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* Posts by John Robson

732 posts • joined 19 May 2008

New driver-snooping satnav could push down UK insurance premiums

John Robson

Erm - only apply if your premium is already >£1000

That's what their quote me thingy said.

Not that I can fathom how the "insurance miles" are calculated / penalised...

I quite like the idea of pay as you go insurance...

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Windows 8 hardware rules 'derail user-friendly Linux'

John Robson

RPi

That's all (Yes I know they don't care about win8 certification, but the system idea is right, and if the SoC manufacturers want to put Win8 on then you're screwed.

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John Robson

Except in ten years time when that fails and there is no longer any way to get anything other than Wondows 9 (because why would they upgrade after that?)

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Boffins quarrel over ridding world of leap seconds

John Robson
Boffin

Warning, science content

The error is in counting days as rotations, and ignoring the fact that if we orbit the sun, but have zero days (i.e. it's always noon at greenwich) then we'll have rotated once, not zero times.

So if we've observed the rotation (by the sun apparently traversing the sky) 365.25 times in an orbit then we've actually rotated one more than that (of course if we rotated the other way then it would be 1 less, but we don't)

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Google to join Wednesday's anti-SOPA protest

John Robson

Get Bing and Google (are there others?)

to simply go dark for DC on Wednesday....

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1TB USB stick shoved into Swiss Army knife

John Robson

Yes it is - although only 7 left last time I looked.

Cheaper versions will be out in next 4 weeks hopefully.

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Phone maker punts AA-powered blower

John Robson

assuming that GSM is still in use...

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HSBC pinpoints branches with sub-atomic accuracy

John Robson
Devil

Easy

Just give it to them in YottoKiloMetres

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WHSmith Kobo Vox e-reader

John Robson

WiFi is fine...

Surely most people who want one of these have a phone that'll provide a mobile WiFi hotspot for them...

Why the obsession with everything having a direct 3G connection?

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Google promises 0.001 of revenue to free the slaves

John Robson

This is a single donation - not their entire giving.

Of course they probably don't tithe, but dealing with US tax it wouldn't be entirely surprising...

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Apple's request for HTC ban delayed again

John Robson

Should we change the system

So you have to prove all patents in an action to gain a ban. The fact that two were thrown out should be a slam dunk fail.

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Acer TravelMate Timeline X TM8481T 14in Core i5 notebook

John Robson
FAIL

Why cripple it

with a spinning disk - what would the battery be like with an SSD in there?

That would be in "all day" territory, and make up for the "lacklustre" performance (when did a Core i5 become slow?)

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Asus Tegra 3, Android 4 tablet priced up for Brits

John Robson
Thumb Up

32MB storage or a keyboard?

No question - keyboard all the way.

I mean, just how much storage does a tablet PC need?

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Chrome is the most secured browser - new study

John Robson

No IE6 or 7?

Not getting close to picking up 93% really are they...

Could have been really interesting to see how the main three (I agree, 5 would have been more interesting) browsers have improved over the last n years.

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Facebook tries to grow up by undergoing corporate rejig

John Robson

But with "Code fast, break things" as a mantra they will have security lapses...

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Take this survey: Win an iPad 2

John Robson

Not Large Print...

It's standard sized - although a welcome difference from the sub pixel fonts we're normally expected to read

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Ubuntu savaged by rivals infected with fondleslab fever

John Robson
WTF?

xubuntu?

Other window managers exists - why not offer options at install time.

My preference when I was allowed to work on a real OS was actually ion3.

I was really impressed with the latest Ubuntu install - it asked me about the partitions I wanted, then went off and formatted/installed in the background while it asked me the remaining few questions. For one of those to have been "Which window manager do you want to use" with screenshots of each wouldn't be that hard....

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Boffins one step closer to Terminator vision

John Robson

Glasses

are far to easy I presume....

Of course they'd be an easy way to put a power source within 2cm of the eyeball...

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Amazon's Android-friendly Kindle Fire splutters

John Robson

Can I

take yours off you then :)

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Truly unlimited mobile for $19: How can it be true?

John Robson
Facepalm

DNS based VPN?

If DNS requests get through then you have a data pinhole, and therefore a VPN could be established...

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Reg reader seeks living room Myth advice - can you help?

John Robson
Go

HDMI extension...

Extend HDMI over cat5 or cat6.

Then you can leave the PC elsewhere, but reap the benefits of a "proper" system.

For control you can either just go wireless, or use smartphones etc. At a push then you could use another run of cat5 to extend USB to the room and use a cheap wireless keyboard/track(pad/ball) combination.

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Kindle Fire gets root access

John Robson
Mushroom

But does the fire have BT?....

With Bluetooth (and more importantly HID support) I could envisage this being very valuable. I just don't get touch screen keyboards for more than SM length typing...

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Vacuum cleaner set Swedish nuke plant on fire

John Robson
WTF?

Missing the point.

"Human error shouldn't occur in nuclear power plants"

No - human error should be expected, and systems put in place to mitigate any damage to acceptable levels. Did it really take 7 months to find a hoover? (yes I know it's more likely that the ire did damage which has taken time to clean up - but that's why I don't writ headlines.

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Insulin pump hack delivers fatal dosage over the air

John Robson

Recall???

Not until they can do something about it.

Unscrew the antenna maybe (I know it would probably require a scalpel)

When this code was written was what 10 years ago?

2001 - No one thought of security? I doubt it, they just thought "!windows == !vulnerable"

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Apple plans big solar farm to clean dirty datacenter

John Robson
Stop

More significantly...

how much solar capture is being chopped down?

Surely a biomass mini power station would be a more efficient system.

