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AMD unveils Godzilla's graphics card – 'the world's fastest, period'

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Diminshing returns

It does whet my technolust, but I've an HD7970 that floats my boat nicely.

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MH370 airliner MYSTERY: The El Reg Pub/Dinner-party Guide

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Different theory

Diego Garcia is nicely located to recieve the jet...

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Chaps propose free global WiFi delivered FROM SPAAAACE

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Ubuntu?

Shorely you meant to say Slackware!

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Amazon, Hollywood, Samsung: PLEASE get excited about 4K telly

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Re: Devaluation of the K

Yes, yes, yes...

1024 is supposed to be a kibbi- and 1024^ a mebbi-, and 1024^3 a gibbi-.

Which ever gaggle of wankers came up with those prefixes should be made to speak pig latin for the rest of their natural lives.

Common usage is good enough for the OED: in computer context a kilo is 1024, mega is 1024^2 and so on.

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Re: 4K Streaming?

6D - you can go back in time, watch original release of great flicks of the past and do so in alternate universes while moving along a different vector!

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Re: WGAF

I want one in the 32 to 40 inch range for use as a computer monitor, but it has to be priced at $500USD or lower.

Qua 4K TV: I mostly am still watching upscaled DVD content on my HD TV. Bluray still does not have enough content, never mind 4K.

In any case, the reason for consumer apathy is not the tech. Such a low percentage of Hollywood movies are good movies that the future of HD and UHD is a steady stream of vapid action flicks with a very rare quality drama or sci-fi in the mix. Explosions look great at UHD and HD, but more pixels do not equate to dramatic tension, good plot, good dialog or good acting.

Given Hollywood's lack of interest in releasing re-mastered HD quality back-catalog movies, I see no future in UHD panels for TVs.

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Seagate's LaCie whips out bonkers posh silver-plated storage ball

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Lacie has never heard of networked storage?

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Meet NASA's Valkyrie: A SILKY BUSTY ROBO-MINX that'll save your life

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Not search and resue only

The spec is perfect for a robotic soldier. Bad idea.

Imagine Bush Junior with an army of these at his command. No Americans die, he could have laid waste all of central Asia and the Middle East and nobody in the USA would really know. Or imagine Obama ordering the robots to run down random people in cards in Yemen and Pakistan: "Intel said there was a high probability the people we just had dismembered might not like the USA".

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Inside IBM's vomit-inducing, noise-free future chip lab

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"... built eight metres into the ground beneath IBM’s Zurich labs."

Get the ground penetrating missiles ready: obviously IBM is preparing to manufacture nukes!

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El Reg Contraption Confessional No.1: The Dragon 32 micro

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Get a life

These nostagia articles are just as irritating as classic rock stations. I remember most of these machines, they were crap at the time to anyone who looked at mini and mainframe tech. My then TI calculator was easier to program and use than a typical home computer of the day.

Rehashing your youth is something you should do in private or in small groups.

Look forward not back.

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Mars defends: HUMANS to SEND UFO to Red Planet by 2016

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24x7 comms

What about when Mars is occluded by the sun?

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Swiss space plane to launch robotic orbital debris destroyer

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Stealthy attempt to fill the sky with satellite killers!

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'Hand of Thief' banking Trojan reaches for Linux – for only $2K

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Re: Problem with this idea...

I can't completely agree - Linux sysadmins generally take security stuff seriously, but I know lots of programmers working on linux boxes who do not.

As well, given distros like Ubuntu that are very easy to install for non-experts, and which pop up that "enter your password" dialog a lot, a trojan will probably succeed.

Back in 2007 the phalanx (phalanx2 ?) rootkit was used very successfully to penetrate a large percentage of thewestern world's linux academic research networks. Those networks were operated by people who understood something about *NIX safety and security... how well do you think the average joe Linux user will fare?

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Bill Gates's barbed comments pop Google's broadband balloons

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Specifous

1. AFAIK people don't much die from malaria.

2. M$ under Gates tried and failed to take over the internet. This is just Gates' sour grapes.

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Laser-wielding boffins develop ETERNAL MEMORY from quartz

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I can erase that backup very easily with a hammer.

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Apple's new data center to be solar powered, 100% green

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There is so much hot air at Apple HQ

...they could run it on wind power

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Firefox OS mobilises HTML5, without the added Steve Jobs

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Re: And how does a developer make money from this?

AFAICT it should be possible. FF OS is a stripped down Linux distro, the screen is driven using OpenGL ES, and I think HTML5 has some kind of GL layer. So, yeah, a port should be possible.

