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MS Word deserves DEATH says Brit SciFi author Charles Stross

Michael

Re: @LDS (was: Yes, Word is the worst word processor....)

Lyx for those that want to see as they type.

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Thorium and inefficient solar power? That's good enough for me

Michael

Methane production?

Build enough nuclear power stations, use excess power to generate hydrogen.

Build some zero emission methane burning power stations next to the nuclear plant

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-24225901

Combine the two gases to get more methane.

Should keep the lights on for the next 1000 years or so. Might be inefficient, but at least we'd have a relatively easy gas to store and burn on demand to account for peaks in demand.

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Apple dodged all UK corporation tax in 2012

Michael
Pint

25% duty on branding costs

cross borders used to offset a reduction in beer duty!

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Gigabyte's BRIX fall into place

Michael

Re: HTPC?

Get a USB IR receiver stick it somewhere unobtrusive and mount the PC on the VESA mount at the back of the TV. Or in a drawer. Having the IR on the PC means I need to have it on show.

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Crowd-sourcing interpretation of IBM RAID 5 extension paper

Michael

Quick answer

RAID 5 can handle one disk failure. If there is a sector failure also you can not recover the associated data.

RAID 6 can handle two disk failures, or one disk plus one sector but not two disks and one sectors, or even one disk and two sectors.

The proposition is for encoding of sectors to enable recovery of disk failure and a simultaneous disk failure. By adding additional parity to the disk contents you can recover from a disk and sector failure in RAID 5 which you could not do normally.

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

Michael
Joke

Re: do for building what Linux did for software

Will slowly over time take control of the mobile home world?

Apologies, that was bad.

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Google Chrome feature helps you silence noisy tabs

Michael
Megaphone

There has been a work around for years

I have no speakers attached....

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Competition crowdsources blisteringly-fast software

Michael

Re: Glad I don't work for the firm that developed the original software

No, I'd be quite happy if I was able to massively over charge because I didn't want to spend the time developing one algorithm.

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Michael

Re: All your IP rights are belong to...

An algorithm can not be patented.

Of course, solving a problem that potentially you could sell for thousands more may be considered stupid, but is does show you skills off and perhaps some of these people will be employed by the supposed market leaders to improve their software.

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Linux HTPC <£300

Michael

Thought I'd update on my purchases:

£180 Lenovo Q180, ebuyer

£55 PCTV 290e USB dual DVB-t USB stick, and USB DVD drive. PC world

£30 samsung se 208ab tsbs external slimline DVD writer

Total cost £265

Installed mythbuntu, TV tuner just worked, sound for live TV and recordings no problem. Still haven't got sound working in mythbunutu dvd plyer, but works in VLC.

HDTV not working unfortunately. I assume that this is a driver issue as the ATI 6xxxx series graphics card should handle it no problem. Tried the AMD drivers rather than the ones in the repository but to no avail.

PC fan could be quieter, but you don't notice when the TV is on.

Still to get a wireless keyboard and mouse.

Using my android phone for the remote.

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Michael
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No display required

Plugging this into the TV, so need HDMI only.

I like the sound of your setup. Nice and simple.

I was considering a lenovo Q180, dual DVB-t USB stick, and USB DVD drive. Should be a similar price point and looks nice in the living room.

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Michael

Linux HTPC <£300

I'm looking for hardware recommendations to build a Linux based HTPC for less than £300.

System needs to have HDMI and support for 1080p. Not overly fussed about blue ray, but definately want DVD support. This can be via USB.

Also looking to record and watch live TV simultaneously so DVB-T tuner suggestions would be welcome. Everything has to be on one system, running in the living room and as close to silent as reasonably possible for the price.

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Raspberry Pi signs big-name sellers

Michael
FAIL

Re: Re: And Splat!

Yep, very pissed off I can't get on to either to order components.

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Potent proton pulse to BOMBARD EARTH Tuesday morn

Michael

EST UTC - 5 hours

The post is required, and must contain letters.

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Taxman two months late on cyber-crimefighters deadline

Michael
Meh

Is this a problem

Maybe they are trying to hire someone who can do the job, rather than the normal muppets government agencies always seem to find.

Or maybe not...

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Scottish Boundary Commission: We don't need no stinkin' PDFs

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Nice to see

that screwing things up the first time around has been tried out in England first. Makes for a pleasant change.

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Boffins shine 800Mbps wireless network from flashlight

Michael
FAIL

removal of wires

How exactly? You still need the wired back haul to the room. Personally I'd rather the hospital paid for a nice reliable cable if they need network access so that the receiver/transmitter doesn't get block for any reason.

Or you know, use maybe a tube to focus the light beams to a specific point in the room....

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Booze for wrinklies: Good or bad?

Michael
FAIL

learn to read?

You aren't a regular reader are you?

