* Posts by tonique

31 posts • joined 10 Mar 2020

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


Re: A pain in the rear end

At $work, we are required to use a six-number pin so I have to enter that twice. No, you can't use the fingerprint reader.

When everyone else is on vacation, it's time to whip out the tiny screwdrivers


Re: Why does Dune dress women?

"Both UI's are poor. Also why is the model plugged into the mains?"

I'm trying to make a clever comment but perhaps she's just illustrating the question "Are 'Friends' Electric?"

'No peeing towards Russia' sign appears on country's Arctic border with Norway


You could go to Sarah Palin's house and try there.

Russia: Forget about the Nauka incident. Who punched the hole in the Soyuz, hmm?


Re: Obviously

They could've blamed Syldavian hackers.

Tech spec experts seek allies to tear down ISO standards paywall


I hate hate hate hate hate hate hate hate hate hate hate <three pages removed> hate hate hate hate hate hate hate hate hate standards bodies. The current method of accessing standards (read: as expensive as possible, as inconvenient as conceivable) makes my and other people's work just too fucking complicated.

Is it broken yet? Is it? Is it? Ooh that means I can buy a sparkly, new but otherwise hard-to-justify replacement!


Re: Right to repair?

Where I grew up still has its original fridge from 1974. It's normally unused, though, we've got a new one but when there are many people it's turned on. The small freezer compartment isn't really working but otherwise it's fine for occasional use.

eBay cyberstalking victims sue internet tat bazaar over former staff members' campaign of harassment


The article at Ars Technica goes into more detail. They say that the Ebay security official blamed corporate drinking culture and a personal drinking problem. We are told that Ebay had a bar that opens at 3 p.m and that some people take shots already in the morning. Not very convincing if you ask me, and also very classy on Ebay's side.

Radioactive hybrid terror pigs have made themselves a home in Fukushima's exclusion zone


Re: “maths” instead of “math”

I think it implies it's a long vowel, more like modern "ee" pronounced really long. Lines over vowels, called macrons, are also used to indicate long vowels: rīmcræft.

Facebook granted patent for 'artificial reality' baseball cap. Repeat, an 'artificial reality' baseball cap


Re: The next step

Maybe not. But perhaps a spin-off site called Codbook? (Also usable for fish dishes.)


Re: The next step

The next step? Could be an AR codpiece.

Roger Waters tells Facebook CEO to Zuck off after 'huge' song rights request


Most powerful ...

I think "one of the most powerful cunts" would be slightly more decriptive of Zuck but I can settle with Waters's version.

Apple to summon staff back to the office in September


Re: Alternate uses for a large shiny glass building

Some other suggestions:

Add some mirrors and lenses (not smoke!) and use it as a solar concentrator and convert the heat into electricity. Apple can afford that. Also, green energy!

Turn the doughnut into a rather large washing machine.

Use the it to make a support structure for a radio telescope... okay the location would initally be rather bad because there's plenty of interference nearby. Maybe create a 20-kilometre radius radio silent zone around it?

The Audacity: Audio tool finds new and exciting ways to annoy contributors with a Contributor License Agreement


Re: Forking Hell

The Audacity logo says "Audacity ®", does this mean the logo is a registered trademark or the name? I can't find whether the latter is true.


Perhaps an Audacity fork could be called Community or Empathy.

Perl changes dev's permaban for 'unacceptable' behaviour to a year-long lockout after community response


Re: Very.Big.Sigh

In my rather narrow experience, handling largish (30,000 rows) xlsx files is somewhat slower in Perl using Spreadsheet::Read (which uses Spreadsheet::ParseXLSX) than in Python using Pandas. I really haven't done many small files though.

Canonical releases Ubuntu on Windows Preview with early builds, new tools for the brave


Re: Hirsute Hippo?

The recent favourite name of a Ubuntu release has been Bionic Beaver.

New systemd 248 feature 'extension images' updates immutable file systems without really updating them


Re: Errr but...

When did you last see an OS/2 machine?

Sadly, the catastrophic impact with Apophis asteroid isn't going to happen in 2068


Re: Wish upon a star

A probe orbiting a body changes its orbit. It's a small effect, certainly. For small asteroids the change might notable after enough time has passed. I'm trying to say that it should be calculated precisely how the probe will change the location of Apophis in centuries so that the orbiting probe doesn't make a collision with Earth more likely...

