* Posts by Ignazio

28 posts • joined 19 Nov 2009

From Zero to hero: Why mini 'puter Oberon should grab Pi's crown


Re: Click-Bait much?

Better alternative for teaching kids, not better in price or performance.

Google files patent for eyewear that SHOOTS LASERS



If they can make money from them, they'll learn exceptionally fast.

Bringing Iron Man to life: Exoskeletons, armour and jet packs


Will someone...

... think of the bills?


Of course

Now put this ten ton thingy on two feet and have it walk offroad. I'll be there with a chair and popcorn to watch it make its own version of quicksand...

I'd say there is a name for a similar vehicle, however: they're slightly bigger and called tanks. What they share is the lack of subtlety, and lacking stealth if you are smaller than a tank and the enemy has any kind of artillery - does not sound like a great tactical advantage.

Business sues for $750,000 over bad Yelp review


Builders at the mercy of customers. Yep.

I know this chap, he did a renovation job for a lawyer - a bathroom that needed a good amount of work.

After the work was finished, she said: "Cool, now if you want to get paid go sue me."

Two grand's worth of work, down the toilet. Just enough money to hurt, not enough to justify legal proceedings - which, in the country in question, would have taken from two years to forever. Imagine the rage - I'm not sure if the woman was brave or stupid, pulling a stunt like this with a man who has got a number of hammers and other similar metallic implements in his toolbox, including a spade and a large garden next to a small patch of woodland.

But I've heard stories going the other way, builders conning a lot of cash off customers for inferior work. It can go downhill either way very quickly - one of the reasons I picked another kind of job when I was young and without worries.

Fuming fanbois flood 'flimsy iPhone 5 Wi-Fi' forum


Re: Let's try this again

Maybe sarcasm standards are not finalized yet?

Here we go again: Critical flaw found in just-patched Java


Re: 2 birds with one stone (@ Ignazio)

You're funny, mate. Honestly, how long does it take you to learn a new language? I didn't say /master/ - as we all know, it takes about ten thousand hours to become a master in anything. I could fish a reference to studies which come up with this rule of thumb, but what's the point? you're going to tell me I'm wrong, instead of telling me why.

In order to get a basic grasp of PHP and Python, it took me a week total - nothing fancy, but I could read the code and make sense of what was supposed to happen - even make small changes, would you believe that. Granted, I haven't touched either for a year so now I've forgotten all of it. Just like spoken languages, now that ypou mention them. My French is not as good as it was when I was studying it, and my Spanish and German keep being very bad. On the other hand, I can pick up American very easily.

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Oh I see, now you backtrack and say Java is a scripting language, but it's quite good - when that was not exactly what you said before. Gonna pick a side?


Re: Does this only affect the Oracle (ex-Sun) JVM? There are others...

I see, so your issue with the language is political not technical?


Re: Stop slapping at symptoms!

You're still not presenting reasons why it smells, in your humble opinion.


Re: 2 birds with one stone

If one language really leaves such a deep mark, then there are problems with the programmer. My teacher used to say: you're supposed to pick up a new language in two weeks tops. She was wrong about many things but not on this.

On the other hand, I haven't seen any details on why you think Java is a retarded language. Why and compared to what?

UK milk wastage = 20,000 cars = actually completely unimportant


Re: Noxious Gases

Have you considered it had such an effect on you because you're coeliac? You know, like lactose intolerants who will fart if they eat cheese?

Apple drops 'thermonuclear' patent bombshell



They had me at bisecting diagonals.

Steerable bullet aims for mass army deployment


Read somewhere an average sniper round is 3.75 pound sterling apiece. Accuracy of the average private with average assault rifle is in the hundred of thousands rounds fired per hit - most of them not aimed at all but fired in the general direction where the enemy is supposed to be, acting as cover for friendlies advancing. Cost of the round is not important here, the applications are completely different.

Death of IE6 still greatly exaggerated, says browser hit squad


HTML hasn't been moving very fast. Ill defined, I wouldn't think so. "Embrace and extend" was invented a few years before IE but it was used for the exact purpose of cornering the market and lock in developers and users of such sites; a common enough business practice, might or might not be liked by the user. Apparently they don't like it any more.

