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BT engineers - missed appointments

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Re: Statistics

It's far more likely that over-stretched BTOR engineers are being alotted an hour slot for a three hour problem, sticking around to do the job properly and missing the next two appointments. Given the rollocking they'll get for that, the simple answer is to tick the box that says "customer not home" which won't appear on the "no show" reports.

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Intel's Centrino notebook platform is 10 years old

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Re: Not sure why downvoted?

"Oh please how can someone be so pathetic, it's a forum for quickly commenting on an article. I could cry"

Over a meaningless voting system? Further perspective required.

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Single IPv6 packet KILLS Kaspersky-protected PCs, fix emerges

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So malicious packet causes system to lock up - should probably get a security suite to deal with tha... oh.

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Apple assimilates France, Sweden and pals into iCloud

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Re: Just the usual question..

"Is it a massive problem if someone finds out you bought Justin Bieber's album?"

In that particular instance, the answer is yes, very much so.

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Apple CEO Cook's investor-meeting reveal: 'Dog bites man'

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Re: Sideshow Bob..

As I understand it, the shareholders tricked Cook into singing the entire score from HMS Pinafore.

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Microwaves thrash fibre on speed... if you like two-nines uptime

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"Fastest connection"

This is why I detest using "speed" as a measure in telecoms. They didn't have the "fastest connection", they had the "lowest latency". It's meaningless without bandwidth considerations (which are meaningless on their own too - I could send terabytes/day via the Royal Mail).

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McAfee dumps signatures and proclaims an (almost) end to botnets

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Re: Eadon

"It's like trying to explain evolution to a creationist."

Yup, somewhat ironically you've nailed it the analogy, just not the way you intended...

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Re: Eadon

"- I didn't know the NHS was a govt dept, AC, thanks for this enlightening post. >HEADDESK<"

NHS falls under the Department for Health, glad you're enlightened.

You can rant on about the difference between viruses vs trojans all you like, but I challenge you to find a reference in the article to "AV", "antivirus" or even "virus". McAfee and the likes refer to themselves as Security products, which every OS needs to some extent or another.

But don't let that stop you turning this into an opportunity for you to vent against a different company/arena that you don't like.

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Re: Huh?

"But in the last review of anti-virus products by a web magazine, McAfee rated DEAD LAST with largest number of allowed intrusions"

"Ah, but that was the last version", said the sales rep looking nervous and sweaty, "the next version will be the best ever and will stop all botnets!"

Note though, that they're only claiming success for botnets, not every other type of virus out there.

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Trekkies detect Spock's Vulcan homeworld ORBITING PLUTO

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"One might ask why work colleague Charon and guard snake Hydra would be closer to Pluto than his nephew?"

Easy. I sadly see my work colleagues every day, and my guard snake just as frequently, coiled at my feet ready to strike at any of said work colleagues should the need arise..

My nephew, generally see him at family gatherings is the extent of it.

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Nexus 1 put in orbit to prove 'in space, no one can hear you scream'

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Re: no screams, just explosions...

That's what I thought - they just ignored it. That and fireballs that fall back into the center of the explosion despite the no gravity, and debris that doesn't shoot off into oblivion at the explosive speed.

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Razzie voters drive stake through Twilight

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Re: probably closer to the actual public's view of the commercial film scene

" the Razzies are deliberately set up to mock and criticise and as such will get a very non-typical demographic... cynical sarcastic fault-picking types."

Much like the Reg forums :-)

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Re: probably closer to the actual public's view of the commercial film scene

"The actual public's views are measured by bums in seats and pounds in tills. Therefore in the public's view, those twilight films are worth watching even if we think they suck."

I take issue with that assumption - you pay your money before seeing the film to judge it well. Bums-in-seats is a measure of the hype assigned to a film.

As for the "public" decreeing the Twilight films worth watching, it's fair to say that they could just put a One Direction music vid on loop and show it at the local Odeon and achieve similar ratings. It's just swoon-worthy tosh.

