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* Posts by YARR

217 posts • joined 24 Nov 2008

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Apple pulls Civil War games in Confederate flag takedown

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Re: Apples offend me, Tim Cook.

Fast forward 150 years....

Rainbow flags offend me. They stand for separated colours and division. We must decree that the only flag that is universally acceptable is a uniform mushy-grey-brown colour.

My great-great grandfather (adoptive gay-dad) flew the Rainbow flag but now I say enough is enough! Ban this rainbow filth!

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US Air Force drone pilots in mass burn out, robo-flights canceled

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Boffin

"War" ?

Are these drone pilots actually fighting a war? Has the US congress signed an act of war against another nation? If so, then any retaliation against the US or US citizens would also be an act of war rather than an act of terrorism.

If on the other hand, the drone pilots are fighting terrorism (and they must have a legal agreement with the nations where they do so), how do they determine who is a terrorist? Are the people they're killing known to have committed acts of terror? Do they survey the population at a distance from their drones, then decide that someone looks suspicious, so they should be killed?

Presumably US citizens are OK with someone from a faraway land flying drones over the US and deciding whether they should live or die?

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Mozilla: We don't give a damn about cheap smartphones

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Coat

I don't condone using sex to sell, but that certainly is one foxy lady.

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NEVER MIND the B*LLOCKS Osbo peddles, deficits don't really matter

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IT Angle

These economic fact with opinion pieces are interesting despite having nothing to do with IT, but it would be helpful if they included references to official sources of all the figures quoted.

The last figures I recall seeing for the British national debt was over 100% of GDP and growing, despite the cuts. Perhaps the official government debt doesn't include all real debts or predicted future liabilities? I still consider an 80%+ deficit far too high, and that over the economic cycle borrowing should not exceed the surplus.

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Microsoft: Free Windows 10 for THIEVES and PIRATES? They can GET STUFFED

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Please offer an ISO + Vista upgrades

I imagine they are offering upgrades to people who originally used a licensed copy of Windows, but when it slowed down with crudware or just broke they didn't have the media for a clean install so used illegitimate install media instead.

Here's hoping they release a downloadable ISO that can either upgrade or do a clean install for any PC capable of running Win 10 that has a valid product key (including OEM back to Vista). Since Vista has the same driver model and higher hardware requirements than 7 that ought to be do-able. They should also allow upgrades of all capable machines to 64-bit, even if they previously had 32-bit Windows (some did). However most XP era hardware is probably too slow and wont have supported drivers for Win 10.

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Google's 'stale pale males' to be replaced by crack black chick pack

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$150m ought to pay for enough gender reassignment ops and Jackson-esque skin-tone alterations to tackle the issue.

Perhaps if they can't find enough takers among their workforce they could outsource diversity carbon credit style.

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Zuck'ed up: Facebook opens up free internet in India – but bans HTTPS

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I take back the point about tracking, I thought the URL itself wasn't encrypted, but it is.

If people thought this was an important issue they could campaign to encourage FB show a clear message when users connect, so they are aware of what level of privacy they have.

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YARR

Re: Oh really?

I don't follow your reasoning. The information you're talking about is in the public domain so there's no point in encrypting it over https. Putting https at the front of the url wont stop anyone from tracking which pages you're looking at. If you want anonymous browsing you'll need a fully encrypted connection like a tunnel or tor, or a web site that uses entirely ajax requests over https.

Again this service is free, not mandatory, not intended to compete with a full Internet service and will eventually become obsolete. The fact that it's a walled garden means it's unlikely to contain any information which governments would want to track, unless people are silly enough to indict themselves on FB.

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YARR

If this were full Internet then obviously they'd need https, but you don't need https to access online information which is the most useful application to very poor people.

The justification is that https cannot be cached, and caching is required to provide this service at low cost (free to the user) to many people in areas where internet bandwidth is currently very slow and/or expensive.

When users start to use online accounts and make transactions, they will need privacy, which will boost demand for paid internet access. If they provided full internet access for free, they'd be undermining other providers.

