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24 posts • joined 27 Jun 2008

Google Docs caves to MS Office 2007 file formats

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Simple procedure

We have a simple procedure for anyone sending us anything in the bastard formats - first offence, a polite request to re-submit the offending item in the standard ODF format. Second and all other offences the item is returned marked defective - unreadable. It works!

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Digital Universe adds sextillions to hit 487 billion gigs

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Figures

Since you are talking about something that is almost scientific use scientific notation NOT the funny US monetary notation in which a billion is only a thousand million and not a million million.

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Another 0.03% of Blighty goes wind powered

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greens lack of knowledge

Many years ago I used to design wind turbines for a living so I know all the tricks used to try and show they are better than they are. There is only one use for them - as an electricity supply for a dwelling in a remote VERY windy place, even then you are looking at one with at least 10 metre long blades which might just supply the average power to the average dwelling. Then you would need a thumping great diesel generator as a backup and be prepared for it to be working for 60% to 70% of the year.

The only way that a nation can supply enough electricity in this day and age is to use nuclear power stations.

Near where I live there is a wind farm - 20 turbines - that manages to supply power to a village of about 100 homes for about 45% of the time the shortfall is supplied by the grid.

Yes, wind turbines give the green a 'good' feeling - it's a pity so fwe of them have any concept of science and engineering.

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New Kindle: Wider, but still no broadsheet

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I despair ...

at times when supposedly technical minded people make comments without first engaging their brains.

e-ink technology can not use a back light - metal backing. It is designed to be used in daylight - just like a book.

Yes the cost is high for the kindle but the iRex technologies 1000s costs 700 euro!!

OK so it does have a touch screen to allow handwritten notes and comments. Then there is the Hanlin eReader V9 in the pipe line which will hopefully be a little less expensive being made and sold in China.

All we need is a company with vision to sell the e-book readers at a reasonable price to get things started.

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Toshiba Tecra M10 14in notebook

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Working laptop

It appears they have produced a laptop for working people, i.e. engineers and tech assistants, not the poncy toy of management. Now all we need is one with a separate numeric keypad, and a second serial port.

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Hollywood retrofits MacGyver into feature flick

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jerry-rigs a script

I assume you mean JURY-RIGGED, unless you are trying to imply it will be jerry-built in some strange way.

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PRS v YouTube: No UK vids, but royalty row runs and runs

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@the PRS

As manager of a local choir that uses material of our members, one is the local poet, set to music by our accompanist and typeset and printed by myself, I have no liking for the PRS. We are charged large fees for every concert we give, even in the old peoples homes, and have never seen anything back from them. The sooner the PRS is disbanded the better for us.

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Amazon: Kindle 2 to sell internationally

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Larger screen

You can get a larger screen, but not in the kindle. the iRex digital reader 1000 has a 10 inch screen - just don't ask the price! (700 euro). There is also a chinese firm that has a 10 inch screen model on its books but no price or availability as yet.

As Thomas said it would be rather useless having a backlight because the base of the display is a metal plate.

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Tories put toes on Linux bandwagon

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@Suport Suport Suport

And what exactly is wrong with OS/2?

There are lots of large enterprises still using it because it 'just keeps on working', which is more than can be said for the windows crap I encounter in my work.

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Prof: Use wind turbines as flywheels to smooth output

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Academic engineers??????

I was going to ask what they were but realised they were the 'engineers' that I used to clean up for - after all the big cockups they made.

As several people have said there are real world problems with the proposed idea, the least of which is the fact the turbines are very carefully designed NOT to over speed for several reasons - like the blade tips breaking the sound barrier and the problems that would bring.

All those 'Academic engineers' should be forced to work out in industry for at least five years before they can call themselves Engineers! Maybe there would then be more sense coming from the universities.

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WowWee demos latest spycam 'droid'

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congratulations

I must congratulate you on having a link to the youtube clip - it's the first time I've been able to see any of your video clips on my OS/2 boxes without starting a virtual windows machine. Try and do the same for other clips

ivan

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UK will save its 48-hour opt-out, says employment lawyer

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Time by the hour

The only way anyone should sign the opt-out is if they are being paid by the hour with that pay being a minimum of £40 /hr. Anyone on fixed wage are complete fools if they sign up for it.

This is another case od the EU doing the people of the UK a favour by overriding the government.

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Down the Digital River, into the heart of download darkness

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Save to file

I assume the windows users haven't heard of saving the download to a file that can be stored on a cd or usb stick. Who in their right mind downloads and installs any program directly off the internet?