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BT gets 14 days to block Newzbin2

John Robson
WTF?

Surely

They can just turn off their core routers for three minutes before they get ordered to turn them back on?

Or maybe just cut off access to anything from the judge...

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Solarcars are hot!

John Robson

road worthy wheels - so a well made bike wheel

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Smut oglers told to opt in to keep web filth flowing

John Robson
FAIL

Well apparently phpbb3 logos are naughty - because the $mobile_prover filters won't let me look any anything phpbb related...

So I'm now "unfiltered"

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Chrome browser 'is becoming Number Two'

John Robson

I don't...

How many people change from their default browser on their mobile device?

I guess MANY fewer than on the desktop

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Premier League loses footie decoder case

John Robson

So surely they'll seel the rights to sell it for viewing in one country and then shaft the provider...

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Samsung shows second second-gen 7in Galaxy Tab

John Robson
WTF?

Or it's like Swatch suing casio for making a "portable clock designed to be worn around the wrist."

or "a time measurement device using two hands sweeping across a circular face"

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Red Hat engineer renews attack on Windows 8-certified secure boot

John Robson

Return them

Buy machine, wipe disk, start to install ubuntu - return PC to store as faulty

Repeat with every machine there...

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Blighty's slow-crawling broadband streets revealed

John Robson

Self selection?

And average broadband speed - surely that be a comparison between "paid for" and "achieved" with a checkbox for "wanted to pay for faster, but unavailable"

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Hunt for long-lost Apollo 10 moon lander adrift in space

John Robson

No Fuel

For takeoff - so they'd have been committing suicide...

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Google reveals 'leap smear' NTP technique

John Robson

Why do we need to keep in sync?

Might be nice to have holidays that move around the seasons - then we can have a few years of skiing, then a few sunbathing....

I presume Farmers look at their fields and at the sky rather than the calendar when deciding what to do with their crops.

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Diminutive robot to attempt Iron Man Triathalon

John Robson

Erm...

"Of course there's not much practical benefit to a robot capable of completing triathlons. Same way as it's not a very practical skill for humans. Get in a car why don't you?"

I don't have an amphibious car...

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LOHAN to suck mighty thruster as it goes off, in a shed

John Robson
Mushroom

Challenger

Will the rubber ring be a good seal at that temperature - would it not be brittle?

Is there a low temperature grease which would be more appropriate?

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Google: SSL alternative won't be added to Chrome

John Robson

For goodness sake people...

DNSSEC - store your ssl cert as a new record type...

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Ultrabook makers turn to fibreglass to cut costs

John Robson
Flame

Cooling...

As title and icon

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Much of the human race made up of thieves, says BSA

John Robson
WTF?

$59bn lost sales?

Don't believe you.

Maybe $59bn "marked retail price" but most of those wouldn't have resulted in a sale, and the user would have learnt another (free) piece of software to do the same job.

Cryptographic licensing ins't that hard, but none of the major software only players use it - because a pirate copy still has positive value on their business plan, it promotes the software, and perpetuates lock-in.

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E-cars: unaffordable until 2030 (or later)

John Robson
WTF?

green electricity isn't the point...

We're taking emissions from the city centre to a point where they can be cleaned centrally, and where we can improve efficiency in big chunks, providing an instant boost to transport efficiency...

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Plods to get dot-uk takedown powers - without court order

John Robson
WTF?

Erm....

I can see child porn applications for this, but counterfeit shops can be dealt with by court order.

phishing sites are another nice target, but anyone on a largeish ISP will have already cached the DNS entries anyway.

copyright infringement? seriously, just strike it from the legislation if you don't recommend it...

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IDLENESS sees Brits haemorrhage cash to mobe firms

John Robson

"Loyalty" can be rewarded...

I pay very little for a great deal of comms - not because I'm loyal to my operator, but because their "retentions" department offer me a better deal than any operator can offer as a "starter" package.

I have no operator loyalty, but they are willing to make a decent offer to keep me as a customer then I'll take it.

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Russian Progress space truck crashes in Siberia

John Robson

Hmm...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scientific_research_on_the_ISS

No value?

And going to mars is something which has been helped by the ISS (in terms of studies on long term microgravity environments on the human body)

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Boffins cobble up phone-powering footwear

John Robson

Waiting for this

to be put directly into phone, so they charge as you carry them down the street.

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Mag bitchslapped in Duchess Kate digi-slimming case

John Robson
FAIL

Reflection...

Good thing that humans are always perfectly symmetrical when walking.

Why did they feel the need to reflect her waist as well as her arm (which I can understand)

She has her weight on one hip, so her waist if offset to her right at the time the photo is taken. It's a pretty easy mistake, but one that should have been obvious to the people doing the edit. Are they really so focussed on individual pixels that they never look at the photo?

Quite possibly: http://www.psdisasters.com/

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ScaleBase shatters MySQL for scalability

John Robson

So can you stack these?

If it looks like a single dB, can you take one of your shards and replace it with another of these boxes and a handful of shard behind it?.

Rinse, repeat, recurse...

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Son of Solaris raids Linux for KVM hypervisor

John Robson

Probably not...

but your 3 hour process may well be significantly sped up...

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OCZ jumps harder on enterprise PCIe bandwagon

John Robson

The tech exists...

now can we please have it on an an expresscard, using the pcie lane available...

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MPs slam 'unworkable' one-size-fits-all NHS care records' system

John Robson
Thumb Up

Envelopes?

My wife's records at our local hospital already span two bulging folders (from just two pregnancies and fairly serious broken arm between them).

So whilst "an envelope" isn't enough - clearly the basic concept scales fairly easily. The only issue is if she trips over near another hospital...

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