* Posts by Ivan 4

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Soon EVERYONE will be doing it with a strap-on: The Reg's 20 festive wearables

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Re: Everyone?

@ Khaptain

I would just add one comment. it is an almost indestructible Casio G-Shock. The outer case of mine has finally fallen apart after 20 odd years of use, the actual 'works' are still going strong though.

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'Turn to nuclear power to save planetary ecology from renewable BLIGHT'

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Re: Exaggerating much?

Nick, I assume the RSPB no longer cares about birds or they haven't, or don't want to, seen the number of birds killed by the blades of wind farms. Those birds include some hawks that they released.

Maybe they are just interested in the very large subsidies they receive for each turbine on the property they control/own.

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Re: Thorium

The UK did have one operating between 1964 and 1973, the Dragon HTR 20MW at Winfrith in Dorset. It was partly decommissioned in 2005.

The reason it was never fully implemented was because it couldn't produce plutonium that was required for weapons in the cold war period.

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Re: Dunno about warming

We have just had the warmest 12 consecutive months globally since records began.

Sorry Vogon but that doesn't cut any ice, they are talking about a 0.01 degree difference which is total crap, their instrument don't measure to that accuracy.

The Met office has been caught out fudging figures to do with climate change too many times to have something like this taken seriously.

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Samsung brings out new longer-lived 1TB Flash podule for PCs, notebooks

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They are joking about the price - I hope.

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Euro consumers have TOO MUCH choice – telco operators

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You forgot the /sarc tag.

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El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

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First reaction..

... was that the site had been hijacked in some way, but it appears that it wasn't but is meant to look as if it is.

On a large screen 1920x1200 it is horrible, too much white round everything. Not enough contrast to show what articles have been read awn what haven't.

This might work on a smart phone when you have people stabbing at it with thick fingers, it does not work on desktop or laptop screens.

A rethink is necessary on the part of the designer because only a little change was possibly needed from what was existent.

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Your data: Stolen through PIXELS

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Re: If the attacker has physical access, then it's no longer YOUR computer.

the cable still has to reach the monitor out in the open somehow, and that alone could be enough cable to perform the splice.

Don't you think that would make the presence of the spying device rather obvious?

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Bernie Madoff's coders jailed for role in $65bn ponzi scheme fiasco

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Re: 18 billion? Peanuts. The real deal goes on.

Don't forget the biggest scam in the world is the government budget.

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This Christmas, demand the right to a silent night

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Re: I have separate phones for work and home

What you describe is the policy I introduced when my people started using mobile phones. I did it because I believe that people should have a life of their own when they are away from work.

I am the only person that has, officially, everyone's home number - if they give out their number to others as a social statement that is OK with me. I have only used that knowledge once and that was when a client had a fire that took out the network and needed to be back up as fast as possible.

Why some organisations take advantage of their employees by having them on call 24/7 and why those employees don't log all the extra time they are giving to the organisation - and hand in a bill for the overtime - is beyond my understanding. In fact I doubt that anyone actually adds up the number of free hours they give to the company they work for and use that to calculate what the true hourly rate of pay is - if they did they would be in for a shock ( have a friend that worked out that he was giving 18 hour days and getting paid for 8 - that has now changed).

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Yotaphone 2: The two-faced pocket-stroker with '100 hours' batt life

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Not as surprising as it might seem. The Russians bought the Entourage eDGe* IP a few years ago and have been using the dual screen 10" slabs in a school project with reported very good results.

* The eDGe is a dual screen (e-ink and LCD) tablet with the screens hinged together on the long edge.

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What a pity: Rollout of hated UK smart meters delayed again

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You are missing the point - these meters will allow them to switch you off if you are late in payment and also switch you off when they run out of electricity because the wind isn't blowing and they have shut down all the real power generators and the STORE diesels haven't started up.

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Apple denied 'App Store' trademark by Australian court

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Re: What's next?

I think they tried that and if they haven't you shouldn't be giving them ideas.

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systemd row ends with Debian getting forked

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Re: Off to a bad start

The purpose is to borg desktop services in a way that suits desktops, but only a tiny proportion of linux machines are desktops.

Maybe that is the reason that there are only a tiny number of Linux desktops!

Regarding your PS. the INI files are the equivalent of the setup instructions of your shell scripts and are run by the programs that own them - at least in OS/2 land, not sure about windows.

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The Glorious Resolution: Feast your eyes on 5 HiDPI laptops

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Re: Elephant in the room

Hear. Hear.

Like you I need the larger vertical screen to do useful work yet the manufacturers have missed this either because they have been brainwashed by the motion picture industry or they use the cheapest screens they can find.

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Re: real work?

I would say that a 16:10 screen is the one for 'real work'. Width, while nice, does not compensate for height - vertical scrolling is a PITA because you have to constantly go up and down.

