* Posts by M Gale

3526 posts • joined 22 Apr 2007

Penguins, prepare to get SPACED OUT: Ubuntu 13.10's Mir has docked

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Re: What's that you say?

:What's xorg.conf?

An anachronism.

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Re: What's that you say?

Yeah, pretty much. When was the last time the author cracked a Linux distro open and had a look?

Haven't touched that file in years either.

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OK, forget the 3D telly fiasco: 4K is gonna blow you away - say tech giants

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4k revolution? Bring it on!

So that 1080p and 1200 screens drop to a sane price.

Who knows? Maybe when this old 19" CRT from 1999 finally gives up the ghost, I might actually buy one. So possibly in a decade or two, when it becomes impossible to get an SVGA adapter or the tube fades to unreadability.

What, using something until it wears out? I know, how unfashionable!

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Windows 8.1 to freeze out small business apps

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Re: control freaks..

once given the chance to really test the UI. had options between: "Works as good as W7" to "great".

I know this is only anecdotal, but the only person I've found who liked the Metro thing, was someone who had never, ever had a computer before. This was their first PC. A laptop if you must know. He asked me what I could possibly dislike about the phone interface that comes up when you hit the TIFKAM Windows button. No, no I hadn't walked in the room, saw the godawful squares and had a Pavlovian reaction, before you start on that. Just like yes, yes I really do pay for my software, despite having various Linux partitions dotted around the place and an extreme dislike of shitty DRM like Steam or WGA.

After bringing my own, six year old, crusty old AMD64 laptop around one time, and after a few "but can you do thi... oh, yes you can" comments, he had to concede that there is absolutely nothing he wants to do with his machine that I can't do better.

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Assuming you find a Fosstard willing to pay for software

Change the record. It's getting so old it's stststststarting to skiskiskiskip.

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VMware's latest trick: Virtual gyroscopes and compasses

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The utility has also been tweaked so Windows 8.1 can run as a VM in the happiest possible way, as can some recent Linuxes.

So what happens now, when you hit the Metro button while running in Unity mode? Still a godawful hack?

(Not that I blame VMware for Microsoft's piss-poor UI)

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Sysadmins hail Windows Server 2012 R2's killer ... clipboard?

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Re: cut and paste text or files between VMs.

Pretty much. Like JDX above, I ain't no sysadmin. However, I've been CTRL+Cing and CTRL+Ving between Virtualbox instances and various guest/host combinations for a while now. So long as the guest extensions are installed, what's the problem?

(And Windows 8 is still a shitty guest)

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Samsung Galaxy S4 Active: The mobe for CHUCK NORRIS TYPES

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Re: Ticks a lot of my boxes

1920x1080 at 5" not enough for you? All I can say to that screen is "holy fucking shitballs", personally.

Though if it has the exact same CPU and RAM, I gotta wonder why the slightly slower benchmark results, unless it's just within the margin of error?

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Anatomy of a killer bug: How just 5 characters can murder iPhone, Mac apps

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Could be worse

Could have been the unicode bug in all versions of NT4/IIS up to service pack 6a.

I remember a friend telling me how awesome the BackOffice server he'd set up for his boss was. I told him to get that shit off the Internet now. He refused.

An hour later I came back to him with a printed directory listing of the server's hard drive and pointed out that I could execute a "format c: /y" just as easily.

Within an hour, the server had been firewalled.

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Ministry of Sound sues Spotify over user playlists

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Wow, really?

So club DJs are going to have to watch the order that they spin their wheels in?

Fail. Or, hopefully it'll fail anyway.

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'WTF! MORONS!' Yahoo! Groups! redesign! traumatises! users!

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Re: What! Is! This! Yahoo! Of! Which! You! Speak?!

Speaking of which, has the last one turned off the lights over there?

Oh, it's still going. But, at $1000 set-up fee and $300 a month to own a region, I don't know how long for.

You would think Linden Labs would FOSS the server software and have a certification process. Run your own damn sim on your own damn server, link it into the grid, the grid server can ping all the sims/regions and tag them with a quality level, and LL can cream the top off the Lindencash like they usually do. Turn that old PC on your DSL connection into a 16-person region, for example. Or pay Rackspace to run a full size affair. Unfortunately, it seems that sense is a rare commodity amongst Linden Labs.

