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2553 posts • joined 24 Apr 2007

Windows Phone beats iOS sales in China

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"Apple will also take heart from the fact that, as of yet, there are no reports of Windows Phone fanatics in China offering to exchange organs, or even their virginity, for a handset."

This could mean people are less enthusiastic for Windows Phone, it could mean the Windows phones are sufficiently cheap to be affordable without such extreme measures, or it could mean a certain proportion of the populace needs their brain seen to (or a combination of the three).

For those in need of having their brain seen to, I hear prof Gumby is a very well-known brain specialist (or was that bwain specialist?)

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SpaceX Dragon chokes at the last second

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"I can't let you do that, Dave"

Wasn't that what the computer really said?

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Smoke-belching flash drive self-destructs on command

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Cue Q

"Please be careful with it Bond!"

I bet Simon Travaglia would like these. Paint the green button red and vice versa.

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Post-pub nosh deathmatch: Mealy pudding v migas

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Deep-fried pizza, anyone?

I have heard of this mythical beast, apparently hailing from Bonnie Scotland as well, but, much the cardiologist's delight, never encountered it in the wild. Should this not be researched?

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Inside Nvidia's GK110 monster GPU

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Fermi, Tesla, and Maxwell would all want one

Just one?

Physicists (and not just physicists) always want more compute power than currently available.

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Facebook's Eduardo Saverin: I'm not a tax-dodger

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Are the honourable members of the senate just jealous?

Being rich guys who cannot renounce citizenship without losing their jobs.

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What is SpaceX Dragon's secret cargo?

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Re: Think sideways

Tribute to the Goodies? Like a trandem (three-seater bike) as replacement for the three-man Soyuz capsule

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A few bottles of Château de Chasselas from the four Yorkshiremen? To wash down the spam?

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Stanford boffins create light-powered artificial retina

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"Steve Austin, a man barely alive"

You could go further back.

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Pre-Pet Commodore micro up for grabs on eBay

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So if I a bunch of them

could I build a Kim cluster? Might even catch up with a 80486 if you put together a few hundred.

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Nvidia's Kepler pushes parallelism up to eleven

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Interesting developments, in particular the having multiple MPI tasks able to run simultaneously on a single Kepler chip. Great added flexibility.

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HP Envy 14 Spectre Ultrabook

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Re: Intel Graphics == No use to me

I understand the why, it is just of no use to me. Others will probably be very happy with the machines

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Intel Graphics == No use to me

I will aim at a much cheaper, only slightly heavier 13.3" or 14" notebook with nVidia 520 or 540 graphics so I can run CUDA and openCL stuff (there are a few very nice ones from Asus, Samsung, and even Dell). The whole idea of an ultrabook is hobbled by the insistence on Intel graphics. For the prices they are asking they could put in a decent graphics chipset. Until Intel supports CUDA (i.e. when hell freezes over) I will steer clear of any machine with only Intel graphics.

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Nvidia launches Nsight CUDA dev tools into Eclipse

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Debugging thousands of threads simultaneously

Now there is an excuse for a HUGE monitor (or two, or three) if ever I heard one.

Seriously, nice toolkits are coming out for this kind of work. Much needed too, as parallel computing allows you to get things wrong MUCH quicker.

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Spy under your car bonnet 'worth billions by 2016'

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So why will cars in the US be smartest?

Some will say it is because the Merkin goverment wants to spy on them

Others will say it is because many American drivers cannot even handle a stick-shift.

Which is it?

Any suggestions?

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Fastest-ever hydrocarb scramjet hits Mach 8, doesn't explode

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Now that is rocket science!

Still like blowing things up though

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How to simulate a light armoured vehicle

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Re: Where do I sign up for knobology training?

And after a PhD you become Dr. Knob?

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AMD: New Trinity laptop chips out-juice Intel graphics

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Interesting

I would be willing to try the chips (and other AMD/Radeon graphics), and the newer Linux drivers. Only problem is we would have to port quite a bit of stuff from CUDA to OpenCL (which might be a good idea anyway, similar performance and no vendor lock in).

