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* Posts by Tom 7

2602 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009

Patch iOS, OS X now: PDFs, JPEGs, URLs, web pages can pwn your kit

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Re: Correction...

Its fine so long as you dont try charging it????

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Asteroids as powerful as NUCLEAR BOMBS strike Earth TWICE YEARLY

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Had a little one near here off Bude coast in 2006

The earth dropped beneath my feet and the windows rattled and all animal life shut up for a couple of minutes.

It was about 250 tonnes of TNT equivalent and about 20 miles away from here - in daylight alas.

Impressive - love to see a bigger one where no-one got hurt!

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EU: Let's cost financial traders $400m a day, because EVIL BANKERS. Right?

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Re: Utter crap

Spartacus - you are making the mistake of believing correlation is causation. The industrial revolution - as all other growth spurts are fed by innovation. The reason why the markets boom at the same time is the same as unwanted fire insurance on your asbestos Italian restaurant. You need finance because if you dont take it someone else will and leave you stuffed.

It may have fed growth once but there are easier ways to make money so they do that instead.

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If you model the financial markets like you would an electrical system

HFT looks more and more like a larger and larger transformer put in between the power line between the producer and the consumer - there can be both at each side of the transformer.

Which is presumably why the want greater instability - they get to tap off more wonga that way.

A stable economic system is an anathema to these eedjits.

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Only a WEEK left to sign up: Meet the tech heavyweights at AWS Enterprise Summit 2014

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London?

bollocks to that.

Its twice as far to the NEC than it is to central London from here but it takes 1/4 the time and costs a 1/5th. And that's before you mention beer!

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95 floors in 43 SECONDS: Hitachi's new ultra-high-speed lift

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Re: Theoretically...

The more practical mind would think that I've never seen a lift in a pub so there is no need for a lift ever.

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Ubuntu 14.04 LTS: Great changes, but sssh don't mention the...

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Microsoft signs Motorola to Android patent pact – no, not THAT Motorola

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Re: Microsoft's Android patents ..

Microsoft doesn’t own Android. It has some heavy lawyers who will threaten you until you sign up to some patents they claim to have - so long as you don't tell anyone what they are. You will probably sign because they wont actually charge you much - they just want to give the illusion they are still involved in mobile.

But in a couple of years no-one will be paying them for android - at some point they will have to confront Google.

But by the time they get the courage* to do that you will have a full blown linux for your phone (some of us already do) and why use crappy android apps when you have a whole enterprise level set of apps for free?

* or fall into some trap set by Google or just pick on the wrong company.

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Boffins brew graphene in kitchen blender

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So not actually making graphene then.

I thought the definition of graphene was a one atom thin sheet of carbon.

Not that I would have a problem with several layers joined together. But it would be a lot better it the blender actually joined them up on the edges rather than just blast existing ones out of graphite.

We need a few trained microbes to go along and stitch these together.

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Number crunching suggests Yahoo! US is worth less than nothing

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Re: Dark art of Accountancy?

@Don Jefe. You think accountancy is bad - try economic theory. You put maths in that and it turns out that maths is wrong - especially when it accurately predicts things like crashes.

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Judge halts spread of zombie Nortel patents to Texas in Google trial

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Re: i cant wait for this to..

I think the spelling should be Appal.

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Next Windows obsolescence panic is 450 days from … NOW!

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Re: Already migrating clients off 2003

It would be easier to migrate away from iPhones.

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LOHAN and the amazing technicolor spaceplane

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Cant resist urge

to take it outside and fill it full of bangers and then shoot it up with the air-rifle!

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MIT boffins moot tsunami-proof floating nuke power plants

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Re: Fukushima

"Then the coolant pumps could have been kept running."

Assuming there was coolant to pump and a circuit to pump it round.

There may be cooling water available but if you've ever poured water into an overheating car that has run dry you will see this is as effective as, ... well steam and mirrors. You pour cold water into an overheating reactor you get a reactor like swiss cheese.

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Kingston DataTraveler MicroDuo: Turn your phone into a 72GB beast

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Great for on the go

where on the go means not actually going until you've dismounted it and unplugged it so you can put your phone in your pocket and then go without breaking the connector.

I think I'll stick with a wireless drive that I can keep in my pocket/bumbag and still access - and it can have a fuckoff battery pack if it has to!

