* Posts by Dan Keating

34 posts • joined 25 Jun 2008

Mullumbimby’s plan to save the world peters out

Dan Keating
Linux

Now for the science bit ..

I imagine that if I had a working LENR device, someone in australia waving 200k in my direction wouldn't be much of an attention magnet.

Speculation either way is a waste of time until we're in a position to get the process scientifically verified. When we open that box, all these possibilities will collapse in to a single state and the e-cat will either be dead or alive.

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EMC races to catch up with NetApp

Dan Keating

Hey!

I was going to come in with the 'Just Like Netapp' tag line ... and was beaten to it. *curses* It does seem like they're the company everyone is trying to emulate.

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Delete all you like, but it won't free up space

Dan Keating

Let's face it

You can't get any bugger to delete their data anyway ..

It's like saying - I had the benefit of a space efficient clone but when I deleted it, I didn't get the full size of the system back in my volume. The guy is a nutter.

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Ten Essential... Symbian Apps

Dan Keating
Alien

You forgot

What about the world famous 'Symbian Baked Potato Simulator' where you got an oven door view of a foil wrapped King Edward going through a 90 minute roasting. The 'imagine the smell' tag line justifies the £5 outlay alone.

You also forgot the '90's smartphone theme' app that comes installed and active by default with all Symbian phones.

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HTC Wildfire Android smartphone

Dan Keating
Linux

I'm buying one so it must be good

Superb as it is - I don't think the iPhone4 does change everything - again. The HTC Wildfire does though. Not in terms of pushing the overall feature boundary - but in the bang for buck arena it's going to be kicking arse. At this price point, the HTC Wildfire sets a new standard which will probably change the shape of the market.

When I'm paying half what I would pay for an iPhone contract - plus with no outlay for the handset - it's an easy decision to make.

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Google discovers Chrome can (really) block ads

Dan Keating
FAIL

The irony

As I'm about to post in defence of advertising ... 'Ads by Google' on this very page is trying to sell me a 'Chrome Bar Stool'. How very smart. Perhaps we don't need ads after all.

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iPhone customers lay into Apple after iOS 4.0.1 update fails to install

Dan Keating
Linux

Fail saturation point

I'm not getting an iPhone .... but I'm starting to feel sorry for Steve Jobs. You can have a free bumper or send your phone back for a refund - or stfu.

Anyway - all this will be yesterdays news after Microsoft release their fabulous Kin here in the UK ... ... What?!!! No, really - it's going to change everything again .. again!

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Why we love to hate Microsoft

Dan Keating
Linux

Why people hate M$

Micro who? Oh yeah - that was last years hate. We're all bitchin' about Apple now surely?!

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Apple's iPhone 4 denial: insulting or ignorant?

Dan Keating

Bar Bar Black Sheep

I disagree that people are just complaining about reception rather than vanishing bars. It seems the concern is more about the visual impact of not having full signal rather than call quality or drops. I know a few users - they all seem very pleased with it.

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Video calling impresses Brits, if it's Apple video calling

Dan Keating
FAIL

Same issues will kill take up on iPhone as with any other handset

I've had free video calling on my E71 (wifi or 3g) via Fring for a couple of months now (ignoring the inbuilt expensive route via my operator).

Why FAIL?

Video calls need you to hold the phone at distance and talk over speakerphone. Calls become public and I've found 75% of the time, the location I'm in drowns out the conversation - rendering the call useless. Combined with artifacts and choppyness - the novelty soon wears off.

The alternative is to carry a set of headphones with a mic around in your pocket just in case you get a video call to guarantee that you can hear each other speak. Who's going to bother?

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Daily Mail launches McKinnon campaign

Dan Keating
Linux

When shower time comes ....

He hacked the US Military ... what the hell does the Daily Mail expect? Look on the bright side ... by the time he gets out he'll be great at picking up the soap.

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SuperSpeed USB PCs to ship by year-end

Dan Keating
Linux

Smart arsed comment

I'm already planning my usb 3 - raid 0 pen drive sensation. There's going to be a launch party and everything! Wow! You guys are all invited. I'm hoping to get a real life celebrity there .. Carol Vorderman if I'm lucky. Bring a bottle.

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Home Office plans to force CCTV on shops and pubs

Dan Keating

Hmmmmmmmmmmm

What next .. obligatory CCTV in homes to monitor whether parents are plying their children with alcohol? How about CCTV on ministers 'first' houses so we can determine when they were in residence and when they were not!

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NetApp - just like perfection?

Dan Keating
Linux

Don't make me lose it.

@ The guy who says 'Netapp are known to have space reservation issues in block environments'

Welcome to yesterday!

Assuming that you're alluding to fractional reservation, updates in Data Ontap means that there are a variety of ways to provision and lun based storage that negate this. Get facts straight before quoting from yesterdays newspaper!

@ Jered ... ASIS dedupe .... is free and works at block and file level. Why would anyone complain about that?

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EMC paints go-faster stripes on Celerra

Dan Keating
Linux

trampled in the rush to buy new EMC solutions

Decisive, innovative, ground breaking, awe inspiring ...... all these things, EMC are not. Congratulations are due to them for their 'tick in the box' attitude to solution availability. Now watch as the market completely ignore the irrelevant.

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Ballmer reacquaints Microsoft with its PC past

Dan Keating
Linux

WoW!

Touch!!! Welcome to yesterday. Go to you tube - search on 'Ubuntu', 'touch screen' and 'compiz' and find out what the kids were doing in Linux world over a year ago.

