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703 posts • joined 19 May 2008

Tablets aren't killing ereaders, it's clog-popping wrinklies - analyst

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Re: Or...

This - I have an e-ink device.

What would I like to improve on it?

Battery life - no - 3 months is fine

Screen size - no - dead tree publishers settled on a good size, this is the same

Colour - no - if I want colour I have other devices, this is for text (and e-boarding passes)

Maybe I'd like to fiddle the buttons a bit, they're too easy to hit accidentally on the side you're holding...

So - will I buy a new one?

NO

Will I buy a new tablet as better devices emerge, well - not for a while, but yes I will.

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Mobes, web filth 'PORNIFYING' our kids, warns top Labour MP

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Re: Not impressed.

Well said - where has childhood gone?

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WTF is... Weightless?

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Re: Cyclists

Apart from the fact that we can't seem to hold to account motorists who drive like idiots....

That application doesn't need range - it needs good directionality and low range (order of 10's to 100's of yards).

And then it needs 100% take up, because otherwise it will just be another beep that it ignored in the cab, or a beep that is totally relied up - precluding the use of protoplasmic scanners.

I'd quite like to have a cycle computer using this - small battery on board, take 6V AC from the dynamo and have my trip data available at home/online wherever I am...

Of course the base stations would need to relay, sometimes across most of the country, but I assume that's the point.

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Sheffield ISP: You don't need a whole IPv4 address to yourself, right?

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Re: The Department for Work and Pensions

So it probably doesn't need to be in public IP space...

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Now Microsoft 'actively investigates' Surface slab jailbreak tool

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It's not a security hole

until it costs us money

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Forget 3D: 13,000 UK homes still watch TV in black and white

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Re: @ Graeme

Back in 1937 - you remember that?

Churchill actually started that to "stop motor vehicle drivers claiming ownership of the public roads"

It helped for a few decades at least...

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Fatty French Kilogram needs a new-year diet, say Brit boffins

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Re: Beats me

@ lurker

A meter used to measure something (like an ammeter, or a spectrometer) - a metre is a unit of distance.

Bloody USians

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Nipper's toy train enjoys journey to edge of SPAAAAACE

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Re: Dangerous?

They don't accelerate all the way from space - they accelerate a bit, then slow* with a parachute, then slow further as the air gets thicker.

* Yes I know slowing is acceleration, but clearly not in the way that "K" meant.

Landing on stuff is one of the things you look at when you release a balloon - you look at the weather patterns all the way up if you can (and with the internet you can get some idea). Sometimes it will be wrong, but that's why you do it in the middle of nowhere, not from a London rooftop.

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Potty-mouthed Watson supercomputer needed filth filter

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Facepalm

Undo the damage?

Restore a backup...

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Browser makers rush to block fake Google.com security cert

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Time for an SSL record in DNS and DNSSEC throughout...

Then at least it is loaded side-band, controlled by your own organisation and easily revoked (if it ain't on the DNS tree it ain't valid)

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Hey, Apple and Google: Stop trying to wolf the whole mobile pie

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Re: Tripe...

Or even a nexus 10...

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Microsoft says Google trying to undermine Windows Phone

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Re: Google's Evil ?

Changed their behaviour?

Don't make me laugh. All they need to do is tell OEMs to include a grub boot key in the "new bios" and maybe I'll listen to them again.

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Anti-virus products are rubbish, says Imperva

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Re: Whitelist...

Hence my comment about vendor provision of md5 via something like dnssec.

Most people would trust MS not to be virus (jokes aside), so they would simply sign/hash their patches/versions and provide the requisite authentication via dnssec-alike...

Smaller organisations need to sign fewer releases, that's OK.

Then you start explicitly trusting organisations, not testing all software you run. Revocation would be important.

Thought would be needed for offline devices (although they are typically easier to secure via "normal" means...)

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Whitelist...

Why do we still try to blacklist?

Surely we can use some ditributed system (DNSSEC maybe) to allow for companies (large and small) to distribute md5 checksums for "approved" releases.

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Making MACH 1: Can we build a cranial computer today?

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Whitelist.

Really it's not that hard...

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Ever had to register to buy online - and been PELTED with SPAM?

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Re: @Peter Hoare

See easy - how much easier can you get than "someone else has already done it"?

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The year GNOMES, Ubuntu sufferers forked off to Mint Linux

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Re: @westlake - A good question

> The fundamental problem here --- the elephant in the room that no one ever talks about ---

> is the lack of compelling programs which are Linux only.

Agreed - but NX comes close for my money...