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Fusion-io: Ah, Microsoft. I see there's in-memory in SQL Server 2014... **GERONIMO!**

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Re: 10 years+ later

Somewhere I have an old 50Mhz 486 with a gig of ram in it. I used to use it to annoy a system admin cos I could run copies of our work database in ram using MySQL and easily outperform SQLserver (4.5?) running on dual core 300Mhz pentiums with 512Meg of ram.

I'm trying to remember exactly but this was pre 1999 so thats 15 years ago...

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Microsoft's Nadella: SQL Server 2014 means we're all about data

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ambient intelligence

so sort of background level then?

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Audio fans, prepare yourself for the Second Coming ... of Blu-ray

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£17 for an album

The greatest benefit I'd found from increased 'quality' of digital audio is it has encouraged me to look elsewhere for my music.

And for that I really cant thank them enough - my music quality has improved enormously and costs less!

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OpenSSL Heartbleed: Bloody nose for open-source bleeding hearts

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Re: @Tom 7

I was just pointing out the language didn't and wont help.

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Re: The real problem is C

ADA! Was that the one they used to blow up that rocket?

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Internet-of-stuff startup dumps NoSQL for ... SQL?

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Its like that first hormone rush of youth

we dont need no steeenking relationships.

Oh god pass me another box of tissues!

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France bans managers from contacting workers outside business hours

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I used to go skiing with a freind whose german company

regularly sent them home to keep in line with the draconian German laws on hours worked.

I dont go skiing with him cos he got far too good.

His company also wipes the floor with most of its UK competition. Or it did until the UK gave up.

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Re: Draconian

* What if you're travelling and need some office flunky to sort something out so you can make a connecting flight etc?

Well sounds like you need to hire a manager to manage you not a flunky.

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Re: 9 to 5

"If it is a company phone, it is "expected"." If its not in the contract!

I was given one - the boss asked me why I never answered it so I asked him where my change in contract with the on call arrangements etc was. Until I got one it would at home next to the landline.

Given the only times he called me where when he was drunk and confused about his own name down the pub we both came off better.

Mobile phones just seem to waste time - too easy to ask someone else the wrong question than think for 10 seconds. Bit like IT in general - makes too many lines of least resistance and we get a lot of frantic ineffective activity. Used well its a great tool. Used by a tool...

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So you invent a wireless network using LEDs, what do you do next? Add solar panels. Boom

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Not as dumb as it sounds

at less than a watt bidirectional with a bit of effort (simple lightguides) range should be increased to several hundred meters for something that can use a small solar cell to charge batteries and run night and day all for probably less than $20.

Speed increases should be easy but I do most of my web browsing in the comfort of my beanbag in a nice room with cobb walls and 1Mb as a result - so long as I dont watch mostly pointless video I'm fine.

Not new but at 1/2 watt more than bloody useful.

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Ancient Earth asteroid strike that dwarfed dinosaur killer still felt today

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Re: @Tom 7

The hard thing about life is getting it started. Panspermia merely adds getting off a planet, a few hundred light years of interstellar travel, and landing again without being destroyed to the problem of starting life in the first place. As a theory it laughs in the face of Occams razor and comes out looking like his noodlyness in pico-denier manifestation mode as a result.

Panspermia has its origins in intellectual laziness and deserves the same respect that making Pi 3 so the really stupid can calculate the wheel sizes for mechanical calculators.

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Re: Wiped out species in existence?

Panspermia requires a small rock that slows quickly so that any life in it is not fried by the fuck off explosion, the shock waves sufficient to destroy some of natures hardest crystals and the following world wide firestorm.

Well that and a complete lack of perspective.

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Banks slap Olympus with £160 MEEELLION lawsuit

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Re: Arseburger...

It used to be great when you could stick your chosen lens on your chosen camera and swap them around at will. I've got a set of fuck of lenses for my old SLR (and just about any other SLR there was (except the pentax110). Olympus can fuck off an die if they dont use my old lenses.

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Apple to flush '£37bn' down the bog if it doesn't flog cheapo slabtops

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Re: ARM vs x86?

Apples code is largely in non-assembly language format. And probably has comments in - the original source did! Its not got huge blocks of intertwined assembler that seem to make it impossible to port like some ...sofware... companies.

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USB reversible cables could become standard sooner than you think

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So now I will be able to go through three or four different types of cables

before I find the one that actually fits easily into the invisible USB socket behind the rack.

This is NOT going to make it easier unless I upgrade all my equipment - it will be just another thing that makes me drop my dentists mirror down the back.

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UFO, cosmic ray or flasher? NASA rules on Curiosity curiosity

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Re: "or similar..."

