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Drones CAN'T deliver goods ... oh. Air traffic control system backed by NASA, you say?

Long John Brass

What about

I've seen a lot of to and fro about van vs drone and the problems of each

How about using the van as the refuel/docking station?

No issues with long loiter times in a given location, no more problems with range

Just my 2bits

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'There is no downside – unless you count the total bath you take moving your stuff'

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Re: Came back down under after 11 years in England

As a kiwi who spent 10 wonderful/horrible years in London your post seems very familiar

It's odd how many of us come home to OZ/NZ & buy a lifestyle block (a mate did the very same thing)

I had a very love/hate relationship with London. I will miss the pubs, restaurants etc, I won't miss the bloody tourists who suddenly stop in the middle of Victoria station & gawk mindlessly about themselves. I used to get pedestrian rage :(

The oddest thing about working in IT shops round London was that the pom's seemed to be a bit on an endangered species... More often than not there were only a few token poms (usually manglement), I loved the united nations aspect my co-workers presented. Oddly enough now that I'm back in godsown country the workforce is much more diverse than when I left.

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Why Apple had to craft a pocket-busting 5.5in Plus-sized iPhone 6 (thank LG, Samsung etc)

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May I humbly suggest

:%s/wristslabs/wristable/g

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VMware updates vSphere, recommends new security fixes

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Mushroom

"vSphere 6 fixes all this."

As does Citrix XenServer

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TV techies proudly display their MIGHTY BENDERS in Berlin

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Re: While a few men may think this is a good idea

... Next morning the spider has hacked the tracked dyson M1A1, using it as a mount, it begins to prowl the living room looking for fleshy mammalian prey

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OwnCloud: Fiddly but secure host-from-home sync 'n' share

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Another happy ownCloud user here

Been very very surprised how slick it is...

Being able to "mount" up SMB/CIFS shares or NFS is great

Hooked up DropBox & GoogleDrive to it as well

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Alien Ninja Fembot Pirates vs the Jedi SAS Chuck Norris startroopers: RUMBLE

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Re: Missing?

Wasn't the existence of the Pak Protectors one of the reason Niven gave for the distinct lack of numbers of alien species ... IE: They hunted em down & killed most of them?

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SHIP OF FAIL: How do we right capsized institutions we thought would NEVER go under?

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I saw an episode of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. He floated the idea during the last financial crash, that instead of bailing out the banks etc ... The govt should have guaranteed everyone's savings & bought up any debt & just let the institutions fail. I suspect they would have spent the same amount of cash.

If the manglement & share holders get burned by bad business practices they will start demanding better ones.

As for oil ... Been reading lately about molten salt thorium reactors; If the hype is to be believed, they may supply the energy our technological & mobile society requires. An interesting idea is to look at the amount of energy available per head of population, historically as that energy supply has gotten larger & cheaper societies flourish

There seems to be a large amount of Armageddonism going around lately (might just be my perspective) not sure it's entirely warranted. We have problems to be sure, but nothing that we shouldn't be able to solve. We are the thinking ape after all :)

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The IT kit revolution's OVER, say beancounters - but how do they know?

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In the dark ages

When dinosaurs ruled the earth, most companies couldn't afford computers or the tech priests who ran them.

So they went to what (in this part of the world) they called "consultancies" who would run a couple of big iron dinosaurs & a flock of smaller "mini-computers" (A minicomputer fitted into a single rack, disks were a separate rack) you could buy time of the gear to run payroll, or stock control or whatever, the consultancy operation would be a one stop shop for all your computing needs.

Then as the costs came down and tech priests were more abundant, more & more companies started to run their own gear. They especially liked the fact that the consultancies would no longer have them by the short & curly's ... they would be masters of their own destinies :)

The PC revolution (as stated earlier in the thread) then the networked PC fad of the 90's meant the death of the consultancy model, queue a round or two of in-sourcing & outsourcing and now the trend is cloud computing & managed services, which I'm having a hard time differentiating between and the older "consultancy" model (other than the truly VAST scale of these operations)

So the answer to your cyclical change/structural change question is yes, it's both

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CNN 'tech analyst' on NAKED CELEBS: WHO IS this mystery '4chan' PERSON?

