and identity at a place called Auschwitz.

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… you let your self remain behind the rest of Europe in exactly the same way taking a vote in the parliament takes half an hour with MPs wandering around the chicken house when the rest of Europe uses a minute or two before pressing a button.

We're actually ahead of Europe in insisting that MP physically vote – it stops the buggers passing more damn fool laws than they already do. One day you mainlanders will realise the benefit.

Most Brits don't actually understand why they need two taps and I now wonder if it's still true, and for sure, it cannot be so in any bigger town.

Most Brits don't understand why they need an earth in the electrical wiring, but it's still sensible.

Your explanation for the two taps is rubbish, also there was a time when you had no cars and still you have cars today.

As Paul Crawford correctly said, it's the UK plumbing standard. I have mixer taps everywhere but if you look at the actual plumbing inside there are two separate pipes right up to the end and the water mixes in the output stream.

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It's like asking a wolf to mind the sheep.

The picture of Clegg doesn't look like a wolf, it looks like a man in existential despair, as if he thought he was staring into the abyss and suddenly realised it was a mirror.

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Big Brother

Most notably, killing Identity Cards

“That is not dead which can eternal lie"

Identity cards are a Home Office goal. The idea turns up every decade or so, whatever party happens to be in power. The excuses vary to match the party's particular bugbear – "ID cards will help prevent crime", "ID cards will make benefits easier to manage" – but the aim is to get us all to have a single official identity. The only way to stop it is to have a root and branch reform of the Home Office and no political party will do that.

GitLab all set to go public as revenues – and losses – rise

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How can you burn 100 million to run a few servers in the cloud

The traditional way is Aeron chairs for all the staff.

Thanks, Sir Clive Sinclair, from Reg readers whose careers you created and lives you shaped

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Re: And now we have the Cloud and SaaS

and now, “Product Activation”. “Digital Licensing”. “DLC” and their evil misbegotten ilk.

But also, now Raspberry Pi. In many ways a spiritual successor of the ZX81 and a bloody good thing to play/learn/make with.

Amazon UK business swelled by 50%+ in 2020, and taxes soared. Lol, no, it means those paid by its staff

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This should be repeated

Again, Amazon has done no more than use the instruments legally available to keep its tax bill down.

If you don't like what Amazon does, change the [expletive deleted] law rather than whinging that companies should do something the law doesn't require them to do.

OK, let the down votes commence.

It's time to delete that hunter2 password from your Microsoft account, says IT giant

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Re: Exactly...

Like when you turn the house upside down to find your glasses only to scratch your head in confusion & realize they've been sitting atop your skull the entire time.

I'm confused. Are you me?

This is AUKUS for China – US, UK, Australia reveal defence tech-sharing pact

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The only credible regional threat Australia faces is China

What about their own flora and fauna? They cause more fatalities than China.

Catch of the day... for Google, anyway: Transatlantic Cornwall cable hauled ashore

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Re: cable effort

Cantennas are not well suited to getting mains power to one's shed

And if you did manage it, it would be a hazard to local bird life flying round the garden.

Ex-DJI veep: There was no drone at Gatwick during 2018's hysterical shutdown

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I've known several keen birders like jake. It's only when they have binoculars ready and waiting on the dash for a closer look that I worry about being their passenger.

Friends who know me will know exactly who I'm referring to.

The Register speaks to one of the designers behind the latest Lego Ideas marvel: A clockwork solar system

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Re: BrisBricks

Shame, I'd hoped BrisBricks was a group for Lego loving mohelim.

UK gives military's frikkin' laser cannon project a second roll of the dice

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Re: Yeah, we know what these scientists get up to with our taxes...

Unless you've worked in a lab you have no idea how true that cartoon is.

US Air Force puts Godzilla in charge of autonomous warfare effort with Project Kaiju

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That's got

more acronyms than an explosion in a Scrabble factory.

