* Posts by Janko Hrasko

46 posts • joined 2 Nov 2007

Asteroid mining and a post-scarcity economy

Janko Hrasko
Mushroom

another apocalypse in making

I wonder what happens when we start pushing around these huge rocks (snooker balls) around the asteroid belt (snooker table) with our Earth being in the firing line!

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Windows 8: Is Microsoft's new OS too odd to handle?

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WTF?

why change?

Still can't stand the new ribbon interface (the most unintuitive abstraction I've ever seen),

why should I be wanting to waste my time on metro now?

What's in it for me Microsoft???

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What happened to the 'Most Read/Commented' list of articles on the front page?

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feature overboard!

extremely useful feature that used to set elReg from the competition is now gone...

fail

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'The new iPad' revealed: Full specs, rumor scorecard

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Angel

Hallelujah!

Sacrificing the goat was well worth it.

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Microsoft's Azure cloud down and out for 8 hours

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Coat

you know...

Clouds have weather too.

Complex systems, etc...

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Gov CloudStore opens for business

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Linux

So much for committment to Open Source

Search for 'open source' on their G-Cloud blog:

http://gcloud.civilservice.gov.uk/?s=open+source&submit=Go

It comes back with ONLY ONE page, called COPYRIGHT.

Nice one!

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Use iBooks Author, only Apple can ever publish the result

Janko Hrasko
Devil

Reading only possible on Pads and Phones

Market lock-in is bad enough, what's worse for the customers though is the fact that you WILL need iPad to view the books (or iPhone).

iBooks isn't available on any other Apple devices!!!

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Samsung rakes in record profits as HTC sales dive

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Mushroom

The answer its simple

Having had the experience of owning two HTC phones I can tell you that the downfall of this brand its in using far too little RAM and system storage, causing the handset to misbehave less than there months of heavy app usage.

I have also seen a lot of other users with these issues. None of them will buy HTC again. They now use either Samsung or iPhone.

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Cloud box does virtualization sans SAN

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Coat

OpenVMS

Reinventing the wheel, nothing new here.

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VMware taxes your virtual memory

Janko Hrasko
Stop

Corporate onslaught or what?

ProXmoX is free and supports KVM AND OpenVZ, so why would I still want to use VMware? This company's pricing structure is a joke.

Carry on like this VMware and you will be left in the dust.

http://www.proxmox.com/

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Seven... SSD sizzlers

Janko Hrasko
Grenade

How about OSX an Linux???

This article is rather unbalanced, it's only for Win users.

What it also doesn't mention is the fact that Vertex2 doesn't need TRIM. Read that again.

This means you can use it in all compatible Macs and Linuxes.

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Fukushima fearmongers are stealing our Jetsons future

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Coat

hmm

Preaching to the wrong crowd.

Wish there was less bitterness in the delivery.

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Samsung SH-B123 internal 12x BD-Rom drive

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Stop

Remove media is dead

No good for backup, no good for sharing. Bring your Usb pen drive or hdd with you.

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Forget SETI, this is how you find aliens: Hefty prof speaks

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Megaphone

obvious

How about just trying to decrypt the static. We could have detected the signal long time ago, we just don't understand the protocol.

Lol

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Obama to scrap Moon, Mars expeditions - report

Janko Hrasko
Boffin

radiation

You don't need to worry about radiation either, you only need 3 feet of ordinary dirt/water to protect you from it. You don't even need to create an artificial strong magnetic field.

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Janko Hrasko
Boffin

correction

We had the technology for getting to Mars in 1960, it is called NERVA.

http://www.daviddarling.info/encyclopedia/N/NERVA.html

But what we still don't have is a clear benefit for going there. If there was a profit to be made from going to space, we would have done it long time ago. Without it, it is all FAR TOO EXPENSIVE.

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Janko Hrasko
Pint

very pragmatic

"Unless there is a clear profit, human race is going nowhere in space."

A hard lesson that Mr. Zuppero (nuclear steam rocket scientist) had learned is still prettty valid.

So no surprise there.

Don't worry though, the third option Augustine commission proposed was going after asteroids and readying some refueling orbital stations for possible commercial haulage.

If there is any value beyond LEO for us at this stage, it's just asteroids.

"We are the wrong species for space."

A. Zuppero

Let's just have pint...

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The return of the Psion-sized PC

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XP? You must be kidding...

As a former 5mx owner, THERE IS NO REPLACEMENT YET!

Read it again, and again.

Sharp SL-C760 came close, but was let down by poor quality office software AND usability.

Nokia N810 fares a much better in usability with Abiword and Gnumeric, and of course the hardware.

(s)iPhone (that I don't and won't have) usability is awesome, but the software flexibility is still a let down compared to 5mx where all was included AND FREE OF CHARGE.

Nokia N900 is getting very close, as all high quality software is freely available - let's see about its not yet announced successor (give us smaller and more energy efficient device please!).