Regarding the binary nVidia drivers, I have no problems there. I rather like the fact that after inserting a new nVidia card in my PC to replace the old nVidia card, Linux runs without any adaptation, whereas Windows needs a new driver.

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Road deaths spark crackdown on jaywalking texter menace

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Stupid rule!!

I must be allowed to keep up with the register anywhere, even whilst walking across the <SPLAT>

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Stuck in a dull conference? You need Verity's survival guide

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Re: The clever attendee.....

What, and miss out on free drinks and food, and any vendor freebees?

Think like a BOFH:

1. Go to the conference

2. Head for the bar

3. Wheedle/bribe/blackmail vendor into inviting you to another conference for free

4. goto 1

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SpaceX sets new blastoff date for Dragon: 19 May

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You have got to admire these guys!

They are really getting the excitement in space exploration back to (near) Apollo levels.

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SpaceX and Bigelow sign deal for inflatable space stations in orbit

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Re: Frobozz Magic Space Station

Unless you purchase the extra extended warranty, which extends for a further 74 milliseconds for a mere 25% surcharge!!

Only while stocks last!

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Re: Just found a problem with that subhead...

Or "Budget Suites in SPAAAAAAAAAAAACE!!"

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Vote now for the worst movie NEVER made

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Re: So...

You do not have to sit through them. Using the DVDs as frisbees can bring hours of healthy entertainment. Experiments microwave ovens are encouraged.

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BOFH: Siri, why do users lie?

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Re: PFY 1 BOFH 0?

Not long, rest assured, not long

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Shy Venus in rare Sun crossing next month

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Re: Dont purchase anything

You are right when talking about looking through CDs and glass blackened with soot. There are however perfectly safe solutions. My Thousand Oaks glass objective solar filter works fine on my 8" scope. I watched and photographed the solar eclipse in 1999 with that scope, and the previous transit of Venus in 2004. Baader Solar film is perfectly safe, if attached correctly in front of the objective lens. All eyepiece filters are an absolute menace. I have recently made a solar filter out of it for my kids 4.5" F/4.4 Newtonian, and my eldest son and I had a nice view of sunspots through it. All harmful UV is blocked, and the total energy levels remain quite low.

Projection is actually dangerous in most reflectors, and certainly Maksutovs, Schmidt Cassegrains, and other scopes with fast primary mirrors, as the secondary can shatter under thermal stress, and even in fast refractors I would prefer a filter as the thermal stresses might cause eyepieces to shatter. In slow refractors projection is fine, especially as multiple can watch simultaneously.

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Study reveals high price of smut addiction

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Re: Need help

"88 percent of respondents said they are willing to seek professional help to treat smut addicition, but would prefer to do it online;"

Well obviously they prefer to do it online, that was exactly the problem, wasn't it?

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Mozilla and Google blast IE-only Windows on ARM

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Re: Google Calling the Kettle Black

I have installed Dolphin as my default browser (after trying and not liking firefox on android). No worries on that front

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Ape Apps help Orangutans talk to people

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Re: So...

It is SOOOOO tempting to suggest any orangutans on facebook would be in the upper quartile of users intelligence-wise .

But we must resist such temptations, must we not

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OOOK

says it all!

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Miniature woolly mammoths once roamed Crete

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Re: Minimammoths? Minmoths?

Mimmoths preferably pronounced to sound like Inspector Clouseau trying to say "mammoth", has my vote

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Am I alone in reading Mammuthus creticus as Mammuthus cretinus

Time to head home

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NASA spots the light of a ‘super-Earth’

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The technique worked here, because a body heated to 2000K emits copious amounts of IR (and even visible radiation. Move an object of the same size to an orbit with a more hospitable (at least for us) 273-300K, or roughly 7 times cooler, the same surface emits 7^4 =2,401 times less radiation (or 8.5 magnitudes lower). That would make a super Earth at room temperature much harder to spot against the glare of the star.

