* Posts by Annihilator

3036 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

What did the Lehman Brothers implosion look like to a techie?

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What Lehman collapse looks like to a techie

I assumed that the majority of the article would have been pictures of the various IT booty that had been swagged.

Hey, if God didn't want you to steal a laser printer, he wouldn't have put it on wheels.

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AMD announces 'world's first commercially available 5GHz CPU'

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When is 5GHz not quite 5GHz?

For a second I thought this was PC World technique of advertising a dual core 2.4GHz chip as 4.8GHz

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Hacker who helped find Steubenville rapists threatened with decade in prison

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Re: One small mistake here..

"And that's probably also what got them into trouble. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if this move also disrupted the option to take further legal actions against the rapists. Although it may sound quite sickening and inappropriate in this case, the law normally still abides by "innocent until proven guilty"."

Erm, yes, but are you even aware of the case? They were found guilty and (in many opinions) leniently sentenced. They weren't going to be charged at all until this guy forced the evidence into the public domain - AFAIK all this evidence was available to the police and ignored.

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Forget phones, PRISM plan shows internet firms give NSA everything

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Re: WTF???

It's the whole $20M p.a. thing that makes me think it's a hoax. Don't get me wrong, I'm sure intelligence agencies have various techniques for getting this information, but I'd be surprised if it were this direct. $20M would barely cover the coffee expenses for such a project.

Plus if it were this direct with the companies in question, someone, somewhere would have blabbed by now. Because for this to work, somewhere in the chain a network or system admin would have been suspicious by now.

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Can lightning strike twice? Intel has another crack at Thunderbolt

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Re: Licensing costs

A simple but very expensive solution. So to get Thunderbolt you'd have to replace your (potentially expensive) video card (and I think motherboard has to be compatible too). Compared with a twenty quid USB3 PCIe card.

Plus nVidia or AMD haven't created any such cards yet, which strikes me that it's not possible, or depends too heaviliy on the motherboard to be worthwhile creating.

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Re: Licensing costs

A couple of other hiccoughs in the way - Thunderbolt as a standard has to incorporate a video signal, so PCIe add-on cards can't work without weird pass-thru cables. USB3 doesn't have that problem, and also has the bonus of 15 years worth of historical peripherals it can leverage.

Unless Intel have relaxed the standard recently?

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Who should play the next Doctor? Nominations needed!

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"I can see no reason why Alex Kingston can't be the next Doctor."

Except that, a) she died at some point so would be the "last" doctor, and b) she's Rory & Amy's daughter, and c) she originally was planned to "kill" the doctor, which would have been the mother of all grandfather paradoxes. So would take some doing.

Same thing with Billie Piper/Catherine Tate/anyone-ever-in-Doc-Who (which I think people just like to nominate because they liked the character).

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Review: Philips Hue network enabled multicolour lightbulbs

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Re: Coloured lighting is great

"downlighting is too direct and not as relaxing"

Yes I've never relaxed in the midday sun... :-)

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Re: Flick switch, light turns on

@Neil - may I throw in the dimmer switch to the mix please?

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Re: "There's no need to change your light fittings - you can buy screw to bayonet adapters"

"screw bulbs are much easier to break when being fitted or removed"

Is that even close to being true? Having changed several of both types, and broken none in the process, I'd assume that the force you need against the spring to engage the bayonet far outweighs any on an Edison screw type?

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Film crew plans dig to find lost burial ground of Atari's E.T.

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Re: I'll tell you why it was bad.

So you get to control E.T.? I'd prefer to control the Bertie Bassett character in the lower left of that screenshot

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Pure says two of the four tiers of storage are set to disappear

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Re: It's 2013

Yes, because tape still has a valid role and stomps all over any other media when it comes to archiving.

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My, my Pi, did it spy ya? Bye, bye Pi, did it go higher?

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Re: More down to earth...

Sweeeeeeet! :-)

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Re: anyone confused by the headline has either obliterated all memory of Tom Jones or

"Doctor, doctor, I keep singing Delilah"

"Sounds like Tom Jones syndrome"

"Is it common?"

"It's not unusual"

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Re: Air traffic safety

" still the route prediction for a balloon can't be much to rely on."

Consider how long that the balloon would be in range of an aircraft though. It'll pass through the altitude ranges within minutes if not seconds. Even if it were left in the corridor for a prolonged period of time, the chances of hitting it would still be neglible.

Combine those two probabilities, and you're pretty safe. 3-dimensional space is a lot bigger than you imagine.

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Moss reanimates after 400 years in DEEP FREEZE

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Re: Moss reanimates?

Nearly, they tried forcing an unexpected reboot.

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Forget tax bills, here's how Google is really taking us all for a ride

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Re: Google Not The Worst Offender

You say "offender" as if Google has committed some kind of offence.

Guardian ran an (almost) good article about it, which despite all the not-too-subtle digs, quote Schmidt as saying "change your tax laws, we'll always pay the least amount we can get away with, we're obligated by US law to do so."

http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2013/may/27/google-eric-schmidt-change-law-tax

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The BOFH is BACK: And it's cloudy with a 90% chance of beatings

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Re: Never received it....