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For anyone criticising the lack of privacy / features of this service, you are not the target market - it's meant to provide access to essential information in areas of the world where people can't afford internet access at the speed required for modern websites. In the longer term, as internet access improves in those markets, this service will become obsolete, as have web portals.

Think of this more as a canny long term strategy by Facebook to grow their market abroad. They know that in other established internet economies (China, Russia, South America etc.) it's hard to compete against local social networks. The key is to get in early in upcoming internet economies, and try to become the defacto social network before the local competition. Poor people in Africa / India don't need Facebook right now, but by offering it with free internet access the hope is they will continue to use it when demand for social networking in those markets eventually picks up.

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Surgery-bot can be hacked to HACK YOU TO PIECES

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Coat

Let's hope no-one makes a killer app for this.

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Free markets aren't rubbish – in fact, they solve our rubbish woes

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Recycling

The main problems I have with recycling are....

1. Many items still aren't clearly labelled as to whether they are recyclable. There needs to be a consistent mandatory labeling standard implemented. I think some producers are loathe to admit their packaging can't be recycled, but not clearly labeling items can lead to recycling mistakes. (The logos that tell you something is made FROM recycled material are confusing).

2. Some items can be recycled in some places but not others. There needs to be a wider policy to make recycling consistent.

3. Some councils don't bother recycling in areas where residents don't have space for multiple bins. This could be overcome if there was only one bin for all recyclables and items were automatically sorted, Or better still, if all rubbish was automatically sorted for recycling. Automatic recycling technology would allow more obscure materials like those mentioned in this article to be reused.

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The Apple Watch: THROBBING STRAP-ON with a knurled knob

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Joke

Nothing special really...

It seems everyone's making a smart watch these days. I've heard even Nintendo are making a Wii Watch U.

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Bloke, 22, in knockoff Microsoft Xbox ring gets 18 months in the cooler

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Re: What do the beancounters say about the value

I don't know the legal definition of theft, but since most information is digital nowadays, anyone obtaining an illicit copy of information is not depriving the original owner of their information. They are instead depriving them of control of the use of that information, which for a business could result in lost sales or give an advantage to a competitor. In this instance, the value of the loss is substantially more than one retail unit cost of a console or game, but will be less than the total development cost - which likely is hundreds of millions of dollars.

Copying the source code is like finding the secret recipe of a renowned soft drink, rather than obtaining the drink without payment.

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A day may come when flash memory is USELESS. But today is not that day

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Boffin

Open question...

"NAND flash memory .... is not byte-addressable. Unlike disk or tape it has to be written in blocks of bytes at a time, with each byte going into a cell."

So disks read/write individual bytes rather than blocks?

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Mozilla peers into processes with student-built forensics probe

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I guess you must first compromise security in order to improve it. But how does this get around hardware memory protection?

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International effort to wrangle t'internet from NSA fizzles out in chaos

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Well it's hardly surprising they've not had much of a response as I don't suppose many people have even heard of them. For an upstart to obtain an international following will require persistence and either mass-media exposure (like WikiLeaks), a huge advertising budget or a genius social media campaign.

Re. What problem was this supposed to solve?

How about establishing an international consensus for a charter to protect both individual rights and rights of nations from spying and targeting? The present uncivilized order seems to be that some security agencies are a law unto themselves. Yet if an individual behaved that way they'd be classed as a criminal.

Even if some governments ignore international law, there should at least be international laws restricting such activities so they are then seen to be in violation of those laws.

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The BBC wants to slap a TAX on EVERYONE in BLIGHTY

YARR

I think the fairest system is a free market model where people pay for what they watch, giving broadcasters an economic incentive to produce content that people want. A mandatory license fee does not befit a free society, even if the BBC generally produces good content. Perhaps an alternate way to guarantee local programming would be a free market model but with a regulation that broadcast providers (FreeView, Sky, Virgin, BT etc.) must provide a minimum % of locally produced content in any set packages they offer. This would prevent the situation whereby people who primarily want Sport or Movie packages from missing out on local content that they might not choose to pay extra for. This might be a core set of local (possibly ad-supported) channels provided for free, subsidised by local premium content on paid for channels (preferably without ads).

