* Posts by Ivan 4

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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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SCORCHIO! This JUNE was the SIXTY-SIXTH HOTTEST on record

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Re: I absolutely disagree with straight manipulation of historical data

@pjclarke,

It would be helpful if you actually named the papers that do that and give the URLs for the freely available raw data - except you can't because the papers don't go into the actual details and the 'raw' data isn't, it has been 'changed' for public consumption.

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Don't worry AC theu have had time to get back to their basements and down vote everything that does not fit their dogma.

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Re: As a Scientist, manipulating raw data....

Not if you are a climate scientist. In that case data manipulation is mandatory!

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NSPCC: Two nonces nailed by cops every day

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Re: "Aside from its Childline, what does he NSPCC do"

Over pay the executives. Have large plush offices. Get paid by the taxpayer to run all the expensive add campaigns. Get paid by the taxpayer to lobby the government so the government can produce the legislation it needs tp repress the public all in the name of 'think of the children'.

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Spamquake subsides: less than half of email is now processed pork

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Re: I wish ...

Agreed, I would go further and say that we are seeing a slight upturn in spam - so much so that we have to empty the spam filter once a day rather than the every two days of the past.

At least our bogo filters are doing an excellent job - let through one spam in the last two months and only dumped three legitimate mails in six months (senders trying to be 'smart and cool').

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WHOA! Windows 10 to be sold on USB drives – what a time to be alive

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Accounting

I like this MS accounting.

USB stick = $2

plus

OS dumped on your box = free (unless you add the cost of the download)

equals

$199.99 (or should that be Profit)

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ARM servers look to have legs as OVH boots up Cavium cloud

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You could try http://b2b.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=5460&utm_source=GIGABYTE+Press+Release&utm_campaign=110836cf6f-Cavium_Press_Release5_28_2015&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_a47e9f69ca-110836cf6f-62317781#ov

From what I can find they should start to available in third quarter.

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Run Windows 10 on your existing PC you say, Microsoft? Hmmm.

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@Hellcat, I know that for the preview. I should have been much more precise in my initial comment and added that microsoft have carefully not said that there will be an ISO of the final version.

So I rephrase my question. Where do people building a new computer to replace an older unit running win 7 (or even just changing the hard disk to get a clean install) get the release ISO from?

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And you got the win 10 install ISO where?

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Re: Summary of article

Oh, and don't forget that you can't build your own because win 10 is not available as an ISO.

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Natural geothermal heat under Antarctic ice: 'Surprisingly HIGH'

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If you believe anything that Skepticalscience.com says or shows then I have a little used bridge you would be interested in purchasing.

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Re: Science...

Graham, you do realise what you are saying is exactly the opposite of climate science attitudes.

With climate science they change the data to fit the end result NOT question why the end result doesn't match their ideas.

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Re: So this has just happened suddenly?

This geothermal melting has been going on as long as man has been measuring temperatures in Antarctica and possibly long before that. We are not going to all the ice melt down there because the is a thermal balance - as the ice melts in one place it freezes in another. In fact there is more sea ice round Antarctica now than there has been since the 70s.

It is only in the last 40 odd years that green ecofrekes have been looking for government money to fund their religion and latched on to the idea that it wasn't the sun or the internal heat of the earth or the fact that we are recovering from a little ice age causing the slight warming but it had to be mankind producing a rather beneficial plant food that was the cause of said warming. They then took that as the end result and wrote computer models that would give that result and then declared it had to be so because the models said it was so. Since none of the models have been validated there isn't much to worry about. Also water vapour is much more of a greenhouse gas than CO2 will ever be but you can't scare the population with clouds.

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Re: It puzzles me too

@Pete H,

I'd also note that there are other bad things about lots of CO2,

Those things you mention are far outweighed by the fact that CO2 is a plant food and the food crops are loving the slight increase.

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Nissan Juke Nismo RS: Family hot-hatch SUV that looks a bit like Darth Vader's hat

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I would prefer to see actual 'working' vehicles - ones that you can throw a half ton of concrete blocks into to reinforce the server room floor or a half dozen racks, assembled or not, and all the hardware they need. We have had to do both as well as remove old equipment that we have replaced and no, you can't just go out and hire a truck on the weekend especially if it means you have to do a 150 km round trip to do so.

