* Posts by Ivan 4

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128TB SSD by 2018? Toshiba promises much, delivers ... a little

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There is no need for hybrid if SSD is cheap enough

And there is the stumbling block - price. Until SSDs become price and capacity comparable with standard hard disks they will be the thing of data centres and a few enthusiasts looking for speed in such things a gaming.

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TREE-HUGGER? Your WOODEN HAREM is much BIGGER than thought

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Lewis, shame on you pointing our that the anti CO2 green blob now have problems because all those extra trees are adding to the CO2 in the atmosphere (shown by satellite readings).

On second thoughts that might be the reason they have converted efficient coal fired power stations to very inefficient wood pellet burning ones - to reduce the number of CO2 exhaling trees.

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Xiaomi aims to knock Apple off its branch with move into computers

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Re: Luxury?

The point is that they appear to be aiming at the Mac specs but NOT the Mac price. If that happens then it will sell.

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Wanna fight Google’s alleged European evildoing? Then join us, says US legal firm

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GRIP maintains on its website that “there is no big competitor of Google behind GRIP”

Are they admitting that Microsoft Bing is not a big competitor after all? All the others are just crap anyway.

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What sounds like a silly yoga-fitness-dance craze, and lost $325m in value in 8 years? Zimbra

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That must be why Iliad, free.fr owner, has been having so much trouble with it over the last few weeks - thank goodness we never changed to it.

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Jeep Cherokee 2.2: Capable, comfortable ... but just not very Jeep

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Re: Nobody make offroaders any more

Hear. Hear!

The only way to get a real working 4x4 is to buy one made pre 1990.

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Automatic gearbox

Can that automatic gearbox be locked in any of the lower gears and 4 wheel drive? That was the one thing I liked about the Toyota Land Cruiser I had in the early 80s.

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Google watchers react furiously to ad flinger’s competition case defence

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Maybe the simple answer is for FairSearch Europe to produce their own search engine to show everyone how it is done then they can play to their hearts content. The problem is that no one would use it if foundem is the best example they can come up with.

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Honor 7 – heir apparent to the mid-range Android crown

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Re: good article but

(as usual), I don't think I found much (anything?) on phone feature (hello?). I guess it's becoming a peripheral feature these days anyway.

That is the most important thing with a phone - making a useful call.

I have tried various phones and most of them are almost useless on a phone call. Ignoring the crappy operator coverage there is also the lack of being unable to physically hear the person at the other end because the audio output is low and there is no way of making it louder (you can make it louder for playing music but not when making a call). This should be considered in a review of a phone otherwise the reviewer could just be looking at a tablet.

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Google Images: EU Commish opens new front against Chocolate Factory

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Re: I'm curious what the actual issue is.

And of course Getty never 'borrows' other peoples images from the net.

This whole thing is just microsoft throwing its toys out of the pram because more people use Google search than use Bing.

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Tens of thousands of Popcorn Time movie streamers menaced by anti-piracy fleet

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Are they saying that there are current US films and TV worth watching? My experience says the opposite.

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EU Commish demands proof of Google's evil from rivals, customers

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And just what is the Commission going to do with the bias in Bing and the price comparison sites?

It would help if the commission asked the general public what they thought about the results they get from Google. After all, competitors are always going to be upset no matter what Google does.

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Microsoft sues InterDigital for 'monopoly power' over mobile patents

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Doesn't microsoft claim that they have patents for parts of the android OS that they are using to shake down android handset manufactures? How is that any different to what interdigital are doing to MS?

A bit like the kettle calling the pot black.

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Mobile 'fault' forces BA flight into unscheduled Russian landing

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Err... Maybe it wasn't a blackberry, there are other black phones with rounded corners that have a history of doing this.

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Microsoft will explain only 'significant' Windows 10 updates

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Re: It is almost as if MS don't want the likes of us to use it

Then once we are gone they can cuddle up to the great computer Illiterate and become their friends for life and slurping their data at the same time?

You forgot to add the bit about all their money for 'services' and apps they don't need.

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Now Ashley Madison hackers reveal 'CEO's emails and source code'

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Stats

Given the stats that have been extracted can we expect to see a list of public servants by country and department and ten a list of politicians?

Those figures would be mist revealing.

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Could our fear of fracking be appeased with CO2 sequestration?

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Re: Insanity

@Roland6, is it diamonds for ever? They are carbon after all. The problem is that the greens have equated CO2 with carbon - they are completely different, one is a gas the other a solid in several forms.

One is recognised as a valuable plant food - they even add it to greenhouses to encourage plant growth, the other is a useful element in industry.

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@AC, you do realise that fracking has been going on in the UK since the early 70s. Just look up Wytch Farm. OK that is for oil but it uses exactly the same process as for gas.

Oh, and there have not been any adverse reports in that time.

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Re: Misses the point

Says the man who's tapwater doesn't burn because it isn't loaded with methane knocked loose by fracking....