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Irony

Roughly 25 years ago Marc Andreeson was crying to the rooftops that Netscape was going to reduce Windows to the status of a commodity hardware layer on top of which Navigator would provide all the user functionality.

Of course Bill Gates gave him a good kicking.

Now the Son of the Son of Navigator might just fulfill Marc's dream.

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3-2-1... BOOM: Russian rocket launches, explodes into TOXIC FIREBALL

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Re: No auto destruct ?

LOL, they don't need no self destruct button.

Go and research pollution from Soviet era nuclear weapons facilities - the policy seems to have been to just dump the radioactive waste in the nearest river.

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Mellanox coughs nearly $130m for optical networkers to fight off Chipzilla

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Title is Optional

I like Infiniband, I like the speed and the built in management protocols. Much better than Ethernet.

I even use point to point SDR IB networking at home for NFS & SAMBA because 10Gb enet is such a rip-off price-wise.

So when I saw the graphic at the end of the article I was pretty excited because I thought it was showing miniPCI IB card. Too bad it's actually a cable-end.

Still, I look forward to when the supercomputer people start replacing their QDR IB gear with 100Gb+ gear... will be a good time to upgrade to used QDR cards with fibre cables, and get rid of the bulky CX4 copper I have now.

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Windows 8.1: Here at last, but is it good enough?

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Re: Snapshot of windows in my life

"...why undergo constant change and relearning?... ..."

MS does this for several reasons: (a) because it makes some money off training courses for new versions of Windows; (b) if the changes were visibly only evolutionary then people would be less likely to upgrade, so gotta make it look different; (c) renaming all the APIs or just obsoleting them every few years keeps the indie and 3rd party developers chained to the product because they never have time to do anything but relearn Windows programming.

All in all the intent is to maintain everyone's attention, to the greatest degree possible, on Windows. Now yer *NIX operating systems... well, until two years ago the common desktop metaphors had not changed in a decade or more, and once you know BASH, POSIX, or LIBC programming, well you know them. PERL I won't comment on, I'm having a nice day so far, want to keep it that way.

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Re: Not really a U turn, more a wiggle in the road.

+1 progman.exe!

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Re: Not really a U turn, more a wiggle in the road.

I've long considered Windows the premier gaming OS. For getting real work done I mostly use Linux. What I've heard about Win8 imposing some sort of DRM-like control over what games may be installed makes me very leery of the product.

Still, I have to admit that Microsoft makes a fine mouse. It's only real competition for mice is Logitech.

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How Alan Turing wanted to base EDSAC's memory on BOOZE

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This should not be surprising. Turing certainly was capable of the calculations required to determine that a water/alcohol solution would work.

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Hi? Vladimir? It's Obama. The hackers ARE BACK. Hello? Are you still there?

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Is the hotline analog or is it IP based? If it's IP then the Chinese are probably listening in already.

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Nuke plants to rely on PDP-11 code UNTIL 2050!

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Someone above said "Shit that works - works."

Quite right. I worked at a place a few years ago - their HR and payroll ran on a 32 bit x86 based VMS machine. It weighed about 60 pounds and it's uptime was more than 6 years.

Would you run a nuclear power plant on Windows? Mac OS 10? Even Linux? I would not: too many crashes or kernel panics for my nuke plant.

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Obama weighs in on NSA surveillance imbroglio

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Obvious solution

Make all records for everything public. No more "freedom of Information" laws that actually obscure information. Make it such that all telco/ISP/govt records are public.

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Standard Model goes PEAR-SHAPED in CERN experiment

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Alien

Or just maybe...

The universe is much bigger than we think...

There was as much matter as antimatter...

Local inhomogeneities in the matter/anti mix persisted through the expansionary (inflationary?) epoch...

We live in an expanded region with an abundance of matter...

There are other regions that have an abundance of antimatter...

Globally the universe is in balance qua matter & antimatter...

Where's my Nobel, heehee?

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Science of the lambs: Boffins grow GLOW-IN-THE-DARK sheep

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Next up...

Wolves that shoot ultraviolet rays from their eyeballs!

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'Your infernal cable pipes come up from Hell, Virgin!'

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Facepalm

@ Andy Fletcher

"I'm literally angry with rage..."

Don't be that way. Be angry, or be enraged. Rage is just extreme anger. If you are enraged then you certainly are angry.

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Some of my co-workers are wont to say that a piece of software or hardware is "raging" them. Strangely the never claim to be "raged" when in that condition.

