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* Posts by Graham Dawson

1546 posts • joined 5 Mar 2007

UK MPs tell Google: Get back here and bring your auditors with you

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Re: WTF

You know I avoid paying huge amounts of income tax all the time? I don't earn enough to qualify for the top bracket so I avoid paying that tax.

I also avoid paying VAT on items that I don't buy and I avoid paying inheritance tax by being alive.

Go read a dictionary. Learn what these words mean before you spout your nonsense again.

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Builder-in-a-hole outrage sparks Special Projects Bureau safety probe

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If only you'd somehow contrived to include a raspberry pi...

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ZX Spectrum cassette player lost? There's an app for that

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Re: Love it

Oh look, it's eadon's mirror-universe counterpart.

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Scramjet X-51 finally goes to HYPER SPEED above Pacific

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Re: Reminds me of Spaceballs

Hadn't you better buckle up?

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Impoverished net user slams 'disgusting' quid-a-day hack

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Re: here comes Godwin

Actually he wasn't a veggie at all, that's a popular but untrue legend. He liked a good knackwurst now and then.

The one with the rolled up painting disguised as a german sausage in the pocket please.

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Re: Bloody luxury.

You had a belt! My dad 'ad to thrash us with a strip of our own flesh torn from our backs cause we'd eaten our belts months ago. And he'd make us cure it with our own teeth first!

@Brewster I didn't mean feeding the freezer, that's too expensive. Bulk dry goods and tinned food, that's what I'm talking about. They last longer than frozen foods too.

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Yet there is at least a valid reason for this experiment: he's raising money for charity. Most of those idiots taking a gap year don't do that, they just sort of hang around and make a nuisance of themselves while getting ripped off by the locals.

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When I was a kid my dad owned a chip shop, until he lost his business to a combination of recession and a bypass killing half his trade. While he retrained and looked for new work we were broke and dirt poor. We lived on beans half the time.

You can however get a very varied diet on a pound a day if you shop right. My parents learned the skill and taught it to me - buy bulk, shop at Aldi, look for all those sales where they're trying to clear out stock. Sell-by and use-by dates on a lot of things can be safely ignored for anything from a week up to a month depending.

Oh, and shop at the cash and carry for staples like rice and salt. It's a cliché but if you make sure to stock up on lentils and oats you can survive (not thrive but certainly survive) on significantly less than a pound a day.

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Forget choice: 50% of firms will demand you BYOD by 2017

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Re: The next step

A government license to print money.

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Thousands rally behind teen girl cuffed, expelled in harmless 'explosion'

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Re: unintended f*c*i*g consequences.

"Yeah well the Yanks seem to have this obsession with treating anyone older than 6 months as an adult,"

Except when it comes to alcohol. And a few other things that I can't remember at the moment.

It's the inconsistency that really does it. They get told to grow up and then get treated like children when they try. Unfortunately it's not a problem limited to the states.

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US Senate vote to add internet sales tax this week

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Re: Long live...Die poor.

@AC I get the feeling you don't quite understand how a federal government is supposed to work.

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It's official! Register hack is an alcohol-flushed cave dweller

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Re: Neanderthal DNA

The claim is commonly made that our DNA differs from chimps by less than 4%, or 1% depending on who you ask. In a sense is an irrelevant statistic; whilst we share 97% with chimps we also share about 50% of our genetic code with the humble banana, and about 98% with piggies.

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Notebook makers turn to Android in face of Windows woes

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Re: WTF?

Given the screen sizes involved I'm not sure that multi-window interfaces would be all that efficient. Most people will use netbook-style devices as single-task devices in effect and rarely muck about with individual windows. Many of the earlier netbooks defaulted to single-task-style behaviour because of that. Even the windows ones.

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The fast-growing energy source set to replace oil: Yes, it's COAL

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Re: REminds me of a report in the 1970's "Coal Bridge to the Future."

