* Posts by Chris Evans

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Reluctant Wikipedia lifts lid on $2.5m internet search engine project

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Search scores of own websites

I give:

Wikipedia 6/10

ebay 9/10

HP 3/10

Amazon 1/10

On Amazon unless it is music or a book their search is abysmal. Searching for computer bits is dire.

I managed to phone them up to ask what syntax/operators can be used for searching and not even a supervisor knew that you can omit red items with -red

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Argos offers 'buy now pay in 3 months' deal

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Re: Because data protection

Yes they need to provide a way that the customer can phone them back (on a publicly published number). Unfortunately last time I asked a caller from my companies bank what department I needed to ask for, they said the call centre couldn't put me through to his particular department. IIRC it sounded like it would have been to our advantage.

I should have done I'll tell you one of my data points if you'll tell me one then another from each side and so on.

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Building automation systems are so bad IBM hacked one for free

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Another Dept.?

I suspect in some(many?) companies the department in charge of the building control won't be the IT department!

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Want blazing fast Netflix streams? Book a flight to Northern Europe

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Far east, Korea, Singapore etc!

Now if NetFlix operated in the far east I think the results would be quite different!

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Picking apart the circuits in the ARM1 – the ancestor of your smartphone's brain

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No mention that the original design files were found and are visualised on the web!

I'm surprised there was no mention of: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/11/28/arm1_visualized/

"In the case of the ARM1, to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Brit chip architects ARM, the team have managed to lay their hands on the original designs of the 32-bit RISC processor core, and visualized it for the web" http://visual6502.org/sim/varm/armgl.html

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Xombrero browser replacement

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NetSurf?

NetSurf http://www.netsurf-browser.org/ it's small, open source and actively being developed!

Otter https://otter-browser.org/ not so small but also open source and actively being developed!

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'Printer Ready'. Er… you actually want to print? What, right now?

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Dabbs's Law

I thought every one knew:

The likely hood of a printer successfully completing a print job is in inverse proportion to the urgency f the job.!

i.e. "Sod's Law" on steroids!

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Apple growth flatlines ... Tim Cook thinks, hey, $80bn is still $80bn

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Vital info missing!

How much cash are they sitting on and the big topical one: How much TAX did they pay?

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Intel lobs out new Core m3/m5 Compute Sticks, shouts 'Fetch!'

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Re: RJ45 Sockets are BIG

I know that some RJ45 sockets have integrated magnetics like on the Raspberry Pi, on most PCB's I've seen with an RJ45 separate magnetics can clearly be seen on the PCB next to the socket.

Smaller possible? Nearly all the volume in a plug and socket are plastic with electronic purpose.

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Re: Why the Dickie Davies would I pay $100 more for Win10?

"I can get a legit Win8 license for half that and upgrade free. What gives?"

Please do tell me where from?

I need one and Ingram want over £90+VAT

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RJ45 Sockets are BIG

"Lack of ethernet is a huge oversight IMHO"

One big problem all these small devices have is that an RJ45socket is very large in comparison and often requires an increase in the devices thickness so massively increasing the volume.

Intel have muscle to create a new smaller ethernet connector standard. I do hope they do.

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Amazon drafts blueprints for its own home router, IoT gateway ARM chips

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ARM-compatible... missleading

ARM-compatible suggests either all their own design or that they have an 'ARM architectural licence' (like Apple). Later in the article it mentions "seem to be dual or quad-core Cortex-A15" if that is true it is not ARM-compatible it IS an ARM core!

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Furious Easyspace customers moan about 'random' site outages

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"...Apologies for any inconvenience caused."

If I was a customer of theirs that would annoy me

It should be: "Apologies for THE inconvenience caused."

Trying to down play the effects normally backfires.

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Outfit throws fit, hits FitBit's hit kit with writ (Apple also involved)

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Re: Where is their product??

I quick look says that their business model is 'design and development' leaving manufacturing to licensees. Not that different from ARM!

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BBC News website takes New Year's Eve break

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Up and down like the proverbial...

bbc.co.uk

Down for me from 1.45 to 2.08

Now Up at 2.10

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What did we learn today? Microsoft has patented the slider bar

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You can have...

24/7

24/7/52

24/365

and even 24/7/4.33/12

but 24/7/365 makes no sense

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Battery-free IoT sensor feeds off radio waves

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Shrinking wouldn't help significantly

I would expect most (90%+?) of the power used to be in the transmission.

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Ofcom asks: Do kids believe anything they read on the internet?

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No objection to FF itself!