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Re: Misuse of Word

Hacking is the process of making ANY system(computer or otherwise) do something interesting/novel that it was not intended to do. A hacker is someone who works such magic.

Cracking is the bypassing/breaking of security.

Thus a hacker may well crack the security on a door, safe or computer system

A hacker also invented the steam, petrol, diesel engine, hackers invent lots of things

A hacker that makes a lot of money is sometimes called an entrepreneur or when in the company of less monied hackers, a wanker

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GitHub.io killed the distro star: Why are people so bored with the top Linux makers?

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Re: You may not want to read this

If I read that right you looking to run a VNC server on your Linux box?

If so this is what I use http://guac-dev.org/

The only gotcha I found was that I had to use kdm instead of gdm(v3) as gdm broke xdcmp :(

Client can be any html5 (canvas) enabled web browser, which also means you can expose your desktop via https if you feel so inclined

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App store?

> The app store model that Apple pioneered has yet to really take off in the Linux world

Ummm apt-get and it's kin has been around way longer than any of these so called app stores

Apples only "innovation" was to hook a payment system up to the repo manager, and I wouldn't be at all surprised if someone else beat em that that idea too.

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Re: Does a lack of search=lack of interest?

Agreed ... A far better metric would the bandwidth stats of the various distribution repo server + mirrors

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Oz biz regulator discovers shared servers in EPIC FACEPALM

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Re: You've got to give them a little credit

Or perhaps...

they were found out & had to write a report to central govt explaining what went worng

Obviously junior bureaucrats, they didn't try to pass the buck or blame someone else

They'll do better next time, don't you worry

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IT blokes: would you say that LEWD comment to a man? Then don't say it to a woman

Long John Brass

Some people are dicks

> so as he could shove a photo of a penis in front of my face

It even says so on their business cards

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The agony and ecstasy of SteamOS: WHERE ARE MY GAMES?

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Re: No thanks

Have a +1 for KSP

Personally I'd love to see the SPB PixHawke renamed MechJeb

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Munich considers dumping Linux for ... GULP ... Windows!

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Re: Can't say I blame them

If you really felt you had to re-install the OS for a graphics card change; then son you doing it wrong

Have fun is MS land, don't let the door hit you in the arse on the way out

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Re: Personally I use Kontact + Citadel

http://citadel.org/doku.php/faq:generalquestions:how_do_you_base_your_claims_that_citadel_is_powerful_and_scalable#how.do.you.base.your.claims.that.citadel.is.powerful.and.scalable

http://citadel.org/doku.php/faq:generalquestions:maximum_store_size#what.is.the.maximum.size.of.a.citadel.message.store

To be fair, I've never set it up & run it in that large an org. Most outfits are heavily invested in Outlook+Exchange.

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Long John Brass

Personally I use Kontact + Citadel

works a treat

Even has a web interface for when I'm away from my desktop

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Intel's Raspberry Pi rival Galileo can now run Windows

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Coat

Re: No trust

I am "The Man" and I also stick with the Rasberry PI, and Linux

yes, yes .... I'm going

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Time to ditch HTTP – govt malware injection kit thrust into spotlight

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Re: Well, but in this case HTTPS wouldn't help

Would it?

If a session is encrypted via a given CA-Chain, will that allow another CA chain into the encrypted stream?

so..

EvilGovt CA --> PKI --> TargetSiteCert --> Session

Other CA --> PKI -- Read SiteCert --> Session

Don't see how you would be able to insert malware into the Real Site session

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You! Pirate! Stop pirating, or we shall admonish you politely. Repeatedly, if necessary

Long John Brass

Derivative works

When I bought my sony eBook reader a few years back; It came with a bunch of preloaded ebooks, all public domain, out of copyright kinda stuff

All had a brand spanking new Sony copyright on em. From what I understand they altered the text just enough to allow them to legally put a new copyright on it. They splattered around a bunch of "th e", "hte" type change plus random punctuation changes.

If it's a crime to misuse other peoples copyrighted works, then it should a crime to re-copyright works that has matured into the public domain

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Can it be true? That I hold here, in my mortal hand, a nugget of PUREST ... BLACK?

