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Researchers Say Neanderthals Created Cave Art

Viol8 Who thinks they were dumb anyway? (60 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.

4 hours ago

Radioactive Wild Boars Still Roaming the Forests of Germany

Viol8 For a country so good at engineering... (179 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...


Reformatting a Machine 125 Million Miles Away

Viol8 2.5 billion? (153 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.

2 days ago

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.

2 days ago

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.

5 days ago

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.

5 days ago

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?

5 days ago

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.

5 days ago

Oregon Sues Oracle For "Abysmal" Healthcare Website

Viol8 Deflect blame? (210 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 two weeks ago

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 two weeks ago

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 two weeks ago

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 three weeks ago

China Smartphone Maker Xiaomi Apologizes For Unauthorized Data Access

Viol8 Fixed a "loophole"? (64 comments)

Thats not a fucking loophole - a program doesn't accidentaly download and store phone numbers , it has to be programmed to do it - thats deliberate data stealing. Now we get the usual meaningless corporate humble apology routine which they hope will placate everyone until next time they get caught. Pathetic.

about three weeks ago

Perlan II Project Aims To Fly a Glider To the Edge of Space

Viol8 "and designed to fly near transonic speed" (44 comments)

Err , how exactly do they plan on getting to those speeds? Sure , you could get to those speeds in a dive but to do a dive you've got to get up that high in the first place which requires already going at those speeds. Catch 22. And the air currents sure as hell won't be strong enough to do it so unless they plan on having an SR-71 tow them up there I don't see this happening.

about a month ago

Hotel Chain Plans Phone-Based Check-in and Room Access

Viol8 Oh boo hoo (120 comments)

It was the same for everyone in their 20s. What do you expect , a $100K pay packet the minute you leave university? I'm in my 40s now but I spent most of my 20s working in dead end IT jobs and saving up until I could put down a deposit for a mortgage.

Seems all the millenial generation does is whinge about how tough there life is. Get over yourselves FFS!

about 1 month ago

Inside BitFury's 20 Megawatt Bitcoin Mine

Viol8 Re:Good Thing (195 comments)

"I'm sure you spend 24/7 of your wakened time working on the betterment of humanity, such as curing cancer, resource capture and use (energy), materials science, space mining and other such industries."

What a pathetic argument. You might as well say that only people who work in child abuse should find it distasteful. Get back under your bridge you pathetic troll.

about 1 month ago

"BadUSB" Exploit Makes Devices Turn "Evil"

Viol8 Not really that scary (205 comments)

Whats the point of the device sending keystrokes if it has no idea where they are going? "rm -rf /" ? Won't do much if you don't have a root xterm in focus or the focus is a word processor/browser/game/whatev er. Unless it acts like a mouse too and is smart enough to navigate its way around the screen, kick off an xterm , su with the root password etc etc...

But then thats with a proper OS. I guess if you're running windows all bets are off.

about a month ago

Programming Languages You'll Need Next Year (and Beyond)

Viol8 If you want to earn big bucks... (315 comments)

Learn C++, Java or C# and get yourself a job at a big corporate.

But hey, if you want to be a hipster coder and dick about all day doing "groovy" websites at some here today gone tommorow startup and earning fuck all by all means go down the web development route along with every other 14 year old school kid.

Erlang? Nice language but too niche. Never really got momentum outside telecoms and its probably too late for it now.

about a month ago


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