The biggest let down of all the contenders above is that my old 5MX lasted two weeks on a pair of AA batteries. TWO WEEKS and used daily and pretty heavily.

IMHO, the key to success is a sustained effort to develop a free high quality and heavily integrated software that works just as smoothly and effortlessly as 5mx.

Until that happens, we just going to have to bare witnessing fanbois squabbles with their 21st century equivalents of mirrors and trinkets.

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Collisions at LHC! Tevatron record to be broken soon?

Janko Hrasko
Alien

YEEEEHA!

Europeans are just as much fun!

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IGF censors for China

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Grenade

Here comes unCensorship!

China does make things god-damn cheap, and funds all our mortgages, common, what is there to complain about??

Nice one lads!

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KDE 4.3 promises polish, polish, polish

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Stop worrying and love the <KDE>!

Call me what you will, now that KDE reached decently stable version number, I will too switch from GNOME.

Tataaa!

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Buzz Aldrin weighs into NASA

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Dr. Aldrin

NASA should listen.

You can't have more enlightened advisor than one that saw the Earth from another planetary body!

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Opera CEO: Unite not a security risk

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Coffee/keyboard

bla

Yes, that is why most DoS traffic and Spam, etc. is generated by all SINGLE windows computers.

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Microsoft promises no patent prosecution of open-source .NET

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Coat

MS promised a lot of stuff...

...getting my coat...

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Plasma rocket in new test with Brit supermagnet fitted

Janko Hrasko
Pint

Finally decent and usable propulsion system!

Now just put Heim theory to practise, and then warp out!

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Why would anyone run their own base station?

Janko Hrasko
Terminator

EM exposure

Wonder when we'll start growing cauliflowers on our heads due to all the EM in the air. I don't think that day is too far off.

I think that there will be enough energy "in the air" to charge all my devices' batteries!!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inductive_charging

I am sure someone somewhere has thought of this...

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Nokia to develop Intel-based pocket internet gadgets

Janko Hrasko
Grenade

@{iPhone-tards}

Because iPhones (in smartphone sense) are:

- not smart enough

- rubbish on battery - even worse if you need 3G on 24/7

- locked in to operators

- illegal to hack

- not enough decent software (I don't need it to calculate how to split the bill :-P)

- WAY too expensive

... etc, etc.

n810 can now be picked up for around £160, so there is no point having "netbook" or eBook reader for that matter.

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Palm to out-iPod Apple with CEO pick

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Coat

@Robert E A Harvey

Spot on!!

Couldn't agree more, the tech's here and but still the world is wasting CPU cycles on shiny user interfaces. iPhone anyone?

:-P

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Google boss claims no sting from Bing - yet

Janko Hrasko
Coat

test search on Bing

Tried to find Vista service pack 2 for 64bit on Bing? Did I find it on the first page? No.

Google did.

Nuff said.

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Take-Two sues over death of Duke Nukem Forever

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show must go on

Sue them, get the rights and sell them or have someone else to develop the game (less likely).

I think this lawsuit is spot on, there is tons of money in this franchise and the show must go on.

ALMOST EVERY GAMER WOULD BUY THE GAME RIGHT? I DEFINITELY WOULD.

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Google's email goes titsup (again)

Janko Hrasko
Alien

synchronicity?

We had several outages on our equipment over this weekend. A randomness is out of the window.

Has anybody been screwing with the power? Solar activity (low apparently)?

Very weird weekend indeed.

amanfromMars, give us a clue!!!!!

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Google Chocolate Factory patents Data Center Navy

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beginning of the end then

NY under water, ooooogle going strong!

:-P

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Amazon's Kindle goes soft with iPhone app

Janko Hrasko
Paris Hilton

@FFS

Totally agree. I love books and read a lot. I use good old Zaurus for that, because paper books hurt my eyes as they are not back-lit.

I am more than happy to purchase books, but if they are not compatible with my readers that I can get hold of, what can I do?? Find it somewhere on the web?

I think that in the end it will all end up like any other media, torrented to oblivion. Why? Because of the apparent lack of compatibility and availability of legal sources.

Why Paris? Because she has to wear glasses too when reading paper books... ;-)

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DARPA seeks Hitchhikers Deep Thought program

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@ben

I remember reading some sci-fi, where all future wars were fought between military computers, reacting to one another's models. In the real world , there were no wars at all.

As for this article, I'm a big fan of DARPA. I think that unless humanity can make reasonably working models of itself, we'll be forever doomed in the chaos. It was A. C. Clarke that mentioned in one of his novels that in the future all political theories were first thoroughly tried and tested against their virtual models before anything got implemented.

That's where I think this is all going in the long run. There is far too much data out there for anyone to even attempt to make the sense of. We need working models.

@All hail Reason - the perfect weapon :-D

There was a report released lately about the most likely shape of the future warfare. Rings any bells?