Why? Improvements in the efficiency of generation, that's why. You think generation technolog has been static since the 70s? It hadn't reached an efficiency peak back then so it's safe to assume that there have been improvements in the meantime.

That's why.

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Google Glass will SELF-DESTRUCT if flogged on eBay

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Re: What gives ANY company the right...

It doesn't stand up to legal scrutiny INSIDE the US. There's a substantial body of law and precedent dating back to before the US was even founded (US common law is descended from English common law with very little modification and much of it is unchanged since the 1700s) establishing that a company or person has no right to contractually prevent a second party from reselling goods or items they have purchased.

The contract is void and unenforceable in law. If they try and enforce it they're acting illegally.

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Apple branded porno-peddling perverts by Chinese Pravda

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Re: Dear 'The Register'

Aye. If it really gets annoying perhaps they should cancel their subscription. I'm writing to do that this very moment!

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Ofcom: Parents, here's how to keep grubby tots from buying Smurfberries

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Re: How Did We Survive

Teeth? Luxury! Why my dad knocked each and every one of my teeth out when I were six and used em in a slingshot to kill a rabbit! I used to have to gum things to death. Teeth...

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... time machine. Iranian Dr Who claims he invented a ...

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Re: Interesting

No reflective surface is 100% efficient. All it'll do is slow down the effect. Maybe sufficiently to prevent damage, maybe not, but I'd be tempted to say maybe not given that a laser can have its wattage upped with relative ease.

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Building the actual real internet simply doesn't pay

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Re: "Only people who "Can Do" get to make the rules"

Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience. — C S Lewis

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It's problems like this where an end-to-end monopoly provider would theoretically be able to provide a better solution than a bunch of independent operators. A monopoly would be able to leverage income from profitable parts of the network to subsidise necessary infrastructure elsewhere in order to improve services.

In theory.

Unfortunate that real monopolies, whether state or private, rarely have any incentive to improve their service in this way.

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The healing hands of guru Dabbs

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Re: The disappearing computer problem...

Never ask for a bananana daiquiri then.

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I am NOT a PC repair man. I will NOT get your iPad working

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Re: Apparently, we are special

Whenever I go away on holiday, if I make the mistake of mentioning that I'm an electrician (though not for much longer!) I invariably end up getting asked to fix the lights.

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Re: Systems architect here

"I have a feeling they might..."

My uncle is a civil engineer and he found a way to stop such questions pretty sharpish. He starts with the foundations. 2 metre floating slab steel-reinforced concrete, he says. You'll have to do a site survey he says. You'll need to do soil quality tests he says. Then he starts recommending quantities surveyors and suitable suppliers of RSJs for the core structural supports.

Then again, he once built a 3 ft extension to his house using the same design techniques he uses for bridges, so perhaps he was serious...

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A lightbulb that does IPv6: You know you want it

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For now, halogens in a "standard" bulb envelope will do that. They're more expensive than the incandescents were, but you can get two with an eddie screw at Ikea for about 2.50 (last time I checked anyway) and you can buy them with bayonet fittings from other suppliers.

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Living in the middle of a big city? Your broadband may still be crap

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Re: Four Yorkshiremen

You think that's tough? Our internet is two cups on a piece of string. If you want to download anything you 'ave to get aunty mabel to go look it up in t'newspaper an then warble into t'cup for an hour and hope you don't get a lost packet.

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I've got a super free multi-petabyte storage box for you: /dev/null

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Re: But, but...

For all practical purposes assume /dev/cloud is mapped to /dev/null and act accordingly.

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Microsoft begins automatic Windows 7 SP1 rollout

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Re: Errm

Which part of "NFS is a network file system" don't you understand?

And whether it was included by default or not, Microsoft's POSIX subsystem was still a steaming pile of shite that was only partially compatible and only lumped in to claim it was there. It was useless.

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Re: Errm

Well of course you can inflate those numbers quite nicely if you include the security issues in every single userland package and compare it to only the OS flaws in windows.

