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2852 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

Apple: We'll unleash OS X Yosemite beta on the MASSES on 24 July

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WTF?

Really???

"Apple tells El Reg"

What, via general press release? Or has the ice finally thawed??

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REG MAN penetrates GOOGLE'S LAIR

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Couple of USB flash drives and a mouse mat, surely.

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Hey Intel – that new Pro 2500 SSD looks awfully familiar

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Strikes me that Intel have just become more confident in the manufacturering tolerances. This is the same product but with better certainty around performance following either improvements or empirical evidence of their stress testing showing it can cope.

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THUD! WD plonks down SIX TERABYTE 'consumer NAS' fatboy

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Re: Reds are OK for any size NAS

Heck of a rebuild time!

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Forty-five years ago: FOOTPRINTS FOUND ON MOON

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Re: Not Complete non-news

"Since when do we celebrate 45 years of/since something?"

It's possibly the greatest achievement in history. Pretty much every time I see a full moon I think of it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-f_DPrSEOEo should be every day.

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Stephen Elop: 'Hello there' (and goodbye to 12,500 of you)

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Lotus Notes on the iPhone... the mind boggles!

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Sit back down, Julian Assange™, you're not going anywhere just yet

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Re: Er, timing?

"From Sweden you just need the UK (good lapdog) and Sweden of course (the very country that serves as a NSA foothold for EU surveillance... what are the chances of them saying no?)."

From Sweden, you just need the UK plus any original conditions they would have to meet including Australia.

But all of this is moot, given Assange has already stated that even if Sweden drop the warrant, he wouldn't leave the embassy. So he (and the faithful followers who believe he can do no wrong and even it he did wrong shouldn't have to face it) is arguing over something that he's already said wouldn't matter.

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Re: Er, timing?

"But did't he breach bail to avoid deportation"

Erm, yes, and his bail bond was set in order that he could appeal the extradition order. He did that, and lost, and so threw his toys out of the pram. Who's using circular reasoning?? He was bailed pending the outcome of the court hearing - that's been heard, he lost.

"Extradition without charge is incredibly uncommon"

In Sweden, he can't be charged without being arrested.

" I he goes to Sweden and is not charged, he can be deported to the US right away."

Yet again, he can be extradited from here to the US if so desired. He also can't be deported to the US "right away". For the Swedes to extradite him onwards to the US, they must first get the same permissions from the UK as if he were here, so again the question, why on earth would "they" need to do it via Sweden when all the same legal hurdles are in place plus Sweden's?

The New Statesman sums it up rather well if you feel like reading the debunking in full:

http://www.newstatesman.com/david-allen-green/2012/08/legal-myths-about-assange-extradition

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Re: Er, timing?

"I also find it a bit odd that extradition was granted without any charge being filed"

Failing to understand Swedish legal process I see?

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Re: Mad

"The UK has spent £6 million preventing Assange from escaping"

Actually, now it's because he skipped bail to carry on his media circus from an embassy and pretend he's more important than he is.

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Re: Er, timing?

"Surely if the US had wanted his arse they'd have asked for it long before the Swedish extradition case sprang up?"

Yup, maybe, say, when he was first arrested in the UK.

I see he's still claiming not to be leaving the embassy even if the Swedes drop their charges as he's still scared of the US.

Still claiming also that the US will find it easier to extradite from Sweden, even though to do so would require permission from the UK *and* Sweden. Extraditing from here would have just required the UK's permission.

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Beer in SPAAAACE! London Pride soars to 28,000m

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Hmm

"The BALYOLO - BAL (Balloon) YOLO (You Only Live Once)"

Torn between my love of beer and my hatred of YOLO....

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UK's emergency data slurp: IT giants panicked over 'legal uncertainty'

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Short version

"We've been accused of spying illegally. So we're going to make a law to make it all legal"

Here's a hint guys - the uproar wasn't about the legality of it all.

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Man FOUND ON MOON denies lunar alien interface

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"It was not that remarkable, that special, that unusual, that life here on earth evolved gradually, slowly, to where we are today."

I do find it somewhat refreshing that Buzz famously took some holy water on Apollo 11 and took communion :-) Be good if more religious leaders could accept the above statement.

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BT slapped down by BSkyB over O2 broadband 'switch off' porkies

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Re: Standard Form Letter

I've commented on previous similar cases - short answer is "fine = revenue attributed to new sign-ups over the period the ad was run".

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"They're mostly full LLU, taking over the line and piping over their own backhaul, so while their kit sits in BT exchanges, about the only interaction with the BT "network" is being powered by it, and connecting to the BT last-mile copper"

And pretty much the only thing that affects sync speed is the quality of that last-mile copper and how the kit is hooked up to it. And the people doing that? BT Openreach.

