* Posts by Richard Wharram

980 posts • joined 7 Apr 2008

Ubuntu 13.04: No privacy controls as promised, but hey - photo search!

Richard Wharram
Facepalm

Re: Been using this

Yes, it's quicker. Do you want me to time page loads or boot times?

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Richard Wharram

Re: Install cinnamon and upgrade

I have Mint alongside 13.04 so I'm happy enough in Cinnamon but when I tried to install Cinnamon on top of 13.04 it wasn't fully functional. Trying to bring up the dialog to edit the panel didn't respond. Does it not automatically installed all the required packages?

By contrast, installing KDE causes it to load pretty much all of Kubuntu. It even changes the splash-screen :)

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Richard Wharram

Been using this

Been using this as my primary sofa-surfer for a couple of weeks. Very snappy and polished. A great experience for a household machine. Far more pleasant and quicker than Win7 on my Thinkpad T400. Also finding the interface less fiddly than Cinnamon.

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Smug Red Hat buoyed by UK gov's open-source three-line-whip

Richard Wharram

You still sell a support contract.

And where's Eadon saying they should have used Mint? He's late.

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Got a Windows XP end-of-life plan? Neither does anyone else

Richard Wharram

Get real commentards

Running on unsupported XP may be a risk an SME can take but not a large corporate.

Running apps in a virtual environment either in Win7/8 or Linux desktops still does not get rid of XP so does not solve the issue.

Those organisations that are still lumbered with IE6-only 'thin-cliient' apps as well as user-generated apps based on Office 2003 and earlier and Access 95 are in for a world of pain either trying to upgrade all of those at once or having to explain why a long-drawn-out, multi-stage programme is required to a very fucked-off business.

(Hi Nic by the way)

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

Richard Wharram

Re: False Prophet

Utter tossflesh.

Nuclear power plants are orders of magnitude more reliable at generation than wind plants. Planned downtime is scheduled to not clash with planned downtime in other plants months in advance. Hence you need to provide backup generation only for about 10% of your total. For wind you need 100%.

It is not always windy somewhere in the UK or even Europe. Do the costs you are giving include huge interconnects from Kazakhstan or New Zealand?

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Richard Wharram

@Ledswinger

When I was a student they had tomato-growing-greenhouses next to Drax that used the excess heat. Bloody warm in there it was :)

Also, congrats again Ledswinger for being the most consistently sensible poster on energy on The Reg.

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Win a Nexus 7 with reed.co.uk and El Reg

Richard Wharram

Re: Subversion

No, apply for something sensible like Enterprise Artichoke.

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At LAST, scientists tackle the problems faced by alcoholic rats

Richard Wharram

Re: Are rat kidneys tasty?

So lamb piss is OK. Just not rat?

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Richard Wharram

Are rat kidneys tasty?

Are they nice devilled?

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Are biofuels Europe's sh*ttiest idea ever?

Richard Wharram
Unhappy

Unsurprising

Shitty idea.

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Cutting CO2 too difficult? Try these 4 simple tricks instead

Richard Wharram

Re: Birth control is simple

This is true. The population will not grow forever.

Also, who the fuck is anyone to tell anyone whether they should OR shouldn't be using birth control?

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Richard Wharram
Devil

Re: Time to start picking that low hanging fruit?

The hard greens do have a touch of the religious about them. They don't want there to be any easy solutions as we are supposed to be getting punished for our evil western ways :)

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Wales slams Amazon over lack of Kindle support

Richard Wharram

Gwasanaeth cyfieithu ar hyn o bryd. Ar gyfer gwasanaethau cyfieithu yn eich ardal chi, gofynnwch yn eich swyddfeydd y cyngor lleol.

Idris oedd y ddraig yn Ivor yr injan. Cennin cennin gennin.

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Richard Wharram

Re: Did anyone else

I was expecting to hear the national anthem of whales. What rhymes with plankton again?

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Most brain science papers are neurotrash: Official

Richard Wharram

OK everybody

Back to Phrenology...