I run a Linux box which is always online with good connectivity - costs about £5/mo.

I have NoMachine installed on it, and on my work laptop (which is MS).

Fire up an NX connection and I have all my *nix utilities (including the one game I play, which is running under wine because Win7 doesn't support it) available. That's nothing special - but various other family members can do the same thing, at the same time (so that £5/month is getting cheaper) and if my connection drops I can just pick up where I left off later.

I can run either a remote desktop or just run an xterm and fire up other programs on demand.

It's also a secure connection, so work doesn't get antsy about my network usage, 'cos I'm using my own connection.

Had to set up a Windows box recently and I somewhat floundered with various tasks I used to consider "easy and obvious" - I could do them under *nix, not windows any more. Inertia is the main reason most people continue to pay M$

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GE boffins build micro-lungs to cool PC innards

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Re: Test Cycle

That's four days consuming as much sand/dust as a device could reasonably inhale in several years I'd reckon.

But yes - the sticky stuff does require other testing.

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Revealed: The Brit-built GRAVITY-powered light that costs $5

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perpetual motion machines do not exist

All you need to do is moderate the speed of the fall and/or the length of the cable pull.

I do suddenly wonder what the efficiency of a block and tackle is....

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Dr Alex Moulton: 'An inspiration for generations of engineers'

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Citroen...

Practically perfect suspension, particularly when loaded - no need to adjust the headlights (yes, that's what he adjustment is for - not blinding everyone else)

It's overly complex, yes - but it does the job, makes fording streams trivial, and provides amusement at a drive through.

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Linux kernel dumps 386 chip support

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No issue

so long as the previous versions remain available from git for those who need them

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NASA planning Curiosity v2.0 for Mars touchdown in 2020

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Yes

They are a tiny fraction of your national budget, and provide good science for improvement in various areas of your life.

Just fire a handful fewer missiles at places where you think someone might once have hid who said that the US wasn't a land of milk and honey and you'd save alot more for spending on actually providing healthcare...

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Forget fluorescents, plastic lighting strips coming out next year

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Dimmable?

Preferably with existing dimmer switches...

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Microsoft dragging its feet on Linux Secure Boot fix

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WTF?

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"How about the possibility of some less than scrupulous open-source developer, fed up with the apparent obstruction from Microsoft, discovering the loophole in the system?"

Then they would be highly unethical because they would be reducing the security of millions of people.

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No - publicly releasing it without first having spoken to the vendor and given them time to get their house in order would reduce user security. In fact looking for such flaws is going to be done - I'd rather they were looked for by white hats than black.

Things didn't start falling just because gravity had been discovered.

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AARGH! We're ALL DOOMED, bellows UN - right on schedule

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Why do we hear so little about the other issues caused by the tsunami?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cACVl7gHsPQ

And why aren't we seeing calls for tsunami based wave power generation...

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Not really...

We'll just get one hell of a light show at the poles.

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Nokia HERE iOS maps app review

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Satellite imagery is useful

to those of us with good spatial awareness, we can rotate it ourselves - and that is alot quicker than waiting for the next set of pictures on streetview, not to mention a whole pile cheaper if you are on limited data.

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World's LEGGIEST BLONDE is super-rare millipede living in SF

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How many pairs of shoes does a girl need?

Well, lots...

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'Spend police USB stick data loss mega-fine on IT lessons for cops'

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Re: Sounds like revenge...

They didn't make you do speed awareness courses - you opted to do those after breaking the law; they were an "easy option", else you'd have chosen the other punishment available.

I don't necessarily see a problem with this - we all want the police to be properly funded. But the IT dept need a good kicking if they aren't mandating crypto keys...

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Apple bans 'memory' games from iOS App Store

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Is it only me that sees...

a grid of icons in squares with rounded corners?

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Mobile phone sales slump bites Nokia

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Or a table..

You know - with numbers lined up with the appropriate labels.

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Toyota motors ahead with radar crash avoidance tech

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And what if...

... not everything on the road is a car?

Will it detect people/horses/trees?

Will it recognise a corner and the associated barrier?

Will drivers just rely on it and therefore ignore anything not wrapped in a steel cage which is easy to detect with mm wave radar?

Get the cars driving themselves, stop faffing with silly add ons.

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What a clockup! Apple's Swiss clock knock-off clocks up $21m fine

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"just the ticket"

But to where, at least in Switzerland you'll get there...

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Ofcom sets auction timetable: UK's 4G monopoly will end in June

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Given the scarcity of players...

Why would they not collaborate in advance - keep the auction price rock bottom and then sort out a private auction/exchange themselves?