While the cars mentioned here in the Reg are fine if you live and work in the city and maybe travel to another city for the weekend not all of us do. Some of us live, and even work, in the country where roads are not brilliant and we may even have to visit such nasty places as industrial estates where you frequently encounter very nasty things on the roads up to and including 44 gallon drums blowing merrily along - not the sort of thing to hit your posh car/SUV.

My disclosure: I drive a 1998 Mazda 4x4 crew cab pickup rated at three quarter ton load capacity and a couple of my engineers have Toyota 4x4 pickups.

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Robot SHOOTS into the air with hot gas from its soft round behind

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How high can it go?

The late 50s want their toys back.

In the late 50s early 60s there was there was Project Orion. The general idea was to lift a spaceship into space using rapid repeat explosions with the energy being expended against a pusher plate. Models using normal high explosive charges were tested and the concept was shown to be workable.

The full project never got off the ground, even though it could lift the full load of a couple of to-days very large container ships into orbit in one go, because the explosives were to be small atomic bombs and we all know the amount of noise generated at places like Greenham Common when anything with atomic in its name was mentioned (that outlook carries on to today and is seen in the opposition to nuclear power plants).

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NASA pops open a big can of red planet whup-ass with Mars Trek

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Is a whup-ass a Martian camera equipped donkey? Enquiring minds would like to know ;)

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China wants to build a 200km-long undersea tunnel to America

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Re: Well, okay...

Well we all know that Harry was ahead of the game back then.

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US govt now says 21.5 million people exposed by OPM hack – here's what you need to know

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Re: Well.. duh...

I assume this is because of the tight security the US Government uses - they don't...?

For some reason all governments are hopeless at IT security. I can only assume it is because the politicians are totally clueless about anything in the real world and/or they have the idea 'we are too mighty for anyone to do that to us' which just proves they should not be in power.

Someone said, I can't remember who, 'That all politicians should be limited to two terms, one in office followed by an equal length one in prison.' Something like that might just concentrate their thinking.

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Wow, another NSA leak: Network security code appears on GitHub

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Security

It is designed to make sure networks comply with US Department of Defense security standards,

So using it on a secure network downgrade that network to the cheese cloth security of the US DoD - no thanks.

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I cannae dae it, cap'n! Why I had to quit the madness of frontline IT

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Very true Trevor but you must also look out for your team just as they must look for each other. If everyone backstops everyone else, while it might take a little longer to get the end results those results work. The client is happy, the engineers are happy and even the accountant is happy and on that happy note you get on with the next project expecting the same happy results at the end of it.

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Re: I also agree, but...

GigglyPuff, you forgot a very important point - get the people that work at the coal face up to the top floor to make sure that budgets and time scales are adequate.

The only problem is to ensure they keep up with what is going on, which is why, although I own the company, I do regular night shifts and go out on service calls just like my engineers. I need to know just what my staff face and what help they need to do the job.

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Ditch crappy landlines and start reading Twitter, 999 call centres told

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This proposal from the Institution of Engineering and Technology has all the appearances that it was put together by the Technology section without any input from the Engineers. At least I hope that is the case because if the engineers had any input into it then I question their engineering ability.

Engineers should know that mobile communications are subject to wireless limitations for range and reliability. They should also know that there is not universal coverage for mobiles in any country whereas land lines, unless they have been damaged and broken, will work - they might not have the highest fidelity but they do work.

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Adrenalin is pumping and you're probably trying to do three or four things at once.

I would hate to try and translate a text message made under those conditions as would any of the 999 operators. It would in all probability end up as a useless exercise, even assuming it didn't take a few hours to arrive and you had a signal.

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Black and Latina boffins regularly mistaken for janitors, study finds

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@Paul, I couldn't agree more about engineers being paid more.

I know of several companies where the engineers that do the actual work and produce well over 70% of the company income get paid about 60% of what the marketing droids get and then those companies wonder why they can't get good engineers.

