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* Posts by Ivan 4

234 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

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Melting permafrost switches to nasty, high-gear methane release

Ivan 4

Re: Get your facts sorted!

Ah, Sceptical Science, the noted purveyor of the green dream, so everything they say is true, I think not.

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El Reg's Deep Outback XP upgrade almost foiled by KILLER ARACHNIDS

Ivan 4

Ah, the Redback spider, I remember them well from the outside dunnies up in the Blue mountains. There is also a song about them 'The Redback on the Toilet Seat' though I can't remember who wrote it..

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The plot to kill Google cloud: We'll rename Windows Azure to MICROSOFT Azure

Ivan 4

Re: meh

You could care less or you couldn't care less? They do have different meanings.

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This changes everything: Microsoft slips WinXP holdouts $100 to buy new Windows 8 PCs

Ivan 4

Re: @Trevor_Pott -- Exactly!

And we have a stack of machines running OS/2 for the same reasons - they are part of the machine and just do the job as intended. Most of them are 18 years old but there are several that are older and I expect them to still be running in 25 years time and even longer if just the machines they control are updated.

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Straight to 8: London's Met Police hatches Win XP escape plan

Ivan 4

Re: How about ....

At least our lot havn't landed themselves with Linux as yet like the French police have.

Which is more the pity because from what I have seen at the local Gendarmerie their system works extremely well.

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This city's smog is so TERRIBLE, people are told to stay indoors. Beijing? No – PARIS

Ivan 4

Re: Well it does raise some interesting issues...

Garbage in, garbage out. It has been that way for years and when they can't find the data they just make it up.

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Report: Apple flushes 12.9-inch MaxiPad plan down the drain

Ivan 4

The problem with the larger Samsung pads is the price. If they stopped trying to emulate Apple and gave them a reasonable price they would sell in large numbers to people like service engineers that need the larger screen but not the weight of a laptop.

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Finally! Some actual, novel tech: Apple patent to revive geriatric gear

Ivan 4

Re: Already done it too

This is also normal with heavy industrial motors and other equipment.

I assume the only way Apple get away with it is to use words like computer and/or mobile device.

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Insecure hipsters with BEARD ENVY spur facial hair transplant craze

Ivan 4

Talk for yourself - I like it this way.

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NO WONDER Big Blue dropped it: IBM server biz BOMBED in Q4

Ivan 4

One could say that the red ink exploded all over the balance sheet but that would be like clutching quill pens.

This is more like a strange Americanism changing the meaning of words as normal even if it is wrong.

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'Polar vortex' or not, last month among the WARMEST Januaries EVER RECORDED

Ivan 4

Re: You gotta be kidding

Rik, are you a physicist or an engineer or are you just regurgitating the 'Mann made global warming' gospel?

I ask because, while you ramble on about radiative forcing it is obvious that you know nothing about how it has been applied in climate 'science'. The earth is not a black body by any stretch of the imagination and neither can the CO2 molecules be treated as such. Yet this is what the global warming 'science' is based on.

Now I expect the warming cult followers will down vote this because they are either blindly following or just don't have a clew.

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Without a smartphone your reptile brain gets a workout

Ivan 4

Re: Of course it's possible...

Hear, hear.

I use a phone for talking to people and a computer for doing things on the net.

I wonder how many people realise that they are working overtime by reading and answering work related e-mails and calls out of normal working hours.

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Apple in bid to turn MORE and MORE humans into iPhone-stroking fanbois

Ivan 4

Re: Hope

When they start knocking them out and selling them for 15 to 20 quid each I might be interested enough in trying one - not before.

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Jean Michel Jarre: Je voudrais un MUSIC TAX sur VOTRE MOBE

Ivan 4

Re: What's french for "cobblers"?

Hear, hear.

It would also help if the noise that passes as music today was, in fact, musical.

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Greenland glacier QUADRUPLES speed, swells seas

Ivan 4

Re: I sea swelling

Ah! The missing heat going into the deep ocean without warming any upper ocean on the way down. Magic.

