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770 posts • joined 19 May 2008

NHS delivers swift kick to Microsoft's wallet over fee demands

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Why not pass legislation

requiring continued security updates for all software in use by some (sane) number of users in this country.

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New research: Flash is DEAD. Yet resistance isn't futile - it's key

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Price/speed/capacity/power

Still waiting for a low power, OK speed (mostly sequential), insane capacity and drop dead low price storage.

If ReRAM is as good as it sounds then great - but a big fat slow SSD will do the job quite happily - at an appropriate price point obviously.

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We got behind the wheel of a Tesla S electric car. We didn't hate it

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These things always come in at the top of the market.

Where was ABS introduced? Electric windows? virtually anything else you now consider standard.

Probably in the Merc S Class...

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Aereo has to pay TV show creators? Yes. This isn't rocket science

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Even without the 1 antenna -> 1 Subscriber model...

How is this different to people putting their own aerial up.

Can I use my DVR at home? Yes (ignore the fact that I don't have a TV license for the moment)

Can I use a PC as a DVR at home? Yes

Can I then watch something off that PC/DVR at home? Yes

Can I stream something from my PC/DVR to a smart TV at home? Yes

Can I take that PC/DVR to my parents house and watch things I recorded earlier?

- I assume this is equivalent (legally) to carrying a VHS cassette...

Interestingly: http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2003/2498/regulation/19/made isn't clear on the issue. Time shifting is legal, but space shifting may or may not be.

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Samsung peddles tyred Smart Bike concept

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Magnetic "connection"

Either that magnet is so strong that the phone will break when I try to remove it, or it's weak enough that the first time I stray off a velodrome it will jump off and smash under the wheels of the following truck.

rear view is easily accomplished by high tech things called "mirrors", lights are easily powered by a hub dynamo, and many will aurtomatically turn on when weather conditions suggest it would be useful (it's not a requirement to have lights/reflectors on a bike until sunset in the UK, even if the weather is really dark - it is a good idea though!)

Ride logging is easily accomplished using a £30 logger (or any smartphone/tablet)

What I would like to have is a box which takes:

- GPS signal from the sky

- 2*external HD camera connections

- ANT/Bluetooth (probably two versions for HR or cadence sensors)

- Simple relay based cadence sensor (wired)

- External power - preferably dynamo driven, USB is acceptable

- SD card for video/gps logging

This would activate when power was applied, and shutdown when power went away (leaving enough in the supercap to keep date/last location for GPS quickstart and enough to flush data to the card)

Record in 5 minute segments, with no dropped frame, GPS/HR/cadence data applied as subtitles or an associated XML file (or both - the format isn't that far off, and SD card space is cheap)

When running out of room delete the oldest data.

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Crucial MX100 256GB SSD: Cut-throat competition in flash land

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NAS pricing

That's almost cheap enough to get a pile to run as a NAS.

After all, at home I want large amounts of data avaialble quickly, but low iops and sequential reads only need to saturate a 100Mb/s ethernet link (maybe 2).

Just give me my big, slow, power supping, ssd already?

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Google reaches into own silicon brain to slash electricity bill

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Re: All good stuff

Unless you produce yourowm power...

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California gives green light to test self-driving cars on public roads

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They already are safer

700,000 miles, rear ended once. That's no accidents driving an average distance every year until you are 87.

Bring them on.

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E-cigarettes help you quit – but may not keep you alive

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2nd hand vapours?

Less bad than smoke, I'll agree, but it certainly isn't "just water"

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Google Glass teardown puts rock-bottom price on hardware

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Pharmaceuticals

Also cost a few pence per tablet, once you've made the first one at a cost of several billion $currency.

The unit cost is one part of retail - r&d is also only one part in this area. Support, ongoing software changes, server infrastructure (the NSA doesn't pay for it all)

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SpaceX wins court injunction to block US Air Force buying Russian rockets

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Was the contract date known...

before that third launch? Was it meant to be afterthe third launch?

Answers to those questions rather change the grounds of the injunction...

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It's here, the 4TB FLASH drive: SanDisk rips sheet from the Optimus MAX

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So close...

Where is my limited rewrite, slow, HUGE CAPACITY flash drive.