Trick cyclists = Psychiatrists

study-study, did you read the article? The study was a study of other studies. Or a study-study.....

Muppet

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Stand by for more big, windfarm-driven 'leccy price rises

Michael

Hydrogen -> Methane

And why not then convert from hydrogen to methane.

Sure it is even less efficient use of the energy, but we have this massive distribution network already in place and power stations that can use it when required.

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4G auctions - illegal and immoral?

Michael

Lease the frequency

Why can't the government just lease the frequency for say 5 year periods with the current holder guaranteed the lease again so long as they meet minimum requirements?

Place minimum requirements on operators for usage of the spectrum, and coverage, with the requirements becoming more stringent over time. This enables operators to build up nation wide coverage over time, ensures people don't hold on to spectrum they aren't using and reduces the one off cost to operators. Longer term, they may pay the government as much, or more for the spectrum.

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Want an untracked Android? Here’s how

Michael

sarcasim

I think El Reg could do with adding a clear colour code system to highlight this in future. Will save confusion....

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UK net banking website falls flat on its bank

Michael

try blocking scripts

their website is piss poor. The flash and background scripts constantly hang and cause issues when loading. Block scripts and it is surprisingly quick at loading.

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TI acquires National Semiconductor for $6.5bn

Michael

nope

TI have been buying up fabs over the last year or so. They have now got massive capacity. So it is more an issue of chip shortages for everything but TI parts...

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Nokia: Keep codin' for Symbian and Qt!

Michael

yep great phone

Nokia sent me one to apologise for cancelling training on Qt due to the MS announcement. The phone has far better reception and battery life. It has been quite nice to play with. Pity it is now not worth switching to Qt.

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Football goal-line tracking tech delayed

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muppet

check your figures.

I know that crowds at matches in scotland over a weekend can easily clear 100K and that is only those attending the match.

English premier league averages a higher number of spectators a week than your figures:

http://www.footballeconomy.com/stats/stats_att_04.htm

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Couch potatoes riddled with heart disease

Michael
Pint

cause of death

"People who spend excessive amounts of time in front of a screen - primarily watching TV - are more likely to die of any cause and suffer heart-related problems.

more likely to die of any cause? So someone who spends all day watching TV is more like to be killed in an avalanche whilst skiing than anyone else? Amazing bit of research that, probably the avalanche will be a result of the heart disease....

Anyway, I'm off for a mars bar supper and to catch up on some TV.

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BT mulls upping apprentice numbers

Michael

which is how it should be here

Technicians fix things and the engineers design them.

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Phonemakers cry foul on Steve Jobs 'We're all alike' attack

Michael
FAIL

real measurements

I don't have one of the phones Jobs' mentions, however, here are some real numbers for the HTC hero.

Lying on desk signal strength -95dBm

holding single handed (left or right) signal strength -101dBm

completely shielded with both hands I eventually managed to drop it to -109 dBm.

Is this unacceptable or unexpected. Not really, there isn't much that can be done if you have an antenna internal to the phone and someone picks it up. Fortunately, I rarely use my phone with both hands wrapped completely around it to answer/make calls.

The iPhone 4 I tried at the weekend immediately dropped ~22dBm when I placed one finger over the link between the antenna. Add that to the problem of shielding and signal reception degrades beyond use very quickly. Other smart phones share the problem of shielding, some are better at coping with this than others. The iPhone is the one that is incompetently designed because it looks better. Style over substance as per usual.

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Brazilian banker's crypto baffles FBI

Michael

negative stance

Well as far as I'm aware he is still innocent. They haven't yet convicted him of anything yet have they?

We are all just happy that a bank somewhere in the world has heard of security.

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Statistics prof nails Blackpool hoopla scam

Michael
WTF?

how thick

do you need to be to waste £1200 on hoopla?

I can agree that the stall being set up such that the items were wider than the rings is wrong. But surely people aren't that stupid to spend so much money on hoopla. Go buy the bottle of champagne.

Muppets.

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Acer Easystore H340 2TB Nas box

Michael
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no RAID?

why? I like the idea, but I would need to have RAID support.

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OU: Digital divide now between clued and clueless

Michael
Terminator

Wikipeadia?

The day that teachers accepted that it was a trusted source of information was the day that education died.

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NFC? It might work says Department for Transport

Michael

to be fair

it is standard and accepted practice to define acronyms. Especially when people might not have heard of it, when we are talking about, what for many people, is a new technology.

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Adobe to sue Apple 'within weeks,' says report

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sounds good to me

jmp 0x00

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Rutland Telecom offers local internet for local people

Michael

Market forces

Doesn't this imply that market forces can work for the installation of faster broadband? As far as I'm aware the shareholders expect to see a return on their investment in 2-3 years.

I find it ironic after the arguments for the 50p tax for broadband a community has shown an alternative that relies on market forces. Of course it would have been easier if BT hadn't been dragging their heels over the installation.