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Re: Standard Form Letter

Yup, that'll learn 'em

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Reg reader fires up Pi-powered anti-cat garden sprinkler system

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Re: An excellent system

"But I'm not quite sure why it needs a Pi."

Indeed, the only use of the Pi is controlling the Pi Cam to record the event. The triggering of the solenoid (and I assume the reset) doesn't get controlled by the Pi.

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Remember the turbo button on PCs? New AWS instance has one for CPU burst

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Re: For those damned yoof amongst us:

And for the slightly older yoof, you may remember the turbo button remained a feature of many cases long after the underlying motherboard/CPU had any corresponding feature. Thus the button was connected to nothing but air, though users would swear blind that their PC would be "faster" when the button was pressed.

Bring it back, I say.

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Virgin Media struck dumb by NATIONWIDE DNS outage

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Re: Cheltenham again?

"Sorry to be finicky"

"finicky" is just a lazy person's word for "accurate"

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Overclocking to 5GHz? We put Intel Devil’s Canyon CPU to the test

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Re: a 1/4 of a Kw on a *chip* 66w on *idle*

To quote the article:

"Power consumption – measured at wall socket"

It's not 66w on the chip, it's 66w on the system.

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"So, extra 22C and nearly double the power consumption for less than 25% overclock"

Agreed, also that's "at the wall" power consumption, so reasonable to expect that in CPU power consumption, it's more than double.

Still, for less than 200W on extreme computing? We've come a long way since kW PSUs for that sort of computing power.

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BBC offers briefest of teasers for the next Doctor Who

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Re: not a bad attempt

"But there are better ways to get the downvote crown."

I dunno, criticising Judge Judy is about as flamebait-y as it gets....

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And now for someone completely brilliant: Stephen Hawking to join Monty Python on stage

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Re: Tickets

"On all my previous visits to the O2 telescopes weren't necessary due to the honking great screens displaying all the action."

Just like watching it at home...

Have seen a few things at O2 and Wembley Arena - turns out I can't stand arena-based comedy.

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Walmart in iPhone 5s, 5c price slash – gotta make room for that 'iPhone 6', right?

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Re: Why?

All the "premium" smartphones are expensive. iPhones, Galaxy S5, HTC One (M8) all start at £549.

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Re: $99

"From" $649 according to walmart.com. Suspect a lot more expensive if you work out the cost of the contract they're selling it on though.

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Black hole three-way: Supermassive trio are 'rippling' space

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Re: How do they actually orbit?

They're definitely not "black" to gravity, otherwise nothing could orbit them.

Also, if gravitons exist (it's all still hypothetical), they won't have any mass.

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Re: "How can one black hole split into two?"

"Although I am unsure whether it is as yet mathematically proven that a black hole cannot actually split into two"

Odd question, but I would assume the answer is "even if possible, wouldn't really matter". Given nothing can escape the event horizon, even if a split were to happen (and couldn't begin to imagine what would cause that) they wouldn't be able to escape each other and equally not be able to escape the event horizon of the system, beyond which there is no effect on our side.

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Shine on you crazy diamond: Distant dwarf may hide space jewel

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Re: Not just any diamond..

"Something is returning." Don't you ever listen? That was the prophecy. Not some one, some thing. They're not just bringing back the species. It's Gallifrey. Right here. Right now.

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Not just any diamond..

A star fell from the sky. Don't you want to know where from? Because now it makes sense, Doctor.

The whole of my life. My destiny. The star was a diamond. And the diamond is a white point star...

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Microsoft's Online Exchange fixed after going titsup for NINE HOURS

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Re: 2 hours - wimps!

"He was on hold or so long that he fell asleep"

Cue many responses starting "that's nothing!..." culminating in "I started a call on my first day, and trained an apprentice up to take over the hold queue when I retired".

Do you realise what you've done?? :-)

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"Remind me, why should I move from an on premesis solution to a more expensive cloud offering?"

Because, you know, the cloud. And synergies. And the cloud. Scaling. The cloud.

<mumbles away into the corner talking about synergies...>

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DISPLAY DESTRUCTION D'OH! Teardown cracks Surface Pro 3 screen

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Re: Planned obsolescence

The car warranty thing is a bit of a sham though. A 7-year warranty doesn't cover a fair bit (clutch is one significant one that I've seen) and depends on you sticking to a fairly hefty maintenance schedule (at your cost) at authorised dealers only.

Would you be willing to do that for your electronic device? When you consider the things most likely to fail would be battery or screen which car manufacturers exclude as "consumables".

