* Posts by Efros

976 posts • joined 26 Sep 2008

Tell us what's wrong with the DMCA, says US Copyright office

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Shurely

Be quicker to ask what's right with it and then strike down the rest of it.

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So what's all this about 320k Time Warner Cable users being hacked?

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Unfortunately

I'm a TWC customer (I prefer the term hostage), fortunately I have been sufficiently distrustful of them to never have had a recurring payment with them so they have no recorded bank or credit card details from me, or at least they shouldn't have! Phew.

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Thinking of buying a Surface? Try a modular OLED Thinkpad first

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Re: plonk

I feel your pain, to maximize screen usage on widescreen I move my taskbar to the left hand side and increase its width to allow all of my most commonly used programs a shortcut icon on a toolbar. Still means that there's acres of whitespace on anything I open.

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Periodic table enjoys elemental engorgement

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Re: Hate to burst your bubble...

Aluminum is the more archaic form as it was set down by Davy before aluminium(1812), if we want to be really archaic Davy first called it alumium(1807). Besides IUPAC, the presiding body, decided in 1990 that aluminium was the standard international name for the element, it later recognized that aluminum was an acceptable variant. Pity they couldn't do the same for sulphur!

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As a chemist

Whogivesafuckium springs to mind.

With half lives so short they are really not particularly useful. Where is that island of stability when you need it?

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Good news! US broadband speeds are up. Bad news – they're still rubbish

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8 years

My cable company (TWC) has maintained the same speeds (10MB) in our area for 8 years now, charges have nearly doubled over that period for the same service. Plus they have just announced that they are increasing the modem rental to $8 a month, I bought my own one when they introduced this charge about 2 years ago.

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North Korean operating system is a surveillance state's tour de force

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RI Ass. of America and MP Ass. of America

Will be examining this quite carefully for future media players methinks.

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Feds widen probe into lottery IT boss who rooted game for profit

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Paris Hilton

Re: More proof

I do agree with that, however, I'm beginning to wonder if my pension payments should be diverted into buying lottery tickets. The way things are going I think I might get better returns on the investment. Paris cos there's no other example of my post lottery win retirement leisure plan.

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Broke the fundamental rule

Do it once, do it big and whether it succeeds or fails never ever do it again!

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Dear Santa: Can gov.UK please stop outsourcing?

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On the Christmas Present Issue

My wife and I, heh, have always taken a fixed amount of cash and gone and bought ourselves something at Christmas. Saves a lot of time and stress and means we can spend that time on more important things like buying the noisiest most annoying toys we can find for the the grandkids. Annual parental revenge is a sweet thing!

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Comcast 'rolls out' 'world's first' DOCSIS 3.1 modem, pumping 1Gbps over existing cable

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Re: Dig what up?

Nothing apart from water and sewer lines is buried round here (maybe the occasional missing person but no knowledge of that honest officer), due largely to the long periods of sub zero weather followed by frost heaves during the thaw. Road surfaces can develop foot high hills almost overnight, would cause havoc with cables unless they are buried down with the sewer and water lines.

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With their caps...

means you'll be hitting that 300GB monthly cap all the quicker.

http://www.techtimes.com/articles/103727/20151107/comcast-adds-300gb-data-caps-in-five-more-states-says-it-wants-to-be-fair-to-customers.htm

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New HTTP error code 451 to signal censorship

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Call Karras

666: Captain Howdy in residence.

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Hillary Clinton says for crypto 'maybe the back door is the wrong door'

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Cost

Getting on close to $30,000,000,000 if they match the Manhattan budget in today's dollars. Once you factor in DSFU's (Defense Spending Fuck Ups), LPPC (Local Politician Pork Costs) and other complications we can probably just add a zero.

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Newspaper kills 'what was fake' column as pointless in internet age

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What happened to the Fourth Estate?

The media's role has changed it seems, no longer do they expose the misinformation, fantasies, and downright lies of the political classes they just promulgate them. The nut-job leaders and potential leaders (we all know who I mean) would be torpedoed dead in the water if the media would just grow a pair and go after them. Instead we see a growing culture of repetitive lying until the lie is accepted as truth.

