* Posts by Efros

1130 posts • joined 26 Sep 2008

EU wants open science publication by 2020

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Should have always been the case

I foresee, however, a massive legal challenge to this. Elsevier won't go into the night quietly.

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As US court bans smart meter blueprints from public, sysadmin tells of fight for security info

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Re: I thought I recognized "Sensus"...

from that link

"Every “smart” digital electric meter has what’s known as a “switching mode power supply”, which is proven to directly create large amounts of dirty electricity (DE) – or high-frequency energy radiating throughout your home’s electric circuits, essentially creating an antenna cage. The levels of DE caused by “smart” meters can be several hundred times higher than some international safety standards."

'Twas at that point my inner voice started screaming "Bullshit", these smart meters seem to have issues but don't spoil the case by using this sort of crap.

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US nuke arsenal runs on 1970s IBM 'puter waving 8-inch floppies

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If it's secure and fully functional

Then there isn't a problem. TBH it gives me some sense of security that ICBM control systems are older technology that don't have a convenient USB or internet connection.

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Gillian Anderson: The next James Jane Bond?

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fans all a-tizz

okay that does say tizz right?

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Got a Fitbit? Thought you were achieving your goals? Better read this

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"So the average participant is 168kg (that's 26½ stone!) and is 70cm tall (that's about 2'4") and thus has a BMI of 343."

'Murica!

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UK needs comp sci grads, so why isn't it hiring them?

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Re: Science?

I remember seeing a recruitment ad for Flixborough from the early 70s and I quote: "Flixborough, the most rapidly expanding chemical plant in Europe.", how prophetic!

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Motion Picture Ass. of America to guard online henhouse

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Is it a dot or a hole?

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Big Pharma wrote EU anti-vaping diktat, claims Tory ex-MEP

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Re: Hurrah!

It is still one of the best arguments for the retention of the second chamber in that they can and often do ameliorate or call critical attention to the more extreme policies passed in another place.

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Ooh missus, get a grip on my notifications

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Notifications... Off

None of them are that important that I need to be jogged out of whatever I'm doing to attend to them. If it really is important try dialling the number and talk to me. App notifications get disabled the first time they make my phone vibrate or make unwanted noise, if the app is important I'll check it on a fairly regular basis.

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Walmart sues Visa for being too lax with protecting chip cards

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No chips

I have a number of debit and credit cards from major banks and minor ones in the US, none of them are chipped.

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ICANN knifes Africa's internet: New top-level domains terminated

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Is there a

.fifa

sounds as if there is.

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Gobble away! Charter-Time Warner Cable merger OK'd by FCC

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competently corrupt.

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You can always rely on the Ancient Ones to cock things up

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Roots

Nothing to do with Kunta Kinte. 3 days after moving into our new house our sewer backed up. It seems the previous occupant had lived there for 20 years on their own. We moved in as a household of 4 adults and the maple roots in the sewer pipes obstructed more crap in those three days than they had probably ever seen. Cost about $1000 to get the pipe replaced and the offending maple removed. Took weeks to lose the stench in the basement.

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You gotta watch

for the full moon on the second Friday of the month, especially if it's the thirteenth. On those days not only will the sky fall in but your PSU will fritz and proceed to fry everything on the +5 and +12V rail. A true confluence of shitstorms.

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UK govt admits it pulled 10-year file-sharing jail sentence out of its arse

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Re: ...

“Imagination is the only weapon in the war against reality.”

Jules de Gaultier a French philosopher.

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Makes you wonder

Who those 21 stakeholders are to have such an influence over such a policy. Name them!

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Revealed: How NASA saved the Kepler space telescope from suicide

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Pint

The bonus

from this sort of mission is all the tricks and dodges tried and used that can be incorporated into future missions to lengthen them or make them more reliable. This is not the first time that bodges and solutions to in flight problems have significantly added to the value of the mission but also to future missions capabilities. You can't beat working under pressure to get the results you need, rarely pleasant at the time but incredibly satisfying and exhilarating when it comes together. Pint for those involved, or several!

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Who you callin' stoopid? No excuses for biz intelligence's poor stats

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Multivariate analysis

Arrrrrrrrrrrrrghhhh!

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Must listen: We've found the real Bastard Operator From Hell

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Absolutely Brilliant

Should have the men in white coats on standby to collect the casualties.

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The EU wants you to log into YouTube using your state-issued ID card

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Risk

That the intelligence services can't easily access your stuff.

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E-cigarettes help save lives, says Royal College of Physicians

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not harm free:

Just what is?

"Life is a terminal disease, only alleviated by death."

The argument is that this means of nicotine delivery is a helluva lot safer than the old "burn a tube of dried organic material and suck on it" method. If you want to live a life without risk then you'd better wait for the next turn of the wheel.

