* Posts by Richard Wharram

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US judge rubber-stamps Volkswagen's 'Dieselgate' settlement

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Re: Once was a Fan ...

EU consumer law is unlikely to be set up to disadvantage the VW group in favour of the customer I suspect :/

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Dirty diesel backups will make Hinkley Point C look like a bargain

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Greens just don't understand numbers

Build more storage, they cry

What storage, is the reply

Duh. Pushing water uphill. Look it's already done all over the world, they retort

Someone crunches the numbers and finds that Britain would need 390 more Dinorwigs which don't actually exist so it would require large quantities of dynamite and the biggest structural engineering project in the history of the world...

Ah, but, never mind that, can we just talk about how wind and solar are a bit cheaper than nuclear in some countries again please?

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HP Ink buys Samsung's printer business for a BILLION dollars

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Nooooooo

Admittedly I don't print much so don't buy the top-of-the-range printers but I've never had a printer I didn't physically hate and fantasise about attacking with shit-smeared power tools until I got my Samsung.

I am largely indifferent to the Samsung printer which is probably about the best I could hope for.

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Microsoft thinks time crystals may be viable after all

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Buh?

I, err, what?

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Dropbox: Leaked DB of 68 million account passwords is real

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Meh

If the salt is complex enough then a leak doesn't matter. That's the whole point. It shows that the company's security needs work but they won't get your password.

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Facebook, Twitter and Google are to blame for terrorism, say MPs

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Vaz

Vacuous slimeball.

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German minister seeks facial recognition at airports, train stations

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Re: Super Recognisers instead of software?

The problem back when I was looking into it was dataset size. People go to expos and get sold facial recognition software which works perfectly in that setting, a few hundred people. They then try to implement it to work with more than a million different faces and end up having to trade off between too many false positives or too many false negatives. Then they give up.

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Microsoft’s Continuum: Game changer or novelty?

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Ubuntu?

Comparison to their offering?

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The calm before the storm: AMD's Zen bears down on Intel CPUs

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Re: X2 5200

i3?

Some large corporates insist on vPro which only comes in the middle of the i5 line. It's a good little price-gouge by Intel because corporate laptops running Office and Project don't really need i5 performance.

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Re: The Athlon days were good.

And by Core Architecture you mean based on Pentium M which means based on Pentium 3 which means based on Pentium Pro.

Netburst really was a fuck up of legendary proportions when Intel thought as long as they could market with the highest clock speeds of CPU and RAM then the performance didn't matter.

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The Athlon days were good.

It was great to have AMD around when Intel was pissing around with RDRAM and Netburst architecture and generally delivering crap. Athlon and DDRRAM was the only choice for a serious gamer in those days.

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Tim Cook's answer to crashing iPhone sales: More iPhones

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iPhone sales a bit slow before iPhone 7 launch

Not entirely surprising to anyone is it?

The 6S was (as the S models usually are) seen as an upgrade to the 6. So in terms of iPhone product cycles this should be the lowest point. Wait until the 7 has been out a bit before writing Apple off.

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Russia is planning to use airships as part of a $240bn transport project

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Re: Helium is a byproduct

Someone's been reading Tim Worstall's book :)

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All of this is documented in the classic book 'Slide Rule':

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Slide-Vintage-Classics-Nevil-Norway/dp/0099530171/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1471008816&sr=8-2&keywords=slide+rule

Also there's an Iron Maiden song about it called 'Empire of the Clouds'.

And the 8th Doctor had a companion he rescued from the R101.

Funny old world.

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Italian MP threatens parents forcing veggie diets on kids with jail

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Not unsupportive of the idea as long as it forms a general principle not just for this single issue. Therefore I'm hoping to see parents being banned from forcing their religious views and social inadequacy on their children too.

*popcorn*

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BT internet outage was our fault, says Equinix

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Re: Brief outage?

Agreed. Doesn't make sense. Also the Telecity data centres I've visited looked very well designed and I can't imagine how one UPS failure would affect them at all. Indeed turning off half the UPS is a standard and regular DR test.

