* Posts by Efros

1065 posts • joined 26 Sep 2008

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

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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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Microsoft Band 2 wrist watchers in pay-first-ship-much-later rage

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Re: $2,495-$3,318.90

You are Steve Jobs AICMFP!

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UK lawmakers warn Blighty to invest more in science, or else

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When...

The salary of someone involved at a high level in Science or Engineering for an extended period of time has the same salary as someone involved in the financial sector for the same amount of time with the same level of qualifications, experience and competence are compensated to the same extent, then I'll be reporting on the incidence of airborne swine.

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Space fans eye launch of Lego Saturn V

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I'd have that

I remember in my youth putting together the Airfix Saturn V kit, not the most challenging of kits but certainly one of the most imposing standing nearly 2 feet high, although it seemed bigger then.

Addendum: seems Airfix have revamped and reissued the Saturn V kit!

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Coding with dad on the Dragon 32

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AIM 65

First taste of programming was on the AIM 65, a 6502 development system which had an assembler and a BASIC interpreter. This was followed swiftly by the purchase of a Spectrum 16k and hours spent entering BASIC programs from various sources, generating a few of my own and hacking Z80 routines nicked from the software that came with it. My work at that time gave me a lot of exposure to a lot of different machines, Osbornes, TRS-80s, TRS-80 Color, BBC-B, Olivetti Word Processing systems, a Z80 based multi user CP/M system along with a few CBM Pets both with proper keyboards and horrible membrane type ones. My next job was hardware based and involved building interfaces for Apple IIe's to hook up with various laboratory equipment both through conventional means and by hacked electronics (intercepting the display signals on a photon counter springs to mind). The advent of the Apple IIc and its closed architecture put an end to that and I got my first taste of IBM PC based programming and hardware hacking. Our first IBM was an AT with 512K of Memory, a 80287 coprocessor, a Hercules graphics card and a monochrome monitor, total cost was close to £4000. My next home machine was an Amstrad CPC6128 which was the last off the shelf machine (apart from laptops) I bought.

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Re: Made in Port Talbot

Yep forgot the Color bit.

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Made in Port Talbot

For the British and European market.

The Dragon 32 was very like the TRS-80 in terms of the processor type and hardware etc. meant you could use quite a lot of the old TRS-80 software on the Dragon.

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UK's internet spy law: £250m in costs could balloon to £2 BILLION

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2 billion

Reminds me of a contract extension on software support we offered to a corporation who shall remain nameless. We didn't want to do it so we looked at our normal price and added a zero to discourage them. The fuckers took up the contract! We thought about it and accepted, the extra drinking vouchers almost made the pain worthwhile.

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Linus Torvalds targeted by honeytraps, claims Eric S. Raymond

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Re: Really?

His outbursts while usually pretty colorfully abusive are pretty gender neutral IIRC.

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Teacher accusations

About 1 in 5 teachers at schools and colleges in the UK have been the subject of a false allegation by a student, 1 in 7 have had false allegations levelled at them by a student's immediate family or family friend. Figures are taken from an ATL poll conducted amongst its members and reported in March 2015. The advent of social media has just made the situation worse with more avenues and sources for accusations to be thrown. With this and all the other crap that is thrown at teachers is it any wonder that UK has to be constantly on the search for new blood?

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Music lovers move to block Phil Collins' rebirth

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No justification for this action

At least not while nothing is being done about Country music,

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