* Posts by Efros

1199 posts • joined 26 Sep 2008

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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Champagne weekend for Blue Origin with third launch

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With purple crew capsule?

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Which keys should I press to enable the CockUp feature?

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MSDOS/Apple DOS prankage

A batchfile silently executed on boot to display corrupted messages to the screen with a C: drive failure message, used this frequently to stop weekend use of my PC and the instrumentation it was connected to by arseheads who wanted to play Dungeon and/or Star Trek.

Best one I saw/heard was someone in the same lab who had setup an Apple IIe with some speech synthesis (yeah it was that long ago) set to scream "Get your Effing hands off me" should anyone touch the wrong key combination to unlock the IIe. Measures taken to prevent budding computer experts (in their own estimation only, in everyone else's they were pillocks) faffing about with some carefully crafted 6502 assembler.

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Foxconn pays £2.5bn to swallow Sharp in cut-price takeover deal

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How the mighty have fallen

Were the bees knees in affordable turntables and styli for a while.

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Amazon ports Alexa voice assistant to Raspberry Pi

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Something very

Creepy about the whole Alexa/Echo thing. I remain to be convinced of any advantage to the user that is not outweighed by the advantage to the supplier... but they still want to charge you an eye watering price for the Echo, and even more disturbing is that people, a lot of people judging by the reviews on Amazon, are willing to buy them.

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Let’s re-invent small phones! Small screens! And rubber buttons!

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Re: Why Touch?

You'll get downvotes for stating irrefutable facts that others don't like.

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Re: Small != Small

I have to agree, I use a Samsung Mega 6.3. Advancing years and diminishing eyesight make it essential to have a generous screen. I really wouldn't be averse to an 8" tablet with bluetooth phone functionality, even at 6.3" I still have the occasional issue so a bit bigger would be nice (oooer missus!).

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Boffins urged to publish in free journals by science sugardaddy

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Not before time!

Forty quid for a single pdf, that I wrote!

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Mud sticks: Microsoft, Windows 10 and reputational damage

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Re: "In reality, Windows 10 today is nothing like as bad as its reputation."

That works providing you don't have to do anything out of the ordinary internet/office stuff.

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Re: The roads always suck where the traffic is busiest

W10 will install from a USB 3 stick to an SSD in about the same time.

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Re: Its not Windows 10

Yep I have a two 2006 vintage quad core Q6600s running W10, faultlessly and with SSD boot drives at more than acceptable speed. Not touched either of them in terms of hardware upgrade (excluding the SSDs and a replacement PSU for one of them) in just shy of 10 years, one of them runs 24/7 and the other probably 3-6 hours daily.

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Re: Where are the facts no one likes Win 10?

Anecdotal evidence is so convincing.

Almost all criticism of 10 I hear is from people who don't use it. Similarly OS X, Ubuntu etc. etc.

They all have their problems, they all have their solutions, they all have their detractors and adherents. Personally I use W10 daily and don't have any major issues once I have it setup the way I want it, I also use OS X on a daily basis and have no major issues apart from the awful UI and the god awful Apple office apps, Ubuntu and Mint I use infrequently and have niggles with those too. Point is you use what is best for you and your environment, if and when you've used any OS for an extended period of time that is when you can tell someone whether you think it will do what they want or need with relative ease. For the average user, W10 is probably the only real solution at the moment, even with its faults, niggles, foibles and inbuilt telemetry. I'd say very few people on here are the average user.

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US Supremes to hear Samsung's gripes about the patent system after Apple billed it $550m

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Bellendous spunktrumpet

Has become my favourite expression of contempt lately.

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Microsoft to add a touch of Chrome to Edge

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I wish they'd develop

tools to stop Edge grabbing default program status for pdfs. It keeps nicking it from PDF-Viewer on one of my machines. Better still an uninstaller. Only time I've deliberately run it is immediately after a Windows 10 install to go and download Chrome.

