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* Posts by Ben Burch

28 posts • joined 5 Oct 2007

New Sammy patent trial: Apple seeks $40 PER 'infringing' handset

Ben Burch

Re: Odd strategy...

I agree; I have never seen that as a patent defense and in my engineer's understanding of patent law, that is simply not how it goes!

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US-Russia Soyuz 'nauts STUCK IN SPACE after ISS dock fail

Ben Burch

All systems have failures.

What matters is whether there is a viable recovery from the failure. And there is.

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Help a hack: What's in your ultimate Windows XP migration toolkit?

Ben Burch

Virtual Machine

Well, Windows 7 Professional has an XP virtual machine you can download. I've found it able to run any XP app I was unable to run in Windows 7 without having to take the risk of exposing XP to the network for general use. And as a virtual machine, you can save a copy and restore to that point at any time.

Other options are VMWare Workstation on windows, and Parallels or VMWare Fusion on OSX.

All do a competent job of running XP.

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Your 'funny' cat pics are weighing down the web, so here's a better JPEG encoder from Mozilla

Ben Burch

ART encoding

AOL had a proprietary encoder they called ART which gave much better compression than JPEG for most things. Since the AOL app went away, so did any use of that encoder. I think that whomever owns AOL now (Huffington?) ought to just release that patent to the public domain and that w3c ought to adopt it into html.

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PayPal row heats up as eBay chair calls Icahn claims 'false and misleading'

Ben Burch

Icahn is proof that only the good die young.

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Netflix speed index shows further decline in Verizon quality

Ben Burch

If you are in a place where Wide Open West (WOW) cable can be had, it is the best ISP I have used. Really good customer service. They came out on a Sunday AM to fix my service drop when a squirrel ate the wire.

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Thanks for suggesting eBay should flog PayPal. It's not happening, CEO tells Carl Icahn

Ben Burch

Icahn is a parasite. I wish he would get abducted by space aliens and returned in 1000 years.

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Linksys's über-hackable WRT wireless router REBORN with 802.11ac

Ben Burch

Thank you, Linksys! Loved your WRT54G, and I'm sure I will love this one.

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Wolfram's new equation: Mathematica+RPi=child geniuses everywhere

Ben Burch

I'm happy with this!

I will be trying this out over the holidays.

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Dr Wolfram touts coding language to revolutionise mankind ... just like Wolfram Alpha did

Ben Burch

It is never "trivial" to write the correct program, no matter how many SDL compilers or whatnot you throw at the problem, you still need to actually understand the problem you intend to solve, and the consequences of actions you take to solve it!

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Icahn to Cook: 'Buy back $150bn of Apple's stock, or tell me why you won't'

Ben Burch

Icahn is a parasite.

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WD: Enjoying our $630m, Seagate? Let's ruin your day with our results

Ben Burch

Terrible WD "quality"

I've had absolutely terrible results with WD drives. Some failing in as little as 6 months online.

They honored their warranty but the hassle of replacing drives all the time was bad enough that I no longer will buy a WD drive.

This was a few years ago, and maybe they have improved, but I can't take the risk.

I'm probably going Seagate until I finally go Sandisk 100%.

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Apple files patent for refrigerator-magnet iPads

Ben Burch

SNL was there first!

There was a fake Apple ad on Saturday Night Live around 1995 for "Macintosh Post-it Notes";

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Q-BH8j06pM

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Windows 8.1: So it's, er, half-speed ahead for Microsoft's Plan A

Ben Burch

They never tested this with real users as far as I can tell

Do they even use it themselves? This thing is a mess.

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Ecuador: Let's talk about not having Julian Assange on our sofa

Ben Burch

I hope he dies of old age in that little embassy room.

He is a prisoner of his own faults. He has put himself where he is, and he is the only one who can end it (unless Ecuador kicks him to the curb) and I am enjoying every single day of his life sentence.

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PEAK iPHONE? Apple mobe growth slumps to ‘lowest in its history’

Ben Burch

I can tell you why I still have my iPhone 4.