As more people work or travel internationally, there are many Brits who move abroad who would willingly pay for British content, and likewise many foreigners working in Britain who may primarily want foreign content. A free, open and international market place would allow more people to receive the content they want to watch. The potential loss of income from the local market can be compensated by selling more content abroad.

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Did NSA, GCHQ steal the secret key in YOUR phone SIM? It's LIKELY

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Unhappy

I'm glad Snowden is releasing this info as a trickle, thus ensuring it gets regular headline coverage. Now we know that our government agencies essentially treat the electorate (whom they should serve) as the enemy, and the laws are bent or just ignored so they can do as they please. The only recourse ordinary folk have is at the ballot box, but what option do we have to change anything?

Is it too late to mount a national campaign to stand independents* in the upcoming general election, to fight for our rights? Would joe public actually vote for a candidate who truly represents them (as opposed to the interests of the elite) or just carry on voting the same old way?

* political parties are hierarchical structures open to corruption and infighting. Standing as independents but with a common campaign and set of policies would avoid those problems up front.

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SCREW you, GLASSHOLES! Microsoft unveils HoloLens

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Coat

Will the batteries last a HoloDay?

Will it take pictures called HoloGraphs, and watch movies in HoloVision?

Will they bundle it with a game called: Holo the Master Chief Collection?

Will the Doom port be called HoloDoomor?

Will it be a success? Let's read the HoloScope...

Sorry. My humor is just HoloBull.

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Give ALL the EU access to Netflix, says Vince Cable

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Fair point Vince, but it begs the question: what have all those well paid political types in the EU been doing for the last 40-odd years since they've had a democratic mandate to create a common market? Maybe we need to apply market forces to the people who implement these changes, to empower someone who will actually get on with the job?

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Elon Musk: Wanna see a multimillion-dollar rocket EXPLODE? WATCH THIS

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Trollface

SpaceX just won the Oscar for...

...best fireworX display of the year.

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SpaceX drone hovership ROCKET LANDER BURN: Musk to try again

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God speed Falcon 9... but not when landing.

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Intel offers big bucks for black women

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Boffin

I wonder what the definition of "minority" is for a global corporation?

Women generally outlive men so they're a majority in most countries.

In ethnic terms the largest population groups on the planet are Indians, Chinese and sub-Saharan Africans so will those groups be discriminated against in favor of smaller populations like Native Americans, Aboriginal Australians and the native (non-Hispanic) tribes of central and southern America?

Perhaps they should adopt a different criteria in each region or country based on the local demographics? I'd imagine that offices in Africa, the Middle East and Asia probably have the least diverse local populations, so the policy should be applied there most rigorously.

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UKIP website TAKES A KIP, but for why?

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In politics, "mistakes" like these are usually contrived to bring more visitors to the party's website - the photo of Farage about to bust into tears just adds to the authenticity.

Re. "It's almost as though there are people deliberately organising for this purpose."

I'm sorry that some people don't agree with you. UKIP were the largest party in the UK Euro elections so no doubt they have many activists who will find their way to any open forum discussing their party and will want to promote themselves. Given the number of people spreading disinformation about UKIP on this forum it seems only fair.

Re. "I have derided the 'kippers because I genuinely think they are dangerous and those who follow them are fools"

Thanks for your opinion, but most of the rest of the world is outside the EU and it's not dangerous for them. Moreover Britain's membership of the EU has coincided with our relative decline after reaching our zenith as an independent nation.

As for the Euro, aren't you glad we're not in it given the way things are looking right now? It was so much easier when the smaller nations could manipulate their currencies to stimulate their economy instead of being a drain on the rest of the Euro zone. I think you'd have to be unreasonably optimistic to think that joining the Euro now would be the less dangerous option.

As for blaming "immygrunts" for "ruining everything", once an area is overpopulated like many areas of Britain are, adding more immigrants reduces the standard of living for the majority. If you restrict immigration to just the beneficial ones, the effect still happens, just to a lesser degree. Any overpopulated country would benefit from freezing immigration and encouraging emigration of people who make the least contribution to society. C'est la vie!