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Google's self-driving car breakthrough: Stop sign no longer a problem

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Re: 700,000 miles

With an average car in the UK doing about 10k miles, and assuming ~1 car per driver, the average person will accumulate 700,000 miles at about their 87th birthday...

As I've said elsewhere I much prefer the failure modes of these cars to those with a nut behind the wheel...

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Re: 4 way stop sign

They would know who arrived first and proceed appropriately.

They would *know* who arrived first to tiny fractions of a second.

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The failure mode can be "slow down amd work out what to do" rather then "Oh, I didn't bother looking"

That's a big plus right there...

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El Reg posse prepares for quid-a-day nosh challenge

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Re: Bargains galore!

Doesn't quite follow the spirit of the challenge though does it.

Only a few people can do that - and in the places where £5 would be considered luxury - they don't have supermarkets literally throwing food away...

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Have you heard the one about Goldilocks and the Micron hardwares?

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I want my slow, soft wearing flash...

I want a BIG, slow SSD and am willing to take poor rewrite lifetime (assuming reads aren't limited) for it.

Warm archiving in datacentres, and at home would be so much nicer - I have alot of DVDs archived to disk, but that's alot of spinning rust - when a big, slow SSD would do well...

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Elon Musk's LEAKY THRUSTER gas stalls Space Station supply run

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Re: Aw, come on guys...

The science is easy, it's the engineering that's tough.

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Mad Raspberry Pi boffins ripped out its BRAINS and SHRANK them for your pleasure

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Direct wire to screen etc.

Now - who has the psion 5 patents again?

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Greenpeace reveals WORLD'S FILTHIEST CLOUDS – and the cleanest may shock you

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Nuclear = Red?

And here is me thinking that a data centre is likely to have a fairly predictable load, probably verging on absolutely static, since the compute resources are being used as nuch as possible.

Even when service usage drops in the middle of the night (erm, when is that on earth?) background tasks can be used to keep the utilization high....

Isn't that virtually a shoe in for a nuke power source?

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Amazon sets FIRE to your living room in bid to shake up TV streaming

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Local DLNA?

Ethernet?

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China's rare earth supply crimp plan ruled to be illegal

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Oil?

OPEC?

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Apple to switch HUMAN iPhone-juicer-fiddlers with ROBOTS – report

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Re: The magic word here is

Or of course a whole month's worth which blow up after some (short) period due to a small failure copied to all of them...

Consistency is nothing without quality

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Gmail data-mining lawsuits fail to get class action status

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3 class actions...

Surely there are three class action suits here then...

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Europe approves common charger standard for mobe-makers

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What was wrong with barrel connectors? robust and "any way round" meant just that...

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Earth's night-side gets different kinds of neutrinos from day-side

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how many

interactions have they seen/year - against how many neutrinos?

obligatory http://whatif.xkcd.com/73/

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Blurred lines: Android e-ink mobe claims TWO-WEEK battery life

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Hence the feature phone with 3G and Bluetooth.

I'd not call the Nokia C3-01 smart - but it provides me with my data connection (which costs ~£5pcm)

OK, not for alot of data, but I've only exceeded 50MB in a month once, and my package is more than that...

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Why 4" screen. get a dumb phone, e-ink on that.

3G radio and BT for tethering.

Then the phone does it's bit well, and your tablet/pc can do the bit that it does well...

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Pakistan's YouTube ban may end after Google removes anti-Muslim vid

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Re: I don't get it

Doing it through legislation is the correct process.

Why is that double standards - one requires some discussion and/or work on the part of the government.

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Yes! New company smartphones! ... But I don't WANT one

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Just got myself a Nokia C3-01

(Second hand from my M-in-Law) Why?

Because it has a battery that will last for a decent time (nearly 24 hours now and it's still reporting 4 bars of 4).

It does HDPA (3.5g) data connectivity, and when I paired with my Nexus7 the tablet has a "use this device for internet access" checkbox - it just worked.

So I now have a phone that sounds good as a phone (as in everyone I've spoken to on the phone has said it sounds better before they knew I'd changed the phone), and provides me with a data connection for my actual smart device.

What issues do I now face?

- SMS sync to Gmail - I've found that useful over the past 3-4 years

- Data usage counter - I'd like to find a decent counter to ensure I don't blat my allowance

(I should note that I have WiFi practically everywhere, so my data allowance is small - but easily adequate for my modest needs)

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John McAfee declares war on Android

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I just want a shim...