Sorry I forgot - these are windows users - myself, I use OS/2.

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Barack Obama will be president

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Money wins

All the result has shown is that a country gets the government it deserves (not the one it needs). This is a victory for the advertising and spin merchants only. Neither candidate had anything going for them in a political sense. Where else in the world is the leader of the country selected by the media?

When the dust settles and Obama is in power we will all see him doing the bidding of those that payed him and I don't mean the people.

Will anything change? I doubt it. It will be business as usual from 'merica, the world recession that started over there will continue, maybe getting worse because of 'democratic' policies. The days of true 'statesmen' are gone and the western world is sliding into mediocrity following the example of the USA (Idiocracy anyone?).

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IBM delivers baby SAN

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@Jeff

Sorry, the Amps are not the same. Half the voltage, double the amperage for the same wattage.

Watts= volts*amps.

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Acer Aspire 8920G 18.4in laptop

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battery life

And battery life is.....?

Another thing I suppose it is a windows only machine with no hope of drivers for any other OS but then I have an aspire 9300 that I've managed to get OS/2 working on so there may be hope.

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Game sharer gets £16K fine

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@ on the other hand

<As for the solidity of the case, I can't comment, but I suspect that if your machine really has never had Kazaa etc. running on it then you're not going to have a problem, are you? And if it has, I don't think you've got anything to complain about when you get your ass sued by copyright holders.>

Are you saying, the fact I have a computer dedicated to up/downloading torrents of various linux distributions, that I am guilty of software piracy?

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Is Microsoft's Silverlight evil?

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@ multi-platform

And there will never ba a version for OS/2.

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UK employers sharpen job axe

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equality????

If you want scientists then you have to have the environment to foster them. For the last 10 years or so there has been a move against excellence in schools - all children should be at the same low level.

What is needed is a lot more grammar schools not less. We also need teachers, and lecturers, that demand a high standard from their students.

Much, if not all, of the problem can be placed at the door of those that think 'all people are created equal', even if they themselves consider they are more equal, when it is obvious that all people are NOT equal and never will be.

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Supercomputer to improve UK weather

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the truth

Then we might get the truth about the climate change scam.

Wait, that can't be right one of the leading scammers is a british prof, and besides it would not be PC.

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Google's spycar revs up UK privacy fears

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What about the CCTV

All those complaining about google would be better employed in complaining about the CCTV that is removing ALL privacy from the country!

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Warning sounded over black hole in UK physics teaching

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Problems

There are two main problems to teaching physics (or for that matter chemistry and biology) in the schools of today.

1 - no discipline in the class room. (how can any precision measurement be taken?)

2 - every thing is forbidden by health & safety. (NO experiments!)

There is also a third problem - very low pay, but the first two will prevent any serious teaching being undertaken in any comprehensive school.

NuLabour and all the education 'experts' need to realise all people are NOT EQUAL and the education system needs to reflect this.

You want good science and technology students - then cream them off and put them together in a school that will help them. This will never happen now in England but it should if we want to keep up with India and China.

ex physics/chemistry teacher.

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eBay Terror Ambulances of DEATH menace UK - top cops

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Simple answer

Why not ship all the politicians, plods, security twits etc. off to some place like St. Kilda. That way we could put the running of the country out to tender.

Seriously, we survived the IRA without all this stupidity, I can only assume that NuLabour thinks that by appearing to do something the wishful thinking will make it go away or they are following a stalinist agenda and are hoping we won't see it.

Their continual 'consultations' and 'reports' have only one purpose - money laundering on a grand scale at our expense. If they cut out all the useless paper pushing and 'jobs for the boys' they would have time and money to look at the cause and not the symptoms.

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Wind power key to UK's desperate renewable energy bid

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Some thoughts

I tried to start a company to make wind turbines in the '980s and was told it would never work. Now the Government wants to use millions of them all over the country.

As for microgeneration, unless you have a wind turbine with a 6 meter diameter rotor you are waisting your time. Likewise with solar cells you would need at least 40 sq m area to generate any useful power, i.e. something that has a pay back period in years not decades.

I also think the estimated rise in power bills is off by at least an order of magnitude.

Unless nuclear power stations are built fast there will be power shortages in the UK by 2020 if not before, all the green energy supplies not withstanding.

I know the green lobby would love the country to revert to the dark ages but to do that would require the population to be reduced to that level as well, maybe the greens should be the ones to volunteer to drop dead first then those remaining can get on with their lives in peace.

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