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Software defined networking works up a head of steam

Richard Wharram

Why a Rubik's cube?

err...

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Finance bods probe RBS over bank-crippling IT cock-up

Richard Wharram

Re: Not outsourced

Should I have used <sarcasm> tags?

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Richard Wharram
Devil

Re: Not outsourced

That can't be true. A techie is just a techie. If you can get a brand-new one for a very low wage then that is much better than paying a higher wage for an old one. Simple economics. You need to do some totals on a spreadsheet to prove this is correct.

500 x £50,000 = £25,000,000

500 x £20,000 = £10,000,000

That's 60% cheaper annually. A 15 million pound saving per annum!

Honestly, can you techies not do maths? No wonder you never got promoted to management!

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NASA-backed fusion engine could cut Mars trip down to 30 days

Richard Wharram
Boffin

Re: Astonishing and nice!

Then we'll just use Greenfly to kill the Inhibitors and everything will be fine.

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Richard Wharram
Meh

Re: Astonishing and nice!

Impulse? Meh.

They should be working towards a conjoiner drive.

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Hard luck lads, todger size DOES matter: Official

Richard Wharram

Re: Also

1" is enough?

Phew.

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Richard Wharram
Mushroom

Also

In other news:

MEN LIKE BIG TITS!!!!!!!

World-changing stuff. Who knew?

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Maggie Thatcher: The Iron Lady who saved us from drab Post Office mobes

Richard Wharram
Meh

Well...

The unions needed to be stopped. It was a filthy, corrupt, and sexist, system. She did that. Good.

What she replaced them with is a mixed legacy and your point of view probably depends on where you lived and what industry you or your family worked in.

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Gov report: Actually, evil City traders DIDN'T cause the banking crash

Richard Wharram
WTF?

Re: A cover up

@LarsG

wtf? The report blames the bankers. Squarely. Did you read it?

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Richard Wharram

Re: But surely?

Ironically, in the years before the collapse I'd been (with others ofc) working on MI systems that tracked the quality of sales made over time to make sure they weren't of poor quality e.g. cancelled in a week because they were only taken out under pressure.

Stupid that they did this for current accounts but not huge corporate loans :)

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Richard Wharram

Re: This has worried me for a while

Branch managers have next to nothing to do with loans in this day and age. It's not Captain Mainwaring any more. Personal loans and mortgages were all approved by computer systems. I'd imagine there was constant pressure from the top to slacken the algorithms used to be more generous.

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Richard Wharram

Re: But surely?

HBOS certainly had an atmosphere amongst management that bad news was not welcome.

Bonusing corporate loan arrangers for getting big loans that they could approve themselves didn't help a great deal either I gather.

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Richard Wharram

This has worried me for a while

That we are trying to force the banks to lend to businesses when that was half (or indeed it seems now, nearly all) the problem in the first place.

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Firefox: Use new stealth window to satisfy your wife, suggests Mozilla

Richard Wharram

Buying a gift for the wife

That old chestnut again?

Yes dear...

And they are there because I've got a cold.

Those on the floor? Yes, I've blown my nose twice already...

And my belt is broken too...

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US funds Europa mission

Richard Wharram

The Chinese will beat us to it.

And then get blatted by a big alien.

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Boffins probe into moons – and associated rings – 'beyond snow line'

Richard Wharram

Re: ...but when will they explain...

They came from a Brown Star.

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Richard Wharram

Re: Is that...

Only in the first novel.

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You know how your energy bills are SO much worse than they were?

Richard Wharram

Re: "There is no mainstream party [...] which offers to dismantle these crippling stealth taxes"

Much as though I'd love to vote for a party that would scrap ROCs and FITs I can't bring myself to vote for a party that thinks the NHS could save itself a fortune by using Homeopathy.

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Young model ruthlessly fingers upskirt iPad petshop pervert

Richard Wharram

iPad?

Didn't the idiot have a phone?

