* Posts by Efros

1190 posts • joined 26 Sep 2008

Eighteen year old server trumped by functional 486 fleet!

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IBM ATE & Amstrad PC1512

512k IBM ATE with Hercules graphics card, 16 channel 12 bit A-D converter and 8 channel 12 bit D-A converter hooked up to the photo-multiplier tube array on a polychromator, and an oscillating galvanometer refractor plate, all controlled from a turbo pascal data acquisition program. First built in 1988 and still plodding along. It's compadre is an Amstrad 1512, used to emulate a TTY terminal that controlled an electrothermal atomizer with high voltage discharge capability. Both are still operating and both are still used on a fairly frequent basis.

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Twitter goes titsup

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Re: To take a comment from the thread about Friends Reunited

In business? Yet to make a profit I believe, so maybe/maybe not. Depends on whether you have stock or not.

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GCHQ summer schools to pay teenage hackers £250 a week

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Indeed, one of the prime motivators for me finishing my degree was reflecting on my holiday jobs and the people I worked with. Great people and good to work with, some of them had been sweeping factory floors for 20 years, earning a living and looking after their families, and precisely none of them wanted their kids to follow them. Most of them were very supportive and encouraging of this green student. As a teenager you see that working in a deadly dull job is a necessity for some, this sorts out your priorities, or it did for me at least, when you are given the opportunities not to follow a similar career path.

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Nude tribute to Manet's Olympia ends in cuffing

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Count de Manet?

Careful spelling there.

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Facebook is no charity, and the ‘free’ in Free Basics comes at a price

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Self Serving Twonk

Comment in the title, really all that can be said about him.

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Eight-billion-dollar Irish tax bill looms over Apple

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Hmmm

I predict money changing hands... whose hands and how much is something we'll probably never know.

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Hot Swedish nurses in charity calendar rumpus

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Humourless gits

Sometimes you just have to have a larf!

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Skype finally catches Google with group video chat

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Now all they have to do

is fix their bog awful windows client.

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Microsoft’s Get Windows 10 nagware shows signs of sentience

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Just click 'OK'

It's wonderful... you'll never have another BSOD... you'll never have to think for yourself again, look at the lights, look at the deadlights... they all float down here.

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Hacks rebel after bosses secretly install motion sensors under desks

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Fundamentally

It boils down to whether or not you are doing your job. If you are then management should be able to realize this without monitoring your every breathing moment, and similarly if you aren't this should be apparent without some electronic peek a boo sneaking on you. If management can't establish your effectiveness without activating the secret police then there's something "rotten in the state of Denmark".

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David Bowie: Musician, actor... tech admirer

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Sad news

Bowie's unexpected and untimely departure is very sad indeed. He was the biggest act in the UK through most of my teenage years, surviving all of the fads and fashions and always seemingly reemerging as something new. Sadly the advent of tech now means that you wont remember where you were when you heard the news, you'll just remember reading it on some website or other.

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Boozing is unsafe at ‘any level’, thunders chief UK.gov quack

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Pint of lager laced with a couple of creme de menthes was dubbed a Green Bastard in Glasgow. No subtlety there, but then we are talking about the city where it was not uncommon to see Carlsberg Special Brew on pub tariffs listed as "Leg Opener".

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News Just In

Life is a terminal disease only curable by death!

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Fan belts only exist, briefly, in the intervals between stars

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Excellent!

The two Dysons are a highly intellectually entertaining duo. They both have an enthusiasm for their work which is infectious. Dyson junior's book on Project Orion, a project his father was heavily involved with, (Project Orion:The True Story Of The Atomic Spaceship, the BBC doc based on this can be found on Youtube) is a must read, I haven't got round to Turing's Cathedral yet but based on this review and others it's only a matter of time.

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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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Joke

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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