Brits open doors for tech-enabled fraudsters because they 'don't want to seem rude'

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Channelling my inner Mary Poppins: Just a spoonful of glitter helps the taste of your own medicine go down, …

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As we're all going to have to move to VoIP if we still want a landline equivalent, I'm thinking of setting up a virtual PBX. Then any scam calls will be met with "excuse me, my son is trying to put the cat in the dishwasher(*), can I put you on hold while I sort this out, won't be long" and then I'll see just how long they can stand hearing what the things(**) on the bus do or what Barney the Dinosaur thinks of them.

(*) Excuses will vary and be just on the possible side.

(**) Wheels, horn, etc

Intuit branches out into email marketing by splashing $12bn on Mailchimp acquisition

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I know a small (UK) charity that uses the free Mailchimp offering for sending out newsletters (to ~1-2 hundred subscribers). They have very little technical know how so probably couldn't set up and run their own mail list. Any suggestions what they should move to if/when Mailchimp starts trying to charge?

RAF chief: Our Reaper drones (sorry, SkyGuardians) stand ready to help British councils

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Re: Hope we don't get another lockdown

I'm not sure if that's Derbyshire Police or Judge Dredd

I'm not sure there was much of a difference during the first lock down.

Why tell the doctor where it hurts, when you could use emoji instead?

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Re: History repeats itself

For instructions, LEGO and Ikea do a reasonable job. If you think not, try some alternatives

And it wasn't necessarily the instructions that were the problem. Back when dinosaurs roamed the land I tried to put together an MFI table for someone. One vitally necessary bolt just refused to go in(*). When I looked closely at it, rather than the thread spiralling along the bolt there was a set of independent rings going round the bolt. I really have no idea how it could have been manufactured like that.

(*) Cue chorus of "at least you had a bolt, mine was missing" from those who miss MFI like they miss impacted wisdom teeth.

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Re: History repeats itself

Icon - is that a grumpy old man? there should be one related to getting old.

There's a risk some of us would wear it out.

3 years, 17 alphas, 2 betas, and over 7,500 commits later, OpenSSL version 3 is here

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Re: 1.1.1 to 3.0?

1+1+1 = 3


UK.gov is launching an anti-Facebook encryption push. Don't think of the children: Think of the nuances and edge cases instead

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Re: @A Non e-mouse

hoping to find anything and everything to use against the people

If you give me six lines written by the hand of the most honest of men, I will find something in them which will hang him.

Supposedly Cardinal Richlieu.

Why we abandoned open source: LiveCode CEO on retreat despite successful kickstarter

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Erlang does not have what most other languages call a 'variable'

Hence my Princess Bride quote. "Variable" has a variety of meanings, and logic(*) variables predate programming variables by several decades.

This avoids a certain class of errors that prop up in multi-threaded programming. You can get sort of the same effect but through other more explicit and safer means.

I would argue that if you're trying to prevent problems with shared memory races there's nothing more explicit and safer than simply not having shared memory. That's why I prefer programming in the Erlang/Elixir world for when I'm dealing with heavy concurrency, I've spent too many hours trying to debug intermittent memory race bugs in operating systems. [It's when you haul out the storage scope to debug the device driver that you know you're having a bad day.]

(*) As in variables in a formal logic system, not Booleans.

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* Modula-2. Pascal-esque language that went nowhere

It turned into Modula-3. That went nowhere.

* Prolog. A niche AI language that went nowhere

It inspired Erlang.

Also, back in the early 80s Prolog was going to save the world because the Japanese were basing their Fifth Generation Computing Initiative(*) on machines that executed Prolog directly so you'd just specify your problem in Prolog and no one would ever have to actually write a computer program ever again and excuse me but I'm giggling too much to finish this bit …

* dBase - please kill me

It would be a mercy.

* Z notation - a specification language that went nowhere

Oh God, I'd forgotten about that. Eldritch.

* occam - a concurrent programming language that went nowhere

Didn't it go into space? I certainly remember that Transputer chips were naturally rad-tolerant if not rad-hard, and the idea was that you stuck four in a deep space probe and used voting logic, resetting an incorrect one on disagreement(**). Four would be sufficient for a 10-20 year mission because you'd expect to lose at most one to permanent damage on that timescale so the voting logic would keep working.