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Sellafield's nuclear waste measured in El Reg units

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Re: Rename all things nuclear

"Political correctness can only take you so far. It may feel good for the people affected, but the average person isn't THAT dumb"

Then why are MRI scans so much better accepted than NMR scans?

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Singaporeans get hard token baked into credit card

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Power?

Why not e-ink as a display - I'd have thought it would be fine for the job.

It could even mean that the location of the numbers changed each time, so that wear was even... (just step across by one every use).

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Torvalds: I want to be nice, and curse less, but it's just not in me

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Re: "just saying what he thinks"

"Only in some ways... the tyre thing is critical and the driver cant tell the temperature of each tyre, thats why there are all those telemetry engineers. Hence why its a *team* event."

So did the engineer say "your rear right tyre is cooling down" - no he said "keep the tyre temps up" - that's F1 driving 101, and Kimi is a world champion.

If he'd been reminded on a straight rather than in a corner he might have taken it better...

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Pristine WWII German Enigma machine could be yours

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Re: unbreakable

Really?

My understanding was that by the end of the war we could decode the messages faster than an enigma operator.

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Dry martini, shaken not stirred: Cracking the physics of Bond's martini

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Re: So much nonsense

"there may anyway be perceptible differences between apparently identical alcohol/water solutions, which can nonetheless be different one from another in the way the water arranges itself molecularly around the alcohol"

Scientists that state that probably also believe in homoeopathy. Homoeopathy is also supposedly all about ordering water.

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Not quite true - Homeopathy is about water retaining that shape after the contaminant has been removed.

This is about the way molecules arrange themselves around a contaminant that was (at some point) introduced, and remains in the liquid.

Personally I'd have thought that and differences in packing (which there could well be) wouldn't be thermally stable.

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Chinese e-cars to turn London cabs green

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Re: Where will the power come from?

But the point is that the power source will be cleaned up over time, rather than getting worse over time.

Battery tech aside (as that's unknown to me at this time) electric cars will gain all the efficiencies and cleaning options as they are fitted to the centralised power conversion units.

This means that you add scrubbers to one power station and you've improved the efficiency of thousands of cars.

Additionally it massively improves air quality in the overpopulated regions of the country - maybe moving parliament to Manchester (no affiliation, but it's a large city and far enough away from me) would reduce congestion in London rather nicely...

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New Mac mini: Business in the front, party at the back

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Re: No it can't ...

Focus follows mouse is one of the first things I change on any Windows box I'm forced to use - I can then nudge the mouse between windows with my elbow, no need to remove hands from the keyboard.

Of course focus follows brain would be best ;)

It's really annoying having to click and raise windows in order to do anything when just nudging the mouse and then doing what you want is available.

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Fish skin points to better LEDs

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Re: Offroad lights

'tis a pity the police won't ticket motorists for having blinding lights (or badly adjusted lights, or failed lights)

Particularly those hateful DLRs which are now compulsory on new cars - and they are REALLY badly dazzling.

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'Hypersensitive' Wi-Fi hater loses case against fiendish DEVICES

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Re: Think of the Children!

Erm - isn't it just that the evidence isn't needed - after all, once you've detected the telly you then knock at the door and ask what's on.

So easy it's not worth reporting what gave you reasonable suspicion.

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Re: Inquiring minds...

There have been enough cases where complaints were made about new mobile masts...

Only to then discover that they hadn't been powered up yet.

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Asus doubles up phone-slate combo's specs with Padfone 2

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Still waiting for a candybar phone with WiFi-3G bridge

Although bluetooth is an interesting option.

I'm off hunting

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Retailer leaks iPad Mini price list starting at £200

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Re: Off the scent?

IMHO the Transformer series bests the new iPad - has been out for a good while longer as well.

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British car parks start reading number plates

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elreg

I got really peeved by that at BHam, until I realised that Long Stay 1 is free for up to an hour - has an excellent bus service to the terminal (or a 5 minute walk) and saves a whole lot of trouble seen at other airports.

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Windows 8 pricing details announced as preorders begin

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System Builder -> VM install

Then you never need to transfer it - you just change the host system.

Given the choice I rarely use a bare metal OS any more (work PCs are forced on me, but one of them I run in a VM, some work servers need serious performance and are single function devices most are VMd)

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Australian boffins have a ball with lightning maths

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Re: Ball lighning

As a fizzy cyst I approve of your spelling

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Apple files disappearing-feature iPhone patent

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Samsung Galaxy phones....

Android menu buttons...

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