I'd expect it be either 'Installing extra software' (who knows what anti-virus, toolbars or malware etc a youngster might install unwittingly) or it might get round parental controls.

Technically it is a criminal offence! Though I can't see any sensible parent going the nuclear route.

We had a work experience lad who downloaded on one of our PCs at least three applications without authorisation. He was also work shy and only lasted a couple of days.

Education and talking to your children is the key.

Though how non savy parents will cope should be a big concern to society along side radicalisation, grooming.... and even just the persuasive lad in the year above that asks for a nude selfie. Oh to be a parent of a teenager.

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IBM bets POWER8 processor farm on hardware acceleration

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Misquote

Moore didn't say

"overall processor power would double every year. In 1975 this was revised to every two years."

It was "the number of transistors" in a IC would double.

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Feeble Phobos flaking as it falls to Mars

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Size, tides and despun?

Including its size in the article would have been useful!

"Phobos is a small, irregularly shaped object with a mean radius of 11 km"

Also when trying to understand tides it is important to know if the moon is despun like Earth's (i.e. the same face of the moon always faces Earth.)

From Wikipedia I've found:

Rotation period: Synchronous

I read that to say it is despun so I'm not sure how the Phobos has tides, unless Mars has significantly irregular gravity! Which I wouldn't have expected.

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Judge bins Apple Store end-of-shift shakedown lawsuit

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Pocket search?

Most phones will fit in pockets!

So how do they check they aren't going out the back door in a pocket?

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Lithium-air: A battery breakthrough explained

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How much better than the current best?

It may be to early to tell but the only benefit quoted is "this saves a lot of weight". To some people 10% is 'a lot'. It would be great if this does result in more efficient batteries but it seems to early to say if the pro's are going to outweigh the cons. I wish them well.

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Source of Oxygen? Re: How delicate is it? etc

The article mentions "...Instead it incorporates hydrogen stripped from the water (H2O) " so can't the Oxygen left over be used? I do realise the quantity available may not be enough!

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I survived a head-on crash with driverless cars – and dummies

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'Platooning' Re: Already do this...

Thanks for the post Teddy. The article didn't explain the term 'platooning' but your comment explained enough thanks. All the other articles on driverless cars I've read have referred to 'convoys' . Why articles do not include an explanation for terms that I'm sure many readers won't have seen in that context before, is sloppy journalism.

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TalkTalk incident management: A timeline

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Re: False offer for "free credit reporting"

Thanks for the link AC. So TT aren't quite as bad as I thought, but they are still awful.

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False offer for "free credit reporting"

Their misleading stance goes from bad to down right lying!

Their email to me said: "Sign up to your free credit reporting service using this code: TT231"

That seems the appropriate thing for them to do, to pay for a financial report for customers.

So I duly signed up, but during signing up I was never asked for a code. I then found out that anyone can sign up for free no code is necessary. noddle.co.uk

I also do wonder about the reports usefulness, any misuse of my financial information would probably takes weeks if not months to show up. Some people might thing it offered some protection not just tell you the horse bolted a month ago.

I wonder if they will be able to survive this.

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Radio 4's bottom line!

Evan Davis did a 'The Bottom Line' program a couple of weeks ago about what companies should do when they have a crisis like this. They covered VW's and BP's recent woes.

I suspect Talk Talk must have listened and decided to do the opposite!

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Twitter reduces BBC hacks to tears with redundancy notice

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'corporate speak' from the start

The fourth and fifth words were corporate speak. "moving forward"

"Team,

We are moving forward with a restructuring of our workforce so we can put our company on a stronger path to grow. Emails like this are usually riddled with corporate speak so I'm going to give it to you straight."

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Apple may face $900m bill after A7 CPU in iPhones, iPads ripped off university's patent

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How did they know?

Whilst it seems that Apple are not denying they use this particular technique, how on earth can anyone tell if is being used?

Without access to the design I'd-have thought it impossible to confirm.

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Weight, what? The perfect kilogram is nearly in Planck's grasp

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Re: 6.022 140 82x10^23, plus or minus 180,000,000,000,000,000

Yes whilst 12 parts per billion is very accurate I'd have thought they needed even more than extremely accurate.

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PHONE me if you feel DIRTY: Yanks and 'Nadians wave bye-bye to magstripe

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The limit keeps rising!

When introduced in 2008 they said don't worry it is only up to a maximum of £15 (or was £10 I forget) then it went to £20 and now it is £30. The increase is way more than inflation!

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4K catches fire with OTT streamers, while broadcasters burn

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Re: Waste of time and money, you can't break the rules of biology.