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Ivan 4

Re: I sea swelling

@Big_Ted, All that article does is try to keep the scam going. A single statistical model MIGHT show that there is a pause that MIGHT, or MIGHT NOT, continue - that is not science that is religion.

There is NOT ONE of the models that have been produced by the climate science religion that actually fit measured temperatures - even those that they have fiddled with to try and get the past to fit a bit better still do not predict correctly the future.

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Windows 8.1 becomes world's fourth-most-popular desktop OS

Ivan 4

Re: Wow, it's just skyrocketing!

Not very surprising since your average person buying a new computer can only get win 8 on it with no way of backleveling to win 7 - at least that is what I see here and I assume it is the same in other countries.

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Arise, iDame: Incoming Apple retail boss Angela Ahrendts set for honorary award

Ivan 4

One does have to ask why an American that has nothing directly to do with the UK has been given this award. The answer might be that there are people in the FCO that still consider the US to be a British colony.

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MP 'shocked' at failures 'at the top' of the BBC over epic DMI tech fail

Ivan 4

Re: An MP was shocked

That is the only way 'Hodge the dodge' can deflect scrutiny of her own behaviour.

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Chrome lets websites secretly record you?! Google says no, but...

Ivan 4

Re: Microphone?

Martin, I think you missed the point. Most business computers do not need microphones plugged in, their use is not part of the work load and in an industrial situation they would be a liability.

On the other hand what a person does in their own time at home is an entirely different matter and is their responsibility.

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Candy Crush King went 'too far' when it candy crushed my app – dev

Ivan 4

Re: Which isn't a bad thing

Ah, you mean like Windows.

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Our robot overlords won't be evil cyborgs: Prepare for whisker-equipped ROBO-KITTIES

Ivan 4

SF leads the way

The author Rosie Oliver has a series of stories about cyber cats - C.A.T.

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Pay-by-bonk? YEP, it's an Apple patent now...

Ivan 4

Re: Apple's definition of "invention"

Only in America!

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Boffins find ALIEN WORLD orbiting the Sun's LONG LOST TWIN

Ivan 4

The lack of planets could be due to the fact the builders haven't got there yet ;)

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Google appeals against French data watchdog over privacy policy fine

Ivan 4

Maybe this will end up so that google.fr doesn't keep popping up on everything to do with Google. It is damn annoying when half of a blogger site comes up in French and I want English.

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Apple files foul-up-fixing patent for fumbling slab-fondling flubbers

Ivan 4

And the real answer is.... a STYLUS. That way fat fingers don't hit two, or more, things at once.

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Samsung whips out 12.2-inch 'Professional' iPad killers

Ivan 4

Re: Sounds like a fringe use case?

@I ain't Spartacus, I have to agree with you re the stylus. I still use my Entourage eDGe (10.1" model) for that very reason, it has a Wacom stylus, even if it does weigh in at 1.5kg.

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Antarctic ice shelf melt 'lowest EVER recorded, global warming is NOT eroding it'

Ivan 4

Lest we forget

Weren't there some climate change 'scientists' recently airlifted from their 'research vessel' that got stuck in the ice down there?

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Ross Ulbricht: 'Oi! Give me back my $34m in Silk Road Bitcoin booty'

Ivan 4

If Bitcoins are proved to be 'subject to seizure' under federal forfeiture laws, then isn't the government saying that they are legal currency? In other words would the fed be making a rod for their own backs?

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DJANGO UNCHAINED: Don't let 'preview' apps put you off Fedora 20

Ivan 4

Re: the header bar.

I must agree with you about that. In fact they appear to be going back to the DOS command prompt.

As I see it the GUI is becoming dumber over time as well as clunky in appearance. Maybe if they did something like making a clone of the OS/2 active desktop they would have something to boast about as well as a desktop that actually worked.

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No anon pr0n for you: BT's network-level 'smut' filters will catch proxy servers too

Ivan 4

Re: Seriously?

Pedant. Actually AC 10:20 they are TOEING the line.

Other than that I agree with you.

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It's true, the START MENU is coming BACK to Windows 8, hiss sources

Ivan 4

Re: File Size?

@AC 03:40, English is second or third language maybe.