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Renewable energy 'simply WON'T WORK': Top Google engineers

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So you are saying that the house shuts down at night, unless you have some way of making the PV array work in the dark (maybe something like the Spanish did with lights except there is no such thing as a perpetual motion machine).

There is also the problem that, to be efficient the PV array should be facing south, facing north does not generate very much power.

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Re: Nothing works until it works.

Eric, you seem to forget that CO2 is an essential plant food. Reduce the quantities in the atmosphere and you start to get a reduction in crop yields which, in turn, leads to hunger and a general downward spiral in everything.

Just in case you are interested a large number of producers that use greenhouses, poly tunnels etc. actually increase the amount of CO2 in the enclosures to promote greater crop yields .

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Re: Nuclear Power

@petur.

Sorry old boy but thorium reactors have been about in the UK since the Dragon HTR was started in 1964. It ran and produced electrical power until 1973 and was only partly decommissioned in 2005.

The main reason it wasn't improved and put into wider use was the fact it couldn't be used to produce weapons grade nuclear material. If that hadn't been a requirement there would have been more development and such reactors would most probably have been in use today.

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Apple slapped in YET ANOTHER patent battle

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Re: Can anyone explain .....

It could be because jurors are cheaper there than anywhere else in the US.

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ZZZAP! Climate change means getting HIT BY LIGHTNING is likelier

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Re: Climate article - missed point

The point that is missed is that there is not one of the climate models that get anywhere near, let alone match, what is actually measured on the ground in real life.

When they get to at least 60% accuracy then the modellers are just beginning to get them near working.

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Hot, horny bees swerve PLANET-SAVING DUTIES as climate warms, claim boffins

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Maybe if you gave the full details of those 97% published papers - something about the vast majority of published papers being rejected before they found a few that agreed with their foregone conclusion and that 97% is of those few.

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As a bee-keeper of many years I get the impression that the 'researchers' know very little about bees and even less about the effects of added CO2 and warmth on plant growth.

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Wind farms make you sick claims blown away again

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Re: Not just windmill nutters

@Jos, we are talking about problems with windmills but you bring up GSM masts which is something totally different and not relevant in this case.

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Can you really run your business on a smartphone?

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Re: I stopped reading when he said "Windows"

In 1996 we were running a business using OS/2, although not on a laptop and not seeing any problems.

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Trickle-down economics WORKS: SpaceShipTwo is a PRIME EXAMPLE

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Re: Can we just agree...

@Stuart, you mean 'they did good science programs'. Since they have been banging the drum for CAGW all pretence of real science has gone out of the window to appease the Green Blob.

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Apple patents AUTOGRAPHS. Checkmate, eBay

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Re: What...

Since I have been 'signing' my e-books for friends for years I suppose I will now have to stop or face a court case from Apple. Stupid USPTO.

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Google Glassholes haven't achieved 'social acceptance' - report

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Re: I'd get some for the workshop.

In fact there are a lot of industrial uses for such equipment - we already have heads up displays used in the aviation industry - and the ability to record what is there and send it to others would be invaluable in insurance and industrial accident situations.

As you say Dave, the price is the limiting factor.

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'You have no right to see me NAKED!' Suddenly, everyone wakes up at the Google-EU face-off

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I could say more fool you for storing emails anywhere than on a computer that you control - 'the cloud' does not hack it.

Since you are young I put it down to inexperience with security of data, which isn't the sole province of the young as I have had to hammer older people that should know better about it as well.

I do agree with you that far too many people - especially those that should know better - dismiss the incorrect use of stored data.

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Virgin 'spaceship' pilot 'UNLOCKED tailbooms' going through SOUND BARRIER

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Re: Right Direction?

Don't forget that Arthur C Clarke proposed this system in 'Prelude to Space' (pub. 1951) but the idea was ignored because rockets were considered 'the way to go'.

Just where is the sense in throwing away the bulk of what you are using to get such a small payload into space as is done today? At least SpaceX are trying to recover some of what is normally just thrown away.

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Windows 8 or nowt: Consumer Win 7 fans are OUT OF LUCK

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Are we going to see an upsurge in the use of torrented win 7 now as people vote with their mouse?

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Forget WHITE BOX, it's time for JUNK BOX NETWORKING

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It works, and works well.

We have set up two small companies using equipment from various used equipment resellers - our main supplier is one that gives employment to disabled people who refurbish or strip second hand equipment. In both cases costs were less than a quarter of new.

Yes, we do have a service contract with both companies but haven't seen any equipment problems in the three years they have been working.

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You! AT&T! The only thing 'unlimited' about you is your CHEEK, growl feds

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Re: Make them pay up

The only way a fine will work is if it is charged directly to the individual directors and managers - they would take notice if it came from their pockets. Also anyone being fined should not be able to hold a directorship or management position in that or a similar company for 10 years.