Whilst resolutions greater than 1080p may not be noticeable to most people with a good 1080p source. Most TV is broadcast with such high compression that the jpeg artefacts are obvious:-(

Higher resolutions will mean less noticeable artefacts:-)

n.b. The size of room is not important, it is the size of screen compared to how far away the viewer is that is relevant.

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Re: "a decent fibre network connection (around 15Mbps)"

I'm one of the lucky ones. I happen to live next to an exchange so get 18-20Mbps.

Whilst I'm sure the vast majority of standard ADSL customers won't get 15Mbps maybe 5% do?

Is there something else like latency that means that 15Mbps over fibre could be used when 15Mbps over standard ADSL couldn't?

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Only a CNUT would hold back the waves of the sharing economy

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King Cnut reference misleading.

The King Cnut reference reinforces the now common belief that King Canute was an ego maniac who believed he could control the tides. Whereas the opposite was true: "Canute demonstrates to his flattering courtiers that he has no control over the elements (the incoming tide), explaining that secular power is vain compared to the supreme power of God." (Wikipedia)

n.b. I was in my fifties before I was disabused of the common incorrect belief.

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WATER SURPRISE: Liquid found on Mars, says NASA

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Were else?

"Everywhere we go there's liquid water we find life,"

Apart from on Earth where else have they found life?

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Sky 'fesses up to broken fibre cables as cause of outage woes

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Apology fail.

We are sorry for any inconvenience this has caused.

should be:

We are sorry for THE inconvenience this has caused.

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VW’s case of NOxious emissions: a tale of SMOKE and MIRRORS?

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Re: ARM did it!

You misunderstood me, I wasn't suggesting ARM had done anything underhand or wrong. I was responding to the posts that all manufacturers have benchmark etc in mind when designing things.

My memory may be failing me but your statement that ARM 2 added a multiply instruction does ring a bell with me and that it was added with BM9 (or was it BM8?) in mind!

IIRC a talk I heard a few years ago from Sophie Wilson ARM added another instruction specifically to get Nokia as a customer. I suspect ARM would be very different (even maybe not exist) if they hadn't done that. A world without ARM doesn't bear thinking of!

n.b. I've used an ARM based desktop computer as my main computer since the Archimedes came out (1987)

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ARM did it!

CPU designer have benchmark programs in mind when they design.

IIRC ARM added an extra instruction to their ARM 1 design for ARM 2 as an extra test had been added to the common benchmark program used at the time.

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PEAK FONDLESLAB: Fewer people will use tablets next year – claim

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Are tablets that unreliable!

There will only be a reduction in the user base if the number sold is less than the number that break or considered too old to use, which I doubt.

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Happy birthday to you, the ruling was true, no charge for this headline, 'coz the copyright's screwed

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How long is the copyright?

In the USA how long is copyright for music/lyrics?

The Hill sisters must have been dead quite a few years!

Are the UK/EU copyright periods different?

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My parents don't know I'm in SEO. They think I play piano in a brothel

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99% of SEO is snake oil.

The problem is I don't know which the 1% is!

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Are you avoiding tax, big tech firm? Not any more you won't, growl MEPs

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Re: I'm sure...

> Technically, no they didn't do anything wrong.

If their 'transfer pricing' didn't follow the rules then they may have!

Morally to my mind about half the profit should be declared in the country of sale and half in the USA I can see an argument for more of the profit to have been made in the USA but not for a third country (Ireland) that artificially has the sales routed through it. What the law says, the courts will decide.

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Spaniard trousers €60,000 bank error, proceeds directly to jail

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Re: So just to confirm.

Well you six years to invoice people so I suspect six years to claim it back.

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'Unexpected item in baggage area' assigned to rubbish area

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Please don't use the self service tills.

That way there is no queue for me!

If I've got less than 10 items I'll use them as I find them normally quicker!

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Intel's Compute Sticks stick it to Windows To Go, Chromecast

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Re: power button

Lots of USB/microUSB powered devices nowadays don't have power switches which is why you can buy USB cables and PSU's with in-line power switches!

Tri Googling: pi power extension cable with switch

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Power from HDMI!

"the device can't be powered over HDMI. There is hope that Intel will implement this in future versions of the stick."

It is never going to happen, the power line on an HDMI display is designed for EDID and the standard says devices should draw 50mA maximum! You couldn't even run a Pi model A+ on that.

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US government tweaks internet handover date: 1 October 2016

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Verisign sues Google's new love-interest .XYZ for a second time

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Paranoid

Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they aren't after you!

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