* Posts by Annihilator

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Commentards Ahoy! How about a Petabyte of storage?

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Re: I'm floored

400kg, or 4kN approximately is a lot, depending on how it's sited. A residential floor needs to be able to support 1.5kN/m^2 (BS6399). Say it's all mounted in a single 19-inch, about 0.6m x 0.6m means it's generating a load of 11kN/m^2, which is substantially over that limit.

I don't worry about entering a room with 4 people in there, but equally I don't stand in the same area as all 4 of them. As long as the room is over 2.7m^2, then you'll be fine. And fitting 5 people in a room that small isn't that common.

Not to say it wouldn't be a problem, but certainly don't bank on it.

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Exciting

I'm considering myself to now be a freelance journalist. I eagerly sit by the letterbox awaiting my cheque.

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How to destroy a brand-new Samsung laptop: Boot Linux on it

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"Were there any stickers on those machines with "Designed For Linux" on them?"

Probably not, were there any stickers on it that said "designed for Windows" on it? I've not seen them for some time. The only ones I see are "Windows 7", telling you what software is on it at shipping, or "certified for Windows 8". None of them say "Can only run Windows 7" which would be a strange thing to put on an x86-64 machine. Presumably your understanding would be that it can't run Windows Vista either?

"Yeah, I put diesel in my petrol tank ... guess what?"

No, the closest analogy is you put Shell petrol in a Ford Focus, when the sticker on the cap now says "Ford recommends BP"

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Re: There is a simple fix

Dear AC

"I'm sorry, please explain to me why Samsung now have to fix a buggy Linux kernel driver." Because a) they wrote it, and b) it's not that they need to fix, it's the crappy laptop that allows its firmware to be vaped by a software error.

"Did Samsung write it?"

As stated many times, yes, in this insance, but even if they hadn't they would still be responsible for building a laptop that doesn't fail to protect its firmware.

Is that so hard to understand?

Signed,

a non-Linux user.

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Re: Schadenfreude

"Downvoter humour fail!"

It's probably more people have assumed that Eadon has found the "post anonymously" checkbox.

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'Gaia' Lovelock: Wind turbines 'may become like Easter Island statues'

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Re: Spin This

Some people still remember the nuclear "too cheap to meter" promise...

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LOHAN teases with quick flash of spaceplane

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Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator

Low Orbit *Hydrogen* Assisted Navigator. My one man campaign to update the name continues... :-)

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Help us out here: What's the POINT of Microsoft Office 2013?

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Re: "The ribbon makes more features visible"

@Fuzz - nope, this was a menu shortcut. It's gone. Asking on the MS forums results in an MVP telling you the convoluted option as if it were an obvious replacement.

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Re: "The ribbon makes more features visible"

I'm convinced the ribbon is designed to punish those who predominantly use a keyboard. As an example, pre-ribbon to quickly accept an Outlook invite you'd press alt+c, the "c" being handily underlined in case you forget. Hitting enter sent the confirmation (or the arrows let you change the default behaviour).

In post-ribbon, I press alt (lo, the letters appear), then H (to select the "Meeting" tab, naturally the H is silent), then C, then E, S or D to edit, send, or don't send a response.

So from alt-C (with visual clue already there), enter. To alt <pause>, H, <pause>, C, <pause>, E, S, D. Thanks MS, it's now quicker for me to move off the keyboard and use the mouse.

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Is your Surface Pro a bit full? Slot in an SD card, it's not from Apple

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El Reg *exists* to bash Apple

Satirically true, but it's a ballsy move to criticise the iPad by praising the Surface Pro! ;-)

It's sadly a symptom of the public's perception that the iPad *is* the tablet form, and have set expectations against it. TBH, I'd assumed that android tablets suffered the same storage conundrum, my HTC Desire did anyway.

No-one bats an eye at your PC coming with 20GB of storage taken up by the OS and apps. Hell, no-one bats at your 500GB hard drive actually being ~475GiB.