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Unwearable tech: Five ways IT garb's gone HORRIBLY WRONG

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Re: OMG it never worked before, why still try?

"Then again, I'm the type of guy who has always despised people who wear sunglasses after sundown, so I guess it's a matter of taste."

For those who often have their picture taken, you can understand the appeal. Otherwise, bright flashes in the face in darkened room = headlines the next day of "Joe Celebrity drunk!" featuring picture with glazed, half-open, dilated eyes.

For everyone else, they're just pretending that the same applies to them and I share your aversion.

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Bees use 'electrical SIXTH SENSE' to nail nectar-stuffed flowers

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Re: Sixth sense? @Annihilator

"Your 'all is electrical signals' may confuse the detection (the sense) with the transmission to the brain (via nerves)."

Na, was thinking down at atomic level below all that. Our sense of touch is, on the basic level, detecting the electromagnetic fields?

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Re: Sixth sense?

Agreed wholeheartedly. And while we're at it, aren't all senses based on electric eletrical signals?

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Happy birthday, LP: Can you believe it's only 65?

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"And what's the limit of the info you can store in the comment section of an mp3 track? a matter of a few bytes? Hardly count as extensive liner notes."

Limit of the info in a comment (or lyrics) section is huge with ID3v2, in the region of MB without checking the details, so put what you like in there. There's also APE.

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Re: Diamond Rio PMP300

Rio was a cracking player, limited to 32MB IIRC which is insane to imagine! I had the next generation 500 and loved it (a heady 64MB). Not convinced by the claim of inspiration of the iPod though, Jobs wanted to do a portable player, Rubenstein said it couldn't be done yet, until he saw Toshiba's 1.8" hard drive. It was more a combo of the PMP500's form-factor, and the Creative NOMADs capacity if I recall the presentation.

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Re: Introducing a new definition of "a few"

> >Also the iPod wasn't originally flash - it had a 2.5" HDD in it until (I think) the iPod Mini in 2004.

>The iPod had a little 1.8" Toshiba disk in it

Aye, and the iPod mini had a 1" microdrive in it

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I was so excited with my first tape-to-tape deck. It was very advanced and featured "fast dub", 5-band equaliser and detachable speakers! Oh my giddy aunt, memories...

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SimCity Classic

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Re: Donuts

"Is there anything they can't do?"

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Over 100,000 sign White House petition for handset unlocking

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"Erm, people who buy *initially* subsidised mobile phones still have to pay for them over the term of their contract. Exactly what, I wonder, is the potential loss that they are talking about?"

^ That. 100x that. You'd think that unlocking the phone was equivalent to the act of not paying your contract. Why on earth do they care what you do with the phone, as long as you're paying them. The only thing they can possibly be aiming for is effectively locking you in beyond the contract term, as the only option you have of leaving after contract expiry is to buy a new phone.

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Curiosity Mars rover flashes pics of GREY drilled powder sample

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Define "drilling"

"Curiosity bored into the planet nearly two weeks ago, making a 2.5-inch (6.4cm) hole in the Martian bedrock, the first time any rover has ever drilled into a rock beyond Earth."

Not quite true, the Mars twins Spirit & Opportunity had the Rock Abrasion Tools and allowed them to drill 5mm into rocks. Granted this is the first time anything's analysed the rock fragments (Spirit/Opportunity just analsyed the layer of rock that was exposed), but let's ditch the hyperbole - Curiosity is impressive enough without the made-up records.

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Sony promises PC-based PlayStation 4 for Christmas

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Re: Sony have dropped the ball

I have never, ever bought a console based on what it looks like. That is all.

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Microsoft: Office 2013 license is for just one PC, FOREVER

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Re: So if the PC dies

"You have a license to install, not a license to use."

Interesting point... does that mean that Office won't come with an End User License Agreement anymore, and will be an End Machine License Agreement? The machine is licensed, but not the user?

I can kind of understand it if the software comes installed OEM, in the same way that you usually can't transfer a Windows license from a PC you buy in a shope, but it appears this is wider than that.