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Black space craft? Whatever could go wrong

"It's the weird color-scheme that freaks me. Every time you try to operate one of these weird black controls, which are labeled in black on a black background, a small black light lights up in black to let you know you've done it!" -Zaphod/Mark Wing-Davey (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy)

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LOHAN seeks stirring motto for spaceplane mission patch

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B5 Ref

Ugly, but well hung

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Watch: DARPA shows off first successful test of STEERABLE bullet

Long John Brass

Re: Use a sword

> since to get in melee range, you have to MOVE into melee range -- by that point you'll have been raked several times over

Which is why the rule is; kill the Mage FIRST! Kill it now! Focus fire, kill it, kill it, kill it

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What is it with cloud computing? Engage VM, disengage brain?

Long John Brass

Cheap, Fast, Reliable

Pick any two.

I was taught this many years ago, by a very smart & very grizzled SysAdmin/Mentor.

He was also the guy who pointed out that you can hire any cheap monkey to baby-sit multi million dollar systems; But when it hits the fan you really do need someone who knows his/her shit.

I've been in meetings with bosses & vendors, and calling the vendors out when they start to spin bullshit. "Yes we can move your entire estate in 6 weeks". <expletive deleted>. I was asked by my manglement no to turn up to any further meetings as I was too negative.

I get why companies want cloud/outsource/snakeoil vendors to white knight in and save them from IT. Tech is hard and most don't want to be tech companies, they want to focus on "core business"; problem is when IT goes away so does their core business. How many clerks, typists etc would it take to run even small businesses today?

Grumble, mutter, get off my damned lawn

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Facebook didn't infringe Dutch inventor's patents: Jury

Long John Brass

US patent court? Shabby??

Umm Mr Pott please meet Mr Kettle

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So, what exactly defines a 'boffin'? Speak your brains...

Long John Brass

Re: A positivist pragamatic view on the epistemology of boffins.

No ... quacks are the anti-boffin

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Calxeda co-founder unleashs 48-core ARM SoC

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I want one

No, make that two; Yup Two dual socket machines stuffed to the gills with that sweet sweet DDR3/4

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Tech that we want (but they never seem to give us)

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Would you like to upsize your future for only 50c more?

Hmmm, If were going to go large, then ...

Holodeck, Replicator, Cure for death & Antimatter energy pack

Cybernetically enhanced monkey butler

Personal Battle Mech

I'd much prefer the future to be Culture rather than Star Trek

Where's my cherry2000 damnit

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Real, hovering SPEEDER BIKE can be YOURS for cheaper than a house

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Re: It is not russians which you need to be afraid of

"Well, I try to be a considerate-ish neighbour, plus there's the property value aspect to a house being surrounded by smoking craters"

No no no ... property value goes up ... house has multiple swimming pools :)

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Canuck cops cuff teen suspect in swatter-for-hire case

Long John Brass
Coat

Underage twatter swatter mounted

Yeah ... I know ... I'll get my coat

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RBS Group hopes £750m IT shakeup splurge will prevent next bank mainframe meltdown

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Whats the bet

That lucky sod(s) that ran the unified batch system; will now get to run all 4 or 5.

Hope they updated the tick sheets these guys work from :)

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ARM tests: Intel flops on Android compatibility, Windows power

Long John Brass

Re: It cannot be the point of x86 to run Android

My x86 desktop will too .... SIMH for the win!

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US judge: Our digital search warrants apply ANYWHERE

Long John Brass

It would be funny to see

An extradition order for the Microsoft(US) board members to Ireland

The yanks like to extradite people; Turn about is fair play no?

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Brazilian president signs internet civil rights law

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Re: "From the country that gave you"...

Yup ...

Remember how we gave up the space race as a species so we could work on 3rd world poverty? That ended well didn't it. It was an argument I heard again and again as a kid. We shouldn't be going to the moon etc when people are starving down here on earth.

~40 years on we still have poverty, war disease and no damned Moon/Mars base.