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Apple confirms 128GB iPad. A hundred bucks for an extra 64GB

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Re: "without needing their old PCs"

Yeah, I was wondering who would be doing CAD and 3D design on an iPad of all things.

Plus, how are we transferring that 128GB onto it? Oh that's right, via wireless (pffft) or a USB2/iTunes combo. Great, get right on that.

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Who ate all the Pis?

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Re: Just clicked through that link..

" any thoughts on how Maplin will survive the year with this kind of pricing?"

Yeah, just selling a couple of those DVI/HDMI adaptors will probably see them through 2013!

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Re: My PI

"The HDMI cable is stupidly expensive"

It's really not. Get it for about a couple of quid, five if you're in the mood for luxury.

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Just clicked through that link..

TWENTY THREE QUID FOR AN HDMI/DVI ADAPTER????

I know Maplin can be expensive, but that's taking it to new levels. Apparently its connectors are 24K gold. I'd expect the whole thing to be gold plated for that price.

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Yay for iOS 6.1, grey Wi-Fi iPhone bug is fix- AWW, SNAP

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Re: That really is a massive fail

"So a quick bit of maths shows that at most only 0.005649% of iPhone iOS6 users are impacted by this and are so upset by it that they've found their to the Apple website forum to complain about it."

Well, no, because you're excluding the people who don't know that it happens, those that don't know of that website to post a complaint about it, and those who have just taken it back to Apple and had a replacement. I'd bet that a fair number of iPhone users don't know that they have wifi, or how to connect it. SWMBO doesn't, certainly.

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Re: Hmmmm

Probably. The part that's targetted with the hairdryer is where all the various connecters join the mainboard (camera, aerial, screen etc)

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Worst broadband notspots in the UK named and shamed

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Re: My mum gets worse than any of this

"My mother who lives 3 miles south of Chesterfield, 100 metres from the A61, the main artery in North Derbyshire, manages to get 250Kbits per second tops."

You say 100m from the A61 as if that should somehow dictate where BT site their exchanges ;-)

Sadly, more often than not, being colocated with big pieces of infrastructure like train lines and arterial roads inhibits your broadband speed, as the BT line will likely have to circumnavigate it, dramatically lengthening your line.

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Re: Backend Throughput

"Pay for a premium ISP and you shouldn't experience this fluctuating throughput."

And for the seven billionth time, that's not an option for everyone, particularly those that don't have an LLU or 21CN exchange.

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Re: The joys of rural existence.

"Why will BT not use ADSL repeaters?"

Cost and the hassle of getting power to the repeater(s). Even FTTC infrastructure would probably end up cheaper.

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Microsoft teases possible Jan. 29 launch for Office 2013

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Re: Marketing without foundation

"I read a study once that even reasonably knowledgeable users, use only about 7% of Excels capabilites. I presume that with word it is not much different."

If it was the *same* 7% Excel's capabilities then that would be a point worth noting...

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Re: Jan. 29 launch for Office 2013 ...

"The retail version of Office 2013 has been available to MSDN and TechNet subscribers since October."

Maybe you've managed it via the magical way that was pointed out in the fecking article?

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China may axe 13-year console ban, games OK for kids after all

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Re: What's the difference...

@sabroni, I doff my hat to you. Have a pint.

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Helium: Can it prevent the onset of Shingles?

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Re: Helium supply

"At least, until the deuterium runs out."

ONCE AND FOR ALL!

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More platters

"This opens the way to having more platters in a standard drive enclosure, seven instead of four in a present day 4TB, 3.5-inch form factor drive, giving you 75 per cent more capacity and no diminution in write speed"

Even better than no diminution (great word, aiming to use it in the real world today) in write speed, if managed correctly it can lead to an increase in read/write speed too.

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Star Trek saviour JJ Abrams joins the dark side: Star Wars VII

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Re: With any luck .....