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FFS

Presumably they'll be quick to inform us what a new computer constitutes. Or what happens if a hard disk fails, or the OS becomes corrupt and needs reinstalling.

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Clarkson: 'I WILL find and KILL the spammers who hacked me'

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IT Angle

Indeed, still, well worth making an article out of a single tweet that was parodying a well-known film, eh?

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Is it a bird? Is it a cloud? No! It's just a new Seagate biz NAS box

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USM

"In other words, eSATA with a makeover."

Or in even more accurate/cynical words, eSATA with a proprietary convertor dongle required.

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The word "NAS" also adds about 30-40% to the price too.

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AMD: Star Trek holodecks within reach

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Re: Holodecks aren't just about processing power

"Ok smarty pants... how are they going to achieve that? Or make it possible for two people in the same room to travel at the same time to opposite parts of the world?"

You know it's called science fiction, right? But you don't have much of an imagination clearly. You can't "see" the walls of the holodeck, so why couldn't the room block your view of the other person in the room, making it appear they are the other side of the world? Besides, I don't recall them having a holodeck where the people were miles from each other.

Nothing in the holodeck idea is beyond the laws of physics as we know them today, it's just very very difficult and impractical. In the same way we could teleport things today, we can only do particles, but it's all a matter of scale.

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Re: we don't need *that* much processing power

@daveeff - pretty sure the pilot episode explained most of it. The replicators created the near/solid objects, the further away parts were holographic. The solid parts were rendered-on-demand, if you like. :-)

Moving beyond the limits of the room? I can run on a treadmill for miles and not leave the gym.

As for just wearing specs, regardless of how immersive it is, you'd always be aware you were wearing specs!

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Iceland thinks long and hard over extreme smut web ban law

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Re: The interesting thing here is that, from everything I have read, the Icelanders..............

They've finally realised that hardly anyone in Iceland agrees with their ideas on internet censorship so they've taken to the classic "Think about the children" argument hoping to gain enough support through that. This is simply a "gateway law" that will allow the "violent porn" definition to be widened by a minister at any given time, probably dropping the "violent" part sooner rather than later.

Strange, because I was thinking about this the other day. While I agree with that sentiment, it's the same statement that the gun proponents in the US are currently spinning.

Making no point one way or the other, but the realisation did make me stop and think...

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Own a drone: Fine. But fly a drone with a cam: Year in the clink

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Re: "....make the act of attaching a camera to a flying machine illegal."

The ones photographing in "great detail" aren't satellites - the resolution only goes down to about 0.5m, I think due to US restrictions already! The ones taking high detail stuff is aerial photography, and are licensed

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Re: "....make the act of attaching a camera to a flying machine illegal."

I dunno, but I'd be pretty annoyed if I'd spent £300 on a Parrot AR.Drone and then told I couldn't fly it. Presumably selling R/C helicopters, camcorders and gaffer tape in one purchase will be illegal too?

The thing that struck me as the most alarming though, is that bills can be introduced anonymously in the first place??

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Re: Well, it would certainly kill

I think if LOHAN drifts into Oregon's airspace then the mission will have wildly exceeded Lester's expectations :-)

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Earth escapes asteroid flyby, boffins want lasers aimed at next one

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Re: Orbit now well known?

Unit cock up. 28000km, or 17000 miles.

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Re: Didn't see it

Was good out west. The ISS was brighter than an aeroplane at about 7pm to the naked eye, but didn't have any binoculars with me to see anything else :-(

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iOS 6.x hack allows personal data export, free calls

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Re: Just tested it on my phone: You get access to the phone app

I couldn't listen to the (visual) voicemails, but could dial any number I liked.

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Re: Cutting edge bugs

Yeah that Sky Crane malarkey was positively pedestrian....

There's a difference between "cutting edge" and "tested and built to extremes with redundancies" :-)

Nokia phones have had their share of bugs too though.