@technos

"Send email as HTML, include a 1x1 white pixel on an external server you control. That's what I do, at least."

Thankfully: "To help protect your privacy, Outlook prevented automatic download of some pictures in this message" and any other client I use offers similar.

I'd be suspicious of anyone who went to such ominous lengths to determine whether I'd read their email or not. When and if I read an email is my f*&^ing business and any cretins that try to figure it out would be wise to pick an alternative method of communication if their message is so important.

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Re: Never received it....

"I saw it was from IT so deleted it, I never read them"

Depending on quantity I can perhaps understand that. While not always IT, the number of distributed emails of pointless "news" means that most distributed mails are ignored by me. The emails triumphantly informing me that the tireless efforts of the maintenance staff have resulted in a fixed vending machine rapidly turns all such mails into spam.

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Is the next-gen console war already One?

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"Microsoft’s Skynet-like sentinel is apparently so advanced it can “see your heart beat”, a feature, surely, only really useful if it’ll dial 999 upon detecting an over-extended player suffering myocardial infarction."

Nope, it clearly exists to allow confirmation of a subject's successful termination. The dystopian future is now!

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STROKE this mouse to make apps POP, says Microsoft

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Re: Yeah, about that Windows button...

You mean the windows key that's existed and operated in a similar way since Windows 95? It's not a Windows 8 thing you're complaining about, previously it just opened the Start menu (and effectively still is)

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If you've bought DRM'd film files from Acetrax, here's the bad news

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Re: Billy Bookshelf...

Aye, but at least your bookcase is likely to last more than 4-5 years. Buy a new PC, replace a failed hard disk, reinstall Windows and you're stuffed.

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Facebook teens' kimonos - basically never closed

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Evidenced perhaps by the girl who thought it wise to boast on Twitter that she'd hit a cyclist with her car. All that was missing was the #lol at the end:

http://ipayroadtax.com/no-such-thing-as-road-tax/i-knocked-a-cyclist-off-his-bike-i-have-right-of-way-he-doesnt-even-pay-road-tax/

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COLD FUSION is BACK with 'anomalous heat' claim

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Re: "Over to you, readers of El Reg; we await your comments with fascination and trepidation."

"put out more energy than is put in"

Depends on your point of view, but I don't think that technically anyone is claiming more energy is put out than in, given how badly that would break the laws of thermodynamics. It's presumably converting its mass into energy.

Although, granted, I'm sure that part's bollox too.

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Crack Army pilot to be first PROPER British astronaut IN SPAAAACE

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Re: why

@A/C "She want to the Mir space station and this guy is the first to go to the ISS"

And the headline says "in spaaaace", not "on the I.S.SSsssss". Where did you think Mir was?

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Give porno danger classes to Brit kids as young as FIVE - parents

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@Ben - it also reads as if porn is something you just stumble across on the internet. Have to say that unless I'm actively looking for it, it's honestly not something I see on-line.

Still, not that facts and reasoned arguments have any place in this branch of politics.

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Reg careers live chat: Upgrade or go home with Dominic Connor

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Re: Is this a trick question?

Yes, "downgrade and go home with him twice" is the alternative I believe?

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NASA: Our ALIEN HUNTING star-scan 'scope is KNACKERED

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Re: "A communications blackout can only mean one thing...."

You mean "disruption"?

Sorry ;-)

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Re: Oh no!

"With NASA's budget being brutally slashed, the odds of a replacement anytime soon seem grim. Maybe China or the ESA will step up?"

NASA and ESA are already stepping up for a replacement. ESA is build Cheops (CHaracterising ExOPlanets Satellite), to be launched in 2017. NASA is building Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (Tess), also to be launched in 2017.

Only 4 years away, and from what I understand it will take that to finish with all the Kepler data (the "discoveries" aren't anywhere near real-time). Kepler has been on borrowed time for a while now and we were in bonus land! :-)

Sad to see it go, but it's outdone itself in terms of operation. Plus these are the guys that have managed to eke out life on the Spirit & Opportunity and got Voyager to the edge of the solar system. I'm not counting Kepler out of commision just yet!

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Dark blue side of the Force used to quell Star Wars nerd clash

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Re: An Alan Partridge moment

"Scum, sub-human scum"

Next thing you know, they'll be daubing "cock piss partridge" on the side of a car.

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Rolls-Royce climbs aboard Bloodhound SUPERSONIC car

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Re: Interface (Verb)

"...and is the bench it's strapped down to an integral part of this?"

One would hope that they've thought to attach the bench to the floor with a couple of drawing pins or something.

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Interface (Verb)

"Bloodhound boffins are making sure it'll interface properly with the car"

In this context does that mean "not shear off the car and career off into the sky like an out of control massive firework"?

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Microsoft: YES! You can have your desktop back again for FREE!

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8.1 = 6... what?