Most of the blame for "austerity" lies with Labour for overspending in the boom years leaving the Tories to borrow even more in the lean times. The deficit will have to be paid off eventually, the longer we leave it the more debt interest there is to pay. In order to justify anti-austerity measures they have to produce more economic growth to offset not paying off debt. If you have any great suggestions I'm sure the Chancellor will love to hear them. My starter for ten would be allowing budget surpluses in government departments to be retained for the next year without having next year's budget slashed, eliminating the annual glut of wasteful spending that so often occurs. Wishful thinking....

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ESA: Venus probe doomed to fiery death on weird planet's surface

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Coat

Crazy ideas...

Maybe the rotation is so slow that there is a significant differential between the rotation speed of the core and the surface, with layers of the upper mantle moving like an atmosphere (due to the differential and not just heat convection)? Then the surface rotation speed could change like the average windspeed in the upper atmosphere. Patterns or eddys in the motion could follow a cycle that speeds or slows the surface at regular intervals.

Or perhaps the absence of a moon means that the gravitational bulging due to the Sun is not countered, and results in greater friction and slowing of the planet's rotation relative to other planets?

Or the lack of a moon's disruption to the gravitational field allows small currents in the mantle to grow uninterrupted resulting in the effect I first mentioned?

Or could the slowdown be a countdown to another resurfacing event?

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Sony hackers dump more hunks of stolen data, promise another 'Christmas gift'

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Black Helicopters

Could this whole GOP thing be a deceptive viral marketing campaign dreamed up by Sony to increase the takings of this upcoming "Interview" movie? Everyone will want to go see it now, then buy a PS4 to get the game too.

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Angry Birds to angry words: Rovio flings 14% of its staff out the door

YARR

The tale of Angry Birds...

fling flap flop

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Apple patents NEVERSMASH iPHONE for fumbling fondlers

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Black Helicopters

It's all lies!

The real intention is to do the opposite - add a hidden feature which deliberately rotates a falling iPhone to ensure it lands on the most vulnerable point. No one wants an iWatch, iPads have peaked and they've run out of ideas to sell new iPhones. With peak Apple approaching and an expensive HQ to pay for, they've got to come up with a way of increasing future sales of iPhones.

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Regin: The super-spyware the security industry has been silent about

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Re: Why know?

Codenames: Bush, Clinton and Obama.

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Huawei: KRYDER STORAGE CRISIS is REAL and 'we’re working on it'

YARR

"....superposition of S-curves... Eh?"

'twas explained in the earlier article:

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/11/10/kryders_law_of_ever_cheaper_storage_disproven/?page=2

Good luck to Huawei if they can add a few more S-es, but like everything in this physical universe storage capacity can't keep growing exponentially.

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Intel's LAME DUCK mobile chips gobbled by CASH COW

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Roll on Q4

I wouldn't count Intel out of the market yet, all these recently reviewed devices have Atoms so Q4 may yet see an uptick for their mobile division...

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/10/14/review_tesco_hudl_2_android_tablet/

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/10/15/intel_atom_powered_padfone_for_us/

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/11/11/review_lenovo_yoga_2_android_tablet/

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/11/14/walmart_offering_99_windows_tablet_on_black_friday_and_you_get_just_what_you_pay_for/

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/11/18/nokia_android_tablet_n1_ipad_rival/

I guess they must be selling them cheap as... er, chips.

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Amazon hiring drone flight ops engineer in Cambridge, UK

YARR

Not against the idea but...

Battery powered drones are only practical in areas very near to a distribution base, which are usually built up areas where drone flights are currently illegal. Computer guided drones are even less likely to get approval for safety reasons.

Then there's the battery life issue - currently drone batteries only last maybe 15-30 minutes, so they will have to keep swapping batteries on return to base.

I think their application will be very limited at first, perhaps useful for deliveries to hard to access areas.

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Kryder's law craps out: Race to UBER-CHEAP STORAGE is OVER

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Stop

They're all wrong...

