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923 posts • joined 7 Apr 2008

Microsoft buys all electricity from Texas wind farm

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Inevitable question

When the wind isn't blowing they do what?

Buy from the grid adding to the the variability of the grid demand and thereby pushing up prices for everyone else?

Brill.

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'Only NUCLEAR power can SAVE HUMANITY', say Global Warming high priests

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Good call.

Now we sit back and wait for the loons who think that running a grid is a ridiculously old-fashioned thing to do to pipe up.

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Ding-dong, Cthulu calling: Infogrames’ 1992 Alone in the Dark

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Re: Pickman

No, I meant Pickman + Model.

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Pickman

Nice choice on the title :)

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Alien planet is just like EARTH - except for ONE tiny detail

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Not much of a future

Only 3 billion years? Blimey. Poor diddums planet.

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Gasp! Twitter displays pictures in main feed as IPO looms

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Clients?

Meh. Tweetlogix still works fine. Can't remember the last time I used the website or official client.

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Surface 2 and iPad Air: Prepare to meet YOUR DOOM under a 'Landfill Android' AVALANCHE

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Re: A quick correction

You can get a Hudl for less than £59. I used £45 quid's worth of vouchers which they doubled up and got it for £29 of real money. That's why they're selling. They're no iPad but for a few quid you can buy one and not worry about the kids covering it in snot.

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Not so Saucy after all: Ubuntu reveals Mirless Salamander... and what, no Britney?

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LVM!!

The installer supports LVM now. Excellent.

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Will install tonight on the Thinkpad

Will give me something to do at the mother-in-law's :(

I had a point to make sorry, my Thinkpad also has an AMD card and I'm hoping it will improve things.

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Price rises and power cuts by 2016? Thank the EU's energy policy

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"Unfortunately the powers that lead the powers that be have made a decision and it's quite mad, but they refuse to look at alternate options, and actively rubbish any attempt to counter climate change issues by anything other then reducing CO2 output."

That's not even the problem. They are crippling our ability to keep the lights on and to afford our electricity without even making any difference to CO2 output.

That's the crazy thing.

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You didn't need the denier stance

Just accepting that AGW is real and that we want to reduce CO2 emission these policies are still a fail. They are not reducing CO2 emissions.

Using gas to replace coal would be a nice quick win on CO2 whilst realistic long-term options are invested in (nuclear). The current policy is counter-productive.

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RIP charging bricks: $279 HP Chromebook 11 charges via USB

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Would make a nice Linux machine but...

1360x768 res?

When mid-range phones have better res than a laptop it's a fail.

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Dutch oven overcooked in World Solar Challenge

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Re: @Richard Wharram RE: "vapor-driven vessel of low-countries origin"

I'm at work, so just to be on the safe side I'm not clicking that.

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Dutch oven?

I can't work out how you justify putting it in the title but well done for at least making the effort to keep working the Profanisaurus into mainstream media.

You need to keep an eye out for a story involving a water-borne, vapor-driven vessel of low-countries origin whose forward-motion is impaired so moves in a stern-first fashion.

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British support for fracking largely unmoved by knowledge of downsides

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Just maybe

The public are concerned about their gas prices and think this might be a better way of dealing with it than a price-freeze?

(yes - i know it was actually drilling for oil)

(yes - i know there's all kinds of research which says that it won't reduce prices)

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Apple tackles iPhone lock-up cockup with iOS 7.0.2

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Hacked?

It was fooled not hacked. And there was an article. Go search.

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

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Re: Intermittency of Solar

Like amusing displays of millions of twitching frogs' legs. Who hasn't dreamt of the day when that would become reality?

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Re: Intermittency of Solar

Easier to mitigate against than wind certainly (in the right countries).

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Re: WTF......

Indeed. You'd need an order of magnitude or two's more wind turbines than oil rigs to produce anything useful.

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Space truck Cygnus left idling outside ISS after data format snafu borks docking

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We will call you Cygnus

The God of balance you shall be

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How do you choose your vendors?

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Also add

Financial stability of vendor

Existing customer testimonials (believe me they aren't always good even if chosen by the vendor)

End user test-session feedback (if applicable)

Evidence of product roadmap

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Stylus counsel: The rise and fall of the Apple Newton MessagePad

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Eat Up Martha

tbh

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ISPs set to install network-level smut filters despite Lib Dem opposition

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The easiest way to get around this

Is surely to say 'No Thanks'

Repeatedly.

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City of Munich throws Ubuntu lifeline to Windows XP holdouts

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Re: How does this help?

If they are still on XP then the chances are they haven't upgraded Java and Flash either and both of those will be far more likely to cause problems than XP.

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Re: How does this help?

Much as though I'd personally prefer Ubuntu over XP I was just going to post exactly the same thing.

OK - Ubuntu will still get security fixes but why would the council intervene? It's just opening them up to complaints.

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BBC releases MYSTERY RIDDLE poster for Doctor Who anniversary episode

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Re: So long as his real nemesis stays away

I think you are confusing Mel the assistant with the garish 80s wardrobe she was given. She was actually a well-rounded character who did a great job in the 6th doctor era, although the first season of the 7th she was hampered by terrible scripts.

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Ninth Doctor?

Whut? Did I miss something?

Anyway, the meaning is:

There'll be Doctors, Daleks and explosions.

Simple.

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Tell me why I don't like Moon days: Bob Geldof heads into SPAAACE

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Re: Tell me why I don't like Moon days

So bad it's bad.

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The bank that likes to say... crash: TSB's online banking goes titsup on launch day

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Is it classic ASP?

It's all .asp, not .aspx.

wtf?