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Cray-cray Met Office spaffs £97m on VERY AVERAGE HPC box

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Re: The best weather forecasting...

I don't think a new computer is going to help much, just read the tail of woe over at Tallbloke's talkshop.

Met Office did not see the storm of 21st October 2014 coming

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Planning to fly? Pour out your shampoo, toss your scissors, RENAME TERRORIST WI-FI!

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It is not just the terrorists that have one but the state also. All the airport security is brainwashing people into accepting a police state.

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Meet Mr Gamification: He's got a NUDGE or two for you

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@Johan Bastiaansen, If it's coming from Europe then the UK is paying for if from our taxes.

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You get what you pay for: Kingston's SSDNow V310 960GB whopper

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I fail to see why this, and any other, SSD drive should cost more than spinning rust. Spinning rust has precision engineering involved, SSDs on the other hand are all solid state and the price of memory is descending therefore the cost of these drives should be less than standard driver. Or it just a case of what is charged is what the manufacturer thinks fools will part with for the novelty value.

Before everyone starts saying 'but these drives are faster' - I know that but it does not justify the excessive markup over spinning rust drives especially since manufacturing costs are so much lower for SSds when you take the cost of components into consideration.

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China gets free pass from EU commish as telco probe dropped

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Re: Hmmm

Except for the cheap electricity - they have it, the EU does not.

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Keep a beady eye on your business's cloud service shopping

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“People can go to a site, sign up to the Ts and Cs and subscribe to services with a credit card, bypassing IT. It is a reality,”

If it is their credit card why should the company worry about the cost.

In my company there is no way that any one individual can charge anything to the company credit card. To do so the have to get a signed authorisation from their department head, then take it along to the chief bean counter who will do the paying.

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'Urika': Cray unveils new 1,500-core big data crunching monster

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Don't forget the 'go fast' stripes.

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On Nov 12, a human-made space lab will try to HARPOON a COMET and land on it

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Dan, it is just engineering using natural observed reactions - gravity - to get where it is.

By now - 10 years later - we should be capable of doing much more, like replacing this with a manned expedition that gets there much faster - a few months maybe. Unfortunately mankind, in general, has lost the vision of going into space and seeing other stars and planets and now indulges itself in navel gazing to the detriment of everyone.

Maybe the down votes were because of your dig at creationists but then you don't have to be a creationist to think that science is dogmatic - just consider the CAGW controversy.

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Windows XP refresh will DO NOTHING for lame PC market next year

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Re: Market Segmentation

Hear, hear.

A very good summing up of the real world situation.

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Take CTRL! Shallow minds ponder the DEEP spectre of DARK CACHE

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Re: If in doubt, right-click.

And don't forget those of us that are left handed and have reversed the buttons actions.

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US astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson: US is losing science race

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Re: who?

@intrigid, so no one of any real importance then.

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Mandiant to probe gaps in rusty unpatchable utility systems

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Methinks that Mandiant are talking out of their nether regions. All of the older systems I have seen are stand alone with no connection to a network at all and even if you have physical access you would have a hell of a lot of typing to do to input your malware - no usb, CD, etc.

Since this if from the company that sees 'reds under the bed' all the time I think a good shovel full of salt is required with each of their statements.

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How much is Microsoft earning from its Android taxes again?

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More to the point, what exactly are these patents? Microsoft are very reluctant to tell for some reason. Maybe they are afraid that they would be laughed out of court if they did disclose what they were because there is fare too much prior art.

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Meg Whitman: The lady IS for TURNING. HP to lob printers'n'PCs OVERBOARD

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That is just what they are doing RIPping it to pieces.

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Will we ever can the spam monster?

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Re: There is only one way.

I have to ask why are people so brainwashed that if they see a link they have to click in it?

Although curiosity and/or greed play a part in it, I think the main reason is that people are so conditioned to click on links that they now do it without thinking.

A large part of the solution would be for people to have a fast Bayesian spam filter incorporated into their e-mail program (I don't know if that is possible with web based e-mail). We have a master filter on our incoming mail server and individual ones on every client and it is once in a blue moon that anyone sees a spam e-mail.

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'Cops and public bodies BUNGLE snooping powers by spying on 3,000 law-abiding Brits'

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Re: Think of the Pig Filth as 'Chuck Yeager'

The Honourable Members of Parliament. Are there such personages?

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OMG!! With nothing but MACHINE TOOLS, STEEL and PARTS you can make a GUN!!

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Re: Homemade firearms are an old tradition

Too true. Given a selection of steel water pipe, a handful of screw fittings, some piano wire, a few bits of thin steel plate and some hand tools you can easily end up with a working machine gun - they did it during the war with the sten gun.

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