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Osbo PRINTS first Tory budget in 19 years with his BARE HANDS

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Re: It's like the sixth form common room

Don't be hard on them, they are most probably still living with mum and dad and haven't yet worked out that the tax they pay on what they earn goes to support all the scroungers of the world that flock to the UK just for the handouts.

When they finally grow up and realise that all the welfare payments come out of their pockets and not from some magic money tree they will change their tune.

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Facebook vows to blow EVEN HARDER

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Re: "by using 100 per cent wind power"

@Tom,

There is always 'abuse of the grid' when any wind or solar power is connected to it. This is very evident when the law says that energy suppliers MUST take the renewable energy first but they MUST ALSO be ready to supply base load. Wind, and solar, will never supply base load therefore the energy suppliers have to keep hot spinning reserve on line to take the load when the wind don't blow and the sun don't shine. This is the most inefficient use of generation capacity and increases the output of the deadly plant food CO2.

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Robo-taxis, what are they good for? Er, the environment and traffic

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Re: Gas?

Possibly LPG as that appears to be catching on at the moment.

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Samsung stuffs 2 TERABYTES into flash drive for ordinary folk

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Re: Price

By a very wide margin.

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Will rising CO2 damage the world's oceans? NOT SO MUCH – new boffinry

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Re: But so sad for the rest of the ocean

Er... how does that fit in with what the Woods Hole Oceanographers have found?

http://joannenova.com.au/2015/06/researchers-astonished-coral-reefs-thriving-in-a-more-acidic-ocean/

You can't have it both ways especially when there is no acidification - the oceans are not yet pH neutral so all they are doing is showing they are slightly less basic.

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Rik, the problem is that all those data sets you mention have been 'adjusted' to give the results the carers want. It is very interesting that NOAA GISS will not supply any information about how they adjust the raw data. We can only assume that is because it will show up the fraudulent manipulation.

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Re: Is it an indication...

@TheVogon,

It is interesting that the BBC should be pushing this at this time, one would think that there is a meeting going to be held in Paris later this year.

It is also interesting that they bypassed another paper of a few months ago that said almost the opposite (see http://joannenova.com.au/2015/06/researchers-astonished-coral-reefs-thriving-in-a-more-acidic-ocean/ for information from real oceanographers).

I can only assume these 22 'marine scientists' are like the 'climate scientists' - worshippers of the green blob.

A few more sites to read on this - without the BBC bias:

https://tallbloke.wordpress.com/2015/07/03/ocean-crisis-or-hot-air/

http://joannenova.com.au/2015/07/global-warming-to-destroy-sea-food-as-well/

http://www.bishop-hill.net/blog/2015/7/3/science-says-one-thing-scientists-another.html

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Looking forward to getting Windows 10 the day it ships? Yeah, about that...

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conceivably a dual boot setup is not going to be an issue at least.

Wont that depend on being able to download an ISO image? Also, does 10 need a hidden boot partition that will also complicate matters.

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Linux Mint 17.2: If only all penguinista desktops were done this way

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Re: a not so innocent question

Actually no. You would be surprised at just how many OS/2 installations in industry there still are and those using it are not going to change any time soon. A working machine that has 30 to 40 years life left in it and costs several million euro to replace is not going to be replaced any time soon and neither is the OS controlling it.

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Maybe...

...Just maybe someone will reinvent the OS/2 active desktop and all that entails in usefulness.

I have a couple of Linux distros that I run in a VM just to see if they live up to expectations but after using them for a few hours I always reboot my machine back to OS/2 to get any work done. I could live with Linux if someone ported the OS/2 desktop and all that it does. I don't like windows fot the same reason - the shitty desktop which has got much worse since XP.

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UH OH: Windows 10 will share your Wi-Fi key with your friends' friends

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Re: It must be intentional!

Every little helps - the NSA

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Smart meters set to cost Blighty as much as replacing Trident

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Re: Privatised Industry

Err... I think you will find that the industry is not particularly interested in these meters, it is the government that wants them because of some misguided idea that the green blob had that bu using them it would cut down the production of an essential plant food, CO2.

The money from the government is a bribe to get the industry 'on side' and fit them.

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