That I can configure to return an empty contacts list, a random location etc. etc. to apps unless I've whitelisted their use of said data.

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'Wind power causes climate change' shown to be so much hot air

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Re: My usual comment...

And why is nuclear only suitable for baseloads?

Is it because you only think in terms of first generation BWR? LFTRs have no problem with adjusting their production - they don't suffer from Xenon poisoning (which is why BWR reactors *are* baseload generators)

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'Maybe we haven't been clear enough about med records opt-out', admits NHS data boss

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And for those of us who don't see junk mail (either because the dog eats it or someone else recycles it, or because the whole lot is instantly recycled) and haven't visited a GP in a couple of months....

Stupid process - should be a simple question at your next appt. (or next routine hospital visit if that's sooner)

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Hopefuls rattle tin for customisable snap together 3D printer

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Re: Wake Me Up

If there was one in a shop in town then I'd pay to use it, but there is no way I can justify the outlay.

Maybe it's a business opportunity I'm missing, or maybe mail order has it all sewn up. When amazon are doing drone deliveries then they should invest in some...

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Data caps be damned, AT&T says providers can pay for mobile broadband

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sideloaded adverts of course....

cost extra

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Lifesize, driveable AIR-POWERED LEGO CAR hits the road

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Non lego...

Quite a few non lego parts in there.

Pretty cool idea though...

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Google tells EFF: Android 4.3's privacy tool was a MISTAKE, we've yanked it

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Provide an ad server on boqrd, a second app which caches ads...

I'll let *that* use the net...

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Through-wall tracking of humans using Wi-Fi: Now more accurate, low power

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Am I the only person thinking....

Disaster zones, avalanch le recovery etc..

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Amazon won't break into sweat about Google's cloud. Yet

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What's an object?

I measure storage in bytes, or maybe floppy discs...

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ICANN posts guidelines to avoid gTLD mix-ups

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What's the point of the TLD

To identify an organisation type? Commercial, non profit, network...

To identify the country of operation (even if not tax operation)?

SLDs then perform country based versions of the above.

WTF does *.google. provide? An incomplete looking URL... in the current world of search first, find URL later if at all, I can't recall the last time I tapped in a whole URL to a web browser (actually I can, I was configuring a new remote access system, typed it once, bookmarked it) so it breaks recognition and saves 4 characters of typing in extremely rare cases.

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World's first selfie found on Wayback Machine

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Dr Who

Is surely a better tool to use in this discussion...

Or even any of the many great artists who have reused canvases...

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CHRISTMAS MIRACLE! Dell's Android PC on a stick to ship with Santa

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Power

Just how much power can an HDMI port provide?

Multiple USB ports, WiFi, SD and the CPU/GPU...

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Google SO CAN scan ALL BOOKS onto its sites - judge

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Plenty of

'out of copyright' content available to scan....

And more arriving each year as well...

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Miss Teen US 'sextortion' hacker pleads guilty

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Re: No Off Switches?

Not any more - early ones used to have a physical shutter, and a big bright green LED when it was in operation.

I note that the RPi camera module can have that led disabled (by software), which is good for a security camera, but bad in terms of covertly placed "security" cameras.

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Web giants cry foul over US gov's refusal to budge on NSA spy gag orders

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Why not submit

Another heavily redacted document with the opposite conclusion at the bottom. Heck you don't even have to write it...

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Ricoh Theta 360˚ camera: Point and click immersive imaging

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Couple of frames a second, looping...

And I'll have one for cycling. Proper 'all round' viewing, including indication by the rider...

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Boffins look down back of Amazon Web Services, find a SUPERCOMPUTER

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SETI@Home

But buying the low cost' cycles from Amazon.

Quite impressive, and almost certainly more cost effective than a screensaver...

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Backup software for HDD and Cloud

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Bvckup

Bvckup is dead simple, and is being well developed atm.

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LOHAN's mighty thruster poised for hot coupling

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Back up a bit...

If the loss of thermistor data results in the power being cut off is there any reason you can't burn through the wire(s) with the rocket now?

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Funds flung at 9-inch fan-built Raspberry Pi monitor

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I'll wait...

For the e-ink DSI version.

But then I'll be paying good money...

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