That and new updates breaking deformations. Everything's going a bit Pete Tong, and people are looking at OpenSimulator, scratching their chins and thinking "hm, perhaps it's good enough".

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LOHAN slowly strips lens caps off hi-def imaging arsenal

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Re: Product Placement

Of all the words I could think of to describe this project, I'm hoping that "groundbreaking" doesn't end up being one of them.

And yay! Lots of cameras. How many are going in the box and how many in the craft, though?

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Boffins follow TOR breadcrumbs to identify users

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Re: BYOS

so the only secure system in the world would be in the possession of someone nobody would ever want to listen in on.

Sounds like the perfect plan!

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Re: Anonymity

I've no idea whether what I'm actually helping is the distribution of child porn and people pirating movies. So I don't.

Don't ever run an ISP. You'll never be able to sleep at night.

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Microsoft's Nokia plan: WHACK APPLE AND GOOGLE

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Re: Good phones and good OS

that's the web and metro influence.

I only see this in a few places, and I regard this as either fawning fanboyism (what, Microsoft has fanboys? Stranger things have happened!) or a complete lack of ideas. Or possibly both.

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Re: RIP Nokia

Nokia will still exist, Microsoft is just buying the phone division.

So basically, they bought the only thing about Nokia that has any brand awareness whatsoever. That is, unless you're seriously contemplating buying a pair of Nokia wellies instead of your next smartphone. Whatever of Nokia is left might as well shut up shop now. Last person to leave, please turn out the lights.

Everybody saw this coming a mile off, apart from the Nokia execs it seems.

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Myst: 20 years of point-and-click adventuring

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All I remember about Myst is that they used a whole bunch of pre-rendered video to make a game that could have otherwise fit onto a single floppy disk take up an entire CD ROM. Other than the FMV, it wasn't really much more advanced than Monkey Island, Sam & Max or Day of the Tentacle. It was a classic example of the "let's make it look good but play like on-rails shit" games that started coming out when CD ROMs were a new thing (well, new to the consumer market), beaten out for pure crapness only by the Simple Simon-type games such as Road Avenger.

The later games in the series, I'm not so sure about. They might have been better.

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Sage 50 activation blackout: Shops sent back to paper age

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Re: Don't You Just Love DRM

Pretty much.

People wonder why I refuse a Steam or Origin account and like to get rid of WGA at any and every opportunity.

This is why, and in this case it's a lot worse than just being unable to play with a few toys, too.

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Apple to accept iPhone trade-ins at US Retail Stores

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I prefer to be an individual and not a borg!

And you have a Microsoft phone?

That would be some irony, right there. Or hypocrisy. Or perhaps both.

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Re: .

You failed to mention that S3 has only 16GB right?

You're right, I did.

However, thankyou for further solidifying my case against the "duh iPhones have better resale value" argument.

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£165.09 for a Galaxy S3 on Envirofone. That's $255.81 at current exchange rates.

To get the exact same amount for an iPhone, it needs to be a 4S with 32GB. Apparently the 64GB model will not net you any extra money.

What was that you were saying?

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China confirms plans for first Moon visit later this year

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A new space race?

Watch how quickly those abandoned NASA projects get un-abandoned now.

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Tencent offers 10TB of free cloud storage for all

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From frying pan to fire?

Or wok to burner, whatever.

Going from the NSA to the PRC and expecting privacy. Really now?

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Happy 50th birthday, Compact Cassette: How it struck a chord for millions

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How to feel old in one easy step.

That'll be when one of your younger relatives, cousins, nephews or somesuch finds an old c90 at the bottom of a drawer, picks it out, holds it up and asks you with a confused look, "what's this?"

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Re: anybody remember VHS HiFi?

Don't forget ADAT machines. 8 track digital audio recording on a super-VHS cassette. A whole bunch cheaper than the specialist cassettes used for RDAT machines, and with more capability too.

Awesome stuff.