It still works.

And if I replaced it, I'd need a new alarm clock and a new TV dock and new charging cables in my car and office. The change from the dock connector is a big deal to me.

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Judge scolds Apple, Motorola for using court as 'business strategy'

Ben Burch

A lack of federal judges too

The GOP has been preventing Obama from filling any vacancies hoping they can then fill them ALL in 2017.

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BIGGEST DDoS ATTACK IN HISTORY hammers Spamhaus

Ben Burch

Can we just put the hackers in a gibbet?

I think we should not JAIL these guys when we catch them. We should re-instate the Gibbet.

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Gnome cofounder: Desktop Linux is a CHERNOBYL of FAIL

Ben Burch

I've been using Linux since the mid-90s

And I have been using Macs since 1984.

And I have been using Windows since Windows 2.0 (ick)

And I have to say he is right.

I don't want to be able to agree with him.

I really don't.

I make my living with Linux and for what we use it for, its hard to beat, but we develop on a Windows desktop because it is far less hassle, and at home I use both Mac and Windows for desktop environments, but I favor the Mac because it can run so much of my OSS (fink project) and because it is so simple to launch Linux VMs.

I kept hoping the Apple's MkLinux would develop into the next Mac platform, but the acquisition of Next ended that.

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AssangeTM spins Oz Senate candidacy again

Ben Burch
Flame

He can bugger off now.

He is a rape suspect pure and simple.

And one who is a fugitive from justice.

This will end when he dies of old age in that little room or when he is finally given up for extradition to Sweden for trial (and I expect, for conviction.)

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LHC CMS yields unexpected 'new stuff'

Ben Burch

Actually, glass does not flow.

At normal temperatures, silicate glasses do not flow on ANY time scale.

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Liquefied-air silos touted as enormo green 'leccy batteries

Ben Burch

Why the exotic working fluid?

Heat is a better choice than cold.

When you compress air, you heat it. That heat is lost, typically, and is the huge reason for the 75% losses.

Build a huge underground water cistern and simply heat the water.

Water has the highest specific heat of any ordinary substance, and that heat can be recovered quite efficiently with a Stirling-cycle engine.

No need to get the water to boil, in fact, you'd avoid that.

Compressed air as a storage medium has a long history. Usually it is found that you need to ADD energy to the compressed air as it expands to get it warm enough to use, a simple heat exchange with the environment is usually insufficient. And in the case of liquid air storage you have the phase-change energy to add back in before you get any gas evolved at all.

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Steve Jobs' 'private Apple spaceship' seeks public love

Ben Burch

If they don't approve...

... we'd love to see them in the Chicago area!

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Americans resort to padlocking their dumb meters

Ben Burch

I'm sorry my fellow Americans are so stupid.

Sometimes I am quite ashamed of the ignorance here.

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AT&T's iPhone 4 drops 2.5 times as many calls as Verizon's

Ben Burch

My experience as well

Also, I get coverage in places I never did with AT&T, even though I am in the suburbs of a major city.

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Dancing to power London nightclub

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This is MUCH LESS GREEN than just using the mains!

Here is why; Any piezoelectric floor works by increasing the resistance to movement, much as waling on a rubber floor would do. So, it makes electricity at the expense of more energy generated by the muscles. Muscle energy comes, inefficiently from food. Food comes through a chain that includes chemical fertilizers, tractor petrol, transport fuel, processing fuel, the lights in the store, the fuel for the car you went shopping with, the gas for the stove, and the electricity for the dishwasher after.

This is much less efficient in an overall way than just switching on the mains and using some good wind or nuclear-generated current!!!

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CherryPal out sweetens Apple with 2W, ultra-cheap PC

Ben Burch
Linux

I'll buy one...

I have a number of things that HAVE to run all day and which are just not CPU-intensive and for which this is a great solution. These things currently run in an ancient 600 MHz iMac and are all running in the command-line layer. They will port just fine to Linux!

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Sun patches multiple flaws in Java

Ben Burch

And Macintosh?

Are they using a different JRE?

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