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NBN Co coffee budget brews caffeinated controversy

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Re: No free drinks in our FTSE 100 company

Most companies I've seen have those free coffee vending machines, but I've never seen inside them to confirm it's coffee. It's my theory that they've employed someone with a prostate problem to stand in the machine all day, p1ssing into cups on demand. All evidence certainly points that way anyway.

The alternative theory regards the plumbing system and the machines' proximity to the lavatories.

I'm no coffee snob (well I am, but can happily drink instant), but "free" coffee is usually free for a reason.

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Inside Microsoft's Surface Pro: A fiendishly difficult journey

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Re: Any justification for it being this way?

I assume MS saw that the iPad was non-upgradeable and that was doing well, so instead of making their's non-upgradeable, they just welded it shut as tightly as they could. :-)

Bit of a half-assed attempt at making their device like Apple's, but gotta love it when they try

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Spanish boffins increase GPS accuracy by 90%

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Re: GPS for Dummies

"If the cheapy GPS receivers in a mobile phone are only accurate to 10m, how does it (usually reliably) know which lane I'm in"

Sorry, which GPS is actually giving you an indication of which *lane* you're in? It might know "northbound" vs "southbound" or similar (which is carriageway information, not lane) but it knows that purely from your actual direction. Sat navs "snap-to" roads, allowing them to be very accurate. Try coming off a road onto a farm track and watch it lose its way quite quickly.

Even when not snapping-to a known location where it expects you to be (roads), it can use fuzzy logic to determine where you are, as the 10m accuracy will vary over time, and a GPS knows that you'll roughly travel quite consistently. If your reading jumps from 5m side to side, it's more likely the error has varied rather than you've moved erratically.

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Ask Google this impossible question, get web filth as a reward

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Re: @Annihilator There are multiple complex roots

@frank ly - bugger! School boy error of assuming root(i) was -i :-(

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Re: There are multiple complex roots

There are always 4 roots of a quadratic root (^1/4). In this instance the answers are:

1 + i

1 - i

sqrt(2) . i

- sqrt(2) . i

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Re: according to my parsing...

And the answer(s) to -4^(1/4) is +/-sqrt(2)i from my memory, where i is the imaginary number equal to sqrt(-1). There is also 1 +/- i.

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Samsung laptops can be NUKED by ANY OS – even Windows: new claim

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Re: Sweet Jesus H Christ On A Bike

Yup, it's retro, therefore cool to code badly like that I suspect.

Unless you're a raving anti-Linux type, in which case it's all Linux's fault for existing. :-)

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Re: QA whats that then

Easy as it might be to call this a QA issue, it probably wasn't in their spec to test LINUX installs on this hardware.

However, if this is indeed exploitable via one of the "supported" OS'es,

Ah, excellent, *still* trying to suggest that a bad or unsupported OS could be to blame. This isn't about an OS, it's about conforming to the UEFI spec. QA at this level doesn't involve an operating system, the test harness around this level of hardware interaction is and always should be OS independent.

Even if this was a case of an OS making a bad or malformed UEFI call (it wasn't), the laptop shouldn't be damaged by it. This is basic bounds checking, and falls firmly into the category of QA. In this particular instance, it appears to be a buffer overrun, which has been bad programming since forever.

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Only way to stop the iPad: Flash-disk mutant SPEED FREAKS

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Re: Sooner?

@Fred Flintstone - we're talking about the pre-Momentus range from Samsung that didn't really show much of a performance boost.

@Dana W - that's not a hybrid drive, so unsure of your point?...

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Sooner?

"So Seagate started the hybrid disk drive ball rolling, with its Momentus XT in May 2010"

We're ignoring the failed attempt to get hybrid laptop drives in about 2007 then? I recall they were a bit of a flop mind, but the idea was there.

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Seagate: We'll bring down HAMR in 2014 ... this year, you get shingles

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Re: SMR has its uses

Not to mention the rather obvious use-case of putting SMR into a hybrid flash drive which it seems perfect for.

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