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Re: FM radio tuner cassette

You mean the cassette adapters that you can still buy for plugging iThings and MP3 players into old car stereos? They work quite simply, by having a play/record head pressed up against the device's play/record head and transferring the headphone signal to the amplifier in much the same way as a transformer works.

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Facebook strips away a bit more of your privacy – but won't say why

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Re: Never give Facebook your real name

If your friends insist on you having a Facebook account, are they really friends?

Whatever happened to knocking on the door and saying hi? Or, you know, a phone call? Email even. IRC if you really want to be hardcore geeky, and USENET if you don't give a shit about the entire world seeing what you just posted.

I keep hoping that at some point, non-geeks will start to realise their options, and the walled garden of zuck can die a well deserved death.

(yes, I have an 8 digit ICQ number.. not as leet as the guy I know with a 4 digit one)

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Incorrect. I have never and will never give Google my phone number. If they haven't already inferred it from the Android phone, they can fuck right off.

And yet I can still upload some quite lengthy videos, should I so choose. They emailed me about it ages ago. Possibly I've just been there for a while and don't have any strikes against the account.

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Screw 0871, 09xx is where it's at.

Depending on the profitability of an 09xx number, that might tempt me to sign up myself (under a John Doe name and photograph, of course).

Then leave it on a tape recorded loop of "fuck you, pay me."

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THE HORROR: Bloody SLAB sales slash fest forecast for 2013

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Re: Why...

Just remember that "analysis" is a portmanteau of "anal" and "lysis".

So think of them as exploding arseholes and you'll never be short of a giggle or two.

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Dopey dope-growing dope smoked out by own dope dope-growing vid

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All the filtering in the world doesn't help when the grow op keeps popping the fuse of a local distrribution transformer.

If you're dragging that much juice out of the grid, you're either doing it on an industrial scale, or doing it wrong.

There's people out there running grow tents for their own personal, on less than 150 watts. Why have a 400w or 1000w High Pressure Sodium bulb + ballast combo (and associated heat) when a 100w or 200w cluster of CFL grow-lamps does the job? You can even switch between high-K veg lamps and low-K bud lamps, if you're not just using feminized autos. Even the ventilation fan you'll typically run through an £80-£90 variac at 80-100 volts or so (assuming a 230v supply) to keep the noise level down. All it needs to do is slowly cycle the air out of your tent and through the filter, and you use negative pressure to keep the stink where it belongs.

Google "autoflowering" versus "photoperiod" if you're wondering what I mean by "feminized autos". If you're on this site and don't know what a variac is... oh just google it. Also known as a variable transformer. Think Steampunk Dimmer Switch, only minus the awful hum that dimmers induce in a circuit.

Me? Well, I'm quite legally clean, otherwise I wouldn't dare make comments like these on a web site. I just happen to know a thing or two.

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Re: "manufacturing a controlled drug".

"Probably why they're doing it. Legalize on a trial basis and watch people go mad. Ban it again as dangerous because it was unregulated."

Legalize on a trial basis, watch the plan backfire as people fail to go mad and violent crime drops due to people being far too content to sit on the sofa munching pizza and cookies than go out, get leathered on cheap lager and start a riot.

The awesome thing about weed is it's not like you're going to accidentally brew methanol if you get it wrong. If it does get legalized more widely though, the thing to do is challenge the convention that "getting high on weed" == "smoking weed". The "smoking" part is the only dangerous bit, and it's entirely unnecessary.

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Re: "manufacturing a controlled drug".

High enough temperature? No. High temperatures ruin THC, breaking it down into CBN, CBD and other cannibinoids that may or may not have a medicinal use, but are pretty useless if you just want to get stoned. That's why you very gently heat your butter+bud concoction, rather than frying it.

So I've heard.

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Re: Please stop with the "Growing plants" thing

"If I wanted to produce enough opium for personal consumption i'd need acres and acres of poppies, not four or five plants in a loft/shed/garage."

You would be surprised.

The people growing acres, are the ones in Afghanistan going for industrial production. A patch of poppies in your garden would make enough opium to get you very, very high for quite a while. Or dead. Opium's a bit more dangerous than marijuana's 1:40,000 high-to-dead ratio. Rather more addictive, too.