I find the 2009 Kryder prediction surprising, given that he must have been aware of the limits to PMR and the predicted costs of future technologies at the time.

As for the IDC data/storage growth projections, I'm sure they will turn out to be wildly wrong. The reality is that applications and data grow to use the available processor / storage capacity (until we run out of ideas for worthwhile new applications). If the rate at which storage becomes more affordable is slowing, then applications that would utilise larger amounts of storage will not be implemented.

Similarly the recent slow down in the advance of CPU processor speed has not resulted in a crisis of CPU power not keeping up with application demands. Developers write new applications or new features to utilise the available CPU power.

ergo YouTube will probably decide not to let users upload unlimited amounts of 4K or 8K videos that are full of duplicates, fake movies, people filming themselves mumbling on for hours about their dull opinions and not bothering to edit their footage at all.

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Are you a gun owner? Let us in OR ELSE, say Blighty's top cops

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First they came for the gun owners...

"now Minister Baker, we want you to sign this brief for us... or.. you remember what happened to our unfortunate friend? Don't try anything, no one will believe you. We'll make quite sure of that. You will sign that brief tomorrow". <click>

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Vanished blog posts? Enterprise gaps? Welcome to Windows 10

YARR

Re: Windows 7 with a flat theme

Re. "... it just looks like W7 with a flat theme."

I concur with your opinion about the flat theme, but did you notice that the task bar in W10 retains Aero transparency? If the graphics card is being used for transparency effects then it could be enabled for all windows at negligible performance / power cost. The reason they removed Aero for W8 was because the older GPUs in the tablets back then either weren't capable, or drained too much battery doing so. I believe the current generation of mobile GPUs can handle Aero with ease.

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AMD, Oracle sweep their glasses off the table, ARM wrestle Hadoop for the data center

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WTF?

Zen?

"AMD thinks the future of the data center lies in the ARM processor architecture"

then at what market is the next generation x86 Zen core targetted? In the past new AMD x86 cores were first released as high performance Opterons.

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Heavy VPN users are probably pirates, says BBC

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Joke

Re: BBC Worldwide the commercial arm of the BBC rather than the Beeb itself.

So when they prosecute someone's legal fiction for file-sharing, would a valid defence be "no your honour, I am innocent of this allegation, it was my non-commercial arm that was responsible" (whilst slapping your left arm with your right hand).

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Whopping 10TB disks spin out of HGST – plus 3.2TB flash slabs

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Will the datacentres where these drives are destined consider recycling that He when the drives are EOL? Perhaps we need government regulation to mandate recycling of elements that don't have a sustainable supply for industrial applications?

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Snowden latest: NSA targets Gaza, pumps intelligence to Israel

YARR

I object to my taxes being used for purposes beyond governing my own country, or defending us proportionately from genuine external threats. Our government should not be backing sides in foreign conflicts unless one side poses a real threat to us. Hamas are a threat only to Isreal because Israel has relentlessly colonised Palestinian land, and ethnically cleansed Palestinians from it. Given the hundreds of Palestinian civilians killed in this most recent conflict who were deliberately targetted by the Israeli military, the Israelis are more befitting of the accusation of terrorism than Palestinians. If the Palestinians were real terrorists they wouldn't waste their efforts lobbing ineffective rockets at Israel's Iron dome.

In light of the continuing atrocities perpetrated by Israel, why do so many of our political representatives consistently vote to support Israel and belong to Israeli affiliated groups? Isn't it time to expose them as supporters of terrorism?

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Thin naked model slips out of Apple's secretive lab ... it's an 'iPad Air 2'

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Joke

All bar genius

Making a thinner iPad didn't improve sales, so make the new one even thinner - genius!

If they continue this way they'll have to call it the iSheet (careful how you pronounce that) :-)

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Apple fanbois SCREAM as update BRICKS their Macbook Airs

YARR

Not one scrap of evidence? Just get puppet-politicians to say there is and demand action. Works every time.