Says the AC that has been taken in by the well debunked film. Even the film's producer had to admit that most of it was faked.

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Re: It's not about AIR, it's about WATER

@Joe User, I know of those and several others but the big problem with them is that they are based on hearsay, supposition and might. There isn't one of them that would actually stand up to a full EPA investigation. In fact the EPA has said to a congressional hearing they haven't found one genuine case of fracking fluids contaminating ground water.

I leave you to your Google skills to find the references.

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Re: It's not about AIR, it's about WATER

You have citations and actual evidence of this? If not it is pure bulls**t.

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Dixons Carphone still has 7.5k Windows XP EPOS systems

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So?

I know of several stores that are using a custom DOS EPOS program running on top of XP and there is no way they are going to change that.

The 'no change' has several reasons some of which are the DOS program will not run on anything but win 2k or XP because they are the only systems that have working drivers for the printers. Any change would mean replacing everything from the ground up which is not going to happen.

Everything runs on the internal network with no access to the web - data is transferred to head office by the simple means of physically taking the backup tape there.

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ZTE Nubia Z9 Mini: The able Android smartie the company won't sell you

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Re: Dual sim

Mine changes the sim depending on where I am. It appears to pick up the network for each of the sims and switches as necessary. If there is a conflict it gives me a choice of which one to use.

There is also a very good sim management application that even goes as far as locking to one sim if necessary.

Unfortunately, I have vet to find many details about dual sim phones and their use. I think this may be down to the fact that most phones are supplied by an operator that has a vested interest you using their network only.

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So unfair! Teachers know what’s happening on students' fondleslabs

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Re: On your own device?

Maybe not AC. It all depends on when his shift ends or he has a day off.

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Home Office seeks advice on Police Radio omnishambles

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@AC,

While there could be common procurement and standards, would you want the private company ACPO running things?

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Skills crisis? Not for long: More and more UK kids gain STEM quals

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A-Level results

There is one very large problem with the results we are seeing - the standard of the exam papers.

I have friends with teenagers that have just passed their A-Levels in maths and physics and are looking to engineering as their future (I hope the decision was helped because I did a little pushing in that direction). I did rather floor them earlier in the week when I dug out my old O-level GCE papers from the 50s and let them have a go at them. They considered them much harder than their A-Level papers (they didn't want to even look at my A-level GCE papers).

From my rather small direct sample and what I see at clients employing new engineering graduates, there is a real need for the standard of the STEM examinations to be raised much higher than it is.

For that to happen there are two other things needed (apart from better teachers).

First there needs to be a cultural shift in peoples attitudes to STEM and engineering in general. Engineers, and I use that in a general all inclusive sense, are the life blood of society, without them our civilisation would grind to a halt. Despite this the public's perception is that engineers are second rate.

Second, there needs to be a shift in how employers view engineers. At the moment they appear to be considered as a necessary evil to be endured rather than encouraged. That includes pay levels being equal or above sales staff.

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Hey, CIOs: Tech prices are about to rocket, so get planning – Gartner

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@K,

We have been off win since version 3.1 and we have now removed it from all our clients.

I hope you manage to get off the win treadmill soon - it is possible.

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I could ask who in their right mind buys dollar based equipment? As Arnaut the less says, most of what we need can be sourced directly from China at much better rates.

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Gigabit Google? We're getting ready for 10 gigabits says Verizon

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Totally irevalent...

but I am intrigued by the use of a couple of glow plugs to simulate a fibre link. I do congratulate the image manipulator for combining the two - glow plugs and fibre cables.

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Jail incompetent council folk who leak our data, thunders furious BBW

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Re: Who's responsible?

@Steve Crook.

There is always someone ultimately responsible - the person at the top of the pile. In a council it is the councillors as a collective - they are responsible for the person they use to run things for them just as in any company the board of directors have the ultimate responsibility.

In this case the councillors should be sent to prison - and be barred from ever being in public office again. The next lot of councillors will then lean very heavily on the chief executive who, if he has any sense, will sort out the problem. If he doesn't then he is toast. This will have a knock-on effect through the whole council so making life better for all those in the area.

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'Sunspots drive climate change' theory is result of ancient error

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Ah yes.

Take one political activist with an agenda, add several scientists in search for more funding, stir well and you end up with an attempt to rewrite facts.

This is an obvious move to try and pump up some doom and gloom for the Paris meeting at the end of the year as well as an attempt to get more research money - in other words a propaganda exercise.

Unfortunately a lot of people will take this announcement from authority as true and not look at the reasons behind the change.

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Re: Deniers?

@RIBrsiq, If you believe that then I have a little used bridge you might like to buy. The so called consensus is another piece of fudged data that has been debunked by real scientists.

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Re: Here we go again

What, so you'd prefer that we continue to use unadjusted data that is known to be faulty?