(Alcohol is something like 1:6 to 1:10 for high-to-alcohol-poisoning depending on your constitution)

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Re: Please stop with the "Growing plants" thing

Opium is an opiate derived from a plant.

A plant that is perfectly legal to grow in the UK, no less.

No, not the red ones. The blue ones. Yes really. Perfectly legal. Maybe the plant doesn't have quite the same amount of industrial uses and wasn't a threat to the US paper industry way back when?

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"You need to filter for rhinos? Damn. Can you get a spray or something if it turns out you've got rhinos?"

I set myself up for that one, didn't I?

Ahem, just in case you don't know, Rhino-brand carbon filters (along with RVK-brand inline ventilation fans and ONA-brand smell-gel air freshening) are, erm, quite highly recommended by people who might wish to remove certain powerful odours from the immediate atmosphere.

So I hear, anyway. One moment, there's a police van outside and it looks like they're about to knock on the door. Excuse me!

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Re: My inner libertarian says

"How can you tax it if it's so easy to legally grow your own?"

You know that cider practically makes itself, right?

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Re: My inner libertarian says

"I have no idea why people want stronger and stronger dope"

For the same reason people wanted stronger and stronger moonshine in the US around the turn of the 20th Century. Easier to conceal a truly mind-blowing amount.

Though honestly, I see no more problem with "stronger dope" than I do with say, whisk(e)y versus beer. You don't chug a single malt by the pint unless you're a highly trained Glaswegian.

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Smoking a joint != growing your own plants.

Yes, buying it from who-knows-where is certainly different to taking all of that out of the loop with your own tent and a rhino filter.

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Re: First rule of growing pot

I figured the first rule of Grow Club was the same as the second rule of Grow Club.

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Apple tries to trademark the term 'startup'

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Re: misreporting?

What about "Apple" ?

Would that be the Apple Corps trademark owned by the Beatles, or Apple Inc (previously Apple Computer), owned by the eponymous fruity device purveyor?

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Didn't Microsoft end up paying a nice dollop of money to make the whole "Lindows" thing go away?

Now calling your product "Microsoft Windows" would probably be asking for it. However, an innovative new social networking mumbo-jumbo-buzzword something-or-other called "Windows on the World" or similar.. that might just work.

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Kiwis (finally) confirm software ban under new patent law

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Re: It won't have much impact

Of course, these are software products, and you can sell software from anywhere.

The prospect of various governments in the "freedom loving" Western countries stuffing a load of kiwi servers behind rather ineffective national firewalls at the behest of Microsoft, Oracle and the rest of the usual suspects is... amusing.

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Three axes data-roaming fees in SEVEN countries

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Re: 10p per megabyte ?

I do dislike this kind of argument in favour of per-byte charging.

You'd have to pay maintenance regardless of whether the network is being used. Charge to maintain the infrastructure, not for an infinite resource.

There's a difference between profit and profiteering.

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Re: Tethering looks different...

Most of this seems to be correct asides "When a phone is used as a router (wired or WiFi hotspot) the packets don't terminate at the handset."

Most mobile phones (at least around here) act as a NAT router (on top of your carrier's NAT, so yay for double-NATting, in the most sarcastic tone possible). As far as the network is concerned, the phone is the end of the line. It simply doesn't see however many devices you have on the other side of the NAT-wall.

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Tethering will be blocked

Might be why I suddenly got a complete lack of connection through the computer, and a "your connection does not allow tethering" message on any attempt to use the phone browser just now. A hard reset and removal/replacement of SIM seemed to clear that though.

Dunno about saving money, but that procedure just saved an irate call to tech support along the lines of me only being on the One plan because it specifically allows tethering!

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3D printed guns are for wimps. Meet NASA's 3D printed ROCKET ENGINE

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So SLS engines made with SLS? Paint me impressed.

Mind you, it's a cryogenically fuelled rocket engine. You could build it with some guy beating a hammer on some metal and I'd still be impressed.

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Amazon tells mobe devs: Bring your app-strokers to us, we'll look after you

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Re: Alternatively

Was gonna say, surely someone has figured out the Skylander rip-offs and started unlocking the game minus the expensive bit-flip?

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