The correct words are "enraging" and "enraged".

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Intel demos inexpensive 100Gb/sec silicon photonics chip

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I hope this tech quickly becomes a standard as cheap as gigabit ethernet - the process to fab it seems amenable.

Sadly I expect it will be withheld at the high end of the market, kept very expensive.

100Gb/s office and home networking would be game changing.

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Intel hints at server processor plans for the rest of this year

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Whither desktop chip news? I want to know if my socket 2011 board is effectively EOL or if new S2011 CPUs will be coming.

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Hold on! Degrees for all doesn't mean great jobs for all, say profs

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Q: What do you say to a B.A.?

A: I'll have fries with that.

Q: What do you say to an M.A.?

A: Fill it up with unleaded.

Q: What do you say to a B.Com.?

A: Put me on the no-call list.

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Canadian gov: Have half a million BlackBerrys now, pay later!

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Re: Cynicism about Blackberry

Apple gave the 'opinion leaders' free tat. BB did not. Result predictable.

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Mellanox to open up its Ethernet networking stack

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Neat. Good move Mellanox. I wonder what effect this will have on Cisco?

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Ubuntu 13.04 beta touts search privacy - before it hooks in eBay, IMDb etc

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Alert

It would be good if Ubuntu made the TCP/IP comms params for the search queries sent to 3rd parties easy to block on outbound chain in ipchains or external firewall.

Perhaps always send the query from specific local port which then could be blocked outbound.

Perhaps salt the packets with specific & disclosed value in the unused bits between LEN and FLAGS in the TCP header.

This matters at the least because a business using Ubuntu on desktops could leak information if users turn the 3rd party search feature on. Network/security staff could block the traffic at firewalls.

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Kernel hacker Alan Cox quits Linux, Intel

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Thanks Alan

Thanks for all your work on Linux. You are a great guy and I think Queen Lizzy should give you a knighthood.

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5.6TB helium disks could balloon, lift WD onto enterprise throne

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Boffin

Re: Leakage?

It's partial pressure that drives diffusion, not net air pressure. The helium pressure within the drive would be vastly higher that outside, as normal air contains virtually no helium.

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NY Museum of Modern Art embraces 14 video games

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I won't argue specific titles, but it is very strange to me that MOMA has ignored the entire first person shooter genre.

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The GPL self-destruct mechanism that is killing Linux

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Facepalm

This article is flamebait, you wankers!

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FISH IN SPAAACE: New 'nauts and piscine pals head for Xmas on ISS

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Re: Why the apostrophe?

* qua wildcard would turn nauts into the set af all things that end in 'naut'.

I think we have no argonauts in space.

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Re: not safe at all, but....

That would be very neat. Then the ball eventually hits a wall and sticks, you would have a wall of fish!

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Wonder why you live longer than a chimp? Thank your MOTHER IN LAW

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Re: back in favor

You must keep in mind when reading 'research' that scientists' decisions about research topics are driven in large part by fashion: popular topics get research grants; papers on popular topics get read and can lead to advancement.

In an effort like the one described here, attempting to explaining how evolution produces the results described, where the model contains only a subset of influences and is somewhat biased toward a certain result in any case, one must take the researchers with a large grain of salt.

Most 'soft science' is mostly conjecture.

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FAIL

Tenuous

Like most "evolutionary" explanations, I find this one tenuous.

Just as easy a bit of off the cuff logic: if the females were to die at menopause that would leave more food available for child-rearing females to feed to their offspring. Thus early female mortality can be construed as a leading to better grandchild survival - we *should* be seeing females with dramatically shorter lifespans than we do see.

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Mysterious galactic glow caused by Hitchhikers' Krikkit style stars

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Foul!

The vaunted weakly interacting dark matter ought not interfere with EM radiation from these supposed stars, thus the model proposed for shrouded starts is either wrong, or the WIMP model of dark matter is wrong.

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Chip strip reveals 'handmade' Apple A6

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I can just the the Dear Leader effortlessly laying out the CPU module using a pencil and paper, while his CPU engineers are all being tortured in the next room.

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Swiss boffins jump in Lake Lugano for Cray super

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Toronto city is investigating pumping cold water from the bottom of Lake Ontario to use in cooling office towers. Problem with that and this scheme is the turnover in deep lakes is not very fast. It is quite possible that in 20 years all T.O or the Swiss will have is warm lakes.

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Want a Leica camera from Jony Ive? There CAN BE ONLY ONE

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Re: Bono Related Charity?

WTF is RED?

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Apple will sue.

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