* Posts by DarkwavePunk

20 posts • joined 24 Jun 2014

Who cares what Apple's about to announce? It owes us a macOS x86 virtual appliance for non-Mac computers


I was under the impression that Apple bought an outright ARM reference license then completely went it alone from there on in with their A series. I may be wrong but I don't think they pay a bean to ARM these days.

Snortical warfare: Wild boar launches amphibious assault against German beachgoers


Re: Over Here

Jake, I'm actually interested in your view here. I've had conversations with both camps as it were about whether bow hunting or using guns is more ethical. On the one hand a bow is a trauma weapon, you rarely kill with an instant hit, the target bleeds to death. A gun on the other hand can just boom - blow its brains out snuff it. Is a slightly off target hit with a bow really more "humane" than with a slug?

Disclaimer: I've only ever killed some kind of pheasant thing with a completely fluke shot with a bow from 50 yards. I was 12 and ran home crying.

Whoops, our bad, we may have 'accidentally' let Google Home devices record your every word, sound – oops


Re: arXiv? Really?

I have downvoted, but not out of malice I can assure you. arXiv is indeed full of some utter dross, but as it's a pre-publication site there are a lot of papers in there that will have been published. For someone like me who has no access to the relevant journals (or just plain too stingy to pay for them) it's an invaluable source. Okay they might be a bit rough around the edges before actual publication, but still.

I wonder if there's anything in their data set that flags whether the arXiv paper has actually gone on to be published in a reputable journal. Now that would be very useful.

Google offers first part of its in-house M:N thread code as open source to Linux kernel


This could be quite tasty.

Especially for server use, but even for personal. I've never really understood complaints about high load or memory usage etc. I paid good money for a gazillion cores and umpteen gigabytes of RAM - bloody well use them. Obviously not just for the sake of it, but if this gets more performance out of your kit, why not eh?

Nvidia may be mulling lopping Arm off Softbank: GPU goliath said to have shown interest in acquiring CPU design house


Got to admit that StargateSg7 has an amazing posting history though. Truly remarkable for those with a morbid curiosity for such things.

Vendor-bender LibreOffice kicks out 6.4: Community project feel, though now with added auto-█████ tool


Re: Understatement

Agreed. I don't think I've ever thought "I'm going to do something productive today but I don't know what it is, let's launch a launcher!".

Double-sided printing data ballsup leaves insurance giant Chubb with egg on its face


Chubb insurance are not the same as the Chubb locks etc... as far as I recall. I worked for the former on a short contract many years ago and vaguely remember being mildly confused then.

Planet Computers straps proper phone to its next Psion scion, Cosmo


I was a backer for the Gemini. Fortunately in the 2nd 1000 batch so dodged some of the original teething problems. I use it every day. The keyboard has it's niggles (especially the space bar) but after typing a lot on it you get used to things.

This new toy looks like a major jump forward in so many ways. Don't think I'll be a backer this time around but will certainly be interested when it becomes generally available and has been reviewed to death.

Huawei Honor 10: At £399, plenty of bang for buck – it's a pity about the snaps


Re: @Chz "The problem is it makes the phone as slippery as a bar of soap."

Ahh, the Nexus 4. Had one of those. I swear the bloody thing actually levitated if put on a glass table. Entertaining games of phone air hockey anyway.

The Gemini pocket PC is shipping and we've got one. This is what it's like


Re: Far from complete

The following gives an update on the state of Linux on the Gemini:

Linux update

May the excessive force be with you: Chap cuffed after Star Trek v Star Wars row turns bloody


Hubble telescope spies massive 'cannonballs' of fire from dying star


Re: Some of the most exciting words in science

Unlike IT where the words "Hrm, that's interesting" are enough to reduce even the most hardened sysadmin to tears on a Friday afternoon.

World-Check terror suspect DB hits the web at just US$6750


re: umlaute

But...but...think of all the poor '80s hair-metal bands :(

It's all Me, Me, Me! in Doctor Who's The Woman Who Lived but what of Clara's fate?


Classic Who

Utterly dreadful plot, awful jokes and stupidity all round.

Bloody wonderful! More of this please.

I honestly loved it, but I may be still drunk from last night.

AIDS? Ebola? Nah – ELECTRO SMOG is our 'biggest problem', says Noel Edmonds


Bleeding hell, he sounds like a slightly more lucid version of Depak Chopra. If you don't know who that is, consider yourself lucky!

UK.gov issues internal 'ditch Oracle NOW' edict to end pricey addiction


I've been banging on at work to transition to EnterpriseDB for years. It's still massive amounts of work, money, training etc... Oracle really have you over the barrel once you've gone down that particular rabbit hole.

Boybanders ONE DIRECTION launch DoS attack on open-source bods


Re: It's one way to get publicity

I think that comparing 1D with PHP is a beautiful two way put down. Bravo!

Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Bryndzové halušky


just got back from Czech

Now I'm drooling and want to return.

One amazing reason why NASA boffins are celebrating Curiosity's 687th day on Mars


Amazing. It's lasted longer than a pub in Findern, Derby. Probably better service too.


Biting the hand that feeds IT © 1998–2020