This is the same Lawrence Kasdan who did Dreamcatcher :-\ Granted the book was terrible too, but it's still worth noting

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"It wasn't called ST 9"

*cough* XI =/= 9. But your post still stands :-)

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Brilliant

Looking forward to see the opening crawl complete with lens flare

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Apple 'dismayed' to find over 100 kids building its iDevices

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Re: Could this be translated into sales ?

"I would be quite happy to pay extra for things that are not built in the dodgy parts of the far east"

Buy a Lumia then, made in Finland.

The thing to remember is that the US and UK probably couldn't bring their manufacturing back from the Far East any more. All the skills that could make this stuff have long gone or never existed (in today's scales) in the first place.

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Re: Well

"Enjoy your slave-labour products, iTards. Do they come with the salty tang of childrens' tears?"

So where do you think HTC, Samsung or LG phones come from? Do they have the salty tang of childrens' [sic] tears?

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Broadband ESSENTIAL to life, titsup ISPs must cough up - court

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Re: Not about a refund

"Therefore, in addition to a refund, claimant was awarded the costs for a comparable DSL line according to market prices as the ISP failed to provide the line as it was obliged."

I'm confused, they gave him his money back, and the same again to go and buy a different DSL service? So they (effectively) gave him free internet? Doesn't quite stack up in that case, they've already given him the costs of a comparable DSL line - his money back.

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Consumer SLAs

Not sure about the rest of the ISPs, but mine offers my money back for 5 days of outage.

"Compensation" is a tricky word. In contract terms, it's liquidated damages, but generally you have to show that any costs incurred by the plaintive were reasonable and expected. On a consumer-level ISP, it's hard to show that any financial loss could be incurred.

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Panasonic: We'll save Earth by turning CO2 INTO BOOZE

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Re: I applaud these efforts

"Makes a million times more sense than "carbon capture and storage" which is the worst idea I've ever heard."

Sort of. The carbon will still exist in our ecosystem and presumably released again when we use the methanol for fuel. We've inadvertantly released more carbon from the earth than would normally happen, so it's worth trying to get some of it back in again, surely.

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Re: Hmm...

".a wind turbine should be able to exceed 0.2% efficiency. Could that be harnessed via this gizmo to produce methanol/ethanol/something?"

This would certainly explain why Scotland's government is so keen on having the largest wind farms in Europe. Free energy and booze?

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LOHAN premieres intimate REHAB vid

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Re: So you've lost one playmonaut...

Really awful line on Family Guy the other week, while trying to help the Griffins get back to earth after accidentally launching them into orbit on a shuttle, NASA reassure them over the radio:

"don't worry, we're pretty good at this - we're like 6 for 8"

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Still no name change?

Low Orbit Hydrogen Assisted Navigator these days, is it not? :-)

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Have Brits fallen for Netflix, or do they still LoveFilm?

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Re: Loveflim disks by post is the killer

Lovefilm was painful to use for about 3 years when they had their Universal dispute, and zero mention of it on their website.

I've had issues with Lovefilm in the past, they consistently lower their prices on plans and don't apply it to existing customers, which is an insane way to keep customers happy.

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UK way behind pack on broadband speed in Europe

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Re: What a load of utter bollocks

I think you may have understood what "average" means and your relation to that number.

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Re: And what you neglected to mention:

"...and move to the centre of a big city"

Sadly, no. Centres of big cities have many reasons to have crap connections, from difficulty routing copper in efficient manners (no shortcuts through fields), difficulty fixing existing copper, congestion as it's harder to put additional infrastructure in, less chance of FTTC as BT don't want their business customers working there moving off expensive leased lines, not to mention less room to put new FTTC cabinets in.

I live in the centre of a big city and experience all these problems.

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Re: Lies and statistics

"Presumably the tech itself isnt expensive as it isnt new, you just need more cabinets/exchanges to reduce copper length to the backbone to do it."

It's seldom the tech that's the prohibitive cost, it's the heavy lifting infrastructure work to get those cabinets and exchanges built and plumbed in. Combined with the very little revenue to be made from it as it serves fewer and fewer properties, it's not going to be a private company that does it, it would be a government funded thing. And you've got zero chance of this government thinking that privatisation doesn't work in various scenarios.