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Microsoft adds OneDrive to bug bounty program

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Pity it's only bugs

If it was annoyances with Onedrive they'd go bankrupt... mind same could be said of most firms' software.

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Mutant space germs threaten International Space Station

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Kills 99.9% of all known germs... dead!

leaving the strong, resilient 0.1% to kill off the humans.

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Jump aboard our load balancing Maglev, Google tells devs

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Maglev

Just a contraction of magnetic levitation, which the Japanese train uses as its mean of propulsion. The train in your linked article is the SCMaglev, Super Conducting Maglev train.

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IBM wants to harden your 'data centre on wheels'. Yes, your car

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"harden your 'data centre on wheels'"

Few tattoos, couple of cheek scars and a decked out Escort XR3 no doubt.

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Plucky cable billionaires defeat menace of small-town broadband

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And...

The fix is in.

Wonderful to see that graft still has its place.

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Middle-aged US bloke pleads guilty to iCloud celeb nude photo hack

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No Security Breach

Just no fixing "stupid" I suppose.

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Swedish publishers plan summer ‘Block Party’ to thwart ad blockers

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Non intrusive and relevant

I'll turn off my ad-blocker when an ad doesn't add to the screen load time significantly, doesn't occupy a major fraction of the screen, isn't screaming at me audibly or visually and is actually pertinent to the content I'm viewing. As to blocking ad blockers, go ahead, Forbes already lost my page hits because of this, so fuck 'em!

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Former US anti-terror chief tears into FBI over iPhone unlocking case

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Re: Barack Hussein Obama the Al Qaeda cell...

OK either you forgot the joke icon or you are seriously deluded!

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Flash – aaah-aarrgh! Patch now as hackers exploit fresh holes

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hackers exploit fresh holes

Brought to mind the spoof version of the film rather than the Queen soundtracked one. With one of the all time great quotes

Monster: [after being shot in the bum by Flesh Gordon] Ooh, the pain! The humiliation! The haemorrhoids!

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Stop whining, America: Your LTE makes Europe look slow

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Re: Speed not the problem

Depends on where you live.

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You don't have to be that far from populated areas to get questionable signal and be reduced to a single carrier. I live about 20 miles from the state capital and only have a single carrier to choose from and frequently lose signal, I'm lucky to get 2 bars in my house and frequently get missed missed calls, i.e. calls that have been made, that are not picked up by the receiving handset and are not transferred to voicemail.

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Speed not the problem

Local monopolies or duopolies for vast swathes of the country and cartels for what's remaining are the fundamental issue. 2 phones, unlimited calls, unlimited texts and 1GB data shared $118 per month, no alternative coverage in this area.

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Don't fear PC-pocalypse, Chromebooks, two-in-ones 'will save us'

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Education march

Will be picking up pace, school districts are under the cosh financially in the US, especially in rural areas, even more so with Republicans in power locally. The Apple deals are less and less affordable and the hardware more and more irritating to work with. Our district will not be replacing our current 1 to 1 MacBook Airs (circa 1000 machines) when they exhaust the contract in 2 years, it is looking highly likely we will be moving to Chromebooks. Google's year on year costs and the benefits offered compared to Apple are very favourable.

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IBM pimps Watson out to Hilton robot for concierge duty

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Phew

Looks nothing like an ED 209!

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Don't snoop on staff via wearables, says Dutch privacy agency

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I would

attach the fitbit to my dog's collar and let my pooch baffle their analysis.

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Bill Clinton killed off internet taxes, says Australian politician

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Re: Politicians and Maths don't mix

"Would it be improper to suggest that 10000000/2 is a fraction?"

No but it would be vulgar.

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Apple: FBI request threatens kids, electricity grid, liberty

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Interesting use

of the "think of the children card"

Seems the politicos and the enforcement agencies can be played at their own game.

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MAME goes fully FOSS

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You have described Fallout 4 to a tee!

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