Ebooks must stay fat with VAT, blame the EU, MPs told



Really? You're seriously claiming that the few hundred grams of cellulose in a printed book count as a carbon sink, when that book got there via a chainsaw chopping down a slice of poplar - or whatever they farm these days to make paper - a truck trucking it to the paper mill, etc etc etc, a truck trucking it to the book shop and you buying it (ends with a paper receipt printed and possibly a plastic bag to carry it home) or Amazon mailing it to you (complete with paper parcel)? Not to mention the copies that go unsold, trucked back and forth from the paper mill or whatever, and similar issues... the electronic book, in all this, is a net winner.

Bah, humbug! Virgin Media censors Charles D**kens


I believe that's shiitake, sir


Not that it implies anyone should take any of it.

Software bug fingered as cause of Aussie A330 plunge


I got it

good one too

Enormous orbiting solar raygun power plants touted


Surplus energy...

... point the massive microwave cannon sideways and blast space debris out of the way. One stone, two birds.


Energy yes

Reaction mass not so much. Unless the probably frequent maintenance visits also provide something to be spat out of said engines, or a reactionless drive is also invented. In which case I'm gonna get myself one of those first!

Thumb Up

Beanstalk +1

Meantime, what about shooting rockets from very high altitude balloons? (idea shamelessly pilfered from Red star, Winter orbit by Gibson & Sterling)


space sharks would need those wouldn't they? Dibs on the space shark idea btw.

Google indoor Streetview images go live

Paris Hilton

Depends on the shop. If it peeks inside a newsstand...

El Reg in email address blunder


There is still a checkbox that allows to post anonimously...

... Irony?

You know you're never going to hear the end of this, right?

E Ink, Epson to build 'retina' display for e-book readers


Flicker? what flicker?

I have a Kindle 3 and I haven't seen it flicker ever - unless you count changing pages. Grey and less grey? Not the case with this one, for sure. Very crisp black and white. Friend of mine was impressed by being able to read it on the plane. Two seats away.

Boffins develop liquid crystal solid-state raygun turret


These fancy mirrors you mention, sir...

They can direct light as they please, I suppose in some specific frequency - hence they are also almost perfect shields for the target of that laser?

Oracle gives 21 (new) reasons to uninstall Java


Guys what's the matter with you, seriously?

Claims made:

a) Java is insecure

b) Java does not work everywhere

c) Platform specific code in Java

d) everybody who knows moved on

... wait, WHAT? when did all of this happen?

I've been programming in Java for the last nine years or so, and not just fancypants hello world applications, so:

a) the Java runtime can and has bugs. So do applications written in Ca dn in whatever else, including for that matter operating systems. Do you blame the screw if the guy with the tool in hand screwed up? Attacks against *nixes have the usual limitations, i.e., no privilege escalation etc., so nothing really new there. Actually it proves point b:

b) Java does run everywhere. Been writing code on mac, debugged in linux and run it on windows, both xp, vista, 98 (yes that old) AND Windows CE 5 with the PersonalJava thingy that ran on it. Still have to find an error that's in the runtime, NOT in the code written by the stupid programmer (e.g., me)

c) platform specific code in Java: like what? As before, never seen it. A few differences between VERSIONS of Java. Anyone complaining about it has tried using different versions of a compiler for other languages? Good luck with the variants for C and C++, just to mention proper languages.

d) everybody who knows hasn't moved on, far as I know. Mostly because Oracle bought Sun because there was the key to own Java - or do you think Larry made an economical mistake? He seems quite good at judging how to raise the dividends. If the language was dead as you describe it, Oracle wouldn't have bothered...

SourceForge applies global password reset after hack attack



One easy reason would be to have a few extra spamming servers - I remember some article saying that a compromised linux server is a very reliable master for a spambot net :-) the irony...

Boffins try to get closer to hot bodies


Sorry, not really...

@Annihilator: unfortunately (sort of), global warming means more energy in the air and superficial ground, but nowhere near enough to be harvested with conventional methods, unless you want to chase the new hurricanoes with a windmill.

Energy is never destroyed but thermal machines (whether they are fridges, boilers or these new things that convert heat into electricity) have theoretical efficiency limits, and even more pressing practical limits; that would be the reason why a fridge needs a power cable, and cannot run off the energy it subtracts to its content, to give a practical and quite extreme example.

And to the journalist: come on, double battery time? that would mean 50% efficiency in converting residual heat, or something in that range of figures. Given that regular solar cells, which differ from these new cells on the wavelength of the radiation they capture, are between 10 and 20%, and visible light is more energetic than infrared light, that does not sound plausible. You might want to run it by a physicist to get the numbers right or at least believable.


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