Windows had a POSIX-compatiblity subsystem up to windows 2k. It was optional. They had to buy in a proper POSIX compatibility layer to replace it and even that was marketed as a stand-alone product until recently. It was only included in windows by default from 7 forwards. Windows therefore has not been "POSIX-compatible" from the start. It has been at best optionally, partially compatible and if you knew anything about POSIX you'd understand that MS's own subsystem was a steaming pile of shite. Which is why they had to buy in another.

NFS is a network file system...

I give up. You haven't a clue.

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Re: Useful Service Pack

You can set up a local repository and configure your machines to update from that. If you're setting up your machines from a standard install image then this will be a trivial addition.

And Mint uses Apt, not yum. Yum is for RPM-based distros.

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Wind farms make you sick … with worry and envy

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I can think of a lot of much better reasons to pillory windfarms (or perhaps tilt at them... ;) ) such as their devastating effect on local bird populations - especially raptors and other large predatory birds. Or the way they mash bats. Then there's the problem of inefficiency, the fact that wind power is rarely around when you need it, has a very limited operating potential when the wind is blowing and requires equivalent conventional power generation as backup.

They aren't a viable source of energy and they cause immediate environmental harm. Getting sidetracked on silly things like "wind farm sickness" rather misses the point.

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NASA chief: Earth is DOOMED if we spot a big asteroid at short notice

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Re: Earth is doomed?????

No. Worth is an intrinsically human concept. Without humans around, the planet would have nobody to grant it the attribute of worth, and would thus have none. It would merely exist.

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Re: Err...not sure 'the planet' is at risk...

Yeah, those damn sea kittens...

Oh you mean the human race? Well if you think it's an infestation why don't you do your part to reduce it and remove yourself?

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Software bug halts Curiosity: Nuke lab bot in safe mode

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Re: So NASA is prone to self induced rover spasms

... seriously?

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Paying a TV tax makes you happy - BBC

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Re: TV Licence

Go read your license next time they send you a nastygram about it. You'll find that the Television License is to receive live broadcasts, not "to fund the BBC". Yes it's used to fund the BBC, but that isn't its stated purpose. It's a tax. And a regressive tax at that.

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OpenSUSE 12.3: Proof not all Linux PCs are Um Bongo-grade bonkers

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Re: Bad UI decisions may be part of the problem

A couple of years ago you could have gone to System Settings, clicked on Application Appearance and then on the big thing marked "colours" and adjusted all of these things to your heart's content. Don't get me wrong, I'm sure there are arguments to be made for grouping the font colours with the typeface settings rather than putting all the colour options in a single place. It might seem logical depending on how you like to organise things.

Of course windows doesn't do it that way either as far as I can recall.

The only clear difference between KDE and Windows is that in windows you can access these settings by right-clicking on the desktop which is an advantage, I won't deny it. But it's easy to find these options in KDE. You'd have to be wilfully blind to miss them.

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Infinite loop: the Sinclair ZX Microdrive story

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Ok your story is nice, but I have to rant about this.

"my brother and I" makes no sense in your sentence. It's an example of false grammatical correctness - you've learned the rule that "me and my" is incorrect and applied ot universally. "My and I" only applies when you are the actor. When another is acting on you, it is "me and my".

The test is to take your brother out of the sentence.

"my dad bought I an Interface 2"

See the problem?

You're right about eproms though. Imagine how different the world would be.

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Microsoft backs law banning Google Apps from schools

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Re: So MS lobbying to protect their cash cow and keep Google out

And what is that "real price"? Google are free to set the price of their services at whatever level they think the market can bear, just like any other provider of goods and services.

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BAN SMUT, rage MEPs: Purpose of internet must be EXTERMINATED

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I was of course not accounting for Dear Nigel's ability to conjure defeat from whole cloth with a rhetorical flourish and then declare it a victory. UKIP might have got somewhere if not for his ego-driven need to own the entire thing.