Scatter, just how do know that the unadjusted data is faulty? Is it because it doesn't fit the uncertified computer models that don't include correct sun and cloud data - or something else?

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Pentagon email hacked, Russia already blamed

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The more one reads about things like this the more it appears that the US government really doesn't have a clew about the internet (it those big pipes you know) and how it works. When one gets to the government application of security to those big pipes they would be better off just placing a readme in the root telling everyone the password and listing what is on the server - sorry, is that what they are doing at the moment.

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Too much vino? LG brings Wine Smart oldster-mobe to Europe

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At last, a phone that is more use as a phone rather than being a miniature games device. The thing I miss most on my smartphone is a physical keyboard to punch in phone numbers.

Another advantage with the flip phone is that you are much less likely to pocket dial.

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Seagate flaunts 4TB-ish enterprise SAS flash that can shift 1.8GB/s

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I assume this is a case of 'if you need to ask the price you can't afford it'.

By now they should be getting the price of these things down to the realm of normal spinning disks, after all there isn't the precision engineering needed with them being all solid state.

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Intel doubles its bounty for women and ethnic minorities

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What happened to giving the job to the best person qualified and able to do it?

It shouldn't matter what they look like or where they come from as long as they fit in with everyone else and can do the job to at least the standard required. Those are the two requirements that I have here for employing people. The first removes conflicts in the workplace and the second sees that the work is done to the standard our clients expect. To do otherwise is the quickest way to kill a business.

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Stop forcing benefits down my throat and give me hard cash, dammit

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The problem is the UK's welfare spending is an order of magnitude bigger than that

This appears to be the time to consider Negative Income Tax in place of the welfare payouts. NIT would also fit in with Tim's contractor society of workers and give the contractors much more flexibility.

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It's enough to get your back up: Eight dual-bay SOHO NAS boxes

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Another question.

What is the amount of bias against arm processors in the intel software?

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No, Microsoft: Your one-billion Windows 10 goal is just sad ... really sad

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Re: "A billion ain't what it used to be"

Wasn't the reduction in value because some people in the US wanted to appear better off, or were they scared by all the zeros?

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How much of ONE YEAR's Californian energy use would WIPE OUT the DROUGHT?

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I couldn't agree more Kev.

In the mid to late 50s my company had several engineers out there to certify the install of reverse osmosis desal plants, most of which were supplying cities.

The big problem appears to be the lack of knowledge of the political establishment, especially when they are being advised by members of the eco-green blob fraternity.

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Re: Small issue of infrastructure

@Munin, Just how much of the energy problem in California is down to the large reliance on renewable energy?

Just remember that renewable energy will never supply base load and any politician that thinks so is conning you.

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Be wary of that Russian. He might HAMMERTOSS a software nasty at you

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Ah, a report from the 'Reds Under the Bed' organisation FireEye. There are just so many holes in the report it could be a cover up for the NSA or any other US government agency.

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How to quietly slurp sensitive data wirelessly from an air-gapped PC

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Once the attacker has access to the machine all bets are off. This is just common security practice, only those with the necessary security clearance have access and then are watched from the outside.

I think the researchers are looking for a problem to fit their solution and are also looking for additional funding to produce the device that will find these rogue transmissions which they can then sell for vast amounts of money.

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Let kids delete their online rants, demand campaigners

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Re: May I suggest...

No!

If you are fool enough not to be thinking about what you put on the net you haven't learned diddy-squat and deserve to be ridiculed for your efforts.

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Hurrah! Windfarms produce whopping ONE PER CENT of EU energy

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See it

For those that want to monitor energy production in the UK on an almost real time basis (updated every few minutes) just go to Gridwatch and have a look

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@Bloakey1, Citations or actual confirmed evidence please, or can we assume those times were in the very early hours of the morning when no one was using power.

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Happy birthday Alf Garnett, you daft, reactionary old git

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Mahatma, you sound as if you are judging the past by the standards of the present. Much has changed since then, not all of it for the better - the country has lost much of its industry for a start and gained many economic migrants.

There is a saying that hindsight is an exact science and it is but it does not and can not change the past. The country was recovering from a war, living conditions were far from ideal but the races did get along and work together. The operative word there is work, those that didn't were looked down on by everyone, also there wasn't the professional 'I'm offended' clique that we have today.

So, unless you actually lived and worked at that time your comment doesn't carry much weight.

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I think the main reason that it was so popular in the 60s was because Alf said what most people were thinking, at least that was what my family and I thought.

Looking back at it today (I remember the first series) and applying the present day liberal left PC agenda it was a program that would have the multi-culti brethren up in arms although it would still resonate with a large number of people today.

As I understand it, Speight was torn between having a success that almost had a life of its own and his leftist views. The fact that so many people agreed with Alf didn't help either.

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US State of Georgia sues 'terrorist' for publishing its own laws ... on the internet

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Re: Knowledge is Power

You must remember that the Obarmy administration has set the president over the last few years.

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