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Backblaze hopes to melt Amazon Glacier customers' hearts

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How many nines of durability

That's the key metric for something like this surely. You wouldn't put anything on it that had immediate unconditional access requirements anyway so the one thing you need is that the data definately stays there no matter how long it takes to come back. S3 is eleven nines if I remember correctly.

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Science non-fiction: Newly spotted alien world bathes in glow of three stars

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Re: habitable?

Only the most hardened Geordies in T-shirts out on the 'toon' could possibly consider this place habitable.

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Lester Haines: RIP

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:'(

Condolences to his family.

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McDonald's says bigger fonts cooked up improved profits

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Bigger Fonts?

Helvetica Neue is about 40KB if I remember correctly. I fail to see how changing that could increase sales. I'd say it's more likely to be due to the larger point sizes mentioned elsewhere in the article.

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EU referendum frenzy bazookas online voter registration. It's another #GovtDigiShambles

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Re: The Cabinet Office claimed 500,000 people did successfully register on Tuesday.

You'd think these sort of government services that will spike once in a blue moon would be better off with elastic infrastructure patterns.

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Microsoft clones Trello, smuggles it into Office

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Had a play

It's a nice UI but without the ability to limit who can add/update/delete tasks or copy a new project from a template it's not a lot of use except for small teams.

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Database admin banned from Oxford Street for upskirt filming

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Re: youknicks

Never try humour again.

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Labour asks for more concessions on the UK's Snoopers' Charter

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Re: Labour's "discomfort" over the Snoopers' Charter

It is quite easy to suspect this is just Labour going through the motions to look good to the electorate and to get a bit of a kicking into the Tories with their slim majority.

Wasn't Burnham around when Jack Straw and Jacqui Smith were proposing pretty much the same thing? Not that it would be a surprise for him to change his opinions. He seems to get a new set of opinions and convictions based on each morning's newspaper headlines.

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The ‘Vaping Crackdown’ starts today. This is what you need to know

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Making things illegal

Making things illegal (or making only the crippled versions no one wants legal) always works.

Nobody dies from heroin now that it is only available from criminals. We should learn from this example especially in relation to products that appeared to be pretty harmless in the first place.

It may turn out that it's easier to chase-the-dragon than to buy 24mg e-juices but there couldn't be any unintended health consequences. We can just make unintended consequences illegal. Then they will never happen. It all makes perfect sense.

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SHOCK: GM crops are good for you and the planet, reckon boffins

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Re: Seed ownership

Downvote all you want but it still isn't true. Those little arrows don't change reality.

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Re: GM crops will happen, like it or not

Nope. Distribution is less of a problem if you can produce food near where it is required by, for example, making it drought-resistant.

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@Spindreams

This is untrue

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Re: Seed ownership

@ Tim Hughes

Sorry but this is not true.

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@Hollerithevo

This is simply untrue.

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Re: Well DUH

@ Adam 52

This is untrue. Pesticide and Herbicide usage is usually reduced. That's the whole point:

http://weedcontrolfreaks.com/2016/05/as-consumers-shift-to-non-gmo-sugar-farmers -may-be-forced-to-abandon-environmental-and-social-gains/

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Re: Management, only management

This is simply untrue.

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MSG

The fact you mentioned MSG makes it obvious I can ignore your comments. Get an actual education rather than picking up 'facts' from Facebook memes.

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Sterile Seeds

I'm not going to reply to every single one of you who says that Monsanto will eventually hold a monopoly because GM seeds are sterile and farmers will have to keep buying the seeds every year and once the monopoly is in place will jack up the price etc...

So many replies keep trotting this out as an objection 'even if the science shows they are safe...'

It's utter bollox. Totally untrue:

https://gmoanswers.com/ask/i-keep-reading-about-how-monsantos-seeds-and-other-gm-seeds-become-sterile-and-unusable-farmers

The only time terminator seeds have been developed is where the were specific requests or NGO pressure to make them sterile for fear of cross-contamination. And then they were never rolled out anyway.