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They'd win on a landslide...

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BRITAIN MUST DECLARE WAR on Cervinaean menace

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Why? We're an apex predator too, we can take on the role the wolves previously performed.

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Belgian boffins find colossal meteorite

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Re: no touching?

Obviously the solution is retrieval by android.

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Architect pitches builder-bothering 'Print your own house' plan

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Guy's behind the times. CNC is already in use in the building industry and it has to compete with other essentially flat-pack housing systems as well. I mentioned SIPs in another topic, you can get an entire house made up in those things and have it delivered on site for final assembly. You can buy a timber-frame house from Finland and have it assembled within a day of its arrival. Two on the outside. There are multiple systems available for doing this already.

I suppose the difference is on-site, but... to be honest, the economics of on-site fabrication just aren't viable. The cost of the machine, the materials, all the wastage you'll inevitably suffer, it wouldn't work. There's a reason timber and building materials are mass-produced in big centralised locations.

With this you'll end up with some two or three big companies mass-producing CNC parts for shipping to sites, because the economics dictate it can be no other way.

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SimCity 2000

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Re: Police stations

The weird thing? I've heard that same clip in programmes that purport to be documentaries. Same voice and inflection, which means either it's such a standard piece of police shorthand that it gets used everywhere and spoken in the same way, or... er...

Hey, anyone got any tinfoil?

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Sergey Brin emasculated after HORROR smartphone disaster

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Re: Confessions of a search engine Exec

He's right about TV even if the rest is... eh-heh. Five 9s of crap and the rest is just dumb. It seems telling that the biggest television phenomenon in the last ten years is My Little Pony. For good or for ill.

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No mobile signal? Blame hippies and their eco-friendly walls

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Have you seen the levels of natural background radiation over most of the planet? We were born in a sea of the stuff. All this bizarre panic over "TEH RADIATIONS is based on the assumption that any radiation at any dose is dangerous without any threshold which would, taken to its logical conclusion, require us to forgo sunlight entirely and live in a lead-lined faraday cube for the rest of our natural lives.

Except we need sunlight to produce vitamin D - specifically the mild ionising effect of UV radiation on cholesterols in our skin.

It's all in the dose.

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Re: Yes.

That's not entirely true. Certainly with the big builders there's a certain incentive to go cheap, but interior stud walls offer significant advantages over alternatives. For one they're quicker to build, they're lighter (you want to suggest building brickwork on a second storey floor with no support underneath?), they allow a certain flexibility when pulling wire and - believe it or not - they actually block sound better than other wall types as long as they're constructed right.

Solid walls carry sound like nobody's business. A properly built stud wall deadens it with the use of air gaps and insulation. They also hold heat in better. I should know, I'm living in a small block of flats I helped build and I can often have trouble hearing the wife just one room over when she's shouting at me.

Now it's possible we built to a higher standard than the rest of the industry, but I doubt it. We built to the regs as written.

You will not see exterior stud walls in this country ever. The closest you'll get is SIPs but those require cladding, either in the form of external decorative cladding or a regular brick skin with a minimal cavity.

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Hands-on with Ubuntu's rudimentary phone and tablet OS

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Re: High Hopes

localzuk, I would hope, if you're installing an OS for your grandmother, that you'd have the plain good sense and courtesy to set it up so she could actually use it.

All the things you pointed out will work on Debian if you set it up properly. Would you toss your grandmother into the cockpit of an aeroplane without flying lessons? Would you demand she cook you restaurant quality food without providing the proper ingredients and equipment? So why would you give her a debian install that wasn't configured with her needs in mind?

Maybe you just hate your grandmother?

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Chromebook app launcher touted to Chrome browser users

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We can't post images directly, but this one expresses my thoughts quite nicely.

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This 320-gigapixel snap of London is size of Buckingham Palace

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Re: First fail found

First thing I spotted. What the heck?

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