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Brit 'naut Tim Peake tucks into space bacon sarnie

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Probably Post Orbital Bevvy Neckfiller

Bet those Russkis have been plying Tim with some orbital hooch!

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Grim-faced cosmonaut in ISS manual docking nail-biter

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Re: правильный материал

"Spam in a Can"

Thanks for that link, I couldn't for the life of me remember the phrase that Yaeger came out with.

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правильный материал

Flying by the seat of your pants, even now it seems that the original objections that the 60s astronauts had to no human control of space vehicles stand up.

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Microsoft to OneDrive users: We're sorry, click the magic link to keep your free storage

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Re: GCHQ/NSA directive

They're welcome to it, I use it as a file repository for my students to download course material. Maybe they'll learn something useful in the area of physical science... we can but hope.

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Re: Upside

@Phil Kingston

"Or, I dunno, go out and talk to a girl"

I think my wife would be a bit upset about that.

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Upside

I had a major purge of my OneDrive content and managed to get it below the new 'limit' without actually having to delete anything I really needed or wanted to keep.

Downside: it took me a couple of hours to trawl through all the stuff and make the purge. Can I bill them?

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Still running IE10? Not for long, says Microsoft

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What is this IE you speak of?

Is it something like Mosaic?

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Electrician cuts wrong wire and downs 25,000 square foot data centre

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On the up side

It's a rather catastrophic way to get rid of your old kit.

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Name that HPE boozer: Last orders please

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Re: bar?

Nah

* Cup:$24.95

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What Carly Did Last

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'Personalised BBC' can algorithmically pander to your prejudices

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Re: Sounds like a good thing...

I wonder if it can be tuned to detect "Personal Journey" in any documentary intro, and if it can it should be able to link through to the scriptwriters chair and zap 'em.

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Think you're all done patching? Not if you have any Apple gear

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Quick Time disabled...

Oh dear what a pity... never mind!

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Donald Trump wants Bill Gates to 'close the Internet', Jeff Bezos to pay tax

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Asimov got it right

There is a cult of ignorance in the USA, it is fostered by the GOP. Keep the masses angry, stupid and believing in things that have no basis in fact, and they'll vote for the party which does them the least good. How the GOP, given its policies and who their backers are, gets votes from people with an income of 6 figures (closer to 7) or less in any sane world is just beyond belief. They do however, and the blame can only be laid at the feet of ignorance and stupidity. It is beyond doubt by now that Clinton will secure the Democrat nomination, the Republican one is still up for grabs with the most reasonable candidate (and he's not that good) miles behind Trump, in the election itself Clinton should romp it. That should is a big one, what with the gerrymandering and disenfranchisement that is rife in some states.

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If it still works six months from now, count yourself lucky

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Laptops

generally last me about 6 years, after which they are passed on in a working condition to someone else. The last one was actually still a performer, I wanted a newer one to cope with an increase in workload (Skyrim!). I work in an environment where we have circa 600 MacBook Airs, their reliability in the hands of the average teenager is not good. As to wireless routers, pretty much most of the ones I've had through my hands work like they're broken from the get go. My current linksys 1200AC only works because I replaced the firmware with OpenWRT, and even then it works fitfully. Consumer grade networking gear really does suck.

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BOFH: Taking a spin in a decommissioned racer? On your own grill cam be it

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GTA

BOFH edition.

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Randall 'xkcd' Munroe. Live. You get to ask him stuff. No biggie

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Re: Ugh

TBH the material is not that conducive to ebook format. there is a foldout drawing every other page just about.

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Thing Explainer

Not that it needs it, but I highly recommend this book for the young nerds in your life. I bought it for myself and it has now been nicked by my 12 year old grandson. Looks as if I'm going to have to get another copy for myself.

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Doctor Who: The Hybrid finally reveals itself in the epic Heaven Sent

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That was the best so far!

Very taut and pretty well acted/written. Looks as if this Doctor is finally getting to stretch his wings, as it were.

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Meet ARM1, grandfather of today's mobe, tablet CPUs – watch it crunch code live in a browser

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Re: Pulling 6502

I never actually did much with BBCs all of my 6502 work was done on AIM65s or Apple IIes.