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Britain's passport and ID service seeks facial recog tech suppliers

Richard Wharram
Meh

Well that might work.

If it's just comparing the face in front of the camera against an earlier one on record then it might do a reasonable job. The problem comes when trying to compare a random face against a large dataset. Then you will run into the problem of trying to keep false positives at a reasonable level without introducing false negatives. The problem is still not close to being solved for large datasets (e.g. a country and all previous visitors.) Indeed, humans would have a problem even if we could remember 70 millions peoples' faces. Some people just look quite alike. It isn't much of a problem for us at the minute as we only remember a few thousand faces but if we could scale our memory up we'd run into the same problem.

Some companies were trying to flog this stuff at a Retail expo the other day and it worked a treat but that was with only a small number of faces.

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Era of the Pharaohs: Climate was HOTTER THAN NOW, without CO2

Richard Wharram

Pharoahs? 5,000 to 10,000 years ago?

Leaving aside the issue that there weren't any pharoahs until the 19th dynasty and assuming the term is being used colloquially to mean 'king of the two lands', upper and lower Egypt, then 5,000 years ago takes us right back before the Old Kingdom. Before the pyramids. Certainly before Cleopatra.

It just doesn't compute!

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Health pros: Alcohol is EVIL – raise its price, ban its ads

Richard Wharram
Mushroom

Re: Say WHAT, bro?

Ah, doctors trying to set policy again. Or rather a subset of doctors hailing from the old temperance movements trying to set policy. Maybe they should run for political office instead of being a doctor if that's what they wish to do.

Failing that they could fuck off.

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NASA probes spots temporary third Van Allen radiation belt

Richard Wharram

Re: You know...

Hot For Teacher was better.

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Richard Wharram
Boffin

Never mind cataracts

What effect does it have on your tadpoles?

It would rule generation-ships out if all chaps loaded onto them had been jaffa'd.

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Bouncing into Norks any time soon? At least you'll get 3G

Richard Wharram

Norks

Teehee again.

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Microsoft, EMC, NetApp support Oracle against Google

Richard Wharram
WTF?

Re: Oracle are being evil. MS supports this evil

" MS copied Java to make .NET. So why aren't Oracle suing MS?"

wtf?

Microsoft copied many of the principles of Java but it has a completely different API.

If copying the principles behind a platform is copywritable then I'd like to point to the fact that we had a language that compiled down to bytecode that could run on different platforms in the early 90s at the old Halifax Building Society. Does that mean Lloyds Banking Group can sue Oracle? They could do with the money to be honest.

It is a dickish move by Oracle I'll concede but would you expect anything else?

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Boffins spot Luna-sized exoplanet

Richard Wharram

No need to pack a duffle coat then?

Maybe a knotted hankie?

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Nature pulls ‘North Korean radioactivity’ story

Richard Wharram
Coffee/keyboard

Re: Norks

Norks.

Teehee

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MIT boffin teases space-station probe's DARK MATTER DISCOVERY

Richard Wharram
Meh

Oooh

I'm detecting an imminent dark matter event now.

Bloody Guinness.

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Higgs data shows alternate reality will SWALLOW UNIVERSE

Richard Wharram
Devil

Not a big deal

Won't this mean some of us grow goatie-beards, wear leather and plot to murder our boss? (not all changed then)

And Apple will be a charity for the homeless and abandoned kittens.

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Reg readers scuffle over the ultimate cuppa

Richard Wharram
Devil

brew

I'm a big fan of "letting it brew"

I don't like tea though.

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Oracle wants another go at Google over Android Java copyrights

Richard Wharram
FAIL

wtf

That is the worst analogy I've ever heard. It's like two pigs... in, err, dresses... trying to... err... do lawyery stuff... err...

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LibreOffice 4.0 ships with new features, better looks

Richard Wharram

D'oh

Forgive my memory but Sooty is who from somewhere else? :)

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Richard Wharram

Am I the only one who likes the Ribbon interface?

Also is LO4 available on the Ubuntu Software Centre or do I have to install manually?

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