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Ubuntu 8.10 - All Hail new Network Manager

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WAIT, don't upgrade yet

I upgraded to 8.10 from 8.04 and due to multitude of bugs I did a clean install thinking it should work better. It didn't, it had the same issues - namely graphics vsync issues, gnome X issues, crashing applets... YUCK

I had to downgrade in the end. Jeez, this is the worst distro for me. I used to be a Mandrake fan, then PCOS when Mandriva started to ignore its bugs.

Ubuntu 8.04 is the only distro that recognises all my laptop's hardware out of the box and is very stable.

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Amazon UK downplays Kindle Christmas

Janko Hrasko
Coat

good idea

What a good idea, they just weren't ready. My guess is they will be buying into those plastic screens...

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Linux at 17 - What Windows promised to be

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happy birthday

Happy birthday Linux and THANKS!

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Vista SP2 beta could land within next four weeks

Janko Hrasko
Linux

Far too late M$!

Bought Vostro 1400 laptop with 3GB of RAM and dedicated NVidia graphics. I thought, as an IT professional, I have to learn about mainstream OS. Yes it works but so do vacuum cleaners, but when you switch them off they do so as opposed to the mainstream OS - it starts installing patches and the process can't be interrupted.

This is just tip of the iceberg. SP1 broke my wifi catcher button functionality. Tried to setup net profiles? Ever renamed user and then found out that it didn't rename user directories, and you can't do it either without worrying you will break 50+ pieces of software you needed to install in order to have environment you are used to? Cooling fan blowing crazy most of the time? Etc, etc.

>>> It does what _it_ wants, not what _I_ want. <<<

Once I realised the the fact that I have no longer control over MY system, I knew I learned enough about the mainstream OS and installed guess Ubuntu 8.04 - all worked out of the box.

However, hats of to M$ campaign, that can be defined as "it just works", very clever. If linux community wasn't so diversified and fragmented, maybe we'd have a real alternative ready for an average industry office user and we'd also have software tools of equivalent or better than .Net.

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Lehman Excel snafu could cost Barclays dear

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good article

Just one thing to say, those few hours to spare should have been used to proof reading. Especially for multi-million dollar deal. The amount of rows/cells is irrelevant, given Barclays' resources.

And to be honest, having used spreadsheets for years and being IT professional, I wasn't aware of such awful bug. PDF has always been presented as a digital print and that's what it should be.

Barclays with all their might should give a long thought to their deal making first and then choices of their software. It would be interesting if Barclays will do something about making sure that Macromedia will fix this bug.

:-)

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Sony PRS-505 Reader e-book

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rubbish

1. FAR too expensive

This kind of device should be £50 at most. You can buy very decent laptop for that money these days.

2. No backlight (!)

I regularly read ebooks on my Zaurus SL-C3100. The main reason I love reading my books on it is because it doesn't hurt my eyes because of the backlight. I don't read paper books anymore for only this reason alone.

3. Too slow

Don't know what processor is in it, but it takes 1-2 seconds for a page to turn !!! Tried this in Sony shop.

4. DRM

Nuff said. Apparently you can't even backup this device - I read it somewhere on the net, so if your reader breaks, say goodbye to your books.

On the other hand I do understand the need for slow CPU and no backlight, keeps the battery going for very long time (in this case). But, and that is a big mama but(t), why sacrifice this for usability? Surely there must be a middle ground...?

I think there will be more devices like this to come in the near future. And I can't wait!

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Concrete-jet 'printers' to build houses, Moonbases in hours

Janko Hrasko
Alien

beautiful

21st century's space swiss army knife aka A.C.Clarke's TMA-1's prehistoric cousin.

;-)

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Windfall taxing big oil: how to make the gas crisis worse

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SWEET

and the winner is....

EL REG!

thank you very much for sparking this fantastic debate where the article itself is just a theme teaser and more useful information can be gathered from citizen's responses.

Nice one!

:-)

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Japan kicks off electric car format war

Janko Hrasko
Paris Hilton

exploding batteries

I was told not to buy dodgy batteries as they tend to explode when charged. Is it going to be the case with these car batteries?

http://search.theregister.co.uk/?q=exploding+battery

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Pirate Bay bitchslaps Swedish law with SSL

Janko Hrasko
Boffin

Prometheus similarities

If it wasn't for Prometheus, where would we all be???

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prometheus

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Terminator Salvation is go for May 2009 release

Janko Hrasko
Boffin

final solution

Wouldn't it be easier to just go back in time to kill Alan Turing? or go even further back and kill Pythagoras? or both? or while we are at it, Moyzes as well?

No more number worshipping nuts!!!

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Ubuntu laptop clan trapped in hard drive hell

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Stop

Flash HDD

why not go for flash hdd instead??

why not swapping all moving parts from our computers for active coolers??

why not getting rid of this unreliable mechanical oh-so 19th technology all together??

hardware makers, please catch up...

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