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Oculus rips ZeniMax over claims of Carmack foul play

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Unhappy

I hope QuakeCon is independent of ZeniMax, or there'll be no more Carmack keynotes.

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OkCupid falls out of love with 'anti-gay' Firefox, tells people to see other browsers

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Thumb Down

Being pro-marriage does not imply being anti-gay, but those who lobby for gay-marriage are anti-family. Traditionally marriage is about more than the mutual needs of those who choose to commit to it, it puts the needs of children over those of their parents. A relationship that produces and nurtures a new generation and passes on the love and inherited debt of care serves a higher duty to society than a relationship focused solely on just two people's needs.

What's more the actions of OkCupid are both an example of diverting away from the real argument and attempting to escalate both the level and domain of conflict from an ideological one to an entirely unrelated area. This in itself is wrong and equates them with others who attempt to escalate real conflicts in the same way.

If gays and lesbians want equality with marriage, then they should seek to build relationships with each other that prioritise a commitment to raising a family above their own sexual proclivites, even if it takes more than two people to achieve this.

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The long war on 'DRAM price fixing' is over: Claim YOUR spoils now (It's worth a few beers)

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Flame

What about today's price gouging?

DDR3 must be double the price it was 2-3 years ago.

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UK spies on MILLIONS of Yahoo! webcams, ogles sex vids - report

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Big Brother

"We're on the side of freedom...."

....freedom for us but not for you. We can do as we please because we say so.

We've heard corporates deny any involvement in these privacy violations, but all the mainstream political parties have their hands dirty. Their top elected representatives have all been in power and authorised these intrusions into our privacy. They expect the public to believe that spying on the web-cams of law abiding people is "necessary and proportionate"! What kind of security agency finds it necessary to gather intimate data about people? We live in a democracy but has the electorate ever been consulted about this?

Those before us made great sacrifices for freedom, but the power elite today think the public are happy to exchange their freedom for security. If people want to fight for their freedom, they will have to take their votes elsewhere. The time is right for a freedom alliance to stand against the old parties, with a pledge to shut down these government agencies and make their activities illegal.

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Surveillance, that's a hot topic right now. We'll make some disk drives for that – WD, Seagate

YARR

Sounds like a solution in search of a problem. If writes take priority over reads then the OS controlling the drive ought to handle that, plus buffering the IO to avoid any data loss.

Perhaps what digital surveillance needs is a specialist tuned codec that records movement at near-lossless quality while using maximum compression for stationary backgrounds?

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DARPA wants help to counter counterfeits

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Boffin

Brainwave...

Sounds like interested parties should form a consortium to buy up some 15 year old fab equipment with the license to punch out 15-year old designs, instead of relying on questionable old or imported stock.

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Facebook pays $19bn for WhatsApp. Yep. $45 for YOUR phone book

YARR
Big Brother

One acquisition for Facebook, one giant leap for the chosen people's Ultimate World Order

It's not just one member of the tribe scratching another's back.

It's a key step to implementing their dream of an Ultimate World Order - a world order that can never be opposed. A prison planet with them as the master tribe for all eternity, established by psychopathic deception on the grandest scale.

They want to know everything about everyone, to crush all opposition. Anyone identified as a potential threat to their social control network is marginalized, and their family, friends and contacts identified then "persuaded" to betray them.

Carry on Facebooking, Whatsapping, and don't ever change your phone number. Consume, conform, suck up the propaganda lies, and be content with your servitude, Untermensch.

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Players, insert coin: PlayStation 4, Xbox One top up AMD's coffers

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CPU no longer important for consoles

This generation MS and Sony have learnt a lesson from Nintendo and the rise of gaming on tablets : people want small, quiet, low power, reliable and resilient consoles. The AMD cpus are low power bobcat cores clocked at about half the speed of the previous generation. They are woefully underpowered compared to the Bulldozer/Steamroller cores that have struggled to play catch up with Intel, despite there being eight of them. More slow cores are harder to develop for than fewer fast cores, so they have obviously made CPU power efficiency a priority over ease of development. That being so, meant Intel's low power product, the Atom offered no advantage compared AMD.

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