Dammit where is my fly car and get off my lawn :)

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New HDS array: It's a G1000 Jim, but not as we know it*

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Non-disruptive microcode upgrades are completed without affecting application quality of service

HDS have been do that for a while... back in 2000 HDS delivered a new array where I was working; I asked them to do a FW upgrade while we ran a test load on the data warehouse that it was backing.

Damn thing didn't miss a beat. I realise it's pretty much par for the course these days. But I do like the HDS kit; calm, steady, reliable is what you want in back-end storage

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IBM rides nightmarish hardware landscape on OpenPOWER Consortium raft

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Just give me a ...

My wish list would be a mini/micro ATX board with

Power CPU say 8 core single socket would be fine but dual socket would be most sexy

Ummm .. say a max 64-128GiB Ram, standard allotment of PCI, USB, network and usual toys

But ... Please please please bring back a on board (not USB) serial port

I realise I'm a minority in that I run a Linux shop at home so I don't care one way or another WRT x86(-64). I'd love a 64bit ARM variant of the above too :)

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Lycamobile launches 'unlimited' 4G for £12 a month. Great. Now where can I get a signal?

Long John Brass

Hmmm ... If they ever add New Zealand to their "feel at home"

Then it would in fact be cheaper to get Cell+Net access from them than from NZ providers

You'd get more data too

13GPB ~= 26NZD

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Windows 8.1, which you probably haven't upgraded to yet, ALREADY OBSOLETE

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Re: @ Belardi -- Who at Microsoft is making up the names... and why do they still have a job?

It was then known as Microsoft OS/2 V1 & V2

Then MS & IBM has a spat & went their different ways

NT 3 was next out the door in that OS line

So NT 1.x & 2.x were called OS/2 v1 & v2; I might be wrong but I believe OS/2 warp was OS/2 v3

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LOHAN chap hooks up with busty stratominx in cosmic pleasure cruise

Long John Brass

Re: Sad episisode in this saga that's ruined it for me

>...re, but this just looks desperate and tacky.

Better desperate and tacky than desperate and sticky; no?

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New Zealand

Long John Brass

To be fair; the thought of Mr Kim.com facing off to our beloved prime minister across the floor of the house, fills me with a certain sense of delight.

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Long John Brass

And then there was three

We're breeding like Mogwai :)

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Is Google building SKYNET? Ad kingpin buys AI firm DeepMind

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Facepalm

Re: ROTM

I for one welcome the return of our ROTM article overlords

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Haribo gummy bears implicated in 'gastric exorcism'

Long John Brass

Doctor Who

Explains why he was giving everyone "Jelly babies"

He truly was/is/will be an evil bastard :)

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We wuz right: Big Blue ARE stuffing System x boxen with ULLtraDIMMs

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and have application working sets in the extended memory

So will that require EMM386 or HIMEM.SYS to work properly?

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Iceotope sounds like a kids' superhero – but it's a UK server-cooler maker that just bagged £6.1m

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I remember a time, when dinosaurs ruled the earth

Was in a big data-centre and they were in the process of installing a new IBM mainframe. The IBM installation engineers had pipe wrenches in their tools kits; Close inspection revealed large pipes labelled "Chilled Water" running into the guts of the beast

The wheel turns eh

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Microsoft to RIP THE SHEETS off Windows 9 aka 'Threshold' in April

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Boffin

My 10 bits

I wonder if at least part of the problem is the slowdown in PC sales. Given that for a long time each year or two the available horsepower at a given price point doubled (At least in terms of MHZ)

Ever since they hit that blasted wall at ~2-3GHZ sales have slumped. Perhaps if they marketed PC in terms of say GIPS (Giga Instructions Per Second) then doubling the core count would give a number twice as big, thus encouraging people to upgrade.

IE: My current machine is 10 GIPS and this new one is 20 GIPS => Must be better

I suspect that part of the upgrade cycle was driven by

Home Machine breeds familiarity --> Adopted by Smaller companies --> rolled out by large companies

An most people just use whatever is installed on the machine they buy.

Rinse; repeat; profit

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Forget selfies. 'Server SAN' is storage world's 2014 TWERKNADO

Long John Brass

Ummmmm

So not unlike a *nix server with NFS then

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