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Apple SOLDERS memory into new 'budget' iMac

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Re: Unacceptable

"How much could it possibly cost to pay someone to plug a memory module into a socket soldered onto the motherboard?"

Well you've got to solder twice - once to solder the chips on the mem module, once to solder the socket onto the motherboard, and *then* pay someone to plug the two together.

Or solder once, directly onto the mobo. Still ridiculous, but it is a shorter manufacturing process.

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WORLD CUP SHOCK: England declared winner in 2-1 defeat to Italy

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Re: No matter how hard you try

"It's natural state is dullness, livened up by brief moments of skill/luck."

And if none of those highly paid professionals are able to achieve their single objective of putting a ball in a net after 2 hours of trying, they stand them in front of the goal and get them to try with no other players but the keeper. And *still* they can manage to not achieve that.

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DAMN you El Reg, CALL ME A BOFFIN, demands enraged boffin

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Re: @stanimir

I prefer Dr Hertz van Rental myself.

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Re: @stanimir

"And don't get me started on the Germans with titles like 'Dr. Dr.' ..."

Although it's fine when Robert Palmer is looking for the news about a bad case of loving you.

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Egghead dragged over coals for mining Bitcoin on uni supercomputer

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Re: fail....

"I must say I had a giggle when I saw the value vs electricity measure"

$150,000 wouldn't have been the cost of the electricity, it will be the wooden dollars the uni assigned to the total cost of buying, building and maintaining the machine (and the lecky) spread over the life of the machine.

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Texan parks quadcopter atop Dallas Cowboys stadium

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Re: rubbish.

"less than half your £1000 guestimate."

Which is why I said "depending on spec" and "up to". Plus, it wasn't a guestimate, it's the cost of the equivalent product today, the DJI Phantom 2 Vision.

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Coffee/keyboard

Depending on accessories/spec, up to a £1K :-|

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Stephen Fry MADNESS: 'New domain names GENERATE NEW IP NUMBERS'

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Re: Isn't a number that is almost infinite, er, infinite?

"(1 - 0.999...) / 2 will fit nicely."

Which would equal 0.

@Numptyscrub, thanks, didn't know there was a wiki on this subject, but it has my favourite demonstration. Namely that 0.999999r = 9 * 0.11111111r. 0.11111r is 1/9, so 0.999999r = 9 * 1/9 = 1.

Or, if you subtract it from 1, you get 0.0000000000r and never reach the '1' at the end.

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Re: Well...

"Isn't a number that is almost infinite, er, infinite?"

Depends. Some numbers are infinite, yet finite. Such as 0.99999 recurring, which is actually equal to 1.

Similarly, infinite sets can be of different size (compare integers with real numbers - both infinite)

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Four years in chokey for Haxxor behind George W Bush NUDE SELFIES

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Re: I think he may have a point...

"At least once a week I get a malware-loaded e-mail from the hacked account of one contact or another (usually hotmail or aol)"

You're assuming it's actually a compromised email and not just dodgy headers/spoofing?

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Good news for gamers who don't leave the house: SanDisk debuts 24/7 Extreme PRO SSD

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"the drive can be used 24/7"

Sorry, normal drives can't?

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You know what today's movies need? MORE DRONES

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"Wouldn't you need to come up with the audio track seperately (unless your drone has whisper mode of course)?"

I suspect they're just looking for a cheaper option than "hiring a helicopter" which already suffers the same problem, I doubt they're looking to replace tripods.

Besides, there's no sound worth capturing at altitude anyway - just wind.

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iOS 8 to PROBE your GUTS and your HOME

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""But up to now," Federighi said, "the information gathered by those applications lives in silos – you can't get a single comprehensive picture of your health situation.""

He says that as if it was someone elses bad design they're fixing.

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Glassholes beware: This guy's got your number

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Re: My network...

To paraphase the BOFH: "Show me an Ethernet collision and I'll show you a network that could do with one user fewer"

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Myspace: Where are you going? We still have all your HUMILIATING PICS

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Marketing

"Myspace (formerly MySpace)"

You just know, that this was the result of a series of focus groups and consultancy, resulting in a 6-7 figure bill at the end of it..

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Apple's steamy OS XXX picture leak riddle: Blurry snaps deleted

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Re: Disappointing

Similarly, Windows has been v6.x since Vista

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Re: I'm having a Windows XP moment here..

"The versions from 10.6 upwards have each been fairly good improvements, there was always something in the newer product that made it worth installing"

Not being a Mac user myself, but were you aware of the improvements being required before you saw them in each version from 10.6 onwards? In other words, how do you know that 10.10 will be more pain than it's worth?

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