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What the world needs now is... not disk drives

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Re: SSD outrageous premium

Yeah, this laptop was purchased about 2 years ago, its predecessor (a six year old lenovo Ideapad) looked as if it was going to fail through physical problems rather than electronic. The hinges were extremely loose and the video connection was getting a bit iffy. Bought a new one, the old one is actually still going strong its new owner eventually had to replace the video cable and managed to tighten the hinges. As far as performance is concerned the old one is still up to everyday tasks, I wouldn't try video editing or photoshopping on it but it still outperforms the low to midrange crap that is on the market just now, largely due to an SSD and a crapload of RAM.

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Re: SSD outrageous premium

It is exactly what I do, and their maths adds up in terms of how they screw over the average computer user. The premium is still outrageous. The laptop I'm on right now was sold with a 24GB SSD and a 1TB HDD, replaced the SSD with a mSATA 250GB SSD and kept the HDD as a secondary drive. Required some jiggery pokery as it wouldn't boot from the installed SSD with the other drive there but all good in the end. At that time there was no option to install an SSD on HP's site, and indeed for most laptops on the site right now there is no SSD option, and all the major manufacturers are the same in that respect. The one thing that can make a low end laptop bearable to use they are reaming you to install.

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SSD outrageous premium

The use of SSDs in laptops and notebooks would go faster if it wasn't for the ridiculous price surcharge the manufacturers slap onto a laptop when you add an SSD to the build. To exchange a 1TB drive in an HP for a 256GB SSD they want a surcharge of $190. A decent SSD will cost you less than $100 retail, and a 1TB hybrid notebook drive can be had for about $80 retail. Their maths don't add up. They must have a helluva lot of spinning rust in their inventory.

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Ad-blocker blocking websites face legal peril at hands of privacy bods

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Re: Already apply

nope and frankly I don't care, and I won't know what they want to say to me while they block access.

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Already apply

My own Site Blocker. Fairly simple, if the site asks me to disable adblocker by refusing to load content until I do I don't go there again. Fuck you Forbes.

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Romania suffers Eurovision premature ejection

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I wonder

If a petition could be raised to stop the BBC stumping up for this annual crapfest.

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Stop using USB sticks to move kids' data, auditor tells Education Dept

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Fundamental ignorance

Of the simple fact your security is only as good as your weakest link. If you're using USB sticks to move around sensitive information then at least you don't have to go looking any further for that weakest link and Anne Robinson is going to have a field day.

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When is making $20bn in three months not enough? When your name is Google

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Wall Street

The only place were making $20bn in three months is not enough.

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Big Cable threatens to sue FCC: You can't stop us ripping off customers

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Re: Why do we need cable boxes at all??

Indeed when cable went digital in the US it became clear that the newer digital sets didn't require any box, that is until the cable companies suddenly required the use of one. Provided free of charge... for a year, the rental has increased on 3 occasions since then I believe.

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It can be done

Satellite providers in the US charging comparable fees to the cable companies provide the hardware with a charge at the beginning of the 2 year contract, which is then waived. I have no illusions, the cost of the equipment is then made back over the 2 years through service charges, fee for a DVR etc. But and it is a big but, I cannot lie, at the end of the contract the customer can usually get new equipment under the same deal. Previously I was with a cable company and I had 2 DVRs which were about 8 years old, were good room heaters, and they would only be replaced with the same antique devices if and when they failed, these were replaced with a single All Home DVR (twice as many channels to record and 5 times as much storage) and two wireless bedroom stations, all for less money than the cable service it replaced. If cable is wondering how it got to this they only have to look at the way they have screwed their customers with increasing gusto over the last 20 years or so.

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Intel literally decimates workforce: 12,000 will be axed, CFO shifts to sales

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Re: "most people are now computer literate"

My experience of the current teen generation (I teach them every day) is that they are computer literate as long as it involved FB, Instacrap, twatter and the like. If it is anything out of their social media needs they a haven't a clue and are more than likely to give up, call the tech a piece of crap and walk away FBing their experience. This is not really their fault, the opportunities for learning about tech have diminished over the years due to the prevalent attitude that "the kids know the tech coz they use it all the time", consequently even the simplest applications based courses have been canned. It really is time to call bollocks on that. Currently the only students who have a clue are less than 5% of the school population that I work in, if you look at the teachers it's about the same if not less.

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Are bearded blokes more sexist?

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My Beard

Reached its 28th birthday last year, last time I shaved it off was due to a visit to a very, very hot climate and it seemed prudent to do so. Currently I would be a good approximation to Gimli in terms of beard, height wise I would have to be chopped off at the knees to complete the look.