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Re: I'd love to sign up for a decent ISP

@AndrueC - all true, but only if you have the option of using a company that's not just a resell of BT's backhaul too, which many rural exchanges only offer :-| Many don't have any other option but BT.

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Boffins take the temperature of the cosmos

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CMBR

Isn't this the same as just measuring the cosmic microwave background radiation? Which coincidentally is the same temperature?

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Dotcom's Mega smacks back: Our crypto's not crap

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Re: @Steve dedupe

A chunk has just as much chance of being all zeroes or ones as it has being any other combination :-)

However, I'm not convinced dedupe works on such random data (which in effect it will be). The key for reconstituting the deduped data would end up being the same size as the original data to begin with.

I've recently deduped 3TB of storage down to 2 bits, just a 1 and a 0. Reindexing it all is going to be a bit of a chore though...

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Raytheon to build low-orbit, disposable satellites for DARPA

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Re: 90 minutes?

It passes west to east every 90 minutes, it also drifts on each orbit. So as I post now, it's at the same point as the UK, but sadly it's south of Africa too :-) Otherwise you'd see it at the same time each evening. As it is, visible passes are in the early morning for the UK. Give it a few weeks and it'll be back to the evening.

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Greedy Sky admits: We crippled broadband with TOO MANY users

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Re: Do get real

"Exactly, it's like saying you should be on a business mobile tariff to be able to use your phone for the occasional business call."

No, it's like saying that you can do all the business calls you like on your phone, but you can't claim loss of earnings on it should it not work one day.

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Re: Do get real

"Maybe his business (like many businesses) works on a shoestring budget and is taking advantage of modern tech to reduce costs." and increase risk.

In that case, they've massively messed up the risk/cost assessment. Maybe they should understand the cost of actually being able to do business and recognising that if they need someone to work out of hours at home that a cheap broadband connection with (as good as) zero SLA is just not going to cut it.

Complain all you like, but it costs 33p per day for a reason. To put it in context, a 1st class stamp costs about twice that, and you wouldn't rely on it to deliver a business critical document within 1-2 days.

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Re: uhu

"If they wished I would connect them to BusinessBB sales so they could move/upgrade their service to the same shit service, packaged as a business product for 5 times the price."

But with the ability to recoup any losses, yes. You don't usually pay for a better product, you pay for a better service and the protections that brings.

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Re: Do get real

"He's not running a business - he's working from home - a pretty reasonable requirement in the year 2013."

Actually he's contractually obliged to work from home, which means that his company should be contractually obliging him with the means to do that. At my old company, that meant a £50/month DSL connection, which was certainly not a residential service. Added to that a 3G dongle was provided.

Screaming about losing £100s or £1000s when only paying £15 or less for the infrastructure to do it? I'd stop listening at around the 3rd syllable I think.

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Entire Reg readership would fill 205 Olympic-sized swimming pools

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70kg is being kind??

70kg = 11 stone something-or-other, right? Way to make me feel depressed! Though at 6 feet tall, I'm hoping there's some wiggleroom there..

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Lloyds TSB, Halifax tech stumbles into the cold, goes titsup for hours

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Re: Irritatingly vague system anyway

Depends who you ask, not all banks will tell you (not all are capable).

And it's not "many banks" that have an upper limit for fraud reasons, it's every bank. They're unlikely to tell you the answer either, for the very reason that it's in place. "Hullo Mister Bank, can you tell me how small I need to make these transactions to beat your system please? Many thanks"

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Irritatingly vague system anyway

While it's true that "most" payments will go the Faster Payments route, it's a largely pointless system if there's no way to predict that it definitely will. I've had payments go to the same recipient take 15 minutes, 1 day or 3 days.

An improvement, but useless if I can't reliably know when it will arrive. All I know for sure is "no more than 3 (working) days"

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