Okay, I certainly don't know any specifics but an orbiting probe is one of the means a hazardous small body could be directed not to hit Earth, given we have enough time to do that. Just be sure that you don't make the situation worse.

Out of this world: Listen to Perseverance rover fire its laser at Mars rocks as the wind whips around it


Re: Quote of the week....

If aliens have discovered Raman spectrocsopy, they wouldn't call it Raman spectroscopy but whatever the name of the inventor is on their planet.

Biden administration pauses pursuit of TikTok and WeChat


Extra funny if Larry Ellison posted some dance TikToks.

Cats: Not a fan favourite when the critters are draped around an office packed with tech


Re: Dead mouse

Triffids? Supersized sundews? Bladderworts of unusual size? Flytraps the size of Venus? Pitcher plants from hell? Or bunker-sized butterworts?

America's democracy on the brink, Brexit looming, climate crashing... when better to get the first fast radio burst from our own galaxy?


Re: Backup server

Yes it is. I had to do a resync and transferred more data than anticipated.


I'm sorry. I just restarted my backup server.

Now that's a Finnish-ing move: Finland offers free 90-day tryout of Helsinki tech scene with childcare thrown in


Lerwick vs. Helsinki

With regard to the sun being above the horizon, Helsinki is at the same latitude as Lerwick in Shetland Islands. But, in Helsinki, you get half the precipitation and more sunlight hours! And also colder temperatures, especially when a suitable high pressure zone comes from the east.

RIAA DMCAs GitHub into nuking popular YouTube video download tool, says it can be used to slurp music


Re: Streisand Effect

Sure it is, but at least I'm seeing version 2020.03.24, and the newest I have is 2020.09.20. The older one might not work correctly for all videos.

Sailfish floats v3.4 'Pallas-Yllästunturi', its latest Jolla good reason for itchy-fingered Android and Apple swervers


My next suggestion for a Sailfish codename taken from national parks is "Syöte". Can't go much more difficult for non-Finns to pronounce. What's more, the word "syöte" happens to mean 'input'.

NASA to stop using names like 'Eskimo Nebula' and 're-examine' what it calls cosmic objects


Re: Languages

Depends on your definition of "pretty much all" and "European" and whether you count number of languages or speakers. You need to look away from Indo-European languages: Basque (as far as I can determine), Hungarian, Finnish, Estonian, Karelian, Veps, Ingrian, Ludic, the nine Saami languages with speakers left, Nenets; Turkish, Azerbaijani, Gagauz, Tatar, Chuvash; Maltese; Kalmyk; Chechen, Ingush, and several I can't recall.

Then again, re number of languages, linguists deem there are more languages in eg. the Romance group than commonly thought. Don't forget eg. Mirandese, Extremaduran, Aragonese, Sardinian, Friulian...


Re: Ban all Homonyms!

That's what astronomical catalogue numbers are for. Sometimes you can even choose which one to use! M13 and NGC 6205 both refer to the Great Globular Cluster in Hercules.

Incidentally, "Perseus" should be changed because "perse" is a vulgar word for 'rear end' in Finnish.

Thought you'd go online to buy better laptop for home working? Too bad, UK. So did everyone. Laptops, monitors and WLANs fly off shelves


Re: and desks and chairs at IKEA

I think 'self-isolating' could be "självisolering" in Swedish. You'd get only one letter with something funny.

Astroboffin Kurtz ends 40-year quest to find a predicted one-sided vibrating star that was never seen – until now


Re: Why doesn't the red dwarf bulge too?

Bigger stars are less dense, so their matter would be pulled more easily by a nearby passing object. Well that's perhaps an oversimplification but I did a quick calculation:

I couldn't find the exact masses and radii in the article but the combined mass was estimated at 2.25 solar masses. If the red dwarf is 0.25 solar masses, its radius would be 0.3 times solar radius. A main series star with 2 solar masses would be in class A, having radius of about 1.7 times the Sun, which is 5.5 times the radius of the red dwarf.

The volume is proportional to the cube of the radius, so the volume of the bigger star is 180 times that of the smaller star while its mass is only eight times the mass of the red dwarf. It follows that the average density of the bigger star is less than 1/20 of the red dwarf's average density. The outer layers would be even thinner. The red dwarf is certainly bulging as well but it's difficult to see in the artist's rendition.

I wonder whether I'm even partially right...


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