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Comment: Re:Wait.. (Score 5, Insightful) 411

by Cutterman (#47064153) Attached to: US Officials Cut Estimate of Recoverable Monterey Shale Oil By 96%

The stupidity of ignoring nuclear fission never ceases to amaze me. Fusion is still a long way from practicality, will always expensive and isn't the clean dream - the massive neutron flux just makes even more radioactive waste. The oil & gas are going to run out one day, be it in 5 years or 50. Renewables are unreliable, expensive and the quantities of rare earths required make for horrible mining pollution as well as covering the landscape with ugly windmills and solar collectors.

High activity nuclear waste is a small volume storage problem and if we hadn't wasted the last 30 years we would have modern fission plant designs far safer than any of the chemical polluting shit we have now.

Fricken' ridiculous.

Comment: Re:The new Hitlers (Score 1) 564

by Cutterman (#46674899) Attached to: Was Eich a Threat To Mozilla's $1B Google "Trust Fund"?

Following all this to it's logical conclusion, there is an excellent argument for allowing incestuous civil unions and the, following on from that, marriage.

After all, 20 of the States permit first cousin marriages and another six permit them under certain circumstances.

Why should not a brother and sister (or sister and sister, etc.) living together in a long term relationship be excluded from the benefits of marriage? There are hundreds of thousands of single men and women living monogamously with their mother or father for the long haul.

The Cutter

Comment: Bookstores (Score 2) 264

by Cutterman (#45252251) Attached to: France Moves To Protect Independent Booksellers From Amazon
Yeah, I've noticed it in Cape Town too. Bookstores are closing or downsizing. There are fewer serious books and more "bestsellers", chick-lit, and dumbed-down stuff. I have fond memories of sitting at my stammtisch in my favourite cafe in the 60's reading French paperbacks and cutting the pages as I went. Cutting the pages: a lost experience... Ho hum. Mac

Comment: Re:First problem is considering it clutter (Score 1) 536

by Cutterman (#42226237) Attached to: The Scourge of Error Handling
Agree. Most of the code I've written for handling lab instruments is about 30% doing stuff and 70% input validation, sanitizing, sanity checking and error handling. Can't leave it to the OS. Bloody tedious but you get used to it and a lot of it is boilerplate that once written just transfers to another rountine or app. Just habit. Assume things will break or that the user is demented. Mac

Comment: Re:something wrong with TFA (Score 1) 1003

by Cutterman (#32415966) Attached to: Google Reportedly Ditching Windows
"Same as sudo." No it isn't. YOUR privileges are not elevated, you just assume the mantle of a higher privileged other user, along with their documents, locations and so on. Runas does not preserve the user's profile and ownership of created objects. A better solution is SudoWin ( which acts as a true Sudo for Windows. Mac

Ubisoft's Authentication Servers Go Down 634

Posted by kdawson
from the single-point-of-well-you-know dept.
ZuchinniOne writes "With Ubisoft's fantastically awful new DRM you must be online and logged in to their servers to play the games you buy. Not only was this DRM broken the very first day it was released, but now their authentication servers have failed so absolutely that no-one who legally bought their games can play them. 'At around 8am GMT, people began to complain in the Assassin's Creed 2 forum that they couldn't access the Ubisoft servers and were unable to play their games.' One can only hope that this utter failure will help to stem the tide of bad DRM."

North Korea's Own OS, Red Star 316

Posted by timothy
from the linux-is-sometimes-for-communists dept.
klaasb writes "North Korea's self-developed computer operating system, named 'Red Star,' was brought to light for the first time by a Russian satellite broadcaster yesterday. North Korea's top IT experts began developing the Red Star in 2006, but its composition and operation mechanisms were unknown until the internet version of the Russia Today TV program featured the system, citing the blog of a Russian student who goes to the Kim Il-sung University in Pyongyang."
Input Devices

New I/O Standard Bids To Replace Mini PCI Express 31

Posted by kdawson
from the lame-name dept.
DeviceGuru writes "LinuxDevices reports that a group of companies today unveiled — and demonstrated products based on — a tiny new PCI Express expansion standard. Although it's somewhat larger than the PCI Express Mini Card, the tiny new 43mm x 65mm FeaturePak card's high density 230-pin edgecard connector provides twice the number of PCI Express and USB 2.0 channels to the host computer, plus 100 lines dedicated to general purpose I/O, of which 34 signal pairs are implemented with enhanced isolation for use in applications such as gigabit Ethernet or high-precision analog I/O. While FeaturePaks will certainly be used in all sorts of embedded devices (medical instruments, test equipment, etc.), the tiny cards could also be used for developing configurable consumer devices, for example to add an embedded firewall/router or security processor to laptop or notebook computers, or for modular functionality in TV set-top-boxes and Internet edge devices." The president of Diamond Systems, which invented the new card, said "Following the FeaturePak initiative's initial launch, we intend to turn the FeaturePak specification, trademark, and logo over to a suitable standards organization so it can become an industry-wide, open-architecture, embedded standard" (but to use the logo you have to join the organization).

Prof: So the American government went to IBM to come up with a data encryption standard and they came up with ... Student: EBCDIC!"