And the versioning gets more baffling! :-)

Remind me, 6.0 was Vista, 6.1 was Windows 7 (free if you go with the "Redmond's previous policy in which users have been charged only for an entirely new iteration of the Windows OS, not for service packs and updates to existing versions")

Windows 8, is 6.2. So 8.1 will be... 6.2.1? 6.3? Help me out here please!

PS, this is partly tongue-in-cheek, I understand the reasoning behind sticking with 6.x , but honestly wondering what x will equal in the case of Windows 8.1, or, as we previously called these things, Windows 8 SP1 :-)

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On the hunt for a new ampere

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Re: Try to remember, kiddies ...

"Well, we all know what makes you go blind!"

Only if you get it in your eye

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Notebook sales to surge, says notebook seller

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Re: Tell you what, Ray

Sounds good, but also sounds remarkably like a laptop? 4 USB, firewire, thunderbolt, HDMI, 2 SD slots, bog standard ram and HD interfaces - you've instantly bulked up the hardware and taking it firmly out of notebook territory.

It pretty much *does* have to be as thin as a sheet of cardboard, or close enough. It's not a desktop replacement.

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'Liberator': Proof that you CAN'T make a working gun in a 3D printer

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Re: All very true, but..

"It's a first go, and it's a proof of concept."

But it's not really, you could make the same product by injection moulding and we don't have a plethora of plastic guns being sneaked onto planes etc. Guns are necessarily made out of metal to have any sort of impact.

"You could easily design most of the parts for a 3D printer, and use a metal pipe for the barrel."

You could, but as the article points out you could do all that without the 3D printer.

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The IT Crowd returns to Channel 4 for a final episode

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Ever seen the US pilot?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BNPj3jXhzgw

Weird seeing original Moss

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Re: That line.

"Why is it funny? If you've ever had to support typical users you'll have said it a bajillion times."

I think you've answered your own question there...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nn2FB1P_Mn8

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Dear sir or madam. Fire, exclamation mark. Fire, exclamation mark.

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Builder-in-a-hole outrage sparks Special Projects Bureau safety probe

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"This isn't one of your church picnic flare gun firings Flanders, this is the real thing!"

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Lego fan constructs Bletchley Park Colossus

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Re: Whats Next?

Listening to Justin Bieber on her wireless...

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Annular solar eclipse LIVE!

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Re: It's not Zulu time around there

"You are aware of the time difference...?"

I assume that was part of the joke. There are very few nocturnal solar eclipses...

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ZX Spectrum cassette player lost? There's an app for that

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Re: HOW DARE YOU!

"The old Speccy was a BREEZE to load tapes on compared to the Vic20 and the C64! Pah! Don't get me started! (It was also easy to copy the tapes with my Dad's Amstrad tape-to-tape deck, not so the C64 tapes with their crappy turbo loaders (cos the built in loader was so shit!))"

Really?... Don't recall ever having a C64 game fail to load, even with copies of copies that were so endemic at school! Spectrums on the other hand I recall being very pernickity at what would load.

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Review: BlackBerry Q10

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Re: Ooh...

" 10.1 added selection brackets on the circle that surrounds the cursor. Genius. You tap those to move the cursor a space at a time"

Yeah maybe, but take a step back and consider that you're pleased with a convoluted fix to a problem that needn't have existed in the first place? It's why I compared it to Win8/Start button. Yes there are workarounds, yes you can almost get the same result, but why complicate it to begin with?

There's a reason that mice, trackpads, graphic tablets and rollerballs exist - precision.

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Re: Ooh...

" I can honestly say I use the touchscreen more than the navigation pad"

Agreed, but would you not agree there are some use cases (text selection as the obvious example) that naturally work better when you stay the hell away from the touch screen?

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Ooh...

" the Q10 has dispensed with the Trackball."

That's a bit of a deal breaker for me, and up there with MS ditching the Start Button in Windows 8

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New 'BLOCKBUSTER' APPLE iTHING imminent - billionaire Einhorn

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Einhorn

Finkle and Einhorn, Finkle and Einhorn... Finkle *is* Einhorn. Einhorn is a *man*! Oh my God, Einhorn is a man??...

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INSATIABLE black hole in Milky Way's heart crams hot gas into cavity

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Re: Much greater discovery masked by headline

... and it's quite clearly a Douglas Adams play on the story.

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Queen's Speech: 'Problem of matching IP addresses' to be probed

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Re: If they rolled out IPv6

If it speeds up the delivery of IPv6, I'll take it. Not like VPNs would suddenly cease to exist too.

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Movie review: Star Trek Into Darkness

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Re: The first movie of the reboot did it for me....

I've read many books, including during courses in astronomy and physics at university, thanks for the advice... ;-)

A black hole has the same mass as it always did, just in a smaller space. It doesn't have infinite mass, just infinite density. I always remember the Earth if turned into a black hole would have to be less than 1cm in radius. At the singularity, gravitational field becomes infinite, but that's irrelevant to anything around it. The only things getting trapped within the planet/black hole are those that are inside that 1cm radius.

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