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Comment Re:So the Italians win the latest round ... (Score 1) 276 276

Nice hypothesis.

Too bad there were no "English" people at around 30 AD as the Angles and Saxons only invaded about 400 years after that followed by the Norman (some Norse blood in there too) invasion in 1066.

So are you saying they had a time machine too?

Comment Re:Question (Score 1) 219 219

Yup. Salt (well a sachet of infant electrolyte mix) and access to clean water would solve that problem as the kids tend to die from dehydration.

Not in ALL cases but the death rate would definitely go down. Back when I was working as a dive master on the coast of the Sinai desert, we used to take the baby rehydration sachets all the time if we'd overindulged in the post-diving beers the night before.

Comment Re:Remember TEMPEST? (Score 1) 264 264

No, it isn't. GPG / PGP is a hybrid cryptosystem just like SSL and SSH. Not sure where you got this idea from..

Do you realise the sort of processing overheads that encrypting mega/gigabytes in RSA involves?

It would have taken a LONG time to encrypt a single HD floppy image back in 1991 when PGP was first developed.

Submission + - How Not to Design a UI: Slashdot Beta Site is a Train Wreck-> 1 1

iggymanz writes: As with Canonical's Unity and Windows 8, the majority of otherwise intelligent coders are completely out of their element when trying to make a user interface. They fly off on tangents, ignoring any user needs or input, making something understood and useable only to themselves. A bad UI is neither discoverable, learnable, efficient of space, nor capable of providing proper feedback to the user. With apologies, I link to the vilest and most aweful forum interface misdesigned by the minds of idiot-savants in full idiot mode, the Slashdot Beta Site.
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Comment Right-to-left scripts? (Score 1) 106 106

I wonder how a browser will display something like .shabakah - will most software have right-to-eft rendering and the ligature support for Arabic? Also imagine an Arabic TLD that allows Latin domain names - how the hell do you render that..? Anyway, I'm gonna go kill some time on the shabakaat

Comment Re:running only on an OpenVMS, which runs (Score 1) 614 614

I've got two systems (one single Alpha box, one VAXcluster) that offer VMS guest accounts via telnet (I know, I know - CHIMPY can do SSH but the VAXen are just too slow for it):

CHIMPY (single AXP box):

telnet to

HILANT (VAXcluster)

telnet to

Comment Re:It's too bad (Score 4, Informative) 933 933

But if you just wanted a package manager and repos, you could always use Fink (for those who don't know, it's basically apt-get for OS X and a bunch of repos of binaries), no need to bootstrap with dev tools from Apple.

Actually you could probably get a version of gcc from Fink and then use that to bootstrap Mac Ports. Not tried that myself, though.

Comment Re:And... (Score 1) 101 101

Yup, GP fails badly at understanding basic Semitic roots.

Take the root K-T-B (book, written, to write, etc):

KITAB - book
AKTIB - to write


MAKTAB - office (literally "place of writing")
MAKTABAH - primary school (place of writing, feminine form)

So saying that islam and salaam derive from S-L-M is pretty damn vague and useless information without context.

Comment Re:Unfortunately, UK has become Uncle Sam's lapdog (Score 4, Funny) 1065 1065

>Perhaps it does, but whenever I read something about the NHS, its a sad story in the Daily Mail about some doctor making a silly mistake that takes a way a father or mother from their children, or vice versa..

The DAILY MAIL. You get your news from the Daily Mail. OK, then.

Machines certainly can solve problems, store information, correlate, and play games -- but not with pleasure. -- Leo Rosten