In terms of technology - Microsoft have nothing over their competition. It's all down to their desktop dominance over the last decade. They'll need to come up with more than Windows 7 and mobile to stop their ongoing erosion.

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Sony intros 8in notebook-not-netbook

Dan Keating
Stop

nice ...but....

Vista?

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Home Office denies remote snooping plan

Dan Keating
Linux

re: Actually, I just had a thought...

With the introduction of microphones to surveillance cctv systems - whether we're on the net or not, we can be monitored. When RFID chipping comes in they'll be able to record and catalogue everything done and said automatically. Hopefully they will add some kind of olfactory snooping next so I can punish the monitoring staff with some silent but deadly retribution.

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iPlayer chief pushes tiered charging for ISPs

Dan Keating
Linux

Turd in a punch bowl

Sure I'll pay extra .... but all of a sudden I'm no longer a fan of the 'outmoded' license fee!

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Apple files 3D-interface patent

Dan Keating
Linux

3D 'development'

One word for Mac users ... 'Compiz'

Welcome to yesterday suckers!!!

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Sun trumpets radically simple open storage boxes

Dan Keating

Netapp smackdown!

Hmmm - surely anyone serious about their storage environment would wait until the outcome of the Netapp / Sun case before rolling ZFS out in to a production environment?

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Jacqui Smith prints seized by No2ID in daring dabs grab

Dan Keating
Linux

Unfeeling robot in a dress

Jacqui Smith has an android look about her. I suspect that they will find she has no fingerprints.

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Das überdatabase: Inside Wacky Jacqui's motherbrain

Dan Keating
Linux

Gravy days ...

As the governments de facto stance is that we're all suspects - it's no surprise that they're throwing this kind of crap at us. I'm waiting for the day that VPN systems need to be licensed and the keys shared with (or even provided by) the government.

The good news for IT contractors is that - as providing secure communications for terrorist networks is going to require a bit more thought - Al Quaeda will now have to pay a much higher rate. In spite of the credit crunch .. the gravy days are back again.

Anyway .. better go .. can see blue flashing lights and just had a knock at the door.

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Hands on with the T-Mobile G1

Dan Keating
Linux

err .. phone ... surely we are missing something here?

Nice review .. but what's it like to use as ... *shock horror* a phone?

Did I miss that bit?

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Labour minister says 14 year olds should get ID cards

Dan Keating
Linux

# 2 reason to dismiss labour (after the Iraq war shenanigans)

And so the continued erosion of our freedom rolls on - albeit targeted at the young, accepting and naturally naive. Congratulations to Labour on their continued waste of public money in their never ending pursuit of control freakery, measurement and observation. Time for another vitriolic letter to my MP me thinks.

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Blu Christmas coming, format fans forecast

Dan Keating
Linux

I simply can't be arsed

So I need to go out and buy a new player .. and buy all my movies all over again so I can enjoy the benefit of high definition? The prospect excites me about as much as flushing wads of my own cash down the crapper. Upgrading to the next level was yesterdays fun ... todays fun involves a nun, a rubber chicken and a copy of Sun Tzus 'Art of War'.

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A third of Vista PCs downgraded to XP

Dan Keating
Linux

In spite of everything

No matter how hard I tried to get on with it ... Vista was great at pissing on my cornflakes and that was about the sum of it. If it was a perfume, the advertising would probably be "Vista ... catch a waft of pointlessness".

I hope they get the priorities right for Windows 7 - and ensure that they take all the shortcuts to useful functionality and give them new confusing names rather than provide driver support for hardware that is more than 2 months old.

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Orange to bundle free Eee with HSDPA modem, airtime

Dan Keating
Linux

Orange .. orange.. lemon!

What a fantastically useless offer. Orange always cease to amaze.

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US says the next war will be all in our minds

Dan Keating
Linux

and the British?

Due to budgetary constraints, the British military are unable to keep up with the U.S R&D - so the MoD are planning to get Korea to clone Paul McKenna and send him in to battle. It's predicted that smoking rates amongst Iraqi insurgents will drop by 75%.

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Spammers, Cuil, and the rescue from planet Google

Dan Keating
Linux

Sadly .. Google now IS the web

This article hits the nail on the head. Google has become the web. Content is now marginalised and squeezed in around the Google Ads which take up more and more space in order to improve ranking.

Quite sad really.

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Criminal record checks could hit over 14 million people

Dan Keating
Linux

Bonkers!

Yet more control freakery from the buffoons at whitehall. Am I out of touch with modern life or is it them?

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Sun picks away at NetApp's patent claims

Dan Keating
Linux

In response to Anonymous Coward

Quote - "NetApp would do better to improve the stability of its "high-end" configurations"

Piffle!

Sun will yield under the onslaught that is - The Way of the Toaster!

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ICO slaps TfL over Oyster data hoard

Dan Keating
Linux

What ever happened to ..... ????

It used to be the case that you paid your money .. you got your ticket and you travelled from A to B. Now we have to be profiled, traceable objects that can be scrutinised and measured. It's an insidious culture ... and this is the thin end of the wedge.

I think the next time I pay for transport .. it will be a one way ticket out of this paranoid dump of a country.

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Almost half of malicious sites tied to 10 networks

Dan Keating
Linux

China

Not surprising China gets a mention. After analysing the IP addresses of people trying to relay off my mail server I found that I could kill 95% of the problem by blocking addresses from this country. Subsequent checking of the logs shows all manner of IP detritus seeking to find "exploit nirvana" on my humble fixed IP.

Perhaps I have it all wrong and the friendly folk of that nation are just trying to reach out and touch the western community in anticipation of forthcoming olympic games!

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