(*) I was at the academic conference where this was announced to the world. Far too lowly to meet the bigwigs, I drank with the bigwigs' retinue who'd be doing the actual development. I asked them if they really thought it would work and they replied to the effect "well we're guaranteed 5 years funding, and 10 unless we screw up royally, so who cares".

(**) Transputers could be rapidly rebooted and reloaded from any other Transputer.

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Re: But Latin's not weird.

My Latin teacher bloody well was.

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Re: A programming language as a product?

I'm honestly surprised this is still sustainable

Ditto, but does anyone know how Mathematica is doing? I suspect that sells because of the humungous set of libraries that come with it.

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Or LISP - it only has four special characters: ( ) . and space.

#*Cough* reader macros #*cough*.

Actually a nice middle ground is plain old Fortran.

Nice??? Sorry, that should be .NICE.???

I have heard of Erlang … it completely lacks the concept of 'variable'.

It has logic variables(*) that work by unification.

(*) aka "You Keep Using That Word, I Do Not Think It Means What You Think It Means"

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It was similar to Apple's HyperCard (first release 1987). Macromedia's Lingo looks like it was also influenced by HyperCard.

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Re: Interesting

Anyone know of other programming languages that use another language or glyph system (Cyrillic, Hiragana, etc) at their core?

There used to be a French Algol 68 system. I can't remember the chap's name (French academic of course) but at A68 conferences he'd have example code like

SI x < y


… code …


[Not sure about that closing IS, it would have clashed with the IS operator in English, but I can't remember whether his compiler accepted English reserved words.]

And there was always APL which had its very own character set, mixing mostly mathematical symbols with Greek letters.

Virginia school board learns a hard lesson... and other stories

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Re: DARPA have issued their request for information: to see if these problems can be solved,

how about gliding BELOW the surface

I can't remember which game it was, but there was one computer game where the programmers hadn't allowed for daft settings so the best strategy was to attack with your submarines 50 feet up in the air and your aircraft 50 feet below water thus making them both totally undetectable as sonar doesn't work in air and radar doesn't work in water. [Or something of that ilk.]

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Unfortunate hyphenation

"Wing-in-ground-effect" rather suggests lithobraking, or at least lithosteering.

For fans of Ekranoplans, see Charlie Stross' Missile Gap – Yuri Gagarin on a monster, nuclear powered Ekranoplan exploring a huge world in the LMG with multiple copies of Earth on it.

Only 'natural persons' can be recognized as patent inventors, not AI systems, US judge rules

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Re: The corporate dream

You will have eternal copyright when you can download (your) consciousness into silicon

We (or at least the US) already have de facto unbounded copyright – see Disney and the ever-extending copyright on Mickey Mouse. All it takes is a few tame legislators, no need for fancy technology.

US Air Force chief software officer quits after launching Hellfire missile of a LinkedIn post at his former bosses

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Re: So true...

putting unsuitable (but highly thought of), people into jobs, where they have control over projects that they know absolutely nothing about....even if previously, they had done well in their specific original role

Published as the Peter Principle back in 1969. People are promoted to their level of incompetence.

NSA: We 'don't know when or even if' a quantum computer will ever be able to break today's public-key encryption

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Re: Or more likely GCHQ have broken it.

"Honest guv, it fell apart as soon as I picked it up!"

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Re: Most common ways to breach cryptography

Sex, Drugs and Money.

That's a high standard. I though it was Sex, Drugs or Money for most people.

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Re: "users will divulge their passwords in return for chocolate"

You don't really think they wouldn't verify your submissions before paying out?

The only time I know of when this test was done, it was a TV crew and "security expert" asking London commuters at some railway station the question. No verification, not even a confirmation of what the password was for. I.e. a stupid stunt for TV, not a real experiment.

Spring tears down math geek t-shirt listing because it dared to mention the trademarked word 'zeta'

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Re: "The Greek alphabet is currently protected legally"

I've just trademarked the Latin alphabet letter 'E', so please avoid using it in your communications

The Oulipo group are claiming prior art.

Arms not long enough to reach the plug socket? Room-wide wireless charging is on the way

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