I still think that the network should be nationalised and fibre to the cabinet rolled out nationwide at the very least. But that isn't likely any time soon.

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CEOP renews attack on Facebook

Michael
FAIL

El Reg next

When are the register going to supply a panic button to refer people to the music and film industry for clearly being pirates!

This is unacceptable behaviour!

Sorry but the whole idea of the panic button is pointless. Lets be completely honest, if you don't want your kids chatting and meeting with stranger don't let them use the computer unsupervised.

If the police want to justify the formation of incompetent groups of specialists do it based on evidence of the group being effective. Don't blame industry to distract people from your own inadequacies of lossing track of people.

The police should stop trying to be politicians and get on with their job.

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ID cards have three databases, says minister

Michael

3 databases?

"the one that holds the fingerprints and facial image, the biometric data, and then the other information which is broadly what is on your passport already and the third bit is the one that links the two"

Also known as one database with 3 tables?

What is wrong with just storing the info on the chip?

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Apple turns the flamethrower on Android

Michael
FAIL

pish

Sorry, but this is complete and utter pish.

The sooner software patents are banned the better. The whole patent system needs re-thought and the bloody obvious ones should stop getting granted. The whole point of the system was to provide access to new innovations and enable inventors to be re-numerated for sharing their knowledge rather than keep it secret. This in turn should enable further innovation.

Wide ranging non-specific patents should not be allowed in almost all cases.

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Apple is suing HTC

Michael
Troll

seriously

As we haven't been told what the patents are then you can hardly comment on double standards. The likelihood is that it is once again bloody stupid US software patents which should be banned combined with a load of bloody obvious patents which shouldn't have been granted.

However, I'll reserve judgement until we find out what these patents are.

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Apple iPhone tops 2009 smartphone sales

Michael

volume or price

The real question is the cost of sales at a given volume. Apple I agree have a tiny share of the total phone market. But they are getting to charge through the nose for it. There is an advantage to having only one phone. Also, the phone is helping sell other Apple kit.

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Twitter bomb threat joke man faces possible jail sentence

Michael
FAIL

seriously?

title says it all.

Why would anyone take that seriously?

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Pupil database claimed to be breach-free

Michael
FAIL

retention?

So, let me get this straight. The database has been running for around eight years and they haven't yet got a data retention policy?

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Google yanks IE6 love from web apps

Michael

yes I could

I happen to know of several people at microsoft and M$ sponsored labs who run Linux day to day. Not difficult to imagine really.

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Intel linked with HPC boost buy

Michael
Flame

Corrections

You can already use gcc with FPGAs. Stick a processor on the FPGA and you can run the code on the FPGA itself. Otherwise, it is just a case of complying with an IO interface that your processor can use to talk to the FPGA and an agreed set of commands on an appropriate bus. What gcc doesn't directly allow you to do yet is recompile the hardware to update it to run algorithms you want. Although as software programmers are cheaper and easier to find this probably will happen sooner rather than later as there is a movement towards direct translation of software into hardware.

Ignorance may be bliss, but come on. I thought el reg readers weren't supposed to be complete muppets.

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Brown offers free laptops to deprived UK schoolkids

Michael
FAIL

child at 19

sorry but they really are taking the piss. A child is up to 16. I can sometimes accept the up to 18 as you can't vote or drink I can see the justification on the grounds that you aren't treated by law like an adult in these situations. But 19? I was at Uni had a job and busily getting completely pissed every pay day at 17.

How about just making it possible for people to be able to afford these things for themselves. Having a shiny new computer and broadband access at home isn't much use if you can't afford to turn them on.

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Santa Fe man demands half a mill for being near iPhone

Michael
Stop

tinfoil hat anyone?

Maybe we can advise him and his fellows to wear blue tinfoil hats thus making them easier to round up....

Although anyone wanting to blame apple for everything can't be all bad....

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Digital Dividend could cost cable TV dear

Michael

Long Term Evolution

A replacement for existing third generation (3G) mobile standards, Long term evolution (LTE) is the the project name for the fourth generation (4G) mobile wireless communication protocol providing support for peak download speeds of 100mbps and upload of 50mbps.

gimme ma bean!

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Parents demand control over text messaging

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don't give them a phone

Simple solution.

Same goes for computer use. Keep it in an area open to all the family and it is easy to monitor.

The real problem here is bad parenting. Not technology.

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Early adopters bloodied by Ubuntu's Karmic Koala

Michael

just works

Admittedly on a fresh install on a new machine. Downloaded in around 40 minutes and installed and logged in in under 20 minutes. The only depressing thing was the time to transfer my old virtual machines to the new machine.

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Apple blueprints the iShoe

Michael
FAIL

obvious

Patenting the obvious again, a headset to listen to music. What will they think of next?

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