John Hughes

John Hughes

  • Commented on Ask me anything!
    that X runs as root in basically every environment Not true on Linux since Debian 9 and contemporaries. That's one of the things that systemd made easy to fix....
  • Commented on Ask me anything!
    Never actually saw that, or B. But then, why did they create C?"B" was effectively just BCPL with some changes in syntax, "C" was the answer to the question "how do you change BCPL for a byte addressing machine". BCPL...
  • Commented on Ask me anything!
    Why, yes, my favorite language *is* C.Bloated. BCPL for the win....
  • Commented on Social architecture and the house of tomorrow
    Renewables and nuclear, however, have notably lower EROEI.Debatable. Some studies give nuclear better EROEI than fossil. And then some people shout "but that's only if you forget decommissioning and waste disposal". But you can't count waste disposal for fossil as...
  • Commented on Social architecture and the house of tomorrow
    just don't understand why you'd build a 5000+sf home that takes up 80% of the dirt. This is a huge problem in urban Africa. When we built a house in Abidjan it was a real pain to try to...
  • Commented on Social architecture and the house of tomorrow
    France wanted nuclear weapons and energy autonomy in the 1960s. So in the 1960s-70s they rolled out reactors on a production line and at peak were producing about 90% of their base load from cheap-ish fission designs Partialy true. The...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    Making them change the country's name to "Upper Normandy"It's already called big Britanny....
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    On the other hand, if we can pour a million* tons of soda into the oceans (after doing the proper research) and bring down the acidity to "normal" levels, I'm all for it. I like eating (sustainably harvested seafood.) In...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    _Moz_: Wow, thank you for the article on France's CFA Zone / Colonial Pact scam. I didn't know most of that, only about Paris's tight control over the CFA Franc.Oh, it's a great article. Total bollocks, but a great piece...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    I said that you had to supply a valid UK postcodeYes, but you don't have to supply a valid UK postocde. You have to supply a postcode. It was perfectly happy with my postcode, 94500, which is not even the...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    Yeah, I know, I did that. I was just correcting the claim that you need a UK postcode....
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    I think the maps shows who the petitioner is represented byMakes sense. And, stupidly, if you're British and live outside the UK then you're represented by nobody. Anyway, there's a nice button to download a JSON dataset with the numbers...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    Scotland gets possession, England gets the launch codes.And the US keeps its 5-year option on removing them from service....
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    MAP of signatures HERE for info.The maps are irritatingly incomplete in that they only show the UK....
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    that the Petitions site is in fact hosted from a data centre in Ireland. $ host petition.parliament.uk petition.parliament.uk has address 63.35.2.251 petition.parliament.uk has address 52.209.144.75 petition.parliament.uk mail is handled by 10 inbound-smtp.eu-west-1.amazonaws.com. $ host 63.35.2.251 251.2.35.63.in-addr.arpa domain name pointer...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    You have to supply a name, active e-mail address and valid UK post code, and then confirm the vote by responding to an e-mail. Nope, a country + a postcode. Amazingly not all UK citizens live in the UK....
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    Hah. It's ruined mine for nearly three years now....
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    Actually, you don't need to encrypt a document to sign it cryptographically.To sign a document you compute a hash of its text then encrypt that with your private key. Anyone who has your public key can then check that you...
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    Jail Poettering, say, on St. Helena.Lock him up! Lock him up!...
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    And, no doubt, the official documents will all be in an encrypted binary formatsIn the "future" (i.e about "now") all official documents *will* be partly in "encrypted binary formats" -- i.e they'll be signed. Meanwhile and totally off-topic, the "systemd...
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    Second, pace the 2nd law of thermodynamics, it's a myth that you can't transform high entropy into low entropy. Entropy is generally reversible temporarily and on a local scale, even if not long-term and globally. Any system that uses an...
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    systemd : sysvinit as EU : Brexit. :-)...
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    In Canada riding size varies between 18k and 90k, which is a pretty big variation. Is there anywhere in the world that runs elections were each elected representative represents about the same number of voters? In the UK theoretically all...
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    is kind of terrifying. I can't see how we will avoid having the choices selected in such a way as to make the inevitable result a Silly gain with the Sensible vote being split. Easy -- ask Debian to organise...
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    But your comment about the sun reminded me of a possibly genius solution: David Brin, in "Sundiver", proposed that you could use solar energy (either photoelectric or thermoelectric; don't recall) to generate enough electricity that you could power a laser...
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    You can't. The blog software/platform more or less predates emojis and assumes you're using ISO 8859-1 (Latin-1) Like slashdot. How quaint....
  • Commented on The crazy years
    But, apart from, of all magazines "Punch" ( The editor took a dislike to Lincoln ) the majority of the press & the voting public were stoutly anti-slavery & pro-US. Punch? Of Abraham Lincoln's rule we can never speak, except...
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    Most communists of my acquaintance would probably support Brexit after the Revolution Why? Are you planning on a revolution in only one country? How pessimistic. Any revolution worthy of the name should aspire to be at least world wide....
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    I'm having difficulty comprehending this level of stupid.Yeah, how could anybody be so dumb that they don't know the post-apocalypse money will be based on the stable value of the bottle cap....
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    "Are you a Jew?" asked one egg. That one made me laugh out loud -- got some funny looks in the office....
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