Let me repeat: IT IS BOLLOCKS! SHUT UP!

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Well d'uh.

I could link hundreds of studies that have shown this for years and regularly lose Facebook 'friends' for doing so on Facebook. That and calling their anti-vaxx bullshit dangerous nonsense.

Careful with the Patrick Moore angle though. The science doesn't need an ex-green 'name' and can stand up for itself quite nicely.

Thumbs down for the first to mention large bio-biz Mon&@^70 in a 'woo-scary' kind of fashion.

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HSBC swinging axe on UK IT department, 840 heads to roll

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It was only a matter of time.

Which UK bank isn't committed to offshoring IT?

Take the redundancy and have a nice summer off.

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Google kneecaps payday loan ads

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@Jim 40

At least someone knows what they are talking about in this thread finally.

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Re: If they're going to let loan sharks like this exist..

Do you really think they aren't regulated?

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Re: APR

"How much would you like me to lend you at 36%?"

Nothing because you haven't explained anything about how much I'm expected to pay back. You've just given me an APR. (Hint: APR is not what you think it is.)

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Re: APR

"The commentard might not know what is better for a specific individual than they do but in general often people who need to visit loan sharks are not in the best state of mind to make that sort of decision and would probably be far better speaking to a free debt helpline."

Firstly we are not talking about loan sharks here. The non-standard credit market is regulated by the FCA. Loan sharks are not. Payday loans is a small part of the non-standard market but this action by Google would affect the non-standard market way beyond Payday Loans.

Secondly customers may need debt advice which lenders are obliged to signpost them towards. However, just as likely, they might not need debt advice, they might just need a washing machine.

The downvote button is just below...

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Re: APR

"You have just made a very rational comment stating a self evident truth. I expect you will be down-voted really a lot."

It's not the first time I've been down-voted for stating facts here and it won't be the last :)

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Re: APR

"Good. Because the whole point of a credit rating is an assessment of one's ability to pay the borrowed money back."

No. They are different things.

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Re: APR

Firstly, no it isn't and secondly how do you expect people with a poor credit rating to improve their credit rating without taking out credit?

A credit rating is not the same thing as an affordability assessment. If the customer can afford the payments (which they will be checked on) then who are you to say they shouldn't be allowed credit which will allow them to build up a credit file and maybe get a better value loan from a more mainstream provider next time?

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APR

36 percent really isn't that high a rate and would preclude lending to many who haven't got a great credit rating.

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Miguel de Icaza on his journey from open source to Microsoft: 'It's a different company'

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Re: Java

Um. Oracle?

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Microsoft joins the 1c/GB/month cloud storage caper

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Re: Sounds good!

I'd say the numbers completely make sense over doing it yourself for all the reasons listed by MatthewSt.

In addition you have the fact that these prices tend to decrease year on year. You don't pay for anything you aren't using yet with cloud storage so for a typical use case where you've got an archive that will build up over 5 years and only max out at the end of the 5 years you aren't paying that maximum until the end of the period where the price will have more than halved anyway.

Unfortunately typical in-house projects will demand you pay for the storage array requirements for at least the next 3 years in advance, at today's prices.

Bear in mind this is just for archiving requirements, not Tier1 storage for a DB. The economics of it just make sense provided it matches your requirements.

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E-cigarettes help save lives, says Royal College of Physicians

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Re: 2 years

My wallet has not enjoyed my switch to vaping. I buy new gadgets every week and due to the safety I vape a lot more than I used to smoke :)

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Larry Ellison's Brit consortium in 'advanced talks' to buy Aston Villa

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Pity the Villa fans

When every spectator gets charged for every seat in the stadium because the new ticket licensing contract doesn't recognise skin as a valid human-container.

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Utah declares 'war on smut'

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Re: I thought they tried that before

True. I used to work with someone whose permanent home was Salt Lake City and he told me there really is nothing to do.

He didn't further elaborate along the lines of, "except wanking of course", but I read between the lines.

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Re: I thought they tried that before

Stigmatising sex before marriage will lead to an increase in faps. Simple.

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