On the article it strikes me that the current fashion for beards would pretty much destroy any data concerning sexism and beards. I do know that there is a fair amount of pogonophobia out there and it would be interesting to see whether that shows a gender trait, however, the current prevalence of beardies may nullify any conclusions that are made with current data.

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Video folk, you'll love the 96TB, 2.6GB/sec LaCie 12big HDD

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Pricing is unlikely to be cheap.

Well given that it's LaCie, it's going to be even less cheap than you thought anyway.

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Idiot millennials are saving credit card PINs on their mobile phones

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Hmmm.

"Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former."

Usually attributed to Albert E. but probably not one of his.

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How much faster is a quantum computer than your laptop?

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But...

Will it play Crysis?

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Australia's Dick finally drops off

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Re: Never knew Dick Smith existed, back in the day ...

I teach a short introduction to electronics in my school. Uptake is not high but is pretty constant at 8-10 students per semester (total school roll of about 450). When pitching the course I stress the practical aspect especially to aspiring musicians, telling them that if they're going to play guitar they better know how to solder, not entirely true but it works. Generally we get even the most kack handed individuals up to the level of being able to solder a simple project.

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BOFH: If you liked it then you should've put the internet in it

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Re: Surely shome mishtake

You'd have to make sure the sensors were sensitive enough to track something approaching mach 1 when the batteries start combusting.

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Admin fishes dirty office chat from mistyped-email bin and then ...?

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Using the company mail server

was the problem here. Probably a disciplinary offense,

Personally I would have done as he did, burn the email with fire and forget it ever happened.

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Uninstall QuickTime for Windows: Apple will not patch its security bugs

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I know not of what you speak

Quick what now?

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Flying Spaghetti Monster is not God, rules mortal judge

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Re: Excellent

Robert A. Heinlein and L. Ron Hubbard. Although the actuality is hotly contested particularly by the Church of Scientology. There is little but anecdotal evidence that the bet was ever made, Heinlein's contribution is generally felt to have been the novel "Stranger in a Strange Land", which is possibly one of the most enjoyable anti religion pieces ever written. You grok?

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Half of Facebook's Free Basics users ditch the freebie web-lite service for the paid-for real deal

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Give 'em a taste

and they will want more and better.

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'Bring back xHamster', North Carolina smut watchers grumble

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Hit 'em where it hurts

Right in the spank bank!

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BOFH: Sure, I could make your cheapo printer perform miracles

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Re: Dummy Mode...

We had a theory about this, some individuals have the biological equivalent of an anti thump circuit. We've all met them you say something and then a few seconds later there is a movement in their eyes and a dawning realization that someone spoke to them. Essentially instead of protecting speakers from the thump of a suddenly connected mains supply, the biological anti thump circuit protects the feeble brained from sensory and motor neuron overload by preventing them firing in quick succession of each other.

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Dropping 1,000 cats from 32km: How practical is that?

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Re: Hunger determination

That's 'Purth' talk that is.

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Hunger determination

Several degrees of hunger have been observed in Scotland

1) Ah'm guttin - I have a pain in the midriff is it dinner time?

2) Ah could eat a scabby dug - I really am quite peckish is it time to eat?

3) Ah'm that hungry I'd eat a shit pie - I'm that hungry I'd even consider some fruit.

4) That pie wiz boggin' - I still ate it though!

None of these are quantitative and setting them in any particular order is dependent upon a variety of variables not least of which being the availability of deep fried pizza, which is likely to provoke the first three prior to consumption and the 4th post consumption.

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How Remix's Android will eat the world

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For Shits and Giggles

I put Remix on a fast USB 3 drive and plugged it into an i7 4790K desktop and booted it from the USB, holy crap!

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We bet your firm doesn't stick to half of these 10 top IT admin tips

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Re: On point 3

Office is at work!

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On point 3

My work issues us with a MacBook Air, after much probing and eventually a f2f meeting with the tech director it came to light that they held us financially responsible for anything, absolutely anything that happened to said piece of kit. When pushed on this I was told that they have a very reasonable insurance scheme to cover for any such damage/loss. I asked if the laptop was necessary for me for my job, they assured me it was, I then suggested that if it was that necessary then they should pay the insurance, they refused and so my MBA currently resides in the bottom drawer of my locked filing cabinet in my office. I use my own laptop.

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Twitter spends $10m on rights to cover Thursday-night NFL games

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They've lost the place...

which is of course presuming they had it in the first place.

So the app of brevity is hooked up to the sport with the biggest ratio of inactivity to action there is. 60 minutes of an American Football game contains on average 11 minutes of actual play, and can take up to 3.5 hours to complete.

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