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Pulling 6502

machine code out of corners of my brain, they're covered in spiders webs, detached ringpulls, cigarette coupons, Double Diamond beer mats (bleurgh), 6522 data sheets, and wirewrapping wire.

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Rooting and modding a Windows Phone is now child's play

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Re: bricking the device a couple of times, fortunately not permanently.

Ok bricked in the sense of having to jump through a variety of fairly complex hoops to get it working again.

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Re: Non Root

Nope full price

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Non Root

Irritates the hell out of me, my phone company has made my phone impossible to root, meaning I'm stuck with the crapware they and the manufacturer have foisted on me (thanks Samsung). I've tried every available route and none have succeeded, even bricking the device a couple of times, fortunately not permanently. WTF is the problem, I use your service, I pay the bill, I bought the phone just let me do what I want with it.

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What the world needs now is Pi, sweet $5 Raspberry Pi Zero

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Re: Overpriced

The three I have are used in a class I run.

The Pi Zero is being sold at a bit more than the $ equivalent of 4 quid over here, the cheapest I've seen it is for $13 with a few leads. Well when I say sold everywhere is sold out.

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Sneaky Microsoft renamed its data slurper before sticking it back in Windows 10

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Shutup10

Nice little free utility will shut down all this nonsense, and more.

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Remember Windows 1.0? It's been 30 years (and you're officially old)

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Yup I remember 1.0

Came free with our first IBM ATE (512k RAM, Hercules graphics), I was bored one afternoon and played with it for about an hour and it eventually found its way to the bin. Definitely a case of hardware not being ready for that sort of software. We didn't look at Windows again until 3.11 had become generally available.

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Kids' tech skills go backwards thanks to tablets and smartmobes

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Not surprising

I teach in a traditional HS and in an online classroom, the so called digital generation have few useful IT skills. They are very skilled at utilising mobile devices for their amusement, peer vilification, and general mischief, this is a result of repeated hourly use. However, asking them to complete the simplest of tasks involving the fixing of a non cooperative application/website is the equivalent of asking a diarist to make a pencil from its constituent parts and then to make the diary as well. Their perceived skillset doesn't mesh with what their actual one is, and to be honest without suitable teaching/training why should it. If you don't give them the opportunity to develop a skillset then it's not going to happen out of the blue as their casual use of technology doesn't demand it.

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Apple's design 'drives up support costs, makes gadgets harder to use'

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Re: So it's not just me then...

I find their GUI's (iOS and OS X) so frustrating to use I actually wonder if it's a left brain right brain thing. Everyone and their father seems to prefer them to Windows/Android type GUIs, but I don't get it.

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Pope instructs followers to put the iPhone away during dinner

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Apostles outsourced?

I see we seem to have lost some, have they been outsourced or are they using the devil's OS android?

Intructs?

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US military readies drone submarine hunter

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Re: Skynet

Marvelous documentary, definitely a must see.

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Cement company in sacks out for the lads rumpus

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Re: Diet Coke

or indeed any advert/comedy/drama that portrays men as knuckle dragging brain damaged incompetents who couldn't find their arse with both hands in broad daylight. At some point society will actually realize that fuckwitism and other attributes are really not gender specific, your gender/sexual orientation does not give you immunity to being a fuckwit.

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Get an Apple Watch or die warns Tim Cook

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Flogging a Dead Watch

Just like the equine variety is rather a pointless exercise. To me when a piece of equipment fails to do its basic task, keep time, without a constant refilling of its batteries then it really doesn't deserve some of my well earned drinking vouchers. No amount of cajoling, imploring or implied lack of coolness is going to change the fact that you're selling a watch that has to be recharged every day, at a price that is too high to attract the "it's ok for the price" brigade.

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El Reg Error 523 East Coast USA

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Ok all working now.

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El Reg Error 523 East Coast USA

Cloudfare is giving

Error 523 Ray ID:

Origin is unreachable

for El Reg just now, can get through using a UK VPN, hence this post. anyone know what's going on?

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Reg mashup rates CompSci unis for books, booze and boogie

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Strathclyde

The Students Union at Strathclyde used to be the largest licensed premises in Scotland, and they still managed to make a loss.

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