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TPP leak: US babies following bathwater down the drain

Ivan 4

Re: Good on Australia

Aus was always considered as the 52nd state of the US when I was there in the 50s, 60s and 70s.

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Hear that? It's the sound of BadBIOS wannabe chatting over air gaps

Ivan 4

No industry experience

While the concept is interesting it is obvious that the researchers have no industrial experience at all.

You do not use laptops to control industrial machinery and in almost all cases there are no microphones plugged in - there is the odd exception where you are doing sound analysis but that has other constraints regarding OS and software used.

Since this is touted as something that can cross the air gap in industrial situations the researchers need to work in the industrial situations before going off half cocked like script kiddies. Industry uses laptops only in the front office NOT out on the shop floor where the actual work is done.

When they have found a way of turning things like power supply transformers into acoustic transducers for both transmission and reception of ultra sound they might have something to shout about, until then it is an interesting toy.

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Google tries to MAP its way out of competition trouble in Brussels

Ivan 4

Re: Identify the rival ads!

Hear, hear.

That would be the ideal solution.

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'Fatal flaws' in Google's revised search antitrust overhaul, says Foundem

Ivan 4

Maybe...

...the best thing would be for Google to have an option that allowed filtering out all the price comparison sites. Then, when looking for information on something, we wouldn't have to wade through pages of comparison sites that tell you nothing.

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Microsoft fears XP could cause Indian BANKOCALYPSE

Ivan 4

Re: Don't Panic!

@dogged

Isn't that true for ALL microsoft OS?

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Google's secret search offer to EU antitrust chief LEAKED by rivals

Ivan 4

Re: Please Google, use the Nuclear Option!

Other search engines???????

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Ivan 4

Re: Whistle = Blow this!

And what is actually wrong with going to google.com rather than google.fr? I live in France and have to explicitly set search to google.com and then there are times it doesn't stick which is damned annoying.

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Need an internet antidote? Try magic mushrooms

Ivan 4

Re: Poisonous fungi

Very good advice, but down here in the French pyrenees I was told to go to the local chemist shop and they would sort any I found - they do, at no cost.

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Facebook tests sinister CURSOR-TRACKING in hunt for more ad bucks

Ivan 4

Re: Sorry to be so blunt...

@I ain't Spartacus

Your predicament highlights the need for a stylus pen for use on all pads and phones, then there would not be the problem with fat fingers (or even grease/sweat marks on the screen).

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Brit bloke busted over backdoor blagging of US troops' data

Ivan 4

Re: Cost millions ...

I expect one day, next millennium maybe, the US will learn how to secure their computers but I think it would be very foolish yo hold ones breath until they do.

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Fiendish CryptoLocker ransomware: Whatever you do, don't PAY

Ivan 4

Wild Bill, I think you are looking for a firewall that stops all outgoing traffic until you OK it. I seem to remember there was ZoneAlarm for windows years ago that did that.

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A $17.3bn fine, you say? Samsung begs for five-year patent war truce

Ivan 4

Re: Legal Protections

Does that apply to Apple as well? After all they seem to be the ones that cause the patent spats by not paying for what they want.

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Facebook TEENS EXPOSED to entire WORLD

Ivan 4

Stand by for the Daily Mail to start another campaign to censor the internet because of this.

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Violin gangs up with Microsoft: Psst, big biz, want an all-flash Windows Server box?

Ivan 4

Re: Psst, big biz, want an all-flash Windows Server box?

@itzman

My reaction exactly.

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Brazil's anti-NSA prez urged to SNATCH keys to the internet from America

Ivan 4

Re: Well...

@Ted Treen

Did you miss out the <sarc> tags?

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Easily picked CD-ROM drive locks let Mexican banditos nick ATM cash

Ivan 4

Re: Bad Banks Better?

That must be a good thing then, after all there is no way windows malware will run on OS/2 and I very much doubt the script kiddies know how to write anything that would work there.

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NSA justifies hacking world's digital communications

Ivan 4

American National Intelligence? Humm.

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Ivan 4

He must be a puppet, his mouth moves.

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