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'Beat the lie detectors' trainer sentenced to 8 months in jail

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Polygraphs are bullshit.

And that's it.

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Smartwatch craze is all just ONE OFF THE WRIST

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Re: Orly?

I have an F-105, an F-59 and an F-91.

Total outlay about 20 quid and they all tell the time.

I have a nice attractive analogue watch as well but I haven't worn it in about 6 years.

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Chrome turns five, gains new 'desktop apps'

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Desktop Apps

Like Peppermint OS has been offering for three years?

http://peppermintos.com/

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Samsung stakes claim to smartwatch market with Galaxy Gear

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wtfffff

My F-91W battery has lasted 8 years so far. Only stopped wearing it cos the strap broke. The watch itself is still fine. Just replaced it with the model with the better backlight. 9 quid but I bet the battery on the old 91W is still going strong when the strap breaks on this bugger.

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Nokia's PHAB-ULOUS comeback attempt: Huge WinPho 8 mobe rumoured

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Not a problem with WP8 itself

It seems like a perfectly nice smartphone OS that's bright, attractive and responsive. It also runs admirably on low-end hardware, better than some of the Android crap.

It could have been a runaway success if it was released around the same time as Android. But it wasn't. So it's fucked.

Most people are already tied to the iOS or Android masts (or both like me.) What would persuade me to jump to a new ecosystem? Nothing I've seen. Being as good as, or even marginally better than, existing systems will not persuade any great numbers to jump ship. Indeed, the ship has sailed (to switch nautical metaphors clumsily.)

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Green German gov battles to keep fossil powerplants running

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It will happen here too.

In fact we're already seeing that in the insistence by potential builders of new nuclear plant for guaranteed prices. Renewable fans claim this shows how expensive nuclear is but what it actually shows is the concern in the industry that wind and solar will get to sell any energy they produce by law AND hoover up ROC payments from other plants leaving no profit left for fossil or nuclear plant.

Renewable policy is forcing other power off the grid when renewables aren't capable of picking up the slack.

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Building big data? Are you building a security headache too?

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Data Warehouse?

I might be wrong but I'd be surprised if PRISM is storing the data it slurps in a Data Warehouse. That would imply the data is being normalised to 3NF or a snowflake schema. You can't do that unless you absolutely understand the meaning of every bit of data you've been given. They'd run the risk of normalising away some potentially meaningful data.

TL:DR on the rest after that sorry. Maybe later...

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AREA 51 - THE TRUTH by the CIA: Official dossier blows lid off US secrets

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Things are moving at exactly the pace I dictate mortal.

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Superstar cluster-Zuck as Facebook tries out celeb-only edition

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"I just wanted to bask in your reflected glory! Reflected glory!!"

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Microsoft to fund Blake's 7 return as Xbox Live exclusive

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I'll believe it when I say it.

They've been talking about Blakes 7 reboots for 15 years or so. It won't happen.

And let's face it, if they have an Avon that isn't Paul Darrow it will be shit.

And the real Paul Darrow is too old, see Law and Order: UK.

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The Pirate Bay's new censorship-dodging browser 'not secure'

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It won't put excessive stress on the Tor network as only the TPB website and the .torrent files will be going over Tor. The media downloads will be unaffected.

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Facebook: 'Don't worry, your posts are SECURE with us'

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This is for Facebook's benefit, not yours.

They make their money from data about you. They don't want network carriers to be able to slurp it in transit.

https does nothing for your privacy on Facebook as the data is theirs no matter how it gets there and they will share that with advertisers to make money and with governments if requested.

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Chubby-chasing SEX TROLLS ran me offline, says fashion blogger

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Do I detect...

Do I detect a vague hint of "what did you expect?" in the article?

It's the internet. If enough people get to see a photo then someone will fap off to it and want to tell you they've done it. You can't post pictures on the internet and only expect people to use them in the way you want.

This is not Stella Creasy or the other cases we've seen this week. This is a woman who posts hundreds of photos of herself, publicly available, on the internet, and then expects that only the audience she wants should view them and only for the reasons she deems acceptable. Re-read her comments, its not just the blog comments she's offended by, it's the idea that people might be getting a thrill from looking at the hundreds of pictures of her she put on the web for anyone to see.

Can't decide if that's stupid, naive or pig-headed.

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German guardsmen growing mono-boobs from drilling with Nazi-era rifles

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Pix or it didn't happen.

Ahem.

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Russia's post-Snowden spooks have not reverted to type

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Borrow them...

Interzone has plenty of typewriters to lend if I remember correctly.

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MS brandishes 'Katana' HTTP/2.0 server

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Katana?

Will it be called the Dreamcast server on release?

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Google kicks off Android 4.3 updates for Nexus devices

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re: Nightlies

Just checked on my SGS1. No nightly yet.

I tend to stay with stables now though.

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CONFIRMED: Driverless cars to hit actual British roads by end of year

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Re: All at once or none at all

Speak for yourself. I'd welcome the opportunity for an hour's extra sleep a day :)

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Boffins want toilets to become POWER PLANTS

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Re: Showers...

The only way you're going to get a warm shower powered by your piss is by... well... pointing up.

Or at a partner.

If you like that sort of thing.

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Truckers' pop

So if I collect 20 of the coke-bottles of yellow fluid that sit on our motorways' roundabouts I can charge my phone for a day saving myself almost a penny?

The route to a green future is clear!

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New moon discovered around Neptune brings total to 14

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Neptunian women?

On Earth we only have one natural satellite to track to know when to hide in the shed to avoid moon-rage. Neptune's men must be permanently in the shed.

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