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Hated Visual Studio 11 beta in HIGH-ENERGY colour blast

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Darn, so I cannot use my Hercules graphics card after all

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Google's self-driving car snags first-ever license in Nevada

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Speed limit on Autobahn? Only in some places. On most stretches they allow you to hit Mach 2. I once saw a video of a Renault Espace fitted with an F1 engine hitting 200 mph on a track. Perfectly OK for the German Autobahn.

The funny thing is most Germans support a 130 km/h speed limit, but that the car industry lobbies very successfully against it.

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Old-school Mars rover water findings confirmed

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Re: 3 month mission....

Brilliant, isn't it. Big thumbs up to the engineers!

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McAfee founder raided in Belize by gang-busting police

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Re: serves him right

So the dog deserves to be shot for that?

My, my.

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Germans hail Vulture 1 spaceplane

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What a result, good excuse for a pint or to this evening

(as if we need an excuse)

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Oracle claims $777m in new trial over SAP infringement

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Should have gone for

$777,777,777.77

in damages, just for the sake of it.

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Samsung shows 'designed for humans' handset

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So who did they design for previously? Orangutans?

OOK

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London Olympics 'not immune' to cyber attack

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Re: Francis Maude?

team on crack?

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Facebook unfriends 19-inch data center racks

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The only correct width is 42 (insert unit of choice)

obviously

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Britain prepares for government by iPad

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So

exactly how many iPads may they claim on expenses?

Just asking

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Black hole swallows star in GALACTIC SUPER-GUZZLE!

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Re: So how rare is this?

If only it were a one in a million chance, we would see them every time

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Sega squirts urinal game console onto shop shelves

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A page out of Harry King's book!

Mine is the one with "The Truth" in the pocket

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Dinosaurs were DRAINED of blood by GIGANTIC HORROR FLEAS

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I can just hear a couple of surviving dinosaurs having a conversation

<Yorkshire accent>

"When I was a lad, we proper fleas, not these miniature little things that cannot bit through a piece of paper if they wanted to!"

"Right you are! I remember fleas that could bite right through a Triceratops's scales, he could"

"That's nothing, I saw some fleas that could drill straight through an Ankylosaur's club, no less"

"Rubbish, we had fleas which could drill for oil, they could, bite so strong it would go a mile through solid rock, it could!"

"And the problem with kids these days is that when you tell them they don't believe a word you say!"

</Yorkshire accent>

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Sony outs its first Ultrabook

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Prefer the Z-series

Came with better screens and nVidia graphics. Light machines which run CUDA stuff. Not cheap though. My even older Vaio SZ is still working, and even it can run more (older) CUDA stuff. No Ultrabook ticks that box.

Pity.

Fortunately, there has been a spate of very decent 13" and 14" laptops with nVidia 520 and 540 graphics on board. Cheaper than the Ultrabooks too. So, guess what I will get to replace my crumbling SZ.

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Intergalactic speed demon stars bid Milky Way farewell

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If you look carefully and from the right angle

The stars spell

So long, and thanks for all the fish

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Moon at annual perigee this weekend

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Re: 10-1 on that

Ah, the well-known cloud magnet effect. My scope is 15-16 years old, but every time I buy a new eyepiece clouds rush in.

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Moore's Law has ten years to run, predicts physicist

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@ Some Beggar

What Wirth means is that for a given task, the current software needs vastly more resources (CPU and memory alike) than similar software years ago.

Why is this worrying? Because it suggests that we could get by on much leaner compute capacity for many mundane tasks. It means machines that still work fine have to be replaced when the software is updated, and the minimum specs are upped again. This is ultimately wasteful. It also means that bigger server parks are needed for a given workload. If you can make code more efficient, less hardware is needed, and less energy is wasted. Mobile computing (like embedded) can give an impetus to leaner programs, simply because cutting clock cycles can cut battery usage.

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