"Laser wouldn't hit just a few pixels in one camera, mon."

Unless the sharks fin was positioned just right.

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The gift of Grace: COBOL's odyssey from Vietnam to the Square Mile

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Re: COBOL - Yuck!

"insanely verbose"

ISTR editors allowed macros that allowed simple keypresses to fill most shit GIVING ease of use.

Can't remember when CAPS LOCK first came in but my old typewriter had it - though you couldn't easily use it to write templates and macros that could do 90% of the work once you'd worked out a name for the PROGRAM-ID.

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Internet is a TOOL OF SATAN that destroys belief, study claims

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"""Using Python scripts"""

Run on an Apple no doubt!

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Too late, Blighty! Samsung boffins claim breakthrough graphene manufacturing success

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Re: The real difference

I was always under the impression MS research entity was there to employ good people so they didn’t work for the opposition. The people they have swallowed could all come up with something better than the organisation seems to as a hole.

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Microsoft in OPEN-SOURCE .Net love-in with new foundation

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No Benjoi

we didnt.

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Open Source Love In

It might work if there's enough opens source developers out there into S&M.

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David Cameron defends BT's taxpayer-funded broadband 'monopoly': It's a 'success story'

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This is a real success story for our country

10,000 homes and businesses are being connected every week. yeh - from ADSL BB to FTTC!

Whooopie! Any more successes like this and I'll be such a rich citizen I will be pissing champagne!

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Dimwit hackers use security camera DVRs as SUPER-SLOW Bitcoin-mining rig

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It does remind me of one of my daughters

who will devote several hours to making complicated excuses as as not to do 5 minutes homework.

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Re: Bah!

http://files.righto.com/calculator/sinclair_scientific_simulator.html

off you go!

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LaCie adds fire to Fuel: Revs Wi-Fi external storage gadget to 2TB

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Re: Brave or Foolish?

Bearded sandals - do you mean slippers?

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Re: Brave or Foolish?

I set up NAS and streaming decades ago - I can do it now if I felt like it.

Couldnt put it in my pocket though!

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Apple: You're a copycat! Samsung: This is really about Google, isn't it?

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Apples true genius

seems to be taking money off people who then seem to think that because they paid Apple it must be Apple that invented everything. Can you imagine if they had tried patenting the same sort of things at the start of the PC era - imagine a mouse click being patented to mark a point on the screen?

Can I patent new form of Stockholm syndrome for use in marketing please?

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

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Air con - for the computers I hope!

Always found aircon turns you into a prisoner in your own home - or chalet on the beach on holiday.

30C is horrible for 2 days and then you get used to it - if you dont use aircon.

I only use aircon to dry me out for a shave. Any other cooling requirements beer will do. Even aussie beer in emergencies.

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Crashed NORKS drones discovered by South Korea

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Re: Auntie Bee has pictures of the drone

"Some bright Nork spark has figured out how to get the state to pay him to build and fly model airplanes."

And some bright spark in the US has got them to do the same and buy the builder several tropical idyls at the same time!

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MPs attack BT's 'monopolistic' grip on gov-subsidised £1.2bn rural broadband rollout

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I've just been told by a little bird

that our local exchange goes fibre to the cabinet this month but t seems anyone more than a mile away from the exchange will not be getting fibre to the cabinet. So those on 8 and 20 meg will be upgraded so they can watch 10 channels of shit TV more than they need but the likes of me 6 miles away will see no change.

My provider says they couldn't afford the BT prices if they were fibering me up anyway.

I'm going to see about some wireless point to point with some friends....

What the fuck was all that taxpayers money wasted on?

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Amazon is decompiling our apps in security gaffe hunt, says dev

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better off owning up to them,

I just hope he has changed his ID or hiss fessing up has just alerted those who have his app already to a source.

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Dutch doctors replace woman's skull with 3D-printed plastic copy

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Leave the scalp off and lots of LED's please!

And half a dalek to ride around in too!

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Homeopathic remedies contaminated with REAL medicine get recalled

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Dont flush your homeopathic medicines

otherwise the sea will cure everything and the nutters will have to find real jobs.

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No, Minister. You CAN'T de-Kindle your eBooks!

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You can create a parody of a Dan Brown book...

recursion surely?

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Say WHAT? ATVOD claims 44k Brit primary school kids look at smut online each month

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Re: 1 in 16 boys? seams low

There's an name in the profanisaurus for the bag of porn found under a hedge. Buggered if I can find it though - fun looking! But I do recall this being a common find as a brat.

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