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UK Ham Radio Reg Plans To Drop 15 min Callsign Interval and Allow Encryption

Viol8 Re:They did scrap the rules... (104 comments)

Oh rubbish. With a decent setup 4W goes a long way. Anyway, most people ran linears even back in the day though most also didn't have a clue what SWR was and wondered why they kept burning out. Muppets.

about three weeks ago
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UK Ham Radio Reg Plans To Drop 15 min Callsign Interval and Allow Encryption

Viol8 Re:They did scrap the rules... (104 comments)

UK CB channels went from 27.6 to 28Mhz. Only in the 90s was the US/EC band legalised too.

about three weeks ago
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UK Ham Radio Reg Plans To Drop 15 min Callsign Interval and Allow Encryption

Viol8 They did scrap the rules... (104 comments)

... they just called it CB.

In theory a great idea, in practice you got a load if halfwit teenagers and other dimwits who had nothing to say keying up over people trying to have a sensible conversation and generally causing a nuisance. What with them and the people who seemed to think playing music from a crappy cassette tape into the mic suddenly turned their bedroom rig into Kiss FM eventually made CB unusable and it died (in the UK anyway) apart from the occasional diehard and some truckers.

about three weeks ago
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Unpopular Programming Languages That Are Still Lucrative

Viol8 Python is eating Perls lunch (387 comments)

Perl was used because it was a powerful scripting language despite a god awful syntax that took the worst parts of unix shell and awk and made them even more painfully contorted. When an equally (some would say more) powerful scripting language called Python came along with a sane syntax, a shallower learning curve and a properly interactive interpreter its no surprise huge numbers of people jumped ship.

I for one won't miss Perl - it had its day but its day is pretty much done apart from legacy code and the few dyed in the wool web sites still using CGI.

about three weeks ago
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Unpopular Programming Languages That Are Still Lucrative

Viol8 Trendy != popular (387 comments)

It might be fashionable in academia and certain CS circles but I've never once seen it used commercially in 20 years of working in IT. Now maybe I've not worked in the right sort of companies but I've worked for some pretty big blue chip ones and small houses so I reckon I've got a good spread of experience there.

about three weeks ago
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Uber Now Blocked All Over Germany

Viol8 Good. How is uber any different... (312 comments)

... from someone hitching a lift on the side of the road and paying for the ride? Taxis should be licensed otherwise you could end up getting in a car with any uninsured nutcase driving some unsafe POS.

about a month ago
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Researchers Say Neanderthals Created Cave Art

Viol8 Who thinks they were dumb anyway? (91 comments)

They survived in a hostile ice age climate for eons before we turned up. You don't manage that unless you A) Have a heavily adapted physiology (eg mammoth) or B) Are damn smart.

Anyway, the fact that apparently we interbred with neanderthals and the DNA got passed on - ie the offspring weren't sterile - means they were almost certainly the same species as us - probably just a different race. And we know how well races meeting can turn out.. If anyone wants to know why the died out , well maybe thats a clue.

about a month ago
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Radioactive Wild Boars Still Roaming the Forests of Germany

Viol8 Re:For a country so good at engineering... (212 comments)

"WE DON'T WANT NUCLEAR POWER!"

Who is "we"? A bunch of noise making 20 something hippies?

about a month ago
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Radioactive Wild Boars Still Roaming the Forests of Germany

Viol8 For a country so good at engineering... (212 comments)

... they have a very backwards, almost medieval view of anything nuclear.

Also I'm sure that idiot Merkel decided to close all their nuclear power stations because she thought they'd get nice cheap gas from russia. Hmm, wonder how thats working out for her now...

about a month ago
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Reformatting a Machine 125 Million Miles Away

Viol8 2.5 billion? (155 comments)

I dunno so much these days. Its 10 years old and got a few miles on the clock plus collection for the new owner would be an issue. On the plus side vandalism won't be a worry. For a few centuries anyway.

about 1 month ago
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MIPS Tempts Hackers With Raspbery Pi-like Dev Board

Viol8 Re:Imagination PowerVR? KEEP CLEAR! (88 comments)

Right, because obviously with a board like this someone is going to try and create a Call of Duty clone rather than say some sort of controller system.

Or not.

about 1 month ago
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Chromium 37 Launches With Major Security Fixes, 64-bit Windows Support

Viol8 Re:Does chrome still require a root privs sandbox? (113 comments)

The OS doesn't need protection if the browser is running with normal user privs. If the OS is windows it might need extra help, I wouldn't know, but linux does not and I have no interest in googles feeble reasons for requiring root privs. A user app that requires root privs is not going on my systems. Period.

about a month ago
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Brown Dwarf With Water Clouds Tentatively Detected Just 7 Light-Years From Earth

Viol8 Re:Is this the missing "dark matter"? (85 comments)

"Now dont discuss this subject any more unless you learn at least a few basic things."

You should follow your own advice. Most brown dwarves are glowing away nicely in infrared. If there were triillions of them they'd be lighting up the sky in that band. They arn't, so unless something has cooled them all down to absolute zero (yeah, right), they don't exist. Back to school for you.

about a month ago
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Fermilab Begins Testing Holographic Universe Theory

Viol8 Re:Flip the switch (247 comments)

"running the simulation of our universe can move information instantaneously"

Quantum action at a distance anyone?

about a month ago
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Chromium 37 Launches With Major Security Fixes, 64-bit Windows Support

Viol8 Does chrome still require a root privs sandbox? (113 comments)

Yes? Then it can carry on fucking right off, its going nowhere near my machines. I'll take the OS security over the supposed security of a browser subsystem thanks.

about a month ago
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Oregon Sues Oracle For "Abysmal" Healthcare Website

Viol8 Deflect blame? (212 comments)

"from Cover Oregon and the governor for their failures to manage a complex IT project."

Err, excuse me - if Oracle are the contractor its up to THEM to manage the fecking project. Why the hell should the governor be hands on with this? Do they think he's also down at every roadworks checking the spades?

Usually when you hire a big company like Oracle you give them the requirements, pay them money and they're supposed to deliver the goods, so Oracle whining that they apparently weren't given good enough management is pathetic.

I wonder what are the odds they used some cheap indian labour who can just about switch on a computer much less deliver a working program. Sorry if some people find that racist, but indian coders in my experience are universally bloody useless.

about a month ago
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Apple CarPlay Rollout Delayed By Some Carmakers

Viol8 iDon't know... (76 comments)

...much about the carplay system, but if its not installed in BMWs i3 and i8 then there must be a disturbance in The iForce.

about a month ago
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Helsinki Aims To Obviate Private Cars

Viol8 Re:Sounds like the future (276 comments)

"Younger generations in general don't identify themselves with their car like older generations did."

Its nothing to do with identity, its simply because they can't afford to run them.

"get you there while you enjoy the morning news, reading, etc"

yeah yeah blah blah. There's something that already lets you do that - its called public transport.

"For those that really like to have their hands on the wheel and to own CDs"

When you actually learn to drive sonny you might understand the attraction. In the meantime have fun waiting in the rain for the bus.

about a month ago
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NVIDIAs 64-bit Tegra K1: The Ghost of Transmeta Rides Again, Out of Order

Viol8 How does this account of caching? (125 comments)

Surely one of the points of OoOE is it can - in theory - take account of whether data is in cache or not when deciding when to do reads? I don't see how a hard coded instruction path can do this.

about a month and a half ago

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